-December 16, 2013-
3:00 -- NC State Senator Bob Rucho joins us to talk about his Obamacare tweet that has drawn condemnation and calls for an apology. (He said he won't, by the way.)
4:00 -- More on Rucho's tweet heard around the state.
5:00 -- The tweet. Plus, the left-wing think tank Center for American Progress has been getting millions of dollars from the same big corporations it attacks.
-December 17, 2013
3:00 -- Pete discusses what could be a key ruling against Obamacare. A judge says part of the law is worthless.
4:00 -- Pete finds a technological breakthrough that may change the world. Ted Cruz gets a lesson in poverty, sort of.
5:00 -- The school shooting in Colorado shatters all the gun-grabbing arguments. Plus, the Denver Post deletes the word "Socialist" in a quote from a classmate who was describing the shooter.
-December 18, 2013
-December 19, 2013
-December 20, 2013
Acting in the best interests of the children - particularly poor ones - can be expensive.
Case in point: the NC Association of Educators and the progressive NC Justice Center have been forced to sue the state government - bearing the expense of the litigation and the wrath of Republicans (who hate children - particularly poor ones).
Thank goodness the underpaid teachers can afford these union dues to pay for this lawsuit!
These groups say the newly-created Opportunity Scholarships are decidedly not "for the children."
“Vouchers are bad public policy,”said plaintiff Mike Ward, former North Carolina Superintendent for Public Instruction. “They tear away millions of dollars that are badly needed in the public schools.”
It's a compelling argument.
The $10 million program will not be going to educate kids at private and charter schools. Yes, yes - the money will go to those schools along with the child.The teachers educating those kids will be paid with those funds.
But the money is NOT going to a public school. And that's what matters here. When the kid takes the voucher money to another school, the remaining kids are being robbed of the money that wasn't going to them in the first place.
I feel this is such a compelling case, I could probably end this post right now.
Haha! But I shall not!
There are a lot of child-hating, racist, elitist Republicans who will stop at nothing until only rich, white kids can read, write, and cipher.
So, here's another argument: it violates the NC constitution.
Section 1. Education encouraged.
Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools, libraries, and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
Sec. 2. Uniform system of schools.
(1) General and uniform system: term. The General Assembly shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a general and uniform system of free public schools, which shall be maintained at least nine months in every year, and wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.
So, in the first section the state "shall forever encourage" schools and libraries. And in the second section it says the state should create a "general and uniform" education system.
Now think about this... if we give poor kids a voucher to get out of a failing "general and uniform" school and attend a better school, those poor kids might have a better life...
The system won't be "uniform" any longer!!
Think of the ramifications!
I cannot think of any ramifications, personally, but you should be afraid that there are some. Very afraid.
Now, voucher supporters will say the state's system will still provide a "general and uniform" education, because voucher money follows the child while the state will continue to maintain its system.
But what do they know?
They hate the children (particularly poor ones).
The Ingles Magical Christmas Toy Drive is underway - benefiting the Eblen Charities St. Nicholas Project.
Bring new, unwrapped toys to the Ingles on Tunnel Road between now and Saturday at noon, and help stock the Ingles Toy Store for local needy families.
I was there this morning before the sun came up...
Last year, Eblen & Ingles helped 5,500 kids have a Merry Christmas. We're hoping to beat that number this year.
We got off to a great start:
I'll be back out there tomorrow morning, but you can swing by and drop off a donation any time before Saturday.
Thanks for your support!!
Outrage may be starting to ensue....
Upset Hindus have urged Asheville (North Carolina) based Asheville Brewing Co. to apologize and withdraw its Indian Pale Ale beer carrying image of Lord Shiva, calling it highly inappropriate.
This beer, named as “Shiva”, displays the image of Hindu Lord Shiva in Nataraja form.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that inappropriate usage of Hindu deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that Lord Shiva was highly revered in Hinduism and he was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be used in selling beer for mercantile greed.
Some of the other names for the Hindu god Shiva include: "The Transformer," "The Destroyer," "The Auspicious One," "The Supreme God," and "The Great God."
There's going to be a lot of offended people out there if we can't use these names, either.
Shiva is the patron saint of the arts and yoga, too, so we might need to start policing a lot more galleries and studios for offending references.
One of the characteristics of authroitarians is their immediate attainment of full-blown offended status. Usually, this is not because they suffer any personal feelings of offense, but rather they believe someone else will be offended. So, they will join in that offended-ness. They are offended by proxy.
This is the charitable view.
The cynical view is that they are not offended at all and only use the faux outrage in order to dictate the way someone may speak or act.
Indeed, you can see this exhibited by Asheville activist Barry Summers' comment on the Mountain Xpress story:
Summers basically says he has refrained from ever trying Shiva IPA because he thought it might be offensive to Hindus?
I hate IPAs and even I've tried this beer.
He states he's not Hindu, so the offense he is taking is not based on any personal slight against him. Rather, he refuses to drink a beer because the can in which it sits might be offensive to someone else.
Does Summers have a similar perspective about beers and products that utilize Christian themes and figures?
In case you're wondering if there are any beers that use Jesus....
I am so offended!
Are progressives be calling for this beer to be renamed?
Do progressives become offended (by proxy) whenever Christianity or Jesus is insulted?
They are often the ones doing it.
So, what makes the Hindu Shiva special? Why are progressives offended-by-proxy for a religion they don't follow?
Perhaps it's because most of the adherents of this religions are not white, and progressives feel the need to rise to their defense, regardless of the merits of the issue.
If you're not offended by the Jesus beer, you shouldn't be offended by the Shiva beer.