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Critical thinking hallmark of
Common Core class

Associated Press, by Philip Elliott

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/2/2013 9:41:15 AM

MIDDLETOWN, Del.- Remembering the plot of a short story is no longer good enough in teacher Amy Lawson´s fifth-grade classroom. Today´s students are being asked to think more critically. For example, what might a character say in an email to a friend? "It´s hard. But you can handle this," Lawson tells them. Welcome to a classroom using the Common Core State Standards, one of the most politicized and misunderstood changes in education for students and their teachers in kindergarten through high school. In 45 states and the District of Columbia, Lawson and and other teachers are starting to use the standards

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/2/2013 9:43:48 AM     (No. 9636652)

What´s the point of teaching critical thinking?

´They´ don´t want anyone to think critically or criticize Common Core!



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Grace1798, 12/2/2013 9:44:51 AM     (No. 9636654)

Get your kids out of those devil-run controlled schools before they destroy your kids minds and souls. There are numerous Christian Schools out there, and it´s worth it to protect the minds of your children to send them there instead. We did and not sorry we did.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mickturn, 12/2/2013 9:52:10 AM     (No. 9636662)

Lipstick on a Marxist ...does it change the core, NO, it hides the ugly.

Hey that´s not Moochie, it´s Obie with lipstick.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: RedLegLeader68, 12/2/2013 9:54:49 AM     (No. 9636669)

"Critical indoctrination hallmark of Common Core class"

There, I fixed the headline.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: fhancock, 12/2/2013 9:57:30 AM     (No. 9636675)

"At the core of the standards is a reduced emphasis on memorization." Well of course...so every time we see 8 x 7 we need to use our fingers or iphone and not know 56 ...or asked about World War I we know it started in the 20th Century not 1914...critical thinking is another way of saying "I´m too damn lazy to commit the information to memory"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 12/2/2013 10:00:43 AM     (No. 9636680)

Just from reading this piece it seems the kids are being taught to participate and are encouraged to try to solve problems on an emotional basis with out relying on actual truths.
This is PC garbage. As if it isn´t bad enough now, our kids are going to be made into malleable slugs who have no foundation of reality to dispute what they will be told to do.
This is scary and seems to have come from the same type of immoral, insidious evil minds that foist 0bamacare on us.
Take care of your children and teach them to reason and think.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: bmoc, 12/2/2013 10:02:23 AM     (No. 9636685)

The purpose of Common Core is to teach the children to be good little communists, kind of like the Khmer Rouge did in Laos. "Give me a child when he is young and he is mine forever."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dman, 12/2/2013 10:04:36 AM     (No. 9636693)

More like indoctrination than critical thinking. Starting children with "critical thinking" leaves their minds malleable and more receptive to indoctrination. They simply have no frame of reference.

In the real world: you first master the fundamentals and then can engage in creative or critical thinking. This is how the knowledge and experience of one generation is passed on to the next. It provides a platform upon which to build knowledge, not "re-discover" or "re-invent" it.

Just think of a student versed in "new math" without a calculator, computer, smart phone, or even a slide rule. Think of that person at the checkout counter who can´t make change when the store computer system is down, or who can´t balance a checkbook. Who are the real drones?


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Reply 9 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/2/2013 10:06:13 AM     (No. 9636695)

"Critical thinking" is anything but. It means viewing everything through the prism of sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia, and looking for evidence of such. It doesn´t mean "analysis.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/2/2013 10:14:31 AM     (No. 9636710)

Kids are like brand new computers.
Common core = garbage in, garbage out.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: bezalel, 12/2/2013 10:30:02 AM     (No. 9636727)

Call it what it is...
Communist Core

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Reply 12 - Posted by: texascunning, 12/2/2013 10:31:37 AM     (No. 9636732)

27 "likes" to #6. And an "amen" or two.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 12/2/2013 10:40:23 AM     (No. 9636743)

This is the kind of claptrap education majors are exposed to before being let loose on unsuspecting, defenseless children. There is not one shred, one iota, one particle of genuine evidence to support such a metaphysical-political theory of learning. It is just something somebody made up and championed because it sounds good. The irony, of course, is that such a fantasy -learning without learning- is hardly a manifestation of critical thinking.

It is impossible to think critically, usefully, realistically, helpfully, even safely without facts. Facts are what reality presents to us. They must be memorized. They cannot be deduced, constructed, derived, imagined, fabricated or tailored to fit prevailing political prejudices and sentiments. Facts are stubborn things. Children who are not obliged to learn facts, i.e. to confront and master reality, are the material from which serfs are made - which is perhaps the raison d´etre behind the whole scheme.

We had better return to pounding some facts into the heads of our children if we wish the republic to survive. Facts are not optional. Memorization is not dispensable. Learning is not possible without learning something. So called critical thinking is a throwback to the Middle Ages and to Scholastic deductive reasoning from ideas rather than from experience. Experience consists of facts. Facts are often, indeed commonly opaque. They do not always make sense. Frequently they do NOT make sense. They just ARE, crouched there like a lion across the path of every pleasing and happy fantasy.





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Reply 14 - Posted by: happy conservative, 12/2/2013 10:41:27 AM     (No. 9636744)

FTA: In 45 states and the District of Columbia, Lawson and other teachers are starting to use the standards to guide what skills students learn and when.

Operative word...guide. The whole purpose of CC is to govern the children´s thinking, not to encourage creativity(a a God given, God-reflecting part of our nature). Sure, they will be asked for their opinions, but if they reflect anything but the expected and acceptable the child will be re-educated in proper responses.

This is truly Orwellian and scary stuff. If your kids or grands are being taught this way, make sure you´re keeping your eyes and ears open. The elites really do believe it takes their village to raise your child.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: artman1746, 12/2/2013 10:45:10 AM     (No. 9636748)

It doesn´t matter what method liberals use to "teach" our children. They will always attempt to use it to indoctrinate them. It´s their religion and they will attempt to force liberalism upon anyone under their power. They always do it covertly. Common Core is an attempt to do it overtly. But they have been caught so now it is "misunderstood" you understand. Sort of like the country misunderstood Obama when he said you can keep your health care if you like it. And you would pay $2500/year less; and you could keep your doctor.

The point here is to keep your children away from liberals. THAT is the common core of the debate.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mws50, 12/2/2013 10:46:43 AM     (No. 9636751)

If there are journalists that understand critical thought processes, it is definitely NOT Phillip Elliot.

Liberals and progressives do not possess any rational form of critical thought, therefore they cannot identify it in any school curriculum.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/2/2013 10:47:12 AM     (No. 9636752)

Ah, but #14, in "theory," as critical thinking is called on college campuses (just "theory," no qualifier) there are no facts. "Theory" posits that there is no such thing as objective reality and no such thing as objective truth.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: chillijilli, 12/2/2013 10:50:27 AM     (No. 9636754)

While memorization teaches discipline and is perhaps the greatest brain trainer, we do have to acknowledge that in our high speed/ high tech world the very definition of intelligence is changing. Today´s most successful students are often not measured by how much information they can retain, but rather by how quickly they can access it. If a person can find the answer to a troubling dilemma in 1 hour as opposed to 1 week, wouldn´t he make a more desirable employee or researcher or physician?
Pre-high tech, we could still rely on memory schemas to develop focus and facilitate future learning. Nowadays many educators have disdain for memorization and believe that the focus of education must be to teach students how to think and solve problems---as if students can think and solve problems without knowing anything!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Zarin, 12/2/2013 10:57:47 AM     (No. 9636764)

I am not trained in education theory but IIRC wasn´t ´critical thinking´ part of the John Dewey "reforms" for education? He was a socialist of the first water - his ´philosophy of education envisioned experiential learning shaping and transforming the social consciousness of students.´ What makes me nuts is how much big $$$money has been spent & wasted by the taxpayer funded schools every few years for new curricula that are not worth a hill of beans. This has been going on for nearly a 100 years. Teach the kids facts - have them use their brains to memorize those facts. Some kids will be able to recall most of it & others less. All kids will be able to take those facts & use their God given drive to do something with it.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: hershey, 12/2/2013 11:03:36 AM     (No. 9636776)

Common Core...the dumbing down of students.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: MirJoy, 12/2/2013 11:33:10 AM     (No. 9636804)

FTA: "...most politicized and misunderstood changes in education..."

Really???

Please read when you have time:

"COMMON CORE GOES GLOBAL", dated November 20, 2013

Helped me think a lot more critically about Common Core. The problem with many of today´s educators is that they REALLY believe that "Ignorance is Bliss", and they also want the children to believe 2 + 2 can = 5.

I wonder what they do with the one lone kid in the class who raises his hand and says, "NOT". Probably be accused of being a homophobic/racist and put into a remedial class.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: beancounter, 12/2/2013 11:54:00 AM     (No. 9636843)

I have a kid going through Common Core (although not in a public school). My biggest gripes are:

1. They had to dump all the textbooks and online resources to get all new textbooks and online resources. How much did that cost?

2. There is no teaching involved. For example, his math text doesn´t illustrate or give examples of how to perform a particular task. It just has questions. My son would have no idea how to answer the questions if I wasn´t teaching him at home. It reminds me of college professors I´ve had who said:"I´m not teaching you economics or calculus. I´m teaching you to think."

3. While the texts don´t teach, they are full of references to the Common Core guidelines.

4. Common Core seems to be focused on churning out creative writers more than anything else. Math or social studies homework will include writing stories that are somehow related to the subject. I´ve told the school that I´m telling my son not to do that homework. He has plenty of other work to do that would be more useful.

The premise of Common Core was that it would help us conform with what other countries are doing so that we could compare the performance of our students with students of other countries. I really don´t believe this since other countries don´t push "critical thinking" nearly as much as we do already.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 12/2/2013 12:00:02 PM     (No. 9636854)

Maybe I read a different article..., but, I find nothing in the way this article describes CC and the examples that are given to find it to be " one of the most dangerous situations facing the country " as it´s critics
" mainly tea party-aligned conservatives " claim .
What´s wrong with teaching subtraction in kindergarten now, instead of waiting until first grade ?
Or requiring third graders to be able to figure out the perimeter of a figure ?
Less emphasis on rote memorization and more on critical thinking and problem solving does not sound like Orwellian Communist homosexual mind control and indoctrination as it´s been described.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: chumley, 12/2/2013 12:17:51 PM     (No. 9636873)

I lived with the results of this kind of thinking for a long time. Young kids just graduating school could not do basic math or even understand how it applies. Geometry is lost on them. Explanations of cause and effect drew blank stares. You would cry if you saw some of the official writing I saw. We were engineers in the military!
Oh, but they sure could spend all day texting on their stupid cell phones.
Without a strong knowledge base, a person is at the mercy of someone else´s memory, and all the errors or lies it might contain.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 12/2/2013 12:25:12 PM     (No. 9636882)

I give thanks that I live in Virginia, one of the few states that rejected Common Crap.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 12/2/2013 12:28:32 PM     (No. 9636890)

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One might indeed not know from the article referenced - referred to in sophisticated circles as The Text- that there is anything wrong with the proposed curriculum. That is undoubtedly the purpose of The Text: to privilege and valorize and foreground the theories behind Common Core.

Text...privilege...valorize...foreground... if these terms are not at least somewhat familiar to you, chances are slim that you will have much of a handle on what is actually going on behind the scenes. There is more, much more going on behind the scenes than meets the eye.

As another poster correctly observed, the mere mention of something as retrograde and reactionary as a "fact" is sufficient to cause certain academics to roll their eyes and snicker. How crude. How quaint. How naive. Facts!

See, it´s all about The Text. This is deep, so word limits won´t permit enough room to obfuscate common sense on this topic here. The Text is everything. There is no author. There is not ever a reader, e.g. you. Just The Text.

Common Core puts this into practice by having children read the Gettysburg Address without reference(at first) to the Civil War of the historical context. In certain circles, this is called Close Reading.

In other circles, it is called less flattering names. But it really doesn´t matter, because all that counts is The Text.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: wsdiego, 12/2/2013 1:20:39 PM     (No. 9636947)

The brain needs to be exercised to make the neural connection that are vital for cogent thought!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: EQKimball, 12/2/2013 2:41:55 PM     (No. 9637046)

The silly Chinese memorize words and formulas. Our kids employ "strategies," such as, when adding beyond ten, remove your shoes and socks.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/2/2013 3:11:53 PM     (No. 9637072)

Agreed, without fundamentals and facts, how can one use true critical thinking? There is no rational critical thinking if everything is "relative". To lefties, everything is relative. Morality, reality, situations, truth...everything is relative. There is no objectivity. There is no black and white, right and wrong...there is no absolute in anything. Everything is gray and therefore there is nothing...

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Reply 30 - Posted by: absalom, 12/2/2013 3:45:50 PM     (No. 9637132)

Lord have Mercy. The usual Luddites are out in force en masse, yet again. Bet not a one has read the objectives and principles of the CC curriculum. Whatever CC´s shortcomings; its purpose is to address a critical deficiency in our HS education system. Our students are simply not prepared for the increasingly technological jobs of the future. Regular surveys by OCED/PISA show the USA results for HS Students, in Language Comprehension, Mathematics and Science; to be in the bottom half of the world and falling. The l/t implications of this on our economic competitiveness and military prowess is ominous. Obviously many would rather shoot the messenger. The future will be stark for many as the jobs of the future go Asians and Central Europeans with the skill set the marketplace demands. Plenty of low info types on the right.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 12/2/2013 4:00:20 PM     (No. 9637146)

If CC were truly concerned with ´critical thinking´ they would have gone to the Classical Western Civilization Method ie "The Well Trained Mind" but they dont think that people of different colors might be able to use their brains equally and the same with classical principles. This is why I homeschooled my daughter. Western Civilization is the only civilization that has created the very concept of critical thinking, and yet Leftards want to pretend that multi-culti approach is better.

Liars, all of them.


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Reply 32 - Posted by: kahunavol, 12/2/2013 4:48:12 PM     (No. 9637192)

Not remotely surprised that Karl Rove defends Common Core.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: MissMann, 12/2/2013 5:20:24 PM     (No. 9637215)

The idea, at least in math, that kids understand what they are doing, not just how to do it--a fundamental tenet of Common Core math--makes sense to me.

But the devil is in how different people interpret the standards.

For instance, instead of setting a standard that algebra students can solve a system of linear equations by graphing, substitution, and elimination, the standard is now that "students be able to prove that replacing one equation of a system with the sum of that equation and a multiple of the other produces a system with the same solutions."

Huh? Why is this somehow more useful or show a deeper understanding of systems of equations? And what underlying math do students need to know? Need to master? or need to have a passing understanding of? You can see what a mess this is going to be when these poor kids hit college!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 12/2/2013 6:34:54 PM     (No. 9637283)

Lord have Mercy. The useful Idiots and
Watercarriers for the latest libtard indoctrination regime are out, though not in force en masse, yet again.

Bet not a one has noticed the stated objectives and principles of ---insert latest education theory here--- rarely, if ever, have even a passing resemblance to the actual intentions of its progressive designers, nor the results obtained.

For further reading on similar topics, see: Obamacare, The War on Poverty.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 12/2/2013 8:20:47 PM     (No. 9637419)

Examples of facts:

1. Your name, age, height, weight etc.
2. Your blood type.
3. The function of the heart.
4. What happens when a coral snake bites you.
5. How to summon help if your house is on fire.
6. The number of inches in a foot,
7. Why accepting rides from strangers is not a good idea.
8. What happens when you drop a bottle of nitrogylcerine.
9. Who your Congressperson is and what they are for.
10. Why the president cannot arrest and detain anyone he likes for any reason.

Behold the humble fact. It is getting a bum rap in education, mainly because it is taken for granted. Critical thinking sounds neat. Who wouldn´t want to think critically? Who wants to think uncritically?

But thinking must be about something. Productive thinking tends to be about facts, either ones already known or new ones to be discovered. Thinking that does not involve facts in some manner, however indirect, is not connected to reality. (Yes, Virginia: there IS a reality. Don´t let your professors tell you otherwise or you will be sorry.)

Critical thinking = hooey to obscure ignorance and justify laziness. It sets the bar much too high. The majority of people will be doing well enough to master their facts.







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Reply 36 - Posted by: Trigger2, 12/3/2013 5:07:51 AM     (No. 9637732)

We have BarryCare; now we have BarryCore.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Starlady, 12/3/2013 8:00:43 AM     (No. 9637895)

They say Virgivia ones not have common core, but my grandchildren are doing the weirdest math I´ve ever seen. I babysit them after school. They are in 1st and 2nd grades. When they do addition or subtraction it is in such a round about way you can tell the planner of the lesson is trying to teach without the kids having to memorize addition and subtraction tables like all previous generations have had to do. All the math is printed sheets. I loved math,. This math is more confusing than just doing the work of memorization. I am going to find a way to get them to learn their addition, subtraction and multiplication tables so their math will be easier for them to do. These are fundamental to build on other concepts, if the school won´t do it, the family members need to supplement if they want kids to be truly educated. That goes for all subjects. I will give credit to our local schools for getting children to read early. My grandkids are reading difficult texts in those early grades, but Ibthink the comprehension lags even though they can read the big words, they often lose the meaning of what they just read.

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Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 12:45:56 PM     Post Reply
At this point it might take a dead body to get the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks to give the IRS-Tea Party scandal any sort of real coverage. Huge developments in the last week – like IRS official Lois Lerner receiving a criminal referral from the House Ways and Means Committee and e-mails proving she fed tax information on a targeted group to the staff of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) – were completely censored by ABC and NBC news. Only a 90 second report on Thursday’s CBS This Morning kept last week’s revelations from being totally blacked out on

Kansas Jewish Center Gunman
didn´t just Appear out of Nowhere
American Thinker, by Stu Tarlowe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 5:26:15 AM     Post Reply
He’s not “unknown”, and he didn’t just pop up on the horizon. The alleged killer of three at the Overland Park (Kansas) Jewish Community Center and a nearby Jewish retirement home didn’t just “appear out of nowhere”; he’s a man who has been in the public eye before, right here in the Kansas City area and elsewhere, along with his foaming-at-the-mouth anti-Jewish and white supremacist views. The suspect, identified as Frazier Glenn Cross of Aurora, Missouri, is also known as Frazier Glenn Miller or simply Glenn Miller. As Glenn Miller, he ran for the U.S. Senate from Missouri in 2010.

Post-apocalyptic scenes engulf
Chile as helicopters, airplanes and
firefighters struggle to contain wildfires
that have killed 15, devastated
2,000 homes and left 8,000 homeless
Daily Mail (UK), by Tara Brady    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 4:44:42 AM     Post Reply
Helicopters, airplanes and firefighters have been struggling to contain wildfires that have killed 15 people, devastated more than 2,000 homes and left 8,000 homeless in Valparaiso, Chile. A 15th body was found today and the toll of destroyed homes has risen to more than 2,150. As smoke rose from smoldering ruins all over the picturesque coastal city, many compared the scene to Dante´s inferno. Scroll down for video - Some people made their way home after days without sleep, only to discover ruins. The fires, so hot they created their own fierce winds, consumed a few entire neighborhoods. In other



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Ben Carson: White House wanted
apology for ‘offending’ Obama

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Daily Caller, by Alex Pappas    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/15/2014 5:22:51 AM     Post Reply
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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