Category Archives: News and Politics

The Seven Deadly Sins Applied to the Common Core

If you know me, you know I am not a very religious person.  I don’t have faith like many do, and that’s fine to me.  I will never say there is or isn’t a higher power.  I will always believe that we were not put here to worship anything, but to ensure we make this world a better place by all means.  I believe that we should be humanistic to our approach to every day things and that we should honor our neighbors.  I respect those with faith and without it.  I do believe spirituality is an important part of the human factor, but not one that should ever be forced.

If you listen, you will hear buttholes clenching shut while reading.
If you listen, you will hear buttholes clenching shut while reading.

This being said, I love reading about religions and one of my favorite things are the seven deadly sins.  If you have watched the film Se7en, then you may know these sins.  If you are deeply religious you may know them as well.  Also, if you know anything about these sins or the similar 10 commandments, then you know preachers and priests love applying these to anything we can view as sin.

The Common Core is a new curriculum for schools across the nation to align to, and it has caused a tremendous amount of grief amongst teachers, students, parents and politicians.  There are many things wrong and right about the common core, and the things people are the loudest about are actually things that are inaccurate.  I will share with you seven ways the Common Core has led us to sin in seven different ways.  This is just as much of a stretch as your Sunday morning sermon.  Oh yeah, strong adult language ahead.  TSK TSK,

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A Few Things About the Education System (Well, Four Things)

The school year is beginning and the political climate of education in my state is heating up with the battle between State Superintendent John White and Governor Bobby Jindal.  While the school year approaches, it certainly would be wise to remember that the administration, the supposed elite of the elite squad of teachers, have a tendency to make whacky decisions, or respond foolishly to certain events.  Take for example:

4. A Teacher Being Denied a Map of the World Because it Split the United States

This is a personal story from a teacher I met some time ago at a workshop.  I was responding on Facebook to a news article about some crazy education event and he sent me a private message.

I couldn’t post this on your Facebook cause our district seems to have eyes and ears everywhere. You said, “How do these types of people end up running schools?” I have been asking my principal to let me purchase this $300 dry erase map that is so big it takes up an entire wall. I actually found the map on Amazon for $130…. even better! To show her what it looked like, I sent her this small picture of the map:

If by the United States you mean the United States in Socialist Russia (I know), then yeah.
If by the United States you mean the United States in Socialist Russia (I know), then yeah.

She sends me back an E-Mail, “For $130, why is the United States cut in half?”

Now, you may be thinking that this personal experience has no basis in reality.  Well, perhaps my friend could have fibbed, but then, as teachers, nothing surprises us.  Look at that amazing map and it’s USA centric style.  The greatest nation is not cut in half, but is front and center.  Our mortal enemies, the Ruskies, are the ones cut in half.  Now, the map could have been better, and not split any lands, but that’s not important.  What’s important here is that a teacher tried to make the classroom more interactive, and through ignorance of the administration, this is no longer possible.

Yes, he gave me permission to talk about this.  No, I won’t be sharing his name.  He’s a pretty cool guy.

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A Few Daddy Thoughts

Terror diapers exploding in the car are not a great way to travel, but memorable to say the least.  We decided to take this wee baby on a 14 hour road trip to Orlando, Florida broken up by a two day stay in Pensacola.  Her name is left  a mystery for now for  reason I won’t go into, but let’s just name her Ari.  I started a novel with a character named Ari, and well, I never finished it, but maybe inspiration will come to me in the future.

Ari is a wonderful baby.  I couldn’t expect more out of a baby’s behavior, lest we could make them talk.  Then those agonizing few seconds of screaming would be replaced by FEED ME!, CHANGE ME!, PLAY MUSIC!, ROCK ME!, LEAVE ME ALONE!, YOU’RE TOO DAMN LOUD! I have always heard about how it is difficult to travel with a baby.  Traveling with our baby has been relatively easy, though after riding in her car seat all day, she does get to whine a bit about returning to it when we go do things.

Honestly, the entire experience has been quite strange:

  • Changing diapers is not that bad, but not disposing poopy diapers promptly, letting the sun bake them, even inside of a trash bag, is a bad tie.
  • Apparently when I, my wife, or the baby farts, we go into diaper changing mode.  I am not really sure if there is some chemical process going on but everything smells like baby shit when it comes to bodily functions.
  • Babies like to piss right when you open the diaper to check to see if they pissed in the diaper.
  • No matter how you sell it, you can’t convince me that soy milk is going to rear a healthy child.  I can’t wait until we start feeding her real food.
  • Baby strollers are just as convenient as they are inconvenient.
  • When Ari watches Disney music videos, or listens to lullabies, she “sings.”  This is cute.  It makes me smile.  It makes me a little misty-eyed.  If this makes me a blubbering pussy, then I will be that.
  • Sometimes, well, all the time, she cries when I get her.  I give her all of my patience and just play around and say things like “Momma the bad man has me!”  Today is the first day I was not the bad man.  She now feels safe with me, but she prefers momma.
  • Baby shit smears all over everything when the baby is steadily kicking her feet around.
  • I have very little time now for myself.  Yeah, I miss it, but I like this baby thing.
  • I take too many pictures and I can’t share them online.
  • I talk to my child like she is an adult, but I realize my voice is often deep and scary.  It makes dogs piss themselves.  I had to lighten up my voice some.
  • Babies get way too gassy too much and too fast.  I am constantly burping her whenever I feed her.  I suck at this, and feel like I am bear mauling her when I do this, but she doesn’t cry.  Maybe she is okay with it, maybe she is in shock.  Guess I will know in 5 years.
  • Babies are way too expensive.  Nothing is cheap.  Bookoo everything, go to yard sales.  Tell your friends it’s her birthday tomorrow.
  • I want to buy her things that she will outgrow in a couple of months.
  • What movies are playing at the theater?
  • Everyone loves the baby.  They want to touch the baby.  They want to talk to the baby.  They want to do these things when we are trying to wind her down.
  • Like most women in my life, Ari loves to tell me when I am wrong.

I certainly hope that one day I can share her pictures and her real name.  No, she was not kidnapped!  We are in the process of taking care of some things and we are just trying to keep things quietish, but I had to share this tonight.  Especially since I needed an article for tomorrow.

Impeaching Barack Obama

Obama delivers statement on Ukraine from the White House
Well, Let’s get the ball rolling, America!

Ever since the days of Bill Clinton’s liaison with Monica Lewinsky, this nation has screamed “IMPEACHMENT!” every chance they could get.  George Bush stutters during a speech, impeach him!  Barack Obama misspeaks during a speech, impeach him!  Not to belittle the process, both men seem to have been involved in some heinous crimes against the constitution – according to their political enemies, anyhow.  Now the impeachment banter is kicked back into action, causing our government to stop working and consider the action of impeachment.

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Elon Musk Just Gave the Patent System the Middle Finger

Elon Musk, the CEO for Tesla, the electric car company, just made the announcement that all of Tesla’s patents are now available to the public.  This is a pretty big deal because this shows the company’s genuine and sincere approach to taking cars running on dinosaur juice off the road.

When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible.

At Tesla, however, we felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy our technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The unfortunate reality is the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.

This is probably one of the most progressive announcements in the automotive industry I have ever read about.  A CEO who shares his opinions of patents, and instead of bitching about them, applies his principles.  With this announcement, we may see affordable electric vehicles hit the market.  Musk saw that his company could not realistically solve our carbon issues, and he shared his technology.  Identifying patents as stifling innovation and progress is a progressive step from a powerful man that, I believe, should give policymakers a kick in the right direction.  HELLO WASHINGTON, DC: Can we please address patent issues in industry so we can move past the technological barriers that are preventing us from progressing?  

This announcement was made about a week ago and as far as I know, it hasn’t stormed media outlets.  (At this rate, I wouldn’t know, because I don’t even bother watching anymore).

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That Foreign Student ID That Obama Allegedly Had

Well, my second style of post will be news and politics.  I want to try something here, so this will be a long post.  First, I would like to write a bit about the POTUS, Barack H. Obama, or Barry Sartoro, or President Obummer/Obomber/Ovomit/Obongo.  Then, I would like to end the discussion with a brief news article, whether local, national, or global.  (It will be local this time, because Natchitoches, LA, has had an interesting event involving bondage gone wrong).

First off, I thought I would take it easy with my first political post, in defense of our commander-in-chief’s honor, no, this is not me pledging my loyalty to him, but paying some level of respect to the office by helping expand honesty and integrity, over scandalous allegations.

A huge political debate has brewed amongst conservative voters of many different shades that Barack Obama is not a citizen, therefore he could not be voted into office.  John McCain, who lost miserably to Obama, distanced himself from this debate and warned his party to do so.  Many did not, and some would say it made Obama’s main opponents, the Republicans, look crazy, thus the (R) beside McCain’s name was a curse.

There are a lot of pieces of information that allude to his non-American status, so I will only focus on one:

Looks Legit!
Looks Legit!

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News and Politics

This category is a buffer category, where I may write a little extra at random times.  I am a little more interested in news than politics, but sometimes political writing can be fun and informative for some.  Here I will write my opinions on certain events and if I get more structured than that, I will be writing essays based on these two things.

Another reason for this category is because the podcast I plan to start recording will be focused on each of these categories, and news and politics is often fun to talk about.