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JANUARY 20-21,  2023

WHAT IS THIS, A GOOD DEMOCRATIC MAYOR?  Amazing, stupendous, possibly the greatest story in political history.  America may have found a big-city Democratic mayor who knows the job.  Tell your friends, please.  From Fox:

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens rebuked those claiming that the anti-police riots seen overnight were not violent, saying that the charges against the six protesters arrested will include "domestic terrorism."

Dickens, a Democrat, pushed back on CBS host Margaret Brennan during an appearance on "Face The Nation" Sunday morning. During a panel slated to discuss crime and violence plaguing American cities, Brennan asked for an update on the protests in response to the death of 26-year-old environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Teran. 

Teran reportedly went by the name Tortuguita, identified as nonbinary, and used they/it pronouns. Authorities said Teran first shot and wounded a state trooper tasked with clearing protesters from the construction site of a new public safety training center. 

Teran was allegedly killed by Georgia State Patrol officers who returned fire, and Brennan noted how the protests in downtown Atlanta Saturday came in response to police saying body-camera footage of the shooting doesn’t exist. Dickens, instead, emphasized how the peaceful protests devolved into violence, noting how individuals "had explosives," "burned down a police car" and "broke windows at businesses." 

"And so our police department, along with our state and federal partners, took swift action within two blocks and brought that situation under control," Dickens said Sunday. "And the violence stopped, and those six individuals were arrested. And it should be noted that these individuals were not Atlanta or Georgia residents. Most of them traveled into our city to wreak havoc. And so, we love to support people when they're doing right, peaceful protest is a part of the American -- our freedoms, but when you are violent, we will make sure that you get held accountable." 

"When you say people from out of town, they're carrying explosives. Is this an organized movement here?" Brennan responded, noting how Atlanta newspapers cite possible links to "environmental activists, radical anarchist and black revolutionaries." Brennan also cited claims from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., blaming Democrats for condoning Black Lives Matter and Antifa. 

While Dickens declined to respond to Greene’s remarks, he agreed the riots constitute "domestic terrorism."

"The crimes range from violence to domestic terrorism to assault battery and some other things," the mayor said. "But yes, it is violent when someone turns to burn down a police car or breakout windows or have explosives on them. I don't get into the names. I don't know all the organizations. I'll let y'all decide who did it. I just know they're arrested. And if they come into Atlanta, again, to wreak havoc, they will be arrested again."

COMMENT:  Hey, that's what we want to hear.  Maybe this new mayor of Atlanta, elected in November, can turn things around.  That starts with the right words, and he's using the right words.  Compare him please with the mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, who's now running for re-election on her abysmal record, and appears to be losing. 

Let's watch Mayor Dickens.  We may well have a true leader on our hands.

January 22,  2023     Permalink

 

TAKING THE STAGE:  Potential Republican candidates for president are making themselves more visible.  Each one faces the daunting prospect of trying to defeat Donald Trump for the nomination, and watching this political dance will be fascinating.   We've heard more from Mike Pompeo recently, and Nikki Haley is resurfacing. 

However...don't forget this guy:  Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia.  He flipped Virginia red and has made education his core issue.  He rode a wave of discontented parents into the governor's office.  We're now seeing him again.  And again it's education.  From The Hill:

After seven high schools in Fairfax, Va., acknowledged failing to tell students of their national merit recognition, Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) sharply criticized the schools, saying their focus on equal outcomes is “hurting” Virginia’s students.

“They have a maniacal focus on equal outcomes for all students at all costs,” Youngkin told 7News reporter Nick Minock. “And at the heart of the American dream is excelling, is advancing, is stretching and recognizing that we have students who have different capabilities.”

“Some students have the ability to perform at one level, others need more help, and we have to allow students to run as fast as they can to dream the biggest dreams they can possibly dream and then go get them,” he added.

Thirteen high schools in Northern Virginia failed to notify students of national merit recognition ahead of significant college scholarship and admissions deadlines, 7News reported.

The National Merit Scholarship program requires applicants to take the PSAT test. About 50,000 students are chosen as commended students or as semifinalists in the program based on their qualified test scores. Although commended students do not have a chance to continue in the competition, those who qualify as semifinalists must submit an application to advance to the next portion of the competition, according to the program’s website.

The semifinal application was due to the program no later than Oct. 5, 2022. Some of the students across the Virginia schools qualified as semifinalists, but the schools’ failure to notify them in September caused them to miss the October deadline, 7News reported.
Youngkin says he will work to increase education standards across the state. He also criticized the superintendent of the Fairfax schools for hiring outside consultants for up to $450,000 to help create equal outcomes for all students.

“This overarching effort for equal outcomes is hurting Virginia’s children, and it’s hurting, even worse, the children that they aspire to help — children in the Black community and children in the Hispanic community and children who are in the socioeconomically challenged community and Virginia’s kids with disabilities,” Youngkin said.

COMMENT:  The excuse given by some of the schools that did not notify the commended students or semifinalists in time to have their honor included in their applications to college was that it would make other students feel bad.  Yup, that's what they said.

Youngkin has now promised a full state investigation of this travesty.  He takes action.  He senses public moods.  Like Ron DeSantis, he's an excellent governor.  He's a bit softer than Ron, and the public may welcome that.  He must be seen as a serious contender.

January 20-21, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

JANUARY 18-19,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE:

BYE-BYE:  Lots of people are leaving New York, as the Empire State slides into chaos.  From the New York Post:  Dazed and abused by high taxes and rising crime, more New Yorkers fled to Florida in 2022 than any year in history, according to new data.  A staggering 64,577 Empire staters exchanged their driver’s licenses for the Sunshine State version last year, according to figures from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  “They come in every day,” a staffer at a Jacksonville DMV office told The Post this week with a weary laugh. “I hear all the complaints. I feel like a therapist sometimes.”  The worker said the venting refugees harbor a long list of grievances — with taxes and eroding quality of life at the top of the list.  “It’s slowed down a little bit,” she said of the stampede. “But not by a whole lot, I can tell you that.”  I'm not at all sure that New York – at least New York City – can recover.   The institutions that made the city great, like Broadway, are in serious decline.  And the major population groups do not begin to value the great educational system that their ancestors created here.


THE LATEST ADVICE:  Pass this on to your friends.  Urgent.  From PJ Media:   Britain’s top food watchdog recently warned that bringing cake to the office is comparable to subjecting coworkers to second-hand cigarette smoke.  Professor Susan Jebb, chair of the UK’s Food Standards Agency, told The Times Health commission, “We all like to think we’re rational, intelligent, educated people who make informed choices the whole time and we undervalue the impact of the environment,” adding that “If nobody brought in cakes into the office, I would not eat cakes in the day, but because people do bring cakes in, I eat them. Now, OK, I have made a choice, but people were making a choice to go into a smoky pub.”
Jebb, who was speaking to The Times in her capacity as a private citizen, said that passive smoke is harmful, “and exactly the same is true of food,” citing skyrocketing obesity rates in the UK.  There! Write that down.  I've always suspected that people who bring cake are a secret enemy, a key component in bringing down the United States and freedom.  Now it's confirmed.

GREAT START:  He may be a Democrat, but Pennsylvania's new governor, Josh Shapiro, is off to a great start with an innovative idea that people across the political spectrum can endorse.  And he is showing courage in taking on one of the most powerful establishments in this country – the vastly overpowered colleges and universities.  From Fox Business:   

Just one day after being sworn in as the governor of Pennsylvania, Josh Shapiro signed an executive order getting rid of four-year college degree requirements for most state jobs. 

"In Pennsylvania the people should decide what path is best for them, not have it decided by some arbitrary requirement or any arbitrary limitation. There are many different pathways to success, whether it's through on-the-job training, an apprenticeship, vocational education, or college," Shapiro said before signing the executive order. 

"Degree requirements that reward folks who pursue one of these-19 paths, while shutting out those who pursue others, hurts us all."

About 92% of all government jobs in Pennsylvania, which is equivalent to 65,000 positions, will now be available to people regardless of their educational background. 

Shapiro wrote in the executive order that job postings should emphasize the "skills and experience" necessary over college degree requirements.

Pennsylvania also released a new website for job postings this week, which currently lists 738 openings. 

Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced last year that the state would drop college degree requirements for thousands of state jobs. 

Companies in the private sector are also increasingly dropping college degree requirements for middle-skill and even higher-skill roles, according to a survey last year by Harvard Business Review, which projects that 1.4 million jobs will be available to workers without college degrees in the next five years. 

COMMENT:  It's about time.  The college mystique has become far too pervasive in hiring practices.  Most jobs don't require a college degree, and many young people, according to statistics and anecdotal accounts, are looking for alternative training.  Also, the prestige of colleges has nosedived.  Stories about wokism, cancel culture, and various forms of bigotry, are circulated widely.  They don't provide much of an incentive for students to spend everything they have to spend four years on campus.

Many young people have also learned skills in the armed services.  In fact, it's a great incentive for joing the military, all the while serving your country.

January 18, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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