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Ruminations for the Easily Amused for April 22 2009

22 April 2009 at 1:39:51 PM

Dang. I'm already worn out from looking at STINKING FIREFOX Hoity-toit for a day or so, but tonight is the open house for he GRISD technology center. Can't miss that!

What happened to the original Star Trek Cast?-13 marriages, 15 children, two alkies, one gay wedding.

Aw, geez. What happened to Tom Jones? Remember women throwing their panties on stage?

Well, this made me laugh-Lon Burnam's comment.

Hah! Institute of Creation's lawsuit against Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. because Everyone Ought To Be Able to Issue Baloney Degrees, right?  More from Panda's Thumb

ICR claims it “met or exceeded” the 21 Standards of Certificates of Authority. In fact, ICR did not meet several of those standards which was the basis of the THECB’s refusal to grant the Certificate of Authority. Three of those unmet standards were faculty qualifications, the curriculum, and academic freedom of the faculty and students. The standard of judging these things is comparison with other Texas institutions of higher learning that offer the same Master of Science Degree in Science Education. ICR was in no way comparable to other institutions, which was the original THECB justification for denial of the certification. Indeed, ICR compares so unfavorably that in my opinion it would never be able to achieve accreditation from a legitimate accrediting association, and I believe ICR’s plan was to keep renewing its state Certificate of Authority indefinitely (or seek legislative assistance in some fashion.…)

ICR’s claim that it suffers from “anti-accommodational evolution-only-science enforcement policy practices” is frankly absurd. ICR has every right in the world to teach its Creationist pseudoscience to paying students and can continue to do that, so that falsifies its claim of illegal victimization by the State of Texas. It has no right, however, to demand that its graduating students be awarded a Texas-certified Master of Science degree, since under no definition of science or practice of legitimate science education in the United States is ICR’s curriculum “science.”

Acton Commentary on Earmarks. I agree

earmarks violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the U. S. Constitution. The Constitution calls for deliberation and debate regarding government spending. Given the vast number of earmarks and the time limitations for our legislators, deliberation on thousands of congressional pet projects is impossible. Any scrutiny for an earmark is limited to the office of a single legislator.

Next, earmarks violate federalism. Our Founders assured those opposed to the Constitution that the national government would be confined to matters of national scope. The Tenth Amendment placed an exclamation point on this matter. In the 1820s, New York legislators proposed federal funding for construction of the Erie Canal. This was rejected because the canal would benefit only one region. With the bipartisan earmark explosion of recent decades, legislators do not question federal spending that favors even one location within a single county.

Since earmark spending is special interest spending, overextension of government spending results. For a special interest project, the beneficiaries are few in number but they benefit greatly. Taxpayers are many but tax shares are very small—just a penny, nickel, or dime. The result is that special interests win out over silent taxpayers. Earmark spending is a prescription for an ever-expanding government.

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