Midnight Rantings

Tired rantings in a tired world.

Monday, June 27, 2005

The End of the Experiment


Meet the SCOTUS. With the wonderful decision of the Kelo case, the Republic can now be called officially dead. The Executive Branch rules by executive order, the Legislative Branch needs a health dose of Cialis, and the SCOTUS believes it is ok to take personal property away from someone and give it someone else. The wrong side won the War of Secession. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 03, 2005

I Weep for the Future

In my peer group there are a lot of children that are, well, little shits. The parents have no concept of discipline. They seem to want to be their children's friends. I cannot stand to be with their children for more than 10 minutes. This article at Salon.com by Neal Pollock gives a good example of today's child rearing. Mr. Pollock's child has been expelled from preschool for bad behaviour, especially biting. The parents, for the most part, work out of their house.
Except for the few hours a week when she teaches a class at the local community college, my wife and I both work at home. The house is small. I write in a corner of the living room, and Regina, when she can, goes to paint in the garage. Even if we hired an inexperienced nanny on the cheap, the kid would still be underfoot most of the day, screeching. We're in a strangely common situation: If we don't put our kid in preschool, we can't afford to send him to preschool.


Freakin' waaaah! Look, either have kids and make them your priority or don't. I'm sorry, but despite the tripe put forth by pop culture, you cannot have it both ways. Oh yeah, you can try, but you end up getting an Elijah: a demon-child that no sane person wants to be around. As I read the article, the couple wants a child, but someone else to raise it. It does not work that way. How selfish can a couple get? They even want the state to get involved:
The Yale study recommends that states prohibit pre-K expulsion, develop clear policies for dealing with children with behavorial problems, and require training for all preschool teachers to deal with these problems.

WTF? The state should require all of this. People are complaining about the cost of daycare now. Just add more expensive training and more teachers.

The responsibility of a child's actions lie with the parents. Period. If my child came home with bite marks (like Sophia in the article), I would be going after the school, the boy, and the especially the parents. Elijah does not get a pass just because his parents bought into the "touch-feely" method of child raising.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

I Love Comics

I took off the Day by Day cartoon today. It was starting to get on my nerves. I may revisit that, or I may try another comic later.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

I always new it!

English Genius
You scored 92% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 86% Advanced, and 80% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I
can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon
intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You
have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly!
Way to go!


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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Colorful

Although I may have a problem with interpersonal relationships, I am a really cool color:

I am
a Crayola six color finger paint set (ages 3-6)

For that really spontaneous interior design.

Which house paint are you?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

My Interpersonal Relationships Suck

Your brain: 40% interpersonal, 160% visual, 100% verbal, and 100% mathematical!
Congratulations on being 400% smart! Actually, on my test, everyone is. The above score breaks down what kind of thinking you most enjoy
doing. A score above 100% means you use that kind of thinking more than
average, and a score below 100% means you use it less. It says nothing
about how good you are at any one, just how interested you are in each, relatively. A substantial difference in scores between two people means, conclusively, that they are different kinds of thinkers.




Matching Summary: Each of us has different tastes. Still, I offer the following advice, which I think is obvious:


  1. Don't date someone if your interpersonal percentages differ by more than 80%.
  2. Don't be friends with someone if your verbal percentages differ by more than 100%.
  3. Don't have sex with someone if their math percentage is over 200%.




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You scored higher than 58% on interpersonal
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You scored higher than 87% on visual
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You scored higher than 87% on verbal
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You scored higher than 63% on mathematical
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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Modern Day Twits


Should be BIZARRE? Posted by Hello

It seems that some in Hollywood thinks that we should all go back to the Stone Age. Why do these people even open their mouths? They spew such stupidity that one actually feels sorry for them. Do we really want to return to a time when life was short? There are sooooo many money quotes in this article; I don't know where to begin.

Thanks to Radley Balko and In the Agora for pointing this out.