Barack Obama Polling

There are all kinds of polls out there on the President. One of the latest polls has Pres. Obama’s approval rating and being worth electing again below 50% , but one could find a poll on the President both pro and con these days. One of my liberal Facebook friends knows were to find all the pro Obama polls. I do not site too many polls.

The one pollster that continues to sit well with me is Scott Rasmussen. His polling was the most accurate throughout the 2008 presidential election. I remember the Zogby Poll got things very wrong. Zogby had John McCain ahead consistently from the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice President Nominee to the election. McCain/Palin received the projection to win by a respectable margin. I wonder how many Zogby employees were let go after the 2008 presidential election!

When the poll is against who you support, you tend to play it down and/or ignore it. Listen to a reaction to a poll that has Pres. Obama is seriously down among Independents who gave him the presidency in 2008.

Hear the entire segment which has to do more with Libya

Forcing Employers to Give Employees More Leave Time

I worked for a well-known church organization as a child care teacher. In getting extra time off from work, I remember back in the early 80s, a co-worker asked to take two weeks off to go on short-term missions trip. There was some hemming and hawing coming from management as they waited to hear from headquarters on which way to go on the matter. The co-worker was finally given permission and left with other church members on a 2 week missionary trip to Haiti. The unpaid time off was given in addition to vacation time. A substitute did her assignments.

A few years later and from that point on with the change in management (and at headquarters), if you did not have enough accumulated vacation time to use, the answer to future short-termed 2/3 week missionary trip requests was an immediate “NO.” The new reaction from headquarters was if you can go unpaid, then they were wasting money on you with paid benefits (and back then, those benefits were extra ordinary for a child care teacher).  If something important was going on during your requested time off, like a state inspection, you could still be told “NO,” even when you had accumulated paid vacation days.

Someone, I know made plans to go on a short-term missions trip to an African country some years ago, which was a little longer than 2 weeks. The person was initially given permission. On their last day of work, this person was told “NO.” The person went on the missions trip anyway and returned to unemployment.

This Illinois discrimination case where Muslim math teacher, Safoorah Khan was denied her request of  3 weeks unpaid leave  from her middle school to make the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj is supported by the Department of Justice – DOJ. Her pilgrimage was just before final exams. Ms. Khan resigned to make the Hajj. The DOJ says the school board violated Title Seven of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which  prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin or religion. Now did this civil rights act really apply to Ms. Khan’s denied unpaid leave request?

I think the DOJ opened a big can of worms to say the least! Accommodating Ms. Khan’s extended absence at the expense of her students during the school year goes against the best educational interests of schools. You know employees are watching to see how what the final outcome will be. If I were still a child care director, I could see employees sighting the DOJ and Title Seven in trying to wrangle enormous amounts of time off for suspect spiritual reasons and being self-assured of their job being in place for them on return.

Employees being out other than through the use of rightly accrued benefit time,is rather devastating. That is the case with child care. These days most centers do not have budget money alloted for substitutes as some did in the 80s. Well, employers start preparing for the onslaught of leave time requests and legal battles if and when you say “NO.”


Shout to the Lord


Psalm 98:4

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

The Entire 98th Psalm


Hebrews 1:1-4

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

A Great Education Discussion

I watched a previous discussion on public education on C-SPAN that took place in Arkansas as a part of the Clinton School speaker series. When it comes to education, I think many Democrats and Republicans come to the same page. Some conservatives were angry with Newt Gingrich for teaming up with  leftist liberal, Al Sharpton to rally for education at different schools around the country solely because of Al Sharpton, but more understood. The teaming was not about the conservative Republican/liberal Democrat debate over throwing money at schools.

It was about dealing with the disparity of graduation rates and education of minorities through driving the importance of learning, not disrespecting teachers in the classroom and taking going to school seriously throughout life. I cannot fault Mr. Gingrich or Mr. Sharpton for doing that. Hey, non graduation rates for black males is the highest in Detroit. See the Education section in Tale of Two Cities. I am in no way excluding parental blame, because there is some to go around, but this concentration is on the school/educator side.

On C-SPAN Mayor Kevin Johnson (Democrat and formerly of the NBA) of Sacramento, California and his fiancée, the former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools system in Washington, D. C., Michelle Rhee  discussed  the “State of Education.” I was on Ms. Rhee’s side during her embattled time as the D. C. schools chancellor.  Mayor Johnson’s past education building efforts led to a low-income area majority black student school out performing suburban majority white schools in test scores.

I restrain my partisan being when it comes to education.  Please at least listen to a portion of the entire discussion in the video here. You will hear Mayor Johnson talk about the school that out performed suburban schools among other great things.


The Bush/Obama Morph

I am seeing that middle morphed image a lot since Pres. Obama authorized military action in Libya. He is catching it from all sides on the Libya action. I hear angry callers on urban talk radio and conservative George W. Bush detractors on right-wing radio accusing him of being like his predecessor.

Pres. Obama raised ire for being for the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts. Some became very angry with the President, because they thought he would have all the troops out of Afghanistan by now. That did not happen and now this thing with Libya! Read more from Pres. Obama acting like predecessor.