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Liberals: “More of anything is good.”

Posted in U.S. by Ryan on the February 28th, 2009

The new Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan (of school beating fame), has had a brilliantly original liberal idea:

Education Chief Favors Longer School Year

Problem as he sees it: US Students aren’t performing as well as they could.
Solution as he sees it: Keep students in school longer.

It is unrefreshing to see someone come to Washington and think that the problem with schools is that students aren’t there long enough.  Liberals are so stupid as to actually address problems in this manner.  Instead of actually identifying the real problems of incompetent teachers, horrible educational bureaucracies and teacher unions, liberals just want to throw more money at a problem.

 Duncan said he feels “a real sense of urgency” to implement national education reform.

“Our children in this country have one chance at education. One chance. We can’t wait. We can’t wait seven or eight years. We’ll lose a generation of kids,” Duncan said. “And so we have to get better; we have to get better now.”

Hey! Since we’re in a recession and tax revenues will be low, this is THE opportunity to expand the Department of Education’s budget and oversight.  Along with other federal government priorities such as volcano monitoring…

Desertion

Posted in Iraq,U.S.,War on Terror by Ryan on the February 24th, 2009

I will never understand people, like Christopher Walker, that join the military and then publicly announce their desertion.  What a shameful thing to do, breaking one’s word and abandoning one’s unit.

“…and I figured if I were to go back to Iraq and do something again that’s contrary to my belief structure, I wouldn’t be really able to live with myself.”

Really Christopher?  You know what would keep me up at night?  Wondering what was happening to my fellow unit members that I deserted despite my commitment to a term of service at a time of war.

This is the Optimism We’ve Been Waiting For

Posted in Election 2008,U.S. by Ryan on the February 19th, 2009

The Obama/Biden show is still only beginning.  From Obama’s tax deficient nominees to the vacant senate seat, we’re in for one heck of a ride.

In his first major speech since being confirmed, the nation’s first black attorney general told an overflow crowd celebrating Black History Month at the Justice Department the nation remains “voluntarily socially segregated.”

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder declared.

Lets stop talking about race and actually just live together.  It seems everything is fine until these “racial crusaders” start talking about it.  Booker T. Washington dedicated much of his life to “putting your head down and going to work.”  Seems that a century later, many still want to talk and legislate “equality” as they see it, into the culture.

I look forward to the day when men are judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  I believe that day has arrived for many, and eludes others still stuck in the past.

Education We Can Believe In

Posted in Election 2008,Media Bias by Ryan on the February 10th, 2009

So we’ve been told that Obama has assembled some of the best “brain power” we’ve seen in a long time.

Apparently the new Secretary of Education might have forgotten to terminate abusive teachers in the Chicago Public Schools he was responsible for.  At least it’s not as embarrassing as unpaid taxes.

CBS 2 informed former Chicago Public School CEO Arne Duncan of our investigative findings shortly before he was promoted to U.S. Secretary of Education.

“If someone hits a student, they are going to be fired. It’s very, very simple,” Duncan said.

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But that’s not what happened under Duncan’s watch. Of the 568 verified cases, only 24 led to termination. Records show one teacher who quote “battered students for several years” was simply given a “warning” by the Board of Education.

Hat tip: Dr. Richard Kimball

Obama’s first 100 days 20 days

Posted in Election 2008,U.S. by Ryan on the February 6th, 2009

Charles Krauthammer lays it out so well.  As always.

First about Obama’s appointments.

And so much for the promise to banish the money changers and influence peddlers from the temple. An ostentatious executive order banning lobbyists was immediately followed by the nomination of at least a dozen current or former lobbyists to high position.

Then about the “stimulus” bill.

It’s the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus — and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress’ own budget office says won’t be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish.

Finally about the shine wearing off.

After Obama’s miraculous 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that at some point the magical mystery tour would have to end. The nation would rub its eyes and begin to emerge from its reverie. The hallucinatory Obama would give way to the mere mortal. The great ethical transformations promised would be seen as a fairy tale that all presidents tell — and that this president told better than anyone.

I thought the awakening would take six months. It took two and a half weeks.