Politically Incorrect ~ NPM Day #4

One advocates change.
The other stands on its laurels.
One wants total renovation.
The other is content with the status quo.
One wants to maintain.
The other wants to destroy and rebuild.
Each seeks total control.

Debate, their first-born child,
Is abandoned.
Compromise, their next-born,
Is rejected.
Hope, spontaneously aborts.
Triumph, withers in the womb,
Unconceived.

Charlene L. Amsden

Old Friend, New Blogger

And when I say old friend, I mean really old!  Gary and I met in college.  He is the reason I took six semesters of Spanish and still can’t speak a word of it!  He is likely also one of the factors that kept me in college when it would have been so much easier to quit.

Gary was dedicated to his family.  They always came first no matter what.  His friends were second.  I don’t believe I ever asked him for help I didn’t receive.  I do remember getting scolded several times for not asking for help when he thought I should have.

Gary was my best cheerleader and my most ruthless critic.  Because he would tell me what-was-what when he thought I was  wrong, I was more inclined to believe him when he thought I was right.  (That’s how I ended up taking 6 semesters of Spanish and getting the only two Cs I have ever earned in my life! )

At any rate, Gary has decided to join the league of bloggers.  As is usual with him, once he made up his mind he jumped in with both feet — and two blogs.  Each blog showcases Gary’s unique personality and wonderful sense of humor.  They also reveal a very sharp mind.  I don’t know how he’s pulling that off, but he does seem to be getting away with it.

His blogs are, Smart Sports Talk, and Visionary Political and Economic Thinking.  Despite the fact that neither one of these topics are my favorites, I am actually enjoying Gary’s blogs.  Humor makes all the difference in the world.  Gary’s humor cuts like a scalpel right through all the rhetoric to the bottom line.  When I finish reading one of his posts I am laughing and shaking my head.  Go check them out, you’ll see what I mean.

Data To Support My Educational Claims

The other day Amoeba, totally frustrated and furious with the UH powers-that-be and Hawaiian government spending in general, said he was going to write a post a day and fly it on my blog telling people why they shouldn’t come to Hawaii and why those here needed to flee from the state.  I told him that if he did so, that in no time I would have no readers whatsoever — yet here is my second post on the topic today!

I was looking for the stats to uphold my claim that Hawaii is one of the lowest scoring states in the nation. I remembered seeing them when I was checking out online degrees. I think the graph on the website pretty well sums it up:

I think the graph also clarifies the State of Hawaii educational strategy. Please note, Hawaii ranks in the middle of the bottom five. Since they’re way out of the league of competing with Iowa for first place, they’ve decided to give Washington D.C. a run for last place. I’ll be they make it in notime flat!

Peer Pressure, Hawaiian Style

In Hawaii news today (22 December 2009), President Mirkwood of Central Pacific State University announced that, since the faculty union of CPSU declined to accept pay cuts, furloughs, or layoffs as had other state employees (the Governor and most upper management not included), she would seek to impose 6.7% cuts to faculty salaries effective 1 January 2010.

The CPSU faculty members, whose pay levels have only just recovered from the hits they took the last time Hawaii’s economy went south, and which still do not recover the costs of their education, have made known, through their union, their intention to resist this move, as they resisted the initial proposal.

Public reaction?

Your Friendly Neighborhood Amoeba quotes a typical response from a newspaper’s online comment section:

Fire them all. We don’t need CPSU.

Too late. I’m already gone.

~Amoeba