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  • When Will the World Believe the Truth About Planned Parenthood?

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    A 63 year old woman is violently attacked by someone coming out of a Planned Parenthood clinic. If PP responds at all, they'll pull out their usual, "this is one bad apple that doesn't represent us, blah, blah, blah," response. Just as they do EVERY time a bad apple is found in the barrel. Of course, that's if they respond at all. (Admittedly, we don't know what this woman's relationship is, if any, to PP)Well, the good news is it appears that Planned Parenthood actually called an ambulance this time when the abortion was botched.

  • Two Ohio Football Players Convicted in Rape

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    But this hardly brings an end to an ugly, ugly story as this piece points out. If the rape itself wasn't ugly enough, the behavior surrounding it was hideous. What kind of monsters are people raising who would take pictures of, text and gossip about something like this when not doing whatever they could to bring those responsible to justice? And yes, it's obvious the community(at least key members of it) but football above justice in the case.

    And then there is this:

    The two broke down in tears after a Juvenile Court judge delivered his verdict. They later apologized to the victim and the community, Richmond struggling to speak through his sobs.

    "My life is over," he said as he collapsed in the arms of his lawyer.


    Wait...his life is over? How about the vicitm, who was subjected to a level of humiliation most people can't even imagine.

  • "Put up or shut up Bader..."

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    So went an infantile post to my blog post about the Green Bay School District trying to stack tomorrow night's school board meeting with voucher opponents (he wrote body when I believe he meant buddy) Here's his post:

    dingler1  a day ago

    Hey Bader, maybe you should pull your kid from the great public school she attends and put her in a damn voucher school. Put up or shut up body

    Okay, here's meeting putting up "Dingler." You are starting from a fallacious point, that I don't believe some public schools are great schools. Of course there are. In fact, my wife and I made a school choice when we moved to the Green Bay area nine years ago. We decided Ashwaubenon schools were better than Green Bay schools. And they are. almost every school district surrounding Green Bay is, in my opinion. However, had a voucher program been available in Ashwaubenon (and it still won't be, regardless of what happens with Governor Walker's current proposal), we would have explored whether a voucher school would be a better fit, if we qualified for vouchers.

    Yes, Ashwaubenon has very good schools, compared to other schools within the public school monopoly. But just as some public schools are great, some are awful. If most are great, few parents will want their children in voucher schools. So, what are you worried about? If public schools are mostly great, children will mostly stay in them, even if their parents have a choice. If virtually all customers are satisfied with public schools, facing competition will have no impact on public schools. But if they're not mostly satisfied customers...

    As for my daugher, she's a junior and voucher schools aren't coming to Ashwaubenon anytime soon. But as I wrote above, had it been an option, we would have explored it.

  • Record Highs Despite Epic Lows

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    So, what's the difference between today's record high Dow and 2007's record high Dow? That would be the economy, stupid:

     

    • Dow Jones Industrial Average: Then 14164.5; Now 14164.5
    • Regular Gas Price: Then $2.75; Now $3.73
    • GDP Growth: Then +2.5%; Now +1.6%
    • Americans Unemployed (in Labor Force): Then 6.7 million; Now 13.2 million
    • Americans On Food Stamps: Then 26.9 million; Now 47.69 million
    • Size of Fed’s Balance Sheet: Then $0.89 trillion; Now $3.01 trillion
    • US Debt as a Percentage of GDP: Then 38%; Now 74.2%
    • US Deficit (LTM): Then $97 billion; Now $975.6 billion
    • Total US Debt Outstanding: Then $9 trillion; Now $16.4 trillion
    • Labor Force Participation Rate: Then 65.8%; Now 63.6%
    • Consumer Confidence: Then 99.5; Now 69.6
    • S&P Rating of the US: Then AAA; Now AA+
    • Gold: Then $748; Now $1583

    Make sure to read the whole article. Is the intent to scare you? No, but a little context might make you re-think whether the current market exuberance is rational.

  • Walker Won't Pledge to Serve Full Term if Re-elected

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Obviously this raises the presidential speculation for Walker. It's hard to imagine any other office than the Oval Office that would take him from being Governor of Wisconsin. Tammy Baldwin's Senate Seat isn't up until 2018, the same year he'd be up for re-election if he did complete a second term. Or it could be as simple as Walker not wanting to lock himself in; a cabinet position with a victorious Republican in 2016 is also possible, as are a number of other possible career moves.

    I think Walker is being completely honest; it depends on how much he accomplishes and how long it takes him to accomplish it.

  • After Ever After

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    A bit of a Saturday afternoon diversion: a Disney Parody...

  • Calling all Voucher Supporters

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    The Green Bay School District sent a "scare the crap out of you" email to district residents Friday, hoping to pack Monday's Board meeting with voucher opponents. I plan to hit this hard on the air Monday, urging voucher supporters to attend as well. But I urge voucher supporters in the Green Bay area to share this with as many people possible. Please share it with those you know will be willing to attend and support vouchers Monday night:

     

    March 15, 2013

    Dear Families,

    The Board of Education would like to hear from you regarding the governor’s proposed 2013-15 budget.  

    As the leaders of the Green Bay Area Public Schools, we want you to be aware of the devastating effects Governor Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget will have on our excellent school system.  The budget expands vouchers to our district and yet gives us a 0% increase in spending authority.  This means there will be no additional resources for public school students but a 10-24% increase to the voucher program. 

    What does expanding the Milwaukee/Racine voucher program to Green Bay mean for Green Bay?  The voucher formula decreases funding for public school students and increases property taxes.  If 200 students choose vouchers to attend private schools, it will cost Green Bay Area taxpayers an extra $1.2 million in the first year and, in addition, will decrease the funds available for each student choosing to stay in our district.  As the governor’s voucher plan spreads and grows, property taxes will continue to increase.  Last year, Milwaukee taxpayers paid an extra $55 million in property taxes due to the voucher program.

    The governor bases his recommendation for vouchers on the new state report cards.  He uses only one year of data to declare schools as “failing.”  The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has called the first year of the school report cards a “pilot year,” and  because the report cards are new, the grading calculations need to be further refined.  Legislators of both parties also have said the one-year-old report cards should not be used to draw long-term conclusions about the performance of schools.   

    Because of the serious negative impact of vouchers on our community, legislators from both parties have asked that the expansion of vouchers be considered as separate legislation. They join us in recognizing that parents and other taxpayers are owed the opportunity to weigh in on a proposal that would harm public schools and neighborhoods, and increase property taxes.

    Our second concern is the 0% increase in public school funding, alongside a 10-24% increase in funding for the voucher program.  Legislators from both parties were asking for a $200 per student increase, but public schools instead received a zero percent increase, which will create a $5 million to $6 million budget deficit in our district.  Underfunding public education makes it difficult for us, and other districts across Wisconsin, to keep our quality programs. 

    We are asking legislators to give public schools a funding increase that would allow us to continue to provide students with the quality education they deserve. 

    In conclusion, we ask you to voice your concerns to us, either at our Board meeting on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the District Office Building, 200 S. Broadway, or through e-mail at aebrooker@gbaps.org.  In addition, we ask that you join with us in fighting for our strong public school system and against the two devastating proposals in Governor Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget.   You can do this by contacting your Assembly representative, state senator and the governor at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/waml.aspx  or toll-free at 1-800-362-9472.  You can also talk with your friends, family members, and neighbors.  With your help, we can keep our public schools strong, provide a 21st century education for all our students, and create the community leaders of tomorrow.

    Sincerely,

     

    Brenda Warren, President                                                Michelle S. Langenfeld, Ed.D.
    Board of Education                                                         Superintendent of Schools and Learning

    Katie Maloney, Vice-President                                          Mike Blecha, Legislative Liaison

    Christopher Wagner, Treasurer                                        Andrew Becker, Trustee

    Celestine Jeffreys, Clerk                                                  Mary Frantz, Trustee

     

  • Les Miserable...Not

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    I have to admit...this is an impressive effort. Whether it's an accurate depiction or not of Rockford is certainly open to debate. But taking a negative and going with it is always a good idea.

     

  • Van Hollen Won't Ask Supreme Court for Stay on Act 10 Ruling

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    And this is kind of tough for me to figure. Here's Van Hollen's rationale:

    "We asked for a stay because of our concern that municipal employers and others would misconstrue Judge Colas' order as something that would prevent them from following Act 10," Van Hollen said in the release. "While the Court of Appeals denied our motion for a stay, it also was very clear that Judge Colas' order does not have statewide application and does not apply to any non-parties."

    Actually, that's not clear to everyone and school districts and municipalities around the state are considering ignoring Act 10 and returning to previous relationship with public employee unions. It hasn't happened yet, but the longer this case lingers, the more likely that possibility is.

    Ultimately this case will be decided on its merits before the State Supreme Court, which makes the April 2nd election between incumbent conservative Justice Pat Roggensack and liberal Ed Fallone so critical.

  • Bizarre Sequester Joke from Obama

    Posted by Jerry Bader

    Bizarre, because I don't know how to take this. It would seem to be a self-jab at his own Armegeddon predictions of the sequester's impact. But it seems to be delivered in a very mean-spirited fashion, not self deprecating at all. So, I'm not sure how to take this...