More Witless Minimum Wage Prattle and Zero Solutions From Demokrats

Liberals sure can talk a good game, can’t they?  Be it shrill accusations about racism, classism, sexism, or rascalism, liberals can run their mealy-mouths with the best of them.  However, the Left is long on rhetoric, and short on facts, and even shorter on solutions!  The Left uses an old strategy of divide and conquer.  Liberals seek to divide us all along lines of race, class, age, and other factors which distinct us from each other.

Nowhere is liberal rhetoric and mudslinging absurdity more apparent than in the debate over the minimum wage.  Recently, several liberals have started a laughable “solidarity” campaign with the working poor, and will try to live off what a minimum wage worker would bring home…for a whole week!  Yes, a whole, big seven days!

I always laugh when super wealthy Lefty elites act like they have something in common with the working poor.  That’s real brave of Ohio liberals, like former Governor Ted SCHMUCKland, and Congressmen Tim Ryan, to pretend to be poor for a week.  Bundestag member Ryan even stocked up food and diapers ahead of his week to live on $77.  That would be called cheating.  But what else do you expect from liberals?

We have discussed the minimum wage and it’s pernicious impact upon the working poor.  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says that a minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour would cost 500,000 jobs.  Studies by academics have shown that the minimum wage has a negative impact upon poor peopleOhio’s minimum wage, which increases annually, has been particularly harmful to the working poor.

“But Uncle Andy!  At least they’re doing something!”

No, liberals like Ted Schmuckland are doing absolutely nothing to help poor people by simply pretending to be poor for seven days.  That doesn’t help anyone.  Nobody will get a better meal, a better car, or a better life because Ted Schmuckland will be living on Sloppy Joes and Aldi’s generic version of Captain Crunch for seven days.

What these liberals are doing by living on $77 this week – allegedly because I want to see the proof – is a publicity stunt.  Plain and simple.  It’s a shameful attempt to exploit poverty for political gain by playing the age old liberal game of class warfare.  Nobody is falling for this trick.

While I have sympathy for anyone trying to raise a family by working full-time for minimum, the numbers of such persons are very low.  Check out the FACTS from the Bureau of Labour Statistics here.

  • Some minimum wage facts:
  • Only 5% of the entire American workforce is paid minimum wage
  • Of this 5% who work for minimum wage, over half of them are under age 25
  • Thusly, only 2.5% of the workforce above age 25 works for minimum wage
  • The number of people working for minimum wage continues to fall.  The proportion of hourly-paid workers earning the prevailing Federal minimum wage or less declined from 6.0 percent in 2010 to 5.2 percent in 2011. This remains well below the figure of 13.4 percent in 1979, when data were first collected on a regular basis.

In other words, it’s not a major problem facing our economy, the issue of minimum wage workers.  I’m sorry, but the majority of people working for minimum wage are not doing so full-time and supporting a family.  Your average minimum wage worker is a young person starting out in life, with no kids, and is employed part-time.

The great liberal interest in talking on and on so incessantly about the minimum wage is not because they are really concerned about the working poor.  If liberals really cared about the working poor, they would quit seeking to flood our entire nation with a tidalwave of unskilled illegal immigrant labour.  Unskilled illegal immigrants work for slave labour and take jobs from and depress wages for the working poor which the Demokrats claim to be the great champions of.  The presence of illegal immigrant labour is particularly harmful to reliably Demokratic voters in the African-American community.

Liberals love talking about the minimum wage because they know it will score them political points.  Informed people know that a higher minimum wage hurts poor people.  But it sure sounds good, right?  I wish we could all make more money.  And by talking about the minimum wage, liberals get Republicans to sound mean-spirited and uncaring about poor people.  The minimum wage is simply a political hatchet liberals like to use against Republicans.

People like Ted Schmuckland and other liberals have zero interest in actually helping poor people.  Liberals love keeping Americans in a state of dependency and poverty because such persons will inevitably vote Demokrat.

The story, courtesy of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark the fifth year since the federal minimum wage was increased to $7.25 an hour, a group of Democratic politicians who want to raise it to $10.10 plan to live on a minimum-wage type budget this week to experience privations those workers face.

Ohio politicians including Niles-area Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan and former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Monday announced their participation in the “Live the Wage Challenge” spearheaded by Americans United for Change, a liberal organization funded by labor unions.

Strickland said that many people in Washington “live in a bubble” and don”t know what it’s like for Americans who struggle to pay their bills on a minimum wage salary. He added that that some low-wage workers “work harder than Mitch McConnell, John Boehner or any of the rest of us.”

“This is a matter of common decency and fairness,” continued Strickland, who currently heads the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “Those of us engaged in this effort will be able to experience at some level what it must be like for those who live week after week, month after month, working really hard and struggling to keep their nose above the water line.”

Instead of moving into smaller houses for the week or experiencing a cut in their  $174,000 yearly congressional salary, Ryan and the other politicians will try to pay for food and all other expenses out of the $77 weekly that Americans United for Change says minimum wage workers take home after paying their taxes and housing expenses.

Advocates of raising the minimum wage to $10.10, such as Ryan, say the extra money will enable a better living standard for low-wage workers, and will improve the economy by giving them more spending money.

Ryan, his schoolteacher wife, and their children will actually live off  the $154 he and his wife would take home if they were both minimum wage workers. The pair have stocked up on diapers for their newborn baby before beginning the challenge and also won’t have babysitting expenses because his wife has summers off.

“We will still be a long way from living the reality that many of these families face,” Ryan admitted during a press call to announce his participation in the program.

He said he’s participating to “bring awareness to a major social justice issue.”

“This is an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is,” Ryan continued.

Ryan ended up cheating a bit when he took a similar “Food Stamp Challenge” in 2007 that required him to eat only food paid for with the $21 in benefits that people on food stamps typically receive. He ended up eating a pork chop at a hotel restaurant before delivering a commencement speech because he feared he’d be too weak to continue. The Transportation Safety Administration also confiscated jars of peanut butter and jelly that Ryan tried to take on an airplane.

“When I went through the food stamp challenge as a single man, I made some poor decisions while trying to shop,” said Ryan. “I think now, with the help of my wife, we will try to do a bit better job as far as allocating resources.”

 

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Published in: on July 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Where’s The Beef: The Mad Cow Disease Beef is in Protectionist Red China – Bon Appetit

If you could put down your i-phone and Angry Birds for a moment, you could employ the Truth Emporium and string together a few brain cells long enough to actually save your country.  Or, you might even end up saving your life from Chinese beef tainted with mad cow disease.  Either way, it’s a win-win situation.

What am I talking about you ask?  Why, I’m talking about the tons of tainted Chinese beef being used in many American chain restaurants operating in Japan, which may be finding it’s way to a table near you someday soon.  We import all sorts of toxic dreck from Red China now.  It doesn’t much bother you to ingest the cadmium and lead paint on many Chinese products you buy at the Dollar General store.  So why should you bat an eyelash at ingesting tainted meat from China?

Free trade uber alles, remember?  Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Pawn Vanity, and Mark Levin told you free trade was so great, after all.  Get a second helping of the tenderloin goodness of free trade being served up by our pals in Red China.

You can read all about the Chinese beef story here, courtesy of CNN.  Restaurants like Taco Bell, KFC, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Burger King operating stores in Japan have received and were serving meat shipments from Shanghai Husi Food, a subsidiary of Illinois-based OSI Group.  Secret footage from their operation sites showed workers handling expired beef with bare hands, and even shipping meat that had fallen onto the floor.

Japan has since tightened inspections of meat imports from China.  Restaurants in Japan and even China have stopped serving some meat products.  But the damage has been done.  YUM! Brands’ stock price has tumbled.  The tainted meat has already been served – for how long, nobody even knows.

And how many other products have been made and shipped right here to the United States with by-products from this tainted meat?  I’ll bet your dog has already eaten some of it!  Man’s best friend, huh?  You sure don’t treat him like it!

We’ve discussed toxic Chinese products here before in the Truth Emporium.  More specifically, we have discussed how cattle roam freely through garbage dumps in China, dining on the trash:

OK, who’s for going to Mr. Wu’s Steakhouse in Deadwood?  They serve the finest imported beef from China.  It’s aged 28 days and served in a nice marinade consisting of dirty diaper ooze and the contents of half-empty soda bottles, and garnished with a greasy black banana peel.  That’s what you’re eating when you consume beef imported from China, dummy.

Aside from the very basic issue that we should not be importing meat from locations with substandard sanitation procedures, is the ever-present issue of protectionist tariffs.  This issue of tainted Chinese meat is as much an issue of tariffs as food safety.

Its time we enact protectionist tariffs on this imported junk from China.  They’re killing American industry, American jobs, and American families.  Put your own country first.  Despite what you’re being told, there is no free trade with China.  They tariff our goods and keep them out, while China dumps its garbage onto our shores.  And you, like a useful idiot, can’t go to Wal-Mart fast enough to buy it.

You want proof?  You got it.  You can read about Chinese protectionism against American beef imports here.

The North American Meat Association (NAMA) reported last October that Canadian beef exports to China totaled 10,088 tons for the first half of this year. That’s triple the year-ago amount for Canada and illustrates how beef demand in China is booming.

Canada? How can that be? After all, the U.S. actually has a higher BSE designation (negligible risk) than Canada (controlled risk), but U.S. product isn’t allowed into China. In fact, Walmart now has more than 300 stores in China – but U.S. beef is not in the meat case

Get the picture, clones?  You open American shores up for China to dump all their toxic junk.  Yet, they keep our high quality goods out!  That’s not free trade; not a two-way free trade anyway.  China enacts protectionist trade policies to keep our goods from their markets.  What China is doing to make itself a global power is what the United States did in the 19th century: enacting protectionist tariffs to import relatively few products, while shielding domestic industry from competitors.

I say it is time for the United States to return to protectionist tariffs.  American products are safer, plain and simple, than toxic junk imported from China.  Tariffs are good for our economy and good for our workers.  A return of tariffs means the good jobs and safe products will be coming back to our country.  The alternative are Big Macs from China.  To that, we should all say “I’m not lovin it!”

Published in: on July 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Rainbow Hand Section of the Tolerance Mafia is After Tony Dungy Now

Former NFL head coach and current NFL analyst Tony Dungy found himself under attack this week by the Rainbow Hand section of the Tolerance Mafia, when he said that he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay and active professional football player.  The furor over Dungy’s honest remarks abated slightly yesterday when he issued a groveling statement of clarification, apology, and plea to the Rainbow Hound for them to call off the dogs. You can read his plea for forgiveness after committing the high crime of having an honest opinion, free of malice, in a society with no tolerance for any kind of dissent on issues of dolphins and rainbows, here.

Dungy’s honest assessment of why he wouldn’t have drafted Sam is simple: media distraction for the team owing to having the league’s first openly gay player on the squad.  And the vitriolic fallout following Dungy’s remarks, as well as the media circus which surrounded Sam ( a 7th round draft pick), sort of proves the coach’s point about what a distraction having him on the team could well prove to be.  It’s a shame that the people who claim to be Michael Sam’s biggest supporters are also those most apt to upset his possible NFL career by fueling the media frenzy which surrounds him.  No team wants all that drama.

That Tony Dungy was browbeaten and smacked around on social media until he cried ‘uncle!’ like a victim of Scut Farkus, should surprise us all not in the least. Check out the hateful Twitter venom hissed at Tony Dungy by the tolerance crowd.  I haven’t seen this many F-bombs dropped since Deadwood was still on TV.  Check out all the hate from the tolerant Rainbow Hand here.

What else did you expect from the bigoted looney tunes of the Rainbow Hand?  Bigots crazy enough to shoot up the Family Research Council, as one pro-gay activist did a few years back, are certainly capable of Twitter vitriol.  A Lesbian activist from Nebraska even carved Christian symbols into her own flesh to fake a hate crime.  A waitress recently also faked an incident of intolerance for lesbians.  As we saw recently with the fracas over Chick-Fil-A and gay marriage, the true bigots in our society aren’t Bible thumping conservatives, but rather liberals.  An athlete from Canada was also attacked by the Rainbow Hand for the trifling offense of taking a selfie with Valdimir Putin during this year’s Sochi Olympics.

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An Elitist Piglet Judge Gets Rung Up on a DUI, Despite Pleas For Special Treatment

There really is such a thing as karma, and I love it when it comes back to bite elitist oligarchs square in their flabby Establishment backsides.  We have just such a story today.  Karma came back around the wheel of cosmic justice, and sunk it’s teeth mercilessly into a pig who likely showed little mercy for others in her time.

Meet Judge Nora Longoria.  She is the MILF pictured below; love the pearls, toots.

Nora Longoria

Judge Longoria was rung up on a DUI charge last weekend.  Unfortunately for her, when she flashed her badge (judges carry badges? ) at a police officer during a traffic stop, her robes and power did not dissuade cops from treating her just like anyone else.  Kudos to police for enforcing the unfair laws in a fair manner.

You can bet this isn’t the first time this woman drove home trashed, and probably wasn’t the first time she flashed her credentials and got away scot free.  You can read the story below, courtesy of the Valley Star Morning News.

The interesting portion of this news story is not the fact that Judge Longoria played the “do you know who I am” card when confronted with a DUI arrest.  Most people in power, be they government officials or celebrities or famous athletes are Narcissists and sociopaths.

Elites truly believe themselves to above bothersome things, like DUI laws.  Those are for little people, like you and me, who drive cars with too many miles on them to vacations in Myrtle Beach and Gatlinburg.  DUI laws don’t apply to elites in a Lexus!  It’s no shocker Judge Longoria tried two get out of her arrest by wielding her office and status.  That’s par for the course with elites.

What is interesting and ironic about this news story are two facts:

1.  Judge Longoria refused to take the breathalyzer test

2.  While pleasing to avoid arrest, Judge Longoria said “you are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today.”

Why would Judge Longoria refuse to take the breathalyzer, I wonder?  What would make her shy away from singing “Amazing Grace” into a breathalyzer bag?  I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that faulty breathalyzer machines have sent hundreds of people to jail, and ruined their lives.  No, I’m sure that Judge Longoria had no inside knowledge about the notoriously inaccurate breathalyzer machines that have wrongly convicted people of DUIs.  Perish the thought, right?

Most intriguing about this news story was Judge Longoria’s plea to avoid arrest.  She said that a DUI would ruin her life, and undo everything she had worked to accomplish lo these past 25 years.

This last minute plea of desperation by Judge Longoria is why this story is so good.   Nora Longoria knows what it felt like for every citizen that passed through her court and was somehow mistreated or had his rights violated by the justice system, and watched everything he had worked for go down the drain.  That feeling sucks, doesn’t it, Judge Longoria?

It’s the end of the world when someone loses their job and gets slapped with a Scarlet Letter for having five beers three hours ago, and gets tossed into the slammer for it.  Nora Longoria understands that now.  Life for her, as she knows it, has ended…just like every citizen with a baggy of pot, or who drove buzzed and had their lives ruined in her courtroom and those like it, for pittances.

The story:

Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 9:16 pm

McALLEN — Court records released on Monday give insight into the night that a police officer stopped an appeals court judge for speeding and ended up arresting her for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

On Saturday, shortly after 1:21 a.m. a McAllen police officer was driving near the area of North 23rd Street and Freddy Gonzalez Avenue, where he saw a woman driving a silver two-door Lexus at 69 mph in a 55-mph zone, the officer said in his police report.

Nora Lydia Longoria, a justice for the 13th Court of Appeals had been driving the vehicle when the police officer stopped her and eventually arrested and charged her with DWI.

Longoria posted a $2,000 bond and authorities released her from jail shortly after 10 a.m. the same day; the charge is a Class B misdemeanor.

During the traffic stop, when Longoria reached for her license, she pulled out a small black wallet and showed the officer a badge as she told the officer that she was a judge, the officer noted in his report. He wrote that she had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol so he made her get out of the vehicle and administered a field sobriety tests, which she failed, the report said.

Once another police officer and a sergeant arrived at the scene, Longoria said she had been having dinner with friends and drank five beers with the last drink being three hours before she got behind the wheel, records show.

When the officers told her that she was under arrest, Longoria became distraught and said, “Please let me go home. I live a couple of miles away … you are going to ruin my life. I worked hard for 25 years to be where I am today,” the court document states.

During the exchange of words, Longoria refused to let the officers place the handcuffs on her and told the officers that they would have to drag her to the patrol car. The police officers and the sergeant told the judge that if she kept refusing their orders they would charge her with resisting arrest, at which point she let them place the handcuffs in front of her and they took her to the police station where she refused to take a breathalyzer, court records show.

Voters elected Longoria as a justice of the 13th court of appeals in 2012 where she, along with four other justices and a chief justice, serve a 20-county area handling appeals in criminal and civil matters.

Court staff at Longoria’s Edinburg office said the judge was not in the office on Monday.

 

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Fascist Criminal Thug-In-Chief Obama Turns On Citigroup (But If Citigroup Did Something Wrong, Why Is Jack Lew Who Ran Citi Unit Not In JAIL?)

Uncle Andy:

It’s astounding that HUSSEIN Obama is turning on his Corporatist pals who backed him for office!

As I have said before when it comes to the housing bubble that got us all in this mess:

Its very simple, boys and girls. Government – both Republicans and Demokrats – so touted home ownership and urged lenders to make inventive loans for deadbeats, that it created an econonic condition we now call the Housing Bubble. When that Bubble finally popped in September 2008 – as all economic, speculative bubbles invariably must do – it took the whole economy and all of us down with it into the abyss. We’ve still not fully recovered.

All the easy loans and funny money out there artificially hyperinflated the demand, and thus costs, of housing. That’s why we have so many underwater mortgages now. The artifical demand inflated home prices.

Like all economic bubbles, its really just a game of musical chairs. If you had real estate you were speculating in when the music stopped in September 2008, then you were like the kid with no chair to sit in. You were hosed.

It wasn’t just real estate which went belly up when the bubble popped in 2008. Every business which relied upon real estate, or people employed by it, also took a huge hit. All the toxic mortgage-backed securities being held by the financial institutions and their insurers suddenly brought them down, along with the stock market generally speaking. Hence, the bailouts and Bush stimulus of late 2008 – which were purposed to prop up the banking industry and end the credit crunch seizing up our financial markets.

And why did it start? Because government wagged its finger at banks, and accused them of everything from racism to greed to all manner of other atrocities for not lending more to people with questionable credit.

No easy mortgages means no artificially hyperinflated housing market. No housing bubble means no foreclosures. No foreclosures means no toxic mortgage-backed securities. No toxic mortgage assets means no stock market meltdown, credit crunch, or the ensuing bailouts and credit crunch or Great Recession.

I wish everyone could own a four bedroom house and have a credit score of 800. It would be awesome. But it isn’t going to happen. And bringing government’s coercion and hamhanded antics into the housing equation does nobody any good, as the last 5 years can attest to.

So get what you can afford. Do your best. Be proud of it. That’s all anyone can ask of anybody else. But don’t be some petulant sore loser who wants to pretend the reason you have less and someone else has more is because he acquired it through some nefarious means..

Originally posted on Start Thinking Right:

According to lawthug Eric Holder, Citigroup is a reckless criminal enterprise that ruthlessly preyed on helpless little people to such a whopping extent that it required a $7 billion settlement to balance the scales of justice.

This fits into the narrative that clearly the government was not at fault in our financial meltdown (well, except Bush and the Bush administration, which are Republican and therefore can be blamed for everything that goes wrong).  Government is inherently and intrinsically good as long as Obama is running it rather than a Republican president, you see.  And so we can’t blame the Community Reinvestment Act – which forced lending institutions to make loans to people any fool knew would not be able to make their payments.  Even though it clearly led to a six-plus TRILLION dollar balloon that HAD to burst as Democrats used the CRA as a means to reward their supporters…

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Published in: on July 17, 2014 at 11:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The $2,474,520 Home of Lois Lerner: Life as a parasitic government employee

Uncle Andy:

Dirty, thieving, government pigs! Pigs and fascists!

Originally posted on Overmanwarrior's Wisdom:

It’s not a problem for a person to have a home valued at $2,474,520 like Lois Lerner does—if they have earned it productively. However, Lerner and her husband have achieved much of their wealth as government parasites—meaning they live off the efforts of government specifically perpetuating the complexity of IRS law so that only they can translate the information to those willing to pay for the service.   Both Lerner and her husband are attorneys who haven’t been discussed in great detail after Lerner was forced to step down from her IRS position in the wake of serious scandal for which she has been caught. As a family of attorneys Lerner understands how to manipulate the system because it was her type who helped shape that same system. For those types of government parasites which Lerner and her husband are but a small part—times are good—so good that they can afford…

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The Pirates of Mason, Ohio: Similarities between the MEA and Blackbeard

Uncle Andy:

Truth! Unionized public workers have less integrity than sea pirates.

Originally posted on Overmanwarrior's Wisdom:

MASON, OH (FOX19) -

Parents and teachers in Warren County want more money and better benefits for the Mason City School District.

The Mason Education Association, which represents 650 educators, has been negotiating a new employment contract since April.  Mason teachers say they’re not only concerned about money and benefits but also concerned about cuts to academic programs and facilities.

The union also declared a “no confidence” position in superintendent Gail Kist-Kline.

The district meanwhile says it’s hopeful that negotiations will continue during the summer months, and a contract settlement will be reached before the beginning of the school year.

According to school board members, Dr. Kist-Kline was hired following a levy failure, and asked to lead during a time of economic challenge that required the district to improve efficiency and make difficult decisions.

 http://www.fox19.com/story/25961786/mason-educators-fight-for-more-money-better-benefits

 

The story continued with the MEA (Mason Education Association) threatening to go on strike…

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Published in: on July 11, 2014 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fascist Ohio Appeals Court Says Cruiser Dash Cam Video is NOT a Public Record

In the latest Bizarro World ruling to come from the tyrants in black bathrobes, a Ohio appeals court has declared that police cruiser dash camera videos are somehow NOT a public record.  Never mind the fact that you, the taxpayer, footed the bill for that police officer, the cruiser, and the dash camera itself; the footage is somehow a sealed bit of privileged information, available only to the government and it’s hired enforcers.  Obviously, this decision is far outside the mainstream and runs roughshod over our Liberty.

Elections have consequences.  When will you people learn that?

Those elections where it doesn’t seem like anything important is going on are often times more significant than even a Presidential race.  Today’s story about a radical ruling by the Ohio 12th Circuit Court of Appeals highlights why you need to be an informed voter, even for matters way down the ballot, like appellate judge.  If you wouldn’t have elected fascist pigs to this Appeals Court, then this goosestepping ruling would not have been handed down by the tyrants with gavels.

The stage has been set for all sorts of mischief by the notoriously brutal and dishonest sociopaths we have working in American law enforcement these days.  If citizens are hindered in requesting dash cam video from police cruisers to determine for themselves if law enforcement officers have acted wrongly or illegally on the grounds that it is not a public record, then it will only be a matter of time before there are coverups and police misconduct.

Why is law enforcement so very petrified of transparency?  What is it that hired government enforcers are always telling you and I?  If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear?  Well, why doesn’t that same principle apply to the hired enforcers with badges?

What are the police hiding, and what do they have to fear by having all of their actions out in the open for public review?  As public servants in public places, law enforcement has no reasonable expectation of privacy.  None.  Zip.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.

Police cruisers have special cameras that scan license plates, in many instances.  There are surveillance cameras everywhere, some of which are operated by cities and towns.  Red light and speed cameras watch you in jerkwater towns all over Ohio.  You have the right to film in public places.  In other words, you as a citizen have a reduced level of privacy when functioning in public, rightly or wrongly.

Yet law enforcement wants to shroud in mystery everything that they do.  Why?  If everything is above-board, and nothing untoward is going on, why would the police be fearful of anything that a dash cam may reveal to the public?

You can read about the whole story down below, as well as the ruling, which will almost certainly be overturned on further appeal.

From the Columbus Dispatch:

An Ohio court has ruled for the first time that police dash-cam videos are not public records.

The videos of officers, deputies and troopers chasing or arresting suspects are confidential law-enforcement investigatory records shielded from release under Ohio’s public record laws, according to the opinion of the 12 th District Court of Appeals.

The court, which spans suburban Cincinnati, handed down its unanimous ruling in a case brought by a Cincinnati-area man who claimed he was illegally denied a dash-cam video of a drunken driving arrest by a state trooper.

The patrol claimed the video, and the related impaired-driver report, were protected from release under an exemption for records compiled by police as part of a criminal investigation. The court agreed.

The man who filed the appeal ultimately received the dash-cam video and other records once the DUI case was finished in court, but sought to recover attorney fees and other costs that the court denied in its ruling.

In many cases, reporters and the public have been able to obtain police dash-cam videos of pursuits and crashes – and even fatal police shootings – free of legal denials that they were not public records.

Some seeking the videos argued that they were a routine, and automatic, part of police work and not recorded as part of specific investigations. The 12th District found otherwise.

Criticizing an Ohio Supreme Court ruling on attorney fees in public-records cases, Christopher Finney, the Cincinnati lawyer who filed the appeal, said the decision will not be appealed. The justices ruled earlier this year that awards of attorney fees are mandatory only when a court orders the production of denied records — not when a public office turns them over after the filing of a suit, but prior to court action.

Finney said the ruling runs contrary to prior Ohio Supreme Court rulings. “It’s a decision that departs from custom, if not the law,” he said.

The ruling by the Middletown-based court is binding only within its district, but can potentially be cited as a precedent in an effort to deny the release of dash-cam videos.

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A Gravy Boater Talking Point Derailment: It Turns Out That Teachers Have Trouble Showing Up For Class Too

Unionized public school teachers and their spokesmouth lobbies, the Nazional Education Association and Amerikan Federation of Teachers, often want to blame absent students – and everything else under the sun – for poor student performance.  Teacher’s unions claim that the reason academic results are not better is because of bad students who don’t show up for class.  Well, it turns out that teachers have trouble showing up for class too.

In a USA Today story, it was revealed that on average, teachers were in the classroom in school systems in the largest metro areas 94% of the school year, but even that rate results in an average of 11 days absent. In many districts, a significant percentage of teachers exceeded that number: 28% of teachers overall were absent 11 to 17 days – frequently absent – and 16%, nearly 1 in 6, were gone 18 days or more, called chronically absent in this report. Nine districts had more than half of their teachers absent for more than two weeks of the school year.  You can check out the whole story below.

Public workers are really something else, aren’t they?  The USA Today story focused on 234,000 teachers nationwide in 40 large urban districts.  As we know, it is the larger school systems – and their massive budgets and per pupil spending – that have the weakest academic performance.  The reason for this, we are told by egghead experts and the teacher’s unions, is owing to demographics and poverty. We’re told that public school employees in large urban districts should not be held accountable for student performance, as there are many challenges to meet when serving a population of children who are so disadvantaged.

The unions will say and do absolutely anything and everything.    We all remember last year’s ugly antics by striking teachers in Strongsville, Ohio.  Well, what did you expect from public workers?  They throw horrific temper tantrums when someone threatens to tip over their gravy train.  Senate Bill threatened to do that very thing.  And don’t be mistaken; it is a huge gravy train boondoggle.  Google Ohio Double Dippers, if you don’t believe me.  And one Ohio school district has a whopping 45 employees making over $100,000 a year!

It’s time we demand accountability from these swine government workers.  We tell them what to do.  Not the other way around.

The story:

Teachers in the USA’s largest school districts missed an average of 11 days, according to a report on teacher attendance released Tuesday.

The study from the National Council on Teacher Quality looked at attendance for more than 234,000 teachers in 40 districts during the 2012-13 year and found that 16% of all teachers were classified as chronically absent because they missed 18 days or more.

“While these big-city school districts are struggling to improve student achievement, they may be overlooking one of the most basic aspects of teacher effectiveness: every teacher being regularly on the job, teaching kids,” said Kate Walsh, president of the Washington think tank that advocates for reform in recruiting, retaining and compensating teachers. It receives its money from private foundations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Nancy Waymack, the council’s managing director for district policy and co-author of the report, said teacher absences affect student achievement.

“No matter how engaging or talented they are, teachers can only have an impact if they are in the classroom,” she said.

Among the cities with the lowest average teacher absences: Indianapolis; Washington, D.C.; Louisville; Milwaukee; and Tampa. Those with the highest teacher absences were Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Nashville; Portland, Ore.; and Jacksonville.

“Most of the time, teachers are showing up like clockwork. They have a 94% attendance rate at the districts we studied, but it varies significantly from teacher to teacher,” Waymack said.

It found that 16% of teachers overall had excellent attendance and 40% had moderate attendance while 28% were frequently absent and 16% were chronically absent.

In the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, where two-thirds of teachers missed more than 10 days during the school year, officials say they have started cracking down on absences.

“We knew we had to address teacher attendance as a major priority when our new leadership team took over a few years ago,” said Michelle Pierre-Farid, chief academic officer in Cleveland. “Our goal is to raise achievement for all of our students. There is no substitute for a great teacher. We want them in school every day.”

Pierre-Farid said her district began monitoring absences every eight weeks and has started using incentives for teachers.

“As part of our differentiated compensation package with the union, if a teacher has 95% attendance or greater, they can get a stipend,” she said. “And now that we are monitoring the absences more carefully, they aren’t calling in as much. It’s still a work in progress, but we feel better about it now than we did a few years ago.”

In Louisville, Dewey Hensley, chief academic officer of Jefferson County Public Schools said many of his district’s schools offer incentives to increase teacher attendance and absences are considered in promotions. The district was among the five school systems with the fewest teachers taking more than 10 days off.

“Attendance in both engagement and presence is crucial,” he said.

The absences also cost money: The 40 districts spent about $424 million for substitute teachers.

“When you have a substitute, they don’t know the children, their learning needs or the curriculum as well as a regular teacher,” said Principal Stephen Tyra of Bowen Elementary School in Louisville. “Despite their best efforts, it’s often a diminished day compared to having the regular teacher in class.”

One practice that seems to be effective in discouraging absences is having a teacher “actually talk to the principal when calling in as opposed to calling in or logging on to a substitute teacher line,” Waymack said.

The study also looked at the factors influencing teacher attendance and the effect of high-poverty schools on teacher absences.

Nearly 55% of teachers across the 40 districts taught in schools where at least 80% of students qualified for free or reduced price lunch.

“In spite of previous research to the contrary, we did not find a relationship between teacher absence and the poverty levels of children in the school,” Waymack said.

In addition, districts with formal policies to discourage teacher absenteeism do not appear to have better attendance rates than those without such policies, a finding that suggests that the most common policies are not particularly effective, she said.

Antoinette Konz also reports for The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal.

 

Published in: on June 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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A 30% Reduction in American Coal Power Emissions Will Have Absolutely Zero Impact on Global Warming

I recently schooled the ignorant amongst you about climate change, and if it is really manmade, look to Asia as it’s cause, and not the United States.  We reviewed in great detail recently in the Truth Emporium why it is the Third World who needs to get its act together, and cease trashing our planet.  You can read about it here.

Despite the fact we don’t even know if man causes climate change, and that if he does then the real culprits are Red China and India, The Obama administration announced new, Draconian environmental standards this week.  The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a sweeping proposal that will require deep cuts in carbon emissions from existing power plants, including a 30% national target by 2030.

The EPA draft rule, a major plank of President Obama’s initiative to fight climate change, will require states to develop and implement plans to cut power plant emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide. It will give states different reduction targets but will seek a national average — from 2005 levels — of 25% by 2020 and 30% by 2030.  You can read about it here.

Only someone ignorant enough to have enjoyed Captain Planet as a youth could swallow these fairy tales from Obama and the Left about the pollution caused by our country.

As we discussed a few weeks ago, it is Red China – and not the United States – that is the world’s leading producer of greenhouse gases, right?  Check out this report from ABC News.  Chinese pollution is killing the planet, with India also getting in on the act of trashing Earth, as the article states.  The main driver of this pollution are coal-fired power plants.  For every coal-fired power plant we close here in the United States, China and India are opening at least one, and you can bet these facilities are not operated in an environmentally responsible way.

China’s carbon emissions grew 9.9 percent in 2011 after rising 10.4 percent in 2010 and now comprise 28 percent of all CO2 pollution compared with 16 percent for the United States.

India’s emissions grew 7.5 percent last year versus 9.4 percent growth in 2010, while emissions in the United States and the European Union fell 1.8 percent and 2.8 respectively in 2011.

According to the EPA website data here, the electricity sector causes 32% of our CO2 emissions.  Of the pollution created by electricity production, 75% of that is caused by American coal-fired power plants.

Now, let’s do some math…and by that, I mean real math.  Not Common Korps math, where the answers don’t matter as much as trying your best and building up some self-esteem.

If the United States causes 16% of the planet’s CO2 emissions, and 32% of American CO2 emissions are caused by electricity production in our country, then 5.1% of the entire planet’s CO2 emissions are caused by American electricity production.  Right:

16% x 32% = 5.1%  Right?

OK.  According to the same EPA website, 75% of American electricity CO2 emissions are caused by coal-burning powerplants.  If 75% of American electricity pollution comes from coal, that would mean a scant 3.8% of the planet’s overall CO2 emissions are caused by American coal-fired power plants.

5.1% x 75% = 3.8%  Right?  (The 5.1% comes from right up top, dummy; that’s the overall pollution caused by American energy production.  We just talked about; pay attention)

So, if Obama and his treehugger pals at the EPA have their way, and we reduce coal-fired CO2 emissions by 30%, that would mean an overall reduction in the world’s pollution of 1.1%.

5.1% x 75% = 1.1%  Right?

That would mean American coal-fired power plants would then account for 2.7% o0f the world’s CO2 emissions twenty years from now, as opposed to their current 3.8% of the world’s total CO2 output.

Meanwhile, back here at home in the United States at the moment, we burn less coal, and burn it as cleanly as ever.  China, on the other hand, continues to expand its use of coal-fired power plants.  Today, fossil fuels account for 87 percent of all energy used in China.

Coal, the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels, accounts for 70 percent of energy used in China today and is responsible for about three-quarters of electricity generation.

  • In just 5 years, from 2005 through 2009, China added the equivalent of the entire U.S. fleet of coal-fired power plants, or 510 new 600-megawatt coal plants.
  • From 2010 through 2013, it added half the coal generation of the entire U.S. again.
  • At the peak, from 2005 through 2011, China added roughly two 600-megawatt coal plants a week, for 7 straight years.
  • And according to U.S. government projections, China will add yet another U.S. worth of coal plants over the next 10 years, or the equivalent of a new 600-megawatt plant every 10 days for 10 years.

In other words, Red China is addicted to coal, and will be for some time to come.  China burns four times as much coal as does the United States, with more on the way.  So how does a scant 1.1% reduction in the overall CO2 emissions of the planet caused by American coal-fired power plants held address global warming if Red China continues to pollute like there is no tomorrow?  Why are we castrating our economy and driving up our energy bills?  Our reduction in coal-fired plants accomplishes nothing if those generators are simply replaced by coal plants in China.

China is the world’s leading polluter.  NOT the United States.

Despite the fact that China is the world’s leading polluter, with India close in tow right behind them, the treehuggers worldwide still want the United States to ratify the Kyoto pollution control protocol, but allow third world countries to skate by.  When Kyoto was first signed by many developing countries in 1997, it was decided that nations like China and India would be exempt from carbon emissions limits.

Never trust anything the mainstream American media says.  Why hasn’t anyone fact checked or delved deeper into this story to see if cracking down on American truck pollution is a good policy?  As I’ve said before, I’m not some genius here.  I’m a typical chap of only slightly above average intelligence.  Like you, I’ve been known to eat dinner in my recliner wearing an undershirt.  All the information I have presented here today is available to anyone willing to find it.  The data wasn’t even that difficult to find.  Wake up and find the facts out for yourself.  It is really not that hard.

Published in: on June 6, 2014 at 4:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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