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  • North of the Tweed and South of the Potomac

    01/19/2017 5:16:12 AM PST · by Davy Buck · 7 replies
    Emerging Civil War ^ | 1/19/2016 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    North of the River Tweed, on the border with England, lies the hauntingly beautiful land of Scotland. A land inhabited by a hardy breed of Celts whose history is rich with romantic stories of bravery and heroic struggles for freedom—a land so full of legends and myths, it’s sometimes difficult to separate true history from the romanticized version. During the 13th and 14th centuries, the Scots fought two bloody wars with their neighbor to the South, England, in Scotland’s struggle for independence. In recent years there has been a renewed interest about Scottish history, thanks in large measure to Mel...
  • Teacher says he won't show Trump inaugural address to students

    01/18/2017 3:05:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    KIDY-TV ^ | January 18, 2017 | R. J. Wolcott, Lansing State Journal , WZZM
    WILLIAMSTON, MICH. - A Williamston teacher’s decision not to show President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration speech to his students prompted strong reactions on social media after a letter to parents was shared by Williamston graduate and current syndicated radio host Steve Gruber. On his website, Gruber, who also has two children in the school district, posted an email sent to parents Monday by Brett Meteyer, a fourth-grade teacher at Williamston’s Explorer Elementary School. Gruber said he received a copy of the email from another parent in the district. In the email, Meteyer explained that the President-elect's comments during the election about...
  • Obama's Legacy

    01/17/2017 7:44:43 PM PST · by Art in Idaho · 33 replies
    January 16, 2017 | self
    This list was sent to me. I thought the list and the timing were such I had to share with my fellow FReepers: 1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint. 2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner. 3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in. 4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States. 5. First President to violate the War Powers Act. 6. First President to be held in contempt of...
  • Truth Optional When Teachers Union Defends Its Turf

    01/17/2017 8:11:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/13/2017 | Tom Gantert
    For the past several years, the state’s largest teachers union has engaged in an ongoing public relations campaign that has distorted facts and promoted inaccuracies about Michigan’s public school system. Michigan Capitol Confidential has documented many of the inaccuracies over the past five years. The most dramatic case of the union’s not telling the truth was its claim that Gov. Rick Snyder had cut $1 billion from school budgets. In a 2013 Facebook post, MEA President Steve Cook wrote, “Shortly after taking office, one of Snyder’s bold initiatives to ‘reinvent Michigan’ was to cut over $1 billion from the education...
  • Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents

    01/15/2017 7:17:28 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 87 replies
    AP via CNBC ^ | 1-13-2017 | AP via CNBC
    Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you. With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles. The analysis being released Friday gives concrete details about a troubling generational divide that helps to explain much of the anxiety that defined the 2016 election. Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their home ownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher. The generational gap...
  • U-M Prof Hints Scholars Down On School Choice, But Twice As Many Optimistic

    01/13/2017 1:45:34 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2017 | Derek Draplin
    A University of Michigan professor is being accused of mischaracterizing the results of a 2011 survey of scholars’ views on allowing students a choice in education through private school vouchers or charter schools. Susan Dynarski, a professor of public policy, education and economics at Michigan, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. The headline: “Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don’t Buy It.” She wrote: “But economists are far less optimistic about what an unfettered market can achieve in education. Only a third of economists on the Chicago panel agreed that students would be better off if they all...
  • Under pressure not to march in inaugural parade, Talladega College needs our Support

    01/11/2017 8:00:37 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/11/17 | Herman Cain
    Courage The Talladega College Marching band needs our financial help, because they have been caught in the middle of the false anti-Trump crap. Talladega is a historically black college, and it was invited by the Inaugural Committee to participate in the upcoming Inaugural Parade. Should they do so? College President Billy Hawkins doesn’t even think it’s a difficult question.
  • Bill Introduced to Repeal Gun-Free School Zones Federal Law

    01/11/2017 4:42:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Representative Thomas Massie, (R) KY, has re-introduced a bill to repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990 and its amendments.  It was found unconstitutional in 1995 in U.S. v Lopez. Then it was passed again, slightly modified, under pressure of the President Bill Clinton and the establishment media in 1996. Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate Gun Free Zones, but he will need Congressional help for the GFSZA.  The bill is numbered HR 34 for the 2017-18 Congress. Progress on the bill can be seen at Representative Massie issued a press release on Thursday, January 5th....
  • Two International Entrepreneurs Start under New York’s International Innovators Visa Program

    01/10/2017 1:22:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    JD Supra Business Advisor ^ | January 9, 2017 | Sean Hanagan
    Understanding the scarcity of H-1B visas, early in 2016, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), launched the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) to build a pathway to help international entrepreneurs grow companies and create jobs in the United States, specifically in New York City. The program is now bearing fruit as its first two entrepreneurs are setting up their businesses within the CUNY incubator. Gabor Tankovics, a native of Hungary, will base his company, Dartboard, at LaGuardia Community College and Namisha Bahl from India will begin mentoring students at...
  • Cuomo: NY Can Show the Nation an Alternative to Trump

    01/09/2017 2:49:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 9, 2017 | David Klepper and Karen Matthews, The Associated Press
    New York state must stand as an alternative to Donald Trump, showing the nation that tolerance, progressive policies like a higher minimum wage and investments in education can create an economy that works for all, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Without mentioning the Republican president-elect by name, Cuomo, a Democrat, said it is up to New York to find a different way to address the middle-class angst that propelled Trump to the White House. His remarks came during a state of the state address at Manhattan's World Trade Center, the first of six addresses planned for locations around the state...
  • There is no Future in History

    01/07/2017 3:18:21 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/07/17 | Dr. Alexander Nussbaum
    A new dark ages is starting. Under the leadership of the left, western civilization and all its achievement, is dying and leaving the corpse for ISIS to infest Forty years ago I got a laugh when I explained why I was not continuing my graduate studies in history by saying “There is no future in history.” There also is no future for history as a field of study. While George Santayana famously wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, young people today know nothing about history. For my undergraduate students Ronald Reagan, George Washington and...
  • Illinoisan Here, I Have A Few Things I Want To Say Concerning The Events In Chicago

    01/07/2017 3:07:55 PM PST · by nodwam · 11 replies
    Hidden Americans ^ | 01/07/2017 | Richard Saunders
    Good morning/afternoon/evening/night centipedes. I wanted to share a story concerning the events that have taken place in Chicago, and my thoughts in general. I apologize in advance as this got quite lengthy, but I have been processing these thoughts for the better part of two days. I am a teacher from Illinois who works regularly with Special Education students. Today, one of our kids came in and was completely shut down- not responding to anything we said, absolutely isolated from everyone and everything around her. She stayed like this for most of first period, until another student asked her why...
  • Need help with some radiological facts [vanity, help]

    01/06/2017 8:51:18 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 27 replies
    01/06/2017 | self
    Hi, all. Long story short, I need some help from any FR science geeks or professionals out there. My resources are limited. Simply, there are two very diverse figures provided for the radioactivity of Potassium-40. One is the figure 0.0000071 Ci/g, best-sourced from this Fact Sheet from Argonne National Laboratory. Others are the approximately- corresponding figures of 818 pCi/g, 30 kBq/kg (800 pCi/g, or 810 pCi/g, depending on which converter you use) and 8.54E-10, one of which is cited in the National Research Council book, Evaluation of Guidelines for Exposures to Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials...the basis of...
  • That’s Right, You Stink, Go Home, Take Bath!

    01/06/2017 3:09:27 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/06/17 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I am glad that I am retired because today I would not last one day in the classroom. Everybody is offended by something daily and reality has been replaced by moral relativism Years ago, in the mid-80s, as a foreign instructor at a southern college, I was assigned two summer classes nobody else wanted to teach because of the un-PC nature of the course. Even though I was an American citizen, I was still considered a foreigner in the southern culture, and as such, who else better suited to teach a bunch of foreign graduate teaching assistants who had already...
  • Bullying Failed, So Teachers Union May Try Honey To Attract Dues Payments

    01/06/2017 9:54:31 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Four years after Michigan’s right-to-work law was passed, the state’s largest teachers union appears to be taking a different response to the fact that school employees no longer have to pay union dues or fees. The Michigan Education Association has significantly cut back the amount it spends on collection agencies sent after school employees who didn’t pay dues. It has also created a new high-paying position — a director of membership engagement — according to documents filed with the federal government. Attempts to engage school employees who can no longer be legally compelled to pay dues would make sense considering...
  • TX lawmaker hit by celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve (VIDEO)

    01/05/2017 12:54:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 23 replies ^ | Jan. 3, 2017 | Jennifer Cruz
    A state representative from Texas has considered introducing legislation aimed at celebratory gunfire after he was struck in the head by a bullet on New Year’s Eve. Armando “Mando” Martinez was ringing in the new year in Weslaco when, just before midnight, he kissed his wife then felt a pain in his head that he said felt like he had been hit with a sledgehammer. As it turned out, Martinez was struck in the head by a stray .223-caliber bullet, and according to Sgt. J.P. Rodriguez with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, they believe the bullet likely came from a...
  • Teachers Union Membership Down 20 Percent, But Executive's Pay up $61,000

    01/05/2017 11:46:45 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/3/2016 | Derek Draplin
    A top official at the state’s largest teachers union has received another substantial raise, his second in three years. Despite plunging membership at the Michigan Education Association, Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor was given a nearly $20,000 pay raise in 2016. Trainor’s salary was $171,206 in 2016, up from $151,675 in 2015 — a 12.8 percent raise, according to documents filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. Trainor took a 44 percent raise between 2013 and 2014, from $109,911 to $158,296. MEA Secretary-Treasurer Rick Trainor The union official is now collecting $61,295 more each year than he did in 2013. (The average...
  • Detroit Schools Implosion Stumps Parents – And City Makes It Worse

    01/05/2017 9:10:58 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 26 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/30/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Over the past 15 years, enrollment in the Detroit school district has imploded, falling from more than 100,000 students to just under 47,000. Without enough children to fill their classrooms, scores of public school buildings have been closed. The challenge this poses for parents was the focus of a recent story in the New York-based website Vice News. It featured a Detroit mother whose child’s school was shut down in 2013. The story was titled, “School choice gutted Detroit’s Public Schools.” The story tracks the impact of closing the Oakman Elementary/Orthopedic School. It reports that then-Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager...
  • For First Time Ever, Fewer Michigan Charter Schools

    01/03/2017 10:47:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/28/2016 | Tom Gantert
    The appointment of Betsy DeVos to be the U.S. secretary of education has triggered a rash of claims by charter school critics that the state’s charter school landscape is an unregulated free-for-all “Wild West.” This year, however, is the first time since the first Michigan charter school opened in 1993-94 that the number of charter schools in Michigan went down. School choice advocates attribute the reduction in part to the closure of 14 charters over the last three years for academic reasons. The state of Michigan is unable to identify a non-charter public school that has ever been closed due...
  • Manly men need to take on more girly jobs

    01/02/2017 2:54:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot | January 2, 2017 | Betsey Stevenson, Bloomberg
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  • Happy 2017 A interesting look at our insanity

    01/01/2017 9:02:54 AM PST · by Rustybucket · 14 replies
    1/1/2017 | Rustybucket
    The media and you, the disconnect we experience that confuses the speaker and dumbfounds the listener.
  • Nina Teicholz On U.S. Dietary Guidelines And LCHF Docs Under Attack

    12/30/2016 6:41:44 PM PST · by pa_dweller · 26 replies
    Livin la Vida low-carb show ^ | 2016 | Jimmy Moore
    Behind-the-scenes, so much is happening to help progress the science supporting a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet. One of the leading voices helping bring this about is investigative journalist Nina Teicholz, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, who came under fire in 2015 for her British Medical Journal article “The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?” This brought on a media firestorm with public pressure being applied to the BMJ to retract Nina’s column. A bright light of hope happened recently when the...
  • College in Canada? After Trump’s win, more in U.S. consider it

    12/30/2016 8:37:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Whittier Daily News ^ | December 30, 2016 | Collin Binkley, The Associated Press
    For some college-bound students distressed by the election of Donald Trump, Canada is calling. Colleges from Quebec to British Columbia say applications and website traffic from the United States have been surging since Trump’s victory Nov. 8. Although many Canadian schools had also ramped up recruiting in the U.S. recently, some say dismay over the presidential election has fueled a spike in interest beyond their expectations. Lara Godoff, a 17-year-old from Napa, California, said she scrapped any notion of staying in the U.S. the day after the election. Among other concerns, Godoff, a Democrat, said she fears Trump’s administration will...
  • College Advice

    12/29/2016 9:02:04 PM PST · by Tai_Chung · 136 replies
    My daughter is a senior in high school. She wants to major in Computer Science and minor in French She has mostly looked at small (<5,000 students) liberal arts schools. Can anyone recommend some conservative schools? ACT = 26 3.26 regular GPA 3.64 weighted GPA She is also interested in playing the cello in the orchestra.
  • In new statement, Drexel U. defends ‘white genocide’ prof’s right to ‘freely express’ his opinion

    12/29/2016 8:07:33 PM PST · by kevcol · 51 replies
    The College Fix ^ | December 29, 2016 | College Fix Staff
    In a new statement, Drexel University is more steadfast in its defense of Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s right to express his opinion — however demented it may be. On Christmas Eve, the admitted “actual communist” had tweeted “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.”
  • Professor behind 'white genocide' tweet says he has university support

    12/28/2016 3:34:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 27, 2016 | Ian Simpson
    A Drexel University professor, whose tweet that he wanted "white genocide" for Christmas sparked a firestorm of criticism from the school and social media, said on Tuesday that administrators supported his right to take part in political debate. George Ciccariello-Maher, a white associate professor of history and politics at the Philadelphia university, has said his Christmas Eve posting of "All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide" on Twitter was aimed at poking fun at white supremacists. He is an expert on Latin American social movements with about 10,000 Twitter followers. But his attempt at satire triggered a backlash from...
  • Latinx middle schooler speaks out about life after her classmates’ pro-Trump harassment went viral

    12/28/2016 3:14:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Fusion ^ | December 28, 2016 | Rafi Schwartz
    You may not recognize Josie Ramon’s face or even her name, but if you’ve been following the wave of anti-Latinx harassment that’s accompanied Donald Trump’s political rise, there’s a good chance you’ve caught a glimpse of what the Michigan tween’s life was like in the days following the 2016 Presidential election. Ramon, who is 12, was a student at Royal Oaks Middle School outside of Detroit during the final months of the presidential race. On November 9, just one day after Donald Trump was elected president, Ramon was sitting in the lunchroom at school when a group of students began...
  • Mom brings awareness to pediatric organ donation

    12/27/2016 11:28:45 PM PST · by AzNASCARfan · 7 replies
    TV3 ( ^ | Dec 27, 2016 8:20 AM | Loraine Scheuring 3TV | Phoenix Breaking News, Weather, SportThe above link should be embedded video, preview does not show that, click the link, it is a short 3 minute tv news segment video... Cases of a rare birth defect, called Gastroschisis, are on the rise, leaving medical experts baffled. One Valley mom, whose son Jaxson, is suffering has been documenting his journey in a blog called Jaxsons Got Guts. She hopes to bring awareness to this disorder, along with the painful topic of pediatric organ donation
  • U. of Wisconsin professor teaching “whiteness” class celebrated murder of five cops

    12/26/2016 9:26:43 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/26/16 | Tina Trent
    Professor D is keepin' it real in his sick mind Wisconsin State Representative Dave Murphy (R) drew national media attention this week by having a normal, ethical reaction to the sort of sick, hate-filled sewage that passes for education in America’s universities these days: Turning up the heat on the long-smoldering relationship between state lawmakers and the University of Wisconsin System, leading Republicans are threatening to pull any hope of more state funding unless a new course at UW-Madison called “The Problem of Whiteness” is canceled. . .
  • College student driven out of school for backing Trump; out of control hostility, harassment

    12/24/2016 4:51:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 24, 2016 | Blake Neff, DCNF
    A freshman student at Bryn Mawr College has dropped out after what she says was unbearable harassment from her fellow students for supporting President-elect Donald Trump. In September, shortly after starting at the Pennsylvania women’s school, Andi Moritz made a post on the Bryn Mawr’s ride-sharing Facebook page, asking if anybody wanted to accompany her during a Saturday spent campaigning for Trump.Moritz said she wanted another girl along to ensure her safety since she was carpooling with a man she didn’t know. The request turned out to be a big mistake, as Moritz was bombarded with hundreds of comments from...
  • Eloquent Words from a former life long liberal

    Lifelong Liberal Switches Sides After Trump Win
  • Trump’s Personality and IQ Evaluated by Psychotherapist

    12/22/2016 1:58:19 PM PST · by JimGlove · 64 replies
    The Steady Drip ^ | 11/09/2016 | Samuel Orrin Sewell
    Trump’s Personality and IQ Evaluatied by Psychotherapist by Samuel Orrin Sewell - Trump may be a genius, but personality is more important. The most well-known high IQ society is Mensa. To join Mensa one must score in the top 2% of a standardized IQ test. That really isn’t all that outstanding. One out of 50 people have IQs high enough to join Mensa. Numerical IQ scores are not an accurate indicator of intelligence. For instance a score of 72 on the U.S. Navy GCT test is about equal to score of 150 on the WAIS (Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.)...

    12/21/2016 8:23:11 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 15 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 12/21/16 | Bob Smith
    Every time a new president is elected, Notre Dame invites them to speak at their campus. They’ve been doing this since Eisenhower. Several presidents have spoken at Notre Dame. They even invited the most pro-abortion president in history: Barack Obama. And he used the platform to lie to Catholics. He promised to defend our religious liberties. What a joke! But now -- with Donald Trump -- they’re having second thoughts. Notre Dame President John Jenkins says they aren’t sure if they’ll invite Trump to speak on campus. Are you kidding me? Tell Notre Dame: Invite Trump for 2017 Commencement! So...
  • This History of Remington

    12/21/2016 7:34:39 AM PST · by w1n1 · 13 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 12/21/2016 | J Hines
    After a great dissatisfaction with the firearms on the market and convinced that he could make better guns, Eliphalet Remington II founded Remington in 1816. His decision had been made that year when his homemade gun was so highly admired at a shooting contest. After forging it himself, he had taken it to a gunsmith in Utica, New York to finish making it into an actual gun. The company actually started that very day with all the admirers placing orders with him to make their guns. Up to that time the available guns on the market were so bad that...
  • What Pisses Me Off About The Berlin Christmas Market Terrorist Attack

    12/20/2016 7:44:45 AM PST · by GraceG · 27 replies
    You Tube ^ | 12/20/2016 | Stefan Molyneux
    On December 19th, 2016, twelve people were killed and nearly fifty injured when a truck plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. In the latest example of a true war on the Christmas holiday and Christians everywhere, the Islamic State quickly claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack. The terrorist suspect has also been reported to be a refugee - one of well over a million refugees allowed into Germany by Angela Merkel through her disastrous open-border policy.
  • Reality Check: Special Snowflakes are Hilarious, Until They Aren't (Video)

    12/19/2016 8:12:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    MRC TV ^ | December 19, 2016 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Here at MRCTV, we're really enjoyed poking fun at just how ridiculous our college campuses have become. Because seriously, if you bring in kittens and coloring books to help adult college students deal with a presidential election, you deserve to be mocked and shamed. And as long as they keep crying, we’ll keep laughing. Unfortunately, there’s a much more serious side to this issue. This nation is running a very dangerous and very, very real chance of being handed over to a generation who thinks that the best way to handle your differences is to scream, whine and pout. It...
  • Detroit Schools Doesn’t Expect Academic Progress for a Decade

    12/19/2016 6:20:57 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/15/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    The head of the public school district in Detroit doesn’t expect academic progress for up to 10 years. It’s a good thing students in the city have other options. The district had to be bailed out by state taxpayers and recently its chief executive testified before legislators. The Detroit News noted the remarks from Alycia Meriweather, interim superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District: Meriweather said the Legislature’s debt relief for the school system has helped educators turn their attention back to improving academic achievement. But she warned it could be years before lawmakers see progress in test scores...
  • Inspiration for Americans Who Want To Reform Education

    12/15/2016 3:01:45 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 6 replies
    Vanity | Dec. 15, 2016 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One of the depressing things about trying to improve US education is that the great majority of the country seems to have given up. Mainly, you can credit the diabolical skills of our Education Establishment. They keep average citizens confused, divided, and overwhelmed by jargon and technical details. The people who should be our natural leaders -– doctors, lawyers, bankers, engineers, business executives-- probably are ashamed to admit they have no idea what anybody in education is talking about. Newspaper editors probably suffer from the same problem. So there is no deep coverage of education in this country, not at...
  • School Choice on the National Stage

    12/15/2016 9:49:36 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Ben DeGrow
    Last week’s announcement of Betsy DeVos as President-elect Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Education cheered school choice supporters. That’s because DeVos, a long-time advocate of school choice, will have a bully pulpit to highlight successful choice programs around the nation. In her own state of Michigan, an especially onerous constitutional provision prohibits voucher programs or tax credits that other states use to help children enroll in private schools. The DeVos family backed a 2000 statewide initiative to change the constitution to provide these options for some students trapped in failing public schools. But voters rejected the initiative....
  • Even With $500 Million Borrow-and-Spend, Detroit Schools Violates Building Codes

    12/15/2016 6:42:05 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/13/2016 | Tom Gantert
    More than a dozen Detroit public schools have been cited for health and safety violations despite receiving millions of borrowed taxpayer dollars to improve facilities. In 2009, Detroit voters agreed to impose a $500.5 million tax increase on property owners to improve Detroit Public Schools buildings. In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the city of Detroit confirmed that at least 14 schools violated property maintenance codes or zoning ordinances in 2015. The violations existed despite the district having spent millions of new bond debt to construct brand-new buildings or improve existing structures. In August, school officials...
  • Book Review: This Business of Exploring by Roy Chapman Andrews

    12/14/2016 6:00:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 December, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    This Business of Exploring, by Roy Chapman Andrews,1935 Putnam's Sons, 288 pages. I first read This Business of Exploring about fifty years ago, when I was attending high school in Hayward, Wisconsin.  The book is a classic and deserves far more attention than it now receives. Libraries are discarding older books for newer ones. My brother found the copy we both had read at a library book sale. He picked it up for a dollar or two. It is in an honored place in his collection. The book covers Roy Chapman Andrews explorations in central Asia and outer Mongolia...
  • Germany considers law to invalidate Muslim refugees’ underaged marriages

    12/12/2016 6:42:40 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | 09 December 2016
    The German government is preparing legislation to outlaw child marriage, an accepted practice among the country’s more than 1 million Muslim refugees. The proposed bill is likely to become law because it has the support of the Social Democrats and the Christian Democratic Union, which are the majority parties in the country’s ruling coalition. This legislation reflects a larger cultural clash between Western democratic values and those of traditional Muslims. Some Germans see their core beliefs coming under siege. These differences are leading to a rise in Islamophobia and acts of violence. According to a government report, hate crimes soared...
  • In Capitalism, even failures, rejects, and underachievers can succeed!

    12/11/2016 9:06:21 AM PST · by mainestategop · 7 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball & Kyle Weissman
    One of the reasons why free market capitalism is superior to socialistic government's such as those practiced in the USSR, China and Hitler's Germany is that even those who are not geniuses, who are underachievers have the ability to achieve success and prosper greatly! As long as the government stands out of the way, even a poor, uneducated, immature lad on the cusp of adulthood can manage success and achieve great things! Many of our greatest achievers in business, science, art, technology, cinema, music, religion, humanitarianism, medicine, even politics have been the sort of people we've been conditioned by government...
  • Group Says OSU Terrorist "Wrongly Shot" [semi-satire]

    12/10/2016 7:20:51 AM PST · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    The Ohio State University Coalition for Black Liberation held a rally to protest racist cops' shooting black men. One of the "wrongly shot" individuals was Abdul Razak Ali Artan who ran over some students with his automobile and went on a rampage stabbing others until he was shot by campus police. One of the rally's spokespersons, Maryam Abidi characterized the shooting as "a disproportionate response. Artan was only armed with a knife. There was no call for police to escalate to the use of firearms." Abidi called the claim that the shooting was necessary to save the lives of others...

    12/10/2016 5:52:05 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/16 | Jeff Crouere
    On our college campuses, today, politically correct professors and liberal proselytization is protected, while whistle-blowers and open debate are condemned Higher education in America is in crisis, not just because of spiraling tuition costs, but because of the toxic atmosphere on campuses. The disease of political correctness has taken root in our colleges and the causes being championed relate very little to the supposed education being offered on campuses.
  • Role of Education in America-Phobia

    12/10/2016 5:49:57 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/10/16 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Our future depends on who is going to win the war on our “borders, language, and culture,” on our sovereignty, the leftist America-phobes or the America-philes? “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” - Mark Twain Have God and fervent prayers saved America temporarily from the scourge of global communism by electing Donald Trump for president? It was the hand of God that acted through the voting population to elect Donald Trump but it is up to his chosen administration to implement his promises. If the President Elect is going to deliver a fraction of his campaign assurances,...
  • Public University Professors Demand “Sanctuary Campus” to Shield Illegal Aliens

    12/09/2016 11:01:55 PM PST · by kevcol · 54 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | December 6, 2016
    But the Florida professors are blazing the trail as the first faculty members to officially call for campus-wide sanctuary in the aftermath of the presidential election. They work at Florida International University (FIU), a public institution with 54,000 students, more than half of them Hispanic. One of the professors, Asia Eaton, teaches psychology and women’s and gender studies and the other, Jason Ritchie, anthropology. Dozens of other university staff members also signed the document making the sanctuary demand. It starts off like this: “Like many people in South Florida, we were caught off guard by the election.” It continues to...
  • Professor tells students: Trump’s election an ‘act of terrorism’ (VIDEO)

    12/08/2016 10:15:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The College Fix ^ | December 9, 2016 | Jeremy Beaman, University of Mobile
    An Orange Coast College psychology instructor lamented the election of Donald Trump to her human sexuality class recently, saying “we have been assaulted, it’s an act of terrorism,” according to a video of the comments posted on YouTube earlier this week. Olga Perez Stable Cox made her comments Nov. 15, the class’s first meeting after the election Nov. 8. It was recorded by an anonymous student and then published by the president of the community college’s College Republicans, Joshua Recalde-Martinez. “The whole thing came about because the election had occurred within the last week. She began the class with this,”...
  • France's Le Pen pledges no schooling for illegal migrants

    12/08/2016 9:02:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 8, 2016 | Guillaume Daudin and Adam Plowright, Agence France-Presse
    Paris (AFP) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed Thursday that the children of illegal immigrants should be refused public school places as part of tough proposals to restrict state services for foreigners. "I've got nothing against foreigners but I say to them: if you come to our country, don't expect that you will be taken care of, treated (by the health system) and that your children will be educated for free," Le Pen said. "That's finished now, it's the end of playtime," she told a conference in Paris in comments that provoked a storm of condemnation from the...
  • Your Holiness, I Don't Count Your Warmism as a Sin

    12/07/2016 3:47:51 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Freep | 12/7/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Your Holiness, You are qualified to make moral judgments, to say "how to go to heaven" rather than "how the heavens go". It seems to be the people you have allowed to insinuate themselves into your isolation, who are manipulating you into imagining you have a moral imperative, about matters beyond your competence to evaluate. It is good to say it's a 'sin' to spread fake news. It's a matter of subjective cuplpability -- your really don't know that you don't know. However, this isn't helping anyone to get to heaven.