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slap upside the head

My friend Gordon collected/selected the following quotes. It is such a good, coherent collection that I couldn’t separate them back out. They just work too well together to do it that injustice. “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, November 23, 1933, in a letter to Colonel Edward Mandell House […]

school lunches

Initially I only published this at my local blog, but just realized it is repeating in towns small and large all across the USA and abroad. The local tiny-town weekly reports an outstanding debt of $18,000 in the school lunch program. Next month the school board will consider a proposal to sell that debt to a collection agency. They, in turn, will add 1/3rd to it and start working the parents over to pay off their ‘enhanced bills’. Unsurprisingly, I find some things wrong with this. The big one, of course, is how did the food service department, business manager and school board let this debt get so dang big? The Food Service Director reports, “We have some families who […]

Is that thunder I hear?

Those with exceptional hearing sense it first, then recognize the sound of war approaching. The more alert and astute move out of the path. By the time the noise of cannon and small arms becomes distinguishable to all, evacuation has begun in earnest… but the exits are crowded and there is a shortage of safe places within reach. 90 banks have failed this year; been taken over by the U.S. Government and handed to some other bankers. The Federal Reserve has doubled the number of dollars in circulation, making each one previously in savings accounts and in circulation worth exactly half as much. They promise more dollar creation to fix the problems created by too much dollar creation. This is […]

mandate from the electorate

Our local election just completed elicited comment in our local weekly, which triggered comment from me. It relates very much to all elections I’ve observed. Here is part 1: What can we safely conclude from Kuna’s November 8th election? Many people will talk about “the mandate” for the elected to do this or that, but there are several things that deserve consideration. Today I’ll start by discussing WHO sent signals last week. […]

surviving public school

The proper salute for the USA Pledge Of Allegiance 1892-1942 The father’s story at the bottom of this post is a typical public school tale. Incompetent, indifferent, emotional bullies and other varieties of people who should be in some business OTHER THAN developing our children are stuck in the wrong place. By virtue of geography, district lines and random class assignments, our children may spend the majority of their waking hours in a place destructive of their development… for one year, or maybe even year after year. The indoctrination system we have is exactly what we can expect from one absent competition. With state-mandated attendance and no real-world performance measurements, state-licensed group leaders deliver a state-controlled catechism. It was […]