Terms politicians hate

Care to strike fear into the dark hearts of any politician? Not difficult. What is difficult is getting these two items on the ballot for voter approval:

Initiative and Referendum

These can run counter to any ideas they have made with their large donors and the big Poobahs like the Unions, Big Business, Bankers and the Chamber of Commerce.
Why is stopping illegal immigration popular with the voting public and not with the politicians? The donors tell the politicians what song to sing and the CoC in on the side of business. Business wants cheap labor and the unions want dues paying members that are afraid to make waves. So at voting time you get bloviating crap and no votes for what you want.

With initiative and referendum, you can put an issue on the ballot for a vote and the politicians cannot stop it from becoming law. They cannot stop it from being placed on the ballot for voter approval.

What happens now is this:

This would require a Constitutional Amendment. Sounds good; I wonder why the Founding Fathers didn’t put it in the original document.
Think about that for a while.
This might work better on the state level You still have to battle activist judges.


Sunday Toon

Some of the craziness of the week


Ponder this

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

~ Rudyard Kipling

Squealing Lefties

Who will graduate with a degree in Social Justice with a huge debt and a job prospect of delivering pizza.

Enrollment drops at schools known for ‘social justice warfare’

Universities known for being hotbeds of campus protest and liberal activism are struggling with declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, and higher education analysts say that’s no coincidence.

Take Oberlin College. According to a document leaked to The Oberlin Review, the school’s student newspaper, the small liberal arts college famous for social justice hoaxes has had trouble attracting and retaining students, missing this year’s enrollment mark by 80 and racking up a $5 million budget deficit in the process.

William A. Jacobson, a professor at Cornell Law School who runs the Legal Insurrection blog, said the “most obvious culprit” in Oberlin’s dwindling admissions is “relentless social justice warfare.”

“Social justice warfare at Oberlin has been more intense and sustained over a longer period of time than at most schools, and has come to define Oberlin in the media,” Mr. Jacobson said. “The resulting mockery and derision, even in liberal publications, has damaged the Oberlin brand.”

Surveys support the notion that, in the era of Trump, conservatives have become more skeptical about the value of a college degree.  [snip]

A study published by the Washington-based Pew Research Center in July found that just 36 percent of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the country, down from 54 percent two years ago.

Gallup released a poll in August that found just 33 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents had a “great deal or quite a lot of confidence in higher education.” Sixty-seven percent said they have “some or very little” confidence in academia. [snip]

In February 2013, mass hysteria ensued after racist and anti-Semitic flyers and graffiti began to appear all over campus. Classes were canceled, meetings were held and students began to see racism around every corner, including when someone reported seeing a member of the Ku Klux Klan on campus. It turned out to be a woman walking around wrapped in a blanket to keep warm.

Not only that, the perpetrators behind the racist paraphernalia turned out to be two progressive students, one of whom was confirmed to be an Obama supporter, trying to get a reaction out of their classmates and the administration.

Rather than admit the whole thing was a hoax and move on, the Oberlin administration doubled down on a social justice agenda, including the implementation of a privilege and oppression “reorientation” for first-year students.

In the ensuing years, Oberlin students would go on to make frequent demands of the university, ranging from the end of culturally appropriated meals at the dining hall, such as General Tso’s chicken and sushi, to the elimination of grades below a C. [snip]

These aren’t colleges; they’re expensive day care centers for very immature and spoiled snowflakes.

Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, said that drop-off is more serious than it may appear.

“That doesn’t sound like an astonishing number of people not coming, but weighed on a percentage basis, that’s a huge drop in just one year,” Mr. Wood said. “And Oberlin has for some time been struggling to make its classes. This wasn’t just some negligence: ‘Oh, we didn’t realize that we had to try harder to get students.’ They’ve been trying really hard to get students, and students just aren’t coming.”

He said Oberlin can easily recoup the $5 million deficit by cutting the “apparatus of political correctness” that has swelled in the past several years. When that happens, he said, it will be a sign that the school is serious about reform.

“The signal that I would look for is when they begin to divest from the large number of personnel who are employed wholly because of their political orientations,” he said. “When that happens, I think we will have seen a college that has decided to reposition itself in the market. Until then, it’s all just show.”

You’re better off learning to weld than wasting money on a college education.

Daily Insanity

When you have a Governmental body that promotes lawlessness, why would they believe a civic program for sharing would work. Baltimore is another Democrat controlled craphole of liberal slime.

Bike-share locks meet industry standards, but were no match for Baltimore thieves, manufacturer says

The manufacturer of the $2.36 million Baltimore Bike Share system said his company has never experienced the level of theft that caused officials to announce a temporary shutdown of the program to allow additional locking devices to be installed to the bike docks.

The original locks on the bike stations were overwhelmed by thieves ripping the bicycles out at an unprecedented pace, said Alain Ayotte, CEO of Bewegen Technologies, the Canadian manufacturer.

“We don’t have this issue anywhere else, not at this level,” Ayotte said Wednesday. “Our locking system is recognized [as] very, very up to industry standard, but due to the issues that occurred in Baltimore this summer, we did add additional security.”

The bike-share program launched last fall with 200 bicycles at 20 stations and was supposed to grow to 500 bicycles at 50 stations in the spring. Instead, it has suffered so many thefts and maintenance backups that most of the bicycles are out of service. The program will close Sunday and reopen Oct. 15. [snip]

Toon in

Ponder this

Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.

~ Rudyard Kipling