Protecting Children from Internet Smut

I’ve been using Blue Coat’s K9 Web Protection for years. It is free filter and takes just a minute to install. I also run it on my work laptop to protect me from accidental exposures to bad sites. It allows you to set degrees of protection and has a password to override its filter. You can view a history of visted websites and allows you to put time limits as to when your family members can use the internet. If you think you don’t need it…’re wrong.

 If you don’t have it, go get it at

Dumbing Down our Children

“In my daughters parent teacher conference we expressed our concern about the lack of spelling words and tests. And that my daughter really struggled with spelling.  Her teacher’s response was, ‘all she needs to know is how to click the spell check button on her computer. No one needs to know how to spell anymore.'” Teacher in Jordan Utah School District

“I want my boys to be able to add up their groceries as they shop. ‘Now everyone has a calculator on their cell phone. We don’t need to be able to add up numbers in our head anymore.’” Principal in Alpine Utah School District

I have zero confidence in the Utah educational system, but I assume this is common around the country.

Though we all need to express outrage over these responses, I believe this trend will continue. It is easy to relax standards and difficult to get them increased. That is especially true of government programs and departments.

I recently took a test from a career recruiter. It was a one hour test and had a section on math. Calculators were NOT allowed. Here are a few samples from the three page math section:

5.5 / 2 =

3.06 – 1.25 =

.19 * 1.2 = 4(-2)² + 8(-2) + 3(-2) + 5 = 

30 + (.0835 x 30) + (15% x 30) = 

548% / 26% =

4/5 x 1 1/6 =  

Now I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed but it’s been fifteen years since college; I found working these problems by hand was a little awkward. In high school and college I did untold pages of these types of problems. Doing them without knowing how to carry, borrow, use long division or having my times tables memorized would be extremely difficult.

My point is this; children need to be taught the basics. They need to be able to work out problems on a piece of paper and not have to rely on a calculator. They need to be able to write a note on a Post-it and stick it to someone’s door without having to use a spell checker.

Bottom Line: We need to push for vouchers so we can select the school that will most benefit our children.

Outrage of 2007

Saudis defend punishment for rape victim

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi judiciary on Tuesday defended a court verdict that sentenced a 19-year-old victim of a gang rape to six months in jail and 200 lashes because she was with an unrelated male when they were attacked.

The Shiite Muslim woman had initially been sentenced to 90 lashes after being convicted of violating Saudi Arabia’s rigid Islamic law requiring segregation of the sexes. But in considering her appeal of the verdict, the Saudi General Court increased the punishment. It also roughly doubled prison sentences for the seven men convicted of raping the woman, Saudi news media said last week.

The reports triggered an international outcry over the Saudis punishing the victim of a terrible crime. But the Ministry of Justice stood by the verdict Tuesday, saying that “charges were proven” against the woman for having been in a car with a man who was not her relative.

USAToday November 20, 2007

Hate Crimes

If a person commits a crime they should be punished for that crime. I don’t believe they should receive a stiffer penalty because of the reading material found on their bedside table. I’m not opposed to using that information to support the argument for premeditation but the reason a person commits a crime does not matter.

I believe liberals want to agree with this logic but their desire to accommodate two specific groups causes them to turn a blind eye. Liberals have faced this quandary in the past. Feminist groups ignored Bill Clinton’s past, present and future because he supported abortion.