Posted by: thescoundrel | April 8, 2014

School Merger Evaluation – Yet Another Reason to Raise Taxes

The local experts have all huddled together, sang kumbaya, then patted each other on the back while whispering sweet-nothings into each others ears. Their decision? Well according to an article over on QCOnline -  “Organizers of a merger between United Township, East Moline, Silvis and Colona schools unanimously approved a petition for consolidation on Monday.”

Translation for those of us whom will be expected to foot the cost:

The local spendthrifts that operate our educational system wish to milk the taxpayers of even more money than they already do to pay for their inability to operate using the abundant mammon they already forcibly suckle from the taxpayers teats.

According to the article the taxpayers can expect up to a $5.45 tax  per every $100 of  of assessed value of their property. The champions of this tax increase are busy crying crocodile tears over future scholastic needs to hide that the proposed school  merger will increase taxes. Hmm, I thought the merger idea was to figure out how to make the school systems run more efficient. Instead it turned into a study rejoicing the  values of increased over-taxation  which will magically disappear to fund overpaid administrators and prop-up failing programs such as No Child Left Behind and Common Core.  The real fund problem “hidden among their report”  is that the State of Illinois and the local Progressive Tax Enthusiasts are busy running off old businesses to more attractive locations while scaring away new business with their Tax-Tax-Tax and more taxes philosophy.  What this area needs is a Boston Tea Party and revolution so that we can rid ourselves of pick-pocketing thieves in our inept government that seem to think our hard-earned cash is theirs to spend.





Posted by: thescoundrel | April 2, 2014

The Supreme Court Rules – Put Your Money Where You Mouth Is

The media is reporting that the Supreme Court has ruled that campaign donors have the right donate money to as many political candidates and political committees as they wish as long as they abide by the legal limits placed on individual candidate donations. Personally I think Judge Clarence Thomas’ statement should have been the better finalized judicial ruling. According to an AP article by Mark Sherman:
Justice Clarence Thomas agreed with the outcome of the case, but wrote separately to say that he would have gone further and wiped away all contribution limits.

I guess it is time for voters to put their money where  their mouths are.




According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (online version, March 25, 2014) mathematics is a noun defined as follows:

Mathematicsmath-ˈma-tiks, ˌma-thə-\

: the science of numbers, quantities, and shapes and the relations between them

Full Definition of MATHEMATICS
: the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations
: a branch of, operation in, or use of mathematics <the mathematics of physical chemistry>

Meanwhile in the messed up educational world leading Illinois – according to Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis seems to be pushing Common Core towards its logical conclusion in her statement – Math should be taught in school using Progressive Liberalism Propaganda instead of as a fact based science. It sounds as if Lewis is attempting to reprise the Richard Burton role of O’Brien from the movie “1984” , based on the book of the same name by George Orwell.


“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984

“They who control your children controls the future. They who control your schools control your children  thoughts. “


related links:

Math is Hard

1984 (the movie)

George Orwell “1984” quotes

Common Core Frustrated Parent

Posted by: thescoundrel | March 24, 2014


Needing a good laugh.

Posted by: thescoundrel | March 23, 2014

The Evolution of Slavery, Politically Indentured Servants

I was reading comments over on Allen West’s site and stumbled across a link to an interesting video on YouTube talking about bigotry, racism and its relationship to voting history in the US. Other than my post title, rather than adding any commentary about the video that could distract from the orator’s message; I am just posting the link to his video.


Posted by: thescoundrel | March 21, 2014

Quad City Zombies’ Pied Piper Speaks

As I spoke of in my earlier writing about the failed school referendums: the doomsday barkers have come out looking for shoulders to cry on and acolytes for their army. A Moline Dispatch article was full of local Tax Worshiping Pontiffs spinning the good word in an effort to rationalize why the local tax referendums failed. Perhaps the most sensible reflection came from Rock Island County board member Don Johnston. In the Dispatch article, authored by Stephen Elliot, Johnston is quoted as saying:

 “the county now must make due with the money it has.”

“I think people are just tired of the taxes,” he said. “In the county, there will be some cutbacks coming, but hopefully no layoffs. We will definitely have cutbacks.

“We need to handle our money better,” Mr. Johnson said. “It drives me crazy. We need to project our resources a little better.”

He added that, when the county’s increases are seen on the June property bills, “all referendums are going to have a tough row.”

Perhaps the most insulting pontification quoted, came from State Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline. According to the article Jacobs stated:

“voters must decide if schools and education are a priority. “

“Perhaps people are saying, ‘Tighten you belts,’ to the schools,” he said. “But school belts are pretty darn tight right now.

“I think the school referendum will eventually pass,” he said. “I’ve been around government long enough to know voters don’t have a message. They either like the idea or they don’t.”

Basically Jacobs channeled Barack Obama in his evaluation. To paraphrase Jacobs statement that I highlighted: Voters are mindless zombies that must be lead down the road you wish them to follow by Pied Pipers using hook or crook. But then that has always been the mantra of Progressive Politicians.

Posted by: thescoundrel | March 20, 2014

LBJ’s Great Society

The Spider and the Fly
by Mary Howitt, 1829

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I’ve a many curious things to shew when you are there.”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne’er come down again.”

“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the Spider to the Fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in!”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly,  “for I’ve often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!”

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly,  “Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I ‘ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome — will you please to take a slice?”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly,  “kind Sir, that cannot be,
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!”

“Sweet creature!” said the Spider,  “you’re witty and you’re wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I’ve a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you’ll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.”

“I thank you, gentle sir,” she said,  “for what you ‘re pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I’ll call another day.”

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.

Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
“Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple — there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue —
Thinking only of her crested head — poor foolish thing!   

At last,

Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour — but she ne’er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.

In his recent article Allen West talks of the late Democratic President Lyndon Baines Johnson speaking on his ideology behind the “Great Society Programs”:

… it was Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson who stated, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” as he confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding his underlying intentions for the “Great Society” programs.

read more @ AllenBWestcom 

As a matter of fact, it was Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson who stated, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” as he confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding his underlying intentions for the “Great Society” programs.
As a matter of fact, it was Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson who stated, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” as he confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding his underlying intentions for the “Great Society” programs.
As a matter of fact, it was Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson who stated, “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” as he confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One regarding his underlying intentions for the “Great Society” programs.
Posted by: thescoundrel | March 19, 2014

Regional Voters Just Say No to Over Taxation

Over the next few weeks, the good citizens of the region can expect to be overwhelmed as the local moneychangers and tax collectors adorn themselves in their most pious sackcloth and ashes bemoaning the fact they were unable to convince the public to volunteer the last few farthings left in their pocket despite the relentless thievery collected by government thugs using the pretense of taxation.   Accompanying the ceremoniousness mourning -in front of every media source they can entice- by the moneychangers and tax-collectors, the taxpayers can also expect a mixture of doomsday predicting addict rhetoric alongside a more bellicose cavalcade seeking a method of forced acquisition of tax funds from Joe and Jane Average USTaxpayer. That is because the money addicted governments that compose Illinois leadership, only understand spend-spend-spend taxpayer money. And when you have wasted that money – gouge them for some more. They don’t understand no means –>No!

Posted by: thescoundrel | March 14, 2014

Trade Your Cell Phones For Obamacare

QC Examiner was talking about the Obama plea to the under thirty crowd to eliminate their cell phones so they afford to could enroll in Obamacare. Their response was as you would expect from anyone enthusiastically attached.

cold dead hands

Posted by: thescoundrel | March 14, 2014

Naive Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Drinking some Kool-Aid

The Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Editorial Scribes have jumped on the More Taxes Bandwagon. Their editorial championed voters to vote for a 1% tax increase for retail sales on the upcoming ballot. I assume they are intelligent people, to be in the media positions they hold. But after reading the article I can’t be sure if the Editors are naive, just having a blonde moment or drinking the Jim Jones Kool-Aid of the local tax spendthrifts. Sure the ever philanthropic -with other peoples money- salivating political goodfellas  in local government and school officials preach it will be a godsend to our local schools. They talk of how it will increase sales revenue and  fix the schools. They also pledge the money will only be used for school improvements and not for administrative purposes. Trust them? No Day-No Way! The problem starts with tax revenues. The government operates like they mafia – once they have your money with a new tax, they start plotting on obfuscation methods  to keep the new tax. And anyone who believes their only for school improvements rhetoric is definitely drinking the Kool-Aid! Figures never lie but all good liars figure. Sure they will probably show a figure sheet showing how all the money went to improvements. Standard operating practice when you seek to obscure the reality of financial balances. While everyone is looking at the figures the goodfellas are busy re-appropriating other general funds that would have normally been assigned to property improvement. They can use more creative bookkeeping to take the reassigned money from the general funds and then line the pockets of some already overpaid  school or political bigwig feeling that he/or/she needs a raise or traveling expenses. And the pipe dream that sales revenue will prosper under a sales tax increase is living in fantasy land. In the real world – when a customer goes out and spends several hundred dollars on an item, the tax may only be a :roll: measly 1% :roll: but the retailer will be expected by the customer to eat the 1% from their meager profits. If not the customer will gladly drive across the Mississippi river to someone else buy the same product in Iowa and save the 1%. I have been on both  sides of nthe equation. If enough Kool-Aid drinking voters vote in the tax – I will simply drive across the river and save the money. The Illinois Gas merchants has already lost my $70+ a tank business to the west side of Davenport where I save 20 cents a gallon or more on my gas purchases. And I am sure I am not the only one.

related links:

Send message; vote no to RICO sales tax issues

Schools referendum doesn’t make sense for county’s kids

Former Aledo park treasurer charged with stealing district funds

Whistleblower lawsuit filed against Rock Island County

Blagojevich convicted on corruption charges

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan Heading to Prison

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