Friday, August 30, 2013
Gathering on the 50th anniversary of the speech that made Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. an icon, a crowd of Democratic partisans, including the president of the United States, attempted to hijack King's legacy for cynically narrow ends.
Almost all the students using vouchers are black, according to the superintendent. This is a program largely designed to find ways to get black students stuck in failing schools an education. The government’s public-school monopoly, designed to enrich union bosses, is failing. The Louisiana government, under the leadership of Governor Bobby Jindal, isn’t willing to give up on those students, and is throwing them a rope. The United States Department of Justice, under the leadership of Eric Holder, will do anything to cut that rope.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Private school vs. public school: Only bad people send their kids to private school. - Slate Magazine
Whatever you think your children need—deserve—from their school experience, assume that the parents at the nearby public housing complex want the same. No, don’t just assume it. Do something about it. Send your kids to school with their kids. Use the energy you have otherwise directed at fighting to get your daughter a slot at the competitive private school to fight for more computers at the public school. Use your connections to power and money and innovation to make your local school—the one you are now sending your child to—better. Don’t just acknowledge your liberal guilt—listen to it.
I take it Ms. Benedikt does not have any school aged children of her own. So we are left with her well meaning advice on what other people should do with their children.
I wouldn't send my kids to our local public school anyway, but my opinion was confirmed when the janitor had some fingers blown off by the bomb one of the little darlings had planted. This was after an intensive workshop on what to do with unidentified packages, etc., which emphasized, whatever you do, do not pick it up. He picked it up.
The next junior high school over had a bit of a dustup over the blow job contests the girls were having at a local theater. I forget the exact rules, but it definitely involved blow jobs. (yes, I know: where were these girls when I was in junior high school??) So, yep, it's Catholic schools for our kids, whatever the social justice consequences may be.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
3) Wanting to own a gun to prevent break-ins: "I am loathe to bring up what is in our head because we don’t like to talk about it so much. But on this particular day, on Martin Luther King Day, I think this needs to be said. That imaginary person that’s going to break into your home and kill you, who does that person look like? You know, it’s not freckle-faced Jimmy down the street, is it really? I mean, that’s not what really, that’s not what really people, we never really want to talk about the racial or the class part of this, in terms of how it’s the poor or it’s people of color that we imagine that we’re afraid of. Why are we afraid? What is that, and it’s been a fear that has existed for a very, very long time." -- Michael Moore
In my case, it's more of a redneck-tweaker, white, zit covered, and motivated by a profound and stupid desire for loot. Probably armed and itchy to shoot too, which means I would have to get to my pistole right quicko. He could be Hispanic but I think meth tends to be a white drug. Just sayin'
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Pentagon officials have firmed up plans for military strikes against Syria that would likely use cruise-missile strikes to “deter and degrade” President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces without dramatically altering the country’s balance of power, senior defense officials said Tuesday. (emphasis added)
Seriously? So what exactly is our objective in Syria? To blow stuff up? If ever there was evidence that Obama has no strategy in Syria, this is it. The purpose of military power is to “alter the balance of power” in a conflict. If that is not your objective, you should not use it.
Basicly, you want to conduct foreign policy so that you get into a box you cannot get out of without making yourself look impotent and stupid. Obama has done this. Way to go Obama. Geez.
The video is pretty self-explanatory, except for what she is doing with her tongue. What is that? She looks like a lizard. The little hair things on her head suggest horns, indicating that she is a devilish young thing. And I guess she is. Frankly, I admire anyone who is prepared to appear before millions of viewers wearing only whatever it is she is wearing -- a "plastic bikini" I guess. Not very practical but at least waterproof. Ratings indicate she has achieved great penetration with this act; even I am forced to recognize it. For all that it is overtly sexual, I find it oddly uncompelling. And not just because one wonders what her Mom and Dad must think -- for all we know they may be frightful stage parents. For one thing, she can't dance worth a darn. Her movements seem artificial in a way I don't think is intentional. Perhaps twerking does not come to her naturally.
I guess this is what I'm missing by not living in LA.
Within this administration and indeed throughout official Washington, humanitarian interventionism is the inevitable default position for policy makers and political insiders. There is no intellectual counterweight emanating from either party that poses a significant challenge to this powerful idea that America must act to salve the wounds of humanity wherever suffering is intense and prospects for a democratic emergence are even remotely promising.