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Archive for January 6th, 2006

Gauvin at the Airport

Posted by Sal on January 6, 2006

I received a call from Gauvin about an hour ago as he was sitting in the airport waiting for his flight to Florida. He relayed that he was tagged for an extensive search and security screening by security. He figured that because he was the person who least fit the profile of a terrorist in the airport, he was immediately flagged down.

Which brings up the point again on why we are doing random searches. The terrorists fit a certain profile, and to not go after that profile is negligence. That’s not to say that we can’t do random searches on other people, but we should be focusing our efforts among people who fit the profile of Islamofacist terrorists.

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This Shouldn’t Sound the Way it Does

Posted by Ryan on January 6, 2006

Fox News is reporting that Zawahiri is claiming victory in Iraq because of the troop withdrawals planned for this year. In the face of American victory, he only sees our defeat. He sounds ridiculous, obviously, but what makes this serious is that he really does sound like a Lib if everything goes their way in 2006. Read it– it speaks for itself.

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More from the Florida “Kangaroo” Court

Posted by Sal on January 6, 2006

The Florida Kangaroo Court (ahem, I mean “Supreme” Court) has thrown out the State Tuition voucher program. The ruling stated in part

Our decision does not deny parents recourse to either public or private school alternatives to a failing school. Only when the private school option depends upon public funding is choice limited.

Just as usual, when it comes to helping kids in failing schools, the Left sees no problem keeping the poor from having a chance to succeed when it satisfies the teacher’s union. The law in question was a narrow law that only allowed kids to go to a private school when a public school was designated as a failing school. The problem with public schools today is the lack of incentive for competition and for doing well. Some of the problems associated with the Public school system are:

  • Pay: Teachers are all paid based on tenure rather than merit, so the outstanding teachers who make a real impact on students are paid on the same payscale as the teachers who don’t care at all. I know the most of teachers out there really do care about their students and do so much in a very difficult job. Those teachers should be rewarded for their efforts, and the bad apples should be weeded out.
  • Performing Schools: There is little negative incentive for schools that consistently produce poor results. At the most, they typically lose funding, which only harms the students. Some people say that the answer isn’t to send kids to private schools, but rather to fix the schools. The problem with that idea is that fixing a school takes time, sometimes years, and those years could be extremely detrimental to the quality of education that a child receives.

Government enforces compulsory education, but then does not provide parents with the choice or the means to provide quality education if a child happens to live in a poor district. Children should be allowed to have a chance to attend the school of their choice, whether private or public, secular or religious, regardless of income level, class, race, color, or creed.

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Flying South

Posted by Mike on January 6, 2006

I’ll be taking a blogging break for a few days as I am heading to Florida for the wedding of fellow Irish Friars Brad and Kathleen. Maybe I’ll return to the Big Apple and the Axis of Right looking like a dead lobster.

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Senator “We Killed the Patriot Act”

Posted by Sal on January 6, 2006

Senator Harry “We Killed the Patriot Act” Reid has recently lashed out at Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, demanding his resignation because Las Vegas was removed from the list of top 35 terror targets in the US (which receive more federal funding).

Pardon my English has a great commentary on how Harry Reid did more to put his constituency at risk killing the Patriot Act and attempting to thwart the efforts of the NSA than Michael Chertoff did reducing federal money to Las Vegas.

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