Archive for the ‘Hank Schrader’ Category
I know, not exactly shocking to learn that a Hollywood actor, especially Matt Damon, said something stupid. But this was so stupid that it’s worthy of comment.
According to the Huffington Post, in an appearance on the new Piers Morgan show on CNN, Damon said "… the idea that we’re testing kids and we’re tying teachers’ salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We’re training them, not teaching them.”
Governor Schwarzenegger’s commutation of the sentence of Esteban Nunez is truly outrageous. The sentence that Nunez received was already quite mild in light of the offense. For Arnold to intervene and help the son of one of his political friends is profoundly corrupt, not to mention the contempt shown for the district attorney’s office, the judge and, worst of all, the family of the murdered boy.
Part of what makes this so shocking is the transformation of Schwarzenegger from a critic of California’s special interest politics into a sleazy politician at home with Sacramento’s corrupt culture. The leniency for a killer whose father is a well-connected liberal ally is the culmination of that transformation.
Despite the statewide election disappointments (Brown AND Boxer?) there was some really good news in San Diego County. The Zapf, Roberts and Horn victories have been covered, but others have gotten less notice, particularly with the temporary derailment of Rostra.
Those of you who don’t follow North County races might have missed the reelection of Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern. Having survived a union-led recall effort less than a year ago, he cruised to victory on Tuesday. Kern is tough and smart and popular.