Biased Agendas

One more example of PC intrusion into the schools, bringing “equality” to the ranks. As usual, this doesn’t elevate anyone; it reduces all to the lowest common position so that EVERYONE gets a trophy.

For the sake of “equity,” school abandons tradition of honoring top performing graduates

A Florida high school is abandoning its tradition of graduating top students in white robes after some deemed the practice inequitable.

In previous years, students who achieve the high ranks of earning a 4.0 or beyond have traditionally walked in a white robe, but the practice will now be disbanded at Leto High School.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, district spokeswoman Tanya Arja claimed that school leaders “want to be focused on equity at the school,” while placing an emphasis “on being a Falcon family,” referencing the Florida school’s mascot.

But some students are “heartbroken” by the change, including student Abel Urdaneta, who told The Times that he and his peers “have worked hard every single day so that we could graduate with honors and be celebrated on the day we walk across the stage.” [snip]

Such practices, though, encourage students to apply themselves, as Urdaneta rightly observed, despite how inequitable they may be perceived. There’s nothing prejudiced about being better at something than someone else.

Hard work deserves to be rewarded and recognized, especially among young people, just as bad marks should instill a sense of wanting to improve. Seeing peers and colleagues overcome obstacles and reach accomplishments can be an encouragement to work harder. Competition helps everyone become the best versions of themselves. Teaching students at a young age that hard work doesn’t pay off will not prepare them well for the world of work, where diligence is expected and failure is punished.

If everyone is equal, all get the same results regardless of how hard they work, why work? Why invest the time and energy to learn when it makes no difference.
Once more, the errors of socialism rears it’s ugly head, destroying instead of creating.


Climate Foibles

The first rule for getting out of a hole is to “STOP DIGGING!”
In Vermont, this logic is verboten. The Progressive Eco-nazis are hell bent on creating what they assume to be Gaia’s Utopia in the Northeast.

Vermont’s greenhouse gas mandate is costly

Vermont, along with 19 other states, has a long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction mandate. The original mandate, signed into law in 2006, called for a 75 percent reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2050. In 2011, then Gov. Peter Shumlin raised the goal to a 90 percent reduction by 2050, something which the 2016 State Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP) discusses in detail.

Too bad the numbers don’t add up. Vermont’s mandate is much more than a requirement to supply consumers with electricity from renewable resources like wind and solar power. It will require virtually complete electrification of the Vermont economy to eliminate almost all fossil fuel consumption. Cars and trucks, oil- and gas-fired furnaces, industrial processes, virtually everything that now uses fossil fuels will need to be replaced with its electric counterpart. [snip]

Meeting the 90 percent GHG reduction goal will require replacing virtually all fossil fuel use in the state with electricity, and ensuring that there is enough electricity to do that…

How much electricity will Vermont need? Suppose Vermont could reduce total end-use energy consumption to just 100 TBTUs by 2050. That’s 30 TWh of electricity, five times the amount consumed in 2015. Currently, Vermont gets 2 TWh of electricity each year from hydropower and another 1 TWh from burning wood. That leaves 27 TWh from wind and solar power.

Last November’s election appears to have confirmed that Vermonters don’t want thousands of giant wind turbines dotting the landscape… And despite cost decreases, solar power is still much more costly than power purchased on the wholesale market. Thus Vermonters would pay even higher electricity prices… .

Replacing all of the fossil-fuel-using equipment in the state and adding electric vehicle charging stations would cost billions of dollars more.

Curiously, nowhere does the 2016 CEP discuss the benefits of reducing the state’s GHG emissions… . No measurable climate impacts mean zero climate benefits.

Ambitious, math-challenged legislators can always vote to impose costly and foolish mandates like Vermont’s with little pushback from voters. But Vermont’s mandate, like the mandates in other states, will impose additional costs on residents and businesses with zero offsetting benefits. Vermont’s is just another economically damaging exercise in symbolic environmentalism and political grandstanding.

Power outages in Vermont during winter are not an uncommon event. In the more rural areas, the power lines don’t follow roadways, but traverse the shortest routes which will cut over rifgelines and undeveloped land. Vermont winters, despite the Warmist believers’ fantasies, get a hell of a lot of snow in the northern part of the state and the southern part, ice.
Getting to some of these power lines can be extremely difficult. In 1998, an ice storm took out power in Chittenden, LaMoille and Addison Counties for close to a week. If everything is electric power including the repair vehicles, how do the repairs get made.

For the unbelievers, I made this photo one morning at my place.

No power and these temps aren’t pleasant.

Biased Agendas

You will never get an honest answer from a Leftist group. Their agenda isn’t to present anything factual; it’s to contort and/or distort whatever the issue is to be presented. No counterpoint will be tolerated.

Gun control moms group advertises public meeting, then shuts out Vermonters

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America visited the capital and held what was advertised as a public meeting, only to turn away about a dozen pro-gun rights guests at the door.

They even called the police on people who arrived to attend the Tuesday night meeting.

Montpelier police officer Kevin Moulton told True North that when he went in to the meeting to address the situation, he was told the space was rented out, meaning organizers were “within their legal right” to make it private even after advertising it as public.

The meeting was originally scheduled at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, but instead it took place at an office building about a half mile away on Barre Street.

That was not the only change of plans.

“Well I RSVP’d online as I was requested,” Richard Ley from Clarendon told True North. “I have received emails from them, and I drove an hour and a half to be at the meeting here tonight to find that the venue we arrived at was closed, with no address to attend the meeting which they held at a different location.

“I’m very disappointed in the fact that they would do that to me,” he said.

Ley said he simply wanted to attend the meeting since it was touted as a community conversation. “Instead I was turned away at the door,” he said.

Moms Demand Action has connections with former New York City Mayor and prominent anti-gun activist Michael Bloomberg, according to the New York Times. [snip]

Eddie Cutler, president of Gun Owners of Vermont, said the group may have been within its rights but handled the situation in a way that stokes suspicions about gun control agendas.

“They are within their rights. We just want to know what they have to hide,” he said.

One spurned Vermonter said the group’s actions inadvertently illustrated the need for guns.

“I thought it was quite ironic that they called the police with guns to defend their meeting,” Blaire Scaglione from Warren said.

Isn’t the openness of the anti-gun crowd wonderful? So willing to share their agenda with the public and converse with others who have differing ideas.

This is America today.

A modern auto dà fé

The Spanish Inquisition toasted many a person, whether they converted in their beliefs or not.
Given close to two decades of facts counter to the Warmist Ideology, they still want to persecute and prosecute any and everyone that disagrees with their position.

Calls to punish skeptics rise with links to climate change, hurricanes

Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but it hasn’t discouraged climate scientists like Judith Curry.

A retired Georgia Tech professor, she argued on her Climate Etc. website that Irma, which hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled in large part by “very weak” wind shear and that the hurricane intensified despite Atlantic Ocean temperatures that weren’t unusually warm.

That is the kind of talk that could get policymakers who heed her research hauled before the justice system, if some of those in the climate change movement have their way.

“Climate change denial should be a crime,” declared the Sept. 1 headline in the Outline. Mark Hertsgaard argued in a Sept. 7 article in the Nation, titled “Climate Denialism Is Literally Killing Us,” that “murder is murder” and “we should punish it as such.” [snip]

Brad Johnson, executive director of Climate Hawks Vote, posted last week on Twitter a set of “climate disaster response rules,” the third of which was to “put officials who reject science in jail.”

Climate skeptics have taken note of the alarming trend. “Ever since Hurricane Harvey, the global warming-hurricane hysteria has ratcheted up to levels I haven’t seen since 2006,” said Ms. Curry.

Anthony Watts, who runs the Watts Up With That blog, listed some of the threats to criminalize skeptics under the headline, “Hate on Display — climate activists go bonkers over #Irma and nonexistent climate connection.”

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano said the heightened vitriol aimed at those who dispute the link between climate change and extreme weather events is a sign that the global warming narrative is losing steam with the public and policymakers.

“Activists have been frustrated with record number of polar bears, no acceleration of sea level, the Pause, no trends or declining trends in extreme weather and the public’s apathy,” said Mr. Morano, whose book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change” is slated to be released in February.

President Trump has said he plans to pull out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, drawing an outcry from those who argue that rising greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are driving higher temperatures and natural disasters such as drought, wildfires and hurricanes.

“The effects of climate change are no longer subtle. We are seeing them play out before us here and now. And they will only worsen if we fail to act,” said a Sept. 7 op-ed in The Washington Post co-authored by Penn State climatologist Michael E. Mann. [snip]

Forget not that this is the very much disgraced Michael E. Mann caught manufacturing data at East Anglia UK. His street creds are quite suspect.

The push to prosecute climate skeptics comes even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concluded that it is “premature to conclude that human activities — and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming — have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or tropical cyclone activity.”

“That said, human activities may have already caused changes that are not yet detectable,” said the Aug. 30 statement. [snip]

Mr. Watts said the air pressure graphic should prompt global warming activists to take a deep breath.

“With Irma ranked 7th, and Harvey ranked 18th, it’s going to be tough for climate alarmists to try connecting these two storms to being driven by CO2/global warming,” Mr. Watts said in a post. “But they’ll do it anyway.”

Typical Leftist Ideology, Believe it or Else. It is thus with all Marxist/Communist cant; there is never any choice in acceptance. I’m surprised the Pope hasn’t made it a condition of Faith. Failure means Excommunication.

Laissez le bon temps rouler

The biggest joke foisted upon the voting public since the turn of the last century is the idea that we have had a two party system. And the fools going to the ballot boxes believed it every two years.

Worse every four years the big circus with balloons, cigars and fat men from the banks, the Chamber of Commerce Wall Street and the Unions assembling, telling the Demicans and the Republicrats which two idiots are going to run in the (heh-heh) two party system.

Then they shove these dolts out in front of the curtain for the voters to squabble over for six months. It doesn’t make any difference who is elected for what promises made since those decisions are all ready chosen.

Bound to No Party, Trump Upends 150 Years of Two-Party Rule

[…]“I never viewed Trump as a strict adherent to Republicanism,” said Ned Ryun, a Trump supporter and founder of American Majority, which trains political activists. “He gave Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell almost nine months to get something accomplished, and all they accomplished was to really remove all doubts about their legislative incompetence.”

When Donald J. Trump set his sights on the presidency in the 2000 election, he pursued the nomination of the Reform Party, a home for disenchanted independents. “The Republican Party has just moved too far to the extreme right,” he explained. “The Democrats are too far to the left.”

In the end, he dropped the campaign and the Reform Party, the leftover construct from Ross Perot’s two independent presidential candidacies during the 1990s. It was one of at least five times that Mr. Trump would switch party affiliations over the years. “I’m the Lone Ranger,” he once said in another context.

Now in the White House, President Trump demonstrated this past week that he still imagines himself a solitary cowboy as he abandoned Republican congressional leaders to forge a short-term fiscal deal with Democrats. Although elected as a Republican last year, Mr. Trump has shown in the nearly eight months in office that he is, in many ways, the first independent to hold the presidency since the advent of the current two-party system around the time of the Civil War.

In recent weeks, he has quarreled more with fellow Republicans than with the opposition, blasting congressional leaders on Twitter, ousting former party officials in his White House, embracing primary challenges to incumbent lawmakers who defied him and blaming Republican figures for not advancing his policy agenda. On Friday, he addressed discontent about his approach with a Twitter post that started, “Republicans, sorry,” as if he were not one of them, and said party leaders had a “death wish.”

While some conservatives complained about the apostasy of cutting deals with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, others applauded his assault on establishment Republican leaders like Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. By the week’s end, pundits speculated about whether Mr. Trump might seek re-election in 2020 as an independent. [snip]

Until now, the American two-party system has resisted assaults from the outside for more than a century and a half. No new party has captured the presidency since Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans in 1860.

Even formidable figures like Theodore Roosevelt failed to break up the duopoly. Unhappy with his Republican successor, William Howard Taft, Roosevelt formed his own Progressive Party, also known as the Bull Moose Party, to mount a comeback in 1912, winning 27 percent of the popular vote and 88 electoral votes, but losing to the Democrat, Woodrow Wilson. [snip]

If you still believe that our system of government operates as a two party system, make sure you don’t run out of lotus leaves. If you do the shock can cause severe medical conditions such as uncontrolled pooping, chewing toenails and/or sniffing bus seats.

It’s time to primary out ALL the clowns in DC, ALL 435 in the House and start on the bozos in the Senate: Both Parties.

Fascism in the high school classroom

That clacking sound was the teacher’s marbles bouncing on the floor and rolling around the classroom as she lost them.

Insane: Teacher Asks Students To Leave Because They Wore Pro-Trump Shirts, Compared It To The Swastika

A Georgia high school was forced to apologize to two students who wore “Make America Great Again” t-shirts to class. At River Ridge High School, located in Cherokee County, a teacher was caught on camera, telling two students to remove their pro-Trump gear while comparing it to the Nazi swastika.

“Just like you can’t wear a Swastika to school, you cannot use a slogan [Make America Great Again] like that,” she said on a video by Turning Points USA. [snip]

“Because it says ‘Make America Great Again,’ replied the teacher. “The neo-Nazis, I’m not saying about Trump, but the slogan.”

Yes, known Nazis such as Ronald Reagan and William Jefferson Clinton used the slogan.

The school issued the following statement (via WSB-TV):

“Her actions were wrong as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,” a statement from the Cherokee County School District read.

The school district told Channel 2 Action News the teacher “additionally, and inappropriately, shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.”

Chief communications officer Barbara P. Jacoby said the school’s principal met with and apologized to the students who were the class, in addition to their families.

This isn’t the first time a teacher’s liberal bias has caused trouble. In June, a New Jersey high school in Wall Township removed the “Make America Great Again” slogan from a student wearing a Trump t-shirt for his yearbook photo. [snip]

Who are they?

They claim to fighting “HATE”, racism, a host of phobias, warts, white skin and painful hair.

They call themselves AntiFa.

What are they really behind the hoods and masks? Here is a glimpse.