Christmas and The Grinch Are Both Still Alive

December 1, 2010

Things have changed since I was a little boy. We celebrated Christmas in a much larger way. We sang Christmas carols and decorated the class Christmas tree while we were supposed to be learning. Well we learned anyway. We learned that we should give to others, respect others and not always be thinking of ourselves all the time.

Then came along the Grinch who tried to steal Christmas.  The Grinch, now represented by all the anti-religion, anti-god people who are offended by the very words, Merry Christmas. And this group is still alive.

The Grinch Group try as they may to keep Christmas from coming, but year after year, despite their efforts, Christmas is still alive. So here is is my Christmas Poem about the Grinch. I hope you like it.

We heard Christmas Carols here,
we saw Christmas trees there,
we saw Christmas everywhere.

Then the Grinch came with a snear,
to take away our Christmas cheer.
He took away our right to sing,
he took away our Christmas bling.

Why the Grinch even took away Christmas plays,
and gave us ‘winter vacation days.’

He took away School Christmas Plays here,
He took away the court manger scene there,
The Grinch took away Christmas everywhere.

The Grinch tried to kill the Christmas Spirit,
Yet people of faith still found a way to endear it.

Late on Christmas Eve, you can hear them sing,
They sing in churches with steepels
They sing to all kinds of peoples
They give Christmas gifts to family and friends
The amount of Christmas giving has no end

Yes, Christmas is still alive and well,
Next time you see him,
tell the Grinch to go to heck

Christians should stand up and say ‘Merry Christmas’ without fear. It’s your holiday too. Stand up and be counted as a Christian celebrating Christmas. Christians are not condemning any other religion. Christians need to make sure that ‘we the people’ know just how many Christians there are in America.

Say Merry Christmas to everyone you meet. You might save Christmas for someone.

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Is Your Local Teachers Union good for your Kids?

November 2, 2010

Some teachers only support the union passively, they don’t want to rock the boat. 

by John Beagle

Nationally, teachers unions are motivated to retain good and bad teachers to help maintain the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars in dues. “Teachers Union leaders’ are primarily interested in more money to hire more teachers, who are then likely to become dues-paying union members as evidenced by this quote from

Al Shanker, former President of the American Federation of Teachers,

“I don’t represent the children.

I represent the teachers.”

But is this a fair characterization of your local teachers union? Maybe, if your local teachers union views on merit pay, school choice and charter schools is an indicator.

Merit Pay vs Tenure
Paying teachers according to how well they perform, a standard pratice in the private sector, is consistently condemned by teachers unions, including our local teachers union. Our teachers can not be given raises base on merit. In Ohio, after 5 years, public school teachers receive what’s commonly called “tenure,” a special employment protection that teachers unions defend. As federal statistics indicate, teachers with just a couple years of experience are practically impossible to fire. The Ohio Teachers firing rate of teachers with 3+ years experience is 1.91% vs 9.8% for private schools without unions.

It is a fact that you can not provide any additional pay or reward for teachers going above and beyond the call of duty in our school district. Additionally, it is very difficult to get rid of any poor performing teacher once that teacher has tenure.

Historically, our Superintendents have said their ‘hands were tied’ when dealing with a specific teachers performance due to tenure. You cannot give a Monroe teacher a raise, even if that teacher is worthy of the pay change. Conversely, it is nearly impossible to fire or cut pay to when performance is below standard.

Nationally, the NEA Representative Assembly passed a resolution that explicitly condemns offering higher pay to math, science, and foreign language teachers for positions a school district is having trouble filling than to any other teachers: “The Association opposes providing additional compensation to attract and/or retain education employees in hard-to-recruit positions….”

The National Education Association (NEA) employs a larger number of political organizers than the Republican and Democratic National Committees combined. This is pure political clout and that clout trickles down to local school unions including Monroe. The NEA assist local teachers unions, like the MEA with collective bargaining by supplying negotiation experience that often vastly outstrips the resources of a local school district.

Teachers Union Membership Dues go to a One – Sided Political Agenda
Unionized teachers have little choice when it comes to helping the unions promote their one-sided political agenda. A complaint I have heard from numerous teachers over the past two decades. Dues overwhelmingly go to democrat candidates and democrat pro-union policy support including advertising against charter schools, school choice and merit pay.

How do Teachers, Principals, Superintendents and School Boards View Teachers Unions?
According to a 1980 Cornell University study survey, each group sees unions differently. Principals were likely to be less in favor of unions vs everyone else employed in the school system. The study surveys attitudes of school personnel toward teacher unions and draws some implications concerning the dynamics of labor relations in school systems.

Reference: Bacharach and Mitchells paper titled: Labor Relations in School Systems; Attitudes toward Teachers Unions across School District Hierarchies

Teachers, principals, superintendents, and school board members responded to questions on what areas unions should be involved in, degree of satisfaction with the local, and the state of labor management relations in the district.

Teachers showed general satisfaction with their local and favored more union involvement in all areas addressed.

Principals felt constrained by many work-related benefits teachers have obtained and saw the union as disrupting their ability to run their schools.

Although superintendents were more strongly opposed to union involvement in work-related areas and more unsympathetic to economic demands than principals, they were very satisfied with the union and with labor relations because they perceived the unions as a medium for dealing with the entire staff.

School boards regarded the unions as limiting their ability to develop policy and administer schools economically and wanted unions to decrease levels of involvement in all areas. Thus a graduated shift in attitudes is seen as one moves up the district hierarchy, with attitudes reflecting the degree to which the union has helped or hindered the respondent’s job performance.

Why do Teachers Support the Union?
As a group, teachers are not very political, they just want to teach. Generally, teachers are put in a position where they are better off supporting the union rather than fighting the union. So many just prefer to not ‘rock the boat’ and just stick it out.

Sources: Personal Interviews, State University of New York, Ithaca, Cornell University, Teachers Unions Exposed, the New York Post, Washington Times

Other Suggested reading: The Failed UAW Monopoly

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Morning in America: Remembering Ronnie

December 2, 2009

This is a wonderful tribute to Ronald Wilson Reagan, our 40th president of the United States of America.Indeed there was a new morning in America. That new dawn was at the beginning of his presidency. Let the spirit of Mr. Reagan live with us forever with the hope that one day, we will have the privilege of having the dawning of another great president.

Ronnie as a life guard

Ronnie Saved Lives his Whole Life

What did Reagan do to attract the working class vote?

Reagan offered “Hope and Change”

Reagan appealed to people who thought working for a living was a requirement for every citizen.

Reagan provided tax cuts were across the board. The tax cuts left more money in the economy for investment in the private sector which leads to job growth and business expansion.

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Kudos to Richard Whitehead for Running in the Boston Marathon

April 23, 2009

Richard Whitehead

Photo: 32 yr old Double amputee Richard Whitehead of Nottingham GBR runs in the 113th Boston Marathon flanked by two unnamed guides. Richard is an amazing individual and he has a blog located here: Richard Whitehead Marathon Champ.

He says on his blog, “If I could sum up everything I do, it would be what’s tattooed on my right arm: Cometh the hour, cometh the man.”

In 2008 Richard ran in marathons located in Rome, London, Pietermaritzburg and Kilimanjaro. An amazing person with a desire to compete with “able-bodied counterparts” as he puts it.

I say, kudos to Richard Whitehead for running in the Boston marathon!

See all photos from : 113th Boston Marathon April 20 2009

Dayton Teaparty Video

April 16, 2009

As the Battle Hymn of the Republic played in the background while Steve Sandstrom gave an outstanding speech to approximately 7000 Tea Party goers.

Presenter Steve Sandstrom is a lifelong Dayton resident and businessman (He is co-owner of Miami Valley Annuity). He firmly believes the only hope for our nation to preserve its greatness is to reject dependence on government and reverse the current policies of ever-higher taxation and ever-growing wasteful spending. One of his children recently served in Iraq as a member of both the Army and Navy.

Steve starts out, “I’m mad as hell, you mad as hell? I’m nervous as hell.”

He begins with a little history lesson about King George III and his taxing effect on peaceful men of the United States. He says, “They were decent god fearing people, like you and me. But they lived under the yoke of tyranny. For decades they were forced to pay outrageous taxes on everything they owned and everything they produced. King George III gave them 2 choices, pay or be imprisoned. These were men of peace, but they decided they would rather die than pay taxes to an unjust ruler. You know what happened next.”

Make the decision today to stand up for your country and challange those who are opposed to your point of view. Not with anger, but with truth. Not with your fists, but with your facts. This is a war of ideas and we have the superior weapons.

Here are the words to the first verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! His truth is marching on.

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Acorn Warning to Tea Party People

April 15, 2009

Acorns are nuts

ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is the nation’s largest community organization of koolaid drinking nuts in the nation. This is the group that got addicts to vote by bribing with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. 

 Accorn is sending out people with petitions for you to sign. They will tell you they are supporting what is going on and ask you to sign their petition. Don’t sign anything!

Instead, expose these frauds! Combat the nuts, take photos of these wierdos and explain what these far left loons are trying to do.

Rhino Humping with Ariana Huffington

April 14, 2009

Ariana Huffington of The Huffington Post wants to have ‘citizen journalists’ at as many of the April 15 tea party events as possible. She wants to humiliate the people at the Tea Party.

She goes on to say, “If you’re interested in attending one of the protests and reporting back to the Huffington Post with dispatches, photos, or video, click below to sign up. We’ll contact you shortly with further instructions. Sign Up To Become A Tea Party Reporter (Link removed)”

How good are Huffington Bloggers? Well it depends on what you like to watch. For example on this Post called ‘Tea Party Insanity: Burn the Books”, a Huffington ‘citizen journalist’ blogger posted a secret video and posted it on-line. Wow, great video reporting! Awesome inside information from a small bar with no national figures, no apparent organizers. Just people who all feel the same about Obama’s Changes. Nice work filming a bunch of drunk people in a bar. Now there is in depth Huffington citizen journalism!

Hey look she also posted Rhino Humping!

Where does Ariana get these ‘Citizen Journalists”? Junior High School? Your are an embarrassment to journalism, Huffington.