Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kasich on #CommonCore

Most voters support 1990s fiscal conservative Rep Kasich vs current RINO Gov Kasich

John Kasich explains his support for Common Core in a October 5, 2014 interview during his reelection campaign for Ohio governor:

Kasich: 41%, by the way, of Ohio students who enter college are taking some sort of remedial education which shows that we need to beef it up K-12. Those higher standards have to be met by a curriculum that local school boards write.  We're [Ohio state government] not writing what they should teach, and the federal government, or Barack Obama  is not writing what they should teach, contrary to what some people think. It is decided by local school boards with advice from parents who live in the school district. Ah, if it was anything other than that, I wouldn't support it.  But I do support higher standards, and I support local control. And there's a test that is going to take a look at how kids are doing. We have delayed the impact of that test for year [conveniently, until after Gov Kasich's reelection bid]. If the test appears to be, you know, out of line, goofy, or whatever, we'll just get rid of the test, but we're not getting rid of higher standards.

Interviewer: Common Core. So you're, as it stands right now, you're supporting? 

Kasich: Again, for higher standards. That's what it is, a buzz word. I just want people to understand what it is.  If you support higher standards, and local school boards, and local communities devising them, then, I'm for that--if that's what common core represents, great!   The other thing that is really important is that we reiterated this, in our last budget, and we now have parental advisers who can advise those school boards to make sure that curriculum -oh, and by the way it only covers English and math. It is, we're not going into history or any of these other things with the common core.

It seems Gov Kasich is taking Gov Huckabee's advice: once voters find out about common core, change it's name to protect the guilty.  From DR. SUSAN BERRY 1 Feb 2014 Breitbart article "Mike Huckabee to Common Core Creators: Rebrand, Don't Retreat"  

"According to The Washington Post, at a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), one of the organizations that created the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Huckabee urged state education officials to get rid of the “Common Core” name because it has become “toxic.”
As the Post indicates, however, Huckabee still intends to support the standards.
“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” Huckabee reportedly told CCSSO members."

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Joy to the World

My boss, the drummer, forced me to put an impromptu jazz band together for our squadron Christmas party back in the day:

The One Hit Wonders: The Hypergolic HipCats
Where are they now? The Hypergolic Hip Cats performing their hit "Joy to the World" in 1994. 

When in doubt, just add 8-12 measures of a drum solo to your arrangement and voila!

In case you couldn't tell, this arrangement was loosely inspired by Boots Randolph's from his "Christmas at Boot's Place" album:

Admittedly, the only similarity between the two versions is that they are both swing jazz adaptations of the same song.

After the musical interlude, everyone in attendance was provided standard issue Christmas ordinance devices:

In case  you don't know what a Christmas cracker is, here are the Teletubbies to explain:

If you are still confused, the staff of "Are You Being Served" illustrate, with a few double entendres, @20:25 how you're supposed to celebrate a proper, or in their case, a somewhat rude and improper, British Christmas:

And if this motivates to make your own Christmas crackers, Tesco uploaded a helpful how to video:

So, in the spirit of Ye Olde English Christmas .... Feliz Navidad!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wonder what Santa gave Margaret Thatcher for Christmas

In my continuing saga to fight my hoarding instincts, I emptied out some more cardboard boxes this year and ran across an old audio tape from my high school days recording 92 Rock Harrisburg, Pennsylvania [which I think has changed its format since I was in high school - it was more Top 40 vs hard rock] Christmas Eve broadcast that tracked Santa's whereabouts. The DJ informed his listeners that old Saint Nick visited Margaret Thatcher:


"92 rock Well, we didn't really lose Santa Claus there, actually, uh, somebody unplugged my computer, uh, we’ll get that person though.   Santa Claus was last reported flying over Wales. He was in Scotland a few minutes ago, a matter of fact, he stopped & talked to all the guys in Big Country & was in London about 10 minutes ago, as a matter of fact, he stopped in to say ‘hello’ to Margaret Thatcher. Can you believe that? What a nice guy Santa Claus is. Now his next destination is supposedly somewhere in France. See he kind of went over the Northern part of Europe and he has got to go back down just to hit France and into Spain and into Italy & so on & start his trek to North America.  We’ll tell you little bit more about that in the next report in about a half hour."

The flags with Christmas multilingual greeting didn't come out clearly in the above video:

Saturday, December 12, 2015

#LNYHBT during Battle of Arnhem in WWII

I was watching a World War II documentary about the ill fated Operation Market Garden - Battle of Arnhem "Theirs Is the Glory" which was filmed with actual military veterans after the war was over:


The British government shows scenes of airborne rangers preparing for battle. One scene depicts a chapel service where the chaplain quotes one of Sean Hannity's favorite Bible verses "let not your heart be troubled" where you can even buy t-shirts with his "slogan" emblazoned on them:

But Erick Erickson in his rather heart wrenching April 18th, 2013 "Red State" article "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled" reminds people of the verse's original context:

"Let not your heart be troubled is not just something Sean Hannity came up with on his radio show. It is not just some trite expression people use to superficially aid and comfort others. It is a phrase spoken by Jesus Christ found in the first verse of John 14. 'Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.'"


This Bible verse has been adapted many times into song. Albertina Walker singing gospel version "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled":

Operation Market Garden was the subject of the film "A Bridge Too Far" with a march theme of an upbeat melody punctuated by discordant counterpoint:

Along the lines of the law of unintended consequences, and something I never considered until reading the answer to a FAQ of "What Happened Afterwards?" on imdb, of all places:

"Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the failure of Market Garden was that the delay allowed the Soviet Union to occupy Eastern Europe rather than the Western Allies, which lead to the Cold War."

However, it's nice to have the presence of mind to remember that even if one doesn't win every battle, you can win the war if you keep your chin up and remember John 14:27 "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."

Saturday, December 5, 2015

USA Media acts like Lucy Liu 's lying cheating #Chicago boyfriend

Insane USA media who seemingly can't find a motive for ISIS shooting in San Bernardino, California:

act like pompous boyfriend of Lucy Liu character in Chicago


"What an amazing illustration of where this country is just watching the news media since last night following this event.  Folks, there's so many things here that are just rock solid simple that are being made complicated, obfuscated. It's absurd and it is obscene to watch the efforts of the left cover this up.  It's as though they think they did it.  I'm talking about the Democrats that are talking about this, the media that is talking about this, trying to pin blame on people that had nothing to do with it.  It is almost as though the people on the left in this country feel guilty and are trying to transfer that guilt in order to protect their political agenda."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Why did ABC ruin Snoopy Christmas w/cameo from guy who puts Mao on his Mawlid al-Nabi bush?

ABC ruined a perfectly fine homage to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with this pagan drivel from the Obamas:


POTUS: Hi, everybody. We'll be brief, because we know that adults all sound like 'Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah' Especially here in Washington.
FLOTUS: Good grief!
POTUS: But, we want to wish a Happy 50th Anniversary to one of our country's most beloved traditions - 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'.
FLOTUS: For half a century, people of all ages have gathered around the TV to watch Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the gang teach us the true meaning of Christmas.
POTUS: The teach us that tiny trees just need a little love.  And that on this holiday we celebrate peace on earth and goodwill toward all.
FLOTUS: Because as Linus knows, that's what Christmas is all about.
POTUS: So, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. Here's to 50 more years.

Neither POTUS nor FLOTUS mentions that Christmas is a celebration of Jesus' birthday, not some druid celebration over little trees.

Snoopy creator, Charles Schultz, points out how important it was to him to include the Biblical reason for Christmas in his special


POTUS and FLOTUS evoking Linus, who quotes the Bible: Luke2: 8 during the special, just seems to add insult to injury:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo , the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid . 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold , I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes , lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying , 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
This saccharine pablum translation of Luke 2:14 "peace on earth, good will toward men" has been incorporated into Longfellow lyrics of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day":

However, as persnickety people have noticed, Luke 2:14 is a faulty English translation from the Latin, from woodyoubelieveit Tuesday, November 17, 2015 post "PEACE ON EARTH TOWARD MEN OF GOOD WILL"

My cousin, Julie Greenman has been studying Latin. She made the comment, In the KJV of the Bible it says, "Glory the God in the highest, and peace on earth, goodwill toward men". However, the literal translation should be, "Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth toward men of goodwill.
No, God is NOT like a doting, half-senile grandpa, who is sitting there on the porch smiling at everyone who passes by, including the neighborhood thugs who have been harassing the little kiddos.  Those who merit goodness are meted goodness.  All else will suffer with the wicked and be cast out into a place of indescribable hell until they find it in themselves to bend that knee and confess Jesus as their Savior (whether they take advantage of it, or not).
So, there you have it.  No smooth words and no false doctrine here.
Ironically the  lyricists who put together the counterpoint to Bing Crosby's duet with David Bowie at the last minute at least got the translation correct:

But taking both Christ and mass out of Christmas is what you would expect from people who put atheist Mao ornaments on their Mawlid al-Nabi bush. From December 24, 2009 "White House Christmas Decor Featuring Mao Zedong Comes Under Fire"

And more creeping cultural jihad from Jim Hoft gatewaypundit  Dec 15th, 2010 post  "School District Decides Christmas Tree Must Include Muslim and Jewish Symbols"

Saturday, November 28, 2015

#WhyImThankful Katzenjammer kids on TV during #MacysParade

Some people found it offputting, but I found it nostalgic and heartwarming to see naughty nudniks in the crowd shots during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade



I'm not very thankful for people who are pro dragon and apparently anti St. George:


I'm also not thankful for people who downplay Islamic terrorism as simply a "difficulty"



Friday, November 27, 2015

Roger Rees = my favorite British actor who played historical American characters for PBS documentaries

Roger Rees was my favorite British actor who played historical American characters for PBS documentaries, if those are enough caveats. He played Thomas Paine in the PBS documentary on the American Revolution "Liberty" reciting "These are the times that try men's souls" from "The American Crisis"


Roger Rees also played William Bradford in the PBS American Experience documentary on "The Pilgrims"

Bradford explains his understanding of faith:


Bradford on his inspiration to emigrate and leave England:


Bradford on trying to recreate his concept of community described in the Bible sans church hierarchy and bureaucracy:


Bradford on realizing his and his coreligious temporal travails are chalked up to being mere pilgrims on this earth, anticipating the spirit of John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress".


Bradford coming to terms that his ship, the Mayflower, was blown off course into isolated New England territory, either by fortune or by treachery, as the Spencer Tracy film "Plymouth Adventure" speculates, from Mark Tooley – 11.26.14 "The American Spectator" review "SPENCER TRACY AT PLYMOUTH ROCK: Today’s secular intolerance wouldn't abide such a Thanksgiving movie"

"Tracy, true to his own real-life personality, effectively portrays a grumpy, unlikeable, and chronically depressed but competent Captain Christopher Jones, who meanly accepts a bribe to deliver the Pilgrims to chilly Massachusetts rather than the desired southerly Virginia."


Bradford comments on his sense of isolation after sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to America:


An anthropologist, not quoting primary sources, asserts Pilgrims viewed Native Americans not as future converts but as mere vermin:


Alyssa Rosenberg's November 24 "Washington Post" review "‘The Pilgrims’ challenges the myths of the first Thanksgiving" notes Bruchac's comment:

"'I think it’s necessary to ask who the savages were,' the anthropologist Margaret Bruchac says. 'Were they the people who had lived in this territory for millennia? Or were they these people who had forced themselves into someone else’s home?' That’s a sort of rhetoric that can easily become trendy and hyperbolic, but 'The Pilgrims' brings the historical ammunition to back it up, while also providing a fair assessment of the community’s genuine accomplishments in self-governance.
That commitment to a comprehensive understanding is what makes 'The Pilgrims' useful, rather than merely polemical. It’s a call to enlarge our understanding of Thanksgiving, rather than to chuck the holiday out altogether as some sort of political gesture."

It doesn't seem to occur to leftists that perhaps everyone should be treated equally, and broadly stereotyping and disparaging entire groups is inappropriate. The "Washington Post" also compares the Pilgrims to ISIS terrorists:

"Despite their theological extremism, oddball reputations and the logistical obstacles to success, the Pilgrims managed to plant themselves in America. It may not be comforting to see even the broad parallels between the Pilgrims and the extremists of the Islamic State (both groups shared a sense that the apocalypse was — in the form of the Thirty Years’ War — or is nigh), but it’s true that some small, determined religious movements do actually change the world."

Ric Burns speculates Bradford's poem was written in memory of his lost wife:


Bradford on the tremendous death toll from famine and exposure:


Bradford plans of a preemptive strike against perceived potential enemies:


The "New York Times" in their review also implies that the Pilgrims were similar to current day ISIS pointing to this decapitation scene


From NEIL GENZLINGER NOV. 23, 2015 article "Review: In ‘The Pilgrims,’ Ric Burns Looks at Mythmaking"

"gives us a clearer picture of who the religious separatists on the voyage were, and their fundamentalist interpretation of their faith and desire to create a community based on it might put you in mind of a far different group that has been in the news.
The Pilgrims and their fellow travelers weren’t terrorists, of course (despite an instance of putting the severed head of a perceived enemy on a pole), but they and those who followed certainly did effect a cultural conquest."
It's rather anachronistic as well as disingenuous to compare capital punishment practices from nearly half a millennium ago to contemporary practices, but par for the course for leftists seeking moral equivalency between the US and its modern day opponents.

I think it's also disingenuous for the film to imply the Puritans in Boston were loyalists to the British crown:


"the [Puritans] who go to Boston make a fuss that they are NOT separating from the Church of England"
A few years after starting colonies in America, Puritan leader, Oliver Cromwell, led a Civil War in England which resulted in King Charles I being deposed and eventually beheaded. Scene from the biopic "Cromwell" illustrates being accused of treason:

Trial of Charles I from "The Sword Divided"

Charles I execution scene from "To Kill A King".

Back to Bradford and his philosophical acceptance on the limits of his accomplishments


Bradford feeling abandoned by former associates


An essay from seeming leftist social justice warriors at Gordon College "The "Log of The Mayflower": Memory and Desire in the Winter of William Bradford" describe Bradford's ideological conflicts:
"he saw how the voluntary alliance of the 'Lord’s free people' could be rattled by the unruly liberties of its own individuals. Bradford came to understand that liberty needed to be balanced by 'conscience'—which he understood as the public commitment to uphold the mandates of Scripture."

Bradford learning Hebrew at the end of his life:


Anthropologist Margaret  Bruchac seems simpatico with people celebrating a Day of Mourning vs Thanksgiving for losing the King Phillips War.


The film ends "somewhere, William Bradford might have smiled"


Presumably, the "somewhere" Bradford and his followers hoped to be smiling from is not in this realm but in his heavenly Father's house