Wednesday, May 2, 2007

The Good Side of Genocide

China wants credit for their 1 child per couple policy as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gases (story).

What's next?


Hey lets give the Sudanese government Kyoto credits. According to news reports, at least 400,000 black Africans of Darfur have died from a systematic ethnic cleansing by Arab government-backed militia known as Janjaweed.

Hey lets give Al Qaeda some Kyoto credits for killing Jews and Christians. They are so committed to the unfolding tragedy of global warming that they even kill themselves for the cause. I heard the Mohammad is now giving suicide bombers the choice of 72 virgins or 72 Kyoto credits.

It is all starting to make sense. Democrats are opposed to the war on terrorism, because it is contrary to their global warming objectives.

Lesson for Conservative Kids, you can spin a story any way you want to support wayward thinking.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Slaughtered Goats at a DNC fundraiser?

A Democratic fundraiser sparked a major controversy by using a freshly slaughtered goat to raise money.

The nearly decapitated animal was the centrepiece of a party to celebrate the launch of the new campaign theme, "What would you do to get a Democrat in the White House"

"How about eating still warm intestines uncoiled from the carcass of a freshly slaughtered goat?

Guests at the event were invited to reach inside the goat’s still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach.

The GOP condemned the DNC, and said the grotesque "sacrifice" highlighted increasing concerns over the the ugliness of the campaign and the lengths to which the DNC will go to garner votes.

At the event, guests competed to see who could eat the most offal – procured elsewhere and intended to resemble the goat’s intestines – from its stomach.

They also threw knives at targets and pulled live snakes from a pit with their bare hands. (Guns were banned from the event.)

Bill Clinton added topless girls dipping grapes into guests’ mouths to the louche atmosphere.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare said it was "outrageous" that the animal’s death had been used "to drive voter registration".

A spokesperson for the animal welfare group said: "We are always opposed to any senseless killing of an animal and this sounds like a gruesome death. We condemn the DNC's actions. It is stupid and completely unjustified."

Nancy Pelosi describes the '08 campaign as "an adult-rated, fast-paced bloodbath – and enormous fun to boot", adding that it will be "bigger, better and as brutal as ever".

Of course I kid. A respectable group like the DNC led by Howard Dean would never dip so low to garner votes. That is as far fetched as a venerable brand like SONY pulling a stunt like this.

What? Sony actually held a similar event in Athens, Greece to launch the new violent video game God of War II last week.

I guess the DNC and SONY do have something in common. They both contribute to the moral decay of Conservative Kids.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Evans, Here; Fairchild, Here; God, God?

From Mose Lake, Washington to Virginia Tech tragedy has struck at schools across this country:

Moses Lake, Washington 2/2/96
Bethel, Alaska 2/19/97
Pearl, Mississippi 10/1/97
West Paducah, Kentucky 12/1/97
Stamp, Arkansas 12/15/97
Jonesboro, Arkansas 3/24/98
Edinboro, Pennsylvania 4/24/98
Fayetteville, Tennessee 5/19/98
Springfield, Oregon 5/21/98
Richmond, Virginia 6/15/98
Littleton, Colorado 4/20/99
Conyers, Georgia 5/20/99
Deming, New Mexico 11/19/99
Fort Gibson, Oklahoma 12/6/99
Santee, California 3/ 5/01
El Cajon, California 3/22/01
Blacksburg, VA 4/16/07

Do you know who was absent on all those days. GOD.

Why do you think GOD was absent? He was expelled from school.

It started in 1960 when Madeline Murray O'Hare complained to the Baltimore Maryland School District to ban prayer in school. She took her case all the way to the Supreme Court. The court ruled in her favor 8-1.

How does a small minority group like the aetheists have so much power? How can the ACLU have more power than all the Christians in the US (89% of the population)?

I send my kids to Catholic Schools for this very reason. We need school vouchers so everyone regardless of their financial situation can send their kids to school where God has a desk and a locker.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Would He Could He in a School?

Would you could you sign my nose?

I would and could if you take off your clothes.

Children's book writer, Richard Lynn Stack makes inappropriate comment to a 10 year old girl. I would not be surprised if Stack becomes the first guest on Rosie's new talk show.

Lesson for Conservative Kids. Some people are not very smart. And some smart people say and do dumb things.

Rosie in Bed with Alec Baldwin

Lesbian mom defends anger management flunky dad.

Rosie O'Donnell defends Alec Baldwin for his phone message tirade. (Previous Post) Here is my take. God made Rosie and unattractive lesbian for a reason. He did not intend her to have kids.

He most definitely does not want her giving parenting tips.

Also - She is gone from The View (ABC - daytime). She will not be gone from TV long. Conservative kids will enjoy the silence while it lasts.

When you think Disney you think American freedom, family and fun. You could easily add Disney to Apple pie, Baseball and Chevy. When you think if Rosie you think of socialism, destruction of the traditional family and ugly bitterness. Disney you are better off with out her bitter ugliness.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ingredients of a Perfectly Prepared Consevative Kid

Recipe to prepare a perfect Conservative Kid

Ingredients

1 rude thoughtless little pig (Preferably about 12 years old without brains or decency)
1 God-damn phone (turned off)
1 Thoughtless pain in the ass mother (a tree hugging super model works best)
1 Angry liberal dad
1 Ugly public divorce
A dash of disappointment
A pinch of anger
A pinch of humiliation
1 last insult
A little crap
A load of shit

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, put all burners on high
Make a call
Make an ass out of yourself
Feel like a fool over and over and over
Pull crap over
And do it over and over again
Fly out for the day
Straighten the little pig out
Make sure the little pig gets it
Get on a plane and go home
Let simmer until the little pig rebels against liberal parents and become an SUV driving, school voucher using, conservative Christian republican, with an I luv dub-ya tattooed on the small of her back.

Thanks Alec Baldwin. Conservatives will win your daughter in a custody battle.


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Conservative Kids, Time to Turn in Your Guns?

Guns need to be banned to prevent tragedies like the mass murders at Virginia Tech this week. That’s the opinion of The View and others this week.

I am not a fan of guns. And much to the surprise of you liberals out there who might consider me a right wing conspirator, I do not have a gun or a gun rack. I do not hunt and I do not eat squirrels or possum pie.

Like video games, guns do not a mass murder make. Again mental illness is to be blamed.

The tragedy at VT got the gun control crowd buzzing again. Here is my take in it. We already have fine laws on the books to prevent these events. Virginia Tech is a Gun Free Zone.

Since VT is a gun free zone, Cho Seung-Hui broke the law to commit those heinous crimes. The point. If guns are banned all the good gun carrying citizens will follow the law and turn in their guns. The criminals and the unhinged will not.

Virginia is a conceal and carry state. The College is a Gun Free Zone in that state. So if, a student was packing heat and happened to kill Cho during the shooting spree, he or she would have been a hero and a law breaker.

The system failed those victims on the VT campus. We have background checks before a gun can be purchased. (I agree with tight controls on who can get a gun.) Cho was deemed by the court to be a threat to himself and others. How come this court order did not prevent Cho from purchasing a gun?

Unfortunately, we live in a world of guns. Guns were invented because people are resourceful. If guns completely disappeared from the earth people, would find another way to kill each other. You can not ban hate or mental illness. But what a great world it would be if you could.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Time to Ban Video Games and Clowns?

Violent video games need to be banned to prevent tragedies like the mass murders at Virginia Tech this week. That’s the opinion of The View and others this week.

I am not a fan of violent video games. I limit my kids access to these games as much as a parent can without being overly oppressive.

But let’s get something clear video games do not a mass murder make. Do you think that mental illness may be the cause? I do.

What violent video game did Hitler play? Doom 3
What violent video game did Ghengis Khan play? Mortal Kombat or Grand Theft Auto. Wait a minute, is this a trick question they did not have cars back then. He must have played Mortal Kombat.
Did Ted Bundy play Half Life 4?
Did David Berkowitz, The Son of Sam, play GunSlinger Girls? His reign of terror on summer nights in the 70’s happened before Atari released Pong. In fact, his dog told him to kill those lovers in cars. Let’s ban dogs. If you told me that Pong causes mental illness I would believe you.

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John Wayne Gacy the "Killer Clown" murdered and raped 33 men in the early 70’s. Yep "Pogo The Clown" entertainer at many a kids birthday party was a mass murderer. Again, 70’s sorry no video games yet. He probably did not even play the board game SORRY.

Hey lets ban mental illness. Now there is a cause I can get behind. Oh yeah and dogs. Throw in cats to, I am allergic to them. Better ban kid party clowns. Not the clowns that are good enough to make the big show, just the loser clowns in the minor leagues.

I am all for ratings on games and I am all for parents limiting access to games that have no redeeming value. I am against government getting overly involved to ban something that will not in any way limited human minds from becoming unhinged.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Media Bias in reporting Fred Thompson's Cancer

I first looked at CNN. The headline was positive showcasing remission. (Full Story) The article was factual and positive about Fred Thompson's health and his ability to run. Then of course the last two paragraphs were added to chip away at his credibility just in case he decides to run against CNN's beloved Hillary or Obama.

In 2005, Thompson helped shepherd Chief Justice John Roberts through the Senate confirmation process and, most recently, he raised money for the defense of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

Libby was found guilty in March of lying and obstructing justice during the investigation into who released the identity of then-CIA operative Valerie Plame.

Reuters.com lead with the headline. Possible W. House hopeful Thompson says he has cancer and shows this picture of Fred looking like he is crying. (Link) The objective here is to communicate to the skim / scan reader to think that Fred is dying.

But just in case you read on. They want to make sure you understand that he is no friend of liberals. They never mention that he is for lower taxes.

...If he enters the race, conservatives could be enticed by Thompson's steadfast positions against abortion, gay marriage and gun control.

Among the current Republican candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney previously backed abortion and gay rights but now opposes them and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has supported abortion rights, gun control and gay rights....

CBSNews.com led with the headline Fred Thompson Says He Has Cancer. I wish it mentioned remmission. But the article was pretty much straight forward. They did make sure to emphasize that Guiliani and McCain both have cancer, but I guess that is relevant.

ABCNews.com and Time.com were factual and did not try to add liberal spin.

Ridiculopathy.com makes fun of the situation as they endorse Edwards strategic use of cancer for PR and bash Fred's. It is funny unless of course you think cancer not funny.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Fred Thompson Announces Running Mate; Cancer

Fox News interviewed with Fred Thompson today. He announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago , but it is in remission. He mentioned that it is the slow growing and non-life threatening kind of lymphoma. (Story)

Fred Thompson is announcing this now to gauge public opinion.

Fred is waiting to hear from us.

We need to let him know that we are not scared of cancer. We are scared of liberalism. We are scared of immigration amnesty. We are petrified of socialized medicine. We are afraid of terrorism.

Fred, Lance Armstrong triumphed many times with cancer. You can too.

Republican Sen. John McCain has battled melanoma, a very aggressive form of skin cancer, and Rudy Giuliani has battled prostate cancer. So it should not be an issue.

Friday, April 6, 2007

It's Not a Good Friday to Work in the UK

In the UK, the Grampian branch of the National Health Service (socialized or should I say socialised medicine agency) decided to stop giving Christian workers holidays for Good Friday and Easter. (Story) It was a move of political correctness. They did not want to offend people of other religions.

Did you notice that they do not mind offending Christians. Do you know why they do not mind offending Christians? I'll tell you. Christians do not strap explosives packed with nails and ball bearings to themselves and detonate them in public places.

British Airways recently banned a worker from wearing a Christian cross to work. British Airways can do this because Christians do not hijack and blow up planes.

What do you think would happen if British Airways banned a Muslim from wearing a turban? I will tell you. Willie Walsh CEO of British Airways would go the way of Theo Van Gogh (Film Maker Killed in Islamic Revenge)

Conservative Kids take note. There is a global assault on religious freedom. And the most dangerous evil is cowardly political correctness. Britain is the place were they banned the Three Pigs Story so not to offend. What is happening to England?

I Still Hate John Kerry

A note to Conservative Kids: Sometimes you can get help from an unlikely ally.

Sen John Kerry went to bat for us baseball lovers to block a TV deal that would have made Major League Baseball broadcasts exclusive to satellite TV.

I am a Yankee fan stuck in Reds country. I watch a lot of baseball (mainly the Yanks). Satellite TV been there done that. It's great until it rains. Guess what I like to do when it rains. Yep, watch TV. I tried MLB.TV to watch games on my laptop, but that was a painful experience. DSL is not quite ready for TV.

The lesson to Conservative Kids is that democracy won the day. It was the uproar of fans that got MLB to listen and to change course. So when there is a wrong to be made right call or email your elected official and be heard. And call and email the company making the decision.

Now back to my regularly scheduled loathing of the anti-American Sen John Kerry and the Red Sox.

Go Yankees.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Sen Dodd Picks Barney Frank as Running Mate in '08

Presidential hopeful Democrat Senator Dodd spoke to a group of high school kids about gay rights.

Seriously, does America really need elected officials going into our schools to talk about gay marriage?

Senator Dodd, you are at meager 5% in the polls for a reason. Most High School kids do not vote and 85% of America is against the gay marriage issue. So I question your strategic thinking.

Do you want to be President? Then act presidential. Unless of course you are running for president of the Gay Coalition. Is Barney Frank going to be your running mate? You two do make a nice couple.


You're an idiot.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Liberals Take Chatter Out of Baseball

What is happening to my world? No Santa in stores. Easter Egg hunts are now called scramble egg hunts. The 10 Commandments are being erased from society. Every kid gets the same grades in school. And now this. No Chatter in baseball.

An ugly incident led to the banning of chatter in Cincinnati. Kids can no longer say batter, batter, batter swing batter, batter, batter in Cincinnati. Don't you dare say, rally, rally the pitcher's name is Sally in the Queen City. For God's sake, don't call a batter a broken ladder. You can't say, hey shortstop I have seen quicker hands on a clock or you throw like Mayor Mark Mallory. (See video)



Don't yell to the catcher, you couldn't catch the bird flu in a Cambodian chicken coop. We don't want little Johnny to take his ball and bat and go home crying.

Don't get me wrong, I am not for mean spirited unsportsmanlike talk. But chatter is a part of baseball. It is a part of life. You can not protect kids from the ugliness of life. Kids need to develop a thick skin. The world is tough. Rules to artificially protect a kids self esteem drive me nuts because the kids only have a high self esteem in a fantasy world. Learning to cope in both good and bad situations is what growing up is all about.

Conservative Kids learn what not to do from bad situations if their parents help them understand the situations they encounter.

Conservative Conservationist?

A liberal friend (yes I do have some) introduced me as a conservative to another liberal. We had some good natured banter back and forth. There was one joke this person said that struck me as odd. He said, "Do you idle your car all day so it's nice an warm when you are ready to head home." I guess he assumed that since I am a conservative I must not care about the environment and I needlessly waste resources.

I grew up in the 70's. The well informed teachers of the day were talking about the world running out of oil. That was 30 years ago. Oh yeah, they were also talking about global cooling too. No oil and global cooling the inconvenient half-truth of the day got our attention. So we were taught to conserve energy. There was also a long draught period in New Jersey when I was younger. We had to conserve water - If its yellow let it mellow. But if it is brown, flush it down.
So I am familiar with conservation. Well I must admit that I flush every time and wash my hands. I also turn out lights that are on when not needed.

Just because Conservative Kids do not believe that global warming is caused by humans does not mean that we give polluters a free pass and waste costly resources.

The same day that I had this conversation, I got this info in an email (author unknown).


A tale of two houses

House 1:

The four-bedroom single-story house is a paragon of environmental planning. The passive-solar house is built of honey-colored native limestone and positioned to absorb winter sunlight, warming the interior walkways and walls of the 4,000-square-foot residence. Geothermal heat pumps circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground. These waters pass through a heat exchange system that keeps the home warm in winter and cool in summer. A 25,000 gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof urns; wastewater from sinks, toilets, and showers cascades into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is then used to irrigate the landscaping around the four-bedroom home. This house consumes 25% of the energy of an average American home.

House 2:

This 20-room, 8-bathroom house consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year. The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, this house devoured nearly 221,000 kWh, more than 20 times the national average. Last August alone, the house burned through 22,619 kWh, guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of this energy consumption, the average monthly electric bill topped $1,359. Also, natural gas bills for this house and guest house averaged $1,080 per month last year. In total, this house had nearly $30,000 in combined electricity and natural gas bills for 2006.

House 1 belongs to George and Laura Bush, in Crawford, Texas.

House 2 belongs to Al and Tipper Gore, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The email checked out as true on www.Snopes.com

Sunday, April 1, 2007

The Devil Visits the Holy Land

Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the secular progressives, slayer of traditional marriage, eraser of the 10 commandments, the Devil herself, brought her forked tongue to the Holy Land for a photo op. (Story)

Conservative Kids need leaders who believe and trust in a higher power. Perhaps Nancy does but she sold her soul for the pursuit of power and greed.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Conservative Kids: Make English Official Language

To bad Newt is the only potential Presidential hopeful who is has strong convictions and is not afraid to voice them.

Newt Gingrich Decries 'Ghetto' Nature of Bilingual Education

Saturday, March 31, 2007

WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education Saturday with "the language of living in a ghetto" and mocked requirements that ballots be printed in multiple languages.

"The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700 languages depending on who randomly shows up" to vote, said Gingrich, who is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination in 2008. He made the comments in a speech to the National Federation of Rebulican Women.

"The American people believe English should be the official language of the government. ... We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto," Gingrich said to cheers from the crowd of more than 100.

"Citizenship requires passing a test on American history in English. If that's true, then we do not have to create ballots in any language except English," he said. nd="5" style="font-size:85%;">In the past, Gingrich has supported making English the nation's official language. He has also said all American children should learn English and that other languages should be secondary in schools.

In 1995, for example, he said bilingualism poses "long term dangers to the fabric of our nation" and that "allowing bilingualism to continue to grow is very dangerous."

Bilingual programs teach students reading, arithmetic and other basic skills in their native language so they do not fall behind while mastering English.

On voting, federal law requires districts with large populations of non-English speakers to print ballots in multiple languages.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

No Chairs in Conservative Kids Classroom

Presidential hopeful Huckabee gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this month. Among his rambling speech he told a story that fits the theme of this blog for raising conservative kids.

Since a politician told this story, I am not sure how true it is, but the message is good.

I have a friend who's a schoolteacher at the Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her name is Martha Cothren. She's a social studies teacher and a coach on the side. Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren did something that I'll never forget. Martha, on the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, took all of the desks out of the classroom.

The kids came into first period, they walked in, there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."

They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."

"No," she said.

"Maybe it's our behavior."

And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."

And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing. Third period. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom. The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. And she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."

Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans, wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids for the first time I think perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those desks.

Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."

My friend, I think sometimes we forget that the freedoms that we have are freedoms not because of celebrities. The freedoms are because of ordinary people who did extraordinary things, who loved this country more than life itself, and who not only earned a school desk for a kid at the Robinson High School in Little Rock, but who earned a seat for you and me to enjoy this great land we call home, this wonderful nation that we better love enough to protect and preserve with the kind of conservative, solid values and principles that made us a great nation.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

An Incontinent Truth

Chinese Researchers look to use fiber rich panda poop to make paper. (Panda poop paper) The Thai make paper out of elephant dung.



It turns out that Al Gore's An Inconvienient Truth was printed on Bull Shit paper.

Conservative kids do not believe everything they read.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Famous People with ADHD Provide Hope

My hardworking grandfather worked the fields of the farm he owned from 5:30am to 1:30p. Then he jumped on a bus headed to Philadelphia to go to his job in a book bindery to work a shift there. I am not sure how he did it.

I was a city boy according to grandfather. But every summer, I would work on the farm for a week or two. The pay was terrible, the days were long and it was completely voluntary. I imposed this self torture to be with the grandparents I loved so very much. My parents and my friends thought I was crazy. I did it every summer from age 12 to age 17.

The days I worked the farm were the most exhausting days of my life. I would get up at 5:30a to cut, wash and pack squash. After a quick breakfast break, we would go out into the fields and pick peppers and tomatoes and cut eggplant and butternut squash. Then we would load the truck for market. We would typically end the day at 5:30p. Eat dinner. Play in the yard and be sleeping by 8:30p so we could do it again the next day.

I remember on brutally hot day. My cousin Tony and I were in a butternut squash field slaving away. We decided that we needed a quick break after working for 2 straight hours. Wouldn't you know that that is when my grandfather came to check on us. He yelled and called us good for nothing, lazy bastards before he drove off mad in a cloud of dust.

I was so mad, but not at him. I was mad at myself for letting the man I admired down. Not long after, at the farmers market, I was unloading the truck when I overheard my grandfather talking to his farming buddies. He was talking with pride about his hardworking city boy grandson. The next time he called me a lazy good for nothing. I just smiled to myself.

My son has ADD/ADHD. Many kids with ADD / ADHD are label as stupid and lazy. I tried every trick in the book to motivate him. Money. Stickers. Hugs. All with no results. I admittedly and repeatedly have tried my grandfathers method and called my son out as a lazy good for nothing. This does not work either. Nothing seems to motivate my son. I told to lower my expectations. I was told that you do not have to be a hard working rich man to be happy. I was told to just let him be what he is going to be. I was going to take this advice until I had a chance meeting with a man who is an expert in ADD/ADHD

This man has ADD/ADHD. This man had a mother who 30 years ago realized that her son needed different learning strategies to succeed. He is now a successful businessman on the verge of making it really big with an i-learning product develop for ADD/ADHD kids. This man is teaching my that my son is not stupid and lazy and to not give up on him.

He told me that my son has a gift, the gift to think differently. He then went on to tell me that many famous people in the world had ADD/ADHD. Winston Churchill failed 6th grade. Thomas Edison's teachers said he was too stupid to learn anything. Tolstoy failed out of college. Einstein did not talk until four and did not read until seven. Lincoln and Kennedy had ADD/ADHD. He also told me that 40% of people in jail have ADD / ADHD.

Kids with ADHD have low self-esteem and do not feel like they fit into the world. This list of people shows that kids with ADD/ADHD can not only fit in, but can also define the world. Parents just need to steer them in the right direction.

I admire so many people on the list. I would love to admire my son one day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Three Pigs and a Puppy Die

In Britain, a school decided to change the 150-year-old Three Little Pigs story to something less offensive to Muslims. (Story) The Koran states that Muslims cannot eat or touch pigs. In their infinite wisdom the school district replaced the three pigs with three puppies. Here was their first attempt.
Once upon a time, there were three little puppies living with their mum (this is Britain). They decided to leave their mum to make it in the big world. The youngest was full of hate toward Jews, Christians Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, Americans, capitalists, pigs and other Muslims that did not share his radical puppy beliefs.

This young puppy did not have much optimism, self-esteem or drive so he built a modest medieval doghouse made of mud and straw. His brothers opted for more substantial housing further from home in mountain caves in the tribal territories of Pakistan.

One day a big bad wolf came to the mud and straw house of the youngest puppy and knocked on the door. "Let me in," the wolf yelled, “or I will huff and puff and I will blow your house down.” The radical puppy opened the door and said praise Allah and blew up himself and the wolf. The End.
There is a war going on against our culture. The enemies are radical Islam, the ACLU, secular progressives and good people who are paralyzed by political correctness.

Victims in the war include Christmas, George Washington and Abe Lincoln, the Ten Commandments, and now the three pigs. Rest in peace.

We need to fight this to preserve our great nation for our Conservative Kids.

Actually, to be fair, Islamic leaders in the British community condemned the politically correct move to change pigs to puppies as misguided and said decisions like this were turning Muslims into 'misfits' in society.

I hate to tell you Mr. British spineless Islamic leader - The radical faction of your religion is turning Muslims into misfits. Denounce radical Islam, not scared Christians who think that they need to appease the aggressor by changing our culture.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Bill Frist Heard Conservative Kids Calling for Fred

After Washington Whispers / Zogby concluded Hillary was the most Reaganesque - I started blogging about Fred Thompson. That was on January 22, 2007.

Washington Whispers

By Paul Bedard
Posted 1/14/07

Hillary: Filling the Boots of the Gipper

It was one of those in-the-shower brainstorms for pollster John Zogby:Ronald Reagan, at 28 percent, FDR at 26 percent, JFK at 21 percent, Abraham Lincoln at 16 percent, and just 6 percent for George Washington. And who's viewed as most Reaganesque? Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. She also grabs the FDR and Washington mantle but falls far short of upstart Sen. Barack Obama for the JFK title. Let's see which past A-list president voters wish they could put in the Oval Office to fix the nation and which of the major 2008 presidential hopefuls best matches that pick. Drumroll, please. In order:

Zogby says there are several messages from his just completed poll, provided exclusively to Whispers. Most obvious: If voters want a Reaganesque or Rooseveltian firm hand and vision in the White House, then Clinton looks like a good bet. But if they prefer the inspiration of JFK and Lincoln, then Obama's their guy. "It looks like youthful vigor has the best crossover appeal," says Zogby. It's not so clear on the GOP side. Only Rudy Giuliani scores well, seen as the most Lincoln-like and beating Sen. John McCain in every "most like" category. Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ranks last in all but one. Zogby sees a biblical race between Jeremiah and Moses in how some major themes play out. "Moses had a plan to get to the Promised Land, and for Jeremiah the sky was falling." Who wins? "Hopefulness is the key."

Since that time, Fred Thompson has been the most popular topic on my site. It was a slow build but traffic with people looking for info on Fred Thompson has exploded ever since.

I linked to small bloggers who were talking about Fred. Those combined voices of small bloggers resonated very loud.

Bill Frist (VOLPAC) heard the call and he has Fred's ear.

I believe that future of Conservative Kids will be so much brighter with Fred Thompson as the leader. The ultra liberal Obama and the deceitful, cold, selfish power hungry politician Clinton will not lead this country in a positive direction.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Teacher Teaches Capitalism Burns at Stake.

My last post got me thinking about the most memorable teacher I ever had.

In sixth grade, I had Mrs. Steele. She taught the requisite broad spectrum of subjects like math, English, social studies, etc. But she also taught capitalism.

Mrs. Steele created a market economy in her class. She printed Steele dollars. She gave everyone a job and a base salary. She also gave us the opportunity to earn more dollars by providing a meaningful service to the class. This was strictly optional. Like any real world economy, some people worked harder than others and soon a social class structure emerged.

To earn extra money, I approached Mrs. Steele with an idea to start a class newspaper. She as delighted and was supportive. I got started right away. I covered the news of the class; Kickball highlights. The much anticipated announcement of the dodgeball MVP. I listed upcoming events. I acknowledged the personal achievements of class members. I had a horoscope. I listed birthdays.

Mrs. Steele helped me with story ideas and editing. She also gave me supplies - the mimeograph paper. It is easy to make money when the cost of goods is zero. She also strongly encouraged everyone to buy my paper. This endeavor added $1,000 per week to my salary.

I also made a lot of money tutoring kids in Math.

Every last Friday in the month was market day. Kids would bring in unwanted toys and Mrs. Steele would bring in candy, baseball cards and some other small things she bought. The stuff Mrs. Steele brought in was sold at a fixed price. All the other stuff went to auction and went to the highest bidder. It was always quite exciting.

I never bought anything. I set a goal to have $100,000 at the end of the school year. My buddy and I had a secret competition to be the richest kid in the class. I ended up exceeding my goal and winning. I'm still winning thanks to Mrs. Steele.

If Mrs Steele taught capitalism in school today, she would be burned at the stake. The liberals and Psychologists like Doctor Ablow (or Dr. AimLow as I like to call him) would go on the TODAY show and call Mrs. Steele out and tell her that she is hurting the self-esteem of poor Johnny.

Johnny was literally poor (in school). He was making the minimum salary and getting fined for missing homework. Johnny was also literally stupid. He went into Mrs. Steele's desk when we had a substitute and stole a wad of Steele Dollars. When Mrs. Steele returned, she questioned the class regarding the missing money. No one confessed. It was the top story in the newspaper.

A week later at Market Day, Johnny, flush with cash, went on a buying spree. Mrs. Steele knew Johnny's financial situation, so she took the cash back and reported the situation to the principal and Johnny's mom. I reported the capture of the thief in the newspaper. (Mrs. Steele would not let me report the name of the robber).

Liberals would say that the capitalism experiment caused Johnny to steal. I had known Johnny since kindergarten. He was a punk on the road to no where and even the great Mrs. Steele could not teach him the cause and effect of hard work. But she taught me.

Thank you Mrs. Steele.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Conservative Kids Don't Need Dr. AimLow Ablow

In Texas kids are paid $100 for each AP exam passed.

A non-profit called Advanced Placement Strategies established the program. It was featured on the Today Show this morning. Two executives affiliated with Advanced Placement Strategies provided irrefutable data that clearly illustrated the power of the corporately funded project.
From 1991 to 1995 about 300 AP exams were taken in 10 DISD Schools in Math, Science and English about 150 passed.

In 2006, 3,965 tests were taken and 1,300 passed.
Wait for it.

Wait.

Yep I heard it. This program discriminates against African Americans and Hispanics.

Not true Jessee.
From 1991 to 1995 about 25 AP tests were passed by minorities in the test schools.

In 2006, 532 AP tests were passed by African Americans and Hispanics. WOW.

US Public Schools have about 25 minority kids pass an AP test per 1,000. In the Texas test program that number is 3X.

The scores in Math and Science for all students went from an average of 70 in the early 90's to 877 in 2006. The program is working.

There are more results on the website.
Are the tests easier? No. Are the teachers better? Yes.

Teachers are given extra training and cash incentives too. Add in professional management (not government oversight), measurement and accountability and you have a successful program.

Of course the Today Show had to parade out a liberal psychologist (Dr. Ablow). Dr. AimLow told a very unconvincing theory about how this program will hurt the self-esteem of the kids who do not take AP classes or happen to be artists. Dr. AimLow, we have programs to reward artists, especially those high achievers who smear elephant dung on the Virgin Mary.

Dr. Aimlow did not seem to care about the improved self-esteem of the considerable number of additional students who not only challenged themselves to take the AP classes but also passed and earned college credits. His great evidence was the he had great passionate teachers who motivated him without paying him. Focus group of one, doctor. Thanks for the shallow insight. I agree that everyone has one or two teachers who touched them, but let's face it the vast majority of teachers were dull and quite forgettable.

And Doctor, you are not considering the other side of the equation. Teachers are given incentives to get better and more schools are encouraged to offer AP classes. Plus the program provides incentives to kids in the form of food and door prizes to show up to review sessions on a Saturday. I know this hurts the self-esteem of kids who hate prizes and do not eat.

Dr. AimLow you called this program a shortcut to getting back on track in Math and Science. I am not sure if you noticed but America is getting passed up in Math and Science by the rest of the world while the Bush / Kennedy No Kid Gets To Far Ahead Else Little Johnny Might Feel Bad and Start to Wet his Bed Again Plan sputters along in bureaucratic red tape and while child psychologists try to protect the self-esteem of the lowest common denominator at the expense of the self-esteem of the kids who work hard to get ahead.

Dr. AimLow went to Brown and Johns Hopkins but he got schooled today on Today.

The Today Show had another liberal, Robert Scheaffer, who was also against the program. He stated that this kind of motivation generally does not work. (Did you see the data?). And this program will lead to a cynical attitude in student who will not study unless paid. The consequences for not studying are the same with or without the program. Mr Scheaffer, we would not want to teach kids that they get paid for pushing themselves to succeed. That never happens in the real world. Please think before you talk on TV.

You all know that my oldest son has ADHD. (Story here and here) At home, he watches his brother and sister excel academically, socially and athletically. At school, his schoolmates jokingly call him a retard for taking the remedial classes. My son's self-esteem would not be changed in the least if an AP student earned a Benjamin or three.

Conservative kids need radical new thinking to compete in this world.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

What is More Important Stature or Stance?

Seems that there is now quite a bit of interest in Fred Daulton Thompson. From my site meter I can see what the real important issues are. Google's referring search terms can be very telling.

Using this very unscientific data, I have determined that Fred's stature is more important then Fred's stance on the issues; Fred's height, his age, where he went to college and how many times he has been married and whether he is Catholic or not are much more important than his stance on abortion, gun control, taxes and the death penalty.



Here is what I have found

Fred was born in Sheffield, Alabama on August 19th 1942. That would make him 64. When Fred Thompson puts his hand on the bible during the inauguration, he will be 3 years younger than when Ronald Reagan took office as the oldest president at the age of 69. McCain is 70 for those keeping score.

What Thompson lacks in experience vis-a-vis Reagan, he makes up in height. Fred Thompson is 6' 6" or 5 inches taller than Reagan. And a full 11 inches taller than McCain and 12 inches taller than Hillary Clinton.

Thompson has been married the same amount of times as Reagan. He is currently married to Jeri Kehn married June 2002 and they have one daughter. He was married to Sarah Lindsey from 1959 to 1985 and they had two boys and a daughter together. They divorced. He has five grandchildren.

He is not Catholic. The 106th Congressional Record has Church of Christ (Stone Campbell) listed as his church affiliation. On the Issues lists him as Protestant since 2002. That was the year he was remarried.

Senator Thompson went to Memphis State University in 1964 and Vanderbilt University in 1967.

Fred Thompson worked as a shoe salesman. Jack Reagan, Ronald's Dad, was a shoe salesman. Fred's dad was a used car salesman. Which makes both dads more noble than 95% of the politicians in Washington.

Do Conservative Kids Have Their Man?

Fred Daulton Thompson is considering a run for the White House in '08. Chris Wallace Fox News interviewed him today.

I can not wait for the debate between the ice queen and the quick-witted and affable Thompson.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Fred Thompson Favors Conservative Kids Issues

I have noticed that a lot of Fred Thompson traffic to my site is from Google search. People looking for Fred's views on the issues.

I have highlighted a few from his past voting record:

Abortion
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
Economy
  • Voted YES on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)
Civil Rights
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Crime and Tort Reform
  • Voted YES on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
  • Voted YES on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted YES on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
Immigration
  • Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
  • Voted YES on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)
Taxes
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
Strongly Opposes: Abortion; Same Sex Marriages

Strongly Favors: School Choice Vouchers; Gun Rights; Increased Spending on Military

Favors: Affirmative Action, Teaching Family Values in School; Privatize Social Security; Death Penalty; Decrease in Taxes on Wealthy; Free Trade; Stricter limits on campaign funding.

Opposes: More federal funding for health care.

No Strong Opinion: Immigration; Patriot Act Harming Civil Liberties

For a more complete analysis click Fred Thompson on the Issues.

All in all a good choice for the future of Conservative Kids.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Conservative Kids Want School Vouchers

DUMBING-DOWN OF AMERICA

Test scores for high school students have hit a new, 40-year low, says Pat Buchanan, a founding editor of American Conservative magazine.

A National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test of 12th-grade achievement was given to what the New York Times called a "representative sample of 21,000 high school seniors attending 900 public and private schools from January to March 2005."

What did the tests reveal?

* Since 1990, the share of students lacking even basic reading skills has risen by a third, from 20 percent to 27 percent.
* Only 35 percent of high school seniors have reached a "proficient" level in reading, down from 40 percent.
* Only 16 percent of black and 20 percent of Hispanic students had reached a proficient level in reading.
* Among high school seniors, only 29 percent of whites, 10 percent of Hispanic students and 6 percent of black students were proficient in math.

Factor the dropouts back in, and the NAEP test suggests:

* Of black kids starting in first grade, about one in eight will be able to read at the level of a high school senior after 12 years, and one in 33 will be able to do the math.
* Among Hispanic kids, one in 10 will be able to read at a high-school senior level, but only one in 20 will be able to do high-school math.

Under George W. Bush, U.S. Department of Education funding has risen 92 percent in six years, from $35.5 billion in 2001 to $68 billion in 2007. Sinking test scores are what we have to show for it. Taxpayers are being lied to and swindled by the education industry, which has failed them, failed America and flunked its assignment -- and should be expelled for cheating, says Buchanan.

Source: Patrick J. Buchanan, "Dumbing-Down of America," Townhall.com, March 6, 2007.
I will bet the the number of ritalin scrips written have gone up exponentially.

Time for a new approach. Time for School Vouchers and competition. Time to pay the good teachers what they are worth. And time to send the poor performing teachers to packing.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Bill Gates Says Conservative Kids Should Study Math.

Bill Gates testified on capital hill today. He is concerned with the limit of 65,000 visas for highly skilled immigrants. Gates said. “America will find it infinitely more difficult to maintain its technological leadership if it shuts out the very people who are most able to help us compete.”

Federal Law provides 65,000 H1-B visas for scientists, engineers, computer programmers and other professionals every year. Many from India and China. Employers say that it is not enough.

Gates has been unable to fill 3,000 jobs at Microsoft because of this limitation. That is 3,000 high paying tax generating jobs.


But the bigger issue that Gates brought up is the current state of American Schools. A federal study showed that 1/3 of the kids fail to take
a standard-level curriculum, which is defined as including (at least 4 credits of English and 3 credits each of social studies, math and science). On a national science test, about 50% of 12th-graders failed to show basic skills.


Gates also called on lawmakers to give more resources to improving the teaching of math and science.

Sen. Edward Kennedy D-Mass., chairman of the Committee on Health (that's laughable isn't), Education, Labor and Pensions, said the issue would be addressed when Congress takes up BROAD immigration reform legislation this session.


When pressed to specify his comments - Sen Kennedy raised his gin and tonic and vowed to eliminate the visa caps for all broads. Saying, "You can never have enough good looking broads!" When his aide told him that Gates wants highly skilled programmers, Kennedy said, "We all have our
fetishes" as he burped and reached for a bag of pork rinds.


Conservative Kids would be well served to study math and science. And not take health advice from a slurring fat cat.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Conservative Kids are Scared of Hillary not Chinese

Let me preface this by saying that I am an engineer turned marketer, I am not an economist.

Recently Hillary raised a red flag about the amount of American debt being held by foreign countries, namely China and Japan. The opportunistic timing of the announcement was the day after Greenspan burped, China hiccuped and the Dow Jones Stock Exchange Index took a 400 point header.

Most financial experts would agree that this was a healthy correction after a long long upward run. Not the Yale grad opportunist, she blamed Bush and trade deficits.

She seems to think that we will be held hostage by China. Perhaps I do not understand, and if I am wrong please enlighten me, but China is buying American debt so essentially they are investing in our country. Therefore they would have a vested interest in our prosperity. Plus That means, we have their money. Right? So who has the power?

Again, I am not an economist, but I do not see the risk that the women with forked tongue sees.

Conservative kids: Chinese military might, the over population of Chinese males vis-a-vis Chinese women and the old line Chinese Communists party scare me a little. The Chinese investing in the US actually alleviates some anxiety. One can only hope that the Chinese population continues to enjoy the fruits of economic prosperity and the old line Chinese government does not get threatened by a population hungry for increased prosperity instead of food. Seriously, what scares me more is a Hillary presidency where she sells the Lincoln bedroom for cash and gives out military secrets like the Wok and Roll restaurant gives out fortune cookies or extra packets of duck sauce.

I will look for economists opinions on this subject and let you know if I am right on or if I am going to have to take a refresher course in economics.

Be careful Hillary. You already lost money from your Jewish friends in Hollywood to Obama. Don't bite the other hand that feeds you.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Hillary Let's Chat About Deceit

Hillary let's talk, let's chat, let's start a dialogue about deceit.

de·ceit
/dɪˈsit/ Pronunciation Key -[di-seet] –noun
1. the act or practice of deceiving; concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheating: Once she exposed their deceit, no one ever trusted them again.
2. an act or device intended to deceive; trick; stratagem.
3. the quality of being deceitful; duplicity; falseness: a man full of deceit.

*From Dictionary.com

Do you remember Bill Clinton's ever changing hair color?

THE INCREDIBLE LADY CLAIROL COLOR CONTEST

By Craig M. Brown

What do you call a man who changes his hair color almost every day?
(A) Vainglorious
(B) Dennis Rodman
(C) Indecisive
(D) Mr. President

While all of these answers are correct, if you picked D, you qualify to enter phase two of our contest.

If you have been at all attentive over the past six years, you will have noticed that practically every time President Clinton appears in public, his hair is a different color. The colors range from brown, to salt and pepper to gray to white. Also, each time the President appears in public, he either is about to do or has just done something. Realizing this, the renowned sociologist, Corky Sashoon, is in the process of completing a study based upon his theory that the President's activity for any given day can be determined by observing the hair color the President has chosen.

Using this theory, we now ask you to match the presidential hair color with the activity he is about to or has just engaged in.

The choices are: brown, gray, salt & pepper, white, and black (with bangs).

Now for our question:
"If the President's hair color is _____, he is about to or has just ____."

And, the activities are:

Make a speech at the UN
Make a speech at a high school
Veto a military spending bill
Dodge the draft
Order an air strike on someone or something
Sleep with an intern
Lie to a Grand Jury
Sign an executive order
Accept money from a Chinese "partner"
Lie to cute and perky Katie Curic on national TV
Play Sax on MTV*
Make a speech to the AARP*
* I added these last two.

Seems that Hillary Clinton is taking cues from Bill's strategy book. And the cornerstone of the strategy is Chameleon Deceit. Listen to the accent as she speaks to a African American Church Supporters. It is not long before she lies under oath.



If we are going to have an actor in the White House - let's at least get a good one. Elect Fred Daulton Thompson.

Friday, March 2, 2007

More Conservative Kids Calling for Fred Thompson (II)


I update the post where I listed the bloggers who are calling for or talking about Fred Thompson. I added 15 more. Momentum is growing.

Several bloggers and newspapers have linked to the post.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

No Porn Star Left Behind

Tennessee High School students film a risque video between classes. The conservative right is appalled this happened in the Bible Belt. Ted Kennedy wants to get these kids more funding, better video equipment and for God's sake better lighting.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Pottymouth in White House in 08?

We all know about Bill Clinton's famous temper.






Hillary might have him topped. Her stone cold image is eloquently illustrated with her verbal tirades. [Hat Tip: Say Anything]





If a conservative said a few of the things Hillary has uttered, they would have been stoned to death by the bias media.
I can only imagine what she must have said when she found out that Obama got all that Hollywood money. But according to the collection of quotes assembed on SayAnything: She might have said the following to Terry McAuliffe: "Those M*ther f*ing backstabbing J#ws. You don't doublecross Hillary and live to talk about it."


Hey, Hillary this might help.







Conservative Kids need a better role model in the White House in '08.

We need Fred Thompson.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tiki and the Articulation of Jim Crow Laws

In my January 12th post, I stated that Tiki Barber was a role model for conservative kids. I also reported wrongly that Tiki had inked a deal with ESPN / Good Morning America. Seems he just signed a deal with the TODAY show and NBC Football.

Anyway, I was reading my earlier post and I noticed that I called Tiki articulate. At the time of the post, I did not know that it was an insult to call an articulate black person articulate. So, Tiki, please accept my apologies.

Apparently, the issue with using the term articulate when referring to an African American person is that this term, by rule*, can only be used in comparison to other blacks and not to the general population. I guess I missed that chapter in the writer's guide, Strunk and White's Elements of Style.

So when someone like Bush or Biden says that Obama is articulate they are not saying he is articulate compared to other presidential candidates, but by rule, that he is articulate compared to most blacks that they happened to see or hear from their ivory towers. (By the way, Biden is an idiot and Bush is not the most articulate president we have ever had.)

At the risk of being called a racist, I am going to again call Tiki Barber articulate.

At the risk of breaking the only Jim Crow law still on the books, I am going to state for the record, that Tiki is articulate in comparison to all people because in general very few people are articulate. In fact I am going to state that Tiki is a stronger communicator than the white, anti-American and immature Katie Couric. An anchorwomen who is only comfortable interviewing Grover or Elmo.

But to appease the blacks who think that the term articulate can only be used in comparison to others in the same race and not broadly. I am going to state that Tiki is articulate compared to Michael Irvin. Micheal Irvin brings a lot of nothing to a football broadcast. He just spews incoherent, incomprehensible, baffling, undecipherable, unintelligible noise. And I can say that the ex-gun toting drug addict is no role model for conservative kids.

Tiki, I hope that your articulate (damn I said it again, sorry) conservative style will keep left leaning Lauer (nice job Albany Media Bias Blog) honest. I will switch from Fox and Friends to the TODAY show if you do.

The Tiki Barber Fathead poster hanging on my son's wall is a constant reminder of a positive role model for my kid. I hope he grows up to be as articulate, positive and successful as Tiki.

* Rule developed by some hypersensitive black people artciulated beautifully here.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

You Can't Teach Self-Reliance to a Lazy Learner

As a conservative dad, I believe very strongly in self-reliance. I demand it. I believe that the world is a cruel place and that you need to be prepared for it.


As a result, I wrongly diagnosed my son as a lazy liberal even after a pediatrician concluded that my son at a young age had ADD (without testing). I always thought that ADD was over diagnosed - still do. We resisted medicating our son and went with teaching and consequences.

Despite our best efforts, my son continued to struggle. Another expert thought ear infections, which led to speech delay, was the main problem. Tubes fixed the problem. Educational experts concluded after IQ type testing that my son would catch up and it should not be concerning.

Third grade discipline problems surfaced again. The experts said, "Oh that's just the boy in him no worries".

My son stumbled through school, but was moving ahead until he hit a wall in 7th grade. The educational experts said, "Oh he is just a teen he will be fine". I was not convinced, so I finally pushed for tests.

He was diagnosed with ADD at the end of the school year and was taking some strong medication. (He had been on and off of meds for 2 years) In eighth grade, we were on his teachers like white on rice to adhere to our son’s special needs. All of the sudden, mid year his grades were great. But I had my suspicions that something was not quite right because he was still not applying himself. He graduated middle school. We were hopeful even though we remained skeptical. In HS (9th), my son failed 4 of 7 classes the first semester and 5 of 7 with 2 D(s) the next semester. What I realized too late was his teachers in middle school gave him a free pass. These teachers did not want to be bothered by a kid with special needs and two persistent parents. . He was not prepared for the rigors of HS.

So my advice to all who will listen, if your kid is misbehaving and underperforming and basic parenting discipline and teaching are not working - make sure you get the right diagnosis as quickly as possible. And know the laws so you can get the maximum support available to help you help your kid.

Musings of a Distractible Mind has some good thoughts on this.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Trip to Bond with Dad

Every year I take each of my kids on a separate trip alone with dad. My nine year old and I share the passion of baseball, so we go to spring training each year. We go to about 4 games each trip. We get to each game about 2 hours early to watch batting practice and get foul balls. I really enjoy watching my son manuever to gather autographs. This annual trip is special because we visit my dad, who also has the love of baseball in his DNA.

Last year, I took my daughter to the red carpet premier of the DVD release of Cinderella in NYC. This included a Cinderella Ball after the Disney premier. My daughter dressed up in a Cinderella gown. I think that she really felt like a Cinderella princess because many New Yorkers stopped to ask her if she was the real Cinderella. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

I older son loves to fish, so our last trip was a fishing trip. (I hate fishing.) We decided to go to beautiful Seattle to fish Silver Salmon on the Sound. We got a private boat and a captain. After 4 hours, we had 5 fish and lots of laughs. I was thankful that my son got the biggest fish. He was so proud about that that he bought a T-shirt to tell the world that his fish is bigger than his dad's fish. He needs wins.

This weekend my older son and I are in Chicago. His other love is cars. So we are at the 2007 Autoshow. I like cars more than to fish so I am happy. We listened to Michael Savage on the way up. He got his first dose of conservative politics. I was surprised how attentive my son was and that he did not want to change the channel for some rap music. He even commented that Michael Savage should run for President to protect this nation.

My wife is a stay at home wife and gets a lot of individual time with the kids. These trips allow me to bond each kid. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Electricity, Ice, Life, and Fear


An ice storm knocked out our electricity and cable (phone, internet and TV). I am in constant awe of nature. Perhaps more impressive is the power of electricity. Electricity has the power to keep families separated with distractions. On this cold, icy, stormy night, my wife, my three kids and I played the game of Life without distractions. I enjoyed this time tremendously.

As I reflect on the game. I realized that this board game quite accurately illustrated our real lives. My nine-year-old son won. Life comes so easy for him. My six-year-old daughter insisted on doing everything herself as she laughed her way through a very successful life. My older son, who struggles with real life as he battles ADD, struggled in this board game as well. His first spin was a 1. His second spin was a 1. His third spin was a 1. He started off slow and as a result struggled to catch up. He ended up with the least amount of money and then blamed his misfortune on everyone else. My older son did not speak a word until he was about three. He has been catching up in real life and blaming others for his misfortunes ever since.

Truth be told. My older son is the reason I started this Blog. I could not reconcile the vast differences in my kids. I also struggled to understand my son’s issues. He looks like a normal kid on the outside. I can only image the pain he has on the inside. I struggle to understand him because I am so different from him.

We are like night and day. I was a hardworking kid. I made money from the time I was 10 years old. I had so much money at age 12 that my dad and mom borrowed money from me when they needed help with a down payment on a new home. I brought that work ethic to school as a result I did better at school than I really should have.

Fear was my motivating factor. I never wanted to disappoint anyone including myself. I also feared looking stupid. This particular fear did not dissipate as I achieved more and more, in fact, the better I did in school the more fearful I became. Which makes sense because the expectations by me and others always seemed higher. This fear drove me to succeed from my days in elementary school until I graduated with my a Ivy League Masters Degree.

I remember the first fearful day of engineering college. It started with a speech from the dean. He said look to your right and look to your left, those people will not graduate with an engineering degree. There were 628 students in that auditorium non more fearful than me. True to the dean's word, about 210 graduated. I worked my ass off and graduated 26th in the College of Engineering and 5th in Mechanical Engineering. But it came with a price. I sacrificed fun and friends to succeed in college. As a result I made no good lasting fun friendships. But fear is no fun so I didn't really have a choice.

So you can understand why I struggle to understand my son's lack of motivation in school, in forging and maintaining friendships and in the real game of life.

In my quest to help my son, I met a man who is now a successful computer programmer. This man suffered or I should say suffers from ADD. Through telling me about his life experiences, he has opened my eyes that this is a real learning disability that requires real and unique strategies. I am in the camp that ADD and ADHD is over diagnosed. But I am now firmly in the camp that ADD and ADHD are real and they can be debilitating.

Fear may be my son's motivating factor too, except he is not motivated by it in a positive way. He is fearful that he will fail, so he does not try at all. Like I said, we are so different.

Now that I have finally announced this, I will share more on this subject in the future