Thursday, June 28, 2007

Bonfire of The Insanities

People are becoming more isolated here in America. Federally induced methods of creating an acceptance of diversity among people isn't working, has never worked, never will work. Socially-engineered equality is bound to fail for many reasons, but one reason stands out: we tend to prefer our own kind. All the finger-pointing, cries of "racism", and political posturing by certain well-known race-baiting demagogues won't change that. The early 20th century American social critic and humorist H. L. Mencken, known for his "definitions" of terms, defined a demagogue as "one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots."(Wiki). But their act is wearing has worn thin.

Apparently, we are waking up to the fact that putting lots of ingredients into a pot, stirring it all together, and cooking it up works pretty well for stews, not so well for students and schools.

The US Supreme Court came down today on the side of sanity:

Fox News
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected school diversity plans that take account of students' race in two major public school districts but left the door open for using race in limited circumstances. The decision in cases affecting schools in Louisville, Ky., and Seattle could imperil similar plans in hundreds of districts nationwide, and it further restricts how public school systems may attain racial diversity.The court split, 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts announcing the court's judgment. The court's four liberal justices dissented.Yet Justice Anthony Kennedy would not go as far as the other four conservative justices, saying in a concurring opinion that race may be a component of school district plans designed to achieve diversity.To the extent that Roberts' opinion can be interpreted to foreclose the use of race in any circumstance, Kennedy said, "I disagree with that reasoning." He agreed with Roberts that the plans in Louisville and Seattle violated constitutional guarantees of equal protection. The two school systems in Thursday's decisions employ slightly different methods of taking students' race into account when determining which school they will attend. (read the rest)

In other breaking news which just about everyone on the planet will know by 6:00 PM, the Immigration Bill was defeated today in the Senate when Reid wasn't able to get the 60 votes necessary for the bill to move forward. I know Jake Jacobson has a big smile on his face about right now. Senator Edward Kennedy was seen heading for the bar - no wait, that's not really news.

Here's our President patiently explaining how the border will be protected...LOL - keep your eye on the top right quadrant.

I knew there would be a Friday Update from Jake...

Providing us with some perspective on all this diversity business is City Journal's John Leo, giving a quick preview of Robert Putnam's work-in-progress, Bowling With Our Own, with some interesting stats on the negative effects of diversity.

His five-year study shows that immigration and ethnic diversity have a devastating short- and medium-term influence on the social capital, fabric of associations, trust, and neighborliness that create and sustain communities.
Read the article, it's only a few paragraphs.

QUICK UPDATE- Chuck Schumer looks like someone just stole his new bike. Heh.

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