June 26, 2006

Around the Web

- "The Color of Crime 2005" is now available online (Adobe PDF format).

- "How Racial Preferences Backfire" is Stuart J. Taylor's summary in the National Journal of Richard Sanders big study of the ill effects of law school quotas. Sanders report itself can be downloaded here. And here's an analysis of the Texas Bar Exam results by race:

3) Do the differences in bar exam passing rates and scores among racial/ethnic group correspond to the differences in their admissions credentials and law school grades?

Yes. We found that on the average, the applicants in different racial/ethnic groups performed as well on the bar exam as would be expected on the basis of their law school admission credentials and law school grades.

- Parapundit on the decline of the middle class neighborhood.

- Michael Blowhard asks, "When I look over the many comments that accumulate on my various postings about immigration policy ... what puzzles me far more than the question "How can anyone fail to succumb to the brilliance of my arguments?" is another question entirely: "Why are so many Americans so very shy about expressing their preferences?"

- Tyler Cowen's latest, and perhaps lamest, argument for massive Hispanic immigration. In another posting, this on his favorite things Swiss, Tyler, who is exquisitely cultured, admits, "These days I find Paul Klee repetitive." Perhaps someday Tyler will explain why he favors the lumpenproletarianization of American culture by a flood of Latin Americans with 5th grade educations.

- Dennis Dale at Untethered gives us a taste of what "Repo Man" might have looked like if written and directed by Marcel Proust. Then, shifting gears, he has his way with the "Baja 500," the economists who signed that "open letter" on immigration.

- Martin Kelly reviews Ken Loach's Cannes-winning IRA 1922 movie "The Wind that Blows the Barley."

- New Englanders have the best vocabularies among white people, according to the GSS, says Half Sigma.

- Dusk in Autumn explains what it takes to be a good teacher.

- Genetic Chaos reports on a DNA study that finds little evidence for the popular idea that New Mexico's Spanish-American (i.e., pre-Mexican independence) settlers (e.g., Linda Chavez's and Sen. Ken Salazar's Spanish-speaking ancestors arrived in what's now the American Southwest about 400 years ago) included a sizable crypto-Jewish element.

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