Framing the Dialogue

A Liberal Walks Into A Bar…

…And lowers it!

Lowering the bar gets A+ at city schools

Demonstrating the importance of a good education the City of Pittsburgh Public School Board decided that grades were so important that they would accept nothing less than a grade point average of 1.5 for any student wishing to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities (That’s D+ for those of you who grew up when I did).  We cannot have any football players ineligible because of low grades.  The “lowering the bar” part is because prior to this the bar was a full “C” or 2.0 grade point average.  That requirement must have decimated the ranks of the chess club and the forensics team.  Lest your heart (and mind) be too troubled by the lower standards any “students who are at a 1.5-1.99 GPA must take part in a probationary program aimed at getting them to a 2.0. If they haven’t achieved this in two semesters, they would be ineligible for activities including sports, band and club activities” unless there is a chance that a city football team can capture a state championship.  We wouldn’t want to deprive any kids of that honor.

America’s biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta

Ted Kennedy did the perpetrators of the public education system no favors when he wrote the No Child Left Behing legislation.  No that the rubber (results) are hitting the road (standards) a group of teachers (okay 178 teachers and school officials is more than a group) and administrators decided that since their students couldn’t master standardized tests they would just provide the answers for them.  As we all know, when you do all  of the work for your children they learn to be responsible adults.  Ironically Atlanta’s superintendent, who was given the Superintendent of the Year Award in 2009, stepped down from her post just days before the scandal broke.

Unpopular ‘No Child’ leaving plenty of students behind

So now the Ted Kennedy’s No Child Left Behind has been in place many schools are finding that even with the boat loads of money shoveled to them not much has changed,

In fact, the chasm on state test scores has widened as Minneapolis’ white students continue to outperform their peers around the state. The district’s non-white students have made gains, too, but not enough to keep up.  Facing mounting sanctions under the federal law, Minneapolis and other districts across Minnesota support Gov. Mark Dayton’s request, made earlier this month, for a waiver that would allow hundreds of schools to avoid penalties for not meeting the law’s ever-higher targets.“  [Translation – lowering the bar though a “waiver” sounds less permanent and nicer]

As you sow so shall you reap…

Cornell University’s Online Median Grade Reports Confirm a Culture of Low Standards for Education Majors

Translation:  “The Cornell University data on median grades by department confirm that there are significantly lower grading standards and inflated grades for education majors. Why does this matter? As Cory Koedel concludes, ‘Low grading standards in university education departments are part of a larger culture of low standards for educators, and they precede the low evaluation standards by which teachers are judged in K–12 schools. The culture of low standards for educators is problematic because it creates a disconnect between teachers’ perceptions of acceptable performance and the perceptions of everyone else.”

Racial Quota Scandal at Obama Justice Department

I’ll admit that this headline doesn’t smack of bar lowering, but it was lowered in the name of DIVERSITY. 

“Judicial Watch uncovered hundreds of documents from the City of Dayton, Ohio, showing that Department of Justice (DOJ) officials pressured the Dayton Police and Fire Departments to lower testing standards because not enough African-American candidates passed the written exam.”

 Riddle me this:  If you are stuck in a burning building who do you want to rescue you?  a.) A fireman who passed the strict test or b.) A fireman who wouldn’t have made the grade without the lowered bar (Answer = a).  It’s bad enough when local government try create a diverse population, but it is more sinister when Eric “Snidley Whiplash” Holder uses the force of the federal government to force his views on a city.  He should be paying more attention to his program of selling rifles to Mexican gangs. 

Justice’s New War Against Lenders

It should be no big surprise when public officials learn nothing from history, but Eric Holder may be setting a record as he has created a “fair lending” unit to intimidate banks to lower their standards and give loans to people who cannot afford to pay them back.  Remember 2008, the collapse of the housing market, the world-wide economic recession?  Holder’s Justice Department (I cannot bring myself to call it the U.S. Justice Department) is again forcing banks to make risky loans or as I would call it, lowering the bar a tab that we will all pay AGAIN as with the Community Reinvestment Act. 

when Justice revives “disparate impact” theory: the idea that even if lenders don’t actively discriminate, they can still be sued if the cumulative effect of their actions implies discrimination. The latter is usually “proved” through statistical analysis (and the old standard—discriminatory intent—is thrown out the window). The Bush administration largely declined to pursue these cases.  And for good reason. Consider two AIG subsidiaries that Justice alleged “failed to supervise or monitor brokers in setting broker fees” between 2003 and 2006, but that Justice didn’t pursue aggressively until the Obama administration. The government claimed that, in aggregate, African-Americans were charged more than other ethnic groups. AIG settled in March 2010 while it was under federal ownership, and Mr. Perez gained a big legal stick in price-discrimination cases. Suddenly lenders may be held liable for other people’s business practices, even if those business practices aren’t individually discriminatory.  Justice is pushing the legal envelope on red-lining, too. In a July 1 letter to Cardinal Financial Corp., Justice contends that after the bank bought George Mason Mortgage in 2004, it “failed to serve predominantly black areas on an equal basis with predominantly white areas” by not opening branches in majority-black areas or engaging in “effective outreach activities.” Justice wants the bank to add nine counties to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.-approved geographic area where Cardinal does business.”

Ten Indications a Woman is Lowering Her Standards in Dating

  1. Married men(and involved men)
  2. Insecure men
  3. Men with legal problems and/or in prison
  4. Men with a history of cheating and abuse
  5. Men with multiple wives and baby mamas
  6. Men who are not ready to date
  7. Men with issues with hygiene and living habits
  8. Men with excessive emotional baggage
  9. Men with poor financial standing
  10. Men with poor character and personality

I am glad that my wife did not lower her standards although a few of the guys she dated before me were nimrods…probably all of them.

John Bolton: Barack Obama ‘still not qualified’ to be president


Okay this one is John Bolton’s (the best appointment ever to the UN) opinion and many other’s opinions and the economy’s opinion, and the stock market’s opinion, and the financial market’s opinion…history will be the judge.

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