Friday, April 16, 2010

Cruising the Web

After a long negotiation and much terrible publicity, New York City has reached a deal with the teacher unions to drop the rubber rooms where teachers accused of misconduct with students would be paid to sit in a room and do nothing. Now they'll be paid to stay home and do nothing.

Parents in Hawaii are fed up with all the furlough days in schools that Hawaii has had to adopt because of huge budgetary problems. This will soon be coming to a state near you.

In Britain, you can be arrested for carrying a Swiss Army Knife. Yup, that will surely stop crime, won't it?

CATO demonstrates that RomneyCare is unfortunately quite close to ObamaCare. That does not bode well for Romney's quest for the presidency.

Obama tries to play word games with the tax pledges that he made during the campaign.

The Supreme Court will be hearing an intriguing case
next week concerning whether public universities are violating religious group's freedom of association by forcing them to accept members who don't believe in their religion's tenets of faith.

Here's a question
I've actually wondered about: why don't the same civil liberties groups who challenge any link between government and religion challenge the National Cathedral.

14 comments:

Tacitus Voltaire said...

CATO demonstrates that RomneyCare is unfortunately quite close to ObamaCare. That does not bode well for Romney's quest for the presidency.

my guess is that the republican party will shove romney down your throat as the nominee in 2012 just the same

scott brown, the supposed harbinger of anti-obamacare, has of course been asserting that romneycare, which he continues to support, is completely different

so much for the tail of the tea baggers wagging the dog of the republican establishment. at this point, it looks like all you'll accomplish in 2010 is reinstating the traditional, big spending, budget busting, pork-project-glomming, lying shamelessly to the gullible and information-challenged, old fashioned politicians we've come to know so well in the GOP

John A said...

Knives. The UK? Well, for decades it has been illegal in many places near me (such as Cambridge Mass) to carry a knife with a blade over three inches in length. Technically, if you buy steak knives at the supermarket you could be in for jail time for carrying them to the car.
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On the association thing, I trust the Court will rule for the group. Heck, people who own stock may have voting or non-voting stock.
OTOH, I snicker at people who use only parts of the Bible they approve, never mentioning other portions -
`The statement endorses "biblical principles of sexual morality..."`
Now, just how many concubines did Solomon have?

SchrefflerFamily said...

John A -- you DO realize the God never condoned the number of concubines Solomon had? The Bible reports on history, not just what it says is good. In fact, Israel was punished for some of the sexual mistakes of its various kings in not living according to God's law.

equitus said...

Obama tries to play word games with the tax pledges that he made during the campaign.

To quote a cinema classic: "You f****d up... you trusted us!"

Yes, that will help his reelection.

Tacitus Voltaire said...

SchrefflerFamily said...
John A -- you DO realize the God never condoned the number of concubines Solomon had?


you DO realize that the jewish society recognized and condoned in the old testament was one where slavery, polygamy, and animal sacrifice were the norm

the moral superiority of judaism over the older religions was expressed in the old testament by the injunctions to treat slaves humanely, and to "forget not your first wife when you marry younger ones - after all, she bore you your first born!". there are many detailed descriptions, of course, of the proper technique of sacrificing animals in the temple at jerusalem

it seems, though, that you had to be fairly prosperous to marry more than one wife at a time, and that the practise, although still legal, had died out by new testament times...

the problem with both the old and new testament for bible literalists is that it doesn't say what they want it to say

Pat Patterson said...

The National Cathedral as it is informally known also serves as the site of the head of the Episcopalian Church in the US. The official title is the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.

There actually was a lawsuit filed in the DC district court to ban the president, during the Clinton Administration, from publicly worshipping there while he was the president. I don't think it even got beyond the filing of the claim before being dismissed.

Ron K said...

"Parents in Hawaii are fed up"
the article state day care cost are from 25 to 50 a day, here is a thought, why doesn't the school split the difference with the parents and charge 12 to 25 dollars a day, and maybe they can use that time to teach the kids something.

tfhr said...

Ron K,

The schools in Hawaii are so bad that I doubt many parents would want that deal. (Not everyone gets to go to Punahou)

Ron K said...

tfhr,

There was a little sarcasm in my comment, a lot of parents use schools as daycare center so why shouldn't the schools get paid for it, even more telling is when schools socially promote kids that can't do the grade level work hat do you think they would be doing in class.

tfhr said...

Ron K,

I caught that but could not pass up the other punchline: decades of one party dominance and a devastatingly powerful union environment that has made Hawaii one of the very worst at public education.

Pat Patterson said...

And it was awful when I lived there in the late 60's.
And Punahou, even though dedicated to native born Hawaiians was seen as elitist and where only the rich haoles and Japanese sent their kids. The best schools in the islands are still those run by the Mormons and the Catholics.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

Are you interchanging Punahou with Kamehameha? When I lived there the former was about the $$$$ while the latter seemed to be the institute most commonly associated with preferences given to Hawaiians. Perhaps Punahou made a change somewhere along the line.

(Stay tuned for the Akaka Bill for that notion gone wild)
http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/02/the_akaka_bill_a_cash_cow_for.html

Pat Patterson said...

My own experience was that the white and Hawaiian middle class aspired to Punahou because its reputation far exceeded its actual stature on the mainland. Plus the football team had an almost unlimited budget and pool of recruits. But Kamehameha didn't have a very good reputation at all and a very limited enrollment policy that was generally seen as racist by the rest of the inhabitants.

But I probably should have concentrated on Kamehemeha because of its enrollment policies and also dealt more with Hawaii's almost moribund public education system. I remember reading, I can't cite the figures, that Hawaii had the greatest number of pupils to population in private schools ratio in the nation. That does indicate a voting with their feet attitude in Hawaii.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

The sad part is that only the wealthy are able to benefit from those private schools though I've not checked to see if vouchers are available. I rather doubt it since the state serves unions before it cares for its students.