Monthly Archives: September 2014

Looks Like War

WWII was the last time the United States DECLARED WAR.
WWII was the last time the United States DECLARED WAR.

Last week President Obama announced we will still be fighting terrorism across the world utilizing the latest technology in warfare so we can make the world a better place and safe from ISIS. I feel safer already.

Some people may be asking: Why does it seem that United States continues to police the world against terrorism?

Answer: Cuz, we are pretty darn good at it. That’s why. Just look at the results.

Whatever America chooses to do we can’t help but excel at it. Even if “it” is WAR.

See at the root of everything: we are a violent country, wearing designer clothing, texting on our smart phones, while we turn a blind eye to TORTURE and loss of our liberties BUT stay abreast regarding Kim Kardashian’s breasts.

We invade, we abuse, we torture, we ignore, and we forget and look where we are today. More WAR just without our designer boots on the ground.

Didn’t a dude named Eisenhower warn America about the military industrial complex? But what does an old dead white guy know anyways.

It is September 2014 and we are still in Iraq and Yemen and Pakistan and Syria and Somalia and Afghanistan. We will never leave alone the Middle East as long as there is OIL to protect from the “evil doers” that must be punished .

We must solve the problems of the world not through peace but through killing so democracy may live on and oil can flow freely.

On the other hand who really has time to think about war when everyone’s Fantasy Football league has suddenly turned into a nightmare. Am I Right Ladies?

Adrian Peterson Thinks He’s Not a Child Abuser!

I just finished reading Adrian Peterson’s open letter to the Viking’s organization and the world and he actually states, “I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

Someone who beats their child is the very definition of a CHILD ABUSER!

Mr. Peterson goes on to say, “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.”  Really?  I find that hard to believe since doesn’t the evidence show that Mr. Peterson used a “switch” to punish his son.  He didn’t tickle his son with the “switch” but he repeatedly struck his four year old son.    Adrian Peterson, professional football champion, uses physical force to beat his little son and somehow concludes that he is NOT an abuser.

What kind of human being is able to beat a little child and then pretend it is acceptable behavior.  Answer: a star football player named Adrian Peterson.

He continues to defend his behavior saying, “I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”

Really?  I am expected to believe he met with a psychologist who provided “may be more appropriate” than cruelly beating the shit out of his tiny son.

“I have learned a lot and have had to reevaluate how I discipline my son going forward”, he continued saying,  “But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives. I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. ”

See everybody “deep” in his “heart” he believes that this type of violence has helped him be a successful professional football player who happens to beat his son.  Got it.

Peterson writes, “I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct.”  Oh, he’s cool with the way we feel about his conduct. Wow that’s a nice euphemism for ABUSE.

I think each man in the NFL who supports Mr. Adrian Peterson first needs to allow him to take a “switch” to their scrotums and then let them weigh in on his “conduct”.

California is HOT HOT HOT!

I am living in a heat wave and can’t believe anyone can survive this kind of weather in sunny southern California without air conditioning.

Years ago my family and I planned a trip to France during the summer.  “Hey, did you know France is experiencing their worst heat wave in history?” That meant nothing to me when my friend Mike warned me about gay Paris because I live in California and know what hot is all about.  I know HOT!

And then the part about France I didn’t know about  is that many buildings don’t have air conditioning and since we were doing a home exchange our Paris apartment was quaint without any a.c. The days were long and the nights were unbearable.  The air stood still as the heat pounded down.  I couldn’t even get a cool refreshing drink.   You probably are already familiar with what “a cup of ice” usually means at a cafe.  Answer:  It means maybe a few teeny tiny cubes of ice pellets that melt upon arrival.  There was no escape from the heat.

And here I sit trapped inside my home today.  Another heat wave.  It is awful.  L. A. City Hall and boy is it HOT!Not to mention how unmotivated to do anything I am now feeling.  I am no match for the heat.  I give.  It is way too hot to even take my dog Brownie for a walk until later tonight.

Every step I take outside in the heat makes parts of my body stick together that don’t usually stay stuck.  Yuck.

Excuse me  while I go and pray to the god of rain.

Obama: Back to the Future?

obama-gives-iraq-speech-1I can’t even turn on my television or computer to watch President Obama make the case to have America continue to spread Democracy while annihilating ISIS.   Or is it ISIL?  I cannot believe we are entering into war again!

How can anyone in the United States really justify our participation in any war in light how it has NEVER WORKED OUT!

So instead of viewing the presidents speech I’m outraged at the completely irresponsible behavior on the part of the NFL and Roger Goodel.  “It would have been illegal if we had attempted to get the video” Goodel purports.   Turns out that Goodel is a big fat lying commissioner.

I don't know anything about anything.  --Roger Goodel
I don’t know anything about anything. –Roger Goodel

Oh, I miss the good old days when football meant good American fun while getting drunk and beating your wife.  And America actually stood for what was right…that seems so long ago.

Technology Over Teachers!

$3.6 Million Dollars for iReady?
iReady assessment program is the magical answer to all our educational concerns.

What would you do with $3.6 million dollars and it had to go towards public education?

Recently our school district paid $3.6 million dollars on a new program– iReady –to help track each student’s progress throughout the school year in English/Language Arts and Math.

Students in elementary school on up through twelfth grade will begin to take this assessment program that promises to provide results that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.  In only six (most likely 12) online hour sessions each student will be evaluated on their ability and then provided with “something” to support their ongoing academic goals.  See technology and online programs for student use   sounds like the very best solution to all of our educational problems!   Right!

Hey kids look at how much fun staring at a screen can be!
Hey kids look at how much fun staring at a screen can be!

Um, I’ve been teaching for over 25 years and I’ve got an idea of how to improve student’s academic performance:  Hire more teachers to instruct students!

Just hire strong experienced teachers.  That is the real answer to all of our educational woes.

Sure, it is not a sexy new technologically advanced answer;  its a real “old school” answer.  A common sense type of answer that Eleanor Roosevelt would love and Henry David Thoreau would applaud and Cesar Chavez would support.  Viva!

In the meantime I will be a loud mouth about how ridiculous all this money is being spent on a product that actually takes me away from my classroom not just once or twice but I will lose 12 hours of classroom instruction so I can be told what are my students areas of strengths and weaknesses.  Oh and I bet I will have to be out of the classroom another full day so I can be trained on how to utilize this program that truly undermines my classroom instructional experience with my students.

Just this week I had to stop my instruction while in the middle of discovering why Oedipus Rex is having such a difficult time of it in the land of Thebes.  We stopped reading our classical literature so kids could sit in front of a computer monitor select their favorite cartoon character and take a test that has absolutely nothing to do with what is happening in my classroom and/or their lives.  It is enough to make me stab my eyes with a number two pencil.

To be continued…