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Friday, September 26, 2014

True in 1929, still true now


"It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshippers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness."

"They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgement. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant."  

This accurate assessment of people in high office was written in 1929 by President Calvin Coolidge in his autobiography, The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge.  Coolidge was a lawyer, and he began his career in public office in 1906. 

 He'd been a politician long enough to know the truth, and he clearly expressed what life is like for D.C. politicians.
What was true in 1929 is still true now.  They needed term limits for U. S. Congressman and Senators then, and we need them now.
  



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Yes, Teaching Math Facts IS Important



This article, Kid's brains reorganize when learning math skills,  has a simple take-home message:

Drilling kids on simple addition and multiplication may pay off.  "Experience really does matter," said Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke of the National Institutes of Heath, which funded the research. 

I see no problem with teaching kids alternative ways to look at how math works, like is done with Common Core curriculum.  But doing so instead of teaching math facts is a big mistake.  



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Good laugh! Sanford Herald "Thumbs Up"

 
I don't read the Sanford Herald like I use to do.  I want to hit something usually after the LTE section.  And it's a liberal paper that bashes the right whenever it can.  Biased?  You bet.  But this morning's "Thumbs Up" shows you just how hypocritical and money hungry the so-called leaders in our community are.

Here's a link to the section:  http://www.sanfordherald.com/opinion/x2056255622/EDITORIAL-Thumbs-up.  Please read it...

And my take?  Well..the last paragraph by the editor about the kumbaya of the local liberal school board must be commented on:

"It’s good to see our local public school educational leaders are supportive of the community college; the school system’s support gives the bonds even more credibility in the eyes of the voters." 

Mr. Editor...what else did you expect?  I applaud the fact that you mentioned in the same "Thumbs UP" how the numbers are increasing of those in our community needing help.  Right On!  Tax us more so we can eat less.  Bravo!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

EBOLA Crisis?



How many of you believe America is safe? 

http://news.msn.com/us/cdc-activates-high-level-emergency-operation-center-for-ebola-outbreak

CDC activates high-level emergency operation center for Ebola outbreak

​Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, before the House subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing on "Combating the Ebola Threat."

Aug 7 (Reuters) - The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday he has activated the agency's emergency operation center at the highest response level to help respond to the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
 
In testimony at a special congressional hearing on Ebola, CDC Director Dr Thomas Frieden said the CDC has more than 200 staff members in Atlanta working on the outbreak, and will soon have more than 50 disease experts in West Africa to try to contain the outbreak.

Although Frieden said it is possible that people who have traveled to West Africa might bring the virus back home with them, and even spread it to some healthcare workers and family members, he said, he is "confident there will not be a large Ebola outbreak in the United States."

Read more:  http://news.msn.com/us/cdc-activates-high-level-emergency-operation-center-for-ebola-outbreak

Friday, August 1, 2014

Can you See Clearly Now??

 
 
Ahhh, I don't know about you but I just can't help but sing these lyrics when the song is played on the radio (youtube follows):

"I Can See Clearly Now"
By Jimmy Cliff

I can see clearly now the rain is gone.
I can see all obstacles in my way.
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind.
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.

Oh, yes I can make it now the pain is gone.
All of the bad feelings have disappeared.
Here is that rainbow I've been praying for.
It's gonna be a bright (bright)
bright (bright) sunshiny day.