by AndrewMc | 11/06/2009 12:01:00 PM
This will be a relatively short entry. It's that time of the semester, when grading comes crushing down, and conferences serve to distract.

I'm at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting this week. Drop me an e-mail if you want to get together.

Follow me below for abbreviated ramblings . . .

Harvard's getting picked on a lot in the news, but much of this is deserved. Why not re-think how to spend money to bring up the needy, high achieving students?

Harvard’s program, for example, guarantees that students from families with incomes between $120,000 and $180,000 pay no more than 10 percent of their family’s income to obtain a Harvard education ($180,000 puts one at about the top 10 percent of all families in the country). At this year’s cost of $52,000, this means that Harvard gives every one of these families a grant ranging from $34,000 to $40,000. Yale’s limit of $200,000 reaches families at the 95th percentile.

Few would argue that students from low- and middle-income families should not benefit from the sizable endowments still held by these universities. But no definition of “middle income” would include families in the top 5 or 10 percent of all in the nation.

92 Historical Interviews You Can Watch on YouTube.

Media Matters maintains a database that tracks funding of the conservative astroturf movement. I don't know if I'm happy that this information is out there, or depressed to see who's doing the funding.

Sit up, take notice.

Anti-Vets? Check!

Screwing the unemployed? Check!

Utter contempt for the uninsured? Check!

Contempt for rape victims? Check!

Whackadoole spokesperson? In spades!

Welcome to the modern Republican party.

Beer of the week? Well, I'm in Louisville this week, so the natural choice would be the Bluegrass Brewing Company. I visited the pub yesterday, and the stuff on tap is really, really good. Most particularly the Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout is an amazingly rich stout, and quite complex. Each sip clearly had both the rich maltiness of a stout, the hint of base oatmeal, but incredible undertones of bourbon. I was also impressed with some of their other offerings as well.

I have to say, though, that I'm not sure this is a beer that travels well. When I buy it 100 miles down the road, the bottled stuff isn't as good. Kentucky has some strange laws regarding alcohol sales, including one that states that beer sold in Kentucky must go to Lexington and then be shipped around the state. This includes beer that is made in Kentucky. So my local brewery has to ship beer to Lexington, then back to my town in order to sell it locally. If it wasn't stored properly, of course, the flavor characteristics would be killed.

Anyway, enjoy your beer this week.



Blogger Ahistoricality on 11/09/2009 1:38 PM:

Putting FDR into perspective: Obama's not doing terribly


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