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Archive for August, 2011

I like Libertarians.  I really do.  We disagree about the details of most issues but for the most part we tend to agree.  Every now and then however we violently disagree and usually it’s over something that to me seems as fundamental as Liberty, Freedom and  Justice.

John Stossel over at Fox News has an opinion piece about gay marriage.  His attitude is that if two members of the same sex want to get married who cares? Why does anyone need to worry about this? What exactly is the big deal, he questions.

While there are periphery issues about what to teach children in schools and whether organization can be made to accept such unions and how two members of the same sex can procreate without intrusive medical assistance and how do those parents model behavior of the opposite sex in order for said children to be given free will and choice concerning their own sexuality.  Leaving those thorny issues alone for the moment, let’s harken back to the crux of this problem.

Why should the government change the definition of marriage?  First off marriage was never the function of government.  Marriage is a sacrament.  It was conceived and executed by “religion” long before any government got involved.  It had nothing to do with laws and everything to do with the best and most productive way to produce and rear children.  Having two parents in the home has long been the cure for social ills that have always plagued society. When “the family” remains intact there are less problems with illegitimacy, adultery, and other sexual perversions as well as crime in general.

Imagine if you would a world in which men and women prefer same gender partners.  Without the auspices of intrusive medical procedures the species would die out quickly.  In the wild, animals that prefer to mate with their own gender essentially take themselves and their genes out of the pool, leaving the strong to survive.  I’m sorry if that is offensive. It is not meant to be.

I personally don’t care what someone’s sexual proclivities are.  I do care that educators are teaching my children and grandchildren that my beliefs and values are bigoted and backward.  Of course I’m one of those moron (Mormons) who believe that not only did Adam and Eve exist, they did the things the Bible says they did.  They were married and instructed  their children to marry.  That was why the Lord made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. This is the plan. It’s your choice whether or not you participate in it,  “for God will force no man to heaven”.

If people today wish to have a relationship sanctioned by the “State” then they should do just that. Call it a civil contract, call it alternative family, call it Fred.  Just don’t call it marriage.

As to answer your question, that John, is why gay marriage is not acceptable to most people, especially Christians.  We don’t “hate” homosexuals, we do feel sorry for them. It is also very apparent that the behavior doesn’t just damage the individual it damages society as a whole and communities in specific……………..just ask any one who’s fled San Francisco due to the overbearing, intolerant gender warriors.

There are just some lines you shouldn’t cross.

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Fox’s Shepard Smith patronizingly reminded his viewers that although the magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia, which was felt as far away as Toronto and South Carolina, was unusual and that things would indeed be weird probably for the rest of the day, REAL history was being made in Lybia.  Well for those who have loved ones on the east coast, we are somewhat less interested in the chaos  in Lybia and more interested in whether or not building which are quite old and were not built to withstand any kind of earthquake event, are still standing.  This is the capital of the United States and while those of you who are either from the west coast or have lived there are somewhat jaded where this kind of event happens quite often, on the east coast this is a extreme event.

While I was taking classes to get my degree in History I had a professor who talked about the “So What” factor in history education.  By that he meant, why is this event worth studying, why is it important, what impact has it made in peoples lives, how has it changed the fabric of history and our lives?  Passing events through this prism helps to solidify not just what is important about an event and why, or why not.

Now as for Lybia.  Someone tell me just how this is going to change anything in Lybia or in the Middle East.  Who is going to fill the vacuum?  What new dictator, what new group of thugs will be in charge?  They have ONE working hospital for thousand and thousand of people.  The rebels are dancing in the street.  The street however is littered with the detritus of ruined shops and homes.  They are looting the government compound, so just what makes them any better or different from the people they’ve toppled?  Apparently Sharia law is going to be the law of the land.  How exactly does that relate to freedom and liberty, again?

We’ve seen this all before.  These people have never lived in freedom and their religion doesn’t make any space for it.  They subjugate roughly half of their population behind the veil and refuse to educate their women and girls.  Liberty cannot exist in the same country as Sharia law.  The two are mutually exclusive.  So pardon me if my enthusiasm lacks vive.  This goat and sheep show is something I’ve seen multiple times in the past.  Get back to me when they elect a real government, with equality promised to ALL citizen, when they promise to educate ALL children and when they aren’t stealing from the shop keepers in their neighborhoods.  Until then………so what!

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As I wrote yesterday, school is back in session.  What joy, what bliss, what a pile of horse manure!

My child came home today, first day on the job, as it were, depressed and dispirited.  Seems he has not one, not two but four coaches for teachers this year.  Now I don’t know what the emphasis are concerning these teachers and their degrees but from sad, personal experience I can bet that maybe one of them is teaching something they minored in at college.  I am reasonably sure none of them majored in whatever it is that they’re teaching. You see in my little corner of Paradise being a coach trumps being a history teacher (any fool can teach history, besides who needs to learn about all that stuff dead white guys did, right), a communications teacher, an english teacher or any basics class in any discipline,

My daughter had a teacher ask her to write down “that song we sing before the game” for him, he coached basketball.  When the other teachers got tired of doing his lesson plans for him, covering for him and asked the district to fire him, his players parents (as well as other parents of sports players) insisted that he be retained.  This has nothing to do with how nice someone is. It has to do with the eduction my child, who already struggles at school, is getting.  This is the last of 6 children in this district, all of whom have told me that if you have a coach for a teacher and you don’t play sports they don’t have time for you.

To make matters worse they also sent home the consent form for them to randomly drug test my child.  Illegal search and seizure much?  Unconstitutional a bit, may-haps?  But you see this district is expert in extortion.  Either you let them drug test your child or said child can not participate in ANY extra-curricular activities at all.  No sports, no arts, no drama, no JROTC, no music.  Nothing.  So my choice is to pull my child out of school completely, let him go to school but prohibit him from anything that makes going to school in any way appealing or sign the dang thing.  This child so dislikes school that I look for anything that might encourage him to tolerate being there and music is what does that.  So of course I signed it but I sent along a little love note for the principle.

Our school board and city council managed to sneak passage of the drug testing proposal through on the sly.  Next election I’m going to be the burr under their saddles.  I’m going to write letters to the editor, talk to folks, attend council and board meetings and make a nuisance out of myself.  They’re going to hate the sight of me.  I’m Irish. I can be really offensive and irritating.  It’s a talent……….or maybe a gift.

I intend to share.

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School-smull

Yesterday I stayed with my younger grandchildren while my daughter and son-in-law took my oldest grandson to school for his first day of kindergarten.  It was a poignant moment.  For several minutes I was inundated with memories of taking my own sweet children (6 of them, and I cried every time ) to their first day of school, knowing as I did, that they would return to me fundamentally different.  Gone would be the child I raised from an infant, replaced with someone whose attention and respect I had to compete for.  I was no longer the person in their life who had the answers, I was “just the mom”.  I didn’t have an eduction degree or years of classroom experience.  I couldn’t possibly know how to properly teach my child what he or she needed to know.  After all I’d managed to raise someone who was kind to others, respectful, honest (mostly) and empathetic.  But it was time for me to step aside and let the professionals take over.

Over the years my children have had many fine teachers.  People with integrity, intelligence and common sense.  They have also had horrible teachers, incompetent, emotional and uninterested. But  more than teachers, they have had with one glaring exception unbelievably inept administrators.  In times past those administrators had to put in their time as teachers or school professionals.  The one example of a good administrator was someone who’d been a teacher for 15 years before moving to administration.  This gave him a real knowledge of what teacher, students and parents were actually dealing with, instead of information from a professor and teachers in a sanitized college classroom.  He loved the children and they in turn loved him back.

We now have random drug testing in our schools, locked and barred doors and administrators who think they can dictate to parents what we can do with and to our children. They aren’t interested in education, they are interested in propaganda, in promoting the Alinsky playbook and in dismantling the family.  After all without that support system people must rely on the government which keeps political opportunists and hacks in the business of victimization and social engineering.

I have several children who have decided eduction would be their career of choice.  I must say though, if I had to do it all over again, I’d home school.  I wouldn’t allow my children to fall into the hands of people who eschew morality for the path of least resistance.  Individual teachers touch lives and make a difference.  The educational behemoth sucks the community, state and nation dry while continuing to perform at lower and lower standards. For the amount of money we’re paying for our children’s education we should be getting a better product then this. Maybe if bad teachers could be fired that would help.  It might also help if we hired teachers to teach and coaches to coach, not coaches to teach.  Time for a change.

Did I cry when the took my grandbaby to school?  Yes I did (and so did they).

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How we got Obamacare

I used to wonder how in heavens name Obama and his demoncratic coven convinced so many people, smart people, to buy into universal health care. I don’t anymore. I understand now, I have a sure knowledge of just why everyday, average, intelligent people would go for this. I still think it’s wrongheaded, asinine, and foolhardy but at least now I understand.

I’ve been laid off, thrown out into the cold cruel world. No job on the horizon, heck no job I can see on the planet. Luckily my spouse has a job with health care. We are very grateful. However in order to start health care with them we have to get a Certificate of Coverage from the previous employer. Because I’m on severance however the current insurer won’t give me the certificate that has an end date on it, because the insurer sends the certificate and they won’t know I’m not working for the company until the company tells them. We can’t start the new insurance until we have the certificate. So there you have it. The classic Catch 22 event.

This ladies and gentlemen is how Obama and his cabal pulled the wool over so many folks eyes. This is how he sold the snake oil, liver pills and bust developer. People all over the country deal with this nonsense everyday. My spouse and I have spent all day dealing with this. He’s gotten nothing done at all. I am ready to take a handful of tranquilizers. I can’t even begin to imagine what this is like for someone who’s really ill and desperately needs care for themselves, a child, a parent, a spouse. What is it like for people who are disabled or elderly? You don’t need a form for this you need an entire HR department just to deal with one persons problem.

This is how we got Obamacare. I’d like to blame the government, I’d love to blame liberals but no, insurance companies are the bad guys in this situation and because of them HR departments are the second level of villains. Because of the complexity of insurance coverage companies especially small companies have to sign on with large HR firms who add a whole new and different level of absolute nonsense to the mix. They seem to go out of their way to make it so difficult to do anything that many people give up and don’t do anything until it’s too late. I’m beginning to think that is exactly what the plan is now. Make it so bad that it’s not worth the trouble.

The Obamanationusts sold this plan to people who felt (wrongly I think) that there is no way the government could make this worse. That surely things would change and the process would be more customer/ citizen friendly and people could actually get the care they needed without spending days wishing you were institutionalized. That there would finally be some recourse, some entity for people to focus their ire on. Some one in charge to blame.

Of course they were wrong. In all of the hate and discontent though, nothing has really changed. Healthcare is still a tar pit of monstrous proportions. Until someone get’s serious about overhauling the system, making it consumer friendly or providing some other serious options nothing is going to get better. Insurance companies will continue to get richer. We, whether we pay for our selves or pay through taxes, will continue to pay more.

And prescriptions for tranquilizers will continue to rise.

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The Difference

What is the difference between 1982 and 2011? Besides 29 years, there is a great deal of difference. When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980 the country was in the grip of one of the worst recession since the great depression. There were food shortages, gas lines and the military was ready to go on strike. Some of you out there probably would like to argue that last point, because the military can’t go in strike. I am here to tell you than my family and I were in the military at that time and there was talk, serious talk about a strike. The malaise that had settled over the country was like a old, moldy, scratchy, wool quilt. The mood was a dank and depressed as the soul of a code pink activist in a district that elects a Tea Party candidate.

Then Ronald Magnus was elected. He cut taxes, he deregulated industries, he made it easier for small businesses to survive. Reagan’s main impact however was in how Americans saw themselves and their country. Gone were the gloom and doom, the constant meme of “we are not worthy”. Gone was the mantra “America is bad, we don’t deserve good things, we’re greedy, evil, colonialists” of the Jimma’ Carter Administration. Ronald Reagan gave us hope that America could achieve great things again. That we have been and could still be a force for good in the world. That America could be that shining city on a hill the founding fathers envisioned.

Because of his unflagging optimism businesses began to grow, profits began to rise and people began to believe in the power of the U.S. and it’s ability to lead the world economically and politically. Along with allies like Great Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Reagan held other totalitarian rulers feet to the proverbial fire, which eventually led to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the Communist block. Yes there were patriots in places like Poland and East Germany but without the strength and vision of Ronald Reagan they would still be dying in Communist gulags.

Was Reagan perfect? Of course not, no one is. But he gave the country something the current president promised but has never delivered. Hope, real honest to goodness hope. Not some political slogan, or self aggrandizing blather, but an actual belief things could get better. We the people could by our own efforts make them better. We were the engine, we were the catalyst, we were the spark that would create new and better opportunities for ourselves and for people around the world.

So what’s the difference. The difference is between someone, with experience, who brought hope through empowerment and someone, with no discernible experience, who bought power through falsely promised hope. A difference between someone who does and someone who talks. Hopefully next time we vote we’ll be able to tell the difference.

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I have actually thought about this for years but after reading about the events at the Wisconson State Fair I really believe something like this should be done. Government, federal, state and local should consider giving free tickets to the country of choice to criminals especially those that are racist, religious fanatics, anarchy driven, and or violent.

While this thought came up again because of the racist attacks last night in WI it is not racist in it’s intent or scope. I would like to see all those who don’t like it here, who feel they have been abused, neglected or damaged encouraged to expatriate. Those who hate the government and wish to live under Socialist, Marxist, Communist and or Sharia law should be encouraged to move to places where they can experience that kind of life. Those who feel they are being “kept down by the MAN” and who cannot or will not get over the slavery issue (which has been settled since 1865) and who feel they were brought here illegally should be encouraged to return to the land of their foreparents. Those who have come here illegally are felons and should be encouraged to go back over the border where they will no longer face the threat of incarceration and we won’t have to spend billions of dollars on prison fees, welfare, food stamps, and education.

I would even agree to a raise in my taxes to provide plane tickets to any and all of the above who wish to go. I also would like to see those charged with any kind of anarchist behavior expelled and their citizenship revoked. Along with those changes I would also like to see the immigration laws and rules strengthened so that only those who have had jobs, no criminal history and are not mentally deranged (not disabled but bat crap crazy) will be admitted. Once admitted they would be given two years to apply for citizenship or they can respectfully go elsewhere.

If one can not live in a civilized way, one should not expect to be treated in a civilized fashion. What goes around comes around and since this country has bent over backwards for minorities no matter what color, race or ethnicity in the past 50 years those who feel they are disenfranchised have no one but themselves to blame. The victim mentality, the anarchist meme, the malcontent mantra are all excuses for inaction, intolerance and ingratitude.

So please go. Don’t let the screen door hit you on your way out. Bha-bye. Auf Wiedersehen . Au Revoir. Adios. Totsiens. Elalleqa.Do vstrechi/До Встречи. Build your new country in your own image. It should be entertaining. Just remember we have guns and we are more than happy to use them. You stay in your country and we promise to stay in ours. After all we don’t want to have to start supporting you again. Been there, done that, got the movie, tee shirt and Special Edition DVD, wrote the screen play, directed, produced and distributed it and lost billions of dollars.

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