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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Nincompoopery — And Worse

(Weekend roundup post.   For the definition of nincompoop, see THIS in the Urban Dictionary. Commenters are encouraged to post links that tell of more nincompoopery)

Just one link this week because the information is so extensive and includes multiple embedded links:

What are the specific details of the Common Core Initiative Standards (CCIS)?

Folks, there is no escape from what is afoot. Not only public education but also private education and homeschooling will be affected.

If this topic doesn't interest you, please scroll down to the posts published earlier this week.


  1. lol! (Paraphrasing) "Unless your child follows the curricula, they will not be allowed to attend a two/four year university..."

    Sounds like a blessing!

  2. I am so sick of hearing from the libtards that "it's for the children". Their only goal is to create more useful idiots!

  3. In Virginia in particular I found such apathy regarding children with special needs or those that are mentally challenged and/or ill. The majority of educators for "special ed" are not ABA trained and the few that are have become so jaded and indifferent due to being overwhelmed in the classroom with little to no support from staff and/or parents - lets not forget the lack of funding.

    When I lived in Prince William County they only allocated 100,00.00 for those with special needs. That is like giving your kid a dollar and telling him to try to buy a candy bar. He/she still would need to find a deal or have extra money for taxes! Disgusting.

    Were these same children gifted, honor roll students they would be hailed and applauded and awarded every gratuitude imaginable. Scholarships, free after school and before school incentives, money - you name it and it is there. Most people do not look at the stats. When I lived in Arlington I found that 5,000,000.00 was initiated for the building and repairing of schools, 6,000,000.00 for gifted students and Montessor Education/Schools throughout the district (two that are now available) a third one coming. However to be eligible for the later one must be a total brainiac, or severely mentally challenged, the rest that get do it by paying someone off or their so-called lottery system.

    In Lynchburg, VA - there is no real education for the disabled, handicapped, mentally challenged. Many parents opt out and are totally on their own homeschooling their child the best they can, and I admit I homeschool my Autistic son with my husbands assistant, but this is not our forte. Yet it is far better than having him in school, being taught little, frustrated and teased and ignored like someone with leprosy.

    Lynchburg's budget is even more dismal for special needs children, they have no initiatives or programs. I am not used to this where I come from. Everyone talks about Chicago how bad it is - BUT - having lived their and had children in the public school system there it puts Viginia's to shame.

    This is a commonwealth of corruption, greed, apathy, and sheer selfishness. The sooner I get out of this Godforsaken commonwealth the better off our son and family will be. It just cannot happen soon enough sad to say.

    Virginia is like the HELL of the United States along with Maryland and D.C. - UGH!

  4. One word: Totalitarianism, form of government that theoretically permits no individual freedom and that seeks to subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government. Italian dictator Benito Mussolini coined the term totalitario in the early 1920s to describe the new fascist state of Italy, which he further described as: “All within the state, none outside the state, none against the state.” By the beginning of World War II, “totalitarian” had become synonymous with absolute and oppressive single-party government.

    In the broadest sense, totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of life.

  5. The definition of a nincompoop is the people on the Left who still thing that their Dear leader is the Messiah and can't do anything wrong.

    Yesterday Vladimir Putin thought differently. After he accused Secretary of State John Kerry of lying to Congress, he issued this statement. “ Íll help Syria if the U.S. attacks
    Syria"! Saying that he would react if Barack Obama proceeds with an attack on Syria. So it looks as if the Community Organizer in Chief aka the Messiah is bringing the U.S. to the brink of yet another war. I sure hope that all you idiot lefties/progressives and other nut-jobs that reelected the community organizer are proud of yourselves!
    Not only are you lefties Idiots but Obama is an idiot as well. . The citizen of the United States are against this attack, and it’s and act of war period, no matter what he calls it. . This narcissist is the result of electing an obvious inept man to a position of power. This was bound to happen and it did. How much did he think he was going to get away with, by playing with the Big Boys!. Obama, READ MY LIPS....The citizens of the USA do not want this. .

  6. AOW as you know, Tabitha Korol has been writing about this over the past months, not much reaction from people. I talked to a friend of mine, fine Christian woman, Conservative, who said "common core wasn't much different from what they had been using", and she has been a teacher for 20 years. I could not believe my ears. Are the teachers brainwashed too?

    Anyone interested in Tabitha's articles can scroll down on her page http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/tabitha-korol/ I don't like to drop links, but I think these are good:

    Here are the three most interesting articles:

    (1) COMMON COREruption






    Right Truth

  7. It looks like the Nobel Prize winner turned out to be a War Monger . But a bad one!
    The War Monger Obama goes ahead and shows the enemy his hand. What he will do, when he will do it and how he will do it. How clever can this Dunce be?
    Since when does anyone eliminate the element of surprise?
    To bad the Japanese didn't let us know all those details before attacking Pearl Harbor! If Obama struck 2 weeks ago without warning maybe the attack would have had some teeth in it, but NOW? Who is he fooling? And he knows damn well that he screwed up so now he’s laying the responsibility off on Congress, as well as the rest of the world for his stupid RED LINE comment.
    And once again our President is getting schooled and lectured in front of our enemies and the rest of the world and shown just how ignorant, feckless, weak and inept a leader he is. . And that is more dangerous to us than the chemical weapons in Syria is to us. Ah, but General Motors is Alive!
    You can say that Putin is a lot of things, but he is not stupid.
    You Liberals have to be kicking your selves in the ass, how can this be happening? We’ve gone from no jobs, to record deficits to the disaster of Obamacare, the Benghazi lies and cover up to the IRS targets, the Associated Press phone records leak investigation, the Eric Holder perjury, and Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice’s cover up. and now this! I'd bet that the liberals are not happy campers right now. And on top of all that, George Zimmerman was found to be Not Guilty! I guess that I can't blame them....... But isn’t that special!
    I’m thinking that I’d like a Chick-Fil-A sandwich for lunch today.

  8. Proof positive that the liberal left will sell out the country to stay politically correct. Rather sad and very pathetic
    In 2003, ahead of a U.S. attack on Iraq, a robust anti-war movement in Hollywood included a TV commercial starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn visiting Baghdad. There were online petitions signed by ED ASNER; letters to President George W. Bush pleading for peace were signed by Matt Damon, Tim Robbins, Barbra Streisand and Alec Baldwin; former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell fronted multiple press conferences where celebrities denounced war. In interviews, Janeane Garofalo stopped identifying herself as an actor -- she preferred to be called a member of the U.S. anti-war movement. Insanity. Irrational. But not surprising after all Liberals/Progressives are completely whacked our of their minds. .

  9. The Liberals of today have no morals if they can just stand by because there afraid to be called racists for standing up for a wrong. these dingbats will probably never understand what I wrote in the Wicked Witch's blog to prove it. But she never published it.

  10. Thanks for the link AOW. We watched the horror of ObamaCare come to life, knew it was a horror and it happened anyway. This has been behind the scenes with very public people pushing it. Last night Sean Hannity had 7 liberal college students and 7 conservative college students in his forum. It was so incredibly sad to see what the 7 liberals thought they "knew." In a discussion on health care, something similar to "but is the government's place to provide healthcare" and just as they cut to break one said "but we're the only government that doesn't." She'll have children and they will be encumbered with Common Core. It's the end of what America has historically been - unless we could bet true believers in the Constitution into the White House and Senate in 2016 - people strong enough to undo EVERYTHING. That can be done and you know the few who are strong enough to do it.


  11. AOW, there are legitimate points of view that having universal standards of academic achievement is a good thing. This comes about because we have another crisis to worry about, one that has been going on for as long as I can remember. We have an educational crisis with educational levels in the United States being below those of much of the industrialized world.

    Another crisis equals another Federal program. Not once can people back off and judge the real problems of our educational system. The problems are not so much teachers, but the blindered administration of systems, along with the anti-education cultures thriving in our nations cities. It is not that poor white, black, and Hispanic kids cannot excel, it is just that gang membership and a general anti-education attitude dominates the lower strata of the population (educationally speaking).

    Maggie wrote an interesting blog about the subject, but I ran out of interest because of the length of her article. This is not a criticism of Maggie's style of writing, but a commentary on the problem, and the energy it takes to understand what is going on. I think a lot of people give up on understanding complex problems because it takes a lot of time and energy to understand the problem and its implications.

    I will add Maggie's blog to my blog roll, and my periodic reading schedule.

    With all the other crises going on, the lack of jobs in our socialized economy, and the nincompoopery of our current administration, I don't know what the answer is. There is simply not enough bandwidth in one's attention to include all the scandals brought on by our government.

    1. This matter of the Common Core is complex -- no doubt about it.

      I have a particular interest in what's going on because the SAT will be changed to reflect the reading-list changes in Common Core. I teach an SAT Verbal Prep course.

      Many classics have been eliminated from the Common Core reading list. Many of the replacement books are light weight in the extreme.

      This comment addresses just one aspect of Common Core.

  12. Where are the anti-war protesters for this impending invasion of Syria? Can any of you LIBS or PROGRESSIVE IDIOTS out there tell me that?
    Why isn't Cindy Sheehan camped out in front of Obama's house?
    Why isn't the Wicked Witch of the Blogisphere out there bitching and letter writing, and marching around like an idiot with signs and pictures of Obama looking like a Chimpanzee?

  13. I'm very disappointed in the 'Anti-War Left.' Why so quiet? They need to aggressively speak out- Cat Gotcha Tongue?

  14. I completely agree with Bob’s deductions. Education is so complex that even the people who are essential toward its efficient delivery —parents— do not understand it. Nor do I believe that most educationalists want parents to have this understanding, only to later challenge them in education’s minute details.

    Let me say that core standards are the building blocks of all that follows: not just the what, but also the how teachers deliver this material. Core standards regulate educational materials, and then from these standards, how to evaluate students as they regurgitate that which has been given to them. Who can now argue that this is not an important topic?

    Americans have provided little more than lip service to education since the beginning. At first, there were significant funding issues that limited what the progressives could do. There were conflicting arguments about literally everything associated with education, from the why we must do this, to the plant within which our philosophies were implemented. Different strokes for different folks produced a wide range of “standards” applied to state education systems. First among these was the notion of how to go about convincing parents that (a) we must have their children in school, and (b) we must tax you so that the children can become good citizens and play on football, basketball, or baseball teams.

    These results, covering very large geographical and demographical areas, have been dismal. World rankings tend to show that the US does really well at the elementary level, but horrible in secondary education. In the latter, the US is ranked near the 45th percentile in worldwide rankings. Will the core standards change this? Sure—if you believe the moon is a blob of green cheese.

  15. NOTE TO ALL:

    My absence from this thread is explained by the marathon session of essay grading today. A contest deadline is looming! Also, I'm always overwhelmed the first week of classes.

    And, now, off to soak in the tub -- and then to bed.

  16. The link reads like so much hysteria and conspiracy theory.
    Frankly, when it starts making references to Bill Ayers it becomes too dreary. Just another screed.

    I saw little about the actual content of the core but what I've seen in the past seems substantial.

    You'll get disagreement which should lead to discussion. Some will welcome a dispassionate account of African life like Achebe's, Things Fall Apart over routine Gothic melodrama like Jane Eyre. Others would disagree but that's not the discussion presented.

    It's whining about Bill Ayers from paranoid conservatives.
    Not only is it an ineffective way to stop the Core it tells us nothing.

    1. I'm not saying that everything is Common Core is bad. But I am saying that some of the material is not what education should entail.

  17. Obama Claims He’d Be Treated Better In Europe, Whines About “Names I’m Called, by protesters” in the USA
    This president just can't take any criticism of any kind. He would might earn more respect if he wouldn't be so critical of this nation and its citizens,

    Obama take note the up coming elections show that progressivism is out of vogue and Marxists are getting the boot. This is a glimpse into Obama’s future, the Left’s and the Progressives on the right side of the aisle namely McCain, Graham, Boehner, Cantor and all the other faux Conservatives should begin packing their bags and looking for retirement venues.
    The loudmouthed Wicked Witch idiot of the Left wing re-enforces Obama’s lies with another of her own bullshit claims.
    How much farther down the drain do you think this moron can sink?
    What’s even more remarkable is that there are “SOME” reasonable, and sensible lefties who actually believe such lies, and propagate them.

    What’s even more remarkable is that there are “SOME” idiots on the right who actually believe her lies, and propagate them.

  18. Washington Times (D.C), by Dave Boyer 9/7/2013

    Between phone calls urging lawmakers to authorize a military attack against Syria, President Obama went golfing Saturday. Mr. Obama played a round of golf with three White House aides at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland. As his motorcade left the White House grounds near the South Lawn en route to the golf course shortly before 1 p.m., anti-war protesters demonstrated outside the fence on the north side of the White House.

    Nincompoopery — And Worse Is Correct!
    This whole premise of what Obama is proposing is obscene!
    He's an utter embarrassment, a blithering idiot!
    Russia and Israel have real men and true leaders leading their respective countries, who have actually accomplished things, in their lifetime, some good,some bad but accomplishments non the less. and what do we have, a community organizer who has accomplished nothing. The pathetic piece of human waste currently disgracing the white house, wouldn't make a decent pimple on either of these meńs butts.

  19. "COMMON CORE": Is this just another example of the left's continuing assault on "COMMON SENSE?


  20. There’s also very little doubt that President Obama should he choose to do so, can retaliate against Syrian targets for their use without approval from the American people, or their elected representatives in Congress.
    Just like he did in Libya two years ago. And in Egypt earlier this year.
    For someone who has been awarded the Nobel Peace prize, Obama should be laying the case for peace, not an act of war! And war is apparently exactly what he has in mind.. And he said, a "limited strike" but where have I heard that before and what good would a limited strike" do anyway? Especially when that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad knows that if’ it is a "limited strike", all he has to do is wait it out. And than what? And than what will Obama do if Bashar Assad does nothing at all anout the chemicals and he will do nothing but do whatever he pleases anyhow. . .
    But what else can we expect from a Dumbass. Hasn’t America left enough countries and cities in ruins in the past 50 years. Haven’t we lost enough Man and Women in the past wars! Haven't we seen enough of those Flag draped coffins coming in by the dozens off the airplanes. We so called “Peace Makers”, come in and destroy everything in the name of democracy and leave these countries worse off then when we found them. Who in the hell is Obama to start another war with another Middle Eastern country when We the People are against it entirely. . We are not the ethical world police of the World and we should stop pretending we are. And were the hell are the lefties? Are they hiding in the Houses of Boston again!

  21. Why is Syria different? My answer.
    There are a few threads popping up that accuse people like me of being hypocrites for not supporting an attack on Libya. I wanted to take the time to lay out my position,and explain why I am not the hypocrite.

    I was young once. I remember cheering when US Navy pilots shot down two Libyan fighters that opened fire on them. I was proud of them, and even felt a degree of kinship because I was in the Navy at the time, and wanted to share some of that glory. I grew up since then, and learned that war is not a video game.

    After 9/11 I fully supported the decision to go into Afghanistan. Believe it or not, I still do, even though we did a lot of things wrong. There really wasn't enough planning about what we would do when we got there, and how we would leave. There really wasn't time to think of all the things we needed to consider before we went in, but that doesn't mean no one shouldn't have asked the questions.

    I also supported the invasion of Iraq. I, like Hillary, believe it was the thing to do given what we knew at the time. I really hate to say it, but she called that one right. The thing is, we really shouldn't have gone in, and we stayed way too long, but I did support it at the time. As a side note, the only reason we left was that Bush was smart enough to obligate the US to do so before he left office. That is the one thing he got right from the mess that he made there, and I refuse to give Obama credit for it.

    Now we come to Syria. I am older and, I hope, wiser than I was when I supported the invasion of Iraq. I am definitely wiser than I was when I proudly wore t-shirt emblazoned with the words "US Navy 2, Libya 0."

    We shouldn't go to war simply because the president tells us it is a good idea. The writers of the Constitution knew this, which is why they left the decision to wage offensive war entirely in the hands of Congress. It is never a good idea to let one man, no matter how good we think he is, send 300 million people to war. (Yes, I know about the WPR, I am talking about the Constitution and the intent of the framers, not what Congress did in 1973.)

    We need to ask questions, and get solid answers, before we attack another country. So far, no one is giving anyone the answers we need.

    What will attacking Syria accomplish?
    What if it doesn't accomplish that goal?
    Is there evidence that Assad didn't approve of the use of chemical weapons?
    If he didn't, why are we attacking him?
    If he did, why are we attacking the entire country?
    Will killing more civilians really punish Assad?
    Given the fact that Obama opposed the legal ouster of the president of Honduras, why does he support the illegal ouster of the president of Syria?
    Are the people who are fighting Assad terrorists?
    Isn't it against US law to support terrorists, even if they are fighting a guy the president doesn't like?
    What provisions exist to make sure that the existing chemical weapons do not end up in the hands of terrorists if we throw Assad out?

    There are dozens of questions I have, and they all deserve some sort of answer before we get involved in another war. I am way to old to get gung ho about a war simply because the guy that wants to start it won a Nobel.

  22. J.P. Windbags Question: "Why is Syria different?"

    My Answer....I have no idea. It makes no sense at all to me.

    If anything I'd be willing to help if the UN/NATO went in there.


    I hope you realize your blog is under attack? The obvious plan is to smother it to death.

    What a pity!

    ----------------> Katharine Heartburn

    1. Well, Katharine, look it at the situation this way....

      I can tread water for a long time, and commenters not interested in boilerplate can ignore those comments. I refuse to allow mass deletions to occupy my valuable time.

  24. Katharine Heartburn

    Sound as if your having a bad case of Heartburn!

  25. My Dear Katharine Heartburn, with all due respect may I take issue with you in respect to your comment above.
    Ms. AOW runs a wonderful blog and as you can see she get lots of commentors participating in her subjects, whatever they may be. True some of the people who comment may go off subject, some may get carried away and some may even get a bit foolish or even outlandish.
    However Ms. AOW obviously know what she is doing, because it os obvious that she does is well. She tries and most of the time succeeds in putting out very good subjects. The site is great and the content is highly informative.
    She doesn’t use political propaganda, she doesn’t make speeches, she doesn’t try to change anyone’s mind. She tries to start a dialogue, and who know what happens from there. She obviously believes in freedom of speech, unlike some of the bloggers on the left, especially some of those liberal Female bloggers. Cyber expressions isn’t an easy task. You are dealing with the unknown and you never know who’s going to say what.
    Yes she could us moderation, but thats the coward way. I for one give her a great deal of credit for what she does and does on a daily basis and does it so well. Now to be honest with you, I don’t even know what “BOILERPLATE” means, but I doubt if it means anything positive or good, not the way you’ve used that expression in your comment. So in closing, I ask you to be a bit kinder and to be more patient.
    Thank you.

  26. It is now being revealed that it wont be a limited strike on Syria but rather a massive strike using our top military hardware in our arsenal. This type of strike will level Syria's military capability and command structure allowing the Al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood Rebels to topple Bashir Assad. The revelation reveals that we are still being lied too.


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