On last Wednesday's show at Atlantic Cellular, I said I'd put a couple of items on this blog.
The first was the link to the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation's website. It's http://www.DelawareBayLights.org.
The other was the e-mail address to JoAnne Howe at the Clayton Theatre. It's JoAnne@TheClaytonTheatre.com.
Here's the Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/ridefortheconstitution?ref=stream&hc_location=stream
Yesterday I got an e-mail from Staci. She's concerned about her niece's education as the result of helping her with her homework. This isn't an isolated incident by any means. I hear so many stories about how poorly our kids are being educated that references helping with homework or reading from a textbook or being asked a question by a child that just doesn't sound right.
In her e-mail, Staci included a link to a web page that offers a free download of the e-book The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. I've downloaded it but have only had time to glance at the preface. There are two thing I found there that I want to point out.
The first is a reference to the War on Education.
The second is a quote by Aristotle: 'Educated men are as much superior to uneducated men as the living are from the dead.' Obvious, yet profound.
There is a war on education and our children are the casualties. Our progeny are the victims. This just can't be allowed to continue.
As I told Staci, you don't need a college education to succeed in this world. You just need to read with understanding, write with clarity, and calculate accurately and the world is yours for the taking. Our kids need to know this but they'll not learn it in school. Oh, they'll learn the 3Rs in the classroom but they won't be taught the real-world value of embracing them. The schools are far more interested in teaching kids how to get along. That's something they'll learn on the playground...quickly!
This is a war we cannot afford to lose.
Here's the link to the e-book: http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/ Please, download it. It's free but it just might be worth a fortune.
On September 17th we celebrated the Constitution of the United States. At the end of my show, I read an updated piece that I'd written four years ago when I served as State Chair for the Libertarian Party of Delaware. Since then, I've had a couple of nice comments and it was suggested that I put it on this blog. Here it is.
Memo to: We the People
On September 17thour current operating system will be 226 years old and we’re on version 2.27. Version 1.0, The Articles of Confederation, had enough bugs in it that the system engineers designed version 2.0, The Constitution of the United States. We’ve upgraded it 27 times already and some of the upgrades have only served to make it more inefficient and less user-friendly. I think we have to ask ourselves if we’re willing to spend time fixing it or should we just upgrade to Constitution 3.0.
Some of the worst problems have been created by the CEOs. I’d have to say the most problematic was Mr. A. Lincoln due to his plan to eventually ship all black people out of the country, beginning the War of Northern Aggression (aka, Civil War) without the consent of Congress, suspending the writ of habeas corpus, imprisoning tens of thousands of northern political dissenters, censoring all telegraph communications, confiscating firearms in the border states in violation of the Second Amendment, deporting a U.S. Congressman, issuing an arrest warrant for the chief justice of the United States, illegally orchestrating the secession of West Virginia from Virginia, and shutting down several hundred Northern opposition newspapers while imprisoning some of the editors and owners. There have been other reported problems during this period but those listed here, I believe, illustrate just how badly a clever CEO can abuse the current operating system. Unfortunately, several subsequent CEOs believe that what I see as problematic were helpful and consider Mr. Lincoln an inspiration. Go figure.
Please consider firing the entire IT department. They don’t understand the job description and blame each other for their mistakes.
I think the worst problem may be the de-bugging function. It’s supposed to keep things running smoothly and it’s become a total mess. (I think the creators of version 1.0 were farsighted in leaving it out.) Initially it functioned properly and kept the program running smoothly. Unfortunately, some of the CEOs hired new programmers who modified the o.s. so much that the program we have now has gone viral and won’t let any of the 50 subordinate programs operate independently. This was never the intent of the engineers! The tech department can’t do anything about it and most of the 300 million users have done work-arounds. Although, recently, a few of them are showing signs of frustration and some of the technicians are getting a lot of flak. If we keep the current operating system I think we have to eliminate tenure for these programmers. Their job security should have a direct relationship with the operating system’s functionality. Personally, I think the users of the 50 subordinate programs should decide if they want to accept the changes that the de-bugging function initiates. Better yet, please consider removing the de-bugging function completely from this or any future operating system.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
There will be a Congressional Town Hall Thursday, August 29th, from 7 to 9pm in Wilmington at the Double Tree hotel. You must pre-register and can do so by following the link below.
This is the flyer for the 5th Annual Delmarva Teen Challenge Crab Feast and Watermelon Extravaganza.
The Great Seal of the State of Delaware was adopted on January 17, 1777. Original elements of the seal are described below.
The images on Delaware’s official great seal symbolize the foundations of the state’s economy and a part of the state's history. Note that each of Delaware's three counties is represented.
There is a series of three dates on the seal above; 1793; 1847; and 1907. Each of these dates represents a year that a change was made to the seal.
On April 9, 2003, Representative Wayne Smith introduced House Bill No. 128 in to the Delaware House of Representatives. This bill suggested that the dates representing the physical changes to the seal be replaced by dates "...that have more substantial historic significance."
House Bill No. 128 proposed that the years 1704, 1776 and 1787 should replace the current dates on the seal and indicated the historical significance of the replacement dates.
The bill was approved by the Delaware House of Representatives on April 29, 2004.
On June 17, 2004, sixth grader Yaxier Torres and seven of his classmates from Bayard Elementary Schoolin Wilmington, entered Legislative Hall in Dover. They were there to speak on behalf of the date changes proposed by House Bill No. 128, explaining why the current dates on the seal were not relevant to Delaware history and confused them.
According to Delaware's NewarkPost:
"When the strike of the gavel announced the opening of the afternoon session and HB 128 was introduced, one by one the students stepped to the podium and presented their case. The students cited historical, educational and economic value. When the role call for vote was made, the bill was unanimously passed."
The Delaware House of Representatives and the Delaware Senate had both approved House Bill No. 128
On June 28, 2004, Governor Ruth Ann Minner signed the legislation that changed the dates on the Great Seal of the State of Delaware.
To read the original posting on Net State click here.
Yesterday, Fred mentioned this video about the Martin/Zimmerman case. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ebu6Yvzs4Ls
William E. “Bill” Morris
William E. (Bill) Morris Age 92, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2013. He will be greatly missed not only by his family, but also by his many friends and political associates.
Bill was born in Prairie Home, Missouri and graduated from University of Missouri in 1943. He worked first with Standard Oil, then with the DuPont Co. at Chamber Works, where he retired in 1982.
Always active in political pursuits, Bill left a mark on the local political landscape. He founded both the Libertarian Party o f Delaware in 1975, and later the advocacy group S.A.F.E. (Save Our Future Economy) in 1997.
Bill was frequently described as a cheerful and gentle man. Friends and family agree that he acted far younger than his age. One of his many interests was his love for tennis, which he played weekly until he was 90 at the Du-Pont Country Club. There he founded the “Billie Jean King Tournament”.
Bill volunteered, along with his wife Lois, at the Latin American Community Center where he taught English for seventeen years. Up until his late eighties, he also picked up trash on Naaman’s road for Adopt a Highway.
Bill is predeceased by his parents Sam and Leticia Morris, his sister Lucille Grills, and his first wife Lorene. He is survived by his wife Lois Moore Morris, his daughters Donna Wiley and husband Gary, Stephanie Harmon and husband Tom, and 3 grandchildren, Thomas, Jessica, and Grant Harmon. Also survived by his sister- in- law Kay Massau and husband, Jack and his brother Harry L. Morris and wife Clarita of Kansas City, MO.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the DuPont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Rd., Wilmington, DE, 19803 on Tues., August 6th, at 11:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online to the Latin Community Center at www. thelatincenter.org/donate.
For online condolences, please visit Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory chandlerfuneralhome.com - 302.478.7100
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Main article: Shooting of Trayvon Martin
The following is a timeline of the events surrounding the death of teenager Trayvon Martinon February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watchvolunteer George Zimmerman, who says he acted in self-defense. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murderin April 2012. He pleaded not guilty and is currently on trial.
Following the shooting: