About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

American Airman On Terrorized French Train

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Click here to see the appreciative reception given by a late night TV host, his audience, & by extension his network - none of whom are generally known for their admiration of people like Spencer Stone, a heroic 1st Class Airman who helped stop a deadly terrorist attack on a French train in August.

Airman 1st Class Stone was severely cut on both his left hand & back of his neck (two places) by the heavily armed 26 year old Moroccan terrorist whose identity has not been forthcoming with certainty supposedly because an investigation is ongoing. 

The incident started with the terrorist wielding a Kalashnikov rifle before being subdued by Stone & his friends as indicated in the above video – truly an inspirational story of action that came very naturally to these men on vacation.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Trump - Consistency, Exposure of Anchor Baby Deception, & The Value Of Debate Performance

Following the second Republican presidential debate last week the next step is for people in the media to try to dig up old embarrassing tapes of any of these candidates that could be a threat to the Democrat nominee – Trump, Carly, or Dr. Carson.
In this regard I dug up the following tape of Donald Trump from decades ago – but it shows a remarkable, even Reaganesque, consistency of positions for Trump.
Subscribers to RTE have expressed opinions about Trump from "God help us if Trump gets in" to those who have spent their own money to buy hats that say "Make America Great Again."
I certainly support much of the very different dialogue & the blatant disregard of political correctness that Trump has brought to this campaign.
The one issue that no one can deny is that the fallacious destructive subject of "anchor babies" claim to birthright citizenship would not have been brought up @ all by any of the other over 20 professional politicians running for president in both major parties if it had not been for Trump.  For this, every lover of America should thank Trump whether or not they hate him for any or every other reason.
Now of course there is no birthright citizenship Clause in the Constitution as students of the Constitution fully know.
The 14th Amendment, exclusively cited as the basis of the claim to birthright citizenship, was designed to give citizenship to freed slaves – not people from foreign lands who plan to take advantage of America's generosity. 
Senator Jacob Howard worked closely with President Lincoln in writing the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery & served on the Joint Committee on Reconstruction & was the author of the key phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" in the 14th Amendment.  Howard explained that this phrase was included in the 14th Amendment to exclude foreigners, aliens, & children of ambassadors or foreign ministers.
The 14th Amendment has been misused by America's enemies for the past 30 years so that foreigners can latch on to every government benefit & program imaginable thereby making fools out of us all. 
Trump would put an end to this abuse – legally through backing Congress through the Constitution's Naturalization Clause or even more simply through the delegated power of Section 5 of the 14th Amendment itself that gives Congress the power to enforce the Amendment through appropriate legislation, if needed – & it is needed now.
Now doing well in debates or even being considered the perceived winner of a debate is one thing – but your record of what you did when it counted before the debate is much more important to me than what you have been coached to say in a debate.  On this score Marco Rubio was perceived to have done very well in the CNN debate especially in answering foreign policy questions regarding Russia whereas Trump was considered woefully lacking in double talk on this issue.
If America is to return to being a country of citizen government we cannot expect every citizen candidate to know the answer to every question more than a year before entering office. 
What we can ask ourselves regarding Trump is do we think, unlike BO, he is for America, how quickly we think he would learn, & what his track record is for getting results compared to people who have been in office & have not performed even after giving polished answers that made it look like they knew what they were talking about in a debate.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SAT Practice Quiz

Following the recent Water Bucket Quiz our SC businessman replied "Lets get some toughies!" – so I have kept my eyes open for a challenge.
Below are four sample practice questions from last May's standardized Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – two each on math & grammar taken from McGinty's WSJ Numbers column – May 2.  Source – The College Board.
Please let me know how you answered the questions on this quiz.  I will post all correct answers (please include your reasoning or explain how you got your answers) or will send the answers to anyone who requests them if no one gets the answers right.
Only 43% of high school students who took the SAT in 2013 scored high enough to be considered "college ready" - with only 26% of high school seniors being proficient in math & 38% being proficient in reading.  Black twelfth graders trailed whites by 29 percentage points in reading.  Eighty-six percent of Black applicants & 79% of Hispanic applicants failed the Armed Services Vocational Battery's Special Forces unit of tests meaning that these people, although willing & wanting to serve in these elite forces, were not minimally qualified to do so.  Source – Mark Levin - Plunder & Deceit – pages 76 & 77.
With results like those reported above is there any wonder there are claims of income inequalities between the rich & poor or better stated between those with an education & those without?  The questions below indicate what should be known & may even be what is taught (presented) but the aforementioned results show it is not what is being learned by Americans trying to compete in the global economy.
1.  If j, k, & n are consecutive integers such that 0<j<k<n & the units (ones) digit of the product jn is 9, what is the units digit of k?
A. 0, B. 1, C. 2, D. 3, E. 4
2.  If 10 + X is 5 more than 10, what is the value of 2X?
A. –5, B. 5, C. 10, D. 25, E. 50
3.  Many 18th & 19th century Romantic poets were believers in rebellion against social conventions, express strong emotion, & the power of imagination.
A.  were believers in rebellion against social conventions, express strong emotion
B.  are believers in rebelling against social conventions, strong emotions being expressed
C.  who believed in rebellion against social conventions, express strong emotion
D.  believed in rebellion against social conventions, to express strong emotions
E.  believed in rebellion against social conventions, the expression of strong emotions
4.  Since last September, Patricia has been working @ the convenience store down the road.
A.  has been working
B.  works
C.  is working
D.  will be working
E.  worked