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February 09, 2012

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I agree, HBD is a non-starter in a national discussion. It is too polarizing.

I'm glad that he's taken the stance that class size isn't the problem. Sure, if you could get top quartile individuals in the classroom, then it might work. What typically happens though is that you get people from the left side of the distribution taking these positions. You won't see improvements with that.

There's a book, "What Money Can't Buy", which was written by a professor at the University of Chicago (Susan Meyers) that changed the way I think about poverty. The factors that she found to correlate with a child's performance on academic tests link well with two-parent families. I highly recommend it (it is math-heavy, which was a plus).

Education is now entirely owned by our liberal Masters in Washington, D.C. While Charles Murray is correct about the dangers of our Dept. of Education, it would take bold, energetic effort to even reduce that vast bureaucracy a small amount.Obama now plans to dismantle NCLB and if he wins the election it will soon disappear. In its place will be a socialist's dream: a high-powered attack on the infamous "gap" and individual tutoring for every black child of low IQ.

Vast billions more will be poured into the social engineering project that directly conflicts with our once vaunted meritocracy. Obama wants the Gates Project called Empowering Teachers to operate as a model so that dull students get the best teaching while smart whites get no attention at all.Equality is not just an idea, it is an absolute mandate.

Romney could reverse this trend toward dystopia but he must first gain traction with a confused mass of conservative Americans who apparently do not share our admiration for Romney. Each of the four GOP candidates have weaknesses but Romney has the goods to undue the Obama carnage. Will those confused masses see the logic?

Romney can't acknowledge HBD. Noblesse oblige and all that.

The thing with single parenting is that the parent quickly gets overwhelmed. The kid needs constant attention, needs an audience. Two can watch and clap and teach so much better than one harried mom. I grew up with such a mother, and though she had the skills, her mind just wasn't there most the time.

Santorum also said the same thing about married parents being a predictor of success.

The thing they are missing is that high-IQ people are less likely to divorce, and because they are high-IQ their offspring will also be, hence their success in life.

"4. Romney says the most important thing we can do for education is stop single motherhood because studies show that children with two married parents do much better in school."


Then why the hell aren't you criticizing him for attacking insurance coverage birth control? Affordable and accessible birth control is the SINGLE most effective way to decrease single motherhood and teen pregnancy, yet Romney's wetting his pants on behalf of the Catholic Church because he thinks he's going to win over far-right fundamentalists who oppose birth control.

If you believe HBD you'll know that poor and unintelligent women will have lots more fatherless kids, exacerbating our social problems.

But your champion is trying to make the problem worse.

Now that single motherhood is ubiquitous even among whites what will the future hold? You said once before the trend against marriage was one of the worst threats facing America.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/white-house-gives-romney-a-social-issues-death-hug/2012/02/08/gIQAH94PzQ_blog.html

White House gives Romney a social issues death hug
By Greg Sargent

It’s interesting that the White House rolled this one out just after Mitt Romney’s drubbing in three contests yesterday — one that was largely driven by Romney’s inability to connect with social conservatives.

At the press briefing just now, White House press secretary Jay Carney twice highlighted the fact that as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported a contraception policy that was very similar to the one Obama has now adpoted, to much criticism.

Romney has been attacking Obama over the issue, and Carney was asked to respond.

“The former governor of Massachusetts is an odd messenger on this, given that the services that this rule would provide for women around the country are the same as those that are provided in Massachusetts, and were provided when he was governor, including contraception,” Carney said.

“It’s ironic that Mitt Romney is criticizing the president for pursuing a policy that’s virtually identical to the one that was in place when he was governor of Massachusetts,” Carney added.

[JP: You could not design a more perfect opponent for Obama if you were actively trying! Romney cannot attack Obama because he did all the same things Obama did, and meanwhile Obama can slam Romney for being a heartless white plutocrat. Are we really supposed to vote for "me too, but less of it, and anyway I changed my mind since 2005"?

Romney is going to get the Obama death hug on a LOT more than just social issues between now and November.]

"""The kid needs constant attention, needs an audience."""

black kids almost always do, but I don't know about White children in general. My sisters kids are generally well behaved.

Palin, I thought was a smart choice, until I found out about the daughter ..... (face in hands).

Romney is so hard to nail down. He has the ability to shift his opinions from issue to issue. It is really amazing.

Frankly, I don't think Obama has a real chance to beat Romney in November. Obama cannot survive another summer of high gas prices and unemployment. When all is said and done, Americans are going to vote with their wallets. Obama can't kill Osama twice.

Romney is a sleazy businessman but his wealth and business experience is going to be a good thing when he debates Obama. Romney will have the full power of the GOP machine behind him.

If the economy tanks in the summer again, the GOP is going to get 100% behind Romney and attack Obama like never before.

"Romney talks about the importance of providing better education for the better students who are also falling behind in international comparisons"

Where this whopper came from?
Have you heard about PISA tests:

nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011004_1.pdf (see Tbl R1 and R3 for US students broken down by race)

super-economy.blogspot.com/2010/12/amazing-truth-about-pisa-scores-usa.html

thf_media.s3.amazonaws.com/2011/pdf/bg2548.pdf (Heritage backgrounder)

www.vdare.com/sailer/101219_pisa.htm

Bottom line - and you HS should have known this:

Asian students in US schools outperform ALL countries in the world.

White students outperform ALL but one large white countries, and are statistically insignificantly lower than the top performer, Germany. Only a few Asian countries and one or two small white countries (Finland is one, somebody else) outperform US whitee.

Hispanics, surprisingly, outperform ALL Latin American countries, including supposedly white Argentina and Uruguay.

And, not surprisingly, blacks outperforms ALL African countries.

Time to stop this evil bi-partisan anti-american propaganda. Dems lie about schools to extract more money for teacher unions and NAMs.

Repubics lie about schools to denigrate teacher unions and import even more cheap allegedly-skilled labor.

"Vast billions more will be poured..."

Ha! Where are these vast billions of which you speak?

Fortunately, Obama has been pretty clear he is in it for himself, which is a good thing considering how in over his head he is. Excepting a few shake-downs of small, HBD non-denialist banks which AG Holder has performed, Obama as president as been a holding pattern. He runs out the clock on the statute of limitations for Wall St. and they line up to pay his speaking fees and build his library after office. They couldn't have bought a better stuffed suit.

The only question is does Romney run a campaign promising to bring the SOB's on WS to justice or not? If he does using the argument, "I worked with the SOB's and I know how and where they bury their bodies," he has a chance. If he runs as the opposite-day Obama, meh, people won't believe him.

The ultimate small class size would be 1 student per 1 (or 2) teachers. Think robots.

>"Affordable and accessible birth control is the SINGLE most effective way to decrease single motherhood and teen pregnancy"


That must be why single motherhood and teen pregnancy dropped sharply after birth control became affordable and accessible.

Oh, wait ... that didn't happen, did it? What we're seeing instead is that single motherhood and teen pregnancy have increased hand in hand with the increase in affordable and accessible birth control.

“The former governor of Massachusetts is an odd messenger on this, given that the services that this rule would provide for women around the country are the same as those that are provided in Massachusetts, and were provided when he was governor, including contraception,” Carney said.

“It’s ironic that Mitt Romney is criticizing the president for pursuing a policy that’s virtually identical to the one that was in place when he was governor of Massachusetts,” Carney added.

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Both of these claims are bare-faced lies. I'm not sure why you're repeating lefty dishonesty, JP.

I'm sick of hearing these three jackasses, Newt "Deep Space" Gingrich, Rick "Used Condom" Santorum and Ron "Usama" Paul, because I'm ready for the general election to begin. Santorum in particular is pissing me off because he's so whiny and always complaining about embryos that, frankly, will leave society better off if they're aborted ASAP.

Go Mitt!

"even more conservative than those evangelical idiots "

It's ludicrous that Romney's former support for abortion and gay rights should be a strike against him in the nomination.

First of all, there's little a president can do to influence sexual behavior.

What do these social cons want Romney to do about social morality? Watch their daughters in college to make sure they hold onto their virginity?

Secondly, Romney's lack of interest in rolling back abortion rights is a huge plus for white Americans because more abortion means fewer, stupid, violent, racial minorities from wreaking havoc.

OT. Courtesy of Lawrence Auster's site: German green activist Fritz Vahrenholt, who has just co-authored a book questioning the global warming orthodoxy, is interviewed in Der Spiegel.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,813814-2,00.html

Half Sigma,

I've been going through the investment banking and data sciences interviewing process (I am a junior in college), and I have a theory for why software engineering and finance are the two career paths that pay 100k+ for people out of college.

It isn't that the skills required are scarce, indeed I could probably go to any state school and find plenty of people smart enough to do IB who would be willing to work for 70k/year. The real reason salaries are high is because the value in the company is held by the employees, and because the employees have the power to leave and take that value with them if they aren't given high compensation.

If I work at Goldman Sachs as an associate and my pay is too low, I could easily go to another bank and take all of my connections with me and create that value for another bank. If I work at Google and I have a great new idea for an email technology, I could easily launch my own startup or go to another company.

On the other hand, if an engineer at Boeing has a new idea for a wing design, there may only be one other company where he could bring his idea, if it would be feasible for him to transfer his idea at all.

That is why engineers make so much less money programmers.

[HS: read this:

http://www.halfsigma.com/2006/12/investment_bank.html ]

Regarding US higher education, how about these ideas I and other commenters have been assembling for defunding the liberal arts departments which employ so many crackpot liberal professors. It's really time the liberal arts teachers were sent to the unemployment line because, frankly, they're nuttier and more out of tune with reality than old Communist party leaders (Whose crazier, Gavin Newsome or Joseph Stalin?) :

1) Try to hijack the occupy movement by encouraging occupiers to lobby the government to make student debt dischargeable in bankruptcy court.

2) Instead of these new 3-year 120 credit degrees, how about a 60 credit degree where undergrads get to skip the lib-art heavy general education which employs so many nutcase professors.

Under the current system, intelligent college students taking economically productive majors waste their freshmen and sophomore years taking liberal arts indoctrination courses in subjects like history and political science/government that should have already be learned in high school.

If students studying good majors could skip the gen ed and go straight to their major field, they could graduate in 2-3 years instead of the current 4-6 years and enter the labor force 2-3 years earlier and begin earning incomes in their working prime.

This will also help with retirement savings because students studying good majors will get to start saving two to three years earlier from their fulltime incomes. This will be very beneficial because of compound interest.

3) Make the colleges cosigners to students debt.

4) Lobby the federal government to make colleges offer more liberal arts classes online and give students full credit for the courses, sort of like MIT's new MITx degree program.

Oh, wait ... that didn't happen, did it? What we're seeing instead is that single motherhood and teen pregnancy have increased hand in hand with the increase in affordable and accessible birth control.

Why the heck do Sweden, France or Germany, who don´t have abstinence crap, have the highest contraceptive use in the world, but the lowest teen fertility rates in the world?

I think JP is an Obama supporter masquerading as a Republican. Carney lied about Romney's record in Mass - Romney vetoed the morning after pill but was overridden by the legislature. If JP is a Republican, I would like him to do some informing of himself, so he doesn't continue to sound as idiotic as he has so far.

Romney does "GET IT" as evidenced by his book. I lived in Mass when he was Gov and have always known that the moderation was an act. he's a conservative - at heart, and if anyone will put in HBD policies, or try to, it's Romney. Trust me on this.

"That is why engineers make so much less money programmers."

Don't most engineers move up the income ladder by going into management?

NAMs are the problem. Will be until they get put in their place along with the NAM fans.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/08/MN531H1R5E.DTL


Yet, the sobering context is that the teen pregnancy rate is far lower in many other countries.

The most convincing explanation is that contraceptive use is much higher among teens in most Western European countries.

Recently, U.S. health officials released figures for 2009 showing 39 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 through 19 - the lowest rate since records have been kept on this issue.

That's close to the teen birth rate for Romania, Turkey and Bulgaria in 2007, the latest numbers available from the World Bank, which collects a variety of data gauging international development.

The teen birth rate for Western Europe and a few other countries is dramatically lower. In the United Kingdom, it's 24 per 1,000 girls. In traditionally Catholic Ireland, it's 16, and in Italy it's 5. France's rate is 7 per 1,000. Canada's rate is under 13, Sweden's is under 8, Japan's is about 5, and in the Netherlands it's close to 4.

The disparity has existed for decades. Several experts say the reason mostly has to do with more realistic approaches to birth control.

Birth control is less expensive and easier for teens to get in many other developed countries than in the United States. And teachers, parents and physicians tend to be more accepting of teenage sexuality and more likely to encourage use of contraception, said Sarah Brown, chief executive of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.


1. Pay teachers in secondary schools over $100,000 per year.
2. Give them assistants to enforce discipline and tutor students.
3. Abolish teachers' unions.
4. Allow any individual with an undergraduate degree and a six-month intensive teaching course (with rigorous qualification tests at the end) to teach.
5. Allow up to sixty students into a classroom. Great instructors can handle the numbers with the help of an assistant.
6. Employ tutors (college kids in need of extra work) in public schools to help students complete extra work.
7. Students in secondary schools will be grouped by aptitude. This way, they can be channeled into career paths where they can succeed. Students who are not ready for college (the bottom 70% or so) should be directed into skilled trades.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/01/abortion_and_birth_control

But the rate of usage of birth control is much lower in the United States than in Western Europe and the rest of the developed world. Hence, unsurprisingly, America's rates of teen pregnancy and unwanted pregnancy are much higher than in most other developed countries, as is America's rate of abortion. Rachael Phelps had a pretty great photo essay about this in Slate back in October. The average age of sexual debut in America and Europe, she noted, is the same: 17. But America's teen pregnancy rate is three to six times higher than Western European rates. And our abortion rate is about three times as high as that of Germany or the Netherlands and about double that of France. Ms Phelps describes how European public-health campaigns encouraging contraceptive use dovetail with national attitudes towards sexuality that treat it as less of a dangerous conflagration and more of a natural part of development. Here's one arresting figure, showing birth control use at sexual debut for teenagers in the Netherlands and the United States:

"[HS: read this:

http://www.halfsigma.com/2006/12/investment_bank.html ]"

Your explanation is incomplete. Companies in the space industry have a cartel but they have very low compensation packages. Many large companies have cartels, and often high profits, but all of the value goes to the shareholders and not the employees.

"I lived in Mass when he was Gov and have always known that the moderation was an act. he's a conservative"

There are very, very few principled conservatives that lie and pretend to be moderates and then govern as staunch conservatives when they get in office. There are many, many examples of careerist politicians who campaign as conservatives and then govern as moderates.

The only issue that Romney has taken a consistent stand on is that he thinks Romneycare is a good idea. There is no way he is a conservative. Not a chance. Both Santorum and Gingrich have been willing to buck the system and fight for what they believe in, even knowing it could cost an election. Romney probably doesn't take a pee before considering what the effect would be on his career.

"Why the heck do Sweden, France or Germany, who don´t have abstinence crap, have the highest contraceptive use in the world, but the lowest teen fertility rates in the world?"

My experience is that Europeans, both parents and teachers, have much better control over their children than do Americans. European children are expected to behave like adults when in adult situations, i.e. restaurants, public transportation, movie theatres, etc. and they do. Europeans value "precious individuality" a lot less, and put a lot more emphasis on fitting in. It probably helps that European nations still have shared popular cultural traditions while Americans don't.

"Regarding US higher education, how about these ideas I and other commenters have been assembling for defunding the liberal arts departments which employ so many crackpot liberal professors." - The Undiscovered Jew


You repeat this point endlessly so I'm gonna give you a lesson. The university system has been taken over by corporate America, Wall Street, and the pentagon system. The primary reason for this was due to the enormously successful college campus activism of the 1960's. The elite realized that they needed to buy off their loyalty so various schemes were created to appease the academic realm of power. Now college is a haven for cultural Marxism (feminism, gay rights, affirmative action) rather than proletarian activism or anti-war opposition.

"Don't most engineers move up the income ladder by going into management?"

Even for engineering managers, comp isn't that high. Also, I think that most engineers would get promoted to project manager before VP, so it's a pretty slow crawl to the top.

"The university system has been taken over by corporate America, Wall Street, and the pentagon system."

You want us to believe academia is controlled by three things they violently hate? And the Speak Truth To Power, Critical Thinking crowd isn't screaming their heads off about it?

"Don't most engineers move up the income ladder by going into management?"

Some do, most don't. A better and simpler way to earn high income is to get an MBA.

Also, many engineers who don't get promoted into management end up having to retire early or retrain themselves into another career.

"You want us to believe academia is controlled by three things they violently hate? And the Speak Truth To Power, Critical Thinking crowd isn't screaming their heads off about it?" - Nah


Follow the money. Universities are terrified of upsetting the powers that be. Federal government grants, corporate donations, on campus firm recruiting, and pentagon research, is all at stake. It keeps academia lucrative and happy under the condition that nobody seriously challenge the status quo.

The effect was to muzzle academics and have them focus on cultural Marxist crap which is broadly supported by elites anyway such as mass immigration, feminism, abortion, etc.

Obama in a second term going as Samuel L. Jackson said, "Full N-----" would be a terrible thing to behold. The political equivalent of a nuclear bomb going off in every major city.

Reparations for Slavery, permanently (the Whitey Tax), total dismantling of the military, instant citizenship for all illegals, formalized third-class citizenship for all Whites lacking the money to pay the Whitey Tax, sky-high electricity and gas prices, basically running the nation for the benefit of the loons in Hollywood, Detroit, and Silicon Valley plus the universities, that's Obama's plan. Such as it is. He might never leave, finding a reason to rule forever by emergency decree (he already loves just illegal and unconstitutional unilateral action).

Romney is the best bet to avoid this, because women dislike him less than Santorum and Gingrich. Yeah Mitt is soft on abortion and contraception. That's a plus as far as most White professional women are concerned, and they can and do swing from party to party, and candidate to candidate, based on cultural and personal aspects of the candidates. That's why they are the key to victory.

And no, the economy could tank and they could pay $6 a gallon for gas and still vote for Obama, if he plays big man and all. Anyone seeing the reaction to Twilight and other stuff knows this. White Professional women are not locked in patronage wise to either party, so they vote on basically which guy is more Alpha and hunky and such. That's why "Big Men" like JFK and Clinton had women all over them, all the time.

“Another week and the narrative is unchanged,” George Will said. “The strongest Republican candidate has the last name ‘Romney’ and the first name ‘not.’"

“Always beware the candidate in a nomination race who has two words attached to it: Inevitable and electable,” Will said. “They’re deflating words. Just as these words are being used about Romney, a Rasmussen poll comes out from Ohio — and no Republican president has ever won the presidency without carrying Ohio — and he shows Romney losing to Obama by four points, Santorum tied with Obama.”

Later, Will took a jab at Romney’s impromptu insertion of the word “severely” into his CPAC speech.

“It wasn’t in his speech,” Will said. “He ab-libbed that word. It wasn’t in the text that they handed out. It’s just again, again a sign that he seems around conservatives like a well-meaning earnest tourist in a Latin country where he doesn’t speak the language and he’s trying hard to connect with them. And he says ‘my father grew up poor.’ Please.”

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