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Future Criminals

Maybe I’m overreacting when I say I believe the following cases are signs of American decline.   Both have been in the news, but I felt compelled to comment on them.

The first story comes from Bear, Deleware…

A Delaware first-grader who was facing 45 days in an alternative school as punishment for taking his favorite camping utensil to school can return to class after the school board made a hasty change granting him a reprieve.

Zachary Christie, 6, had faced 45 days in an alternative school for troublemakers after he took the utensil — a combination folding knife, fork and spoon — to school to eat lunch last month. Now, he could return Wednesday.

What a little scumbag!  Probably a future rapist, serial killer, and worst of all, conservative.  This overt display of masculinity must be stomped out.  Why was he eating anything that would require cutting anyway?  Get this little neanderthal on a vegetarian diet asap.  Think of the horrific scene he must have caused in the lunch room.  Most of all, to the overworked, underappreciated, saintly teachers.  I call this a hostile work enviroment.

It wouldn’t be so bad if some weren’t still defending the decision….

Not everyone believed the school district was out of line.

Jennifer Jankowski, who runs the special education programs at Jennie Smith Elementary in Newark, said schools need to be vigilant about protecting students. If Zachary or another student had been hurt by the knife, she said, the district would have taken the blame.

“If we can’t punish him, then what about kids that did bring (a weapon) for bad things?” Jankowski said. “There’s more to the school’s side than just us being mean and not taking this child’s interests into account.”

 Women also HATE HATE HATE beta 1st graders.  God forbid this harpy takes the child’s interest into account.  She might be required to “take the blame”.  The horror.   Hey Jennifer, what if a child used a pencil to stab someone?  Are you able to make a distinction between children who want to use the pencil violently, and children who just want to write with it?  I’m sure Mzz. Jankowski is a font of reason and common sense.  Would anyone want their boy near this shrike?

This is the problem with all things government run.  Cover your ass uber alles.  There is no reward or benefit to using common sense.  Why?  Because the “I was only following orders” sheeple who 1st suspended him won’t be punished.  Zero tolerance policies are put in place to avoid accountability.  I’m not surprised a woman is defending such stupidity either.  Accountability, reason, distinctions, and common sense are not always their strong suit. Exceptions are duly noted. 

Nice message this sends to the little boy.  I hope his parent’s stress to him that he did nothing wrong.  Public schools are a toxic environment, especially for males. 

 

The second story comes from Lansingburgh High School in New York

  A 17-year-old Eagle Scout in upstate New York has been barred from stepping foot on school grounds for 20 days — for keeping a 2-inch pocketknife locked in a survival kit in his car.Matthew Whalen, a senior at Lansingburgh Senior High School, says he follows the Boy Scout motto and is always prepared, stocking his car with a sleeping bag, water, a ready-to-eat meal — and the knife, which was given to him by his grandfather, a police chief in a nearby town.

 

But Lansingburgh High has a zero-tolerance policy, and when school officials discovered that Whalen kept his knife locked in his car, he says, they suspended him for five days — and then tacked on an additional 15 after a hearing.

 They not only suspended him for the mandatory 5 days, but decided to tack on an extra 15 for good measure.  Keep in mind the people who make these decisions walk among us every day.  You see them at the grocery store, the mall, or a sporting event.  Self important, tyrannical little sheeple. It’s easy to see how dictators come to power so easily with these types roaming around. 

 He said his school’s assistant principal, Frank Macri, approached him on Sept. 21 and asked him if he was carrying a knife.

It’s not only the women who are guilty of this kind of stupidity. Mangina’s are also perfectly suiting for the role of petty bureaucrat.  I’m sure this lickspittle is as threatened by the boy’s testosterone as a rabid feminist would be.

“They brought a cop in, who told them ‘he’s not breaking any laws, so I can’t charge him with anything.'”

Whalen said he asked Macri why a 2-inch pocketknife would be considered more dangerous than other everyday items around the school.

“I said to him, ‘What about a person who has a bat, on a baseball team? That could be a weapon.’ And he said, ‘Well, it’s not the same thing.'”

Everything involves the police nowadays. When the most innocuous acts are looked at with suspicion it’s hard to cultivate a healthy respect for the law.  Whalen probably received the stiffer penalty for questioning the “wisdom” of the “zero tolorance thinking” policy.  In fact, a baseball bat is far more dangerous than a two inch knife.  I would rather have this 17-year-old making policy for school districts than the petty little tyrants that are actually in charge.  Read the rest for more idiocy.

I wouldn’t spit on Frank Macri’s ass if it were on fire.  Despite school policy he could have ignored it, or simply told the kid to get rid of the knife.  That would have required him to put his ass ever so slighty on the line though.  Better to be a coward.  This mentality is rewarded richly in totalitarian regimes. ( Ed: This was poorly worded.  I do not mean to suggest the U.S. in 2009 is a totalitarian regime. Only that people of this mindset are found in every society.  They are worth fighting.  Even for relatively “trivial” matters.  I doubt its trivial to the boy in question though.)

Hopefully these young men can make amends with their government overlords.  Dropping out would be nice.  The masculine presence probably makes the gay, female, and transgendered students feel uncomfortable anyway.  At the very least they better learn how to properly put a condom on a banana and recycle.

  

Note: Due to work obligations and an upcoming vacation my blog time will be curtailed for a few weeks.

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Money Grows on Trees

I was flipping radio stations today and happened to catch Rush Limbaugh talking about this story coming out of Detroit.  The video is….telling.

 A local reporter from a Detroit radio station interviewed a woman waiting in line for “stimulus” money.  The audio was played on Limbaugh’s program but I couldn’t find it online. 

Instead, here is the transcript

ROGULSKI( ed: the reporter):  Did you get an application to fill out yet?

WOMAN( ed: the welfare case):  I sure did.  And I filled it out, and I am waiting to see what the results are going to be.

ROGULSKI:  Will you know today how much money you’re getting?

WOMAN:  No, I won’t, but I’m waiting for a phone call.

ROGULSKI:  Where’s the money coming from?

WOMAN:  I believe it’s coming from the City of Detroit or the state.

ROGULSKI:  Where did they get it from?

WOMAN:  Some funds that was forgiven (sic) by Obama.

ROGULSKI:  And where did Obama get the funds?

WOMAN:  Obama getting the funds from… Ummm, I have no idea, to tell you the truth.  He’s the president.

ROGULSKI:  In downtown Detroit, Ken Rogulski, WJR News.

 

Maybe Obama got it from the money trees Michelle is growing in her garden.

I guess the new word for welfare in Orwellian speak is “stimulus”.

 Finally, this reminded me of an exchange before the election…

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Arnold the Auctioneer

Can you say gimmick?

I’m sure selling pianos, desk chairs, and 5 year old Crown Victorias will solve California’s dire predicament in no time.

No, I can’t say I am opposed to this, just the hype surrounding it.

Politicians want to look like they are “solving” problems as opposed to moving around deck chairs on a sinking ship.

After signing the order to reduce the state’s 40,000 government vehicles by 15 percent, Schwarzenegger posted a video message thanking his Twitter followers for their budget-balancing ideas, including one follower’s suggestion to autograph state-owned vehicles being put up for auction.

Arnold is quite the guy for lending his autograph to the visors of 15 of the 600 beaters the State is trying to auction off.  I know that feature would settle any lingering doubt I had about buying a car.

On Wednesday, he returned to the Web, telling viewers in an online conversation with the founders of Twitter at the company’s San Francisco headquarters that he believes autographing items would drive up prices because a signed leather jacket with the governor’s seal once fetched $30,000.

I thought this auction was supposed to be about not only raising revenue, but “providing great deals in this tough economy”.  An ugly $30,000 jacket doesn’t seem like a bargain to me.  Maybe he could spray paint his name on the hood of the car.  Think of how much value it would have then. 

People do realize that Mr. Universe’s signature isn’t worth much right?  Think of the thousands of state documents he has signed, not to mention all of the autographs.

I don’t think this idea goes far enough. Maybe Arnold could leave a few hairs in the console.  A car that comes with his DNA. Sign me up!  Perhaps he could pass gas in it.  “New car” smell has got nothing on “Arnie after a bad burrito” smell. 

Are all of those vehicles environmentally friendly?  I know the Governor is big on the environment.  You would think that these “clunkers” would be destroyed, in order to save the planet, rather than being sold to satisfy petty economic concerns.

I guess Counties or other States would have an interest in the prison uniforms. I’ve got a better idea.  Maybe MS-13, or other gangs could be sold on the idea of wearing them in the barrio.  Perhaps California could contract with them to be the exclusive provider in this new, trend setting look. It could be the Governator clothing line ala P Diddy.  If Arnold reads this, I expect full credit.  I have no doubt this lucrative opportunity could close California’s 26 billion dollar deficit.

California may have a terrible economy, but they have a Governor who can move product.  Would you trade that valuable asset for sane spending and pro growth tax policies?  Exactly. I wouldn’t either.

I hope the Constitution is amended so we can move this cash cow into the Oval Office. Maybe his 1st move could be to auction off California to help reduce the national debt.  He could even throw in a few Blackberries and dental chairs.

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I am not Happy (or sad) that Ted Kennedy is Dead

Teddy K

Teddy K

I have seen commentary from many blogs about the joy and happiness they feel because the matted and mangy “Liberal Lion” from Massachusetts has gone on to take his dirt nap.

Many have recounted the destructive policies he championed, and the damage done when his advocacy was successful.  I agree wholeheartedly with that analysis.  I am diametrically opposed to almost everything Ted Kennedy stood for.

I guess that means I am supposed to feel elated that he is no longer with us.

Eh, not really. Honestly when I heard the news, I felt little.  No sadness, but no joy either.  Slightly curious from a historical perspective, but that’s about it.

Most of my interest is in seeing how his fellow travelers will use his death to advance their agenda on health care reform.  I can’t wait for the Paul Wellstone like “rally”.  Perhaps they could have Teddy K. embalmed, drag his corpse to the Senate, Weekend at Bernie’s style, and have him vote one more time for old times sake.  “What a moment”! as Jim Nantz might say.

I  have never had the hatred for Kennedy that a lot of conservatives have.  Probably because I am to young to have witnessed many of his antics 1st hand.  I was first aware of Kennedy  in 1987 or so.  I can vaguely remember seeing his wrinkled, puffy red face in the Robert Bork hearings.  I was a wee lad, so I didn’t have a grasp of what the hearings were about.

To me, other than the media sycophants constantly evoking memories of Camelot, and liberal women wishing they could live like a princess in America’s “Royal” Family, Kennedy was just another disingenuous leftist politician.

I understand that a smug and pompous jerk, who avoided the consequences of his poor behavior thanks to family connections and wealth, can inspire a healthy dose of contempt.  The double standards between his professed ideology and opulent lifestyle invoke feelings of disgust as well. 

Is that a phenomenon unique to Ted Kennedy?  Perhaps, but only in degree. 

I can think of 5 or 6  leftist senators in office currently, that I loathe more.  Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Patrick Leahy and Chris Dodd for starters.

Kennedy wasn’t Karl Marx either.  He didn’t invent the wheel.  Simply, a rich, out of touch blowhard, of middling intelligence, that adopted left-wing politics for career ambitions and salvation for an imperfect personal life.

Does anyone believe that immigration policy would look much different today if Ted Kennedy had never served in the Senate?  Some other left-wing, citizen of the world Utopian would have come along in the last 44 years and crammed similar legislation through.  Same with all of the other garbage that Kennedy had a hand in foisting on America.

Kennedy wasn’t the cause of our societal ills.  Just a symptom.

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Oldie but Goodie

 

I’m sure most of you have heard this 911 call before, but I couldn’t resist adding some of my own commentary to this debacle.  I also wanted to give this masterpiece in outlier princess behavior a home on my humble blog. 

Thoughts…

My favorite line: ” I’m not leaving this spot and I will call the police because I want my Western Burger done right!” said in hysterical, “crazed harpy” tone of voice.

The attitude on display in the 911 call demonstrates why we have such an over regulated nanny state that seeks to get involved with every aspect of our lives.  I’m sure she votes.  Her vote cancels yours out.  Viva la 19th Amendment!

I know the audio will sound very familiar to all of the divorced guys in the audience.  If you are contemplating getting married, before you do, imagine this voice on the other side of the courtroom in divorce proceedings.

If a hamburger inspires such feelings of personal injustice, imagine what a child support case could do to her sense of victimhood.

Think she would call the police during a domestic dispute?  I’m not talking physical abuse either.  I’m thinking a poorly cooked breakfast by the “man” of the household could cause an international incident.

Not sure why anyone would want to, but I’m thinking “Chris Brown” Game would work best on this woman.  That could be my revulsion and bias talking though.  Don’t try this at home.

When her son is 30, what do you think his life will look like?  The possibilities are endless.  I would say frustrated, bitter, former White Knight or flaming gay.

I see two possibilities to this woman’s station in life.  Only two can explain her gargantuan sense of entitlement.

The Single Mom:  The whole world becomes the single mother’s beta provider when the father isn’t around to perform the role.   Hapless illegal aliens and pimply faced teenagers working the drive up window are no exception.

This call came from Orange County, California but if I didn’t know better, I would have guessed Allentown PA, home to everyone’s favorite single mother.

The Spoiled Housewife:  The princess that lives in a mcmansion, has a cell phone glued to her ear and drives a gigantic SUV.  A woman accustomed to the whole world catering to her every whim.  The Tae Kwon Do reference is evidence of this possibility.  The sheltered, pampered, soccer mom type of shrew.

My final verdict: divorced single mother

I think the spoiled house wife would have called the corporate manager and tried to get Jose and the fat high school girl working in the joint fired.  She might have even threatened them with her husband’s connections. 

The single mother is the type to lash out wildly, in an estrogen fueled frenzy, desperate to resolve the situation.  Again, the government is her provider and protector for everything big or small. 

Since she has the money to send her spawn to Tae Kwan Do and live in a decent Southern California suburb, I suspect she was married at some point, rather than pumped and dumped by a bad boy.

Snopes.com, a website dedicated to ascertaining the legitimacy of rumors and urban legends did some work on this case.  They are a good resource, but I’ve noticed they can be a tad PC in their assumptions.  This case is no exception. 

The call took place and the 911 operator was real, but Snopes left the validity of this incident as undetermined because the lady could have been a prank caller. 

Uh….really?  Did that sound like a prank call to you?  If so, that was a Katherine Hepburn level of performance from where i sit. 

I suspect Snopes was more interested in not perpetuating the entitled princess syndrome, strong in many American women, rather than giving an honest assessment of the incident. 

They have a great website though.  I could write on inane topics from their site everyday for a year and not run out of material.

Final thought…

May I suggest Carl’s Jr. for all of your western bacon burger needs.

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Weekend at Reagan’s

This video demonstrates what bad shape the Republican Party is in.  When a man who has been dead for 5 years, and left office in 1989, is your best spokesman for opposing nationalized health care, you know you have problems.  Even more amazing, is the fact that he gave this speech in 1961.  48 years later, it is still far and away better than anything current politicians are saying.

No politician was better at selling conservative ideas than Ronald Reagan.  He preached the gospel for years before ascending to power.  Most importantly, he actually believed in what he was selling. He not only told you what he believed, but why he believed it, and why it was important for Americans to embrace it.  He was great at using historical references and personal antidotes to make his point. He didn’t rebrand liberty and personal freedom to fit his own agenda, or to use as a gimmick in an election campaign (see compassionate conservatism). 

He took the ideas seriously, but not himself.  He was willing to negotiate and compromise, but only if it moved the ball closer to where he wanted to go. He was passionate, determined and cheerful in his battle with statism.  Happiness is the best revenge.  I think it was understood that he had uncompromising principles, yet was reasonable at the same time.  Most people had the feeling he was in it for his country and not himself.  Even when he failed to turn conservative ideas into policy, there was a feeling that he didn’t fail for lack of trying.  The poverty he grew up in, combined with his unique back ground, was a sharp contrast from the typical ladder climbing politician. 

I often describe myself as a Conservative with libertarian leanings.  It’s the quickest way to get across where I stand, without going into some detailed screed about every policy issue imaginable.  I certainly have idiosyncratic beliefs on certain things, and my passion for certain issues exceed others.

I can count on 2 hands the number of politicians at the national level I respect.  I believe America to be in decline.  A slow one, but a decline nonetheless.  The size and scope of the federal government, in concert with the caliber of people that serve there, assures me that meaningful, tangible reform is a pipe dream.  Power is too entrenched, and out of the reach of the hoi polloi to be dealt with effectively.  This is to say nothing of cultural changes I find to be destructive, or challenges America faces from the rest of the world in global competition, military threats and rising powers.  As time goes on, I get less and less interested in the jockeying of politics from one out of touch, wrong headed party to the other.  I realize, I am for the most part, on the losing side.

I know it is said that too many people on the Right are fixated with Ronald Reagan.  I guess I could be accused of that myself.  He certainly wasn’t perfect.  He made mistakes as Governor and President.  He was a flawed man like everyone else.  He was a politician who had to make campaign promises that he couldn’t keep, and do his share of pandering.  (Ironically, this is one of the reasons he stands out so much.  He played the compromised, back scratching, high stakes game of politics more ethically than most.)

With all of that said, Ronald Reagan has come closest to representing my beliefs in the highest office in the land.  He was one of a kind and that’s why he is beloved.  If a candidate comes along that can articulate and sell principled, conservative ideas with conviction, and passion, in a graceful, witty, and cheerful way, immune from the effects of bullying from the left, I’ll stop talking about Ronald Reagan and perhaps feel a little (and only a little) more optimistic for this country.

I’m not holding my breath.

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NAMs and Crime

Once again, I am going to link to Ferdinand Bardamu. He puts a lot of effort into his blog, and has some thought provoking ideas to contribute.  I hope he keeps writing, and to the extent being linked by this inconsequential blog of mine encourages that, all the better.  He also gives me a good jumping off point on stuff I wanted to address anyway.

This time he created a graph that demonstrates the propensity of higher violent crime, in locales (New York Counties) with greater populations of Non Asian Minorities (NAMs).  

A few thoughts…

 I’m no expert on New York State Government politics,but using common sense, I would assume that all of the NAM heavy/ high crime areas are dominated by leftist politicians.  (I did a brief perusal of Mayors in the high crime counties and my assumption remains unchanged.) The thoughts that follow apply to the country as a whole anyway.

When their “solutions” to crime, poverty and education fail miserably and predictably, leftists never consider their own ideology as flawed. It is never single motherhood, poor values or a nod toward HBD as a contributing factor. It is never bilingual education, or substandard, one size fits all public schools. It is never a culture that doesn’t value education, or a strong work ethic. It is never about promoting groups over individuals, or instilling a victim mentality from day one.  It is never about rewarding sloth, and poor decisions with government subsidies.

Nope for the leftist, its much easier to lash out against a sinister bogeyman than to treat constituents like grown ups and address real, tangible problems.  Racism, guns, inadequate funding (of everything), drug use, xenophobia, test bias(any test), and conspiracies(very wacky ones) are a much easier explanation. How convenient . The day of reckoning never comes for the leftist. Hard truths never have to be confronted. Better yet, hard truths never have to be uttered.  When one worn out bromide loses its effectiveness; just rename it, or discard it and move on to another, less tired platitude.  It’s not racism anymore, but a vague, hard to define, institutional racism, for example.

Notice how an African immigrant or a newly arrived illegal alien from Guatemala will often outperform American born members of their own race. The American NAM, unfortunately, is worse off.  They are handicapped by a leftist, equalist, victim ideology.  For a variety of reasons, the NAMs are  least able to afford the complete lack of wisdom and understanding of human nature this ideology promulgates.

I’m not optimistic that any of this will change anytime soon for the following reasons…

Politicians:  If your platform is “fighting” for the underprivileged; you better have a lot of underprivileged voters. They have to much power invested in this game to change.  Power and prestige.  A reputation for “public service”.  An image of “caring”.  The truth hurts and it isn’t likely to be rewarded at the ballot box.  Who wants to oppose these second rate demagogues, and be called a racist or a sexist or sellout?

Activists: Are you kidding?  Think of how lucrative the victim industry is.  Think of all the mentally imbalanced jerks who would lose their jobs.  What would these minimally talented hacks do all day, if the problems they advocated for were “solved”?  Think Yasser Arafat and a Palestinian State.  Think Al Sharpton and racism.  Who would they shakedown, if they protested over dropout rates and single motherhood?

Constituents: Its much easier to take goverment money and other handouts if you think of yourself as a victim.  It’s much easier to accept failure, if you don’t think you can succeed.  It’s next to impossible to succeed when you have put yourself behind the 8 ball, with a myriad of destructive behaviors like single motherhood, drug use, debt, and crime.

The percentages of NAM violent crime, in Bardamu’s graph might not ever reach parity with other groups, do to HBD reasons, but I think  substantial progress would be possible if not for ingrained leftist dogma. (Take a look at black legitimacy and crime rates from 60 years ago.  Even in an age of overt racism and discrimination; the percentages were much better than today.)  I’m not a Utopian so I never waste time talking about “solutions”.  Life is mostly about improvement at the margins, and trade offs. 

Off the top of my head, here are a few ways to mitigate crime rates and improve NAMs station in life (and the likely hood it will happen in our contemporary political climate)…

1. Discourage single motherhood ( shaming, cutting subsidies) 0%

2. Reduce single motherhood

3. Decrease single motherhood

4. Reduce illegal immigration ( border fence or whatever is effective in controlling the flow, employer verification) 20%

5. School choice ( vouchers) 15%

6. Reduce welfare substantially ( you name it, across the board cuts) 25%

7. Greater emphasis on trade schools 30%

8.  Less emphasis on college for everyone (enough with the college loan boondoggle, more on this another time) 5%

9. English immersion for non English speakers 40%

Besides these tangible policy ideas, some attitudinal adjustments need to be made…

You are not a victim.

Whitey is not out to get you.

Don’t be a baby daddy, or mommy  (condoms are your friend)

Stop believing in fantastical conspiracies.  The CIA didn’t invent AIDS and put crack cocaine in the ghetto.  Again, you are not a victim.

Education is good.  Don’t drop out of high school. 

Learn productive and useful things.  Victim (Latino, Black ,Womens) Studies are neither.

Work hard.  No matter the crappy job, if you stick with it and work hard you will not be poor. 

Always be working.  You will always be poor if you are chronically unemployed.

Avoid debt.  Sorry no Cadillac Escalades.

Celebrate Maleness. Only when men are productive and invested, will a community thrive.

Celebrate private enterprise  (Think Robert Johnson, Herman Cain..hell think Jay Z)

The second list can be aimed at an individual or a community.

These lists are not at all thorough, simply things I wrote down the second I started considering the problem.  Obviously, most of this stuff would take years to bear fruit.  A politician running on this platform wouldn’t get ten votes.  At least not in the NAM neighborhoods.  He would be run out of town and called a racist, an Uncle Tom and/or an extremist.  The left would talk about root causes,  racism and shades of gray. 

A sharp reduction in single motherhood, combined with a more male centric focus, is most important in my view.  I might as well of said: A reduction in vampires, combined with a more unicorn centric focus, is most important in my view. 

In other words, I’m not optimistic.

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