Beau Biden, the 46-year-old son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden, died Saturday night after a battle with brain cancer. A former attorney general of Delaware, Mr. Biden was an Iraq war veteran. His death was announced by his father Saturdaynight.
To read the rest of the article, click on the text above. While we here at The Daily Buzz often beat up on VP Joe Biden for some of the things he says, there is a time to put politics aside. This is one of those times. Cancer in any form is dreadful, and what a horrible way to go. Our sympathies to the Biden family, and thanks to Beau for his service to his state, and in the Army National Guard as a Captain who deployed to Iraq. R.I.P.
The Republican-led Wisconsin State Legislature has been steadily working to include several school-choice-related measures in the 2015–17 biennial budget, and not everyone is happy about it. During a round of emotionally charged meetings held by the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, state Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) outlined his proposed school reforms, which include a plan that would allow the takeover of up to five of Milwaukee’s worst-performing schools per year, according to the MacIver Institute. Those schools would then be transformed into private schools or charter schools, forcing all teachers to reapply for their positions. Other proposed school reform measures include expanding school choice and requiring students to pass a civics test prior to graduation. After the announcement of the proposed reforms, state Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) lashed out at those proposing the reforms, accusing Kooyenga of thinking of himself as a “great white hope” for minority students in the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system and linking the proposed reforms to rape. “For years, individuals who sit on this committee and in this building have known that they have been raping the children of MPS,” said Taylor. Kooyenga responded, saying, “This is the second time in the conversation of these issues… that we use the word ‘rape.’ I mean I just find that sick, absolutely sick.” “I get it,” Taylor responded. “The word ‘rape’ sounds offensive, but when you consider the fact that 15 out of 100 kids can read on grade level while $89 million have been skimmed from the education of kids, and that you don’t invest it, in even the crisis areas, who are you fooling?” Taylor also referred to the proposal to require students to pass a civics exam as analogous to Jim Crow laws. Taylor’s controversial comments have garnered a strong reaction from advocates of school choice who say that their policies are designed to help children, not harm them. “Sen. Lena Taylor’s remarks are despicable for two reasons,” said Heather Kays, a research fellow for The Heartland Institute and school choice advocate. “First, comparing the cutting off of educational funding to the ‘raping of children’ is disrespectful to the children she speaks of and to every survivor of sexual assault. Being a survivor herself, you would think Sen. Taylor would have more tact, empathy and understanding than that. “Second, she is just flat-out wrong about the policy issue she is discussing. If throwing more money at a broken public education system worked, we’d see better graduation rates and testing scores every year as we spend more and more money per pupil.”
Exactly!! And, pause a moment to appreciate the irony of a black Democrat invoking the term “Jim Crow laws.” After all, those laws were put in place in the south after Reconstruction by DEMOCRATS…and then later implemented by Pres Woodrow Wilson, a DEMOCRAT…and enforced by the “Red Shirts” which were southern DEMOCRATS. I’m guessing this brain trust hasn’t read much American history.. Shes probably the product of the educational system she’s trying so hard to protect…along with the powerful teachers unions….and that the Republicans in Wisconsin are trying to reform in spite of those obstacles.
All five women who were given a second chance to complete Army Ranger School have officially dropped out and will not move forward to the next phase of the course, officials from Fort Benning, Georgia said Friday. A total of 195 students from the class — all of them men — will move on to Dahlonga, Georgia, for the mountain phase of the program, Army Times reported Friday. Three women and two male students were given the opportunity to start Ranger School over with the next class on June 21, officials said, Army Times reported. This is referred to as a Day One Recycle, a normal course procedure that’s used when students struggle with one aspect of the course but excel at others. The other five women, who started Ranger School April 20 and were recycled back into the Darby Phase along with 101 of their male classmates on May 8, will return to their units and will not be recycled back again, the newspaper reported. A total of 29 students were dropped from the program for failing to meet the standards of the first phase. Nineteen female and 381 male soldiers started Ranger School on April 20, the newspaper reported. The women were part of a one-time integration experiment for the notoriously difficult program. The assessment is part of a wider effort to determine whether and how to open combat arms jobs to women. Until now, Ranger School has only been open to men. But Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Thursday that the Army is considering conducting more assessments in the future. “We’ll probably run a couple more pilots,” Mr. Odierno said, Army Times reported. “It’s been a real success for us, and we’ll see how it goes from there.” The students that were cut Friday did not meet the standard for a number of reasons, including leading patrols, poor peer evaluations, too many negative spot reports, or a combination of all three, Army Times reported.
Of course GEN Ray Odierno is demanding more “pilots” because he’s being told by his boss, Obama, to get a female graduate of the U.S. Army’s famous Ranger School. Thus far, the women who have tried haven’t made the grade…which REALLY has to be driving the White House crazy. Regardless, the Army should NOT lower it’s standards in Ranger School, or ANY combat arms school, so that a female can get through. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this, and other similar stories regarding the U.S. military.