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Well that was embarrassing: Big Guy’s controversial selection to head DOJ’s civil rights division, Debo Adegbile, was rejected by the Senate in a stunning defeat.
We’re not used to rejection, how did this happen? Why did Dirty Harry let the Debo nomination go to the vote if we didn’t have enough Senators to carry it? As it turns out, it looks like a simple math error: somebody just counted wrong. Harry was assured he had the requisite 51 votes on the floor, with Joey B standing by,just in case.
I suppose this sort of thing was bound to happen, what with Common Core math and all. Because old fashioned math was too hard to teach (none of the new teachers could ever get their heads wrapped around math themselves), we invented “fuzzy math” which became the basis for Common Core math. It’s aimed at making all things mathematical – like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division – easier to understand. Here’s an example of how that works:
Bonding With Numbers
Got that? No? That’s OK, let’s try another:
Here’s the text:
Use the number bond to fill in the math story. Make a simple math drawing. Cross out from 10 ones or some ones to show what happens in the stories.
There were __ ants in the ant hill. __ of them are sleeping and __ of them are eating. 9 of the sleeping ants woke up. How many ants are not sleeping?
In “old math” it was the grasshopper that slept; the ants were always working.
Now we have “math stories” with “number bonds”? For first graders? And this is supposed to make kids find math easier to do? With “old math” kids simply hated it; with the new Common Core math they are terrorized by it:
Kaitlyn, trying to do her math homework
So, yesterday’s fiasco is what happens when you let your 20-something staffers educated only in fuzzy math count the votes. They probably don’t have a very good grasp of history either. Maybe I should remind them what happens when the normally industrious ants choose to nap like the grasshoppers:
By the way, I note that the producers, writers and editors at NPR must have been educated in Common Core geography as well as math. As reported this morning:
Just now on NPR’s Morning Edition…a story on yesterday’s failed vote on Debo Adegbile began “a handful of southern Democrats joined Republicans yesterday to defeat president Obama’s choice to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division.” For what it’s worth the Democrats who voted no:
Chris Coons (Del.)
Bob Casey (Pa.)
Mark Pryor (Ark.)
Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.)
Joe Manchin (W.V.)
Joe Donnelly (Ind.)
John Walsh (Mont.)
And of course Harry Reid (Nev.)…
Not exactly Sons of the Confederacy.
So in case you didn’t before, now you know just exactly how important education is for our future. So when Big Guy asks to increase spending by a trillion dollars to re-educated America’s treasure in Common Core principles, how can you say no? After all, do you know how many number bonds there are in a trillion dollars? I didn’t think so.
“I have 18 and need about a trillion more!”
Allow my to leave you with this modern day version of the old “Ant and Grasshopper” story. In the original, as you recall the moral was “Be responsible for yourself.”
Butt that was Before Obama. Here’s the modern, updated, version: (author unknown)
The ant works hard In the withering heat and the rain all summer long,
building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant Is a fool and laughs and dances
and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference
and demands to know why the ant should be
allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the
shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant
In his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth,
this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper
and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green…’
ACORN stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where
the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We shall overcome.
Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray
for the grasshopper’s sake, while he damns the ants.
President Obama condems the ant and blames President Bush 43,
President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus,
and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.
Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King
that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the Grasshopper, and
both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts The Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act
Retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of
green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,
his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper.
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends
finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house
he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house,
crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house,
now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the
ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.
NEW MORAL OF THE STORY:
“All of our ants are belong to us.”
UPDATE: Debo’s defeat due to racism, not Common Core, per Harry Reid. Duly noted.
A Woman Who Lived 20 Years Under Communism Warns Americans About Sustainable Development, Comprehensive Land Use Plans and Losing Our Property Rights to Government
Posted by Dottie MacQueen
Sustainable communities are created by globalists not the residents who live in those communities.
Who best to warn Americans about government take-over of private property than someone who lived in Communist Romania?
Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh is just that person. She now lives in the United States and she sees how our government is continually encroaching upon our rights through more and more local ordinances and zoning laws through comprehensive land use plans that were created by Sustainabalists.
Northeastern Illinois residents would do well to read this article because 7 counties are under control of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning via Sustainable Development. It has developed a plan called Go To 2040. Everything that Dr. Johnson talks about in the below article is talked about in CMAP’s Go To 2040 plan.
My own city promotes a Sustainable Development event at our local junior college. The idea of Sustainable Development was created by globalists not local residents When I complained about this endorsement by the City Council, a councilman whom I helped elect, laughed and said he would keep a look-out for Marxists. This is the kind of ignorance on the part of elected officials that real conservative Americans must fight.
Illinois is a Progressive state but those of you in Illinois who consider yourselves to be conservative should take this article seriously and understand that your local officials could eventually be telling you how best you may use your land.
Via Ileana Johnson
Private Property Rights Under Attack by Comprehensive Land Use Plans
Humans have always desired to own a piece of land that could be passed on to their heirs. Once they acquired property for homestead or farming, men labored on their land under the assumption that it was theirs to keep in perpetuity.
If you ask the government, land belongs to the proprietor as long as the required taxes are paid in full each year and the government does not confiscate the property through eminent domain or deem it environmentally endangered and in need of protection. If you ask progressives, land belongs equally to everyone and nobody should be allowed to “own” anything, it should be communal property.
The painful lesson in communal property (communism) at Jamestown has been forgotten or never learned. When people worked the land together, some worked harder and some were lazier, yet everyone ate the same. The entire settlement almost starved to death. The following year, when the communal property was divided into individual parcels, everyone prospered.
Humans understood then that individual freedom and cooperation on smaller scale are much more successful than domination by a few in an exclusively government-run society.
The idea of Sustainable Development that emerged in 1987 from a conference by the World Commission on Environment and Development, chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, seemed innocuous. It was defined as “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It sounded lofty except for the nagging questions: who decides what the needs are, how are they going to parcel out the needs, how are they going to implement them, and who will police the decision-makers?
This call to Sustainable Development became the blueprint of a myriad of rules and regulations incorporated in the 1992 document called Agenda 21 signed by 179 nations at the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. This 40-chapter document addresses every aspect of human life, not the least of which is property.
According to Henry Lamb, Bill Clinton’s creation of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development (Executive Order #12852, June 29, 1993) “was responsible for instilling sustainable development consciousness throughout every agency of the federal government,” using enormous grant powers. These “vision” and “challenge” grants were given to state and local governments, to NGOs such as the American Planning Association, Sierra Club, and to HUD, DOE, and EPA to develop and implement community plans around the nation.
County-wide or region-wide plans by the years 2020, 2025, or 2030, contain 129 “visions” included in eight categories. These visions were developed at the first Glades County, Florida visioning meeting in February 2, 2006. They are eerily similar to the recommendations in the Agenda 21 document and in any sustainable development pamphlets. (Henry Lamb, Sustainable Development or Sustainable Freedom? pp. 5-6)
- Preserve natural environment
- Save/improve the wetlands
- Restrict development in sensitive areas
- Sustainable agriculture and farming
- Comprehensive resource preservation
- Never compromise wetlands or wildlife
- Preservation of scenic views
- Designation of scenic highways
- Development should be clustered
- Rural village concept
- Smart growth planned developments
- Increase density, increase walkability
- Impact fees that limit mobile homes
- Zoning should encourage infill
- More codes to be enforced
- Conservation easements on agricultural land
- Sidewalks, bike paths, and walking paths
- Multi-use trails and corridors that are landscaped
Villages, towns, and cities developed as the result of the wishes of the people in a free market. Then local zoning ordinances were developed based on existing land use, initiated by the land owners who, from time to time changed the zoning designations. Such changes were only made by locally elected officials, balancing the wishes of the landowners with the rights of other constituents.
The “comprehensive planning” required by sustainable development in Agenda 21 is initiated by a coalition of international organizations such as ICLEI (International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives) who decide in their “visioning consensus” how and where everyone should live.
ICLEI infiltrated over 600 county and local governments in the U.S. who became members of this organization that recently changed its name to ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA to avoid the stigma of an international organization meddling in American zoning affairs. http://www.icleiusa.org/
The top-down unelected government develops comprehensive master plans that form “urban boundary zones.” Municipal services such as water, sewer, fire, and police protection are not provided beyond these zones. The comprehensive master plan serves the purpose to create “sustainable communities,” the vision of the globalists who created Agenda 21.
It is not a coincidence that “every county’s comprehensive master plan contains the same elements, the same goals, the same processes,” spelled out in Agenda 21. Citizens participate in local visioning meetings and consensus-building stakeholder meetings under the false promise and understanding that they do have input in their communities. In reality, the decisions have been made for them in advance.
Henry Lamb said, “Such comprehensive land use plans adopted by government gives the government, not the owner, the superior right to decide how the land may be used.” Elected officials were convinced by “the promoters of sustainable development that private property rights are not as important as the proposed benefits of sustainable development, individual freedom is not as important.” (p. 23)
The first lawsuit filed on October 15, 2013 against Agenda 21 promoters is the lawsuit against the comprehensive plan called Plan Bay Area. The legal challenge was launched by the Post Sustainability Institute/Democrats Against UN Agenda 21 and Freedom Advocates, spearheaded by Michael Shaw and Rosa Koire. http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/lawsuit-against-a21.html
Alleged violations include:
- Plan Bay Area violates voter-approved urban growth boundary ordinances, “nullifying these boundaries by restricting development to very small locations in just some cities”
- Plan Bay Area “violates the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by taking property rights without just compensation”
- Plan Bay Area “violates the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the Equal Protection Clause” (Priority Development Areas land owners will receive permits 80 times more than owners outside of the PDA)
- Plan Bay Area “permanently strips all development rights from rural properties in the nine county Bay Area, effectively taking conservation easements on all rural lands without paying for them”
- Plan Bay Area “restricts development rights within the Priority Development Areas,” limiting construction to mixed-use, high density Smart Growth development.
“Plan Maryland” is a statewide blueprint of land use that maintains 400,000 acres as agricultural or forest land and spares it from development in the next 20 years. Governor O’Malley’s executive order allows development only in “approved” growth areas along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Homes on two-acre plots with septic system were deemed urban sprawl. Homes built within city limits on half-acre plots in range of sewer hookups were not deemed urban sprawl. I discussed this comprehensive land use plan in my best seller book, U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy. http://www.amazon.com/U-N-Agenda-21-Environmental-Piracy/dp/0615716474/ref=sr_1_1/181-0010595-4429868?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393867105&sr=1-1&keywords=UN+Agenda+21%3A+Environmental+Piracy
The comprehensive plan for Baldwin County, Alabama, called Horizon 2025, was rejected by the Baldwin County Commission as a “massive land grab.” Additionally, Gov. Robert Bentley signed a law forbidding policies connected to Agenda 21, barring any private property confiscation without due process. This decision drew strong criticism from the Smart Growth proponents who used psychological “projection” to paint Americans who are discovering the truth about Agenda 21 as right-wingers who see “smart” environmental planning as an “Agenda of Fear.”
In the fishing community of King Cove Alaska, an 11-mile gravel trail connecting the Aleut community to a life-saving airport has been denied by the Department of Interior Secretary Jewell because the road would jeopardize the waterfowl. “The people of King Cove want a small road through what was their backyard,” using less than 1 percent of the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. But giving up refuge land would be a bad precedent. “I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals,” said Sec. Jewell. Residents of Riverton, Wyoming (pop. 10,000) found out in horror one day that the EPA had given their town to an Indian reservation. Their deeds of trust could be tossed unless the Indian reservation recognized them. The EPA declared Riverton part of the Wind River Indian Reservation, nullifying a 1905 law passed by Congress. http://freepatriot.org/2014/01/08/epa-takes-entire-town-away-wyoming-gives-indians-disenfranchises-american-citizens/
A WWII veteran in New York is fighting local government attempts to confiscate his grocery store via eminent domain in order to open a municipality-owned market.
Some local governments confiscated land under eminent domain in order to preserve it. Most famous is the seizure of 572 acres in Telluride. The owner wanted to develop the land along the San Miguel River. The town set the land aside as open space. The confiscation by the state Supreme Court was upheld on grounds that overcrowded mountain towns need to preserve their recreational and natural assets.
Andy and Ceil Barrie may lose 10 acres near Breckenridge, Colorado because they ride an ATV on a 1.2-mile mining road from their 3-bedroom home in a subdivision to the 10 acres they purchased surrounding a hundred year old cabin in the middle of the White River National Forest. Summit County is using eminent domain to preserve open space instead of the usual economic development. (Becket Adams)
In 2012 the EPA threatened Lois Alt, a chicken farmer from West Virginia, with $37,500 fine every time it rained on or near her property. The fine, mandated under the Clean Water Act, was levied because “storm water near her farm would come in contact with dust, feathers, and manure before entering a local waterway.” High levels of nitrogen were found in the chicken waste which could also threaten the water supply.
Property rights can be taken away under the guise of protecting the environment. American Policy Center identified cases of such abuse.
- Mud puddles become wetlands that must be protected
- Improving land by planting trees, bushes, filling a ditch with dirt, or building a fence can result in arrest and fine of the property owner under the Clean Water Act
- Building on one’s land can be blocked
- If the area is deemed wetland, the owner can no longer use it or sell it
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill, the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2013 (S 890), which would attempt to reign in the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, agencies of our federal government that infringe on Americans’ private property. The bill is in the Committee on Environment and Public Works. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s890/text In Virginia, the House passed SB 578 on February 26, 2014. The Senate bill, sponsored by Senator Obenshain, had already passed unanimously, entitling landowners to compensatory damages and reasonable attorney fees when successfully challenging a local land use decision based on an “unconstitutional condition.”
“When property owners run up against City Hall, it doesn’t always seem like a fair fight,” said Obenshain. “No matter what the merits of a property rights challenge, any property owner at odds with local government feels like David taking on Goliath.”
Once the governor signs it, SB 578 will discourage localities from abusing their authority by imposing unconstitutional restrictions on the property owner’s ability to use his/her land.
Private property must be guarded as priceless freedom. Land owners should reject the sustainable development idea that only government can protect nature, air, soil, water, open spaces, and the poor. All societies run by totalitarian governments have severe environmental degradation, little or no private property and misuse of resources, a chasm between the haves and have-nots, and no hope for the future of individual citizens. – See more at: http://ileanajohnson.com/2014/03/private-property-rights-under-attack-by-comprehensive-land-use-plans/#sthash.d6Hh63Fm.dpuf
Because Daddy Barack Knows Best – Barack Obama’s List Of “20 Things Kids Need To Know” About Using Money
Posted by Dottie MacQueen
Via Zero Hedge
So who is issuing this indispensable advice?
The President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability (PACFC) was created by Executive Order 13530, which was signed by President Barack Obama on January 29, 2010. Its charter is to advise the President on promoting and enhancing financial literacy and capability among the American people. While the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability cannot by federal statute become operational, it is charged with providing financial capability policy recommendations for the nation to the President of the United States. One of the key objectives of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability is to find ways to improve the financial capability of young Americans.
The purpose of this website is to inspire families, community organizations, nonprofits, and businesses to embrace Money as You Grow as a tool to promote financial literacy. This website serves as a guide to learning about and using Money as You Grow. It is intended for reference only, and is not meant to endorse or promote specific initiatives.
QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? WANT TO GET INVOLVED? Email us: email@example.com
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Hope for Illinois GOP
Illinois is one of the bluest states in the country, but disgust with the mismanagement and corrupt leadership by Democrats, who have complete control of the legislature, and Governor’s mansion, has opened the door to a GOP victory over sitting Governor Pat Quinn, who barely survived in 2010. All 4 major GOP contenders for the Governors nomination currently lead Quinn by solid margins in head to head contests.
The bigger surprise is that incumbent Senator Dick Durbin is not a shoo-in for re-election, as he has been in prior races. There is also disgust with Washington politicians in Illinois, and despite some lingering home state affection for President Obama, Durbin is the kind of career politician who is increasingly out of favor. It would be hard to identify any policy position Durbin has taken that was not first cleared with President Obama. He is Harry Reid’s second-in-command, and behaves like Reid, as a loyal toady for the President.
Two candidates are competing for the GOP nomination to run against Durbin. Jim Oberweis, who has run and lost in statewide races for many years, is trying once more to use his money and name identification to secure the nomination and then face near certain general election defeat. His primary opponent is Doug Truax, a West Point graduate, Army captain, and small business owner, who would offer a great contrast to Durbin.
Yesterday the Chicago Tribune gave an enthusiastic endorsement to Truax, as have many local GOP organizations and other newspapers. Here is part of the Tribune’s endorsement of Truax:
“If the Republican Party is to outgrow its loss of stature in Illinois, it needs to recruit and promote candidates who are more like Truax. At 43 he’s a West Point graduate, a former Army Ranger and captain, and majority owner of a small Oak Brook firm that helps employers address the costs of their health care, retirement and other benefits programs.
“Truax projects confidence in what a growth-oriented federal agenda could accomplish: He stresses that without more vibrant economic activity, America won’t solve chronic joblessness. He impresses us with smart ideas for rescuing entitlement programs, curbing federal tax loopholes, and empowering states to expand school choice: “I favor charter schools and maximum flexibility for parents and students to escape bad schools and a cycle of poverty.” And as a health insurance consultant, Truax offers fresh and detailed proposals for accomplishing what Obamacare cannot: affordably providing good coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions.
“Oberweis has more name recognition and money than does Truax. If Republicans don’t look deeper, those variables could determine this race. But with one eye on the issues that confront voters and another on Illinois’ imperiled future, the Tribune today endorses Doug Truax.”
If there were ever an easy choice for Republicans in a primary fight, this is it. Truax has the potential to deliver another Senate seat to the GOP, particularly if a wave election happens, as now seems quite possible.
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What we are likely witnessing are the long death throes of the global warming hoax
On February 20th, the noted meteorologist, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, fed up with being called a “denier” of global warming, posted a commentary on his blog titled “Time to push back against the global warming Nazis.”
“When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ‘deniers’, they crossed the line. They are still doing it,” said Dr. Spencer. “They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.” The Holocaust happened, but global warming’s latest natural cycle ended about 17 years ago and, as a lot of people have noticed, it has been getting cold since then.
“Like the Nazis,” said Dr. Spencer, “they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause…” In the case of global warming, this huge hoax was put forth by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The UN would like to be the world’s global government, but that’s not going to happen. In the meantime, the IPCC provided scientists that cooperated with lots of money for their alleged research, all of which “proved” that carbon dioxide was dramatically heating the Earth. Others like Al Gore made millions selling “carbon credits”. Along the way, both Gore and the IPCC received a Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Spencer received a Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. He was a Senior Scientists for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he and a colleague, Dr. John Christie, received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. He became a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001 and continues to advise NASA as a U.S. Science Team Leader. As he points out on his blog, his research has been supported by U.S. government agencies, so the usual claim by Greens that he is a paid stooge of Big Oil just doesn’t work in his case.
Dr. Spencer’s decision to call a Nazi a Nazi ignited a lot of discussion among the global warming hustlers and those whom they have been calling “deniers” for many years. I always found it particularly offensive, but I suspect those I called charlatans and hustlers felt the same way. The difference, however, is the connotation applied to the term, “denier.” Even today anti-Semites of various descriptions deny that six million Jews died in the death camps of Nazi Germany during World War Two along with millions Christians and Eastern Slavic Europeans
What makes this particularly offensive and horrid is the fact that those in the Nazi leadership under Adolf Hitler were all environmentalists, deeply committed to conservation and similar expressions that put the Earth above the value of human life.
This is all revealed in a book by R. Mark Musser, “Nazi Oaks”, now in its third printing. Musser was introduced to environmentalism at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, from which he graduated in 1989. In 1994 he received Master of Divinity and spent seven years as a missionary to Belarus and in the Ukraine.
Musser’s book is absolutely astonishing as he documents how “Green” the Nazis were from their earliest years until their defeat. It was Heinrich Himmler, the Reich Leader from 1929 to 1945, who was responsible for the “Final Solution”, the mass killing of Europe’s Jews. He led the Nazi party’s SS.
As Musser notes, “The Nazis were trying to eliminate both global capitalism and international communism in order to recover a reverence for nature lost in the modern cosmopolitan world.” The Nazis also held Judeo-Christian values in contempt.
“That this evolutionary Nazi nature religion was clothed in secular biology and colored by environmental policies and practices, is a historical truth that has been ignored and underreported for too long a time in all the discussions about the Holocaust,” writes Musser.
I am inclined to believe that it is no accident that the global warming charlatans began to use the term “deniers” to describe skeptics.
By 2011, a Gallup poll that surveyed people in 111 countries revealed that most of the human race did not see global warming as a serious threat. Still, worldwide 42% told Gallup that they thought global warming was either ‘somewhat serious’ or ‘very serious.’ That was down from 63% in polls taken in 2007 and 2008 in the U.S.
More than just a spat between scientists, in April 2012, the Congressional Research Service estimated that, since 2008, the federal government had spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities.’ That kind of money could build or repair a lot of bridges and roads. It could fund elements of our military. It could be spent on something other than a climate over which neither the government nor anyone in the world has any influence.
Bursting onto the national stage, Dr. Spencer’s decision to call the global warming scientists Nazis for their efforts to intimidate or smear the reputations of those whose research disputes their claims, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. a Wall Street Journal columnist, wrote on March 1 that “Surely some kind of ending is upon us. Last week climate protesters demanded the silencing of Charles Krauthammer for a Washington Post column that notices uncertainties in the global warming hypothesis.”
“In coming weeks,” wrote Jenkins, “a libel trial gets under way brought by Penn State’s Michael Mann, author of the famed “hockey stick” graph (Editor’s note: an IPCC graph Mann created that asserted a sudden, major increase in heat has been widely debunked) against the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, writer Rand Simberg and roving commentator Mark Steyn for making wisecracks about his climate work.”
Revelations of several thousand emails between IPCC scientists, one of whom was Mann, were christened “climategate” and demonstrated the efforts in which they engaged to suppress the publication of any papers that questioned global warming in scientific journals. As the climate turned cooler, they became increasingly alarmed.
What we are likely witnessing are the long death throes of the global warming hoax. Calling those scientists and others like myself “deniers” and other names simply reveals the desperation of those who are seeing a great source of money slip away under the spotlight of scientific truth, nor will they be able to impose their lies on the rest of us.
Posted by Dottie MacQueen
The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine “revolution” were none other than the “developed” world superpowers, lead by the US. Also revealed were tensions between the US and EU strategies on how to overthrow the current government, culminating with the infamous “Fuck the EU.” Needless to say the US, which implicitly confirmed the recording, was angry at Russia and accused it of using dirty tricks.
That’s ironic, because when it comes to “dirty tricks” what is about to be presented, blows the top off anything Russia may or has done to date.
Earlier today an even more shocking recording has been “leaked“ this time one between the always concerned about human rights EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet, in which it is revealed on tape that all those photos of horrifying deaths of Ukrainians by snipers during the last days of the Median stand off, were in fact caused not by Snipers controlled by Yanukovich, but that the snipers shot at both protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders!
Here is the key exchange, just after 8 minutes into the conversation :
Paet: “All the evidence shows that people who were killed by snipers from both sides, policemen and people from the streets, that they were the same snipers killing people from both sides. … Some photos that showed it is the same handwriting, the same type of bullets, and it is really disturbing that now the new coalition they don’t want to investigate what exactly happened. So there is now stronger and stronger understanding that behind the snipers, it was not Yanukovych, but it was somebody from the new coalition.”
Ashton: “I think we do want to investigate. I mean, I didn’t pick that up, that’s interesting. Gosh.”
Paet: “It already discreditates (sic) this new coalition.”
So first US orchestrates the Kiev overthrow, and now the new “leaders” of Ukraine are allegedly found to have fired against their own people – the same provocation they subsequently used to run Yanukovich out of the country and install a pro-Western puppet government. Of course, said pro-Western coalition has not been discreditated (sic) because Ms. Ashton has sternly refused to investigate, knowing quite well how horribly this would reflect on the new Ukraine “leadership” - a government which shot its own people to fabricate the pretext under which it rose to power.
Is it any wonder then that Russia has responded the way it has?
As for at least one of the affected parties, Estonia, it has just confirmed the authenticity of the recording, and the ministry of foreign affairs has organized a press conference to answer media questions today at 5 pm. From the Valisministeerium:
No. 84-E Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton uploaded to the Internet today, a phone call is authentic.
Paet and Ashton conversation took place on 26 February, following Estonia’s Foreign Minister’s visit to Ukraine, and immediately after the end of the street violence.
Foreign Minister Paet communicate what he had said about the meetings held in Kiev last day and expressed concern about the situation.
“It is extremely regrettable that such an interception is occurring at all”“said Paet., Including its call for today’s photos are not random,” he added.
Yes, it is truly regrettable that the people know the truth.
Full leaked recording below:
Posted by Dottie MacQueen
Accompanying the rising speculation that Jeb Bush is weighing a run for president in 2016 comes the question of whether an establishment candidate like Bush can survive being an avid supporter of the Common Core academic standards.
In an informal survey of former Mitt Romney donors, Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post found that every Romney donor he spoke with named Jeb Bush as the top Republican candidate. While name recognition and the all-important “electability” were listed as important candidate qualities for Romney donors, Lowery also discovered:
The donors said that – like Romney – Bush’s time as governor proved he can be an effective leader and manager. His willingness to tackle (or attempt to, at least) tough policy initiatives such as education and criminal justice reform remind them of Romney’s work on health care at the state level.
However, as Anthony Zurcher wrote for the BBC, it may be Bush’s work on education policy – and, specifically, his support of the highly controversial Common Core standards – that could doom his chances as the Republican nominee.
Bush has been an unwavering supporter of the nationalized academic standards that his fellow Republican, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, recently referred to as “toxic” even as he urged the creators of the Common Core to simply “rebrand” them to the American people.
In an op-ed for National Review last year, Bush wrote that the nation needs high standards as a foundation for education reform:
Recognizing this need, state leaders have worked together to develop a set of rigorous academic standards in math and English language arts. These standards, known as the Common Core State Standards, set an ambitious and voluntary goal line. The states develop their own content or game plans to get into the end zone. State and local leaders call the plays.
“This is not the establishment of a national curriculum,” Bush claimed.
The problem for Bush is that just about everything he says about the standards is untrue. Common Core is a federally promoted, not state-led, initiative introduced in the Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus bill through a competitive grant program called Race to the Top (RTTT). Common Core is a set of unproven and untested uniform standards and aligned curricula and testing that allows for a greater role of government in education, higher levels of social engineering, student data collection, and teacher evaluations based on student performance on assessments.
The National Governors Association (NGA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and nonprofit progressive education think tank Achieve, Inc. were mainly responsible for the initiative, and both the NGA and the CCSSO are the publishers of the Common Core State Standards. The standards themselves were written by individuals who never even taught math or English. None of these private groups are accountable to parents, students, or teachers.
The 45 state boards of education, most of them unelected, that signed onto the unproven Common Core standards did so with little, if any, public or media scrutiny prior to even seeing the standards themselves.
The implementation of Common Core has been privately funded primarily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, underscoring the alliance of big government political elites and corporatists in this academic initiative.
Perhaps one of the most ironic aspects of Bush’s avid support for the Common Core is the fact that he has also always been associated with the school choice movement in the United States. The problem for Bush, then, is not so much “electability” as it is “credibility”; supporting both Common Core and school choice is like rooting for both the Yankees and the Red Sox.
As Ben Velderman writes at EAG News, “Over the years, Bush has courageously thrown his support behind various school voucher plans and parent trigger laws – both as governor of Florida and as a private citizen – all with the goal of helping families escape the K-12 public school monopoly.”
In addition, Bush has been a strong champion for more rigorous teacher evaluations and merit pay plans to ensure high quality staff in traditional public schools.
As Velderman says, however, “Bush is jeopardizing 20 years’ worth of hard-won school choice successes by stubbornly promoting and defending the Common Core math and English learning standards.”
“He doesn’t seem to realize that the one-size-fits-all standards are likely to have the practical effect of making instruction in all types of schools – public, public charter, private and even home schools – depressingly similar and mediocre,” he wrote.
Because college entrance tests and, ultimately, college curricula themselves will all be aligned with the K-12 Common Core standards, all students, regardless of their choice of elementary and high school education, will eventually be compelled to use Common Core-aligned curricula if they choose to go on to college.
What makes the question of Bush’s credibility even more pronounced is his insistence of the “rigor” of the Common Core standards when many astute educators who have worked at developing standards themselves and have reviewed Common Core predict the initiative will only serve to “dumb down” America’s students.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Hillsdale College Professor Terrence Moore described how the Common Core standards will put a nail in the coffin of an already suffering progressive education system.
Moore said the English Language Arts standards are serving to remove classical literature from schools and replace it with “informational texts.”
“It’s not till you start asking questions about what’s not in the standards that you realize the bias,” Moore said. “The texts from the standards are superficial, politically biased, and embarrassingly dumb.”
Similarly, Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who was asked to be a member of the Common Core Validation Committee but refused to sign off on the standards, is herself credited with developing the Massachusetts K-12 standards – one of the country’s strongest set of academic standards.
“Everyone was willing to believe that the Common Core standards are ‘rigorous,’ ‘competitive,’ ‘internationally benchmarked,’ and ‘research-based,’” Stotsky told Breitbart News. “They are not.”
Of course, it’s possible that Bush and the Romney donors are counting on the fact that there are still many Americans who don’t know what Common Core is. Given what Bush has stood for in the past regarding education policy, however, why would he, or any Republican, support the Common Core standards?
Posted by Dottie MacQueen
Much has been reported on the 2-inch fish known as the Delta Smelt in California. It is on the endangered species list and because of that, this little fish commands more water than agricultural plants and the humans living in what was one of the most fertile areas in the U. S. - California’s Central Valley.
How is it that the government and radical environmentalists are allowed to put people on the bottom of the food chain because of a 2-inch fish? Better yet, instead of asking how this could happen, we should probably ask what the real agenda is behind this sinister, purposeful behavior. Could the reason for this behavior be as simple as putting more people on unemployment and getting the farmers to sell their land to big corporations who are in cahoots with our socialist government? Just asking.
If scams like this continue to occur, humans could eventually be placed on the endangered species list due to the lack of food and water.
Below are just some of the stories and videos that have been reported on this scam perpetuated on the people of California.
Federal rules leave drought-stricken California high and dry
The Endangered Species Act provides water for fish but not humans
By Damien Schiff and Julie MacDonald
This week Governor Brown announced a drought relief package of $680 million for California farmers, farm workers, and others who have been or will be hurt by the current historic drought. Just last week, the Washington Times published an oped with Damiiand former Interior Department official Julie MacDonald, in which we explain that much of the pain of this drought is man-made. To be sure, the paltry precipitation is responsible in part. But, as we demonstrate in the oped, incredibly short-sighted and wrongheaded water allocation decisions motivated by whimsical environmental sentiment should receive the lion’s share of the blame.
Sean Hannity reports on the Delta Smelt problem in 2009.
Reason TV reports on the Delta Smelt and illegal immigration problems.
Sarah Palin reminds us that the Delta Smelt is considered to be bait by some people.
More reports on the Delta Smelt scam:
Posted by Dottie MacQueen
Illinoisan Republicans, do your homework and research the backgrounds of these people. Don’t just rely on your friends and local politicians for information on candidates. It may be somewhat less than true.
Illinois Republicans Better Watch Out
The 11th Congressional District in Illinois seems to be a great mystery of politics. Bill Foster handily beat Judy Biggert last year, but he appears extremely vulnerable with 5 4 Republicans vying to take him on in the fall election. Mr. Foster is mostly known for his ability to bore crowds and his lack of involvement in the district.
While there is actually 5 people appearing on the Republican primary ballot, I clearly said there are only 4 Republicans running for election. A late addition to the race has left many people, including myself wondering if the Democrats are running one of their own as a Republican.
Bert Miller is the man in question. Bert lives well outside the district, and while I never think that is a true killer issue it is extremely strange that late in the game he would decide to enter into a race where he can’t even vote for himself.
If that wasn’t strange enough it has recently come out that Mr. Miller is more Democrat than he would ever like us Republicans to know. Apparently the Daily Herald covered it prior, but I honestly missed it.
The facts are this, Bert Miller has admittedly given thousands of dollars to some of the worst Democrats in the state, and country for that matter. The list includes infamous names like Madigan, Blagojevich, and most alarming, OBAMA.
That is right, at a time when the U.S. House is the only line of defense from the Socialist agenda of President Obama, an Obama supporter looks to join the U.S. House, as a Republican.
It seems, in my very humble opinion, that Illinois Democrats recruited Bert Miller to run so that at the end of the day Bill Foster, an Obamacare loving Democrat, or Bert Miller, also an Obama lover, would be there to protect Obama’s agenda.
Please warn your friends and relatives in the 11th Congressional District (Naperville, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Lisle, and New Lenox) that Bert Miller is most likely a Democrat plant and should be treated as such in a Republican primary.
Thanks for reading,