14 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-5-17

  1. I know a few teachers who will be happy to hear this.

    But don’t worry, the unions are already working on a way around it.


    “Now, as John Hinderaker reports at Powerline, another case is making its way before the court and it’s dealing with the same set of issues. Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31 is expected to be heard by the Supremes and this time Neil Gorsuch is on the case and the unions are bracing for defeat. If the practice of mandatory dues (which is actually much closer to extortion than anything else) is shot down, unions around the country will be in for some hard times.

    As John explains, this has some of them making preemptive moves to avoid bleeding out all that money.

    The public sector unions are bracing for defeat. In Minnesota, where I live, the most powerful political force, by far, is Education Minnesota, the state’s teachers’ union. Education Minnesota is beginning a campaign to trick teachers into signing up for the indefinite future, so that they will not be liberated by the anticipated Janus decision. Tom Steward has the story at Center of the American Experiment’s web site.

    This is a remarkably sneaky maneuver on the part of the teachers union there. Rather than allowing the teachers to decide on how their money will be spent in the political arena themselves, the union is asking teachers to sign a pledge effectively locking them into mandatory dues contributions for years to come. Here’s the pledge in question: (Emphasis in original)

    I agree to submit dues to Education Minnesota and hereby request and voluntarily authorize my employer to deduct from my wages an amount equal to the regular monthly dues uniformly applicable to members of Education Minnesota or monthly service fee, and further that such amount so deducted be sent to such local union for and on my behalf. This authorization shall remain in effect and shall be automatically renewed from year to year, irrespective of my membership in the union, unless I revoke it by submitting written notice to both my employer and the local union during the seven-day period that begins on September 24 and ends on September 30.”

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  2. We are going back to Texas after a nice visit to San Diego. I leave encouraged by what I saw. There were many, many children. I was pleased to learn that Asian-Americans have relatively high birth rates and I saw many military personnel with their children and many Hispanic children.

    The young people in San Diego work hard, as they do in Fort Worth. Many are making good money parking cars and waiting tables as they work their way through college. I am hopeful that soon the fads of perversion and tree hugging will begin to recede.

    I found this old article on the religious beliefs and practices of Asian-Americans.



  3. The visit to Mission San Diego de Alcala was the highlight of the visit. The courage and faith of Father Serra and the other priests who established the missions among the Indians was very impressive. Mission San Diego de Alcala is still a very active church with a large Catholic school next door.

    My wife celebrated the white male engineers who designed the Mount Palomar Observatory more than eighty years ago and built it entirely with private funding.

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  4. I almost never read a column by Charles M. Blow. He is one of the liberal columnists for the New York Times and when he writes about economics and social policy he is almost always wrong. However, you don’t have to be Milton Friedman, Bill Buckley or Thomas Sowell to know that it is important to elect leaders who are generally truthful. He makes important points in this article. We “conservatives” have sown the wind. We will reap the whirlwind.


  5. Oh, I love visiting California missions. It’s a rite of passage for California 4th graders, building little replicas of the missions, which we all fondly remember.

    Alas, that tradition is coming to an end soon — actually, I was surprised they were still allowed to do such a thing in the public schools here



    Mission replica projects may soon be a thing of the past at California public schools

    Throughout California public schools, there’s been a long standing tradition of fourth graders building replicas of missions, but new curriculum from the State Department of Education is recommending teachers put a stop to the project.

    “I think a lot of parents have a memory of the times spent creating missions with their family,” said Kimberly McGrath, Assistant Superintendent for San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

    It’s almost a rite of passage for 9-year-olds studying California history, constructing a replica mission with Popsicle sticks and sugar cubes. But new curriculum framework from the state is recommending public school teachers scrap the project next school year as part of a series of history lesson revisions.

    “We are definitely in the beginning stages of just really understanding the differences in the framework related to social studies and history,” McGrath said. …

    I collected the little bells sold at the missions as a kid, I still have 3 of them sitting on my mantle.

    And now I’ve decided to go Spanish Mission look for my little house going forward, since that’s its outward architecture with the notched roof line and simple ‘adobe-like’ form. Maybe time for another shopping trip over the border one of these days if I can avoid getting shot in the process.

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  6. DJ, Good luck in California’s fight to presetve California’s heritage.

    Yesterday in Escondido, I dropped my wife off at McDonalds to pick up a quick lunch while I got gas nearby. When two little Mexican boys were not paying attention and almost bumped into her, their mother scolded them in Spanish, telling them to “watch out for La Senora”. Chris appreciated both the scolding and the title which she much prefers to “Mujer”. There is some thought that Chris will require others to address her as La Senora when we return to Texas.

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  7. Ricky, for those of us less well-versed in Spanish, what is “Mujer”? How is it different in meaning and connotation from “La Senora”?


  8. Kevin, “Mujer” is roughly translated as “woman” while “La Senora” is roughly translated as “The Lady”. The mother’s choice of words were for my wife’s benefit, not her sons’.

    Eighty years ago, there was a pattern of expected polite behavior that extended beyond class or racial lines. This is why Mammy in Gone With the Wind could say of Scarlett and Rhett: “You can dress mules up like racehorses, but they will still be mules.” Examples of dignified behavior and proper training of children have largely vanished in America’s Jersey Shore/Trump culture. They should be celebrated when found.

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  9. Sure. I mean what could possibly go wrong?


    “There are days that I feel that I am living in the Twilight Zone.

    Then, I remember I live in California, the place where the state capital OK’s a plan to give $1.5 million to gang members so they won’t kill.

    Following a fatal shooting last weekend in a city park, the Sacramento city council unanimously approved a controversial program called Advance Peace in an effort to address a recent spike in violence.

    The program offers gang members cash stipends for graduating from school and generally staying out of trouble.

    Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg requested that the vote be moved up in response to the park shooting, which left one person dead and four injured, Fox 40 reported. The vote was supposed to take place in two weeks.

    Proponents assert that the plan is will work, based on models from other cities.

    “If we don’t try something different, we’re gonna continue to see these patterns,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

    The Advanced Peace program is aimed at combating gun violence in Sacramento by targeting the roughly 50 young men who are believed to be responsible for most of the gun violence in the city. The program is one modeled after a similar, successful one in Richmond that provides participants with high-level mentorship, daily check-ins, case management, and life-goal plans. Per studies presented to the council, from 2010 to 2016 Richmond saw a 50 percent reduction in firearm assaults and 54 percent reduction in related homicides.

    The funding for the gang members will be from the city’s general fund and will go to 50 men who are suspected of killing people (but lacking not enough evidence to prosecute them). The skeptics of this plan question the basis on which it was approved.”

    Now they’ll just be well-funded thugs instead.


  10. We are sitting in the very crowded San Diego airport and a 3-year old child has been screaming at the top of her lungs for ten minutes. She is not hurt or sick; she is mad. Her mother does not seem to be embarrassed and is clearly clueless about how to make the child behave. Everyone seems resigned to suffer until the child boards a plane. That is when 180 fellow passengers will really begin to suffer.

    The continuous uncorrected infantile behavior caused my wife to conclude that we were clearly dealing with an unfit mother. Of course, I made the obvious political analogy.

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