Fear of education over indoctrination rampant in Vermont

The terror of school choice in Vermont is reaching new levels with the election of “The Donald” to high office.
A realization reached into those dark recesses of even the slowest of the Bernie myrmidons, that the change in the air isn’t a new dose of Soma, but the fracture of the dome which has sealed Vermont from reality and sanity for the last eight years will touch the mutable minds of the tykes of the faux Vermonters. Life on the Liberal Plantation is not going to be the same.
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You may read the entire text at Watchdog.org

Proposed rule changes could threaten Vermont’s school choice

Proposed rule changes that affect independent schools caused an uproar at two well-attended public events last month, but opposing parties say they are aware of each other’s viewpoints and are continuing talks.

The controversial changes, which were proposed by the Vermont Board of Education and would impact over 80 private schools, will require more school financial accountability, a demonstration of open admission policies and wider special education opportunities for students with those needs.

Vermont’s four largest private academies — St. Johnsbury Academy, Burr and Burton Academy, Lyndon Institute and Thetford Academy — would be affected by the rules, as well as smaller schools such as the Compass School in Westminster, which enrolls 70 students. [snip]

At the two public hearings in December — one at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, and the other St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury — state board members got an earful regarding the perceived threat to local school choice.

Angelique McAlpine, founder of School Choice Vermont, a volunteer organization supporting tuitioning and school choice laws, said that the public reaction in choice towns is understandable.

“Tuitioning in Vermont has been part of the educational landscape for about 140 years,” McAlpine told Watchdog. [snip]

McAlpine said that there are approximately 90 choice towns with students who are tuitioned with public dollars to attend a school of their choice.

According to Mark Tashjian, headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy, approximately 800 people attended the second rule-change meeting at his school. Over 400 people attended the first meeting at St. Johnsbury Academy.

“Everyone involved is trying to do what’s best for Vermont and for the kids. The problem is really different perspectives,” Tashjian told Watchdog.

“I consider the proposed rules to be devastating, but we’re moving productively. The proposed changes would have a profound impact on Vermont’s choice towns — so that’s why this is a school choice issue. The effect would be reducing the choices that are available.” [snip]

With the Federal government sticking it’s nose into every crevice of local education; under a Progressive boot on neck governance form, the rule of money, not sanity and reason becomes the driver since debt accrues faster than the taxed can be soaked. Therefore any dollars that flow to something other than public education is more than frowned upon with fulmination.

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My Building Permit Application

Some have asked what I’ve been doing in retirement.
Well, I applied for a building permit for a new house.
It was going to be 100 ft. tall and 400 ft. wide, with12 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system.
It would have parking for 200 cars, and I was going to paint it puke green with pink trim.

The City Council told me; “Forget it…AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!”

So, I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a “Mosque.”

Work starts on Monday.

And here is the best part, it’s going to be tax exempt!

I love this country. It’s the government that scares the hell out of me!

Lagniappe

We present this collection of political idiocy for your edification.

Report: Milk Could Skyrocket To $8 A Gallon If Farm Bill Not Passed

The fight over renewing the nation’s farm bill has centered on cuts to the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. But there could be unintended consequences if no agreement is reached: higher milk prices.

Members of the House and Senate are scheduled to begin long-awaited negotiations on the five-year, roughly $500 billion bill this week. If they don’t finish it, dairy supports could expire at the end of the year and send the price of a gallon of milk skyward.

KLTV reports that the price of milk could reach $8 a gallon. [snip]

The cost of SNAP has more than doubled over the last five years as the economy struggled, and Republicans say it should be more focused on the neediest people. Democrats say it is working as it should, providing food to those in need when times are tough. [snip]

All the Congress needs to do is repeal the 1930s and 1940s-era farm law. When the government stops buying dairy products, all sales would have to compete on the commercial market.
The communist idea that the government must subsidize everything and anything drives up prices.

Food Bank CEO Suggests Welfare Cuts May Spark Riots

The CEO of the largest food bank in America has suggested that planned cuts in food stamp benefits set to take effect on Friday could spark riots.

Margarette Purvis, the president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, told Salon.com that the expiration of stimulus funds, which will see the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reduced by $5 billion dollars, will have an “immediate impact” and represent a recipe for civil unrest. [snip]

As we previously highlighted, even the mainstream media is invoking the threat of riots that could ensue as a result of the food stamp cut, with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto linking the issue to the Department of Homeland Security’s recent $80 million dollar outlay on armed guards to protect government buildings in upstate New York.

“November 1st could be a very very iffy kind of a day….this could be all hell breaks loose day,” warned Cavuto. [snip]

So what! The greatest loss of sales will be for cigarettes, booze and junk food. The reader knows of the abuse in the program; many stories have been published concerning such corruption. Recently a story about food stamps being sold on Craigslist appeared on Drudge. Work or starve should be the slogan except for very few recipients. Take the jobs away from the illegals.

San Francisco supervisor to introduce soda tax proposal

A can of soda could eventually cost about a quarter more in San Francisco. A proposed measure would add a special tax to sugary beverages, but the proposal is different than a similar ballot measure that failed in Richmond last year.

The idea is simple — the bigger the drink, the more taxes you pay. It would be 2 cents per ounce for all sugar-sweetened beverages. That includes soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and bottled Frappuccinos.

“It’s not a nanny state at all; we’re not banning anything,” San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener said. [snip]

Two cents an ounce adds up pretty quickly. A 32-once drink at a gas station would cost an extra 64 cents.

As to where all that money will go, the estimated $31 million a year will go to nutrition, health and physical fitness programs, a stark contrast to the failed soda tax proposal in Richmond, where the money instead was earmarked for the general fund.

In a statement, Californians for Food And Beverage wrote, “such measures are unnecessary, wasteful distractions from serious policymaking.” [snip]

California, like other liberal states, needs more revenue to squander on worthless ideas, ne’er do wells and to line the politician’s pockets. Most of the tax money collected will go to funding a commission to determine how to spend the money, then hire a raft of bureaucrats to oversee said expenditures. Finally they’ll need more bodies to collect the tax and audit the results.

Observations

What part of ObamaCare is this if not the ‘DEATH PANEL’.

Fountain Hills man dropped from health insurance because of new regulations

FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ –
A Fountain Hills man says he may soon have to get another job just to pay for healthcare insurance under the new Affordable Care Act.

Michael Cerpok, is a high school drop-out, one of six kids born to a school teacher, and doesn’t come from a wealthy family. He has run two businesses for more than 25 years and says he may have to do more to literally stay alive.

“I’ve worked hard because I’ve had to, and I’ve had to, because cancer runs in my family,” says Cerpok, who picked his current health insurance based on that family history. His monthly premium is just about half of his monthly take-home pay.

Back in 2006, he found out he had an incurable form of leukemia that requires ongoing treatment until he dies.

In 2012, his treatment bill was more than $350,000. But because of his insurance, his out-of-pocket was only $4,500.

That’s about to change because Michael just got a letter from his insurance carrier saying as of January 1, he would be dropped from coverage because of new regulations under Obamacare. His doctor at the Mayo Clinic may be gone as well.

“Now it doesn’t mean I can’t go see my current doctor, but my $4,500 out-of-pocket, is going to turn into a minimum of $26,000 out-of-pocket to see the doctor that I’ve been seeing the last seven years,” he said.

Michael realizes millions of people will benefit from the coverage, but he wants them to realize that others are making sacrifices to make that happen.

He says that he and his wife will continue to look at their options, try and find a similar plan, and if they need to, they’ll pick up second jobs.

With ObamaCare, only those deemed worthy will get coverage.

Squealing Lefties

There is a terrible miscarriage of justice occurring in Texas.
It is real, but not what you think it is. The act precipitating this came to pass in 1997; that’s 17 years of wasted taxpayer money, cell space, food and oxygen. The transgression is the time lag between executing #500 in their criminal pantheon and the commission of of the crime. Here’s the POS that will get lit up and tossed off the spinning coil.

Texas to Execute #500

In Huntsville, Texas, on Wednesday, anti-death penalty groups are planning a protest as the state is about to execute its 500th person. Gloria Rubac, with the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement in Houston, said sententiously, “The whole world is looking at Texas.”

Of course, the details of what the murderess did seem to be rather unimportant to those protesting the death penalty. Kimberly McCarthy, who is to be given a lethal injection Wednesday, asked retired college psychology professor Dorothy Booth for a cup of sugar in 1997. Then McCarthy attacked Booth with a butcher’s knife, stabbed her to death, and even cut off her finger to remove her wedding ring. She stole Booth’s Mercedes, drove to Dallas, pawned Booth’s wedding ring for $200 and bought crack cocaine.

In McCarthy’s appeals, she claimed she was victimized because there was only one black person on the jury. McCarthy is black; Booth was white. Her attorney, University of Texas law professor Maurie Levin, bleated:

The shameful errors that plague Ms. McCarthy’s case — race bias, ineffective counsel and courts unwilling to exercise meaningful oversight of the system — reflect problems that are central to the administration of the death penalty as a whole. For this to be the emblem of Texas’ 500th execution is something all Texans should be ashamed of.

Blood DNA evidence has connected McCarthy to two other murders in 1998: 81-year-old Maggie Harding, stabbed and beaten with a meat tenderizer, and 85-year-old Jettie Lucas, savaged with a claw hammer and stabbed.

McCarthy also is the former wife of Aaron Michaels, founder of the New Black Panther Party.

DNA allows for very accurate determination of guilt. Given that, one bite at the appeals apple must take place within one year after the first trial. The appeals court can look at evidence, procedure and legal representation.
After that, fry them quickly!