NY gubernatorial primary: Andrew Cuomo spent $42.64 per vote, unknown opponent spent $1.57

Of course, if the Bitemaster were to run, he could spend a total of $1.00 and probably pull 10 votes for a cost per vote of only $0.10. But the Bitemaster wouldn’t get over 35% of the freaking vote, like Cuomo’s opponent, Zephyr Teachout, did.

Not exactly a resounding mandate for Cuomo.

Andrew Cuomo spent almost 40 times as much for his votes as Zephyr Teachout – The Washington Post.

New York GOP used GPS on opponent’s car

According to the Daily News, the Republican Campaign Committee had a private detective attach a GPS device to an opponent’s car to track his comings and goings.

The state police say it was probably legal. Which is good news for stalkers who can now claim they were just engaged in negative research of a potential political opponent.

New York Daily News, Sept 6, 2014

New York Daily News, Sept 6, 2014

Detective hired by Assembly Republicans placed GPS on Long Island Assemblyman’s car for two months – NY Daily News.

Obama requires all Air Force reenlistees to swear “so help me God”

Under Commander-in-Chief Obama, you can no longer reenlist in the Air Force without swearing to God.

Air Force spokesperson Rose Richeson said, “Reciting ‘So help me God’ in the reenlistment and commissioning oaths is a statutory requirement under Title 10 USC 502.” AFI 36-2606, she said, “is consistent with the language mandated in 10 USC 502. Paragraph 5.6 [and] was changed in October 2013 to reflect the aforementioned statutory requirement and airmen are no longer authorized to omit the words ‘So help me God.’”

via Air Force blocks atheist’s reenlistment for refusing to swear ‘so help me God’.

Columnist eviscerates recent teacher-tenure lawsuit

On August 28, 2014, the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles issued its final judgment in Vergara v. California, striking down the teacher tenure protections of the California Education Code as unconstitutional.

All the anti-union voices — as well as many idiot liberals — hailed the decision as a great victory for students. It was not.

Richard D. Kahlenberg wrote in Slate:

Reforming (or gutting) tenure laws might make it easier to weed out bad teachers, but it does nothing to address the underlying ability of segregated schools to attract and retain strong teachers. As a result, even if tenure reform is successful, there is little reason to think new teachers hired in high-poverty schools will be much better.

In fact, we know of no evidence that firing bad teachers improves student performance. Our own research suggests that breaking the unions (and that’s what Vergara v. California is really about) has no effect at all on educational outcome.

To read the evisceration promised above, read Joe Patrice’s column at AboveTheLaw.

NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade lets gay groups march; Cardinal approves; Messiah’s arrival imminent

“I know that there are thousands and thousands of gay people marching in this parade,” Cardinal Dolan said last year. “And I’m glad they are.” Yesterday he released a statement saying the parade organizers have his “confidence and support.”

We can only hope that the gays who wanted to march in honor of St. Patrick will also show up for Mass.

New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade Lifts Ban on Gay Groups – NYTimes.com.

ISIS invasion of Lebanon delayed while they try to figure out arcane Lebanese politics

“We do not yet understand the Logic of Lebanon . . . ,” ISIS spokesman Saaden Ibn-Jahshein hissed, scanning an organizational chart of the Lebanese state, prominent political parties, feudal families, local bosses, religious leaders, garden-variety thugs, ambassadors, other foreign participants, and pop-up nongovernmental organizations and consultancies. “Who the fuck do we overthrow around here?”

ISIS: Coup delayed for ‘communal coexistence’.

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.