Houghton Mifflin: If To Error Is Human, To Ignore It is Bureaucratic

Children believe what their schools teach them.  I have found that to be a scary thought over the years.  We wonder why our children fall behind the world.  They are not dumb.  They work hard, we spend a lot educating them, and our teachers, as a group, are dedicated beyond just doing their job.  The teachers are still not paid well enough, but we have made great strides to ensure teacher compensation is now competitive to many other fields when adjusted for hours spent.  We are reducing class size and adding technology.  What's wrong? I think there are many things wrong, but let's start with the most basic of all tools--textbooks.  One of the nation's top text book company is Houghton Mifflin.  A recent audit in Texas (The Dallas Morning News Nov. 16, 2007)found 86,000 textbook errors in the Math series. I haven't found the history texts much better in my personal experience. The Read more

Obama and Bush, one in the same? Possibly

Despite Senator Obama having clearly superior oratory skills – “Privately, aides and associates of Obama tell stories about a boss who can be aloof and ungracious. He holds firmly to views and doesn’t like to be challenged, traits that President Bush packaged and sold under the “resolute” brand in the 2004 election. For Bush, those qualities proved to be dangerous in a time of war and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” – AP “Obama walks arrogance line”Full Story If you’re an Obama supporter, why is it you don’t see it? I say, don’t necessarily abandon your support, but please question it…the world deserves it.

The Delaware Job Magnet has been weakening.

Our state has a relatively low unemployment rate.  This is good news.  The bad news is that according to the State's economic report written in 2007, our job growth has been weakening consistently over the last decade and a half. We are in the bottom 1/3 of the nation in job creation. This is evidence that we are running on the fumes of the Republican reforms 30 years ago.  It is time to refuel the tank.  Here is the money quote from the report. Looking at the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), the resident employment data for the state, Delaware’s economy looks rather healthy. The annual average unemployment rate dropped from 4.0 percent in 2005 to 3.6 percent in 2006, and it has been even lower in 4 out of the first 5 months of 2007. All of these rates are substantially below the national unemployment rate. As measured by this data series, employment growth has averaged 1.89 Read more

Why Wait until 2015?

UPDATE: A LINK ON Los Angeles success with Singapore Math. Those meeting the standard went from 45% to 76% in one year! I am grateful some people in this state are fighting to improve education.  They have an ambitious and thoughtful agenda.  This is not a post criticizing 2015.  To the contrary, I am glad to say that we don't need to wait for improvement.  I believe that one of the best cases for charter schools is that it doesn't take 5 years to make a change and 5 years to get rid of something that doesn't work. There are a few schools who already meet much of what is being proposed by the experts. The Academy of Dover is one. It offers more instructional time. It has more computers for the children than any district by far. It is accredited which is a rare feat for an elementary school. It is contracted with Innovative schools, which is supported by the same people who proposed Read more

Fed looks at a Rare Full Point Reduction in Funds Rate.

Just in on the wires, the Fed is poised to cut the Fed Funds rate a full point Tuesday.  The stock market has rebounded and is up 3 points at this post. This aggressive action on top of reevaluations of handling the mortgage mess and the bail out of the brokerage debt show the Fed has a commitment to keeping the economy strong by quick and decisive action.  If the credit run had spread to the banks, we could have been seeing the beginning of our first depression in 70 years.  The American Enterprise Institute has now endorsed a Democratic plan to bail out the mortgage mess.  Something is going on.  I think it is time to put everything on the table.  No Doc refinances to fixed rates is a must.  We have to stop the bleeding.  Checks won’t cut it.

McCain gains, Dems in Crisis

It is time for my bi-weekly Presidential campaign update.  I am biased to Rasmussen because of its unique nature of daily tracking and historic accuracy.  I also like the Cook Report, Zogby, Pew, and for a semi-monthly trend the Real Clear Politics composite. Rev. Wright is ridiculous. Remember my post on American Exceptionalism? Some said I was exaggerating the hate America contingent's influence.  They said it was a straw dog. Now all America sees it on display.  Unfortunately, he is just part of the blame America, self-hating left. He is not alone.  Mrs. Obama seems to have been surprised by how wonderful the American people are.  She had likely bought into some of this attitude.  The Senator doesn't seem to.  The numbers are showing that if this keeps up, he will take on water.  He built his campaign on building a post racial era and bridging our divisions.  He needs Read more

A special post for those born yesterday

"The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation." - Senator Barack Obama Yeah, right! He read from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John every time Barack Obama was there.  Come on. Someone please ask Sen. Obama the following - "Senator Obama, you say you attend church regularly? if so, how is it that you missed ALL of the sermons that spewed hatred toward whites and and the United States of America?" He's a LIAR! The fact is, he knows darn well what the The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Mr. Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago is all about. Let me just say that the clips (Video 1 and Video 2) I've viewed of Sen Obama's spiritual leader, and a man he has followed for 20 years, will change the dynamics Read more

Onshore Windpower or Offshore Windpower: Really should be our power or theirs debate

There is a great post on another blog about Windpower and the controversy over whether or not we should purchase the power elsewhere or invest in Blue Water Wind's proposal.  It is worth reading. Don't get lost at Kavips site now. This one is better. 🙂   I find it facsinating that according to his source, the lower cost DP&L claims the on-shore windfarm from a nearby state, would not save us money.  By refusing to lock in prices, DP&L compounds the problem.  Other states and the federal energy bill are putting in new mandates for a growing percentage of power generation to be renewable.  This means the price for renewable may well rise independent of other factors.  The only hedge would be bringing on line new sources.  Whether you like windpower or not in the abstract, the new federal energy bill may make the BWW deal a deal of generation.  It would put us ahead of the Read more

Leader who was in charge of moral standards caught naked in brothel

An Iranian police chief was arrested while in bed with 6 prostitutes. Defense attorneys said that he was seeking a down payment on the 70 virgins (sarcasm).  The result of this breech in the capitol city has caused protests.  Chief Reza Zarei was on a campaign of moralizing the city by enforcing an Islamic dress code on the women.  The rank hypocrisy is undermining the regime already roiled by economic pressures when the country should be prospering from record oil prices. The regime has been more focused on an ambitious and disruptive foreign agenda than keeping up the home front.  Now its moral authority is now in question.  Without it, they have nothing. This reminds us that problematic behavior of leaders is not an American problem.  It seems to be a human problem.  Of course in countries like France, they like to pretend it is not a problem just a lifestyle choice.  I Read more

Can we straighten out the media drive by on Nancy Wagner?

Several years ago, I was visiting family and attending a conference in D. C. and  while we were sitting at a light we heard gunfire and saw everyone running.  We were sitting at a light which had a no turn on red sign.  I said let's go.  My friend who was driving said but the sign says no turn on red.  I said the red blood on the sidewalk says turn!  We sped away and we called the situation in from relative safety.  I never forgot the terror of a drive by shooting.    Recently someone I know had his picture put up as a suspect for the Wild Quail robbery even though the state police release said he was a person of interest only.  It turned out that he was a victim of bad timing.  The suspects happen to pass by him when he was coming out of the restroom at Wal Mart.  His job was threatened.  His life was shaken.  He was a media drive by victim. It appears my friend Nancy Wagner Read more

The Numbers say….If the election were in March

The generic Congressional numbers have the Democrats up by only 4 points.  Control of the Congress is up for grabs.  Historically, when Republicans have been this close at this stage, they win. John McCain is in a dead heat with an insignificant lead over the Democrats and the electoral numbers are shifting his way.  He leads in Michigan and Florida. A significant portion of Democrat voters rather have McCain than the Democrat other than the one they support. I think a unity ticket is inevitable for the Democrats.  It may be the only way they win just like in 1960. One area of difficulty for Democrats is the fact that people now believe the war is going well.  This is good news for America, but is bad news for Democrats.  John McCain is now almost equal to the Democrats on who can better handle the economy thanks to the Democrats bashing him for supporting tax cuts.  It almost Read more

US Dollar’s Dwindling Value

Does anyone remember the last time a dollar was worth less than 100 Yen? I can’t. I also know it hasn’t happened within the past five years. It might happen today. Early morning trading shows it down under 102¥ (9:37AM: 101.97¥). Watch our dollar, folks. The current state of the dollar has a lot to do with crude and gas prices, too. Don’t get hung up on OPEC in this market, it’s the dollar.  How about that economic policy?  Ungh. We’re in deep stuff, very deep. (the link is to Yahoo’s Finance site…keep refreshing it if you visit…)

The New Trade Wars

Pat Buchanan wrote an interesting article in Human Events entitled To Die for NAFTAin which he proclaimed that Sen. Clinton gets it and Sen. McCain and the neocons don't. " Hillary won Ohio denouncing the NAFTA deal Bill Clinton cut. The lady gets it", Buchanan declared." "McCain remains a loyal NAFTA man. Good luck in Ohio and Michigan. As the Great Peer said, 'The commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.'" He also stated the following: When Europe imposes a 15 percent value-added tax on U.S. imports and rebates the VAT on exports to the United States, that is not free trade. When China devalues its currency 45 percent, as it did in 1994, and bolts it down to suck jobs and factories out of the United States, that is not free trade. When Japan manipulates its currency, preaches economic nationalism to its people, and shelters its market for TVs, autos and Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Top Middle East military commander resigns

I'm doing this on the road, so my apologies for the brevity of the post (please hold the applause) WASHINGTON - Adm. William Fallon is stepping down as head of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military matters in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Tuesday.  Full Story I know the feeling Admiral.  Before all the opponents of this effort whoop it up, withdrawal is not the answer and those of us who served at the strategic level know that.  With that said, in my opinion this administration has completely mismanaged this war.  Leave it up to the military commanders to lead the way, not some White House staffers.  If they don't do that, there will be a mass attrition of top brass and field grade officers, not just company grade as is the case now. Lastly, on a personal level, I'm not unhappy to see one more decision-maker with NO interagency experience Read more

Democratic NY Governor Eliot Spitzer aka Client #9 – Linked to Prostitution Ring, expected to resign.

He referred to himself as a "F'n steamroller" and has gotten in trouble recently for secretly spying on Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. He made his name taking people down. Well now it's his turn. NY Times reports the following: ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning. Full story Its either this Video or this Video Update: It is now being reported by Foxnews and CNN, that he has not been indicted yet, it is an onging investigation with other high officials in NY Government now cooperating with authorities; He was however known to be "client #9" as far back as February 7, 2008, but it remained sealed until today. So he remained in office for over a month while this was known! Shocking. Read more

How many of you knew this?

The following excerpts from Ben Stein's NY Times piece: Exxon Mobil needs a hug "Exxon Mobil, in fact, is owned mostly by ordinary Americans. Mutual funds, index funds and pension funds (including union pension funds) own about 52 percent of Exxon Mobil’s shares. Individual shareholders, about two million or so, own almost all the rest. The pooh-bahs who run Exxon own less than 1 percent of the company." "When Exxon Mobil earns almost $12 billion in a quarter, or $41 billion in a year, as it did in 2007, that money does not go into the coffers of a few billionaire executives quaffing Champagne in Texas. It goes into the pension and retirement accounts of ordinary citizens. When Exxon pays a dividend, that money goes to pay for the mortgages and oxygen tanks and in-home care of lots of elderly Americans." "So, Mr. Obama, which union pension plans — and which blue-collar workers who Read more

We Have A Right To Know

Note: I did not consult any of my co-contributors here before writing this.  It's 10:40PM on Thursday, March 6, 2008 and I have finally had it with what I believe is propaganda about how Blue Water Wind is wanting to rob me blind. I am incredibly upset with the propaganda war being waged via radio advertisements.  For all the money Delarvae is claiming it will cost us customers to "fund" BWW, I can only wonder, how much is this anti-BWW advertising blitz costing us? Part of my issue is, it's not just one recorded commercial that airs.  There seems to be a calculated response or attack ad curiously timed with each new announcement either from BWW or Delarvae. As an average citizen who has to spend many hours a day and week away from family doing what I can to support them, I don't have the luxury to keep fully abreast of he said/she said.  For those like me, this has become an appearance Read more

God I love Florida and Michigan

Since it doesn't happen too often these days, I'll point out that I was right...albeit prematurely...for now. Since we've since changed sites, here's the original: Prediction - Lawsuit stops Democratic National Convention If Hillary falls short on the delegate count going into the Democratic convention she will sue to sit “banned” delegates from Michigan (156) and Florida (210). Furthermore, the folks who don’t like (or understand) the electoral college and thus should not like this situation either, will say nothing if they are Obama supporters. They will look the other way and hope for the best. Hillary supporters will come out swinging and ultimately win the fight. Update: Do you really want to tick off the Democratic voters of Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Arkansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, Florida Read more

Another GOPer Outed!

Yes, I am greatly humbled by this.  I watch American Idol.  I am sorry for the shame I have befallen upon you all for my own trangression, and that is to all of my earthly human siblings. Look, when I hear someone (Jason Castro) cover Jeff Buckley's cover (#6 on linked list) of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (#5 on linked list) and do it spot-on to that point of getting the same chills I get when hearing Buckley's CD, it is worth a major shout!  When I hear Randy (not me), Paula, and Simon all crow in agreement how that is their favorite cover of all time, then I realize I have sinned greatly and am indeed on a path straight to hell. You have my confession. Read more

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