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DICK MORRIS IS JUST ANOTHER DICK!

Just got a call from a professional call center located in Ohio. In a preliminary recorded message from Dick Morris, he claimed he wanted my opinion, went on to mention his latest book and the importance of defeating Obama – who he correctly characterized as being the worst president, even worse than Jimmy Carter.

The taped message ended and I was asked who I preferred in the current political race. The pitch turned into nothing more than a solicitation for funds, “dialing for dollars” if you will, to support an advertising campaign.

No doubt that this was simply a commercial ploy using the dialing immunity of politics to make the pitch. Otherwise, “Do Not Call” sanctions could be levied.

Personally, given Dick Morris’ history with Bill Clinton – manipulating the American public for the benefit of socialist democrats – and his toe-sucking experience with a hooker, I feel that he is little more than an opportunistic toad who has glommed on to conservatism and Fox News as a way to promote himself and his political consultancy. Making significant money along the way.

I do not fault him for his relentless self-promotion, his commercial ventures or his embrace of the capitalistic system.

I just believe he is a slimy worm – as contemptible as most politicians – willing to say or do anything to promote his latest venture.

A man of no convictions – like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama – who appears to be just another smart self-promoter like Newt Gingrich. At least Gingrich appears to be a conservative even though both Morris and Gingrich are creatures of poll-driven politics.

As for donating money over the phone to an unknown organization – this rates high on my list of “never in a million years” actions.

Whatever you think of Dick Morris, remember the Better Business Bureau’s famous saying; “Investigate before YOU Invest.”

Save your money for local races where it has more impact.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


RICK PERRY: CAN WE AFFORD ANOTHER TEXAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE?

Texas politicians: the good, bad and the ugly …

There is no doubt that Texas has a reputation for double-dealing politicians – similar to that of Arkansas and Illinois. But not as ideologically bent towards socialism as California and New York. Here is a smattering of Texas politicians who come to mind …

  • Former President Lyndon Johnson – a comic-book caricature of a corrupt Southern democrat was the epitome of liberalism – who enlarged the entitlement culture significantly without a corresponding improvement of outcomes.
  • Former President George W. Bush – a Texan in name only, Bush was more a Northeastern elite moderate than a conservative Republican. This is the man who raised crony-capitalism and the type of laissez-faire capitalism to a point where the regulatory agencies that were sworn to protect taxpayers and consumers abandoned their posts and gave us the recession.
  • Representative Ron Paul – the libertarian nutter with a few good ideas cribbed from dead economists is all about restructuring the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and reshaping all of our foreign relations in a non-interventional form.
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee – the Representative who views everything through the prism of race and black liberation theology who never met an entitlement program “her people” didn’t deserve.
  • Former Representative Pete Sessions –apparently owned by the telecommunications industry, this long term telephone company executive introduced H.R. 2726 “Preserving Innovation in Telecom Act of 2005” which prevented municipal governments from offering telecommunications, cable and information services in any area served by a private company.
  • Former Representative and House Majority Leader Tom Delay – another politician caught up in a series of scandals which led to his decision to resign from office.  DeLay was listed in Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Corrupt Politicians” list in 2006.

So what are we to make of Texas Governor Rick Perry who, it appears, is positioning himself for entry into the 2012 Presidential race in August?

Widely regarded as a professional politician owned by big gas and oil, one wonders how a Perry Administration would view such matters as offshore drilling, incentives and tax relief for energy companies, the Environmental Protection Agency and the implementation of a nuclear energy program to make us energy-independent of the Middle East? Something strongly resisted by socialists, environmentalists (mostly one in the same) and the oil/gas-based energy companies.

Perry’s involvement with the Trans-Texas Corridor, running to Mexico was a significant point of contention … 

“In January 2001, Perry proposed the Trans-Texas Corridor, a $145+ billion-dollar project that would build multi-lane highways, rail lines and data lines from Oklahoma to Mexico, and from east to west in southern Texas. Instead of paying for the project with taxes, Perry proposed that it be partially financed, partially built and wholly operated by private contractors who, in exchange for a multi-billion dollar investment, would receive all toll proceeds, notably Cintra, a Spanish-owned company, and its minority partner, San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corporation, one of Texas' largest road construction companies. Some of the more controversial aspects of the project include tolls, private operation of toll collections (at rates set by local municipalities), and extensive use of eminent domain (or the option for landowners to maintain a lucrative equity stake in the project) to acquire property.” <Source>

Association with oilman T. Boone Pickens on his Big Gas Plan …

I was highly skeptical of The Pickens plan which I wrote about in a blog post titled “T. BOONE PICKENS: MAKEOVER OF A ROBBER BARON?” on July 22, 2008.

Texas sovereignty and secession …

Texas sovereignty and secession were recent indications that Perry was moving toward implementing a stronger program supporting states’ rights.

“After a tea party protest held on April 15, 2009, Perry responded to a reporter's question about secession, saying, ‘Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that... My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that.’" <Source>

Immigration …

But one of the the biggest issues that remains is immigration – while Perry appears to be for secure borders, he did not want a border fence built. And of course, there is the labor issue with Mexicans in the Texas workforce.

“Perry has opposed the creation of the Mexico – United States barrier, which is meant to keep out illegal aliens. Instead of barricading the border completely with a fence, Perry believes that the federal government should fulfill its responsibility to its citizens by securing the borders with ‘boots on the ground’ and technology to improve safety while not harming trade with the state's biggest trading partner, Mexico. Perry said the Arizona immigration law SB 1070 ‘would not be the right direction for Texas’ and would distract law enforcement from fighting other crimes.” <Source>

Endorsement of a progressive RINO …

“In October 2007, despite their political differences on many social issues, Perry endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President. ‘Rudy Giuliani is the most prepared individual of either party to be the next President... I'm not talking about any mayor, I'm talking about America's Mayor,’ Perry said. Some conjectured that, if Giuliani were elected, Perry might have been considered for a position in the new President's cabinet, or perhaps the Vice Presidency.” <Source>

It appears the Giuliani’s campaign unraveled when his close association with now-convicted felon Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner, was investigated.

“Both Giuliani and Perry immediately endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain for President. Shortly after Mitt Romney's withdrawal from the race in early February, Perry reportedly called McCain rival Mike Huckabee and suggested that he withdraw as well to clear the way for McCain to secure the nomination. Huckabee declined this request and made it clear publicly that he would only abandon his presidential bid if McCain secured enough delegates.” <Source>

The big question …

Will we be electing another faux conservative running on fiscal responsibility while being a pro-immigration wheeler-dealer willing to support crony capitalism? Now is the time to find out who Rick Perry is and what he really stands for.

Bottom line …

Like every other professional politician who will do or say anything to gain or maintain power, Rick Perry appears to be significantly no better or, at least, no worse than any of the other candidates.

Rick Perry has apparently done some noteworthy things with the Texas budget. But it remains to be see if these were done with California-style smoke-and-mirrors. 

And while President Obama may be the worst President in the history of the United States and second only to Jimmy Carter in his stunning incompetence and inability to govern, we must insure that the cure is not worse than the disease. That is, proposing a nominee who is capable of winning the GOP nomination; only to be swift-boated at the last minute by overwhelming tales of scandal. I would hate to see Obama returned to office because the GOP failed to vet their candidate seriously – and then sit idly by while the progressive media turns him into dog food.

-- steve 

P.S. My real choice for the Presidency remains Alan West with Marco Rubio as Vice President. (Although the President and the Vice President cannot come from the same state according to electoral rules.)

Reference Links …

Over the past few years there have been a number of complaints and stories about Rick Perry. You may wish to review some of these stories – because you can be sure that the progressive media will be giving him a media-style colonoscopy if he announces for the 2012 campaign.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Disgusted with GE/Reagan Foundation/Museum Alliance ...

I find it abhorrent that the Ronald Reagan Library is accepting funds from General Electric, headed by Jeffrey Immelt, because Immelt’s slavish use of General Electric resources to promote the progressive causes of Barack Obama and his fellow travelers – would be an anathema to President Reagan’s core values and worldview were he were still living.

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The fact that progressive Jeffrey Immelt was openly feted by the organization that honors the man who almost single-handedly ended the cold war and greatly diminished progressive socialist/communist power in the world makes me ill.

To simply excuse Immelt’s close relationship with Barack Obama as a business decision – because General Electric profits greatly from doing business with the government – is not acceptable. Doing a deal with the devil can never be justified on the grounds of expediency.

It is almost as if everything President Reagan stood for: a strong America – filled with promise and prosperity – the freedom of individuals over a government “collective,” is being diminished by Obama and his fellow travelers.

While I am pleased that the foundation would benefit from the support of the thousands of decent men and women at General Electric, I can only wish it was not headed by Jeffrey Immelt and that the stockholders realize that Immelt is now complicit with economic policies which deepened and prolonged the recession as Obama presses his toxic political ideology.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Who the hell cares what Moody's thinks about the U.S debt deal?

Why should anyone care about what Moody’s or Standard and Poor’s thinks about finance – given their track record of slavish devotion to the financial industry which pays their fees and buys their information products?

Especially when these goofs, either knowingly or unknowingly, allows the big financial institutions to convince them that a package of crappy BBB securities junk backed by crappy subprime loans and given new names, were somehow worthy of being designated Triple-A investment grade securities? Something which permitted the financial industry, who paid for these outrageously wrong ratings, to sell them to mutual funds, pension funds, insurance companies, other financial institutions, and corporations which were precluded by law from investing in or holding non-investment-grade securities in their portfolios.

It was the actions of the ratings agencies that allowed the contagion of crappy paper to infect the broader economy.

So why the hell should we care what Mood’s is saying about the United States debt. They were big-time wrong then and they appear to be big-time wrong now.

Bloomberg News is reporting …

Moody’s Downgrade Warning Adds Pressure on U.S. Debt Deal

Moody’s Investors Service raised the pressure on U.S. lawmakers to increase the government’s $14.3 trillion debt limit by placing the nation’s credit rating under review for a downgrade.”

“The U.S., rated Aaa since 1917, was put on review for the first time since 1996 on concern the debt threshold won’t be raised in time to prevent a missed interest or principal payment on outstanding bonds and notes, even though the risk remains low, Moody’s said in a statement yesterday. The rating may be reduced to the Aa range, and there is no assurance Moody’s would restore its top rating, even if a default is quickly ‘cured.’”

Reuters News is reporting …

Moody's suggests U.S. eliminate debt ceiling

“Ratings agency Moody's on Monday suggested the United States should eliminate its statutory limit on government debt to reduce uncertainty among bond holders.”

“The United States is one of the few countries where Congress sets a ceiling on government debt, which creates ‘periodic uncertainty’ over the government's ability to meet its obligations, Moody's said in a report.”

"’We would reduce our assessment of event risk if the government changed its framework for managing government debt to lessen or eliminate that uncertainty,’ Moody's analyst Steven Hess wrote in the report.”

The agency last week warned it would cut the United States' AAA credit rating if the government misses debt payments, increasing pressure on Republicans and the White House to come up with a budget agreement.”

“Moody's said it had always considered the risk of a U.S. debt default very low because Congress has regularly raised the debt ceiling during many decades, usually without controversy.”

Are they that stupid … or simply part of a corrupt process?

Is Moody’s so stupid as to believe that if Congress failed to raise the U.S. statutory debt by trillions of dollars would somehow lead to a default on our debt securities?

Especially considering that they money flowing into the government’s coffers is enough to pay for our debt service, Medicare, Medicaid and Armed Forces – and if lower, no priority programs such  as those mandated by global warming and Obamacare need to be curtailed , so be it. If government workers need to be furloughed, let them start with those entire departments which serve the citizens poorly: The Department of Energy, The Department of Education and so on.

Apparently, they are that stupid and/or corrupt or they would have actually tested the underlying collateral of all those mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities they rated instead of relying on the representations, warrantees and large fees from the sellers – who in some instances even allowed them to use the seller’s own computer spreadsheets for due diligence.

Why would Moody’s think that removing a Congressional check on unlimited government spending that would benefit the socialist/communist progressives and their financial partners would benefit the United States? Or are they so corrupt and fearful that their misdeeds and complicity in the current financial crisis will be investigated and punished if they do not carry the Administration’s water on this issue?

Why aren’t they sleeping with Arthur Andersen whose accounting chicanery cost them their business? 

Why isn’t Moody’s being thrown out of business, much in the same way that the major accounting firm Arthur Andersen was sanctioned for their role in Enron and similar companies whose books they certified?

Bottom line …

I have little or no faith in the ratings agencies to evaluate complex financial situations or security instruments. I also have little or no faith in the ratings agency’s ability to stress-test their financial assumptions about what may happen in the future – and merely downgrading our national debt ONLY means that those on Wall Street will get richer as even more money is sucked out of our Treasury as a so-called “risk premium” because we have a riskier profile.

What bullshit! Are we to be considered in the same light at Greece? Especially since I have little or no doubt the Federal Reserve and our Treasury will be pumping billions of dollars into the Greek financial system to prevent them from defaulting on their obligations to other financial firms. In essence a Ponzi-game where the American taxpayer is the rube who gets stuck with the bill.

If Moody’s does downgrade our national debt, I suggest that we downgrade their entire firm into the toilet – first by investigating, prosecuting and jailing those who allowed a financial scheme to be perpetrated on the American public – one that dwarfs Bernie Madoff’s scheme like Alaska dwarfs Rhode Island.

It is time to quit pandering to the financial industry which is in bed with Obama (and George Bush before him) and take back our nation.

Remember this when you read about the ratings agencies in the news. Remember this when you decide to vote. It’s your money that they are stealing.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Moody’s Downgrade Warning Adds Pressure on U.S. Debt Deal – Bloomberg

Moody's suggests U.S. eliminate debt ceiling | Reuters


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


QVC does the right thing: pulls the plug on TRAITOR Jane Fonda ...

Jane Fonda, emblematic of the lying, traitorous communists who will do or say anything to cover up their unconscionable support for our enemies in a time of war, actively turned information over to the enemy which caused real torture, maiming, severe pain and suffering to our soldiers. Notes that were passed to her by soldiers seeking to communicate to the United States government and loved ones that they were still alive were turned over to the North Vietnamese Army by the traitor Fonda. The result is that many of these soldiers were tortured, beaten and received life-threatening injuries – perhaps leading to some of their deaths. For this, she should have been SHOT!

More about the exact nature of her activities smiling, laughing and cavorting with our declared enemies can be found in blog posts I wrote on November 1, 2008 “American traitor, Jane Fonda, worried about Republican dirty tricks? (Updated)” and November 11, 2010 “Veterans Day 2010: Remembering our troops and traitor Jane Fonda .…

CNSNews.com is reporting …

“Jane Fonda: 'I Have Never Done Anything to Hurt My Country'”

“Actress Jane Fonda said in a statement posted on her website today that the QVC television channel cancelled an appearance they had scheduled with her today to promote her new book ‘Prime Time,’ blaming the cancellation on what she called ‘well funded and organized political extremist groups.’"

Extremist groups? Who went to Viet Nam during a time of war and caused the torture of our troops as a direct cause of her actions?

“In the same statement Fonda said, ‘I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.’"

The trip was a well-documents propaganda coup for our enemy, North Viet Nam and was documented extensively and thoroughly. She is a lying, traitor that should have been shot for treason!

“In 1972, during the Vietnam War, Fonda took a two-week trip to North Vietnam, where she was photographed sitting on an antiaircraft gun that North Vietnamese forces otherwise used for shooting at American planes.”

“When she returned from her sojourn in Vietnam, as Time Magazine reported at the time, she accused U.S. forces of deliberately trying to bomb and destroy dikes, whose destruction could have caused the death of many civilians.”

"’he outcry was joined by Actress-Activist Jane Fonda,’ Time reported in its August 7, 1972 edition. ‘Returning from a two-week trip to Hanoi, where among other things she interviewed several American prisoners of war, she presented a 20-minute film of the visit at a New York press conference that purported to show several recent bomb craters in dikes near Nam Sach, 40 miles southeast of Hanoi, and further damage near the provincial capital of Nam Dinh.’”

Some of these soldiers – at great risk to their lives – gave her slips of paper with their military serial numbers to indicate they were still alive. Fonda promptly turned this information to her NVA hosts and the men were tortured – some beaten nearly to death according to accounts of the time.

"’Hardly a dispassionate witness,’ Time continued, she said: 'I believe in my heart, profoundly, that the dikes are being bombed on purpose.' From firsthand observation and from pictures shown her by the North Vietnamese, she concluded: Not only the dikes are being bombed, but hydraulic systems, sluice gates, pumping stations and dams as well. The worst damage is done by bombs that fall on both sides of the dikes, causing deep fissures that weaken the base of the dikes.’'"

How does one apologize for being a TRAITOR in a time of war?

“A New York Times review of Fonda's 2005 memoir reported that Fonda apologized in the book for being photographed on the North Vietnamese antiaircraft gun.”

"’As she has before, Ms. Fonda apologizes for being photographed laughing and clapping while sitting on an antiaircraft gun in Hanoi,’ says the New York Times review. ‘(She writes that she absent-mindedly sat down in a moment of euphoria with her North Vietnamese hosts, and adds, 'That two-minute lapse of sanity will haunt me until the day I die.')’"

Good for anyone who stood up for the tortured and maimed soldiers and told this traitorous bitch where to step off by contacting QVC.

“In her statement today, Fonda said QVC had received calls criticizing her on her ‘opposition to the Vietnam War.’"

"’I was to have been on QVC today to introduce my book, 'Prime Time,' about aging and the life cycle,’ Fonda said. ‘The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear.”

"’I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups,’ said Fonda. ‘And that they did it without talking to me first. I have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having best selling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play.”

Lies? About her being a traitor to the United States in a time of war? I don’t think so …

"Most people don’t buy into the far right lies," said Fonda. "Many people have reached out to express how excited they were about my going onto QVC and hearing about my book.

"’Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT!’ said Fonda. ‘I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths. In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling. I am deeply grateful for all of the support I have been getting since this happened, including from my Vietnam Veterans friends.’"

Bottom line …

Jane Fonda is a traitorous enemy of liberty and freedom with a selective memory. To think what is being reported is a myth is to deny the reality – including photographic evidence of her treason – of what she voluntarily did as a “useful idiot” of a freedom-denying communist government. Let her talk about the human rights of those people who were killed in Cambodia and elsewhere. Let her talk about John McCain who was mercilessly tortured by the enemy she was cavorting with – nearby where she was yucking it up.

For whatever reason they pulled the plug on Fonda, I am pleased that QVC took an action which reaffirms that treasonous, traitors need to be held to account for their actions until they DIE. No forgiveness – you sell out your country to its enemies in a time of war and you don’t get a second chance. No revisionist history as the communists often are wont to do.

Fonda was and still is a traitor to freedom-loving people everywhere.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Jane Fonda: 'I Have Never Done Anything to Hurt My Country' | CNSnews.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Teachers and the ultimate socialist plot to dumb down the population: stop teaching fundamental skills ...

There is no doubt in my mind that progressive teachers and teachers’ unions are doing everything in their power to “dumb down” educational efforts in a child’s formative years in order to produce a population of easily-manipulated social and political activists who espouse progressive causes and push the “democrat/entitlement” button in the voting booth.

Extreme? Not when you consider the abandonment of phonics in favor of “whole language” reading or the elimination of rote mathematical skills in favor of “new math” featuring calculators.

In spite of spiraling educational costs, almost everything teachers have done in the past decade has lead to a drop in student’s achievement scores. The teachers’ unions and school administrative personnel whine “it’s for the children” when any unbiased observer can clearly see it is about rising wages and special interest deals that benefit the adults … and the children are only the cause célèbre.

And it is getting worse …

I was appalled to find that some schools no longer teach multiplication tables and quiz their students on long division with the rationale that it is both time-consuming and non-motivational when a calculator, computer or smartphone is nearby. I wondered what happens when the battery dies – or, in the Al Gore scenario, the Sun does not power the solar panel at night?

And now, I find educators are actually considering the end to teaching cursive writing …

As reported by ABC News …

“Forty-one states have so far adopted the new Common Core State Standards for English, which does not require cursive [handwriting]. Set by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), the standards provide a general framework for what students are expected to learn before college.”

“States are allowed the option of re-including cursive if they so choose, which is what Massachusetts and California have done.”

“But the latest to contemplate abandoning the script is Georgia, where teachers and administrators will meet in March to discuss erasing the longhand style from its lesson plans, says Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.”

“The argument is that cursive is time-consuming and not as useful as the keyboard skills students will need as they move on to junior high and high school, he says.”

Keyboard skills are worthless if there are no keyboards handy or the power source is compromised. Then what: a nation of uncommunicative illiterates unable to capture their own thoughts.

While keyboard skills are important – when will they simply abandon teaching “touch typing” on a full-size QWERTY-keyboard and simply teach thumb-tying on an upper case only keyboard because it is easier and faster? 

Teaching to the test is all that is important …

It appears that it is no longer sufficient to teach children the fundamentals and how to think for themselves. They must be parrots able to spout the party line and perform well on standardized school tests lest the adults be sanctioned for failing their core mission: educating the children in their charge. Notice I said “educating,” not babysitting or entertaining or feeding hungry children.

“As it happens, cursive is also not on the tests that rate schools under the No Child Left Behind law, and increasingly schools gear their curricula to excel at those tests, says Kathleen Wright, a national project manager for Zaner-Bloser, a publisher of education writing materials.”

"’It's just not being assessed. That's the biggie,’ she says. ‘If it's not assessed, it tends to fall by a little because people are teaching to the test.’"

“So what's the big deal if your little John Hancock doesn't have a big loopy cursive signature of his own?”

Perhaps the next argument is that we don’t need individualized signatures anymore, we should submit to the state and get our biometric identification full body maps. Or that we should accept slang, abbreviations and the mistakes of voice-recognition programs as being the “new normal?”

“Antiquated or no, cursive is viewed by some parents and educators as essential to an education -- especially as text-happy teens become ever more thumb-centric.”

Al Gore reasoning: look at what I am telling you, the science I am explaining to you – don’t think for yourselves …

“Science backs her up. Increasingly the argument that students should be spending more time learning keyboard skills than cursive -- because that's the future! -- is beginning to look like a straw man.”

"’Of course it's important to know how to typewrite,’ says associate professor Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger's Reading Centre. ‘But handwriting seems, based on empirical evidence from neuroscience, to play a larger role in the visual recognition and learning of letters. This is something one should be aware of in an educational context,’ she stresses.”

In other words, those who learn to write by hand learn better.”

Bottom line …

Today’s teachers’ unions present a clear and present danger to our nation. From deviating from teaching tried-and-true, time-tested, fundamental skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic and critical thinking to teaching revisionist history and demanding that schools highlight “gay” achievers, our educational system is producing opinionated punks who cannot perform competitively in a local, state, national or global environment. Leading to more functional illiterates in government and industry who cannot think for themselves and eschew facts for feelings.

It is about time that we tell the unions, teachers and administrators where to step off. To progressively defund education until the student’s achievements reach parity with acceptable standards and then fund only meritorious advancements in education. No more rewarding teachers for seniority or skills they never use in the classroom. No more 80%-20% split between money spent on facilities and personnel and money that produces results in the classroom.

Remember what the progressive democrats have done to you and your family this past decade … and vote accordingly. I will not tell you how to vote, but you may wish to elect constitutional conservatives – as well as insuring that the voting process is safe and secure from known political tampering.

-- steve

Reference links …

The End of Cursive? - ABC News

Should technology push out cursive writing instruction? | TechRepublic


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


CARmageddon: FREEWAY OPENED 19 HOURS EARLY -- LESSONS LEARNED

The contractors knew it could be done in 24-hours as per planning estimates with the level of equipment and personnel used -- and the estimates were padded to allow for "what if" contingencies. This was only one-half of the project and the process will be repeated next year when the second half of the bridge will be replaced.

In spite of the near ‘round the clock promotion of the I-405 closure; the pleas of public officials and celebrity Twitter messages … what have we learned from the experience which saw the freeway opening in 36-hours, SAVING 19 HOURS OVER THE 53-HOUR PLANNED CLOSURE?

WHAT WE LEARNED …

1.  Outcomes of public works projects are greatly affected by the knowledge the world is watching.

2.  Planning that includes overestimating the time required and then coming in under budget makes all of the people involved look good.

3.  Incentive bonuses – the contractors and employees will receive additional pay and incentive bonuses tend to work as long as someone is monitoring quality to make sure they are no unacceptable adverse safety or specification issues.

4.  Government officials committed to the process in ways that demand their personal on-site inspection and performance become more accountable to the public.

What would happen if we said to our police, there will be no bonuses if crime rises above a certain level? And an independent third-party was monitoring the statistics and performance. All being monitored intensely by the public and media.

What would happen if we said to our schools, no more billion dollar programs for schools unless you demonstrate a recognizable public need – and the current schools are graduating over 80% of their enrollees. Again, with independent monitoring and public awareness. Because as we can see in Atlanta, Georgia – incentives and throwing money at education only incentivized administrators and teachers to cheat; altering test scores to get the bonus money.

Bottom line …

As they say, sunlight is a great disinfectant and committed politicians doing work that is easily observable by the public produces good results.

Who cares if Los Angeles Mayor numbnuts  appeared to take credit for single-handedly managing the project, moving the concrete and opening the freeway on Sunday at 11:30 rather than by Monday morning.

By the way, the real hero was Mike Barbour, the Metro project manager who is the "real deal" with around the world contruction projects. See the "Reference Links" section for a link to his story.

This entire project could have done this without all of the hoopla – but that would have not allowed everybody to get significant face time in the media.

And, oh by the way, the real goal of the project was not to simply drop the bridge segment safely – but to avoid the political consequences of having an extended freeway closure that highlights the inefficiency of government.

Not to mention that there was great public awareness and participation in planning to avoid the area. So the government did its job, by informing people about the planned closure and monitored the situation closely.

Of, course, the media went overboard with wall-to-wall coverage of this non-event.

But, in the final analysis, treating adults as adults – also produces significant results.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Carmageddon ends: 405 Freeway reopens to traffic [Updated] - latimes.com

Mike Barbour, Project Leader

"Carmaggedon" -- Proving progressives in Los Angeles are dysfunctional ...


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


How the "greenies" are attempting to purchase "unbiased" mentions promoting their policies, products and positions ...

The “green” label, like the “organic” label appears to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick that will allow you the privilege of paying more for your goods and services while feeling good about yourself. After all, you are helping save the planet.

Unfortunately, most of these green companies are not about saving the planet, they are about making money while pushing their product on a gullible sector of the population.

If the progressives were really about conservation and the good stewardship of the air, water and land … why the hell would they allow the selling of indulgences (cap-and-trade) to allow gross polluters to continue their polluting ways if they were damaging to the planet’s ecosphere?

Why would they think that paying someone who controls a tree farm a few dollars for a certificate that can be sold for thousands and which will save a gross polluter a million dollars needed to install pollution controls? And what makes them think that a rainforest in crapistan will have any mitigating effect on the global climate when they cannot measure any impact of the total Earth’s industrial output when measured against climate’s natural variability?

It’s a giant con – where the politicians, Wall Street Wizards and the special interests come together to plunder the results of your hard work – and reduce your freedoms while they tell you how to live? All apparently operating on the “don’t do as I do – do as I say” principle.

Here is how “green” stories get planted in the media and the public’s consciousness …

Dear stephen,

We have an upcoming opportunity for Green bloggers to participate in a Paid Post for a worldwide clothing company. We are looking for bloggers publishing "green" content, especially anything water conservation-focused, to participate in the campaign.

The goal of the client's campaign is to promote their innovations that require significantly less water to produce their clothing line, saving millions of liters of water.

Bloggers will be asked to participate in a Green cause, nonprofit or activity (water conservation-focused a bonus!) within their community for a shift (or a day) and share their personal experience volunteering. Your article would document your experience and include written content and photographs or video clips.

Select bloggers will also benefit from their articles:
- Featured in the company's Conversational Ad (examples at: <link removed>) slated to receive over 10 million impressions to Green and Lifestyle sites

- Promoted on the company's Facebook page and retweeted to their Twitter account (over 6 million "Likes" and followers combined)

So, not only will you be paid for your time, but you'll also receive additional exposure for your blog and promote a Green program you care about!

To be considered for this paid opportunity, please submit your blog's information on the following form: <link deleted> 

We'll then provide your blog's information to our client and reach out to you with complete details about the program, compensation and article requirements if selected.

We'll also consider your blog for future paid opportunities on Green topics.

Looking forward to your participation,

<signature and affiliation deleted>

This is being promoted by an organization which provides rankings of blogs and, at least up until this point, was considered a reliable source of blog ranking information.

Bottom line …

The progressives are relying on the repetitive onslaught of stories in the media to sink into your unconsciousness – that everything green is good and if it’s not green it’s bad or, at least, suspect.

Are you willing to be manipulated by a dishonest media?

Not me.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


California Education: Special Interests and Government conspire against citizens ...

At a time when students of the University of California and California State University are facing steep increases in student tuition – and the State of California is demanding steep tax increases of its citizens to fund education, we were extremely surprised to find extremely large amounts of money washing through the system.

Item: A California government scheme to balance the budget by diverting educational funds into the state’s general fund.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee …

California looks to UC, CSU for lending hand

“The state just slashed $650 million each from the California State University and University of California, but it's now looking to the two systems to loan the state some cash.”

“A new bill moving through the Legislature with little public notice, Senate Bill 79, would establish a new investment fund for UC, CSU, California Community Colleges and the Judicial Council. Under the proposal, each system could contribute no less than $500 million and earn a return from the state, apparently more than they get elsewhere but less than the state would have to pay Wall Street.”

“The current plan is for UC to loan the state $1 billion and CSU to loan $700 million, for a total of $1.7 billion in the account, according to Tom Dresslar, spokesman for State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. The money would come from the systems' cash reserves.”

Ultimately it will be the taxpayers who pay these additional interest sums … the government has little or no money of its own.

And it appears that special deals like this simply allow the present administration to paper over their deficits while kicking the can down the road – secure in the fact that they are likely to be out of office when the final bill comes due.

Item: The schools are always engaged in massive building projects and always crying for additional funds …

As reported in the Los Angeles Business Journal …

“No Vacancy?”

“…UCLA most recently proposed to replace its 50-year-old Faculty Center with a $160 million hotel and conference center that would be open to tourists and others outside the university. But administrators withdrew the proposal for a six-month review after fierce opposition from faculty who wanted to save the center and questioned the need for such a complex.”

How UCLA describes the project …

“UCLA is planning a 295,000-square-foot residential conference center featuring 33,000 square feet of meeting and conference space, a 9,000-square-foot conference hall, a 250-seat dining room and at least 282 guest rooms. The plan also includes a new 15,000-square-foot faculty club with a separate entrance and meeting space, a 300-seat dining room, a lounge, a café and bar, outdoor seating for 130 and an event lawn.”

Why they believe it is a priority …

As a public research university, one of UCLA's core missions is to serve as a resource in addressing civic challenges and generating new scientific discoveries. The residential conference center directly supports that mission by providing a venue where UCLA faculty, as well as researchers from around the world, can come together with students and the general public to share knowledge and discuss and debate potential solutions to problems. The project will strengthen UCLA's collaboration with academic institutions around the world and its position as a global leader in research and education, consistent with the goals outlined in the strategic academic plan for the campus. On-campus rooms for overnight stays are necessary to make UCLA a top destination for international conferences and programs. The campus currently does not have a venue with the space, state-of-the-art technological capabilities and contemporary amenities necessary to support such gatherings. There are many other university-affiliated residential conference centers across the country, including at Duke and the universities of Pennsylvania, Texas and North Carolina. The faculty, students and the region’s broader community deserve a modern facility befitting UCLA's stature — one that enriches the student experience and serves the campus mission and the region’s needs.”

How they plan to finance it …

“No state funding or tuition revenue will be used to build the project, and conference center operations will be completely self-supporting. The $160 million project is made possible by Meyer and Renee Luskin, whose generous gift covers $40 million of the costs. Additional costs will be covered by external financing, and those bonds will be repaid with revenue generated by conference center operations. With interest rates low and construction bids consistently coming in significantly lower than expected, now is the ideal time to proceed. New funding realities demand that campus operations be more entrepreneurial and money-wise. The residential conference center makes possible construction of a new faculty club, and it has the potential to generate new revenue — a bonus on top of its primary goal of advancing the campus academic and civic engagement missions.”

Someone must pay. If not the state, then who? There is no way that the fees to be charged for the use of this ultra-luxurious facility will generate that type of revenue. Or that professors will pay hundreds of dollars per night. So it appears possible that money will be siphoned off from other government grants to use the facilities. Another slight-of-hand game proposed by the politicians and their cronies. In the final analysis, it is always the taxpayer who foots the bill.

Bottom Line …

Tremendous amounts of money are washing through the government and educational institution – without the general public taking notice or, in some instances, even being aware of what is taking place in their name.

Each of the projects involves special interests that have a huge financial stake in these projects … and each project may compete with commercial tax-paying entities without the same advantages conferred by government associations, directed business and financing guarantees.

I use these illustrations to note that our local, state and federal governments are out-of-control, operating far from their core mission of providing for the  public’s safety and security – and proposing projects for the common good of their broader constituency.

We need to stop the flow of unlimited taxpayer dollars to the government, to be used in ways they see fit. We need to downsize government and return to a constitutionally-based system.

Think about this when the politicians come begging for money and complain that the educational system will collapse if the taxpayer’s do not feed more money into the system.

Think about the costs overruns and time-delays when using mandated union contractors for these massive projects.

And think about subsidizing the progressive elite educators as they teach your children that capitalism is bad and socialism is the way of the future.

But most of all, think about the use of the taxpayer’s money, your money, in ways that only serve a very limited number of people – the politicians, their friends and special interests.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Capitol Alert: California looks to UC, CSU for lending hand

UCLA Faculty Center | A PRIVATE CLUB

CSU approves second tuition increase for the fall


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


FOX -- THE FIVE: BOB BECKEL LIES ABOUT THE NRA ...

Self-described liberal, Bob Beckel, appearing on Fox’s Glenn Beck replacement show “The Five” program claims that the National Rifle Association wants everyone to have a machine gun and a bazooka.

In what starts out as a discussion of the fundamental dishonesty of the George Soros-backed “Media Matters” whose apparent stated purpose is to destroy Fox, Beckel deflects a call to revoke Media Matters’ tax exempt status with an attack on the National Rife Association.

What makes this particularly troublesome is not the fact that the issues are being discussed, but because the the repetitive nature of the comments about the NRA typically enter the unconsciousness as an unchallenged truth after a period of time.

At least others on the panel noted that the stated mission of the tax-exempt NRA was to protect gun owner’s rights. Something far different than tax exempt Media Matters who wants to interfere in a commercial enterprise.

Watch the segment in question …

Bottom line …

The use of repetitive progressive themes in the media is one way that America – and the rest of the world – is brainwashed into believing the liberal canard’s that the National Rifle Association is all about arming their constituents with such “weapons of war” as machine guns and bazookas.

Other than a small group of enthusiasts who like machine guns – and who are specially regulated, taxes and licensed to own these weapons – you cannot find widespread ownership of these weapons among the general population. And to the best of my knowledge, these hobbyist weapons have never been used in a crime or against any person.

As for the ownership and use of grenades, land mines, bazookas and other “weapons of war,” there is no call or demand that these be permitted in a civilian population any more than pursuing the right to own a personal nuclear weapon.

As a life member (Endowment Level) of the NRA, I would like to remind you that it is precisely the Second Amendment which has kept America from being converted into a totalitarian regime by corrupt politicians. Perhaps why the socialist world is so eager to disarm law-abiding American citizens.

Remember when you vote in 2012, that those who would deny your God-given right to self-defense and the Second Amendment would not hesitate to eliminate your First Amendment rights and violate your freedom if they faced no consequences for their actions.

It is precisely the NRA and other patriots who stand up for America … not the mealy-mouthed progressives like Bob Beckel.

-- steve

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Reference Links …

YouTube - ‪The Five's Premiere Includes a Segment on Media Matters!‬‏


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS