Rainbows and unicorn farts – by William Lehman
I get the free download of the New York Times. Why? Well, because I am not about to give those idiots any of my money, but it is worthwhile to keep up on what my political opponents say/believe. Every once in a while it leaves me with dents in my walls, and corresponding bumps in my head, because face palms just aren’t enough for the stupid. One catastrophically stupid article I expect, (and am almost never disappointed) but two or more, well… Today was one of those days.
Let’s start with an article on Graduation rates being up, but the product being unsatisfactory… http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/27/us/as-graduation-rates-rise-experts-fear-standards-have-fallen.html?emc=edit_th_20151227&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=28200476 Look these folks obviously thought Garrison Keiller’s radio program was a f*cking documentary. You remember Lake Wobegone, “where all of the children are above average?” We have been pushing for a one hundred percent graduation rate for over two decades. We’ve got it up to 85% or so, and guess what? Surprise surprise! The quality of the education went down! WOW.
People haven’t changed, we’re not suddenly producing wunder kindin from the Third Reich. The level of intelligence on average is probably unchangeable. Now that completely ruins the narrative that the left shills, but it’s sadly so. The article would lead you to believe that “we don’t understand why the quality has gone down, it’s complex, and there’s a lot of variables”. Hell, anyone with a basic understanding of economics and statistics understands why the damn quality has gone down! (yes, I realize that leaves out most of the left) The only way to make more of the kids graduate is to lower the standards or raise the average IQ, and we covered that second option already. Eventually buried way deep in the article they do admit that the requirements to graduate have been lowered, and the quality of work required has dropped. Well, this is bad enough as it is, but now that they have spent the last two or three decades (and in fairness it’s been going on for more like five) trying to give everyone a high school education, the stupid bastards want to give everyone a college education. Guess what Bozo? (yeah I’m looking at you Bernie) if everyone has a Bachelors’, they’re going to be worth exactly what a High School Diploma is worth now! (IE you practically have to have one just to be employable at the minimum wage level) and for good reason.
This isn’t a eugenics thing; brilliant minds have come out of families in the ghettos, from parents who are frankly below the average line. This isn’t even a suggestion that we go the route of Europe (oh yes, that wonderful place we keep getting told about by the left? That place that gets held up every time a debate is brought up on taxes, or socialism, or guns, or… Yeah that place, where in third or fourth grade you’re given a test that will determine if you are allowed to become educated, or if you’re destined for a factory job somewhere. [Sarah’s note- while I went through this system, fourth grade to determine if you go on, then 9th to determine if you get to go on and attempt to enter college or will just be taught a skilled trade, I don’t think this is true in at least half of Europe now. MIGHT still go on in easier form in Germany and England – the 9th, not the 4th grade cut off – but Europe has caught the everyone has to finish high school, too. Partly because people no longer leave 4th grade literate and numerate]) There have been late bloomers, there have been kids that just didn’t get it, until suddenly in fifth, or seventh, or… the light bulb comes on. Those kids get failed by the European system, and that is a problem. This is merely an observation that 1) if you give everyone something, it means nothing, 2) if you never expect someone to grow up, you’ll probably get your wish (if everyone is required or expected to go to college, you just extended adolescence for another four years) 3) maybe, just maybe, even a high school diploma may be too high an expectation for the entire population. Hell, in the years prior to and post Second world war, a sixth grade education was very employable. Of course a sixth grade education in 1945 was probably the equivalent of a ATA today.
Now, on to the second stupid: They tell us “a Fearful Congress Sits Out the War Against ISIS” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/27/opinion/sunday/a-fearful-congress-sits-out-the-war-against-isis.html?emc=edit_th_20151227&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=28200476 This is an oped piece by the editorial board of the NYT, that basically says “it’s congresses fault that the President is overstepping his bounds, and assuming powers in excess of what is permitted by the constitution. If they would just do what he wants, he wouldn’t be tempted to do it without permission.”
EXCUSE ME? Now I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the sort of mind that can wrap their heads around the first issue I brought up, can come to this conclusion, but still… The very concept that the overreach by the President is caused by congress not acting to give him the resolution he wants, is a microcosm of what ails the political left. It’s never the fault of the person who did something wrong, because actions and responsibility are completely divorced.
Here’s a thought NYT, how about you make the case for war (you’ve done it before Gods know, cough Spanish American War, Cough) and make the case for congress approving an actual declaration of war! Not yet another ‘use of force authorization’ with no defined goals, no exit plan, and by exit plan, I mean we have to either plan on a war and occupation for as long as it’s determined to be needed… Like oh say Germany and Japan where we still have troops, or a “punitive expedition” like Teddy R was such a fan of, were we go in, kill everyone that is causing trouble, or looks like they are thinking of causing trouble, then leave with a “if you start causing me trouble again, I’ll be back to kill a lot more of you”. And separately, you hold the asshole in office responsible for acting without congressional authorization in violation of the constitution, like you have many other presidents over the years. Oh wait, I forgot, you have a different standard for politicians on the left, than you do for politicians on the right. So shit that caused you apoplexy when Ronald Reagan did it, is congresses fault today…
The thing that really depresses me on this, when I think about it and look at it, is this sort of thinking seems to be in the majority today, even on the right. Folks, get your heads out of your fourth point of contact. If it’s wrong when your opponent does it, it’s wrong when your friend does it. If it seems to violate basic math, it probably does, and unless you are working in the sort of field where discovery of loopholes in the math and physics (cold fusion?) are at least possible, you should figure that the Gods of the copy book headings are going to get pissed and seek revenge if you ignore them.