Higher Spending No Guarantee of School Success

schoolCarolina Journal – Niche.com Inc. is a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based company that evaluates and ranks K-12 schools, colleges, cities, and neighborhoods. It recently released a 2015 ranking of public schools and school districts in each state, as well as a national ranking of private and public schools and districts.

Niche researchers evaluated dozens of variables in eight categories and weighted each. Factors included academic performance (50 percent), health and safety (10 percent), student culture and diversity (10 percent), parent and student survey responses (10 percent), teachers (10 percent), resources and facilities (5 percent), extracurricular activities (2.5 percent), and sports and fitness (2.5 percent).

Obviously, the ranking reflects more than just test scores or graduation rates. The total school environment was taken into account.

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Loretta Lynch: “Civil forfeiture is a very important tool.”

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Glenn Beck: How can we trust weather experts on climate change when they can’t predict a blizzard?

A very interesting book about Climate Change “The Deniers” by Lawrence Solomon. “Takes every aspect of global warming theory and systematically presents a scientific argument to the contrary…For the Left, this is one inconvenient book.” – FrontPage Magazine

Freedom! High Schoolers stopped by police for trying to shovel snow in New Jersey

Glenn Beck – This is truly unbelievable. What do kids do in the Northeast after a big storm? Well, they go door to door and offer to shovel their neighbors driveway. It’s the winter version of the lemonade stand. But – OF COURSE- progressive regulations have found a way to undermine this time honored tradition.

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The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Dems call for new food safety agency January 28, 2015

Welcome to OVERNIGHT REGULATION, your daily rundown of enforcement news from Capitol Hill and beyond.

It’s Wednesday night here in Washington and we’re gearing up for day two of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing. But before we get too wrapped up in whether Lynch really is or isn’t Obama’s wingman, here’s a look at the biggest news and tomorrow’s most compelling stories from the agencies and Congress.

 

The BIG STORY

By 2050, Patricia Buck said there will be more people in the world than available food.

“That is a startling statement,” said the executive director of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention on Wednesday. “And that means every morsel of food that gets produced has to be delivered as safely as possible to the consumer.”

It’s why she’s cheering the Safe Food Act of 2015 introduced by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on Wednesday. The bill would create one new agency to enforce the nation’s food safety regulations, rather than the 15 agencies that play a role in rulemaking and enforcement now. It would be called the Food Safety Administration.

With Republicans in the majority, however, Durbin said he knows many will ask, “Why would they ever look at this?”

But he’s ready to make his case. … Read more…

February 26th Publius Huldah will speak and answer questions on why an Article V convention is a terrible idea.

publius-200x200Publius Huldah is Lawyer, philosopher & logician. Strict constructionist of the U.S. Constitution. Passionate about The Federalist Papers (Alexander Hamilton, James Madison & John Jay), restoring constitutional government.

Location: Skyland Fire Dept. 9 Miller Rd E, Asheville, NC 28805

Date: February 26th

Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

Please, RSVP to Fremont if you plan on attending.

For more info on an Article V Convention click here.

Obama’s Attorney General Nominee: Illegal Immigrants Have a Right to Work in The United States

Townhall – President Obama’s recent executive action on illegal immigration, deferring deportations and giving millions of individuals access to work permits, Social Security, Medicaid and other benefits, was front and center during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday where attorney general nominee and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch testified.

Under questioning from Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, Lynch argued that regardless of an individual’s lawful status in the United States, they should have the right to work.

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How Fossil Fuels Cleaned Up Our Environment

Dudley street, seven dials: 1872Forbes – Imagine we transported someone from the essentially fossil fuel-free environment of three hundred years ago to that of today, which has been fundamentally shaped by coal, oil, and natural gas. And imagine we then took him on a tour of the modern world, good and bad, clean and dirty. What would he think about our environment?

I’ll call our visitor Thomas, in honor of Thomas Newcomen, one of the pioneers of the steam engine, which was invented in 1712, almost exactly three hundred years ago.

Thomas’s reaction would be disbelief that such a clean, healthy environment could exist.

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What the Firearms Industry Thinks About the UN Arms Trade Treaty Signed By Obama Administration

berettaThe Daily Signal – Supposedly, the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which took effect Christmas Eve, is no big deal.

But people who work in the business of manufacturing, importing and exporting firearms are concerned about the treaty and what it means for them and their industry.

I talked to several last week at the Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas. Although they were grateful for the strong stand against the treaty taken by both the Senate and House, they were confused about what is going on with the treaty and how such agreements work their way through the Senate.

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Jobs, education on legislative radar, but specifics are scarce

nc leg bldgWRAL – If you boil down everything senior lawmakers have said about the upcoming legislative session over the past two weeks, the result would be three words: jobs, education, Medicaid.

But anyone trying to divine the specific proposals the General Assembly will push through this year would be hard-pressed to find someone really in the know willing to make a hard-and-fast commitment to a particular bill or proposal.

“We’ll be getting together as soon as we get back,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, adding that Senate Republicans are still working on their legislative agenda.

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GOP shifts plans on border bill

bfThe Hill – A border security bill pulled from the House floor this week may have to be “married” with a separate bill because of concerns about whether the Homeland Security or Judiciary panel oversees the issue of interior enforcement.

House GOP leaders told members in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that they’re still trying to figure out how to bring the bill from Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul back to the floor given “jurisdictional issues on McCaul’s committee and the Judiciary Committee’s interior responsibilities,” said a GOP lawmaker who attended the gathering.

The House was set to vote on the Texas Republican’s border bill on Wednesday. But Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday pulled the legislation from the floor schedule amid objections from conservatives and a winter snowstorm that disrupted lawmakers trying to return to Washington.

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Obama goes where the money is to pay for ‘free’ education programs – your savings account.

theftUSA Today – Bank robber Willie Sutton is said to have explained his career this way: “That’s where the money is.” Whether Sutton ever really said that, it’s an aphorism that, according to Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle, explains President Obama’s plans to go after middle class assets like 529 college savings plans and home appreciation.

Though millions of Americans have been putting money into “tax free” 529 plans to save for their children’s increasingly expensive college educations, President Obama would change the law so that withdrawals from the plans to fund college would be taxed as ordinary income. So while you used to be able to get a nice tax benefit by saving for college, now you’ll be shelling out to Uncle Sam every time you withdraw to pay for Junior’s dorm fees.

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Islamic Tribunal Using Sharia Law In Texas Has Been Confirmed

Westernjournalism.com – Breitbart Texas has confirmed the existence of an Islamic tribunal in Texas that will make judgments in accordance with Sharia law.

The website for the Islamic tribunal states: “It is with this issue that Muslims here in America are obligated to find a way to solve conflicts and disputes according to the principles of Islamic Law and its legal heritage of fairness and justice in a manner that is reasonable and cost effective.”

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Seattle residents publicly shamed by city for not composting

COMPOSTUPI.COM – Residents too lazy to separate food waste from regular trash and recyclables in Seattle will now be publicly shamed by the city.

Residents who don’t put compostable materials like food and yard waste in a separate bin for pickup will not only be fined, but will also be embarrassed in front of their neighbors.

The move stems from a new law in Seattle that took place Jan. 1.

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Lou Holtz Nails It

Right Turn Forever – YEP, VERY PROFOUND… AND TRUE… Lou Holtz nails it

The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society and others don’t. That’s the divide in America.

It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country.

That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time someone said it.

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Youth Vote Is Key to 2016 and Saving America

Townhall – Barack Obama was ushered into the Oval Office by a wave of young supporters and first-time voters in 2008. However, they are now among those most disillusioned with Obama and his regime, and they are the ticket to winning the 2016 presidential election and preserving the heart and soul of our republic.

Politico recently posted a story that started with the words, “Coming soon to a battleground state near you: White House campaigns combining census reports with Instagram and Twitter posts to target teenagers who aren’t yet 18 but will be by Election Day 2016.”

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CBO Report: Obamacare to Cost Government $50K Per Person

Obama-laughingNewsMax – A bombshell report from the Congressional Budget Office reveals that it will cost the federal government $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under Obamacare law.

According to the Daily Mail.com, the astounding figure was “buried” in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization’s budget forecast for the next 10 years.

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The Hill’s OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Attorney general nominee heads to Senate

January 27, 2015

Welcome to OVERNIGHT REGULATION, your daily rundown of enforcement news from Capitol Hill and beyond. It’s Tuesday night here in Washington and we’re getting the popcorn ready. The two-day confirmation hearing of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch begins Wednesday. With Republicans in control, it promises to be one heck of a show. So here’s a sneak peak along with the biggest news and tomorrow’s most compelling story lines from the agencies and Congress.

 

THE BIG STORY

The Obama administration will be on the hot seat Wednesday as Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch heads to the Senate for her confirmation hearing.

GOP lawmakers will probe Lynch to see how she distinguishes herself from some of the controversial policies of her predecessor, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

Republicans believe the Department of Justice has become too “politicized” under the Obama administration. They’re looking for an attorney general who is not afraid to stand up to the president from time to time.

“We need an attorney general that won’t politicize the office,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) told The Hill. “It will be important that she is ready to tell the president, ‘No,’ if he overreaches.”

One of the biggest overreaches Republicans point to is President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants.

Lynch will be asked whether she believes the president overstepped his authority on immigration.

Tensions could also flair over Operation Fast and Furious, the failed sting where federal agents puts guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Meanwhile, Democrats may probe Lynch’s stance on civil-rights issues such as same-sex marriage and potential police reforms in the wake of Ferguson.  … Read more…

Keeping Focused on Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

 heritage actionPosted: 27 Jan 2015 06:13 AM PST

To:             Interested Parties
From:       Heritage Action for America
Date:         January 27, 2015
Subject:   Keeping Focused on Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Lawmakers have one month to pass a discretionary funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security that denies funding and resources for President Obama’s amnesty programs. Although the House-passed DHS appropriations bill (H.R. 240) 1 has yet to be considered in the Senate, Politico reported some Republicans were already “exploring ways of escaping their political jam on immigration, with steps that could avoid a funding cutoff for the Department of Homeland Security while letting conservatives vent their anger at President Barack Obama.”  Such actions are premature, as Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) explained to the Washington Examiner:

“You usually don’t know for sure where these fights wind up until you have them. And this is an important one for us to have. We need to have this fight, and then we’ll see where it goes.”

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Good News on Civil Asset Forfeiture

4thAmendmentCarolina Journal – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been subjected to a good deal of criticism during his time in office, but even many of his fiercest critics have joined the chorus of praise for an order he signed this month titled “Prohibition on Certain Federal Adoptions of Seizures by State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies” — and for good reason.

For years the Department of Justice has been using the “adoptions” referred to in Holder’s order to promote an obnoxious practice called “civil asset forfeiture” and make it an integral part of the American criminal justice system. The result, as one constitutional law scholar described it in The Washington Post, has been “a civil-liberties debacle and a stain on American criminal justice.”

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Ready, Aim, Fire: Choke Point Draws Heat From Gun Industry

 The Daily Signal – Banned from financial services that are essential to running a business, firearms sellers attending the world’s largest gun show last week in Las Vegas spoke out against the government’s controversial program known as Operation Choke Point.

“We continue to hear from dealers and others in our industry that suddenly, out of the blue, they have been cut off by financial services or credit card processors or banks,” said Larry Keane, Senior Vice President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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Mike Huckabee to Common Core Creators: Rebrand, Don’t Retreat

mike huckabeeBreitbart.com – According to The Washington Post, at a recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), one of the organizations that created the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Huckabee urged state education officials to get rid of the “Common Core” name because it has become “toxic.”

As the Post indicates, however, Huckabee still intends to support the standards.

“Rebrand it, refocus it, but don’t retreat,” Huckabee reportedly told CCSSO members.

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NC’s Tillis, Burr push case for offshore drilling

offshore drillingCharlotteObserver.com – North Carolina’s two Republican U.S. senators stoked the already controversial Keystone XL pipeline debate when they pushed to add a measure that would also open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling.

U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr introduced an amendment Thursday to the Senate Keystone pipeline proposal that would allow drilling up the coast from Florida to Delaware in search of oil and gas resources. In return, the states would receive a share of oil and gas revenue from the energy companies.

The amendment is likely to be nothing more than a political statement. President Barack Obama has promised to veto the Keystone pipeline bill. And Obama already has approved seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Atlantic, which many environmentalists see as a precursor to eventual drilling. Obama is expected to make an announcement on the issue soon.

Those factors haven’t stopped critics from seizing on the North Carolina Republicans’ proposal. Environmental advocacy groups see it as an attack on the country’s national and state treasures, including North Carolina’s fragile barrier islands.

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Federal Bill Would Make Owning Body Armor a Crime Punishable by 10 Years in Prison

GunsSaveLives.net – Screen-Shot-2015-01-26-at-12.48.46-AM-640x377Democratic members of Congress apparently aren’t going to be satisfied until American citizens are completely and utterly defenseless.

Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) has introduced a bill for consideration of the new Congress which would prohibit the ownership of certain types of body armor for civilians.

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Click here to read: Text of the Responsible Body Armor Possession Act.

It’s time to get Obama out of your inbox.

FreedomWorks
It’s time to get Obama out of your inbox.

Right now, the government can read your old emails without a warrant. They can spy on you without accountability.

That’s not right and it’s definitely unconstitutional. It’s time for Republicans to fix the loophole that lets Obama’s snoops look at your emails.

Last year a bi-partisan super majority cosponsored the Email Privacy Act. This bill would have stopped government spies from violating your privacy and making a mockery of the 4th Amendment. Republicans must put an end to this lawlessness and support the same bill in 2015.

President Obama thinks he can violate your privacy and not be held accountable. We need to prove him wrong.

Sign the petition to tell Republicans that in 2015 they need to finally stop Obama’s unconstitutional spying. 

We need to protect your privacy before it’s too late.

In Liberty,

Noah Wall
Grassroots Director, FreedomWorks

From Congressman Mark Meadows: Conservatives Form House Freedom Caucus

mark meadows and tom gravesWashington, D.C. Conservative House Members announced on Monday the formation of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC), which will focus on advancing an agenda of limited, constitutional government. Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is a founding Member of the new caucus. The HFC has adopted the following mission statement:

The House Freedom Caucus gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety, and prosperity of all Americans.

“The HFC will work to provide a unified conservative voice in the House Republican Conference. I look forward to working with leadership to make the concerns of conservatives known as we work together to advance a pro-growth, limited government agenda in the House,” Congressman Mark Meadows said.

The HFC’s founding members are Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI),  Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). There 35 total members.

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Obama to Propose Protecting 1.4 Million Acres of Arctic Refuge

Trans-Alaska Pipeline4NewsMax – President Barack Obama will propose blocking 1.4 million acres (556,000 hectares) of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The administration plans to propose designating the area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the highest level of federal protection that would ban oil and gas drilling, the newspaper reported, citing people briefed on the plan.

The move is certain to spark yet another fight with Republicans, who have fought for 35 years over how to manage what is known as ANWR, or the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The vast region has huge petroleum reserves but also provides critical habitat for caribou, millions of migrating birds, polar bears and other wildlife.

“What’s coming is a stunning attack on our sovereignty and our ability to develop a strong economy that allows us, our children and our grandchildren to thrive,” said the new Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee chairman, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a statement to the Post.

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Scott Walker shows fire in Iowa

scott walkerThe Hill – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) delivered a fiery speech in Iowa on Saturday, wowing the conservative crowd with a passionate argument for small government and his own lengthy resume.

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The Wisconsin governor, in rolled-up shirtsleeves, paced the stage as he blasted big government and touted a long list of conservative reforms he’s pushed through in blue Wisconsin.

The governor also showed a rhetorical flourish that’s largely been absent from his previous campaigns, drawing the crowd to its feet multiple times.

“There’s a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April,” he said, almost yelling as his voice grew hoarse. “Because in America we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.”

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