July 2009

Marty Daly: P.T.A. ... F.U.S.E. ...Non-Resident ....No Kids .... You Get It?

July 21, 2009 - 23:14

9B3DAE76-CFB3-417A-89C2-B9BD67254ADF.jpg Can you imagine anyone better suited to advocate on their childs behalf than a parent ? Is it possible to have the perspective needed if you haven't raised a child yourself , afterall , there's no substitute for experience . Then how in the world does Martian Daly wind up as the president of the PTA ? Doesn't that seem odd ? What does he do , call his mother for advice ?

-Why does Martian Daly teach only one class ?

-How does Martian Daly justify the needs of the PTA and the needs of the union members of the district?

-Should the purpose of the PTA be combined with the growth of the unions ?

-Unions , by nature , expect growth and strength , who keeps that in check ?

-Why are the children the last priority in the FUSE mission statement?

-How is it that FUSE campaigns for BoE candidates ?

-Who gives FUSE the right to be involved in approving BoE candidates ? There has been NO-ONE from outside of the inbred circle of the union who has EVER had the least amount of support , but if you bend over and spout the union line , your support will be endless . How will anybody ever have a chance for reform ?

No One is Looking at the Break Even Point" by Peggy Godfrey

July 21, 2009 - 21:58
From the Westchester Herald on July 20, 2009

     Former New Rochelle Mayor Leonard Paduano felt budget cuts could be made in the city so that no tax increase would be necessary. He recalled how when he was Mayor the City Manager wanted many layoffs to reduce the budget. As Mayor he questioned this and along with Councilman Fran Judge he worked on cuts in the budget. In a time of double digit inflation he produced an extremely small tax increase. He asked why in recent years the City had to sell the Boys and Girls
Club. No one is asking where the break even point in development is.
     Speaking at the New Rochelle Citizens Reform Club on  Paduano
stated, "The public needs to be educated and we need to wake up people." For example, the public library was always part of the city budget. In the past the
library was always given the money they needed. Citing his years as a sea cadet who met in the Armory, he felt it was a disgrace that this historic building was allowed to deteriorate. Now the city will spend millions to develop the Echo Bay area. Criticizing the turning over of the waterfront in the east end, he felt this area should be turned over to the people because it is not replaceable.

Son of Police Detective Sues New Rochelle PD Following Arrest for using Dave Chappelle's "White Person Voice"

July 21, 2009 - 13:01

Welcome (again) Instapundit readers. Thanks (again) Glenn for the link.

UPDATE: Sources have informed Talk of the Sound the original report from the Journal News that Demetrius Hazelton is the son of Detective Timothy McKnight was incorrect. Full update below.

Demetrius Hazelton.jpgThe New Rochelle Police Department is being sued by Demetrius Hazelton, the son a New Rochelle police detective, with support from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Hazelton, 17 and Class of '09 at New Rochelle High School (pictured right, click to enlarge image), was arrested after he allegedly mocked a white police officer using a "white racial monotone voice" which police claim is the same voice used by Dave Chappelle "when making fun of white people."

Civil Rights Group Concludes Teachers Unions Seek Return to "Separate But Equal" Days of State-Sponsored Racism

July 20, 2009 - 17:36

B61E9B3F-3652-4D7C-A262-4852DE9A0E5A.jpgThe Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights (CCCR), a bipartisan organization established in 1982 to monitor the civil rights policies and practices of the federal government, has released a damning report on the role teacher's unions have played in vehemently opposing education reform measures that they themselves had once championed. Whether through legislative lobbying, back room political maneuvering, frivolous lawsuits, or the insertion into local union contracts of carefully crafted language prescribed by the national unions , the CCCR recounts more than a decade of systematic efforts by the two main teachers unions to water down or eliminate policies designed to reform our public school system.

Virtual Garage Sale - UPDATED 7/20

July 20, 2009 - 16:06

From time to time I do a little virtual garage sale on Craiglist and right now I've got about 80 50 items up for sale. If you want more information or to see photos of the items go to Craiglist and search by the exact title of the items as indicated here and you will find the listing on Craiglist. Note: If the item has been deleted from Craiglist that means it was sold.

UPDATED on July 20, a number of items have sold since this was originally posted last week.

Items Currently on Craigslist (Price )

Sony CCD-V8AF Video 8 Player/Recorder/Camera 8mm VCR $25.00
Canon PowerShot S410 4MP Digital Elph with 3x Optical Zoom $90.00

Computer Equipment

Motorola ROKR (iTunes phone) original earbuds $1.00
Palm Vx PDA with all the bells and whistles, cables, etc. $45.00
RIM BlackBerry 850 Wireless Handheld $25.00
Uher D-10 Portable Digital Dictation System $20.00
Apple iPod Touch 8 GB $200.00 (mint, still in the box, got it a few days ago)
Apple iPod shuffle 1 GB White (1st Generation) $45.00
Apple iPod shuffle 1 GB Bright Blue (2nd Generation) $45.00
Marware Sportsuit Convertible Armband for iPod classic $15.00

Norman Rockwell as Civil Rights Activist

July 19, 2009 - 19:41

Today, Tom Daly, educational curator at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Sturbridge MA, spoke at the Norman Rockwell Habitat ReStore  on New Rochelle’s Main St on the subject of Norman Rockwell as a Civil Rights Activist. The talk highlighted the background of Norman Rockwell's "New Kids in the Neighborhood", which depicts the first African American Neighbors moving into an all white neighborhood.





Opinion Place - Why I think Aman Ali's Stenographry Should Cancel Subscriptions

July 19, 2009 - 17:54

It's no small responsibility bestowed upon the press when it comes to letting the public know about the condition of the world they live in . Without proper reporting , the facts get lost , the information is distorted , and the public becomes disoriented as to how those in charge are representing the public good . At the extreme end you have the government controlled press that "edits" information in countries like China , North Korea , Iran , and even the old U.S.S.R . So how far removed is it when a reporter only copies the commentary of someone in charge of 70% of our tax burden . Maybe it's not the national policy at stake , but some might contend , it's the local level issues that have the greatest effect on our quality of life .

Systems Notice: We Added Mollum to Block Comment Spam

July 17, 2009 - 18:44

This fellow from the UK convinced me to give Mollum a try: Tackling Comment Spam on Drupal.

Mollum was created by the guy who founded Drupal and Talk of the Sound is a Drupal site so this made good sense.

We also added in a module that blocks anonymous comments that contain hyperlinks (which is usually what spammers added to their comments).

Commenting may change a bit and you might occasionally be asked to complete a captcha but this should help block spam freeing us up to approve legitimate comments quicker.

Journal News Shills for New Rochelle Schools (Redux) - This Time on Residency Issue

July 17, 2009 - 16:58

The Journal News has published a totally one-sided puff-piece on the residency issue at New Rochelle schools. I am not going to dignify the article by repeating the headline on Talk of the Sound but the link is below.

This article represents a new low for Aman Ali and the Jounal News which takes at face-value data provided by the district, offers no critical analysis, questions nothing put forward by the administration, makes no mention of the contentious questioning of Organisciak by long-time school board member David Lacher, contains not a single reaction from those who have been raising this issue at school board meetings, and even features this sick-making quote:

"I was a little surprised because I thought it would have been higher," Organisciak said. "The way you hear people talk about this, you would think it would be three times that amount."