Friday, March 22, 2013

Maybe this time

I'll be able to read and write on some kind of schedule. Many changes in my life and it might help to set them down here.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Back at it

I guess I need to find some kind of outlet for my thoughts.

Lately, my writing has been focused on preparing the texts for my classes. I am finding that it makes teaching easier, as I know what I am using to teach better than ever, and I can target it to their interests and abilities.

But it is work...

Saturday, October 23, 2010

WERE YOU MAD WHEN..........? [A must-read for Teabaggers - answer truthfully...]

by Earlene Williams Hancock on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 12:00pm 
After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get  Mad?    

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.   

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .  

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.     

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.   You didn't get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.     

You didn't get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.       

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq .       

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.        

You didn't get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.        

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.       

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.     

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.      

You didn't get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks. You didn't get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.      

You didn't get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.     

You didn't get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.      

No.....You finally got mad

When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick...Oh, Hell No!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

People

I learned this a long time ago - and nothing I've learned since has changed my opinion. No one is perfect, and everyone has flaws. Often these flaws are quite large.

What is the balance point of a person? Is it positive? Then they are a good thing to the world and a good person to be around - usually.

(The above sparked by reading American Prometheus - a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, who was at times admirable, at times cruel, occasionally foolish and altogether rather human.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What is a Curmudgeon anyway?

A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities. They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor.  . . . . .   They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment.   . . . . .   Nature, having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.
      Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.
      Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor. - JON WINOKUR

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Decisions

I once had a decision to make - would I go to bat for my co workers - who either did not like me or would never know or believe I helped them - or would I try to save my own ass?

Well - I went head to head with management. Me V them and it was a draw. You can't ask for better most of the time. And I got little or no credit - and as soon as they had a chance I was told my services were no longer required. I'd do it again in a second, you know.

Because I cannot stand bullies - I wouldn't tolerate it in my sons, my students, or my employers. I see in the current ed reform movement a tendency to bully teachers - portraying us as overpaid underworked and more concerned with saving our own asses than in teaching kids.


I also hear of people I know and care about who are being treated like dirt by bosses more concerned with their profit.


Why do I hate republicans - because of the direct connection between them and the bullies. I am growing tired of all this and am becoming of the mind that I need to once more take on these people.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

By the way

There is reason to believe I will be more than a little against my will dragged to see "waiting for superman"

I have a one word response to that and it ain't good.