Daily Archives: August 2, 2012

Low-income, black, and Hispanic students make gains on state tests

By now, I am sure you heard the news.  North Carolina’s graduation rate was 80.2 percent, a 2.3 percent increase from a year ago.  There was a 1.9 percent decrease in the percentage of students that met or exceeded growth expectations on state tests. Here are a few interesting findings: I examined the End ofContinue Reading

Jack Hunter: Even Rothbard supported political engagement

While many in the liberty movement may pooh-pooh political engagement, in favor of educational outreach alone, Jack Hunter has written a valuable rebuttal (also presented in the video below). In The American Conservative—an excellent magazine, by the way—he bases his case on the example of staunch libertarian and anarcho-capitalist, Murray Rothbard, who authored The EthicsContinue Reading

Gun Rights and Personal Freedom

I recently completed my concealed carry permit class.  I shoot occasionally at the range, but I’m not really a big gun person.  I decided to do the class largely because I’d heard good things about the training that the class would provide.  I also spend time with people who do carry handguns, so I thoughtContinue Reading

Hanson counters the popular notion that economic conditions will decide the outcome of the 2012 presidential race

Our sagging economy has attracted most of the attention during this presidential campaign season, but Victor Davis Hanson‘s latest National Review Online column suggests the economy might not serve as the dominating factor in determining whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney wins in November. Sure, the economic outlook is poor, Hanson writes, but Obama hasn’tContinue Reading

Perdue to environmental zealots: I’m just not that into you

Gov. Beverly Perdue’s decision to ignore professional left-of-center environmentalists’ complaints about three bills passed during the closing days of this year’s legislative session — including the controversial sea-level bill — brings to mind Steven Hayward’s description of the environmental movement: “the battered spouses of the Democratic Party.”

Latest dispatches from the campaign trail, August 2, 2012

• The News & Observer‘s John Frank calls Walter Dalton’s “Food Tax Pat” flier attacking Pat McCrory a “smear.”   • Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-7th, is mentioned in a Bloomberg Businessweek article about the declining number of moderates in Congress.   • Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., suggests to WBT 1110 AM in Charlotte that FloridaContinue Reading

Keeping McCain at arm’s length

Conservatives lukewarm about John McCain’s 2008 presidential run are likely glad to see that current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has not rushed to enlist McCain’s help for the 2012 campaign. Newsweek‘s Howard Kurtz probes the Romney-McCain relationship in the latest issue. [T]he bigger problem may be that Romney—and the Republican Party -itself—has moved toContinue Reading

Historian Ferguson is no ‘technoptimist’

Think Facebook and its ilk will lead to substantial improvements in our lives? Perhaps you can convince skeptic Niall Ferguson, the Harvard historian who devotes his latest Newsweek column to the topic. For a historian, all this technoptimism is hard to swallow. The harsh reality, as far as I can see, is that the nextContinue Reading