I think Ann is at her best when she has Liberal veins in her teeth. ~ TD
The people who should take cover immediately include:
- Chris Christie
- Bill Clinton
- President Obama
- Lindsey Graham
I think Ann is at her best when she has Liberal veins in her teeth. ~ TD
The people who should take cover immediately include:
Mark C. Binghurst (Source of photo: The Daily Journal)
Behavior has consequences.
A 5th-grade teacher in New Jersey, who was arrested for lewdness after running naked through an apartment parking lot, became the first successful test case of the state’s new teacher tenure law enabling a speedier firing of errant teachers. In the past, tenure cases had dragged on for a year or more.
Diane D’Amico reports for PressOfAtlanticCity, Dec. 13, 2012, that Mark C. Bringhurst was a fifth-grade teacher at the Winslow Elementary School in Vineland, NJ (photo above), for about eight years, and was its Teacher of the Year for 2011-12.
On March 21, Bringhurst was arrested by Berlin Township police in Camden County and charged with lewdness after running naked through the Greenway Apartments parking lot. According to the police report cited in the case, Bringhurst said it was the second time he had done so, both times on a dare, but he did not expect anyone to see him. The case was heard in municipal court, and in July the charges were amended to “acting in an improper manner” to which Bringhurst pleaded guilty.
The Vineland school district on June 27 notified Bringhurst that tenure charges would be brought before the local board of education, which held a hearing on Oct. 18. In his decision posted on the Department of Education web site Dec. 5, arbitrator Robert C. Gifford said Bringhurst exercised very poor judgment on more than one occasion, and his lack of judgement is not diminished by the fact that the conduct occurred outside of school: “The respondent’s actions are simply not consistent with the conduct that a fifth-grade elementary teacher must display, whether in or out of the classroom.” Gifford concluded that the penalty of dismissal was justifiable and reasonable.
The arbitrator’s decision does not affect Bringhurst’s teaching license or his ability to teach in another district. The decision to revoke his license would be made separately by the state Board of Examiners.
Bringhurst’s attorney, Robert Bowman, said he thought the arbitration process was “fair and expeditious” and “brought resolution in a timely manner.” Representatives of both the state teacher’s union and the school boards association said the new procedure protected Bringhurst’s right of due process while resolving the case in a timely manner. It took less than four months from the time charges were filed with the state.
State Department of Education officials said the case was the first to be handled under the new arbitration system, and there are currently 31 additional active tenure cases statewide.
The binding arbitration system is part of the new state TEACHNJ tenure reform law and was included to make it easier for school districts to terminate tenured teachers.
Prior contested tenure cases had gone through the administrative court system and had often taken a year to resolve. The New Jersey Education Association proposed an arbitration system to make sure tenured teachers could not be arbitrarily fired and would still have the right of due process. Under the new law, signed by Gov. Chris Christie on Aug. 6, a hearing must be held within 45 days of a contested tenure case being assigned.
H/t NBC affiliate 4NewYork
As of this morning, Mark Bringhurst is still listed as a member of Winslow Elementary School’s faculty.
Remember how after mega storm Sandy had devastated the East coast, Obama and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, on Oct. 31, 2012, made a big show of touring the storm-damaged areas?
Obama made this promise to New Jersey: “We are here for you, and we will not forget, we will follow up … until you rebuild. We will not quit until this is done. … We are not going to tolerate red tape.”
That was when RINO Chris Christie fell madly in love with the POS, mere days before the 2012 presidential election, although Christie had delivered a speech introducing (and presumably supporting) Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention.
In Brigantine, N.J., there was a photo-op moment when Obama hugged a storm victim, Donna Vanzant, the owner of North Point Marina that was wiped out by the storm. Official Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza captured the hug in this photo, which was posted on the White House website:
Jim Hoft writes for Gateway Pundit, Nov. 27, 2012, that at the time Obama had promised to get help for Vanzant. But after nearly a month, Vanzant hasn’t received any help. She now feels Obama’s visit and promise were all a show, devoid of substance.
I was very excited and felt warm by the embrace thinking this is really going to happen. I’m going to get the help I need because he promised that. I’ve gotten no help. I’ve gotten nothing but ‘No, you’re not covered for this. No, you’re not covered for that.”
Welcome to the Obama’s Suckas Club, Vanzant!
Meanwhile, NBC4 New York reports that a shocking 800 apartment buildings in New York City are still without heat or power a month after Sandy.
This is the low to which America’s
public government schools have sunken.
Public schools in Detroit are now bribing students to show up — with a pair of Nikes.
The resort to bribery is NOT motivated by the schools’ concern for educating America’s young. The bribery is to boost the number of attendance for Count Day, which in turn determines how much state funding the school gets. In Michigan, public schools get as much as $7,000 per student. Nor is Detroit the only city, and Michigan the only state that engages in this bribery.
Kelsey Sheehy reports for U.S. News and World Report, Sept. 10, 2012:
Once a year, Detroit Public Schools pulls out all the stops to get students in their seats.
This year, every Detroit public high school student who shows up to school on Oct. 3 will be rewarded with a free pair of Nikes, courtesy of a local shoe store.
The reason for all the swag: Count Day. The number of students in attendance for the entirety of count day in the fall determines 90 percent of per-pupil state funding for Michigan public school districts. The other 10 percent is determined by a second count day in the winter.
“Count information is critical to districts, because each student translates into state funding,” according to the Michigan Department of Education.
Per-pupil funding varies by district in Michigan, with a minimum payout of close to $7,000 per student, and schools across the state woo students with pizza parties, raffles, and giveaways to ensure they max out their state funding.
Basing school funding on attendance numbers from only one or two days out of the school year provides funding stability for districts, but it can also “create perverse financial incentives … to not retain students after the count date,” according to a March 2012 report by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University–Bloomington.
Count Days are not exclusive to Michigan. At least 10 states determine school funding using a single count day–including Colorado, Connecticut, Nevada, and Iowa. Several other states mimic Michigan’s practice of multiple Count Days, but for many of those states, that only amounts to two days, the CEEP report states.
Using incentives to bump enrollment on Count Days is not exclusive to Michigan, either.
In 2011, the Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., raffled off a shopping spree in an effort to reach its goal of 100 percent attendance on Count Day. And Northeast Academy Charter School in Denver turned to gift cards in 2010 to attract new students prior to Count Day, according to a local CBS station.
Northeast Academy’s move was effective. The school enrolled at least 10 new students, thus increasing its state funding, the station reported. “[It is]more efficient. It means more income, same expenses,” Joseph Arlinghaus, director of advancement at the academy, told the TV station.
That mentality is just one of the concerns critics have about Count Day. Measuring average daily attendance for the school year or taking student counts over an extended time period gives states a more accurate portrayal of the funding needed in each district, experts say.
That reasoning prompted New Jersey to move away from a system of using a single Count D ay this year, with Governor Chris Christie’s office calling it a “common sense” move.
H/t FOTM’s igor!
I watched Congressman Ryan’s speech last night and thought it to be very well done: clear and clear-eyed, well-delivered, determined, and effective.
He did not take cheap shots at Obama but emphasized, citing evidence, that Obama failed to do what he said he’d do, which is to fix the economy. More than that, Obama has made things worse, adding $5 trillion to our national debt since he came to office — more than all other presidents in U.S. history. Ryan’s message to Obama is that the latter can no longer keep blaming the Bush administration of 4 years ago and that it’d be stupid to give a failed Obama administration 4 more years to do more of the same.
Ryan noted that he and Mitt Romney are of “different faiths,” but drew our attention to what really matters, which is that he and Romney share the same moral principles and commitments. Without mentioning Romney’s Mormonism, Ryan reminds us that what matters is that Romney is a good decent man.
Like Gov. Chris Christie a day ago, Paul Ryan delivered sober warnings about the present condition of the U.S. economy — our $16 trillion national debt, unemployment, the continuing housing slump, Medicare, the burden of Obamacare. Like Christie, Ryan ended on an optimistic note — but only if we roll our sleeves up and get to work. Ryan’s last words:
If you didn’t see Ryan’s speech, here’s your chance!
By Rick Manning, Communications Director of Americans for Limited Government, Aug. 30, 2012
The economic news continues its grim march toward a reality that many believe may not be in the fixable category.
Preppers, who store foodstuffs and buy hard metal assets, have become mainstream as even Costco offers a wide variety of buckets filled with bulk food that are guaranteed to last for 20-25 years.
Gun sales are at record levels as people who never would have dreamed of getting a firearm are considering their needs in a society where the police might not be there to protect your family.
The Los Angeles Times features links to article on their websites “rest of the web” section featuring economists declaring that we are already in an “economic death spiral.”
The facts are indeed scary:
But are these truths so devastating that our nation’s economy cannot recover, and Americans should just accept ever dwindling expectations and lifestyles?
Not if we choose to get control over our budget now.
If Representative Paul Ryan’s budget was followed for the next decade, the debt to GDP ratio would fall to 88 percent within ten years, and this is with relatively modest economic growth projections.
Obama’s rejected budget would also purportedly get us back to where we are today, just over 100 percent debt to GDP by 2022. Obama relies upon more aggressive economic growth assumptions than Ryan to make his numbers work.
Of course, for Obama’s budget to succeed, you would have to believe that the economy will grow at twice its current rate over the next ten years. This growth must occur in spite of massive tax increases imposed through Obamacare and on the personal incomes of those very small business job creators who are the nation’s economic engine. Hardly a likely scenario.
The bottom line is that the federal budget has continued spending around $3.6 trillion a year since Obama became president. Before he became president spending was just under $3 trillion. The increased spending is in large part locked in due to systemic cost changes created by the Pelosi-Reid Congress that lowered eligibility standards for safety net programs opening them up to many more people. As a result, annual spending will rise to $6 trillion by 2022.
This built-in spending has to be tackled in order for America to return to prosperity. Today, it is government spending itself that is sucking the life out of the economy. It is the constantly increasing hundreds of billions of dollars sent to China, Japan and financial institutions who purchased our debt each year that gnaws at our nation’s future viability.
And, finally, some economists are beginning to come to the somewhat obvious conclusion that the bloated federal budget actually chokes out the very growth needed to increase the total revenue collections needed to feed it.
For those who worry that our nation’s financial system might fail, the only adult choice is to support budget cuts now. While the Ryan budget is too tepid for my tastes (it doesn’t get to balance for forty years), it does drive the percentage of debt to GDP down below the 100 percent level in five years, crowding government out and re-tooling the tax code to encourage job creation and growth.
Many families have to make hard economic decisions in their own lives. Each of us knows that if each month, our credit card balance grows by four dollars for every ten dollars we spend, we are headed for real financial trouble.
Each of us knows that when we pay only the interest on a mortgage, we never own our home.
When faced with too much credit card debt, we cut back on our spending, eat at home more often, delay a vacation or new car purchase, and start paying more than the minimum payment due. Eventually, with hard work and time, the debt is paid, and we are no longer slaves to stuff we purchased long ago.
America needs to do the same by setting spending priorities and sticking to them.
Can America still afford public broadcasting? If not, it should be eliminated. Can America still afford to have around 2 million federal employees? Can America still afford to promise the current, expensive Medicare system to future generations of seniors, or does it need to be changed to make it more affordable in the future? Can America still afford to have military bases located throughout the world, or should some of these be shut down?
These are just a few of the thousands of spending priority decisions that Congress needs to tackle.
The gloom from the specter of an ever increasing debt burden that eventually collapses the entire U.S. economy need not be prophetic. The spending decisions over the past six years, need not destroy more than 200 years of economic liberty.
But only if America chooses to face the problem and make some tough decisions now, before prepping becomes the only rational choice.
H/t my friend Robert Wilcox.
I got this in a couple of emails earlier today:
The money line is, “Well then, what the hell are we paying you for?”
I hate to tell the Governor of New Jersey, but that so-called “supercommittee” was never intended to succeed, it was created and put through that farcical dog-and-pony show to help Obama in his coming presidential campaign against congress. He clearly cannot run on his record.
The dems are hoping there are enough American Idol-watching dolts among us that think the republicans control the entire congress (even though they actually only control the House of Representatives) to buy into it.
The scary thing is, they are probably right.
Why do you think they took over education in the first place?
Establishment Republicans are determined to engineer Mitt Romney to be the GOP’s presidential nominee, says Rush Limbaugh.
Certainly, Chris Christie’s surprise endorsement of Mitt Romney yesterday bolsters Limbaugh’s claim. Who wudda thought that the Christie
admired adulated by so many conservatives for his pugnacious stance against teachers’ and other public employee unions turns out to be so establishment?
But it’s not just RINOs who want Romney. Liberals, too, want him to be the GOP nominee. Yesterday, none other than the liberal Washington Post‘s Alexandra Petri opines “Just nominate Mitt Romney, already.”
If the Republican Old Guard succeeds in engineering a Romney candidacy, the spotlight will be on his Mormon religion. Already, it is an issue.
An Evangelical pastor who supports Rick Perry caused a big controversy when he told reporters he thought Mormonism is “a cult”, prompting a denial of the opinion by the Perry campagn, and a characterization of it as “bigotry” by former member of the Reagan cabinet, Bill Bennett, speaking in support of Romney.
Mormons, of course, insist theirs is not a cult, but rather in the mainstream of Christian America. So is Mormonism really Christian? Below are excerpts from an article for Catholic Lane by Mary Kochan, “Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination?,” Oct 10, 2011:
Mormons have been publicly asking to be accepted as “Christians” and have their church, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”, viewed as just another Christian denomination for decades now. But their own history makes this problematic. Their founder, Joseph Smith, claimed to have been told in a vision regarding the Christian churches that God “forbade me to join with any of them” and “all their creeds were an abomination in his sight.” It is hence Mormons (not Christians) who established, from the beginning of their group, an antagonistic relationship with those Christian groups already in existence, although in recent years Mormons have sought to downplay this antagonism.
[...] In one sense, clearly, Mormonism is Christian. If you were going to categorize Mormonism according to world-religion criteria, you would have to say they are Christians. World religions are the major belief systems found around the world that frame a tradition of enough cultural richness to support a civilization. The major world religions are Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and Islam. Clearly Mormonism fits into the broad “Christian” category. And so would many other groups whose relationship with the wider Christian world is antagonistic: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals, etc.
[...] It may be that in the not-too-distant future, we will have to categorize Mormonism as a separate world religion. It is the fifth-largest religious group now in the US, having passed the Lutherans, and the LDS are experiencing rapid expansion in other countries. In many ways its development parallels that of Islam. Both religions were founded by prophets who claimed to have been visited by an angel. They borrow heavily from Judaism and Christianity, yet reject their central tenets. Both rely upon strange revisions of history. The Koran identifies Mary, the mother of Jesus, with Miriam the sister of Moses, who lived over fourteen centuries earlier. The Book of Mormon makes numerous claims regarding the peoples of the Americas (including the idea that the American Indians descended from a lost tribe of ancient Israelites) that have been refuted by history, archeology, and anthropology. Both Islam and Mormonism claim that where their sacred writings contradict the Bible, the Christian and Jewish scriptures have been corrupted.
[...] In their initial approach to you, they will do all they can to hide or gloss over the distinctive beliefs of their church. Statements of Mormon belief sound so much like statements of the Christian faith that many Catholics and Protestants are quite willing to recognize Mormons as “Christians” [...]
Christians…are misled into the Mormon church where they are indoctrinated in a religion which rejects the central doctrines of the Christian faith, resulting in them bringing their children up as non-Christians. [...]
In order to protect Christians from this deception and to help Mormons learn the truth, we must understand how Mormon doctrine differs from the historic Christian faith that we share with Protestants. To do this, we will examine first what Mormons say, then how they define the terms they are using and how that differs from the Christian faith. Finally we provide a biblical, Christian response and suggestions for how to discuss these things with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The Central Question: Who is God?
What Mormons will say they believe about God:
Why the Mormon God the Father is not the Christian God the Father:
Jesus: Brother of Lucifer?
Why the Mormon Jesus is not the Christian Jesus:
Why the Mormon doctrine of man is not the Christian doctrine of man:
What is Salvation?
What Mormons will say they believe about salvation:
Why Mormon salvation is not Christian salvation:
Why the Mormon hope is not the Christian hope:
When Talking to a Mormon
Remember that the Mormon is trained to hide the difference between his beliefs and yours and to present himself as a Christian. However, his belief that he is a Christian is sincere, and his efforts to hide the distinctive of the Mormon religion are pursued in his desire to get you to accept Mormon teachings.
Do not allow glib, surface responses to go unchallenged; press the Mormon to define the Christian-sounding words he is using.
Define your own terms also. Draw the contrast for the Mormon. Calmly and clearly insist that what you and he believe about the nature of God, the identity of Jesus, the nature of man, salvation and eternal life are different. To pretend otherwise is dishonest.
Appeal to his honesty and sense of fairness. You might say, “Look, we are not going to get anywhere unless we are honest with each other. Without making any statement about which one of us is right, can’t we just acknowledge that we do not worship the same God?” or “Can’t we just acknowledge that we do not have the same hope for the future?”
Help the Mormon to consider the logical and philosophical problems with the Plan of Eternal Progression: If God had a Father and He had a Father and so on — then who was the first God? Mormons say it is an “infinite regression.” But since there is no way to cross an infinite distance or pass an infinite amount of time, there would be no way to get to “now” and to “us” from an infinite past. Time has to have had a beginning and it did. It began with the creation “of all things seen and unseen” by God. Mormons say that God is omnipotent (almighty, all-powerful), yet they say there are many gods. There cannot be more than one omnipotent being, so the Mormon conception of God is shrunken and distorted.
A big selling point of the Mormon hope for the future is the idea that families will be together eternally. But if Mormons become Gods of planets and then their children become Gods of other planets — how do the children and parents get together? Can a God leave his planet unattended while he goes to a celestial family reunion? This Mormon selling point would be diminished if we Christians were more vocal about our hope for the “new heavens and new earth” in which we know one another in the all the relationships of our present lives, only in glory (2 Pt 3:13; Rv 21:1).
Welcome the participation of Mormons in causes which we share for the common good: strengthening family life, fighting pornography and abortion, fostering the virtue of patriotism, and defending the Constitution. We honor each Mormon as a person who desires what is genuinely good for himself, his family and his society – and when we share the truths of the Christian faith with him.
[For more on the political implications of Mormonism see here.]
ABC News has learned that NJ Governor Chris Christie will not be running
We will still carry the Governor’s press conference at 1pm on
77 WABC and WABCRadio.com,” Noam Laden reported during The
At 11:20a, Joe Crummey will speak with Jeff Edelstein, columnist for The Trentonian, about the latest reports surrounding Gov. Christie.
Listen online at www.WABCRadio.com/Listen.
The Hermanator is starting to look good.
Let the Republican Party know whom you want to run for the presidency in 2012. Vote in this poll.
It’s a quick poll, with 10-11 questions.
One of the potential candidates about whom I know very little is Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, who recently announced his candidacy to be the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee. So I looked him up on Wikipedia. You, too, can find out more about Pawlenty by going HERE.
Pawlenty’s strong suit (in contrast to Herman Cain and Allen West) is that he has executive experience, being in his second term as governor. He also appears to be a social and fiscal conservative. In the end, however, I decided against him because of two main reasons:
Go vote for your choice to be the GOP’s nominee in 2012! CLICK HERE.
Do it now, because the poll ends on Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
H/t beloved fellow Tina.
Cain — a businessman, Navy vet, Math and Computer Science graduate, and former chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City — was the preferred choice of 14% of the likely Republican primary voters polled.
His showing placed second only to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who got 17%. Christie, however, has insisted repeatedly that he will not be running for president in 2012. Ron Paul placed third with 10%, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had 9%.
For more on how Herman Cain is Obama’s worst nightmare, see my post of this morning.