Dear Matthew Yglesias,
I don’t regularly read your blog, as every time I do I find your writing turgid and your analysis woefully simplistic and chock full of standard cliched liberal assumptions. Take for example, this relatively recent post (HT: Foseti) in which you accuse Newt Gingrich of forcing you to admit “black people are dumb”. Don’t you understand anything about intelligence? Have you ever cracked open Herrnstein’s and Murray’s masterwork The Bell Curve? Do you understand what a bell curve is? If you do then maybe you would understand there is a difference between claiming that racial/ethnic groups have mean intelligence scores that differ by a standard deviation or two and claiming that some groups are “dumb” and some are not. Of course, you would also understand that given these racial/ethnic realities means that it is well past time to comlain about “problems with poorly performing schools in the United States” — instead we need to start facing the reality of Bad Students Not Bad Schools.