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  • Thermal Camera Review: These Heat Seekers Reveal an Unseen World

    09/02/2015 8:54:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 1, 2015 | Jon Keegan
    Heat-vision cameras have been used widely in many industries for decades: Soldiers find targets through heat-vision rifle sights, police mount them on helicopters to search for people on the ground and contractors use the sensors to look for cold air seeping into homes. Now you can buy a simple smartphone attachment to reveal the widely varying temperatures of the people and things around you. Maybe you’re not up for hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger, like the heat-seeing alien hunter in the classic 1987 film “Predator.” There are many practical home uses for the latest thermal camera accessories from Flir and Seek, too:...
  • Poisoning Afghan Schoolgirls

    09/02/2015 5:46:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/02/15 | Arnoild Ahlert
    The victims of Obama's failure On Monday, as many as 126 teachers, schoolgirls and kindergartners were poisoned at the Habibul Mustafa School in Afghanistan’s western Herat province. Herat provincial hospital spokesman Muhammad Rafiq Sherzai revealed some of the victims were vomiting and some were unconscious when they were admitted, but that they were all in stable condition. “A health team has been sent to the area for investigations,” he added. Herat police spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi said police have initiated an investigation, but no arrests have been made at this point. And while no group has claimed responsibility for the...
  • Here’s the thing about “campus rape culture”…everyone is missing the point.

    09/01/2015 1:27:28 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    American Irony ^ | 9-1-15 | The Looking Spoon
    Mona Charen wrote a fantastic piece at The Federalist about the growing culture of campus rape. It would be, and has been, easy for liberals to thoughtlessly write it off as the continuation of a culture of "patriarchy" (here's a fun game of "get-yourself-called-sexist," ask them to actually define that term). Their solution to this has been to turn sex into almost literally a legal agreement at every base that gets rounded, thus giving some intrepid law student somewhere the idea to trail-blaze a whole new field of legal representation. ("Please back away from my client, those genitals are already under contract...
  • Teacher Left Union and Has No Regrets

    08/31/2015 11:19:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/29/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Rosemary Stawasz wasn't sure what Michigan's right-to-work law, enacted at the end of 2012, would mean for her. Stawasz, a special education teacher with the Van Buren Intermediate School District, worried about what would happen if she exercised her new right to not be forced to financially support the local teachers union. Under the previous law, paying union dues or fees was a condition of employment. Now, she had a choice. Educators can find out more about that choice at www.AugustOptOut.org. “I have had no problems at all," she said of the decision she made to leave the union. "The...
  • Nazi Booty - Is this Hitler's Shotgun?

    08/31/2015 6:09:03 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 18 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/31/2015 | L Collectables
    Towards the end of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, the soldiers of the 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne, are sent to Hitler’s “Eagles Nest” retreat in the Bavarian Alps. There, Nazi leaders had a getaway resort where they could enjoy an opulent lifestyle away from the public eye. As depicted in the miniseries, this is where the real boys of the 101st found a treasure trove of war souvenirs, and this is where the story of our shotgun – engraved with the initials A.H. – begins. The shotgun This style of shotgun, known as a Drilling, is uniquely German....
  • What is Hillary's Platform?

    08/30/2015 11:04:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    August 31, 2015 | Vanity
    I was trying to assemble Hillary's presidential platform off the top of my head. Expand open boarders Change religious beliefs Remove voting rules Free university education Abortion services Expand gun control Global warming laws Universal healthcare Women's rights Gay rights Black rights Illegal immigrant rights Minority rights [fill in taxpayer funded give-away] United Nations - global everything
  • The 4 scientifically named races of Humankind are: Negroid, Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and So.-Sea Island

    08/30/2015 6:21:38 AM PDT · by Reverend Saltine · 90 replies
    RightWingConservativeNews.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | RightWingConservativeNews.com
    The four scientifically named races of Humankind are: Negroid, Caucasoid, Mongoloid, and South-Sea Islander. Now—one cannot know from, say, a photo, if a person is “African-American.” I mean, like, wow—that could be hurtful and offensive to him; he might be a proud Caribe, Dominican, Hatian, Frenchman, Somali, Croatian, or even a space alien. If he’s “a dark skinned male,” as AP likes to say in its bold, racial benchmark statement about the most recent cop-killer, then others would likely term him as “African American.” HOWsome-ever, he may actually be a Mexican who’s not an American; or an American who’s from...
  • Protecting Detroit School Choice is Critical

    08/27/2015 11:03:54 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/25/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    This fall, legislators will likely consider a major proposal billed to improve public education in the city of Detroit. The proposal will contain two main components: a financial bailout for Detroit Public Schools and the centralization of all public schools in the city — both conventional and charter schools. It’s clear that DPS is in dire financial straits. The district is slowly being bankrupted by irresponsible pension costs and is projected to have an accumulated deficit of more than $300 million in 2016. In total, since the late 1990s, DPS has accumulated more than $1.6 billion in general obligation debt....
  • Myths and Exaggerations About Teacher Pay

    08/27/2015 8:45:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 28 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/24/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Rachel Brougham recently left her job as the assistant news editor of the Petoskey News-Review but continues to write for the daily newspaper. In her most recent column published Friday, Brougham celebrates public school teachers, but does so by repeating some common media myths and exaggerations about teacher compensation. Several statements in Brougham’s column deserve a closer look. Brougham: “Many starting salaries are barely $30,000.” It’s rare to find a teacher’s starting salary at “barely $30,000” in Michigan. At the Benton Harbor Area Schools, a starting teacher with a bachelor's degree gets $31,582. The Eau Claire school district located near...
  • Army veteran writes novel to break out of military action-adventure genre

    08/26/2015 7:22:40 AM PDT · by StAntKnee · 11 replies
    Vanity, no linking to personal sites or Amazon or Goodreads | August 26, 2015 | St Ant Knee
    The novel is Prison of the Soul about a teacher who gets fired from the public school system for manhandling a rape suspect on the campus, a kid he caught in the act. (Sound contemporary?) The only job he can get is teaching in a one-room school behind bars in the state's supermax for violent juvenile delinquents. More than the obvious hook, it's an exploration of that aspect of the human condition wherein we build our own prisons by self-imposed limitations and fears.
  • Teacher Union Has Lost 34,000 Members in Last 10 Years

    08/26/2015 7:11:04 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/23/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In 2005, the Michigan Education Association had 130,882 voting (active) members that were teachers and support professionals. According to recent disclosure documents, in 2015 the state's largest teachers union has 96,561 members, a decline of about 34,000 since 2005, or 26 percent. The numbers on the most recent MEA membership came from the Portage Education Association’s website which cites MEA Secretary Treasurer Rick Trainor as its source. The numbers significantly differ from the MEA’s federal report from the previous year. The MEA didn’t respond to an email seeking comment on its overall decline in membership. There are four main reasons...
  • Teacher Union Toys with Members Wanting Out, Demands Requests Go to 'Stealth' P.O. Box

    08/25/2015 1:20:40 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In an apparent effort to make it even more difficult or even stop school employees from exercising their right under right-to-work to not pay union dues or fees, the state’s largest teachers union has quietly set up an obscure post office box address to which members must send the required opt-out paperwork. It's P.O. Box 51 East Lansing, MI 48826. Based on a letter the Michigan Education Association sent to members who had tried to get out, and discussions with some of them, resignation requests sent to the regular union headquarters address will not be honored. An extensive search of...
  • Have Schools Faced 'Seemingly Permanent Funding Cuts'?

    08/25/2015 9:26:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/21/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The August edition of the Ann Arbor Observer periodical weighed in on the contract dispute between the Ann Arbor school district and its teachers. It wrote that the school board was “asserting the union’s contract has to change to reflect new state laws and seemingly permanent funding cuts. ...” Except, state revenue to the Ann Arbor school district increased a combined $23.5 million over the last four state budgets compared to the 2010-11 school year. Of that amount, $3.7 million would have been for educating a cumulative total of 408 extra students over those four years. The rest was from...
  • Pension Costs Eating Up Extra School Money

    08/24/2015 5:12:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/22/2015 | Tom Gantert
    In the four Michigan budgets approved by a Republican-controlled Legislature under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, revenues at the Dexter Community Schools have moved in line with many public school districts throughout the state: The Washtenaw County district gets more state dollars now than it did under Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s last budget in 2010-11, even though it now serves fewer students than four years ago. However, Dexter Community Schools Superintendent Chris Timmis says his district isn’t experiencing any real spending increase. Timmis calls the total of $1.8 million extra the district has collected from the state in those four years a...
  • KS: Universities to Educate about Concealed and Open Carry

    08/23/2015 5:21:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2012, Kansas reformed its concealed carry law.   People who were exercising their Second Amendment rights would no longer be excluded from public buildings, unless the building took active measures to insure that armed criminals would also be excluded.  Active measure included guards and metal detectors on entrances.  From kansan.com: The law would allow the University to secure the campus against guns by using metal detectors and guards, but it would cost more than $20 million to secure all 237 campus buildings, according to a 2013 report that the University gave to the Board of Regents. If the University...
  • UK graduates are wasting degrees in lower-skilled jobs

    08/19/2015 12:50:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2015 | Katie Allen
    Over-qualification has reached saturation point, meaning money invested in education is being wasted and young people are crippled by debt, report warns.Britain’s failure to create sufficient high-skilled jobs for its rising proportion of graduates means the money invested in education is being squandered, while young people are left crippled by student debts, warns a new report. The mismatch between the number of university leavers and the jobs appropriate to their skills has left the UK with more than half of its graduates in non-graduate jobs, one of the highest rates in Europe, according to research commissioned by the Chartered Institute...
  • Teacher Quits, Rips GOP ‘Goons’ — Who Gave Her District $5.3 Million Extra Despite Fewer Students

    08/18/2015 12:57:04 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 43 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/16/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A Michigan teacher is receiving national media attention for going public with her resignation, claiming that “Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican goons took over Michigan and declared war on teachers.” Plymouth-Canton teacher Stephanie Keiles penned her resignation “Why I Can No Longer Teach In Public Education,” which was picked up by MLive, The Washington Post and Huffington Post. She claims there has been a “chronic, purposeful underfunding of public schools” and that she barely scrapes by on a $63,000-plus salary. However, her district has received $5.3 million more in state funding spread over the last four budgets approved by...
  • Rural School Districts Hit Hard by ObamaCare Mandate

    08/18/2015 10:56:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    While many are familiar with the federal Affordable Care Act’s impact on small businesses, the law is also imposing hardships on public school districts. None more so than rural school districts, where low population densities and fewer insurance providers limit options for complying with the law’s employer health insurance mandate. Faced with crippling costs, rural schools are forced to consider ways to avoid the health insurance mandate. These options include privatization, payment of the ACA employer mandate penalties, and reduction of staff size and hours. Privatization is a hard option Privatizing non-core services is an increasingly popular way for school...
  • Left goes insane over video of cute white sorority girls having fun

    08/18/2015 9:26:01 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/18/15 | Dan Calabrese
    And gets it taken down . . . except for the fact that it's now everywhere (including here). Here’s a shocking piece of news for you: College sorority girls prance around, often in rather skimpy clothing, while engaging in generally mindless activities like, er . . . prancing around. They also put on makeup. They also shake their groove thangs and know perfectly well that you’re going to help yourself to a look. And if they want other girls to be interested in joining them, they know that the best way to make that happen is to show themselves, you...
  • The 2015 University of Alabama Alpha Pi sorority recruiting video...

    08/17/2015 2:29:16 PM PDT · by ken5050 · 39 replies
    This was mentioned over at HotAir. Seems that some people feel that it's well..wrong...somehow objectifies women. It's since been taken down from the sorority's website, but as well all know ( except Hillary) nothing is ever GONE from the net. But watch for yourself...linkee below
  • 5-year-old Blasts Political Correctness & Entitlement Mentality

    08/17/2015 12:24:23 PM PDT · by Patriot27591 · 12 replies
    CleanTV ^ | 8-17-15 | CleanTV
    5-year-old Talk Show host Melody Blasts Political Correctness & Entitlement Mentality on her show, "A Moment with Melody." Transcript: Today I want to talk about Political Correctness. It's very tricky because there is nothing correct about it. Political Correctness should really be called Political Incorrectness. It's really a way that one group of people Try to brainwash you to do something the bad way. And to make you feel bad if you try to go it a good way. Let me give you an example. You do lots of chores to earn money to go to the carnival. It's so...
  • Michigan Schools Receive Over $12,500 Per Student

    08/17/2015 11:07:43 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 16 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/14/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Though "schools are underfunded" is a popular belief, per-pupil funding in Michigan has increased substantially over the past 20 years. Even so, the current state budget includes a $500,000 line item for an “adequacy study" that could lead to even more school spending. The declared purpose of the study is to determine how much taxpayers must spend for public schools to educate students sufficiently well to meet state graduation requirements, presumably with no substantive changes to the status quo system. The study expenditure was authorized as part of a legislative deal last December to get Democratic legislators to support the...
  • Possible home of Mary Magdalene unearthed - CNN Video

    08/16/2015 1:09:36 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | August 15, 2015 | Erin McLaughlin
    CNN's Erin McLaughlin visits the ruins of an ancient village that might have been the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, and where Jesus might have preached.
  • Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Song

    08/14/2015 1:26:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11 March, 2015 | Funnin Gunnin
    This is a parody song about the Hillary Clinton email scandal. It is only one and a half minutes. I thought freepers would enjoy it. I did. Link to YouTube Hillary Clinton Email Scandal SongIt starts with this line: "Goodbye Hillary, Will you ever prove it all that you had your own email, or keep them for yourself?" The keeper line: "It seems to me that you lived your life like a scandal in the wind..."
  • State's Largest Teachers Union Fails to Disclose 30 Percent of Its Income

    08/13/2015 1:53:22 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, routinely submits financial reports to the federal government, as it is legally required to do. But the reports can leave outsiders wondering about the source of the roughly 30 percent of its income that is categorized under the heading of “All Other Receipts.” That’s the only description the Michigan Education Association provides to account for more than $30 million of its annual income. Specifically, on its 2014 LM-2 disclosure form, the MEA reported over $38 million in receipts from unspecified sources under the "All Other Receipts” heading. “This is something that...
  • The Myth of Teacher Poverty

    08/13/2015 11:04:39 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/12/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The average public school teacher’s salary in Michigan in 2014 was $62,169, according to the state Department of Education. The average salary in Michigan's private sector was $48,043 in 2014, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yet, a small but very vocal minority of teachers across the state have participated in a campaign to paint their profession as low-paid, and their compensation complaints have frequently been picked up by numerous media outlets. The stories have often uncritically repeated allegations that teachers are living on food stamps, make less than substitute teachers or need second jobs to pay their...
  • Happy Left Handers Day

    08/13/2015 10:32:43 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 53 replies
    Freep | 8/13/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     Diana Deutsch is a perceptual researcher who made discoveries about left-handedness and pitch perception. Her more important discovery is that people who grow up speaking tonal languages like Mandarin have a greater advantage in the pitch component of musicality. About left-handedness, her findings: 40% of the 10% of the population who are left handed, have a brain neurology that is just an opposite mirror of the 90% of right handers. 60% of left-handers, the people who have a higher proportion of perfect pitch, have “mixed hand preference”, in which they will switch off between hands for common tasks (switch hitters).  (My father broke his...
  • Obamacare Squeezes Public School Budgets

    08/13/2015 10:01:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/11/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has forced many public schools to cut employee hours or privatize noncore services. At issue is the ACA’s mandate that employers with 50 or more full-time workers provide health insurance to any who work 30 or more hours per week. The Baraga Area Schools in the western Upper Peninsula is among the many districts in Michigan that are feeling the effects of the law. Superintendent Jennifer Lynn says her district had employed more full-time support staff, but has been forced to cut hours due to the prohibitive cost of the ACA mandate. Baraga is...
  • How Unions, Districts Hold Back the Best Teachers

    08/13/2015 5:12:46 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/9/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Every year the teachers union local at the Birmingham school district requests nominations for its “Teacher of the Year” award. Yet the district itself did not designate a single one of its 624 teachers as “highly effective” in its 2013-14 staff evaluations, the most recent released by the state. Moreover, the Oakland County district does not offer merit pay to reward successful teachers, despite a state law that requires this. Ironically then, Birmingham teacher Rick Joseph was selected by the Michigan Department of Education as the state's 2015-16 teacher of the year. Joseph earned $88,770 in 2014-15, but not because...
  • No Accountability? 30 Percent of Detroit's Charter Schools Have Closed

    08/12/2015 9:59:14 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2015 | Tom Gantert
    A 1994 law introduced public charter schools to the state of Michigan. Since that time, about 30 percent of the charters that have opened their doors within the city of Detroit have been forced to close by their authorizers. Over that period, 72 of the taxpayer-funded schools — otherwise known as "public school academies" — have been authorized in the city, including a few overseen by the Detroit school district itself. Of these 72 schools, 22 were later closed due to financial, academic or enrollment issues. Unlike conventional public schools, charters have no semi-monopoly on educating children who live within...
  • Kids have three times too much homework, study finds; what's the cost?

    08/12/2015 9:35:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Kelly Wallace
    (CNN)—Nothing quite stresses out students and parents about the beginning of the school year as the return to homework, which for many households means nightly battles centered around completing after-school assignments. Now a new study may help explain some of that stress. The study, published Wednesday in The American Journal of Family Therapy, found students in the early elementary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much homework as is recommended. The standard, endorsed by the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association, is the so-called...
  • Most Michigan School Districts Privatize Services

    08/12/2015 5:59:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/8/2015 | Jonathan Moy
    The Lansing School District is considering privatizing custodial services. The Lansing State Journal first reported the development in mid-July, and July 29 was the deadline for service providers to submit bids. With almost 12,000 students, Lansing is one of the state’s largest school districts. In Michigan and around the country, privatizing custodial services has saved school districts money. For example, the rural Ludington school district saved $150,000, about $67 per student. Lansing’s neighbor, the Okemos Public Schools, saved $600,000 — or $150 per student. If it follows through, the Lansing district will join nearly 260 others across Michigan that have...
  • Teachers Making Over $80,000 Say They Need Second Jobs 'To Make Ends Meet'

    08/11/2015 9:41:40 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 82 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/11/2015 | Tom Gantert
    One schoolteacher who gets paid $87,349 annually, and another who gets $80,472, were highlighted in a recent Oakland Press article complaining that teachers had to get second jobs “to make ends meet.” The article was written by a third teacher, Julia Satterthwaite, who works at the Rochester Community Schools district and is described as a "summer intern” for the newspaper. The article featured one of the author’s colleagues, Karen Malsbury, who has been teaching for 14 years. Malsbury was quoted as saying, “There is little or no room for professional growth, little opportunity to increase your personal income, no step...
  • How to Defend Planned Parenthood (When There’s No Real Defense) [Homeschool logic lesson]

    08/09/2015 6:47:59 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Seton Magazine ^ | 8/7/15 | John Clark
    If you’re like me, you’ve come across some newspaper articles defending Planned Parenthood against the recent allegations of misdeeds.Before you use these to line the bottom of your bird cage, you might consider using them to teach your older children some lessons in logic. Or some lessons in fallacy, if you will. As you will see, some of these articles are riddled with fallacies.Here’s a quiz I assembled using actual statements from two such articles.The first is from The New York Times, entitled “The Campaign of Deception Against Planned Parenthood.” The second is from the Los Angeles Times, entitled “Undercover...
  • Combat Shotgun’s Identity Crisis

    08/07/2015 8:28:43 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 15 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 8/7/2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The shotgun is an iconic weapon most often associated with the pump-action badassery of action films and video games. While awesome in fiction, its use in the real world is limited to close combat and breaching doors, not to mention bird and deer hunting. Despite its drawbacks, a mystique surrounds the weapon, and soldiers as well as law enforcement officers still use them. The draw of the gun is so powerful that the Pentagon has spent several decades and millions of dollars to improve on the basic design. In the late 1960s, the military and private companies started tinkering with...
  • Revealed: Obama’s Secret Propaganda War Using Hollywood, Academia, and the Media

    08/05/2015 5:46:20 PM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 25 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | 08/05/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    “The purpose of propaganda is not the personal instruction of the individual, but rather to attract public attention to certain things, the importance of which can be brought home to the masses only by this means. Here the art of propaganda consists in putting a matter so clearly and forcibly before the minds of the people as to create a general conviction regarding the reality of a certain fact…it must appeal to the feelings of the public rather than to their reasoning power,” wrote Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf. Hitler continued, “The aim of propaganda is not to try to...
  • Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists

    08/05/2015 11:23:15 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 40 replies
    Wintery Knight ^ | 8/4/2015 | Wintery Knight
    Atheist Jerry Coyne explains why morality is impossible for atheists Let’s review what you need in your worldview in order to have a rationally grounded system of morality.You need 5 things:1) Objective moral valuesThere needs to be a way to distinguish what is good from what is bad. For example, the moral standard might specify that being kind to children is good, but torturing them for fun is bad. If the standard is purely subjective, then people could believe anything and each person would be justified in doing right in their own eyes. Even a “social contract” is just based...
  • Freedom - The Choice Over Unconstitutional Government and Tyranny

    08/05/2015 10:21:40 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 4 replies
    Essay ^ | 8/5/15 | Jim 0216
    Previously posted, but I think is worth re-posting every so often… The ONLY real, valid choice in life is freedom, especially when faced with tyranny. Freedom is at the heart of most issues these days even if many don’t realize it. Your run-of-the-mill politician and most candidates for 2016 election see no political future in freedom. Of course that makes sense since political freedom is the absence of government and government coercion. Individual freedom or liberty is tremendously valuable and easily lost and is being drowned out by the deafening drum beats and bull horns of the Leftist MSM, government...
  • Beware the Wacky Sexual Politics on Campus (video)

    08/05/2015 4:26:10 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | AUG 4, 2015 | BY CLAUDIA ANDERSON
    The Factual Feminist counsels students going off to college Here are hot tips to help (1) libertarian and conservative students, (2) idealistic liberal female students, and (3) idealistic liberal male students navigate the bizarre world of safe spaces, othering, microaggressions, trigger warnings, alarming victimization statistics, and all the other accoutrements of today’s gender studies without losing their cool.
  • Diversity in the MIT Department of Physics

    08/04/2015 5:25:17 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    The MIT Physics Department is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and student populations to improve our excellence and to better serve the society that supports our work. Like in many physics departments, white males are over-represented in our student and faculty populations. There are several reasons to pursue change, seeking to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities in our community: Broadening the talent pool increases the talent. At MIT we constantly strive for excellence in everything we do. Our level of excellence will be improved if we sample from the most inclusive population. Attracting more...
  • What is Our Alternative to Government Solutions?

    08/03/2015 5:24:56 PM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 13 replies
    Vanity ^ | 8/3/15 | jim 0216
    The ONLY real, valid alternative in life is freedom. Freedom is at the heart of most issues these days even if many don’t realize it. Your run-of-the-mill politician and most candidates for 2016 election see no political future in freedom. Of course that makes sense since political freedom is the absence of government and government coercion. Individual freedom or liberty is tremendously valuable and easily lost and is being drowned out by the deafening drum beats and bull horns of the Leftist MSM, government schools, government press corps, and politicians grasping for fame, fortune (your money) and power (at the...
  • We’re Making Life Too Hard for Millennials

    08/01/2015 6:13:17 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-31-2015 | Steven Rattner
    TO some, millennials — those urban-dwelling, ride-sharing indefatigable social networkers — are engaged, upbeat and open to change. To others, they are narcissistic, lazy and self-centered. ..... Earning Much Less, Despite More Education They are faced with a slow economy, high unemployment, stagnant wages and student loans that constrict their ability both to maintain a reasonable lifestyle and to save for the future. Longer term, rising federal debt payments and increased spending on Social Security and Medicare will inflict a tremendous financial burden on them, threatening their own prospect of receiving promised retirement benefits. To a considerable extent, that’s the...
  • Yowza! . . You Go Girl!!

    07/29/2015 1:04:26 PM PDT · by Art in Idaho · 30 replies
    One America News Network ^ | July 18, 2015 | Tomi Lahren
    This Lady has the Guts to say on the air what we’ve all known for some time!! Hooray for her!! Just Excellent! http://youtu.be/Y8Q0MMHwx4k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8Q0MMHwx4k
  • Revisiting Shelby Foote's Enduring Work

    07/29/2015 8:22:42 AM PDT · by Davy Buck · 25 replies
    Old Virginia Blog ^ | 7/28/2015 | Richard G. Williams, Jr.
    Foote's narrative is such a breath of fresh air when compared to much of the politically motivated and agenda driven Civil War history of recent years. That alone would make it bad enough but, in addition, much of what is being written is not only poor history, it is poor literature. (Foote remains of the few adults in a room of Civil War historians populated by juveniles.)
  • Justifying crime. Comments fit John Jay Ray's Monograph on Political Leftists

    07/27/2015 4:51:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    While doing some research on the Bouchard's store defense with an AR-15 clone, I came across a discussion on 4chan.org about the event.  The site is labelled as Politically Incorrect.  While most of the participants expressed various levels of approval of Mr. Murrar, who defended himself and his store, an anonymous poster typed this response: This man had no right to fire on these people. He turned a small time theft into murder. Why didn't he just run out the back door and let them do what they had to do? Fucking republicans. I hate this world so much....
  • Two Thirds of Texas Murders by Illegal Aliens?

    07/26/2015 6:50:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    From  pjmedia.com: PJ Media obtained a never-before-released copy of a Texas DPS report on human smuggling containing the numbers of crimes committed by aliens in Texas.   According to the analysis conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults. The precise number of homicides (presumably murders and non-negligent manslaughters) is listed as 2,993.  From the FBI UCR, Table 20, the murders and non-negligent manslaughters listed for Texas in those years are the following: 2008 1372, 2009  1325 2010  1246 2011 1089...
  • Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

    07/26/2015 4:31:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vanderbilt University Research ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Salisbury
    Experts gather at Vanderbilt to discuss the future of 3D printing with concrete.Every month or so an article comes out reporting that some new object has been made using 3D printing: Everything from jewelry to prosthetic devices to electronic circuit boards to assault rifles to automobiles has now been created in this fashion. The prospect that this revolutionary manufacturing method will have a major impact on how we construct the various concrete structures that dominate the modern built environment brought almost three dozen experts to the Vanderbilt University campus July 16-17 to identify the areas of research required to realize...
  • Fl: Open Carry Event on Tampa Pier

    07/24/2015 5:01:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    ADulay, a regular contributor to opencarry.org, wrote about the open carry event that was held in Tampa over the weekend.   From opencarry.org: For those of you who could not make this meeting, here's a very quick synopsis of what you missed. Just over 50 guys, all open carrying, showed up with fishing gear, donuts, coffee and a great attitude. No police anywhere near the place. Lots of civilian people fishing and no problems with that at all. Several questions from curious people and most, if not all were amazed at the laws in Florida. I can only assume that...
  • Dependence Day

    07/24/2015 4:35:14 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 7-23-2015 | Richard Fernandez
    This argument between Ted Cruz and Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin over the Iran deal is an interesting contrast in logical styles. Cruz reasons the deal is bad because it gives Tehran $100 billion that it will use to continue its war against America. By contrast, Benjamin says that since Obama and all the right thinking people think the deal is good then it must be. How can you, Ted Cruz, think differently from all these super-smart people? The debate reflects the age-old conflict between an argument from reason and an argument from authority. It’s a real contest because while Western...
  • How Private Schools Can Help When Other Schools Have Failed

    07/23/2015 8:18:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/19/2015 | Audrey Spalding
    It's easy to understand how Liz Roe, a mother sending her daughter to Utica Community Schools, became so frustrated. Liz had seen her daughter, Mia, struggle with reading since kindergarten. "My brother had dyslexia," Liz said, "So, I kind of recognized the flipping of words and numbers." But despite repeated requests, Liz says Utica schools failed to give Mia the services she needed to excel in the classroom. Throughout her first few years in elementary school, school officials made Mia feel despondent. In first grade, her teacher told Mia's family that she was "hopeless." In third grade, when Mia asked...