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Health Care is Two Words

Just a short note on a pet-peeve of mine:

The term is not “healthcare.”  Healthcare is not a word.  The proper term is “health care.”  Two words, not one.

Yes, the English language is full of redundancy, allowing us to understand colloquial mistakes such as this, and I am by no means a grammarian.  It doesn’t mean we should just abandon the proper terminology.

Carry on.

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Michael Moore Needs an Education

Michael MooreIn an interview with CNS News at the premier of his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore was quoted making the following statement:

CNSNews.com then asked Moore: “Critics would say he’s [Moore] been very successful under a capitalist system. How would you justify making a movie where you paint capitalism as evil?”

Moore said: “Well, capitalism did nothing for me, starting with my first film.”

“You know, I had to pretty much beg, borrow and steal,” he said. “The system is not set up to help somebody from the working class make a movie like this and get the truth out there.”

You can see the video of Mr. Moore’s interview here.
I have no interest in seeing Mr. Moore’s film.  Largely, that is because his “documentaries” are uninformative schlock that take wide liberties with facts and the truth.  However, from viewing the trailers it seems terribly out-of-place to call the film “Capitalism.”  In the trailers, Moore is seen chasing down Wall Street executives and Washington insiders trying to find out what happened to the TARP and bailout funds.

Add to this the fact that Michael Moore is himself wealthy by capitalist means, making a product that people want:  People with anti-American and anti-Capitalist sentiments find his films appealing and entertaining.  According to the The-Numbers.com and the Los Angeles Times, he may have taken home all the profits of the $17 million in DVD sales from his previous work, Sicko.

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A Culture of Failure

Four young men in Chicago were charged with first degree murder in the beating and killing another teenager after a dispute last week. The foursome, Silvonus Shannon, 19, Eugene Riley, 18, Eric Carson, 16, and Eugene Bailey, 18, along with as many as three other suspects, used splintered railroad ties to beat the victim over his head then kicked and punched him when he tried to get back up. At least part of the beating was captured on a cell phone video clip.

Derrion Albert was a sophomore honors student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death is the one of dozens of school-aged killings in the past three years in Chicago and the surrounding neighborhoods. Despite a handgun ban inside the city limits and the comparative difficulty in obtaining firearms in Illinois, most of the killings have been shootings within blocks of the school grounds.

At this point it becomes clear that the problem isn’t the guns themselves. This young man was beaten to death, not shot. Seven other teens whose anger and lack of compassion for other living souls was so great that they literally pummeled the life out of him didn’t need guns. They used wooden boards and their own fists.

At least one parent has got it right:

At a Monday vigil at the school, some community members said the solution lies with parents.

“It is our problem. We have to take control of our children,” said Dawn Allen, who attended the vigil where a group of residents tried to force their way into the school before being turned back by police.

The problem does lie with the parents. Too often we blame the instruments of violence and not the violent actors themselves. Instead of holding them accountable for their actions, parents who make excuses for their misbehaving progeny enable those children to grow into bullies and later into criminals. That the age for severe criminal activity seems to be getting younger with each passing year is all the more disturbing.

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A Word on Praise

Ronald Wilson ReaganLet’s take a trip in the way-back machine.

It’s 1981.  Ronald Wilson Reagan is President. The Conservative Revolution has just begun. Millions of Americans have awakened to the idea that government is not the solution to their problems, but rather government is the problem.

Teachers, in an effort to spread this message, have their kids chant a poem:

Mmm, mmm, mmm
Ronald Wilson Reagan
He said we all must lend a hand
To make this Country strong again

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Unathorized Indoctrination

You knew I was going to comment on this eventually, didn’t you?

I am not one of those people who thinks that everything a teacher does needs the approval of parents before doing it. I think in many respects, parents are too involved with preventing teachers from doing their jobs and need to step back. This is especially the case with discipline, where too many parents keep teachers and administrators from properly punishing students.

Lots of teachers are great people whose only interest is inspiring young minds and encouraging them to reach for the stars, and I consider myself fortunate that the vast majority of mine growing up were just that. Most are little more than glorified babysitters, and I had several of these.

A few prove themselves to be true misanthropes:

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