The Prosecutor’s Name was Javert

I’ve been in this situation.  I live in an area where the public schools in our district are total crap.  The middle school has been one of those “failing” schools that are so bad that low income kids can transfer out.

I happen to be one of those rich bastards who have enough money to pay for private school.

But not everybody who is in my situation goes with the private school solution.  I have heard of some families who live in bad school districts, yet they still send their kids to public schools.  But here’s the catch.  They buy condos or small houses in a good district and register that as their home address so that their kids don’t have to go to the bad school.

With that in mind, read this: You’ll Stick With Your Crappy School, and You’ll Like It

Crazy case in Ohio, where a 40-year-old single mother lied about the residency of her children in order to get the kids into a better public school. Kelley Williams-Bolar claimed her kids lived with their grandfather rather than with her in Akron. Instead of merely transferring the kids back to the bad school, local officials instead decided to charge Williams-Bolar with two felonies, claiming that by enrolling her kids in the better school, she defrauded taxpayers of more than $30,000.

Williams-Bolar was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month …

So the rich can buy an empty condo whose only purpose is to get an address in a school district so their kids get into the most desired schools.  But a poor black woman does something not that different than those rich families, and she gets convicted of felonies and sentenced to five years in prison.

I hear the prosecutor’s name was Javert.

By the way, wasn’t government-mandated busing supposed to have made all school districts equal so that this kind of thing wouldn’t be necessary?

— uo

Published in: on January 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Surprise Solution To Deficit Reduction

I’m not going to weigh in on the spending cuts that the Republicans have identified.  It’s a lengthy list, which means I’m sure there are some things I agree with, and some that I disagree with.  But here’s one that stood out: Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees. $1 billion total savings.

Here are the facts, according to Richard Oppedisano, national secretary for the Federal Managers Association, who fears that proposed legislation in Congress goes to far attempting to collect delinquent tax bills:

“… [I]n 2008, federal employees, retirees, and active-duty and retired members of the armed services owed $3 billion in back taxes, former members of the military owed the largest portion of that amount — $1.3 billion. That year, 97,000 federal employees owed $962 million in unpaid taxes, Oppedisano said; that figure was down from 171,000 federal workers in 2007. He noted that almost 700 congressional staffers currently owe back taxes…”

Even well-paid Capitol Hill staffers felt that you should pay taxes, but they needn’t bother.

Obviously, these people got their tax advice from either Tom Daschle, Hilda Solis, Nancy Killefer, Ron Kirk or Tim Geithner.

— uo

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Proof Democrats Take African-American Votes For Granted (The Party Is Pushing Blacks Aside To Focus On Hispanics)

Democrats don’t want Democrats to win.  Their only goal is to prevent Republicans from winning, no matter what the cost.

Former President Bill Clinton tried to persuade Florida Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of his U.S. Senate race and support Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent candidacy in hopes of thwarting a victory by Republican Marco Rubio.

People familiar with the matter said the former president and other top national Democrats worry a win by the charismatic Mr. Rubio, a 39-year-old Cuban-American, would make him a political phenomenon capable of boosting the GOP’s chances with Hispanic voters.

That’s right.  The Democrats don’t want Meek to win, they just want Rubio to lose.  The nation’s first black president knew that the African American voters were so locked in to Democratic orthodoxy and marching orders that they could even be talked out of voting for a black Democrat and persuaded in to voting for a white, life-long Republican (who only quit the party when he lost in the Republican primary).

It seems to be working.

Apparently, the Hispanic vote isn’t so solidly Democrat as the black vote.  As a consequence, if you have to push some black guy off the bus to make room for white guys (only in the back, though) in order to keep the Hispanics from leaving the party, so be it.

— uo

Published in: on October 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Proof of Media Bias, and Why Newspapers Are Getting Everything They Deserve

Two headlines this morning provided the absolute perfect opportunity to point out media bias in full force.

The front page of this morning’s New York Times and the front page of this morning’s Wall Street Journal each contained a story about how a very large outside organization was trying to influence the election.  Both papers used financial contribution statistics to report to their readers on the gigantic financial impact this was having on the election.

Here’s the punchline.  Despite having the same access to the same financial contribution database, the left-leaning New York Times targeted its ire on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, while the right-leaning Wall Street Journal focused its attention on the government employees union.

From The New York Times:

Top Corporations Aid U.S. Chamber of Commerce Campaign

From The Wall Street Journal:

Campaign’s Big Spender: Public-Employees Union Now Leads All Groups in Independent Election Outlays

Presumably both sets of reporters, fact checkers and editors have access to the same data.  But one paper chose to write about the influence that large corporations are having, while the other chose to write about the influence that large unions are having.

Besides proving that two people can look at the same database and come to two completely different conclusions, it proves that the highly credentialed writers in the mainstream media are susceptible to the concept of confirmation bias.  That is, they ignore information that is contrary to what they already believe, focusing only on what supports their preconceived ideas.

What they really need is some diversity of opinion in the newsroom.

Oh wait, if you think differently, that will get you fired!

— uo

Published in: on October 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

How To Stay Employed At NPR: Advocate the Death of Your Opponents and Their Grandchildren

Comments that get you fired by NPR:

Juan Williams, speaking to Bill O’Reilly about jihad that O’Reilly claimed that is aided and abetted by some Muslim nations: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

Comments that get you admonished, but do NOT get you fired by NPR:

Sarah Spitz, writing about what she would do if Rush Limbaugh had a heart attack while she was around: “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out.” “I never knew I had this much hate in me, but he deserves it.”

Nina Totenburg, speaking about then-Senator Jesse Helms: “… because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion. Or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

So wishing harm to another person with whom you disagree is fine.  But stating your honest opinion — an opinion that is remarkably similar to what the president’s beloved and praised grandmother felt — is a reason for termination.

— uo

Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 11:51 am  Comments (2)  

Michelle’s Excellent Adventure

If you haven’t heard already, our first lady is on vacation.  You wouldn’t know it if all you read was CNN.  But it’s one of the most lavish vacations any First Lady  has ever taken while in the White House.  Some are calling her a modern day Marie Antoinette.

What I found odd is that Michelle/Marie took the trip without the President on his birthday, and when Malia was in summer camp.  What, no family vacation?  Oh, that’s right, they’re going to the Gulf Coast as soon as she gets back, then it’s off to Martha’s Vineyard for 10 days.  Wow, that’s some vacation schedule!

The New York Times saw fit to compare “Marie’s” trip to trips Laura Bush took by herself.  Apparently Mrs. Bush traveled in a Secret Service plane, not the plane that serves as Air Force Two (or Air Force One when the 747 can’t be used).  Also, Mrs. Bush camped and hiked in our National Parks.

So why, on a day when his top economic advisor quit because of disagreements on how to combat the economic malaise, would the President allow this kind of out-of-touch, in-your-face, hypocritical image to be broadcast to the world?  I mean, this is the guy calling for sacrifices so that the country can get on its feet.  Having his wife take a trip like this is about as tone-deaf as a leader can get.  So why do it?

There are two reasons: 1) the president is so used to the Journolist press corps defending him at every turn that he thinks he can get away with it, or 2) he doesn’t care because he doesn’t really want to be president; he just wants the perks.

— uo

Published in: on August 7, 2010 at 10:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Conservatives Are Mean Spirited

Liberals, on the other hand, are truly compassionate.  Want proof?

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

— uo

Published in: on July 24, 2010 at 8:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Whose Ass is Obama Going to Kick? And Other Tidbits

A few nuggets:

*** Obama’s Chief of Staff got into a tax pickle because he stayed rent free in a house for five years.  If you or I did that, we’d have to declare that as in-kind income and we’d have to pay tax on the value received from the provider of the housing.  But that’s not the kicker.  The kicker is … the owner of the apartment was a BP advisor.

*** The president says he wants answers, “so I know whose ass to kick.”  Professor Reynolds draws the most appropriate implication.  It’s been more than six weeks since the spill.  Yet even after all that time, “we’ve got a President who doesn’t know whose ass to kick“.  You’d think with all that brain power in Washington, they could figure that one out.

*** Famous last words on managing a crisis in the Gulf from magnificent leader: “I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute, I think, has been made clear over the last couple of years. And, certainly, in terms of the legislation that I passed just dealing with this issue post-Katrina of how we handle emergency management, the fact that many of my recommendations were adopted and are being put in place as we speak, I think, indicates the degree to which we can provide the kinds of support and good service that the American people expect.”

*** Progressives and environmentalists rejoice.  Obama backs deal to eliminate Reagan-era international agreement.  Oh snap, my bad. The celebration has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances … the rubes were lied to.

That’s enough for now.

— uo

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Want This Truck

BDS sufferer and environmental hypocrite Ashton Kutcher has the perfect vehicle to take to the NASCAR race.  Problem is, they don’t make them anymore so you have to buy a used one.  AS IF!

Remember this, he only wants YOU to drive a small car, fly coach if you really have to travel, and save gas.  Him?  He drives this beast and takes his own jet.

— uo

Published in: on June 8, 2010 at 10:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Putting The Toyota Situation In Perspective

Let me be clear, this has nothing to do with whether or not Toyota has a defective car or not.  It’s just putting things in perspective so that you can see if the folks in Washington are treating Toyota like they would any other car company with potential defects.

Edmunds.com notes that when the Chevy Cobalt had 1,157 complaints of a  serious steering problem, NHSTA did nothing.  But when the Toyota Corolla had 84 complaints of a less serious steering issue, NHSTA ordered a recall.

Transportation spokeswoman critical of Toyota practially arrested for felony voter fraud for trying to illegally vote for Obama in toss-up state.

— uo

Published in: on February 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm  Leave a Comment