Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The Encyclopedia of Chicago defines the Prairie School by saying, "[it] began in Chicago yet rapidly spread across the Midwest. Ultimately its influence was felt around the world—most especially in north-central Europe and Australia. Its origins date from the 1890s."
Asia-Pacific Journal says, "The influence of Frank Lloyd-Wright's prairie school on Japan cannot be overlooked."
It's worth noting that Japan has one of the highest achieving school systems in the world. Now, the Prairie School was not inside a school district. In fact, I've had a hard time finding its location other than that it began in Chicago. It was a labor of love from one man who had already established himself as one of the most influential architects in the world. They had no tenure or teacher unions. In many ways, Frank Lloyd Wright established the country's first charter school. This influential school should be an inspiration for all people who value education everywhere.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I find myself outraged when I see immigrants from Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador when the United States has spent so many years looking out for the welfare of their people. When a government that was too socialist or wanted some crazy scheme to take unfarmed land and give it to poor people, we have always been willing to intervene. When the people of those countries rose up against socialist governments, we have always been willing to support democracy by training rebels at the CIA and supporting militaries when the will of the people was for a coup. After we gave their countries the American dream, it seems like such ingrattitude that they reject it to come here to the land we stole from Mexico fair and square 160 years ago regardless of what Abraham Lincoln said.
Don't let malnutrition fool you. These illegals are wiry and they are a crafty opponent. Once we let them into the country, who knows what sort of evil they will do. That's why it's important that we meet them head on with force, even if it means inadvertently blowing up a church or camp bus or two.
We made quite an impression when we met agents along the border. They even started calling us, The Electables. Sadly, we didn't get to shoot any illegals, though we did wing a very tan Italian-American who happened to live near the border. With Rick and Louie manning the guns, I flew an attack helicopter deep over the border, but the children at the age are just so small, they're much harder to spot than I had hoped. Still, it felt good to know that we had done our part for the good old USA. It's our border, we all must protect it.
Monday, May 26, 2014
On Saturday, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at the University of Western Topeka's 2014 graduation. This is a great school and there's a reason that it's known as the University of Michigan of Kansas. You can visit the UWT web page at http://www.uwesterntopeka.org/
Friday, February 14, 2014
Well, tonight I was going to write an article about how to find love with a conservative woman. However, after sitting through an insufferable dinner at Applebees where I listened to my date discuss her views on global warming and I realized I really don’t have a clue how to find love with a conservative woman. What I do know is what I like, so I thought perhaps an article aimed at conservative women on how to date conservative men would be more useful to my readers.
Meeting a Conservative Guy
- Tea Parties are what fondue was in the 1970s. A lot of guys aren’t that good at spelling and a misspelled sign gives you a great opening to approach a guy. The numbers favor the men and they’re all conservative so make this your first stop.
- Gun shows are a sure shot. Guys love guns and if you act knowledgeable, guys will quickly take notice.
- NASCAR is a winner. The numbers are very male dominated and this sport is very easy to understand. The cars just keep going around in a circle over and over.
- Don’t talk about past boyfriends. It makes us feel insecure.
- Don’t share your views. We really don’t care. Sure, we’ll nod and act like we’re interested, but we’ll probably be looking over your shoulder at the television set.
- Avoid talking long term. If the Bush administration taught you anything, it should be that we’re terrible at long term planning.
- Offer to pay for our meal too. Let’s face it, traditional family values may say the guy should pay, but our economic conservative hearts will be glad to save the cost of the meal.
- Make friends with his father. If things don’t work out, he will probably be the one paying you off to keep quiet.
- Spice up pillow talk with conservative nicknames like The Gipper or Dutch. In general if you can make Reagan references, it’s a good idea.
Monday, January 20, 2014
The liberal media, for obvious reasons, likes to portray Reverend Martin Luther King as a social reformer who fought for the rights of African-Americans in the South and then in the last 3 years of his life, took his campaign national and fought for workers' rights, and end to poverty, and an end to the War on Vietnam. Of course, this is all a falsehood.
Sure, Martin Luther King did all these things, but that represented only a small portion of his life. Like any black man in the South during the 1950s and 1960s, he got swept up in the civil rights movement. Because people knew that he could motivate people. Where did his experience as a leader come from? Mostly, it came from his campaign to beautify the South.
Martin Luther King first came to prominence in 1955 when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. In those days, the buses were not air conditioned and a lot of sweaty commuters in close quarters would cause quite a funk to develop on the buses. The buses were also not regularly cleaned so papers, soda cans, and old newspapers cluttered the eyes. Martin Luther King led a very successful boycott made famous when a woman named Rosa Parks refused to walk through refuse to the back of a filthy bus.
In the March from Selma to Montgomery, King joined a large contingent led by the SNCC in an effort to beautify a road that the state of Alabama was not taking care of weeds. Even the Edmund Pettus Bridge had become overgrown with weeds. Problems erupted when a white sheriff named Bull Conner who was embarrassed that black people were outcleaning the whites turned on fire hoses to quickly clean the bridge and in the process got many of the African-Americans hurt.
We recognize Martin Luther King for his dreams of painted schools and cleaned up parks. To many people try to make King out to be some kind of social reformer, but I think if he was alive today, he'd be the first one to put down the picket sign and pick up a paint brush. Would King care about voter suppression, a living wage, continued racism, or the war in Afghanistan---I doubt it. King's main focus would probably be painting. Sadly, Reverend King was shot and killed while trying to settle a garbage strike in Memphis, but he backed cleanliness to the end. Regardless of your political views, this is an Martin Luther King that we can all get behind.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
This Christmas season, I send you and your family my warmest wishes.
At Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We rejoice in his birth and his mission to save us from sin. We remember him as the white baby he was and we remind others of things that he said that we agree with. During this season of hope and joy, we thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon our nation. Even in times of difficulty, we are thankful for the freedom and liberty we enjoy, no thanks to President Obama
We recognize the devastating impact of these tough times – many families are losing their savings, their jobs and their homes. You are in our prayers. However, some of life’s greatest lessons are learned in adversity. There is no greater cure for the over commercialism of Christmas than the inability to buy anything. You will find that poverty can be great fun if you have the right mindset.
Among the many families that call the Fifty-Fourth Congressional District home, we admire the military families who serve our nation and community. We offer them our deep gratitude, especially those families who are separated. We look on your service with pride as you keep our nation safe from harm and as you launch invasions of Syria, North Korea, and Iran in the year ahead.
As we not only celebrate Christmas, but look forward to a new year, I am hopeful that we can change the direction of our country or at least bring our government to a screeching halt. We have many challenges, but, together, we can come together and go into 2014 with the remembrance of our many blessings.
I wish you all a very merry Christmas and God bless.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Dear Liberal Media,
Today, I turned on the Twitter to discover that yet another liberal media type had fallen for a parody account. The reporter in question was named Toure (He has an accent over the e, but my keyboard only types American) and he works at CNN. You can see why I get my news from FOX and Jay Leno monologues.
Anyway, what really got me mad was that this twitter account pretended to be a Congressman. Excuse me, but how hard is it to keep us all straight? There's only like 380 or so Congressmen, maybe 450 at most. Gym teachers have to keep track of that many names, surely reporters can be expected to do the same?
Being a Congressman is a special privilege. It means you're walking down the hallowed halls that Joe Schwarz and Bill Sali once called home. Sure, we haven't done a lot lately, but there was a time when Congress passed laws and helped to run this government.
The least the media can do is keep us straight. There is nothing more insulting to somebody like myself than when the clueless lamestream media calls somebody a Congressman who wasn't even elected. It's time to do better media or America might just vote with their remote controls.