Lend Me An Ear
Or if you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?
Saturday, April 30, 2005
How outmoded are our schools today? (See also next post)
Love him or hate him, when Bill Gates speaks we ought to listen. What he had to say recently should scare the hell out of us. From economist Thomas Friedman :
One of America's most important entrepreneurs recently gave a remarkable speech at a summit meeting of our nation's governors. Bill Gates minced no words. "American high schools are obsolete," he told the governors. "By obsolete, I don't just mean that our high schools are broken, flawed and underfunded. ... By obsolete, I mean that our high schools - even when they are working exactly as designed - cannot teach our kids what they need to know today.
Instead of tackling this fundamental problem, guess what? The president is obsessed with privatizing social security. The press gives more coverage to the Michael Jackson trial,
… neither Tom DeLay nor Bill Frist called a late-night session of Congress - or even a daytime one - to discuss what Mr. Gates was saying. They were too busy pandering to those Americans who don't even believe in evolution.
"Training the work force of tomorrow with the high schools of today is like trying to teach kids about today's computers on a 50-year-old mainframe. ... Our high schools were designed 50 years ago to meet the needs of another age. Until we design them to meet the needs of the 21st century, we will keep limiting - even ruining - the lives of millions of Americans every year."
Since the global economic playing field has been flattened more people from more places will be competing with your children. What will happen to us as a nation if our children cannot compete in the world marketplace? Here is how Friedman paraphrased Gates:
" Let me translate Mr. Gates's words: "If we don't fix American education, I will not be able to hire your kids." I consider that, well, kind of important
Friday, April 29, 2005
Godzilla on wheels
Question: What is nine feet tall, eight feet wide, 21 1/2 feet long and gets about seven miles on a gallon of diesel? Answer: The latest pickup truck release from International called the CXT. The truck that will make the Hummer the choice of girlie men.
Actually it is being marketed to businesses that need a shitload of power or the ability to tow 20 tons. But.........
How long do you think it will be before some buffoon in Los Angeles will have to have one? Some one who has way too much money and way too little social conscience?
Be the first in your neighborhood to get one of these bad boys! If you have the 100 grand it will go for.
PHOTOS OF FLAG DRAPED COFFINS RELEASED, REALITY OF WAR SHOWN
The Defense Department reluctantly released photos of flag draped coffins returning home from Iraq. Photos of War Dead Released by Pentagon They had no choice. Ralph J. Begleiter, a University of Delaware professor, made an official request under the Freedom of Information Act for all such photos from Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.
The Pentagon censored them by placing black bars over all identifiable faces. They provided little or no information about dates or locations.
All photos were taken by military photographers. Censorship continues on photographers working independently.
Why? They don’t want you to see the realities of war. They know that public opinion turned rapidly against military efforts in Viet Nam when photos began appearing that showed the grit and death of war.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Town of Idiots has a new resident, Gerald Allen.
Alabama has outdone itself. A state with citizens still refusing to admit the South has lost the Civil War, that can’t accept Negra’s attending the University of Alabama or that evolution has a place in the educational curriculum, is now leading the country into a new realm of censorship.
Enter Representative Gerald Allen who has introduced legislation outlawing the purchase of new books for public libraries and schools written by a homosexual or that contain homosexual characters. I couldn’t make this stuff up. Read a description of what Alabama House Bill 30 prohibits:
“…..expenditures of public funds or use of public facilities by state agencies, public schools, libraries, or colleges or universities to purchase or promote homosexual lifestyle or violations of above laws, prohibited”
Allen sees a gay agenda in book after book. I wonder how many people have read Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and decided to become gay. Nothing like brutal, grisly murder to confuse the x and y chromosomes!
"I don't look at it as censorship," says State Representative Gerald Allen. "I look at it as protecting the hearts and souls and minds of our children
Well thanks for protecting our children. They need not fear Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Alice Walker or Truman Capote.
This is scary stuff folks. Keep up on this bills progress at House Bill 30. I’m not a big fan of slippery slope theories, but this has me scared. Fahrenheit 451 scared!
Don't let Representative Gerald Allen tell you your son or daughter they cannot read:
Walt WhitmanGertrude SteinCarson McCullersJames Baldwin
Monday, April 25, 2005
If it sounds too good to be true, in this case it isn't!
Just today I was playing Texas Hold'em and thinking on ways to solve our energy crisis. What if I could come up with something that would power automobiles, but come from a renewable source? What if we tried vegetable oil or algae? That would be a non flammable and non explosive fuel. That would burn cleaner and be non toxic.
Nah. If that was possible surely we would already be filling up our Hummers with peanut oil. Wouldn't we?
Biodiesel - Wikipedia
Biodiesel is non-flammable, and in contrast to petroleum diesel it is non-explosive, with a flash point of 150 °C for biodiesel as compared to 64 °C for petrodiesel. Unlike petrodiesel, it is biodegradable and non-toxic, and it significantly reduces toxic and other emissions when burned as a fuel. The most common form uses methanol to produce methyl esters, though ethanol can be used to produce an ethyl ester biodiesel. A byproduct of the transesterification process is the production of glycerol.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Thought for the day
"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people
-John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873, British philosopher
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Men who wear pants like this should not be allowed near guns or Mexicans.
Marla Ruzika Is Not Mother Theresa, But
It is unfair to compare Marla Ruzika to Mother Theresa since Marla died at the young age of 28. Who knows what great things this young, determined and pretty girl from southern California could have accomplished. Instead we know this about her: she fought a one woman war for the victims of war. We know she persuaded the United States to set aside $20 million dollars to aid civilians it injured by mistake in Iraq and Afghanistan. We know she walked the walk living in extreme poverty and risking her life daily. A risk that eventually claimed her life. She was killed in a car bomb attack on April 13.
Leave it to the sub humanoids at Little Green Footballs to take this sincere soul and demonize her. One particularly rich post came from WV Hillbilly who gives hillbillies everywhere a bad name:
Q: What color were Marla Ruzicka's eyes? A: Blue. One blew one way, one blew the other.
Choice, hey? But the 'billy wasn't alone:
I remembered an old skit on SCTV with John Candy, called "Celebrity Blowup". They would always say "she blowed up real good". Ain't it the truth. BWAH-HA-
These morons have a fetish for blowing things up don't they? Finally (there were many more, but this was all I could stomach):
We'll never hear a decent word about civilians over there actually doing something, like those who work for Halliburton and other companies too numerous to list.But when commie symp spreading agitprop happens to get herself killed by the terrorists she supports, the media goes into tearjerk mode.
Makes me wanna vomit.
Yes LGF'ers that's exactly how I feel when I read your posts. Like vomiting.
Friday, April 22, 2005
Michael A Smith Needs Help
Michael A. Smith is a moron who waited in line with 900 people at a book signing just for the chance to spit tobacco juice in the face of Jane Fonda: