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.
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Monday, October 27. 2014
You Don't Have to Feel Your Breasts - Breast self-exams haven't been shown to save lives. Instead,
Should we pay teachers more?
Should we pay teachers more?
A Feeling of Control: How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses
Feminism Has Nothing to Say But It Still Won’t Shut Up
New York: Finally shred the charter-school cap - Why limit the spread of success?
The bogus fuss over Walrus beach parties: Walrus Haulouts Are Nothing New
Democrats Push for New Heavy Regulations on Internet Postings, Drudge, and Blogs
Good luck with that
Canada Shows How to Eliminate the Tax Bias against Saving
Two Yr-Old and Four Yr-Old Boys Shot in St. Louis Drive-By Shootings – Media Silent
George F. Will: The nastiest political tactic this year
Early voting alters campaigns' strategies, costs
Related, it's the executive end run
Democratic billionaires outdo GOP in Super PAC contributions
Energy costs in the Northeast US
Erasing borders in the Middle East
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What I still don't hear in the conversation about who/what creates small business is this: I believe the desire to be free--to be one's own boss--is at the heart of creating new business and thus new jobs. HOWEVER, what I also don't hear in that conversation is this: how has the Chicago mob (unions, and mafia) so destroyed America's courage that people would just as soon sit back and wait for someone else to take the risk. If the only thing you have to look forward to is the moment when some Chicago thug shows up in your office to tell you what they are going to pay you or else . . . why bother. The corruption in this country destroys the creation of new mom/pop business start ups. We got the message folks. Watching all those high end tv shows every night on CBS. We understand--you can't win, if you open a great little business someone will come and take it away from you and no one is there to protect you. End of story!
Should teachers be paid more?
We will never know until teachers unions are eliminated and schools are under local control. Perhaps we could find people who were competent to teach and willing and eager to do so for $40,000a year. But the unions and roadblocks to hiring teachers will never let us find out. Eliminate the roadblocks and requirements that are intended to prevent competition for the job and lets hire and fire teachers based on performance.
In my humble opinion there is something wrong with a system that excessively taxes the middle class to pay for government workers earning substantially more but effectively doing the same job. I would be in favor of outsourcing all local and state government jobs instead of hiring career bureaucrats. The single biggest expense most people face are taxes and for most in the middle class the taxes that they have to pay exceed the rest of their living expenses put together. The biggest roadblock to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness are taxes.
Also our system has created an entire segment of the population that pays no taxes. These people vote but pay no taxes. If we must have taxes to pay for schools, firemen and police then everyone should pay. If a working stiff making $30k pays 30% or so of their income for all taxes why shouldn't a welfare recipient who nets $30k also pay 30% in taxes?
Re: Shale Revolution
All this presupposes that the price of oil will remain high enough for US frackers to make a decent profit. With the price of oil has declined recently much further than most analysts expected. Should the price of oil continue to decline, US wells will be capped and the Revolution will be over - at least till the price rises again.
The large suppliers with the lowest cost of production still hold many of the cards (though fewer than they used to) because they can drive the price lower by over producing. If the global economy is in decline, the amount of overproduction needed to depress the price decreases. There are certainly budget constraints in OPEC countries that work against driving the price of oil too low, but they still have significant leverage.
The man who is currently overseeing the UNC grades for athletes scandal is none other than Mark Emmert (head of NCAA). Immediately after receiving his doctorate he spent two years in an office in DC with a friend of his who had also received his doctorate at the same time. Within 3 years both men were president's of universities. Mr. Emmert came to Montana and while here he forced the MT State legislature to put all independent state/federal funded college campuses under one administration (cost saving don't you know). Well as a matter of fact he also unionized much of education here at the same time. Now do you know where he spent those first two years of his career in DC--I wonder what office he was working in right after grad school? Anyway, Mr. Emmert went on to be president of UW for 5 years--did not renew his contract and immediately became head of NCAA--where he is now planning to force UNC to unionize and to put in place Politically correct appointees from out of state.
One final word on Mr. Emmert: while here in MT he tried to close down all the rural school houses. You know the ones: the schools that produced among the highest ranked school system in the nation. He did manage to destroy many of the rural schools (60 mile bus rides are no problem). After that while he was president at UW he supported research into smaller integrated (multiple levels of grades in the same room)schools. Yup he got federal money for his peeps to study why those schools he closed down in MT were actually a better producer of truly educated kids.
Man is a $%^& genius! It'll be interesting how Mr. Emmert and the Seattle machine destroy freedom in NC.
If you want to see another one of these snakes in the education system, Google "Evan Dobelle" and look at the raft of news stories about him.
Trinity, University of Hawaii, Westfield State University, all the same pattern.
Looks like this guy started out as a Democrat apparatchik in the Carter White House.
Breast-feeding and Formula: A different part of The War On Women by other women.
Teachers' Pay: Fifteen+ years ago, I saw in a teachers' lounge a paper saying people doing child-care in their homes got $3/hour, so how come teachers aren't getting that same amount per child in their classes? First thought: teachers don't own the building they work in--no rent/mortgage payments, no upkeep/maintenance, no utilities, no home-owners insurance (no property tax, but there's a city/county/state tax that they'll pay). Not feeding the children, either.
Two kids shot in STL and no media attention? There are more shot in Chicago with no media attention. Any one surprised? Anyone? Beuhller?
Of course I don't have to feel my breasts. Like cooking with flame, car repairs, and executing vermin, feeling up breasts is A Man's Job.
Oh sure, I **could** do any of those, and quite well indeed. But really, why should I?
>You don't have to feel up your breasts
Good I don't have to feel guilty about lying every time I'm asked about doing self exams, because I don't.
I don't appreciate the way the doctor expected me to be paranoid about being diagnosed about breast cancer. If anything, worrying about it would INCREASE my chances.