Which Educational Research Can You Trust?

Greg Ashman distills his wisdom on a complex topic. Is there application to fields besides education?

Probably the clearest sign that an expert knows what he or she is on about comes from the way they present their arguments. They will tend to take a position on something and they will explain how the research supports that position. However, they will also highlight the limits of the research and the common criticisms of their position, perhaps with their own answer to those criticisms. They will stay focused on the research itself and not try to support their argument by appeals to political sentiment or by attacking the character and motivations of their opponents.

The whole post is here.

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Hate Crime is NewSpeak; Seize Jussie Smollet’s Assets

In the “MAGA Country” story, which is now known as the Jussie Smollet story, the only hate crime committed is another defamation of the Anglosphere.

I do not like the idea of “hate crimes”.  On the one hand, hate crime is to crime as social justice is to justice as hyphenated-American is to American; that is, needless and dubious subcategories detract from the ability of the main noun to convey meaning.  A crime is a crime.  Justice is justice.

On the other hand, hatred itself is not a crime, and neither should it be an aggravating circumstance in a crime.  Each of us is welcome to hate as we please, as much as we are to love, to recall, to hope, or to decide.  The freedom to hate is freedom itself.  By allowing an unsubstantiated distinction to stand between allowed thoughts and forbidden thoughts, we find ourselves unable to defend free speech.  How can you say what you cannot think?

But arguing to convince is useless.  Only through pain will the backward and smug be forced to learn.  Jussie Smollet will suffer legal penalties if convicted of a crime, but he will not be “de-platformed”, he will not be isolated or shunned, and he will not be ridiculed and vilified in the public square as he should be.

Smollet and his democrat-media complex pals are assaulting the polity, the culture, and the rule of law in this country.  If he — and they — are not made to pay a price, then they have no incentive to change.  They cannot be shamed into proper behavior — they can only be beaten into submission, and unlike the physical but fictional beating he claims to have received, a metaphorical but very real beating is what it takes to change the tide of proxy victimocracy swamping us.

It’s cute to be a hateful anti-white bigot.  There is a convenient definition going around which states that racism is only about institutions and power, and that only white people can be racists in America; that conversely, no non-white person can be a racist.  Well, this definition is wrong — naturally, non-white racists embrace this idea like Hitler clung to Eugenics.  Where you sit determines where you stand, and anti-white bigots believe that they cannot be racists.  Jussie Smollet is a hateful racist bigot, working to defame and demoralize a race and a culture in America.

I have no mercy for Smollet.  I hate him, and believe me — it’s entirely due to the content of his character.  I wish him great misfortune, and I wish to see his muses and enablers in the democrat-media complex brought low — by whatever means necessary.

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ISIS Mother Pleads to Return—to Alabama

Read this over at Ricochet and take note of the comments made by the infamous Simon Templar at #5-6. Outrageous as usual!

Best comment goes to: Rodin

She made her choice. Let her live and die by it.

In the Washington Examiner:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said an Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State will not be allowed to return to the U.S. because she is not a citizen.

“Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States,” Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday.

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Louder with Crowder exposes Late Term Abortion

Steven Crowder’s show went to a clinic in Denver, Colorado. To expose how easy it is to obtain a late term abortion and the lie that only women in “duress” get late term abortions. Such as, risk to the mother’s life or fetal abnormalities are usually incidents that are put out there as reasons that late term abortions are a necessity. Well, we all know that is a lie, and this video exposes that.

It’s not a graphic video, but I will pray that Patient X changed her mind and decided not to get the abortion. I will ask that you do the same.

 

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“ Dat Wall Ain’t Goin’ Stop Dem!”

….said Kamala, adopting Maxine Waters’  dialect.  I guess dey talk dat way in Jamaica, too, mon.

I reckon this is what we can expect for 2020. Since Bozo O’R said he would even tear down the existing border wall, Dems are scrambling to outdo him. I expect Spartacus  or Gillibrand to appear in a life jacket, paddling a  rubber raft across  the Rio Grande to ferry some illegals across. I expect anyone whose skin tone allows ‘em to  get away with it to adopt the cadences and idiosyncrasies of a black televangelist.

This isn’t aimed at black Americans, but at the white liberal wealthy elite who so despise their fellow white Americans.

im not saying these antics won’t win ‘em the election.  That’s the sad part.

is my country still out there somewhere?

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Punched

It’s all fun to laugh at the Commiecrat clown car, but we could well get slaughtered in 2020.  Trump’s greatest strength in 2016 was the fact that he could never  ever  be elected.   Now that’s old news, and the much-heralded Democrat civil war may serve just to energize all sectors of the left.  Do not expect one stripe of Democrat to stay home just because a different stripe gets the nod.  That’s an old Republican trick.

All the left has to do is not step on the rake too many times *in a manner which hurts them* between now and the 202 election.  And the things we point out as harmful to the left typically don’t actually hurt the left.  Not on election day.

Finally, let’s assume that the House can pass articles of impeachment on whatever flimsy justification they wish.  That now puts Trump’s fate in the hands of the Senate, held by a thin margin on a broad base of RINOs who would rather see Trump dead than win a vote.

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Punch, Counter Punch

For those of you who view the seven month omnibus bill a disaster, I suggest you read the signing statement from Whitehouse.gov.

Signing Statement

He has a Senate who is owned by the Chamber of Commerce and Democrats who ae owned by Big Tech who want outsourcing of all skilled jobs.

This fight is nowhere near over. We have Trump and they have trillions of dollars at stake. If this fails, it will be civil war or submission for most of us.

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Magnificent Interview of the Spectacular Lara Logan — UPDATED LINK

Many of us are most familiar with Lara Logan from her stint as a correspondent for CBS news, during which she was subjected to a horrific attack in Egypt.  So much for that.  In this interview, which could serve as a coda for her life should she slack off and not get her books written, you see the sort of ruthless, dedicated professional she is.  Almost throwaway lines:

  • The Obama withdrawal did more damage than the invasion of Iraq
  • The US is currently negotiating its surrender in Afghanistan
  • Going on camera at CNN is “pretending to be an expert”

Logan doesn’t pull any punches, and she doesn’t watch her language — truth may be like that, and the pursuit of it most definitely does not favor the squeamish.  There is a story behind this interview, which creeps in at the edges and at the end.  The interview itself is an exemplar of long-form, informative discourse.  So how did this wind up on YouTube?  Well, it’s the video shoot of a podcast session.  Audio for the win.  But I have to say I appreciate the video.

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David Brooks the Pathetic Boy-Child Wants Government to Do Everything, Gets Schooled by Milton Friedman

Imagine my shock at recognizing David Brooks in all of his trademark drooling, slobbering appreciation of big government in this video of Milton Friedman with a round table of “students”.  Imagine my utter lack of shock as I recognized the larval stage of the Obama sycophant house “conservative” of the New York Times.

I recall debates at the other site with people who wanted to tell me that Brooks was the real thing, conservative, and so forth.  Never.  Not for a day:

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Fake Noose

 

I guess we should feel sorry for Smollet.  The poor little bozo is obviously an under-developed  personality. Did he think the producers of Empire would be so impressed with the notoriety he was attempting to create that they’d write his character back in?   Does it ever work that way?

But I guess, if something good comes out of it…..like, Harris and Spartacus introducing anti-lynching legislation!  I mean, thank God— I’m shocked to learn that lynching isn’t already  illegal!   (Oh, wait…..)

Of course the Left, which made a huge deal of the story when it served as an indictment of anyone who voted for Trump, has now switched to indicting Trump supporters for even paying attention to the fact that it was a hoax!

Can anybody name one anti-black policy Trump has promoted  since his election? One anti-gay policy?  Any anti-black or homophobic sentiments or slogans being chanted at any of his rallies?

Doesnt  matter!  This kind of incident exposes the Deplorables  for who they really are! 

Yes indeed it does: we Deplorables are the Americans who, along with our standard-bearer, have been falsely and tirelessly maligned and mischaracterized by the media, by Hollywood, by the Demoncrats.

Shame, shame, shame.  Just like Tawana Brawley, the grandmother of them all, Smollett has smeared himself with excrement and everybody on the Left  reeks of it.

Fake noose— again?  Let’s hope  the old adage proves true. You know the one: “Give ‘em enough rope….”

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I Am Afraid

Donald Trump is a strong, tough boxer in the ring who has dealt for decades with the most savage and Machiavellian industry in modern history that deals with unions, the New York City Council, the Mafia, and sophisticated skimmers plus … I’d imagine his personal security was an issue long before he was elected.

He has decidedly experienced the worst of human nature not to mention debilitating bankruptcy, but he has clawed his way back every time.

This is why I voted for him because this is what he faces in Washington and makes him uniquely qualified to deal with the office of POTUS. But he did frighten me a bit when, in his usual blunt fashion, he admitted that he’s never seen such corruption and deceit.

If he doesn’t get a second term, what does this mean for the country? Already, the state of Colorado is shooting down the Electoral College and we all know the precedents Obama set with Executive Orders as he diluted the Constitution. John Roberts is not a Constitutionalist.

I’d welcome any thoughts to assuage my fears. I listen to the boisterous and positive Lou Dobbs every night but yet… I remain verklempt.

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