Rice holds a Ph.D. in political science. She has taught college for decades. She was Provost of Stanford University. She worked her way up from a working-class family in the segregated South to the highest echelon of world power and politics.
But according to the Rutgers (University) faculty council, all of that is negated by her service in President George W. Bush's administration.
According to Rutgers Faculty Council: Condoleezza Rice lacks "moral authority." She fails to meet the standards of "exemplary citizenship" and she does not have what it takes to "inspire" graduating college seniors. read more
The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America's current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation's poorest residents. The agency's stringent one-size-fits-all rules apply equally to heavily air-polluted cities and far cleaner plus typically colder off-grid wilderness areas such as large regions of Alaska and the American West.
Local LOCM -0.63% governments in some states have gone even further than EPA, not only banning the sale of noncompliant stoves, but even their use as fireplaces. As a result, owners face fines for infractions. Puget Sound, Washington is one such location. Montréal, Canada proposes to eliminate all fireplaces within its city limits. read more
Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said, "My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. Now, name a day it doesn't come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn't look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I'd still be in Savannah. Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them -- left them out." read more
A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population's politics becomes more liberal. The study by Pavel Yakovlev and Walter P. Guessford of Duquesne University in Pennsylvania shows a direct correlation between political beliefs and the demand for alcohol. The study compares sales of alcoholic beverages against the political leanings of a state's members of Congress, as ranked by liberal organizations Americans for Democratic Action and the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education. read more
A pair of enthusiasts from Romania and Australia who met over the internet have built a full-size Lego, and it actually works. Constructed from over 500,000 Lego bricks, the hot rod style roadster is powered by four orbital engines comprised of a total of 256 Lego air pistons that can propel it to a top speed of nearly 20 mph. read more