Isn’t it always the progressives who push industry to pay more, more, more? Today, Mother Jones writes, “fast-food workers in more than 100 cities are planning a one-day strike to demand a ‘livable’ wage of $15 an hour.”
Why is it that the rules they set for the private sector do not apply to the public sector? Let’s take internships, for example.
Instead of reflecting on what was seemingly a knee-jerk reaction to cancel the football season in the wake of racist graffiti aimed at one of the players that is looking more and more like a hoax, Lunenburg Public Schools Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes defended her decision in a lengthy, defensive statement posted yesterday, eagerly “reminding” people that there is still racism being investigated at the school.
In case you missed it, the big story of the weekend (apart from Obamacare) was a tweet posted by the Republican National Committee to commemorate the 58th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s bold stand against government-sanctioned racial discrimination. What generated heat was the reference in the message to Parks’s “role in ending racism.” It was the verb end that was the flash point.
Maybe the school’s decision to ban a student from posting flyers promoting a prayer event held every year at public schools across the nation wouldn’t seem so egregious if the administration took the same position with regard to all postings. The fact, however, is that they allowed another student to put up flyers promoting a performance by rapper Lil’ Wayne with the words “Good Kush [a type of Cannibis] and Alcohol,” suggesting a double standard.
A 13-year-old Massachusetts football player awoke to find racist graffiti spray-painted on his house. That, coupled with allegations that players from Lunenburg High School made derogatory racial comments to players from Worcester South, caused a town to go bonkers.
The football games for the rest of the season were cancelled. The town held a vigil. The school itself, the local police, the District Attorney, and yes, even the FBI are all investigating. Continue reading
It’s that time of year! Time for one of those columns on what’s in, what’s out as the clock ticks down to the new year. My round-up is below. Feel free to add your own!
OUT (at the White House, at least): Calling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare.”
IN (at the White House, at least): Using “Affordable Care Act” when talking about the president’s signature health care reform law. When the president was confident people would like the ACA, he was quite comfortable using the slang term Obamacare. Not so much, now that insurance cancellations and website failures have abounded. Continue reading
It is the Murphy’s law of politics. When the left accuses the right of something, it means they are doing it themselves. This is a simple formula that is a sure-fire win, every time.
Usually, the tactic is not as blatant as it was when President Obama announced at the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party, that unlike himself, the GOP is ”more focused on positioning themselves for the next election.” Continue reading
Nina Pillard stands to right of the president in his Rose Garden nomination of her.
On Sunday, the president, in a moment of unscheduled and unintended hilarity, told reporters in Seattle that he is “not a particularly ideological person.” The line, delivered with a straight face, conjures up memories of late-night comedy pioneer Steve Allen, who told a studio audience that a snake that had been brought on stage was “perfectly safe.” Allen went on to quip, “You’re all in mortal danger, but he’s perfectly safe.”
On Saturday, Rev. Al Sharpton said what the mainstream media has so far been very hesitant to report about the “Knockout game.”
He acknowledged the game’s racial element.
As I reported at the Examiner, during his weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem, Sharpton said in part, Continue reading
Oh, no, not the dreaded “permanent record.” In England, it’s evidently called “educational record,” but it’s the same deal — a stain on your child’s reputation that will dog him for the rest of his (the school hopes) miserable life.
Daniel Hannan, writing at The Telegraph, shares a letter sent to parents of eight-year-old students at Littleton Green Community School, in South Staffordshire. The document is reproduced below.
In 1936, shortly after his re-election, FDR had a strategy on how to deal with Supreme Court Judges who overturned aspects of his state-sovereignty-robbing New Deal legislation.
He decided to “pack the Supreme Court” with judges who would not consider his unconstitutional laws well, “unconstitutional.”
Just like so many other issues, the Democrats in charge have completely reversed their passionately spoken beliefs on the so-called nuclear option, or the “filibuster” rule. In a nutshell, the new Senate rule allows Obama to push his nominations through with a simple majority rather than the centuries-old tradition of requiring 60 votes.