Even the Bison get it…
By: Nelson Abdullah
Conscience of a Conservative
Common Core is the new push by liberal educators to create a national standard for our classrooms. Apart from the grandiose sounding platitudes, what it actually is designed to do is indoctrinate a generation of our youth into misunderstanding the history of our nation and the function of our government. And it also is redefining what our young people know about our rights. Take, for example, the following workshop instruction on our Constitution being presented by Common Core. We older folk know that the Constitution of the United States is the framework for our government. It contains the assignment of authorities between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of our government known as “the separation of powers”. Our Founding Fathers were skeptical of too much power concentrated into the hands of government so they created the first ten amendments called The Bill of Rights. And the Constitution also contains the exact process which allows it to be amended in a precise manner that first involves passing the amendment by 2/3 of both Houses of Congress and then ratification by 3/4 of the State’s Legislatures. Common Core apparently wants to create a false impression in the minds of students as to what the Constitution is and what it is not so that these misinformed youth will be ignorant of the facts when they get old enough to vote.
The Daily Caller reported a story today with the ominous title:
The story originated on the web site EAG News about a school in Bryant, Arkansas that handed out a worksheet to students that contains this quote: “the government of United States is currently revisiting” the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Because, it was reported, “the Constitution is outdated”. There is nothing in the worksheet that informs the students of the correct process to amend the Constitution making it appear that those “outdated” rights in The Bill of Rights can be taken away by a simple act of Congress or even by some tyrannical leader’s Executive Order. Here is a copy of the worksheet:
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And a blowup with the critical statement underlined. Also, please note the misspelling and grammatical errors.
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As Eric Owens wrote on The Daily Caller,
Well, America: if you thought the people behind the Common Core couldn’t possibly be any more moronic or tone deaf, you were wrong.
A Common Core worksheet handed out this year in a sixth-grade history class in Bryant, Ark. required students to ditch two amendments from the Bill of Rights, reports EAGnews.org. Students were also told to plug their rights eliminations by creating “a visual aid that could act as a clear representation of your proposal.”
EAGnews says the assignment is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, an attempt by educrats to standardize various K-12 curricula across the country. This fall, 45 states and the District of Columbia have begun implementing the curriculum.
This is from the same Democrat-controlled government that occupies itself with publishing images of Barack Hussein Obama surrounded by a halo as if he really was some messianic personification.
Our Founding Fathers must be turning over in their graves. When they formed our government they briefly debated having our country run by a King and offered the position to George Washington but the experience with the King of England convinced them to discard the idea. In their wildest dreams they could never have imagined a political party like the Democrats trying to turn the elected office of president into a deity and a country run by Executive Orders.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News
Because there’s just no better way to show who’s boss than scaring the living crap out of a bunch of elderly tourists from numerous countries. What a bunch of fascist asshats:
Vaillancourt was one of thousands of people who found themselves in a national park as the federal government shutdown went into effect on Oct. 1. For many hours her tour group, which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in a Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.
The tourists were treated harshly by armed park employees, she said, so much so that some of the foreign tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.
When finally allowed to leave, the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.
“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, who grew up in Lawrence. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.
Four dozen senior citizen tourists were on a 9 day tour (as opposed to a 3 hour tour for Gilligan’s Island, which would have been far preferable I imagine) of western parks and monuments. The fun ended suddenly when they arrived at Yellowstone Park and the Shutdown descended with Obama’s thuggish bureaucrats at the ready:
Rangers systematically sent visitors out of the park, though some groups that had hotel reservations — such as Vaillancourt’s — were allowed to stay for two days. Those two days started out on a sour note, she said.
The bus stopped along a road when a large herd of bison passed nearby, and seniors filed out to take photos. Almost immediately, an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t “recreate.” The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t “recreating,” just taking photos.
“She responded and said, ‘Sir, you are recreating,’ and her tone became very aggressive,” Vaillancourt said.
The seniors quickly filed back onboard and the bus went to the Old Faithful Inn, the park’s premier lodge located adjacent to the park’s most famous site, Old Faithful geyser. That was as close as they could get to the famous site — barricades were erected around Old Faithful, and the seniors were locked inside the hotel, where armed rangers stayed at the door.
“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”
I’m sure to these good people visiting our country, they worried that a communist coup had ensued when they weren’t looking and that the State police were arresting them. Well, that’s pretty much what is going on. And for a country already in the grip of an Obama Depression, this will just hasten an already bankrupt country into the economic abyss. Cloward and Piven has arrived at Barack Obama’s usherance and with much gleeful anticipation on his Marxist part.
As the bus made its 2.5-hour journey out of Yellowstone, the tour guide made arrangements to stop at a full-service bathroom at an in-park dude ranch he had done business with in the past. Though the bus had its own small bathroom, Vaillancourt said seniors were looking for a more comfortable place to stop. But no stop was made — Vaillancourt said the dude ranch had been warned that its license to operate would be revoked if it allowed the bus to stop. So the bus continued on to Livingston, Mont., a gateway city to the park.
The bus trip made headlines in Livingston, where the local newspaper Livingston Enterprise interviewed the tour guide, Gordon Hodgson, who accused the park service of “Gestapo tactics.”
“The national parks belong to the people,” he told the Enterprise. “This isn’t right.”
Calls to Yellowstone’s communications office were not returned, as most of the personnel have been furloughed.
Many of the foreign visitors were shocked and dismayed by what had happened and how they were treated, Vaillancourt said.
“A lot of people who were foreign said they wouldn’t come back (to America),” she said.
The National Parks’ aggressive actions have spawned significant criticism in western states. Governors in park-rich states such as Arizona have been thwarted in their efforts to fund partial reopenings of parks. The Washington Times quoted an unnamed Park Service official who said park law enforcement personnel were instructed to “make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
And so it goes from nudge, to shove and very soon, to shoot. Surely Americans now see they are living under the iron fist of a dictator. They are using lands and monuments that belong to America against us – held hostage as wards of the State, not property of the free. What makes Americans think that with the government in control of healthcare that they won’t use the same tactics? Comply or no antibiotics for you… submit or no chemotherapy… kneel or no transplant. And even then, only those who we deem young enough, correct enough or wealthy and powerful enough will receive the benefits of the all-controlling Marxist State. America has become Russia’s protege thanks to the enemies within.
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Julian Assange is bracing for a new film, The Fifth Estate, which raises the question of whether the founder of WikiLeaks is a “hero” or “traitor.” But the film, scheduled for release on October 18, has been overtaken by events. Assange, supposedly an advocate of freedom of the press, has made common cause with one of the worst violators of press freedom in the world today—Castro’s Cuba.
This alliance with Cuba proves that Assange is a traitor to the cause of freedom of the press and a free society.
Operating from within the London embassy of the Marxist government of Ecuador, where he has been living for over a year, Assange recently participated in an on-line video conference with “journalists” from Castro’s Cuba, and wore a yellow ribbon in solidarity with the “Cuban Five” who were sentenced to prison in the U.S. for spying for Castro.
Assange also used the occasion to denounce the U.S. economic embargo of Cuba as “immoral.”
The hypocrisy has caught the attention of Humberto Fontova, whose new book, The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro, has just been released.
“According to the Paris-based ‘Reporters Without Borders,’ the Castro regime—even today—jails and tortures the most journalists per-capita on earth,” Fontova told Accuracy in Media. “Stunningly, the total number of journalists jailed by Cuba (population 11 million) is only slightly behind that of China (population 1.4 billion).
His regime jailed political prisoners than Stalin’s did during the Great Terror. Castro actually murdered more Cubans during his first three years in power than Hitler killed Germans during his first six years, and came closer than anyone in history to starting a worldwide nuclear war. During the above process, this KGB-mentored gang converted a nation with a higher per-capita income than half of Europe and a huge influx of immigrants into one that repels Haitians and boasts the highest suicide rate in the Hemisphere.”
Before Obama brought “Obamacare”—now the object of increasing controversy—to the U.S., Castro had supposedly produced “world class healthcare” for the Cuban people, a complete lie that is part of Castro’s propaganda struggle, according to the Fontova book.
Assange, in Fontova’s view, is only the latest figure to buy into the propaganda. His book examines how such luminaries as Barbara Walters, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Barbara Walters have sold out the truth in order to make Castro (or his henchman Che Guevara) look good.
For his part, Fidel Castro had declared that Assange brought the U.S. “to its knees” through his disclosures of classified information leaked to him by former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. Castro called Assange a hero for his “challenge” to “the most powerful empire ever,” adding, “Ideas can be more powerful than nuclear weapons.”
After his video conference, Assange was the subject of official stories from Castro’s “news” agencies about his online “conversation” with Cuban “journalists, journalism students and Cuban bloggers” during the event conducted by the “Press Information Center” in the Cuban capital of Havana.
Sounding like a Marxist agitator, Assange said “he believed in the right of these people to their struggle,” in answer to a question about Castro’s spies.
His praise for the Castro regime and its spies should not come as too much of a surprise. WikiLeaks has been serving the interests of America’s enemies since its inception, and has recently been acting in the role of adviser to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, now living in Russia.
Castro has said about Snowden, who released classified information about terrorist surveillance programs, “I admire the courageous and just declarations of Snowden. In my opinion, he has rendered a service to the world, having revealed the repugnantly dishonest policy of the powerful empire that is lying and deceiving the world.”
Assange’s embrace of the Castro regime makes sense, in the context of his receiving help from the Marxist Ecuadorean regime of Rafael Correa.
“Aside from the Castro brothers, there’s nobody in the Western Hemisphere who’s trying harder to do away with freedom of the press than Assange’s putative champion, Ecuador’s rambunctiously left-wing president Rafael Correa,” writes Glenn Garvin in the Miami Herald. “In June, Correa pushed through a law establishing the crime of ‘media lynching,’ defined as the ‘dissemination of information’ with ‘the purpose of discrediting’ someone.”
Assange is staying in the Ecuadorian embassy in London because he fears British authorities will extradite him to Sweden to face sex crimes charges.
Garvin reported that Correa’s lawsuits and threats against the news media have closed many news outlets and sent other journalists “fleeing into exile,” to the point where Freedom House now lists its media as “not free.”
Assange’s embrace of the Castro regime and the “Cuban Five” raises questions about whether he has been operating as a Communist agent all along.
It would not be surprising if it turns out he was in the pay of the Cuban intelligence service.
In recent years, a number of important Cuban spy cases have come to light. They include:
- A former State Department official and his wife, Walter Kendall Myers and Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, were arrested in 2009 “on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years, and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government,” the Department of Justice reported. They pled guilty to federal charges of providing classified U.S. national defense information to Cuba.
- Earlier this year Marta Rita Velazquez was charged with conspiracy to commit espionage on behalf of Cuba. She and others were charged with transmitting to the Cuban government and its agents “documents and information relating to the U.S. national defense, with the intent that they would be used to the injury of the United States and to the advantage of the Cuban government,” the Department of Justice says. As part of the conspiracy, Velazquez allegedly helped the Cuban intelligence service “spot, assess and recruit U.S. citizens who occupied sensitive national security positions or had the potential of occupying such positions in the future to serve as Cuban agents.” One of these agents was Ana Belen Montes, who worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Montes pled guilty to these charges in 2002 and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.