Posted by Erik, via Larwyn,
What is the sound of a personality cult?
Well, you can hear it right here:
Sung with fervor at the Barack Obama Elementary School.
But the Barack Obama Elementary School is one of many that John Nolte found, where the cult of adoration lives.
And, oh yes, your school tax moneys are spent on teaching your children that “no one’s as Irish as Barack O’Bama”:
I’ll wager that one of these days someone’s going to come up with a ditty titled, “No one’s as Puerto Rican as Barraco Obama”, too.
Obama himself participates in the self-adoration, since instead of watching the election results for, say, New Jersey, where he spent four days (including five events scheduled last Sunday) campaigning for loser Corzine, he watched a documentary about himself on HBO.
Makes you wonder if the documentary theme song was Tomorrow Belongs To Me:
On the one hand, a president could make a huge difference in an entire school system by enrolling his daughters in public schools.
On the other hand, he coud pay $29,000/yr tuition and save himself the trouble. And, of course, (h/t Allah) says that
“it’s a very personal decision” that the president-elect and his wife need to make and the issue “should not be subject to criticism or comment”
In the spirit of freedom of thought and freedom of expression, of course.
Siggy forwarded this article, Machete-wielding teens attack Australian school
A group of teenagers armed with baseball bats and machetes attacked Australian teachers and students on Monday, injuring 18 people and forcing a high school in Sydney to be locked down, police said.
Five youths barged into the morning assembly at Merrylands High School in south-west Sydney, witnesses said, grabbing students before starting to smash windows at the school.
Five punks injure eighteen people and terrify hundreds.
Siggy then posted, Terror Down Under. He explains that
When violence or threats of violence are considered legitimate forms of political or social expression, inevitably violence or threats of violence will manifest themselves.Terror has become an accepted form of political and social expression, that status granted by those who most profess to be non violent or peaceful.
If we allow or excuse terror elsewhere, it is only a matter of time before that terror will manifest itself on our shores. What is terror here has to be regarded as terror everywhere, no matter what one might think of the ’cause.’
Go read the rest.
With those two, what more can a Blog Talk Radio Show hostess want? Well, she wants you to listen to the podcast.
Update: We talked about schooling, parenting, and education. I got caught in the conversation and we talked for nearly forty minutes. You can listen to the podcast here
Tomorrow my BTR guests will be Brian Darling and Rob Bluey of the Heritage Foundation. We will discuss Venezuela and Latin America. Please tune in at 4:30PM.
Taleban terror attacks in Nigeria:
In the BBCA newscast this morning, The Nigerian army has launched an offensive to evacuate armed Islamic militants from the outskirts of the northern city of Kano; the Beeb tries to measure its words but finally gets to the point,
Islamists, known as the Taleban, hold an area of the town
The BBC’s country profile states,
The imposition of Islamic law in several states has embedded divisions and caused thousands of Christians to flee. Inter-faith violence is said to be rooted in poverty, unemployment and the competition for land.
Captain Ed points out,
Even the introduction of Islamic law in Kano did not stop Islamist terrorists from taking the law into their own hands. They killed the police that administer shari’a in Kano. With radical Muslims attacking shari’a police, what chance do the Christians have in peacefully co-existing with them?
This also points out the folly of those who believe that we can reach accommodation with radical Islamists. They do not act rationally, instead relying on violence and intimidation to extort the behavior they seek. Even fellow Islamists have no immunity from attack and annihilation. Islamists have begun to run wild in Nigeria, and unless something changes soon, it will follow Sudan in crumbling into civil war.
Nigeria is the world’s eighth-biggest oil exporter.
A Minority View: Exploiting Ignorance
So many Americans graduate high school and college having learned what to think as opposed to acquiring the tools of critical, independent thinking. Likewise, they have learned little about our nation’s history. As such, they fall prey to the rhetoric of political charlatans and quacks. Let’s look at a couple of examples.
Read it all.
Interesting post by Howard Katz on The Collapse of the Dollar
If any of the larger banks start to sell their dollars, then the price of U.S. securities will collapse. The price of the dollar in international exchange will fall. And if the Federal Reserve intervenes to moderate these results, then the U.S. money supply will explode to the upside. The decline in U.S. securities will be equivalent to a serious rise in interest rates.
Right now world central bankers are concerned about this problem. In international financial circles, it is the elephant in the room: the great big fact that everyone pretends will go away if ignored. But of course, if 78.43 is broken in the U.S. dollar index, this will be an all-time low, and a great deal of attention will be focused on the situation.
While I believe the scenario is rather unlikely, it can not be ignored.
Hitchens: Sliming Wolfowitz: The World Bank president did nothing wrong
Gov. Corzine was flying down the turnpike at 91 mph when the accident occured.
Contrast and compare the media coverage with Dick Cheney’s hunting accident.
Soaked, in every sense of the word: TigerHawk posts about Who pays the federal income tax, and who does not
Special thanks to Larwyn for the links
More blogging later. In the meantime, go listen to the Blog Talk Radio podcast.
Adrian Morgan writes about what happens without the “establishment clause” of the American Constitution:
The demons of political correctness have so deeply infiltrated the National Curriculum documentation that each time Mohammed’s name appears, the Arabic symbol for his name is displayed afterwards. Unit 5B Section 2 is intended to indoctrinate children thus: “Children should learn: why Muslims have instructions for worship, how Muslims show concern for others, how Muslims care for people in the community, that abstinence from food plays a part in religious observance.” In Unit 5A, Section 2, teachers are told that their pupils must learn ” to understand that the Qur’an is fundamental to Muslims because it is the ‘word of God’.” Note the characterization: the Koran “is” the word of God, not “it is believed by Muslims to be” the word of God.
Unit 5A, Section 1, instructs teachers to: “Ask the children to copy the Shahadah and write a short explanation of the beliefs it expresses.” The Shahadah is the statement of belief that signals conversion to Islam. To make young children write out this declaration is a blasphemy against any other faith the child may belong to, including atheism.
This government-sanctioned political correctness led my sister, a teacher for 30 years, to tell her school that she would no longer teach the National Curriculum’s version of religious education, and would teach only her specialist subject, history.
Go read every word.
Cross-posted at MNM, where a commenter mentioned an analogous situation in the USA.