To get gigabit speeds, we need fiber running all over the place. Fortunately, fiber optics is glass, basically melted down sand. Plenty of that to go around. Instead of arguing about broadband speeds or invented problems like “net neutrality,” we ought to be focused on the regulations and cronyism that impede running fiber on our poles and under our roads and lawns.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Posted by Mike Roark at 11:35 AM
He later told The New York Times, "If PEN as a free speech organization can't defend and celebrate people who have been murdered for drawing pictures, then frankly the organization is not worth the name.
Posted by Mike Roark at 9:44 AM
“Government discourages work. Welfare consists of dozens of different and overlapping federal and state income support programs. A recent Census Bureau study found more than 100 million Americans collecting a government check or benefit each month, adds Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore. Moreover, “public school systems often fail to teach kids basic skills,” he says. “We ?have schools that now concentrate more on ethnic studies and tolerance training than teaching kids how to use a lathe or a graphic design tool.”
Posted by Mike Roark at 9:40 AM
Thursday, April 23, 2015
"They are green on the outside but red, communist, socialist, big government red on the inside," Steyn said, comparing enviro activists to watermelons.
Posted by Mike Roark at 5:17 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
President Obama’s surrender to the Iranian dictatorship is based on the same mistake Chamberlain and his predecessor made about Hitler–and the same false analysis that required them to lie about Hitler’s rearmament program and then abandon allies in efforts to appease an aggressive, evil regime. When dealing with a regime that is fully prepared to enforce its will, appeasement doesn’t make us safer. It makes the world much more dangerous. President Obama’s surrender to Iran is the biggest undermining of American national security since President James Buchanan failed to oppose and repress seceding southern states in 1860 and allowed federal forts to fall into confederate hands. Buchanan’s timidity, confusion, and lack of firmness enabled southern radicals to feel emboldened and to begin arming militia who would end up fighting the union in a few months. The Obama Administration is clearly surrendering on virtually every aspect of Iranian policy. The Iranians have been publicly humiliating the President and the Secretary of State by ridiculing American claims about the agreement.
Posted by Mike Roark at 6:42 PM
Now it may be that the "other"expenses are directly benefiting someone but the numbers here are not encouraging. There are a number of sham charities out there whose income goes mostly to supporting the lifestyle of their directors and employees so that they can make good money but simultaneously be self-righteous. I do not know that this is the case here but I think you can be pretty sure the reason they get most of their donations is to curry favor with the Clintons rather than because the organization is particularly efficient or adept at deploying charitable resources
Posted by Mike Roark at 11:14 AM
All over the world groups of human beings are being threatened, are under attack, or are being slaughtered for a variety of reasons – religion, ethnicity, nationality – but the nominal leader of the free world thinks the greatest challenge we face is the weather. In his weekly radio address on Saturday, President Obama proclaimed climate change our greatest national security threat – not ISIS, not Iran getting a nuclear bomb (they have pledged to use against Israel), not a resurgent Russia which is threatening European order, or an increasingly belligerent China.
Posted by Mike Roark at 8:25 AM
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Former Soviet political prisoner says US ‘lost the courage of its convictions’ by not requiring Tehran change its act as condition for a nuclear deal.
Posted by Mike Roark at 7:32 PM
A video of an elderly woman with a thick southern drawl ranting about modern women, lazy men, and people who receive welfare is going viral. Mother Agnus, as the man behind the camera called her, is full of “old” and traditional values, and she strongly believes that men should work while women should raise families:
Posted by Mike Roark at 5:11 PM
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently appeared on one of the late night talk shows, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes.
Posted by Mike Roark at 3:55 PM
The very notion of “gay marriage” is an artificial construct. It’s the aberrant byproduct of the sexual revolution, which, itself, was largely instigated by bug doctor turned “sexologist,” Alfred Kinsey. Alfred Kinsey Though married to a woman who took part in his many filmed “scientific” orgies, Kinsey was a promiscuous homosexual and sadomasochist. He managed to completely upend and twist the world’s perception of human sexuality in the 1950s and ’60s with his world famous “Kinsey Reports.” While his “research” has been universally discredited and exposed as fraudulent, ideologically motivated and even criminal, it remains, nonetheless, the primary source behind today’s “sexual orientation science.” For this reason, and many others, the novel notion of “gay marriage” sits atop a house of cards.
Posted by Mike Roark at 3:35 PM
Newman says government schools “are quite literally designed to dumb down and indoctrinate students.” “This is an infinitely more serious crime than cheating on tests, yet the media, the education establishment, and the politicians that enable it refuse to discuss the matter – almost certainly because they are complicit in these crimes,” he said.
Posted by Mike Roark at 3:33 PM
Newman thinks federal and state governments are stuck in an endless cycle of spending money on strategies that don’t work. But he believes the cycle will never end on its own because the powers-that-be don’t want American children to get smarter. “The educational establishment will never put a stop to it on its own,” he declared. “The American people need to find out what’s going on. They don’t need more billions, they need less billions, and they need to be exposed.”
Posted by Mike Roark at 9:29 AM
Soon there may only be atheists in the foxholes. Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, religious freedom advocates say. Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty in America, said recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private counseling sessions that reflected the teachings of their religion could cause devout Americans who are qualified for military service to think twice about joining the military.
Posted by Mike Roark at 9:27 AM
Friday, April 17, 2015
The program was sold as a “civil rights imperative” by the previous superintendent, John Deasy. In reality, it was just another bureaucratic excuse to throw away taxpayers’ money on education. The average liberal’s plan for improving our schools begins with “increase spending” and doesn’t flesh out much beyond that. The leftist core principle, after all, is that anything can be made better by bathing it in tax revenues. Childhood Santa Claus beliefs are more rooted in reality. Giving lower income students an increased access to technology that could help with education is not a bad thing in an of itself. It’s just that even the best ideas can be screwed up in a nanosecond once a bureaucracy gets to work on them. Deasy, it should be pointed out, was also the superintendent who was rewarding students for just showing up. This is the second largest and one of the worst school districts in America. It needs some fundamental change, not a shiny, expensive tech bandage on the problem to keep the people distracted for a while.
Posted by Mike Roark at 4:02 PM
"Universities emulate greenhouses where fragile young adults are coddled as if they were hothouse orchids," says Victor Davis Hanson, who taught the classics at Fresno State University. "Hypersensitive students are warned about ‘micro-aggressions' that in the real world would be imperceptible."
Posted by Mike Roark at 11:09 AM