Fool on the Hill takes a mental health break

May 29, 2012

Bye, Bye Biden?

It’s no secret VP Joe Biden is the consummate gaffe king. Recently Keith Koffler of White House Dossier, wrote a post titled Is Everything All Right with Joe? which included a collection of six video snippets that clearly illustrated the weirdness exemplified by Biden.

Koffler concluded, “Biden has always been prone to odd statements and verbal miscues. But if this new, accelerated pattern becomes entrenched, how long can a presidential campaign tolerate a portion of the ticket blabbering out nonsense chatter before it has a serious problem on its hands?

Today we read that Biden is off on a weeklong vacation ostensibly to “prepare” for his daughter‘s wedding next weekend. Aside from bringing along his checkbook, how much preparation does this man who already owns custom-fitted tuxedos need? 

This leads us to wonder if the vacation is the precursor to a trip off the ticket for the Fool on the Hill?

Speaking of which — Obama has a private meeting scheduled with Hillary scheduled during Biden’s break. US News & World Report suggests it might signal bye-bye to Biden. The poll running on the site does not bode well for Joe. It looks as though the vast majorityof those voting agree the guy is a drag on the Dem ticket.

Last October we wrote that blunder-prone Biden was “An expendable drag on the Dem ticket.”

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Smart cutie provides bright start to week & Update

May 29, 2012

We introduced you to home-schooled spelling whiz, Lori Anne Madison in mid-March. At the time the incredibly poised 6-year-old vanquished students well over twice her age to win Virginia’s Prince William County Spelling Bee, qualifying for the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee.

In the competition beginning today and running through Thursday, she will compete as one of 278 students who have qualified for the top spelling event — now in its 85th year. The competition doesn’t have a lower age limit, but no one younger than 8 has ever previously qualified for the nationals.

The super spellers come from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe; as well as the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

Read Lori Anne’s impressive résumé here.

Scripps National Spelling Bee round results will be posted on HERE in real time on Wednesday and Thursday. Live updates and results also will be posted on both days via Twitter@ScrippsBee.

 

Thursday’s semifinals will not include the youngest speller in bee history, 6-year-old Lori Anne Madison of Lake Ridge, Va., although she made a valiant effort. Lori Anne misspelled one of her two words during the preliminary rounds — “ingluvies,” which she started with an “e” — and her score on Tuesday’s 50-word computer test wasn’t enough to make up the difference.

“It was close,” said spelling bee director Paige Kimball.

We hope to see this great little girl back next time around. Her pluck along with diligent determination and hard work gave us all a new little heroine to admire.  

 


Gallup: Veterans support Romney by 24%

May 28, 2012

On Memorial Day comes a Gallup poll worth noting. U.S. veterans — about 13% of the adult population — support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%. Non-veterans give Obama a four-point edge.

Check out the poll results here. Scroll down to view charts.


Goldwater takes on costly union business at Phx City Hall

May 28, 2012

Valley unions pay police millions to lobby while removing officers from duty

Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper is expected to issue an opinion late next week regarding whether the city of Phoenix should temporarily suspend the practice of funding “release time” for police officers to conduct union business. Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. The case is Cheatham and Marcus Huey v. City of Phoenix.

The request for a preliminary injunction is part of a lawsuit brought by the Goldwater Institute (GI) against the city of Phoenix and the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association union (PLEA). Goldwater attorney Clint Bolick’s take on the unsavory and costly practice can be read here.

The GI case challenges the city’s contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, which provides an estimated $900,000 in annual release time for police union work, including lobbying. The provisions take six full-time officers off the streets — giving them full pay, benefits, and overtime for union work — in addition to providing thousands of additional release-time hours for the union to dole out at its discretion. Altogether, more than 40 police officers can be released from some or all of their law-enforcement duties by the union.

The Goldwater Institute contends that beyond endangering public safety, the release time is an unconstitutional subsidy, violating the gift clause of the Arizona Constitution by using taxpayer money to fund salaries of union and labor association leaders who represent city employees. Goldwater filed the complaint in December 2011.

During the hearing Friday, Bolick pointed out that the city couldn’t quantify the direct benefits it receives for what it spends on release time for the officers who conduct union business. The gift clause requires the city to prove it receives direct, tangible benefits from money it gives to a private entity, he said. Bolick also said the city didn’t have a clear way of tracking how union officers spend their release time.

“The union has hijacked the city’s treasury to fulfill its responsibilities,” Bolick said.

Despite the pending lawsuit, earlier this month the Phoenix City Council approved a new two-year labor contract for PLEA. The contract, set to begin July 1, continues the indefensible “release time” practice.

Did you feel the pang of a sharp thumb in your eye from your council member?  If not, it’s because the council aims to keep such information under wraps.


Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012

“Forever young in our memories”

Today is the day set aside to honor our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our many freedoms. They, along with their families, deserve our deep respect and gratitude.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day. Take a moment to read this message from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki.

We invite you to listen to this haunting rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

This year we are asking you to visit the Wounded Warrior Project. These valiant and dedicated men and women — still with us — who have given so much for us, could use our help now.


Just got wind of JD in the Windy City tomorrow

May 27, 2012

Tune in tomorrow — Monday morning — (Memorial Day) and catch J.D. Hayworth on WLS in Chicago.

7:00 – 9:00 am Arizona and Pacific Time / 9:00 -11:00 am, Central.

Listen LIVE here.

 


Obama drives NAACP support of same-sex unions

May 27, 2012

Nat’l group would never defy membership if another president proposed such a move

Pastor Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, criticizes the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for its recent endorsement of same-sex “marriage,“ calling it “unfortunate” and a clear signal that the association is “out of step” with its constituency, according to this CNS News report.

Pastor McCoy makes a good point, since only 39 percent of black Americans support “gay marriage” while 49 percent oppose such unions, according to an April 2012 Pew Research poll.

But such facts haven’t dissuaded the NAACP, which announced on May 19 its support for “marriage” between homosexuals. The group coyly calls it “marriage equality” in an attempt to claim it as a civil-rights issue.

It is not.

Mychal Massie clearly defined the differences in Homosexuality Is Not a Civil Right. The driving force behind the new-found support is clear. It came a mere 10  days after Barack Obama announced that he supports “gay marriage.”

Both McCoy and Massie are black.

Concerning the NAACP announcement, Pastor McCoy said, “Clearly, they’re out of step with their constituency and their base.” He attributed the NAACP’s announcement as a response to declining membership, and a “political calculation” that ultimately will backfire on the association. Pastor McCoy called Obama’s recent support for “same-sex marriage” an “absolute political maneuver” and a “financial move,” but also pointed out the Obama administration’s track record of promoting and endorsing homosexuality.

“His agenda has been clear in his administration in terms of taking down the Defense of Marriage Act, removing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and any other political objective which I think demoralizes the family,” said McCoy.

He added that the family is the “core of society” and the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman supports the institution of family.