RANT: Stop conflict let people educate their own children

http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/07/21/conflict-and-class-integration-in-wake-county-nc/

Conflict and Class Integration in Wake County, NC

Posted by Neal McCluskey

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What’s the lesson here? The same one we should learn every time Americans fight — and they fight a lot – over their public schools: Lots of people want myriad different things for their kids — racial diversity, schools near their homes, specific curricular focuses – and government schooling simply cannot give it to all of them. That is why if we ever want real, lasting peace in education we must end government schooling and move to a system of universal educational freedom. It’s the only way that all people can pursue the education they want without having to impose it in on everyone else.

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IMHO the “public education” will collapse on its own account due to the finances. Like a parasite that eventually kills the host, so too the public education teachers union will kill the taxpayers. Then we can start over.

Why would a parent send their child to these cesspools? Remember the purpose of these schools! Cannon fodder for the army, pliable workers for the factories, and stupid voters to be led by the effete.

And, the taxpayers should be asking: “Why are we paying for your child’s education? We don’t pay to clothe, house, or feed them. We didn’t decide to have them. We get no joy from them. Why?”

Argh!

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HARDWARE: FIOS and fax

http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,24600472?r=355#24600472

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I’ve read some posts that people are able to fax using Verizon FIOS Digital Voice. I’ve had Vonage before switching to a triple play deal with Verizon. Now, I have Verizon FIOS Digital Voice.

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I have a traditional multifunction printer jacked into a fios setup. It works. If you need it, I can figure out how I wired it. (I just plugged stuff in and didn’t think too much about it. Guess heaven protects fools.) And, pass it along. I don’t remember DOING anything so I think stuff is just plugged in.

(As I remember, the FIOS modem has an RJ11 to my “computer room”. That’s plugged into the printer and then the “out jack” is plugged to a wireless phone’s base station. And, five wireless phones are around the house in various rooms. No science or thought put into it. I was just ASSUMING that it would work.)

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RANT: A good family serves as a prop for our Socialist President

http://usa.greekreporter.com/2010/07/31/greek-theo-mastorakos-owner-of-restaurant-lunch-with-obama

Greek Theo Mastorakos, owner of restaurant, lunch with Obama‎!
Posted on 31 July 2010 by Apostolos Papapostolou

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The President visited Tastee Sub Shop, located at 267 Plainfield Avenue, and met with several local small business owners, including Dave Thornton, co-owner of eatery. Thornton and his business partner, Carl Padavano, met in school and worked in the Edison sub shop since they were teens. They opened a second Tastee Sub Shop together in South Brunswick, and Thornton opened a third location in Lawrenceville with his two sons.

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The President’s small business jobs proposal would provide smaller banks with capital and incentives to lend to small businesses to allow them to expand. It would also support state initiatives to make it easier for small businesses to borrow and create tax incentives to promote small business growth.

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As a long time patron, I’m sorry to see that hard working family used as a prop for our Socialist President. I hope they enjoy paying their higher taxes next year and the estate taxes when the Gooferment steals their hard earned wealth. Argh!

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FUN: Commenting on Key West Lou’s blog of his newspaper quote

http://www.keywestlou.com/2010/07/its-9-oclock-in-morning-i-just-got-up.html

>government doesn’t need to tell us how to save

Sounds like you have a spark of a “little L libertarian” in you?

Hmmm, how best to fan it?

Pointing out that the Gooferment steals from the poor to give to the rich (i.e., reverse robin hood)?

Reminding you that genocide can’t be done without the Gooferment power?

Demonstrating that “drunken sailors” only spend their own money, unlike the bozos in Congress?

Maybe pointing out that Goldman Sachs has already found a loophole and is avoiding the new “finanical reform” bill?

Nope! It has to be that the Gooferment has no role in marriage. It’s perhaps at best a matter for society to work out through the peaceful associations like Churches, fraternal organizations, or even biker bars. Gooferment’s involvement in marriage comes from the racist southern politicians and now is justified by “benefits”. Get the Gooferment out of the “benefits” business and it can exit stage left and leave the people in peace.

Yup, that HAS to be the “winning argument”.

MYOB should have been the national motto. And, especially, the Gooferment should stick to its two Constitutional roles: protecting the people form force or fraud.

Shall I send you a membership application?

LOL, there ain’t no little L libertarian “club”. Libertarians are like kittens! Hard to find two that agree on anything. But, in general, every one of them recognizes the right of the people to be left alone and figure it out for themselves.

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SERVICE: BEBO strikes out with me

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From: Bebo Service <service@noreply.bebo.com>
Date: July 31, 2010 8:31:43 AM EDT
To: reinkefj
Subject: New message from Jolyn Newburn

Ferdinand Reinke

You have received a new message from Jolyn Newburn on Bebo.

Please click below to read the message:

http://www.bebo.com/newmail

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View Saved Messages

Come play with me Jolyn Newburn

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That’s it for me. This is strike about thirty. I sent them two messages about it. No response; nothing done.

I’m too an impressionable fat old white guy injineer to be getting these emails. What it the old lady saw them. She’s be hurt.

I don’t need a start up social network that has NO standards.

Argh!

I’m gone!!!

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GUNS: “Well Regulated” means hitting what you aim at!

http://www.lewrockwell.com/pr/armed-citizens4.html

Armed Citizens Prevail
Reprinted with open permission from the NRA’s American Hunter Magazine.

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When Michael Lish returned home to find the back door and a window ajar, he entered cautiously with his handgun for protection. As he inspected the home, a man dressed in dark clothing and wielding a sword sprung out at him. Police say the burglar threatened Lish and walked toward him. Lish fired a shot, wounding the burglar who fell to his knees. The burglar reached behind his back in an apparent attempt to grab another weapon, forcing Lish to fire two more shots, killing him. The burglar, who was on probation at the time of his death, was also carrying two illegally possessed guns, a knife and a stun gun. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 04/03/10)

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“Well Regulated” means hitting what you aim at!

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RANT: Pensions are for serfs!

http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/07/20/reform-state-pensions-now/

REFORM STATE PENSIONS NOW
By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann
07.20.2010

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The Utah reform changes the pension system for public employees to a fixed defined state contribution so that the state has no longer to raise or lower its contributions to the retirement fund in response to the market fluctuations in the return these funds earn on their investments. It fixes the state contribution each year at 10% of the employees’ salary whether pension fund investments are doing well or doing poorly.

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When will “The State” start treating people as adults? How about we just give people their wage and let them decide what is best for them. Saving retirement may not be appropriate for someone who’s dying and needs a transplant, an expensive non-covered drug, or is just terminal. I don’t have specific examples. But I do know someone in poor health who filed for their social security early rather than waiting for their “full retirement” because it is lost when they die.

The Social Security Insurance fraud is a scam that is an intergenerational theft that is sexist and racist. It transfers wealth from poor minority men to rich white women. Simultaneously, the program steals future wealth from future generations to subsidize the excesses of the current retired class. Argh!

And, by the way, why is any public employee allowed to earn more than the President, or the Governor, or the Mayor?

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GOVERNACIDE: Three U.S. troops died

July is deadliest month of Afghan war for US

Bombs ‘kill three foreign troops’ in Afghanistan

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer

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KABUL, Afghanistan – Three U.S. troops died in blasts in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll for July to at least 63 and surpassing the previous month’s record as the deadliest for American forces in the nearly 9-year-old war.

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Completely unacceptable!

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TECHNOLOGY: Microgrids should be done without Gooferment “support”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40086.html#ixzz0uPfpn2dK

Empower communities with microgrids
By KURT YEAGER | 7/22/10 4:12 AM EDT

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Cities like Austin, Texas, Naperville, Ill., and Leesburg, Fla., already own and operate microgrid-like electricity systems that provide better reliability, and system improvements are due to allow residents to manage their consumption, increase efficiency and lower overall costs. Meanwhile, privately developed microgrid distribution systems are up and running in places like the Illinois Institute of Technology and military bases, including Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where state regulatory barriers do not exist. Smart microgrids can generate, distribute and regulate the flow of electricity to serve the needs of specific consumers. Operating on the local scale, they can help make electricity distribution more efficient and reliable. They are designed to hit specific local goals — like carbon reduction, diversifying energy sources or cost reduction — set by the community, business or military base being served.

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Putting the Gooferment in charge of anything is stupid.

Especially technology and the investment in tech.

If it makes sense, the world will readily adopt it. If it doesn’t, no amount of subsidization will make a difference.

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RANT: Inciting religious wars here on our continent?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/tennessee-lt-gov-religious-freedom-doesnt-count-if-youre-muslim-video.php?ref=fpa

Tennessee Lt. Gov: Religious Freedom May Not Count For Muslims (VIDEO)

Evan McMorris-Santoro | July 26, 2010, 11:20AM

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“My concern is that far too much of Islam has come to resemble a violent political philosophy more than peace-loving religion,” he said in an email. “It’s time for American Muslims who love this country to publicly renounce violent jihadism and to drum those who seek to do America harm out of their faith community.”

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Never underestimate the power of human stupidity. Robert A. Heinlein

This guy MUST be dumb as a stump.

Do we NOT have enough examples of religious wars. (Personally, fighting over whose “God of Peace” is better is “funny”. “Funny – peculiar”; not “funny – hahah”! Would their “gods” recognize them?)

The Irish Catholics versus Protestants is a good modern example. With atrocities rampant on both sides. Cordless drills into kneecaps. Civilian casualties. And, the origins lost in a litany of grievance — real and imagined.

We can quickly skip thru the pages of history for the evidence: several instances against Jews, Kurds in Iraq and Iran, Cambodian Hmongs, the Polish officers, the Armenians, Serbs, and on and on.

Our First Amendment was written by the Dead Old White Guys because they knew there was no fast way of sowing discord and starting violence than to pick one imaginary god over another. Maryland Catholics, Massachusetts Protestants, Baptists, and on and on. (Again funny peculiar that even within Protestants, they can’t agree to disagree agreeably?)

If the iconic Gandhi had to almost starve himself to death to stop the sectarian violence between Hindu and Muslim when freeing India birthed Pakistan, then why is this bozo lighting the fuse?

Argh!

Seems politicians and bureaucrats can be especially dumb whenever they open their mouths. Especially since they are supposed to be the best and the brightest leaders. Leaders seek to get EVERYONE’s interests aligned. Empathize common points. And certainly not seek to polarize.

That’s the characteristic mark of a totalitarian, divide and conquer.

We have so very many problems. So may even be insolvable! So don’t make it worse.

Focus on actions; not words.

“All men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights …”

Does this fellow believe that?

Seems to me, not.

How else could he say something like this.

If I was King, then I sentence him to write on the blackboard the DoI. Once a day, every day, for the rest of his life.

Those Dead Old White Guys were pretty smart for a bunch of dumb farmers. Too bad we’re not half as smart. Every tie we’ve amended their document, we’ve screwed it up.

Sad to say, we don’t learn.

We continue to muck it up.

We have to get back to the straight and narrow.

I think the first step is honest money.

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MONEY: Competing currency is an inflation hedge

http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news/story.aspx?id=481793

Competing currency being accepted across Mid-Michigan
by Dan Armstrong
Posted: 07.12.2010 at 8:13 PM

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Jeff Kotchounian says he’s used this Ron Paul half troy ounce of silver to get $25 worth of gas from a local station. While the government and banks don’t accept them, many others do. So why is there interest in these competing currencies?

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Pretty simple.

INFLATION!

The Federal Reserve Bank is going to enable the politicians and bureaucrats to inflate their way out of the debt.

Of course, those on fixed income, the poor, and anyone with savings in dollars will be totally screwed.

A silver round may make the difference between eating and not.

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RANT: BHO44 on the View

As Beck says: “Makes blood come out of your eyes!”

Argh! cubed.

He talks about job creation, but ignores the uncertainty in taxes, regulation, healthcare, healthcare insurance, benefits, … … (why would anyone take on new obligation.

He conveniently ignores the end of year tax hike!

He ignores his promise of peace.

He talks about poll ratings and rightly says who cares.

He goes thru a litany of things he’s done.

We’ll see if it makes any difference.

He’s very telegenic and comes across as just one of the girls.

Unfortunately, he’s a politician and has trained in a “Jedi like” mind control.

Sorry, but I still see the guy who won’t release his papers, worshiped at Reverend Wright’s church, had a ghost written book advanced as his own, studied under the terrorist Saul Alinsky, and got his home mortgage from Tony Rezko.

How can you tell that a politician is lying?

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PLINKY: The No-Fail Way to Make Me Roll My Eyes

It doesn’t help that I wrote this while watching BHO44 on “The View”.

WYSI not WYG

When politicians pontificate and tells about their “struggles”! These are well-paid rich, often from wealthy families, who have never done an honest day’s work in their lives. And, they are going to tell us how they have had a “hard life”. Give me a break. I’d like to see lot less haughtiness and a lot more humility.

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SERVICE: Are all RX services this dense?

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From: Caremark

To: Caremark Participant

Date: Sent: 07/19/2010

Subject: We are about to contact your doctor for a new prescription – Case ID [#144609535

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One or more prescriptions enrolled in our automatic prescription renewal program have no fills remaining or will expire soon. CVS Caremark will contact your doctor to obtain a new prescription for you. If your doctor approves the new prescription, your order will be shipped within 10 days. If approval is not received, CVS Caremark will notify you.

This is an automated message. Please do not reply to this message. The security of your personal information is important to us. If you have further questions, Contact Caremark to ensure a secure transaction. You may also call the toll-free number on the back of your benefit ID card.

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CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication and any attachments may contain confidential and/or privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution, or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone and destroy all copies of this communication and any attachments.

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Copyright 2009 Caremark All rights reserved.

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* 2 item(s) in this order was/were voided

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(1) This is sent to her on a closed web based email system. So why can’t I just reply to this message?

(2) How CAN it be sent to someone else in error?

(3) Why not just mention the drug and the doctor without making me hunt through their obtuse “portal” looking for it?

(4) Once an item is “voided”, it no longer is part of the “order”. (Argh!) And, “unfindable”.

Did ANYONE ask the Users of this pig what share of lipstick they wanted?

Argh!

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This is what is wrong with Obamacare, and insurance in general. If I was paying the bill, then I wouldn’t have to jump through hoops to make the system responsive to our needs. Right now, the LAST thing I need is more irritants.

Argh! Squared!

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p.s., I still can NOT find what drugs they magnanimously voided for us!

And how can you copyright an email message? Guess they haven’t heard of “fair use”.

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We apologize for any inconvenience you have experienced. The reason you see 2 items mailed and 2 items voided is due to the prescriptions were entered 2 times by our pharmacy. The 2 prescriptions that were duplicated were voided. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience.

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TECHNOLOGY: As done today, electronic medical records are poor substitutes

http://www.activistpost.com/2010/07/ten-ways-we-are-being-tracked-traced.html

Saturday, July 10, 2010
10 Ways We Are Being Tracked, Traced, and Databased
Are technological advances infringing on our right to privacy?

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Microsoft’s HealthVault and VeriMed partnership is to create RFID implantable microchips. Microchips for tracking our precious pets is becoming commonplace and serves to condition us to accept putting them in our children in the future. The FDA has already approved this technology for humans and is marketing it as a medical miracle, again for our safety.

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Two points: Obama’s health care is going to depend upon electronic medical records to save money. And, those same EMRs are going to make care better.

If the current crop of “Health Vault” type offerings — Microsoft’s, Google, Caremark, or WallGreens — are any indication, then there is a long road before they will see and “savings”. The systems are inaccurate, lose data, and are not ready for Prime Time.

The interfaces are rudimentary at best. And bad data flows from system to system. The consumer facing data capture are kludges at best and not descigned form a Human Factors pov for the fast, accurate, and comprehensive data collection.

If used in the real world with real patients, they are going to cost: wealth, time, and eventually lives.

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MONEY: One slug is as good as another

http://www.impactlab.com/2010/07/27/record-number-of-counterfeit-one-pound-coins-could-force-britain-to-reissue-entire-denomination/

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Their warning came as new figures indicated there were £41 million fake £1 coins in Britain – one in every 36 in circulation. This is a record level and suggests that the proportion of counterfeit coins had tripled in the last decade. The situation has worsened since last year, when one in 40 £1 coins were fake. Experts and MPs said the level of fakes were so high there was now a serious risk that consumer confidence in Britain’s most popular coin was becoming compromised.

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There has to be something “funny” — funny peculiar; not funny hah — at the bureaucrats calling out that fake coins might undermine confidence in their fiat currency. <Just shaking my head in disbelief> What is the intrinsic value of their “real” fiat coin. It’s worth what someone is willing to give you for it. If it’s a fake, it’s still worth what someone will give you for it. So this should point out that there is no difference between the “Real” and “Fake” ones. Isn’t that “funny”? Like the stories of countries printing high quality fake $100 bills. Who cares? There’s nothing to be “faked” out of. When coins were gold, or even silver, there was something of value that you could be “faked out” of. Now one slug is as good as another. No?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Public’s right to record “public servants”

http://abcnews.go.com/US/TheLaw/videotaping-cops-arrest/story?id=11179076

Growing Number of Prosecutions for Videotaping the Police
Prosecutions Draw Attention to Influence of Witness Videos
By RAY SANCHEZ
July 19, 2010

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Arrests such as Graber’s are becoming more common along with the proliferation of portable video cameras and cell-phone recorders. Videos of alleged police misconduct have become hot items on the Internet. YouTube still features Graber’s encounter along with numerous other witness videos. “The message is clearly, ‘Don’t criticize the police,'” said David Rocah, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland who is part of Graber’s defense team. “With these charges, anyone who would even think to record the police is now justifiably in fear that they will also be criminally charged.”

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Isn’t this the beginnings of a police state, where the equivalent of the Gestapo, can work in secret to put the serfs in fear of their lives, freedom, or reputation. Or even those of their friends and families.

Sorry, but any supposedly “public servant” should be working in a crystal box. And, if “privacy” is required then some business process reengineering needs to be done to eliminate it.

The politicians and bureaucrats should always be on their best behavior and we should be able to video and audio record them to ensure it.

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SERVICE: Yahoo Answer’s input is down

FOUND A YAHOO QUESTION THAT I COULD ANSWER (imho)

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/answer;_ylt=AnDzu2zMsPMLW.rD3Y1O9fwazKIX;_ylv=3

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Manhattan College Scholarships?

I really want to go to Manhattan college and I have the grades to get in…i think. But i need scholarships in order to pay for it because my family does not have much money. I was wondering when they open the scholarships, I have been to the site but I dont see how I can apply for their scholarships. Do i need to apply to the college first? please help me!!

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Well, first, my new found future alumni, we have to be sure we’re all talking about the same school. “Manhattan College”, the one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, specifically sees the “poor” as its forte. First one to go to college, those who have “the smarts” (not NECESSARILY the great test takers), “the poor” (folks who don’t have a 7M$ New Zeeeland yacht, but are “rich” to most schools) are valued applicants. So you need to do some leg work.

Get all your numbers in order. How much do you have to go to school? (Don’t be discouraged if its zero. Just be totally honest). Then, figure out in your own mind (write it down) what your goals are (Be specific. Write them down. Use colored crayons if you have to.) For example, I want to give the poor of the world the first color tv that they can afford with unlimited ediucational access. Or, perhaps, I will build the first widget and secure my parent’s financial future. What’s your passion and how does MC fit into that goal. (Note, goal, not dream. You’re going to do it!) Write down all the things that you’ve done that make you an asset to MC as a student (i.e., pick up litter when I walk anywhere; help old people cross the street; write birthday cards to nursing home residents),

Then, it’s time for action. Make two appointments down at our Manhattan College. ONE The Dean of the School you want to go to and discover if there is “chemistry” between your goal and MC. TWO the nice ladies down at the Financial Aid office. (After having read EVERYTHING cited below about Financial Aid. Nothing to turn people off as when they have to repeat what’s on the website.) Let them show you how to pay for your education. (You might have to get a job while in school. How dedicated are you to your goal? Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

And, I hope I’m alive to report your first job in Jasper Jottings! (The daily achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of Manhattan College)

Good luck,
fjohn68

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SO I GO TO SAVE IT, AND GET YUCK!

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DOWN FOR TWO HOURS. NO WAY TO REPORT IT.

(Sigh)

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Shazam, my answer is posted. How did that happen?

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FUN: I remember … … (sung to the tune of Camelot

Yes, youngsters, a long long time ago gasoline came in “grades”.

The well groomed English speaking attendant would dial the grade you wanted to purchase. Could even advise you by reading — gasp — a chart to tell you what grade was best for your particular engine.

Yes, kiddies, cars still have engines in them.

And, the attendant would clean your windshield while waiting for your gas to stop pumping.

Then, he’d cheerful take your money and give you: your receipt, your plaid or green trading stamps, a free glass, and heart-felt thank you.

Yes, I know it’s not like that now! But it once was.

<Cue Robert Goulet singing Camelot: “there once was such a place”>

Sigh!

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Categories FUN

RANT: End Gooferment “public education” … … now!

http://channel-surfing.blogspot.com/2010/07/public-education-in-decline.html

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We’ve done a remarkable amount of damage to public education in recent years, because we insist on elevating tests and degrading our teachers. It is a shame and we will pay dearly for it in the future.

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But don’t you see that the problem is the whole concept of “public education”? Do you buy shoes in one size fits all? Even more on point, do you let Anonymous pick your shoes and tell me to pay for them? Of course not. That’s silly, fjohn.

Isn’t it just a silly for you to entrust your legacy, your children, to be taught what Anonymous thinks is important and tell me I have to pay for it?

That’s why we fight over schools. They are immoral (e.g., teaching someone’s kids stuff they don’t agree with; stealing wealth form others to pay for it). They are ineffective (e.g., children “graduate” who are illiterate or worse). They are inefficient (e.g., they waste money in gobs; don’t deliver it where it’s needed; create cannon fodder factory workers to be led byt he elite).

Stop “public education”, charter schools, vouchers, and all that “barbara streisand”. Return the responsibility for education to the parents. They made the decision to have children, they are responsile; not me!

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SERVICE: Cite and annotate references formally

http://www.freedownloadaday.com/2010/07/18/make-annotations-on-web-page-bookmarks-with-icyte/  

Make annotations on web page bookmarks with iCyte

July 18th, 2010

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A free service, iCyte should work with recent browsers (they support IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) for saving pages; once those pages are saved, you should be able to pull them up with just about any web browser.

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Might be helpful for citations on my blogs?

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INTERESTING: PhD in Plumbing?

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=7024

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A New Hampshire Catholic college is establishing medieval-style guilds in woodworking, baking, sacred art, and music to complement its academic curriculum.

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It would appear that they might have lost their way in these confused daze?

What’s next? A PhD in Plumbing.

(Might be a good idea. I’ve never met a poor plumber.)

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GUNS: Maybe its good we dont teach maksmanship

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Sniper-Fire-Oakland-Police-98739644.html

Sniper Targets Oakland Cops
By CHRISTIE SMITH
Updated 6:27 AM PDT, Tue, Jul 20, 2010

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The latest incident happened Sunday at about 11:30 p.m. Patrol officers were on a traffic stop near 8th and Adeline Streets in West Oakland when they heard shots. They were detaining people in a car on suspicion of drug-related offenses.

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Good thing that the “disadvantaged urban yutes” never learned about marksmanship. Shooting down requires extra elevation because of the greater bullet drop. Better for the police that the “snipers” aren’t trained. Any “misguided child” after boot can make that shot; however, it’s doubtful they would. If we ended the (pseudo) War on (some) Drugs, then the police wouldn’t be down range on a hot range or in a one direction free fire zone.

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POLITICAL: Rangal highlights the idiocy of the draft

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/can-this-man-be-saved/

Can Charles Rangel Be Saved?
Saturday, July 24th, 2010 – by Jazz Shaw
Rangel’s ethical woes have cast doubt on the 40-year veteran’s future in the House.

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Don’t count on any significant backlash from the voters. Rangel’s various ethical problems have been well known for a long time now, but he continues to win reelection with astronomical margins. Take a look at the map of New York’s 15th District some time. Unlike many vast, rural districts around the nation, the 15th is one of the most compact you will find. It runs along a roughly seven mile stretch of the Hudson River, taking in Fort George, Harlem, and Marcus Garvey, as well as grabbing a few plots of land out near LaGuardia Airport.

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As a little L libertarian have no use for any politicians and bureaucrats of the Empire, but, like a stopped clock, Old Charlie is right every year when he submits his “military service draft” bill. The All Volunteer Army allows the Gooferment to wage wars without the ugliness of the Vietnam era draftees upsetting the serfs. A draft does have the value of making sure that everyone, except the elite who always wiggle out, has a stake in any undeclared war. And, it continues to highlight that the Gooferment has not ended the draft. It still keeps all the infrastructure and the political no show jobs with lucrative pensions around. SO Rangal highlights the idiocy of the whole situation. Year after year. Reminds me of the Spanish American War Telephone Tax!

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INTERESTING: Genetic testing already shows promise; except the Gooferment wants to control it

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/should-you-be-allowed-to-know-whats-in-your-dna/?singlepage=true

Should You Be Allowed to Know What’s in Your DNA?
“You can’t handle the truth!” That’s the federal government’s latest message to Americans seeking to learn the content of their own DNA.
July 15, 2010 – by Paul Hsieh

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Opponents of direct-to-consumer genetic testing typically raise three standard objections, including: (1) the test results may be inaccurate; (2) even if the results are accurate, customers will not know what to do with the information; and (3) customers may learn about genetic defects that could make health insurance prohibitively expensive or impossible to purchase. However, a truly free market in health services and health insurance would address all of these concerns.

Customers concerned about the reliability and accuracy of their test results are best served by a free market that subjects products to the pitiless scrutiny of consumers seeking the best value for their money. Of course, if an unscrupulous company makes fraudulent claims about its services, it should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Protecting consumers against fraud is one of the proper functions of government. But if personal genomics companies otherwise truthfully describe the capabilities and limitations of their tests, then the early adopters should be left free to exercise their best judgment as to whether they wish to purchase those services.

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If it’s my body, who is the Gooferment to interfere?

Prevent force or fraud, fine. Keep me from making a mistake, not so good. Tell me I can’t have the use of my own body, tyranny.

Time to pound the FDA back into historical irrelevancy. Who would you trust with your health? (1) Politicians and bureaucrats; or (2) a free market with Walmart, Walgreens, and innumerable competitors “supervised” by Consumer’s Reports, Underwriters Laboratory, the media, the general public, and the Trial Lawyers?

Give me the market any time. Keep your Gooferment “help” to yourself.

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MONEY: The Pope should lead the way to “honest money”

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-coin-now-in-circulation/

Vatican coin now in circulation

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Vatican City, Jul 23, 2010 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Coins bearing the image of Pope Benedict XVI are now in open circulation within Vatican walls. As of this month, Vatican visitors will find that 50 cent pieces are being given as change at places such as the gas station, pharmacy and post office.

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Imagine the impact on the world if the Pope led the way to “honest money”?

Hard to imagine.

Gooferments, around the world, steal the people’s wealth by inflation. They claim the “King’s right”, the “Soverign’s duty”, or the “Tyrant’s Treasure Chest” to produce “honest coins” or “money”. (Like the marketplace could not figure out what “money” was “honest” on its own. Gresham’s Law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gresham%27s_law would demonstrate whats good and what’s not, without any “inspectors”. The Gooferment steals the wealth by printing more paper money, called “fiat currency”. Fiat because it has value because the Gooferment says it has value. No conflict of interest there.

Now here’s why the Pope should care. Inflation, the printing of “extra” money, impoverishes the poor, middle class, savers, and old age pensioners. That’s why he should care.

Inflation results in higher prices in the marketplace. Wages lag inflation. If they rise at all, it won’t be proportional. Investment, similarly, never “catch up”. So pensioners get hit with a triple whammy: their pensions are usually fixed and so don’t go as far as they used to, their savings are eroded, and prices go up.

So that’s why the Pope should act.

The Church has always been the traditional refuge for the serf from the abuses of the King. (I’ve seen enough Robin Hood and Zorro movies to know that.) It’s time for that to happen again.

Imagine if the Pope ordered all Vatican coinage to be in gold or silver?

First impact, that they’d be selling like hot cakes to the tourists. Then would come the folks overseas. As an example of “honest money”. The Vatican could even show a profit; much more than what they rip off coin collectors for meaningless proof sets.

And the little people would have money that could not be stolen silently by the King’s printing press.

Even the most illiterate dumber-than-a-rock parishioner could see the benefit of using the Pope’s money for savings.

It would be the ultimate control on the power of the King — the Gooferment.

IMHO one of the reasons, or possibly THE reason that Old Sadam got knocked off his horse was NOT wmd; the tyrant had the audacity to suggest that he wanted to be paid for his oil in gold. Rumor was that he was months away from starting an oil exchange denominated in gold. Remember the “Gold Dinar”? Not that he had a religious bone in his tuckus, he was pushing the religious aspect too. Hey, he realized that the FED was going to “tax” him on his dollar holdings. Silently. With no muss ‘n’ fuss, as the printing presses kept rolling out dollars.

So, Holy Father, the little people of the world would like you to end the tyranny of the King, who steals their little bit of wealth, give us honest money. If you truly believe in the workman being worth his wage, then make sure he get it in something that is worth something. Honest money is Godly money. And, slapping on a few saint’s pictures on the coins wouldn’t hurt morality either.

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