Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

As others have said (Mr. B, Ambulance Driver , Brigid, JayG and others) today is a day that is not about hot dogs and cookouts, but about family and remembrances.  Not that long ago, today was the day when everyone would get together and make a trip to the graveyard to attend the graves of those who have gone before.  Today is the day when we remember those who gave their lives and who give their service to this country and to the ideals of freedom and to the proposition that all men are created equal.  I'm not going to make this a political post because I feel that would cheapen the sacrifices that were made.  So today I remember my honored dead and thank my family who have been in service or are still serving.

I think of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and what it should represent to the people of the United States--it's almost sacred place at the heart of sacrifices made and I remember.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Why there were no looters in Nashville...

See this post from The Big Guy.

When the thrill is gone--Chris Matthews seems to wake up

The Anchoress has an utterly fantastic post about Obama and the Oil Spill (please read her posting).  It seems that when Chris 'I have a thrill going up my leg' Matthews realizes that having a bunch of academic "those who can, do; those who can't teach' folks in charge at the White House (and Congress, don't want to leave them out), then when the chips are down, nothing gets done.   The quote of the day from the mouth of Matthews himself: 

“. . . this idiotic cerebral meritocracy has got to step aside and let the people who do things take over…”

Congress and Obama have been so busy grabbing power and trying to control the world, that they didn't realize (or maybe they did and are just that dumb) that by regulating EVERYTHING, then NOTHING can get done.  When you set a bunch of regulatory flaming hoops in front of people who are trying to react in a crisis then you slow down the response and the crisis gets worse.  

I'm not cutting BP any slack on this--I'm sure that some delay in actually dealing with the situation was because they were trying to salvage the well and I'm hearing rumors that they might have insisted on actions that caused this clusterfuck in the first place.   But it did happen and the federal government has once again proven themselves unworthy and incapable of fast reaction due to overregulation/control grabbing/statism.

This is a problem with statism--the people there have their hands tied and the people 'in charge' are too far removed from the problem so it becomes an intellectual exercise rather than a crisis.

Aqualung revisted--Joe McGinniss

I've been reading and hearing about Joe McGinniss, an author, who according to his Wikipedia page (I'm not going to bother linking, you can look up the slimebag yourself if you feel like it), earned his way writing about true crime, etc., and who is now writing a book about Sarah Palin, has moved in next door to her in Alaska.

Yes it's a free country and yes the neighbor had every right to rent to this guy and no, I don't give a rat's ass about the reasons why.  Yes, it's totally a publicity stunt since it looks like he has only one original piece of work in the last decade.  So why does the song 'Aqualung' keep going through my head when I read about this guy??  Because he's an old creepy guy who deliberately moved next door to a person about whom he's writing.  He's been very careful to stay within the bounds of the law, just as any good sociopath would but there are some lines that shouldn't be crossed.  It's quite funny that he's feeling the need to put up 'no trespassing signs' when ABC news started knocking on the door of his rented stalker-cave. (ht, JammieWearingFool whose blogpost title says it all).  Privacy for me, but not for thee--the basic liberal mindset.

Now I read a lot and I have written to the Broadway Books imprint of Random House (crownpublicity@randomhouse.com) and told them that I'm going to avoid the Broadway Books imprint and will make every attempt to avoid Random House as well (that's going to be more difficult due to the almost incestuous nature of publishing) but the thought is there.

But here's some Jethro Tull so everyone can have it in their heads too when they think of Stalker Joe.

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Comedy of Errors, or Would you like a little cheese to go with that Whine?

I think that yesterday had to be one of the most frustrating of my life.  I've had other days but not where all planets aligned to just mess me up.  I was trying to email some very important files to some folks and for some reason their new and improved computer system kept eating them (not even a bounce or undeliverable message, just into a black hole).

So several email messages later (zipped files, unzipped files, two different email systems, etc.) I figure out that their system absolutely does not like one file.  Frustrating since I tried everything I could think of--saving that file as a different version, zipping, and unzipping but it just wasn't going to fly.  So I head off to Fed Ex to overnight a memory stick with all of the files on it.

Simple, right??  Not so much.  Some braintrust, not being able to look south a little bit and realize that 80/94 is FUBAR decides to close down a lane on the Tollroad, leading to an hour and more backup.  I've got a clock ticking to get to the FedEx place in time.  So I get past the blockage (took an hour and fifteen minutes to make a fifteen minute trip) and pedal to the metal to get to FedEx.  On the only bright note, I did not get stopped for speeding (and I was).

I pull in to FedEx.  I realize that I don't have my memory stick to copy from--it's in my computer at work.   The lightbulb comes on--I buy a memory stick and get online and download the files from my email since I had multiple copies, fill out the FedEx stuff and with about 10 minutes to spare, get it all paid for and done.

By this time, it's too late to go to class so I drag ass home.  I'm feeling pretty rung out since there was a lot of stress in the previous two hours.  So I kick off my shoes and promptly step in a cold hairball left by one of the cats.

Just the icing on the cake of a totally craptastic day.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

One More Goblin gone

According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, an 80 year old man in the city of  Chicago shot and killed an intruder who fired a handgun through the man's bedroom window.  I'm gong to use JayG's designation for such intruders--a goblin.  Goblin missed, 80 year old man didn't.  The goblin in question had a 13 page rap sheet and in order to get into the house, broke into a basement window and went up the stairs to a porch.  Of course he was in the middle of turning his life around before he broke into the man's house, crept up the stairs, and fired a gun towards sleeping geriatrics.

The 80 year old Korean war vet had purchased HIS gun six months ago after being robbed since he reasonably assumed that the city was not going to provide him the protection afforded the mayor.  Of course handguns are still illegal in the city of Chicago, pending the outcome of a Supreme Court ruling, so how did the goblin in question, a felon, presumably with no FOID card, procure such an item??   And if the city of Chicago wishes its citizens to be disarmed, where was the guard standing next to the man's bed in order to protect him?

In any case, I'll bet Daley is wanting this to disappear, and quickly, since his nuts are now caught in a vice.  The law as it stands says that they have to arrest the old man who was defending himself but if they do that, the issue is going to go international right before the Supreme Court ruling on the city of Chicago's restrictive ban.  If they don't arrest the old man, then it's selective enforcement and that's a bad thing too.  Maybe he can extend the 'sanctuary city' status to cover old men with handguns in addition to illegals.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sheriffs whine to Eric Holder about Arizona Law

So a bunch of police chiefs met with Eric "I haven't read the AZ law but feel competent to comment on it." Holder, the Attorney General of the United States to whine about the Arizona law (via Breitbart) and the fact that other states are thinking it's a pretty good idea.  They claim that it's going to increase the amount of crime in their cities.  I would counter and say it's going to increase the amount of REPORTED crime since seven of the nine cities listed in the article are so-called 'sanctuary cities'--those cities and municipalities that would prefer to turn a blind eye to people breaking the law rather than actually enforce it.  To me, to call yourself a law enforcement officer in a place such as that loses you credibility points, big-time.  It's interesting that the police chief of Tucson, Arizona, a sanctuary city, said:
the requirements of the new law are so burdensome that "we doubt the federal government can even handle the numbers of people we will bring to them" on immigration status.
The translation of this, as far as I see it, is:
we'll actually have to enforce a law that we don't want to and the situation is so completely out of hand that we're not sure we can.
So now they're actually going to have to do their jobs properly.  If they can't, they should find other lines of work.

A symptom of the problem with the MSM

So Ann Curry, who could be considered to be a kind of journalist (she co-anchors the Today Show) goes to Wheaton College in Massachusetts and is talking about the illustrious alums from Wheaton College in Illinois.  Even though this seems like a very trivial thing, I think it's a symptom of the lack of knowledge and of a lack of fact-checking done by the folks involved in the MSM.  So, presumably with some of the resources of her network at her disposal, no one bothered to check the bios of the people she mentioned.  A quick IMDB.com check of Wes Craven clearly says "Wheaton College, Illinois".

I'm of two minds on this.  Firstly, is the MSM so lazy that they can't bother to double check the details of people that they are mentioning in a speech OR are they so insular that they can't conceive that there might be more than one Wheaton College in the United States (since one is in flyover country, it clearly couldn't have important people attend there).  And if they can't get the details right on something as straightforward as a list, how can they possibly handle the big issues??

I'm just sayin'.....

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I can't believe I forgot MY TOWEL!

In honor of Towel Day and Douglas Adams (ht. Newbius), I will be sure that my towel is included in my Bug Out Bag.  I've been a Douglas Adams fan for years and, given my mood, am just as likely to answer 42 to any random question as I am to actually answer said question.  I think part of the quote from 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' on Wikipedia juxtaposes quite nicely with the Bug Out Bag postings (here and here) by Mr. B.  Right now we don't need the space suit, but everything else looks good.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. 

B.O.B. Missing Items

Went over the bag last night and pulled everything out.  Also, since we now have a list, compared against what Mr. B has in his bag.  Found that I'm missing what I think are fairly crucial items:  second lighter, water filtration, mess kit, sleeping bag.  Problem being is that I'm about a foot shorter than Mr. B and thus my backpack is a LOT smaller-necessary so that I can carry it, but it does lead to some issues, such as room for said crucial items.  This is where personal choice has to kick in--what do you think is most important--the second pair of pants or a mess kit??  I can't carry everything that I'd like so I have to prioritize.  This also shows that no matter how many times you've done it, take a minute and go over what you've got and re-prioritize if necessary.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bug Out Bag (B.O.B.)

Learning lessons from Mr. B, tonight I got out my own Bug Out Bag and fitted my new webgear that I got for $20 (webgear, canteen, 2 pouches).  I subtracted a pouch and added a canteen (also a knife, flashlight, and holster). Being female, I have sanitary supplies, a sewing kit, and some glycerin soap. Then I went over the stuff in the bag and repacked everything.  The only things I'm lacking are a mess kit  and a small sleeping bag.  I also need to get my army surplus coat and boonie hat and put it with my bag.  I'll be wearing my boots around the house to make sure they're broken in.

This is the larger bag that will last me about 4-5 days (maybe longer).  I also have a smaller bag in my car.  Not a bad idea to have and it makes me feel better since I'm prepared as a just-in-case.

Protest or Self-Preservation? Academia and the Arizona Law

Via Gateway Pundit, Free Republic has a post about an Arizona associate professor of 'Chicano/Chicana' studies who basically reiterated slammed both the Arizona Immigration Law as well as the one on ethnic studies and got booed, big time.  But while that gives me hope for the next generation, I found this tidbit, linked from Inside Higher Ed to be more interesting.  She says:
First, Chicano studies, the field under attack in this legislation, is my own field of research and teaching.
The fact that she goes there says to me that maybe a lot of the academic wailing and gnashing of teeth over both laws isn't so much about immigration per se but about preserving their fields of study.

It's the same as the article about American Educational Research Association's "I Could be Illegal" buttons (also through Inside Higher Ed).  The President-elect of that organization says in regards to the Arizona Immigration law:
"This materially affects our research," Gutiérrez said. "We are interested in studying our communities, many of whom are immigrant. We are interested in looking at the learning going on.... Doing this work requires the trust and respect of these communities. Researchers are also held suspect in these communities. You layer onto it the fear of being profiled and deported" and many children will be scared to talk to researchers and many parents won't want their children studied."
I think that the bigger picture is faculty salaries being spent on studies and issues that are meant to divide rather than unite.  This includes gender studies and ethnic studies.  Perhaps they are hiding their self-serving ideals under platitudes.  I think they doth protest too much.



Saturday, May 22, 2010

The return of the passive voice.....

Some guys in Concord, New Hampshire (three over eighteen) forcibly held down a fourteen year old boy and tattooed him with lewd phrases, took pictures and sent them all over the school, and now are under arrest.  One of the guys involved said "At this point, I feel absolutely terrible about what was done," a soft-spoken, respectful Wyman said when reached by telephone at his parents' Deerfield home. "It was a joke that went way too far and ended terribly."

Okay dude, it's not some random thing that just "was done".  You did it.  You held the kid down and you either were the tattooer (which is wicked illegal aside from the basic assault factor) or you were an active participant in the act.  Just like that Columbia professor, who, through his use of language, disassociated himself from the act of sucker-punching his coworker in the face.  But I've noticed that even the headlines, such as this try to whitewash the deed.  They didn't entice him to get a tattoo, they told him that they would stop teasing him and then held him down.

A think a big part of what is wrong with this country is that people don't own up to their deeds.  It takes honor and guts to do so.  To stand up and say "yep, I did it and I was wrong." takes a lot more than pushing it off on some nebulous 'it happened'.  It's a shame.

ETA:  Mark Steyn takes Obama to task for his use of the passive voice when signing the Daniel Pearl Freedom Act.   Read the whole thing. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

For anyone who is opposed to Draw Mohammed day, my reply...


In memoriam, the Afghanistan Buddhas that were destroyed by the Taliban because they were images.  Not even images of their prophet, but just statues. This is a travesty and a crime. This is what happens when free people do not speak.  This is what happens when we bow to threats.  Think about it.







Today's the day!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

So at least one union has figured out economic reality

Via Drudge, the Rhode Island school district that fired every single teacher and administrator is hiring back the lot of them in the fall because the union has finally figured out that it's better to make some concessions and have its people employed rather than putting an entire school district on the dole.  The teachers are all going have to work longer hours, tutor students,  and in general, do what teachers twenty years ago did as a matter of the job, not as a matter of additional payola.  From the article:
Under the deal, teachers will need to recommit to their jobs and interview with the new principal. Other changes aimed at increasing student achievement include: a new evaluation system designed to inform teaching and learning, and targeted and embedded professional development.
I wonder if it was the fact that more than 700 people applied for those jobs and would have been happy to do what was necessary to keep them without ties to the union that made the union change its mind?  Sure it had to make some concessions, but they've still got a union shop in place rather than a district that probably would have gotten along just fine without them. 

Getting personal--thugs mobbing bank employees houses

Just read an interesting article linked from Drudge (as fair warning, it's to HuffPo)....  The Chicago-based National People's Action, in cahoots with the infamous SEIU, have decided not to take things to the streets, but to take things to people's front doors. Not content with beating up men in wheelchairs, they've decided to take Obama's agenda  their protest to the houses of bank employees whose companies are opposing the financial reform presently making its way through congress to help secure the administration's economy destroying policies. 

So they bussed in 700 'workers' (side note here:  if they are workers, for whom are they working if they can take off time to go from Springfield, IL to Washington DC for a couple of days).  One of the 'workers' was someone who is complaining because the bank won't permenantly modify her home loan.  I'm thinking if she was actually, you know, working, instead of standing outside of some guy's house who probably couldn't locate Springfield on a map and has absolutely nothing to do with her personal financial travails then maybe she wouldn't be "within inches of losing her house" every other day.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Fun with the neighbors

You would think that living on a two acre lot out in the country would afford some privacy to lay out on the back deck and catch some rays.  But no, no it doesn't.  I was following Tam's advice about finding a nice warm rock and taking in the warmth, reading a mind-candy book, and watching Mr. B mow the lawn, work on the trailer, paint some metal that he welded, and be wicked productive (I was doing laundry which did necessitate getting up and moseying into the house every now and again).  I was completely off-line yesterday (I even put the phone away), which did unfortunately, make me miss an email from the Mighty Og.

While on the porch, the neighbor from two doors down, plus at least two kids come wandering through the back yard looking for one of their dogs, narrowly remembering not to walk through my freshly planted garden that is clearly marked by railroad ties.  Then the kid of the next door neighbor, along with a friend wander up to chat and to see if they could buy one of the barrels we have (Mr. B let them have one) for a dry well and to ask Mr B if he could help move a 650 pound door later (which he did).

None of these things harshed my mellow particularly but did make me glad that I do sunbathe with cloth covering the crucial bits since I don't want to be  like that poor guy out east who was arrested for indecent exposure for being naked in his own kitchen. 

But then, as we're getting ready to sit down for dinner, DAN (Dumb-Ass Neighbor), shows up (at the back door when he's been instructed to come to the front repeatedly--he creeps me out, big time) because his dog has gotten out of the fence AGAIN.  And they can't catch her.  AGAIN.  This is the third time in a week.  Instead of listening to Mr. B and getting the dog some training (Mr. B had her in a sit/stay in less than 10 minutes last time we rounded her up--she's a good dog, but she's a puppy and wants to play), DAN and TTG (Trailer Trash Girlfriend) figure it's easier to come over and get Mr. B to use our dog as a stalking horse to get their dog back inside their fence (and our dog is as tired of it as we are). 

The thing is, he gets the dog inside the fence and no one moves to close the gate, so the dog runs back out.  So Mr. B has to tell them to close the gate once he's back inside with their dog (I'm surprised they've figured out the lightswitch).  Mr. B once again mentions that they need to get the dog some training and that DAN and TTG will learn as much as the dog, whereupon DAN replies that he knows everything he needs to about dogs.  Which is why we've had to catch her three times in the last week....  Give these folks a hand and they'll try to take the entire arm.

  

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gee, who saw that big healthcare bill being foisted off on the states????

I guess everyone except for the senators, representatives, Obama, and the mainstream media.  Everyone else had the clue long before that bus left the station.  Pelosi and her hat trick ("But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it") reminds me of a quote from Guys and Dolls wherein Sky Masterson is talking about advice from his daddy regarding a sucker bet:
One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not accept this bet, because as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider.
So now it looks like the state of Indiana is going to have approximately $3.6 billion worth of cider in our collective ears due to the healthcare reform act.  Thanks eversomuch to Pete Visclosky and Evan Bayh, those Democratic leadership lapdogs, for helping the state of Indiana to become less solvent than it was in a time of economic crisis. 

Remember this, come election time (yes I know that Bayh is out of it, but let's not put someone else who might be worse in his place) and let's boot Pete out on his ass since he can't seem to pull his head out of it long enough to actually represent the will of the people of the State of Indiana.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The perils of groupthink....

Michael Filozof over at American Thinker has a VERY good post about Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.  His article doesn't worry about her lack of real courtroom experience or anything like that.  Instead he points out that her appointment will make the court entirely of people who attended and/or graduated from either Harvard or Yale.   Via Borepath comes a relevant quote from Balko:
With Kagan, Supreme Court will get yet more diverse: It will have Catholics from Harvard or Yale, an African-American from Harvard or Yale, women from Harvard or Yale, a Hispanic from Harvard or Yale, and a Jew from Harvard or Yale.
I've posted before how prevalent groupthink can become--we've seen it with our supposed representatives once they've been assimilated into the culture in Washington.  Groupthink is both useful and dangerous.  It is useful because everyone involved speaks the same language, comes from the same mindset and so can come to a mutual understanding much quicker. 

It is dangerous because there is no opinion that is not formed within that group and its history.  It is wholly homogeneous and insular.  Ideas become self-reinforcing and any dissent or any differing point of view is seen as 'other' and therefore wrong.  It is bad enough that most in the executive branch have the same background (Harvard or Yale) but to now have the judicial branch have that same makeup does not bode well for the rest of the world that did not go to Harvard or Yale.  Because in such a small world, the rest of us are behind the line that marks 'Here be dragons.' or as they refer it us 'flyover country'.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Elena Kagan, the worst of all worldsm IMO

Obama has named Elena Kagan as his Supreme Court nominee.  I was watching the news this morning as they were talking about her qualifications and possible points of conflict for both the left and the right (this being the MSM, they were basically slamming the right, but anyway...)....

Here's my problems with someone with her qualifications sitting on the bench of the highest court in the land:

1.)  She's an academic ('nuff said on that) and a former dean of Harvard Law, bastion of free speech and intellectual inquiry-NOT;

2.) While at Harvard, she opposed military recruiting on the Harvard campus due to the Clinton-era 'don't ask, don't tell' policy--probably on the grounds of identity politics--I really can't think that she's going to leave that bias at the door and I don't think that the Supreme Court is a place for activist judges;

3.) She supports the expansion of Executive powers.  With Obama grabbing up every bit of the economy that he can (and is now going after the internet so those bloggers will quit being mean to him) I don't think that we need anyone on the Court that would support any more power being vested in the Executive branch. 

Eugene Volokh thinks that she's a good candidate and he knows more than I do about this so maybe it won't be the train wreck that I'm thinking it'll be.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sorry Nashville, no Obama for you!

Showing exactly how colorblind the present administration ISN'T, Obama goes golfing while Nashville tries to begin recovery from the worst flooding in memory.  There's no benefit in him going there, so he's just going to blow it off.  If he can't exploit it, he'll ignore it.  Besides, it's just a bunch of redneck, white, hillbillies who won't vote for him anyway.....  I'm getting a sneaking suspicion that he doesn't like white people.

The funny part is the excuse pool that they are fishing from to explain WHY he can't show up in flyover country:  doesn't want to get in the way of the cleanup,  he's been briefed regularly, has to wash his hair, needs to work on his golf game, needs to practice his fiddling so he's set when Rome/DC burns.

Of course as someone pointed out in the comments on Gateway Pundit, it's actually better for Nashville for him not to show up since the logistics would put a strain on their already over-extended infrastructure.

Jumping on a meme without full information

Via Gateway Pundit, apparently the video I linked to below was three years old and the communist bastard is a high school teacher named Ron Gochez who was speaking at a La Raza rally in 2007.

This information actually is more frightening that having a college professor spouting this crap.  He's getting his ideological hooks into kids in high school.  I doubt he's able to be objective in the classroom and he was so proud that the speaker before him was 'one of his students'.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Advocating for the Re-Conquista--UCLA Professor

On the heels of the Cinco de Mayo/people forgetting they live in the United States, not Mexico problem in California (see Mr B's postings here and here and his related post here --also see Brigid's fantastic post on the subject here) there comes another story out of California via Gateway Pundit detailing how a UCLA professor is advocating for a Mexican revolution in the United States. 

I dunno, but from where I'm sitting, advocating for a foreign overthrow of a government is treason.  This asshat might be covered by tenure, which can keep him from getting fired by the university, but it doesn't prevent his happy ass from getting thrown into the slam.  He can speak freely about revolution in this country because of the Constitution--he'd be in a jail in Mexico before he finished his speech if he was doing the same thing there.  He was talking about 40 million Mexicans being north of the border.  Betting 3/4 are illegal.  Kick them out and there goes his f*^&ing revolution.

Jan Brewer--Kickin' Ass!

In response to Obama's obvious distaste for someone else stepping up to do the job that the federal government won't PLUS his flippant remarks about the situation (interesting what he says when he goes off teleprompter or is trying to be "funny"), Jan Brewer, the Governor of Arizona, has decided to fight back with this great video.

Pass it along--help it to go viral (ht, Insty via Hot Air)!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Zombie Awareness Month

There have probably been countless posting on this, but May is 'officially' Zombie Awareness Month.  Are you prepared in case zombies attack??

Neighbors turning in neighbors....

...not to the secret police, but to the next most powerful force in the United States, the IRS.  And it's not just for the big fish--those with a supposed tax liability of over $2 million, but the smaller fish as well.  They've got so many since the enactment of a 2006 law that lets the whistleblower share in the bounty that they (and I was shocked to hear this) had to create a new office just  to handle the volume.  (article here, via Drudge)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Two steps forward, one step back.....

And in the bluest of blue states (Massachusetts) where it looked like, for just a few precious months, people were actually developing some sense, some idiocy via their state Supreme Court.  Some background:  In 2002 the people of the Commonwealth voted to end bilingual education and to ensure that English teachers should be fluent in... wait for it.... English! (this is a no-brainer, except to the MA judiciary apparently). 

So there is a Cambodian refugee teaching English who flunked the proficiency exam, not once, but twice.  And the state's Supreme Judiciary Court has ruled that a lower court can't overturn the decision of an arbitrator who said that the teacher can't be fired for not being able to perform her job per the will of the people of the Commonwealth.

I'm just going to sit here and quietly pound my head against the desk.

ht. Borepatch with thanks to Mr. B.

WTF?? Where's the flipside of cultural sensitivity??

So a couple of kids wore shirts with the American flag on them to school yesterday  (ht. Middle of the Right-Mr. B).  It was the Cinco de Mayo, and many places in the United States celebrated 'Mexican Heritage Day' (as one news commentator snarkily noted yesterday, this is a bigger celebration in the US than it is in Mexico).  This particular school happens to have a large genetically/ethnically hispanic population (I refuse to use any hyphenated separatist descriptor) and some administrators who apparently checked reality at the door.  Five boys were told that by wearing the American flag, they were being disrespectful to their genetically/ethnically hispanic schoolmates and they must take them off or be suspended from school.

Okay, so we're in the United States.  The symbol of the United States is the American flag.  Regardless of whether or not there is a celebration of any other heritage on that day, we're still in the United States.  As far as I know, the other cultures who have celebrations--St. Patrick's Day for the Irish, Polish Constitution day, whatever, realize that even though they are celebrating their genetic heritage, they are LIVING in the UNITED STATES.  They chose to come here and it comes first and foremost.

The kid that should be suspended for missing the idea that she is in the United States is the one quoted below:
"I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day," Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. "We don't deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn't do that on Fourth of July."
And the civics/history teachers and administrators should return to the classroom as students and re-learn the difference between a celebration of a particular ethnic heritage and a celebration about the independence and founding of a new country (in which they are living) so that they can pass it on cogently to their students.

With crap like that going on, no wonder most of the United States is getting wicked tired of it all.  As Mr. B says:
Rather, adapt and assimilate to this country. Learn the language, learn the culture....become an American. Many, over the years, have, and most were successful.   Or go home. Soon.
Else become loyal to this country. Do that, and I will welcome you. Don't, and you are not welcome.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Twilight Zone Writ Large

Bookworm has a thought-provoking post over at her place.  She talks about the Twilight Zone episode where the omnipotent/omniscient boy takes over a town.  The horror of the story is that the residents are forced to agree with everything the boy says and does or face terrible personal and social consequences.  Ultimately the town is destroyed in a fit of pique by the child. 

Bookworm relates this scenario to the creeping PC/thought police, where many Americans are forced to self censor their speech or else face derision, cries of racism/sexism/any other ism as well as possible loss of livelihood (please refer to the Volokh Conspiracy regarding the Harvard Law emails to show how pervasive this is and the consequences for deviating from the PC norm, even in supposedly private conversations/e-conversations).

What she writes is a wake-up call.  Every day that we allow our laws and rights to be trampled on, when we allow foreign powers to dictate the policies of the United States, when freedom of speech is warped to include 'unless someone can be offended by your words', we allow ourselves to grow weaker.  By letting the President of Mexico take the United States government or any state in this Union to task for making and enforcing laws to keep American citizens safe, by kowtowing and bowing and scraping to foreign despots, by allowing one religion (Islam) to have its way through threats of violence to the detriment of our society, we grow weaker. 

It's time to draw our lines in the sand folks and stand up for the virtues that made our country great.  I support Arizona in its quest to re-establish rule of law in its borders and I hope that fever spreads.  I hope that when the present incubents in local, state, and federal office are replaced with those who have pride in our country, believe in rule of law, and do not bow to any foreign power, then we can reclaim our country.  I hope that it's not too late.......

Monday, May 3, 2010

WTF?? Why is the Obama Administration trying to take down an ally??

Via Bookworm at Bookworm Room, a most disturbing report on how the Obama administration is OPENLY trying to bring down the Netanyahu government and replace it with one headed by opposition leader Livni.  Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but for the past several decades, the United States has made it a mission to bolster democratic governments and set up new ones around the world.  Until now.  And the fact that there are those inside the administration who are talking about this TRAVESTY as if it were something to be proud of shows that the reality bus has left the White House and no one bothered to get on board.

Folks, it's getting worse, not better and every day there's something like this.  It's like a cancer has metastasized within the federal structure and is destroying the government and ultimately the United States itself.  I'm really starting to think that there are fewer and fewer options if we want to keep our country.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Boston situation--being prepared is easier than people think...

A couple of bloggers have postings about being prepared in an emergency or in the case of a disruption of services...  see Mr. B's post here and Tam's post here.  Having lived in Boston for a couple of years, I know that being prepared is a relatively easy thing to do, even in the city.  Per Mr. B's advice many moons ago, I got a 'hurricane kit' that contained food, water, emergency blankets, etc., PLUS a  toilet (the bucket all of the food and such came in, also came with a toilet seat and disposable bags ).   I also had a second, larger, kit in my car, which was full of gas at all times.

To supplement the apartment kit, I always had 6-10 gallons of drinking water on hand (lined up along the galley kitchen wall), cans and pouches of tuna and other foods that didn't require any heat (thanks to the Trader Joes down the street), BUT I also had a camp stove and a couple of small bottles of propane, plus a BUNCH of jar candles.  I also had three months of cat food on hand at all times (just easier to buy it that way) and then I wouldn't have to worry about the cats killing me in my sleep.  Was it a lot of fun schlepping all of that water, food, and cat food up to the fourth floor (yes folks, a fourth floor walk up)??  No, it wasn't, but I thought it was important enough to do. 

All in all, I could have barricaded myself in (80 boxes of books plus shelving is pretty good for covering doors and windows) and have been good for at least two solid weeks and could stretch to three if I had to without leaving my apartment.  Those things didn't take up a lot of space, even in a small urban apartment, didn't take a lot of money, and it gave me peace of mind.

So I'm choosing Arizona for my next vacation......

All of this bru-haha about Arizona's law that basically states that Arizona can enforce the laws, both state and federal that are ALREADY ON THE BOOKS and other actions (ht. Mr. B) that they are taking makes it sound more like a place that I'd love to visit and could possibly see as a place to live.  Their state government actually seems to listen to their constituencies and are willing to take action, even if it hacks off people who are not remotely connected to the situation.  And of course I stand by my contention that if the federal government had been doing their due diligence and actually enforcing the laws on the books and not excoriating and hamstringing those who were trying to enforce those laws, Arizona never would have had to take this step.