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.........................A timely collection of conservative articles about liberal influences on politics and culture in America ......................

Thursday, August 21, 2014

No Facts, No Peace

Ann Coulter

"It's important to remember that, in police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, the initial facts are often wrong. You don't want to end up looking like Rich Lowry, National Review editor, whose March 23, 2012, column on the Trayvon Martin shooting was titled, "Al Sharpton Is Right." 

"Early accounts are especially unreliable when reporters think they have a white racism story. Stirring up racial hatred is how journalists make up for sending their own kids to lily-white private schools. 

"As detailed in my book Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama, the old media's standard for any police shooting of a black person is: "Racist until proved innocent.' " ...
"In less than two weeks, the original version of the racist police execution of Michael Brown -- or "Big Mike" -- has already undergone major revisions. We were told:

"-- Big Mike was the sweetest kid, he'd never hurt a flea.

"Then we got the store surveillance video of him robbing a liquor store and manhandling the clerk.

"Perhaps Big Mike committed his first-ever crime 11 minutes before his encounter with Officer Darren Wilson, but it doesn't look good.

"-- He was shot in the back.

"At least two autopsies now establish Big Mike was not shot in the back.

"-- He didn't touch the police officer.

"This week, we saw the X-ray of Officer Wilson's fractured eye socket." .

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What if the Rioters Were White?

Walter Hudson  "Imagine, if you will, a young white unarmed man shot to death by police under ambiguous circumstances like those which have sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Imagine that, in response to that white man’s death, white militia men, white Tea Partiers, and white professing Christians rallied to the town where it occurred. Imagine they began burning buildings, looting businesses, and defying measures by local law enforcement to maintain order. Then imagine that a charismatic political celebrity, say – Ted Nugent, showed up with an army of conservative activists leading a voter registration drive and said:
Five thousand new voters will transform the city from top to bottom…. Nobody can go to the White House until they stop by our house.… Elected officials don’t have to care about white citizens as long as they don’t fear us at the ballot box.
"How would the media and the government respond? Would Attorney General Eric Holder be traveling to the town to personally oversee a civil rights investigation unprecedented in scope? Would reporters wring their hands, pleading for understanding?
"Folks like Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and other agitators racing to forge political capital from the unrest in Ferguson have no interest whatsoever in equality under the law. Indeed, they have made it clear on several occasions that they advocate for and actively pursue a public policy which treats individuals differently based upon their racial identity and ethnic background. In a word, they seek injustice."  Emphasis added, TD

Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the boards of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, Minnesota Majority and the Minority Liberty Alliance. He maintains a blog and daily podcast entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of conservative Minnesotan commentary, and regularly appears on the Twin Cities News Talk Weekend Roundtable on KTCN AM 1130. Follow his work via Twitter and Facebook.

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

The Foley murder and the president

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 Syrian rebels from the town of Kafranbel honor James Foley and slam Obama.
"Less than six minutes.  That’s all the time Barack Obama has for an American who died in the middle of a desert because a disgusting, barbaric animal sawed off his head with a knife.
"Tee time!"   From Victory Girls

Islamic State beheads American journalist    ... " No doubt there will be many earnest statements of shock and horror at the tactics and actions of IS. But when it comes down to the nuts and bolts of destroying them, nothing will be done. We're much too civilized to destroy what has now become a nation state, a terrorist enclave in our midst. That may be our undoing in the end.  Rick Moran

Wayne Dupree has a lot to say to Mr. Obama   Language advisory

Obama Is Wired All the Wrong Way    ... "That is, I think, the operative question. I dearly hope Mr. Obama will do what’s necessary, and go as far as he needs to, given the stakes involved. I will admit I’m quite skeptical. That skepticism is based on the entire arc of the Obama presidency, which is itself the manifestation of Mr. Obama’s deepest convictions. All of his training and education, all his political and moral reflexes, all his actions as president, indicate he won’t do what is needed at this moment in time. He is simply not up to the challenge." 
"We’re asking him to do what I don’t think he is emotionally able to do. He’s wired all the wrong way.
"I hope I’m proved wrong. I rather doubt I will be."  
Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip      "President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening after spending less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Krauthammer’s Take: News of Attempted Foley Rescue a ‘Political Reaction to Horrific Event’

... “ 'The other way you could interpret this,” offered Krauthammer, “is to say, it is a message to the bad guys that we tried, we didn’t succeed, but we’re coming after you.” But this would hardly be effective, the panelist argued. “The major response, and the proper response — the one ISIS would worry about the most — is not a rescue mission, it’s the continuation of the air strikes. So it’s encouraging that we redoubled the air strikes today.' ”

Barack Obama, Our ‘Face in the Crowd’

Photo via PJMediaVictor Davis Hanson    "Elia Kazan’s classic A Face in the Crowd  is a good primer on Barack Obama’s rise and fall. Lonesome Rhodes arises out of nowhere in the 1957 film, romancing the nation as a phony populist  who serially spins yarns in the most folksy ways — confident that he should never be held to account. Kazan’s point (in the film Rhodes is a patsy for conservative business interests) is that the “folks” are fickle and prefer to be charmed rather than informed and told the truth. Rhodes’s new first name, Lonesome, resonates in the film in a way that Barack does now. Finally, an open mic captures Rhodes’s true disdain for the people he champions, and his career crashes.
  "We could go on, but you get the picture that it was all of the above that finally became too much, as Americans turned Obama off because they were all lied out. In all of these scandals a charismatic Barack wheeled out the teleprompter, smiled, dropped his g’s, soared with “make no mistake about it” and “let me perfectly clear,” and then, like Lonesome Rhodes, told the “folks”  things that could not be true or at least were the exact opposite of what he himself had earlier asserted. "                                                                      

Can you Tell Who the Bad Guys are Now?

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Avi Davis   Yet why, when Israelis have repeatedly peeled back the mask on the face of this monster, are our Western leaders so slow to react and unwilling to call it for what it is? As we watched film last week of desperate Yazhidis on Singal Mountain in Northern Iraq fighting for their lives and heard the gruesome tales of their tormentors' atrocities, Cameron at least doubled down and declared that "if we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement, it will only grow stronger until it can target us on the streets of Britain." And yet both he and Obama continue to equivocate on connecting the dots linking what is happening there to the battles in Gaza, the disappearance of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria and the slaughter three years ago in Mumbai.
Avi Davis is the President of the American Freedom Alliance in Los Angeles. He can be reached at adavis@americanfreedomalliance.org

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Al Sharpton to Headline Annual CAIR Banquet

Big Peace   "MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton has been scheduled to keynote the 20th annual Council on American-Islamic Relations fundraising banquet, scheduled for September 27th in the Washington, D.C., area."
"Sharpton's critics have described him as a “race-hustler,” while his supporters have profiled him as a civil rights leader. Rev. Sharpton is President Barack Obama’s “go-to black leader,” according to a 60 Minutes report. Their relationship is so close that “not only does Sharpton travel to see the president, the president travels to see him,” the report said." ...
... "CAIR is seen by many as an arm of the global Muslim Brotherhood movement--an organization that seeks a global Caliphate governed by the barbaric Shariah Koranic laws system. Some point to the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood to highlight the nature of its radicalism: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar!”
Speaking of CAIR, have you heard about their real war on women?

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

NY Times

"WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference." ...
"Good people must join together and stop this revolting wave of violence. It’s not as if we are powerless. I write this as a citizen of the strongest military power on earth. I write this as a Jewish leader who cares about my Christian brothers and sisters.
"The Jewish people understand all too well what can happen when the world is silent. This campaign of death must be stopped."

BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack

The Gateway Pundit
"The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store."
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"Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police."
"A blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the bones surrounding the eye and is commonly referred to as an orbital floor fracture. (AAPOS)
"This comes after St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter tweeted out last night that a dozen local witnesses confirmed Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s version of the Brown shooting story."

Social Justice in Ferguson

Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy
Political Cartoons by Dana Summers
Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
"After promising (with a surprisingly straight face) a "transparent" investigation into the details of the shooting death of angelic black teen Michael Brown by a jackbooted white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, the Department of Justice asked the local authorities not to release a security video which showed Brown committing robbery and assault only minutes before his final violent confrontation with the police.

"There was concern that release of the video might "raise tensions" in the community, perhaps because certain reliably Democratic voters get feisty when they discover there's no justification for their ongoing looting spree.

"Frankly, Hope n' Change is disappointed (but not surprised) that Barack Obama and Eric Holder have inappropriately federalized a case which should have remained a local matter. But with only months to go before midterm elections, it's critically important to both men to continue fanning the flames of racial hatred in our nation. And doing so with complete transparency.

Report: ISIS terrorists split woman in two with cars, bury Yazidis alive

Examiner.com  via Joe Newby

An image from a video allegedly shows the leader of the Islamic State jihadist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, addressing Muslim worshippers.
"Stories of atrocities being committed by ISIS terrorists have been coming out of Iraq and Syria for some time, with each report somewhat worse than the one preceding it. On Monday, Reuters said a Yazidi man told of people being buried alive and a woman literally split in two.

" 'They tied the hands of one woman to the back of a car and her legs to another car and they split her into two," said a 22-year-old student named Hassan. "Have you seen anything like this? This is all because she is not Muslim and did not want to be converted. We barely made it.' "  Full article...
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Report: Iranian Jewish woman cut in half, media silent
Oh, and there is this:  Democratic Congressman apologizes to Muslims on behalf of America

Monday, August 18, 2014

What are some Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards?

Derrick Meador   "Question: What are some Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards?

"The full implementation of the Common Core Standards is getting closer each day. The true impact that they have on schools and education as a whole will not be known for several years. One thing that is for sure is this shift to a national set of standards will be revolutionary. They will also be highly debated. As the media begins to recognize the significance of the Common Core, you can bet the debate will heat up even more. As their implementation approaches, we examine some of  the pros and cons of the Common Core Standards." 
Read the pros and cons here.

Derrick Meador is a school administrator that values the importance of the Internet on the teaching profession both as an educational tool and a resource.

Common Core reading pros and cons  " My district is in the process of transitioning into the Common Core. I’ve noticed that in reading, some teachers are excited. Others are worried that they won’t be able to do as many poems or narratives. I have mixed feelings about it. Here are my thoughts on some of the pros and cons of the Common Core." Excerpts follow:

Pros include
Common standards will make it easier for students who move from state to state. That makes a big difference in some of the transient populations. 
  • I look forward to the chance to collaborate with teachers throughout my PLN. Right now, we have to tie things in to our own standards. However, with Common Core, I feel like we can create a common curriculum and do shared projects across the country.

  • Cons include
    "I’m always concerned when the local context is neglected. I worry that in the push toward a more federalized system, we will lose the local control that schools should have (especially given the fact that schools are almost entirely locally funded)."
    I’m concerned with the push toward “college and career readiness.” What about critical thinking, democratic citizen readiness? What about learning to think well about life?

    The Pros and Cons of the Common Core Standards    "Confused about the Common Core? Join the crowd. A polarizing topic in educational systems across the country, the Common Core Standards, also referred to as the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI), are frequently misunderstood by those who are affected by it — the teachers responsible for implementing them. But armed with the objective information you need, you can assess the benefits of the Common Core to help you do what you do best: provide optimal educational experiences for the students who are counting on you.


    "In an effort to standardize the definitions of educational proficiency among states, the development of the Common Core Standards started in 2009. Those leading the charge included governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia. Various sources and criteria for development included existing standards, input from educators, content experts, state leaders, thought leaders and the public."  Full article

    I fear education material will reflect the political correctness of the time and will discourage political debate. School children in every town might be singing this song: 

    Maine Man, 19, Poses For New Mug Shot Wearing T-Shirt With Photo Of His Old Mug Shot

    The Smoking Gun

    "In a marvelously meta moment, a 19-year-old last week posed for a jail booking photo while wearing a t-shirt with a reproduction of the mug shot taken of him after a June arrest for drunk driving."