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    Doubleplusgood Newspeak from MinEd

    The Washington Post has a good article on the new arsenal of ridiculously obtuse terms for simple education concepts that public-education bureaucrats are inflicting upon teachers and students.
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2004
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    Some Election 2004 Humor

    For a break from the traditional media coverage of the Iowa Caucuses, check out Dave Barry’s Election 2004 insights.
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2004
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    Speaking of Iowa, What a Mess!

    Wow. Folks at all interested in comprehending the potential vote-cout morass that is the Iowa caucus need to read Mickey Kaus over at kaufiles/Slate today. He goes into detail, but stick with it because it is important. He explains why there are at least four if not five “counts”…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2004
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    The capture of the SAT

    The education blob likes to take over everything even remotely touching upon education, and the SAT has been one of its targets. My older son took the SAT last year and afterward told me that there were several questions that he thought sounded like there was a politically correct answer.
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2004
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    Perceptive New Republic piece on Edwards

    My former employer, The New Republic, has an interesting piece on the rise of John Edwards in Iowa. Reporter Ryan Lizza is on the scene and provides some useful insights and imagery. While not endorsing the Edwards policy agenda in the slightest, I would note that his upbeat rhetoric…
    Locker Room contributor, January 19, 2004
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    Why Is the US Running Scared?

    In Saturday’s The Times of India, reporter Chidanand Rajghatta notes that the issue of outsourcing has become a political hot potato and will remain so. Running Scared It is a hot potato because of the hype–outsourcing means a massive shift in jobs from the US to other countries, principally…
    Locker Room contributor, January 18, 2004
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    Dieting for Jesus

    This is a very timely article by one of America’s leading sociologists, Alan Wolfe. Appearing in the British journal, Prospect, Wolfe asserts that American Christian conservatives are more American than they are Christian or conservative. He argues that given a choice between old-time religion and the seductions of modernity, Christian…
    Locker Room contributor, January 18, 2004
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    Bummer Sunday

    I bet that not even these products could have helped talk Spalding Gray down from the ledge. These were the two first articles I read Sunday morning. I need to go to church……
    Locker Room contributor, January 18, 2004