Saturday, April 30, 2005

How outdated are our schools? (See also previous post)

From the FSA Files, Depression Era Classroom

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.

Want more?

"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

International CXT

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.

See no evil..........


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 an alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel and is made from renewable resources such as vegetable oils, animal fats, or algae. Chemically, it is a fuel comprised of a mix of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids. A lipid transesterification production process is used to convert the base oil to the desired esters and remove free fatty acids. After this processing, unlike straight vegetable oil, biodiesel has very similar combustion properties to petroleum diesel, and can replace it in most current uses. However, it is most often used as an additive to petroleum diesel, improving the otherwise low lubricity of pure ultra low sulfur petrodiesel fuel. It is one of the possible candidates to replace fossil fuels as the world's primary transport energy source, because it is a renewable fuel that can replace petrodiesel in current engines and can be transported and sold using today's infrastructure. A growing number of fuel stations are making biodiesel available to consumers, and a growing number of large transport fleets use some proportion of biodiesel in their fuel.
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.
Maybe we should be putting our efforts in to making this our major source of automobile power.
And worry less about Tom Delay, Terry Schaivo, and what Michael Moore is up to.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Thought for the day

"Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people
are conservative."
-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.

Happiness is a warm gun and a coupla rails of illegals!

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:

Smith, a Vietnam veteran, told The Kansas City Star Wednesday that Fonda was a "traitor" and that her protests against the Vietnam War were unforgivable. He said he doesn't chew tobacco but did so Tuesday solely to spit juice on the actress.
"I consider it a debt of honor," he told The Star for a story on its Web site. "She spit in our faces for 37 years. It was absolutely worth it. There are a lot of veterans who would love to do what I did."
This man has been carrying this poison around inside him for 37 years, folks. Why hasn't he gotten help long, long ago? Can there be a lot of veterans that would love to do this too? And where are all the wingnuts that were so outraged by recent pieing incidents?
Raise your hand if you would prefer a glob of Redman on your face to lemon meringue.
For her part, Jane Fonda reacted gracefully. She wiped the juice off her face and continued to sign books. She made a mistake 4 decades ago. She is repenting for it now. Shame on Mr. Smith.

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