Thursday, July 31, 2008

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Let's play "Break That Stereotype":

- Family A is a white family. One parent is a Republican, the other is a Non-Affiliated voter.

- Family B is a black family. Both parents are Democrats.

Which family sends their kids to public schools? Which to private schools?

Family A is my family. Both parents are active in our children's public schools. My wife volunteers weekly in our daughter's classes. Each year, I teach Junior Achievement in my daughter's classes, I've been chair of the budget committee twice, and served on 2-3 other district committees. I am part of the team seeking to renew our local option bond measure on the fall ballot. We believe in public education, always have, and have no interest in putting our children in private school.

Family B is Barack and Michelle Obama.

"We need to focus on fixing and improving our public schools; not throwing our hands up and walking away from them." Barack Obama, Remarks to the 80th Convention of the American Federation of Teachers

"Obama’s daughters attend the University of Chicago Laboratory School, a private school. Malia is 10, and presumably just finished the fourth grade. Sasha is 7 and presumably just finished the first grade.

Standard full 2007-2008 tuition for grades one through four: $18,492.

For a fifth grader, it moves up to $20,286. If last year's rates apply to this fall, full tuition for both students for the coming year will be $38,778." Campaign Spot

The article also notes that the AVERAGE private elementary school tuition in America is $5,049.

It's always bugged me when so-called "supporters of public education" don't send their own children to public schools. We have a left-leaning friend that always complains about the lack of funding from the state and support for schools, so her solution is to home school. In Oregon, she deprives her school district of $6,000+ per year per kid by not sending the to public schools. District funding is based on enrollment.

Sending your kids to public schools is the #1 way to support public education. Send your kids, then get involved in your school and district.

For those that claim to be public education supporters but don't send their kids to public schools it's all about "Do as I say, not as I do."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

California Earthquake

Sounds like So. Cal is OK after the earthquake today. We have very small ones here in Oregon, but it seems like I never feel them.

I did live through the San Fernando earthquake in 1971. But, alas, I don't remember it since I was 9 months old. We lived in a stone house (no kidding) at the time and the wall against which my crib sat fell. Fortunately, it fell outward or I might not be here today.

My parents tell stories of the days without electricity and running water, etc. My father helped with emergency communications as well.

Glad today's didn't cause as much damage as 1971.

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Child Appeared in the Wilderness

He ventured forth to bring light to the world

The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers.


And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness...

Read the entire piece. Too funny.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Tipping Point Endorsement


This just might seal the deal for Obama. He's garnered the ever-valuable Pamela Anderson endorsement:

"I love him," she told the AP. "I think he's going to win. I like that he's opening up conversations all over the world. I think he's smart and charismatic. I think it's important to have a president that people actually like. I know my kids want to be like him. I think he has a great message. It'll be nice when people like America again."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

One of These Things...




Is not like the other. Let's see...cute, cute, cute and, well, me.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Westerberg Does It Different

I Twittered about this when I bought it today. Paul Westerberg, top 3 musician on my list, released a single, 44+ minute long MP3 this week on Amazon.com that contains multiple songs. The cost: 49 cents.

This approach is unique to say the least. The "track" is like listening to a complete album front to back mixed with snippets that make it sound like you're surfing the radio dial. The last part is a medley of cover songs.

Westerberg's manager said:

"He finished it on Monday, sent it to me on Tuesday and it was out this weekend," (Darren) Hill explained. "It's just wonderful that you can actually do this. The freedom an artist can enjoy these days is fantastic. Can you imagine me pitching this idea to a label?"

Amazon.com was the only one to play ball on the price. It got me to download their little application and purchase my first track from them. I'll go back for sure.

Digital music continues to change the industry.

Just In Case


...you were thinking "Damn, I am thirsty."

Marketing Genius


If you are Nike you can do stuff like this. Their "display" at last month's Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene consisted of three retrofitted old school VW buses. Sweet idea.

Foo Fighters Pix





From my crappy cell phone camera. Yeah, we were right up front.