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A Different Approach December 3, 2007

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SC GROUPS FOCUS ON PEOPLE BEHIND THE STATISTICS

FITSNews – December 3, 2007 – We were blog-surfing the other day and happened to stumble upon this story on The Palmetto Scoop, which to our surprise had nothing to do with how cool John McCain is.

Touting a collaboration of the SC Alzheimers Association and the National Health Council (in conjunction with the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease), the Scoop‘s article was all about a press event last week that focused on – gasp! – real people. As in non-famous, non-political people who don’t have agendas to push or public images to cultivate.

People like leukemia survivor B.J. Welborn, or Richard Outz, whose father suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Or frankly anybody who’s personally affected or knows somebody who’s personally affected by any one of the terrible diseases that make our state so unhealthy. Which is like, all of us. Even people like Sic Willie, whose mother is a heart attack survivor (and, um, frequently vocal FITSNews critic).

Anyway, we’d like to send out a well-deserved hat-tip not only to the Scoop but to each one of the individuals and organizations associated with this event. It’s a rare day when real people telling real stories (about issues that really matter) get even a drop of ink in an early primary state, but these are stories that need to be told … and costly lessons that need to be learned.

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Did Hell Just Freeze Over? November 29, 2007

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CLYBURN SAYS HE SUPPORTS EDUCATION TAX CREDITS

FITSNews – November 29, 2007 – Democratic Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, who up to this point in his political career hasn’t recognized good ideas even when they bit him square on the ass, shocked the hell out of us in a fundraising e-mail earlier this month by saying he supports “tax credits for middle class families.” Surely he didn’t mean education tax credits, we thought, because everybody knows those have been branded as the Great Satan by all of Clyburn’s buddies in the education establishment.

The reference was included in a fundraising e-mail supporting the Democrats for Education Reform, and every other reference in the message was about education, but seriously, this had to be a typo …. Jim Clyburn? Supporting something that makes this much sense?

We checked it out with Clyburn’s peeps and were shocked to hear that the Congressman “specifically endorsed education tax credits at the event.”

Unfortunately, at that point we felt a tightness in our chests and had to discontinue the interview … we’re better now, but sadly no more Hardee’s hash rounds in the morning for us.

UDPATE – Check out this article from Matthew Ladner over at the Goldwater Institute for more on what Clyburn’s declaration means. And when you’re done with that, check out the group’s president, Darcy Olsen. Aye Cabana Boy, people!

Good Riddance November 26, 2007

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AND OUR APOLOGIES …

FITSNews – November 26, 2007 – First of all, we know it’s cruel and unusual to follow a scorching hot picture of Angelina Jolie with this image of Mississippi Senator Trent Lott. So we’re sorry. At least we didn’t pull his, um, “hair” back to reveal the third eye that’s located in the center of his forehead.

Anyway, Lott is announcing today that he will resign from his seat in the U.S. Senate before the year is up, marking the end of a 34-year career in politics that was marred of late by scandals and out-of-control spending.

Along with President George W. Bush, Lott was one of the big-spending GOP politicians in Washington D.C. who fundamentally failed to grasp the fact that Republicans are supposed to be the party of less government and lower taxes. In fact, Lott’s total lack of leadership on fiscal issues helped cost the Republican party its majority status in last year’s elections, paving the way for his fall from power.

Hopefully the people of Mississippi will elect a legitimate fiscal conservative to fill Lott’s seat, but God help ’em, people in Mississippi are almost as dumb as people in South Carolina. So don’t hold your breath …

Educrats Are Lying About Milwaukee’s School Choice Program November 26, 2007

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IF THE TRUTH DOESN’T WORK, THESE MORONS JUST MAKE SOMETHING UP

FITSNews – November 26, 2007 – In addition to completely sucking ass and hatin’ on parents, South Carolina’s education establishment has also proven itself remarkably-skilled at something else -lying. As in pants on fire. For example, Dr. Paul Krohne, Executive Director of the S.C. School Board Association had this to say in a recent Greenville (S.C.) News opinion piece slamming the successful school choice program up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

According to a study released recently … only 34 percent of Milwaukee’s parents actively choose a school for their child at all. Of that small group, less than half consider at least two alternatives in choosing a school. And of those who consider at least two schools, only 65 percent consider the academic performance of the school when choosing.

There’s only one small problem with that – it turns out the Wisconsin study Krohne references only surveyed public school parents, and on top of that, it only asked them about the limited options that are available within the city’s public school system. It didn’t ask parents of the roughly 20,000 children currently taking advantage of private or parochial educational options in Milwaukee.

Unable to refute the dramatic academic improvement of both public and private school students since choice was first implemented in Milwaukee back in 1990, Krohne is grasping at straws in an effort to pin something … anything … negative on the program – not to mention divert your eyes from the increasingly-expensive unmitigated disaster that is public education in South Carolina.

We don’t know where Dr. Krohne got his “Dr.” from, but he might want to go back and get a refund because they obviously forgot to teach him how to do research. We got our doctorate from the University of Truth, where in addition to research methodology they also taught us Ninja moves, humility and how to spot emerging fashion trends.

The Economy Is Headed Here … November 19, 2007

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FORECASTERS DOWNGRADE U.S. OUTLOOK FOR 2008

FITSNews – November 19, 2007 – You probably didn’t know this, but in addition to being highly sought-after international diplomats (as well as highly sought-after international sex kittens), the FITS gals are also economic experts on par with Alan Greenspan. It’s true. They even tried to give us a Nobel Prize once, but we told them individual accolades didn’t mesh with our image of humilty and selflessness.

Given our wisdom on these matters, we weren’t the least bit surprised to hear that the U.S. Economy is headed for the crapper in 2008, as a combination of poor credit markets, high energy prices and the collapse of the housing industry are poised to stunt America’s growth worse than a chain-smoking, coffee-slurping teenager.

In fact, the National Association for Business Economics has downgraded America’s 2008 growth estimate to a less-than-robust 2.5%, saying current market conditions favor “a higher risk of recession.”

Apparently, most economists agree, as do most of the American people. (more…)

Spending Money To Throw More Of It Down The Drain November 18, 2007

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SOUTH CAROLINA BLOWING $3.5 MILLION ON D.C. LOBBYISTS

FITSNews – November 18, 2007 – Local governments, universities and other public entities in South Carolina have spent $3.5 million in taxpayer funds over the past 18 months lobbying the federal government to spend even more of your money, according to McClatchy News’ reporter James Rosen. One of the more balanced and thorough reports we’ve seen on the issue of taxpayer-funded lobbying in recent months, Rosen’s article revisits the age old question of whether or not “We The People” should foot the bill for lobbyists whose sole purpose is getting the government to spend even more of your money.

Founding Father Thomas Jefferson certainly didn’t think so, referring to the practice as “sinful and tyrannical.” U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint doesn’t think we should either, which is one reason he has specifically targeted the budget-busting pork buffet in Washington known as “earmarking,” or sneaking local spending items into the federal budget at the last minute, often anonymously and invariably at a lobbyist’s request.

We’ll let you judge the data on this issue for yourselves, but it certainly seems clear to us that the dramatic escalation of taxpayer-funded lobbying helped fuel the recent Republican spending explosion in Washington that grew the federal government by 61% (or over a trillion dollars) from 1998-2006. (more…)

Kentucky Voters Were Mad November 7, 2007

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BLUE REVIVAL IN BLUEGRASS STATE

FITSNews – November 7, 2007 – Kentucky’s incumbent Republican governor got his ass kicked last night, losing by 17 percentage points to an old, washed-up Democrat who only ran for the office because he couldn’t recruit anybody else to do it.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher, whose administration was dogged by charges that he abused the state hiring system to place his political allies in protected positions, became the latest victim of what one observer called “the whole culture of corruption message.”

Hmmmm … wonder if we’ll be seeing any of that same message in upcoming South Carolina races, cuz Lord knows if there’s one thing we’ve got plenty of down here in The Land That Time Forgot, it’s corruption.

Some Violence Is Going Down In Pakistan November 5, 2007

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PEZHEAD MUSHROOMEF IS IN TROUBLE

FITSNews – November 5, 2007 – In case you didn’t know, we’re quite the international diplomats here at FITSNews. For example, we can tell you without fear of contradiction that the current escalation of Pakistani unrest is a direct consequence of the West’s perpetual misdiagnoses of the political heirarchy of the Pakistani Army in the wake of its acquisition of a nuclear capability, to say nothing of our ongoing failure to grasp the social, economic and geopolitical realities of the 1947 subcontinental partition.

Ouch … sorry, we blacked out there. Were we saying something?

In all honesty, the only thing we know about Pakistan is that there was some British dude on The West Wing named Lord John Marbury who seemed to know an awful lot about it. Well, that and their president really should be on a Pez dispenser, because then we could go up to people with a stopwatch and make them say “I’ve got a Pervez Pez head” five times real fast. And no matter how fast they said it, we’d tell ’em “sorry, that just wasn’t fast enough.”

Anyway, we’ll leave you with the comforting fact that people are currently rioting in the streets of a country that has nuclear weapons and pretty much hates the ever living guts out of America. So yeah, sleep tite …

The Stress Vote October 26, 2007

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AMERICA IS TELLING ITS POLITICIANS TO FOCUS ON FISCAL ISSUES … BUT WILL THEY LISTEN?

FITSNews – October 26, 2007 – While we can’t speak for Sic Willie, the rest of us here at FITSNews aren’t dumbasses. Jerks? Yes. Smartasses? You betcha. Lesbian perverts? Maybe just a little bit.

But when we float our theories about how the American electorate is increasingly receptive to fiscal conservative appeals (and decreasingly interested in hearing a bunch of social conservative nonsense), we know what we’re talking about. And even though a recent Harris Interactive poll about “Stress in America” didn’t specifically ask that “fiscal v. social” question, its results should give any halfway perceptive politician a clear and unamiguous answer.

Glaringly self-evident as it seems, the number one cause of stress in America is money, or people’s lack thereof – specifically as money relates to things like mortgages, which 51% of respondents said stressed them out.

Based on that information, it seems to us like a pretty compelling case could be made that candidates at all levels of government should start focusing on reforms that would make family budgeting a little easier – things like tax cuts, government revenue caps (with automatic taxpayer rebates) or tax credits for education, for example. (more…)

The Country Is On Fire October 23, 2007

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WILDFIRES WREAK HAVOC IN CALIFORNIA

FITSNews – October 23, 2007 – America is on fire, people. And not in a good way.

Looking at this image from space, it’s hard to believe that only one person has died from the wildfires that now stretch hundreds of miles up and down the California coastline.

We’ll pray that California’s good fortune on that front continues …

The latest from the San Francisco Chronicle indicates that 200,000 acres covering 310 square miles are currently ablaze, and that over a quarter million Californians have been forced to evacuate their homes. Meteorologists say the conflagrations is being fed by high winds that build up in the Great Basin between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains. Known as the Santa Ana winds, they often gust to hurricane strength, and in 2003 fueled wildfires that devoured over 700,000 acres.

For a chilling look at just one of these fires, click here.