Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chickens Roosting in the White House SWAT Office

Yes, they're coming for You

Led by the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, The White House Office of American Innovation will be an autonomous entity enforcing the president’s will. Described as an internal “SWAT team” of strategic consultants, and staffed with former business executives, the office will cut down democratic rule in favor of top-down authoritarianism.
And the excuse is the same one used to deny equity for minorities, the same one used to dismantle protections for the poor and the same one used to unfairly label and close our public schools – we need to run government like a business. 
But government is not a business. 
The goal of a business is profit for the few. The goal of government is service to the many.
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 All I can say is, Resist.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Antennas are Sixty Bucks at BJs.

Y'all didn't really think Comcrap would let you stream tv without paying more for it, did ya?

Comcast launched a TV streaming service in a few cities back in 2015, and this year, it’s apparently planning a major expansion. According to Reuters, Comcast plans to relaunch its streaming service, currently called Stream, under a new name and make it available everywhere Comcast is offered across the US.
The new service will reportedly be called Xfinity Instant TV, and it sounds fairly similar to what Stream already provides. The report says it could start at $15 per month for major broadcast networks, like ABC and NBC, but it could go up to $40 per month by adding on additional channels, like ESPN.

Xfinity Instant TV would be a competitor to streaming services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now, but there’s a really critical detail here: Comcast’s service would only be available to households already paying for Comcast internet service, according to
 Reuters. And if it’s anything like Stream — which, by all means, it appears to be — it likely won’t count against Comcast subscribers’ internet data caps.Stream is currently only available in certain cities within five states — Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Hampshire — so a nationwide launch would be a major expansion. Reuters reports that it could happen in the third quarter of the year.
Data caps?  We don't have those.....

Well, there ya go.  If you were thinking of cutting the cord, this is still a potentially cheaper option (well, until data caps...) than cable.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sorry, Yeah, Ok....

Now that we're done with Trumpdontcare, that he has screwed our relations with Germany, called for patsy Paul Ryan to step down, we get to wait to see if Gorsuch will be The One.  

Gorsuch is the one who was the appellate court judge in the SCOTUS case I observed in January, which I also posted about yesterday.  

Significantly, Judge Neil Gorsuch, currently in confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court's vacant ninth seat, has repeatedly ruled the other way on similar cases.
IDEA's standard of a "free appropriate public education," reads Gorsuch's opinion in one of these cases, also about an autistic child in Colorado, "is not an onerous one." His precedent was directly contradicted by the Supreme Court this week.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn questioned him in light of this new ruling during his hearing, asking:
"Why ... did you want to lower the bar so low? "
Gorsuch responded that he had made a mistake. "I was wrong, Senator, because I was bound by circuit precedent, and I'm sorry."

So, no, we don't want him.  He hates kids with disabilities, and ice road truckers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Younannymouse!

I mean, Unanimous!

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.
The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.
The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district's favor.
The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act guarantees a "free appropriate public education" to all students with disabilities. Today's opinion held that "appropriate" goes further than what the lower courts had held.
"It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not," read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts
I was pretty sure the outcome would be good.  Haven't gotten to read the opinion yet, but it has to be good - Roberts was really "on" that day!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why This Healthcare Bill Should Fail.

Don't want to sound like a broken record, but realize that all school districts bill Medicaid for the services their disabled children receive in school.

If you're at all interested in seeing how much the state school districts would lose if the ability to bill Medicaid would be gone, here's a link with a table of how much each state gets from the Fed, along with how much each district in Pennsylvania gets.  FYI, Pennsyltucky gets the 4th most Federal Medicaid $$ in the nation.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Busted or Done?

So Trumpy-poo is Making Congress Vote?

The move to delay the vote came after House conservatives said there was no deal struck on the bill following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday. According to the NBC News vote count, GOP leaders were still at least eight votes short of winning enough backing for passage.

Either something is up, and they are all lying to us (which would be nothing new), or he is going to set it up so that most of Congress is going to lose their jobs in 2018....

One can dream......


Friday, March 17, 2017

Top o'the Morning To Ya!

Our article is now on the DC NBC website.  If you could take a second and just click on it, so that it gets bumped to the front page, we'd really appreciate it!!!   Thanks muchly!!!