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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Fair Tax Interview on Hannity

Boortz on Fair Tax

Thursday, June 15, 2006


Can't stop the grins, all the way through this! The music is

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Monday, June 12, 2006

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Not that anyone has asked for an up-to-date pic, but here I am in a self-portrait...


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy

Feel free to talk among yourselves. The topic is: Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy. any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.
Also stated as,
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy is that in any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control, so that those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.
*heh* X-posted from third world

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Education? MHWA!

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." –Ralph Waldo Emerson It's moderately amusing that an otherwise fine article desparaging the bumbling hackery of (constitutionally improper, IMO) federal public education policy (bumbling hackery or a conspiracy of the elite to create more sheeple?) begins with a mis-citation of Emerson:
"Consistency, they say, is the hobgoblin of little minds. If so, then for the last 40 years federal education policymakers have suffered from hobgoblins aplenty, with the small-minded feds delivering two things with great consistency: empty promises to parents and money to educrats."
Well, the point is at least valid. Whether admitting the failure of Title 1 programs to do anything of major impact in education except for creating jobs for bureaucrats and positions for teachers who might well be better actually, uhm, teaching, or the current failures of NCLB to accomplish anything substantive apart from creating more bureaucratic sinecures and manifesting itself as "No Child Gets Ahead," as far as educratic tinkering in local schools goes, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. (Statistically, as the Random Yak might say, slightly more than 70% of the folks our public schools graduate from high school wouldn't be able to fight their way through the first clause of the convoluted sentence above. And more than half of recent college grads would give up by the time they got to "Title 1".) While the title of the article, Answer to NCLB Failure Is School Choice, might appear to state the obvious or beg the question (of NCLB's success), depending on one's preconceptual bias, pre-existing level of information or ability to reason, the article does present some references to fairly well-known failures of NCLB and a well-reasoned argument for school choice. I just wish the author had pointed out the particularly foolish nature of the fedgov's consistent failures meddling in education that have brought about situations like this:
The deadliest business hazard of our time is the result of a sea change in the American approach to education that occurred early in the 1970s. Across the United States, conventional educational standards were tossed out the window, replaced with feel-good theories like "whole-language learning" that emphasized personal fulfillment over the accumulation of hard knowledge. As a result, we now have two generations of men and women who expect gold stars not for succeeding, but simply for trying. And, sometimes, merely for showing up. In Great Britain, even primary school students can name all the monarchs of England. How many American children can name the capital of their own state? In India, the study of mathematics is practically a religion. In the United States, how many retail clerks can make change without relying on a calculator? In Germany, vocational education is a rigorous and honorable pursuit, producing highly qualified workers and tradesmen. In the U.S.A., people actually boast about their inability to deal with anything mechanical. But sheer stupidity is not the greatest danger presented by the current crop of blank slates. It is the arrogance bred of ignorance that constitutes an unparalleled descent into goofiness.
Please forgive the long quote, but the article in Industry Week, Continental Drifter -- The Arrogance Of Ignorance, is quite a bit longer (with quite a bit of reader response)... and still worth the read, IMO. Think about it. How long has it been since you've gotten through a day without idiots at work insisting on proving their incometence, or idiots at a business you deal with--retail, service, whatever--being unable to demonstrate the ability to do more than chew gum and walk (usually to rap or hip-hop banging their mush-that-once-was-brains)? Bah. It's not all the fault of evil educrats; each of the idiots you meet day in and day out had a hand in their own lobotomies. But enough educratic and political bumbling, please! More than enough!
"Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself."- Mark Twain
Ronald Reagan famously said,
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
The current level of wilfull (and imposed) stupidity of the American electorate along with the apparent intentions of political poltroons in D.C., their educratic spawn, dumbass schools of education (and those they spawn) and the like make the chilling cuautionary vision Reagain voiced all too possible. Happy Tuesday! See this post in its original "Linkfest" version here

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The FairTax Book—Now in Paperback!

Of the critical issues facing America today-Islamic terrorism (heck, Islam. Leave it at that); Alien Invasion; Wavering manufacturing capabilities and other economic amphiboli; The staggering failure of public education and the eventual collapse of Social Security along with whatever straw breaks the camel's back of our national debt, one issue can be addressed clearly, unequivocally and effectively now:

The crippling income tax system.

In fact, the Fair tax bill now in Congress can actually have a positive effect on most of the critical issues listed above.

Not so much on Islamic Jihad, though the effects of a strengthened economy the Fair Tax would promote would even have some effect there.

The Alien Invasion? Wouldn't it be nice if all the illegal aliens paid federal taxes? No, really. And got not one dime back in "refunds"? The Fair tax would make that a certainty. A rock solid sure thing.

(Nanny-nanny-boo-boo to President Bush's, fake "pay a meaningful penalty".)

Social Security and Medicare? Fully funded with the Fair Tax.

And <em>everyone </em>gets a refund on taxed necessities up to the poverty level. <em>Everyone</em>. Completely fair. Completely non-regressive. Absolutely progressive. Fairly, since it only taxes purchases at retail.

But you NEED to know all about what the Fair Tax will do so you can intelligently talk to your congresscritters and your friends, relatives and business associates/coworkers about it.

Now, it's less expensive to be fully informed. The Fair tax Book is in paperback, and it's under $10.

Do yourself, your children and your grandchildren a favor and buy a copy (or two) and read it-no! <em>study</em> it, and learn what you need to know to be fully informed.

It is that important, folks.

Make April 15 just another day!

The Fair Tax Book : Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS

The Fair Tax Book : Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS

Also seen at the other third world county

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Weapon

The Weapon (Freehold War)

The Weapon

Michael Z. Williamson has the right idea about dealing with terrorists...