Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Progressive educators and their agendae; 1/4 of us unaware of from whom we are now "Independent"; MI judges legislate from the bench; NEA votes $32 million for Obama re-elect crisis fund; CAIR lost tax-exempt status for filing noncompliance; Plot to attack military recruitment center in Seattle; Homegrown terrorists radicalized in U.S. mosques

DailyInterLake wrote: As Miss Hilda Orr told a meeting of Altoona English teachers back in 1930, “Progressive educators seek to develop in children the social and cooperative spirit  rather than aggressive, competitive and exploiting qualities.... The leaders seek to abolish the evils of the competitive marking system which is so apt to produce in brilliant children self-consciousness, conceit and selfishness and in the slow-minded child a sense of failure, inferiority and injustice.”
Of course, what the breathless Miss Orr failed to notice as she rushed giddily into her brave new world was that the new system she touted would teach smart students that there was no value in excellence, and encourage slow students to conclude that bad was good enough.  http://dailyinterlake.com/opinion/columns/frank/article_c39e7eb8-a51b-11e0-b08e-001cc4c03286.html
NBC reports: A Marist poll finds that 26 percent of Americans don’t know whom the United States declared its independence from.
The 26 percent includes 6 percent that are unsure that the United States fought any war of independence at all. Other respondents gave a range of countries that included France, China, Mexico, Spain and Japan, according to the pollsters at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
For the record, it was Great Britain we broke away from. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Mari-97694414.html
American Thinker opines: On Friday, a panel from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Michigan's ban on affirmative action.  In a split decision (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action vs Regents of the University of Michigan), Judges R. Guy Cole, Jr. and Martha Craig Daughtrey had the presumption to overturn the wishes of a solid majority of Michigan voters who had approved the ban in a 2006 referendum ("Proposal 2").  The idea that two individuals could presume to annul the actions of a democratic majority is troubling.  Far more troubling is the fact that, rather than interpret the law as established by the referendum, a federal court has decided once again to legislate from the bench.

In striking down the affirmation action ban, Cole wrote that "[t]he majority may not manipulate the channels of change in a manner that places unique burdens on issues of importance to racial minorities."  Whatever does Judge Cole mean by "manipulating the channels of change"?  Or by "places unique burdens on issues of importance to racial minorities"?  Rather than plain dealing based squarely on the Constitution, Cole has resorted to language so abstruse as to be mystifying.
This is not merely legal obfuscation -- it is obfuscation that seems a brazen effort to subvert the Constitution.  What Judge Cole appears to be saying is that no "issue of importance" to minorities can be questioned or even discussed by the majority since any such discussion could be construed as "manipulating the channels of change." http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/07/a_horrible_racial_preference_ruling_in_michigan.html
Townhall writes: The Representative Assembly recommended that NEA members vote to re-elect President Barack Obama in the 2012 election” wrote Will Potter of the National Education Association. “They also voted for a $10 annual dues increase that will be dedicated to funding NEA's Crisis Fund, a program designed to put money back into the states for pro-public education outreach.” 3.2 million teachers will pay the tax – out of your tax dollars- which is expected to double the amount of money normally put into the “crisis fund.” http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/johnransom/2011/07/05/obamas_price_$10_tax_for_union_teachers-_you_pay/page/full/
Human events writes: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has lost its tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file legally required annual reports for three consecutive years, the federal agency said.  CAIR is one of 275,000 groups targeted by the IRS for being out of compliance with filing requirements.  “The IRS believes the vast majority of these organizations are defunct, but it also announced special steps to help any existing organizations to apply for reinstatement of their tax-exempt status,” the agency said in announcing the action. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=44411
Fox News reports: Authorities say Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, right, and Walli Mujahidh were planning to attack a military recruitment center in Seattle.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif harbored grandiose plans for an attack on a military recruitment station in Seattle and said if a single gunman at Fort Hood could kill 13 people, three gunmen could kill many more, according to the criminal complaint against Abdul-Latif.

He and Walli Mujahidh were arrested in the alleged plot after a nearly month-long investigation, the Justice Department announced Thursday. They are accused of planning an attack on the Seattle site with machine guns and grenades but were foiled when a prospective accomplice contacted authorities
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/23/2-men-arrested-in-plot-to-attack-seattle-military-recruiting-station/#ixzz1QAjTPEKq
Investors.com writes: An alarming new study shows homegrown terrorists are not just radicalized in prisons or chat rooms but in mainstream U.S. mosques. Now if someone would just tell the White House.
A survey of 100 randomly selected mosques in America finds 81% of them feature Islamic literature — not including the Quran and Sunnah — that advocates violence. And 85% of the imams running the mosques actively recommend these tracts.http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.aspx?id=575869&p=1

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