Quick Hits

It’s been awhile since we did a “Quick Hits” post, and today is just as good as any.

Remember that “new civility” that Obama keeps pushing for everyone but Democrats to follow? Well, Maxine Waters got the message and decided to take the idea of “civil discourse” to a new level:

“I’m not afraid of anybody,” said Waters. “This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to hell.”

Sorry Maxine, we visited hell and didn’t like the way you were running the place.

At the time of her remarks, Waters was taking part in a meeting with constituents on unemployment in California.

The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing that California’s jobless rate last month went up to 12%, from 11.8%. California now has the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation, trailing only Nevada at 12.9%, and its jobless rate is well above the U.S. average of 9.1%.

According to the Employment Development Department, California employers added just 4,500 new jobs last month, a steep drop from the revised 30,400 jobs added in June.

You would think that after all these years that Waters would realize the basics of job creation.

Congress is not the solution.

Congress is the problem.

Good news for parents and educators in Santa Monica and Malibu!

The school board of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has solved all their educational issues and are going to vote this week on whether to ban chocolate milk from schools.

This follows the Los Angeles Unified School District’s ban on chocolate flavored drinks which accomplished nothing other than banning drinks kids liked.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is scheduled to vote this week on whether students need sugar to make healthy choices. Of course, the vote won’t be structured that way, but sugar is what’s at stake. The school board will vote on whether the district should eliminate sugared milk from its lunchtime offerings.

Got that?

We “teach” kids to make “healthy choices” by eliminating any choice that someone feels is not healthy! That way, as kids grow up, they will know that any choice they make is government approved and good for them.

That is the role of government, right? To make choices for us?

Remember Those Evil Republicans Kicking Grandma Off a Cliff?

Say, remember the video released by the Democratic National Committee demonizing Republicans by saying conservatives wanted to throw grandma over a cliff?

Yeah…… this one.

Remember how the Democrats defended the ad by saying that Republicans didn’t care about the elderly and those on Medicare? Yep. It was those beastly, corrupt, damnable, depraved, destructive, foul, harmful, hateful, loathsome, malevolent, nefarious, no good, offensive, poison, rancorous, reprobate, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, spiteful, stinking, vicious, vile, villainous and wicked Republicans that looked at the elderly as “disposable.”

We guess California Governor Jerry Brown didn’t get the message.

Veto from Governor Brown halts adult daycare funding

Once the model for the nation to keep the elderly and disabled out of expensive nursing homes, California will cease to offer adult day healthcare on December 1 after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have kept adult day care centers open throughout the state.

Wait…this is the liberal bastion state of California. How could this happen?

Quick Hits

Another Quick Hits post today following up on some stories we talked about before and a Rule 5 lady as well.

We posted how difficult it is to get fired from a federal job and has further proof. When it comes to the FAA, “‘You’re Fired’ Doesn’t Mean Fired to Four of 10 Air Controllers.”

Moments before a single-engine aircraft and a helicopter collided over the Hudson River near Manhattan in 2009, an air-traffic controller who should have been advising the plane’s pilot was on the phone, joking with an airport worker about a dead cat.

Nine people, including three teenage boys, died. The Teterboro, New Jersey, controller, whom safety investigators said was distracted and partly to blame for the accident, still works for the Federal Aviation Administration. Although the agency tried to fire him, his punishment was reduced to a suspension, a transfer and a demotion.

What happened to the controller isn’t surprising, according to data obtained by Bloomberg News under the Freedom of Information Act. More than four of every 10 air-traffic workers the FAA tried to fire over almost two years kept their jobs or were allowed to retire, the data show. That included two-thirds of those targeted for firing over drug or alcohol violations.

Whether it is sleeping on the job, violations of protocols, or substance abuse, it takes almost two years to terminate an air traffic controller.

Managers who crack down on bad employees often receive harassment, discrimination or whistle-blower complaints, said Mary Schiavo, a former Transportation Department inspector general.

“Federal managers take the easy way out and let some underperformers or troublemakers retire, or they transfer them,” said Schiavo, now an attorney with Motley Rice LLC in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. “It is just easier to go with the flow than weed out underperformers.”

Think about that the next time you step onto a plane.

Last month we talked about BROWN v. ENTERTAINMENT MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION where the Supreme Court correctly ruled that the state of California does not have the right to restrict free speech because they don’t like what is being said or portrayed. Californians may be on the hook for some cash for the misguided legislature attempting to be more of a “nanny state.”

This is What Happens When the State Is Allowed to Supersede Parental Rights

We have argued recently on the dangers of allowing the state to make decisions for parents. Whether the parent agrees or disagrees with the actual decision is not the issue. The issue is the state stepping in and taking parental rights absent of any “harm,” (physical, psychological or emotional) to the child of that parent. The fact that we have allowed the state to do leads to the inescapable position that if the state can restrict what you do with your child that is not harmful, then the state will say that it is allowed to do what it wants in regards to the child – even if the parents argue that “harm” is being done to the child or the parent / child relationship.

This idea is manifested in a new California law:

California lawmakers pass bill to teach gay history

SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuters) – A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation.

Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said publicly whether he supports the bill, which he has 12 days to sign or veto once it reaches his desk later this month. If he takes no action, the measure would become law automatically.

California already requires public schools to teach the contributions made to society by women and by racial and ethnic groups that were historically discriminated against, such as blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.


Quick Hits

Once again we are back with some “quick hits” – comments on a few notable items that don’t make it into full posts.

Also, because we are an equal opportunity blog, we have a little bit of Rule 5 eye candy for our lady readers.

The Washington Post has an interesting article on “Boast Busters,” who are people who verify the authenticity of people who claim to have been in a particular branch of the military or have been awarded medals.

Once in a rare while, impostors get hauled into court. It’s illegal under federal law to impersonate a member of the military or to wear unearned military honors. But few perpetrators are prosecuted. Clever impostors found a way around the law by showing off their medals without wearing them. The Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which tried to close that loophole by outlawing verbal and written claims, set off a court battle over whether liars are merely exercising their right to free speech.


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