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A teacher told attendees at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Monday night that he helped write the controversial Common Core education standards to end white privilege.
Dr. David Pook, a professor at Granite State College and chair of the History department at The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, argued in favor of Common Core.
“The reason why I helped write the standards and the reason why I am here today is that as a white male in society I am given a lot of privilege that I didn't earn.”
Ironically, the $28,535 per year Derryfield School that Dr. Pook teaches at considers the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) inferior and does not use them on the student body that is 91% white.
The LA Times has been as friendly as possible to the Obama administration, but they can't ignore this.
The LA Times reports that late last week hundreds of pages of new regulations were added to Obamacare. Their reporters went through it and found a few key paragraphs. The change in regulations essentially provides insurers with another backup: If they keep rate increases modest over the next couple of years but lose money, the administration will tap federal funds as needed to cover shortfalls. This could be hundreds of billions of dollars!
This is a classic bait and switch. The middle class will feel like they're getting a break on insurance premiums. As long as they don't look at the governments check book, they'll believe the Affordable Health Care Law is working. It only unravels if they realize they are paying double for their insurance, because the increase is being charged to their account in the form of more debt.
The Republicans are expected to go nuts over this, and the Democrats will point at the scene they are making and say 'look how fanatical those people are'. I would warn Republicans against making a big deal out of this. In the medical field it's called bedside manner. You're about to inform the patient (America) that it has a potentially fatal disease (debt). They are going to get a 2nd opinion from the Democrats that will contradict your diagnosis. If you come off as raving lunatics, the patient will believe the diagnosis of the other doctor who is telling them they're fine. Conservatives don't have the luxury of showing anger anymore. They have been rightly angry over a number of scandals, but it turns the middle off. It's vital that the middle hears and comprehends what your message is.
This won't be classified as a scandal by the media, so we shouldn't either. Talk calmly about the disappointment you feel in the administration burying new regulations into the law, that Congress didn't get to vote on, that will cost us potentially hundreds of billions of dollars. Talk about how crony capitialism between this administration and a select few insurance companies has perpetrated a fraud on the American tax payer to make it seem like the Affordable Healthcare Act is helping to keep costs low when in actuality it is forcing prices to skyrocket while making it more difficult for all Americans to receive treatment. Encourage them to read today's LA Times story. Don't get into arguments with liberals who support wholeheartedly what is happening out of a blind belief that this is helping. You will not win an argument with someone who refuses to look at the facts honestly. And in your rage will potentially dissuade fair minded folks from investigating for themselves. I don't believe Obamacare will the law of the land for long. Sometime around 2017 it will either move to socialized medicine or as the Democrats have branded it "single payer", or it will turn into some free market based system which probably includes some government subsidies and Health Savings Accounts. There is a lot depending on the way this argument is settled and it's important that the patients understand what their decision means for their health.
By Allen West:
Exclusive: Confidential source reveals to me what really happened in Benghazi
Today as I returned from Detroit, I had a moment that I truly felt was God sent, as I don’t believe in coincidences. It happened on one of my flights, and it was two hours I will never forget.
I was seated beside someone who personally knew one of the men who was there on the roof in Benghazi. This person was excited to share with me the “ground truth” of what happened September 11, 2012.
My seat mate drew schematics to orient me to the “time and spacing” and the direction of the attack. I learned about the repeated orders to the men at the CIA annex to stand down and do nothing — thank God two of them, Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods, lived up to their code of honor and ran to the sound of the guns, resulting in their loss of life — but the preservation of life for others, their fellow Americans.
I learned about the proximity of the staging area of the attack to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, and the attackers were indeed Ansar al-Sharia, a group affiliated with al-Qaida. I came to understand why Ambassador Chris Stevens was there in the first place and that he had in fact requested better security but was denied – the question is, by whom? And I learned that the Martyrs of 17 February Brigade were in charge of security and were the ones who opened the gates, then fled.
I learned there are those who are being threatened with their pensions being cut off if they come forth to speak.
And I learned, as I presumed, that there was a covert weapons scheme going on in Libya, Benghazi. We had been supplying radical Islamists with weapons against Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, effectively supplying the enemy and destabilizing that country. And it seems that there was a CIA weapons buy-back program, the aim of which was to ship the retrieved weapons out of Libya through Turkey, and to the Islamist forces in Syria.
Benghazi and the operations in Libya are shrouded in a fog of lies, deceit, manipulation, threats, intimidation, coercion, abandonment, and worst of all, potentially treason.
No, it was not about a kidnapping scheme, it was about something, as I’ve stated, that will make Iran-Contra look like Romper Room. The web of lies spun is coming apart, and all other committee hearings on this matter should be shut down.
The House has established a Select Committee — quite telling that the same has not been done in the Senate — and those involved, to include the President, MUST appear before Rep. Trey Gowdy.
And to those Democrats appointed to the committee: if you seek to obstruct the revelation of the truth, you are complicit and guilty as well.
Am I afraid because of what I now know? Heck no. I’m honored to have been entrusted, so I for one can be on the right side of history.
From Bob S.....
The Republican Leadership Conference is taking place this week in Louisiana. On Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz wowed the crowd and distressed the MSM between his speech to the conference and his remarks to the press. This afternoon, he continued this string of victory by winning the straw poll.
In the straw poll, 633 ballots were cast, which was attended by more than 1,500 people. The results were as follows:
1. Ted Cruz — 30.33 percent
2. Ben Carson — 29.38 percent
3. Rand Paul — 10.43 percent
4. Mike Huckabee — 5.06 percent
5. Rick Perry — 4.90 percent
6. Curt Clawson (write-in) 4.58 percent
7. Jeb Bush — 4.42 percent
8. Marco Rubio — 3.32 percent
9. Rick Santorum — 2.37 percent
10. Paul Ryan — 2.05 percent
11. Allen West (write-in) — 2.05 percent
12. Chris Christie — 1.11%
The so called conservative media is ignoring this!
By Keith Davies
The shame is on us as Americans, that we as a nation would vote for a Jihadist named Barrack Hussein Obama, a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and now a sellout to terrorists advancing their cause.
The nay sayers might like to refer back to Obama’s decision to take out Osama Bin Laden but this was a ruse to show us suckers that our Commander in Chief was strong on fighting terror which is a total deception. The informed all know including Obama that the source of Jihad and the political aims of Islam come from the Quran and The Sharia, but we as a nation prefer to worship an Emperor with no Clothes.
It is now clear for any average American who wishes to call himself informed that it is now beyond obvious that Obama is a stealth Jihadist advancing the same cause as Al Qaida but using deception to advance it in order to weaken the United States as quickly as possible. This strategy is advanced without alarming his own supporters and using the fawning media to keep at bay the pathetic, weak and useless Republicans from opposing this traitor we call President and Commander in Chief.
The release of this deserter Bowe Bergdahl (for five dastardly terrorists) who is now obviously a Taliban operative of the “radical” form of Islam according to the PC crowd, along with his father who is also a fundamentalist Muslim declared in Arabic from the Rose Garden standing next to the President who smiled with agreement when this terror supporting jerk proclaimed his victory for Islam in the Arabic language.
The so called conservative media is ignoring this, making excuses for the father or asking out loud why the father praised Allah in the Rose Garden, and dare not conclude the obvious.
Why should Obama care? Since he has gotten away with dozens of impeachable offenses without boo from our media and a feckless Republican party, why not now advance with full force the Muslim terror agenda? The vast majority of the American people are so ignorant whose strong opinions are reserved just for gay marriage, legalizing weed and the latest local baseball game.
Overnight the President has gone from stealth Jihad to overt Jihad right from the Whitehouse and the best coverage from our media is that what Obama has done is illegal and that Bowe Bergdahl is a “suspected” deserter but we at shoebat.com are the only ones to uncover incontrovertible evidence that this “POW” is a Taliban operative used to help the propaganda machine of the Obama administration. Since the face of the Veteran Affairs scandal is now on Obama, what better way as to get the release of a POW to change the news coverage? This would be fine and dandy if the soldier was a patriotic American, but we know now this is certainly not the case.
My next question is how in the name of G-d did Bowe Bergdahl ever get hired by our military in the first place, sorry silly question, Fort Hood massacre and Nidal Malik Hasan is your answer.
The final question is why did Obama break the law in not consulting Congress? The answer is simple, based on the case history of this deserter many in Congress would have strongly objected to saving this treacherous cretan by swapping five of the worst Muslim terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay.
This latest scandal, which incredibly seems to be a weekly occurrence, last week, was the accidental outing of a CIA agent, the week before was VA scandal, I wonder what we are in store for us next week. It does not matter, as there are no consequences for this charlatan of a president. The guy is not a chief executive other than he loves flying Air Force One, but the big picture of destroying this country economic and military power so his Jihadi Muslim Brotherhood friends can build their Caliphate is now open for all to see if you have the common sense and courage to see it. Alas still most Americans are not even low information but are no information voters as we continue down the sink hole created by our own stupidity.
It Ain't Gonna Happen
Every day you see calls for the Impeachment of Barack Obama for High Crimes and Misdemeanors on Social Media Sites and in the Blogosphere. However, I have to tell them a simple fact: IT WON’T HAPPEN! In order to Impeach the President, the United States House of Representatives has to, by 2/3 majority vote charge him through “Articles of Impeachment”; then the United States Senate will be the Jury for the trial, which requires a 2/3 majority vote to convict; and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will be the Judge for the trial. Simple enough, right? WRONG! The Articles of Impeachment would not get the 2/3 majority vote, and perhaps would not receive even a majority , let alone a 2/3 vote of the Senate, irrespective of the evidence.
It only takes a majority in House to impeach.
It takes 2.3 in Senate to remove.
Serious hearings in House might force resignation via Democrats frantic to preserve their jobs in Nov.
Time to do it is RIGHT now, but I have little faith in Congress.
Help us get it started
The upcoming November elections look good for freedom interests now.
Impeachment action at this time will stir up the Obama supporters and drive them to the polls in November and spoil chances of many freedom candidates and keep statists in control.
They will stir up the Hispanic, African-American and low-information voters who have little interest now.
I wish I were wrong but fear that I am not.
The time for this is after the November elections not now.
Yeah, Don, it's a different excuse every year. Last year it was.....??? And next year it will be: elections are too close- he'll be gone soon., And what will you say when Killary gets in?