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  • pjMom 3:12 PM on 10/09/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A sinkhole of funds and expectations good ol’… 

    A sinkhole of funds and expectations, good ol’ public schools. From my local paper, the Colorado Springs Gazette, a summary of the poor math performance among high schoolers:

    But in the six largest districts in El Paso County — Colorado Springs School District 11, Academy School District 20, Falcon School District 49, Harrison School District 2, Widefield School District 3, and Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 — fewer than 50 percent of 10th graders scored proficient or advanced in math. Over the last five years scores have remained flat, indicating schools haven’t found the silver bullet. 
    The humor lies in the end, where local districts detail the efforts being made to improve scores. In D-2, a fifth of 10th graders scored proficient or advanced in math: 21%. The plan to help won’t:
    This year they rolled out a high school math program where geometry, algebra and other courses are integrated so students can see the connection between concepts.
    In elementary school, Assistant Superintendent Dan Snowberger notes, they have set aside the idea that kids can’t get into higher math until they have memorized  basics such as multiplication tables. “Some might never memorize it, so instead we get them engaged in higher math, scaffold the lessons and support them where there are deficiencies.” They are seeing positive results.
    Scaffold the lessons and support deficiencies? Isn’t that what they did in Atlanta? Do you supply a table for kids to look up the answer or a calculator? I’m not sure which is worse. It’s difficult for kids to grasp the interrelated concepts if they haven’t mastered the basics, i.e. memorizing math facts.
    In a local charter school–the one with the highest scores in the county at 90 percent proficient or advanced–the explanation for success would prove unpopular. Why? It’s no longer politically correct:
    Vanguard doesn’t socially promote kids, has high expectations and stresses parent support.  Students are divided into zones based on ability rather than grade levels for math, and placement is emphasized in the  first month of school. Students repeat material until they know it, and have an extra half hour daily for homework and extra help. The school uses Saxon math curriculum, which lays a foundation of skills and builds on it. Lectures are short; more time is spent doing problems so teachers can see issues and help.
    No social promotion. High expectations. Parent support. Placement for ability. And what a kicker: students repeat material until they know it. That doesn’t sound like supporting a deficiency, eh?
    Cross-posted at politicaljunkieMom.
    • SignPainterGuy 4:18 PM on 10/09/2011 Permalink | Reply

      More proof that charter schools out-perform taxpayer funded, government administered, union controlled public schools. Home schooled students often do better as well !

      Here in NC, the lefty PC crowd would have you know that charter schools are some variation of “imitation-, not real-” schools and are just taking away from traditional public school funds. Good ….. whatever !

      I would like to see a nat`l movement to establish (at the local level) a dollar amount spent per year per student and then attach that money “to each student”. Then each student could choose which school to attend (parents` choice of course), public, private, charter or home school.

      Can you imagine how much better educated kids could be and how much public schools would improve as a result of the competition ?

      • pjMom 11:02 AM on 10/10/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed, SPG. School choice solves myriad problems. No wonder the unions oppose it so vigorously… Here in Colorado, charters are very popular–to the point that the best ones are notoriously difficult to get into, even if you live in the same district. They have lotteries.

        • SignPainterGuy 8:12 PM on 10/10/2011 Permalink | Reply

          They are very popular here. I don`t know if there are any lotteries for admission, but there are definitely waiting lists !

  • pjMom 10:22 AM on 08/25/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “So would I support Rick Perry for President? Hell, yes!” 

    So exclaims Kinky Friedman, who ran against him in 2006.

    As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.

    More (and a coffee alert if you’re holding one):

    These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.

    More to the point, could Rick Perry fix the economy? Hell, yes! Texas is exhibit A; Rick’s fingerprints are all over it. He’s been governor since Christ was a cowboy. The Lone Star State is booming. The last time I checked, Texas is kicking in a hell of a lot of the U.S. GDP. Unemployment is lower than the vast majority of the other states. Hell, we could probably even find a job for Paul Begala.

    Heh. Read the rest.

  • pjMom 11:15 PM on 08/17/2011 Permalink | Reply  


    You forget a lot in 3 years. From Politico:

    “The day that the president became president gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today,” she said at an event in Greenville, S.C.. “Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.”

    It was really that cheap? Seriously?

    I was so struck by the price of produce at the grocery store last week. Meat, too. And how could I forget coffee? My normal splurge coffee has gone up by $2 a (small) bag. Avocados are double the price from last summer. I know because we used to eat quite a few.

    What say you? Are you feeling pinched, too, or is it just me flabbergasted at the grocery store?


    • Quite Rightly 5:50 PM on 08/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Today’s low gas price in my town is just about double what it was when O took office: $3.83 a gallon, that is, $1.75 higher than the $1.79 price when the local progressives’ chief interest was getting George Bush impeached.

      With avocados 2 for $5, I’m sure there are more than a few socialist progs who are also wistfully passing them by at the grocery store. I often wonder if they are making the connection.

      • Quite Rightly 5:53 PM on 08/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Bad math. What was I thinking? That’s 2.04 more a gallon since Jan. 2009, more than double $1.79. Almost enough to buy an avocado.

      • pjMom 6:31 PM on 08/21/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Gas is a little lower here, but not by much. And I wonder. I have so many politically oblivious friends, and when I bring up grocery prices, they seem stunned.

    • zillaoftheresistance 6:48 AM on 08/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s well over $4/gal here, but they’ve jacked up the price of everything. An 11.2 ounce can of coffee was between $2.49 and just under $4 last year, with the store brand at $1.99 now the can of coffee is 10 ounces and sells for between $5.69 and EIGHT DOLLARS! The store brand is nearly five bucks a can, the best you can do is get it on “sale” for $3.99! I like my coffee strong but can no longer afford strong coffee but I noticed that bricks of espresso are relatively cheap, going for between 2 & 4 bucks, so I buy the cheapest can of coffee I can find & mix it with cheap espresso to make it into drinkable coffee. The only problem is that espresso grounds are very fins & they gunk up my coffee machine. Also, meat that used to be under 2 bucks a pound is now on “sale” for like five bucks and regular prices is anywhere from 8 to 13 bucks! Cat food? Fughettaboutit! It has quadrupled in price, even the store brand canned cat food! I hate New York, and I’m not even in The City.

  • pjMom 9:31 AM on 07/22/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    What you least expect to hear upon calling your Senator to tell him to vote for #cutcapandbalance 

    This as the hold music. So much irony from which to choose, so little time.

    I called Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado. Will call the rest, too. Here’s a list via Red State:

    Here are the Democrats who need to hear from you as soon as possible. Each of these senators voted in favor of a non-binding resolution earlier this year supporting the Balanced Budget Amendment. We will find out today if they were serious.

    Mark Begich (D-AK) — (202) 224-3004
    Michael Bennet (D-CO) — (202) 224-5852
    Sherrod Brown (D-OH) — (202) 224-2315
    Tom Carper (D-DE) — (202) 224-2441
    Joe Manchin (D-WV) — (202) 224-3954
    Claire McCaskill (D-MO) — (202) 224-6154
    Bill Nelson (D-FL) — (202) 224-5274
    Ben Nelson (D-NE) — (202) 224-6551
    Mark Udall (D-CO) — (202) 224-5941

    Bennet’s office immediately answered and placed me on hold. I waited less than a minute. Udall’s line provided the serenade for a slightly longer wait. Both staffers were polite. Udall’s sported a heavy British accent, not something I expected to accompany Alan Jackson.


    • just a conservative girl 10:53 AM on 07/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Shocker, neither of mine are on there!!!

    • pjMom 8:54 PM on 07/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      LOL. Lost causes in Virginia. Not for long…

      • just a conservative girl 8:59 PM on 07/24/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I am a little worried about next year’s election. Tim Kaine is going to be a formitable opponent. His approval ratings when he left the governership were not terrible, and he is known and liked around the state.

    • SignPainterGuy 5:47 PM on 07/23/2011 Permalink | Reply

      My dem. rep. (NC-11) Heath Shuler voted for Cut, Cap and Balance (because the majority of his constituents told him to) and the local (Gannett owned) Asheville Citizen-Times excoriated him for daring to cross party lines on the editorial page, without an author`s signature of course !

  • pjMom 6:25 PM on 06/06/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A thousand words 

    Swell in my heart, yet I can’t find any worthy of the photo.  The Army honored paratroopers  today in Ste. Mere-Eglise, France. Click through for more pictures.

    Related: Amen: “Not for nothing do we call this our ‘Greatest Generation.'”

    • backyardconservative 9:21 PM on 06/06/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this.

    • pjMom 9:28 AM on 06/07/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Most welcome. I have a major soft spot for wicked cute WWII vets, partly because I miss my grandfathers so much.

    • iainswife 9:27 PM on 06/13/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I grew up with three grandparents and three great grandparents so please do not think that I do not appreciate their “greatness” on many levels but I have increasingly come to the conclusion that while the WWII generation may indeed have been the “Greatest Generation” when it came to the fight for freedom and willingness to sacrifice, they were lousy parents when they raised and unloosed the Baby Boomers on America. It’s probably unkind of me to point out but as my husband likes to say “harsh but fair.”

  • pjMom 10:04 PM on 04/17/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the day 

    Professor Jacobson on Sarah Palin’s “Fight like a girl” speech in Wisconsin yesterday:

    In one sentence, Palin did more to advance the cause of women in politics than all the Women’s Studies Ph.D’s in all the universities in this country combined.

    Which is why Sarah Palin scares liberal women to death.

  • pjMom 9:03 AM on 04/09/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Ah, sleep 

    From an article at the WSJ, The Sleepless Elite:

    Not only are their circadian rhythms different from most people, so are their moods (very upbeat) and their metabolism (they’re thinner than average, even though sleep deprivation usually raises the risk of obesity). They also seem to have a high tolerance for physical pain and psychological setbacks.

    Um, can you clone those genetic anomalies? And package into convenient pill form for moms?

  • pjMom 11:12 AM on 02/24/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Let’s hope he wasn’t a history teacher… 

    Borrowing JaCG’s line, here’s another, pardon the pun, teachable union moment from the Providence Journal:

    “This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.

    I guess the paper had to insert that tidbit of explanation for those readers who had been educated in the Providence school system.

    H/t: Legal Insurrection.

  • pjMom 11:58 AM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

    Quote of the day 

    Via Tom Bethell at American Spectator:

    Here’s one abortion issue that is never properly explained. We are told that easy access to abortion is a matter of “women’s reproductive rights,” or “reproductive freedom.” Nancy Pelosi uses that terminology, as do many feminists. Well, I support reproductive rights. But women already have them. There’s only one way to reproduce, and that is to have sex with a man. Involuntary sex is called rape and rape is illegal, so what’s the issue here? I guess what they don’t want to say that abortion is your basic back-up when contraception fails.

    I have another up at pjMom.

    • Jill 7:32 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      “There’s only one way to reproduce, and that is to have sex with a man.” — How quaintly old-fashioned!

      • pjMom 8:17 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

        LOL. I know. The essay is fabulous. I like his style: blunt truth works.

  • pjMom 12:26 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the day 

    Ed Morrissey on the end of Pelosi’s higher-cost (predictable), higher-carbon emissions (heh!) “Green the Capitol” agenda in the cafeteria:

    Eating has returned now to its previous purpose of feeding people rather than lecturing them on tastes and energy policy, and costs have returned to normal as well.  But the exercise did have its value.  It showed that far from looking to deliver cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy resources, the “green” movement instead exists to lecture people not just on energy consumption but on a wide range of lifestyle choices.  It is much more efficient at distributing condescension than actual energy, and hypocrisy over tangible results.

     Bonus: no more useless, compostable cornstarch sporks!

    • iainswife 4:28 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Like Obamacare, green environmentalism (unlike stewardship) isn’t about the environment (or our health) but about centralized control and engineering of society. As my husband likes to say whenever some blowhole starts telling us how to live our lives, “You first.” Although Glenn Reynold’s take of “I’ll believe its a crisis when they start acting like its a crisis.” is good too.

    • pjMom 4:45 PM on 02/14/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like the watermelon analogy: green on the outside…

  • pjMom 1:00 PM on 02/04/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day 

    Doug Powers writing at Michelle Malkin in response to our ’08 GOP nominee who claims his opponent is now “easier to work with” after his media-created move to the center:

    John McCain often reminds me of a trout that just got hooked and is thrilled that the fisherman has agreed to meet him halfway.


  • pjMom 12:38 AM on 01/21/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the day 


    Well, based on the past two years I’d vote for a syphilitic camel if he ran against Obama.

    Me too, Professor!

    Go read the inspiration.  Wisdom follows the snark.

  • pjMom 11:28 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Oh my. Hawaii governor opens can o’ worms for Obama 

    He thought he was doing Barry O a favor, putting an end to all that Birther nonsense.

    Guess not:

    Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.

    Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star Advertiser he was searching within the Hawaii Department of Health to find definitive vital records that would prove Obama was born in Hawaii, because the continuing eligibility controversy could hurt the president’s chances of re-election in 2012.


    • The Plague Fairy 12:56 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Let me guess. They were lost in a fire? Destroyed after data was put in a new computer system?

    • fuzislippers 1:06 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      There are only two ways this will come out: if Hillary releases/”accidentally” leaks it or if the GOP gets some balls. I’m not holding my breath on either count.

    • Zilla of the Resistance 7:10 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      @Fuzzy: I think Hillary would do it before anyone in the GOP, she’s got a bigger pair.

      • fuzislippers 7:43 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Yeah, that she does! lol But there’s some compelling reason that she didn’t in the ’08 primary (you know she knows), and whatever that was is probably still relevant. Time will tell.

        • chester arthur 10:50 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

          Exactly.Hillary’s staff did show a potential challenger in 2008 her file on him,and Mark Warner dropped out of the presidential race,only to afflict Virginia as a lackluster senator.Obama must have a file on her that would amaze…well,no one,but it still works.

    • Quite Rightly 8:19 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a sucker born every minute. And sometimes one gets elected governor of Hawaii.

    • backyardconservative 9:42 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t this the most hilarious thing? Do you thing someone sent him a dead fish?

      • Pat 11:26 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        …or he woke up with a horse’s head in his bed.

        • pjMom 11:28 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

          How long does it take for a dead fish to arrive from Chicago?

          • SignPainterGuy 6:01 PM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

            USPS Next-Day Air…….3 business days !!

  • pjMom 12:51 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

    Oh Jeb, say it ain’t so 

    It’s one thing for liberals to perpetuate myths about Arizona’s immigration law.  It’s another entirely for a possible GOP contender to make statements like this:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said if his children walked the streets of Phoenix they might look awfully suspicious to police. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico.

    Really?  If they “walked the streets,” eh?  Do they look like they might be prostitutes thus giving cops probable cause to stop and ask them for papers?
    If I were driving 30 mph over the speed limit in Arizona, I would be asked to produce my driver’s license and registration, no?  And if that’s the case, why should it be any different for anyone else?  If by some chance that person didn’t have a driver’s license and registration–oh, gasp! shock! because he or she were here illegally–then it’s appropriate to ask. 

    Jeb and others were in Denver discussing the possibility of Colorado’s adoption of a law similar to Arizona’s, though  I doubt it will happen with Hickenlooper headed into the Governor’s mansion.

    • Carolyn 1:42 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Jeb was a fantastic governor here in Florida and I would vote for him again in a minute, however, he has always been pro-immigration and I have never known him to distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. My question is this, in light of the overwhelming support for Arizona’s law would Jeb, were he in the position, veto such a law or would he set his own beliefs aside and carry out the will of the people? As far as I’m concerned he can believe anything he wants so long as he acts in accordance with the wishes of the electorate.

      My daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren just moved back here after two and a half years of living in Arizona. My Hispanic son-in-law fully supports Arizona’s law and doesn’t think that it is the least bit unreasonable that people should produce ID. The controversy over the law was created by the Left in order to woo Hispanics in to becoming loyal Democrats.

      • fuzislippers 8:41 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m a big Jeb Bush fan, too, and I agree with you that what he does about it is more important than what he thinks about it. The problem with these statements (in light of President Bush recently saying that Jeb is his pick for 2012 . . . except he’s not running–yeah, sure, and in light of former first lady Barbara Bush’s recent snide comment about Sarah Palin) is that this seems to be his “approach” to illegal immigration. The same, I’m so so sad to see, as BO’s–right up to and including the fallacy about people being stopped in the streets or as they’re out for ice cream.

    • just a conservative girl 4:05 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      What I find the most insulting about this whole debate is that basically they are calling police officers bigots. They have a difficult job to do and they really don’t have the time to pull people over for no reason. If I have to show ID to write a check or get on an airplane then asking someone that is being questioned by the police for some is not unreasonable.

      • fuzislippers 8:43 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This ticks me off, too, the police in every state work their butts off and put their lives on the line every single day, and all the left (and now apparently the progressive right) can do is accuse them of being bigots and incompetent. Not a far cry from ’60s hippies shrieking “pig” at them, really.

    • Carolyn 7:51 AM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am also offended that Jeb would imply that the police would hassle people for walking down the street. That simply is not the way it works and Jeb knows better.

      Somewhat off subject-two police officers were recently shot and killed about a half mile from my office. Two elderly women heard the shots and ran to help the fallen officers. They stayed with the men and comforted them until help arrived. The women, who lived in a housing project, were forced to move from their homes by the other residents. Seems their neighbors were upset that these women would help the police-even though the help consisted of nothing more than talking to them and praying for them as the officers bled to death in the street.

      Popular culture vilifies police. They are shown in movies as corrupt and ruthless. Rap music glorifies killing policemen. In reality, the police put their lives on the line every time they walk out the door. They are heroes.

      The one deputy left behind four young sons. The other deputy’s wife was eight months pregnant when he died. Their child was stillborn two weeks later. All this was the result of a routine traffic stop.

      • fuzislippers 6:21 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Jeb does know better, so we have to wonder what he’s up to. I’m not happy about this.

        You’re right, the police are heroes. This story saddens me a great deal. Do you know where these (also quite heroic) women had to move? I hope that they will not be discouraged from helping in the future as a result of this mistreatment.

        This vilification of the police and military by the far left (and you’re right, it’s seeping into the very fabric of our society and culture) is one of the things that gives me hope, however. And probably why BO is so adamant about a “civilian national security force.”

        • Carol 7:18 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I don’t know where the women were located. The newspaper simply said that they had been re-located for their own safety.

          Side note-the shooter was charged in two other murders and he is suspected of another. Quite a body count considering that he had only been out of prison for about six weeks at the time that he shot the two officers. I believe he went to prison for robbery. He had been arrested twice before for murder but both times the charges fell through when witnesses suddenly developed amnesia. All of this and the shooter was only twenty-four years old.

      • Quite Rightly 6:25 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is a horrifying story. The gangsters can’t even leave elderly bystanders alone. What has this world come to?

  • pjMom 10:46 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Taxpayers bail out EU 

    I had a busy afternoon cooking, cleaning, and being a mom.  So I missed this until pjHusband pointed it out. 

    Via Drudge, we’re bailing out the EU (after already loaning–secretly, of course–European banks massive cash).  Seriously?  At what point does this become a joke?  The Germans have to bail out the Greeks.  The EU bails out the Irish.  And now we–of massive debt ourselves–bail out the EU?

    Who bails us out?  Are they waiting for rich aliens at this point?

    • zillaoftheresistance 11:12 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sheesh, at this point, is there anyone left in the world that Americans HAVEN’T been forced to bail out with our tax dollars?

    • fuzislippers 4:45 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Why why why are we bailing them out? I’m wondering, like you, who the heck is going to bail US out? China? Again? Really? This is all bs. We’re all in the same stinking economic mess, and that just tells me that “the global economy” is a load of . . . bananas. When everyone’s broke (except China), what then?

      • Yukio Ngaby 7:58 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        China will be broke too. They rely on American consumer markets.

      • pjMom 11:18 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        We wait for the extraterrestrial help, obviously. We’re bailing out a half-century of failed socialist policy in Europe as we’re saddled with our own entitlement burdens. I seriously wonder when they just say, ok, we’re confiscating all your the money in the bank. And your 401k. Because *we* have problems managing our money.

        • Yukio Ngaby 11:39 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          You may be right. Several South American countries have raided their citizens’ private retirement funds and long-term savings under the banner idea of “protecting the citizens’ funds.” They take the money and then promptly put it back into funding government programs. It could certainly happen here.

          • fuzislippers 7:07 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yep. And let’s also keep in mind that to this administration and its freakish following, taxing 100% of our income is deemed Constitutional. Once they abolish (or a better descriptor is “simply phase out”) the middle class, they’ll be free to tax the remaining “rich” at will. Of course, that will come to nothing as it always does, and we’ll have a poverty class that makes up 95% or more of the population and the ruling political class who live like kings. This is the way we are heading, the path we are being manipulated down. It’s not pretty.

        • fuzislippers 7:21 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          heh, extraterrestrial help. The extreme horror is that socialists just cannot understand that socialism never ever works. It doesn’t work in a tiny little country, so they decide to make all the countries of Europe economically-entwined (including, stupidly, a shared currency). Bigger is better, right? More people means socialism will finally finally work. Oops, not so fast, it fails again. As always. So the new plan is to make the entire “free” world a socialist serfdom. Bigger is better, right? If a 60’s commune in the Nevada desert can’t make socialism work on that tiny scale, enlarging the experiment area doesn’t change anything. Just makes the failure bigger.

          I just don’t know how we dig all of the socialist crap out of our own system at this point, let alone of the global economy. We’re pretty screwed, I think.

          • Yukio Ngaby 10:10 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            “I just don’t know how we dig all of the socialist crap out of our own system at this point, let alone of the global economy.”

            Stop giving money away in the form of entitlements and pork is a good place to begin…

    • backyardconservative 10:28 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the ultimate Ponzi scheme. Remember, in the end what brought Bernie Madoff down is that he ran out of the world’s money–no more rich to rip off.

  • pjMom 1:08 AM on 11/24/2010 Permalink | Reply  


    We have so much to be thankful for, and on my list this year is this incredible group of savvy, curious women.

    Ladies, you have no idea how much your writing, wit, snark and sass brighten my day. 

    Thank you.

    And oh, I’m a sucker for the recipes, too.  I saw Pundette’s cranberry bread recipe this morning and decided–gasp–to not make the usual Ocean Spray cranberry bread I grew up eating.  At 6500′.  Using the greatest altitude cookbook evah to help tinker a little.  Wish me luck!

    • fuzislippers 9:24 AM on 11/24/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hear, hear! I’m thankful to and for all you wonderful Potluck ladies, as well.

    • Jill 7:51 AM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving, Potluckers and readers! Enjoy your families and and feasts.

      (Hope the cranberry bread doesn’t disappoint.)

      • Pat Austin 9:07 AM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I’m munching on Pundette’s cranberry bread RIGHT NOW; I also made two mini loaves to share with two ladies across the street. It’s yummy! A new tradition is born!

      • pjMom 11:16 PM on 11/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

        A todller-melting-down-day prevented any more baking yesterday. So it’s on my list for Christmas. Thanks to the new handy-dandy deep freezer (oh, how life changes, no, when you’re most excited by your new-appliance-for-early-Christmas-present a la Walter Williams), I have a stash of cranberries to be envied. Will update with altitude adjustments in case you ever find yourself at 6500′ ; )

  • pjMom 1:50 PM on 11/02/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    And we thought she was a prima donna? 

    Dude. These people are clueless.

    That Madrid trip was über-expensive and created a firestorm around Michelle.

    What makes Barry O think he’ll be insulated from the same when spending $200 million per day in Mumbai?

  • pjMom 10:23 AM on 10/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Wife of a Wounded Warrior: “Army wives are like teabags. You never know how strong she is until she lands in hot water.” 

    Want to see what strength looks like? 

    Strength rocks a purple dress to her husband’s Purple Heart ceremony and smiles through tears.  Strength becomes his advocate, his appointment scheduler, his researcher for alternative medical treatments to restore their lives, his bedrock when he brings the war home. 

    I have the video of Bianca Baldwin giving a speech in honor of her husband, Special Forces Major Darren Baldwin, at his Purple Heart ceremony at pjMom.  Come watch and read “the rest of the story.”

    • Jill 7:29 AM on 10/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much, PJM. I watched the whole thing. It gives me hope for America.

      • pjMom 1:59 PM on 10/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Most welcome, Jill. It’s nice to know strong women still do stand by their soldiers … the divorce rate is incredbily high after 9 years of GWOT.

  • pjMom 4:38 PM on 09/21/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Misleading headline of the day falsely demonizing GOP courtesy the AP 

    Dear Associated Press and Yahoo! News:

    I take offense at your misleading headline, “Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban,” for myriad reasons.

    Namely, with one Republican Senator (well, RINO Murkowski, but I digress) absent, it is impossible for “Republicans” to “block” the bill.

    Why, you ask?

    Well, with 41 Republicans in the Senate minus the absent sore loser from Alaska, that’s only 40 votes. 

    Elementary math: 100 Senators (minus) 40 GOP (equals) bill passage with 60 votes.

    So why did the bill not pass with the crucial 41st GOP vote absent?

    Oh, Democrats voted against the measure?

    Whoopsie!  Right, you just made a mistake!

    The kicker:

    Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas sided with Republicans to block the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., also voted against the measure as a procedural tactic. Under Senate rules, casting his vote with the majority of the Senate enables him to revive the bill at a later date if he wants.

    Emphasis mine.  Three Democrats sided with 40 Republicans.  Three Democrats, not Republicans, are the reason the bill didn’t pass.

    More garbage from the AP:

    Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation that would have repealed the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

    The partisan vote was a defeat for Senate Democrats and gay rights advocates, who saw the bill as their last chance before November’s elections to overturn the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

    With the 56-43 vote, Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation. It also would have authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.

    Senate Democrats attached the repeal provision to the defense bill in the hopes that Republicans would hesitate to vote against legislation that included popular defense programs. But GOP legislators opposed the bill anyway, thwarting a key part of the Democrats’ legislative agenda.

    Those eevil Democrat thwarters, Lincoln, Pryor, and Reid!  Is it any surprise two of the three struggle in their reelection bids? 

    Allahpundit sees the Reid move as motivation for his base in Nevada:

    Reid’s strategy in bundling the defense bill together with the DREAM Act and repealing DADT was, I assume, aimed at forcing a Republican no vote which he can now use to motivate liberals and Latinos in Nevada to turn out for him in November. Which would make sense, I guess, if not for one thing: Wouldn’t he have been better off trying to pass the DREAM Act and repeal of DADT as standalone measures?

    No lie.  I think ol’ Harry can’t avoid stepping on his own crank at EVERY turn right now. And I’m thankful–no, estatic–that his strategy fell short.  More Allah brilliance on why ol’ Harry had no choice but to bungle bundle the bill:

    Actually, here’s the real reason that Reid bundled all these bills together — I think: He was worried that if he split them all up and held individual votes on each, they’d be filibustered anyway because of Democratic opposition, not Republican. That would be a double defeat for Reid, not only losing on the vote itself but signaling to his party that he’s a weak majority leader who can’t deliver even on basic liberal items like DADT and the DREAM Act. Consider that he probably picked up a few votes on his own side in favor of this bill precisely because it was framed in the larger context of defense spending; Ben Nelson voted yes because now he can claim he did it “for the troops,” but imagine him having to take a straight up-or-down vote on DADT or amnesty with re-election in 2012. Imagine the embarrassment for Reid if he got Collins and Snowe to vote with him on DADT and lost the vote anyway because Nelson, Lincoln, and Pryor all said no. A vote on DREAM, which could have won multiple Republicans — and lost even more Democrats — would have been even dicier. (Speaking of which, why is Blanche Lincoln still voting with Republicans? Does she really not understand she’s going to lose in November regardless?) Reid likely figured that his best bet here was to lard the bill up with controversial liberal wish list items in hopes of unifying the Republican opposition so that he could then blame their failure solely on GOP obstructionism. If that was the plan, it worked. Anyone seriously believe it’ll do him much good?

    No, they’ll see him as the weakling leader he is thirty-odd days before an election.  The end result: even with a liberal majority and a number of sympathetic RINOs, Harry still couldn’t pass a basic progressive legislation.  What a winner, no?

    For background on the shamnesty-bailout–for-illegal-students DREAM act, see Michelle Malkin here and here.

    Cross-posted at pjMom.

    • fuzislippers 4:58 PM on 09/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yay! omg YAY! (sorry about the exclamation points, but . . . yay!!!) Thankfully, most people now realize what the fringe media is doing and either doesn’t read their garbage (thus the decline in their subscriptions and readership) or sees right through it. But this is good stuff. Go get ’em!

    • backyardconservative 6:03 PM on 09/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well done:)

      Seriously, we bloggers are doing end runs around old media

    • Yukio Ngaby 7:09 PM on 09/21/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good response.

      Um, small point but, If you take away one (R) senator and then still have 40 more, then that still leaves only 59 (D) senators– not 60. 100 – 1 – 40 = 59. It doesn’t change the fact that 3 Dems sided with the GOP.

      Or is something going on with Murkowski that I’m missing?

      • pjMom 1:59 PM on 09/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL, you’re right, Yukio. I think. My toddler decided last week that sleeping isn’t essential to her growth and development. I’m on fumes.

  • pjMom 12:24 AM on 09/13/2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Maureen Dowd’s hypothetical Republican sister disgruntled with her Hopenchange 

    Maureen Dowd waxes poetic about the indie loss of faith in Obama and includes her “sister” Peggy as an example, an “Obamican” Republican who fell hook, line and sinker for Hopenchange back in ’08.

    The supposed bona fides:

    Disillusioned with her beloved W. over Iraq and Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and the disdain for bipartisanship, she gave her affections — and small cash infusions — to Barack Obama in 2008.

    But does this sound like a disgruntled Republican to you?

    Peggy thinks the president has done fine managing W.’s messes in Iraq and Afghanistan. And she lights up at the mention of his vice president, Joe Biden. But she thinks Obama has to get “a backbone” if he wants to lure her back to the fold. “He promised us everything, saying he would turn the country around, and he did nothing the first year,” Peggy says. “He piddled around when he had 60 votes. He could have pushed through the health care bill but spent months haggling on it because he wanted to bring some Republicans on board. He was trying too hard to compromise when he didn’t need the Republicans and they were never going to like him. Any idiot could see that.

    Hey, Maureen: artistic license and all, but if you have a “Republican sister,” at least make the story plausible.  “He promised us everything” and “he did nothing the first year” sounds like, well, more Upper East Side liberal whining.  Because any Republican (even one who’d vote for Mitt) would never say Obama has done nothing the first year.  He’s nearly destroyed the economy single-handedly, put the country on the path to socialized medicine, and bankrupted future generations while stacking the Supreme Court with two über-libs.  Not exactly nothing, honey.  Expanding that social circle of yours might lend credibility. 

    The kicker:

    “He could have gotten it through while Teddy Kennedy was still alive — he owed the Kennedys something — and then the bill was watered down.

    OMG, pardon me while I choke to death laughing. 

    Maureen would have us believe a Republican would say this?  Oh, maybe one who’d vote for Mike Castle in a primary (whoopsie,  look where that’s headed), but even that’s a stretch.  I’m reminded of Rush pointing out the difference between blue-blood Republicans–the country-club set, those embarrassed by folks like me: conservative Catholic mamas who believe in the sanctity of life, fiscal responsibility, and the like.  But even blue-bloods who fell for Hopenchange have to have more common sense than MoDo’s hypothetical sister.

    H/T: Hot Air headlines.

    Cross-posted at pjMom.

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