Saturday, December 24, 2011

How to Make Pizza

K.Z in Maryland wrote to President Obama with a very sad story.  You see if the Payroll Tax Cuts were allowed to expire K.Z would not be able to have pizza night with his kids...or...have cable T.V.  OH THE HUMANITY!!

Don't despair K.Z....Let this Tea Party Activist show you how to survive the horror of losing 40 bucks.  First...lets make some Tea Party Pizza.

THE DOUGH.  There are two routes you can go here K.Z.  First you can buy the pizza dough already made, or you can make it yourself.  Here is a recipe for your own pizza dough...best of all there are no preservatives.  Get it here...I have tested this one..and it is yummmmmy.

THE SAUCE.  The sauce is actually optional...since you are a liberal you will be drawn to put tofu or some other nasty ingredients on top...I keep it simple...so tomato paste, garlic, basil and olive oil to taste. You can also splurge and buy a jar of ready made sauce....but it is full of yucky preservatives.

THE TOPPINGS.  Carrots are not good on a pizza, so you might want to try out some nice onions, green peppers, or my favorite Meat.  I'm just guessing here but I think your lack of meat may be causing you to not think clearly.

Now making your own pizza is a load of fun and a great way for the family to have an awesome Pizza Night...best of all it will cost under 12 bucks for a super extra large PIZZA.  You can take the time you would normally be spending with the cable remote and actually TALK with your children.  You will also be introducing them to the concept of being frugal, working toward a goal, making their own food.

As a Tea Party Activist I am not a fan of taxes..however..the payroll tax is supposed to go toward Social Security..a system that is already unsustainable...mainly due to fat lazy pigs like my Ex-sister-in-law.  Instead, to pay for your tax cut the Democrats want to raise the fees on new home sales.

The issue is not eating pizza...watching movies...or spending time with your family.  The issue is creating a budget that forces our government to live within its means....something you might be interested in trying. I see many people every week that make far less than you or I and they have a great time with their kids doing some crazy things like fishing, playing board or card games, or just talking.  I seriously do not think your problem is not having another 40 bucks in your pay check...but you might be a tad bit lazy.   If you would like to see how bad things could be check out any of the references to the Great Depression...or heaven forbid the recessions of the 60's.

Good luck K.Z.  you are raising some government dependent children...I feel for you.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Get Rid of All Politicians

Throw the Bums Out

If you spend just a little bit of time reading comments about politics you will quickly come face to face with the Dumbest Argument Ever on the Internet. You probably know what I am going to say but I will say it anyway. “Get Rid of all Politicians”.

The “Get rid of all politicians” argument is right up there with “I am neither a Liberal nor a Conservative”, or “[insert name here] is not a News Organization”. As silly as all three statements seem, there are those who truly believe them.

Before we go getting rid of something, we really should figure out what that something is. For instance, before tossing out that odd looking lamp, we might want to know what that lamp is and what it might be worth. So what is a Politician?

There are some strict definitions for a Politician, but this is the one I like: A Politician is a person who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making. For the sake of keeping the discussion simple, I avoid including those who are involved in the policy making for private business or private organizations. After all, if the local Quilting Society decides when they will have their meetings, most of us could care less. When most people hear the word Politician they think of someone holding a position within public government.

Of course most of the “Get rid of all Politician” types might be confused since not all politicians are created equal. Some politicians must be elected, others are appointed. For instance, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are appointed...while your State Supreme Court Justices are elected. There are actually classes of Politicians. We will briefly touch on some of these classes.

The Associated Politicians. This class spans the gap between Public and Private politics. Many factions (I do not mean that in a derogatory way) use Professional Politicians to influence public policy and decision making. Another term for this type of politician is a Lobbyist. How you view a lobbyist has much to do with who the lobbyist represents. If they represent a group that you happen to like, then they are a good thing...if they represent something you dislike..then they are scum.

The job of a Lobbyist is to influence public policy by convincing those in policy making positions that their group should be considered in those decisions. They do this by convincing the policy makers that the groups values are consistent with the politicians values and goals. Nothing wrong with that, is there? Lobbyists are really nothing more than a mouthpiece for the many factions that exist in our nation. Of course, the biggest factions will get the most attention....and of course there is plenty of room for corruption.

The Appointed Politician. As I mentioned earlier The Supreme Court Justices are appointed. In American Politics, the Appointed Politicians and the process that appoints them, has created some of the greatest stories of political intrigue and deception. For more on this I strongly suggest you study the actions of President John Adams prior to his defeat in 1800 and his Midnight Judges..then follow it to the case of Marbury v. Madison.

In our nation..one based on laws...the appointment of judges is very important...but what about appointing an Ambassador to Peru..or to a lower position, say in the Department of Agriculture. Amazingly you do not need to know where Peru is...or what the Department of Agriculture does...you just need a nod from the President in most cases.


The Elected Politician. Now we come to the person some of us love and some of us hate...the elected government official. This person gets to make up the laws and regulations that make us happy or sad...They have the real power in this country. Do they really? In countries that have Queens and Kings...yes they do..in countries that have Dictators, or Emperors they certainly do...In the United States the right to govern is given by the people. That right is contained in and controlled by our Constitution. Our elected officials are free to govern so long as their mandates or laws meet the criteria of the Constitution.

To become an Elected Politician means getting elected. This requires understanding the game of politics. Politics is the ultimate sales job. Ever see a car salesman's ad on TV...then wonder to yourself..who would buy a car from that yahoo? Lot of people will buy from him..for nearly every reason imaginable...if nothing else than to say “I bought a car from that crazy dude on TV”.

There is a sub-category of the Elected Politician...I call them the Career Politician....this guy not only gets elected once...but twice...maybe three times...sometimes he serves so long it is the only job he has ever known. Is this bad? The people who elected him will say no...those who don't like him will say yes. Heck, we have even passed laws limiting how long some of these guys can serve. Is this bad? Some will say yes...others no.

If nothing else the Career Politician has proven he knows how to play the game...and in politics..playing the game is what counts.

What would happen if.... We got rid of Associated Politicians (Lobbyists)?

Trade Unions, Labor Unions, People Who Love Animals, People for Guns, People against guns...none of these groups would exist...why would they if they can't influence Government?

What would happen if... We got rid of all Appointed Politicians?

Do we make all of the Departments of the Cabinet elected?

Do we elect every judge?

Do we elect every ambassador?

If you think elections are ugly now...imagine that cluster.

If you think Government is slow and unresponsive..imagine ten thousand people making decisions based on getting elected.

What would happen if... We got rid of Elected Politicians?

Government would cease to exist...we would devolve into small bands...the sick and poor would not be an issue for very long...since they would not survive very long...

Even if we got rid of just Career Politicians would would have a government with no idea how to govern. We would become....Mexico. We would have rookies negotiating with other countries...and getting beat in every deal...which would make us....Europe.

Politicians are hated, loved, revered, and the topic of so many awesome jokes we would be lost without them.

Does our process need tweaking? Of course it does..it has been getting tweaked since Washington was elected...some of the tweaking has been dramatic...some less so..but it has always been by the will of the people..and the protection they enjoy under our Constitution.


So the next time someone says “Get rid of all the Politicians”...they are either joking...or ignorant.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Another Letter From my Senator

THE LETTER FROM MY SENATOR


“A loaf of whole wheat. A gallon of gasoline. A pair of Levi’s. Americans are paying more for many basic items this year, making tough economic times even tougher.”

Part of the reason, according to The New York Times, is that speculators are still playing games in the marketplace. Our regulators allow them to wildly bid up the price for everyday items we need, like wheat, gasoline and heating oil.

Despite a clear directive from Congress to rein in excessive speculation, our watchdogs in Washington seem to be listening more to Wall Street, and not acting quickly enough to protect American consumers. Consider: On any given day about half of the oil futures contracts are bought and sold by traders, not companies that use oil, like airlines and power companies. And the sky’s the limit when it comes to how much of the market traders can control.

To help stop the manipulation of commodities prices, now to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission - and tell the members to stop speculators from interfering with the price of food and energy. Tell the commissioners to stop listening to Wall Street lobbyists. Tell them to impose meaningful position limits.

And while you’re at it, forward this note to your friends, family and others who care about this issue. If the commission hears from enough folks, it’ll adopt stronger rules next month when a vote is scheduled.

Sincerely,



Nelson Signature




MY RESPONSE TO SENATOR NELSON

Dear Bill,

It has been almost three months since you wrote to me last.  So how have you been?  I've noticed that during these very troubling times we don't hear much from you?  Out of sight out of mind is a good way to play it, if we were not watching you.

In your letter quoting an "article" in the New York Times you make it sound like Wall Street and those evil corporations are up to no good...Would this include Indyne Inc?  These guys gave you $57,000..and they are listed in the top 100 Contractors to the Government....I wonder who helped them out with that?  

But wait...there is more...

Finmeccanica SpA Donated $49,800 to you...They are not an American company...they are Italian. Buy American (send your money to Italy).  Oh, but the plot thickens

Ever hear of Greenberg Traurig LLP?  They put $41,325 into your war chest. Interesting thing about that Law Firm...some guy named Jack Abramoff worked for them It is so interesting I think our readers will enjoy this link. Greenberg Traurig LLP

How much does a Senator cost? $42,500.  That is how much Kindred Healthcare donated to you...you know them...they make tons of bucks from Medicaid and Medicare.  Having a politician like you in their pocket is a good idea.  

Now I understand your concern with lobbyists...especially those that did not donate to you...I mean really Bill...you only got $278,305 from those cheapskates.  

Time for a reality check Billy.  The problem facing this state...this entire country is Jobs.  I will say it again Bill...JOBS.  While you are schmoozing with Corporate donors, and Lobbyists....the rest of your fellow Floridians are looking for work.  10.7 Bill...Woohoo...we are leading the nation. Meanwhile your jobs killing party is passing legislation that will seal our fate...unless...unless...WaiT for it...


WE FIRE YOU

Yes sir...that is our goal...to see you join the sea of unemployed Floridians...but don't worry Bill, I'm sure there is a law firm or lobby you can join....you seem pretty cozy with them.

Sincerely, 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Unexplained Mystery of Brown Mountain.



Brown Mountain has always been a place of mystery.  The local native tribes consider the mountain a sacred place.  They tell stories about how in ancient times there had been a great battle between two tribes.  At the end of the battle many braves had been killed, and how the Indian Maidens had set out in the darkness with torches to try and find their braves.  Since that time mysterious lights have  appeared on certain nights and weave their way to the top of the mountain.

By the mid 1700's the old Indian trails had become a rough dirt track that led from the small settlements in the Western North Carolina mountain's to the more civilized areas near the coast. The journey would take several weeks and was filled with danger.  The first of which was crossing Brown Mountain.

Sam was driving his team of mules up Brown Mountain.  The mules pulled the wagon slowly, but deliberately up the Mountain side.  The wagon was laden with large barrels of apples and other goods that he and his family spent all summer preparing.  He looked forward to being Moses to sell them in the local villages, and picking up supplies that would keep him and his extended family fed though the winter.  With him was Moses, one of his slaves.  Moses and Sam were more than just Slave and Master, they were friends.  Both of them were 50 years old..an old age by mountain standards.  Although they had made this trip many times, this trip was different.  They would try to cross the mountain at night.

Even in the best of weather the trail over Brown Mountain was dangerous, but with the clouds gathering near the summit, the thought of descending the mountain's rain soaked roads in the dark was not something Sam looked forward to. He figured that if pushed through the night he might beat the storm.  If he waited it might be days before he could cross the mountain.

Around midnight the team reached the summit.  Clouds were swirling close overhead, and as lightning stabbed at the darkness a mist began to settle on the trail below them.  Sam and Moses gently began to guide the team down the trail their way lit by torches and the lightning.  As they descended they had to look hard to see the edge of the trail in the darkness. Though the lightning did provide some light the mist was growing thicker, and the trail was becoming slick with mud as a light rain began to fall.

It is said that when catastrophe hits..time seems to slow down..this was certainly the case for Sam and Moses.  The rear wheel of the wagon had slipped ever so slightly off the trail..the mules feeling the weight of the wagon pulling them backwards panicked and began clawing at the trail to gain a foot hold.  For the slightest of moments it appeared the mules would win..then the wagon tumbled off the trail.

Moses was thrown clear of the wagon in those first moments..and he watched as the wagon careened tail first off the trail dragging the terrified mules..and his master with it.  Sam clung to the buckboard and tried to apply the brake with no effect.  He watched as the mules were slammed against trees as the wagon towed them down the mountain side.

The mules were the first casualties as they were dashed against rocks and trees..miraculously the wagon had missed the first dozen obstacles before finally slamming into a tree throwing Sam down the side of the mountain. Sam slid for what seemed an eternity before coming to rest hard against a rock.

Moses found himself just a few feet off the trail.  At first he found breathing very painful..but in a few moments that passed and he was able to stand.  He walked up to the trail and began looking for some sign of the wagon. Through the mist, as the lightning flashed, he could see a swath of mule and wagon parts littering the slope down the mountain.

Sam slowly opened his eyes..his back was the first thing he noticed..because it felt like someone had lit a fire there..the pain was excruciating.  He tried to move, but couldn't. All he could see at first was the mist and from time to time the lightning revealed that he was under a very large oak tree. He tried to call out, but the pain was too great, and he found himself struggling to remain conscious.

Moses began picking his way down the debris filled slope.  The mist was growing thicker, and the rain was picking up a bit.  He was able to find a torch that had been on the wagon.  Using a flint he kept for his rifle he lit the torch and used it to aid him as he began searching for Sam.

Sam was not sure how long he had been lying there, he figured he had passed out for some time, since the mist was thicker than before, and the rain had lightened up some.  He tested his back and found that it no longer hurt.  This was good since he had to get up and start trying to find Moses. He rose slowly and began looking around him.  He looked first up..then down the slope.  He knew there was no way he could climb the slope, his best bet was to find the trail and follow it back up to where the accident all started.  When the lightning flashed he could see the trail just a few yards below him.  He began making his way down to the trail.

Moses had gone 50 yards or so, half sliding, half falling down the slope.  Every few yards he would see parts of the mules and wagon intermingled with mud, roots, and trees. He began to call out for Sam, and slowly waved his torch in hopes of catching Sam's attention. He noticed that the mist was getting thicker..but at least the rain had slackened.

Sam had made it to the trail.  He was surprised to find that it was not as slick as he thought it should be. He also was surprised to find that after such a terrible fall he was in no pain at all.  He hoped that Moses had also been so lucky. That is when he saw it.  Just ahead in the mist something was glowing and slowly waving back and forth.  It looked like a torch. It was a bit too far to call out, so he quickened his pace to try and catch up to it.

Moses continued down the slope, waving his torch side to side.  He began coming upon larger parts of the wagon.  Their cargo was broken open along the slope.  He realized that he had been lucky to have been thrown free of the wagon when he did.  He could not imagine that his master had survived, but he held out hope.  That is when he saw it...a faint glow along the trail just below him.  Could it be Sam?  He quickened his pace to try and catch up.

Sam was catching up to the light.  That is when he saw there was another light just ahead of the one he was closing in on.  Could it be that there were others on the trail tonight?  Something caught his attention and he turned and looked down the trail.  What he saw sent a chill up his spine.

The mist had grown so thick that Moses's torch had taken on an unearthly glow.  Much like the light he saw on the trail.  As he got closer something didn't seem right about the light. It did not move like it was being carried..it sort of floated. Moses made it to the trail and was just a few yards from the light, that is when he realized he was not alone.

Sam stood frozen as the first Indian Maiden passed. The glow of her torch illuminated her face, the face was that of extreme sorrow as she looked left and right..then slowly passed by him without a word.  The trail was filled with a long line of glowing torches, each one carried by an Indian Maiden mourning her lost brave.

Moses stood and watched as each solemn figure passed by him.  Each with tears streaming silently down their faces.  Each looked right though him, searching for their lost loved one, existing in that place between here and the here-after.

Sam felt a force urging him to walk up the trail, back to the crest where everything had gone so horribly wrong. The mist was growing thicker as he climbed, but he felt no pain as he climbed that mountain in search of Moses.

Moses joined the procession of Maidens as they moved up the mountain, he had no fear of these ghostly creatures as he climbed the mountain in search of his master.

It is said that today, when the mist forms in the valley and begins to enshroud Brown Mountain, the souls of the searchers can be seen proceeding up the mountain in search of their loved ones.  Scientists have said that it is an optical illusion caused by the headlights of cars and trucks on the nearby highway, but that does not explain the first recorded sighting of the lights in 1765 by a German surveyor of the area.

There are a great many things on this Earth that do not have explanations..this is one of them.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Letter from My Senator.

The following is an email sent to me by Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, and my reply.


July 2, 2011

Dear ,

I gave my Fourth of July message in the Senate this past week, and would like to share it with you. 
Some 235 years ago this weekend, John Adams proclaimed that July 2 would mark the most memorable epoch in the history of America.  It was on that day the Continental Congress declared the 13 colonies free and independent of Great Britain’s crown.  It was two days after that when Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was adopted.


And when did Americans first celebrate their independence?


Philadelphia is said to have thrown a big party on July 8, 1776, including a parade and the firing of guns.  George Washington, then camped near New York City, heard the news on July 9 and celebrated then.  But in 1781, Massachusetts became the first state to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.  Ten years later, the young nation’s celebration was dubbed Independence Day.


This Independence Day, I hope every American will stop and think for just a minute about our freedoms – and just how much we owe those who came here long before us and mutually pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.   And let us also remember the young men and women who have died in defense of those freedoms.
We traditionally observe the Fourth with fireworks and fanfare, pomp and parade.  But today we remain engaged in far-away struggles to promote and protect the rights of others who, like us, value freedom and independence.  Many of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are spending their Fourth in Iraq and Afghanistan and other parts of world.


I recently was reminded of the commitment and selfless sacrifice demonstrated by one of America’s World War II veterans, who lives in my state of Florida.


U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Rickel, of Boca Raton, served as a waist gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress.  Sgt. Rickel survived the daring bombing campaign of Schweinfurt, Germany in October 1943, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroism or extraordinary achievement.


Sgt. Rickel and all the military members and all their families knew the risks and sacrifices they were making were worth it.   As President Reagan once said, “Some things are worth dying for ... democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.”
Indeed, our democracy is something to celebrate.  I wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July.


My Reply to the Senator

Bill,


Like you I celebrate the freedoms that I enjoy because of the sacrifice of those who came before me.  Like you I understand what it means to serve my nation.  Like you I celebrate the lives of those who fought and are still fighting for this nation today.


Unlike you I lament the loss of our freedoms by a government that no longer cares about the constitution.  A government that wants to force me to pay,  to buy a service that I do not want or need.  A government that allows millions to break the law, and in fact wishes to reward them for doing so.


Unlike you I am angry at a government that is manipulating the military, elderly, and our schools for political gain. A government that is trying to invade my life, destroy my liberty, and interfere with my pursuit of happiness. 


Unlike you I have been labeled a security risk because I served this nation, and dared speak out against it. A government willing to risk the lives of fellow Americans in order to promote a social agenda.  A government willing to cover up actions that caused the death of those who protect it in order to promote further attacks on my freedoms.


Unlike you I am no longer willing to be a servant of my government, but return my government to being my servant. I support Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, and Free Markets. 


Unlike you I understand what is meant by Freedom of Religion.  The freedom to celebrate my religion without the fear that my government will sue me and my friends for such a celebration. I support the right for every religion to celebrate their faith (to include atheists) publicly.  This has always been the most cherished freedom.


Thank you for your email Bill, I am constantly reminded of the sacrifice made by our troops.  I know their names.  I know their faces.  I know their laugh.  I knew them well.  I miss them, and the world misses their potential. That is one of the reasons my goal is to see that you, and others like you are not reelected.  Nothing personal Bill, its just business.


Enjoy your Fourth, I will be working that day to afford to live, and pay for others to live.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Blight of the Bottom Feeder in Education



The importance of the U.S. Educational system can not be overstated.  It is the key to creating the mind trust that develops all of the other key powers of this nation.  We can't outsource our brains and expect to remain an independent nation.

The key to my discovery is to keep an eye on the objective of Public Education in a Constitutionally mindful manner. Education works best when implemented and controlled at the local level.

If you recall, in the first section I discussed the keys of a successful organization.  The concept of effective lines of communications is an important element in any organization.  Public Education requires the coordination of a large number of people to make it work.  For instance, parents, students, teachers, school administration, district administration, and state administration must coordinate their efforts to create an atmosphere that allows learning to take place.  This requires a great deal of communication to create the type of coordination necessary to achieve learning.

To achieve this level of coordination is difficult in a utopic environment, but when we start to add other elements to the system things are bound to come unglued.  Case in point...Unions.

I will pause while the pro-union, and anti-union groups add a collective squeal.

Unions have no place in today's educational system, in fact, they probably never have had a worthwhile place in education.  There are some extremely compelling arguments in favor of and in opposition to Teacher's Unions.  I will present both.

One argument for Teacher's Unions is the Professional Association.  It promotes the idea of professional growth by sharing ideas and methods among Teaching Professionals.  This includes bringing the best and brightest to highlight issues that they face everyday.  I fully support this idea.  It makes sense.  This type of organization enhances the lines of communications needed to improve the system of education.

Another argument for Teacher's Unions is the protection from spiteful administrators.  In his blog post titled  “Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions” featured on the National Education Association website[1], Chris Janotta stated[2],

“If a teacher does something that causes administration to get involved, it is often not looked upon lightly. It doesn’t matter if administration had to get involved simply because a spiteful parent didn’t like his or her child’s grade or only because the teacher taught something in a way that used out-of-the-box techniques when the administrator likes things done “the old-fashioned way;” once a teacher is on administration’s bad side–faultless or not–he or she must always watch his or her back. “

   This “Us versus Them” mentality is what is destroying any good a Union might do.  It attempts to paint a picture of teachers under persecution from administrators. This type of thing may have happened somewhere, out there.

School Districts consist of locally elected School Boards (your neighbors).  These Districts create the rules and boundaries for Administration, Teachers, Students, and Parents.  The theory is that these boards make rules based on the values of the community.  If a teacher feels they need to use “out of the box techniques” all they need to do is seek approval.  If denied, they can either abide by the rules or move along. Instead they want a Union to strong arm the local community..and the Unions are happy to comply.

Don't let those who attempt to cloud the issue by bringing up the specter of some grand conspiracy of the deepest order...the argument is very simple.  Unions promote their agenda in your community by removing your vote and replacing it with theirs.  This is how Teacher's Unions are destroying the Public Education System and are a threat to your children's future.

For more information on how Teacher's Unions are manipulating your school check out: http://teachersunionexposed.com/

[1]http://www.nea.org/

[2]http://www.edvoices.com/blog/2011/03/22/why-teachers-like-me-support-unions-4/


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Free Your Mind



DEVELOPMENT OF THE QUESTION

The following is my research into the issues facing the U.S. K-12 Educational system. It includes the following areas: What is the purpose, organization, planning, challenges, facts, myths, and what you can personally do to help fix our ailing Public Educational System.

A Short History of Education in America[1]

The level of education by a people is key to their survival as a nation. When you consider the contribution that education plays in support of a nation's security its importance is elevated to more than just something to keep kids busy.


In 1791 seven states in America had included education as part of their constitutions. The ideas is that these schools would have no religious bias, which was representative of the First Amendment. The U.S. Constitution makes education the domain of the States.


The first mandated compulsory school system was formed in Massachusetts by Horace Mann in 1852. For the first time schools were no longer optional, but a requirement enforced by law. This was a major change in the idea of education in the U.S. By 1918 all of the states had formed laws requiring attendance in a public school system.


Another controversy in the U.S. Educational system came when Catholics banded together and formed private schools. These schools were created around a religion and in 1925 the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) affirmed that these schools were constitutional.


By the 1950's Public Schools had become well established, but still very localized. All of the funding for public schools came from state and local sources. Then another landmark court decision changed not only the face of education, but the make up of many American cities.


In 1954, in the case of Brown vs. The Board of Education (Topeka, Kansas), the SCOTUS ruled that segregation is unconstitutional. Schools could no longer discriminate based on race. Although this was a major step toward equality, it also brought about an exodus of wealthy and middle-class whites from urban and inner city areas. This move to the suburbs left poor minority students in poor urban schools.



In 1979 another controversial change took place in U.S. Education, but we will leave that for a bit later.


A Short Primer on Effective Organizations.

The most successful organizations are capable of maintaining short lines of communications, and logistics. This reduces the chance for misunderstanding, and allows for better control of the organizations goals.

Of course you will see many other keys to successful organizations such as developing the human element, the ability to meet this goal requires excellent lines of communications and logistics. That is why you will find many organizations spending millions to improve their methods of communications and logistics.

An effective organization must also have easily understandable goals. Everyone in the organization must know what these goals are, and how they fit into achieving those goals.

The goals of an organization must not only meet present needs, but must also be constantly evaluating future needs. This allows the organization to make well thought out plans that allow them to change with as little drama as possible. It is the flexibility offered by short lines of communications that make this possible.

No Bucks, No Buck Rogers”

Tom Wolfe in his book “The Right Stuff” quoted Gus Grissom's comment about how funding is what made the space program possible. And money is certainly an important factor in everything.

A key concept in government is funding. If you control the money, you control the activity. This concept is as old as government. Within the U.S. Educational System the money is controlled at the State Level (45.6%), Local Government (37.1%), Private Funds (8.9%), and Federal Funds (8.3%).[2]

State governments have learned how to play this game. If you want to know how this works just take a look at how the Feds tried to withhold highway funding from states that did not adhere to the 55 mph speed limit. For an even greater chuckle look at the waivers being given out for Obama-care.

We will investigate how the Department of Ed works this one.

One estimate states that Federal, State, Local, and Private funding cost approximately $500 billion in 2009. In Hillsborough county Florida approximately $8,700 is spent per student per year (For Brevard county that amount is ~$8,100). With this much money floating around there is no doubt that it will attract buzzards. And those buzzards are in a feeding frenzy.

UP NEXT...How the bottom feeders are sucking the life out of education.



Monday, June 13, 2011

Infinity, and the Randomness of Computers.


Infinity is a very difficult idea to grasp...it is infinite.  There is no beginning, there is no end.  What if I told you, you could observe infinity in a space as small as your hand?  If you guessed that a circle is infinite you would be right, but there are some more complex shapes that are also infinite.

The above picture is infinite.  As complex as it looks when you deconstruct it, it is just a circle. How do I know this?  I made that picture, and it is a circle. Although it is a twisted and convoluted circle...it is nothing but a circle.

An open loop is not infinite. An open loop can look like a straight line with a definite start and end.  It can also look like the picture below.


I know...I made the picture using nothing but lines.

Even the easiest of arguments can become a tangle that will ensnare its creator if they are not careful. That is why they must be extremely careful with what they call "Research". All to often the word Research is used to describe dogmatic proof of a point.  A good example of this was the research into the ability of computers to create random numbers.

Many computer professionals have set out to prove one of two possibilities.  The first being that a computer is capable of creating a random number, the second being that computers are not capable of  creating  random numbers.  Neither of these groups conducted research.  They set out to prove they were right. One group got the right answer...however, since they did not use good research methods there was no proof..or a method that others could see and reproduce their findings...they guessed and were right.

The key to real research is an open minded approach.  This is not the time to allow politics, personal feelings, or how you want things to be to flavor your findings.  It is the most difficult part of research.

The Computer Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians who set out to research the randomness of  computers asked a very simple question.  Can a computer generate a random number?  After years of research the answer was published a few months ago.  It confirmed what many of us had guessed.  Even with all the proof, chock full of examples, the answer is still debated by some who thought their guess was right.

So what was the answer?  I'll let you research that...shouldn't be too hard.

Research is not a closed loop.  There is no room for infinity in the answer...you must be able to prove the connection between point A and B.  Missing links are not allowable.  Guesses are OK while still conducting the research but not OK as part of a final answer.

In some blogs, I have seen conspiracy building hidden behind the term research.  Although the "Researcher" may actually be on to something..they create a circular argument that becomes infinite...its as if a conclusion is not possible. Then they suddenly proclaim a conclusion and statement of fact.  But they provide no point A to B connection.

Since they can not form a conclusion...I will use some of their research...the research of others..and some of my own research to Define the problem...analyze the solutions..and formulate a conclusion.  What I love about research is, I never know where it will go.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

What is an American? Conclusion

What They Say, What We Say.

I love America more than any other country in this world; and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.  James Baldwin

What is the essence of America?  Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom "from."  Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.  William J. Clinton

Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.  Woodrow Wilson

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea.  He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.  Adlai Stevenson

If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.  Geraldine Ferraro

We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.  John F. Kennedy



Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.
A. Lincoln

Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' Liberty's teeth.
G. Washington

Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.  It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other
J. Adams

Do not separate text from historical background.  If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.
J. Madison



I think the most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that".
Garrison Keillor 

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
Theodore Roosevelt

America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
E. E. Cummings

America's abundance was not created by public sacrifices to "the common good", but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
Ayn Rand


American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it.
Dave Barry

There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can not cure.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them which we are missing.
Gamal Abdel Nasser

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
A. E. Housman

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
Daniel Webster

An American is the world...we came from the old world...developed and nurtured the power of humankind...then set it free to do what it felt was right...to chase a dream, and with our own hands catch it and in the process share it with others.  We are the best and worst of the world...but most importantly we are a free people who believe that all people should be free.  We give the lives of our young to save the opressed...we give our money to help the poor...we rebuild the broken buildings and lives of others. 

That is what an American is.