“I wanted to be a teacher ‘cause I wanted to change the world,” Belton High School Principal Dr. Fred Skretta said. “I wanted to make it a better place. I’m gonna be honest with you, in a lot of ways I fear that we are not there yet. If we were there, we wouldn’t have conflicts between police killing young black men.”
Parents said they were offended by Skretta’s remarks on their children’s graduation day.
“You don’t use the platform of a child’s graduation to push a political agenda or push your personal opinions,” one parent said.
Skretta took to Twitter to apologize, saying that he “meant no disrespect” with his remarks. TY all at #BHS graduation! I apologize if my remarks were offensive. Our law enforcement have difficult jobs & I meant no disrespect #agape — Doc Skretta (@Principal_BHS) May 17, 2015
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steve Morgan said Skretta’s comments were not reflective of the district and that this is now a personnel matter.
“Comments were made at graduation and they certainly are not reflective of the district, so we sent out an apology in a statement today that went to all patrons reflecting that,” he said earlier this week.
Back on May 18th, there was big news when felony charges were made against four people for signature fraud:
The warrants were issued last week, but only one suspect is in custody. Keven Hayes, listed as homeless in the warrant, was arrested in Columbia on three counts of forgery. He doesn’t have an attorney listed in court documents, but he is scheduled for a Tuesday court hearing. He is being held on $13,500 bail.
Investigators allege that he submitted petitions with 363 signatures from Boone County, including names of deceased individuals and three people who when contacted said they hadn’t signed the petition. Hayes collected signatures on behalf of Buzzard Bay Strategies, which paid bonuses to those collecting the most signatures. The Boston-based company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday from The Associated Press.
Forgery warrants also were issued for Tracy Renee Jones, Danny Lawrence Williams and Rogell Coker Jr., according to court records. None had publicly listed phone numbers in Missouri, and court documents indicate investigators couldn’t find current addresses for any of them.
These folks were collecting signatures for early voting, a Democrat led initiative.
Secretary of State Jason Kander didn’t waste any time, taking credit for everything:
“I have zero tolerance for fraud of any kind, and will always be proactive and vigilant in investigating any report of its occurrence. My office’s Elections Integrity Unit conducted an investigation resulting from reports of initiative petition signature fraud in 2014. This investigation was referred to Boone County law enforcement and has now led to the filing of felony charges against four individuals. One of those individuals, Keven Hayes, has been arrested and the remaining three—Tracy Jones, Danny Lawrence and Rogell Coker—currently have outstanding warrants for their arrest. I thank Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren and Boone County law enforcement for their work on these cases, and look forward to these individuals being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
A probable cause statement is submitted to judges along with the information alleging specific crimes. If a judge determines the statement is sufficient to show a crime was committed and there is cause to believe the person named committed it, an arrest warrant is issued.
“We are not law enforcement, in terms of probable cause statement,” said Laura Swinford, spokeswoman for Kander.
The cases should be referred to a police agency, said Knight, a member of Kander’s Elections Integrity Task Force who said he told Kander at its first meeting two weeks ago “that in order for us to file charges in these types of cases, we have to have an investigation by law enforcement.”
All they had to do was refer it to law enforcement, like Knight told them.
Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins Jr. said he responded to Kander’s office by suggesting it should work with law enforcement agencies for further investigation. The secretary of state’s office hasn’t subsequently referred the cases to the Buchanan County sheriff or local police, said Kander spokeswoman Laura Swinford.
Seems to me they could have been more aggressive in making sure these individuals were “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
All of them:
Today, Sen Will Kraus, (R-Lee’s Summit) called upon Secretary of State Jason Kander to do more to help with the prosecution of individuals suspected of committing signature fraud.
This morning, Secretary of State Jason Kander issued a statement taking credit for felony charges brought against four individuals in Boone County suspected of signature fraud. The felonies related to events occurring as part of a campaign to place an early voting scheme on Missouri’s ballots in 2014.
That same year, eleven local election authorities expressed concerns regarding irregularities with signatures. The Secretary of State responded by forwarding a letter to local prosecutors in only seven counties.
And a study shows it may have been even more widespread:
Graves Garrett examined a number of counties’ signature pages and ultimately found potential petition signature fraud and/or forgery to have occurred in 15 of the 69 counties examined. Of these 15 counties, 9 were found to have a relatively substantial of suspected petition signature fraud and/or forgery.
Although suspected petition signature fraud and/or forgery was committed by as many as 81 separate petition circulators, a large portion of the approximately 2,251 improper signatures are attributable to a handful of circulators. One individual alone accounts for 702 problem signatures (31% of the total). The three most prolific offenders account for 1,266 (56%) signatures. When the group is expanded to the top seven offenders, the number jumps to 1,825 (81%). Thus, while the signature problems are widespread, a handful of individuals are responsible for the lion’s share.
Seems to me that if a person has “zero tolderance for fraud of any kind,” there should be around 81 people facing charges.
Kraus wants Kander to do more:
“Instead of taking credit for the work of local law enforcement and prosecutors, Kander should do a full review of all counties that were not forwarded to prosecutors,” said Kraus. “If Secretary Kander is serious about reducing fraud, he should work with local law enforcement in all eleven counties to help move the process forward.
Leftists across the country are giddy about the idea of Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president. Sanders, you see, is a self described democratic socialist.
And isn’t it nice that finally a Democratic candidate is honest about being a socialist? It’s like a warm ray of sunshine on an otherwise cold and cloudy day.
Looking back to when Sanders first ran for Congress in 1971, he ran as a member of the Liberty Union Party, a nonviolent, socialist party.
“A non-violent, socialist party.” There’s a contradiction for you.
When you look at the modern anti-war protests, and you’ll have to Google that these day, since those protests stopped about the time President Obama took over the war machine and started ramping up the war in Afghanistan, but when you look at them, you find them organized and populated with the far left pablum that rallies behind a statist like Bernie Sanders.
Actually, some of them don’t think Sanders is anti-war enough, seeing him as being part of the problem.
Anti-war leftists are nothing new. The first U.S. anti-Vietnam war protest was led by the founder of the World Worker’s Party. Before that, socialists and other far left groups came together to protest America’s fight against Nazism and later, communism.
Now understand, I’m not saying being against war is bad. War is horrible. I’m anti-war. But there’s something about a statist being anti-war that needs to be pointed out. And that’s today’s Paradigm Shift.
For decades, these people have decried the use of force against America’s enemies. Meanwhile, every policy and law they push requires a use of force against Americans themselves.
Just look at three things Sanders is calling for.
He wants to make college free for everyone. He wants America to have a single payer health care system like Great Britain. And he wants a ninety percent marginal tax rate.
How can he do any of those things? It’s a two step process. First, he has to completely reject the idea of individual rights. Then, he uses force against Americans.
Step one if very important for the welfare statist because there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or college education…or medical treatment. In order to provide college to everyone, one of a couple things needs to happen. Either the college professors need to forced to work for free, which violates their right to earn a living or pursue happiness.
Or, the producers of the country need to have their property taken from them and given to the professors in order to provide for someone who hasn’t earned it. But even forces the professors to teach for free, the state would have to provide food, clothing and shelter to the newly enlisted members of the academic army. So taxpaying Americans would have to have their property taken from them and used to provide not only the basic needs of the professors, but for the facilities, texts and probably even the occasional keg stand.
This is all an illegitimate use of force against an allegedly free people. It’s a violation of their most basic rights, the right to property.
And Sanders and the other anti-war drones advocate it.
To call it hypocrisy would be too polite. It’s obscene.
It turns the whole concept of freedom inside out and upside down. According to the welfare statists, it’s moral to trample on your individual rights in order to provide substandard health care like they have in Cuba.
To a leftist, it’s not wrong to use the power of the federal government to compel you to surrender the product of your labor to another, all in the name of equality.
Understand this: the whole foundation of the statist is based on the rejection of individual rights and the use of force against the citizenry. It’s the rejection of everything America was founded upon.
So while charlatans like Bernie Sanders protest the use of force against those who would do us harm, remember, they publically encourage the use of force against every American.
The socialist ideology can’t do anything without first committing violence against people guilty of doing nothing except being successful.
And they call it moral.
It’s why George Orwell wrote in 1984:
War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.
2 plus 2 equals 5.
It’s completely upside down. Call them socialists, communists, leftists, fascists statists, whatever. They are the biggest proponents of violence on the planet. It’s time they owned it.
When it comes to basic economics, the editors of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are weapons grade stupid.
Today they published an editorial that is one economic fallacy after another and typical leftist blather.
Starting off with this gem:
By almost any measure, one of the least-successful movements of the past decade has been the effort to rein in executive pay. “Say on pay” laws haven’t worked. Tax reforms haven’t worked. Shame hasn’t worked.
What should these people be ashamed of? Being successful? Earning money?
These executives lead some of the largest corporations in the world. Can any of the editors of the Post-Dispatch do that? Hardly.
What the executives of these corporations have is a very elite skill set that now competes on the global scale. In other words, what they are selling, their abilities, is in short supply.
And for the editors of the Post-Dispatch, when something is in short supply, but the demand for it is high, what is the result?
It’s worth more. Hence, the salaries you statists want to restrain.
So, these people should be ashamed that they worked hard, studied, learned, applied what they learned and then entered into a voluntary agreement with an organization where they agreed to pay X amount of dollars for their work?
Why? Because a bunch of class-warfare mercenaries posing as newspapermen thinks it to be unfair?
Shame of the editors of the Post-Dispatch. They want people of skill and ability to feel guilty for using their skill and ability to make their own lives better.
(And that what just the first paragraph. It gets worse.)
If there’s any good news, it’s that the CEOs in the Equilar-AP study earned a mere 205 times the average worker’s wage. Average wages have risen slightly, so the number is down from 257 in 2013, the AP calculated. The AFL-CIO says the 2013 ratio was considerably higher, on the order of 331 times the average worker’s.
Whether it’s 205 times or 331, it’s markedly higher than the 30-to-1 ratio in effect in 1978. CEO pay rose 937 percent between 1978 and 2013, reports the Economic Policy Institute.
This nicely tracked the rise in income inequality. American workers have less because the bosses, and the shareholders they slavishly serve (the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans own 70 percent of stocks), have more.
The finite pie myth. The fallacy that economics is a zero-sum game is one of the more persistent fallacies out there, and I believe deliberately so. It’s effective to the ignorant, which I would assume readers of the Post-Dispatch editorial page generally are.
This fallacy boils down to the belief that if one person has more, than another has less. Because the CEO pay is higher, it’s not possible for American workers to get more. Or worse, when one CEO gets more, workers get less.
The problem is, it’s not true:
So we have a choice: either the editors of the Post-Dispatch didn’t know this, throwing their credibility on economic matters into question, or they did and just want to print propaganda, throwing their integrity into question.
I honestly don’t know which it could be.
But I do know the ignorance didn’t stop with the above:
The Dodd-Frank Reform Act of 2010 contained provisions giving shareholders a “say on pay.” At least once every three years, shareholders get to vote on financial compensation packa
As someone who makes the occasional video (perhaps you’ve seen my series “The Paradigm Shift“), this tells me that he’s reading his script not off a teleprompter, but off something else held below the camera. Now maybe this video was made in a union shop and the person who runs the teleprompter was on a mandated break…all day.
It’s more likely that whoever made this didn’t have a teleprompter. The whole video seems very low budget, so that seems to be the more logical conclusion.
It isn’t that hard to get a hold of a teleprompter. You can make one for about $40-50 bucks. Trust me on this.
The second thing I want to talk about is that background. If you’re going to go to the trouble of using a green screen, why would you use a plain white background? How boring.
Here’s a few backgrounds that I think would have been far better:
I could come up with more, but I just don’t want to.
I’ve put more effort into this video than it merits, to be honest.
It’s a poorly produced video filled with empty leftist rhetoric, exposing what we can expect to be a poorly executed campaign from a run of the mill lefty.
While Rep. Ann Wagner may have reason to worry about her re-election, it isn’t from the left, but from her right.
She could face a tough primary and that could be what sends her home.
Ok, I made one more after I was done recording the new Paradigm Shift:
I made these for Twitter. I’m having too much fun with this. I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon:
I have no idea how it happened, but when I was a broadcast journalist in the Navy, I was always assigned to be the one who went to record memorial services.
There were too many of them.
On July 20, 1993, the USS Abraham Lincoln was conducting flight ops at night. I was standing in television control watching this new device recently installed called “DirecTV.” Above us, the sounds of flight ops repeated.
When suddenly there was a change. A louder impact, followed by the sound of tons of metal scraping against metal.
We were a few decks below the flight deck, so it wasn’t immediately clear what happened. To be honest, I didn’t even notice the change. My friend in television control looked up and commented, “That didn’t sound good.”
The 1-MC came to life with a shout. “FIRE ON THE FLIGHT DECK! FIRE ON THE FLIGHT DECK!”
A F-14 Tomcat, piloted by Lt. Matthew T. Claar “Planet” had crashed into the back of the flight deck, splitting the aircraft in two. The rear of the plane landed on the fantail. The upper half skidded across the flight deck. The impact caused the front of the plane to shoot downward, what remained of the back raised skyward. At one point, it looked like the plane was on its nose.
This was when Lt. Claar ejected. He was killed when he impacted the flight deck.
A few days later, I remember setting up a camera on the focsle to remember Lt. Claar. I never met him, and honestly, I didn’t want to be there. I was irritated I had to do it.
I was a young kid who thought it was all about me. I was about to learn differently.
When the service started, the focsle was full. The weight of the moment began weighing on me.
My anger dissipated. In its place grew a sorrow. It welled up in me.
I looked away from the viewfinder and around at the grown men and women who face death every day. They were all crying.
Then I began crying.
Sadly, this wouldn’t be the last time I experienced this.
I was assigned to record the memorial for Lt. Kara Hultgren, who died during flight ops, again on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
And when we were in port, two pilots from Naval Air Station Alameda crashed into the San Francisco Bay, killing them both.
I remember standing in a parade ground on NAS Alameda, watching the Missing Man formation fly over. Just seeing it today still gets me.
It should get everyone.
Today we don’t honor those who served. We honor those who gave all for their service.