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Higher Education

Two interesting education stories in the news today. From Utah we have this story and from nj.com there is this story. (Hat tip Instapundit)

Now don’t get me wrong after raising six children I know the importance of a good education. I myself went back to school after 20+ years in the Mommy trenches to finish the degree I abandoned to have a family and raise my children.  I knew how to study, how to work hard and since my youngest was now old enough to go to school himself I also had a part time job, as do most students today.  Actually a large group of students have to work full time and go to school part time and many are also returning students with families to care for.  So not only do they have to deal with the pressures of college work,  a regular job but they have to keep a roof over the heads and food in the bellies of the people they are responsible for.

Which brings me to the first story about a professor in a Community College in Utah Valley.  I’ll bet you didn’t know that the state of Utah is has one of the highest, if not the highest, percentage of college graduates in the country.  One reason of course is BYU and the other is that people don’t want to leave the area.  BYU is difficult to get into due to the high grade point average needed for admission. The people who live there, in Utah Valley, and those who send their children there ,value education and most are willing to accept the stressors and responsibilities that go with that education.

That said, anyone who has ever been to school knows there are teachers who feel their job is to “wake up” students.  They live to fail their students with an almost sadistic glee.  These teachers don’t seek to educate, they seek to dominate.  They want to be known as the “grade point smasher”.  The only way one can make a decent grade in these kinds of classes is to abandon all other classes and responsibility and focus on this class and this class ONLY.  If this teacher teaches the “capstone” class for your degree, you might as well change majors.  It has very little to do with your previous work, this class and this class alone determines whether you’ve wasted two-four or more years or not.

Many of these teachers find it impossible to teach entry level courses because they teach their courses as if the students already know the material and are proficient in the knowledge there of.  Students do not come to class already knowing the course material.  They are there for the instructor to teach them the material.  While I will agree there are always student that are lazy and some that should not be attending college, if half the consumers of your product have a problem with it, it would appear you have a significant issue.  You could either get rid of the problem professor or get rid of the students and since the students are PAYING for an education and the professor is PAID to educate them it would seem pertinent to deal with the professor issue.  The issue you can actually affect.

Next is a fun little article about a college wide game of Zombies vs Humans.  Now there were many commenters on the story who it seems didn’t finish the article (which I sometimes do myself, mea culpa). If they had they would have read the the purpose of the exercise was to help the students understand that they could have fun and recreation without drugs or alcohol.  A laudable goal on most campuses (or campi for the Latinist).  As I stated before most students are under many other pressures as well as those connected with their education, so blowing off steam seems to be a good thing.

Apparently from the tone of the comments however this is not the case.  No fun should be had, no steam should be blown, no downtime should be allowed, noses to the grindstone should be the order of every minute, of every day.  It would be interesting to see what the posters do daily.  No hobbies, no families, no TV, video or gaming happens in their homes I’m sure.  They just go to work, go home, go to bed,work, home, bed,work, home, bed every day.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and not dull as in boring but dull as in not lit from within.  Dull as in “why am I here, what is my purpose and why do I have to continue to live”.  Not many of us are privileged to work in a career that satisfies both our financial and personal needs.  Those personal needs we get from others, from things we like to do, hobbies, games, entertainment. Those things are important too and we learn from them as well.

We could however raise a generations of Dr Sheldon Coopers ( while much on Wikipedia is suspect, this article is concise and spot on).  What they’d do with those who don’t measure up doesn’t bear thinking about.  In the mind of the super intellect humanity is simply a cancer that needs to be removed or are veritable amoeba too stupid to be of any real use.

Don’t believe me, just ask Dr. Cooper, he’ll tell you. He has NO filter.

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Top news story today.  Obama  embraces the 99%.  He is giving support to people whose stated goal is the destruction of the American way of life.  These people have threatened Americans and showed their own special brand of bigotry and racism.  THESE are the people this administration supports.  Not the hard working, taxpaying, law abiding citizens.

No law abiding Americans are the enemy.  They are the ones responsible for the mess we’re in.  They’re the ones who’ve kept the economy running for decades.  These “occupiers” haven’t done anything but support failed policies and taken out unsupportable student loans.

Besides the fact that the “occupiers” are not the 99%.  They’re more like the .5%.  The takers, the malcontents, the constant bellyachers.  These are people who have never been taught that you can’t expect something for nothing.  It’s not someone else’s job to take care of you. And for the “bible” guy who tried to use Jesus Christ to excuse their bad behavior, I would love to be a fly on the wall at his appointment on Judgement Day.  “Do unto others as you’d have others do unto you” deal I guess is so 33 AD.

I’m sure none of them want to hear this but the reason this economic problem has been so bad can be laid directly at the feet of  Little Chucky Schumer who started a run on a California bank, Barney Frank and Chris Dodds of  Freddy and Fanny fame and Barak Hussein Obama of the 450 trillion dollar repayment to his campaign contributors.  The Wall Street bailouts were in response to the bad decisions over the years since the Carter administration.  Pres. Reagan tried to hold these peoples feet to the fire but no one listened to him. GW Bush in 2003 again raise the warning cry, but again no one listened to him, he was an idiot after all (sarc on). The government told banks to lend money to people and companies that they knew would never be able to repay.  They passed regulations to make banks and financial institutions do this. Thanks to the most recent meddling debit cards will now have to be paid for by a service fee. Again causing the working man and women to have to readjust their shrinking budgets.

I realize no one at “Occupy” want’s to hear this truth.  I’m sure they won’t believe this truth but it is the truth.  Wall Street is not without fault but throwing the baby out with the bath water is not the answer.  The answer is making hard choices, working hard and sacrifice.

Something the “occupiers” never learned about from their parents or professors, apparently.

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According to the Drudge report Mrs Rick Perry is upset because her husband has been “brutalized” by the media because of his “faith”. Really?  The Governor who’s pet attack pastor savaged 13,000,000 + Mormons just a few days ago.  That husband (of course she’s not Mormon so she only has one, right? -sarcasm alert)?  Let’s see what other savagery Mr Romney has been exposed to lately, shall we.  We can then compare who’s more brutalized.

Is Romney’s Mormon faith affecting votes? – CBS News

Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Does it matter in politics? – CSMonitor.com

Expose Mitt Romney, Mormon cult member

Mitt Romney and Mormonism

These are just a few of the hits one can find with just two words romney/mormon.  Don’t be confused, the people who “reported” on this issue wouldn’t recognize actual doctrine from the Mormon ( or the true name of the church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints) church if it rose up and bit them on the nose.

So let us revisit some early church history.  Members of the church were beaten, abused, humiliated, chased from their homes, robbed, cursed, chased from cities they built, their leaders jailed, their leader murdered in cold blood (no one out of the 200 or so members of the gang that shot leaders Joseph and Hyrum Smith were ever convicted) and an extermination order was still in effect until the middle 1970’s.  Their property left behind, taking only what they could carry in a wagon load, Mormons were chased from the city of Navoo across the frozen Mississippi in Feb. 1846. Between 400-600 people died that winter into the next due to exposure, disease and malnourishment.  The Latter day Saints then moved to Utah where they made the desert bloom but they were still harassed.  Through all of this whenever the saints sought redress, guess what the local, state and federal answer was.  So sad, too bad.

I’m so sorry your husbands had a hard time.  I’m so sorry his Christian companions and coworkers have turned against him because of his religion-sarcasm again.  While it is difficult when one’s enemies attack them, it is so much more painful when the very people who are supposed to be on your side, stick a dirk between your ribs.

Don’t worry Ms. Perry, I’m sure the governor will get over it.  After all it’s not like one has to worry about their actions.  Once they’ve accepted Jesus as their personal savior it doesn’t much matter what they do,right.  Of course I might have that wrong.  It’s just something I’ve read about evangelicals and of course I take as gospel things written about others by people who know little to nothing about them.

Doesn’t everybody.

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In the Bible there is an account in Exodus concerning Moses and the Children of Israel.  They’ve been wandering in the desert for quite some time because they refused,  by their bad behavior, the opportunity to live the “higher law”. God therefore gave them a lesser more restrictive but doable law. Somewhat like the rules we give our 2 year olds as opposed to the rules that govern, say, our teenagers.

Picture if you will an out of control teenage party with inappropriate things happening willy-nilly. Then something bad happens and you tell people to do something simple like maybe to stop talking or running or screaming and everything will be OK but because the answer is too easy they continue to elevate chaos until someone gets hurt or arrested.

Same for Moses.  The children of Israel got out of control.  God sent firery serpents to pull them back from the ledge.  The people freak, but Moses forms a snake and puts it on a pole and tells them anyone who looks at the snake will live. Do they look?  Well some do but some don’t.  Why?  Pride, hubris, rank stupidity.  I don’t know.

Seems to me we have a similar issue this election with Mr. Romney.  I don’t know if he’s the best man for the job but he has the most experience economically speaking, even better than Mr. Cain.  Still some people refuse to even look at Mr. Romney’s record in business.  For whatever reason (many peoples religious bigotry is showing and  his part in MA’s healthcare plan- which was going to happen whether he threatened to veto it or not.  As it is the plan is not as horrible as the liberals wanted so he held the line as far as he could, not to mention his perfect hair) they refuse to admit that he might be the only one with the experience to get us out of this mess.  While I’m not a Romney “supporter” I have to admit his business acumen seems to be something in short supply today. even with Mr Cain in the race.  His political experience trumps most people as well because as a senator one does not actually “run” anything. One simply spends money, and then borrows more.

But whatever you do don’t look dispassionately at the candidates.  Vote for the guy who looks best to ya.  That worked well the last two times they tried it. Clinotn and Obama, stellar examples of what you get when you elect radical left wing radicals. That’s worked well for us.

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Protest?

I don’t know about y’all but I’ve had more than enough of these “occupiers”.  They’re destructive, fithy, morally bankrupt, party goers out to have a good time at my expense.  Some of these morons are on welfare,  getting food stamps,  medicare/ social security disability, some are on unemployment, some are living in mommy’s basement. Any of them with real jobs should be fired for taking time off to destroy our way of life so that they can join their compatriots in chaos.

I have a suggestion.  Maybe it’s time for the rest of us to protest.  Not to get the attention of the protesters, their attention spans are not that long and their sobriety is somewhat suspect.  No it’s time to get the attention of their enablers.  The liberal cabal that has almost single handedly destroyed our economy.  You want to see real chaos, lets have a “spend free” weekend.  The “little people” the “average Joe”, the “people who work to make the economy run” need to stay home, say the first weekend in November.  No food, no gas, no movies, nothing. Spend the time with your family, visit elderly parents, play a game, go to a park as long as you can get there for free and don’t have to buy gas.

What will this do you ask?  Hopefully it will get the attention of not just politicians but business leaders as well.  Your bank threatening to charge you a fee for access to your money after they’ve gotten you addicted to their debit cards, vote with your feet.  Find a credit union or local bank to switch to, they may not have everything your used to but they will have one thing you’re not used to. Gratitude for your business.

It’s past time for the majority to rise and “you know what” slap these anarchist back under the rocks from which they  crawled.  They don’t like it here, they want to propose violence to change our system into their socialist/communist nirvanah, they are free to find somewhere else to spread their cancer.

While I believe there need to be changes, we’ve seen what happens when irresponsible, incompetent, anti-American’s are put in charge of the government.  Nothing good ever happens with these people in charge so it’s time to clean house and give any of those who wish to go, free tickets to any country who will take them.

Bah bye

So long

Don’t let the screen door hit you

Don’t ever come back for any reason, anytime.

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I don’t mind if people don’t agree with me.  As the daughter of rabid liberals from the Socialist Democratic Republic of Maryland, I’m used to being the lone voice of sanity within a group.  As the mother of 6, that’s right SIX children I am used to people thinking I don’t have anything between my ears but air, after all who in their “RIGHT MIND” would have 6 children.  As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I’m used to people not believing the same way I do and making a issue out of it.  My husband’s lost jobs because of our faith, my children weren’t allow to play with other children because their parents thought they might “catch” Mormonism, I guess.  I have lost family members and good friends because they were willing to listen to the lies of others about what I believe.  Even after 32 years I still have people who tell ME what I believe as a member of my church.  They know this because they heard some pastor, preacher, politician, friend or family member (who of course has never been to our church) or former members ( who of course have no axes to grind) say something that sounded like whatever it was they were telling me.  Of course they were only telling me for my own good and of course when I told them they were wrong they shook their heads and told be how “brainwashed” I was.

What brought this on you are probably asking yourself? What has got our dear girl”s knickers in such a twist?  I found this little gem on the internet and lest you think this is unusual, you can take it from me, this is somewhat tame. Frustrating, irritating, absolutely hair on fire infuriating, which is why I can not leave it alone.  It is so bad, so without merit, so without even the patina of intelligence that it fairly reeks of unhinged zealotry.

 

IS A CANDIDATES’ RELIGIOUS FAITH FREE TO QUESTION?

Last weekend at the Values Voter Summit, a Christian pastor raised the question of whether Christians should vote for Mitt Romney because he is of the Mormon faith. The Pastor was lambasted from the GOP RINOs and from the liberal media as a religious bigot. Monday night Ann Coulter, commenting on Fox, dismissed the question as irreverent, and in my opinion, she flippantly mocked Christians by describing Mormonism as merely another Christian denomination.

Some of the major differences between Christianity and Mormonism are:

Mormons believe Satan is the elder brother of Jesus;

That Jesus tricked God the Father into giving Jesus Satan’s birthright to rule over the earth, and someday Satan will come back to earth to reclaim his rightful kingship over the earth from Jesus;

Mormons believe when they die, their spirit goes to another planet where they are awarded a group of celestial virgins to populate a new and different planet and become its’ Christ.

When they convert others to Mormonism, at death those people will join them and become their slaves.

Until recently, the mid 1900’s, people of color were not allow to join the Mormon Church.

These differences, and there are more, show such a radical deviation from the Christian faith there is no joining the two.

I believe, with respect to Karl Rove’s and Ann Coulter’s opinions (both Romney supporters), that the Pastor’s question is relevant and appropriate.

Just as conservatives demanded in 2007 of then candidate Obama to answer why he sat in a church for twenty years listening to Pastor Wright spew hatred for America, Mitt Romney, who claims he is a longtime, proudly practicing Mormon, must answer if his character has been built upon theology such as described above, and how it affects and influences his decision making processes.

That isn’t being anti-Mormon, it’s being prudent. A man’s faith should affect his character and how he lives his life every day. If it hasn’t changed him, it’s a

phony faith, worthless… and so is his character.

While I hate to waste time on such utter dreck I feel like my head will explode if I don’t counter some of this mindless swill.

1. Everyone on this Earth that has a body IS a spirit child of our Heavenly Father.  As spirits we lived with him in Heaven before our time on Earth.  If we are spirit children of Heavenly Father then we are all “brothers and sisters”.  Which makes Jesus Christ OUR elder brother as he is the FIRST born.  That also makes Satan our brother in spirit or at least he was until he was cast out for rebellion. Which makes him Jesus’ brother as well.  Logic who’da thunk it.

2. The brother who “tricked” his father into granting him his brothers birthright was Jacob.  Rebekah and Jacob conspired to receive a blessing from Issac.  A birthright by the way that the elder brother sold to the younger because he was hungry.  Read the Bible(KJV) for a change instead of allowing illiterate preachers to make up your minds for you. Satan wants to be the god of this world, but Jesus Christ is the Messiah and He and only He will reign over the renewed earth, under the direction (as always) of our Eternal Heavenly Father.

3.  When we die we go to Paradise (until the 2nd Coming) then we’re judged (some of us should be uncomfortable right about now) and then unlike some other denominations we will await instructions from our Savior and our Father.  We will not spend eternity sleeping on a cloud or playing a harp or any other recreational activity.  There will be plenty of work to do to enhance and enlarge our Fathers kingdom and add to His Glory. (Oh, and the virgin thing, that’s islam dear not Mormonism. Catch a clue please).

4. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints do not believe in enslavement of any kind. Not for people, not to tobacco, not to drugs, not to sexual misconduct, not to money or fame or power. Latter Day Saints were chased out of Missouri and Illinois for just those reasons.  They would have voted to rescind slavery before the civil war.  People of color have always been free to join the church.  Men of color could not hold the priesthood until 1978 (not because they weren’t worthy in MY OPINION, but because we as human beings were not ready- beside God does what he does according to His time period, not ours).

5.  The basic difference between “Mormons” and “Christians” are that some Christians refuse to admit that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints testifies of the same Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father these so called Christians pray to and read about in the scriptures.  The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ testifies of the divinity and divine mission of the Savior Jesus Christ on this Earth.  Members of the LDS Church read and study not just the Book of Mormon but the Old and New Testaments so that they can further serve the Savior and our Father and help others to return to live with Them after this life. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ to the Father several times a day and many of us have added the names “our trespassers” to our prays in the hopes they will find some kind of happiness that doesn’t involve hating us.

The saddest thing to me is that those on the left are the ones defending us.  These are people we can never support.   Their agenda is Satan driven but he has agents on both side of this debate.  Those who inspire intolerance and who perpetrate lies and those who by their support seek to insert a wedge between conservatives hoping to drive us asunder. “A house divided against itself can not stand”.  My thanks to Mr. Rove and my hero Ann Coulter for their unwillingness to join with the unhinged.

In the end the only real way to know about Mormons is to ask one.  Our missionaries and members ask that you allow us to share our message with you but if you decline that’s quite alright.  If you think there is something that might make you happy in that message we’re glad to have you.  If you think we’re wrong, that’s ok .  We think you’re wrong too, but we can still agree to disagree.

That I think is the true test of Christianity.  Are you really willing to do unto others as you’d have others do unto you?  How many of you would appreciate being lied about, slandered and made a hiss and a byword?  Really, how many of you are willing to “take one for the team”?  13,000,000+ of us are, many experience this everyday. So gives us a break and at least try to do some research  other than at anti-mormon sites and find a active practicing LDS member to chat with.

We don’t bite, I promise.

 

 


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From the late, great Burt Prelutsky (film critic, TV writer as well as the author of several books ) on the state of politics in the land of fruits, nuts and flakes.
“Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re number one. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on “Macbeth”.
The three of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of speech. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”

Now this is a man who really gets it, as the Wall Street Occupationists would say.  Too bad they “don’t get it”.

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