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Erica Garman spent the day wheeling around Sterling yesterday, read about it here.

That’s right.  It even hits those that distribute to the public hard in the wallet.  This is his answer.  Although I don’t think that it is cost effective yet and the distance to time ratio is a little lop-sided, the view is incredible! Like minds think alike and this is where the idea showed first fruition!

For the first time, Asians will be the largest group entering Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, according to the Washington Post.  It’s not just TJ, either.  The article goes on to say that,

The rising concentration of Asian Americans at T.J. mirrors demographic trends in other elite math and science magnet schools. In New York, the selective and specialized Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School have Asian American majorities, although about 10 percent of the metropolitan population is of Asian descent. In San Francisco, Asian Americans make up more than 60 percent of the students at selective Lowell High School and about a third of the city’s population.

Asians make up less than 10% of the residents in the Washington area, so why are they so overrepresented at the highest end of the educational spectrum?  Are they innately more intelligent?  There is little evidence to support that.  It is possible that selection for intelligence has occurred in China, so the more intelligent have more children, but there is no evidence for that either.  However, there is evidence of a cultural difference:

The success of Asian American students reflects the educational commitment found in many immigrant communities, particularly for second-generation students fluent in English and encouraged by upwardly mobile parents who came to the United States for higher education or professional positions.

Yes, I think culture is more likely to explain the differences in racial disparities in education and achievement.

In an editorial titled, Ending Government Sponsored Blight, the Washington Examiner adds another outraged voice to the roiling controversy over the Loudoun County Department of Building and Development:

Loudoun County officials have for years looked the other way when confronted with glaring violations of their own zoning ordinances. Angry homeowners have now joined a growing list of Americans demanding strict enforcement of such laws…

Read it all.

Eastern Loudoun is finally getting some attention because the problems have piled up to the point they can no longer be glossed over. The upside is we – especially those of us in Sterling – finally have a voice the county will have to listen to. If you are fed up with the utter uselessness of our Zoning Administration Division, send an e-mail to County Administrator Kirby Bowers and copy the entire Board of Supervisors.

(Heck, copy the Easterner or the Independent while you are at it.)

As I alluded to my letter last week, the county could do a lot worse than to empty the entire Department of Building and Development and hire some of the folks from Herndon to come over and show us how to rebuild it into a functioning government agency.

More on the problems in Loudoun County Zoning Adiministration:

Foreclosure, it’s just a state of mind

Eugene Delgaudio and Jeanne West Team Up to Denounce Zoning Violations in Sterling (includes video of WUSA Channel 9 news report)

Zoning Controversy Continues To Heat Up In Sterling

Loudoun County Focuses On Sterling

Dispatches from Sterling: Government-Sponsored Blight

Too bad, I was rooting for the kid. Alan Webb came in fifth in the 1500 meter finals at the US Olympic Trials. Bernard Lagat won in 3:40, at least 5 seconds slower than Webb’s personal best. It was a slow final, and Webb just was not able to bring on the kick – even though he had more sheer speed talent than any of these guys.

Webb has run a 3:46 mile in the past year – a pace which would have blown away today’s field.

My take is Webb does best in low pressure situations. I predict he will break the world record in the mile at some obscure meet, with no media present, in the not too distant future.

Well, according to E. J. Dionne, Jr., our favorite Black Irishman, Barry H. O’Bama, wants to revamp W’s “Faith-Based Initiative.”  Mr. O’Bama wants to call the office the “Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.”  Funny he should choose that last word.  You see, the whole problem with W’s Faith-Based Initiative was the ol’ bait-and-switch.  Get the religious charities dependent on federal largess, then force them to hire active homosexuals, adulterers, “alternate lifestylers,” etc.  Then, when Catholic Charities refuses to go hire people who are blatant, unrepentant sinners, the leftists say, “How disgusting — they’re willing to let people go hungry rather than hire a homosexual.”

Obama is not shy about this: “Obama would keep the religious exemption from federal civil rights laws for congregations but apply them to specific programs sponsored by the congregations that accepted federal money.”  (Emphasis mine.)  And how long would that last?  Only until the charities have swollowed the bait, then the leftists will set the hook, and drop the words “specific programs sponsored by.”  The same applies now to any school accepting federal funds — that’s why VMI was forced to accept women.

One root of the problem, again showing that W is not a conservative, is also pointed out in the article: “Under Bush, [O'Bama] said, ‘you took resources from some programs and gave them to others without clear criteria for why the funds were shifted.’”  Exactly.  What makes bureaucrats in the feral government more qualified to say which charities deserve your money than you are?  Nothing.

Another root is the leftist notion, as stated by Dionne, that “support for religious groups can’t be an excuse for government (sic)backing out of its responsibilities.”  Certainly this is true, but what does he think the government’s responsibilities are?  Caring for the poor and downtrodden is our responsibility, not the feral government’s.  (State constitutions, of course, may be different.)  That is why leftists “give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood,” according to Syracuse University professor Arthur C. Brooks:

The book’s basic findings are that conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.

Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone’s tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don’t provide them with enough money.

That’s socialists for you, generous to your last dime, and they know better than you where it should go.

How about this instead: a 50% tax deduction for charitable contributions.

Right now, the lower your income, the less you get to deduct.  If you are in the 10% tax bracket, and donate $100 to your church, you get $10 off your taxes.  Someone in the 33% bracket gets $33 off his taxes.  (Don’t the leftists say our tax code should be more “fair”?)

So, with a 50% deduction, not part of the standard deduction, everyone would get an equal break for charitable contributions, the feral government would essentially be matching one’s donations dollar-for-dollar, and we, not bureaucrats or congresscritters, would decide which charities to support.

Politicians really are a more sinister group.