Another dose of Chris Christie awesomeness…

Gov. Christie is like the antidote to Obama speeches :0>

Courtesy of CamdenGOP and FOXNation:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Gloucester Township, Camden County talking about the Teachers Union and Educating Children in New Jersey

September 16, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

Gov. Brewer signs AZ illegal immigration enforcement bill…

As Gov Brewer said at the signing, AZ has requested Federal assistance from Obama 5 times with no result. We do not have the money to call up the National Guard for our border and the police need the ability to enforce the immigration laws when they encounter criminals. In addition to the international drug smuggling rings committing violence, all it takes is one terrorist crossing the border to endanger the entire country.

Pinal County Sheriff spoke about the crime epidemic this morning:

April 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Immigration, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Terrorism. Comments off.

New Kindle for College Texts to be unveiled Wednesday…

I’m jealous, I LOVE my first generation Kindle don’t get me wrong, but I want more memory and battery life too!

Here is the review of the first Kindle which I LOVE MADLY:

OMG!!!! ASU is getting them??!! What!! Okay I am going back for a PhD in…something…something needing a Kindle….

WSJ: version of its Kindle e-book reader with a larger screen and other features designed to appeal to periodical and academic textbook publishers…

…Amazon has worked out a deal with several textbook publishers to make their materials available for the device, Mr. Gonick added. The new device will also feature a more fully functional Web browser, he said. The Kindle’s current model, which debuted in February, includes a Web browser that is classified as “experimental.”

Five other universities are involved in the Kindle project, according to people briefed on the matter. They are Pace, Princeton, Reed, Darden School at the University of Virginia, and Arizona State.

..A larger-screen Kindle would enable textbook publishers to better display the charts and graphs that aren’t particularly well suited to the current device, which has a screen that measures just six inches diagonally. But digitizing academic books could also hurt the thriving market for used textbooks on college campuses.


Man these kids have it good…I want one dammit :0)

Kindle 2 Review:

May 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Popular Culture, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

UPDATE 4: who rolled who on Stimulus negotiations…Pelosi and Reid struggle over Education in Stimulus

UPDATE 4: Who Rolled Who? and how did America wind up screwed?

According to a half dozen Congressional aides and members, Reid went before the cameras Wednesday to announce a stimulus deal before Pelosi had agreed on all the details of school construction financing.

“It’s ruffled feathers, big time,” said a House Democrat speaking on condition of anonymity. “The speaker went through the roof.”

Added one House Democratic aide: “He tried to roll her and she knew it.”


The problem, according to people familiar with the situation, was that Pelosi hadn’t completely signed off on the Senate’s approach to restoring some of the $21 billion in school construction funding. House Democrats are pushing to have school-repair funding listed as a recurring expense; Senate Republicans want such an allocation to be a one-time-only deal.

The approach adopted by the Senate still infuriates many members of her caucus, and Pelosi had yet to fully make her case to dissenters, a source told Politico.

The result: Pelosi summoned Reid to her office – her turf – to hash out unspecified modifications to the package prior to a 5:15 re-convening of the conference committee. People close to Pelosi painted a different picture – one that portrays Reid as the one being rolled. Pelosi, they say, strategically permitted Reid to make his announcement – and then held up her approval to extract a slightly better deal.

Contradicting other sources who said that Pelosi had been blindsided, a House Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that Reid had placed a “head’s up” phone call to Pelosi before announcing the deal.

Whatever the real story, Pelosi’s members were more than a little bewildered and headed into Wednesday’s night’s negotiation singing their Kumbayas through gritted teeth. “[Senate Democrats] don’t know everything that’s in the bill,” said a laughing Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Ways and Committee. “So I’m afraid to go to that damned conference.”


February 11, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Finance, Labor Department, Obama Administration, Politics, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

Stimulus Update: Reach Out and Touch Someone….

call your Congress Critters!

dont cut education!!

To say GET EDUCATION BACK IN THE BILL call these fools:

Your Congress Critter, email them here

Your Congress Critter in the House call them here


February 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Department of Education, Economy, Film, Foreclosures, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Bumped: Stimulus Update: Gang of Old Senators Steal Childrens’ Futures and Charge Them For It…

I am in the unenviable position of agreeing with the Mrs. Rev. Lovejoy…

Remember for a moment if you can, like we at MiM can,  growing up in the 70s: the inflation, the gas lines, the think of that 1 trillion times there are no jobs because government has crowded out the private sector…that is what our kids may face..can we give them a damn school that has no asbestos to learn in on the off chance they get the opportunities in life we had??

The pathetic excuses for leadership that call themselves Senators and claim to represent the children of Maine, Ohio, Nebraska and Pennsylvania have conspired with Rahm Emanuel ie the White House to cut 65 Billion out of all that money, and chose education to take the hit..

The best is the way Susan Collins R ME is PROUD of herself for cutting most of the money from the children’s only break they get in this porkwrapped tax on they and their progeny..

All to make the porkulus look better, selecting not the Money going to Chicago to build a futuristic green machine, but the money from the children who they plan to stick with the bill for their spending..they gutted the money from School Construction and School Nutrition.

That’s one less salmonella tainted peanut butter sandwich for you Oliver..

Yeah we wouldn’t want to encourage CONSTRUCTION would we? We want jobs. Uhm yeah construction IS jobs, but you know Mayor Daley and Obama want their Chicago Earmark, and we cant have anyone looking there so this is better..

Obama SOLD this as INFRASTRUCTURE with his Tale of Woe for the poor little schoolhouse with no repair since Lincolns Day, everyone remember that? Well, Team Obama wants to forget it. Don’t let them.


February 7, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Department of Education, Economy, Entertainment, Fantasy, Film, Finance, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, Sci Fi. 2 comments.

Why dropping Housing Values affect us budgets slashed and burned…

Here is the battle we are facing in  Arizona..our DEM Governor has been tapped as DHS Secretary and our GOP SoS has taken over…the plummeting housing values have crippled the budget and here comes the GOP with their red pen..

This is why we NEED HOLC, we will not recover until a floor is put under housing….and frankly states with large immigrant populations that spend so much of their budgets on english as a second language need more money from the budget as long as that is in our mandate…

Republican Legislators Propose Heavy Education Cuts

Students begin to protest Republican cuts
House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills

On right, Senate counterpart, Russell Pearce, R-Mesa

PHOENIX (By Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic) — The state could eliminate all-day kindergarten and save $218.3 million next year, according to a plan presented to lawmakers this week.

And there could be an additional $218 million in savings in the budget year that starts July 1 if lawmakers opt to suspend money sent to the schools for such things as furniture, textbooks and school buses.

No cuts to these programs are proposed for the current year.

These are among the details contained in a phone-book-size document released Friday. It outlines more than 500 budget-cutting options from the state’s two budget chairmen to help the state close a $1.6 billion deficit this year, as well as an anticipated $3 billion deficit in 2009-10.

The proposal would phase out state money to help schools pay bonuses to experienced and excelling teachers. Schools would need to cut teaching positions and increase class sizes, said Tom Horne, state superintendent of public instruction.

“It would be harder to attract and retain qualified teachers, and that’s the real impact,” Horne said.

Lawmakers were presented with the generalized plan Thursday but didn’t get the details until Friday.

And some were quick to note that the “budget options” plan is far from a final deal.

“Those options are just that . . . options,” Rep. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, said in a news release. “Those options did not come from House leadership but do demonstrate how bad the state’s budget situation is for the foreseeable future.”

Crandall, chairman of the House Education Committee, said he was stung by the suggestion that the options represent the will of the Legislature’s Republican leadership.

Rather, they are ideas set out by House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and his Senate counterpart, Russell Pearce, R-Mesa.

The two budget chairmen told lawmakers the options are a starting point for revising this year’s budget, as well as building a new budget for 2009-10.

But they cautioned that if any lawmaker wants to rule out an option, he or she must suggest a cut elsewhere to keep the plan in balance. And as far as the current-year budget is concerned, they said there is little time to spare. Kavanagh and Pearce said they want to get a revised fiscal 2009 budget finished by Jan. 31.

“You can’t wait.  Every day lawmakers delay, spending continues unabated,” Pearce said Thursday.

Among other details in the options budget:

• Eliminate the KidsCare health-care program, for a savings of $18.3 million this year and $35.6 million next year. The program provides health care to nearly 63,000 Arizona children. These children come from families that do not qualify for the state’s Medicare program, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, but whose incomes fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level of $21,200 for a family of four.

• Eliminate KidsCare Parents, a companion program to KidsCare that covers parents. Ending the program would save $4.7 million this year and $7.3 million next year.

• Cut funding to the Arizona Board of Regents by $26 million this year and $58 million next year. Among the options: Take the official enrollment count on the 45th day of the semester, rather than the current standard of the 21st day. Typically, enrollment is lower later in the semester.

• Save $115 million by cutting various university programs this year, mostly through lump-sum reductions. Another $178 million in savings is suggested for 2009-10.

In a news release, Arizona State University President Michael Crow called the options plan a blueprint for putting Arizona “on the path to resembling a Third World country.”


January 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Department of Education, Economy, FDIC, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Immigration, Obama Administration, Politics, TARP. 2 comments.

UPDATE: NYS Budget gap..88 new taxes/fees unveiled…education, Medicaid cuts..nursing home and Prison closures…

A shout-out to NYC, courtesy of HellHammer2008 ‘The Warriors’ mix to Joe Walsh, “In the City”

Update Dec 16:  Drudge picking up NY Daily news on Gov Paterson’s release of the proposed 121 billion dollar budget complete with 88 new taxes/fees:

…The budget will cost the city an estimated $650 million in aid.

But it’s the $4 billion in new fees and taxes that are sure to aggravate everyday New Yorkers, who would be paying more for a host of services:

  • An “iPod tax” that charges state and local sales tax for “digitally delivered entertainment services” – in other words, that new Beyonce song you download.
  • State sales tax at movie theaters, sporting events, taxis, buses, limousines and cable and satellite TV and radio.
  • Costlier driving with the repeal of the 8-cents-per-gallon sales tax cap on motor and diesel motor fuel, plus and increase in the auto rental tax.
  • Tuition increases at SUNY and CUNY, $620 and $600 a year respectively.
  • A 50 cent tax on cigars. The current tax is equal to 37% of the wholesale price, or 34 cents a cigar.
  • No more sales tax break on clothes and shoes worth $110 or less, except during two weeks a year.
  • Higher taxes on wine, beer and flavored malt beverages. He would also impose an 18% tax on non-nutritional drinks like soda.
  • The rich would pay more for luxury items through an additional 5% tax imposed on cars costing more than $60,000, aircraft costing more than $500,000, yachts costing at least $200,000 and jewelry and furs costing in excess of $20,000.
  • In addition, a host of a fees, including those related to motor vehicle licensing and registration, parks and auto insurance, would go up, as would various state-imposed fines.

Even with the cuts, the 2009-10 budget would increase a little more than 1%, the smallest hike since 1996-97.

Paterson said the state is facing a $51 billion shortfall over the next four years at a time when tax revenues are expected to drop 6.6% next year….

December 9th, 2008: Budget cuts hit the city: NYC Comptroller, William C. Thompson, Jr., appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box this morning to announce budget cuts, as they estimate 165,000 jobs leave NYC, including over 30,000 high paying salary and bonus jobs that used to generate income…

Video here.

  • City funds to the Department of Education: Cutting 181 Million this year, 285 million next year;


December 9, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Cabinet, Economy, Entertainment, Film, Finance, Foreclosures, Housing, Labor Department, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. Comments off.

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