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    Hold the Balloons and Confetti, Please

    Caroline Hoxby?s latest Commentary on charter school achievement in the Wall Street Journal is just a raison d?etre for bringing up an important point that recent charter school cheerleading in North Carolina has so far avoided. North Carolina?s charter schools uniquely lag the nation, or even report negative academic…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004
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    More draft history

    An interesting historical note on the draft: when that great progressive Democrat, Woodrow Wilson instituted his “Selective Draft Act of 1917” he simultaneously outlawed volunteering, It seems that the socialist/progressive governing elite of the time thought that to allow any freedom at all would yield results that would be less…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004
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    The Turtles Are Gone!

    Now we can start pollutin’ and buildin’ again!…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004
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    Re: What is D.C. thinking?

    WaPo’sSally Jenkins adds a terrific column on the $440 million DC deal which actually cites real research into the whole public stadia building craze, like this from Stanford economist Roger Noll: Any independent study shows that as an investment, it’s silly. If they’re trying to sell it on grounds…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004
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    What is D.C. thinking?

    The Montreal Expos are coming to Washington, D.C., and Washington taxpayers are getting screwed. You won’t believe the sweet stadium deal the team got from the District. You just won’t believe it. In the immortal words of Apu Nahasapeemapetilan, “Silly customer! What were you thinking?!”…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004
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    Who should we fear on the draft?

    The Democrats are trying to scare voters–parents and kids–into believing that George Bush has a secret plan to bring back the draft. But anyone who knows the history of this issue also knows that it is much more likely that the selective slavery, uh I mean, selective service system…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004
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    UNC faculty finally distance themselves from Crystall ? wait, never mind, strike that

    A week after the Office of Civil Rights found UNC-CH lecturer Elyse Crystall has discriminated against and harassed a student in her class for being a white male, Judith Wegner, chairman of the Faculty Council at UNC-Chapel Hill, wrote a blistering letter to the editor of The Daily Tar…
    Locker Room contributor, September 30, 2004