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May 20, 2013 12:00:20   #
RayS
 
My name is Ray Schneider. I'm a four career person now retired: 1) U.S. Navy scientist 1962-1977, 2) Sperry Defense Systems Division (1977-1989), 3) Director of Engineering of small instrument company (1989-2001), 4) Full Time professor of computer science and information technology 2001-2012 ... now retired.

http://politicalbrambles.blogspot.com/ is my blog (well one of the many) and the only fundamentally political one. I'm a conservative small government Founding Father's vision kind of person. I don't have much use for low information voters and liberals (I know that's redundant).

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May 20, 2013 12:02:38   #
The Dutchman
 
RayS wrote:
My name is Ray Schneider.


Welcome aboard RayS....

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May 20, 2013 12:17:17   #
RayS
 
Thanks for the welcome Dutchman. I finally signed on after looking at the forum for a number of days as it popped into my email box. I personally think we have our work cut out for us. We need to return to a system motivated by principles and virtue and not by power, control, and corruption.

I don't really care what party someone is affiliated with so much as whether they truly value freedom and liberty and the vision of the Founders of America. We seem to me to be on track to loose the republic and join Athens and Rome in the list of great political experiments that ultimately failed. Time to push back hard because anything less will likely fail.

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May 20, 2013 12:41:39   #
The Dutchman
 
RayS wrote:
Thanks for the welcome Dutchman. I finally signed on after looking at the forum for a number of days as it popped into my email box. I personally think we have our work cut out for us. We need to return to a system motivated by principles and virtue and not by power, control, and corruption.

I don't really care what party someone is affiliated with so much as whether they truly value freedom and liberty and the vision of the Founders of America. We seem to me to be on track to loose the republic and join Athens and Rome in the list of great political experiments that ultimately failed. Time to push back hard because anything less will likely fail.
Thanks for the welcome Dutchman. I finally signed... (show quote)


Well Sir, we have a few in here with the socialistic / liberal mindset who firmly believe that the only thing the government is for is to take care of their every need.

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May 20, 2013 12:59:29   #
RayS
 
Those who expect government to care for their every need must contend with the problem that government produces nothing and so can only provide to someone what they take from another. That makes government pursuing such a strategy a "Cosmic Robin Hood" and hence a thief and a brigand however well intended and romantic.

This process extended produces poverty and misery in the long run. As Maggie Thatcher said "Socialism work until you run out of other people's money." Unfortunately by that time you've impoverished the nation and enslaved the people as well as destroyed their initiative so that recovery is painful and long delayed.

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May 20, 2013 17:02:04   #
The Dutchman
 
RayS wrote:
Those who expect government to care for their every need must contend with the problem that government produces nothing and so can only provide to someone what they take from another. That makes government pursuing such a strategy a "Cosmic Robin Hood" and hence a thief and a brigand however well intended and romantic.

This process extended produces poverty and misery in the long run. As Maggie Thatcher said "Socialism work until you run out of other people's money." Unfortunately by that time you've impoverished the nation and enslaved the people as well as destroyed their initiative so that recovery is painful and long delayed.
Those who expect government to care for their ever... (show quote)


It is so sad that the followers of this obozo can't see it Eh?

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May 20, 2013 17:07:47   #
RayS
 
It is sad and fundamentally immoral as well ... it may account for the fact that the schools have been dumbed down to the point that no-one any longer knows what morals are. That would be teaching religion they tend to say ... odd since that would imply that only religious people can be moral, which is untrue but a measure of the stupidity passing these days for sense.

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May 20, 2013 17:31:39   #
The Dutchman
 
RayS wrote:
It is sad and fundamentally immoral as well ... it may account for the fact that the schools have been dumbed down to the point that no-one any longer knows what morals are. That would be teaching religion they tend to say ... odd since that would imply that only religious people can be moral, which is untrue but a measure of the stupidity passing these days for sense.


This is one of the main reasons the obozos administration is fighting home schooling so hard and just wait parochial schools will be his next target....

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May 21, 2013 07:54:09   #
Tasine Loc: Southwest US
 
So happy to have you aboard, Ray. We need as many of you as we can round up.

You mentioned low information voters, and I'd like to add that we have far too many low information teachers, universities, and politicians as well. My understanding is that when the Communists decided they must conquer by subterfuge and went to the mattresses, they KNEW that to succeed here, they needed LOTS of influence within the schools (get them while they are young), unions (get them while they are being led by force), and politics (the mother of control). IF that was their true thinking, they obviously got it right! They were exiting their closets before Obama, but once he was on the scene, they have abandoned their closets and have become in-your-face, and are frantic to do as much as possible to further their cause quickly - because I don't believe they think they can re-enter their closets.

Forgive me. I tend to ramble and rant. Everyone will tell you that is so. I am so happy to have you with us at 1PP. Hope we'll see a lot of you in the coming weeks!



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May 21, 2013 08:20:57   #
RayS
 
Thank you Tasine ... I agree. It's quite evident that the folks that stirred up all the left wing trouble in the 1960s then got involved in the universities as teachers. There is that old adage that those that can do and those that can't teach. It's a bit unfair to teachers, but I think it captures the leftist crowd.

I just finished my fourth career which was to be a college professor teaching math and computer science and did that for 10 years rounding out a career of fifty years from about 1962 to 2012.

I've watched as the schools have been dumbed down to an incredible degree, how serious history of the origins of the United States has been neglected in preference for such things as sex education. Cursive writing is rarely taught and mathematics, especially arithmetic has become 'calculator' so that the kids entering collect can't take notes in many cases, can't do basic arithmetic without a calculator, and mostly know almost nothing about English grammar. There are lots of exceptions but a large percentage fit this profile.

Most education has become indoctrination and so what you get are little slaves that want to be told how to do everything and are resentful if they followed directions but didn't get the right answer because they quit rather than following through.

It's all very sad. I know one teacher who left the profession because she was so disheartened by the attitude the students had that they were entitled to grades if they worked hard (said they worked hard) even if they could not do the material.

These are the kinds of citizens that are easily led by the left collectivists who seek to turn the United States from a country of free citizens to a country of slavish "workers" who take orders well and can be 'managed.'

We stop it now or we go down to Sheol. I think it is that serious.

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May 21, 2013 16:15:21   #
kevhurls Loc: MASSACHUSETTS
 
Ray? You sound about as knowledgeable as ROY Schneider - the comedian. THAT'S WHY YOU ARE CONSERVATIVE!!!

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May 21, 2013 19:49:10   #
RayS
 
Well I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean other than the implication that it's a slam. I have a lot of life experience to make my judgments and I call'em as I see'em.

I don't know who Roy Schneider is because I don't spend a lot of time glued in front of the television or wherever he might be seen.

If you disagree perhaps you'd provide something substantive. Of course if you're a liberal you likely can't do that.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40544897/ns/us_news-life/t/wake-up-call-us-students-trail-global-leaders/#.UZwG-MpamB4
"Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math."

Since I've taught college algebra to freshmen who have already had two years of algebra and done it quite a few times I can tell you that after two years of high school algebra fully a third of our incoming freshmen could not test out of algebra. That meant they had to take it and they were terrible because they also didn't have adequate preparation for it.

A third of my students could not write cursive. At least that many had difficulty writing grammatical sentences or even knowing when a sentence was a sentence and when it was not.

Direct experience is not conservative or liberal ... it's just he facts as Sgt. Joe Friday used to say. (hint: Dragnet)

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May 21, 2013 20:15:49   #
The Dutchman
 
RayS wrote:
Well I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean other than the implication that it's a slam. I have a lot of life experience to make my judgments and I call'em as I see'em.

I don't know who Roy Schneider is because I don't spend a lot of time glued in front of the television or wherever he might be seen.

If you disagree perhaps you'd provide something substantive. Of course if you're a liberal you likely can't do that.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40544897/ns/us_news-life/t/wake-up-call-us-students-trail-global-leaders/#.UZwG-MpamB4
"Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math."

Since I've taught college algebra to freshmen who have already had two years of algebra and done it quite a few times I can tell you that after two years of high school algebra fully a third of our incoming freshmen could not test out of algebra. That meant they had to take it and they were terrible because they also didn't have adequate preparation for it.

A third of my students could not write cursive. At least that many had difficulty writing grammatical sentences or even knowing when a sentence was a sentence and when it was not.

Direct experience is not conservative or liberal ... it's just he facts as Sgt. Joe Friday used to say. (hint: Dragnet)
Well I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean ot... (show quote)


RoyS, My step Dad left K. State for the very same reasons of which you speak and went to Friends U where he retired as the Dean of Agriculture. He has a PHD in Ag. & Geology. He always spoke fondly of the fact that Friends U. had a much higher set of standards than K.U. and that the students entering where much better prepared.

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May 21, 2013 22:27:23   #
Tasine Loc: Southwest US
 
RayS wrote:
Well I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean other than the implication that it's a slam. I have a lot of life experience to make my judgments and I call'em as I see'em.

I don't know who Roy Schneider is because I don't spend a lot of time glued in front of the television or wherever he might be seen.

If you disagree perhaps you'd provide something substantive. Of course if you're a liberal you likely can't do that.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/40544897/ns/us_news-life/t/wake-up-call-us-students-trail-global-leaders/#.UZwG-MpamB4
"Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math."

Since I've taught college algebra to freshmen who have already had two years of algebra and done it quite a few times I can tell you that after two years of high school algebra fully a third of our incoming freshmen could not test out of algebra. That meant they had to take it and they were terrible because they also didn't have adequate preparation for it.

A third of my students could not write cursive. At least that many had difficulty writing grammatical sentences or even knowing when a sentence was a sentence and when it was not.

Direct experience is not conservative or liberal ... it's just he facts as Sgt. Joe Friday used to say. (hint: Dragnet)
Well I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean ot... (show quote)

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Well said, and perfectly on target. Have you noticed that many news people and many people in politics don't grasp the proper use of grammar, such as "It was satisfactory for you and I". They don't know when to use I vs us in sentences, and I find this amazing.

When any of us talk about America becoming Nazi Germany lite, so many immediately accuse us of "speculation". What they don't understand is that it isn't "speculation", but knowledge of history and in many cases we got to talk with people who were THERE. No speculation involved whatsoever........merely experience and some knowledge of the past.

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May 22, 2013 08:05:03   #
RayS
 
Truth trumps stupidity or more politely wishful thinking. Most of what passes for thought on the left is wishful thinking. They advance programs and strategies that have failed wherever they have been tried and act like doing it again would yield a different result. That amounts to Einstein's definition of insanity. So when one claims that liberals are insane one has at least one advocate.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- Albert Einstein

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