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Saturday, May 27, 2017

FORMER MOREHOUSE COLLEGE PRESIDENT: The unfinished symphony that’s Morehouse College
It is a rare privilege to serve as a college president, let alone at one’s Alma Mater. I became president of Morehouse College in 2013 as we celebrated the 100th year of our life with the name “Morehouse.” I leave as we celebrate the 150th year in our institutional history. While I am proud of what my team and I accomplished in just over four years, our work here is still like King’s unfinished symphony.

And that hurts because America needs a far stronger Morehouse.

Why? Because roughly 320,000 American black boys start ninth grade, annually. And yet only an estimated 8,000 American black young men – 2.5 percent of that 320,000 — annually head off to a 4-year college with academic profiles that appeal to the most selective institutions.
Not to make this about me, but upon reading this I wonder where my profile would fall as a transfer students years ago. To be honest I didn't finish strong either.

Although I do agree America needs a far stronger Morehouse, what would it take?
TWITCHY: People are very, very angry at @redsteeze for buying a ticket to the women only Wonder Woman screening in Brooklyn

Good lord!!!! >-(

h/t Instapundit

Friday, May 26, 2017

CAPFAX: Some suburbs and college towns are shrinking, too

More fallout over the loss of population in Illinois. Focus here is on some of the college towns in addition to the Chicago metro area. I may understand about the college towns, the budget stalemate in Illinois has affected the state's public universities.
YESTERDAY THERE WAS A special election in Montana and a strange thing happened. The candidate who was said to have "bodyslammed" a reporter won! It got so much play and it didn't hurt him at all in a special Congressional election.

You can see what Instapundit thought of this development.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

HERE'S A GREAT article about the education system. A belief that the system as it exists in the USA isn't designed for the smart kids. With that said:
In their recommendations, the professors who wrote the brief concluded that “the U.S. K-12 context, which is organized primarily around age-based grade levels, needs serious rethinking.”

I think that’s putting it too mildly.

Honestly, I’m starting to think that this education system doesn’t need to be reformed; it needs to be destroyed.
I'm a long way from deciding what's best for America's school children, but there is a need for serious reforms. That or we just need to shut everything down and start over. Yes I will definitely point finger at public education at least.

h/t Instapundit
CAPITOL FAX: "Two of the governor’s most favorite humans embrace…"

Rich Miller shares two tweets of Illinois state Comptroller Susanna Mendosa (D) and state Sen. Sam McCann (R). The tweets gush about how bipartisanship is a good and beautiful thing. We need it not only in Illinois but in the whole country also!

TRIBUNE: Chicago only major U.S. city to lose population from 2015 to 2016
By most estimates, Chicago's population will continue to decline. Over the past year, the Tribune surveyed dozens of former residents who said they have packed their bags for a variety of reasons: high taxes, the state budget stalemate, crime, the unemployment rate and weather.

Black residents have been among those leaving in search of safe neighborhoods and prosperity, with many heading to the suburbs and warm-weather states. Chicago lost 181,000 black residents between 2000 and 2010, according to census data.
h/t Newsalert

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

LOOKS LIKE we're seeing some movement on the finances of Illinois. Unfortunately it means income taxes will be raised on income and businesses and would be retroactive. Now the question is whether or not the Illinois General Assembly can come together with Gov. Bruce Rauner to finally settle on a budget. Right now a sticking point would be on whether or not there is property tax relief.

h/t Newsalert
CNBC: Economists: Men now need more than just money to be 'marriageable'
Fracking booms gave two researchers in the Economics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, a perfect chance to test the hypothesis. What happens when money pours into a place, enriching the men, specifically, and giving them good jobs? More of them will get married, right?

As they discovered, to their surprise, the answer is no.

Melissa S. Kearney and Riley Wilson published their findings in a new paper covered by the Washington Post that concludes, "there is no evidence of an increase in marriage rates. The pattern of results is consistent with positive income effects on births, but no associated increase in marriage."

In other words, fracking money made more men dad-material, but it didn't make them husband-material.
Further down in this article it's noted the rich people marry to get richer. Is it possible to make marriage more palatable for people further down the income brackets? It's seems the conclusion as far as why the weathly gets married is that well a couple with children are better off combining their resources than remaining separate.
PJ MEDIA: San Francisco's Higher Minimum Wage Costing Hundreds of Jobs

When you read that watch this.

h/t Instapundit
THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT EVENT, the bombing of a concert in Manchester, England. 19 22 people dead! The fight against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism continues.
BBC: Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89

As a Bond fan who thoroughly enjoyed a few of the movies he starred in, this is a sad day. RIP.