The latest push to shove the federal Common Core Curriculum down states throats via the threat of ending federal funding to those states that do not implement it has hit Florida. The state legislature is currently in committee writing legislation to implement it and make it state law. I am not going to argue the merits of the Common Core as a viable education model because the jury is still deliberating its content and methodology. What I am going to discuss and emphasize is the effectiveness of the federal body that will gain permanent control over every level of education in America and its success rate since first taking this role in 1980.
The Dept. of Education:
Since its inception and implementation by Jimmy Carter on 05/04/1980 has been very effective at redefining and changing the overall quality and efficiency of the way our children are educated. Before the Dept. of Ed. the national high school graduation rates were around 80% (peaking at 81% in the 1970’s). More importantly the effective reading and math comprehension levels were at a 10th grade level and to get into a college or state university a minimum SAT score was 1300. (an Ivy League education required 1550) The aggregate IQ as determined by MENSA for the average high school graduate was approximately 98, the general populace 88. read more »
Feeling demonized lately? The leftist controlled news media never misses a chance to demonize conservatives. That’s a given, I don’t need to document many examples; but is it effective? We joke about it or ignore it, but political demonization has a dark and ugly side, which we ignore at our own peril.
This blog was prompted by overhearing a conversation earlier this winter between liberals complaining about snowplow drivers pushing snow back into their driveways. Complaining about driveways being refilled by snowplows has been a Wisconsin tradition since Henry Ford’s day. But, this was different, both Democrats agreed the mean spirited snowplow drivers in their respective neighborhoods must have been Republicans. I suspect there are not many Republicans are in the ranks of unionized AFSCME Dane County, Wisconsin snowplow drivers, but these Democrats, evidently had the misfortune of being on their route. read more »
Conservatives are simply sick of being dissed. We don’t want to hear it anymore.
Too bad famous people won’t stick to what they became famous for. If you write children’s books, don’t lecture me about class warfare. An actor, dancer, comedian, football player, rock star? Entertain me. Then please oh please, just shut up.
Simple enough, but an impossibility for many famous folks these days, which is unfortunate. They don’t get it. They actually believe we care what they think when, truth is, we only want to indulge the fantasy; how disappointing to see just how arrogant, clueless and dimwitted celebs are once they turn off the microphone and remove the makeup. Worse yet, through social media, they insult many of the people who make them rich. Go figure. read more »
It has been suggested that it is a tragedy for Evangelicals to pray and fast regarding the new pope as called for by Rick Warren.
While it might not be an issue worthy of fasting over as it doesn't look like most of the top contenders to the papal throne have themselves missed too many meals and won't exactly be living in a state of self denial given their opulent surroundings should they get the job, offering up a quick prayer on the matter won't hurt.
After all, the individual selected will play a significant role in steering that interpretation of the Christian faith closer towards true Biblical religion or further away into the assorted errors tempting all that call upon the name of the Lord in one fashion or the other.
What is so wrong with a Protestant praying for the selection of at least a level-headed Pope that adheres to the shared commonalities of Christian doctrine and respects the rights of existence and expression of those he disagrees with?
I guess there are those thinking the atrocities committed during the Thirty Years War by both sides were a good thing.
Nothing wins souls to your vision regarding Christ and His message like a good pillaging and the ravishing of a few unwilling maidens. read more »
Some of CPACs best: West, Rubio, Bush, Love, Carson, Walker, Cruz, and Paul.
You know all that blather about conservatism being the philosophy of dying old white guys? Tell that to the attendees at this past weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Fifty-four percent of attendees were under 25-years-old; less than a quarter over the ripe old age of 40. Rising stars from Marco Rubio and Rand Paul to Dr. Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Kelly Ayotte, and Mia Love rocked the message of limited government and American Exceptionalism.
As on cue, the merchants of hate retched slimeballs, calling Dr. Carson a “joke in the black community,” “token,” “negro d’jour,” “oreo” and “Uncle Tom” on social media sites. And unlike the CPAC attendees who roundly denounced a white supremacist who crashed the conference, nary a single leftie has disavowed the racist remarks by American University Professor Deen Freelon and others.
For those who didn’t get a chance to review or watch the speakers, we’ve created a QUOTE MASH of some of the best: West, Rubio, Bush, Love, Carson, Walker, Cruz, and Paul. Enjoy~! read more »
Today’s liberal establishment is the 21st Century version of Uncle Tom’s Simon Legree.
What in the hell is going on with the American left?
Over-the-top rhetoric is nothing new in liberal circles; yet lately the tenor has been uglier than usual. Shrill cries from the mainstream press and pundits label traditionalists as “rubes,” or “pale, male and stale,” while their minions, dutifully guzzling the Kool-Aid, are trolling conservative websites shrieking about class, ethnic and gender warfare.
Doesn’t make sense—their guy won. They’ve told us over and over how patriotism is passé, that a new age of global relativism is replacing racialist Western culture. We’re done, finished: out with the old (and white); in with the new (brown, black, and young). read more »
Here repeat after me “EEEENOOOMERATED POWERS”
What separates our Republic and all Republic’s that have come before it is this very singularly important distinction. Enumerated Powers
Here is an excellent interpretation by Kevin Price from his article titled: “What are "enumerated powers" and why do they matter?”
"Enumerated powers" have an academic sound to them. It sounds like something you would read about in a history book. Simply put, enumerated powers are those powers specifically delegated to the Congress by the US Constitution. By the way, they are still there.
Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution lists the seventeen powers specifically enumerated to the Constitution. All of these things are important and the government's function in these areas was supposed to be strong, in order to protect the liberties of every American. Some of the things delegated to Congress include standard weights and measures, coining money, post offices and post roads, the protection of intellectual property, and a national defense. Beyond these and a few other very specific items, there was not much for which the federal government was responsible. read more »
The right has plenty of folks that are smart, sassy and say it as it is.
Barack Obama’s hubris is legendary; his acolytes an obedient army of foot soldiers willing to attack the motives, reputation, even the age and ethnicity of anyone who dare criticize. Disagree with this White House and you will be accused of being a racist, idiot, old-white-fool, or if you’re really lucky, all three. The arrogance has reached a new level when liberal journalists and former Clinton Administration aides incite the wrath of Obama—just ask Bob Woodward, Lanny Davis and National Journal Editor Ron Fournier.
Those of us right-of-center are used to the smears. But since we’re never ones to be skittish, we have plenty in our ranks that are smart, sassy and say it as it is. As for the so-called “lack of diversity” of American conservatives, well, that’s hogwash: Malkin to Gutfeld, Ailes to Ingraham, Elder, Loesch, Miller, and Tantaros. A Colonel and a Judge, and the Goldberg twins (metaphorically speaking, that is).
Each and every one of them, in their own words, grinding the gears of the intolerant Left…
In this era of hyperterrorism where every Tom, Dick, and Abdul with a grudge against society because of a rotten childhood blows up a bus or shoots up a post office, many are not too concerned about the activities of other outcasts striving to save the spotted owl or kangaroo rat with methods outside accepted political procedure since the most violent terrorists create the more pressing security concerns. However, simply because radical environmentalists aren’t known for eliminating their opposition with explosives, that does not mean that this movement challenging many of the presuppositions of modern technocratic society is not worthy of our attention.
The radical environmental movement began in opposition to the growing establishmentarian attitude of mainstream environmental groups such as the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation, the Izaak Walton League, the Defenders of Wildlife, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Parks & Conservation Association, and the Environmental Policy Institute who are collectively referred to as “the Group of Ten (Scarce, 16). These organizations take a relatively pragmatic stand towards the preservation of the nation’s environmental treasures. For example, some of these mainstream groups agreed to let the government construct Glenn Canyon Dam in Arizona, and in other instances, these groups have been modest in the amount they demand be set aside for preservation. read more »
Detroit was the Great American Dream sucked dry by the Great Society.
Detroit holds a special place in my heart. It is where my grandmother, mother and I were born and my dad arrived as a teenager to work 16-hour days on the assembly line and drive a taxi. Once a blue-collar haven of two million people with leafy neighborhoods and a world renowned zoo and arts institute, it earned the nickname “city of homes” because it didn’t have the crowded high-rise tenements of the northeast.
Today, however, the bustling metropolis is a crumbling, crime-ridden shell of its former greatness: In 1950, it proudly claimed America’s highest per-capita income; today it grips the lowest. For that, we can thank 60 years of misguided liberal policies. read more »
Trying to justify the unjustifiable and exploiting yet another tragedy for a political agenda is unseemly and immoral
After four murders and a manhunt that ended with his suicide and a widely televised cabin fire, Christopher Dorner gained thousands of new fans. This is the man who assassinated a 27-year-old woman, her fiancé and two police officers because of a years-old beef with the Los Angeles Police Department. Blaming racism for his dismissal, the ex-cop wrote a rambling manifesto that paradoxically called for stiffer gun control laws.
The 2nd. Amendment is the cornerstone upon which all of our other freedoms and liberties are protected and reinforced. Without it, the rest are just hollow words with no way of enforcing them except trough legal action which is and will always be violated by those that do not prescribe to the law.
There are only 2 methods to get anyone to take action, reason and force and if you cannot force me to act then you must reason me with your argument. The progressive socialists have been manipulating a segment of the population in this Nation for well over 100 years through their arguments that create an emotional response that forces a controlled reaction that obscures intellectual action. They use the heated moment of emotional response to get their myopic misanthropes to jump and then propagate the discord with a continual barrage of Pavlovian response words that they have ingrained into the modern populace through the media and educational systems they control.
They also understand that they have a very narrow window to motivate this group because after about 3 weeks even the average double digit modern American who redefines the term low information citizen, starts to lose the emotional motivation and moves back towards complacency, more concerned with their daily doldrums and escaping their pitiful existence than staying engaged in their masters rage. read more »
Young, old, multi-ethnic...today's most intutive conservative thinkers
Leave the shrieking to Maddow and Matthews, the scurrilous accusations to Maher, Media Matters, Bashir, The New York Times, and the slobbering Obama acolytes. The demagoguery they spew painting conservatives as a racist band of dying white brothers may assuage their hate-mongering base but will do little to inspire the hearts and minds of people in our great nation.
That challenge is best left to those whose ideals expand beyond pandering to the chosen few. And contrary to conventional wisdom, the individuals who respect the intelligence and values of the American people are not progressives, liberals or leftists; they are independents, libertarians and conservatives.
Starting today, we are sharing the words of today’s most intuitive thinkers, whether they be writers, commentators, academics, business and military leaders, or in the political arena. They are young, middle-aged and elderly, male and female; gay, heterosexual, black, Latino and white. In other words, Americans. All of us. read more »
It is with deepest sadness that I have to announce that Skip MacLure passed away in the early hours of February 5th, 2013. Skip had just celebrated his 69th birthday on February 4th.
Although I knew Skip for only seven years, he became the closest friend that I have ever had the privilege to know. While it is difficult to come to terms with this loss, I feel honored to have known him for what was, unfortunately, far too short a time.
Skip was, unabashedly, a true conservative. Plain-spoken, he was not afraid to take anyone to task, regardless of party affiliation. He believed that the Constitution was the greatest legal document ever written, a gift from God to the people of the finest country in the world. read more »
I have given much thought to what I am writing in this blog edition, because I know that it will rub many people the wrong way. America is dying! Yes, the America that was founded 236 years ago, by primarily Godly men and women, and founded to be a moral, upright, and primarily Godly people, is dying a slow, painful death. In my title, I simply ask, WHY? The answer my friends, is very simple, and that is because we have now raised several generations of citizens by educating them with LIES. The old saying is true, if you tell a lie often enough, and long enough, people will believe it to be the truth! How sad.
What prompted my deep thought on this matter you might ask? It was something President Obama said in his inauguration address. He used his platform to become the first President in our history to openly and unconditionally support and equate the lifestyle choice of homosexuality, with the civil rights struggles of his black ancestors, who died by the hundreds of thousands in their struggle for equality in America. If I were a black man or women in America today, I would be so ashamed of the President that they are so in love with. Here is his quotation; “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” REALLY? I will come back to this thought at the end of this article. read more »
The left takes aim at patriotic displays at sporting events
This week would have been the 102nd birthday of Ronald Reagan. Born above a general store in Tampico, Illinois, our 40th President personified our national spirit—hardworking, honest, independent, sometimes stubborn and always optimistic. He was an unwavering and unapologetic patriot whose love of country endeared him to millions of his fellow Americans and enraged our nation’s foes.
Thirty years later, however, Reagan’s kind of sunny patriotism is under attack. Not by international foes of old, but by malcontents on the American left who fear a chorus of “America the Beautiful” at a football game is “vaudeville that quiets political dissent.” You can’t make this stuff up. read more »
In one classic science fiction plot, antagonists attempt to gain control of the future by attempting to alter the past. Though it might not be as exciting as a Dalorian speeding at 88 miles per hour, maniacal forces in our own reality are attempting to accomplish nearly the same thing by drastically reconceptualizing our understanding of history.
Part of the way history is publicly remembered and allowed to exert an influence over the cultural milieu is through the erection of assorted monuments and memorials. This is itself a practice that, in part, traces its origin back through the pages of sacred scripture.
In Joshua 4:5-7, the representatives of the tribes of Israel are instructed as to the following: “Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant...These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”
This is not the only incident in Scripture where the believer is admonished to respect assorted physical historical commemorations. In Proverbs 22:28, the child of God is admonished to remove not the ancient landmark. read more »
We don't have to take it anymore. How honest conservatives can (and do!) fight against the liberal establishment...
Fighting the establishment doesn’t come naturally to conservatives. Playing by the rules, we don’t rage against the machine—we embody it. By contrast, liberals, so smug and high-minded, identify themselves as the undisputed guardians of righteousness: Hope, change, compassion, acceptance, tolerance. And cool, so damn cool. Now, that’s progressive.
Funny thing about conventional wisdom, especially when you’re the one defining it. Sometimes it just isn’t true. The left in America controls the Presidency and Senate, mass media, entertainment and academia; our politics, press, culture and education. Think about it. Beyond the vulgarities, ridiculing traditional values and exploiting the downtrodden—it is clear liberals have become the establishment they so loathe.
They are the “man.” read more »
How Can A Piece Of Paper Be Evil By Itself?
Well yeah I know, as told to me by really smart people, corporations are indeed nothing more then a structure used to define a companies formation. But I also know that that structure dictates mainly how the employed corporate officers are to be designated. The word “corporation” derives from corpus, the Latin word for body, or a “body of people.” Arguing this point is merely semantics and really not fruitful. read more »
The only acceptable hate speech in this day and age is mocking and venting hatred at Christians. I have the misfortune of living in Madison, Wisconsin, the belly of the beast of Christian hating progressives; not many days can go by without seeing the “Darwin Fish” on a vehicle. The word Darwin is inserted into the traditional Christian fish symbol and feet added to it. While there are a number of theories how this symbol originated as a Christian symbol, archeological evidence dates it back to the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D.
While, the Christian haters can have all the pro-evolution bumper stickers they want, but using a 1,800 year only religious symbol to mock that religion should be considered hate speech. Why aren’t Christians filing hate speech charges? Why aren’t we confronting the vehicle drivers? Why do we passively sit back? There are hate speech laws, but we are we not asking they be enforced? Get a picture of the car and the license plate; send it to your district attorney, demand enforcement of the hate speech laws. DA’s all have access to a license plate database; they can find out the vehicle’s owner in seconds, if they want to. If you are parked near a vehicle with a Darwin Fish on it, there no reason you cannot tell the driver of the vehicle how offensive and intolerant he/she is. read more »