Friday, November 27, 2015

Evening Thread

All yours

Happy Hour Thread

Get happy.

I Guess The Hippies Were Right Again

But, you know, at the wrong time for the wrong reasons. Usual stuff.

Less than a year ago, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York proclaimed that the key to transforming the state’s education system was tougher evaluations for teachers, and he pushed through changes that increased the weight of student test scores in teachers’ ratings.

Now, facing a parents’ revolt against testing, the state is poised to change course and reduce the role of test scores in evaluations. And according to two people involved in making state education policy, Mr. Cuomo has been quietly pushing for a reduction, even to zero. That would represent an about-face from January, when the governor called for test scores to determine 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation.

Basically they couldn't get with foisting on suburban districts the stuff they've been destroying urban schools with for the past dozen or so years.

Nice, Polite Brits

Sure there's a culture of respecting the queue, but if anyone suspects you're jumping the queue they'll cut you.


Happy to be wrong about self-driving cars, but that we're planning for a technology that doesn't exist...
There’s also the consideration of specific lanes for autonomous vehicles. How many should be built, and when?

“Do we need 12-foot lanes? Can we get by with 9½- or 10-foot lanes?” said Biter, the Florida transportation official. “We can turn that four-lane express highway into a six-lane express highway with literally the same right-of-way footprint.”

Sure restriping lanes isn't the biggest deal, but I suspect for these things to actually work to whatever extent they will, a lot of public infrastructure will have to be added...

Thursday, November 26, 2015


After years of hearing Democrats complain about how the news shows are wall-to-wall Republican crap, it's pretty weird to hear Democrats talking about how we need fewer debates - less airtime! Because what we really need is to hear Republicans all the time, just like the rest of the year. Martin O'Mally is right about this.

Afternoon Thread

Holiday blogging schedule!

Nobody Actually Says That

When have you heard anyone actually say "In God We Trust?" Anywhere? Ever?

Happy Turkee Day

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CoT: Shootout


Afternoon Thread

Busy with stuff.

America's Worst Humans

Harry Houck.

Post-Apocalyptic Hellscape

Tennessee man horrified by need to walk several blocks in order to obtain free parking.

I am glad that Penn and Temple are no longer slum-looking schools, and that Drexel is coming up fast, but I could appreciate them more if I did not have to park several blocks away to avoid parking meters.

Burn it all down.

New Jersey Dreaming

New Jersey is weird state. It's big. It has a large population. It also doesn't have its own TV media market. Sure it has some local media outlets, but most coverage comes from Philly or New York City. That must be a bit weird. Local identity is forged by many things, and media coverage is one of them.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Late Night Thread

Going To Trial

My understanding is that the victims in this case were perfectly fine with the plea deal reached with the other two defendants. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the 3rd...
Knott faces trial on a count of conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault, and related offenses in the Sept. 11, 2014, attack on a gay couple in Center City. Jury selection is expected to take place Dec. 9. Opening statements would likely begin the next day.

Michael Barry, chief of the District Attorney's Central Division, told Judge Roxanne Covington during a pretrial motions hearing Tuesday that Knott had posted "a number of tweets which clearly indicate a general dislike to a disgust of gays and lesbians and people of other backgrounds."

He said he was seeking to admit her tweets as evidence in her trial because "they are overwhelmingly relevant" and show a motive for her behavior on Sept. 11, 2014.

What's Going To Happen

Predictions are always hard, especially about the future, but I honestly can't see how the clown car show ends. I guess I'm just a silly blogger because if I were a big boy reporter I'd know that Christiementum is here and unstoppable.

Lunch Thread

I admit I got nothin'.