Archive for January, 2014

“ADHD does not exist”

Posted in rankers, tech pron with tags , , , , , on 7, January 2014 by chockblock

One by one, nearly all of Saul’s patients turned out to have some disease other than ADHD, such as Tourette’s, OCD, fragile X syndrome (a genetic mutation linked to mental retardation), autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, learning disabilities or such familiar conditions as substance abuse, poor hearing or even giftedness. A boy who was disruptive and inattentive in math class (but no other) was, simply, bored by the material and needed to be advanced a grade to regain his concentration.
–“ADHD does not exist“, Kyle Smith, NYPost.com

There are many health fads: diets, ideas, suppliments etc. And then their are the trends that hurt people.

Anti-vaccine crusades have resulted in outbreaks, overuse of vitamins has led to health problems, “natural cures” and “alternative medicines” have led to deaths and tons of wasted money.

ADHD is the go-to excuse the left has for: a) providing the excuse that kids won’t lean, B) doping kids so they stay still and C) providing for another class of “victim”.

It’s an industry fed by lazy teachers/school admins, big pharama, doctors and parents looking for an easy out. Ritilin and adderal abuse is a thriving black market.

Future generations will look at ADHD the way we look at phrenology.

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They pretend to teach….

Posted in politcs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 6, January 2014 by chockblock

From the Washington Post we get a letter from a former teacher,
‘I would love to teach but…’:

I am paid to give out gold stars to everyone so that no one feels left out, to give everyone an A because they feel sad if they don’t have one. I take the perpetual, insane harassment from parents who insist that their child’s failings are solely my fault because I do not coddle them to the point of being unable to accept any sort of critique; if each student is not perfect and prepared for college and life by age twelve, then I must be wrong about the quality of their work. I lower my own standards so much that I have been thinking my grades were generous. After years of being harangued, I gave Bs to D-quality work, but that is never good enough. All I can do is field the various phone calls, meetings, and e-mails, to let myself be abused, slandered, spit at because that is my career, taking the fall for our country’s mistakes and skewed priorities. So if you want your child to get an education, then I’m afraid that as a teacher, I can’t help you, but feel free to stop by if you want a sticker and a C.

RS McCain cheers the decline of the public education system. I morn the loss of real teaching. Like the teacher who wrote the letter, I read Charles Dickens, Kurt Vonnegut, Aurthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert and Shakespeare in school. I loved it so much I read on my own.

Liberals took George Bush’s No Child Left Behind and ran with it. They love things like common core and giving everyone “gold stars” because then they please everyone. Education, from kindergarten to College is this self licking ice cream cone: they pretend to teach and sell college (with borrowed money) and the kids feed into the system that pays for bloated college tuition and politicians who coddle the teachers unions.

When the education bubble bursts, expect the left to cry foul but the rest of America to pick up the pieces.

Boeing, Boeing

Posted in HOOAH!, politcs, rankers, tech pron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 6, January 2014 by chockblock

So this happened:

SEATTLE (KING) – Boeing machinists have voted to approve Boeing’s latest eight-year contract proposal, securing assembly of the company’s new 777X airplane in Washington state.

Thousands of union members cast their ballots – some waiting in line for hours outside of the union hall in Everett – in Friday’s crucial vote.
— “Seattle machinists approve Boeing 777X production contract“, Ksdk.com

So Kshama Sawant must be spinning, she called for Boeing workers to “Take Over” their plant if Boeing left. Yeah, talking like a Batman villain makes all kinds of sense…

Boeing’s workers have working brains. Their Union doubled down and lost. Boeing could move to those “right to work” states. The voted to keep their jobs. Hopefully they will vote new union leadership.

And this is what your humanties tax dollars are going towards…

Posted in politcs, rankers with tags , , , , , on 5, January 2014 by chockblock

“It is no accident that American progressives put so many of us in mind of our Puritan ancestors: not for their virtues, such as they are, but for their sanctimoniousness, their humorlessness, their grim little mouths set permanently in rictuses (surely Mr. Salesses would insist on “ricti”) of self-satisfaction biting down on disgust. Like the accusers in 17th-century Salem or the contemporary Wahhabist eager to behead such witches as may be found lingering upon Saudi soil, the progressive sees the work of the Archnemesis everywhere at all times — especially when there is something to be gained from doing so.”

Racism! Squirrel! By Kevin D. Williamson , NRO.com

“Why did I have to listen in music humanities to this Mozart?” she groused in a discussion of the curriculum reported by David Denby in “Great Books,” his 1997 account of re-enrolling in Columbia’s core curriculum. “My problem with the core is that it upholds the premises of white supremacy and racism. It’s a racist core. Who is this Mozart, this Haydn, these superior white men? There are no women, no people of color.” These are not the idiosyncratic thoughts of one disgruntled student; they represent the dominant ideology in the humanities today.

W.E.B. Du Bois would have been stunned to learn how narrow is the contemporary multiculturalist’s self-definition and sphere of interest. Du Bois, living during America’s darkest period of hate, nevertheless heartbreakingly affirmed in 1903 his intellectual and spiritual affinity with all of Western civilization: “I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas. . . . I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension.”

The Humanities Have Forgotten Their Humanity, Heather MacDonald, WSJ.com

So yeah, it’s National Review and the Wall Street Journal’s online arms, but it needed to be said.

The American Left has nothing to offer America execpt warmed over Marxist talking points and witchhunts for “racism”.

The right has been accused of hiding behind the American flag, God and tradition in the past. Fair enough. During the Cold War, the US backed despots and a group of politicians used the “Red Scare” to buy votes and ruin some innocent people. Televangelists, crooked politicans and cranks have been using the Bible and “Christian” values for decades. Appeals to traditional values have been a staple of politics as much as doom and gloom.

But with the Affordable Care Act going down in flames, Al Queda re-taking a city in Iraq and their agenda in flames the left needs a crisis. If they didn’t have Duck Dynasty, Fox News, George Bush or GOP scands, they’d invent’em.

The left did invent climate change, income “inequality” and hyped “homelessness”. Welfare and government giveaways are “entitlements” but money to corporate donors (and donor lists) are not discusses because of reasons.

Racism works because it’s such a toxic thing. No one, NO ONE wants to go back to Jim Crow, segregation or the dark past. 50 years ago a black man could be arrested for using the wrong bathroom, now one is president. We’ve beaten racism.

But when you don’t have an agenda it’s better to scream from the rooftops and accuse people of being Nazis/KKK etc. Everything they can’t understand somehow “promotes” white supremacy. Or is racist. Because when asked for a working agenda, they default to the Marxism or screaming that you’re a racist for questioning their agenda.

Freedom Of Speech as long as you agree with them.

But when called out on their McCarthyism they cry crocodile tears.

UPDATE: Head of New York Civil Rights Coalition compares MSNBC rhetoric to McCarthyism.

O.O

Cracks appear in the liberal front.

Military Pensions

Posted in army training, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 5, January 2014 by chockblock

“Why is military retirement hated so much? Let’s see, I sacrifice my time, my body, my family and potentially my life for 20 years for only half of my base pay. I can still go the PX and commissary and get increasingly eroding medical benefits. Then I am demonized by people like Mr. Rumbaugh for wanting to be a productive member of society by actually being gainfully employed for a second career. If people are so upset that I have earned a military retirement then they need to get off their lazy asses and sign up. They can live with the sacrifices and everlasting scars. It pisses me off to no end the idiots that have never spent a day in uniform telling us we are lesser citizens and deserve nothing for our sacrifices”
— user “FAEX” comments on Applause for screwing the troops, This Ain’t Hell.

And the lefty media answers:

“They protest too much. Way too much. The military pension system is not only extremely generous, it is also counterproductive. It drains defense money from today’s troops and weapons. And while the system encourages some people to consider the military who otherwise might not, it also encourages them to leave early, taking their first-rate training to go double-dip by moving into a civilian government job. In any case, they can collect pensions — intended as old-age protection — in the prime of their working lives.”
— USA Today’s editoral “Defend military pension cuts: Our view

“Yeah, the system is way too generous. When I retired, twenty years ago yesterday, my pension was less than $12,000/year. In those twenty years, the generous COLA increases have brought the generous pension to a little more than $18,000 last year. ”
Jonn Lilyea responds

There are a lot of myths about military pay (BAH does not go up with family size, married servicemembers don’t make that much more than single ones). The veteran and active duty military communities aren’t as active politically as the defense industry or the vote-buying lefty groups, the rent seeking K-Street companies or the grievance-mongers who populate talk shows.

Stars and Stripes blew a large hole in the pension “crisis”:

The Military Times reports that while military and civilian personnel costs have grown by 78 percent between 2001 and 2012, the overall defense budget has been growing even faster, calling into question the emphatic calls from Pentagon brass to reduce personnel-related costs.

That’s less than the increases in total military spending, which is up 85 percent since 2001,…

The left hates the military’s success and wants the money for their pipe dreams. Deficit hawks simply see dollar signs and don’t care that the military will bleed skilled personnel for years. The media is quick to report on “soldier’s using food stamps” yet defends cuts to pay, pensions and medical benefits as “necessary”.

UPDATE: XBradTC is quick to add:

But with an active force of less than 1% of the population, and retirees being a similarly small slice of the population, they don’t have the votes to influence the p0pulation like the 47% that receive some form of assistance.

Yeah, it’s so necessary to take food and rent money from the men and women defending the country AND expect them to continue to re-enlist. It’s not working that well in the real world.

A draft army wouldn’t fix this, a smaller military is a less capable military. The DoD is the one government department that actually produces results, benefits the people (research, the G.I. Bill, et al) and still has the people’s respect.

Contact your Veteran’s Service Organization and your representative. We can’t afford a repeat of the 90’s.

“Good Year for a Great War”

Posted in politcs, rankers, Uncategorized, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 2, January 2014 by chockblock

“Will 2014 bring another Great War? My bet is almost certainly not, but with a note of caution. Claims that war is “inconceivable” are not statements about what is possible in the world, but rather, about what our limited minds can conceive. The fact that Presidents Obama and Xi understand that war would be folly for both China and the US is relevant but not dispositive. None of the leaders in Europe of 1914 would have chosen the war they got and that in the end they all lost. By 1918, the Kaiser was gone, the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved, the Tsar overthrown by the Bolsheviks, France bled for a generation, and England shorn of the flower of its youth and treasure. Given a chance for a do-over, none of the leaders would have made the choices he did.”
2014: Good Year for a Great War?, Graham Allison, The National Interest.

As this decade seems to mirror the last century I’m not surprised that someone is making a comparison to the “guns of August”. I am miffed that it took’em long enough.

With the fall of Saddam and the death of Bin Laden, too many think that we’re “at peace”. Americans want out of Afghanistan. The left drools over “Obamacare” and more domestic spending.

Meanwhile the world is slowly burning, Asia is full of disputes over territory. The Middle East is in revolution and Europe is broke.

August 1916 or Spring 1938? Either way the next few years could bring a nasty surprise.