Beverly Eakman

Microchips Morphing: “Gotta Have It” Implants and Tattoos

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Monday, 03 March 2014. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

The Snowden revelations make it plain that we have entered an age of pervasive surveillance. But it is only just beginning and privacy in the future looks to become an increasing rarity.

Microchips Morphing: “Gotta Have It” Implants and Tattoos

In a 1993 speech, “Microchipped,” (included in a book of the same title in 1994), I reported on the first forays into embedding microchips under the skin. The idea was initially marketed as a program to identify pets. Veterinarians and humane societies promoted the devices, which were (and still are) implanted by means of a painless injection under the animal’s skin. The pet chips provided only the basics — pet’s name, owner’s address, vaccination dates, and vet — readable with hand-held scanners. But, I reasoned, if your pet is gone, so is the microchip. So how exactly would “the chip” improve upon a collar or dog tag?

“Policing” Under False Pretenses: Federal Agencies Outsource Phony Police Patrols

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Tuesday, 26 November 2013. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

In Texas, drivers have been pulled over by authorities and asked for a DNA sample.

“Policing” Under False Pretenses: Federal Agencies Outsource Phony Police Patrols

It was a local news story that didn’t get much attention, even though it was reported by an NBC affiliate station in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, on November 20. It should have headlined everywhere.

“HEIL TO THE REDSKINS”? Traditionalists May Get The Last Laugh, After All!

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Thursday, 07 November 2013. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

The controversy over the Washington Redskins is what you get when “perception management” becomes everything, and news, journalism and textbooks become a series of planted misrepresentations.

“HEIL TO THE REDSKINS”? Traditionalists May Get The Last Laugh, After All!

Whatever one’s favorite football team, most viewers know that the Washington Redskins name has been the ongoing subject of heated debate for years. The race-baiters and the terminally offended, of course, never give up — especially inasmuch as household-name commentators and journalists are supported by the Left, which has an endless supply of cash and air time at its disposal.

Common Core of Standards: On the Fast Track to Deculturization

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Much has been written about the Common Core of Standards, or CCS, for short. Not much has been said about one of its chief objectives: deculturization.

Common Core of Standards: On the Fast Track to Deculturization

CCS is the last nail in the coffin for anything resembling a “common body of knowledge and experience” as we once understood the term. A common body of knowledge and experience — that is, the values, attitudes and ideals that go with a collage of basic information — is what holds a nation together as a culture.  Strip that out, and you have “deculturization.”

Guns and “Psychos”

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Tuesday, 26 February 2013. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

We have brewed the perfect psychological storm: we’ve made the country safe for politicians and psychopharmaceutical manufacturers.

Guns and “Psychos”

Boomers:  Want to really feel your age? Picture yourself at age 11, gathering anxiously with your classmates at your school’s entrance every morning, waiting for your pals.

Friendship: The Unspoken Casualty of Same-sex Politics

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Monday, 22 October 2012. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Growing up isn't what it used to be, and neither is growing old. The mainstreaming of non-traditional behavior has made traditional behavior seem outmoded at best and at worst has meant that dignity is a fast disappearing.

Friendship: The Unspoken Casualty of Same-sex Politics

Voters in four states—Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington—will have same-sex “marriage” on the ballot November 6. In Washington and Maryland, state legislators took it upon themselves, as did other states earlier on, to pass laws expanding “marriage” to include homosexual couples. Now their citizens will decide whether to let the laws stand. Poll-watchers say at least one of the four, Maryland, appears to be a shoo-in, and two more are leaning in the same direction. Some 32 states have rejected the legitimacy of “gay” unions at the ballot-box, but the measure has a habit of reappearing even when voters balk, as in Maine.

Trickle-down Socialism

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Wednesday, 17 October 2012. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Once in America we approved of merit-based advance. Work hard, perform well, and enjoy commensurate success. Not so today. We now view hard-won success as unfair and expect government to redistribute wealth and opportunity.

Trickle-down Socialism

Republican nominee Mitt Romney has coined the term “trickle-down government” for audiences, beginning with the first debate. The term aptly describes the Marxist-based logic of the liberal-left:  the notion that government must expand so as to impact more activities of everyday life—via programs, regulations, entitlements and mandates. Only then, so the logic goes, will all Americans enjoy a “level playing field.”

The First Debate: A “Sham-Dunk”

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman

President Obama's performance in the first debate was subpar. Lost in the reporting, though, has been any mention of the fact that the debate itself was poorly moderated and, compared to proper debate methodology, lackluster, uniformed, and uninformative.

The First Debate: A “Sham-Dunk”

Republican nominee Mitt Romney earned kudos for repeating the terms “jobs,” “Tenth Amendment” (state prerogatives) and “trickle-down government” multiple times in his first round against President Barack Obama on Wednesday, October 3. He smiled in the right places and kept to his themes — to the evident annoyance of his teleprompter-less challenger. 

Fire-Setters: Last Straw to a Failed Immigration Policy?

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Wednesday, 30 November 2011. Posted in Opinion, Beverly Eakman, Guest Column

Somali Community Services of Seattle (SCSS) instructs Somali immigrants on finding jobs online. Several news stories the week before Thanksgiving underscored the perception that America’s present approach to immigration policy is not working. "There has been no significant movement toward federal immigration reform since a bipartisan effort died in 2007...." Today, immigration is a battleground for legislation at the state level, and is gaining traction as a major issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.

On November 22, Americans learned, for example, that at least 40 percent of human-caused wildfires along the Arizona and Mexico border between 2006 and 2010 were set by illegal “fence-crashers”. Worse “of the 422 human-caused fires [during that period], just 77 were investigated, and of those 30 were found to have been ignited by illegal border crosses.” The Washington Times article went on to explain that illegal immigration is making firefighters’ jobs harder because they are under attack. U.S. firefighters have to worry “about their own safety” and hold back on some methods, such as “firefighting activities at night and … the use of aerial firefighting methods,” according to a 60-page report by the Government Accounting Office.

All I Needed To Know About Socialism I Learned In A Grocery Parking Lot

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Tuesday, 01 November 2011. Posted in American History, Opinion, History, Beverly Eakman

Food StampsThe receipt was on the floor of an Angeli’s County Market parking lot, located in the greater Denver area of Colorado. An alert fan of this columnist passed it along. This particular item got the desired attention. It speaks volumes about today’s cavalier attitude toward “public assistance,” what we used to call simply welfare — not only for the extravagances bought with other people’s tax dollars, but for the sheer arrogance of allowing such a blatant illustration of inappropriateness to slip through a customer’s fingers:  six cold-water lobsters, two porterhouse steaks, and five cases of Mountain Dew, the only purchases on the ticket, are shown paid for in food stamps.

Irrespective of party affiliation, most Americans today simply accept welfare. Many families are so addicted to government handouts, they scarcely are aware how much largesse comes to them from the labor of their fellow citizens. Somewhere along the line, “government money” lost its logical connection to “the people’s money.”

Do Kids Really Need an Expanded School Year?

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Friday, 14 October 2011. Posted in Education, U.S., Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Education in the U.S. Every year, educators push harder for a longer school year — and even year-round schooling, not merely “summer school” — as standard operating procedure: Barack Obama’s 2010 interview, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s CBS/WBBM interview, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell’s recent book, Outliers, and an assortment of respected studies, most notably from Rand Corporation and Johns Hopkins University, picked up by entities as diverse as The Washington Post, The New York Times, Education Week, Economics of Education Review, and Phi Delta Kappan, are all indicative of a notion whose time has come, across the political spectrum.

Ben Wolfgang’s piece in the conservative Washington Times for September 30 (Oct. 3 print edition), is a case in point. His article was based on a report by the National Center on Time and Learning, one among dozens of education advocacy groups favoring the concept.

The Agenda Game: Part III - Reframing the Debate, Recasting the Agenda

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Wednesday, 08 June 2011. Posted in Politics, U.S., Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Conservatives should insist that schools teach real science.Part II of this series examined how conservatives lost the “turf wars” and became increasingly marginalized in a leftist game of agenda-driven politics. This final segment will show how “new blood” conservatives are moving past the recriminations. They’re working instead to reframe the debate and recast the agenda so that the Left has to regroup.

First, these conservatives have stopped being reactive. The days of the Left continually upping the ante with ever more outrageous acts, and spinning conservatives off in a hundred directions are wearing thin. The conservatives now thinking about throwing their hat in the campaign ring seem to recognize that they have to focus on, at most, three issues—ones most likely to energize the public. Rather than merely condemning the circumstances that brought these crises, they see the necessity of outlining a corrective plan if they expect to compete—and do it in sound bites, if possible.

Take a random topic in the news:  Retraining/indoctrinating the military to accept open homosexuality, which began in earnest last March as a prelude to opening the ranks to gays. This outrage followed a reckless vote in the lame-duck session, with the Obama administration rushing to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” before the House Armed Services Committee could hold a hearing to examine the Pentagon’s survey and official report on the subject.

The Agenda Game: Part II - Finding ‘Conservative Turf’?

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Monday, 06 June 2011. Posted in Politics, U.S., Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Charlton Heston and Ronald ReaganIn Part I of this series “Conservatives Lose Ground on Social Issues,” it was established that the Left is eating conservatives’ lunch and throwing back the Leftovers to be picked up in a desperate attempt to sustain public outrage — enough to win at election time. Conservatives have taken the bait for 35 years, and lost ground doing so. Part I ended with the quandary of how to take back the reigns of debate and, with it, the agenda. Which produced a new dilemma: Getting the Left to debate issues on Conservatives’ turf.

Many would cite a list of well-known (at least to die-hard conservatives) think tanks and forums:  the Heritage Foundation, the Washington Times, the American Conservative Union, the American Enterprise Institute, Hillsdale College, the Weekly Standard, Concerned Women for America, Media Research Center and so on. But if one then were to ask:  Suppose one of these organizations decided to host a debate, inviting established speakers and experts from all sides. The topic could be anything:  global warming, women alongside males on submarines, gay clubs in schools, displays of Christian crosses on tax-supported properties, Medicare reform, drugging rowdy schoolchildren, private-property rights versus environmentalism, domestic oil drilling, cultural enhancement. What are the chances that any known entity on the liberal side will come to any of these debates at the above institutions?

The Agenda Game: Part I - Conservatives Lose Ground on Social Issues

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Friday, 03 June 2011. Posted in Politics, U.S., Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Two decades after Reagan, can conservatives once again make it morning in America?Conservatives and traditionalists appear to be hopelessly outclassed when it comes to organizing and strategy. How else to explain the lack of bang for the conservative buck, even with umpteen nonprofits, volunteer groups and lobbying organizations devoted to promoting a traditional approach to social issues? Inboxes overflow with “urgent” admonitions to contact members of Congress over one issue after another:  the Defense of Marriage Act, gays in the military, women on submarines, pro-homosexual curricula. This past May, it was the politically-correct censorship of six year-olds (“Candy Cane Case”) and transgendered classrooms.

The very concept of marriage now appears to be in trouble—a cornerstone of the pro-family, conservative movement—even as celebrities brag on and on about conceiving out of wedlock. Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, in an interview just published in WORLD magazine, allowed that pro-family leaders probably are losing the battle for traditional marriage among younger generations of Americans, “as casual ‘hookups’ continue to replace the romance of dating”. A combination of factors has contributed to this result:  teen magazine articles; hypersexual advertising; and age-inappropriate, graphic sex education. The one in four girls reported to have had a sexually transmitted disease (STD) in 2008 hasn’t changed much from year to year—a little more among some demographics one year, a little less in others.

Baby Boomers Turn 65: But Can They Reverse the Nation’s Political Clock?

Written by Beverly K. Eakman on Sunday, 13 March 2011. Posted in Politics, U.S., Opinion, Beverly Eakman

Baby boomersBaby Boomers start turning 65 this year. I ought to know; I’m one of them…

Tons of products and thousands of advertisements center on reversing the aging process—especially as it affects physical appearance. But at age 65, many Boomers are more concerned about their country’s political clock than they are their biological one.

For the vast majority of us, Woodstock and the ascendency of sex, drugs and rock-n-roll was a “them” phenomenon, not an “us” event. They had “a little help from their friends,” charismatic radicals that young firebrands inhabiting the universities on their parents’ dime really didn’t know all that well. Some of these “friends” turned out to be highly trained Soviet provocateurs–turned-“community organizers,” such as Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and Herbert Marcuse. Others were simply drug-runners.

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