Let’s get something straight. School vouchers are pretty much exclusively supported by conservatives and those who actually want kids to succeed. Those against student vouchers are usually unions and government bureaucrats who complain about dollars being “removed” from public education … where kids are indoctrinated.
Arne Duncan – when heading the Chicago public school system – may have placed students in the school of their parents choice after taking calls from powerful business owners and political elites, including congressmen and senators. This special “appeal” process was unknown to the general public.
One in eight. One in eight girls at Robeson High School in Chicago are pregnant. Out of 800 girls in the school, 115 of them are … pregnant. What the heck is going on in Chicago?
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, links the railroad tie beating of high school student Derrion Albert to gun violence. Helmke, you are a stupid idiot. You, and everyone else who watched that video knows Albert was beaten by punches, kicks and brutal swings of railroad ties. I saw no guns.
The International Olympic Committee just voted to give the 2016 Summer Olympics to … still waiting, but Chicago is OUT.
Update: Second round Tokyo is OUT. Madrid and Rio is left, I’m guessing Rio.
Final Update: The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in either Rio or Madrid. I guess the final announcement will be at 12:30 p.m. ET or right about then.
Rio for Summer 2016.
We know that one Chicago community organizer is heading to Denmark. I’m not certain where other organizers are this week. The violence in the city of Chicago is disturbing, with officials expecting more than 30 murders of school kids during the next nine months. Read more
Who knows, but some are speculating President Obama’s decision to be present in Copenhagen for the presentation to the Olympic Committee means Chicago has unofficially gotten the nod for Summer 2016. I agree. Read more
Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.), who was appointed to President Obama’s vacant Senate seat by the nutty former Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.), probably should pack his bags and head back to the political hack-world of Chicago this weekend.
Drive yourself home, or walk if your ego is too damn big to be a lowly passenger on a commercial flight Burris.
Back in January, Burris submitted a sworn affidavit stating he only spoke to one person about the appointment, one time and it was only in passing. Within days, holes were turning up in his story and he started to change his out-of-key tune.
Burris initially gave the committee a sworn statement Jan. 5 that indicated he had no contact with any Blagojevich representatives about the appointment before Dec. 26. Testifying three days later, Burris altered his earlier account by acknowledging speaking to former Blagojevich chief of staff Lon Monk about his interest last summer.
Then, in a huge turnabout, Burris gave the committee the Feb. 4 affidavit, stating he spoke to five other Blagojevich insiders about the job, including the ex-governor’s brother.
As Jim Geraghtey noted back in February…
There’s quite a bit of space between “I spoke to one person, once, and only mentioned the position in passing” and “I spoke to six representatives and had at least four phone conversations, made a hard pitch for the job, and tried to do some fundraising for the governor.”
On Tuesday, a judge approved the release of FBI a wiretapped conversation – legally obtained – between Blagojevich’s brother and Burris just weeks before the governor was arrested. Click on the image to see the actual transcript (10 pages) or check out the full 55 page document dump courtesy the Chicago Sun Times.
You read it and tell me what you think. President Obama was elected Nov. 3, the conversation was recorded Nov. 13, Blogojevich was arrested Dec. 10, and he appointed Burris Dec. 30.
Most ethical Congress EV-AH…
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a pretty good wrap-up.
Burris has more to fear from the US Attorney than the Ethics Committee. All they can do is toss him out of the Senate, which it appears they will want to do quickly in order to allow Democrats to hold the seat in the next election. The US Attorney wants a crack at putting Burris behind bars for perjury and obstruction of justice, and the conversation may give him overwhelming odds at success.
Let’s not let stuff like this fall off the back burner. There are way too many things to write about and absolutely no time to write about them… I think liberals and Democrats like it that way.
It’s not just Democrats. It’s not just Republicans. It’s politicians from all over the country – elected to serve small towns, big cities and the United States – who have bought into the FDR New Deal philosophy of government hook, line and sinker. That era defines the beginning of government involvement in almost every aspect of our lives. It is the root cause of the financial situation we are in now.
When government gets into everything, power players get to play games with graft, political corruption, quid pro quo. You get to hand out cash for favors. Unfortunately the cash comes directly from government budgets. Since even small town budgets are so huge these days, you can easily hide $85 grand or so.