Dec 29, 2008

raising kids

Well, I posted this over on TKC, who I always read but I'm always thinking why should I work so hard to increase HIS readership, and not mine. And besides, how many people read blog 'comments'. So I'll put this out on the search engines and in my OWN blog.

It's always fun how people want to lecture black people, or wring their hands over black people and their crime victimization and how poor they are and how they just can't seem to get good jobs when they live in the inner-city and don't even bother to stick around long enough to get a high school diploma. So yup. I'll bite. I'll analyze! And here's my pontification for the day on the subject of ignorant black people and why they never amount to anything in THIS CENTURY!

The issue is about schools... kids, dumb kids, Kansas City schools. Here's what I wrote about voicing opinions about black people's problems:

We all do it. Whether we're black or not. It's so complex and so much has been written on it, there's nothing more to be said. Maybe we're just not interested in reading about it, only about making quick judgments about it.

First, it's not about color. It's about culture. British blacks aren't so ignorant and don't do hip hip. The issue has to do with the breakdown of the American urban black culture. Dads not home. Not there to raise their boys or share in household earnings so moms can be moms.

It's about parents and what they do with their kids before they reach age seven! BF SKINNER, the famous behaviorist, said give me a kid until he's seven, and you can do what you want after that, I've already established his value system. Maybe somebody should talk to black men who make babies, roll their eyes and keep moving!! (That's a legal issue beyond the scope of this essay and we'll let the legal system make them accountable.)


And that famous phrase I saw above in several posts, "Something MUST/SHOULD BE DONE".

No... not MUST BE DONE by somebody else. Rather MUST BE DONE BY US!! Who's the US? it's the US who are raising those children. We PARENTS, or those who are responsible for this particular kid!

Teach the Parents!

It's not about government doing anything, or cops, or schools. True dat. Teachers whine they don't want to RETEACH kids who are now parents. Teachers need to get over that. Need to bring parents back to school once in awhile and teach parenting.

Time to quit playing firemen and start doing some fire prevention. Offer free classes on parenting. FEED THOSE MOMS AND DADS to get them to school for the classes! Schools have food service programs who can make nice evening buffets to attract these so-called uncaring parents. Do what you have to do! Get em in the tent.

Talk about homework. About limits. About dealing with puberty age boys.... the ones who are the hardest to deal with. About tough love. Do it once monthly.

Provide basketball daycare while the parents are in the building. Gym teachers will do it!

Use educational interns on those nights to do daycare for the younger...on the playground.

Time for school people to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! It's all about educating your PATRONS!

For every one who see's the light is one more kid who won't disrupt your class!

We know what the problem is... it's parental ignorance. SCHOOLS are in the business of TEACHING. SO TEACH THEM! Yes, the 20 percent who dropped out of your high school programs so they didn't take your 'family and home' class offered in the tenth grade.

Teach them LATER! It's your JOB. We taxpayers are PAYING YOU TO TEACH OUR POPULATION HOW TO BE GOOD CITIZENS. Nobody said anything about 'ages'. We said CITIZENS.

Do your jobs. Teach ESL to new immigrants no matter what age. THATS WHAT WE PAY SCHOOLS FOR. Get to it. And screw your union contract. You can be replaced, you know!!!

12/29/2008 07:10:00 PM

Dec 28, 2008

Should the 2 parties B still at WAR? Do we want that?

Posted by Storms over, thread isnt on 12/28/2008, 7:09 pm, in reply to "Re: Storm Coverage"

....Well in about 30 days, you get to start shilling for the establishment. It will be your turn to be the "sellout". We conservatives will have our turn having all of the equally mean-spirited fun, picking at the 'new establishment'.

It's really amusing, listening to liberals telling the conservatives how "they should act" based on the libs rationalizations of why they acted the way they did, when they were the outsiders. Conservatives will act based on how the liberals acted, not how they chose to spin or justify their mean-spirited, personal attacks on the "establishment". The lib definition of "establishment" translates to the other side. It is interesting to see how that holds now that the libs are running the military industrial complex (Congress, and the Executive Branch).

We shall see if the libs can take it as well as they can dish it out. (I already know the answer to that one).

RMAN RESPONDS: Frankly, your concept of adversarial politics is much of what has really harmed our country. I think it might even be said that 9-11 happened because we were distracted by our adversarial politics! Had the Republicans not been trying so hot to impeach Clinton, we might have better focused on the enemy that had declared war on us without us noticing!

Had the media like CNN not been so focus on sex, they might have actually questioned Ks Senator Pat Roberts on whether our intelligence services were where they should have been. But INSTEAD, they were more interested in Mo Senator Ashcroft's self righteous lamentatons about Clinton's blow job and his aspirations for the presidency that never happened.

And it ended in 2 large NY buildings collapsing one morning, crushing two thousand Americans who didn't even see it coming based on yesterday's news. They had no idea we were already at war! The media dropped the ball because they were preoccupied for days on end
AND JUST THE NIGHT BEFORE 9-11, they were preoccupied with missing congressional intern Sandra Levy, and whether she was killed by some Congressman! Needless to say, her nightly CNN story ended abruptly when the twin towers fell.

What you need to decide is what is your objective. Ending a political party's control who you oppose, or ending our national government's effectiveness (Obama's election) in serving the people who elected him. I'll be interested to find out what your objective actually IS!

Are you more interested in stopping Obama's success than you are in improving the best interest of most Americans? If you say yes, then raise your hand. I want to know who you are. I'd rather YOU left the country than the illegals!

Obama won. Stand down. Sadly many Republicans didn't leave Clinton be, after he won. Nothing's been right since. So. Obama won this time.
So, support the guy. Don't dick with him. He has ENOUGH on his mind already! Don't distract him because you're still pissed that he won! Support the winner. If you don't, then he might be distracted like Clinton was over the impeachment stuff, and not see what the terrorists were up to. So leave him be!! Wish him well!


Secrets to a good life

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Find it here. It's called Leibensomething or other. Cute kids, nice song, great inspiration. Enjoy. Feel free to swipe it. I did from a friend who emailed it to me.

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Media: Playing with their own bellybuttons

Posted by Merrill on 12/27/2008, 7:38 pm, in reply to "Re: Thompson for O'Reilly" Have there ever been any successful TV/Film stars who have made the transition to a successful radio host? There's a huge list of failures:

Al Franken
Sam Donaldson

Please add as you can recall more than I have.

Well, I'm not sure that three is a 'huge list of failures.' That sounds like typical media creative writing, painting a world with far too broad a brush. I don't quite think you have an accurate perspective about how unattractive radio is in the larger scheme of things.

The real question is, "why did those three even bother to try radio?" Going from a successful reporting or film/television career down to radio is like quitting a great job to go back to high school! I've mentioned before what I heard Larry King say, when asked if he missed radio. "Not for a minute!"

Al Franken was only moderately successful... and only on SNL. He did it for political reasons. I doubt he made much if any money at it, starting an enterprise network.

ABC's Sam Donaldson, Mister Ego with a bad hairpiece, no doubt went into radio just so he could hear himself talk more. What a stuffed shirt!

And Whoopie Goldberg, who is also political, no doubt just got talked into it and she was between gigs. Whoopie was far too talented to be in radio for long.

Actors, especially, are creatives. They don't like routine and structure. If radio requires anything, it requires structure and discipline to do that daily grind. Besides, what's successful? Is former alBZera ranter Jerry Agar successful, even tho weekending on a big Chicago station? Or are their only twenty talk syndicators in the country and we hear all of them on either BZ or KCMO?

I think the Chris Stigall's of the world (morning entertainer at KCMO AM) are like farm club players...with their eyes and hearts towards syndication. It's mostly about the fame. Listen to how nuts he goes when he gets a guest shot on CNN or subs for some vacationer in a larger market. It's like he's bragging after a hot date with whom he scored, as he DUTIFULLY plays an Obama foil for the national exposure.

Even if not as pretty as WLS's Jerry Agar, (this file Stigall picture is very attractive, considering his more recent weight gains shown on CNN's recent appearances) Stigall's talented so he'll get picked off this year. He's clearly got stars in his eyes. As opposed to amateur act, Shanin and Parks, who both broke their arms last week on the air backslapping each other for surviving at Entercom's KMBZ for two whole years. Both of them are area people who are lucky not to have competitors and glad to be working with some degree of .

No, radio talking is nitche programming that appeals mostly to right wing zealot listeners, politicos, and news junkies. I think my own habits reflect what the country does after an election. We lose interest in it. I write this after getting bored with Meet the Press and I'm not even listening to some nobody substituting for Stephanopolis on ABC's This Week.

The big story, nobody's covering. Israel is pounding the shit out of Hamas this week. That's like driving a 4 wheeler through dry brush daring a fire to start! Watching cable with it's copy-cat, one story philosophy, local TV only covering only police news, or radio, just ripping and reading for 90 seconds... how else are we to know what's REALLY going on? Thank God for Matt Drudge who gives us one stop browsing for the REAL news and views.

The cable networks this year have been like top 40 radio stations, they run the same stories every two hours or less. Yeah, we know, people cut back on their gift giving and so the lines were shorter at the stores...and in many of them, the employees outnumbered the customers. Surprise surprise. All you have to do is drive the neighborhoods and see one or two cars sitting in the driveways with the snow behind them undisturbed by go-to-work tire tracks. So what do the newssters and talk junkies have to say that we don't know? Nothing, but during slow news weeks, they spend their time interviewing each other.

The big three networks have all turning into chatty radio and friends morning shows. Except we can see their legs. (Like CNN Anchor Betty Nguyen, a personal favorite of mine.) Clearly an advantage over radio shows which don't even SOUND sexy and certainly can't show skin. Usually she sits in a high chair behind the news desk fondling her knee all morning. Given that nothing is accidental, this set takes TV titilation to absurdity. And all the sexy anchors are paired with light skinned metrosexual black men. Three KC TV reporters will definately not get called to Atlanta. That'd be Larry Moore, Michael Mahoney, (and pick virtually any of the other good journalists in town, all of whom have faces for radio or print.) Atlanta seems to like twenty-something straight haired girl readers these days and twenty-something boy readers who make white women of all ages lust for the forbidden!

About the blogosphere... well. We amateurs have turned inward and now talking about each other. Big topic this past week was who wins the KC bloggers' Miss Congeniality award. Frankly I think the same amount of talent's in the local blog town as there is in the local professional media. We're barely a top thirty market.

TKC, who also dabbles for exposure in the local talk show arena with BZ radio feminist Darla Jaye, could have a great blog. He should, after all.

He's holed up in his mom's basement and apparently doesn't have to work. I assume that's not just a running gag because he substitutes quantity for quality, posting round the clock.

In my view, Tony tries to do too much.
Run a porn site, be the city hall cafeteria's gossip sheet, and also be Matt Drudge for local media and bloggers. That's too much!

I think the only thing he does well is do a porn site, because spending so much time alone, he thinks with his lower parts and has the time to search for it and his choices are pretty impressive. Not the case with his cheap shots targeting the Mayor and wife.
TKC's the HOOTERS of the local blogosphere-- an ordinary hamburger served with T&A eye candy.
I think if he gets rid of the city hall trivia, or at least relegates it to links and gets it off his main page, he could do a very nice, and very wel- read DrudgeReport for Kansas City. And it appears he has the time to do it, as opposed to the rest of us working stiffs. That would move him to THOUSANDS rather than just a few hundred readers. Like Drudge.

Dec 27, 2008

This is not State of the Line's best work.

Army Of Jesus Doppelgangers Invades KCK

From the satellite offices of SOTL here in an undisclosed Missouri location we bring you this interesting story: it seems that the members of Praise Chapel Christian Fellowship (hey, pack a few more nouns into that name) are not content with merely celebrating their religious holiday in the comfort of their homes. No, they need everyone to see what their underachieving carpenter and sometime savior looked like. To that end, the church launched an interesting PR campaign this holiday season: let the community see that Jesus was a dark-skinned Middle Easterner non-threatening white man, and hope that draws people to church. It’s brilliant! Grab your robes and fake beards, and let’s go shopping!

"State of the Line" criticizing a 4-word church name? LOL!
"Underachieving carpenter?" Didn't you mean 'OVER-achieving?" I think he did pretty well, actually. His best-selling book had more readers than Pendergast and Radioman put together!

Yes, it seems that the tiny hamlet of KCK was overrun this Xmas eve with a great many people with figurative (literal?) messiah complexes:

Hmmm. Wonder what Pendergast would say about halloween and all the children dressed up as whatever, to "extort" people of candy with threats of Trick? And speaking of complexes, well our pseudonymed blogger certainly has a problem with other people's religion, doesn't he/she? He/she better hope really hard he's right because Jesus probably didn't like today's blog message much. Wonder how long Pendergast will have to sit without a laptop on that hard bench outside St Peter's office for writing such a critical piece just a couple days after Christmas?

…church members in robes and thorns have since been spotted at stores, restaurants and offices across the area.

My God! The humanity!

The church produced YouTube videos featuring members clad like Jesus walking through malls, along with “rules” for participating in the movement, including “Dress like Jesus everywhere you go” and “Don’t argue with anyone … remember, we are just making a statement.”

“I don’t think it’s pushing religion. It’s just recognizing where the origin of this holiday comes from,” Lohrke said. “Our purpose was just to get people to talk about Jesus this time of year.”

As expected, Lohrke said, people stared and asked him questions such as “What in the world is that on your head?”

Hooray! If there’s one thing I want to see when I’m prowling the mall searching for my cousin’s hard-to-find imported toy, it’s a middle-aged accountant wearing a toga and a homemade crown of thorns, daring people to ask him why he’s trying to emulate a deceased gentleman.

Our hero blogger must not have gotten their message since he found them a nuisance while trying to find a Christmas present for his spoiled cousin. 'Emulate a deceased gentleman? Is Pendergast just TRYING to sound stuffy and intellectual?

Oh, but don’t worry: the parish’s aims are pure.

Lohrke, whose church is part of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based Praise Chapel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International, isn’t convinced the Founding Fathers intended for religion to disappear from the public realm at the holidays.

“It’s just absurd that Jesus is taken out,” he said.

Yeah, what were those founders thinking? Never mind that they went out of their way to avoid mentioning religion in the Constitution, or that they were expressly shunning an oppressive overseas government which fused state and religion, or that the Fathers were overwhelmingly secular, or that there are actual non-Christians in this country — why wouldn’t everyone want to see a bloody-headed Jesus? Let’s get it straight, people!

This writer, a not so subtle heathen, suggests that the FF's were trying to ban religion from American life? He/she doesn't know his/her history either, which isn't surprising. What they were trying to do was assure there wouldn't be a state religion, even tho most of them were very religious men.

In fact, they DID mention religion very deliberately so as to PROTECT it from official government decree as the Church of England received from their King.

In the FIRST AMENDMENT, and I quote, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion , or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Perhaps the religious zealots are right in pointing out that it's ridiculous to take the religion out of a religious holiday just so as to not annoy Pendergast during his heathen gift buying!

Oh, and you can be damn sure that the intrepid Star commenters aren’t letting this little matter escape their attention. Here’s commenter “truthisfreeing”:

Dear KCSTAR, billions of people in the world believe in Christ as the Son of God. Billions of people all over the world celebrate in their homes, in there churches, and are called to live that faith. It is Christmas morning, and you post this article which many people will question and maybe mock because of the picture you have chosen. This is no longer a news agency when it neglects to even care about the most cherished part of our world and culture in the name of this “freedom” and “democracy” that you are creating.

HOW DARE YOU NOT PROSELYTIZE FOR THE LORD, STAR!!! Oh, are you so busy with your “freedom” and “democracy” that you can’t stick a cross on the front page? Sigh. We know it’s hard to believe, Christians, but there is a whole world outside your insular little bubble of faith.

I should think it's easy for Christians to believe. Given the world condition of violence and hedonism, and even the PC preferred phrase, "Happy Holidays". And the legal drives to keep school children from having Christmas programs where they can sing songs that talk about religious nature of that holiday, rather than Santa Claus and other cartoon characters. No, they get it. Thanks to people like YOU who whine so much and in educators paranoia, they've renamed the Christmas programs, "Winter Festival". Sounds like something from the former Soviet Union--a large, unsuccessful experiment to purge religion from its population!

And "Proselytize", you said? Cheesh! Actually, the Star has every right to put a Cross on the front page and probably has in past illustrations for Good Friday and Easter Sunday, religious holidays which center on Jesus death on a cross. But your point seems so angry.

It's as if you want people to be quieter so you won't be offended. Maybe instead, you should get over yourself! The world really isn't about YOU and frankly I hope you got a lump of coal in your shoe and ate alone on Christmas eve!

Then you'd have had time to read those automatically generated related posts that appeared below yours. I linked to them here, for your convenience. -RMan

Video: Best card trick ever

You'll just love this!

Dec 26, 2008

A rant about what Kansas Citians REALLY care about...

Blogger Radioman of Kansas City said...

Jeez, Tony. You can sometimes be so PAROCHIAL, ragging on and on about the Mayor and his wife and the KC school board and urban crimes in such a large urban city.!

Local can be good, but these days the things that affect us are not happening in KANSAS CITY on the 29th floor of shitty hall or at 18th and Topping in the ghetto. Fact is, cross town killings or barefooted mayor's wives really don't have much impact on us.

The REAL impacts have to do with grocery and gas and food prices. And ability to get loans to buy a car at a reasonable price. And safe food and toys. And plans ahead to get us off foreign oil.

And tax refunds and tax increases from the feds. And whether someone will pay enough in state medicate to keep mom in the nursing home or our brain dead sister in law on the ventilator on the other side of the state.

or our poor nephew on free school breakfast... or books for our middle school neice... or a tax break so we can send our kid to state college next year. Or saving our retirement so we'll have enough to retire on in four years.

Not whether Gloria runs shitty hall or the Funk does from his KC south side home. WHO GIVES A FUQ about the KC mayor so long as the water keeps flowing, the trash truck shows up on the right day, and the road doesn't knock my car's front end out of alignment?

Tony... seriously. Screw the mayor and his wife. Stick with delivery of city services. Do some national stories. I know thats' not where you're at... but frankly whats going on in Washington these days affects us a lot more than what's going on in downtown KC!

Local taxes? One percent. I pay 38 percent in FEDERAL TAXES and the states and counties suck an incredible amount for medicare, highway patrol, and schools.

THAT's what Kansas Citians pay for. Not the mayor having a cushy time. That's such SMALL MONEY! It's REALLY all bout cops and ambulances and firemen and traffic lights and water and sewer and ESPECIALLY school expenses! And taking care of grandma in the nursing home under state "medicaid".


Think of what CNN talked about tonight...states not having enough to pay Medicaid. Cutting medicaid payments means doctors won't treat poor people so they send them to the more expensive EMERGENCY ROOM. Hospitals don't get much medicaid payback so they charge REAL CUSTOMERS who have insurance more to compensate for those whose Medicaid won't pay enough. So no matter what, YOU PAY when they can't in the form of HIGHER charges!

And who's gonna pay for your aunt edna who had a stroke and is in the nursing home, broke, and paid for with $1300 a month Medicaid for that nursing home bed? And Uncle Frank who dropped his motorcycle and landed on his head and has been nearly brain dead since 2006? He too is on Medicaid, frankly, the nursing homes just dont want to take care of STATE MEDICAID patients? They'd rather take care of patients who have SERIOUS INSURANCE!

So they just say, 'Sorry, Edna and Frank can't come back once they go to the hospital for a few days. We gave away their beds. Where you take them NOW... is your PROBLEM. We're full. We liked Frank, but he's been gone a week in the hospital for his infection, and so now we gave his Medicaid bed to someone ELSE who has full insurance. Good luck to ya! Hope you find someplace to take him!

The rest of it is just media bullshit to fill time between commercials.! We really don't care about what drives TV. we only need our services. Screw television, bloggers and politicans!

12/26/2008 06:50:00 PM

PARDON ME, George...

What's the guy waiting for... maximum press to plead for the two border patrol guys who should have NEVER been sent to prison?

What an asshole, making them unjustly wait for the last days of his presidency in the slammer for the maximum anxious press! Bush is such a complete butthole! I'm SOOO glad he's finally done soon, and I'm still holding my breath that he and his fascist vice president don't do any more damage between now and January 20th! Shame on you republicans for electing him not ONCE but TWICE?

Don't you feel like, completely IGNORANT! This should teach you that you need to STFU and keep your ears open for pretty much the rest of your lives. Look at your hands? Do you see all that blood? YOU DID THAT! Cheney girls!

Funniest Rant of 2008

I'm a Cheney Girl!!

There are few men more real and authentic than Dick Cheney and I for one love him for it. I can hear the liberals screaming and howling as I write this, but alas, its true. He says what he thinks and doesn't make any qualms about it. I also happen to agree with his politics and principles so its music to my ears. Even if you hate him, you have to give him credit for not being a phony.

He gave a stellar interview on Fox News Sunday yesterday with Chris Wallace. He hit a home run when he defended his comments about Leahy, mocked Biden's understanding of the constitution and defended Rumsfeld and Bush. Seriously, does it get any better than this???

In fact, he really made my day by saying that he was a Rumsfeld man and had tried to get Bush not to fire Rumsfeld. That was one of the most difficult things for me about 2006, seeing Rumsfeld go. Cheney and I are in complete agreement on that. He also predicted that history would vindicate both him and Bush, and on that I couldn't agree with him more.

Related links:
Cheney: I Told Leahy to "F--- Himself," "I Thought He Merited It." (Video)
Dick Cheney Doesn't Give A Damn What Liberals Think
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It's gotta be Jareds! Well, NO

From WSJ


Price-slashing failed to rescue a bleak holiday season for beleaguered retailers, as sales plunged across most categories on shrinking consumer spending, according to new data released Thursday.

Despite a flurry of last-minute shoppers lured by the deep discounts, total retail sales, excluding automobiles, fell over the year-earlier period by 5.5% in November and 8% in December through Christmas Eve, according to MasterCard Inc.'s SpendingPulse unit.

When gasoline sales are excluded, the fall in overall retail sales is more modest: a 2.5% drop in November and a 4% decline in December. A 40% drop in gasoline prices over the year-earlier period contributed to the sharp decline in total sales.

[Retail sales chart]

But considering individual sectors, "This will go down as the one of the worst holiday sales seasons on record," said Mary Delk, a director in the retail practice at consulting firm Deloitte LLP. "Retailers went from 'Ho-ho' to 'Uh-oh' to 'Oh-no.'"

The holiday retail-sales decline was much worse than the already-dire picture painted by industry forecasts, which had predicted sales ranging from a 1% drop to a more optimistic increase of 2.2%.

Luxury goods, once considered immune from economic turmoil, were hardest hit, with sales falling 21.2%, compared with a jump of 7.5% a year ago, when the economy had just begun to sputter. Including jewelry sales, the luxury sector plunged by a whopping 34.5%.

Dec 24, 2008

So what was Christmas about?

The teacher was very curious about how each of her students celebrated Christmas Eve. "Tell me Patrick, what do you do on Christmas Eve?" she asked.

Patrick addressed the class. "Well, Miss, me and my twelve brothers and sisters go to midnight Mass and we sing hymns, then we come home very late and we put mince pies by the back door and hang up our stockings. Then all excited we go to bed and wait for Father Christmas to come with all our toys."

"Very nice Patrick", said the teacher, "Now, Jimmy Brown, what do you do?"

"Well, Miss", replied Jimmy, "Me and my sister go to Church with Mum and Dad and we sing carols and we get home ever so late. We put cookies and milk by the chimney and we hang up our stockings. We hardly sleep waiting for Santa Claus to bring our presents"

Remembering there was a Jewish boy in the class and not wanting to leave him out of the discussion, she asked, "Now Isaac Cohen, what do you do on Christmas Eve?"

"Well, Miss, it's the same old thing every year. Dad comes home from the office. We all pile into the Rolls and drive to his toy factory. When we get inside we look at all the empty shelves and sing "What A Friend We Have in Jesus"

.....then we go to the Bahamas.

Dec 22, 2008

KCSD teachers waste their minute of TV time

So our bud TKC reports that some KC teachers go make signs and stand in front of BOE member Arthur Benson's house to protest some nonsense or other. I'm sure they did it specifically to get four KC TV stations to cover their little message, whatever it was. (Thanks TKC for the pix)


Sounds like a made for television NON STORY, typical of the local teachers union whose leadership has ZERO VISION or caring for the children!!

Reminds me of that black reverend years ago locally who, with his family, staged small protests, on Sundays, hoping the news was so slow that the TV stations would send a photographer over to cover them and give em a 30 second voice-over... or that we'd feel guilty if we didn't. We finally got wise to his twice monthly self-importance and ignored him. Who was that guy anyway... is he still around?

Teachers would spend their time better telling their students' parents to make sure their little boys do their homework, get a full night's sleep starting at 9pm, and get to school in time for a free breakfast! And get those absentee boys' dads to come over and kick their ASSS if they DON'T!

And teachers would also do well to bring in local businessmen to school assemblies to show their kids that NO EDUCATION means poverty for FIFTY YEARS! Yes, it's time to start career counseling from middle school onward. DRILL IT LIKE MULTIPLICATION TABLES! What the hell is the KCSD doing with a 28 percent DROPOUT RATE? That's a district that isn't even TALKING to those kids, much less teaching them job skills while they're getting free schooling! Are they teaching SUBJECTS, or LIFE SKILLS based on subjects?

Teach them the value of education...the value of money, the simple notion that the more you KNOW, the more companies will PAY YOU!

No one's telling them these things, like white parents tell THEIR kids who eventually go to KU and MU, and UMKC. Tell them in 9th grade... that the objective of EDUCATION is to get a skilled JOB! Not to get GRADES!

And correcting their English so they speak well enough to work in a BANK! Or a HOSPITAL. Or even a McDONALD'S WINDOW! Which dialect is worse on a fast food speaker?? Ghetto 'yo' Black, or pidgeon English with a Mexican accent so thick Americans can't understand even 'three sixty six at the first window??

Not teaching them to be SUCCESSFUL is the HEIGHT of RACISM! And to think... the KC school board is of mixed races. Maybe they need smarter school board members? What's the matter with them, anyway?

Teachers: go collect money... bring Bill Cosby into town to teach your patrons in a free huge Arrowhead Stadium assembly to tell parents some SENSE! Teach them how to raise successful children! This isn't a white person's secret! But it might as WELL be, because today's kids of both colors listen to HIP HOP, not parental sense!! FIX THAT OR LOSE THEM and YES, they'll never move out of their rooms! Theyll get tattoos and end up in prison! Is THAT what you want of your sweet boy?

THINK ABOUT IT! Low performance in the KCSD is about ONE thing! Low expectations among the majority culture in that particular district. It's exactly why suburban school districts EXIST! And why successful minority parents move to the their kids will be surrounded by slightly higher standards. But who's telling those mostly single moms to drill their kids in their homework? WHO's DOING IT?

Time to quit whining about the RUNNING of the KC district and start putting the blame at the feet of the culture that makes up that KC District's student body. All white people know this already, and that's why they send THEIR children to religious and private schools, or just flee to the suburbs where ignorant and often-angry black children aren't the student population's majority!

Black students need to FIT IN in at suburban schools, where most kids are WHITE, rather than in the KCSD, where they expect WHITE children to fit in to the black culture of the hip hop of failure, and the other things that disrespect women and societal success!!

Quit hoodwinking the people who live in the innercities! Tell them the truth! Only THEN will black moms and dads fix the culture and their kids!

Every white person like KMBZ's JERRY AGAR now in Chicago lecturing us, or a Mexican person like TKC who stupidly blames the district and the institution...only give PARENTS another excuse not to take the blame THEMSELVES for their own children's lack of SCHOOL SERIOUSNESS! Fact is, KCSD girls DO become nurses at $50,000 a year. And DO go to big time schools. Well SOME do. Wanna know which ones do the best? Look to their PARENT! It ain't about the school, it's about the parent... or PARENTS!

Lets face it, kids do BEST with TWO parents, not just one!

Barack Obama became president because his poor white trash mother (who married a foreign black man) PUSHED HIS ASS EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE TO SUCCEED. That's why. Not about the school district or the school board. It was about his MOM, Tony, pushing Barack's ass every day! He's said so! So if you're unhappy with the KCSD's 28 percent dropout rate... don't look to the schools... look to those kids' parents who don't INSIST their children graduate and then move onward to career schooling!

No, bud. Don't blame the government. Blame the parents! For every failed man, you'll find failed parent(s). Including the dad who didn't stick around to do his parental JOB with his boys!

It's not about race completely. It's about ignorance! Poor white trash has the same problem! They aren't smart enough to demand more, academically, of their children! This is why poor people just create more poor people! They're too stupid to raise their kids to be better than they are! Poor isn't the same as stupid.

How do we know this? Because some poor kids end up NOT BEING POOR, thanks to their poor but smarter parents!

bloggers... youre NOT news outlets

Dear bloggers... don't try to compete with television news and their ambulance chasing. don't try to compete with the front page of the paper. Don't waste your time repeating the local paper ;and tv stations. they've got that crime shit covered!

That's not your role, not why people read you. People read you to say things the MEDIA DOESN"T say, DOESN"T COVER. Give opinions.

bring in OTHER views not reported on the local police blotter and news release circuit!

enough already.

scour the world...bring in stuff nobody else in town brings in. we've already seen the ten pm scanner newscast already, thankyou very much.

what else is out there?

You don't have to ORIGINATE NEW THOUGHT... just bring in new ideas we don't see on the local press of TV, the Star and the PITCH!!

If you wanna be regular media, apply for a job there! jeeezus!

Dec 21, 2008

About KCMO's Chris Stigall's right wing leanings...

One radio guy says "Still boycotting KCMO until Chris is gone"

Oh no...
Posted by rman on 12/21/2008, 5:43 pm, in reply to "Re: Stigall" :

Well. I think you'll be missing out on some good radio by boycotting Chris Stigall at Kansas City's KCMO-AM. We only need to 'correct' him when he starts acting like a Limbaugh or Hannity clone.

They get so misguided, ya know. Like the great NYT article out today, pretty much nailing a serious piece of the mortgage crisis at Bush's feet.

The problem with right wing talkers is that they OMIT so much of the truth so their listeners don't get the full picture. That includes those who fill the heads of the LOCAL right wing talkers... who then misguide their OWN listeners!

I find it interesting that many republicans want to distance themselves from these radio demagogues now, because they don't want them to be FRONTMEN for reasonable republicans for the next four years. After all, Rush is pretty right wing...and Hannity's a GOP Biblical verse-quoter.

They'd be right on target by saying no wasteful government spending... back off even more. But they don't. We need to keep an eye on the bankers and other would-be monopolists and have both consumer protection and environmental protection oversight on business when they sacrifice public good for greed.

But the talk show people are OWNED by the corporations... so don't expect them to go along with GREED OVERSIGHT anytime soon!

Who would disagree with that? I wouldn't. Had the GOP stood for a balance...I would have voted for McCain. I would have voted for McCain both four and eight years ago.

He missed his shot because the GOP machine was just too parochial to appeal to mainstream Americans and so they chose Bush. Boy were THEY suprised! We like a LOT of what conservatives SAY but they want to force-feed their zealotry to us... and THAT, we don't stomach. Not the religious stuff they have to feed us to keep their voter base. And they can't WIN without the religious nuts! Turns out they can't win WITH them!

Even so, after all their positioning, GWB screwed them over. He got elected but ignored their zealotry for his own views. They need to quit drinking the Kool Aid and sense what America wants of its government. The vast majority of Americans agree with many so called republican values related to big government, responsibility for your own actions.

But Americans are not blindly pro business. If banks or oil, or health insurance companies get too greedy, we have to vote democrat to get their republican teeth out of our asses! Republican politicos have a hard time compromising even to meet most American's needs. That's because they're afraid of standing up to corporate, capitalist greed!

Its about funding. If it weren't for the MONEY in the form of campaign contributions from the filthy rich predators, the GOP would probably represent many people well. Not just the 'small businessmen' like McCain hoped would save him. But MOST people.

We want smaller government, end of pork barrel spending...and yes, that might also mean we don't get in on the federal dole. The problem with this so called 'PORK BARREL SPENDING' is that it's really a not-so-subtle attempt to bribe us with federal dollars. Whether from the Dems or the Republicans. Sadly, Congressmen try to sqeeze every dime out of the Treasury to their own districts to get reelected. And the price is that ALL of us get screwed over this reelection strategy from our own elected officials! Sarah Palin showed us what a rip off it was when the media showed us bridges to nowhere!

Me, I dont want to pay taxes for bridges to nowhere in Alaska, or California, or Mississippi, and EVEN for Missouri and Kansas!

I'll be interesting to see if this Obama guy starts vetoing bills with appended PORK and says 'come back to me with a clean bill and I'll sign it.'

Like Sarah Palin. Her whole claim to fame is to get for ALASKA more money from the Treasury than ALASKA's paid INTO it! She's popular because she's done that. So weird that she stood up for McCain, who was dead set against that idea. So could it be said she'd SELL OUT ALASKA for a national vice presidency... or she just didn't think ahead that far to realize that McCAIN would not support anymore Alaskan roads to nowhere?

Who knows?

Hopefully, states wont get a nickel from the feds. And neither will the REST OF US. I'd rather the FEDS bribe Kansans and Missourians with LESS TAXES, rather than more FEDERAL DOLLARS FOR PORK BARREL PROJECTS to hire MOKAN workers to build unneeded stuff here! And everyplace else!

Frankly, I'm very tired of the US GOVERNMENT collecting tax money from me to give to the STATES. If the states want money, let them tax me on my STATE tax return...not the FEDERAL one. I only want to pay to the FEDS what they need. I'd rather the feds not send a NICKEL to states or I can keep all this straight!

Until we get rid of THAT national scam, nothing will get fixed and we'll just be borrowing more and more money to keep these senators and reps reelected by appreciative worker welfare recipients.

We need real government reform. Will Obama do it? I don't know yet!

Right Wing talkers... learn both sides of the story


White House philosophy stoked mortgage bonfire

WASHINGTON : "We can put light where there's darkness, and hope where there's despondency in this country. And part of it is working together as a nation to encourage folks to own their own home." — President George W. Bush, Oct. 15, 2002

The global financial system was teetering on the edge of collapse when President George W. Bush and his economics team huddled in the Roosevelt Room of the White House for a briefing that, in the words of one participant, "scared the hell out of everybody."

It was Sept. 18. Lehman Brothers had just gone belly-up, overwhelmed by toxic mortgages. Bank of America had swallowed Merrill Lynch in a hastily arranged sale. Two days earlier, Bush had agreed to pump $85 billion into the failing insurance giant American International Group.

The president listened as Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, laid out the latest terrifying news: The credit markets, gripped by panic, had frozen overnight, and banks were refusing to lend money.

Then his Treasury secretary, Henry Paulson Jr., told him that to stave off disaster, he would have to sign off on the biggest government bailout in history.

"How," he wondered aloud, "did we get here?"

Eight years after arriving in Washington vowing to spread the dream of homeownership, Bush is leaving office, as he himself said recently, "faced with the prospect of a global meltdown" with roots in the housing sector he so ardently championed.

There are plenty of culprits, like lenders who peddled easy credit, consumers who took on mortgages they could not afford and Wall Street chieftains who loaded up on mortgage-backed securities without regard to the risk.

But the story of how we got here is partly one of Bush's own making, according to a review of his tenure that included interviews with dozens of current and former administration officials.

From his earliest days in office, Bush paired his belief that Americans do best when they own their own home with his conviction that markets do best when let alone.

He pushed hard to expand homeownership, especially among minorities, an initiative that dovetailed with his ambition to expand the Republican tent — and with the business interests of some of his biggest donors. But his housing policies and hands-off approach to regulation encouraged lax lending standards.

Bush did foresee the danger posed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage finance giants. The president spent years pushing a recalcitrant Congress to toughen regulation of the companies, but was unwilling to compromise when his former Treasury secretary wanted to cut a deal. And the regulator Bush chose to oversee them — an old prep school buddy — pronounced the companies sound even as they headed toward insolvency.

As early as 2006, top advisers to Bush dismissed warnings from people inside and outside the White House that housing prices were inflated and that a foreclosure crisis was looming. And when the economy deteriorated, Bush and his team misdiagnosed the reasons and scope of the downturn; as recently as February, for example, Bush was still calling it a "rough patch."

The result was a series of piecemeal policy prescriptions that lagged behind the escalating crisis.

"There is no question we did not recognize the severity of the problems," said Al Hubbard, Bush's former chief economics adviser, who left the White House in December 2007. "Had we, we would have attacked them."

Looking back, Keith Hennessey, Bush's current chief economics adviser, says he and his colleagues did the best they could "with the information we had at the time." But Hennessey did say he regretted that the administration did not pay more heed to the dangers of easy lending practices. And both Paulson and his predecessor, John Snow, say the housing push went too far.

"The Bush administration took a lot of pride that homeownership had reached historic highs," Snow said in an interview. "But what we forgot in the process was that it has to be done in the context of people being able to afford their house. We now realize there was a high cost."

For much of the Bush presidency, the White House was preoccupied by terrorism and war; on the economic front, its pressing concerns were cutting taxes and privatizing Social Security. The housing market was a bright spot: ever-rising home values kept the economy humming, as owners drew down on their equity to buy consumer goods and pack their children off to college

More on this...long article of explanation from the NY Times

US is just one big Area 51!

Dec 20, 2008

Bailing out American Business

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order; American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the 'Rowing Team Quality First Program,' with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses. The pension program was trimmed to 'equal the competition' and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid-off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses.

The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddles,) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold and the next year's racing team was out-sourced to India ..

Sadly, the End.

Here's something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages.

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US. The last quarter's results:

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads, and collecting bonuses... and now want the Government to 'bail them out'.


Don't Fart in Bed

This is a story about a couple who had been happily married for years. The only friction in their marriage was the husband's habit of farting loudly every morning when he awoke. The noise would wake his wife and the smell would make her eyes water and make her gasp for air.

Every morning she would plead with him to stop ripping them off because it was making her sick. He told her he couldn't stop it and that it was perfectly natural. She told him to see a doctor; she was concerned that one day he would blow his guts out.

But, the years went by and he continued to blast them out!

Then one Thanksgiving morning as she was preparing the turkey for dinner and he was upstairs sound asleep, she looked at the bowl where she had put the turkey innards and neck, gizzard, liver and all the spare parts and a malicious thought came to her.

She took the bowl and went upstairs where her husband was sound asleep and, gently pulling back the bed covers, she pulled back the elastic waistband of his underpants and emptied the bowl of turkey guts into his shorts.

Some time later she heard her husband waken with his usual trumpeting which was followed by a blood curdling scream and the sound of frantic footsteps as he ran into the bathroom.

The wife could hardly control herself as she rolled on the floor laughing, tears in her eyes! After years of torture she reckoned she had got him back pretty good.

About twenty minutes later, her husband came downstairs in his bloodstained underpants with a look of horror on his face. She bit her lip as she asked him what was the matter.

He said, "Honey, you were right!' 'All these years you have warned me and I didn't listen to you."

"What do you mean?" asked his wife.

"Well, you always told me that one day I would end up farting my guts out, and today it finally happened. But by the grace of God, some Vaseline, and two fingers, I think I got most of them back in."

Dec 18, 2008

50s cars you could recognize!

38 buick
51 Hudson Hornet
51 Studebaker Champion
51 Buick LeSabre
51 Chrysler 310
53 Buick Wildcat
54 Dodge FireArrow
54 Buick Wildcat 2
55 Nash Rambler
56 Ford Sunliner
57 Chevy Brookwood Stationwagon
58 Edsel Convertible
58 Lincoln Premiere
58 Merc Turnpike Cruiser
59 Plymouth Fury

71 Buick Reviera Boattail
Back in the days when cars had style, and even with so many makes & models, all changing every year, they made a profit.

And, not only that . . .

But one could sit on the porch and name the cars as they drove by . . . unlike today . . . when they all look the same ....