We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Gunther Holtorf's 23-year road trip - Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen. Now, with more than 800,000km (500,000 miles) on the clock, Gunther is still going.
Oh and by the way, the AK-47 is an assault rifle, a select fire weapon which requires a federal firearms license to own and no new ones have been permitted in civilian hands since 1986. Select-fire weapons (machine guns) are not in common use on our streets (despite Hollywood's depiction) except by law enforcement.
Uh...hopefully people are too busy accomplishing something new each day - having an "awe" moment -- to spend time worrying about such drivel. The one person I know that seriously worried about his state of "happiness" was the most miserable person on earth ALL THE TIME.
That study on women being too attractive to hire was terrible. They asked undergrads to judge what profession people would be good at based on nothing but a picture, then generalized that this meant that's what hiring managers would do. Studies like that drive me nuts.
The AK-47 was the invention of Comrade Kalashnikov, and first manufactured in the USSR/(CCCP). Most of the eastern Euro countries did so later. It was sold or given to "insurgents" world-wide; it was much less expensive to build, and built with looser tolerances for reliable usage, especially by those with minimal technical skills and/or minimal cleaning practices.
I've studied women most of my life. I never found one too attractive to hire. Never hired any, though. Dang.
I'll go one step further. The Feds will do NOTHING to improve the academic achievement of black kids, not unless they can convince them to stop listening to hip hop, stop watching VH1, and start adopting all those "white values" that make education the Job #1 of kids. Neither one is going to happen: the Feds aren't for one minute going to try to convince black kids to value education above everything else in their lives, and the kids aren't going to listen to the Feds if the message is a serious one about hard work and dedication. Oreos are not the most popular folks in black communities.
This initiative is just another way that the Feds get to throw vast amounts of money away into a cynically misconceived program that is designed to fail. Unless, however, you believe the entire point of it is to put more "walking around money" into the black community in return for votes. A true cynic about Obama would probably say it has nothing to do with education. It has everything to do with buying votes with other people's money.