Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK DAY

Martin Luther King has a day all to himself. The past Lincoln’s day and Washington’s day have been replaced with “president’s” day.  This is not a complaint but an observation of the changes that occurred over the years to bring homage to a great American.  I am not saying the Lincoln and Washington do not deserve a singular day; they do but the need for that specific day celebrating Dr. King is perhaps more important. 

Even with the statement above the question of relevance can be raised and in relation to who was more important but that’s not what I want to discuss here.  What is important is often a subject of relativity and position in relation to the politics and populous.  Too many Dr. King was a divider, while others see him as a motivator and unifier.  He certainly was the driving force that helped this country see the ills of its ways in relation to race and color. 

It can be argued that his methods were somewhat revolutionary and not unlike Gandhi who brought the British Empire to its knees without the need for open warfare.  It can also be argued that Dr. King created a new level of consciousness that allowed the American public to finally admit its level of racism.  For all of that and all of the unspoken advances in race relations, I thank him openly and state unequivocally that he deserves his own day.

What I am most troubled about is the recent (5 to 10 years) move by individual communities to continue to place blame on other communities… (ok..black and white..are you happy?) …for the continued plight of that community.  After Dr. King spoke so eloquently about his dream of a new life and a new day that would not include negative relations between any race, those words have fallen on infertile soil, leaving his words meaningless to what seems like a majority of those who profess allegiance to his gospel and way of life.

I am not a racist, I know I am not.  I fail to pursue the thoughts that would include simple bigotry and narrowness of mind to include an entire race of people.  There are stereotypical behaviors that all races possess but in the example that I try to set, it is the individual actions that matter and not the overall actions of a few that determine the mindset of the whole.  In other words, there are stupid and ignorant people in all walks of life and in all races.  When a person acts incorrectly, it is that person who is to blame not the race of that person.  If a black or a white man likes something or dislikes something that should have no barring on the likes and dislikes of that individuals race, even if it is a widely held practice. 

Dr. King’s vision was to see beyond color and beyond those negative beliefs in order to more correctly see the beauty of the individual.  Dr. King was not the originator of those ideas, but he was a strong promoter of those Christ like attributes that we must all strive to posses.  The more we look toward Christ (and yes Christ was a Jew) the more importance is placed on the individual and not on the group.  One of the Jews big problems is the emphasis they place on being the Chosen People and the mistake they often made in supplanting that title with the need to be Christ like or in their terms God like.

Just like the Jews in the past, the races of today are less fervent in their desire to look beyond their own color and into the eyes of those that looks back at them with the same desires, the same motivations and sadly with same level of disdain; incidentally as man has done since the beginning of time.

Dr. Martin Luther King taught us a great many things and for those things he deserves a special day.  I wish only that his students, his followers and all those who take advantage of this day would follow his teachings, looking inward and upward for inspiration and discontinue the ever so present blame game. 


I am not to blame for another’s discomfort or life position.  I make my choices and suffer the consequences of those choices, as should every one else….

Friday, January 8, 2016

cultural Cavities

I want to make some unequivocal statements to shed some light on the deception that has permeated our culture and way of life.

  1. Being gay is not natural or moral.
If being gay was natural than one would think that more people would actually be gay!   

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans' 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of last year.

Morality is a function of what is considered “normal” and accepted.  Based on 3.8% the overall consensus (morality for most is a consensus) is that being gay does not fall within the norms of society, Ergo, it’s not moral.

If a person wants to be gay, so be it. But why are the figures that delineate the population so incorrect?  It’s Propaganda.  Those that are gay have an agenda.  They want us to think that it’s “normal”, it’s not and the 3.8% that practice it are not normal, regardless of what they say or how they say it.

  1. Global Climate Change is occurring and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
The global issues we face today are really no different that any other time with the exception that we now have a global media and instant access to information that instills in all of us a sense of emergency based on those climate changes that have it seems always occurred.  In reporting those changes the complexity of the climate systems have stymied most reports and forced many to “speculate” about the coming changes.

A 2011 paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research examined the locations of 1,007 of the 1,221 monitoring stations used to determine average surface temperature changes across the continental United States. The paper found that 92% of these stations are positioned in sites that can cause errors of 1.8ºF (1ºC) or more.

If the basic process of collecting data is compromised how do you think that affects the outcome of the studies?  http://www.justfacts.com/globalwarming.asp

The first IPCC report (1990) contains the following graph of average global temperature changes over the past 1,000 years based upon proxies. It shows a "Medieval warm period" that was warmer than the present era and a "Little Ice Age" that was cooler. 

From the assumption that speculative data can not return factual evidence I think we can all agree that man is a long way from knowing if man is responsible for the warming trends, or was it cooling trends or the ever present climate changes?  The real issue is control and if you were to look at the number of rules, legislation, controls, taxes etc…that are related to Climate Change you would agree that the issue is not the climate or risk to humanity but the current push toward tyranny.

  1. Elections make a difference…Not.
 When was the last time that any election had any real impact on our lives?  Please don’t get me wrong I vote and I expect everyone with a mind to vote.  The problem is too many people vote without thinking and those who do have the capacity to think do so selfishly and without regard to the real consequences of their vote.  Do elections matter?  No.  Could they?  Yes.  But it would take a paradigm shift in public awareness to bring about that level of change.  And getting the “public” to see the long term needs in a cohesive manner is virtually impossible. 

Continue to vote, by all mean, I will also vote but I think we must realize that the only true winners of most elections are the politicians.  If that were not the case then why do the same politicians continue to get elected?  The same issues are before us at each election cycle yet nothing is ever resolved…The politicians want it that way, and most voters don’t care enough to vote differently, there is no other conclusion.

  1. Education is a disaster. 
In an older 2003 study done by the OECD (organization of economic co-operation and development) they found our elementary schools outperformed most other highly developed nations. In Middle schools we were about average and in high school we fell precipitously in the overall rakings.  The conclusion of this study is that education has failed in almost every category when it matters most. 

Multiple programs have been initiated to stem these issues but none so far has had any impact on the overall ranking between the US and the rest of the world.  We are simply not demanding enough from our students.  Those students who enroll in AP classes fair much better and when compared to other nations also do much better in the rankings.

The bottom line, and indecently as an educator we do need to demand more of our students.  That means demanding more work, more responsibility, better behavior and less socialization's and extra curricular activities.  Those are important but should not be part of education; they all get in the way of what education should be. 

Either education is focused on learning or it’s not.  Most of our secondary schools have a primary focus on other things and to be honest are boring as hell, if hell was boring that is. 

Education needs to be interesting and fun.  Compared to all other nations our schools are boring and this causes our students to exhibit negative behaviors as a result.  Who wouldn’t want basket weaving instead of biology or English or every math course on the planet?  This is true for most classes, mine exempted of course, I am the consummate professional, special education teacher….Ya and I can’t wait to retire…it’s the system we’re in and that needs to change…


It’s the system for all of our problems.  It’s our government and its open attitudes to all things liberal.  It’s our populous and its desire for non-confrontation and lack of desire to fight for what is right.  And yes it’s the worlds fault for forcing us to endure another thousand years of a proposed ice age…whoops…ten thousand years of unbearable heat…

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Real Change

When my car started to slip over the damp roads I new I needed new tires on my old 1998 Corolla.  When it started to rain in sheets of water I had my doubts if I would actually be able to drive to the tire store.  Sliding into the parking lot I gasped a sigh of relief, at least this problem had a solution.

It finally started raining in Southern California.  El Nino is here!  The weather may follow though with the hype of the promise of continued rain but then again it may not and California may not ever get out of this drought.  What I expect is for the state to continue the water conservation programs, regardless how much rain is dropped in this expected deluge.

Like almost all thing political the rule of thump is to never give into the public and never give back the gains of political power.  Just like the rain that may fill every reservoir, the snow that may create a massive snow pack and a promise of long term water relief the promise of less government incursions in relation to water will most likely never be realized.  A good tax is never given up.  The same is true with “good” legislation. 

The amount of money that is being spent on ridiculous programs and redundant governmental positions is just like the rain of El Nino.   The constant promises of relief continue unabated but at the same time the continuous naysayers of doom and gloom create a monumental gap between those promises and the reality of a never shrinking government.  One good example is the unionization of public employees, which only serves to increase their reliance on public funds and further entrench their positions as life long rather than as needed.

Thankfully the Supreme Court recently ruled against the “fair play fees” that grant unions the right to collect union dues from non union employees.  I know this rule and I wish it would work in relation to teachers.  I’ve been paying union dues for years and would rather not pay those dues to a representative I do now like and who’s policies I do not agree with.

Even if El Nino delivers enough rain to squash the drought the pattern of government could never allow the dismantling of any of the policies that grant more control and higher fees and taxes.  What politician in his right mind (political minds may not be right to begin with) would vote to give up power and control?  There is only one example that I know of and that was the tax for the San Diego Coronado Bridge.      

 Although the bridge was supposed to become "toll-free" once the original bridge bond was paid (which occurred in 1986), the tolls continued for sixteen additional years. On June 27, 2002, it became the last toll bridge in Southern California Wikipedia

Sixteen years after the promised dissolution of the tax/ toll and only under pressure was the tax/toll removed.  There are probably more examples of a frugal and public conscience directives, I don’t know of any but please let me know if you have any.  I sincerely want some good news, regardless of how old or insignificant it is, especially in relation to what we’re spending.

One example of what were doing to our selves and how we’re spending our money is found in the new Iran nuclear deal.  From what I understand and from what I’ve been able to tell is that we will start paying the Iranians billions to literally build a bomb.  Please correct me if I’m wrong.  I cannot find any signatures that require Iran to do any thing about our desire to inspect.  I cannot find any (I have not read the document, only bits and pieces that I can find here and there) evidence of any terms that call for sanctions for misdeeds or failures to comply, only a document of purpose and gentlemanly promise. 

I could spend hours discussing the merits of bad spending and governmental chaos and how that only benefits the politicians but we all know what our government does and why.  What I want to spend my time discussing is the way to stop what’s been going on for so long and the idea to change the paradigm in order to initiate that needed change.

With the economies of the world changing from day to day and a world of certain uncertainty the need for experienced leadership is needed now more than ever before.  We will not survive with the same kind of leadership we’ve had in the past.  We cannot survive with politicians running our lives.  It doesn’t matter how much rain we get the drought will always be there.  Like the eternal war in 1984, “we will always be in a drought…”  That perpetual news of doom and gloom will always spew from the mouths of those that profess to lead but fail to serve. 

The only candidate that is a divide from the pack is Trump.  He is the only one that has the ability, the money, and the knowhow to create the needed change.  Whether he will or not live up to his own hype has no greater risk than any of the other candidates currently running.  Logically, why would we want to continue doing the exact same thing by voting for the same type of leader?  Republican or Democrat the similarities of both within the race have more in common with each other, so why risk another Bushlike or Clintonlike or whateverlike you like when there is a very clear contender that is markedly different with the same level of risk?


Will he be worse than Obama?  Will he be worse than Clinton?  Will we really risk that much by trying something different?  For now I don’t think so and for now I like the idea of a “Real Change”.  What’s he going to do, rent out the White House?  Been there, done that, get over it and vote for at least the chance to get our country back and a hope that the drought will not last forever. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

A better life

Making a new start, changing old ways, giving up bad habits or creating new good ones are all part of the New Years tradition. Most promises are never kept, most don’t even last into the next month, but the need for change and progress is paramount to a worthwhile existence.  Change in itself is not enough; we need to change and progress.     Without the component of progression any change is simply a function of randomness that generally follows the path of entropy and the subtle but often distinct attitude of being lost.

For many reasons men like change.  We get bored with the status quo, we get tired of the same old food and we even get tired of sex the same way.  Men and women are born to seek out new ways and new stimuli in order to make sense of the often misunderstood meaningless attributes of life in general.  The idea that we are born, we live a few years and then we die is to many a death sentence, just waiting to happen.  There has to be more from life, there has to be a purpose for living, whether that purpose is God given or man made the purpose needs to be defined in order to have a worthwhile life.

Most religions allow men to glean their purpose externally, letting them believe that what they are doing is a divine calling and that all connected trials to that singular purpose is nothing but a means to a glorious end with all the trials and suffering there for our good.  The very act of giving into the force beyond in some ways negates any personal responsibility.

For those without religion the purpose must come from within.  No one telling them what to do or believe and without guidance they must find purpose within the daily trials of life.  This process is much harder to accomplish.  The idea of living a life devoid of any external guidelines is for most an impossible accomplishment, resulting in a chaotic and anarchistic system where only the strong survive and only the pleasures of life are sought to any level of consistency.

The question must be asked of all who read where on this spectrum to you exist?  The polarization of either is seldom achieved with most falling somewhere in the middle and being in the middle fail to come to grips with the reality of there own existence. 

It is incumbent on all of us to take a stand and determine the level of life we wish to pursue.  Living a life is not the same as a life to live and the differences between the two are as wide as those who believe in a God and those who do not.  Finding that life to live is what New Years Resolutions are all about, unless of course if your one of the very few who have attained that state of nirvana or self actualization that precludes any need for yearly updates and reboots.  For those few I applaud your dedication toward that chosen ideal. I envy your ability to focus in on a specific style of life to live and I desire the same tenacity to achieve balance in my own life. 

I am one who has a religion.  I enjoy my beliefs and also find them very difficult to maintain.  On the one hand I know deep within my soul that there are truths and consistencies that drive me to obedience but at the same time the trials of life move me toward selfish ambitions and a diametrically opposed purpose than the one I’ve chosen.   It is a constant battle of will but for the most part I have pursued the good part of my life and sustained a level of satisfaction from those pursuits.  I am a believer in the external motivations from a Divine Being that has outlined a process for me to chose how best to exemplify my life in terms of a perfect example.  Failure within those terms is inevitable, perfection impossible but the idea of achievement is set forth in well defined terms that I think I understand, only my natural self gets in the way.

My purpose here is not to decry those who do not have a religion for the very definition of religion is the daily devotion to something greater than oneself.  Life is greater than the individual and the pursuit of happiness is to understand that a singular life is not greater than the whole.  Service to others defines humanity.  The selfish attributes of the Natural Man are born of brutality and barbarism and only serve the short term selfish man and not the pursuit of a meaningful life. 


In conclusion I do not make New Years Resolutions because for the most part I try every day to be a better person, less natural and more spiritual.  There are a lot of things that I could resolve to do better but in the course of my life I hope I get to them before I die.  If I were to make a promise toward one specific thing over the many that I need help with I suspect I would forsake the development of those that really need dealing with in lieu of that one that I only think needs help and only today, meaning that by the second month of the year it will have been forgotten and I will have failed.  Not a great way to start a new year.