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WTF! RC Teen Center Coin Drop in Glenmont!

Update: 1 Jan 13. Mr Michael Fisher has responded to this article. We have published his response in its entirety with no edits in the Comments section. Please read all the comments to this article.

We’re All Territorial and We Do Have To Consider Appearances and Impressions, Don’t We?

Ravena-Coeymans Teen Center Collecting in Glenmon?!?

Ravena-Coeymans Teen Center Collecting in Glenmont?!?

So what do you think you would say or your neighbors would say if, at the Four Corners junction on 9W in Ravena, the Bethlehem Center Sports Association were to set up shop, stop traffic, delay your trip home, while they’re collecting money from your RCS neighbors to fund their Bethlehem sports agenda? You’d probably say to yourself, “What in hell are they doing here? Get back to where you belong!” It’s only natural.

Bethlehem Center, NY (December 29, 2012) But that’s the situation we observed when approaching a long line of stopped cars and noting some fluorescent figures moving about in the intesection at Bethlehem Center at 9W and  Glenmont Road. We were doing errands and anxious to get home and thought to ourselves, “Oh, NO! Not an accident!” As the traffic inched towards the light we say that it wasn’t an accident but several people stopping cars and holding out containers. Now I thought, “Who are these people stopping traffic at a busy intersection, causing this back-up and delay?” Then a sloppily painted sign caught my eye and I felt really embarrassed: “Support the RC Teen Center!

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Library Proposal Still ‘In Press’

Is the RCS Public Library Plan Going to Be Another RCS Swimming Pool? Poor Planning, Too Many Questions, Too Few Answers…Kill It Now Before It Gets Too Far Along and You’re Stuck with an Monkey on Your Backs!

You don’t need another monkey on your back!

Digital Libraries are Here!

In an age of electronic, instantaneous data transmission, an age of iPhones, smartphones, Kindles and Nooks, where even university libraries are digitizing their holdings, subscribing to digital journals available online, and newspapers are transitioning from print media to digital, we have to ask why, when most libraries are conserving resources and space, rationalizing their holdings, why is the RCS district library telling us they need twice as much space to serve a socio-econmically miserable and declining community?

The RCS community library currently occupies about 3300 sq. ft. in the municipal building; the library staff complain it’s not enough and are proposing a plan, actually the plan is moving along, to move to the old Knights of Columbus building on Main Street, Ravena, a space of 8600 sq. ft., more than double what the library now has. That’s a really big upgrade. But it gets scarier so read on.

In the present library location the library pays rent to the village but gets its utilities paid there. In the new location it’s going to have to pay to have the building upgraded, rebuilt in part, and adapted. The library will not only pay rent to the landlord, it will have to enter into a 10-year lease with that landlord in order to qualify for any state money. In addition to paying the rent, the library will have to pay for utilities and other expenses.

Where’s the $$money$$ going to come from?

What we’d like to know is who is the owner of the property the library is going to be leasing? Is it one of the local robber barons or slum lords? If the library is now paying about $1200/month to the town, what’s the lease payment? Is the landlord paying for it all? Part of the renovation work? None of it?

What studies has the library conducted to justify the necessary 2x the current space? Does the library have any utilization statistics for who uses the library, when, for what? How is the library justifying the requirment for more than twice the space?

Why is all of this necessary now, now in a time of fiscal austerity, joblessness, record unemployment, political and economic uncertainty? Does the library directly need to leave the fiction section and return to the non-fiction section? Can anyone afford this kind of spending when the school budget is doomed to failure and everyone across the state, country is cutting? Why more physical space when the trend is in the direction of electronic books?

Mr Wolfe and Your Money

Mr Ben Wolfe, president of the library board,  stated that the library board is projecting to 5, 10, 20 years in the future to accommodate the library’s needs. My question is how on earth can they be so certain? I don’t put much stock in empty visions or crystal balls and that’s where Mr Wolf appears to be getting his double-talk. If the RCS district library can see that far in the future and accurately predict what their and the community’s needs will be, they should share their method with the federal government and apply for a Nobel prize in fortune-telling. I don’t buy it!

We’re not done yet. The district library budget goes up on the same referendum as the school budget. In addition, the library’s 2012-12 budget has to accommodate not only the relocation spending spree but also a 3% cost of living increase for its staff, increases in pension allocations, thousands in architectural and engineering fees needed for the rebuilding of the new location, and the list goes on.

When library director Judith Felsten was asked by a resident  $$How Much$$ the library director tells the public, “We’re not sure what the final cost will be?” Your response should be: “Well, when you do, then we can talk.”

Where’s it Coming From?

And where is the money coming from, she answered “fundraising,” (Bad answer! From where, who in the RCS district has any money to give?) and “Contributions in kind (translation: meaning people are expected to contribute their time and skills; a cat-in-a-sack), matching grants (translation: whatever is promised by the grant provider must be matched by the applicant, for example, state gives $100 you have to give $100), NYS Public Library Construction Grant (translation: you get this only if you commit to remaining on the property for at least 10 years, that’s why the 10-year lease).”

When pressed for more information the director was only able to say “We’re total novices…every time something comes up it’s more.” Well, that’s very encouraging.

While we don’t deny the importance of a public library in any community we have some serious doubts about this nutty plan. First of all, any such plan should be supported by numbers that support the need for more than twice the current space, and what those numbers tell the public about how the library is being used. There are no such numbers apparently. So, Good-bye! The general uncertainty of the plan is another hare-raising point; there’s no rhyme or reason to the financial sense of the proposal. It’s all very murky. Too many questions and too few convincing answers.

What is the population in the district doing? What are the needs of the community, the district? What is the socio-economic structure of the community, the district? What is the business climate in the community, the district (pretty awful, from where I’m standing)? What is the real justification for this half-baked, overly enthusiastic, very risky project.

Our advice at this point in time under these circumstances: Vote the Proposal and the Budget down. Vote NO! on the district library budget and expansion plan. It should be put on hold until more reliable facts and figures can be produced and made public!

Alternatively: Demand that the library board cough up some real concrete figures and have them published in the official newspaper for the RCS district for all to read and comment on.

Here is the email address for library director Judith Felston:  felstenj@rcscommunitylibrary.org. Ask your questions directly and please copy us with your questions and her answers. Here’s the e-mail address for RCS Community Library board president Ben Wolfe: president@rcscommunitylibrary.org. Ask him directly about the plan and copy us with your questions and his answers.

But it’s really late to do something like that which should have been done months ago!

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Your library. Keep it simple and cozy!

 

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Flying Pigs and Talking Pineapples…

NY Education Commissioner David "Pineapplehead" Steiner

Where is it all going — Maybe to London, Helsinki, Singapore or Rio de Janeiro — on Your Tab? Talking Pinapples, Trips to London, $32 Million to Test Prep Company, Illegal Lobbying, Attorney General Investigation. You PAY, they PLAY!

New York state awarded a five-year $32 million, yes MILLION dollars to Pearson Education, a testing company now under investigation by the NY state Attorney General for illegal lobbying in New York state! $32 million dollars of YOUR money to the company that included the fable of the Hare and the Pineapple as a reading comprehension test question for YOUR 8th graders. The idiotic question raised such a hullaballoo that it was removed from the test…and Pearson gets $32 million for treating your kids like half-witted garden slugs! (Did the Times Useless, the News Herald, or the Daily News report on this?!? Answer: NO!) Of course not, instead they picked on a citizen devoted to realtity and commons sense, a “sovereign citizen” (we’re all sovereign citizens!) on the RCS CSD Board of Education, they scandalized the sacrificing public servant (unpaid!) and smeared him all over the front page, while the real sluts pointed fingers and abused the board! Morons! Press and local sluts have been strangely silent!

Oh! And if you’re curious about the Hare and the Pineapple question, click here to read the-hare-and-the-pineapple.

Yeah! I'm stupid!

I guess the purpose is to make idiots out of the population and New York state can continue paying off it’s lobbyists with taxpayer money and the lobbyists can use their tax-exempt, non-profit foundations like the tax-exempt Pearson Foundation to funnel money to lobby for Guess what!: Fat State contracts to the tune of $32 million. And what pricks up the State Attorney General’s ears? Not the kids. Not the idiotic test questions. What got the State’s attention was at least four education conferences — in London, Helsinki, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro — since 2008, according to people familiar with the investigation. And, as the New York Times reported:

“In New York, Pearson Education most recently won a five-year, $32 million contract to administer state tests, and it maintains a $1 million contract for testing services with the State Education Department, according to state records. The last contract was awarded after David M. Steiner, then the state education commissioner, attended a conference in London in June 2010 that was organized by the Council of Chief State School Officers and underwritten by the Pearson Foundation.” Why London?

Really?

The Times goes on, “Dr. Steiner, currently a dean and professor at Hunter College, said on Wednesday that his trip had been cleared by an ethics officer at the Education Department. “I am sure that there was no sales pitch,” he said, adding that “given the many attendees and presentations, I cannot be sure that there was nobody speaking at some point in the conference who was from Pearson rather than the Pearson Foundation or other organizations.”

“But Dr. Steiner said “there is zero link” between his trip and the state’s subsequent contract with Pearson. He said that he had no direct involvement in the decision to select Pearson and that his role was to report the recommendation to hire Pearson, made by the department’s staff, to the Board of Regents. “I followed exactly our rules and protocols,” he said. “I still believe it was a useful and informative and professional activity that had been properly cleared.”

Somebody Seriously Needs To Go To Jail!

Put the Crooks and Double-Dippers Where They Belong: Behind Bars!

Yeah, Dr Steiner, and pigs have wings, too…and don’t forget talking pineapples in the reading comprehension tests for New York’s 8th graders, too!
Now back to RCS  CSD:

Read the Daily Mail and Times articles at these links:

Talking pineapple question on state exam stumps … everyone!

Testing Firm Faces Inquiry on Free Trips for Officials

Standardized Tests Hurt Kids and Public Schools: Teachers, Parents Take a Stand Against Corporate-Backed Test Regime

A reader, Mr L. Polyak, shared some thoughts with us this week and we’d like to publish them in part here.

 Mr Polyak: To  clarify:  “There is a formula it would be about 8.4% increase to RCS CSD  would be allowed  just to stay the Same.  keep in mind RCS is a “failing School” according to Feds And NYS Dept of Ed’s( we can’t teach our kids- too many drop outs [suspensions are high, too]. We are already in the crosshairs of the  NYSED. We lose pilot-programs money paid via our income taxes as a result. We lose money via property taxes (settlement out of court over 10 yrs ago, people  moving out of the district), fewer state grants  What  I was just trying to say is even with 2% here, 2% there and everywhere (tax caps)  8.4%  (RCS), 2% from town, 2-5% from Village of Ravena,  God knows how much the from Albany County around 130% a good guess, water and sewer 10 to-20% each, the Ravena library taxes (Note the only tax I would never have problems with because they do stretch their money a long way; you do see it working for you. [Editior’s Note: The director of the library recently reported to the Coeymans Town board that she expects to be expanding to occupy the old Knights of Columbus building on Main Street. How much $$?]) and some fire district tax (If I could I would write them a blank check I would God Bless them all!) etc. Simply it adds up and up and up.  There are RCS CSD workers themselves and fixed income folks who  can’t  afford all the increases as property owners–even with this new tax cap.  Some who lose or have lost their jobs never mind life long folks on fixed incomes and trying their best to stay here to be with the grand kids; some have already given up and moved out (about 1000). The reality: less kids in school less teachers needed. Then there’s the law suits and fines we are not told about. We use taxes rates from 4.5 to 6.9 % or higher out of 700 school dists. in NY we compare ourselves to our neighbors New Scotland. Bethlehem, etc they are not like us in any way; for that matter we could compare ourselves to South Hampton it’s so off base. This where RCS CSD hides the  real costs as in the past. For example, the pool there In reality, there are very few school dists out there who are like us in every way For example: Icabod Crane School Dist.  They have similar  problems…half the district is farms, rural,the tax base is similar, population (about the same), and number of students, etc. but they are $7 million less in their budget, 39 fewer teachers, and one less member on the school board (only 8), and they graduate 90% and their student go off to college. We have a failing teachers report card from the feds and NY state Ed Depts. and conflict-of-intrest left and right. [Here Mr Polyak provides a link to Ichaodcrane http://www.ichabodcrane.org] Compare for yourself and when you do you won’t be happy. Vote NO on the budget! The State Ed Dept (NYSED) is aware. I know I sent them copies of a [this] blog, too. if they take over RCS CSD half of the teachers will lose their jobs, half of the administration goes, too. It [should be] about placing the students first. What is your solution? 2 million New Yorkers have move out of NYS in the last 15 years US census Fact! Good Luck!”

Useful RCS CSD Links. Stay informed!

NYS DoE Accountability Overview Report 2011-2012

RCS Central School District News

RCS would lose $2.4 million in state aid under Governor’s budget proposal

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Like Community, Like Church

It All Comes Together: There’s a certain loose, but perverse, consistency in almost any community. What you find in the local government, law enforcement, courts, schools, you’re likely to find in the church communities, too. It’s only reasonable, because they bleed into and out of each other, don’t they?

Is this what it's all about?

Well, a couple of posts back, I mentioned a certain police investigator and his missus having had a notorious adulterous affair, and that same couple is active in the local church, the police investigator even serving a lay ministry as reader at liturgies.

The local priest has a certain reputation, too. He’s a bit of an eccentric, a maverick, and tends to piss people off. He and his deacon fit beautifully into the local community, if you catch my drift. Even if you don’t follow yet, follow this link to another blog and see what an ass-kicking Father James Kane is getting for a gross indecency concerning his conduct during a divine liturgy. Scandalous from the Roman Catholic point of view, embarassing, and pitious, too. Read more at Is Fr James Kane Really Fit to Be Pastor?

Problem was, it was broadcast!

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Brain Size and What It Tells Us

I’ve been reviewing some of the RCS Board of Education video recordings and  have attempted to make sense out of what Mr David Bartlett and some of the other witchhunters are driving at in their questions of a board member’s ability to uphold the provisions of the United States Constitution. Really.

Several questions arise:

Are Mr Bartlett and his supporters questioning the boardmember’s citizenship? If so, then attorney May’s response at the January 24 meeting is on target. That also raises the question of whether Mr Bartlett and his cronies would exclude from the board any person who is not a US citizen. This would, of course, include any individual in good-standing not yet having taken the citizenship oath: a foreign business person, a green cardholder, someone waiting to take the citizenship oath. That’s a very interesting suggestion, Mr Bartlett, and it would be very interesting to hear your response. If a non-citizen Canadian businessperson offered a $200,000 no-strings-attached gift to the school district, Bartlett would probably send it back because the donor is not a citizen. Go bloody figure!

The targeted boardmember is accused by his detractors of “not paying his taxes.” I would guess that most of the detractors are pig-ignorant of the actual circumstances of the case. Right? I would further guess that the majority of the detractors are pig-ignorant of the tax codes. Right? So why are these pig-ignorants opening their pie holes anyway? Every citizen and non-citizen working in the United States can contest and then appeal any provision of the tax code, including whether or not he or she is liable for a given tax. Wake up and shut up until you know what you’re talking about! The targeted boardmember is fully within his rights!

Some of the detractors have questioned why the boardmember won’t speak up. Again, shut up until you know what you’re talking about. Any statement made publicly by the boardmember relating to an issue in controversy can and probably would be refashioned and distorted and held against him. The only prudent and cautious thing to do is not to comment. Only a fool would risk satisfying the pig-ignorant with a public statement and then risk his entire standing and case. Wake up or shut up!

But what really irks me is when I hear people like David Bartlett and his ilk making comments in pulbic meetings and in the comments on some of the newspaper blogs that are so general it would take weeks to first figure out what Bartlett is asking specifically–Does he even know or is he just being a nuisance?–and once figured out, to even attempt answering the question, that is, if the question is even relevant. (Which at this point it is not!)

Mr Bartlett is specifically attacking the boardmember by referring to the boardmember’s pending tax case and the boardmember’s competence to uphold the Constitution based on what I think I hear to be (1) the pending tax case and/or (2) the boardmember’s secured party creditor status and his claim of natural sovereignty. (If you or any of your minions, Mr Bartlett,  have any questions on natural sovereignty I would refer you to John Locke and Emanuel Kant!)

The pending tax case is as normal as vanilla ice cream and is no business of the board or you, Mr Bartlett, or your co-conspirators. Period.

The fact that the board member disagrees, strongly or otherwise, with a provision of the United States Constitution is also irrelevant, as it does not affect in any way whatsoever the boardmember’s fitness or competence to serve efficaciously on the Board of Education in whatever capacity the Board deems appropriate. In a democracy, Mr Bartlett, you voluntarily  delegate some of your decision power to the officials duely elected by the majority (Or did you forget that in your minority standing?). Wake up or shut up!

If Mr Bartlett and/or his cronies were to continue the overly broad and vague accusations, they would only further add to their appearance of pig-ignorance, since they make no impression that they have any idea of what they are in fact accusing the boardmember of that obviates his competence! Neither Bartlett nor any of his chorus of sharks has stated specifically which part of the US Constitution he alleges the boardmember to be incapable of upholding. Or is it the entire US Constitution, which is idiotic even to suggest.

The Sixteenth Amendment (Amendment XVI) to the United States Constitution allows the Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states or basing it on Census results. Initially, the legislatures of the following states rejected the amendment without ever subsequently ratifying it: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Utah. Virginia.Furthermore, the legislatures of the following states never considered the proposed amendment: Florida, Pennsylvania.

While today individuals and businesses in all 50 states pay federal income tax, residents in 41 states also pay state income tax. Nine states have no state income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. The states of New Hampshire and Tennessee tax their residents only on income earned through interest and dividends.

But check this out:
Number of Americans Paying Zero Federal Income Tax Grows to 43.4 Million  And that was during 2006. At that time Tax Foundation economists estimates that roughly 43.4 million tax returns, representing 91 million individuals, will face a zero or negative tax liability. That’s out of a total of 136 million federal tax returns that will be filed. Adding to this figure the 15 million households and individuals who file no tax return at all, roughly 121 million Americans—or 41 percent of the U.S. population—will be completely outside the federal income tax system in 2006. Were you aware of that Mr Bartlett & Co?

It gets even better:

Most Companies Pay No Federal Income Tax  Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress. That number has grown since then and we all know the local example of GE who pays NO TAX. Want to talk about the notorious 1%, the Bloombergs, Gates, and Zuckerbergs of the American “classless society?” What are you preaching about them, Mr Bartlett? Wake up or shut up!

Now, back to the Constitution: Abortion as we all know is murder and a crime against the unborn; a movement of the Culture of Death. But it’s been made legal under the United States Constitution under the due process provision of the 14th Amendment. So, Mr Bartlett, according to you any right-to-lifer would be barred from serving on the Board of Education because s/he does not support the Constitution.

Another example: Ownership of automatic weapons, assault weapons. Accoding to Bartlettian logic, anyone who advocates gun control or the ban on automatic or assault weapons cannot defend the Constitution because s/he opposes the 2nd Amendment. By that reasoning, therefore, if someone quite capable and valuable wants to serve on the BoE but opposes the 2nd Amendment right to own automatic or assault weapons s/he is ipso facto and de facto, even de jure  barred from serving. Right?

What about the religion provisions of the First Amendment? If I am following your logic, Mr Bartlett, according to you and your friends, only atheists would be eligible to serve. Right?

So, here’s a little exercise for you: Can you identify the most accurate depiction of your brain in the the image series below ? 

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Next Part of the Test: What do you feel when you look at this picture?

Porking the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg.

Porking the Goose That Lays the Golden Egg. Stifling Diversity.

One more to go. Now be patient:

Does this picture accurately depict the evolutionary path taken by the Constitutional wizards attacking the boardmember?

Danger! Keep away from geese!

Thank you for your participation!

You’re now officially a Constitution Defiler.

Why not just burn it, Bartlett?

Disclaimer: Sincerest apologies to any pig who may have been inadvertently offended by our use of the phrase “pig-ignorant” to characterize any individual or individual’s behavior on this blog. The use of the phrase was not intended to characterize the porcine species as a group, and its use was intended solely for illustrative and figurative purposes.

 

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