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  • Controversy over local high school student's tweet [Thoughtcrime]

    11/24/2015 6:43:12 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 26 replies
    Fox News Boston ^ | 11/16/2015 | Staff
    (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A local high school cheerleading captain was disciplined after she sent out a tweet about illegal immigrants. She says it was a political statement, not a racial one! FOX25 spoke with the teen who says she was taking a page from Donald Trump. Caley Godino is a senior at Revere High School and she says part of their homework is to watch these presidential debates and her tweet was simply about a hot button issue in the headlines. "When only 10 percent of Revere votes for mayor cause the other 90 percent isn't legal," Godino said in the...
  • School to homeschoolers: Sign up or face criminal charges [Proverbs 22]

    11/12/2015 10:26:49 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 59 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11/12/2015 | Bob Unruh
    A number of homeschool parents in Florida have been ordered by a public school district to register their children in classes within three days or face “criminal prosecution” under state law. A meeting within the next week likely will determine whether school officials will face a lawsuit in response to the threat. The issue is being addressed by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which said its members in the Santa Rosa County School District received letters demanding information that parents are not required to provide under state law. The information included Social Security number, race and grade level. The...
  • FreeRepublic.com Has the Perfect Public Freeping Format

    11/08/2015 12:07:15 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 32 replies
    Ed's head | 11/8/2015 | Ed
    Many thanks to JimRob and all the team at FreeRepublic.com! Great interface in so many ways. When I'm Freepin' out, I don't want heavy graphics and ads coving the page top to bottom. People are always looking. Restaurant managers are doing flybys (it's there job). FreeRepublic.com lets me get my patriot on privately in public without having to worry about folks looking over my shoulder - which is nice. I preach it, but when it's appropriate. The only thing though is that annoying freepathon bar at the top. People should give more faster to get rid of that thing ;)....
  • Are "support the troops" and "thank you for your service" just empty phrases?

    11/04/2015 12:39:13 AM PST · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 4, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    Since 9-11, and the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been an out-pouring, almost a hemorrhaging of support for the troops. From yellow ribbon and American flag car magnets to endless media coverage of the military; the public it seems, is in love with the troops. There are endless tributes to the military at sporting events and the term, “thank you for your service” has become as common as “Merry Christmas.” But, is the public really in love with the military? Do they really support the troops? Do they even care? Is saying thank you for...
  • Two-Thirds of Detroit Students 'Chronically Absent'

    10/20/2015 7:10:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/17/2015 | Tom Gantert
    Despite a new attendance policy that could see truant students and their parents actually prosecuted in court, more than two-thirds of the students enrolled in the Detroit school district are still classified as chronically absent. This is defined by the state as missing more than 10 school days in a year. Detroit saw 67.1 percent of its students deemed chronically absent in 2013-14, the latest year data is available. The statewide average is 25.5 percent. Even the troubled Education Achievement Authority, the state office given oversight of Michigans worst-performing individual schools, experienced chronic absence in just 23.7 percent of its...
  • China's government to 'manage' public dancing

    09/07/2015 9:56:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 7 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 09/07/15
    - A spate of noisy disputes between middle-aged women and nearby residents has prompted China's communist leaders to step in and regulate dancing in public places, state media said Monday. Groups of dancers often gather on China's public squares and street corners performing choreographed routines to loud music, sometimes provoking anger from neighbours. China will step up efforts to manage such dancers, creating a "public square dancing management mechanism" which will be "under government leadership", the official Xinhua news agency reported. "Public square dancing will enter into the social management system," Xinhua cited a joint statement from four central departments...
  • A family in public housing makes $498,000 a year. And HUD wants tenants like this to stay.

    08/18/2015 10:02:57 AM PDT · by boycott · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2015 | Lisa Rein
    A family of four in New York City makes $497,911 a year but pays $1,574 a month to live in public housing in a three-bedroom apartment subsidized by taxpayers. In Los Angeles, a family of five thats lived in public housing since 1974 made $204,784 last year but paid $1,091 for a four-bedroom apartment. And a tenant with assets worth $1.6 million including stocks, real estate and retirement accounts last year paid $300 for a one-bedroom apartment in public housing in Oxford, Neb. In a new report, the watchdog for the Department of Housing and Urban Development describes...
  • 70% of Americans know little to nothing at all about Planned Parenthood videos

    08/06/2015 7:52:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/06/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    The liberal mainstream media may have lost their monopoly, but they retain an oligopolistic control over the mindshare of the American public. By choosing to minimize or completely ignore the five videos of released so far of shocking conduct by Planned Parenthood officials, the American public remains overwhelmingly in the dark about the haggling over price in the sale of body parts from fetuses, aka human beings. Mollie Hemingway reports in The Federalist: YouGov claims a recent poll shows that “After video releases, opinion of Planned Parenthood little changed.” Buried at the end of their press release, however, is...
  • Leaked Copy Of Obamas Iran Deal Goes Public Paragraph 36 Will Blow Your Mind

    07/29/2015 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Consdervative Tribune ^ | 7/29/15 | Staff
    Last Tuesday, a 159-page PDF of President Barack Obamas Iran nuclear deal was leaked online. Paragraph 36 was the most shocking of the agreement a part the president would probably prefer hadnt become public, as it demonstrated just how much of a joke the pact actually was. According to the deals 36th paragraph, any party Iran or any future U.S. president can essentially end the Iran nuclear deal with 35 days notice. Iran can claim that any one of the P5+1 nations is not meeting its commitments under the deal. That will then set off a 35-day
  • New Braunfels ISD responds to 'FOCUS room' complaint

    05/15/2015 8:13:24 PM PDT · by Marie · 40 replies
    KVUE ^ | May 15, 2015 | KVUE
    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas New Braunfels ISD responded Friday to a complaint from parents of a student at Carl Schurz Elementary School being in a "FOCUS room." A website, called "The 'Focus Room' Horror" and dated May 13, shows photos of a visibly upset boy sitting on the floor of a room. The website writes that the boy is a 9-year-old student named Alex and states that he was confined to the room for more than an hour. According to the website, Alex was told to sit in a circle drawn on the floor for 90 minutes "to earn 90...
  • Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Law to Rein in Public Sector Pensions

    05/08/2015 7:36:14 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 70 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-8-15 | Joe Barrett and Ben Kesling
    The Illinois Supreme Court struck down the states 2013 pension overhaul, unraveling an effort by lawmakers to rein in benefits for the consistently underfunded public-sector system. The current pension shortfall is estimated at $111 billion, one of the largest nationally. The high court affirmed a decision in November by a state circuit court that the legislative changes violated pension protections written into the state constitution. The decision is a victory for a consortium of public-sector unions while creating a huge challenge for new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who already faces a yawning budget deficit for the coming fiscal year.
  • Cats and Kardashians

    05/04/2015 6:24:24 PM PDT · by winedarksea · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 1st, 2015 | Christopher S. Carson
    Just because youre not interested in politics doesnt mean politics isnt interested in you. Americans seem to have forgotten this dictum. A brand-new poll, taken in the form of an online survey, was just issued by the Pew Research Center. It paints a melancholy picture about the abysmal state of knowledge the U.S. public possesses on public affairs the more so when you reflect that self-selection was probably present. In other words, you probably are brighter than Joe Sixpack if you could be bothered to take the test in the first place. Most people knew who Martin Luther King...
  • Reminder: Polls show public support for Scott Walkers position on legal immigration

    04/22/2015 2:49:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2015 | AllahPundit
    Not always majority support, granted, but Ramesh Ponnuru reminds us there’s a sizable chunk of voters out there who are open to reducing legal as well as illegal immigration. Given widespread paranoia among top Republicans about losing Latinos forever over grassroots opposition to amnesty, Walker moving to Mitt Romney’s right by questioning legal immigration seems counterintuitive and politically dangerous. But is it? Per Ponnuru, hmmmm:Interesting, but maybe that 39 percent opposition is driven almost entirely by Republicans, people whom Walker can already count on to support him as nominee, in which case his legal immigration position isn’t winning him...
  • Uhhh-Uhhhhhh Uhh-Uhhhhhhhh Uhhhh-Uhhhhh Ashton Carter, Defense Secretary

    04/16/2015 12:00:50 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 14 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | April 16, 2015 | CivilWarBrewing
    There was a Defense Department Briefing at The Pentagon today, where Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Gen. Martin Dempsey answered questions. Carter has a SERIOUS "Uhhhh-uhhh uhhhh-uhhhhh" speech disorder. What a moron. Did 0dungo appoint him because he is an embarrassment? Couldn't 0dungo find someone who could talk in the public arena without saying "uhhhh-uhhh uhhh-uhhhh" every other word? UHHH-UHHHHHHH UHH-UHHHHHH PATHETIC!!!!
  • California teachers are mad their pension fund still owns gun maker

    03/19/2015 3:46:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 23 replies
    The California teachers' pension fund still hasn't shaken off its investment in gun maker Bushmaster, more than two years after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. And now the teachers are mad. California teachers are planning a protest at the fund's annual meeting on April 2.
  • Here are all the raises Gov. Mark Dayton just gave his cabinet

    02/09/2015 6:50:23 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 10 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-6-15 | David H. Montgomery, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger
    Until very recently, Minnesota law capped the salary for commissioners of state departments at 85 or 95 percent of the governors salary. A law passed in 2013 changed that cap to 133 percent, and now Gov. Mark Dayton has used that change to raise the salaries of most of his cabinet. Overall, the higher salaries will cost taxpayers an additional $802,990 per year for the 27 affected positions. Daytons 2015 salary is $123,912, meaning the new maximum is $164,803. None of Daytons commissioners are earning that maximum, even after this years raises. The previous highest salary earned by a commissioner...
  • Detroit and Stockton Are Just the Beginning of an Attack on Public Pensions

    01/02/2015 11:11:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    New Republic ^ | 12/22/14 | Claire Groden
    This year, judges in California and Michigan approved the exit plans of two of the largest municipal bankruptcy filings in the countrys history. In California, Stockton upheld its obligations to the states pension system behemoth, Calpers, while paying its other creditors as little as pennies on the dollar. Detroit, meanwhile, was able to restructure its obligations to all of its creditors, including city pensioners. While the exit plans differed, both judges ruled similarly: public pension obligations could be shortchanged like any other debt. Stockton and Detroit aren't alone. Cities and states across America are facing catastrophic budget shortfalls. After decades...
  • Constitutional Rights to Video and Audio Record in Public

    12/31/2014 2:39:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Graphic from copblock.org The ubiquity of inexpensive and capable video and audio recording devises is changing the legal and political landscape for everyone, but especially for police, criminals, and armed Americans. The open carry movement learned early on that recording of an incident removed the he said/she said ambiguity that is often found to be in a police officer's favor. There have been many cases where the interaction was recorded and a settlement was paid to the person exercising their rights. Many defensive actions by armed Americans have been caught on surveillance cameras and have gone viral on the...
  • We Need A List of Jihadists Open To The Public Just Like The One For Sex Offenders

    12/15/2014 8:58:49 AM PST · by Stayfree · 7 replies
    Self | December 15, 2014 | Self(vanity)
    In light of the KNOWN Jihadist in Australia taking hostages and using a gun (guns are banned there) causing innocent people to be killed and wounded, we need a list of known Jihadists to be immediately set up and accessible to the public (including gun owners) just like the list of sex offenders. The American people have a right to know who all of these evil people are and where they live just like the right we have to know all of the sex offenders are and where they live. It is time to out all of these bastards so...
  • Students ditch classes for #HandsUpWalkOut national Ferguson protests [photos]

    12/01/2014 1:33:20 PM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 1, 2014 | Staff
    A #HandsUpWalkOut Ferguson protest was targeted to students and workers, and mostly students are taking part so far:
  • Biden: Public Is...Frightened Because Its a Frightening World

    11/03/2014 10:13:12 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/3/14 | Susan Jone
    The public is concerned and frightened because its a frightening world. A lot has happened," Vice President Joe Biden told CNN in an interview that aired on Sunday. Biden noted that in every crisis, "theres all kinds of attention" from Twitter and the news media. But later, "when we put it under control," theres not much follow-up, Biden complained. So the public shouldnt be anxious about Ebola and ISIS? the reporter asked him. "I think the public should not be as anxious as they are, but its understandable why they are. There is no existential threat to the United States
  • Django Unchained Actress Has Sex In Public Cries Racism When Cops Ask Her To Stop (Video)

    09/16/2014 4:38:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-15-2014 | Mara Zebest
    "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts cried out as a victim of racism this week after she was caught having sex in public. The usual Liberal media bought her story attacking the police as racists. Daniele Watts claimed she had been profiled (by police) for "kissing" her white boyfriend.THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM... The facts of Daniele Watts' story don't add up.The police didn't approach Daniele because she was "kissing" her boyfriend. The police were responding to multiple complaints from locals that Daniele was having lewd sex in broad daylight for everyone to see in a car — with the car door...
  • Florida spends billions on toll lanes, but public has little input into how money is spent

    09/15/2014 5:01:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | September 14, 2014 | Eric Barton
    In the next decade, Floridas biggest cities will add toll lanes to the states busiest highways. Nobody knows exactly how much it will cost. Maybe as little as $3 billion. Maybe double that. Whats clear is that when the toll lanes across the state are complete, they will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in state history. Theres little debate that the toll lanes, also called express lanes or managed lanes, make commutes quicker for those willing to pay as much as $10 to use them. But there has been little debate about the need for the projects ...
  • D.C. Public Schools homework assignment asks 6th graders to compare Bush to Hitler

    09/11/2014 9:54:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 09/10/14 | Andrea Noble
    A D.C. public school gave a sixth grade class a homework assignment that required students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.
  • Any other Freeper's kids attending school online?

    08/24/2014 9:58:27 AM PDT · by TexasBarak · 67 replies
    At the end of her seventh grade year a few months ago, my daughter was of the opinion that she had not received the education that she should have, so she determined to find courses online that she could take over the summer. What she found (completely on her own) turned out to be a full time public school- online! She starts tomorrow at Connections Academy Texas. With her mother and I both working, she'll be attending school at her Grandmother's house for the time being. I'm very excited about this- my child is *very* intelligent, and with self-paced courses...
  • Flatlining Education

    08/11/2014 10:28:43 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 10 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 10, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    The constant debate of how to fix public education is far from over. However, The Heritage Foundation came across new research for an improved education policy. heritage foundation index of cultury and opportunity Jennifer A. Marshall, Vice President of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, discussed new research to better the failing education system for children in low income areas. While the Center for American Progress argues that government needs to increase funding for better education, the Heritage Foundation suggests a different approach. The charts on public school test scores [over time] are the most boring ones in the...
  • Special Tanker w/ Water Canons Deployed in India to Stop Problem of Rampant Public Urination...

    08/06/2014 9:00:59 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 31 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This one really takes the (urinal?) cake... I myself have spent a bit of time in Europe, and one thing that strikes you as disgusting is the taking-a-leak in public thing- particularly bad the farther East you go (Czech Republic comes to mind). And it's not just drunks at 3am -though there's never any shortage of that- but the carefree, utterly shameless roadside drainage -in broad daylight, as minivans full of families motor by- you even see on the side of the freeway (and not in any woods/weeds or anything, either). But from what I've heard, India is a whole...
  • Bowe Bergdahl starting to venture out in public

    07/03/2014 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | 7/02/14
    HOUSTON - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was a prisoner of war in Afghanistan for five years, has been allowed to venture off the Texas military base where he is receiving care as part of his "reintegration process" into society, a U.S. Army spokeswoman said Wednesday. Bergdahl has been allowed to go, with supervision, to a grocery store, restaurants, shopping centers and a library as part of the process of getting him comfortable with being out in public, Army spokeswoman Arwen Consaul said. **SNIP** He has not commented publicly on the circumstances of his disappearance, and the Army has made no...
  • Is the Supreme Court Gunning for Public-Sector Unions?

    07/02/2014 12:14:51 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | July 2 2014 | Damon Root
    On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state of Illinois violated the First Amendment when it forced home-care workers who receive government stipends to pay union dues to the Service Employees International Union. Writing for the 5-4 majority in Harris v. Quinn, Justice Samuel Alito ruled that the state exceeded its lawful authority by treating such workers as government employees solely for the purpose of unionization and the collection of an agency fee. If we accepted Illinois argument, Alito explained, we would approve an unprecedented violation of the bedrock principle that, except perhaps in the rarest of circumstances,...
  • How to decry poverty and get rich on the public payroll

    06/28/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/28/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    div class="article_body top">Isn’t it amazing how people can make a career decrying poverty and end up collecting big bucks from taxpayers for not much work? Consider the case of University of North Carolina Law School Professor Gene Nichol, who teaches one course per semester, and pulls down almost $213,000 per year in that state-funded school, as professor and head of the school’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.Add in his wife, also on the UC payroll ay the medical school and Health Care System, and this fun couple pulls down over 600k per year. The College Fix has the goods...
  • Radical Islam Infiltrating UK Public Schools

    06/10/2014 4:42:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 6/09/14 | Tom Wilson
    While concerns about the growth of radical Islam have been with British society for some years now, few imagined that Islamists might ever attempt anything so bold as a takeover of parts of the public education system. Yet a government investigation overseen by a former counter-terror chief has revealed that this is precisely what has been happening at certain British schools. The report would seem to confirm allegations of an ambitious effort on the part of a set of hardliners who have been attempting to take over the administration of secular state schools in the city of Birmingham, Britains second...
  • State of Minnesota may soon control your retirement savings

    05/15/2014 7:13:10 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    MN Freedom Foundation ^ | 5-8-14 | Jonathan Blake
    Earlier this week, House and Senate conferees agreed to final language for the Womens Economic Security Act (WESA). While most of the attention has focused on the bills family and sick leave provisions, one particularly bad policy provision has attracted little attention. Specifically, WESA lays the groundwork for a state-administered retirement savings plan for employees in the private sector. Yes, this would essentially be a government-run retirement plan controlled by the State Board of Investment. The ramifications of such a plan could be devastating for private sector employees as well as taxpayers who would likely be on the hook for...
  • Spread of Polio is 'World health emergency' as disease spreads through Asia, Africa and Middle East

    05/05/2014 5:03:54 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 44 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09:46 EST, 5 May 2014 | By Leon Watson
    "The spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency, the World Health Organization warned today. The agency said the problem could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease. It described current polio outbreaks in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an 'extraordinary event' that required a coordinated international response. It was the first-ever international alert on polio. 'Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyze susceptible kids,' Dr Bruce Aylward, who leads WHO's polio...
  • Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings

    04/23/2014 6:54:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 30 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | April 22, 2014 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian. Fairleigh Dickinson Universitys PublicMind survey asked about attitudes on high profile cases before the court, includingGreece v. Galloway. That case addresses whether elected officials can open public meetings with religiously specific prayers, such as praying in Jesus name. A Jew and an atheist brought suit in Greece, N.Y., saying the Christian prayers excluded many citizens and violated the Constitution, which bans government...
  • WI Appeals Court Finds in Favor of the MacIver Institute (Erpenbach, D, WI Smackdown!)

    04/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Novak
    "Today is a win for transparency in government and the taxpayers of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the MacIver Institute that Sen. Erpenbach cannot carve out a special exemption to the open records law for whomever he chooses or try to hide public information when he works for Wisconsin taxpayers," Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute said. "Government employees and their unions should not be given a cloak of anonymity to hide their attempts to influence the legislative process. Today's decision requires them to play by the same rules as everyone else." The Court of Appeals...
  • Obamacare: They Shoot Horses Dont They?

    03/31/2014 5:27:59 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 17 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/31/2014 | David Catron
    A new survey reveals that public esteem for Obamacare is continuing to plummet, hitting yet another historic low. According to an Associated Press-GfK poll released last Friday, President Barack Obama's health care law is languishing at its lowest level since passage of the landmark legislation four years ago, according to a new poll. The AP survey shows that a mere 26 percent of Americans support the Affordable Care Act. When the law was passed, 39 percent of the public supported it. But the President, along with his accomplices in Congress and the media, assured us that this percentage would rise...

    03/13/2014 2:15:55 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | March 14 | by CHRISS W. STREET
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on March 12th that the total cost of employing a state or local government worker is 45% more than an equivalent worker in the private sector. For the month of December 2013, employers in private industry spent an average of $29.63 per employee hour worked, but the equivalent cost for a government worker averaged $42.89 per hour. Not only do government employees average 33% higher pay than those in the private sector, their pension and retirement benefit costs are now an incredible 254% higher also. Given that compensation formulas for federal,...
  • Prompted by criminal charges, Little Canada man announces run for council

    02/03/2014 4:53:26 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-1-14 | Raya Zimmerman
    Andrew Joseph Henderson announced his candidacy for the Little Canada City Council on Thursday, roughly a year after he was criminally charged for videotaping the activities of a sheriff's deputy and ambulance crew outside his apartment. Henderson, 29, said Saturday his ongoing trial played "a good part" in his decision to run for city council, although he said he would have run either way. "I believe the government should be watched and held accountable for the people," he said. "People are in charge of the government and not the other way around." Henderson was charged in Ramsey County District Court...
  • If You Hate Your Kids, Send Them to Public School

    01/20/2014 11:00:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Yknow, when I was a wee lad growing up in West Texas, public schools werent all that bad. We started our day off with the pledge of allegiance, said prayers during football games, actually studied our nations founding docs, sang patriotic songs, and we celebrated the true meaning of both Christmas and Easter. In addition to that pro-American bliss, nearly everyone and their dog graduated. Its true. Dogs were actually graduating from school back then. I know. Weird, eh? Indeed, out of our large graduating class there was only one drop out and that was my childhood buddy who left...
  • Critical Mass is free, but Houston police may begin charging riders for escort [bicyclists]

    01/03/2014 4:19:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 3, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Houston police are considering a plan to charge the Critical Mass bicycle group as safety concerns draw officers away from their regular duties. The event, which sees thousands of riders take to the streets on the last Friday of every month, has operated in cities across the world for over 20 years..... Four officers in two police cars help riders through intersections, with officers driving ahead and behind to clear the path. Houston police say they are now exploring the possibility of riders footing the bill for those services, as happens now for big funeral processions and for some busy...
  • Chicago pension crisis called worst in nation

    12/31/2013 5:49:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2013 | Rick Moran
    Calling the Chicago pension crisis the worst in the nation is saying something - like, how bad can it get? The city's underfunded pension system for teachers, firefighters, police, and transit workers threatens to punch a hole in the city budget that would devastate city services. The teachers' alone are $1 billion short of funds, while the city as a whole is looking at a whopping $27 billion shortfall. The state of Illinois is even worse off with more than $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Where is the money going to come from to fix the problem? Financial Times:...
  • What we've learned from Sandy Hook

    12/27/2013 9:45:59 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 23, 2013 | Robert Bernat, M.D.
    On Friday afternoon as news outlets were reporting on the next days one-year anniversary of the horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the latest chapter in school violence was unfolding at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. There Karl Pierson had entered his high school looking for a particular teacher and willing to shoot anyone in his way. Eighty seconds after he entered the building, two students were injured, one fatally, and the gunmen dead by a self-inflicted gunshot. While this incident fails to compare to the carnage that took place in Newtown, Connecticut one year earlier,...
  • Products of California Public Schools React to Martin Luther King's Fatal Car Accident this Morning-

    12/02/2013 6:51:24 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 35 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 02 December 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    The clip linked below is really something else- dimbulbs interviewed on the street, asking for their reaction to Martin Luther King's being hit by a car this morning in Washington, DC. I know we always say it, but it IS really hard to fathom such shocking stupidity... what exactly ARE they teaching kids in California high schools? And if unaware that MLK was killed 45 years ago by a gunshot in Memphis, do these people even KNOW who Reagan was? None noticed they had school off on MLK Day...? This one's somehow even worse than the 'Obama voter' clips of...
  • Vos, other lawmakers favor rolling back online court data

    11/29/2013 10:01:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-28-13 | Jason Stein
    Madison The Assembly's top lawmaker wants to roll back some of the information available to the public on a free online database of state court records. His sentiments echo those of lawmakers in both parties who are working on several bills to scale back the data available on the Wisconsin Consolidated Courts Automation Programs, a website with nearly 8 million visitors a year. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) acknowledged that CCAP is popular with everyone from landlords and journalists to savvy singles checking out a dating prospect for any unseemly past. Vos said he doesn't want to spoil that,...
  • The New York Times endorsed a (Hussein) secretive trade agreement that the public cant read

    11/13/2013 4:16:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/13 | Andrea Peterson
    The Obama administration is secretly negotiating a treaty that could have significant effects on domestic law. Officially, it's a "free trade" treaty among Pacific rim countries, but a section of the draft agreement leaked in 2011 suggested that it will require signers, including the United States, to make significant changes to copyright law and enforcement measures. **SNIP** Now, as Maira Sutton at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) notes, the New York Times editorial board has endorsed the TPP. While the editorial acknowledges that some are "worried about provisions on intellectual property that could restrict the availability of generic medicines and...
  • Feds Removed Handles From 40 Public Water Pumps Along C&O Canal

    10/15/2013 10:12:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 14, 2013 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they havent been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a cyclists dream. Its full every day, said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. Theyre bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harpers Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they...
  • Public access barred at Newtown school demolition

    10/15/2013 7:15:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    ap ^ | 10/15/13 | ap
    NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot last December. Selectman Will Rodgers said officials want to protect the Newtown school where the 20 children and six educators were killed, The News-Times reported ( http://bit.ly/1amzP8L ). "It's a very sensitive topic," he said Monday. "We want it to be handled in a respectful way." Project manager Consigli Construction has barricaded the property and intends to screen the perimeter to prevent...
  • Ex-principal at Cumberland County middle schools charged with sexually assaulting 3 boys

    10/12/2013 10:45:49 AM PDT · by csvset · 22 replies
    fayobserver.com ^ | Oct 12, 2013 | Venita Jenkins
    A former Cumberland County middle school principal is accused of sexually assaulting three students who were 11 to 14 years old, including one while the child's parent was waiting in the office, according to the Sheriff's Office. David Ellis Edwards, who was principal of Douglas Byrd Middle School for three years until abruptly resigning in August, turned himself in to sheriff's deputies Friday morning. Edwards, 49, of the 7200 block of Tobago Place, is charged with two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, two counts of sexual acts with a student and five counts of taking indecent liberties with a...
  • Obama: Im having to cancel some public appearances (TELEPROMPTER DOWN!)

    10/03/2013 6:10:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/02/13 | Ed O'Keefe
    President Obama sent his regrets via video Wednesday evening to the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala and implored House Republicans to work with Democrats to reopen the federal government. "I'm having to cancel some public appearances," Obama explained at the beginning of a video message aired at the black-tie gala. Obama explained that most of the government remains shuttered, putting hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of jobs and leading to the cessation of government services. "That's why I would encourage House Republicans to reopen the federal government," he said -- a line that earned loud applause.
  • Send Your Kid to Private School? You Suck

    08/29/2013 10:08:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 106 replies
    Newser ^ | 08/29/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – Do you send your kids to private school? Then congratulations: "You are a bad person," Allison Benedikt argues in Slate. "Not bad like murder bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So pretty bad." Her reasoning is simple: if everyone were invested in public schools—and not just monetarily invested, "but real flesh-and-blood-offspring" invested—they would get better. Involved parents can make a huge difference. Yes, your kid may not get as excellent an education. "Take a deep breath and live with that." "If you can afford private school," even just barely, "chances are that your spawn will be perfectly fine...