Archive for January, 2013

January 30, 2013

SPENGLER responds to a critic. “The foreign policy establishment told us that the Arab Spring was the dawn of a glorious new era of democracy in that part of the world. The establishment was dead wrong. Now it tells us that Western taxpayers have to bail out Egypt — a $22 billion annual bill, according to Bloomberg News. Reasonable people can argue about whether that is throwing good money after bad, or even worse, feeding the mouth that bites us. But Dr. Cook takes it as an article of faith that state failure in Egypt is unthinkable, and substitutes mendacious ad hominem attacks for argument. He doesn’t do his position any good by smearing analysts who disagree with the establishment view. The shrillness of his screed suggests that he is aware of the weakness of his position.”

January 30, 2013

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Senate Suddenly Furious With Eric Holder For Allowing Banks To Become “Too Big To Jail.”

January 30, 2013

WHY REPUBLICANS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE MEDIA IF THEY WANT TO WIN: Author Of Book On 2012 Election: ‘Without Media Bias, America Would Vote Like Texas Or Kentucky.’

January 30, 2013

POLL: 52 Percent of Americans Say Sandy Hook Is Being Exploited for Political Gain.

Democrats, who normally count on the youth vote, may be surprised to find that 70 percent of 18-24 year-olds and 58 percent of 25-34 year-olds say “assault weapons should be allowed.” Similarly, Republicans, who usually rely upon the senior vote, will find that 57 percent of 55-64 year-olds and 61 percent of people over the age of 65 say assault weapons should be prohibited.

Gun control is a movement of old white people.

January 30, 2013

THAT’S A CLOWN AGENCY, BRO: ATF’s Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures.

January 30, 2013

MENENDEZ UPDATE: Report: FBI raids office of Florida doctor linked to Sen. Menendez.

January 30, 2013

ANOTHER GOVERNOR CRITICIZES THE LIBERAL ARTS. Well, fifty years of damaging your brand will eventually get you some criticism. “The criticism by McCrory and others grows out of media reports of un- and underemployed college graduates (often anecdotal, but also based on some data), as well as a general strain of modern conservative political thought that asks whether states’ public sectors – including public colleges and universities – are inefficient, too large and costly, and are therefore getting in the way of private sector job growth.” No surprise here.

January 30, 2013

HMM: Fate Of Immigration Reform Rests With Reluctant Senate.

January 30, 2013

RAHM EMANUEL’S GUN CONTROL WORKING AS EXPECTED: Teen Who Attended Obama Inauguration Gunned Down Near Obama’s Chicago Home. “Maybe it’s time for that national conversation about Chicago, huh?”

January 30, 2013

OOPS: New Republic Embraces Fiction of California’s Balanced Budget.

UPDATE: Link was bad before. Fixed now. Sorry!

January 30, 2013

THE HILL: Reid declines to endorse Feinstein’s assault-weapons legislation. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday declined to voice support for Democratic legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. Reid said he would bring gun-violence legislation to the floor and open it to a lengthy amendment process. But he declined to endorse the assault weapons ban introduced last week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which has the support of the 2nd- and 3rd-ranking Senate Democratic leaders.”

January 30, 2013

THERE, FIXED IT FOR YOU: Civil Rights Organization To Confront Shameless Emotional Bullying At Senate Gun-Control Hearing.

January 30, 2013

THE COUNTRY’S IN THE VERY BEST OF HANDS: Watchdog questions Treasury’s exit plan for Ally Financial. “In the four years since the federal government pumped billions into the nation’s financial firms to stave off economic collapse, virtually all of the biggest companies have repaid their debts. But Ally Financial, once one of the largest auto lenders in the country, still owes the government $11.4 billion. Now a government watchdog is pressing the Treasury Department to develop a plan for Ally to repay taxpayers, who own 74 percent of the company. In a report to Congress being issued Wednesday, the special inspector general for the Troubled Assets Relief Program criticizes Treasury for being slow to get Ally into line.”

January 30, 2013

EUGENE KONTOROVICH: Hans Kelsen On Occupation of Non-Sovereign Territory.

January 30, 2013

A REPORT FROM THE LIBERTY GUN SHOW. And here’s part two.

January 30, 2013

JOURNALISM: CNN focus group leader prompts all illegal immigrants to raise their hands.

January 30, 2013

EGYPT: Egypt’s protests reveal deficit of trust in Muslim Brotherhood. It’s deficits all around in Egypt, but I’m actually quite encouraged by these protests.

January 30, 2013

CULTURE OF CORRUPTION: Sen. Maximus Cronius Baucus rewards ex-staffers with tax breaks for their clients.

January 30, 2013

SHOCKER: Unions, Hollywood open to bankrolling Obama’s advocacy arm.

Yet another reason to repeal the Hollywood tax cuts!

January 30, 2013

TOM BLUMER: Obama’s Economy: The Excuses Begin.

January 30, 2013

I’LL BE ON BILL BENNETT’S SHOW IN A FEW MINUTES, talking about The K-12 Implosion. Listen live here.

January 30, 2013

MEET RYAN MOORE: “Carrying A Gun Saved My Life.”

January 30, 2013

WALTER OLSON: A streetcar named Big Government: Bidding Ray LaHood goodbye.

January 29, 2013

HEH: Menendez Exits Press Conference amid Pressure of Alleged Prostitution Scandal.

January 29, 2013

CONFESSIONS OF A LEFTIST GUN OWNER.

January 29, 2013

JAMES TARANTO: Ideology, Not Competence: Bobby Jindal mistakes a strength for a weakness.

January 29, 2013

AT AMAZON, Coupons Galore in Home & Kitchen.

Plus, Valentine’s Day markdowns on watches for men and women.

January 29, 2013

ROGER KIMBALL ON THE PLEASURES OF GRATIFYING HYPERBOLE, in the form of praise for his new book.

January 29, 2013

DENIAL AND ITS CONSEQUENCES: My Dying Father Is America.

January 29, 2013

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR MITT ROMNEY, WE’D HAVE A CABINET MADE UP OF OLD, RICH WHITE MEN. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! John Kerry Confirmed As Secretary of State.

I believe that this is the first time since at least 2001 that there’s no woman or minority on the presidential-succession shortlist: After Obama, it’s Joe Biden, John Boehner, Patrick Leahy, and John Kerry.

January 29, 2013

MORE BOGUS EDITING FROM MSNBC: Outrageous: How the left-wing media lied about Newtown ‘hecklers’.

Related: The Week: The bogus news story about the Sandy Hook ‘hecklers’: Outrage erupts on liberal sites, but the video tells a different story. “The problem is that Heslin wasn’t really heckled. The Connecticut Post seems to have exaggerated what happened, since video of the incident shows that Heslin asked a question, waited for a response, and received one.”

Via Twitter, I understand they’re still lying about it on CNN.

UPDATE: Shock: A few lefty outlets acknowledge media was wrong about Newtown ‘heckling’; Piers Morgan ‘apologizes,’ sort of.

January 29, 2013

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Firms Increasingly Relying On Internal Referrals, Leaving Long-Term Unemployed Out In The Cold.

January 29, 2013

OF SUICIDE AND MASS MURDER: “Today, fast-firing assault weapons grab international attention, but that is not what makes people like Adam Lanza so dangerous or what gives us reason to fear more such attacks; it’s the fact that Lanza had no will to live. That’s not a problem that can be solved by gun control or arming school guards. It is a problem about people.”

January 29, 2013

ABOUT TIME: After centuries of stagnation, science is making a comeback in the Islamic world.

THE sleep has been long and deep. In 2005 Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only living one, the chemist Ahmed Hassan Zewail, is at the California Institute of Technology. By contrast Jews, outnumbered 100 to one by Muslims, have won 79. The 57 countries in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference spend a puny 0.81% of GDP on research and development, about a third of the world average. America, which has the world’s biggest science budget, spends 2.9%; Israel lavishes 4.4%. . . .

But look more closely and two things are clear. A Muslim scientific awakening is under way. And the roots of scientific backwardness lie not with religious leaders, but with secular rulers, who are as stingy with cash as they are lavish with controls over independent thought.

Not sure the Muslim Brotherhood will do any better.

January 29, 2013

CHANGE: Europe’s Eroding Press Freedom.

January 29, 2013

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 14 First-Date Dos And Don’ts.

January 29, 2013

EVEN IN MARIN COUNTY, people are stocking up on ammo.

January 29, 2013

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: U.S. military role in Mali not far off: French and African military efforts probably not enough to defeat Islamic militants.

January 29, 2013

BUSINESS STRATEGY: “Beautiful women and booze,” Lovell recalled in an interview. “It seemed like the most obvious way in the world to make money.”

January 29, 2013

AT AMAZON, Warehouse Deals on TV & Video.

January 29, 2013

WHY HOMESCHOOLING is becoming Hipster.

I had some related thoughts here. And, of course, in The K-12 Implosion.

January 29, 2013

WHY YOU SHOULD OWN A DIGITAL CAMERA even though you have a smartphone.

January 29, 2013

MICKEY KAUS: 6 Simple Questions on Immigration.

If the Republicans were smart, they’d be using this issue as a wedge against the Democrats, splitting blacks and Big Labor from hispanics. That shouldn’t be hard, given that there’s already significant black-latino friction out in the community, where illegal immigrants compete with blacks for jobs.

January 29, 2013

FASTER, PLEASE: Why The Flu Is So Relentless And How Technology Might Help.

In November, the FDA approved a new vaccine from Novartis, which is produced in cultured dog kidney cells. And earlier this month, the agency approved a vaccine made by ProteinsSciences in cultured insect cells. The methods “offer the potential for faster start-up of the manufacturing process than traditional egg-based vaccine methods,” says a spokesperson for the FDA. Additionally, they may help people with egg allergies safely get flu vaccines.

Public and private researchers are also working to develop so-called universal flu vaccines that would preclude the need to get a new vaccine every year.

Like I said. . . .

January 29, 2013

A SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS STORY.

This goes with something I wrote several years ago, about how it’s easier to be small when others are big.

January 29, 2013

NEWS YOU CAN USE: 5 Tips For Surviving Simple Emergencies On The Road.

January 29, 2013

EDUCATION: Take the exam in Althouse’s on-line class in media bias.

Plus: Deconstructing Eugene Robinson.

January 29, 2013

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Nudism: Is It The Ultimate Form Of Body Acceptance? Apparently so. As a friend of mine once said, the people you see at the nude beach are seldom the people that you want to see at the nude beach.

January 29, 2013

ANSWERING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Has a passenger ever landed a plane after the pilot was incapacitated?

January 29, 2013

RICHARD EPSTEIN: The End Of Charity?

January 29, 2013

IN THE MAIL: Tyranny Unmasked.

January 29, 2013

BILL HENDERSON: Washington & Lee is Biggest Legal Education Story of 2013. “Here it is in a nutshell. There is empirical evidence that Washington & Lee’s experiential 3L curriculum is delivering a significantly better education to 3L students—significantly better than prior graduating classes at W&L, and significantly better than W&L’s primary competitors. Moreover, at a time when total law school applicants are on the decline, W&L’s getting more than its historical share of applicants and getting a much higher yield. When many schools are worried about revenues to survive next year and the year after, W&L is worried about creating the bandwidth needed to educate the surplus of students who enrolled in the fall of 2012, and the backlog of applicants that the school deferred to the fall of 2013.”

I should point out that much of this stuff — heavy writing emphasis, focus on practical lawyering skills, extensive clinics, etc. — is stuff that we’ve been doing at the University of Tennessee for years.

January 29, 2013

WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Another Road: The Blue Elites Are Wrong. “The task facing America today looks something like the task we faced after the Civil War. How do we manage the transition from a well-established political and social system to something more productive? Both then and now, many of the negative features of the transformation appeared first, while the benefits came slowly. The population boom and the agricultural transition drove millions into cities looking for work when there wasn’t yet enough factory employment. There were many people in the 19th century like our gentry liberals today who believed that the new world would pauperize the majority, and who thought that the elite had to band together to defend the values and practices of a vanishing past. Fortunately, history rolled right over them and Americans were ultimately able to build a society that was both more prosperous and more free than anything the pre-industrial world had ever seen.”

January 29, 2013

PUNCHING BACK TWICE AS HARD: Vermont Gun Range Bans Police Officers From Facility Over Proposed City-Wide Ban on Semi-Automatic Rifles.

A Vermont gun range has banned the Burlington Police Department from using its facility after City Council voted to advance a proposed ban on semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. And given the fact that such facilities are limited in the area, the move could impact when and where officers can go target shooting.

Officials with the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club told Fox News that it is hard for the facility to support the city, which includes police officers, due to the attempted gun grab by City Council.

“We have members in Burlington as well as members of our club that are going to be passing through Burlington and this would directly affect them and we felt that a prejudicial vote like that was going to be non-supportive of our club and being non-supportive of our club makes it very difficult to support Burlington City,” the club’s chairman Bob Boivin said.

“It is a constitutional issue. I mean, it’s not just a Second Amendment constitutional issue; but it’s also a constitutional issue for Vermont. We have laws that have the state governing our gun controls in this area and they’re looking to supersede those,” he added.

Responding to the gun range ban, the Burlington Police Department said in a statement: “It is unfortunate that this important and much-needed community dialogue regarding gun control currently under way in the City of Burlington and across the nation has resulted in this action.”

Oh, it’s dialogue that you’re seeing. That’s what you don’t like.

January 29, 2013

LIFE AMONG THE BARBARIANS:

The Ahmed Baba Institute, an Islamic learning center in the town of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali, holds thousands of ancient drawings and writings from the Quran and everyday life in this point along a historic Saharan caravan route.

On Monday, Timbuktu’s Mayor Ousmane Halle said from Mali’s capital Bamako that he had gotten word Islamist fighters had torched the library as well as his office before retreating. The Malian army, backed by French forces, are working on driving back rebel forces from cities they had taken over last year.

Pathetic.

January 29, 2013

AT AMAZON, up to 60% off on clothing. For men, women, kids, and babies.

Also, Valentine’s Day deals on clothing and lingerie.

And, today only: Stuhrling Original Men’s Aquadiver Swiss Quartz Watches, $49.99 (85% off).

January 29, 2013

TAX THE REVOLVING DOOR: My USA Today column expands on my proposed post-employment surtax for federal officials.

January 29, 2013

KIRSTEN POWERS: Obama vs. Fox News — behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization.

It’s media criticism, Chicago-style. Hey, I told you so.

January 29, 2013

SHOCKER: Hillary Clinton’s dodgy Benghazi testimony was full of untruths.

January 29, 2013

ED DRISCOLL: ‘Free of Party Ideology or Partisan Bias.’

January 29, 2013

EGYPT: In Port Said, new opposition to Egypt’s Morsi. “Many of the men and women who chanted for Morsi’s execution in the tense and battle-scarred streets of Port Said on Monday said that in last summer’s presidential election, they actually voted for the man. That the city turned so vehemently against him with a single court verdict underscores Morsi’s increasing vulnerability, and suggests that others could just as easily shift their favor — potentially altering the nature of Egypt’s political divide and bringing new threats to the country’s already tenuous stability and rapidly sinking economy. . . . The stakes are high. Egyptian Army Chief Abdel Fatah al-Sissi warned Tuesday of the ‘collapse of the state’ if the crisis continues.”

January 29, 2013

BYRON YORK: Bipartisan immigration plan faces deep skepticism.

Of course, thanks to the Obama economy, net migration from Mexico is going negative. “The net migration flow from Mexico to the United States has stopped and may have reversed.” Soon they’ll want a border fence to keep Americans from leaving.

January 29, 2013

LOVE HAS NO PRIDE: “The thought that love has no pride is an old one. Indeed, it has become something of a cliché. Yet it has achieved the status of cliché by virtue of the truth in it. CBS’s venerable 60 Minutes show brought us an example of the cliché in action over the weekend. 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft is smitten with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He put his professional skills aside to do public relations for Obama and Clinton in their joint interview with him for the show. A serious journalist might have tried to learn something on the issues of the day from them. Not Kroft. Lest there be any misunderstanding, Kroft thrust his tongue down their throats as fast as he could and kept it there for the duration.”

January 29, 2013

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Obama administration closing Gitmo-closing office. “Four years ago, Barack Obama’s first act as President was an executive order to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The White House created a position at State of ‘special envoy’ to Guantanamo, whose duties included reviewing the pending cases with Attorney General Eric Holder, and diplomacy with allies to place the current detainees in order to close the facility. Four years later, the only thing being closed is Special Envoy Daniel Freed’s office.”

January 29, 2013

CULTURE JAMMING: Seattle Gun Buyback Turns Into Gun Show When Gun Owners Show Up, Outbid Police. “Why not offer them cash versus a gift card? I’m still taking the guns off the streets; they’re just going in my safe.”

January 29, 2013

IN MINNESOTA, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS.

An explosion in the popularity of high school robotics teams has suddenly made it chic to be geek.

Robotics team members are getting varsity letters and patches, being paraded before school assemblies like other sports stars and seeing trophies in the same lobby display cases as their football, basketball or baseball counterparts. . . .

A telling statistic: For the first time ever, there are more varsity robotics teams than there are boys’ varsity hockey teams in the state. There are 156 high school boys’ hockey teams and 180 robotics teams, up from 153 last year, according to the Minnesota State High School League.

I see this as mostly positive.

January 29, 2013

STEPHEN GREEN: Time For A Gun-Free President.

Related: Skeptical Congresswoman Challenges Obama to Skeet-Shooting Match. My money’s on Marsha Blackburn.

January 29, 2013

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Investor’s Business Daily: Subsidies Create Glut of College Grads. “While colleges will churn about roughly 19 million college graduates between 2010 and 2020, the market will likely create fewer than 7 million new jobs that require at least a bachelor’s degree. Weirdly, at the same time, the country faces a shortage of skilled labor — plumbers, electricians, carpenters and the like. . . . If this all looks strange and mysterious, it is. Until, that is, you realize a big reason for all these distortions is the massive federal effort to encourage and subsidize college education.”

I told you so.

January 29, 2013

LEGAL EDUCATION UPDATE: Applicants Are Avoiding Law School in Droves (Especially Those With 170+ LSATs).

January 29, 2013

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: U.S. Military to Establish Drone Base in North Africa.

January 29, 2013

LAWS, LIKE TAXES, ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Public interest group sues EPA for FOIA delays, claims agency ordered officials to ignore requests.

January 29, 2013

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Ethanol Mandates Are Making Super Bowl Chicken Wing Buckets Go Bye-Bye. “According to Gallup, nearly 76% of Americans say higher food prices are hurting their family’s finances, and this year’s Super Bowl festivities will be the latest manifestation of that fact. Prices are only estimated to get even higher. Converting 40% of our animal feed to gasoline because of the renewable fuel standard is not helping consumers or their pocketbooks, as misguided energy policies continue to ‘peck’ away at our recovery.”

January 29, 2013

INCENTIVES: Phil Mickelson and the Sports Star Tax Migration to Florida and Texas.

January 29, 2013

TALKING ABOUT THINGS at Helen’s Page.

January 29, 2013

AND YET ONE OF THEIR CAMPAIGN THEMES WAS THAT THEY’D BRING BACK THE CLINTON PROSPERITY: Purging the Ghost of Bill Clinton’s Economics From the Holy Spirit of Barack Obama. “One of the more interesting and regrettable ideological developments over the past eight or so years has been the Democratic Party’s repudiation of Bill Clinton’s economic policies (a repudiation, fortunately for Clinton, that does not require rejecting the Big Dog himself, nor renouncing credit for his economic successes). . . . But here’s the problem: Every time the Congressional Budget Office conducts a ‘long-term budget outlook,’ the result is always horror.”

January 29, 2013

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: California’s Twilight. “The result of 30 years of illegal immigration, the reigning culture of the coastal childless households, the exodus of the overtaxed, and the rule of public employees is not just Democratic, but hyper-liberal supermajorities in the legislature. In the most naturally wealthy state in the union with a rich endowment from prior generations, California is serially broke — the master now of its own fate. It has the highest menu of income, sales, and gas taxes in the nation, and about the worst infrastructure, business climate, and public education. Is the latter fact despite or because of the former?”

January 29, 2013

CAN YOU SAY RECKLESS DISREGARD? So they just went ahead and published addresses that they knew could be wrong?

January 29, 2013

HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Payroll Tax Hikes Bite Amid Record-Long Wage Slump. “Higher payroll tax rates this year will make a record wage slump feel even worse, as Americans struggle with stagnant pay in addition to a weak job market. Yearly wage growth for production workers and nonsupervisors has been below 2% for 17 straight months, less than the rate of inflation.”

And note the accompanying graphic:

January 28, 2013

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ Lena Dunham, ‘Django’: Stop Politicizing Everything!

January 28, 2013

TO NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE REVIEWS: Arkansas Town Unleashes SWAT To Patrol Streets.

January 28, 2013

OBAMA, OUT OF THE CLOSET: “It has been amusing, in a black-humor sort of way, to see various media figures finally admit that Barack Obama is a far-left, out of the mainstream political figure. Just kidding; they don’t actually admit that. But at least they are now willing to acknowledge–most of them, anyway–that he is a liberal. ‘I told you so’ is, as usual, cold comfort.”

Nonsense. “I told you so” is the chief source of pleasure in the blogosphere.

January 28, 2013

AT AMAZON, Hot New Releases in Movies & TV.

January 28, 2013

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE UPDATE: U.S. To Expand Role In Africa: Military Pact With Niger Brings American Forces Closer to Conflict in Mali.

January 28, 2013

PAUL CHRISTIANSEN: To Outsmart ObamaCare, Go Protean: Don’t fire staff to avoid the 50-employee trigger. Make them corporations.

January 28, 2013

ALLEN WEST not so thrilled with women in combat.

January 28, 2013

WHEN EDUCATION IS INDOCTRINATION: Schools push to ‘disarm the minds’ of children: Conditioning kids to reject the Second Amendment.

January 28, 2013

POLITICIAN TELLS TRUTH, NATION IN SHOCK: France ‘totally bankrupt’, says labour minister Michel Sapin.

January 28, 2013

ED DRISCOLL: Far from Complete: Great Books Missing in the Kindle Format. “There are numerous examples of books that I’d repurchase in a second to read on my Kindle that simply aren’t there yet. Nor are they available on Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader; I’ve searched.”

January 28, 2013

JOSE MARIA AZNAR: We Need To Defend Western Values. “In another installment of his Prager University coursework on values and culture, Aznar links the abandonment of leadership on values with a rise in intolerance rather than the opposite . . . . Aznar also believes that big government is ‘unsustainable and untenable,’ and that both Europe and the US need to learn that lesson quickly. ‘A lot of interventionism is bad for societies.’”

January 28, 2013

LOWER EDUCATION UPDATE: Teachers flip for ‘flipped learning’ class model.

When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he’s already learned the day’s lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework.

So without a lecture to listen to, he and his classmates at Segerstrom Fundamental High School spend class time doing practice problems in small groups, taking quizzes, explaining the concept to other students, reciting equation formulas in a loud chorus, and making their own videos while teacher Crystal Kirch buzzes from desk to desk to help pupils who are having trouble.

It’s a technology-driven teaching method known as “flipped learning” because it flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework — the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice.

I talk about this very thing in The K-12 Implosion. But you probably guessed that.

January 28, 2013

RAND SIMBERG: Remembering the Challenger Disaster.

January 28, 2013

BOB ZUBRIN: Why We Should Be Emitting More Carbon. Well, I’m not worrying about my carbon emissions until the prominent Greens give up their mansions and private jets.

January 28, 2013

REALISM: Irish council approves motion to allow rural drink-driving.

The motion was passed by Kerry county council on Monday by five votes to three, with the remainder of the councillors either absent or abstaining.

It supports the creation of permit that will allow rural drinkers to drive after having “two or three drinks”. It was tabled by the independent councillor Danny Healy-Rae, who has claimed it would help prevent depression and suicide in the county.

Healy-Rae said people in rural areas were “travelling very minor roads … with very little traffic” and “have never killed anyone”.

He said his proposal would bring back a social outlet for lonely people in rural areas that had been lost after stricter drink-drive laws were introduced.

Well, I guess it’ll be a while before Uber gets there.

January 28, 2013

TAX THE REVOLVING DOOR: My USA Today column expands on my proposed post-employment surtax for federal officials.

January 28, 2013

NOTICE: We’ll be doing a site upgrade in a few minutes, so don’t be shocked if things look a little funny for a bit.

January 28, 2013

A DELICIOUS GOODBYE: Man gets his last Whopper Jr. during his funeral procession. Before you make the obvious joke, note this:

A Pennsylvania man who died at age 88 was buried Saturday — but not before a stop at Burger King on the way to the cemetery for a Whopper Jr.

The York Daily Record reported that David S. Kime Jr. of West York loved those burgers — along with other fast food — so his family and friends followed the hearse through the drive-through window at the Manchester Burger King. The manager said 40 Whopper Jr. burgers were prepared, including one for Kime, who died Jan. 20.

“He always lived by his own rules,” Linda Phiel, one of Kime’s three daughters, told the Daily Record. “His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper Jr.”

Just think, without all that fast food, he might have lived to see 89.

January 28, 2013

IT’S FREE: AMAZON STUDENT.

January 28, 2013

FROM THE NO-SUCH-THING-AS-BAD-PUBLICITY DEPARTMENT: Five Products Manti Te’o Could Endorse.

January 28, 2013

ROBERT COTTROL, famous for his work on race and gun control, has a new book out: The Long, Lingering Shadow: Slavery, Race, and Law in the American Hemisphere.

January 28, 2013

YES, YOU CAN STOP THINKING ABOUT IT: How To Rid Your Mind Of Unwanted Thoughts. I always just imagine that I’m a 60 Minutes reporter with doubts about Obama — and poof! they’re gone.