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  • Lake Wobegon Alert: Less Than 1 Percent of Michigan Teachers Rated 'Ineffective'

    12/05/2012 1:03:56 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/3/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Out of over 95,000 Michigan teachers, more than 97 percent were rated “highly effective” or “effective” by their administrators. Only 0.8 percent were rated "ineffective." More than two-thirds of the 3,796 schools rated every teacher in one of the top two categories. For the past few years, the Michigan Department of Education surveyed and reported school evaluations as a condition of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 — also known as the federal stimulus program. Teachers can be rated “highly effective,” “effective,” “minimally effective” or “ineffective.” Jan Ellis, a spokesperson with the Michigan Departmet of Education, said that...
  • That’s Indoctrination! Everything your suburban fourth-grader needs to know about gay marriage

    12/05/2012 1:01:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 4, 2012 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Two moms and a baby, as presented in That’s a Family! (GroundSpark)Next week, fourth-grade students at Penn Valley Elementary School in the gilded Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion will spend part of their school day watching and discussing a very clever piece of cinematic propaganda courtesy of organized homosexuality. The film is called That’s a Family!, and it is endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign along with other homosexual activist groups.As a fellow practitioner of the occult arts of persuasion, I must confess my admiration for That’s a Family! The film clearly is a product of the institutional wing of the...
  • Court casts doubt on Obama’s recess appointments

    12/05/2012 12:58:06 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/5 | Stephen Dinan
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday questioned not only President Obama’s controversial January recess appointments but the entire system of such appointments, using oral arguments in a case to cast doubt on whether presidential powers can ever be exercised unless Congress has adjourned for good.
  • Green Energy Overhaul Hurts Environment, Hikes Electric Bills

    12/05/2012 12:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 5, 2012
    In a major blow to the taxpayer-funded green energy movement, a government audit reveals that a California plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using more “renewable” sources will damage the environment and increase electric bills. This clearly defeats the intended goal of saving mother earth from the evils of man-made pollutants that are contributing to the global warming crisis. The story involves California’s massive transformation in the way electricity is produced and distributed. By 2020 the Golden State plans to be a green zone with a clean-energy economy that drastically slashes greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the impact of...
  • ‘Are you famous?' Woman doesn't recognise Jay-Z on New York subway (Watch Video)

    12/05/2012 12:47:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 12/05/2012 | Chris Paine
    WHEN hip-hop superstar Jay-Z boarded a crowded subway to his show in Brooklyn everybody knew who he was. Everybody except for the person sitting next to him. In Jay-Z's new 24-minute YouTube documentary Where I'm From, a woman named Ellen innocently asks Mr Beyonce: "are you famous?" as he takes his seat. Jay-Z, taken aback, politely replies: "Yes. Not very famous you don't know me." "I'll get there some day." He then tells Ellen he makes music and that he's on the way to his eighth and final show. "I'm on my way to the performance in Brooklyn and the...
  • Huge Powerball Payout Inspires “Ingenious” Fiscal Idea

    The nearly $600 million payout to the two winners of this week's latest Powerball lottery drawing has inspired what Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner called “an ingenious and painless way out of the government's chronic debt crisis.” Geithner's “ingenious and painless” plan calls for the Federal Reserve to buy a minimum of $30 billion in Powerball tickets every week. “Over the course of a year this would generate a minimum of $1.5 trillion in lottery winnings,” Geithner calculated. “As the holder of more than 99% of each week's outstanding tickets, the federal government would almost certainly win each week's jackpot. The...
  • Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act Introduced to Assembly

    12/05/2012 12:32:37 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 12-4-12 | unattributed
    Building off of Rhode Island’s community effort, a coalition of West Coast organizations is working with Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) to introduce a Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness Act today. The bill’s author, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, said, “We need to stop criminalizing the behavior of people who have nowhere else to turn. People who are in need of mental health services or who have lost their jobs and their homes are being told, ‘Move along or go to jail.’ The Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights begins to give us a framework for appropriate approaches to protecting our...
  • Bob Costas: I Was Talking About The "Gun Culture," Not Gun Control

    12/05/2012 12:32:09 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 72 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 12-5-2012
    (Watch video at link) BOB COSTAS: "...... What I was talking about here, and I'm sorry if that wasn't clear to everybody, was a gun culture. I never mentioned the Second Amendment. I never used the words gun control. ......"
  • Obama Gets Humiliated in the Pacific

    12/05/2012 12:27:56 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 50 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | December 03, 2012 | Spengler
    It is symptomatic of the national condition of the United States that the worst humiliation ever suffered by it as a nation, and by a US president personally, passed almost without comment last week. I refer to the November 20 announcement at a summit meeting in Phnom Penh that 15 Asian nations, comprising half the world's population, would form a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership excluding the United States. President Barack Obama attended the summit to sell a US-based Trans-Pacific Partnership excluding China. He didn't. The American led-partnership became a party to which no-one came. Instead, the Association of Southeast Asian...
  • U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998

    12/05/2012 12:16:00 PM PST · by thackney · 23 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | Dec 4, 2012 | Energy Information Administration
    December 4, 2012 U.S. monthly crude oil production reaches highest level since 1998 Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Petroleum Supply Monthly. U.S. crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged almost 6.5 million barrels per day in September 2012, the highest volume in nearly 15 years. The last time the United States produced 6.5 million barrels per day or more of crude oil was in January 1998. Since September 2011, U.S. production has increased by more than 900,000 barrels per day. Most of that increase is due to production from oil-bearing rocks with very low permeability through the use of horizontal...
  • NSA agent: "Everyone under virtual surveillance!"

    12/05/2012 12:15:36 PM PST · by wesagain · 60 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 5, 2012 | staff writer
    Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched? And watched by the government? There’s very good reason to feel that way, says a whistleblower from the National Security Agency who says everyone in the U.S. is under virtual surveillance by federal authorities. In an interview with RT, William Binney, a former mathematician and code breaker at the NSA, says the FBI records the emails of nearly all Americans, including members of Congress, and warns that the government can use this information against anyone. “The FBI has access to the data collected, which is basically the emails of virtually...
  • HOUSE GOP LEADERS PURGED CONSERVATIVES USING SECRET CRITERIA LIST

    12/05/2012 12:14:07 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    House Republican leaders used a secret criteria list to decide which conservatives to purge from powerful House committees, Breitbart News has learned. As this time, it appears they will keep the criteria list hidden from the public, too. Spokespeople for members of House GOP leadership have refused to discuss details about the list on the record with press. Because GOP Leadership won't discuss the list, it’s unclear what specific criteria the list contained and how much of a role it played in the conservative purge. It’s also unclear which member of House Republican leadership initiated this process. In remarks to...
  • Obama Warns GOP Against Debt Ceiling Fight: "I Will Not Play That Game"

    12/05/2012 12:11:03 PM PST · by yoe · 73 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 5, 2012
    Video At a Business Roundtable meeting today, President Obama warned Republicans to not use the debt ceiling as leverage in talks over spending cuts or entitlement cuts. Obama told business leaders they "should not accept going through" that "game" which would be a "catastrophe" for the country. "That is a bad strategy for America, it's a bad strategy for your businesses and it's not a game that I will play," Obama said. "I will not play that game, because we've got to break that habit before it starts," Obama later added.
  • Special-ops vets demand Benghazi answers

    12/05/2012 12:09:11 PM PST · by wesagain · 19 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 5, 2012 | staff writer
    "'The truth has got to come out as to why we let these people die'"With almost three months elapsed since the September terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a group of special operations veterans is tired of the delay in answers from the Obama administration and is demanding action. “We view the events in Libya as sort of a jigsaw puzzle that’s been dumped out of the box on to the table, and there’s a heck of a lot of pieces that need to be put together to reveal the big picture,” said retired U.S. Air Force Col....
  • Mitchell Bemoans Defeat Of Disability Treaty: 'Everything That's Wrong With Capitol Hill'

    12/05/2012 12:09:05 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    What are the odds that Andrea Mitchell has thoroughly read the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, let alone a systematic, serious critique of it, as this one appearing at The Daily Caller? But that didn't prevent Mitchell from bemoaning the defeat of the ratification of the treaty in the Senate yesterday thanks to Republican opposition,. Introducing a segment in which she and sponsor John Kerry engaged in a spate of mutual handwringing, Mitchell kvetched that the defeat "seemed to underscore everything that is wrong with Capitol Hill." View the video here.
  • I was wrong, and I admit it

    12/05/2012 12:05:18 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 64 replies
    Mat-Sub Valley Frontiersman ^ | Nov. 29,2012 | Charles Fredericks
    19 comments To the editor: Back in 2008, right at the peak of the McCain/Palin, Obama/Biden presidential election, I wrote a scathing opinion to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman about Sarah Palin (titled “Caribou Barbie”), and five years later, I would like to recant my opinion and tell the people of the Mat-Su Valley just how wrong I was at the time. The Frontiersman published the opinion and it drew a lot of comments, mostly negative, and here we are almost five years later, and I want to pass on what I have learned. In closing, Sarah Palin warned us, and...
  • THE HILL: NO GOP OPPOSITION TO BOEHNER'S TAX HIKE FLIP-FLOP

    12/05/2012 12:04:44 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Wednesday December 5, 2012
    In a report on the GOP's half of the Fiscal Cliff debate, The Hill claimed there was no opposition to Republican House Speaker John Boehner's sudden caving in to President Obama's demand that tax hikes accompany any solutions to the budget mess. The Hill reported on December 4 that the GOP was "moving reluctantly toward a debt deal that would increase revenues" and that Speaker Boehner had offered some $800 billion in new taxes in his most recent fiscal cliff proposal. How could Boehner achieve this flip flopping away from the Party's presumptive principles? The Hill says it's because there...
  • How the Republicans Can Shut-down the Senate (after Reid ends filibuster)

    12/05/2012 12:00:42 PM PST · by pabianice · 36 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/27/12 | Plumer
    ...Alternatively, the GOP could threaten to shut down the Senate entirely. This is technically doable. ”Keep in mind that a lot of what Senate leaders do day to day is done by unanimous consent,” explains Binder. If a single senator started objecting to every little motion and maneuver, it would become impossible to conduct any legislative business at all. Some examples: – A 500-page amendment is brought to the floor, and the bill manager wants to dispense with the reading of the amendment? All a senator has to say is, “I object,” and it’s time to start reading all 500...
  • Gingrich: The smart legislative strategy for Obama’s second term

    12/05/2012 12:00:01 PM PST · by GVnana · 23 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/5/2012 | Newt Gingrich
    >-snip-<The news media and Washington elite solution is simple: surrender, cave in, give up your principles, do what the President demands. Those are the daily suggestions and expectations of the elite media and much if the national establishment, which takes its talking points from the consensus media of the left. It would be a triple disaster for House Republicans to follow this defeatist advice. First, it would be a betrayal of the very principles for which they campaigned and the voters who elected them. Second, it would deeply and bitterly split the House Republican Conference between hard core conservatives and...
  • New Improved 2013 Volt Charges 30 Percent Slower

    12/05/2012 11:57:12 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 28 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | December 4 | Bertel Schmitt
    In late 2011, photos of melted and damaged Volt charging cords appeared on the internet. GM initially blamed wiring problems in the electrical outlets, eventually, the company announced that they would replace all the 120V chargers in all 2011 and some 2012 models with a new unit. About 9,500 charging units were replaced. When the 2013 model came around, Volt owners were faced with a new and improved feature: Longer charge time. In self-help groups on the Internet, the culprit was quickly found: GM had reduced the default circuit load of the charger from 12 Ampere to 8 Ampere. Then,...