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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Looking for a beach read?

It's summer!  Time for vacations and reading.  I came across this article about conservative writers to read at the beach...or anywhere really.  Check out these authors and their books below.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A quiz: Who said this and when was it said?

A quiz.  Who said this and when was it said?

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs-partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

Answer for those who don't recognize it:  Black Republican Booker T. Washington in 1911

Here are some other black Republicans:
  • Frederick Douglass, abolitionist  (1818-1895)
  • Edward Duplex, mayor of Wheatland, CA  (1831-1900)
  • Samuel Fuller, founder and president of Fuller Brush Products (1905-1988)
  • Harriet Tubman, abolitionist (1822-1913)
  • William F. Yardley, attorney and civil rights activist (1844-1924)
  • Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, co-founder of the NAACP (1862-1931)

Black Republicans have been around for decades spanning three centuries, so why are they being attacked so heavily now?  Because as Booker T. Washington said, there are those in the black community (along with their like-minded non-black pals) who are making a business out of keeping some people oppressed.  And modern-day black Republicans, like Allen West and Ben Carson, are threatening their business.   

For a list of black Republicans with links to their bios, click here:  List of African-American Republicans  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Can't we all just get along?

Local people may have heard about the conflict between the Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro and the nearby Range2A gun range.  Siglinda Scarpa, the owner of the refuge which houses more than 250 animals, says that some of the animals are stressed from the noise coming from the gun range.  She wants to range gone, and has started a campaign to bring about just that.

The gun range owner, Mark Atkeson, claims that he has tried to work with Ms. Scarpa and that she isn't willing to compromise.  She just wants the gun range gone and will settle for nothing less.

The fact is there might be animals stressed by the gun range.  I had a dog that could went into seizures, literally, when seriously scared.  Some animals are more sensitive than others, and if there are over 250 animals at the refuge it is believable that a few are stressed.  Even so, the gun range is within zoning restrictions for the county and has a right to be there, just like the refuge has a right to be where it is. 

It seems that these two owners should be able to co-exist.  First, though, Ms. Scarpa will have to accept that the gun range likely isn't going away.

Here's an article about the situation:

Pittsboro shooting range under fire from the cat sanctuary nearby

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/20/3952831/pittsboro-shooting-range-under.html?sp=/99/100/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tenure creates unequal conditions for students

I've said for years that tenured positions in K-12 schools, is wrong.  The only way to escape a school with poor teachers who are tenured is to move or put kids in a private school or charter school or homeschool, if those options are even available or doable.  

On June 10th, a California court ruled that teacher tenure creates impermissible unequal conditions.   Hopefully there will be more court cases across the country about this and headway can be made to stop tenure practices in K-12 schools. 

Here is an excerpt from an opinion piece about it:  

This week’s landmark court ruling in Vergara v. California represents a clear win for all children in California public schools. And it’s especially a win for the nine courageous young people who put their names on the lawsuit and stood up for their right to a quality education.
But the ruling, which struck down teacher tenure and other state laws that offer job security to educators, is also a huge win for California educators and the teaching profession as a whole. Finally, someone has declared that teachers should be rewarded for how well they serve children.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Still Want Amnesty, Cantor?

Oh I bet not. 

Had he listened to us, we the people, he may still have a job.  Somebody remind Renee Ellmers that just because she won the primary, it doesn't mean we are hook, line and sinker behind her.

I said it once, and I'll say it again.  If you are a Republican running for office and you support amnesty, your opponent in the general election gets my vote.  Period.

BREAKING: Eric Cantor Loses to Tea Party Challenger!


Read more: 

leader loses to Tea Party-backed rival

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Is George P. Bush just Bush Gen3?

According to the article below, George P. Bush, son of former FL Governor Jeb Bush, was heartily accepted at Texas Republican state convention on Thursday.  I am not surprised by that considering he is likely an establishment Republican, and he is part of the Bush political dynasty.

 I find it hard to be excited about any establishment Republican, and George P will have his work cut out for him to distinguish himself as something other than Bush Gen3.  Perhaps his politics will change, and he will embrace a constitutional approach to government.  That would be refreshing.

Read article here: