Daily Archives: January 29, 2011

I guess this makes sense, in New York


Bloomberg has to fire 21,000 new teachers, based on the state’s law that requires a last in, first out policy and forbids a weeding out of incompetents.

Naturally, another law exempts special ed teachers who teach the retarded, and English as a second language instructors, so it’s the mainstream kids who will suffer. This is one form of educational policy but not, I think, a good one. Can you imagine a private corporation operating under such restrictions?

NEA President?

The National Education Association (NEA)  comprises 47% of delegates at the Demmerkrat national  conventions, and claims to represent the interests of students. This is so palpably untrue that only a brain dead Democrat ( a redundancy, I know) could believe it. It’s about job security, and nothing else – their charges, the students, are totally screwed, every time,

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How not to address a judge during sentencing

24-year-old murderer gets 107 year sentence after suggesting that the judge “suck my d…”. That’s usually not a productive tactic, especially when the judge declines the invitation.

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On a brighter note

Some incredible Super Bowl sandwiches, from top chefs. This WSJ article even adds “cheater tips” so that you don’t have to spend 15 hours making them. They all sound delicious.

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A depressing view of what awaits Egypt

And, to my eye, sadly accurate.

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So, where’s Gateway Power gone to?

I went down to Byram this afternoon to get some information on snowblowers and found a huge brick building where I think they used to be. A neighbor told me the Catalano boys had erected the building (I have no idea who’s inside – it looks like a school or a church, but there’s no signage – I’ll have to ask Kevin Catalano), but he couldn’t tell me where Gateway had gotten to. Anyone out there know?

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More Madoff madness

The New York Mets may be sold. I realize that there are more horrible stories involving elderly folks thrown into poverty by this asshat, but just when my Mets are clearing out their payroll to get ready to rebuild, along comes this suit against the Wilpons. Bummer.

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If I buy a snowblower today, I may be able to prevent this

 Huge friggin’ storm heading our way.

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$75 million to save houses on the Byram River?

That’s the idea: put the houses on stilts, at our expense. We’ve already committed to a $5 million “study”.  I have a better, simpler and cost-free suggestion: let folks who buy houses on a flood plain do so at their own risk.

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