Monday, November 30, 2009

Quote of the Day

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend,
you should endeavor to understand him.

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás

(a.k.a. George Santayana)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Go Phyllis!

Our friend Phyllis Schlafly starts her latest report with this:

The feminists are going through one of their periodic soul-searching psychological examinations of what the women's liberation movement did or did not do for them, and why they are not happy with the result.

Read more here.

Women's percentage in the labor force keeps rising because of who is going to college and who drops out. Thirty years ago, the ratio of males to females on college campuses was 60-40; now it's 40-60, and women receive the majority of college degrees.

But the feminists are griping because women students choose humanities majors that lead to lesser paid jobs than male students, who in larger numbers choose math, science and engineering. The feminists want government to remedy this gender difference by bribing women with taxpayers' money to make other choices. (Feminists claim that there are no gender differences, but they demand government intervention to override women's choices.)

The feminists push hard for what they call "Title-Nining," using Title IX, which bans sex discrimination in schools and colleges, to force equal numbers of women in all athletic programs. Since this misuse of Title IX was initiated by radical feminists in Jimmy Carter's Education Department, the feminists have forced colleges to eliminate thousands of men's teams, including many championship teams and more than 450 wrestling teams. Now the feminists are Title-Nining science and math departments. Using phony charges of gender bias, they are directing millions of dollars of federal and university money to override women's choices in order to increase the number of women in math and science at the expense of men.

Quote of the Day

An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn't
take his education too seriously.

Charles Franklin Kettering

Saturday, November 28, 2009

While we're on the subject...

...of momentum, think about relay starts for a second.

You should carry as much momentum off the block as possible, right?

How do you build maximum momentum?

Remember that momentum is the product of mass and velocity.

Since there's no way to increase mass while on the starting block, relay starts are all about velocity. A slow arm swing and/or slow step doesn't do the job.

Generate more momentum with greater arm speed and a faster step.

The Texas All Stars show how it's done in this old Floswimming video. Brendan Hansen and Garrett Weber-Gale built plenty of momentum with fast arm swings.

Quote of the Day

Sliding head first is the safest way to get to
the next base, I think, and the fastest. You
don't lose your momentum, and there's one
more important reason I slide head first -
it gets my picture in the paper.

Peter Edward "Pete" Rose

Friday, November 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit.

Sir Frederick Grant Banting

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

Learn everything you can, anytime you can,
from anyone you can - there will always come
a time when you will be grateful you did.

Sarah Caldwell

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quote of the Day

When we are unable to find tranquility within
ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.

François VI, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Quote of the Day

Never fear the want of business. A man
who qualifies himself well for his calling,
never fails of employment.

Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quote of the Day

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking
part in affairs which properly concern them.

Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry

Saturday, November 21, 2009

From The Old Coach

Posted by Toro Chingon:

How I Learned to Mind My Own Business

I was walking past a mental hospital the other day.

All the patients were shouting, '13...13...13...'

The fence was too high to see over,
but I saw a little gap in the planks,
so I looked through to see what was going on...

Some idiot poked me in the eye with a stick!

Then they all started shouting '14...14...14...'

Quote of the Day

He reminds me of the man who murdered
both his parents, and then when sentence
was about to be pronounced pleaded for
mercy on the ground that he was an orphan.

Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quote of the Day

My future starts when I wake up every
morning...every day I find something
creative to do with my life.

Miles Davis III

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

It is folly to punish your neighbor
by fire when you live next door.

Publilius Syrus

Monday, November 16, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

In the end, you'll know which people really
love you. They're the ones who see you for
who you are and, no matter what, always
find a way to be at your side.

Randal Keith "RK" Milholland

Sunday, November 15, 2009

KU Title IX Complaint

Yes, that pendulum is swinging the other way, folks.

Proportionality proponents (try saying that ten times fast) have damaged sports like men's swimming and wrestling by forcing their quota system on schools.

Kansas now has too many women athletes. Will proportionality be used to eliminate women's programs? Will they need roster caps? Or, will the Jayhawks come to their senses and return men's swimming to varsity status?

Read more here.

Neugent said that 4 percent more women than men participate in sports at KU, while enrollment figures remain essentially even.

No men’s programs have been added at KU since golf was added 73 years ago, he said, and a petition signed by about 30 students interested in a men’s swimming and diving team has been registered with the athletic department, he said.

Using that information, Neugent claimed KU was no longer in compliance with Title IX.

Quote of the Day

Build a system that even a fool can use,
and only a fool will want to use it.

George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gotta Love the Double Standard

Fewer males are going to college these days. Undergraduate women outnumber men. No arguing that, is there?


Proportionality became a dirty word in college athletics. It meant cuts in funding, roster caps, and dropped programs for men's athletics.

Since interest in college athletics is higher among males, proportionality just doesn't make sense.

Okay, back to the point:

Rather than attend college, many young men are now opting for military or trade careers. Some end up in prison.

Others move into their parents' basement and split time between gaming and updating Wikipedia.

What should universities do about the crisis of dropping male enrollment?

Shouldn't Title IX compliance watchdogs demand immediate action to limit female college admission?

Shouldn't schools impose quotas to give males an advantage in the admission process?

Leslie Brueckner, a lawyer with Public Justice, told Inside Higher Education that “Women should not be made to pay the price for the fact that fewer men are interested in seeking higher education.

Of course, men should be made to pay the price for the fact that fewer women are interested in participating in college athletics...

Title IX Backlash

The Title IX reformers are gaining ground. We need to continue to speak out on the damage Title IX quotas are doing to men's athletics.

Quotas aren't working. People are waking up to that fact.

Listen to this short interview with the former head of the Ivy League:

Jeffrey H. Orleans: Making College Sports Accessible - and Equitable

Orleans was a federal civil rights attorney who helped play "...a significant role in implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972..."

I guess we can look at this interview as an apology of some sort. Something along the lines of "Sorry about those unintended consequences, guys..."

Quote of the Day

Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.

Salvador Dali

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quote of the Day

We have too many high sounding words, and
too few actions that correspond with them.

Abigail Smith Adams

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quote of the Day

The ability to learn faster than your
competitors may be the only
sustainable competitive advantage.

Arie de Geus

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Quote of the Day

Though the vicious can sometimes pour affliction
upon the good, their power is transient and their
punishment certain; and that innocence, though
oppressed by injustice, shall, supported by
patience, finally triumph over misfortune!

Ann Ward Radcliffe

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

Weakly Demotivator

Quote of the Day

The problem is never how to get new, innovative
thoughts into your mind, but how to get old
ones out. Every mind is a building filled
with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner
of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.

Dee Ward Hock

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Quote of the Day

It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone
escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible.
Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.

Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Quote of the Day

Let no man imagine that he has no influence.
Whoever he may be, and wherever he
may be placed, the man who thinks
becomes a light and a power.

Henry George

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Quote of the Day

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't
live long enough to make them all yourself.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Pics II

Junior had a good weekend in San Angelo:

Watch out for that freshman in the camo hat - he's going to surprise some people in February!


Leon found the camera and sent a few pics from the September trip:

Quote of the Day

There is a demand in these days for men
who can make wrong appear right.

Publius Terentius Afer (a.k.a. Terence)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Never ascribe to malice that which can
adequately be explained by incompetence.

Napoleon Boneparte