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Monmouth-Roseville School Board Meeting Tonight

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If you wish to voice your concerns about the “Wacky Wednesday” changes in the school calendar for the 2012-2013 school year, please come to the M-R 238 School Board meeting tonight at 7 PM.  The meeting as the District Office in the old Willits School, 105 North E Street.  Don’t be late – the time allotted for public commentary is at the beginning of the meeting.

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Lessons in Government Transparency by Douglas Adams

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“But the plans were on display . . .”
“On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them.”
“That’s the display department.”
“With a torch.”
“Ah, well the lights had probably gone.”
“So had the stairs.”
“But look, you found the notice, didn’t you?”
“Yes,” said Arthur, “yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard.”

If you haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, do yourself a favor and go get it NOW.  I’m going to recommend it to the Monmouth-Roseville District 238 School Board when I speak to them on April 17.

Senate Ends Practice of Secret Holds

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On January 27, the U.S. Senate voted 92-4 to end the practice of secret holds.  Secret holds allowed one Senator to gum up legislation or the approval of a nominee – all anonymously.  This was an enormous overstep of governance, and I’m glad to see that the practice has been stopped.

It’s interesting to note the Senators who voted against the rule change ending secret holds: Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jim DeMint (R- SC), and John Ensign (R-NV).  All are right-wing extremists, and DeMint and Ensign are two of the most corrupt politicians in Washington.  It amazes me that Rand Paul, the love child of the Tea Party Patriots and the Hero of Libertarianism (Ron Paul), voted to preserve this easily abused Senatorial power.

Also interesting is the list of Senators voting “present” on this resolution: Kay Hutchison (R-TX), John McCain (R-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Daniel Inouye (D-HI).  I’d like to see them interviewed regarding their reasons behind that vote.

Hat Tip: Solomon Kleinsmith.

Moment of Silence Returns

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Like a zombie that just won’t quit, the moment of silence is back in our public schools.  The waste of time, money & ink on this issue appalls me.  How is 15 seconds of silence going to further the education of our children?  Do conservatives really think that this will bring the children of Illinois closer to God?  Do the people who came up with this collective kumbaya think that it will somehow solve all the problems of our broken education system?

UGH.

Written by Matthew

January 21, 2011 at 7:36 am

Quote of the Day: Response to Tea Party Crew

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The protestors keep saying that they want their country back. Sorry, my fellow small-governmenters, but this country is a democracy, and you didn’t lose your country, you just lost an election. You had your chance for eight years. You blew it, and you lost. What Obama is doing is what he was elected to do. The principled response is not a massive, extremist-riddled hissy fit a few months in, but a constructive set of proposals to build on universal care for a more market-friendly and cost-conscious system in the future. You have to win some political credibility for that; and then you have to beat the man you lost so badly to last year. That’s the civil and civilized way forward for the right. It also seems, alas, to be the one they are currently refusing to take.

Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish, September 14, 2009

“Massive, extremist-ridden hissy fit” – what an apt description of the Tea Party movement.

Written by Matthew

September 15, 2009 at 8:05 am

Heckling in the Halls of the Capitol

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Nice.   Such maturity we’re being shown by the Grand Old Party.

By all means, Republicans, keep it up!  Behavior like this just ensures the continued slide of your party into regional obscurity.

Written by Matthew

September 10, 2009 at 6:29 am

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