Posts Tagged: The Alan Stock Show


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May 14

Educational Failure in Nevada and Some Solutions

A recent report based on 2012 Education Department statistics reveals that while 71 percent of students graduate high school in Nevada, 29 percent walk away without a diploma. These are the statistics, but what are the reasons that just short of one-third of high school students fail to graduate.

I posed this question to my morning drive listeners on Newstalk 720 KDWN. I got a lot of calls and a variety of reasons for Nevada ranking as one of the bottom performing states when it comes to graduation rates.

One very understandable issue is the fact that Nevada is the home to entertainment destinations such as Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe and Reno. These destinations operate entertainment/gambling/dining opportunities on a twenty-four basis. The most favored shift in the various venues is the swing shift, the evening hours when tourists come out to play which pays the most in tips. Parents working these shifts are not home with their children in the hours after school and into the night. Students are often on their own, unsupervised and without an adult to make sure their homework and studies are complete.

Some suggested that there are better opportunities for those reaching eighteen years of age. If you can leave high school at eighteen before graduation and work in a valet service parking cars for eighty thousand, ninety thousand or more a year, a high school senior might reason he is wasting time in the classroom and will bolt for the immediate cash cow.

It was suggested that good-looking young girls could find big bucks dancing and participating in a variety of activities. These girls figure why graduate high school and why go to college when they can get those big bucks now. There is, of course, a limit to the years that these women can participate in some of these various activities.

There was the suggestion that social promotions play a big role in giving false promise to many students. Rather than holding students back from grade advancement when they are not truly capable of advancing, political and social pressure demands students are promoted to a grade for which they are not fully prepared. When they reach their senior year, they are unable to complete the graduation requirements do not receive the coveted diploma.

Another reason some students don’t graduate from high school in Nevada and especially in Las Vegas is the number of those who are non-English-speaking. Motivation to learn the language of the United States is compromised when their parents are complacent with limited communication using their foreign native tongue. What these students learn during the schools hours is not reinforced once they get home. It was suggested that non-English speaking students be separated/segregated for one year and become immersed in English to be returned the following year with a more proficient command of the language that is the unofficial way of communicating in the United States.

Other callers blamed the teachers’ union promotion of tenure. That is, teachers being granted a lifetime job guarantee regardless of their level of competence. If teachers are not competent and are doing a less than acceptable level of teaching their students, people wondered why they are allowed to continue in their positions.

Some callers suggested students can make more money selling illegal drugs than they could getting a diploma or degree and going to work “in the system”. There were those who suggested that students today have a lack of respect for authority and accomplishments and that this “lack of respect” favors a “don’t give a damn” attitude.

So the question is “what could work”?

The idea of vouchers came up time and again. Provide vouchers for all students to be used at the school (public or private) of their choice. Who would get in to the better schools would depend on how fast the student’s family applied. In other words, first come, first served.

Vouchers worked well for poorer black and Latino students in Washington, D.C. until President Obama cancelled the program not long after he took office. Those poorer black and Latino students no longer have the same educational opportunities that the President’s daughters are afforded.

The main element of a child’s education given all other factors is the degree to which parents participate and oversee their child’s progress. Are they hands-off parents rarely or never checking on their child’s efforts? Are the parents simply disinterested? Are the parents not able to assist their children because they do not speak the English language of this land? Or are the parents very much involved and in contact with the teachers and supportive of the teachers’ efforts?

Yes, a child must understand consequences of failure. Yes, students should be well advised that taking an early opportunity such as parking cars could vanish at any time and leave that person without any other educational or practical experience. Yes, vouchers would allow for a much more level playing field of opportunities for all students. But it is when parents, teachers and administrators work together all studies and experiences show that the chances of a child’s success in school are dramatically amplified. Our new Superintendent of Schools for the CCSD, Pat Skorkowsky has voiced these very sentiments on my radio program. I wish him the best knowing that if he is successful in his stated goals, our children and our entire community will benefit greatly.


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May 14

Evion is the Pet Pick of the Week for 5-2-2014

***ADOPTED*** Thoughtful, kind boy, Toy Poodle, neutered, 6 years.

Evion (name meaning “God is gracious”) deserves to know what a loving home feels like.
He is forlorn, confused about becoming homeless, and he does not yet realize he is safe.
Evion is good with other sweet dogs and needs regular professional grooming.
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Apr 14

Lester is the Pet Pick of the Week for 4-25-2014

***ADOPTED*** Outgoing, incredibly cute boy, “Chug” (Chihuahua & Pug mix), neutered, 18 months young.

We love his friendly spirit.
He is good with dogs.
He is reportedly compatible with mature kids too.
He is reportedly crate-trained.


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Apr 14

Marijuana May Cause Heart Problems in Young Adults

Young adults who smoke marijuana may be at risk for serious or even fatal heart problems, according to a study by French researchers on Wednesday.

Those who want to use it will no doubt deny any information that comes out saying things they don’t want to hear. But, for the rest of the this story, go to:

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/marijuana-may-cause-heart-problems-young-adults-195750879.html#886Hflz


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Apr 14

Evion is the Pet Pick of the Week for 4-18-2014

Thoughtful, kind boy, Toy Poodle, neutered, 6 years.

Evion (name meaning “God is gracious”) deserves to know what a loving home feels like.

He is forlorn, confused about becoming homeless, and he does not yet realize he is safe.

Evion is good with other sweet dogs and needs regular professional grooming.

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Apr 14

Jews Ordered To Register In East Ukraine

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website.

For the entire USA Today story that is reminiscent of the Nazis of the 1930s and 1940s, go to the following url:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/17/jews-ordered-to-register-in-east-ukraine/7816951/


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Apr 14

Why Is The Democrat Party The Political Party Of Racists?

Week after week we read about one Democrat or another charging the Republicans with being racist.

If you didn’t vote for Barack Obama for the presidency it is because he is black and therefore you are a racist.

If you oppose the policies (such as Obamacare) of President Obama it is because he is black and therefore you are a racist.

If you oppose a presidential nominee who happens to be black you are a racist.

If you support the idea that in order to prevent voter fraud everyone should show a picture I.D. before casting a ballot on Election Day, you are a racist.

The list goes on and on.

However, what is the true reality?

The political left has become obsessed with race. Everywhere they look they see black and white and yellow and brown. They see race and racial issues here, there and everywhere. It is a total obsession.

When the left makes accusations that Republicans/conservatives/Tea Party members are racist they are almost foaming at the mouth. And what do Republicans do? They become defensive. They buy into the blame game and begin to explain how they are not racist and, by the way, can’t we all just get along? The Republicans are playing a losing game because they are playing by the rules of the left. So what should they do? How should the right respond?

First of all Republicans should become less passive and more aggressive. The right should lash out when they see racism of the left rear its ugly head. Whenever confronted with comments made by a Representative Steve Israel or a Representative Charlie Rangel, the correct comeback is that those obsessed with race are the true racists. The Democrat Party’s obsession with race gave birth to the KKK and they carry the torch of that obsession today. They see race and racial issues everywhere. They cannot get it out of their mind and when it breaks through the thin layer of denial, they don’t know what to do except should out “racist”. It is as if they are looking into the mirror and cannot stomach what they are seeing.

There was an episode of “All In The Family” where Sammy Davis, Jr. was going to visit the Bunkers. Archie was obsessed with the fact that Sammy had a glass eye. He could not stop thinking about that glass eye. He told Edith that he didn’t want to mention the glass eye when Sammy showed up but he really couldn’t stop thinking about it. Edith told Archie to just think about something else and ignore the eye.

The doorbell rings and Archie opens the door to greet Sammy Davis, Jr. He invites him into his home and, of course, Sammy sits in Archie’s favorite chair. All the while Archie is trying to ignore Sammy’s glass eye and so far he has succeeded.

Edith enters with a tray of hard-boiled eggs and puts them on a table between Archie and Sammy. Without thinking, Archie says to Sammy, “Have a glass eye”. It was funny moment and very telling.

The left is constantly thinking “don’t think race”, “don’t think race”. And in a moment when they let their guard down, the first thing they blurt out is race. They cannot stop thinking about it. It is a constant on their mind. It is the manifestation of the definition of obsession: the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea.

Memo to the right: when confronted with the accusation by the left that you are racist, just remind the accuser that the racist obsession with race lies within them and maybe, just maybe that is something they ought to examine before making those kinds of accusations.

The Democrat Party has had an obsession with race ever since the founding of the KKK. It is time they examined their roots, their obsessions, their contradictions and their hatred. It is time they became Americans who accept Americans for the content of their character and not for the color of their skins.

Alan Stock, April 15, 2014


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Apr 14

Obama Has Proposed 442 Tax Hikes Since Taking Office

The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.

For the total list compiled by Americans for Tax Reform, go to:

List of 442 Proposed Tax Hikes


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Apr 14

Obama’s Press Secretary Decorates Home With Soviet Propaganda

Commie Kitchen Kitsch is featured in an interview with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and his family in a worshipful profile in this month’s Washingtonian magazine.

It’s the sort of adoring journalistic exercise reserved for only the most handsome of the power elite. In it you can find out details about the Carney dog (a cousin to presidential pooch Sonny!), and how much the press secretary’s tie costs ($135).

But keen observers may notice the kitchen decor in the photo: Soviet propaganda posters. They really are the perfect pop of color whether you are the dour and sincere Nikita Khrushchev or the cheeky press-wrangler for a president who is constantly accused of being a socialist himself. –Michael Brendan Dougherty


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Apr 14

Angel is the Pet Pick of the Week for 4-11-2014

***ADOPTED*** Exceptionally gentle lady, Maltese & Shih-Tzu mix, spayed, 10 years.

Angel is a quiet-natured little girl suffering from a broken heart. (Her mom was put in hospice care.)
Volunteers are helping comfort her and keep her spirits up, but we are anxious to place her in a home environment so she doesn’t go into depression.
She is good with other dogs.
Please help us find Angel a hero.