The abysmal showing by New York City Public Schools on the new “Common Core” student (and teacher) proficiency tests has produced a plethora of excuses and rationalizations from the usual suspects. Federal, state and local officials assure us that all is well and the poor test scores are really a good thing, reflecting no lack of competency on the part of teachers and administrators.
Not surprisingly, these usual suspects have no interest in the amazingly successful efforts of Eva Moscowitz’s New York City Charter Schools:
“Of the 1,500 kids in her Harlem and South Bronx schools who took the Common Core exams, 82 percent got a passing score in math, and 58 percent passed English.
Across the city, the pass rates were 26 percent in English and 30 percent in math . . . Her performance makes her the No. 1 leader in New York City schools — and a scary competitor to the rest of the system. In a better world, one where excellence is prized instead of feared, she would be chancellor and all city students would get the benefit of her talent and passion.”
It’s a bird, it’s a plane . . . No it’s Zimmer-man. As indestructible as Superman. As inscrutable as Batman. As full-blooded a patriot as Captain America!
So Detroit, or more likely, the State of Michigan, is paying a “bankruptcy expert” to manage Detroit’s financial mess and the bankruptcy expert Emergency Manager hires his former law firm at $1000 per hour to do the work the Emergency Manager was hired to do. This should go over well with the natives. From CBS Detroit:
“Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr approved the fees totaling about $1.4 million, but what makes this even more controversial is that the law firm getting the money is Jones Day – that’s Orr’s former law firm. Oh, you want some more controversy? That $1.4 million is just for six weeks of work,” Langton said.
The report says the costs were associated with sophisticated restructuring advice, labor and pension analysis, and Chapter 9 planning. Orr has defended the expense, saying top lawyers are needed because of what’s at stake . . .
Orr is a bankruptcy expert hired in March by the state to fix Detroit’s finances . . .
According to the “sociologists” and race hucksters consulted by the New York Times, race should be considered in the Zimmerman trial except that Zimmerman’s race (hispanic) should not be considered because he is a “white hispanic” and just the son of a “Peruvian.”
And race should be considered in the trial except for considering Zimmerman’s state of mind in light of the overwhelming statistics showing that Trayvon Martin’s race commits violent crimes at a rate drastically disproportionate to its population percentage . . .
President Obama has made a thoughtful choice for Ambassador to South Africa. A hyper-partisan, Congo-born, Haitian-bred, Brooklyn-educated community organizer will surely bring diplomatic skills to the racially-charged atmosphere in South Africa.
“It’s constitutional. Bitches.” Patrick Gaspard, the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted the news Thursday. Continue reading
Why are Democrat policies nearly always focused on this or that group rather than the country at large?
It’s really very simple. Legislation and tax policies which provide benefits to all citizens yield fewer votes, political contributions and favors to Democrats than “targeted” proposals. The Democrat guiding principle is to divide us into groups, and then to threaten punishment to certain groups while offering rewards to others.
Despite the Democrats incessant bleating about “fairness,” unequal treatment of both groups and individuals is essential to Democrat electoral success. Graft, envy and anger are the keys to Democrat hope and change.
The sad truth is that Democrats need and promote racial and social division. Without homophobia, sexism and racism all you have left is personal responsibility. Democrats can’t “fix” that with your tax dollars and votes.
The usual suspects compete to condemn Paula Deen for her apparently private use of the word “nigger” many years ago. Very few question those who use the same word, and other equally offensive words, for financial gain while promoting racial and gender stereotypes.
Some suggest that determining what is indecent public speech depends upon the race of the speaker.
There is no separate set of “rules” for decency in public speech depending on your race. Are we back to measuring bloodlines? One standard of decency for octoroons and a second standard for quadroons? If so, there is no decency left.
What must be addressed is the bullying, fear and cowardice inherent in confronting those in presently unfavorable racial groups for indecent public speech while celebrating equally despicable public speech by members of untouchable racial groups.
New Jersey’s very own version of the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, will stop the presses permanently at year’s end unless it wins major concessions from its production unions. The newspaper, according to publisher Richard Vezza, feels “pushed into a corner” by the unions.
The Star-Ledger’s lament is made without a trace of irony despite its relentless vilification of other businesses threatened and destroyed by union tactics.
The unions reacted predictably:
“Vezza’s announcement that he will cease publication unless a settlement is reached with all the unions is another sad and pathetic attempt to pound all of our union brothers and sisters into a state of submission,” said Ed Shown, president of the Council of Star-Ledger Unions and one of the Teamsters locals.
Perhaps the Star-Ledger can again follow the lead of its mentor, the New York Times, and crawl, hat in hand, to Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Former New York State Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey reports that taxpayers will spend billions to fund permanent Obamacare implementation and outreach programs which will not only sign up potential Obamacare subscribers but will also register the uninsured to vote (as Democrats of course) and enroll them in any other available welfare programs.
Of course, the outreach will be done by reliable Democrat voter recruiters like the NAACP, SEIU and AFL-CIO, among others.
Who doubts that the Schumer/Rubio Amnesty bill includes similar outreach programs designed to draw illegal immigrants and their friends and families “out of the shadows” and into the taxpayer-funded, Democrat-voting welfare complex?