Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Wake County, North Carolina has been in an upheaval for months over a school assignment policy that was meant to promote "socioeconomic diversity" in the school system. From watching it from here, it seems like everyone on both sides of the argument knew that it was really about an old ( and in my mind, discredited) policy known as "racial desegregation".

Last November, the voters in Wake County decided that enough was enough, and they voted out enough of the bums on the school board to allow them to change the policy to "neighborhood schools". Last night was the vote that actually tossed out the existing policy.

I tell you all that to tell you this, which is the interesting and somewhat sad part. After the actual vote, 20 students of the Wake County School System got got and started chanting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, resegregation has to go!" Now, if you're as old as I am, that probably sounds familiar to you, variants of it having been a staple at anti-Vietnam war protests in the 60s and 70s.

Does anyone still think that large swaths of the US public education system haven't been taken over by that same bunch (of morons), in order to "mold those young minds"? Anyone doubt what they're being molded into? Anyone wonder why homeschooling is on the rise in so many places?

You can see it in all its neo-Socio-Communist glory for yourself here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

He calls it a "box of happiness"

I call it a box of preps--introducing the Ramenbox. If you don't want the poor college student reminiscences, then just go straight to the source.

And before you turn up your nose at the word "ramen", let me point out to you that a couple of packages of this stuff, with some leftover meat thrown into the pot and a veggie on the side is one hellaciously quick, easy and cheap family meal. Nothing to be sneezed at during an economic downturn--or a time when a hot meal is difficult to come by. A guy I think highly of calls things like this "peasant tech", and it's how the truly poor have made do for centuries.

Squirrel-ramen soup, anyone?

Too appropo

(From The Patriot Post)

"Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." --John Adams, letter to John Taylor, 1814

Sound like any countries you know?

Monday, May 17, 2010

This crisis couldn't possibly be our fault

(Via the Drudge Report)

Greece is considering taking legal action against U.S. investment banks that might have contributed to the country’s debt crisis, Prime Minister George Papandreou said.

No, it couldn't possibly be decades of neo-Socialsim. It couldn't be the fact that a bloated government bureaucracy allows its functionaries to retire at an age when most Americans believe they are just hitting their stride. And it couldn't be that taxes are so high that the unofficial national sport is avoiding them in any way possible.

Nah, it must be speculators, greedy bankers and e-e-evil capitalists. That's it!

Over the weekend I was reading a note on one of the email reflectors I'm subscribed to. In regards to Europe, one person was noting that one of his offspring had worked hard, saved money and was going to take a trip to Europe for their high school graduation. This parent has already discussed the situation in Europe with the kid, and the kid understands that the trip may have to be delayed or canceled outright for their own safety. The comment at the end of the message was to the effect that "it feels like May, 1939" in Europe.

Indeed. Enjoy that last coffee at the sidewalk cafe, and hurry back to your flat to pack your bags. It's time to leave for a more peaceful clime.

And for us, it's May, 1939 as well. Those clouds over the far horizon will eventually be over our heads, and the rain will be just as hard on us as them. As America did on the eve of World War II, some far-sighted individuals will start getting ready for what is coming. Are you going to be one of them?