Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hey Barack Hussein Obama: Don't Stick Your Head In The Sand & Deny Islamic Terrorism

Richard Milhous Hussein-Obama used the anniversary of Vladmir Lenin's birth, used by anti-captialists as "Earth Day" to do what he's known for, act like a bully against his ideological opponents (Washington Times).
In a speech at the Florida Everglades National Park, the president said the U.S. can wait no longer to confront the challenges posed by a changing climate. He urged Republicans to follow the lead of previous GOP leaders and not sit idly by as climate change worsens.
“Teddy Roosevelt is a Republican, started our national park system. Richard Nixon started the EPA. George H.W. Bush was the first president globally to acknowledge the impacts of climate change and that we needed to do something about it. This is not something that historically should be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his speech commemorating Earth Day. “We know that, in our own lives, if you’ve got a coming storm you don’t stick your head in the sand. You prepare for the storm.”
In conjunction with the Democratic National Committee and other party arms, the White House in recent days has launched an all-out assault on Republicans, accusing them of ignoring climate change and subsequently condemning the planet to certain doom.
Obama is partially right, there is a coming storm, but it isn't the GOP who have their heads in the sand. It is him, his Regime and his entire Democrat Party who peddle this myth about "climate change" because they are funded to the tune of millions by billionaire tree-huggers like Tom Steyer, who want to inflict economic hardship on the poor and middle-class due to their guilt over having billion, playing on people's emotions that driving an SUV will cause the destruction of the planet, never mind that real climate change is natural. Any weatherman worth their salt will tell you that.

This whole gloBULL warming myth is part of an attack on capitalism and prosperity by wealthy tree-huggers who want nothing more but to have control over peoples lives by big government agendas, driving up the price of gas to drive the cars they want us to, or travel/not travel, or set our homes to the temperature setting they choose for us.  Like Obamacare, radical environmentalism is all about control.

But the real deniers are Obama, the liberal Democrats and these wealthy tree-huggers like Steyer and the nutty Robert F. Kennedy Jr. They deny the agenda behind their fear mongering. Even worse, Obama, his Regime and Party are in full denial over a threat over not just our nation, but our allies and the civilized world.

That storm is from Radical Islamic terrorism.

In almost every act of Islamic terrorism, Hussein-Obama cannot and will not use the terms Islamic and terrorism, never mind ISIS has the word "Islam" in its title, something Obama would not admit.

Over the weekend, there was another horrific video of several Ethiopian Christians who were brutally beheaded by a seashore in Libya. Last week, 12 Christians were thrown off a boat by Muslims and drowned. Even liberal Kirsten Powers unloaded on Obama over his silence about this wanton murder of Christians, who were targeted because of their faith.
Obama was mute on the killings. He failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith. If a Christian mob on a ship bound for Italy threw 12 Muslims to their death for praying to Allah, does anyone think the president would have been so disinterested? When three North Carolina Muslims were gunned down by a virulent atheist, Obama rightly spoke out against the horrifying killings. But he just can't seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.
But it's even worse, Hussein-Obama is hell-bent on making a deal the Antichrist could only dream of, giving Iran access to nuclear weapons, an Islamic regime who has funded terrorism against America and the West since 1979 and who want a second Holocaust by destroying the State of Israel.  Never mind that on one hand, Obama and the Democrats proclaim to be champions of the homosexual community and women's rights, but they'll negotiate with a Regime who have not only funded the deaths of Americans, but also execute homosexuals and women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Armageddon, that is the coming storm.

Another Earth Day / Lenin's B-Day Tidbit: Leader Of Movement Murdered & Composted His Girlfriend

This morning, I posted information about how Earth Day was founded on the 100th birthday of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

Then, I ran across this article about Ira Einhorn, one of the leaders of the first Earth Day in 1970, thanks to a tweet from Dana Loesch.


A self-proclaimed environmental activist, Einhorn made a name for himself among ecological groups during the 1960s and '70s by taking on the role of a tie-dye-wearing ecological guru and Philadelphia’s head hippie. With his long beard and gap-toothed smile, Einhorn — who nicknamed himself "Unicorn" because his German-Jewish last name translates to "one horn"  —advocated flower power, peace and free love to his fellow students at the University of Pennsylvania. He also claimed to have helped found Earth Day.
But the charismatic spokesman who helped bring awareness to environmental issues and preached against the Vietnam War — and any violence — had a secret dark side. When his girlfriend of five years, Helen "Holly" Maddux, moved to New York and broke up with him, Einhorn threatened that he would throw her left-behind personal belongings onto the street if she didn't come back to pick them up.

And so on Sept. 9, 1977, Maddux went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.
It wasn't until 18 months later that investigators searched Einhorn's apartment after one of his neighbors complained that a reddish-brown, foul-smelling liquid was leaking from the ceiling directly below Einhorn's bedroom closet. Inside the closet, police found Maddux's beaten and partially mummified body stuffed into a trunk that had also been packed with Styrofoam, air fresheners and newspapers.
After his arrest, Einhorn jumped bail and spent decades evading authorities by hiding out in Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and France. After 23 years, he was finally extradited to the United States from France and put on trial. Taking the stand in his own defense, Einhorn claimed that his ex-girlfriend had been killed by CIA agents who framed him for the crime because he knew too much about the agency's paranormal military research. He was convicted of murdering Maddux and is currently serving a life sentence.
Although Einhorn was only the master of ceremonies at the first Earth Day event, he maintains that Earth Day was his idea and that he's responsible for launching it. Understandably, Earth Day's organizers have distanced themselves from his name, citing Gaylord Nelson, an environmental activist and former Wisconsin governor and U.S. senator who died in 2005, as Earth Day's official founder and organizer.



Earth Day (Lenin's Birthday) Is All About Communism

I'm sure you will be hearing on the news, or maybe seeing in your neighborhood, some kind of event honoring Earth Day, which has been celebrated every year since 1970.

But what most people don't realize is that this tree-hugging holiday was first celebrated on what was the 100th birthday of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.



Brian Sussman of KSFO has more on the real origins of the annual Lenin Birthday Celebration (aka Earth Day).
The initial concept was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WS).  Nelson was Congress’ leading environmentalist activist, a sort of pre-incarnate Senator Barbara Boxer in drag.  He was also the mastermind behind those ridiculous teach-ins which were vogue in the Sixties and early Seventies.  During the teach-ins, mutinous school instructors would scrap the day’s assigned curriculum, pressure their students to sit cross-legged on the floor, and “rap” about how America was an imperialist nation, and converse about why communism really wasn’t such a bad form of government—it just needed to be implemented properly.
Nelson’s teach-in efforts were aided by a young man named Denis Hayes.  Hayes was student body president while at Stanford, and well known for organizing anti-Vietnam war protests.  Hayes heard about Senator Nelson’s teach-in concept and eventually helped Nelson institute the practice nationwide.
Rounding out the troika was Professor Paul Ehrlich of Stanford.  In 1968 Ehrlich authored the Malthusian missive, The Population Bomb, in which he infamously spouted wild allegations which included equating the earth’s supposed surplus of people with a cancer that needs to be eradicated:  “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people…We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer.  The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions,” he wrote.
In 1969, following a much-hyped oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast, an overblown patch of fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River, and the drug-induced vibes cast across the nation via the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Senator Nelson met with Ehrlich and reportedly said, “My God—why not a national teach-in on the environment?”  Hayes was brought in to play a pivotal role with organization and implementation.  After careful consideration a name and date for the event were chosen:  the inaugural Earth Day would be celebrated April 22, 1970—the late Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin’s Centennial birthday.
Environmentalists have always admired Lenin.  He was the first disciple of Karl Marx to capture control of a country, and the opening act of his seven-year reign commenced with the abolition of all private property—a Marxist priority.  Despite overseeing a bloody civil war, a devastated economy and a citizenry without hope, Lenin made it a priority to implement his signature decree, “On Land.”  In it he declared that all forests, waters, and minerals to be the exclusive property of the state, and he demanded these resources be protected from use by the public and private enterprise.  Selling timber or firewood, mining minerals, or diverting water for farming was strictly prohibited.
While Nelson and Ehrlich were already known as non-traditional crackpots, Hayes was that and more.  In a New York Times article published the morning after the first Earth Day headlined, “Angry Coordinator of Earth Day,” young Hayes bragged that five years earlier he fled overseas because “I had to get away from America.”  Hayes was so committed to his anti-capitalist cause that he made sure his organization did not even produce Earth Day bumper stickers, “You want to know why?” he explained to the Times, because “they go on automobiles.”
Earth Day has never been a celebration of the beauty and bounty of this awesome terrestrial ball.  Instead it’s always been an assault on man. During the first decade of Earth Day observances people were proclaimed the polluter.  By the Eighties the event’s organizers cast mankind as the tree killer, and, with the Nineties, humans evolved into the animal species annihilator.  The global warming scare never really became popular until the late Nineties, and when it did, it provided compatriots at the Earth Day headquarters with the ultimate hook to hang their red berets: humans, particularly Americans, were now screwing up the entire planet’s climate.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Border Insecurity: ISIS Camp Established About Eight Miles From El Paso, TX

Here's why we need border security, and why it should be addressed NOW! (Judicial Watch)
ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.
The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.
During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.
According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.
Mexican intelligence sources report that ISIS intends to exploit the railways and airport facilities in the vicinity of Santa Teresa, NM (a US port-of-entry). The sources also say that ISIS has “spotters” located in the East Potrillo Mountains of New Mexico (largely managed by the Bureau of Land Management) to assist with terrorist border crossing operations. ISIS is conducting reconnaissance of regional universities; the White Sands Missile Range; government facilities in Alamogordo, NM; Ft. Bliss; and the electrical power facilities near Anapra and Chaparral, NM.
Still, the Obama Department of Racial Justice is fighting (albeit unsuccessfuly for the time being) to allow Dear Leader's unconstitutional executive amnesty to proceed.

This is a reason why no amnesty should be essential to any presidential contender in 2016. Hillary Rotten Clinton approved Obama's unconstitutional amnesty, so she'd be aiding terrorists illegally entering the United States under executive amnesty.  And that's not to just point the finger at Democrats. The GOP needs to get the message that national security is more important than selling out to the corporatists at the US Chamber of Commerce for cheap labor.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

#Hillary2016: Touts Herself As Obama 3rd Term, Will "Captain Jack" Accompany Her Announcement?

Tomorrow is supposed to be the big day, that Hillary Rotten Clinton is supposed to throw her vase pantsuit into the ring for the Democrat nomination to replace Richard Milhous Obama.

Of course, Hillary Rotten is a fellow disciple of Saul Alinsky, whom Obama taught classes on as a community organizer. Someone must have hacked into her private server, because all we're seeing are details about how she will announce, and her stategery (Newsmax).
Hillary Clinton plans to build her planned quest for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on a risky strategy that touts a "new chapter" that builds on President Barack Obama's efforts and embraces her 2008 opponent as a key ally and adviser.
Clinton, 67, who is expected to announce her candidacy on Sunday, "is proud of what was accomplished, both as President Obama’s partner on critical issues of national security, and on the progress made on the domestic front," her spokesman, Nick Merrill, told The New York Times.
Merrill added that Clinton's campaign, "would be about laying out her own vision for tackling our toughest challenges."
The Times sums up the dilemma facing Clinton this way: "How can she run for president as her own person, without criticizing the sitting president she served — while her Republican opponents will be working to demonize them both?"
The former secretary of state can take little credit for many of what Obama considers as his strongest domestic accomplishments — Obamacare, for instance — and she opens herself to widespread attacks regarding such foreign policy issues as Israel, Iran, and Russia, the Times reports.
Well, if she wants to build on the Obama legacy and foreign policy "successes", maybe this is how she should make her 2016 announcement, because it is her and Obama's bloody legacy.


A foreign policy where savages from the seventh century behead, crucify and commit other atrocities, but we have to "empathize" with them? Right, all Hillary will do will finish what Obama started, the complete destruction of America.  Don't romanticize the 1990s, because Hillary ain't Bill, she is a Leftist ideologue. You could look at Bill and think he was a likable character (slimy guy that he was), but Hillary has the "ex-wife from Hell" coldness.

Maybe Hillary should just start her 2016 campaign the way she began her 2000 Senate campaign, playing Billy Joel's song, "Captain Jack." (Salon)
On Feb. 6, 2000, the day Hillary Clinton officially announced her bid to become the next senator from New York, her advance team at a venue in suburban Westchester County was supposed to cue up the Billy Joel ballad “New York State of Mind” before she took the stage. Instead, as the crowd waited for Clinton to hit her mark, an aide accidentally broadcast Joel’s “Captain Jack,” a song about a Long Island drug dealer, complete with references to heroin and masturbation.
The lyrics in question:
But Captain Jack will get you high tonight
And take you to your special island
Captain Jack will get you by tonight
Just a little push 'n' you'll be smilin'
Oh yeah, yeah
 
Your sister's gone out, she's on a date
And you just sit at home and masturbate
Your phone is gonna ring soon,
But you just can't wait, for that call
Actually, in a sense, a Hillary campaign is like more of what we have had for the last six years of Obama, in the sense that you can replace racism for sexism and that's all she has to run on, and the media will cover for her. Attack Hillary and you're a sexist, male-chauvinist who probably beats his wife and wants women to die from back-alley abortions. Get ready, because that will be the mantra, simply more of the liberal politics of identity and cult of personality.  Cue up the ending of "Captain Jack" by Bill Joel again, because, in a sense it puts a perspective the mindset of the Obama/Hillary sycophants--it is like a drug.
So you play your albums and you smoke your pot
And you meet your girlfriend in the parking lot
Oh, but still you're aching for the things you haven't got,
What went wrong
And if you can't understand why your world is so dead
And why you've got to keep in style and feed your head
Well, you're twenty one and still your mother makes your bed
And that's too long
Never mind that Obama (and Hillary's) ideas haven't worked, there's more despair, more cynicism and more division. Liberals can never admit they are wrong. They just look for the next cult-like figure to worship in the hopes they will make their lives better, and try to give meaning to a life at the altar of big government.
But Captain Jack will get you high tonight
And take you to your special island

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Obama Throws Israel Under The Bus To Appease Iranian Terrorist Regime In Nuke Talks

Be even more frightened by the depths Obama will sink to in order to get a deal with Iran (Time).
President Barack Obama said Monday that making Iranian recognition of Israel a precondition of a final nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic would be a”fundamental misjudgment.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been fiercely critical of the framework agreement negotiated between Iran and six world powers, has proposed that any final deal must include a “clear and unambiguous Iranian commitment of Israel’s right to exist.”
But Obama told NPR in an interview that such a demand would be unrealistic. “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms,” Obama said in the interview.

Never mind that, just days ago, an Iranian general called the destruction of the Jewish state "nonnegotiable." (Newsmax)
The commander of the Basij militia of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in an interview that "erasing Israel off the map" is "nonnegotiable," The Times of Israel reported
Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi's comments were made public as Iran and six world powers chose to extend nuclear negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June.
"The Zionists should know that the next war won't be confined to the present borders and the Mujahedeen will push them back," he added. 
Forget wedding cakes and pizzas for gay weddings in Indiana, here is the supposed ally of the homosexual community in America negotiating with a terrorist regime who, as Investors Business Daily notes, "hangs gays, stones women and wants to wipe Jews off the face of the Earth."  He is willing to throw our ally in the Middle East under the bus for a second Holocaust and bring the civilized world to Armageddon, just to satisfy his own ego for the "legacy" of a nuclear deal with Iranian madmen.

And as the old bumper sticker that liberals plaster on cars reads: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention!"

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

#BoycottIndiana: The Continued Rise Of The Politically-Correct, Totalitarian Bully In the Age Of Obama

In 2010, Richard Milhous Hussein-Obama took the time out of his busy schedule (of golf and luxury vacations) to talk about bullying.
Mr. Obama’s video was contributed to the online video project launched by sex columnist Dan Savage www.itgetsbetterproject.com. A growing number of celebrities have contributed video testimonials to reassure gay, lesbian and trans-gendered young people that the isolation and bullying they experience in high school will end, and give way to a fulfilling adult life.
In his video, the president says he was shocked and saddened about the suicides of several gay teens who were bullied and taunted for being gay. “We’ve got to dispel this myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage,” Mr. Obama says.
“I don’t know what it’s like to be picked up for being gay but I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling like you don’t belong,” he says. “What I want to say is this: You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong…There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are.”
Bullying, it can happen to anybody. It causes damage to a person emotionally and psychologically. Some are driven to suicide. Anyone would agree that bullying is wrong.

But Obama and the Left are not really interested in ending bullying. They're more interested in protecting some and engaging in the behavior they claim to condemn, and the concept of politically-correct bully has grown under the Regime of a community organizer turned "President" who lectures about civility in the public square out one side of his mouth and then talks about about "punishing your enemies," dressing down the Supreme Court in front of Congress, trying to influence the recent election in Israel, and uses the federal government (IRS) to attack groups opposed to his extreme, far-Left agenda.

Remember Carrie Prejean, who had her Miss California title stripped from her because of the backlash she received after politely stating she was opposed to "gay marriage" because of her faith?

Remember the outrage at Chick-fil-A, because the owner, a Christian, stated his opposition as well to gay marriage due to his faith? Never mind that Chick-fil-A does not discriminate against whom they serve. The idea that one has a difference of opinion over the institution of marriage is enough to silence and take away a man's millstone.

The list goes on, Hobby Lobby, the State of Arizona (for wanting to secure it's border), and Rush Limbaugh, who was the target of a Twitter campaign #StopRush that was pushed by the illegally tax exempt group (funded by George Soro$) Media Mutters for Amerika.
There is on Twitter this thing called StopRush, and it's people attacking me and this program much the way Indiana is being attacked today, and whatever conservative institution was attacked yesterday. What this group does is they go after local advertisers on local EIB affiliates, and they try to intimidate local businesses. This cake shop is an example, I don't know if they're one, but like this little mom-and-pop businesses. They just overwhelm them with complaint tweets, threatening tweets, a bunch of e-mails.
It's 10 people. We researched it. We know who the people are. We know where they live. Virtually 85% of all the so-called outrage e-mails and tweets are generated by 10 people, made to look as though they are thousands and thousands and thousands. It's all fake. It's all phony. It's all part of a left-wing, massive smear operation. It's defamation, it's smear, it's everything you can imagine. But it's made to look legit, and it does look legit until you get into it. It just scares the hell out of people.
...Just to see this all happen is mind-boggling to me. And to look at how effective it is, because it literally -- if you're a mom-and-pop business, and you think thousands of potential customers are sending these. And the message, they're all, by the way, worded almost identically, almost like form letters. There's some differences in them, but they're all threatening, some to a greater degree than others. But the bottom line is, that if you're a local mom-and-pop business, and you do something in the process of running your business one day, and the next day you've got thousands of supposedly angry people breathing down your neck because you're a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe or you're supporting racists, sexists, bigots, homophobes, whatever, you get scared.
These people shut down the bakery. In Oregon, the same thing happened and it cost 'em 150 grand in addition to losing the bakery. This is all bought and paid for in one way or another by George Soros and the Democrat Party. Now, the thing about this is, none of what I've told you is news to people who've investigated this. It's striking that even though all of this is known -- and we've taken our research and documented research and we've shown it to people. ...And it seems to me that there would be, at least at the Republican Party level, some way of being able to deal with this, since you know exactly what it is, and you know when it's coming. You know what you say and how you say it, you know what kind of reaction it's gonna cause from the left. And to continually act shocked and surprised by it is a bit curious to me. I know there's a term, it's astroturfing, made famous by David Axelrod who practically invented this whole concept, online astroturfing. The Obama campaign and the radical left have been using this for years to not only mislead the public, but to intimidate people
To now the latest episode of "politically-correct bullying" in the Age of Obama, the outrageous and "controversial" idea that a person's religious conscience has to be defended against the whims of the "progressive" (read: communist) radical Left's agenda, including forced compliance into paying for abortion on demand and providing services to gay marriages. Notice that not once, despite the hysteria from the Left and the media, are businesses refusing to serve gays, it is the idea of not being coerced into baking a cake, providing flowers, or taking photos, when the business owner believes in the idea that marriage is between one man and one woman.
He (Jesus) said to them, “Have you not read that He Who made them in the first place made them man and woman? It says, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother and will live with his wife. The two will become one.’ So they are no longer two but one. Let no man divide what God has put together.”  
Matthew 19:4-6
But Leftists and the politically-correct mob have decided they are bigger than God and Jesus Christ, and that their secular word is the new Gospel. Those who disagree will have their livelhoods taken from them, and their lives threatened as well.

Just ask the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana, who have had their livelhoods and lives threatened by this Left-wing Hate Gestapo. Dana Loesch spoke to the owners (The Blaze).
Crystal O’Connor, the co-owner of Memories Pizza in Indiana, says it may not be safe to re-open their pizzeria after they said they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding.
“I don’t know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it’s safe to re-open,” O’Connor said on TheBlaze TV’s Dana. “We’re in hiding basically, staying in the house.”
Why did this happen? Because the media twisted O'Connor's comments into saying their pizzeria woudln't serve gays, per this headline (h/t Sister Toldjah, via Twitter).


O’Connor said they have since received an endless flood of “bashing” comments on social media, and their Yelp page has been trashed. One reviewer wrote that they serve an “intolerance special with toppings of hate, bigotry, stupidity, and old fashioned beliefs.” And a high school coach from Goshen, Indiana has been suspended after urging people on Twitter to burn down their establishment.
“Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? ‘That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE’ Ignorant,” coach Jess Dooley wrote.

O’Connor said the media is distorting what her family truly believes. They are happy to serve gay customers, she reiterated, but object to being forced to participate in a gay wedding, since they don’t believe in gay marriage.
Is this a nation you want to live in? Where you have to surrender your faith to the government or else lose your ability to make a living? Isn't the idea of religious liberty, a cornerstone of the founding of this nation, something many of our friends, family members, grandparents and great-grandparents fought, bled and died defending? How many fought and died nearly 70 years ago to fight another Regime that targeted people because of their faith?

Oh, and remember Dan Savage, whose website was mentioned earlier as one where Obama had contributed a video to stop bullying? Back in April 2012, a video showed him bullying teenage Christians, even calling the Holy Bible "bullsh*t." He recently told Ben Carson to commit a sexual act on him, wished oral cancer on Sarah Palin and said he wished Republicans were "f*cking dead."

Think of that, the person occupying the title of President of the United States has lent his name and our nation's highest office to giving credence to a hateful, politically correct bully.

Again I ask, is this the America you want to live in? Bullies who will threaten your life and livelihood all in the name of "tolerance"?



RedState: "Two Years Later, You'll Still Be Made to Care," Erick Erickson

Monday, March 23, 2015

Speaking of Texas....

I'm headed out the door to Ted Cruz's home state (and my native state), Texas.

It's that time of the year when I go out of town for my day job and spend the days and nights wheeling and dealing.

While I'm there, I'm looking forward to seeing family as well.

So, I will be away from the blog until then. But, I'll be popping up on Twitter so you can keep in touch with me there (if you're not following me already).

A Once in A Lifetime Speech: Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Run & Sets A High Bar for 2016 Field

I just finished watching what is probably one of the greatest political speeches in recent American history, probably since Sarah Palin's 2008 GOP VP nominee address, and echoing Ronald Reagan's various speeches from 1964 onward.

I'm talking about Texas Senator Ted Cruz's announcement that he is running for President in 2016, which he made earlier today at Liberty University.


Why is this speech important. Because Ted Cruz used his 2016 candidacy announcement to remind America of the greatness of this nation, our core values, and how what we take so much for granted is not from government, but from God.  Basically, Cruz reminded us that what makes this nation great is far greater than any man or woman, any political party, or any government. It is in our core values and in the heart of the American people. That's something the current Regime, his party, and quite frankly too many Republicans have lost sight of.

True, Cruz spoke without a teleprompter, because maybe you don't necessarily need one when you are able to speak from your heart. In sharing his personal story, Cruz connected with his audience and showed the greatness of American. Plus, Cruz acknowledges a Being higher than him, instead of a certain guy who you'll find on a golf course in DC who mistakenly thinks he is God.

Whether Cruz will end up being the nominee is another thing, because it's a long way to the nomination. However, Cruz raised the bar that every 2016 GOP candidate must meet. It isn't enough just to be a Republican, you have to stand for something. Being for Common Core, being pro-amnesty, and making money off of Obamacare isn't acceptable. It's not enough to be for "quasi-big government," or  to be a "compassionate conservative." Talk is cheap. Are you as a candidate going to be willing to be one of "bold colors, not pale pastels"?

That's what Ted Cruz showed today, bold colors. That's what whoever the GOP candidate needs to articulate and show by their actions.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Grade Redistribution Next? Fairfax County VA Schools Consider Absurd "No Zero" Grading Scheme

I got wind of this yesterday from some teachers I know in the Fairfax County Public Schools, who now appear to want quantity (or equality) instead of quality (Washington ComPost).
The Fairfax County schools administration is considering sweeping changes to the grading system for middle school and high school classes that could help struggling students keep their grades up.
In a message sent to thousands of teachers Tuesday, Deputy Superintendent Steven Lockard detailed a series of proposals under consideration to revamp how teachers hand out grades to students and to standardize exam scores across the county.
The changes could have widespread impact in the school system, affecting students’ chances of getting into college and how teachers handle homework and tests. Under current rules, high schools in Fairfax have the flexibility to decide grading scales and methods. For example, an F could equal a zero at some schools but could be scored as 50 percent at others.
“It is time to examine our current grading policies in an effort to ensure that we have consistent and equitable practices throughout our middle and high schools,” Lockard wrote.
Excuse me, Mr. Lockard, all this talk about "equitable practices" is nothing but pure, feel-good liberalism on display.  That's the same kind of mindset that says "we can't have any losers, so, let's give everyone a participation certificate to make everyone feel like a winner.

The ComPost article is mostly one-sided in favor of this "no-zero" policy.
School Board member Megan McLaughlin (Braddock), who has two sons at Woodson High School, said the grading changes would potentially improve students’ chances when they apply to college.
McLaughlin said that because grading policies now vary school to school, Fairfax students aren’t being fairly judged by admissions officers. (McLaughlin served as an admissions officer at Georgetown University for six years.)
For example, McLaughlin said, some schools allow students to retake tests to improve their grades, while other schools do not.
“What happens when you apply for college and kids from other schools have higher grades?” McLaughlin said.
McLaughlin founded the parent advocacy group Fairgrade and ran for a seat on the School Board after successfully lobbying Fairfax administrators to change the district’s strict grading for honors and college-level classes.
She said one proposal under consideration would allow students across the county to receive credit for submitting corrected answers to questions they got wrong on tests. McLaughlin said she also supports the proposal to replace zeros with a 50 percent for F grades.
I would say there should be a consistent grading system, that's not the issue, the problem is the ridiculous and absurd ideas McLaughlin, a liberal Democrat, pushes as a school board member like the correcting answers you get wrong on tests or giving a student a 50 instead of a zero.

But reality clashes with the liberal, feel-good gaga pushed by people like McLaughlin and Lockard, that is, removing something called "incentive." Gina Caneva wrote the following experiences she had at her school when they adopted the "no zero" grading policy in the Chicago area.
Many students continued to fall into similar categories--the students who didn’t do homework still didn’t do it, those who didn’t do much class work still didn’t do much class work, and a few opted out of an exam.  But there was one major change: The kids who once worked hard to pass by attending tutoring sessions instead decided to forego the sessions and do other things.
In fact, even though both batches of freshmen were similar academically, our on-track rate rose from 59 percent to 87 percent.  Since few students were truly failing, hardly anyone thought they needed to work hard to improve.
With 87 percent of our freshmen considered on-track, one would expect that those in the second group would have much higher standardized test scores. But in fact, the ACT scores of both groups were nearly the same, and equally abysmal—a 15.1 for those with a 59 percent on-track rate, and a 15.4 for the group with 87 percent on-track
After one year, some teachers wanted to reverse the no-zero policy, but the administration would not allow it.  Why would they, when a major metric for rating a school, the freshman on-track rate, had increased nearly 30 percentage points and was far higher than the CPS average? 
However, the statistic was not accurate in comparison to schools that did not have a no-zero policy. It was just that our expectations weren’t as high: If a student earned a D at our school for the same work that would have earned an F somewhere else, of course our on-track rates were higher.
Now, with the new school ratings system in CPS, many networks and schools are trying out no-zero policies, especially schools that are already on probation and have experienced little improvement.  My suggestion to these schools is to not lower your expectations for students by giving them the academic equivalent of a Monopoly-like “Get out of jail free” card.  With the no-zero policy, I saw us telling our students, “You can get a pass even when you don’t work hard for it.”
It is incredibly difficult for people in our country to claw their way out of generational poverty.  A good education is central to that struggle. And yet we are saying to young people in Chicago who have grown up in the deepest poverty, “You don’t have to work hard to pass. You can miss half of your assignments in all of your classes, and you can still graduate from our high school.”  Most suburban schools and selective enrollment schools would never even consider this rule.  And no, most colleges will not apply it either.  But we are allowing our students in CPS to believe they are on-track because of it. 
Part of the problem with this isn't just the schools, it is also what goes on in the home, and the type of people who call themselves "parents" today.


I've heard too many stories from teachers who have little Johnny or Susie in their class who is always in trouble, never seems to do their work or care, and when progress report or report card time comes along, the parents call, e-mail, or go to the school to complain to the teacher (or their administrator) about why their little angel is failing or always in trouble.  It's never the fault of the kid.  Maybe it's me, maybe I grew up in a different time and place, or maybe I had the "wrong" parents (because they cared about whether or not my sister or I were doing in school), but if I wasn't doing well in school, it wasn't the teacher who had to give an explanation, it was me who had to explain why my grades were sucking.  Maybe at the time I didn't like it, but I look back on it now, there was something called "incentive." I was motivated to do well in school, because it was expected of us. Looking at too many of today's kids, I'm glad for what I had in that upbringing.

Not only that, how are today's kids who get by with nothing but "participation awards" or "passing grade for the effort" going to be productive in the real world when it comes to getting their lazy butts out of bed, get to work on time, and be productive. Do you want a surgeon to perform your surgery who passed on the basis of "minimum or little effort" because self-esteem was threatened.

There's another factor besides the mushy, feel-good aspect. The big green $$$$$. Schools want the money from the state and federal governments, and won't get it if they're failing schools. So, pass as many kids along to the next grade to the government grants come rolling in.

This is why I've always been, and now even more so, a supporter of vouchers for private schools, because of these absurd practices proposed in Fairfax County, as well as the ridiculous "Common Core" scheme and the monopoly on government run schools by the liberal teacher's unions.  What's next after this? Students who earn grades of 90-100 have to have 15 points taken off and given to those with the lowest grade for "fairness and equity?"

If you live in Fairfax County and share my feelings, contact the school board.