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1,200 Harvard Students Demand Investigation Into Jason Richwine’s Thesis On Hispanic IQ

Over 1,000 Harvard students delivered a petition to Harvard University’s JFK School on Saturday, demanding an investigation into how and why the school approved a 2009 doctoral thesis arguing that Hispanics have lower IQs. The thesis was written by Jason Richwine, a co-author of a paper by the conservative Heritage Foundation that argued immigration reform would cost taxpayers $6.3 trillion. The discovery of Richwine’s paper by the Washington Post sparked a firestorm around the Heritage study, and several days later Richwine resigned from the think tank.

Now Harvard students want to know how a thesis built on those views and assumptions was able to make it through the approval process in the first place. “Academic freedom and a reasoned debate are essential to our academic community,’’ the petition read. “However, the Harvard Kennedy School cannot ethically stand behind academic work advocating a national policy of exclusion and advancing an agenda of discrimination.”


Michelle Obama: “Do Not Waste A Minute Living Someone Else’s Dream”

“Failure is the key to success for so many great people… Oprah was demoted from her first job as a news anchor, and now she doesn’t even need a last name!

And then there’s this guy, Barack Obama, who lost — {crowd cheers} — I could take up a whole afternoon talking about his failures, but — he lost his first race for congress, and now? He gets to call himself my husband.”



Well Lookie Here: 3/28/2012: Judge rules tea party group a PAC, not a nonprofit

Judge rules tea party group a PAC, not a nonprofit
By Joe Holley | March 28, 2012
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A Travis County district court judge ruled this week that a Houston-based tea party group is not a nonprofit corporation as it claims, but an unregistered political action committee that illegally aided the Republican Party through its poll-watching efforts during the 2010 elections.

The summary judgment by Judge John Dietz upheld several Texas campaign finance laws that had been challenged on constitutional grounds by King Street Patriots, a tea party organization known for its "True the Vote" effort to uncover voter fraud.

The ruling grew out of a 2010 lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party against the King Street Patriots. The Democrats charged that the organization made unlawful political contributions to the Texas Republican Party and various Republican candidates by training poll watchers in cooperation with the party and its candidates and by holding candidate forums only for GOP candidates.


Put the Shovel Away GOP. - The President Won't Be Needing It.

I feel like I could use a cigarette TOO!


Intelligent Design?

wisdom from the tubes...

Nate Silver's Statistical Analysis - Sends IRS Critiques To "The Fainting Couch"

In the table below, I’ve estimated the number of taxpayers in each income group who were audited in 2012, as derived from statistics in the I.R.S.’s 2012 Data Book. It is also possible to estimate how many Mitt Romney and Barack Obama voters would have been audited last year. The calculation assumes that an individual’s chance of being audited was related to their income, but not to their political views.

I estimate the number of voters in each income bracket from the 2012 Current Population Survey. I then estimate the share of the vote in each income bracket that went to Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama based on last year’s national exit poll. (Note that the income brackets used in the exit poll and the Current Population Survey do not exactly match the income brackets listed in the I.R.S.’s audit data, so I use the closest available approximations.)

This results in an estimate that about 380,000 of Mr. Romney’s voters were audited last year, as were about 480,000 of Mr. Obama’s voters.

It’s almost like the IRS audits low-income Americans far more than the wealthy because there are far more low-income Americans to audit, and they are much more likely to receive a refund from the government, and that these low-income Americans are primarily Obama voters. It’s also almost like Peggy Noonan found a couple people who had been audited and concluded, without any evidence whatsoever, that they had been deliberately targeted because of their political views, and that she then dismissed every other possible explanation for the audits.

And then Nate Silver came along and said “Wow, this woman is insane, TO THE NATE CAVE” and then squished her. Then he probably had a tasty beverage.

It tasted like victory and Noonan tears.


Poor GOP: CNN Confirms Gallup's Poll: The Obama Bounce Continues

SUN MAY 19, 2013 AT 06:31 AM PDT
CNN Confirms Gallup's Poll: The Obama Bounce Continues
by joelgp

Well, CNN confirms the bounce Gallup found in yesterday's tracking. Check out this breaking poll from CNN:

1. 53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president's approval rating was at 51% in CNN's last poll, which was conducted in early April.

2. 70% say at the targeting by the Internal Revenue Service of tea party and other conservative groups that were applying for tax exempt status was unacceptable.

3. But 60/35 say that O’s statements about the IRS scandal are completely or mostly true

4. 55% say that IRS acted on its own, with 37% saying that White House ordered the IRS to target tea party and other conservative groups.

5. 53% say they are dissatisfied with Benghazi response but is virtually unchanged from November.

6. Only 44% say statements made by the Obama administration soon after the attack were an attempt to intentionally mislead the public..

7. More Republicans than Democrats or Independents say these three issues are very important to the nation

8. 56% say they have a great deal or some confidence in the system of government.


The one real reason behind the Benghazi obsession


2016 sure came fast: "Hillary Seen At Mosque"

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