DISCRIMINATION IS TERRIBLE, unless there’s money in it: “Cal Poly wants to open a male-only engineering program at a university in Saudi Arabia.” Would they have opened a whites-only engineering school in the old South Africa?
Are non-coed schools really the same thing as racially segregated schools? Of course not. They aren’t even against the law in this country; and Saudi Arabia is a different country with a different culture.
I attended male-only rabbinical schools, and my children are all in male-only schools. Our religious beliefs dictate this. And we’re Americans. It’s not a civil rights issue. Why would a libertarian like Glenn Reynolds object to people making the choice of attending single-sex schools? Is the fact that a school is a “state school” — whatever that might mean in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — really what makes a difference?
Many non-religious people, notably females, choose to go to schools were interaction between the sexes is not a feature and they can focus on getting educated, not getting something else.
It’s an example of cultural arrogance to assume that Saudi Arabia should be America. It’s something beyond that to apply a standard of “non-discrimination” that isn’t even applicable in this country.
Author and conservative commentator William F. Buckley Jr. has died at age 82.
His assistant Linda Bridges says Buckley died Wednesday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. She says he had been ill with emphysema and was found dead by his cook.
UPDATE: At least start at National Review for this coverage. Interesting to think about how this “conservative moment” will affect McCain.
UPDATE: This is very good, too!
Feb 26, 2008 Metropolis
Dawn Eden links to a cool article about the PATH train — the economically-priced shuttle that runs from points in northern New Jersey under the Hudson on what seems to be rails laid down by John Henry himself, right up to southwest Midtown Manhattan.
I can’t use the PATH though, because Hoboken and the other Jersey points where you can get it are still way east from where I live, and there’s nowhere to put my car if I drive there.
Also it’s dirty.
And slow. And at night it’s full of drunk yuppies.
I hate the PATH.
Feb 26, 2008 Politics and Poker
All in all, while I probably won’t vote for him, I’d feel pretty good about President Barack Hussein Obama (and I think much of the world will celebrate an American President with that middle name), assuming he moderates a bit after winning the nomination.
I feel better about the candidates for this election than any other in memory. McCain is a genuine war hero who has demonstrated considerable perspicacity on Iraq, while Obama is giving indications that he will happily throw special interests like the teacher’s unions under the bus if it helps the country and he can get something in return. I’d say we’re pretty fortunate this time around.
If by “feel good” Dave means, “I would feel like this is a person I could respect, as an individual,” I actually would tend to agree with this. Am I going to get de-linked by bunches of right wing blogs now? I am just saying I always thought a Hillary Clinton presidency would feel like a bleeding ulcer. I don’t feel that way about Obama, who’s still too damned liberal and, yes, too damned inexperienced; but his inexperience I would take over her… experience.
And my experience of her experience.
Sources at the New York Times have told me that “the masthead”—the paper’s top 13 editors, from assistant managing editor on up—has been under relentless pressure from publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. to come up with stories that will themselves make news. In Sulzberger’s view, the only instance in which the Times has shot and scored during the tenure of the paper’s executive editor, Bill Keller, who was appointed in mid-2003, was its coverage of warrantless surveillance of phone calls to and from the U.S., for which James Risen and Eric Lichtblau received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize.
So it’s not a coincidence that the McCain-Iseman story was published the same day—February 21—as The New York Times Company submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the preliminary proxy statement for this year’s annual meeting.
Wow. High cynicism! Hardly unexpected from Craig. Hardly inappropriate when considering the subject.