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  • 5 states that outlaw collective bargaining for teachers all rank below 44th in test scores, [ Barf ]

    07/04/2011 10:10:34 PM PDT · 32 of 39
    KC_for_Freedom to NoLibZone

    Check out this article by a Clintonista about the teachers union and his problems dealing with the education establishment:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/04/the-failure-of-american-schools/8497/

    Whether these states have a positive experience with test scores, and whether college entrance scores are the best to use is a different issue, but the unions and their collective approach is dealt a death blow by Joe Klein.

  • Why Is It So Hard To Make Teachers Better?

    07/04/2011 10:01:25 PM PDT · 85 of 118
    KC_for_Freedom to EinNYC

    I am a former teacher, and I appreciate the problems you raise. I taught in two very different periods – in the 1970s most kids were respectful and worked to get grades. I had overflowing classes in math and most students went on in math to take additional courses. I also introduced a computer programming course that was appreciated by students and parents. However I lost my job due to layoffs that were strictly based on tenure.
    More recently I went back to teach after retiring from my electrical engineering job. The students were less well behaved, and in some classes the behavior was very bad. These were classes where algebra had to be taught to kids who should have been studying simpler math problems. (Like multiplication and fractions).
    Nevertheless, even in this severe environment, the better teachers succeeded to a greater degree than the poor teachers, (and the poor teachers were not uniformly the senior teachers, but some were. Some other poor teachers were new to teaching and usually wanted to teach without regard to the established curriculum.
    The school could have recovered with two tools, both of which the liberal wing of the state would not allow. The first is to dismiss students with behavior problems to a substantially lower level holding pen where they would basically be held while they mature. The parents would have to be complicit in this, because the behavioral problem kids were out of their parent’s control. (I had one parent tell me that I should fail her kid because this was the only way he would learn that behaviors have consequences.—it is surprising that my classroom would be allowed to be used in this manner, the parent should have been able to teach consequences in many ways outside of school.)
    The second is to allow the school to negotiate salary and jobs directly with no union “collective bargaining”. Teachers are professionals and should be treated accordingly. The school would seek to keep and promote teachers who were getting the job done and could demote or fire teachers who were not. The fact that discipline problems would be eliminated (after one or two strikes) would make the school a place where teachers desired to stay. Otherwise, they could go supervise the students in the “other” school.

    Now, as to the media, they are behind the unions, so when you say the media lies about the union role, I submit that you should read http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/04/the-failure-of-american-schools/8497/

    Joe Klein is a Clinton guy and he writes quite a piece on the unions’ impact on teaching.

    I have tried to allow that you have valid points about benavior and discipline, this can ruin a class and a school. But the unions take the position that no teacher should be fired, and in layoff situations they support the most senior teachers against the younger members of the staff.

    As to grading, it is sad what has happened to grades. But the teachers are complicit in the concept that everyone passes. My school was tougher about grades, they held that cheating was an automatic failure and that failure on standard final exams was an acceptable reason to fail a course.

    Anyway, buck up, hang in there, if you are one of the good teachers you know that you are effective even in the midst of chaos. However don’t depend on the union until you have over 15 years of experience, the union is not there for the school, the students, learning, or young staff— regardless of what they tell you in the handouts.
    KC

  • Full Interview: Sarah Palin on Fox News Sunday

    06/05/2011 12:31:54 PM PDT · 9 of 52
    KC_for_Freedom to unseen1

    It was a solid performance and great on target with the facts.

    In the later follow up about how the republicans can get a better response from the economy I noted that the panel mentioned cutting spending and cutting regulation but did not mention Sarah’s comment on cheaper energy. This is a key issue to me because opening up the reserves to drilling (and this means curtailing the environmental and EPA action to delay it) will immediately open up new jobs and at the same time send a message to the markets that the US is going to become a larger producer of energy. This seems to be the best message to Americans who want to see more job creation.

    And Sarah missed a point she almost made — cutting spending if it is targeted at the regulators — will have the effect of cutting regulations too. Let the regulators deal with a loss of staff and force them to focus on the regulations that are the most important. This would be another good position for Sarah to take.

    I do agree with Bill on the panel too, if it becomes a two person race it is time for Ryan or Cristy to rethink where they can do the most good.

  • Pilots lock down cockpit over praying passengers

    03/13/2011 9:46:47 PM PDT · 38 of 49
    KC_for_Freedom to Never A Dull Moment
    At college, one of my friends was a dark haired blue eyed Jew from Mexico City. His grandpa owned a hotel in Acapulco. Not that unusual, the diaspora spread Jews all over the world.
  • Legal fight over Facebook continues

    02/24/2011 1:47:15 PM PST · 12 of 16
    KC_for_Freedom to Sneakyuser

    The issue has no down side for them. Except for the filing fee, they keep what they have if they loose, notwithstanding what the article says in the opening sentence, and if they win they can ask Zuck for more.

    The movie does not provide any insight into how the twins expect to prove that it was their idea. As I recall, if Zuck altered their idea even a little bit, it becomes his idea. And he did alter it quite a bit again, according to the movie version.

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/14/2011 1:17:25 PM PST · 34 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to CaspersGh0sts

    I understand your position, but a pension is simply one of the ways that a firm compensates the employee — and it compensates the long term employee better than salary. I only find fault with pensions that are not paid for by the firm out of current year profits. (Essentially your pension providing job has to be mathematical and determine how much money must be set aside each year from profits to provide the stream of pension payouts for the employee during the lifetime of the retiree. No problem so far. But public pensions took the easy way. The decided that future tax payers could handle the pension payouts. This is theft.

    Most companies have moved away from the defined pension program in favor of letting the employee save from their own earnings. In this case the employer pays the pension money out to the employee each year and it is up to the employee to save rather than buy that new motor boat or car. Too many people do not set money aside for themselves. However again, the public employee — funded by the tax payer — should not have a right to dip into a future employee’s pay to fund their pension. These pensions, that are “under water” need to declare bankruptcy and settle. Anything else is theft.

    So having defined the terms I can say that I agree completely with you as far as public pensions are concerned. But if they did them correctly, instead of mismanaging them completely there would be no issue.

    My problem with central planning societies in general is that they don’t follow the rules and ethics of true businesses and inevitably end up stealing from someone (our kids) to pay for their mistakes.

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/14/2011 1:05:06 PM PST · 33 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to tubebender

    I can’t be sure what you mean, but teaching requirements work best if they are local and if there is competition. The politics of the situation is a giant conflict of interest where the teachers become the best organized campaign force and always support the board member most in tune with the union.

    The result is a board that is beholding to the teachers, not the administration. Salaries are set, retirement programs are approved, and the taxpayer looks on from a position outside of the process. In a few districts, the people take back their authority but state and federal programs are in force and they dictate much of what the local districts can do.

    Teachers have less in the way of options to express their individuality and students have to study more basics, but part of the problem is the teacher who “turns off” a student somewhere in the academic journey. These teachers do this by not being interested in what they are doing, not working hard enough at planning and presentation, and often not knowning enough about the subject themselves. The other part of the problem is that learning is not supported in the student’s life because of a variety of reasons depending on the family. These reasons are cultural and social. Parents do not demand that their kids learn and learn well. It is not politic to be that type of “tiger mom” parent. Kids believe they can learn and text their friends at the same time when we know they can’t even drive a car and text. A lot of kids sucumb to peer pressure to play more and study less and parents watch this and believe that social interaction is on a par with learning.

    What will we do?

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/14/2011 12:53:38 PM PST · 32 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to Leisler

    We camped like that when I was younger, but the wife wants the rolling house.

    LOL

  • Sanity slowly returning to global warming policy

    02/13/2011 10:45:13 AM PST · 16 of 21
    KC_for_Freedom to dennisw

    Wiping out your own country’s industry to try in vain to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is nuts, whether German or Anglo. The Chinese know this, so does India. This concept of shooting ourselves in the foot when the world already sees that global warming is not happening and in fact would be more desirable than global cooling (which is happening) has got to stop somewhere.

    Eventually, we can all hope that someone is listening when the little child says, “Mom, the Emperor has no clothes”.

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/13/2011 10:32:38 AM PST · 14 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to redpoll

    I will visit Alaska one day. I have tried several times to get up the courage to RV up north. (Not enough dents in the trailer so far.)

    But I do want to leave this nutty state— even if I am tied here by family and business.

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/13/2011 10:30:17 AM PST · 13 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to WaterBoard

    Your point is well taken, but all teachers are not bad or lazy— but the system does not encourage the cream of the crop to go into or stay in teaching positions. Hence my other profession as an Engineer.

    However, I agree with you. The pension is the topic here, but the level of integrity and skill in the teaching profession is not where it could be if teachers were allowed (and required) to contract with their districts every few years — and the pay set by the skill and work ethic demonstrated. I am talking about doing away with “tenure”.

    People who realize how the system really works should be voting to change it. Why should a salary be equal for everyone with the same seniority? Why should it be so difficult to fire a teacher that it is almost never done?
    And why, when a family has a choice between good and bad schools nearby should the bad school be left open?

    BTW, I realize there are other factors — that the teacher’s union uses to hide behind — like parents and kids who do not care (or are not mature enough) to care. But the public can do something about the teachers. I do not know what a conservative can do to assist a failing parent. There has to be a limit to the power of government.

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/13/2011 10:21:22 AM PST · 11 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to redpoll

    If you have not already done so, request a rollover of your Cal pension into a personal IRA. There will be no tax consequences for doing this, and you can pick safe conservative investments (based on your age for example) and keep the State of California from sharing your pension funds with their other clients. I did this when I left teaching, it will take some work and paperwork because they are not really interested in you doing this, but they will eventually send your money directly to your IRA account.

  • Number of $100,000 retirees skyrocket in teacher pension system( up 30% per yr )

    02/13/2011 10:17:08 AM PST · 8 of 34
    KC_for_Freedom to Leisler

    I don’t begrudge some teachers making a nice retirement, the problem is that the funds were not set aside during the teacher’s earning years. So the public has to pick up the tab via taxation. CalSTRS made risky bets in the stock market and at times even had workers defer their payments into their own plan (when the stock market was going crazy). When the market corrected itself the pension plan went under water. But all plans did not fail in the same way. Some managers did not have all investments in the market— they diversified and did well for their clients.

    We have a great need today for programs to start paying for themselves. A pension system like a 401 K plan does this. Social security does not. Teachers retirement systems allow teachers to opt out of social security and save on their own. It is the fault of the managers of these investments that they were not more conservative.

    This becomes the left’s battle cry when we talk about privatizing the social systems called entitlements. They say we did not manage our pension fund well, so it is dangerous to place the retirement of everyone in the hands of non-government advisors.

    I, on the other hand, managed to build my retirement without the government’s help. It can be done.

  • Doctors open breathing hole in Giffords' throat

    01/16/2011 8:18:56 PM PST · 116 of 146
    KC_for_Freedom to charo

    After a severe injury to our son the docs followed the same procedure. They start with a throat and lung tube and a ventilator. When the patient can start to breath on their own, they ventilator is used only as an assist I.E. it does not send air until the patient requests it by starting to inhale. The problem is that if this set up is used too long (usually about 14 days) then it can hurt the ability to speak later so they move to the trach. She wil have this until she can show the ability to breath, swallow, and will have to cover the trach with a finger if she wants to try to talk. these items (and the feeding tube) will be reversed as she is able. But they go very slowly and carefully. Our son was very anxious to get the trach out but they made him wait several days while they did tests to check for brain damage — in this case, they know there is damage so they will go even slower.

  • Little Ice Age And Expanding Arctic Ice -“Climate Forecasts Will Have To Be Thrown In The Dustbin”

    12/15/2010 12:43:34 PM PST · 58 of 92
    KC_for_Freedom to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    Of course, like models that predict global warming without having a full understanding of the effects of things like ocean thermal sinking, the study you cite also does not understand what is going on.

    What we do know is that the global average temperature is not trending up at the same rate as the global average concentration of CO2. Which means to me that CO2 does not explain everything either. http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/

    So why won’t scientists admit that they don’t know and that they are going to study things for a few more years before they decide to change the global economic engine?

  • Department of Agriculture [USDA] spends millions to get Americans to eat more dairy products

    11/07/2010 1:28:20 PM PST · 12 of 26
    KC_for_Freedom to Lorianne

    Add this to the list of government subsidies to cut.

    BTW, people will pay for what they want to eat anyway, and Dominoes certainly needed a makeover. But now that I realize the government is in partnership with Dominoes, I will never try their pies.

  • NPR Correct to Cut Ties with Juan Williams

    10/21/2010 1:26:48 PM PDT · 33 of 66
    KC_for_Freedom to ilovesarah2012

    Well, Free speech can and will cost you your job. Imagine what happened when the school I taught at learned that I have some different views about global warming and big government. Opps, now I remember, my contract was not renewed.

    But in general I agree about PC speech, Political Correctness is one of the worst traps we (as a nation) have fallen into and it is totally engineered by the left. We have the right to say what we want to and you do not have a right to not be offended when you read or hear it. (You in general). So bully for Juan, and he will be happier to be out of NPR anyway.

  • NPR Correct to Cut Ties with Juan Williams

    10/21/2010 1:22:32 PM PDT · 28 of 66
    KC_for_Freedom to unkus

    Agreed, I always like the way Hume took Juan to the woodshed when he got really dumb.

  • NPR Correct to Cut Ties with Juan Williams

    10/21/2010 1:10:55 PM PDT · 7 of 66
    KC_for_Freedom to Dr. Scarpetta

    What is a conservative? A liberal who has gotten mugged.

    How long will it be before we are saying Welcome aboard Juan.

    BTW, I usually disagree with everything Juan says, but I agree with him about Muslims and I believe he has been absorbing a lot of stuff from Fox that may help convert him at least a little.

  • New York to ban low-income families from using food stamps to buy sugary drinks

    10/10/2010 9:51:55 PM PDT · 55 of 56
    KC_for_Freedom to pops88

    No prejudice intended, the folks I was quoting were poor whites, but I am sure everyone has figured this one out.

    The surprising thing is when I saw it I was shocked. Somehow I believed no cheating was going on, but I was very young too.

  • New York to ban low-income families from using food stamps to buy sugary drinks

    10/08/2010 4:53:30 PM PDT · 43 of 56
    KC_for_Freedom to pops88

    For what it is worth, they can still buy sugar with food stamps, and add it to anything that is not sweet enough naturally. So this is a joke.

    The second part of the joke is that there is not anything that can’t be bought with food stamps. Here is how it works,

    Food stamp user # 1, “Here is twenty dollars worth of Food Stamps, do you have a twenty?

    Food stamp user # 2, “ Sure, here is a twenty, what is it for?”

    Food stamp user # 1, “ I need another bottle of Tanquerey”

  • How Meg Whitman Was Ambushed by Her Maid

    10/03/2010 3:15:02 PM PDT · 30 of 56
    KC_for_Freedom to dragnet2

    When shown a CDL and a Social Security card with the same name, you do realize a bank would allow you to take money from an account with the same name?

    You should be ashamed for finding fault with Meg’s decision making. Now if she just took the women’s word, then I would agree with you. But look at the facts again.

  • Chris Christie wants to test teachers in reading and math!

    09/29/2010 9:24:53 PM PDT · 51 of 57
    KC_for_Freedom to sgtyork

    California has the CBEST exam which is required for becoming a teacher. Math, Reading Comprehension, and writing (English only) are the subjects. I am an electrical engineer and have taught for ten years when I went back to education I had to take the test. It was a breeze although some of the math questions could be tricky if you did not read carefully. The question might be like, “What is 10 % of 300 except that they would ask, “ If a $300 item was discounted by 10$ how much would you save?”

    I think Gov. Christy is thinking of testing teachers more specifically about the classes you are teaching. The CBEST does not test at the Calculas level, but a Calculas teacher would certainly have to know the material in order to teach it.

    I am in favor of more rigorous requirements for teachers, in fact, since I lost my job due to senority, I would like to have all the retained teachers tested in their classes and have the opportunity to test along side of them. Then the school could decide who to let go instead of the unions.

  • Obama firm: Don't extend tax breaks for wealthiest

    09/08/2010 12:43:49 PM PDT · 41 of 47
    KC_for_Freedom to jeltz25

    Of course you are right about the voter distribution but how will it help the Democrats to take 500 to 700 B more out of the economy and deposit it in Federal coffers?

    After the feds take their cut, about two thirds of this money will be passed back to union supportors and union workers and the result will be more money held by democratic supporters. Good for the base, but will not cause a flicker in the unemployment numbers. So we enrich the Obama group and stay in a recession. This will equal more votes for the Republicans.

  • Forget going green -- Earth doesn't care ( We are Doomed ...Commentary of how many ways)

    09/07/2010 12:12:29 PM PDT · 21 of 38
    KC_for_Freedom to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    He does seem to subscribe to the “central planning myth” that is characterist of commies. The concept that a wise government could develop a long term plan and carry it out and somehow “save” our species from extinction is nuts. The government has never been “wise” and the government has never carried out a plan efficiently. If there is a catastrophy coming, the government will not be the corrective agent. It will be the “rugged individualist” who has planned for his smaller community of survivors.

    BTW, the species will not be extinguished by global warming, peak oil, or economic collapse. Many people will suffer and die with the collapse of civilization, but humans are at least as adaptable as the insect shown above.
    That is, some humans.

    Of course as I say this, I realize at my age (65) I don’t have as much to fear about all this.

    KC

  • Forget going green -- Earth doesn't care ( We are Doomed ...Commentary of how many ways)

    09/07/2010 12:05:53 PM PDT · 17 of 38
    KC_for_Freedom to Gondring

    The fact that the change in the Earth’s temperature is not caused by man is of value.

    First, it means we should not tax ourselves into depression to “fix” something like CO2 emissions that is not going to do any good.

    Second, we can spend our resources on removing the things that global warming results in, like putting houses on higher ground when you know a flood is coming.

  • American Teachers Should Revolt

    08/10/2010 1:26:30 PM PDT · 24 of 29
    KC_for_Freedom to GrannyAnn

    In some states, California for example, you have no choice but to join the union. After two years of being a union member and on some occasions letting my political beliefs be known to other members of the faculty I find that I was not given tenure and am now an ex-teacher.

    Keeping my mouth shut was not always my strong point, but the union membership has expired with my job.

  • “Green” Fascism Starts with Bath Time

    07/26/2010 9:38:32 PM PDT · 60 of 65
    KC_for_Freedom to Clock King

    Several years ago they put restrictors in all the showers in the dorms at Stanford. You think the libs liked it?

    No the next week there was a story about how the women could not get the shampoo out of their hair with the low flow shower heads.

    My wife and I thought that it was in fact poetic justice.

    The liberal creed is “ For thee, but not for me”

  • Builders are working on the railroad

    07/25/2010 1:56:48 PM PDT · 6 of 9
    KC_for_Freedom to burroak

    Agreed, and if the “central planners” had any sense the rails would be electrified and powered with nuclear reactors.

    Watch the diesels run over the continental divide on the southern lines for an example of how inefficient we have become.

    Even though Global warming is a hoax, or thousands of years wrong, we could reduce oil consumption in ten years with a little effort. Should be private systems though and yes, the airlines would squawk and so will Harry Reid when they open Yucca Flat. But I can dream.

  • Man Will Appeal Prison Term for Lying During Seduction in Jerusalem

    07/23/2010 10:42:33 PM PDT · 28 of 30
    KC_for_Freedom to Pollster1

    I love it, You nailed it.

    Let the buyer beware — and most Jewish women I know are expert at it.

    My assumption is that this Palestinian man was not wearing a ring and was as Good Looking as they come. (This is to give her the benefit of the doubt — she might have been very desperate.)

  • Palin, Reagan, and Obama, according to Krauthammer

    07/20/2010 1:16:02 PM PDT · 140 of 150
    KC_for_Freedom to reasonisfaith

    I have already said that I don’t buy into everything that Krauthammer prints or says on his talk show panels, but I believe I have to defend him because you continue to opine that he “makes comments which harm the conservative cause”.

    Well here are three columns where this is not the case:

    A disaster with many fathers
    May 28, 2010
    In this article CK points out the obvious fact that Obama’s policies have made it impossible to drill for oil in safe places and that drilling in deep water could be predicted to have high risks. I believe this serves the conservative position because we should in fact be drilling and producing oil during any transition to “green power” or my favorite — Nuclear power.

    Krauthammer: Those troublesome Jews
    Friday, June 4, 2010
    In this article he stands up for Israel in their use of a blockade of Gaza. As a conservative Jew myself, I find that the exposure of the facts that this was not a humanitarian effort but an attempt to break a blockade that CK finds to be entirely legal to be of support to the conservative (pro Israel) position.

    Terror — and candor in describing the Islamist ideology behind it July 2, 2010
    “Holder’s avoidance of the obvious continues the absurd and embarrassing refusal of the Obama administration to acknowledge who out there is trying to kill Americans and why.” In this article CK points out that members of Obama’s administration cannot bring themselves to be even slightly critical of Islamic Fundamentalism. I believe this supports a conservative position.

    Now — you can find things that CK has said that may appear to support the Obama administration — such as saying that we will have to work hard to undo the make up of the Congress and that the bills already passed are irrevokable until we change Congress and the White House or that we should not underestimate Obama’s political capability. The fact is that he is right about this, it is an uphill battle and elections do matter. Why is it so wrong to say something that every conservative should understand pretty clearly after living with this president for 18 months?

  • 97% of Scientists Do Not Believe in the Theory of Catastrophic Man-Made Global Warming

    07/18/2010 1:50:11 PM PDT · 15 of 33
    KC_for_Freedom to The_Reader_David

    When Gore bought his new house near sea level the hoax was exposed.

    Of course computer models only model what they are told to model. Modeling the atmosphere and the oceans is something that we do not presently haed the capability to do. So I don’t accept AGW. Especially when politicians who do accept it want my tax money and a lower standard of living for all US citizens as the price.

  • Palin, Reagan, and Obama, according to Krauthammer

    07/18/2010 1:28:14 PM PDT · 128 of 150
    KC_for_Freedom to reasonisfaith

    See my other comment, I will be looking at his agenda — something I had not observed so far.

    I have always been pleased when he pointed out how idiotic someone’s position was and usually noted that he was critical of the left. But you guys have a point.

  • Palin, Reagan, and Obama, according to Krauthammer

    07/18/2010 1:25:49 PM PDT · 127 of 150
    KC_for_Freedom to Brices Crossroads

    Agree with your statements. I have not tried to determine whether CK has an agenda or not. What he did while working for Dems in the past does not bother me, (I once worked for RFK. Minds can change.)

    However if he has an agenda today and it is even close to what you suggest then he is part of the problem. To be sure.

  • Palin, Reagan, and Obama, according to Krauthammer

    07/17/2010 2:51:01 PM PDT · 93 of 150
    KC_for_Freedom to I'mAllRightJack; Brices Crossroads

    Jack, I believe you have understood CK better than Brice. He is not saying that Obama has passed great legislation, my opinion is that CK does not like the laws Obama has passed. CK is grudgingly admitting that Obama has accomplished a lot of his agenda, that it will be difficult even with republicans holding part of the Congress to undo his legislation while he is in office, and that after living with these new laws for two years it will be hard to repeal them if Obama is knocked out in 2012 but it is not clear that Obama will be knocked out then. So he (CK) is not wrong about this and he is not saying that he likes the situation, far from it—he is warning us that we have a lot of work to do if we are going to undo any of the laws Obama has signed so far. (And I would submit that the lame duck Congress after the election may also pass unpopular legislation that will be difficult to undo.)

    There have been times when I thought CK was wrong or simply wrong-headed in some of his analysis but the majority of his columns and comments on the talk shows have a validity that many other commentators miss. I do think he knows this and has a certain amount of hubris that also comes across in some of his comments. This may be where you have decided he is an elitist. I don’t believe that one implies the other although they often sit together on the bus.

  • Safety concerns, pilot shortage slow use of drones on border

    07/17/2010 2:07:27 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    KC_for_Freedom to wildbill

    The UAV program is interesting because the camera points down and is controlled by a joystick. Gamers could fly the plane but the controls use actual airplane data so a pilot’s knowledge is required. The UAV also has unusual characteristics like the control surfaces meaning different angles at different inclinations – since the aircraft structure also flexes – so it takes training at this particular job to do it right. (Early users of the system had unacceptable losses due to operator error and these babies are expensive.)

    The main problem however is that in this airspace the pilots depend on their vision to avoid collisions. (See and be seen) These UAVs do not support this. When we flew on a Navy bombing range in south Texas, the Navy pilots stayed off the entire range because of their fear of flying into one of these low profile aircraft and ruining their whole day. (In a collision with a small private aircraft, who would be at fault?)

    There was another program to use balloons to hoist cameras above the border, where did this go? And what is so wrong with a fence and some patrols? I know that the IR camera does a great job of tracking persons in the desert at night but seriously, these predators are overkill. BTW, Lockheed build a UAV that did not need pilot experience, but it was deemed too expensive and too easy to convert into a weapon (cruise missile) to be used.

  • Setback: BP cap in limbo over gov't questions (Obama stops plugging the leak and relief wells)

    07/14/2010 3:52:26 PM PDT · 72 of 76
    KC_for_Freedom to Ernest_at_the_Beach

    Yes, thank you.

    I see that I was mistaken, I thought they had attached the siphon but my bad.

  • Setback: BP cap in limbo over gov't questions (Obama stops plugging the leak and relief wells)

    07/14/2010 10:56:50 AM PDT · 25 of 76
    KC_for_Freedom to ArmstedFragg

    One of the things one should always understand when you do a test is what criteria indicates a pass and what indicates a failure. You do not do a test just to “see what will happen” which appears to be what BP was doing.

    In this case (maybe a first) I would agree with the government if they asked for more information about how the test results would be read. Personally, it seems to me that BP may not know what a good result would be and if so, not doing the test is the best option— and as you say they can keep collecting the oil — none is going into the water at this time.

    The concern from BP is to understand the levels of pressure needed to ensure success when they try to kill the well from the bottom using the relief well. But right now they have the oil spill stopped. Maybe we should collect oil and let the reservoir pressure drop for a while? Isn’t this what the well was for in the first place? Well OK, huricane season is upon us, that may mean we have to take some action to stabilize things in the event of a storm. BP could be looking at this as well.

  • Glenn Beck TV Thread July 13th 2010

    07/13/2010 3:14:02 PM PDT · 40 of 68
    KC_for_Freedom to cripplecreek

    After today’s show, there is no doubt about his courage. (And no doubt that he will need bodyguards.)

    But what a great show!

  • ‘Tectonic rift’ in Jewish Americans’ opinion of Obama

    06/30/2010 10:27:41 PM PDT · 62 of 65
    KC_for_Freedom to Think free or die

    Not to mention a lot of money.

  • ‘Tectonic rift’ in Jewish Americans’ opinion of Obama

    06/30/2010 3:52:11 PM PDT · 55 of 65
    KC_for_Freedom to Think free or die

    Read this article about a community in Alabama that is looking for Jews with “Family Values” meaning not liberal Jews to relocate to their area.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/a-promising-land/8121/

    Thank G_d that all Jews are not cut from the same mold. Being Jewish and gun toting, I was naturally accepted in the south where they liked my politics. They were not so keen on our son dating their daughters, but there are places for conservative Jewish families. Here is one.

  • Wind, Trains Power Siemens' Future in the U.S.

    06/24/2010 12:12:26 PM PDT · 7 of 7
    KC_for_Freedom to Willie Green

    Wind and solar will not drive our transit system. You cannot idle the train when the wind does not blow or the sun sets. And we do not have the technology to store electrical power. If I do not hear about nuclear backup then I dismiss all articles about wind and solar as daydreams.

    OTOH, we ship a great deal of freight across the country every day using great amounts of diesel fuel. These routes are fixed and could be electrified at a great reduction in our use of oil. But again, not if we rely on wind and sun.

  • US advances at World Cup with 1-0 win

    06/23/2010 9:44:03 AM PDT · 90 of 249
    KC_for_Freedom to LuvFreeRepublic

    As a former teacher and coach of soccer at the high school level I root for Mexico and the USA at the world cup.

    Of course the team (many latinos) support Mexico but they know where I stand in a USA Mexico match. WELL DONE BOYS.

    Good luck in the round of 16.

  • Five crucial moves by BP: Did they lead to Gulf oil spill disaster?

    06/17/2010 10:00:19 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    KC_for_Freedom to DCmarcher-976453

    Yes, I can see that the test has to be at the right pressure, which means at the sea floor and the pipe has to be what they are using — I heard that the pipe from China was not to specs.

    As far as the total number of infractions, BP has some explanation that they all came from two basic troubled rigs, and presumably from two troubled managers. However, in the big picture, it would appear that BP lives farther out on the edge, and in particular— did not appreciate that they were also (to use a pun) in uncharted waters with Deepwater Horizon.

  • Five crucial moves by BP: Did they lead to Gulf oil spill disaster?

    06/17/2010 4:27:25 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    KC_for_Freedom to DCmarcher-976453

    There are always several major screw-ups before a tradegy that costs lives and this kind of money.

    Part of the problem will eventually be tied back to the corporate culture that probably rewards risk takers when things go well. Of course they will punish the present set of risk takers, that is the way the cookie crumbles.

    What is needed is a system safety risk management approach that requires certain safety critical hazards get reported over local management to someplace high in the organization where the CEO can get involved. (It was pretty damning that Tony had to keep saying that he did not know when they asked him questions.)

    The big problem is that the people on the rig who had comand authority had no comprehension of how badly the corporation would be hurt by an uncontrolled blow-out. But at the same time no one had the responsibility to test the BOP at that depth with the pipe they were using. (This type of thing should be mandatory.) So the little decisions being made in this article do not cover all the errors that were made by BP at some level in the corporation. I would imaging there are safety people who will also be fired eventually over this, as well as some program managers and a few higher ups for balance.

  • The Irony of a Teachers' Union

    06/17/2010 10:50:03 AM PDT · 6 of 6
    KC_for_Freedom to AngelesCrestHighway

    I was in year two of a probationary period. they laid off or down scoped all the probationary teachers due to budget cutbacks. Next year, perhaps they will be forced to lay off tenured teachers.

    BTW, I had served 9 years and had tenure in another district, but I was also 62 years old when hired. I was surprised to even be considered due to my age but of course age was never mentioned as a criteria.

  • The Irony of a Teachers' Union

    06/16/2010 10:53:39 AM PDT · 4 of 6
    KC_for_Freedom to MichCapCon

    Nothing new here, I was just laid off in a Santa Clara CA school district. All the layoffs occurred in the newest teachers — even though I am far from young, I was new to the district.

    Using any other criteria would lead to a kind of meritocracy in the field, something the union cannot ever agree to.

  • 16 Burning Questions About The Oil Spill That We Deserve To Have Answered

    06/16/2010 10:35:20 AM PDT · 11 of 11
    KC_for_Freedom to Nick Danger

    Agreed,

    No real questions were asked, like why did the BOPs not work, (my burning question). Instead, the article simply runs in circles asking about the animals and coastline.

    I would like to know when the Jones act will be waived and more skimmers brought in, I would like to know what criteria must be met to remove the moritorium on drilling in the offshore areas.

    I would like to know when ANWR will be opened for drilling.

    There are lots of questions, but this publication is a fraud.

  • Obama's Remarks To Nation On Oil Spill [Full Text]

    06/15/2010 8:55:16 PM PDT · 112 of 178
    KC_for_Freedom to rcrngroup

    What you say is sad but very true. While he is invincible, we must move to take away his legislative and court appointment power in the next election. With his wings clipped, perhaps we can survive until his term expires.

    Let us never forget how important it is to run a good candidate.

  • Ax may fall on tax break for mortgages

    06/10/2010 9:26:59 PM PDT · 133 of 208
    KC_for_Freedom to AlanGreenSpam

    You of course are correct however our system is riddled with people of one sort giving something so others can have a break. Think of the healthy individual who buys insurance in case of some catastrophic accident that does not happen. He nevertheless is subsidizing the care that others are getting. (He is doing it voluntarily which is a good point, but it is another example of indirect subsidy.) The renter has a choice, if he (or she) wants to have the deduction, then make a decision to qualify and take down a home mortgage.

    I like this deduction, but since there are other government programs I don’t like I will go along with you and say scrap the homeowner deduction. People will still find a way to buy houses, and since there will be fewer loans, interest rates will fall. This has been a giant subsidy to the banking industry, and they don’t really need subsidies.