- Higher taxes on the top 1%.
- Fund Charters by line items in state budgets and leave local money to stay in the feeder pattern.
- Do away with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
- Vote Delaware out of Common Core; create commission to develop new standards… Use only teachers to create those, but have their work overseen by a broad spectrum committee.
- Mandate an 11:1 student/ teacher ratio in all schools over 50% poverty in grades k-5, and again in grade 9.
- Require every adult to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
If Markell vetoes the HB 50, then what…
- Everyone yells and gnashes their teeth..
- There may be a special session to override it, but if not, then what….
- The Standard Balanced Assessment goes forward another year.
- Last years scores add gasoline to the embers still glowing with indignation and defeat.
- The Opt Out movement, now much stronger than ever, again fires up the presses and urges parents to opt out. Bolstered by the knowledge that 90% of people support opting out, supported by some big organizations in education, this time they start early and pull their kids. Against which the Governor and Mark Murphy have no new ammo… Opt out totals will triple over this past year; maybe go even higher…
All Summer, all fall, all winter we will have the constant battering of Common Core. of the Smarter Balanced, of Mark Murphy. of charter schools. More charter corruption stains the daily papers. More ineptitude as charter scores come out lower than public. Everywhere all begin muttering how Markell has been the worst governor they’ve ever seen in office…
The General Assembly runs the other way from him starting the second week of January…. and we really will have no leadership at the helm of our state as every legislature scrambles to save himself, until the next session begins under new leadership in 2017.
Not a pretty picture….
But… if he signs the bill …. all of that goes away… There will be two minutes of celebration and we move onward… By September we will have forgotten Common Core. We will have forgotten the smarter balanced. we will have forgotten who got in the way, and who helped immeasurably… Instead there will be new songs on our radios.. New shows on cable, and new shenanigans surrounding the race for president that will suck all energy out from every other minor detail….
Sometimes it is best to go with the flow, especially when you do not have a game plan to counter it…
It is an amazing thing to watch… the dismantling of the Confederate Flag. These 9 murders have had an effect far reaching than any event I can remember since 9/11.
It is as if we always knew they all had to go… by we I am including vast, vast majorities, almost everybody; but because one shrill element was loud, obnoxious, and obstinate, no one really wanted to take them on… Reminds one of dealing with a bully at school…. One could probably take him out with several properly placed punches, but in that process you’d get hit hard, suffer damage yourself, and so the status quo of accepting an undesirable outcome, was better than striving for a more perfect world. Everyone knows that the bully is wrong, but no one wants to invest in the personal cost it would take to permanently fix the problem, despite all secretly wishing someone else would….
That is racism in America. The big problem which if we try to address it by tackling it on the edges, we get besieged, almost attacked, by a vocal shrill anti-social element representing the excrement of society: those of us who simply hate for hate’s sake.
Yet, they are easily outnumbered. But since they yell and punch and we stay silent because we don’t want to bog ourselves down, they win.
But with one killing spree. the bigots lost it all. With one killing spree, everyone is no longer afraid to throw the bigots in social jail, and lock the key. With one killing spree, the bigots are being finally beaten down like the bullies they are.. by superior force…
I am reminded of a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr i once read… which said that the true legacy that Martin Luther King Jr. left us, was to no longer be afraid to stand up for justice… After Selma, the next day freedom fighters were singing a capella gospel in the jails… After Selma, the next day the wounds of the batons, dog bites, and fire hoses… hurt half as bad as the day before, and tomorrow would be half as bad as today…. Everyone looked around at each other and said… “Gee, that wasn’t too bad; we can do that again, and again, and if we do, we can win this”… and they did… Once you beat fear, anything is possible.
I think that is what is happening today… In sort of an impetuous response to the impetuous act committed in a church basement in Charleston… the flags are coming down… The omen of slavery is being removed from the state capitols and governor’s offices across the entire South. Confederacy has lost its legitimacy. And that fight which we were all afraid of… which we all lowered our eyes and looked the other way to avoid, which we all thought was better to leave those old flags up there, than take them down, get beaten up, lose the public opinion battle, and have to reinstate them,…. really wasn’t that bad after all….
All of what we feared was a paper tiger… nothing more… nothing less…
Now that we’ve done this… we must not stop on the first step. Now let us take back our nation not just in race or sexual identiy… but in economics as well…
If everyone who commented on social media, who ostracized racists making them extremely fearful of speaking out for once, if everyone who gave their opinion actually voted every election, this nation would get back on track immediately… Instead of everyone racing out to vote, we got apathy in 2014, setting our nation backwards from where it could be by at least, the minimum of two years; because of the overall apathy, we have a minority with which no one agrees, controlling Congress, running this nation into the ground simply because more of them went out to vote….
We won this battle over flags… It wasn’t free… 9 people died… but we won… The world is wide open to us… If we vote on election day, like we respond on social media… what now seems impossible…. America running on 100% renewable energy… Global cooling instead of warming…. decent minimum wages… more spending money… lifetime health, .. is in our grasp…
We just have to vote like we respond on Social media whenever we see evil rise up and knock down good…. We can do this America… and it isn’t hard at all… Get active… Join something. We have enough votes to allow America to improve, if we all go out and vote… And as we saw with flags coming down… exercising our power really wasn’t that hard…
Our ultimate power, is our vote… Vote like your own money depends on it… It actually does.
We live in the age of the internet… Most of you have seen clips from the speech with which Obama eulogized the gunned down Rev. Pickney in Charleston, South Carolina… But being the age of the Internet, I bet only a handful of you have watched the full 45 minute speech in high definition….
That is because 45 minutes is too long for us to focus on one thing… But we can read on the Internet for hours… Why? Because every word is new and thus engages our brain far more sharply than a video presentation…..
This eulogy is just one of many our commander in chief has given… All of them far more eloquent than other presidents were wont to give. But this one will probably be read by our grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as are three of the speeches once uttered by Martin Luther King, Jr.
For that reason… I wanted to put it up in print… Where most can read it in less than 15 minutes, instead of the 45 no one ever has time for…..
College of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina
2:49 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Giving all praise and honor to God. (Applause.)
The Bible calls us to hope. To persevere, and have faith in things not seen.
“They were still living by faith when they died,” Scripture tells us. “They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on Earth.”
We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith. A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered, knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who followed.
To Jennifer, his beloved wife; to Eliana and Malana, his beautiful, wonderful daughters; to the Mother Emanuel family and the people of Charleston, the people of South Carolina.
I cannot claim to have the good fortune to know Reverend Pinckney well. But I did have the pleasure of knowing him and meeting him here in South Carolina, back when we were both a little bit younger. (Laughter.) Back when I didn’t have visible grey hair. (Laughter.) The first thing I noticed was his graciousness, his smile, his reassuring baritone, his deceptive sense of humor — all qualities that helped him wear so effortlessly a heavy burden of expectation.
Friends of his remarked this week that when Clementa Pinckney entered a room, it was like the future arrived; that even from a young age, folks knew he was special. Anointed. He was the progeny of a long line of the faithful — a family of preachers who spread God’s word, a family of protesters who sowed change to expand voting rights and desegregate the South. Clem heard their instruction, and he did not forsake their teaching.
He was in the pulpit by 13, pastor by 18, public servant by 23. He did not exhibit any of the cockiness of youth, nor youth’s insecurities; instead, he set an example worthy of his position, wise beyond his years, in his speech, in his conduct, in his love, faith, and purity.
As a senator, he represented a sprawling swath of the Lowcountry, a place that has long been one of the most neglected in America. A place still wracked by poverty and inadequate schools; a place where children can still go hungry and the sick can go without treatment. A place that needed somebody like Clem. (Applause.)
His position in the minority party meant the odds of winning more resources for his constituents were often long. His calls for greater equity were too often unheeded, the votes he cast were sometimes lonely. But he never gave up. He stayed true to his convictions. He would not grow discouraged. After a full day at the capitol, he’d climb into his car and head to the church to draw sustenance from his family, from his ministry, from the community that loved and needed him. There he would fortify his faith, and imagine what might be.
Reverend Pinckney embodied a politics that was neither mean, nor small. He conducted himself quietly, and kindly, and diligently. He encouraged progress not by pushing his ideas alone, but by seeking out your ideas, partnering with you to make things happen. He was full of empathy and fellow feeling, able to walk in somebody else’s shoes and see through their eyes. No wonder one of his senate colleagues remembered Senator Pinckney as “the most gentle of the 46 of us — the best of the 46 of us.”
Clem was often asked why he chose to be a pastor and a public servant. But the person who asked probably didn’t know the history of the AME church. (Applause.) As our brothers and sisters in the AME church know, we don’t make those distinctions. “Our calling,” Clem once said, “is not just within the walls of the congregation, but…the life and community in which our congregation resides.” (Applause.)
He embodied the idea that our Christian faith demands deeds and not just words; that the “sweet hour of prayer” actually lasts the whole week long — (applause) — that to put our faith in action is more than individual salvation, it’s about our collective salvation; that to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and house the homeless is not just a call for isolated charity but the imperative of a just society.
What a good man. Sometimes I think that’s the best thing to hope for when you’re eulogized — after all the words and recitations and resumes are read, to just say someone was a good man. (Applause.)
You don’t have to be of high station to be a good man. Preacher by 13. Pastor by 18. Public servant by 23. What a life Clementa Pinckney lived. What an example he set. What a model for his faith. And then to lose him at 41 — slain in his sanctuary with eight wonderful members of his flock, each at different stages in life but bound together by a common commitment to God.
Cynthia Hurd. Susie Jackson. Ethel Lance. DePayne Middleton-Doctor. Tywanza Sanders. Daniel L. Simmons. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Myra Thompson. Good people. Decent people. God-fearing people. (Applause.) People so full of life and so full of kindness. People who ran the race, who persevered. People of great faith.
To the families of the fallen, the nation shares in your grief. Our pain cuts that much deeper because it happened in a church. The church is and always has been the center of African-American life — (applause) — a place to call our own in a too often hostile world, a sanctuary from so many hardships.
Over the course of centuries, black churches served as “hush harbors” where slaves could worship in safety; praise houses where their free descendants could gather and shout hallelujah — (applause) — rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad; bunkers for the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. They have been, and continue to be, community centers where we organize for jobs and justice; places of scholarship and network; places where children are loved and fed and kept out of harm’s way, and told that they are beautiful and smart — (applause) — and taught that they matter. (Applause.) That’s what happens in church.
That’s what the black church means. Our beating heart. The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate. When there’s no better example of this tradition than Mother Emanuel — (applause) — a church built by blacks seeking liberty, burned to the ground because its founder sought to end slavery, only to rise up again, a Phoenix from these ashes. (Applause.)
When there were laws banning all-black church gatherings, services happened here anyway, in defiance of unjust laws. When there was a righteous movement to dismantle Jim Crow, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached from its pulpit, and marches began from its steps. A sacred place, this church. Not just for blacks, not just for Christians, but for every American who cares about the steady expansion — (applause) — of human rights and human dignity in this country; a foundation stone for liberty and justice for all. That’s what the church meant. (Applause.)
We do not know whether the killer of Reverend Pinckney and eight others knew all of this history. But he surely sensed the meaning of his violent act. It was an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random, but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress. (Applause.) An act that he imagined would incite fear and recrimination; violence and suspicion. An act that he presumed would deepen divisions that trace back to our nation’s original sin.
Oh, but God works in mysterious ways. (Applause.) God has different ideas. (Applause.)
He didn’t know he was being used by God. (Applause.) Blinded by hatred, the alleged killer could not see the grace surrounding Reverend Pinckney and that Bible study group — the light of love that shone as they opened the church doors and invited a stranger to join in their prayer circle. The alleged killer could have never anticipated the way the families of the fallen would respond when they saw him in court — in the midst of unspeakable grief, with words of forgiveness. He couldn’t imagine that. (Applause.)
The alleged killer could not imagine how the city of Charleston, under the good and wise leadership of Mayor Riley — (applause) — how the state of South Carolina, how the United States of America would respond — not merely with revulsion at his evil act, but with big-hearted generosity and, more importantly, with a thoughtful introspection and self-examination that we so rarely see in public life.
Blinded by hatred, he failed to comprehend what Reverend Pinckney so well understood — the power of God’s grace. (Applause.)
This whole week, I’ve been reflecting on this idea of grace. (Applause.) The grace of the families who lost loved ones. The grace that Reverend Pinckney would preach about in his sermons. The grace described in one of my favorite hymnals — the one we all know: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. (Applause.) I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see. (Applause.)
According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God — (applause) — as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Grace.
As a nation, out of this terrible tragedy, God has visited grace upon us, for he has allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. (Applause.) He has given us the chance, where we’ve been lost, to find our best selves. (Applause.) We may not have earned it, this grace, with our rancor and complacency, and short-sightedness and fear of each other — but we got it all the same. He gave it to us anyway. He’s once more given us grace. But it is up to us now to make the most of it, to receive it with gratitude, and to prove ourselves worthy of this gift.
For too long, we were blind to the pain that the Confederate flag stirred in too many of our citizens. (Applause.) It’s true, a flag did not cause these murders. But as people from all walks of life, Republicans and Democrats, now acknowledge — including Governor Haley, whose recent eloquence on the subject is worthy of praise — (applause) — as we all have to acknowledge, the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride. (Applause.) For many, black and white, that flag was a reminder of systemic oppression and racial subjugation. We see that now.
Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness; it would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong — (applause) — the imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people was wrong. (Applause.) It would be one step in an honest accounting of America’s history; a modest but meaningful balm for so many unhealed wounds. It would be an expression of the amazing changes that have transformed this state and this country for the better, because of the work of so many people of goodwill, people of all races striving to form a more perfect union. By taking down that flag, we express God’s grace. (Applause.)
But I don’t think God wants us to stop there. (Applause.) For too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present. Perhaps we see that now. Perhaps this tragedy causes us to ask some tough questions about how we can permit so many of our children to languish in poverty, or attend dilapidated schools, or grow up without prospects for a job or for a career. (Applause.)
Perhaps it causes us to examine what we’re doing to cause some of our children to hate. (Applause.) Perhaps it softens hearts towards those lost young men, tens and tens of thousands caught up in the criminal justice system — (applause) — and leads us to make sure that that system is not infected with bias; that we embrace changes in how we train and equip our police so that the bonds of trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve make us all safer and more secure. (Applause.)
Maybe we now realize the way racial bias can infect us even when we don’t realize it, so that we’re guarding against not just racial slurs, but we’re also guarding against the subtle impulse to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal. (Applause.) So that we search our hearts when we consider laws to make it harder for some of our fellow citizens to vote. (Applause.) By recognizing our common humanity by treating every child as important, regardless of the color of their skin or the station into which they were born, and to do what’s necessary to make opportunity real for every American — by doing that, we express God’s grace. (Applause.)
For too long —
AUDIENCE: For too long!
THE PRESIDENT: For too long, we’ve been blind to the unique mayhem that gun violence inflicts upon this nation. (Applause.) Sporadically, our eyes are open: When eight of our brothers and sisters are cut down in a church basement, 12 in a movie theater, 26 in an elementary school. But I hope we also see the 30 precious lives cut short by gun violence in this country every single day; the countless more whose lives are forever changed — the survivors crippled, the children traumatized and fearful every day as they walk to school, the husband who will never feel his wife’s warm touch, the entire communities whose grief overflows every time they have to watch what happened to them happen to some other place.
The vast majority of Americans — the majority of gun owners — want to do something about this. We see that now. (Applause.) And I’m convinced that by acknowledging the pain and loss of others, even as we respect the traditions and ways of life that make up this beloved country — by making the moral choice to change, we express God’s grace. (Applause.)
We don’t earn grace. We’re all sinners. We don’t deserve it. (Applause.) But God gives it to us anyway. (Applause.) And we choose how to receive it. It’s our decision how to honor it.
None of us can or should expect a transformation in race relations overnight. Every time something like this happens, somebody says we have to have a conversation about race. We talk a lot about race. There’s no shortcut. And we don’t need more talk. (Applause.) None of us should believe that a handful of gun safety measures will prevent every tragedy. It will not. People of goodwill will continue to debate the merits of various policies, as our democracy requires — this is a big, raucous place, America is. And there are good people on both sides of these debates. Whatever solutions we find will necessarily be incomplete.
But it would be a betrayal of everything Reverend Pinckney stood for, I believe, if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again. (Applause.) Once the eulogies have been delivered, once the TV cameras move on, to go back to business as usual — that’s what we so often do to avoid uncomfortable truths about the prejudice that still infects our society. (Applause.) To settle for symbolic gestures without following up with the hard work of more lasting change — that’s how we lose our way again.
It would be a refutation of the forgiveness expressed by those families if we merely slipped into old habits, whereby those who disagree with us are not merely wrong but bad; where we shout instead of listen; where we barricade ourselves behind preconceived notions or well-practiced cynicism.
Reverend Pinckney once said, “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history — we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.” (Applause.) What is true in the South is true for America. Clem understood that justice grows out of recognition of ourselves in each other. That my liberty depends on you being free, too. (Applause.) That history can’t be a sword to justify injustice, or a shield against progress, but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past — how to break the cycle. A roadway toward a better world. He knew that the path of grace involves an open mind — but, more importantly, an open heart.
That’s what I’ve felt this week — an open heart. That, more than any particular policy or analysis, is what’s called upon right now, I think — what a friend of mine, the writer Marilyn Robinson, calls “that reservoir of goodness, beyond, and of another kind, that we are able to do each other in the ordinary cause of things.”
That reservoir of goodness. If we can find that grace, anything is possible. (Applause.) If we can tap that grace, everything can change. (Applause.)
Amazing grace. Amazing grace.
(Begins to sing) — Amazing grace — (applause) — how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I’m found; was blind but now I see. (Applause.)
Clementa Pinckney found that grace.
Cynthia Hurd found that grace.
Susie Jackson found that grace.
Ethel Lance found that grace.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace.
Tywanza Sanders found that grace.
Daniel L. Simmons, Sr. found that grace.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton found that grace.
Myra Thompson found that grace.
Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it on to us. May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift, as long as our lives endure. May grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed His grace on the United States of America. (Applause.)
3:28 P.M. EDT
Amen, and Amen.
Rainbow Coalition Watches As Markell Signs
Now that gay marriage is the law of the land, the question is being brought up… what if people don’t want to marry the same sex… What if they want to marry a heterosexual partner instead of a homosexual one? How will this law handle that, now that gay marriage is indeed the law of the land?….
And the simple solution…. would be to make it legal for heterosexual couples to opt out of the mandatory gay marriage ruling.
It appears there is no law against opting-out of marrying a gay if you don’t want to… However some gay proponents here in Delaware, insist that allowing for the opting-out from gay marriage, would weaken the gay-law as it stands. However, there is a minority of people who don’t want sexual relations with the same sex. Yet these politicians insist that since 95% of marriages must be gay in order to receive funding from the Feds, it is important that no opting-out is allowed….. Those who prefer lovers of the opposite sex, are hoping the opt-out movement is strong enough to weaken the entire law so they too, will be allowed to marry who they wish…
What it comes down to, is who should have control over who you should marry…. Proponents like Markell, Murphy, Sokola and Jacques all think the government should control marriage and tell you specifically who to marry… Those opting-out are trying to promote the idea that individuals should be the ones to decide who to marry…. not the government…..
The Delaware House and Senate hearings were contentious. Committee Chair Earl Jacques pooh-pooh’d comments from spectators that some people didn’t do well with gay sex, and they would have trouble keeping up to the norm… Earl Jacques contentiously responded… “I don’t see what everyone is making a big deal over this…. It’s just a little act…”
The Senate Committee chairman, Dave Sokola, brought up that the only reason gay marriage man-date was needed as the law of the land, is because past marriages between man and women weren’t working out… “If heterosexual marriages are so good, why do we have so many divorces” he challenged. “We’ve had years of heterosexualness. What has it got us?
Earlier this year, Governor Markell and DOE Secretary Mark Murphy tried to implement gay-relationships-only at six schools they listed as priority…. “These are our worst schools of heterosexual behavior” said Markell. “By December 31st we need signed MOU’s stating how all these children will be indoctrinated into gay culture, If the districts fail, there are three options… Close the school permanently. Or turn it over to a charter. Or agree to follow what the Governor and Mark Murphy decree…. especially the hiring of a gay dominatrix for $160,000 a year…”
“What we need…” said Markell. “is leadership.” “Yeah, what he said…” echoed Murphy. “Leadership”…
They were effectively beaten back, Mou’s were watered down, then signed, and the status quo was for most intents and purposes, allowed to continue… But it did serve to bolster public opinion against the government being the first -decider on what was best for your child… Citizens organized and began buttonholing legislators who listened to them, and no longer listened to the governor…
But this controversy did serve to solidify the desire for a legal certification that absolved all those parents who chose to opt their children out of gay sex… Rep. John Kowalko introduced a bill, what famously became HB 50, that simply allowed parents to pull their children out of gay assessments free of any punitive retaliatory push-back by pro gay “headmasters” in any school.
The pro-gay government immediately pounced on that bill… In speech after speech, talking point after talking point, the governor and Mark Murphy brought up that Delaware needed to turn gay to catch up to the rest of the world…
“In a recent survey, Shanghai was the top gayborhood in the global economy. Followed by Singapore, South Korea, Japan …. All of which practice gay rigor. Pretty soon, all future good jobs will go to gays who were rigor’d as students.. If Delaware does not have enough gays, our children will get passed over… ” Murphy added on… “Yeah, what he said…..”
So the News Journal repeated the lie over and over… “We need gays for jobs”… it headlined. Heads colluded and miles away, one Dave Coleman came up with a concept called Common Gay-lore, which would make sure every child was gay-college and gay-career ready… “We should know by 2nd grade, if a child is gay enough for college” boasted the head of Education in the United States: Arne Duncun…
As soon as the standards for Common Gay-lore were solidified, a gay assessment was needed to determine the gay levels of each child… Two Consortiums were developed, and Delaware chose to go with the Smarter Gay Assessment….
Children would be taught how to be gay, and the test would be given and if the gay scores were low, that teacher would be replaced…. Senator Sokola whipped out SB 51, which changed our educational system over to the Gay standards, and the former Scott of Dover, whipped out his HB334, waving it in both houses of the General Assembly, which made the Smarter Gay Assessment the law of the land…..
HB334 suffered defeat in the Senate… not getting enough votes… But then in secret deals, formerly non gay Greg Lavelle in a re-vote, switched his vote and came out waving a rainbow flag for the Gay Assessment…. Boy! Was his wife surprised! Because of Gay Lavelle’s switched vote, the Smarter Gay Assessment became the law of the land….
Obviously, this upset a lot of heterosexual parents…
Why should their non-gay children have to take a test on something they never learned at home… They would be obviously inferior to those who from day one, were raised under gay parents instead of heterosexual ones… Obviously the test was slanted towards gay privilege, and would segregate the gays and non-gays of the future… The Gays getting good jobs, the heteros, getting the garbage runs….
So the opt out of gay marriage campaign began… As more and more people heard the stories, and as data from the gay purveyors was deemed more and more faulty, all publications switched sides and began calling also for the right of parents to opt out of gay teachings….
The Afro-American leadership of downtown Wilmington began to defect in the opposite direction, from being “for parents”, over to being “for gay government”… Apparently they got sold on the idea that if Shanghai was all gay, inner city blacks must need to be gay as well in order to compete with Shanghai for good jobs…. Ironically, anyone who has ever been in downtown China, knows that most of China is not gay; heterosex is fine and prospering… But what was not explained, was that only gay schools in China were allowed to take the international test, so of course, they would score the highest on the gaydar since there were no heteros to pull down the scores. Fortunately, due to parent anger, a majority of elected officials in both houses thought that parents should at least have the right to opt out their child from being gay’zed …..
However those who were pro-gay, put the process in doubt… Adding amendments and sending it back to the other pro-gay chairman who would always threaten top kill the bill whenever a seat on his committee was empty.
Bottom line… The bill… allowing the opting out of gay curriculum is now on Governor Markell’s desk… There is a pen nearby… The Governor, pro Gay, has threatened to veto the bill allowing opting out for the Smarter Gay Assessment…To veto it would be political suicide. It would be seen as bowing to special interests over those wishes of the American People…
Now that gay marriage IS now the law of the land, if you are not allowed to opt out, you have to at least practice it to pretend you are “just one of the guys.”.. since that is objectionable to those who prefer members of the opposite sex…. for freedom to occur they too, need the civil right of being able to opt our of gay marriage and gay shenanigans… Whatever it is they do behind closed doors…. (Heterosexuals apparently just watch TV together)….
“I will veto House Bill 50″ Governor Markell said to Rick Jensen. So let us look at the options with no emotion and a clear eye. And the choices are:………………
- Veto the legislation after General Assembly is gone and they choose not to come back to override it…
- Veto the legislation after the General Assembly is gone and they come back but are unable to override… (Chuck Todd will be one busy showman.)
- Veto the legislation after the General Assembly is gone and they come back and overturn the veto and the bill becomes law.
- Veto the legislation now and let the GA override it very soon; sometime this session.
- Let the bill become law without signing it…
- Sign the damn thing and make a Survivor comment: the tribe has spoken and snuff out ones coconut lamp.
Now this will play out in the environment where 90% of Delawareans are knowledgeable about this bill, and in favor of it. Governor Markell is protected from their wrath because he does not run again, ever in this state….
(If he were to run again perhaps to Congress, this veto would sink him before he started.) HB 50 conversation would suck all the air out of the room and he could get no traction off any other topic. It would come back around again and again.)
When do vetoes ever work politically? They work when the legislative body is not the same representation of the population at large. The current Federal government is a case in point. A Republican House held up solely by gerrymandering the district lines, and a Republican Senate held up by very few Democrats voting, do not reflect how the nation voted in 2012 or 2008.. the past presidential years.
Therefore one can assume that most people will be in favor of the veto and the only reason it is being exercised is to give Republicans the excuse they voted for it. Repealing Obamacare is a case in point. Vetoing the repeal keeps a good piece of legislation liked by the majority of citizens rather than succumbing to the will of Congress and removing it from the US Code.
The time not to exercise a veto, is when the public is very much in favor of the bill and special interests are not, and the Governor choses the wants of the special interests over those of the people….
And that is where HB 50 lies. 90% of Delawareans want the opt out bill as law. Special interests do not. They prefer it to be repealed… Therefore if the Governor vetoes the bill, he faces the wrath of 90% of the population… But will they quickly forget? Remember,… they still yet have to receive the shock from the scores mailed to them this August, So no, this is do or die for the governor… All are watching to see what kind of a man he is. Does he govern for the people? Or, is he there to serve only the special interests?…..
Since he will lose the great amount public opinion and gobs of future credibility if he continues propping up special interests, the field of his choices is narrowing.
He really only has these politically viable options. The rest are suicidal.
- Veto the bill while Legislator is in session and just shrug shoulder when it overrides the veto.. Then it will be quickly forgotten by the public and he can continue building his legacy on other things.
- Or just sign the darned thing.
The latter choice is the better. Anything else, keeps the pressure on; the pieces in the News Journal and blogs, all which make regular citizens question the wisdom of the Governor, still continue unabated… Negative press is not what the Governor needs right now..
There is no way to win against popular public opinion, and all subsequent foot dragging to stretch out he effects of the poison will make the Governor look far worse than better.
I’m calling on the Attorney General to investigate the finances of one Earl Jacques…. Something is not right… A bill that will open Charter Schools to the same scrutiny that every other user of taxpayer dollars must succumb, is being held-up in Earl Jacques committee, even after the entire committee voted to put it on the floor and the Earl’s vote was the only dissenting vote against it….
A THIEF IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO PROTECTS OTHER THIEVES…
We know charter schools are thieves… In the news right now, we have a charter school that used $150,000 of state money for various interests… How much of that went to Jacques for protection money?
We know charter schools are thieves… In the news right now, we have 7…. get that…. 7 charter schools that have improprieties in their finances… (polite substitute for STEALING)…. How much of that money went to Jacques for protection?
We know that charter schools are bad for kids… Yet Earl Jacques has continuously supported them…. How much of their stolen money from public schools, went to pay for government protection?
It takes a thief to defend a thief…. and Earl Jacques is defending Charter Schools… There is no question that charter schools steal… There is no question that Earl Jacques is defending Charter Schools… Therefore if you defend thieves…. you must be a __________ yourself…. (fill in the blank)…..
That is why we need an immediate investigation into the personal finances of one Earl Jacques… something is not right… There is no way a committee chair will hold a bill that has been voted to be released by a margin of 8 to 1 in order to keep it from being voted by the full House… UNLESS he was paid to do so….
There is not any other reason… The status quo hurts kids. The status quo hurts taxpayers. The status quo hurts Delaware’s credibility to be a good corporate overseer… When one thief can hold back legislation for a tiny bit of blood money… then no honest corporation will be safe in Delaware…
Our entire state’s credibility, hewn across countless generations but mostly after the Honorable Pete DuPont’s governorship… is now about to evaporate into thin air because of one country bumpkin…… Earl jacques… who won’t release a bill that calls for charters to have audits done…
Get that…. A silly bill…. to have audits done on charters is scaring Earl Jacques so much, he is violating constitutional precedent and years of tradition…. by holding back a bill that needs quick action if it is to pass before the end of session. Why is Earl Jacques so scared of audits being done on charters??? What does he know? What does he fear?
Which is why, we need the Attorney General to investigate the personal finances of one Rep. Earl Jacques…..
WE should start with a Grand Jury Investigation…. And we need, at minimum, 10,000 of you to petition the Attorney General to open a grand jury investigation into the personal finances of a thief…. Take one quick minute and send an email demanding an investigation into Earl Jacques’ finances: Attorney.General@State.DE.US
After all.. Only a thief…. protects other thieves… and we all know…. Charter Schools are Delaware’s second biggest thieves….
I’m laughing at the title… Someone who sees it and knows nothing of our General Assembly, is going to say WTF.
But everyone who does know, knows exactly what those hieroglyphics mean. Here is why what he did made sense….
Delaware put in the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment test which is not required by the feds. (Why? Obviously seeing the connection between our government and AIR (makers of the test), it was done as a personal favor so that company would get more money out of Delaware taxpayers!) Feds only require testing in grades 3-10. Now for a child who has passed 10 grades so far, or is in eleventh grade without having previously taken the Smarter Balanced Assessment (they were first used this year), and who has a great chance of being accepted by a top-notch higher education facility…. to get a failing grade on the SBA (because the test is bad; not the student) could most likely dash those dreams permanently…. Would Harvard refuse a top-notch student who failed the SBA ? Absolutely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We all know this test is bogus.. We all know It does not tell us what a child knows.. We all know It does not tell us his abilities.. We all know it has only one purpose and that is to be used as an excuse to fire great, outstanding teachers you can’t otherwise get rid of… It is time to simply stop pretending this test is for students… It has nothing to do for students, except make them look worse than they are…..
So if you were close to getting into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Stanford, Rice, or Bucknell, taking the Smarter Balanced in your junior year could doom you to Delaware Tech… Because that test is a crap shoot… It is a guessing game… There is no correlation between the answers or questions… It does not measure what you know… It is a crap test… ( you have taken it, right?)
This amendment provides protection to those students… If they had illegally opted out then that could cast doubt over their intent… But if legally allowed to opt out, no academic institution would hold it against them, and their perfect record would remain intact…..
From both Senate and House floor conversations, it is obvious that most people don’t realize is how bad this test is… IT IS THE MOST HORRIBLE AND ARBITRARY TEST EVER TO BE GIVEN SINCE BLACKS HAD TO GUESS HOW MANY JELLY BEANS ARE IN A JAR IN ORDER TO VOTE…. no guess was ever corrrect… This is THAT kind of test because students are inconsequential; this test is designed specifically to fire teachers and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ELSE!!!
So it makes great sense to allow Juniors to opt-out on their own… Most parents would be sighing relief if their child did so.. Where Bonini gets the crazy idea that students will opt out without their parents being on the same side….. “NO SON, I DON’T WANT YOU TO GO TO HARVARD ON A FULL SCHOLARSHIP; i WANT YOU TO GET SEED MONEY AND DO 2 YEARS AT DELAWARE TECH…..” Is beyond normal people’s thought processes.
This test needs to be abolished… Since it wasn’t, and since Greg Lavelle has cast his lot with the devil and forgotten the Heavenly Father, we have to allow citizens to opt out… But that is only fixing the symptoms… WE NEED A DIFFERENT TEST… PERIOD…. Until we get one, opting out is the only other option…..
Now as for those blaming Townsend for this bill’s failure… They must remember that Solola’s amendment was first. Therefore the elements of procedure were such that it needed another vote in the House Committee and on the House floor… Therefore Townsend’s well meaning amendment, one which affects the future of all Delaware students looking for schools outside Delaware’s usual college-feeder pattern, …. would not affect the bill’s outcome…
Yet, miraculously, it did. and in a good way. All because of Speiglman’s amendment to strip SA 2 which came out of nowhere, originally failed … But, in God’s true fashion, that objection (to SA2) which next lead to the whole bill’s failure, was also the catalyst and very reason for that vote’s rescindment under House rule 41, and its being given new life …. to now go forward…. So in order to make opting-out legal, which would cover those eleventh graders anyway (just not as strongly worded), one would expect Townsend to withdraw support of that amendment and have the bills passed in the Senate with the same overwhelming majority they were this past week…..
So in all of this… it is wise to remember that this bill should be dead now, given the impetuous antics of Sokola and Jacques… despite its getting an original lopsided victory 36-3 in the House it’s first time. It is wise to remember this bill has 90% of public approval;….when the scores come out in August, that will probably jump closer to 100%....
But it is not dead, much to the chagrin of Dave Sokola, Earl Jacques, Governor Markell, Mark Murphy, Rodel, and those lobbyists funded by Wall Street. All of who want teachers fired indiscriminately based on this arbitrary test which ruins children’s futures, which does no good for anyone except those who will use it to do the firing simply to flesh out their own personal vendettas.
Townsend is not the bad guy…. By now you know who the bad guys are….. I think if any of you should ever bump into them on the street, the appropriate response to these few would be the original “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” acknowledgement….
Now everyone… thank those…. Honestly thank those who voted to push this forward…
Now, stop celebrating. It’s not over; rack up the heat…. This is why our forefathers decided we should not be part of Britain any longer… WE decide our destinies… Not someone else…..
Turn it up a notch and FLOOD every news outlet now with your reason why we need the Opt Out Bill signed…. The rope is around Markell’s neck… His children will have to live with the legacy of his decision for the rest of their lives… Though he steps down shortly, for every waking moment of Carla and the kids’ lives, they will have to either live with either the mass welling of glowing praise of their dad, or his eternal damnation as our Judus who sold every Delaware Child into slavery…..
Have to do your part….
Depends on who is lobbying for it…. If it is a vote to fix a problem for “we, the people”,,, it gets killed… If it is a vote for the rich and famous, it gets walked down the hall to get sufficient signatures… or one would think… by watching Earl Jacques, head of the House of Delegates’ Educational Committee in action….
Earl Jaques is the chairman of the Education Committee in the House… The former chairman was bumped off and this clown was subbed into his place… When that bill HB 50, that passed 36-3 in the House, passed 14-7 in the Senate, and had previously breezed through this very same committee 8-1 (with the clown vote being the only dissenting one)…. was brought up…… looking over the empty chairs still waiting for reps coming in to fill them, Earl Jacques declared the bill dead….
The next item of business was a bill that benefited his buddies… “the charter school network”… where their motto is…. “Give us your cash today; with it tomorrow, we will play.”… The same empty chairs….
“Get someone to walk this bill down the hall to get the approvals, we don’t need a quorum here…”
And so… whereas chairman Earl Jacques is by state precedent, allowed to act like butt-orafice…because of it… a bill passed 36-3 in the House, 21-7 in the Senate, which should already be on the governors desk, but for two amendments added specifically to force it back into Jacques bailiwick, was laid on the sacrificial table, and the ceremonial knife was driven into its at-that-point, very alive tissue….
Caption: Give Me A Fat Kiss, Kendall….