The Kaepernick Conundrum

Read the original lyrics of our national anthem here: The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics

The third stanza is the root of Kaepernick’s conundrum

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There is no better explanation of the references to hirelings and slaves in the third stanza than this opinion piece published by CNN. I quote the central text and you can read it in its entirety via the link below.

CNN: ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ critics miss the point | By Mark Clague, Updated 11:15 PM ET, Wed August 31, 2016

“The Star-Spangled Banner” in no way glorifies or celebrates slavery. The middle two verses of Key’s lyric vilify the British enemy in the War of 1812, what Key refers to in Verse 3 as “hirelings and slaves.” This enemy included both whites and blacks, largely British professional soldiers (hirelings) but also the Corps of Colonial Marines (slaves). The Colonial Marines were escaped black American slaves who joined British forces because of the promise of freedom in return for fighting their former masters.

Fortunately, Britain honored this promise after the war, relocating the former slaves and their families to Halifax and Trinidad. For Key, however, the British mercenaries were scoundrels and the Colonial Marines were traitors who threatened to spark a national insurrection.

The graphic language of Key’s denunciation of this British enemy led to the removal of Verse 3 in sheet music editions of the song in World War I, when the United States and Britain became staunch allies.

Yet in 1814 Key’s lyric honored American soldiers both black and white. “The Star-Spangled Banner” celebrates the heroes who defended Fort McHenry in the face of almost certain defeat against the most powerful gunships of the era. America’s soldiers included mainly whites, but also free and escaped blacks. Escaped slave William Williams served in the US infantry at Fort McHenry and was killed by a fragment of a British bomb. Another escaped slave, Charles Ball, writes in his memoirs of being among the American soldiers of the Chesapeake Bay Flotilla who courageously repelled a night attack and saved the city. “The Star-Spangled Banner” thus honors American military heroes, black and white, without regard to race. In this respect, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is not racist.

I remind you the above opinion came not from a conservative news source but CNN.

No doubt Colin Kaepernick is a victim of biased, liberal educators commonly found on college campuses throughout America.

This is an opportunity for me to inject my reason for supporting the Texas State GOP platform plank for School Choice, Texas GOP 2016 Platform [item no. 147].

The vast majority of families will continue to send their children to public schools and universities. There are families like my own that want our children and grandchildren to know our full and complete national history; the good, the bad, and the ugly. We want our offspring to think critically, to research original documents, and to be able to debate both sides of issues.

Colin Kaepernick’s jaundiced understanding of American history is the product of historical revisionism. Former President Barack Obama was likewise educated by leftists, communists, and atheists.

Elections have consequences, good and bad. If we allow statists – persons who subscribe to the belief that the state knows what’s best for you at the expense of your liberty – to legislate contrary to the will of the people, we will indeed have much more miseducated progeny.

Choose wisely, my friends.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Texas SD-2 Republican Candidates – How They Compare on Key Issues

Key Issues

Right to Life: a plank of the Texas GOP 2016 Platform [Item no. 88]BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST

All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn, the aged, and the physically or mentally challenged have a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed.

Parental Rights: a plank of the Texas GOP 2016 Platform [Item no. 101]BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST

Parental Rights and Responsibilities- Local, state, or federal laws, regulations, or policies that limit parental rights in the rearing of both biological and adopted children shall not be enacted. Parents have the God given right and responsibility to direct and guide their children’s moral education.

School Choice: a plank of the Texas GOP 2016 Platform [Item no. 147]BOB HALL FOR - CINDY BURKETT AGAINST

We believe that all children should have access to quality education. We support the right to choose public, private, charter, or home education. We support the distribution of educational funds in a manner that they follow the student to any school, whether public, private, charter, or home school through means of tax exemptions and/or credits.

Resources

Texas Right to Life PAC | ON THE RECORD: WHY CINDY BURKETT IS UNFIT FOR THE TEXAS SENATE

The Texas Home School Coalition | Why Homeschoolers Should Oppose Cindy Burkett for Texas Senate

Empower Texans | 2018 Primary Endorsements

With respect to these three key issues, Cindy Burkett consistently opposed the GOP platform and she aligned herself with House Speaker Joe Straus.

Texas Right to Life PAC reports Cindy Burkett as down to 72.58% pro-life in 2017. Rounding up, how can a lawmaker be 73% pro-life? Can a woman be 73% pregnant?

A lawmaker is either 100% pro-life (as per the GOP state platform) or the lawmaker is not.

Senator Bob Hall consistently voted 100% in support these three key planks of our GOP platform.

In years past, I block-walked for Cindy Burkett even though I was not in her district.

In the 2018 Republican primary, I will vote to re-elect the true conservative, Bob Hall.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

For further information, view these two Left-to-Right|Liberal-to-Conservative charts via this link: https://www.tribtalk.org/2017/11/20/the-2017-texas-house-senate-from-left-to-right-post-special-session-edition/

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IF SOCIALISM IS SO GOOD…

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Translation of statements on graphic:

If socialism were as good as they say,
Berlin wouldn’t have made a wall,
The people wouldn’t have escaped from Cuba on rafts,
And in Venezuela, they wouldn’t be standing in lines for food.
(The little red logo says “No to leftist fanaticism“)

Read a Washington Times article dated 11/4/17 titled: Millennials would rather live in socialist or communist nation than under capitalism: Poll ‘This troubling turn highlights widespread historical illiteracy in American society’

Our three-year-old granddaughter wanted so very much to touch her grandmother’s coffee cup heater. Grandmother repeatedly warned her against touching it, but one day she elected to ignore the warning and laid her hand atop the hot surface. She no longer wishes to touch the cup heater.

Is there a crisis in public and university training in America? Yes, there is a genuine crisis due to historical revisionism.

I experienced my first up-close-and-personal with this crisis in a weekend conversation with my eldest son, then a student at Sul Ross University. We discussed Cuba, a subject dear to my heart. His closing statement to signal his belief he won the debate was: “Well, Dad, you know Castro is the best thing that ever happened to Cuba.” I responded, asking him, “Have you ever talked to any Cubans about this?” He dismissed me, saying I have ignorant opinions.

My eldest son is a product of leftist education from a public university. Over the years, his worldview changed somewhat.

In 1959, Cubans were not hungering for socialism. They just wanted to be rid of the corrupt Batista tyrannical government. Castro promised change. He just didn’t reveal what the change would be and a socialist-communist regime was firmly set in place.
At one point in time, Fidel Castro boasted, “Cuba has the cleanest and most educated prostitutes in the world.” Who are these well-educated prostitutes? They are doctors, nurses, and teachers who supplement their meager socialist income by prostituting themselves to sex tourists. LA Times http://lat.ms/2jdS65C

The poor Venezuelans, on the other hand, welcomed socialism that promised cheap food, ‘affordable’ housing, and free medical care. Hugo Chavez actually placed Cuban administrators into every level of the Venezuelan government and Cuban medical personnel provided the free medical care. For a time, Chavez even flew Mexican patients to Venezuela for free eye care with the end of fomenting a communist takeover of Mexico.

Where is Venezuelan socialism today? Educated Venezuelans, including mothers desperate to feed their children, teachers, and doctors, willingly prostitute themselves. [Miami Herald http://hrld.us/2wOwB03 ]

Millenials are the largest voting bloc in our country.

During Jesus’ three-year ministry on earth, some believed in him, others did not. How could there be any unbelief after all the amazing miracles witnessed by thousands of Jews? I have no qualified answer to this question, but I know a sure-fire experience that removes all doubt. The Apostle Peter and I shared this experience.

Matthew 16:13-17 describes this experience.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock [of revelation] I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

In August of 1974, I experienced this rock of revelation. Nothing and no one can shake me of my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

My point: Speaking to like-minded American adults, there is nothing you can say to dissuade most Millenials from their hunger for socialism. But, a divine revelation of truth will ring them all around.

Rabbi Jesus is the way and the truth and the life.

My prayer to God is a request for revelations of truth to the Millenial generation. I see no plan ‘B’.If we wait for them to learn the reality of socialism first-hand, as did Cubans and now Venezuelans, it will be too late to save our beloved country.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Average Global Temperature – Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

News stories from time to time raise the specter of anthropogenic global warming that must be arrested and/or retarded to prevent the death of all mankind.

My business is measurement and control, sometimes for production processes, most of the time for indoor climate control systems, and a growing business sector of self-funding energy retrofits.

The proponents of the supposed anthropogenic global warming/climate change declare a rise in average temperature.

In my business, if there is to be a measurement of airflow through a large aperture, say an air handling unit, we know in advance there is no single-point measurement that will accurately represent the average rate of airflow.

Typically, across the face of the aperture, the opening through which air flows, we require a minimum of one sample per square foot. If the aperture is a large filter bank of MountainRangeTennisRacket_zpsa5da6447some dimension, we mark off a grid where grid lines cross at one-foot intervals. For example, if the filter media surface is six feet high by 20 feet wide, the total number of samples will be 180, one per square foot of area.

Assuming the surface area of the earth to be 197,000,000 miles2, and each mile2 accounts for 2,878,400 feet2, what will be the number of samples I would measure and record to derive an average global temperature? Let’s do the math.

197,000,000 miles2  X 2,878,400 square feet per mile = 5.4920448 X 1015 square feet of surface area, therefore this same number of samples. Naturally, the samples must all be collected in real time, therefore there must be one sensor per square mile. The reader immediately recognizes the astronomical cost to place precise temperature sensors and supporting electronics over such an area.

If you compare one sensor per square mile, you will readily see how the accuracy is very low. Yes, I know, NOAA uses NASA satellite data. But the data is highly inaccurate because it derives from infrared temperature (IR) observations. Without telling you how to build a watch, let it suffice to say IR is not a good means to accurate measurements.

The alarmists like Al Gore attribute global warming to human activity. How does the sum of human activity compare to the heated core of the earth or, better still, that blazing ball of fire 93 million miles distant?

Given 7.5 billion people and an average weight of 137 lbs./person, the sum of all human flesh adds up to approximately 1.0275 X 1012 pounds of flesh. How does the sum of all human flesh compare to the mass of the nearest star (our sun) that is 1, 300,000 times the mass of the entire earth?

Consider a USA Today news story titled California’s endless winter: 8 feet of snow still on the ground in June (7 June 2017). From this story I quote, “the amount of snow on the ground in the central Sierra region was twice as much as usual, marking its biggest June snowpack in decades”.

Next, from The Next Grand Minimum (7 June 2017), Solar Update June 2017–the sun is slumping and headed even lower. I quote: “The F10.7 flux shows that over the last three and a half years the Sun has gone from solar maximum through a bounded decline to the current stage of the trail to the minimum. Solar minimum is likely to be still three years away.”

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Al Gore’s 100′ long, Diesel powered mega houseboat, vintage 2008

One would have to have an ego as large as Al Gore’s houseboat to believe a mere man can affect the global temperature of the earth.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Thirteen Other Reasons Why Schools Are Creating a Lost Generation

This article was originally published on FEE.org

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Netflix’s recent announcement that it would be producing a second season of Thirteen Reasons Why has raised new questions about the disastrous state of the US public school system and its effects on the economy.

“Hey, it’s Hannah Baker,” says the show’s protagonist, played by a stunning Katherine Langford in the opening episode. “Get settled in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended.”

Today’s high school graduates emerge with few skills, little education and a sanitized view of the world.

The Thirteen Reasons’ portrait of how a stifling, bureaucratic system progressively cuts this teenage girl to pieces, eventually driving her to death, provides a dramatized, insightful reflection on (another) emerging lost generation.

The statistics are grim: a third of 18- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. live at home according to the US Census Bureau. Homeserve USA finds that nearly one in three Americans can’t come up with $500 to fund an emergency. As if that were not enough, according to the US Congressional Budget Office, governments have saddled today’s young with more than $100 trillion worth of pension and healthcare debts.

The harder truth depicted in Thirteen Reasons Why is that today’s high school graduates emerge with few skills, little education and a sanitized view of the world. In short, they are totally unprepared to take on the challenges they face.

Following are Thirteen Reasons Why:

  1. Thirteen years in jail

In Thirteen Reasons, Hannah, the bullied protagonist has no way to escape a toxic environment. Her helpless position progressively worsens and eventually drives her to suicide.

Because education is compulsory in the United States, Hannah lives in a de facto prison. She cannot change schools or classes without parental approval and undergoing a humiliating bureaucratic process.

An education system that prioritized learning would put students at the center, leaving them free to choose their schools, classes, teachers and programs.

  1. American kids can’t vote

The challenges facing American kids are exacerbated by the fact that they aren’t allowed to vote. They thus have little stake in the system, no sense of responsibility and adopt a de facto poise of helplessness.

  1. Students come last

None of the dozen studies reviewed for this article assessed the US public education system based on students’ needs.

Governments prioritize public education based on its effects on national competitiveness. Businesses focus on getting skilled workers (whose training they don’t want to pay for). Teachers’ unions focus on salaries and working conditions.

The upshot is that students’ interests come last.

  1. Bloated administrations

America spends more per student than any other country yet ranks 14th in terms of results, behind Russia. Must of this is due to legions of highly-paid administrators that clog the system with rules, regulations and forms, few of which prioritize education.

  1. Kids taught to worship government; shun individual responsibility

The young have always been concerned with social causes. It’s thus hardly surprising that teachers would encourage students to prioritize government’s role in healthcare, welfare and environmental regulation.

However today’s public schools offer essentially no counter arguments about individual responsibility.

High school graduates thus emerge as easy prey for politicians who claim that near-unlimited government spending and borrowing are the cure for the nation’s problems. ( See the Krugman con ).

  1. Public schools teach no marketable skills

The greatest indictment of the public-school system’s actual performance relates to the fact that students graduate with no marketable skills.

If America’s kids emerged from schools able to read, write, do basic math, type, work as a team and use a half dozen common software packages, they would have something to show for their 13 years in the slammer.

  1. Banning Ayn Rand and Huckleberry Finn

Socrates’ motto at the Agora was to “question everything.” However public schools prioritize politically correct doctrine that consciously excludes key ideas and concepts.

Ayn Rand, the most important philosopher of the 20th century, is essentially banned from the public system, as is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, which Hemingway cited as the root of American literature. History teaching in America, as Niall Ferguson has noted, is sanitized to the point of rendering it almost counterproductive.

  1. State-directed curricula: one size fits all

Students vary as do the communities they live in. However a disproportionate amount of teaching is dictated by bureaucrats. This leaves teachers little flexibility to adjust based on students’ needs.

These differ based on whether the school in located in poorer neighborhoods where many students come from single family homes, or in upper middle-class professional communities where traditional family structures are more common.

  1. Kids graduate clueless about finances

Public schools teach essentially nothing about managing money, likely the single most important life skill a kid could have. Students graduate thus thinking that borrowing is fine.

This leaves them prey to America’s biggest predatory lenders: big universities, which have managed to saddle youth with $1.2 trillion worth of debts, many of whom have little to show for it .

  1. “Hoop jumper” worship: drives out the talented and curious

One of the biggest weaknesses in public and private schools is their collective worship of “hoop jumpers,” – that universal collection of the obsequious sorts that clutter Dean’s lists and other “Top Students” awards.

Students who challenge conventional thinking are smiled at and given a B.

This wouldn’t be a problem if schools were able to correctly identify top performers. However heavy state-defined curricula force teachers to “teach to the test.”

This leads to the advancement of drone-like students who are able to recite mindless data, massaged concepts and formulas, and more dangerously: with the need to guess and kow-tow to what teachers want them to say.

Worse, in two centuries of public schooling, teachers still fall for that old trap of giving the best marks to kids with nice hand-writing or to math students who get the wrong answer but manage to “show their work.” Students who challenge conventional thinking are smiled at and given a B.

The upshot is the students with drive, curiosity and creativity are quickly driven out.

The number one students – like John Maynard Keynes, the father of modern economics, who taught that the best way to get rich was to spend more than you earn – rocket through the system, and now run the nation’s central banks and university economics departments.

You get the picture.

  1. Powerful unions

In a world in which students are stuck in de facto prisons, teachers, who spend more time with them than their parents do, ought to be their biggest backers. They aren’t.

Teachers thus need to accept the lion’s share of the blame for the disastrous state of American schools.

That blame starts with the fact that teachers’ first priority has been to band into powerful unions, which put salaries, benefits and vacation time first and students’ interests last.

  1. Millionaire teachers

Many of the best teachers decline towards mediocrity as their careers advance.

True, teachers perform one of society’s most useful functions. However during a time of strained public finances students’ needs must come first – not teachers’ salaries.

The teachers’ unions have been hugely successful. Median compensation for US workers is $28,900. Teachers earn $58,000, almost double that amount .

The gap between teachers and those communities they teach in is exacerbated by the fact that gold-plated, state-guaranteed pensions mean that public school teachers generally retire as millionaires.

If teachers were paid at market rates, there would be more money available to fund students’ needs such as smaller class sizes, libraries and computers.

  1. Mediocre teachers that can’t be fired

Teachers begin their careers ranked among most socially-committed of any professionals. But as with any human beings, a change takes hold of teachers once they acquire tenure and can no longer be fired.

Office hours and volunteer activities shrink, emails from students and parents are returned slower, if at all. The upshot is that many of the best teachers decline towards mediocrity as their careers advance.

This piece appeared first at SprottMoney

Peter Diekmeyer


Peter Diekmeyer
Peter Diekmeyer is a business writer/editor with Sprott Money News, the National Post and Canadian Defence Review. He has studied in MBA, CA and Law programs and filed reports from more than two dozen countries.