Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Call me Sybil

One of my many personalities decided to start a weblog at a different location because it has nifty features and is much easier to use than blogger. I liked it so much we've merged ourselves together right here!

Seriously, I'm moving to the new site tomorrow, so click the link, put it in your favorites, and I'll be posting live from the guillotine there from now on. See ya there! Also, let me know what you think about the new site.

BTW: For the 47 people searching google today looking for paomnnehil pweor of the hmuan mnid, click here!

Sadly for those of you still searching google for naked pictures of Arnold, I still don't have any.

No Child Left Behind

NEA Proposes 'Virtually No Child Left Behind' Plan:

"The National Education Association (NEA) today proposed revisions to President Bush's 'No Child Left Behind' program.

The new plan, called 'Virtually No Child Left Behind,' guarantees that reading and math proficiency standards will be met by all children except those with...
-- mental disabilities,
-- low-income parents, "
Well, at least they've admitted it. Go read the whole thing!

Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Bias

Jeff has the weekly check up:

"Yeah, so everyone else has hurricane Isabella on their minds. Not us! Around here we have nothing on our minds. Complete blanks! Okay, the reality is that at Alphecca, we concentrate on bias from the media regarding guns and gun-control and specifically the Yahoo Gun Debate Page. Until now, most of the stories and editorials linked to were biased in favor of the "anti-gun" position."
Go check it out. Looks like a good week for gun owners and even better news for those on the east coast. Isabel has been down-graded to a category 2.

Quote for the Day
"When I was a boy of fourteen my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." ~ Mark Twain

Is Daddy Home?

Opinion Journal has an interesting article today about political virility:

"Many years ago Chris Matthews--now famous on TV--hit on an interesting formulation: He said the Democrats were the 'mommy party' and the Republicans the 'daddy party.' That is, the Democrats were 'nurturers,' concerned with health policy and day care. The Republicans were 'protectors,' taking care of national security and other manly matters. This notion is obviously galling to some. But Mr. Matthews was on to something, and we now find ourselves in a 'daddy party' time."
I've always referred to them fondly as "Jack-Booted Thugs" vs. "Sissies With Rickets".

School Daze Update

While I am not a fan of public or private school, I am a huge fan of many hardworking, excellent teachers. I do realize that the vast majority of American children will continue to be educated in those venues. Our children deserve the best education in the world and we certainly pay a fortune toward that end. Yet we know that far too many lag behind a host of nations in critical areas. As a citizen it is my duty to inform myself about the real issues teachers are facing and the possible solutions.

The purpose for my school daze topic is two-fold. The first purpose is to allow my readers a view into a typical classroom and find out the true nature of teacher's problems and frustrations. My source is an excellent teacher who genuinely cares about her students and wants them to succeed. She makes them work hard and she has great success in raising the test scores at a low-income, disadvantaged elementary school. Amazingly, she must buy many of her own supplies. Where exactly are our education dollars going?

The second purpose is to foment discussion on these issues and questions. I welcome email and comments from anyone who can shed more light on the problems. In my opinion, the most obvious problems are:

1. Undisciplined, lazy children
2. Indulgent or uninvolved parents
3. Inability to immediately get rid of bad teachers
4. Money spent on wasteful bureaucracy instead of actual classrooms and teachers
Discuss among yourselves.

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Veritas Quote For The Day

"If the man doesn't believe as we do, we say he is a crank, and that settles it. I mean, it does nowadays, because now we can't burn him." ~Mark Twain

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has an Interview With Milton Friedman(Conservative News and Views):

Yesterday, I did a twenty minute interview by phone with Milton Friedman. Of course, Mr. Friedman has an INCREDIBLE resume. He won the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize for economic science, won the "Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988 and received the National Medal of Science the same year".
Including answers about taxes, trade agreements, the deficit, it's definitely informational reading. Read it all!

And Clark Makes 10

Ex-Gen. Clark Decides to Join White House Race:

"Former NATO commander and political novice Wesley Clark has decided to join the 2004 White House race, making the retired four-star general the 10th Democratic presidential candidate, sources close to him said on Tuesday.

Clark, a former top Pentagon war planner who headed the 1999 NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo but is a newcomer to the battlefield of presidential politics, was to announce his decision in Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday, the sources said."
This should be interesting.

Universal Health Care

Canadians are not happy with their health care system:

Some of the first patients to smoke Health Canada's government-approved marijuana say it's "disgusting" and want their money back.

"It's totally unsuitable for human consumption," said Jim Wakeford, 58, an AIDS patient in Gibsons, B.C. "It gave me a slight buzziness for about three to five minutes, and that was it. I got no other effect from it."

Barrie Dalley, a 52-year-old Toronto man who uses marijuana to combat the nausea associated with AIDS, said the Health Canada dope actually made him sick to his stomach.
Government inefficiency strikes again.

Hurricane Isabel Weakens to Category 3

Hurricane Isabel Churns Toward East Coast::

"Hurricane Isabel churned across the Atlantic on its way to the U.S. East Coast on Tuesday, its 120 mph winds bringing dangerous surf to parts of the coastline as the storm headed toward North Carolina."
Hopefully she'll get weaker as she heads toward land.

Monday, September 15, 2003

Being Polite in Today's World

I was reading a story the other day about enduring daily rudeness from others. Examples given ranged from the person who hops in the 10 item line at the grocery store with 15 items to people who stand in the middle of the sidewalk yacking while everyone else is forced to walk around them. Why don't we say anything? We roll our eyes, remember to tell our friend or spouse, but basically let the offender off without a word.

The point the author made was the rude behavior is never addressed because the people who are offended by it have been raised to be polite to others. Last week I sat seething in the parking lot exit while a girl leaned into a friend's car window and chatted away, oblivious to the world around her. Yet, it didn't cross my mind to roll down my window and comment on her incredibly rude and self-absorbed behavior. My mother raised me to be polite.

These rude people haven't been raised to be polite and they apparently don't have the information they need to be polite. At what point does the polite person decide that action should be taken? Is it right to point out insufferable rudeness in order to make society a better place? This is what I've been thinking about today.

I could have gotten out of my car and walked up to that girl and told her how rude and inconsiderate it was for her to stand there talking while others waited for her to finish her conversation. I'm still trying to decide if it would have been better or pointless for me to do that. Your thoughts?

Quote for the Day

"I seldom said anything smart when I was a child. I tried once or twice, but it was not popular. ~ Mark Twain

Via Email

Read this:

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wlohe. Amzanig huh?

I just noted that the first word made no sense and started reading. Like the email said, amazingly, I had no trouble. Then when I went back and looked, it looked like a foreign language or one of my essays without spell-check. Paomnnehil! (Thanks to Autumn for the tip.)

Bush's Ruinous Tax Cuts Update

Economists predict strong growth in second half:

"The U.S. economy, after three years of lackluster growth, is poised to begin a sustained rebound that will start to cut the unemployment rate, the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) predicted Monday.

The group expects gross domestic product, the country's total output of goods and services, to grow at a 4.5% annual rate in the July-September quarter and a 4% rate in the October-December period. "
Also, check out the data and read the bottom line on rising national debt from EconoPundit:
"That's right, whenever someone tries to scare you with some kind of economic number, you've got to find some historical values to see if your interlocutor has a point. In this case, the answer is 'there's nothing to be afraid of.' "
He's got data, charts, graphs, and a full analysis. Read the whole article. I can think of 9 people off the top of my head who are not going to be thrilled about this news.

Isabel Picks Up Steam

ScrappleFace: Isabel Declares Candidacy for Democrat Nomination:

Hurricane Isabel this morning declared her candidacy for the Democrat nomination for President of the United States. According to a CNN poll, Isabel's name recognition exceeds that of all nine existing candidates combined, plus Wesley Clark.

Humor for the Day

"Sesame Street and Merrill Lynch teamed up today for a program called "Investing Pays Off." It’s to teach 3- to 5-year-olds how to manage money. And if it works on them, they’re going to try it on the Legislature in Sacramento.

The hot weather is back. Boy, was it hot today. It was so hot today, Gray Davis was giving illegal immigrants free air conditioners." ~ Jay Leno

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Quote For The Day
Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. ~ Mark Twain

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Helicopter Mom

It seems I struck a cord. Doc Rock at WriteOutLoud: Helicopter Moms has her own story to tell:

Thank you, Mme. Lefarge, for expanding my vocabulary in a particularly helpful way. "Helicopter moms," she explains, are Mothers Who Hover, pathologically advocating for their children no matter whether los kiddos are in the wrong or in the right, hypervigilant against any slight or omission (always imaginary) or hint that their offspring is not an impeccably behaved genius and the Fairest (or Most Handsome) One of All. Mme. L's had a bellyful of these women, and so have I.
Go read her delightful tale.

Public Service Announcement

For all of you arriving at my site after searching google for pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger naked, I DON'T HAVE ANY!!! Go rent The Terminator already.

Thank you. You may return to your regularly scheduled programming.

Saturday, September 13, 2003

A Pox Upon 'Ya, Blue

Witches curse Swiss referee:

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian witches are cursing Swiss referee Urs Meier to turn him lame and make him lose his whistling power after their country's European Championship hopes were dashed against Denmark.

Romania, who needed a win in Copenhagen last Wednesday to ensure at least a playoff place for the finals in Portugal, conceded a goal in the fifth minute of injury time Meier added on at the end of the qualifier.

"Seven witches of the city of Craiova cursed Meier to lose his capacity to whistle, to be lame in his legs and feel pain in his soul," local media reported on Saturday.
I can understand the whistle and the pain in the soul, but hey, making him lame is going a bit too far. Perhaps he should just hobble a bit.

The Selected, Not Elected $200 Bill

The Smoking Gun has this story and picture of funny money being passed around the state of North Carolina:

North Carolina cops are searching for a guy who successfully passed a $200 bill bearing George W. Bush's portrait and a drawing of the White House complete with lawn signs reading "We like ice cream" and "USA deserves a tax cut."
Run, don't walk to see the picture of this "bill". Bwahahaha. My favorite bit on the phony bill: The Right To Bear Arms. Hasn't that always been on our money along with Ronald Reagan's name?

Look Up. Google Has My New Ads

Based on the findings of the crack research team at google.com, the ads placed on my blog that might bring hits for advertisers, cranks, and conspiracy theorists are:

Dean 2004:The original Dean for President playing cards. Unite behind Dean!
Did Bush Falsify WMD?:Send a free fax to Congress urging them to investigate now!
Yes indeed. My readers are sure to click those links, vote for Dean, and send Congress a fax about how Bush lied about WMD. What did I say??

Vocabulary Word for the Day

helicopter mom - n. The mom that hovers over her child all the live long day, circling in order to swoop in to attack anything and everything that happens to her little darling as not, never, ever said darling's fault.

I know this woman. I've coached her kid. I've taught her kid. I don't care for her or her kid. I'd like to pinch both their heads off. May she be shot down in flames daily. May someone, anyone tell her that she and her little brat are insufferable and rational people run at the sight of them.

Sadly, it won't happen because I've noticed over the years that the vast majority of moms today are helicopter moms.

Do they have a local support group where they get together and assure themselves that they are doing the right thing? If they bring the brats to the meeting how do they sort out all the "not my child's fault" issues when the little fartlings react to one another?? (Thanks to my public school "SOURCE" for enlightening me on the labeling of the helicopter mom.)

Message From Baker Company to USA

Getting the message out:

How are you all doing? The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq the one way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country."
Go check out the picture!(via Cold Fury)

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