Confronted with the lack of a hitching-post, he brought the 6-year-old horse, named Sammy, in with him.
So it’s okay to drink and ride?
*Marilee Jones, the celebrated admissions dean at MIT, has resigned after admitting to having falsified her academic credentials 28 years ago. When she first applied for a job at MIT, she claimed to have a bachelor’s degree, although her job did not require one. Since then, she performed remarkably well. As the admissions dean at MIT, she worked tirelessly to bring attention to the problem of over-worked, over-stressed high school students.
Over the years, Jones has said, she became increasingly concerned about the effect on young people of the rising competition to get into top colleges. Admissions offices and anxious parents were turning high school students into “human doings instead of human beings,” she told the Globe in 2004.
There is some irony in the fact that Ms. Jones, who falsified her academic credentials, has become famous – and made MIT a better place – for her advocacy on behalf of students who are under enormous pressure to have a flawless resume. Yet, it makes a lot of sense that the woman who lacked the traditional credentials has nevertheless become an outstanding dean of one of the nation’s best colleges and has de-emphasised the importance of such credentials. Ms. Jones’s career makes it plain that a stellar education is not required for success – only the appearance of one.
*Ellen Goodman, naturally, attacks Justice Kennedy’s partial birth abortion decision. One now-famous part in Justice Kennedy’s opinion states that abortion is harmful to women. Ms. Goodman writes:
Abortion is inherently harmful to women, their argument goes, because it violates a woman’s true “nature,” her role as a mother. This would be familiar stuff to Justice Bradley, but Justice Kennedy also wrote about “the bond of love the mother has for her child,” suggesting that any true woman would suffer.
Ms. Goodman is incorrect. It has nothing to do with being a “true woman,” the very face of the pieta herself, and everything to do with the fact that killing your child does not come without psychological consequences. This pachyderm is a hard-core evolutionist and is pretty sure that humans were not designed to lose offspring without feeling the deepest sense of grief. We are not fruit flies who multiply with abandon and do not invest in their offspring: our survival, rather, is predicated on long-term emotional investment with our children.
Furthermore, the ready availability of abortion undermines other options: if a woman can abort, there is no need to support pregnant and parenting students, re-work our adoption laws to ensure that women have a variety of options and protections available to them, or provide social support to women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant. Abortion becomes the only choice available to women – which is hardly a victory for feminism.
While we rarely criminalise things based on later regret, it is entirely sensible to factor that in when balancing the rights of women and their babies. If the “right” to abortion does not even confer a positive effect upon women, there is virtually nothing weighing in for the right to abortion. It is akin to asserting the right to deliberately crash one’s car. Normally, we would not criminalise such behaviour; however, if the person were asserting the right to crash a car into an innocent pedestrian, we would certainly point out that the driver gains nothing from the transaction when balancing the rights of the driver to use his car as he sees fit and the pedestrian to his life.
Ms. Goodman, like all hard-core pro-choicers, misses this point because she fails to even consider the rights of the developing fetus in analysing the morality and legality of abortion.