No posts today: We're off on a mission of national import. We won't encounter Michael Hayden; we don't do the Acela.
We won't be posting today, though we have a few topics backed up:
What's wrong with making the ugliest possible denunications of tens of millions of people? Who has been making these denunciations?
How well does Minnesota teach math, as compared to the other states? Also, in what way does Amanda Ripley's new book ignore low-income kids?
For those who are fascinated by the new Salon, we recommend the latest Joan Walsh-inspired flap. If you link to the original piece by Walsh, you will find this passage:
WALSH (10/21/13): Don’t get me wrong: The problems with Healthcare.gov are real, and disturbing, and must be fixed asap...But excuse me if I believe the president knows that without my telling him. It’s like watching the 21st century version of the rise of the Democratic Leadership Council, and I feel the way I did back then: On the one hand, yes, it’s important for Democrats to acknowledge when government screws up, and to fix it.We summarize the pronouncements:
On the other hand, when liberals rush conscientiously to do that, they only encourage the completely unbalanced and unhinged coverage of whatever the problem may be.
Good conduct: It's important for Democrats to acknowledge when government screws up.Walsh gives two examples of those who rushed conscientiously. But all too often, our brave new liberal world seems to run on fuzz as well as on fury.
Bad conduct: Liberals shouldn't rush conscientiously to acknowledge such government screw-ups.
Meanwhile, Thomas L. Friedman has been stuck inside of Shanghai with the ed reform blues again! We'll post tomorrow on that column.
What you think of Friedman's piece, it's been written ten million times.