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From the Washington Post:

By Diane Ravitch

A new Washington Post story by Lyndsey Layton about how Bill Gates’ funded the Common Core revolution is startling. His role and the role of the U.S. Department of Education in drafting and coercing almost every state to adopt the Common Core standards should be investigated by Congress.

The idea that the richest man in America can purchase and — working closely with the U.S. Department of Education — impose new and untested academic standards on the nation’s public schools is a national scandal. A congressional investigation is warranted. The close involvement of Education Secretary Arne Duncan raises questions about whether the federal government overstepped its legal role in public education. (emphasis added)

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This paragraph, towards the end of the article, says it all:

The reality is that the most reliable predictors of test scores are family income and family education. Nearly one-quarter of America’s children live in poverty. The Common Core standards divert our attention from the root causes of low academic achievement.



America’s GI “boots on the ground” in Iraq are so frustrated with the White House message about their mission against the Islamic State — which Vice President Biden vowed Wednesday to chase “to the gates of Hell” — that they’re wondering how they’ll accomplish the goal “when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base.””




Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science.

Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts.

Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD’s CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas.

With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500, a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption.

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Usually beer commercials are full of goofy characters and funny gags, but this one carries an important message. Guinness “Empty Chair” salutes the character of a community as they honor one of their own who is out of sight, but not out of mind. They remind us that a true test of character is what you do when no one’s looking.


Why isn’t the media covering the killing of an unarmed white youth by a black police officer?


The case of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer, continues to make headlines weeks after the incident sparked riots and outrage in Ferguson, Missouri, and prompted a national debate.

Meanwhile, the case of Dillon Taylor, an unarmed, white 20-year-old shot and killed by a black policeman outside a 7-Eleven in Utah has received virtually no media coverage beyond local news reports.

The negligible coverage of the Taylor case by the mainstream media prompted many conservative critics to address the racial double standard. The Washington Times reports: “Talk-show host Rush Limbaugh blamed the discrepancy between the two cases on ‘the liberal world view’ that portrays whites as oppressors and blacks as victims.”

The Times noted that CNN news host Jake Tapper acknowledged the discrepancy between the two cases, and noted that “the press often undercovers such topics as inner-city violence and the high rates of black-on-black crime.”

According to Tapper, though, the Brown case is more newsworthy because of the national reaction it sparked, though some question whether the excessive media coverage of the violent protests actually served to fuel them.

– – Teresa Mull

Last night, one of the news outlets ran a segment where they interviewed marchers in New York protesting the choke-hold death of Eric Garner, asking them about “justice” in the Ferguson, MO police shooting death of Michael Brown.

I was amazed not so much that most of those questioned have already assumed that Officer Darren Wilson was GUILTY of murdering Michael Brown, despite the many unknown facts, but at the call for justice. The call for justice is appropriate, but this call was for the ARREST and CONVICTION of Darren Wilson WITHOUT A TRIAL. Many said that the facts are in, he is guilty and doesn’t deserve a trial. REALLY??

DOESN’T DESERVE A TRIAL!! I was dumbfounded. It wasn’t just one or two people. It was said over and over again. When asked about our justice system assuming one to be innocent until proven guilty, this group was willing to throw that out the window. “All the witnesses say it is so” was the overall response. One said the witnesses are correct so he doesn’t listen to the news for any further facts (not that most of the media isn’t already spinning it against Officer Darren Wilson.)

It is obvious that the only justice that will be acceptable in Ferguson MO is the arrest, trial, conviction, and incarceration of a white police officer. To railroad the facts, whatever they ultimately are, to reach the “required” end, will be the greatest travesty of justice for ALL.

And on a sidenote, an unarmed white 21 year old male was shot and killed by a black police officer in Utah. Is Eric Holder enroute to Utah now? No, I didn’t think so.