March 22, 2014

Chicago Trib ‘Forgets’ Illinois’ Unpaid Bills in Covering Dems’ ‘Millionaire Tax’ Referendum Proposal

I would say “Only in Illinois,” but I suspect that other states have similar problems and would propose “solutions” just as nutty as the Democratic state Speaker Michael Madigan and his party have chosen.

The states has an unpaid bills backlog of $5.8 billion, meaning that vendors are going months before they get paid. We’re supposed to be thrilled that this total is down from $8.8 billion several years ago. So when I read that Madigan wants to impose a “millionaire” income tax of 3 percent over and above the steep tax increases on income-earning Illinois residents across the board three years ago, I figured that he would at least plan on using the money to further whittle down those past-due amounts. Silly me. Unfortunately, reporters Ray Long, Monique Garcia and Maura Zurick at the Chicago Tribune didn’t even bring the topic of old bills up in covering Madigan’s ill-advised plan, which seems to have more to do with swaying the November election results — especially the race for the governor’s mansion — than anything substantive:

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A Michelle Malkin Must-Read: ‘Get to know the Common Core marketing overlords’

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:50 pm

Okay, all of Michelle’s columns are must-reads, but this one is especially so (links are in original):

Get to know the Common Core marketing overlords

… Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who’s funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests.

The foundational myth of Common Core is that it’s a “state-led” initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the new ad campaign tell you all you need to know. For parents in the know, this will be a refresher course. But repeated lies must be countered with redoubled truths.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is one of the leading Common Core ad sponsors. It’s a self-described nonprofit “think tank” founded by a pantheon of Beltway barnacles: former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell.

“Lobbying tank” would be more accurate. …

… Jeb Bush’s “Foundation for Excellence in Education” is also saturatingthe airwaves with ads trying to salvage Common Core in the face of truly bipartisan, truly grassroots opposition in his own home state of Florida. As I’ve reported previously, the former GOP governor’s foundation is tied at the hip to the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which pulled in $186 million through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program to develop Common Core tests.

… Two D.C. trade associations, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, continue to rubber-stamp Common Core propaganda. They are both recipients of tens of millions of dollars in Gates Foundation money. NGA employed Democratic education wonk Dane Linn to help shepherd through the standards; Linn now flacks for Common Core at the D.C.-based Business Roundtable lobbying shop, another leading sponsor of the ads now bombarding your TVs and radios.

Despite its misleading name, the NGA does not represent all of the nation’s governors, holds only nonbinding resolution votes, and serves primarily as an“unelected, unrepresentative networking forum,” as Heartland Institute scholar Joy Pullmann put it, with funding from both taxpayers and private corporations. NGA’s Common Core standards writing meetings were convened in secret and are protected by confidentiality agreements.

Direct public input was nil.

Which explains why Common Core is such crap.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032214)

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 may follow.

Positivity: Picture of Baby Miscarried at 12 Weeks Saves Unborn Baby From Abortion

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Life News:

When LifeNews featured the story of Baby Noah, who died from a spontaneous miscarriage on February 20th, 2014, the image went viral as pro-life people shared it with friends and family. Noah’s mother, Lara, named him Noah because it means “rest” and “peace.”

Kristen Benfield is one of the pro-life people who shared the moving image of little Noah, who unfortunately lost his life before he ever had a chance to live one day outside of his mother’s womb. Fortunately, because of Kristen’s desire to share the image of Noah with others, another baby will get that chance who could have been killed in an abortion.

After Kristen shared the image on Facebook, she received a note from a woman named Lara who had been considering an abortion.

“So, not really sure how I know you exactly or why were Facebook friends just know that your 12 week old image and article had a profound effect on me and my current situation. Thank you… Just know that your post has changed my outlook. Thanks girl for more than you know,” her friend Lara emailed her. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Unrepentant Pro-Life Sign-Destroying UC-Santa Barbara Prof Formally Indicted; Press Attention Is Minimal

In another development most of the establishment press, with the usual exception of Fox News and the unusual exception of Reuters, has thus far predictably ignored, Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced on Friday the indictment of University of California-Santa Barbara Associated Professor Mireille Miller-Young on charges of “theft from a person, battery, and vandalism.” The case’s first hearing is scheduled for April 4.

To bring those who didn’t see your truly’s Monday post up to speed: “As seen in a video at the YouTube site of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (warning: profanity), a UCSB associate professor (Miller-Young) took a sign away from a participant in a campus pro-life outreach effort. Flanked by two students, she took the sign back to her office and destroyed it.” Excerpts from the Reuters report by Laila Kearney follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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