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Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
by Jason Riley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.17
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a bold book, September 15, 2014
This is a bold book. The author has put a target on his back, writing as a black man who opposes policies misguidedly aimed at helping blacks in America. Riley is not a mere pundit or spectator. He writes as someone who knows firsthand the pain and difficulty of discrimination.

Riley does not argue that the problematic policies are paternalistic and offensive, but rather that they are misguided and do not work. Most obviously, the minimum wage hurts low-skilled young blacks, who employers cannot afford to hire at the minimum wage, never mind at an increased minimum wage. It is just basic economics that the minimum wage hurts those at the bottom of the economic scale. Riley presents the history of the minimum wage, which was consciously constructed to keep blacks and others out of the work force. And he presents the evidence that blacks continue to be hurt by the minimum wage despite the ignorant good intentions of those who call for increases in the minimum wage.

Also obviously, blacks are hurt by the lack of school choice thanks to the teachers’ unions.

More surprisingly, Riley argues that black politicians and black political power have not helped blacks socioeconomically.

Most surprisingly, Riley makes the argument that affirmative action has actually hurt blacks. The evidence from California and elsewhere is that blacks have greater success in college in the absence of affirmative action.

There should be a kind of profiles in courage award for authors who are willing to speak the truth when they know they will be vilified for it. If there were, Riley would be the leading candidate for 2014.


Little Wings #3: Star-Bubble Trouble (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Little Wings #3: Star-Bubble Trouble (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
by Cecilia Galante
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.49
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Bubble Trouble Ball book Report, August 26, 2013
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This review is by my daughter Kate. Star Bubble Trouble is about Baby Louie, who loses his favorite Star Bubble ball and his voice. His sister Willa Bean goes to Waterworld on Cloud Nine and steals a Star Bubble ball from the gift shop. Willa Bean gives her favorite arrow to Vivi in return for her Star Bubble ball. But her teacher comes and gives the arrow back to Willa Bean, and she gives the Star Bubble ball back to her teacher, Miss Twizzle. The teacher has another Star Bubble ball for Willa Bean. Star Bubble Trouble is a good book to read.


Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book
Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book
by Tom Angleberger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.01
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebellion Begins, August 8, 2013
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This review is from my son Daniel. Jabba the puppet is the fifth book in the Origami Yoda series, and it's the best one so far. It tells you how to make origami Jabba and origami ewok. It is about these kids Tommy, Dwight, lance, Harvey, Kellen, Sara, Quanando,Amy, and Mike who are starting an origami rebellion against this thing called Funtime. Funtime are these three minute clips that are kind of like Dora the Explorer only it's meant for middle-schoolers and they don't teach you anything. The kids have a plan to stop funtime by purposely failing this test so that it will seem like funtime didn't help at all (which it didn't). Then they found out that if they failed the test the wouldn't graduate. Will they get help from origami Yoda? Or will there be a surprise attack from someone else?


Little Wings #2: Be Brave, Willa Bean! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Little Wings #2: Be Brave, Willa Bean! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
by Cecilia Galante
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Brave Willa Bean Book Report, July 28, 2013
This review is by my daughter Kate. The book Be Brave Willa Bean is about when her friend Harper comes over for a sleepover and her sister loses a golden arrow and Willa Bean has to go get it. I like it because I like sleepovers and I wish I could fly.


It's Just a Feeling: The Philosophy of Desirism
It's Just a Feeling: The Philosophy of Desirism
by Joel Marks
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morality is just a feeling, June 20, 2013
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IT'S JUST A FEELING is part of a trilogy in which Marks makes the case for amorality and the philosophy of desirism. This book is intended for a general audience and it is quite accessible. Desirism suggests that we examine our desires, affirm those we truly want to have, and then act to the fulfill them. The title of the book alludes to the conclusion that morality is not real in any bedrock metaphysical sense. Morality is just a feeling. One of the concerns about amorality is that people would treat one another cruelly if they did not believe in objective morality. Through a number of examples from his own life, Marks shows that this is not necessarily so. Particularly impressive is the way that with his amorality Marks has loosened the grip that anger and righteous indignation once held on him.


Bad Faith: A Philosophical Memoir
Bad Faith: A Philosophical Memoir
by Joel Marks
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars giving up the delusion of morality, June 20, 2013
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BAD FAITH is a philosophical memoir and part of a trilogy in which Marks makes the case for amorality and the philosophy of desirism. Formerly an arch moralist and an advocate for Kantian ethics, Marks came to see that a belief in objective morality cannot be made to fit with atheism. As he says, "My delusion of morality was absurd, as flagrantly in opposition to the most obvious facts of the world, as a re the Biblical beliefs of any fundamentalist" (74). So how could a smart person have been so mistaken for so long? The title of the book is the answer, "I had therefore lived in a semi-conscious state of self-delusion--what the existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre called bad faith" (75). In other words, Marks had long felt cognitive dissonance as a result of the incompatibility of his atheism and moralism. Marks is to be commended for finally recognizing it and renouncing his moralism. We can only hope that others will follow his lead.


Ethics without Morals: In Defence of Amorality (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory)
Ethics without Morals: In Defence of Amorality (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory)
by Joel Marks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $131.62
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for any secular humanist, June 20, 2013
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Joel Marks made news when, after many years as an advocate of Kantian ethics, he "came out" as an amoralist is his column for the magazine PHILOSOPHY NOW and again later in a piece for THE NEW YORK TIMES. This book explains why. Marks presents the case that an atheist cannot justifiably believe in objective morality. In place of morality Marks offers the philosophy of desirism, which suggests that we examine our desires, affirm those we truly want to have, and then act to the fulfill them. This is an important book, a must read for any secular humanist, as it exposes morality as the final (or at least next) delusion.


13 [Deluxe Edition]
13 [Deluxe Edition]
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow., June 11, 2013
This review is from: 13 [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
I can't believe how good the new Sabbath album is. I was nervous and ready to be disappointed, but that didn't happen. After repeated listening, standout songs for me are "Loner," "Age of Reason," and "Damaged Soul." Iommi hasn't sounded so good since the mid 70's and Ozzy sounds great on the album. Lyrically, there are some clinkers, but also some good stuff. Hate on Ozzy or Rick Rubin if you want, but this album is evidence for the genius of both. Iommi and Butler can't do this high quality of work without Ozzy, and I doubt the three of them would have pulled this off without Rubin's guidance.Aside from the absence of Bill Ward, my only complaint about the album is the title."13" is just stupid. Any number of song titles on the album would have worked as titles for the album including "Age of Reason," "End of the Beginning," "Live Forever," and "Zeitgeist".


King of Rags
King of Rags
by Eric Bronson
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: $15.10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening read!, May 14, 2013
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This review is from: King of Rags (Perfect Paperback)
King of Rags is essential reading for any fan of Scott Joplin and anyone interested in how identity is shaped by history and society. An enlightening read!


Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book
Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book
by Tom Angleberger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $9.32
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Origami Drawing and R2-D2, March 29, 2013
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This review is from my son Daniel. Unlike the other books, Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling has much more things to fold including Art 2-D2, C-3PO, General Grievous, Admiral Akbar, Origami Yoda, and another Darth Paper whose helmet can come off and reveal Anikan. It teaches you how to draw origami Yoda (from The strange Case of Origami Yoda), Darth Paper (from Darth Paper Strikes Back), the fortune wookie (from The Secret of the Fortune Wookie), and Art2-D2 (from this book). It also teaches you how to draw a basic person. Also included in the book are taking pictures of your origami, games like trench run and pencil pod race, how to make eraser prints, and how to fake crack your knuckles. It also comes with origami paper and a cut out for an origami Yoda t-shirt. Beep (translation: the end).


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