Jul 25

NewsBusted 7/25/14

Jul 25

NY NewsChannel 13 crew threatened with arrest at Mount McGregor

10343020_10152387713105318_2673646940858510555_nWNYT.com – A NewsChannel 13 crew was threatened with arrest on Thursday. It happened as they were working on a story about the historic Grant Cottage in Wilton where President Ulysses S. Grant spent his final days.

The cottage is located on Mount McGregor near the correctional facility that’s scheduled to close this weekend.

Corrections employees who are still working at the empty prison made every attempt to stop Mark Mulholland from doing his job.

Click here to read article and watch video.

Jul 25

White House taking impeachment seriously

impeach obamaThe Hill – Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.

Pfeiffer noted that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has a large following among Tea Party conservatives, has called for Obama’s impeachment and a large block of the GOP’s base favors it.

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Jul 25

United States Humanitarian Assistance to Gaza

gazastripClick here to read: State Dept. Facts on U.S. Assistance to Gaza.

Jul 25

Congressman Gowdy | July 25, 2014 Update

trey gowdy 1Click here to read about the IRS Investigation and Higher Education Affordability.

Jul 25

The Libertarian Speech I Would Deliver to the Whole Country

Jul 25

The Story of Your Enslavement

Jul 25

The Market at Work – I, Pencil: The Movie

Jul 25

Top 5 Lies Democrats are telling about immigration

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#1 – Administration officials have repeated this line, as if the promise of a court process should quell uneasiness over the recent border surge. The truth is many immigrants, once inside the U.S., don’t show up to their court dates. Even if they do show up and get a removal order, many of them don’t go anywhere. There are as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants still in the U.S. who have been ordered to leave.

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Jul 25

NC senators push for new incentives to encourage relocating businesses

regulationNewsobserver.com – Three years ago, Republican lawmakers balked at a deal put forward by Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to offer a company cash incentives to lure 1,300 jobs to North Carolina.

Now, with a Republican governor at the helm, some GOP lawmakers want to expand state incentives and create a so-called “closing fund” that will allow cash grants to seal a deal with large corporations that promise to add jobs.

The job development measures were tucked at the end of a bill to limit local governments’ authority to levy sales taxes and received little debate Thursday before passing the state Senate by a 32-16 vote that crossed party lines. But the new direction is clear.

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Tarheel Tea Party thinks cutting taxes and regulations would be a better way to bring new businesses to North Carolina.

Jul 25

NC House fails to concur on moped regulations

mopedAP – The North Carolina House Thursday rejected a bill requiring insurance for moped drivers.

The House voted 51-54 against concurring on a Senate version of a bill that would have required insurance and registration with the state.

The insurance requirement has been a sticking point between the two chambers. The House version previously only mandated that mopeds be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Lawmakers have said registering mopeds would make it easier for law enforcement to identify and keep track of them on the road and when they are used in crimes.

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Jul 25

Billionaire Democratic Funder Faces IRS Probe for Tax Avoidance

pile moneyCarolina Journal – Billionaire Jim Simons, a major contributor to a Democratic political candidates, funds, and causes, has come under fire from federal investigators, a move that has not gone unnoticed by the North Carolina Republican Party.

The Washington Free Beacon reported that at a Senate committee hearing this week on the “Abuse of Structured Financial Products,” senators from both parties blasted Renaissance Technologies, a hedge fund run by Simons, that has used creative accounting methods to shield itself from more than $6 billion in federal taxes.

Bloomberg.com reported that the Internal Revenue Service is challenging a “particularly aggressive” technique used by Simons, which led to Renaissance skirting hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes for himself and other investors. Simons’ estimated net worth is $15 billion.

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Jul 25

Sarah Palin wades into another GOP fight

palin-300x225msnbc.com – Sarah Palin endorsed another far-right candidate challenging an incumbent Republican in Tennessee on Wednesday, voicing her support for Joe Carr over two-term Sen. Lamar Alexander.

“The time has come for new leaders who are willing to stand up to the political establishments and the Obama administration and say, ‘no mas!’” Palin wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s time for a change. Joe Carr is the new voice Tennessee needs in the U.S. Senate!”

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Jul 25

GOP: Democrat Boycott of VA Talks ‘Shameful’

vaaffairsNewsMax – Republicans slammed Democrats on Thursday after most of them boycotted a conference committee meeting to work out differences between House and Senate bills addressing the Veterans Affairs crisis.

“The crisis at VA is not a partisan problem, and I will do everything I can to prevent this from devolving into an exercise in the sort of bickering and name-calling for which Washington has become infamous,” said Rep. Jeff Miller, the Florida Republican who chairs the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“Arriving at a compromise will be impossible if Senate Democrats refuse to even participate in … meetings and negotiations, as they did today,” he said.

House Speaker John Boehner called the Democratic no-show “shameful.”

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Jul 25

Still Fighting: The Delphi Workers Obama Robbed

imageMICO10103222345Townhall – The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and “workplace innovation.” But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support — and inching toward justice.

It was five years ago this summer that 20,000 white-collar nonunion workers from Delphi (a leading auto parts company spun off from GM in 1999) had their pensions sabotaged as part of a rotten White House deal with Big Labor. Two court rulings this summer have given the victims hope. Their plight must not be forgotten.

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Jul 25

NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud? Perhaps we’re not as free as we think.

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The Washington Times – What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted, the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person-one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?

What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and, instead, turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support the government than show up to say no?

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Jul 25

SC Gov. Nikki Haley: GOP Governors Get More Done Than Washington Ever Will

Jul 25

Texas Gov. Rick Perry: The Tone From This President Is Troubling

Jul 24

Important: AP Courses Rewrite American History

bad ideaCivitas – As students head back to high school this fall, they and their parents will quickly discover that much of traditional American history taught in Advanced Placement (AP) courses for college credit is being rewritten with a distinctive left-leaning bias.

The organization behind these changes is the College Board, the same organization that annually administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to soon-to-be college freshmen. The College Board is led by David Coleman, the architect behind the controversial and much-criticized Common Core Standards.

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Jul 24

Bad Bill of the Week: Increasing the Taxpayer’s Burden for Unfunded State Pension Liability

bad bill 2Civitas – According to the most recent report available, North Carolina’s main pension fund for retired state employees is strapped with a $3.7 billion unfunded liability. This growing liability means taxpayers must pony up an increasing amount of funds to cover the costs of promised benefits to retirees. In FY 2013, taxpayers were paying $1.1 billion to cover state retiree pension benefits.

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Jul 24

September in July: Big cold front to bring stellar weather next week

weatherThe Washington Post – Following in the footsteps of the record-setting cool air mass in mid-July, a second blast of air with polar origins will invade the eastern U.S. to close July. Like the original, the sequel will be glorious.

This taste of September may not be quite as strong mid-July’s version, but should produce temperatures 10-20 degrees below normal across a large swath of the eastern U.S. by early Tuesday.

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Jul 24

Rules for Liberty

Dont-Hurt-People_0UnitedLiberty.org. – Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff. That’s the philosophy of liberty in a nutshell. Everyone should be free to live their lives as they think best, free from meddling by politicians and government bureaucrats.

To me, the values of liberty just seem like a commonsense way to think about political philosophy. The rules are easily understood, our aspirations for government are modest and practical, and our designs on the lives and behavior of other people are unpresumptuous, even humble. The rules are pretty straightforward because they treat everyone just like everyone else: simply; they are blindly applied like Lady Justice would; across the board. No assembly required.

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Jul 24

A little bit of history – A Fleet of Taxis Did Not Really Save Paris From the Germans During World War I

paris_taxis_marne-1smithsonian.com – On the night of September 6, 1914, as the fate of France was hanging in the balance, a fleet of taxis drove under cover of darkness from Paris to the front lines of what would become known as the Battle of the Marne. Carrying reinforcements that turned the tide of battle against the Germans, the taxi drivers saved the city and demonstrated the sacred unity of the French people.

At least, that’s the story.

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Jul 24

OVERNIGHT REGULATION: O-Care regs battered and bruised July 24, 2014

the-hillTHE BIG STORY

It has been a brutal week for Affordable Care Act regulations, with the Internal Revenue Service’s authority to carry out a key function of the law in question, and the White House relenting on another front in the battle over the statute’s birth-control mandate.

But if the recent bumps don’t kill ObamaCare, they could actually make it stronger – provided things play out as the administration hopes going forward.

Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 24

Folk’s we’ve returned from 8 days on the Mexican Border.

a6a20a4f168cad43e42502605d7cda81YADKIN VALLEY TEA PARTY – Our team travelled from the lower Rio Grande through Arizona filming our newest and most intense documentary. We can say right now that our US Border is NOT secure and in many areas beyond sustainability. We met with Sheriffs from the Texas Border Sheriff’s Association as well as the Southwestern Border Sheriff’s Association and many residents across 2100 miles of border. If you think this is just a border issue you better think again! The cost will be staggering! The criminal element is already in your neighborhoods.

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Jul 24

Meadows’ Bill Calling for Greater Scrutiny of Federal Records Passes Committee

mm6Washington, D.C.— The Federal Records Accountability Act of 2014, H.R. 5170, introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), advanced through Committee Thursday afternoon.

By improving federal recordkeeping laws, the bill addresses federal agencies’ recent failures to properly archive official records.

H.R. 5170 creates a process for firing federal employees—after thorough investigation— who willfully and unlawfully destroy federal records. Additionally, the legislation bars federal employees from using personal e-mails and other electronic communications to conduct official business as a means of intentionally bypassing recordkeeping laws.

“In recent months we’ve seen cases of high-level federal agency employees failing to archive their official communications. This is in clear violation of the Federal Records Act,” Rep. Meadows said. “From Lois Lerner at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to April Sands at the Federal Election Commission (FEC), it is clear that more enforcement and accountability is needed to ensure that records are kept and the law is upheld,” Meadows added.

H.R. 5170 requires agencies to publicly disclose on their websites when official records have been lost. The bill also calls for the appointment of Senior Agency Officials for Records Management, who will be tasked with ensuring the agency’s leadership properly complies with recordkeeping laws.

The legislation passed unanimously out of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and will now go to the House floor.

Jul 24

Meadows’ Bill to Combat Human Trafficking Passes House

mm3Washington, D.C.— On Wednesday evening, Congressman Mark Meadows’ bill to combat human trafficking, the Human Trafficking Detection Act, H.R. 5116, unanimously passed the House.

The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to train employees who are responsible for monitoring travelers across U.S. borders and through airports on the best methods to identify potential victims of human trafficking and report these cases to local law enforcement officials.

Human trafficking is not a problem only seen in developing countries. Every year, as many as 17,500 people are trafficked through the United States—half of which are children, according to the U.S. State Department. Earlier this year, North Carolina authorities uncovered a state-wide sex trafficking ring that included 25 brothels across the state.

“Human trafficking is one of the great injustices of our time. We must do all that we can to end the tragedy of modern day slavery,” Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) said. “It’s important to remember that many of these trafficking victims are innocent children who are taken from their families and thrown into the dark world of human slavery,” Meadows added.

Currently, only some DHS officials receive training to detect human trafficking, which oftentimes merely consists of viewing an online slideshow. The U.S. federal government spends billions of dollars annually on human trafficking prevention and treatment. This simple solution could significantly impact the success of those efforts without increasing federal spending.

The bill was originally co-sponsored by Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

Jul 23

Now this is just down right sad!

dvThe Washington Post – Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Click here to read article and see poll.

Jul 23

OVERNIGHT REGULATION: A big win for big labor? July 23, 2014

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THE BIG STORY

Big Labor is celebrating a major victory with the National Labor Relations Board ruling that a small group of employees at a Macy’s store in Massachusetts can organize a so-called “micro-union” without the consent of the rest of their colleagues.

Retailers were baffled by the NLRB’s decision, saying this will allow unions to “gerrymander a workplace” by “cherry-picking” only the employees who are most likely to organize and ignoring everyone else.

“Recognizing individual groups of employees that work in the same store as unique bargaining units is nonsensical and impractical,” said David French, a lobbyist with the National Retail Federation. http://j.mp/1nVKyx0

But the fight between business and labor groups is only just beginning.

Here’s a look at what could happen next:

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Jul 23

Governor Pat McCrory’s Weekly Newsletter July 21, 2014

Governor-Pat-McCroryOn Wednesday, July 16, Governor Pat McCrory released a statement following the passage of Senate Bill 812:

“I will sign this bill because it does not change any of North Carolina’s education standards. It does initiate a much-needed, comprehensive and thorough review of standards. No standards will change without the approval of the State Board of Education. I especially look forward to the recommendations that will address testing issues so we can measure what matters most for our teachers, parents and students.”

Click here to read full update.

To contact the Governor click here.

To contact other NC Elected Officials click here and here.

 


 

Resources on Common Core:

Click here for: Stop Common Core NC.

Click here for: We Will Not Conform Action Plan – a comprehensive document that helps teach you how to push back against Common Core standards in your neighborhood, in your community, and in your state!

Click here for: Fight Common Core.

Click here for: The Common Core: A Bad Choice for America.

Click here for: The Battle Against Common Core Standards.

 


 

A fix for the US School System?

The present US education system does very little to prepare the students for the real world. At the end of 12th grade very few have any true skills to get a job. Plus many college degrees are useless as they are too general and the first two-years are usually a repeat of high school. Many students cannot get jobs that justify the cost of college.

I think the following would go along way to fix the system. First thru sixth grade the teachers must teach the students the BASICS like math, speaking, spelling, reading and writing. Teach math without calculators. Teach the student what type questions to ask themselves to reason out the answers for themselves. Teach US history with solid knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, plus world history and geography are a must.

Starting in 7th grade the courses change to three hours a day for courses to prepare the student for college. One hour a day for a course called LIFE. This course would teach the student EVERYTHING they need to know once they begin life after 12th grade. Like cooking, washing the clothes, balance the checkbook, understanding the interest rates on loans, how to do a budget and stick to it, etc. Then four hours of vocation/trade skills. These courses would teach skills to be a plumber, carpenter, chef, landscaper, auto mechanic, dental tech, nursing, etc. The courses would also include management, purchasing, accounting and all of the skills needed to run a business. At the end of the courses the instructors would or would not issue a certificate that guarantees the employer that the student can do the job without supervision and correctly. The student could in many cases finish school with three to six skills. I am pretty sure the drop out rate would be much lower then it is now. And the students would be more prepared to start life on their own. – Fremont V Brown III


Question, do you think NC 8th graders could pass the following test?

Click here to view test and article on the test.

Just, maybe we should go back about hundred years or so and use the curriculum from then.

 

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