This video on Bill Kristol comparing how the media treats Radical Islam & the Catholic church is required watching.

Absolutely fantastic. (via elder of Ziyon)

Fyi speaking of the church why is everyone so surprised that the Pope, the head of the Catholic Church was unwilling to endorse blasphemy?

A Pope will always advise loving one’s neighbor over insulting them in fact that is part of the whole loving thy neighbor business.

(FYI “insult” & “critique” and “admonish” are not the same thing,sometimes love requires one to speak frankly on a sensitive subject even if someone doesn’t want to hear it)

By A.P. Dillon

Last week, I highlighted an article that appeared in the NY Times that called into question the fundamental right to homeschool. The NY Times article focused a bit on Pennsylvania but, this week, a story garnered headlines coming out of Virginia.  This story out of Virginia is in the same flavor as the NY Times piece: We know best for your child and there might be problems if parents decide what is best.

This controversy stems from a school board decision in 2013 which essentially removed the rights of parents who wish to homeschool their children based on religious objections. This board’s decision was to impose a restriction on homeschooling that children of a certain age had to agree to be homeschooled and declare their religious affiliation.

The board ultimately voted to repeal the 2013 rule.

Missouri Education Watchdog (MEW) reported the heart of the story:

There was a spirited meeting at the Gooch County (VA) School Board last night as hundreds of people attended to show their concern about a district policy that homeschooled students (at age 14) must declare their religious affiliation.

Read the whole thing.

MEW goes on to quote attendees of the meeting. The second quoted excerpt hits the core of the argument, which is that the school board was forcing people to prove and defend their religious beliefs.  Here’s part of that second quoted passage, emphasis added:

“B. A school board shall excuse from attendance at school:

1. Any pupil who, together with his parents, by reason of bona fide religious training or belief is conscientiously opposed to attendance at school. For purposes of this subdivision, “bona fide religious training or belief” does not include essentially political, sociological or philosophical views or a merely personal moral code; and”

In 2013 the board decided, based on lawsuits in Fairfax and another VA county that the wording “Any PUPIL along with his parents…….”by reason of bona fide religious training or belief” meant that the board was required to determine if the BELIEF OF THE PUPIL WAS “BONA FIDE”.

Here are some useful sources on Virginia homeschooling laws: VA Homeschoolers, HSLDA Virginia 2014-15 brief, Virginia Dept. of Education Home Instruction handbook.

Switching gears to North Carolina, we see another line of attack:

I’ll restate the closing I made in the article from yesterday on this tweet:

If Dr. Atkinson is attempting to make the argument that part of the ‘school choice’ made by parents and students needs to fit into a one-size-fits all public school testing regimen, she’s missed the point of ‘choice’ entirely.

With all the talk going around concerning a possible Mitt Romney Candidacy in 2016 I don’t seem to be hearing anyone asking the basic question I asked last year.

Since nobody in the media will bring it up let me repeat myself a bit:

First a point I made back in January of 2012:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if Romney is the nominee I will have no problem voting for him over Obama, but lets ask the question: If you are a GOP candidate running for congress against Obamacare do you really want the author of Romneycare at the top of your ticket? Do you want to be asked why you support the author of Romneycare while running against Obamacare? I don’t think so.

Obamacare is even less popular in 2015 then it was in 2012 and lets not forget that fellow Gruber worked for Mitt.

Now point 2 from last September:

In 2012 Barack Obama had:

1. The worst economy in living memory for anyone 77 years old our younger
2. Had his name attached to one of the lest popular laws in history
3. Was commander in chief during a successful attack on Americans on the Anniversary of Sept 11th killing a US ambassador two months before election day
4. In the eyes of the conservative base of the GOP was the worst president in history

And Mitt Romney Still couldn’t beat him.

 

So four years later Mitt Romney who couldn’t beat Barack Obama, who couldn’t win NH (and whose protegé couldn’t win a big GOP year.) is going to somehow manage to beat a Democrat who will not have the baggage of Barack Obama.

Can someone explain to me what Mitt has done to:

1. Become more appealing to the GOP base that rejected him?

2. Become more appealing to the Democrat base that rejected him

3. Become more appealing to the independents who were not enough to election him.

Other than diluting the GOP moderates who can split their votes between Christie Bush and Romney to give the chance for one of the conservatives from Perry to Paul to Walker et/al to win what is the actual rationale for a Romney Candidacy other than to feed his own ego? What will he bring to the table that the other GOP choices will not?

Not being Barack Obama isn’t enough, Every single candidate running in 2016 is not Barack Obama.

It would be nice if Mitt answers these questions before GOP donors spend millions of dollars that would be better spent helping keep the next Democrat demagogue out of the White House.

Update: Great minds and all that

the idea that a one-term Massachusetts governor, who hired Jonathan Gruber to help design his health-care plan, is just what the Republicans need to run against Hillary Clinton is odd, particularly when the GOP has a much more talented, and fresher, field than it did in 2012.

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