Archive for April, 2011

Class size

How can Atrios be so blind. He taught at the university level, which is completely different from K-12.

Yglesias to spouting the latest nonsense from the education deform gang, that hiring good teachers is more important than class size.

How are you going to attract quality teachers if you expect them to deal with a class of 40 seventh graders?

You know how to recognize a public policy scam? When the person is advocating a policy that they don’t plan to live with. Yglesias did not go to public schools, does not teach in them, does not plan to send his children to them, he is advocating policies that other people’s children will have to live with.

What I don’t understand is why doesn’t Candi Patterson and/or Nathan Saunders make an appointment and to give him a briefing? That is part of what a union should do for its members.

Question for Archbishop Dolan

Are you going to publicly repudiate Bill Donohue? Because on something like this silence equals conscent.

I am asking Archbishop Dolan because the New York Times is his hometown newspaper and when a man publicly identified as a Catholic publishes such a morally abhorrent advertisement, it behooves the Archdiocese of New York to repudiate it.

I could ask the same of Cardinal Wuerl.

Really, it is impossible to dismiss the thought that the Roman Catholic church is run by truly horrible people who are a eminent danger to children, gays and lesbians, women, and gynecologists.

Decline and fall of Michelle Rhee


Three Cheers for Vincent Gray

Mayor Vince Gray, D.C. Councilmembers Arrested!

Mayor Vince Gray and several members of the D.C. Council sat down in the middle of Constitution Avenue NE near the Hart Senate Office Building late today to protest “riders” in the budget deal Congress and the White House reached Friday night

No Taxation without Representation!

Urban VI versus Clement VII

That is what our national political discourse reminds me of. The difference between Obama and the Democrats and Boehner and the Republicans is like the difference between Urban VI and Clement VII. The only thing that they care about is who controls the power and who gets the loot. They are totally indifferent to the well being of ordinary Americans.

The no concession consession


I have to rescind my assessment last night that John Boehner got nothing out of the late negotiations on the 2011 budget. Apparently, he won the restoration of a ban on the District of Columbia spending its own money to help poor women obtain abortions. President Obama and the Democrats had lifted that ban earlier in his presidency, and now it is back. Boehner also won funding for the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which spends federal money on private schools in the District. In addition to these concessions, there is another rider that was left unresolved. Will the DC government be able to spend money on a needle-exchange program? The answer will come out of negotiations between the House and Senate. So, it appears that DC Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s fears have been realized; as the District took the hit for a budget deal.

Obama is an anti-abortion extremist. He keeps blocking access to abortions in a way that other players take the blame; but the result is always the same, less access to abortion. Obama is a truly horrible person.

Attention Deanwood and Benning Road

Far Northeast Livability Study
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 – 10AM to 12PM