Today is Veterans Day.
For most Americans, this means a day off of work.
Maybe you’ll go to the beach. Or go shopping. Or clean out the garage. Or play some poker. Today, most of us will do other things with our time instead of honoring those for whom this day is truly intended.
Before we go on with the rest of the day and move on with our lives, first let’s take moment to reflect and remember, shall we? If you’re still reading — thank you. I hope the following words and thoughts will be worth your time.
Take a closer look at the photograph posted above. Some of you probably remember this picture. Others will not. Tell me. What do you see?
This month’s The Atlantic magazine features a devastating cover story on the current state of American education.
The article titled “The Case Against High-School Sports,” written by Amanda Ripley, makes a convincing case that our education system is spiraling downward fast. The reasons have little to do with the makeup of students or teachers. The real culprit, Ripley insists, is the allocation of way too many resources toward sports rather than academics.
Indeed, many educators have been complaining about this for years. Only now, do we begin seeing the troubling repercussions of a society that places far more emphasis on (and values more) what happens on the football field or basketball court, rather than inside the lab or classroom.
By any measuring stick, American students are lagging behind the rest of the modern world, and the problem is getting worse. Statistics on this are irrefutable. So what makes American schools different from, let’s say, schools in Denmark, India, or South Korea? American education’s decline can’t be explained simply by the increasing impact of advancing technologies, since all developed nations (and their young people) pretty much have access to the same interactive instruments, including computers and smart devices. It also can’t explained by what conservatives often refer to as “the breakdown of the family,” since divorce rates in other nations (and by consequence single-parent households) are about the same per capita in other nations as in the United States.
If you stand and listen long enough, you begin to hear whispers in the wind.
Perfectly peaceful, there’s something far too orderly about a war cemetery cradling the lifeless remains of those who unwittingly made the ultimate sacrifice.
One wishes places like this didn’t exist, and never existed. It seems so utterly bewildering that they must exist at all. But so long as some men foolishly follow the orders of other men and believe the lies they’re told about still other men, oblivious to imminent peril, there will always be places on every continent, in every country like the Mierlo War Cemetery in Holland.
Drive but a few kilometers east of Geldrop, down a lonely roadway engulfed by a canopy of oak trees, and you’re liable to miss it, there on the left side, except for the red sign marking a green meadow cluttered with rectangular white stones. Maintained with great dignity by the Dutch Government at the behest of Great Britain, this is the final resting place of British soldiers who were part of the wave of what would eventually become the liberation of Europe during World War II, thus putting an end to human history’s most deadly conflict.
Las Vegas’ village idiot is at it again.
Normally, the rantings of a crazy buffoon wouldn’t be newsworthy. But in this case, the village idiot happens to be a rich man worth billions. He also runs a vast gambling empire. So, that gives him special perks and privileges. People listen to his rants and even write down what he has to say, no matter how illogical or inflammatory.
In case you missed the latest, Sheldon Adelson wants the United States to attack Iran. Wait, it gets worse. With a nuclear weapon!
He’s not joking.
Just what we need, another bloody and costly military conflict and the potential start of World War III, not to mention one of the most immoral crimes in the history of humanity. Have a nice day.
Button far sale at a recent conservative convention
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Remember the good old days when the American conservative movement was guided by the dignified voices of William F. Buckley, Jr., Russell Kirk, Irving Krystal, Ben Wattenberg, and William Bennett?
Now, even poor George Will must feel like a wagon wheel attached to a coo-coo train.
It’s really too bad that what used to be a sane argument for conservative principles has been drowned out and demolished by blind hatred, religious zealotry, xenophobia, and jingoism. That’s pretty much what the Republican Party has become, a party of fear and hate – not in the 19th Century, mind you – but in the 21st.
Yes, it’s hard to believe this was the party of Abraham Lincoln. The party of Teddy Roosevelt. The party of Dwight Eisenhower.
Now, it’s the party of Ted Cruz.