All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.



Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!

1/29/2016

GFF -- Jordan

Before I get into this weeks GFF post, I wanted to say that I am often critical of public education and of many of the people involved in it. The reason for that is they deserve the criticism. That isn't the whole story of education or of educators. A great many good people become teachers or principles because they genuinely like kids and seeing them learn and grow. With that in mind, I give you Susan Jordan.

From myfox8.com
So often, words are left unspoken. People never get around to saying how much they appreciate someone.
Not so for Susan Jordan, the principal at an Indiana elementary school, who died saving the lives of her students Tuesday.
While she was hailed as heroic after her death for the way she sacrificed herself to save others, Jordan knew in life how much she was truly admired.
Last May, the students and staff at Amy Beverland Elementary School told her exactly how they felt about her in a video.
But its the video that really pulls at the heartstrings following Jordan's death. It seems the whole school takes part.
"She is everything I want to be when I grow up," says one adult woman. "She is kind. She's caring. She's compassionate. She's loving. She's sincere, and she's a professional. She makes all of us want to be even better."
Says another woman: "She's the definition of wonderful."
And then there's the kids.
What does Jordan stand for?
J -- is for joyful to be around.
O -- is for organized in all you do.
R -- is for radiant, because you, Mrs. Jordan, are radiant.
D -- is for demanding because you demand we do our best every day.
A -- is for awesome because you're an awesome principal.
N -- is for nice because you're always nice to work with.
The video ends with: "We love you Mrs. Jordan! ...Thank you for the many years of leadership!" 
That acronym may seem like the product of some cheesy forth grade kids imagination.  Which in a way is probably what it is.  Then again it is also the highest level of praise a 10 year old is likely to come up with.  Which makes it particularly fitting for a women who saved two 10 year old students and died as a result.

Those words of praise represent their best.  Which is what you gave in life Susan Jordan.  Tuesday, when the need arose to protect your kids from a terrible accident you gave everything you had.  I sault you and raise my glass in honor of Susan Jordan.

1/28/2016

Trump Question

Let's say Trump wins the White House.  I hope that was as fun reading it as it was typing it. 

Anyway, Trump wins.  Fox News has gone out of their way during the election to demonstrate that they are nothing more than the slightly more conservative sounding propaganda arm of the bifactional ruling party.  They've been anti Trump, and pro-establishment republican.  To them that is fair and balanced.

Do you think Fox News reporters will be able to get White House press credentials?

Not Smart

College is not for everyone.

No it's not.  I don't care how much admissions offices spin it, or how much your grandparents or parents claim it is.  It's not.

Back in the 1930's both of my grandfathers dropped out of school after the 8th grade.  They went to work to help support their family.  They saw the world from a dirty place, a place where your muscles were sore at the end of the day.  They pushed for college.  College was, in their mind a ticket to a better life.  They looked for ways to pay for their kids and grandkids education.

Key words: "pay for".  Not borrow money for.  They didn't mortgage the house.  They paid for it, by working for it.  They took an old coffee can and put money in it.  It wasn't a lot and it wasn't enough, but it was a start.  My college fund smelled like Sanka. I'm damn proud of it.

When it came time for me to go to college, I picked the school that gave me the most scholarship money.  That's it.  That was the criteria, money.  I also worked 40 hours a week for almost the whole 4 years.  I didn't go to the best school I could get into.  I didn't even go to a more prestigious school that was willing to give me some money but not as much.  I went where I could afford the bill.

That's why I don't get this guy:

Guy With USELESS Degree From $62,965-A-Year College Is REALLY SAD About His Student Loans

The fool is over $200,000 in debt and bum'd out because he's paying around $1,500 a month for the next 30 years.  He can't file bankruptcy and he can't get a job paying him enough to finance the lifestyle he wants. 

Clues that you are not smart enough to go to college:
  1. You are borrowing money that you won't be able to repay quickly after graduation.  Yet you do it anyway
  2. When you finish your education you will owe more money than a house costs and don't have the letters MD after your name
  3. You mistake "prestigious" for "practical" 
  4. You make fun of the kids working at McDonalds or taking work study jobs on campus
  5. You pick your major based on how cool it sounds without giving any thought to what job it will get you
Those are also all clues that you're not smart enough to vote.  We won't get into that discussion.

I'm not anti-college.  I have three college degrees.  My associates degree was pursued so I could transfer from one college to another without losing credits.  When the President of my school found out that I was leaving to save money he kicked in a scholarship to get me to stay.  Which I did. 

I foolishly borrowed money for grad school, then being burned out didn't finish.  When I finally went back I had paid off the loan and cash flowed tuition from my job.  I didn't accept an opportunity to do post grad work at Stanford because I was $3,000 short at the time.  I kinda regret that. 

I'm not anti-college.  Ask yourself why you are going.  If its to get a good job when you graduate ask yourself some questions.  Will the job I want pay enough to make this worthwhile?  Is this school giving me the most bang for my buck?  Is there a better way to get this job?

If a good job is what you are after consider tech schools and apprenticeship programs or the military.  Take the ASVAB, it's free.  Then look at what occupations they will train you for based on your score.  Take that information and compare it to the expected pay ranges for similar civilian  jobs.  Sign a contract to go into that MOS.  Do your hitch and bail out into a high paying civilian job.  That's the whole reason we have the US Air Force.  Maybe not the whole reason, but its a better deal than $200,000 in debt and no future till you pay it off.