7-16-14 Over 150 parents, educators and other interested members of the community came to hear a panel of experts spell out the myriad of problems with the Common Core State Standards Initiative and student data mining. Kevin Snider of the Pacific Justice Institute moderated as Anthony Cody, Bill Evers, Orlean Koehle and Ze’ev Wurman laid out clearly and concisely how the new standards:
1. Reverse hard-fought gains in California education
2. Reduce local control and parental authority
3. Threaten student privacy rights.
This forum was put on by parents at their own time and expense, it also allowed for members of the audience to ask their questions of the panelists.
The Forum also provided a website where interested parties can further research the advantages and problems with the Common Core State Standards Initiative. That website can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/CCforumPH/home. Interested parties are encouraged to check back regularly, as the organizers continue to update the site with pertinent information. Video by Steve Kemp
Originally posted 2014-07-16 13:45:23.
12 Articles/Video’s That America’s Media and President Don’t Want You To Know About; That Being How There Are Hundreds of MILLIONS of Muslim’s Who Want You & I Dead If We Don’t Bow To Sharia Law, And Here Are Examples Of Their Barbaric Murderous Methods & Targets
1) Australia’s intelligence service this year investigated “several hundred” Muslims for advocating violent jihad http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/australias-intelligence-service-this-year-investigated-several-hundred-muslims-for-advocating-violen.html
2) Five Muslims found on flight to Toronto with fake tickets http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/five-muslims-found-on-flight-to-toronto-with-fake-tickets.html
3) New York: Liberal imam fired from city’s biggest mosque http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/new-york-liberal-imam-fired-from-citys-biggest-mosque.html
4) UK: Jihad mass murder plotter wants his conviction overturned because of negative media coverage http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/uk-jihad-mass-murder-plotter-wants-his-conviction-overturned-because-of-negative-media-coverage.html
5) Iraq: Jihad-martyrdom suicide bombers hit police headquarters in Baquba, murdering three policemen http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/iraq-jihad-martyrdom-suicide-bombers-hit-police-headquarters-in-baquba-murdering-three-policemen.html
6) Bangladesh: Muslim group puts up posters on university dorm walls calling students to “engage in jihad” http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/bangladesh-muslim-group-puts-up-posters-on-university-dorm-walls-calling-students-to-engage-in-jihad.html
7) Polio outbreak in Syria: “The virus originates in Pakistan and has been brought to Syria by the jihadists who come from Pakistan” http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/polio-outbreak-in-syria-the-virus-originates-in-pakistan-and-has-been-brought-to-syria-by-the-jihadi.html
8) Nigeria: Islamic jihadists murder 30 in wedding convoy, including the groom http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/nigeria-islamic-jihadists-murder-30-in-wedding-convoy-including-the-groom.html
9) Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador to protest against killing of jihad mass murderer http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/pakistan-summons-us-ambassador-to-protest-against-killing-of-jihad-mass-murderer.html
10) Bangladesh convicts former Islamic Circle of North America leader of war crimes http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/bangladesh-convicts-former-islamic-circle-of-north-america-leader-of-war-crimes.html
11) Mali: Islamic jihadists kidnap and murder two French journalists http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/mali-islamic-jihadists-kidnap-and-murder-two-french-journalists.html
12) “Oh, the youth, the Koran asks you to enter the battles of jihad for Allah’s faith, get your body cut, shed your blood and sacrifice your lives” http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/11/oh-the-youth-the-koran-asks-you-to-enter-the-battles-of-jihad-for-allahs-faith-get-your-body-cut-she.html
Originally posted 2013-11-04 15:51:07.
On October 14, 2014, Hamas’ mouthpiece Al-Risalah reported that the organization has resumed work on one of its attack tunnels, citing the commander of a cell specializing in tunnel excavation. The article explained that tunnels, running dozens of meters below the surface, are dug by members of Hamas’s military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, who work in shifts around the clock. It added that there are two kinds of tunnels: “strategic attack tunnels,” intended for killing or kidnapping Israeli soldiers and carrying out “quality operations” inside Israel, and “tactical tunnels for purposes of defense,” used by Hamas to conceal mortars and launchers from the eyes of the Israeli pilots. The article also explained that the particular tunnel visited by the reporter was damaged in the recent Gaza war but repaired during one of the humanitarian ceasefires. Diggers interviewed for the article declared that they are aware of the risk to their lives, but are willing to be martyred for the sake of Allah, Islam and Palestine.
It should be mentioned that Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar already admitted over one month ago that the organization had begun rebuilding the tunnels.
The following are excerpts from the Al-Risalah article:
“The tools wielded by the Al-Qassam fighters in one of the attack tunnels seemed to be playing the song adopted by Hamas as its anthem: ‘Under and over the ground, under and over the sea, they burst forth like a storm.’ Like bees in a beehive, each of them took his position and set to work. The arms [of the diggers] have revealed themselves to be the most powerful tools the [Hamas] movement possesses. Their tunnels made achievements in halting the latest Israeli aggression in Gaza. They believe that, for every foot of tunnel dug, an Israeli soldier will be kidnapped or have his blood shed.
“Only with great difficulty did the Al-Risalah reporter manage to visit one of the tunnels in a certain part of Gaza, while taking strict security measures to maintain the absolute secrecy that characterizes the tunnel [enterprise] of the resistance.
“As soon as the
Jonathan Lemire and Colleen Long 10-23-14 NEW YORK (AP) — A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, according to preliminary test results, city officials said Thursday. He’s the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. and the first in the nation’s biggest city.
A further test by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be necessary to confirm the initial test results.
A law enforcement official and a city official received notification of the preliminary test results and told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Thursday night but weren’t authorized to discuss the case publicly before a city news conference.
Craig Spencer, a 33-year-old emergency room doctor, returned from Guinea more than a week ago and reported Thursday coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea. He was rushed to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center, and was being treated in a specially built isolation ward.
Paul Jose[h Watson 10-23-14 A “no refusal” checkpoint where drivers will be forced to stop and potentially submit to having their blood taken on the side of the road by law enforcement authorities is planned for Clark County, Ohio tomorrow.
“Every car will be checked to ensure that drivers are not impaired. If there is sufficient probable cause to believe that a driver is operating a vehicle while impaired, law enforcement will seek a blood search warrant from a “neutral and detached magistrate,” reports ABC 22.
The time and location of the checkpoint will not be released until hours before it is set to begin.
Once a search warrant is obtained, a nurse will draw blood to check for alcohol or drugs. It is not specified whether the blood draws will take place on the side of the road or at a nearby jail.
Although the practice of taking blood from motorists suspected of being under the influence has been the law in numerous states for years, many remain unaware of how those who refuse to consent to the procedure are treated.
Last year we highlighted shocking video footage out of Georgia which showed police officers forcibly strapping down citizens accused of drunk driving before putting them in a headlock and having a nurse draw blood.
As the clip shows, even compliant individuals who are showing zero resistance have their heads forcibly pushed down as the blood is taken.
“We all are American citizens and you guys have me strapped to a table like I’m in Guantanamo f***ing Bay,” complains one individual.
Another man screams “what country is this?” as officers hold him down and take his blood without consent.
“Holding down and forcing somebody to submit to this is really intrusive in terms of that level of invasive procedure into someone’s body is ridiculous for investigating a misdemeanor,” Attorney David Boyle told Fox 5 Atlanta, describing the forced blood draws as an “unreasonable search” under the 4th Amendment.
In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that it is not unconstitutional for the state to hold down Americans and forcefully withdraw blood. A January 2013 ruling affirmed that a warrant must be obtained for the process, although police could dispense with the warrant requirement in an “emergency”.
As we reported last December, citizens are also being intimidated into participating in so-called “voluntary” drug survey checkpoints, during which private firms working on behalf of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy take DNA samples from motorists by swabbing their cheek.
Evidence clearly indicates that sobriety checkpoints have little to do with saving lives or catching drunk drivers and everything to do with revenue generation. In states like California, the number of vehicles impounded as a result of license violations is seven times higher than the number of drunk driving arrests during checkpoint operations.
“There are thousands of ISIS training mosques here in America” – Ayad Jamal Al-Din
10-23-14 This week we have witnessed multiple Muslim terror attacks in our sister nation to the north, Canada. Pamela Geller live-blogged it this way:
The scale of the operation in Ottowa is getting larger and larger. There are now reports of a number of shootings in multiple locations. One at the War Memorial, one inside the Parliament building, another at a hotel and another at a downtown mall the Rideau Centre. Pictures show roads closed off and bridges in and out of the city centre are now closed.It was under renovation until recently RT @leeberthiaume: The scene around the national war memorial.
Former Iraqi MP Ayad Jamal Al-Din is telling it to you straight, and YOU listening?
In 2009, the FBI said that 10% of America’s 2,000+ mosques had imams that were actively and regularly preaching jihad against America. About a quarter of the Muslims in America ages 18 through 29 believe that suicide bombings can be justified, according to a Pew Research Center poll.
If you want to understand the real and imminent threat that ISIS and mosques in America pose , take six minutes to watch this extraordinary interview of Ayad Jamal al-Din, a Shiite cleric, Iraqi intellectual, and former member of the Iraqi parliament who campaigns for a democratic Iraq that separates mosque and state.
Mr. al-Din was in Washington for the October 17 interview by al-Iraqiya TV in Iraq, and the interview with English subtitles (which I’ve reproduced as a transcript below) was publicized on Mondayby the invaluable MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute).
While President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and Prime Minister Cameron absurdly contend that the Islamic State, or ISIS, is not Islamic, al-Din – an authentic moderate Muslim who regards the Islamic State as the enemy – patiently explains that the jihadist organization adheres to a firmly established interpretation of Islam that is based on sharia and fiqh (jurisprudence).
ISIS has already begun terror attacks in Canada, America is next. And the thousands of mosques that dot our landscape are the very training grounds where this evil is emanating from.
America has no choice but to begin closing each and every mosque that preaches jihad.
Simon Black, Santiago, Chile 10-23-14 When I was growing up, my father was able to support his family of four on a single income. And when he was growing up, his father could do the same.
This sort of security simply doesn’t exist anymore.
These days, it typically takes two working parents just to be able to afford a comfortable standard of living. And even then, just barely.
Today people have to borrow on their credit cards just to get by. And young people are forced to indebt themselves decades into the future simply to pay for an increasingly worthless university degree.
In 1970, general tuition at the University of Pennsylvania was $2,550 per year, roughly 33% of the median household income at the time ($7,559).
Bear in mind this was at a time when most households were still supported by a single income.
By 2012, however, general tuition at the same school had risen to $42,734—over 86% of the median household income ($49,486) at a time when many households had become dual income.
This means that the price of a piece of paper from university went from 33% of a single income to 86% of two incomes combined.
This is unbelievable cost increase that illustrates a very clear divide that’s forming in the West.
Yes—inflation exists. It’s hidden. It’s long-term. But it exists. And over a period of years… even decades… it changes the very fundamentals of civilization.
There are two primary forms of inflation. On one hand,
Cindy Simpson 10-23-14 President Obama “giftwrapped” the truth Monday, when he told Al Sharpton that Democratic candidates are lying when they distance themselves from him. The Washington Post summed it up:
Obama’s comments not only “suggested the election was indeed something of a referendum on him…but that Democratic candidates are actually on-board with him — something most of them have made pains to argue is not the case. Obama’s comments are the kind of thing Democrats might privately say to assure donors and the party base, but wouldn’t really say in public.”
In other words, straight from the mouth of one liar to another: “Do what you need to do to win.”
Habitual lying — a proclivity of Obama extensively documented by American Thinker contributor Jack Cashill in his new book, “You Lie!” — is a disorder that has infected the entire Obama administration, as scandal after scandal festers in the “culture of deception” that pervades the White House.
It’s the culture created, as Andrew McCarthy observed in his column on the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola outbreak, when “incompetence meets mendacity.” The vastness of this deceptive culture reaches beyond the Obama administration into the entire Democratic Party, on full display in midterm campaigning across the country.
Take the example of candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Senator Mitch McConnell’s opponent on the Kentucky ballot. After listing multiple examples of Grimes’s lies, Breitbart’s Michael Leahy described her campaign operation as a “culture of deception.”
Grimes has certainly produced plenty of slick commercials in which she promises she is “not Barack Obama.” Running as another “Great Democrat Rural Hope,” she tells voters she disagrees with Obama on “guns, coal, and the EPA” — but intrepid undercover reporter James O’Keefe’s hidden camera documented how perfectly her campaign follows Obama’s deceptive playbook.
Caught on tape, several staffers admitted that Grimes is lying about her support of coal, calling it all a “lying game.” As one prominent campaign donor put it to another of O’Keefe’s cameras, “She’s gonna f*** [the coal industry] as soon as she’s elected. She can’t say it straight up. She’s going to do what she has to do to get elected and then she’s gonna f*** ‘em.”
Yes, Americans, you can keep your health insurance and your doctor.
Yes, Kentuckians, you can keep your coal and your guns.
And yes — Democrats think that the voters who cling to those lies are stupid.
Democratic candidates also count on the fact that their supporters who
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN TOLD TO PUNCH JEWS, “TURN THEIR FACES INTO TOMATOES” – THEY MUST KILL ALL THE JEWS. THESE ARE THE VERY PEOPLE BARACK OBAMA HAS TAKEN SIDES WITH AGAINST ISRAEL. NO WONDER THERE WILL NEVER BE PEACE WHEN YOU HAVE THIS HATRED IMBEDDED INTO A POPULATION FROM BIRTH. MUSLIM’S; TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN TO HATE AND KILL.
5-10-14 A children’s show on Al-Aqsa TV, the official Hamas-run television channel broadcasting from Gaza, broadcast a segment calling for the mass killing of Jews.
In a clip of the kids’ TV show “The Pioneers of Tomorrow,” broadcast on May 2 and uploaded Thursday by the MEMRI media watchdog, the host of the program, a young girl in a hijab, interviews two very young children, one of whom says she hopes to be a police officer like her uncle Ahmad.
The host asks what policemen do, and, after establishing that they catch criminals, adds that “they shoot Jews, right?” and stresses to her young guest that “you want to be like him.”
“I will shoot the Jews!” the little child says.
“All of them?” the host asks.
“Yes,” the girl says
“Good,” the host answers.
In a previous segment, a co-host of the show, an anthropomorphic bee character, talks on the phone with a child in the West Bank Jenin refugee camp, and encourages him, if Jews come into the camp, to “punch them” and “turn their faces into tomatoes in order to liberate Palestine.”
The bee also tells the child caller to “beat them up” and to “pick up a stone, and when the Jews come, take it and throw it.”
The “Pioneers of Tomorrow,” a children’s program with a Sesame Street -like format of live actors interacting with puppets and humans in animal costumes, has repeatedly come under fire for violent anti-Semitic and anti-Western themes, often presented to children as young as 3 or 4.
In one segment extensively reported on in Western and Hebrew media, a Mickey Mouse-like character, who relentlessly espouses the beliefs of militant, radical Islam, is eventually beaten to death by Israeli soldiers after he attempts to liberate Tel Aviv. Other animal characters on the show have met a similar fate.
Originally posted 2014-05-10 08:30:07.
IT WOULD HAVE SAVED US A LOT OF TIME, MONEY AND DIVISION IF OBAMA HAD JUST GIVEN EVERY PERSON HE WANTED TO INSURE A FEW MILLION BUCKS AND LET THEM GET THEIR OWN, AND LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE. BUT INSURING EVERYONE HAS NEVER BEEN THE GOAL OF OBAMACARE. CONTROLLING THE POPULACE IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT AND THE BEST WAY IS VIA SINGLE-PAYER SYSTEM, WHICH THIS IS HEADING FOR.
Melissa Quinn 10-22-14 The vast majority of Americans gaining health coverage under Obamacare actually qualified for Medicaid because of loosened eligibility —and that’s what boosted enrollment among those previously uninsured, according to a new report from The Heritage Foundation.
The Obama administration has boasted that the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, would allow those previously uninsured to purchase quality, affordable health care.
“The inescapable conclusion is that, when it comes to covering the uninsured, Obamacare so far is an expansion of Medicaid,” Heritage Foundation health policy experts Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski write in a research paper scheduled for release today.
Officials announced in May that more than 8 million Americans had picked a health plan on the Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov.
Haislmaier and Gonshorowski conclude that 8.5 million Americans gained coverage through Obamacare from January to July.
However, their paper says, more than 70 percent of those signups can be traced to the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in 24 states:
Of the 8.5 million total individuals who gained health insurance coverage, 71 percent of that net coverage gain was attributable to Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied, working-age adults.
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THIS IS AMAZING! WHEN I THINK THAT THIS WOULD HAVE SAVED THOUSANDS OF LIVES AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DEVASTATING INJURIES, I WONDER WHY WE DIDN’T COME UP WITH THIS LONG AGO. SOME OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT COMES OUT OF ISRAEL IS MIND BLOWING, AND TO THINK THAT AMERICA’S FIRST MUSLIM PRESIDENT WANTS TO HELP HIS ISLAMIC FRIENDS ANNIHILATE IT, REALLY MAKES ME WONDER: “WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE PEOPLE HERE THAT SUPPORT HIM”
10-23-14 The IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) has unveiled the latest defense against the threat facing armored vehicles from Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and mines—a large rectangular multi-sensor system that is placed on the front of an armored vehicle, which can detect and then destroy hidden explosive devices from long distances. The CIMS (Counter IED and Mine Suite), which was first unveiled in a US Army exhibition last week in Washington, DC, has three main components: an above-surface detection system, advanced ground penetrating radar and a powerful metal detector. This three-tiered system enables the CIMS to detect hidden explosives underground, partially exposed above ground and those in camouflage.
According to a video released by the IAI, CIMS can operate day and night and through any weather at a rate of 10 kph for a 270° radius. The video also shows a machine gun attached to the tank destroying the detected explosives. “CIMS was developed primarily in order to enable quick and safe ground maneuvers,” said Nissim Hadas, the Vice President of IAI and CEO of Alta. Hadas added that “the development of the system was due to the idea that presently there exists no sufficient solution to this complex military problem that can provide reliable security for ground forces.” IEDs and mines were the greatest threat to American soldiers in Iraq. According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the average number of US soldiers wounded by IEDs between 2004 and 2008 was roughly 336 a month.
Daniel Greenfield 10-23-14 Every few years the debate over reforming Islam bubbles up from the depths of a culture that largely censors any suggestion that Islam needs reforming.
But Islam does not exist apart from Muslims. It is not an abstract entity that can be changed without changing its followers. And if Islam has not changed, that is because Muslims do not want it to.
Mohammed and key figures in Islam provided a template, but that template would not endure if it did not fit the worldview of its worshipers. Western religions underwent a process of secularization to align with what many saw as modernity leading to a split between traditionalists and secularists.
The proponents of modernizing Islam assume that it didn’t make the jump because of Saudi money, fundamentalist violence and regional backwardness. These allegations are true, but also incomplete.
If modernizing Islam really appealed to Muslims, it would have taken off, at least in the West, despite Saudi money and Muslim Brotherhood front groups. These elements might have slowed things down, but a political or religious idea that is genuinely compelling is like a rock rolling down a hill.
It’s enormously difficult to stop.
Muslim modernization in the West has been covertly undermined by the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood, but for the most part it has not been violently suppressed.
It suffers above all else from a lack of Muslim interest.
Muslims don’t spend much time fuming over a progressive mosque that allows gay members or lets women lead prayers. Such places occasionally exist and remain obscure. They don’t have to be forcibly shut down because they never actually take off. The occasional death threat and arson might take place and the average ISIS recruit would happily slaughter everyone inside, but even he has bigger fish to fry.
The best evidence that Muslim modernization has failed is that even the angriest Muslims don’t take it very seriously as a threat. The sorts of people who believe that Saddam Hussein was a CIA agent or that Israel is using eagles as spies have trouble believing modernizing Islam will ever be much of a problem.
They know instinctively that it will never work. Instead Muslims are far more threatened by a cartoon mocking their prophet for reasons that go to the heart of what is wrong with their religion. LIKE THIS ONE?
Islam is not an idea. It is a tribe.
Talking about reforming the words of Islam is an abstraction. Islam did not begin with a book. It began with clan and sword. Even in the modern skyscraper cities of the West, it remains a religion of the clan and the sword.
The left has misread Islamic terrorism as a response to oppression when it is actually a power base. It is not the poor and downtrodden who are most attracted to the Jihad. Instead it is the upper classes. Bin Laden wasn’t a pauper and neither are the Saudis or Qataris. Islamic terrorism isn’t a game for the poor. It becomes the thing to do when you’re rich enough to envy the neighbors. It’s a tribal war.
To reform Islam,
Richard Kemp 10-23-14 Would General Allen — or any other general today — recommend contracting out his country’s defenses if it were his country at stake? Of course not.
The Iranian regime remains dedicated to undermining and ultimately destroying the State of Israel. The Islamic State also has Israel in its sights and would certainly use the West Bank as a point from which to attack, if it were open to them.
There can be no two-state solution and no sovereign Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan, however desirable those things might be. The stark military reality is that Israel cannot withdraw its forces from the West Bank.
Fatah leaders ally themselves with the terrorists of Hamas, and, like Hamas, they continue to reject the every existence of the State of Israel.
If Western leaders actually want to help, they should use all diplomatic and economic means to make it clear to the Palestinians that they will never achieve an independent and sovereign state while they remain set on the destruction of the State of Israel.
When in 1942 American General Douglas MacArthur took command of the defense of Australia against imminent Japanese invasion, one of the plans he rejected was to withdraw and fight behind the Brisbane line, a move that would have given large swathes of territory to the Japanese.
Instead, he adopted a policy of forward defense: advancing northwards out of Australia to attack the Japanese on the island of New Guinea. MacArthur then went on to play a pivotal role in the defeat of the Japanese empire.
At the end of last year, during the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations involving U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, another extremely able and widely respected American General, John Allen, drew up a plan progressively to withdraw Israeli forces from the West Bank and hand over Israel’s forward defense to a combination of Palestinian Arab forces, international monitors and technology.
Given the range of existential threats emanating from, or through, the West Bank today, known and unknown threats that will develop tomorrow, and the exceptional geographical vulnerability of the State of Israel, such a proposal is blatantly untenable. No other country would take risks with the lives of its people and the integrity of its territory by contracting out their defenses in this way — nor should it.
General Douglas MacArthur (left) strongly believed in forward defense. General John Allen (right) also believes in forward defense — but for U.S. forces only, not for the Israel’s military defending its borders.