Daily Archives: December 9, 2012

Christmas gift for that Brunswick underclassman you’re so fond of – set him straight this season!

From ML, who knows his Cuban dictatorial goons

Che

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Aw come on, does anyone really think this is a solution?

The Greenwich Board of Ed recently spent a great deal of time discussing the possible implementation of a grammar school curriculum focused on math, technology and science in order to address racial imbalance at New Lebanon School. This is grammar school, for heaven’s sake; a second-grader needs to learn how to read, add and subtract, not design bio-weapons – plenty of time for the latter in high school. Is a Riverside parent going to bus her child to Byram so the kid can learn calculus at 11? I think not (besides, in Riverside, they hire tutors for that).

Less time spent trying to placate the state’s demand that we assign students to schools by race and more on teaching basic skills to all students would be a good thing, I think, but then, I’m not a liberal, to whom intentions count more than results.

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Somehow this reminds me of Greenwich Democrats’ advocating borrowing more now to repay later

California Dreaming at Greenwich Democrat headquarters

California Dreaming at Greenwich Democrat headquarters

California schools face billions in debt repayment.

From NPR:

More than 200 school districts across California are taking a second look at the high price of the debt they’ve taken on using risky financial arrangements. Collectively, the districts have borrowed billions in loans that defer payments for years — leaving many districts owing far more than they borrowed.

In 2010, officials at the West Contra Costa School District, just east of San Francisco, were in a bind. The district needed $2.5 million to help secure a federally subsidized $25 million loan to build a badly needed elementary school.

Charles Ramsey, president of the school board, says he needed that $2.5 million upfront, but the district didn’t have it.

“We’d be foolish not to take advantage of getting $25 million” when the district had to spend just $2.5 million to get it, Ramsey says. “The only way we could do it was with a [capital appreciation bond].”

Those bonds, known as CABs, are unlike typical bonds, where a school district is required to make immediate and regular payments. Instead, CABs allow districts to defer payments well into the future — by which time lots of interest has accrued.

In the West Contra Costa Schools’ case, that $2.5 million bond will cost the district a whopping $34 million to repay.

In total, districts have borrowed about $3 billion to finance new school construction, maintenance and educational materials. But the actual payback on those loans will exceed $16 billion.

I seem to recall Bob Horton and his Democrat friends on the BET advocating exactly this sort of financing – we’d be stupid to deprive ourselves now of things we want when interest rates are so low – and long term? Hell, in the long term, we’re all dead.

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Depressing but true

Oliver Stone/CBS’s “Untold History of America” debunked and excoriated by historians. Here’s the depressing part: this regurgitation of 1950’s Soviet propaganda, the depiction of the peace loving Joseph Stalin, the complete failure to mention the American Left’s demand for neutrality in 1939, the mourning for Henry Wallace, opponent of the Marshall Plan and NATO who lost his chance to be president when he was replaced by Harry Truman, etc. etc., could, as Roger Simon says in this video, only succeed on television because we’ve now had two generations of abysmally educated students who know nothing, absolutely nothing of modern European history – or any history at all. What troubles me is that kids “learn” from television these days, and this mendacious, fraudulent multi-part series on CB’s Showtime will constitute their history lesson of that era. In fact, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it’s not shown in their classrooms by teachers as stupid and ignorant as they.

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Carter, Bush, Al Gore – who says it’s prejudice and not experience?

One simply does NOT say "y'all, Lovey - it's just not done"

One simply does NOT say “y’all, Lovey, unless referring to a ship – please!”

Study: Children associate southern accents with stupidity as early as five.

According to a new study by psychology professors Katherine Kinzler and Jasmine DeJesus, children display such biases as early as age five, and it leads them to make associations linking Northern accents with being ‘smarter’ and ‘in charge’ and Southern accents with being ‘nice.’

Northern kids just catch on early.

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