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Ideological Wars

July 30, 2011

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We aren’t fighting a war against terrorists to win the hearts and minds of the Middle East. We are fighting it to end the threat of terrorism. Victory can’t be achieved with bullets and bombs alone. This is, at its core, an ideological war. Just as we defeated communism by defeating the communists’ ideology, we […]

A Second Silent Summer

July 21, 2011

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Just like that, more news about the EPA and the environment. I thought my post about the troubled waters of our Gulf was timely. Then, today I read that the EPA is about to release a report on the pesticide atrazine that is a known harmful agent to humans.  However, the EPA is also meeting […]

I Told You So

July 21, 2011

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Remember when I said that rewarding mediocrity would bring down our nation? Or something like that? I’ve always believed that educating children requires hard work and some uncomfortable feelings.  Anyone who thinks that education should be all hugs and kisses and warm fuzzy green colored charts is just insane.  We’ve reduced our elementary school kids […]

Silent Summer

July 20, 2011

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If I were to ask you what the top news of the day was, what would you be most likely to say for Wednesday, July 20, 2011? Murdoch and hacking? Obama and debt-ceiling? The deadly heat wave? Yet, in reality, the arbiters of information feed you what they want you to know, and bury what […]

Business in the front, party in the back

July 19, 2011

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It seems that education is under scrutiny all the time. It seems that a lot of people outside of the actual classroom want to blame teachers. Yet, whenever serious headway is to be made, and when serious reforms are laid out, no real educators are invited to the discussion. In reality, it is business that […]

Don’t Sit in the Aisle

July 6, 2011

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Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think a bookstore is a library, and I don’t treat it like one. I have a perfectly good local library I can abuse. And we’ve abused it enough. And we’ve contributed to the additional abuse it can hope to have in the future. But, bookstores are in the business […]

Why Do We Worship Wheels?

July 2, 2011

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Americans are obsessed with cars. There are almost as many cars as people. 246 million to 300 million Well, that’s close. Fuzzy math? Anyway. I’ve been guilty in the past of being car obsessed. Almost every American boy goes through some sort of obsession with car magazines. It begins at a fairly young age when […]