Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Newsweek doesn't really care

Here's a link to FirePower Forward, an Army Major in the thick of it in Iraq. The MSM does us a terrible disservice by not fully reporting on what a "riot" entails in this part of the world. Many people in the U.S. think a riot is just a bunch of people waving political placards, behaving rudely, spray painting buildings, and occasionally breaking windows. So what really happens when 16 people die in a riot? Click on the link above to get a little better flavor for it.

I am tremendously annoyed at Newsweek, especially their international division. Follow this link to learn more about The Day America Died. I wasn't really aware how Newsweek (and, I suppose, other international news magazines) tailor their content to influence the foreign audience. I'm also a little miffed that they would think Americans are so stupid that they can only be served fluff rather than the tripe they serve to other nationalities. But, given theirfar left leanings, I suppose I shouldn't really be terribly surprised.

Every service member is sworn to defend the constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Our constitution guarantees free speech. Free Speech, though, also carries responsibilities; Responsibilities that I believe Newsweek has failed to observe and carry out. Can or would I keep Newsweek from publishing? NO. So how does one force a non-natural person (such as Newsweek) to observe their responsibilities in addition to exercising their rights? This is the real question.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Honor Students

This was a quick Bumper Sticker idea that I saw over at Geek With A .45

Apparently they were "Inspired by plummeting standards, and a fifth grade 'honor student' I met who couldn't add 17+7:"

"Can your "honor student" actually read?"

"Can your "honor student" actually do math?"

I have to admit that I wonder the same thing after scoring the New Mexico 5th grade math test.

Monday, May 16, 2005

The Cinco de Mayo real history

For those of you hadn't guessed yet, I have a moderate libertarian leaning. So sometimes I read Coyote Blog, written by a business owner from Phoenix. He has many interesting insights. Though I don't find myself agreeing with him in entirety, I enjoy his well reasoned posts. Anyhow, I ran across a link to this Cinco de Mayo posting concerning the real history of Cinco de Mayo. You might enjoy it too.

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Sunday, May 08, 2005

New Mexico Math Musings

Any of you who follow my blog will have figured out that I haven't been nearly as prolific as I used to be. Well, I've been grading scoring New Mexico's standardized math test for fifth grade. Here are some of the more interesting observations:

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