Simple Man

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[quote][b]cyou299[/b] -

you can submit it, but it is erroneous at best.


And erroneous because you say so? Right.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 16:41

[quote][b]MyraBlackmon[/b]I spend time in schools and I'm sick to death of this complaint of "empire building, etc." [/quote]

With all due respect Myra, your sickness is not the issue. A poor return on investment is the issue. In Georgia, spending per student has stayed virtually flat since 2008. (See -

But spending in 2008 was roughly 90% higher than 1998! Other than this brief period since 2008, where spending has remained flat, k-12 education has done nothing but increase, overall and per student. Yet, the product is no better. In fact, many say it is worse.

So, complain if you like about those who question. But the burden is on the administrators to explain where this money went and why it wasn't enough.

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 15:53

American manufacturing did not become a meaningful force in the world until the early 20th century. I would submit that America was well on its way to greatness long before that.

What made America great was its toughness; it was a spirit of ambition, pride and responsibility. We were once a "can do" people, optimistic, taking risks and not complaining, quick to offer help, but slow to accept it. Liberals call it the "cowboy" culture and they despise it.

To liberals American greatness was epitomized in the great society and the peak of the union movement. That's when American manufacturing was the envy of the world and that's when the democrat party was the strongest. But, by then, the virus that is destroying the American spirit had already taken hold.

I'm telling ya, we are weak society. We've lost the toughness, the optimism and that sense of ambition that once made us great. And this cartoon is illustration of that.


posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 14:52

Okay... and what's your point? Seems this is the philosophy that built America. Of course, that's probably why the democrats, the liberals and the malcontents hate it so much.

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 22:57

[quote]To make up the difference, school systems have increased class sizes, laid off teachers, and sent remaining teachers home several days each other on unpaid furlough days.[/quote]

Hmmm, no mention of cuts in administration. Still lots of counselors, associate superintendents, and diversity officers at all of these school systems. Could it be that teachers and students are paying the price for decades of mismanagement, empire building and poor results by the professional administrators?

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 22:44

At the end of the day, Christie and Obama will be equivalent...

Both will survive, despite scandals on their watch. Both oversaw staff and strategies that abused power, that used the force of government for political reasons, and that promoted their own, personal brand, ahead of true public service. Both will continue in office and both will be applauded by their supporters.

And my guess is, both will continue to look the other way on a lot of things, so as to maintain plausible deniability and insulate themselves, personally, from the consequences of any hard decision.

As I see it, when just standing up and saying you're sorry, and then firing someone else, is enough for good leadership, our standards for good have slipped too low.

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:57

That was a tough location but they almost made it work. Indeed, for a while, it seemed to have a good buzz to it.

Truth be told though, the whole Transmetropolitan brand has been hurt by changes in the menu and format, over the past 2 years. Even downtown, the service is inconsistent and slow. The quality and consistency of the food has declined, and the prices have gone up. It's almost as if TM decided that they were bullet proof and quit trying to really please their customers.

So, in the past 2 years or so, I've been to TM (both locations) exactly twice. Whereas I used to go at least once a month. Honestly, I can't see that I will ever go back, unless something meaningful changes.

posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:42

[quote]This summer when we’re dealing with hurricanes, droughts, tsunamis and tornadoes...[/quote]

It's almost as if she is hoping for these catastrophes, just to prove herself right.

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this past summer supposed to have produced record hurricanes, droughts and tornados? Tsunamis, by the way, are unrelated to weather. Or maybe it was the summer before. You see, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. So, just keep predicting that the sky will fall, and maybe, just maybe, one day you'll be right.

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 22:30


Reagan? Republicans? What are you even talking about? Look, for once try to get past your thick ideological bias. This has nothing to do with right or left... this has to do with trusting real individuals with the unlimited powers of government. Until we are all perfect, I won't trust any of them.

And because we shouldn't trust any of them, we should actively try to limit government's role and power. It's not a hard, reality; it's just a reality that you don't like.

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 18:44

If my cynicism is showing, forgive me. But I didn't come into the world cynical and distrustful... experience has made me this way.

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 17:43

[quote][b]avenger[/b] -

@Simple Man:

It's always the government's fault, huh? Never the person in government?


What mindless drivel, from a steadfast defender of government power.

Look, all organizations are the sum of their people; separating the two is semantic nonsense. They acted with the power of government and the impact was felt by many because of that power. If you can't trust the people, then you can't trust the government either.

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 17:43

This is just the latest reason to distrust government, right, left and center.

Does that mean we should trust the private sector? No, but we can sue a business; we can reward the ones we like and we can punish the ones we don't, and we can chose to avoid interacting with any single individual or firm in the private sector.

Government meanwhile, is just as untrustworthy, just as nefarious as any business. But there is no competition for government. We only have the one and it can neither be sued nor avoided.

Hence, government should be distrusted and limited to the minimum at every turn.

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 15:01

Hmmm... cute. Only problem is, the polar vortex settled over the midwest and east, not the west.

More importantly though, congress is a reflection of the country. Dissensus in the country produces grid lock in the congress. It's the way it was designed to work. So it is unfair to portray it as dysfunction.

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 23:43

And let's not forget, it's summer in the southern hemisphere. That's why they were down there; this is the warm season. Heh-heh.

Now, it's just one event; it doesn't prove or disprove a thing. Still, it's darn funny.

posted @ Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 00:46

@AF Redux:

Free speech has nothing to do with this. No one has been suspended or punished and no one is suggesting that these commentators shouldn't speak their minds.

Rather, it simply shows how spitefully hateful and political these MSNBC hacks really are. Simply because they don't like the politics of Mitt Rommey, they make fun of his grandson, because of his race! It is a telling look into their values and biases.

That you jump to their defense, defending the indefensible, speaks to your spiteful and biased view as well.

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 00:15

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] -

This is a total non-issue to me and my friends.


Really? And yet you have posted, 6 times (so far) about it, in just 3 hours? You define hypocrisy my friend, blind to your biases - hypersensitive to the biases of others.

[quote]you seem to only see the bullying from those who have been bullied their entire lives.[/quote].

Two wrongs don't make a right, and that chip you carry on your shoulder provides you no license to take rights from others. Say whatever you like, and I'll defend you just like I am defending Robertson. But don't tread on freedom of speech and thought, just because it serves your political interests.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 13:55


They respond with THEIR RIGHT to voice opposition to his words...not his right to say those words


I have no quarrel with that. But you and I both know there is more to it. They are not just voicing opposition, they are threatening to organize an economic attack on the network and sponsors. They are bullying the network into a response, and so creating an environment hostile to open expression. It's economic mccarthyism.

I'm a true libertarian when it comes to speech. I think we all need thicker skin and to be less insecure. I truly believe in the spirit of the Tallentyre quote (see above) and believe that political correctness is a cancer to liberty.

And, let's be honest cyou, if this was a person on the left being attacked you'd be right there, agreeing with me.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 12:15

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] -

You all do realize that the creator of Duck Dynasty is openly gay right?


Starred in a gay porn film, from what I've heard. But why should that make any difference? He's not being attacked, suspended or even asked about his opinion of sexuality.

Seems to me that both of them ought to be able to hold whatever opinions they like, and and not fear threats, protests and attacks from those who can't tolerate dissent.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 12:07


NO ONE is attacking free speech...


I've never watched DD and I do not know (or care) anything about Robertson. But all he did was say something; he stated his opinion. Why that prompts a response from anyone is beyond me.

Yet, gays have threatened protests of the network and its sponsors and the network has suspended him out of fear of what the gay activists have threatened.

And you say "NO ONE is attacking" this man's speech?! Do you not see what is right there before you?

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 11:45

[quote][b]Ben Had[/b] -

Just think of what the world would be like if conservatives minded their own business. They are a thorn in the side of freedom.


Just think what the world would be like if everyone minded their own business?

Last I checked, its liberals who are outlawing speech, (, banning books ( and criminalizing thought ( And what's worse, you claim it's all in the name of "love."

No, the thorn is the side of freedom is the rank hypocrisy, dishonesty and insecurity of the left.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 10:14

Two simple thoughts...

- "I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

- "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me."

If we could ever, truly live out both, the world would be a much better place and we would all be much better off.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 09:47

[quote][b]AF Redux[/b]

That explains why Ayn Rand's capitalist bodice-rippers are so lengthy.


If you're expecting an argument from me, you're going to be disappointed. And I stand by my point, the smartest people I know can take complex things, reduce them to their essence, and explain them, simply so that others can understand.

Meanwhile, those that hide behind their vocabulary or suggest that something is just too complicated to be explained, usually aren't that smart themselves.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 16:54

@Jim Thompson:

Fair enough, and you're a good egg. You've earned the benefit of the doubt.

As for me, I am very serious about what I see as a cultural problem in our country. Compassion has run head long into moral hazard and I don't see an easy solution. I don't want children hungry and I don't want people dying in the streets. But I'm also aware that when you protect people from the negative effects of their decisions, you will predictably get more bad decisions.

So, it's a dilemma. Hopefully, disagreements aside, we are all equally well intentioned and well meaning in our efforts to resolve it.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 14:10

[quote][b]AF Redux[/b] -

@Jim Thompson:

Perhaps there is good reason that his moniker is not Complex Man?


The hallmark of clear thinking is the ability to make the complex seem simple. Any hack can make the simple seem complex.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 13:53

@Jim Thompson:

Jim: thanks for the note. And I agree, if the goal is turn Madison county blue, then the strategy hasn't worked, yet.

But I wonder, what are the numbers in Detroit, Chicago or Baltimore? By your own analysis, you might find those numbers larger and so more important nationally. Or, think about this. Again, using your analysis, compare those same percentages over time. Do you see an increase in both numbers? As the % of students on free lunch goes up, does the % that votes democratic go up as well?

You weren't cherry picking the data were you?

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 13:50

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