September 13, 2013

At AP, Kenosha, Wis. Water Spouts Are More Important Than City’s Teachers’ Union’s Decertification

A 10:30 p.m. ET search on “Kenosha” at the national web site of the Associated Press returned one result. An unbylined story supposedly deserving of national coverage out of Kenosha, Wisconsin tells us that “Twin water spouts put on a spectacular show over Lake Michigan, near the Wisconsin shore.” They were apparently unique because “two water spouts merged into one large one, then split.” But a quoted meteorologist says that water spouts “generally occur between August and October,” i.e., though they are surely a cool sight to behold, they aren’t all that unusual.

Something else very unique happened came out of Kenosha today, but the AP treated it as just a local story. The Kenosha school system’s teachers’ union, apparently joining the majority of other such unions in the state in the wake of Governor Scott Walker’s 2011 reforms, was decertified (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Michelle Malkin: ‘The Epic Meltdown of the Gun-grabbers’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:28 pm

Great column, with a nice assemblage of links below it for people who want to catch up to what really just happened in Colorado.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘This Depressing Economy; It’s far closer to the dreadful 1930s than you might think’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:29 am

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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It really is time to start benchmarking the economy’s performance against the 1930s, because it’s no longer enough to say that it’s “the worst economy since the Depression-era 1930s.”

Here are the indicators discussed in the column and how they compared after the Great Depression, the “Great Recession,” and other downturns:

RecoveryComps1930sVsObamaVsOthers

As the column states:

It may be hard to get used to the idea, but the onslaught of statistics such as these in the areas of employment and output indicates that we’re in an economy which, in certain statistical respects, more resembles what the nation experienced during the 1930s than during the other far more legitimate recoveries seen since World War II.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091313)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items (updated sporadically; items time-stamped 6:05 a.m., if any, were posted earlier and held).
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Positivity: College network seeks to change campus debate on sex

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Princeton, New Jersey:

Sep 8, 2013 / 04:12 pm

As college students around the country kick off a new school year, one national organization is working to change prevailing campus attitudes that accept casual sexual encounters as the norm.

Cassandra Hough, founder of the Love and Fidelity Network, explained that “on the majority of college campuses, there’s a one-sided view” on questions of marriage, family and sexuality, “and there’s a lot of pressure for students to conform.”

“The Love and Fidelity Network looks to balance that conversation and challenge the sexual norms on campus by providing an alternative,” she told CNA.

Hough founded the network in 2007 after helping to start the Anscombe Society, a Princeton University group promoting chastity and sexual integrity on campus.

“It became apparent when I was a student leader at the Anscombe Society that a national organization was needed to provide college student leaders with the resources, arguments, leadership training, support and the network to start student groups and effectively defend marriage, family and sexual integrity on their college campuses,” Hough explained.

Since its beginnings with two student groups on two college campuses, the Love and Fidelity Network has grown in the past six years to have active student groups on 23 campuses nationwide, with 10 additional schools in various stages of forming student groups.

“We have a growing membership” and a continually expanding range of conferences, campaigns and resources for students, Hough said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.