It disgusts me that state governments steal so much money from people — mostly those who can’t afford the loss — by dangling before them the promise of $750 million in the Powerball lottery. A lottery is nothing but a tax on those who don’t understand probability statistics. If private parties want to operate gambling systems and if ignorant individuals want to throw their money at them, it’s not my business to stop them. But I’m disgusted that governments piously pretend it’s shameful and exploitive for private interests to run lotteries, but it’s fine and dandy as long as the coercive monopoly called the state gets the profit instead. This is wrong on many levels.
The Alabama Legislature is in the middle of an effort to repeal federal Common Core standards. Six other states have already rescinded the standards and five others never fully adopted Common Core. Honestly, it’s hard for me to see why it’s a big deal. The idea that there is one size that fits every school across the country strikes me as odd. I’m far more interested in families deciding for themselves what children ought to learn. My personal standards would be far tougher than any legislature or school board would pass anyway.
Welcome to my entirely redesigned site. I had struggled for months to do a redesign, but I was stuck with a site that just wasn’t working the way I wanted it to. Fortunately, one of my long-time readers is Dave Zemens of 1955 Design. He got involved and rebuilt from scratch what I had done a halfway job of starting. I’ll be sharing more with you about the redesign process later, but for now, just test the doors and windows to see what’s not yet working. Thanks for your patience.