It’s all about the priorities, ya know

Kit Jarrell at Euphoric Reality blogs about what posts have gotten the most attention at her blog recently.

Between her post on the six imams controversy and photos of Britney Spears taken in the last couple of weeks that show, well, alot more than we want to know about Brit, which do you think got the most attention?

Allah Pundit receives one vote in NY Senate race – and other election news

Election 2006This is hilarious! Apparently, the one vote was from the ever-cool Karol from Alarming News.

Had I been there, he woulda gotten another vote ;)

In other election news – and I should note that I’m a few days late in reporting this – Larry Kissell (D) conceded to Rep. Robin Hayes in NC’s District 8 race. Hayes won the race by 327 votes.

Democrat and Corruptocrat extraordinaire Rep. Jim Black has won another term to the state House here in NC – by 30 votes. Just as shocking as the race that should have seen Black lose by large numbers (click here to find out why), he’s favored to once again be the House Speaker. Unbelievable

Another liberal myth bites the dust?

Clarice Feldman at the American Thinker links up to this report released from the United States Commission on Civil Rights that essentially states that there is “scant evidence” that diversity in elementary and secondary schools is beneficial to students. Specifically:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Less than one week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral argument[s] in two significant cases involving the use of racial benefits to reduce minority isolation in elementary and secondary education, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today issued an important briefing report on The Benefits of Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Elementary and Secondary Education. The report finds that social science studies provide scant proof of the benefits for racial and ethnic groups attributed to diversity in elementary and secondary education.

Specifically, the Commission finds that “there is little evidence that racial and ethnic diversity in elementary and secondary schools results in significant improvements in academic performance; studies on the effect of school racial composition on academic achievement often suggest modest and inconsistent benefits.” Similarly, the Commission notes that “studies of whether racial and ethnic diversity result in significant social and non-educational benefits report varied results.”

Chairman Gerald A. Reynolds commented that “the academic literature really provides little or no support for the view that racial preferences in student assignment serve any compelling interest. In my view, the evidence, suggests that these preferences do not provide significant academic benefits to minority children that would compensate for the moral costs of government’s use of racial classifications.”

Here’s the full report. For dial up, the loading time may be slow (it’s a 6.42 MB file).

TUE AM UPDATE: La Shawn Barber has a must-read post up this morning about the two cases currently before the USSC on race-based school assignments. She has a column up about it as well. Make sure to read them both.

Monday open thread

Brrrrr! But pretty:

Caption: Birds sit in deep snowdrifts at the Lake Shore drive in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 1. 2006. The season’s first big snowstorm blustered across the Midwest early Friday, leaving millions without electricity, stranding airline passengers and closing schools and businesses. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

John Bolton resigns

Story here.

I think he’s one of the greatest UN ambassadors we’ve ever had. He will be missed, not by the people who think we should play nice with evil, but by the people who believe evil should be called for what it is.

Here’s Bush’s statement on Bolton’s resignation:

It is with deep regret that I accept John Bolton’s decision to end his service in the Administration as Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations when his commission expires.
Over a year ago, I appointed Ambassador Bolton because I knew he would represent America’s values and effectively confront difficult problems at the United Nations. He served his country with extraordinary dedication and skill, assembling coalitions that addressed some of the most consequential issues facing the international community. During his tenure, he articulately advocated the positions and values of the United States and advanced the expansion of democracy and liberty.

Ambassador Bolton led the successful negotiations that resulted in unanimous Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea’s military and nuclear activities. He built consensus among our allies on the need for Iran to suspend the enrichment and reprocessing of uranium. His efforts to promote the cause of peace in Darfur resulted in a peacekeeping commitment by the United Nations. He made the case for United Nations reform because he cares about the institution, and wants it to become more credible and effective.

I am deeply disappointed that a handful of United States Senators prevented Ambassador Bolton from receiving the up or down vote he deserved in the Senate. They chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time. This stubborn obstructionism ill serves our country, and discourages men and women of talent from serving their Nation. [Preach it, Mr. Prez! –ST]

I thank John Bolton for the dedication and skill with which he performed his duties, and his wife Gretchen and daughter Jennifer Sarah for their support as Ambassador Bolton served his country. All Americans owe John Bolton their gratitude for a job well done.

Check Hot Air for updates on this developing story.

Others blogging about this: Michelle Malkin, Blog For All, Atlas Shrugs, Stop The ACLU, James Joyner, Texas Rainmaker, Iowa Voice, MKH, Suitably Flip, DC Thornton, Macsmind

My prior post on Dennis Prager’s column: re: Keith Ellison swearing his oath of office on the Koran

In the post I wrote back on November 28th about Dennis Prager’s explosive column about Keith Ellison swearing on the Koran has gotten, I wish I’d have taken more time to write out my thoughts on the idea of someone – whether it be Ellison or anyone else who wants to – swearing on the Koran.

I’ve gotten a few emails and read some of the links back to that post, as well as what others have said (mainly Eugene Volokh) on the topic in general and I’d like to clarify a few things, namely the fact that I’m not calling for any religious litmus test on anyone elected to serve in government. I’m well aware the Constitution is clear on religious tests for elected officials:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

I’m also aware that there have been cases, as Volokh mentions, where elected officials either affirmed without having their hand on any book, or in some cases swore their oath of office on the Tanakh. That’s fine by me.

All the same, though, I can’t deny that it bothers me that Ellison (and I presume future members of Congress) will be swearing on the Koran, mainly because the Koran teaches believers that lying is ok under certain circumstances. I also wonder if someone will be allowed to swear on a book like Mein Kampf (for example), even though I’m aware that it’s not a religious book. Would it be allowed? If so, where would we draw the line on what books are acceptable to swear in on and which aren’t?

Ellison has the right to swear on the Koran, and I also have the right to be bothered, especially in a post 9-11 world, by it in terms of what the Koran symbolizes. Now, I realize “what bothers me” doesn’t equate to “what’s legal and not legal to do when swearing your oath of office” but all the same, I hope this clarifies my position on the issue.

Just when you thought you’d seen it all

Introducing Christmas “pornaments“:

Several new holiday decorations considered X-rated are being sold in Florida at a store popular with young children, according to a report.

Six controversial ornaments, which can be purchased for $9 at Spencer’s stores in Jacksonville and other parts of Florida, include an X-rated snowman and reindeer.

A television station reported that the pornaments can be found on store shelves at the Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville in plain view of children and to anyone who walks into the Spencer’s stores.

Store workers said that there were no restrictions on who can purchase the pornaments in the store.

Photos of the “pornaments” can be found here.

Anything to make some money, right? Pathetic.