- Chicago: Combatting the Teachers Unions
- Did Hillary Clinton Insult Libya by posting a gay ambassador to a Muslim country?
- Microsoft attempting to patent "Whacking Off" on your iPhone or iPad
Posted: 16 Sep 2012 02:48 AM PDT
It was politically expedient to “give in” once again to the teacher’s unions who refuse to “share the pain” felt by the private sector. So with guaranteed and substantially higher personnel cost, and little or no reform in teacher performance or student scores, how do you balance the economic and social budget?
So what is the problem?
Teachers should be evaluated on their ability to teach, their subject matter knowledge and the performance of the students under their tutelage. If a teacher or school is under-performing or lacks a viable student base, it should be eliminated. Tenure should be a thing of the past. Teachers should be compensated per their job, not their educational credentials. It makes little or no sense – other than a special education classroom – to have a teacher with a Masters of Doctorate degree teaching second grade.
Competition is the answer to better education. Competition where schools are pushed to compete for high scores on standardized tests, with a portion of students being interviewed by qualified examiners to insure that they really do know what their test scores reflect. Any teacher or administrator found cheating should be fined no less that $50,000, lose their pension and benefit rights, lose their teaching credential in the state and possibly serve up to six months in jail.
Wonder why the unions are fighting so hard to prevent vouchers? One need only look at the angry parents who want their children to be able to compete in a global economy, to earn a decent living and to advance to the next socio-economic rung of the ladder. And some are willing to make great sacrifices to push their children towards greatness. The teachers unions believe they own the students and control the schools – something they have been permitted to think by corrupt politicians who have sold their vote in return for campaign funding and voter support. Make public schools compete for students, proving that they can provide an above average educational experience.
Bottom line …
Wherever you see a public employee union, you see a privileged class of worker – dependent on political corruption to insure their existence in this uncertain world. Protections that do not exist in the private sector and should not exist in the public sector.
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 11:55 PM PDT
One, the Obama administration government apparently tried to cover up their malfeasance by claiming that a “riot over an anti-Muslim film” was the proximate cause of the rioting in Libya that cost Ambassador Chris Stevens and others their lives.
Two, the White House is silent on the Obama and Biden celebration over the death of Osama bin Laden, the reputed mastermind of 9/11.
Three, then it emerges that the State Department did not have adequate security plans for the anniversary of 9/11 in a Muslim country such as Libya.
Four, then there is the question of the State Department’s “low profile plan” and the classified “Rules of Engagement for Libya” said to be signed by Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Some suggest that what the State Department is claiming as a “robust defense” is two former Navy Seal contractors and a hired Libyan security force who may have been armed, but without bullets. There is also a suggestion that the details of the consular security plan may have been leaked by an inside person.
Colonel: Hillary Made Decision Not to Post Marines at BenghaziFive, now comes the suggestion that Ambassador was an openly gay man that was posted to Libya – and who appeared to have been raped before and after his death as a show of Muslim contempt.
Bottom line …
Something stinks in Washington when the effete Ivy League State Department is afraid to show force to defend American assets and protect the lives of American citizens. And something stinks in the Obama Administration who is openly celebrating their role in the capture and death of Osama bin Laden – and refuses to reinforce physical security abroad in the days approaching the anniversary of 9/11.
Obama and his fellow anti-America travelers in the House and the Senate need to be voted out in the upcoming 2012 election. The State Department must be purged of its effete Ivy League theorists and replaced with diplomats who understand that there are some cultures and nations who only respect force and the will to use it effective in the pursuit of their self-interests.
It is time that political correctness give way to commonsense.
effete -- 1. (of a person) Affected, over-refined, and ineffectual 2. No longer capable of effective action. 3. lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 09:20 PM PDT
Microsoft Whacking Off in Redmond …
Not only is the concept of hitting a device not new and novel over prior art, the absurdity of this patent can be demonstrated by those who hit alarm clocks to invoke a snooze function or use an iPhone app requiring a shake to enter “snooze” mode.
This is what’s wrong with the United States Patent Office today. They appear to have become extremely tolerant of nonsensical submissions – especially knowing that a court challenge to invalidate a patent takes significant time and money.
Bottom Line …
If this patent were granted, anyone implementing a “tap to turn off or silence” interface using the embedded accelerometer to sense the “event” would owe Microsoft royalties.
In this era of political correctness an indifference, there must be someone at the U.S. Patent Office to stand up and call “bullshit” when overly broad patents, couched in dense language and containing subject matter which appears to lack novelty over prior art, are submitted. Make the inventor(s) fight to prove that the conceived invention is new and novel over prior art.
Reference Links …
Microsoft Patent Application |U.S. Patent Office