Monday, December 22, 2014

We know that the man who murdered two police officers sitting in their car eating lunch has seen endless police bashing from some of the highest officials in the land-Former NYC Police Commissioner Howard Safir, Time

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12/21/14, "Howard Safir: Anti-Police Rhetoric Unlike Anything I’ve Seen in 45 Years," Time.com

"Howard Safir is the former commissioner of the New York City Police Department (1996-2000) and Chairman and CEO of Vigilant Resources International (VRI)."

"We have seen nothing but police bashing from some of the highest offices in the land.

Michael Brown and Eric Garner died resisting arrest. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu died doing their job. It is a very important distinction. Michael Brown and Eric Garner were committing crimes. Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were protecting all the citizens of New York City.

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The national dialogue on proper and effective policing has been totally distorted. Activists purporting to represent the majority of the black community have been bolstered by a 24 hour news cycle that gives them unwarranted credibility. I do not believe for one minute that Al Sharpton represents the feelings of most hardworking, law abiding black American families. I know through dozens of community meetings during my time as NYC Police Commissioner that what the black community wants most is what we all want—a safe environment in which to live their lives.

There are 18,000 police departments in the United States. They interact millions of times with the public, and make hundreds of thousands of arrests. Very few result in a suspect’s death or injury. We do not have police forces out of control as the media and the Sharptons of the world would have us believe. Does that mean that there are not serious incidents of police abuse or misjudgment? Of course there are. When they take place we should investigate them thoroughly and prosecute and punish those who committed the wrong doing. We should not burn down buildings and murder police officers.


When Ismaaiyl Abdulah Brinsley brutally executed Officers Ramos and Liu he did so in an atmosphere of permissiveness and anti-police rhetoric unlike any that I have seen in 45 years in law enforcement. The rhetoric this time is not from the usual suspects, but from the Mayor of New York City, the Attorney General of the United States, and even the President. It emboldens criminals and sends a message that every encounter a black person has with a police officer is one to be feared. Nothing could be further from the truth. We will never know what was in the mind of Brinsley when he shot officers Ramos and Liu. However we do know that he has seen nothing but police bashing from some of the highest officials in the land.

We should all be concerned about the reaction our police officers will have. I have seen times when police bashing has resulted in officers doing the minimum necessary to complete their tours and go home safely to their families.

Those were the times when murders in New York were over 2,000, cars had “No Radio” signs in surrender to rampant auto theft, and gangs controlled the streets. I know this can happen again in spite of the sacrifice of hundreds of police officers who have given their lives while reducing violent crime across this country to historic lows.

I have given the eulogy at the funerals of too many police officers, most killed in the line of duty defending our citizens during the commission of a crime. When our officers go in harm’s way they need to know that they have the support of their leaders at all levels of government. The President should declare a national day of Support for Police. He should send a clear message to all criminals that he appreciates the willingness of officers like Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu to sacrifice their lives, and that their lives have meaning. Perhaps their families should be present at the next State of the Union." via Levin twitter
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12/21/14, The "What do we want? Dead cops" video was recorded in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood on Dec. 13. Video was sent to Rockland County Times by a reader and former Rockland resident

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12/21/14, Race hustling is a violent sport-American Thinker

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Comment: The whole idea has been to embolden criminals. They're thrilled about it. This is what happens when the Republican Party doesn't exist. After Nov. 2008, the only reason you heard from them was to beat down and co-opt the Tea Party. They want everything their beloved democrats want especially constant chaos. People able to think of nothing but their own personal safety won't be bothering politicians selling out the country. The media wants it this way too so it works out.



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Wall St. Journal Editorial says Jeb Bush doesn't have to drop support for Common Core. Keep it but just call it something else like Govs. Pence and Jindal have done. Voters won't know the difference

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12/16/14, "Wall Street Journal: Jeb Bush and the right," Wall St. Journal Editorial

(parag. 9): "Bush’s two main political liabilities in the primaries are said to be his support for immigration and for Common Core education standards. Neither is an insuperable barrier to the nomination.

Bush needn’t repudiate his support for national education standards, though he should disavow President Obama’s use of the federal purse to coerce states to impose them. The polls show nearly as many Republicans as Democrats support high standards as long as the polarizing “Common Core” is removed. GOP Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) and Mike Pence (Indiana) have already dumped the label and kept similar standards."
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Article notes WSJ advice to Jeb Bush not to drop support for Common Core or comprehensive amnesty:

12/17/14, "Wall Street Journal to Jeb: Don't Budge on Amnesty, Common Core," Breitbart, Tony Lee

"The pro-amnesty and open borders Wall Street Journal wants former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to not back down on Common Core and amnesty, the two issues that may represent the greatest divide between the bipartisan political class and Main Street....

“Mr. Bush’s two main political liabilities in the primaries are said to be his support for immigration and for Common Core education standards, the Journal opined. “Neither is an insuperable barrier to the nomination.”

The Journal declared that Bush “needn’t repudiate his support” for Common Core and “shouldn’t budge in his support” for comprehensive amnesty legislation. 
 
Despite Gallup Polls that found illegal immigration is the top concern for Republicans, the Journal claimed that “immigration isn’t the most important issue for most Republicans, beyond countering President Obama ‘s recent decree, and Mr. Bush can make a strong case for reform that promotes economic growth and keeps the U.S. a magnet for talent.”...
 

[Ed. note: Gallup headline: 8/22/14, "Republicans More Focused on Immigration as Top Problem," Gallup, Frank Newport]

(continuing): "Denigrating conservatives who want to put American workers and legal immigrants ahead of illegal immigrants as “restrictionists,” the Journal urges Bush to “welcome an immigration debate in the primaries that would set him up to win more minority votes in November” even though studies have shown that amnesty legislation will not guarantee that Hispanics will flood to the GOP.

In fact, there will be a path to the White House without a massive increase in the Hispanic vote for Republicans potentially even beyond 2016."

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Added: Pew Poll published a few weeks after Gallup Poll noting illegal immigration #1 issue for Republican voters also cites the issue as major GOP voter concern:

9/23/14: "Neither Party Gets Good Marks from Its Base for Handling Illegal Immigration," Pew Research
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Two following posts cite GOP Establishment lack of concern about the border in complete opposition to desires of GOP voters:

Arizona conservative blog notes Gallup and Pew polls citing GOP voter dissatisfaction with party's lack of concern about the border:

9/24/14, "GOP voters dissatisfied with party’s amnesty stance," Seeing Red AZ

"Two new polls stand as evidence of a dramatic shift in priorities among Republican voters as they assess their party leadership.  A newly released Pew Research poll finds that a majority of Republicans think their party is not representing their views on illegal immigration. 

Just 37% of Republicans and self-identified Republican “leaners” think the GOP is doing a good job representing their views on illegal immigration while a massive 56% say the party is not doing a good job.

These findings follow last week’s Gallop poll which also indicates illegal immigration and its costly repercussions has grown to the leading concern among Republicans.

Despite these numbers, the establishment elites in the Republican Party continue to press for what they now slyly refer to as a “piecemeal,” or incremental approach to implementing comprehensive amnesty legislation which would further alienate the GOP base. 

In fact, the issue is eclipsing all others. What many now refer to as the “illegal invasion” rose from 4% to 15% among all adults as the top problem. Gallup reported that “in the past three months, 20% of national adults who self-identify as Republican named illegal immigration as a top issue, compared with 8% of Democrats. In the first half of the year, a nearly identical 4% of Republicans and 3% of Democrats referred to the issue the country’s most important problem.”

The poll found that a third of Republicans (33%) say their party has not done a good job on illegal immigration because it is too willing to allow foreign nationals living illegally in the U.S. to gain legal status.
 
Republicans who believe in the rule of law are speaking. Are their members of congress listening?"

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It's about the border, not the people crossing it: Rush Limbaugh

12/16/14, "Conservatives Don't Hate Immigrants!" Rush Limbaugh

"It dawned on me yet again that people do not understand principled opposition to amnesty. There's nothing personal about it.  It has nothing to do with these particular 15 or 20 million people.  It has nothing to do with that. It has everything to do with borders.  It has everything to do with preserving the country as we know it with a distinct and proud of it, damn it, American culture, which is why every immigrant in the past has wanted to come here

There's not a person I know that wants to deport, try to round up 15 or 20 million people and send 'em packing.  It isn't practical.  It isn't going to happen.  What everybody wants is the border secured with active limits on the amount of immigration so that the flow is two things:  economically acceptable and productive, and that something that used to happen automatically begins to happen again; that's assimilation

Every time I tell people that there was no immigration in this country for over 40 years, from the 1920s to the 1960s, seventies, they're shocked.  You'd be amazed at the number of people that do not know we totally closed the borders after the wave of European immigration in the 1920s.  And we did it for one reason.  That mass arrival of immigrants needed to be assimilated. 


Now, they wanted to be.  They wanted to become Americans.  They had to learn English.  They learned American custom.  They became acquainted with American holidays.  They studied for citizenship.  All of this they wanted.  And it took that many years to assimilate.  All the opposition to amnesty is not personal to these 15 million people. It is, A, rule of law.  If we lose the rule of law, that's all we've got.  We are seeing how really precariously structured this country really is

We've got a document, the Constitution, that is the law of the land, and we've now got a president who, when he doesn't like it, pretends it doesn't exist.  There is no mechanism other than censure or impeachment to deal with that.  And the Republicans have taken both off the table.  So there's no signal that he must stop. If this continues, the United States is not gonna be what it was founded and the Constitution spells out.  Somebody asked me on the phone recently, "Is it the honor system, Rush?  Is that how it's worked for 200 plus years, the honor system?" 

What the caller meant was was it just high elected officials, presidents are just duty-bound to obey the Constitution?  Well, partly, but it was respect for it, but it was also respect for the law.  There was a reverence for it.  Now, there's always been opposition to it.  Since the days it was written there have been people opposed to it.  I don't mean to present a Pollyannish picture here.  But it is precariously balanced.  If any given president or succession of presidents just decides to pretend it doesn't exist, and if the other two branches of government aren't gonna do anything about it, then it won't exist, and this country, there will always be an America, but it won't be what was founded.  Who knows what it will be, but it won't be. That's what people are worried about....

 And when you realize that amnesty and open borders is a weapon used by the anti-American left, that's reason enough to oppose 'em.... 

It isn't personal. It has nothing to do with ethnicity or race whatsoever.  And, by the way, don't go crazy crediting all these amnesty people with love of humanity....They want these people to be voting as dependent incompetents. The political powers that be that are trying to make this happen see a wave of potential registered voters who are unskilled and uneducated and will never be self-reliant.  Therefore they are always going to need support from government.  They are seeking dutiful, respectful, appreciative dependents....

And so Ted Kennedy thought after 40 years of no immigration, well, let's open the borders.... 

You can't just promise that you agree with securing the border and then we make 'em legal.  You gotta show three years that you're serious about securing the borderThen we do it.  There has to be some value attached to this or it all becomes meaningless. Which, sadly, way too much of what used to be important is now becoming meaningless as the political class corrupts as much as they can for their own power." 





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"Charitable foundation" arm of Pearson Publishing which is set to rake in billions in Common Core funding closes amid mounting legal problems-Dr. Susan Berry, Breitbart

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Pearson is a funder of Jeb Bush's Education Foundation.

12/21/14, "King of Common Core Pearson Closes Charitable Foundation Amid Legal Troubles," Breitbart, Dr. Susan Berry

"Publishing giant Pearson Inc. is set to rake in billions of dollars in profits related to the implementation of the Common Core standards, but the corporation is now dealing with legal problems exposing some of its suspicious methods that have led to its status as the King of Common Core.

The Pearson Charitable Foundation states it is closing following “a decision by Pearson plc to integrate all of its corporate responsibility activities and functions into its business as a way to maximize social impact and to no longer fund the Foundation as the primary vehicle for its philanthropic and community activities.”

The truth is, however, that corporate Pearson is closing down its charitable foundation following problems with the law that have exposed some of its methods in acquiring business.

As...reported in December 2013, the Pearson Foundation agreed to a $7.7 million settlement with the state of New York [dated 12/12/13] after accusations by the state’s attorney general that the foundation helped develop Common Core-aligned courses for Pearson, Inc., its corporate parent.

The settlement describes the nature of the conflicts:

"Pearson and the Foundation have a close working relationship. The Foundation’s staff has consisted of Pearson employees; the Foundation’s board was comprised entirely of Pearson executives until 2012; select Foundation programs have been conducted with the advice and participation of senior Pearson executives; and the Foundation continues to rely heavily upon Pearson Inc. for administrative support… 

From 2008 through 2011, the Foundation provided grants to an independent organization of school officials in the U.S. for a jointly sponsored International Summit program, a series of conferences on education that were held abroad and attended by state school officials. The Foundation and Pearson also worked with the organization to plan and organize the International Summits, to identify speakers and presenters and in some cases to recommend school officials from participating countries. Since Pearson offers products and services throughout the U.S. and in many other countries, the school officials who were invited were from jurisdictions where Pearson actively did business and sought to do business. The travel and lodging of state school officials from the U.S. were paid for by the organization of school officials, with the use of Foundation grant funds. The Foundation independently sponsored the travel and lodging of guest speakers, presenters, and summit delegates, including school officials, from foreign countries. In some cases, the non-U.S. delegates who were invited to attend the International Summits were nominated by Pearson personnel."

In October, Breitbart News also reported a scandal in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in which Superintendent John Deasy, former employee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, resigned after pushing a $1.3 billion iPad buy for every child in his district from joint sellers Apple and Pearson, the latter of which had designed a companion iPad curriculum. The program was a huge failure and led to further scrutiny of Deasy’s close personal ties with Apple and Pearson.

The Los Angeles Times further noted earlier this month that the FBI was conducting a criminal investigation into the failed LAUSD iPad program and had seized 20 boxes of records related to the matter. A federal grand jury is reportedly studying the situation.

According to Alan Singer at the Huffington Post, a Washington Post interview with Marc Harris, former chief of the public corruption and government fraud unit at the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Attorney, said that such irregularities in the bidding process would be considered a federal crime if federal funds were involved or the case was a matter of fraud against taxpayers by public servants.

Singer indicates that email records point to improper contacts between Deasy and an assistant superintendent, with Apple and Pearson executives before the bidding process opened. In addition, it is believed that Pearson officials may have actually fashioned the final proposal.

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"The LAUSD request for proposals was not issued until six months later in March 2013. However, there are a series of emails between Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino and LAUSD officials starting in May 2012 and September 11, 2012; Sherry King of the Pearson Foundation emailed John Deasy, Superintendent of Los Angeles schools, setting up a lunch meeting at a restaurant in Santa Monica that included Judy Codding, a Pearson Education corporate field representative. According [to] School Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines, who replaced John Deasy, who resigned under pressure in October, the bidding process for the iPad contract had been plagued by “innuendoes” and “rumors.”"

In a thorough overview of the nature of the tight relationship between Pearson and the Gates Foundation the primary source of private funding of the Common Core education initiative, Nancy Thorner of Lake Bluff, Illinois wrote in a letter to the editor of the Madison-St. Clair Record“[T]he Gates Foundation joined forces with the Pearson Foundation, a British multi-national conglomerate, representing the largest private business maneuvering for U.S. education dollars. Pearson executives saw the potential to secure lucrative contracts in testing, textbooks and software worth tens of millions of dollars.”

Thorner continues with a description of the Gates-Pearson partnership in the creation of digital instruction resources for teachers that would demonstrate how to teach the new Common Core standards. Additionally, she notes how the Gates-Pearson association has provided support to the Education Development Center (EDC), Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts, a company that designs teacher evaluation programs, a major component of the Common Core standards.

EDC is funded not only by the Gates Foundation and Pearson Education, but has also received federal funding and donations from UNESCO and the World Health Organization. Its board of trustees includes Anne Bryant of the National School Boards Association and Judy Codding, Managing Director of the Pearson Common Core Initiative.

Pearson VUE, the corporation’s assessment services wing, has also acquired Exam Design, a company that develops examination software.

From training teachers in how to instruct in the Common Core methods, to student textbook and digital learning materials aligned with the standards, to evaluation of teachers, to student assessments, Pearson’s partnership with the Gates Foundation has led to its place as the King of Common Core.

The increasing unpopularity of the education reform, however, will likely lead to further scrutiny of Pearson’s already questionable practices."

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12/13/13, "Pearson pays $7.7 million in Common Core settlement," Washington Post, Lyndsey Layton

"Pearson Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit arm of educational publishing giant Pearson Inc., has agreed to pay a $7.7 million settlement to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman after he determined that the foundation had created Common Core products to generate “tens of millions of dollars for its corporate sister. 

“The law on this is clear: non-profit foundations cannot misuse charitable assets to benefit their affiliated for-profit corporations,” Schneiderman said in a statement Thursday. 

The investigation by the attorney general examined Pearson’s efforts since 2010 to develop a line of classroom materials and tests built around the Common Core, new K-12 academic standards in reading and math that have been fully adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia."...

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5/4/14, "Education Giant Pearson Wins 'Unprecedented' Common Core Test Contract," Breitbart, Dr. Susan Berry

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10/18/14, "LA Schools Superintendent gets Pension Spike, then Resigns," Breitbart, Chriss Street

"Mr. Deasy’s tenure as Superintendent has been incredibly controversial. He championed a $1 billion-dollar expenditure on iPads from Apple Computer and Common Core curriculum from Pearson Publications. But when the program failed miserably and was suspended, Deasy received criticism over his close personal ties to both corporations due to his work at the Gates Foundation pushing Common Core."...  

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12/2/14, "FBI seizes LAUSD records related to troubled iPad program," LA Times,

"The subpoena demanded that the district produce a wide array of documents related to deals with Apple, maker of the iPad, and curriculuum provider Pearson, the companies that won a lucrative, multiyear contract."...

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12/15/14, "Pearson Education Can Run, But It Cannot Hide," Huffington Post, Alan Singer
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11/25/14, "Reaping tens of millions from Common Core: The Gates/Pearson Partnership," Madison-St. Clair Record, Letter to the Editor

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Nine US federal agencies give taxpayer money to EDC:
  • "NASA
  • National Science Foundation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

International

  • Bernard van Leer Foundation
  • Department for International Development
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • UNESCO
  • The World Bank Group
  • World Health Organization"

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12/18/14, "WSJ: Jeb Bush Should Just Change ‘Polarizing Common Core’ Name," Breitbart, Dr. Susan Berry

"The Wall Street Journal editorial board took a turn at Jonathan Gruber’s strategy in getting Obamacare passed. The board advised Jeb Bush that if he wants to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, he should simply change the “polarizing” name of the (Common Core) standards he continues to champion, suggesting that conservatives won’t know the difference.

The board wrote (on 12/16) that Mr. Bush need not repudiate his support for national education standards, though he should disavow President Obama’s use of the federal purse to coerce states to impose them. The polls showed that nearly as many Republicans as Democrats support high standards as long as the polarizing “Common Core” name is removed. GOP Governors Bobby Jindal (Louisiana) and Mike Pence (Indiana) have already dumped the label and kept similar standards....

Such a condescending view of conservatives seems in line with Gruber’s calling American taxpayers “stupid.” The WSJ editorial board demonstrated that it is out of touch with the conservative base of the Republican Party, so much so that it believes Gov. Mike Pence (R) of Indiana is in the clear because he simply “rebranded” the Common Core standards with another name

As Breitbart News observed in April when Pence approved the new Hoosier standards – strikingly similar to Common CoreErin Tuttle, co-organizer of Hoosiers Against Common Core, reflected the uproar of parents against the controversial standards when she said, “For all Pence’s claims of federalism, his signature legislation removing Indiana from the Common Core required the new standards to ‘comply with federal standards to receive a flexibility waiver.’”  

Conveniently for Common Core proponents, the only standards that “comply with federal standards to receive a flexibility waiver” are the Common Core standards. 

[Pence’s] Hoosier process was predicated on satisfying the federal government, thus resulting in a rebrand of the Common Core,” Tuttle added. “This was all about delivering a predetermined result, a set of standards with almost perfect alignment to the Common Core to satisfy the US Department of Education.” 


Regarding Bush, the editors at the National Review noted the similar lack of conservatism in his approach to education policy. “His support for raising educational standards is laudable,” they said, “but his idea that a push for nationally uniform standards is the right way to achieve this goal is misguided.” 

Bush is celebrating the 15th anniversary of his Gates-funded Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE). Other donors to FEE include News Corp, which owns the WSJ, Bloomberg Philanthropies, mega textbook publisher Pearson, and publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, K12, and Scholastic. 

Additionally, former New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein, now CEO of Amplify, a digital learning company that is a subsidiary of News Corp, is on FEE’s board of directors.

Bush’s relationships with textbook and digital learning companies that will profit from the Common Core standards must not be overlooked. 

As Pulse: North Carolina Watch pointed out, “The country’s virtual education market happens to be dominated by two companies, K12, Inc…and Connections Academy, a subsidiary of Pearson, an educational publishing company also traded on Wall Street. … Both companies employed lobbyists in North Carolina last year.” 


These companies with which Bush has formed relationships are, in fact, being closely scrutinized themselves. 

Pearson Education, for example, is closing its charitable foundation after a series of legal problems. 

As Breitbart News reported in December of 2013, the Pearson Foundation agreed to a $7.7 million settlement with the state of New York after accusations by the state’s attorney general that the foundation helped develop Common Core-aligned courses for Pearson, Inc., its corporate parent.

In October, Breitbart News also reported a scandal in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in which Superintendent John Deasy, former employee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, resigned after pushing a $1.3 billion iPad buy for every child in his district from Apple and Pearson Publications. The program was a huge failure and led to further scrutiny of Deasy’s close personal ties with Apple and Pearson. 

The Los Angeles Times further reported earlier this month that the FBI was also conducting a criminal investigation into the failed LAUSD iPad program and had seized 20 boxes of records related to the matter. A federal grand jury is reportedly studying the situation.


Additionally, both Alan Singer at the Huffington Post and Mercedes Schneider noted that Pearson, which was awarded the assessment contract by the PARCC interstate consortium in what was described as a contract of “unprecedented scale,” is losing states that were once signed on to PARCC for their assessments. Schneider reported that only ten states will be using PARCC tests this school year. 

As for K12, Bloomberg reported last month that the largest operator of online public schools in the United States “was heralded as the next revolution in schooling,” with backing from billionaire Michael Milken and praise from Bush. The company, however, has not delivered and has been “plagued by subpar test scores,” loss of management contracts, and has been threatened with school shutdowns in five states this year.

Bloomberg also observed that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has decided that students can no longer count credits from 24 of the K12 virtual high schools toward scholarships.


Conservative author Michelle Malkin wrote that Bush’s agenda is the one he shares with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one that serves as champion for “mass legalization of cheap, illegal alien workers” and a “top-down, privacy-undermining, local autonomy-sabotaging Common Core racket.”


“Jeb’s problem isn’t just Common Core. It’s that he has no core,” Malkin says. Instead of retreating from the costly federalized scheme that has alienated teachers, administrators, and parents of all backgrounds, Bush has doubled down with his Fed Ed control freak allies and corporate donors.”"

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12/16/14, "Jeb Bush and the Right," Wall St. Journal Editorial Board

"His ideas aren’t a problem, but is he ready to fight for the job?" (Subscription, only first parag. provided)


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Race hustling is a violent sport-American Thinker

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12/21/14, "The Cost of Race Hustling," American Thinker, James Longstreet

"Stirring emotions and wearing expensive suits before a fawning media with microphones and cameras has its countervailing effects. Burning buildings and lost businesses are terrible material consequential losses. But of late, the deaths, the execution of two police officers sworn to serve and protect fill the loss column.

Race hustling is a violent sport. Fake reverends and loopy mayors should check their doorsteps to see what has been laid there because of their inflammatory conduct. Those held as the highest legal authority in the country should hold in check their acquired biases and tricky tactics such as withholding investigatory testimonies that may bring truth and clarity rather than feed the fire.

Pro athletes should stick to their games, put away the t shirts and quit the self righteous posturing.

We will hear that the executions of the police officers were not about Ferguson or Staten Island. We will be told it is from a larger “problem”. Untrue. We will be told that, all along, the message has been “non violence” from the fomenters. If that was the message, it was whispered into a sleeve.
 
So, to those who stir emotions before microphones, finesse the facts and testimonies that might change perceptions from myth to truth, next time you slip on your $400 shoes and your $2000 suit and climb into your limo, check your doorstep on the way out of your luxury abode. You may have to step over a couple of bodies today."

12/8/14, "Ferguson grand jury documents withheld," USA Today, David Hammer, Special to KSDK-TV, St. Louis 
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The GOP Estabishment is as complicit as anyone:

12/14/14, "Racist Garner/Brown Protesters Chant: “We Want Dead Cops”, " Daniel Greenfield, Frontpage

"This is ugly stuff. Even while Democrats are wondering how to win back white voters, Obama has unleashed the ugliest displays of racism in decades. But he wasn’t alone. Every Republican “conservative” who pandered on the Eric Garner case helped create an atmosphere in which things like this could happen....

And then we had people like John Boehner and George W. Bush coming out and suggesting that an investigation was needed. That infused the Ferguson mob with oxygen and gave them the confidence to launch their next stage of terror.
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The GOP Establishment figured the only way they could win the 2014 Mississippi primary runoff was to incite racial hatred and it worked.They solicited black democrats to vote in the GOP primary runoff by claiming the conservative candidate--also a Republican--was racist and would try to prevent blacks from voting:

6/30/14, "The Ruling Class Went Down to Mississippi," Angelo M. Codevilla, Liberty Law site

"In the Mississippi primary, Republican establishmentarians from around the country solicited votes from Democrats to defeat the insurgent challenge to Senator Thad Cochran. Their arguments were the same ones used by the bipartisan ruling class that has ruled America for a generation: 

The role of government is to generate benefits for its clients, and those who object are bad people.  

They paid many Democrat voters (nearly all black) so called “walking around money” for their votes, and have refused in many counties to let McDaniel aides examine the voter roles to see whether these voters were eligible to cast ballots.

The retail corruption is much less remarkable than the acquiescence therein of the establishment’s leadership – such as Karl Rove and The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. This is very remarkable....

The Journal’s editorial page, whose editorials and featured columnists mobilized opinion against the Mississippi insurgency, had done the same throughout this and previous years’ primaries. Rove’s post election commentary glossed over the vote-buying as if it had not happened, while the Journal’s Jason Riley endorsed it cynically as “minority outreach.”...

In the Mississippi primary, the Republican Establishment’s campaign...employed the classic themes by which the ruling class has beaten down the rest of America....

To the blacks, who, according to The New York TimesFiveThirtyEight.com provided some forty thousand votes, the message was:

Don’t be intimidated by the Tea Party....Mississippi cannot and will not return to the bygone era of intimidating black Mississippians from voting. We must rise up on Tuesday and have our voices heard on who will represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate. VOTE THAD COCHRAN.
The Times reported the effect: Roger Smith, a black Democrat who said he was being paid to organize for Mr. Cochran, said, ‘I don’t know too much about [Cochran’s opponent] McDaniel other than what McDaniel is saying:

that he’s Tea Party, he’s against Obama, he don’t like black people.

In short, those who oppose the way things are done in America are racists.  

You ought to hate them as they hate you.


Why do such things? Cui bono? Clearly such behavior by the Republican establishment has nothing to do with the role it claims for itself of opposition to the direction on which America has been taken in recent decades, never mind with anything “conservative.”...

The Mississippi primary confirmed yet again that, if America is to go in a direction other than the one of which some three fourths of American disapprove, it is compelled to do so with a vehicle other than the Republican Party."




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The "What do we want? Dead cops" video was recorded in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood on Dec. 13. Video was sent to Rockland County Times by a reader and former Rockland resident

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12/20/14, "Anti-Cop Extremism Caught on Camera," Rockland County Times

"In the days leading up to the ambush killings of two NYPD Officers in Brookyln, the street climate at some of the many ongoing NYC protests had been growing angrier and more extreme.

Last weekend, as reported first by the Rockland County Times, a gathering of over 100 protesters marched through Murray Hill, shouting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!”
Those words have new relevance given today’s shooting.

This week, the Rockland County Times obtained another video shot by the same man, a Rockland County Times reader and former Rockland resident who would rather not have his name published in this article, of counter protesters at a pro-police rally Thursday night shouting the Nazi salute “Seig Heil” in the faces of NYPD supporters. His intent was to mock NYPD supporters as being “Nazis.”
Both videos were filmed in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan. Watch below:"



Above, 12/13/14 in Murray Hill



Above, 12/19/14 in Murray Hill

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Murray Hill boundaries: "34th St. to 40th St., East River to Madison Ave."

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The NYC march's organizer says it will be active through 3/12/15:
































Saturday, December 20, 2014

Two NY city police shot dead execution style while sitting in their car in Brooklyn-NY Post, NY Daily News

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12/20/14, "Two NYPD cops dead in 'ambush' while sitting in patrol car in Brooklyn by gunman who kills self in subway station: sources (GRAPHIC IMAGES)," NY Daily News

"A suspect fired at the officers as they sat in a squad car outside of the Tompkins Houses at Myrtle Ave. and Tompkins Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, sources said. Both officers died later at Woodhull Hospital."



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White House fears 'President Cruz' will overturn Executive Amnesty-Breitbart, Wall St. Journal quote

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12/19/14, "White House Fears ‘President Cruz’ Will Overturn Exec Amnesty," Breitbart, Tony Lee

"White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer conceded that he fears a President Ted Cruz will overturn President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, perhaps signaling that Cruz represents the greatest threat to the progressive left.

“Our first 100 days we spent a lot of time signing executive orders undoing what [President George W.] Bush did, and I would like not to be sitting on a beach somewhere reading about President [Ted] Cruz doing that to us, so it’s very important to us,” Pfeiffer told the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Pfeiffer declared that Obama’s executive amnesty was one of the reasons that made 2014 a “year of great progress” for the “progressive agenda.” He told the Journal that from the “perspective of advancing our agenda through our pen and our phone, this has been a tremendously successful year.”

Cruz, a potential 2016 heavyweight, would run as a bold conservative. And the conservative Texas Senator has not been ambivalent in the least about wanting to repeal Obamacare and reverse Obama’s executive amnesty.

Cruz has also, with his actions, made it clear that he isn’t the type of politician who campaigns as a conservative and then turns his back on the base as soon as he is elected. That, more than anything, is why the bipartisan permanent political class and Washington insiders despise him.

Despite his fears, though, Pfeiffer, according to the Journal, ultimately “predicted Obama’s administrative actions on immigration and Cuba will stand no matter who sits in the White House in 2017.”"

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Ted Cruz reference in third paragraph: 

12/19/14, "Obama Aide: GOP President Would Preserve Action on Immigration, Cuba," Wall St. Journal, Reid J. Epstein

"It’s Barack Obama’s worst nightmare: A Republican president is elected in 2016 and systematically undoes the executive orders around which the president has staked his legacy.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said it isn’t going to happen. He predicted Mr. Obama’s administrative actions on immigration and Cuba will stand no matter who sits in the White House in 2017.

Our first 100 days we spent a lot of time signing executive orders undoing what [President George W.] Bush did, and I would like not to be sitting on a beach somewhere reading about President [Ted] Cruz doing that to us, so it’s very important to us,” Mr. Pfeiffer said in an interview Friday with Wall Street Journal reporters and editors.

As Mr. Obama is set to take questions as his year-end press conference, Mr. Pfeiffer said the White House is preparing a victory lap of sorts for its 2014 executive order strategy. In a year when Democrats suffered grave losses on Election Day and failed to advance any meaningful legislation on Capitol Hill, the White House believes Mr. Obama’s unilateral actions were a great success.

“This has been a very messy year for the whole country and certainly politically for the Democratic Party and the president,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. “But from the perspective of advancing our agenda through our pen and our phone, this has been a tremendously successful year.”

But because none of Mr. Obama’s actions are written into the law, they are subject to change by whoever is next elected president. Mr. Pfeiffer said Mr. Obama would do “whatever the Democratic nominee wants” to be helpful during the 2016 campaign and stressed that the Democrat will have a built-in campaign advantage due to the infrastructure built by the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012.

The would-be 2016 Republican presidential candidates have, to varying degrees, condemned virtually all of Mr. Obama’s executive actions, though there is a split in the party on Cuba policy. It’s easy to picture a GOP presidential primary debate in which the candidates are asked to raise their hands to signal whether they would rescind Mr. Obama’s unilateral immigration executive actions.

Mr. Pfeiffer predicted that won’t help them get elected. “I don’t think we will have a Republican president who doesn’t support immigration reform,” he said. “If we did have one and they undid our immigration executive order, it would be the last Republican president for most of our lifetimes.”

Mr. Pfeiffer was less bullish on the president’s executive orders on the environment. He said having “a climate denier in the White House would be very bad, not just for the executive actions, but for the fate of the planet.”"

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Above creative photo via Free Republic commenter.





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NY Times Tom Friedman to Charlie Rose: How long is the GOP gonna be dragged around by the base? Charlie, in my next life I want to be part of the base.The base has all the fun, okay?-Rush Limbaugh

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12/19/14, "What Is Thomas "Loopy" Friedman Talking About?" Rush Limbaugh
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"RUSH: Yes, ladies and gentlemen, your host was on the news quite a bit since we were last together. Last night on PBS Charlie Rose, New York Times columnist Tommy "Loopy" Friedman was the guest. And this is really inane. I mean, when you listen to this, keep in mind who won the November elections and by how much.  Charlie Rose says, "Mr. Friedman, do you think that the politics on Cuba may change? I mean you look at some of the early reaction on the Republican side to Cuba, Marco Rubio, even Jeb Bush, they're both from Florida, but..."

FRIEDMAN: How long, you know, is that party gonna be dragged around by the base?  Really, Charlie, in my next life I want to be part of the base. The base has all the fun, okay? Look at just the Cuban-American issue. Two-thirds of Cuban-Americans, I read in the poll this morning, support this, 'cause it's a new generation. They don't carry the feelings, very legitimate feelings of their parents having, you know, been exiled, forcibly in some cases. So I think ultimately you gotta pay attention to that.  You can't just be responding to what Rush Limbaugh is stoking up in the base. Too many times we start the day by saying, "Where's the base? Where's the base?" okay? I think a lot of what the last election was about was real disgust with that.

RUSH: Real disgust with what? The last election, the real disgust was with the base? How does that figure? The base is who engineered this Republican victory for the Republicans. The base and a cross section of American people at large engineered this massive landslide defeat for the Democrats. Who is this loopy guy talking about? "Last election, real disgust with the base"? No, the real disgust with the base is with people like you, Mr. Friedman, and the Republican leadership and the Democrat establishment. They are the ones with problems for the Republican base.

"You gotta pay attention to that, Charlie. You can't just be responding to what Rush Limbaugh is stoking up." They're not. The base is being urinated on. The base is not yanking anybody around by the chain. These guys, I tell you, they are so cloistered and they're so caught up in the daily soap opera script, narrative, that they're 180 degrees out of phase with what is really happening. And they are considered the brightest among us."
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