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Class Clowns

People are still acting the fool in Wisconsin. Check out the protester in this video heckling a staff person at a school for being party to educating the school's students. Shameful.

What exactly is it that you are fighting for when you show up at a school where 85% of the students who graduate go on to attend college to protest your governor reading to said students?



Via Wizbang.

Smoke and Mirrors

I'm a bit late to the discussion about the scary evangelicals trying to take over the government. Honestly it seems like the usual boogie man created to scare people who want all of their worst stereotypes about evangelical Christians confirmed. Same old same old. This comment caught my eye the other day though.
Bill Keller, Fiscal Conservatives and fear of a past that never existed
“Unemployment is 9.1%, the economy is in the tank and you’re worried about a candidate’s position on how old the planet is?”

After all to a guy who has just finished his 99 weeks of unemployment and is on food stamps no issue is more vital than if the world is 6000 or 600,000,000,000 billion years old!
Well when you put it that way... Here's hoping that people recognize all of the fuss for the smoke and mirrors show that it is.

History Lesson

This was one of those songs from my youth that sparked my interest in world history and politics. It also served to facilitate bonding with my parents. They had lived through so many of the events mentioned in the song. They shared their own impressions of world events with me. Take some time to look back at where we've been and think about where we are going.

Tales From The Crib

Things head in my house of late.

"Give me my money back," wailed the ten year old boy and six year old girl who have been bickering over some spare change they had collected.
"No. You just made a deposit at the Bank of Mom." Like every other bank out there these days I'm not lending any money.

The three year old trying to comfort her ten year old brother who is not pleased about getting his hair washed, "It's okay honey. I'm right here."

"Want hot dog. Stand up!" Said the nine year old. As far as he's concerned if he puts the effort into actually speaking to you you had better be ready to act.

"It's proven remove stains and whiten teeth? Wow! I didn't know that!" So says the six yeard old girl upon reading the text on the package of gum.

"I'm big and I can get up!" Said the three year old jumping up on her birthday to prove her point.

"No no no no no no no!" So said the old year old as I put a …

Stuff That Makes You Go Hmmmmm

Autism Risk Rates

This to be one of the big news items of the day. While it is interesting information to know I'm unclear as to how this is helpful to all of the autistic people we have with us now.

Autism Risk 'High' For Kids With Older Sibling With The Disorder
Autism specialists have long thought the disorder has a strong genetic component -–maybe stronger than any other neurodevelopmental condition.

Now a new study — the largest so far to look at autism in younger brothers and sisters of an affected child — finds their risk of also having autism is higher than previously thought, especially if the younger sibling is a boy.

The overall risk that a younger sibling of an autistic child will have the disorder is 19 percent, the researchers found. Earlier, smaller studies had pegged the risk at 3 to 14 percent.
But if the younger sibling is male, the risk shoots up to more than one in four, according to the study, which appears online in the journal Pediatrics. "That's a really high …

Tales From The Crib

Things heard in my home of late.
At the beginning of Shark Week the almost three year old girl and the six year old girl insist, "When I grow up I want to be a shark diver!" By the end of Shark Week, "Ahhhhhh! I would definitely not go shark diving. I don't want to go shark diving." So says the almost three year old.


"I'll let you watch some grown up TV if you let me use the computer." My ten year old tries to bargain for computer time and doesn't quite get it right.


"I've got an angry face and I'm prepared to use it! Prepare to meet Mr. Angry Eyes!" Another gem from the ten year old.


"Mommy I've got 10 seconds of patience left." He was on a roll this week.


"I'm going to need a little bit of privacy in my room while I work on the rest [of your present]," says the six year old girl to the almost three year old girl.
"Okay. Can I come with you?" asks the almost three year old.
"Sure." …

The Existence of Adam and Eve

Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And Eve
...some conservative scholars are saying publicly that they can no longer believe the Genesis account. Asked how likely it is that we all descended from Adam and Eve, Dennis Venema, a biologist at Trinity Western University, replies: "That would be against all the genomic evidence that we've assembled over the last 20 years, so not likely at all."

"Evolution makes it pretty clear that in nature, and in the moral experience of human beings, there never was any such paradise to be lost," Schneider says. "So Christians, I think, have a challenge, have a job on their hands to reformulate some of their tradition about human beginnings."

To many evangelicals, this is heresy.

"From my viewpoint, a historical Adam and Eve is absolutely central to the truth claims of the Christian faith," says Fazale Rana, vice president of Reasons To Believe, an evangelical think tank that questions evolution. Rana,…

Class Warfare Comes to London and the UK

Britain Burns: Riots Spread Through U.K. Cities
"This is the uprising of the working class. We're redistributing the wealth," said Bryn Phillips, a 28-year-old self-described anarchist, as young people emerged from the store with chocolate bars and ice cream cones.

Phillips claimed rioters were motivated by distrust of the police, and drew a link between the rage on London's street and insurgent right-wing politics in the United States. "In America you have the tea party, in England you've got this," he said.Please note that the Tea Party has yet to burn down anything and have earned a reputation for leaving their rally sites cleaner than when they got there. And they aren't big fans of redistribution of wealth either, whether by some idiot rioting the streets or some politician in Washington DC. What this fellow, and the other rioters, is doing is not redistributing wealth. They are destroying it.
Many Tottenham residents claimed that the looting was…

Why is London Burning?

London riots: Violence erupts for third day
Community activist Sharon Grant: "Stay off the streets... enough is enough"

Riot police have again been deployed to the streets of London as violence broke out for a third day.

There have been skirmishes between police and rioters in Hackney, Peckham and Lewisham.

It follows two nights of violence over the weekend following the police shooting of a man in Tottenham.

London's mayor Boris Johnson is cutting short his holiday to return to the capital as more than 200 people have been arrested and 35 officers injured.

Home Secretary Theresa May also returned early from holiday to meet Acting Metropolitan Police (Met) Commissioner Tim Godwin and other senior officers.
Tottenham riots: police let gangs run riot and loot
Britain’s biggest police force is facing criticism after it let looters run riot in north London for almost 12 hours, in some of the worst scenes of street disturbances seen in recent years.

10:00PM BST 07 Aug 2011 The M…

When Politicians Pray

Funny how political opportunists have such a hard time believing someone would do something because they think it's the right thing to do rather than the politically expedient thing to do.
Gov. Perry Tries To Keep Focus On God, Not Politics
In the weeks leading up to it, the gathering had been widely criticized as a cynical creation of the governor to get an early lock on the religious right. Critics took note of the involvement of religious/political activists — men like David Lane and David Barton, well known in the Lone Star State for their talents at mobilizing Christian voters.

Perry shrugged off such talk.

"He's a wise God and he's wise enough to not be affiliated with any political party," he said to applause.

Outside, protesters lined the sidewalk, holding signs that read slogans like, "Pastor Perry Must Resign." Some of the demonstrators belonged to an atheist organization that sued unsuccessfully to stop the event, called The Response. Overhead,…

Lest We Forget

Just some stuff to remember as we all discuss the downgrading to the US's credit rating by S&P.
After beginning with a Clinton-era surplus in 2001, the Bush administration ran up deficits of $158 billion in 2002; $378 billion in 2003; and $413 billion in 2004. Then, with revenues pouring in, the deficits began to fall: $318 billion in 2005; $248 billion in 2006; and $161 billion in 2007. That 2007 deficit, with the tax cuts in effect, was one-tenth of today’s $1.6 trillion deficit.

Deficits went up in 2008 with the beginning of the economic downturn — and, not coincidentally, with the first full year of a Democratic House and Senate.Read the whole thing.

Via Instapundit who notes, "People complained about Bush’s spending, but if we could get back to the Bush-era spending and deficits now it would look like a triumph of fiscal responsibility — and Democrats would complain of 'austerity.'"

US Debt Downgrade

My credit score is better than the US government's. That's what happens when you don't spend more money than you have and you pay your bills on time. I'm just sayin'.

S&P downgrades U.S. credit rating from AAA

WASHINGTON — Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's on Friday downgraded the United States' credit rating first time in the history of the ratings.

The credit rating agency said that it is cutting the country's top AAA rating by one notch to AA-plus. The credit agency said that it is making the move because the deficit reduction plan passed by Congress on Tuesday did not go far enough to stabilize the country's debt situation.

A source familiar with the discussions said that the Obama administration feels the S&P's analysis contained "deep and fundamental flaws."

S&P said that in addition to the downgrade, it is issuing a negative outlook, meaning that there was a chance it will lower the rating further within the n…

Tales From The Crib

Things heard in my home of late.
"Oh no I can't find it! I have short term memory loss!" Wailed the distraught ten year old boy.

"Bath!" Proudly declared the one year old boy upon being discovered playing in the toilet.

"Are you stinky," I asked
"Yes," the two year old willingly admitted with an excited grin.
"Are you telling the truth?" I asked
"Yes." She was, of course, not telling the truth.

"Ha ha ha!" said the ten year old.
"That's not funny," came the six year old's indignant retort.
"That wasn't a funny laugh. That was an evil laugh," the ten year old informed her.

"You can't wash someone's hair with Sprite!" Said the indignant six year old to the nonplussed two year old.

"Put it down," was the emphatic and decisive instruction of the eight year old when he saw me coming with the comb.
"Good bye," was his distraught response to my not putting…

Tar Baby

Here we go again, Rep. Lamborn likens Obama to a "tar baby". Here's the allegedly offensive yet appropriate use of the term,
LAMBORN: Even if some people say "well, the Republicans should have done this, or should have done that," they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don't even want to be associated with him, it's like touching a, a tar baby and you get it...you know you're stuck and you're part of the problem and you can't get away.
Use of the term "tar baby" is apparently, for certain folk of a certain persuasion, a tar baby. Just lettin' y'all know before some other poor unsuspecting soul goes and gets themselves tangled up with that particular tar baby.

I wonder which is more problematic here. Using the term "tar baby" to describe a sticky situation (for those who don't know tar is notoriously sticky) or assuming that the term "tar baby" is a reference to color and is therefore racist?