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Handy Infographic About How To Avoid Irritating The Police

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 - by Stephen Kruiser

Not saying any of our readers need this…but most of us know someone who could use the help.

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NYC Mayor-Elect Leaves White House Meeting Stoked About Future of Progressivism

Friday, December 13th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

(h/t Chicks On The Right)

After talking to our “centrist” president

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which includuded 15 other newly-elected mayors, Mr. de Blasio said it was clear to him that the fight against inequality–which formed the centerpiece of his campaign–was gaining steam far beyond the five boroughs.

Like all Progressives, he’s a delusional idiot. They are, however, politically well-organized delusional idiots.

“So what we have to do is organize it and amplify it,” he told Politicker.

“It was very interesting: a lot of them talked about pre-K, a lot of them talked about early childhood education as one of the breakthrough things we have to do to change the dynamics.”

I devoted an entire chapter in my new ebook to this concerted effort by Progressives to get to our kids as early as possible. Progressivism only takes strong root with brainwashed younger people. The Left has had a stranglehold on universities in the U.S. for decades but they need to work on the kids at a younger age. That’s the real reason they are so bitterly opposed to school choice, even though it would improve the lives of the at-risk inner-city youth they always pretend to care about. They can’t lose the indoctrination factories.

Progressives always say they want to do things for the children when in reality they want to do things to the children.

And that’s one of the many reasons they need to be stopped.

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School Drops Sex Harassment Charge Against Six-Year-Old Boy

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

One of the reasons that we cover stories like that of Hunter Yelton is so that the outcry can help overturn an unjust decision. Canon City Schools in Colorado charged six-year-old Yelton with sexual harassment for kissing a schoolmate on the hand. Schools have reasonable rules against PDA, but sticking a first grader with sexual harassment is nonsense, even for a repeat offender, as young Yelton reportedly is. He’s six. School administrators tend to be highly educated, yet they should still possess enough common sense to avoid leveling such a serious charge against a little boy.

Today, the charge has been dropped. Public criticism surely had a lot to do with that.

If he has an issue, at his age it’s behavioral, not sexual. Mostly it seems that he’s a little boy doing a little boy thing, like the kids who got the book thrown at them for using airsoft guns on their own property.

Kids need correction. Discipline is good. We’re all born barbarians and need to be taught how to behave. Rushing to give a little kid an extreme punishment for minor issues isn’t going to help anyone, certainly not the boys who tend to get these harsh punishments thrown at them.

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College Loses Gun Rights Case, Intends to Defy the Court and State Law Anyway

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

First, the good news: BizPacreview reports that a Florida court has ruled that college students don’t surrender their constitutional rights as soon as they enter campus.

The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

Florida Carry Inc. and  Alexandria Lainez vs. the University of North Florida centered around Lainez’s ability to store a gun in her vehicle while attending classes at UNF so she would have available for self-defense while traveling to and from campus.

Lainez is a young mother, Friday said, “and she takes seriously her responsibility to protect herself and her child.”

Lainez, who’s 24 and has had a concealed weapons permit for three years, said she takes firearms safety and training pretty seriously, too. A Jacksonville resident with a half-hour one-way commute to school, she said she’s working to get students at other schools interested in gun training, too.

“I think it’s pretty important to be able to protect myself and my son, especially with that long commute to and from school.”

And making that commute armed means storing the gun on UNF property.

UNF bans all firearms on campus. Lainez sued to get UNF to change its regulation, and she won.

But the University of North Florida doesn’t care.

In an emailed statement Wednesday, UNF Associate Director for Public Relations Joanna Norris wrote that the university is still reviewing its options on whether to appeal the case. Until it makes that decision, she wrote, the university’s policy prohibiting weapons on campus will remain in effect.

Friday (Lainez’s attorney) said that means the university intends to continue breaking the law.

“In other words, despite the express, well-reasoned opinion of this court, they intend to continue violating students’ rights until they have to comply,” he said.

Florida has passed laws dealing with officials who defy the state’s gun laws in ways that restrict Second Amendment rights. Those laws, if enforced, carry fines and even removal from office.

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Who’s Up for Another ‘Public School Takes Idiotic Hardline Stance Against Little Boy’ Thread?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Today’s episode of “Idiots are Educating Our Children” comes from Colorado. The state that has recently been overrun by liberal locusts who ruined California has a school that just suspended a 6-year-old boy for “sexual harassment,” according to KRDO TV.

Hunter Yelton’s tale is an old story…boy meets world in first grade, develops a crush on a little girl, kisses her hand, faces the unholy wrath of school bureaucrats who don’t remember what it’s like to be a first-grader at all.

It may sound innocent enough…but at six years old Hunter now has ‘sexual harassment’ on his school record.

“It was during class yeah. We were doing reading group and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,” said Hunter Yelton.

Six year old Hunter was at home on Monday instead of at school.

“They sent me to the office, fair and square. I did something wrong and I feel sorry,” he said.

“She was fine with it, they are ‘boyfriend and girlfriend’. The other children saw it and went to the music teacher. That was the day I had the meeting with the principal, where she first said ‘sexual harassment’. This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six year old. Now my son is asking questions… what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six year old,” said Hunters’ mom, Jennifer Saunders.

Both hunter and his mom, Jennifer, admit he’s had some trouble at school in the past. Hunter has been suspended for rough-housing, and for kissing the same girl on the cheek.

“We’ve been working with him with the classroom disruption. He was grounded for awhile. Big restrictions,” said Saunders.

Report Bonnie Silkman asks Hunter, “Are you trying to be good at school? Hunter replies, “Yes…I have a lot of energy. I mean six year olds. They have a lot of energy.”

The superintendent at School District RE-1, says any school record remains within the district. And Hunters’ actions fit the school policy description of ‘sexual harassment’.

There are only a couple of glaring problems with the superintendent’s take. One, the alleged perp is six. Two, the alleged “victim” welcomes his attention. So, in other words, there was nothing sexual and there was no harassment. Other than that, super, you’re spot on.

Who wants to bet that the super has a handful of degrees and pulls down a massive salary? Let’s do a little research. The superintendent of Cannon City schools is Dr. Robin Gooldy. There’s your handful of degrees, though they didn’t prepare Dr. Gooldy to understand how he may be hurting young Hunter. He’s working in a well-paid racket in which salaries rise beyond inflation while schools claim that they don’t have enough money for anything.

Riddle me this: When schools are run by unthinking morons, is it possible for anyone who attends those schools to receive an education?

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Lawmakers Begin Taking Sides on Ryan-Murray Budget Agreement

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

As the sun rose over Washington today, supporters and allies began picking sides over the budget agreement announced last night by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

“It is increasingly obvious that success – particularly in divided government – has to be measured in positive steps, not leaps and bounds,” said Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), former chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. “But in doing so, the American people expect their elected officials to find common ground without sacrificing the principles we hold dear. This agreement – more than $20 billion in deficit reduction compared to current law with zero tax increases – reflects both that common ground and our conservative principles.”

“Moving forward, the manner in which spending reductions occur will not be based on arbitrary cuts that usurp the proper role of Congress in determining the nation’s budget priorities,” he added. “Instead, this package relies on smarter cuts and common sense reforms, which make incremental progress toward the ultimate goal – a smaller, more efficient and accountable Washington.”

“I think the important piece to this deal, and yes it is a modest deal, is we maintain the savings of the sequester. Remember the sequester was in place because a supercommittee back two years ago failed to come up with an agreement,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). “What this is, is an agreement on less than 10% of that sequester money – that $1.2 trillion. The savings are maintained and what we’ve always said was we need the savings in the mandatory, the entitlement, the auto pilot spending arena. And the savings that are inside this budget deal really are primarily derived from reforms to the pension benefits for federal employees.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), though, called the agreement “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

“I think it’s a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later,” Paul said. “The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation’s $17.3 trillion debt.”

On the other side of the aisle, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said the deal “accomplishes perhaps the most important thing it could have: temporarily curbing the destructive nature of the reckless sequester.”

“While I do not agree with everything in this agreement, compromise was the only way an agreement was even possible. It is regrettable, for example, that federal workers will see their pensions trimmed as a means of finding cost savings, and that the agreement did not include an extension of unemployment insurance, but any deal that could pass in both chambers would require both sides to accept choices with which it may not agree,” Coons said. “Shared sacrifice was inevitable and necessary, and to pretend otherwise would be to continue an unproductive trend in our recent political history.”

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) called the deal “far from perfect, but it provides relief from sequestration for critical education, housing, and transportation programs.”

“It is a step in the right direction to get Congress back on track and focused on what is important to the American people,” Smith said. “I thank Senator Patty Murray and Representative Paul Ryan for their hard work and willingness to compromise. This is only the beginning. Far more work remains to be done.”

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Common Core Assignment Makes Parents Identify Whether They Are ‘Liberal’ or ‘Conservative’

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

AND…creepier.

An assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, IL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a “political spectrum”.

The survey is part of Oak Forest High School’s Common Core curriculum, which according to the school district’s website is to …”provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”

There is a screenshot of the questionnaire at the link, as well as the lesson’s purported objectives, all of which could ostensibly be taught without hitting the parents with what looks like a political party fundraising survey.

It’s not a stretch to believe that the agenda here from the Common Core overlords is insidiously political when you remember that these are the people who used sentences like “Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all” in an English lesson.

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United States Teens Below Average In Reading, Math And Science

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Surprise! But not.

Here is the all too predictable result of devoting a couple of generations to focusing on the feelings of the students and the retirement plans of the teachers. Read ‘em and weep for the future of America (click to enlarge):

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Relax, Parents: Public Educators Relentlessly Focused on Better School Lunch…Plates

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

They’re ON it.

Nothing seemed special about the plates from which students at a handful of Miami schools devoured their meals for a few weeks last spring — round, rigid and colorless, with four compartments for food and a fifth in the center for a carton of milk.

Looks, however, can be deceiving: They were the vanguard of what could become an environmental revolution in schools across the United States.

With any uneaten food, the plates, made from sugar cane, can be thrown away and turned into a product prized by gardeners and farmers everywhere: compost. If all goes as planned, compostable plates will replace plastic foam lunch trays by September not just for the 345,000 students in the Miami-Dade County school system, but also for more than 2.6 million others nationwide.

Of course, the hippie happy plates cost almost quadruple what the plastic plates do but, hey, FEEL GOOD STUFF!

We are forever being told that more money needs to be spent on education. And then it gets spent on almost anything but teaching kids how to read or write. Now they may very well end up finding a way to make this more feasible but the mere fact that hot mess districts like Los Angeles Unified are spending time on things like this rather than the bare bones of educating shows how awful the priorities are in public education.

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Another ‘Private Charter Saves Failing Public School’ Story

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Because you can never have too many.

Through the city’s renaissance program, a committee of parents chose Mastery Charter Schools to lead the effort to pull Gratz out of the muck. It’s still a neighborhood school, and about 65 percent of the kids are from low-income families. But now it’s run by Gordon’s private nonprofit, not the school district. He likes to say Mastery’s track record shows poverty is not destiny.

“I think if you spoke to folks prior to the turnaround, some would have assumed [in] a school like Gratz, kids couldn’t achieve,” says Gordon. “For lots of reasons: ‘There’s a culture of violence in the school; kids aren’t prepared.’ And it turns out not to be true. While poverty creates real obstacles, obstacles that require resources to overcome … our kids are smart, resilient, and given the right circumstances and support, will fly and succeed.”

On the academic side, Mastery reduced class size and added tutoring programs and specialized reading classes. It also revamped the curriculum. And robust intervention — whether addressing reading, truancy or poverty — has proved essential: If a student stops coming to class, Mastery will send a social worker to the house. Teachers are in frequent touch with parents, even helping link them with social assistance if they need it. The school has set up GED classes for the community, as well as free legal clinics and tax prep help for parents.

School choice may be the most winning issue for conservatives but isn’t being paid sufficient attention for reasons I’ve never been able to fathom. There are remarkable stories like this happening all over the country every year that definitely undermine the Democrats’, “We just need to spend more” narrative. Many (most?) of the schools being turned around were run into the ground by the unholy Democrat/Big Labor alliance (Detroit, anyone?).

This is something that helps people via freeing them from the yoke of government and appeals to various parts of the electorate Republicans have long wondered how to capture.

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Swiss Hippie Socialists Force Referendum On Executive Pay

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Zero sum idiots.

Switzerland may be known for watches, wealth and secretive bank accounts, but increasingly people believe that not everyone is reaping their share of the country’s economic well-being.

So on Sunday, the Swiss will vote on a referendum that would limit a CEO’s pay to 12 times that of the company’s lowest-paid worker.

The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party collected the 100,000 signatures necessary to turn the measure, known as the 1:12 initiative, into a national referendum.

David Roth, head of the party’s youth wing, says that 25 years ago Swiss CEOs made six times more than the average worker; today, they earn more than 40 times as much. Roth says in a country of 8 million, 400,000 workers don’t make enough to live on.

“I think we have to change something, because otherwise we’ll go in a direction like the USA did in the last decade where people get homeless, for example, and other people had millions of dollars,” he says. “It’s a big problem if you have such inequality in a rich country.”

Is this a glimpse into the future here? The zero sum morons pollute academia now and are cranking out millions of “educated” kids who believe the “I’m poor because he’s rich” insanity. They actually believe that if the CEOs make less the money will flow directly into their pockets.

Oh, these fringe loons are in charge of the Democrats too.

Hope. Change.

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Duncan Says His ‘Wording Was Clumsy’ on ‘White Suburban Moms’ Comment

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said this morning on MSNBC that his “wording was clumsy” when he said “white suburban moms” opposed Common Core standards because they reveal that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

“My message was very, very simple. When you raise standards that’s a challenging thing. I was challenging state school chief officers to do a better job articulating why raising standards is the right thing for all children,” Duncan said.

“What happened historically is far too many states, and you know this well, they dummy down standards, and were lying to children and families across this country for far too long,” he continued. “When you lie to children, only group that benefits, guess who that is? It’s politicians. Children lose, parents lose ultimately, our country loses. Many states around this country are doing very hard work of raising standards now. It’s the right thing, but we have to better communicate that to parents. That was the message I was trying to make.”

When pressed on the meaning behind his words, Duncan said they were the “exact opposite” of any administration divide-and-conquer strategy.

“My point was that when you dummy down standards, when you’re lying to children, that affects all children. That affects all families,” the secretary said. “Even in more affluent suburban areas, not just in the inner city. Every child needs to have high standards. That was my very simple point, and we need to do a better job collectively articulating to parents why we want their children to be competitive not in their district or in their state, our children are smart, as talented, as creative, as entrepreneurial, as hard working, as children anywhere in the world.”

“We have to level the playing field for them. They are competing for jobs with children in India, China, Singapore, South Korea. That’s the competition. We all need to come together to help our students be successful there, and the best way to do that is with great teachers, which is what we’re here to talk about today.”

Duncan, who used to be CEO of Chicago’s public school system, claimed he’s “the most non-political person you’re ever going to meet. I could care less about politics.”

“My job is simply to fight for children. I’ve worked with everyone — Republican, Democrat, left, right, it doesn’t matter,” he added. “We want to reduce the dropout rates, we want to increase high school graduation rates. We want to make sure our children are going to some form of higher education. We’re fighting not just for education, we’re fighting for a stronger country, a stronger economy. Put politics and ideologies — I think that gets in the way. Let’s just work together on behalf of kids. Let’s fight for children.”

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New Photo Caption Contest: President Obama Through the Looking Glass

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
Credit: Drudge Report

Credit: Drudge Report

Once again, a Drudge Report photo was the inspiration behind our newest Photo Caption Contest.

The Drudge headline and link that captioned the photo read:

CBS News Poll: Obama Crashes to 37%.

But we know PJ Media readers can write much better headlines.

So start your imaginations and power up your communication devices.

Besides a general caption, consider writing a “thought bubble” for the looking glass or the little boy next to Obama.

There are no rules for this contest because rules are so 20th century.

However, this contest is no place for haters — only BRILLIANT and CREATIVE thinkers who understand how to mix Obama-isms, current events, history, politics, humor and fairy tales into winning entries that bring smiles to millions of readers across the globe.

Have fun and remember the image in the glass may be distorted due to media bias.

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Holder Drops Pursuit of School Voucher Program in ‘Temporary Victory’ for GOP

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

Republicans are claiming “temporary victory” for school choice as the Justice Department quietly dropped its request for an injunction that would have blocked Louisiana’s voucher program.

Less than a month ago, 30 senators led by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) called on Attorney General Eric Holder to justify his department’s lawsuit against Louisiana’s Scholarship Program that gives low-income students vouchers to escape failing schools.

The DOJ’s petition argued that this could adversely affect racial balance at schools.

“Education needs to be about giving all of our students the best possible opportunity, not about reaching federal quotas determined by bureaucrats in Washington,” Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said. “I’m relieved that the Justice Department has decided against this particular attack on Louisiana parents and students, but this is a temporary victory. We still need to ensure that families are the ones to ultimately decide where their children will go to school, not some Washington bureaucrat or some executive order. That’s the end goal we need to continue working toward.”

The Louisiana Scholarship Program grants vouchers of $4,500 — $3,000 less than what a public school in the state spends on a student each year. In 2012, after expanding the program statewide, 91 percent of scholarship children were minorities including 86 percent African-American.

“I am relieved these children will now have the opportunity to get a good education,” said Toomey. “But this chance for a better life should never have been in question in the first place. Our children are not statistics. They deserve the opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty and violence through a good education. The fact that Mr. Holder would block any child from a good education is bad enough. The fact that he tried to do so based solely on the children’s race is inexcusable. I am delighted the Justice Department has seen the light and dropped this unfortunate lawsuit.”

The Oct. 24 letter from Toomey, Vitter and the other senators stressed concern “that the Department of Justice’s decision to prevent these needy children from obtaining a valuable education is not consistent with the pursuit of justice, but instead may be the result of improper, partisan motives.”

“It seems to us that a program that rescues needy children from failing schools, gives families a chance to break the cycle of poverty and violence, and saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year is one that should be lauded by the federal government. Instead, the Justice Department is working to sabotage it. Shockingly, the Justice Department is doing so by targeting a small group of children based solely on the color of their skin,” the senators wrote, adding comments they’d received from parents thankful for the program.

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Common Core Slips Creepy Politics Into An English Lesson

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Predictably awful.

It’s exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms.

Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to teach children how to streamline bulky writing.

Did someone resurrect Stalin to outline this program?

Every time a Common Core proponent tells me I am imagining things evidence seems to show up that makes my imagination very, very vivid.

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30 Senators Ask Holder to Justify Racial-Balance Lawsuit Against Louisiana’s School Vouchers

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

Thirty senators led by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to justify his department’s lawsuit against Louisiana’s Scholarship Program that gives low-income students vouchers to escape failing schools.

The Justice Department’s petition argues that this could adversely affect racial balance at schools.

“We are concerned that the Department of Justice’s decision to prevent these needy children from obtaining a valuable education is not consistent with the pursuit of justice, but instead may be the result of improper, partisan motives,” the senators wrote to Holder today.

The Louisiana Scholarship Program grants vouchers of $4,500 — $3,000 less than what a public school in the state spends on a student each year. In 2012, after expanding the program statewide, 91 percent of scholarship children were minorities including 86 percent African-American.

“It seems to us that a program that rescues needy children from failing schools, gives families a chance to break the cycle of poverty and violence, and saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year is one that should be lauded by the federal government. Instead, the Justice Department is working to sabotage it. Shockingly, the Justice Department is doing so by targeting a small group of children based solely on the color of their skin,” the senators wrote, adding comments they’d received from parents thankful for the program.

“During the days of Jim Crow, some Louisiana school districts were placed under desegregation orders. The Justice Department argues that allowing a few students to escape their failing schools will change the racial composition in these covered school districts. For example, the Justice Department asks the court to block six needy African-American students from escaping their failing school, because their departure would change the school’s racial make-up from 30.1 percent to 29.2 percent African-American. Similarly, the Justice Department argues that the desegregation orders may be violated if five poor white students obtain a better education, because the school would go from 29.6 percent to 28.9 percent white. In each case, the Justice Department is targeting the children solely on the basis of their skin color: If the six African-American children were white, and the five white children were African-American, the Justice Department would not be trying to prevent them from receiving a good education,” the letter continues. “These children are not statistics. They are young kids, and every one of them deserves a safe, high-quality school and a chance at a bright future.”

A signatory on the letter, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), called the DOJ lawsuit “an outrageous attack on Louisiana parents and students.”

“Instead of allowing parents to make one of their most important choices – where to send their kids to school – the federal government is stepping in, and trapping students in failing schools to meet quotas,” Vitter said. “Education needs to be about giving all of our students the best possible opportunity, not about reaching federal quotas determined by some bureaucrat in Washington.”

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Wikipedia Stunned That Companies Pay Users to Write Favorable Articles

Monday, October 21st, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

Wikipedia announced today that it’s investigating “as many as several hundred” users who may have been paid to promote organizations or products on the massive online encyclopedia.

“Our readers know Wikipedia’s not perfect, but they also know that it has their best interests at heart, and is never trying to sell them a product or propagandize them in any way. Our goal is to provide neutral, reliable information for our readers, and anything that threatens that is a serious problem. We are actively examining this situation and exploring our options,” Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, said in a statement.

Wikipedia said it has already blocked or banned more than 250 user accounts for “non-neutral editing.”

Available in 287 languages, Wikipedia contains more than 29 million articles contributed by a global volunteer community of roughly 80,000 people.

“Editing-for-pay has been a divisive topic inside Wikipedia for many years, particularly when the edits to articles are promotional in nature. Unlike a university professor editing Wikipedia articles in their area of expertise, paid editing for promotional purposes, or paid advocacy editing as we call it, is extremely problematic. We consider it a ‘black hat’ practice. Paid advocacy editing violates the core principles that have made Wikipedia so valuable for so many people,” Gardner said.

“What is clear to everyone is that all material on Wikipedia needs to adhere to Wikipedia’s editorial policies, including those on neutrality and verifiability. It is also clear that companies that engage in unethical practices on Wikipedia risk seriously damaging their own reputations. In general, companies engaging in self-promotional activities on Wikipedia have come under heavy criticism from the press and the general public, with their actions widely viewed as inconsistent with Wikipedia’s educational mission.”

In January, Mike Wood wrote for Business Insider that he gets paid to edit Wikipedia for leading companies.

“With each article that is deleted by the community, there is another client looking to pay me to get the article back up,” he wrote. “For every article that is tagged, there is a marketing company contacting me to re-write the article and remove the tag. For every person who tries to find my account and block it, there are ten emails that I am responding to, giving quotes to write their article.”

Gardner said today that “being deceptive in your editing by using sockpuppets or misrepresenting your affiliation with a company is against Wikipedia policy and is prohibited by our Terms of Use. We urge companies to conduct themselves ethically, to be transparent about what they’re doing on Wikipedia, and to adhere to all site policies and practices.”

“The Wikimedia Foundation is closely monitoring this ongoing investigation and we are currently assessing all the options at our disposal,” she added. “We will have more to say in the coming weeks.”

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New Poverty Study: 48 Percent of All Public School Children Qualify As Low-Income

Friday, October 18th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

 

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If you are an American who believes that our nation’s best days are behind us, here is a startling and depressing report from the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) that will support your opinion.

First, what is the SEF? It is the nation’s oldest education philanthropy with a mission statement stating the following:

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) is a public charity whose mission is to advance equity and excellence in education in the American South.

This week, the SEF released a report based on 2011 data titled “A New Majority: Low Income Students in the South and the Nation.”

The key finding is that low-income children now comprise a majority of students in the public schools of 17 states across the nation — and 13 of those states are in the South. Even more depressing was the fact that 48 percent of school children qualified as low income nationally.

So does this 48 percent mean that the USA is an emerging third-world nation?

Maybe, but before that question is definitively answered, it is important to acknowledge that the numbers used in SEF’s study to determine a child’s low-income status were based solely on the number of students receiving either free or reduced school lunches.

Certainly that criterion may have some flaws since our government excels at handing out food benefits. But if you were to downplay those numbers, looking at the chart above leads one to conclude that if even slightly less than 48 percent of our nation’s children are living at or near poverty levels, then our nation’s future is still tragically “at risk.”

This is especially true when the chances of an American child escaping poverty through hard work and education seem to be less than at any time in our recent past.

Certainly upward mobility is still possible, but statistically the “American Dream” is becoming more challenging to achieve if you are born poor. The hard fact is that poverty tends to breed more poverty.

Furthermore, the long-term consequences of 48 percent of public school children learning to depend on government as part of their daily education is a lesson plan for national failure.

 

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Decades-Old Jesus Portrait Kicked Out of Ohio School

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

This is a news story about the resolution of a legal challenge emblematic of the gradual moral decline plaguing our once great nation.

To set the stage, here are headlines from three conservative news sites that reported on the case, the first of which has the largest photo of the painting in question:

Fox NewsOhio school district agrees to keep portrait of Jesus off wall, pay $95G fine.

The Washington Times Jesus portrait forced off school wall by ACLU lawsuit.

The Daily CallerACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation pocket $80,000 off Jesus portrait shakedown.

Now that I have piqued your interest, here are facts:

Since 1947, a portrait of Jesus had been hanging in the Jackson Middle School in Jackson, Ohio along with portraits of other historical figures in the “Hall of Honor.”  The Jesus portrait was a gift from a Christian–affiliated student group called the Hi-Y Club.

Then, in February of this year, the ACLU teamed with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and sued the Jackson City School District citing in the suit “unconstitutional” actions and charging that students and visitors to the school, “will continue to suffer permanent, severe, and irreparable harm and injury.”

The school district wanted to fight the suit and moved the portrait to the high school where the Hi-Y Club is now based. They argued that the Christian group had a right to display a portrait of the group’s “leader.”

When the Jackson Board of Education was told that the school district’s insurance company would not pay to fight the lawsuit, the Jesus portrait was moved to the high school’s art-room storage area where no one might be harmed and suffer injury if their eyes happened to gaze upon the portrait. However, it was still “in view of those entering an art-room storage area.”

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Bring Back The Luddites: New App Judges Your Sex Life

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Which is what I thought the significant other was for

Wearable activity trackers like the Fitbit and FuelBand have seemingly spawned a trend in which people track nearly anything and everything about their lives.

Mobile app Spreadsheets takes this a step further — it tracks your performance in bed. Spreadsheets provides both statistical and historical feedback by tracking your movements and audio levels. (You have to leave the phone on the mattress beside you in order for it to monitor your activity.)

The app rewards you with status titles for things like having sex for more than 40 minutes, having a “lazy Sunday,” where you have sex at least five times on Sunday, or having sex first thing in the morning.

The ability to keep the phone on the bed next to you should preclude any kind of decent rating of your performance.

One man’s opinion.

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Education: Kids Taught About ‘Pimps’ but College Student Blocked from Handing Out the Constitution — On Constitution Day

Thursday, September 19th, 2013 - by Bryan Preston

Our horrid educational crisis in two stories.

Story number one: Look what “Common Core” hath wrought in Louisiana.

Fourth grade students in Vermilion Parish, La. were given a homework assignment that included words like “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz,” but school officials said the worksheet was age appropriate based on an education website affiliated with Common Core education standards.

“I try to instill values in my son,” parent Brittney Badeaux told Fox News. “My goal is for him to ultimately to become a great man, a family man, a well-rounded man. And now my son wants to know what a pimp is.”

Badeaux was helping her 9-year-old son with his homework when she heard him say the words “Po Pimp” and “mobstaz.”

“I couldn’t believe it at first – hearing him read it to me,” she told Fox News. “So I looked at the paper and read the entire article. It was filled with Ebonics.”

The worksheet, obtained by Fox Radio affiliate KPEL provided contextual examples of the word “twist.” It included references to tornadoes and the 1950’s dance craze – the “Twist.”
But it also included a paragraph about “Twista” – a rapper with the group Speedknot Mobstaz who performs a single titled, “Po-Pimp.”

“It was really inappropriate for my child,” Badeaux said. “He doesn’t’ know what a pimp or mobster is.”

As usual, the local functionary defends the indefensible.

Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau told Fox News the “po-pimp” assignment was aligned to a fourth grade English Language Arts standard for Common Core.

“Out of context, this word is inappropriate,” Puyau said. “However, within the Common Core standards, they do want us to discuss real world texts.”

Sigh. Or rage. I can’t decide anymore.

Let’s fast forward a few years. Learning about “pimps” and “mobstaz” is AOK in grade school. Getting a free copy of the US Constitution, however, is not.

Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College in California, had a theory. He believed that the policies at his college limiting protests and expression were so restrictive that the college would try to shut him down even if he tried to hand out copies of the United States Constitution on September 17–Constitution Day.

Sadly, he was correct.

There’s video at the link.

The school got bureaucratic with Van Tuinen, telling him that he had to stick to the campus “free speech zone,” and that he didn’t have a permit to hand stuff out.

Upon arriving at that office, Van Tuinen talks with administrator Christine Serrano, who tells him that because of “a time, place, and manner,” he can only pass out literature inside the “free speech area,” which she informs him is “in front of the student center, in that little cement area.” She asks him to fill out an application and asks to photocopy his student ID. Hauling out a binder, Serrano says that she has “two people on campus right now, so you’d have to wait until either the 20th, 27th, or you can go into October.” Van Tuinen protests that he wants to pass out the Constitution on Constitution Day, at which point Serrano dismissively tells him “you really don’t need to keep going on.”

At one time, the entire United States was a “free speech zone” and our schools taught the basics — reading, writing and arithmetic — at age-appropriate levels using the best literature and knowledge from Western Civilization. Now, the core of our education is quite common indeed.

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Cost Of Education: Schools Spending $$$ To Get Liberal Arts Grads Jobs

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Shocking.

Liberal arts graduates face the highest unemployment rates of all undergraduate majors, and some colleges are starting to put big money on the table to make these graduates more employable.

Wake Forest University, a small, liberal-arts school in Winston-Salem, N.C., spent “up to $350,000 a year” to hire Andy Chan as vice president of the Office of Personal and Career Development, according to Susan Dominus in The The New York Times.

In his four years with the college, Chan, whose resume includes running the career center at Stanford Business School and leading a Silicon Valley start-up, has raised more than $10 million — mostly from students’ parents — to build a Google-like career services office with video displays, snacks, and nearly 30 staff members to offer “concierge-like services to students,” he tells Dominus.

There’s pretty much everything that is wrong with the world in a nutshell. Parents send their kids to college to get a degree that doesn’t have a lot of employment potential, then spend more money to set the kids up with someone who will hold their hands and get them snacks while looking for work that they aren’t qualified for.

It’s “everybody gets a trophy” with very expensive trophies.

And we’re surprised when people elect an idiot president based on feelings alone.

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WaPo: ‘Teachers And Students Should Totally Be Able To Have Sex With Each Other’

Friday, August 30th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

How I wish I were kidding.

I don’t believe that all sexual conduct between underage students and teachers should necessarily be classified as rape, and I believe that absent extenuating circumstances, consensual sexual activity between teachers and students should not be criminalized.

Oh, but the teacher should lose his or her job, per the author. One little thing, teachers don’t lose their jobs over much but there’s a better shot of that happening if what they are being punished for is criminal.

This is Obama’s America. The First Amendment gets us almost zero press freedom when it comes to questioning the president but this kind of unmitigated lunacy gets past editors.

Kill the media.

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Jindal: Holder Wants to Set Back Civil Rights by Targeting School Vouchers

Friday, August 30th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said there’s “no explanation” for why the Justice Department is trying to block his state’s school voucher program.

The DOJ said in papers filed in papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans that “many” of the 570 vouchers distributed to Louisiana students last school year “impeded the desegregation process.”

This school year, the Justice Department said, vouchers were given to students in 22 of 34 school districts still under desegregation orders.

“We’ve got 8,000 kids getting these scholarships; 100 percent of these are low income families, 100 percent of them coming from C, D or F public schools. 100 percent of their parents chose this as a way for their kids to get a better education — 90 percent of them are minorities,” Jindal said on Fox last night. “We talk about equal opportunity in America, we are not providing it unless we provide every child the chance to get a great education. It is ridiculous for the Department of Justice to listen to the government unions, to the teacher unions. This is all politics. It’s all ideology. It’s not about these kids.”

The governor called it “backwards” that the government wouldn’t believe “every child no matter their zip code, their gender, their race, their parents’ wealth should have a chance to get a great education.”

“One of the two examples the Department of Justice use is that they’ve got six black kids, six African-American kids in Saint Martin Parish in a public school that’s getting an ‘F’ letter grade. That means only at half of — at best half those kids are on grade level. Those six kids got scholarships to go to other schools where their parents thought they would get a better education,” he continued. “Eric Holder is saying no we’ve got to force them back into that failing public school to protect their civil rights. How is that protecting their civil rights?”

Jindal said he’s met the moms of these kids, who are working multiple jobs to get by.

“When we started this program the union leader said ‘Hey, look, parents don’t have a clue when it comes to making choices for their kids.’ These moms have told me and with tears in their eyes we make choices for our kids every day. We know their needs better than the bureaucrats in Baton Rouge or Washington, D.C.,” he said.

“There is no explanation for why they would do this… Whether it’s incompetence or ideology the bottom line is they are going to hurt the kids we should be working so hard to serve and getting a better education.”

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The Five Pillars of Islam — in Kansas

Friday, August 16th, 2013 - by Patrick Richardson

Students at Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, were greeted with this on the wall Wednesday:

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The questions presents themselves: First, why would a school in the middle of the Bible Belt present something like this? Second, will they give the same pride of place to Christianity? Judaism? Mormonism? Zoroastrianism? Third, where is the ACLU? They have been quick to sue over so-called establishment clause issues in school in the past, so why are they not hammering Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet Elementary School for this outrageous promotion of religion?

I will, of course, be making inquiries.

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Photo Caption Contest Winner: Send in the Clown (Before He is Sent to Reeducation Camp)

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
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Jameson Hsieh/Associated Press

 

Never before in the semi-glorious history of our world famous Tatler Photo Caption Contests has there been breaking news swirling around our contest photo while the contest was raging...until now.

The Hill reports (linked from Drudge Report that has been all over this story with huge headlines:

The (rodeo clown) performer has been permanently banned from performing at the Missouri State Fair, and officials have mandated sensitivity training for future performers. Stockman (Rep. Steven Stockman R-TX) seized on that mandate in extending his invitation to perform in Texas.

“Disagreeing with speech is one thing. Banning it and ordering citizens into reeducation classes for mocking a liberal leader is another,” Stockman said. “Liberals have targeted this man for personal destruction to create a climate of fear.”

So there just might be a happy ending after all, and who knows, maybe the rodeo clown will end up as the next Governor of Texas!

Also, please note how Congressman Stockman mentioned “reeducation classes.” (Just a rodeo or caption contest away for our regulars! Obviously I had better stop the jokes because all Missouri rodeo clowns are now heading there for real.)

Now let’s get to the business at hand and announce our contest winners.

Since there were so many clever captions that rate honorable mentions, I can not re-post them all due to space considerations. So I recommend you just go back to the original contest  and read all the entries by cfbleachers, zipcode, RockThisTown, William L Gensert,  gr6576, rbj, Kuce, HiPlanesDrifter, and LeighB.

Our Grand Prize Winner was gr6576 with this jewel:

Wait, I thought this fundraiser was at Rodeo Drive!

The second Grand Prize goes to walterc:

Michelle Obama “For the first time in my life, I’m proud of my Cowboy.”

Third place is Alan Crowson with:

“One shovel-ready job, comin’ right up!”

Thanks to all who played along, and see you next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest.

Warning: Be sure to avoid wearing an Obama mask this Halloween or you could find yourself unemployed and fighting for an extra potato in reeducation camp. (Oh I mean sensitivity training camp, sorry.)

 

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Even Time Notices that Matt Damon Is Full of It on Education

Friday, August 9th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

(h/t: National Review Online)

Seriously, this guy

Oscar winner Matt Damon has earned millions successfully playing a super spy, tortured genius, rugby icon, and poker player. Yet a new role is turning out to be a challenge for the actor and activist: Parent forced to square his public stands about other people’s children with his private choices about his own. When the avowedly liberal actor revealed in an interview last week that he was sending his children to private schools – despite his vocal criticism of education reform efforts and statements about his staunch public school support – it was catnip for conservatives. Damon’s choice also raised the question of whether it is hypocritical for education reform opponents to make choices they would deny to others through public policy.

Yes, it is quite hypocritical but it is also Standard Operating Procedure over in Prog Land. However, as progressive lunacy only works well in fantasy and generally sows misery in reality, the Prog elites are adamant about making sure they live by a “Hippie b.s. for thee but not for me” rule.

And nowhere are they more loaded with manure than when it comes to education. Progressive support for public education in America is about one thing only: defending the public school/Big Labor cash pipeline to the Democrats. They actually fight (constantly) for children to be forced to go to schools where they are in physical danger every day rather than give them the choice to be safe and well educated. The National Education Association is the most evil labor organization in America and also one of the biggest financial supporters of Democrats, yet very few of the prominent Democrats who rise to power with NEA money would send their kids to a public school.

But if you question this you hate children.

Matt Damon is making speeches about public education, telling the little people how they should raise their children.

I’ll listen when his kids spend a couple of years in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kidding. I still won’t listen.

Also read: The 5 Most Destructive Political Ideas in Matt Damon’s Movies

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Photo Caption Contest Winner: What Lies Behind His Eyes?

Monday, July 15th, 2013 - by Myra Adams
 
Obama eyes


Obama Orders Fed Workers: Spy On Each Other

 

Thanks to all who entered our latest Photo Caption Contest.

Since this contest offered both a photo and an image, we have a “great” grand prize winner to announce.

But before we begin, “chartz” submitted words to a song (courtesy of Sting) that we should all sing together to get us in the mood:

chartz  (My apologies to Sting, but I don’t know how it could be said better.)

“Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
Every single day
Every word you say”

Thank you “chartz” for providing the opening soundtrack to our winner’s post.

Now we can begin the important business at hand.

Our “great” grand prize winner of both images is someone familiar to all contest regulars. He is an exceptionally gifted writer who continues his reign as the “Royal Caption King.”

Let’s hear some applause for Chris Henderson and his winning submissions!

Chris had two winners for the top photo:

Obama’s eyes don’t have an iris, just plenty of IRS.

Visine: Gets the Red Line out in Syria too.

For the “1984 poster” Chris submitted this important and winning observation:

The “fictional” book 1984: “Julia” works at the Ministry of Truth. 
Obama: Created a fictional “Julia” for his “Life of Julia” campaign strategy video.
Coincidence? I think not!

Here are the Honorable Mention winners for the top photo:

RockThisTown, another of our “Royal Caption Kings” had three winners:

‘No one knows what it’s like, to be the bad man, behind brown eyes . . . ‘

If it’s true the eyes are the windows to the soul, we’re gonna need a lot of Windex.

“I have a vision . . . that my two children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the character of their political contacts.”

ZipCode (a Caption King in training and making tremendous progress) had these two winners:

Training two pupils how to look for spy’s.

New Government spy department, [ I. C. U.]

And then there is the great and powerful cfbleachers who submitted these winners:

This is the look when the teleprompter shuts off.

If the eyes are the windows to the soul…I guess that explains the vacant stare.

Here are the Honorable Mention winners for the 1984 poster:

 Obama 1984

Allstonian submitted:

1984? That’s the number of holes of Golf so far.

RockThisTown had another winner with this caption:

1984: Obama confuses Oceania with the Titanic.

(Editors Note: “Oceania” was the country in the book 1984, in case it has been a long time since your high school English class. I remember back in 1972 my teacher was grateful that this was one book I actually read, as opposed to my usual practice of only reading the Cliff Notes.  And by golly… look how it came in handy 41 years later!)

See you all next time a photo is worthy of a Tatler Photo Caption Contest!

 

 

 

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Michelle Obama’s Food Police Close Vending Machine Loophole

Thursday, June 27th, 2013 - by Bridget Johnson

The USDA introduced new rules for snack foods and beverages sold in schools that met with the approval with first lady Michelle Obama as she tried to close kids’ way of getting around the less-than-tasty lunches being foisted upon them.

“Students across the country are now getting healthier school lunches with more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy based on scientific recommendations for nutrition,” the USDA said in a release accompanying the announcement. “Yet for most teens and a growing percentage of elementary students, items offered a la carte and in vending machines still lack healthy options. Many students consume at least one snack food a day at school.”

“The new ‘Smart Snacks in School’ standards carefully balance science-based nutrition standards with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating at school.”

Snacks sold in schools will now have to be whole-grain, have the first ingredient be fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein, be a combination food that contains at least 1/4 cup fruits or vegetables, or contain up to 10 percent nutritional daily values. Snacks must be under 200 calories.

Milk and juice servings are limited to 8 ounces in elementary school and 12 ounces in high school. Even diet soda will be limited. “There is no portion size limit for plain water,” the USDA generously states.

The standards allow for “infrequent” fundraisers such as bake sales and for greater food sales at sporting events outside of regular school hours.

The USDA patted itself on the back for “preserving the ability for parents to send their kids to school with homemade lunches or treats for activities such as birthday parties, holidays, and other celebrations.”

School will have a year to implement the rule.

“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home,” Michelle Obama said. “That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy.”

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Since a Godless America is the Goal of Obama’s Justice Department — Are We Still, ‘One Nation Under God’?

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Today a man of great faith emailed me a news piece with the following message, “You should write about this travesty. It proves once again that DOJ under Eric Holder is out of control!”

The headline of the news report read: DOJ Defunds Youth Programs that Reference God.

As I read the piece by Todd Starnes which appeared on the Fox News web site, I realized something has gone terribly wrong in our nation, “a travesty” to use the words of my friend.

Here are the opening paragraphs of what Starnes reported:

A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government’s decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people, all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.

Julian Whittington, the sheriff of Bossier Parish, La., told Fox News the Department of Justice Office of Civil Rights defunded $30,000 for their Young Marines chapter as well as a youth diversion program.  Federal officials objected to a voluntary student-led prayer in the department’s youth diversion program and an oath recited by the Young Marines that mentions God, according to Whittington, who blasted what he considers the government’s “aggression and infringement of our religious freedoms.”

“We were informed that these are unacceptable, inherently religious activities and the Department of Justice would not be able to fund the programs if it continued,” Whittington told Fox News. “They wanted a letter from me stating that I would no longer have voluntary prayer and I would also have to remove ‘God’ from the Young Marine’s oath.”

Reading Starnes’ entire piece, brought to mind a law that was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.

I remembered this law because it illustrates just how far our nation has moved away from the law’s reasoning in the past 59 years. For today, even the hint of such a law would ignite a raging firestorm of media disapproval and cause the ACLU to go ballistic.

That 1954 law to which I am referring officially inserted the words “under God” into the Pledge of Allegiance.

Congress quickly passed the law and Eisenhower signed it. The reason for such swift action was because in the mid- 1950′s at the height of the Cold War against the Russians, our foreign policy was fueled by fears that Communism would spread globally. Thus, inserting the words, “under God,” faithfully distinguished America from those godless communists.

The forced absence of God and the prohibition of people under Communist rule to believe in a power greater than the Communist State, was one of the reasons why we were actively fighting the Cold War.

During that time period, the vast majority of Americans, and their leaders, believed that we were in fact, “under God,” and HIS  protective shield. Therefore, it was just a matter of time before our nation would prevail over that godless Soviet State. (See the year 1991 if you need to be reminded how this all worked out.)

Here is what President Eisenhower told the nation as he signed the law:

From this day forward, the millions of our school children will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural school house, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. To anyone who truly loves America, nothing could be more inspiring than to contemplate this re-dedication of our youth, on each school morning, to our country’s true meaning. . . . In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource, in peace or in war.

one nationOne can hardly imagine President Obama giving such a speech today.

Now contrast Eisenhower’s words to what Department of Justice lawyers recently told the sheriff who got his funding cut for programs that “focus on character-building, leadership, and promote a drug-free lifestyle.”

As Starnes writes in his Fox News piece, The sheriff was told he would not be given any money unless he wrote a letter pledging not to pray or use the word “God.”

It truly is a sad day in America when our government resembles the Communists we defeated in the Cold War.

Incidents like this one in Louisiana and numerous others, beg the question, “Is our nation still ‘under God,’ or has HIS protective shield been lifted?”

 

 

 

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‘Stomp Jesus’ Professor Gets His Contract Renewed

Monday, June 24th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

Jesus stomp

 

In the “World Gone Mad Department” of Florida Atlantic University, Professor Deandre Poole’s annual contract to teach communications has been renewed.

Professor Poole, whom you may remember found himself at the center of what became a national controversy after he instructed his class to write the name JESUS on a piece of paper and step on it. One student complained, the story caught fire and Poole was eventually placed on paid leave back in March.

After following this story as it unfolded earlier this year, I thought it would be fitting to now post the Sun Sentinel (South Florida’s daily local newspaper) report on the contract renewal, proving once again that we live in truly bizarro times.  My favorite parts of this story are in bold:

 FAU Renews Contract Of Instructor In Jesus Case

Poole, a non-tenured communications instructor, was placed on paid leave in late March after receiving death threats for an assignment that got dubbed “stomp on Jesus” in the national media.

But FAU officials said Friday his annual contract will be renewed. He will teach this summer and fall online only while the university assesses whether his safety is in jeopardy, said Heather Coltman, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

She said the university made the decision after talking with students in his class, faculty members and a security consultant.

“We thought it was in the university’s best interest,” Coltman said. Coltman added, “I understand this decision may not be popular with all members of the community, but it was based on months of thorough research and consideration.”

Poole said he’s ecstatic to have his job back. He said people mistakenly believed the assignment was anti-Christian. He said he never used the word “stomp” and followed verbatim an assignment in a textbook written by a professor at a Christian college. ”I was extremely alarmed by all the misinformation that was out there,” he said. “So many individuals rushed to judgment without having all the facts.”

During a class assignment on symbolism, Poole asked students to write “J-E-S-U-S” on a piece of paper, place it on the floor and them step on it. The assignment angered one student who complained to administrators and the media.

FAU initially defended the assignment but once it started receiving criticism in the national media, the school reversed course and apologized. It promised never to use the assignment again.

That pledge alarmed faculty, who say administrators don’t make decisions about what course work is taught.

“My intent was not to tell faculty what they could or couldn’t do but to defuse the situation,” former President Mary Jane Saunders said.

Saunders resigned as FAU president in May, citing negative media attention of this incident and several other controversies.

It’s unclear whether the Jesus assignment will be used again. Coltman said the university will have a series of meetings on academic freedom and how to best deal with subject matter that might be controversial.

 

FAU Professor Poole

FAU Professor Poole

Isn’t this report just a lovely little window into the state of higher education as it exists today?

Personally speaking,  I hope this assignment will be used again for several classes but that this time the names of MOSES, MARTIN LUTHER KING, OBAMA and MOHAMMED will be used as the stomp material. Then the university will again be forced to determine just how “valuable an asset” is Professor Poole.

Furthermore, there is only one itty-bitty fact that the Sun Sentinel piece omitted which could be of great interest to its readers.

Professor Poole is the vice-chairman of the Palm Beach County Democrat Party.

But that fact is of such low importance you can understand why it was not reported. In all my earlier postings on this incident, I mentioned that fact ALWAYS seemed to be omitted whenever mainstream national or local media reported on what became known as the “Jesus stomping” incident.

However, there was one exception to that omission. There is a Palm Beach County based web site called the BizPacReview and it has what these days is called “a conservative slant” in its reporting.  And once again,  BizPacReview  did report Poole’s Democrat Party connection in their latest report on the new contract.

One has to ask if Poole had been a Republican Party vice-chairman would that fact always have been omitted from the mainstream media reports and/or would his contract even have been renewed?

These are just two silly questions that come to mind in a bizarro world gone mad and questions to which readers of this site already know the answers.

 

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Interesting: New Companies That Will Make Going To College Unnecessary

Friday, June 14th, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

From Business Insider.

People have started to realize that putting in four years and racking up tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt only to find yourself out of a job (or working as a barista at Starbucks) is a raw deal.

Some entrepreneurs and academics have decided to do something about it. They’re looking to give quality education for free online, or job training in fields that actually pay enough to afford their tuition.

Several of the programs have over 90% of graduates working as software engineers, making an average salary of over $80,000 per year, for instance.

There’s a list of twelve of these companies, for those of you who just had kids graduate from high school and are having the higher education wallet panic right now.

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International Turmoil, Horrid Economy And POTUS Is Wasting His Time On THIS

Friday, May 31st, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

Youth Vote Suck Up 101.

President Barack Obama on Friday pushed his plan to tie federal student loan interest rates to the market, and criticized a Republican plan passed by the House of Representatives that he said would cost borrowers more.

The mounting burden of student loan debt, now pegged at more than $1 trillion, with an average borrower owing $27,000, is seen as a drag on the economy and a barrier to people getting educations needed for better jobs.

This is a business the federal government shouldn’t be in at all. The Democrats want to stay in it so they can always seem like the heroic bearers of “free stuff” and portray Republicans as “OMG, SEND YOU BACK TO THE DARK AGES!” for any sensible counter-suggestions they might make.

Some of us got around this issue by, um, WORKING during college.

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Obamacare and the IRS: Together Forever – What’s Not To Like? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - by Myra Adams

obamacare-suppositories

A chilling fact, and one that EVERY American needs to be fully aware, is the IRS will have a major role in the implementation of Obamacare, officially known as Affordable Care Act. (ACA)

Now, in light of the current IRS scandal, the thought of the IRS legally wedded to the ACA should give every American serious heart burn.

Here is how The Blaze reported this issue on May 15th:

Stuart Varney appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss just how much the IRS will have control over with the complete implementation of the president’s health care overhaul. “The IRS will be the policing agent for Obamacare,” Varney said. “You’re going to have to, on your next tax return, you’re going to have to report to the IRS personal health care information…Do you trust the IRS with your personal health care information?”

Most Americans would answer, “Hell no” to that question.

However, the vast majority of Americans are unaware that the IRS is taking a lead role in implementing Obamacare — a program that is viewed favorably by only 35 percent of Americans.

Here is an explanation behind the Obamacare/IRS joint venture as reported by The Week:

When the Supreme Court upheld the ACA last year, it ruled that the law was constitutional because it used tax penalties and credits to make the new health care system work. The agency is in charge of implementing 47 tax provisions, including new taxes on medical devices and new subsidies for those who want to purchase coverage through health care exchanges set to debut later this year. The agency will also be tasked with ensuring that all Americans can prove they have “qualifying” coverage under the law.

Now one can only imagine the horrors awaiting all Americans when the IRS and the ACA  join forces later this year.

But today, House Republicans are voting on what will only amount to a symbolic repeal of the ACA. Symbolic, because the bill will die in the Senate and the mainstream media will make light of the fact that the Republican controlled House is trying for the third time to repeal this unpopular bill since they took control in 2011.

Therefore, what I believe we have is a major communication problem.

Certainly, if all Americans knew of the forthcoming marriage between a mismanaged, scandal plagued IRS and the unpopular ACA program in control of one/sixth of the nation’s economy, than today’s House repeal vote might have a chance of making it to the floor of the Democrat controlled Senate.

Then numerous “red state” Democrat Senators up for reelection in 2014 would be forced to vote for or against the ACA. (Which is precisely why this kind of vote will not happen.)

All Americans must be made aware and Republicans must properly convey, just what is at stake when this unholy alliance between the IRS and the ACA is implemented.

To quote Newt Gingrich on MSNBC’s Morning Joe earlier this week, “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?”

Watch for that question to be the bumper sticker issue of the 2014 midterm elections.

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Hippies 101: NYC School Goes Full Vegetarian

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 - by Stephen Kruiser

How about a separation of idiots and state?

A New York City elementary school became the first public school in the nation to go completely vegetarian when it stopped serving meat in its cafeteria this year.
Flushing’s P.S. 244 consists of about 400 students between kindergarten and third grade. And the staff say that the school lunches — which include options like black bean quesadillas, brown rice, falafel, roasted red potatoes, and tofu — are a hit among those young kids, some of whom have started requesting similar foods at home

This isn’t about children’s health, it’s about indoctrination in a fringe lifestyle. There is nothing wrong with vegetarian options for children whose parents have chosen to raise them that way.

“Yay, the kids like it!” isn’t a reason to keep doing it if you’re a responsible adult. These are children who are only a year or so removed from eating whatever they could find in their noses. Kids that age like a lot of things that may not be the best for them. Kids this age are growing a lot and, guess what, they need some good protein sources in their diets.

This is a decision that is one for the parents to make, not for school administrators who seek to undermine the role of parents, which is what’s really going on here.

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