On America's Oldest Main Street http://www.richardfminiterblog.com Revelations, Comments and Satire On Child-Rearing, Education And Culture From An Obstreperous, And Still Very Handsome, Old Man Living On America's Oldest Main Street Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:17:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/cropped-Dad-And-Rock-Wall3-32x32.jpg On America's Oldest Main Street http://www.richardfminiterblog.com 32 32 British Police http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/british-police/ http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/british-police/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:30:21 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2610 Continue reading ]]> I have no words Click Here to see a dozen British police officers running away from a guy any American policeman would have locked up with,and thrown to the ground before kneeling on his head.

Met Police ChiefAnd here’s part of the reason the cops over there are such wusses – it’s a photo of the Metropolitan Police Chief – enough to scare the most determined miscreant isn’t she?  But she probably punched all the politically correct buttons in her career and that’s what counts with Britain’s snowflake establishment.

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The Good Ralph Peters Is Back http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/the-good-ralph-peters-is-back/ http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/the-good-ralph-peters-is-back/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 02:01:55 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2606 Read Ralph Peters in the New York Post today Here.  He’s deadly correct about pulling out of Afghanistan.

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Teaching and Learning In Baltimore http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/teaching-and-learning-in-baltimore/ http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/teaching-and-learning-in-baltimore/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:03:15 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2599 Continue reading ]]>  

Questioned about why not one student passed the state proficiency exams in English and mathematics in five schools the executive director of teaching and learning for Baltimore City Schools, Janise Lane was quoted Here as saying “It is not satisfying for any of us in city schools to see the data and the numbers that look like that.  It’s an ongoing work effort to improve student achievement because that is our ultimate goal.”

Now leaving aside any discussion of how asinine the title “executive director of teaching and learning” is for a school system I mean what else is a school supposed to do besides teach and have pupils learn let’s understand that odds are that Ms. Lane the executive director of teaching and learning could not pass any halfway rigorous examination in English herself.  Examine the quote:

It is not satisfying for any of us in city schools to see the data and the numbers ( data and numbers same thing) that look like that (way too close to the formulation: Dat Look Like Dat and besides it’s unnecessary.) It’s an ongoing work effort (work and effort same thing) to improve student achievement (they didn’t achieve anything – isn’t that this discussion is about) because that is our ultimate goal (but what does ultimate goal mean?  That you have other intermediate goals?  It’s simply your goal isn’t it?)

This is someone who is not facile with the language.  And like some people who do not wish to reveal that deficiency pad their speech with lot of extra and nonsensical baggage

So it’s no wonder her students are a washout.

Oh and in case your wondering Ms. Lane is not Black

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Kathy Griffin http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/kathy-griffin/ http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/kathy-griffin/#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 10:26:49 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2596 Continue reading ]]> Kathy Griffin gave us the best (and maybe only) laugh of her tacky career as a Left-Wing comedian when she hastened to apologize for her stunt with what appeared to be President Trump’s severed head.   Because in her hurry she decided to forego her extensive make-up and studio hair and what we saw looked like an 80 year old harridan with a lifelong drinking problem  In fact Trump’s head looked like it had more life in it.

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Taking America Back http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/taking-america-back/ Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:49 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2592 Continue reading ]]> Montana GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Rob Quist early Friday morning despite being charged with assault for “body slamming” a reporter.

And that’s the way of it ,we have to take America back, one body slam at a time.

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Roger Moore http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/roger-moore/ Wed, 24 May 2017 10:32:47 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2582 Continue reading ]]> Moore Roger Moore was  a spectacular James Bond.  But before that my wife and I with six children finally in bed asleep made a special little routine out of watching re-runs of The Saint each evening on our black and white TV at 11:00 PM.  We’d make popcorn on the stove (no microwave then). ask ourselves “where will be be tonight?” and then after the half-hour fell into bed exhausted. Great and simple entertainment, our only entertainment at the time, and I miss it.  Moore also shone in The Wild Geese with Richard Burton and Richard Harris  (watch it and now that I have it in mind I will again too).  Never morose and never took himself seriously.  God Bless Him for the happiness he gave us.

R.I.P. my friend.

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I Love Ralph Peters But He’s Delusional From Time To Time http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/i-love-ralph-peter-but-hes-delusuion-about-macron/ Sun, 21 May 2017 19:16:59 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2576 Continue reading ]]> Ralph Peters At GettysburgRalph Peters is a patriot, has much to offer in commentary because he’s a straight shooter and one can, and I do, really admire the guy and his Civil War Novels Here.   But the good colonel hates Putin with an undying passion and it blinds him. One example is his recent embrace of the new French President Macron.  Here is what Peters, in part, prior to the last round of voting in La Belle France, had to say.

Even in today’s embittered, conflict-ridden world, the news is sometimes plain good. That was the case after Sunday’s first-round vote for president in France. Of the top four contenders, only one, Emmanuel Macron, has been pro-NATO, pro-European Union, pro-US and anti-Putin. He also had the audacity to tell the French they actually have to work, if they want a stronger economy.

Well who gives a rat’s ass about either NATO or the European Union?  Trump had it right the first time about NATO, its day is over.  The EU has an economy about the size of America’s and is therefore well able to defend itself again a Russia with not even a quarter of that GDP.   Besides it’s strongest member is Germany for godsakes and not being able to to militarily dominate central Europe has never, never, never been Germany’s problem.

And while Colonel Peters focuses like a Moray eel chasing a halibut on the threat Putin’s unabashedly Christian Russia may offer Europe the western part of that landmass is busily surrendering to Moslem colonization.  Why should we defend that? Of course there is always Poland and nobody wants to see the Poles run under again but Poland won’t last in the EU, it wants to stay Caucasian and Christian, as does Hungary and both will inevitably make common cause with Russia in order to do that.  And let’s be honest about Russian “aggression” it did invade the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine but both those areas are historically Russian and have Russian populations.

It’s not like Putin has been trying to grab Portugal.

And insofar as Macron goes the man is an insane baby.  For one thing he believes that a better, safer, happier world will result if the political process is balanced exactly between competing groups.  So the candidates for the National Assembly his new party En Marche will field will be one half men, one half women, one half Conservative and one half Socialist/Communist.  I don’t know if they’re going to be one half tall and one half short, one half brunette and one half blond, one half fat and skinny, but I wouldn’t put it past him.

So Colonel please get a grip because the fact was that there was no candidate in the French election with any hope of winning who was any good, French politics and political thought being as it is, as it always has been, – screwed up beyond imagining in addition to the nation itself being the source of world’s most enthusiastic and prolific bureaucrats.  Not to mention an avalanche of wacko ideas like building only half a Maginot Line or priding itself on providing the world with the slogan Liberty, Equality, Fraternity while cutting thousands of heads off.

Photo is Colonel Peters at Gettysburg.

 

 

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Cleveland? http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/cleveland/ Sat, 20 May 2017 01:46:16 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2571 Continue reading ]]> Geraldo+Rivera+D7Y3eL9mn0UmGeraldo Rivera is moving to Cleveland.  Cleveland?  I never before heard of anyone moving to Cleveland.  I don’t know what to say.  Uh, good luck, say hello to Euclid Avenue for me.  Have you been there in winter?  Do you know the definition of drab?  Street crime?  Uh, good luck.

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Why The Left Is Behaving The Way It Is http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/why-the-left-is-behaving-the-way-it-is/ Sat, 20 May 2017 00:29:16 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2568 Continue reading ]]> What’s important to remember is that Academia, the MSM and the Left-Wing kindergarten drum circle the Democrat Party has become are not acting like this because they’re like people on the upswing.  Or even comfortable in the status quo.  Instead they’re lashing out like people on the way out.  Trying to prove how important and powerful they still are by making things up, by preening and crowing and smashing library windows at Berkeley.

But it’s not working.  And they’re frightened.  In the case of Academia because they understand all too well that the moment political winds allow employers (including the government) to rank potential hires and hire them based upon general knowledge tests* then it doesn’t matter how an individual is educated and the value of the silly Liberal Arts Degrees American colleges and universities are busy selling at $200,000 a pop, plunges asymptotically.  And so since Trump is the symbol of this possible shift into open territory (i.e. a free market in education), they have to take him and his acolytes down by any means possible.  In the matter of the MSM they’re already in open territory with the Internet eating them alive with independent news forums, blogs and its direct streaming of shows to computers, tablets and phones.  And so they hope against hope that another Watergate, another presidential take-down, will give them a new lease on life.  And as far at the Democrats themselves go in selling their soul to the identitarian devil they’ve made certain that every Hernandez who marries an  O’Shaughnessy immediately switches party and that every Black working sooner or later does to.  Which means they have no place to go but down.  And they see that.

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Fun From The Daily Mail Opinion Column http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/fun-from-the-daily-mail-opinion-column/ Wed, 17 May 2017 21:09:22 +0000 http://www.richardfminiterblog.com/?p=2565 Continue reading ]]> Nearby, United Kingdom  I teach and I am constantly shocked by the lack of general knowledge students have.

Jack Bolton, 2 minutes ago  I watch quiz shows on TV and I’m constantly shocked by the lack of general knowledge most teachers have.

 

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