September 17, 2013

St. Louis Gun Court Failes - for Now

Timothy Birdnow

Circuit judges in the City of St. Louis have rejected a proposal by Mayor Francis Slay to establish a "Gun Court" dedicated to firearms violations.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-judges-won-t-set-up-dedicated-gun-court/article_e1630f8d-33ac-5479-a67c-12145b7e7ae0.html

Slay's proposal was pitched by circuit judge John Garvey. According to the Post-Dispatch:

"Garvey’s proposal would have established a special separate division called the "Armed Offender Docket,” overseen by two judges.

Slay, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and Police Chief Sam Dotson pushed hard for this version, saying it would make the judges more accountable, provide swifter justice in the 600 to 700 yearly gun cases and provide opportunities for academics to study the outcomes."

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The name Jennifer Joyce ring a bell? She was a member of the "Obama Truth Squad", a group of sheriffs and prosecuters dedicated to strongarming opponents of Obama into silence back in 2008.
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2008/09/29/missouri-sheriffs-prosecutors-obama-truth-squad-getting-old-media-silenc

One must ask; why do we need a special court strictly to deal with gun crimes? There are already courts dedicated to felonies.

Slay, who is believed to hold aspirations for higher office, pushed hard for this measure:

"Several judges nodded in agreement as Dierker chastised the mayor’s office for what he characterized as "unprecedented” lobbying."

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Again, we must ask why.

I am mindful of Eric Holder, who called for a stigmatizing of guns. He called for "brainwashing" the public to despise firearms. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread909426/pg1

Creating a court that deals solely with guns creates a special stigma - or at leas that is the intention.

Oh, there are other goodies that can be offered, for instance:

"Judge David Mason warned that the two judges appointed to oversee the gun docket would be under intense scrutiny, which could skew their discretion.

Garvey argued that judges are already open to scrutiny.

His plan also called for social workers from Washington University to evaluate whether offenders had mental health issues, and for criminologists from the University of Missouri-St. Louis to study the results of the court’s decisions.

Garvey also proposed that the judges assigned to the docket be given real-time updates on offenders’ behavior so the court could act immediately if there was a violation.

Dierker argued that all of those elements, including research, could be done now."

[...]

"We are the third branch of government, not the 22nd School of Social Work,” he said. "We provide due process to people accused of a crime on the front end, and that doesn’t make us the superintendents of people’s lives. ... We’re not here to take maladjusted defendants and make them love their mothers.”

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So this is about getting the social scientists easier access to gun crimes. Don't they have such access now? Can't they do this under present law? It strikes me that the purpose is to associate guns with mental disorders/mental illness. The intent is to create an atmosphere where gun ownership is looked on as a deviancy, much like carrying a swastika or wearing a white sheet.

This was one proposal made by the Leftist Center for American Progress. According to the Washington Post:
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-12/politics/36312205_1_gun-sales-gun-laws-gun-violence-task-force

"CAP also wants the administration to free public health research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to study the impact of gun violence on injuries and deaths. For years, lawmakers, urged by the NRA, have placed riders on spending bills that restrict these and other agencies from conducting such research."

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And too one must ask what gun crimes will appear in this special court. Will illegal possession of a firearm be remanded here? Will someone arrested for traffic violations who is found with an unregistered handgun be forced to this court?

Judge Dirker devised a compromise whereby gun crimes would be moved to the top of the docket for immediate disposition, something that greatly displeased Mayor Slay; he wanted this special court.
Why so gung-ho on this? This has the dreadful stench of politics, particularly national politics. This reeks of the Chicago political machine and Barack Obama.

This idea is not original to St. Louis; we see efforts in Massachussetts http://www.wggb.com/2013/02/27/hamdpen-co-d-a-creates-special-court-sessions-for-gun-crimes/ , and in Rhode Island http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19940927&slug=1932976

Two constitutes a coincidence, any more than that is a trend. Where is this trend originating?

This is no coincidence.

I suspect this court is intended to be a prototype for a special "FISA Court" that will act to restrict legal ownership of guns. I think that the whole point is to get this court's nose into the tent, and then the rest of it will be inside in due course. I suspect this comes from a leftist think tank, and is intended to be the back door to gun control.

Doubt me? I noticed this from the Washington Post:
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-09/politics/36272676_1_gun-laws-giffords-group-gun-violence

"With President Obama preparing to push a legislative agenda aimed at curbing the nation’s gun violence, pillars of his political network, along with independent groups, are raising millions of dollars and mapping out strategies in an attempt to shepherd new regulations through Congress."

[...]

"The groups, whose leaders are in regular contact with the White House, are working to enlist religious leaders, mayors, police chiefs and other influential constituents to lobby their local lawmakers in their home districts. The organizations also plan to stage rallies at congressional town hall meetings across the country in much the same way tea party activists mounted opposition in 2009 to Obama’s health-care overhaul."

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It has failed here in St. Louis - for now. But make no mistake, it will be implemented in due course throughout the nation.

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Footprints

Jack Kemp

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September 16, 2013

Dr. Julian Charles' Book Interview of Musser's Nazi Oaks

Mark Musser

Dr. Julian Charles of the United Kingdom recently interviewed me about "Nazi Oaks” on his website called "The Mind Renewed.” Those who may still have an interest in this topic, please listen in here at this link - http://themindrenewed.com/interviews/2013/270-int029. It was another really good interview:


"Could it be that "the highway to modern environmentalism passed through Nazi Germany"? We are joined by Pastor Mark Musser, author of the book Nazi Oaks : The Green Sacrifice of the Judeo-Christian Worldview in the Holocaust, who explains how the worldview of the Nazis, which led to the abominations of the Holocaust, was deeply-rooted in the ecological undercurrents of the anti-Semitism, anti-theism, and anti-humanism of the early German green movement. Gathering together the strands of a bewildering number of influences, from Romanticism to existentialism and Social Darwinism, this ecology served to rationalise (in their eyes) and invigorate their racist and eugenicist 'purification' of land and people. But lest we consider all this history, we should note some significant parallels to that ecology within modern-day extreme environmentalism, and remain vigilant"

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Muslims Demand of Arabic brochures at 9/11 Museum Rejected - for now

Jack Kemp

You want to know the Muslim organization definition of democratic entails? The NY Post on Sunday stated:

http://nypost.com/2013/09/14/muslim-activists-want-911-memorial-to-provide-tourist-brochures-in-arabic/

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Activists want 9/11 Memorial brochures in Arabic

The 9/11 Memorial is giving tourists brochures in at least 10 languages — just not Arabic.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is firing off letters to memorial honchos demanding answers on why they didn’t include the world’s fourth-most-spoken language.

"Our fear is that there is a political intention behind the exclusion,” said Raed Jarrar, the ADC’s director of communications and advocacy.

The memorial said there aren’t enough Arabic-speaking visitors to justify printing tourism materials in the language.

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Yes, nothing says respect for those 3,000 who died at Ground Zero in New York like an Arabic brochure which might include text concerning the "inner struggle" of jihad, as for all those who cannot read that language know. Why stop there? How about demanding the Museum sell "I Heart Mohammed Atta" buttons? Or ask for a foot washing station? The list of demands could be endless because the demands ARE endless.

To have brochures in Arabic at the Ground Zero 9/11 Museum is an Islamic supremicist idea, plain and simple that would rub salt in the wounds of families who lost loved ones in 2001. And it also shows us the attitude behind the plans to build a Ground Zero Mosque, namely not one of mutual respect but of an in-your- face triumphalism and callous disregard to the families of those who died there and the families of all Americans.

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September 15, 2013

Where you and your grandchildren can learn about 9/11

Jack Kemp

When I covered the 2013 commemoration and press conference of Pamela Geller and friends across from Ground Zero in Manhattan, I heard numerous speakers concerned that a proposed $25 per person admission fee to the completed 9/11 Museum will stop people from taking their families to learn about what really happened on September 11th, 2001. While there may be many ways to deal with this problem, including using 9/11 websites to find out more. Hopefully the 9/11 Museum itself will have a worthy online reference library written for both younger and older students, as was created for Mt. Vernon, George Washington's home, with a financial grant from the Ford Motor Company.

I have a small contribution to make in solving this problem of educating the next generation about 9/11. When I was involved in the making of a 2011 documentary film, "9/11: Reflections Then and Now." I did some background reading and want to share some of books I found.

An interesting big picture book, a good way of introducing the topic of 9/11 to children, is "Dog Heroes of September 11th: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs"by Nona Kilgore Bauer and The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. It tells of many of the dog handlers who came to New York and the Pentagon with their search and rescue dogs. It links the events after 9/11 into a perspective that children can more easily relate to.

The book "Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission" by Lt. William Keegan Jr. of the Port Authority Police Dept., tells the story of a regular guy with no special credentials who found himself thrust into the job of supervising his police force's night time recovery of remains, both human and other, at Ground Zero.

"Last Man Down" by New York Fire Dept. Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto, tells the amazing story of a small group of firemen and police - and one civilian grandmother - who survived the collapse of World Trade Center's North Tower sixth floor staircase in what is called by physicists a "shock cocoon," a physical place where the energy just dissipates around them - and others call a miracle. By all logic, Commander Picciotto and his group should have died that day.

"Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts" by David Dunbar and Brad Reagan (two editors of Popular Mechanics Magazine) is a scientific reply to all the wild stories that people started making up after the attack. I will mention here some simple facts explained elsewhere, namely that people heard "bombs going off" after the first Tower collapsed. The fact is that there were underground and above ground garages that caught fire and caused auto gas tanks to explode which sounded and acted just like bombs. The FBI and Secret Service stored ammunition and grenades one of the smaller World Trade Center buildings which exploded later and made for fodder for every conspiracy theory people could imagine.

"Ghosts of Vesuvius: A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections" by Charles Pellegrino. Mr. Pellegrino has been studying why some rooms and bodies were so well preserved in Pompeii and applied what he found to an investigation of the remains of Ground Zero. He also debunked the outrageous claims of an Atlantic Magazine writer who claimed that NYFD Ladder Company 4 was "stealing jeans" on 9/11 because some piles of jeans from a Gap store were blown NEAR their fire truck. For those not from New York or old enough to remember the shopping plaza underneath the World Trade Center, it also housed jewelry and electronics stores. What this snide, elitist writer was claiming was that the firemen walked by gold, diamonds, Rolex watches and portable computers to take blue jeans. In fact, the Ladder 4 firemen stole nothing that day as nine of them died trying to save others. And items like a set of law books were blown onto a fire escape behind the Ten House (NYFD Ladder Company 10 and Engine Company 10) intact - and in alphabetical order.

If you want to know what it was like to work the Ground Zero recovery and cleanup as the underground fires burned for 100 days - and complete the job later - read "Nine Months at Ground Zero: The Story of the Brotherhood of Workers Who Took On a Job Like No Other" by Glenn Stout, Charles Vitchers, and Robert Gray. Glenn Stout is writer who has actually worked as as a construction worker. Charles Vitchers was a construction supervisor at Ground Zero and Robert Gray was an Operating Engineer, also there for the long Ground Zero cleanup.

Although the following two books deal with the politics, lawsuits and health problems of working on the Ground Zero Pile, they have much additional information for those interested in an analysis of what happened both before and after 9/11. They are journalism that approaches being history books.

"Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11" by Wayne Barrett and Dan Collins. These two authors are experienced journalists who know New York politics all too well as they take "America's Mayor" and others to task in an unsentimental accounting, even as it focuses on one side's faults. Since the Twin Towers were built in the 1970s, there is enough blame for Mayoral administrations of both parties to go around. I doubt if a Democratic administration would have prepared the City to handle 9/11 much differently. Still, this is a very well researched and written book. 9/11 family member and advocate Rosaleen Tallon is mentioned in this book. The most shocking sentence I recall from this book is that it was a "good thing" the North Tower fell when it did because fire department officials were about to send another 1000 firefighters into the building. Only in complete chaos can the death of "only" about 170 firefighters be argued intellectually as not being as bad as what could have been. The sentence is both true and appalling at the same time.

"City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11" by Anthony DePalma. DePalma is an award winning former NY Times journalist who has written a superb account of the health issues raised - along with the dust - on 9/11.

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My Cold War and Now Yours


By Alan Caruba

I spent the better part of my life during the Cold War that began at the end of World War Two in 1945 and did not end until the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. It was replaced by the Russian Federation and the competition continues.
On February 22, 1946, George F. Kennan, a junior Foreign Service officer serving in the American embassy in Moscow sent the first of a long series of dispatches to the State Department regarding Soviet intransigence, recommending a policy of "containment” of its expansive tendencies. It became the U.S. policy throughout the whole of the Cold War. Nine Presidents maintained it.

The war wasn’t always "cold.” The U.S. and Russia had fought proxy wars in Korea and Vietnam, faced off over the installation of missiles in Cuba, and then carefully avoided Mutually Assured Destruction by nuclear weapons.

The historian, John Lewis Gaddis, author of "The Cold War”, noted that "By the end of the Cold War, there was little left to hope for from communism, and nothing left to fear.” Now it’s America’s turn to be governed by a president other nations do not fear and who is increasingly mocked by bad actors throughout the world.

Barack Obama has sought to "fundamentally transform” America by way of the communist ideology of a strong central government, a people stripped of their weapons to defend against it, extensive surveillance of their communications with each other, control of their healthcare system, and the dependency on government welfare programs that widespread unemployment produces. When you add in a huge national debt, the prospect of collapse is great.

Mentored in his youth in Hawaii by Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, it doesn’t take a Ph.D. to figure out why Barack Obama has brought this to pass. When that is combined with his raging narcissism, pathological lying, and incompetence, you can begin to understand the events surrounding the Syrian crisis.

The most astonishing aspect of the crisis was a September 11th opinion editorial by Vladimir V. Putin, Russia’s president, and top man in the former KGB, the Soviet state security organization.

Keep in mind that the KGB and its successor, the FSB—the Russian Federal Security Service—specializes in disinformation. The editorial sought to represent Russia as a nation friendly to America’s interests. "Relations between us have passed through several states. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together.”

Russia’s interest in Syria, however, is based in large part by the fact it provides the only port in the Mediterrean for its warships. It is also part of its Middle East axis with Iran. Russia has built nuclear facilities for Iran and both continue to provide weapons to the Assad Regime. Acknowledging the use of poison gas in Syria, Putin suggested it was not used by the Syrian Army and then went on to chastise the U.S.

"It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States,” said Putin. Any student of history knows that the history of the Soviet Union was one of military intervention, the invasion of Afghanistan led to its collapse! Afghanistan is where empires go to die.

Before that, the Soviet Union had used its military power to control its Eastern European satellite nations. As noted, it sought to install missiles in Cuba to threaten the U.S. until it was forced to remove them. In more recent times, Russia used force to put down the Chechen insurgency, as well as seizing two provinces of Georgia.

How quickly we have forgotten that Putin’s Russian Federation has given Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, asylum after he stole and disseminated information about it. His recruitment and protection is a classic example of disinformation and deception.

Commenting in September 11th Wall Street Journal, columnist Daniel Henninger said, "The White House, Congress and Beltway pundits are exhaling after the president of Russia took America off the hook of that frightful intervention vote by offering, in the middle of a war, to transfer Syria’s chemical weapons inventory to the UN—a fairy tale if ever there was one. Ask any chemical-weapons disposal specialist.”

The events leading up to Putin’s editorial were the most glaring example of President Obama’s manifest lack of fitness for the job. Unfortunately, the only means of recall is impeachment and a sharply divided nation is not going to go there. We have forty more months of Obama’s destruction of America’s economy and reputation.

As Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, noted in a September 12 Wall Street Journal commentary, "We anoint our leaders to rid us of our weariness when resolve is called for, to draw for us the connection between our security and menaces at a seeming far remove. The leaders of the past two decades who sent American forces to Bosnia, to Kosovo, to Afghanistan, to Iraq, were not thirsting for foreign wars. These leaders located America, and its interests, in the world. Pity the Syrians, they rose up in the time of Barack Obama.”

The fighting in Syria will continue. Al-Qaeda will continue to expand where it can. The U.S. will likely pull back from efforts to shape events, having failed miserably to date in Libya and Egypt.

We are witnessing a Sunni-Shiite conflict as old as Islam, dating back to Mohammed’s death in 632 A.D.

As the historian Gaddis concluded "the Cold War could have been worse—much worse…the world spent the last half of the 20th century having its deepest anxieties not confirmed.” This was due to America’s firm resolution to resist. We have entered the 21st century engaged in a new war with militant Islam. There is no knowing when the end of Islam’s war for world domination will end, but it is likely to last as long as the Cold War.

© Alan Caruba, 2013

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Rush's website has picture of Boris and Natasha!

Jack Kemp

Hokey smoke, Bullwinkle, Rush is catching up with the Aviary! To illustrate a story on the Russian govt. advocating for procreation to increase their birthrate, they have an illustration of dastardly fiend and his girlfriend Natasha! But no moose and squirrel.

Jack



http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/09/13/russians_celebrate_day_of_conception

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Obama Wants Your Sexual History

Jack Kemp forwards this:

http://www.creators.com/conservative/betsy-mccaughey/obama-wants-your-sexual-history.html

Obama Wants Your Sexual History

 
Betsy McCaughey

If you think the Obama health law is only for the uninsured and you won't be affected, you're in for a surprise next time you go to the doctor. Be prepared for questions unrelated to why you are seeking medical help — questions that you don't want to answer.

Whether you're at the dermatologist or the cardiologist, you'll likely be asked: "Are you sexually active? If so, do you have one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?"

Doctors are being turned into government agents, where they're pressured financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary and violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients' records confidential.

Going to the doctor can be embarrassing. But for your own good, you confide in your doctor, as you wouldn't anyone else. What is happening here is different.

"This is nasty business," says Dr. Adam Budzikowski, a New York cardiologist, who called the sex question "insensitive, stupid and very intrusive." He could not think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information.

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Michelle Malkin Jeb Bush's Crony Republicans Against Higher Standards

A.J. Cameron


This is a little dated (August) & you may have seen this, but I just pulled it from a site that re-posts my CFP columns. MM is spot-on & Jeb Bush needs to be considered disarming & dangerous!

A. J

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/michelle/malkin080113.php3#.UjMF_GcOd5U.email

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Why Millennials Won’t Turn “Conservative”

By Selwyn Duke

Every so often the wonks of wishful thinking give us an article about how blacks are becoming Republicans, how Hispanics are supposedly a natural GOP constituency, or, as is the subject here today, how the millennial generation is turning "conservative.” Perhaps pundits asserting the last thing recall Winston Churchill’s observation, "If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.” And perhaps they overlook that it’s possible to raise a brainless generation.
Don’t think, as one might, that this will be a typical analysis sneering at the proverbial "next generation” using the perceived gold standard of one’s own. After all, I realize that my generation is the tree the millennial nut fell from. Placing matters in further perspective, it’s true that older and younger generations ever slam each other; it’s also true that they both are always partially right. Lastly, I’ll say that I don’t at all consider the WWII FDR voters the "greatest generation,” though it makes for a nice narrative. The greatest generation was the one that founded our nation and  HYPERLINK "http://www.bartleby.com/73/1593.html" wondered if we could "keep” its republic, and there has been a consistent, but accelerating, degeneration ever since.
In discussing our latest movement toward idiocracy, my starting point will be a Sept. 4 American Thinker  HYPERLINK "http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/millennial_generation_is_abandoning_liberalism.html" article written by one Chriss Street. In making his case for millennial hope, Mr. Street points out that while 61 percent of millennials voted for Barack Obama in 2012, his approval among them has now sunk to 46 percent. But this is a deceptive statistic. For an approval rating amounts to the judging of a candidate relative to people’s ideal personal standard for the presidency, whereas in an election he is judged relative to another specific candidate for the presidency. And if Obama were again running against Mitt Romney — with all the usual media propaganda — does anyone really think he’d lose millennials to the governor? No doubt more would stay home, but I suspect the president would enjoy something close to his 2012 support among those who casted votes.
Moreover, millennials may have soured on Obama somewhat, but this reflects cynicism more than conservatism. Of course, that they’d be cynical is no surprise; they’ve been raised in an unraveling West in which feckless, morally confused adults in their homes, schools, government, houses of worship and elsewhere have let them down. Nonetheless, cynicism is not traditionalism; in fact,  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2013/08/the-babe-and-the-cynic.html" it is a form of naiveté. Believing all people act out of selfish motives, the cynic instinctively paints everyone with the same brush. And such a person can hardly distinguish well among candidates.
Mr. Street also tells us that, "in 2008,  HYPERLINK "http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/15/seniors-republican-young-people-democratic" 37.4% of incoming freshman women and 30.5% men identified themselves as liberals or leftists, the most in 35 years.” The reality, though, is even worse than this indicates. First consider that self-reporting is more about perception than reality. For starters, it always underestimates leftist numbers, as likely a majority of "moderates” are liberals who — usually because of self-delusion (a leftist bailiwick) and a desire to sound "reasonable” — don’t brand themselves what they really are; bear in mind when pondering this that liberals are generally solipsistic and fancy that they define the center, and also realize that the label "liberal” has been discredited enough so that many won’t don it. Yet even more significant here is that it isn’t just people’s perceptions that shift — the definitions of "liberal” and "conservative” do, too.
Consider that while a conservative in 1952 America was staunchly anti-communist, a conservative in the Soviet Union at the time was a communist. And "conservatives” in Western Europe are often our liberals’ ideological soul mates. This isn’t for lack of truth in political advertising. Rather, it’s because the only consistent definition of "conservative” is "a desire to maintain the status quo” while "liberal’s” only consistent definition involves a desire to change it. This means "conservatism” is always changing: tomorrow’s version will reflect today’s liberalism’s success in altering the status quo. Conservatism is the caboose to liberalism’s locomotive (I treat this in-depth  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2008/02/conservatism-is.html" here).
This explains a few things. First, it’s often pointed out that a healthy plurality in America describes itself as conservative. Is this surprising? All it really means is that many, many people align themselves with the status quo — and if this weren’t the case, the status quo wouldn’t be the status quo. Second, some insist that millennials will move toward conservatism, and this is true in that most people become somewhat more traditional with age. Yet it’s also true that conservatism will move toward them.
That is to say, as "conservatism” drifts "left,” it follows that millennials will "become more conservative” even if they stay in the same place, in that they will be situated more on the post-shift political spectrum’s right side; this is just as how a person can become poorer in a definitional sense if the poverty line standard is altered.
That so few recognize this reflects the relativism of our time, where we label ourselves with provisional terms and measure ourselves against other people (it’s people who define the political spectrum). If we want to see matters clearly, however, we must define them differently: in absolute terms.
In other words, what do millennials actually believe? Well, never before has an American generation been so tolerant of intolerable sexual practices, so supportive of faux marriage and skeptical of actual marriage, so relativistic and disconnected from Christianity (church attendance is one of the best predictors of voting habits). Never before has an American generation been to their degree socially "liberal.”
This brings us to the claim that millennials are, at least, fiscally conservative. Now, not only is convincing evidence of this elusive, but considering it a saving grace is essentially saying that it profits a man to gain the world but lose his soul. Regardless, however, while the social liberalism/fiscal conservatism marriage may exist in particular cases, I suspect that in principle it is an impossibility.
For instance, speaking of principle versus particular, if you ask people, "Do you believe government should balance its budget and be frugal,” of course they’ll say yes. But if you ask them if they’re willing to relinquish their particular piece of the pie (government college aid?), their tune changes. Espousing fiscal responsibility requires only a voice; achieving it requires virtue.
Second, consider the side-effects of social liberalism in modern times. And this should be prefaced by saying that since this explanation warrants a book, my treatment here will necessarily be lacking. But just as an example, social liberalism means loose sexual mores. Loose sexual mores mean a high rate of single motherhood (today it’s 42 percent…and rising). And what does this mean? Since the modern West won’t let these women twist in the wind, the government will step into the breach and play daddy with handouts and/or mommy with tax-funded daycare. It is unavoidable.
And in point of fact, this cultural decay brings us to the real reason for political drift. It was something about which the Founding Fathers — as well as great thinkers throughout Christendom’s history — spoke much. Ben Franklin warned, "As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” British philosopher Edmund Burke observed, "It is written in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” And John Adams wrote in 1798, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Question: does "moral and religious” describe us today?
Of course, some will now say, "But why do you think millennials supported Ron Paul? They want liberty!” Sure they do.
So does a tiger in a zoo.
So does a toddler.
Neither, however, can be allowed to roam free in civilization without hurting himself or others. And the less people are civilized growing up, the closer they will be to that infantile or animalistic state — and the more they have need of  HYPERLINK "http://selwynduke.typepad.com/selwyndukecom/2008/08/new-american-pi.html" cages and masters.
The truth? Government can be no better than the public’s virtue, though it can be worse. And this morality-government relationship is evident in voting patterns. Is it a coincidence that every group orthodox Christians label immoral — those involved in "alternative” sexual deathstyles, criminally inclined inner-city dwellers, effete college professors, grunge-type youths scarred with multiple tattoos and body piercings — vote left? "What fellowship hath light with darkness?” The darkness hates the light. When people have sins they yearn to rationalize away, the last thing they’ll do is support leaders who would uphold, even just through word, a moral standard condemning their passions.
Providing specificity as to how this affects government is another book-worthy topic, so I’ll offer just two examples. We’ve heard about those ruggedly individualistic Americans who’d rather live in poverty in Appalachia than accept government handouts and those spirit-of-entitlement types who protest violently when they don’t receive them. And society will always contain both kinds, but the ratio can vary greatly. In a nation characterized by self-sufficiency, honor and virtue, a redistributionist will find barren ground. But if a spirit of greed, covetousness and thievery prevails, people will be susceptible to the demagogic appeal, "You’ve been cheated, but give me power and I’ll get you your piece of the pie, comrade!” Or consider lust. If people resolved to be chaste outside of marriage, do you think the abortion movement or taxpayer funded contraception appeal could gain traction?
So how do you make a civilization susceptible to dark demagogues?
Make it love the darkness.
I wouldn’t first and foremost spend time on intellectual appeals. As the Soviets once did (as  HYPERLINK "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlpODYhnPEo" explained by ex-KJB defector Yuri Bezmenov) I’d seek to undermine the morality of the target nation. I’d spread the idea that morality is really "values” and values are relative — all just a matter of perspective, you see. Once this was accepted and people no longer believed in the rules of morality, it would be as if they ceased believing in the rules of human nutrition: not thinking any food could actually be "bad,” they’d be governed only by taste and would try, and could develop an affinity for, anything — even perhaps poison. Vice corresponds to this on the moral menu.
I’d then get them hooked on their bad moral diet through inundation. Stoke their lust’s fires via highly sexualized entertainment, and portray violence as just as casual and cool, so lashing out at others seems the norm. I’d engorge their egos with media messages about how they could determine their own morality so that, as the serpent said, "you will be like God.” I’d provide co-ed dorms and a general party atmosphere at universities, creating "occasions of sin” that will ensure the kids have as much as possible they need to justify. And after robbing them of moral judgment and creating a visceral craving for vice, I’d fill their heads full of anti-Western, anti-Christian — in fact, anti-goodness — ideas in college classrooms. When I was done with them, they’d not only possess the discernment of a man in the midst of a drug-fueled orgy, their egos would be so bloated they’d consider their ignorance wisdom.
Speaking of wisdom, when conservatives indulge wishful thinking and suppose that millennials will "wake up,” they ignore that we actually need a shake up, something that changes the cultural trajectory on which we’ve long been (so if an asteroid strikes the Earth, millennials may turn into conservatives — of course, they instead may turn into cavemen, too). Until then, whatever the keepers of the flame plan had better require the participation of only a zealous minority. For the masses will not wake up when beset by a cultural narcolepsy in which nightmares are fancied nice dreams.
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History/Social Studies Standards for the Common Core

A.J. Cameron

This comes from a trusted friend who is a tireless crusader for our God-given & constitutionally protected rights & freedoms. As you know, there rights & freedoms are under attack from enemies, foreign & domestic.

This is just one phalanx of the overall agenda to strip-mine us of our freedoms and finances, something they have been doing for decades. Your mission, ________, should you choose to accept it, is to make saving our republic a mission of possibilities, just as our founding fathers did!

Enjoy a blessed Sunday!

A.J.

Welcome to the History/Social Studies Common Core Standards. This is an upcoming conference you can attend in St. Louis in November to "teach" teachers how to implement the new history/social studies standards.

I was sent this link this morning. I am fuming. I copied only a few of the classes to illustrate where we are headed with our children and erasing their heritage as Americans. I provided a link for you to review them all carefully if you wish.

I have said it multiple times....I AM NOT RAISING A GLOBAL CITIZEN! I am raising proud American Citizens. My children will have an ACCURATE understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.....but that will not define them. Their American heritage will and does. That means something. THAT is WHO they are. AMERICANS!

Please send this to other patriots who believe in our Constitutional Republic. It is not about standards. It is about control. It is about indoctrination. Please help join the fight against Common Core. We need boots on the ground more than ever before.


We are NOT a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. There is a HUGE difference. Will our children ever know what that means if we don't teach them? Global Citizens and their allegiance to the United Nations is NOT who we are. We must fight this. Now the big ugly is unveiling itself with these standards. Hope it will ignite something in every God fearing American that still exists. We must fight for our children. If we don't no one else will.

See Below:

http://www.socialstudies.org/conference/CCSSsessions

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September 13, 2013

The Endless Voyage Begins

heliosphere image

Timothy Birdnow

For the first time in human history Man has extended an ear into interstellar space.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/12sep_voyager1/

Voyager 1, the ever faithful 36 year old space probe, has passed the heliopause and is now in the interstellar medium.

According to the NASA article:

"New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. Voyager is in a transitional region immediately outside the solar bubble,"

End excerpt.

How did scientists determine this? Here's how:

" Voyager 1 does not have a working plasma sensor, so scientists needed a different way to measure the spacecraft's plasma environment to make a definitive determination of its location. A coronal mass ejection, or a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields, that erupted from the sun in March 2012 provided scientists the data they needed. When this unexpected gift from the sun eventually arrived at Voyager 1's location 13 months later, in April 2013, the plasma around the spacecraft began to vibrate like a violin string. On April 9, Voyager 1's plasma wave instrument detected the movement. The pitch of the oscillations helped scientists determine the density of the plasma. The particular oscillations meant the spacecraft was bathed in plasma more than 40 times denser than what they had encountered in the outer layer of the heliosphere. Density of this sort is to be expected in interstellar space.

The plasma wave science team reviewed its data and found an earlier, fainter set of oscillations in October and November 2012. Through extrapolation of measured plasma densities from both events, the team determined Voyager 1 first entered interstellar space in August 2012.
Comet ISON orbit
In February 2013, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's 5,000-mile-wide Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) made this image of Voyager 1's radio signal from interstellar space.More

"We literally jumped out of our seats when we saw these oscillations in our data -- they showed us the spacecraft was in an entirely new region, comparable to what was expected in interstellar space, and totally different than in the solar bubble," Gurnett said. "Clearly we had passed through the heliopause, which is the long-hypothesized boundary between the solar plasma and the interstellar plasma."

The new plasma data suggested a timeframe consistent with abrupt, durable changes in the density of energetic particles that were first detected on Aug. 25, 2012. The Voyager team generally accepts this date as the date of interstellar arrival. The charged particle and plasma changes were what would have been expected during a crossing of the heliopause."

End excerpt.

The Voyager crafts were never intended to work this long, and nobody expected them to be transmitting data from the edge of the solar system. They really are miraculous machines, good and faithful servants.

"Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched 16 days apart in 1977. Both spacecraft flew by Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2, launched before Voyager 1, is the longest continuously operated spacecraft. It is about 9.5 billion miles (15 billion kilometers) away from our sun.

Voyager mission controllers still talk to or receive data from Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 every day, though the emitted signals are currently very dim, at about 23 watts -- the power of a refrigerator light bulb. By the time the signals get to Earth, they are a fraction of a billion-billionth of a watt. Data from Voyager 1's instruments are transmitted to Earth typically at 160 bits per second, and captured by 34- and 70-meter NASA Deep Space Network stations. Traveling at the speed of light, a signal from Voyager 1 takes about 17 hours to travel to Earth. After the data are transmitted to JPL and processed by the science teams, Voyager data are made publicly available."

End excerpt.

Just think, these probes passed the gas giant planets literally decades ago, and are only now passing out of the solar system proper. The immensity of the solar system alone is awesome.

Space is enormous beyond human understanding. The distance to the nearest star - Proxima Centari - is hard to understand. If you take a basketball and place it on a table in Boston, and use the size of the basketball as your template (to represent the Sun) you would need to place a second basketball in St. Louis to represent Proxima, the nearest star. The planets would be but a few feet away from the first basketball. And that is the NEAREST star! Interstellar travel is a long, long way off. It may not be possible at all, according to some scientists; the necessary velocity may be achievable, but at those speeds space debris will shred the craft like a piece of cheese destined to crown a bowl of pasta. And don't forget magnetic drag.

We are going to be a long time coming any way you look at it. The Voyager probes may pass another star in 40,000 years or so. At a speed of about 3 a.U. per year (one astronomical unit is 93 million miles, so about 28 million miles a year) it has taken from 1977 to 2013 to reach the edge of the solar system. It takes a LOT to make any headway in so vast a volume of space.

But we should be proud of these faithful little craft. According to NASA:

http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/interstellar.html

"A total of 11,000 workyears was devoted to the Voyager project through the Neptune encounter. This is equivalent to one-third the amount of effort estimated to complete the great pyramid at Giza to King Cheops"

End excerpt.

And they have outperformed spectacularly. Godspeed, tiny friends! We hope that some day we will see you again.




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Something We Instinctively Knew

Wil wirtanen

I am sure 0bamacare will minimize this difference.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/10303403/NHS-patients-45-more-likely-to-die-than-in-US.html

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The Cloud

A.J. Cameron

If one person can accomplish something as miraculous w/ prayer, just think what can be accomplished when we come together to pray w/ a genuine belief in God's mercy & relief.

Make it a grand day!

A. J.



The Cloud

(copied from GodVine)



It was a morning in early March, 1945, a clear and sunny day. I was 24 years old and a member of the U.S. Army's 35th Infantry Division, 137th Infantry Company I.

Along with several other companies of American troops, we were making our way through dense woods, towards the Rhine River in the German Rhineland. Our objective was to reach and take the town of Ossenberg, where a factory was producing gunpowder and other products for use in the war.

For hours we had pressed through an unrelenting thicket. Shortly after midday word was passed that there was a clearing ahead. At last, we thought, the going would be easier. but then we approached a large stone house, behind which huddled a handful of wounded, bleeding soldiers who had tried to cross the clearing and failed.

Before us stretched at least 200 yards of open ground, bordered on the far side by more thick woods. As the first of us appeared on the edge of the clearing there was an angry rat-tat-tat and a ferocious volley of bullets sent soil spinning as far as we could see. Three nests of German machine guns, spaced 50 yards apart and protected by the crest of a small hill to the left, were firing across the field. As we got our bearings it was determined that the machine guns were so well placed that our weapons couldn't reach them.

To cross that field meant suicide. Yet, we had no choice. The Germans had blockaded every other route into the town. In order to move on and secure a victory, we had to move forward.

I slumped against a tree, appalled at the grim situation. I thought of home, of my wife and my 5-month old son. I had kissed him good-bye just after he was born. I thought that I might never see my family again, and the possibility was overwhelming.

I dropped to my knees. "God," I pleaded desperately, "You've got to do something. Please do something."

Moments later the order was given to advance. Grasping my M-1 rifle, I go to my feet and started forward. After reaching the edge of the clearing I took a deep breath. But just before I stepped out from cover, I glanced to the left.

I stopped and stared in amazement. A white cloud - a long fluffy white cloud - had appeared out of nowhere. It dropped from over the trees and covered the area. The Germans' line of fire was obscured by the thick foggy mist.

All of us bolted into the clearing and raced for our lives. The only sounds were of combat boots thudding against the soft earth as men dashed into the clearing, scrambling to reach the safety of the other side before the mist lifted. With each step the woods opposite came closer and closer. I was almost across! My pulse pounding in my ears, I lunged into the thicket and threw myself behind a tree.

I turned and watched as other soldiers following me dove frantically into the woods, some carrying and dragging the wounded. This has to be God's doing, I thought. The instant the last man reached safety, the cloud vanished! The day was again bright and clear.

The enemy, apparently thinking we were still pinned down behind the stone house on the other side, must have radioed their artillery. Minutes later the building was blown to bits but our company was safe and we quickly moved on.

We reached Ossenberg and went on to secure more areas for the Allies. But the image of that cloud was never far from my mind. I had seen the sort of smoke screens that were sometimes set off to obscure troop activity in such situations. That cloud had been different. It had appeared out of nowhere and saved our lives.

Two weeks later, as we bivouacked in eastern Germany, a letter arrived from my mother back in Dallas. I tore open the envelope eagerly. The letter contained words that sent a shiver down my spine. "You remember Mrs. Tankersly from our church?" my mother wrote.

Who could forget her? I smiled. Everybody called Mrs. Tankersly the prayer warrior.

"Well," continued Mom, "Mrs. Tankersly telephoned me one morning from the defense plant where she works. She said the Lord had awakened her the night before at one o' clock and told her, 'Spencer January is in terrible trouble. Get up now and pray for him!"

My mother went on to explain that Mrs. Tankersly had interceded for me in prayer until six o' clock the next morning, when she had to go to her job. "She told me the last thing she prayed before getting off her knees was this "Lord, whatever danger Spencer is in, just cover him with a cloud!"

I sat there for a long time holding the letter in my trembling hand. My mind raced, quickly calculating. Yes, the hours Mrs. Tankersly was praying would indeed have corresponded to the time we were approaching the clearing. With a seven-hour time difference, her prayer for a cloud would have been uttered at one o'clock, the exact time Company I was getting ready to cross the clearing.

From that moment on, I intensified my prayer life. For the past 52 years I have gotten up early every morning to pray for others. I am convinced there is no substitute for the power of prayer and its ability to comfort and sustain others, even those facing the valley of the shadow of death.

~Spencer January

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Frank Talk from Rush Limbaugh

A.J. Cameron

Finally!

I have been considering writing a column devoted exclusively to the belief that
conservative talk radio, @ the national level, has become irrelevant.

I was shocked when I heard Rush speaking about this. Of course, he didn't
mention the words 'sustainable development' or U. N. Agenda 21, but he did speak
about the intrusion of HUD into our lives.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/09/12/the_unintended_consequences_of_liberal_social_engineering

A significant reason the discussion of A21/SD (& Common Core, etc.) is relegated
to the conspiracy ash heap is that those at the forefront of the talk show
medium have been reluctant to address these issues. Their call-screeners
prevent anyone who wished to discuss these issues from getting onto the shows,
so any discussion about these legitimate issues & concerns is disparaged.

It is time for these issues to emerge from the shadows and dominate the airwaves
and websites to the extent that the Illuminati & their anti-God and anti-human
being agenda is fully exposed and repelled.


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Common Core Commotion: Is New Curriculum Catholic-School Friendly?

A.J. Cameron

I believe those who blindly support Common Core are naïve. They don't see the 'big' picture, and, to their credit, the Progressives have, for the most part, done a pretty good job of obfuscating the ultimate agenda of Common Core.

Probably the best way to address the concerns of Common Core is to attack it w/ questions, not w/ statements. Of course, 'following the $$$ also helps people to realize the hood rats behind Common Core are angling for government mandated monopolies, in addition to having the opportunity to indoctrinate our students.

Sadly, a local figure in the KC metro made the news on Wednesday & Thursday. He took the baton from der Fuhrer, beginning the dialogue of children starting school @ the impressionable age of 4. The Progressives are certainly persistent in their attacks upon faith & family.

There are many questions that need to be asked, based upon what is known about Common Core, but a larger question is, 'What happens to 'education', once this agenda is fully implemented?'

Why would any clear-thinking individual not question the ultimate goal of the proponents of Common Core when it has been deployed in such a surreptitious manner?

If those in leadership of a school district, Catholic or public, do not have the Common Sense to question Common Core, our educational system is in grave peril. Additionally, we can trust the puppeteer-controlled media to provide to provide cover for the deployment of Common Core, so free-thinking individuals should not expect to hear or read the truth from them.

I do commend the parents for yanking their children from a Catholic school that deployed Common Core; why pay thousands in tuition when their is little, to no, difference between Catholic and public education, especially when the shock of 'OBoehnerCare' is fully realized?

A. J.

Read more:
http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/common-core-commotion-is-new-curriculum-catholic-school-friendly/#ixzz2ei2orKcQ

Catholics remain divided over the new nation-wide school standards.



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by CHARLOTTE HAYS 09/12/2013 Comment
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CINCINNATI — When Jim Rigg, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, began implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Cincinnati Catholic schools in 2011, he never dreamed that a firestorm was about to erupt.

Now, Rigg, like other Catholic schools superintendents across the nation, finds himself caught up in a fierce debate over whether Common Core — federal education standards embraced by 45 states and about 100 Catholic dioceses — are appropriate for Catholic schools.

The battle lines are so clearly drawn that one Catholic family made news in the secular press when it took its daughters out of a Catholic elementary school in Roseto, Pa., because the Diocese of Allentown had adopted Common Core. "As long as there is any Common Core in the diocese, we will not be going back there,” father Dave Herman told the Lehigh Valley’s Morning Call newspaper.

Common Core is voluntary, but many Catholic educators have eagerly embraced it, while others such as Richard Thompson, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Denver Archdiocese, don’t plan to do so.

"We can always learn from the hard work of others,” said Thompson, referring to those who developed the Common Core standards. But Thompson said he saw no need to install Common Core because the Denver Archdiocese’s schools already are "exceeding most of [Common Core standards]. We’re already there and more.”

The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), while not formally endorsing Common Core, has been holding workshops on how to implement the standards in Catholic schools. The Common Core State Standards were developed by state education officials under the auspices of the National Governors Association. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supported the process with grants totaling $150 million. The Obama administration is firmly behind CCSS.



Weighing Concerns

Meanwhile, Father Peter Stravinskas, executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation, is hosting a conference on "Catholic Concerns About the Common Core” at the Stella Maris Retreat Center in Elberon, N.J., Nov. 5-6. Co-hosts are the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS), the schools office of the Diocese of Gaylord, Mich., and the superintendent of high schools of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

The gathering will address such questions as: What are the concerns of Catholic school teachers and parents? What can we embrace in Common Core? What might Catholic educators need to reject or change?

"We certainly don’t have to use the curriculum materials that are being suggested, many of which are very problematic,” Father Stravinskas said. But the priest added that, since SATs and other standardized tests will be geared to the Common Core in the future, Catholics ignore it at their peril.

Emotions are running so high that Father Stravinskas was deluged with email responses after sending out invitations to the conference. One correspondent angrily wrote, "Gee, Father, you are really getting soft. Are you a collaborator now?”

Many Catholic parents fear that using these national standards could water down the essential religious element of Catholic schools. But to that point, Rigg said that in adapting the Common Core to Cincinnati Catholic schools, pains had been taken to "make sure our Catholic identity lives and breathes in our curriculum.”

"The crux of the Common Core is an intensified focus on instructional standards that are tied to success in college and career,” said the Cincinnati Catholic school superintendent. Rigg prefers the term "adapt” to "adopt” because he said that the Cincinnati Catholic schools "will not take Common Core in its entirety.” He explained, "The philosophical reason for our decision is that, in our minds, there are many good elements of Common Core that make sense to us.”

Rigg admitted, however, that there was another, more practical inducement to align with Common Core. "The pragmatic reason is that the state has adopted Common Core,” he said. "We moved into this willingly, but there was an implication that we could lose [financial backing from the state] if we didn’t.” Financial arrangements with states vary from diocese to diocese. Some dioceses would have no financial incentive to switch to Common Core.



Academically Inferior

Common Core standards are intended to help students acquire specific skills at each grade level rather than relying on the different standards — or sometimes the lack thereof — in 50 states. But many Catholic parents charge that Common Core academic standards are academically inferior to those of Catholic schools, and they are put off by the one-size-fits-all approach. The increased involvement of the federal government in education is also a concern.

It is almost impossible to understate the intensity of this debate. "If [the Bush era federal education law] No Child Left Behind was a hand grenade,” said Vincent de Paul Schmidt, schools superintendent for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., "this is a nuclear weapon. Parents are polarized because so many believe that this is being forced on them at the federal level, instead of the usual educational debates that hover around states' rights.”

Under Schmidt’s leadership, Catholic schools in Wheeling-Charleston have developed a Catholic Common Core initiative based on Catholic teaching and national Common Core standards. "Aligning” Catholic values with Common Core, Schmidt said, is a matter of aligning the content standards with the age when the research says students are most receptive to being able to internalize them. In a message explaining why Wheeling-Charleston made a decision in favor of the Catholic Common Core initiative, Schmidt promised that "our Catholic schools will continue to invest considerable time and educator talent to make sure these standards are reflective of our Catholic identity and rigor for which the Catholic schools have been celebrated.”

Many Catholic parents, however, remain unconvinced.

"Catholic parents are so angry,” said Ann Hynds, who is active with a group called Pittsburgh Catholics Against Common Core, "because we are the primary educators of our children, and we’re being told not to worry that they [educators] know better.” Hynds charges that Common Core — which includes a list of suggested texts that have raised hackles among Catholic parents — will jeopardize the classical education long associated with Catholic schools. Supporters of Common Core point out that the texts aren’t mandatory and that particular schools, or even individual teachers, will make decisions about texts and other teaching material.

One of the texts that alarmed Catholic parents reportedly involved asking a child to draw a picture of his family — a minefield, several Common Core critics have charged, in an era of homosexual "marriage.” Others say that they are concerned that the suggested texts don’t include enough classics, a claim Common Core advocates say isn’t true. To give you an idea, suggested English readings for freshmen and sophomores, for example, include the Iliad and the Odyssey, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels.

Hynds insists that the Common Core will be detrimental to Catholic education. "[Catholic educators] all say how excellent Catholic education has always been,” Hynds continued. "So why are they doing this?”

Hynds has plenty of company in her staunch opposition to Common Core.

Veteran activist and Eagle Forum’s president, Phyllis Schlafly, wrote a hard-hitting letter to key members of the hierarchy in which she outlined her concerns about Common Core. The letter was published in Crisis magazine under the headline "Common Core: A Threat to Catholic Education.”

Schlafly noted that Common Core had been adopted in 45 states, giving "an appearance of national unanimity”; but this "facade crumbles” when it is pointed out that governors and state boards of education officials, not voters, approved Common Core. "Neither the state legislatures nor the voters ever knew about this radical change in their children’s education until this spring (more than two years after they were adopted),” Schlafly wrote.

Also criticized in her letter is the fact that Catholic school superintendents are often empowered to make the decision about Common Core unilaterally, though the bishop has final say about educational matters in his diocese. Schlafly’s most serious complaints, however, concerned the content of Common Core.

Schlafly charged, "Euclidian geometry was displaced, children were instructed to add in columns from left to right, and ‘conceptual’ math replaced fundamentals. In language arts, ‘close reading’ strategies forced students to read texts ‘in a vacuum’ or without the encumbrance of what was deemed ‘privileged information.’ Furthermore, classical literature was dramatically reduced in favor of reading ‘informational texts’ like computer manuals.”

Suggested Texts

Schlafly’s reference to "informational texts” comes from a list of suggested texts for Common Core schools. Some educators who oppose Common Core have worried that the emphasis on mastery of informational texts — helpful in getting a job but not in reading poetry — could displace literary classics. One suggested text that has attracted notice: a publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on "Recommended Levels of Insulation.”

"If we’re calling that literature, we’re in serious trouble,” quipped Father Stravinskas, who emphasized that schools are not required to use these suggested texts.

RaeNell Houston and Rebecca Maloney, associate superintendents of the Office of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, concurred: While Common Core provides a framework, they said, it does not dictate what texts must be used.

"We’re not top down in our archdiocese,” Houston explained. That means that not only will the archdiocese not ask schools to use Common Core’s suggested texts, but that there is great leeway among individual teachers as to how to teach their classes. She added that the archdiocese has always taught to state standards and that she finds Common Core more rigorous.

"We are still a Christ-centered Catholic school [system], and that will not change,” said Maloney. The texts for religion classes are all ones approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, she added. The religion classes are the one centralized portion of the archdiocesan school system.

The New Orleans Archdiocese will join neither the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) nor the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), two state-led organizations developing testing for Common Core. Thus, the archdiocesan schools will not have to submit to Common Core national testing.

"We are a classical education program, and we’re not going to change that,” said Schmidt of Wheeling-Charleston. Schmidt said that Common Core had led to "repositioning” of some material to different grade levels. "For Wheeling, there is no chance that I would mandate a textbook,” he said. "There is no mandate regarding textbooks from our office that would ever happen.”

The Denver Archdiocese’s Thompson, however, sees no need to implement the Common Core.

"We see it as something to look at, something perhaps to borrow from, but not something to jump into,” he said. "We looked at it and said, ‘There are a couple of good things.’ But we have rigorous academic standards infused with Catholic identity. There are parts of the Common Core we might harvest, but I can say it’s very minimal. Our agenda is the formation of the whole child, and there’s nothing in Common Core that is going to get you to heaven.”

Register correspondent Charlotte Hays writes from Washington.

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September 12, 2013

Pamela Geller won't let them forget 9/11

Jack Kemp

A few blocks away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan stood a truck whose paint job made a political statement about September 11th: "No one wants to remember. No one wants to forget." It sums up the mixed emotions of America on this day in 2013.  But Pamela Geller is definitely one of the people who wants to remember and fight for the dignity of the families that lost loved ones on 9/11 in 2001, especially in Manhattan's Ground Zero. That is why she organized a memorial service and press conference and gathering at the southwest corner of Zuccotti Park, the former site of the Occupy Wall Street encampment.

The fact that the City of New York did not give Geller a permit to stage an event inside the park did not deter her anymore than the lack of a permit deterred  the many motorcyclists who came to Washington this 9/11 to honor the memory of veterans and those who died at the Pentagon, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania or at New York's World Trade Center. And Pamela didn't need a roaring Harley to have an impact, just her voice and those of her fellow speakers.

"9/11 is a day of mourning...when war came to America," she said, meaning it wasn't to be papered over by a politically correct administration that is trying to make us believe it a "day of service" when people go rake leaves in the park or serve meals to the elderly, even though those are worthy efforts for another day.

Understanding the subtle attack on our cultural standards, Geller called the housing of human remains in the museum underground as being "reprehensible," and called for an actual Tomb of the Unknowns at ground level so that all can see the history. And she called for the federalizing of the 9/11 Museum in New York so that there would be no admissions fee (currently $25). In comparison, virtually all major public sites in Washington, D.C., have no admissions free.

The first guest speaker was Alan Devona, a New York Port Authority Police sergeant who was on duty on 9/11.

"I love America but I don't know if I recognize America today...It seems to me that this administration has made an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood."

Devona then made an observation that was simple yet profound. He held up a social-cultural device we take for granted, a small Hallmark calendar/reminder book for 2013 and noted that there was no listing in it for Patriot's Day (9/11) nor one for Pearl Harbor Day (12/7).  He urged the audience to examine their calendars at home and see if they are listing these two dates and if they don't, buy a different brand of calendar. Devona would then go on to state that Pamela Geller and her associate Robert Spencer (although much maligned in the media) have done more to expose and fight Muslim-on-Muslim violence than anyone else. He then spoke of the plan for the 9/11 Museum to have a display, a separate wall, of - if not for - the 19 hijackers (as if they were victims and not victimizers).

While introducing the next speaker, Pamela Geller pointed out that there will be a separate room with large photos of the 19 terrorists "and what inspired them." Pamela mentioned that she has posted the final letters written by these hijackers and they mention Allah 90 times. "We are not allowed to talk about this...anyone who talks about this is demonized, marginalized rendered radioactive."

That next to speak was Nelly Braginsky, a Russian immigrant who lost her son on 9/11. Speaking about the $25 admission fee to the museum, she noted that a family with two children would have to pay $100 to see it and it seems to her that what the museum is really trying to do is discourage visiting families. I would add that this that Nelly is right, for this fee is definitely a barrier teaching children about the events of 9/11 in detail because those with large families who don't have a lot of spare funds to pay, for example, $150 or more in admissions fees, could easily be discouraged from going to the museum. Braginsky also talked of constantly getting letters asking for donations to build the 9/11 museum as if the responsibility is on the surviving family members alone.

The next speaker was noted author and PhD. expert on Islam, Robert Spencer who took an overall viewpoint and stated the 9/11 museum is a part of a great denial of what happened on September 11th. Spencer noted that a fight was needed to place American flags at the museum, that the plans call for virtually no telling of the specifics of what happened on 9/11, no mention of it being an act or either war or jihad, which it was. Spenser said that this pattern of denial happens now in the Obama administration but was also a denial of the actual threats that happened during the Bush administration as well.Spenser talked of numerous Islamic organizations, including CAIR, writing to John Brennan, "then the counter terrorism advisor to the President," in 2011  to complain about the government's counter terrorism training materials "were full of material offensive to Muslims."

"It wasn't that it was false. It was true. But the truth offended them," Spencer explained. This lead to the removal of this material from the manuals and also the retraining of government agents as if they were in a reeducation camp (reminiscent of the Soviet Union). This level of redefining "jihad" as "inner struggle" lead to the FBI not seeing the Tsarnaev brothers (who would later place those bombs at the Boston Marathon) as a threat, even though the Russian government gave many warnings to the U.S. You can hear Mr. Spenser in his own words explaining these issues starting at the one minute mark of this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IxMMoRhPfw#t=86

"We have to tell the truth...and tell this and every administration that comes after this one...otherwise we will see large scale attacks on non-Muslims," Spenser concluded.

The last guest speaker was Ashraf Ramelah, an Egyptian Coptic community leader. Mr. Ramelah continued the theme by saying that years ago a war was started against the West and the West is not willing to admit the grave danger it now has. Speaking to his area knowledge, the history of Egypt, Ramelah stated what is happening now is a repeating of the destruction of churches, the killing all people and raping of women that started when Muslims first entered Egypt in the year 651. Ramelah said it is what is still happening now.

"When we talk about this, we are considered 'haters' and 'beggars' for saying the truth, Mr. Ramelah stated. "I want to be one of these 'haters' who tell the truth....What is happening in Egypt will happen (one day) in the United States." If you think this is a gross exaggeration, consider the rapes taking place in Europe of non-Muslim women now. Indonesia started to slowly become a Muslim country as a result of traders proselytizing in the Thirteenth Century. It took them hundreds of years - and no invasion - but they got a sharia compliant country. Mr. Ramelah knows the Muslims are willing to work slowly to get what they want, taking a longer, historic view than many Americans understand.

Mr. Ramelah said the "coup" that happened in Egypt was not a coup but the "will of the people." He stated, the U.S. is now hated by Muslims, Copts and everyone in Egypt as a result of the policies of Pres. Obama.

Lastly, Pamela Geller gave an impassioned summarizing speech where she reiterated that the 9/11 Museum should be taken over by the federal government and urged people to contact their Congressmen and Senators. "This has become its own private fiefdom," she stated, and went on to say that everyone must take their safety into their own hands. "No one is going to save you...Take responsibility for the country that you live in, for the freedom you enjoy...Our children and our grandchildren will despise us for leaving them held hostage to nuclear regimes."
 
Whatever I say here cannot equal Pamela's concluding remarks in her own voice which can be seen on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhXPqXg_XYM#t=64

What Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer organized and said on this 9/11 will make it harder for those that want to forget - and inspire those that are willing and want to remember.

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Swap Meat

Timothy Birdnow

Writing in American Thinker Paul Schlichta discusses a new technique for growing animal PARTS without actually growing the animal. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/cultured_meat_peta_and_mandels_cow.html#!

According to Mr. Schlichta:

"Technology has finally made vegetarians an offer they can't refuse -- maybe.

Dr. Mark Post's group at Maastricht University have made "cultured" meat by extracting muscle stem cells from cows, pigs, or chickens and multiplying them in a growth medium. The stem cells then develop into muscle cells that, with a little electrical stimulation, "bulk up" into solid muscle-fiber/bundles. These continue to grow when continuously supplied with additional nutrients by means of soluble-polymer duct systems. The end result is million-cell centimeter-long strips of meat tissue.

At a recent demonstration in London, 20,000 test strips were combined with breadcrumbs and fried into a single hamburger. Tasters said that the burger was dry and a bit lacking in flavor -- but it was like eating beef."

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Yummy! Or at least not so gross; makes me wonder if my young vegetarian niece (who is partial to cheeseburgers but won't eat them for philosophical reasons) will change her ways.

Will the author of Eternal Treblinka start gobbling chicken ala-king?

Gastronomy aside, this brings up an obvious question; will we be able to do this with human organs? Transplaninting organs is a tricky business, and if you need a liver, or a heart, you will have to wait for one. It may also be of dubious quality (considering the former owner is indeed most former) and who wants a pre-owned? At some point most people could use a replacement of some sort or other.

Science fiction writer Larry Niven often spoke of the "organ banks problem" in his stories; transplant technology made for great longevity in his dystopic future, but it came at a terrible price. The death penalty was applied and the criminal's organs were forcibly donated to medicine, making the taking of the criminal's life beneficial. Before long capital crimes came to include traffic offenses or acts of stupidity because the population was hungry for life-sustaining organs. In Niven's vision there wouldl be "organleggers" who would kidnap people, dismantle them, and sell theirr organs to desperate sick people. There would be a horrendously despotic state that revolved around the dishing out of organs. All of this because they could extend life via replacement of failing organs.

It was bad on Earth, with the ARM, the United Nations secret police enforcing organ bank laws. On a colony world called Plateau (which was only habitable on one enormous mountain) it created a totalitarianism unlike any in history, where the "colonists" bodies were the property of the aristocratic "crew". Niven's nightmare revolved around the replacement of organs.

Now, it has been suggested we could clone ourselves and keep the clone in a state of sensory deprivation so it would not develop a mind, then harvest body parts as needed from the clone. But a clone is a human being, a twin born later thanks to technology, and such an act would be monstrous indeed; a harvesting of organs from a weak brother. This would be different; it would make it possible to grow your replacement organs, and only those organs. And it would be for a good purpose; the heart is intended to pump blood, so you would be giving a new heart a chance at life.

Schlichta continues:

"The question of what the cows want was considered by Oscar Mandel in one of his delightful Gobble-Up Stories. The heroine of "The Journey of a Cow" discovers that she and her fellow cattle are being lavishly fed so that they can be slaughtered for meat. Hearing that cattle are treated as gods and goddesses in India -- worshiped instead of broiled -- she makes a long and dangerous journey there. She soon discovers that cows lead a hungry and miserable life in India, where humans chase them away from all but the meanest food.

'She could not make up her mind what to do next. Remain where she was, live out her natural life as a goddess but live it out in misery? Or return to the joys of Carinthia, so sure but ever so brief? I have heard that she is in India to this day debating with herself, because she cannot decide. And neither can I.' "

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Indeed. This same conundrum was contemplated by the refugee rabbits in Watership Down. The refugees came upon a warren of rather peculiar but extremely well-fed rabbits, living in a gastronomical paradise. There was a place where all sorts of delicious food appeared magically every day, and the rabbits were fat and well fed. But they had a sort of fatalism about them, and they devoted their time not to struggle and to work but to dark poetry and trivial intellectual pursuits - and they never, never discussed someone who was not present.

Cowslip Warren proved to be a terrible trap. There was a farm, and a farmer, and he fed the rabbits well, asking only for their lives when he needed some meat. The Faustian bargain made between man and rabbit proved quite beneficial to the surviving rabbits, but at what cost? If they were free they MAY go hungry, and this arrangement assured they were well-fed, but the farmer owned them and could take their lives at his whim. The heroes of the story left as soon as they learned the terrible truth.

I once compared Democrats to the inhabitants of Cowslip Warren. Obamacare makes the point even more accurate, as under the individual mandate it has been made clear that our bodies are not our own, we do not have property rights to them, but rather the government owns those rights and can take them away. Like the farmer in Watership Down the government provides for us, but in the end we are instructed to avert our eyes when they take one for the stew pot.

See, the Left sees Man as purely material, an enormously complex machine, but a machine only. We have no real intrinsic value, and one is as good as another, so we can be dismantled if the Party sees fit. The greater good may require a sacrifice from us, and they will not cry over spilled milk.

Contributer Daren Jonescu told me that in Canada there is an ethos that one must suffer so as to free up medical resources for others. The idea that hospital beds must be vacated for other patients is endemic to Canadian society; never is it considered that they should have MORE beds, more doctors, more medicine to care for the sick. No! Because the government runs it, medicine is rationed and it is your patriotic duty to leave the hospical as soon as you are able "for the good of others". The reality is that the proponents of socialized medicine don't give a damn about the individual; he is just so many used parts. Like Niven's organ banks the individual belongs to the State and can be discarded or recycled at whim. We are the rabbits of Cowslip Warren, and the State is the farmer. We belong to them.

What does this have to do with artificially grown organs? Maybe nothing, but then too, maybe a great deal.

I have a bad heart. My heart really could use to be replaced, but the risk would not be worth it with the current technology. If I could get a new heart with no fear of rejection, one younger than my own and healthier, why wouldn't I do it? It would extend my lifespan and doubtlessly make me feel better in the process. Who controls this new technology will control society. I would be growing my own heart, but the government could easily co-opt this.

Tyrants of bygone days have had the power of death. They could hurt their citizens or kill them, but they had nothing to offer as a carrot (except maybe, well, carrots or other means of sustenance). Technology is making it possible to offer LIFE as well as death. It's the ultimate wet dream of any would-be god, to usurp the power of life as well as death. The Left has always wanted that power (as I pointed out a while back http://www.americanthinker.com/2005/03/its_a_brave_new_world_after_te.html) Control of medicine - especially this new type of medicine that can radically increase both our longevity and the quality of that time - will give the modern liberals power beyond anyone's wildest dreams.

In Niven's nightmare the Organ Bank Problem was resolved by the development of artificial organs and the opening up of new colony worlds. But when governments control medicine, new developments only strengthen their hand (Niven assumed a market-based system would remain) and Mankind is no longer expanding anywhere. There is no place to go on this Earth. Space settlement could theoretically offer a way out of THAT trap, but settling in space requires considerable (and expensive) technology to stay alive, so small groups of pioneers will be dependent on another entity. Liberals have traditionally opposed the space program, and I suspect that they instinctively understand that people could slip from under their thumbs by establishing colonies outside of their control. They will be happy to support space settlement provided it can be done in a controlled fashion. All must remain part of the collective.

Perhaps we can slip the snare in time. There is a plan afoot by a private concern to send colonists to Mars within a decade. http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/57809#!

I have doubts about the viability of this plan (and even bigger doubts about the scrupulous nature of the organizers, who are collecting wads of cash from applicant colonists). No private concern has ever even sent a probe to Mars, much less landed anything, and while Mars may look Earthlike in those dandy photographs sent back by the Mars Rover it is nothing of the sort; atmospheric pressure is between 7 and 15 millibars (one bar is sea level Earth normal) and colonists would have to wear space suits outside, or their blood would boil. The atmosphere is so thin that radiation will be a terrible hazzard, so any colony will have to be buried underground. The Martian "fines" get into everything and will cause endless trouble for our colonists. They will need water, energy, and will have to grow food in soil that is so oxygenated it will be like growing a crop in bleach. And the cold; as bad as Antarctica. This venture, which plans to start small and keep adding, will be nigh-unto overwhelming. It will have to be heavily supported by Earth.

And if it succeeds, how long before the U.N. or a government takes it over?

(My opinion is it would be better to settle the Moon, which is close enough to visit - or evacuate - in a couple of days and can be supplied far more easily. But the Moon looks like a dead rock, while Mars IS a dead rock that at least looks alive. Also, Mars has no commercial value for the forseeable future whereas profits are to be mined from the Moon. Helium 3 is but one example of a profitable commodity that can be obtained from a lunar colony, and the colony will be no more depressing under ground than the Mars colony.)

Right now we are all penned like cattle in a world of dwindling resources (or so the Left tells us), a sheep-pen for our masters to reign over us. So many of our people want to live in Cowslip Warren.

This development of organs may accelerate that prospect. Welcome to Eternal Treblinka!



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September 11, 2013

"Renewable" wind power apparently NOT for the birds

Dana Mathewson

Study: Wind Farms Killed 67 Eagles in 5 Years

By DINA CAPPIELLO
Associated Press
WASHINGTON
Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.

The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation's growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama's plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming. Wind power releases no air pollution.

But at a minimum, the scientists wrote, wind farms in 10 states have killed at least 85 eagles since 1997, with most deaths occurring between 2008 and 2012, as the industry was greatly expanding. Most deaths _ 79 _ were golden eagles that struck wind turbines. One of the eagles counted in the study was electrocuted by a power line.

The president of the American Bird Conservancy, Mike Parr, said the tally was "an alarming and concerning finding."

A trade group, the American Wind Energy Association, said in a statement that the figure was much lower than other causes of eagle deaths. The group said it was working with the government and conservation groups to find ways to reduce eagle casualties.

Still, the scientists said their figure is likely to be "substantially" underestimated, since companies report eagle deaths voluntarily and only a fraction of those included in their total were discovered during searches for dead birds by wind-energy companies. The study also excluded the deadliest place in the country for eagles, a cluster of wind farms in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass. Wind farms built there decades ago kill more than 60 per year.

The research affirms an AP investigation in May, which revealed dozens of eagle deaths from wind energy facilities and described how the Obama administration was failing to fine or prosecute wind energy companies, even though each death is a violation of federal law.

Entire article here: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/11/Study--Wind-farms-killed-67-eagles-in-5-years

Funny how leftists will scream bloody murder if a bird gets killed by a logger or (gasp) a hunter, but when it happens because of a failed energy initiative, even the leftist president who's pushing it won't even levy the fines that the law requires.

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Al Qaeda Reaction to Syrian Deal

Timothy Birdnow


President Obama seems to have failed in his case for war in Syria. Aviary correspondents get the reaction on the ground:



Hat tip: Never Yet Melted http://neveryetmelted.com/

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