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John Derbyshire On Science Education And Affirmative Action: The War Against Human Nature Continues

Following on from my last week’s analysis of the International Math Olympiad results (here, with supplementary posts here and here), I have a couple of items on science education and the Left’s continuing war against human nature.

First, an opinion piece for the blog of The Smithsonian magazine. The author is one Shannon Palus, [Email her] described as “a science writer and a researcher for Popular Science.”

Ms. Palus’ blog post laments the under-representation of blacks, Hispanics, and women in American college science faculties.

In the matter of racial under-representation, we get this:

According to the new survey data, just 2.1% of physics faculty in the country are African American and 3.2% Hispanic … The overwhelming majority—79.2%—of physics faculty are white.

[We Know Physics is Largely White and Male, But Exactly How White and Male is Still Striking by Shannon Palus, Smithsonian.com, July 14, 2014]

As one of Ms. Palus’ commenters points out, adding the three numbers there gives a total of 84.5 percent. Who are the missing 15.5 percent? Perhaps they are some analog of the mysterious “dark matter” that physicists tell us lurks in the interstices of spacetime?

Answer, of course: Asians. For some reason, Ms. Paulus isn’t interested in them.

If you factor in sex, which Ms. Palus needless to say calls “gender,” the discrepancies are even greater:

In the entire United States, of the thousands and thousands of college physics and astronomy faculty, only 75 are African American or Hispanic women, says the American Institute of Physics. According to a new survey by the AIP, female racial minorities make up less than 1% of the 9,050 physics faculty members in the country.

Presumably “racial minorities” does not include that 15.5 percent of dark matter.

What accounts for these under-representations, though? You have one guess: Bias!

The roots of bias run deep, and in some part stem from the idea that physics is a select club, the exclusive realm of brilliant, excentric [sic] white men.

Eliminating irrational biases in faculty hiring, supposing such biases exist

Perdue Defeats Kingston Because Georgia GOP Voters Got Message About Chamber Of Commerce’s Support For Amnesty

David Perdue, Jack Kingston

David Perdue and Jack Kingston

Businessman David Perdue’s victory over Congressman Jack Kingston in the Georgia GOP Senate runoff is being touted as another Tea Party defeat. And most Tea Party and Conservatism Inc. types did indeed support either Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey or Secretary of State Karen Handel in the primary; then supported Kingston in the runoff. But the real news: the role that Georgia’s immigration patriotism played in the race—and above all, the disastrous backfiring of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement of Kingston, because of its support for Amnesty.

John Gizzi of Newsmax explained the race in boilerplate Conservatism Inc. terms:

Backed by Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, the National Rifle Association, and the Club for Growth, Kingston campaigned to the right of Perdue in the run-off. Reminding voters he had never voted for a tax increase, he slammed Perdue for a statement that increasing tax revenues was a “reality” to get the country “out of the economic ditch.” He also campaigned as “100 percent pro-life” and supporting traditional marriage, while Perdue rarely mentioned social issues. Big Money, Outsider Image Gave David Perdue Upset in Georgia, July 23, 2014

Gizzi did not mention immigration—although on that issue, Perdue got decisively “to the right” of Kingston.

Both candidates took the same unobjectionable but uninspiring positions that we’ve come to expect in GOP primaries. They both made it clear they were against the Gang Of 8 bill and Amnesty generally. They claimed to support increased border security. But they were otherwise silent. In other words, they tacitly acknowledged the strength of immigration patriotism in Georgia but, either because of stupidity or fear of the donors and the Main Stream Media, they ignored the “Brat Playbook” and did not run on it.

However, what made this race really interesting was that both candidates

Is Putin Really Worse Than Stalin?

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In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine.

After the "kulaks," the independent farmers, had been liquidated in the forced collectivization of Soviet agriculture, a genocidal famine was imposed on Ukraine through seizure of her food production.

Estimates of the dead range from two to nine million souls.

Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who called reports of the famine "malignant propaganda," won a Pulitzer for his mendacity.

In November 1933, during the Holodomor, the greatest liberal of them all, FDR, invited Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov to receive official U.S. recognition of his master Stalin's murderous regime.

On August 1, 1991, just four months before Ukraine declared its independence of Russia, George H. W. Bush warned Kiev's legislature:

"Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid...

Still Fighting: The Delphi Workers Obama Robbed

The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and "workplace innovation." But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support—and inching toward justice.

It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their plight must not be forgotten.

Remember when Washington rushed to nationalize the U.S. auto industry with $80 billion in taxpayer "rescue" funds and avoid contested court termination proceedings? Behind closed doors, the Obama administration's...

Memo From Middle America | “Who Would Jesus Deport?” Is The Wrong Question For Christian Patriots

When Nancy Pelosi said that illegals should be treated like the “baby Jesus,” the former Speaker became the latest liberal politician to opportunistically use Christianity to guilt trip Americans into giving away their country. [Pelosi: Border Children Should be Treated Like Refugee Baby Jesus, Breitbart, July 22, 2014] Unfortunately, the former Speaker the American Thinker called an “occasionally devout Catholic” is not alone, as evidenced by the widespread use of the deeply dishonest slogan “Who Would Jesus Deport?” [Nancy Pelosi’s Baby Jesus’ Argument, by Jeannie DeAngelis, July 23, 2014]

“Who Would Jesus Deport?” is widely deployed by open borders advocates in articles, cartoons, t-shirts and even its own Facebook page. And as you might guess, those asking the question already have an answer—certainly not illegal aliens. The loaded question is designed to force American Christians into supporting destructive policies out of misplaced morality.

Elvira Arellano, an illegal who made a great show of holing up inside a church to avoid deportation and used her anchor baby son Saul as a prop, tried to cast herself as a Christian martyr using the slogan. Here’s a photo of Elvira back in 2006 wearing a “Who Would Jesus Deport?” t-shirt.

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Things to know about immigration activist Elvira Arellano, MySanAntonio.com, May 7, 2014

Though some are simply misguided idealists, many of the activists who use this slogan are less concerned with living a Christian life than with...

Eyes On The Prize: Chris McDaniel Supporters Should Work To Take Back The Senate

Ann CoulterWhen a U.S. president is using the IRS to terrify his political enemies, destroying American health care and opening our southern border to millions of future welfare-collecting, Democratic voters from the Third World, why is a dime's worth of money being wasted on trying to replace the Republican senator from Mississippi with a slightly different Republican?

Honestly, I think these deck chairs look just fine. Maybe we should check on the Titanic's hull, captain.

If Chris McDaniel's supporters want to show what bad-ass studs they are, how about walking across the Mississippi River and getting Tom Cotton elected in Arkansas? He's running against a Democrat, fellas! Or how about walking a little farther down the river, to Louisiana, and helping Bill Cassidy take out another Democrat?

Those two Democrats, Sens. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu, could well win re-election in red states--despite voting for Obamacare and amnesty. And tea partiers are still focused like a laser beam on making Republican senators more perfect, rather than beating Democrats.

Yes, it's annoying to see a Republican appeal to Democratic voters to save his seat. But Thad Cochran is hardly Arlen Specter, who was a thorn in Republicans' side forever.

At least McDaniel's allies have a good plan. They're going to invent a time machine and travel back to June 24 to undo the runoff election. Wait--they don't have a time machine?

It also doesn't look great having alleged Republican activists claiming that any votes from blacks in a GOP primary were fraudulent. It so happens that Cochran has always won a fair portion of the black vote--and the Democrat vote.

In Cochran's last election without Barack Obama on the ticket...

Marine Corps General John Kelly, Head of U.S. Southern Command, Says Border Security an “Existential” Threat to the U.S. Main Stream Media Ignores Him

Marine Corps General John Kelly, Head of U.S. Southern Command, Says Border Security an “Existential” Threat to the U.S. Main Stream Media Ignores Him

Breaking a trend of abysmally PC military leadership, the head of U.S. Southern Command recently dropped a bomb on the open borders crowd. Border security is now an “existential” threat to the country, according to the commander of U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly. [Top General Says Mexico Border Security Now ‘Existential’ Threat to U.S., by Molly O’Toole, Defense One, July 5, 2014].

Not surprisingly, the Main Stream Media has avoided Kelly’s comments. As of this writing, only one local CBS station has reported the story. This is particularly shocking because Kelly was a subject of a long Washington Post profile after his son, a Marine lieutenant, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. [Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice, By Greg Jaffe, March 2, 2011]

Southern Command has responsibility for South America and Central America. Gen. Kelly pointed out what should be the obvious correlation between our porous southern border and national security:

In comparison to other global threats, the near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow are frequently viewed to be of low importance… Many argue these threats are not existential and do not challenge our national security. I disagree.

Gen. Kelly surely is not alone among military officers, past and present, who could offer insight into the border fiasco. But they would have to find time away from the American military’s jihad against gender inequality and sexual assault, in order to uphold their oath to the constitution to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

That oath is clearly nagging at patriotic officers who see our sovereignty betrayed, and our territorial integrity violated with near impunity. Barack Obama has gradually reshaped the military leadership into, as Nicholas Stix writes, “a politicized, diverse officer corps.” But there are a few leaders left who believe in fighting for the nation – not a modern day Camp of the Saints in the Rio Grande Valley, not a multicultural contingent of globalism, but an actual nation.

Kelly has spoken out before about the border threat, and about the “current cohort of opinion makers and cultural icons” in America who peddle selfishness and materialism. [General: Millennial Marines shun self-absorbed culture,by Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times, May 7, 2014]

The Obama Administration is just a few more exposes away from complete meltdown on the immigration issue. From escorting diseased illegal aliens around the country, to having military bases used to warehouse the unwelcome illegals, the Border Patrol and military are bearing the brunt of this unopposed invasion. The American public needs to know about the Nanny State degradation that our Border Patrol and military are forced to take part in.

For example, the officers and enlisted men at Lackland Air Force Base and Fort Sill, Oklahoma no doubt have something to say

For Obama and the Church Hierarchy, It’s All Going According to Plan

Both Barack Obama and the Roman Catholic Church seem to regard the “Children’s Crusade” from Central America not as an emergency, but as an opportunity. It is now clear that Obama was actually warned about the developing crisis well before it happened. However, the Washington Post article that revealed Obama’s guile seems more outraged that the federal government hasn’t provided more resources for the illegal than it has at the President’s deception.

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“As soon as those children were placed in temporary shelters, more arrived. An average of 66 were apprehended each day on the border and more than 24,000 cycled through Texas patrol stations in 2013. In a 41-page report to the Department of Homeland Security, the team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.”

[Obama Aides Were Warned of Brewing Border Crisis, by David Nakamura, Jerry Markon, and Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post, July 19, 2014]

The article seems to say to me, “Hey, you knew these kids were coming! Why didn’t you build facilities for them? “

Obviously, these “children” could not have arrived

The Left’s Dark Money Managers: Meet Philip Gara LaMarche

Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels [...]

Ryan Andrews’ Novel THE BIRTH OF PRUDENCE

The Birth Of Prudence ($19.99) can be purchased here in Paperback, or here as a Kindle Edition.