Friday, March 13, 2015

This Is What Privilege Actually Looks Like...

Whenever someone brings up the issue of "privilege", I usually go back with this:

....when she'd done something that actually requires an honest day's work, then we should pay attention to her...until then, Chelsea Clinton's just another blond, airhead know, like her mother?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Seared Music: Ennio Morricone - "The Thing (1982)"

....this music still gives me the chills whenever I hear it, that's how powerfully done it is...and the movie's pretty damn good too!  

Education Is Not For Profit... says the head of the American Federation of Teachers, who - by the way - makes around $500k a year:
Education is a pub good-not a profit scheme.Yet hedgers convincing investors there’s $ to be made in charter schls. (Randi Weingarten, 11 March 2015)
Hypocrisy much, Ms. Weingarten? Her remarks were in regards to a New York Daily News article criticizing hedge fund managers who, for whatever reason comes to mind, have come out in support of charter, no one knows the specific reason these hedgers - to use her words - are supporting charter schools, but someone needs to remind her that, in this country, people are free to support whatever they so choose within the limits of the law, both through their speech and through the use of money. Furthermore, unless I'm mistaken, the average New York state teacher's salary is about $50k a year....why doesn't Ms. Weingarten, if she's so concerned about the state of our schools, give up her 500k-a-year salary so that the Empire State can hire a few more teachers.

Or do the rules only apply to people she supports? All I can say here is, "Hypocrisy, thy name is Randi Weingarten".

Founder's Quote, 12 March 2015

[T]he present Constitution is the standard to which we are to cling. Under its banners, bona fide must we combat our political foes - rejecting all changes but through the channel itself provides for amendments. - Alexander Hamilton, letter to James Bayard — 1802

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Seared Music: Bad Company - "Rock & Roll Fantasy"

....unlike some classic rock tunes that seemingly get overplayed - Boston's "More Than A Feeling" comes to mind, for instance - this song seems to get little respect in classic rock circles...why?

Opposing Socialism Does Not Make You A Racist

...just remember, folks: it is not racist to oppose socialist policies and points-of-view; either free speech and dissent applies to all or they apply to none, period...

Founder's Quote, 11 March 2015

But they have two other Rights; those of sitting when they please, and as long as they please, in which methinks they have the advantage of your Parliament; for they cannot be dissolved by the Breath of a Minister, or sent packing as you were the other day, when it was your earnest desire to have remained longer together. - Benjamin Franklin, letter to William Strahan — 1784

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Seared Music: Black Label Society - "Bridge To Cross" much as I love some of Black Label Society's other songs - "Blood Is Thicker Than Water" and "Funeral Bell" come to mind - this song shows a depth to their music that's not apparent at first listen, but the more you listen, the more it shows...

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Yeah, They Could Sue...But Would It Be Worth It?

There's an excellent Volokh Conspiracy article over at the Washington Post in regards to the ongoing SAE fraternity scandal at the University of Oklahoma and for what its' worth, Prof. Volokh makes a compelling case for whether the students could sue OU on 1st Amendment grounds in regards to the expulsion of the 2 students expelled thus far....on the other hand, as I posit in the blog post title, would it be worth it for the 2 students - and, to a lesser extent, SAE - to sue the university on 1st Amendment grounds?

I would argue no for two reasons: (1)given how society - and the court of public opinion - treats anyone who dares utter perjoratives such as the ones the fraternity members uttered (in this case, the n-word), what jury in their right mind, even if they adhere to the law, is going to give those students any sort of victory? I could see a case like this going to the plaintiffs and them receiving the big, fat sum....of one dollar, and (2)All legal niceties aside, if a university seeks to expel or punish a student for their actions, they can figure out ways to do it, which seems to be what OU has done in expelling them...for all intent & purposes, OU expelled the students in question and - for what its' worth - is almost expecting the students to attempt to sue them.

Founder's Quote, 10 March 2015

No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous. - Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley, Principles of Trade — 1774