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Polls Suck

Since the 2016 elections I can’t see the words “Poll says” without seeing “We have read the entrails and our best tea leaf readers and astrologists say…”

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Tim’s Plan (or vague ideas) for Addressing Student Debt

Tim’s Plan (or vague ideas) for Addressing Student Debt

– Any college that accepts government backed student loans can only charge a set tuition rate, rather like how doctors get billed by HMOs, the doctor may send a bill for $100, but since they belong to the network, they’re only going to receive $50. Colleges that don’t like being paid a lesser amount can refuse to accept government backed student loans. If this means that only state colleges see federally backed loan money, then more expensive schools will discover the effects of supply and demand and eventually their tuition rates (which have skyrocketed past most of the rest of the economy, double medical costs even) will have to drop or they’ll have to stick to recruiting only rich kids and hope they get enough to cover the budget, while state schools grow.

– Student loan interest rates are set high enough to cover administrative costs, and no higher, if this means rates are a fraction of a percent, so be it.

– Part of the student loan plan application should list the degree being sought, and the average incomes for this degree, and the percent employed in these fields after graduation, and it should list a schedule of payments and average living expenses to see if the degree will support the loan.

– Students going into shortage fields deemed essential, such as maybe education, health or engineering would see a further tuition decrease, and lock the student into a major.

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Politics

Politicians’ Failures Make Planned Parenthood Necessary

I don’t see why anyone is surprised that the government may cut off funding to Planned Parenthood and possibly eliminate many health services to millions of women, when by passing a healthcare law that left these same millions of women reliant on a private organization to provide for these services that their law didn’t cover, they’ve already done it once before.

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Politics

Silliness After DADT

So, had a conversation a while back with a kid that was thinking about enlisting, everybody else always asks how bad basic is and things like that, this kid was worried that they let in gay people now and was worried that it could get weird because he might have to shower or sleep in the same barracks with a gay person. So, what could I possibly say to allay his fears? I have a something of a go to answer for these situations:

If you’ve been in a high school PE class and/or played sports, you’ve been in the showers at the same time as a gay person was. Personally I’ve been in enough locker rooms and gang showers in my life, including my military life that I’ve probably been wet and soapy around enough gay men to make a marching band for a pride parade and have only been harassed in the shower once, and that was by a coconut crab. That big Popeye-clawed bastard chased me all though the showers as I went from nozzle to nozzle to scrub up and rinse off before he caught up with me, fortunately I can scrub on the run faster than it could chase. No, I didn’t think to ask if it was a male or female crab, I was pretty firmly fixated on the size of that friggin’ claw though. Was I ever checked out in the shower, no idea, but I doubt it and if I was, wasn’t seeing me in the shower punishment enough?

Truth be told, there’s always been gay people in service, first they served knowing they had to keep everything on the down-low, then they served knowing that even if they kept things on the down-low that DADT was often treated as a hunting license, then Afghanistan and Iraq happened and somebody damned near had to have sex on their commander’s desk to get kicked out, and then finally common sense broke out and they got rid of DADT and now gays can serve openly.

I actually retired before DADT was repealed, and I’ve been asked if I ever served with a gay or lesbian and I can actually only give one answer to that. I never had anyone identify themselves as such after they’d been apprised of their Article 31 rights, so anything I would have to say on that matter would be speculation (and as such inadmissible,) as I wasn’t allowed to ask and they weren’t supposed to tell.

As to whether anyone should enlist and risk being exposed to gay people, like you aren’t already in civilian life, if you think that meeting a gay person is scarier that the possibility that the job you’re thinking of signing up for could get you shot up, killed, maimed, disfigured or similarly jacked up in a multitude of ways that only the Murphy of the battlefield can dream up, then I think your priorities are probably a wee bit skewed.

Your mileage may vary.

© 2015 – 2020, Tim Boothby. All rights reserved.

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Observations Politics

All and Sundry and Labels

I tend not to join things very often, mainly because not too many (if any) organizations have opinions that I can support across the board.

Part of the problem with group labels is that there’s a modern tendency to lump everyone associated (even remotely) with everything that anyone (even remotely) associated with a group says or does. Not all Christians/Muslims are trying to impose their religion on the rest of the world, not all feminists are man-haters, not all pro-choicers favor abortion, not all pro-lifers want to picket or blow up clinics, and the list goes on and gets really blatant when we start looking at political parties.

The implied (all) is something I think needs to go. “(All) [insert name of group here] are [insert label here]” or “(All) [insert name of group here] want to [insert action here]” are a couple of the templates of labeling, because not (All) of anything believes in everything, and quite frankly some that join groups are their own special little bag of issues all to themselves.

Hitler was a vegetarian, big deal not all vegetarians are Hitler.

Lumping people together under the birds-of-a-feather philosophy used to have a name, it was called prejudice. Prejudice used to be seen as something to oppose, now it seems that many feel that the only forms of prejudice to oppose are those that they don’t hold themselves.

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Politics

Treason Reduced to a Buzzword

I hate it when people reduce serious words to mere buzzwords to try and further an agenda. Today’s examples. Disagreement with a president is not “treason,” even if they badmouth said public official. The correct phrase is “politics as usual.” If disagreement with a president is treason, half of the population would be in trouble after every election. The second phrase I find annoying and was tossed m way today, is “rape the land,” unless somebody is performing a non-consensual sexual act on a section of ground, then the term is deliberately being used incorrectly. Reducing a crime like rape to a simple buzzword in an attempt to cash in on the feelings the word raises in people is to reduce the power of the word and minimize its true meaning. /soapbox

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