April 16, 2014

Another Anti-Brinkman ORPINO Mailing, and Two More Reasons to Vote For Him

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:04 pm

ORPINO (the Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) has sent out another mailer attacking 27th District State Representative candidate Tom Brinkman, claiming that he was named one of the most ineffective legislators or some such nonsense based on his previous State Rep record.

News Flash: ORPINO’s and the Columbus political establishment’s definition of “effective” is “going along with the ever-expanding and ever-encroaching bureaucracy.” Yeah, Tom Brinkman never was a part of that crowd. He opposed all tax increases on principle. In other words, like our Governor, he was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party. Unlike Governor Kasich, he hasn’t betrayed the Tea Party’s core principles.

So the mailer constitutes Reason #2 to vote for Brinkman and to fire Pete Stautberg, his incumbent opponent. (Reason #1 was the first mailer.)

Lest anyone believe I’m solely motivated by dislike of ORPINO (which as a practical matter is enough anyway for those who are pressed for time to do detailed research), I decided to look into the candidates’ positions on Common Core upon learning that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has courageously changed his formerly supportive stance (courageous because the pressure from the Jeb Bush-Bill Gates axis to just keep going along must have been intense). Jindal now opposes it.

Since excising Common Core from Ohio’s classrooms is a very important matter, I emailed the Brinkman campaign and asked where the candidate stands and where his opponent stands.

The candidate responded within a few hours:

I am against Common core.

My opponent is for Common Core.

Thank you for the inquiry.

Please contact me with any other questions.

Thanks.
Tom Brinkman Jr.

So there’s Reason #3.

On the off-chance that the Stautberg campaign doesn’t like being down 0-3, I would welcome their official response.

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 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

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:

ShatteredGlass

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

April 8, 2014

Still Not News: UC-Santa Barbara Prof Who Admitted Destroying Pro-Life Sign Pleads … Not Guilty

On Friday, University of California Feminist Studies Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young pled not guilty to misdemeanor theft, battery, and vandalism. To bring those who missed the two previous related posts up to speed: A video at the YouTube site of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (warning: profanity) shows Miller-Young taking a sign away from a participant in a campus pro-life outreach effort. Accompanied by two students, she took the sign back to her office and destroyed it.

Her attorney entered the not guilty plea on Miller-Young’s behalf despite documented admissions to police that, in her words, “I’m stronger so I was able to take the poster,” and that she, in the police report’s words, “was ‘mainly’ responsible for the poster’s destruction because she was the only one with scissors.” Various searches on Ms. Miller-Young’s full name indicate that only three local outlets, the Santa Barbara Independent and two others, filed stories on her plea. No one, as far as I can tell, has noted that Miller-Young continues to carry on without sanction as a $125,000-per-year researcher of “black cultural studies” and “pornography and sex work,” and that her tweets betray no remorse for her destructive actions.

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March 28, 2014

Common Core Bullies: Don’t You Dare Speak Out Against It

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:08 am

Watch, and stay with it to the end:

From Eagle Rising:

Teacher Bullied and Intimidated for Opposing Common Core

Susan Kimball, a kindergarten teacher of 20 years in the Sikeston Missouri Public School District, gave emotional testimony before the Missouri Senate Education Committee this week that she had been bullied and intimidated once her colleagues learned that she believed Common Core would be bad for her students.

Persecution for political beliefs is becoming commonplace among those of us who oppose the massive expansion of federal government control of healthcare, education, and our personal lives.

The Education Committee is considering a bill that would prohibit Missouri from implementing Common Core in their schools.

That bill should pass.

It’s clear that this teacher cares.

It’s equally clear that the Common Core bullies don’t.

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):

CommonCoreMathPushbackMarch2014

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 22, 2014

A Michelle Malkin Must-Read: ‘Get to know the Common Core marketing overlords’

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:50 pm

Okay, all of Michelle’s columns are must-reads, but this one is especially so (links are in original):

Get to know the Common Core marketing overlords

… Pro-Common Core commercials have been airing ad nauseam in a desperate attempt to persuade American families to support the beleaguered federal education standards/testing/technology racket. Who’s funding these public relations pushes? D.C. lobbyists, entrenched politicians and Big Business interests.

The foundational myth of Common Core is that it’s a “state-led” initiative with grassroots support that was crafted by local educators for the good of all of our children. But the cash and power behind the new ad campaign tell you all you need to know. For parents in the know, this will be a refresher course. But repeated lies must be countered with redoubled truths.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is one of the leading Common Core ad sponsors. It’s a self-described nonprofit “think tank” founded by a pantheon of Beltway barnacles: former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell.

“Lobbying tank” would be more accurate. …

… Jeb Bush’s “Foundation for Excellence in Education” is also saturatingthe airwaves with ads trying to salvage Common Core in the face of truly bipartisan, truly grassroots opposition in his own home state of Florida. As I’ve reported previously, the former GOP governor’s foundation is tied at the hip to the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), which pulled in $186 million through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program to develop Common Core tests.

… Two D.C. trade associations, the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, continue to rubber-stamp Common Core propaganda. They are both recipients of tens of millions of dollars in Gates Foundation money. NGA employed Democratic education wonk Dane Linn to help shepherd through the standards; Linn now flacks for Common Core at the D.C.-based Business Roundtable lobbying shop, another leading sponsor of the ads now bombarding your TVs and radios.

Despite its misleading name, the NGA does not represent all of the nation’s governors, holds only nonbinding resolution votes, and serves primarily as an“unelected, unrepresentative networking forum,” as Heartland Institute scholar Joy Pullmann put it, with funding from both taxpayers and private corporations. NGA’s Common Core standards writing meetings were convened in secret and are protected by confidentiality agreements.

Direct public input was nil.

Which explains why Common Core is such crap.

March 19, 2014

Out of Control Education System Column of the Day

From Michelle Malkin’s latest column:

Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

… College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year alone for mandatory tests required by the state and district.

Parents, teachers and administrators are fed up with Fed Ed. There’s a growing grassroots movement — left, right and center — to opt out of this latest battery of assessments. Last week, the Worcester, Mass., school board voted to allow parents to opt out of PARCC field tests and keep their kids in regular classroom instruction. The Norfolk, Mass., school board did the same in January. Colorado State Board of Education Chairman Paul Lundeen has called on the state legislature to repeal the PARCC testing requirement.

The testing tyrants, of course, are doing everything they can to stop parents from protecting their children: deceive, bully, intimidate and obfuscate.

Bottom line: No child in America is legally required to be a part of the latest Common Core lab-rat testing experiments. You are your kids’ primary educational provider and decider. You have the power to flunk the latest Fed Ed testing boondoggles. Use it.

It’s time to invoke the left’s “Dissent is patriotic” credo in defense of our kids’ and grandkids’ well-being and the nation’s future.

March 17, 2014

Not News: Unrepentant UC-Santa Barbara Prof Who Destroyed Pro-Life Sign Charged With Assault

Did you catch the story about the pro-abortion demonstration at the religious college where a pro-life professor grabbed a protester’s sign and destroyed it? Of course not, because there’s no such story. If it had happened, it would be news, and garner significant attention.

The same thing happened earlier this month at the University of California-Santa Barbara — if you switch the players. As seen in a video at the YouTube site of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (warning: profanity), a UCSB assistant professor took a sign away from a participant in a campus pro-life outreach effort. Flanked by two students, she took the sign back to her office and destroyed it. Now feminist studies Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young “is facing vandalism, battery, and robbery charges.” The UCSB incident has, as far as I can tell, despite the prof’s utter lack of contrition, has gone virtually uncovered by the establishment press. The related police report follows the jump (click on the images to enlarge):

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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.

March 8, 2014

Juan Williams Calls Out ‘Disgraceful Double Standard’ In Rutgers’ Faculy Opposition to Condi Rice As Commencement Speaker

Few have defended the Obama administration, and especially Obamacare, as vocally and in my view often unreasonably, as Fox News’s Juan Williams. He has gone so far as to call Republican Party opposition to Obamacare its “original sin,” and absurdly claimed that “massive opposition” from Republicans is what forced HealthCare.gov’s rushed rollout.

One blind spot Williams does not have involves how consistently horribly leftists treat African-American conservatives, or even African-Americans who an occasional sensibly conservative thought. One reason the left is so brazen in its persecution attempts is its knowledge that no matter how uncivil or unreasonable, their attempts will almost never gain wide exposure in the nation’s establishment press. The latest example concerns calls by the faculty at Rutgers University to prevent former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from her scheduled appearance as commencement speaker there this year. Williams expressed his outrage in a Thursday Fox News column (HT Hot Air; bolds are mine):

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February 26, 2014

Unhinged Sun Sentinel Cartoonist Ridicules Common Core Opponents; Paper Tweets Endorsement

At the rate he’s going, South Florida Sun Sentinel cartoonist and variable-length commentator Chan Lowe may turn out to be this decade’s Ted Rall.

On Tuesday, Lowe had a column and cartoon (link may require subscription) satirizing the Sunshine State’s “Stand Your Ground” law and gun owners in general (“Angry White Males,” of course), characterizing them as treating their weapons with perverted reverence as compensation for their other failures in life (e.g., not getting along with their classmates at the playground, or with girls). The day before (link may require subscription; HT Twitchy), he went after parents who oppose the top-down, privacy-invading, testing-obsessed, instructionally-impaired Common Core curriculum with a vengeance. Readers should put down all drinks and other objects before skipping to the jump, because what you’ll see will almost certainly be upsetting:

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