Weekend Review for Monday, September 10, 2012

The local news outlets are having a field day. Cass County Pam Shipley Cleared of Nepotism Charges!  They conveniently ignore the the truth. Shipley was NOT cleared.” Cass County Prosecutor  refused to charge fellow democrat Shipley and chose to ignore the evidence of nepotism.

There is a difference  between being “cleared” and the Prosecutor refusing to file charges.

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Unions are in the news today. Specifically, teacher’s unions in Chicago.  They turned down a 16% pay raise. Why? Because they demanded a 30% raise!  For you in the private sector, how much was your last raise—if you got one?

Chicago Bled Dry by Striking Teachers’ Unions

By John Fund, September 10, 2012 9:16 A.M

The smartest parents in Chicago right now are those whose kids attend charter schools, private schools, or parochial schools. Those institutions don’t employ Chicago’s unionized public-school teachers, who went out on strike this morning for the first time in 25 years.

The coverage of the strike has obscured some basic facts. The money has continued to pour into Chicago’s failing public schools in recent years. Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any city at $76,000 a year before benefits. The average family in the city only earns $47,000 a year. Yet the teachers rejected a 16 percent salary increase over four years at a time when most families are not getting any raises or are looking for work.

But beyond the dollars, the fact is that Chicago schools need a fundamental shakeup — which of course the union is resisting. It is calling for changes in the teacher-evaluation system it just negotiated by making student performance less important.

Small wonder. Just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading and only 56 percent of students who enter their freshman year of high school wind up graduating.

There’s more info if you follow the link above.  Greed, as always, and the lust for power is what is driving this strike.  If Rahm Emanuel had any integrity, he would respond by firing the teachers. I’ll bet he could fill their slots very quickly.

That won’t happen, however. The unions are in Emanuel’s pocket as much as he is in theirs.

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What do you do if you don’t like the polls?  If you’re Obama, you send your thugs to the pollster and “make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

Obama Thugs Rough Up Gallup For Polls They Don’t Like

By Dick Morris on September 10, 2012

The Obama Administration’s Justice Department announced, on August 22nd, that it was joining a lawsuit by a former Gallup employee and whistleblower against the Gallup Corporation for allegedly overcharging the government on polling work.

The announcement comes on the heels of a confrontation between Gallup staffers and Obama strategist David Axelrod in which he accused the company of using out of date sampling methods which, he said, generated polling data negative to the president.

The whistleblower’s lawsuit has been kicking around since 2009, but the Justice Department joined the suit only after the run-in between Axelrod and Gallup in April of this year.

In a scene right out of a typical authoritarian regime, Fox News reports that “employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday.”

That poll that sent Axelrod ballistic showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent.

The Daily Caller published e mails that started when Axelrod sent a tweet to Gallup saying the tracking poll was “saddled with some methodological problems” and directing followers to a National Journal story in which a professor suggested outdated sampling.

According to the email chain titled “Axelrod vs. Gallup,” the White House in addition asked that a Gallup staffer “come over and explain our methodology,” which was apparently perceived as a subtle threat.

Fox News reported that “a Gallup official said in an email he thought Axelrod’s pressure ‘sounds a little like a Godfather situation.’”

Gallup refused to change its methodology to suit the White House.

The article continues. Follow the link above.  Obama appears to be following the tactics used by his mentors. When you don’t like the news, attack those that published the news.

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Missed the Darwin award by…that much!

Words fail me on this one.  Take it as an object lesson for gang-bangers and others alike.  If you don’t know how to handle a weapon, get some training.  Like the warnings on TV, “Don’t try this at home.”

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida — A teenager is recovering after
police say he shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he just bought.

It happened Thursday morning at a home on the 200 block of Verada Street in Port St. Lucie.

Police say 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio first lied to police saying someone shot him while he was walking down the street. After being questioned by police he admitted to accidentally doing it himself.

Even will all the advantages of modern medicine, OHSA and liberal nannies, people will still find ways to cleanse the gene pool.

Previews of Coming Attractions

When I was growing up I would go to the Saturday afternoon movies.  The farm families came into town for their weekly shopping. The Capitol Theater was located at one corner of the town square.

It was the Saturday afternoon baby-sitter.

I remember seeing movie serials from the ’30s and ’40s.  I saw the original Gozilla movie there…plus a slew of B-grade westerns.

During every double feature, there was a segment called, “Previews of Coming Attractions.”

Blogging at Crucis’ Court may be a bit light and/or short this week.  My Son-in-law’s brothers are coming to visit. We will be traveling to and fro visiting here and there. It’s the only time this Fall that Mrs. Crucis isn’t tied up with baby-sitting, teaching, or working at The Master’s Closet (closed on Holiday weekends.)

I hope y’all have a very happy, healthy and joyous Holiday!

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A Kenyan NCAA runner walked out into an Alaskan Blizzard.  He returned 48 hours later suffering hypothermia and severe frostbite.  The frostbite was so severe that both feet had to be amputated.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:03pm EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – A top college runner from Kenya who spent two days lost in an Alaska snowstorm earlier this month had to have both of his feet amputated due to frostbite, the University of Alaska, Anchorage said on Monday.

Marko Cheseto, a two-time NCAA All-American runner, disappeared on November 6 after leaving the university campus during a heavy storm. He walked into a campus hotel more than 48 hours later severely hypothermic and suffering from frostbite.

Both of the 28-year-old star athlete’s feet later had to be amputated because of severe frostbite, the university said.

He didn’t get lost out hunting. Nor was he snowmobiling and have a breakdown. No, it wasn’t any of the reasons we’d expect.

“As some may know, I’ve been going through a lot of personal issues,” the runner said in a statement released through the university.

Authorities said they still don’t know why Cheseto walked out into the storm wearing only jeans and a light coat or where he was during the time he was missing.
Well, with both feet gone I doubt he’ll be doing any championship running from this point on.
People do stupid and thoughtless things every day. Usually nothing happens. Occasionally, it can be a “learning” experience. In other times, the stupid acts are deadly examples to others, “Don’t do this!” 
For more examples, go check the Darwin Awards website.
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A followup to my post yesterday about the Establishment, both left and right, attacks against Newt Gingrich, here’s a column by Cal Thomas that is balanced and puts those attacks in better perspective.
Now it’s Newt’s turn. Having risen to the top in some opinion polls, the former speaker of the House is taking heat for large consulting fees paid to him by the government-sponsored mortgage company Freddie Mac for wisdom a New York Times editorial said was so simplistic it might have come from a fortune cookie.
 As Republican presidential candidates rise, only to fall when their imperfections are brought to light, Republican voters risk disappointment in 2012 by playing the left’s game on their turf and by their rules.

What they must do instead is to protect their “product” at a time when the opportunity to hold President Obama to one term, while taking the Senate and increasing their House majority, has never looked better.

The best candidate would clearly be a composite of the eight still standing: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s business sense and debating skills; Gingrich’s experience in Washington and knowledge of how to tear down the enormous bureaucracy and make government function the way the Founders intended; Herman Cain’s political passion and the added bonus of a conservative African-American; Rep. Ron Paul’s fealty to the Constitution and his call for America to rethink its military role in the world; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s knowledge of China, which will remain important for decades; the strong moral voice of former Sen. Rick Santorum and Rep. Michele Bachmann (along with her singular feminine voice) in an age of societal flux; and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Southwestern values and evangelical faith.

Unfortunately, Republicans can’t vote for a composite; they’ll have to choose one candidate, hopefully one they won’t come to regret.

At least Thomas isn’t on a vendetta like other writers of the ‘pub establishment.

Back to Newt. That Gingrich took money from Freddie Mac, an agency he now derides, may seem like hypocrisy to some, but not to me. I, for example, think the Department of Agriculture should be closed, though I once worked for them.
I also received a student loan, which I repaid, though I am now critical of how some of the government’s student loan programs are run. I attended public schools, but believe parents ought to be able to send their kids to a private school if it promises to offer a better education. Am I hypocritical?
Gingrich could return his fees to Freddie Mac, but that wouldn’t satisfy his critics. He should only make the offer if some of those top Fannie execs who received fat bonuses also gave them back.

By realizing the imperfections in every candidate — and every person — and focusing on the ability of the one who is nominated to do what he promises, Republicans will have a better candidate and the country could have a better (but not perfect) president.

I still haven’t made a selection from the ‘pub candidates.  There are elements I like in Herman Cain. There are elements I like in Newt Gingrich.
I’m still here, tossing a coin.  The MO caucus is coming in 2012. I’ll have to make a decision by then.