Wednesday, August 17, 2005

BLOGGER'S BLOCK

I have been avoiding posting to the blog for several days now. I was attributing my 'Blogger's Block' to a form of mental exhaustion or burn-out I call 'Writer's Fatigue.' I also thought it might perhaps be an early onset of the 'Dog Days Syndrome' that occurs when a Houstonian's brain gets over-cooked from the seemingly never-ending, oppressive heat and humidity we endure during the months of August and September.

If you think I am exaggerating, just take a look at the weather forecast for Houston during August and September. It never changes, unless there is a tropical disturbance or hurricane in the gulf... "hot, humid and 20-30% chance of afternoon thundershowers."

However, when I finally forced myself to get proactive about getting something posted, I realized that my real problem could be better described as the 'Cindy Sheehan Syndrome.' I have been so reluctant to make a post concerning the grieving anti-war mother, and yet I could not force myself to just bypass the subject. Therefore, I am going to state my observations, without too much elaboration in the hopes that it will be enough to cure my Blogger's Block.

1. I found Cindy Sheehan's statement asking President Bush if he had encouraged his daughters to join the military comparable to and about as credible as something that Michael Moore might say. My question to Mrs. Sheehan would be... When and in what way did President Bush personally encourage your son to sign up for the military?

2. My second question to Mrs. Sheehan would be: What or who changed from the time you did meet with President Bush and you found him sincere and caring to the time you decided to become a 'cause celebre' of the anti-war, anti-Bush movement?

3. My third question: Considering that this is an all-volunteer military, one can assume that your son chose from his own free-will to join, and also assuming that he quite likely felt he was serving his country along side his brothers-in-arms... how do you think he would feel about you trashing his service and sacrifice and the service and sacrifice made by his fellow soldiers?

UPDATE: I went and read Cindy Sheehan's own words... I take back all my original resistance and sympathy... this is NO grieving mother... this a mother that is using the dead corpse of her American hero son as fodder for media attention and to serve her own warped anti-America agenda. If you have any doubts about this... go read her own words: http://www.veteransforpeace.org/convention05/sheehan_transcript.htm

Thursday, August 11, 2005

DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA CONTINUES

LA SHAWN BARBER'S CORNER has some good points concerning the decision by the Denver Fire Department to "dumb" down their entrance requirements:

"Rather than shifting upward and expanding the pool of qualified black
applicants (as affirmative action was originally conceived) with the requisite
cognitive ability and skills, they'll shift downward to make the test passable
for black applicants, specifically. The first thing whites do when making these
decisions is appeal to the lowest element. And this is offensive to no black
person but me?


I'm not making this up. Instead hiring people with no criminal records
and smart enough to pass a firefighters test, they'll hire people with police
records and not smart enough to pass the firefighters test. My indignation
against this garbage is only one of many reasons black liberals take issue
with me. Their attitudes are most idiotic and illogical."


All I can tell La Shawn, THAT's WHAT I'VE BEEN SHOUTING since the 80s. Years ago, Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, former Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Education, blew the whistle on the Deliberate Dumbing Down of America with her book and popularized the phrase, although I am almost certain she was not the one that coined it since that was a report by the National Commission On Excellence In Education by the title of the Dumbing Down of America. A number of others have written about the DDD of America. One of my favorite commentaries came from a 2004 article by NEAL BOORTZ:
"I've come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that about 50%
of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally
incompetent to be living in a free society. They have enthusiastically
abandoned their sovereignty to the lure of the welfare state. They are, in
fact, afraid to be free. They have no working concept of the responsibilities of
individuals who would live free of government tyranny or mob rule. Their
ignorance renders them incapable of coping with the responsibilities of
liberty. These are people who cannot exist at anything other than a basic
level without someone else stepping forward to take care of them. They're
adult children. They need to and deserve to live in a dictatorship,
hopefully, for their sake, benevolent.


The real problem here is that the rest of us are constantly suffering
encroachments on our own freedoms to provide for the survival of the
ignorant. ... "


Back in the early 90s, my employer at the time, Tax Research of Houston and Harris County began a series of studies on this subject. One of our researchers coined the phrase, Academic Abuse to describe what was being done to our children by the academic community under the guise of higher order of learning. Although some states, including Texas under then Governor Bush, have made strides toward combating Academic Abuse, it is so entrenched in the mindset of our educators that it has been fought and undermined every step of the way.

As has been pointed out by La Shawn it has moved out of our public education, institutions of higher learning and is infecting the workplace. The cost of this "dumbing down" has been devastating to our minorities but also to our country until even our survival as a great nation is jeopardized.

The Dumbing Down of America is just one more reason that liberalism must not only be contained, but eliminated, as a political force.

A THINKING LIB ASKS A THOUGHTFUL QUESTION

One of my favorite thinking liberals (a rare and endangered species) asks another thoughtful question in his Slate article, "Losing the Iraq War; Can the left really want us to?"
"How can so many people watch this as if they were spectators, handicapping and rating the successes and failures from some imagined position of neutrality? Do they suppose that a defeat in Iraq would be a defeat only for the Bush administration? The United States is awash in human rights groups, feminist organizations, ecological foundations, and committees for the rights of minorities. How come there is not a huge voluntary effort to help and to publicize the efforts to find the hundreds of thousands of "missing" Iraqis, to support Iraqi women's battle against fundamentalists, to assist in the recuperation of the marsh Arab wetlands, and to underwrite the struggle of the Kurds, the largest stateless people in the Middle East? Is Abu Ghraib really the only subject that interests our humanitarians?"

Monday, August 08, 2005

TOP TEN LIST: TV

One of my vices: I love TOP TEN lists... Considering how often it is done, I must suppose that I am not the only one. Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine asked recently for your Top Ten TV shows (with a nod to the less obvious choices)

I don't know that most of the posters followed his request. I didn't completely, but I will here. First the list as I posted it...
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So hard to narrow down all the different types to one all-time list when you consider the comedies, varieties and shoot-em up westerns you loved as a kid. But we shall do our best...

1. Touched By An Angel
2. Star Trek TNG
3. Bob Newhart (either)
4. X-Files
5. Quantum Leap
6. Law & Order
7. Prisoner
8. Addams Family
9. Avengers
10. All my favorite serial type shows: Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, Alfred Hitchcock, Tales From the Crypt. (I included Fantasy Island here although it did not really fit.)

PLUS an Honorable mention for 2 shortlived shows that would have become all time greats if they had been handled better: Adventures of Briscoe County Jr and American Gothic.

Second Honorable Mention to my favorite variety shows which are not among my top ten choices would be Laugh In, Carol Burnet and the oh so corny fun, Hee Haw.

Third Honorable Mention to the ONLY reality/competition show on any of my watch lists: Nashville Star.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

STRESSED OUT SIGGIES

Ever have one of those days? Ever have one of those lives?

Others seem to feel like that too... I picked up from ONE FOR THE ROAD...

1. Okay, okay! I take it back. Unscrew you.
2. You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing.
3. Well this day was a total waste of makeup.
4. Don't bother me, I'm living happily ever after.
5. Do I look like a people person?
6. This isn't an office. It's hell with fluorescent lighting.
7. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.
8. Therapy is expensive. Popping bubble wrap is cheap. You choose.
9. Why don't you try practicing random acts of intelligence and senselessacts of self-control?
10. Sarcasm is just one more service I offer.
11. Do they ever shut up on your planet?
12. I'm not your type. I'm not inflatable.
13. Stress is what you have when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven't gone to sleep yet.
14. Back off!! You're standing on my aura.
15. I work 45 hours a week to be this poor.
16. Not all men are annoying. Some are dead.
17. Wait...I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
18. Chaos, panic and disorder...my work here is done.
19. Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.
20. You look like shit. Is that the style now?
21. Earth is full. Go home.
22. Aw, did I step on your poor little itty bitty ego?
23. I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.
24. A hard-on doesn't count as personal growth.
25. If assholes could fly, this place would be an airport.
26. Look in my eyes...do you see one ounce of gives-a-shit.

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I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

I was contemplating the meaning of life, reality, balance, harmony and the universe... then decided, what the heck do I need to know that for?

There is a fine line between the sane and the insane. I walk that line. Come walk with me.
Welcome to my life; where insanity runs amok, the mindless create havoc, the feeble speak strongly and yet, against all odds, we continue to press on...

Some days I laugh, some I cry, other days I just prefer to cackle manically

This life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been an actual life, you would have received further instructions as to what to do and where to go.

98% of the population is asleep. The other 2% of us are staring around in complete amazement, abject terror, or both.

Ever had Deja Fu: That feeling that somehow, somewhere, you've been kicked in the head like this before.

Everyone seems to think I'm psychotic.. except for my friends deep inside the earth.

I'm really not crazy; I'm just a sane person trapped in the body of a lunatic.

Couldn't go to work today. My voices told me to stay home and clean the guns.

Please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to know where to hide the bodies of the idiots I had to kill today.

I don't have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either.. Just leave me the hell alone.

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