Are you sick of highly paid teachers?

(Apprently by Meredith Menden)

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE….

That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!) WHAT A DEAL!!!!

Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

(Hat tip to the BiteMaster’s compadre, Deven Black.)

Right wing “think tank” protests Labor Day by working today.

“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” said Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe, in announcing that his group of idiots won’t take Labor Day off.

Or maybe I should rewrite this post to say that McCabe has announced that his group is standing in solidarity with all the workers who have to be on the job today — bus drivers, waitresses, nurses, utility workers, and fire fighters.

Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day | Seattle Times Mobile.

A vote for Tim Wu is a vote for . . . confusion

In NY state, primary election voters can choose Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates separately. The party’s winning gubernatorial candidate and its winning Lt. Governor candidate then form a ticket to represent the party in the general election.

Normally, the worst that can happen is that the voters stick the gubernatorial candidate with a running mate that s/he despises. But sometimes things get weird.

This year, the Working Families Party, Independence Party, and Women’s Equality Party will have a ticket of Andrew Cuomo for Governor and Kathy Hochul for Lt. Governor on the ballot. (For various legal reasons, they weren’t required to hold primaries.)

But the Democratic Party is required to hold a primary, which could lead to the Democratic candidates being Cuomo and Tim Wu.

If this comes to pass, three parties would have a Cuomo-Hochul ticket and one would have Cuomo-Wu. On the general election ballot, voters cannot split the Governor–Lt. Governor battery. So the votes for the three parties with Cuomo-Hochul would be aggregated (they’re the same ticket) but not added to the different ticket of Cuomo-Wu.

It’s possible — though unlikely — that the two Cuomo tickets would split the Democratic vote, allowing Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino to squeak into office.

Note 1: This scenario came about because Cuomo’s preferred Lt. Governor candidate is moderate Kathy Hochul (some observers call her conservative) while her opponent, Tim Wu, is more in sync with the state’s many liberal voters.

Note 2: NY Post political columnist Fred Dicker says that Cuomo has a way out: he could arrange for Hochul to be nominated for a state judgeship after the primary, which would allow Wu to take her place as the Democratic Lt. Governor candidate on the general election ballot. Thus, the four Cumo-led tickets would be aligned and Republican Astorio’s chances in November would be ended.

Thanks to Fred Dicker for his analysis, upon which this post is based: Cuomo may dump Hochul, fearing a Tim Wu primary win | New York Post.

KKK not interested in African-American members

The Klan has recently been distributing recruiting flyers in many places, including Katy, Texas. There, the flyers urged recipients to “join the fight to protect U.S. borders.”

Damian Neveaux, who is African-American, received a flier and called the number because he, too, was concerned about border security. He reached a Klan representative who told him he would not be allowed to join.

“The only way you can become a member is if you’re 100 percent Caucasian,” Neveaux recalled the Klan member telling him, according to KPRC-TV of Houston. “This flier wasn’t meant for you.”

Shucks. The Bitemaster is pretty pale, but who among us really can be sure they have no African blood in them?

via From NY to Texas, KKK recruits with candies and fliers – CNN.com.

The truth behind Whole Foods dropping Chobani yogurt

In late 2013, Whole Foods announced that it was dropping Chobani yogurt, the number one brand of Greek yogurt. “The company plans to make room for non-genetically-modified food and organic brands instead.”

It turns out that Whole Foods replaced Chobani with its house brand “Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value Plain Greek Yogurt,” which contains six times as much sugar as its label claims.

A class action lawsuit has been filed — by the same attorneys who sued Subway for having a less than 12 inch “footlong” — on behalf of defrauded consumers.

The inaccurate label gave Whole Foods, which specializes in natural and organic food, a competitive advantage and justified the higher prices the specialty market charges consumers, the suit alleges.

Federal Law Ordering US Attorney General To Gather Data On Police Excessive Force Has Been Ignored For 20 Years

Are police officers getting worse or is the apparent increase in excessive force nothing more than an increase in cell phone videos, citizen journalism and and public scrutiny?

One of the reasons we don’t have data on police use of excessive force is because compiling this information relies on law enforcement agencies being forthcoming about these incidents. Which they aren’t.

What about the federal government? In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act which requires the US Attorney General to “acquire data about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.” The Justice Department was also required to publish an annual report on the data collected.

And . .  that’s pretty much the last anyone heard of that.

Federal Law Ordering US Attorney General To Gather Data On Police Excessive Force Has Been Ignored For 20 Years | Techdirt.

National Science Foundation sponsoring study of the accuracy of your political tweets

“[T]o detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution . . . Truthy uses a sophisticated combination of text and data mining, social network analysis, and complex networks models . . .”

And, yes, the project really is named “Truthy.”

Truthy.

Beulah, peel me a grape

Here at the lavish Biteme World Headquarters and Auto Showroom, we were much heartened by economist Gene Simmons’ recent announcement:

The 1 percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. Fifty percent of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes. The 1 percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the 1 percent didn’t exist, there would be chaos and the American economy would drop dead.

Gene Simmons a/k/a Chaim Witz a/k/a The Demon in his pre-economist days

Gene Simmons a/k/a Chaim Witz a/k/a The Demon in his pre-economist days

Imagine how disappointed we were to hear that Simmons was wrong. It turns out that the 1 percent pays much less than 80% of all taxes. And much less than 50% of the population of the U.S. pays no taxes.

I don’t know where Simmons got his figure for the jobs created by the one percenters, but of about 140,000,000 million total US employed, 20,000,000 are employed by government.

Unfortunately, Simmons won’t be getting that Nobel Prize in economics this year, but he did rate 4 Pinocchios from the Fact Checker.

4 Pinocchios for a rocker’s off-base claims about taxes and the ’1 percent’ – The Washington Post.

See also Cecil Adams’ “Do the rich pay very little tax? Wouldn’t a flat tax be fairer?”

Noted asshole Richard Dawkins spews again

Richard Dawkins, most famous for his atheism, has stirred up controversy again by asserting that it would be immoral for a mother not to abort a fetus if she knew that it had Down syndrome.

Presumably he has another book coming out and is trying to pump up some publicity for it.

Atheist Richard Dawkins: It would be ‘immoral’ not to abort a fetus with Down syndrome.