This story is a fascinating example of special interests’ power in the legislature.
While most observers were focused on debates over private-school vouchers and the end of traditional teacher tenure rules, the House GOP leadership quietly killed most of a bill to create a statewide pre-K rating system.
Notably, the bill was revenue neutral (implementation would not have cost a cent) and was backed by everyone on the political continuum — from Dayton to the Chamber of Commerce.
It did not, however, have any friends on the religious right, which declared it an attempt to usurp the rights on Minnesota parents by placing their children under the authority of a nanny state. Read more.
yesterday, whist running errands with the old man, he, the life-long repub, admonished the current GOP for their asinine cuts, assault on schools, women, and the ridiculous nature of the federal tax codes that allow corporations like bank of america corp to pay nothing and yet reap refunds in the billions. “We’re all in this together. For every dollar cut, a dollar more should be raised in tax.”
I hugged him, called him a “socialist”, and we parted. love that man.
i was dreading today. a work project i was tasked with was not complete, due to the company not giving me the right tools to do the job. imagine working on a presentation where you compile various PDF files, word docs, excel docs, and a few other scattered memos, but have no access to adobe writer. well, i don’t have to imagine the scenario … that was the scenario. i told them it would look like crap, and it did.
but my dread was met by understanding. what? yeah, for serious. boss came back from her trip to the caymans in a crazy-good mood. new software is a’comin. not that i like this job, but shit, all things considered…
and now the for/against list for monday, march 28.
for: bosses in good moods; buying an imac tomorrow for my business, reinvesting in myself; getting twins/rays tickets for my nephew’s birthday [seats] (pulling him out of school in monticello, putting him on the train, showing him my city); nights off.
against: sawatdee express’ below-par mediocrity they call thai food, served in styrofoam because they have no ‘eat-in’ option, killing my tastebuds and the environment in one swoop; like 50 typos i have made from shaky hands; having to call a bagel shop’s manager to remind his turd employees to shut off their muzak at night so it doesn’t pump colbie caillat through my closet, keeping me up all goddam night; waking to 16’ temps, fighting the urge to bitch about weather when i my house is not under water/buried in rubble; ticket brokers buying seats to every show/game i want; broken refrigerators.
wow, probably should have done the againsts first. leaves it on a down note. um … baseball season starts in 4 days!
"So what do conservatives really mean when they accuse NPR of being "liberal"? They mean it’s not accountable to their worldview as conservatives and partisans. They mean it reflects too great a regard for evidence and is too open to reporting different points of views of the same event or idea or issue. Reporting that by its very fact-driven nature often fails to confirm their ideological underpinnings, their way of seeing things (which is why some liberals and Democrats also become irate with NPR)."
my father is a conservative. life-long. in the 20+ years i have been a voting citizen, we have sparred many times over many issues. for his entire life, my dad viewed npr as, well … shit. he referred to it as liberal radio. that it was leaning so far left it tipped over. thing is, he’d never listened to it. not once. then, in about 2008 he began tuning in. probably just to hear what the libruls were talking about. an espionage mission. but, he found something he never expected … he liked it. and not because of some perceived agenda. he liked it because it told stories and hosted interviews that let him decide which side he was on. he found the shows informative. he found the coverage of debates thorough and unbiased. now, the old man is a monthly supporter of minnesota public radio. he gives money. to n/mpr. my father. trickle-down believin’, small government trustin’, jesus lovin’ conservative. …and he won’t shut up about it. every time we meet, he tells me a story he heard on mpr. every time.
“I’m nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I’ve begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I’m reminiscing this right now. I can’t go to the bar because I’ve already looked back on it in my memory… and I didn’t have a good time.”—
max from noah baumbach’s 1995 kicking & screaming
dedicated to the sad return of ‘fuck yeah’ tumblrs.