I was playing with Firefox and it kept nagging me about not having a download manager. SO, I pick one of the ones it recommended. No science. Took the first free one in the list. AND, I have been pleasantly suprised and well served. It has really helped out in my weekly download of the http://freetalklive.compolitical podcast that I like. Instead of having to baby sit the download, I just trigger it and it takes care of the rest.

I recommend it.

Suprynowicz nails the true purpose of “gummint publik skoolzs”

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The purpose of government schooling, Gatto learns from Alexander Inglis's 1918 book, "Principles of Secondary Education," is "to watch over and control a population deliberately dumbed down and declawed in order that government might proceed unchallenged and corporations might never want for obedient labor.

"That, unfortunately, is the purpose of mandatory public education in this country."

The result? "We have become a nation of children," Gatto offers as our cultural epitaph, "happy to surrender our judgments and our wills to political exhortations and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults."

This week and last, I have cited many sources, though necessarily in much abbreviated form, on literacy during the era of the Founding Fathers, which is generally held to have ended with the deaths of Adams and Jefferson in 1826.

Surely whether a reader chooses to seek them out and study them at more length, or responds by harrumphing that, "I certainly don't agree with those facts," will best allow us to judge whether he or she truly "wants to learn" why our government youth internment camps are producing an ever higher percentage of functional illiterates …

Just as they were intended to.


Vin Suprynowicz ( is assistant editorial page editor of the Review-Journal and author of "Send in the Waco Killers" and the new novel "The Black Arrow.." His column appears Sunday. 

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A pretty compeling indictment. But how do we move from "gummamint publik skools" back to prive schools?

TECHNOLOGY: “MOZY” yet another backup solution (free)

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2GB of free storage with 256 MB bonus by using this link (after you sign up, you can refer people using your own referral link, and both of you will get a 256MB bonus. Right now there is no limit to the bonus space you can get through referrals!)

Strong encryption so your data is always private and secure No spyware or adware You can backup multiple computers using the same Mozy account

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I'm trying it. If you decide to also, then please use my link so I'll get the extra free space.

I'm not sure I believe all the claims.

I can see the backup being taken. Next play period, I'll try the restore.

Your mileage may vary!

A great description of “publik skoolzs”!

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The public school system—a socialist enterprise that can't seem to teach kids to read, write, or even count, but can shake them down, sample their body fluids, rifle their lockers, rummage through their purses, briefcases, and bookbags, and spy on them cybernetically on MySpace—have made a good start on outlawing knowledge itself, I think.

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Doesn't anyone see the similarities between the State's prisons and its "skoolz"?

But which party is fat and which is ugly? To me, they’re both like Cinderella’s step sisters!

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This is like a fat person telling an ugly person they can lose weight, eventually, but there's no time like the present for the Dems. 

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When will people realize that they are being hustled? There is no difference between the two. With Shrub's eight years (Bush 2's two terms), we now have AMPLE evidence that the R's are NOT the party of smaller government. They fooled you didn't they. Not me! I voted Libertarian. AND, Clinton's two terms demonstrates, that while the D's during those eight years weren't as bad as Shrub's eight years, they aren't going to give you smaller less-intrusive government.

No, for all the flaws and foibles of the Libertarian Party, they are the Party of Principle. That principle is liberty. You have to be free. Free to make your own decisions. Good decisions, bad decisions, and personal decisions.

The Federal Government is both FAT and UGLY!

Fat in that they are involved in everything. A bloated organization, which really is the gang that can't shoot straight, where one out every five Americans relies on the government for employment. (Five may not be exactly right but it's close. It's definitely single digits.) They have run up an enormous debt (that we need to grow ourselves out of), inflated the currency that eviscerates our savings and impoverishes pensioners, run the Social Security Ponzi scheme for their own spending, and have citizens fighting each other over scraps (to preserve this or that program).

Ugly in that they have destroyed our Constitutionally recognized, Intelligent Designer given, inalienable rights. Lets itemize a free of the more obvious ones: (1) First Amendment free speech zones; (2) Second Amendment gun seizures in NOLA; (4) Fourth Amendment "war on drug" raids and airport searches; (5) Fifth Amendment Kelo decision; (6) Tenth Amendment Medical Marijuana State laws abrogated. AND that is just off the top of my head. Don't forget we are fighting and undeclared war. Don't forget we have a President who says that he doesn't have to follow the law. Don't forget that we have an out of control bunch of private gangs running around like the BATF, every darn agency has guns with "police" power (like Department of Agriculture), and tax laws that are enslaving us.

I no longer consent to this government!