BBC Wonders Why More People Aren’t Doing More On Climate Crisis (scam) — Pirate’s Cove

Us Skeptics wonder that, too. Why don’t those card carrying members of the Cult of Climastrology do more in their own lives to comport with their Beliefs? Why do so few give up their fossil fueled vehicles, move into tiny homes/apartments, give up meat, send lots of their money to the official tax collecting agency…

BBC Wonders Why More People Aren’t Doing More On Climate Crisis (scam) — Pirate’s Cove

Because most people know it’s bullshit, but don’t want their name on a list of deplorables they answer the question instead f just saying it’s bullshit.

Bummer: There’s A Huge Budget Difference Between Men’s And Women’s NCAA Tournaments — Pirate’s Cove

CNN’s Homer De la Fuente performs what Rush always called a “random act of journalism.” In the midst of attempting to slam this “sexist” inequity between the way the men’s NCAA tournament got a lot more money than the women’s, Homer exposes some blatant truths NCAA budget report shows it spent $13.5 million more for…

Bummer: There’s A Huge Budget Difference Between Men’s And Women’s NCAA Tournaments — Pirate’s Cove

West Virginia Succeeds Where Kentucky Fails (Because of Talking Monkey Beshear)

“It’s a game-changer,” says Garrett Ballengee of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, a conservative think tank and proponent of the bill. “If you add up every single ESA utilizer in the rest of the country, there are only about 20,000 of them. The Hope Scholarship will automatically open it up to ten times that many children in West Virginia alone.”

Applicants for the Hope Scholarship will receive 100 percent of their state education dollars — $4,600 annually — in lieu of public schooling. (County and federal funds will remain in the system.) The scholarship is usable for private school tuition, homeschool curriculum, or other education expenses. Gov. Jim Justice, a vocal opponent of ESAs as recently as 2019, has signaled he’s likely to sign.

For a state that couldn’t pass a far more modest measure just two years ago, it’s a breathtaking turnaround. What changed?

Elections Have Consequences

State Sen. Patricia Rucker, the Republican chair of the Senate Education Committee and chief architect of the ESA effort, has a few theories about what made the difference. First, she believes the majority of West Virginians never opposed school choice in the first place; they were simply afraid to say so.

“During the strikes, I saved a folder of all the people who wrote to me in support of the education reform. I kept all of their emails,” Rucker told me in an interview. “The vast majority of them said something like, ‘Please don’t use my name. Don’t tell anyone I wrote to you.’ They were so scared and intimidated by the teachers’ unions.”

In 2019, I wrote about the climate of union intimidation that was silencing the state’s parents and teachers. When Justice commissioned a “listening tour” to gauge public opinion, the West Virginia Department of Education co-opted the effort and manipulated its findings. This lead to the much-repeated assertion that 88 percent of West Virginians opposed charter schools. But when the 2020 elections came around, voters finally spoke for themselves.

“I knocked on thousands of doors during my 2020 reelection campaign,” Rucker said. “Out of all those people, I only spoke to about five educators who were opposed to our education reform — that’s it. Most of the people who spoke to me about education were in favor of choice. Even the vast majority of educators I spoke to said, ‘I didn’t have any problems with charter schools. I think it would be good for us to have that opportunity.’”

The proof was in the poll returns. Despite fierce opposition from unions and their moneyed interests, all but two of those 18 education reformers returned to the Senate in 2020, and several more were added to their number. It was an affirmation that educational choice can be a winning political issue, even in states with a strong union presence. Contrary to their tightly controlled narrative, teachers’ unions hadn’t been speaking for the people. They had been shouting the people down.

Teachers care about teachers first and foremost.

Teachers Union Dancing Monkey Andy Beshear Vetoes School Choice Bill

House Bill 563, sponsored by House Majority Whip Chad McCoy, would open a $25 million pool of tax credits to help jumpstart fundraising to groups that award newly created education opportunity accounts, which could have been spent on things like therapies, tutoring and other academic services.

Families who live in counties with 90,000 or more residents could have used education opportunity accounts to finance private school tuition. Jefferson County would have been included in that group.

“By diverting money from public education to private entities, the General Assembly has violated our very Constitution,” Beshear said.

In 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned state constitutional bans on public aid for private religious schools in Montana after its scholarship tax credit program was challenged.

McCoy, R-Bardstown, and House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, also noted that HB 563 did not pull funds from public education spending.

“It provides an option to the one-size-fits-all approach in an attempt to help each child realize his or her potential,” the pair said in a joint statement.

“It is noteworthy that the voices missing from today’s veto announcement were those of parents and the children who are faltering and failing under current conditions. However, their voice is heard loud and clear in the lines of HB 563.”

Beshear, besides being a hypocrite, is the wholly-owned creature of the public employees unions.

Beshear was joined by Lt. Gov. Jaqueline Coleman, Education Commissioner Jason Glass, KEA President Eddie Campbell, Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim, Jenny Bolander with KY 120 United, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Executive Director Jim Flynn and Kentucky Association of School Administrators Executive Director Rhonda Caldwell in opposition to HB 563.