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Exactly Who is the Joe Walsh Candidacy Intended For?

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Joe Walsh speaking at CPAC by Gage Skidmore, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0/Original

While he announced he is running for the GOP nomination Joe Walsh has stated most do not want him. So who does?

Current former-radio host Joe Walsh has made it official that he intends to challenge President Trump for the GOP nomination. To say his shot here is long is to imply the equator holds a similarly impressive length. While common sense alone would dictate that any challenge to the Trump hold on the White House, there is one revealing source declaring this to be true.

Joe Walsh himself.

While appearing on CNN’s AC 360 Walsh had some very curious comments, beginning with mention of his radio show.

“I just found out I lost my national radio show,” Walsh informed, sounding dismayed about a detail that he said he was just alerted to prior to going on the air. “So that’s gone. I don’t know why, I just got a notice before I came into the studio.” For him to be taken by surprise by this is — revealing. (For the sake of disclosure, Walsh’s radio program was owned by run by Salem Media, parent company of RedState.)

What is not detailed is that Walsh’s show was set to end as soon as he announced his intent to run for office. This is not some nefarious plot by pro-Trump acolytes to silence opposition — it is the law. Federal election laws stipulate that candidates cannot have their own broadcast platform, or else it would be regarded as an in-kind political contribution. These are known FEC standards and conditions. For Walsh to be oblivious to this detail is revealing itself.

But he then goes on to say things that call into question his reasons for running. “80-90% of my audience supports this President,” says Walsh. This tracks with current polling, which places GOP support of Donald Trump near 90%. He even gives anecdotal evidence in a prior interview that extends this challenging position. “The people I talk to privately tell me, ‘I can’t stand him but the Democrats are Socialists.’ Or, ‘I can’t stand him, Joe, but I like my tax cuts.’”

This means that even that small percentage sitting in opposition are not so eager to be swayed away, based on conditions that still favor Trump. So where exactly then is Walsh’s mandate to run coming from? It would have to be rooted in a personal animus because he is not entering to correct unfavorable conditions seen by voters. The only reason then is for him to serve as a poison pill in the primary, and negatively impact a popular GOP candidate.

In other words, it is in service to Democrats. The conservative base is not calling for an alternative, and many GOP opponents and even some never-Trumpers are still seeing cause to vote for him. Note how suddenly the news networks who freely referred to Walsh as a racist suddenly welcomed him on the air in a rush as soon as he came out as a Trump opponent. He sat with MSNBC today, and yesterday’s CNN visit was at least his third within a week. I guess the racist enemy of your racist enemy suddenly is no longer racist??

This can only mean that all that would be accomplished by a Walsh campaign would be to appease those on the left who need a weakened Trump to run against in the 2020 general election. It will be telling to see from where any of Walsh’s campaign funds derive. There just is not that much liberal-backed anti-Trump outlets flush enough to prop up a candidacy few “true conservatives” are looking to support.

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Watch: Audience Thinks Dave Chappelle Is Making Fun of Trump Till He Drops a Truth Bomb On Them

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Dave Chappelle is back and his latest special and he isn’t overly concerned about outrage from the left.

In fact, during one of his bits in his special, Chappelle begins doing impressions. The first is an impression of the founding fathers telling a “n****r” to finish the Constitution so he can sleep. I’m not sure if he’s insinuating that a black person actually penned the constitution, but it doesn’t matter.

The joke put the audience ready for another crack at things Republicans might hold dear. For his second impression, Chappelle started by not telling them who he was doing an impression of.

“Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life – duh – and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you, and I don’t care what I find out. IT could be today, tomorrow, 15 – 20 years from now, if I find out, you’re f***ing finished!” said Chappelle.

Chappell asked who that sounds like, and before he could even get the question out, people were already yelling that it was Trump.

“That’s you!” said Chappelle, pointing at the audience.

“That’s what the audience sounds like to me!” he continued. “That’s why I don’t be coming out and doing comedy all the time because y’all n*****s is the worst motherf***ers I’ve ever tried to entertain in my f***ing life.”

The audience laughs it up, but the truth behind Chappelle’s joke is pretty sad. Outrage culture had made it hard for comedians to be comedians. Even jokes that would be considered innocent put the comedian at risk of offending the wrong person and initiating an outrage mob to come after them.

Various comedians have expressed their unease with performing comedy routines, especially on college campuses out of fear that they’ll hurt their careers after students become offended.

Having it thrown back in their faces is actually kind of refreshing. I don’t see comedians actually making fun of outrage culture, specifically from the left, part of their act but society could stand to have it happen a lot more.

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Joe Biden’s Approval Numbers are In Free-Fall, and a New Leader May Soon Rise

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The latest poll shows that the “electability” of former VP Joe Biden isn’t keeping his numbers up.

According to The Hill, a Monmouth University Poll shows that Biden’s approval numbers are in free fall, and have now dropped below 20 percent, and statistically tying him with Sens Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren:

The survey showed Biden with support from 19 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters nationally, a double-digit decline from Monmouth’s most recent poll in June when he led the pack with 32 percent.

Now, the dynamics have changed, according to the Monmouth survey. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the primary field’s top progressive candidates, are each at 20 percent, putting them in a statistical tie with Biden and indicating a tightening three-way race.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, senses a changing in the tide due to creeping doubts about Biden’s relatability.

“The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile,” Murray said. “Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with. Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden.”

He also added, however, that instead of searching for a candidate that aligns more with their beliefs and values, Democrat voters are just landing on those with higher name recognition.

Biden’s main threat seems to be Sanders.

A Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday shows that of all the candidates they may jump from Biden for, Sanders takes the lead by 35 percent, and that’s an eight-point increase from the last time the poll was taken in May. The runner up is Warren at 20 percent, but she had the largest jump of 12-points from May.

While Sanders may have more recognition, Warren seems to have the most momentum.

I personally think that by the end of it all, Biden will have fallen off and we’ll get Warren as the 2020 Democratic candidate. Unless Biden can suddenly turn his image around and begin pushing back aggressively and without fault, he may recover his lead. The problem for Biden throughout this 2020 election cycle, however, has been Biden.

The guy is a gaffe factory who often finds himself saying foolish things and misremembering everything else. It’s gotten so bad that he recently had to reassure Democratic voters that he’s “not going nuts.”

Meanwhile, Warren is gaining popularity. Her stances are just as radical as some of the more out-there candidates, but as Monmouth’s President pointed out, it’s not about values here, it’s about popularity and name recognition. Warren is playing that fiddle prettily.

Expect Biden to be shrugged off by many more Democrats before this is done.

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Chick-fil-A Director Trolls Popeye’s Employees In the Nicest Way Possible

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The Chick-fil-A at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Screen grab via CFA.

The feud between Chick-fil-A and Popeye’s has been a duel for the ages, with Popeye’s trying to move in on Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich perfection. The only problem so far is that Popeye’s never seems to have any chicken sandwiches to sell due to the high demand.

In light of their constant shortage, one Chick-fil-A manager decided to take the opportunity to do a bit of good-natured trolling. Jené Walker of Greensboro, North Carolina, was pulling to the Popeye’s with her co-worker and noticed there was hardly a soul to be seen at the restaurant, with the exception of one man in an orange polo holding a Chick-fil-A bag.

“I instantly thought ‘what is a Popeyes employee doing with a Chick-fil-A bag at Popeyes?’” Walker said in a Facebook post.

Upon investigation, they found that it was a mischievous Chick-fil-A director with a big smile on his face, but while he was going to poke fun at Popeye’s, his intent was far from malicious:

“He had the biggest smile on his face,” Walker said. “When we asked him what he was doing over there at Popeyes he said he was just bringing over some sandwiches since he knew they were sold out.”

Walker said the Chick-fil-A director told them that he knew they had been super crowded and stressed out and said he wanted to help.

After the exchange with the Popeyes employee, Walker said the Chick-fil-A director offered her and her coworker a free lunch at his store.

Walker’s Facebook post has now gone completely viral, and says that she’ll never cheat on Chick-fil-A again.

The internet is full of nasty jokes and outrage, but here we see two opponents actually having healthy competition and being nice about even while they troll each other.

Of course, it helps that one of the parties involved is Chick-fil-A. The two chicken chains have been in a duel for chicken sandwich superiority for some time now, and it all started with a Twitter post from Popeye’s trying to troll Chick-fil-A. Of course, it was all fun and games for Popeye’s…

until Wendy’s showed up.

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The Chick-fil-A at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. Screen grab via CFA.

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When Deregulation – Actually Makes Things Worse

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The joint I run – is called Less Government.  Which means whenever possible – we want less government.

But Reality – is Reality.  Sometimes a little government is required.

Which is why the joint I run – isn’t called No Government.

We readily acknowledge – government is awful at everything.  But there are a few, very rare occasions – when there are things worse than government involvement.

A quick biggie?  Our nation’s borders.  A little government at our borders – is a VERY good thing.  (A little more – is even better.)

Sometimes the facts on the ground – necessitate a little government.

And so it is with our electricity service.

Shopping for electricity – isn’t like shopping for, say, a car.

There is a near limitless number of outlets from which to purchase your vehicle.

There is one – and only one – electricity line into your home.

So electricity deregulation creates an inexorable bottleneck – once the providers get to your house.

I love this analogy – provided for us by Frank Cirillo, an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Connecticut:

“It’s like a million people at a Stop N’ Shop (a convenience store) and there is one (expletive) cashier.”

Gotta love the colorful picture he’s painting.  As genius comedian Steve Hughes said about another brilliant choice of words:

“What it lacks in sophistication and depth – it makes up for wholeheartedly with a delightful clarity, don’t you think?”

This mass of providers – rushing to one choke point outside your house – also diffuses the customers’ ability to affix blame when something goes awry:

“While supporters claim this would introduce competition and could lower energy bills, similar measures in other states, including Texas, actually resulted in a spike in both household energy costs and consumer complaints.”

Complaints increased – because when something breaks multiple companies point at each other in an attempt to pass off blame…and nothing ever actually gets fixed.

And investment in the infrastructure drops – because everyone waits for everyone else to pony up.  Which means no one ever ponies up.

Again, we know this is a terrible idea – because it’s already been tried in places like Texas.

Ask Texas About Deregulated Electricity Markets. Prices Soared in Heat Wave:

“Just last week the Texas grid operator issued emergency warnings and called on all Texans to conserve energy so they could avoid blackouts.

“So what happened? In a surprise to no one, it got hot in Texas and wholesale electric prices soared 36,000 percent (that’s not a typo) to more than $9,000.”

Meanwhile in Florida:

“(I)t was also hot (it’s August), (but) there were no emergency declarations and wholesale electric prices at FPL hovered around a whopping $20.

“Adequate supply and steady prices at $20 or shortages and price spikes that go over $9,000, that’s one of the big differences between deregulated and rate-regulated markets.”

I live in southwest Florida. I lived in Austin, Texas.  Florida wins the Hot Contest.  Not because of the heat – but because of the swamp-imposed humidity.

And yet Florida is handling the August hotness – and Texas is not.

This bad idea has engendered the rarest of political occurrences – bipartisanship.  In fact – omni-partisanship.

Florida Energy Choice Ballot Initiative Attacked From All Corners

Florida League of Cities Officially Declares Energy Choice Initiative ‘Deceptive and Misleading’

Florida Urban Leagues Denounce ‘Deceptive’ Energy Choice Amendment

Florida Chamber of Commerce Sounds Alarm Bell Over Energy Choice Initiative

Florida Congressional Members Latest to Oppose ‘Energy Choice’ Amendment:

“A full 24 Florida members of (the US) Congress (12 Democrats and 12 Republicans), however, vigorously oppose the measure, as they wrote in a letter to (Florida) Attorney General Ashley Moody Friday.”

Unfortunately, we have not yet reached total unanimity on this.

One of the very many things of which to make fun when contemplating Leftists – is their steadfast imperviousness to facts and history.  To wit:

“Communism has only murdered 100 million people – let’s give it another shot.”

Unfortunately, sometimes the Free-Market-Uber-Alles types – too forget to remember history.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Bring Competition to Florida’s Electricity Market

No, it would not.  See (amongst many other places): Texas.

You know who doesn’t seem to have missed history?  Florida’s ballot-eligible residents.

‘Energy Choice’ Amendment Unpopular with Florida Voters:

“Only two in five voters back the proposed amendment.”

Bravo, Floridians.

Let’s hope it stays that way.

Or gets even more one-sided against.

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Bret Stephens at the New York Times Freaks Out Over Silly ‘Bedbug’ Tweet

Modern journalism is rough, y’all. The industry is under constant financial pressure from the transition to the internet and our divisive current political climate means that your writing is likely to irritate people, who might track you down online and harass you with vicious, threatening words…like comparing you to a tiny insect.

Huh?

Yesterday, Dave Karpf, an associate professor at George Washington University, tweeted a little joke in response to a story about bedbugs infesting the New York Times newsroom, saying that the bedbugs were a metaphor for Bret Stephens, a conservative NYT columnist. Stephens has drawn ire from both sides of the aisle on occasion, with those on the right annoyed at his criticism of President Donald Trump and more moderate views on issues like gun control, and those on the left annoyed in general at the designated token conservative the NYT allows on their opinion pages.

Originally, the tweet was virtually unnoticed in the firehose of daily mayhem that is Twitter. As Karpf noted, it had zero retweets and nine likes…until Stephens got involved.

Stephens was apparently so incensed about Karpf’s bedbug joke that he emailed him and copied Karpf’s university provost (his boss) to complain.

“I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people — people they’ve never met — on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard,” wrote Stephens.

This is all over one little joke comparing him to a bedbug.

Continued Stephens: “I would welcome the opportunity for you to come to my home, meet my wife and kids, talk to us for a few minutes, and then call me a ‘bedbug’ to my face. That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part.”

Does he want to fight Karpf? So bizarre.

Karpf was understandably irritated that Stephens had tried to tattle to his boss, and posted the email on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. The original tweet has now been retweeted nearly four thousand times, with nearly twenty-five thousand likes, and Karpf’s tweet with Stephens’ email has been shared even more.

Stephens was on MSNBC this morning and attempted to defend his histrionics, calling Karpf’s tweet “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable,” and claiming he wasn’t actually trying to get him in professional trouble by tattling to his boss, he just felt that “managers should be aware of the way in which their people, their professors or journalists, interact with the rest of the world.”

Sure, buddy.

Bedbugs are a nuisance and difficult and expensive to eradicate, if you know anyone who’s had the misfortune of dealing with an infestation. But when viewed in comparison to the constant cesspool that is the online world these days, “bedbug” is just not something that should get any sort of response, certainly not a tattling email to one’s boss.

As many people pointed out, every single female journalist has to deal with far worse than getting called “bedbug” if they’re active on social media at all. I’m pretty sure someone called me worse than “bedbug” just today, and if I scrolled through the accounts I’ve blocked or muted, I could find stuff that would really light Stephens’ hair on fire. I haven’t tried to get any of those people fired, though.

The kerfuffle has proved to be too much for Stephens to handle, and he deactivated his Twitter account earlier today.

The whole incident is just exploding with irony, coming the same week as the Times complained about conservative activists highlighting controversial and racist tweets from their journalists in an attempt to cause professional consequences for them. Stephens had a meltdown over a silly and inconsequential joke that originally was seen by maybe a few dozen people, and tried to end a man’s career over it.

His excuses ring hollow — Stephens had no prior connection or interaction with Karpf or his provost before this incident and there was no reason to include the provost on the email except to hope that it would cause trouble for Karpf at work.

It’s time we rename the Streisand Effect in honor of Bret “Bedbug” Stephens. The Streisand Effect, as you probably know, is named for what happens when an attempt to silence a critic or censor information draws far more attention than if you had just left it alone. The term was coined after Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for publishing photos of her Malibu, California home.

But what Stephens has done here far surpasses Streisand on an exponential scale. Streisand is a rich celebrity and the fact she has a very expensive Malibu home isn’t exactly news. The specific location was public record and other photos were already available. Stephens, on the other hand, dug up a lonely little tweet that whispered by for a moment on Twitter, turned it into a still-trending topic, and probably earned himself a new nickname. He may end up getting called “Bedbug” for the rest of his life.

If we can take any lessons from this whole misadventure, perhaps it can highlight the absurdity and potential abuse of trying to get someone fired for their social media activity. If you have clear evidence someone is committing fraud or putting people in danger, by all means, contact their boss — or better yet, the police if it’s an actual crime! — but if it’s just a mean tweet, roll your eyes and move the heck on with your life.

I’m sure Bedbug Stephens wished he had.

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The Media and Global Elites Are Lying to You About the Amazon Fires

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For the past decade, we’ve seen normal events become sensationalized to the point of hysteria. Take hurricanes for example.

In order to push climate change as a means for acquiring political power, the left have decided to present every hurricane as proof positive of the vast negative, deadly effects of the earth warming. It doesn’t matter that we are actually seeing less hurricanes in the current decade than the decade before or that 2019 has been incredibly quiet as far as hurricanes go. The moment a storm finally appears this year, it will be bandied about for political reasons.

We are seeing much the same tactics used in regards to the fires currently burning in the Amazon. Celebrities and politicians the world over are shouting on Twitter, sharing photos, and making wild claims about the severity of what is going on.

That’s not to say that the fires are good or that there aren’t more of them this year. It is to say the overall picture being painted is almost wholly false and sowing unnecessary fear to play politics.

Here’s Mike Shellenberger, someone who’s studied this for a long time and lived among the people of the area, writing in Forbes to try to bring some levity to the situation.

Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” saidactor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron.

And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.

It should surprise no one that same group of people who are always beating the drum that the earth is on the verge of calamity chose to purposely lie and share fake photos to push their narrative. Their lying, misleading, and misrepresentations are nothing new.

But let’s deal with the actual claims being made.

Is the Amazon really producing 20% of the world’s oxygen and is it the “lungs of the earth?” It sure sounds dire, but in reality it’s a mostly nonsensical claim.

I was curious to hear what one of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the “lungs” claim.

“It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.”

What about the assertion that the Amazon is burning at an 80% higher rate than 2018? As with many things, context matters and the media are purposely leaving it out.

But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.”

While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.

One, the idea that anybody could possibly know with any actual authority that these fires haven’t happened for 20,000 years is ludicrous. Secondly, the reason the reason fires are 80% higher this year than last is because last year was an unusually low year for fires. There is no actual existential emergency here.

In fact, there were higher incidences of burning over the course of 2003-2008 than the current five years. The Amazon wasn’t “lost” or destroyed. Amazingly, trees grow back.

What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional,” said Coutinho. “Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria.”

And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fireshave.

Further, deforestation is down 70% from the early 2000s. Over half the Amazon is completely protected from deforestation by law and the increase in fires this year is not from climate change, but rather from farmers needing to burn land for crops and cattle.

In other words, what’s happening is completely preventable. It’s not an uncontrollable, environmental threat to the world due to global warming. You are not going to stop getting oxygen to your lungs because of a 7% increase in Amazon fires over the last decade.

Enough of the lying. It’s incredibly transparent that this is political given the same climate change hysterics who freak out about hurricanes and thunderstorms are latching onto this. Brazil doesn’t owe the rest of the world anything and they need to be allowed to manage the situation without the French president or Hollywood celebrities injecting false information into the debate. It only creates division and makes it harder to work with the farmers in question.

Marcon and others should stay in their lane. This isn’t it.

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DeBlasio Commission Recommends Eliminating Public School Programs For Gifted Students Because Of Lack Of Diversity

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As I have previously noted, the most segregated public school system in the United States is in very Democratic, very blue New York City. And now a working group impaneled by Mayor Bill de Blasio has recommended that the only way to desegregate the Big Apple’s public school system is to end programs for gifted students:

Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York

A group appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed seismic changes to the nation’s largest school system.

By Eliza Shapiro | August 26, 2019 | Updated 7:54 p.m. ET

For years, New York City has essentially maintained two parallel public school systems.

A group of selective schools and programs geared to students labeled gifted and talented is filled mostly with white and Asian children. The rest of the system is open to all students and is predominantly black and Hispanic.

Now, a high-level panel appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio is recommending that the city do away with most of these selective programs in an effort to desegregate the system, which has 1.1 million students and is by far the largest in the country.

Mr. de Blasio, who has staked his mayoralty on reducing inequality, has the power to adopt some or all of the proposals without input from the State Legislature or City Council. If he does, the decision would fundamentally reshape a largely segregated school system and could reverberate in school districts across the country.

Note that this is only a recommendation, and it was made to Mr de Blasio, not by Mr de Blasio. That’s an important distinction, because failing to take it is to open the door to demagoguery.

He risks alienating tens of thousands of mostly white and Asian families whose children are enrolled in the gifted programs and selective schools. If a substantial number of those families leave the system, it would be even more difficult to achieve integration.

The proposals, contained in a report to be released on Tuesday, may also face opposition from some middle-class black and Hispanic families that have called for more gifted programs in mostly minority neighborhoods as a way to offer students of color more access to high-quality schools.

It’s a long article, one which slams former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s educational programs, which helped to screen for more highly able students to be able to attend public schools which matched their abilities. It proposes different things, which you can see by following the link to the original. Much further down are three important paragraphs:

As the city has tried for decades to improve its underperforming schools, it has long relied on accelerated academic offerings and screened schools, including the specialized high schools, to entice white families to stay in public schools.

But at the same time, white, Asian and middle-class families have sometimes exacerbated segregation by avoiding neighborhood schools, and instead choosing gifted programs or other selective schools. In gentrifying neighborhoods, some white parents have rallied for more gifted classes, which has in some cases led to segregated classrooms within diverse schools.

The application system for gifted classes, which can begin when a child is 4, tends to favor savvy parents who have the flexibility to visit schools and, in some cases, the money to spend on test preparation.

The article blames the high rate of segregation on white and Asian families doing what parents naturally do, try to get the best for their children.

One of the concerns of the panel, mentioned more than once in the article, is that if the schools for the top performers are eliminated white and Asian parents will instead opt for private schools, or public schools in the suburbs, which would increase New York’s public school percentages of black and Hispanic students from the 70% of the 1.1 million public school students. Roughly 75% of the system’s

But underlying the entire article is the obvious but unspoken assumption by the recommending panel: white and Asian students are simply more intelligent and more capable than black and Hispanic students. Oh, the panel members, prestigious people all, would absolutely deny that, but in reading the Times’ story, the impression is unmistakable. Rather than seeking ways to help black and Hispanic students be more successful on the testing which determines which students can go to the selective schools, it promoted the Upper West Side’s District 3, which reserved some seats in the top middle schools for underperforming students, but noted that doing that it “took years of often bitter debate for those politically progressive and racially diverse neighborhoods to finally adopt those plans”.

I suppose that ‘progressive’ neighborhoods prefer ‘progressive’ programs when they are in other people’s neighborhoods.

In truth, it is the left who are the racists that they claim conservatives are. For all of their blathering about multiculturalism and diversity and equality, they only believe in those things for people who live elsewhere, for those of us living in ‘flyover country.’
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Brazil Tells G7 to Keep Their Aid Money, then Burns World Leaders by Telling Them What They Can Do With It

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While the leaders at the G7 summit may have felt good about drumming up $20 million for Brazil to help fight the fires in the Amazon, Brazil is shrugging it off and adding a few choice words for these leaders to boot.

According to The Hill, Brazil representatives said that the money is “interference” and added that the language of accepting the term was too “ambiguous.” Furthermore, Brazil said it never asked for this help and it was decided without the input of Brazil at all:

According to The Hill, Brazil did tell them what they could do with that money, though, and that’s to solve their own problems:

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro‘s chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, also told Globo news website in response to the offer: “Thanks, but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” according to Politico.

“Macron cannot even avoid a predictable fire in a church that is part of the world’s heritage, and he wants to give us lessons for our country?” Lorenzoni added, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron and the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris earlier this year.

Ouch.

It’s not entirely clear what was in the agreement for the money, but it was seemingly insulting to Brazillian leaders if this was their reaction. The decision for the funding from the G7 council was made on Monday without both Brazil’s input and President Donald Trump, who did not attend that meeting.

Bolsonaro himself has been called the “Trump of the Tropics” after running a populist right-wing campaign. One of his goals was to open up the rainforest for business development, as Brazil’s environmental laws were “suffocating” the country according to him. He has expressed his belief that the fires were started in the Amazon by nongovernmental organizations to try to make him look bad, according to The Hill.

 

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CA Restaurant Owner: Bernie Sanders Was So Rude To His Staff, He’s Lost His Vote

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made a terrible impression on California restaurant owner John Kinston last week. Sanders arrived at John’s Grill, an 111-year-old San Francisco bistro with about 15 members of his staff. Konstin told Politico, “It was all very nice, except for rude and cranky Bernie…He didn’t want to shake hands, he didn’t want a picture. No campaign face…He wasn’t nice to any of the staff.”

Most significantly, Konstin said, “He lost my vote.”

This restaurant is a favorite among San Francisco politicians and it was especially busy last Thursday night because the DNC’s summer meeting was being held in the city.

Konstin told Politico that he “hosted a full house, including a big party with Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, all led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was “pure class.”

Lee Housekeeper, the restaurant’s media contact, told Sfgate that “it’s uncharacteristic for Konstin to speak ill of his restaurant patrons…Bernie had to be in a terrible mood. Anyone in the public eye needs to understand when it’s time to order room service.”

Housekeeper added that, “Sanders left a tip and his wife apologized as the group was leaving the restaurant.”

Sfgate reported that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had visited San Francisco in June for the 2019 California Democratic Convention and dined with her staff at Ayala in Union Square’s Hotel G.

Ayala’s General Manager Alexandra Loulias said, “She was absolutely wonderful and came into our kitchen. So complimentary of our staff. She took individual photos with everyone. Just the nicest lady.”

Take that Bernie. Manners matter.

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