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  • Ted Cruz Gets Common Core Way Better Than ThinkProgress Does

    03/27/2015 11:10:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Heartland Institute Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Joy Pullmann
    ThinkProgress has not one but two articles bashing this tweet from Sen. (and now presidential candidate) Ted Cruz: Federal Govt has no business sticking its nose in education. We need to repeal every word of Common Core! #nhpolitics #MakeDCListen The headlines pretty much sum it up: “Ted Cruz Makes Impassioned Plea For Repeal Of Federal Legislation That Does Not Exist” and “Every Claim In This Ted Cruz Statement Is Completely False.” The second critiques this statement from Cruz’s spokeswoman: “Common Core is a federally created curriculum that the state’s ‘Race to the Top’ grants are tied to. So if the...
  • Opinion: What’s the difference between liberals and conservatives?

    03/26/2015 8:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The University of Tennessee Daily Beacon ^ | March 26, 2015 | Alexandra Chiasson, Social Media Editor
    After Texas senator Ted Cruz announced his intention to run for president on Monday, I was pleased with my Republican friends' response to this news. It's not often that college-aged liberals and conservatives roll their eyes in unison, but that appeared to happen when that boob asked his Liberty University audience to imagine an America where "young people (come) out of school with four, five, six job offers." This was nice, this shared derisive response to Ted Cruz and his astounding senselessness. I like it when we all can agree on things. But then I thought of all the times...
  • ISIS on Campus: Only in America

    03/26/2015 7:09:59 PM PDT · by xuberalles · 5 replies
    Self | 3/26/14 | Me
    A Dean at Cornell University proclaimed on camera he’d give the green light for an ISIS club on campus in which actual members conducted training exercises. I’m curious if this demonstration of humanitarianism would be preempted by recent video of ISIS soldiers beating, raping, torturing, mutilating, and beheading countless men, women and children in the name of Allah? I also wonder if American Christians would enjoy an equally enthusiastic welcome if similar proof existed of their ranks committing mass atrocities. Oh, that’s right, Christians or Jews really aren’t welcome because the Crusades, which ended over 700 years ago, were a...
  • Community College Secretaries Secede From the State's Largest Teachers Union

    03/26/2015 8:41:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/22/2015 | Anne Schieber
    After months of legal wrangling, the votes are in. Secretaries at Grand Rapids Community College have chosen to decertify the Michigan Education Association local and form their own union. Out of 95 members, 40 voted in favor of the new union, the Alliance of Professional Support Staff, while 28 voted to stay with the MEA and 3 chose no union. “We are free,” said election organizer, Penni Weniger. This is the second time in 15 months that a group of employees at a state college or university has broken ranks with the MEA. The first defection involved over 300 technology...
  • The Death Throes of Common Core

    03/25/2015 11:36:10 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/25/15 | Alan Caruba
    No way to know when Common Core will die or whether No Child Left Behind will suffer a similar fate but the trend nationwide is obvious. Parents, teachers, schools and districts want the federal government out Americans are learning the hard way that the federal government should not be permitted to impose one-size-fits-all standards to education. It was never intended to play a role in education and the absence of any mention in the Constitution is proof enough that education was intended to be supervised by the states where the school districts, schools, and parents are closest to the process....
  • University of Scranton stands tall and says “No!” to abortion coverage for its employees

    03/25/2015 6:59:10 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 16 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | March 25, 2015 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    In a very encouraging turn of events, the Jesuit run University of Scranton has announced it will no longer pay for abortion coverage for its employees. The school’s President Father Kevin P. Quinn S.J. made his announcement in a statement issued on February 10th in which he said that “it [abortion] is inconsistent with the moral teachings of the Church. …. [Because] The University is self-insured we can, and therefore must, offer insurance plans that are free of all abortion coverage.” Like clockwork, the numbingly predictable protests from Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice appeared to show their ardent...
  • 5 Reasons Latinos Won’t Vote for Ted Cruz

    03/25/2015 12:39:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Blue Natio Review ^ | March 24, 2015 | John Paul Brammer
    Liberals across the country rejoiced today as Ted Cruz announced that he is officially running for president, thus ensuring a plentiful gaffe harvest for progressive writers like myself to feed upon for months. The GOP has pretty much nothing to gain from Cruz’s decision to throw his hat in the ring. In fact, if anything, it will probably hurt them, as Cruz will only serve to solidify the idea that Republicans are anti-women, anti-LGBT, and anti-immigrant. Yes, Ted Cruz, the son of an immigrant from Cuba, is anti-immigrant. As a Latino, I can tell you right now that Latinos won’t...
  • ‘Cruzing’ out of the gate: Presidential hopeful launches campaign from Liberty University

    03/24/2015 3:55:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Liberty Champion ^ | March 22, 2015 | Tré Goins-Phillips, opinion editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 44, announced his candidacy for president Monday, March 23, at Liberty University’s weekly Convocation. “Today, I am announcing that I am running for president of the United States,” Cruz said to an energetic crowd in a packed Vines Center, receiving loud applause and a standing ovation. In announcing his bid, the 2016 hopeful, who placed third in this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, skipped the longstanding traditional step of first forming an exploratory committee. “It is time for liberty, it is time for truth, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of...
  • One Tomball Woman's Suggestion On How To Handle An Unruly Child. (Rant of the day - Profanity)

    03/24/2015 9:52:16 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 10 replies
    KPRCRadio.com (950 AM Houston) ^ | March 24, 2015 | kathleen Smith
    RANT OF THE DAY ! The link consist of two Facebook videos: Kathleen Smith's experience with unruly toddler(2 or 3) in a Tomball, Texas HEB supermarket. She took some heat on Facebook. Then issued her unapology.
  • Women and Guns Data - Reasons why they carry

    03/24/2015 8:12:00 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/24/2015
    Almost every feature of gun proprietorship for women have been looked at with the exception of an exceptionally key inquiry: What are the reasons that motivates women to buy and own guns? In this last segment of NSSF’s report, we look at the driving variables of a women enthusiasm for owning guns. According to NSSF’s survey, the biggest motivation for a woman’s purchase is personal defense. Almost half of the women in the poll stated either self-defense (26.2%) or home defense (22%) as the “most important reason to own a gun.” Another significant motivator was hunting at 15.3 percent. To...
  • HuffPo Editor: Cruz Harvard Professors Were ‘In Awe Of His Intellect’ [VIDEO]

    03/24/2015 12:03:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2015 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    In what was no doubt a rare moment for all involved, Huffington Post editorial director Howard Fineman noted on MSNBC’s “Hardball w/ Chris Matthews” that Harvard Law School professors were “in awe” of Texas Republican Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s intellect. “At Harvard Law School, he was — the professors were in awe of his intellect,” Fineman noted. “Even if they disagreed with him, which they did vehemently, these people knew that — this guy was trained under the Federalist Society second-generation Republican wave. In other words, not the Reagan years, but these years.” The rare complement from the...
  • Falwell Explains Why Liberty University Students Had to Attend Ted Cruz's Announcement Rally

    03/23/2015 4:34:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 23, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    LYNCHBURG, VA – Just hours after Ted Cruz announced he was running for president here, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. was defending the fact that nearly 10,000 of his school's students had served as the backdrop while attending a mandatory school event. "It is no secret that Convocation is held three times a week and attendance is required, just like class is required for students," Falwell said in a written statement. "No one is expected to agree with every speaker on every point." Falwell issued the statement after reports, in National Journal and elsewhere, that a group of students...
  • Common Core: pliant proletariat workers for crony capitalist corporations

    03/23/2015 10:57:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/23/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    If you want to transform American students into pliant proletariat workers for crony capitalist corporations, Common Core is the way to indoctrinate them into the collectivist utopian mindset During a late evening visit to our local restaurant, I witnessed a progressive middle-aged couple pleading with their young child to give up a toy she had taken from her playmate’s home. As they were arguing back and forth, loud enough for the entire restaurant to hear, all I could think of was, why bring a small child so late to a restaurant and, for God’s sake, isn’t anybody in charge of...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz '92 to announce presidential bid on Monday

    03/22/2015 9:43:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Princetonian ^ | March 22, 2015 | Zaynab Zaman
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz ’92 plans to announce a presidential bid on Monday, according to a Houston Chronicle article published on Saturday. Cruz did not respond to a request for comment. Cruz will officially declare his candidacy at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday, according to the Chronicle. He is scheduled to make an appearance in New Hampshire this Friday and in Iowa in approximately two weeks. Cruz was elected to the Senate as a Republican candidate from Texas in 2012 and is one of three Latino Senators currently serving. Liberty University, which was founded by...
  • Obama and his Legacy

    03/22/2015 7:08:17 AM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 30 replies
    March 21, 2015 | self
    I keep hearing Obama is pushing this Iranian nuclear deal for his legacy. He pushed Obamacare for his legacy. The great majority of the American people did not want Obamacare. The great majority of the American people and most of the countries of the world do not want this Iranian nuclear deal. In fact, the great majority of Americans do not like Obama's decisions and the direction the country is going. Obama is so worried about his legacy. So far his legacy is that of the worst president ever. His planned disasters are too numerous to list here. (See my...
  • An Obama Miscellany: Eligibility, Racism, Education, Etc.

    03/21/2015 6:33:35 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 13 replies
    http://educationimproved.blogspot.com ^ | March 21,, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Here are four lively short articles about our president: ------------------------------------------- "Obama and the Ineligibility Circus." Some of the cleverest trolls on the Internet devote their time to spreading confusion about the requirements for being president. You have to be a citizen. You have to be 35. And you have to have two parents who are themselves Americans. That last requirement is called the "natural born" requirement. Because of that requirement, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are not eligible to be president. My hope is that one of them drops out of the race and tells the country why. http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-and-the-ineligibility-circus?cid=db_articles --------------------------------------------...
  • Bill Ayers Wants Palin's People to Call his People

    03/20/2015 1:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 20, 2015 | M. Catharine Evans
    Sarah Palin so completely traumatized Weather Undergrounder Bill Ayers in 2008, he is still talking about the former vice-presidential candidate seven years later. In a March 18 Publishers' Weekly interview at Hyde Park's Seminary Co-op bookstore, Ayers injected Mrs. Palin into the conversation. It seems he still can't forget a governor from Alaska who dared to expose his fellow traveler at a private fundraiser on October 4, 2008 in Englewood, Colorado:. VP Candidate Sarah Palin, 2008: Our opponent, though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that he’s palling around with terrorists who would...
  • History Museum cancels Ferguson-Palestine discussion

    03/20/2015 10:03:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | March 19, 2015 | David Hunn
    ST. LOUIS • The Missouri History Museum canceled a speakers panel set for Thursday evening that intended, in part, to compare “state violence” in Ferguson and Palestine. Sourik Beltran, an anthropology student at Washington University and president of the student group AltaVoz, proposed the event early in February. He originally called it “From Ayotzinapa to Ferguson: A Dialogue on Solidarity and Inter-Movement Collaboration.” He said the goals were to connect activists, foster collaboration among social justice groups and “draw parallels between state violence here and in Mexico.” A week or two later, Beltran added a third comparison. The panel would...
  • Ignorance versus Apathy

    03/20/2015 7:08:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/15 | Jim Yardley
    I don’t know. And I don’t care. I recalled an old, make that VERY old joke. Students were asked “What is the difference between ‘Ignorance’ and ‘Apathy’?” The most common answer the questioners received was “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” I thought of this while I was listening to all of Barack Obama’s blather on Thursday suggesting that it would be an absolutely terrific idea if voting was made mandatory in the United States. And “blather” is a fairly accurate description which pleases all of Obama’s handlers, or if he prefers “communications specialists” who desperately want to change...
  • $23K School Employee Upset that MEA President’s Pension Spiked by $200K Union Salary

    03/19/2015 9:00:32 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/12/2015 | Anne Schieber
    LaKiesha Allen is a 35-year old Lansing school secretary who pays the Michigan Education Association $38 a month in union dues from her $23,000 annual salary. Local union officials have threatened to get her fired if she stops paying those dues. So Allen was stunned to learn that MEA President Steve Cook, a man she has never met, swung a deal with her employer to parlay his six-figure union salary into a richer pension payout. Cook's payout will come from the same pension fund that Allen is counting on for her own retirement – a fund that is currently underfunded...
  • Diversity has been given a bad name by “progressives” and their minions in Academia

    03/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/19/15 | Jerry Todd
    “You Still Have ‘White Privilege’ Even if you ‘Survived a Nazi Concentration Camp’ ” This extraordinary claim, that “it doesn’t matter what hardships you’ve had to face, you still have white privilege,” was directed to husband and wife survivors of Nazi tyranny by Robin DiAngelo, Professor of Multicultural Education at Westfield State University. With a scholarship in Social Justice Education and Whiteness Studies, DiAngelo teaches courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, and Cultural Diversity & Social Justice. It is to progressive thinkers and holders of powerful educational credentials like Professor DiAngelo that Jerry Todd has directed his response today....
  • To Ensure School Compliance with the Law, Include Financial Incentives

    03/18/2015 7:04:50 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/11/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    For most people who follow government, nothing is more meaningful or more dramatic than the struggle to pass a law. In this romanticized view, the passage of a law means that change was required, and that those who break the new law will be punished. In 2011, the Michigan Legislature passed a series of education reforms, designed to retain and reward Michigan’s best teachers. According to these new laws, districts would have to pay high-achieving teachers a premium, and could not make teacher hiring and firing decisions on the basis of seniority alone. For those who celebrate new laws, this...
  • Karambit Knife Technique: Hook & Destroy

    03/17/2015 6:32:30 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 28 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/17/2015
    The Karambit knife is becoming more popular in the U.S. thanks to Doug Marcaida as one of the pioneers to spearhead the knife through training law enforcement with various government and local agencies. In this segment Doug demonstrates the use of the Karambit to control by using the hooking motion to trap and counter with a strike or maintain control. In the Filipino Martial Arts style of training once a technique is learned, it is then applied to a flow drill such as the hubbad. This drill is used at the close quarter range. This segment Doug highlights the function...
  • Common Core Teaches a Big Fat Lie

    03/17/2015 2:25:43 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 3/17/15 | Steve Berman
    The Left has its own Da Vinci Code, a secret woven into the fabric of its power, shrouded by layers of intrigue, and defended to the death by secret societies pledged to its eternal preservation. Here it is, exposed: Science = TruthPhilosophy = Opinion And it’s as wrong today as it was in Plato’s day. If the fictional Robert Langdon stumbled onto the Church’s hidden legend in Dan Brown’s novel, then all-too-real associate professor of philosophy Justin McBrayer, has vitiated the Left’s Necronomicon in his New York Times piece, “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts.” As a...
  • It’s Official: Americans R Stupid

    03/17/2015 10:25:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/17/2015 | Michael Snyder
    As Americans, we tend to be pretty full of ourselves, and this is especially true of our young people. But do we really have reason for such pride? According to a shocking new report from the Educational Testing Service, Americans between the ages of 20 and 34 are way behind young adults in other industrialized nations when it comes to literacy, mathematics and technological proficiency. Even though more Americans than ever are going to college, we continue to fall farther and farther behind intellectually. So what does this say about us? Sadly, the truth is that Americans are stupid. Our...
  • Diagram of a Gun Fight

    03/17/2015 8:51:41 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 27 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/17/2015 | Robert Campbell
    An Overview Of Close-range Dynamics For some folks, the worst experience is a breakdown on a macadam road. A close brush with death is another thing. You think much differently and more clearly afterwards. If we escape death, we are pleased with the results, ideal or not. Others have commented that before a near death event, nothing was important, and afterwards, everything was. Training gives us preparation and practice keeps us sharp. When an assailant who is roughly the size of a tree is bearing down on you, weapon in hand, you may regret a lack of tactical repertoire....
  • Ontario’s Angry Sex-ed Parents Should Not just Boo Bas Balkissoon but boot him out of office

    03/16/2015 8:51:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/15 | Judi McLeod
    Developing the sex-ed curriculum which advocates the teaching of oral and anal sex to 10 and 11-year-old school children When you’re a high-flying Liberal politician whose son, Tony, just happens to be married to Barack Obama power-tripper Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, Laura, you can get away with rudely slamming the door on parents who don’t want their 10 and 11-year-old kids taught about anal and oral sex in school. At his meetings people will follow his rules, Ontario Liberal MPP Bas Balkissoon told about 200 angry parents chanting “We say no!” as he was showing them the door Arrogant, high-handed ‘society...
  • The .577 Snider Conversion - Guns of our Fathers

    03/16/2015 7:10:08 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/16/2015 | Bob Shell
    The 1860s were an interesting and exciting time in firearms development. Countries were transitioning from muzzleloaders to cartridge rifles. The American Civil War highlighted everything from muzzleloaders to Gatling guns. Many European countries utilized various conversions, including Great Britain, which used the Snider conversion designed by an American, Jacob Snider. The military quickly saw the advantages of breech loader (a firearm loaded via a chamber from the rear) versus front loader models. Besides being faster to load, the ability to do so while in the prone position meant the shooter presented a much smaller target for enemy marksmen. The British...
  • White students barred from funded RSU student group event (Canada)

    03/14/2015 11:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Ryersonian ^ | March 13, 2015 | Natasha Gan
    Trevor Hewitt, left, and Julia Knope, right, were barred from an event held by the Racialized Students Collective for being white.Two white students were barred from a meeting of the Racialized Students’ Collective March 11. First-year journalism students Trevor Hewitt and Julia Knope were told that because they were not victims of racialization, they were not allowed to stay in the meeting room and report on the event. Hewitt and Knope said they made eye contact with an unidentified woman who appeared to be setting up for the event. She approached Hewitt and Knope and asked if they had ever...
  • Pistol Ice Drill

    03/14/2015 7:14:30 PM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/14/2014
    Instructor Zero of Spartan 360 Tactical Defense explores how vasoconstriction affects accuracy by submerging his hands in ice water for prolonged exposure to cold. This drill is designed to allow the shooter to understand and adapt to behavioral changes under thermal stress. Watch as he puts his hands in the ice water for over 3 minutes in this pistol ice drill.
  • PUNISHING BIGOTED SPEECH ON CAMPUS

    03/13/2015 12:30:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    CatholicLeague ^ | March 13, 2015 | Bill Donahue
    PUNISHING BIGOTED SPEECH ON CAMPUS March 12, 2015 by Bill Donahue Bill Donohue comments on the decision by the University of Oklahoma to expel two fraternity students for making racist comments Anti-Catholicism is tolerated on campuses in a way that is not true of other expressions of bigotry. If anyone has any doubts about this, let him go to the websites of civil rights groups that represent gays, blacks, Jews, and Muslims, and then compare the findings to those found on the website of the Catholic League (check the Education section in our Annual Reports). Patently anti-Catholic plays, artwork, comments...
  • 9 Concealed Weapons You Didn't Know Existed

    03/13/2015 8:49:25 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 9 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/13/2015
    Doug Marcaida is one of the world’s elite knife fighters – he is also a military contractor helping elite units navigate through complex CQB tactics relating to weapons of opportunity. In this take, he takes us through part of his collection of unique concealed weapons that he's come across. View these concealed Ring Edged Weapons here.
  • Fraternities Have Always Been a Haven for Whites To Exercise Racist Impulses (Here we go)

    03/12/2015 3:51:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | March 12, 2015 | Curtis Bunn
    In 1955, a study published in the sociological journal, “Social Problems,” found that most students in fraternities and sororities were more racist than their non-Greek classmates. That was 60 years ago, but it explains precisely the origin of the Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s racist chant last week about hanging Black people and not letting them in its organization. A culture of racism, euphemized as exclusivity, has existed from the beginning and, in fact, was part of the principles on which frats were created: no Blacks. To wit: SAE was founded at Alabama in 1856 in the “Deep South,” it...
  • [VIDEO] “Who Won the Civil War?” College Students Can’t Answer Basic Questions

    03/12/2015 9:45:48 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 93 replies
    In a recent video from PoliTech, some students from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX sought to find out how politically challenged our college-aged youths are. Several questions were asked to the students like, “Who won the Civil War, Who is our Vice-President, and Who did we gain our independence from?”
  • GWRAPS - Close Quarter Positioning

    03/12/2015 8:55:19 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 6 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/12/2015
    GWRAPS was coined by Sgt. Don Gulla of King Co. Deputy Sheriffs Dept of WA as Gulla Weapon Retention and Positional Shooting. This method is also called “brace contact” in certain tactical groups. The original concept is still hazy but was originally dubbed by the British SAS. The point of this technique was that it was a last desperate technique when someone else has a hand on your pistol. Using this method gives you more leverage to regain the weapon possession by fighting or shooting. See the rest of this GWRAPS story here.
  • The 'Too Many School Districts' Myth

    03/12/2015 6:32:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/9/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    There are too many school districts, according to state officials. Even though student enrollment is declining, more school districts open every year, these officials say, putting existing districts under financial pressure. Though this may seem like a school finance and administrative issue, the “too many school districts” narrative is often used to criticize charter schools. Juxtaposing Michigan’s decreasing enrollment with the rising number of school districts (entirely driven by charter schools) is just a way to complain about the fact that more charter schools are opening. Charter schools in Michigan are legally defined as “districts,” even though most are single...
  • Dart Center Speaker Selection for Gun and 'Gun Violence' Workshop

    03/12/2015 6:03:40 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Dart Center in Phoenix is holding a "workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence".  It is funded from a grant by the Michael Bloomber organization, "Everytown for Gun Safety", a gun control front group.  I sent a two emails to the Dart Center contact about the workshop.  I was ignored, so I started digging for myself. One of the things that I found was a draft list of speakers for the workshop.  It was clear that the list is a work in progress, so I decided to assist the Dart Center with some obvious suggestions.   The...
  • Union President Inflating Public Pension with $200K Salary While Working for Private Union

    03/11/2015 8:27:09 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Steve Cook, the president of the state's largest teachers union, is also listed as the highest-paid employee of the Lansing School District. His annual salary is $20,000 more than that of the district’s superintendent. The deal between the Lansing School District and the Michigan Education Association allows Cook to remain a member of the state’s pension system for school employees while working full-time as president of the private union. This lets him accrue pension benefits based on his $201,613 MEA salary, setting Cook up for a much higher post-retirement payout from the underfunded public school employees pension system. The Lansing...
  • 6 Life Saving Rules to Survive a Serious Fight

    03/11/2015 8:30:03 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 32 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/11/2015
    Doug Marcaida a military Contractor in Edge Impact Weapons systems and weapons of opportunity. Doug goes over some principles of things to be aware of if you're caught up in an fight, the main theme to all this is "awareness", have a look here to see the rest.
  • Shariah Enforcement at University of New Mexico: Resolution 6S Passes

    03/11/2015 6:04:14 AM PDT · by Reverend Saltine · 18 replies
    PamelaGeller.com ^ | March 11, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    This is what sharia law looks like in America. Sheep to slaughter. Anti-Muslim hate crime barely registers. Anti-Jewish, anti-black, anti-gay hate crimes are significantly more common, with antisemitic hate crime coming in at over 60%. But facts, reality and truth are hate speech now. Faked hate leading to anti-freedom legislation. Muslim anti-semitism on college campuses is rampant, but you never see resolutions, newspaper articles, prohibitions on that nazism. One of the students wrote me, “I think you would be interested to know that Islamophobia is now officially at my school, the University of New Mexico. The same place where Nonie...
  • Hillary Just Recused Herself

    03/10/2015 8:56:02 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 82 replies
    March 10, 2015 | self
    Hillary’s press conference showed We the People there will never be a safe way for Hillary to become President. She said she had a private server in her private home thinking she had some degree of privacy by doing so. But Hillary there’s one thing you didn’t think of. Doing government business on a separate private server in your home was a national security risk. Didn’t you understand that? We can comfortably conclude that, at a bare minimum, the Chinese and Russians have everything that was; repeat was, on your private server. I know you, in the middle of an...
  • Majority of Biology Teachers Hesitant About Evolution

    03/10/2015 8:20:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 139 replies
    Secular scientists are at a loss over how to get their favorite origins story, Darwinian evolution, a more confident presence in schools.After nearly a century of one-sided control of education on origins, Darwinian scientists shouldn’t be faced with this dilemma. After all, their own theory presupposes that human beings are material entities that can be conditioned like other animals. And yet, despite a near total exposure to Darwinian evolution in textbooks, museums, educational TV – and often in the general culture, such as in many sci-fi movies – a substantial majority of the public doesn’t buy the completely materialistic...
  • Grab the Slide and Fire

    03/10/2015 9:07:04 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 7 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/10/2015
    There's been talk of while fighting to retain your pistol that if your hand is on the slide and the pistol goes off. Your hand would receive burns or cuts. These guys from PoleNar Tactical shows us otherwise, have a look.
  • Seen at the Gun Show:1896 Broomhandle Mauser Carbine

    03/09/2015 4:36:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    You do not see many Broomhandle Mauser carbines.  Very few were made originally, and even later, non-factory modifications of Broomhandles and reproductions were not made in huge quantities.  I like to go to local gun shows at Yuma, but my schedule and the shows seldom seem to match these days.  This Saturday, I went and saw this Mauser at one of the tables.  It looked in very nice shape, and the owner was gracious enough to allow me to take pictures of it.    When I got back to my computer, I did a little research on the carbines.  Unfortunately...
  • Professor: Women Genetically "Superior to Men," Males are Inferior Beings

    03/09/2015 9:49:42 AM PDT · by rightistight · 117 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 3/9/15 | Aurelius
    Melvin Konner, a Professor of Anthropology and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, believes that women will lead the world to “a better place.” More specifically, he argues, “male biology has brought the world war, corruption, and scandal.” He wrote his opinions down in an article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal titled, “A Better World, Run by Women.” Women, he believes, do not become corrupt, they are not scandalous, and shall not ever plunge nations or the world into war. Females, he explains bluntly, are “superior to men in most ways that will count in the future… because of...
  • WY:Three Republican Senators Kill Gun Free Zone Reform

    03/09/2015 5:19:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Wyoming seemed posed to repeal many of the gun free zones that have accumulated in the state over years of special pleadings, especially by the powerful education lobby.  HB0114 passed the house with an overwhelming 42 to 17 vote.  With a lopsided 26 Republicans to 4 Democrats in the Senate, the bill seemed assured of quick passage.  John Lott gave testimony in the Senate; his testimony was considered to be extremely effective. However, the Machiavellian politics of legislatures quickly became apparent.  Instead of the bill being assigned to the Judiciary committee, as was done in the House, it was...
  • Sighting my Shotgun in, What?

    03/08/2015 11:12:38 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 14 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/8/2015 | Larry Case
    As we are speeding into the month of March, many of us “shot-gunners” are thinking about (or should be) preparing for the spring turkey season. I want to caution you about merely grabbing the shotgun off the wall, and heading off to the woods. Success comes from having confidence in your weapon, and we achieve this by doing some shooting and knowing what the gun will do. First, remember that this turkey shooting deal, in the spring, has evolved into something more like rifle shooting than “shot-gunning.” Ideally we are aiming, not pointing the gun, at a small, stationary target...
  • Help wanted: What Ran on CNN Airport on 25 April, 2014, after 1100 Central time?

    03/08/2015 7:40:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Everytown activist has claimed that she was assaulted at the Indianapolis Airport on 25 April, 2014, as she was flying out of the city.  The 25th was a Friday.   It had to be after 1100 Central, because she is documented to have been at the Everytown press conference at that time.  Part of the story is that the person who assaulted her was watching a clip of the Everytown press conference that occurred earlier in the day, on the airport monitors just before the assault was alleged to have happened.   This all happened during the NRA convention...
  • MI: School Sued for Violating Gun Law

    03/08/2015 5:07:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law.   This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.   You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordinance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary.  Michigan has such a law.   MCL 123.1101(a) and MCL 123.1102 preempt local units of government from regulating firearms. School Districts are local units of government.  In Michigan, a number of school districts are...
  • DevMountain. The Coding Factory

    03/07/2015 5:47:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Startup Hook ^ | November 19, 2014 | Staff
    IÂ’ll be honest, when it comes to coding IÂ’m just about the last person anyone would consider asking advice from. DonÂ’t get me wrong, I find what programmers do to be both extremely interesting, and (of course) integral to our continued push for innovation in a digitized world, but studying the developers at my day job is like monitoring a team of archaeologists making sense out of hieroglyphics. There are countless people who feel the same way, which is unfortunate since development is a potentially rewarding career path, and one thatÂ’s constantly expanding. One of the stumbling blocks, as mentioned...