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Lying Liars and Their Lying Liar Friends

on October 31st, 2011 by mark

If you were near a media outlet today, aside from listening to the non-story that someone named Herman Cain may have, or have not-at one time, or another, said things that could be construed quite possibly as, but not physically as, sexual harassment, you probably also saw this story: Global Warming Skeptic finds he believes […]

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Cautionary Progress

on October 29th, 2011 by mark

For the first time in my professional career, I’ve written an e-mail to the superintendent. I’ve worked through about half a dozen superintendents in my career and this is the first time I’ve ever written to one I worked for. But, he was sincere in his belief. His response to me was a little bit […]

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From NCLB to HLTS

on October 27th, 2011 by mark

My former student, Trevor-from way back there in the 90’s–thanks for commenting, Trev–and it is great to hear from you–makes some excellent points. But here’s the important thing: The clouds lifted when today, I was sent to a presentation at our district office by the latest educational consultant hired by the fourth superintendent in 15 […]

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Where Bush Really Went Wrong.

on October 25th, 2011 by mark

Long neglected and I suppose, losing readers. I am very sorry. It has been nearly a two story-a-day set of weeks and I’ve just been left behind. OK, well, I’m lazy… Let is cut to chases. I have to report that the state of public education sucks. I know you’re shocked. It’s gotten worse where […]

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Fill ‘er up.

on October 20th, 2011 by mark

Deadlines, writing and grading have filled my days. It’s a good thing and I’m happy about it. So-no whining here. Better still that tomorrow is Friday and I eagerly await the end of the work day and into a quiet, relaxed Friday night with my family and another weekend. It’s not that the weeks are […]

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Rethinking 9-9-9

on October 17th, 2011 by mark

Jason sent me a link to a youtube video and I watched it. That video, combined with this post in response to mine at a Powerline post, really got me thinking: Right now there are dozens of hidden taxes, sin taxes, tax loopholes. It’s so complex, even tax lawyers can’t seem to figure it out […]

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9-9-9?

on October 16th, 2011 by mark

Deadlines and lots of ’em. Piled up on me this weekend and it left the blog in the dirt, as they say. To put it more simply, allow me to say it like so: Writing that generates paychecks comes first. So far, this writing doesn’t do that. After all, would you pay to read what […]

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Hot Soup

on October 12th, 2011 by mark

Hot. Friggin’ hot. Super hot. Africa hot. It was 98 degrees in Camarillo. Yes, I know for my AZ readers, you scoff. “98 you say? Why, I could wear a sweater when it’s 98…” Yeah, I know. But we delicate Californians with our taxes and our bankruptcy and our whackos aren’t used to it. Well, […]

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World Shaking

on October 6th, 2011 by mark

Back from the brink. Wow. That was dark. I’m glad it was short lived and that I willed myself out of it with the help of my family. I do have a history of sinking below the line at times, but that was lower than usual. Good to go. Realized the error of my ways, […]

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Dark and Portentous must this day prove…

on October 4th, 2011 by mark

Dark days go down and the rain that is about to fall is a welcome reminder that sometimes, one’s own mood can match the color of the day. The substitute of emotion for reason has, at times, been my enemy and it is so today and tonight. I am aware that it should pass and […]

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