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Harvard’s Crimson vs Conservative Women

March 3, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

Question: Is there a liberal bias in Academia?

Answer: Is the Pope pro-life?

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Protesting at Harvard Charmaine recently spoke to the Second Annual Conservative Women’s Conference at Harvard University. The topic was Balancing Family and a Career in Public Service.

The Alert Reader would wonder that a room of 100 conservative women on Harvard’s campus would be so strange, so counter-intuitive that the university’s newspaper of record would capture the kooks on copy.

The Alert Reader would be wrong.

Harvard’s Crimson newspaper can’t be bothered to send a reporter to listen to conservative credentialed experts speak.

This is not the weirdness that the Crimson craves.

Conservative: No Way

Transgender: OK

The Crimson will spill barrels of bytes on gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender genders issues. As if this were news or interesting outside the homosexual community.

As in,

For Transgender, a Day to Remember

The students seem to be in perpetual protest; the Crimson consumed with homosexuals.

Conservatives are left to do the learning.

But this is, of course, not newsworthy.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

See Charmaine’s speech notes at the jump.

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Charmaine to Speak at Harvard

February 14, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

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Charmaine will be speaking at the Second Annual Conservative Women’s Conference at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachuetts on February 24, 2007.

The Alert Reader will note conservative and Harvard in the same sentence.

Who knew?

Alert the media.

Charmaine’s talk will be A Higher Ambition: Women at the Intersection of Sex, Power and Purpose.

Other good-guys scheduled to speak at the conference:

Kerry Healey (Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-07, candidate for MA Governor, 2006)

Chriss Winston (first woman to head the White House Office of Speech Writing as Deputy Assistant to the President for Communications and Director of Speech Writing for President George H.W. Bush)

Kathryn Lopez, Editor, National Review Online. Her topic will be “Speaker Pelosi Does Not Speak for Me.”

Women in the Military (tentative): Captain Kristin Hort, USAF

Women in Academia: (tentative) Mary Keys, 2006-07 Visiting

Women in MA Government: Christina Bain, Executive Director for the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence

“Pro-Life and Pro-Woman”: Linda Thayer, Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Panel on Balancing Family and a Career in Public Service

Carrie Severino, HLS graduate and clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Dr. Mildred Jefferson, retired surgeon and former chair of the National Right to Life Committee

Greer Swiston, Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Candidate for State Representative from Newton

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Harvard University

But even with this august panel, expect no real changes at Harvard with the new incoming president, the first female in its herstory. Drew Gilpin Faust comes from Radford and is a former director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. See a course sampling at the footnotes: Liberals simply cannot help themselves.

Faust’s strongest credential is growing up in Virginia.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

From the organizers,

The purpose of the conference is to provide conservative, college-aged women with the opportunity to hear from women who are successfully countering the liberal environments that surround them. Young women, especially on the Harvard campus, are often assumed to be liberal feminists; our conference aims to dispel this unfortunate myth.

Be sure to read liberal feminist president Drew Gilpin Faust’s Mingling Promiscuously: A History of Women and Men at Harvard.

The New York Times refers to the new president as Chainsaw Drew (which Your Business Blogger likes) and that she, “…[H]ad dialogues with [her] dead mother over the 40 years since she died.” Your Business Blogger has an occasional monologue with my dead dad, but he has not yet dialogued back.

Drew Gilpin Faust was the director of the The Women’s Study Program at Penn. Higher education course offerings as,

THEORIES OF GENDER AND SEXUALITY — …we will turn to contemporary debates about the limits of transgender identity, gay pride and gay shame, the commodification of identity, the meaning of “queer,” [the Q-word used in the syllabus, no hate mail, please]

WOMEN: US HISTORY 1865-PRESENT — …women’s liberation, and gay rights…

SCIENCE OF SEX & SEXUALITY — “On Being Male, Female, neither or both” concluded … with the following statement: “The definition of sex was (and is) still up for grabs.” In our post-modern world, we have become accustomed to the malleability of gender identity and sexuality. We are also aware that individuals undergo sex reassignment surgeries but by large we assume that transgender people are transitioning from one discrete category to another. Queer activists certainly challenge this assumption, preferring to envision sex, gender, and sexuality on a continuum, but these days even scientists don’t concur about a definitive definition of sex…

KING KONG: MONSTERS & THEIR BRIDES — This course will incorporate a historical overview of gender, sexuality, race, and religion in monster images…

Higher Education in America?

Are Children at Risk in Red States?

January 27, 2007 | By | 3 Comments

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Cybercast News ServiceA new book Homeland Insecurity… American Children at Risk says yes.

I think not. Red States are better than Blue States. Permit me one anecdotal statistic. Your Business Blogger packed up kith and kin and moved from the blue, communist “Free State” of Maryland and headed south, back to our beloved “Old Dominion.” (Home of the University of Virginia and George Mason.)

My car insurance instantly dropped 30%. My personal property insurance dropped.

So I asked USAA Insurance why the huge savings by my merely moving a few dozen miles.

Short answer: Lower risk.

Seems that Maryland is full of terrible drivers and home invaders, criminals and crappy schools. Insurance companies assess rates accordingly.

A citizen is more apt to be a victim of a car wreck or have his home burned down and personal property stolen living in Maryland. My former county in Maryland had horrific public tax-supported education, forcing the Penta-Posse into private alternatives.

A citizen is safer in Virginia. The (apolitical) (profit-motivated) insurance market proves it.

And coincidentally, Virginia is aggressive with criminals. The Commonwealth of Virginia is prompt in emptying death row with Dead Men Walking. Maryland is more “compassionate” with crooks walking…or running for office. Murderers get a pass in Maryland. Murders are executed in Virginia.

So I moved to Virginia. Safer.

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Tom McMahon And I’m not the only one. Tom McMahon originally pointed us to the United Van Lines Migration Study showing what states people move out of and into,

Maryland … continued its 15-year outbound tradition… the United Van Lines study, through the years, has been shown to accurately reflect the general migration patterns in various regions of the country… real estate firms, financial institutions, and other observers of relocation trends regularly use the United data in their business planning and analysis activities.

The only thing United Van Lines gets wrong are the colors. “Inbound” states should be red; “outbound” blue.

Which, as Alert Readers have noted, align with blue state/red state political leanings.

Business and citizens understand the market and benefits and safety of red states.

But not liberal elites. Like Michael Petit.

Monisha Bansal, a CNSNews.com Staff Writer writes in Children More at Risk in Red States, Book Claims,

(CNSNews.com) – A family group voiced deep skepticism Thursday about a new book charging that children in Republican-leaning states are at greater risk than their peers elsewhere because of conservative policies.

[The book] says the risks include “inadequate pre-natal care, lack of health care insurance coverage, early death, child abuse, hunger and teen incarceration.”

It was released Thursday by the child advocacy group, Every Child Matters Education Fund, whose president, Michael Petit, authored the book.

“Thanks in large part to the erosion of real federal spending on children and families, mostly engineered by conservatives, the child poverty rate is rising again even as the stock market has climbed,” Petit wrote in the book.

“Further, more people are uninsured, real wages are declining, prisons are overflowing, and millions of children live in distressed families facing their struggles alone, thanks in large measure to conservative policy,” he said.

Petit based his “red state” versus “blue state” distinctions on the 2004 presidential elections.

Based on that measure, he said, nine of the top 10 states with “the best outcomes for children today” are the Democratic voting blue states of Wisconsin, New Jersey, Washington, Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire, with Iowa being the sole red (or Republican voting) state in the group.

Reasoned, seasoned voices challenge the claim. My favorite political scientist is quoted,

Charmaine Yoest, vice president of communications for the Family Research Council, said she was “really skeptical” of Petit’s findings….

“They don’t appear to have taken into consideration a variety of variables,” she said. “You have to be pretty careful about positing causality, and I’m not certain that they have done that.

“They have a very simplistic and disingenuous analysis,” Yoest said.

“It is very clear that they are looking for more government programs that involve more government spending and higher taxes,” she said.

“Any time you hear advocates on the left talking about children you can be certain that they aren’t going to pay attention to the effect of family structure on the well-being of children,” Yoest said.

“This project appears to be no different,” Yoest argued. “There’s somehow this mythical idea that spending equals well-being for children when in fact the research data is incontrovertible.

“The overwhelming evidence has proven that the two-parent family – a mom and a dad, committed for life and caring for kids – provides the best outcomes for children,” Yoest said.

Charmaine, as usual, gets it right.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

My endorsement of USAA insurance is unpaid.

Full Disclosure: Your Business Blogger served Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia. Whenever the courts sentenced death in a capital punishment case, Gilmore always, “Declined to intervene.” Virginia has good courts, too.

Str*ppers in The Chronicle of Higher Education

April 17, 2006 | By | One Comment

Cross Post from Jack Yoest at Str*ppers with the uncensored version.

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Higher Education in The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Everybody’s Toy, Nobody’s Fool

The text and photographs by Jackie Brenner, a photographer, are from the book Friday Night Grind: Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Distributed by the University of New Mexico Press for Fresco Fine Arts Publications and Shine Media Group.

The market segment for the average reader of The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Voted for John Kerry

Doesn’t go to church

Loves Darwinism; hates Intelligent Design

Hates George Bush

Hates business/commerce/filthy lucre

Loves pictures of Nekked Women…

…I made up the last point.

However, this is what the professors in the academy are reading. Are you sure you want your daughters near these guys?

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Other favorite pictures articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education include

Painted Ladies, and

Butt of Jokes.

This week’s pictures are from the April 21, 2006 edition, page B3.

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The Chronicle of Higher Ed: Painted Ladies Gone Wild

April 10, 2006 | By | No Comments

Cross Post with modifications from Jack Yoest.

The Chronicle of Higher Education arrived in my mail box. In plastic wrap. But it should be covered in brown paper. Remember, Your Business Blogger subscribes for the articles. But I can always count on The Chronicle to titillate.

Here’s this edition’s nudie pics.

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[sorry, may not be …prudent for Charmaine. But not me. See Jack Yoest, Higher Ed.]

The liberals in academe cannot understand why us parental prudes might not want their daughters dancing naked on campus and posing in paint for publication.

This is bad for the education business. Looks bad on a resume.

But I could be wrong.

Rachel E. Beaulieu (above in tiger stripes), a senior…is treasurer of the Liquid Latex Club,…wanted to improve [her] outlook on the way [she] looked…

[and]

…the nudity may attract first-time audience members…

[but]

…Ms. Beaulieu says it is not what the show is about…

And boys read Playboy for the articles.

The co-ed concludes, “It’s a very unique experience…the liquid latex allows you to do things you could never do,” with conventional cloth and clothes and virtue.

This is a subtle hint to human resource managers: The more a girl has appeared nude in print, the greater the possibility that men would have seen her. And perhaps have stared. Some will oogle.

This is a longitudinal sexual harassment case study in the making.

Ms. Beaulieu, please let us know how the job search progresses.

We’ll be watching.

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From The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2006. At least the picture was buried on A6.

Full Disclosure: The wife of Your Business Blogger has been published in The Chronicle. In conventional fashion.

Basil’s Blog has a Picnic.

Update: The Sky is Falling: Elite Women Want Motherhood?

September 21, 2005 | By | No Comments

Alert reader, Carl at Gelf Magazine has outstanding reporting and an astute observation.

Dr. Yoest,

I saw your post about yesterday’s NYT article …And noticed your comment about the methodology:

“The article is heavy on anecdote and fails to ever explain its methodology — the source of its “data” is email responses from some young women at the Ivy’s. So, even though I think the conclusion is interesting and one that I agree with, in all honesty the researcher in me has to point out to you that this is not terribly reliable reporting.”

Carl continues:

It seems you had reason to be suspicious. Over at Gelf, to which I contribute, we’ve run a copy of the survey the NYT reporter emailed to Yale students, as sent to us by one of the recipients. The survey seems to have leading questions, basically implying that all Yale women must be straight and want kids: story here David Goldenberg byline .

Well done. Carl nails it down:

Among the leading questions, many from right at the top of the survey:

When you have children, do you plan to stay at home with them or do you plan to continue working? Why?

If you plan to continue working, do you plan to work full-time in an office, or full-time from your house, or part-time in an office, or part-time from your house? Why?

If you plan to stay at home with your kids, do you plan to return to work? If so, how old will you wait for your kids to be when you return?

Was your mom a stay-at-home mom? Explain whether she worked, and how much she worked! Were you glad with her choice (to either work or stay-at-home or whatever combination she did)?

How do you think college-age men at Yale feel about whether wives should stay at home with their kids?/

In polling we call this “priming the pump.” It is used to direct answers with subtle questions with subtle assumptions. Good polls are designed to uncover the truth (of opinion) across a broad sample. Bad polls have an agenda. This is, as Carl suggests, a bad survey.

I will have more in coming posts on The NYT’s political and cultural agenda.

No matter what our differences in the blogosphere, the work by Gelf Magazine shows us why the NYT chopped 500 jobs and is bleeding red ink. The NYT has lost the public trust — because of such questionable reporting.

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Outside The Beltway has more on the NYT’s firings.

What They’re Reading on College Campuses

September 12, 2005 | By | One Comment

Remember Professor Pottymouth?

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Now comes the bestseller rankings: #1 is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. No surprise there.

And from Princeton is #6 Bullsh*t, by (tenured) Professor Harry G. Frankfurt*.

These two academic achievements have one thing in common: neither have footnotes.

*As ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 9, 2005.

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