More on the phenomenal, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools in NYC – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

If you haven’t yet heard about the amazing, appropriately-named Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, here’s some background : Founded in 2006, Success Academy Charter Schools is the largest and highest-performing free, public charter school network in New York City.

Source: More on the phenomenal, ‘eye-popping’ success of Success Academy Charter Schools in NYC – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

No, the U.S. hasn’t declared that children of military servicemen born abroad aren’t citizens

A hair-raising sentence that caused a minor freakout on political Twitter this afternoon from the new citizenship guidelines issued by the feds today: “USCIS is updating its policy regarding children of U.S. government employees and U.S. armed forces members employed or stationed outside the United States to explain that they are not considered to be ‘residing in the United States’ for purposes of acquiring citizenship under INA 320.” So … children of U.S. military servicemen and women born abroad are no longer citizens?

Source: No, the U.S. hasn’t declared that children of military servicemen born abroad aren’t citizens

NEWS YOU CAN USE*: How to baffle the boycott brigade. In 2016 I was publishing stories in mainstrea…

The power of “so what?”

NEWS YOU CAN USE*: How to baffle the boycott brigade . In 2016 I was publishing stories in mainstream media that, while not overtly in support of either side, refused to mindlessly regurgitate the lies media was telling about Trump supporters.

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In 2016 I was publishing stories in mainstream media that, while not overtly in support of either side, refused to mindlessly regurgitate the lies media was telling about Trump supporters. I was curious about them, not hateful. Activists and media personalities picked up on this. Sensing I might have some shameful, hidden right-wing views, they swarmed, calling for a boycott of the magazine I worked for, for me to be fired, and sent death threats.

I saw this happen to other journalists. They’d immediately cave, issue a disingenuous apology and self-flagellate for a few days. They’re probably still on a list somewhere. But I never did, and the harassment never fully ended until, months later, I finally dropped a nuke of a story in which I condemned the left completely and came out as a conservative. To my surprise, the mob disappeared. Progressive bullies were silent, nowhere to be found. Suddenly I wasn’t a Nazi who needed to confess or die, but just worthy of an occasional eyeroll emoji from a left-wing blogger

I hope this may be instructive to people, especially business owners. People cowering in the conservative closet message me all the time, asking for advice. There was a time I told them, unless they want to be fired from their jobs and lose all their friends, they’d better keep quiet. I no longer feel that way. Not only are they doing a great disservice to their country and fellow conservatives, but, sometimes, shrugging and saying ‘so what?’ is the most powerful weapon against the left. They’re never expecting it.

SOME OF THE BEST-RUN MEDIUM-TERM IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES ARE PRIVATE: I’ve toured both a …

A lot of people are up in arms privatizing prisons. Here’s an example where the private facilities just seem to work better.

I think some of it may be that private prisons and detention centers can be sued, while government equivalents can hide behind one form or another of sovereign immunity.

SOME OF THE BEST-RUN MEDIUM-TERM IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITIES ARE PRIVATE: I’ve toured both a public and a privately-run medium-term* facility ( and reported on them here ). The private one was significantly nicer. I’ve also spoken to a federal official whose job it was to inspect both types.

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The CTRL ALT Revolt Controversy

The Original Blog Post and some Thoughts on the Crisis of Where We Find Ourselves As the current culture war escalates into a series of asymmetrical engagements from media trolls and outright broadsides from corporate de-platformers in order to protect the culture from the people one side doesn’t agree with… I’d like to step back and point to how I got dragged into all of this.

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Politifact: the Precise Meaning of Words Doesn’t Necessarily Make Warren and Harris Wrong

[guest post by JVW] This blog has covered various rulings that the “fact-checking” site Politifact has issued over the years. At times, we’ve been critical of rulings that we think are ill-advised, such as with the government’s mixed-messages regarding the ebola virus, or their apparent squeamishness with the dining habits of a young Barack Obama, or their reluctance to concede that Obamacare can indeed be fairly characterized as a government takeover of the healthcare system.

Source: Politifact: the Precise Meaning of Words Doesn’t Necessarily Make Warren and Harris Wrong