Sage Grouse are a luxury

“CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to allocate up to $16 million to encourage farmers and ranchers in 11 Western states to protect sage grouse and the chicken-sized bird’s habitat.”

I like Sage Grouse, they actually don’t taste like chicken, but we can’t be spending money on this. The article says, “Sage grouse live in the sagebrush in California, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and western Canada.” That’s not exactly endangered.

Even if they were endangered I would suggest we put 20 in a pen and let them hang loose for a while. At least, until we have more money. We simply can’t spend money on bologna like this when we have a $1,500,000,000,000 (trillion) annual deficit.

For Pete’s sake it is still legal to hunt Sage Hen’s in Utah. I’m sure in most of these other states as well.

“Jonathan Ratner, Wyoming director of Western Watersheds, said Friday that the funding announcement wouldn’t change the group’s push to protect the bird. ‘We’re talking like total chicken feed here, that level of money for this big of an issue,’ Ratner said. ‘We’re talking about a bad joke.'”

With all due respect Jonathan, you’re a bone head. $16,000,000 is a lot of money. It’s too much money. $1 would be too much money. You need to understand the value of a dollar and that as a country we are in deep trouble. When times are tough you have to cut back.

Obama is right!!!

“If a school continues to fail its students year after year after year, if it doesn’t show any sign of improvement, then there’s got to be a sense of accountability.” President Obama, March 8, 2010

Unfortunately he also said it should be a last resort. I think bad teachers should be called out on a regular basis. But hey, it’s a start.


“One day you are a peacock–the next day you’re a feather duster.”

Hum, what a surprise

It seems today that the most unbelievable stories come out of the educational system. The 4 year old who brings a tic tac to school and get’s suspended until he’s 17. You know–those stories.

Well here is a post that unfortunately isn’t shocking. It’s not shocking because the teachers unions have the states tied up just like the UAW has the big three automakers.

This story is important for a lot of reasons. It shows a pattern. It’s not just my own beloved State of Utah that is getting shellacked. It’s lots, if not all states. Teachers right now are fighting for money. States are in the red and need to cut operating costs. Teachers are actually picketing against cut backs. They think EVERY teacher is valuable.

This report shows that every teacher is not valuable. You don’t have to be a molester to not be valuable. The real point of this story is that it is almost impossible to get laid off as a teacher. Teachers that are just not that good need to be let go. Not just the really blatant ones.

These are our kids. They deserve the best. They don’t deserve a situation where the unqualified can’t get let go.

Think about it. Do you want to eat at a Burger King that absolutely won’t let go of its employees? Do you want to go to a doctors office that won’t let go of its employees? Do you want to take your care to a brake shop that won’t let go of its employees? Then why do you want your 5 year old spending 35 hours a week with a teacher who can’t be let go?

Read this….