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Daily Devotions


If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.

If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.

If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.

If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward

Friday, June 26, 2009

ConservativeChristianRepublican-Report - 20090626


"Daily Motivations"

You will find it easier to do a single, small piece of a large project than to start on the whole job. -- Brian Tracy

Making Your Mission Matter

Here’s one you can take to the bank: When it comes to being in sync with your overall business purpose, there are no breaks … no rest periods … no time outs. Each action – by each team member, each day – either supports your organization’s mission or it doesn’t. And that fact leads to an important question that each of us needs to ponder: Could someone who knows nothing about my organization correctly guess what our mission is merely by observing MY daily actions and behaviors – and those of my team members? Here are a few things you can do to help ensure your answer to that question is a resounding “yes”:

Start each day with the mission. Write your organization’s (and/or team’s) mission on a small, pocket-size index card. Pull out the card and read it at the beginning of each work day to remind yourself of why you’re there and what your activities need to be geared toward.

Pursue “in a way that” solutions. When determining how your team will approach tasks and decisions, ask: “How can we do this in a way that is in line with, and supports, our mission?”Make that caveat a regularly used component of your action-planning vocabulary.

When you see something that needs to be done, DO IT – even if it doesn’t fall within your direct responsibility. Encourage all of your team members to do the same. Fact is, making sure the mission “happens” is everyone’s responsibility!

If you see a member of your team (or a colleague) doing something that’s out of sync with the mission, have the courage to speak up. Tactfully challenge him or her, and offer your assistance in finding (and implementing) an alternate approach. Most importantly, make sure your coworkers know that you expect them to do the same thing with you!

Cooperation gets teams pulling together. Staying focused on the organization’s mission ensures they pull in the right direction. Eric Harvey

"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)

"God has reserved a priceless inheritance for His children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay." (1 Peter 1:4)

Once during a speaking engagement in Switzerland, I stayed at a beautiful hotel, compliments of the conference host. Each day, as I walked through the lobby, I passed the hotel's lavish dining room and smelled the wonderful aromas of delicious entrees and desserts. But, determined to save money, I bought fruit, cheese, and crackers from a local market and lived on that all week. As I was packing to leave, my host asked me how I had enjoyed the cuisine. I stared at him in amazement. He had not informed me upon my arrival that my meals were included! The hotel had one of the finest chefs in the entire country. I could have eaten like a king.

Likewise, if we are unaware of our wonderful spiritual inheritance, we will miss out on a bountiful banquet which God has prepared for us. Satan loves to keep us in the dark.

But simply understanding our spiritual inheritance is not enough. Many of us live like spiritual paupers because we do not really believe God. We do not take Him at His Word. But if God really is absolute truth, then we can and should stake our very lives on His Word.

Satan will do anything to prevent us from fully experiencing the blessings we inherit as God's dearly loved children. He will try to convince us that the treasure is worthless. Or, he will sow seeds of insecurity and guilt so we feel undeserving. But we must not believe his lies!

Trusting in God's absolute truthfulness releases His riches. The treasures of heaven that we inherit are claimed by faith here on earth.

"The Patriot Post"

"The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty - that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men." -- George Washington, General Orders, August 23, 1776

"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit." -- James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

"It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Hugh P. Taylor, October 4, 1823

Describing Jesus

By Larry T. Hedges
1st Sgt U.S. Marine Corps Retired

Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

Had no army, yet kings feared Him..

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

Feel honored to serve such a Leader who loves us.

If you believe in God and in Jesus Christ His Son..send this to all on your

Buddy list..if not just ignore..In the Bible, Jesus says...'If you deny me

Before man, I will deny you before my Father in Heaven.'


"The Web"

Barbara Boxer meet Dr. Evil


Bad News: Sen. Feingold Admits What We’ve Suspected All Along: Obama’s “Public” Health Care Plan Meant to Ultimately Push Americans to Single-Payer Health Care

Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson


Finally, a Democrat who plainly speaks the unvarnished truth, unlike our president, who has not been forthright with the American people.

It’s what we’ve suspected all along: According to Democrat Sen. Russ Fiengold, Pres. Obama’s “public health care” plan is merely temporary, as it is meant to ease America into his full-blown socialized health care. He calls it “single-payer” health care, but no matter what it’s called, it’s government-run health care, and there is not a shred of evidence that this will be better than the health care system currently in place. Historically, single-payer health care is rationed, outrageously expensive, and inefficient.

To date, it has been determined that a hefty portion of poor people, those with chronic illnesses, and those who are older will likely not be eligible to participate in ObamaCare, despite months of promises that it is “universal” health care for all Americans without health insurance. It’s not. Congress is still trying to bring down the escalating cost, so some of the people who are included in the plan today will be removed once Congress starts finalizing it after July 4.

On a lighter note… Rep. Barney Frank, when asked this week which country has had success with single-payer health care, he said, “Scandinavia.” Barney, Scandinavia is NOT a country. Scandinavia is a large region in northern Europe that includes and is named after the Scandinavian Peninsula. It consists of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark; some folks argue for the inclusion of Finland and Iceland. Whatever. But, it’s a group of countries, you knucklehead, not a single country. If Sarah Palin had said that…

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI): Ultimate Goal of Health Reform Legislation is Single Payer System | May 2009

Sen. Feingold Seeks Strong Public Option in Health Care Reform | June 2009

From CSPAN: There are two separate committees in the Senate drafting health care bills – the Finance Committee and the Health Committee. The bills will be merged together afterwards. The Finance Committee has delayed the start of their “mark-up” process (the process of amending and ultimately passing the bill through Committee) until after the July 4th break, while they scramble and try to figure out how it will all be paid for. However, the Health Committee began the mark-up process for their bill yesterday. This is what Senator John McCain and the other GOP Senators are responding to in this next video clip.

GOP Senators Push Back at Dems Healthcare Cram Through | Sen. John McCain: ‘This is a joke’ on health care

Why on earth would we want to dismantle and destroy our current system? No, it’s not a perfect system, but it’s FAR superior to what Obama wants. One way to make our current system more affordable is to limit litigation. Oops, White House and congressional lawyers don’t want to hear THAT. But in doing that, doctors would not have to pay such high malpractice insurance premiums. Their saving could be passed on to their patients. This is just one relatively simple fix compared to the trillions of dollars and doomed-to-fail system Obama and Congress are currently hammering out. And no one has read the entire draft document yet, so this could be Son of Porkulus, and we know how dismally the government has handled the billions of dollars in the original porkulus package.

Considering the biggest, and most dismal, government power grab in all of American history has occurred in just the past few months with the taking over of banks, corporations, and the auto industry, I DO NOT want Obama and his appointed minions and union cronies to grab up even more of America’s free enterprise. I do not want them in charge of my health care or anyone else’s health care. ACORN is under investigation for a boatload of crimes.

If you’re still not sure about how you feel about socialized health care, read any of the articles that are linked below. Read what those in the UK and Canada think of it.

Related reading on socialized / universal / government-run / nationalized / single-payer (take your pick, they’re all the same) health care:
Founding Bloggers: Horrific Health Care Headlines From UK - Our Socialized Medical Future!

Patterico’s Pontifications: Dialing 911 for Obamacare

Hot Air: Oh my: Health care, amnesty, climate change bills all suddenly in trouble and Dems retreating on healthcare and Video: ObamaCare an “Old Joke”; Update: Cost now $1.6 trillion and White House throws Kennedy under the bus? and Obama: Let’s work together to destroy American health care by year’s end and Video: Are the elderly cost effective?

Sister Toldjah: Daschle: Obama should dump public healthcare plan option
John Saarikko, Universal Health Care Info: The Truth Nobody Wants You To Know
The B.S. Report: Easy As ABC…President Obama’s Official “State-Run” Media
Verum Serum: New VS Daily Feature on Twitter: Gov Health Horror Story of the Day
nakedEric: Obama Healthcare Preview – “We Won’t Pay To Have You Cured, But We’ll Pay To Have You Killed.”

JustOneMinute: KennedyCare

Clinging to G & G: “>How the NEW healthcare will effect me. Now, think about how it will effect you.

Michael Tanner, National Review Online: The Obamacare to Come, Dems’ health-care plans do not provide the reform most Americans seek Hot Air: http://hotair.com/archives/2009/06/15/video-flashback-to-dems-screeching-about-medicare-cuts/ and Lieberman opposes public plan in ObamaCare and Government insurance will kill private insurance and Quotes of the day and Obama: Let’s work together to destroy American health care by year’s end and Video: Are the elderly cost effective?

Roll Call News: Baucus Aides Warn K Street

Chi*Town Daily News: Rush calls for investigation at U of C for patient dumping allegations and Activists blast U of C on charity care

Infidels Paradise: Obama/Dems Cutting Tens Of Billions In Medicare After Saying It Was A Sin To Do So

John Goodman, Cato’s Letter (pdf): Five Myths of Socialized Medicine
The American Spectator: Obama Touts Safeway Health Program, But Dem Bill Would Kill It and Quebec Has Helicopters for Pepe Le Pew But Not Emergency Patients and Obama’s
False Choice

Right Wing News: ObamaCare: Who Cares About The Poor And Elderly

Business and Media Institute: CNN Glosses Over Failure of Universal Health Care
Gateway Pundit: State Run Media Won’t Allow GOP to Respond to Obama Infomercial
SWAC Girl: Obama-ABC News propaganda machine team up to jam universal health care down Americans’ throats?

Glenallen Walken, Salon: Ask a Wingnut: The Wingnut explains why socialized healthcare sucks

Peter Roff, US News & World Report: The Growing Case Against Obama’s Healthcare Plan
Adam Baldwin, Big Hollywood: A “Cultural Fix”?: Global Citizen Educators Rethinking Sustainability into Population Control vs. Academic Freedom

Michelle Malkin: Just call him Barack “Emily Litella” Obama and The Obamacare horror story you won’t hear and Caught on tape: SEIU thuggery and Obamacare bogus statistic of the day and Obamacare bogus statistic of the day, Pt. 2 and Bad medicine: Obamacare poster art, Round 3 and Undercover at an Obama health care meet-up and Obamacare poster contest: Coming to a hospital near you!; Updated with new entries and Counterprotesting Obamacare and the ACORN/SEIU mob and Mobilizing against Obamacare and www.facesofgovernmenthealthcare.com and “Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits” and Did Canadacare kill Natasha Richardson?

Chicago Tribune: AMA wary of Obama health plans

Pursuing Holiness: Railroaded Into Nationalized Health Care

Frugal Café Blog Zone: A “Must Read” » American Thinker: “Back to ACORN General Hospital” | Obama’s Single-Payer Health Care Nightmare and Nightmare: Heritage Foundation Exposes Universal Health Care Myths & Destruction of Free Market and The Sham of Socialism: Save America While There’s Still Time… ‘1984′ Prophesy and Heritage Foundation: Myth Exposed - American Health Care System Not Perfect, but Superior to Socialized Health Care and Cautionary Tale: ‘Prime Minister, You Have Run Out of Our Money’

GOPMom: Bring on National Health

World Net Daily: Government health care ‘an abyss’ financially - ‘I think there’s going to be no end for the claims’

Tim Slagle, Big Hollywood: Democrats — Why so Unhappy?

Matthew Moore, Telegraph.co.uk: Sufferers pull out teeth due to lack of dentists
Jewish World Review: Far East illustrates the limitations and dangers of universal health care

Daily Herald: Universal health care isn’t universal

Jim Blazsik: Did Socialized Medicine Have a Hand in Costing Natasha Richardson Her Life? and The Obama road to serfdom and the need for nationalized health care (and unrestricted abortion for that matter)

Pirate’s Cove: Obama Does Still Want A Government Run Insurance Company
NEOVATARA: A Conservative Health Care Solution
Positive Liberty: “If you think health care is expensive now…”
Homeland Stupidity: “Universal Health Care” Has Failed Again

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About the author

Vicki McClure Davidson

I'm a conservative frugalist. My priorities: Watchdogging the government, making sure our tax dollars are spent wisely, living within our budgets (at home and in Washington, DC), and adhering to our Constitution and the conservative principles upon which it was developed by our founding fathers. Also, loving God, my family, and my country. Be wise, be frugal. God bless America!

Kerry wishes it were Palin who had gone missing

Ethel C. Fenig


There he goes again. Senator -- and former presidential candidate, John (I voted for it before I voted against it) Kerry (D-MA) who, despite his fine education and even greater wealth -- thanks to his 2 wealthy wives -- is noted for shoving his foot in his mouth. The man who insulted the people serving in America's Armed Forces by saying

You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.

has done it again. Writing in the Boston Herald, Rachelle Cohen enlightens us on Kerry's sense of humor. When told of Governor Mark Sanford's (R-SC) mysterious four day disappearance

"Too bad,'' Kerry said, "if a governor had to go missing it couldn't have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.''

The Democratic-centric crowd laughed.

Tee hee! Letterman, Kerry--all afraid of strong, independent women! Kerry should find a job with David Letterman--who would miss him?

And as for Governor Palin

Gov. Sarah Palin is on her way to an undisclosed "overseas" location to visit deployed Alaska National Guard troops.

From Palin's Twitter feed:

"Travel now to bring appreciation from their Alaska family & Natl Guard leadership to heroes in US European Command's area of responsibility."

And that, Senator Kerry, is no joke. But of course you, defamer of troops from way back, think it is.

Jack Kemp adds:

These remarks by the snotty senator show that the Democrats are very frightened of Gov. Palin. And that's even without her inviting him to go moose hunting.

Ronald Reagan


When we voted on November 4, 2008 and Rocko won and the boy didn't know what stuff's was and what he had gotten hisself into and we didn't realize just how much we missed Ronald Reagan, until we read and remembered some of the Good Stuff he Said and Stood for.

'Here's my strategy on War: We win, they lose.' - Ronald Reagan

'The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' - Ronald Reagan

'The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.' - Ronald Reagan

'Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.'
- Ronald Reagan

'I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress.' - Ronald Reagan

'The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.' - Ronald Reagan

'Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.' - Ronald Reagan

'The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.'
- Ronald Reagan

'It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.' - Ronald Reagan

'Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.' - Ronald Reagan

'Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book.' - Ronald Reagan

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' - Ronald Reagan

'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.' - Ronald Reagan

The Main Man of our Times, if he was still in charge we would not be in this mess Rocko's got us into, but Ron's watch is over. We did love this Man. Rocko's I knew this Man and Shook his Hand, don't ever plan on Shaking yours and you ain't no Ronald Reagan, he paid his dues and you ain't did "Nothing".

"He is the King of all Politicians and always will be, Non-other can take his Place or ever Will!"

Justice Department Not Targeting Harman

By Tory Newmyer
Roll Call Staff

June 25, 2009

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) confirmed Thursday that she is not the subject of a Justice Department probe into whether she agreed on a 2005 wiretapped phone call to seek leniency for two accused spies in exchange for help securing the ranking membership of the Intelligence Committee.

In a letter to Harman’s lawyer released by the California Democrat’s office, Assistant Attorney General Rita Glavin said the lawmaker “is neither a subject nor a target of an ongoing investigation by the Criminal Division.”

Harman made headlines in late April after news reports surfaced suggesting that she had been caught on a federal wiretap telling Haim Saban, a billionaire Democratic donor and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), that she would try to scuttle a Justice Department inquiry into two American Israel Public Affairs Committee employees accused of spying in return for help lobbying Pelosi for the top-ranking spot on the Intelligence panel.

Harman vigorously denied the story, and it was quickly knocked off the front page by intrigue over what Pelosi knew and when about Bush-era interrogation tactics. The Harman flap has stirred little interest since, but in a statement accompanying the Justice Department letter, which was sent June 16, she sought to bury it once and for all.

“Earlier this year, I was the subject of media reports concerning transcripts of alleged government wiretaps,” Harman said. “To date, there has been no official confirmation that such transcripts exist or are accurate, and I have written to Attorney General [Eric] Holder asking for full disclosure. (It should be noted that if transcripts do exist, anyone leaking them to the press would be committing a felony.)”

Harman continued, “There are many pressing issues facing the country and the Congress, and I intend to maintain my focus on them, just as I have throughout my tenure in the House of Representatives.”

The Education Intelligence Agency


On the Web at http://www.eiaonline.com

1) Coverage of NEA Representative Assembly Begins July 2

2) Vox Populi, Vox Nihili

3) Court Rules Teaching Seventh-Grade English Is Not a Civil Rights Violation

4) Pigeon-Holed

5) Contract Hits

6) Last Week's Intercepts

7) Quote of the Week

1) Coverage of NEA Representative Assembly Begins July 2. For the 12th consecutive year, EIA will provide daily gavel-to-gavel coverage from the floor of the National Education Association Representative Assembly in San Diego. For those of you who are new to the communiqué, you should know that distribution works a little differently that week.

There will be no e-mail communiqués from the convention. I will blog each day's events on Intercepts, which you can check at your convenience, or you can subscribe to the blog's RSS feed. If you absolutely insist on e-mail, go to the Intercepts page, where you can sign up for blog updates via e-mail. You need only provide your e-mail address. Feedburner will send you a confirmation e-mail once you complete the verification. The rest is automatic. You'll get one, and only one, e-mail per day with the full text of the content I have added to the blog that day.

There will be no communiqué next Monday, though blog posts will continue daily, as usual. The first convention report will be posted Thursday night, July 2 and each evening thereafter until the convention closes on July 6. You'll get in-depth reporting, analysis and, I expect, photos and video of the proceedings. After the convention is over, and as the summer wears on, additional material from the convention will be part of your regular weekly communiqués in July and August.

Few fireworks are expected, and it's unclear whether the trusteeship of the Indiana State Teachers Association will even be addressed. NEA has no restrictions on seating delegates from such affiliates, unless they fail to pay their national dues. We can assume that despite its other difficulties, ISTA is current.

The only other issue that may arise from the trusteeship is the directive of NEA by-law 8-12 a., which states a trusteeship may be established "for the purpose of (i) correcting corruption or financial malpractice or (ii) restoring democratic procedures." The establishment of a trusteeship is prima facie evidence of NEA's belief that corruption or financial malpractice took place in Indiana, although, at last report, no one has been formally or publicly accused of anything.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will hold a town hall meeting on July 2 with the delegates, and NEA Friend of Education awardee Linda Darling-Hammond will speak on July 4.

I will be available via e-mail for your questions and comments during the convention, but please make allowances for delays in my response. Delegates and guests are welcome to visit with me by the press section (left of the stage as you face it), but be aware I am restricted from wandering around the convention floor. As always, conversations with me at the convention are kept in confidence - not for publication unless you explicitly authorize it.

2) Vox Populi, Vox Nihili. Take a look at this interactive map. It shows the results of the California special election of May 19 regarding Proposition 1B, which would have required the state to provide an additional $9.3 billion in funding to the public schools. The measure went down to a 62-38 defeat, and lost in all but three of California's 58 counties.

NEA and the California Teachers Association spent more than $10 million to pass 1B, when they could have just saved their money because Democratic legislators just introduced a bill that would spend the money anyway. Jim Sanders of the Sacramento Bee reports:

"Democrats also argue that 1B was rejected for reasons other than school funding – voters were angry that the Legislature hadn't solved the state's budget crisis, and they didn't like that 1B would take effect only if Proposition 1A were passed to extend some newly imposed taxes for up to two years."

These folks are too dim-witted to understand election results, so it's hardly surprising that they might believe the union's claims that California "ranks dead-last in the nation in per-pupil spending," or that reducing school bus routes "risks students' lives" because they might begin "walking in dangerous neighborhoods or along treacherous routes."

Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that districts do not have to allow unions to place campaign flyers in teachers' mailboxes at school.

3) Court Rules Teaching Seventh-Grade English Is Not a Civil Rights Violation. If you want to know why the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) has money trouble, you might ask the union how much it spent on the case of Sharon Lucero.

Lucero had been teaching AP English in the Nettle Creek school district, but in 2004 administrators assigned her to teach seventh-grade English instead. In response, Lucero filed two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaints and a union grievance, claiming "gender and national origin discrimination." The union grievance went all the way to arbitration, where the arbitrator dismissed it, ruling her reassignment could not be considered a reprimand.

Lucero sued Nettle Creek in January 2005, claimed she incurred medical expenses for treatment of physical and emotional stress, and filed a 147-page brief with 245 tabbed exhibits. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of Nettle Creek, which Lucero appealed to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Last week, the Seventh Circuit upheld that decision.

The full opinion is available here, and it's worth reading all the way through. I don't know how much Nettle Creek was forced to spend on the case, but the money surely could have been put to better use, maybe even saving a new teacher's job.

Oh, I forgot to mention Lucero sits on the board of an ISTA regional council.

4) Pigeon-Holed. There is a bill in the Massachusetts legislature that would require pigeons used in motion pictures to be "licensed and banded." I'm unsure what "banded" means in this context, or whether it's meant to say "bonded," but the Boston Herald interprets it to mean unionized - "no fly-by-night scabs stealing scenes," the paper reports.

The commenters are having a blast with this one, including my personal favorite, "What about the squirrels? They can't all work for ACORN."

The threat to unionize pigeons is not without precedent. Back in 1997 Local 70 of the Teamsters told the trustees of Mills College in Oakland the school could no longer use non-union goats to manicure the lawn. In a grievance letter, the Teamsters offered to represent the goats "in the same aggressive forceful manner we do every other member." (See page 6 here for further details.)

5) Contract Hits. Wherein we highlight a contract provision from the current agreement between the National Education Association and its largest staff union. This is Article 18, Section 8:

"The [staff] Union President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Grievance Committee Chairperson and Chief Shop Steward shall be continued in active employment by NEA regardless of their relative seniority, provided that there is bargaining-unit work that they are qualified to perform in any Job Category. Preference among the aforesaid Union officials shall be in the order in which they are listed herein (i.e., highest priority to President, etc.)."

6) Last Week's Intercepts. EIA's blog, Intercepts, covered these topics from June 15-22:

* The Turn of the Screw. Education Week gets disarmed.

* Today's Bad Timing Award. Maybe virtual charters aren't a way around unions after all.

* Report: Weingarten to Step Down in NYC. This was inevitable, since she only makes $350,000 a year.

* That Is One Fast-Spinning Revolving Door. Hello, I must be going.

* Win One, Lose One. I can't confirm these numbers, so I throw them out here and will happily correct them if I'm wrong: Of the roughly 4,600 charter schools in the U.S., about 110 are unionized.

7) Quote of the Week. "The teachers union, and its president, however, ought not to paint themselves as selflessly taking one for the team when, in reality, it only did it kicking and screaming." – Jack Spillane, columnist for South Coast Today in Massachusetts. Spillane was commenting about a claim by the Fairhaven Educators Association that it voted to "take three days without pay next year to help the Fairhaven schools." In fact, the union negotiated a reduction in contractually required work days in exchange. (June 21 South Coast Today)

The Education Intelligence Agency conducts public education research, analysis and investigations. Director: Mike Antonucci. PO Box 580007, Elk Grove, CA 95758. Ph: 916-422-4373. Fax: 916-392-1482. E-Mail: mike@eiaonline.com

"The e-mail Bag"

Friends don't let friends take ugly men home.

Women's restroom
Starboard, Dewey Beach, DE

No wonder you always go home alone.

Sign over mirror in Men's restroom,
Ed Debevic's, Beverly Hill s ,CA

You're too good for him.

Sign over mirror in Women's restroom
Ed Debevic's, Beverly Hill s ,CA

If pro is opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?

Men's restroom House of Representatives,
Washington , DC

It's hard to make a comeback, when you haven't been anywhere.

Written in the dust on the back of a bus,
Wickenburg, AZ

Beauty is only a light switch away.

Perkins Library

Duke University, Durham, NC

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