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  • Common Core anger triggers homeschooling surge in North Carolina

    08/14/2014 3:45:45 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ben Velderman
    RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina officials say there has been a huge increase over the past two years in the number of Tar Heel families who have pulled their kids out of public schools and begun educating them at home.The number of homeschools has jumped 27 percent since the 2011-12 school year…Read More
  • This Teachers Union President Will ‘PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE’ If You Don’t Like Common Core [VIDEO]

    08/08/2014 11:09:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    the daily caller ^ | 8/8/14 | Eric Owens
    Video surfaced on Thursday showing Michael Mulgrew, president of New York’s United Federation of Teachers, as he unloaded a hateful rant against critics of the Common Core Standards Initiative. “If someone takes something from me, I’m going to grab it right back out of their cold, twisted, sick hands and say it is mine!” Mulgrew bellowed clownishly. “You do not take what is mine!” The union boss also challenged opponents of Common Core and union control over education to a fist fight. “I’m going to punch you in the face and push you in the dirt because this is the...
  • Scott Walker Calls on Wisconsin Legislature to Repeal Common Core

    07/17/2014 9:41:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/1/7/14 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) called on state lawmakers Thursday to pass a bill in January that would repeal the Common Core standards and replace them with “standards set by people in Wisconsin.” According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Walker released a statement Thursday afternoon, just hours after two Republican state senators, Leah Vukmir and Paul Farrow, issued a joint press statement calling for a delay in the use of the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that are aligned with the Common Core standards. Earlier in the year, Walker helped draft a bill that would create a state board to replace...
  • Okla. Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

    07/15/2014 3:41:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    ap ^ | July 15, 2014
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the Legislature had the authority to repeal Common Core education standards for English and math in the state's public schools. ... Conservative groups maintained that the standards represented federal intrusion into Oklahoma's public education system, and Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law legislation repealing the standards last month.
  • Priceless: Student Sums Up Common Core Idiocy in a SINGLE Word

    07/13/2014 11:46:51 AM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 43 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-08-2014 | Gina Cassini
    by Gina Cassini | Top Right NewsOne student got tired of being dumbed-down by Common Core's convoluted "standards" to do basic arithmetic. "Standards" like how to add two numbers, which the student was told to do like THIS: WHAT? It's enough to make you pull your hair out. So when he was given his next basic arithmetic assignment, to find the difference between 180 and 158 (180-158), this 5th grade student just did it his own way -- the right way -- and dissed Common Core with single, awesome word:
  • Wrong Miss Florida Crowned in Voting Mix-Up (Common Core?)

    06/28/2014 1:08:01 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/27/14
    She was Miss Florida for just six days. After organizers realized there had been a vote count error with last Saturday’s pageant, Elizabeth Fechtel, a 20-year-old student at the University of Florida, was dethroned on Friday. The ballot counter at the event, which was held in front of 2,000 spectators in St. Petersburg, didn't see that one of the five judges had changed his mind, writing a new line up on the left-hand side of his ballot.
  • (article from March 18, 2013) New face of GOP: T.W. Shannon, first black speaker of OK Statehouse...

    06/24/2014 11:08:44 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2013 | Brendan Thomas
    “People focus too much on race,” says T.W. Shannon, a sixth-generation Oklahoman and member of the Chickasaw Nation. What’s more important, he says, is “what you believe and how you’re going to govern.” (SNIP) When asked about other political figures who inspire him, Shannon names Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor. That would not have been the first response of most attendees at CPAC, where libertarian Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) won a straw poll as the preferred next presidential candidate. Shannon says he likes Bush’s stance on education. It’s a tragedy, he adds, that the number one determinant of a...
  • ObamaCore Emerges As a Major Issue As Education Takes An Orwellian Turn

    06/10/2014 8:32:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    New York Sun ^ | 6/10/14 | BETSY McCAUGHEY
    In the past week, Governors Haley of South Carolina and Fallin of Oklahoma evicted Common Core from public schools, even at the risk of losing hundreds of millions of federal dollars promised to states adopting it. Mmes. Haley and Fallin initially supported Common Core. But public outrage is forcing them to reverse course, and more states will follow. In New York, the Republican-Conservative challenger to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Robert Astorino, vows to topple Common Core if he wins in November. Move over Obamacare. Mid-term elections will also be referendums on ObamaCore. Contrary to what the public is told, Common Core...
  • NorCal Tea Party Alert: Common Core Townhall Mon. June 2, 2014

    05/29/2014 7:02:02 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle ^ | 5/29/14 | Larry Virga
    The Sutter Buttes Tea Party Patriots invite you to a Town Hall meeting to discuss the State of California’s introduction of Common Core Standards curriculum. There will be a panel of experts led by Paul Preston, Agenda 21 Radio. The purpose of this Town Hall meeting is to bring you up to date on the state’s agenda to implement Common Core Standards in our school system. What are Common Core Standards? What can we do to stop their implementation? The panel will be open to questions and suggestions from the audience. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no membership...
  • Study: New Technology Development Pushed by Feds Allows for Data Collection on Every Child

    05/23/2014 10:32:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 May 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study released by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute finds that new technology development that has been encouraged through the use of federal grants has served to threaten children’s privacy by allowing the collection of data on every child. Authors of the study Emmett McGroarty, Joy Pullmann, and Jane Robbins make the case that by means of the nationalized Common Core standards, which states were lured into adopting through competitive grants in the Obama administration’s Race to the Top (RttT) stimulus program in 2009, the federal government has used grant funds to induce states to build identical, increasingly sophisticated student...
  • Price for Nevada dad to see state's school files on his kids: $10G

    05/13/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies ^ | 5-13-2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Nevada dad John Eppolito got a bad case of sticker shock when he asked state education officials to see the permanent records of his four children. He was told it would cost $10,194. A Lake Tahoe-area real estate agent by trade and a fierce opponent of Common Core, Eppolito was concerned about Nevada's recent decision to join a multi-state consortium that shares students’ data. He wanted to know exactly what information had been compiled on his school-age kids. But state officials told him he would have to pay fees and the cost of programming and running a custom report. “The...
  • WOW: 8th Grade Common Core Lesson in California Asks Kids If Holocaust Was Real or Just a

    05/06/2014 7:58:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    IJR Review ^ | 5/5/14 | Soopermexican
    School officials said they will be rewriting a controversial essay question developed through the Common Core guidelines that asks eighth graders to consider whether the Holocaust a “real event” or “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.” From the San Bernardino Sun: The district says the assignment is merely to teach students to evaluate the quality of evidence made by advocates or opponents of an issue. “When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment reads. “For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event,...
  • Parent to Obama: Let me tell you about the Common Core test Malia and Sasha don’t have to take

    04/24/2014 3:55:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 23 | Valerie Strauss
    I get a lot of e-mail from parents and teachers who wonder if President Obama, whose children go to the private Sidwell Friends School, knows what is actually going on with all of the standardized testing in public schools. Here’s an open letter to Obama explaining what he is missing, written by Rebecca Steinitz, a literacy consultant in urban high schools, a writer and an editor. She was previously director of the High School Program at Lesley University’s School of Education and an English professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she ran the Freshman Writing Program. Steinitz is also a...
  • Why are the cops punishing Common Core opponents?

    04/22/2014 5:04:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-21-2014 | Robby Soave
    A school district asked the police to prohibit certain students from setting foot on school property because their parents had privacy concerns about Common Core-aligned standardized testing, and wished to opt their kids out.The incident happened at Marietta City Schools in Marietta, Georgia. The Finney family didn’t want their three children — in third grade, fifth grade and ninth grade — to participate in the state-mandated Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, partly because of the vast amounts of data the government is collecting about their children, and partly because they think the tests don’t serve a compelling educational interest, according to The...
  • The Troubles with Common Core

    04/21/2014 2:37:01 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 7 replies ^ | 4-21-2014 | Rick Santorum
    From its beginning, the Common Core State Standards initiative has flown under the radar. Its funding, its implementation, and the substance of the standards it proposes have received little public attention, but all of them are questionable. What troubles me the most is how fast these standards were adopted and how little transparency there was in the process. Not one state legislature voted on the Common Core standards. In the forty-five states where they have been adopted, it was by an act of the governor, the state secretary of education, or the state board of education. The people most affected...
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • Teacher Tearfully Describes Bullying and Intimidation She Suffered for Opposing Common Core

    03/27/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/27/14 | Duane Lester
    Missouri elementary teacher Susan Kimball testified before the Missouri Senate Education Committee that she has been threatened and bullied for her opposition to Common Core.
  • Big business takes on tea party over Common Core

    03/14/2014 1:15:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 14, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    Tea party activists have been waging war for months against the Common Core academic standards. Now, in a coordinated show of muscle, Big Business is fighting back — and notching wins. The urgent effort stems from a sense among supporters that this is a make-or-break moment for the Common Core, which is under siege all over the country. A coalition including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch a national advertising blitz Sunday targeted at Republicans skeptical about the standards. Spots promoting the Common Core will air on Fox News and other conservative outlets.
  • NY Common Core Website Directs Kids To Lewd Sex Survey Site: “Are You a Slut?

    01/12/2014 8:00:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/12/14 | Rachel Pulaski
    WARNING: Warning: this article contains sexually explicit material. A New York mother of a kindergarten student discovered links to lewd material on the New York State Education Department “Engage NY” Common Core website. The site offers a link to help young students prep for tests and quizzes, when she clicked on the link she was directed to a sex survey website. The link was active on the NYSED website since October 2012. via Bretibart: The New York State Education Department (NYSED) site contained a section called “Make test prep fun,” which directed students to a site with quizzes that help...
  • Watch another high school student take down Common Core like a boss

    01/06/2014 7:26:36 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/6/14 | Eric Owens
    Another high school student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn. is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. This time the student, Kenneth Ye, gave a rousing speech before the Knox County school board urging it to drop the Common Core standards because they make learning joyless and, in fact, turn American schools into something approaching Chinese sweatshops. “Our schools are being turned into data-run factories,” Ye charges around the 4:30 mark in the video, “factories based on speedily-approved standards that are now being implemented around the country.”...
  • Watch this high school senior’s epic takedown of Common Core [VIDEO]

    11/14/2013 5:57:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/14/13 | Robby Soave
    A Tennessee high school senior is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. Ethan Young, a senior at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made an impassioned argument for dropping the new national education guidelines, which he called “a glowing conflict of interest … that illustrate a mistrust of teachers.” “Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves,” he said. Young reserved particularly harsh judgment for the nationwide standardized testing required by Common Core. “If everything I learned in high school was a measurable objective: I haven’t learned...
  • Jeffco Conservatives Sweep School Board Despite Union Opposition ( Colorado )

    11/13/2013 9:29:17 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | November 13, 2013 | Leslie Jorgensen
    Voters slammed on the brakes last week, rejecting Amendment 66, a $1 billion across-the-board income tax hike, and three heavily-subsidized union school board candidates. Instead, voters gave reform candidates the green light. Jeffco voters elected three conservative school board candidates Julie Williams, John Newkirk and Ken Witt – all of whom opposed Amendment 66. Williams, Newkirk and Witt, who campaigned as the “WNW” ticket, will now hold a majority on the five-member school board that includes union-cozy incumbents Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman, whose terms end in 2015. The new trio is expected to take office on Nov. 21. Forty-eight...
  • Common Core or Common failure? Families pull kids out of class

    11/13/2013 7:01:38 AM PST · by Nachum · 87 replies ^ | 11/13/13 | Dan Cassuto KATU News and Staff
    HILLSBORO, Ore. – Nine parents pulled their seventh- and eighth-graders out of math class and started teaching them at home, because they are upset with the new Common Core curriculum that public schools in Oregon are starting this year. Seventh-grader Amy Craig has always been an "A" student in math until this year. She came home with a "D." The same thing happened to other students in her school. So their moms got together and decided to teach math themselves – an hour every morning. Then the kids go off to school for the rest of the day. This is...
  • Common Core assignment: Remove two amendments from 'outdated' Bill of Rights

    10/09/2013 12:03:29 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 8, 2013 | steelers6
    A mother in the Bryant School District in Arkansas -- a district using the controversial Common Core curriculum -- was surprised to learn her sixth-grade daughter was given a team assignment to revise the Bill of Rights, pruning two amendments from the Constitution while adding two others, Twitchy reported Monday, citing a report at the Digital Journal. The assignment made the assumption that the United States government has determined that the Bill of Rights “is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.” The children were to assume the persona of “experts on the Constitution and the...
  • Gov. Scott Rejects Common Core As An ‘Intrusion’ In Florida’s Academic Standards

    09/25/2013 5:48:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 9/24/2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order Monday rejecting the Common Core educational initiative adopted in 2010 by the Florida State Board of Education (BOE) and endorsed by former Gov. Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Florida’s Future as a “Federal government intrusion” into his state’s right to set its own academic standards.
  • ‘Dictatorship 101: Beck’s Chilling Break-Down of What Parent Arrested After Questioning Common Core

    09/24/2013 12:28:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 9/24/13 | Erica Ritz
    Glenn Beck told his audience on Monday that the arrest of a Maryland father who was asking questions about Common Core is frightening evidence of the country moving further along the path that he says goes from “nudge,” to “shove,” to “shoot.” For those unfamiliar with the terms, Beck explained that “it’s how every Marxist utopian dream begins.” “You start simple, with just a little ‘nudge,’” he said. “It’s Cash for Clunkers. It is trying to figure out a way to make energy prices ‘necessarily skyrocket,’ to nudge you into hybrids.”
  • If Lies Don’t Work, Try Force to Shut Them Up: Our Duty to Civil Disobedience

    09/23/2013 4:44:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | September 23, 2013 | John Ransom
    For all those “conservatives” who support Common Core education reform, congratulations: Your side is acting like typical liberals. You’re lying about Common Core and when that doesn’t work, you and your liberal allies are willing to use naked force. Whatever else Common Core is about, it’s not an attempt to implement “standards.” At least in one case, it’s a wholesale rewriting American history, the constitution and common sense. And in another recent case, it’s about the ability to belittle, harass, and arrest the parents who just won’t shut the hell up. We told you so. “Greenville County Schools is...
  • This high school is teaching kids a different version of the Second Amendment

    09/17/2013 2:10:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/17/2013 | Robby Soave
    A Texas high school is using a textbook that changes the wording of the Second Amendment to weaken gun rights.The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”But at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas, an Advanced Placement U.S. History textbook has rewritten the Second Amendment as: “The people have a right to keep and bear arms in a state militia.”The AP version of the Second Amendment may be easier for...
  • Bill Ayers: Bringing Down America, Destroying Education ( Common Core )

    08/10/2013 11:46:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 15, 2013 | Mary Grabar
    Larry Grathwohl, who had just come back to Cincinnati from Vietnam, was infiltrating the domestic terrorist group Weatherman, the only one to have done so. Larry saved potentially hundreds of lives when he alerted the FBI to a bomb placed near a Detroit police station and a restaurant. Bill Ayers, Education Secretary of Weatherman, told him that in the revolution, lives would have to be sacrificed. ... My interest in Bill Ayers began a few years ago when I learned about his career as a “Distinguished Professor of Education.” In reality he was working to destroy everything that was good...
  • New York test scores hint at hard road ahead for Common Core

    08/10/2013 9:20:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Christian Science ^ | August 8, 2013 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
    Just 31 percent of the state’s students in grades 3 to 8 were deemed proficient in math and in English language arts (ELA) on the new tests, compared with about 65 percent in math and 55 percent in ELA on last year’s tests. Kentucky, another leading-edge state implementing its own common core tests, experienced similar declines in scores last year. Most of the 45 states that have signed on to the Common Core are waiting until at least 2014-15 to implement common tests that are still in development. For those who support the Common Core, a set of standards for...
  • Governor’s claims about Common Core don’t add up ( Georgia )

    08/10/2013 9:27:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    ajc ^ | Aug. 10, 2013 | Mary Kay Bacallao
    Gov. Nathan Deal complains there has been much “misinformation” spread about the new Common Core national standards that Georgia adopted in exchange for a federal Race to the Top grant. Indeed, he’s right, but not in the way he believes. One critical piece of misinformation is the claim that the Common Core math standards are more “rigorous” than our previous Georgia Performance Standards. Research shows the truth is quite the opposite. ... Common Core national standards will set our children back one to two years. The math standards specifically are markedly inferior to all three sets of standards used for...
  • Woodland Park parents stand up against national education standards (Common Core: CO)

    08/10/2013 9:11:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | August 8, 2013 | Carol McGraw
    A group of Woodland Park parents and educators want to get rid of the Common Core Academic Standards that are being implemented in Colorado Schools. Teller County Citizens Against Common Core Standards maintains the new academic guidelines aren't as good as the ones in place. It also argues that the system is unconstitutional because it takes local control away from school districts. It may lobby Woodland Park School District RE-2 and the state to drop out. "We want to get the word out. The standards were just a money carrot for the state to get federal money," ... Among other...
  • ‘Really Spooky’ Poem Praising Common Core Allegedly Recited by Dozens of 5th Graders

    08/09/2013 4:08:53 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 23 replies ^ | August 9, 2013 | Erika Ritz
    Full Title: ‘Really Spooky’ Poem Praising Common Core Allegedly Recited by Dozens of 5th Graders at School Ceremony – Read It Here A substitute teacher in North Carolina recently sent Glenn Beck a copy of a poem that she claims roughly 80 fifth-grade students recited for their promotion ceremony (like graduation) at a school near Raleigh. Glenn Beck Reads 5th Grade We Learn More With Common Core Poem Classroom (Photo: Shutterstock) The poem does not, as some might expect, celebrate school being done for the year, friendship, memories, or anything of the like. Instead, it praises the virtues of the...
  • Common Core making it easier for activist teachers to bring politics into their classrooms

    06/04/2013 9:07:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    EAG news ^ | 04 June 2013 | Ben Velderman
    INDIANAPOLIS – Common Core hasn’t been fully implemented yet, but it’s already making it easier for teachers to inject their political preferences into their lesson plans. That’s the case in Indianapolis’ Cathedral High School, where English teacher Melinda Bundy ... “I didn’t want to teach the Constitution, I didn’t want to teach the Declaration of Independence,” ... teachers who use their classrooms to promote (usually) left-wing political causes. But under Common Core, those activist teachers will be able to excuse their behavior by simply saying, “Common Core made me do it.” Indiana lawmakers have prudently hit the “pause” button on...
  • What is Common Core?

    05/20/2013 8:29:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Lake Powell Chronicle ^ | May 16th, 2013 | Robin Brough
    Why does the U.S. Constitution make no mention of education? Because the Founding Fathers understood that the education of children must be at the local level. We now stand at the edge of a cliff as the federal Common Core State Standards continues its march across the country. How did we get here? In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education blackmailed the states with stimulus money in the form of Race to the Top (RTTT) grants. If states wanted to get out from under No Child Left Behind, and wanted more funding they had to agree to adopt the Common...
  • “Common Core” or “Rotten to the Core” — You Decide (Government propaganda for schoolchildren)

    05/13/2013 9:04:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies ^ | 5/12/13 | Diane Rufino
    Common Core is an educational curriculum being forced upon the states by the Obama administration, which is scheduled to be mostly implemented this year in the 45 states that have adopted it. Common Core eliminates local control over K-12 curriculum in math and English, instead imposing a one-size-fits-all, top-down curriculum that will also apply to private schools and homeschoolers. Common Core was has been promoted in a manner that sounds good and commendable – “States working together to create national standards for education… standards that are designed to be robust and relevant in the real world.” Common Core describes itself...
  • Michigan Pulling Away from Common Core

    04/26/2013 6:00:10 PM PDT · by Kolath · 16 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 04/26/2013 | Rachel Sheffield
    Michigan legislators are working to put the brakes on Common Core and restore authority over what is taught in Michigan classrooms to state policymakers, local school leaders, and—most importantly—teachers and parents. As the Washington Times reports, “The state House on Wednesday passed an amendment, attached to the Education Department budget, that prohibits any funding for the controversial Common Core system.”
  • Students Asked to ‘Argue That Jews Are Evil’ and Prove Nazi Loyalty in Assignment Linked to Common

    04/12/2013 5:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/13/13 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked to participate in the unthinkable this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment. The objective? Prove why Jews are evil and convince the teacher of their loyalty to the Third Reich in five paragraphs or less. “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!” read the description on the assignment, which the school superintendent said reflects the kind of sophisticated writing expected of students under the new Common Core standards and was meant...

    12/07/2011 12:04:12 PM PST · by John Leland 1789
    Preacher Helps ^ | Winter 2011 | Dr. Don Boys
    Common Sense for Today Cornerstone Communications “The facts as I see them.” Winter, 2011 Free offer below this article: The God Haters: Angry Atheists, Shallow Scholars, Silly Scientists, Pagan Preachers, and Embattled Evolutionists Declare War on Christians!New Atheists: No Sense of Humor or No Sense? Don Boys, Ph.D. The battle between Christians and the New Atheists is very serious since they seek to remove children from homes if parents teach that there is a Hell and Jesus Christ is the exclusive way of salvation. That is super serious; however, the New Atheists are always good for a few laughs...
  • Which US Presidential Candidate Would YOU Hire to Balance YOUR Personal Checkbook?

    10/13/2011 9:18:50 AM PDT · by Graewoulf · 41 replies
    Opinion/Vanity | October 13, 2011 | Graewoulf
    REALITY CHECK: Would you hire this candidate to balance your own checkbook? SPENDAHOLIC Obama has added tens of thousands of debt dollars to your balance sheet in under three years! Can you afford to support any of the various DEBT GREED candidates running for FEUDAL LORD of The Beltway? Forget about the MSM pleas about THEIR ideas about "Who is electable?" and vote to protect YOUR checkbook!
  • At London School Michelle Obama Brags About Hosting Cop-Killer Promoting Rapper at White House

    05/28/2011 7:09:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    rwn ^ | May 27, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama administration came under fire recently for inviting friend and cop-killer promoting rapper Common to the White House for poetry night. Common wrote this lovely ballad “A song for Assata” in dedication to Black Panther Assata Shakur, formerly known as Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted for the 1973 slaying of Trooper Werner Foerster on the New Jersey Turnpike. Common is a friend from Obama’s radical Chicago church. Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama bragged to school children about inviting the cop-killer promoting rapper to the White House.
  • Michelle Obama Can't Let Criticism of Her Rapper Go

    05/26/2011 1:57:32 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker Blog ^ | May 26, 2011 | M Catharine Evans
        The First Lady is not content with corrupting American children at the White House. In a Q&A with British high school girls at Oxford University Michelle continued to promote the rapper Common. Bizarre. And then we had a poetry night and Common was there. He's very cute. But everybody from poet laureates to hip-hop folks, being able to mix up the world in that very interesting way, the White House allows you to do that. A bitter Michelle can't help getting a dig in about "the White House" allowing her to "mix up the world." (Did she really go...
  • A Conservative Rap Song

    05/14/2011 2:43:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 13, 2011 | Doug Gamble
    If any administration was going to invite to the White House a rapper whose lyrics have supported a cop killer and advocated the killing of President George W. Bush, it would be this one, as demonstrated by its hosting this week of rapper Common. But why should rap “music” be the preserve of thugs who preach violence. How about a conservative rap song, like this: He’s a socialist prez and his name is Barack; he has American freedom under attack. He was elected on speeches that mesmerized, but his lips are betrayed by his lying eyes. He came with a...
  • The poetry that gets you an invite from Michelle Obama to the White House

    05/13/2011 8:24:46 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 16 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-13-11 | DrJohn
    Michelle Obama has invited rapper "Common" to the White House to read poetry. Conservative groups are displeased with the invitation and that is causing a predictable reaction from the left: Even though it's 2011, we're still litigating whether rap music in and of itself is a societal corrosive or an artistic expression that channels raw experience and expurgates emotions in the form of a catharsis. It's really the old Plato versus Aristotle rap battles over the artistic merits of tragedy -- at least we can dance to it, so there's that. But the news today is that Michelle Obama is...
  • 'Common' Nonsense

    05/13/2011 4:56:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | May 13, 2011 | Brent Bozell
    The Obamas want credit for bringing American culture to the White House. When they decided to celebrate poetry at the White House on May 10, it was really not a surprise they would try to make it socially "relevant" by inviting a rap music "artist" to unload some rhymes. The rapper goes by the name "Common" (real name: Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.). He is celebrated by many on the left as a "socially conscious" street poet. But that's not the way it was seen by cops in New Jersey. ABC reporter Jake Tapper blogged that Dave Jones, president of the...
  • Palin: Rapper's invite to White House lacks 'class and decency'

    05/12/2011 5:49:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/12/11 | Jordan Fabian
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Wednesday slammed the White House's decision to invite the rapper Common to participate in a poetry event. Palin, a potential presidential candidate and frequent critic of Obama, said that the invitation was "too easy" to decry because Common is "someone who has glorified cop killing" in his lyrics. "The judgment is just so lacking of class and decency and all that's good about America with an invite like this," Palin said during an interview on Fox News. Common's presence at the event drew flack from media figures who drew attention to some of...
  • Washington Post chairman unaware of Obama-Common controversy until shareholder asks...

    05/12/2011 10:24:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/12/11 | Matthew Boyle
    Washington Post Company chairman Donald Graham told shareholders Thursday morning that he was unaware of the controversy surrounding the rapper known as Common, whom Michelle Obama has invited to a poetry event, until Cliff Kincaid of the watchdog group Accuracy in Media asked him about it. Graham apparently missed a story on the front page of his newspaper, which offered a defense of Common’s lyrics. “Mr. Kincaid, I thank you for informing me of something I didn’t know about,” Graham said. “You have brought our attention to an interesting controversy.”
  • Obama joins Michelle at racially charged White House reception for rapper (best coverage I've seen)

    05/12/2011 8:16:34 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2011 | John Stevens
    President Obama and wife Michelle faced a storm of protest after they played host to a rapper who praised a convicted cop killer and a poet who condemned inter-racial marriage. In song lyrics he celebrated the former Black Panther Assata Shakur who was convicted for shooting a New Jersey police officer in 1973. [She is the step-aunt of Tupac Shakur]. In ‘A Song for Assata’ he uses lyrics such as ‘Your power and pride is beautiful. May God bless your soul.’ David Jones, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association union told NBC: ‘The young people who read this stuff,...
  • Why Michelle Obama's White House invite to controversial rapper "Common" matters

    05/12/2011 12:08:14 AM PDT · by rob88888 · 25 replies
    Orlando Examiner ^ | May 12, 2011 | Robert Elliott
    As you may have heard, First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday welcomed a "gathering of poets, musicians and artists" to the White House to "celebrate American poetry and prose." This has become a mini-scandal for the Obama administration due to the fact that one of invitees was the controversial rapper/poet "Common," whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. What is so controversial about Common? Well, for starters, he has offered words of support for two cop killers, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur. Both Mumia and Assata were at one time members of the radical black nationalist Black Panther Party....
  • Sarah Palin: Obama’s not in the catbird seat for 2012 (On The Record Interview - Video)

    05/11/2011 8:30:14 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 19 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Wednesday May 11, 2011
    Sarah Palin says that the White House inviting Common to speak at poetry night reflects poor judgement and common decency on them and it’s as if Obama want’s Republicans to ask “C’mon Barack Obama. Who are you palling around with now?”. She also weighs in on Newt’s run for 2012 talking only of his strengths that he brings to the table for fixing America’s problems. She welcomes not only Newt but others in the race for the nomination as she says competition is good in elections too. Lastly she’s asked if Obama is a shoo-in because he got Osama bin...