Credibility problems with lawyers defending Obama’s overreach

November 25, 2014

April Fool’s Day is still months away, but the gags keep coming

The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a letter* citing 10 legal academics at colleges across the country defending Barack Obama’s imperial executive action —- bypassing congress —- which grants amnesty to millions of foreign nationals who have illegally entered the United States.

But while the DOJ touts these professors’ prominence, their neutrality is certainly questionable.

In the letter, the legal scholars say they don’t always see eye-to-eye on presidential power and immigration policy, but that they “are all of the view that these actions are lawful.”

Of the 10 letter signers, seven are registered Democrats. Two live in states that don’t release party affiliation, but they both donate exclusively to Democrat candidates. The lone Republican, Eric Posner, is also an exclusive Democrat donor and has repeatedly written that Obama can literally “do whatever he wants” when it comes to executive authority.

Three of the lawyers work at the University of Chicago, where Obama taught constitutional law.

Another, Lee Bollinger, is the president of Columbia University, where Obama did his undergrad work. Bollinger is also directly involved in the effort to make Columbia the site of Obama’s presidential library.

Duke University professor Walter Dellinger, another who signed the letter, served in the Clinton administration and has an ongoing friendship with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, who was nominated by Obama.

Finally, there’s Laurence Tribe, a mentor to Obama at Harvard Law School, who called him “the best student I ever had and the most exciting research assistant.” He also campaigned for Obama.

* The DOJ letter is missing from its website.

 


AZ Republic’s schoolyard bully tactics disgraceful

November 12, 2014

AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction election has been decided by statewide voters

It’s difficult to imagine that the accomplished winner of a statewide race could elicit such negatively, but the far-left Arizona Republic is flinging all the venom it can muster in the direction of Diane Douglas. Newly elected as state schools chief, the Rutgers University business/marketing grad and former President of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board brings a wealth of knowledge and fresh vision to the job. 

The petulant daily newspaper attempts to marginalize her by repeatedly declaring her a “one issue” candidate. Unlike her liberal opponent who supports the federal overreach into America’s education system, Diane Douglas ran on opposing the scheme, echoing the views of citizens far and wide. Because of these views she warrants the multi-pronged and incessant whammies of columnist battering and editorial potshots. To the lefties at the newspaper, she is fair game.

Bottom line? Her ideas resonated with Arizona voters  She won.

The real problem for the newspaper is that Douglas is a conservative. Republicans took all of the state offices in the Nov. 4 election, but they are mostly tolerable to the left.

Conservative Diane Douglas has principles and determination mingled with a fair share of grit. But she doesn’t pass the leftwing Republic’s muster, so she is deemed worthy of a daily negative barrage of schoolyard-style bullying.

These embarrassing sore-losers passing themselves off as journalists deserve a corner seat with a pointed hat —- at the very least.


Support of Common Core not a winning message

October 7, 2014

Diane Douglas’ victory proof of widespread opposition to fed ed scheme

It appears Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, may have been keeping a watchful eye on Arizona’s primary election results. Conservative Diane Douglas scored an unprecedented victory against the incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Her 58 to 41 stunning upset stands as a testament to the unpopularity of the federally imposed education mandate known as Common Core —- which Douglas unwaveringly opposes. Here in Arizona, the toxic name was even changed in an effort to dupe wary voters.

Instead of protecting Arizona’s Constitutional requirement for local control of our district schools, Common Core cedes control of every facet of the state’s education system to federal bureaucrats.

Rand Paul approaches the issue this way: He has said, “I don’t see Common Core being — if you’re for Common Core and you’re for a national curriculum, I don’t see it being a winning message in a Republican primary.” Paul said, “If there’s a Republican candidate out there — let’s just say there’s a hypothetical one who’s for Common Core. I’m saying that that hypothetical candidate who’s for Common Core probably doesn’t have much chance of winning in a Republican primary.”

In his scenario, the primary is the national one, deciding the 2016 candidate in the race for the White House. It was a none too subtle jab at Jeb Bush, who has made no secret of his desire to be a dynastic Bush III —- an idea even most Republicans consider a bridge too far.

Getting early national face-time, the pro-amnesty, bilingual Bush released Spanish language ads Monday for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of three GOP candidates, among them Arizonan Martha McSally, (video link) who is trying to unseat CD 2 Democrat Rep. Ron Barber.

Paul’s forceful opposition to the fed ed Common Core sets the stage for what’s likely to come as 2016 approaches, and he also gears up for an expected presidential bid — while Bush and other Republicans who have expressed support for the wildly unpopular Common Core do the same.

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin was an early endorser of Diane Douglas. This enthusiastic congratulatory post celebrates Douglas’ decisive Primary victory. In an unparalleled show of grassroots support, Douglas garnered the highest number of votes of any contested election, and beat all unopposed Democrats —- securing 16½ percent more votes than Dem gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal.

Parents and grandparents vote. They are not fooled by deceptive rebranding of federal overreaches. No voters should be.


They walk among us….and they vote

October 4, 2014

ACLUers condone infanticide and prefer war on Christians to war on terrorists

This revealing interview session, conducted by Fox News’ Jesse Watters, is interspersed with much needed comic relief clips. It took place at the recent ACLU convention in Princeton, New Jersey.

Notice that one of the interviewees is a University of Chicago law professor. That’s the same school where Barack Obama allegedly was a  constitutional law professor.


Gifting ASU’s Prez with $95K raise+benies = one helluva deal

September 30, 2014

Crow called “a bargain” at $900,000 a year

When it wants to push its leftist perspective, the Arizona Republic is a marvel of inconsistencies. Look no further than the convoluted meanderings of Monday’s editorial as it attempts to justify the outrageous salary increase for Arizona State University president Michael Crow.  The heist is headlined, “It’s vision, not money, that motivates Crow.”

In this still troubled economy with many remaining behind the eight ball financially, the state Board of Regents awarded Crow a $95,000 raise and we are told we got a bargain in the process.

Betch’a didn’t know that Crow is a “gale force of big ideas, who swept into this intellectual desert” when he arrived in 2002.

He is also extolled for “throwing open the doors to a surge of low-income and minority students…”  Back in 2007, when Crow began promoting scholarship funding and in-state tuition for illegal alien students the open-border newspaper called Crow’s efforts  to subvert the voter approved Prop. 300 “courageous.”  Crow referred to the hundreds of foreign national students here illegally as “special-class international students.”

This previous post “Michael Crow, Sybil Francis: A$U’s pricey duo,” fills in the dollar amounts in salary, bonuses, pensions, retirement and “step up bonuses,” car and housing allowances that Crow and his wife Sybil Francis were previously raking in. Updated, enumerated numbers are not readily found, although this year alone he receives a $40,000 incentive and up to $180,000 in 2015 for “meeting goals.”

It’s difficult to pick a winning line in the blatherous editorial, but the words, “money doesn’t motivate him” which he proves by staying on here in Arizona, where this superhuman “visionary” is “underpaid,” float to the top.

“It’s no secret that a lot of major institutions would like to steal him away from us,” Regents Chairman Mark Killian said. “We think he’s doing a wonderful job, and we’d like him to stay around.”

Regent Greg Patterson “gushingly” heaped further praise, actually calling Crow “transformative.“

 That electric definition alone could power up Sybil Francis and Michael Crow’s $million+ nest in swanky Paradise Valley.

The swooning regents duo sound suspiciously like former U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini, then a regent in 2007.  “He’s worth every dollar he gets paid because he delivers,” DeConcini said.

As Crow and Francis live large, citizen students feel the sting as tuition and fee hikes continue to rattle Arizona families. And the question remains, if  Crow isn’t motivated by money, why do the regents continually throw more of it at his well-shod feet?


Obamanized schools: Illegals take precedence over U.S. students

September 22, 2014

English competency tests in Spanish, waiver of health & immunization requirements for illegal students

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, comes this report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, detailing the gutless response to the Obama administration depositing over 1,200 illegal Central American minors in Louisiana. The state has authorized the federally imposed Common Core test for English Language Arts and Literacy to be administered in….Spanish.

State schools Superintendent John White ordered the controversial test —- called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to be given in Spanish to newly arrived illegal foreign nationals. 

To his credit, Gov. Bobby Jindal tried to block White and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from purchasing the PARCC test for Louisiana schools this summer, but was unsuccessful.

Judge Todd Hernandez ruled against the governor, saying Jindal had acted inappropriately in blocking the test purchase. Jindal is appealing the ruling, but White and the state school board, mostly Common Core supporters, have moved forward with implementing PARCC testing, scheduled to be administered in March.

That’s not all. Breitbart Big Government reports the Virginia Department of Education recently issued a memo to its 132 divisions outlining how schools should handle the influx of about 3,000 foreign national children now in that state. In addition to giving them “homeless” status, which includes benefits under the Homeless Assistance Act, the state is also ordering schools to “immediately enroll” the students and waive their health and immunization requirements.

Apparently, it’s unfair that people who illegally invade our country should be subject to the same rules as ordinary American citizens. And, if your children come down with a mysterious Central American virus, there’s always the fallback of Obamacare.

This is the three page fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education regarding policies, rights and services to be afforded to the illegal minors under the Homeless Assistance Act.

Since October, approximately 63,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally entered the United States through our southern border. The vast majority are from Central America. 

Arizonans have a clear choice in the upcoming election for state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Conservative Diane Douglas, the runaway primary winner handily clobbered incumbent John Huppenthal in a 58 to 41 percent stunning upset. She garnered the highest number of votes of any contested election, and beat all unopposed Democrats, securing 16½ percent more votes than Dem gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal. 

Diane Douglas’ success is due to her unwavering opposition to the fed’s heavy handedness in promoting the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Her liberal opponent David Garcia supports the controversial fed ed program. 

Election Day is Nov. 4, but early voting begins Oct. 9.  Vote early and ensure the demise of the federal overreach of Common Core, deceptively renamed “Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,” by Gov. Brewer and her colluder Huppenthal.  

Arizona needs Diane Douglas in this important office.

 

 


Diane Douglas scores huge win opposing Common Core

September 2, 2014

AZ voters overwhelmingly reject federal education takeover

Arizona’s runaway winner in last Tuesday’s Primary Election was state Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate, Diane Douglas. The Republican’s landslide victory was one of the first races called on election night as she handily trounced incumbent John Huppenthal in a 58 to 41 stunning upset.

We all watched as Huppenthal imploded after first denying, then in the face of irrefutable evidence, being forced to admit, his bizarre postings on Arizona blogs —- including Seeing Red AZ. (KPHO-TV 5 video link). He lost decisively —- in the face of cozying up to Obama’s educrat point man Arne Duncan, oddly trumpeting the fact that he was escorting the liberal Duncan on a statewide tour.

The key point is that Diane Douglas won due to her unwavering opposition to the fed’s heavy handedness in promoting the increasingly unpopular Common Core. Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin has devoted the past two years to exposing the excesses of the federal mandates and the gutting of local control of education.

Last May, Malkin was an early endorser of Diane Douglas. This enthusiastic congratulatory post celebrates Douglas’ decisive Primary victory. In an unparalleled show of grassroots support, Douglas garnered the highest number of votes of any contested election, and beat all unopposed Democrats securing 16½ percent more votes than Dem gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal.

Breitbart News’ Big Government has a thorough report detailing the plummeting support for Common Core, noting that three states, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Indiana have officially repealed the federal program. Thirty-four states, Arizona among them, have introduced anti-Common Core legislation. An additional 16 states have  either withdrawn or are in the process of withdrawing from the Common Core test consortia. Further, 27 states have introduced legislation that bans the use of PARCC or SBAC assessments:

Read the complete article for a full listing of the states that are retreating from the controversial education scheme. It has becoming increasingly clear that this Fed Ed program is a threat to parental educational choices including parochial, charter and home schooling alternatives, since the “standards” are a de facto measurement for college admission.

Republican Diane Douglas is definitely on the right side of this wrongheaded issue.


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