01/16/18

Out! Trump Tells CNN’s Acosta To Leave After Questions About ‘S***hole’ Comment

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

CNN’s Jim Acosta just doesn’t have any common sense whatsoever. In the Roosevelt Room, President Trump took questions from the media today and there was Acosta front and center asking Trump over and over and over again about the alleged sh*thole remark. At the end of a joint appearance with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Trump was asked by Acosta whether he said in a bipartisan meeting that he wants more immigrants from Norway. He kept asking about white people coming from Norway… he was clearly advancing questions that basically called the President a racist. Tacky. Why the hell don’t they pull his press credentials? I mean, you can’t really call what he’s doing reporting.

“I want them to come in from everywhere. … Thank you very much,” Trump said, as a White House aide urged the press to leave. Acosta then asked Trump whether he favors immigrants just from white or Caucasian countries. Of course, Acosta didn’t take the hint and finally President Trump looked right at him and said, “Out.” That was pretty darn clear and it looked like Acosta ran out of there with his tail between his legs. Which he did, because he then proceeded to whine on Twitter like a whipped cur.

Jim Acosta accused White House press aides on Tuesday of trying to “drown out” his questions for President Trump by shouting when he tried to ask them. Who could blame them? Acosta in a series of tweets claimed it was a deliberate attempt to stop him from asking the President questions. “As I attempted to ask questions in Roosevelt Room of Trump, WH press aides shouted in my face to drown out my questions,” Acosta tweeted. “I have never encountered that before.”

What a paranoid, fragile moron. They were getting all of the press out of there. But it was Acosta who was being obtrusive and rude, so he got special treatment just as he deserved. And from what I saw that is not what happened at all. He went on, “What occurred reminded me of something I would see in a different country. Certainly not at the WH. Certainly not in the U.S.” There he goes with communist dictator references. And yet, when there was an actual commie in the White House, Acosta groveled before him. More: “When I tried to follow up on this in the Oval Office, Trump told me to get “out.” We then went to the Roosevelt Room where WH aides obstructed us from asking questions.”

Despite what Acosta is claiming, the press was not manhandled by Trump’s aides. There was a certain period for questions and it was made clear that the sh*thole topic would not fly. But Acosta just had to play the victim and try to smear the President every bit he could. That’s what CNN pays him to do these days… not report. When Trump pointed his finger and said, “out” to Acosta, I think it was abundantly clear he’d had enough of the jerk. I don’t blame the President in the least for kicking the asshat out. Good. No pity here for the red snowflake. None at all. What a sniveling, partisan hack.


01/16/18

51st State – New California Secession Possible

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

Folks who understand that self governance requires self discipline, those who’ve found themselves living on the ‘left coast’ while not being able to have a voice in that government have figured out a way to separate themselves from the fruits and nuts currently destroying the state of California. Secession; not from the United States, but the same way West Virginia distanced itself from Virginia, become a state unto itself.

(Image of proposed state boundaries courtesy of MSN’s linked article)

According to an article that showed up on msn.com, “The state of  New California  would incorporate most of the state’s rural counties, leaving the urban coastal counties to the current state of California.”

Interestingly, the folks who wish to secede and start out on their own have identified perhaps the single most important distinction that divides them from the progressives who currently are destroying that state.

“‘Yes. We have to demonstrate that we can govern ourselves before we are allowed to govern,” said founder Tom Reed.”

You see, progressives, socialists or communists; call them what you will, live on the premise that somebody else is always responsible to pay for the errors made while at the same time taking credit for any apparent advances created with other people’s money.

They refuse to consider that forcing others to go along with Social Justice schemes, redistribution of wealth or flat out corruption and tyranny have anything to do with the failures of the Utopian dream turned nightmare there in California.

I’m still waiting for Governor Brown to figure out a way to get the rest of the United States to bail California out of imminent bankruptcy.  It’s the rest of the country’s responsibility to make recompense for those who act irresponsibly; isn’t that how spoiled children view the world?

I read on one of the internet social forums where the United States might solve the on going craziness going on with the self proclaimed Sanctuary State that can’t pay for all the social programs intended to make everyone equally poor.  We could sell California to Mexico for a large sum of money, the figure was around twenty trillion dollars; but that number would be negotiable if the size of that sale were for a smaller piece of property.

Mother Nature might eventually have the deciding vote on any secession issue; but that wasn’t brought up in the discussions, at least not that anyone reported.  The San Andreas Fault runs pretty much along the lines drawn up and could deepen the divide, pun intended, between progressives and right wing conservatives struggling to achieve their goals.

The next highlighted article on the Explorer news page was about the tragic collapse of a bridge under construction down in Columbia that killed at least 10 workers.  Being a warped individual I put the two article together and considered how much easier it would be for a major earthquake to solve the problem, create a huge rift that clearly defined the borders of California and New California…it could happen.

01/16/18

It’s Simple Math: #DACA Would Create a Democratic ‘One Party State’ From 2020 Onward

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

If President Trump compromises on DACA, you can kiss America goodbye.

It’s very simple math, people. We can safely assume that the vast majority of DACA beneficiaries will vote Democrat, if allowed to stay in the country. So will their families. That will be almost 5 million new Democrat voters, many of them concentrated in swing states, or potential swing states such as North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and Florida.

The left understands that DACA is “a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success” – permanently.

Charles Benninghoff of Pray For US has done the math. It makes horrifying and sobering reading.

Background: President Trump won the 2016 election with 306 electoral votes – a margin of 36 electoral votes over the 270 needed to win. The secret to defeating him in 2020 is finding states with more than 36 electoral votes that he won in 2016 that can be denied him. DACA does that and more.*

We hope nobody reading this is naïve enough to believe that Democrats support DACA because it is the right, just and moral thing to do. There are over 800,000 illegal DACA immigrants in this country, which translates into an almost certain 800,000 extra Democrat votes. Additionally, because President Obama added parents and family members of DACA illegal immigrants to those “protected”, Princeton University researchers found that DACA recipients could bring in as many as four million relatives. Almost five million new Democrat voters could instantly be created by DACA.

The result of DACA will be adding nearly five million liberal Democrat votes every election day. If that happens President Trump and future Republican candidates are doomed. Numbers from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) service show by state where the DACA illegals live, so we can predict where they and their family members will be voting.

Let’s do the math. President Trump was elected with a margin of 36 electoral votes. Florida alone has 29 electoral votes. President Trump carried the state by fewer than 113,000 votes. Using the Princeton University and USCIS numbers, DACA would add at least 250,000 Democrat votes to that total – more than twice Trump’s victory margin. Had President Trump lost Florida his electoral vote victory margin would have shrunk to just 7.

Arizona has 11 electoral votes. President Trump won those by a margin of 91,000. Again using the Princeton and USCI statistics, passing DACA would add at least 140,000 new Democrat votes. If Trump had lost Arizona, Hillary Clinton would be President.

The same math holds true for Georgia with 16 electoral votes and North Carolina with 15. DACA would add far more Democrat votes than the margin of Trump’s victory. There’s another 31 electoral votes gone from Trump and future Republicans. Taken all together, had DACA been in effect for the 2016 election, President Trump would have received 73 fewer electoral votes – only 233 instead of the 306 that made him President. There is absolutely no doubt that Hillary Clinton would be President today if DACA had been in effect in 2016.

That is why Democrats and illegal immigration activists demand DACA, and that is why President Trump and the Republicans must oppose it.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what former Clinton staffer Jennifer Palmieri said in a recent memo to liberals; “The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success… If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond.”

The liberals know what DACA really means – possible defeat for President Trump in 2020 and creation of a permanent Democrat majority in the country. Five million new voters would instantly appear for the Democrats. Even if citizenship for DACA illegals and their families happens after President Trump is re-elected in 2020, new “dreamer” voters would have permanently created an unbeatable Democrat majority on election days far into the future. ..

If you’re still not convinced that we must stop any compromise on DACA, check out this clip from my documentary The Enemies Within. Using their own words, we compiled a montage of the most dedicated DACA activists such as Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and former Obama advisor Eliseo Medina.

Speaking of Latino voters, Medina said:

“…when they voted in November, they voted overwhelmingly for progressive candidates. Barack Obama got two out of every three voters that showed up

[…]

“We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters”. Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three?

If we have eight million new voters who care about …… and will be voting. We will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle…

We need to send a very clear message to President Trump. His legacy and America’s very future depend on how tough he is willing to be on the DACA issue.

Let us not let the hope of the world be destroyed for the sake of compromise and emotional blackmail.

We must all stand strong on this issue for the sake of all who come after us.

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01/16/18

Weekly Featured Profile – Scott Poole

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Scott Poole

Scott Poole is a professor of history at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is the author of “Monsters in America: Our Historic Obsession with the Hideous and the Haunting,” as well as a number of other books dealing with popular culture and American history. He has been an advisor to College of Charleston Socialist Club and its chapter of United Students Against Sweatshops and is an active member of the Communist Party USA .

He also works closely with Democratic Socialists of America.

Scott Poole is also no fan of President Trump.

December 2016, more than 1,200 historians affiliated with hundreds of colleges and universities across the U.S. — including eight scholars at the College of Charleston, signed a public statement expressing “concern and alarm” over the First Amendment implications of the election of Donald Trump.

“On the eve of a new administration whose key players have traded in hateful rhetoric and emboldened the harassment of various targets, we urge Americans to be vigilant against a mass violation of civil rights and liberties that could result if such troubling developments continue unchecked,” the scholars wrote.

The “call to vigilance” was co-signed by College of Charleston professors George Hopkins, (a Democratic Socialists of America supporter) and Scott Poole.

On February 17, 2017 protesters gathered at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center Free Speech Zone 5 to protest President Trump who was in Charleston to, according to his Twitter account, “spend time with Boeing and talk jobs.”

Professor Scott Poole, took the mic, asking the audience “Are you angry? Are you full of hope? We need to be both. We need to be angry. Trump is coming here today. His buddies are here. His warehouse is here. He’s gonna high five Boeing execs. The art of the steal … crony capitalism. Let’s talk about his ally. Let’s talk about the war criminal and dictator Vladimir Putin. Google Aleppo. Find out what happened in Aleppo.”

Scott Poole traveled to Cuba in late 2017.

“I came to the Republic of Cuba wanting to look with a critical eye, despite my political affiliation as a member of the Communist Party USA. Trump’s renewed effort to cut Cuba off from the world, and the complete lack of logic behind such a move, has been much reported on. I hope to speak about this while also worrying the reader a bit with the dangers of romanticizing what is, arguably, the world’s most successful socialist experiment.”

The fact Cuba is allied to Vladimir Putin‘s Russia seems to have slipped Professor Poole’s memory.

(Scott Poole|more…)

01/15/18

Hawaii False Alarm vs. U.S. Interceptors and Don’t Travel Warnings

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

WASHINGTON — The final ground-based interceptor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system — designed to protect the homeland from intercontinental ballistic missiles threats from North Korea and Iran — is now in place at Fort Greely, Alaska, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has confirmed.

“MDA and Boeing emplaced the 44th interceptor in its silo at the Missile Defense Complex at Ft. Greely on Thursday, Nov. 2,” the agency said in a statement sent to Defense News.

The agency planned to have all 44 required interceptors in the ground and ready to respond to threats by the end of 2017. The Pentagon and the MDA have indicated in recent months a serious move to build up beyond 44 interceptors. In September, the Pentagon proposed reprogramming $136 million in fiscal 2017 to start raising the number of ground-based interceptors from 44 to 64 in a new Missile Field 4 at Fort Greely. The boost was part of a $416 million reprogramming request targeting missile defense needs. And the White House submitted a supplemental budget request for FY18 on Nov. 6 that asked for further funding to increase the number of ground-based interceptors by 20 and to build an additional missile field at the Alaska base.

While the left is quick to blame President Trump on the matter of a nuclear North Korea, including Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and those in Hollywood, Kim Jung-Un has been collaborating and testing nuclear weapons and missiles long before Trump entered the White House. They omit the fact that in the last 8 years, Obama did nothing….NOTHING.

Americans can travel to North Korea, if they wish — but it may just be a death wish, the U.S. State Department cautioned.

The State Department last week issued a stark warning to people setting out for the Hermit Kingdom, cautioning that anyone heading to the dangerous dictatorship should prepare for the possibility of not returning.

“The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in North Korea as it does not have diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea,” the State Department published Wednesday on its website.

Those who wish to travel to North Korea must be approved for a special validation, which are handed out on “very limited circumstances.” U.S. travelers given the approval to experience Kim Jong Un’s regime should then prepare for the worst — including drafting a will and making funeral and property arrangements with family and friends.“Draft a will and designate appropriate insurance beneficiaries and/or power of attorney; discuss a plan with loved ones regarding care/custody of children, pets, property, belongings, non-liquid assets (collections, artwork, etc.), funeral wishes, etc.,” according to the recommendations.  More here.

“On December 28, there was a large number of personnel (~100 to 120) observed in seven different formations whose purpose is unknown in the Southern Support Area,” it adds.

“It is rare to observe personnel in this area,” the report says.

The report concludes that such activities “underscore North Korea’s continued efforts to maintain the Punggye-ri site’s potential for future nuclear testing.”

News of apparent active nuclear test site comes just days after North Korean officials met with South Korean officials for the first time in more than two years. More here.

Meanwhile there is the matter of the false alarm in Hawaii….

Hawaii Gov. David Ige claimed Saturday that alert was the result of an official simply “[pressing] the wrong button” during an employee shift change, but broader questions remain. Why didn’t I get the notification here in San Diego, well within the range of intercontinental ballistic missiles that North Korea has tested in recent months? And assuming you weren’t lucky enough to be on a beach in Hawaii when the alert went out, why didn’t the average U.S. citizen receive one where they live?

To understand today’s scare, it’s important to understand how our national emergency alert system functions. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the systematic approach laid out by the federal government for departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate any and all kinds of incidents, no matter the size or scope. NIMS dictates that the initial authority for disaster response resides at the county level, so that’s where most Mass Notification Systems that participate in the Emergency Alert System network reside.

The Emergency Alert System network is layered between federal, state, county, and local authorities through a system called the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) and controlled through the IPAWS Program Management Office at FEMA. The IPAWS PMO encourages partners to regularly test public alert and warning systems; in fact, the IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015, ratified in April 2016, requires IPAWS PMO to test the system not less than once every three years.

All systems compatible with IPAWS use the Common Alerting Protocol, an international standard, to send public alerts and warnings between systems and jurisdictions. State and local agencies, like Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA), have their own systems, produced by a variety of manufacturers, to alert the public when a natural or manmade disaster is occurring or imminent. These mass notification systems use a variety of mediums to communicate danger to wide (or very narrow) swaths of people: they’re capable of desktop alerts, text messaging, reverse 9-1-1, email, Wireless Emergency Alerts, announcement or siren over a loudspeaker, and more. All systems in use on bases, municipalities, and other agencies are IPAWS compatible but not all can send information two-way; most of the bases operate in a receive-only manner.

Related: Ballistic Missile False Alarm That Sparked Panic In Hawaii Caused By Wrong Button, Officials Say »

These systems, the modern version of the CONELRAD (Control of Electromagnetic Radiation) method of emergency broadcasting established in 1951 at the outset of the Cold War, are powerfully effective in their ubiquity and power. Mass notification systems happen to be excellent tools for public awareness, and required testing can take any form. On many military bases, for example, the systems are tested each morning and night by using loudspeakers to play colors. Pretty smart, eh?

The specific kind of alert that Hawaiians received while they slept in or ate breakfast this morning was a Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). WEAs use a different technology than voice calls or text messages and can only be used in three situations: 1. Alerts issued by the President; 2: Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life; or 3: Amber Alerts. Participating carriers may block all but Presidential alerts.

The good news about WEAs are that they are location specific: even if you happened to be a tourist visiting Hawaii this morning, you would’ve received the alert (so long as your carrier participates). Carriers who do not participate are required to notify consumers, but the major carriers have all opted in. But the big problem, obviously, is that they’re more subject to human error than their military counterparts.

Now, civilian agencies probably don’t have the capability to detect ballistic missile launches, so in a real-life incident that message would have to come from the military, likely U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) headquartered right there in Hawaii. PACOM would notify their base Emergency Operations Center (EOC) who would pass it up to the Regional EOC. Of note, the bases usually don’t have control of the WEA tech and can notify only those registered in their systems (but can receive all IPAWS notifications). Because of that, the base or regional EOC would have to notify Hawaii EMA for transmission. That didn’t happen today because there wasn’t a ballistic missile inbound.

The governor of Hawaii claims that during a shift change, an operator simply hit the wrong button. Well, it doesn’t exactly work that way. These alerts are not actuated by physically pushed buttons because the number of buttons that would require, for all of the different types of alerts, would be unwieldy. An operator would either type in the desired alert (or select from canned messages), select which communications mediums they’d like to use and the populations they’d like to alert, and then hit “send” and then again confirm that they really want to send that message. The canned messages might be available as electronically selectable on a computer screen (like a Windows button) but a “confirm” dialogue would still be required.

Time will tell what really happened, but as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) who helped set up the Mass Notification System for a major military base, I know that what likely occurred was a serious breach in procedure at Hawaii EMA. The authority who issued today’s alert and then took 40 minutes to send a retraction on WEA. PACOM immediately released a message saying that there was no threat, so why didn’t Hawaii EMA immediately send a retraction via WEA? There are serious implications associated with false alerts. What happens when an alert about a tsunami, wildfire, or active shooter are real and people ignore them?

Maybe we were hacked, as some have alleged, but probably not. No matter what happened, someone must be held accountable for this egregious breach of professionalism — and that person is almost definitely sitting at HI-EMA. Let’s hope that this scare motivates agencies across the nation to take a look at their own procedures. And let’s hope Gov. Ige holds his team accountable. Hat tip.

01/15/18

MAGA – Make American (high schools) Great Again! Part II of III

By: Thomas Wigand | New Zeal

PART I of: MAGA – Make American (high schools) Great Again!

CURRICULUM

As discussed in Part I, Progressive “educators” have hijacked our education system, one of the critical “institutions” in their Gramsci-inspired “long march through the institutions.”  The following curriculum, along with the rest of the proposals in this series, is intended to provide a roadmap for taking back our educational system – re-Americanizing it as we de-Progressivise it.  To be sure, some of the proposed curriculum that follows has previously been proposed by others – the “three R’s” being an obvious example – but much is new and unique, and game changing in ways that will beneficially resonate well beyond education itself (as will be discussed in Part III of this series).

As would be expected, what used to be called “the three R’s” — readin’ writin’ and ‘rithmetic” – will be first and foremost (plus science, of course). Literacy in those areas is the foundation not just for a lifetime of learning, but for workplace success. To achieve this, we need not reinvent the wheel – dusting off the archives and modeling based upon how these subjects were taught before the 1960’s would provide a sound starting point. Then, benchmark “best in class” levels of academic achievement. For that benchmarking, we could utilize, e.g., the OECD  measures of worldwide achievement and, for each subject, target the current world leader in that subject area as our bogey. That, in turn, would provide the threshold for what would constitute an A- grade in our schools (since the bogey equates to the average achievement in the highest performing country, we should reserve A’s and A+’s for our students who beat that average).

The OECD PISA average scores for 2015 (the most recent available). The purple bars represent “average” while the red bars represent the USA. The United States of America is below average in math; barely above average in reading and science.

It’s not like the US’s mediocre results are because our K-12 system is starved for cash; other than the outlier of Luxembourg we lead the world in per pupil spending (we’re in red).

But the “three R’s” are just the beginning. We need HISTORY (with a civics component); ECONOMICS; and PERSONAL FINANCE. (We won’t here devote space to the personal finance element, other than to note that imparting a working knowledge of budgeting; compound interest vs. compound investment returns; and “gross” vs. “net” can be life-changing for those about to enter the workforce, and who have decades remaining for saving and investment. If they play their cards right, they won’t really need Social Security or Medicare.)

HISTORY: The history component would gravitate around American history, accurately presented as a culmination of the world history that is its ancestor and so preceded it, particularly Western Civilization (which might be received more enthusiastically than one would first expect). This preceding history will be presented as the building blocks for our Founding Fathers considerable knowledge of history, and their learning from others’ mistakes while designing our own form of government, culminating in the crafting our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

George Washington “taking a knee” in prayerful reverence. Would it not be beneficial for our young people to learn about this, instead of just being exposed to the spectacle of NFL useful idiots “taking a knee” to dishonor our country?

In other words, our history curriculum will emulate our Founding Fathers’ own acquisition of knowledge of the (preceding) world, of human nature – and, not the least, of our Judeo-Christian heritage, which is inseparable from our founding – then their distilling the wisdom gained to design our (divinely inspired) nation. None of this is to imply the omission or whitewashing of the darker elements of our nation’s history – such as the long delay in eliminating slavery (albeit in historical terms it occurred within a short period of time). But instead to present them in proper context – as examples of the consequences when we don’t adhere to our founding principles – and also placed into context compared to the even darker sides of history that have occurred throughout human history.

Instruction in those darker sides must include instruction (comparative courses) on the counter-founding political philosophy that arose during the 18th century (Robespierre and the French Revolution) and 19th century (Marxism). A political philosophy that, since its inception, has endeavored to replace our divine founding specifically, and displace Judeo-Christian Western Civilization overall – that would be Collectivism and its component subsets – Marxism / Communism; Socialism; Fascism and Progressivism. Collectivism’s utopian theory vs. its actual historical results would be elemental in our curriculum. For example, mandatory reading on this subject should include Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago” (I read it over one summer during my college years, during the Jimmy Carter malaise era, and it hammered-home for me how lucky I am to have been born an American). Other instruction regarding Collectivism’s history of tyranny and mass murder – Soviet gulags; National Socialist (Nazi) concentration camps; Communist killing fields and cultural revolutions – will do much to place the “evils” of the United States of America into proper historical context. Indeed, this education would go along way toward making, amongst the young, the currently ubiquitous t-shirts of “Che” quite passé.

ECONOMICS: Which brings us to economics, as that subject also (allegedly) provides the theoretical underpinnings of Marxism. Age-appropriate curricula in (practical) economics holds the promise of providing young students with some exposure to how the real world works – human nature (e.g., people operating from perceived self-interest); business operations and how they succeed and fail in free-market economies – and so by extension why, over the long run, Collectivism never works in the real world.

This writer proposes that we use the following model for the economic curricula – a model also suitable for the other subjects within our curriculum: first, bypass the educational establishment and employ “our” experts to develop the curriculum content. In the case of economics, possibilities would include engaging luminaries such as Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams, and organizations such as FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) and the Mises Institute. The end product will be far superior than the current “pedagogy” developed by corporate textbook oligarchs in service of “professional educators” (that are actually Leftist ideologues promoting a Collectivist agenda disguised as educational content).

Last but not least – as advocated by Mike Rowe – a reinvigoration of vocational education for those who have the aptitude and inclination. This would provide a meaningful foundation to springboard into the workforce those who, whether by inclination or preference (or both), are inclined to make an honest living performing the non-glamorous but indisputably essential tasks performed by tradespersons and manufacturing workers.

Which brings us to how to build the transmission mechanism of this curriculum into the curious young minds that are the future of our country.

TRANSMISSION of the CURRICULUM

Essential for our means of transmission is the long sought, but still elusive voucher system in which the money follows the child. For you see, with such vouchers “private” schools would become economically viable and, being independent of the Progressive-designed and controlled “public” K-12 system, could utilize our new curriculum from day one. Such schools would be free to engage genuinely qualified teachers (including those untainted by those indoctrination factories that spew forth “college of education” graduates); they would also be free of the educrat bureaucracy and teacher-union propensity to institutionalize mediocrity.

Further, a voucher system such as this could allow home school parents to pool their voucher money to, e.g., rent a nearby facility as their “school” (and daycare center?) and share instructional and supervisory duties amongst themselves – kind of a home-schooling co-op.

To help ensure quality and reduce costs, the curriculum described above could (should!) include taped / streamed classroom sessions and lectures by luminaries such as the aforementioned Drs. Sowell and Williams. This would help ensure the quality of presentation and the integrity of the content (no local teacher censoring or bypassing the content). Additionally we would, of course, have written materials, reading assignments, and (at least in part) uniform testing (which could be offered as standardized tests given over the Internet, and graded in whole or part by computer, which would lower costs while providing uniform results against which parents can benchmark their own children’s progress).

This entire curriculum could be “open source” in the sense of being offered at no charge, or nominal cost, and to any parent, or groups of parents, or private school that wishes to utilize it – enabling all to harness a world-leading curriculum at negligible expense (and thus affordable). Think the Khan Academy on steroids.

The personnel for the local K-12 schools would be / could be local teachers (or teaching assistants) in private schools; qualified volunteers (such as subject matter expert senior citizens); home-schooling parents (or a consortium of home schooling parents banding together).

Currently the K-12 system is a near monopoly controlled by bureaucrats and teachers that almost to a person are graduates of the far-Left (i.e., Progressive) indoctrination centers known as “teacher colleges,” unionized in teachers unions run by far-left (i.e., Progressive) apparatchiks, polluting our young persons’ minds with “politically correct” curricula (enabled by collaborator textbook publishers) – all intended to mold them into future useful idiot believers in the far-Left Progressive cause. This author would argue that it, like Collectivism itself, is at root Satanically inspired … intended to undermine our divinely-inspired nation from within. But even if one is not prepared to go there, the OECD results included above confirm that the current Progressive hegemony over our K-12 must be broken-up, lest we remain mired in expensive mediocrity. The foregoing proposals are intended to suggest some means for doing so; but also provide the catalyst for something even broader – something both revolutionary and utterly game-changing for our entire country.

Next in Part III, the game changing impacts that could be the result …

Mr. Wigand is the author of Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracywhich is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.  Comments or questions for Mr. Wigand may be sent to: [email protected]se.startmail.com — he will make every effort to personally respond to every email.

01/15/18

Tagging/Tracking Phone App?

By: T.F. Stern | Self-Educated American

Some of the new cell phone Apps have me blown away; my being from an older generation where we put coins into a payphone to let our parents know we were on the way home and might be a few minutes late.  Take for instance the camera functions that let you take a snapshot of someone.  When you look at the image in your gallery the GPS program has automatically identified and marked the image as per the location where that photograph was taken via a GPS satellite synchronized with Google Maps.

No, I’m not making this up; it’s already a part of our everyday lives.  Now take that another step forward, maybe three or four days from now…

You take a picture and your fancy cell phone not only captures the image but latches onto the digital signature of the other person’s cell phone and combines this information so that the next time you view the photograph it gives you an update on where the holder of that cell phone is located in real time.  Sounds a little far fetched, doesn’t it?

I love the creativity presented by J.K. Rowling and the talented folks who’ve transformed her books into Harry Potter movies; the earlier ones being my favorites compared to the dark and ominous later movies.  Take for instance The Prisoner of Azkaban with the Marauder’s Footstep Map showing the real time location of anyone at Hogwarts Castle; Roaming the halls at night with only his magic wand and this magical map exposed lots of secrets, some of which are quite interesting if you’re a true Potterfan.

How interesting would it be if your cell phone camera could mimic the Marauder’s Map, showing the location of anyone you’d taken a picture of?

“Hey, ya’ll, Fred’s at the Texas Burger down in Madisonville.  Let’s drive on over and surprise him”.   Or perhaps, “I didn’t see John at church today.  Never mind”, pointing to a thumbnail image of him on Goggle Maps up in Dallas, “…he’s visiting his sister this weekend”.  The opportunities would be endless.

Could such an App be used as a tool for police to catch criminals, “Suspect is westbound on Main, just went behind the drug store and appears to be hiding in the alley”.  Then again… would it be another violation of privacy the NSA uses to compile information on citizens in their supposed quest to keep track of terrorist activity?  All they’d need is a snapshot taken with this new fangled technology…

My trip to the near future was a bit unsettling; maybe we should go back to using old fashioned film cameras…lucky for me I still have my old Kodak Brownie, somewhere.

01/14/18

Treasonous Chelsea Manning Releases First Campaign Ad For Maryland

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Maryland, you had better not elect this radical. He’s not only a traitor and mentally unstable, he hates cops and America. He’s an activist that joins with Black Lives Matter and Antifa. And Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) is now running for the US Senate in Maryland. It wasn’t bad enough that he released hundreds of thousands of national intelligence documents to WikiLeaks, a Russian propaganda outlet, now this traitor wants to be elected to foment chaos in our political system.

Manning just released his first campaign ad today and it ends by saying, “You’re damn right we got this.” This is a cop-hater. He also hates the military, the government, our leaders and America in general. He will now challenge Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) for his Senate seat. This is an outright gift to the Republicans in that state. Manning doesn’t stand much of a chance of winning unless someone with lots of money backs him… like say, George Soros. Manning’s statement of candidacy was filed with the Federal Election Commission last week. He confirmed his bid today on Twitter.

Manning, 30, has now turned into a transgender activist who claims that he is “a Washington D.C. based network security expert and former U.S. Army intelligence analyst.” Only in regards to leaking documents and betraying the military. At an appearance in New York in October, Manning was asked whether he’d been afraid that his disclosures would hurt people by exposing the names of informants. He insisted the material included no such sensitive information.” If you weren’t mad already, get ready for it. “These aren’t intelligence documents,” Manning said. “It’s historical data. There’s nothing sensitive in there, there’s no troop movements,” Manning said. “It was a historical record of everything that had happened in Iraq and Afghanistan.” What a lying traitor.

“We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, hate,” Manning says as images of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA and protesters clashing with police are shown. “We don’t need more or better leaders, we need someone willing to fight,” he continues. The ad then shows images of lawmakers, including Democrats meeting with President Trump. “We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves, we need to actually take the reigns of power from them,” Manning says. “We need to challenge this at every level. We need to fix this. We don’t need them anymore, we can do better. You’re damn right we got this,” he says to end the ad, using his well-known hashtag #WeGotThis.

Then Manning tweeted a link for campaign contributions. A felony conviction does not appear to preclude his Senate run. However, Manning has yet to file for the primary with the state elections board, which he must do in person by Feb. 27, according to the board’s website.

Manning got 35 years for releasing confidential military and State Department documents. One of the last things Obama did was to pardon him. Since leaving prison, Manning has become known for controversial tweets, often accompanied with a series of emojis and the hashtag #WeGotThis. Manning recently tweeted out the message “f—k the police” on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, along with the hashtag #DisarmThePolice. Manning has also referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as “literally the new gestapo.”

Maryland can do better than a commie, cop-hating transgender traitor. We have enough radicals in the streets. We don’t need any more in the Senate.


01/13/18

Proposed DACA deal would give parents ‘temporary protected status’

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

Protest for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) September 2017 Milwaukee

President Trump publicly rejected a proposed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty deal put together by a “bipartisan” group of Democrats and RINOs that would have given parents of so-called DREAMers “temporary protected status.” Worse, the deal would have opened up to illegal aliens who are “eligible for DACA but didn’t sign up.

Piecing together the proposal is difficult because “[D]etails about the Democrats’ plan are still secret,” as explained by Neil Munro at Breitbart (follow him on Twitter), who goes on to say that “advocates say it extends the amnesty to include the several million illegal immigrants who brought up to 3.25 million illegal-immigrant children into the United States.”

President Trump responded to the proposal on Twitter, referring to it as “a big step backwards.” The plan was presented by Sens. Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Cory Gardner, Michael Bennet and Bob Menendez, all of whom are pro-Amnesty. According to CNN, Sens. Tom Cotton, David Perdue and Rep. Kevin McCarthy “pushed back at the Durbin and Graham proposal.”

Further, the “fence barrier” is not “not properly funded” according to the President, who tweeted in part (see all tweets below):

“I want a merit based system of immigration and people who will help take our country to the next level. I want safety and security for our people. I want to stop the massive inflow of drugs.”

NBC Capitol Hill reporter Leigh Ann Caldwell tweeted out the clearly unacceptable terms of the deal “per multiple GOP and Dem sources.” Caldwell mentions that the deal is “[N]ot yet final,” but it certainly would explain President Trump’s reaction, as well as back up Neil Munro’s reporting:

DACA: Path to citizenship for DACA recipients and those eligible for DACA but didn’t sign up.

BORDER SECURITY: 1.6 billion for fence barrier, technical surveillance, training and retention for agents. AND AN ADDITIONAL 1.2 billion for other border priorities.

FAMILY BASED MIGRATION: Parents of DACA cannot become citizens but will get temporary protected status.

VISA LOTTERY: Some of the 50k slots will be used for people in the country who have lost their temporary protected status and some will be used for low immigration countries.

President Trump must resist any DACA deal, as Democratic strategists know that passing DACA is crucial for the Democrats “long-term electoral prospects,” as explained in a memo by Jennifer Palmieri and Navin Nayak of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

As previously proven at TrevorLoudon.com, DACA is about the vote.

President Trump responded: