Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer chip maker, has partnered with two Saudi Arabian software companies to develop an electronic version of Islam’s holy book and a training computer for teachers packed with the government-approved curriculum for schoolchildren.
And you say, "Yeah, so what? It’s just Intel doing smart business, right?"
As corporations become more-and-more influential across society, due largely to the fact that governments are becoming less-and-less effective as they drown in their own politically correct effluence, corporate choices have a serious impact on the direction of society as a whole. What does "government-approved curriculum" include? How about this quote from the Center for Religious Freedom on the Saudi’s state policy:
Government textbooks and publications teach that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping them in any way, or taking part in their festivities and celebrations. The state teaches a Nazi-like hatred for Jews, treats the forged Protocols of the Elders of Zion as historical fact, and avows that the Muslim’s duty is to eliminate the state of Israel.
Global corporations cannot continue to think that they can maintain a politically "neutral" position and continue to chase the almighty-buck no matter the consequences. Let me share another famous quote:
"The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."
It sounds to me as if "political" is just a euphemism for "duck-and-run" as far as state and union officials are concerned. Given the choice between delaying the WASL math requirements for 3 years, or failing 49% of the students and facing an angry backlash from parents, what do you think the politicians will do?
The cowards in Olympia will do the expedient thing, and the finger-pointing will continue from all sides until some enterprising legislator suggests that we "relax" the requirements and everyone runs pell-mell to lower standards in order to look good to their constituents. Chris Vance’s statement, that "it’s just not politically possible" to tell parents the truth and make them face the consequences of their choices for government and education leaders is a graphic illustration of why the Republicans will continue to hold a minority position in the House. I think spelling lessons should be the first course of order, starting with the word "backbone".
Gregiore – the feel-good liberal of choice is worried about "demoralized" students, never mind the fact that they will be taking remedial math courses when they get into college, and wondering why they even bothered with high school (assuming they get into college with their correspondingly low SATs). Charles Hasse, president of the WEA has the most telling quote in the article, pointing his finger at the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s "poor testing policy" which could be taken to mean that the teachers are teaching to the test rather than teaching good math skills in order to get a high graduation rate, and their dereliction has finally caught up with them.
It’s not a matter of "too little money for school reform" as stated in the article, but too little determination by politicians, school officials, union leaders, and parents to affect change for the benefit of our students in spite of the political fallout.
At the end of the article, they ask:
What worries you most about the recent spate of school shootings? Parents, how safe do you feel sending your kids to school? Are you planning to make any changes? Kids, do you feel safe at school? Selected responses will be published.
What worries me most?
That stupid bureaucrats are going to launch huge, expensive, and worthless programs, that will only pander to a reactive public in order to gain votes. "I voted for School Safety" will be the mantra, and of course they will pass the "School Safety Act of 2006" which will mean:
- More psychological profiling of our children
- More drugs dispensed to children in order to modify their supposed disorders
- More invasive probes into children’s homelife in order to validate bureaucratic intervention
- More central control of education budgets by the Dept. of Education
The federal system for approving and regulating drugs is in serious disrepair, and a host of dramatic changes are needed to fix the problem, a blue-ribbon panel of government advisers concluded yesterday in a long-awaited report.
Another quote from the article:
The increasing number of uninsured patients is also a major problem that limits access to care. "We have an epidemic on our hands," Schoen said. "The number of uninsured is up 6 million over the last five years. The number of states with 23 percent uninsured is now 12, up from four just five years ago. This is moving across the country, and is getting worse every year."
According to the PEW Hispanic Center (quoting from U.S. Census and DOL statistics) Undocumented Residents (Illegal Aliens) living in the United States are somewhere around 11 million*. You think there might be some correlation?
In back-to-back rulings in cases involving Microsoft Corp. and General Motors Corp., the court upheld state formulas for determining what non-California corporations pay in taxes.
A ruling against the state would have cost California’s treasury $500 million in refunds and $100 million annually in lost revenue, state officials said.
"This was a very big victory for the state," said Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for the California attorney general’s office. "If the state had lost these cases, we would have had to give back more than a half-billion dollars."
In a statement, Microsoft said: "While we are disappointed with the court’s decision in this case, we’re still in the process of reviewing it and weighing our options. In the meantime, we do not believe that this decision will have a material impact on the company."
Dresslar said the ruling should lead to dismissal of dozens of other suits filed by out-of-state companies challenging the state’s tax assessments.
"Fortunately, the court saw things our way, so the state’s budget situation is not going to be worsened," he added.
Hmmm…. no conflict of interest by the courts here. Let’s see…
- The judge is an agent of the state
- The state pays the judge his income
- It’s an appointed position (Nominated by governor, confirmed by Commission on Judicial Appointments; retention election)
Now why would a judge make any other determination?
It’s not just "Islamo-Facists" but a clash of cultures at the root of the problems between the West and the Middle East. There’s no middle ground it this conflict.
THE MOST CRITICAL NEED of the Church at this moment is men –
the right kind of men, bold men. The talk is that we need revival,
that we need a new baptism of the Holy Spirit – and God knows we
must have both – but God will not revive mice. He will not fill rabbits
with the Holy Spirit.
We languish for men who feel themselves expendable in the warfare
of the soul because they have already died to the allurements of this
world. Such men will be free from the compulsions that control weaker
men. They will not be forced to do things by the squeeze of
circumstances. Their only compulsion will come from within – or from above.
This kind of freedom is necessary if we are to have prophets in our
pulpits again instead of mascots. These free men will serve God and
mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file
of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.
They will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire
to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no
religious acts out of mere custom, nor allow themselves to be influenced
by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation.
Much that the church – even the evangelical church – is doing today,
it is doing because it is afraid not to do it. Ministerial associations take
up projects for no higher reasons than that they are scared into it.
Whatever their ear-to-the-ground, fear-inspired reconnoitering leads
them to believe – or fear – the world expects them to do, they will be
doing come next Monday morning with all kinds of trumped-up zeal and
show of godliness. The pressure of public opinion calls these prophets,
not the voice of Jehovah.
The true church has never sounded out public expectations before
launching its crusades. Its leaders heard from God and went ahead
wholly independent of popular support or the lack of it. They knew
their Lord’s will and did it, and their people followed them – sometimes
to triumph, but more often to insults and public persecution – and their
sufficient reward was the satisfaction of being right in a wrong world.
Another characteristic of the true prophet has been love. The free
man who has learned to hear God’s voice and dared to obey it has felt
the moral burden that broke the hearts of the Old Testament prophets,
crushed the soul of our Lord Jesus Christ, and wrung streams of tears
from the eyes of the apostles.
The free man has never been a religious tyrant, nor has he sought to
lord it over God’s heritage. It is fear and lack of self-assurance that has
led men to try to bring others under their feet. They have had some
interest to protect, some position to secure, so they have demanded
subjection from their followers as a guarantee of their own safety. But
the free man – never. He has nothing to protect, no ambition to pursue
and no enemy to fear. For that reason he is completely careless of his
standing among men. If they follow him – well and good. If not, he
loses nothing that he holds dear. But whether he is accepted or
rejected, he will go on loving his people with sincere devotion, and
only death can silence his tender intercession for them.
Yes, if evangelical Christianity is to stay alive, it must have men again –
the right kind of men. It must repudiate the weaklings who dare not
speak out, and it must seek in prayer and much humility the coming
again of men of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.
God will hear the cries of His people as He heard the cries of Israel in
Egypt, and He will send deliverance by sending deliverers. It is His way.
And when the deliverers come – reformers, revivalists, prophets – they
will be men of God and men of courage. They will have God on their
side because they are careful to stay on God’s side. They will be
co-workers with Christ and instruments in the hands of the Holy Spirit.
Such men will be baptized with the Spirit indeed and through their
labors He will baptize others and send the long-delayed revival.
(~SOURCE: "This World: Playground or Battleground?", Chapter 7).