Black Values and Education (Podcast)

Thank you to Snoopy Jenkins and King for the fun and lively podcast tonight. You can download it here, or you can hear it here:

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What to do about ISIS

ISIS beheaded another American journalist with a knife.

I understand all the talk about how America is a big country with a big military. I understand how some people around the world don’t like America. But beheading unarmed American journalists and then posting the videos on the internet? I just don’t see how our values can coexist. Biden says that the U.S. is going to pursue these vicious murderers “to the gates of Hell.” I hope we do. I don’t think we have any other choice in the matter. At some point, it’s either us or them. We either continue to allow them to murder our journalists, or we stop them.

America the Beautiful by Ben Carson (Review)

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America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great is Dr. Ben Carson’s book on where he believes America needs to go. I had heard Carson speak on some radio talk shows, and I was intrigued by his clear and direct views on where he thought government and the country needed to go. For those moderates looking for a good, thought provoking book, check this one out.

Magnus Carlsen’s title at risk because of Russian politics?

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

I was hoping to use this space to talk about the win that I’d been hoping Nakamura would score against Magnus in the Sinquefield Cup, the highest rated chess tournament in history, which is going on right now. But no luck. Naka got a draw again, unfortunately while playing White. He has been unlucky stylistically against Magnus, but hopefully he’ll rack up some wins against the other people. As of right now, both he and Magnus are ranked right in the middle of the six-person round robin.

9-year-old accidentally kills shooting instructor with an Uzi

If you’re wondering why the hell a 9-year-old girl was even allowed to have an Uzi in her hand, read here. I don’t want to say that it’s stupid, but…it’s stupid. Why would you ever put a fully automatic submachine gun in the hands of a child? In Oregon, they don’t allow fully automatic guns. Even if you have a semi-automatic AR-15, ranges don’t allow you to shoot too fast.

The Billion Dollar Question

Obama has just appointed you Secretary of Racial Equity. He has given you a billion dollars to spend it however you like to cure the education gap for African Americans or to help Asian Americans. This was the question that I posed to Snoopy Jenkins in another thread.

N has attempted to answer it:

I’ll have a crack at the billion dollar question. Instead of AA (affirmative action), create a voluntuary special program that aims to create qualified people to address specific needs – eg, medicine, education but not computer programming/engineering etc.

Asian Americans–the convenient punching bags in race relations

Interesting article on fundraising in Ferguson for both Michael Brown and Darren Wilson. The protests for Michael Brown were interesting:

In Washington, hundreds of protesters marched through busy commercial streets on a damp Saturday evening to protest the killing of Mr. Brown. Organizers — including the activist groups National Black United Front and the Answer Coalition — targeted the Chinatown neighborhood, said Eugene Young, a spokesman for the Answer Coalition, because “if there’s not going to be justice for Michael Brown, then there won’t be any economic peace.”

What if affirmative action were voluntary?

I’ve been reading Ben Carson’s America the Beautiful. In one section, he recounts the story about how his mother invited a homeless man into their home and fed him chili. Carson writes about how it was his mother’s generous spirit that made her do it, but if giving chili to a homeless stranger had been forced by the government, she might not feel as happy to give. Carson is therefore against forced redistribution.