12/26/12

Crazy to have cops in schools?

The MSM (MainStreamMedia) is going nuts over Wayne LaPierre's statements about a putting a cop in every school.

The kindest thing I have heard is that LaPierre is 'crazy.'

Really?

Then what do we call having an armed, uniformed guard in the La Junta Social Security office? We have had an armed, uniformed guard there for years. It's a common thing in SS offices throughout the land.

Why?

What is there at the La Junta Social Security office that is so vulnerable, so valuable, that it is not 'crazy' to have a guard there ... while it is crazy to suggest that we have an armed, uniformed guard in every school?

Here are some other sources on this:

Armed guard at social security office

Why does the Social Security Administration need 174,000 rounds of pistol ammunition?

Training exercise startles locals

Social Security requests massive amounts of .357 ammo (that's .357 Sig, not .357 Magnum)

12/18/12

Huckabee responds ...

Huckabee has posted a response to 'the left', over the uproar his comments have caused. You can find it in its entirety here:

Mike Huckabee on Facebook

But here is an excerpt that I find absolutely fascinating:

I realize my viewpoint sounds out-dated and archaic, but when that world view was the foundation of our nation’s social contract, we got in trouble at school for talking in class, chewing gum, pulling a girl’s pigtails, or slouching in our school desks. We took guns to school, to be sure, but they were in the gun racks of our trucks and we used them to hunt before and after school. It never occurred to us to use them to murder our teachers and fellow students. So yes, I can stand the contempt and criticism of the left. I’ll gladly accept their scorn as they substitute creative language with a steady stream of profanity-laced tirades that I’m an idiot, a throwback to the past, and a person who should be forever silenced. But when we as a nation feared God, we didn’t fear that a 20 year old with a high powered rifle would gun down our children in their schoolrooms.

No, Huck, we didn't fear a 20 year old with a high-powered rifle in the schools. We had other distractions, back when We As a Nation Feared God:

Pulling pigtails?


Nathan Bedford Forest, a God-fearing man.


God-fearing men interacting socially in America, back when We As a Nation Feared God.


This one is from Huck's Arkansas. Perhaps he pulled the pigtails a little too hard?

 God-fearing government officials explaining old-fashioned American Values to gathered citizens.

Another God-fearing government official, perhaps engaged in explaining God's Mysterious Ways to a fellow who didn't quite get it? Note the Moses-like rod in the hand of the God-fearing government official, who clearly oozes Christian spirit.


God-fearing Christian Americans. Pals of God-fearing Man Nathan Bedford Forest.

Chewing gum in class?

God-fearing Man enjoying the Blessings of a God-fearing Nation.


More God-fearing men - black veterans of WWI - enjoying the Blessings of the God-fearing Nation which they had served, presumably in a God-fearing manner.



















God-fearing government official explaining basic American values of truth and justice ("Your president is not a crook.").


Slouching at our school desks?

 John Chivington, God-fearing Methodist minister, and hero of Sand Creek, where he managed to slaughter a bunch of women and children who, being heathen Injuns, presumably were insufficiently God-fearing.

God-fearing corpses litter the field at Gettysburg, having been led into God's righteous battle by other God-fearing men, in defense of  "states' rights" - the God-given right of God-fearing men to own other men as slaves. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

 Talking in class

And no one had sex back then, outside the holy bonds of matrimony, We As a Nation Fearing God as we did and being too busy talking in class anyway. And of course, there was no child abuse, no child molestation, no domestic abuse, none of that back when Mike Huckabee was thinking about pulling those pigtails ... for We Were a God-fearing Nation:


I think I'll avoid Huckabee's God, and stick with my own. Fortunately, because of those 'liberal' courts and 'activist' judges, and because of people willing to tell the Christian Right to shove it, I do not have to accept the Republican version of God.

Perhaps Job should be re-written. Huckabee could ghost-write for Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. And, since he has such a handle on God, perhaps he should do a nice revision of God's speech as well.

Or perhaps he could just write scripts for a remake of "Ozzie and Harriet." 

And keeping it all in perspective:



Update 02.10.2015: Fresh remembrances from Huckabee's 'back when we as a nation feared God':

History of lynchings in the South documents nearly 4,000 names

12/17/12

Mike Huckabee - Bullshit

This guy Huckabee is really wearing thin.

All his other bullshit aside, he pushed a real shovel-load when he said he 'almost wished' that all  Americans should be forced to listen to the ignorant crap pumped out by David Barton ... even at gun point.

Now, this darling of the Republican Party and the Christian Right has come up with one that rivals the best of Pat Robertson:

 Mike Huckabee: Newtown Shooting No Surprise, We've 'Systematically Removed God' From Schools

Does Huckabee really believe that?

What unmitigated bullshit.

But I'm not the first to say that.

Actually, Rachel Held Evans was, so far as I know, the first to put it in writing on the 'net:

God can't be kept out

which is, I think, a far better assessment than Huckabee could ever present.

Here's another right-on-the-money view of the self-righteously despicable theological puke pimped by Huckabee and the Christian Right:

Facebook Faith #5

Does Huckabee really believe the garbage he preaches? Of course he does.

Bryan Fischer is another one:

"...  And I think God would say to us, 'Hey, I'll be glad to protect your children, but you've got to invite me back into your world first. I'm not going to go where I'm not wanted. I am a gentleman."

And not to be overshadowed, James Dobson of Focus on the Family chimed in with:

And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us.  I think that's what's going on.

Where is the Master of Disaster, Pat Robertson? We didn't hear much from him about Hurricane Sandy being a visitation of God's wrath ... where is he now? Can any attempt by the Christian Right to politicize a tragedy be complete without a dispensation from Brother Pat?

So basically God, denied access to the school because we have barred him (really? We have the power to bar God from anywhere? Huckabee, a Baptist preacher, really believes that?), then through his avatar, pulled the trigger on 20 kids and their teachers, up there in Connecticut?

Really? God can't go into our schools unless he has government approval? How does that work? Does God submit an application in triplicate, checking off certain theological parameters set by Huckabee, Fischer, Robertson, Dobson, and the rest of the Christian Right? Then is the application reviewed to make sure God is the right kind of God? Does God have to take some kind of exam? Does he have to answer a certain percentage of questions correctly in order to be allowed in? Is that how it works?

What bullshit.

And they wonder why people turn away from the church. And, since this is exactly what the Republican Party cannot separate from its politics ... why people are turning away from them, as well.

12/14/12

Harry blathers ... again

Harry Belafonte is at it again:

The American singer-songwriter, once considered the “Kind of Calypso,” this week ignited outrage – and plenty of eye rolls – after speaking with MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and saying President Obama should rule like a third-world dictator and toss his GOP opponents behind bars.
“That there should be this lingering infestation of really corrupt people who sit trying to dismantle the wishes of the people, the mandate that has been given to Barack Obama, and I don’t know what more they want,” he said. “The only thing left for Barack Obama to do is to work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail.”

Belafonte went on to claim that Republicans are "violating the American desire" by working to keep government limited, taxes low and the country solvent. Sharpton was clearly amused by the suggestion – and could be heard laughing in the background.

I don't have much use for the Republican Party these days, especially here in Colorado, and in Otero County even more especially ... but c'mon, now.

Belafonte may not have noticed, but Obama and the Democrats do not have a 'mandate,' not with 49% of the people sitting on the other side of the aisle. Does he think that the 49% of us who are not fans of Obama or the Democrats - and who may or may not be Republicans - does he think that we are all 'really corrupt people?' But why does Belafonte stop with mere jail?

Why not just have the 49% put up against a wall and shot? Well, perhaps the Dems' position on gun control factors in on that one.

As for Al Sharpton's giggle-fit ... that's hardly surprising. It's just Sharptonian.

12/11/12

"There will be blood ..."

That, according to this article, is what Michigan rep Doug Geiss had to say just before the Michigan ledge voted to approve their 'right to work' legislation.

The final votes on the House side Tuesday deliver a blow to the labor movement in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The measures ban unions from demanding dues from workers. 

The unions, who are more and more a pox upon the nation these days, seem to think that non-union workers should be required to pay union dues, in order to hold a job.

Another excerpt:

Coinciding with the votes were massive and noisy protests both inside and outside the Capitol from pro-union demonstrators. Thousands descended upon downtown Lansing to rally against the legislation that prohibits requiring nonunion employees to financially support unions at their workplace. 

Earlier in the day, two state school districts closed after hundreds of teachers called out, presumably to join the protests.  

FoxNews.com confirmed that the Warren school district had to close Tuesday after so many teachers called out absent; WDIV in Detroit reported that the Taylor school district had to do the same. A statement from the Warren system said that by 8 a.m. local time, 750 staff members had called out. 

Yeah, unions are a pox upon the nation. So are teachers who walk out on their students, to support such nonsense as this.

All that unionista garbage doesn't seem to be doing Michigan's students all that much good, according to this article on state rankings for math education. Michigan is 26th in the nation.

As to basic literacy in Michigan, we have this:

Horrific 10 percent literacy rate prompts ACLU to sue Michigan schools
 
an excerpt:

"Everybody is talking about the corruption in the school board and the deficit, but nobody is talking about literacy and the fact that 90 percent of 12th graders aren't proficient in reading." Meanwhile, the teachers are out screaming and yelling and carrying on like the unionista thugs they are. We can only imagine what the rest of the unionistas are up to. Predictably, Barack Obama agrees with the unionistas: President Obama also weighed in Monday, using a speech near Detroit to call out local Republicans. 

"These so-called 'right-to-work' laws, they don't have anything to do with economics. They have everything to do with politics," Obama said. "What they're really talking about is they're giving you the right to work for less money." 

No, Mr. President. What they are really talking about is not being held hostage by a gang of thugs, who - in the case of the teachers' unions - don't seem to be doing all that much for the inflated paychecks they are getting.

So we continue to wonder ... was that a threat on Geiss' part? Is he going to turn his unionista goons loose, in the best SEIU tradition, on those who oppose him and his pals? Is that how Rule of Law works in Michigan?

All of this prompted Leece to observe:

Do you ever feel like we're in a growing minority of people who think this way? Maybe I feel that way because these 'thinkers' are in control of the White House. Obama is not very smart about these things.

Given that union membership has dropped like the Titanic heading for the bottom, I don't think we are in the minority. However, unions have a political influence that seems all out of proportion to their numbers ... though apparently that too is diminishing like a sinking ship, as we have seen from events in Wisconsin and now Michigan.

We agree that Obama is not very smart at all. OTOH, he is not running for re-election, so he can pimp his unionista thugs all he wants. However, he is a master at conniving weaselry, in the traditional Chicago political hack sort of way. As we are seeing, it's very effective in gaining and holding power. It's worked for the Chicago machine for decades upon decades.

Speaking of Chicago-style unionista thuggery - the Michigan unionistas seem to have learned their lessons well. Here's an update:

Fox News contributor punched in face at Michigan pro-union protest

Watch the video. What a bunch of savages, are these unions. Thugs and brutes.

12/5/12

CASB at the Broadmoor

As many of us know, the Colorado Association of School Boards has developed the habit of holding their annual bash at Colorado's premier resort, The Broadmoor. Despite some fairly sharp criticism for such extravagance at the expense of We the Taxpayers, CASB continues to hang out at the famous luxury hotel as though it were their private club.

Oddly, only a few newspapers have picked up on this.

Here is an article from Denver-CBS4, published last May:

Education administrators live large at The Broadmoor

Here are some excerpts:

One staff member charged $30 for a room service hamburger. Another charged $48.19 for a room service delivery of a plate of chicken and a glass of milk. Still another staff member submitted a room service bill for a single $30 mahi sandwich.

“I mean the Broadmoor is the Broadmoor,” said Delay when asked about the meal expenses being passed through to taxpayers.

“The public ends up paying 30 bucks for a hamburger?” asked 4 On Your Side Investigator Brian Maass.


“That is the going rate at the Broadmoor,” said Delay.


When CASB fed 19 of its staff members lunch at the Broadmoor, the tab came out to $1,217.69 or $64 per person for lunch. Breakfast a couple of days later for 22 CASB staff members ran up a
$1,439.54 tab- that’s $65.43 per person for breakfast.


And if that ain't enough ...

“It’s a decision I’ve made that that’s a fair additional compensation piece because of the extra time, work and effort to put on a great conference for our members,” said Delay. “I made a call several years ago that it’s not inappropriate if you want to bring your spouse to this conference.”

So not only are We the Taxpayers funding the feedbag, so to speak, for school board members and others of that ilk, but also for many of their spouses as well.

So the public paid $42.30 for a CASB staff member and her husband to have a room service breakfast of double eggs Benedict and a single glass of juice. Another dinner bill for the pair came to $170 including a $38 plate of prime rib.

So ... that was in May. CASB was still being challenged over this, after several years of their bashes at The Broadmoor, and nonetheless, they still had their annual bash there again, this year.

School boards are about the most arrogant elected officials you will find anywhere. The fact that their excesses at The Broadmoor are exposed and written about year after year doesn't shame them is a pretty good indication of that. You would think they'd be ashamed of themselves, as school budgets are being cut, teachers are being laid off, programs are being eliminated ... but now they are feeding their faces with thirty dollar hamburgers, and having forty dollar breakfasts with their spouses. And the funding for that is coming out of the pockets of We the Taxpayers.

Here is another article about this fiscal stupidity:

Vindication: Mainstream media discovers Reese right about Broadmoor

The Gazette noted that some of the sessions offered were intended to instruct board members on how to lobby for increased tax revenue.

Really? For what? So school board members can move on up to Wagyu steaks?

And how about this:

Brett Reese, a former member of the school board who resigned earlier this year, said the information covered in the Gazette and then months later by CBS 4 are exactly the types of excesses he constantly tried to deal with as a board member.

“During my time on the board I brought this up every year and every year the other board members dismissed it,” Reese said. “This is just one example of how much wasteful spending there really is hidden within the school budget.”


Reese went on to note that whenever the issue was brought up he hit a wall of silence from local media outlets over the issue.


“I wrote columns to the Greeley Tribune over this issue multiple times and they not only refused to print them, they never even reported on the Broadmoor issue. However, they had no problem advocating for a tax increase to bring in more money to the district,” he said. “Expenditures like this are why residents are leery of giving this district any more money. Yet you watch, this summer they are going to say they need more money for school renovations. They need to get their fiscal house in order first."


This is the same mindset though perhaps on a smaller scale, that we saw with the GSA's shindig(s) in Vegas. I guess we're just lucky that CASB hasn't decided to try the slots.

Past posts on CASB:

CASB's party at the Broadmoor

School Daze

High times at the Broadmoor

12/4/12

Pinwheels and Panels

 State lacks strategy on alternative energy

From the article:

The commission took note of the environmental effect of the energy initiative. California's deserts are scheduled to host large-scale solar power plants that have been criticized by conservationists.

"Without more careful calibration of these policies, Californians may wind up paying more than necessary for electricity and the state may unnecessarily degrade pristine habitat in its rush to implement renewable energy goals," Hancock said in a statement.


Surprise, surprise ... California has over 13,000 pinwheels between Techapi, San Gorgonio, and Altamont Pass. It does such wonders for the desert environment. California is covering the land with pinwheels and panels, and generates 'enough to light a city the size of San Francisco.' Really? How much will have to be covered with pinwheels and panels to 'light the state?'


Up at Limon, we have a pretty good 'windfarm' started. We can only wonder what Limon will look like in a few years. All that prairie, covered with pinwheels. How about a few hundred thousand acres of solar panels?

In North Carolina, Core and Pamlico Sounds could be filled with pinwheels in order to generate ... what? Enough to 'light a city the size of Raleigh?'

And in the article, we see how the customers are getting thoroughly screwed:

In the rush to incorporate new energy sources, the state has approved 20-year power agreements that lock in "unnecessarily high prices," the report says.

"This sets the stage for a potential ratepayer revolt," the report said.