Virginia Tech – next?

Posted April 22, 2007 by webbeck
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We all agree that what happened at VT was a senseless murder spree. But it brings questions to my mind, along with some fears of more government intervention in our lives.

First (and it is a reminder of the 13 British sailors who surrendered without a fight to Iran and 20 minutes later were making video propaganda tapes) why didn’t the students in those classrooms do SOMETHING! Cho fuckup could not have killed all those students simultaneously. Would you just stand there and let some nut kill you? While he’s shooting some, or reloading, why didn’t the others rush him? They had nothing to lose – he was killing people all around – even if one had gotten shot, it might have saved many others.  Is there some kind of cowardice born into this generation? Military seamen giving up without a fight – students giving up without a fight. I just can’t imagine that in either of those situations that I (of the World War II generation) would not at least try to show some bravery, even if it meant my death.

Second, what worries me most is that this incident is going to have the gun-control-crazies yelling and screaming again. Gun control does nothing but keep innocent citizens from protecting themselves. What if one teacher, one professor at VT had access to a firearm in his desk? He could have ending that killing spree in 5 seconds.

England registered, and then confiscated every citizen’s weapon (even sporting & hunting arms) to make England “a safe place.” What these control nuts have never figured out is that HONEST people turn in their guns – CRIMINALS do not. And now England had the highest crime rate in Europe.

Australia tried the same thing – crimes against innocent people have risen 50%. Meanwhile, in the U.S. where most states now have “right to carry” laws, crime has gone down. It makes sense. If a mugger or a hip-hopper high on meth knows his victim MAY be armed, even in his impaired state he will reconsider attacking his target. Where criminals know the citizens have no firearms, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Anybody is a target.

However, in this generation of cowards I guess it doesn’t matter if they are armed or not. They would probably just stand there and let Cho motherfucker kill them, even if they had more guns than him.  It makes me sick.

Nancy Pelosi, a traitor

Posted April 7, 2007 by webbeck
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Hey! A new way to save money wasted away by Washington. No longer do we need a President, A Secretary of State – in fact we can do away with the entire State Department. Because now we have Nancy Pelosi (The San Francisco Tart) to conduct  the foreign policy of the U.S.

Good old Nancy has also broken the law, ignored a direct order from our Chief of State, made our country look like bumbling idiots to the rest of the world and (although it is a minor point) violated one of the most basic precepts of the Constituion of the United States – which frankly states that only our President will conduct foreign policy.

While she is rubbing noses with everyone in Syria, one of the countries on the top of our terrorist list and one which supplies Iraqi insurgants with money and weapons, Nancy also managed to piss off Isreal by declaring that the Isrealis were ready to talk peace with their terrorist neighbors. (Isreal quickly and flatly denied that lie.) But liberal Democrats have no problem with lying, cheating, or stealing. And Mrs Pelosi will quickly find a way to blame all the damage she has done on President Bush.

If you or I had done what this idiot of a woman has done, the FBI would be waiting on the tarmac when our plane landed to whisk us off to Federal Prison.  But that won’t happen to her. While the Democrats have no hesitation to drag anyone from the White House before one of their witch-hunting “hearings,” the Republicans in congress are all pussies. They never complain when a Democrat commits the most atrocious of acts. That’s because Republicans have never grasped that liberals are America haters. They love to blame our nation for all the world’s ills, and especially they love to blame President Bush.

Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace and an embarrassment to every right thinking American. She deserves to be tried for treason and should serve prison time for her complete and senseless disregard for the laws of our land. The least that should happen to her, is that she should be stripped of her roll as house leader in congress.

But I predict that nothing will come out of this traitor’s malfeaseance – and she will go merrily along denying our troops in Iraq, the money they need to finish this war. If the rest of the world has difficulty understanding this country, where liberals put politics before everything, I’m with them. I don’t understand it either.

Lousy Movies

Posted March 14, 2007 by webbeck
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Over the weekend I watched “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “Sabrina,” both classic movies from the 50s and both starring Audrey Hepburn. And what a joy. I didn’t have to use “Closed Captioning” or my earphones to understand and enjoy the dialog.

Today’s movies, in general, are made for teen agers because that is the group which still goes to theaters. On a recent survey conducted by http://www.webbeck.com 100% of those responding (all mature adults) had not been to a theater in over a year. Theaters have surround sound and it booms around you from all directions. It’s loud. And teens, if they haven’t ruined their hearing from riding in cars that vibrate from 16″ trunk speakers blaring rap crap, can hear the movie audio quite well. It’s not the same for adults with older ears.

Why is it that older movies have better audio than the material Hollywood now grinds out? One reason is that the actors and actresses were, for the most part, trained on the stage where their diction had to be clear and their voices loud enough to reach the back row. That’s also why most serious actors spend their hiatus time doing stage plays, and almost all of them if asked will state that the stage is their favorite medium.

If you watch the credits on older movies you will notice that the sound engineers get screen credit right up there with the directors and producers. Sound was just as important as the video, and carefuly controlled. Today, it seems, some kid throws up a microphone, the actors never having done stage performances without 10,000 watt amplifiers, mumble the dialog and one might as well give up on trying to hear what’s being said.

Audio appears to be unimportant to directors anymore. I suspect that the “draw” of J-lo or Ben Affleck (arguably the worst actor of this or any other century) is supposed to make up for the lack of audio quality control. So be it. I’m not required to watch anything that I don’t want to watch.

And, since I don’t go to theaters – look at the money I save on popcorn?

Global Hoax

Posted February 19, 2007 by webbeck
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There is no such thing as “Global Warming,” in spite of Al Gore’s movie and shouts of gloom and doom from people who have no other “cause” to spend their time on – or, those who are making money from this hoax. I’ll bet that Denver, or those hundreds stranded on a highway for 24 hours because it was snowing faster than the snow plows could clear it, have their doubts about global warming.

Let me say it again: There is NO such thing as global warming. Are there chainges in our climate? Of course there are, but they are cyclical and unpredictable. We have a change in our climate every hundred years or so, every  fifty years, every month, even weekly changes – but they are normal and no cause for alarm.

How can I say these things with such determination? I was a TV weather man for over 30 years, but I am ALSO a meteorologist, which can’t be claimed by most of the weather presenters you see on TV today. And throughout my career there were two climate theories that alternated on a regular basis.

One theory was: Hair spray and cow flatulence and auto exhaust would form a layer in the atmosphere which would keep out the sun – and we would all freeze to death.

The other was: The same things would burn holes in the ozome layer, the ice caps would melt, cities would sink beneath rising oceans, and we would all burn up. (This is the current popular global warming theory.)

For over 30 years I saw these theories change from one to the other over and over about every six years or so, whenever a new class of Climate Ph.D.s would graduate.

Does the ozone layer have holes in it? Yes, it does – but  they come and go as nature demands.  These young climatologists are working with less than 150 years of weather data and making dire predictions from it – while the earth has been here for billions of years.

What bums me out the most is the arrogance of people believing that man could do ANYTHING that would have a major impact on the atmosphere.  Of course we want clean air to breathe, but if man did his worst to the atmosphere it would be no more than a pin prick on an elephant.

Mom always said, “Follow the money.” Hundreds of government grants to universities and individuals are given each year for the study of global warming.  As long as people are making money out of the warming hoax it will continue to be perpetuated.

Trust me on this: the earth’s temperature has only risen a couple degrees in the last 25 to 50 years. And, who knows, it may drop a couple in the next 25 to 50. The laws of physics and Mother Nature will prevail. There is no such thing as “Global Warming.”

Why public schools are doomed

Posted January 25, 2007 by webbeck
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A question: If you are the board of General Motors and your top Sales Manager retires, who do you choose to replace him/her? Do you go down to the mail room and choose good old Barney because he has been with the company 20 years and “deserves it,” even though he knows nothing about sales?

I don’t think so. I think you would go looking for the best Sales Manager, with the most qualifications for the job, the best reputation and a track record of success. That’s the way businesses work. They have to – or they are doomed to failure.

Unfortunately, public school systems use the “Good ol’ Barney” system of filling open positions and as a consequence they will continue to decline (it’s inevitable) until they are even more worthless then they are today.

Example: My wife, in her fifties, has a Ph.D. in Special Education and Gifted Students. She has taught teachers at West Virginia University, Ohio State, and Georgia State. She has been employed by the State of Georgia Education Dept. (twice), she has been the Principal of an Alternative School, an Elementary School, and a Middle School. She has certificates in School Law and Leadership. She is currently a “trouble shooter” for the State, helping schools who are deficient in meeting state and government standards – helping them to grow to meet those needs.

She has applied for and been interviewed over a dozen times for a principal’s position in DeKalb County, one of the largest and fastest growing counties in the Atlanta Metro-Plex.  Each time she has been passed over and the job given to Assistant Principals, “long-time” employees, coaches – anyone who is already employed in the Dekalb system.

In one instance, she had applied for a school which had FOUR special education classes (her specialty), yet she was denied the job in favor of an Assistant Principal who had no background in special education at all, and had never even been a principal – but she was already an employee of DeKalb County.

This incestuous practice of passing over highly qualified and specially trained educators for obviously unqualified employees is not restricted to Georgia – it seems to be a universal policy in public schools across the nation.

What does it mean? It means that the quality of education, by always selecting the lower quality educators (the “Barneys”) for these positions, guarantees that the education your child receives will become worse and worse, poorer and poorer, until it will be worthless to send your children to public school. In the meantime, the cost to maintain these halls of lousy teaching continues to rise.

The law of diminishing returns will not be denied. The public schools in America are doomed.

Great things…but not yet

Posted January 6, 2007 by webbeck
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Hooray! We have a new congress, and one that Nancy Pelosi (The San Francisco Treat … no, wait a minute. That’s Rice-a-Roni) anyway, Nancy is going to get things rolling in a hurry. Unlike the last congress which accomplished nothing, this one is raring to tackle the really big issues in a hurry. Raise the minimum wage, and I could tell you the others but I’d have to watch TV and that’s asking too much. But they are equally world shaking.

I notice that I haven’t heard much since the election about the promise that congress people would actually have to work five days a week. What, are we crazy? The brilliant people we send to DC have done enough damage with their usual Tuesday through Thursday noon schedule. I’m all for giving them more time off.

The unimportant issues, such as terrorism, illegal immagration, the war in Iraq and Afganistan, genicide in Somalia – those things can wait until the minimum wage gets raised.

And how long do you bet it will take for taxes to be raised? It really is an insult to normal intelligence that Democrats refuse to accept an historical absolute. Look at the record – every time taxes have been lowered, revenue for the government to waste has gone up. Every time taxes have been increased, revenues go down. Why is that such a difficult concept for Democrats to accept? Obviously, when taxes go down we spend more money (because we have it) and that roars throughout the economy like a sunami. And everybody from the Korean corner store to General Electric collects and sends more tax money to Washington.

I saw a reporter ask Steny what’s-his-name (second in command after Nancy – and do you really want someone named “Steny” making government policy?) a simple yes or no answer question the other morning. He asked, “Are the democrats going to raise taxes?” And good ol’ Steny replied, “Well, we are going to institute a pay as you go policy. If we don’t have the money, we won’t do it.” I’ll take that as a “Yes,” Steny. It works like this: First, a good ol’ boy pork bill is passed, and then taxes are raised to pay for it. Pay as you go. Jesus, Steny – we’re not third graders out here. We know a scam when we hear one.

I’m waiting for them to get to a really big issue, like fixing the pot holes. There’s one even the Republicans were afraid to tackle.

Christmas wishes

Posted December 24, 2006 by webbeck
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I really don’t care what your religion is, or even if you don’t claim one – I’m still going to wish you a “Merry Christmas!” Of course, we all know that for the sake of “political correctness” and in the liberal’s misguided efforts to “not hurt anyone’s feelings” we have all but distroyed any mention, any reference, any symbol of Christmas from our daily lives.

What, for the life of me, I can’t understand is why no body cares about MY feelings! It is quite all right and proper to display menorahs, Muslim’s (remember, they are the fanatical scum who want to kill us all) crescent and star, and any other icons that represent a religious faith – but no signs reading “Merry Christmas,” or manger tableaus, no singing carols, nothing that remotely signifies a belief in Christ.

Is this ridiculous? Is it discriminatory? Of course it is. But Christians, being a rather nice bunch of people (in general) just let it go with no protests, no demonstrations in the streets burning menorahs or Muslim flags. (Come to think of it, I don’t believe you could burn a menorah since most of them are made of metal.) Okay, no stomping of menorahs.

Liberals, you should remember, are a minority in this nation – our citizens by a large margin are conservative in their beliefs and their actions. “Ah hah!” they say, “look at the last election! Liberals were swept into office!” Bah. Hum bug.
Off year elections always go to the minority party in congress, and in this  case  lots  of  conservatives voted  with  Democrats to  show their displeasure with the disgraceful way the Republicans were running government. But I digress.

It is the Liberal’s nonsensical guilt for the “down trodden,” and their lack of respect or admiration for this wonderful country of ours that makes them want everybody to tip toe around for fear of making someone of another race, religion, or ethnicity feel bad. And we conservatives let them get away with it.

But Christmas is more than the expression of Christian beliefs and traditions – it is a time of “good will to all men.” And it  is in that spirit that I wish you a hearty “Merry Christmas!” And may God bless you and your loved ones now and forever.


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