This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roanoke Times, 9-15-2014, Pg
2: AP: Report links wealth gap, Va tax
The article starts out with a
bunch of undecipherable data from which one cannot determine cherry-picked fact
from opinion; however, the message is that the rich are getting richer and not
paying their fair share of taxes and this is causing large Va revenue
But then the authors inadvertently
expose the fact that federal government cutbacks are the major factor in
reducing Va State Income Tax revenues!
Clearly, those cutbacks affect government workers who
are neither fat-cats nor alley-cats, thereby nullifying the article headline
And then there’s the
shortfall in capital gains taxes. Apparently,
folks are not cashing in stocks that have gained in value. The 5-year Obama Nonrecovery economy and
$16+TRILLION debt, have held back the stock market and limited capital gains. Very last sentence quotes Gov McAuliffe
saying federal tax policy is a major factor (not fat-cats).
So where exactly is the Va budget shortfall the fault
of the 1% rich fat-cats?
Also not mentioned are the
major increases in taxes on fat-cats enacted in 2013 and kicking in now:
* Top marginal tax rate of 39.6 percent for
those at higher incomes
* Itemized deductions and personal exemptions
* Higher capital gains taxes — 20 percent for
* New taxes for higher incomes to help pay for
health-care reform ObamaCare
* An additional 0.9 percent Medicare tax
* A 3.8
percent tax on investment income.
* Plus all the ObamaCare Taxes including federal tax on home sales
Funny how none of this news
managed to get into this Obama ClassWarfare booster shot.
Just More Hope And Change
That We Can Believe In from Obama and his Pravda Press
9-13-2014, Computers For Eight
Let’s get laptop computers for all the middle school kids.
We’re way below the minimum Standards of Learning required outcomes.
These PCs will only cost one million dollars.
Just a short time on these PCs and the students will excel in reading and writing.
Quick --Go place the orders!
Then – let’s get some technicians trained to support these
Then – let’s get some learning for our teachers.
Then – let’s get some software for our teachers and
This is the
professional management in the Roanoke
The introduction of computer technology into the classroom
is a major investment and undertaking.
It requires advance in-depth analysis to determine the applications that
are to be utilized and the support and training required to support those
applications and the end user training required to utilize the technology.
Has it occurred to these wizards that the required software
may cost much more that the hardware PC’s and their associated networks and that teaching the teachers will be a significant and time consuming and costly process?
The LAST thing a
professional IT person does is to buy or lease the hardware!
Any technical person looking at the process and management
involved in this endeavor will quickly conclude that the management team
involved in this activity are incredibly incompetent.
These people should have driven 20 miles south and visited
the Franklin County School System and their Technology Manager, George
His management of the IT
introduction into the Gereau-CATCE facility, followed by the upgrade of IT
throughout the School System would have been an excellent example and tutorial
for the Roanoke School
We’re In Franklin County --- We Do More Than Shine!
– Give Him A Computer
Roanoke Times, 9-12-2014, Pg 1, 5: 250,000 Virginians set to lose insurance
because they don’t comply with ObamaCare.
This is just the
latest round of DROPS. It’s unknown to
the public how many tens of thousands of policies were cancelled since I lost
mine last year; and these people will have higher premiums and higher
deductions and higher copays and most will pay for coverage they do not need
and will not use.
Mark Warner – the deciding
vote to pass ObamaCare
You know – the guy
who says he’s middle of the road, works across party lines and then votes with
Obama 97% of the time:
"If you like your plan, you can keep
your plan." -
“If you like you doctor or health care
plan, you can keep it”
“Your health care will cost the same or less than now”
Click To View: Barack Obama: a monumental disappointment!
Mark Warner on ObamaCare: Did he lie or is he ignorant?
Either way -- you have a choice in November
Media teleconference: Potentially strong solar storm
NOAA experts to provide update on current space weather
It is anticipated that upon receiving a briefing about the
major Solar Storm from the Space Weather experts at NOAA that Obama-Gore-Mann
and Warner will demand immediate action to reduce mankinds adverse impacts on
Of primary focus will be eliminating or painting over any
man-made reflective materials that are reflecting energy back to the sun
thereby disrupting the suns normal radiation activity.
The solar energy and solar panel industry are working
diligently to convince NOAA that the major increases of installed solar panels
are not contributing to the reflected energy issue and their incredibly
expensive and intermittent 7-hour per day performance continue to be subsidized
by the tax-payers.
It’s not clear what to do with the 71% of the earth’s
surface that’s covered with water and is highly reflective.
The Global Cooling consensus-scientists from the 1970s who
proposed covering the polar ice caps with black soot are hard at work determining
how to cover all the earths exposed water.
Newsweek, April 28, 1975 Text Article:http://denisdutton.com/cooling_world.htm
The water-covers proposed so far are problematic because
they will absorb the suns energy thereby making major contributions to ocean
warming and global-warming.
The Alarmist Community of Consensus-Scientists is expected
to hold a meeting at the UN next week where they will demand the world’s
governments take immediate action.
Sea Levels Rising Or Shorelines Sinking: It’s “1984”
As one who has always be curious about things, it seems fitting to directly
ask the folks there at the Roanoke Times to reflect on how you view your
significant support for the totally discredited AGW-Alarmists and the Charlatans
who promote their failed hypothesis, their discredited models and their total
amnesia about the real data (including the NASA published data).
I implore you-all to really read the above blog item and then click-through
the included links and then ask yourselves why you are supporting the Gore-Mann
hypocrisy and also promoting it to gullible folks who don’t understand the facts
from the fiction.
At some point you-all must realize the major adverse consequences of
dismantling our current energy infrastructure. The impacts to energy costs,
especially for the poor, and for businesses. Your very jobs will be sacrificed
on the alter of CO2 without any assurances that those sacrifices will result in
any significant improvement in the environment or society.
Yet another real-life example of the multitudes who have sacrificed
Like so many lambs going to slaughter led by a Judas Goat that jumps out of
the rack just in time to avoid the knives and is then rewarded handsomely!
Have you seen Al Gore lately?
I’m 77 and I’m concerned – Just reflect on how concerned you should
Roanoke Times, 9-3-2014, Pg
5: Rising sea levels worry state
“The seas have been rising
and now they’re rising faster. They were
rising about one foot per century but now, at Virginia’s tidewater, they’re rising at two
feet per century.”
But, there’s interesting
news in "the very last sentence" of this dissertation:
“In Virginia, sea levels are rising faster than
the global average because the land is sinking!”
Yet another chapter in the Man-made AGW Global Warming Armageddon Hand-book with the Media gleefully abetting!
The nasty people in Orwells “1984”
couldn’t have outdone these Alarmists!
The whole article is about
Rising Sea Levels and the punch line is “The Land is Falling”.
Talk about your Chicken
Little! Something about the Chesapeake Bay being formed by a bolide (meteorite) about
35 million years ago. There’s also this
thing about plate tectonics. And there’s
the fact that 16,000 years ago the shoreline was out 50 miles at the
continental shelf and the sea level was 400 feet lower than today. Talk about your sea levels rising with no man-made CO2 to be found!
Note the very major variations in Sea Level per year. With variations like this one can certainly make a mountain out of an ant hill, and these Alarmists are really good at doing that!
The oceans are rising and have continued to rise for 22,000 years without the involvement of any man-made AGW CO2
The following alludes to the
hypothesis that there are some Skeptics in the US Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee and they have published a document questioning the
Obama-Mann-Gore-Warner Plans for CO2 government control.
It is difficult to believe
the following actually happened – and if it did – these people are almost sure
to have been fired by now.
Photosynthesis: On September
4, the Minority Staff of the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
released a remarkable document for Washington
on global warming/climate change. Critical Thinking on Climate Change:
Empirical Evidence to Consider Before Taking Regulatory Action and Implementing
Economic Policies contains a section discussing photosynthesis and the benefits
of enhanced atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2
Photosynthesis is the
process whereby plants using light energy from the sun convert carbon dioxide
and water to glucose sugar and oxygen gas through a series of reactions. The
general equation for photosynthesis is:
carbon dioxide + water =[+
sic] light energy => glucose + oxygen
6CO2 + 6H2O = [+ sic] light
energy=> C6H12O6 + 6O2
Humans exhale CO2 at a rate
of approximately 40,000 parts per million (ppm). Humans inhale CO2 at the rate
it currently exists in the atmosphere, which is just below 400 ppm.
Accordingly, humans exhale CO2 at a much higher rate than they inhale. Not a
single former [EPA] Administrator [who testified before the committee] could
answer a question on these rates.
As all four EPA Administrators
made clear, EPA’s decision to regulate CO2 is the first time the agency has
ever regulated a gas that is necessary to and makes life on earth possible. As
well, it is also the only gas the federal government has ever tried to regulate
that humans exhale at a greater rate than they inhale. Given both these facts,
the claim that CO2 is a “pollutant” deserves further scrutiny.
Finally, all four former EPA
Administrators were unable to name even a single product that could be made out
of wind and sunlight. Everything in modern society, from computers, laptops,
solar panels, iPads and flat screen televisions, to advanced medical equipment
and all our nation’s critical infrastructure is built out of fossil resources
and their derivative products.
Perhaps the above equation
will remind the members of the Department of Agriculture who have forgotten the
concept of photosynthesis and are busily calculating the bureaucratically
contrived Social Cost of Carbon. The process creates the food and the oxygen animals
need to live.
Other updates in the report
• Wildfires and forestry
management have garnered additional public attention of late, and so was split
into its own section with additional information.
• A new section has been
added on the impacts European countries have seen as a result of their climate
• A new section has been
added on Polar Bear populations and claims of mass extinctions.
• Nearly all sections have
been updated with new information.
• An addendum was added to
provide examples of how the Obama Administration’s National Climate Assessment
report ignores critical scientific evidence when submitted by top researchers
The report presents numerous
critical questions on topics such as climate models, benefits of CO2, sea level
rise, extreme weather events, polar bears and the purpose of climate
regulations. The report contains a chapter titled ‘The Science is Settled: The
Government Can’t Control Climate.”
There is now a different
mode of thinking by some in Washington
that directly contrasts that popular mindset that carbon dioxide is the control
knob of earth’s temperatures and is causing unprecedented and dangerous global
warming. See link under Challenging the Orthodoxy.
Critical Thinking on Climate
Change: Empirical Evidence to Consider Before Taking Regulatory Action and
Implementing Economic Policies
By Minority Staff, US Senate
Environment and public Works Committee, Sep 4, 2014 [H/t Climate Etc.]
“The goal here is not to win. The goal
here is to destroy these people.
We want a smashing victory,” Steyer said of candidates he judges to be on the
wrong side of the climate change debate.
The great tragedy of Science — the
slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. Thomas Huxley 1860
Man-made Global Warming AGW-Skepticism Is Rising – Consensus is NOT Science
Click for PowerPoint realistic view of Global
Warming and Climate Change
May have to download twice -- Windows and the www are like that!
O'Reilly puts racial violence clearly in-focus for AG Holder and associates
Reprint of this blog's item: Sunday, August 24, 2014
“We’re All Mike Brown” – NO We’re NOT!
Roanoke Times, 8-24-2014, Pg
Va 2: Ferguson
shooting spurs local march.Photo of 15 year old nice looking Black youth holding
up “don’t shoot” sign and being quoted as saying: “We’re all Mike
What an incredibly sad view this young person
proclaims that clearly has been burned into his mind by our outrageous Pravda
Media and Obama, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson and countless other race-baiting
NO We’re NOT all Mike
We do not invade
We do not steal from
We do not intimidate store
clerks with our 6’4” 300-pound pit-bull aggression
We do not mouth-off to police
officers who give us direct lawful directions
We do not attack police
officers inflicting massive injuries to them
We do not attack police
officers who issue lawful life-or-death ultimatum commands
When we do these things: Then we’re Mike
Click link for: Elvis Presley - (how little things have
changed "in the ghetto" in 40 years!) Sorry about the start-Ads – it’s a youtube
More Riots And Curfew In Ferguson -- The Time Line
From B.T. Washington To MLK To Al
How little some things have really
changed in 103 years!
“There is another class of
coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the
hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able
to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit
of advertising their wrongs – partly because they want sympathy and partly
because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his
grievances, because they do not want to lose their
(p. 118, My Larger Education
BTW 1911) - See more at: http://americanvision.org/5276/booker-t-washington-on-black-victimhood.
Roanoke Times, 8-27-2014, Pg
1, 8: Board approves providing laptops.
Computers should be in the hands of all Roanoke eight-graders by mid-October.
The superintendent showed
the board 2014 middle school pass rates on writing tests. No middle school had a writing pass rate
higher than 66%. For three schools pass
rates hovered around 50 percent.
No wonder that school
personnel hate standardized tests! If
there were no standardized tests this data would not exist and everyone in Lake Woebegone
would be advised that all their children were above average.
Junior can not read or
write. What to do? Let’s spend over one million dollars to give
him and his classmates a computer. It is
difficult to comprehend that our educational system has been reduced to handing
technology to students who can’t read or write!
Taxpayers spend over $12,000
per student per year or $150,000 for each graduating student who apparently can’t
read their own diploma. What a joy!
We are spending billions of
dollars on the Federal Department of Education and the Education Departments of
every state. How can these bureaucrats
squander all these assets without helping our teachers in our classrooms to teach
Junior Reading, Writing and Arithmetic?
Illiterate students need
good teachers and good books and good writing exercises. They need to focus on this at school and at
home instead of playing games on their play-boxes and texting on their smart
The reality is that these
kids are immersed in technology. Their
knowledge is an inch deep and ten miles wide.
These devices feed their inability to concentrate, focus, and learn
basic skills and knowledge.
The superintendent of
Roanoke Schools has surrendered and capitulated to a dysfunctional educational
system. That system is the result of dysfunctional
families, progressive educational experiments and a society that elevates
students above teachers and administrators.
These students who can’t
read or write will continue to be an albatross around the necks of education, society
and progress and prosperity for themselves, their families, their communities
and their country. They are the future
unemployed and the dependents of society.
It is amazing to reflect on how far and how fast we have fallen!
Little wonder Obama says Americans are not exceptional.
Would be nice if he were to help make things better!
Some prior blog items on
Author unknown but very insightful
THIS IS THE
Israel is defending.
Russia is invading.
The Middle East is
Boko Haram is massacring.
ISIS is marching.
Iran and N Korea are
Americans are demonstrating.
Our southern border is dissolving.
Our debt is skyrocketing.
Americans are hurting.
AND, OBAMA IS FUNDRAISING!
And The Pravda Media props-up and supports their man all day every day!