Archive for the ‘education’ Category

Who Will Win?

August 10, 2014

The battle between good and evil never ends and it is always hard to predict the winner of any single clash. However, the current trend of politically indoctrinating children does not bode well for the success of good.

In the Middle East, children are being taught to hate Jews and continue jihad against the Western World. They are being inundated with lies and distortions that condition them to a future life of violence and hate. Children will learn whatever they are taught and they are being taught to kill and die for jihad. There is no hope for peace when generations continue this senselessness violence.

In North Korea, the same type of indoctrination takes place and children are brainwashed into believing all they are told about the outside world. The total control North Korea has over communications keeps people in the dark, often literally, and children are taught to fear and hate everything outside the country. It is hard to break that cycle when it is government controlled.

Here in the United States, our children are also being indoctrinated. Our schools are dominated and controlled by progressive liberals who believe social justice is more important than basic education. Our children are being inundated with the ideology of moral equivalence that scorns judgment of other cultures, even those based on violence. With the line between good and evil erased, our children will not even know they are in a battle when they reach adulthood. How, then, can they win?

Currently, the trend in schools is to teach history based on this moral equivalence, ignoring our country’s incredible contributions to the world and concentrating on our mistakes and “atrocities”. This is a deliberate attempt to reduce the standing of the US as the leader of the free world and to level the international playing field. Our children are being conditioned to actively pursue this, so who will stand against those being taught to kill and dominate?

Much of the free world has become dependent on US leadership and military strength. Our current administration has backed away from this responsibility and world chaos is increasing as a result. If our children continue to be taught moral equivalence while other children are taught the “righteousness” of their violence and killing, who do you think has a better chance of winning the battle between good and evil?

Your vote counts and it is the only way to secure the future for our children. Social justice will be meaningless if evil triumphs.

David J. Hentosh

Just Go Away, Jane

June 3, 2014

The far left hates the military and this is especially true of the liberal academia controlling our education system. Their pretense of respect for servicemen has been an attempt to make amends for the disgraceful way they treated military personnel during the Vietnam War. UCLA inviting Jane Fonda as a graduation commencement speaker shatters that pretense.

Vietnam vets are, understandably, upset. They will never forget the 1972 treasonable actions of Jane in North Vietnam which are clearly defined in Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer’s factual book, Aid and Comfort. Fonda has offered a half-hearted apology for her actions but it is obvious that she, and the far left, continue to proudly view the incident as a high water mark of their protests.

Vietnam vets have been deeply insulted by Fonda’s escape from prosecution for treason. Her continued movie career and financial success from exercise videos poured salt in the wounds many vets suffered because of her actions. She was treated by the world press at the time as being representative of the view of all of America. Soldiers in the field as well as those at home could not help feeling hurt and abandoned because of her immature foolishness.

Liberal colleges across the nation continually bring in speakers who are an affront to the silent majority and American tradition. The more radical a speaker, the more welcome they are. Students brainwashed by liberal academia are encouraged to protest speakers not fitting the radical mold, so, the squeaky wheel often gets the grease with the cancelling of those speakers.

In this manner, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, politely backed out of speaking at Rutgers due to loud protests from a minority of close-minded students unwilling to hear from someone outside their protected political bubble. Jane Fonda lacks the class to do the same and will most certainly speak at UCLA in a shameless attempt to bask in the limelight of her protesting glory days.

Vietnam vets, understanding that justice will never be served to Jane, would like her to just go away. Is that too much to ask? For UCLA, unfortunately, it is.

David J. Hentosh

The Tail is Wagging the Dog – Again

May 15, 2014

Once again, graduation commencement speakers are being forced to cancel or are being disinvited due to protests from an offended, vocal minority. For the most part, that minority consists of “progressives” hypocritically displaying their tolerance by being totally intolerant.

Brandeis University’s recent cancelling of Hirsi Ali is an example of how insane this has become. Ali speaks out strongly against the barbaric and totalitarian practices of Islamic law that oppress women throughout the world. However, Brandies University could not overlook “…certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University’s core values”. It seems that Ali’s contention that “there is no moderate Islam” offends progressives much more than the actual wholesale mutilation and killing of innocent women. Too much reality confuses idealistic zealots, so everyone must be denied. This is totalitarian tolerance at its best.

It’s just a matter of time before the college tradition of commencement speakers will be banned. Wimpy school officials fear offending any student who pays a king’s ransom to attend their institution (and pay their salaries), so the easy, coward’s way out is to simply kill the tradition. It’s as easy as pretending there is no legal drinking age on campus and a degree in fine arts is the way to economic security.

Ending commencement speakers will please many progressive whiners because killing traditions is their passion and it doesn’t seem to matter what tradition it is as long as it is killed. The “wagging tail” has taken over our education system, especially higher education, and it demands that “the dog” follow – or else – and “else” is becoming more and more sinister and severe as the majority continues to buckle. You can lose your job, your company, your reputation, your family, or your freedom.

The tail wagging the dog brought abortion on demand, free contraceptives, disintegration of the family unit, freedom from religion, porous borders, amnesty, high unemployment, lower moral standards, a failing education system, a drug-infested society, a weaker military and international disrespect. It’s time to cut the tail off.

David J. Hentosh

Doom is Evident

May 1, 2014

Recent events make it clear that this country is doomed. We are closer to total demise than anyone wants to admit and it may be far too late to reverse course. Our government is no longer functioning in our best interests and Congress is polarized into inaction and powerless to curb a runaway administration.

The conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, obtained e-mails about Benghazi that an impotent Congress repeatedly asked for and never received. These e-mails make it clear that Obama administration officials deliberately attributed the Benghazi terrorist attack (where four Americans were killed) to an internet video so it would not be considered a failure of Obama’s policy. It was a White House cover up for political purposes.

The mainstream press which once forced President Nixon to resign over a much less serious cover up does not see this as an important story. Instead, it is obsessed with an NBA team owner’s racist remark made in a private conversation that was secretly taped. Abuse of power and invasion of privacy, such as the NSA and IRS scandals, are of little concern for the press since Obama took office. In this “post racial” era, race trumps all.

The American public is deliberately being misinformed and kept in the dark. News stories are being cherry-picked by ideologues whose intent is to mold public opinion rather than report news. We can no longer believe what is reported and things we should know are being withheld. The watchdog is dead and our government agencies are taking advantage of it.

Our very language has been distorted to obfuscate the truth. “Pro-choice” defines killing a fetus. “Access” to health care, which always existed, means “free” health care. The “Affordable” Care Act is not very affordable. “Diversity” means conform to minority wishes or be punished. “Fair share” means someone wants what you worked for. “Tolerance” means my way or no way. “Climate change” is man-made global warming. The list is endless.

Our children are indoctrinated (brainwashed?) by an education system long overtaken by those more interested in social engineering than education. They are not prepared to recognize, let alone repair, the problems they will inherit. We seem incapable and/or unwilling to do it; therefore, doom is imminent.

David J. Hentosh

Naughton Challenges Fitzpatrick

April 24, 2014

Shaugnessy Naughton is running for Congress in the 8th District against Mike Fitzpatrick. In a guest opinion in the BCCT she laid out her “progressive platform” that contained very little detail but one: spend, spend, spend. That, of course, means more government spending.

The need for jobs, of course, ends up on every politician’s agenda, but the idea that government creates jobs is a progressive idea that is false. Government is not supposed to create jobs. It is only expected to help build an atmosphere where jobs can be created by private industry.

Naughton’s self-proclaimed “forward thinking attitude” was explained with all the right buzz words: investing in the future, investing in the infrastructure, investing in education and science and technology, modernizing transportation, raising the minimum wage, etc. How all this investing is to be paid for is left unsaid.

There is nothing wrong with investing, but “progressive” spending is at an all-time high and we are getting very little bang for the buck – and our children are being saddled with the bill. A little “forward thinking” a few years ago could have stopped Obamacare from being rashly devised and rammed through Congress. It could also have stopped our education system from deteriorating into a social engineering laboratory that is failing to educate properly. Naughton’s type of “forward thinking” always seems to ignore consequences.

Naughton complains about companies shutting their doors, but government over-reach and intrusion bears much of the blame. Government investments in alternative energy sources that have produced little could have done much for our failing infrastructure. Instead, the “progressive” agenda ruled the day and we spent foolishly. Appeasing the progressive agenda has put us in a difficult position. We need a real change.

Nothing Shaugnessy Naughton said makes one feel she is the change we need. She seems like more of the same, and that’s not working. Her science background is impressive, but science has been hijacked for political purposes to the point where it has lost credibility, especially when cited by politicians. We need to stop “progressing” and get our priorities straight. Then, maybe real progress can be made.

David J. Hentosh

The Slippery Tax Slope

January 29, 2014

Hawaii House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla wants to legalize cultivation of marijuana in her state for sale and export to foreign jurisdictions where usage is lawful. Admitting that she is not a fan of marijuana, Cabanilla is nonetheless very eager to get her hands on possible revenues and wants federal laws changed to allow Hawaii to rake in the dough.

This is the fuel feeding the frenzy to legalize marijuana. It is not Hippies and stoners chasing a dream and it is not the need for medicinal use. It is the quest for more taxes to pay for runaway spending and ever-increasing government assistance. Dollar signs are trumping warning signs and politicians are jumping on the pot bandwagon.

Statistics have been cherry-picked and data creatively interpreted to show benefits ($$$) of legalization while predictions of negative consequences have been ignored or sneeringly belittled. Sound familiar? It should, because the exact same thing was done with Obamacare and, once again, it will be the children who end up paying.

Why stop at marijuana? There are more taxes waiting to be mined by legalizing cocaine, heroin, prostitution, street drag racing, dog fighting, human trafficking and a host of other activities. Simply dropping the age requirement on the purchase and consumption of alcohol could bring a large increase in tax revenue.

Many sneer at the mention of a slippery slope but it occurs all the time. Abortion became legal only to help women with special circumstances and is now claimed to be a “right”. Free needles for drug users slid down the slope to free crack pipes. Demands for civil unions for gay couples slid quickly into re-defining the institution of marriage. The list is long and varied.

When taxes from marijuana become the government’s main source of revenue, everyone will be expected to smoke their “fair share” to fund the drug rehabs high school seniors will be required to complete before graduating – if they make it that far. Here’s a tip: Buy stock in Frito-Lay now, and make sure you sell it before the government taxes their products out of reach for the common man. It’s a sure thing.

David J. Hentosh

Zero Tolerance Results in Zero Sense

December 10, 2013

Since zero tolerance policies became popular, common sense and good judgment have gone out the window and those in authority are behaving more like robots than intelligent beings. They are behaving like fast food restaurant cashiers pressing pictures of food items rather than numbers on cash registers. Decisions like the one below are the result of removing intelligent discretion from authority.

From cnsnews.com

On Wednesday, the Rutherford Institute announced it has come to the defense of a 10-year-old boy who was suspended under a school zero tolerance policy for shooting an imaginary “arrow” at a fellow classmate, using nothing more than his hands and his imagination.

Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School, was suspended for a day and threatened with expulsion under the school’s weapons policy after playfully using his hands to draw the bowstrings on a pretend ‘bow’ and ‘shoot’ an arrow at a classmate who had held his folder like an imaginary gun and ‘shot’ at Johnny.

Read it and weep here: Fifth-grader Suspended

DJH

 

Progressive Derangement

November 26, 2013

Professor Noel Ignatiev at Massachusetts College seriously proclaimed to his class: “If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites…what can a white male do? He’s good for nothing”.

It has been reported that this tirade basically calling for white males to commit suicide was received by his predominately white, middle-class students with a standing ovation. The “Diversity Chronicle” found it remarkable that “a few far-right extremists” actually objected to the professor’s “sound and reasonable words” that “resonate with every enlightened and progressive mind”. Therefore, an enlightened Ivan Fernando from the “Diversity Chronicle” interviewed Ignatiev to clear up any confusion.

Professor Ignatiev clarified: “The goal of destroying the white race is simply so desirable, it boggles the mind trying to understand how anyone could possibly object to it…Those who object to my advice (destroying the cancer of humanity known as the white race), knowingly or perhaps unknowingly, are themselves white supremacists.” 

These are the words of wisdom from a retiring, tenured professor in our “progressive” education system. The fact that this is so blatantly racist that it makes Al Sharpton look moderate doesn’t even scratch the depth of its depravity, and our children are being brainwashed with twisted ideology like this in colleges all across the country. This is being paid for with second mortgages, student loans, and life-long savings.  

If this is the future you desire for your children, don’t vote. Stay home and let the deranged, squeaky wheels continue to steer the country. The past two presidential elections emboldened those who espouse this nonsense and it is being labeled “mainstream” thinking. Is it? If so, we are already past the point of no return. If not, we may still be able to avoid doom, but the “mainstream” has to vote to be heard.

David J. Hentosh

Politically Correct Halloween

October 24, 2013

Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and most traditional holidays, have been targets of the “progressive” PC police in recent times, so it is not surprising to find Halloween under attack. It seems that those who self-righteously consider themselves champions of personal freedom are, once again, shamelessly trying to dictate everyone’s way of life and “transform” America.

The PC Command Center is our nation’s schools and it is there attacks begin. The Cumberland County, PA school district no longer allows costumes or parades for Halloween, citing “safety concerns” as reason for the ban. They do, however, allow dress-up days throughout the year for students to express individual creativity. That would probably include the PC-approved cross-dressing day held at a Milwaukee elementary school.

Inglewood Elementary School in the North Penn School District tried to ban Halloween using the popular and misinterpreted “Separation of Church and State” excuse. As extra ammunition, dietary concerns, specifically peanut allergies, were included. After an angry outcry from those whose sensitivities were supposed to have been rankled, the ban was lifted.

Colleges, however, have very little backlash when they “mold” the minds of students. Banning Halloween can be done in such a way that students do not even realize banning is taking place. The University of Colorado warns students to avoid costumes such as cowboys, Indians, white trash (which I’m sure includes hobos), over-sexualized themes (geishas, French maids), and anything portraying a culture (Pirates, gypsies, Mexican bandits?). The University of Minnesota allows cowboy costumes but not Indian ones or any that perpetuate racial, cultural, and gender stereotypes.

So, traditional baseball and football costumes are out because of the offensive Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Chiefs. Robots are offensive because they replace human workers. President Obama masks are racist and President Bush masks are…well, Bush is just plain evil. Darth Vader is synonymous with Dick Cheney and a witch is synonymous with Sarah Palin and, of course, any priest or nun costume is highly offensive to progressives.

Halloween is becoming as hollow as the PC movement and progressive ideology, but nowhere near as frightening.

David J. Hentosh

War on Words

August 6, 2013

The continuing war on words is currently being waged in Seattle where City Hall officials are considering “brown bag” and “citizen” to be offensive and in need of being banned from official records. The idea that “brown bag” is racist can only come from a far-left mind obsessed with race and racism. This innocent term has been used for as long one can remember and it is curious that anyone would consider it racist.

This obsessiveness with words being racist is nothing new. A Portland school principal argued that the mention of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich found in a lesson plan was subtly racist because others, such as Somali or Hispanic students, may not eat such sandwiches. What, then, must we do about tofu, prime rib, arugula, or foie gras?

Banning the word “citizen” so as not to offend is just more politically correct foolishness from Seattle. How many non-citizens can there be, not institutionalized, who are so sensitive that the word “citizen” upsets them? Who said it is the government’s responsibility to protect everyone from being offended anyway?

Many of the words that have been banned from standardized testing require a major stretch to rationalize removal, such as: dinosaur, disease, hunting, or abuse. These are common words with common meanings, and sheltering someone from their use does nothing for education.

It is fear of offending rather than the actual act of doing so that is at the root of this foolishness. This fear combines with guilt and an idealistic notion that the world can be made fair for all, creating a need to be a proactive champion of a minority that may consist of only a few people.

Words are not racist, people are, and banning words in an attempt to stop racism is nonsense. It is also nonsense to think that everyone needs to be protected from being offended. There are some who are offended by almost anything that’s said and catering to their sensitivities advances the victimization that permeates today’s society. We need to stop seeing ourselves as victims.

David J. Hentosh


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