An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 27 September 2009
I’m very annoyed, for a couple of reasons. first, I’m suppose to get alerts whenever something new comes online about my friend’s son’s murder. I’m not. Second, is this:
A Sonoma County judge on Wednesday dismissed conspiracy charges against five men accused of murdering a man in a downtown Santa Rosa parking garage in 2006, ruling that prosecutors presented inadmissible evidence to a grand jury in violation of the defendants’ rights.
But Judge Lawrence Antolini’s split ruling upheld the remaining four felony counts – including murder, weapons and gang allegations – against the men charged with shooting Matthew Toste in a Seventh Street parking garage on Dec. 3, 2006.
No, I’m not annoyed that they decided to drop the conspiracy charge. When it comes to legal finagling, lawyers and courts do all kinds of odd dances that, to us non-legal minds, make absolutely no sense. No, what is SERIOUSLY chapping my hide is this…..
Prosecutors allege the men are gang members and committed the murder to benefit their gang, charges that can add significant prison time of they are convicted. The men face life prison sentences if found guilty of the charges.
Excuse me? First off, why, if convicted, will these scum be getting 3 squares and a roof over their heads, instead of rotting in hell? All at the taxpayers expense? They MURDERED a young man! One who was raising his son, working, paying taxes, loving his mom, his dad, his sister, his brother, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. Why does this trash get to live when Matt can’t? Why will their families get to come visit them, when the only way Sally gets to see her son is through pictures, and talking to a gravestone? Where is the justice??????
MaryAnn, head of Soldiers’ Angels Germany, writes about the need:
All summer we have been experiencing a very large number of incoming medevacs, particularly from Afghanistan. Unfortunately, the past several weeks have been even worse. We are in urgent need of the following items. Please help if you can. Please also pray for our patients and staff during this very difficult time. Thank you.
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- Blankets of Hope
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- Shorts, baggy basketball-type (M, L, XL)
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The Un-Aborted Obama
by Mike Adams
Hello Barry. I’ve decided to write you a few questions in response to the unsolicited emails I keep getting from BarackObama.com. Since most of your form emails concern health care I’ll confine most of my questions to one health-related subject: Abortion.
1. Did you know that about 150 young black people were admitted to Howard University School of Law this year? But, unfortunately, about 1370 black babies were aborted today. How can we effect “social justice” if the health profession kills far more blacks than the legal profession is currently accepting into its ranks?
2. Isn’t abortion sort of like liberalism in a nutshell? It’s just a way of asking others to suffer the consequences of your own bad decisions.
3. Doctors are supposed to save lives and not take them. Shouldn’t abortion doctors then be required to take the hypocritical oath?
Shared by KillrKey.
Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way.
Obama says American kids spend too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with other students around the globe.
“Now, I know longer school days and school years are not wildly popular ideas,” the president said earlier this year. “Not with Malia and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours. But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom.”
Kids don’t need more quantity…..they need more QUALITY! We use to have a great education system, that actually taught kids the basics, AND advanced their knowledge of the country’s history, how to be a good citizen, and sciences. Now? We get morons coming out with a degree, and a large number of them don’t even know the name of the current VP! How pathetic is that? But they sure do know Obama’s name, don’t they.
Obama and Duncan say kids in the United States need more school because kids in other nations have more school.
“Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here,” Duncan told the AP. “I want to just level the playing field.”
While it is true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school.
Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests—Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).
I don’t suppose it has occurred to anyone that the reason our kids are lagging behind other nations in math and science is because we can’t fire crappy teachers? There is no merit pay, so why should teachers get serious about, well…..TEACHING!?!? As for the number of days….have you ever noticed how many days are listed as “professional development”, or teacher work days, or some such depending on where you live. Take a gander at the calendar for our little Hardin County High School. Breaks here, breaks there…..for what? Just cuz, as best I can tell. Now, if you are in my age range, you’ll remember that we had set days for ‘vacations”. We didn’t have ‘fall break”. We didn’t get out for Lincoln’s or Washington’s birthdays. There was no such thing as MLK Day, and we sure wouldn’t have been let out. We never went back to school until AFTER Labor Day. We had a 4 day weekend for Thanksgiving. We had 2 weeks for Christmas (not winter break). I seem to remember one day off for a teacher’s work day. Then we had EASTER break, which included Good Friday, not spring break! And we continued in school, Monday through Friday, until the second Wednesday in June. Now days, it seems kids get 3 day weekends on a regular basis. Why? Do the teachers not have kids that NEED an education? So many breaks, and one starts to wonder….what is the purpose of having a school year? Why do kids even bother? Especially considering the lack of education they are receiving.
I also know there are some darn good teachers too, but how long do they last in today’s environment? A few years? Maybe a decade, if they can stand it that long. They want to teach, but are stifled by the ‘powers that be’. Don’t get me wrong! I am a strong believer in education. REAL education! What passes as education these days is a poor shadow of what once was.
“Those hours from 3 o’clock to 7 o’clock are times of high anxiety for parents,” Duncan said. “They want their children safe. Families are working one and two and three jobs now to make ends meet and to keep food on the table.”
I know it’s silly, but maybe folks should start worrying more about what is going into their kids brains, instead of what name brand shod their feet, or the latest video game to impress their buds. Call me a sexist, but unless absolutely necessary, at least one parent should be at home when their gets walk in the door from school. But that’s just me.
I could go on, but I’ll refrain. Suffice it to say that productivity goes down, not up, when a person is forced into ‘labor’. Kids are NOT going to be more productive (learn more). I’d make a sure bet there will be MORE problems with discipline as well.
Oh yeah, and then there’s this. You know all those jobs that supposedly Americans won’t do, so we have to have millions upon millions of illegals come in to do them? Well, guess what! With the lack of education, kids will be lining up for those jobs now, in order to eat, put a roof over their heads, and take care of the babies so many seem to think of as a status symbol thanks to those institutions they claim are schools.
I just had to add this video:
The Republicans complain about the out of control spending. The Democrats spout the Republicans did it, so…. The truth is, neither party seems to realize….IT’S NOT THEIR MONEY they are footloose and fancy free with, so they BOTH spend like ‘drunken sailors’.
To quote Toni, from her post: We can only turn this country and our economy around if Americans decide that liberty and freedom are worth more than subservience to a government that thinks they know better how you should live and work your life.