Sunday, 6 January 2013

Expulsion Story

It's an odd statistic that you don't normally come across.  Here in the DC area (just across the river from me)....they run a number of charter schools....separate from the public school system.  Charter schools have a vastly different method of operation.

Today, they released the expelled numbers.  The charter schools have expelled 600-odd kids over the past three years....almost two hundred per year.  The public school system?  Well....they only expelled twenty-four kids in the same year period.  Higher expectations?  Yeah....the charter folks demand accountability....while the public school system just accepts what they have.

Some folks will make the comment that rowdy kids quickly get the boot in the charter-system.  Well...maybe so....but you don't want to waste time on some kid who is constantly fighting the system or demanding twice as much teacher attention as a regular kid.

The statistic kinda tells the story of DC.  You'd like to see a better schooling system that would take kids and really give them a four-star education.  The regular school system just can't do it.  By the time you add up the issues, the lower-quality teachers, the phony talk of change, and constant brewing of parent-teacher arguments.....you question how things can work themselves out.

Leave the District?  Oh my....that's usually not an option.  Folks have grown up with the District mentality and just can't imagine existing somewhere else.  So kids stay and try to survive, and life just goes on....as best as you can make it.

A Gerado Moment

I sat and watched a hour-long Gerado show this morning.  Of course, he got around to gun control, and his ideas.  He finally got to the point of mentioning that silencers ought to be banned....along with the assault rifles and high-capacity ammo clips.

I kinda sat there and wondered....how many homicides in the US are led back to a silencer being used.  Course, the FBI doesn't have such data.  So I Googled-up all homicide stories leading to a silencer being used.  There are a couple of cases....one was a 2007 shooting.  There's a court case going on in Utah over a killing that took place in 2009.

A massive collection of shootings involving silencers?  No.  More farmers are killed by tractors turning over each year, than by silencer shootings.

So we as a nation waste precious time making up a 60-page bill to outlaw silencers?

There's a point where you start to do madness legislation, with no real purpose other than publicity and camera shots for political figures.  Eventually, the public wakes up....grins....and just starts to laugh over political comedy acts.

The Gun Control "Opera"

Operas tend to start with a peppy song, and end with the fat lady singing off a heavy tune at the end that brings the curtains down.  The 2013 gun control 'opera' will likely go the same way.

There's several pieces of Senate legislation that will pop up by the end of January.  You can expect three or four Democratic senators to appear almost daily for a week or two on the major news channels.  All of the Democratic Senators to line up for this support?  Well....no, and that's part of the opera as well.

You see...in 2014, there's another election, and there's twenty Democratic Senators and a dozen Republican Senators in the running.  At present....most of the Republicans look fairly stable, but at least half of the Democratic Senators are running with real competition.  These guys won't say a word in support of any gun control....because of the fear of losing losing voters.

By the end of February ...there's the President making a series of speeches in favor of the Senate bill, and somewhere around April, there will be some Senate passage done on the bill, but it's nothing without the House support, which just won't happen.

A series of newspapers and media organizations will go into a frenzy over this whole matter....until around early summer when they realize that the public just doesn't care anymore, and then move on.  So by August, the whole opera has come to a close.