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  • Public university tells professors not to grade on merit

    10/18/2019 7:55:12 AM PDT · by Midwesterner53 · 33 replies ^ | 10/18/19 | Connor Ellington
    (Same university that taught professors how they prop up white supremacy) Faculty workshops designed to persuade teachers not to grade based upon merit are popping up at universities from Washington, D.C. to the potato capital of the world. Idaho’s Boise State University is hosting an event next week entitled “Inclusive Teaching Means Inclusive Grading, Too.” It’s listed as part of the BUILD certificate program, or Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity. The program’s stated purpose is to help participants gain knowledge of, demonstrate commitment to, and become a campus leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

    10/10/2019 9:06:50 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 32 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | October 10, 2019 | Mike Patrick
    Add white to North Idaho’s fall colors. And don’t blame those beautiful leaves for shivering when there’s no wind. Wednesday’s high in Coeur d’Alene was only 39. Lows in the lower 20s were forecast for this morning. Better get used to it, said Press Climatologist Cliff Harris, who in 2014 predicted — in print, no less — that 2019-2020 could see record snows. “This has led to the earliest winter we’ve ever seen,” he said Wednesday after dusting off from Cd’A’s second snowfall in less than two weeks. “We had icicles on our house at 10 a.m. today,” Harris lamented....
  • Birth to Total Information Awareness

    10/10/2019 6:48:38 AM PDT · by Twotone · 1 replies
    Inland NW Report ^ | September 2019 | Vicky Davis
    On September 24, 2019, there was a public meeting being hosted by the Public Health division of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to receive comments on the issue of changing sex on Certificates of Live Birth – changing history as it were. In April of 2017, a case was filed (1:17-cv-00170-CWD) in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho against the Idaho Department of Public Affairs, the Administrator of the Division of Public Health and the State Registrar and Chief of the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics asking for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief...
  • Thousands of People Line the Streets in Over 1600 Cities to Tell Americans “Abortion Kills Children”

    10/07/2019 2:01:50 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 7, 2019 | Micaiah Bilger
    Thousands of pro-lifers stood outside in all kinds of weather Sunday to pray for unborn babies and their mothers. People gathered in about 1,600 communities in the United States and Canada for the annual Life Chain, according to organizers. The event brings pro-lifers together in their local communities to pray for an end to abortion and peacefully witness to the truth about life in the womb. In West Reading, Pennsylvania, about 75 people stood on the sidewalks in the rain, holding signs encouraging mothers to choose life, the Reading Eagle reports. “We got rained on quite well but people stayed...

    09/30/2019 9:58:38 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 43 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | 9/29/19 | Associated Press
    Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow that caused hazardous travel conditions and scattered power outages. Winter storm warnings were posted for parts of western Montana, northern Idaho and northeast Washington. Snow also was forecast for areas in Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and California. The brunt of the storm hit Montana where up to 2 feet (61 centimeters) of snow fell Saturday in the mountains and a record 14 inches (35.5 centimeters) fell in Great Falls with snow still falling Sunday. Montana...
  • Supreme Court allows Trump asylum restrictions to take effect, ending 9th Circuit injunctions

    09/11/2019 5:20:12 PM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 11, 2019 | Gregg Re, Bill Mears
    n a major win for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court issued an order late Wednesday ending all injunctions that had blocked the White House's ban on asylum for anyone trying to enter the U.S. by traveling through a third country, such as Mexico, without seeking protection there. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals – long a liberal bastion that has been aggressively reshaped into a more moderate court by the Trump administration – handed the White House a partial victory in the case on Monday by ending the nationwide injunction. But the 9th Circuit kept the injunction alive within...
  • Why Illinois can't balance its budget

    09/11/2019 9:34:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 6/20/2019 | Austin Berg
    Republicans and Democrats sang the same song at the Statehouse after rapidly passing the largest budget in state history: "It's balanced." Unfortunately, watchdogs couldn't offer much dissent in the moment. Lawmakers passed the 1,581-page document over the course of one weekend. In the absence of independent analysis, which takes more than a couple days to complete on a $40 billion spending plan, political rhetoric was rampant. It was all eerily familiar. In 2018, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle claimed they had balanced the budget. But Illinois Policy Institute analysis had it out of whack by up to...
  • Never Forget to Pass Along Key Lessons

    09/11/2019 7:44:01 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 6 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | September 11, 2019
    Where were you at 5:46 a.m. 18 years ago today? And at 6:03 a.m. that day, what, exactly, were you doing? Most of you reading this will be able to answer those questions without hesitation. At 5:46 a.m. Pacific Time on 9/11/01, five hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the northern side of 1 WTC — the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Then, 17 minutes later, five hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into the southern side of 2 WTC. You remember these things because they register as one of the greatest tragedies...
  • Ballot Initiative Would Raise Taxes on Wealthy, Corporations

    09/06/2019 1:40:48 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 17 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | September 05, 2019 | Associated Press
    A group that got Medicaid expansion on the Idaho ballot last year says it has started another initiative to raise money for public schools by increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Reclaim Idaho on Wednesday announced the initiative proposal to raise taxes by 3% on individuals making more than $250,000 or married couples making more than $500,000. The plan would also raise corporate tax rates from 7.4% to 8%, the same as from 1987 to 2000. Reclaim Idaho says that will raise $170 million for K-12 public schools while reducing the need for school levies through property tax overrides....
  • Fence-Jumper Arrested Inside Jail Yard While Walking Home (Idaho)

    08/29/2019 9:11:21 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 16 replies
    Coeur d'Alene Press ^ | August 28, 2019 | Ralph Bartholdt
    Justin Clifton just wanted to get home without causing a stir. A beeline seemed like the best route. The 34-year-old Hayden, Idaho man was arrested early Saturday inside the secure perimeter of the Kootenai County jail and charged with criminal trespassing. He’ll be arraigned next month. Clifton’s misdemeanor arraignment will be at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16 before First District Magistrate Judge Robert Caldwell in Coeur d’Alene. Clifton wanted to make it home safely Saturday evening after having a few beers at the North Idaho State Fair and Rodeo. Instead of driving, he walked north across the fair parking lot until...
  • Idaho must provide sex reassignment surgery for trans inmate, Ninth circuit court rules

    08/26/2019 6:03:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/26/2019 | By Tim Fitzsimons
    Depriving a transgender inmate with severe gender dysphoria of sex reassignment surgery is a form of “cruel and unusual punishment,” a federal appeals court ruled Friday, affirming a lower court ruling. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state of Idaho to provide the surgery for trans inmate Adree Edmo. The ruling is the first time an appeals court has ordered a state to provide gender-affirming surgery to a prisoner, and the decision is at odds with a ruling issued earlier this year by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Idaho's Republican governor, Brad Little, vowed to...
  • Idaho pilot becomes first woman to fly F-35 jet for Marine Corps

    08/16/2019 9:03:33 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/19 | Stephen Sorace
    A commercial helicopter pilot from Idaho has become the first woman in the Marine Corps to fly an F-35 fighter jet, a supersonic stealth aircraft. Marine Capt. Anneliese Satz, a 29-year-old Boise native, completed her training program this past June at South Carolina’s Air Station Beaufort, the Marine Corps announced last week. Satz’s training lasted four years, taking her to bases in Florida, Texas and Mississippi. “The first flight in an F-35 is by yourself,” Satz said. "The syllabus thoroughly prepares you for that first time you take off and for every flight after that, it’s an exhilarating experience." Now,...
  • New Idaho Law Expands Permitless Carry in Gun-Friendly Gem State

    07/10/2019 9:54:08 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies ^ | 7/6/2019 | staff
    Idaho Republican Gov. Brad Little recently signed House Bill 206 into law, expanding the state’s permitless carry law. The measure will allow law-abiding gun owners ages 18 to 21 to carry their legally owned handguns within city limits in the state without a permit. Previously, the law stipulated that only gun owners ages 21 and over were allowed to carry their handguns in city limits without a permit. While gun owners ages 18 to 21 were previously allowed to carry their firearms outside city limits without a permit, the new law standardizes permitless carry for all legal adults and is...

    06/25/2019 9:24:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Our current state of counterterrorism is such that Robert Spencer, Steven Emerson, Patrick Poole, Dave Reaboi, John Rossomando, Stephen Coughlin, or Philip Haney would be extremely unlikely to be invited as experts on terrorism. The wife of the Ground Zero Mosque Imam though? Sure. Come on down and tell us that ISIS supporters don't understand Islam. ... why is the defense bringing in Khan to testify as to whether an ISIS supporter properly understands Islam? Is this really about helping the defendant or about allowing Khan to promote a particular narrative?
  • Number Of Refugees Resettled In Idaho Has Declined By Half Since 2016

    06/25/2019 8:46:51 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    Boise State Public Radio ^ | June 21, 2019 | Rachel Cohen
    A new report from the International Rescue Committee, a global non-profit organization, finds that the number of refugees entering the country is at an "historic low." This is also the case for states like Idaho, where the number of refugees resettled each month is about half of what it was in 2016, according to the International Rescue Committee. In the 2016 fiscal year, Idaho resettled an average of 67 refugees each month. So far this year, the average is 33 per month. Zeze Rwasama, the director of the Refugee Center at the College of Southern Idaho, says the numbers outlined...
  • Lackluster results prove Idaho must end Common Core

    06/24/2019 5:05:22 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | June 21, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    Almost nine years after Idaho adopted Common Core, state officials still can’t say whether the supposedly-more-rigorous education standards have made a positive difference. Worse, mounting evidence from across the country shows the standards are nothing short of a disaster. I asked both Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherry Ybarra’s office and the State Board of Education (SBOE) to supply proof that the standards have worked. Ybarra spokesman Kris Rodine said ISAT test results are one measure that “Idaho students are making progress toward proficiency on higher standards of knowledge and demonstration of skills.” She stopped short of saying the standards, adopted...
  • Jobs are plentiful, but Idaho teens aren’t working

    06/16/2019 2:19:02 PM PDT · by Twotone · 57 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | June 7, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    Though their population has increased, there are fewer Idaho teenagers in the workforce than there were 20 years ago. In 1998, more than 25,000 Idahoans between the ages of 14 and 18 were employed, two decades later, about 24,500 Idaho youngsters earn a paycheck, according to government data. That four percent drop in the number of young employees today versus 1998 is amplified by the fact that Idaho’s population was 1.2 million then, and 1.7 million now. The state’s total workforce has grown by 35 percent. And while policymakers are stoked about Idaho’s unemployment rate remaining below 3 percent, the...
  • Idaho’s public colleges’ “inclusion” efforts promote victimhood

    06/15/2019 6:27:14 AM PDT · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | June 14, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    Idaho’s post-secondary schools have joined the legion of left-leaning institutions that are using their campuses as state-sponsored platforms for intolerance, division, and victimhood. Hurt in the process are students, taxpayers, and donors to college scholarship funds, all whom are misled in believing they’re paying for “higher education.” Witness Boise State University’s interim president, Martin Schimpf, whose most recent newsletter offered up a buffet of braggadocio about the school’s reinforcement of the “otherization” of students and staff. Schimpf noted the school’s expenditure of thousands of dollars for “Rainbow Graduation” and “Black Graduation,” new staff to aid “students of color,” and more....
  • Idaho’s Republican senators have bill to split 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

    06/13/2019 8:40:14 AM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | June 12, 2019 | Cynthia Sewell
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has jurisdiction over Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both Republicans, say this is too much territory and the court is overloaded with cases. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the largest in the nation, covering 20 percent of its population, according to Crapo. It accounts for nearly a third of all pending federal appeals and takes an average of 13 months to decide a case, which is almost five months...
  • IRS redux? Feds snub top-performing ‘Freedom’ credit union, but bend the rules for Big Labor

    06/01/2019 9:33:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Idaho Freedom Foundation ^ | June 1, 2019 | Wayne Hoffman
    Federal regulators need to explain why they’ve granted a perpetually-floundering California credit union that serves organized labor permission to raise money from investors—especially considering those regulators haven’t given the same green light to a strong and growing credit union that serves rural Idahoans. Credit unions are member-owned nonprofits and generally can use only retained earnings for expansion plans. If a credit union wants to grow using secondary capital from investors, it must first seek permission from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), which is supposed to evaluate the credit union’s stability and financial position before giving the green light. A...