Beaver at the breakfast table after getting caught the previous day skipping school with his buddy, Larry –
JUNE – “Who was on the phone, Beaver?”
BEAVER – “Larry Mondello, he’s coming to pick me up.”
WARD – “Now, Beaver, there’s not going to be any nonsense on the way to school this morning.”
BEAVER – “Gee, no Dad.”
JUNE – “Beaver, do Larry’s mother and father know what happened on the way to school yesterday?”
BEAVER – “Oh, sure Mom, they know what happened.”
WARD – “I hope he was smart enough to volunteer the information.”
BEAVER – “Yes sir, he volunteered.”
WARD – “As soon as he got home?”
BEAVER – “No sir, after his father started walloping him. Pass the bread, please.”
I was having a conversation with a 30-something the other day and was surprised to find that Civics is no longer taught (at least in Anne Arundel County, MD) in schools. He also told me that History is a joke in those schools. I found this most disturbing. There seems to be a policy in the education world these days saying that some courses are no longer important for students to learn.
What struck my mind was a book I read a long time ago. I can’t even remember the title or the author. The book, or some portion of it, talked about aspects of the lives of the Founding Fathers. One thing I especially noted was that most of them were fluent in Latin. Or, at least, as fluent as one can be in a dead language. Some of them, who for various reasons, had limited educational opportunities, were self taught in the subject. Some were similarly knowledgeable in Greek, French and/or German.
The connection between my conversation and my recollection is this: Latin is no longer taught routinely as it was in the time of the Founding Fathers and it was not 50 or 60 years ago when I attended school. The reason is precisely because it is a dead language and no longer considered useful to learn. But it was just as dead 300 years ago when the Founding Fathers thought it important. And regardless of what the commie pinko fascist left wing Howard Zinns of this world propagandize, the Founding Fathers were great men. They were not perfect – no one is. But they were great.
I suspect that many of you, like me, get steamed when you read these stories about little children being suspended for showing a “finger gun,” or some other blatantly ridiculous reason. Or for a teacher to be fired – to lose his/her livelihood – for refusing to use a child’s “preferred” gender ID. You hear about these events from time to time because the media reports them. But how much do you hear about Civics no longer being taught. A story like that would be lucky to make the local TV news.
Those few of you still reading are probably wondering what in the world the point is. The point is that much more destructive things are going on in our school systems than reach the popular media. And both the well known and little known damage to YOUR children’s education are ALL the result of the local school board. I have pointed out before that there are over 13,000 school boards around the US and everything in your children’s curriculum is decided by their school board. And every member of every school board is either elected directly or appointed by someone who is directly or indirectly elected.
This means that if your school board is full of commie pinko fascists, they only got there because of voters. Voters like you. I’m 73. I will not be around to see the terrible results of these school boards’ decisions in the future. But you may be. If you care you need to find out how your school board members get on their boards. Once you find out use that information to educate your vote. I know this rant has been rather long, but I think it’s important for the future of our country. If you agree, please share this with as many people as possible.
AH-HA ! Mystery solved ! I have heard a number of times that the current hearings in the House of Representatives are NOT an “official” impeachment inquiry. I could not see what difference it made since the Democrats have a sufficient vote advantage in the House that if Nancy brought it to a vote the House would easily approve an “official” impeachment inquiry. This morning I found out why it makes a difference.
It turns out that if the House passes a motion for an “official” impeachment inquiry, they would have to allow the Republicans on those committees to call witnesses. As it is the Democratic chairman of each committee can call whoever he/she wants and the Republicans have zero say in who appears before the committee. Pretty nifty little trick, don’t you think?
I have remarked before how surprised I’ve been by how quickly the U.S. is turning its back on God. I have also been reading and seeing reports of increasing antisemitism in Europe and to a slightly lesser degree in the U.S. This morning I saw a report that really shocked me. In the picture on the left are samples from a Nazi produced series of picture books starting in 1936. The purpose of these books was to warp the minds of German children to hate and fear Jews.
The picture at the right is from a carnival parade in Aalst, Belgium – THIS YEAR. The two Jews portrayed are sitting on a pile of money. It is every bit as antisemitic as anything in the Nazi picture books. In the story I heard they also reported that one of the floats in last year’s parade represented a Nazi railroad car carrying Jews to a death camp.
My reminder to anyone who might read this is that everyone should know the following –
“And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
(Genesis 12:3) NASB
On August 10, 1628, Vasa, the most ambitious ship of war ever designed to that time slid down the ways as a large crowd of citizens watched. It was a triple deck, 220 foot long, 64 gun giant. In addition to its military assets it was adorned with beautiful carvings in recognition of King Gustav Adolph, the Swedish Monarch who had commissioned its construction. As the ship slowly drifted away from the shoreline a breeze came up. The ship rolled over and sank.
In 1961, Swedish Archaeologists, began the slow process of raising the ship and moving it into a specially built museum designed specifically to preserve the ship. The oxygen poor water of the Baltic has left the hulk almost completely intact. A major goal has been to determine why its only voyage was so short. A leading line of investigation is centered on the fact that the ship’s master builder was a Dutch born Swede who actually employed 2 separate work groups to build the ship – each group responsible for building one side of the ship. One group was Dutch and the other was Swedish. The groups worked on the ship at the same time, but were apparently uncoordinated due to cultural barriers. Rulers used by each group found on the wreck suggest the Swedish workers used a scale with a 12 inch foot, while the Dutch workers’ rulers employed an 11 inch foot. The current theory is that this created an unstable hull.
Anybody recall a space probe to Mars (I think) that failed because the internationally built craft used 2 different systems of measurement in its construction? Ain’t life grand.
National Park officials have quietly removed signs in Glacier National Park warning visitors that all of the park’s glaciers would be gone by 2020 due to global climate warming change. Deniers are requested to stop sniggering.
Today the lamestream media is full of stories about the indignation by Democrats and a few Republicans over the fact Trump was about to meet with members of the Taliban. Their reasoning is this – the Taliban allowed Al-Qaeda to run bases in Afghanistan to train people. Some of those people did some things. Specifically, they hijacked airliners and used them to kill 2500 Americans. September 11, 2001 is a day most of us, including myself, will not forget. Now, only 18 years later Trump (a New Yorker, BTW) was going to meet with them about concluding an agreement that would allow America to disengage from that country.
I recall another conflict. In 1950 North Korean armed forces invaded South Korea. Early in the conflict the US and its UN allies pushed the North Koreans back into their country and as a result, China sent forces into Korea to rescue those of the North. In the Korean war more than 50,000 Americans died. Most died at the hands of Chinese forces. However, when Nixon visited China to meet Mao 21 years after that Chinese aggression, there were no complaints – not even by Democrats and the lamestream media acted as if the visit was “magical.”
Then, of course, there was Viet Nam. It is now known that Russian personnel were operating radar and anti-aircraft batteries that were killing American airmen. Yet, when Reagan met Gorby less than 20 years later there was no outrage. And we must not forget the PLO. They killed thousands of westerners – some were Americans. Yet there was no call for Clinton’s head when he brought Arafat to Camp David.
Finally, I seem to recollect that one Barry Obama said that he was willing to meet with the leader of Iran “without preconditions.” Of course, we don’t know if he would have invited that leader to Camp David or not. However, we do know that Iran played a major support role in the deaths of most of the Americans who died in Iraq after the fall of Sadam. The media was most supportive. And Barry did give them a couple of billion dollars.
But how dare Trump invite the Taliban to talk. Orange man BAD !