I saw this tweet from the University of Colorado English Department this evening:

I didn’t realize today was Orwell’s birthday but the irony of that quote is astounding considering Justice Robert’s Old Yellowstain’s words here:

The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting. (To cite just one, the Act creates three separate Section 1563s. See 124 Stat. 270, 911, 912.) Several features of the Act’s passage contributed to that unfortunate reality. Congress wrote key parts of the Act behind closed doors, rather than through “the traditional legislative process.” Cannan, A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History, 105 L. Lib. J. 131, 163 (2013). And Congress passed much of the Act using a complicated budgetary procedure known as “reconciliation,” which limited opportunities for debate and amendment, and bypassed the Senate’s normal 60-vote filibuster requirement. Id., at 159–167. As a result, the Act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.

and this other Orwell quote on language:

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

applies here as well

Petitioners’ plain-meaning arguments are strong, but the Act’s context and structure compel the conclusion that Section 36B allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any Exchange created under the Act.

  I think these examples confirm the truth of Justice Scalia’s dissent and confirms this tweet of mine in response to the Colorado English Department acknowledgement of Orwell:

I think George Orwell’s birthday deserves recognition but I suspect it would have been better for the country if they just sent flowers.

Update:  An old question answered:

Of course they could both be true depending of how she defined “diabolical”.

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By A.P. Dillon

I don’t know about anyone else, but I just can’t read another “so and so bans Confederate flag” story. Granted, it’s an ugly piece, but it’s still part of our nation’s history.

What sickens me is how the media has been leading the charge against a flag instead of the person who used it for his own twisted reasons. There has been little to no separation of the two.  The hyper reporting of the ensuing onslaught of removals and bannings should make people mildly unsettled with the resemblance it bears to lemmings running over a cliff.

Enough. Just enough already.  I have Jonah Goldberg to thank for restoring some sanity, compassion and education to the issue. Go read his column this week, The Dignity of Charleston Flies in the Face of the Left’s Uninformed, Anti-South Bigotry

Let’s shift gears a moment and talk about education, because there is a distinct parallel to events going on right now. Education shapes a nation.  The path for the future of our children is being shaped and predetermined, much like the media is shaping and predetermining what is and isn’t outrage news.

I’ve warned about what your education dollar is buying these days. That ‘education dollar’ looks a lot like the tempest in the Confederate teapot we see going on right now.

I’ve warned about the increasing evidence that standardized testing and Common Core are creating pathways or silos for kids to be dropped into as they emerge from the K-12 school system and enter either the workforce or go on to college. This is no longer a warning, it’s a reality

Consider two stories on testing that emerged this week. One on Common Core test scoring, the other on the activities of the ACT.

First, the Common Core aligned PARCC test developed by Pearson. Breitbart reported that these scorers were recruited via “CraigsList, Monster.com, and Facebook”.

A Pearson official boasted about the scoring of these tests in a fashion that should have every parent running for the exits. I wrote about it at StopCommonCoreNC.org:

At times, the scoring process can evoke the way a restaurant chain monitors the work of its employees and the quality of its products.

“From the standpoint of comparing us to a Starbucks or McDonald’s, where you go into those places you know exactly what you’re going to get,” said Bob Sanders, vice president of content and scoring management at Pearson North America, when asked whether such an analogy was apt.

“McDonald’s has a process in place to make sure they put two patties on that Big Mac,” he continued. “We do that exact same thing. We have processes to oversee our processes, and to make sure they are being followed.”

Small wonder the Opt Out movement in testing is spreading like wildfire.

The other was a little nugget about the ACT tests. The ACT tests have been Common Core aligned as well, by the way.  Education blogger, Mercedes Schneider, reports on this change:

“ACT is revamping its test, creating new scoring subscales and combining other scales in new ways– and it also plans to advise colleges and universities regarding predicted student success in given majors.

“ACT is intentionally shifting its role from reporting test scores to advising postsecondary institutions regarding admissions decisions.”

Schneider also notes that parents and students are not in the ACT equation for this ‘advising’ to postsecondary institutions.

Little Johnny wants to be a Doctor? TOO BAD! His ACT score says he should be an English major.

Little Susie wants to be a Engineer? TOO BAD! Her PARCC scorer dumped her into a 2 year community college for food prep studies.

Your child’s path is being predetermined, just like the media has predetermined the news we watch.

 

CGq9zOIVIAAG5pfA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of LadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
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I certainly can’t put what this decision means better than this:

The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (“penalty” means tax, “further [Medicaid] payments to the State” means only incremental Medicaid payments to the State, “established by the State”means not established by the State) will be cited by litigants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence.


And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.

America you now live in a country where any contract you have, any agreement you sign any deed you hold means nothing. America you willingly did this to yourself, and you will deserve the new normal that you will now have to live with.  May you be happy with the choice you have made

I’ll give Jesus Christ the last word:

Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.

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Reading the details of the Obama Administration hated for Israel related in Michael Oren’s book Ally as quoted by Pam Geller is not really news for most people.  To those who have followed this administration Israel policy there is nothing that doesn’t confirm what they already knew and frankly if you’re what Evan Sayet calls “plop Jews” who worship the democrat party, Obama’s & his administration hatred for Israel doesn’t matter.  They’re still monotheists just with a different God.

However while that information might not shock anyone on either side I suspect both groups would be surprised at this exchange between Michael Oren and Andrew Rosenthal of the NYT Editorial Page concerning the veracity of a published piece by PA President Mahmoud Abbas as quoted by Commentary Magazine: (emphasis mine)

“When I write for the Times, fact checkers examine every word I write,” I began. “Did anybody check that Abbas has his facts exactly backward?”

“That’s your opinion,” Rosenthal replied.

“I’m an historian, Andy, and there are opinions and there are facts. That the Arabs rejected partition and the Jews accepted it is an irrefutable fact.”

“In your view.”

Tell me, on June 6, 1944, did Allied forces land or did they not land on Normandy Beach?”

Rosenthal…replied, “Some might say so.”

And here it was that my next door neighbor thought his father was buried in Normandy but the NYT is not so sure Normandy every happened.  Perhaps he never came home because he changed his name to Fang and ran off with a young Phyllis Diller all those years ago.

And Perhaps Yogi Berra

and those Band of Brothers

was lying all these years but I don’t know.

I’d ask the NYT but they can’t be sure.

Closing thought: Just remember that the Newspaper that apparently can’t confirm that D-Day Happened is the primary source for all the News broadcast by the primary networks in the United States.