The speakers and the presentations are obviously the meat of the Amplify Choice conference but no less important are the writers / blogger who attended and I spoke to as many as I had time to.

Since there wasn’t a lot free time I struck the lunch ine:

I spoke to Kemberlee Kaye of Legal Insurrection

and Ernesto Cullari

And Will Franklin

We would see him again tomorrow

Once the presentations were over it was time to clear the room for dinner so I packed up as soon as I could and caught managed to talk to Heather Kays

We saw a glimpse of her during the Ben Scafidi interview and she was on the panel of reporters who cover the subject as well (Incidently her piece at Watchdog.org Teachers and tummy tucks: Buffalo’s $5 million bill for cosmetic surgery is a must read.)

and of course old friend and past Magnificent Seven writer AP Dillon

Her going onwards and upwards is the reason why we are interviewing Da Magnificent Prospects

Just before the dinner keynote & managed to grab Fay Anderson

Her point about the safety of charter schools as a motivation for parents was repeated in the keynote and is well made.

And my last interview of the night was James Foytlin

Now some of you might think that these are a lot of interviews, I suspect that if you do so, you’re new to this blog because I still had two more days in Denver to go and you ain’t seen nothing yet.


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By A.P. Dillon

Hello Da Tech Guy readers! It’s been several months since I left Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7 writing team and I wanted to drop in with some political updates from North Carolina.

Redistricting Chaos

A lawsuit threw North Carolina’s districts into chaos just prior to the March 15th primary election. A court struck down the voting district maps that had previously been ruled valid by the North Carolina Supreme court.

This forced the legislature to redraw maps and threw dozens of races into chaos. It also made it necessary to push congressional race voting to June and eliminated run-off elections.  In short, the fix was in by those drawing the map.

In particular this affected a hotly contested race in the original District 2 — where Rep. Renee Ellmers was being challenged by three other Republicans.  As it turns out, the redistricting puts her and Rep. George Holding up against one another now.  Dr. Greg Brannon has also thrown his hat into that race.

An appeal was made to the Supreme Court, who refused to hear or stay the ruling and differed to the lower court’s order. This turn of events is unprecedented in United State history. It has set a dangerous precedent, which basically allows any court to hit a reset button on any given election and disenfranchises voters by basically throwing their votes out.

Give Daniel Horowitz’s article at Conservative Review a read; he addresses North Carolina specifically.

Bathroom Chaos

In February, the Charlotte City Council passed an incredibly dangerous and overreaching policy regarding public facilities like bathrooms, lockerrooms and showers.  The ordinance, as written, made it legal for anyone to use any facility they wanted to in any location — including forcing private businesses. The ordinance also, as written, banned single sex facilities entirely.

This ordinance opened up a can of worms for sexual predators and pedophiles to now have full legal entry to places they did not have before. The ordinance also violated the North Carolina Constitution as well as city  licensing and policing authority.

The General Assembly did not sit on its hands. The Republican leadership, supported by both the Governor and Lt. Governor, called for a special session which was held on March 23rd.  At that session HB 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, sailed through both houses and the Governor signed it that same day.

The House vote was mostly along party lines, however ten Democrats voted in favor of the bill. It is interesting to note that in the North Carolina Senate, not a single Democrat voted. All of them either walked out or were ‘excused’. Clearly, they were not interested in doing their job nor protecting those they represent in any way.

Go read my run-down on this turn of events and see why passing HB2 was so crucial. HB2 is particularly important from the standpoint of protecting our schools.  The U.S. Department of Education has been engaging in lawfare under Title IX to force schools and districts to allow anyone ‘self-identifying’ as the opposite sex to use whatever facilities they feel like at any given time.

NC GOP Leadership Chaos

Finally, there has been some very strange goings-on in the NC GOP.  I admit to not being as up on this battle as I should be. The Daily Haymaker has been covering it in-depth, however, for those who want to read the saga.

Hasan Harnett was overwhelmingly elected to lead the NC GOP by the grassroots conservatives last year. Harnett was the first African-American to hold the post to my knowledge.

Since taking office, the establishment powers that be have done little to aid Harnett and have, in fact, thrown up substantial roadblocks to keep Harnett from being successful.

The most recent shenanigans involved shutting off Harnett’s official email account. Twice.  Now the Central Committee is is rounding up the votes to oust Harnett via a “A Resolution of No Confidence, Censure and Restriction”.  All of these appears to be orchestrated in part by Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse and 9th District Chair, Dee Steward.

And that’s all I have at the moment from North Carolina for now. I promised to check in now and again going forward.

AP DillonA.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, Civitas Institute, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

 

By A.P. Dillon

It’s been just over two years since I joined Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7 team and I can barely believe how fast the time went. I’ve written an article a week on topic ranging from exposing far left networks to Obamacare and Common Core to key political races.

The time has flown, indeed.

Looking back at my previous Thanksgiving articles from 2013 and 2014, both are just as relevant this year as they were when I wrote them. Perhaps even more so as we watch the Special Snowflake Olympics unfolding in campuses across the nation and an agency within our federal government has gotten into the business of dictating where students can and cannot go pee.

Back in the day and over the course of history in many places, people often sought refuge from the woes of everyday life by going to the movies.  However, even that refuge has been taken away to an increasing degree with celebrities on political soap boxes and films weaving in various politically correct themes instead of actual plot lines.

Social media is littered with half-baked narratives, political leaders trash each other and the public, television has become a modern outlet for newspeak and even our schools are substituting social justice over actual academics at an alarming rate.

Where does one turn to for refuge these days?

The home. That’s where you find it. The home is the first and original refuge.

The home is more than just a refuge, though — it’s where lives are created, fostered and nurtured. The home should be defended, honored and respected. The home is the family. The home and the family are what we all should be giving Thanks for every single year.
The home and family extend beyond our own more often than not. Most of us probably don’t realize that or see it in that light.

Well, I do.

liberty miniI give thanks for my own home and family, but also for the one I found here at Da Tech Guy. I give thanks to Peter Ingemi for taking a chance on me two years ago and for the collection of people he brought together as his Magnificent 7.  I will always be your Bernardo – wanted for crimes against Liberalism, Peter.

It has been a privilege to be a part of this refuge and I humbly thank everyone who has read or inspired my columns here at Da Tech Guy over the years.

God Bless and be Thankful.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Civitas Institute, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

From the instant the news broke there was an attack going on in Paris, I knew it was them. Everyone in the world knew it was them.

Whereas I and the rest of the world seem to be able to say the words, Islamic Terrorist’, the 2016 Democratic candidates and President Obama refuse to. And this is a big part of why the world is where it is today with regard to ISIS.

The President says he has a strategy and, like a petulant child, told the world he won’t change it. He was more than petulant actually, at the G-20,  Obama was visibly disdainful that anyone would question him about it at all as he described Paris as a “terrible and sickening setback“.

It’s now known that at least one of the ISIS terrorists was using a phony passport that allowed him to slip into Greece and then on to Paris. The terrorist hid in plain sight, entering the country among  Syrian refugees.

President Obama has ordered that the United States now take in 10,000 of these refugees. That’s up from 2,000 earlier this year. How many ISIS terrorists will be hiding among them?

Some states are not willing to find out. Yesterday, over half of the states requested the President stop sending refugees to their respective states. Only seven states have stated they will continue to take these Syrian refugees.

My home state of North Carolina was among those requesting President Obama stop sending Syrian refugees to the state.

Governor McCrory said yesterday, “My primary duty as governor is to protect the citizens of North Carolina, which is why I am taking the steps I have outlined today.”   If only we had a President who reassured the people that they were his primary duty.

Governor McCrory made it clear that the federal government was not sharing information about these refugees, including who they are, where they are residing and how they are vetted. McCrory said that North Carolina had received 59 refugees so far and “do date, we have received little or not security information about those refugees… on their backgrounds and even possibly their names in certain circumstances.”

What was interesting and frankly frightening about Governor McCrory’s press conference wasn’t the revelation the federal government was withholding details about the refugee vetting process, but rather how easily state governments are being nearly entirely circumvented.

McCrory broke it down a bit in the Q&A of the press conference and said that the refugees are brought in by the U.S. government, handed off to a non-profit in a given state and then the state only finds out about them when the non-profits bills the state for services.

Do you see the horror here? The Governor’s can request all they want from the Obama administration but unless his administration agrees to halt, the program continues and the governors are powerless.

The only thing that will truly stop refugees from flooding into the states is if they are stopped at the federal level — because the states apparently don’t have the legal authority to do so. The Refugee Act of 1980 gives Obama, or any president for that matter, the ability to do this.

Do people fully understand what this means? The states have no control over who is being sent to them nor can they stop it.  If that doesn’t scare the Holy Hell out of you, nothing will. Given the current situation, this is a suicide note written by the Fed for the States.

The states will likely have to sue to get this administration to stop it, which will take too much time to be a viable option. Another way is for Congress to cut the funding to the program. A letter from Florida’s Governor Scott to Paul Ryan asks for just that very thing to happen.

But let’s get real, we all know how good Congress is at cutting funding.  Obama is fond of doing all he can without Congress, perhaps it’s time the states tried that too.

The states shouldn’t wait for Congress; they should refuse to cooperate and pull the plug on their end.  If they are getting billed for these refugees by non-profits, it’s time to reverse engineer the process: find out who they are, where they are and then refuse to be a pass through for the bills.

ISIS scares me, but the idea that the states are now actively having to protect themselves from the potential of terrorism because of the actions of our own federal government? Well, that scares me more.

Quick side note: Next Thursday is Thankgiving and I will give thanks in a final article, which comes just past my two-year anniversary  at Da Tech Guy as a member of his Magnificent Seven. 

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

By A.P. Dillon

There are a lot of stories running about the latest GOP debate, this is not one of them. Well, not really.  I want to talk about when snowflakes melt.

Everyone knows snowflakes melt. Temperatures change and ice turns to water. This is a basic truth. Even the littlest child knows this – most experience it first hand when they catch one on their tongue.

At the debate this week, we saw two snowflakes melt by their own words. We’ve been told no two snowflakes are the same, yet these two candidates disprove that notion. This debate proved that John Kasich and Jeb Bush’s time in this election cycle snow flurry is over. They melted.

Switching gears slightly, melting is what is going on in Missouri and at Yale. Snowflakes of another kind are finding out their own special ‘truth’ is melting, yet the students at these institutions seem unaware they are the ones actually responsible for their own melting.

As these special student snowflakes melt, what is left is a puddle that exposes what they were made up of. So far, that’s been unsubstantiated claims of ‘poop swastiksa’ and false statements about the KKK.

Newsflash: There is no ‘safe space’ for snowflakes. They fall from the sky, land and melt.

I’d like to quote a bit from Professor Mike Adams, a criminology professor at UNC Wilmington.  Adams employs reality as a heat source to aspiring new snowflakes.

“Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so.”
– Mike Adams via Townhall, Get Out of  My Class and Leave America

Do read the whole thing.

I’ve printed it out to read to my children when they are older. Some might call that extreme or an overreaction, but I don’t. Given the increasing trend of social issues being promoted over actual academics in our K-12 system right now coupled with the Democrats actually running campaigns on social issues,  it would be foolish to think the special snowflake showers are going away anytime soon.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Recently Billionaire Bill Gates made some comments on Climate change and ‘saving the planet’.  The comments were, shall we say, the kind of dumb we’ve come to expect from someone who thinks that because they are rich and famous, that their mess doesn’t stink.

We see this type of ‘my mess doesn’t stink’ syndrome play out quite often with the rich and powerful. No where does the syndrome present itself on a constant and nauseating basis like it does in Hollywood.

That syndrome is thinking that by virtue of having a lot of money, every thing they do, think and say is golden. With panderers, agents and fans around them, the Hollywood star types think they must be a higher power. Their opinion is the opinion.

Inevitably, when one reaches a point where their money and power are so overwhelming, that person begins to believe everything they do, say and think is absolute, irrefutable truth. They know all. They see all. Their thoughts and beliefs are law.

Bill Gates is in that place and has been for quite some time now.  Having said that,  it would be naive to think that the people who whisper in Gates’ ear and plant ideas that he adopts as his own are not just as dangerous as he is.

Getting back to The Atlantic comments,  clearly, Mr. Gates was not employing the  ‘critical thinking’ he promotes so ardently in the experimental Common Core Standards.  To be specific, Mr. Gates told The Atlantic that representative democracy is standing in the way.

“When I sat down to hear his case a few weeks ago, he didn’t evince much patience for the argument that American politicians couldn’t agree even on whether climate change is real, much less on how to combat it. “If you’re not bringing math skills to the problem,” he said with a sort of amused asperity, “then representative democracy is a problem.”

What Mr. Gates arguably goes on to lay out  is a case that socialism will save us from climate change.

This from the man whose education reforms over the years have largely failed; the most recent example being Common Core known for it’s ridiculously convoluted math strategies.

Gates went on to complain about government and at the same time seemed to be stamping his foot that they weren’t doing it fast enough and doing it his way.

Gates has built a massive empire – he is a very successful capitalist. I am not saying the man is dumb, far from it.  But I am saying something similar to what Hot Air has concluded about Gates’ climate change remarks. Hot Air has two key lines that really rebut Gates’ flawed logic:

“Gates in a smart guy, however he’s horribly wrong and misguided on this.”

The government is the one setting up the regulatory framework, not the free market.”

I don’t think the question should be, ‘will Bill Gates save the world or not?‘.

I think the question is, who is going to save the world from Bill Gates?

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

If it looks like a political stunt and smells like a political stunt, then it stands to reason it is a political stunt.

President Obama’s big shift in rhetoric on testing this past week comes at a politically convenient time.  In a total course reversal, Obama wants a cap that limits the testing on children to 2% or less of their class time. That 2%sounds great, but really it’s not changing anything if one realizes that 2% of a school year’s class time translates to somewhere between 20 to 24 hours worth of testing. Like I said, this is a stunt.

This administration has beaten the drum of ‘test and punish’ for seven years right alongside tying test scores to teacher evaluations — a move that has had teachers unions up in arms nationwide.

What better way to quell the powerful, big donors like teachers unions just prior to a Presidential election year than to offer a ‘testing cap’?

It’s bait in an election cycle where education is taking the main stage with voters.

Likewise, it’s an opportunity for this administration to subtly hit Hillary Clinton over the head again, as she has come out supporting Common Core, which has been anchored to two testing consortia and ‘testing accountability measures’.

This isn’t just about hitting Hillary over the head. It’s also about beating Congress over the head. Again.

Remember, the House pushed forward with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which strengthens over testing instead of stemming it. The reauthorization also solidified Common Core. It’s a nightmare.

A recent article at Front Page Magazine by Mary Grabar points this out. Here’s an excerpt, but do read the whole thing:

In a smooth move, the Obama administration called on Congress to fix a problem that had been foisted on the people without the consent of Congress—namely the national Common Core standards, even as the widely hated name was scrupulously avoided.  The Obama administration also told teachers to fix tests that they had not devised and were forced to administer.    

In an even smoother move, the New York Times summed up the blame this way:

The administration’s move seemed a reckoning on a two-decade push that began during the Bush administration and intensified under President Obama. Programs with aspirational names — No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top — were responding to swelling agreement among Democrats and Republicans that higher expectations and accountability could lift the performance of American students. . . . .”

Alas, the push began “during the Bush administration.”

Shorter: If JEB! needed a final coffin nail, here it comes.

Meanwhile, in Obama’s backyard of  Washington, D.C.,  only 1 in 10 DC students score ‘college ready’ on the new Common Core math tests.  The scores dropped in neighboring Maryland as well.  Let’s not even get into the results for Hispanic students; Obama has that one covered with a forced touchy-feely outreach program.

But for educrats like William Bushaw, who is the director of the agency overseeing the NAEP (Nations Report Card),  the narrative remains the same: Common Core is not to blame.

William Bushaw, executive director of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP, tried to discourage connecting this year’s test results and Common Core in a telephone call with reporters Tuesday.

NAEP exams, while overlapping with the Common Core standards, are not tied to any specific curriculum or material used in public schools, Bushaw said.

He added that states might not have used Common Core in the same way.

We should not assume the Common Core has been evenly or persistently implemented in the country,” he said.
News and Observer 10/27/15

That’s an AMAZING admission right there, folks.  For the last 5 years, supporters of Common Core have maintained that the standards would be the same — everywhere.

About every five or so years, Educrats and Ed Reformers roll out some shiny new reform. None of these amazing reforms have moved the needle for our kids, nothing has changed for them.  Nothing has changed in the way these reformers window dress the failure of their amazing reform either; perhaps they took deck chair rearranging lessons in a past life.

It was vital kids be able to transfer from state to state and learn the exact same thing, even though the transient student population is less than 2% of the overall student population in the United States.

So not only was Common Core not being implemented the same way, it’s now clear the other major platform of Common Core has crumbled. That platform is consistent comparison of tests from state to state.

But don’t blame Common Core.  It’s the implementation. It’s the tests. It’s anything but the flawed and experimental standards that were rolled out rapid fire in order to yoke states into using them via the Race To The Top grant.

Having said all of that, Obama’s ‘test cap’ is an insulting band-aid on a machete wound that this administration has allowed to fester for the better part of his Presidency.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Hillary was in front of the Benghazi panel. Her avowed enemies sat on the other side, asking the questions. But what difference does it make?

As we saw with the first Democrat debate, there was a lot of yelling, socialism and talk of ‘free stuff’.  I’m going to go ahead and say the second debate will be more of the same and will feature Hillary Clinton trying to one-up Bernie Sanders on just how far Left she can really go. Someone ought to bring a limbo bar.

On October 20th, we saw Jim Webb drop out of the Democrat pack. On his way out the door, he sent off a parting shot at Hillary Clinton who during the debate called Republicans ‘the enemy’. Webb said,  “The other party’s not the enemy. They’re the opposition.”

Biden out the windowThe very next day, Vice President Biden ended his annoyingly long period soul-searching on whether or not to run. Biden pretty much repeated what Webb said.  Sensing a theme here?

Here’s part of his remarks announcing his non-candidacy:

“I believe we have to end the divisive partisan politics that is ripping this country apart. And I think we can. It’s mean-spirited. It’s petty. And it’s gone on for much too long. I don’t believe like some do that it’s naive to talk to Republicans.

I don’t think that we should look at Republicans as our enemies. They are opposition, they’re not our enemies. For the sake of the country, we have to work together.”

This, from the Vice President of the most divisive administration in our country’s history, with a President who has refused to work with Republicans from day one.

‘We have to work together’
Right. Divisive VP, heal thyself.
Joe, in 2014 you said ‘there is no Republican party’ and ‘Democrats would benefit from having a viable negotiating partner’.  This is just one of dozens of examples.

Biden went on to talk about “compromise“, the emphasis added is mine:

“As the President has said many times  before, compromise is not a dirty word. But look at it this way, folks – how does this country function without consensus? How can we move forward without being able to arrive at consensus? Four more years of this kind of pitched battle may be more than this country can take.  We have to change it.”

‘Compromise’ 
I’m old enough to remember Obama’s Sequester.

‘Four more years’
Wait, did Joe just slam Obama (and himself) with the POTUS standing right next to him?
I think he did. We re-elected ‘Hope and Change‘ and received more of the same eternal ‘crisis’ du jour and divisive rhetoric. In August,  71% of Americans were saying they are unhappy with the direction the country is going in.

Biden running would ensure another four years of that wrong direction and that  ‘pitched battle’, so he’s tossing the hot potato to Hillary. Po-tay-toe, Po-tah-toe.

‘We have to change it’  
So, not getting in the race to stop Hillary from being four more years of Obama style divisiveness is the answer? Don’t forget all the racial healing this administration promised us yet delivered the exact opposite.  Where’s that YES WE CAN, Joe?

So, now the Democrats have lost the one candidate who is probably best suited to actually do what Biden is suggesting needs to be done. That figured.

What we’re left with is a Socialist and a Serial Liar in the top spots. There’s also a pompous,  Ivory Tower Elitist, and two reasonably ineffectual Governors. One of which had only 10 people considered major donors to his campaign.

YES THEY CAN!

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

This past Tuesday was the first 2016 Democrat Candidate debate. It was held on CNN and was conveniently moderated by Clinton Global Initiative member, Anderson Cooper. Clinton and Sanders had the most talking time. Gee.

To summarize the debate, there was a lot of yelling, socialism, talk of ‘free stuff‘ and more yelling.  One could easily say the big take away is that America’s Democrat party is now openly socialist.

Most of the country might not know that, however.

The ratings for the debate are being billed as the ‘highest in Democrat history’ with preliminary numbers showing that only 11% of Americans tuned in. Based on that math, this debate looks to garner around half of the viewership for the first GOP debate.

For an alleged ‘substantive debate’, education and Common Core were basically ignored. Perhaps that is because all of the Democrat candidates back Common Core and would rather Jeb Bush take that toxic heat.

There was also quite a bit of complaining about the economy, the subtext of which was a hilariously sad assault on the failed policies of Barack Obama. Moreover, a bunch of rich, old white folks up on stage tried to convince us that they know what is best for our lives and, specifically, our money.

The field was old, white and weak, which lent itself to making Hillary Clinton look appealing in the way that the last sandwich on a heavily picked over buffet might. The majority of applause points came from rhetoric that is more applicable to the 2008 election cycle than this one.

A little recap.

Sanders: Went full socialist. You never go full socialist.
I kept waiting for him to yell, ‘MIC CHECK!” before each of his responses.
bernie and hillary debate oneSucked up to Hillary by providing cover on her email scandal, yelling “I think the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”   Um, Bernie? According to Google, they’re not sick of it.
Every answer he gave inevitably circled back to climate change and some version of  ‘the common good’. You know who else was all about the ‘common good‘?

Hillary: ‘I’m a woman. That’s all the qualification I need.’
Favorite quote of the night: “I never took a position on Keystone until I took a position on Keystone.”  Err, what?
Also, ‘nothing is my fault’ and ‘I’ll make an arch-villain out of the NRA’. Can’t wait to see her poll numbers slide, but that will be due to the vast right-wing conspiracy.
She’ll likely be sending Anderson Cooper a fruit basket for letting her get out of answering some of the questions posed to her.  Bernie will get a basket too.

O’Malley: Hulk smash.
Highlights included ‘Baltimore was awesome when I was there’ and NRA is eeeeeevil!  Except when he gets cash from them.

Chaffee: Opening, middle and closing were all awkward as you can get. I imagined Chaffee asking himself, ‘Alright, whose arm is up my backside making my mouth move?’
Key bits out of Chaffee included, “I have no scandals” and I have no idea why I voted the way I did.  Also, he hasn’t changed on any issues, but party hopped anyway. What a hot mess.

Webb: The only one to say ‘All Lives Matter‘ and the only candidate who came across as reasonably rational on most issues. Also the only candidate to nail the ‘biggest current threat’ question by including cyber attacks. This of course means that you can hit Twitter to see the liberal feeding frenzy taking place on his political corpse.

Winner: Socialism.
Loser: The American People.

To round out the night, a response to Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

 

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Back in April, I took a look at the 2016 GOP challengers for a few districts in North Carolina. Today I’d like to zero in on one in particular.

North Carolina’s 2nd House Congressional District is currently occupied by Renee Ellmers, who defeated Democrat incumbent, Bob Etheridge, in the 2010 election.

During the 2010, Ellmers was touted as a Tea Party candidate. She beat Etheridge by nearly 64,000 votes.

Granted, Ellmers had a little help in 2010 with momentum from the Tea party and well, from Etheridge himself when he was caught screaming at and arguably assaulting a student journalist on camera outside a Nancy Pelosi fundraiser.

Once elected, Ellmers seemed to stick to her campaign promises – at least for part of her first term. It wasn’t long until Ellmers was seen to be in a comfortable spot in John Boehner’s little army, complete with committee appointments.

In the 2012 election, Ellmers saw 2 challengers. One reason for multiple challengers might have been redistricting that occurred, however the bigger reason was Ellmers had fallen flat on keeping the promises that put her in office.  One big reason at the time was her 2011 vote in support of raising the debt ceiling.

After 2012, her positions and votes just got worse and that led to Ellmers getting Frank Roche as a primary challenger in 2014. Roche was defeated and then Ellmers went on to defeat the Democrat candidate and American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken.  I covered a bit of the NC-02 race here at Da Tech Guy, if one wants to see what happened at that circus.

In 2014, Ellmers had her own caught on camera debacle when she insulted citizens who came to her office to confront her on Amnesty. Ellmers was caught on video yelling at them, “You don’t have any damn facts!”.  Ouch. Definitely not a great moment for the Congresswoman and an ironic one, given the video of Etheridge raging at a camera person assisted in his downfall.

Now here we are in 2015, with 2016 around the corner. Ellmers this time around has not one, but three primary challengers. They include Frank Roche, who is giving it another go, Jim Duncan and Kay Daly, a sketchy late comer to the race.

The voters who put her there didn’t do so in order for her to vote yes on things like Amnesty for Illegals, for the Reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank and on reauthorizing No Child Left Behind.  Also, her squishy maneuvering around abortion issues, like the pain capable bill, doesn’t help her at all.

Flash forward to 2015 and Rep. Ellmers has earned herself  truly terrible conservative ranking with Heritage Foundation. Actually, if you look at it, it’s really a liberal ranking. Heritage awarded her a 60% out of 100 score. She’s 3rd from the bottom of the list of North Carolina Republicans.

Her record has gotten so bad, that one of her opponents has managed to populate an entire website with her failures.  The site is really pretty brilliant. It’s called AskHerWhy.net and it hits Ellmers on everything from Illegal immigration to Abortion.

With voter outrage building, it is  not hard to see why momentum is building to unseat Ellmers in 2016.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Yesterday at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, the Planned Parenthood mask of ‘women’s healthcare’ fell.

Hearing Key Points & Other Relevant Information

Despite NY Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s attempt to rescue Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards during the proceedings, it was made clear that the group does not do mammograms. Richards herself stated that to “the best of her knowledge” that none of the Planned Parenthood facilities even had a mammogram machine. (Free Beacon)

When questioned on making statements that Planned Parenthood did indeed do mammograms, Ceclie Richards stated, “we’ve never stated that we did”. Well, yes, they did say that they did mammograms. In fact, Richards said it herself in a 2011 interview. (Weekly Standard)

According to the Planned Parenthood annual report, 327,653 abortions were done in 2013 alone. (Free Beacon)

Of those 327,653 abortions, 36% were black babies according to the CDC. That’s apparently 1,000 times more than blacks killed by law enforcement.  (SooperMexican)

Richards was asked about the Center For Medical Progress (CMP) videos exposing monetary gain through the illegal trafficking of human organs labeled by Planned Parenthood as ’tissue donations’.  Richards said the videos were “deceptively edited” and “heavily doctored.” Her statements seem to imply she’s seen some or all of the videos.
However, just before Richards’ testimony, evidence was provided by a digital security and forensics firm called Coalfire that the full length CMP videos were “authentic and have not been manipulated”. (Daily Signal)

Abortions make up 86% of revenue for Planned Parenthood. Only 3% of their revenue comes from other services. (Twitchy)

There was the revelation of “exorbitant travel expenses,” incurred by Planned Parenthood. Included in the “exorbitant” list was $622,706 for “blowout parties” with celebrity guests. Also included was $34.8 million for its NYC corporate office space and the sale of a 72k square foot condo “to Brookfield Property Partners for $69.6 million.”. (The Hill)

“Richards also said, under oath, that no baby had ever been born alive and then aborted at a Planned Parenthood facility, a claim that was directly contradicted by recent witness testimony in front of the same committee.” (The Hill – there’s a lot more at this link worth your time.)

The question is raised yet again, why does Planned Parenthood need taxpayer dollars if “Planned Parenthood gets about $700B in nongovernmental funds…”? (Hot Air)

Richards is paid over $500,000 a year. She got a big raise of $240,000 in 2013. Rep. Chaffetz’s documentation showed Richards making $590,000. Richards argued she only makes $520,000. Poor baby.  Apparently, Richards also received $31,000 from  allocated time to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.”  (The Blaze)

Planned Parenthood’s Blood Money Goes To Democrat Defenses

Legal Insurrection noted from the hearing testimony that Planned Parenthood raised $127 million above its expenditures last year.

The question then becomes, what does Planned Parenthood do with their overage?

The answer is, they give it to Democrats or spend it attacking Democrat opponents.

Legal Insurrection also notes:

Outside of abortions, Planned Parenthood’s primary function is filtering money to and from Democratic organizations, giving in excess of $574,000 to candidates seeking federal office alone.

The Planned Parenthood Action fund has spent over $74,000 in 2015 – on attacking Clinton opponents. Dark Money, anyone?

Planned Parenthood’s Action fund ranks 22 in the list of top political non-profit spending. The Action Fund’s total spending reported to the IRS is $42,192,016. Of that, $8,250,439 was political spending. Only $6,634,390 was reported to the FEC.

A valid question to be posed to Democrats now is, are our children “just a matter of line items” in their campaign finance reports?

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

The ability to reason and think for one’s self in this country has been lost.

Apparently, Kiss Cams are now considered inappropriate at Syracuse University:

The kiss cam did not operate during Saturday’s game between the Orange and Central Michigan University following a letter to the editor published Friday on Syracuse.com questioning its appropriateness at a time when universities are focused on discouraging sexual assaults. During game delays couples kissing for the camera are displayed on the Jumbotron to entertain the crowd.

“We are taking the time to assess the concerns expressed in the letter to the editor. We discussed this with POMCO, the sponsor, and they supported that approach,” Sue Edson, executive senior associate athletics director for communications, said in an email. – Syracuse.com

As Syracuse is my Alma Mater, I am beyond mortified. I’m flabbergasted at the amount of sheer, pure STUPID going on here.  I feel dumber for having read the whole article all the way through. We’re one step closer to Demolition Man becoming reality.

But wait, it gets worse. The dumping of the Kiss Cam occurred because of one letter from a man named Steve Port, who compares the Kiss Cam to rape.

The instances I witnessed at the game encourage and condone sexual assault and a sense of male entitlement, at best. And they are an actual instance of assault, at worst,” Port wrote in his letter.

“No one has the right to forcefully touch someone be it a hug, a kiss or a violent rape. I adamantly insist that Syracuse University student government, the chancellor, the athletic director, etc. review what happened last weekend and seriously consider the ramifications of what they are encouraging,” he said. – Syracuse.com

Well, there you have it. Kiss Cams have been causing sexual assaults for decades across the country. Someone get that Jumbotron indicted already, will ya?

A couple of comments were posted in the article, this is one of them and it was nausea inducing:

syrfan47: “The question to me is not whether this meets the criteria for assault “legally”. The question is; given the context of today’s campus behaviors; why are we encouraging male entitlement in such a public forum. The reluctance of the women was clear; and I was uncomfortable with the Dome’s management condoning this outdated practice. For the record; I’m a guy; big SU fan, was at the game, and I do have daughters.”

It would seem that syrfan47’s own “male entitlement” is not in question. He sounds like a parrot, echoing the phrasing of Mr. Port.  The rest of the commenters nodding their little lemming heads in agreement are no better.

Ban all Things - Easily offendedMany thought the Kiss Cam was a dumb idea, but throughout the comments, most agreed yanking the cam was equally dumb.

It’s clear what has to happen. We need to act! Protect the easily offended – ban all things!

The only relief from this story is the vast majority of comments called this turn of events what it is — politically correct idiocy.

Here’s a sample:

“The kiss cam promotes sexual assault in the same way watching grown men tackle each other to the ground over possession of a ball promotes violence. Sorry, but this guy’s letter is taking things a bit too far.”

“My question is, when are they going to stop selling beer? I think selling beer at the games is promoting alcoholism and the college is sending out a message that you should be drinking at sporting events.”

“I’m offended by all of those who are offended so off with your heads. Seriously this is all totally out of hand. Don’t breath you just might offend the person next to you”

And just last week, the President of the United States scolded Universities for ‘coddling’ their students.  Perhaps the President’s message should have been directed at the general public.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Just last week, I was delving into the politically correct, First Amendment violating battlefields we call college campuses.

This week, we have President Obama condemning the ‘coddling’ of our college kids. Washington Free Beacon captured the meat of Obama’s comments:

“Sometimes there are folks on college campuses who are liberal, and maybe even agree with me on a bunch of issues, who sometimes aren’t listening to the other side, and that’s a problem too,” Obama said. “I’ve heard some college campuses where they don’t want to have a guest speaker who is too conservative or they don’t want to read a book if it has language that is offensive to African Americans or somehow sends a demeaning signal towards women.

“And you know, I’ve got to tell you, I don’t agree with that either. I don’t agree that you, when you become students at colleges, have to be coddled and protected from different points of view. You know, I think you should be able to—anybody who comes to speak to you and you disagree with, you should have an argument with them. But you shouldn’t silence them by saying, ‘You can’t come because I’m too sensitive to hear what you have to say.’ That’s not the way we learn either.”

So, the man whose ‘signature law’, Obamacare, defines children/dependents as people up to 25 years of age, says the same children shouldn’t be protected from different points of view.

‘You shouldn’t silence them’ but you ‘should have an argument with them’.

Like this?

NOTHINGPERSONAL

 

 

 

 

 

Right.  Got it.

Just like he, master of the bully pulpit, listens to other points of view? No, he ignores them, marginalizes them and and the media assists in punishing them.

New Tone.
Quit listening to Rush Limbaugh.
FOX news.
Do everything I can without Congress.
I won.
Tone Deaf.
Free Stuff.
Denali.
Crazies.

Those examples are just the ones off the top of my head. There are so many more. A good bet for another one is anytime he’s gone golfing, because that signals he’s recently just ignored someone or some issue, insulted someone or some group.

For more, see Townhall, who just this past Spring did a nice round-up of President Politically Correct’s greatest hits.

Over seven years, the one thing I would never call this President is open-minded to different points of view. He has one view, his.

I would call him a Political Correctness warrior, however, only when it suits his purposes and that’s sadly rather often.

I mean, come on… the man won’t even say the words Islamic Terrorism for crying out loud.

For the love of God, doesn’t anyone remember Attack Watch? Encouraging citizens to spy on their neighbors and report back ‘lies’ about Obama and his administration? Get the facts, fight the smears… anyone?

So here we are coming full circle, in a way because this is not about free speech or having meaningful debates. It is about unleashing social justice warriors college kids into the 2016 debate, because you should argue with your neighbor and get in their face.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

By A.P. Dillon

College campuses, which should be environments that foster difference of opinion, have become increasingly restrictive when it comes to free speech.  It’s gotten so bad that apparently, at some colleges, the First Amendment is almost non-existent or at least ignored.

At the end of August, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) produced a video discussing this trend and noted that college campuses (both public and private) had been adopting ‘speech codes’.

nospeechzoneCampuses are now instituting “free speech zones”, which are small and often require students to obtain permits just to use them.

Think about that for a second.  Your child can’t speak their mind at college unless they get permission. The approved narratives must be maintained. Dissent is not permissible.

FIRE found that 54% of public colleges and 59% of private ones were imposing politically correct speech codes on students. FIRE also notes that ‘thanks to Department of Education guidelines’, 100% of colleges may adopt speech codes in the coming years.

FIRE notes this issue has become so bad that they are having to take schools to court to defending the basic First Amendment rights of students.

That’s beyond horrifying.

Let’s look at two cases from my own state, North Carolina.

There’s the case of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Wrestling coach, C. D. Mock, who was fired after standing up for his son who was falsely accused of rape on a different college campus. Mock spoke out for his son and blogged about what he had learned about the questionable ‘campus rape culture’.

Mock cites that pressure from UNC officials and liberal activists in the area were brought to bear. Excerpt from Mock’s article at the Pope Center:

It is no secret that the administration at UNC greatly opposed my position on their sexual assault policies. Chancellor Carol Folt has been a leader in a national campaign to give accusers unfair advantages in campus proceedings dealing with sexual assault—my stance that the increasing reliance on campus committees and administrators applying affirmative consent standards instead of following due legal process must have rankled her and other key UNC people. 

The local activist community also pushed to have me removed. Liberal pollster and blogger Tom Jensen, by his own admission, wrote to my administration demanding my firing and led a letter writing campaign to do just that. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that I was fired because my views differed from those at the leadership of UNC as well as some highly political people who had influence on UNC leaders and had absolutely nothing to do with my performance as wrestling coach.

Read the whole piece.

Another recent case revolves around a play at Greensboro college. The play was about “sexual harassment and rape” and college campuses.  The play is called “It Stops Here”.

Apparently comments were yelled at the actors by the audience.

Local media outlet, MyFox8, quotes the stage manager of the play about the comments yelled out:

“Many of the boys started calling out ‘She wanted it, it’s not rape,’ and making masturbation noises,” said Claire Sellers, stage manager for the play.

Those comments yelled out, according to the stage manager, are clearly meant to disrupt the play and could arguably be a form of push back on the ‘campus rape culture’ hyperbole that is being turned into actual policies.

This is heckling. Rather ugly heckling, but still heckling.  You ignore them and move on right?

Wrong. This story gets worse.

“On Thursday, the president of the college sent a letter to students saying that a Title IX investigation had been launched and that the college is pursuing a formal complaint of sexual misconduct.”

Yes, heckling a play is now a subject of a Title IX investigation.  Greensboro college is going after the hecklers for ‘sexual misconduct’.

Shut up, they explained…

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

In the August dump of Hillary Clinton’s emails, a number of interesting items came to light as media outlets began sifting through them.

There was a lot more in there than expected, from obsessing over Sarah Palin to ‘Vast Right Wing Conspiracies’ and recruiting State Department employees to steer funds towards a Clinton Foundation partner.

There was also quite a bit of information showing the influencing of policy decisions through a network of ‘yes men‘ and quite a lot of traffic involving Sidney Blumenthal.

Included in that mix was mention in of the New America Foundation.

I’ve written about New America Foundation and Hillary Clinton before, right here at Da Tech Guy. That original article was in relation to Clinton’s comments on Common Core and her ties to New America Foundation, who in 2014, put out a policy briefing Insisting that Colleges Align with the Common Core”. 

Daily Beast:

Blumenthal, long a loyal footman, sent Clinton a missive on Feb. 13, 2010, asking about Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation. Blumenthal dives right in and informs Clinton of many important facts about Clemons—including an all-important bit about his sexuality.

“Clemons runs the foreign policy program at New America Foundation, a character around town, very busy, gossipy, gay, friend of Laurie Rubiner (from her NAF days), former moderate Republican, funded in part by Bernard Schwartz, foreign policy realist, and who began his career as a walker of Hollywood wives,” Blumenthal writes.

The policy influencing isn’t all ‘yes men‘. There’s a ‘yes woman’ too.

A search of the Clinton email dump using “New America Foundation” yielded four emails, one of which is reference by the previously mentioned excerpt from the Daily Beast that included Steve Clemons. The names Peter Beinart and Anne-Marie Slaughter also appeared in relation to New America Foundation.

New America Foundation  claims to be a ‘non-partisan’ non-profit concerned with various government policy issues. The New America Foundation is headed up by Anne-Marie Slaughter, who is also former Clinton State Department staffer.

In May, 2014, Clinton was the keynote speaker for New America Foundation’s 2014 Conference “Big Ideas for a New America”. Video of her remarks can be seen at C-SPAN. Clinton spends the opening moments thanking her “friend and former colleague”, Anne-Marie Slaughter:

And I want to thank my friend and former colleague Anne-Marie Slaughter. I am deeply grateful for all of her contributions, her intellectual firepower… called the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, which provided a blueprint for 21st century statecraft. She’s now bringing that same imaginative, disciplined leadership to the New America Foundation, and a focus on big ideas on the intersection of policy…

Beinart and Clemons are both in the journalist world.  Both are also editors in some fashion at The Atlantic and their articles appeared in the Clinton email dump.

Now, both Beinart and Clemons are affiliated with a very well-funded “non-profit” dedicated to steering national policies that is run by a former Clinton State Department employee and endorsed by her former boss, Hillary Clinton herself.  Cozy.


AP DillonA.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

For many parents engaged in the fight against Common Core, discovering the level of control the federal government has over your child’s education has likely been an ulcer inducing adventure and a disturbing eye-opener.

The deeper I got into the weeds investigating the overlapping tentacles of Common Core, the more I realized that just how much control the federal government asserts over the states in terms of education.

For brevity, let’s call this control what Michelle Malkin calls it: ‘Fed Ed’.

A fine example of ‘Fed Ed’, which I doubt most people out there know about, is a non-profit called WestEd which is used to farm out wish list projects that certain government agencies are prohibited from engaging in. WestEd has reaps millions in government contracts annually.

Another example of ‘Fed Ed’ would be the tax dollars that flow to Teach for America (TFA) and subsequently trickle down to TFA employees and alumni who are “Black Lives Matter” professional agitators.

‘Fed Ed’ includes ‘Full-Service’ Community Schools, which according to the program description provides “comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members”.  This program was just extended for another five years. Remember, Obama believes that the government should have some kids in government run schools “24/7“.

Now consider the pressure (legal and otherwise) being brought to bear on state school discipline procedures by the Obama administration which fits right in with the Liberal’s  ‘You will be made to care‘ theme.  Specifically, Southern states.

The Obama administration’s DOJ has been poking around school districts looking for racist policies with regards to discipline procedures,  specifically looking at the discipline and expulsion rates of black students. In conjunction with that poking around is the use of the phrase ‘school to prison pipeline‘ by multiple social justice organizations.

The focus of this ‘school to prison pipeline’ has been mostly on Southern states and a recent report being written about right now is only about Southern states.  This report is penned by Edward J. Smith and Shaun R. Harper of  the “Center for the Study of Race and Equity” located  at the Penn Grad school of Education. They use the phrase, ‘school to prison pipeline’ throughout their report.

It’s worth noting that the report doesn’t mention who paid for this report, what data sets were  or were not used, that Southern states have a higher black population in general, a description or details of the circumstances of the expulsions/suspensions,  nor does it cite any statistics on other ethnicities for comparison or as a control.

The report does mention that a large chunk of data (269 school districts) had missing or incomplete data. Gee, that might skew conclusions even more?

What is mentioned in the Smith/Harper report is the blaming of Zero Tolerance policies and the involvement of the US Dept. of Education, the NAACP and Teach for America.

Don’t miss the suggestions for using this report on page 3 and the report’s conclusion statement on page 89.  Here’s a snippet from ‘Using this report’:

“Our aim is to equip anyone concerned about the school-to-prison pipeline and the educational mistreatment of Black youth with numbers they can use to demand justice from school boards, educational leaders, and elected officials.”

With ‘use statements’ like that, it’s pretty clear this report was less about science and more about promoting a ‘You will be made to care’ narrative.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

As I tried to write this article, I was alternating between my computer screen and watching my two children playing with their LEGO’s.  I had to watch them after what I just saw. I had to cleanse my mind of lives that will never be, ended in the most horrific ways imaginable.

I sat there just staring at a my computer screen for a long time trying to wrap my head around the latest Planned Parenthood video released by Center for Medical Progress.

I sat and stared, unable to believe what I had just seen and heard.  I didn’t just see that, I couldn’t have. STOP.

I sat and stared some more when I read the Daily Signal article that said over half of Americans still had not heard about these videos.

I’m still sitting here, trying to come up with something to say and my mind is screaming a million things at once. Horror. Sadness. Anger. Too many to list.

I cannot fathom how a human being can find it ‘”something kind of cool” to manipulate the heart of an aborted child into beating. It’s beyond monstrous, it’s not human.

I’m struggling to understand how any society can allow the most defenseless of that society to be harvested like crops in a field and then ripped apart for profit. I understand even less those who claim this activity is for ‘the greater good’ or ‘it’s just tissue’ and is being done ‘in the name of research’.

The comparison to the Nazi’s is an oft over-used and hyperbolic one, however, not so in this case. This is the same mentality just with modern, sound bite styled rationalizations.

There are times when after the procedure is done that the heart actually is still beating.”
– Dr. Ben Van Handel, Executive Director of Novogenix Laboratories, LLC

Is America’s heart still there?

I have to believe it is. I have to believe there are more people out there like me — people bewildered and outraged that atrocities like this are happening in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

The first Republican debate was more entertaining than it had a right to be.

While a historic number of people watched it, they were likely doing so to see what came out of Trump’s mouth next. Those folks were probably not disappointed.

I was watching for how the candidates reacted to a few key issues. One of them is education — specifically Common Core.  I was not disappointed.

The question on Common Core was fired right at Jeb Bush, who dodged it without the words “Common Core” ever crossing his lips. It was artful, but to those of us engaged in the fight against the Core, it was predictable and highly disingenuous.

First, it should be noted that Arne Duncan has attacked parents and insulted millions with his ‘white suburban mom‘ rhetoric. Jeb Bush and John Kasich prefer to utilize Unicorns to smear parents with.

Second, Jeb Bush’s promotion of Common Core runs in contradiction to his claim he is a proponent of school choice. Common Core is the opposite of choice, sir.

The question on Common Core was then redirected to Sen. Marco Rubio. I was a bit surprised that they didn’t toss it to Kasich.  After all, Kasich is in this race to take Common Core heat off Jeb and hand him Ohio.

What Rubio said in his response effectively stapled Bush’s position on Common Core to Bush’s own forehead:

Well, first off, I too believe in curriculum reform. It is critically important in the 21st Century. We do need curriculum reform. And it should happen at the state and local level. That is where educational policy belongs, because if a parent is unhappy with what their child is being taught in school, they can go to that local school board or their state legislature, or their governor and get it changed.

Here’s the problem with Common Core. The Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied. They will not stop with it being a suggestion. They will turn it into a mandate.

In fact, what they will begin to say to local communities is, you will not get federal money unless do you things the way we want you to do it. And they will use Common Core or any other requirements that exists nationally to force it down the throats of our people in our states.

This response isn’t just applicable to Common Core or the Department of Education. There are examples of this mandate machine we call the Federal government in every sector of our lives now.

The lengths to which the federal government has gone to ensure control over the states to date is Orwellian. And this control seeking behavior is increasing.

Rubio didn’t stop with Jeb Bush on education either, he took a clean shot at Hillary Clinton and “free” college this week. From a press release from his campaign site:

“Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan is Obamacare for college. Clinton’s plan doubles down on the outdated system that’s created skyrocketing tuitions and degrees that don’t lead to jobs. Rather than modernize our system by embracing new innovations, Clinton will raise taxes and pour more money into a broken system. 

Good to see Rubio taking aim at Clinton on this topic. This is yet another example of where another federal mandate could be created funded by our own tax dollars.

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton now have another thing in Common beyond donors — Rubio has called them both out on education. Clinton, like Bush, also is a supporter of Common Core.

AP DillonA.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

In political races, fence riding by candidates is a given.  Hillary Clinton has been the mother of all fence riders so far, but her two videos that dropped on the same day earlier this week go beyond fence riding.

On her campaign site, Clinton launched “Dorothy“.  It’s an old timey flash back to her mom and her rough beginnings. The overarching theme Clinton uses here is that she’s in the presidential race for “the Dorothys”; she’s in it for the moms.

I watched the whole thing.  If campaign videos were ranked by Rotten Tomatoes, it wouldn’t have gotten past 10%.

The Dorothy video was stiff, insincere and tried way too hard to humanize Hillary to the extent it had the opposite effect. It made me ask, if her mom was this great person, what the Hell happened to Hillary?

Now, hopping over to YouTube, the Hillary Clinton drops a 2 minute long defense of Planned Parenthood.

Clinton tries to sell Planned Parenthood as a healthcare provider despite the fact they have just been exposed as operating a horrifying and illegal infant body part chop shop —  for profit.

What’s more, she tries to blame Republicans for being horrified and wanting public funding  stopped, stating “If this feels like a full on assault on women’s health, that’s because it is.”

SERIOUSLY?

Opposing public dollars to fund poking around in what looks like a slurry of infant body parts to find viable parts to sell is an assault on women’s health?

This video was purely political and in that two minutes she tags Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and Rick Perry for the apparent crime of valuing life.

Clinton goes from finding the CMP videos ‘disturbing‘ to defending Planned Parenthood within a 4 day window.

On Tuesday, a 5th video dropped, but I guess we should have expected this from a Margaret Sanger Award winner.

On Clinton’s campaign site for donations, Clinton is all about ‘moms’. On her YouTube channel, it’s all about defending an organization makes sure that hundreds of thousands of women each year do not become moms.

Is the media worried about this appalling mixed message? No, just about Clinton’s “performance” in the videos.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

I have the distinct feeling most of us are witnessing a political version of whack-a-mole. However, in this case, it’s now wack0-birds in place of the moles.

Recently, Donald Trump gave out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number at a public event. Lindsey Graham took a whack back at Trump for ‘selling fear and prejudice‘.

John McCain said Donald Trump ‘fired up the crazies’ earlier this month. Donald Trump turned around and whacked at John McCain’s war record.

John McCain whacked back at Donald Trump but made his response about veterans overall; Trump should apologize to all veterans.

Outrage over Trump insulting McCain’s war record flowed back and forth on Twitter in a manner that one can only characterize has simultaneously nauseating and hilarious.

Twitter and Facebook posts surged. Surely this series of sparring will dump Trump out of the polls, right? Nope.

Look, I’m not a Trump fan, I don’t want a celebrity president. I don’t believe he is a conservative by any stretch of the imagination.  I personally believe Trump is in this race to be a stalking horse, but for which candidate and which side I don’t really know yet.

But Trump’s blunt messages are resonating with a lot of people.

The people are tired of Washington liars, of divisive narratives, a lawless administration and of the complicit media.  In particular, conservative voters are tired of the establishment GOP ramming crappy, squishy candidates down our throats.

The establishment clearly wants Jeb Bush. It might happen with Kasich in the race. Anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet, Kasich is very likely Jeb’s stalking horse for this election cycle.

Should a Jeb Bush candidacy happen, I know a lot of Common Core moms who will be staying home on election day. 

One parting whack:

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the new HUD rule, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH):

This rule is basically forced economic integration. It’s making sure everyone gets their ‘fair share’ — or in this case, their fair house as determined by HUD.

This is the federal government engaged in social engineering, the consequences of which will ripple through politics, voting, taxes and education, and that’s just for starters.

This week, the NY Post reported on the Obama administration’s ‘secret race database‘:

A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.”

Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.

The NY Post notes multiple sources of data and touches on the collection of disciplinary data collected by school districts and states.  The NY Post’s article cites the Civil Rights Data Collection survey (CRDC), but misses key information about it.

Missouri Education Watchdog notes that the CRDC goes back to 1968, but in recent years has expanded what is collected and how often. Also in the Missouri Education Watchdog piece is mention of the AFFH as a vehicle for ‘solving’ disproportionate education spending.

I want to look a bit closer at the student data so that the public can see just how rich a source of information it will be in the wrong hands.

Some student data history
By Law, the U.S. Department of Education is prohibited from creating a national database or system. However, in 2009, states were incentivized with Stimulus funds to build Statewide Longitudinal Database Systems (SLDS).

The U.S. Department of Education is also prohibited from dictating standards or curriculum, but with the advent of Common Core, the Race To The Top grant money was used again to fiscally rope states into using the standards.

In 2013 testimony before a Missouri legislature Education committee, American Principles Fellow Jane Robbins laid bare the path of the data collected by these systems:

Here is an example of what the U.S. Department wants to do with student data. It is now in a joint venture with the U.S. Department of Labor to use education data for workforce-training programs. The Department of Labor makes no bones about its intention to access “individual-level data” from education records. With access to students’ personal information from the SMARTER Balanced tests and elsewhere, and with the new regulations that gut the protections of federal privacy law, there are very few obstacles in the path of the federal bureaucrats’ knowing — and sharing — everything there is to know about our children.

I encourage the public to read Robbins’ whole testimony. In addition Home School Defense League has a 2013 article on this topic well worth your time.

The Race To The Top  grant also required states to construct an enhanced Statewide Longitudinal Database System (SLDS) or P-20 database. P-20 tracks the child from Pre-K through entry into the workforce. No child’s data will go unmined.

Some of the data sets going into the SLDS include items that have been collected on children for a number of years and many of which are benign.

However, some of the data being collected on our kids isn’t so benign, as evidenced by the type of information being collected by an invasive and arguably illegal ‘health assessment form‘ in North Carolina.

Invasive Mining Of Our Children
The North Carolina ‘health assessment form‘ was created by the Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in conjunction with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  The form includes querying whether or not the child’s genitals are ‘normal or abnormal’ and various emotional and social development questions.

What’s worse is the signature panel on it, whereby parents are being asked to sign over their child’s medical and developmental history to DPI and DHHS.  These two agencies can then contact and discuss your child’s medical history without the parents.

This North Carolina health assessment form also asks for the child’s date of birth, health insurance information and race.

It is unclear if this data is in any one or multiple North Carolina databases, including the SLDS. However, some database has it, since this form is already directly being used to ‘track the fat kids‘.

Since we can ‘track the fat kids’,  this data can definitely be used to track the white kids, the black kids, the latino kids… You get the picture —  Big Brother for Social Justice.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Ignorance of history is alive and well in America. With no end in sight, the outrage industry has jumped the shark nationwide over the Confederate flag.

The rest of the country isn’t fairing much better as D.C. residents called for the removal of the Jefferson Memorial and Confederate memorials continue to be vandalized despite some of them being place to honor students who died during the Civil War.

In response to the continued controversy over the Confederate flag, officials in the state of Tennessee have decided to dig up the corpses of Nathan Bedford Forest and his wife. The same officials have decided to also sell off the associated statue.

Officials in Tennessee seem to be ignoring their own law and either don’t know the full history behind Forest, or they are willfully ignoring it for the likely purpose of scoring political points.

While Nathan Bedford Forest has been widely associated with the KKK, officials in Tennessee seem to be ignoring his rapid departure from the group.

This piece at PBS might help to enlighten them:

After only a year as Grand Wizard, in January 1869, faced with an ungovernable membership employing methods that seemed increasingly counterproductive, Forrest issued KKK General Order Number One: “It is therefore ordered and decreed, that the masks and costumes of this Order be entirely abolished and destroyed.” By the end of his life, Forrest’s racial attitudes would evolve — in 1875, he advocated for the admission of blacks into law school — and he lived to fully renounce his involvement with the all-but-vanished Klan. A new, different, and much worse Klan would emerge, 35 years after Forrest’s death, in the wake of D.W. Griffith’s revolutionary 1915 film, Birth of a Nation, a reactionary screed with a racialist brief that had been expanded to include Catholics and immigrants of all kinds. The second Klan was never restricted to the South; its goals had nothing to do with Forrest’s vision of a restored Dixie.

You read that correctly. Forest became an advocate for blacks.

Just to reinforce this point, consider his speech to the Independent Order of Pole-Bearers Association on July 5, 1875.  Bedford was the first white person to be invited by the Pole-Bearers.

Ladies and Gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself.  I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none.

I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office.

I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment.

Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand.

But all of this is now a moot point, as Tennessee has engaged in revisionist history in a most ghoulish manner.

As Bedford said himself in 1875, so it rings true in 2015, “Many things have been said about me which are wrong,”.   

 

 

AP DillonA.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

 

By A.P. Dillon

Imagine what it would be like to not be able to choose where you want to live, raise your children or retire.  Imagine the government has decided for you.

Imagine a federal agency who can dictate where and what type of housing can be built based on race, ethnicity and ‘economic fairness’.

Imagine this agency can force municipalities to have quotas of certain housing and dictate where that housing is placed all because they took federal grant money.

Stop imagining.

Meet President Obama’s final solution to his war on suburbia which will ‘fundamentally transform America’, the HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

This rule is basically forced economic integration. It’s making sure everyone gets their ‘fair share’ — or in this case, their fair house as determined by HUD.

This is the federal government engaged in social engineering, the consequences of which will ripple through politics, voting, taxes and education, and that’s just for starters. Consider how this will play out with amnesty and illegal immigration?

How have you never heard of this before? Our absent media strike again. This rule is so explosive, one has to entertain the media has been absent on purpose. It wouldn’t be the first time a national landscape game changer went unreported on — try finding media reports on Common Core prior to 2010.

The Sales Job Begins
(a.k.a You Will Be Made To Care, Housing Edition)

The absent media will now begin engaging in their appointed roles as sales persons for Obama’s radical policies.

The secretary of HUD, Julian Castro, said this in his statement released yesterday:

“As a former mayor, I know firsthand that strong communities are vital to the well-being and prosperity of families,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child’s future.  This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity.”

Got that? You don’t need to work for what you want. The American Dream will be given to you by the government… because it’s only fair.  This is a power grab; centralized control maneuver based on radical priorities which run counter to the definition of a free society.

Stanley Kurtz an article from yesterday about AFFH at National Review Online. Please go read it.

In the article, Kurtz notes that Julian Castro is being seen as a potential running mate for Hillary Clinton. Team Hillary might not be interested though, according to Hot Air.

Kurtz has written about Obama’s War on the suburbs for a number of years. In fact, three years ago he wrote the book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.

Kurtz’s July 8th article also mentions a Washington Post article, which focuses mainly on race. The Washington Post article also picks up the ‘Civil Rights’ theme, quoting the Sherrilyn Ifill who is president of the NCAAP’s Legal and Education Defense fund, “Housing discrimination is the unfinished business of civil rights,”.

Towns will be data sets, people will just be numbers
Reading the AFFH rule document, it seems clear that towns will become data sets and people will be just numbers within them.  This looks like trying to force outcomes based on data but that data can and likely will be manipulated, skewed and cherry-picked.

That turns the attention to data sources. The census is mentioned, but for a social engineering job as vast and far-reaching as this, HUD will need more data. They’ll need access to a wide range of databases from every government agency one can think of.

HUD needs data that will get planning ahead of the curve, though. HUD will eventually want to predict what areas needs more ‘fairness’. One set of databases I can think of which will allow for that level of prediction is the Statewide Longitudinal Database System or SLDS for short.

The short version: states took the federal Race To The Top grant money and then had to build a database system that reports back to the fed.  These SLDS’s track every single school child from the moment they enter the public school system.

The data these SLDS’s contain would arguably allow HUD to predetermine cities and towns just like Common Core and it’s tests are predetermining the futures and jobs of children.

We’ve seen this movie before
If you don’t believe our cities and towns can be engineered by the government, you’re nuts.

Consider the rulings the Supreme Court has made in the last month alone. Factor in that recently the SCOTUS upheld a circuit court’s earlier ruling which said that disparate impact is applicable to the Fair Housing Act.

What does that mean? That means that borrowers who feel they were discriminated against can bring a class-action lawsuit against the lender(s) regardless of whether that lender(s) policies are found to be purposefully discriminatory.

Through AFFH, the Capitol will have its way with Panem.

DM7 small LL1885A.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, Heartland.org and Watchdog Wire NC.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Judicial Watch has been instrumental in following the paper trail with regards to the Benghazi scandal. According to Judicial Watch this week, “The new documents show that the Obama administration engaged domestic and foreign Islamist groups and foreign nationals to push the Internet video narrative.

Judicial Watch issued a statement this week with an update on the response to Benghazi originally given by former Secretary of State and current Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton:

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents showing that Hillary Clinton and the State Department’s response to the Benghazi attack was immediately determined by top Obama White House officials, particularly Ben Rhodes, then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser, and Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson for the National Security Council.  The new documents were forced from the U.S. State Department under court order in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01511)).

[…]

An email from Meehan, sent at 10:15 p.m. on September 11 to Rhodes, Nuland, Sullivan, Kennedy and Clinton aide Philippe Reines, further confirms the White House approval of Hillary Clinton’s statement tying the Benghazi terrorist attack to an Internet video: “All, the Department of State just released the following statement. Per Ben [Rhodes’] email below, this should be the USG comment for the night.”

Judicial Watch has pointed to Ben Rhodes as being the White House epicenter of the Benghazi talking point that blamed a YouTube video for the attack. The emails turned over by Blumenthal show that the talking point came from him and that Clinton ran with it.

Remember, Rhodes’s brother is President of CBS news. CBS ran a story on Benghazi starring Lara Logan instead of Sharyl Attkisson who had been leading reporting on the attack. The report that aired starring Logan was which was “flawed” seemingly because the information differed from ‘official sources’ like the White House and State Department. CBS let Logan go not long after. Hard to see that turn of events as a coincidence.

Also this month, it became apparent that Hillary Clinton did not turn over all the Benghazi emails to the State Department.  This information came to light as 15 emails from Clinton’s friend and adviser, Sydney Blumenthal, were not in the batch of emails given to the State Department by Clinton. Remember — Clinton ‘wiped’ her  own private server.

Politico reports Blumenthal is all over Clinton’s emails on a wide range of topics and allegedly edited one of her speeches. Politico also has copies of the emails. The State Department is also retroactively classifying some of the emails. What a circus.

Becky Gerritson of the Wetumpka Tea Party noted that the person in charge of picking through and turning over the Benghazi emails is the same individual who was involved in and was in charge of turning over emails to Congress in the IRS Tea party targeting scandal. That woman is Catherine Duval.

As of this June, it has been determined that over 24,000 emails are still missing from Lois Lerner in the IRS Tea Party targeting scandal. Given Clinton’s server wiping and Catherine Duval being in charge, the fate of the Benghazi emails might be the same.

 

DM7 small LL1885A.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

One can’t watch a simple news broadcast these days without being hit in the face by the Outrage Industry.  Whatever happened to that ‘new tone‘?  All we seem to have these days is shutuppery.

What used to be hyperbolic umbrage reserved for public figures and politicians, is now taking aim at regular citizens according to Mary Katherine Hamm and Guy Benson in their book, End of the Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).

This Outrage Industry has been at work for quite some time now and, arguably, what started as a method for assaulting free speech has not become activity in our streets as evidenced by Occupy Wall Street and now, with events like Black Lives Matter.

Last week Michelle Malkin opened the door on the topic of the Outrage Industry’s branching out from verbal incarnations to physical ones.  Her article on Teach For America’s professional agitators arguably gives us a glimpse into the rise of this Outrage Industry-style activism —  And how it is well-funded and coordinated.

Malkin’s article cites some of the work I did covering the Black Lives Matter protests Durham, NC this year. In particular, pointing out the involvement of Teach for America employee, Rachel Shankula in bailing out the arrestees.

While Ms. Shankula was busy bailing out protesters, a counterpart at Teach for America was put on President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task force. I ask you, what is a Director of a Teach for America branch doing on a policing task force?

Arguably, an underlying theme here is we should be taking a closer look at our teacher colleges, K-12 schools and colleges. Questions need to be asked, bluntly and in the face of the Outrage Industry.

Why are comedians no longer playing college venues?  What is your higher ed dollar really buying these days?

Why are schools pushing social issues on young children?

Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center involved in “Common Core Aligned” curriculum which centered around social issues using their self-defined “anti-bias framework’? The ultimate goal of said curriculum appears to be to create Social Justice activists — starting in Kindergarten.

Start asking questions, but also and more importantly, people need to start holding their ground. The Outrage Industry counts on the ability to bully people into subservience and silence. Assimilation is the goal, but resistance is not futile.

DM7 small LL1885A.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

In North Carolina, I’m known by many as the ‘Stop Common Core lady’ and with good reason.

I’ve been fighting Common Core every single day and have written over 1,300 articles on Common Core in various places (including my personal blog and here at Da Tech Guy) over the course of the last three and a half years.

I have participated in the national Common Core event put on by Glenn Beck and the Blaze, We Will Not Conform. I’ve testified in front of the NC Legislature and will be giving public comment at the upcoming Common Core Commission meeting on June 15th.

I even recently had the opportunity to express my frustrations on Common Core to Presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz. I had him at “hello“.

As you can see, I’ve been busy.

This past week, Common Core turns five. So, how did I celebrate?

I yawned and continued doing exactly what I’ve done for years: Fight Common Core.

I did manage to say ‘Happy Birthday’, though:

 

I also managed to garner a shout out and a few links in a smartly written Common Core birthday post by Dr. Terry Stoops of the John Locke Foundation:

Judging from approved meeting minutes from 2009 and 2010, the discussions referenced above appear to have involved key members of the board, N.C. Department of Public Instruction staff, and then-Gov. Bev Perdue. State education officials spent little time engaging a diverse group of stakeholders or soliciting input from the public.

That is not to say that there was no feedback from parents, teachers, and concerned citizens. Before publication of the final version of the standards, the CoreStandards.org website served as a portal for public comment nationally.

Blogger extraordinaire Lady Liberty obtained, published, and analyzed feedback from the site. She found that, of the 8,731 comments collected on CoreStandards.org, only 195 came from North Carolina.

“Blogger extraordinaire”. HEH!  I suppose that goes hand in hand with being one of Da Tech Guy’s “Magnificent Seven” bloggers.

Glad to see the research and hard work I put in on exposing the ‘public feedback’ seeing some attention.

What I also hope receives more attention is that the Academic Standards Review Commission that is reviewing the Common Core in North Carolina will be hearing from the public at their upcoming meeting.  Spaces are limited, so parents should get moving if they want to express their concerns.

Whether Common Core turns 5 or 25, it makes no difference to those of us who have exposed what the standards really are: A fundamentally flawed experiment, created by unqualified individuals and trotted out to the public by unelected non-governmental organizations all with the financial backing of big business.

AP DillonA.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina just announced a big rate hike. The reason?

Obamacare.

Grandfathered plans will see a double-digit hike around 13.5%, but those who have plans transitioned under Obamacare are going to have a coronary. Their rates will jump anywhere from 19.2% to 25.7%.

“Affordable HealthCare Act”. ‘A Family of four will see a reduction of $2500’.  Riiiiight. 

Triad Business Journal Reported:

Customers with so-called “transitional plans” — those plans purchased after the passage of the ACA and allowed to be continued by the Obama administration in 2013 — will see the highest jump, with an average increase of 19.2 percent.

WRAL also reported:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has asked state regulators for a 25.7 percent average rate increase on individual insurance plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act for 2016.

Gee, if only someone had warned the people this would happen. Oh wait.. someone did.

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, who beat Obamacare supporting incumbant Kay Hagan in 2014,  issued a statement. In the statement, Tillis called for an ‘off-ramp’ from Obamacare:

“Today’s announcement that North Carolinians covered under the President’s healthcare law will be hit with more crushing premium rate increases is yet another confirmation that the Affordable Care Act is not affordable and is creating hardship for millions of families. Hardworking Americans deserve an off-ramp from ObamaCare to a patient-directed healthcare market that will control costs and give them more freedom to make their own healthcare decisions.”

These hikes are hitting in other states, not just North Carolina.

Tennessee has it worse, Blue Cross is spiking rates up to 36% next year. New Mexico is getting slammed with a 51% hike.  In Michigan, a hike by Blue Cross of over 11% is sought, amongst other insurers that seek up to a 37% increase.

Hawaii, whose Obamacare exchange is imploding, will see a huge hike – 49%.

Wall Street Journal reports hefty increases in multiple states, the average of which is 29% or more.  The Wall Street Journal also notes these hikes must be justified to the Obama administration.

Flashback to 2010: Feds fire warning shot to health insurers
Flashback to 2012: Insurance Industry Warns Of Higher Rates Due to Obamacare

Reminder, this past March, President Obama taunted those who criticized Obamacare. Gee, Mr. President, We Told You So.

 

DM7 small LL1885A.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Well, it would appear that an education outfit threw over $225k to Hillary Clinton for a speaking engagement back in March, 2014.

The article is short, go read it.

The outfit is called Academic Partnerships.  Their mission is the ‘globalization’ of everything Higher Education related.

Check out their advisory board.  As a Tarheel state resident, I noted former Governor and Common Core peddler, Jim Hunt, being on the list.

Bush and Hunt were also involved in a 2011 conference called, ‘Future of State Universities‘. Do not miss the video from Dr. Dick Ferguson (Former CEO of ACT) on ‘College Readiness’, with an introduction by Hunt touting the amazing Common Core.

Going back to the Hillary/Jeb Ed fest in 2014, Hunt helped put together this conference where Hillary raked in the cash. Note the creepy ‘one-world-order‘ type title of the conference:

The Globalization of Higher Education conference was put together by Bush and former North Carolina Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt, who’s worked with Clinton in the past
Politico, 3/24/2014

Not only was Clinton a speaker, Jeb Bush was too — and he invited her.

Former Republican Gov. of Florida Jeb Bush invited the former Democratic senator to the two-day event, marking their third appearance together this year. More than 250 leaders of both U.S. and international universities will continue to meet through Tuesday to discuss the potential American higher education has to serve millions of students around the world. Clinton was among the 15 speakers, who also include former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
MSNBC, 3/24/14

We know what Hillary was paid. Was Jeb paid too?  Also, where does the money for all of these high priced speakers come from? How does Academic Partnerships make their money? Academic Partnerships appears to be a for-profit company.

Jeb and Hillary are more alike than not. They are certainly arm in arm on Education, ‘globalization’ and Common Core.

DM7 small LL1885A.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Last week, I wrote about the assault on boyhood in my column, Boy, Interrupted. This week’s column is an extension of this topic highlighting the Boy Scouts, hence the title.

The assault on Boyhood has many forms. Here’s an example via the Washington Times:

The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with semi-military origins, has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.

A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.

“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website.

Wow. Boyscouts, interrupted.

Remember the slew of stories over the past few years of young boys being suspended from school for gun related gestures, drawings or pastries nibbled into a shape resembling a gun?

This is more of the same hysterical lunacy and to be “kind”,  it’s stupid. This isn’t about ‘kindness’, this is about a two-pronged agenda.

Prong one: Guns are bad. So sayeth our liberal friends who continually misinterpret and bash the Second Amendment in an effort to disarm our citizenry.

Prong two: Strip boys of the type play they have engaged in for as long as boys have been boys. In other words, emasculate them while they are young and impressionable.

Here’s a few basic facts that is true of almost all boys – past and present: They inexplicably come pre-programmed to love cars, win at games and can make explosion noises of a wide variety.

Boys also like to play cops and robbers or slay the monster type games. This is instinctual and vital play; it fosters the inherent instinct to protect ourselves and those we love.   Hi, survival of the species?

Choreographing and corralling play can cut off big lessons about life, consequences of actions and stunts the growth of personal responsibility.

Again, I say stand up for Boyhood and the future manhood of our sons.

 

AP DillonA.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

For quite some time now I’ve been watching the assault on boyhood. I’ve been kicking around observations of how boys are being treated in school, how other parents treat their children, the realities of having sons and considering the lives of my own sons.

A recent PJ Media video, Boyhood Under Attack: Why Boys Can’t Just Be Boys Anymore, hit a number of chords with me.  The video is just under 17 minutes long and I recommend watching the whole thing.  It is this video that has prompted me to finally write about boys today.

Bear with me while I trace my thoughts.  Keep in mind that I am writing from the perspective of a mom with young boys – elementary school-aged and younger. One is in elementary school and the other has not yet entered Kindergarten.

Moms of boys are a different breed. We display our Lego scarred feet like badges of honor. We know when it is too quiet in the house that something is afoot; usually requiring towels and cleaning supplies on our end. We know that unless we’ve spent several hours outside, bed time will be a disaster.

Moms of boys also know it is not all bugs, fart noises and little feet running through the house that sounds like a herd of elephants stampeding. They love toy cars and somehow know how to make a wide array of explosion noises before they even turn 4.

Boys are tough, or so they want you to believe. They will always look to their mom for strength and direction. Be a loving mother who is a source of strength, not criticism.

Being a mom of boys is also about that little person wandering into your bed in the middle of the night and setting up camp in the crook of your arm.

We see our sons eye their cuts and scrapes through a mix of tears and curious pride. Our sons slay monsters. They like to shoot the bad guys and play the hero. They build towers just to smash them to see what happens.

Boys are largely ‘hands-on’ creatures; trial and error teaches them about expectations and roles they will play as they grow into manhood.

With all their adventures, boys are learning about themselves.  This is how they find their character and their confidence. Their activities are a means of both defining one’s self and following what they are hard-wired for at the same time. This is boyhood. It is primal and instinctual.

Moms of boys see all of this and more, yet inexplicably some of us seem to relinquish protecting our son’s boyhood once school starts. Well, not this mom.

Boys are boys. They are not girls.

Boys in general are movers, not sitters. They are explorers, not sedentary watchers. Their social interactions are less verbal than girls their age and are more physical.

This is who boys are and they are being interrupted. I’ve noted that school tries to make them act like girls; sit still, listen, don’t fidget, etc.  The shortening of recess and interactive play in school is exacerbating the situation — Gee, thank you, Common Core.

Boys have labels applied to them like ‘hyperactive’ and ‘disobedient’ along with notes to that go into their school files. Some of the labeling and note taking is followed by a suggestion for an ‘educational intervention’ and questions about ADHD. Too often, parents comply.

This is not to say that boys shouldn’t pay attention to instruction or try their best in the classroom. Having an expectation for boys to learn is not the problem, rather, boys shouldn’t be expected to behave like their female counterparts.

I’ve also watched as young girls are rewarded for exerting their independence and entering into activities taken up by mainly by boys in the past. Yet, the boys who engage in these same activities are herded, marginalized and told their actions are inappropriate.

This marginalizing represents a form of picking winners and losers; one that is predetermined based on sex and in my opinion has its roots in ‘modern feminism‘.  Modern feminism’s drive has been to enshrine the concept that ‘all things female’ automatically trump ‘all things male’. This has done more to harm gender equality than the actions of any man ever has.

Modern feminism has become a twisted parody and it is continuing to ignore biology and common sense and instead opting to apply their will and make males second class citizens by brute force. Oh, the irony.

Be their mom. Be their dad. Let them be boys. What you do and say means more to your sons than anything else. Stop giving in to those who would marginalize who boys naturally are. Start standing up for your sons.

Stand up for their boyhood — and their future manhood.

 

AP DillonA.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Question: On what planet do people complain about a $400 million surplus and paying off $2.8 billion in unemployment insurance debt that was racked up by a former governor?

Answer: On Planet NC Democrat.

One state legislator compared North Carolina’s budget to ‘state sponsored eugenics‘. The same legislator just couldn’t be happy until they played the class warfare card, while another used Senior citizens as a battering ram.

It leaves one scratching their head and asking, what kind of math do these Democrats use?

On Wednesday, the news broke that some of the budget and tax policies put into place by the Republican held legislature and Governor Pat McCrory have yielded a $400 million dollar surplus.

A lot of heads, like that of the ‘Moral Monday’ crowd, must be exploding.

‘Moral Monday’s’ main shtick has been to whose mission has been to call the Republican held Legislature “regressive”. That same crowd, along with Democrat legislators warned of gloom and doom befalling North Carolina. Gloom and doom like a predicted shortfall of $270 million did not come to pass.

Republicans say the swing to a surplus shows that GOP tax changes are working. The $400 million figure equates to about 2 percent of the state budget, putting it within a long-term 2.5 percent margin of error for each year’s revenue forecast.

A memo from legislative and administration officials said there was a “significant upswing” in April tax collections. The new, projected surplus is “predominately due to higher income tax payments and lower refunds from the 2014 tax year,” according to the report. – Charlotte Observer

The lion’s share of that surplus seems to be coming from “strong growth in business income“. Yes, there seem to be many complaints from the NC Democrats, but I think this is the unsaid complaint that rings true:

 


AP DillonA.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

Most of the conversation this week has been about the Baltimore Riots.  I’m not going to add to that well-traveled path today.  I want to direct your attention to my home state of North Carolina.

When I first started writing at Da Tech Guy, I did a series of articles centering on North Carolina that was meant to establish a foundation of the infrastructure of the Left in the state. These articles were A Primer on the Left in NC (Part I), Part II, Part III and Part IV.

These articles outlined the major players, strategies and funding sources of the BlueprintNC network.  Since my original articles, Civitas, which is a local conservative think tank, has mapped these connections. Civitas made their results available to the public on a searchable website called Mapping The Left.

Fast forward a moment to the April 12th article in the Washington Post describing wealthy Leftists and Democrat donors coordinating to ‘wrest control’ back from key states. In the article, one of the states targeted for ‘wresting control’ is North Carolina.

Even if donors step up their giving, the left is “not likely to be able to match the Kochs’ money,” LaMarche said. “So therefore we have to be smarter and more strategic.”

The new state plan aims to replicate the strategies used in places such as Minnesota and Colorado, where well-funded networks of nonprofit groups have helped Democrats dominate politics. Similar efforts are underway in states such as North Carolina, where Republicans in recent years gained control of both the legislature and governor’s mansion for the first time since 1870.
Washington Post, 4/12/15 – ‘
Wealthy donors on left launch new plan to wrest back control in the states’

Of note in the above passages, the Washington Post repeats the canard that the Left can’t beat the Koch Brothers money, ignoring that the Koch brothers ranked 59th in donations in the last election cycle behind a majority of Democrat, Union and Leftist donors.

Civitas-map-of-Blueprint-NCBlueprintNC and its vast network of Leftist organizations and partners will undoubtedly be the vehicle for ‘wresting control’ back in North Carolina.

It will be important to keep tabs on new PACS being formed and money flowing into the current major donors of BlueprintNC — The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, AJ Fletcher Foundation, the AFL-CIO and the Tides Foundation.

The Washington Post article implies that a wave of Dark money is about to be infused into the existing BlueprintNC network.

Remember, two years ago, BlueprintNC and its partners launched their attack on Republicans in the state. Their mission, via an internal memo leaked to the press, was to  “Eviscerate, Mitigate, Litigate, Cogitate, and Agitate”.

As LaMarche said in the Washington Post article, they need to be strategic. Democrats only announce something that obvious after they’ve already begun. Logic follows that the mission begun two years ago by the BlueprintNC network was just a warm-up for an upcoming campaign.

DM7 small LL1885A.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.
Catch her on Twitter: @LadyLiberty1885

By A.P. Dillon

If you’ve followed the Common Core debate over the last two to three years, one thing has been clear: Supporters of the standards can be relied on to mock opponents.
The display of ‘new tone‘, or shutuppery as I call it, has been very visible.

ArneDuncan war on moms memeExamples range from the Secretary of Education and his ‘white suburban moms‘ slam to a legislator hinting that opponents need tin foil hats and wanting to budget for “two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.”

One of my favorites is Governor John Kasich claiming that opposition is ‘just a runaway internet campaign’.

This brings me to the war of the Unicorns and Crawfish playing out in Louisiana.

The Advocate reported; emphasis added:

Using stuffed pink unicorns to dispel what they call myths about Common Core, officials of a group that backs the standards said Wednesday that they are launching a marketing campaign to defeat legislative efforts to repeal the overhaul.

The push is led by the Alliance for Better Classrooms political action committee, or ABC PAC.

The same group, with Baton Rouge contractor Lane Grigsby as one of its leaders, played a key role in the 2011 races for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Organizers of the effort have distributed stuffed pink or white unicorns to state lawmakers that include tags that say “Unicorns are not real. And neither are most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core State Standards.”

Why pink unicorns?

Shane Vander Hart of Truth In American Education gave advocates the idea — as a joke.

Vander Hart wrote, “I’d like to point out I actually made this suggestion as some friendly PR advice for Common Core advocates when they were really struggling at the time not knowing exactly where to burn all of that Gates money.”

It is worth noting who is getting behind Alliance for Better Classrooms’s Unicorn campaign. High profile ‘Republicans’ like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA).  Breitbart reported:

A group of Common Core supporters resorting to mocking parents and other opponents of the boondoggle education initiative is studded with likely GOP presidential candidates, establishment Republican governors, top corporations, and the primary private funder of Common Core himself–Bill Gates.

As parents by the thousands are opting their children out of the Common Core-aligned tests throughout the country, and many states are besieged by massive technological glitches that are preventing the tests from being administered at all, pro-Common Core headliners like Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) have joined together as a group called “Unicorns Are Not Real.”

Funded by PAC Alliance for Better Classrooms, the group purports to ridicule opponents of the unproven Common Core standards with the theme that “most of the things you’ve heard about Common Core” are not real, either.

By the way Bloomberg dumped $100k into Alliance for Better Classrooms in 2011 in an attempt to influence three runoff races for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

While mocking and ridicule by supporters has been consistent, so it the reaction of opponents. They refuse to lay down and take it.

In response to the Unicorns, opponents to the Common Core punching back twice as hard.  The Advocate reported:

Not to be outdone by pink unicorns, Common Core opponents Wednesday distributed stuffed red crawfish to state lawmakers in arguing that the academic standards are riddled with problems.

“Our campaign is that crawfish are real and so are the problems with Common Core,” said Amy Lemoine, who lives in Lafayette.

“Parents across the state as well as educators have done their homework, done our research,” Lemoine said. “We have come across some real problems with Common Core based on facts, research, expert opinions. We just want our legislators to have those facts presented to them.”

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Backers of the crawfish campaign said that, unlike the unicorn movement, theirs does not rely on the support of big companies.

“This is not professional,” Lemoine said. “This is moms. We have pulled our talents together.”

“This is moms.” BOOM!
Yes, this is moms.
And dads, grandparents, students and teachers. And the majority of us vote.

By A.P. Dillon

Common Core and the high-stakes tests associated with it continue to see enormous backlash nationwide.

In former Senator Hillary Clinton’s New York, two bills have been filed to allow for parents to opt out of the tests, however parents aren’t waiting for state approvals and are opting their children out at an incredible rate.

In multiple districts in the lower Hudson Valley, opt out rates soared with Mahopac’s middle school seeing an opt out rate of 55%.

Jumping over to the other side of the country, New Mexico students who had been protesting the PARCC test also showed an overall opt out rate of 5%. Looking at the individual schools, the rates in some schools were much higher – ranging from 9 to 36%.

The overall message being sent here is that of parental rights and local control over federal dictates and the big money behind it from public-private partnerships, like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the publishing and testing behemoth, Pearson.

At an Education Roundtable this week in Iowa, Hillary Clinton’s support for the Common Core was crystal clear. So was Clinton’s position on those opposing Common Core:

“But your question is really a larger one. How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation which is how our kids are educated?” – Caffeinated Thoughts

Got that? The education of our children is a “non-family enterprise”.
Clinton knows exactly how we ended up here; she was a part of it.

In response to a question about how Clinton would ‘bring the heart back into education’ in the United States, Clinton’s answer has ignited new fires.

You know when I think about the really unfortunate argument going on around Common Core it’s very painful because the Common Core started off as a bipartisan effort, it was actually non-partisan, it wasn’t politicized, it was trying to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was, there wouldn’t be two tiers of education.  Everybody would be looking at what was to be learned and doing their best to try to achieve that,” Clinton responded. – Caffeinated Thoughts

Mercedes Schneider’s take down of these comments is not to be missed and this part of her response to Clinton’s remarks is almost exactly what I would have said:

“Implicit in Clinton’s message is that Common Core would have been just fine except that it became entangled in politics.

Get a clue, Hillary: Common Core was birthed in politics.

But I think you know that.”

Yes, she knows that all too well.  As I said earlier, she was a part of it.

Michelle Malkin reminds us of just how well Clinton knows this and where this data-driven, top-down approach to education has it roots — with NCEE, Hillary Clinton and her pal, Marc Tucker.

In the early 1990s, NCEE (established with $5 million in New York taxpayer-funded seed grants) paid Hillary Clinton more than $100,000 to direct the group’s “Workforce Skills Program” while she worked at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas. After the Clintons moved into the White House, Tucker sent a now-infamous letter to Mrs. Clinton outlining a radical progressive plan “to remold the entire American system” through a centralized national-standards Trojan Horse.  – Michelle Malkin

In addition to NCEE, another group tied to Hillary Clinton should be on the radar: The New America Foundation (NAF).

NAF is a 501(c)3 that was started in 1999 by Ted Halstead and Steve McColl and whose board includes Jonathan Soros. After weeding through their site, the main purpose of NAF is to influence national Education policy at Congressional level; they’ve already spent millions on lobbying.

NAF, while mostly politically focused and is indisputably a Left leaning organization, NAF also has formulated ‘education policy‘ goals.

Some of the more visible backers include Bill Gates, George Soros and the Tides Foundation, Microsoft, Home Depot, Rockefeller, DISH Network, Google, Facebook, Arianna Huffington and the U.S. Dept. of State.

Watch the “Welcome To New America” video. You won’t have to go far into it to see Mrs. Clinton. The clip of ‘former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’ promoting NAF comes right after Senator John McCain’s glowing testimonial. Stick around, you’ll see Van Jones too.

Laugh.. cry.. or both?

AP DillonA.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, Watchdog Wire NC

By A.P. Dillon

We’re just a four months into 2015 and already candidates are throwing their hats into the ring for 2016 nationwide and locally.

Here in North Carolina, we’ve got two candidates who launched campaigns this week. Both are running as Republicans and both are vying for seats currently held by Republicans. Perhaps North Carolina has primary fever?

One race is district NC-02, currently held by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. This is Ellmers’s second primary challenger. Last cycle, she kept her seat by defeating Frank Roche. Ellmers then went on to defeat the Democrat nominee, former American Idol runner-up, Clay Aiken.

Ellmers’s challenger this time is Jim Duncan.  Duncan announced his candidacy on April 6th in various formats including social media and emails with similar opening statements like the one below:

“Jim Duncan of Chatham County announced today that he is a candidate for the 2nd Congressional District seat of North Carolina.  “I’m entering this race because I want to serve the will of the people.  It’s time to listen to their needs, protect their freedoms and unite this district,” said Duncan.  “I do not need to build a new career in Washington DC.  I simply wish to have the honor of representing the citizens in the 2nd district.”  Duncan said upholding the Constitution, attacking the debt, and building a strong America with protected borders will be hallmarks of his campaign.”

Discontent with Ellmers’s positions, coupled with a few botched encounters with constituents might be a recipe for a win for Duncan.  In the coming weeks, I’ll have more on Duncan.

Meanwhile, Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05) is seeing a primary challenger in activist Pattie Curran.  Foxx also saw a challenger last cycle, Phillip Doyle.  Foxx has recently drawn fire from all corners, including yours truly, for her support of flawed HR 5, “The Student Success Act”.

Curran, like Duncan, announced her candidacy on April 6th.  Curran’s announcement includes a video: The American Dream.

Curran is a certified social worker, a wife, a mother of two, was in the Army National Guard and is the founder and president of a nonprofit called Shwachman-Diamond America.  She’s described herself an activist on multiple fronts including religious liberty and opposing Common Core.

Will primary fever cure the implied ‘establishment’ GOP problem?

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog Wire NC

By A.P. Dillon

In New York, the energy from the movement by parents to opt their children out of standardized testing and push back against one-size-fits-all reforms like Common Core is fueling the same fights in the rest of the states.

What is going on in New York and elsewhere is not just a fight about high-stakes tests or Common Core. These two things are only a part of a bigger question: What is the purpose of education?

Our children are answering that question.

Ryan Lotocki of Frontier High School has some answers to that question and shares some of them in the video, “This is Genius“.

Lotocki also asks a question to which Common Core is not the solution:

“What’s the point to learn?
For the thrill.
And Common Core won’t solve anything, so take a chill pill”. 

While Lotocki is in high school in New York, a fourth grade girl named Sydney Smoot (from Jeb Bush’s Faux Education Utopia of Florida) gave a speech to a school board. This young lady’s speech about why the current FSA testing must stop was passionate, direct and the audience erupted in cheers at the end.

Also in Florida, an 8th grader tearfully spoke out about high-stakes testing (the FCAT)  in the state and Common Core. Her testimony was positively heartbreaking. Parents shouted out from the audience, “this is ridiculous!” and “you can’t do this to our children!

The video of that 8th grader closes with a few written statements, one of which reads, “And children, the future generation of our nation, are unable to live up to their full learning potential, based on a snapshot test day.

Are you listening, Ed Reformers? Corporations? Education ‘Non-profits’?


AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog

By A.P. Dillon

“To learn who rules over you,

simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
Voltaire


What does your higher education dollar buy these days?  Let’s take a campus tour.

At Columbia in New York, you can take classes on Occupy.

At Berkeley in California, students want a building to be named after one of the FBI’s 10 most wanted.

At Cornell in New York you can potentially form an ISIS club and have a ‘freedom fighter’ come ‘train’ you.

Also at Cornell, you can be accused of rape, be expelled and then try to sue the school.

At Appalachain State in North Carolina, ‘privileged’ students are treated to public shaming.

At UVA in Virginia, you can be subjected to a Rolling Stone expose, be accused of rape and then have it turn out to be a “complete crock”.

At the University of Irvine in California, professors can demand the US Flag not be displayed because it symbolizes ‘racism’.  Students took matters into their own hands and removed the flag.

At the University of Austin-Texas in Texas, students were outraged that the school wouldn’t punish students for wearing politically incorrect clothing… OFF CAMPUS.

At the University of Wisconsin in Wisconsin, the Chancellor spends their time lobbying alumni against Governor Scott Walker — all done on the tax payer dime.

At Vanderbuilt University in Tennessee, a Jewish fraternity was painted with Swastikas.

At the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma, the First Amendment was expelled along with some fraternity members that used ‘racially insensitive language’.

Reaching back to 2012, my own alma mater, Syracuse University, was cited for expelling a student over comments they made… on Facebook.  I was sad and ashamed to see the long list of cases involving Syracuse. Not a dime will they ever see from me.

What an ‘education’. We’re in the very best of hands.

Parents, I recommend visiting Instapundit’s Higher Education Bubble posts and Campus Reform’s website regularly to see just what your tuition is paying for.  It wouldn’t hurt to pay attention to the reports at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) either — in particular, the cases dealing with Free Speech.

 

AP DillonA.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog Wire NC

By A.P. Dillon

For the last two weeks, I’ve been keeping track of the Hillary email scandal, including her upholding of  the level of transparency we’ve come to know from the Obama administration and the media’s reactions.

After weeks of badgering by the press on the legality of her private email server, it is looking like the laws and policies surrounding email accounts are just for the little people at the State Department.

Those policies include an exit agreement (form OF-109), which the State Department confirmed Mrs. Clinton did not sign.

Multiple reporters pressed the State Department’s Jen Psaki to answer if Clinton had signed such an exit agreement. Psaki dragged out answering that question for days.

The Daily Caller is reporting that a State Department whistleblower has made statements that State Department employees who don’t sign the exit form OF-109 face ‘dire consequences’.

Psaki downplayed the OF-109 form and mentioned that neither Condoleeza Rice nor Colin Powell signed the form either.  This admission by Psaki of into looking into past files with apparent ease is at odds with her inability to answer reporter questions in a timely fashion about Hillary Clinton.

This exit policy at the State Department is just be the tip of the iceberg, according to a recent column by Dan Epstein at USA Today.  Epstein asserts that Clinton has broken three transparency laws  – The Federal Records Act,  Section 1924 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code and The Freedom of Information Act.

Transparency! 

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
Her current and past writing can also be found at IJ Review, StopCommonCoreNC.org, Watchdog Wire NC

By A.P. Dillon

hillary-clinton-email-memesLast week, we learned that Hillary Clinton is following in the transparency footsteps of the Obama administration.  The revelation that Clinton had been using a personal email account hosted out of her home led to a media firestorm, culminating in Clinton being forced to hold a press conference this week.

The President and the White House Press Secretary have been sending mixed signals on his knowledge of Clinton’s email situation. In an interview on March 7th, the President implied he ‘never got an email’ from Clinton. On March 9th, Josh Earnest said the President did get email from Clinton’s private account.

It bears mentioning that the Clinton press conference was apparently difficult for the media to gain access to. Access will become a key issue, as the AP has fired off a lawsuit, suing Clinton for access to her records.

Clinton tweeted out that she wanted the people to see her emails, yet in her press conference she admitted she deleted a large portion of them, claiming they were ‘personal’ in nature.  Clinton also admitted at the presser that she deleted the emails after the State Department requested her emails.

Why Mrs. Clinton would be using an email account for both personal and official email is an unresolved question.  It also bears mentioning that Clinton appears to have unilaterally had control over what was deleted and what was kept. See: Clinton Claims 60,000 Emails Were Sent To State Department And “About Half Were Work Related”

Apologists defended her having the lone private email account by saying she was ‘too old’ to have two email accounts.

Ah, ageism? She’s too old for two emails but young enough to run for President and to have been Secretary of State.  Yes,  that was really the claim — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz led that talking point charge.

For those interested, there is a wealth of video out there on the subject of Clinton’s email debacle. Everything from security to excerpts of Clinton’s press conference. Below are a set of videos that are just a sampling of what is out there.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell made the point that Clinton’s Email “Was Not In Compliance With” State Dept. Regulations. Also not within regulations was her choice of devices, who used unauthorized iPads and iPhones according to Judicial Watch.  Clinton was apparently warned about using these devices, but did so anyway.

Not to be missed was ABC’s Job Karl nailing the big picture: Clinton decides what you see.


Overall, it appears Mrs. Clinton is in the practice of working the way that is ‘convenient’ for her regardless of protocol and then asking for forgiveness later.  Sounds familiar.

DM7 small LL1885A.P. Dillon resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder ofLadyLiberty1885.com.
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