People Want Me To Vote For This Guy?!

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Obama had outlined many of the proposals offered Wednesday during appearances in Iowa last December.

Goals set for students
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle school and high school students.

For college students, Obama would set the goal at 100 hours of service a year and create a $4,000 annual tax credit for college students tied to that level of service.

Let me get this straight. On top of funding a new national police force at the same level as the military (which makes up over 1/3rd of our national budget), he wants to force middle school and high school students to work on whatever “service” programs the federal government thinks is apropriate.

1. We do not need a police level of that magnitude. Their are already departments that are having a hard time finding qualified people to become police officers. Plus, what the hell would he use this police force for?
2. How will he pay for this? The budget for the military already makes up over 26% of the budget of US government (source: Form 1040 instructions for 2007). Either entitlement programs (welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) would have to be drastically cut, or taxes would have to be massively increased.
3. I will say, I like the idea of giving a $4000 tax credit to someone who has volunteered over 100 hours in a year. But, when I was a college student, this would not have helped me much (if at all). And, that was over 13 years ago.

This national police proposal has made me decide, I will not vote for him and will campaign to stop him. In my opinion, Barack Obama is a danger to the freedom of every man, woman, and child in the USA.

Yet Another Example of the Decline of Public Education

For years, I have felt that the USA’s public education system is in decline. I compare what was required of high school graduates from 100, 50, 20, and 13 years ago, and I despair. Now, Ted Nugent provides us with another symptom and a possible cause:

What we discovered on one such meeting at a Michigan grade school was rather eye-opening, to say the least.

Sitting down with a fifth-grade teacher, we examined some schoolwork and homework papers where the written work was done in all-capital block letters. Simple words like “window,” “chair” and “book” were capitalized. We asked, why?

With a distant stare and a weird Mr. Rogers-TV demeanor, the kind teacher feebly attempted to explain. It was no big deal, she said. It was easier for the children to write in block letters.

He opined that cursive writing “wasn’t used that much anymore.” Say huh?

The scary part came when we scrutinized our son’s papers that had already been turned in and corrected, but somehow still contained numerous misspellings.

Could a professional teacher actually have missed such mistakes? We asked. We were shocked to hear that such misspellings “were close enough and didn’t matter that much right now.”

This teacher believes that standards are not important.  That being able to write legibly and spell correctly don’t matter. Is it any wonder that we have people in college who can not communicate effectively? 

IMO, in an effort to be more inclusive, we are harming our best and brightest children. This ends harming all of our children’s futures. We have lowered our standards so that “no child is left behind.” We need higher standards than what children are held accountable to now (and higher than what they were held accountable to 20 years ago).  We also need to realize that not all children are going to go to college, nor do they need to go to college. Our society needs skilled tradesman (machinists, carpenters, plumbers, and others) as much as as it needs doctors, lawyers, and engineers. There is nothing wrong with becoming a skilled tradesman instead of a degreed professional. Yet, we have people who look down there noses at the tradesman and insist that everyone should get a 4 year degree from a university.  This ignores the fact that not everyone has the ability and/or the aptitude for achieving what a bachelor’s degree should mean.

Well, there goes an opportunity to teach about appropriate behavior

VA. School Bans All Touching

Summary: Kilmer Middle School in Vienna, Virginia has banned all physical contact between students. This article came about because a student was punished for putting his arm around his girlfriend’s shoulders. The school administrators reasoning is that the students don’t know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.

My take: Of course the students don’t know what is always appropriate. That is one of the socialization skills you learn in school. You also learn how to handle it when someone touches you in a way you don’t like. In my opinion, this is the school administration ducking out on making judgement calls.

The Fear Has Got To Stop

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In the Houston area, a senior in high school has been removed from his school and banned from participating in graduation ceremonies because he made a computer game map of his school and had a hammer in his bedroom. This is ridiculous. He has done nothing that thousands (if not millions) of kids have done before. Some for school projects. When I was a kid, we would play cops and robbers around local schools using cap guns or dart guns. Today, all of the kids in my neighborhood would have been arrested or in psychological counseling. As a nation, we have become ridiculously paranoid. When I was in high school, it was a given that the boys would most likely have some sort of pocket knife. Now, if a kid has a hammer in his bedroom, he is a possible terrorist.

People who live, work and travel through nothing but safe neighborhoods cower in fear of teenagers walking down the street. How many people bolt the doors of their homes as soon as they get in and refuse to ever open their windows do to fear? How many people flinch when there is a stranger at the door? We need to let go of our fear.

This Is Sad

Teen Arrested For Creative Writing Essay

Summary: Teen is told not to censor his writing and write about whatever he wants. He writes about a violent and sexual dream he had. The teacher turns the boy in for counseling and the school has him arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.  What was the disorderly conduct? Upsetting his creative writing teacher.

From the description of the essay, the kid needs counseling.  However, arresting the kid and throwing him out of school was overreacting in the extreme. When did it become a crime to upset someone? If that is the case, the vast majority of drivers in this country need to be locked away for life.

Unfortunately, He’s Right

One of the blogs I read is The LawDog Files. He has a commentary on the mass murder at Virginia Tech that I completely agree with:

despite the senseless death and the smug arrogance that allowed the death to happen — there is news that sickens me to the very core.

There are reports — granted unconfirmed at this time — that several students were forced to line up, kneeling, and executed from behind.

I pray to the old gods — the gods of war and blood and thunder — that this is not the case.

I pray that some students went down fighting.

Because as bad as this is — and this is a horror — as bad as this is, if fifty some-odd people were injured and killed by one person whilst on their knees begging like so many Eloi, like a herd of sheep — if no one stood up and fought back, then this is becomes an example of evil.

Not the evil that allows a man to kill other men — although that is here in abundance. No, I am speaking of the putrescent evil which convinces good men not to fight back; the sordid filth of the soul which allows one bad man to prevail against fifty — or 25,000 — good men because good men have been systematically denied the mindset required to meet with, engage and defeat evil — even if all you have is fingernails and rage.

One man. On a campus of 25,000 people. 25,000 people surrounded by fire extinguishers, book bags, pencils, pens, drafting compasses, chairs, broom handles, power strips, ceramics, chains and everything heavy and/or sharp.

One man managed to gun down fifty people — or more — without being stabbed and bludgeoned to death where he stood by the other 24,950 people.

I weep for the dead. I weep for the families who lost their treasured children today.

I weep even more for a land which not only denies the tools required for self-defence, but also denies the very mindset required for self-defence.