Urban parents should take note of the suburbs.

A major theme currently peppering my news feed from across the country is suburban parents being arrested while speaking out at school committee meetings.  John DePetro has video of one such man, Jeremy Palmer, at a school committee meeting in the Chariho district.  Another parent in that district, Kelly Sullivan, describes the multiracial opposition to…

Jeremy Palmer's arrest in Chariho
These days, it’s a marker of privilege to be able to live by a reasonable standard.

I almost feel the need to apologize for keeping on this story when nothing new has really been added, but the key moral of the thing — which nobody is talking about — is right there screaming at us. Ted Nesi of WPRI tweeted out a letter that the president of Bailey’s Beach, Alexander Auersperg, reportedly…

Clown face in a pinball machine
Counting immigrants toward representation reduces Rhode Island’s influence.

So suggests Hans von Spakovsky, reviewing some studies of apportionment and the effects of including non-citizens while calculating each state’s share of representation in Congress: In 2015, the Congressional Research Service did an analysis of how representation in the House would have changed after the 2010 Census if apportionment had been based on the 2013…

U.S. Capitol Building
Non-profit status at Bailey’s Beach helps the very wealthiest avoid taxes, but progressives are launching decoys.

With GoLocalProv getting attention for having turned the spotlight on progressive Democrat U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for his (allegedly) all-white beach club membership, somebody reminded me earlier today of a tweet I’d directed at him on May 22 (shown in the featured image for this post). He’d written, “Rising inequality is a threat to the American way…

The General Assembly has passed more anti-science legislation.

The headline over Christian Winthrop’s Newport Buzz article shows how journalists absorb government spin: “Rhode Island General Assembly Passes Bill that Would Ban Gender Discrimination in Health Insurance Premiums.” The legislators aren’t attacking a “discriminatory practice known as gender rating,” as Winthrop writes, but denying actuarial science. Insurance premiums are higher for women because women cost more…

A Band-Aid lid
If children can choose their sex, why can’t they choose marriage?

As my opening question hints, the support for legislation making Rhode Island the fifth state in the country to ban child marriage earlier this month was so uniform that it couldn’t help but excite my contrarian nature.  Writing in Forbes, Ryan Sasse of UNICEF’s praise was particularly profuse: With the enactment of H5387/S398 on June 7,…

Romeo and Juliet
The march against the Nonviolence Institute is more evidence we’re being played against each other.

In fascinating juxtaposition to the excuse-making that progressive Democrat U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is enjoying, the folks from Direct Actions for Rights and Equality (DARE) marched in protest of money given to the Nonviolence Institute.  Courtney Carter reported on it for WPRI: This week, [organizer Cedric] Russell co-released a public letter addressed to the institute,…

Old painting of fighting puppets
Let’s cut to the point on Sheldon Whitehouse’s elite beach club.

Conservatives and Republicans aren’t outraged at the nature of Bailey’s Beach Club or Sheldon Whitehouse’s membership in it.  They’re using the controversy to bring attention to the cartoonish hypocrisy of progressives and Democrats.  It’s really that simple, and everybody knows it. So, when Democrat activist Devin Driscoll lauds a Ted Nesi article on WPRI as…

Bailey's Beach from the sky
It’s well past time to defund the lobbyists of government agencies.

Continuing to dig into the shady (yet, completely ordinary) behind-the-scenes maneuvers of Rhode Island’s governing class when it comes to South Kingstown Schools’ fight with local mom Nicole Solas, William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection reports that the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association (RISSA) is working to reduce Rhode Islanders access to public information by changing the Access…

RISSA logo
Lawrence, Massachusetts, isn’t just a cautionary tale for Rhode Island.

For years, I’ve presented the history and condition of Lawrence, Massachusetts, as an example that Rhode Island shouldn’t follow — namely, becoming a place that seeks to import clients for government services for which local, state, and federal taxpayers can be billed.  Given that recurring theme, I bookmarked this press release from the U.S. Attorney’s…

Ciccone’s bill to create driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants has double the incentive to come here.

There is a reasonable case to be made on safety grounds to have people who are in the country illegally take steps to follow some laws, like those around driving vehicles.  If the federal government isn’t doing its job, the argument would go, states have to find ways to address the many problems that arise…

Immigrant crossing sign with Discover Beautiful RI sign
Step back and think about the noose mania on campuses.

It turns out, as College Fix editor Jennifer Kabbany reports, that the moral panic at Central Connecticut State University over an American flag hoisted on a crane above a noose was not a racist provocation: A construction company building a parking structure at Central Connecticut State University had hoisted an American flag at the end of…

CCSU's crane nooses
Who would have thought putting men in women’s prisons might be problematic?

The mainstream media is too woke (or too scared) to report extensively on the consequences on the consequences for their fellow-travelers’ crazy policies, but that only makes it more important for the rest of us to pay attention.  Amanda Presigiacomo reports an entirely predictable example for The Daily Wire: Former and current female inmates from…

A hand and barred window
There should be no get-out-of-blame cards based on ideology.

Michael Esfeld provides a helpful frame for our current moment, writing for the American Institute for Economic Research, with reference to Karl Popper’s The Open Society and its Enemies: The open society is characterized by recognizing every human being as a person: the person has an inalienable dignity. When we think and act, we are free….

A hand reaches for chains
The Gaspee Project is moving RI’s donor disclosure law toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to Jerrick Adams, writing for Ballotpedia, a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit heard oral arguments in the case on June 9.  Adams gives a good quick summary of the two fundamental arguments: The law in question (H7859, enacted in 2012) requires issue advocacy groups to disclose to the…

A "cancel culture" document in a typewriter
The Left’s morality is a strange thing to behold.

Social media is all aflutter with the shocking, Earth-shattering news that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has voted to draft a document!  Surely the end times are near. Christine Rousselle reports for the Catholic News Agency: Meeting virtually for their annual spring general assembly, the U.S. bishops voted on Thursday to begin…

Luca Signorelli, The Preaching of the Antichrist
Wokism is a Gordian Knot. Cut through it.

If you haven’t begun drinking yet and want a mind-bending article, read this RealClearInvestigations article on The Epoch Times.  The intellectual trick that makes it mind-bending is that you have to pretend the subject matter isn’t nonsense to begin with. Let’s unpack a relatively long quotation from the article: Ron Scapp, an academic specialist in ethnic studies,…

Tangled ropes
Rhode Island’s reopening will be micromanaged.

A Friday press release from the office of Governor Daniel McKee inches Rhode Island toward reopening.  It’s actually very difficult to interpret the meaning of the press release, because it’s poorly written and it’s not clear where restrictions have been lifted and where they’re being modified.  But this appears to be the set of changes:…

An electrical switch
WPRI’s headline writer should do some reading on Pravda.

This NewsNation Now article by Leland Vittert, running on WPRI’s website wouldn’t ordinarily have merited comment, but the headline is enough to make you involuntarily spit out your coffee:  “Putin praised Biden, experts say that could mean he’s rattled.”  The article reinforces the propagandistic character of the headline: “He is focused,” Putin said. “He understands…

Joe Biden's smile.
Artificial intelligence could lock in an infant ideology born of hate, and it can happen to students, too.

A central concern about the development of artificial intelligence is that it will depend so heavily (at least for its starting point) on the input of the people who created it.  A Daily Wire article by Luke Rosiak about social-justice turmoil in the Google “Ethical AI” team provides a detail of just how short-sighted a launch…

Google computer start screen
The election question is coming down to “fraud or gross incompetence” in some places.

I was thinking earlier about how the news media is able to shift the narrative and mood of the country simply by virtue of the things that it chooses to report or not to report.  Very rare events when every small update to any related story is splashed across the media nationally.  On the other…

"I Voted" sticker in a pile of leaves
Why are so many Rhode Islanders leaving the workforce in the midst of a big recovery?

The headline is, of course, that unemployment dropped to 5.8% in May, from 6.3% in April, which is nice (although it ought to be higher, given that we’re coming out of a pandemic-and-government-driven recession.  But the state Department of Labor and Training’s press release paints a peculiar picture: The number of employed Rhode Island residents…

Help wanted sign
The state is finally going to start paying for streetlights on its own roads.

One long-time wish list item from Rhode Island cities and towns has been for the state to start taking ownership of the fixtures that illuminate roads the state owns, and it is now doing so.  Of course, with new lighting technology, the savings to municipalities won’t be huge by local-budget standards (averaging a little more…

A streetlight
Barrington Town Council members are destroying their community for ideology.

Identity politics is a great destroyer.  Not only does it pit neighbor against neighbor based on superficial qualities like skin color, but it acts as an ideological litmus test.  To its practitioners, one either bends the knee or is non-personned as a “hater.”  Look at what’s happening in Barrington. This is from a Sarah Doiron…

The BLM flag flown in Barrington, RI
Speaking of the danger of doom and gloom and issue-based propaganda…

Assuming the Associated Press’s science writer, Seth Borenstein, is accurately conveying the methodology of a study proclaiming that 37% of “heat deaths” around the planet were “caused by higher temperatures from human-caused warming,” the project seems problematic on its face: Scientists used decades of mortality data in the 732 cities to plot curves detailing how…

A black bear
A step in the right direction on campaigning via school lists.

Legislation from Democrat state Senator Leonidas Raptakis (S0089) and Democrat state Representative Patricia Serpa (H5830) begins to address the abuse of school information: The General Assembly tonight passed legislation sponsored by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa which prohibits the use of a school district’s listserv to distribute any political advertisement, invitation,…

No Tolerance for Ignorance sign
Misplaced doom and gloom predictions can be self-fulfilling prophecies.

For a little lunchtime reading on a sunny day from the American Institute for Economic Research, Joakim Book highlights how little people (perhaps educated people, especially) really know about the progress humanity has made: Gapminder routinely asks 12 questions (sometimes with a thirteenth question on global temperatures, which most people tend to get right) about…

The sun rising or setting
West Warwick public library gives drag queens a privileged position.

The opposition to the upcoming drag queen story hour in West Warwick was unanimous at the library’s trustee meeting Monday night, according to Larry Gillheeney, on Ocean Stat Current, but the event is still on.  The library’s official statement on its Facebook page raises some disturbing questions: Over the past few days, there have been postings…

West Warwick Public Library
Town Clerk Joan Chabot and Solicitor Michael Marcello

How a Town Clerk, Town Solicitor, and Superior Court Judge Can Brush Your Rights Aside

Watching local government is a great way to learn how politics really works and to observe how representative democracy can deteriorate into an exercise of raw power.

International Troops Enter Iraq

It’s entirely possible that my media-cynicism adjuster is tuned too high, but whether rightly or wrongly, the following caption for the photo currently on the Providence Journal‘s home page surprised me. In big, bold letters on the picture itself is the word “Captured,” and beneath it: In this image from television, troops oversee captives at…

Out with the Old, in with the New

I’d been considering republishing a June entry from my own blog here, mostly so that it would be in the archives for future reference, and Marc’s latest post makes the topic more relevant. It’s my “coverage” (including video) of the RIGOP convention. Even if the reality of last week’s election has thrust the GOP revolution…

Quantifying the Anchor’s Weight

Turning to local politics, it seems that one of the first things to be done is to concisely show the size of the task we conservatives/Republicans face. With the latest election in the rear view mirror, the following numbers should clarify our perspective (taken from this story): Republican State Representatives – 12 out of 75…

Goading the Opposition

It has become a commonplace among right-leaning pundits that Democrats’ greatest problem is their reluctance to objectively assess the causes of their defeat and, more importantly, to reconsider their positions accordingly. Of course, that the observation is commonplace doesn’t make it untrue. Here’s Matt Russo, from Exeter, in a letter to the Providence Journal: The…

Jorge Elorza speaks at a Pride event

Politics This Week with John DePetro: The Privileged in Rhode Island

This week, John and Justin discuss the special interests who get special privileges in the Ocean State.

South Kingstown bond mailer

A Start to Fixing South Kingstown Schools’ Misbehavior

Revelations about the source of student information for a political mailer in South Kingstown give hints of the statewide machine taxpayers have to resist.

Cut roots on a wall

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Systemic Avoidance of Root Causes

This week, John and Justin discuss homelessness, gun crime, and the common theme that activists and politicians don’t want to touch the real problems behind them both.

An Analytical Eye for Systemic Racism

Studies purporting to find evidence of “systemic racism” often miss the mark or, alternately, identify “systemic racism” for which progressive ideology is to blame and that Critical Race Theory (CRT) will only make worse.

A shush post at VisionLab

When Journalists Deride Requests for Public Access in Government

With their ideological bias, Rhode Island journalists don’t see themselves as aligned with those seeking public accountability regardless of worldview, but with the powerful seeking to impose their worldview on the powerless.

Colors in a bubble

Politics This Week with John DePetro: Blowing Progressive Bubbles in RI

This week, John and Justin discuss how Rhode Island media, politicians, and officials trip themselves and others up because they see the world from within bubbles.

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