Monday, March 27, 2017

Solution To All Our Schools' Problems

Marlyn Tillman, president of the Gwinnett chapter of the NAACP spoke with the AJC about the benefits of school board diversity emphasizing the impact on demographics she endorses. She cites data showing graduation rates from black and Latino students below that of white students as proof that racial diversity is needed on the board. The last nail in her intellectual coffin was driven home when she was quoted as saying
"You are not turning out the majority population as graduates and for higher-level learning opportunities."
But one thing has proven true: adding blacks and Latinos to school boards ensures more students of color are given diplomas. Someday someone in this sad situation may actually learn something.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Frightened By Unicorns

Democrats are strange creatures, particularly of late. Could be they feel a bit endangered. It's not like they are unicorns but they are certainly afraid of one. Tis the season down at the gold dome and the silly just cannot be stopped. The Quasimodos are down their screaming past each other about sanctuary with our very own Fran Millar supporting legislation he posits would be "clarifying and adding to the particular current law[AJC]." This elicited a nanny-nanny-boo-boo response from the other side of the aisle: "or muddying the water and unclarifying." Take that Fran! But wait! There's more! And it is the juicy bit because it is in the politicians' wheelhouse--self contradictory. Having never heard "no harm, no foul" this Democrat followed up with "You're proposing legislation to address something that doesn't exist." When you are one of the wee folk, taxpayers and the like, the second best legislation is legislation for unicorns[*].



[*] The very best legislation is no legislation at all.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jeezy Creezy

Those public school magi over at Cross Keys High must be all but walking on water when it comes to the Tres R-s. How do we know? Because the teachers have covered all the educational sacraments so well they have time to flash-mob a passion play lest the little buggers not be entertained. But their What-Did-Jesus-Do historical play was widely misinterpreted. By teachers as proselytizing and by some students and parents as Where Did Jesus Go? as he and his family fled the ansturm of the Trump Troopers. Some are calling for a spoiler alert perhaps a trigger word warning. Safe places, right? Some faculty, apparently rejected for key roles formed a mob of their own screaming for action from the powers that be. A deaf Pontius Pilate down at the Palace stands with clean hands as he watches the mobs rule.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Now You Know

You may be immune to the hysterical rhetoric around the "Campus Guns" bill. You may be all wrapped up in it. You may be spreading it. Let's start with one steaming pile of stinking silliness: personal protection. As in "this isn't about someone over 21 years of age protecting themselves." Or even those 21+ year olds who willingly offer up their fingerprints and actually clear an FBI background check. What's that you say? You were told that every hung-over frat boy with a chip on his shoulder because a professor "gave" him a grade he didn't like was also being given guns and ammo.

It is actually about a right guaranteed in our Constitution, the one with the phrase "shall not be infringed" which seems to serve as an invitation to government at all levels to do just that. This includes our government-run public universities. It is not surprising that the natural habitat of left wing nuts would espouse a religion where "words matter" except those in the Constitution but the real problem is knowing just what is, and is not campus property. To wit:



It may look like a regular, commercial hotel offering short term lodging and convention facilities, but it is also an infringement zone. Is the nearby Classic Center part of UGA? It is not, but it is a government facility and guns are prohibited--at least they have signage. What about MSTC and The Meat Sale? Open to the public, no student/faculty/staff ID required. But it is on campus and current infringements apply. Same for the Georgia Museum of Art. Then there is the State Botanical Gardens, owned by the State, well off the main campus, but operated by UGA. The gardens include five miles of nature trails which might dredge up that self-defense bromide. Not to pick on just UGA, Tech, with it's expansion into midtown, has similar unmarked infringement zones.

What this bill is really about is uniformity of our statewide infringements (Georgia is not a constitutional carry state) extending equality of access to all without regard to their own personal arms identifications. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Do The Unions Know?

Read This VERY Carefully

Is it possible for a school, even a Charter School, to actually exclude 99.9% of all teachers from applying to their faculty? Is it legally acceptable or even politically correct to state:
...have a master's degree in mathematics (not education or math ed)...
This is akin to screening applicants based on race or religion.

Where are the unionists with their tar and feathers? How can they stand idly by while a school applies such high standards for the qualifications of their faculty. Is it possible they might also have similar standards for their students? If so, this is the end of public education as we know it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Magic Eleven

Eleven is both odd and prime and it is not disparaging to observe that being prime means it is most likely odd as two is the only even prime. It isn't two, but its sum of digits is. It is a twin prime with thirteen. Eleven is also a sexy prime--think five and seventeen. How special is that?

Well Spinal Tap showed us knobs that go up to eleven and we all know how special that is. That it is ten percent more than ten only sounds recursive.

Eleven is the number of Obama's magic, mass-killer bullet. That just-one-too-many cartridge that transforms a gun from self-defense to a weapon of mass destruction. That it is just common sense should in no way detract from the magic.

Lately we have been getting it from all sides about eleven million people.

First it is the number of illegal aliens in the United States. What makes this magic is there have always been eleven million illegals and there always will be. This number has not changed in decades having weathered the vicissitudes of amnesty and lax enforcement without change. It is a Montezuma's Revenge that defies logic and physics. If Trump deports all illegal aliens there will still be eleven million illegals. Get used to it.

Then there is the ObamaCare eleven million who receive health insurance with premiums ponied up by their fellow taxpayers. We are all to wring our hands over the prospect of these eleven million losing their perq should ObamaCare be forced to address hardships foisted on the remaining three hundred million.

Even George Will invokes the magic of eleven million. In a recent oped he speaks to government bloat reporting eleven million as the number of employees in the tax-exempt or independent sector funded by the federal government.

Here in DeKalb eleven is a race. No. Really. Check out the following official document kept by DeKalb County Schools in records associated with one beachhead of the PC tsunami created by the election day earthquake of Trump.

Is This REALLY High School Level Writing?
Eleven is magic. Simply magic. So next time you're buying those lotto tickets don't get ten quick picks. Get eleven.


Monday, March 6, 2017

He Got That Right

"Our diversity is our strength."
DeKalb School Superintendent Steve Green
This epitomizes what has been rotting public education from the inside out for decades: taking credit for something over which they haven't the slightest influence in order to divert attention from the accelerating failure of their true mission. Dr. Green is a product and proponent of an ongoing culture of failure to which he speaks with great authority.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump Imposes National Speed Limit

Have you noticed that traffic sucks a bit more than usual of late? Would you like to know how this happened? Then read on...

Like all bad things, from soggy onion rings to identity theft, we can lay the blame at Trump's well-heeled feet. Trump has actually imposed a new, strict national speed limit that has everyone in the slow lane. How did he do this? Well, if you're a product of the left wing indoctrination being passed off as education you may think he passed a new law. But if you have a passing familiarity with our Constitution and separation of powers you were probably home-schooled but do understand that the President, even Trump, cannot pass laws but is entrusted with their enforcement. And that is exactly how he did it though it should be noted that it was unintentional.

What Trump actually did was suggest there might be real enforcement of immigration laws as passed by the U.S. Congress. Chicken-Littles snowballed this into a mass roundup of The Eleven Million (have you noticed that "11 million" number has been holding steady since the last amnesty?) and this has caused The Eleven Million to keep a low profile. Not to the point of fluency in english but to the point of hiding out in their apartments with Telemundo cranked down low. And should they have to venture out to visit an immigration lawyer (you'd think they would know the law beyond just what is needed to violate it) they are damn sure not going to get caught speeding lest this become the first step in their pathway to citizenship--in their mother country--you know where everybody speaks spanish.

So there you have it. You're stuck in traffic behind a slowpoke van with ladders on top and it is all the fault of one Donald J. Trump. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Medium As Massage

There has been a lot of real and virtual lip flapping about mainstream media being the enemy of the people with the fourth estate shouting back about the importance of an independent press. It often seems as if the two parties are talking past one another but not really disagreeing. Politicians have always objected to media criticism and charges of bias are increasingly undisputed. So let's take a look at just a few things from the front sections of one issue of the AJC and see what the poor, ignorant masses are being fed as a daily diet of "critical, independent media."

This is attention grabbing:
Forget Texas, FEAR Tennessee!
Big data is a big buzzword and makes for a big, effective headline. If by effective you mean "grab the reader's attention without exposing too much information." And if a picture is worth a thousand words that photo screams "Tennessee is going to figure out where accidents are about to happen and send out a trooper to shoot the survivors." Is this the message mainstream media wants to send? Are they incompetent or misleading?

We also get the AP's solution to the opioid crisis:
Only The Media Knew It Was This Simple!
If the media had not squelched this information the Obama administration could have nipped this epidemic in the bud by simply paying the Chinese to close the loophole. Surely this would have been cheaper than fighting a drug epidemic sweeping our rural areas (talk of an urban problem is still off limits) but we'll never know because mainstream media hasn't "informed the public."

Media are as big a set of windsocks as any politicians have ever been. Case in point: the Swedish Immigration story.
Trump NEVER mentioned riots, only after false reporting were there riots!
So maybe media are correct. When THEY inform the public then that informed public can and will take informed action. It would be nice were the information complete and correct but hey, he was vague and that opened the door wide enough for even the AP to drive a truckload of ambiguous disinformation.

Despite having fallen out of favour with a history-purging PC crowd Thomas Jefferson was correct in his conviction regarding the absolute necessity of an informed electorate:
Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree.
If we are to rely on mainstream media for accurate unfiltered information then our time is past.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Fifty First Star

During his world tour to soothe the nerves of Europe's leftist world leaders, Mike Pence, the U.S. Vice President, found himself in Brussels standing in front of a faux American Flag. It was blessed with an extra star. Now we know what the lower fifty represent--one for each state in the union. But what about the Brussels' uber-star? What does that represent? It could be the EU or NATO or even the UN or perhaps all three. But it does represent what these world leaders think of the United States: a source of gold star families to protect their borders and do their bidding.