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The New York Post reports on hands-on sex education:

Three female teachers busted for allegedly molesting students this week shocked the city — but not experts, who say one in 10 students will be sexually abused by an educator. And the problem in New York City appears to be surging, with the number of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students projected to double this year compared to last, reports from Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon show….

Exposing these offenders has never been a priority for the school system.

Shakeshaft analyzed 225 cases of teacher sexual abuse in New York in 1994 in which all of the staffers had admitted they committed the crime. None of the perpetrators was reported to police or school investigators, and only 1 percent lost their license to teach.

And Shakeshaft said Mayor Bloomberg’s comment that the latest spate of teacher student sexual incidents is “business as usual” hinders child advocates’ push for better training and reporting.

At least these kids are getting prepared for the real world, where they’ll be fully prepared to go down on their boss when he demands it.

Mailvox: math-challenged National Democrats

Soup illustrates a failure to grasp basic addition:

“a vote for [anyone but the Republican candidate] is really a vote for [the Democratic candidate]” is revived.”

This is a fine tactic since it’s certifiably true. Your next president will be a Republican or a Democrat. Get used to it.

Since Soup appears to have missed last October’s math lesson, we’ll repeat it.

Candidate D has 99 votes.
Candidate R has 99 votes.

The next voter votes for candidate Z. How many votes does Candidate D have?

a) 99
b) 100
c) what?
d) fiver

If you answered (a), you are correct. If you answered (b), you are likely a National Democrat. If you answered (c), you are likely a Democrat. If you answered d), you are probably a rabbit.

The only thing certifiable about Soup’s statement is that it is mathematically crazy. And there is no error more obvious than assuming that present trends will continue indefinitely. The only thing that is certain is that one day, the next president will not be a Republican or Democrat.

A Bush too far

Even Bane has finally given up on the National Democrats:

My Tipping Moment… Despite all of the good GW has done, including Iraq and Afghanistan, all the above bullshit, coupled with his insane and calculated complicity in the assault on our borders (and thusly on you and I) I can no longer support him.

Sadly, the good he has done, has usually been forced by coercion, and under duress and compromise.

He is evil, his family is evil, and any woman or child who would stand for and with him is evil.

Thus, the people he has surrounded himself with are evil, and not to be trusted. I dearly love and miss John Ashcroft, and he got out just in time.

I will not support any other Republican who has GW’s taint on them in any way. I will actively vote against them, or just not vote, should their alternative be equally repugnant to me.

I am going to change my Republican registration to Independent, and tell them why they have lost the five votes I directly control.

I will actively work, here and elsewhere, to undermine this Presidency in any way I can.

Yeah, well, don’t say I didn’t warn you. I hope every former Three Monkey will try to keep their disgust and disenchantment in mind in 2008, when the hypnotic mantra of “a vote for [anyone but the Republican candidate] is really a vote for [the Democratic candidate]” is revived.

Red tide

The NYT considers a genuine Conservative meltdown:

At a time when American conservatives are ascendant, the British Conservative Party is adrift, troubled by internal feuding, casting about for a defining theme and struggling to defeat a relatively unpopular incumbent, Prime Minister Tony Blair, in an election nine days away.

Most polls and analysts say the Conservative Party, led by Michael Howard, is heading for a historic third consecutive defeat against Labor on May 5. This prospect is all the more noteworthy given how vulnerable Mr. Blair is on issues of trust and leadership after his insistent assertions that prohibited weapons would be found in Iraq in the American-led war that he so strongly supported and that remains unpopular in Britain.

Putting aside the ridiculous idea that conservatives – as opposed to Republicans – are ascendant, the Conservative party’s problems seem likely foreshadow the Republican Party’s problems in the coming decade, because what is killing the Tories is their allegience of their politicians to the European Union. While there is a Euroskeptical majority in England, both major parties as well as the Liberal Democrats are officially EU-enthusiasts, leaving the majorit with no one to support on the issue except the marginal parties dismissed by the media as neo-nazi right-wing extremists.

Sound familiar? Because once the American Union is unveiled, this is precisely where the Republican party is likely to find itself, especially if a popular Democrat willing to triangulate to the center and co-opt Republican cultural issues is elected in 2008.

When considering the future, most people tend to extrapolate current conditions ad infinitum, which is why most people lose money in the stock markets. The point of maximum apparent power is the very turning point at which that power begins to recede, for after Margaret Thatcher’s economic revival and a victorious war, who would have thought to find the Conservative Party in such complete disarray only eight years later?

Franger gets with the wicked…

but VD runs the show.* Two more tendrils reach out into the cold, cruel realm of the Blogosphere with the hirsute circus of ZZ’s Big Top

and a card-carrying member of VP’s left-wing varsity, the chunder from Down Under, Sharpening Stones, Walking on Coals.

*I estimate the chances of anyone but Jaime hitting that without resorting to a search engine at approximately a Googleplex to one.

Mailvox: Fair and balanced

craigp spends too much time under the blow dryer:

Like Bill O’reilly Vox feels that it is somehow a good thing that the left emails him.

That is fine

BUt…

if that is the case, if like Bill Oreilly, Vox feels that he is more “fair and balanced” becuase he has an audeicen from both the left and the right. Vox cannot then attack Delay and any republicans for not coming out with more ferocity agaiinst the left, many of whom are apparently Vox’s email buddies.

It is true that I have friends across the political spectrum. It is also true that I have friendly relationships with individuals in the media that many people would probably find surprising, including editors at major newspapers, left-wing columnists and even NPR reporters. Many of them enjoy my writing style and take-no-prisoners approach even though they believe my ideology is frighteningly alien.

But unlike Bill O’Reilly, my commentary is not constrained by these relationships because I am not building a media career and because I am not likely to waste much time with anyone who is incapable of understanding the difference between an attack on an idea to which they subscribe and a personal attack. And unlike most people, my relationships are not constrained by my ideology because I am more rationally than emotionally attached to it.

Most leftists are truly misguided. They are blind and almost always fail to follow the logic of their beliefs to the inevitable end. Thus, they are often horrified when the evils that those more clear-eyed predict come to pass. This is why I stated even before George Delano’s reelection that I felt a modicum of pity for craigp and other Three Monkey Republicans, because I was pretty sure that by the end of President Bush’s second term, their faith in the Republican party would be shaken, if not shattered entirely.

Shall I have nothing to do with my many Republican friends as well, because they are complicit in destroying the nation, repeatedly violating the Constitution and building the neo-socialist American Union? I don’t think so. Nor do I disown my more openly socialist friends simply because they are incapable of understanding even the most basic applications of the Law of Supply and Demand. You can like someone without respecting their ability to think clearly… just ask any engineer.

Finally, I have never made any claim of being fair and balanced. And my criticism of cowardly Republicans was not directed at Tom DeLay, who is a big boy and can defend himself, but at Republicans like Rich Lowry, who prefer to cry about the left-wing media’s name-calling in the futile hope that they’ll stop instead of forcing them to knock it off by hitting back harder.