Fordham Creates New Subset in Ed Reform Wars: Now the Common Core Naysayers Include Progressive Liberal Atheist Moms


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Common Core proponents to those opposed to the Intitative: Be quiet, we can’t hear you, we refuse to see you. Common Core is here to stay…but, we have the answer for you…we will ‘allow’ you charter schools. Problem solved.

Common Core proponents to those opposed to the Intitative: Be quiet, we can’t hear you, we refuse to see you. Common Core is here to stay…but, we have the answer for you…we will ‘allow’ you charter schools. Problem solved.

Missouri Education Watchdog , Gretchen Logue

Did you read The Atlantic article about Common Core and the suburban moms buying into the conspiracy of the ‘confusion’ of anti-Common Core rhetoric?  MEW responded to the claims of Laura McKenna here.   Peter Greene in Curmudgucation responded in many of the same ways as we did in our response to the mainly PR piece in The Atlantic.

Michael Petrilli of Fordham weighs in with an interesting diversion in the discussion.  He believes that One Size Fits Most, Even in the Suburbs and for those who don’t fit into the standardized mold, there is a fix!  It’s not to do away with the standards in schools; it’s to mollify those parents (tagged as being liberal, non Christian, probably atheist) with the ‘choice’ of charter schools.  He writes:

Last week, writer Laura McKenna took to the Atlantic to try to understand why some suburban moms (many of them white) have turned against the Common Core. She settles on misinformation as a driving force, which is certainly a factor. For example, if these parents understood that their own local schools still have complete control over curriculum and textbooks, perhaps they wouldn’t be so frustrated with standards set so far away….

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Cut Scores for Smarter Balanced and PARCC: Trying to Be Like NAEP

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Both the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) are looking to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to determine their cut scores– the scores that separate individual student scores into artificially-contrived achievement groupings.

It is important to remember that achievement categories are not natural groupings. Someone must create them and assign importance to them.

Both SBAC and PARCC once advertised their wares as “next generation assessments” that were supposed to be marvels surpassing the well-known “bubble” tests– of which NAEP is one.

However, it seems that the realities of time and money constraints have both SBAC and PARCC as indeed being “bubble” tests, and not only that– they are “bubble” tests with cut scores modeled after NAEP determinations of “proficiency.”

All newfangled assessment roads lead back to NAEP, a test with achievement levels that appear not to have…

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Publius Huldah will speak at Article V Convention event, Asheville, NC on Feb. 26th


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Publius Huldah’s Blog

The Tar Heel Tea Party in Asheville, N.C. is putting on an event where I will tell you the TRUTH about Article V issues, and why an Article V convention is so dangerous that James Madison “trembled” at the prospect of such a convention.

Location: Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road E., Asheville, NC 28805
Date: Feb 26, 2015
Time: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

My host, Fremont Brown, would like you to send him a note if you can be there:

Here is the write up at their website about the event:

If you are near there, please come! If you have friends near there, please forward!





Scotland’s Extends Erosion of Parental Rights to Pre-Birth


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Under the pretext that we are from the government and we are here to help, Scotland is implementing its Children and Young People (Scotland) Act of 2014 aka Named Person scheme.

Passed in February 2014 by the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish government has legislated that a “named person” be assigned to every unborn child when the mother is seven months pregnant.

A health worker will be assigned to child up to the age of five after which a schoolteacher would inherit the role until the child reaches age 19.

Government overreach? Invasion of privacy and taking control away from the parents? The Scottish government remains adamant that The Named Person takes on their formal role from birth – they have no statutory role until then.”

The named person assigned to children under the age of five will be a health worker after which and through age 19, a schoolteacher would inherit the role.

The Scotsman

Guidance on the implementation of the legislation, which was published last week, states that the named person could be involved with families and setting up ‘planning and support’ during the last trimester of pregnancy. The legislation, which is due to come into effect in 2016, covers children from the day they are born up until the age of 18….

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Teachers are concerned that they will be overworked and ill prepared for this task as well as the repercussions of failure to meet mandated expectations BUT what about the PARENTS.

According to the Scottish government, a ‘named person; for every child across Scotland will “make a real difference” to the lives of youngsters.” Translation: Screw the parents.

every child will have a named person – usually a social worker of teacher – who they can go to for advice, support and help….” Support, assistance, doling out advice. Isn’t that the role of parents? “…The named person would also report suspected abuse in line with the current duty of care that teachers already have….”

The objective is to replace parents with government authorities. Proceed with the indoctrination and fundamental transformation of Scotland’s youth into snitches; namely to spy on family members (parents) and report all finding to the government. (Are you listening, America?)

The organization, No to Named Person (NO2NP), is attempting to block the further unfurling of this system, already implemented in Highland, Edinburgh, Fife Angus and South Ayrshire, Scotland (with a national target date of 2016) in court.

Anti-Named Person campaigners granted right to fast track appeal

Campaigners fighting the controversial named person proposals have won their request for a fast track appeal after a judge threw out their initial bid to have the named person scheme declared illegal.

At a hearing in Edinburgh on 17 February, Lady Clark granted a motion which means the case could be heard as early as June.

Although the Scottish Government has stated the scheme will not be implemented until next year, ministers have refused to give undertakings not to proceed with the legislation, meaning there is nothing to prevent them bringing it into force at any time.

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Clearly, politicians cannot be trusted regardless of what nation they represent.

What about PC and the threat to religious liberty?

Elizabeth Kendal in her blog, points out that the law ripe for abuse can be wielded as a weapon against Christians by ideologues and those with an agenda. H/t Christian Today.

Is a child’s ‘well-being’ threatened by home-schooling; or by parents who are seeking less invasive medical treatment; or by devout parents who teach that Jesus is the only Saviour or that God designed marriage to be between one man and one woman? Are children’s ‘well-being’ at stake if they are set curfews, denied their ‘sexual rights’, and taken to church when they’d rather play football?

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Rudy Giuliani Stands by Obama not “loving” America comment – The Kelly File (video)


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Fox News

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was on “The Kelly File” tonight, where he doubled down on his comment that President Barack Obama does not love America.

Megyn Kelly asked Giuliani: Do you want to apologize for your comment?

“Not at all, I want to repeat it,” he said, charging Obama with apologizing for America and criticizing the country….

While I have not always been a Giuliani fan, the former mayor of New York City is on point and even if he was not, there is still the First Amendment.

Judge a man by the company he keeps and Obama’s company says that the despot has no love for America.

So why the outrage? Well, that’s about silencing voices of opposition.


Muslim Barbary Pirates by William Federer


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American Minute (February 16, 2019)

‘The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco,’ stated President Obama in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.

Morocco began recognizing American colonists in 1625.

Governor William Bradford described the incident in the History of the Plymouth Settlement.
Two Pilgrim ships had been sent back to England carrying dried fish and 800 lbs of beaver skins to trade for supplies:

‘They…were well within the England channel, almost in sight of Plymouth. But…there she was unhapply taken by a Turkish man-of-war and carried off to Morocco where the captain and crew were made slaves…

Now by the ship taken by the Turks…all trade was dead.’

Muslim Barbary Pirates 003Muslim pirates of Morocco raided European coasts and carried away over a million to the North African slave markets, where also tens of millions of Africans were sold into slavery.

In 1627, Algerian Muslim pirates, led by Murat Reis the Younger, raided Iceland, and carried 400 into slavery.

One captured girl, who had been made a slave concubine in Algeria, was rescued back by King Christian IV of Denmark.

On June 20, 1631, the entire village of Baltimore, Ireland, ‘The Stolen Village,’ was captured by Muslim pirates. Only two ever returned.

Thomas Osborne Davis wrote in his poem, ‘The Sack of Baltimore’ (1895):

‘The yell of ‘Allah!’ breaks above the shriek and roar;
O’blessed God! the Algerine is lord of Baltimore.’

Des Ekin wrote in The Stolen Village: Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates (2008):

‘Here was not a single Christian who was not weeping and who was not full of sadness at the sight of so many honest maidens and so many good women abandoned to the brutality of these barbarians.’

Kidnapped Englishman Francis Knight wrote:

‘I arrived in Algiers, that city fatal to all Christians and the butchery of mankind.’

Moroccan Sultan Moulay Ismail had 500 wives, mostly captured from Europe, and forced

Sultan Mola_Barbary Pirate. Image in the public domain, Wikimedia Commons.

Sultan Mola_Barbary Pirate. Image in the public domain, Wikimedia Commons.

25,000 white slaves to build his enormous palace at Meknes. He was witnessed killing an African slave just to try out a new hatchet he was given.

The Catholic Order ‘Trinitarians’ or ‘Mathurins,’ collected alms to ransom slaves.
Morocco recognized the new country of the United States in 1785 by capturing two American ships and holding them for ransom.

Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Jay, 1787:

‘There is an order of priests called the Mathurins, the object of whose institution is to beg alms for the redemption of captives.

They keep members always in Barbary, searching out the captives of their country, and redeem, I believe, on better terms than any other body, public or private.

It occurred to me, that their agency might be obtained for the redemption of our prisoners at Algiers.’

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson wrote to William Carmichael regarding Tripoli’s demand for an extortion tribute payment, 1786:

‘Mr. Adams and I had conferences with a Tripoline ambassador, named Abdrahaman. He asked us thirty thousand guineas for a peace with his court.’

When Jefferson asked the Muslim Ambassador what the new country of America had done to offend them, he reported to John Jay, March 28, 1786:

‘The Ambassador answered us that it was…written in their Qur’an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged Islam’s authority were sinners, that it was their…duty to make war upon them…and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.’

Thomas Jefferson's KoranJefferson purchased a Qur’an to understand the enemy.

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. Federal budget was used to make extortion tribute payments to the Muslim pirates, yet they still continued their piracy.

When Jefferson became President, he finally sent in the U.S. Navy and Marines to stop Morocco’s Barbary pirates.

In his First Annual Message, December 8, 1801, Thomas Jefferson stated:

‘Tripoli…of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to (announce) war on our failure to comply before a given day. The style of the demand admitted but one answer.

I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean, with assurances to that power of our sincere desire to remain in peace, but with orders to protect our commerce against the threatened attack. ‘

On December 29, 1803, the new 36-gun USS Philadelphia ran aground on Morocco’s shallow coast.

Muslim pirates surrounded and captured it, imprisoning Captain William Bainbridge and his 307 man crew for 18 months.

To prevent the ship from being used by the Muslim Barbary pirates, Lieut. Stephen Decatur, on FEBRUARY 16, 1804, sailed his ship Intrepid into Tripoli’s pirate harbor on FEBRUARY 16, 1804.

Decatur set fire to the captured U.S. frigate ‘Philadelphia’ and escaped amidst fierce enemy fire.
British Admiral Horatio Nelson called it the ‘most bold and daring act of the age.’

The Navy and Marines later captured Tripoli and forced the Pasha to make peace on U.S. terms.
Frederick Leiner wrote in The End of the Barbary Terror-America’s 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa (Oxford University Press):

‘Commodore Stephen Decatur and diplomat William Shaler withdrew to consult in private… The Algerians were believed to be masters of duplicity, willing to make agreements and break them as they found convenient.’

The annotated John Quincy Adams-A Bibliography, compiled by Lynn H. Parsons (Westport, CT, 1993, p. 41, entry #194), contains ‘Unsigned essays dealing with the Russo-Turkish War and on Greece,’ published in The American Annual Register for 1827-28-29 (NY: 1830):

‘Our gallant Commodore Stephen Decatur had chastised the pirate of Algiers… The Dey (Omar Bashaw)…disdained to conceal his intentions;

‘My power,’ said he, ‘has been wrested from my hands; draw ye the treaty at your pleasure, and I will sign it; but beware of the moment, when I shall recover my power, for with that moment, your treaty shall be waste paper.’‘

The First Barbary War, 1801-1805, was America’s first war after the Revolution. The Second Barbary War, 1815, gave rise to the Marine Anthem:

‘From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.’


American Minute with Bill Federer FEBRUARY 16. United States Congress. Jun. 7, 1797, Treaty with Tripoli. Dr. C. Snouck Hurgronje of Leyden, Netherlands in his 1930 retranslation of the original treaty from Arabic into English. Gary DeMar, ‘The Treaty of Tripoli ‘ (Atlanta, GA: The Biblical Worldview, An American Vision Publication – American Vision, Inc., Dec. 1992), Vol. 8, No. 12, pp. 7-12. Gary DeMar, America’s Christian History: The Untold Story (Atlanta, GA: American Vision Publishers, Inc., 1993), p. 80. John W. Whitehead, ‘The Treaty of Tripoli ‘ (The Rutherford Institute (Jan/Feb 1985), pp. 10-11.


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GOP – The Daily Dose

Famous retired pediatric neurosurgeon and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, appearing on Newsmax TV’s America’s Forum with former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth on Tuesday, said that if Obama refuses to fund essential parts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that are vital to the security of the U.S., for the exclusive reason of protecting his illegal amnesty, that he is guilty of treason. When asked by Hayworth how Dr. Carson would advise the House and Senate in dealing with the DHS funding dispute currently happening over Obama’s illegal amnesty, a department that if […]


“I would say break the funding for homeland security up into parcels. Don’t present it as a whole bill. And that makes it much more difficult for him [Obama] for him to stand in the way. And if he does stand in the way, particularly with things that are vital to the security of this country, then I think we can start talking about treason.” (Near 05:30 of video.)

Dr. Carson is correct. Adding to that, the list of treasonable acts committed by Barack Obama, self-anointed monarch is endless.

Is America better off than it was six years ago? The world?

The Obama Doctrine is void of reality just as America under Barack Obama (and the world) has for six years been void of leadership.




My Case for Nullification instead of an Article V Constitutional Convention


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Patriot Vassar Bushmills thought provokingly delves into both sides of the debate of the Article V Constitutional Convention and Nullification. Regardless of where anyone stands, Vassar’s post is a worthy read and gives one plenty food for thought.

Vassar Bushmills

About a year ago I got involved in the Article V constitutional convention debate, such as there is one. I came at it through the back door, stemming from a debate between Mark Levin and Randy Barnett on one side, and Publius Huldah on the other, over Nullification. The concept of Nullification, by which a state, or the states, just by saying “no” to a federal law, can negate it, is often put forward as a better method to fix out-of-control government than the constitutional convention method. Levin and Barnett argue that Nullification is not only not legal, but Madison, among others, was against it. It was here I stepped in citing what I felt was an undeniable justification for Nullification, citing my favorite case on point, the Declaration of Independence, or, as they call it at the War College, Continental Congress v George III (1776).

So I wrote The Final Word on Nullification is That there is no Final Word.

Please read it, as I just reread it and wouldn’t change a word of it, and it expresses my opinion about Nullification vs the Art V process to a tee.

Since that time, I’ve been stuck between a rock and hard place….

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Via Grumpy Opinions.

Would you care to engage Vassar on the concept of Nullification? Please feel free to do so here or here.


Sean Hannity, Jihadi John’s Twitter Brawl


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It appears that a Twitter brawl broke out earlier today between Sean Hannity, ISIS’ Jihadi John and Twitter followers. (I wonder what role the State Department played in this social media fracas. Oh wait, the Obama administration wants to give the barbarians jobs).
God bless America. America has your back @seanhannity.




Here Is The Video That Drew Egypt Into The War On ISIS … Christian Beheadings (Graphic)


One thing I have noticed about these ISIS barbarians is that they are equal opportunity offender. If they are not stopped there will not one nation on the planet earth who remains unscathed by these savages. An act, I dare say is intentional.
Their global caliphate is much aligned with Communism, New World Order.

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The Islamic State Spread The Beheading Of 21 Egyptian Hostages In Libya

” The terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS, for its acronym in English) released today a video showing the beheading of about 21 men, who identified as Egyptian Coptic Christians (Orthodox Christians)captured in Libya .

  In the recording released by internet, looks at least ten men, with orange dress, kneeling with his hands cuffed behind his back , beheaded by his kidnappers, dressed in black. According to jihadist forums, a total of 21 hostages.

  The video, five minutes long, is titled “A signed with blood to the nation of the Cross message” and is addressed to “the people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church” .According to the news agency AFP , the place where executions occur is Tripoli, the Libyan capital.”

    This video and text comes from a Spanish…

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The Latest PR Piece in The Atlantic Magazine for Common Core…Wait for It! Who Gave Money to this Magazine?


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The Latest PR Piece in The Atlantic Magazine for Common Core…Wait for It! Who Gave Money to this Magazine?

Oh, here come those ***( (fill in your adjective here) citizens who won’t buy the Common Core schtick. They are already assumed in the title to buy into ridiculous theories. It should read “Why Middle Class Parents are up in arms about being marginalized, ignored and Alinskyed”


Missouri Education Watchdog, Gretchen Logue

The Atlantic trotted out the tired labels and pinned them on parents/taxpayers against The Common Core State Standards Intiative in Suburbia and Its Common Core Conspiracy Theories:

  • White suburban moms
  • Republican tea partiers
  • Fearmongerers
  • Irrational
  • Hysterical
  • Confused

The memo must have gone out that the new phrase to use on those against the Intiative is confused rather than misinformed, although writer Laura McKenna implies parents are too stupid to understand the Common Core States Standards Initiative without someone giving them guidance and information she believes is valid […]




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