Archive for 25 Sep 2012

…from Bishop E.W. Jackson.
Just wow.
It’s about time someone from the black community said this.

…of public sector unions.

It’s disgusting to me that PSUs get away with the bullshit that they get away with. The teacher’s unions always screaming “it’s for the children,” when in reality it is for them. It is their greed and their pensions that need to be padded by the public through taxation. These unions have a monopoly that must be broken up in order to bring sanity to the fiscal problems that most cities have these days.

They don’t want to have standards imposed on them that would threaten their tenure. Accountability for their crappy education skills are constantly being fought tooth and nail. Just look at the graduation rates across the country. Chicago has a 40% dropout rate. And they want more money for that shit? Pathetic.

Charter schools are a way to put a stop to the monopoly of teacher’s unions. The schools are better and the kids get a better education. It’s a fact.

Take Chicago, please.
Here’s an excellent article that goes in depth on this issue.

How to Stymie the Teachers Unions
by Richard A. Epstein

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.

n September 18, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union negotiated a settlement with the City after going on strike for seven days. At issue in the dispute were critical issues like teacher salaries, working conditions, and teacher evaluations. As is typical in these situations, neither side held all the high cards. The two parties had to agree to compromises that patched up the current difficulties without implementing any sensible long-term reforms.

The wage piece of the deal is likely to add about $74 million per year over the next four years to a municipal budget that is already deeply in the red. The extra dollars that go into wages will be taken out of other budgets, rendering classrooms and other facilities less suitable than before. The moderately stiffer standards for teacher evaluation, both before and after tenure, may make marginal improvements in teaching performance, but none that will be significant in the short term. The overall dismal performance of the Chicago public school system, with its 60 percent graduation rate, will remain more or less what it has been.

The recent news affirms that public education in Chicago and other major cities needs to be fundamentally overhauled. The first item on the reform list should be the collective bargaining system, which has taken over public education for the last fifty or so years. Collective bargaining has its roots in the private sector, where it received a huge boost from the passage of the National Labor Relations Act of 1935.

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…here’s today’s reading list.

I guess it’s pretty easy when you work for the government.

How Could You Miss $15,000,000,000?

Government failed to notice billions in Medicaid overpayments going to New York State…for 17 years. Read our new report to see how.

WASHINGTON, DC – Today House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa released a new staff report entitled, “The Federal Government’s Failure to Prevent and End Medicaid Overpayments,” which examines outrageous abuses of federal tax dollars within the Medicaid program, specifically regarding New York State developmental centers (see chart below). The report finds that over the past two decades, New York State has received billions of dollars in Medicaid reimbursements through mismanaged overpayments, and that the overpayments are continuing. Further, the report documents that as Medicaid payment rates increased, Federal officials failed to question the rising cost or implement measures that would bring the rates in line with actual costs.

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…Tuesday.

Is this cause for alarm in the East?

An aircraft carrier gives the Chinese the ability to project power away from their own shores.

China unveils first aircraft carrier to enter service

BEIJING –  China formally entered its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, underscoring its ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, although the ship is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.

The Defense Ministry’s announcement had been long expected and was not directly linked to current tensions with Japan over a disputed group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

In a brief notice on its website, the ministry said the carrier’s commissioning significantly boosted the navy’s combat capabilities and its ability to cooperate in responding to natural disasters and other non-traditional threats.

“It has important significance in effectively safeguarding national sovereignty, security, and development benefits, and advancing world peace and common development,” the statement said.

China had partly justified the launching of a carrier by pointing out that it alone among the five permanent United Nations Security Council members had no such craft. That had been particularly glaring given the constant presence in Asia of carriers operated by the U.S. Navy, which maintains 11 worldwide.

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…kick ass.
If I do say so myself.

I stumbled across this on my PC.
This was back in 1995 doing the Manchu (9th Infantry Regiment) 25 mile march. We had 12 hours to do it, we did it in 9 1/2 hours.

Yeah, that’s me leading the pack.

My calves hurt for a week after this one. Humping the yamas in Korea tends to do that.

This was close to the 18 mile mark. The previous 6 miles was all up hill.

Hooah!

If anyone recognizes themselves in this photo, drop me a line.