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I’m trying to sympathize with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) multitudes of victims. I truly am. But honestly, how dumb can they be?

Many parents wonder why American primary schools don’t teach children to read in the proper phonetic manner. The answer is that high literacy is not part of the system’s social or academic agenda. Neither is good cursive handwriting and basic arithmetic. Have you noticed the decline in handwriting? I recently gave a birthday gift to a 13-year-old boy, and got back a thank-you note written in chicken scratches. He had attended the public schools of an affluent suburban community.

Last night, conservative pundit Glenn Beck regaled audiences across the country in his live performance of Broke: Restarting the Engine of America in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which was streamed to a limited selection of movie theaters. Meant to both promote and explain the content of Beck’s newest best-selling nonfiction book Broke: The Plan to Restore America's Trust, Truth, and Treasure, the performance was classic Beck: educational, humorous, passionate, and intimidating. If you missed out on yesterday’s performance, fear not, for an encore performance is scheduled in movie theaters next Wednesday, December 8.

Today we are bombarded with the idea that private virtue has nothing to do with, nothing to say about, proper governing and the maintenance of free government.

“I was almost in tears,” passenger Rhonda Gaynier told the Associated Press. “I’ve never been so humiliated in my life. It’s one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had to endure.”

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