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  • What real parent empowerment looks like

    01/03/2012 8:06:37 AM PST · by inkling · 53 replies
    Goldwater Institute ^ | Jan. 3, 2012 | Jonathan Butcher
    Imagine if your child’s assigned elementary school had puddles of urine in the bathroom, mouse droppings in the cafeteria, and clogged water fountains. Now imagine if your complaints were rejected by the principal. Parent Revolution, the Los Angeles-based group at the center of the “Parent Trigger” or “Parent Empowerment” movement, reports that these were the deplorable conditions at Washington Elementary School in Lynwood, Calif., when parents organized to help turn things around. The parents put pressure on school officials and formed a committee to help develop solutions. This idea — empowering parents to take ownership of reforms long overdue at...
  • Don’t Shoot the Brunette Messenger

    12/29/2011 2:40:49 PM PST · by gabriellah · 24 replies · 1+ views
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 12/28/2011 | Christine Rouselle
    To say that the past two weeks have been a little crazy would be like saying Ronald Reagan “squeaked by to win reelection” in 1984. I had my first television interview, I’ve appeared on countless radio shows, and was featured on The Blaze, National Review, and The Associated Press ran a story about me throughout the country. Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Dana Loesch, Mark Levin and Howie Carr all gave my blog post either a shout-out or an on-air discussion. To say I’m floored would be an understatement. This has been the most exciting week of my life. One...
  • ACORN Visits Obama White House

    12/08/2011 5:42:18 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 12.8.11 @ 6:08AM | By Matthew Vadum
    Leaders of the resurrected radical group ACORN are lobbying the Obama administration in what appears to be a concerted effort to game the electoral system to help Democrats, new evidence suggests. At least five Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now leaders have visited the White House this year alone. One of those ACORN officials has been involved in vetting Department of Justice hires who may help to enforce the voter fraud-enabling National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), also known as the Motor-Voter law. The Department has come under fire for refusing to enforce Section 8, which requires states to remove...
  • NRA to make serious push for suppressor (aka 'silencer') law reform?

    12/07/2011 3:07:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 December, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    This past summer, Missouri passed a law that, among marking a great many other advances in gun rights, made firearm sound suppressors (popularly, but inaccurately, referred to as "silencers") far easier to legally own. Previously, only those with a federal firearms license (FFL), as is required for gun dealers, could own suppressors in the state. Missourians are still, of course, unfortunately under the thumb of the onerous federal laws regulating suppressors ($200 tax stamp for each suppressor, detailed background check with fingerprints, the legal jeopardy one places oneself in by owning both suppressors and "Chore Boy" pot scrubbers, etc.). The...
  • Union Bosses Win, Ohio Workers Get Fired

    12/06/2011 9:55:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 13 replies
    Big Government ^ | Jason Hart
    One month ago Ohio voted with its heart against reforms portrayed as an attack on public workers. Ohio, DC, and New York union bosses spent more than $30 million drenching the airwaves in images of sad firefighters, sad police officers, and evil Republicans, convincing voters to overlook a broken status quo.A month later, how are local governments celebrating the union victory on Issue 2?Middletown is laying off 9 firefighters, despite the city’s police and fire budgets both increasing by nearly 1/3 in the past decade. In Hamilton, a $5.9 million death tax haul will delay the inevitable: Inflation coupled with...
  • When Romanticism Trumps Reason, You Get Radical Chic Catastrophes (Radicalism Is Chic Alert)

    11/29/2011 3:51:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Rubin Reports | 11/29/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The radical is always the more glamorous. People wear Che Guevara tee-shirts. They don’t wear Samuel Gompers, A. Phillip Randolph, Edouard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky, or Jean Jaures tee-shirts, yet those largely forgotten social democratic and labor heroes achieved far more benefit for reform and workers without murdering a lot of people. Rosa Luxembourg, the nastiest rich spoiled brat in Zamosc, is fondly remembered though her career was a disaster and helped create the conditions that eventually brought about Nazism. Who knows about Frances Perkins, who did far more to help workers and was the first woman ever to be in...
  • Catholics (and Friends and Kin of Catholics): Stop "Holy Mother the State" - Stop CCHD

    11/26/2011 9:52:12 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    This Roamin' Catholic ^ | November 25, 2011 | My Blog
    November 2011 Re: Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Dear Fr. Pete, With reference to yesterday’s conversation, thank you for permitting me to: Lay out some context about the dangerous situation Catholic institutions in the U.S. are facing right now; Show how this is tied in to distortions in our concept of mission, including --- in context ---CCHD’s over-all projects and priorities, which I would say are problematic in themselves; and Do a fast review of the most glaring “short term” CCHD grantee problems: there are only a handful of these, but they flow almost inevitably from flaws in the...
  • Tax Simplification, Part II

    11/17/2011 3:18:26 PM PST · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | November 17, 2011 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    Saving $1,756 Billion, Overnight -By: Larry Walker, Jr. -“There is no doubt that many provisions in the Tax Code benefit narrow groups of taxpayers, but the dirty little secret is that the largest special interests are us – the vast majority of U.S. taxpayers. Virtually all of us benefit from certain exclusions from income, deductions from income, or tax credits.” ~National Taxpayer AdvocateAccording to Article I, Section 7 of the United States Constitution, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” And,...
  • Former NY Gov. Spitzer: Obama Hasn't Reformed Wall Street (as he holds back tears)

    11/10/2011 9:43:03 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 4 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 11-10-11 | Newsmax Wires
    Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is disappointed with fellow Democrat President Barack Obama’s treatment of the financial industry. That’s a sector that Spitzer frequently took on as New York state attorney general. “The president embraced a very status quo vision of Wall Street,” Spitzer told Al Jazeera news service. “He did not lead an effort to fundamentally reform the way our financial sector operates. He put Tim Geithner in as Treasury secretary, and Geithner and [National Economic Council Director Lawrence] Summers together were very much status quo voices.”
  • School Reform Is Making Advances across America/ ( Slow but Steady K-12 Socialist School Reform)

    11/09/2011 6:24:40 AM PST · by wintertime · 6 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | November 9, 2011 | Gary Jason
    I always like to report progress on a subject close to my classical liberal heart -- namely, the reform of our grotesquely dysfunctional K-12 public school system. School reform (from a classical liberal perspective) involves at least two things: school choice (i.e., putting the resources for education in the hands of parents, not the educational bureaucrats -- preferably by vouchers) and school employee accountability (i.e., tying teachers' compensation to their actual performance). Of the two, school choice is fundamental, because allowing parents and students to choose where they want the students to attend forces school administrators to worry about student...
  • Pontifical Council Reflects on the Global Economy

    11/04/2011 4:34:46 PM PDT · by Sick of Lefties · 5 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 11/4/11 | Noman
    Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson and Monsignor Mario Toso, President and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the Vatican, released a note last week entitled "Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems In the Context of Global Public Authority." The PCJP shares its reflections on the demands that integral development, globalization and the financial crisis make on society. It expresses the considered opinions of its authors and the Council. As with all communique's involving Catholic Social Doctrine, this one focuses on the common good and human dignity, the pillars on which CSD conceptually rests. Like...
  • Cuba Legalizes Private Home Sales (Private Real Estate Legal Again In Cuba)

    11/03/2011 9:33:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/03/2011 | BBC News
    The ban on property sales took effect in stages after Fidel Castro came to power in Cuba in 1959. Parents were able to pass property on to their children, but buying and selling property was not allowed. The rules have meant that for decades Cubans could only exchange property through complicated barter arrangements, or through even murkier black-market deals, often involving illegal payments and bribes. With the new law, Cubans will be allowed to own a maximum of two properties - their main home and a holiday home. A popular aspect of the law will be the abolition of the...
  • San Francisco police gaffes good for prison realignment plans

    10/21/2011 1:28:46 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | October 21, 2011 | Ari Burack
    Two drug-related police scandals inadvertently have helped The City prepare for an influx of inmates under the state’s recently implemented prison realignment plan. The inmate population at San Francisco’s jails dropped sharply in early 2010 after the Police Department’s drug lab scandal came to light and again this year after allegations began surfacing about police misconduct during drug raids at residential hotels, Sheriff’s Department statistics show. By Oct. 3, when courts began redirecting prisoners convicted of minor offenses to county jails instead of state prisons, San Francisco jails were running at just 60 percent of capacity. “The crime lab fiasco,...
  • Some Latinos see Obama 'betrayal' on immigration

    10/09/2011 7:50:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    89.3 KPCC ^ | October 09, 2011 | Brian Naylor
    Latino leaders say the administration hasn't done enough to push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, while deporting too many immigrants. Still, the administration has sued to overturn tough immigration laws in two states, and is weighing challenges in others. For the president, it's a difficult political balancing act. President Obama came into office with strong Latino support, having won two-thirds of the Latino vote, according to exit polls. But for some, that support has turned to disillusionment. "There's a deep sense of betrayal and disappointment towards the Obama administration," said Sarahi Uribe, coordinator of the National Day Laborer Organizing...
  • CNN Poll: Majority of Americans do recognize Social Security is in need of reform

    09/30/2011 1:39:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2011 | Tina Korbe
    In further support of Ed’s theory that the third-rail curse is behind us, a CNN/ORC poll released yesterday evening shows that a majority of Americans think Social Security is either “in crisis” or has “major problems.” Perhaps even more importantly, a majority of those polled said they favor at least partial privatization.Twenty-two percent said the Social Security program is “in crisis,” up from just 17 percent in 2005, while another 49 percent said the program has “major problems.” A full 52 percent said they favor “a proposal … that would allow workers to invest part of their Social Security taxes...
  • Ohio firearms and concealed carry laws change Friday, September 30

    09/30/2011 7:28:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 29 September, 2011 | Ken Hanson
    Ohio concealed carry licensees, and gun owners in general, benefit from multiple changes in Ohio laws that take effect this Friday, September 30, 2011. Prior to explaining the changes in the laws, I must first take care of some personal business. As readers of this website are aware, last fall I had concerns about John Kasich's commitment to these two bills, should he be elected governor of Ohio. (Both bills were pending in the last legislative session, during the last Ohio gubernatorial election.) I wrote very confrontational posts on this website expressing these concerns. People are "quick to damn and...
  • Gingrich's New Contract With America

    09/29/2011 9:45:05 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 11 replies ^ | 09/29/11 | CaroleL
    Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich will officially release his 21st Century Contract with America this afternoon. The former Speaker of the House says the plan to "fundamentally change the trajectory of America" would most likely take a President Gingrich two full terms to implement and includes new choices in how Americans would buy health insurance, pay their income taxes and save for retirement.
  • Pelosi for tax reform only if it increases revenue

    09/16/2011 10:59:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/15/11 | Mike Lillis
    Pelosi for tax reform only if it increases revenueBy Mike Lillis - 09/15/11 01:21 PM ET The top House Democrat warned Thursday that the GOP's push for sweeping tax reform would win Democratic support only if it increases overall revenues. Republican leaders have been highly critical of the nation's 35 percent corporate tax rate, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected Thursday to ask the budget supercommittee to overhaul the tax code as part of its deficit-slashing mandate. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) preempted Boehner's speech Thursday with the stipulation that any such tax overhaul would have to...
  • Obama signs patent reform bill

    09/16/2011 9:22:42 AM PDT · by Morpheus2009 · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | September 16, 2011 | David Goldman and Alan Silverlain
    (CNN) -- President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that will overhaul the U.S. patent system for the first time since 1952. "We have to do everything we can to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit wherever we find it," Obama said at a signing ceremony at a high school in Arlington, Virginia. This measure "cuts away the red tape that slows down our inventors and entrepreneurs." Obama used the occasion to promote his $447 billion jobs plan, calling patent reform a "part of our (larger) agenda for making us competitive over the long term." Among other things, the measure, dubbed the America...
  • Entitlement Reform

    09/07/2011 5:09:40 AM PDT · by evilrooster · 2 replies
    Now that’s something we’ve been hearing for years…we have to fix entitlements to get control of the budget. Government revenues can’t keep up with growing demands.Revenue...if I hear another politician use the term revenue I’m going to go nuts. Tell me, what good or service does the government produce that generates revenue? Absolutely nothing!Government obtains funding through taxation – which means they are funded by the people. Why don’t they call it what it really is, an allowance. And much like the weekly allowance provided to a child, once it’s gone you have to wait until it’s replenished!The problem with...