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  • De Blasio Proposes Expanding Public Pre-K to 3-Year-Olds

    04/24/2017 9:28:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2017 | KATE TAYLOR
    Seeking to double down on an effort — expanding early childhood education — for which he has been widely praised, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan on Monday to offer free, full-day prekindergarten to 3-year-olds. Four years ago, Mr. de Blasio made an ambitious proposal to provide publicly funded prekindergarten to all 4-year-olds the centerpiece of his mayoral campaign. His plan called for more than tripling the number of available seats, to 70,000, within two years. Although some expected there would be significant bumps in the rollout, it went relatively smoothly. It is too soon to say whether the...
  • Second Amendment -- Or Second-Class Citizens?

    04/24/2017 5:52:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 24, 2017 | George Leef
    In our “blue” states, many politicians have a deep animosity toward private ownership of firearms. (Yes, you also find some like that in “red” states, but they seldom have the political clout to do much damage to our Second Amendment rights.) California is the prime example of a state where the dominant political class abhors guns and does all it can to hamper individuals who own and carry them. A recent action of the state legislature makes that point and has led to a lawsuit that will be heard later this year by the Ninth Circuit. Among the state’s many...
  • Teeing Up Trump Tariffs (higher taxes on U.S. steel consumers)

    04/21/2017 4:46:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 20, 2017
    ... Take steel, a Trump preoccupation. One reason for exceptions is that domestic manufacturers have limited capability to produce steel of certain strengths, thickness and flexibility. Most higher-strength steels used in thin-walled pipelines are made overseas. Retrofitting plants to produce a type of steel for one or two projects could delay construction and increase the cost. More U.S. workers would have to be retrained, which may not be practical in the short-term. So contractors often have no choice but to import foreign substitutes. The American Petroleum Institute chronicled some of these supply challenges in its response to Mr. Trump’s earlier...
  • Deceptive Big Labor Move To Repeal New Right To Work Statute Is Stopped

    04/19/2017 5:50:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 19, 2017 | George Leef
    Early this year, Missouri became the 28th state to enact a Right to Work statute, thereby preventing workers from being fired just because they won’t pay dues to the union that officially represents them. (It’s worth noting that very few of the workers who are in unions have ever had the opportunity to vote yes or no on union representation, a point Akash Chougule of Americans for Prosperity makes in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, “A Union Card Shouldn’t be an Heirloom.”) As has been the case in every instance when a state has adopted Right to Work in recent...
  • Jeff Sessions, Unleashed at the Border (NYT squealing)

    04/14/2017 6:35:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 62 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 13, 2017
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions went to the border in Arizona on Tuesday and declared it a hellscape, a “ground zero” of death and violence where Americans must “take our stand” against a tide of evil flooding up from Mexico. It was familiar Sessions-speak, about drug cartels and “transnational gangs” poisoning and raping and chopping off heads, things he said for years on the Senate floor as the gentleman from Alabama. But with a big difference: Now he controls the machinery of federal law enforcement, and his gonzo-apocalypto vision of immigration suddenly has force and weight behind it, from the officers...
  • Wrongfully Expelled Student Hauls Elite College Into Court

    04/09/2017 8:03:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 9, 2017 | George Leef
    The Obama administration’s disdain for the rule of law continues to reverberate. One way is its Title IX madness, which has caught numerous colleges and universities in its web. Among them is Amherst College, which now faces a lawsuit brought by a student who makes a compelling case that he was wrongfully expelled. The facts revolve around a drunken hookup between two students and the woman’s subsequent efforts at covering up her more than willing participation by blaming the male student and accusing him of assault. Amherst’s administration was equally complicit, however, pronouncing the man guilty on flimsy and incomplete...
  • Judge Foils Highway Robbery Attempt (By Police)

    04/06/2017 11:27:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 36 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 6, 2017 | George Leef
    Imagine if something like this happened to you. You are away on a trip when you get word that your son was involved in a serious accident. You rush home and find out that he had taken your late-model SUV, driven it while drunk, and wrecked the vehicle beyond the point of repair. The dumb kid is all right, but facing charges for his criminal drunk driving. But that’s not all. Because your vehicle was involved in the commission of a crime, it is subject to seizure under the state’s civil asset forfeiture law. Therefore, you stand to lose big...
  • Senate Republican Suicide (caving on Gorsuch)

    03/31/2017 7:54:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 58 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2017
    House Republicans immolated themselves over health care last week, and now Democrats are hoping the Senate GOP will perform its own kamikaze turn over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. If Republicans blink and tolerate Democratic filibusters of High Court nominees, they should hand over their majority to the Democrats now. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s strategy is transparent: Stage-manage an unprecedented filibuster against Judge Gorsuch, and then portray Republicans as radicals if they change Senate rules to break it. The gambit is to coax at least three of the 52 GOP Senators to cut a deal with Democrats that hands the...
  • There's No Need To Change Federal Law To Offset 'Good Luck'

    03/30/2017 7:44:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 30, 2017 | George Leef
    We hear claims that the U.S. needs to make transformative changes so our society will be better (in the eyes of intellectuals, anyway) almost every day. One such claim comes in a new book by an economics professor who argues that lucky people are taking too much of “our” wealth and that’s causing bad consequences for America. Naturally, government can fix that supposed problem. The author, Robert Frank is an economist who has spent decades thinking about the role of luck in our society. More than twenty years ago, he co-authored the book The Winner-Take-All Society, arguing that we have...
  • Loyalty Oaths Return with Faculty “Diversity Statements”

    03/29/2017 7:27:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 29, 2017 | George Leef
    One of the worst features of America in the 1940s and 50s was the persistent demand for national loyalty oaths. In those days, people were expected to declare their support for the U.S. and if they didn’t, they could be blackballed, expelled, or otherwise punished. The ideological fervor for conformity abated for decades, but has recently returned on our college campuses in the form of mandatory “diversity statements” by faculty members and especially prospective faculty members. The difference is that instead of having to pledge adherence to America in its battle with communism, the new pledge is adherence to the...
  • Trump Learns the Hard Way That Policy Details Matter

    03/27/2017 10:06:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2017 | JIM GERAGHTY
    The good news is no one can say President Trump didn’t try to persuade House Republicans that they should pass the American Health Care Act. He invited lawmakers to the White House, dispatched his key aides to Capitol Hill, worked the phones, cajoled, charmed, arm-twisted, threatened . . . He did everything short of actually attempting to understand why House Republicans didn’t want to vote for it. President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan chose to cancel the vote on the AHCA late Friday afternoon. Earlier this week, the loudest argument from Trump was that if House Republicans didn’t pass the...
  • Beware Google Ads for ‘Abortion Consultations’ (Bloomberg alert)

    03/26/2017 5:37:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies
    Bloomberg | March 24, 2017 | Alice Hines
    No excerpt from Bloomberg, story here.
  • Another Case Showing Why People Shouldn't Be Forced Into Unions

    03/23/2017 10:50:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 23, 2017 | George Leef
    Labor unions have been known to do many despicable things to grab dues money from workers who don’t want anything to do with them. A current Minnesota case is about as bad as you’ll ever find. In 2013, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) got one of its favored politicians, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton, to sign an order declaring that home healthcare providers who receive Medicaid money to care for disabled family members were government employees. But they were “employees” only because that made them eligible for unionization. The SEIU figured that it had a good shot at finagling a...
  • YouTube Filtering Draws Ire of Gay and Transgender Creators

    03/20/2017 9:24:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 20, 2017 | NIRAJ CHOKSHI
    YouTube said on Sunday that it was investigating the simmering complaints by some users that its family-friendly “restricted mode” wrongly filters out some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender videos. The statement came after the video-hosting platform faced growing pressure over the weekend from some of its biggest stars to address the issue. In a statement, YouTube said that many videos featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender content were unaffected by the filter, an optional parental-control setting, and that it only targeted those that discussed sensitive topics such as politics, health and sexuality. But some of the video creators disagreed, pointing...
  • Little Pink House Movie Exposes The Tyranny Of Eminent Domain

    03/19/2017 5:18:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 19, 2017 | George Leef
    The Supreme Court’s 2005 ruling in Kelo v. New London was that year’s blockbuster. Literally. The Court gave its blessing to the use of eminent domain to destroy blocks of housing so that city officials could pursue their dreams of a more wondrous community by seizing private property for a planned commercial development. That taking had been challenged on the grounds that the precise wording of the Fifth Amendment’s provision allowing eminent domain – that the property had to be taken for “public use” – did not countenance takings where there was merely a purported “public purpose” in doing so....
  • California’s Teacher Tax Break (exemption from state income tax)

    03/16/2017 6:55:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 15, 2017
    California schools have many problems, but a teacher shortage isn’t one of them. Democrats in Sacramento nonetheless want to throw millions of dollars at this fake problem by exempting veteran teachers from state income tax while ignoring the real systemic inequities in education. Unions promote the conceit of a teacher shortage whenever they’re seeking more money, which is basically all the time. Over the last six years—that is, since California voters approved a tax hike on the wealthy—state spending on education and the per pupil allotment have increased by 55%. Yet many school districts are now threatening layoffs. Santa Ana...
  • Bias Response Teams Chill Free Speech and Miseducate Students

    03/15/2017 1:38:17 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | MARCH 15, 2017 | George Leef
    Bias Response Teams Chill Free Speech and Miseducate Students MAR 15, 2017George Leef1 Comment In their Atlantic article, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukainoff identified a troubling development on American campuses. They wrote, “A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense.” Instead of confronting statements, beliefs, and arguments that they dislike or don’t agree with, more and more students insist on avoiding them or, worse, trying to silence those who speak them. Students, along with accomplices on...
  • Disney Says It Won’t Edit ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Malaysian Censors

    03/15/2017 8:18:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 15, 2017 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK
    BANGKOK — Walt Disney Studios has refused to cut a brief, gay-themed scene from “Beauty and the Beast” as demanded by government censors in Malaysia, meaning the film will not open there Thursday as scheduled. The Film Censorship Board of Malaysia recently ruled that a shot involving two male characters dancing in a ballroom must be cut from the movie, on the grounds that it promotes homosexuality. The sequence is said to be three seconds long. “The film has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia,” Disney said in a statement Tuesday without elaborating. The film’s director, Bill...
  • Transgenderism and the Power of a Parent

    03/11/2017 11:29:39 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 10, 2017 | MELISSA MACKENZIE
    The latest leftist “it” accessory these days is not a choker for women or man-bun for (kinda) men. It’s not even designer embryos with pruned-to-perfection DNA being carried by a sturdy middle class woman with financial troubles. If a leftist wants to be gasp-out-loud edgy and in, she and she or she and he simply must have a transgendered child. The younger, the better. Like being a vegan or a triathlete or cross-trainer, it’s not enough to have a transgendered child, everyone must know about the child this instant. The reason, of course, is because big Meanie McMeanipants Trump rescinded...
  • Yet Another Assault On Freedom Of Contract And Property Rights

    03/11/2017 10:24:37 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 11, 2017 | George Leef
    Once cornerstones of America, freedom of contract and property rights are being reduced to rubble by federal, state, and local officials. A case arising out of an ordinance passed in Seattle is illustrative of the trend. On January 1, a new law took effect there, mandating that landlords rent available apartments to the first prospective tenant who meets “all the screening criteria necessary for the approval of the application.” Under Seattle’s “first in time” rule, landlords cannot see if several people apply and then choose the one they prefer. If a landlord were to do that, he’s now guilty of...