Saturday, June 18, 2011

Do the Arizona wild fires symbolize our descent into hell?

Republican leadership conference is being held in New Orleans.  Not since Katrina have so many snakes and rats been in the streets of the crescent city.
Circle August 2nd on your calendars.  That is when the federal government will hit the debt ceiling and the United States would be in default to its debt holders.  Now I am sure Treasury Secretary Geithner can play some tricks with what gets pad first, but to those that do not think this is serious, you are sadly mistaken.  If the U.S. defaults, its debt rating will be lowered from AAA to junk and our costs for borrowing will sky rocket.  If you thought our debt was unbearable burden now….
Florida Governor Rick Scott wants to institute mandatory drug testing for all recipients of state aid (not including food stamps) and all government employees.  Here are the issues with this approach.  One, there is legal precedence that this type of testing for welfare recipients and state employees violates the 4th Amendment with respect to unreasonable search and seizure.  Two, the moral question that it is acceptable to pick on the weak and those that we do not like but do we drug test farmers who get federal subsidies.  Three, my favorite, Scott is a Tea Party hero who is against the overreach of government and the size of government, AND yet how do you rationalize mandatory quarterly drug testing?  Perhaps that is why he is currently at a 29% approval rating.
My final comment on the Wiener scandal; in order for there to be a sex scandal, doesn’t one need more than just the Weiner?  I mean where are the melons or taco?  Well the closest thing we have for a counterparty is Georgian Cheerleader coach Traci Nobles.  Flanked by two lawyers, how’s the book deal coming, Ms. Nobles appeared neither contrite nor Christian when she said she didn’t think about Weiner’s wife when they continued their on line romance.   Apparently she must also be a victim as her employer the Young Women’s Christian Organization is standing by her in the wake of the scandal.   Christians 1 Jews 0.
The latest Arizona embarrassment comes from Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal.  Like his predecessor and current Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Mr. Huppenthal has had in for the Ethnic Studies program popular in the Tucson School District.  Last week Mr. Huppenthal declared that the Tucson school district must abandon its ethnic studies or face the loss of significant state funding.  Huppenthal claimed that the $170,000 study the state paid to a handpicked firm to investigate the Tucson ethnic studies found violations to the state anti-ethnic studies law that states:
A school district or charter school in this state shall not include in its Program of instruction any courses or classes that include any of the following:
1. Promote overthrowing the U.S. government;
2. Promote resentment towards a race or class of people;
3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic race; and
4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.
The fact is the study drew no such conclusions in fact here is a sample of the report’s findings:
“The findings of the auditors agree student achievement has occurred and is closing the achievement gap based on the re-analysis and findings of TUSD’s Department of Accountability and Research.”
“It is apparent that students enrolled in MASD courses in high school graduate in the very least at a rate of five percent more than their counterparts in 2005, and at the most, a rate of 11 percent more in 2010. Students who complete a MASD course during their senior year f high school are more likely to graduate than compared to non-MASD counterparts.”
“No observable evidence exists that instruction promotes overthrow of the U.S. Government. During the audit team’s visits, the American government was taught as it exists in terms of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. At no time was any conversation even remotely relevant to the overthrow of the U.S. government.”
“No observable evidence exists that instruction within Mexican American Studies Department promotes resentment toward a race or class of people. The auditors observed the opposite, as students are taught to be accepting of multiple ethnicities of people.”
“A majority of evidence demonstrates that the Mexican American Studies Department’s instruction is NOT designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.”
“No evidence as seen by the auditors exists to indicate that instruction within Mexican American Studies Department program classes advocates ethnic solidarity; rather it has been proven to treat students as individuals.”
In consideration of this finding and recent anti-immigration and anti-homosexual legislation I can only conclude that the government of the State of Arizona is bigoted and possibly racist.

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