Out of Kilter

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

She must be talking about Letterman

"I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the
television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence."
                           -Alice Walker, writer (1944- )



Monday, January 24, 2005

Federalist view - Education

"Even under Republican leadership, primary and secondary education in America has remained essentially a socialist enterprise: Government owns the major means of production. As in all socialist regimes, this one redistributes wealth in perverse ways. ... Parents who struggle to scrape together the tuition to send their children to religious schools are now doubly taxed locally and federally -- to support government-owned schools they do not like and do not use. When 'moderate' Bob Dole was the Republican presidential candidate in 1996, he ran on a platform calling for abolition of the federal Department of Education because the Constitution does not grant the federal government a role in primary and secondary education. Conservatives in Congress should fight to kill Bush's new federal education spending plan and return to the principles of the Dole platform and the U.S. Constitution. If every American family cannot instantly be given sole ownership of their children's schooling, at least they shouldn't have to pay twice for the schools the government insists on owning." --Terence Jeffrey



BlogExplosion Ratings

It's not clear to me why anybody would much care what their BE rating was and yet I'm very careful on the few occasions I rate a blog.

Sometimes I rate for appearance, sometimes for content, never do I rate something on whether I agree with the opinion or not. ALWAYS I leave a comment on the blog that I've rated saying what the score was and why.

How about you? Have a rating system of your own?



Saturday, January 22, 2005

Deja Vu

If this had been taken in the Sixties I probably would have been in the shot.
I was wrong then, as I think they are now.
Still, I'm glad somebody is still acting on their beliefs.





Friday, January 21, 2005

Prayer as Petition

There's a concept I've never understood.

Do the prayerful think God does not know what they want?

They must explain to God what is best for them, I suppose.

Would not the true believer see no need for prayer as petition? Would not the true believer trust God to know what ought to happen next?



Making the hard decisions

There's been a lot of talk recently about Bush's approval rating. It needs to be said that approval ratings will always drop once someone has

1. Made the hard decisions -- As soon as you make a hard decision, like sending troops abroad, your approval rating will drop.
2. Declared a policy -- As long as you keep quiet and refuse to say on which side of a controversy you stand (gay right to marriage, death penalty - whatever) your approval rating will be high. As soon as you declare, some people will not approve.

That's not an opinion; that's historical fact, most recently demonstrated by Colin Powell.



It's all in a name

People should stop making up reasons to take offense to what we call them. "Oriental" is not an insult. In another five years will they decide that "Asian" is an insult? Who decides this stuff anyway?



Thursday, January 20, 2005

Supporting Dr. Summers

Here's the scoop, people. Men are different from women in critical ways. Races of humans differ from one another in crucial ways. Different cultures emphasize different values and thus the folks who are immersed in those cultures are different from folks from other cultures. Stereotypes have come into being because of those differences. You can be as politically correct as you want but we Irish will always be gabby and will always like our evening pint. Being politically correct does not mean you are correct. It does mean you are not observant.