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  • It is Fine to Get Detroit Out of the School Pension System

    07/07/2015 11:04:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/5/2015 | James Hohman
    Detroit Public Schools has been in financial trouble for a long time, and ensuring that DPS can pay its bills is likely to require further state funding. As plans for fixing DPS are debated, school officials throughout Michigan have begun to worry that their state funding will be reduced when a bailout for DPS is finalized. What these officials don’t realize is that their districts are already paying to catch up on Detroit’s pension liabilities. Every school district is a cost-sharing member of the Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System, which is drastically underfunded. MPSERS costs are not calculated by...
  • AZ: Disarmist ad on 4th Avenue, Yuma

    07/07/2015 5:05:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    What is wrong with the above picture?  Everything.  First, it gives the impression that small children gaining access to firearms is a big problem in this country.  It isn't.  The number of children under ten that fatally shoot themselves or others in firearm accidents each year is in the single digits.  Most of those are shot by an adult.  In a country of 313 million people and 347 million firearms, that is a remarkable safety record. So why the picture of a 4 year old with a revolver?  Simple.  Shock propaganda value aimed at the non-gun owner, and an...
  • How do we get conservative politicians to vote for climate action? Attack and embarrass them

    07/06/2015 1:55:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    The Gist ^ | July 6, 2015 | Ben Adler
    It’s easy to point out which tactics won’t work to get American conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change. Recently I’ve critiqued arguments that climate hawks should extend a welcoming hand to right-wingers and that Pope Francis’s climate change encyclical will move any Republicans to embrace the issue. But merely knocking down others’ arguments is insufficient when they are trying to solve a real problem. And this problem is quite real: In order to pass comprehensive climate change legislation federally — and to get the right policies also working in tandem at the state and local levels — some...
  • Children who say homosexuality is ‘incorrect’ might be regarded as extremist chance–Ed. Sec'y (UK)

    07/03/2015 7:21:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Anti-gay comments could ‘trigger a thought’ in teachers’ minds about possible radicalisation says Nicky Morgan as she outlines anti-terror plans. Mrs Morgan said comments by children that they consider homosexuality to be “wrong” or “evil” could “trigger” concerns from teachers under guidance designed to help schools detect possible radicalisation. Traditionalist Christians said Mrs Morgan’s remarks implied that anyone who raised their children in line with conservative religious teaching on sexuality would now be viewed with suspicion. It follows moves to close two Christian schools after they were judged to have failed the Government’s new “British Values” tests introduced in the...
  • Cass Sunstein Warns Against 'New Cadre of Thought Police'

    07/02/2015 10:04:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 29, 2015 11:31am ET | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    Cass Sunstein, the former Obama administration “regulatory czar,” has warned the campus crusade against “microaggressions” could potentially be enforced by a “new cadre of thought police.” […] Sunstein chastises the University of California at Berkeley for its “willingness to consider disciplining people for making one of a large number of statements, many or all of which most Americans would consider harmless or even correct.” He also mentions another university, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, has taken a stand against microaggressions by publishing a list of “examples of racial microaggressions.” …
  • Secret DOJ Memo To Legalize '12 New Perversions,' Including Bestiality And Pedophilia

    07/01/2015 4:47:49 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 29 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | July 1 2015 | Kyle Mantyla
    Tom DeLay appeared on Newsmax TV yesterday, where he told host Steve Malzberg that, just as he had predicted, all Hell is now breaking loose because of the Supreme Court ruling striking down gay marriage bans. Things are now so out of control, DeLay said, that he even knows about a "secret memo" from the Justice Department aimed at legalizing "12 new perversions," including bestiality and pedophilia. "We've already found a secret memo coming out of the Justice Department," DeLay claimed. "They're now going to go after 12 new perversions, things like bestiality, polygamy, having sex with little boys and...
  • Today’s fraudulent journalists should be ashamed of destroying a noble profession

    07/01/2015 9:09:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/01/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “What I’ve got is F*****G Golden,” said jailed Democrat Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. He was referring to his opportunity to appoint an IL senator to Congress after then Senator Barack Obama became President in 2009. Well, pardon my hubris, but what I have is Golden also, in today’s Hades of Politically Correct Journalism. I have a FIFTIES JOURNALISM DEGREE from that same state, Illinois. Therefore, permit me to advise you budding cub reporters and “J Skul” students of some imperatives I was taught way back when Dinosaurs roamed Wright Street into Greg Hall. “Just the Facts, ma’am; Just the Facts,”...
  • A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hypocrisy

    06/29/2015 1:08:14 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 6 replies
    Self | 06/29/15 | Me
    As we sit in the midst of this progressive purge of our heritage, judging every instance of historical indiscretion beneath the microscope of political correctness, perhaps the most relevant question has yet to be asked: what would our forefathers think of America today? Yes, what would the architects of our liberties, values and government think about abortion, gay marriage, transgendered parents, internet pornography, strip clubs, drug abuse, urban poverty and violence, communism, media collusion, Hollywood, pop culture, video games, public education, petulant youth, absentee parents, modern feminism, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Benghazi, disparagement of military personnel, public surveillance, censorship, affirmative...
  • Univ. of WI Releases List of Microaggressions; Saying "Everyone can Succeed" Now Racist

    06/27/2015 11:34:28 AM PDT · by rightistight · 51 replies
    The Social Memo ^ | 6/26/15 | Aurelius
    The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point has released a list of microaggressions it expects new faculty to read. The list can be found on the university's official website.The titled of the document is "Examples of Racial Microaggressions" and outlines types of "racist microaggressions," examples of them, and what they are "actually" saying. In the section "Color Blindness: Statements that indicate that a White person does not want to acknowledge race," the quote, "America is a melting pot" is said to be racist. According to the document, whites try to force others to "assimilate/acculturate to the dominant culture" when they say...
  • Hello class, welcome to our mosque

    06/26/2015 2:56:14 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies
    onenewsnow ^ | June 26, 2015 | Bill Bumpas
    A network of pastors is expressing concern about the ongoing influence of Islam into local communities, most recently a public school in Pennsylvania. The American Pastors Network points to a recent workshop in Lebanon, where 50 public school educators visited a local mosque to learn about the Islamic religion - all at taxpayers' expense. Pennsylvania pastor Gary Dull, an American Pastors Network board member, says that's just one example of how Islamic ideology is creeping into classrooms and local governments across America.
  • Teachers Union Promotes Website Telling Dissident Member 'Go to Hell'

    06/26/2015 6:27:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is directing people to a website that insults and vilifies a 37-year member who authored a widely distributed letter explaining why she wants to leave the state’s largest teachers union. Lansing School District teacher Mary Davenport wrote a letter that was sent to thousands of teachers to alert them that if they want to quit the union it would only allow them to do so in the month of August. Many teachers have complained about this so-called August window. Since Davenport’s letter was distributed, the website MEAMatters.com has invited union members to respond online. The website...
  • Detroit Schools Receives 42 Percent More Money Per Pupil Than State Average

    06/26/2015 5:14:49 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Karen D. Twomey, a member of the Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education and a teacher in Bloomfield Hills Schools, and Thomas Pedroni, an associate professor at Wayne State University, make their own pitch on how to fix Detroit Public Schools in a recent guest article for the Detroit Free Press. Among the recommendations, they say the state should “invest in teaching staffing” and say “what little funding the district retains” is steered from the classroom to administrators. ForTheRecord says: Detroit Public Schools in 2013-14 spent 25 percent more than the state average on instructional salaries and benefits. DPS spent...
  • Former unpaid Clinton campaigner: Pay your interns [yet remains "a Stockholm syndrome victim"]

    06/24/2015 6:18:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2015 | Kyle Balluck
    A former Hillary Clinton campaign fellow is accusing the Democratic frontrunner of hypocrisy for relying on unpaid interns and fellows while publicly calling to for increased wages. Carolyn Osorio writes in a new USA Today opinion piece that she joined the campaign as a fellow after Clinton announced her bid in April, adding that she had to move to Nevada and work there for free. "I had hoped a trailblazer would be more willing to break the mold of indentured servitude that haunts my generation," she writes. "Finding out that Hillary perpetuates the exploitation known as unpaid internships was like...
  • Scott Walker to sign legislation expanding gun rights in Wisconsin

    06/24/2015 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm and allowing off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools. This action will come one week after a suspected gunman shot and killed nine people in an African American church in South Carolina, yet again prompting a national discussion about gun laws in the U.S. Walker plans to sign the two pieces of legislation — Senate bills 35 and 70 — at a...
  • The 10 Most Pervasive Lies About Conservative America

    06/23/2015 12:51:15 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 9 replies
    Self | 6/23/15 | Me
    1) Conservatives are racist! Nonsense. Conservatives welcome all races and colors in our quest to defend our founding ideals. Likewise, we unilaterally reject divisive victimization propaganda used to incite animosity and discord along racial and economic lines. Although there are racist elements in all facets of America, such endeavors are intrinsically destructive and invite future bigotry upon yourself and peers. Why else would “racist” Republicans support Allen West, Ben Carson, Mia Love, and Marco Rubio, let alone embrace the lives and transcendent wisdom of Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Sowell? Not supporting Barack Obama’s Marxist agenda...
  • Charles Blow: In Charleston, a millennial race terrorist

    06/23/2015 11:39:48 AM PDT · by AveryJarhman · 24 replies
    Kentucky.com/New York Tines ^ | 6-22-2015 | Charles Blow
    <p>Charles Blow asks important questions, "Who radicalized Roof? Who passed along the poison? We must never be lulled into a false belief that racism is dying off with older people."</p> <p>Hi. Perhaps I am being naively simplistic, however, I am thinking if more people, in particular single females, begin to responsibly raise children who are fairly happy kids, maturing into teens and adults who DO NOT flood popular music with lyrics depicting hate, disrespect, violence, poison drug sales, and very little respect for females who more often than not, are characterized as witches and bhoers, or less than human, undeserving of respect, much like the ignorant Americans of our past who embraced the human ignorance we call racism...</p>
  • How have so many Loons escaped the left’s abortion industry?

    06/23/2015 10:27:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/23/15 | Doug Book
    According to numbers taken from the Guttmacher Institute and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), some 53 million legal abortions were performed between 1973 and 2013 (inclusive). This number is an approximation as California, New Hampshire and Maryland have refused to supply state abortion numbers during recent years. It is known that the number of abortions has declined over the past several years, for example, from 1.31 million in 2000 to about 984,000 in 2013. Though liberals are undoubtedly distraught that, in a year to year comparison, nearly 300,000 escaped the convenience of wholesale genetic profiling, a few unadulterated whack-jobs...
  • Why Is Hillary Rodham Clinton Harming The American Composers and Performers She Once Loved?

    06/22/2015 11:18:27 AM PDT · by AveryJarhman · 2 replies
    Knute's web blog ^ | Avery Jarhman
    Why Is Hillary Rodham Clinton Harming The American Composers and Performers She Once Loved? Mrs. Hillary Clinton unabashedly stated to the American public, “For a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear." Mrs. Clinton, in his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, "I", American Rap Performance Artist Kendrick Lamar reveals, "I've been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent." In a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search), American rapper and Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote...
  • Schools Receiving More and More Money, But it Goes to Pensions

    06/22/2015 5:55:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/18/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth Township, posted on his Facebook account that he voted against the state’s K-12 education budget on June 3. The post cited his concern with Plymouth-Canton Community Schools' “serious financial situation.” In the last two years the district's expenses exceeded its general fund revenue by a combined $1.8 million. The gap was covered by drawing from $7.9 million in reserves. However, Plymouth-Canton’s problem is not that it is collecting less money from state and local taxpayers. It is instead the growing burden of funding employee retirement benefits. In 2010, Plymouth-Canton schools had 18,989 students and received $113.8...
  • The Offensive Flag of Truth

    06/21/2015 11:52:14 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 4 replies
    Self | 6/22/15 | Me
    Calling for the removal of the Confederate Flag from South Carolina’s Capitol in the wake of a national tragedy, the assigned symbol of one man’s hate and paranoia, is ironically both defensible and predictably shortsighted. What rabid activists conveniently forget is that the Confederate Flag – which still wavers at the behest of state law - was never derived as a proud beacon of slavery; after all, even at the height of the Antebellum period less than 2% of all Americans owned slaves. Slavery was a means to an end, an economic mechanism utilized to compete with foreign competitors and...
  • Common Core critics protest Jeb Bush speech in Tampa

    06/20/2015 1:43:49 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | June 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Two hours before Jeb Bush was scheduled to address hundreds of people at the Hillsborough County Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Tampa, fifteen opponents of Common Core education standards stood outside the Pepin Hospitality protesting the former Florida Governor’s appearance. “I’m against anything that nationalizes education,” said Emma Jane Miller, a former private school teacher from Valrico who helped organize the rally. She’s also a member of the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee, and said she was unhappy that she didn’t have a say so on who the party chose to headline their annual fundraising event. “When Jeb Bush left...
  • Black Boston University Professor Declares All White People are Racists

    06/20/2015 10:31:47 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 57 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/20/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Saida Grundy, who was recently hired by Boston University to teach sociology and African-American studies, used her Twitter account to call white males a “problem population” on campuses around the nation. This was just one of many anti-White tweets, according to Fox News. In her controversial tweet she wrote, “White masculinity isn’t a problem for America’s colleges, white masculinity is THE problem for America’s colleges.” She also said via Twitter, “Every MLK week I commit myself to not spending a dime in white-owned businesses. And every year I find it nearly impossible.” Grundy also targeted actor Ben Affleck for his...
  • Houston district opens ‘Arabic Immersion School’ to create ‘global citizens’

    HOUSTON – About 130 Houston student will attend a new Arabic immersion school next year, where they will learn to speak Arabic as they learn “to be truly global citizens.” “With kids who learn Arabic, as a parent you’re going to set them up for success, as a teacher you’re going to challenge them to do the best they can, but that skill of learning Arabic and being fluent in it really can be life-changing for a Houston kid,” Kate Adams, the principal of Houston Independent School District’s Arabic Immersion Magnet School, told Houston Public Media. “In addition to the...
  • Charleston shooting prompts gun-rights supporters to call for more concealed-carry at churches

    06/19/2015 2:24:08 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 18, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    He was a young gunman bent on shooting as many worshippers as possible, but Matthew J. Murray never got as far as Dylann Roof, the suspect in Wednesday’s South Carolina church massacre. Murray had already shot and killed two people in the parking lot when he burst into the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Before he could pull the trigger again, however, the 24-year-old shooter was gunned down by Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard with a concealed-carry permit. That was eight years ago, but even though Ms. Assam was credited for saving as many as 100 lives that...
  • NYT: Perfectly Reasonable Questions: Portraying Unions in a Scott Walker Story

    06/19/2015 5:45:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 19, 2015 | Margaret Sullivan
    Last week’s cover story in The Times Magazine, “Scott Walker and the Fate of the Union,” drew hundreds of reader comments – and some mail to the Public Editor’s office. Two of the emails presented questions that I decided to pose to the magazine’s editor, Jake Silverstein. [SNIP] Mr. Silverstein’s response: Thanks for your question. It’s a perfectly reasonable one. To me, the answer lies in the distinction between a magazine story and a story produced by the newsroom for the daily paper. As you note, “an article in the magazine is a feature and doesn’t have exactly the same...
  • Why I Like 9mm

    06/18/2015 10:31:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 106 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/18/2015 | John Johnston
    When I used to work at a gun store I was frequently asked what caliber was best for any given situation. It would have been nice if there had been some sort of magic death ray that I could have suggested, but there isn’t, and most people have a pretty flawed understanding of what actually happens when a bullet interacts with a human target. Here’s my take on it and personal reasoning behind selecting a 9mm round. For starters let’s examine a couple of concepts that don’t actually exist in the scientific world but everyone talks about anyway. I’m going...
  • Walker leads nationally in new poll

    06/16/2015 2:49:09 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads a tight field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling. Walker is alone in first place in the poll with 17 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 15 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) at 13 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12 percent and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent. That’s a big jump for Bush, who was at 11 percent support in the same poll last month. However, Bush will begin his quest for the GOP nomination with a negative...
  • Open Carry Activists Win Victory!

    06/15/2015 6:23:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The open carry activists did not win the open carry victory in Texas because of public opinion, at least not on the superficial and transitory image of public opinion that is usually measured.   It was won because the activists developed means and methods to communicate around the elite establishment, grew their own organizations and vision, and exerted raw political power to bend the government to their will. They had several advantages.   The facts were on their side;  the Constitution is on their side; and the culture is on their side.  Against them were the big government elites, big media,...
  • Pennsylvania Teachers Attend Mosque [semi-satire]

    06/15/2015 10:24:05 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 June 2015 | John Semmens
    About 50 teachers and administrators of the Lebanon School District in Pennsylvania got paid time off to attend Islamic religious training. Teacher Lara Book called the day “amazing. Even though the rituals are different what came through loud and clear is that all religions want the same thing.” While the ACLU is normally “johnny-on-the-spot” to protest any show of religion in a public space, especially one where taxpayer resources may be unconstitutionally used to promulgate a faith, spokesman Betram Petty found no problem with this event. “The whole separation of church and state thing is a western way of thinking,”...
  • Hillary! Jeb! (first names only, please)

    06/15/2015 8:10:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    June 15, 2015 | vanity
    Hillary! drops "Clinton" Jeb! drops "Bush." So, why in the world are they running if they have to run away from their names?
  • Government Spending on Universities Rise, Tuition Hikes Follow

    06/15/2015 5:46:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/12/2015 | Jarrett Skorup
    Michigan spends $1.5 billion per year on public universities, with most of the money coming out of the general fund. These funds are appropriated to the state’s 15 public universities in an arbitrary way, with huge disparities in the amount handed out per pupil. Evidence suggests that state taxpayers are getting little bang for their buck for these subsidies. Higher education spending does not necessarily lead to a better educated public. For example, federal funding for higher education increased 10 fold from 1970 to 2010, but a smaller portion of low-income people have college degrees today than they did in...
  • The Silencing and Censorship of Opinions

    06/14/2015 7:46:51 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 11 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing liberal Kirsten Powers for C-SPAN about her new book, The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech, which takes on what she calls the “illiberal left” for using bullying, intimidation and political correctness to silence opinions that differ with their own. Really, she is criticizing the unAmerican and unconstitutional trend–whether by liberals or conservatives–to censor all opinions with which they disagree. She has amazing stories of the happenings on college campuses with kids being given “trigger” warnings on books and articles that might offend their sensitivities or give them PTSD by evoking...
  • Forbidden at the University of California: “America Is the Land of Opportunity”

    06/12/2015 9:16:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/12/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    Tossing free speech on the ash heap of history The progressive storm troopers at the University of California are ramping up their PC agenda. A faculty seminar discussing “diversity in the classroom” held at nine of the 10 UC campuses during the 2014-2015 school year came with a worksheet entitled “Tool: Recognizing Microagressions and the Messages They Send.” “Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership,” states the opening sentence. The ultimate cure for such...
  • Less Than 1 percent of Teachers Deemed 'Ineffective'

    06/11/2015 12:33:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 15 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Last year one-half of one percent of Michigan's public schoolteachers were considered to be “ineffective” according to performance evaluations conducted by the nearly 900 charter and conventional school districts in the state. Those assessments appear at odds with the actual academic performance of students, and teacher evaluations have become problematic in other ways since a state law was passed in 2011 mandating more teacher accountability. Of the 95,885 teachers evaluated, just 519 earned the lowest rating of “ineffective.” Under that 2011 law, a teacher rated “ineffective” three years in a row can be fired. The law also requires teachers' performance...
  • Free Disarmist Book on Amazon Kindle

    06/11/2015 8:00:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    ansel12/ Amazon.com | 11 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Ansel12 has reported that the book "The Pros and Cons of the Gun Control Debate - How Do Obama's Laws Impact Gun Ownership" is anti-second amendment propaganda tied to the Obama administration. The original title of the book was "Why Gun Control Will Solve Our Problems." Most of the reviews claim that the book is "fair". I believe that is completely false. A reviewer says this: 4. Succinctly describes what the gun control debate is all about. “Overall, the gun control debate taking place in the U.S. is not about a reduction in gun ownership, but about a reduction in...
  • Chaos Reigns in St. Paul Schools

    Some schools in St. Paul, Minnesota have recently become madhouses. Students attack teachers. Students attack each other. Teachers are threatened. One teacher has a secret signal for her “good” students to use, for fear of letting in these out-of-control monsters. And sadly, this chaos is self-induced—and totally avoidable. What happened in St. Paul? The Federal Justice Department says the schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul are racist. This is because black students are disciplined and suspended at higher rates than Caucasians and Asians. The Justice Department has accused the 2,300 majority white teachers in Minneapolis of systemic racism and has...
  • Weapon Study Author reveals Biased Mindset

    06/10/2015 9:31:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Reuters recently published the results of a study about children involving "weapons violence", though the term was used just short of the broadest possible context.   What was telling was the quote from the author of the study.  From whbl.com: “Millions of children are being exposed to violence involving weapons, and many of them are victimized by guns and knives, with an elevated risk of trauma and serious injury,” said lead study author Kimberly Mitchell, a scientist at the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. The author is a highly educated woman.  It is hard...
  • Salmon Fishing Low Tech Forecasting

    06/09/2015 1:49:39 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    Northwest Sportsman Mag ^ | 6/9/2015 | Andy Schneider
    “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” This rhyming lore has been around for at least a couple millennia, serving seafarers in port and on the open ocean when they needed something that passed for a forecast. And while we may discount it in today’s modern world – what with all of our high-tech satellite imagery, anchored weather buoys, Doppler radar and suites of computer forecasting ensembles – there still is some truth to the saying. I’m no meteorologist, but the nut is that it has to do with areas of high pressure being...
  • Detroit Ranks 99 Percent of Teachers 'Effective'

    06/09/2015 10:05:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Six Detroit high schools perform so poorly that they have been placed in a form of state administrative receivership, and earned an “F” grade from a school rating system that takes into account the poor economic status of their students. Yet almost across the board these schools' teachers were assessed by their administrators as “effective” using the prescribed terminology. Out of 232 teachers, just three were deemed “minimally” effective or “ineffective,” while 229 were given the second best “effective” rating. And not a single teacher was perceived as sufficiently outstanding to be deemed “highly effective.” The schools are among 15...
  • Dear Lee Siegel: Why I Defaulted on Your Paycheck, Sincerely, The Boss

    06/09/2015 4:04:36 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 12 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/8/15 | Steve Berman
    Humorist Lee Siegel wrote in The New York Times that he unashamedly and without remorse defaulted on his student loans. Am I a deadbeat? In the eyes of the law I am. Indifferent to the claim that repaying student loans is the road to character? Yes. Blind to the reality of countless numbers of people struggling to repay their debts, no matter their circumstances, many worse than mine? My heart goes out to them. To my mind, they have learned to live with a social arrangement that is legal, but not moral. Congratulations, Mr. Siegel.  You have figured out liberty....
  • US will erase student debt for Corinthian students

    06/09/2015 1:35:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The federal government will erase much of the debt of students who attended the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges, officials announced Monday, as part of a new plan that could cost taxpayers as much as $3.6 billion. Corinthian Colleges was one of the largest for-profit schools when it nearly collapsed last year and became a symbol of fraud in the world of higher education and student loans....
  • The Republic For Which It Stands

    06/08/2015 3:42:11 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 9 replies
    PoliticallyShort.com ^ | 06/08/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “At issue in the Hiss case”, wrote Whittaker Chambers in his autobiography Witness, “was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great the he would voluntarily abandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.” In August 1948, Chambers, an editor at Time, identified Alger Hiss, a former assistant to the Secretary of State and former General Secretary of the United Nations, as a fellow member of his underground Communist cell in the 1930s. Hiss was ultimately convicted...
  • Firearms of Frogmen Pt 1

    06/08/2015 7:03:23 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 6/8/2015 | D Breteau
    The Soviet Union was the first to begin developing firearms specifically for their combat divers. The Soviet Navy was worried about divers attacking their ships in their naval anchorages, and in particular those of the Black Sea fleet based in Sevastopol, located on the Crimean Peninsula, and Odessa, Ukraine. These anchorages could be easily threatened by NATO forces operating out of Turkey. It wasn’t an idle worry. The use of divers to attack anchored ships was used extensively by the Italian Navy during World War II, and the British Navy developed their techniques by using captured Italian equipment. The Soviet...
  • NV: Governor Sandoval Protects Children from Disarmist Educrats

    06/08/2015 5:31:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2013, a seven year old student was suspended from school for chewing a pop-tart in the vague shape of a gun.   The story struck a nerve, and made national news.    Glen Harlan Reynolds, in a USA Today article, noted that students were suspended for even more ridiculous "offenses".  From usatoday.com: Meanwhile, a 5-year-old girl was charged with "terroristic threats" for talking about her pink toy gun that shoots . . . bubbles. The school suspended her for 10 days and required a psychological evaluation.And in Maryland, boys were suspended for playing cops and robbers and using their fingers...
  • Pamela Geller, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousefzai: Same Struggle, Different Buses

    06/06/2015 7:43:35 AM PDT · by IChing · 8 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 6/5/15 | Donald Joy
    Remember the 15-year-old Pakistani girl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban while riding the bus from school a few years ago? If you recall, her crime under Islamic Sharia law was that she dared to be a public advocate for educating girls. Her name is Malala Yousafzai. Now 17, she is alive and doing well, despite renewed Islamic fatwas commanding followers of Mohammed to finish the job of assassinating her. And she continues her defiant activism, at the UN and on the global stage. A brave hero for human rights around the world, she has been...
  • Michigan School Pension Fund Liability Grows to $26.5 Billion

    06/05/2015 9:55:16 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/3/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The unfunded liability of the Michigan public school pension system increased from $25.8 billion to $26.5 billion from 2013 to 2014, according to an actuarial report released in May. The system's growing costs have been called a “budget killer” and are taking an increasing amount from the funding Michigan devotes to schools. The state has agreed in recent years to essentially pick up increases in the cost of the school pension system. These payments have risen from $155 million in 2012 to $796 million in 2015, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. Democratic politicians and union representatives have claimed that...
  • Show Me the Money and Then We'll Be Accountable

    06/04/2015 12:01:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Nancy Osborne, a second-grade teacher with Taylor School District in Wayne County, is quoted in an Internet "meme" on the Taylor Federation of Teachers Local 1085 union website. The meme says: “When all schools are funded according to the needs of their students … Then we’ll talk testing & accountability.” ForTheRecord says: According to the Michigan Department of Education, the Taylor School District received $10,548 per student for operations in 2013-14. That includes local, state and federal money, and is $1,400 more per student than the state average of $9,121. Now, about that “accountability” …
  • Dr. Joy DeGruy Addresses Black Depression, Violence; and Healing?

    06/04/2015 6:36:53 AM PDT · by AveryJarhman · 1 replies
    Dr. Joy DeGruy Clearly Describes A Potentially Life-Scarring Mental Condition Experienced By Many Kids Who Are Victims of Child Abuse/Neglect.Hello. I try to calmly relate my experiences providing uniform and investigative police services for more than a decade to a Brooklyn, NY, Rap Hip Hop influenced community. Though I am told my writings are not always sensitive. I apologize if my frustrations seep into the my accounts of personally witnessing child abuse, as well as how abuse/neglect adversely impacts the lives of developing infants, toddlers, children, teens and their communities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNRnctOyS8w While doing online research into child abuse I came...
  • Wife of Chris Matthews running for House

    06/04/2015 1:07:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 3, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Kathleen Matthews, the wife of MSNBC personality Chris Matthews, has entered the Democratic primary to replace Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), who is running for Senate. Matthews on Wednesday launched her campaign for Maryland’s 8th District House seat from downtown Silver Spring, vowing to fight for a litany of liberal causes, including equal pay for women, abortion rights, and raising the minimum wage, according to The Washington Post. Matthews is a former local news anchor. She most recently served as an executive for Marriott Hotels but stepped down from that position last month as she geared up for the House...
  • I'm a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me

    06/03/2015 7:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Vox ^ | June 3, 2015 | Edward Schlosser
    I'm a professor at a midsize state school. I have been teaching college classes for nine years now. I have won (minor) teaching awards, studied pedagogy extensively, and almost always score highly on my student evaluations. I am not a world-class teacher by any means, but I am conscientious; I attempt to put teaching ahead of research, and I take a healthy emotional stake in the well-being and growth of my students. Things have changed since I started teaching. The vibe is different. I wish there were a less blunt way to put this, but my students sometimes scare me...