YouTube, in just the few short years of its existence, has become the new Media of Record. In other words, if you want to see and hear a particular politician make a jerk of himself, someone will have made a video of the occasion and posted it on YouTube. Also, if you want to see and hear the complete remarks or speech of someone of note — a statesman, President, a foreign dignitary — you can usually find it on YouTube. If you want to see actual footage of riots in Teheran or Greece or London, which you will only see bits of on TV news, you’ll see them on YouTube, sent in by individuals using their cell-phone cameras. What an incredible instrument of vital and instant communication!
Many Americans view the release of secret U.S. government documents by WikiLeaks to be an attack on our country. Newt Gingrich, for example, said on Fox Business Network’s Freedom Watch that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange “is an active enemy combatant who is engaged in information warfare against the United States. What he is doing is going to have incalculable damage to this country. It is going to have a number of innocent people killed, a number of our allies killed. It is going to put Americans at risk.... This is an act of war against the United States.”
My dictionary has several definitions for “stupid.” But the one I like best reads: “showing or resulting from a lack of normal intelligence; foolish; irrational; also used colloquially as a generalized term of disapproval.” So I am not entirely out of line by calling the Nobel Prize committee stupid and the award of the prestigious prize to President Barack Hussein Obama as an act of stupidity. And most of the world agrees with me. But they’re too kind to call the committee stupid. Remember, that this is the same committee that gave terrorist Arafat the Nobel Peace Prize, whose life-long ambition was to destroy Israel.
Harvard University Professor Stephan Thernstrom's recent essay, "Minorities in College — Good News, But...," in Minding the Campus (11/4/10), a website sponsored by the New York-based Manhattan Institute, commented on the results of the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress test: The scores "mean that black students aged 17 do not read with any greater facility than whites who are four years younger and still in junior high.... Exactly the same glaring gaps appear in NAEP's tests of basic mathematics skills."