High School Student makes Best Case Against Common Core

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Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, TN, made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

“There is a proper way to educate and there is a proper way to govern, and they are both known. Today we do these things in a different way, which presents a serious and perhaps fatal problem for our country. But repair is possible.”

This is how Larry P. Arnn, the twelfth President of Hillsdale College, put it in his remarks titled “A Rebirth of Liberty and Learning.

President Arnn notes, “The word ‘education’ comes from a Latin word meaning ‘to lead forth.’ And if you think about it, ‘forth’ is a value-laden term. Which way is forth? The Bible tells us to ‘raise up a child in the way he should go.’ But which way should he go?”

This young student understands what the word education really means:

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Take the “The TEA Party Quiz”

Are you part of the TEA Party family but don’t know it yet? This video will help you discover where you stand with the TEA Party beliefs.

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PJTV: #1 Public University Producing Idiots

Steven Crowder goes undercover exposing UC Berkeley‘s liberal bias and the indoctrination underway in its classrooms. You won’t believe the hilarious and alarming interactions Steven has with the Berkeley students.

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Combat Veterans for Congress endorses Mark Bircher for FL District 13 Republican primary

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC has endorsed their 86th Combat Veteran For Congress.

According to Joseph R. John, USNA ’62, Co-Founder and Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC, “He is a fiscally conservative candidate who believes in limited government, will work to rein in the out of control spending by Congress and the Obama Administration, work to reduce the national debt, will work toward unleashing the private sector to grow once again in order to create jobs, will restore the personal liberties of the American people, and will stimulate private sector business investment; he believes that an efficient government should serve the people and upholds the highest standards of integrity and transparency.”

The combat veteran is BGen Mark Bircher, USNA ’76, USMCR (Ret) Esq. of Seminole, Florida is running in a Special Election to seek the Republican nomination to run for the seat in the 13th Congressional District of Florida that was vacated by the untimely passing of Congressman Bill Young.

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John notes in an email to veterans and supporters the extensive military and civilian career of BGen Bircher:

Mark Bircher was born on June 25, 1953 in Pensacola, Florida and was raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Mark’s father, Cdr William Bircher, USN (Ret) was a pilot who served in the Korean conflict, was awarded Air Medals for his Combat Duty, and was Honorably Discharged from active duty in 1970. Mark graduated from the Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria on June 13, 1971. In June 1972, Mark was sworn into the US Navy as a Midshipman 4/c at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Midshipman First Class Mark Bircher graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree on June 2, 1976, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. In December 2008, Mark graduated from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida with a Juris Doctorate Degree, and passed the Florida Bar.

Following graduation from the US Naval Academy, in July 1976 2nd Lt Bircher reported to The Basic School (TBS) at the US Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA and completed Basic Marine Corps Officer training in January 1977. In February 1977, 2nd LT Bircher reported to Pensacola Naval Air Station for Basic Flight Training. In May 1978, 2nd LT Bircher was promoted to First Lieutenant, and received his “Wings of Gold’ in July 1978 at Naval Air Station, Meridian, Mississippi. 1st LT Bircher reported for Replacement Air Crew Training in the F-4 Phantom fighter to Marine Fighter-Attack Training Squadron 101 at the Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona. He received orders to report on August 1979 to VMFA-451 as an F-4J fighter pilot based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC. The Squadron deployed twice over the next two years on missions operating in the Western Pacific, while based at US Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan. In June 1981, 1st Lt Bircher was promoted to Captain. In May 1982, Cpt Bircher received orders to report as a US Marine Corps Exchange pilot flying the F-15 Eagle with the US Air Force, 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Elgin Air Force Base, Florida. Cpt Bircher graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School at Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA as a Top Gun Pilot. In September 1984, Cpt Bircher received orders to report to the Blue Angels as demonstration pilot in the A-4 Skyhawk with the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron in Pensacola, FL. In March 1987, Cpt Bircher was promoted to Major, and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for service involved with transitioning the Blue Angels from the A-4 Skyhawk to the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. On June 14, 1988, Maj Bircher resigned his regular active duty US Marine Corps Commission, received an Honorable Discharge, and accepted a US Marine Corps Reserve Commission as a Major.

Maj Bircher began his career as a US Marine Corps Reserve Officer, with orders in May 1991 to report to Marine Observation Squadron Four, Naval Air Station Atlanta, GA. In June 1992, Maj Bircher received orders to duty as Commanding Officer, Marine Observation Squadron Four and promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. In June1994, Lt Col Bircher was ordered to his second command, when he assumed Command of Marine Fighter-Attack Squadron 142, Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida; in February 1997 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. In July 1998, Lt Col Bircher received orders to report for duty as Watch Officer, Office Secretary of Defense (Policy), Executive Support Center, 3C-912, The Pentagon, Washington, DC. In October 1998, Lt Col Bircher was promoted to Colonel. In June 1999, Col Bircher was ordered to duty as Deputy Group Commander, Marine Air Group 42, Naval Air Station Atlanta, GA. In June 2001, Col Bircher was awarded with a gold star in lieu of his second Meritorious Service Medal. In June 2002, Col Bircher reported as the Deputy Chief of Staff (G-6), Fourth Marine Air Wing Staff, New Orleans, LA.

In February 2003, Col Bircher deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and reported to MajGen James Amos, the current Commandant of the US Marine Corps, as a Battle Captain for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Headquarters (Forward) which was initially at Al Jabber Air Base, Kuwait. Col Bircher moved through Iraq, with the Air Wing ground echelon, supporting the aviation scheme of maneuver, to Qalat Sikar, Ad Diwaniyah, Al Hillah, and Babylon, Iraq. Although much of the HQ remained in Kuwait, a large presence was established at Babylon as the mission changed from combat operations to support and integration of the coalition security forces. Col Bircher returned to CONUS on September 3, 2003, upon completion of his duty assignment. For combat duty, Col Bircher was awarded the Bronze Star Medal along with various service and campaign medals. In February 2005, Col Bircher was promoted to Brigadier General. In January 2006, BGen Bircher received orders as Deputy Commanding General, First Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, CA. In July 2007, BGen Bircher received orders as Commanding General, Fourth Marine Air Wing, New Orleans, LA. In June 2008, BGen Bircher received orders as Commanding General, Marine Force South, Miami, FL. On October 1, 2009, upon retirement from the US Marine Corps Reserve, BGen Bircher was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and received an Honorable Discharge from the US Marine Corps Reserve. BGen Mark Bircher, USMCR (Ret)’s medals include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (Gold Star in lieu of second award), The Navy Commendation Medal, along with various campaign and service medals.

On June 15, 1988, Mark Bircher accepted a position as a commercial pilot in one of the major airline; the airline’s non-political endorsement policy precludes mentioning them in Mark’s political campaign. Mark has been flying with the same major airline for 25 years, now as a First Officer piloting the Boeing 777. Mark has been endorsed by Congressman Allen West, Lt Col-USA (Ret), the Special Operations Speaks Super PAC, the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition, and the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC. Mark is a member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Blue Angels Association, the VFW, and the Florida Bar Association. Mark’s hobbies include reading, history, Constitutional history, astronomy, following the Tampa Bay Rays, and in any activity involving his son. Mark has been married to his wife Jackie for 12 years; they are proud parents of their son, Bill age 10. The Birchers are active members of the Faith Presbyterian Church, Seminole, FL.

John notes, “The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse BGen Mark Bircher, USNA ’76, USMCR (Ret), Esq. who will bring to Congress private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the 13th Congressional District of Florida and the Republic. If you review BGen Bircher’s positions on his website, you would be pleased with his stands; they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement.”

John concludes, “We look forward to working with BGen Bircher, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress. If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in the 13th Congressional District of Florida, kindly pass this E-mail on to them, and ask them to support BGen Bircher by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign. The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned. We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of. He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount ‘up to and including his life.’”

To learn more about Mark Bircher:

Follow Mark on Facebook: http://facebook.com/markbircherfl
Donate to his campaign: http://www.bircherforcongress.com/#!d…
Volunteer on his website: http://www.bircherforcongress.com

ABOUT COMBAT VETERANS FOR CONGRESS

The Combat Veterans For Congress Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans to Congress. We seek Combat Veterans For Congress who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights. We support Combat Veterans For Congress who are dedicated to promoting The Free Enterprise System that created the greatest economic engine in the history of mankind, who will provide for a strong national defense, and who will endorse the teaching of US history and the Founding Fathers’ core values in educational institutions

Combat Veterans For Congress—Embedded Integrity

A heartfelt message to all Atheists

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Atheists cannot help but send me nasty notes for Christmas. I answer a couple in this video.

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Common Core Assignment: Think Like a Nazi and Explain Why Jews Are Evil

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An essay assigned to 10th graders, at Albany High School, is at the center of controversy after students were asked to ‘think like a Nazi’. Students were assigned a persuasive writing essay where the teacher asked them to “pretend I’m a member of the government in Nazi Germany”, the handout obtained by CBS Channel 6 said.

The assignment went on to say “convince me you are loyal to the Nazis by writing an essay to convince me Jews are evil and the source of our problems.” Albany’ Superintendent, Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, called the assignment “ill-conceived and inappropriate.” “How could you ask a student to justify prejudice leading to genocide,” said Dr. Vanden Wyngaard. “It is an illogical thing for a student to have to do. It doesn’t make any sense.” The teacher, whose name is not being released by the district, will not be teaching while a decision is being made on what consequences there will be, said Dr. Vanden Wyngaard. “It can go anywhere from a letter of council, a letter reprimand, all the way through to termination there is a broad spectrum,” said Dr. Vanden Wyngaard on the possible sanctions against the teacher. “I will not make that decision within the 24 hours because the spectrum is too big.”

The assignment didn’t make sense to the head of the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center, in Albany, officials said Friday. They were disappointed but looked at the incident as an opportunity to educate both students and teachers going forward. “I was totally shocked when I learned this morning that anyone would have such an unbalanced lesson and grade students teaching racist anti semitic views,” said Shelly Shapiro, Director, Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center.

This story first broke back in April when The Times Union reported, via Poor Richard’s News:

Think like a Nazi, the assignment required students. Argue why Jews are evil.

Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment to make an abhorrent argument: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”

Students were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.

The exercise was intended to challenge students to formulate a persuasive argument and was given to three classes, Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said. She said the assignment should have been worded differently.

“I would apologize to our families,” she said. “I don’t believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith.”

One-third of the students refused to complete the assignment, she said.

Vanden Wyngaard said the exercise reflects the type of writing expected of students under the new Common Core curriculum, the tough new academic standards that require more sophisticated writing. Such assignments attempt to connect English with history and social studies.

Alarming video: Al Qaeda growing and taking “a new approach to death”

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Remember, when President Obama said “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is decimated and on the run?” If it weren’t for the fawning liberal progressive media, that statement could have been the “Lie of the Year” for 2012.

According to a CNN report,

The terror group’s manpower has increased in recent years, it has gained control of more territory in North Africa and the Middle East and is taking a different approach to death. While al Qaeda suffered significant setbacks after Navy SEALs shot and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011, and drone strikes have taken out top terrorists along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, the terror group and its close allies have rebounded in Yemen, the Sinai region of Egypt, Libya, Iraq, and parts of east and west Africa, among other places. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, headquartered in Yemen, is particularly concerning.

CNN says sources have uncovered chatter that suggests “active plotting” and there are there are multiple indications that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is plotting attacks both within Yemen, against U.S. and Western structures and overseas,” according to Seth Jones, an analyst at Rand Corp.

If none of that concerns you, watch this video, which was released on Christmas Day. It calls for al Qaeda sympathizers to take things into their own hands and launch attacks in the West. In the two minute intro the speaker says, “We pray to Allah that the example set by Nidal Hassan becomes a source of inspiration for all Muslims.”

One year after the reelection of Barack Hussein Obama, Islamic totalitarians are not decimated and not on the run, but are stronger. No doubt Afghanistan will follow suit, if this is the paradigm for the Obama administration. The Middle East has been completely destabilized and with the current incursion into Southern Sudan by President Obama, one has to be concerned that it too will be destabilized, as was Libya.

This is what happens when the media is subjective rather than objective in analysis or telling the truth to the American people. But it’s too late now. We still face three more years of a failing Obama and a foreign policy that entices and emboldens our enemies. Weakness is intoxicating, and Islamic terrorists are drunk right now.

The next American president must be able to lead and command fear and respect from our enemies. Some may read this and say, “at this point in time what difference does it make?” But for those who’ve been on the receiving end of an AK-47, for those who will have to fight this resurgent enemy, and for those who will lose their lives in the next terrorist attack, it makes a doggone lot of difference.

This column originally appeared on AllenBWest.com.

Why Young People aren’t signing up for Obamacare

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Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk weighs in on why young people aren’t signing up for ObamaCare.

What Florida’s Health Care Reform did for Moise Brutus

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Imagine waking up from a coma to find that both of your legs and your left hand are gone.

After a motorcycle accident that nearly killed him, this was Moise Brutus’s devastating reality. And he had to navigate the broken Medicaid system to try to recover. Now, he calls those days “the dark times.”

Medicaid wasn’t working for Moise. His extremely difficult injuries meant that he had specific challenges and needs. But as he says, the old government program was a “one-size-fits-all” model.

Thankfully, Moise lived in Florida, which was trying out some reforms to Medicaid. He was able to switch out of the old Medicaid program into a private plan—and that changed his life.

The private plan gave Moise an individually tailored approach to his needs.

“That’s when everything started to get better for me,” he says. He was able to get “the best care, the best prosthetics, the best of everything.”

Ultimately, the higher quality of care empowered Moise with the rehabilitation and motivation he needed to get his life back. He’s now training for the Paralympic cycling team.

“Health care reform” is an abstract phrase. It means many things to many people. But for Moise Brutus, Medicaid reform was the key to a new beginning in life.

This is exactly why Heritage has supported reforms to Medicaid that would give every patient the type of care Moise was able to get. Everyone deserves to have his or her health needs addressed in an individual way.

It’s one thing to talk about the fact that Medicaid provides substandard care. It’s another to hear a story like Moise’s and see how that can make the difference in someone recovering from a traumatic event.

Obamacare merely makes Medicaid worse by dumping millions more people into this broken program. Heritage supportsreforms that would subsidize private health insurance for low-income Medicaid beneficiaries.

Learn more what Congress and the states could do to bring personalized care to low-income Americans.

Sarah Palin: America’s “Momma Grizz!”

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One woman has defeated the liberal media and now sets an example of hope and spirit for America. I am calling for a million men and women to follow in her footsteps!

Christmas Tea

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Bringing a Christmas message of hope to all Americans.

The Robertson’s of Duck Dynasty Talk About How Their Faith in Jesus Turned Around Their Lives!

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Phil and Kay Robertson of the hit A&E television program Duck Dynasty, share how their faith in Jesus has been integral to their success! This video is courtesy of the 700 Club on the CBN Network.

Michael W. Chapman writes, “Although some liberal observers criticized Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson’s remarks about homosexual behavior as ‘disgusting’ and ‘vile and extreme stereotypes,’ the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one of the federal government’s leading health voices, uses nearly identical and even more graphic language in describing some of the sexual practices of male homosexuals.:

“Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the United States population, yet they are the population most severely affected by HIV,” says the CDC. “Most HIV infections in men are transmitted through sexual contact, especially anal sex.

Read more.

Al Sharpton’s Chicago Town Hall Erupts into Anti-Machine Revolt

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On December 19, 2013, a town hall meeting was hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and black alderman in City Hall with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials. One 82-year-old preacher even called for “Tea Party” style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park.

According to Breitbart, “One 82-year-old preacher even called for ‘TEA Party’ style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park.”

“This was a historic event,” Paul McKinley of V.O.T.E. (Voices of the Ex-Offender) and former 2nd Congressional District GOP nominee to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. told Breitbart News. “Not because of Al Sharpton coming to town,” he continued. “This was first time since electing Mayor Harold Washington in the eighties that all of these grassroots groups and community organizers have come together under one roof to talk about the problems plaguing our community.”

While the stated goal for Sharpton was to bring the many different groups together to discuss solutions to the city’s violence epidemic, he may not have gotten the types of responses he was looking for. Calls for more gun control laws and getting guns off the streets were nonexistent and not mentioned by residents throughout the session.

Death in the Gun Free Zone!

School shootings can be blamed on liberal propaganda that has replaced common sense God and Country education!  Making the case here.

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EDITORS NOTE: Florida has over 1 million citizens with concealed carry permits. Gun store owners report a 73% increase in female customers. Women purchased 1 million out of 8 million guns sold through dealers in 2013. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation 74% of the women in the NSSF program bought a pistol for self-defense. Of the 200 million firearms owned in the United States, 15 to 20 million are owned by women.

Dancing with Ducks!

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A TV star speaks out truthfully about homosexuality and the uproar is priceless.  Bill says it is time for Americans of faith to find their courage and speak against the forces that are harming this great nation.