Thursday, July 25, 2013




Turn on the TV.

This week the "big news" is the birth of a British royal.

Even Drudge ran the birth of the Prince of Cambridge at the top of his page, treating it like it was the biggest event out of Europe since D-Day.

Maybe the media wanted to change the subject to something pleasant -- or completely unimportant -- but the arrival of Kate and William's baby boy was a timely blessing.

It blew George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin and the issue of race in America off the front pages. It even eclipsed President Obama's teleprompter-free speech about the Zimmerman verdict last Friday afternoon.

The liberal media, as usual, gave the presidential sermon a standing ovation, saying that Obama -- who claimed Trayvon Martin could have been him 35 years ago -- hit a home run.

But I agree with what that old boo-bird Bill O'Reilly said on his TV show Monday night. The president didn't whiff completely, but he grounded out weakly to second base.

O'Reilly, madder than usual, praised the president in his "Talking Points Memo" for bringing up the issue.

But then he blasted Obama and other black leaders for still having "no clue" how to solve the social and moral problems that continue to rip apart black communities in our cities.

They won't dare mention the issues of drug gangs, out-of-wedlock births, fatherless families and welfare dependency, O'Reilly railed, "because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so-called 'conversation,' turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias."

O'Reilly pointed out that, yes, Martin was profiled by Zimmerman, the community watchman. But it wasn't because of his race.

It was because Martin was wearing a hoodie -- the official national uniform of urban street thugs and drug gangs.

When President Obama said Martin could have been him 35 years ago, he was talking nonsense. Thirty-five years ago, Barack Obama wasn't stalking around gated communities at night wearing gangster clothes and getting in fistfights.

Trayvon Martin's death was a horrible tragedy. That cannot be said too many times.

But Martin's death should not be exploited any further by the president or anyone else as proof that white racism is the chief cause of problems in the black community.

Black communities have been breeding a criminal class for decades. Repealing stand-your-ground laws or passing stricter gun control laws will not change that. Nor will blaming the justice system.

The black community's problems begin at home. They are not a result of slavery or discrimination or poverty.

They are, as O'Reilly said, a result of the disintegration of the black family, a gangster culture that glorifies criminals, and a bunch of so-called civil rights leaders who ignore reality, preach victimhood and blame racism for everything.

Young black males are dying at disproportionate rates in Chicago and other cities not because they're being shot by racist white cops, or wanna-be cops like George Zimmerman, but because they are being gunned down by other young black males, usually over drug-gang turf wars.

O'Reilly said, "It's now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama, to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess."

Exactly.

Black leaders, including the president, need to step up and start talking about the real causes of crime and poverty in black communities. So should our gutless media.

For a year the president and black leaders have cynically exploited a tragedy to "prove" that society still needs to do much more for blacks.

Instead they should be using Trayvon Martin's death as an opportunity to start an honest national discussion about what the black community needs to do for itself.
 
Marco Rubio Opposes Common Core Education Standards July 25, 2013 0 The Shark Tank By JAVIER MANJARRES “The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.”- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics Common Core seems to have flown under the radar of most Americans, and its federalized ‘balanced playing field’ approach to education reform has received the praise and support of progressive education reformers within both the Republican and Democratic establishments in Washington, D.C. The idea of socialized education, like socialized medicine (Obamacare), appeals to the masses, but what many of these uninformed taxpayers don’t know about Common Core is that the program is just another egregious government overreach into their lives, and now the lives of their children. This new ‘innovative’ education reform initiative will bring substantial costs down upon state and local school education budgets when national standards tests are imposed. Columnist and Fox News Contributor, Michelle Malkin, along with a growing number of concerned Americans, has been railing against these progressive “Snoopercrats” and their initiative’s ‘data-mining’ efforts, that if deployed, will keep tabs of students and their study habits, among other things. While these Washington,D.C. “Snoopercrats” try to sell their progressive learning program as a state-by-state endeavor, the the ugly truth is that Common Core is a federally funded program that all but bribes state governments to accept the standards, as they do federal funding. Malkin writes that Common Core, whose goal is to create a 50-state standardized educational system, received initial funding from President Obama’s Stimulus(Porkulus) Act of 2009, as well hundreds of millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Shark Tank The Shark Tank One of these intrusive data-mining tactics Common Core is employing are the iris scans of students, like the ones conducted as several schools in Polk County, Florida. Yes, iris scans, which Malkin says are “essentially optical fingerprints, which the school intended to collect to create a database of biometric information for school bus security.” While many top Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have come out in support of Common Core, Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has once again bucked the establishment by stating that he is against the Common Core education standards. I caught up to Senator Rubio in Orlando, where I asked him what his position on the issue was. When asked if he was against the Common Core education standards, Rubio answered with a definitive ‘Yes’ response. Rubio says that he is “a supporter of curriculum reform,” but thinks that “curriculum reform should be done at the state level.” The junior Senator reiterated that he believes in “curriculum reform,” but thinks “it is best done at the state level, not at the federal level.” And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.-Senator Marco Rubio Rubio first sounded off against the federal government’s education grab in early July, when he penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, stating the unconstitutionality of the move to create a national education curriculum. I am also concerned that the U.S. Department of Education has created, through its contractors, national curriculum materials to support these Common Core standards. Such activities are unacceptable; they violate three existing laws: NCLB, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the General Education Provisions Act. All three laws prohibit the federal government from creating or prescribing national curriculum.-FL Watchdog. - See more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/07/25/marco-rubio-opposes-common-core-education-standards/#sthash.79tmdCs7.dpuf

Read more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/07/25/marco-rubio-opposes-common-core-education-standards/ | The Shark Tank
Marco Rubio Opposes Common Core Education Standards July 25, 2013 0 The Shark Tank By JAVIER MANJARRES “The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.”- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics Common Core seems to have flown under the radar of most Americans, and its federalized ‘balanced playing field’ approach to education reform has received the praise and support of progressive education reformers within both the Republican and Democratic establishments in Washington, D.C. The idea of socialized education, like socialized medicine (Obamacare), appeals to the masses, but what many of these uninformed taxpayers don’t know about Common Core is that the program is just another egregious government overreach into their lives, and now the lives of their children. This new ‘innovative’ education reform initiative will bring substantial costs down upon state and local school education budgets when national standards tests are imposed. Columnist and Fox News Contributor, Michelle Malkin, along with a growing number of concerned Americans, has been railing against these progressive “Snoopercrats” and their initiative’s ‘data-mining’ efforts, that if deployed, will keep tabs of students and their study habits, among other things. While these Washington,D.C. “Snoopercrats” try to sell their progressive learning program as a state-by-state endeavor, the the ugly truth is that Common Core is a federally funded program that all but bribes state governments to accept the standards, as they do federal funding. Malkin writes that Common Core, whose goal is to create a 50-state standardized educational system, received initial funding from President Obama’s Stimulus(Porkulus) Act of 2009, as well hundreds of millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Shark Tank The Shark Tank One of these intrusive data-mining tactics Common Core is employing are the iris scans of students, like the ones conducted as several schools in Polk County, Florida. Yes, iris scans, which Malkin says are “essentially optical fingerprints, which the school intended to collect to create a database of biometric information for school bus security.” While many top Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have come out in support of Common Core, Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has once again bucked the establishment by stating that he is against the Common Core education standards. I caught up to Senator Rubio in Orlando, where I asked him what his position on the issue was. When asked if he was against the Common Core education standards, Rubio answered with a definitive ‘Yes’ response. Rubio says that he is “a supporter of curriculum reform,” but thinks that “curriculum reform should be done at the state level.” The junior Senator reiterated that he believes in “curriculum reform,” but thinks “it is best done at the state level, not at the federal level.” And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.-Senator Marco Rubio Rubio first sounded off against the federal government’s education grab in early July, when he penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, stating the unconstitutionality of the move to create a national education curriculum. I am also concerned that the U.S. Department of Education has created, through its contractors, national curriculum materials to support these Common Core standards. Such activities are unacceptable; they violate three existing laws: NCLB, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the General Education Provisions Act. All three laws prohibit the federal government from creating or prescribing national curriculum.-FL Watchdog. Sha - See more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/07/25/marco-rubio-opposes-common-core-education-standards/#sthash.aWWTU9jY.dpuf

Read more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/07/25/marco-rubio-opposes-common-core-education-standards/ | The Shark Tank
Marco Rubio Opposes Common Core Education Standards July 25, 2013 0 The Shark Tank By JAVIER MANJARRES “The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.”- U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics Common Core seems to have flown under the radar of most Americans, and its federalized ‘balanced playing field’ approach to education reform has received the praise and support of progressive education reformers within both the Republican and Democratic establishments in Washington, D.C. The idea of socialized education, like socialized medicine (Obamacare), appeals to the masses, but what many of these uninformed taxpayers don’t know about Common Core is that the program is just another egregious government overreach into their lives, and now the lives of their children. This new ‘innovative’ education reform initiative will bring substantial costs down upon state and local school education budgets when national standards tests are imposed. Columnist and Fox News Contributor, Michelle Malkin, along with a growing number of concerned Americans, has been railing against these progressive “Snoopercrats” and their initiative’s ‘data-mining’ efforts, that if deployed, will keep tabs of students and their study habits, among other things. While these Washington,D.C. “Snoopercrats” try to sell their progressive learning program as a state-by-state endeavor, the the ugly truth is that Common Core is a federally funded program that all but bribes state governments to accept the standards, as they do federal funding. Malkin writes that Common Core, whose goal is to create a 50-state standardized educational system, received initial funding from President Obama’s Stimulus(Porkulus) Act of 2009, as well hundreds of millions of dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Shark Tank The Shark Tank One of these intrusive data-mining tactics Common Core is employing are the iris scans of students, like the ones conducted as several schools in Polk County, Florida. Yes, iris scans, which Malkin says are “essentially optical fingerprints, which the school intended to collect to create a database of biometric information for school bus security.” While many top Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have come out in support of Common Core, Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has once again bucked the establishment by stating that he is against the Common Core education standards. I caught up to Senator Rubio in Orlando, where I asked him what his position on the issue was. When asked if he was against the Common Core education standards, Rubio answered with a definitive ‘Yes’ response. Rubio says that he is “a supporter of curriculum reform,” but thinks that “curriculum reform should be done at the state level.” The junior Senator reiterated that he believes in “curriculum reform,” but thinks “it is best done at the state level, not at the federal level.” And I am very concerned, and quite frankly opposed to any effort to try to create some sort of national curriculum standard and then try to leverage the power of the federal government’s funding to force states to adopt a certain curriculum standard. State and local levels are the best places to come up with curriculum reform, and its something the federal government shouldn’t be deeply involved in.-Senator Marco Rubio Rubio first sounded off against the federal government’s education grab in early July, when he penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, stating the unconstitutionality of the move to create a national education curriculum. I am also concerned that the U.S. Department of Education has created, through its contractors, national curriculum materials to support these Common Core standards. Such activities are unacceptable; they violate three existing laws: NCLB, the Department of Education Organization Act, and the General Education Provisions Act. All three laws prohibit the federal government from creating or prescribing national curriculum.-FL Watchdog. - See more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/07/25/marco-rubio-opposes-common-core-education-standards/#sthash.79tmdCs7.dpuf

Read more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/07/25/marco-rubio-opposes-common-core-education-standards/ | The Shark Tank

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