Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Bush loosing focus on War on Terror
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Is the TABC violating the Second Amendment? Update: Sign Replaced!
- Why does a business that does not derive over half it's income from alcohol sales have to display the 51% sign.
- What is the demarcation line for such a food court type business.
"I am sure that no one from TABC told them to post a 51% sign if they are not getting 51% of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages. There is a different sign that should be displayed if they are making their money primarily from food sales. It warns that unlicensed possession of a concealed weapon is a felony."OK, so the lady that I have known for years lied to me. Yeah I believe that.... Moving on.....
The next answer REALLY surprised me. In the matter of what the demarcation line is for such a business, the answer is: The whole food court! Because the business has no separate seating area, the entire food court is, for purposes of the liquor license, considered part of the establishment. The dangerous part about this is that the sign in question is not visible from any of the entrances to the food court. So even though this sign is bogus, if a cop were to stop a CHL holder anywhere inside the food court area (which includes the main walkway of the mall because the seating extends out into the intersection of four wings of the mall) they could potentially lose their right to carry through no fault of their own.
Now, did the TABC officer think he or she was being extra prudent by telling the manager to show the wrong sign? Or did the officer think that he or she was doing the "right" thing by making sure nobody with a CHL was anywhere near somewhere that sold beer? Hard to say, it could have been a simple error, but it might have been something else too.
Update: After several email exchanges with a public information officer (who at first insisted that no TABC employee would EVER tell them to post the wrong sign...) I managed to convince her that this is indeed a problem that needs to be addressed. She dispatched an officer to the store with the proper signage.
Red Ink: Texas: We are working for YOU!
Monday, October 22, 2007
KHOU outs bogus degree holders.
Gee, sounds kinda familiar......
Obama the Patriot, Part II
By now everyone has heard about Barack Obama's choice to remove his US Flag lapel pin, and his lame justification that he felt that wearing a lapel pin was an empty gesture. However this picture from the October 1, 2007 issue of Time magazine shows him on stage at a Steak Fry for Senator Tom Harkin, (D-Iowa) with Shrillary and Bill Richardson on Sept 17 in Indianola, IA as the National Anthem is being sung. Note the placement of his hands. Last time I checked my anatomy book, the heart is NOT in your crotch, unless you are an alien.
Hat Tip: NewsBusters
Friday, October 19, 2007
Hey Mel! Don't let it hit ya in the arse on the way out!
Mel Martinez, at his going away party said the RNC had achieved the objective he set when he assumed the job in January.
More proof he really was a Dim, because the only goal the RNC met during his 10 month tenure was crashing and burning. OK maybe that is not ENTIRELY true, they did raise $61 Million, more money than the Dims, and the only RNC committee to ever do so, but beyond raising money very little of the conservative agenda was accomplished.
Physician heal thy self... of greed.
If the FDA does re-label or pull these drugs, they will cause even more overdose deaths. If when confronted with a percentage of your users failing to follow directions, the solution is not to eliminate the instructions altogether, it is to try to educate them better. If the dosing information is not available, haggard parents with too little sleep and a screaming child in the dead of night will use adult formulations and try to guess what the dosing information should be. That is a recipe for disaster. OTC drugs for toddlers are weaker formulations so that small errors in dosing don't result in large errors in the actual drugs being given.
This is not about safety, never was and the AAP knows it. Safety is a smokescreen for the real issue. That issue is MONEY. If your kid is screaming with an ear-ache in the middle of the night and so dizzy from the fluid in her ears that she is throwing everything up, the AAP wants to force you to go to the ER so that their member doctors can extract a co-pay from insurance companies, those doctors will in-turn give you a prescription for a drug that is identical in virtually every respect to the over the counter version you USED to could buy, You will then go to the 24 hour pharmacy and spend $20 bucks on a bottle of medicine you used to could buy without a prescription for 1/4 of the cost. Everybody wins except the patient, who must sit in the ER waiting room for hours before getting any relief at all, the parent who now pays through the nose and misses more work, the parent's employer who must do without their worker, and the insurance company that must shell out money hand over fist to pay for it all.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The more things change.....
Why is it that the Board must operate in such a non-transparent manner?
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Interesting Bedfellows (updated)
UPDATE: Via one of my friends on the faculty I have learned that Red Ink: Texas is NOT on the banned list as I feared it might be. Additionally, the Houston Chronicle weighs in as well
Incest for Fun and Profit Part IV: NHMCCD Is An Internet Hosting Company Now?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Dirty Little Secrets of Higher Education, Incest for Fun and Profit Part III
Accreditation at the Doctoral level is limited to the PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences; Health Services; Human Services; Psychology; Public Health; and Public Policy and Administration; the Doctor of Education; and the PhD in Education. No Commission approval required to offer degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels in the disciplines of social, behavioral, and health sciences; education; business; public policy and administration, including interdisciplinary programs, and to courses in other disciplines that support these programs.You'll note that every degree program is geared primarily towards a public servant job, there is a reason for that. Public servants, like school principals and teachers and college administrators (I'll get to that in a moment.) all are generally paid in proportion to their education level. The higher degree can boost the salary quite significantly. And it is automatic too, as soon as the degree is bestowed, the higher pay kicks in, so there is a strong incentive for public servants to shell out a few thousand dollars to an online degree mill to get a sheepskin (even if it is a faux sheepskin). Most of them know that in a couple years when the accreditation agency starts looking closely, the accreditation will be pulled, but by then, it won't matter.
These places are the ITT Tech of higher education. They have no standardized testing requirement for you to enroll, all classes/tests are online (and open book), and the thoroughness of the dissertation committee is probably pretty spotty at best. The classes start every month too. They probably even give credit for "life experience" too. You would be amazed (or perhaps after all the things you've read here, maybe you wouldn't) to learn the sheer number of school and college administrators and instructors that have partaken in this little subterfuge to jack up the pay grade.
You'd think that the school districts and colleges would be a bit leery of these drive through degree mills wouldn't you? Well you're wrong, in fact they encourage it. Just the other day I was copied on an email that was sent out by Judy Stubblefield at NHMCCD advertising this very FOR PROFIT university using the college district email system. This is a violation of State law. The college district resources may not be legally used to advertise for a private for profit entity. Here is the text of the email:
From: Stubblefield, Judy
Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 4:06 PM
To: All Employees
Subject: New Doctoral Program for Community College Educators
Many of you have expressed an interest in earning a doctorate with a
specialization for community college educators. I am pleased to let you
know of an opportunity for you to do just that with an online university
- Walden University. The program is designed for those aspiring to
administrative positions and for those who want to deepen and broaden
their expertise as classroom instructors.
Walden University is accredited by the North Central Association.
Walden is now offering a Ph.D. Program in Community College Leadership
led by Dr. Terry O'Banion, the program's director.
Some highlights of Walden's doctoral program:
* Highly specialized for community college educators
* Outstanding faculty drawn from the field of community college leadership
* Monthly starts
* No standardized tests required for admission
* Allows you to create an individual specialization and focus such as student services, teaching and learning, human resources, business services, technical education, information technology, etc.
* Allows you to work full time while earning your doctorate at a distance
* Competitive overall cost
Walden will be holding an information session to answer your questions
about this program on Friday, October 12 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at
District Services and Training Center, in the Board room of Training and
Development Center. If you are interested in attending this session or
learning more about this new doctoral program in Community College
Leadership, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief of Staff/Board Liaison
North Harris Montgomery Community College District
5000 Research Forest Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
(832) 813-6514 phone
(832) 813-6570 fax
By the way the North Central Association DOES NOT ACCREDIT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. They pass that duty off to The Higher Learning Commission.
And here is Walden's accreditation record online. You'll note that instead of actually being audited by the Commission, they took a class from the commission that allowed them to skate on the audit. So in other words, throw some money their way on a class and they'll give you carte blanche to print what is essentially money in the form of questionable PhD diplomas.
Abortion Kidnapping Plea Deal a Miscarriage of Justice (Updated)
A couple accused of kidnapping their daughter to force her to have an abortion last year have reached a plea agreement in which they will serve no time behind bars, the couple's lawyer said Wednesday.But Katelyn Kampf, now 20, is none too happy with the fact that the kidnapping charges have been dropped. She intends to be in the courtroom to voice her extreme displeasure with the deal.
Nicholas and Lola Kampf have agreed to plead guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges to resolve the case, said Thomas Hallett, Nicholas Kampf's attorney.
Under the agreement, the couple will avoid jail time and the assault charge will be dropped once they complete counseling, Hallett said.
"The reality is this was a family matter from the get-go. We tried to resolve this in the best way possible. It was in the best interest of everyone not to blow this up into a big trial," Hallett said.
"What I've been looking for is some sort of justice," she said. "Them walking away with a misdemeanor is certainly not that."But apparently this is all news to the DA's office:
District Attorney Stephanie Anderson didn't return a call from The Associated Press. She told the Portland Press Herald that she was surprised by Katelyn Kampf's remarks because she was involved in the discussions.Katelyn however describes the kidnapping this way:
Yeah, sure, they call ALL pregnancies "science projects" not just mixed race ones right?
Breaking her silence on the ordeal, Katelyn Kampf described a harrowing experience that ensued Sept. 15, 2006, after her parents learned she was pregnant with a mixed-race baby. Kampf is white. Reme Johnson, her boyfriend at the time, is black.
Kampf said her mother referred to the baby she was carrying as a "science project" before the episode unfolded.
"At one point I did make it out the door and I ran down the driveway," she said. "I didn't make it 100 feet. My dad chased me and tackled me in the driveway. I had grass stains all over my clothes. I was screaming for help."
Hallett denied that the Kampfs were racist but said the parents were troubled by the unplanned pregnancy.
It is a crying shame that this child will be without both a father, and grandparents. Nobody in this ordeal made very wise decisions, but at least Katelyn made the decision to spare the child's life. Of the four adults involved here, she would appear to be the most responsible. The sad part is that the child will be the one to pay that price.
Kampf, who gave birth in January to a son, D'Andre Johnson, said it's hard to imagine reconciliation with her parents.
"Honestly, I don't think that I could ever face my parents again after what we went through. My mom spit in my face, said she wished she never had me, said I'd ruined her life," she said.
She added, however, that their absence represents a "huge loss in my life."
I would suggest that the Portland Maine DA's office needs to be getting a few calls about the appropriateness of this plea deal.
Jill Stanek has more.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Doing the Math Democrats Just Won't (or Can't) Do.
Let us do the math shall we? Let's pick a number in the middle of the range for the purposes of our discussion, say 45 million.
Between 10 and 20 million people are here illegally, possibly more. They obviously do not count since they have no legal claim on government subsidies, so lets delete them right off the bat shall we? Again, picking the midline of 15 million gives us:
Of that remaining 30 million about 17 million make more than $50,000 a year and therefore should be able to afford some level of medical insurance. Half of that number make more than $75,000 a year. But for one reason or another they have chosen to forgo insurance. Likely as not because they are young and healthy and think they are immortal.
Of the remaining 13 million, about 5 million qualify for some form of government assistance, but fail to take advantage of it for one reason or another.
The true number of uninsured at any given time is 8 million, but that too is misleading. 45% of uninsured people are uninsured for less than two months, usually due to job transitions, so of the 8 million, 3.6 will be reinsured within the 90 day HIIPA act re-insurance window that precludes exceptions due to pre-existing conditions.
This is the true number of people that are chronically uninsured due to financial hardship. Less than one tenth the quoted number. That is less than 1.5% of the US population.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Fred Thompson on Terrorism
Terrorism. We must make our enemies know that Allah is not nearly powerful enough to protect them from our wrath.Now, if only this were really a true quote......
Duncanville ISD shows no respect for US Military Families
The following is a response to an email from Tony Smith from Tom Kennedy with DISD:
Subject: RE: Angel Morris' editorial in this weeks Today Newspaper is an outrage!
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 22:42:52 -0500
From: "Kennedy, Tom" <email@example.com>
To: "The_Texas_Patriot" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Mr. Smith,Thank you for your recent letter to the DISD Board of Trustees. Unfortunately the school district has very strict rules in regard to student enrollment. These rules were in part established by an outcry by local school patrons about the number of "illegal" students that were enrolling in our schools. It is unfortunate that this student had to follow the same rules as anyone else but if we didn't enforce them equally and fairly to all who register we would have other problems. Unfortunately we are not allowed to pick and choose who has to follow the rules. I'm sure as a former military person you understand the need to have rules that govern all people equally.Thanks again for your letter. We appreciate your concern for our school district.Tom Kennedy
I would suggest that those rules are in need of review. Illegal students are not going to have military transfer orders to show, nor will they have transcripts from prior schools if they have just arrived in-country. But even if they did, Federal Law requires them to be enrolled in school regardless of their immigration status. Therefore, the logic being applied seems specious at best. This would appear to be an unreasonable policy calculated to treat military families who do not have the luxury of choosing when to move, as second class citizens. Illegal immigrants are being treated better, and that my friends is a travesty.