Monday, March 31

Ted Cruz: Stand for Principle

Seriously, if this doesn't get you fired up and ready to fight, you need to get to your doctor ASAP.

Saturday, March 8

In NYC, Communism Wages War on Children, the Poor and Minorities

Communist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is certainly blazing a path in New York City. Peggy Noonan has a revealing column in the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal. (highlights are mine)
What a small and politically vicious man New York's new mayor is. Bill de Blasio doesn't like charter schools. They are too successful to be tolerated. Last week he announced he will drop the ax on three planned Success Academy schools. (You know Success Academy: It was chronicled in the film "Waiting for Superman." It's one of the charter schools the disadvantaged kids are desperate to get into.) Mr. de Blasio has also cut and redirected the entire allotment for charter facility funding from the city's capital budget. An official associated with a small, independent charter school in the South Bronx told me the decision will siphon money from his school's operations. He summed up his feelings with two words: "It's dispiriting." 
Some 70,000 of the city's one million students, most black or Hispanic, attend charter schools, mostly in poorer neighborhoods. Charter schools are privately run but largely publicly financed. Their teachers are not unionized. Their students usually outscore their counterparts at conventional public schools on state tests. Success Academy does particularly well. Last year 82% of its students passed citywide math exams. Citywide the figure was 30%.
Communists like de Blasio hate the poor, they kids and they hate minorities. Fortunately for the communists, in their efforts to keep people poor and under-educated, the kids, the poor and the minorities never realize what's going on.

This war on children via a war on education is appalling. But why do this? Well, here's why:
But the people who run the public-school system that doesn't work—the one where you can't fire teachers who sexually prey on students and principals who don't even show up for work, which is to say the public schools run by the city's huge and powerful teachers union—don't like the charter schools. And they are the mayor's supporters, a significant part of his base
The very existence of charter schools is an implicit rebuke to the public schools. It means they are not succeeding, and something new must be tried. That something new won't be perfect—no charter school is, and some are more imperfect than others—but people still line up to get into them. And there's something to the wisdom of crowds. When a school exists for the students, you can tell. When it exists for the unions, you can tell that too.
It's obvious to observers or participants in the debate over parental choice in education that the unions always care more about their constituency (the teachers) than the students.
In this move more than any so far, Mr. de Blasio shows signs he is what his critics warned he would be—a destructive force in the city of New York. When a man says he will raise taxes to achieve a program like pre-K education, and is quickly informed that that program can be achieved without raising taxes, and his answer is that he wants to raise taxes anyway, that man is an ideologue
And ideologues will sacrifice anything to their ideology. Even children.
Bingo! Mayor de Blasio is a loyal follower. There is no reasoning with him. Sadly, he was just elected, so unless there is a recall effort at some point, NYC, and the nation, will have to suffer under de Blasio's iron boot for four years until the next election.

In the meantime, my questions for Mayor de Blasion and his fellow Leftist travelers would be these: Why do you hate the poor? What do you hate Hispanic children? Why do you hate black children?

Wednesday, March 5

Ihor From (near) Detroit: The Perfect Democrat

I just recently became aware of these videos, which are nearly two years old. They tell a fascinating story of hope and promise for the Democrats.

Our story starts with this guy, Ihor, from Warren (which is near Detroit). If ever there was a perfect Democrat, one who isn't black, Ihor is it.

First, Ihor has real problems with rule of law, a prerequisite for being a Leftist Democrat.

Then, he doesn't listen to women. Fortunately, the Democrat party has a long list of abusers of women, so this guy fits right in. The Democrat war on women has a new soldier.

And, while Ihor only claims to not listen to women, and he will yell at them to shut up if they're yelling at him, he has never (that we know of) drowned a woman like Ted Kennedy did, abused his wife like Congressman Alan Grayson has, or ever ordered a woman to "kiss it" like Bill Clinton did. "It" being, well you know. And this is the same Bill Clinton that raped Juanita Broaddrick and then told her to "you better put some ice on that." "That" being her lip that he bit at some point during the rape.

Now it turns out, to polish his Democrat resume and make him a full-fledged member of the Democrat Left, Ihor has problems keeping his pants on. On the bright side, at least he was caught and punished for this, before he won elected office, but still.

Ihor is a message machine, and he is a perfect Democrat in the sense that he plays the victim quite well. His pants, that his mom bought him, were too big, and when he went outside to clean up the neighborhood, they fell off of him. There you go Ihor, stick with that story. I would advise you to mention that you were doing the neighborhood clean up "for the children" and you'll be home free. Leftist Democrats just love that lie/excuse.

Ihor doesn't live in reality, which is another Democrat prerequisite, he claims he's from Mars. Perfect.

Finally, Ihor gets sentenced. Like many Democrats before him, he was in a court room, in handcuffs and before a judge, awaiting his fate. Like most Democrats, who are never told "no!" in their lives because it hurts their self esteem, and those Democrats that are never disciplined, this judge put it to Ihor and lectured him how people act in the real world.

Bottom line: I suspect with a little PR recovery and once he signs over his life to DNC, Ihor will be a candidate for office of some sort in 2016. You heard it here first, Ihor S. (D-Michigan).