No! I’m not blogging on Wisconsin!

But I still shake my head at what passes for logic or thoughtful discourse when we approach the topic of education.  So in a fit of snark, I pick these two unrelated and yet very similar vignettes…

Rand Paul on Letterman and a poorly named “Living Ark” classroom project in London. 

First: A transcript from Rand Paul’s Letterman appearance via Fox

David Letterman: The school system is bereft. It needs attention. It has fallen behind. We are embarrassingly trailing other nations in terms of public schools.

Rand Paul: Yes, we can agree. We can agree to the problem, but here’s the rub. In Washington, D.C., we spend $20,000 per pupil and we still have a crummy school system. It’s failing our kids; our kids are dropping out. Half of them are dropping out before they finish high school…their scores are abysmal…and we spend more and more money. So money’s not always the answer. You have to do something, but I think part of the problem is we’ve taken education from the local sphere and now we control it from Washington and I think that’s been a mistake.

Well, something has gone haywire because it’s not working and I’m sure I agree with that argument but if we’re going to throw money at something, why not education? Let’s just see if it improves somehow.

Paul: Well, I think competition makes things better. You have to compete with other late-night comedians; I have to compete with other physicians. I think competition makes us better. Think if you didn’t have that guy, what’s his name, you have to compete with?

(fade to commercial break)

Letterman: You know, I think he’s wrong about some of these things. I just can’t tell you why.


Via the UK’s Mailonline (H/T Watts Up With That?)

Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.

Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson – there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building.

The much feted zero-carbon Living Ark classroom was opened three months ago to great fanfare… 

…But there is snag – its solar panels only provide enough energy to power a few lightbulbs.

As a result the classroom is bitterly cold and uninhabitable for lessons…..

….[T]oday a local parent at the 419-pupil school said teachers weren’t allowing pupils into the classroom because it was too cold.

Oh, that’s not the funny part.  Read on:

Headteacher Jill Hughes defended the project and said she hoped classes would be held in the classroom when the weather gets warmer.

She said: ‘We’re delighted to have the Living Ark – its a tremendous resource both for the school and the local community and is an important part of the Muswell Hill low carbon zone initiative.’


Letterman  completely disregards that $20,000 per pupil in DC = crummy school system and continues to advocate throwing money at education to “see if it improves somehow.”  Now THERE’S logic!

And the Headteacher is proud of an EMPTY  (albeit very pretty) classroom and touts it as a “tremendous resource” and “hopes” it can be used….someday. (Psst: Ms. Hughes – if having a low carbon classroom was that important, you coulda’ saved a bunch of money by building a room out of cinderblocks and keeping it empty too. Ugly to be sure – but just as low carbon as your pretty Living Ark – which you should probably rename, BTW.  Glad the original Ark like…actually worked and all….)

Facts, who needs ’em? I think these folks are wrong about these things…and I just told you why!  Have YOU come across head shakingly silly discourse on education that you’d like to share?


NYE Laundry

Darling pjHusband this morning: What do you want to do to ring in the New Year?

Tired Mom of sick toddler: I don’t care as long as it doesn’t involve vomit.  Fever-free would be grand, too.

Dare to dream.

News from my hung-head coffee perusing for your enjoyment.

Fun stuff happening at Potluck.  Just a Conservative Girl asks if a civil war brews for the GOP.  And Pundette asks if NYC unions did intentionally slow the snow clean up this week, resulting in the death of a newborn.  Another infant dies as a result, too.  Heads should roll.  But since these are union heads not private industry heads, the media won’t care, nor will Big Brother. 

A laugher: Democrat regrets “death-panel” language.

JWF: Our esteemed AG says the Black Panther case a “made-up” controversy.  I’m torn as to which will blow up for the O administration, Black Panthers or Pigford.  What say you?

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air ponders the green-induced government-backed destruction of jobs and food (and countless lives) in California’s Central Valley.  This is shameful.  Victor Davis Hanson writes about California’s self-induced woes regularly, and Ed’s column reminded me of this VDH gem on the Central Valley earlier in the month. Also related: Quite Rightly questions the government’s new role in regulating food “safety.” 

Pundette highlights the idiocy of the WaPo’s wizard of smart columnist, Ezra Klein.  Seems as though the boy-genius doesn’t understand the Constitution because it’s “old.”  Heh.

Katie Couric thinks we need a Muslim “Cosby Show” because we’re all so racist, and it would help build bridges of understanding or some such liberal nonsense.  Hey Katie: Here’s my vote for Cliff.  At least he wasn’t caught building bombs, no?

Government is going green today…

With cap n’ trade.  

It’s back.  Pundette has the scoop.  Me, I need the laughs at this point.

The movers arrive in TWO days?! (Various and Sundry)

New conclusion: it’s much easier to pull the stakes and move out after living in a home two years than it is four.  Roots run deeper.

Playing catch-up with the news.

Yea for Arizona’s new immigration law which makes it a crime to be in the state illegally.  A no-brainer, really, except the liberals are beside themselves.  Entering the country illegally is a crime in and of itself.  Shocker. 

The President calls the measure to enforce in Arizona “misguided.”  More from our illustrious leader:

“Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others,” Obama said at a Rose Garden naturalization ceremony for 24 members of the U.S. military. “That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona.”

Beware Obama’s use of the word “responsible.”  In this case “responsible” translates to “full amnesty” so that Democrats will replenish their ever-dwindling number of voters in time for the November elections.

Another fake: using soldiers (who entered the country legally) as props (what else should we expect from the Greek-column President?) as they become citizens (because they worked for it through service to this country). 

Professor Jacobson read the Arizona bill and has interesting commentary.

More Chris Christie love here.   The man makes me swoon (politically, of course, as pjHusband is the bee’s knees.  Don’t get any crazy ideas.)

Quote of the day:

“Yes, people are hurting. That’s why we need a tax increase.”

Go read the rest.  Keywords: union, Illinios, corrupt teachers.

Barbara at Mommylife had the same thought I did re the Obama’s “vacation” in the woods:  Obama’s slumming in North Carolina–who are they kidding.  The polls must be bad.  Not that they care, of course. 
A Saturday surprise: Lindsey Graham pulls his support from the cap-n-tax debacle he helped author.  Let’s hope more Senators get a clue.

Two polls, 23,000 jobs, and a joke

I. Rasmussen numbers for the day: Obama’s “approval index” hit -20

23% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20. For President Obama, the Approval Index has been lower only once.

I checked the graph.  It was lower the week of Christmas, and I don’t think it’s coincidental that was the week the Senate voted on Obamacare v.1

II. Thank you, President Obama:  Majority says government a threat to citizens’ rights.


Can we deduct 23,000 from whatever number of jobs O claims to have “created or saved”?

23,000 Floridians will lose jobs because of Obama cuts to the Space Program.  A troll response would be, “but I thought you wanted Obama to cut spending to save money?”  Heh.  Yes, I do, but on unnecessary social programs (or like the $410 million he’s given the Safe Schools Czar to make sure schools are gay-friendly and give fisting lectures). 

But nixing the space program which creates jobs–private sector jobs?  No.   AJ Strata warned of this a few weeks ago.   And there aren’t other jobs necessarily waiting for these people, either.  No jobs. Jobs cut. Foreclosures in Florida already extremely high.  Welcome to a mess.


Try not to laugh: Weather “experts” say January was the hottest on record.   AJ Strata has serious number crunching up for further education today in his post, The Walls of Anthropogenic Global Warming Come Crashing Down.

Liberals find religion

If you can’t blame Bush, to whom do you turn?


From the UK Guardian:

Hugo Chávez may be wondering, as Venezuela’s taps run dry and its cities fall into darkness, whether God is on the side of the Yankees.

The El Niño weather phenomenon appears to be taking sides as it parches leftist-ruled parts of South America and brings bounty to US farmers and corporations. One of the severest droughts in decades has given Venezuela’s socialist president a political nightmare as hydro-electrical power dribbles to a standstill, unleashing blackouts, rationing and protests. The waters behind the Guri dam, which supplies more than half the nation’s power, have touched perilously low levels. Chávez has declared an “electricity emergency”, urging people to spend no more than three minutes in the shower. The president has even dispatched Cuban pilots to seed clouds for rain.

That this is listed as news and not opinion cracks me up.

It gets better:

A suspicious soul could ask whether El Niño, a Pacific weather system that influences climate worldwide, is on Washington’s payroll. Monsanto and Dow Chemical are enjoying booming pesticide and fungicide sales in Argentina as farmers battle to save soy harvests. But in the US Midwest, farmers expect record corn and soy crops.

Venezuela’s economy is expected to shrivel as factories close and shops and offices reduce working hours. “It’s a true emergency,” said Chávez. With his popularity falling, he has fired the electricity minister and brought in foreign experts.

Chávez blames El Niño and climate change.

No wonder Obama likes him so much. being cut from the same cloth and all.

The new meme: “global warming makes blizzards worse!”

God help us fighting ignorance among the wizards of smart.

From Time Magazine: How Global Warming Makes Blizzards Worse.

There is some evidence that climate change could in fact make such massive snowstorms more common, even as the world continues to warm.
How much on the odds that some of the “evidence” came from the completely discredited IPCC? 
Meanwhile, we’ll wait for the blizzard whiteout to dig ourselves out for the second time in a week.

And we trust the government to run anything because?

Just heard on Rush: 25% of DC snow plows out of commission.

As many as 60 of the District’s snow plows are not working — bad news for thousands of residents still waiting for their streets to be cleared.

According to an internal email obtained by WTOP, 25 percent of the District’s snow plow fleet is down and they’re having trouble getting replacement parts.

D.C. is also now rationing their salt supply.

The email states they’ll have enough to get through the upcoming storm. DDOT has 9,000 tons of salt on hand, with another 32,000 tons coming in soon. The city normally has 40-50,000 tons of salt onhand.

In the DC DOT’s defense: I’m sure the global warming counselor told ’em the plows, salt, and sand were unnecessary.  

We ventured out briefly last night and were shocked at how bad the roads still are.  Many friends in NOVA and DC have yet to be plowed out.  And we have 8-14″ more headed our way.

I agree with Rush’s point: if a private company were in charge of snow removal rather than local government, this wouldn’t be the case.  So true.  Our HOA fired the last snow removal company after December’s storm and the company’s lackluster performance.  New company verdict: awesome.  Poor road conditions outside our neighborhood surprised us because our streets are clear.

Digging out

The tabs are piled thigh-deep just like the heavy blanket outside.   

All DOD clinics now stock the morning-after pill as per the Commander-in-Chief’s command via Pundette in “The Abortion President Strikes Again.”  (Confession: her title calls to mind Star Wars, and now I can’t help but picture Obama in Darth Vader garb).

Jennifer Rubin exposes more of Attorney General Eric Holder’s ineptitude.  This is the man who would rather investigate the CIA’s transgressions than terror suspects.

A strong majority of people want to see the Tebow ad.

A note to RFK, Jr., who noted last year that global warming meant no snow or cold in DC: would you like to come reshovel my driveway and sidewalk?  Perhaps my back deck?

Speaking of global warming, the chief “scientist”  who cooked data at the discredited Climate Research Unit in England–ground zero for Climategate–says, “I thought of killing myself” after the scandal broke.  Boohoo.  Most crooks do.

Mark Steyn on the pronounce-o-prompter gaffe:

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama singled out for praise Navy Corpsman Christian Bouchard. Or as the president called him, “Corpseman Bouchard.” Twice.

Hey, not a big deal. Throughout his life, the commander-in-chief has had little contact with the military, and less interest. And, when you give as many speeches as this guy does, there’s no time to rehearse or read through: You just gotta fire up the prompter and wing it. But it’s revealing that nobody around him in the so-called smartest administration of all time thought to spell it out phonetically for him when the speech got typed up and loaded into the machine. Which suggests that either his minders don’t know that he doesn’t know that kinda stuff, or they don’t know it either. To put it in Rumsfeldian terms, they don’t know what they don’t know.

Smartest administration ever.  We’re just too dumb to know it.

This just in: news of Climategate slow to reach caves

Laughter always perks me up more than coffee.

Drudge headline this morning: Bin Laden blasts US for climate change.

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has called in a new audiotape for the world to boycott American goods and the U.S. dollar, blaming the United States and other industrialized countries for global warming.

In the tape, aired in part on Al-Jazeera television Friday, bin Laden warns of the dangers of climate change and says that the way to stop it is to bring “the wheels of the American economy” to a halt.

Funny: Osama bin Laden understands better than liberals (let on) that the sole reason for AGW BS is to destroy the US economy.  So we can all live in caves, too, apparently. 


Also in the global-warming-is-a-sham category this week: a “scientist” admits the data sets were false but that it was used to “encourage” governments into “concrete action.”

The scientist behind the bogus claim in a Nobel Prize-winning UN report that Himalayan glaciers will have melted by 2035 last night admitted it was included purely to put political pressure on world leaders.

Dr Murari Lal also said he was well aware the statement, in the 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), did not rest on peer-reviewed scientific research.

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Dr Lal, the co-ordinating lead author of the report’s chapter on Asia, said: ‘It related to several countries in this region and their water sources. We thought that if we can highlight it, it will impact policy-makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action.

‘It had importance for the region, so we thought we should put it in.’

More on the Himalayan glacial farce here

Brings new meaning to the term SHAM-WOW, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Linked from Pundette. (Thanks!) (And a Recommended Read!)