Friday, October 31, 2008

Homeschoolers for Obama?

There is a group of unschoolers I'm associated with in the Bay Area that has many members who are simply gaga over Obama, it's kind of cute actually. This post is based on an email I sent the group this morning.

But why would an Unschooling parent support Obama?

If you haven't read the Obama "PLAN FOR LIFETIME SUCCESS THROUGH EDUCATION"

You can check it out here:

http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/issues/PreK-12EducationFactSheet.pdf

You ought to read it if you haven't already, it's only 14 pages long but it's chock full of edu-speak nonsense like "research-based standards and principles" (research 10 times, standard & (ized) 12 times) which means, of course, everything must be approved by the teachers union. It does not look homeschool friendly at all. It looks to me like they want ALL children under continuous government supervision from birth to adulthood. Check it out and read it for yourself. Homeschooling is not even mentioned as an option.

Here's a quote about "Early Head Start"

"EHS enables communities to design flexible programs through a variety
of service delivery options, including home-based services, but requires that programs adhere to research-based standards and principles to best support children and families."

Sounds like they will "allow" you to keep your *toddler* at home as long as you "adhere to research-based standards and principles." Not good, especially when the very next paragraph is "Encourage All States to Adopt Voluntary, Universal Pre-School"

Obama is going to win by a landslide anyway so it's not really an issue anymore, but I predict that with the upcoming Democratic majority in all houses and the Presidency that Homeschooling may very well be outlawed. That is just my opinion, but it's based on the indisputable fact that the vast majority of Democratic legislators are firmly in the pocket of the teachers unions. Homeschoolers should consider getting themselves on the endangered species list with the upcoming Obama regime.

You might like many of his programs (I actually don't like any of them, of course, I'm an anarchist) but you will *not* like what he does to your children.

That's all I'll be saying on the topic, I just got tired of watching all of the, to me, misguided enthusiasm for a guy who is more enemy than friend to freedom loving people. I can't imagine you'd be so excited if you'd read what he intends to do to our children.

"Imagine all the people"... confined in the government indoctrination centers called public schools from infancy until adulthood...
(sorry John)

And don't even go the "peace" route as a reason to vote for Obama, he's in favor of military intervention all over the planet, he just has different excuses.


The choice is clear, either McMussolini or ObaMarx, I won't be voting for either one.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cool star chart

Bad Astronomer linked to this on his blog, it's very cool.

It is [a] spatial representation of every star within 14 light-years of the Solar System. There are 32 stars in this region, including the Sun. The stars are colored according to the spectral type, which may not reflect the actual color. Please see this Wikipedia article for the listing of stars. The stars on this map may not all be visible to the naked eye, as many are dwarf stars. Some of this information may be preliminary and not entirely accurate as a result. Each grid square represents 1 square light year. The grid is aligned to the ecliptic. Planets are not shown on this map because they orbit stars at a relatively small distance. They would be indistinguishable at this scale. Unless noted otherwise all star data is meant relative to the Sun ("Mass: 1.25" means 125% of the Sun's mass).

Bender's Game

Woo Hoo! My hero Bender has a new movie coming out! Cool :-)




This should be good!

Not quite Ender's Game though, that was one of the best Sci-Fi books ever.

"Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder."- Bender

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A song about the Messiah from Kenya

Kenyan artist Makadem says we need to vote for change, "Obama be thy name... thy will be done..."

McMussolini or ObaMarx?

Who will you vote for on election day, McMussolini or ObaMarx?

Thomas J. DiLorenzo explains why "your choice on election day [is]: McMussolini... or ObaMarx. Take your pick. Or do the patriotic thing and stay home. Don’t vote. It only gives them a reason to claim that "the people have spoken" and that they have a "mandate" to ruin our country."

While filling out my ballot I messed up on a couple of the local propositions so I will have to actually go in person on election day. Right now I am inclined to leave the votes for all federal offices blank and only vote on State and Local issues, that is if I bother to vote at all.

My feeling about the upcoming election is one of disgust, tempered slightly with despair and a very light sprinkling of fear. This country is doomed and should be dissolved for the good of its people and the safety of the people of the world.

Vote NO for President!


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Skepticblog

There is a new blog out there called Skepticblog, done by several of my favorite skeptics, including Brian Dunning, Michael Shermer and Phil Plait among others. Cool.

Here is an excerpt from Shermer's first post there:

A short lesson in economic civics: the primary job of government is to protect our private property from being plundered by foreign powers and domestic criminals (through the military and the police respectively), to resolve disputes over property (through the courts), and to protect our civil liberties (another form of property) by enforcing the Constitution and Bill of Rights (through legislation). The government does not produce property, so in order to pay for these services (military, police, courts, legislature) it taxes us. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a tax is “a compulsory contribution to the support of government”. A “compulsory contribution” is an oxymoron. It is compulsory confiscation, and we are all about to have $700 billion confiscated from us. For what? For protection from foreign plunder or domestic crimes against our property? No. For resolving property disputes? No. For defending our Constitutional rights and civil liberties. No. For covering the losses of corporations suffering from taking undue risks? Yes.

A refreshing bit of common sense and critical thinking, obviously it would never make the evening snooze shows.

Sheeple

So, after writing the previous post here I got on my bike and peddled on over to the BART station for the ride to work. I noticed when I arrived, 5 minutes before departure time, that there was a cluster of about 30 people standing quietly and patiently in front of the locked gates. I locked up my bike on the rack and strolled to the gate and peered inside the station, no sign of the station agent, not a good sign. So, after about 30 seconds I shouted out in my loudest voice, "Hey! Are you going to open the gates before the train leaves?" Up popped the overpaid BART drone from her hiding spot inside the booth. "The trains don't leave until 8:00!" she insisted. After a brief but spirited exchange between her and I, long distance and at the top of our voices, she finally made a phone call and then opened the gates at the last moment. Everyone got on board the train.

But...

What about all of those other people standing quietly waiting for things to happen? Where was their willingness to speak out and demand the BART drone do her job and do it properly? These are voters, quiet, patient, trusting... STUPID! They would have willingly stood there, meekly missing a train they paid for in fares and taxes, being late to work or church all because some incompetent BART drone, paid more than most of us standing there by the way, didn't bother to learn her job.

It's the same with the American Sheeple in general, they stand by and meekly accept whatever is dished out to them, quietly allowing their rights to be stripped away with barely a bleat in protest. Pathetic. Without me a whole trainload of sheeple would still be standing at the gate waiting to get in.

The Angry Gnome does serve a purpose ;-)

Vote Larry for Despot!

People are stupid

Democracy is an insane and unworkable idea. Most people are either stupid or ignorant. Take Proposition 8 for example. When they reworded the proposition, at the instigation of ultra-left wing commie Jerry Brown, from "Limit on Marriage" that simply defines marriage as between a woman and a man, it was ahead in the polls. After Jerry the Pinko changed the wording to "eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry" it dropped 8 points in the polls. That means 8 percent of the people are so stupid they can't tell that the proposition still says exactly the same thing it always did. Most Americans, Californians especially, are sadly lacking in critical thinking skills so it's not a big surprise. (For example witness the popularity of pseudo-science "cures" for every ailment you can imagine, astrology, feng shui, herbal medicine... and on and on.)

Remember, by definition almost 50% of the population is below average in intelligence, do we really want stupid and gullible people making important policy choices for the rest of us? And they breed like rodents! We really are heading in the direction of Idiocracy.

We need some sort of competency test for voters. Basic reading comprehension skills must be demonstrated, basic knowledge of the political system and the responsibilities and limits of the various positions in the government that people are voting for would be a nice start. Add to that a restriction stating that no one can vote to increase a tax they would not be paying, so I could not vote to increase property taxes since I don't own property and chronically unemployed welfare queens could not vote to increase income taxes since they don't pay any. My pet project is banning lawyers from holding any political office ever and that includes judges. That would help.

But the best solution, and I urge everyone to insist on this immediately, would be "Rule by Larry". I assure you I'd have things whipped into shape in a week. All I ask is absolute authority, unlimited power and total obedience. :-)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Leaf blowers

It's a wonderful warm (82 degrees at posting time) autumn day in the burbs, and of course I can hear nothing except Brian across the cul de sac running his gigantic gas powered leaf blower, or in his case leaf sucker since he's using it to pick up the leaves. Nothing says "burbs" more than the incessant roar of dozens of power mowers, leaf blowers and trimmers coming at you from every direction. Bah! At least the gasoline ones really need to be banned, IMHO.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Apple and Google against REAL marriage

Apple and Google have both donated large sums of cash to help make sure that traditional marriage is destroyed in California, and eventually the world. Marriage is between a man and a woman, period. Two men or two women are not married no matter what bit of paper they may get from the state or from some heretical post-Christian sect like the United Church of Christ. It's tempting to boycott them but that sort of thing is pretty ineffectual.

This has prompted me to finally decide on this issue. I'll be voting Yes on 8 even though I don't really think that the government should be involved in marriage in any way shape or form. The truth is they will use this as a wedge to condemn and eventually persecute Christian churches who refuse to marry two men or two women. Even though they deny this now they are quite simply liars. It comes easy to them since they follow their father, who is the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Help my foot's on fire!

Oh, wait, I thought it was Ablaze! but no, it's just barely smoldering... like the LCMS' ill conceived and poorly executed "movement" to reach 100,000,000 people with the gospel by 2017. They have used up about 30% of the time allotted but have only got 10% of the "numbers" they need.

Ablaze is not actually Lutheran of course, it's closer to your standard evangobapticostal sort of program and is full of implied "decision theology." Worse, it totally ignores all that is distinctly Lutheran (and thus really Christian), such as the proper preaching of Law and Gospel (Word), Baptism, Confession and Absolution and the Holy Eucharist (Sacraments) as the means by which the Lord has said He will spread his gospel around the world. (For more detail on what's wrong with Ablaze! see Ablaze!®, the Movement - By David Berger)

Anyway, Scott Diekmann has come up with brilliant plan to get it all over with so we can forget this horror and get on with Word and Sacrament. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Obama = Corporate Whore

More proof, as if you really needed it, that Obama is nothing but a corporate whore, just like Mad Mac.

Big Donors Drive Obama's Money Edge

Yep, shocking as it may be to some, the Messiah is just a tool of the elite class, the ultra-rich looters who have screwed us so many times before.

BOHICA!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Socialism for the Rich

I like this guy...


BOHICA!*

Well, the last rape went so well and the American Sheeple barely baaaaaaaed so the elite rich vermin who infest the walls of Congress have decided they can do it again without even the slightest risk of any repercussions.

Sadly, I'm pretty sure they are correct.

WASHINGTON – With a timely endorsement from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, there's new life to the idea of Congress returning to Washington next month to pass a second round of measures aimed at injecting life into the economy. (More.)


*Bend Over Here It Comes Again

Monday, October 20, 2008

Proposition 2

Vote yes on Prop 2... here are two video clips from the Yes on Prop 2 web site:




Warning, the following video may be disturbing to some who are unaware of where their food comes from:



That's why I eat almost no meat and refuse all but Cage Free eggs... yuck...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

On children in church

Why the whole family needs to be in church together:

A most heinous crime

It takes a government to come up with a heinous idea like asset forfeiture and then apply it to a couple in their 90's like this!

The Enforcement Arm of the Robber State

Friday, October 17, 2008

Who to vote for?

This is a very long week for me. Instead of my normal four 12 hour days I'm working six 8 hour days. Woe is me ;-/

Anyway...

I was thinking about the presidential election and who could I vote for and not feel as though I was committing a sin by doing so. I have not yet made up my mind who to vote for, or even if I am going to bother casting a vote for president at all.

I have heard it said by some, Todd Wilken for one, that "Life" is the most important issue to consider in an election. I do agree with this assessment, however it does not help me much in deciding who to vote for.

I hold the total pro-life position, from conception to natural death. For me this includes children in Iraq who happen to have already been born as well as American babies who haven't yet been born. The trouble is there seems no candidate for president who wants them all alive. Obama thinks slaughtering millions of unborn babies is somehow a constitutional right, while McCain has no problem dropping high explosives on children from 30,000 feet and scattering their limbs across the landscape, calling it "collateral damage."

Usually I could vote Libertarian but they have picked Bob Barr who is nothing but a very conservative republican and lacks the principled stand on liberty that former Libertarian Party candidates like Ron Paul had, he's more of a pragmatist, which makes him no better than a Republican in my book.

So, I'm stuck with no one to vote for.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Steal this comic

Copyright is a stupid idea anyway, once I buy a book or recording or painting or sculpture, it's mine to do with what I want... or so I figure... People did still write and make music before copyright, that whole copyright thing was nothing more than a scam by the publishers to increase sales. Not that much goes to the average artist. Sharing is a "good thing"®. :-)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Money? We ain't gots no money...

That's what congresss says when faced with helping out the common folk.

As I ponder the economic meltdown/collapse that is going on around me I am struck by the rapidity with which the elites, through the "Best Congress Money Can Buy", are able to somehow find trillions of dollars of tax money to bail their own fellow pluotcrat thieves out of the pits they themselves have dug. These are the same elites that can never find money for things like filling potholes in the street, maintaining parks or giving financial aide to low income students trying to attend college while working full time. These are things that cost next to nothing compared to the bailouts we've seen in the last few days. I'd say it's amazing but it's not really, it's just disgusting. Of course they will not be held accountable for their evil, not in this life anyway. Nothing will improve for the American people without armed revolt because the electoral system is totally rigged. Yet that won't happen any time soon either, because the American people no longer believe in liberty. It's sad and pathetic but I don't see a way out of it really. We are left with only one way to help our nation, PRAY.

Oh, and go ahead and vote for the Anti-Christ, lets get this thing over with :-/

Vote for the Anti-Christ!

If the pentecostal and fundamentalist and evangelical dispensationalists who believe the "Left Behind" and "Late Great Planet Earth" misinterpretations of the end times teachings in the Bible with the "secret rapture" of the church and the 7 year tribulation and the reign of the Anti-Christ and all of that stuff, follow things out to their logical conclusion they will be forced to vote for Obama!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

RefTagger

RefTagger is making some changes so I'm testing here to see what happens...

Ephesians 2:8-9

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Serenity Salon

I got a haircut yesterday from the best and newest stylist in town.


A few more pictures are here.

In the end I was going to buzz it all off anyway so I figured what the heck :-)

Diplomacy

Ah, now this makes perfect sense, diplomacy between nations IS like a bunch of junior high school boys squabbling, it's really too bad there is no adult supervision at the UN.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

United Socialist States of America

Cool, the USSA is almost completed now. With the upcoming election of a true Marxist to the Presidency things will really move fast as "emergency" after "emergency" is announced and is dealt with by new socialist programs. Sadly our grandchildren will be living in a suffocating totalitarian state as a result. There is nothing short of armed resistence that can change this in my opinion, because it's not the Democrats alone, it's both parties who have done this to us, clearly they are both the same party in reality, the election "contests" are mostly for show. The USSR fell apart but I'm sure the USSA will do way better! Government ownership of, well pretty much everything, is communism guys, this story from the New York Times shows us how it will be:

October 9, 2008

U.S. May Take Ownership Stake in Banks
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS and MARK LANDLER

WASHINGTON — Having tried without success to unlock frozen credit markets, the Treasury Department is considering taking ownership stakes in many United States banks to try to restore confidence in the financial system, according to government officials.

Treasury officials say the just-passed $700 billion bailout bill gives them the authority to inject cash directly into banks that request it. Such a move would quickly strengthen banks’ balance sheets and, officials hope, persuade them to resume lending. In return, the law gives the Treasury the right to take ownership positions in banks, including healthy ones.
Read the full story here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sign of the Times

From the BBC:

US debt clock runs out of digits

File pic from September 2008 of the US National Debt Clock in New York
Until last month, the clock had enough digits to measure US debt levels

The US government's debts have ballooned so badly the National Debt Clock in New York has run out of digits to record the spiralling figure.

The digital counter marks the national debt level, but when that passed the $10 trillion point last month, the sign could not display the full amount.

The board was erected to highlight the $2.7 trillion level of debt in 1989.

The clock's owners say two more zeros will be added, allowing the clock to record a quadrillion dollars of debt.

Douglas Durst, son of the late Seymour Durst - the clock's inventor - hopes to replace the Manhattan clock with its lengthier replacement early next year.

For the time being, the Times Square counter's electronic dollar sign has been replaced with the extra digit required.

For its part, the digital dollar symbol has been supplanted by a cheaper version - perhaps a sign of the times for the American economy.

Some economists believe the $700bn bail-out plan for ailing US financial institutions could send the national debt level to $11 trillion.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Too big to tell the Truth!

This is a great bit on why the mainstream media has hyped the huge Govco Rip-off they call the $800,000,000,000.00 bailout plan, or as Mad Mac likes to call it, "The Rescue Plan". Read it, it's not long and makes several excellent points about who owns the big news outlets and what their interests in getting the rip-off money are.

700 Billion Dollar Bailout And The Mainstream Media: Too Big To Tell The Truth?

On Race

From Greg Laden's Blog:

There is no such thing as race (biologically), race is a social construct used as a political and economic tool, even efforts to use race in a "positive" way such as in medicine or forensics are doomed to failure because of the lack of biological validity of the concept, and so on and so forth.

Here, the idea of the exhibit is really to help people to realize that well formed thoughts about their fellow humans that are based on the race concept are like well formed thoughts about the world they live in that are based on the flat earth. But more destructive.

It is just amazing the number of people I talk to who can't seem to get thier minds around this simple concept. Race is a phony issue, a human is a human, period. That doesn't stop me from thinking in racial and to my shame at times, racist ways, but when I stop and ponder the reality of our world I know that race is not a physical reality, it's all in our heads ;-/

Pete Seger

Cool, Pete Seger is still around at 89 years of age and still singing!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Mad Bomber

William Grigg on McCain and the "Focus on the Family" gang led by James Dobson. "Focus on Fascism" would be a more accurate description I've always said:















Blessing the Mad Bomber: Gary Bauer (the gnomish figure in the center of the assembled Republican luminaries) puts in face time at a John McCain campaign event as a representative of Dr. James Dobson. McCain is a foul-tempered, abusive serial adulterer and unabashed warmonger, so naturally he received the support of Dr. Dobson, the nation's foremost Christian family counselor.

I'm voting No

I have said many times that I think John McCain is not totally sane... well actually I've called him Mad Mac more than once. I initially based this on nothing more than looking at his eyes when he was speaking. I know it's horribly subjective and probably unfair, but when I look at someone's eyes I sometimes feel I can tell something about that person's mental state. Over the years I have been right far more often than I've been wrong when deciding to get away from a person based on nothing other than the look in their eyes. Then again maybe it's a case of forgetting the misses, like those who believe in psychics do, I don't know for sure.

But with Mad Mac there is actually more to it than that. There are the strange angry outbursts he is famous for, and there is the bomb bomb bomb Iran incident as well.

But the most telling thing is his Vietnam experience. I don't think John McCain is a bad or evil man, but I do think he was damaged by what he went through there. I think it is dangerous to have such a man in charge of the most powerful military the world has ever seen. Fred Reed agrees and has a pretty good piece about the issue:

"I frankly don’t believe John McCain’s medical records, or at any rate the portions released to the New York Times. The man was held in solitary for years, tortured until bones fractured, until he confessed to war crimes, until he tried to hang himself.

That he broke can’t be held against him: Almost anyone would have. (In my view GIs should be told to confess to anything whatever right from the start.) But the assertion that he came through unscathed, warm and humorous and psychically sound, just isn’t plausible. It doesn’t happen that way...

...For what he went through in Vietnamese jails he deserves sympathy and admiration. It isn’t qualification for the presidency."

Read the whole article here.

So I am back to where I was months ago. I believe that a vote for Mad Mac is a vote for war and destruction on a scale we can not really imagine today. On the other hand a vote for the neo-communist Obama is a vote to finish destroying the last vestiges of freedom in America. So, do I vote to destroy America with Obama or wipe out the whole world with Mad Mac? Or do I vote for the neo-Republican/Libertarian Barr who is likely to get about 1% of the vote, if he's lucky? Or do I stand in the street and set fire to my ballot?

I'm thinking that I might skip all of the federal positions on the ballot and just vote on the state and local guys and the propositions. To vote for federal government implies I approve of thier existence when in truth I think the United States ought to be dissolved for the good of America and the world. Yes, I think that is what I'll do.

I'm voting NO for president, senate and representative.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Rip Off is On!

Oh Happy Day when I get to PAY for the folly of Wall Street Bankers!

Thank you Obama, thank you McCain, thank you Pelosi and freinds... may you all get what you so richly deserve.*

On the joy of learning through play

This is from Peter Gray's Psychology Today blog this week:

"We come into the world as little scientists, pre-programmed to try to understand everything around us. Nobody has to tell us to explore and learn about our environment; we do it naturally, all our lives, in increasingly sophisticated ways, unless someone turns it into work by trying to make us do it."

So true! There is no better way of taking the joy out of learning something than telling me there will be a test on it later ;-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Con game

The whole financial mess, indeed the whole financial system the Empire operates under, is nothing but a con game. Con is short for confidence, and if you read this article in the SF Chronicle you will notice that everyone who is in favor of the bail out of Wall Street makes statements like this "We need to take drastic steps to restore confidence." That is because without confidence in the phony money and the phony system the whole thing will unravel! It's all a big con.