Thought I'd pass along this joke that my mom emailed to me (almost a week ago but I'm only now getting to because I am just that lame) since Mondays are but a blot upon humanity and should always begin with a laugh so you don't snap and kill someone.
A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly, her husband burst into the kitchen.
"Careful," he said, "CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You're cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They're going to STICK! Careful ... CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you're cooking! Never! Turn them!
Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind? Don't forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!"
The wife stared at him. "What in the world is wrong with you?! You think I don't know how to fry a couple of eggs?"
The husband calmly replied, "I just wanted to show you what it feels like when I'm driving."
The joke is even funnier coming from my mom because she's been performing this 'nagging passenger act' for my dad for more years than I care to count. I notice she sent it to him, too. He'd better reply or she'll be forced to walk into the other room and ask why he never replies to her email. *g* Sometimes it amazes me that he's still alive. Or is it amazing that she's still alive? Heh
Either way, it's funny because it's true!
Monday, March 27, 2006
Thought I'd pass along this joke that my mom emailed to me (almost a week ago but I'm only now getting to because I am just that lame) since Mondays are but a blot upon humanity and should always begin with a laugh so you don't snap and kill someone.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Well, it's cold out and I have no weekend plans so maybe hooray is a strong word. On the other hand, sometimes nothing is good. Not being eaten by a Dobsonfly? Even better.
Last weekend I should have done a post about how busy I am in spring, too busy to blog even, but I couldn't move my arms. After using a tiller for the first time in my life last Saturday, I literally could not lift my arms to reply to comments after the first few initial arm lifts to click. Who could have imagined that a little tilling could be so debilitating?! And just a few areas for flowers? Anyhow, surprisingly enough, that really hurt.
Then the rest of the week was a busy time because it's that standardized test time of year for home educators, so I was helping some out with all of that mess. Personally, I don't do the testing with the uber-teen until mid or late June even though it is suggested that I do it in March because they didn't ask nicely and can't make me (and spring really is a busy time). Who are "they", you ask? Why, the NC Board of Education, of course.
When I first moved to the area they sent me a home educator's informational packet that was full of lies and insinuations. When not willing to just lie outright in every instance, they insinuated that one must do certain things in a certain way in order to not break the law. Since I'm not stupid I'd studied the laws and what they really meant months before moving here, and also hired a lawyer, just in case. So, it's not absolutely mandatory that the testing be done in March, it just makes things easier on those breathing down the necks of home educators. Maybe they should have just said so in the first place because now I'm waiting until June just because I can. It also amuses me greatly that they are really supposed to ask for the results of the tests once a year but are only able to do so every three years because of the sheer numbers of home educators in NC. What a shame, huh? Bwahahaha.
Anyhow, back to my point. It's likely that spring things will interfere with my blogging for the next couple of months. Between wrapping up the school year, setting up a pool on my own (yeah, I'm that crazy) and turning that pond (mud hole) into something to behold (besides froggy porn), I'm probably going to be MIA from time to time.
There's just so much work to be done in Uber's world and not enough time!
Since I don't have any new cat photos (stop crying), I'll post a couple of something entirely different.
My neighbor's horse.
Luckily, close enough to visit yet far enough away to not have to smell.
Posted by Uber at 6:06 PM
Friday, March 17, 2006
What is this freaky creature?
This is not a pop quiz, I really don't know. I named him Creepy Crawly for obvious reasons. Maybe I'll look him up on WhatsThatBug.com, but I doubt I'll feel any better about having him flying around out there even if I don't discover he eats kittens and small children.
At at least 4-5 inches in length, this is one formidable bug. Oo
Posted by Uber at 6:40 PM
As I was surfing the web, doing a bit of research, I came across a few liberal gems. Although these "precious words of wisdom" were written in May of 05, equating religious upbringing with ignorance and poverty is still a popular theme among at least some liberals, so I thought I'd touch a few points here on my pretty pink blog.
In all fairness, please let the record show that I nearly shot Coke (Ala Cola) through my nose while reading the first comment shown below. While this urge could possibly be linked to my ignorance (although I'm suspicious that my oft exaggerated sense of humor is more likely the culprit), I seriously doubt that it could in any way be linked to religious indoctrination or poverty. I once witnessed a fellow teen laugh and shoot soda straight through her nose and onto the dashboard of a minister's vehicle while on a road trip with a car load of giggling Christian teens and let me tell you, he was not impressed. So I know that wasn't religiously induced.
Oh yeah, also, like lots of religious minded people, I'm not impoverished. I don't think I'm all that ignorant either but I can see how I might appear to be so, considering the fact that I was up at 5 am holding my nose to ensure the proper flow of Coke (Ala Cola). On the other hand, since studies show the home educated to be happier people in general (and I was, for the most part, home educated), perhaps avoiding certain stress that comes with public education has enabled me to be so carefree as to be up at 5 am holding my nose to ensure the proper flow of...ok, I'm stretching that one a bit thin. I am pretty happy, though. Like abnormally happy most of the time, even when others insult everything that matters most to me as well as me personally...
...and I'm not even on any drugs. No, really. (Suffering sleep deprivation after working all night? You betcha.)
Anyhow, here we have it: Elitist liberal rhetoric at its finest.
Houston Democrats: Public School Fight Won't End Either, Guv!
A Chronicle article in which Rick Perry announces that the "fight for vouchers" will be back in 2007 is quite disturbing. Republicans truly do want to destroy public education. So, let us Democrats make our own announcement: The Democratic fight for public education will continue as long as Republicans want to tear it down!
Ok, all this education stuff I've been spouting all those years is just a conspiracy. Really my plot has been to help eeeevil Republikkkans take down the entire public education system so liberals will force us to put more people onto welfare, wait, we don't like that too much. Um, so they will not be able to get good jobs that make bags and bags of money, wait, we like people who make bags and bags of money! Ok, I'm not sure why, but clearly I must hate all children and am obligated to make them cry (I can just see those poor little darlings tearfully wailing about being forced into better schools right now. Bwahahaha!) Helping to take down an entire educational system is pretty good for someone destined to forever be ignorant and impoverished, no?
Instead of protecting teachers, improving public school programs, and improving college preparedness levels of our schoolkids, Republican Perry has chosen to demand his own brand of "accountability" from public schools (more testing!), while pushing legislation to funnel taxpayer money into private schools that are neither accountable, nor proven to be adequate.
Again, for the record, protecting poor performing teachers is part of the problem (I would think that good teachers would like to be rid of them as well), the same people ask that home educators who don't take one penny from the government undergo more regulation and testing (aka accountability), and taxpayer money is being funneled into public schools which are still not being held all that accountable while those having proven to be terribly inadequate are those which would see the voucher action. So, there.
Still, Perry has the gall to state "I suspect as long as there are children who are in need of getting some relief in failing schools that it will always be out there and be promoted by a number of Texans,"
As long as we have Rick Perry as governor, he and the Republicans will always think little of the vast majority of Texas schoolkids, while placing at the top of his list wealthy private school owners, like James Leinenger. And why not? Public school children can hardly afford to send Perry on trips to the Bahamas; Leininger can!
The gall. One wonders what James Leinenger is doing right that enables him to keep his classrooms full without the threat of government intervention. Let's cut through the bs. People are and will continue to become more interested in vouchers as long as public schools continue to fail the nation's children. Public school children can hardly afford to wait another unknown number of years for Democrats "fix" their schools as they've been promising since I was in pigtails myself. (Hello, they're in even more trouble now and I'm all grown up with one of my own nearing graduation! How s/low can you go?)
As long as Republicans continue to exclude public schools from their priorities the vast majority of Texans will fight for public education--not just "a number of Texans," as the Guv says about support for his vouchers.
Kudos to the Coalition for Public Schools and Carolyn Boyle for fighting for Texas kids!
I think the truth is liberals are upset because Republicans are making public education too much of a priority, not the other way around. They just disagree with how to go about making public education better. The voucher issue will not ever go away, not if people like myself who care more about the "education" part of public education have our way.
Here's the comment that really got me.
It might help if more of us understood WHY the fascist party wants to destroy public education. It's not simply a question of tax dollars, that's largely a short-term smoke screen.
Fascist party, huh? See, here's where I begin to feel a little laugh building up. Such drama. Wow.
While getting my degree in Psychology I learned that when people are better educated, or perhaps I should say 'when people have a more broad (liberal) education', they are less likely to conform to an authoritarian hierarchy, less likely to do what they think is expected or allowed and more likely to make their own decisions independant of dogmatic ideology.
Translated, this really reads:
First of all, I'm really smart. Way smarter than you and when I say better educated you should take my word that "liberal" means better. No need to do your own research on that because like I said, I'm more smarter than all y'all! Also, when children are indoctrinated with liberal ideology they learn to conform to that liberal ideology and are way less likely to listen to what their parents and church says, especially when it goes against liberal (and therefore better) ideology. We'll teach them to do whatever feels good to them regardless of stinking traditions and norms and it'll all be good just so long as they're all dedicated to the liberal cause. Look, someone's going to indoctrinate these children, so it might as well be us!!! Screw what their mothers think, all of that "choice" bs only counts when the child is inside the womb, since we gave her that right it would follow that all rights outside the womb are belong to us and we all know how unhealthy fathers are. Unless they're pre-approved super sensitive liberals, of course.
Seriously, perhaps I exaggerate but note how parents are suspiciously absent from the rant. It's either the public schools or church. God or them. A parent's individual choice in raising their own child is not even an option worth mentioning in some minds. Hey, maybe some parents just want their kids to learn to read and write in school and prefer everyone just leave the parenting to them.
For this reason, better educated people are less likely to attend church compulsively and less likely to believe everything their preachers tell them unquestioningly. They are more likely to understand the constitution and laws of the land, and know when they are getting screwed around. Better educated people are more likely to question authority.
Trust you me, I know when I'm getting screwed around and this individual didn't even kiss me first! The shame of it... I'm not completely sure what to make of this statement. We all know that our failing public schools will be the public schools affected by vouchers and it's fair to say that they are not adequately teaching children the constitution if they are failing to teach them the basics, isn't it? And when the phrase "better educated" is used, is it safe to assume that really means "liberal" as we've come to understand the word? I think so. I'm left wondering if the above insinuated goal is to lead our children to not go to church regularly (oops, I mean compulsively, that's more spooky sounding). Should it be the goal of public educators to lead other's children to not believe what a parent's personally selected minister tells them? Hey, if my daughter shouldn't believe something the minister tells us, I'll fill her in on that, thanks. Just the same as when one of her goofy friends or a liberal tells her something that's stupid. Trust me, I'm really good at that.
I dare say that's my job as a parent. A job that I take very seriously and choose not to pass of onto an endless stream of unknown individuals, church or school oriented, no matter how well intentioned they may be. It is important to note though, Christians tend to take parental authority (and responsibility) rather seriously as it is part of the "compulsive" ideology (although I'll also wager that's not just a "crazy Christian thing") and children are not normally a captive audience in church as they are in public schools. In any case, as a parent, I've never had a preacher step on my toes "helping" much less try to replace me completely. Were the church ever to attempt to undermine my parental authority I'd leave that particular church just as I'd leave the public school system (where even an adequate education could not seem to be attained for many, I might add, again) but it is not as easy for everyone to just leave the public school system as it is to leave a church (and we are also compelled beyond our will to support the public school financially, whether we like it or not, so it's best for all concerned if we actually like it or we might just stop supporting more funding for it).
And, from an economic perspective, better educated people are less likely to remain dependant on their feudal overlords and more likely to seek other opportunities to advance in a competitive economy, thus undermining the labor-base and allowing more upward mobility.
Good Lord, please help me here and now. I've just got nothing for this....I don't have a word to describe what it even is. If my religious belief is to blame for my not understanding exactly what a feudal overlord is, all I can say is thank you sweet Jesus!
Yup, that's where the Coke nearly hit my screen. haha Anyone care to try to translate that one for me?
Thus, education outside of a parochial environment is intolerable, both to a theocratic dictatorship, and to a medieval virtually-slave-holding society - not to dwell on the decreasing tithes to a church institution that is addicted to money and dependant on the offering plate (which also partially explains the so-called "faith-based intitatives").
Well, if it isn't the pot calling the kettle black. It sounds more to me like education and charity outside of a liberal environment is what's intolerable to this confused individual, even at the risk of a child's not receiving an education (which I imagine the same individual would agree is most important to the child's future). It's like the Titanic with these people and I just want to grab as many kids as I can.
As for faith-based initiatives, I'm torn. On the one hand, I think all charity should be faith-based excluding any government involvement, including charity for the secular faith (in other words, you have faith in it, you donate your money towards it). On the other hand, since so many seem to either be pleased with or at least tolerate forced charity, we may as well divide the money fairly between all faiths of choice including secular (especially since private organizations do so well in this area). Let's be inclusive until liberals either give up forced charity or learn to really tolerate other faiths, I say. It's good for them like broccoli. Honest.
I've certainly seen my share of churches go above and beyond to get the donations in that donation plate but it is given willingly and in almost every single instance that church goes on to do good things for the less fortunate with those donations (or at the very least the church members themselves benefit). I would argue that those associated with the public school system, from the top to the bottom, have the real addiction to money. We give them more money, expecting them to follow through with the elusive "better results" and we are met with the demand for even more money after those results are not only not better but worse. Sounds like an addiction to me. Besides, quality education doesn't require more money. Public education is more expensive than private education and home education is the least expensive (many spending less than $200 per student each year) and produces the best educational result of all three options.
More lunacy follows, if you can stand it, that is. I'm only providing another small sample, you're on your own after that.
I do agree with Randy that access to higher education and a more liberal education would certainly go a long way toward loosening the chains that bind so many Americans to religious dogma, misinformation and a life of poverty and ignorance.
Oh, woe is me!! What shall I eveh accomplish in mah life with awl this dowgma, misinfohmation and pahvaty goin gainst me!?
I'm guessing that a "liberal education" just doesn't mean what it used to, does it? I don't care so much what liberals think or say, I really just wish they'd decide whether we're all blathering religious idiots that don't know any better or maniacally evil geniuses hell bent on their destruction (and stick to it throughout one entire conversation). Switching back and forth without warning for the purpose of my own entertainment grows more challenging with each and every rendezvous. Still, it just never stops being fun.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend evil conservatives! ;)
Posted by Uber at 12:34 PM
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
And Some Say There's No God...
OSLO (Reuters) - A woman thought she was in heaven when beer instead of water flowed from the taps in her apartment in west Norway.
"I turned on the tap to clean some knives and forks and beer came out," Haldis Gundersen told Reuters from her home in Kristiansund, west Norway. "We thought we were in heaven."
Beer in Norway is among the most expensive in the world with a 0.4 liter (0.7 pint) costing about 50 crowns ($7.48) in a bar.
Gundersen said she tried the beer but that it tasted a bit odd and was not fizzy.
It turned out that a worker in a bar two floors below had mixed up the pipes on Saturday evening, wrongly connecting a new barrel to a water pipe leading to Gundersen's flat. The bar got water in its beer taps.
"If it happens again I'm going to order Baileys (coffee liqueur)," she said.
Making the case for divorce...
Mexico City (Reuters) - A Mexican couple were recovering separately after a marital spat got out of control and saw them firing guns, throwing knives and hurling homemade bombs, Mexican daily Milenio said on Monday.
In scenes taken straight out of hit romantic comedy "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Juan Espinosa and Irma Contreras fought until their house blew up in a homemade gasoline bomb explosion, Milenio said.
Police called to the home in the indigenous Mayan Indian town of Oxkutzcab in the southeastern state of Yucatan arrested Espinosa. Contreras was taken to hospital with third-degree burns.
A local police official confirmed the report but declined to provide further information.
In the violence-filled movie about the fictional Smiths, Pitt and Jolie play married assassins ordered to kill each other.
Espinosa told reporters he was glad his wife had suffered burns, while Contreras said she was only sorry she had not "hacked off his manhood" during the fight.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who regularly smoke marijuana may find their memories growing hazy over time, a study published Monday suggests.
In a study of long-term and shorter-term marijuana users, researchers in Greece found that both groups performed more poorly on tests of memory, attention and other cognitive abilities than a comparison group who'd only occasionally used the drug.
Long-term users - who'd smoked four or more joints per week for at least 10 years - showed the greatest deficits.
"Since February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol has cost US$ 160,943,992,356 while potentially saving an undetectable 0.001669049 °C by the year 2050."
"Since Al Gore was offered the opportunity to facilitate serious debate on the underlying science of enhanced greenhouse and global climate change 2 months, 1 week, 3 days, 3 hours, 8 minutes, and 4 seconds have elapsed. Despite milking lucrative speaking engagements and book deals with his global warming schtick he declines any such debate."
Posted by Uber at 3:10 AM
Sunday, March 12, 2006
OP-ED by The Uber-Conservative
12 March 2006
"That's loser talk!"
No, I wasn't kidnapped by a wild eyed band of Baptists, nor was I playing Nightingale to anyone I almost killed. This time my absence was due to a frigged up thingymajig (that normally enables an internet connection). I got a new thingymajig now, though, so I'm back.
Thanks to all who continue to visit and comment throughout my frequent disappearances. You so schweet! :)
This morning I'm laying out of church to blog, just because I missed y'all so much. Ok, I'm also laying low because some kid decided to tell everyone that I said "That's loser talk!" when the Sunday school teacher told the children that they were all winners of some silly contest. haha Ok honestly, I'm laying out because I just don't want to go this morning. The "loser talk" issue has given me something to blog about, though.
I don't remember saying that but I don't doubt that I did. It was likely during a game of front yard football. Hey, I also threw the uber-teen at a grown man because she wasn't blocking me very well and at some point yelled "Move it Brittany!" (as in Spears) because she looked scared and froze with the ball instead of running after only accidentally catching it while throwing her hands up to block her face. I can't be held responsible for my actions while playing football (read: won't be). It's all in good fun. It must be fun, they keep coming back for s'more even though I can't be taken down. Bwahahaha!
While I wouldn't exactly yell "That's loser talk!" in Sunday school, let's be realistic here. Competitiveness is fun and winning is fun too. The fun of competitiveness (and the urge to win) is the reason adults use contests to get kids to do things in the first place. What is the lesson in claiming that everyone is a winner after one tries and works hardest of all? I think it tells the real winner that they'll not be rewarded any more than someone who didn't work so hard and next time they'll not put forth as much effort. It also encourages those who didn't try as hard or at all to keep up the status quo. They'll be rewarded the same as someone who really did win and next time they won't bother to try at all either.
How about this: If you don't want to turn learning bible scriptures into a competition where there is a winner and multiple losers, then don't have a contest. Healthy competition is what a contest is all about. Is it not?
So, when the child told me that the Sunday school teacher said "Hm, well she's different than most mothers..." (I'm not sure how the "mother" part comes into it) I explained that I am very different than most of the people who attend this particular church (as I'm conservative and they're totally liberal except for the whole 'don't be gay' thing). I went on to say that while I was being facetious at the time the statement was made (the pre game show pretty much consists of my 'we're gonna stomp you' antics), I stand strongly by the theory behind the statement. I also added that "everyone's a winner" stuff is liberal talk as well as loser talk, neither of which is permitted in front yard football. I asked that I not be quoted on that, knowing I probably will be. Whaddyado? *g* I don't want to needlessly offend anyone but it is the truth, imo.
To quote a very wise person, "Equal outcomes are not guaranteed in life -- nor should they be. Individual productivity, innovation and hard work are the keys to success --".
What do you think of contests for children in which everyone is a winner (or is that everyone is a loser)? Do church related contests make it all any different?
Am I really "different" than most? Am I goin' to hell or what?! ;)
Posted by Uber at 9:09 AM
Monday, March 06, 2006
Is A War Going On In Texas?
By Phyllis Schlafly
If you don't have access to Texas newspapers or the internet, you may not have heard the sensational news about the enormous cache of weapons just seized in Laredo, Texas. U.S. authorities grabbed two completed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), materials for making 33 more, military-style grenades, 26 grenade triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, silencers, machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bullet-proof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics, and cash.
That sounds like a war is going on in Texas! If bomb-making factories and firearms assembly plants are ordinary day-to-day business in the drug war along our southern border, the American people need to know more about it.
Top US General Upbeat on Iraq
"I would not put a great big smiley face on it [the situation is not perfect], but I would say they [trends in Iraq] are going very, very well, whether it be on the political side, where they have had three elections, they have written their own constitution, they are forming their own government," said General Pace. "You look at the military side, where, this time last year, there were just a handful of Iraqi battalions in the field. Now, there are over 100 battalions in the field. No matter where you look at their military, their police, their society, things are much better this year than they were last [year]."
Hillary Clinton 'unaware' of Bill's Dubai ties
Hillary Clinton, a leading opponent of DP World's takeover of some US port operations, was this week forced to admit that she did not know her husband had advised Dubai leaders on how to handle the growing dispute.
But former President Bill Clinton's ties to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates should not have come as a surprise to his New York senator wife.
Mrs Clinton's own senatorial financial disclosure forms reveal that her husband earned $450,000 giving speeches in Dubai in 2002.
Officials from the UAE also donated between $500,000 and $1m to fund Mr Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas.
Court Upholds Campus Military Recruiting
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that colleges that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on campus, despite university objections to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.
Justices rejected a free-speech challenge from law schools and their professors who claimed they should not be forced to associate with military recruiters or promote their campus appearances.
Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said that the campus visits are an effective military recruiting tool.
"A military recruiter's mere presence on campus does not violate a law school's right to associate, regardless of how repugnant the law school considers the recruiter's message," he wrote.
S.D. Governor Signs Abortion Ban Into Law
"In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them," Rounds said in the statement.
Robotic 'pack mule' displays stunning reflexes
A nimble, four-legged robot is so surefooted it can recover its balance even after being given a hefty kick. The machine, which moves like a cross between a goat and a pantomime horse, is being developed as a robotic pack mule for the US military.
Visit America Supports You for all the latest news about how Americans are supporting the men and women of the U.S. military or
Posted by Uber at 3:25 PM
Saturday, March 04, 2006
I was so busy yesterday that I didn't get a chance to blog.
I do have new cat photos to turn those frowns upside down! *g*
Here's the crazy Precious. So busy pretending she's not trying to eat Romeo, the fish, that she forgot to attack the camera.
Precious! What are you up to?!
"Why, I'm just sitting here..um...Yeah, smelling candles. Honest. Mmmm candles!"
I can tell you've been up to something, the plants are all lopsided and sunken. Get away from that fish bowl!!!
Fish bowl? I don't see a fish bowl. Do you see a fish bowl?
10 seconds after I left the room I snuck back to see what she was really up to...
(Shuddup, why don't you try to figure out what "bwahahaha" sounds like under water!)
Obviously, the maniacal plan is to drink all of the water until she finally gets to the fish.
Ok, sometimes Precious is pretty cute.
When she's asleep!
All snuggled up with Magellan -
Magellan is the Raymond of cats. Everybody loves Magellan. :)
Hope everyone's weekend is schweet!
Posted by Uber at 1:32 AM
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Teacher caught in Bush "rant"
An Overland High School teacher who criticized President Bush, capitalism and U.S. foreign policy during his geography class was placed on administrative leave Wednesday afternoon after a student who recorded the session went public with the tape.
In the 20-minute recording, made on an MP3 player, teacher Jay Bennish described capitalism as a system "at odds with human rights." He also said there were "eerie similarities" between what Bush said during his Jan. 28 State of the Union address and "things that Adolf Hitler used to say."
What is capitalism? Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned. Under capitalism the state is separated from economics (production and trade), just like the state is separated from religion (the only system that allows freedom of religion, including freedom from it). Capitalism is the system of of laissez faire. It is the system of political freedom. Visit Capitalism.org to learn more.
As far as Bush/Hitler comparison goes, I'm really too tired of that illiterate and lazy argument to spend much more time than I already have on it. The only similarity I see is that they're both male (and have penises as well, I assume). Other than that there are no similarities, much less "eerie similarities". Hitler was hell bent on the complete destruction of the Jews while hoping Austria and Germany would unite. George Bush is all about preserving the Jews and eliminating the threat of destruction of the world by terrorists. On the other hand, one name ends the same as the other begins. Look at that H in the Bush name, pretty damning evidence.
The United States was "probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth," Bennish also said on the tape.
This "teacher" must have been living in a bunker below ground without any media access at all in an attempt to hide from a long line of Bushitlers to have missed so much violence that has occurred around the world.
R.J. Rummel Professor Emeritus of Political Science sheds some light, through suitable applications of fact, on this common accusation and says:
The next time a so called "anti-war" activist, self-righteous "peace researcher," or blathering leftist declares that the U.S. is the most violent nation in the world, kindly tell them that their ignorance is only exceeded by their ideological blindness.
The 20-minute recording of only a portion of the class was made by 16-year-old sophomore Sean Allen the day after the president's speech.
Click here to listen.
Sean said in an interview he had been disturbed by the "political rants" he heard in Bennish's class. He added that he wanted to tape the session for his father, who later shared it with the media.
Sean, who described himself as a political independent, said the comments seemed inappropriate for a geography class.
"If he wants to give an opinion in class, I'm perfectly OK with that," he said. "But he has to give both sides of the story."
James McGrath Morris, an author who has written about academic freedom issues, said Bennish's comments are acceptable for an adult audience, but they are hard to defend in a high school classroom.
In a number of legal cases, courts have ruled that "up until the age of majority, children are easily influenced ... in a way that they don't have the faculties to sort out rights from wrongs," Morris said.
Apparently not having the faculties to sort out rights from wrongs doesn't affect all children (the student was clearly aware of Bennish's wrong doing in the classroom) while this lack of faculty follows some (like Bennish) well into adulthood.
Posted by Uber at 1:48 PM