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  • The Chicago Dictionary: Volume Three

    04/19/2014 11:19:08 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 19, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Just a few more definitions of words and idioms that mean something else in Illinois, posted as a public service to the consumers of news. Absentee Landlord: A landlord with sense. Bean: A huge fun-house mirror in downtown Chicago, providing tourists with the warped view of the business district that only lifelong Illinoisans come by naturally. Billy Club: An entertainment venue for billy goats. Billy Goat: A stadium’s pet peeve. (Alternate definition: Someone who uses a collar and leash for a purpose unusual for the neighborhood). Budget: Underestimated spending that you admit to. (Alternate definition: A justification for tax increases)....
  • Big Government Use of Armed Intimidation Against Dissenters

    04/18/2014 7:34:03 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 15 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    All my life, I've heard that liberals are against authority and that they love nothing more than sticking it to the man. Such talk is usually accompanied by how the hippies changed the world by smoking pot and protesting the Vietnam war and other such nonsense. The reality, though, is far different from the narrative that they continually push through their control of popular culture and education. The liberal went from hating the man to becoming the man. They worship at the shrine of big government, and they relish in the displays of overt power that they once condemned. Thus...
  • AZ:Governor Brewer Signs Concealed Carry Permit Reform

    04/18/2014 2:25:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2103 yesterday, the 17th of April, 2014.  The bill reforms concealed carry permit qualifications in the state, allowing people with military service to obtain a permit at 19 years of age.  From trendtrack.com: E. The department of public safety shall issue a permit to an applicant who meets all of the following conditions: 1. Is a resident of this state or a United States citizen. 2.  Is twenty‑one years of age or older or is at least nineteen years of age and provides evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or...
  • Nebraska School Gives Most Idiotic Advice Ever to Deal with Bullies

    04/18/2014 10:39:42 AM PDT · by massmike · 51 replies
    http://jezebel.com/ ^ | 04/18/2014 | Rebecca Rose
    A school in Lincoln, Nebraska is wiping some major egg off its face after a horrible bullying advice flyer was sent home with kids. Zeman Elementary School fifth-graders were recently sent home with a flyer to help teach them how to act if they're being bullied. It's worse than you can possibly ever imagine. Here's just a few of the highlights: Rule #7: Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime...
  • Hillary Clinton praises 'incredibly brave' 19-year-old college student who came out as undocumented

    04/18/2014 6:47:27 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 33 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18 April 2014 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    (Hillary Clinton praises 'incredibly brave' 19-year-old college student who came out as undocumented immigrant for the first time at her event..) A 19-year-old college student announced for the first time Thursday that she was an undocumented immigrant while addressing Hillary Clinton at an event in New York City. Nova Bajamonti was picked to ask the former Secretary of State a question at a 'No Ceilings' event at the Lower Eastside Girls Club on Thursday. 'For the first time publicly, I want to say that I am an undocumented immigrant,' Ms Bajamonti said before tearing up. The unexpected announcement took many...
  • Why I can't send my kids to public school

    04/17/2014 1:44:49 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 04/17/2014 | Steve Berman
    I can't send my kids to public school.  This is a national shame. Both I and my wife are the products of public school.  I still remember a few of my high school teachers who encouraged me, and taught me more about life than just the curriculum in the classroom.  My kids won't be going to public school though. It's not about the teachers.  Most teachers work hard, care deeply about their students, and do their best to educate our kids.  By educate, I mean not just teach the material, but help our kids understand what learning is, and help...
  • Pasodale Elementary parents question "inappropriate" homework assignment

    04/17/2014 1:08:00 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    KTSM ^ | April 16, 2014/UPDATED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Anoushah Rasta
    EL PASO, TX (KTSM) — Many parents are scratching their heads over a 4th grade homework assignment handed out on Tuesday but not because they can't understand it. Parents of a group of students at Pasodale Elementary School are angry with a teacher for sending their children home with what they call an "inappropriate reading assignment." One parent says it was supposed to be an assignment done in class but when some of the kids didn't finish it in time, they took it home, and that's when their parents said they noticed something wasn't right. Ursula Silverstein said her 10...
  • LET THEM ENDORSE! A Simple Solution to the NCAA "Pay for Play" Issue

    04/16/2014 7:22:10 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 12 replies
    DIgnitas News Service ^ | April 16, 2014 | Paul Winters
    As the furor over compensation of college athletes continues to heat up across the nation, a number of different proposals and options have been explored. Last month members of the Northwestern football team stepped the debate up by successfully petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to form a union and bargain for benefits. The issue was further highlighted when Shabazz Napier, star of the recently crowned NCAA Mens Basketball Champion University of Connecticut Huskies, told reporters that sometimes he goes to bed “starving” because he can’t afford food. While the NCAA has been adamant in its policy to not monetarily...
  • Tatchell: "Gay" Is Used to Distract People from Homosexuals' Sexuality

    04/16/2014 2:51:46 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 34 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 April 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    I've written about the hijacking of language by the Left and some of its manifestations. There are many other aspects of it, like the wounds inflicted on grammar by the use of "they", "them", "theirs" in reference to a singular subject. For example: "Everyone knows what they are doing" or "The user must log in with their password". This is done only because it's politically incorrect to use "he", "him", "his", to cover both men and women, as it allegedly gives men a status of superiority (the same as in saying "man" to mean "the human species"). Politically correct writers...
  • Oregon Appeal Court: Frisk that Found Pistol Unconstitutional

    04/16/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Demonstration against Neo-Nazism in Dresden (13 February 2012) When I was being trained as a peace officer, the subject of searching or "frisking" citizens was addressed several times.   Some of the training seemed to be  more about how to finesse the legal boundaries than the necessity of respecting citizens' rights.   I vividly remember one instructor saying: "I have never heard of a judge throwing out a case where a weapon was actually found." The pendulum seems to be swinging back the other way. From AP at FindLaw.com: The judges ordered that the officers' discovery of the loaded pistol carried...
  • School Funding Way Up, Results Flat

    04/16/2014 10:23:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/15/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Overall, Michigan school spending has increased significantly over the past few decades, but test scores have remained relatively flat. A new study from the Cato Institute, using information from the National Center for Education Statistics, found Michigan saw a large increase in spending with few apparent educational benefits. "Inflation-adjusted per pupil spending in Michigan rose dramatically from 1972 to 2009 — going from $7,500 to over $12,000 in today's dollars. That's a 70 percent increase," said Andrew Coulson, director of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom and author of the study. "Over that same period, the state's academic achievement rose by...
  • Think tanks see Common Core as yet another woe for Democrats this cycle; GOP-e are you listening?

    04/16/2014 10:12:55 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/16/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    According to the left leaning Brookings Institute, Common Core is turning into a serious problem Democrats will have to deal with during this coming election cycle. The socialist’s dream program has ignited a growing backlash from furious parents who don’t want their children exposed to Common Core because it is inefficient at best and inappropriately loaded with sexual content at worst. Given that Common Core has been adopted in forty five states it will be difficult for most of those who have supported it to dodge responsibility for the mess they have created. Sizing the situation up, a Brookings spokesman...
  • Jerk of the Week - Brandeis University

    04/13/2014 2:13:29 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 4 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    It's that time of the week where we once again look for a person or entity that shows itself to be an utter hypocrite or works to undermine American values. Many of our Jerk of the Week winners have been progressive liberals, but we've also taken aim at Republicans as well who just wish to stay feasting at the establishment trough. Our winner this week though is an institution of higher learning (though such claims could be doubted) who has spit in the face of freedom of speech and has totally caved to radical Islam. This week, Brandeis University rescinded...
  • Kids who didn’t take the Common Core test were denied ice cream!

    04/13/2014 7:39:10 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 40 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | April 11, 2014 | STEVE GUNN
    ARKPORT, N.Y. – Were officials in the Arkport Central School District being petty and vindictive in their treatment of children whose parents removed them from Common Core testing? ice creamIf so, they went about it in the worst possible way – by giving an ice cream treat to the third through sixth grade students who took the tests, and denying those who didn’t. Parents of the opt-out kids were simply exercising their legal rights, and they’re angered that their children had to pay the price in such an obviously nasty manner. After all, The fair and equitable distribution of ice...
  • Student Union Banning Leads to Unusual Coalition

    04/12/2014 4:24:00 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 23 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    From time to time, a situation arises that gives truth to the old adage, "politics makes for strange bedfellows." The current case in point can be found at Cardiff University. The Students' Union there recently decided to ban all pro-life demonstrations on campus. In a sweet use of irony, the Students' Union was outraged over pro-life rallies and wanted to "prevent affiliated societies and groups from taking part in anti-choice protests or rallies." Nothing says tolerance like saying no to those you consider anti-choice by taking away their choices and banning them. Sadly, I'm sure that such destruction of logic...
  • 9 big reasons why public schools wallow in mediocrity

    04/12/2014 2:29:04 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 8, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Video is only 3:15 minutes long. A short graphic presentation of the nine big flaws in public schools. Suppose someone is asking the question, well, what can we do, where do we start? Here's a list of nine places to start. ---------------------------------------------- Personally I like trying to radically simplify things. That is especially appropriate in education. What these professors spend their time doing is creating so much confusion, disinformation, propaganda, alibis, excuses, lies, etc., etc., etc., finally no ordinary citizen knows what to think about the subject anymore. And that's how the Education Establishment wins. At some point you have...
  • School Union Contracts Across The State Retain Clauses Calling For Hiring Based On Race

    04/11/2014 8:23:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    At least five public school districts have language in their union contracts that could be in violation of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which was passed in 2006 and bans discrimination in hiring based on race at public institutions. Some school districts, such as Ann Arbor, have tweaked the language in prior contracts and now claim the revised language is legal. Others such as Kalamazoo say the contract language is constitutional because it must be read in conjunction with a federal court desegregation order. And then there's Oak Park, which states the district wants to increase the number of racial...
  • Teachers Union Misleading Voters

    04/11/2014 6:44:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    The Michigan Education Association has unveiled a new website that uses misleading information to try to make the case for more education funding. Education spending is becoming an increasingly central issue to this year's gubernatorial campaign, and as a result, misinformation is rampant. Under the catchphrase, "Kids Not CEOs," the MEA alleges that millions have been cut from public school budgets. But this allegation is not based on fact. The MEA's website ignores billions of dollars provided by state taxpayers to support public schools. Unfortunately, the MEA is manipulating the misperception that the state foundation allowance is the total amount...
  • TX:Open Carry in Arlington meets Public Approval

    04/10/2014 8:31:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo Credit Star-Telegram Rodger Mallison The open carry movement in Texas is becoming mainstream.  Texas is one of a few states where openly carrying a holstered, modern handgun is barred by law from most public places.  This anomaly in the law occurred because Texas was on the losing side of the Civil War, or War Between the States, if you prefer.  There is a convoluted history to explain it, but before the war, the Texas Constitution guaranteed an absolute right to carry arms, even for slaves.  After the war, the change through two Constitutional conventions resulted in losing the...
  • Superintendent Says District Worse Off Despite Getting More Overall State Money

    04/10/2014 5:56:30 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/8/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Kalamazoo Public Schools get about $53 more per student in state funding this year than the district received in 2010-2011. Yet Michael Rice, the district's superintendent, said in a recent column in Bridge Magazine that the Kalamazoo schools and others across the state were better off three years ago. Rice, like others asking for more money from the state, makes the case in his column that funding has decreased because some schools receive less money today from the state's foundation allowance. The foundation allowance is a base per-pupil dollar amount that schools receive, but is just part of the...
  • Liberal Tolerance on Display

    04/09/2014 1:45:22 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 5 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    One of the most fascinating things about human nature is that when a person usually boasts of something, they tend to be the exact opposite. Those who profess to be charitable usually turn out to be stingy, and those who claim humility as their greatest virtue tend to rub their achievements in your face. This trait is also true with progressive liberals. They claim to be the most tolerant group of people on the planet, but their actions say the exact opposite. There have been a number of events recently that show the so-called liberal tolerance on display. Our first...
  • Liberal foolishness on welfare is nothing new, even the founding fathers knew it...

    04/09/2014 11:58:13 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 11 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-9-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Liberals think their desire to have unfettered proliferation of social welfare makes them the charitable ones. Imagine my surprise to see that even the founding fathers had to combat this sort of foolishness.
  • Betraying The Best To Pander To The Worst

    04/09/2014 5:21:02 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Wild Bill for America
    The Republicans are selling out their base to pander to criminals and the immoral....just like Democrats...what a shame.
  • State Rep: School Districts Willfully Violating Law Should Face 'Criminal Charges'

    04/09/2014 5:18:15 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/6/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — A state representative who sponsored some of the Michigan school reform bills from a few years ago said people in districts who blatantly violate the law should face "criminal charges." State Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia, made the comment yesterday during a Mackinac Center for Public Policy event titled, "Roadblocks to Reform? A Review of Union Contracts In Michigan Schools." Up to 60 percent of Michigan's largest districts are violating the law by including illegal provisions in union contracts, according to a recent study by Audrey Spalding, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center. In 2011, the state...
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision

    04/08/2014 11:26:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A Macomb County public school superintendent says the teachers union contract for her district has a provision that would cost the school all the concessions it negotiated if language believed to be against the law is removed. Two years ago, before Deb Wahlstrom took over as superintendent of Mount Clemens Community Schools, she said she was aware of issues in the union contract. Specifically, the union contract includes provisions that the board would not authorize any public school academies (charter public schools) and would implement an affirmative action program in the recruitment, hiring and retention of "multi-ethnic teachers." The full...
  • More Moms Staying Home, Reversing Decadeslong Decline

    04/08/2014 10:04:18 AM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 47 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4/8/2014 | Laura Meckler
    After decades of decline, the share of mothers who stay home with their children has steadily risen over the last several years, a new report has found. In 2012, 29% of all mothers with children under age 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999 when 23% of mothers were stay-at-home, the Pew Research Center reported Tuesday. The share of stay-at-home moms had been dropping since 1967, when about half of all moms stayed home. [... snip ...]
  • Can you say “busing” boys and girls?

    04/08/2014 9:00:30 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/8/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Will this lead to busing so liberals can feel good about themselves? A new report from the UCLA Civil Rights Project has named New York’s schools the most segregated in America. Other deep blue Democrat controlled states like Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and New Jersey were cited just behind New York for maintaining the most segregated schools in the nation. While the absence of both Detroit and Washington DC from the top of this list makes its conclusions suspect, the fact remains: New York and the rest of these Oh so Blue states are very segregated. In the latest period for...
  • College Spending Results Questioned: More money doesn't yield better results

    04/08/2014 7:22:18 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/7/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    In praising Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed $80 million increase in aid to public universities, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman said: "States that do not invest in higher education will not win in the 21st century" and spending more "is investing in job growth." There is little evidence to back up these statements. No matter how you look at the data, states that spend more on higher education do not have more college graduates or better economic results. Comparing states by graduate population and economic growth yields no correlation. Additionally, a 2007 study by Richard Vedder, a professor at...
  • More Problems with Teacher Contract

    04/07/2014 1:01:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/4/2014 | Audrey Spalding
    The Ferndale school district's collective bargaining agreement made headlines recently because it gives preference to applicants of "the non-Christian faith." Under media scrutiny, Ferndale officials said they "somehow missed" the discriminatory language. Fortunately, they have now removed it. But large portions of Ferndale's contract still appear to be in violation of other state laws. Ferndale is one of an estimated 60 percent of Michigan districts that have worked to preserve collective bargaining language that is prohibited by state law. A series of recent reforms were passed in an attempt to make it easier for district officials to retain and reward...
  • NM:Legal Immigrants Have Same Right to Concealed Carry Permit as Citizens

    04/07/2014 8:53:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 31 March, the U.S. District Court for New Mexico ruled that legal immigrants have the same right to obtain a concealed carry permit as citizens.   The equal protection clause mandates that legally residing residents be treated the same under the law.  From Jurist.org: BELLEVUE, WA – The chief U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico today granted a permanent injunction against the State of New Mexico’s “citizens only” concealed carry law that unfairly discriminated against permanent legal resident aliens in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation. The Second Amendment Foundation backed the lawsuit  From the Washington...
  • District Disputes Union President's Claim About School Funding Cuts

    04/07/2014 8:43:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/5/2014 | Tom Gantert
    The Wayne County school district that the president of the Michigan Education Association highlighted as losing $40 million under Gov. Rick Snyder's watch has actually had its funding increase. In a column for The Detroit News, MEA President Steve Cook wrote: "Take the Wayne-Westland school district, which has lost $40,465,325 during Snyder's tenure." He went on to complain about what he claims are cuts to education and about corporations. But it is unclear where he got his numbers, said Jenny Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Wayne-Westland Community School District. "According to Deputy Superintendent/Administrative and Business Services Jim Larson-Shidler, the figure...
  • Our Trip to Washington DC

    04/06/2014 3:46:06 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 38 replies
    self | April 6, 2014 | Art in Idaho
    Was fantastic! It was very humbling in lots of respects but awe inspiring. Was first trip for me, second for my wife. Saw as much as we could in one week so thought I would share the highlights. Saw the Smithsonian Museum of American History on the first day. An absolute treasure trove of information and exhibits. American History Museum Welcome Video plus American History Museum interior photos plus The Star Spangled Banner. Then to The National Cathedral. A truly awesome sight plus a memorable service. Then had brunch with our nephew at Ted’s Bulletin. A fun place. The Holocaust...
  • Teach Common Sense not Common Core

    04/05/2014 8:53:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/5/2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    “Common Core will be raising good little socialists, who are in tune with their feelings, not so much their critical thinking skills.” - Author unknown I have seen many educational fads come and go, trying to replace teaching methodology in our public schools with something so revolutionary and never tried before that would make teaching a “science” instead of an art and to place all children into a national standardized one mold fits all in spite of the human variability in intelligence, talent, aptitude, ability, and the desire to learn. All these fads were driven by the Department of Education’s...
  • !!CONTROLAR!! Why Democrats Fight English & Assimilation

    04/05/2014 8:00:26 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 1 replies
    Dignitas News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Paul Winters
    The left wing blogosphere, for the second time this year, was basking in its self-righteousness last week upon the announcement that Hempstead, TX Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was facing termination as a result of her policy that English only be spoken on campus. While congratulating themselves on their benevolent commitment to “diversity” they were given the daily double bonus of being able to point out yet another example of conservative intolerance & racism. The new media was filled with articles and comments, provoked of course by on-site comments by various civil rights organizations and left wing administrators within the...
  • Catholic school leader: Common Core ‘has a very utilitarian twist on education’

    04/05/2014 5:48:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    EAG News ^ | 4/4/2014 | Kelly Conroy
    The Cardinal Newman Society continues to be a prominent voice in the national debate about Common Core State Standards and its impact on Catholic schools, as evidenced in a recent report by Our Sunday Visitor. “We need to start with the basis of our Catholic faith and then build our curriculum around that,” said Bob Laird, director of programs for The Cardinal Newman Society. “The mission of the Common Core is dramatically different than the mission of Catholic education.”In December, The Cardinal Newman Society issued a statement on the Common Core and launched CatholicIsOurCore.org to help families, educators and Church...
  • Video Report: Teachers Hope Their Win Against Union Emboldens Others

    04/04/2014 10:51:01 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/3/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Teachers Miriam Chanski and Ray Arthur say they hope their victory in getting out of the Michigan Education Association will embolden the 8,000 other teachers who have chosen not to pay union dues this year. Chanski and Arthur filed unfair labor practice complaints against the MEA when the union failed to honor their right not to pay dues or fees under Michigan's right-to-work law. The union claimed the teachers failed to give notice in August as required by union bylaws and because of forms they signed when they were hired as teachers. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation represented Arthur and...
  • Get ready for the destruction of college football by organized labor

    04/04/2014 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 60 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/4/14 | Doug Book
    Last year, twenty one year old Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter decided he could “…revolutionize the way collegiate athletes are treated” by forming the first players union in NCAA athletics. A union…”would put the athletes in a position to bargain, to demand things that college athletes have never had before — like stipends, continuing medical coverage after graduation, more concussion testing and even a portion of the profits of the multi-billion dollar windfall created by college football and basketball,” writes CNN reporter Sara Ganim of the benefits players might realize. (1) On March 26th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...
  • Justice Antonin Scalia Remembers When Toting a Rifle in New York was a Non-event

    04/02/2014 7:20:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Back before the big gun blogs existed, back before President Obama was elected, the AP ran a news article that showed how much the culture has been conditioned to fear firearms: "I grew up at a time when people were not afraid of people with firearms," said Scalia, noting that as a youth in New York City he was part of a rifle team at the military school he attended. "I used to travel on the subway from Queens to Manhattan with a rifle," he said. "Could you imagine doing that today in New York City?" I have heard...
  • California's Brownshirt Anti-Semitism Comes to Vassar

    04/02/2014 8:46:04 AM PDT · by Trafalgar123 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2014 | Stella Paul
    California is the lifestyle incubator of the nation. And now the trendy anti-Semitic thuggery that debuted at California’s public universities has metastasized across America, all the way to the elite halls of Vassar. Before we discuss the fashionable pogrom that just took place on the Vassar campus where Jackie Kennedy once strolled in pearls, let’s look back at May 7, 2002. On that day, Professor Laurie Zoloth, Director of the Jewish Studies program at San Francisco State University, attended a “Peace in the Middle East” campus rally, where they prayed for peace in Israel. Wrote Zoloth: “As soon as the...
  • The College Education Scam

    04/01/2014 8:32:34 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 21 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 1, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    For the last few decades, students have been fed a whopping lie. This falsehood is that you'll need a college education to succeed in the marketplace and have a successful job or career. To that end, enrollment has skyrocketed, and along with that surge has been the increase of price of going to college. To pay for college, students take out student loans and go massively into debt. The sad fact is that after graduation, they find themselves with a normally worthless degree and tens of thousands in the hole. They've fallen prey to the college education scam. From 1985...
  • The Bible: From Standpoint to Application (PODCAST)

    04/01/2014 5:55:52 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    MakingSense.Podbean ^ | April 1, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    As you come to this program, you reside within a certain frame of mind. Your outlook, experience, and analysis of life has, along with what has influenced you over the course of your lifetime, shaped your frame of mind. But what if you are confronted with the concept of God? How do you respond? What constitutes each response, and if you accept him, what can come in applying His word to your life? Find out this and much more as you listen to this edition of “Making Sense with Rob Case.”
  • Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them?

    04/01/2014 8:51:27 AM PDT · by jxb7076 · 79 replies
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    Nostalgia, The Good Old Days – Who Needs Them? America needs a visionary for the future! During the past, and recent presidential election we hear the all too familiar suggestion of “returning to the good old days.” Every candidate talk about returning America to a sense of values. I don’t know about you but each time I hear, or heard that suggestion I get a little queasy in the stomach accompanied by a little bewilderment, confusion, and absolute disgust! Whenever I hear the suggestion I often wonder exactly what period in time they want to take us back to! Could...
  • Wisconsin Carry Promotes Second Amendment Door to Door

    04/01/2014 5:26:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a brilliant bit of second amendment promotion, members of Wisconsin Carry went door to door in a bad part of Milwaukee, offering free training required to obtain the Wisconsin concealed carry license.  The south side of town does not have a good reputation, and it has a high crime rate.   Milwaukee has 10 percent of Wisconsin residents and 60 percent of Wisconsin murders. Wisconsin Carry has been giving free classes so that people can obtain the Wisconsin permit since 2009.   The Wisconsin shall issue law went into effect in November of 2011.  Wisconsin exceeded 200,000 permit holders in...
  • Climate at Bartram High raises concerns about safety, education

    03/31/2014 6:07:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    PHILLY ^ | March 31, 2014, | Kristen A. Graham and Dylan Purcell
    When Alphonso Stevenson was knocked unconscious by a student at Bartram High recently, staffers were shocked by the assault on the tall, genial man whose job was to keep the school calm. But many were not surprised. The school, by many accounts, can be a frightening place, where fights and drug use are common and large groups of students often roam the hallways. "I had a better chance in Vietnam," said longtime social studies teacher Stephen Pfeiffer, an Army veteran. "Here, you lock your door and pray no one comes in." Rudy Helton, the building engineer, has been busy replacing...
  • "Homophobia"? Really?

    03/31/2014 5:29:46 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 20 replies
    Renew America ^ | March 31, 2014 | Gina Miller
    Listen to an audio version of this column Words and their meanings matter (yes, I know: "Duh, Gina!"). The Left also knows this and has spent decades hijacking, redefining and creating words to cloak the truth of their anti-Christian, anti-American, freedom-robbing agenda. One of the areas in which we see this quite clearly is the radical homosexual movement. The big, little word they have hijacked is "gay." Gay has nothing to do with homosexuality. It means "cheerful," and I can think of few words that more poorly describe the militant homosexual activist than "cheerful." One only needs to be on...
  • University to teach students ‘How To Be A Lesbian in 10 Days or Less’ during seminar

    03/31/2014 12:32:50 PM PDT · by massmike · 94 replies
    campusreform.org ^ | 03/31/2014 | Laurena Cooley
    An upcoming LGBTQ seminar at the University of South Carolina Upstate (USCU) will teach students How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less and will focus on LGBTQ cultural mores. According to the school’s website, theater artist Leigh Hendrix will perform her one-woman show, How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less, to kick off the sixth Bodies of Knowledge Symposium and Conference. The show is a one-hour performance that follows Butchy McDyke, a motivational speaker and expert lesbian, as she “deftly guides her captive audience in an exploration of self-discovery and first love, coming out,...
  • Parents empowered while fighting against Common Core in public schools

    03/31/2014 7:52:41 AM PDT · by usalady · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | March 30, 2014 | Martha
    Common Core indoctrination has become an issue in coming elections as parents target politicians who support the Federal government imposed program on school districts.
  • Union Teacher Contract Has Illegal Racial Preferences Provision

    03/31/2014 6:19:02 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/28/2014 | Tom Gantert
    A Macomb County public school superintendent says the teachers union contract for her district has a provision that would cost the school all the concessions it negotiated if language believed to be against the law is removed. Two years ago, before Deb Wahlstrom took over as superintendent of Mount Clemens Community Schools, she said she was aware of issues in the union contract. Specifically, the union contract includes provisions that the board would not authorize any public school academies (charter public schools) and would implement an affirmative action program in the recruitment, hiring and retention of "multi-ethnic teachers." The full...
  • Is College A Waste Of Time And Money?

    03/30/2014 6:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/29/2014 | Michael Snyder
    Are you thinking of going to college? If so, please consider that decision very carefully. You probably have lots of people telling you that an "education" is the key to your future and that you will never be able to get a "good job" unless you go to college. And it is true that those that go to college do earn more on average than those that do not. However, there is also a downside. At most U.S. colleges, the quality of the education that you will receive is a joke, the goal of most colleges is to extract as...