Random hits, 19.11.14

Ooh, big surprise here!

Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

I am given to believe a certain group of activists released a list of “targets”in case the grand jury didn’t do what they wanted. I could be wrong, but such strikes me as not very smart. Why? ‘Cause it gives the people who staff those institutions time to arm up, that’s why. It’d be like shooting fish in a barrel. Never mind fourth-generation warfare; that’s just basic common sense!

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I am really not sure this was a good idea. How many of those 5 in 6 were nontraditional students? From the comments:

“As a businessman hiring graduates would you rather have a four year graduate who never worked (most four year graduates ) or someone who worked their way through school and in some (if not most) cases worked in their field of study at a lower level. The answer is obvious to me.”

“What does it matter how long one takes to get a degree. Most peole are not trust fund kids who have their college tuition and living expenses paid for by Mom and Dad. Esp at schools like UTSA. I am a proud UTSA graduate (BSCE 1991) and it took me 8 calender years to work my way though school (took 18 months off in the middle for personal issues) – Not getting a penny from anyone else and rasing a family at the same time. I retired at 54 and no longer need to work so I used my education well IMO.”

Pretty much says it all, if you ask me. And from my own personal perspective, well, let me just put it like this:

The only thing worse than having a more or less useless degree, is having a useless degree that you don’t own free and clear. Which would have been the case had I not been working full time to pay for my education…

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3 Responses to “Random hits, 19.11.14”

  1. 3boxesofbs Says:

    Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day — while the jury prepares to conclude its three-month review of the case that sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests in August.

    Let’s see — few if any firearms used in the violence in August (at least by the criminals ) but lots of damage to people and property; right?

    But 2 and 3 times as many guns flooding into the community since then and how many reports of firearm related violence? Few if any from the recent purchasers.

    It’s almost as if More guns does not equal More Violence.

    it took me 8 calender years to work my way though school

    Have him beat hands down. Took 13 years for me to get my associates degree from the local community college — hey working full time (some weeks 60+ hours) and going to school part time takes a while.
    Especially when you transfer off midnight shift and discover you can have a personal life again half way through. That was about a 3.5 year break for me. but I graduated with 96 hours also.
    Allowed me to complete my Bachelor’s degree though an ‘adult cohort’ program in 19 months — I think that was 47 hours or so.

    The time it takes to complete a degree isn’t as important as the things a person learns from completing the degree; both in personal terms (skills) and educational terms (mastery of content and knowledge).

    Bob S.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Took 13 years for me to get my associates degree from the local community college

    I took about 10 years to get my bachelor’s, though all this time I was working full time, and I took a break of about a year and a half. You’re absolutely right that the time spent shouldn’t count for as much as what one actually learns. And there are yet other factors that should be considered as well. By way of illustration, who’s the one who’s set up better — the philosophy major who graduates “on time” as per the four-year traditional schedule, or the electrical engineering major who took 7 years?

    • 3boxesofbs Says:

      and there are yet other factors that should be considered as well. By way of illustration, who’s the one who’s set up better — the philosophy major who graduates “on time” as per the four-year traditional schedule, or the electrical engineering major who took 7 years?

      Depends on what you want done — someone who can design any electrical grid for the state or someone who can ask “Do you want fries with that?”

      The philosophy major will be desperate for a job. The electrical engineer will be able to choose which job to take.

      Bob S.

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