Last Impressions #52: Stable Pods and Unstable Metonyms

Justin Katz reports the (unfortunately) not Not Real News about “stable pods” at URI, reviews local conservative happenings in Rhode Island, and talks about the metonymic dogmatism of the Left.

Bused to the End of the Line and Back

For your “Yes, next question” file, consider the Newport Daily News headline, “Do school bus companies have a monopoly in R.I.?”

An Age Old Question About Teaching Reason

The danger of shifting definitions and moral commands will be clearer as the mob expands its circle of erasure, but the number of people remaining to come to each other’s defense shrink.

Last Impressions #51: Rebels Needed

Governor Raimondo and her merry band of magic Appointees focus on the true danger in Rhode Island — not roudy rioters carrying signs that threaten to burn down the country, but college kids who aren’t voluntarily living as if in an open-air prison.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Theater of Courts and Corona

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for September 21, included talk about:

  • Progressive protesters seek Senate shutdown
  • COVID crackdown at Providence College
  • Mail ballot application apprehension
  • No bother with budget before election
  • Fenton-Fung fields Mattiello’s obvious flaws

I’ll be on again Monday, September 28, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Last Impressions #50: The Laughable & the Ominous

A new Not Real News segment explores what RI politicians are really thinking, the Conservative Binder catches up on some right-leaning news from the state, and Justin discusses the Providence College lockdown and ominous economic news for the state.

An Educational Opportunity Ripe for the Taking

Our state and its education system were far from stable when the pandemic hit, and we can create something good from our current predicament if make this a period of transition, rather than of making due until we can get back to the same old, dysfunctional thing.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Coming at Insiders from Two Sides

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for September 14, included talk about:

  • Progressive wins (and a loss) in Democrat primaries
  • Bristol-Warren and Providence teacher unions stoke unease
  • The AWOL GA
  • The Secretary of State mails it in on ballots

I’ll be on again Monday, September 21, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

A Dark Cloud Loomis Over URI

If Rhode Islanders’ support for the University of Rhode Island appears to wane, some small part of the explanation will be the prominence of history professor Erik Loomis.

Last Impressions #49: Crowd Out the Rats!

Justin starts with a roundup of conservative news in Rhode Island and discusses the problem when legislators and other elected officials make room for rats in the State House and BLM and Antifa riots in the streets.

A Warning About History Erasure

While we shouldn’t set the past in immutable stone as if it was perfect and inviolable, erasing it should not be our default choice.

Beware Anti-Racist Indoctrination

The cult of “anti-racism” is not a cultural fad that parents can afford to ignore and let slip by.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Failure in Media and Government

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 31, included talk about:

  • Preparedness to return to school
  • The nature of the protests
  • Media counter-narrative for Trump events

I’ll be on again Monday, September 7, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Do School Districts Have Leaders or Managers?

Why are our expectations for the professionals who operate something as important as our education system so low?

A Coronavirus Case for School Choice

RI Republican Senator Gordon Rogers notes a COVID-driven move by the governor that illustrates the case for school choice all the time.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Narratives All Over the Place

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 24, included talk about:

  • Gina’s back to school battle
  • Government by calamari
  • Michael from Rhode Island
  • The uncovered pro-Trump boat parade

I’ll be on again Monday, August 31, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

School Opening Follies

Mark Zaccaria applies that ol’ Rhode Island intuition to the questions of whether public schools should… and will… open.

The Insidious, Evil Trick of “Anti-Racism”

To the extent that there is actually something like systemic racism, it is in the progressive identity politics that filters everything through the lens of race.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Protests and Snitches

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 10, included talk about:

  • Protests at Gina’s house
  • The snitch line
  • A dictated last call
  • Will schools open?

I’ll be on again Monday, August 24, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

In The Dugout: Allen Waters on School Choice

US Senate Candidate Allen Waters joins CEO Stenhouse on this episode of “In The Dugout.” They discuss his support for the Center’s Catch-UP ESA program. This innovative policy idea would tap unspent federal funds to empower parents to customize supplemental programs for their children. These one-time Catch-Up ESAs, available to all qualified students in the state, would also immediately fill major gaps in the five-year Providence schools reform plan, by addressing current student needs. The program would be funded by unspent federal CARES Act funds.

Raimondo Rips out Goalposts Altogether as Governors Carefully Disregard Most Important Datapoint

As you probably know, the original justification for the COVID-19 lockdown was to prevent the overwhelming of hospitals. This never happened; not in Rhode Island nor in any state other than hotspot New York (where it got close); not even at the height of the pandemic. Click here to view Justin Katz’ latest, very informative tracking graph of COVID-19 trends in Rhode Island. You’ll note that hospitalizations in Rhode Island, in fact, peaked THREE WHOLE MONTHS AGO.

Keep this critical piece of information in mind as we move now to Rhode Island’s COVID-19 press conference yesterday.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Corruption All Around

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for August 3, included talk about:

  • The union Iron Triangle in RI
  • The status of the education commissioner
  • The controversy of mail ballots
  • Stuck in phase 3 with hopes of school fading

I’ll be on again Monday, August 10, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Union Political Spending: A Web of Corruption

Not every teacher, first-responder, clerk, or other public servant considers themselves to be Democrats or part of the “progressive-left” movement in Rhode Island. Yet every employee who is member of a government union in our state is paying dues that directly support this extreme political agenda… along with the corrupt quid quo pro that comes with union political spending. A new report, from our Center, exposes that Rhode Island’s hyper-partisanship and radical agenda is funded by government union political spending: Click Here Now To Read It.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: A People on Their Own

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 28, included talk about:

  • Teachers protesting school
  • Secretary of state protesting election security
  • Councilwoman protesting enforcement of the law
  • Journalists not protesting attacks on journalists

I’ll be on again Monday, August 3, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Restrictions and Reparations

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 20, included talk about:

  • Elorza reparations
  • Gina beach restriction
  • Gorbea ballot intentions
  • Unions’ school reservations

I’ll be on again Monday, July 27, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: For the Image of the Governor

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 13, included talk about:

  • Dan Connors’s $170,000 DUI
  • General Assembly’s misplaced priorities
  • Gina’s missing tested Rhode Islanders
  • Protests on the governor’s lawn
  • Mask wearing
  • The odds of school

I’ll be on again Monday, July 20, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

Roland Benjamin: $23,000/Student is Already More than Sufficient Funding

I have been close to these budgets. Very close.

A “lack of funding” cannot be the culprit for every decision from local officials that change services or reconsider programming. When a 1% or 2% fiscal nudge in anything is blamed, I seriously question the competence and/or the integrity of those using the argument.

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Muted Independence

My weekly call-in on John DePetro’s WNRI 1380 AM/95.1 FM show, for July 6, included talk about:

  • Phase 3
  • Lack of budget
  • The secret consultant
  • Nursing home problems
  • Not a real Bristol parade
  • RI schools’ future
  • Lt. Gov. McKee tries an online petition

I’ll be on again Monday, July 13, at 12:00 p.m. on WNRI 1380 AM and I-95.1 FM.

The Supreme Court Rules Against Religious Discrimination, Opens Opportunity

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue was obvious and opens the way for more educational opportunity, which is especially needed during the COVID-19 era.

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