Filed under: Bureaucracy, Education, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Junk Science, News the Media Doesn't Want You to Hear, Politics, Science/Technology | Tags: Lifegiving CO2, Plant Fertilizer, Post Paris COP21
Dr, Istvan Marko, Professor of Chemistry at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, discusses the need for CO2 on Earth.
We keep telling them and telling them, but the global warmists aren’t interested in facts or evidence. It is their religion, and they believe absolutely.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Health Care, Immigration, National Security, Unemployment | Tags: Being Human, Natural Stupidity, The Christmas Star
The general mood in America seems, on Christmas eve, to be fairly sour — at least according to comments and gripes and posts and articles. The public is unhappy with our government. Republicans are furious with Republicans, especially over the so-called Omnibus spending bill. The purity police are out in full force arguing over who is and who is not a proper conservative. Breitbart has even gone so far as to give each Republican voting member of the House or Senate a red-flagged grade according to their purity — according to Breitbart.
Whatever happened to the big tent? The amusing thing is that they are getting close to the kids on campus demanding an end to free speech, and the Democrats who are furious with anyone who has the gall to disagree with them, and scream bloody murder about Citizens United. You must think the way we demand that you think.
Democrats, or Progressives if you prefer, have long despised anyone who disagrees with them. They’ve tried to have RICO charges brought against anyone who does not accept the notion that 97% of all scientists insist that global warming is going to cook the earth and all its creatures. Some have gone so far as to suggest jail and felony charges. Republicans demand an end to any subsidy for Planned Parenthood. Democrats demand full funding. But sorry, it’s not that simple. There are Democrats who don’t like abortion, and Republicans who do.
There are 435 members of the House. And after the last election 246 Republicans and 188 Democrats and one vacancy. In the Senate, there are 100 members, 2 for each state, and 44 are Democrats and 54 are Republicans, and two independents —Sanders and King. Immediate family does not agree on much of anything, and politically it’s even more unlikely. We are all human and fallible. Democrats are more likely to forget the human part.
Being human means that even the brightest people can be quite stupid in some departments. There was a story in the last few days about a robber who had an exceptional number of tattoos, including devil’s horns on his forehead and written across his forehead was “F##k the Police.” The business he held up was unsurprisingly able to identify him, and the police were quickly able to apprehend him. We are all stupid in ways small and very large. Some are definitely sins, and others are just unfortunate. We just don’t know as much as we think we do.
Yet that is what Christmas is all about and what we never seem to learn. A little more humility please, and try to remember that we all are human and struggling to find our way through this life that we don’t understand very well. It’s hard to know when to be tough and when to give comfort, when to teach and when to listen carefully. More tolerance please, and more listening. We will not agree, but it will go down better if we explain why. And knock it off with the purity police. Your definition of correctness ( did I hear the word political correctness applied to Republicans?) is not necessarily correct. Michael Ramirez said it more succinctly than I could.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Education, Environment, Free Markets, Freedom, Politics, Progressives, The United States | Tags: "Microaggressions", "Triggering", Political Correctness
Katie Pavlich reports on a new poll of college students by the Young America’s Foundation and conducted by Inc./Woman Trend which shows that the majority of students reject the absurd microaggression, triggering, politically correct, goofy gender neutral pronouns.
Sixty-two percent of students did not believe that professors should have the right to downgrade students for failing to use “gender inclusive” language like “humankind” in preference to men and women instead of “mankind.” That gets us into the “personholes” in the street instead of “manholes” which proves what silly territory this is. They didn’t go for the use of pronouns like “ze,” “zir,” and “xyr,” either, but not by nearly a large enough majority.
Nearly 7 in 10 students rejected Black Lives Matter. Given recent acts of violence against police officers, the Black Lives Matter movement has cultivated an anti-police culture.
Fifty percent of students prefer smaller government, and twenty percent more prefer free enterprise than prefer socialism. That’s a little encouraging. Colleges may face a big backlash when parents wake up to what their kids are being taught and what they are paying outlandish fees for.
Filed under: Education, Heartwarming, Israel, Music | Tags: Brigham Young University, The Best of Christmas Music, Vocal Point & Noteworthy
We teamed up with two talented a Capella groups, BYU Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy, to create a beautiful reminder that we hope inspires people of all denominations to look inward and reflect on the value of faith in their own lives this holiday season.
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Capitalism, Domestic Policy, Economy, Education, Free Markets, History, Unemployment | Tags: Absence of Fathers, Defining Poverty, Income Inequalitiy
Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, is not severe, compared to the rest of the world. Many of the poor in the United States have one or two cars, central heating and cell phones.
The real problem for the poor is the destruction of the family, which Dr, Sowell argues dramatically increased once Great Society welfare policies were introduced in the 1960s.
“The World Has Never Been a Level Playing Field.”
Published on December 8, 2015
Filed under: Bureaucracy, Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Education, Politics, Progressivism, Regulation, The United States, Unemployment | Tags: Educational Attainment, Federal Education Projects, Mindless Intrusion
The Democrats have been trying to end poverty and problems like crime and drugs and lack of education in the black community. After a long history of segregation and slavery, being on the wrong side of the Civil War, they are anxious to make the black community reliable Democrat voters. Thus any black person who leans Republican has become an Uncle Tom, a traitor to his people, and other rhetoric that is even worse. Democrats’ efforts to improve the schools or the educational attainment of black children has been a mixed bag. They consistently focus on the wrong things.
The attempts to improve things have been many, desegregating the schools, busing, classroom amenities, Head Start, and now pre-pre school. Well-to-do families put their kids in pre-school, so that must be the answer. Head Start shows a slight improvement in outcomes which disappear by 3rd grade.
In Washington D.C., there is a program called “Opportunity Scholarships”which provides scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a private school of choice. It operates by a lottery. President George W. Bush signed the program into law in 2004. It targeted 2,000 children from low income families to give them funding to help offset the cost of private schooling, and has been hugely successful and popular.
In 2009, new President Barack Obama ‘s budget proposal cut all funding for the program and included language to prohibit any new students from receiving scholarships. Whether this was simply to attack all things Bush, or at the urging of the teachers’ unions, I don’t know.
In 2011, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senator Joe Lieberman introduced a new Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR), restored funding and allowed new students to participate. Again, in 2012, Obama’s budget proposal did not include new funding for the program. Jason Riley argued that the program cost less per child and had a higher graduation rate than D.C. public schools. A very popular program with parents and students.
Well, never say die. The federal intrusion into schooling continues. There is a push for pre-kindergarten, or extended babysitting for parents. Tuition-free two years of community college. Entrepreneurship education. Of course Bernie Sanders and Hillary are pushing for free college tuition, without the slightest idea how it could possibly be paid for. Obama demands less testing. Now comes the zinger. America’s national obsession with raising our “educational attainment” level has reached a new height of absurdity.
On November 6, the U.S. Department of Education put out a press release that declared a “sense of urgency about the need for significant improvement in both the rigor and flexibility of accreditation.”
The rationale is that the Obama administration is concerned that the U.S is falling far short of the president’s stated goal of becoming the nation with the highest percentage of citizens holding college degrees by 2020 — 60 percent. The numbers have actually declined slightly.
Schools with poor graduation rates are said to be “failing their students.” The federal government push for “affirmative action” has resulted in minority students enrolling in colleges where under ordinary circumstances they would not qualify for admission, but in a school with lower admission qualifications they might do well. It is meant well, but the results are bad for the schools and bad for the students. The administration fixation on graduation rates ignores the plain fact that we already have a glut of young people with college degrees, and employers are devising harder and harder tests to see if job applicants know anything.
We have an economic problem in that not enough well-paying jobs are being created — because of the actions of the federal government. An excess of regulation, high taxes, and a general suspicion of business have forced many small businesses to give up. Colleges have designed more easy classes to appeal to kids. I don’t remember who puts out the list of silly college classes every year, but it’s enough to give you nightmares if you care about education.
The current furor on Campuses is an outgrowth. Faculty and administrative inability t0 act like grown-ups and insist on order demonstrates why the students are acting like children. We have a problem, and it’s going to get worse. Businesses will not hire graduates who exhibit no learning. Parents won’t pay for big tuition bills for poor results. The result of a college education is not supposed to be one more tic on the number of college graduates on some national list. It’s supposed to be hard, and they are supposed to have really learned something.