Superhero Day

Heard on the radio yesterday & today that in a Long Beach High School they were celebrating a “superhero day” where the students could dress up as their favorite superhero. Three senior girls dressed up as Captain Underpants and showed up in flesh-colored leotards, capes, and, of course, underpants.  The principle thought that the costumes were just a little too suggestive, and sent the girls home to change.

There’s a couple of things that I’m a little confused about (OK, more than a couple, but we won’t discuss that at this point in time):

  1. Long Beach is in California, where it seems that almost anything goes anyway.  What seems to be the problem with girls dressing up in flesh-colored leotards, capes, & underwear if you can’t see anything? Linda Carter did that while acting in the “Wonder Woman” series…
  2. This High School has other related activities scheduled for their Senior Week:  Monday was Switch Day, where boys dressed like girls and vice versa. Tuesday was Nerd Day. Wednesday was Superhero day.  Thursday is Spirit Day, where they wear school colors, blue and white. Friday is Pirate Day.  So exactly when do the students learn anything?

Yep, students sure are preparing for life and learning after high school – on your tax dollar!!

What I Think…

This is what I think on a few choice subjects…

The War in Iraq:

When it was announced that the United States was giving Iraq’s Saddam Hussein an ultimatum in response to the non-compliance of UN resolutions, I really didn’t like the implications. Going into Iraq without UN support, i.e., alone, was not the right thing to do. I was concerned that the second Bush was going to do what the first Bush didn’t do (and was severely criticized for) – get rid of Saddam Hussein. While the intelligence at the time supported the invasion of Iraq, Saddam had too much time to bury or otherwise get rid of his WMD arsenal. However, as I’ve posted here and on numerous comments on other blogs, the United States cannot leave Iraq without a self-sustaining government – the danger of Iraq descending into chaos and taking the region with it is too great.

The War on Terrorism:

As stated in several previous posts, negotiation with terrorists should never be an option. They should be found and prosecuted with every means at the disposal of the United States government and the governments of the world. And it can be done if the politicians get out of the way…

War in General:

War is the last resort after diplomacy has failed, and should be avoided, but not at all costs. Giving away everything you believe in just for the sake of peace is a deal with the devil, and will not, in the long run, achieve the desired result of peace. War is unhealthy for all the participants, both for soldiers and civilians alike. I do not want war, nor do I promote it – I just know that in some situations it cannot be avoided.

Immigration:

Illegal immigration is a blight on our country, and a subject that politicians would rather avoid. Just mentioning this topic raises many feelings that are not, shall we say, are very civilized. I do not have a problem with people immigrating to this country legally, but to reward those that come here by illegal means and then defend their actions grates against my law-abiding nature. It also gets me that illegal immigrants are eligible for Social Security benefits, driver’s licenses, & other governmental services (your tax dollars!!), and the politicians just give the wink & a nod & ignore this problem.

Michigan’s Proposal 2:

Michigan’s Proposal 2 states:

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO BAN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PROGRAMS THAT GIVE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS BASED ON THEIR RACE, GENDER, COLOR, ETHNICITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION OR CONTRACTING PURPOSES

The proposed constitutional amendment would:

* Ban public institution from using affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes. Public institution affected by this proposal include state government, local governments, public colleges and universities, community colleges and school districts.

* Prohibit public institutions from discriminating against groups or individuals due to their gender, ethnicity, race, color or national origin. (A separate provision of the state constitution already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin.)

On the surface, this looks like a good idea. I have problems with quotas wrapped in the guise of affirmative action. Everyone should have an equal bite at the apple, but the deciding factor should be on the person’s ability & merit, not race or gender. Unfortunately, what has happened is not fair and is patronizing to those people that the program is supposedly helping. In an earlier post, I wrote the following of what Martin Luther King had envisioned for the Negro people:

His vision looked for the Negro people to stand side by side with the White people as equals, and to get there by self-sufficiency, not by a government mandate. He wanted his people to rise up to their potential, to stand on their own two feet, not by some law or subsidy. Patronage of the Negro was not his vision, but to join the human race as equals to any other ethnic group, to enjoy the fruits of hard labor through equal opportunity, and not through quotas.

Flawed Compromise Thinking

It doesn’t really matter if you are dealing with a used car salesman, a North Korean dictator, or an al Qaeda terrorist, negotiation relies on two things: If all parties are willing to give up something to get what they want, and if they are willing to keep their word. Which of the previous three people do you think you
could strike a deal with that would stick?

There
are so many people out there that are repeating the line “Why can’t we
all get along?” and yet never stop to think about why that is. They
believe that everyone is just like them, rational and willing to talk
things over to the point of working out whatever problem there is
between them, and sticking to the agreement. The fatal flaw in this
line of thought is that everyone isn’t like them, isn’t trustworthy,
and will do theirdamnest
to break any agreement at the earliest point in time when they can get
away with it and it is most advantageous to them.

Need examples? OK, here goes…

North Korea snookered ol’ Bill into giving them nuclear technology, and then broke their promise
& built a nuclear bomb. Radial Islamic terrorists will break their
word to all infidels because their interpretation of their religion
will allow it (talk to Israel on their negotiation history with any of
the multitudes of Arab countries around them). From the historical
perspective, there’s always poor Neville Chamberlain who gave away
another country in a futile attempt to keep Nazi Germany from going to
war (and we know how that turned out). Last, Iran’s nuclear program is
on & off the table so much that I’ve lost track of where they are
at, but would you trust their president to keep his word on anything
dealing with the restriction of nuclear weapons development in Iran?
Not with him promising the end of Israel first and the rest of the
world second to create an Islamic-controlled world…

Is
there any question that this is why diplomacy, negotiations, and
compromise will not work in the long run with Islamic
radicals/terrorists such as al Qaeda & Hezbollah, countries such as North Korea & Iran, and a host of other untrustworthy nutjobs from around the world? Not in my mind.

Yes,
I do agree that peace should be given a chance to work, but you had
better be prepared and have the resolve to go to war. Otherwise, we
might as well just give up & pledge allegiance to Allah, put the women in burkas,
scrap the Constitution & Bill of Rights, and put all of the
“undesirables” according to Islamic law (such as Christians, Jews,
Buddhists, atheists, homosexuals, Feminists, free-thinkers & other
non-Islamics) to death.

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130 Posts & A Year Later…

Yes, this is the 130th post of Tom’s Common Sense, and exactly one year after the first post. It’s been an interesting ride.

I originally wanted to post about my concerns with the business situation at Delphi, but soon was drawn into other subjects – politics, social issues, humor, Iraq, terrorism, and others. Some things have stayed the same, others have changed.

Also, not being content with the standard Blogger templates, the look of Tom’s Common Sense has changed several times, and an index of past posts by subject was created to allow you, the reader, to see what I’ve had to say about various subjects. Hopefully, this has helped some of you, although this might change in the future. Blogger’s Beta looks promising in allowing each post to have a subject, similer to WordPress and others. If anyone has switched over to the new Blogger Beta, please let me know what you think of it.

Other improvements to the template most commented on have been the Points to Ponder as well as the Notable Posts. I’m looking at changing these slightly as it requires that I modify the template each time these need to be changed. And that’s a pain at times.

The biggest change is that I’m having problems visiting everyone else’s blogs – life is busy between job & family. I’m not on the road as much, and this has reduced the time that I once had (I would write posts and visit everyone else’s blogs instead of watching TV). Hopefully, I will touch base with everyone once in a while, and I thank everyone for visiting this blog. Your comments and support have been overwhelming.

Last, I would like you, the reader, to tell me what you like or dislike about this blog. Subjects, look of the blog, or what you would like to read about. Any additional Points to Ponder that you would like to contribute and what your favorites are. Same goes for the posts that would appear in the Notable Posts. Operators are not standing by, but the comment section and email address are open for your comments.

Again, Thank You Everyone!