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On last month's Fix;
the answer to last month's Fix,
""What should be done about the US crew members being held
hostage in China?""
Apparently the resolution if this before print time
discouraged anyone from responding. Well, what happened? The
Chinese wanted an apology, and GW gave them one, sort of. He
didn't apologise for the fact that we were running an
intelligence gathering plane over international waters, but
he did express regret over
a) That we damaged our plane and
b) That a Chinese pilot was killed.
Now granted, would this event have occured in a Clinton
White HOuse? No, becuase the Chinese had bought and paid for
Bill, and they were not about to embarass him. But GW is
another animal. GW has gone on record that he intends to arm
the Taiwanese, and you can bet that a trade and Olympic
embargo were discussed behind closed doors over this
GW will not endorse trade and open borders at any cost
with these people, evn if the cost is some of our people in
uniform, and this may make some who joined the Clinton army
a bit nervous.
Phyllis Schlafly (back to story)
May 1, 2001
Day Care Bombshell Hits Smack Amid the 'Village'
The advocates of "it takes a village to raise a child"
are having a rough month. They are scurrying around trying
up with arguments to refute the new study showing that
children who spend most of their time in day care are
times as likely to exhibit behavior problems in kindergarten
as those who are cared for primarily by their mothers.
Children who spend more than 30 hours a week in day care
were found to be more demanding, more noncompliant,
and more aggressive. They scored higher on things like: gets
in lots of fights, cruelty, bullying, meanness, talking
much, and making demands that must be met immediately.
The study found a direct correlation between time spent
in day care and a child's aggression, defiance and
disobedience. The findings held true regardless of the type
or quality of day care, the sex of the child, the
socioeconomic status or the quality of the mother care.
Why is anybody surprised that social science research is
confirming reality? True science always verifies reality;
junk science that manufactures illusions based on
The new study followed more than 1,100 children in 10
cities in every kind of day-care setting, from care with
and nannies to preschool and large day-care centers. The
study was financed by the National Institute on Child
and Human Development, a branch of the National Institutes
of Health that produced a day-care-friendly report in
The "village" advocates are swarming all over the media
with their feeble rebuttals. They argue, without evidence,
better quality day care might produce different results,
that the real problem is that employed parents are tired
stressed, and that the study hasn't undergone rigorous peer
Of course, there are other variables, including viewing
television, the divorce of parents, and the amount of father
But this new study is the most comprehensive to date and its
findings are by significant margins.
The new study corroborates the 1986 findings of one of
its principal investigators, Dr. Jay Belsky, who shocked
child development world with an article titled "Infant Day
Care: A Cause for Concern?" Belsky reported on the
evidence then piling up that infants who spent long hours in
day care were at risk of behavioral problems later.
At that time, the day-care industry and the "village"
advocates in the child-development field were preparing to
national advertising campaign for federally funded,
federally regulated day care as a new middle-class
felt threatened by Belsky, then just a young associate
professor at Pennsylvania State University.
So, the day-care industry lowered the professional boom
on the upstart professor who dared to challenge the
then-prevailing feminist notion that commercial day care was
what infants really needed so that their mothers could
fulfilling themselves in the labor force. The word went out:
don't buy Belsky's textbook, shun him at professional
meetings, label him a misogynist.
The reason the day-care issue arouses such bitter
antagonism is not only that it challenges the liberals who
expand government social services by having the "village"
take over raising children. The day-care issue also strikes
the heart of feminist ideology that it is oppression of
women for society to expect mothers to care for their
Feminist ideology teaches that equality for women depends
on the government relieving women of the burden of child
care so they can be advancing in the labor force. Any
evidence that shows commercial day care inferior to
care, therefore, must be destroyed and the messengers
Remarkably, Belsky didn't kowtow to the Politically
Correct gestapo, as so many academics have done. He is now
professor at the University of London and this time he was
joined in his research by some of the country's most
respected child-development experts.
In 1988, the day-care industry, with lobbying help and
media access from the Children's Defense Fund, went
with its lavish national advertising campaign, proclaiming
the lack of sufficient day care a national "crisis," and
the ABC Child Care Bill sponsored by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
as the solution. Their three-year Congressional and
media battle failed; the American people are not willing to
provide tax-paid baby-sitters for other people's
Hillary Clinton made another attempt to peddle the notion
of a day-care "crisis" as her "frontier issue" in 1997.
hosted an exclusive shindig at the White House featuring all
the usual suspects of those who want the "village" to
children, such as her friend Marian Wright Edelman of the
Children's Defense Fund, but the American people turned
deaf ear to her cries of "crisis."
The conservative solution to child-care needs has always
been tax credits, i.e., let the parents spend their own
for the child care of their choice, and don't force mothers
taking care of their own children to subsidize baby-sitters
Fortunately, we've made some progress in legislating
child credits into the income tax code.
none this month
Quote(s) of the month:
Who has resulted in the deaths of more people?
a) Adolf Hitler
b) Joe Stalin
c) Rachel Carson
--Rush Limbaugh, 26 April 2001
For those who don't know, Hitler got about 7 million
people. Stalin about 30 million. In 1963 Rachel Carson wrote
"Silent Spring" and told the story of how world wide use of
DDT was harming birds and amphibeans. DDT was banned around
1970. Since then, the World Health organization estimates
that world wide excess malaria deaths from unDDTed mosquitos
has been about 2 million per year.
Fix of the month:
"Should pregnant mothers in jail be aloowed to keep their
children when born?"
1. April 30, Seattle: Well I finally had to file my taxes
yesterday. "What's that Steve? Aren't you late?" Nope, and I
didn't need to file for an extension either. Since western
WA was declared a National Disaster Area in teh Feb
earthquake, those of us in the stricken counties got an
extra 2 weeks.
2. May 1, Columbia River: For the first time in 24 years,
they are catching and selling Sockeye Salmon on the indian
reservations. "The hell you say Steve, you know them fish
are on teh endangered list." Yes, its true, but this is the
best run of Sockeye in 70 years, and this time tribal rights
prevailed and the tribes are catching and selling the
endangered fish for $3/pound. Of course, DNR biologists are
concerned that even though this run and likely next years
will be great, the low water that we are currently
experiencing will make it tough on the fry to survive their
swim downstram in a few months.
1. San Francisco, 25 April: City council voted 9/2 to
support tax payer funded sex change operations for city
Ed: We wonder if the surplus testicles will be sent to DC
to stiffen up some Rep Sen and Congressmen on the tax
2. Sacramento, 1 May: For some time the state has
forbidden smoking within public buildings and even
multi-unit private dwellings. SanFrancisco has even banned
smoking outside in public areas. But until now one location
has been left inviolate. No more.
Starting in June, it will be illegal to smoke in Tobacco
1. Scottsdale, April 28: A man traveling in an AMTRAK
sleeper car was relived of his cash courtesy of the DEA. A
little known feature of Amtrak's billing computers is that
anyone who pays cash for an expensive ticket (and its not
clear what that threshold is) can expect that info will be
flashed to the next DEA office. If the DEA officers are so
inclined, they will board the train and check out said
passengers with sniffing dogs.
IN this case the DEA boarded the train in AZ and went to
the sleeper of the passenger who was going from NV to FL.
They knocked and the man opened the door, whereupon the
agents noted thatm "he had his hands in his pockets and
This then formed the basis for their probable cause and
they initiated a search without a warrent. They found a bag
containing over $100, 000 but nothing else incriminating.
They brought in 1, then a second drug dog. Neither found
anything to bark at. A third dog was brought in and
Well, that proved it for the DEA and they siezed all but
$1000 of the man's money (which he claimed he won in Vegas).
The suspect will not be charged, but has to appear in AZ
court to prove that he should get his money back.
Oh and Amtrak splits the $$ with the DEA.
1. London, 28 April: For the first time in 150 years, the
national census is requiring people to state their religion
in the freedom loving British Isles. Failure to comply will
result in stiff fines starting at 100 pounds. Worse yet is
the fine for putting down a frivolous religion - 500 pounds.
This does not sit well with the leaders of teh Anglican
Church of Jedi, who are espousing that some fans of the Star
Wars saga take the Jedi teachings to heart as their real
religion. If over 8000 censor responses declare Jedi, under
British law it will be a recognized religion.
from Gilder Publishing
THE FRIDAY LETTER
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> April 6, 2001
THE WEEK/Hot Air
> The global warming debate reveals that plutomores-rich
> high positions in the Administration of George W. Bush.
> by copious coverage of the Democratic "victory" in
> Republican grandees remain baffled by the presence of
> Washington. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill actually
came to believe that
> he was moving to the city to serve as a token
Republican in the
> administration of Al Gore. The Alcoa corpocrat devoted
his first Cabinet
> presentation to an earnest tract on global warming,
urging his baffled
> companions to save the planet from Republican
> awaiting the second coming in rubber boots on Long
Island beaches and golf
> courses. He all but said the Earth Is In the
Washington is not alone. In a scientific establishment fifty
> financed by government, scores of scientists have
undergone the pressures
> that befall any critic of the cult of human-caused
> Fortunately, not all. My friend Arthur Robinson has
been battling climate
> doom sayers for a decade from his Oregon redoubt. Craig
and Keith Idso's
> Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global
> Change--www.co2science.org --picks up pieces the
heat-addled press won't
> touch, including a trenchant summation by Columbia's
National Medal of
> Science winning climatologist Wallace Broecker in the
prestigious pages of
> Science earlier this year. Entitled "Was the Medieval
> Global?," Broecker's answer is a resounding "yes," and
builds the case for
> a series of climatic warmings spaced at roughly 1500
> Harvard astrophysicists Sallie Baliunas and Willie
Soon, citing evidence
> from peat bogs in northeastern China, have extended the
record of such
> swings back a full six millennia. They report changes
in the Sun's energy
> output 70,000 times more significant than all human
activity put together.
In the end, the global warming panic will take its place in
> books next to other environmental chimeras, such as the
threat of DDT (but
> not of pandemic malaria), the peril of nuclear power
(but not of coal
> mining), the brain curdling effect of cell phones (but
not of far more
> potent sun rays), the menace of power lines (but not of
> Politicized scientists with government grants and
dubious computer models
> persuaded the world's politicians to make pompous fools
of themselves in
> Kyoto. Socialist politicians were happy to join a
movement to impose
> regulation over the world energy supply, and thus over
the world economy.
> The science is blowing up in their faces. But rather
than admit error they
> persist in fear-mongering. When this happened with DDT,
> millions of people died of malaria. They continue to
die. How many people
> would die as a result of an energy clamp on global
> George Gilder