What ever gave you the idea that you know what’s best for your own children?
If a bill introduced by four Democrats in the Ohio Senate last week becomes law, it would be the most radical homeschooling law in the country, stripping parents of their constitutionally guaranteed right to direct the education of their children and requiring interrogations by social workers before homeschooling is permitted. Home School Legal Defense Association’s Michael Donnelly said SB 248 is “breathtakingly onerous in its scope” and called it the “worst-ever” homeschool law that has been proposed. [...]
The proposed law would require parents desiring to homeschool or enroll their children in an online school (public or private) to pass a background check. [For the sake of simplicity I will use the term "homeschooling" to refer to both homeschooling and e-schooling as they both have the same requirements under this bill.] A finding that a parent or anyone else in the home had “a record or report of any investigation at any time” could result in denial of the right to homeschool. Note that the standard is not guilt, merely a “record or report of an investigation.” This could be from a vindictive ex-wife, a busybody neighbor who is concerned about seeing children in the yard during school hours, or simply someone at the grocery store who doesn’t approve of the way you scolded your irritable child.
In addition to the background check, the parent requesting “permission” to homeschool must submit to an interrogation interview by a “public children services agency.” The law would require children to be interviewed separately from their parents. Based upon the interview, the request for permission to homeschool could be denied if the social worker decides that home education would not be “in the best interest of the child.” According to ParentalRights.org, the “best interest” standard is a severe departure from American law. ”[E]xcept in cases where a parent has been proven to be “unfit,” American law presumes that the parent is acting in the best interests of the child, and defers to that parent’s decision.”
If parents (and children) manage to pass the background check and the initial interrogation, they will still need to pass two additional “interviews” during the school year until they can go four straight years without arousing the suspicions of social workers before they are free from the intrusive investigations.
In addition to the interrogations and the background checks, anyone in the home who pings the statewide automated child welfare information system must submit to an intervention program. The intervention would include behavioral counseling sessions and classes on “parenting, decision-making, personal or household finance, and homeschooling.” Oh, and also, “any other services the department and the state board determine to be necessary for the success of the program.” Participants will be assessed to “determine successful completion of the program.” That should effectively counteract most of that right-wing brainwashing.
So it’s a one-party country, with certain players using show votes to keep the rabble confused. That way they can run for reelection as something other than what they actually are, and nobody’s the wiser. What of it?
That’s just political reality. The ways of DC. And you can’t fight reality. Better to submit to it for your own benefit than to stand there stupidly fighting its inevitability with nothing but your pointy little principles in hand. Pragmatism!
Now. Get your asses in line, Hobbits! And prepare to be governed. Good and hard.
And honestly, it’s somewhat comforting for me to discover that, like his music, his politics hasn’t much evolved since the usefully-idiotic radical chic days of Little Drummer Girl.
Here’s an idea: take several hundred Jews, drop them into Transjordan, and have them demand equal rights, etc.,– all while openly proclaiming that their political and religious mission, forever more, is to wipe the Arabs who host them off the face of the earth, to drive these pigs and dogs into the sea.
If these several hundred Jews are accepted and allowed to speak their piece, safe from the barbarism generally visited upon non-Muslims in Arab and or Muslim territories or countries, we can all revisit Mr Waters’ bracing “argument.”
If, however, they aren’t, Mr Waters agrees to take a sharp stick and jam it through his grubby, twisted, anti-Semitic tongue.
Sometimes, another brick in the wall is just what’s needed to keep those with an open declaration of your extermination from carrying out their designs.
Or, to put it another way, go fuck yourself, you dried up husk of a political moron. And stop putting shrooms in your falafels.
Obama and Democrats used the IRS to suppress TEA Party activity in 2012, now they want to codify it for 2014 and beyond.
In the media blackout of Thanksgiving week, the Treasury Department dumped a new proposal to govern the political activity of 501(c)(4) groups. The administration claims this rule is needed to clarify confusing tax laws. Hardly. The rule is the IRS’s new targeting program—only this time systematic, more effective, and with the force of law.
That this rule was meant to crack down on the White House’s political opponents was never in doubt. What is new is the growing concern by House Ways and Means Committee investigators that the regulation was reverse-engineered—designed to isolate and shut down the same tea party groups victimized in the first targeting round. Treasury appears to have combed through those tea party applications, compiled all the groups’ main activities, and then restricted those activities in the new rule. [...]
Here’s how it works. To get or keep tax-exempt status, 501(c)(4) organizations must devote a majority of their work to their “primary” social-welfare purpose. Most tea party groups were set up with a primary purpose of educating Americans on pressing problems—the size of government, the erosion of the Constitution—and did so mainly via nonpartisan voter guides, speakers forums, pamphlets or voter-registration drives.
What the proposed Treasury/IRS regulation would do is to re-categorize all these efforts as “political activity”—thereby making it all but impossible for tea party groups to qualify for 501(c)(4) status. Say an outfit’s primary purpose is educating voters on our unsustainable debt, which it does mainly with a guide explaining the problem and politicians’ voting records. Under the new rule, that guide is now “political activity” (rather than “social welfare”), which likely loses the group tax-exempt status. [...]
What makes this targeting more obvious is that the Obama Treasury rule only applies to 501(c)(4) groups. The ultra-liberal League of Women Voters Education Fund is registered as a 501(c)(3)—one of those “charities” supposedly held to the strictest IRS standards on politicking. Yet it brags on its website that it holds “candidate debates and forums,” and that its “educational activities” include “understanding candidate views and ballot initiatives.”
The League will continue to be able to do its voter guides and registrations and candidate forums. Yet under this new rule, any conservative social-welfare organization that attempts to do the same will likely lose its tax-exempt status. Nor does the new rule apply the biggest spenders of all in politics—unions, which are registered as 501(c)(5)s. The only category muzzled is the one recently flooded by conservative groups that Democrats fear in the 2014 election.
And, really, does anyone think Crier Boehner will oppose this blatant move?
One Beltway to rule them all
One Beltway to find them
One Beltway to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
When any relationship can be held out as “marriage” then marriage ceases to have any meaning.
Advocacy groups for polygamy and individual liberties on Saturday hailed a federal judge’s ruling that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, saying it will remove the threat of arrest for those families.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in the decision handed down Friday that a provision in Utah law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated the First Amendment right of freedom of religion. [...]
Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute, which defends the cause of individual liberty in Utah, issued a statement Saturday saying the ruling represents “a new beginning and an important invalidation of an unjust law.” [...]
Utah’s bigamy law is stricter than the laws in 49 other states — most of the other states prohibit people from having multiple marriage licenses. Utah makes it illegal to even purport to be married to multiple partners or live together.
Under Waddoups’ ruling, bigamy remains illegal in Utah only in the literal sense, such as when someone fraudulently acquires more than one marriage license.
As it stands, this doesn’t affect marriage licenses but only deals with people who live together and declare themselves as married.
But as we’ve seen in the whole domestic partnership v marriage brouhaha, the polyamorous will not see this decriminalization as an end, but as a “new beginning.”
Well, it’s not like your actually earned your money …
Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said.
The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday. [...]
They’re not alone.
One viewer emailed KING 5 saying, “They drafted my account this morning for a second time.”
Another woman on Facebook with a similar problem commented, “We are all in the same boat.”
“We’ve got to figure out how to get money to pay the bills for the next week or two until we have another check come through,” said Josh Bruner. “It’s just crazy.”
Washington Healthplanfinder emailed the Bruners a few days ago telling them to log in to view their invoice, something they couldn’t do because the website has been down. The Bruners haven’t been able to get through on the helpline either. They finally contacted Healthplanfinder administrators by posting a message on their Facebook page.
h/t Mark Steyn who adds:
When Obama has your PIN, it’s Christmas all year round. For him.
He was 81
Peter O’Toole, the legendary actor who starred in the classic 1981 (sic – the film is from 1962) film “Lawrence of Arabia,” has died at age 81, his agent told several media outlets including the BBC.
The Irish-born star of the stage and screen got his big break when he won the role of British adventurer T.E. Lawrence in the flick.
It earned him eight Oscar nominations, and O’Toole went on to shine films such as Beckett, The Lion in Winter and Goobye, Mr. Chips.
He also the voice of Anton Ego, the delightfully morose antagonist in Ratatouille.
Well worth the 41 minute investment …
I’ve moved in to the home of my dreams. All mine … and I don’t have to pay a thing to be a homeowner.
Fearing that many people will think they have health insurance coverage when they do not, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is “urging” insurance companies to “give consumers additional time to pay their first month’s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.”
Insurance companies should cover people who haven’t yet paid, in other words.
I’m now looking to “buy” a new car …