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Yesterday, the Charleston Gazette learned of a policy proposed by the Kanawha County Board of Education that would force equal playing time for all players on sports teams at South Charleston Middle School.
What’s the rationale here?
“[If] a kid sits on that bench all through middle school, they will not attempt to be engaged in high school. We know the kids that are most involved are the most successful," she said. "It's not just about bullying. It's an awkward age. There isn't a person that can say middle school was a great time. If we can make a minimal step to make kids feel better about themselves, we should."
That’s what school board member Becky Jordon had to say on the matter.
"I think this has been misunderstood,” she added. “Yes, there are a lot of young athletes that work really hard, and they deserve the right to play more. I just feel like it needs to be fair. I'm not saying take the superstars out of the game, but you know what? Give everyone a chance.
Illinois’ pension problems are big—far bigger than the $100 billion funding gap the legislature said it tackled earlier this week with a new set of reforms. The funding gap is actually double that—well over $200 billion—when calculated on a fair-market basis.
Illinois is committed to fully funding the actuarial liability (and some are encouraging the system to sue the state should the government not pay it). This is one of the reasons the state is in such a hole—they are well behind on payments, and those payments are calculated based on the overly optimistic expectation that they will earn 8 percent a year on investments.
The new law proposes to save $160 billion over 30 years with the following reforms:
a) Curtail cost of living adjustments for retirees on a sliding scale.
b) Offer a 401(k) option for employees.
I pose this question because this morning a colleague of mine told me that he thought of his first experience with socialism while he was riding on the subway. To which I replied, “A crowded train will provoke such thoughts.”
My colleague turned the clock back more than 50 years to when he attended Catholic school here in Boston. His first experience with socialism revolved around pencils.
The pencil he had with him was down to a stub. His mother noticed this and gave him a brand new pencil to bring to school. This pencil had a brand new unstained eraser to boot all ready to use.
Upon arriving at school, the nun noticed that there were many students without pencils while other students had multiple pencils. The nun ordered all the students to relinquish their pencils. After the Sister collected the pencils, she instructed her students to come up to the front one by one and pick one out of the container in which she had placed them.
When it was my colleague’s turn to pick a pencil out of the container he did not get the pencil he brought to school. Instead, he ended up with a pencil that was tooth-marked and eraserless.
Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) crossed the pond to speak at London’s Chatham House. The speech he gave was intended to honor our “special relationship” with the Brits, while rationalizing a more muscular approach to global engagement.
In the Q&A portion, Rubio sought a via media between the GOP’s hawks (e.g. McCain, Graham, Christie, etc.) and doves (e.g. Paul, Amash, etc.) by declaring the polar paradigm outmoded. In the senator's words, “talk of hawks and doves is 20th-century Cold War language that no longer applies.” Huh.
The Libyan government voted today to make Sharia law the basis for all legislative policy in that country. Spurred on by the Muslim Brotherhood-supported Justice and Construction party, the Libyan General National Congress decided that current and future laws should be compliant with Islamic religious doctrine, and that a committee be created to monitor and supervise the adoption of Sharia.
A: Seattle, Carolina, Denver.
Enter la crème de la crème.
With last night’s trouncing of the New Orleans Saints, the Seattle Seahawks showed what kind of team they are at their best. Seattle dominated every phase of the game and now they’ve won seven in a row. There’s no turning back for them as they’re the first team to clinch a playoff berth; this is the top team in football. With games against the 49ers, Giants, Cardinals, and Rams to end the season, Seahawk supremacy should become even more apparent.
This is fine, but the real question is why he wasn't fired.
Or if this is a firing disguised as a resignation, what does it say about MSNBC and its viewers that the company thought it would hurt it to fire someone who suggested that a liberal should defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth?
So much for the tolerance and diversity always touted by liberals...
Feature of the Day: An incredibly misleading chart is warning of a 1929-style market crash