Washington DC Opportunity Scholarship program under threat, again

The WSJ reported that the program initiated in Washington, DC, to give kids an opportunity to escape failing public schools was only authorized for this year, versus the expected five years.  The program has been around since 2003 and has been taken advantage of by thousands of kids. It has been opposed by President Obama, the local teachers’ union and the “representative” E.N. Holmes from the inception. The program spends HALF of what the public schools get per student, accepts all, and has much better results.  When will we realize that outcomes are more important than inputs.  When will we realize that leadership is more important than seniority. From the article a mother tells the journalist, “Sheila Jackson tells me she feels insulted by the black Democrats who claim to look our for her and her family interests–You want my vote but you don’t care about my children”

WSJ; February 16, “Fighting Congress for a Capital Education”

2014 Hottest Year since 1880? It depends!

These two articles, both siting data, disagree about the results, or causes. It would seem that before we spend billions of dollars, put thousands out of work, we should come to some sort of agreement  that data will support two sides of an argument.  We humans like to be right, scientists stake reputations and their future on what they say and an opposing view is always put in the “denier” category, as though other scientists haven’t looked at the data.  The same data actually in many cases!  Politicians have different motives, power and money.   The two most powerful levers to pollute a decision.

So, read these two articles.  Make up your own mind but group think causes most wars, most human suffering, wrongheaded policies, and huge costs to fix once the data is overwhelming to those who forced a solution for whatever reason.

Reason, we are blessed to have it as humans. Too bad we allow our self-centered selves to overwhelm it.


2014 Was The Hottest Year Since At Least 1880, Government Finds

01/16/2015 11:06 am ET | Updated Jan 16, 2015

James GerkenGreen Editor, The Huffington Post


2014 was the hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA announced on Friday. The year’s average combined global land and ocean surface temperature was 58.24 degrees Fahrenheit, according to NOAA. This is 1.24 F above the 20th-century average. Global average land temperatures were 1.80 F above average, while ocean surface temperatures were 1.03 F above average, the agency said. Land temperatures alone were only the fourth-warmest on record, but ocean temperatures were the warmest, which helped to make 2014 the warmest year overall. NOAA and NASA record temperature observations independently, but both agencies confirmed 2014 to be a record-breaking year. NASA reported 2014’s average temperature to be 58.42 F, which the agency reported was 1.22 F above a 1951-1980 average. Previously, 2010 and 2005 held the record, but the 2014 temperature edged out both years by 0.07 F. The 10 warmest years on record have all been after 1998, and 2014 marked the 38th straight year with global average temperatures above the 20th-century average. Six months in 2014 also set monthly global heat records: May, June, August, September, October and December of last year were all the warmest such months on record. “Viewed in context, the record 2014 temperatures underscore the undeniable fact that we are witnessing, before our eyes, the effects of human-caused climate change,” climate scientist Michael Mann told The Huffington Post. “It is exceptionally unlikely that we would be seeing a record year, during a record-warm decade, during a multidecadal period of warmth that appears to be unrivaled over at least the past millennium, if it were not for the rising levels of planet-warming gases produced by fossil fuel burning.” For the U.S. alone, as opposed to the planet overall, 2014 was only the 34th warmest year on record. But temperatures in the U.S. that year still exceeded the country’s 20th-century average, for the 18th consecutive year. Seventeen major U.S. metropolitan areas, representing 9 percent of the country’s population, were on track to have their warmest years on record, as of a December 2014 analysis from Climate Central. Ten of these 17 are located in California, one of five states that were projected to have one of their top five warmest years in 2014. “Perhaps more important than the global temperature story are the impacts of record regional heat,” Jonathan Overpeck, co-director of the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, told HuffPost. “In places like California, the Southwest U.S. more generally, Australia and parts of Brazil, record heat is exacerbating drought and leading to more stress on our water supplies and forests.” “With continued global warming, we’re going to see more and more of these unprecedented regional conditions, and with them will come more and more costs to humans and the things they value,” he added. “2014 shows that humans are indeed cooking their planet as they continue to combust fossil fuels.” 1985 was the last year that any urban area in the U.S. saw a record-cold year. February 1985 was the last time the planet saw a colder-than-average month. “If you are younger than 29 years old, you haven’t lived in a month that was cooler than the 20th-century average,” said Marshall Shepherd, a professor at the University of Georgia and former president of the American Meteorological Society. “You will hear some skeptics say that the satellite-based temperature records don’t support these findings, but we also used ground-based instruments like thermometers and rain gauges to validate these measurements.” The new global record is also notable because 2014 was not an El Niño year. Theweather phenomenon is marked by warmer-than-average surface ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific and leads to above average near-surface air temperatures and other impacts across the globe. El Niño has been observed during previous record-warm years like 1998, 2005 and 2010. “A record or near-record warm year, especially absent a strong El Niño, is mostly a reminder that the long-term trend for Earth’s temperature is up, up, up,” Princeton University geosciences professor Michael Oppenheimer told HuffPost. Along with rising temperatures, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to increase. Carbon dioxide concentrations surpassed 400 parts per million in May 2013, for the first time in at least 800,000 years. CO2 concentrations rise and fall slightly in an annual cycle, but remained above 400 parts per million for several months in 2014 and have already surpassed 400 again in January 2015. The last time carbon dioxide levels were this high, temperatures were up to 11 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than today, and sea levels were dozens of feet higher. The 400 parts per million milestone is somewhat symbolic, but it serves as a reminder that the massive consumption of fossil fuels continues to remake the chemistry of our atmosphere and trap more and more heat from the sun. “The record temperatures should put to rest the absurd notion of a “pause” (what I refer to as the “Faux Pause”) in global warming,” Mann added.


1/16/2015 6:27 PM EST

Climate Change: The news is ablaze with a report that 2014 was the “hottest year.” But there’s no reason to be excited. The story the global warming alarmists are trying to tell isn’t the only one out there. ‘For the third time in a decade,” shouted the AP, “the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday.” The Washington Post reported that “the year 2014 was the hottest ever measured, based on records going back to the year 1880.” Bloomberg News challenged readers to “deny this” and directed them to “animation below” that documents “2014: The Hottest Year.” Hysteria also reigned at the BBC in Britain, the New Era in Africa, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald and all points in between. In one sense, the breathless stories are correct: 2014 was the hottest year on record — by no more than four-hundredths of a degree. But that’s based on surface thermometer records, which are not reliable. Better measurement is done by satellites, and they indicate 2014 was the third-warmest in the 36 years that satellites have been used to document temperatures. John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says the satellite data show that temperature changes since 2001 are “statistically insignificant.” As expected, though, some scientists — a few of whom are considered “distinguished” — take the hottest-ever report as confirmation that man is dangerously warming his planet due to fossil-fuel use. But a few have kept their heads. Roger Pielke, professor of atmospheric science at Colorado State University, told the Post that “there remain significant uncertainties in the accuracy of the land portion of the surface temperature data, where we have found a significant warm bias.” Judith Curry, professor at Georgia Tech’s school of earth and atmospheric sciences, said that “with 2014 essentially tied with 2005 and 2010 for hottest year,” the implication is “that there has been essentially no trend in warming over the past decade.” “This ‘almost’ record year does not help the growing discrepancy between the climate model projections and the surface temperature observations,” she added. There’s simply nothing to see here. But that’s the way it’s always been with the global-warming swindle.



There are too many articles that highlight what happens when government moves to fascist actions, national socialism.  But Venezula certainly is the poster child.


Investors Business Daily, “Socialist Venezuela Feels the Bern”.

The voting and poll data shows the younger you are the more you think socialism is a good thing, whether at the extreme like Venezuela and Cuba or more soft like Denmark.  Do some reading, please, and ask, do you trust the government to do better with your money, than you do?  Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”


U.S. declines again as a “Free Economy”

The Heritage Foundation publishes a yearly Index of Economic Freedom, http://www.heritage.org/index/ranking, that measures exactly that, how free a country’s is, how easy it is to participate, start a business, etc.  Our country fell again, we are now 13th. Why? Government interference, higher taxes, more control by the nomenklatura, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomenklatura, etc.

If we want to affect the incomes of the middle class, our economy  should be more free, not less.



This political season has seen immigration rise again in its’ importance. Some say there are 11 million “illegals” in our country, half of those are visa ‘overstayers’ per the data. Deportations are currently legal, and always have been. Per the WSJ, “Restarting Deportation Is Needed to Deter Illegals” 2 million people have been apprehended but not detained or deported. 1 million have removal orders issued but not carried out. Cities have declared themselves as sanctuary cities, not cooperating with ICE. “E Verify”, the program to verify a persons’ citizenship is voluntary but proven to be a significant barrier for undocumented people, the only jobs they can get are in the cash economy. Some conservatives like the cheap labor, most progressives want more votes, the rest of us are ticked off that neither side will enforce the law.

Undocumented workers lower wages for the entry level jobs here in the U.S. This is another factor in the income inequality we see rising. Many of us however do not want to pay more for food, waiters, lawn care, etc. as those prices will rise as wages will have to rise when we clean up the mess.

What’s “best” for country has lots of meanings.  My meaning is clean it up, I will pay more if needed.