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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Mr. Beat: Every presidents biggest accomplishments

 

[VIDEO] Well did you know a President of the United States paid off the national debt? Did you know that George Washington established in effect the role of the Presidency and his importance in our gov't? And even some of America's worst presidents have their own accomplishments even if they weren't able to accomplish much.

This is what Mr. Beat discusses in his latest video of all 45 POTUS'. Including our current POTUS Joe Biden, of course even he admits it's hard to remain unbiased with a currently serving President. Although Mr. Beat noted the withdrawal from Afghanistan while also stating that he recognizes that it didn't quite go very well.

I hope you learn something new here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Black Handprint Mafia: John Gotti - 'I took myself out of the gutter. My life was dictated for me.'

 

[VIDEO] RJ Roger talks a bit about his own background and the lives of mob boss John Gotti and gang leader Tookie Williams. All come from a very poor background and while RJ Roger went to school and advertises that he has an MBA. Gotti and Williams went into the life of crime.

Roger doesn't mention it here but I will. Gotti died in federal custody after having been convicted in federal court and sentenced to life in prison. Williams on the other hand was executed in California for murder. For both men they might cite either a lack of a father in their lives or just a father who wasn't entirely able to provide for them.

I can somewhat relate this to perhaps some of my classmates in school. One lesson I should've learned then is everyone I went to school with aren't like me. Not to say I had it made, however, perhaps most of my classmates didn't have in their lives what I had.

There was one classmate that I recall was made fun of and it took me a few years to realize that he was in reality neglected by his folks. He was probably hungry because he was caught taking a sandwich from the teacher's lounge. He was often seen napping during class time. A few classmates complained about his hygiene. His grandmother was the only adult who seemed to show up at school for him and she seemed gruff. And he did have a brother who was a grade or so ahead of us so he had someone else who cared for him. One thing to remember about him was that he was not the one to trifle with either.

So I don't want to talk too much about him, but sometimes I wonder where he is in life now. My hopes for everyone is that even if they started life with difficulty that they've turned it around and made something of themselves.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

California school district re-instates merit-based policy

 Found out about this via Instapundit. Remember a while ago NYC wanted to end their elite programs in the name of racial/ethnic equity. It seems they had done something similar in San Francisco instead of grades and test scores admission to an elite school was determined by a lottery.

Via California Globe:

With the sting of a February recall election that saw three of its members bounced from its ranks fresh in their memories, the San Francisco Unified District Board of Education has voted to drop a 2-year-old lottery system to gain entrance into the elite Lowell School. By a slim 4-3 vote, the school will return to a merit-based applications process that uses grades, tests, and essays as criteria for acceptance. The system will go into place for the Freshman class entering in the Fall of 2023

Lowell High School of San Francisco, once considered one of the more prestigious and highest performing public schools in the nation, found itself again in the cross hairs of the ongoing debate regarding the use of merit-based criteria to gain entrance into its esteemed halls. With this latest School Board decision, the debate is hardly over. Lawsuits are expected and there will no doubt be continued posturing from those prioritizing Diversity and Inclusion over attracting the best and brightest of students irrespective of race or ethnicity.

In October of 2020, the San Francisco School Board voted to change its competitive admissions process for Lowell from one based upon grades, test scores and essays to one that was mostly based on a lottery system. At that time, the Board cited difficulty in securing sufficient letter grades and test scores given the ongoing pandemic as the cause for the change. Just a few short months later in February of 2021, the Board rammed through a proposal by a 5-2 vote to make the lottery system permanent. The majority cited “pervasive systemic racism” and a lack of diversity for its decision to make the lottery admissions process permanent.

See there! You see systemic racism and diversity & inclusion in this article. When using those terms as yourself what they really mean? Of course the article continues in trying to get more Blacks and "Latinx" students in their ranks resulted in less white and especially Asian students. And that means parents of the Asian students realize they're being targeted. 

Rising crime in many of America's major cities and the downgrade of the education system should be concerning for those who care about the health of our urban areas.

BTW, I really wanted to use a far more "reputable" source such as an article from the SF Chronicle to further discuss this, however, I had encountered a paywall. I could guess that this article might say something much different than the above article I excerpted. Perhaps sooner than later I can eventually read this article when perhaps after some time it will be available to the public.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Juneteenth observed

 

[VIDEO] Wow! Been a while since I've posted twice in one day.

Today is a federal holiday Juneteenth. It seems to have a long history long before the unrest of 2020. In 2021 this day well actually June 19th became a federal holiday. If you work today you might get time and a half from your job - depending upon your company or industry. If you work for the gov't then you have a day off...

Regardless from the YouTube channel of AL.com we see a basic history for this holiday which is described as America's second independence day. However, my understand of Juneteenth is that is celebrates the abolition of slavery in America during the Civil War.

Political Forum: IL Secretary of State candidates

 

[VIDEO] It's unclear when this aired on CAN-TV however as host Sylvia Snowden noted we're voting for a new Secretary of State for the first time since she was in middle school. Jesse White the incumbent who's stepping down at the end of his term has been in office since 1998.

Here's the description:

Host Sylvia Snowden sits down with 4 candidates for Illinois Secretary of State; Dan Brady (R), Alexi Giannoulias (D), David Moore (D), and Anna Valencia (D).

As you see Dan Brady, a state representative from downstate, is the only Republican interviewed in this almost hour long video. He does have Republican opponents in the primary June 28th.

On the Democratic side David Moore is a current Chicago Alderman, Anna Valencia is Chicago City Clerk, and Alexi Giannoulias is known as a former state treasurer and ran for Barack Obama's old U.S. Senate seat in 2010 though he lost that bid to Republican Mark Kirk.

So far I've only heard the answer from State Rep. Dan Brady and he gave some precise answers as far as what the Secretary of State does and his plan for improving that constitutional executive office.

Is there anyone here you would choose to succeed Secretary White?

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Mr. Beat: Maryland & Virginia compared

 

[VIDEO] Well when was the last time we saw two states compared. It feels like it's been a minute.

I'm not that familiar with both states but have been numerous times. I view Virginia as more of a southern state though I've never been anywhere else other than northern Virginia. As far as Maryland I remained int he Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Actually it's probably true for both Virginia and Maryland.

We hear about the Mason Dixon line which marks the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania. It was also the line that had divided slave states and non-slave states. We learn how Maryland got it's odd shape. We see that West Virginia was actually once part of Virginia.

One thing I know from history is that Maryland was an English colony for Roman Catholics and even now has a significant Catholic population while Virginia is more evangelical Christian. Maryland is more densely population compared to Virginia and thanks to Baltimore Maryland has a higher crime rate.

I could go on and on, but it's better if you watch the video. Perhaps you've also been to both states and have your own commentary?

Saturday, June 11, 2022

What is Georgism?

 

[VIDEO] So that you might understand what Mr. Beat is discussing here, a man named Henry George essentially created an economic ideal called Georgism from Wiki:

Georgism, also called in modern times geoism and known historically as the single tax movement, is an economic ideology holding that, although people should own the value they produce themselves, the economic rent derived from land—including from all natural resources, the commons, and urban locations—should belong equally to all members of society. Developed from the writings of American economist and social reformer Henry George, the Georgist paradigm seeks solutions to social and ecological problems, based on principles of land rights and public finance which attempt to integrate economic efficiency with social justice.

Economics is a weak subject of mine, it just goes over my head. However this theory is about land, even now in a time of cryptocurrencies or even NFTs, is one way to measure a person's wealth. So I suppose this theory suggests that this same land should belong to everyone as it's an important resource and it should be put to productive use.

Now this is where I could go over your head. You might drive in a depressed neighborhood and ride past vacant lots or an abandoned building. Well in a city like Chicago, it would be best to put those lots and buildings to use so that at the very least we can charge property tax on them. To put them to productive use for people to live or even to provide a product or service is beneficial.

At the same time it would be nice to eliminate the idea of an income tax and having a land value tax seems like a great idea if it can ever be implemented. After watching this video what do you think of this? Any economists in the house? 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Daily Dose of Internet: Realizing Everyone is an NPC

 

[VIDEO] Time for a little fun from Daily Dose of Internet, it took me a minute to recognize what an NPC is. For you gamers - I'm really not a gamer - NPC is a "non-playable character". Basically if you're referred to as such in real-life an easily description is you have no personality, no real independent thought or actions. Of course in a video game you're just in the background.

My cousins had a Playstation and one of the games they had was an NBA game and there was a mode where you could play basketball at a park. I remember a guy in the background with a boombox and just for fun, I'd throw my basketball at him and it would just bounce right off. The guy never responded or reaction, that's a blatant example of an NPC. His purpose had little to do with the game.

Of course there are other things other than that in this video, that I hope you will enjoy. Perhaps you learned something new or see something that you're curious about.