April 14, 2014

Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists

In one of a pair of Sunday posts at his web site, New England talk show host Michael Graham added an emphatic exclamation point to Brent Bozell’s and Tim Graham’s Saturday column condemning the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University’s decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In the other, Graham roasted the Boston Globe for backing Brandeis.

Bozell and Tim Graham rightly pointed to the university’s embrace of particularly nasty anti-Catholic and anti-Israel speakers. Michael Graham found yet another example adding toxic icing to an already rancid cake, and noted that three of its female graduates have achieved a unique level of infamy (links are in each original; bolds are mine throughout):

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April 13, 2014

Reuters Covers Two Dozen Anti-Tech Protesters in San Francisco, Ignores Their $3B Demand, Call to End Capitalism

On Friday, Reuters dispatched Sarah McBride, a San Francisco area reporter, to cover a protest by two dozen people. Seriously.

According to the headline at McBride’s story, the presence of these two dozen protesters demonstrated that “San Francisco tech money protests intensify.” McBride utterly failed to describe the protester’s ultimate goals: lots and lots of money and an end to capitalism. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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April 12, 2014

The Nevada Ranch Standoff (See Exit Question and Updates)

Graphic of the Day, via Matt Hurley, concerning the Bundy Ranch standoff, in which the Bureau of Land Management has backed downfor now:

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Well, the problem is that this isn’t our federal government.

It’s the Washington establishment’s federal government, in this case attempting to benefit the family and cronies of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Links:

- Dana Loesch (“The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment”; links are in original and bolds are mine throughout this post) —

A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67 year-old rancher. They want his land. The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore. Whittemore was convicted of illegal campaign contributions to Senator Reid. Reid’s former senior adviser is now the head of BLM. Reid is accused of using the new BLM chief as a puppet to control Nevada land (already over 84% of which is owned by the federal government) and pay back special interests. BLM has proven that they’ve a situational concern for the desert tortoise as they’ve had no problem waiving their rules concerning wind or solar power development. Clearly these developments have vastly affected a tortoise habitat more than a century-old, quasi-homesteading grazing area. If only Clive Bundy were a big Reid donor.

BLM has also tried to argue that the rules have changed, long after Bundy claims he secured rights and paid his dues to Clark County, Nevada.

*UPDATE: Those who say Bundy is a “deadbeat” are making inaccurate claims. Bundy has in fact paid fees to Clark County, Nevada in an arrangement pre-dating the BLM. The BLM arrived much later, changed the details of the setup without consulting with Bundy — or any other rancher — and then began systematically driving out cattle and ranchers. Bundy refused to pay BLM, especially after they demanded he reduce his heard’s head count down to a level that would not sustain his ranch. Bundy OWNS the water and forage rights to this land. He paid for these rights. He built fences, established water ways, and constructed roads with his own money, with the approval of Nevada and BLM. When BLM started using his fees to run him off the land and harassing him, he ceased paying. So should BLM reimburse him for managing the land and for the confiscation of his water and forage rights?

Cliven Bundy’s problem isn’t that he didn’t pay — he did — or that his cattle bother tortoises — they don’t — it’s that he’s not a Reid donor.

- InfoWars (“Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch”) —

The Bureau of Land Management, whose director was Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) former senior adviser, has purged documents from its web site stating that the agency wants Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle off of the land his family has worked for over 140 years in order to make way for solar panel power stations.

FreeRepublic activists have preserved them here and have posted them in the comments (spread through several web pages).

- The standoff story, per Infowars (“Feds Back Down In New Bundy Standoff, Agree to Release Cattle”) —

In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation.

Despite the fact that Bureau of Land Management officials agreed to cease their operation to seize Bundy’s cattle after a massive public backlash, Bundy demanded that Sheriff Douglas Gillespie disarm BLM officials and return his stolen cows.

When this didn’t happen, hundreds of Bundy supporters, including cowboys on horseback, descended on a nearby cattle pen outside of Mesquite where the seized cows were being held.

In a tense standoff, armed BLM feds, backed up by at least one SWAT team, threatened to shoot at Bundy supporters if they marched any closer to a line of vehicles.

Despite threats such as “one more step and you’re dead,” the protesters continued their slow march towards BLM agents as bullhorns blared.

Refusing to back down, the protesters marched straight past the armed men and towards the cattle pen.

Sheriff Gillespie eventually appeared to inform Bundy supporters that the BLM had finally caved and agreed to release the 100 cattle they had seized that were inside the pen.

After around 30 minutes, Bundy supporters saw the cattle being released about a mile away in the distance.

It cannot be overstated how much of a gargantuan victory this represents for the American people in their battle against big government tyranny.

“The people have the power when they unite,” Ammon Bundy told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The war has just begun.”

I understand the exhiliration and am impressed and heartened by the courage of those involved, but this is no “gargantuan victory.” It’s more like an opening skirmish — and not just at Cliven Bundy’s ranch. The government is surely recalibrating its strategies, there and elsewhere.

Special kudos go to Matt Drudge, who took the risk of citing stories originating from so-called “fringe” sites (some of the leading lights of the center-right blogosphere did not cover themselves with glory in this regard).

Make no mistake: This standoff ended when it did because Harry Reid cannot afford to let his cronyism get widely exposed, which was certainly going to happen if it had lasted into Monday. Perhaps it still will, but establishment press resistance and attempted ridicule will be substantial.

EXIT QUESTION: Does anyone still believe that the Constitution’s Second Amendment isn’t as much about citizens defending themselves against an out-of-control government as it is about the natural-law right of self-defense?

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UPDATE, April 13: Received an email from a trustworthy source claiming that “the number of citizens who WOULD have shown up at the Bundy ranch in Nevada during the standoff, and the number of eyewitness reports about federal abuses on the way would have been overwhelming if the feds had not illegally blocked their travel.”

UPDATE 2, April 13: Jerome Corsi“REID SMELLING ANYTHING BUT ROSY IN RANCH FIGHT; Desert showdown blows lid off long-standing plans with Chinese”

Establishment Press Virtually Silent as Left-Driven Controversy Over Dropbox’s Condi Rice Board Appointment Rages

Based on searches at their respective sites at 9:40 a.m. ET this morning, the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Politico do not have stories on the fever-swamp left’s two-days-old attempts to force storage company DropBox to reverse its appointment of Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors.

The three outlets just cited, and the rest of the national establishment press, with the as usual notable exception of Fox News (in an opinion piece by Richard Grenell) and the unusual exception of UPI.com, appears to be following what I’ll call the “hand-wringing template”: Ignore the story until the left gets its dirty work done, and then file a timid story noting how the now-settled matter “raises free-speech issues.” This is how a passive-aggressive mission is accomplished.

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April 11, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Brandeis Speech: ‘The Time Has Come for a Muslim Reformation’ (See Additional Items)

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:32 pm

Reproduced in full to shame a cowardly, reactionary university:

Here’s What I Would Have Said at Brandeis
We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking.

By AYAAN HIRSI ALI
April 10, 2014 6:38 p.m. ET

On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being “Islamophobic.” Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver.

One year ago, the city and suburbs of Boston were still in mourning. Families who only weeks earlier had children and siblings to hug were left with only photographs and memories. Still others were hovering over bedsides, watching as young men, women, and children endured painful surgeries and permanent disfiguration. All because two brothers, radicalized by jihadist websites, decided to place homemade bombs in backpacks near the finish line of one of the most prominent events in American sports, the Boston Marathon.

All of you in the Class of 2014 will never forget that day and the days that followed. You will never forget when you heard the news, where you were, or what you were doing. And when you return here, 10, 15 or 25 years from now, you will be reminded of it. The bombs exploded just 10 miles from this campus.

Associate books editor Bari Weiss on Brandeis University’s decision to withdraw its offer of an honorary degree to women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Photo credit: Associated Press.
I read an article recently that said many adults don’t remember much from before the age of 8. That means some of your earliest childhood memories may well be of that September morning simply known as “9/11.”

You deserve better memories than 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombing. And you are not the only ones. In Syria, at least 120,000 people have been killed, not simply in battle, but in wholesale massacres, in a civil war that is increasingly waged across a sectarian divide. Violence is escalating in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Libya, in Egypt. And far more than was the case when you were born, organized violence in the world today is disproportionately concentrated in the Muslim world.

Another striking feature of the countries I have just named, and of the Middle East generally, is that violence against women is also increasing. In Saudi Arabia, there has been a noticeable rise in the practice of female genital mutilation. In Egypt, 99% of women report being sexually harassed and up to 80 sexual assaults occur in a single day.

Especially troubling is the way the status of women as second-class citizens is being cemented in legislation. In Iraq, a law is being proposed that lowers to 9 the legal age at which a girl can be forced into marriage. That same law would give a husband the right to deny his wife permission to leave the house.

Sadly, the list could go on. I hope I speak for many when I say that this is not the world that my generation meant to bequeath yours. When you were born, the West was jubilant, having defeated Soviet communism. An international coalition had forced Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. The next mission for American armed forces would be famine relief in my homeland of Somalia. There was no Department of Homeland Security, and few Americans talked about terrorism.

Two decades ago, not even the bleakest pessimist would have anticipated all that has gone wrong in the part of world where I grew up. After so many victories for feminism in the West, no one would have predicted that women’s basic human rights would actually be reduced in so many countries as the 20th century gave way to the 21st.

Today, however, I am going to predict a better future, because I believe that the pendulum has swung almost as far as it possibly can in the wrong direction.

When I see millions of women in Afghanistan defying threats from the Taliban and lining up to vote; when I see women in Saudi Arabia defying an absurd ban on female driving; and when I see Tunisian women celebrating the conviction of a group of policemen for a heinous gang rape, I feel more optimistic than I did a few years ago. The misnamed Arab Spring has been a revolution full of disappointments. But I believe it has created an opportunity for traditional forms of authority—including patriarchal authority—to be challenged, and even for the religious justifications for the oppression of women to be questioned.

Yet for that opportunity to be fulfilled, we in the West must provide the right kind of encouragement. Just as the city of Boston was once the cradle of a new ideal of liberty, we need to return to our roots by becoming once again a beacon of free thought and civility for the 21st century. When there is injustice, we need to speak out, not simply with condemnation, but with concrete actions.

One of the best places to do that is in our institutions of higher learning. We need to make our universities temples not of dogmatic orthodoxy, but of truly critical thinking, where all ideas are welcome and where civil debate is encouraged. I’m used to being shouted down on campuses, so I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today. I do not expect all of you to agree with me, but I very much appreciate your willingness to listen.

I stand before you as someone who is fighting for women’s and girls’ basic rights globally. And I stand before you as someone who is not afraid to ask difficult questions about the role of religion in that fight.

The connection between violence, particularly violence against women, and Islam is too clear to be ignored. We do no favors to students, faculty, nonbelievers and people of faith when we shut our eyes to this link, when we excuse rather than reflect.

So I ask: Is the concept of holy war compatible with our ideal of religious toleration? Is it blasphemy—punishable by death—to question the applicability of certain seventh-century doctrines to our own era? Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform. I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.

Is such an argument inadmissible? It surely should not be at a university that was founded in the wake of the Holocaust, at a time when many American universities still imposed quotas on Jews.

The motto of Brandeis University is “Truth even unto its innermost parts.” That is my motto too. For it is only through truth, unsparing truth, that your generation can hope to do better than mine in the struggle for peace, freedom and equality of the sexes.

Ms. Hirsi Ali is the author of “Nomad: My Journey from Islam to America” (Free Press, 2010). She is a fellow at the Belfer Center of Harvard’s Kennedy School and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

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RELATED: Roger Simon at PJ Media — “The President of Brandeis University Should Resign”

ALSO: A reminder from Caroline Glick (“Forgetting freedom at Passover”) —

Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim who suffered genital mutilation as a child in Somalia and at age 21 fled to Holland to avoid a forced marriage.

After liberating herself, Hirsi Ali could have settled into a quiet European life. Instead, she dedicated her life to championing the rights of women and girls in Islamic societies.

For the past decade, Hirsi Ali has lived under an Islamic death sentence for her work. She can go nowhere without bodyguards.

April 9, 2014

Hmm …

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:23 pm

I heard a John Boehner radio ad today on a music station, and saw a TV ad on a sports station.

Though I haven’t necessarily been on the lookout for it in the past, I don’t recall Boehner ever advertising during a primary.

Is it really possible that Boehner is nervous about his primary opposition?

Malkin Schools Common Core Apologist Asking for ‘Corrections’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:46 am

Bad idea of the day: Asking Michelle Malkin, America’s unofficial Common Core town crier, for “corrections” when you don’t have the facts on your side.

Chad Colby, Director of Strategic Communications & Outreach at “Achieve, Inc.,” made that mistake last week.

Malkin took Colby to school, administering a good old-fashioned verbal whipping in her syndicated column (links are in original; bolds are mine):

“I wanted to take a moment to highlight two points that were incorrect regarding Achieve,” Colby complained. “Contrary to Ms. Malkin’s assertion, Achieve employs no lobbyists and we never have.”

No? Never? Someone didn’t do his homework. Mr. Colby, meet Patricia Sullivan. She’s the founding executive director of Achieve and a career lobbyist who has bounced around D.C. for the past quarter-century …

… And let me introduce Mr. Colby to Ronn Robinson, a founding senior vice president of Achieve and veteran Democratic and corporate education lobbyist for former Washington Gov. Booth Gardner and Boeing. According to The Hill newspaper’s column titled, ahem, “Lobbying World,” Not-a-Lobbyist Robinson left Achieve several years ago to lobby for the D.C.-based National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE).

NCEE is the multimillion-dollar Gates Foundation-funded advocacy (read: “lobbying”) group founded by Marc Tucker, the godfather of Common Core-style schemes and top-down control masquerading as “reform.” He has dominated the D.C. education-lobbying scene since before Bill Clinton was in office.

… After the Clintons moved into the White House, Tucker sent a now-infamous letter to Mrs. Clinton outlining a radical progressive plan “to remold the entire American system” through a centralized national-standards Trojan Horse.

… Tucker’s proposal represented “a new approach to government” by elitist bureaucrats to “create a seamless web” that “literally extends from cradle to grave.” The Clinton White House soon after delivered federal Goals 2000 and School-to-Work laws. Tucker has explicitly advocated that the United States “largely abandon the beloved emblem of American education: local control.”

Colby (also) protested that “Achieve is no longer affiliated with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)” and that its “contract ended with them in December of last year.” Clean break? Hah. Achieve and PARCC are inextricably intertwined.

Don’t take my word for it. Take PARCC’s. Though the contract with Achieve “ended” last year, a PARCC letter to Arizona education officials explains that no one’s really going anywhere:

“The Achieve staff members that have conducted the work of PARCC over the last several years are transitioning to PARCC, Inc. so that they can continue to maintain the leadership and programmatic expertise that will see the project through the end of the development period.

Since the web traffic gurus tell us we need to include graphics in our posts, I thought I’d provide a visual depiction of Chad Colby’s credibility once Michelle Malkin got finished with him:

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Common Core is statist cronyism gone wild at the expense of the nation’s schoolchildren — and, ultimately, the nation as a whole.

April 5, 2014

NYT Gives Print Op-ed Space to Venezuela’s Maduro, Consigns Responses to Web, Ignores Growing Repression

On April 1 for its April 2 print edition, the New York Times allowed Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro to hold forth in an op-ed about how wondrously the country has been ruled since 1998, mostly by the late Bolivarian thug Hugo Chavez and during the past year by himself.

Maduro’s piece made the Times’s print edition. The Times posted letters objecting to Maduro’s characterizations of his country from Ramón Guillermo Aveledo, an opposition leader, and Congressman Edward R. Royce, but appears not to have printed them. I say that because there is no indication at the letters themselves that they were printed, and because certain other letters on unrelated matters are (examples here and here; scroll to the bottom in each instance). The Times did post and print a letter from Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Friday for Saturday’s print edition. The Times, to likely no one’s surprise, has been lax in reporting ongoing developments in that deeply troubled country.

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April 4, 2014

As in 2010, ORPINO (Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) Is on the Warpath Against Sensible Conservative Candidates

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:23 pm

NOTE TO READERS: I’m only beginning to get my arms around the Ohio Republican Party’s smear campaign against any and all disfavored primary candidates. I’d be interested in getting photos or scans of the garbage they are sending out. I will protect tipsters’ confidentiality unless specifically told that it doesn’t matter.

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In 2010, the Ohio Republican Party went to war against Tea Party-sympathetic Republican candidates for public office and county central committees, squandering a large sum of money on expensive customized campaign mailings and Election Day poll-watchers handing out slate cards.

They were “successful,” if you define “success” as defeating demonstrably superior candidates for State Auditor and Secretary of State while getting or keeping most of their people on the aforementioned central committees.

In 2014, the desperation level and hostility both appear to be even greater that what we saw in 2010. It appears that the ORP, certainly without the blessing of many of its own Central Committee members, is even more ferociously on the attack this time around, if for no other reason that the fact that there are more Tea Party-sympathetic candidates for state representative and senator.

I have come across one such example which goes after State Rep candidate and former State Rep Tom Brinkman. It’s hilarious if you know Brinkman, until you realize that those who aren’t familiar with his record are being grandly deceived. Then it becomes infuriating:

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The return address is that of ORPINO with Chairman Matt Borges as the sender.

ORPINO will be unhappy to know that I and perhaps many others read the front as telling us that Brinkman has voted with Democrats 60 times and not the 600 as intended. But I guess getting the completely irrelevant Obama symbol into the picture was just too important. (Brinkman left the Ohio House at the end of 2008, and has never held public office during Barack Obama’s presidency; but truth obviously doesn’t matter to ORPINO.)

ORPINO has done me a favor.

I was going to spend some time comparing Brinkman’s current stances to that of incumbent Peter Stautberg. Now I don’t have to. If Stautberg is okay with mailings such as these going out without objection, I don’t have to study anything. Brinkman’s my guy. 

I’d like to think that others will have similar reactions. Unfortunately, based on what happened four years ago, I wouldn’t count on it.

The fact of the matter is that Brinkman and other candidates targeted by ORPINO (including some incumbents, by the way) need to publicly and visibly turn this trash around on their opponents and force them to admit that they’re smear artists uninterested in running honest campaigns.

But that’s only a start.

During early voting, they also need to have someone at the county boards of election handing out their own slate cards to prospective voters to counter ORPINO. On Election Day, they need to have their peeps doing the same thing at every precinct, because ORPINO will — and, as they did four years ago, they’ll coopt naive college kids and bring in out-of-state helpers to get their side of the job done.

March 29, 2014

CNN.com Hasn’t Covered Leland Yee Arrest, Gets Snippy When Challenged

Although its report has its shortcomings, particularly the fact that it didn’t identify him as a Democrat for 24 paragraphs (as noted this morning), the Associated Press has at least treated California State Senator Leland Yee’s arrest on corruption and gun trafficking charges as a national story, with two bylined reporters and seven others assisting.

The same cannot be said of CNN.com. Web searchers, including several center-right bloggers, have noted the absence of any story about Yee there since 2011 (still true as of 6:30 p.m.). A tweet from “CNN.com Writers” snippily snapped back with a howler disproved faster than you can say “covering Democrats’ keisters”:

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March 25, 2014

Full Transcript of UC-Santa Barbara’s Letter on ‘Free Speech at UCSB’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:01 pm

Bottom Line: No apology or even recognition of the violent attack on a pro-life teenager by a university professor.

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The University of California-Santa Barbara’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has issued an email on Wednesday in the wake of the incident earlier this month involving “alleged” theft and vandalism of a pro-life and a battery committed against a pro-life person exercising her 1st Amendment rights in the school’s “free speech zone” (The person involved has admitted to at least one of the crimes with which she has been charged; hence the quote marks around “alleged.”) Previous related posts are here and here.

Vice Chancellor Michael Young’s letter makes no reference to the incident involving UCBS Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young. I must assume, given the length of the letter and the obvious missed opportunity he had to say something, anything, about the incident, that the university has no intention to comment on it. How shameful.

Here it is (HT to Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, whose representative was assaulted and whose sign was taken on March 4, via Life News):

Memo to students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor Michael D. Young:
On Behalf of Vice Chancellor Michael Young:
Students and Free Speech at UCSB
Deans, Department Heads, Management Services Officers, Administrative Assistants:

The memo below is being sent to the dlist-l listserv. Thank you for serving as one of the representatives for your department to receive this memo.

Please distribute this message to the colleagues in your department. Thank you.

***PLEASE GIVE WIDEST DISTRIBUTION***

By all means. Let’s let it rip (bolds are mine):
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Crappy Common Core Problem of the Day (See Updates)

Prediction: If Common Core stands, a generation from now we’re going to think of today as “the good old days” when high school grads at least functioned on what had been an 8th grade level in the 1950s, and college grads had 1950s-level high school literacy.

Presented with “solving” garbage problems like the one illustrated below, today’s kids are going to come out of high school and college as blithering idiots — and kudos to the anonymous parent who pushed back (HT The Blaze):

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Common Core’s crap must be stopped.

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UPDATE: This is not a joke“Kid misses Common Core math problems because he didn’t use ‘friendly’ numbers”

UPDATE 2, 11:55 p.m.: Via the Blaze, the father involved has been identified and has good news to report —

Many would be afraid the school would retaliate against their child if they spoke out, but (Jeff) Severt said on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday that the teacher handled it wonderfully.

“The teachers are caught up in this themselves,” he said. “They are more frustrated than the parents!”

Severt added that his family respects, admires, and supports the teacher, and she thought his message was “great” and, in fact, “totally agrees.”

Well how about we do something about it?

March 24, 2014

Bunker Mentality

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:12 am

It seems that communicating with Ohio Governor John Kasich and his team is becoming quite difficult for ordinary concerned Ohioans (paragraphs breaks and bolds are mine):

Ohio Grandma “Brushed Off” by Governor Kasich

“I am writing to you as a concerned – no – terrified grandmother of a 6 year old who will be going into the first grade in the fall – the same time Common Core will begin implementation in Ohio public schools.

I have written to Gov. Kasich several times only to be brushed off with a form letter praising Common Core standards.

Ohio needs to be the next state to opt out……..yesterday.

I’ve seen horrible examples of the math where children no longer use two steps to solve a problem but have to go through 108 steps (as one school in Oklahoma has students doing) and the awful language arts assignments where children have to choose the more “emotional” verb to complete a sentence i.e. “nagging” as opposed to “asking.”

The thought of my granddaughter and all the other children in public schools having to sit at a computer to be “assessed” is terribly disturbing and an invasion of personal privacy.

And the rewriting of history is just another way of indoctrinating children who have no idea what’s happening.

I and my other concerned moms and dads and grandparents need to know that you will do everything you can to stop Common Core in Ohio.

23 states have already amended or repealed Common Core. PLEASE make Ohio the 24th state. Thank you.”

Kasich appears to have a fairly strong friendship with Jeb Bush, who has largely ruined his great legacy as Florida’s governor by championing Common Core.

That friendship and Team Kasich’s insularity lead me to believe that the Governor won’t do anything about Common Core unless and until the Ohio Legislature forces his hand by putting a bill to repeal it, delay it, or otherwise somehow de-fang it in front of him which he must either sign or veto.

This is what they must do.

March 11, 2014

Ben Shapiro Rips UCLA a New One For Its Anti-Israel Resolution

Filed under: Activism,Education,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:38 pm

Watch (Via TruthRevolt):

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Money quote:

… for us to sit here and pretend that Israel is somehow on a lower moral plane is a direct manifestation of anti-Semitism. And to hold Jews to a different moral standard than any other country or group on the face of the earth represents nothing but an age-old and historic hatred for the Jewish people.

February 28, 2014

AP’s Kuhnhenn: Debt and Deficit Worries Are So 2010

Perhaps I’m being too kind in describing the Associated Press as “The Administration’s Press.” Based on Jim Kuhnhenn’s ridiculous “Don’t worry, be happy” Saturday report on how unimportant he says the still growing national debt and the still historically large federal budget deficits supposedly are, maybe I should start calling the wire service “The Administration’s Publicists” instead.

Kuhnhenn stopped just short of writing that the national debt ($17.41 trillion as of Wednesday, up from $10.63 trillion when Barack Obama took office 61 months ago, an average increase of $111 billion per month) and the annual federal budget deficit (on track to be over $500 billion for the sixth year in a row, four of which saw deficits of over $1 trillion) aren’t worthy of attention, but it’s clear that he believes we shouldn’t be concerned about them in making electoral choices (bolds are mine):

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