Compassion vs. Security

This hand wringing, wussified, sniveling excuse for a media outlet is shaking in its boots over the fact that some Syrians were caught while trying to cross our border with Mexico. They are missing the point that we caught them and we will continue to catch them.

I also take exception to their closing paragraph in the article:

Yet President Barack Obama and every other liberal ditz in America wants to bring more of them here because “compassion” means more to them than national security, apparently. Or at least that’s what they want us to believe.

Source: BREAKING: Federal Agents Make Massive Discovery at Southern Border… ISIS Is Here

Yes! Compassion does mean more than security. At least it does if you are a Christian. If you aren’t a Christian I suppose security could mean more. But the thing is, we can’t let fear prevent us from doing the right thing.

Google Has Discovered The 5 Key Traits Employees Need To Succeed

Bingo! The first paragraph says it all.

Trusting the people you work with and believing in what you’re doing are both more important than your colleagues’ fancy pedigrees. Because even if you work with the most genius humans on the planet, you can’t do good work for a sustained period of time if those people are selfish jerks and everyone is working in a fog of insecurity.

Source: Google Has Discovered The 5 Key Traits Employees Need To Succeed


The Seed Life Skills Curriculum

Yes, yes, yes! How do I get this curriculum into the Gwinnett County, GA and Hamilton County, TN schools when it rolls out of its pilot school system?

The Seed Life Skills charity launched in early 2015, and its endgame is to craft a new curriculum centered on basic cooking chops, real-world financial intelligence, and fix-it-yourself skills. Students will leave class knowing how to roast a chicken, read a cell phone contract, understand health insurance forms, and mend clothes. The mission: “Empowering youth to be sustainable stewards of food and financial resources.”

Source: Chef Hugh Acheson is on a Mission to Save Home Economics – Modern Farmer

Negotiate for all you can

I’m reading Fast-food workers strike, seeking $15 wage, political muscle and I’ve got to say that while I do not support any federal minimum wage law a lot of these workers should be paid more. A union would do these employees a lot more good than a rise in the federal minimum wage.

I’ve worked a few minimum wage jobs when I was younger. I didn’t stay at minimum wage long on those jobs, minimum wage was the starting salary and once you proved yourself you expected to make more. If you didn’t you knew it was time to move on. It seems though that many of these minimum wage jobs remain minimum wage for years with no increase in pay. I don’t understand why people aren’t moving on under these conditions?

An employee needs to understand that it is okay to negotiate with their employer for a higher salary and more benefits. There is nothing wrong in asking and there is nothing wrong with moving on if you don’t reach an understanding with your employer. I would prefer to do the negotiating myself but there is nothing wrong with collective bargaining.

Violence is a complex problem.

I’m not a gun enthusiast or a member of the NRA so people often wonder why I’m such a supporter of gun rights. I’m not really, I’m a supporter of solutions that work rather than “feel-good” efforts that are bound to fail.

Take away guns from violent people and you still have violent people with other implements of destruction at their disposal. John Streby, a gun control advocate, understands this.

It is overly simplistic to attribute problems as complex as urban violence to any single cause, such as the proliferation of illegal weapons. Lacking handguns, people will resort to knives, motor vehicles, firebombs and other devices. Only when the root causes of poverty, substance abuse, and urban pathology are addressed can those problems be remedied.

Source: Gun violence only one piece of larger urban problems in need of solutions |

So you can expend resources and butt your heads with gun advocates all you want but until we address the issue of violence we won’t see any ground gained on reducing the gun violence.

Seriously, why can’t people see this?

Budget Deal Reached

So John Boehner has brokered a deal with the Congressional Democrats and the White House that will allow him to walk away from his job as Speaker of the House and his seat in the House without a financial crisis looming over everyone’s head. The debt ceiling gets raised and we the politicians get to spend an extra $80 billion over the next two years.

But with the spending increases there will be cuts:

The agreement would raise spending by $80 billion over two years, not including a $32 billion increase included in an emergency war fund. Those increases would be offset by cuts in spending on Medicare and Social Security disability benefits, as well as savings or revenue from an array of other programs, including selling oil from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserves. The Medicare savings would come from cuts in payments to doctors and other health care providers.

Source: Congress and White House Reach Tentative Budget Deal – The New York Times

Ya know, part of what I expect to get back for the money I’ve spent on Social Security over the years is protection from becoming disabled. I mean that is a hard, hard way to enter retirement and cuts to this program are going to bounce back and bite us.

And I imagine that there is going to be some really pissed off doctors and home health care professionals out there over this. Especially home health care professionals. These people are exempt from minimum wage laws as it is. Will this have them paying Medicare to work?

And why are we selling oil from our strategic petroleum reserves now?!? The price has bottomed out on oil. We should be filling our tanks now to sell it to the suckers later when oil prices shoot back up!

I really don’t think this is a better alternative than having government shut down for a few days.

Texas Student Gets Jailed for Building a Clock 

A 14-year old kid with an interest in electronics builds a digital clock. While kits available make this almost as easy as building a Lego house it sounds like he did much more than just breadboard the project, he also mounted it in a case. He’s proud of his project and takes it to school to show his teachers.

Here’s the problem, his name is Ahmed Mohamed and he goes to school in Texas. School systems seem to have a problem understanding that a child who can build something is a good thing, not a disruptor, even when the kid is named something like Jonathan Whitehall, throw in a Middle Eastern sounding name and you have a bomb making terrorist. So, you guessed it, he’s arrested. 

“We have no information that he claimed it was a bomb,” Mr. McLellan said. “He kept maintaining it was a clock, but there was no broader explanation.

Okay, so since when does someone need a broader explanation for a clock?

“It could reasonably be mistaken as a device if left in a bathroom or under a car. The concern was, what was this thing built for? Do we take him into custody?”

It was built to tell time along with the satisfaction of building something! If I left my pencil case in a bathroom or under a car it could be reasonably mistaken as a device according to their logic but it was never out of the possession of young Ahmed!

Clinton: “I was not thinking a lot when I got here….”

I’ve never been a supporter of Hillary Clinton so recently I’ve tried to give her the benefit of the doubt. That isn’t working out so well for me. I still can’t get over the fact that there isn’t any one thing that people can point out to me that she has succeeded in doing, no great accomplishment out there that she can hang her hat on. It also doesn’t help when I hear the person who might be the next commander in chief of the U.S. Military say something like this about her start at her last important job:

“You know, I was not thinking a lot when I got in, there was so much work to be done, we had so many problems around the world, I didn’t really stop and think, what kind of email system will there be?” Clinton said.

Source: Clinton: Biden ‘struggling’ with possible run –

Seriously! How can anyone tell me she’s ready to be president?!?


Paul and Civil Obedience in Romans 13:1-7 |

I’m sticking this here to read later.

Introduction A Commentary on Romans 13 Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17: A Brief Comparison Selected Bibliography Introduction The Purpose of the Study We live in a generation in which public opinion of those in political leadership is probably at an all time low.

Source: Paul and Civil Obedience in Romans 13:1-7 |