Dr. Stat

Dr. Stat is a Statistics Professor. This blog is his opportunity to share ideas and opinions about education (especially math education), politics, and whatever else comes up.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Music and Video from the right

From Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks, music has been used in many ways to promote leftist ideas. In Country Music, there has always been a fair amount of patriotic and right-leaning music. But apparently Air America is up in arms because a "rock group is using music to sway the opinion of the youth."

The group is called "The Right Brothers" and the song is:

Lyrics: Bush Was Right
Written by: Frank Highland

Freedom in Afghanistan, say goodbye Taliban
Free elections in Iraq, Saddam Hussein locked up
Osama’s staying underground, Al Qaida now is finding out
America won’t turn and run once the fighting has begun
Libya turns over nukes, Lebanese want freedom, too
Syria is forced to leave, don’t you know that all this means

Bush was right!
Bush was right!
Bush was right!

Democracy is on the way, hitting like a tidal wave
All over the middle east, dictators walk with shaky knees
Don’t know what they’re gonna do, their worst nightmare is coming true
They fear the domino effect, they’re all wondering who’s next

Repeat Chorus

Ted Kennedy – wrong!
Cindy Sheehan – wrong!
France – wrong!
Zell Miller – right!

Economy is on the rise kicking into overdrive
Angry liberals can't believe it's cause of W's policies
Unemployment's staying down, Democrats are wondering how
Revenue is going up, can you say "Tax Cuts"

Repeat Chorus

Cheney was right, Condi was right, Rummy was right, Blair was right
You were right, we were right, “The Right” was right and Bush was right
Bush was right!
Bush was right!

© 2005 Pool Guy Music (ASCAP), All rights reserved

You can listen to a preview at

Conservatives have a new ad that lays bare the biportisan support for the Iraq war, putting the lie to the Democrat claims that "Bush lied." Watch it at

And for the entertainment of the math minded (nothing to do with the above) we have the Klein Four Group, graduate students in mathematics and budding musicians:

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bush Ends Public Education (Just Kidding)

In her 10/20/2004 column, Michelle Malkin included the following quote:
Meanwhile, a teacher for Kerry complained: "If we lose the White House again, it is very possible we will lose public education."

Well, they "lost." It's been over a year now, and we still have public education. In fact, maybe we ought to take a look at how public education has done during the Bush administration.

Percent of All K-12 Students Enrolled in Public Schools (NCES)
2003--91.17 (projected)
2004--91.16 (projected)
2005--91.16 (projected)

(Why is the NCES three years behind in statistics? Sure wish I had the current figures.)

Ron Hutcheson, writing for Common Dreams News Center today, says
In some cases, Bush pushed for spending increases. For example, federal spending on education, a top presidential priority, has increased 65 percent under Bush.

That money isn't being used to reduce the influence of public education.

Meanwhile, programs in school choice, ostensibly supported by the president, appear to have made little progress.

Kavan Peterson, at stateline.org, writes:

Utah in March became the first state since Florida in 1999 to pass a statewide voucher program, though it is limited to special education students. Ohio’s Republican-controlled Legislature is expected to send a proposal to GOP Gov. Bob Taft by June that would build on Cleveland’s existing voucher program. It would make state-funded tuition vouchers available to public school students with poor math and reading scores throughout the state.
Even with these additions, tuition vouchers will be in use within just six states and the District of Columbia . While Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have given their approval to tuition vouchers, state courts and state lawmakers still are putting up roadblocks.

Lew Rockwell summed it up pretty well back in 2001:
Republicans are cheering Bush’s education bill, but they should ask themselves this critical question: why is Teddy Kennedy smiling?

Friday, November 11, 2005

Women In the NeWs

Conservative college women have a voice of their own. No longer will they have to grit their teeth and bear it when the media portrays NOW as the sole represenative of women. Now there's NeW.

Out With the Old, in With the N.E.W.
By Jessica Anderson

The glory of feminism, which engulfed waves of young women in the 1960s and ’70s, has increasingly lost its luster with today’s generation, many of whom have observed ts radical swerve to the left.

Many collegiate women have observed the detrimental effects of such attitudes, and just aren’t buying them. Being feminist is as out-of-style as crimped hair and big bangs; conservative college women are exposing today’s feminism for what it is: entangling ideology that needs to be toned down.

Karin Agness, a college senior at the University of Virginia, has become a leader of this endeavor. Tired of feminist propaganda, she founded the Network of Enlightened Women (N.E.W.) to foster education and leadership and advance conservative principles among university women.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

A critique of Neoconservatism

We've Been Neo-Conned
by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
The modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a conservative revolution in Washington. Political party control of the federal government has changed, but the inexorable growth in the size and scope of government has continued unabated. The liberal arguments for limited government in personal affairs and foreign military adventurism were never seriously considered as part of this revolution.