Friday, November 18, 2016

Protesting Paranoiacs

One can only wonder what it would have been like in 2008 and 2012 if disappointed people vis-à-vis Obama’s election had taken to the streets like those disappointed about Trump’s election are doing in a few cities across the country.  What’s happening with these people furnishes a window into what the socialist-oriented think about this country.  

This is different from 2000, when the Supreme Court of Florida attempted to steal the election from George W. Bush.  That was an official, albeit illegal, action by a government, settled quickly by the Supreme Court of the U.S.  What’s happening now is a protest meaning nothing since it’s not an official undertaking by any group.  Hopefully, it will not eventuate in criminal activity but that possibility is real.   

If there had been a protest movement in 2000, the protesters would probably, as now, be largely black, teens and twenty-somethings.  This means disaffected ethnics and public school and university/college students in the main, another way of saying immature and ill-informed, especially in the universities, in most of which the faculties are far-left (progressivists) and prone to indoctrinate young minds with their socialist agendas.   

With the blessings of the current establishment figures in both federal and large-city governments, protesters have understandably been encouraged to make disruption of the freedoms of others as a tool to effect their agendas, the devil take the hindmost.  This was graphically illustrated by Obama’s DOJ (AG Holder) when it went after an innocent policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, a while back to try to wreck his life.  It was illustrated later when the Baltimore mayor indicated that protesters should have their “space” to do their thing such as attacking people and burning other people’s properties and/or destroying their businesses/livelihoods.   

This involves a third- or fourth-world mentality, to wit, that matters are settled in the streets and not at the ballot box.  It has been encouraged by Obama since it involves displacing one dictator with another, i.e., rule by a monarch.  Obama has repeatedly tried to govern by executive order, as a monarch would, disregarding the legislature and the courts despite the mandates of the U.S. Constitution.   

This is the socialistic approach favored by both Obama and Hillary Clinton, elitists who would hand the government over to a small band of oligarchs to work their will, gaining power and immense wealth, all at the expense of the little people.   Theirs is the something for nothing propaganda—the mythic level playing field—on which the government makes every decision, whether personal or institutional.  

The best example: Obamacare. This act was designed to fail at best or through ignorance at worst. Based on payments by insurance companies, which exist to make profits and not necessarily for public benefit, the pattern was to eventuate in single-payer mode, notwithstanding that Medicare couldn't even be managed by government and had to be turned over to insurance companies for its administration.  

MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, paid at least $400,000 for Obamacare-design, apologized before Congress for referencing the public as stupid, the notion being that the great unwashed would never catch-on to actual provisions, and he was right. In fact the democrats, who passed the legislation (no republican in House or Senate voted for it), didn't bother to read it but probably couldn't have understood it anyway.  

This may explain the plight of the protesters, who may actually believe the result of the election can somehow be overturned. This is tin-horn-dictator stuff. In Venezuela, street protests might work (or not) if they become violent enough, as has been seen in Muslim countries like Libya, Egypt, and Syria recently. In fact, Obama joined the protesters in Libya by siccing the U.S. Air Force on Qaddafi.  

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Teacher-Quota System Flawed

The latest gaffe of the Fayette Public School System, already dodging landmines for the last few years, is its insistence that it must do more to entice black and Latino teachers (Herald-Leader 31 October), their ethnicity apparently trumping their ability/experience. Caveat Alert: Notwithstanding the politically incorrect outcry of racism, this is madness.

The considered enticements include reduced apartment-rent, one-year gym-membership, and on-the-spot teaching contract, presumably meaning no vetting needed, just a teaching certificate. Reason: necessity to compete with other systems that offer more inducements, sort of like recruiting basketball players.

One can only wonder how Fayette teachers feel about this, especially those who have made significant sacrifices to satisfy requirements leading to greater proficiency, as well as non-ethnic applicants already deemed acceptable but waiting while the pigment-entitled pass them. Case-in-point: At the same time she became a Supreme Court justice, Justice Sotomayor was overturned by SCOTUS regarding her previous federal court decision favoring “reverse discrimination,” i.e., ruling that blacks bypass four more-qualified whites in fire-department promotions in a Connecticut city.

Ninety percent of Fayette teachers are white while 37.5% of students are black/Hispanic. About 90% of the UK basketball team (at least the ones who play in games) is black while the coach and 75% of the fans are white. So what! Ethnicity means absolutely nothing in either case.

The latest Prichard Report indicated that in order to achieve proper diversity among teachers the state would need to hire 6,882 black, Hispanic and teachers of other nationalities. The average teacher-salary in Kentucky, according to the Ky. Dept. of Education, is $52,618 ($58,385 in Lexington), meaning an additional outlay of some $400 million a year unless the white-teacher population is reduced by 6,882 teachers (5%) so political correctness can be achieved. How much sense does that make?

Supply obviously is a problem. Potential teachers must finish high school and college/university. In 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report (March 2016), 40.3% and 60.7% of black and white students, respectively, graduated college. The numbers graduating high school in 2012, according to the Huffington Post, were 69% and 86%, for blacks and whites, respectively. Hispanics came in at 73%. The pool for ethnic teachers is extremely small on just the basis of formal training.

Preparation is a problem. In order to teach, aspirants must pass a teacher-certification test. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer (April 2002), 36% of teacher-applicants at Kentucky State University (traditionally black enrolment) in Frankfort, passed that test, while the state average was 93% in the other state colleges/universities that year. That's deplorable though one hopes that improvement has been made since then, notwithstanding the constant turmoil at that school since 2002.

The test can be taken over and over until it is passed, and that's scary, as is the fact that until passing the aspirant may work as a substitute-teacher or in an emergency (whatever that would be). Students in the education dept. at KSU then were 60% and 40% black and white, respectively. When 74% of any class flunks its main standard of efficiency, the notion of a quota-system is absolutely off the charts when hiring takes place vis-a-vis preparation in an institution with that record. There's little reason to think much has changed at KSU.

Satisfying quotas, as Sotomayor might agree now (as well as UK coach Calipari), degrades the matter in question, especially the vital one of education. The Fayette system should remember this, no matter what political correctness dictates. Preoccupying itself with the hiring of potentially inferior teachers is unacceptable, just as basketball scholarships for white guys who can't jump.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, October 31, 2016

RIGGED

Democrats and even smart people have been horrified over Trump’s contention that the election process has been rigged from the start, but now, as Obama’s mentor, the Rev.  Dr. Jeremiah (God damn America) Wright, might say, the chickens have come home to roost.  Every entity from the DNC to Clinton’s governmental protectors is involved.

It started perhaps with the grand introduction at the Democrat Convention of “Gold Star Father” Khan, who waved a copy of the U.S. Constitution in the air and apparently tried to blame the death of his son, an army captain, on Trump, who had nothing to do with the war in which he was killed, but for which Hillary Clinton voted.  

Khan didn’t just volunteer and one can only wonder how much he was paid for that performance.  He has his own law firm, designed for leveraging the immigration of Muslims with the right amount of money into the U.S.  He also has worked with the law firm that represents Saudi Arabia in this country and does work for the Clintons, including their taxes.   

Saudi Arabia has contributed $10 - $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, which is perhaps the perfect place for laundering payouts, not to mention a vehicle for enhancing the Clinton personal wealth.  The leaked emails currently in circulation have proven how extensive that operation was/is.  As State Secretary, when much if not most of the groundwork was laid for “special privileges” for some individuals and countries—resulting in great current and potential wealth for the Clintons—Hillary rigged the actual U.S. government.

Some of the most definitive rigging occurred vis-a-vis the DNC (Podesta, Schultz) and its concentrated attempt to deep-six Bernie Sanders from the get-go, thus giving Hillary an easy, inexpensive road to the nomination. DNC Head Honcho Schultz was fired from the DNC, of course (pressure too great considering her dirty work), in favor of interim chairperson Brazile, not much of an improvement. Podesta remains a top Hillary gofer/rigger, however. He tries to make her appear honest but is mostly unsuccessful, perhaps because they are just alike—LIARS.

The most apparent rigging was the refusal of the DOJ (Lynch/Comey) to indict Hillary account her personal/illegal servers on which government business was carried out and her obvious and well-documented (print/TV) perjury, lying under oath in a congressional hearing corroborated by FBI Director Comey during a later hearing in the same milieu in which he was under oath. The private meeting of Bill Clinton with Attorney General Lynch (besides being absolutely stupid) just prior to Comey's disastrous press conference clearing Hillary is instructive in how to strike a deal. That's called rigging.

Evidence of this rigging has now been reinforced by the new communication of Comey with the Congress referring to the re-opening of the investigation into Hillary's misdeeds, which are many, varied and ugly, this time having to do with tweets and no telling what else concerning Clinton's top aide, a Muslim lady, and her husband, a creepy former congressman communicating on the Internet with underage girls. Imagine the stuff in government, whether classified or not, being in the hands of people like that, a Muslim and a pervert! According to the FBI, Weiner's laptop includes 650,000 more emails. Probably, a fifth-grader could hack it, let alone a foreign government.

And then there are all the gals who came out from under the rocks to accuse Trump of sexual assault/harassment years ago, without any proof, of course. One can only wonder how much they were paid. To think, like Khan, they would do that for nothing is absurd. They don't have to worry about being sued by Trump since he is a public figure and legally susceptible to any accusation. Rigging! Clinton campaign-money is in deep pockets. A million per gal would be chicken-feed.

A bright spot: Perhaps the credibility of the FBI has been restored. It was probably the only government agency still accounted as honest until Comey was left twisting in the wind by Lynch after her meeting with Bubba.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, October 03, 2016

To the Ground

It was his aim as it had been for years
To bring the USA down to its knees
As he applied the KGB's worst fears
To entities considered enemies.
No longer Soviet but just a state,
His Russia did not rule enough of world
But he intended to rejuvenate
The old state with its flag worldwide unfurled.
To do that meant the USA's downfall
But doing that was not like third-world chase,
No...militarily was not the call,
Implosion would this greatest threat erase.
But causing this main threat to just rot-out
Would seem impossible until he thought
Just how the USA had come about...
Discovered then the answer that he sought.
Contrary to his nation's origin,
At least since Soviet empire's demise,
The USA as such was to begin
When faith in God the pilgrims would devise.
He recognized that faith to be kept whole
Depended on the churches for its health
And so he schemed to prostitute their role
Through infiltration...taking them by stealth.
But his advisers pointed out the fact
That U.S. churches already were slack
In holding sacred what God would exact
In having strength enough to guard their back.
Not that God needed them for any cause
But that for Christians' good they should not slight
Commandments found in holy writ...its laws
For morals and for military might.
Advisers pointed out how church was weak,
Its worship often known as Christian Rock,
With “praise-teams” mouthing that all now should seek
God's heaven ere the twelve on earth-bound clock,
That churches had forsaken Christ as Lord
And in his place enthroned diversity,
That only “love” must count, never the sword,
Protecting every soul from enmity,
Not that this made much sense, advisers said,
Since there are entities that all should hate,
But many claimed the “red better than dead”
As their philosophy...thus him elate,
That he should have no doubt of U.S. rot
Because the churches – hellbent – lead the way,
Indeed, allowed two men to tie the knot –
An in-your-face affront to God's pure way.
The church, advisers said, performed charades,
It stood for nothing, fell for what would sell,
Becoming more like weird “gay-pride” parades
While dragging nation down to gates of hell.
He was convinced that, though not in his time,
...Although the church's decadence was quite profound...
That as the church forsook its sacred rhyme
The U.S. soon would be brought to the ground.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, September 19, 2016

Columnist & Christian-Persecution

Eblen pooh-poohs Governor Bevin

Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen (18 September) latched onto what he called “[Ky. Governor] Bevin’s ramblings about the need to ‘shed blood’ if Clinton is elected” for one of his periodic rants concerning the evils of republicans/evangelicals. The context involved a tirade against such elements as Limbaugh and Fox News, crediting them with turning the GOP into a “white nationalist party” as if the Democrat Party isn’t at least 75% white, nationalist or not.   

He actually was citing Hillary’s “basket of deplorables” as the current repubs – folks who are “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” and irredeemably so…hopeless cases.  Despite the fact that everyone besides Eblen knows Bevin was not talking about an imminent bloodletting, it is instructive to see from where Bevin could be coming, i.e., a look at both current events and history. The major thrust of the column concerned persecution of Christians.  

The media, including the uber-liberal H-L, has constantly related accounts for years regarding the beheading of Christians in Muslim-governed countries, unarmed people slaughtered like animals, as over the recent weekend in NYC and Elizabeth, N.J., not to mention 9/11.  Given a modicum of power, as is happening in Europe, Islamists would do the same in the U.S., their terrorist tactics just the beginning.  Clinton has announced that hundreds of thousands of Muslims would be admitted to the U.S. in her presidency.  That’s not a “Bevin rambling,” just a truth. The bloodshed of Christians is already in the U.S.  

The lessons of history are instructive.  Those Christians who withstood the rigors of the “Mayflower episode” in the early seventeenth century were fleeing Great Britain account religious persecution occasioned by their refusal to pay homage to the official Church of England.  That’s not even ancient history.  In that day, Christians were burned alive at the stake or hanged.

To teach Mayflower Christians a lesson, Britain later deployed the strongest navy and at least the second strongest army in the world, occasioning bloodshed on a grand scale…again, not even ancient history.  The colonists/Christians paid dearly in blood and treasure in that eight-years of hell in the 1780s.  Jesus told his disciples to arm themselves with swords, and that’s precisely what the George Washington-era Christians did to save this nation then and also in 1812-15.  

Flash forward to 1861.  To save the nation, Lincoln and citizens acting largely upon Christian convictions (observing Christian beliefs as initiating and constructing the Constitution) repelled those who would split the nation and in the process freed the slaves.  The cost was incomprehensible—an average of 340 deaths of mostly white males per day…for four long years.  This was a bloody Christian-persecution matter of only 150 or so years ago.

Eblen's approach to blood/guts motivation as a less sanguinary but equally vindictive matter was seen ten years ago when he as then-H-L managing editor in collusion with the editorial folks attempted to destroy the University of the Cumberlands, which had expelled a homosexual student not for his orientation but for “outing” it, actually flaunting it in social media along with pictures of men kissing each other. The private school had that right, as noted in its student-handbook, and as a “Christian” matter as outlined in scripture. At the time, neither the military nor the Boy Scouts allowed homosexuals to serve as a practical matter.

On seven days of a nine-day period, the paper made the subject front-page-above-the-fold stuff, positioned in the area devoted to the most important news of the world. In addition to the huge front-page segments, pictures, and headlines, the paper dedicated a huge plethora of columns and pictures to the subject on its interior pages, all in the front (A) “news, editorial, op-ed” sections.

Eblen furnished the date/information concerning a statewide protest to be held at UC, Williamsburg, Ky. On the evening TV- news accounts of that “protest effort,” there seemed to be more interviews with law enforcement people standing around sort of slack-jawed obviously wondering why they were there than with the participants, maybe 35. The UC Christians were persecuted by Eblen and his gang...or so they thought.

The same thing happened four years ago when the paper attempted to bankrupt Hands On Originals, a local shirt/sweater-printing company that refused, as a Christian-beliefs matter, to produce T-shirts for the local LGBTQ organization. The paper even advertised a grand “protest” downtown nowhere near the HOO location that was virtually ignored by the citizens. There was a lawsuit, of course, and the Court ruled in favor of HOO.

So...there's Bevin's “rambling” and Eblen's “rambling,” the former a credible warning, the latter a mean-spirited bit of hypocritical hogwash.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Election-year Limericks

Election campaigns can be such a bore, especially the quadrennial ones vis-a-vis the presidency, when lies seem most often to supplant truths as part of the standard to use in determining trust or distrust of the candidates. Observing the lowly limerick might be a lighthearted respite from the grind of listening to boring speeches filled with hyperbole and promises, most of which will never be kept after a winner takes office and discovers he must engage with both the Congress and the Courts to get anything done...or undone. A few limericks:

The Donald called her “Crooked Hillary,”
To whom the truth was her worst enemy
**She dodged truth like the plague
**As something far too vague
To trust it to the dumb citizenry.

He said he would make U.S. great again
As if right then it was as black as sin
**But little did he know
**All candidates thus so
Have always said the same...rarely begin.

Islamaphobes she said the Donald drew
To all his rallies...wicked through and through –
**Of Muslims she thought well
**Despite their wish of hell
For her and all her apparatchik-crew.

Trump's crowds were huge, just like his hair,
Protesters in it were not rare
**They tried to shut him down,
**The greatest show in town,
But quickly given quite a scare.

The Donald said McCain was no hero,
That people who got caught were kinda slow,
**But ere the votes cause fact
**Those words he must retract
As nothing more than hot air his to blow.

She said the Donald would be dangerous,
Would start a war account a simple fuss,
**He said she was too weak
**To give ISIS a tweak,
Much less a blow to bring on quietus.

She said Trump would protect his rhyming part
If ever Putin said he was not smart,
**Trump said that Clinton lied
**From morn till night betide,
And for the working poor she had no heart.

A government of Trump would just be rump
Opponents said in speeches on the stump,
**Aides running it each day
**With Trump always away
Just making deals more cash to to Trump to pump.

She said that Trump and Putin had conspired!
To hack both of her servers they had hired
**A fifth-grade prodigy
**Who had no tech degree
And so her own experts she quickly fired.

Bad vibes is what the Hill said Bernie had...
Though not admitting it this made her mad
**She said it was her turn
**Amid near meltdown burn,
She said old Bern was chauvinistic cad.

Hillary said she regretted she said
Half Trump's supporters deplored and head-dead,
**Percent eighty-nine
**She said would be fine...
The Donald just laughed...which made her see red.

Tisket-a-tasket Donald's weird basket
Holding some cases Clinton called basket,
**With xenophobes piled there
**And racists compiled there,
Donald just smiled there—she blew a gasket!

She said her basement server was okay,
But F-B-I director said no way,
**So then she blamed poor Powell,
**Who put up raucous howl,
From disbelief, then, no one could she sway.

She said she never, ever told a lie
But mentioned sad Benghazi with a sigh,
**She said what now the difference...
**Protesters simply jumped a fence...
And wielding signs bashed only four to die.

The Donald said illegals had to go,
That he would chase them down quite to-and-fro
**As if he really could
**Or even that he would
Since millions of them help this country grow.

Trump said Obama was not native-born,
That Hillary all truth would just suborn,
**Odd couple they had formed
**And government deformed...
Throughout the world invited naught but scorn.

She claimed her server was for privacy,
Her e-mails not for everyone to see,
**Too bad she just forgot
**That e-mails never rot,
To all the world top-secrets now are free.

Some citizens she called deplorable,
By contrast said she was adorable...
**To vote republican
**Meant brain that needed scan,
Assuming one be found explorable.

Some said she lacked lucidity
While others charged stupidity
**But all agreed Hill knew
**Already whom to screw –
The Sanders-gang unceasingly.

The Clintonite was said to be ahead,
She claimed her prime opponent's head was dead,
**Her charge—he lacked experience
**That coupled with a brain so dense
Meant USA was doomed if by him led.

As secretary of the State
And public figure quite sedate,
**A million miles she flew,
**Said nothing that was true...
With snickers round the world her fate.

He said he would construct a southern wall,
That Mexico would ante for it all,
**But Mexicans said, “Whoa,
**To pay we will forgo,”
Insisted that the Donald would install.

Broadcasted live on C-Span—perjury,
Caught under oath with falsehood—Hillary,
**She lied there in Congress,
**With charges no progress,
Loretta Lynching not—Hillary free!

For years she longed to be the president,
She said a woman's turn was evident,
**But basement server sank her,
**Erased e-mails betrayed her,
While twisting in the wind she wailed lament.

With braggadocio the Donald speaks
And talks of all the wonders that he wreaks,
**But he misspoke badly,
**Punctured his pride sadly,
His word about McCain with venom reeks.

The N-C-A-A cut N-C right out
Since transgender guys could not hang about
**In womens' restrooms where
**No urinals found there...
Ordered they go where their sex not in doubt.

Powell's e-mail hacker brought light to payback
To Clinton, who caused him unwelcome flack
**He said she was not nice,
**Had greed as profound vice...
With Trump a disgrace, he cut them no slack.

A basket of deplorable
With sanity improbable,
**She said supported Trump,
**Their brains a solid lump
That constitutes insoluble.

The homophobes, said Hillary,
Are Trump supporters, hatefully,
**They are deplorable,
**Are not charitable,
Do not observe diversity.

Yeah...I know – apologies! And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Political Potpourri

The professional football (NFL) season started Sunday on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.  I watched the pre-game ceremony in both New York (Jets and Cincinnati) and Dallas (Cowboys and NY Giants).  In both locales, the flag was stretched the entire length of the field and held off the ground by a multitude of people.  In New York, it bobbled up and down…so what!  In Dallas, it was held taut without an unintended squiggle.  The national anthem was literally butchered by a soul-singer in New York.  In Dallas, it was played excellently on the trumpet by a gifted musician.  The approaches/words speak for themselves.  The tune needs no embellishing.  Just the notes, ma’am, just the notes.

As if it mattered one whit, some of the players chose the day to exhibit their political/social stances, having been encouraged by Kaepernick, black quarterback of the Chargers, earlier during the exhibition season for not standing during the performance of the national anthem.  Some of the players also raised their fists.  Supposedly, this was to draw attention to injustices a la the menu of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.  Actually, at least for some if not most, the actions simply expressed their hatred for this country, in which mostly white spectators pay great gobs of greenbacks to see mostly black millionaires beat the stuffing out of each other…quite an irony.

Much is being made by the media reporters/gurus (is there a difference anymore?) about Hillary Clinton’s health problems at the Manhattan 9/11 observance/memorial.  She apparently fainted briefly and had to be helped into her vehicle for a short trip to daughter Chelsea’s house, where she apparently recovered, at least well enough to later be seen again in public.  It turns out that she had known since Friday that she was suffering from pneumonia.  She should have been cooling it until she gets better, especially at her age.  If she pushes it she may suffer a preliminary relapse instead of one that comes after this ailment is thought to be over and returns too soon to the grind…any grind.  

Speaking of which, in his excellent, just-published book (and major motion picture), Hillary's America, highly respected author/political analyst Dinesh D'Souza quoted famous (or infamous) eugenicist Margaret Sanger: “We are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who should never have been born at all.” This is the elitist approach to the general population taken by the current “progressives,” of whom Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been the highest-profile agitators for more than a year. These are the folks—well, just half, she said—who make up the famous Trump-supporting “basket of deplorables” in her well-teleprompted speech (not off the cuff stuff) a few days ago. Since she is guaranteed 95-99% of the black vote and most of the Latino vote, she was talking about white citizens, Trump supporters. And to think of the heat Trump took (by Hillary?) over what he said about some Mexicans! Hypocrisy, thy name is Hillary! She called the white folks racists, sexists, homophobes, xenophobes and (worst of all—gasp) Islamaphobes. These are Hillary's typical white people.

Speaking of which as D'Souza mentioned, it was southern democrats (immediate ancestors of the “progressives”) who were determined to keep blacks on the plantation...just give them something to get their votes and keep them quiet. Lyndon Johnson referred to them as N******s. Senator Bobby Byrd, besides being a Ku Klux Klan honcho in the 1940s, wrote in a letter to Mississippi Senator Bilbo back in the day that he would never fight beside blacks and referred to them as “race mongrels.” The elitists such as Hillary, Bernie and Obama know what is best for everyone (but not the Wall Street bankers). It's called socialism...rule by the oligarchs. Completely taken for granted by the elite “progressives,” blacks have sold their souls. They are whom Sanger had in mind for extinction.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark