Archive for December, 2009

8 Year Old Boy Suspended and Ordered to Get Psych Evaluation After Drawing Jesus on the Cross

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Education Idiocy, Religion, Reverse Discrimination |

Unbelievable!

School goes ballistic when 2nd-grader draws Jesus

Boy, 8, said to gets psych evaluation after sketch of Christ on cross called ‘violent’

Posted: December 15, 2009

By Chelsea Schilling

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

An 8-year-old boy has been suspended from school and forced to undergo a psychological evaluation after he drew a picture of Jesus Christ on the cross, his father claims.

A teacher at Lowell Maxham Elementary School in Taunton, Mass., allegedly said the second-grade student created a violent drawing, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported.

The boy’s picture portrayed a crucified Jesus with Xs over his eyes to indicate that he had died on the cross.

The child’s father, outraged at the school’s action, asked to remain anonymous to protect his son. He said his boy drew the picture after returning from a family trip to see the Christmas display at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, a Christian retreat.

He said when the teacher asked students to draw something that reminded them of Christmas on Dec. 2, the boy recalled his trip and created a portrait of Christ on the cross.

“As far as I’m concerned, they’re violating his religion,” he told the newspaper.

Associated Advocacy Center educational consultant Toni Saunders said, “I think what happened is that because he put Xs in the eyes of Jesus, the teacher was alarmed and they told the parents they thought it was violent.”

Saunders said the boy has special needs, and the school reacted inappropriately.

“They made him leave school, and they recommended that a psychiatrist do an evaluation,” she said.

But the boy’s father told the newspaper the school required an evaluation – at the parents’ expense – before the student would be allowed to return.

“When she told me he needed to be psychologically evaluated, I thought she was playing,” he said.

However, the school district claims the boy was never suspended.

“This incident occurred nearly two weeks ago,” said a statement from the district. “It was handled appropriately, and the school staff and family had been working together in a cooperative and positive manner.”

The district also claims the picture published above is not the same drawing that was discovered by the teacher and that the teacher did not assign the students to sketch a picture that reminded them of Christmas.

The father stands by his story. He said his son, who receives special reading and speech instruction, has never shown a propensity toward violence.

“He’s never been suspended,” he said. “He’s 8 years old. They overreacted.”

The boy returned to school on Dec. 7, but he said his son has been traumatized and will be transferred to another school in the district.

The district said its actions were not religious and nature and were based solely on the wellbeing of the student.

“At this time of year, Christmas is one of many religious and secular holidays,” the statement said. “Taunton, known as the Christmas City, takes pride as a community in celebrating this Christian holiday together with Hanukah [sic], Kwanzaa and many others.”

Bloggers have overwhelmingly demanded that the teacher be fired. They posted the following responses:

• The Taunton School District needs to be examined. How could a teacher’s concern get this far? Let’s not forget that several administrators had to agree with the teacher’s reaction in order to have the child sent home and request exam. What do they have to say for themselves?

• This was not a mistake. It is an intentional anti-Christ slap in the face at Christmas. If something like this was done to a child of any other minority religion the teacher would be fired.

• I hope the parents consider transferring the child to a parochial school where his religious understanding will be more sensitively recognized. Shame on the school administrators.

• I would like to start a petition to suspend this teacher immediately pending a full investigation into whether or not she should be terminated. Some parents try very hard to instill the values of religion in their children, and for this teacher to tell this student he did something wrong is disgusting. If my kids were in her class, I would pull them out and demand a new teacher or a change of schools.

• I’m a liberal, non-religious individual and even I think this is totally ridiculous! Since Christmas is a religious holiday, the teachers should have expected some religious imagery from little kids!

• How does one make the crucifixion non-violent?

• Teacher needs a lesson in church. Jesus Christ’s death was violent.

• The teacher is the one with the issues; this qualifies as abuse.

• I believe that this teacher needs to be removed from teaching put in a mental institution. This teacher is mentally disturbed and a psycho and danger to society.

• This teacher needs to be fired! She traumatized an 8-year-old, Fire her! No discussion necessary!

Concerned individuals may e-mail Maxham Elementary School or call Principal Rebecca Couet at (508)821-1265, or fax to (508) 821-1274. The Taunton Public Schools district office may be reached by calling (508) 821-1100 or e-mailing Superintendent Julie Hackett.

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119079

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Obama’s Bully Tactics Challenged: 20 Senators Demand Probe of Health-Care Vote ‘Threat’

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Healthcare, Obama, Obama Corruption, Politicians, Politics |

I’m not so naive as to believe that anything will come of this, but I’m glad that the Republicans are at least showing some spine!! I have no doubt that Obama is using threats and bully tactics to get what he wants but he’s very good at covering himself so I’m sure he’ll slither out of this one as well. It’s disturbing how much he tries to bribe and threaten and hopefully one day he’ll pay the price.

20 senators demand probe of health-care vote ‘threat’

Did White House say it would close Air Force base if Nelson didn’t play?

Posted: December 16, 2009

By Joe Kovacs

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Twenty senators are demanding an investigation into reports the Obama administration threatened to close Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska if that state’s Democratic senator, Ben Nelson, didn’t join other Democrats in voting for health-care reform.

The group of 20, all Republicans, today called for a hearing in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., and the committee’s top Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The text of the letter states:

It has been reported that the Obama Administration threatened the closure of a U.S. military installation for political purposes, thereby bringing into question the integrity of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The BRAC process was established to remove political influence so that the decision to close or not to close a military installation could be based upon military utility.

Specifically, various media reports have stated that the Obama Administration would put Offutt AFB in southeastern Nebraska on a future BRAC list because of a vote on healthcare reform. While we recognize the importance of Offutt AFB as the headquarters of U.S. Strategic Command and the approximately 10,000 individuals that work there, we feel that this installation should remain open or be closed on its own merits.

Therefore, we respectfully ask that a hearing be held as to whether the BRAC process has been compromised. We do not want to see the name of a base from our state on a BRAC list and think it has been put there to settle partisan scores. We also do not want our bases to be more vulnerable to closure because political arm-twisting has taken another installation off the table. National security not partisanship should determine how BRAC decisions are made. Weekly Standard columnist Michael Goldfarb was among those raising the issue in a post in which he said: “According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn’t fall into line” on health-care reform.

Both the White House and Nelson are denying any such threat ever existed.

“This rumor is absolutely false, as the people spreading it well know,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the White House communications director. “This is nothing but a cynical, crass political game that is designed to maintain the status quo. Let’s be clear: the people spreading these falsehoods think nothing is wrong with a system under which families and businesses continue to bear the brunt of skyrocketing costs, insurance companies are allowed to discriminate and drop at will, and thousands of Americans lose their coverage every single day.”

Despite the denials, some WND readers have expressed outrage if a threat were indeed made.

“It is time for some spines on the Hill to impeach Obama and charge him with treason,” said Tom Bender.

“This is simply amazing that we the people are permitting this type of politics in our country,” noted Mike Kovach. “Not that this hasn’t been done before, but this administration is on a course to destroy our nation. I am beginning to wonder why there has not been calls of subversion, treason and sedition against this administration. I’m am a Democrat and I would like to see all of those in cohorts with this administration put in jail and charged accordingly.”

The Republicans signing the letter were Sens. John Ensign of Nevada, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, John Thune of South Dakota, Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Kit Bond of Missouri, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, George LeMieux of Florida, Pat Roberts of Kansas, David Vitter of Louisiana, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississipi, John Cornyn of Texas, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Bob Bennett of Utah, Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119239

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Compare these Stories: Jihad Manevers Being Taught at Muslim Compound in NY and Maine Fines Christian Organization for Criticizing Islam

Posted on December 15, 2009. Filed under: General, Muslim Invasion, Religion, Terrorism |

You can’t tell me that something is not wrong with this picture!!!! A Muslim Compound in New York is teaching Jihad manevers and putting out new training videos yet we do NOTHING to stop them. Meanwhile a Christian organization criticizes Islam and they get fined???? What??? The world is going crazy!! It sickens me to think that we are letting Muslim terrorists live and train right here in our own country and we just sit by and do nothing. Maybe it’s time for our soldiers to come home so they can overthrow the Obama government AND take care of all these terrorists who live comfortably within our borders!

New training video: How to slit throats

Jihad maneuvers taught at New York compound

Posted: December 15, 2009

By Bob Unruh

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Jihda training video

A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

Now the organization has posted on YouTube a “chilling” training video provided to CAN by an unnamed law enforcement source about the Muslims of America headquarters in Hancock, New York. Muslims of America reportedly is the name Jamaat ul-Fuqra, believed to have been involved in the beheading of reporter Daniel Pearl, uses in the U.S.

The video includes segments of training exercises in which one person appears to practice a maneuver that would slit the throat of a victim. There are episodes of what appears to be automatic weapons fire at a target and incidents in which a handgun is held point-blank at a “victim’s” head:

The video shows women marching in military formation, scaling walls, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and also reveals a Muslim confirming that the organization’s own census revealed that Muslims are a majority in the United States and they are claiming it as their own.

Jihad training video showing how to slit a throat

The speaker states, “We are 100 percent sure that Muslims are the majority in America.”

He continues, “Our Islamic political party has based its manifesto on this fact. We want to declare once and for all that America is our country.”

According to CAN, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2005 warned about Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani-based organization that “had the capacity to attack” America.

The U.S. State Department’s 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security.

To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

Mawyer told WND the political correctness America has adopted ultimately will be costly.

Marching in formation on jihad training video

The hands of law enforcement and investigators are tied at this point, he said, because members of the organization are part of “a minority religion,” “they are African-American” “and in this particular case, are women.”

“Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he’s set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said. “He’s being true to his word.

“If the evidence is right in front of our face and we have the words from the leader,” Mawyer said. “I don’t know how we continue to close our eyes and be blinded by such obvious affront to American values, the Constitution and our way of life.”

The organization’s “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra’s leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you’re his friend. Then kill him.”

According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.

The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119087

Maine fines group for criticizing Islam

Christian organization files lawsuit to challenge censorship

By Bob Unruh

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

A Christian organization in Maine has filed a lawsuit to challenge a bureaucratic decision to impose a $4,000 fine for its “criticism” of Islam, expressed in a mailing to supporters.

The action was taken on behalf of the Christian Action Network by Liberty Counsel, where founder Mathew Staver said the state is out of line.

“The chief purpose of the First Amendment was to prevent the government from licensing the press,” Staver said. “Citizens do not need permission to petition government officials or to protest government policies.”

The issue developed following a Christian Action Network fundraising letter several months ago. The letter exposed “how some public schools were promoting Islam by providing instruction on the Five Pillars of Islam and the Quran,” according to the complaint against the state.

“The letter pointed out that some schools have provided a ‘prayer room’ for Muslims and one textbook that told seventh grade students they ‘will become Muslim.’ The letter listed Gov. John Baldacci as a person who is over the public schools and someone to whom the recipients of the letter should voice their opinion,” the complaint said.

State officials then alleged the letter contained “an inflammatory anti-Muslim message” and used the governor’s name without his permission and canceled the group’s registration, imposed a $4,000 fine and said it no longer could send out letters.

That came at the same time the state was asked to renew the business license for CAN, and deposited and cashed the check for that process.

This week, the lawsuit was filed because of the free speech challenges and censorship.

“The state of Maine has no business licensing one viewpoint on controversial issues and cannot deny speech because some bureaucrat deems it ‘anti-Muslim,'” said Staver.

Christian Action Network officials said the letter was dispatched to expose Islamic advocacy in public schools and ask citizens to sign a petition to their governor opposing the programs.

The accusations then came from the state Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. “The correspondence contained an inflammatory anti-Muslim message,” state officials proclaimed.

“How is it illegal to mention a politician’s name in a charitable solicitation letter?” said Martin Mawyer, CAN president, in a web posting before the lawsuit was filed. “Are we the only charitable group to mention the governor’s name without his written consent? Of course not. So why are we being singled out?

“Clearly this is a case based on selective prosecution using a law that is patently unconstitutional,” he said at the time.

He said the motive, however, is clear.

“The state of Maine believes our letter is offensive to Muslims and they want us to shut up or pay up. They are accusing us of ‘hate speech’ without directly calling it ‘hate speech.’ They want to set a legal precedent which other states can follow for suppressing free speech they find offensive,” he said.

The letter had criticized a decision in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California that affirmed the right of public schools to ask students to dress up as Muslims, wear the Islamic crescent moon and star, chant “Praise be to Allah,” learn the five pillars of Islamic belief and cite Muslim prayers.

The letter also cited examples of public schools removing pork from their menus, installing footbaths in tax-funded universities and an attempt in San Diego to separate boys from girls according to Islamic doctrine.

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=111630

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Obama’s Safe Schools Czar Should Make Parents Furious: Kevin Jennings and “FistGate”

Posted on December 14, 2009. Filed under: Education Idiocy, Gay Agenda, Obama, Politics |

Kevin Jennings should be nowhere near children, much less be the “safe schools czar.” Once again we get a glimpse of Obama’s complete lack of judgment when it comes to choosing his advisors.

Jennings is a militant gay man who pushes inappropriate, over the line garbage on kids in schools. Several years ago I sent out an email telling people about one of his events at a school in Mass. and luckily it’s being put back in the limelight. They were handing out very explicit gay materials to jr high and high schoolers (how-to guides) as well as a list of bars and other places where they could meet up with gays. This man should NOT be in charge of our school kids.

 Read the article below, but if you really want to see what he’s about and see why you should be so furious, follow the link in the article below (biggovernment.com) to get the details. It is pretty explicit which is why we should be sickened that he gave this info to school kids.

Kevin Jennings and “FistGate” Should Make Parents Furious

by Doug Giles

Man, am I about to sound like an uncool, homophobic, bigoted zealot who should be on a terror watch list (according to the paranormal progressives). Why is that, you ask? Well, I think Obama’s G-boy, Kevin Jennings, should not be the Safe Schools Czar for many egregious reasons. Here are just a few.

I believe anyone who thinks it’s okay to teach 14-year-old boys how they can jam their fist up another 14-year-old boy’s tailpipe, or provides “fisting” kits for the kiddos, or thinks it’s neat-o to urinate on one another during teen sex, or passes out literature to your young ones on how they can find old pedophiles to hook up with at “gay leather bars,” or talks to your teen about the tricky pros and cons of spitting versus swallowing should not be the Safe Schools Czar.

Maybe Kevin Jennings could be the “Adam Lambert Eye Liner Czar” or Cher’s “Do You Believe in Life After Love Czar,” but not the Safe Schools Czar. But then again, there I go being extreme. Shame on me for not being a hip parent who’s totally cool with adult flamers filling our fifth grade kids’ heads with filth. I am truly an ignorant, puritanical, buckle-shoed killjoy, ain’t I? By the way, what the heck is up with liberals? They have their hands in our pockets, their noses in our business, and now they want their arms up our backsides.

How crazy of me that I would have the audacity to go public with the notion that someone who headed up an organization (GLSEN) that proselytizes confused kids on how they can insert their knuckles up someone else’s anus should not be the determiner of what is “safe” at school, eh? Hello!

Hey, Kev… last time I checked, trying to make your mate a hand puppet didn’t fall within the city limits of SafetyTown. Sounds kinda dangerous to me. Oh and here’s an aside for the butt pirates: Our rectums are an exit, not an entrance.

In addition, Mr. Jennings, apart from the “arm in arse” thing, from what I remember during 9th grade health class many moons ago, it’s also not wise to place one’s reproductive organ in the end of another’s digestive system.

A fist up a rectum? Are you kidding me? You guys sound like you have way too much time on your hands. If you’re in need of an idea regarding what to do with your fist, here’s one: Why don’t take your fist and smack yourself in the face with it for poisoning America’s kids with your perverted crap?

For those not in the know, Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings, who was cherry picked by Obama, is not having a good week as whistleblowers are righteously shouting this guy down and trying to get him removed from calling the shots regarding what is nontoxic in your kids’ scholastic lives.

Why are watchdogs barking this dude down? Well, it’s not because he’s mildly gay but because he’s wildly militant in his homosexuality, and both he and his hombres at GLSEN have had no problemo whatsoever filling your kids’ heads and bodies with weirdness galore. For the unbelievable full list of what this man and his organization have advocated and continue to advocate, check out the fantastic work Jim Holt has done on “FistGate” at http://biggovernment.com/

 Also, don’t miss Jennings/GLSEN’s “Little Black Book” for your sons! Hellish.

I’ve gotta warn you, mom and dad: What you’re about to read (at biggovernment.com) regarding “FistGate” is very sick and twisted. You’d better brace yourselves. I hope it thoroughly ticks you off that such baseness is being peddled to your babies. In addition, I hope you raise major hell with your elected reps about permanently removing Jennings from anything that has to do with your children and our schools.

LINK: http://townhall.com/columnists/DougGiles/2009/12/12/kevin_jennings_and_%e2%80%9cfistgate%e2%80%9d_should_make_parents_furious

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Coming to a School Near You – Celebs to Kids: America Stinks!

Posted on December 14, 2009. Filed under: Education Idiocy, Hollywood Idiots, Liberal Idiots |

Beware America!! Here are more America-hating liberals who want to spread their hatred to our school children (even more than they usually do). It makes me sick! If they don’t like America I invite them to move somewhere else. We are not perfect,  but we are the best country in the world and I’m sick of these jackasses spouting this kind of crap!

Celebs to kids: America stinks!

’55 rich white men drafted Constitution to protect their class – slaveholders’

Posted: December 14, 2009

By Drew Zahn

© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Hollywood celebrities and education gurus have teamed together to distribute to schools across the country a dramatic new curriculum that casts American history as an epic march of victims seeking to shrug off the shackles of the warmongering, racist, capitalist, imperialist United States.

The History Channel’s airing of the “The People Speak” last night marks the public coming-out party of a movement that has been in place since last year to teach America’s school children a “social justice” brand of history that rails against war, oppression, capitalism and popular patriotism.

The television special featuring performances by Matt Damon, Benjamin Bratt, Marisa Tomei, Don Cheadle, Bruce Springsteen and others condemns the nation’s past of oppression by the wealthy, powerful and imperialist and instead trumpets the voices of America’s labor unions, minorities and protesters of various stripes.

The accompanying curriculum guide for schools that show “The People Speak” in classrooms, for example, highlights an 1852 reading from abolitionist Frederick Douglass:

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy – a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

The program and discussion guide is the most ambitious resource among many offered to America’s schools by the Zinn Education Project, a collaboration of Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, as part of a push to encourage history instruction based on educator Howard Zinn’s 1980 tome exposing the abuses of America’s past, “A People’s History of the United States.”

The project states its goal is to “introduce students to a more accurate, complex and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. … Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color and organized social movements in shaping history. Students learn that history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but instead by people’s choices and actions, thereby also learning that their own choices and actions matter.”

The History Channel, furthermore, touts “The People Speak” as a program that “gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. … ‘The People Speak’ illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted.”

The celebrities featured in “The People Speak” claim the stories of bold protesters and oppressed minorities and workers are “inspiring,” while Zinn himself has stated that casting history as a people’s movement toward change offers hope.

Critics of the Zinn Project, however, warn that the curriculum is more about pushing Zinn’s admitted pacifist and socialist agenda on the next generation.

Michelle Malkin blasts “The People Speak” as an effort to promote “Marxist academic Howard Zinn’s capitalism-bashing, America-dissing, grievance-mongering history textbook, ‘A People’s History of the United States.’ … Zinn’s work is a self-proclaimed ‘biased account’ of American history that rails against white oppressors, the free market and the military.”

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A new approach to patriotism

While critics have alleged Zinn’s education plan tears down America and its famous founders, a lesson plan titled “Unsung Heroes” begins with “an essay by Zinn defending his philosophy of education.

Zinn writes, “A high school student recently confronted me: ‘I read in your book “A People’s History of the United States” about the massacres of Indians, the long history of racism, the persistence of poverty in the richest country in the world, the senseless wars. How can I keep from being thoroughly alienated and depressed?’

“It’s a question I’ve heard many times before,” Zinn writes. “Another question often put to me by students is: ‘Don’t we need our national idols? You are taking down all our national heroes – the Founding Fathers, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy.’ Granted, it is good to have historical figures we can admire and emulate. But why hold up as models the 55 rich white men who drafted the Constitution as a way of establishing a government that would protect the interests of their class – slaveholders, merchants, bondholders, land speculators?”

Curriculum writer Bill Bigelow further explains of the popular perception of what it means to be patriotic, “There is a lot of ‘us,’ and ‘we,’ and ‘our,’ as if the texts are trying to dissolve race, class and gender realities into the melting pot of ‘the nation.'”

But Bigelow rejects the idea of identifying America as one, solid union.

“A people’s history and pedagogy ought to allow students to recognize that ‘we’ were not necessarily the ones stealing land, dropping bombs or breaking strikes,” he concludes. “‘We’ were ending slavery, fighting for women’s rights, organizing unions, marching against wars, and trying to create a society premised on the Golden Rule.”

His point is crystallized in a lesson plan he created for the Zinn project about the Pledge of Allegiance called “One Country! One Language! One Flag!”

The plan points out that the lesson’s title was actually a chant that followed the original Pledge – written in 1892 – as schoolchildren saluted with an extended arm, palm downward. The traditional gesture was replaced by a hand to the heart, the lesson points out, after Germany’s Nazis began using the same salute to shout “Heil Hitler!” in the 1930s.

“It seems to me that teachers ought to know something about the history of the Pledge before we ask our students to repeat it,” Bigelow writes. “How has it been used, and by whom? Why not lead kids in the original Pledge to the Flag, including the ‘One Language!’ chant and the Nazi-like salute, and then lead a discussion about the politics of the Pledge.”

The curriculum itself instructs students: “Read over the original words of the Pledge. In 1892, who did and did not have liberty and justice in the United States? (In the 1880s in the South, over 100 African Americans were lynched yearly; segregation was the norm and would soon be ratified by the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson. Women could not vote. In the previous 50 years, Mexicans had been stripped of land and property in what had been their country. Discrimination and violence against Chinese immigrants had grown increasingly severe. In the summer of 1892, 8,000 Pennsylvania National Guardsmen had helped Henry Clay Frick break the union at the Carnegie Steel Co. in Homestead, Pa.) How about in the 1920s, when the Pledge was introduced more widely into the schools?”

The spread of the Zinn Educational Project

According to a Zinn Educational Project report, in April 2008, with support from an anonymous donor, ZEP partnered with 32 organizations to offer 31,000 teachers and teacher educators free packets for instilling the “people’s history” in schools across the country. The ZEP reports it quickly received requests for its available 4,000 free packets, nearly half of which were sent to schools in California, New York and Illinois.

The ZEP website boasts many of the teachers have begun implementing the curriculum and has published the following testimonials:

“These resources are an asset,” reportedly responded Meaghan Martin, an elementary school teacher in Manassas, Va. “We are always looking for ways to offer students a critical perspective. The unsung heroes unit is outstanding! I have tailored it to meet the needs of my 2nd graders when we study American biographies.”

Lara Emerling, a middle school teacher in Baltimore, Md., reportedly replied, “Knowing that resources like the Zinn Education Project exist make me feel so hopeful about the network of people who are engaged in this kind of dialogue with their students. I am a young, white female living in Baltimore and teaching at an all black middle school. These resources are so valuable to me personally and to the relationships being built between the students and the faculty. Thank you to everyone involved in keeping this collaboration evolving!”

Zinn himself has testified of his hope that the project will continue to spread.

“We’re dreamers,” writes Zinn. “We want it all. We want a peaceful world. We want an egalitarian world. We don’t want war. We don’t want capitalism. We want a decent society.”

LINK: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=119046

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Read the Numbers: Obama Will Bankrupt America!

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Healthcare, Liberal Idiots, Obama, Politics, Socialism/Communism |

America, please, please, please wake up before it’s too late!!! Don’t listen to Obama’s lies. Look at the numbers and the facts to see what the real truth is!! Are people so enamored with this guy that they don’t care if he ruins us???

Read the Numbers: Obama Will Bankrupt America

by Terry Jeffrey

When President Barack Obama entered office in January, the greatest problem America faced was neither the war in Afghanistan nor the recession. It was the imminent crisis of the welfare state.

Not only has Obama failed to deal with this crisis, he is pursuing policies that will bankrupt America.

In March, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, led by former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, calculated the total value of the federal government’s “unfunded liabilities” as they stood at the end of fiscal 2008. These liabilities include the publicly held portion of the national debt plus the amount the government must pay to cover all the entitlement benefits it has promised to living Americans through Social Security, Medicare and other welfare-state programs minus the tax revenue the government can expect to collect to pay for these entitlements under existing tax law.

The sum of these unfunded liabilities, the foundation discovered, stood at $56.4 trillion. That equals $435,000 for every full-time worker in the United States.

How did Obama respond to this problem?

First, he signed a $787-billion stimulus law. Obama repeatedly claimed this law — that not one member of Congress read in its entirety — was urgently needed to create jobs. In fact, most of the new spending it authorized was for longer-term projects, including creating a national system of electronic health records for every person in America in anticipation of Obama’s plan to nationalize the health care system.

The Government Accountability Office reported last month that at the end of fiscal 2009, 78 percent of the stimulus money remained unspent. But don’t worry: Obama will spend it eventually.

Then, Obama offered his first federal budget. In 2008, President Bush’s last year in office, the federal government spent $2.983 trillion. Under Obama’s plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office, annual federal spending will climb to $4.982 trillion by 2019. In 2008, the federal deficit was a record $459 billion. Over the next decade, Obama’s plan would increase the national debt by a total of $7.137 trillion, running annual deficits averaging $713.7 billion per year.

CBO’s estimate of Obama’s new federal debt was based on optimistic assumptions. It assumed low inflation rates, low interest rates and a national economy that grows for 10 straight years after this year without dipping into another recession. It also assumed that the Bush tax cuts would expire as planned after 2010 and income tax rates would rise for middle-class Americans.

The CBO estimate of Obama’s borrowing and spending was also made before Congress finalized drafts of the health care reform legislation Obama has pushed as his signature policy proposal.

Obama has said he would not sign a health care bill that increases the national debt, and when the CBO released its analysis of the Senate health care bill last month it concluded that the bill would actually decrease federal deficits by $130 billion over 10 years.

But that was an illusion.

The key elements of the bill (including federal subsidies to buy health insurance for people making less than 400 percent of the poverty level) do not take effect until 2014 — after Obama runs for re-election in 2012. As a result, the bill’s full cost is not exposed during the initial 10-year time frame that the CBO analyzes when making its official cost estimates.

In fact, according to CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation, the new entitlements in the bill will cost $0 in 2010 (when Congress is up for re-election), $1 billion in 2011, $4 billion in 2012 (when Obama and Congress are both up for re-election) and $4 billion in 2013. The cost will then balloon to $48 billion in 2014, before rising steadily to $196 billion per year by 2019.

Yet it doesn’t end there. The cost of the new health care entitlements will be “growing at about 8 percent per year toward the end of the 10-year budget window,” reported CBO. “As a rough approximation, CBO assumes continued growth at about that rate during the following decade.”

Do the math: If the bill follows the spending trajectory predicted by the CBO, it will cost $423.13 billion in 2029 and its total 10-year cost from 2020 through 2029 will be $3.07 trillion. Obamacare will cost more in its second decade than the entire federal government cost the year Obama was elected.

At that price tag, it does not even accomplish the goal of universal health care. “By 2019, CBO and JCT estimate, the number of nonelderly people who are uninsured would be reduced by about 31 million, leaving about 24 million nonelderly residents uninsured (about one-third of whom would be unauthorized immigrants),” say the CBO report.

But if Obama succeeds in enacting his health care reform, he will move on to his plan for a “comprehensive immigration reform” that will put illegal aliens on a “pathway to citizenship” — making them eligible for the federal health care entitlement.

If Obama succeeds, get ready for the crash. It is coming.

LINK: http://townhall.com/columnists/TerryJeffrey/2009/12/02/read_the_numbers_obama_will_bankrupt_america

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The Global Warming Lie is Slowly Being Uncovered (Even Jon Stewart Mocks Gore and GW)

Posted on December 2, 2009. Filed under: Environmental Whackos, Global Warming Hoax |

I am certainly no fan of Jon Stewart but even he is mocking Gore and the global warming myth now. Since he has always been such a fan of the left, it’s got to say something that even he has noticed that the global warming folks are starting to look like fools. Read the 4 articles below on ‘ClimateGate’ to see that MAYBE people are finally seeing that things have been overblown or even made up about global warming.

 Jon Stewart on ClimateGate: ‘Poor Al Gore – Global Warming Debunked Via Internet You Invented’

By Noel Sheppard / December 2, 2009

If you needed any more assurance the growing ClimateGate scandal is far more significant than America’s media has been portraying, you got it Tuesday night from Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart.

Somewhat surprisingly, “The Daily Show” host in his opening sketch tore apart the scientists involved in sending the obtained e-mail messages for showing “a clear effort to raise fears about global warming, and hide evidence against it.”

Stewart even mocked the man responsible for spreading more fear on this subject than anyone on the planet:

Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. OH. OH the irony.

LINK: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/12/02/jon-stewart-climategate-poor-al-gore-global-warming-debunked-internet

PSU Professor Under Investigation for Possible Manipulation of Climate Change Data (ClimateGate)

By Laura Nichols

Collegian Staff Writer

Penn State is conducting an inquiry into the controversy surrounding a Penn State professor whose illegally leaked e-mails have sparked an international debate over whether he and his colleagues distorted data on global warming.

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Skeptics of climate change are calling the ongoing investigation “Climategate” and allege the leaked e-mails suggest the researchers — including Mann — had fabricated or manipulated data on global warming.

LINK: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2009/11/30/psu_investigates_climategate.aspx

Scientist in climate change data row steps down

LINK: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/norfolk/8389727.stm

Australia’s Global Warming Bill Defeated

Parliament Shoots Down Legislation to Set Up Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading System

(AP) Australia’s Parliament defeated legislation to set up a greenhouse gas emissions trading system on Wednesday, throwing a central plank of the government’s plans to combat global warming into disarray.

LINK: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/12/01/tech/main5856591.shtml?tag=stack

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