Saturday, July 23, 2005

Huh?

This is front page news on the self-proclaimed fair & balanced network. What's even funnier is that this will happen in the U.S. as the Patriot Act gets stronger.

I do have something to add that may seem contrary to my discouragement with the Patriot Act.

The UK police will be hounded by the media for chasing a man in a heavy, padded coat into a subway car before pinning him to the ground and shooting him in the head and torso. However, these nut jobs who blowup buses and subways and twin towers don't live to tell about it. So, the police respond to a suspicious fellow who continues to act suspicious by RUNNING and before he can detonate himself they shoot and kill him. If nothing else, Darwinism took care of another weak link.

Shoot first, ask questions later.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Polanski Wins Vanity Fair Libel Suit

FOXNews.com - Foxlife - Polanski Wins Vanity Fair Libel Suit: "LONDON - Filmmaker Roman Polanski on Friday won his libel suit against Vanity Fair magazine over an article that accused him of propositioning a woman while on the way to the funeral of his murdered wife, Sharon Tate."

This from the son-of-a-bitch who skipped bail and fled to France to escape punishment. The mother of 13-year-old victim Samantha Geimer refused to press charges of rape, suspicion of sodomy, child molestation and furnishing dangerous drugs to a minor. To avoid a trial, she requested the charges be reduced to statutory rape.

The Vanity Fair libel suit was tried in Great Britain. What's amusing is that he didn't show up in person for the trial for fear of being arrested and extradited to the United States.

He's a fugitive of the law suing a magazine for libel. What an ass.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The stupidity of some. The ignorance of all.

Is it stupidty or ignorance that drives groups such as Greenpeace?

A day hardly passes that we don't hear about global warming. This is when ignorance actually crosses over to stupidity and opinions are voiced by such groups as Greenpeace International and the National Academy of Sciences' Bob Cicerone.

Of course the earth is warming. It's common knowledge that the earth has experienced global warming and cooling (i.e. The Ice Age). Bonus points if you know that we are still coming out of an ice age and in order to do that, there has to be global warming. Guess what? It'll happen again in several thousand years.

Timeline Index: "The last Ice Age started about 70,000 years ago and ended about 10,000 years ago (during the Pleistocene epoch). The Earth was much colder than it is now; snow accumulated on much of the land, glaciers and ice sheets extended over large areas and the sea levels were lower. These phenomena changed the surface of the earth, forming lakes, changing the paths of rivers, eroding land, and depositing sand, gravel, and rocks along the glaciers' paths."

A more detailed description can be found at the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The very first sentence makes the case better than I ever could: "The time span of the last 130,000 years has seen the global climate system switch from warm interglacial to cold glacial conditions, and back again. This broad interglacial-glacial-interglacial climate oscillation has been recurring on a similar periodicity for about the last 900,000 years, though each individual cycle has had its own idiosyncrasies in terms of the timing and magnitude of changes."

As I wrote earlier, the earth is still coming out of an ice age and will continue to warm until the next ice age cycle begins. More than likely, the earth as we know it will cease to exist and there is nothing we can do to stop it from happening. You can hug all of the trees you want, develop all of the bio-fuel you can stand and waste time protesting to the politicians, but it's all for naught.

Furthermore, Greenpeace-hacks and other such idiots most likely haven't taken into consideration the earth's magnetic field and its role in global warming and cooling. A simple Google search on "global warming" tallies over a million results. I believe that the magnetosphere led to the ozone hole (if it's really there). This, in turn, coincides with the global warming process.

Visiting GlobalWarming.com will yield you the necessary knowledge not publicized in the mainstream media.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Quit the crying

Which profession gets three months of straight vacation time each year? Which profession gets one week off for Thanksgiving; two weeks off for Christmas and New Years; a week off for Easter/Spring Break; and myriad days scattered here and there? Which profession lets you leave work by 3:30 p.m. and is union?

Which profession typically gives you an annual starting salary of $30,000 and you don't even work a third of the time?

It's teaching.


The common argument is, "It's a calling for these teachers. They are educating our children -- the future of America."

First, I'll agree that it's a calling for some. For others it's a profession. Much as I chose a profession in sales, my father in the chemical industry, my friend a lab technician and so on.

Even others still, it's not a job they chose. For them, it's the only job they could get or, better yet, chaos theory occurred and teaching is where they landed. I wanted to be a writer, my father a photographer, my friend a chemist and, again, so on.

Second, they may be teaching your children; however, in my household, my wife and I teach our child. The teachers and subsequent education system only assist us in our responsibilities.

That's an interesting word, responsibilities.

re•spon•si•bil•i•ty n. pl. re•spon•si•bil•i•ties
1. The state, quality, or fact of being responsible.
2. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.

Responsibility is often something that we, as parents, seem to lack. Sure, I shirk my responsibilities at times for one reason or another as does my wife. As do you.

However, far too many people utilize the school system as the central (and single) source of education for their children. I would not want my child to grow up believing everything taught in biology class is correct or that the history book is the solid truth. Yes, I want my child to have a more rounded understanding of all subjects: music, art, math, science, history, English, etc.

My child (fingers crossed) will grow up with the freedom to think for himself, to make his own mistakes, to question the system (which includes my wife and me) and to have his own opinions. Yes, even if they are 180 degrees opposite of mine.

More than likely the only experience that teacher has on the subject(s) they teach is a few years in college and any time spent at the front of the classroom. I would rather have someone who has been a chemist teach me chemistry than someone who spent four years in college and then went straight into teaching. There is something to be said for practical, on-the-job experience.

So, quit the crying about teacher pay raises. They knew going in what the pay was like and that it's sometimes hard. I say find something else that pays better, but you'll also soon realize that no job is always easy.

To really help the children, improve the schools and the tools in them. It's important to also hold the teachers accountable as well. Students get graded on their performance and so should the teachers.

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.