The Essence of Liberty: Part 269 (1)
Dr. Jimmy T. (Gunny) LaBaume
A Summary of Gutzman, Kevin R.C. The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Constitution
(The book is available from the Ludwig von Mises Institute at http://www.mises.org)
Chapter 12: The Court’s Brave New World: From Affirmative Action to Sodomy
Lyndon Johnson instituted “affirmative action” which has since come to be little more than “benign race discrimination.”
The Supreme Court got into the act with Griggs v. Duke Power Co. (1971). Duke Power required a high school diploma and a certain aptitude test score for employment and promotion. The Court found this to be racially discriminatory and declared that employment standards had to be “reasonably related” to the relevant job. Businesses responded by hiring and promoting staff on a racial basis—i.e. the non-discrimination policy has, in effect, resulted in a virtual mandate to discriminate.
Quotas also appeal to university administrators. In University of California Board of Regents v. Bakke (1978), Allan Blake had been denied admission to the UC Medical School even though his qualifications were better than those of all the minority candidates that were admitted. The Court’s decision was nonsensical. Four of the judges would have upheld UC’s program, four would not have and the fifth voted to force “the school to admit Bakke while also stating that schools could give particular races and ethnic groups special privileges to augment ‘educational diversity.’” But, these admissions had to be “on the margin” – i.e. outright quotas could not be used. Ironically, “…given the enormous disparity between the qualifications of most students admitted…and those of the preferred minority…marginal “affirmative action” would have admitted few, if any, specially privileged minority students.”
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‘SHOOTER’ MARINE FUMES
New York Post ^ | March 27, 2008 | DAPHNE RETTER
Posted on 03/27/2008 9:18:18 AM EDT by vietvet67
WASHINGTON – One of the Marines’ most-accomplished snipers took dead aim yesterday at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s claims of facing fire in Bosnia, saying she has dissed the real heroes.
by Bill Bonner
by Bill Bonner
Listening to Bill Buckley give a speech was a painful experience. It was like watching an old cow give birth. The words came out so slowly…and then you were inevitably disappointed. You expected more. A man who took so long to choose his words ought to come up with something better. But Buckley’s words were always a little slimy.
Still, the pompous tone did its job. The common, naturally-conservative American thought he heard an angel singing…and thought he saw something practically divine in Buckley’s palaver. He had found nobility he could bend to…a man whose looks, wealth, and education and family rivalled the Kennedys’.
March 26, 2008
Gringos here in Mexico talk endlessly about how they love and admire the Mexican people, how friendly the natives are, how wonderful the culture is and, by strong implication, how wonderful the gringos are for appreciating Mexico. Actually they don’t. They live in gated communities in the hills, can’t speak three words of Spanish, and have surprisingly little contact with the country. They have invented a Mexico that doesn’t exist, and have fallen in love with it.
March 27, 2008
How to deter nuclear states, proxies
By Louis Rene Beres, Thomas McInerney and Paul E. Vallely
For our nation, there is no more urgent need than strategic doctrine. Without it, every U.S. response to enemy threats would lack coherence. We deserve better than a “seat of the pants” program for national survival. We now deserve to hear from each presidential candidate about such vital plans.