May 21, 2014

Teacher Involved With Common Core Development: My White Privilege Motivated Me

At a website called Girard at Large in Manchester, New Hampshire, proprietor Richard Girard videotaped and reported on the proceedings of a debate held at St. Anselm’s College on the Common Core educational standards — something you’ll almost never see anyone in the establishment press deign to do.

Girard appropriately described proponents’ descriptions of and arguments in favor of the standards “revealing,” “enlightening,” and “well, frightening.” Perhaps no statement made during the two-hour event Monday contained more of all three adjectives than one made by Dr. David Pook, a teacher at The Derryfield School in Manchester, about what motivated him to get involved with having input into the English Language Arts standards. Brace yourself (HT BizPac Review; specific audio segment is at this link; bolds are mine throughout this post; May 22 Update: Mr. Pook’s comment was slightly revised at the original link for accuracy; that revision is now reflected below):

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Phoenix Reporter on Obama’s VA Scandal Speech (in Essence): This Is Bullsh*t!

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:35 pm

Of course, CNN reporter Drew Griffin, whose investigative work in Phoenix broke the scandal, was a bit more diplomatic.

But his frustration and impatience are palpable (HT Pat Dollard):

Welcome to DC reality, Mr. Griffin.

Joe Garcia (D-Fla.): ‘We’ve Proved Communism Works’

One would think that Florida Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia can only get so many free passes from the national press before they’ll have to acknowledge his serious problems. We’ll see.

Back in January, the Associated Press and the rest of the national establishment media managed to limit their coverage of the arrest and ultimate guilty plea of Garcia’s chief of staff for illegally plotting to obtain absentee ballot to local outlets. They did this even though — or perhaps because — the Congressman excused the man’s attack on election integrity, for which he received a wrist-slap sentence of 90 days in jail, as “a well-intentioned attempt to maximize voter turnout.” A week or so ago, there was an ear wax incident, which I’d rather skip. Earlier today, America Rising posted a far more important video, wherein the congressman bizarrely claimed — he says he wasn’t serious, but it doesn’t sound like it to me — that additional money spent on Mexican border security proves that “communism works.”

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Press Ignores How Judicial Watch Had to Go to Court to Force Obama Admin to Respond to FOIA Requests

During the Obama administration, the Associated Press has annually gone through the motions of noting its lack of transparency in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests. In March, its coverage of 2013 FOIA results led with the following sentence: “The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data.” Then everyone went back to work defending the administration against the information seekers.

Part of that defense includes mischaracterizing the legal hurdles those who file FOIA requests must overcome to get the administration to do what it is legally required to do right off the bat. Three sentences from recent coverage of Judicial Watch’s attempts to pry information out of the State Department will make my point.

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More Revelations About Do-Nothing Obamacare Jobs at Serco

Filed under: Business Moves,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:25 am

From Rogers, Arkansas via KOLR in Missouri (HT Human Events):

Lowlights:

  • An employee hired to process paper apps has average 6 to 7 per month for 6 months (the video says “7 to 8,” but the person involved is said to have processed “about 40″ applications during that time.
  • Outbound call personnel can’t make calls after 9 p.m., and sit at their desks until midnight.
  • The facility is still hiring.
  • Of paramount importance is attendance, i.e., “making sure you are counted as being there, even if there is nothing to do.”

Previous Posts:

  • May 17 — AP Treats Obamacare Contractor’s Employees in Three States Doing Almost No Work As a Local Story
  • May 14 — $1 Billion Obamacare Contractor Gives Employees Little or No Work; Will Media Care?

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Gift of knowledge attunes us to vision of God, Pope says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 21, 2014 / 05:20 am

During his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit’s gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation.

“The gift of knowledge puts us in tune with God’s gaze on things and on people” the Pope reflected in his May 21 weekly general audience, continuing his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

“Through this spiritual gift, we are enabled to see every person, and the world around us, in the light of God’s loving plan.”

Addressing the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Roman Pontiff noted that “This knowledge does not limit itself to the human knowledge of nature,” but instead “allows us to perceive the greatness of God and his love for his creatures” through creation.

“In a sense, we see the beauty, harmony and goodness of all creation with the eyes of God its maker” he continued, observing that “As is clear from the lives of Saint Francis of Assisi and so many other saints, the gift of knowledge gives rise to grateful contemplation of the world of nature and joyful praise of the Creator.”

Noting how “the beauty and immensity of creation speaks to us of the Creator and invites us to worship him,” the Pope drew attention to the bible’s account of creation in Genesis, saying that it “underscores that God himself was happy with his work: all was good and man was ‘very good.’”

This gift, he went on, teaches us to “exercise wise stewardship” over our resources “for the benefit of the whole human family.”

He then described how the gift of knowledge also “prevents us from restricting our vision to the persons and things of this world alone, forgetting that in their order, value and beauty they point beyond themselves to God,” who is “their source and ultimate end.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.