Time to feel good about yourself.

You want to feel good about yourself?  Take a little pleasure in knowing that you are smarter than Mark Zuckerberg.  Yeah, he may know more about computers and the internet than you, but I promise you, that's it.  You are smarter than him in every other way.  You would have known that giving the Newark, New Jersey public school system $100 million would be just like throwing it down a rat hole, but it gets even better.

You are also smarter than these idiots.  Click on the link, and listen to the video, as they they attempt to explain what happened to the money, and why it didn't do a damned bit of good. They totally miss on explaining what happened to the money.  

For you liberals out there, here's what happened to a good part of the money.  Remember, Zuckerberg gave them that money four years ago, so you can multiply the figure in this headline by at least three.  That's half of the $100 million, right there.  Now that you know that, you can easily imagine where the rest of it went.  That money had about as much chance of getting to the students as the Chicago Cubs have getting to the World Series.
source: EAG News

Absent teacher rules cost Newark schools $16.2 million in 2013-14

NEWARK, N.J. – It’s hardly a secret that the Newark, Jersey school district is a financial disaster.

In 2013 it had a budget deficit of $57 million, according to media reports. A year later the shortfall wasn’t quite so large, but was still a staggering $42 million.
The district has incurred a lot of negative publicity for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per year on travel agencies, catering services, restaurants and various forms of entertainment.
Last year a prominent state senator called for an investigation of reports that the school district spent $22,000 per month for 15 months on catered meals and take-out food.
But there’s more to the story than all of that. The school district spends a great deal of money on unnecessarily lavish labor costs, as well.
Some are the result of various provisions in the district’s teacher union contract. A good example is a very generous paid sick and personal day policy, which forced the district to spend about $13.7 million on salaries for absent teachers in the 2013-14 academic year, as well as $2.5 million as compensation for unused sick days.
Inflated salaries, mostly for administrators, have been another huge problem. In 2012-13 the school district paid 292 employees more than $100,000 in straight salary, totaling a staggering $33.4 million.
It’s a wonder Newark taxpayers are not marching in the streets, demanding change and accountability.
The paid absence policies in the teacher union contract are an open invitation to rampant absenteeism.
Employees covered by the contract – which comprise a large percentage of the district payroll – are given 15 paid sick days and three paid personal days for a nine-month school year.
In 2013-14, the district’s approximately 2,776 teachers took a combined 17,202 sick days and 5,869 personal days. That comes out to an average of 8.3 paid absences per teacher.
They were paid a combined $13.7 million for days they were not working. The district did not respond to a request for the amount of money spent on substitute teachers.

Theory number two

Obama is an Islamist superhero.

"The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

It has already been suggested that the White House could be a Islamist terrorist sleeper cell, but what if it goes even deeper than that? What if Obama is not only indirectly responsible for recent acts of terrorism, but actually committed many terrorist acts by himself, or more accurately, by his alter ego, Crescentman? What if Obama is actually an Islamist superhero? 

It would explain a lot.  From his questionable background, which fits well into the typical mysterious superhero profile, to his anti-American rhetoric and actions.

Perhaps the most compelling evidence is the "Where was Clark Kent when this happened" coincidences, as pointed out by Lubbock Online -

Would this explain why the location of President Obama is apparently still unknown during the time of the Islamic Terrorist attack on the United States Consulate and Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi?  What of Obama’s disappearance during the time of the Islamic Terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo?
Now you might accuse me of throwing together a number of random facts and observations and using them to come up with some outlandish story, but that worked well for the global warming nuts. Look how far they've gotten with their theory.

Mighty Powerful Words

source: Mad world News

“A god who is insecure enough to be offended by a cartoon, and incompetent to the level that he wants you to avenge for him, is not a god worthy of worship, but a devil who is leading you to your demise.
“When people challenged Jesus, he made them walk on water, raised them from the dead, and healed their sickness to prove ‘who He Is’ … But when people challenged Mohamed, he chopped their heads off to prove his power as a prophet … Well you chop my head off as much as you want. My heart will continue to call on the name of my savior Jesus Christ.
                                                       - Mark Christian

I think it came about as part of the Reformation

source: Reuters

Feel free to breastfeed here, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis baptises a newborn during a solemn mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican January 11, 2015. Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry. REUTERS-Osservatore Romano
1 OF 4. Pope Francis baptises a newborn during a solemn mass in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican January 11, 2015. Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.

(Reuters) - Pope Francis baptized 33 infants in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday and told the mothers to feel free to breastfeed them if they cried or were hungry.


I've never been to the Sistine Chapel before, but I think the Lutherans have a better idea here.  The mothers' room in the back of the church, was where women (ladies, as we would refer to them) would take care of crying and hungry babies.

The mothers' room was usually vacant, so it was a great place to goof off and bullshit with your friends during the service when you were ushering.  

Liberalism Hits a Brick Wall

I suppose it’s too early to to glean any satisfaction from the fallout of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, but I am going to try anyway.  It seems that Bernard Holtrop, a cartoonist for the French paper is angered with the sudden unholy alliance with the right.

source: malaymailonline
‘We vomit’ on Charlie Hebdo’s sudden friends, staff cartoonist says  
THE HAGUE, Jan 10 — A prominent Dutch cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo heaped scorn on the French satirical weekly’s “new friends” since the massacre at its Paris offices on Wednesday.
“We have a lot of new friends, like the pope, Queen Elizabeth and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. It really makes me laugh,” Bernard Holtrop, whose pen name is Willem, told the Dutch centre-left daily Volkskrant in an interview published today.
Read more.  This time it’s worth it.  Go ahead and click on the link and read the entire article.

He may seem angry, but it is more likely that he is confused. He can’t understand the sudden flow of support for Charlie Hebdo from the right.  He rejects it and embraces it, all in one short interview.  As you read the above article, you can almost see the gears in Holtrop’s brain struggle to turn as he attempts to distance himself from those who are most opposed to an ideology that endorses killing him.  

“We vomit on all these people who suddenly say they are our friends.”

“A few years ago, thousands of people took to the streets in Pakistan to demonstrate against Charlie Hebdo. They didn’t know what it was. Now it’s the opposite, but if people are protesting to defend freedom of speech, naturally that’s a good thing.”
Nevermind that the thousands of people protesting in Pakistan were on the same side as those who just killed his friends, and the people now protesting to defend freedom of speech, have been opposed to radical Islamist extremism all along.  
There’s really nothing confusing about it at all, unless your mind has been preprogrammed with liberalism, in which case you would be unable to deal with coincidence, irony, and paradox. (Even though you would often be the cause of them.)  Perhaps the video clip below would best illustrate what is going on in Holtrop’s mind right now.

The reason why leftists are having such a problem with all this is because it proves that the right wingers were right all along.  Unchecked immigration, especially by those who are violently opposed to the beliefs and moralities of your own culture, is a bad idea.
That might seem like a no-brainer, but it is a no-brainer that is endorsed by the right.  Western liberalism for the past seventy five years or so, has been based upon opposing anything conservatives believe in.
If conservatism is based upon looking at what has and has not worked well in the past and using that as a guide as we go along, it’s easy to understand why liberals so often end up looking foolish.  
It might also seem like a no brainer that leftists are going to cut their losses, and drop the whole soft on radical Islamist terrorism thing, but don’t count on it.  If the left ever does admit that letting thousands and thousands of militant Muslim extremists into their countries was a bad idea, they just might have to consider that some of their other ideas might not be so good either.

I couldn't agree more.

I saw this at Just a Car Guy and I couldn't agree more!  All kinds of other great car stuff there too.

If you like cars, you should check out Just a Car Guy everyday.  Best automotive blog ever!

Who's the more hard-core rocker?

To be fair, I do not know everything about Bono's injury, but come on.  He doesn’t know if he will ever be able to play guitar again?

I bet that Rick Allen would call him a pussy.

Allen rolled a Corvette.

Bono fell off a bicycle.

Why the Believers Win

Who do you think is happier? This person,  or this person?  Since you don't know either of these people personally, it would be impossible for you to say for sure, but what if I asked you this?

Of the people you know, do the people that are more like the person in the first link appear to be happier the people who are more like the person in the second? 

It's interesting that the second person attempts to tie a child's belief in Santa Claus to an adult's belief in God, especially since religious people tend to be much happier than people who are not religious.

If that the ultimate goal of most human beings is to achieve a state of happiness, then, debate between atheists and believers is over.  

Why Two New York Cops Were Killed

I struggle to even use tragic story for the selfish reason of supporting my position.

source: The New York Post

Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops as ‘revenge’ for Garner

December 20, 2014 | 4:07pm
Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops as ‘revenge’ for Garner
Police pay their respect outside the Woodhull Hospital as two Police ambulances carrying bodies of the fallen heroes head to Bellevue Hospital.Photo: Paul Martinka
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s ­assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Two innocent people who died simply because they chose to devote their lives to the safety and well being of others deserve better.  Their grieving family and loved ones deserve better.  Something seems wrong with me using this story for an example, but something seems worse about me ignoring it.

Often, when a murder takes place, the question of why the crime was committed, adds to the pain and grief of the living.  We don’t have that here.  Everyone knows why this crime happened.

It happened because the media mindlessly gave attention to people who were only interested in getting attention.

It happened because people who due to their positions, should have acted responsibly and respected our judicial system, but did not.

It happened because media personalities attempted to downplay the seriousness of violent actions that were only one or two levels of evil, below killing.

It happened because the media is not only biased, they are outright liars.

It happened because athletes sided with violent thugs instead of the police and our justice system.

It happened because celebrities sided with violent thugs instead of the police and our justice system.

It happened because community organizers are really just self promoters,

and it happened because we had a president who encouraged all of these people to "Stay the course."

This wasn’t revenge, this wasn’t an eye for an eye.  This was murder.  Even the most ardent supporters of the “justice” for Michael Brown/Eric Garner protesters, cannot claim that the cops just snuck up and executed either one of them.

Even though none of the people I mentioned above pulled the trigger on those two New York cops, they are definitely responsible for getting (and keeping) this ball rolling, and it’s not going to stop here.  We haven’t seen the last of this, and the blood is on their hands.

Now watch, as the cowardly leftists scramble to distance themselves from the evil that grew out of the seeds they have sown.


I Need to Check My Privilege

OK, I suppose in order to do that, I need to understand where privilege comes from, or how someone gets a privilege.

Let’s see now.  The privilege of having a Super Bowl ring comes from being on a team that won the Superbowl. (Is it OK for me to say Super Bowl, or do I have to say “The Big Game”?)  So therefore, privilege comes from being the best at something, or even merely from being part of a group that was best at something, and often, the groundwork was laid down by that group, long before any individuals that enjoy that privilege were around to be part of that group.

How else might someone be able to enjoy a privilege?  The privilege of having a driver’s license comes from understanding the rules of the road, paying the fee, and obeying the law once that privilege is obtained. Behaving yourself is one way of getting and keeping a privilege.

How else might someone or a group of people be entitled to a certain privilege?  I know!  By being first, like winning a race.  Coming in first at the Daytona 500 means you get the privilege of having all the fame and fortune that goes with that.  You know, I would imagine that being first to be on a certain piece of unclaimed land entitles you to the privilege of calling that land yours. Right?  At that point, your only responsibility is defending it from foreign invaders who can rightfully take it away from you if they have the strength to do so, and the whole world agrees with me on this since I have seen no worldwide effort to reverse the effects of all of history’s wars.

“I know where you’re going with this.”

No, you don’t, Mr Liberal, who speaks in italics.

This land is your and, this land is my land,
  because the Europeans
 got here before the Indians.
 From California,
 to the New York island.
 This land was made for you and me.

image found at: Free North Carolina

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Ha, ha!  Looks like the Europeans beat everyone else here by about 4000 years!  They’d still be here too, if it wasn’t for the genocide and disease brought by the invaders from Asia that came over some 40 centuries later.

No matter how you look at it, white Europeans got this land, fair and square.  Like with everything else, they earned that privilege, for all of us, including our founding fathers who were gracious enough to grant that privilege to all free people, and unlike most other countries, America didn’t think that went far enough, so we fought a great war with ourselves to make sure that all people were free.  What other country did that?

Americans of European descent have the privilege of having absolutely nothing to feel guilty or be ashamed about.

Why I Hate Liberals

Author’s note:  I gotta go Christmas shopping, and I don’t have time to proofread this, so I’m just going to let it fly.  Maybe one of you could proofread it for me.  I think I found the linked story below on Bad Blue.  I can’t even remember anymore, but aside from the many spelling and grammar errors in this rough draft, I think it’s a better article than the one Susie wrote.  Maybe, I’ll come back and clean it up some, but I probably won’t.  Who’s gonna see it anyway?  Maybe I worry about my spelling and grammar more once I get my stuff posted on Bad Blue.

It was late November during an unusually wet fall.  At least one inch of rain fell each week during October on fields that were already saturated by a September storm.  It was no big deal, those few weeks before Halloween.  Everything would dry up soon enough, just like it almost always did in years before.  Even if it didn’t, a freeze in November would make those fields like dry pavement.

But it didn’t work out that way.  Not that year.  The first three weeks of November consisted mostly of cloudy days with highs in the 40’s and 50’s with lows rarely getting below freezing.  Although the amount of rain received did let up some that month, just enough fell each time the ground was almost dry enough to support the weight of harvesting equipment.

It was now a week before Thanksgiving and the extended weather forecast warned of heavy snow within a weeks time.  If that happened, harvest would be impossible.  Even if there was a miracle snow melt, followed by an immediate deep freeze, there is no way that it would be possible to convert that standing corn into cash in time to satisfy creditors.

The fields are just as wet as they have been all those weeks before, but the combine gets fired up and heads out anyway. The equation has changed and the farmer finds himself doing things he wouldn’t have dreamed of doing only a few weeks before.  He’ll take his combine out and get what he can get, counting on his knowledge of his fields to help him avoid the wettest spots.  He’ll just have to go around the corn standing in small lakes that dot his fields.  It’s a very inefficient way of harvesting and the question of how close he dare get to those lakes is constantly burning in his mind.

He’ll have to load his semi-truck right on the highway.  It’s illegal, but he does it anyway.  Even the gravel shoulder is too soft to support support such weight.  He’s breaking the rules now, but following the rules guarantees that he loses the game.  Following the rules has been replaced by hoping nothing bad happens.

He manages to get his headlands done without to many problems and starts making trips across his field.  The standing corn vanishes six rows at a time, each pass a little further down a slight incline and then, it happens.  With the grain tank almost full, he considers whether he should unload after this pass and then notices an almost imperceptible loss in speed.  Something doesn’t feel right, and he knows exactly what it is.

It’s wheel slippage.  The ground is too soft and begins to give way as tire treads peel it away.  What does he do now?  If he stops, he will lose momentum and surely be stuck, probably not too bad, but he’s all alone.  Rounding up someone else and a tractor will take precious time.  He could try to power through it, but if he doesn’t make it, he’ll be really stuck, a totally different situation than merely being stuck.

Everything in that last paragraph and more, runs through the farmer’s mind in a matter of seconds, and he makes the call.  He pushes down on the lever and increases his tire speed to make up for his loss of forward momentum and makes it through, but now he’s at the point of no return.  With two huge muddy ruts behind him, he has no choice but to try to make it to the end of the field.  The headlands are only twenty five yards away and he knows the ground there is firm, but suddenly his machine drops down several inches, as it grinds to a hault.

There’s about a one in ten chance that he could make it out of this mess alone, ramming the machine between forward and reverse, hoping that traction may lie just a few inches ahead.  But that means risking breaking a final drive on his front axle, a costly and time consuming repair.  Trying to pull out a stuck combine forward, is less than ideal, and to the rear lay 100 yards of soft, muddy ground.

What does he do now?  Tens of thousands of dollars, and maybe even the farm itself is on the line, if the farmer is in a precarious financial position.  His whole world depends upon him making the right choice, right then.

Now let’s compare the farmer to a college professor.  I’m going to now tell you a story that actually repeated itself several times in my life and I’m sure that anyone else who has attended college or tech school can tell the same type of story.

Almost every college professor and tech school instructor have his or her own way of doing things.  Some use multiple choice exams where you fill in the circle with a number two pencil and a computer scans and grades the test.  Some use test that require written answers in essay form where although there was a time limit for students taking the exam, there seems to be no deadline for when the exams will be graded and handed back to them.  Still others feel that is a useful learning experience for the students to grade each other’s exams in class, and I couldn’t agree more.

In fact, I learned something from this type of experience that is more universal than anything I ever learned studying any one particular subject, and that is - why people are, the way they are.

For those of you who never experienced it, this is how in class grading of test worked.  At some point after taking an exam, the students would exchange test papers and the entire class would review each question.  Each student would take turns reading a question and the answer that their classmate had given.  The instructor would then declare if that answer was indeed, the correct answer, and then we would move on to the next question.

Occasionally a dispute would arise as to what the correct answer actually was.  A student might have said something like, “The correct answer is B”, and the instructor would concur.  Suddenly several students would go up.  One student might say something like, “According to notes I took during your lecture on the 28th, the correct answer should be C.”  Another student might say, “Yeah, and according to the textbook, the correct answer is C, also.”

Such problems were usually solved either by giving everyone who responded with either B or C, credit, or sometimes the  entire question would be thrown out and treated as if it were never even on the exam.  The instructor was clearly wrong about the answer to the question and readily admitted it, but didn’t have to pay any price of any kind for his error.

Who else gets to live in world, free of consequence, like that?  Not the students.  Except in instances like the one described above, if they got a question wrong, they got it wrong, and they couldn’t solve problem by simply giving themselves credit for being right, and they couldn’t just throw that question out.  In other words, they paid a price for being wrong.

The real world treats business owners, like the farmer described above, even more harshly, and does it much more often.  Almost every day, sometimes several times per day, a private business owner, like the farmer described in the beginning of this piece, must make decisions at a moment’s notice, that mean the difference between profit and loss, between success and failure.  There’s no “do overs” and there’s no “throwing that question out”.  There’s only the consequences of those decisions, whether they were right or wrong.  Living in the real world and dealing with the consequences of ones actions and decisions tends to make one conservative.  Conservatism is dealing with reality, what works and what doesn’t.

Most college professors have never experienced anything like that in their entire lives. Their whole world is scheduled by a syllabus.  Everything is already known and planned out in advance, and if for whatever reason, something is not addressed by a certain deadline, it simply isn’t covered.  They get their paychecks regardless.  There’s no working around the clock to get the job done, and there’s no taking risks because the consequences of not taking action are greater.  There’s no picking corn in a wet field before threat of twelve inches of snow.

About the only way a college professors can fail is to do or say something deemed as racist or sexist, so it’s easy to understand why they go to such ridiculous extremes to “prove” they are neither, and it’s also easy to understand why they are liberal.  Their incomes are independent of what takes place in the economy and most errors they might commit.  Their careers have been reduced to not offending other liberals.

There are plenty of liberals outside the world of academia, but they almost always in one form or another, are detached from the consequences of living in the real world.  Liberalism is avoiding the harsh realities of the real world and blaming the shortcomings of individuals on someone or something else.

So now we got this chick (Susan J. Douglas), who has worked up the “courage” to say that she hates republicans.  How dare she?  If you click on that first link, you will see that she has never done anything in the public sector in her entire life. (At least nothing that she felt was worth reporting.)  How can she even pretend to be able to pass judgement on anyone?  Republicans are elected by people like the farmer mentioned in the beginning of post.  People whose livelihoods depend on the economy and the consequences of the decisions they make.  She is dependent on neither, has no understanding of either, but still is somehow in a position where more people will hear her voice than mine.

Well, Susie, I hate liberals, and in particular, I hate you.