Parents onto Common Core oppose implementation

April 14, 2014

Gallup reports 56% of parents in the dark about fed-ed scheme affecting their own children

This latest Gallup poll concerning U.S. public school parents’ views of the Common Core standards finds that even in states that have implemented the centralized standards, 27% of parents surveyed said they know “only a little” about the standards, while 29% know “nothing” about them at all, leaving 56% of public school parents with little to no knowledge of how and what their children are currently being taught.

Relatively few parents feel strongly about Common Core. Even among parents familiar with the federal program, just 13% view them very positively, while slightly more — 19% — view them very negatively.

Critics of Common Core have argued that the standards were crafted without sufficient involvement from parents, teachers, and local school boards, thus taking the public by surprise. In fact, fewer than four in 10 parents (38%) appear to be knowledgeable about the standards, saying they have heard either a great deal or a fair amount about them. Nearly as many — 31% — have heard nothing, while another 30% have heard only a little.

Parents in states that have already implemented Common Core are only slightly more familiar with it than those in other states, and their overall views toward the standards are about the same.

In not much of a revelation, the Gallup survey reports opposition to Common Core runs deeper among Republican parents.

Last September we wrote, “Alarmed by the voices of angry voters, parents dedicated to protecting their children and facing Diane Douglas, a knowledgeable conservative challenger in the 2014 election, John Huppenthal, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, has decided the most advantageous scheme is to try to dupe the public by slickly changing the name from ‘Common Core’ to ‘Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.’”

Parental vigilance is needed to protect America’s students from overreaching federal bureaucrats.


Bush family: Political dynasty ambitions resurge

March 30, 2014

Dynasties should remain relegated to Chinese historical studies 

When the leftist Washington Post writes that “influential Republicans” are promoting the draft candidacy of yet another Bush for president in 2016, that news should position conservative Republican’s antenna to high alert mode.

Papa — George Herbert Walker — Bush began the disappointing tradition as 41st president. He famously reneged on hisread my lips, no new taxespledge in a 1990 compromise with liberals that cost him a second term. Coming on the heels of two terms of Ronald Reagan, the actions of the former ambassador to China and the United Nations were viewed as a betrayal of Republican ideals.

Bush cut a deal with Democrats who promised —- but never delivered —- extensive budget cuts. The disastrous tax increase that followed led to increased spending, elevated taxes, and gave us the Clinton presidency, which further hiked both taxes and spending.

Then came his amnesty-promoting son, former Texas Governor George W. Bush. As president, “Dubya” rose to the occasion in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and implementing tax cuts, but was a mixed bag on other significant issues.

Former Florida Governor, John Ellis “Jeb,” is a Bush too far.  Strongly influenced by his Mexican-born and reared wife Columbia whose father was a “migrant worker,” his border positions raise even greater concern. Watch the two disturbing videos in this post, “Another Bush? Thanks, Jeb, but we’ve had enough,” for an idea of his stance. It’s not much of a surprise the liberal Washington Post is writing about him being “drafted” for a presidential run.

Waiting in the wings is Jeb’s 37-year-old lawyer son, George Prescott Bush (known as “P”). A lawyer married to a lawyer —- in the tradition of the Clinton’s and Obama’s —- “P” has already ignited his political career with his recent election as Commissioner of the Texas Land Office —-  and is a Bush even further.

The cry of “Uncle” has its roots in asking for deliverance or mercy, usually interpreted to mean “Enough!”

Hear the voices?


Say “No” to ‘Noah’ — Green politics minus God

March 29, 2014

No mention of God in the entire two hour movie

Breitbart News’ Senior Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro has done a masterful job in his review of the newly released film, Noah —- widely anticipated as a family film with a rich Biblical morality factor. 

If you’ve been planning on taking the family and dropping more than a few bucks on tickets, Shapiro’s commentary, 9 Problems with Aronofsky’s ’Noah is a worthy read.

The traditional Biblical morality epic has been turned on its ear, with fanciful dramatic fabrications by director and co-writer Darren Aronofsky, an admitted atheist. The concept of sin has been transformed into destruction of the environment and animals. Further, Noah and his family are unrecognizable as the righteous beings chosen by God, as portrayed in the Biblical account.

The weather is idealPlan a bike ride. Go on a picnic. Plant a tree. Take a hike — away from Noah.


Tobin makes friends in Mexico, forfeits them in CD 1

March 25, 2014

Viva Tobin!!

The left-of-center Christian Science Monitor tag teams with the even further left Associated Press on this report that does no favors for the candidacy of Andy Tobin, currently in a tough battle to win the CD 1 primary.

Tobin’s disregard of his constituency is reaching epic proportions. He’s so busy making regular expeditions to Mexico that he’s neglecting the very voters he needs to connect with and retain. As an example, Pinal County, with the most Republican voters in CD 1, held its annual county fair this weekend. The other two candidates for the Republican nomination, Rep. Adam Kwasman and Gary Kiehne were there gaining crucial support from voters.

Tobin, arrogantly misjudging the dynamics of this primary, was in Mexico City with a pro-amnesty contingent —- including liberal Democrat Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Glenn Hamer, president of the AZ Chamber of Commerce —- connecting with a different constituency at a “binational cocktail party,” according the article in the Monitor. Not only did Tobin personally skip the Pinal County opportunity, but he had no presence whatsoever. No staff. No booth, No table. No literature. He obviously doesn’t think those Pinal County Republicans are worth his time.

But in Mexico he was singing a more congenial tune, trying to distance himself from his vote for SB 1070. “We’re just like you are,” he was quoted as saying. “Mexicans and Arizonans want the same future for their children. We’ll be here a lot more frequently, and we’re here to continue to make friends.”

No wonder Sheriff Joe Arpaio has endorsed Adam Kwasman for Congress.

Since Andy Tobin continues to disregard Congressional District One Republicans, perhaps he’s counting on his new south-of-the-border friends to ensure his election. In the meantime, he’s got establishment elites such as John Boehner fundraising for him, while the other candidates are connecting with the locals.

As he partied through Mexico, Tobin also neglected his legislative duties —- allowing the budget negotiations to fracture in the House last night as the reliable RINO contingent once again joined Democrats to block the Republican budget recently passed by the Senate.

Political watchers are witnessing Tobin unravel at breakneck speed.


GOP won’t win following Dem amnesty scheme

March 19, 2014

Major polls show Americans not onboard with amnesty — Let Dems own it

As Democrats running for office run from the increasingly toxic Obama, Republicans appear to be running headlong into his amnesty embrace.

In this Politico interview, Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chairman, claims there is a consensus in the GOP for “serious immigration reform” as he dissects the one-year anniversary of the RNC’s divisive 2012 100-page autopsy” report that said the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.” After all, he says, voters see the GOP as a “scary” group of “stuffy old men” who are “out of touch” with an increasingly diverse country. The only word Priebus omitted from his reckless assessment is “White.”

But Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions declares embracing amnesty is precisely the wrong approach for the GOP to take after the party got whacked by low-income voters in the 2012 presidential election, and in a country in which two major polls have found that a plurality of Americans are less likely to vote for candidates who support amnesty. (We’ve included links to both the NBC News/Wall St. Journal survey and the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Neither has a conservative perspective.)

And what did the GOP’s brilliant consultant class conclude from this resounding defeat?” Sessions asks. “They declared that the GOP must embrace amnesty. The Republican National Committee dutifully issued a report calling for a ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ that would inevitably increase the flow of low-skilled immigration, reducing the wages and living standards of the very voters whose trust the GOP had lost.”

Sessions said Republicans, by opposing amnesty, could make a “clean public break from the special-interest immigration lobby” and let “Democrats own — solely, completely, and exclusively — the unwise and unpopular policies they are pushing on these groups’ behalf.”

“Isn’t it time we made President Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and each of their rank-and-file members defend their near-unanimous embrace of an immigration plan that is so contrary to the wishes and interests of the American people?” Sessions asked.

Take time to read Sen. Sessions well reasoned commentaryBecoming the Party of Workin National Review.

We hope Arizona’s four Republican Congressmen, Paul Gosar,(CD-4); Matt Salmon,(CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6); and Trent Franks, (CD-8), read it as well.

The poor excuses for U.S. Senators representing our state are solidly onboard the amnesty express. We’ve devoted an entire scrollable category to John McStench and his doppelganger Jeff the Flake.


Hypocrisy at the AZ Republic? Who’d a guessed?

March 18, 2014

The Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is at it again. Recently the arrogant leftist radicals at the newspaper have taken to advising Republicans how to conduct themselves and win elections.

Sunday’s edition carried a chastising editorial titled, “Lawmakers, Listen to Voters.” This particular bit of drivel begins with the words, “Lawmakers, show some respect for voters.” The topic of such importance is directing $10 million a year of Lottery revenue to the state Game and Fish and Parks Departments. The money, approved over two dozen years ago by voters in more flush times was intended to protect habitats for species such as the 3-inch lowland leopard frog —- which according to this reportis still relatively secure in central Arizona.”

Since the makeup of the Arizona House and Senate is predominately Republican, the logical conclusion is the newspaper is railing against the GOP again.

There is no such outcry from the charlatans at the daily demanding the voices of voters be respected when the issues apply to people rather than frogs. Here are but a few of the hucksterisms from the Arizona Republic:

When RINO legislators (named here) joined the unified Dems in forcing through Obama’s reckless Medicaid Expansion —- an economically unsustainable government overreach, championed and signed by Jan Brewer —- while subverting the will of GOP voters and legislative districts statewide, there was no protest from the liberal Republic.

Popular and nationally copied SB 1070  “Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” was routinely maligned by the newspaper, which waged a daily and multi-pronged war against its author Senate President Russell Pearce. Redistricted into a predominantly Democrat legislative district, he ultimately lost his reelection bid. The Republic gloated.

SB 1062, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was the subject of a misinformation campaign that intentionally mischaracterized the bill. The Republic led the charge.

The deceptive Open Elections/Open Government” or “Top 2 initiative aimed specifically at gutting Republican influence was championed by the daily disseminator of leftist propaganda. Ultimately, it was defeated 1,340,288 to 662,366. In this case the Republic was trampling on voters. “Respect” was nowhere to be seen.

In 2008, Arizona voters overwhelmingly passedProposition 102, the Marriage Protection Amendment,” defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, by a vote of 56.3 – 43.7 percent. At the time, the crafty word-twisters at the Arizona Republic, defined the issue as the “Gay Marriage Ban.” The newspaper bashed the LDS Church’s influence but was mum on supporting the voice of the people.

When five Republican senators shamefully broke ranks and voted with Democrats to defeat SB 1310 a bill prohibiting the State Board of Education from applying Obama’s Common Core in Arizona, the newspaper said not a word against their actions.

John McComish, Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan and Bob Worsley, deceived their constituents —- who had every right to expect more than such traitorous actions.  Reagan is now running as a Republican for Secretary of State.

The far left Arizona Republic caterwauls when the issue is a lowlands leopard frog but either becomes mute or blithely spews venomous distortions as it targets Arizona families and conservatives.


AZ Gov. Jan Brewer won’t seek reelection… because she can’t

March 12, 2014

Although she’s played the re-election game for all the juice she can squeeze out of it, even declaring that there is “ambiguity” in the state Constitution regarding her ability to run for another term, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, announced today that she would not seek re-election.

“There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership,“ she said, “and after completing this term in office, I will be doing just that.”

In 2012 with a surge of bravado, Brewer told the daily, “I haven’t ruled it out, and I’ve been encouraged by people —- legal scholars and other people —- that it’s probably something that I ought to pursue.”

Because the Arizona Constitution specifically limits governors to two terms, Brewer, 69, had talked about circumventing the perimeters, since her first term came by appointment after then-governor Janet Napolitano, left to join the Obama administration. Brewer tried to make the case that although she served two terms, one of them was not an elected term and shouldn’t count.

But such a bit of gimmickry would have required a legal challenge to the Arizona Constitution —- since state law clearly permits statewide-elected officials to serve only two consecutive terms. Article 5, Section 1 of the Arizona Constitution states, “No member of the executive department after serving the maximum number of terms, which shall include any part of a term served, may serve in the same office until out of office for no less than one full term.”

Wannabe governor Christine Jones immediately jumped on the announcement by congratulating Brewer for her service. But odds favor Brewer, whose office is stacked high with McCain advisers, endorsing state treasurer Doug Ducey, another McCain ally. Ducey’s campaign website even boasts of their longstanding connection, revealing that he worked his way through ASU toiling at Hensley & Co., the local Anheuser-Busch distributorship owned by Cindy Hensley McCain.

Kyl’s already onboard with him. We’re betting McCain and Flake won’t be far behind.


Thinking like a liberal: An impossible task for the rational

March 12, 2014

Trying to make sense of madness

As difficult as it is to imagine, far left activists in New York City spent last weekend protesting a $100 million donation to New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Groups as seemingly diverse as the New York State Nurses’ Association — which should be celebrating the creation of dozens of jobs for nurses and enhanced patient care — the NAACP New York State Conference and SEIU unionists protested the hospital’s plans to add an ambulatory care center, to be called the David H. Koch Center.

The new addition to the hospital is made possible by the beyond-generous donation from David Koch, one of the politically conservative, philanthropist Koch brothers who have, in recent years, been targeted by leftist politicians, activists and media elites.

Yet despite the fact that David Koch gave what is purportedly the largest donation in the hospital’s history, according to this report in the Washington Free Beacon, liberals are outraged that the hospital accepted his money.

Screeching activists, shouting about the Koch’s funding of a nonexistent “war on women’s reproductive rights” organized the protest on International Women’s Day.

Such bizarre workings of liberal minds are not unique to this irrational display.

Also in New York the war on parental choice in the education of their own children continues as radical Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unconscionable decision to rescind approval of high-performing charter schools has created havoc throughout the state resulting in multiple lawsuits from parents. But his outrageous actions have also attracted the wrath of the far left, who are suing de Blasio for not shutting down even more such schools.  DeBlasio’s educrat approved actions have forced mostly low income children back into substandard, under-performing government schools. The Daily Caller exposes de Blasio’s long-standing socialist ties.

Here in Arizona, where charter schools flourish and students benefit, the liberal daily newspaper runs editorials and Page One articles against the expansion of parental choice, through the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.  Several bills are now advancing through the legislature which provide options that benefit families. The Arizona Republic calls them “divisive.”

 


Fading, agendized AZ Republic admits its irrelevancy

March 10, 2014

On life support, newspaper informs remaining readers it remains committed to radical agenda

Back in 2009 Seeing Red AZ likened the relentless diatribes in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) to those of a nagging ex-wife, who made an art form of breathing new life into wearisome old arguments.

The failing newspaper, rife with seemingly endless layoffs, cutbacks and increasing reliance on students from ASU’s left-leaning Cronkite School of Journalism, recently informed nearly two dozen community reporters they would need to work from their laptops at Starbucks and McDonald’swhich supply free WiFi — and consider their cars to be their offices.

Yet despite the myriad problems, Sunday’s edition features a “letter to our readers” from John Zidich, the daily’s publisher, CEO and Randy Lovely, Senior VP of news and audience development, boasting about coming changes and “completely redesigned” digital content. The Republic is hemorrhaging subscribers and must move to a completely online version in order to survive, so they tout what they call enhanced “depth and quality” while acknowledging “reading habits continue to change.” So does the Republic, which has shrunken to anorexic proportions and, in large part,  purchases news feed from outside sources.

Rather than informing, the newspaper engages in persistent misinformation campaigns on a variety of subjects — most recent being SB 1062 which it refer to as a watershed issue in the “gay rights movement.”  In fact the Religious Freedom Restoration Act simply  reinforced the First Amendment’s free exercise of religion. It became a “gay” issue because it was calculatedly configured that way by the newspaper which cheered the threats and derision which it vigorously stirred.

Sunday’s edition featured an oversized profile of freshman state House member Demion Clinco, (LD -2) a 28-year-old Tucson Democrat who was appointed just weeks ago to fill the seat vacated by Andrea Dalessandro. (She was appointed to the state Senate after Linda Lopez resigned.)  Clinco‘s large profile was not serendipitous. He is identified as “openly gay“ and was quoted regarding…what else…? SB 1062.  “It’s pretty appalling to hear a dialogue about using religion to discriminate against both myself and my community,”  Clinco is so new he doesn’t even have a bio or photo up on the House of Representative’s web page.  That fact doesn’t keep him from being the newspaper’s latest darling.

In recent years, the leftist newspaper has gotten more radical in its approach, blatantly employing contemptible tactics to promote its myopic dual agendaColumnists and editorialists have donned their jackboots to facilitate marching in lockstep with the attack strategy — irrespective of the facts. If you’re looking for contrivances passing as reporting and promoting the illegal invasion of the United States, glorification of same sex “marriage and homosexuals or a relentless bashing of conservatives in which the term “tea party” is used as a pejorative, the Arizona República is the real deal.  

If you’re looking for actual news, you won’t find it in the dying Arizona Republic.  As an example, this morning’s edition front-pages a vacuous report titled, “An entire career spent in one city,” a puff piece about the new city manager. It continues for a full inside jump page. Not a word about the chaos in Ukraine and the far-reaching ramifications of Vladimir Putin’s attempts to reestablish the USSR.  


Union protects heroin-using K-6 grade school teacher

March 9, 2014

As expected, parents were outraged when they learned that an elementary school teacher had been shooting up heroin while on the job — not once, but twice. Though drug paraphernalia was found in the faculty rest room at Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg, N.Y, the teacher’s union representing the addict is hard at work preventing efforts to reveal his identity. The school’s young students are kindergarteners through sixth graders.

When police narrowed the list of those entering the lounge area by use of surveillance videos, the teachers union refused to allow them to be drug tested. Of the eight the police were investigating, only one non-union employee agreed to submit to testing.

School administrators are also in collusion shielding this criminal. A letter informing parents of the incident disclosed only that an “employee of the District found drugs and related paraphernalia in a school rest room.” It failed to mention that the drug was heroin, that it was found more than once and that it was discovered in the faculty-only area. The intentionally deceptive letter is not posted. However, there is a letter to parents regarding snow days — in both Spanish and English.

Along with Principal Mary Kate Stinehour’s message outlining the “fundamentals,” for students, is this timely edict including tips for parental involvement, which she calls the key to increased student achievement. “It is vital for our parents to be involved in monitoring their child’s progress.” The School Rules begin with “Respect yourself and others” and “Think before you act.”  But they pertain to students, not union teachers.

When parents demand information about drug addicts who are interacting with their children each day, they are stonewalled. This travesty occurred in New York, but it could have been anywhere. The National Education Union (NEA), the largest labor union in the United States, and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are committed to implementing Obama’s Common Core and are staunch opponents of parental school choice through the use of vouchers. In 2013 the NEA spent $2,475,284 on lobbying efforts alone. The Center for Responsive Politics reveals the group’s expenditures were overwhelmingly made in support of Democrats. Worthy of note, the NEA also lobbies on behalf of “immigration.

Watch Fox News coverage of the heroin using teacher and the union cover-up in New York.

 


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