Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

June 9, 2005

Freedom of Choice?

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Milton Friedman on education, in the Wall Street Journal.

But it’s the Republicans who are stupid!

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:01 pm

Remember, if you’re a liberal, you’re supposed to think that Republicans and conservatives are that way because they are stupid. For example:

Responding to a study showing a gross imbalance of Democrats over Republicans on the faculty of Wells College, located in Aurora, NY, a Wells professor distributed a campus-wide email calling for Republicans to be forcibly lobotomized and labeling Republicans “stupid.”

Another example:

“We try to hire the best, smartest people available,” [Duke University philosophy department chair Robert] Brandon said of his philosophy hires. “If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire.

“Mill’s analysis may go some way towards explaining the power of the Republican party in our society and the relative scarcity of Republicans in academia. Players in the NBA tend to be taller than average. There is a good reason for this. Members of academia tend to be a bit smarter than average. There is a good reason for this too.”

For the charge “Republicans are stupid” to have any meaning, that has to be compared compared to Demcrats, right? Well, instead of looking at innuendo like the above examples, let’s look at some actual behavior of Democrats. Specifically, the group known as MoveOn, which was founded to oppose Clinton’s impeachment, produced the famous “Bush=Hitler” TV ads, gave Howard Dean his early momentum, received millions of dollars from George Soros, excoriated the Switft Boat Veterans for Truth , and is widely considered the backbone of the Democratic base.

So they must be pretty smart, right? Not like those stupid Republicans.

Here they are in action:

No, not that Mike Rogers

By Andrew Engel

A protest organized June 1 by MoveOn, a liberal political action committee, drew about 20 people to the Michigan Avenue office of U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton[, Michigan]. Demonstrators protested Rogers’ ties to embattled House Majority Leader Tom Delay.

There was only one problem: They had the wrong Mike Rogers.


The group came armed with financial records from a Web site that detailed various financial contributions between the two Republicans, including a $20,000 campaign contribution from DeLay to Rogers as well as a $5,000 contribution by Rogers to DeLay’s legal defense fund.

However, the Mike Rogers involved was not the Michigan congressman, but rather Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala.

Lest you claim that MoveOn is not actually an “official” Democratic organization: The website from which MoveOn got the inaccurate information, houseofscandal.org, is in fact owned by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is about as “official” a Democratic organization as there can be.

Is Turkey Going Islamist?

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:48 pm

Daniel Pipes has some interesting thoughts about Turkey and it’s future.

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