Chad’s Morning Brief for 12.12.12
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of December 12, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11 am.
1. Union Assaults (link)
Get a bunch of conservatives together and you will probably hear some country music... sometimes really bad country music, jokes, and people talking about life. Get a bunch of liberals together and all hell could break loose. Need an example? How about the Occupy Movement? Or more recently, Union thugs in Michigan.
Police in riot gear are patrolling streets near the Capitol after clashing with boisterous protesters upset over Michigan's legislative approval of controversial right-to-work bills Tuesday in a historic battle between Republican lawmakers and organized labor.
Michigan State Police confirmed Tuesday afternoon that a trooper used pepper spray to subdue one of the thousands of protesters outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside approved the divisive bills.
The State Police reported only two arrests by midday. The individuals were detained after they tried to push past troopers to get inside the George Romney Building across from the Capitol where the governor has an office, State Police Capt. Harold Love told reporters.
There is also a video which you can see here, with Union thugs tearing apart a tent and trying to beat up a reporter.
Never saw anything like this at a Tea Party rally did you? By the way, the White House and other Democrats have remained silent on the violence.
2. Race and Education (link)
Are black and Hispanic children less "academically competent" than white kids? That's what one UT Law Professor says.
Lino Graglia, dubbed the “most controversial law professor in America” in 1997 by Texas Monthly’s Paul Burka, is again garnering headlines for his remarks on race.
The 82-year-old University of Texas law professor recently sat down with Gary Younge, a Chicago-based correspondent for BBC Radio 4. Graglia’s interview ran in a special report onFisher vs. University of Texas, the suit brought in 2008 by then freshman Abigail Fisher, a white woman who believes she was denied admission to UT because of affirmative action. The case could end affirmative action policies at America’s public universities.
What does Graglia believe? He told the BBC that black and Hispanic children are less “academically competent” than their white peers, and affirmative action is bad. “Admitting them to schools with large gaps in qualifications is not the answer,” he said.
Asked to explain this gap by Younge, Graglia replies, “It is the case that the single parent household, the children born outside of marriage today is approaching three quarters in the black population. I can hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually a female, uneducated and without a lot of money.” In response, Younge then notes that he himself is a black man raised by a single parent, and the pair has this awkward exchange:
Younge: What you’re saying, without wanting to make it overly personal, is I’m black, I was raised in a single parent family. You’re saying I am likely not as smart as a white person of the same age?
Graglia: Well, from listening to you and knowing what you are and what you’ve done, I suspect you’re rather more smart. My guess would be that you’re above usual smartness for whites, to say nothing of blacks.
I'd say how a child was raised and the environment that child grows up in is a better indicator of how a child might do in school.
3. Perry Backs Fetal Pain Bill (link)
Governor Rick Perry on Tuesday gave his support to a "fetal pain" bill. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Perry also said he would like to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past. According to the Texas Tribune:
The measure is being championed by Texas Right to Life, a state-based anti-abortion group, but a bill has not yet been filed. The group's director, Elizabeth Graham, said the measure her organization backs would include exceptions for women whose lives are in danger, but not for victims of rape or incest. "Those decisions for children who are conceived in rape or in incest will need to be made prior to the 20-week mark," she said.
Opponents say such legislation erodes women's legal access to abortion, and that a similar fetal pain law in Arizona is currently being reviewed by a federal appeals court.
“Every pregnancy is different. No politician can possibly decide what is best for a woman and her family in every circumstance,” Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, said in a statement. “It is especially outrageous to take options away from women who could be in tragic situations."
If a fetal pain bill passes during the 83rd legislative session, which begins in January, Texas would become the 10th state to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Although some scientists have reported that fetuses have sufficient nerve development to feel pain at 20 weeks of development, a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association published in 2005 found “evidence regarding the capacity for fetal pain is limited but indicates that fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester.”
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