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January 7, 2010

Allahpundit looks at the events leading up to the recent bombing at the CIA base in Afghanistan. He concludes that they were mind-numbingly unprofessional. I’m not sure about that but it does seem that they were lulled into a false sense of security.

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California vs. Texas Part II

One thing in the paper jumped out at me: how much better Texas does than California in educating students. Both states have similar demographics (although California has many more Asians). But California has what should be significant advantages—it is much richer ($42,102 per capita GDP to $37,073) and it spends 12 percent more on educating each student than Texas.

Despite this, Texas kids are one to two years of learning ahead of California kids of the same age. And blacks, whites, and Hispanics all do better in school in Texas than they do in California.

My guess is that schools in Texas actually function as schools rather than social program delivery centers.

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QandO is on the bad tradecraft bandwagon along with Allahpundit

Here are a couple people I hope rot in hell. Especially the smiling jackass of a homeowners association president.

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Actually what I would really like is for people to buy enough property in that community to change the bylaws to make it against the rules to be over 55 unless you have a 6 year old living with you and then force everyone of those asses out onto the street. Where they will hopefully be hit by a bus.

Europe’s About-Face on Offshoring

One company is now returning to Germany for every three going abroad, compared with one in six in 2003. For the first time since 1995, many firms are abandoning China. Job losses to offshoring have slowed to a trickle.

Steffen Kinkel, the study’s author, says the big difference from past recessions is that firms are focused less on slashing costs than cutting excess capacity amid reduced global demand. They’ve also found many offshore factories didn’t deliver the expected savings, due to transport delays and hefty wage hikes in countries like China and Brazil.

Offshoring is what happens when you let MBAs run things. They don’t look at long term costs and consequences just the immediate future. I have never seen it work out well for a company, either it’s not as cheap as expected, or it is but at the price of quality.

After attempted airline bombing, effectiveness of intelligence reforms questioned – Can anyone name a government reform that has actually made things better? I can’t.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 7, 2010 7:00 pm

    I dunno. I’m 56 and I don’t act like that. (If anything, I’d like to see more kids in the neighborhood; it builds stability, and I’ve never had to run one off my lawn.)

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      January 7, 2010 8:46 pm

      I’m 45 myself. I was just talking about that particular homeowners association not post 50 year olds in general.

  2. Portlandic permalink
    January 7, 2010 11:53 pm

    The Obama administration has appointed transwoman Amanda Simpson to a position in the Department of Commerce, the first such hiring by a U.S. president.

    http://abillings.livejournal.com/519004.html
    http://is.gd/5TFLb

    Another blog claimed “The day after Simpson began work, The New York Times reported that the main website advertising jobs with the federal government now says there will be no “discrimination” based on “gender identity”-even though Congress has never passed a law saying that.” Someone’s got their underwear on a little too tight, and is forgetting that Harry Truman did the same thing for blacks in the service in ’47.

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