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Paging Eric ‘vote fraud doesn’t exist’ Holder

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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The day after he resigned, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said this to the CBC:

“My colleagues and I are acting aggressively to ensure that every American… can exercise his or her right to participate in the democratic process, unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions that discourage and discriminate or that disenfranchise in the name of a problem that doesn’t exist,” Holder said.

According to Eric Holder, you are not reading this:

State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.

It’s possible the Justice Department will see to it that a case against Ayala isn’t pursued. How can you prosecute somebody for doing something that doesn’t exist?

Holder wants you to know this never happened either.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Paging Eric ‘vote fraud doesn’t exist’ Holder

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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The day after he resigned, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said this to the CBC:

“My colleagues and I are acting aggressively to ensure that every American… can exercise his or her right to participate in the democratic process, unencumbered by unnecessary restrictions that discourage and discriminate or that disenfranchise in the name of a problem that doesn’t exist,” Holder said.

According to Eric Holder, you are not reading this:

State Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala, D-Bridgeport, was arrested Friday on 19 voting fraud charges.

Ayala, 31, is accused of voting in local and state elections in districts she did not live, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

The arrest warrant affidavit also alleges Ayala provided fabricated evidence to state Election Enforcement Commission investigators that showed she lived at an address in a district where she voted while actually living outside the district, according to the release.

It’s possible the Justice Department will see to it that a case against Ayala isn’t pursued. How can you prosecute somebody for doing something that doesn’t exist?

Holder wants you to know this never happened either.

**Written by Doug Powers

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New scare tactic highlights gravity of the ‘climate crisis’

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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Our oil-burning, bovine flatulence-induced plunge toward the sun begins:

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I’m not sure “we need to do something about climate change or we’ll all weigh a little less” will be an effective scare tactic, but we’ll see:

Gravity — yes, gravity — is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That’s the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency.

“The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region,” writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch.
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The biggest implication is the new measurements confirm global warming is changing the Antarctic in fundamental ways. Earlier this year, a separate team of scientists announced that major West Antarctic glaciers have begun an “unstoppable” “collapse,” committing global sea levels to a rise of several meters over the next few hundred years.

Maybe the next Antarctic expedition studying the dramatic ice loss can report the latest findings after they’re inevitably rescued from being trapped in the ice that isn’t there anymore.

Hopefully this will help bring gravity back to normal:

Antarctic sea ice set new record high yesterday, beating record set this time last year: http://t.co/mwUh9bwEoJ

— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) September 17, 2014

There are other theories though that are precisely the opposite:

Criminal complaint against accused intruder says that on being apprehended he said he came to warn the pres the atmosphere was collapsing.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 29, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

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State Dept’s Marie Harf: Hey, the spread of ISIS surprised even ISIS

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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“Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance — unless your own arrogance is greater, then never mind.”
- Sun Tzu’s lesser-known brother Sam Tzu.

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As the rest of the hapless world continues to fail to live up to Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaign promises, the president has said that the intelligence community misjudged the ISIS threat, which of course forced Obama to dismiss the terrorist organization as a JV team.

The State Department’s Marie Harf said today that the spread of ISIS caught everybody by surprise… even ISIS.

Video via Noah Rothman at Hot Air, partial transcript via me:

Blitzer: I guess what the president said on 60 Minutes that the intelligence community basically got it wrong. The intelligence community, at least elements there, they’re coming back and saying for at least a year they were warning that ISIS was on the move, getting stronger, gaining territory. They don’t think they necessarily got it wrong.

Harf: What the president said was for a long time we’ve known about the serious threat from ISIL. But I think everyone — us, the Iraqis, even ISIL itself probably — was surprised by how quickly earlier this summer they were really able to take territory in Iraq. They moved more quickly than anyone could have imagined.

The Three Stooges called, and they want their foreign policy back.

Moral of the story: ISIS really needs to work on their intelligence gathering capabilities so they understand their limitations and stop making the current administration look so JV.

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Obama on 60 Minutes: US responding militarily with few global partners part of ‘how we roll’

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama’s view on the necessity of a big “coalition” seems to have “evolved” just like so many other things:

In a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday evening, Obama was asked why the US is contributing such a significant portion of the military coalition against the jihadist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS. Obama responded by arguing that other countries were not stepping up.

“When trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don’t call Beijing, they don’t call Moscow. They call us. That’s the deal,” he quipped.

When CBS’ Steve Kroft pressed Obama on the relatively small contributions from some of the US’ coalition partners, Obama insisted such arrangements were expected.

“That’s always the case. That’s always the case. America leads. We are the indispensable nation,” he said. “We have capacity no one else has. Our military is the best in the history of the world.”

Obama also said “that’s how we roll.” Taking the lead in the world and going it along if necessary is a great American tradition. The Obama “coalition” dwarfs Bush’s (not that the NYT didn’t try to fix that) and yet Bush was accused by some of these same people of “going it alone” by not signing up enough partners for the effort:

During an April 2007 speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Obama said the U.S. cannot try to “bully [the world] into submission.”

In a 2007 essay in Foreign Affairs, he specifically warned about breaking off from European allies: “In the case of Europe, we dismissed European reservations about the wisdom and necessity of the Iraq war.”

During his July 2008 campaign speech in Berlin, Obama told Europeans that “no one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone.” He warned that “on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny” and that neither America nor Europe can “turn inward.”

How times have changed.

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Who’s up for a human rights lecture about Ferguson from the Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei?

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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In countries that claim to support #democracy,there's more injustice toward humans like in US where blacks are still discriminated.#Ferguson

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) September 28, 2014

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White House responds to the Oklahoma beheading as expected

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s the short version of the White House’s response to the horrible beheading in Oklahoma:

That’s right, the beheading of a woman and stabbing of another in Oklahoma by a Muslim convert was so horrible that the White House has nothing to say about it.

It’s almost as if the White House doesn’t see anything to gain politically in commenting on the beheading. The attack in Oklahoma doesn’t fit into any desirable narrative:

Ed Henry says White House has no comment on Oklahoma beheading. But Sandra Fluke? Yes. Gay football player? Yes. Beer Summit? Yes.

— KRenner (@KRenner2) September 27, 2014

You might also remember that the White House also has no comment about Kermit Gosnell’s house of horrors. Seeing a theme here?

Speaking of themes:

On spectacular Autumn day, Pres Obama playing golf at Ft. Belvoir. Foursome includes Tony Kornheiser.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 27, 2014

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Help wanted: Obama admin seeks Chief Corruption Smidgenizer; Must be able to start before November

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Experience at building stone walls preferred:

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he will resign after six years at the helm of the Justice Department.
Holder has agreed to remain in his post until the confirmation of his successor.

“In the months ahead I will leave the Department of Justice,” Holder said at the White House, thanking President Barack Obama for the “greatest honor of my professional life.”

To make the administration aware that you’re interested in this job opening, just email your resume to James Rosen and use the subject line “HOW’S THE WEATHER IN PYONGYANG?”

The most ridiculous analysis of Holder’s resignation goes to Chuck Schumer:

AG Holder was like ‘Horatius at the Bridge’ preventing or slowing down the regressive march to take away people’s hard-earned rights.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 25, 2014

Sounds like Chuck spent the night sleeping in an air-tight crawl space with several open cans of paint and a copy of “Roman–Etruscan Wars for Dummies.”

While we’re on the subject of the Justice Department, this was also in the news today:

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Mark Udall, DCCC horribly offended by most honest, nicest ‘attack ad’ ever

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

In the Colorado Senate race, incumbent Dem Mark Udall is enduring a hateful ad campaign from his GOP opponent, Cory Gardner. Just get a load of this rabid partisan attack:

A new TV ad scheduled to begin this week on Denver stations takes Colorado’s competitive Senate race to a new, very personal, level.

Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner appears on camera and calls incumbent Democrat Sen. Mark Udall a “nice guy,” but a career politician who won’t change the Senate.

Now that’s offensive!

But wait, it gets worse: In the Gardner ad, he points out that Udall’s father was once a presidential candidate.

Beyond the pale!

Udall was incensed that his opponent cited some information that is readily available on his own website:

Udall himself was appalled by the ad, releasing a statement expressing his disappointment.

“This race should be about who can better represent the great state of Colorado, not personal attacks on our families,” Udall said, “So, to see Congressman Gardner decide to go after my late father and members of my family in a negative ad, that’s just low, no matter what ‘generation’ Congressman Gardner claims to represent. I’m proud of my dad. He was as Western and bipartisan and commonsense as a man could get.

Here’s Udall’s communications director:

Gardner's attack on Udall’s late father is beneath a U.S. Senate candidate. He should apologize to Senator Udall & his family & take it down

— Justin Barasky (@JustinBarasky) September 24, 2014

If they think that was an attack ad, just wait until Gardner starts showing photos of Udall with Obama. All hell will break loose.

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Obama fires up Air Force One, Marine One, huge motorcade to deliver climate change warning at UN

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

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New impenetrable layer of fence added around White House

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Following another White House fence-jumping incident where a man made it all the way inside the White House, additional measures have been taken:

In the wake of Friday’s fence-jumping incident, the White House is stepping up security with one of the most basic defenses in its toolkit: a second, shorter fence in front of the existing one.

The new portable fence is about waist high and appears to be linked together with plastic ties.

Not exactly the Maginot Line, but I guess something had to be done:

New fence now in front of The White House. Held together with a special new polymer twisty tie material. pic.twitter.com/IgEFKtXHYF

— Skip LaCombe (@skiplacombe) September 23, 2014

Here's the @WhiteHouse security fence before and after Friday's fence jumper: http://t.co/pZiUlBJfCe pic.twitter.com/PCSnEcoVmH

— Erin Dooley (@erindooley1) September 23, 2014

I’d have bound them together with duct tape instead of zip ties, but admittedly I’m no security expert.

Those same fences couldn’t keep veterans out of monuments during the shutdown, but hopefully they do the trick this time.

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Al Gore has lost so much weight that he makes a Prius look like a Chevy Suburban SUV

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Al Gore attended the “People’s Climate March” in NYC on Sunday and marchers used the harnessed power of his hypocrisy to inflate the “carbon bubble.” I joked that Gore arrived by bicycle, but it turns out he was brought in on an eco-friendly Prius.

This is a Prius Gore’s getting into, right? (Video via Breitbart’s Big Government):

Gore is always happy to engage questions about rising energy prices, isn’t he? The Goracle jumped in the SUV so fast after that you’d have thought the questioner was a process server carrying papers from Al-Jazeera.

According to Edmunds, even the Flex-Fuel version of a new Suburban SUV gets 15 MPG city.

And if you’re wondering why Gore’s security guy looked so dour, it’s because he gets paid in carbon credits.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Selective disenfranchisement: Ferguson residents must present photo ID to get into DOJ town hall

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Photo IDs are being required in order for people to perform a civic function? Paging Eric Holde… wait, never mind:

An obscure arm of the Justice Department known as “America’s peacemaker” banned reporters and non-residents from two town hall meetings Monday in Ferguson, Missouri. The ban was enforced by Ferguson police officers, even though a city spokesman said local officials wouldn’t prevent outsiders from attending.

DOJ’s Community Relations Service, or CRS, a small government agency charged with conflict resolution, is mediating a series of meetings in the St. Louis suburb, which was rocked by protests after a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last month.
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Photos from one of the events, however, showed Ferguson police checking IDs at the door. Authorities also ejected a Ferguson resident for recording the meeting, but allowed him to return when he promised to stop. A local Democratic committeewoman was temporarily barred.

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Resolved: Al Gore’s next mansion should be constructed from Climate March trash

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Discuss.

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Many of the Grand Guardians of Mother Earth at Sunday’s “People’s Climate March” in NYC left offerings to the hypocrisy gods:

https://twitter.com/wickedlizzard/status/513842346237374464

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Big crowd at ‘People’s Climate March’ makes futile attempt to fill in carbon footprints of Gore, DiCaprio

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 09:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If the Goracle and DiCaprio look tired it’s probably because they rode bicycles all the way to NYC:

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— Andrea Bernstein (@AndreaWNYC) September 21, 2014

leonardo dicaprio at the #PeopleClimateMarch pic.twitter.com/vL77HD8yZi

— Daniel Evans (@DanieloEvanso) September 21, 2014

To put the attendance at the “People’s Climate March” in New York City into perspective, authorities estimate that if the crowd was placed into the carbon footprint of Al Gore, it would almost fill up the pinky toe:

Activists mobilized in cities across the globe Sunday for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people were expected.

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were all due to take part in what organizers hope will be the largest climate change protest in history.

Nothing says “let’s cut down on greenhouse gas emissions” than by creating traffic jams:

A massive march against climate change was set to roll into Midtown and the Upper West Side on Sunday, and commuters will have to be ready for bumper-to-bumper delays.

As CBS 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the People’s Climate Change March is expected to draw about 100,000 people. They will jam their march route as they call for more government action to help the environment.

Some drivers are worried.

“I think it’s going to be a nightmare,” said motorist Paulo Flosi.

Burning extra fuel taking a detour might be preferable to driving down the road and seeing this:

Apparently the goddess of the #PeopleClimateMarch is Aunt Jemima. pic.twitter.com/Gh8gulfgdK"

— Rick Moore (@RickMoore) September 21, 2014

Overheard at the march: “Miccah Sunrise, I think the mushrooms are turning on me!”

"Capitalism is killing the planet." But don't ask how I got my sign & cooking supplies! pic.twitter.com/nmkCEGs2Qm #PeopleClimateMarch

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 21, 2014

The secret to creating non-hypocritical free market blasting eco muffins is in the cooking style:

@michellemalkin Anti-capitalist prog muffins, fermented underground wrapped in an old pair of Stalin's underwear — a communist Kimchi pot.

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) September 21, 2014

Obligatory (language warning):

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Sen. Mary Landrieu brews up vote-getting strategy for vulnerable Dems

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 09:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If this provides a boost to Landrieu’s poll numbers, by next weekend Kay Hagan will be officiating a beer pong contest at a UNC frat house:

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) was spotted helping a man do a keg stand at a Louisiana State University tailgating event on Saturday.

A photo from the event appears to show Landrieu—one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents this year— holding the keg’s spigot while a young man dressed in the Tigers’ purple and gold does a handstand on the keg and other participants hold his legs. A crowd of onlookers cheers him on.

A source close to the campaign said the man was in his late 20s and was enjoying a tailgate with his friends and family. The source also said his father was at the tailgating party with him.

Public service:

No, really. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) poured beer into the mouth of a dude doing a keg stand today pic.twitter.com/RVwkBYt5QR

— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) September 21, 2014

The best part is that if Landrieu is questioned about it she can simply say it was a photo shoot for an Obamacare ad:

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For some reason this sounds familar: Obama will personally sign off on airstrike targets

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 11:35

**Written by Doug Powers

For those who have learned about or remember Vietnam in the mid to late 1960′s, this might ring an uneasy bell:

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More from the Wall Street Journal:

The U.S. military campaign against Islamist militants in Syria is being designed to allow President Barack Obama to exert a high degree of personal control, going so far as to require that the military obtain presidential signoff for strikes in Syrian territory, officials said.

The requirements for strikes in Syria against the extremist group Islamic State will be far more stringent than those targeting it in Iraq, at least at first. U.S. officials say it is an attempt to limit the threat the U.S. could be dragged more deeply into the Syrian civil war.
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Through tight control over airstrikes in Syria and limits on U.S. action in Iraq, Mr. Obama is closely managing the new war in the Middle East in a way he hasn’t done with previous conflicts, such as the troop surge in Afghanistan announced in 2009 or the last years of the Iraq war before the 2011 U.S. pullout.

With this micromanagement in mind, the White House was glad today to accept delivery of the “LBJ-9000 Presidential Selective Target Airstrike Activator,” which has been set up for Obama in the situation room:

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There Will Be Blood II: Al Jazeera counter-sues Al Gore in battle royale for Big Oil money

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 16:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Suit.

Counter-suit:

Al Jazeera America is suing former Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, the former owners of the TV network that became Al Jazeera America.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million.

A peer-reviewed study from the IPCC says that the amount carbon dioxide emitted from millions of people saying “pass the popcorn” about this story now presents a serious threat to the planet, and within five years the Arctic could be completely ice free.

It’s unclear who’s going to win these lawsuits, but God does not appear to be on Gore’s side, as evidenced by the Goracle’s mic being cut off while he quoted from the Gospel of Luke. Bonus points: It happened just as Gore yelled “Ye hypocrites!”

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‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 23:56

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These misguided kids need to learn some real critical thinking skills. (Photo: CPR)

‘A’ Is for Agitation: What’s Really Going on in Jefferson County Schools
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

There’s a big battle brewing in the Jefferson County, Colorado, school system. The manufactured controversy over a proposed curriculum review is generating national New York Times headlines. But the fight is not about what misguided students and biased reporters say it’s about. “Censorship” is a red herring. The real issue is union control.

Here’s the deal: Public school teachers in this Denver-area district walked out of their classrooms this week to protest the implementation of performance-based pay. The JeffCo school board approved the new compensation system last week, which rewards the most highly effective teachers with 4.2 percent raises, effective teachers with 2.4 raises and inferior teachers with nothing. Only 2 percent of teachers received no pay raises.

One fact the grievance-mongering teachers conveniently left out of their politicized pep talks to student sympathizers: The board gave bonuses to 450 teachers who would have otherwise received no raises under the union’s arbitrary step scale. The old system didn’t take performance into any consideration at all.

Despite the hefty rewards for teacher competence and excellence, disgruntled union leaders called for a strike last Friday (or as they prefer to whitewash it, a “sickout“). The Big Labor avengers succeeded in shutting down two schools — and enlisting students to protest with them. But the optics of robbing kids of valuable educational time to protest an $18.2 million salary compensation package did not play well with taxpayers.

Enter the “censorship” fakeout.

At the same board meeting where the new pay system was approved, elected school board members heard a proposal to form a curriculum review committee. Under the state constitution, elected local school boards are responsible for instructional and curriculum matters. It’s their duty. The proposal (read it here) called for the creation of a new, nine-member panel “to review curricular choices for conformity to JeffCo academic standards, accuracy and omissions, and to inform the board of any objectionable materials.”

The panel’s first review items would be the elementary health curriculum and the A.P. U.S. History (APUSH) curriculum, which has undergone a radical revamp over the past few years.

The chief architect of the APUSH revisions is David Coleman, a progressive ideologue who is also one of the prime movers and shakers behind the Common Core standards scheme. Objections to the shoddy, intrusive, costly, top-down, backroom-designed Common Core agenda cross party lines. Rank-and-file teachers across the country have joined a diverse anti-Common Core coalition of parents, administrators, scholars, grassroots activists, privacy advocates and anti-cronyism watchdogs.

The JeffCo school board takes its deliberative role seriously. The proposal is the opposite of censorship. The debate over history standards is part of a wider battle between left-leaning militant teachers’ unions, who explicitly see their primary role as Saul Alinsky-trained political agitators, and those who want to restore academic excellence, rigor and ideological balance in the schools.

While every liberal “-ism” has been incorporated into the school day — from environmentalism and collectivism to social justice activism to mandatory volunteerism, feminism and transgenderism — JeffCo school board members are now being mocked for simply proposing that citizenship, individualism and patriotism have a fundamental place at the schoolteacher’s table.

Somehow, this perfectly reasonable proposal morphed into “JeffCo wants to remove slavery from the history curriculum!” Next thing you know, students were walking out of class two days in a row this week with “We (Heart) Our Teachers” signs. And the liberal Denver Post was running propaganda stories on Twitter mockery of the school board.

“It upsets me greatly to see children being used as pawns and missing educational time,” school board president Ken Witt told me. And “we’re not just going to rubber-stamp” the top-down APUSH changes, he says. But the bigger picture, Witt points out, is that the district’s “union contract expires in August. It will be entirely redrafted.” The agitators’ ultimate goal is “to create turmoil and discredit board before those negotiations.”

And they are trying to do so by any means necessary — including misleading kids, spreading falsehoods in the classroom and instigating walkouts through student-managed organizing websites.

The parting words of former top National Education Association lawyer Bob Chanin a few years ago in explaining the union’s main agenda say it all. After calling conservative opponents “bastards,” he said:

“This is not to say that the concern of NEA and its affiliates with closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, improving teacher quality and the like are unimportant or inappropriate. To the contrary — these are the goals that guide the work we do. But they need not and must not be achieved at the expense of due process, employee rights and collective bargaining. That simply is too high a price to pay.”

Listen up, class. For public employee union leaders, it’s not really about the children or academic excellence or curricular freedom. It’s about their own political self-preservation. Always.

Have Dems already nominated a scapegoat for a possible November election massacre?

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 19:35

**Written by Doug Powers

If the Democrats get bulldozed in November, somebody’s got to take the blame for it, and that person certainly won’t be President Obama.

Enter fact-challenged Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters.

Oh I see, DWS’s rhetoric about the Tea Party might have offended the delicate “new tone” sensibilities of the party of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Here’s an alleged complaint about DWS that’s hilarious coming from the DNC: She reportedly tried to get them to provide free stuff:

One example that sources point to as particularly troubling: Wasserman Schultz repeatedly trying to get the DNC to cover the costs of her wardrobe.

In 2012, Wasserman Schultz attempted to get the DNC to pay for her clothing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, multiple sources say, but was blocked by staff in the committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters and at President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign headquarters in Chicago.

So the Dems might not have wanted to pay for DWS to “get covered” in a sense? Amazing what difference things make when it’s your own cash. I guess they figure she’s there to preach the party platform, not to practice it.

Also, the “DWS” in “DWS PAC” doesn’t stand for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. If it did, the PAC couldn’t accept money from lobbyists.

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