Kept on looking for the sun in the middle of the night
So, my former radio show co-host and current Illinois State Rep, Allen Skillicorn, recently tweeted:
Markets are up 40% yet the IL Treasurer can’t manage the prepaid college investment fund. #Incompetenceorcorruption
To which I responded:
Um! Allen! That ain’t the Treasurer! That’s the Governor’s Illinois Student Assistance Commission. #crazyassstatereps
And Treasurer Michael Frerichs responded:
Pre-paid plans are part of the governor’s office, not treasury. All of this information was in the article you posted. Sorry for the tweet response, but you have not returned our calls. BTW, our college savings programs are among the best in nation.
To which our illustrious State Rep failed to respond.
C’mon Allen! I know you can do better than this.
And speaking of crazy-assed conservatives…
… U-46 School Board member Jeanette Ward is at it again, though her capacity to rile the faithful appears to be on the wane. Instead of hundreds of “supporters” showing up at Monday night’s board meeting, the Courier-News determined there were mere “dozens.”
Oh! How the mighty have fallen.
This time, Ms. Ward’s (No relation, thankyou Jesus!) outrage du jour was in regard to a homework assignment author who stipulated that Christians, Muslims and Jews worship the same God. Ward called that assertion “utterly incorrect and false on many levels,” and in another display of perfect parenting, refused to let her daughter do the work.
Why, Ward went as far as posting, “Do you know what your children are being taught: Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews?” on Facebook.
Actually Jeanette, despite your best efforts, what the school is trying to teach your daughter is to be a critical thinker. Instead of having to endure another one of your hissy fits, perhaps she could have explained why she disagreed with the author’s assertion. Then she could’ve further explained the significant differences between the theologies.
But no! Your self-definition and belief system are so fragile that you can’t endure even the slightest bit of dissent.
Despite the fact they regularly commute at 36,000 feet, when I hear another insipid NBA player try to tell me the world is flat, I don’t demand a retraction, start passing around petitions, or demand that people boycott the NBA.
I simply laugh because that’s what rational and mature adults do when faced with what they believe to be an absurdity. You see, unlike you, I don’t need other people to believe what I believe in order to believe it.
I truly fear for your children, Jeanette.
Where the real danger lies
Having endured yet another government shutdown – this one over immigration – conservative reprobates like radio show host Joe Walsh are doing their damndest to invent statistics summarily declaring all illegals to be hyper-violent.
We’ve already covered that undocumented works are significantly less prone to criminal activity if for no other reason than they don’t want to get deported. And despite those consistent “always fear the other” rightwing proclamations, we’ve also thoroughly discussed that the real threat almost always comes from within. To wit:
- 80 percent of homicide victims knew their killer
- 85 to 90 of sexual assault victims know their attacker
- And 93 percent of child sexual assault victims know their abuser
Robbery is the only violent crime that’s more likely to be perpetrated by a stranger, but even then, 46 percent of victims had some sort of relationship with the robber.
And right now, there’s no better evidence of what I speak than U.S. Olympic doctor Larry Nasser being sentenced to 175 years for sexually abusing at least 150 women and girls. And those are just the women who had the courage to come forward!
This veteran journalist isn’t shocked by much anymore, but this story certainly did the trick. I keep asking myself how something like this could possibly happen in America, until I remembered that we’re so busy fearing illegal immigrants that we almost always ignore the real threat.
Meanwhile, I hope these women sue the U.S. Gymnastics organization and Michigan State into utter oblivion.