As I said earlier this week , on Wednesday I went to the School Choice Week Event at Loyola Academy in St Louis. I arrived early and was one of the first to get there, and got to meet and talk a little with Dick Morris. Not about anything in particular, just hellos ans such. Got to listen to him talk about traveling arrangements mostly. But it was nice to meet him. Do not always agree with him, but he is one of the better political pundits out there.
The event was moderated by Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit fame. He did a excellent job and kept the talk going on not only school choice but also how to make the education system better able to make the kids compete in today’s world. There was also some very good questions from the audience.
The Panel was comprised of Dick Morris, Dana Loesch, Mike Podgursky and Robbyn Wahby of Mayor Slay’s office. There was not 100% agreement from all sides of the issues, but there was common grould and many good ideas on how to improve the education system in the United States and in Missouri. And School Choice is a very big part of it. One of the bi ones I remember is to allow Private Religious schools to receive scholarships from the state for students to go to one of the Catholic or other religions schools. There is legislation to the MO Gov to allow this.
All in all, it was a great experience to go see people from all over the political spectrum discuss this and in a more or less non partisan atmosphere. the education system in the USA needs to be more innovative and help the children become competitive in the world that is changing rapidly.
Stacy on the Right was asking Dick Morris some questions after the event while I was video taping it from her phone, but unfortunately her phone ran out of space t video tape it all.
I got some pics from my phone:
To see some better quality pics check out JD Wilson
Tomorrow there will be a rally for welcoming the soldiers back from Iraq and deployment from around the world in St Louis. We must never let the soldiers think we do not support them and thank them for their sacrifices. It does not matter if you agree with the War on Terror or the foreign policy of the United States, the soldiers volunteered to protect our way of life, and have no say in the matter.
Welcome Home the Heroes Day
Volunteers in the City of St. Louis are joining together to make January 28th “Welcome Home the Heroes Day.”
As the troops return from deployment, it is our responsibility to welcome them home and ensure that they have the resources and opportunities available to them to successfully transition to civilian life. Join us on January 28th in taking the first step in thanking our troops for their service abroad, and challenging them to continue their service as leaders at home.
About the Parade
When: 12:00 PM CST, Saturday, January 28, 2012
Where: Market Street, St. Louis, Missouri
A veterans resource village will be held at St. Louis Union Station following the parade. Learn about opportunities and tools available to veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life.
While state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) and former state Rep. Kevin Joyce (D-Chicago) normally held positions opposite conservative Republicans, there was one issue on which they agreed — school choice.
The two Democratic leaders had key roles in the 2010 legislative effort to provide a way for students to escape failing Chicago Public Schools. Although Meeks succeeded in getting his bill through the Senate, Joyce fell a few votes short in the House.
Here is a short video about the event:
I will be attending the School Choice Week event here in St Louis tonight at Loyola Academy near SLU
WHENJanuary 25, 2012 at 6:00 PMWHERELoyola Academy
3851 Washington Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Google map and directions
American 15-year-olds rank 35th out of 57 countries in math and literacy, behind almost all industrialized nations!
America shouldn’t be 35th in anything. It’s time to Restore American Exceptionalism! WE need an education system that challenges and motivates students, preparing them for life. We know it can be done!
Special guests to include: Dick Morris, Dana Loesch, Mike Podgursky (an educational economist), and more!
RSVP on Eventbrite: schoolchoicestlouis.eventbrite.com
Fred Thompson endorsed Newt Gingrich on Hannity tonight
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
This primary season for the GOP has been crazy and all over the board. It is really something I have never seen before. I know that most primaries are contentious. But this one has had some vitriol that seems to be usually meant for the other side.
As has been said before, getting conservative all on the same page is like herding cats. Everyone has their own mind and will defend it all cost. But at some point, we usually agree to disagree. But this year is different
Well I think it is because so much is at stake. We cannot let Obama win and have another 4 years of anemic economic policies that do more harm that good. And we need to stop the spending before we turn into Greece. And we all think we know the exactly the right answer, and our favorite candidate is only one that can fix it.
Some want us to slash the budget (or whatever it is called since the democrats have not proposed a budget in about 1000 days now) right now, and get rid of various departments right off the bat. Some want to look into and retool the departments and get rid of waste and fraud. And others want to do various other things to get the spending under control.
So in the long run, they all want to do the same thing. Maybe not in the exact same way, but all want to stop the spending and get control on the enormous debt we are accumulating.
Let me take this and put it into an analogy of a football game:
You want to score, so you can either pass the ball down the field and go for a Hail Mary Pass
You can go down the field passing short yards, and sometimes passing it further down the field, but keeping it more discipline than throwing it up for grabs with a Hail Mary Pass
You can tak short yardage with a run game and wear the opponents down.
Or you can use a combination of all the above
As you can see, they all are going down the field, but some are taking more yardage than others. But they are all going towards the goal line and trying to score a touchdown.
For me, I would love to go for the Hail Mary Pass, but is that the most intelligent way to go down the field. I would rather do the all the above method and get there in a safer manor and get to the goal line. It may take longer, but there is less chance of a turn over by my side.
We all want the same thing and some of us want everything right now. And some want to take the safer route. But we all want the same thing.
We need to be united and all on the same side and score one for the team. The incessant infighting and vitriol is bad for morale on our side. I am not saying we should not debate or show the differences in the candidates. But we must remember one of the remaining 4 (well 3, I do not think Ron Paul will get the nomination) will win the nomination. The nitpicking over every single aspect of the candidates lives will not help us and will only hurt us in the general.
Neither do I
Remember when everyone was saying that the #OWS people and Tea Party were similar? When the Occupiers were just like the Tea Partiers? Well, in all the Tea Parties I have been to, I have never seen an arrest, rape, murder, vandaism or even a cross word to the police. But there have been over 6000 arrests from the Occupiers from the time the Occupy Movement started, along with a few rapes, nurders and of course a few cases of prostituting under age girls.
But this has to take the cake on the differences in the Tea Party Movement and the Occupy Movement:
The New York Post is reporting that a holy vessel, a baptismal font, was stolen at West Park Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. It is sheltering occupiers.
Stealing from those that sheltering you is bad enough, but this is also something that shows who and what the Occupier are:
In Brooklyn, at another church housing OWS protesters, an occupier urinated on a cross, according to Rabbi Chaim Gruber, who has angrily abandoned the OWS movement.
The Tea Party movement has had many events, but still I have not heard of one arrest, unless it was an outsider trying to infiltrate a Tea Party. No rapes, murders, vandalism and no peeing on Church property.
Other than the obvious such as these, the Tea Party movement was formed to get the Government to get our of our lives and get back to Limited Government. The Occupiers want a more intrusive Government and more Government control over our lives.
As for me I will let this old cartoon explain wha tthe Tea Party is: