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Wednesday, March 7. 2012
Church Ordered to Stop Giving Away Free Water
LBJ and Vietnam: The Day It Became the Longest War
Cuomo’s Teaching Moment - The New York governor secures a breakthrough agreement on teacher evaluation.
Spain is the new Greece:
The comments here are quite amusing, in a typically crude Wall St. trader sort of way
Infinite Affirmative Action? In Eric Holder’s world, the need for racial preferences will never end.
Obama’s Energy Plan: Costs Rise, Jobs Decline
Obama Seeks Disability Quotas
ObamaCare – why you should care and work for its repeal
Reagan Was A Sure Loser Too - Conventional wisdom about Republican presidential prospects sounds mighty familiar.
Krauthammer: Romney’s luck
Ted Turner saves the planet
Electric cars and liberals’ refusal to accept science
I'll never forget the greenie who informed me, after I claimed that electric cars basically run on coal, that the electricity "comes from the wall."
For 99 percent of Americans, the Obama recovery has been no recovery at all
Al Qaeda in Iraq mounts comeback - Claims a string of fatal bombings
Few military options for U.S. in Syria, general says
Vietnam: Systematic Crackdown on Human Rights - No Country for Rights Defenders and Activists
Democrats In California Declare War On Farmers
Harvard Law Students have started a shooting club.
Meanwhile, at Georgetown Law... "do the math and find that this means Fluke and her fellow law students have sex two or three times daily"
"Over at The New Republic, Timothy Noah explains why it's like totally different when Bill Maher calls Sarah Palin "a twat" and "a cunt," or when Keith Olbermann calls Michelle Malkin a "mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it."
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BD, did someone really tell you electricity comes from the wall? That's delicious.
A person I used to work with (someone who had to take 2 days off after Bush won re-election) owned a Prius. She came to work proclaiming her green credentials after the purchase. I explained to her that when her Prius was finished, she would add to the heavy metals mess being created by the Green Movement. She asked what I meant and told her the batteries were not 'green' at all and it was a trade off. She may be 'saving the world' from Carbon Dioxide, but was ruining the land with heavy metals.
She showed up the next day completely depressed, having asked the right questions to find out about her purchase. I cheered her up by saying that if she realized that there were few solutions in life, and more trade offs, she'd live just a little happier.
Slightly OT, but I like to send Greenies (and others) here when the topic of CFLs comes up.
Very few people seem to be aware of the mercury issue of CFLs. I like CFLs for their sweetspot (lights that are on for long duration rather than quick on-off). I am losing faith in their long term usefulness. They dim and the lifetime is not great as far as I can tell.
People often react by going pale at the thought of all that mercury headed for landfills - I presume because they know damn well that they and everyone else is just tossing old CFLs into trashcans.
I forgot what an SOB Johnson was. One arrogant politician who was a tourist in WWII, screaming at 5 men who fought two wars. I wonder if his psychotic mind ever thought back to that moment as he bungle the war over the next few years.
One of the reasons why he didn't run for re-election - knew the war was a quagmire (gee, wonder where I heard that term before...).
At least FDR knew enough to let the soldiers run the day-to-day stuff, and he just provided the National Direction towards the goal-line. Korea was the beginning of the civilian political authority trying to play soldier without the soldier background.
Infinite Affirmative Action - Now what might such an attitude imply about minorities?
The real question about Fluke and her fellow Georgetown law students is why their birth control is 8 to 10 times more expensive. Have they never heard of WalMart or are they to good to set foot in one?
No way Fluke is getting laid 3xday. Unless things are so desperate in the DC area colleges, I'd be shocked if she gets laid 3xsemester. No way she'd even get a second look where I went to school. She's just another in a long line of unbelievable Democratic drama queen (I repeat myself) props.
A comment from my doctor re affirmative action: "I just hope all of the idiots pushing these policies gets one of the docs or nurses that has been allowed through licensing thanks to the color of their skin, their sex, or whatever instead of their brains and ability to master the job."
He went on to say that he had a nurse assigned to his floor who could not determine the amount of medication to give a patient because her math skills were so bad that she couldn't multiple the patient's weight times the precribed dose per pound. Inappropriate dosing is rampant. He advised (1) stay out of the hospital or nursing home, (2) if you must go, hope your medical staff graduated when they still had standards...before 1966.
My Better-Two-Thirds is (and has long been) involved in the practical side of medical training (labs, hospital practicals, board preparation, etc).
The stories she brings home of arithmetic incompetence among pupils would be downright hilarious if it were so sad and potentially dangerous. Probably half or more of the students down understand the concept of fractions let lone the arithmetic involved (I refuse to call it "mathematics" - puhleeze!).
The brightest among the non-fraction-aware gang sometimes have eureka moments when it is brought to their attention that small change is just fractions in the world of dollars.
How does one reach adulthood without at least a functional grasp of the concept of fractions? I can understand that some among us might find them troublesome when attempting algebra 30 years on the far side of high-school but not have a basic grasp of the concept? Yeesh!
Sigh... it would help if I paid closer attention to what I type. Until such time as I can build that habit I will assign blame for all my typos on failing batteries in my wireless keyboard.
LOL regarding typos, but COL per your comment. I'd hoped someone would tell me I'm wrong.
Frankly, I have two neighbors with spouses undergoing hospital treatment. I advised them to stay at the hospital with their kin -- I'm willing to fill in -- just to check on medications, nursing care, etc. as one of my parents was killed by an inappropriate drug. I do not trust anymore, especially huge teaching hospitals where half the staff has difficulty speaking English. A small community hospital is much better for common hospitalizations, but they're going broke left and right. We've lost a dozen over ten years.
It isn't just students. Some of the stories I hear from nurses, PAs, respiratory therapists, etc. regarding what doctors prescribe for hospital care are equally frightening. Tests or treatments that cannot be administered to comatose or snowed patients, missing or too many zeros on med orders, drug combinations that are dangerous, basic ignorance of blood gas values, etc.
As they say - "that's why they call it 'practicing' medicine."
How does one reach adulthood without at least a functional grasp of the concept of fractions? I can understand that some among us might find them troublesome when attempting algebra 30 years on the far side of high-school but not have a basic grasp of the concept? Yeesh.
Some years ago I was a substitute teacher in a prep Class for HS seniors who needed to pass their state-mandated competency test in math so they could graduate three months later. The state test was geared towards competency in 8th grade math, which would include decimals and fractions.
Most didn't have a clue. Eighteen years old, not stupid, and didn't know 6th -8th grade math.
One student was pissed off at a college which was holding up his admission until he passed the state-mandated test. Yup, have a college freshman who can't hack it in 6th-8th grade math. That's the ticket.
He finally passed the test. I wonder how he ended up.
A tenured nursing professor in Seattle was fired when she refused to pass an African/American woman through her course. The professor contested the firing and after paying $70,000 cash out of pocket still didn't have a trial date. You want excellence--get your legal community to start defending quality vs. quantity in academia.
2nd: ladies and gentlemen let us not forget that it was the women of Seattle (engineering, UW, etc.) that were responsible for the huge waste of money that was the new border wall in AZ. You know the one that failed so miserably--yup same group of gals! These are also the women who are taking ranch/farm lands away from white families in WA state so they can sell them to Mexican families at very low interest rates. The daughters of wealth determined to leave the world a changed place in a design of their own.
Electric cars are the car of the future and they have been for the past century. Remember the Baker electric car?
Hey, did you hear about the first NASCAR electric car race? The DC 100. They just race around the Department of Transportation building in DC. It's a 4 day races they run 25 miles each day then charge overnight. The DOT workers watch out their windows. One woman got excited and flashed the race, if finished under a green and yellow nausea flag.
Remember the mail-order Yugo kit? DIY final assembly --the "Yugo Screw Yourself"
"In Eric Holder’s world, the need for racial preferences will never end."
Reality would seen to require it.
Precisely. Does anyone seriously think he could have reached his station in life without them?
What is actually being affirmed by Affirmative Action is Race as a race between the worst elements of human nature to the bottom of dignity and respect among all concerned, regardless of the pigment-related checkmark or blankspace in the box next to the question: Race?