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Governor Perry Coming to Accokeek

The Washington Post reports that Texas Governor Rick Perry will be stopping by the Berreta facility in Accokeek tomorrow.  Perry is trying to persuade the longtime Maryland gun manufacturer to move from hostile Maryland to friendly Texas.  It would be a shame to lose Berreta, but it’s understandable why they would leave.

Of course, the stupidly biased Washington Post has to include a laughable irrelevancy to take a dig at Perry.  John Wagner writes, “Perry, who has been on similar poaching missions to several other states, plans a stop at a Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, just south of Washington, where a gunman went on a rampage at the Navy Yard on Monday, an aide confirmed Tuesday.”

The deranged killer who terrorized the people at the Navy Yard had nothing to do with Governor Perry or Maryland’s absurd anti-gun laws.  There’s no reason to include that information in this story other than to try and link the two.  The irony is that the killer was stopped by a powerful gun.  Had there been more people at the Navy Yard with Berreta pistols, he probably would have been stopped sooner.  But that fact is lost on the statists at the Washington Post.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2013 in Current Events

 

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When Everyone is Advanced, No One Is

Jay Mathews has an article in the Washington Post today about a “daring” school in Arlington that requires all students to take “at least one AP or International Baccalaureate course and test.”  He begins with the story of two freshmen who wanted to drop their AP class because it was too hard.  The principal refused.  In the end, the students “stayed and did well in the course.”  It was a story to warm the Birkenstocks on any lefty dreamer.

But there’s a problem with forcing everyone to take AP classes.  If everyone takes the advanced class, then it’s no longer an advanced class.  In fact, the only way to get everyone through the advanced class is to dumb it down for the weakest students.  Children understand this.  But adults, for some reason, convince themselves that everyone can be above average.  If only we spend more money.

Matthews continues the story about the daring school by quoting the AP teacher who said that  “the point was not to pass the AP exam but to improve her students’ reading, writing and debating skills.”

That’s all well and good for the underperforming students.  Their reading skills probably need to be improved.  But this is terrible news for the high performing students who already have excellent reading and writing skills.  They’re in the AP class to prepare for the exam, and we owe it to them to do everything possible to get them ready for that test.  If these students aren’t being challenged to prepare for what their teacher dismisses as a mere “testing opportunity,” then they’re being cheated.

AP classes are for advanced students who need to prepare for an exam, and social engineering experiments have no place there.  Rather than redefining the AP class, the school should raise the standards in its regular class to improve the “reading, writing and debating skills” of those students who will not be taking the AP exam.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Education

 

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Mel Franklin Spends Taxpayer $ Mailing Bus Schedule

Mel FranklinThere’s a new bus route in southern Prince George’s County, and Councilman Mel Franklin saw this as an appropriate occasion to do a mass mailing.  We received two copies of the bus schedule in our mailbox, and so did our neighbors.  It looks like everybody in district 9 (shucks, I love that name) may have received a copy.  I wonder how much it cost the taxpayers to print and mail this colorful advertisement with Franklin’s name, contact information, and picture?

We don’t ride the bus, so this information is completely irrelevant.  I’m sure it’s easy to target a mailing to people who actually ride the bus.  But that wouldn’t get the councilman’s name and picture in my mailbox.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Politics

 

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“Elysium” – A Mindless Formula Flick

I wanted to see this movie because it had been written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, the same writer and director who made “District 9.”  I enjoyed “District 9,” not because it was a great film, but because it was original.  At no point in the story did I know what to expect or who was going to survive.  The actors were not famous.  In fact, for actors, they were kind of ugly, and that made them credible.  And the story was built on a tough universal truth that we often neglect:  Many of our society’s problems have no solution, not just no easy solution, but no solution at all.  All we can do is make miserable compromises that are unfair and unsatisfactory.

So with the hope that “Elysium” would be another thoughtful original, we piled into the car and set out for the new Xscape movie theater in Brandywine.  I was sorely disappointed.  (And at $10 a ticket, it was an expensive disappointment.)  My menfolk were not so disappointed.  They enjoyed the mindless blasting and thought I was too tough in my assessment.  But they did laugh with me at my criticism.  As usual, my arguments were irrefutable.

“Elysium” is a boring, blow-em-away formula film.  The story illuminates the universal truth (sarcasm alert) that rich people are bad and poor people are good.  It also highlights the political truth (sarcasm alert) that fabulous universal healthcare is easy to provide.  All we have to do is push a button, and fabulous free healthcare for all will appear.  And the only reason we haven’t pushed the button is that mean rich people don’t want us to.

The characters in this movie are as thin as paper.  I asked my young companions to tell me about the leading lady.  One immediately answered, “She’s a b—-.”  Of course.  But where is she from?  What does she want and why?  Whom does she love?  What does she fear?  They began to laugh because they could see my point.

And finally, I dislike watching big name celebrities in movies.  I find it distracting.  I kept thinking about how old Jodie Foster looks.  Yeah, she looks great, but I remember her as a child.  And I clearly remember her as Clarice in “The Silence of the Lambs.”  How can I slip into the world of the current movie when the famous faces keep drawing me back to other stories?

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Movies

 

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WaPo Erases Obama’s Prior Words

When Barack Obama was trying to sell his massive government-run health care plan, he repeatedly made exaggerated, untrue claims.  He told us that if we liked our current plan, we could keep it.  He told us that if we liked our doctor, we could keep her.  People are slowly waking up to the fact that the President made wild promises that he couldn’t possible keep.

The Washington Post is learning this too, but they are very careful to forget about Obama’s earlier promises in the hope that their readers will too.  On Monday the Post ran an article about a free clinic in Arlington that uses a lottery system to award lucky patients thousands of dollars of free services.  It explains the public’s misperception about the extent of Obamacare’s coverage with the following words:

Some might think the lottery’s days are numbered, given that the insurance expansion under President Obama’s health-care law is taking effect in January.”

Silly people who think Obama’s healthcare plan provides universal coverage!  Where did they get that idea?

People think everybody will be covered by the law, because that’s what the President promised.  Here he is in his January 2010 SOTU:

But if anyone from either party has a better approach that will bring down
premiums, bring down the deficit, cover the uninsured, strengthen Medicare for
seniors, and stop insurance company abuses, let me know.”

He didn’t say “cover some of the uninsured;” he said “cover the uninsured.”  He said this over and over, along with all of the other false promises.  The insurance plans we liked have been changed.  Some of our doctors have quit.  The deficit has ballooned, and Medicare has been raided to pay for Obamacare.  Nothing he promised has come true.

It’s time to hold him accountable for his promises, Washington Post.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Politics

 

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Herbivore Terrorism

Demise of a Mum

Demise of a Mum

Everyone knows that deer eat mums, so I never plant them in my deer-infested yard. Instead, I plant them in pots on my deck one floor above the ground. I was surprised to discover this newly planted mum completely destroyed. It couldn’t have been eaten by a deer. A deer would have had to climb a flight of stairs to get to it and wouldn’t have left all the flower heads strewn about. No, this mum was destroyed by a squirrel.

UPDATE:  Konabianca, handbagged by her science-loving son, is chastened.  Squirrels are not herbivores.  They sometimes eat birds; they are omnivores.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Home Life

 

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