The Death of Free Speech: British Citizen Arrested for quoting Churchill

Paul Weston, able leader of LibertyGB, whom we interviewed for the New English Review, epitomizes the Hyde Park corner free speech tradition that many in the UK and even here in the United States have taken as an article of faith. His arrest in Winchester for reading a quote about Islam by Sir Winston Churchill from the latter’s acclaimed The River War  wouldn’t have occurred here in the United States under the First Amendment of the Constitution.

However, in a UK obsessed with political correctness and tolerance of rejectionist Islamic representatives like Anjem Choudary and other Jihadists, revealing the truth about Islamic doctrine from an historical figure like Sir Winston Churchill is tantamount to sedition. We trust that our friend Paul Weston made bailment after his arrest and can bring a cause of action in the law courts for his wrongful arrest exercising his free speech. Onward Liberty GB!

This just in from Liberty GB:

Today Paul Weston, chairman of the party Liberty GB and candidate in the 22 May European Elections in the South East, has been arrested in Winchester.

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Paul Weston speaking at Winchester Guildhall.

At around 2:00 pm Mr Weston was standing on the steps of Winchester Guildhall, addressing the passers-by in the street with a megaphone. He quoted the following excerpt about Islam from the book The River War by Winston Churchill:

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property – either as a child, a wife, or a concubine – must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the faith: all know how to die but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.”

Reportedly a woman came out of the Guildhall and asked Mr Weston if he had the authorisation to make this speech. When he answered that he didn’t, she told him “It’s disgusting!” and then called the police.

Six or seven officers arrived. They talked with the people standing nearby, asking questions about what had happened. The police had a long discussion with Mr Weston, lasting about 40 minutes.

At about 3:00 pm he was arrested. They searched him, put him in a police van and took him away.

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EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on The New English Review.

This Black Does Not Think Bundy is Racist

Pick a card, any card. Racist. Sexist. Homophobic. We all knew it was only a matter of time before Democrats/Liberals played one or more of their Big Three Cards to silence, intimidate and crush opposition to their latest power grab/tyrannical attack on our freedom.

With a majority of Americans taking rancher Cliven Bundy’s side against Obama’s BLM thugs, Democrat Harry Reid concluded that it was time to play their old faithful, tried and true race card. As Gomer Pyle use to say, “Surprise. Surprise.” We knew it was coming.

This is how the Left rolls. When America rallied around Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson after being targeted for destruction by the Left, the Left played a twofer on Robertson; accusing him of being homophobic and a racist.

Thank God it did not work. Coming to Robertson’s defense, conservatives played their ultimate trump card which overruled all the Left’s lies, distortions and evil intent. Our ultimate weapon is the Truth & Righteousness Card. I believe boldly and confidently standing up for truth and righteousness always defeats evil. And make no mistake about it, the Democrat, liberal, progressive and socialist agenda is evil.

The Left’s vision for America is counter to the Will of God and the human spirit. Their anti-God agenda places man on the throne as the ultimate power, able to fix everything – the environment, income inequality, equal outcomes and everything under the sun via legislation. The Bible says, “The fool says in his heart that there is no God.”

Not to wander too far off topic, back to the Left’s nonsensical allegation that Bundy is a racist.

Any decent fair-minded human being would understand that Bundy was condemning the slavery of government dependency in his comments regarding Negros. The elderly gentleman is a rancher who is not media savvy, nor is he schooled in the nuances of political correctness.

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The Left are not decent human beings. Their bully minions went on high alert viciously in pursuit of a “gotcha” comment to squelch Bundy’s proven leadership and ability to inspire millions to push back against the Obama regime.

Prominent conservatives running for the tall grass to get away from or running to microphones to denounce Bundy is testimony to their fear of the Left’s high tech lynching machine. It truly sickens me.

I hate allowing jive turkey Leftist bullies to push us around. Rather than conservatives fighting back, far too many cower in fear and allow the Left to proclaim what is considered racist. It reminds me of the school yard when I was a kid. The only way to defeat bullies or at least gain their respect was to punch them in the face.

Before a Leftist’s hack accuses me of advocating violence, I am talking about “politically” delivering a hard left hook to the Left’s jaw by standing up for Bundy.

Mr. Bundy spoke the truth about cradle-to-grave government dependency wrecking havoc in the black community. We all know this. But any white person who dares to acknowledge the huge elephant in the black community’s living room is vilified and branded a racist; Bill O’Reilly, Congressman Paul Ryan and now Cliven Bundy. Meanwhile, black families continue to suffer and vote monolithic for Democrats who vow to fix their problems, but never do.

Black relatives of mine (several died young) lived wasted lives because they were addicted to government dependency. They were Democrat party slaves, enslaved with chains far more powerful than steel; mental and emotional slavery. My relatives were robbed of the self-esteem, pride and joy of individual achievement and earning ones way.

Democrats and liberal media I trump your race card against Bundy with my Truth and Righteousness card. You lose! Go peddle your despicable crap elsewhere.

I am a black conservative whose admiration and respect for Cliven Bundy remains unwavering. Mr. Bundy, myself along with millions of good decent Americans have your back. Hang in there my patriot brother. God bless.

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Sneakerheads: Some teens are trading shoes and learning something in the process by Jason Kelly

When you think about the ways most teenagers spend their free time, you probably think playing video games, going to the mall, and using Facebook. But if you look more closely, you will discover a lot of kids defying those stereotypes.

These kids are innovators. They take risks. And they aren’t just learning economics from a textbook.

The most recent manifestation of this comes from “sneakerheads”: Teenagers who trade basketball shoes. A recent New York Times article profiles the exploits of these hucksters who buy, sell, and trade limited, collectible sneakers at weekend conventions and over social media:

The teenage traders attending these conventions know the market, reciting resale values, the buzz of a hot trade and the debut dates for new pairs as easily as others can spit out baseball stats.

Some commentators disparage these kids’ activity as crass materialism and faddish speculation. And they’re not alone; their criticisms are not even new. Basketball sneakers have even been blamed for crime waves. But all of this critique misses the point of what sneakerheads are up to. Instead of depreciating the value of the shoes they receive by wearing them around or tucking them away in their closet, they’ve discovered an arbitrage opportunity that allows them to turn a profit. While the less observant scoff, these teenagers pick up market signals and act rationally to their own benefit. Smells like entrepreneurial spirit.

Indeed, they’ve created a marketplace independent from meddling adults and bureaucrats. In their own world, they experiment with different forms of trade and learn valuable lessons throughout the process. They hone their negotiating skills and practice bargaining techniques—because if they don’t, they lose profits.

They’re also learning the mutual benefits of trade. For example, if my favorite player is Lebron, but I received a pair of Michael Jordan shoes for Christmas, I’ll trade my pair to someone who prefers Michael Jordan. Because value is subjective, we’re both better off and, therefore, we are wealthier.

Even more fascinating is that in this world, money is not everything. When offered a staggering $98,000 for his autographed Kanye West sneakers, 18-year-old Jonathan Rodriguez turned it down, saying, “I know I could buy a house with this kind of money. But I’m a huge Kanye West fan. I can just work to get the money.”

Foolish? Maybe. But who are we to say? If Rodriguez values his one-of-a-kind sneaker more than the purchasing power of $98,000, more power to him. The choice is his alone. And who knows if that $98,000 represents the top of the market?

With each transaction, these teens are demonstrating that it doesn’t take a Harvard MBA or an insane programming ability to be entrepreneurial. They’re showing us that economics isn’t limited to the classroom or the boardroom. They’re showing us that looking out the window, as Peter Boettke reminds us, and viewing the world in motion are how we really start to understand the economic way of thinking.

ABOUT JASON KELLY

Jason Kelly is a graduate of Hillsdale College and the Web and Social Media Associate at FEE.

What’s Taught to Young Students Today Used to Be Illegal

I had just stepped down from the podium after my lecture at an education conference in 1991 when an anxious youngster, about 14, approached me. “Dr. Reisman,” she whispered, “could I speak to you for a moment?”

Government-funded sex educators, that’s who. Sitting on my desk at home was a 1991 New York Centers for Disease Control brochure, “The Teenager’s Bill of Rights,” which, as Sandy had claimed, told children they had “the right to decide whether to have sex and who to have it with.” It was graced with graphic pictorial directions for the children. That 1991 brochure was for teenagers; today, middle-schoolers and even kindergartners are exposed to such things. It told youngsters: “Use a latex condom for . . . oral sex (. . . into the mouth) and anal sex (. . . into the butt).” Both of these acts of sodomy were, of course, illegal, and still are—at least for children.

The brochure pictorially demonstrated the acts. It advised, “Use a dental dam . . . an unrolled condom cut down one side or plastic wrap for oral sex . . . in your mouth.” Sandy had been right after all, except there was no product name, just “plastic wrap.” The pamphlet was produced and distributed by the Division of AIDS Services, under the auspices of the New York City Department of Health.

But they’re not alone.

Grooming Children In the years before most Salvo readers were born, much of today’s “sex education” would have been considered criminal. It would instantly have been called “depraved” and counted as seducing or grooming children into sex, or “contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

Encouraging children to engage in any kind of sexual activity (alone or with others) was immoral, shameful, and criminal. Even talking about sex in front of underage children or showing them sexually charged or graphic images—who but a sex deviant would do that? Today, it is likely that a sex-ed or “health” teacher in grade school would.

My colleague, Liberty University attorney Matt Barber, wrote in an October 30, 2012 article for CNS online: “Graphic sexual images and explicit ‘values neutral’ talk of sex and sexuality are rampant throughout classrooms across America, effectively desensitizing children and numbing their natural inhibitions. These inhibitions help protect children from potential predators.”

Michael Heimbach of the Criminal Investigative Division, Crimes Against Children Unit, FBI, testified before a U.S. Senate committee on May 1, 2002, that child molesters:

  • Demonstrate sex acts to children. Offenders commonly use pornography to teach or give instructions to naïve children about how to masturbate, perform oral sex and/or engage in sexual intercourse.
  • Lower the sexual inhibitions of children. . . . Some offenders show pictures of other children engaging in sexual activities to overcome these fears, indicating to their intended victims that it is all right to have sex with an adult because lots of other boys and girls do the same thing.
  • Desensitize children to sex. Offenders commonly show child pornography to their intended victims to expose them to sexual acts before they are naturally curious about such activities.
  • Sexually arouse children. Offenders commonly use pornographic images of other children to arouse victims, particularly those in adolescence.

In other words, he said, molesters “groom them into a sexual relationship.”

Yet much of the above also describes what takes place in government-mandated sex-ed. Moreover, depictions of sex acts in cartoon form that imply the participants are or could be minors are arguably child pornography. Given Heimbach’s description of grooming, that 1991 “health” brochure groomed children for sodomy. Fully twelve years before the U.S. Supreme Court (Lawrence v. Texas) legalized sodomy for adults, plastic-wrap-prophylactics were recommended to children in New York, to commit oral sodomy.

More Sodomy

A few years after the Lawrence ruling, schoolhouse sodomy hit the news. In 2007 the headmistress of an exclusive Manhattan private school was convicted of sodomizing a 13-year-old boy student. Illinois Maine Township High School District 207 was the scene of the 2008 sodomy of a 14-year old boy by his baseball teammates, watched by their coach. In 2012, the same coach oversaw varsity soccer players sodomizing younger boys—dubbed “hazing.” Families filing lawsuits claimed that “sexual abuse has been occurring as part of rituals at the school for as long as six years.” In December 2011, a Salt Lake City Utah principal was arrested for the forcible sodomy of a young male student.

Where did these high-school lads and their adult coaches learn that sodomy was just acceptable macho behavior?

Thanks to widespread graphic sex-ed and pornography, even the youngest children now know about such acts before they reach high school. In June 2012, the Onalaska (Washington State) Elementary School principal delivered graphic oral and anal sodomy descriptions. The “11-year old students were being given a lesson on HIV-AIDS,” part of the “state-adopted curriculum.” This is nothing less than state-mandated
grooming of minors for sodomy.

Isn’t it also child abuse?

End Notes:

1. HHS ‘Grooming’ Children For Sex Using Tactics Mirroring FBI’s Pedophile Profile
2. Michael Heimbach Criminal Investigative Division, Crimes Against Children Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Before the United States Senate, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Washington, DC, May 01, 2002
3. Teacher at Exclusive Manhattan Private School Convicted of Sodomy
4. West Maine High School Hazing: Another Incident Involving Coach Michael DiVincenzo Reported
5. Parents sue Maine West over alleged hazing by soccer players
6. www.suntimes.com/opinions/16700150-474/editorial-mainewest-high-school-allegations-areworse-than-hazing.html
7. Wasatch County educator arrested, facing sodomy charges
8. Parents Furious After School Teaches Graphic Sex Class

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Happily Never After by Sarrah Skwire

Francis Spufford. Red Plenty. Graywolf Press, 2012. 448 pages.

This column was originally part of a paper presented at the recent APEE meeting in Las Vegas.

Francis Spufford’s Red Plenty has been ably reviewed in these pages before. But it’s a book I can’t stop talking about and recommending. And when I do recommend Red Plenty to others, I’m never quite sure what to call it.

The back of the book describes it as “history . . . fiction . . . as different from what you were expecting as a glass of Soviet champagne.” The author, though, wants us to think of it as a fairy tale.

Best to call this a fairy-tale then—though it really happened, or something like it. It is storybook Russia, not real Russia; a place never quite in perfect overlap with the daylight country of the same name. It is as near to it as a wish is to reality, and as far away, too.

It occurred to me that by writing not a review of the book, but a bit of literary analysis that attends closely to Spufford’s insistence that Red Plenty is a fairy tale, I might be able to share some of the power of the book, as well as show off some of Spufford’s careful crafting of his narrative. Calling Red Plenty a fairy tale is not a way of dismissing its importance. It is a way of heightening it. And throughout the text, Spufford uses the presence and absence of fairy tales as a way of conveying the emotional and cultural toll of the Soviet dream.

Spufford has a few reasons, I suspect, for wanting readers to think of Red Plenty as a fairy tale. As he notes in his acknowledgements, “I wrote this book without being able to speak or read Russian. I have therefore been able to draw on only a fraction of the available material, and readers should be aware that what they find here reflects the limited universe of sources that happen to have been translated into English; often, translated into English during the Cold War, as part of the West’s anxious guesswork about Soviet developments.”

Soviet economic data are notoriously inaccurate, and I expect that another layer of fallibility is added when those data are translated by a nervous Cold War America. So, calling Red Plenty a fairy tale allows Spufford to explore his subject while remaining aware—and signaling to his readers—that he doesn’t have the language skills one would expect for a full academic treatment, and that the data and sources upon which he is relying are a little more like “data” and “sources.”

But throughout Spufford’s work, fairy tales appear as more than a mitigating explanation for the book’s creative amalgam of fact and fiction. Spufford’s introduction explains why they are such a preoccupation:

Tales supplied what the real country lacked, when villagers were telling them . . . the stories dreamed away reality’s defects. They made promises good enough to last for one evening of firelight; promises which the teller and the hearers knew could only be delivered in some Russian otherwhere.

And so when Spufford describes one Krushchev’s speeches, we are instantly alert to the language of fantasy and the promises of a real-life end of the scarcity.

“In our day,” Nikita Khrushchev told a crowd in the Lenin Stadium . . . “The dreams mankind cherished for ages, dreams expressed in fairytales which seemed sheer fantasy, are being translated into reality by man’s own hands.” . . . Humanity’s ancient condition of scarcity was going to end, imminently.

The Soviet fantasy is the fairy tale fantasy: the end of scarcity. And with the end of scarcity comes the end of the human need to imagine and tell stories about the end of scarcity. When the fairy tale is real, we don’t need the story anymore.

This is when Spufford’s use of fairy tales becomes most intriguing. Again and again, Spufford shows us characters looking for a fairy tale parallel in their lives, or trying to tell a story and failing. The promises of the State have replaced the fantasies of the fairy tales, and stories are dying.

Some comrades seemed to think that fine words and fine ideas were all the world would ever require, that pure enthusiasm would carry humanity forward to happiness; well excuse me, comrades, but aren’t we supposed to be materialists? Aren’t we supposed to be the ones who get along without fairy tales? . . . [People need] more money to spend, or else more of a world in which money was no longer necessary to ration out all the good things, because there were so many good things, all gushing out of the whatchamacallit, the thing like a cone spilling over with fruit. The horn of plenty.

The rapid transformation from stark realism to dreams of State-sponsored plenty to the inability to even remember the name of the magical item one wants to mock seems to me to be a perfect capsulization of the Soviet economic way of thinking. That failure of memory at the end of the passage tells us that as the State fantasy is offered, story is shoved out of the way. We see this failure again when Spufford takes us to the kind of small village gathering where folk and fairy tales would have ordinarily formed a large part of the evening’s entertainment.

“Go on, Grandad, give us a story,” someone said. “How’s your memory tonight? Got a whole one in there?”

“Well, I’ll try,” said the old man doubtfully. “In the thrice-ninth kingdom of the thrice-tenth land, there lives a poor man who had, uh, a miraculous horse. No, he bought the miraculous horse, he bought it with . . . Or was it a miraculous wife he had? Dammit, I used know all of ‘em. No, it’s gone.”

Even the epigraph to the final section of Spufford’s book—taken from the concluding lines of a Russian fairy tale—is an interrupted tale about an interrupted adventure. “The laborer awoke and saw that the princess, the flying carpet, and the magic tablecloth were gone. Only his walking boots remained.” The magical folk imagination has been almost entirely consumed by the dreams of the great Soviet state.

But the great plans fail, and the fairy tale of the Soviet state doesn’t have a happy ending. As this realization begins to dawn on the characters in Red Plenty, we see them return to more fully fleshed stories and to a better understanding of how they function. When the writer Sasha Galich—one of the first to realize the distances between the promises of the State and the lives of the citizens—comes to see his way through the fog of the propaganda he helps to create, he rediscovers the truth of fairy tales at the same moment he uncovers the lies of the State.

Drip by drip, these last years, he had understood more of what had been happening in his own time, just around the corner, just behind the scenes, just out of his sight, as if he had been a child in a fairy-tale wood who sees only green leaves and songbirds ahead, because all the monsters are standing behind him. Quiet conversations with a returned choreographer who’d survived his ten-year stretch on dancer’s strength. Confidences from . . . a secret policeman, blurred by the bottle . . . about the famous year of 1937 when the van loads came in so fast for the bullet that the drain in the floor of the basement corridor sometimes blocked, and some poor sod had to fish in it, and pull out mush and bone chips and hanks of human hair. . . . [Emphasis added.]

When reality starts to look like this, the need for fantasy comes rushing back.

It seems to me, then, particularly important that one of the last exchanges in Spufford’s book is between a young boy and his mother as they discuss a book that he is reading. The year is 1968, which means the boy will be in the prime of his adult life when the Berlin Wall comes down and the Soviet Union dissolves. He is, in other words, the future. He is, in other words, us. And he says to his mother:

I’m just getting to the end of this science-fiction book, and they’re at a kind of place that gives wishes, like a genie, only it’s alien technology, and it’s very dangerous? And there’s a silly man and a tough man, and the silly man rushes forward and he makes this kind of enormous wish for everybody in the whole world to be happy, but the alien thing squishes him instead. And I was wondering, if it’s supposed to be a kind of a—kind of a . . . sideways picture. You know. Of here.

20121127_sarahskwireABOUT SARAH SKWIRE

Sarah Skwire is a fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. She is a poet and author of the writing textbook Writing with a Thesis.

A Lesson in Democratic Party Hypocrisy

What do Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Tim Scott, Michele Bachmann, Condoleeza Rice, Allen West, Dr. Ben Carson and T.W. Shannon all have in common?

Calm down Joseph. I see your hand, but I want someone else to answer for a change. No takers? OK Joseph.

You are correct. They are hated by liberals and Democrats. Tell us why? Correct again Joseph. They are women and minorities who honor God, family and country. They are self-reliant, extremely successful and do not view themselves as victims.

Liberals and Democrats will not tolerate such liberated independent thinking by women and minorities. It threatens the foundation of the Democratic Party which is built on insidious evil lies, class envy and victim-hood-ism.

Very good Joseph, please continue.

For decades, liberals and Democrats have been indoctrinating women and minorities; filling their heads with lies such as America is eternally racist and sexist. They claim the only way for women and minorities to succeed is through Democrat led government mandated lowered standards, entitlements and special concessions.

Women and minorities who succeed via education, right choices and hard work, without Democratic Party intervention, upset the Democrats’ apple-cart. These uppity women and minorities must be silenced at any and all cost.

But wait a minute Joseph. Are you saying that these self-proclaimed heroes of women and minorities would actually seek to punish and destroy them? Oh, I get it. You are saying their faux-compassion is nothing more than a PR campaign promoted by their buddies who dominate the mainstream media.

Liberals and Democrats do not give a hoot about women and minorities other than their usefulness in furthering the socialist/progressive agenda. Their mantra is continue your monolithic voting for us and we will continue upping the entitlements and keep rich white racist conservative Republicans at bay. Despicable.

Excellent points Joseph.

Because they thrive on perceived victimized voting blocs, that explains why liberals and Democrats will not seriously address epidemic levels of black out-of-wedlock births, school dropouts, unemployment, urban poverty, black on black crime and genocidal abortion rates.

They became hysterically outraged when Bill O’Reilly and Republican Congressman Paul Ryan compassionately dared to address issues which are devastating the black community.

National race relations and the lives of women and blacks are considered acceptable collateral damage in the liberal’s and Democrats’ implementation of their socialist/progressive agenda.

Joesph, please define “socialist/progressive agenda”.

Their agenda includes banning God from the public square to install a secular society, homosexual marriage, illegal immigration which means new Democrat voters, late term abortions and continuously increasing the size and overreach of government. Their goal is to have as many Americans as possible dependent on government (unprecedented 48 million on food stamps, over 90 million unemployed and Obamacare) which equals government having total power and control over every aspect of our lives.

Anyone, particularly women and minorities, who promote traditional family values and Christian faith is problematic for their PR campaign of indoctrinating the American people, particularly women and minorities.

This also explains liberal’s and Democrats’ high tech raping of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Condoleeza Rice and others. Liberal celeb Cher called Sarah Palin a “dumb C-word”.

Rabid liberal Bill Maher called Michele Bachmann a “bimbo”. He also called Sarah Palin the C-word and a “dumb twat” with no rebuke from the liberal infected mainstream media. Can you imagine the media feeding frenzy had a conservative used the C-word to describe Hillary Clinton? Glaring hypocrisy.

Would anyone else like to chime in? OK Joseph, the floor is yours.

Democrats claiming that Republicans have launched a “war on women” is a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black and a media supported PR game. Democrats are obsessed with women killing their babies via abortion which is the leading cause of death in America annually.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations is attempting to silence the movie, “Honor Diaries” which exposes violence against women. Only conservative leaning Fox News is the lone media outlet informing the public. Due to political correctness, liberals and Democrats remain mute.

But wait Joseph. Please forgive me for interrupting. It has been my understanding over the years that liberals and Democrats are the great saviors of women.

Say what? OK, now I understand. Political correctness and furthering their fundamental transformation of America always trumps our God given freedom, liberty, human suffering and lives. This is cruel, evil and glaring shameless hypocrisy.

Well done Joseph. Very well done.

Unlike liberal teachers, I will not give every student a gold star simply for showing up. I am giving you Joseph a gold star because you earned it. You did the work. Congratulations!

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Common Core: The Bullying of Parents and Public School Children

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth,” said Vladimir Lenin who led the revolution that imposed Communism on Russia.

When he wrote, Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler said “whoever has the youth has the future.” In his vision for the Nazi Party, education would be the key that ensured that he had ‘the youth’ of Germany fully indoctrinated.

All dictators and authoritarian regimes know that what is taught in their schools offers the greatest opportunity to maintain control over their societies.

That is what has been occurring since the introduction of the Common Core standards that the Obama regime has imposed on our national education system and the good news is that protests against it from concerned parents and others are beginning to increase and gain momentum.

Teachers will tell you that “one size fits all” does not apply in the classroom and never has. Children learn at a different pace with some doing so rapidly while others need extra help and attention. Learning that is entirely dependent on ceaseless testing puts stress on every child and that is the most common complaint about Common Core.

Education in America has been in decline since the 1960s when the teachers unions gained control over the process, putting themselves between the local boards of education and parents. Would it surprise anyone to learn that the Department of Education was established by President Jimmy Carter who signed it into law in 1979? It began operation on May 4, 1980. You will find no reference, no mention of education in the U.S. Constitution and it should not be a function of the federal government.

In a recent commentary by Joy Pullmann in The Daily Caller, she said, “The latest scheme is the field testing of Common Core assessments. This spring more than four million kids will be required to spend hours on tests that have little connection to what they learned in class this year and will provide their teachers and schools no information about what the kids know.”

“Parents who object to this scheme,” said Pullman, “face bullying and harassment from public officials. From New York to Denver to California, some schools are responding by forcing kids who opt out to sit at their desks and do nothing during the several-hour tests. Normal people call that a ‘time out’ and it is a punishment.”

Wyoming has become the first State to block a new set of national science standards that address climate change. In Michigan last year a group of protesters stopped the State from adopting the science standards.

Here are some excerpts of what the science standards teach as “The Essential Principles of Climate Science.”

  • “The impacts of climate change may affect the security of nations. Reduced availability of water, food, and land can lead to competition and conflict among humans, potentially resulting in large groups of climate refugees.”
  • “Humans may be able to mitigate climate change or lessens its severity by reducing greenhouse gas concentrations through processes that move carbon out of the atmosphere or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
  • “The most immediate strategy is conservation of oil, gas, and coal, which we rely on as fuels for most of our transportation, heating, cooling, agriculture, and electricity. Short-term strategies involve switching from carbon-intensive to renewable energy sources, which also requires building new infrastructure for alternative energy sources.”

From “A Framework for K-12 Science Education” children are to be taught that “If Earth’s global mean temperature continues to rise, the lives of humans and other organisms will be affected in many different ways.” Only the Earth’s mean temperature is not rising! The planet is in a natural cooling cycle that is now seventeen years old, meaning that none of the students in today’s schools have ever experienced a single day of “global warming.”

By the end of grade 8, the Framework teaches that “Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of many other species.” This, too, is untrue. The U.S. Endangered Species Act, despite listing thousands of species, has not officially “saved” more than a handful at best and this assertion is questionable.

By the end of grade 12, students are expected to believe that “Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.” While it is true that there has been an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide this is a good thing because it is an essential factor in the increase of all vegetation that includes food crops and healthier forests. Moreover, this increase does not play any role in the Earth’s climate.

The central theme of these “science standards” is to teach that we should be reducing our use of fossil fuels, the primary energy sources our nation and the world requires. What these standards do in reality is repeat and reinforce federal government laws and regulations to justify its CO2 emissions regulations based on the current method of computing the Social Cost of Carbon, but these “costs” are pure fiction.

None of the computer models that have predicted global warming over the past four decades have been accurate. None are capable of representing the state of the Earth’s vastly complex climate.

The sooner Common Core is removed from the nation’s education system, the better.

Editor’s Note: To learn more or follow the debate on Common Core, visit The Heartland Institute’s “Education Weekly” newsletter that provides data via Common Core Watch.

© Alan Caruba, 2014

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UK Lord Justice wanted age of consent to 4 years old — news blackout in America

Lord Justice Fulford, pictured in his full legal regalia, actively campaigned to support a pedophile group that tried to legalize sex with children.
Photo courtesy of the UK Daily Mail.

Read: High Court judge and the child sex ring: Adviser to Queen was founder of paedophile support group to keep offenders out of jail

  • Lord Justice Fulford was named last year as an adviser to the Queen
  • He was a key backer of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange 
  • Police suspect the group of abusing children on an ‘industrial scale’
  • He is revealed as a founder member of campaign to defend PIE
  • At the time it was calling for the age of consent to be lowered to just four

I clashed with Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) global leaders at the Wales conference in Swansea in 1977.

Tom O’Carroll is still accepted and active on a sexnet chat group of experts in “sexology” although he writes openly as a pedophile. And the scholarly organizers of the Swansea conference at the University were part of his efforts. Below a summary of my intro to him in my book, Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence, 2013. This academic pedophile lobby has continued and grown, training second generation and third generation supporters as “scholars” for pedophile equality and “rights.” In 1981 I realized they were global. See the B4UAct conference with Johns Hopkins keynoter, here and here.

From my book:

Another turning point came in 1977 when I went to Wales to deliver a research paper on women and pornography at the British Psychological Association International Conference on “Love and Attraction” at Swansea University. When I arrived in London, I heard that Tom O’Carroll, the leader of the Pedophile Information Exchange (PIE), had been blanketing England on a public relations tour, promoting sex with children on his way to speak at my Swansea conference.

All of England was in an uproar over the daily press reports describing the aims of PIE and O’Carroll. It was reported that PIE specialized in providing specific lists of places where pedophiles could locate and seduce children. When they heard O’Carroll was to speak from their college podium, the Swansea University housekeeping staff went on strike. He speaks and your beds will not be made, nor food cooked, nor clothes washed, they promised. They would not have the conference give place to a man promoting sex with their children.

I brought eighty slides for my presentation as evidence supporting my findings of child pornography in Playboy and Penthouse. I had already clashed with an American professor, Larry Constantine, a Penthouse board member advocating child pornography in his paper on “The Sexual Rights of Children.” [Tulane University professor at the time]

So, when Constantine sent out a harried bulletin for a meeting of conference speakers, I hastened to join the group. Constantine was urging all international attendees to sign a “free speech” petition demanding that PIE’s O’Carroll speak—and that our beds be made. I urged the group to reconsider. We were guests here and would leave in a few days, I reasoned. What right had we to leave behind a community undone by our having given place to a proselytizing child molester?  I was the only speaker to refuse to sign the petition. Ultimately, the Swansea University president ruled that O’Carroll was not credentialed to speak. Housekeeping service resumed.

How and Why, I wondered… was the university’s domestic staff able to aggressively protect their children, while trained academicians remained apathetic, even sympathetic toward this pedophile, O’Carroll? My old dissatisfaction with the university community increased as these men and women exhibited such indifference to their hosts, contemptuous of what I saw as very legitimate public concerns for their children’s safety.

41Esvd-DXoL._SY300_O’Carroll was whisked safely out of Wales. I was leaving for the London train when a Canadian psychologist took me quietly aside. Certainly I was right, he said. The images I screened of children in Playboy/ Penthouse would cause harmful sexual acting out on children. But if I was looking for the cause, he directed me not to neglect reading about Kinsey in The Sex Researchers, by Edward Brecher.

“Why?” I asked. “I worked with Kinsey and Pomeroy,” he said. “ One is a pedophile and the other a homosexual.” Which is which, I asked? “Read and discover,” he replied. As I flew back to the States, I pondered the events of the last few weeks. Certainly, I now knew because I had witnessed it, that there was a growing and proselytizing “international academic pedophile movement” which was on record as wanting sexual access to children of all ages. I had stumbled right into their midst at the conference. Again I wondered what kind of academic training was producing such a coarsened and predatory intelligentsia?

Taking up the Canadian psychologist’s charge, as soon as I got home I did read The Sex Researchers.

Skipped to next section in my book…

I was unsure which stunned me more at the time, Kinsey’s use of infants in sex experiments, or Brecher’s acceptance of their abuse as a research methodology. Speechless, I went back to Kinsey’s original book to check Brecher. Yes, he was quoting Kinsey accurately. Now I finally knew there was a “source,” an authority for children’s increasingly being viewed sexually. For me, personally, the question from years before was answered. My aunt and Carole somehow learned that “children were sexual from birth” from Kinsey and his modern disciples throughout the sex profession.

In March 1981 I received a reply to my letter to The Kinsey Institute from Kinsey’s coauthor, Dr. Paul Gebhard. I had written to ask about the child data in Tables 30-34. Gebhard, who succeeded Dr. Kinsey as the Kinsey Institute Director, wrote to me that the children in Kinsey’s tables were obtained from parents, school teachers and male homosexuals, and that some of Kinsey’s men used “manual and oral techniques” to catalog how many “orgasms” infants and children could produce in a given amount of time.

Armed with Gebhard’s letter and admissions, on July 23, 1981, I created an uproar in Jerusalem at the Fifth World Congress of Sexology when I lectured on Dr. Kinsey and his child data. I was confident my sexology colleagues would be as outraged as was I by these tables and the child data describing Kinsey’s reliance on pedophiles as his child sex experimenters. Perhaps worst of all for me, as a scholar and a mother were pages 160 and 161 where Kinsey claimed his data came from “interviews.” How could he say 196 little children— some as young as two months of age—enjoyed “fainting,” “screaming,” “weeping,” and “convulsing”? How could he call these children’s responses evidence of their sexual pleasure and “climax”? I called it evidence of terror, of pain, as well as criminal.

One of us was very, very sexually mixed up.

I was positive that the international, educated, sexuality community would react as I did. Certainly this revelation about Kinsey, his team, and all of these infant and child data would electrify a conference of global Ph.Ds, and many would agree to my call for an investigation of Kinsey. The human sexuality brain trust worldwide was in attendance at the Jerusalem conference: Great Britain,the United States, France, Denmark, Israel, Norway, Canada, Scotland, Holland, Sweden and scores of other nations were represented. All attendees knew of my paper. It had been the talk of the convention, receiving even more notice than Xaviera Hollanders’ (“the Happy Hooker”) address on “Out of Touch With Sex.” People were abuzz about the issue of Kinsey’s children during the entire conference.

My paper, titled, “The Scientist as A Contributing Agent To Child Sexual Abuse; A Preliminary Consideration of Possible Ethics Violations,” had been released in the Abstracts. The result was no less than I expected—a standing-room only session. I was gratified that so many people were as concerned as I was. After screening my slides of Tables 30 to 34 which described Kinsey’s report of rates and speeds of ‘orgasms” of at least 317 infants and children (again, the youngest a mere two-months old), I rested my case and looked out over the audience. The room was totally silent. Finally, a tall, blond, Nordic type who had been standing near the podium stepped forward and fairly shouted at the audience:

I am a Swedish reporter and I never have spoken out at a conference. That is not my role. But, what is the matter with all of you? This woman has just dropped an atomic bomb in this very room and you have nothing to ask? Nothing to say?

That broke the ice, and hands shot up to speak. Although a Kinsey Institute representative protested that none of this was true, and comments from those in attendance were limited by the conference moderator, (there was a tacit agreement that an investigation would take place). The reaction in the room was heavy: it was numbing for some, discomforting for others. Later, the director of sex education for Sweden approached to tell me she was shocked that children were used without consent. However, she hastened to assure me that children could be sexually stimulated by adults, even parents, were this for strictly therapeutic reasons, of course. Late that afternoon my young assistant from Haifa University returned from lunch visibly shaken.

She had dined at a private table with the international executives of the conference. My paper was hotly contested and largely condemned, since everyone at her table of about twelve men and women wholeheartedly agreed that children could, indeed, have “loving” sex with adults.

I began to realize that the entire field of sex research therapy and education relied on Kinsey’s human sexuality model for authority, and I was there to tell his key disciples Kinsey was a fraud. While I was very disappointed to witness the fear and protectionism of the attendees, with so many international agencies present with vested economic and emotional interests in Kinsey’s credibility, I understood why the promised investigation of Kinsey never would take place.

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Perspective: For Success in Life is to See the Possibilities in Life

Perspective enables us to see the possibilities in our lives. If we thought the world was flat, we might never venture out to sea or accept the challenge to a more fulfilling purpose.

Brendon Burchard’s six secrets of highly effective people are: Purpose, Presence, Psychology, Physiology, Productivity and Persuasion. Burchard asks: How can I serve greatly? But more basic than having a purpose in life, is the need for perspective of who we are and what is possible.

Example: An earthworm may wonder, How can I serve greatly? Earthworms make a valuable contribution to soil fertility and aeration, but they usually don’t see the light of day in spite of their great service.

On the other hand, God calls Jacob a worm and says He will make of him a threshing instrument to beat the hills as chaff (with a worm!) The One who hung the stars and gave Saturn 62 moons is able to do whatever He says. Do we think Saturn’s moons just fell into orbit from a “Big Bang”? This observer with three degrees in science sees (perspective) that Intelligent Design suggests a Designer.

Not to include that possibility is to sell ourselves short on purpose in life.

The amazing thing is God’s abillity to foresee the future as supported by the dream Nebuchadnezzar had and Daniel’s reminding him of what the dream was. He revealed the four kingdoms to rule the world, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Grecia and Rome.

Though Rome is not named in the book of Daniel, the clues as an iron kingdom and imagery in Daniel 7:7 fit Rome and the 10 tribes that roamed Europe after it fell, represented by the 10 horns that grew out of the beast.

But in Daniel 2:35, afterr four kingdoms rule the world and after a time of iron and clay mixed, a stone smites the image representing earthly kingdoms, and grinds it to chaff. Daniel 2:35.

As we approach the end-times that are foretold in Matthew 24 by “wars, famines, earthquakes and pestilence, we would do better to base our lives, hopes, meaning and security in things that are eternal and cannot be taken from us.

The dumbest of saints may soon be in a more enviable position than the richest billionaire. Maybe bankers see “the handwriting on the wall,” a reference to Daniel 5:5. With more than 20 reported “suicides,” Max Keiser (Financial War Reports) believes it has to do with ” self-hatred and guilt.”

Nobody takes their money with them when they go, so what good is the excess? In the end, Brendon’s near-death experience and three questions are a key to perspective:

  1. Did I live?
  2. Did I love?
  3. Did I matter?

In spite of our best efforts to help others and serve many, we may see little good at the end. Even Christ who served thousands only a few followers at the cross.

If his life were only a fable, we might wonder how he got the support of four gospels from men who ran when he was captured, but later they were willing to die for a risen Savior.

Would we die for a lie? It’s more than an Easter story with eggs, rabbits and chocolates that have nothing to do with the history!

Back to Brendon’s basics: Perspective trumps purpose, because the earthworm with purpose doesn’t see possibilities. Robert Schuler offers help with “Possibility Thinking.” We all like Earl Nightingale definition of success as the progressive realization of a worthy goal.

But could there be a Creator who made us in His image and promises to “make [us] ruler over all that He has” if we align our goals with His mission? The conditions are not difficult if we are willing.

This is not some cheap internet offer; it’s from the Ruler of the universe, and there’s more to this iceberg than we can see on the surface. He is committed, not to the fickle masses following mainstream media, but to those who catch the vision (perspective) and give themselves to His worthy cause. Living this way is very satisfying.

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Florida’s School Board Treachery! Part 2

Many have sent letters to Governor Scott, the legislature and the members of the State Board of Education and they were all very good letters. I had so many of you send me what you had written before sending them out and I am honored for your trust.

Florida is in a serious and precarious position having the additional burden of all of those mentioned above plus Jen Bush and the rest of the crony club to deal with. We, true Florida are angry and frustrated because we have listened and learned and we know their concern is not for our children but for their coffers. Money, Power and Control!

Having written about the Chairman of the School Board first I thought I would jump to the end to introduce the new members of the State School Board since they are both so interesting.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Let me introduce you to Rebecca Fishman Lipsey!

In her biography she states she is a life-long educator at the age of 32. Let’s take a look at how she got to that experience.

She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Psychology in 2004; attended Bank Street College of Education 2004-06 for her Masters and during the same period was teaching for Teach For America (TFA) in the NYC schools. Two years of actual teaching and then in 2006, she became a Program Director for TFA, but she is a life-ling educator!

If you have never heard of Bank Street College of Education it is probably because you are a strong Christian Conservative. Bank Street is not, to say the least, anything but Progressive.

Bank Street College of Education was founded by Lucy Sprague Mitchell as the Bureau of Educational Experiments (BEE). They were deeply involved in the creation of the “Head Start” program along with the National Education Association which created the Educational Policies Commission (EPC). Bank Street in their teaching and beliefs stated they were influenced by revolutionary educator John Dewey and other humanists concluding they were building a new kind of educational system which is essential to building a better, more rational, humane world.

John Dewey! Governor Rick Scott, who recommended Rebecca Fishman Lipsey to sit on the Florida State School Board?

The Bureau of Education Experiments (BEE) also founded by Mitchell and her husband, stating their purpose was to “combine expanding psychological awareness with democratic conceptions of education. With a staff of researchers and teachers, the Bureau set out to study children – to find out what kind of environment is best suited to their learning and growth, to create that environment, and to train adults to maintain it”. CHANGE AGENTS!

A CHANGE AGENT you say! What is that? A change agent is identified as someone, usually a teacher who is trained to “identify the resisters in your community” (those parents/taxpayers who resist all the value destroying programs being implemented from the likes of people like Jeb Bush, Achieve, CCSSO and NGA,   National Diffusion Network, and the U.S. Dept. of Education to name a few).

This idea of Change Agents came from Havelock’s work and his 1970 book “Innovations in Education – A Change Agent’s Guide”. He was a federally-funded Marxist who chaired the classics departments at both Harvard and Yale teacher training program of which the U.S. Dept. of Education was promoting, funding and distributing WORLDWIDE in the 80’s.

And, of UTMOST importance, the Guidance Counselor’s journal stated in a special issue it published in May 1977on “death education” that all these programs which had “education” hanging off the end of them: “sex, drugs, alcohol, death, bullying”, etc. were designed to do the opposite of what they told the parents and taxpayers they were designed to do. They were designed TO CHANGE THE CHILDREN’S VALUES FROM ABSOLUTES TO NO ABSOLUTES! (NO RIGHT, NO WRONG)

Scott, in case as a non-educator you are unaware, JOHN DEWEY was a professed MARXIST. His colleague’s would state, “Deweyism is the genuine fulfillment of Marxism”!

According to the Teach for America web site you would think they are the only ones concentrating on the low-income and poverty ridden students. The truth is this has been going on for years and they continue to use those students for experiments in education and then when it fails, blames those same students for them being given trash to learn by.

Currently the TFA website states Florida has their teachers not only in Miami-Dade but Jacksonville (KIPP). Watch those test scores go down! What does TFA look for in “teacher” quality? Well, according to their web site page it says nothing about having been educated to be an educator. By attending their five-week (that’s a #5) summer training program these young college graduates are “ready, set, go”! Compensation isn’t bad either!

Check back to Part 1 on some of the KIPP teachers who are NOT certified.

Of note here is Ms. Lipsey has been working for TFA as a Program Director in Miami-Dade and this was one of the things the Miami-Dade Superintendent requested on the Race To The Top grant – money to fund an “additional” 350 TFA teachers.

Andy Tuck the second newbie on the FL SBOE –

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Richard Andrew Tuck

His name is Richard Andrew Tuck and he is from Sebring – a citrus grower and state school board Chair Chartrand stated upon his appointment, “It’s only appropriate that on the Florida Board of Education we have a citrus grower”! Really? Is that to mean along with his push for the Common Core Standards he maybe also believes in the school-to-work agenda to put the kids in the fields?

Tuck is listed on state records to be the owner and manager of Tuck Groves, Natural AG Solutions LLC and Southeast AG Management LLC.

Never having heard of him before I went to several friends in Highlands County where Tuck is from to ask their thought! Not good! Progressive, Common Core is a done deal – accept it. He was responsible for bringing the Internal Baccalaureate program to Highlands which in case you do not know is a Progressive United Nations/UNESCO curriculum that is also proprietary and no one in the FL DOE oversees anything about it.

Tuck served as a member of the Florida School Boards Association from 2012 to 2013 and was also on the Highlands County School Board for 5 years along with serving at one time as the counties Chairman of the Republican Party. His bio is not much different than Chartrand’s – a lot of words and organizations.

I was told he is Congressman Rooney’s fund raiser and he also held a fund raiser for Gov. Scott. In 2012, Scott appointed Tuck to the State Transportation Committee (I see nothing that gives him a background in this area either).

Now comes the interesting part – he also serves on the Central Florida Regional Planning Council which I think is what got him the appointment to the Florida Department of Management Services Task Force which was formed after the legislature made changes to Chapter 2013-223 Laws of Florida (HB 85) which gives FREE REIGN to any and all PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP dealings in this state. No more bidding process to name one.

At least in part the Florida State Board of Education smells to high heaven and the parents/taxpayers of Florida can expect no help from them in regard to the CCS as was witnessed by their unprofessional behavior by some of the board members and the Commissioner of Education at last week’s meeting.

Governor Scott liked this bill and I will address that at another time. Part 3 to come.

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Florida’s School Board Treachery! Part 1

It is becoming increasingly clear that the only preservation for the children of Florida and their futures is to change how things are done in Florida. We must return the position of Commissioner of Education to an elected position; change the positions on the State School Board to an elected position or both.

The cronyism in Tallahassee has reached the highest levels it has ever been. The ethics bill last year was a smoke screen to fool us as an effort on their part to be good boys and girls. However the legislation passed in no way touched the real problems in that city and our government.

Appointing people to positions that hold the power such as the Commissioner and State School Board leaves parents out of the equation in regard to education and makes them answerable to whom?  Each other and a governor who has in recent months shown us he cares less about listening to parents concerns in regard to their children’s education and it is more important to him to have dinner with Jeb Bush.

Our past 2 governors,  Bush and Crist along with Rick Scott since the changes in the Florida Constitution in 2003 have given us 5 Commissioners of Education who are currently sitting on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education; John L. Winn, Eric J. Smith, Gerard Robinson, Tony Bennett and now Pam Stewart. Has Jeb Bush been Florida’s perpetual governor?

Given the timing of the change to the Constitution (2003), the following commissioners (John Winn & Eric Smith) were given a seat on Jeb Bush’s foundation which of course is what Bush did after leaving the governor’s office – form his foundation. Do you see a little long range plan laid out here?

All of these people support the trash education of the Common Core Standards and the taxation without representation of the Charter/Choice/Voucher scheme along with the unelected school boards of the Charter schools removing the parental input into the equation. They don’t want you to know about the failures of the charter schools – much larger by percentage than traditional public schools.

The focus here is to make the Charter School Management (CSM) companies rich and the heck with what our kids learn! CSM’s fill coffers!

I want to give you the background on those dictating the futures of our children. You got a good look into the disrespect and arrogance of the SBOE Chairman this past Tuesday. We saw the board members talking to each other, messing with their iPads or phones, conversing with the administrative assistant through the whole time while over 95 taxpayers explained their point of views in regard to Common Core and education in general.

They didn’t even have the decency to have a conversation amongst themselves in regard to any of the issues brought up by the speakers before taking their vote. The 2 new board members (and there is history there also) spoke basically in favor of the vote that was about to take place with Tuck (new kid on the block) even stating we have to move into the 21st Century.

Florida State School Board:

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Gary Chartrand

Gary Chartrand came to the board in 2011 and of course is now serving as its chairman. His business background is pretty impressive as being one of those individuals who sits on every board you can think of. It is always supposed to make your resume look better. Other than the KIPP Charter school thing I can’t find any reason for Scott to appoint him to the board.

Know that no matter how impressive Chartrand’s bio is, it is what it doesn’t say that is important. He has absolutely no background in education except for being involved in bringing Kipp Charter schools and Teach for America (TFA) teachers to Jacksonville. He is a lot like Al Gore – “he knows not of what he speaks”. And his actions are getting rather loud.

Not a classroom, not a school office, not even a school janitor – he has no qualifications to sit on the Florida State Board of Education.  It is a little bit like asking a Construction Engineer to teach a Home Economy class (do they still have those?). Or maybe a professional chef to build a bridge!

Under Chartrand’ s direction the board’s 3 decisions in regard to a choice for the states “Unelected” Commissioner of Education have been less than stellar and it would lead those who follow these things to ask who was really behind these choices. Remembering our last five (5) including our present commissioner are also “reformer’s – (formerly chief’s for change) on Jeb Bush’s Foundation for Excellence in Education.  Maybe they just wanted to make sure they had someone who would tow the line.

The main problem here is these choices rather than being individuals interested in actually improving our children’s education, the choice of commissioners were those whose main goal was to privatize our education instead. (Charter Schools)

Chartrand has been applauded for the KIPP Charter schools in Jacksonville – but of course he has given his allegiance to Charter schools. The state’s agenda is charter schools; however his results shown here so far are not any better than his performance as the SSBOE chairman. Chartrand, who helped raise $9 million to bring a KIPP elementary school to Jacksonville, also donated $1 million toward the network’s elementary school in the same city.

KIPP Impact Middle School is of course planted in a “low-income” area which to this writer gives them an out excuse for failure which is where a good amount of charter schools put themselves, low-income areas. 98% of the students are minority and 89% are Title I students both of which bring in extra funds for the school. Started in 2010, their first year grade was an F with less than 30% achieving the FCAT of 25% or less in reading and for math 67% reached the level of 25% or less. Not good.

When Commissioner Robinson made his famous trip to Jacksonville to look into the implementation of another KIPP school (I wonder what his interest was?), he was asked by a reported if he was going to take into consideration the existing Kipp school had received and F, he responded, “we don’t use that as the criteria for allowing new schools to open”.

Wow! Given the Florida State School Board allows D and F Charter schools (of which there are many more than traditional public schools) stay open for far longer than they should, one does have to ask “What are they doing”?

The mission statement for KIPP Jacksonville Schools is to prepare our students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in high school, college and the competitive world beyond.  Not at this rate!

Something else I discovered while doing this posting. KIPP and Charter Schools USA send their teachers to what is called the Clarion Council For Educational Greatness in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Though not clear, it looks like it is owned by Charter Schools USA and when you go to the web site and try to see what the training is – you have to have a “Clarion Training” password. Secrets, always secrets.

KIPP’s Accountability report for the 2010-2011 school years – AFRICAN-AMERICAN, ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED KIPP IMPACT MIDDLE SCHOOL has not met federal adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind because it needs improvement in one or more areas.  Because this is a Title I school, your student may be eligible for school choice options under No Child Left Behind.

Charter schools are School Choice so where do these students go if the school were to remain a failure. In fairness I admit they garnered a C the following year after the change to the grading process – no figures for the 2012-2013 year. But then the full accountability figures have not been posted on the Florida DOE web site since 2011. HUM!

More on Kipp Jacksonville Schools according to the 2012-13 FL Charter School Accountability Report:

Kipp Imagine:  4 of the 8 teachers are Teach For America teachers; 6 of the 8 teachers are not certified but are being paid at the same rate as the certified with benefits; average salary with benefits $48,125; 86.66% rated NOT Highly Qualified; 82.35% Teaching out of their field; in the hole financially at the end of the year $14, 000+ and have a large note due to KIPP,Inc.

Kipp Voice:  8 of the 12 teachers Are Teach For America teachers; only 1 is NOT certified; 100% of the teachers are teaching out of their field; their salaries are equivalent to those of Imagine.

Both schools are NOT certified and rent their building from McDuff Qalicb, Inc. of Jax and they are in a relationship with Kipp, Inc. but how is not clear. Both schools hold board meetings once a quarter and at one of the recent meetings Gary Chartrand asked Ashley Ferguson who is listed as the principal of both schools about her views on the Common Core vs. Florida State standards. There was general discussion about this.  She is also a TFA girl!

It’s too bad that Chartrand couldn’t find it in his heart to leave his ego at the door of the board room but then we tin-hatter’s all know that most of the people we are dealing with today have enormous ego’s.

Part 2:  Andy Tuck and Rebecca Fishman Lipsey – the new kids

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Atheism, Evolution and Secular Humanism Masquerading as Science Against the Bible and Creation

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God as The Architect. From: The Frontispiece of Bible Moralisee, Circa 13th Century.

Science and the Bible are not in conflict, because they have the same Author. The issue is how one’s belief can shape the interpretation of our findings. There are thousands of scientists who are also Christian or Jewish and who find it unlikely if not impossible that everything we see in the universe, including life on earth, came from a Big Bang in contrast to what the Bible says.

Science depends on research. Consider our limited opportunities–our lives are brief; our vision is limited; and we can make huge mistakes, when it comes to events we think were before Bible history. Here are a few examples:

  • How often the supposed deductions from some scientists are revised or cast aside;
  • With what readiness the assumed period of the earth’s development is from time to time increased or diminished by millions of years;
  • How the theories advanced by different scientists conflict with one another.

Considering all this, do we prefer to trace our descent from germs and mollusks and apes when we could have an infinitely better genealogy: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him”? Genesis 1:27.

We will look at some scientific evidence, but first we see Bible history is supported by the science of archeology back to Genesis 11. a chapter with the Towel of Babel that is the basis of the European Union poster, “Europe: Many Tongues, One Voice.”

There is archeological support for Noah’s ark in addition Christ’s reference to Noah in Matthew 24:37. It is intesting that the Bible says eight people were in the ark and the Chinese character for flood is a boat with eight people.

But culture goes even further back than Genesis 5 to support the creation week of Genesis 1, 2 because cultures worldwide have observed a 7-day week from antiquity, and their word for the 7th-day is a derivative of Sabbath, Shabbat, Sabado, in most languages.

Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, visited hundreds of college campuses and talked with many professors, some of whom could not bring themselves to believe in such a book of myths as the Bible. But on closer questioning, most them were embarrassed about the simplest questions about it and confessed that they were not ready to accept the moral obligation that belief in Scripture meant.

On the other hand, Wayne Carlson, an atheist was dying of cancer and told his brother, a chaplain, that in the end, life doesn’t make much sense if there is no God. He had a change of mind, which is what the Bible calls repentance.

Dr. Antony Flew, famed atheist, when he came to appreciate the complexity of the DNA molecule, surrendered his view of atheism and accepted God as the the best alternative.

There are numerous systems in the body requiring complex interaction, like a cascade of eight reactions in sequence for the clotting of blood. If we needed millions of years for these to have evolved, the Neanderthal man would have bled to death when he cut himself. The development of the eye is infinitely more complex. Intelligent Design implies a Designer.

Dr. Robert Gentry, a nuclear physicist who believed in evolution until his discovery of pleochroic halos in granite offered irrefutable evidence against the evolutionary theory that this world exploded off the sun and cooled over eons.

Etched within Earth’s foundation rocks – the granites – are beautiful microspheres of coloration, halos, produced by the split-second radioactive decay of primordial polonium..

The following analogy shows how polonium microspheres – or halos – contradict the evolutionary belief that granites formed as hot magma slowly cooled over millions of years. But the halos support both an almost instantaneous creation of granites and the young age of the earth.

A speck of polonium in molten rock is like an Alka-Seltzer dropped into a glass of water. The beginning of effervescence is equated to the moment that polonium atoms began to emit radioactive particles. In molten rock the traces of those radioactive particles would disappear as quickly as the Alka-Seltzer bubbles in water. But if the water were instantly frozen, the bubbles would be preserved. Likewise, polonium halos could have been preserved only if the rapidly “effervescing” specks of polonium had been instantly encased in solid rock.

An exceedingly large number of polonium halos are embedded in granites around the world. Just as frozen Alka-Seltzer bubbles in ice would be clear evidence of the quick-freezing of the water, so are these many polonium halos undeniable evidence that a sea of primordial matter quickly “froze” into solid granite. The occurrence of these polonium halos, then, distinctly implies that our earth was formed in a very short time, in complete harmony with the biblical record of creation.

The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics says that the energy systems of the universe tend to run down and tend to disorder unless acted upon by some outside force. This is seen when our desk needs organizing, the kitchen sink needs cleaning or the garage is chaos. Things don’t get organized by themselves.

A scientist cited in TIME Magazine said, that to believe everything came from a “Big Bang” is like thinking a jumbo jet came from an explosion in a junk yard. We might wonder how our planets all came to orbit around the sun at such a huge variation in distance, not drawn back to the sun by gravitation, nor flying off into space. And how did the planets get moons? Saturn has 62 moons so far.

Scientist Bill Nye in a recent debate seen by 5+ million, wished for predictability, but science is about observing facts, not about predicting them. By contrast, in his parable of Matthew 22:7, Christ predicted the destruction of Jerusalem that occurred less than 40 years later in 70 AD. He also gave a head’s up sign for his followers so that not a Christian lost their life in that holocaust. The point is that those signs could reapply this spring if a 3rd Intifada develops.

Obama Has Destroyed Our Values

Those who read me regularly know that I have been extremely critical of the Obama presidency; but it has always been on the issues. I have never denigrated the “office of the presidency” or made personal attacks on President Obama.

This has been one of my most difficult columns I have ever written. The only thing I can compare it to is when a parent has to sit their child down and tell them that they have embarrassed the family’s name and reputation; and if their behavior doesn’t change, the family will be forced to turn their back on them and sever familial ties.

President Obama has done more to destroy the social and moral fabric of America than anyone in the history of our country. He wants to grant amnesty to those in the country illegally, arbitrarily give legal protection to homosexuals when there is absolutely no accommodation for this in the U.S. Constitution, and legalize drugs.

To my opponents, before you fly off into an emotional rage, please open your minds and actually read what I have to say.

Obama’s argument supporting amnesty for illegals is that their only crime is wanting a better life. Well, I can make the same argument for someone who is arrested for selling small amounts of drugs to put food on the table. So, according to this logic, Obama should release all nonviolent drug offenders who have been imprisoned for possessing small amounts of drugs.

Why is he so obsessed with “giving” entitlements to those in the country illegally? Rights are something that are guaranteed because you are a member of a certain group, i.e. an American citizen. These rights stem from a source document, in this case, the U.S. Constitution. Illegals do not have a right to be here; but liberals and some Republicans believe they are entitled to have American citizenship. You don’t earn entitlements, they are simply given. American citizenship is a privilege, not a right.

My readers know my position on homosexuality – don’t support it, period. My rationale is quite simple. Homosexuals do not deserve special treatment because of their sexual preferences, but they do deserve equal treatment because of their humanity. If president Obama spent nearly as much time talking about the exorbitantly high Black unemployment rate as does homosexual entitlements, there would be no unemployment in the Black community.

The latest foray into the downfall of our country by this president is when Obama basically said that smoking marijuana is okay and should be legal.

Obama was asked by the New Yorker magazine if he thought marijuana was worse than alcohol. His response was, “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” The reporter then asked the president if marijuana was less dangerous than alcohol and Obama responded with, “it was in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

A sitting president must always be careful of what comes out of his mouth. He must understand that every word has consequences both domestically and abroad.

Obama is a president who has told our kids that illegal behavior should be rewarded—citizenship to those who have entered our country illegally. So then how do parents make the arguments to their kids that breaking the rules have consequences when our own president tells 30 million illegals that America will not enforce their own laws when it comes to our immigration policy?

How does Obama reconcile telling kids that your sexual identity is not determined at birth, but rather by you self identifying what your sexuality is based on your mood on any given day? You were born with male genitalia, but you self identify as a female. Huh? That is not medically or scientifically possible.

So, now he is telling kids that using drugs is okay.

Since Obama and Democrats believes it takes a village to raise a child; how does a parent explain to their child that the president is wrong on these issues? Granted, no one should have more influence on your kid than you, as a parent.

We are becoming a country of no laws, boundaries, morals, or values. A country cannot survive when there are no rules governing acceptable behavior. Before Obama, it was unthinkable that illegals would be given rights that even American citizens cannot get, i.e., instate tuition for university. Before Obama, it was inconceivable that our foreign aid would be predicated on forcing countries to aggressively promote homosexual entitlements in their countries.

Two months ago no one in this country would have ever thought they would see the day when a sitting president would pronounce, in the White House, that he supported legalizing drugs. As Jeremiah asked in his day, I also ask, “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered (Jeremiah 8:22)?

For the last five years, our nation has had a vicious assault on God and Christianity. We have been bombarded with messages that there are no absolutes, everything is relative. Man has become the measure of all things; to acknowledge the existence of a God has become a punch line in the public square.

I am convinced that the next presidential candidate that addresses these issues from a “traditional values” perspective will be the next president of the United States. We have drifted too far to the left and we must find a candidate that truly believes in traditional values.

Florida: Stetson University and Amer Ahmed’s Support for Religious Apartheid

Last year Stetson Universities Cross Cultural Center and Multicultural Student Council presented a lecture on ‘Addressing Islamophobia: Proactive Efforts to Address Hate and Bias on and off Campus’  led by Amer F. Ahmed.

Amer F. Ahmed, Associate Director, Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, University of Michigan supports Islamic Religious Apartheid and called all non-Muslims a violent threat to Mecca.  Ms. Yolany Gonell, Director of Diversity & Inclusion stood silent as Mr. Ahmed was making these vile statements during his lecture.  Mr. Ahmed’s comments make a mockery of diversity and Inclusion.

Mr. Ahmed’s lecture was advertised as open to the public and all were welcome.  I had my video camera set up to document the event when Stetson Public Safety Officer Sgt. Casey told me I could not film under threat of arrest.

To follow is an exchange between Mr. Ahmed and myself focusing on the fact all non-Muslims are not allowed to enter Mecca and Medina.

Mecca and Medina Islamic Apartheid Cities – A Dialogue 

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Audience member asks Mr. Ahmed:  “Is it true that your God is the same as our God, like the Christian God?”

Mr. Ahmed: “That’s what Muslims view the same God and we view our religion as an extension of the same traditions, so in the Islamic tradition it is believed that those who believe the teachings of the previous prophets are our brothers and sisters, because we are all worshipping the same God.  And its the same message that has come over and over again by all the prophets.”

I ask:  “If we are all brothers and sisters why is it illegal for non-Muslims to step foot in Mecca or Medina and not just during the Hajj, but we’re talking the whole city, its like apartheid on steroids.”

Mr. Ahmed responds:  “so Medina anyone can go into Medina, its Mecca that only Muslims can enter.”

I say:  “If we are all brothers and sisters why is that?”

Mr. Ahmed responds: “Because it has been a place that has been under attack in the past, and so it is a place which there are very sacred rituals partaken upon so its a holy sacred site, so if you just open it up it leaves room for those who can do things that might be problematic in the broader sense.”

I say:  “So your saying that non-Muslims are going to attack Mecca?”

Mr Ahmed says: “Its happened before, so (stops mid sentence).

I say: “So non-Muslims are not allowed in the city limits of Mecca because we are a threat.  I take offense at that because it is hateful and hurtful to me.”

Mr. Ahmed does not respond, moves on to another subject but says he will get back to this exchange.

Before I tell you the rest of the dialogue between Mr. Ahmed and myself lets do a little fact checking on Mr. Ahmed’s statements of fact.

1. Medina is open to non-Muslim (Lie):  According to the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs it says, “Non-Muslims are forbidden to travel to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.”

2.  Mecca is closed to non-Muslims under threat of arrest (True).

3.  Non-Muslims Attacked Mecca before: (Lie)  The last attack on Mecca was in 1979  by the devout Muslims of Juhayman al-Otaybi, who belonged to the powerful family of Najd.  There is nothing in the historical record validating Mr. Ahmed’s claim.

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The Mecca and Medina Islamic Religious Apartheid is a commonly accepted cultural practice by most every Mosque here in the United States.  Mosques across the United States encourage every Muslim to visit the Islamic Religious Apartheid Cities of Mecca and Medina even though they know it is illegal for Christians, Jewish, Hindu, Agnostics, and all non-Muslims to do the same.  Islamic Religious Apartheid is happening today despite all the talk that we non-Muslims are brothers and sisters of the Abrahamic traditions.

Mr. Ahmed,  true brothers and sisters would not practice Islamic Religious Apartheid like Islam does in Saudi Arabia. True Muslim brothers and sisters would scream from the roof tops and minarets this bigoted exclusionary practice be stopped.  True Muslim brothers and sisters would demand the opening of Mecca and Medina to all people.

Ahmer Ahmed realized in our exchange he exposed his heartfelt beliefs supporting the Mecca/Medina Islamic Religious Apartheid against all non-Muslims. Mr. Ahmed made these hate filled views in a failed effort to defend the 5th Pillar of Islam.

Ahmer Ahmed Calls Saudi Arabia a Cancer

Mr. Ahmed says, “I am not a defender of the country of Saudi Arabia, it is a false country…ruled by a group of people who were propped up…They have a very specific interpretation of Islam that is in no way, shape, or form mainstream…it was that way back then and now.”

Mr. Ahmed continues, “Now if you go to Arabia you can’t even debate.  Scholars who challenge their interpretations of Islam are killed.”

Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is following the Qur’an when they keep Mecca and Medina pure by excluding non-Muslims.  Mr. Ahmed leads the audience to a false conclusion by solely blaming Saudi Arabia for Islamic Religious Apartheid when in fact it is the Qur’an that’s to blame.

Amer Ahmed Answers My Question 

Mr. Ahmed says, “It is controversial for me to say this because many Muslims  are afraid to speak out against Saudi Arabia…because its like they rule over the holiest places in the Muslim world…I think it (Saudi Arabia) is a cancer because of the influence they have had, some things are good, but for the most part they have made the religion more rigid and less inclusive and that is an example why they (Saudi Arabia) have the policies you were talking about sir.”

Mr. Ahmed is lying to the Stetson University audience by implying the Mecca and Medina Islamic Religious Apartheid is the sole fault of Saudi Arabia.

The Qur’an is the source of the Mecca and Medina Islamic Religious Apartheid we see today.  My source for this Qur’an quote is from my very own Abdullah Yusuf Ali version of the The Meaning of The Holy Qur’an.  Ironically, Saudi Arabia is responsible for this Qur’an’s wide distribution in the United States.

I was given this Qur’an by my friends at the Masjid Al-Salam in Sanford, FL where I made several visits to learn about Islamic doctrine first hand.

Al-Quran 9:28

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ فَلَا يَقْرَبُوا الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ بَعْدَ عَامِهِمْ هَٰذَا ۚ وَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ عَيْلَةً فَسَوْفَ يُغْنِيكُمُ اللَّهُ مِن فَضْلِهِ إِن شَاءَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ

O ye who believe! Truly the Pagans are unclean; so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque. And if ye fear poverty, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills, out of His bounty, for Allah is All-knowing, All-wise.

The Qur’an footnote 1278 states, “Pagans are Unclean both literally and metaphorically…as well as purity of mind and heart, so that their word can [not] be relied upon.”

“so let them not, after this year of theirs, approach the Sacred Mosque” is the key phrase here to understand.  After Mohammad conquered Mecca on January 11, 630 AD he received a revelation from Allah that non-Muslims would not be allowed to approach the sacred Mosque.  According to the Yusuf Ali Qur’an footnote 1278 all of us non-Muslims were seen by Mohammad and Allah as unclean, both literally and metaphorically.  According to Qur’an 9:28  we (non-Muslims) are unclean and will desecrate the precious lands of Mecca and Medina.

The followers of Islam believe the Qur’an is the exact word of Allah/God down to the last letter and has never been corrupted by man.  Islamic doctrine teaches all other religious texts like the Bible and Torah have been corrupted by man.

Saudi Arabia is following the Qur’an as its source document in enforcing the Islamic Religious Apartheid of Mecca and Medina.  What’s not to like about that – everything.

Imagine If Pope Francis Talked To God And Was Told… 

What if Pope Francis said God transmitted a revelation to him through the Archangel Gabriel instructing him to issue a formal decree that Vatican City including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel will only be open to Catholics.  If a non-Catholic is found anywhere inside Vatican City Limits they will be arrested and severely punished.

The world would be outraged by this Pope Francis decree,  and justifiably so.  The Pope and everyone who went along with him would be called idiots, bigots, and Religious Apartheid Supremacists.

Mohammad did exactly that, and ordained that non-Muslims are not allowed in Mecca because Allah transmitted a revelation to him telling him to do so.  Yet the same people who would be upset with the Pope,  say nothing about Mohammad being an idiot, bigot, and a Islamic Religious Apartheid Supremacist.

Conclusion

When people like Amer Ahmed says we are all “Brothers and Sisters” he is lying.  That doesn’t mean Muslims and non-Muslims can’t be friendly towards each other – it just means Islamic Doctrine teaches that Muslim and non-Muslim are not equals in the eyes of Allah.

It is impossible to know what is truly in a persons heart.  Therefore, anyone who condemns an entire demographic has some serious issues.  The followers of Islam who support the Religious Apartheid of Mecca and Medina are part of the problem and not the solution.

Ms. Yolany Gonell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Stetson University, did a great disservice to those students, faculty, and community members who attended this lecture.  Ms. Gonell did not take advantage of this ‘teaching moment’ by explaining the great social injustice of the Islamic Religious Apartheid of Mecca and Medina.

I call on the worlds Muslims and non-Muslims alike to demand Mecca and Medina open its borders to all people and stop this Islamic Religious Apartheid.

Who will join me in demanding Mecca and Medina open its borders to everyone and stop discriminating against All non-Muslims?

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