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  • Do’s and Don’ts for Teaching About Ferguson (Particularly bad)

    09/02/2014 5:22:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Root ^ | September 2, 2014 | Jenée Desmond-Harris
    Process it yourself first, ask students what they want to know and by all means, don’t make the lesson colorblind. Find out these and more tips for classroom discussions about Michael Brown’s death.It’s no exaggeration to refer to the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, the treatment of protesters and civilians by a militarized police force in in its aftermath, and the context of racial inequality in which they all happened as an American tragedy. But there’s little time to mourn such a thing when you have to head back...
  • Modern Art — rebelling against aesthetics, taste, God, America, and basic drafting standards

    09/02/2014 1:19:48 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 9-2-2014 | Bookworm
    My graphic artistic skill doesn’t extend much beyond stick figures and daisies, and my rather limited visual sense means that my home was designed more with an eye to utility than aesthetics. Despite my personal limitations, I’m actually very fond of, and quite knowledgeable about, art.More specifically, I’m fond of and knowledgeable about art through the early 20th century. I’ve taken numerous art history classes and can discuss with some sophistication all manner and times of sculpture and painting. I’ve been to most of the great museums in the Western world,* and bored my children silly by dragging them through...
  • 11-year-old to be expelled for bringing a virtual gun to a virtual school?

    09/02/2014 10:12:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 15 replies
    Badger Pundit ^ | 9-2-2014 | Badger Pundit
    Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home.The boy, Matthew, is “attending” — through distance learning, via computer — Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a 4K-12K virtual school run as an online pubic charter school by the Northern Ozaukee School District.Horn is its principal and executive director. For more on Horn, consult her LinkedIn page and her “Executive Director’s Message” in which she speaks about how, at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, “we pride ourselves in being...
  • Watch Ted Cruz’s FANTASTIC speech at Defending the Dream Summit 2014

    08/30/2014 6:10:46 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 15 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | August 30, 2014 | Right Scoop
    Ted Cruz gave a great speech today, hitting four topics he said would be at the forefront between now and the elections in November: Amnesty, Obamacare, National Security, and the Rule of Law. His biggest applause line came when he called for the impeachment of Eric Holder, where he got a big standing ovation. There’s so many good soundbites you might as well watch the whole speech and you can do that below:
  • Teachers Hate Poor Kids

    08/29/2014 10:31:12 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    AUGUST 29, 2014 Teachers Hate Poor Kids In Florida, union goons line up to beat down poor minority families By Kevin D. Williamson Alberto Carvalho, the highly regarded Miami-Dade schools superintendent, jokes that he wants to be the most “underpaid” public servant in the country. Underpaid? Public-school types keep using that word; I do not think that it means what they think it means. I don’t really want to beat up on Carvalho, who seems to be a pretty good guy doing some pretty good things. But bottom lines matter. Under the leadership of the district’s (“underpaid”) $320,000-a-year superintendent, who...
  • 'Yes means yes' standard for sexual encounters in California schools

    08/29/2014 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 29, 2014 | Rick Moran
    Boy, am I glad I'm not in college anymore California has become the first state to adopt a "yes means yes" standard for sexual encounters. The law "would require 'affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement' by each party to engage in sexual activity." And not just at the outset of the tryst, as this article in the Washington Post explains:
  • State School Rankings Mostly Measuring Race and Income Rather Than Performance

    08/26/2014 7:31:59 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Nearly four out of five students in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the Michigan Department of Education’s Top-To-Bottom Ratings for 2013-14 were eligible for the federal governments free or reduced-price lunch program. Only about 11 percent of the students in the top 5 percent of schools in those rankings were eligible for the free lunch program. Right now, the rankings rely 50 percent on overall achievement scores and 25 percent on the gap between the highest and lowest performing students. The other 25 percent is academic improvement. That raises concerns that the state education department is simply measuring...
  • Judge Rules Private School Vouchers Unconstitutional

    08/26/2014 6:36:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | John Semmens
    North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared the state’s the Opportunity Scholarship program unconstitutional. The program provided funds for poor children to attend the same private schools attended by their financially better off peers. “Allowing these children to exit the failing public school system undermines the incentive and capability for improving the public schools,” Hobgood ruled. “It would put the good of the few ahead of the collective well-being of the whole. By preventing the few from escaping we maintain the pressure for reform of the system.” Hobgood rejected the argument that allowing students to exit substandard schools would...
  • Michael Brown Scholarship Fund Will Honor Late Teen's Legacy, Help Siblings Attend College

    08/25/2014 7:24:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 21, 2014 | Kimberly Yam
    One organization is working to not only honor the achievements and legacy of the late Michael Brown, but to also help his younger siblings achieve what he didn't have the chance to. Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month, was a recent high school graduate. He was scheduled to start classes at Vatterott College on Aug. 11, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but was killed two days prior. The Wisconsin Hope Lab -- a program that researches ways to minimize barriers for students of all backgrounds...
  • NC Central Ready to Take Action to Prevent Future Needless Shooting Deaths

    08/25/2014 5:44:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    TWC News ^ | August 25, 2014 | Julie Fertig
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) DURHAM -- NC Central University's Black Law Students Association protested the shooting death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18 year old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. On the same day as Brown's funeral, the students hosted a "Hands Up" rally. "The question is not if there will be another incident like this, but when and where," said NCCU Law Professor Irving Joyner during his remarks. Wearing all black on the same day as Brown's funeral, NC Central law students, professors and Durham community members posed for a picture with their hands raised...
  • Zimbabwe: Street Vending - the Only Option for Zimbabwe's Graduates

    08/25/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    allAfrica ^ | August 24, 2014 | Clayton Masekesa
    Tarisai Mukahanana (26) says if she could, she would tell all those who are graduating these days that they have set themselves on a rough and tough road -- tougher than any university assignment. Perhaps like Mukahanana who graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nursing Science in 2010 from a local university and many other graduates that are being churned out each year, today's university graduates already know that they are graduating into obvious unemployment. Considering the high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe, Mukahanana believes the future of Zimbabwe's youth is hopelessly bleak. Mukahanana now survives on...
  • Ferguson vs. Boston

    08/25/2014 10:57:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Concrete Classroom ^ | August 18, 2014 | Michael Kaechele
    The tragic event of the killing of MIchael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have led to protests and rioting against police brutality. It brings to the surface (again) the institutional racism that has always been in our country. I think white privilege causes some to look at Ferguson as an excuse for criminal activity rather than a political protest. William Chamberlain tweeted a comment about the looting comparing it to the Boston Tea Party. I made this image.I think this leads to many questions: •What are the similarities between the events? •What are the differences? •What are the issues that each...
  • TX: Good Guy With Gun Stops Attempted Murder outside of School

    08/25/2014 8:22:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    During the last media push for laws to disarm the population, NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre said that a good guy with a gun is what is needed to stop a bad guy with a gun.   A recent shooting outside the Harry Stone Montessori school in Dallas is a perfect illustration of his point.  In this case, an armed citizen was present.   He happened to be an off duty police officer.   The "Gun Free School Zone" law would have worked perfectly to assure the attacker of an unarmed victim if the legally armed citizen had not been...
  • State Education Department Gives a Pass To Failing Districts; Punishes Charters

    08/25/2014 7:32:26 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2014 | Tom Gantert
    While the state of Michigan has questioned the accountability of charter public schools, some conventional public schools appear to get a free pass. This week, the Michigan Department of Education released its list of “Priority” schools, or those in the bottom 5 percent of academic achievement in the state. Lansing Eastern High School and Pontiac High School made the “Priority” list again for the 2013-14 school year, meaning the schools have been on the MDE’s academic watch list for five consecutive years. Gary Naeyaert, executive director of the Great Lakes Education Project, said no charter school could have stayed on...
  • Michael Brown called 'little kid in big body'

    08/24/2014 8:23:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    The Miami Herald / The Associated Press ^ | August 24, 2014 | Sharon Cohen and Jim Suhr
    FERGUSON, Mo. -- Michael Brown Jr. was on the verge of starting college, eager to launch himself into the adult world. Instead, on Monday he'll be mourned at his funeral, more than two weeks after his fatal shooting by a white police officer— an act that ignited days of violent protests and reawakened racial tensions that still linger in the nation. Brown, who was unarmed when he was killed, became an instant symbol of racial injustice as protesters flooded into the streets after his death. Civil rights leaders said the shooting in this predominantly black St. Louis suburb revived long...
  • The Origins of Political Correctness

    08/23/2014 11:59:32 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 44 replies
    Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic. We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke,...
  • Conservatism and Education

    08/23/2014 11:56:29 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Accuracy In Media ^ | Jan 31, 2006 | Paul M. Weyrich
    As conservatives, we seek to build on past successes wherever we can rather than start anew. Fortunately, when we look at the question of education, the next conservatism quickly finds a lot to build on. The existing conservative movement has done some things right in this area. The most important achievement is the home schooling movement. Today, over a million American children are getting real educations at home instead of being propagandized in the public schools. Unfortunately, a new problem has cropped up which the next conservatism needs to take on now, before it gets bigger. Political Correctness, which is...
  • Government pre-schools are limiting parental choice

    08/23/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 37 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 8/23/14 | Steve Berman
    Parents sending their three- and four-year olds to preschool are facing increasing pressure to use government schools, as secular, elitist educators use government funding as a back door to remove parental choice from pre-school options. Alabama’s First Class program is growing quickly, using federal funds from the popular Head Start program to extend restrictive government regulations to preschools who agree to accept public money.  Hiding under the blanket of “ensuring quality”, these regulations cover every aspect of pre-school education. First Class funding casts a net over preschool programs, supporting those that agree to restrictive government regulations. An extensive list of...
  • Repeated and Uncontrollable Failures (The unbearable sadness of climate activism)

    08/23/2014 4:28:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    Tim Blair Blog ^ | 8-16-2014 | Tim Blair
    The unbearable sadness of climate activism: Nicole Thornton remembers the exact moment her curious case of depression became too real to ignore. It was five years ago and the environmental scientist – a trained biologist and ecologist – was writing a rather dry PhD on responsible household water use. Fair enough. That would make anyone depressed. Thornton had always been easily upset by apathy towards, and denial of, environmental issues. But now she began to notice an oddly powerful personal reaction to "the small stuff" – like people littering, or neighbours chopping down an old tree. So, she's a bossy...
  • Liberal Judge Rules Against Private School Vouchers for Poor Kids

    08/21/2014 10:39:07 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 22 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood appeased liberal wishes today and ruled against a school vouchers program designed to provide poor and minority kids in North Carolina the opportunity to attend the same private schools as better offer children. Siding with teachers unions, atheist groups and public education administrators, Hobgood deemed the Opportunity Scholarship program to be unconstitutional. The ruling comes less than a week after the program awarded more than 360 lower-income families with education grants of $4,200 per child, providing their parents the opportunity to place their sons or daughters in a school of their choice. Fearing that poor...
  • Why Do Michigan Residents Falsely Believe Education Spending Is Down?

    08/21/2014 7:50:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/20/2014 | Tom Gantert
    In three of her last four budgets, Gov. Jennifer Granholm cut state funding to K-12 schools. In Gov. Rick Snyder's first four budgets, he has increased state funding to K-12 schools, up to a record $12 billion in 2014-15, according to the Senate Fiscal Agency. So how is Gov. Snyder being tagged by critics as the villain who has cut funding to school children? The answer lies in how the complicated nature of school funding has been the most misunderstood story reported in the media, as well as a campaign to portray schools as underfunded. “If you repeat a lie...
  • Union Sends Out Misleading 'Consent Form' When Members Try To Leave

    08/20/2014 9:48:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association is asking some members of its union who have inquired about opting out under the state's right-to-work law to initial a "Nonmember Informed Consent Form" which lists "benefits" they’d be giving up. Though misleading, the form is entirely optional and has nothing to do with the actual right-to-work process. An attorney compared the list to something people hear from telemarketers when trying to change phone services. The Association of American Educators, a professional organization for educators, called the MEA’s informed-consent form a scare tactic. “We’ve seen tactics like this in other states,” said Alexandra Freeze, spokeswoman...
  • 'To Do list' software

    08/19/2014 4:57:10 AM PDT · by maine yankee · 22 replies
    myself | 8/19/14 | vanity
    I need to create a rather long,involved punch list for a volunteer event. I need to be able to add,move, and remove tasks. I need to be able to assign or re-assign tasks to individuals. Any suggestions on a simple software package for the not-so-computer-illiterate person ?
  • Rule Of Law vs. Rule Of Man (Larry Schweikart - A Patriot's History of the US)

    08/19/2014 4:24:05 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | August 19, 2014 | You Tube
    Video: Beck invited historians David Barton and Larry Schweikart on the program to analyze what America can learn from tumultuous periods of history, and the two repeatedly warned that America is starting to view people as groups, rather than individuals, and doing so has been extremely destructive throughout history. “That’s where France was [in the 18th century] … and that’s why they went through so many revolutions so quickly,” Barton explained. “Whoever won the first revolution, that was the enemy for the second revolution. The second group came in and said, ‘They’re not of our group, we’ve got to get...
  • One Rogue Judge, and the Second Amendment’s Forgotten Roots

    08/18/2014 12:20:19 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | August 18, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In the case of Kolbe et. al. versus O’Malley, a class of various American individuals, businesses, and associations rightly challenged Maryland’s outrageous 2013 law banning honest, law-abiding citizens from possessing – not just public carrying, but possessing – several classes of firearms, such as the AR-15, and weapons – even pistols! – that hold more than ten rounds. The Federal District Judge hearing the case, a Clinton appointee named Catherine C. Blake, disregarded both legal precedent and two hundred years of scholarship, in holding, outrageously, that this blatantly unconstitutional state law was constitutional. Judge Blake declared that AR-15s and similar...
  • College Board Erases the Founding Fathers

    08/16/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 80 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August16, 2014 | Patrick Jakeway
    August 16, 2014 College Board Erases the Founding Fathers. By Patrick Jakeway The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority. It also details how this control was first established. First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage. Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014. The College Board,...
  • AZ:Open Carry at Meteor Crater

    08/16/2014 4:15:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I was on a mission of mercy.   A close friend needed a lady and her goods to be transported cross country.   I found myself hauling a good sized trailer on I-40, looking for a gas station with easy in and out.  I stopped at Meteor Crater rest stop to give everyone a break. As I came out of the facility, I asked a gentleman who was uniformed as staff, where the next truck stop was, because I was hauling a good sized trailer.  He graciously told me that there was one at exit 255, about 20 miles further east....
  • Thanks Michelle! Disgusted teens across the country pose alongside healthy food vending machines

    08/14/2014 10:55:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | James Gordon
    * First Lady has introduced new rules that saw companies limited in what products they could advertise on signs, vending machines, cups and menu boards on school grounds * Food industry spent nearly $150 million in 2009 on marketing in schools, 93 percent was promoting drinks * Schools now require drink companies to promote their diet sodas or water on signs and scoreboards, rather than full-calorie options like Coca-Cola and Pepsi * Michelle Obama's Let's Move program is now in its fourth year Students returning back to school after the summer vacation are finding out what First Lady Michelle Obama's...
  • Public School District Constantly Promoting Far-Left Political Views

    08/14/2014 5:37:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/13/2014 | Tom Gantert
    "Dark money" being used to shield political donors, bashing school choice, linking perceived societal wrongs to the "Koch Brothers" – that's the usual buzz of many left-wing websites. But controversial posts about those topics and more are also the norm for one Michigan school district. Articles about many of the usual liberal complaints fill the Twitter feed of Oakland Schools, the intermediate school district for Oakland County. It recently retweeted a post titled “Corporate America May Have the Answer for Dark Money Transparency.” While most school district Twitter accounts promote upcoming school events or awards won by staff, Oakland Schools...
  • California School District Seeks Consultant To Deal With Migrant Children

    08/13/2014 2:07:40 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2014, | CAROLINE MAY
    A California school district is seeking a “support services consultant” to help unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors navigate the state's educational and support services. According to a USA Today report, the Oakland Unified School District began advertising for such a consultant this month to assist the unaccompanied minors with counseling, legal, health, and educational services. "In the same way there are school specialists who deal with foster youth or refugees, we need a specialist who tracks these kids," Catalina Reyes, principal at Oakland International High School, told USA Today. Since October, more than 62,900 unaccompanied minors have been detained illegally entering...
  • Officers Four Times as Safe Checking Rifle Carriers

    08/13/2014 5:08:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch | 12 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carriers with rifles; neither hunters nor protesters, but private purchasers at a "buy back" event Most law enforcement officers do not interact with people openly carrying riles and shotguns, or long guns, as they are collectively called.  That has been changing in recent years as more and more members of the gun culture have exercised their first and second amendment rights by openly carrying long guns.  The movement has taken off in Texas, where the open carry of modern pistols is banned in public places.   Texas is one of only six states that bans the open carry of...
  • Parent-packed lunches often not healthy, study says

    08/12/2014 8:08:54 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 77 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | , August 12, 2014 | Leslie Postal
    <p>The lunches students bring from home are often filled with unhealthy packaged foods and sugary drinks and little that would win any nutrition awards, according to a new study by university researchers. Missing from those lunches, they said, were fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and, nearly 25 percent of the time, anything that resembled an entree.</p>
  • A children's problem to test the aptitude of politicians

    08/12/2014 5:50:04 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 18 replies
    The People's Cube / American Thinker ^ | 8/12/2014 | Oleg Atbashian
    There is a reason why the question below, from a Hong Kong elementary school test, is making the rounds on the internet. Most adults can't solve it – not for want of math skills, but because most of them have lost the child's ability of unconventional thinking. Instead, they have acquired the debilitating unwillingness to try a different perspective. - Anyone can misjudge the facts due to the wrong vantage point. But while some will admit their mistake and will try to look at things differently, a moral relativist will insist that his perspective doesn't need changing and will blame...
  • Schools to Be Flooded With Illegal Immigrant Children Katie Pavlich | Aug 12, 2014

    08/12/2014 2:25:55 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    TownHall ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Good news America, tens-of-thousands of children in the country illegally are on their way to a public school near you for a taxpayer funded education and the Department of Education says they're entitled it. More from Caroline May at Breitbart (bolding is mine): “We have begun to receive inquiries regarding educational services for a specific group of immigrant children who have been in the news – children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S. - Mexico border,” the Department of Education explains. “This new fact sheet provides information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States...
  • Almost No Teachers In District's Low-Performing Schools Considered 'Ineffective'

    08/12/2014 10:34:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2014 | Tom Gantert
    For the last two years, every high school student in the Lansing School District received a letter from the district stating that all three high schools are on the state’s low-performing watch list. The letters are mandated after a school is designated as one of the worst performing in the state by finishing in the bottom 5 percent academically. Yet, according to the district, the effectiveness of its teachers is increasing significantly while it has had more schools put on the state’s low-performing watch list. In 2009-10, the district had one school on the persistently lowest achieving list. That number...
  • School District Revokes Authorization of Popular Charter

    08/12/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/10/2014 | Anne Schieber
    LIVONIA — After putting the popular Hinoki International School in a box, Livonia Public Schools has now, in a phrase, thrown away the key. The school board voted 6 to 1 to end the charter public school’s authorization — one year before it was to expire. Without a charter authorization, Hinoki is ineligible for state funding grants to function as a free public school. "The contract with the school carried with it various provisions under which the contract would be revoked. Included is a provision calling for automatic revocation if the Academy has lost more than 50 percent of its...
  • Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

    08/11/2014 5:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Madame Noire ^ | August 11, 2014 | Lauren R.D. Fox
    Last year, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But before that decision was handed down the public got the chance to hear from the young woman who was the last person to speak with Trayvon before he died, his friend Rachel Jeantel. As she testified during the case, Rachel became a public figure as the media and audiences bullied her with harsh criticisms and unfair labels. As a result of the humiliating ordeal, Rachel received an overwhelming amount of support to better her own needs and accomplish her dreams as a young woman. Now, just one year...
  • DREAMers deserve freedom from fear

    08/10/2014 9:14:53 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 49 replies
    Star Democrat ^ | August 10, 2014 | STEVEN AND COKIE ROBERTS
    Karina Velasco paid her way through college by cleaning office buildings in downtown Washington for five hours every evening. She did her schoolwork after getting home at midnight, and is on track to receive her degree in social work next spring. Karina is a model citizen except for one thing. She’s an illegal immigrant. She crossed the border without papers from her home in Mexico 10 years ago, whresponsibleaying for damages to car,medical bills.etc,etc.en she was 14. Under a program initiated by President Obama in 2012, Karina is one of about 550,000 young people, sometimes called “DREAMers,” who qualify for...
  • Irony: Michelle Obama Says ‘No One Really Cares What You Had For Lunch’

    08/09/2014 7:42:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | August 7, 2014 | Barbara Boland
    First lady Michelle Obama said something Wednesday that seems preposterously ironic to many American school kids: "No one really cares what you had for lunch." "I tease my kids," Michelle Obama said at a White House event on women's empowerment with Laura Bush. "I tell them I want them to use Instagram to take a picture of something really important rather than their food... I mean, no one really cares what you had for lunch." The audience laughed. The irony here is that public school children subjected to Michelle's vaunted "Let's Move" lunches have been tweeting photos of their lunches...
  • AZ: Unanimous Supreme Court: No Stop and Frisk for Being Peacably Armed

    08/08/2014 6:38:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a case that brought shock-waves to the judicial establishment, an Arizona appeals court ruled that an officer could stop and disarm someone merely because they were armed. Now the Arizona Supreme Court has reversed that ruling in a unanimous decision.   From azcapitoltimes.com: Police cannot frisk someone they stop and question absent some “reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot,” the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.  While this ruling applies only to Arizona,it was the United States Constitution and the fourth amendment that was cited, not the Arizona Constitution.  In a related event in Wisconsin, an open carry...
  • PA:Why People Carry a Gun When Answering the Door

    08/08/2014 3:08:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 73 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Numerous people have criticized homeowners  for having a gun in their hand or on their person when answering a door.   I have always maintained that it is only prudent to do so.   Home security systems can be very useful, of course.   A standoff barrier, such as my old friend, Tex Ferguson, the highly decorated combat vet and intelligence operative used, works very well, as do surveillance cameras.  Not everyone has such a system in place, or working, all the time.   In any case, surveillance and standoff systems work best when backed up by armed force.  I have reported numerous...
  • Pelosi adviser admits college students too dumb to have free speech but not to vote Democrat

    08/08/2014 10:04:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/8/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Michael Yaki, a Democrat who has worked for Nancy Pelosi and is now a United States Civil Rights Commissioner, believes that college students are too stupid to be allowed to exercise freedom of speech. His remarks were made in regard to whether there should be campus speech codes. In fact he thinks these codes should be tightened. With breathtaking hubris and not even a single ounce of self-consciousness, this classic Democrat saboteur said, “Certain factors in how the juvenile or adolescent or young adult brain processes information is vastly different from the way that we adults do.” Yaki went on...
  • Doctor with AR15 at Airport Official Statement

    08/07/2014 6:45:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open Carry in Arizona Statement made 4 August, 2014 Statement of Dr. Peter N. Steinmetz "I consider myself to be a freedom activist, a man of peace and a responsible American citizen. I fully respect the rule of law and have complied with it my entire life. I am also an educated and responsible gun owner who has earned the legal right to have a concealed weapons permit. I have received extensive training in the safe handling of firearms as well as the substantial legal responsibilities that accompany firearms ownership. I enthusiastically support the rights of my fellow Americans...
  • A Governor’s Dilemma: Illegal Immigrants Divert Resources From State’s Own Citizens (OK)

    08/06/2014 11:48:29 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 15 replies
    TheDailySignalBlog ^ | August 5, 2014 | Gov Mary Fallin
    On June 13, the first bus of illegal immigrant minors, aged 12-17, arrived at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The state of Oklahoma was given no formal notice, and no chance to object. After weeks of bad publicity, public outrage and political pressure, the Obama administration announced this week that the facility will close by Friday, Aug. 8. That’s good news for the people of Oklahoma and the men and women of Fort Sill, who will once again have the full use of their military base for the purpose it was designed for: housing and training soldiers. What the facility’s closure does...
  • Campus Sexual Engineering

    08/06/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies
    The Thinking Housewife ^ | August 1, 2014 | Laura Wood
    IT seems too obvious to say, but the problem of campus sexual assault, so prevalent in the news this week, could be largely prevented without the intervention of the federal government or the police or campus sexual assault investigators and advisors and lawyers. The obvious solution is the elephant in the room that no one acknowledges. Here we have a crisis — and I do believe it is a serious problem — that could be solved very simply, but won’t be because there are too many financial interests at stake in keeping campus sexual mayhem going, too many ideologues with...
  • PIV is always rape, ok? (Idiocy. Pure and simple.)

    08/06/2014 5:14:39 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    witchwind.wordpress.com ^ | 12-15-2013 | witchwind
    Just to recall a basic fact: Intercourse/PIV is always rape, plain and simple. This is a developed recap from what I’ve been saying in various comments here and there in the last two years or so. as a radfem I’ve always said PIV is rape and I remember being disappointed to discover that so few radical feminists stated it clearly. How can you possibly see it otherwise? Intercourse is the very means through which men oppress us, from which we are not allowed to escape, yet some instances of or PIV and intercourse may be chosen and free? That makes...
  • Reality forces an end to liberal foolishness: Giving away laptops in Hoboken doesn’t work

    08/05/2014 9:49:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/5/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It took five years of pouring our money down a drain to finally prove to New Jersey liberals that it is not a smart idea to give laptops to seventh, eighth and ninth grade students to take home and use as they wish. It is amazing but true that people who work with children of middle school age don’t understand that kids will be… well kids, and they will generally not respect what is given to them by government. Five years ago the school system in Hoboken New Jersey gave out government (read taxpayer paid for) laptops to children who...
  • The Fascism of Feminism: No Conservative Victims Allowed!

    08/05/2014 7:26:31 AM PDT · by xuberalles · 12 replies
    Self | 9/5/14 | Me
    Do I have a problem with the modern feminist movement? Is that a multiple choice question? Before feminism was hijacked by militant activists such as Code Pink, and yes, even the heralded NOW, it was designed to empower, support, and defend the rights of women regardless of their personal lives and attributes. Now, no pun intended, it is a twisted political platform that discriminates against women who don’t adhere to a malformed stereotype of what progressives deem as worthy of their ‘cause’. Today’s feminist cults pick and choose whom they defend, they maliciously incite discord and tarnish lives with imagined...
  • Racist Spirit of George Wallace Lives in Fresno California

    08/04/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 25 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 4, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In a sad twist of irony, crowds gathered on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fresno, California last week to stage a show of racist intolerance more reminiscent of former Democratic Governor George Wallace than the acclaimed civil rights leader. The ugly and divisive scene taints the excitement surrounding the opening of Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School, the first new school opening in decades in the cities crowded southwest sector. The mob that gathered was there to protest the hiring of a white male teacher at a school whose student body will be predominately minority. "We didn't fight for a white...
  • Phoenix Anchor Says Arizonans should be able to "Blow Away" People with a Rifle on their Shoulder

    08/04/2014 6:34:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizonan with Rifle slung at local treat shop A controversial arrest in Phoenix, where police arrested a prominent local research doctor who was protesting, with a rifle slung on his shoulder, at the unsecured airport Starbucks, prompted this exchange between Mark Curtis, a 12News anchor and Marc Victor, the victims attorney. The exchange occurs in the video from 1:55 to 2:22: Mark Curtis, anchor, 12News: "Someones carrying a gun, and they're with their children, and they see a man walk into a Starbucks with a rifle on his shoulder.  What would stop them from blowing your client away? Marc...