One of the requirements to become a Dayton, Ohio, police officer is to successfully pass the city's two-part written examination. Applicants must correctly answer 57 of 86 questions on the first part (66 percent) and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the second part. Dayton's Civil Service Board reported that 490 candidates passed the November 2010 written test, 57 of whom were black. About 231 of the roughly 1,100 test takers were black.
The latest published data from the 2010 census show how people are moving from place to place within the United States. In general, people are voting with their feet against places where the liberal, welfare-state policies favored by the intelligentsia are most deeply entrenched.
Back in November 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts released an alarming report on the state of literacy in the United States, Reading at Risk. It was unusual for a liberal cultural entity created by the federal government to bring attention to an educational problem, but credit must be given to the Endowment chairman, Dana Gioia, for bringing this issue to the attention of the American people. He said: “This is a massive social problem. We are losing the majority of the new generation. They will not achieve anything close to their potential because of poor reading.”
Here’s how the economic and political system of a nation is destroyed.
The most recent incarnation of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 romantic novel is a welcome one among modern movie choices. The movie generally follows the novel, and is refreshingly free of elements found in movies that earn R ratings. It does carry a PG-13 rating, but most likely only for the complicated story line and somber atmosphere of Jane's early life — certainly not for any sexual situations.
Adapted from one of Jeff Kinney’s best-selling graphic novels, the movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules showcases both sibling rivalry and brotherly love and proves to be a humorous sequel to its 2010 predecessor.
Taking advantage of the power displayed by the public employee unions in Wisconsin, socialist union leaders are planning a campaign to destroy capitalism by creating financial chaos. They consider capitalism to be in such a fragile and weakened condition, that a massive campaign aimed at creating financial chaos will bring the whole financial system crashing down.
I belong to a group tinier than I realized: I’m one of only 34 million Americans — roughly 11% of the population — tuning in National Public Radio (NPR) each week. That fraction probably shrinks to the low single digits if we limit it to daily listeners like me. And I may be a minority of one as a daily listener who cheered the U.S. House’s vote last week to “cut 100% of federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the primary source of federal funding for local public radio and television stations.”
Economic lunacy abounds, and often the most learned, including Nobel Laureates, are its primary victims. The most recent example of economic lunacy is found in a Huffington Post article titled "The Silver Lining of Japan's Quake" written by Nathan Gardels, editor of New Perspectives Quarterly, who has also written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Washington Post.
When someone is sold a bad bill of goods he may suffer from “buyer’s remorse,” a feeling of regret maybe even disgust — accompanied by a healthy dose of second-guessing of the buyer’s own intelligence — over the purchase. That feeling can be applied to all aspects of life. For instance, there is no doubt that the five-person committee behind the Nobel Peace Prize has been experiencing “voter’s remorse” for their selection of Barack Obama as the 2009 recipient of the award.