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Posts by logician2u

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  • Coast to Coast AM: "Gun Rights" with John R Lott (More Guns, Less Crime)

    08/09/2016 8:58:02 PM PDT · 8 of 8
    logician2u to lee martell

    Listen on Iheart.com — KFI in Los Angeles carries C2C all night, repeating the show after 2 am PDT.

  • Candidates poised for classified briefings despite spy agency worries over Trump

    07/28/2016 7:34:54 PM PDT · 28 of 61
    logician2u to wastoute
    If Trump tells us what he finds out there could be hell to pay.

    Don't expect the briefings he gets to include even a hint of the smell of dirty laundry.

    The various agencies have been compromised for at least the last seven years, perhaps longer. The Snowden releases confirmed it.

    It's not like the old days of the Cold War when we were all playing on the same team.

  • Candidates poised for classified briefings despite spy agency worries over Trump

    07/28/2016 7:26:56 PM PDT · 17 of 61
    logician2u to Cen-Tejas

    As much as I’d like to agree with you on that, judging by recent events in this country and abroad . . I highly doubt it.

  • Russia’s Pattern of Influencing Foreign Politics

    07/27/2016 9:49:09 PM PDT · 11 of 12
    logician2u to milton23
    The nasty Russkies again?

    Heaven for-fend!

    Putin needs to take a lesson from the good ol' U.S.A. and do his international politicking out in the open where everybody can watch. (Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, though . . . )

    National Democratic Institute

    International Republican Institute

  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN: Favorite "Numbers Songs, tell us your Favorites

    06/23/2016 7:21:43 PM PDT · 181 of 403
    logician2u to left that other site
    Thanks for the clarification.

    If we're allowed to list movie themes with a number, how about the theme from "Elvira Madigan" which some of us know as Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21?

    If anyone knows a classical movie theme with a higher number, let's see it.

  • THE FREEPER CANTEEN: Favorite "Numbers Songs, tell us your Favorites

    06/23/2016 6:58:00 PM PDT · 141 of 403
    logician2u to left that other site

    42nd Street
    Slaughter on 10th Avenue
    Theme from “10”

  • TWA 800: The Great Untold Story of Our Time

    06/07/2016 9:36:39 PM PDT · 109 of 206
    logician2u to Tymesup

    He’s also the one who contributed valuable disinformation on each and every article about the OKC Federal Building bombing posted on FR, IIRC.

  • Ten Million Ketchup Vanities

    06/01/2016 11:53:51 AM PDT · 65 of 90
    logician2u to djf
    Then you must have never tasted Snider's.

  • Obama Decrees ALL Public Schools Must Allow Transgender Bathroom Use

    05/13/2016 3:23:07 PM PDT · 77 of 82
    logician2u to SharpRightTurn
    Yet another reason for private schools or, better yet, home schooling.

    . . which, if parents take responsibility and don't just gripe and whine, will offer proof that markets and individuals making decisions in their children's own best interest are more important, more powerful, than anything politicians try to burden them with.

    Even politicians occupying the White House.

  • Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

    05/11/2016 10:53:51 AM PDT · 28 of 43
    logician2u to fella
    Quite a coincidence this comes out while an investigation is underway on the so-far unexplained cause of the pop singer, Prince's, death a week or two ago.

    Addiction to prescription painkillers is suspected. The DEA and other federales are tracking down suspects. We will all be in suspense until the issue is put to rest, which could take weeks or months.

    Such a high-profile investigation is more called for after the sudden death of a Supreme Court justice, one would think.

    Is there another possible reason, do you think?

    Will we one day--not soon, let's hope, as we all would like to reach our "golden years" in some degree of good health--be forced to suffer the agony of diarrhea because the nanny state forbids us the use of currently-available remedies?

  • Gradual Escalation: A Vietnam Shadow Falls on Obama's Iraq

    05/11/2016 10:25:35 AM PDT · 21 of 27
    logician2u to Vigilanteman
    You have, maybe inadvertently, confirmed what a smart Greek figured out 2500 years ago:
    In war, truth is the first casualty.
    - Aeschylus
  • White Men Should Stop Running For Office, Colorado Group Says

    05/05/2016 8:36:51 AM PDT · 43 of 55
    logician2u to massmike

    With the exception of women, the other “groups” this PAC purports to be helping are already over-represented in political offices in proportion to their number.

  • What phrases commonly used today are derived from obsolete technologies?

    05/05/2016 8:04:06 AM PDT · 88 of 160
    logician2u to rlmorel
    Yep, Grace Hopper was what you'd call sui generis. What a great woman she was, and a great speaker for any occasion, graduations especially.

    60 Minutes ran a segment on Rear Admiral Hopper before her last retirement from the Navy. The highlight (from my point of view) was her using a "visual aid" to describe a nanosecond: she held up a length of wire a little less than a foot long. Most viewers probably had no idea, and most still don't, that light and radio waves take a little time to travel any distance.

  • What phrases commonly used today are derived from obsolete technologies?

    05/05/2016 7:47:22 AM PDT · 83 of 160
    logician2u to harpygoddess
    You need to toe the line.

    (Not nautical, although often misspelled.)

  • Republican party now more hated in US than it's been in 24 YEARS and Donald Trump may be to blame

    04/29/2016 12:06:05 PM PDT · 40 of 53
    logician2u to xenia
    Having been lifelong Republican, I now am disgusted with the party because of what they are doing to Trump.

    I'm with you but four years ahead of you. The establishment RINOs pulled the same stunts they're doing now on Ron Paul by stealing his delegates, changing the rules so he couldn't be nominated at the convention, basically writing him out of the party.

    Watch: in the next few days, we could see a Paul endorsement of Donald Trump.

    Sow >>>>> Reap

  • Favorite Breakup Songs,tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 4~29~16

    04/29/2016 10:45:05 AM PDT · 561 of 564
    logician2u to fatima
    One for us old fogies, and anyone who appreciates popular music as it was once performed:

    "I Wish You Love"

  • The Porn Catastrophe

    04/06/2016 9:24:12 PM PDT · 39 of 44
    logician2u to Vince Ferrer; Publius
    The street signs give it away. Denver has no "NE" streets.

    It does have some gawdawful new apartment buildings such as the one depicted, though, most with inadequate parking, no children's play areas, poor security. Might as well advertise them as being for singles only.

  • DOJ ´may force Apple to turn over entire operating system source code´

    03/13/2016 10:08:00 AM PDT · 38 of 55
    logician2u to Poison Pill
    How? As far as I know there is not one canidate who backs Apple.

    True, if you are only looking at the "mainstream" candidates.

    Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson has stood firmly with Apple since the court order was issued last month.

    Granted, it's not Johnson's key issue. However, he and fellow Libertarian candidate John McAfee appear to be the only contenders for the presidency so far who are going to bat for the American people and the Constitution.

    Watch the media downplay this and inundate us with phony issues such as which Republican candidate is more popular with white supremacists. They will totally ignore the Libertarians, just as they have in all previous elections.

  • Trump’s bad logic on 'bad trade deals'

    03/07/2016 10:30:54 AM PST · 67 of 128
    logician2u to reaganaut1
    It is telling that so many here have succumbed to the discredited populist (actually, Marxist, but we can argue that another time) views on trade.

    Protectionism leads inevitably to shortages, dislocations and poverty in the nations that practice it.

    Want an example? Look at Cuba, North Korea, the former Soviet Union before glasnost allowed Russians to enjoy Levi's, Pepsi and rock-n-roll. (It makes no difference whether imports are restricted as a result of tariffs imposed by the home country or an embargo by other nations. The same conditions result.)

    There was a time when the Republican Party truly was the party of big business. Tariffs worked in their favor, making foreign products more expensive for not only consumers but also (do I even need to go further?) cotton and tobacco farmers in the Democrat-run South, who were expected to be buying their equipment from industrial New England rather than Europe. Democrats, claiming to represent the "working class" and farmers, wanted the high tariffs reduced.

    Nowadays, the two parties have pretty much traded places on trade. Up is down, down is up, as AlGore once said.

    Blame our publik schools, the fount of all miseducation in the USA.

  • So, who’s staying home in November if Trump’s the nominee?

    02/22/2016 10:17:49 PM PST · 7 of 296
    logician2u to 2ndDivisionVet

    There will be options other than staying home.

    No person, no party owns your vote.

  • Free Trade Charlatans In Our Midst/TownHall

    01/19/2016 8:17:41 AM PST · 5 of 16
    logician2u to Mase
    +1
  • Favorite "Town,City,Street" songs.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 12~11~15

    12/10/2015 8:34:35 PM PST · 270 of 362
    logician2u to fatima
    Maybe not a favorite but still very listenable:

    A Little Street in Singapore by the Manhattan Transfer

  • Favorite"Woman"Songs.Title or lyrics,tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 11~13~15

    11/12/2015 6:08:54 PM PST · 167 of 329
    logician2u to fatima
    " . . a woman's a two-face, a worrisome thing, who leads you to sing . . the Blues in the Night"

    Can anyone think of a more definitive version of this Arlen/Mercer classic than this?

    Sinatra and Riddle in their prime.

  • Ben Carson: Create transgender bathrooms

    11/05/2015 7:05:50 PM PST · 102 of 217
    logician2u to Norm Lenhart
    No, best this come out now rather than in office. Let him fry himself.

    There are plenty of better reasons not to make Dr. Carson the Republican nominee.

    My concern is that any candidate who stoops to answer trivial questions thrown at him by the media only invites more of the same.

    We've seen it all before: boxers or jockey shorts? What's your favorite game show/sports team/musical group?

    Reporters love to ask off-the-wall questions in hopes that a candidate will be caught off-guard and provide them an off-the-wall answer for the nightly news.

    That's good for ratings and advertising sales but not especially helpful in choosing a candidate for office.

    The only way to stop such abuses is to (politely) refuse to take the bait.

  • Ben Carson: Create transgender bathrooms

    11/05/2015 6:31:51 PM PST · 49 of 217
    logician2u to springwater13
    The good Doc would be advised to respond with "No comment" to these kind of "social" issues lest the always-alert-for-a-racial-angle mainstream media turn his answer into something he did not intend.

    A declining number of Southerners can attest to the cost and inconvenience of building and maintaining two sets of restrooms, as required by law.

  • Bush Endorses Universal Surveillance [semi-satire]

    08/24/2015 11:46:36 AM PDT · 2 of 2
    logician2u to John Semmens
    Good one, John.

    But you left out the "If you've done nothing wrong . . " assurance that a large percentage of zombies are looking for whenever new or enhanced surveillance is proposed.

    Was that just an oversight or are you saving that for a future semi-satire?

    Hmm. A certain bloviating governor might be just the ticket for such a semi-satire, as the 9-11 successor to Rudy Guiliani.

  • Super cold, slew of snow in Old Farmer's Almanac forecast

    08/15/2015 9:16:48 PM PDT · 22 of 57
    logician2u to Oratam

    The height of skunk cabbage.

  • Feds warn states about highway funding cut off

    05/16/2015 8:27:49 PM PDT · 10 of 28
    logician2u to Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    Notice that this article, as most do, attempts to equate "transportation funding" with "road funding."

    That has not been the case since the Nixon administration and less so in each succeeding decade.

    This paragraph should give a hint as to just who "transportation advocates" are and what their agenda is:

    Transportation advocates have pushed Congress to increase the tax for the first time in two decades to pay for a long-term infrastructure funding extension, but lawmakers have been reluctant to ask drivers to pay more at the pump.

    Just copy "Transportation advocates" and paste into your favorite Web search engine and the answer is evident. (It's really transit advocates asking for a gas tax increase, since neither they nor their government-run buses and trains would have to pay it.)

  • Greens, conservatives want weed legalized [Germany]

    05/13/2015 8:35:48 PM PDT · 34 of 46
    logician2u to Olog-hai
    Highly-placed officials in places other than Germany are also looking at costs vs. benefits of keeping pot illegal:

    Time has come to re-examine cannabis prohibition, Israel's police chief says

    Changes are a-coming, citizens. Best that you prepare for them.

  • SEPTA Says Commuter Train Hit By Projectile Just Before Amtrak Train Derailed

    05/13/2015 11:13:32 AM PDT · 165 of 241
    logician2u to hoosiermama

    Typical for freight siding. Not the mainline which is off the photo on the right.

  • Indiana Governor Signs State Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    03/27/2015 8:59:24 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    logician2u to GodAndCountryFirst
    Now you go and change the subject, GACF.

    Most of today's conservatives never get to the heart of the matter--protecting property rights, and the corresponding right to do business and contract with those of your choosing--since they think an exception can be carved out of the law on the basis of religious liberty. It's just so mean-spirited, politically incorrect, racist even, to believe an ordinary American should have the right to "discriminate." So rather than go full-tilt against the state's invasion of individual freedom and suffer the name-calling that inevitably follows, they settle for the "I strongly believe" exemption.

    Aside from Sen. Rand Paul, who has no doubt backed off from his earlier criticism of it by now, is there even one sitting politician who shares your opinion on the flawed Civil Rights Act of 1964? They all know the consequences of touching that third rail.

    This is how far we've progressed in 50 years, from forced racial segregation to forced same-sex cake-baking. When will the American public realize that using the force of government to achieve some social goal is not good for society?

  • The End of South Africa

    02/12/2015 5:53:29 PM PST · 18 of 42
    logician2u to Altura Ct.
    So does NR now favor secession after all these years?

    Amazing.

  • Pentagon to deploy 400 troops to train Syrian rebels

    01/16/2015 12:38:31 AM PST · 10 of 24
    logician2u to Mozilla
    Dear President 0bama:

    Send John McCain. He's got experience, gravitas and attitude.

    As much as I hate to admit it, he's probably the Republican closest to your way of thinking when it comes to choosing up sides in the never-ending WOT. (You wouldn't be related, would you? No, I guess not.)

    I mean, it's like some people can go the the races and spot a winner just seeing the colors the jockey's wearing, never mind the horse. Others, they look at the wrong end of the horse and end up losing every time.

    That's you and Sen. McCain. Two of a kind. (Hey, maybe you and the Senator could sing that one at next year's Gridiron Dinner, a duet like Frankie and Dean--or was is Sammy?--did many years ago. That would be a hoot! And if it comes off well, you could encore with "Together Wherever We Go.")

    Whatever you do, please don't even think about nominating John McCain for SecDef if that job comes open again. Sure, he's a hardliner just like you, but you need some diversity, and not just with age, sex, race, religion, etc., etc., etc. Diversity of opinion, political philosophy, background, education is something to strive for if you want a cabinet that looks like America.

    I will make myself available. When can we get together and discuss the military's needs?

    /s/ J. D. Galt

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 10:15:37 PM PST · 21 of 56
    logician2u to ifinnegan

    Either him or Nevada Smith, take your choice.

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · 13 of 56
    logician2u

    “a” = “are”, obviously

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:54:41 PM PST · 12 of 56
    logician2u to pleasenotcalifornia
    You mean there a leftist Catholics?

    What a surprise.

  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:51:41 PM PST · 10 of 56
    logician2u to ifinnegan
    Yes, and songs too:
    • Que serra, serra
    • Serrabande
    • Serranade in Bleu
    • Sunrise Serranade
    • Serranade from "The Student Prince"
    • Schubert's Serranade
    Pardon the imprecise spelling. It's phonetically correct anyway. (Some Californians who should know better pronounce Father Serra's name as "Sierra" and must think the mountain range was named for him.)
  • Outrage After Rush Limbaugh Says This About Race

    12/25/2014 2:07:52 PM PST · 295 of 393
    logician2u to NKP_Vet
    So the PC crowd complains that Rush is a racist for his criticism of a Hollyweird stunt to lure a different demographic to their new (and totally not in keeping with the late Ian Fleming's prototypical secret agent) James Bond movies?

    Hey, it's a business, not an art. If the present-day producers think a black James Bond will bring a bigger boxoffice and video sales, it's their money at risk. None of mine will go to cover their investment, you can be sure of that.

    Aside from new writers taking literary license to the extreme in extrapolating how a present-day James Bond would look and act after running out of original material ages ago, there's an aspect to this whole phenomenon which really is bothersome, and should be also to FReepers of any religious persuasion.

    Ian Fleming, James Bond's creator, had been rumored for a while to be homosexual. How this got started is anyone's guess. It could have been petty jealousy, or perhaps a sincere dislike for the Scottish aristocrat who did, during WWII, serve His Majesty in Naval Intelligence. Whatever the source, the charges turned out to be total balderdash, as the British would say.

    Fleming, just as he made his character James Bond into from the very first novel, was a notorious womanizer. He cheated on his wife, had numerous affairs with married women and reportedly engaged in various sadomasochistic acts with his lovers. His close friends were invariably men, as he thought of women as "pets" with only one function in life.

    He led a very active but rather short life, living only until the age of 56. Fleming and his alter ego, Bond, were certainly no role models for men coming of age in the '60s, unless one considers a person like Hugh Hefner to be a suitable role model for male morality.

    OK, the early bond films were exciting, well-scripted with magnificent scenery, there's no question about that. But hasn't this horse already run too many races, and isn't it time to put him out to pasture?

    Maybe this next Bond adventure will be his last, regardless of who gets selected for the lead role.

  • Meet the man who set into motion the events that led to Eric Garner’s death

    12/24/2014 11:51:41 AM PST · 22 of 50
    logician2u to 2ndDivisionVet

    Tragedy of the commons rears its ugly head.

  • Meet the man who set into motion the events that led to Eric Garner’s death

    12/24/2014 11:44:36 AM PST · 19 of 50
    logician2u to 2ndDivisionVet
    Ugh . . what difference does it make?

    Corruption extends upward and downward along the chain of command as long as you have laws on the books which cannot be equitably enforced.

    Chances are good that you and I are breaking some law or another right this moment, on Christmas Eve. But we will skate for now because the police can't do 24/7 surveillance of our homes and offices--yet.

    Weighed on a risk/reward scale, selling untaxed cigarettes on a street in NYC is somewhere in the middle. Lower than selling dope, I'm sure, but higher than flipping burgers at McDonald's. Get caught selling loosies and the punishment is light, so you set up on another corner once you get out or pay the fine.

    It's not that the law or the police are intrinsically anti-black. It's more that New Yorkers most likely to risk being snagged in it are those on the edge of poverty, struggling to feed their family, and blacks make up a disproportionate percentage of that group.

  • Slow carpool lanes draw complaints from commuters, DOT

    12/15/2014 10:13:51 PM PST · 57 of 58
    logician2u to EveningStar
    Carpool lanes are so clogged in California, the state could lose federal funding and approval for projects if it doesn’t fix the problem.

    If it comes down to a tug-of-war between the feds and the Jerry Brownian Calif***ians for who keeps the loot from federal gas taxes, I'm all in favor of it staying in corrupt Washington, D.C. rather than be squandered by CALTRANS.

    Not that DOT would make better use of the funds than CALTRANS, because I'm sure they would not. They would undoubtedly be sent to other states to be wasted on bike paths or light rail construction which ultimately will become a money pit for those state and local governments to fill at the cost of foregoing worthwhile highway projects.

    However, there is a positive side to Washington not funding Calif***ia's ever-expanding carpool network. As one of the largest recipients of federal transportation dollars, having their portion of the pot cut off for a minor infraction of the rules written into federal law to satisfy mostly anti-highway enviros and anti-growth Malthusians would sound the alarm that federal money is not free: accept it at your own risk.

    The sooner large states such as Calif***ia get shorted by the feds and consequently have to go their own way toward funding local road projects the sooner we can bid adieu to the federal fuel tax. With the Interstate Highway System having been finished for twenty-five years, isn't it about time?

  • Mysterious Death of Obama Critic and Reporter on Bin Laden’s Death and Ferguson Labeled Suicide

    12/13/2014 8:50:31 PM PST · 42 of 68
    logician2u to Seeing More Clearly Now
    Nothing new here. Assassination of informants, reporters, free-lancers who know too much is a time-tested way to keep unpleasant truths from the hoi-polloi.

    When it's a trusted advisor, an insider or money-handler who's the target, e.g., Vince Foster, people start asking questions but seldom get satisfactory answers. He/she was depressed, had a heart condition, was on drugs.

    There are all kinds of (barely) believable reasons offered for a suicide. Absent a note or an eye-witness, how could you prove otherwise? An autopsy reveals the cause of death, not the reason for suicide, much less homicide.

    We live in interesting times.

  • Favorite Songs,with Man or Woman in title or lyrics.Tell us your Favorites.Freeper Canteen 12~12~14

    12/11/2014 7:24:29 PM PST · 165 of 278
    logician2u to fatima
    A Man and a Woman from the 1966 movie of the same name.

    Lyrics?

    This song is complete without them. (At least they're easy to remember!)

  • Acker Bilk: legendary British jazz clarinettist dies aged 85

    11/02/2014 5:13:09 PM PST · 43 of 56
    logician2u to the scotsman
    So sorry to learn of Mr. Acker Bilk's death. One of my favorites, second only to Pete Fountain on clarinet doing trad jazz.

    He had a long career, it would seem, having performed his final concert just last year.

    My favorite of his is "Petit Fleur" played with, IMHO, quite a bit more feeling than in the original recordings by its more famous composer, Sidney Bechet.

  • Why The Roman Empire Fell:

    10/03/2014 9:07:13 PM PDT · 102 of 130
    logician2u to Vinylly
    Opinions differ as to the primary causes of Rome's fall. As contemporaneous history is most often written by the victors, scholars often have less than complete written history of wars, rebellions and plagues of antiquity which, given the sources, may be more biased than what we would tolerate on the cable news channels these days. The importance of archeology in reconstructing what really happened cannot be overstated.

    As for parallels between empires Roman and American, I suggest you take a look at this book from 2005 (or the updated version, after the housing bubble popped--it's expanded, not revised). Even though their book is about financial stuff that most of us here already know--hopefully--in the course of the narrative, the authors draw a rather gloomy word picture of America's descent into empire in the Roman tradition, commencing exactly 100 years ago, rehashing in detail various socio-economic conditions that led to the Roman Empire's collapse, suitably buttressing their (at the time, minority) opinion that the United States is, indeed, an "empire of debt."

    Does 1913 ring a bell in your mind? A triple-whammy, right?

  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 4:08:55 PM PDT · 17 of 28
    logician2u to Citizen Zed
    More shenanigans in Ohio than in all of the Emerald Isle.

    Was it Lenin who said it doesn't matter who votes, all that matters is who counts the votes?

    Add to that, "who gets his name on the ballot."

    This could be series. And hugh.

  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 3:46:25 PM PDT · 35 of 36
    logician2u to Calvin Locke; Bloody Sam Roberts
    What does Rockefeller do for Harvard?

    Good question.

    They have their own college in Chicago, so why would they even care about Harvard other than getting an honorary degree or two for the grandkids.

  • Koch Foundation to College: We’ll Give You Millions—if You Teach Our Libertarian Ideology

    09/29/2014 3:42:27 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    logician2u to PGR88
    Why not give the money to Auburn? They already host the Ludwig von Mises Institute. They seem to be doing a good job of promoting the Austrian School of Economics.

    Mises Institute hasn't been affiliated with Auburn for over ten years. Separate but unequal.

    Odds of the Kochs donating to either Auburn of LvMI are slim to none, as they don't travel on the same path. Lew Rockwell, founding president of the Mises Institute, in fact scornfully refers to those publishers, think tanks and 527 fund-raising groups supported by the Kochs as belonging to the "Kochtopus." That list is quite extensive, as you can imagine.

    The Koch brothers may be outwardly "libertarian" but their loyalty is first and foremost to their family business empire, not ideology.

  • Denver area students walk out of school in protest

    09/24/2014 9:05:49 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    logician2u to Right Brother
    Isn't it strange that student protests don't spontaneously spring up when government schools--which most of us on FR over the age of thirty are likely the products of, since home schooling was illegal in every state until the late '80s--indoctrinate their conscripted victims in the glories of the New Deal, the Great Society and world government as you'll find in most high-school "social studies" textbooks?

    Not to mention the emphasis on environmentalism ("saving the earth"} which starts about the third grade and continues through science classes, history classes and "social studies" until the kids are able to recite Rachel Carson and AlGore from memory.

    Let's face it: American public schools are our version of madrasas with nearly as rigid a curriculum, the difference being it's anti-religious rather than devoted to one faith as in the Muslim world.

    When Common Core is implemented nationwide, does anyone expect there will be protests? I don't.

    The schools have been in the pocket of leftists since John Dewey. There have been occasional deviations, once-in-a-decade take-overs of school boards by well-meaning conservatives. But as a rule, they don't last; either they get voted out or give up in frustration after being verbally assaulted by unionized teachers, PTA parents and the local media.

    This small victory for including traditional subjects to be taught in Jefferson County schools has made headlines, generated discussion on talk shows and probably brought a smile or two to conservative parents. But don't even expect that the NEA, the federal Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Education and the various hangers-on whose livelihood is tied to what once was called "progressive education" will roll over and play dead.

    Next year, they will enlist the help of teachers' unions nation-wide to raise millions to re-take the school board. And they will probably succeed, since there is no equivalent "parents' union" and most parents don't know what their kids are being exposed to in class anyway.

    It's a futile exercise at best.

    If you have school-age children and hope to see them learn without the left-wing bias that comes with government-funded education, there are ways to do it, but don't expect a majority of parents in your town to come to your aid and swing the next school-board election to a conservative slate so Johnny will be taught un-PC American History.

    It's not likely to happen, and the clock is ticking. By the time they're in high school, your kids have had eight years of getting their young minds filled with liberal mush. Turning them into conservatives at that late stage is more difficult, so it's better that you get an earlier start.

    If they are already in a public school, take them out of it. They're your kids, not the government's--not yet anyway--and it's your right to give them the kind of education you think is appropriate.

    Home school, private school, parochial school, even military school is preferable to the cesspool that's the public schools.

    They are socialist from the start, so why would anyone expect them to honestly give fair credit to the free-market, capitalist system for making the United States the most productive (and until recently, the most free) nation there ever was?

  • What English Pet Peeves do You Love to Hate?

    09/08/2014 11:16:37 AM PDT · 141 of 180
    logician2u to PeteePie
    How about this?

    "Administrate."

    That's presumably what an administrator does. I've seen it occasionally in print, but more often heard it on talk shows.

    But isn't the accepted verb form of administration "administer?" Is there a subtlety of meaning those of us not so privileged as to be administrators cannot recognize?