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Opposition to School Choice is Driven by Dedication to Schools, Not Children

By on Feb 23, 2015 | 1 comment

My oldest daughter is in 1st grade. That means just a few years ago, my wife and I had to decide where to send her to school. Initially, it was a foregone conclusion. There was the local public elementary school or the private offerings. Being unable to afford the latter meant public school it was. Or should I say traditional public school. A charter school that reminded me of my classically focused elementary school opened its doors just in time for the oldest. She initially didn’t make it through the lottery system, but the waiting list was favorable. First, though, I had to convince my wife. My wife grew up in traditional public schools. I spent my first 8 years in private school. These varying experiences influenced our opinions. Whereas I have nothing but fond memories of my elementary school, she also has nothing but fond memories of hers. Moreover, she’s a smart...

‘District of Corruption’ Doesn’t Let Administrations Off the Hook

By on Feb 23, 2015 | 0 comments

Almost every politically engaged person to the right of center recognizes the unprecedented level of corruption in the Obama administration. Honest leftists must also admit to it. Sometimes it seems that one scandal emerges only to distract us from the previous one. It is almost impossible to remember all of them. Fortunately, Judicial Watch has put together a documentary entitled District of Corruption, which compiles many of the major scandals to aid in our recollection. Those at Judicial Watch, though, do not confine themselves to criticizing only the Obama administration’s corruption, nor even do they focus solely on Democrats. Following a title sequence that is clearly a homage to House of Cards, they dive right into the scandals of the Clinton administration and pull no punches in their evaluation of the Bush administration, before moving on to the current administration....

The Media: When You Attack Obama, You’re Attacking Them

By on Feb 21, 2015 | 14 comments

It was just a few short days ago that President Obama said that Republican attempts to tie ISIS to a radical form of Islam are lying and helping to drive recruitment by not leaving out the religious element to their terror the way he does. After he said those things, there was no furor in the press. Journalists were not taking to social media to express their outrage at the President suggesting Republicans were aiding a barbaric Islamic terror group. They were largely silent. It was a whole different story however,  when news broke broke just the day before about comments former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made at an event for Governor Scott Walker. “I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club This criticism, which is rather mild in my view was seen as a final straw by...

Free Markets Work – Walmart Hikes Wages

By on Feb 19, 2015 | 1 comment

Without coercion, statute, administrative ruling, or other fiat, Walmart has decided to #raisethewage to half a million of its employees: Discount retail giant Wal-Mart (WMT) will give a half million employees pay raises, the company said Thursday. The retailer also reported a mixed quarterly report. The move ensures hourly associates earn at least $1.75 above today’s federal minimum wage, or $9 per hour, in April. By Feb. 1, 2016, current associates will earn at least $10 per hour. Some states already have a minimum wage at or above $9 per hour, including California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Rhode Island. What’s behind this move? First of all, it’s good public relations. Walmart has been the subject of protests by the so-called “living wage” advocates. As discussed more thoroughly here, a mandated...

Hollywood CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg: Obama Bundler, Jobs Exporter

By on Feb 18, 2015 | 0 comments

That President Barack Obama carries the barest of interest in the nation’s economy has been clear to anyone but the most devout of his throne-sniffers. The bulk of his effort towards the subject has been mostly prolix over proaction; his perpetual announcements of rededication to the subject has rendered “pivot to the economy” as a punchline. However, as we have come to expect little from the Oval Office, it is notable when one of Obama’s largest campaign donors is guilty of one of his largest accusations during the past Presidential election. Jeffrey Katzenberg is one of the heads of the Hollywood studio Dreamworks SKG. He is also an ardent and active Obama supporter. Katzenberg has personally donated half a million dollars to the Obama Presidential campaigns. He is often marshaling other celebrities to the cause via fundraisers as well as funneling millions...

Jordan Knows How to Stand Up to Terrorism

By on Feb 10, 2015 | 0 comments

The Islamic State horrifically burned to death Jordanian pilot First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, recording it in such a cinematic way as to ensure we cannot be mistaken that they are impatient for the world to see their deeds. But then we were surprised to see someone firmly, immediately, unambiguously stand up – King Abdullah II of Jordan. Less than 12 hours after the event, he had two terrorists executed. The message was clear: we will not allow this to continue. Now they are set to increase airstrikes. The Western reaction, at least from the Right, was to praise Abdullah, who quoted no less an icon for manly steadfastness than Clint Eastwood, before promising that “the response of Jordan and its army after what happened to our dear son will be severe.” They plan to take the fight to the Islamic State. Numerous pictures of Abdullah – who resembles a Middle Eastern John F. Kennedy – in...

Media Malfeasance And Barack Obama: Gay Marriage 2008

By on Feb 10, 2015 | 0 comments

Barack Obama’s former political strategist, David Axelrod, has released a book. ‘Believer: My Forty Years in Politics’ and in it, he reveals something pretty striking about the then Senator’s position on gay marriage. He publicly claimed to be opposed to it. But that was a lie.  Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even as Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’ ” Axelrod writes. Naturally, a...