Ruminations of the Easily Amused for April 25 2010Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Ruminations of the Easily Amused for April 25 2010

25 April 2010 at 9:09:53 AM

Texas Tribune talks about why it publishes government employee salaries.

We believe that in a state with so many employees and so much payroll but so few resources for health and human services, higher education, etc., we have a right to know who's being paid what. It's one way, maybe the only way, to ensure that our elected biggies are doing right by us and our increasingly scarce tax dollars. And it ensures that those of you out there who are paid by the state or another public entity aren't treated unfairly by your bosses relative to the guy in the next cubicle or the lady in the office down the hall. It gives you negotiating power at raise and hiring time, or at least it should.

What we don't believe is that we're violating anyone's privacy by printing public information. It's already out there; we're merely the delivery device.

B-Awk, Bawk, Bawk-Chicken School Administrators and Darwin

To learn about Darwin, students would have retraced the path of the HMS Beagle, the expedition that inspired a young Darwin’s theory of evolution. Each student would study a stop in the voyage, reporting on the animals and adaptations that Darwin observed.

When Tangarone ran his class plan by then-principal Mark Ribbens, he was denied.

In an email obtained by the Weston Forum, Ribbens explained that his objections had nothing to do with the soundness of the theory of evolution. Instead, he was worried about parent reaction.

“While evolution is a robust scientific theory, it is a philosophically unsatisfactory explanation for the diversity of life. I could anticipate that a number of our parents might object to this topic,” wrote Ribbens. “It is not appropriate to have [Darwin's] work or the theory part of the TAG program since the topic is not age appropriate.”

Heh. How desperate is this woman?Vintage McDonald's commercial via Jezebel

Facebook continues its anti-privacy marches-and what about opting in instead of having to opt out?

Jillian Michaels is an idiot

Goldman Sachs employees are scum

On Referendum 71 and whether, generally, people who sign petitions should expect that their signatures are public information.

Protect Washington Families Standing Together, the opponents of Referendum 71, are also defendants in the lawsuit.  Their brief was quite good and will add some needed weight to the State’s argument. They posited a new argument not ruled upon in either the appeal or trial court below, namely that the initiative and referendum process is uniquely a creation of State constitutions and therefore States should be granted substantial discretion in creating the ground-rules for the process. Such rules can include public disclosure of initiative/referendum petition signatories as a means to assure both the State’s interest in a fraudulent free process (confirming the requisite number of valid signatures and that the signatures are validly obtained) and the public’s interest in obtaining full information about proposed ballot measures by allowing the identify of supporters to be made public.


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