Day by Day

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cooler weather

Dropped down into the 50's recently.  Great for running in the morning.  I'm out there in a t-shirt and shorts, watching what few locals are brave enough to dare the "arctic" temps struggle to jog while they're wrapped up like Nanook of the North. 

The parks have been rather peaceful.  Nobody to get in the way of the dogs and I as we make our trek. 

The driving, of course, has gotten worse.  Nothing like adding a little moisture to the roadways here to ensure that maximum stupidity commences!  More than once I've stifled the urge to lean out my window and ask the guy next to me if he got his license out of a CrackerJack box. 

I swear, the vast majority of this city would die in 24 hours if they were dropped into a rural town in the upper Midwest.  Maybe that's why I have daydreams about that very thing.

On the ProgNazis going "nuKYOOlar"

Look, Harry Reid and the rest of the ProgNazis have been presiding over one big kangaroo court/banana republic for five years now.  This isn't a change, people!

And predictably, the GOP will roll over and fuck this country up the ass once the ProgNazis are finished.  Again, THIS IS NOTHING NEW.  This has been going on for the past five years.

We ain't voting our way out of this - not by a long shot.  Reality is going to have to break entire generations before we're done with this mess.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Had reason to ride public transit today

Won't get into why, suffice to say that I avoid it if at all possible. 

Waiting for the Orange line bus, look to my left, and there's some douchebag getting high on the bus platform.  White guy, wearing baggy clown-shorts, neck tattoos, sucking on his glass dick in broad daylight.  I wasn't close enough to smell what he was smoking, thank goodness. 

You want to know why I think this city should just fall into the sea?  Because more people in this shithole would defend his right to suck on that glass dick in public than would disapprove of it. 

Would you approve of someone downing a fifth of vodka in public?  If not, why would you approve of someone sucking a glass dick in public?

And if you're the sort of person who approves of public intoxication, then quite honestly you need to take a long hard look at yourself.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What is that in scores?

150 years ago today....

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

After this country goes to war with itself again, who will write such a speech for the dead?

Compounding Failure

So, while reading this piece regarding a ProgNazi named Arne Duncan taking out his frustrations on "White Suburban Moms", I came to a point in the piece that I just really, really wanted to highlight:

A few years back, the Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard found that 12 percent of black 4th grade boys were proficient in reading — compared to 38 percent of white boys. It found that only 12 percent of black 8th grade boys were proficient in math — compared with 44 percent of white boys.

12% of black 8th graders are proficient in math.  44% of white 8th graders are proficient in math.

Less than half of the students in the 8th grade are proficient in math.  At a cost of roughly $9k per student nationwide, less than half the students are learning what they need to learn.  If that does not prove how worthless and damaging the publik skool sistim truly is, I don't know what else could be shown.

The rest of the piece highlights how the Federal Government is doing it's level best to prevent local and state leadership from improving their school systems.  It's rather sickening, when you realize that our schools are horrible failures because the FedGov is making them horrible failures.  We need to destroy the Department of Education, get rid of it completely, and start over fresh.  There can be no reform of a totally corrupted, debased system.