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Educational Stupidity: DC Schools Declare World Traveling Piano Prodigy ‘Truant’

Imagine that you represent an embattled urban school system.  Plagued by decades of failure, waste, and ridicule, you have one saving grace-a young student that is a piano prodigy.  This student travels the world; winning competitions and amazing world wide audiences with her talent.  You might want to publicize that to perhaps enhance your own embattled image. Nah, declare her ‘truant’ and threaten her parents! Avery Gagliano is a commanding young pianist who attacks Chopin with the focused diligence of a master craftsman and the grace of a ballet dancer. The prodigy, who just turned 13, was one of 12 […]

What Would a $15 a Hour Minimum Wage Cause: Higher Prices vs. Robots

The effort to provide millions of workers with a living wage put millions of workers out of a job, the SEIU Communist Party is leading protests against fast food joints all over the US.  Their demand is a $15 a hour minimum wage.  As usual, the SEIU Communists, being ignorant of how businesses actually work, fail to recognize the consequences of their actions; like higher prices… Fight for 15 The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched an expensive PR campaign calling for wages of at least $15 an hour in the fast-food industry. This Fight for 15 is part […]

IRS gives bonuses to workers cited for misconduct

Hat/Tip to Jamie Dupree Only in the government can a worker lie, cheat and steal and be rewarded for it. The IRS has confirmed that it routinely hands out performance bonuses to employees who have been cited for misconduct, and in some cases were actually suspended! The report from the Treasury Inspecter General for Tax Administration found 1,146 performance awards were given to IRS employees who had tax conduct issues, which included “willful understatement of tax liabilities over multiple tax years, late payment of tax liabilities, and underreporting of income.” The report, which focused on a two year period from […]

The Name Game

  “Like Manchurian candidates, we have been made into Manchurian consumers, who subconsciously buy when we are triggered by our brand masters.” – Bryant H. McGill Name recognition.  It’s why corporations spend millions plastering their emblems on every stray sporting venue that seats more than 5 people; why jingle writers drive Cadillacs; why, in politics as in nursery schools, rhyme is always more effective than reason; and why Hillary Clinton, according to a March poll conducted by the Associated Press, is viewed more favorably than crab lice by 1,016 randomly chosen American idiots. This is a woman, after all, who […]

School Kids Say ‘Thanks’ To Michelle Obama for Their Crappy School Lunches

Michelle Obama should be proud.  The school lunch program that she championed is such a great success, that students all over the US are singing it’s….praises? The Blaze has some tweets…   Yes, the kids are speaking out, and it seems to be more cursing than anything else.   Of course, the government’s response is been to basically say STFU. As a result of these clearly fulfilling lunches, over 1,000,000 less children are taking part in the school lunch program.  In the extended economic fail fueled by Obama’s policies should cause the school lunch program to grow even more.  But, as […]

Mother of Student “Suspended” for Opionion on Common Core

Public schools are agents of liberalism.  Therefore, expect force and censorship to be part of the methodology.  Take the example of Katherine Duran, who was “suspended” from her son’s school for opposing Common Core… A school in Sacramento, California, has suspended a mom over her stance against Common Core. You read that correctly, the Mark Twain School in Sacramento has told the mother of a 12-year-old student that she has been suspended for two weeks. Police in Sacramento served the 14-day suspension to Katherine Duran in her home following a disagreement with the school over the soon-to-be enacted Common Core standards. […]

One Swell Foop

“The U.S. government has now loaded up the books with so many laws, restrictions, regulations, and mandates, that not only is it impossible for citizens to know them all but it is impossible to live a full day of normal activities without committing at least one or more criminal acts, to the tune of an average of three felonies a day.” – Anthony Martin “Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party.” – David Kahane Statistically speaking, if you could remove in one fell swoop all Democratic politicians from the […]

Common Core Math Problem Blasted by Parent

Common Core seems to be uncommonly stupid.  As social media allows the distribution of the nonsense, more and more Americans are finding out that the only thing common about the core is that it’s intrusive, nonsensical, and full of propaganda.  For the latest, here is a parent’s response to an overly complicated math problem… Of course, practical reality has nothing to do with education.  In fact, I believe that is intentional.  Reality doesn’t cooperate with the regressive agenda.  Common Core should be called Common Corpse-at least Obama would get it.

Never Go Full Dinkins! Bill de Blasio’s St. Patrick’s Fail

A great parade where everyone is Irish for the day   Happy St. Patrick’s Day!   Today, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day.  Here in New York City the big event is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade up Fifth Avenue.  (Former governor Hugh Carey once famously remarked that they “march up 5th and stagger down 3rd.”)   The New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is not only the largest in the world but the oldest civilian parade in the world.   Politicians are expected to march in it.   Except……   The current mayor of New York City, […]

Some Brief Thoughts on Putin, the Ukraine, and the Weakness of Barak Hussein Obama

If you recall, in 2009 on the heels of his infamous World Apology Tour, Barak Obama paid a visit to Russia, where he was famously snubbed in a receiving line.  The Nice Deb covered that at the time… After bowing to foreign kings, and after a career of community organizing, dithering, and overall liberalism, foreign powers came to the same conclusion as informed voters here in the US: Barak Obama is a weakling who is interested in failed liberal policies, not governing, or even defending the country he swore an oath to protect Vladimir Putin, on the other hand, is […]

Gay Rights Supporter Wants to ‘Target,’ and “Get Rid of,” Those That Disagree With Gay Agenda

The forces of “tolerance” are at it again.  We’ve covered the hateful rhetoric and efforts to ruin those that oppose the gay rights agenda.  Of course, they don’t target Muslims, but I think we know why that is.  But, at any rate, Robert Stacy McCain has more on the latest, when gay rights supporter, Chloe Nelson, opined on a video of controversial pastor, Scott Lively… …LGBT activist named Chloe Nelson posted this comment on Facebook: It’s time that the LGBT community forms a new organization that targets homophobes, bigots, religious zealots, religious fanatics, and all other assholes who are against […]

Piers Morgan Gets the Ax at CNN: And Nothing of Value was Lost

Piers Morgan, whose rants about guns undoubtably thrilled all three of his viewers, has reportedly parted ways with CNN.  Of course, nothing of value was lost.  CNN has given up on trying to make Piers Morgan the new Larry King after a three-year run and will pull the plug on the Briton’s 9 p.m. talk show, which has been finishing far behind rivals Megyn Kelly on Fox News Channel and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. According to Nielsen ratings from last week, “Piers Morgan Live” was seen nightly by just 270,000 viewers nationwide and only 50,000 people in the key advertising […]

Is Your Pre-Existing Condition Really Covered Under ObamaCare?

One of the selling points of ObamaCare is the claim that one cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.  However, what if you’re covered under ObamaCare, but your providers are not part of any ObamaCare plan?  Poor Richard’s has more… from Forbes (emphasis mine): For someone in the middle of a cancer treatment, or someone with a chronic condition, this can be extraordinarily distressing, and perhaps dangerous to their health. Edie Littlefield Sundby writes in the Wall Street Journal that she is on the verge of losing her treatment program for stage-4 gallbladder cancer. Why? Her existing plan […]

When Auto-Correct Attacks!

Anyone with an Android or IOS device will know what the title means-the auto-correct function on your phone will take an otherwise intelligent person, and at the least, make them look idiotic.  At the worst, auto-correct will make you look like a pervert.  A friend on Facebook recently posted a link to a post featuring some classic auto-correct fails.  Here are a couple samples… There are a bunch more auto-correct disasters over at the link, so go check it out.  

Students Sue California for Public School Failures; Teacher’s Unions in Opposition

I’m frankly surprised that this hasn’t happened sooner, but students are suing California for (allow me to paraphrase) having a crappy educational system.  FOX has more… Amidst ongoing national debate, nine public school students in California are suing the state over its laws governing teacher tenure, seniority and other protections they say keep bad educators in the classroom. The Los Angeles Times reports the lawsuit – filed on behalf of the students and their families by a group called Students Matter – argues such laws violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection because they lead to a “gross disparity,” […]

Venezuela: Communist Dictator Blames Others for Failure of Communism

As I have noted many time, leftists, whether they  call themselves communists or not, share the blame game with their fellow travelers.  When the Soviet Union’s beautiful collective farms failed to produce; causing the Soviet Union to go from being a food exporter to starving millions, someone had to be blamed.  Rather than admit that their bastions of equality and social justice were a steaming pile of rancid failure, they created scapegoats.  “Conspirators” with the “imperialist capitalists,” usually some poor slobs that the political commissars didn’t like, were rounded up, or “disappeared.”  It didn’t really solve the problem, but at […]

Crises Response by Two Presidents: A Look Back

As we head into the new year, with an eye on the upcoming, all-important mid-term elections, let’s take a look back at how two different presidents handled a crisis, shall we? These events are separate; each having their own hurdles and problems, but both tied to the same geographic area. On one hand, we have President George W. Bush and one of the major crises of his administration – that would be Hurricane Katrina. And on the other, we have President Barack H. Obama and his response to the Gulf Oil Spill. On April 20, 2010 the deep water oil […]

This is What Socialism Does to a Country

For those of you with half a brain, or any knowledge of history, or simply a grasp of the obvious would know, socialism takes anything, and turns it into a steaming pile of failure.  For this example, we excerpt Fausta, and see what socialism has done to Venezuela.  Venezuelan blogger Miguel Octavio sees A Confusing Future Ahead For Maduro And Venezuela. Let’s look at a Zara store in Venezuela, before price controls, and a Zara store after, Enter the black market, in force. And here is video… Note the video reports that their new dictator claims that TV’s cost so […]