It’s so very nice to be able to just rant on this blog.
It’s very freeing.
Anyway, I saw a post tonight from someone I used to be friends with. They were talking about how they made $3 above minimum wage in their state and they still couldn’t live on that, so clearly minimum wage needs to be increased because living on minimum wage is not easy to do…or even possible according to her.
Look, if you want to be in the military and be in combat I don’t really see a problem with that. If you can do that job then more power to you, thank you for your service, but don’t you dare ask that you be giving lowered testing standards in order to qualify.
Now I apologize, for the most part I don’t think it’s actually military women who are bitching about this. It’s mostly feminist groups like Code Pink and whiny feminists on tumblr who think that if women have to put forth more effort than men to pass the test that it’s somehow “sexist” and “only in place to keep women out.”
I was told the other day by a feminist that it was convenient how my “bigotry” (saying that women should be held to the same standards as men in jobs) was disguised as concern for “safety”.
Let me preface this article with the disclaimer that I know very little about the state of education in North Carolina. I know that public schools in general are usually disgusting paper mills that push students through without much care to whether the students are actually learning anything and I know the North Carolina came in 38th in SAT scores in 2013.
I also know that being for a public institutions because “think of the children” (even when the institution regularly screws up children’s education) is not a conservative principle.
So imagine my shock when I read this article on Diane Ravitch’s blog that basically said that if conservatives are more interested in results and the free market being used to encourage schools to excel, we aren’t really conservatives.
The movement to snuff out public education begins by funneling public dollars to private schools, home schools, and charter schools, none of which are accountable for their spending or actions.
Conservatives don’t destroy their community’s public schools. Conservatives don’t blow up traditional and beloved institutions.
Conservatives don’t place the free market above human values.
Because apparently pouring money in failing schools, essentially bailing them out, is a conservative idea? Nuh-uh Diane.
Look Diane, more money doesn’t make a school function any better. If it’s a crap school is generally not lack of funding that’s the culprit, it’s more the top heavy administration and the teachers (and teacher’s unions) that are at fault.
But let’s talk this through.
You say that taking money from failing schools and giving them to successful schools is not a conservative value. I think that rewarding success was a very conservative value.
You say that we’re putting the free market above human values. This confuses me because in my opinion the work of the free market is directly related to human values. Unless your “human value” is more about saving a failing cultural institution than it is about giving children a good education…which makes me question your human values.
You say that charter schools and private schools are not held accountable, but public schools that have a monopoly on citizen’s taxes (whether their child attends the school or not) are? I shudder to think what your opinion on school vouchers would be if you have a problem with the free market working at this level. After all wouldn’t parents taking their kids from failing schools, along with their child’s portion of state funding, and putting them in a successful charter or private school would just make them a bad person (like an outrageously liberal Slate op-ed said in August of last year), right?
The odd thing though is that when I check North Carolina’s own standards (using a sample of 100 regular public schools and 100 charter schools) the Charter schools are meeting all the state standards in 66% of schools, while only 44% of public schools appear to be meeting those standards. How are they not being held accountable exactly?
The free market is what we need Diane, not an attempt to shore up broken public school districts. Just because it’s the way we’ve done things for a hundred or so years, does not mean it needs to continue that way. The fact is that our public schools are not getting any better, despite drastic increases in funding over the years. It’s time to try something new and let the market compete to give our kids the best education they can possibly get.
If school vouchers and shifted funding can get more kids into private and chartered schools (where they are held accountable by the parents, who aren’t trapped at a school by geography, as well as the state) then I’m all for it.
And so should any conservative.
I did this last year and so I think I’ll continue it this year, since the results were actually really amusing last year.
Here are the top 10 most used search terms that led to my blog in 2013:
- Super gonorrhea
- 20th century motor company
- Go forth and multiply
- The snark who hunts back
- Mulan feminism
- Happy New Year
- I hate disney princesses
- Dirty sex and politics
- Response to Peter Singer poverty
And here are the top 1o weirdest search terms that led to my blog this year:
- dirty sex
- “April fool” conservative
- women chained
- S.E. Cupp Salary (odd considering last year S.E. made this list with the term “Is S.E. Cupp gay?”)
- sex and dirty politics
- promised land flop
- ass stockings
- is S.E. Cupp gay (Oh, that was still there…)
- a lady cartoon thinking
What a strange year.
and I’m not just referring to politics here.
Though that was stressful too. I went through nearly a year (from November of last year to November of this year) where I was completely and totally unmotivated.
As Bilbo said, I felt ‘like butter scraped over too much bread.’
The DMV Epitomizes Everything Wrong With the Government: AKA – Are you sure about that Single Payer Healthcare?
The other half have the IQ of a sea cucumber, or at the very least act as if they do because it keeps them from having to do actual work.
Here’s a few other problems.
Sometimes you have an encounter that really reminds you of why the cradle to grave mentality of progressive politics can be so sickening.
I meet a lot of people in my day job and, because of the city I live in, many of them are from very different backgrounds and cultures. One in particular struck me the other day. It was a family where the father and mother had grown up in Iraq. They had moved here in the 90s, having grown up exclusively under the rule of Saddam Hussein.
The father had nothing but good things to say about Iraq. He had been given no choice on what he studied in school, no choice in how he received healthcare, and no freedom in almost any aspect of his life…but the government took care of him….and jailed anyone that didn’t follow the rules to the letter.
His healthcare was free and so was his education.
Good thing he wasn’t a Kurd I guess.
Sometimes it’s impossible to differentiate between the ideals that progressives strive for and the actions of a government ruled by a tyrannical (and ethnic cleansing) ruler like Saddam Hussein.
There is something truly wrong with that.
The scariest part is that people like this man, who were raised this way, see nothing wrong with it.
They are completely and utterly brainwashed into believing that having no freedom is fine, as long as you have the government giving you everything you “need”.
How many children of today’s progressives will have no wish to change anything because “freedom is overrated”?
How many will fail to realize that life isn’t worth living at all if you have no freedom?
How is it that we have reached the point where we are deciding that emulating Hussein’s Iraq and the failing country’s of Europe was a good idea?
Honestly it baffles me.
It’s too late for it to be useful this year, but maybe this will save someone from the dreaded ugly sweater/gift card to some place random/weird re-gift present next year.
(In case my mom is reading this: Mom, this isn’t passive aggressive. You, as always, knocked it out of the park on Christmas presents this year! I mean I told you not to get me anything and you still got a bunch of stuff, so consider your present duty over for the next year. Birthday presents? What are those?)
When someone gets you a crappy present the usually thought process is “Well…it’s the thought that counts” but honestly unless the person is a slightly senile family member or a co-worker who barely knows you or a small child, the fact that they got you a crappy gift says a lot about how much their thoughts count.
I put a LOT of thought into gifts.
For my mom’s birthday I planned for nearly 6 months what I was going to get her.
I fly by the seat of my pants a little more for Christmas, but I never get something for someone that they don’t need/want. What would be the point?
So, sure, it’s the thought that counts.
If that thought clearly says “I forgot you existed” or “I grabbed the first thing in the bargain bin” or “I bought you a Fry’s gift card when I was grabbing a bottle of wine on my way to Christmas dinner” then that says a lot about the person.
So don’t be the person who thought basically tells someone that they weren’t worth your time.
If all else fails, visa sells gift cards that can be used anywhere.
No one wants a gift card from the grocery store.
Just a little advice for next Christmas.
When I was reading Greg Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, this year I thought he was being a little melodramatic when he complained that Republicans/Conservatives were starting to get offended as easily as liberals. (I can’t remember where he said that and I’m sure it’s not an exact quote…my copy of the book is at home and I’m not.)
But unfortunately I’m beginning to see his point.
We spend an inordinate amount of time on petty issues when it comes to our news cycle.
It’s a good thing she’s cute as a button, otherwise this would have killed all her redeeming qualities in one shot.
“The word ‘fat’ I think should be illegal,” the Oscar winner told Walters. “If we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words, because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
My sister loves Jennifer Lawrence (I can’t blame her, she’s adorable), but she’s also a very intelligent 16 year old with relatively conservative ideals. She knows Obamacare is stupid, she supported Romney in 2012, and she’s well aware that regulation (of business or speech) is a really stupid idea.
When I told her what Jennifer Lawrence said though, she claimed that she had just been “making a joke” and pointed out that I say things like that all the time.
I do actually. I told my dad, just the other day, that his puns were so bad that they should be illegal.
That was a joke.
What Jennifer Lawrence said was not.
Watch the video for yourself.
This is how a huge percentage of my sister’s generation (a generation that idolizes this actress) thinks. “If it hurts someone’s feelings, it should be illegal.” You can find posts saying almost that exact thing all over the internet, posted by whiny adolescents (and people in my age bracket as well) who think that what is right or legal should revolve around what THEY think is acceptable in society.
I have news for you Jennifer Lawrence, you aren’t tolerant if you’re only “tolerant” about things you agree with. You have to be tolerant of people you think are assholes too, because you can’t legislate tolerance, human nature does not work that way.
Calling people fat is not the problem.
The problem is that we have raised a generation that is so dependent on what other’s think of them that they completely lose it when they are criticized or embarrassed by someone.
You were doing so very well there for a while, being the teen idol that was encouraging girls to be themselves and refuse to care what other people think of you…and then you had to go and say something like this.
Now you are giving credence to the idea that it matters what assholes think about you. It matters so much that it should be a crime to say anything less than nice about someone.
Thanks a lot for enforcing that idea for your fans. I’m sure you’ve done them a great service.