Greensboro News Record receives “F” for article and opinion citing flawed Education Law Center report, Media and so called researcher bias, Report very subjective, F for “effort”???, News Record also receives 4 Orwells for repeating Big Lie

Greensboro News Record receives “F” for article and opinion citing flawed Education Law Center report, Media and so called researcher bias, Report very subjective, F for “effort”???, News Record also receives 4 Orwells for repeating Big Lie

“[I]n the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes.”…Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

 

The Big Lie.

Jim Clifton, the CEO of Gallup described the stated unemployment rate as a big lie.

He was correct.

Websters New World College Dictionary

“The official dictionary of the Associated Press”
Lie definition (noun)

“anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression.”

The Greensboro News Record, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has a reputation for employing liberal bias and attacking Republicans.

They have done so again and apparently have not fact checked or reasonableness checked their source.

From the Greensboro News Record June 8, 2015.

“Report: State gets an F for education spending”

“In its annual report card, the law center gave North Carolina a B for spending a greater share of funds on high-poverty school systems. But the state received an F for its effort, or how much it spends on education compared to the overall fiscal capacity.

North Carolina also ranked No. 46 for its overall investment in K-12 public schools, according to the law center’s report.

Some states including North Carolina have gradually started increasing post-recession school funding, but some say that’s not happening fast enough.

“The issue of fair funding is one that we have to work on, on a continual, annual, year-to-year basis,” David Sciarra, the law center’s executive director, said during a press call. “Even if you build in substantial fairness over time, it can quickly erode.”

A joint report released by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund, raised questions of funding equity. Public school systems in many states are seeing poverty levels swell while funding remains stagnant or in decline.”

“That report notes it’s important to not just increase funds for schools but ensure funds are used efficiently and effectively.

“School funding decisions are too often made out of political expedience and not on the basis of student need, population or fairness,” Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, told reporters. “This leads to a corrosive culture of disinvestment that cheats children and entire communities out of the bright futures they deserve.”

That reality, Henderson said, creates two school systems — one for the wealthy and influential and another for low income students. The problem exists nationwide, he said.”

http://www.greensboro.com/news/report-state-gets-an-f-for-education-spending/article_47dbd87a-0e3a-11e5-9e92-6b15098a0c2a.html

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Effort???

Who defines effort and why is that the headline?

Then the News Record has the gall to produce this next Orwellian piece.

From the Greensboro News Record June 11, 2015.

“Grading the graders”

“State Republican lawmakers, who are so fond of “accountability” that they’ve mandated a letter grade for each public school, got report cards of their own this week.

A new national study on school funding gives North Carolina an F for not spending on K-12 education what it can and should invest. In other words, the Education Law Center, which advocates for educational opportunity, flunked the state for its reluctance to fund its public schools adequately.

Further, the annual report ranks North Carolina 46th in the nation in its overall spending on public schools.

Small wonder. Even as the state has gradually begun to increase school spending, it still languishes below pre-recession levels. During the 2008-09 school year, North Carolina spent $5,896 per student; in 2014-15, it spent only $5,766 per student.”

“It means fewer teachers and teacher assistants. It means larger classes. It means funding that fails to keep pace with growing enrollment. It means the discontinuation of the N.C. Teaching Fellows program, which attracted quality students to become teachers.”

“To lawmakers’ credit, they did raise teacher salaries — though little, if any, for veteran teachers. And they have funneled more money to the poorest schools, earning a B in that category. But those slices for the needy still come from a smaller overall pie.”

http://www.greensboro.com/opinion/n_and_r_editorials/grading-the-graders/article_3605b0d6-0fb0-11e5-a3a2-77e923801679.html

From the NC House Republicans.

“NC House Republicans- State education spending: the facts”

“The North Carolina House Republicans have released some useful information regarding the latest budget passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by the Governor.  Equipped with useful charts and answers to some of the liberal left’s most outrageous claims, information packet is chocked full of documented, factual material that is easy to share.

We’ve all heard the dire predictions about the Republican-passed budget: “They’re going to decimate the whole public education system in this state!” and “This proposed budget will set back this state 25 years!” and “Cuts near this magnitude will dramatically eviscerate the ability of this state to provide a constitutionally-sound education to all of the students of our state!”

Do those claims sound familiar? They should — they’re from over two years ago. On February 24, 2011, Democrat representatives Mickey Michaux, Rick Glazier, and Ray Rapp all clucked that under the Republican budget the sky was falling. Former Governor Perdue, for her part, warned that 20,000 teachers would be fired, class size would double, and the Republican budget would “result in generational damage” to North Carolina’s public schools.

But none of it happened.

Not only were all our teaching positions fully funded, but according to the Department of Public Instruction’s own figures, North Carolina’s public schools actually added 3,198 state-funded education jobs this school year — and 7,811 total teaching jobs since Republicans have held the majority in the General Assembly. And significant education reforms enacted over the last two years have already begun bearing fruit: last year, North Carolina’s high school graduation rate surpassed 80 percent – a first in the state’s history and a 12-point jump from six years ago.

It’s shameful how the hyper-partisan teachers union — the largest and most organized group of paid lobbyists in the state — and their mouthpieces in the media continue to scare hard-working teachers and parents with wild claims that never seem to materialize. Let’s cut through the wild rhetoric and look at the facts.


I heard on the news last week that you cut education by half a billion dollars!

Nope. The amount spent on education programs will actually increase by $400 million next year. Total spending on public schools, community colleges, and universities amounts to $11.5 billion (that’s more than half of the entire state budget) and of that, $7.9 billion will go to K-12 education. That figure is up from the $7.7 billion we spent last year on K-12 (an increase of 2.1%) and the nearly $7.3 billion spent two years ago.

This year’s state budget will spend more money on public education in North Carolina than we have ever spent.

Source: Current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act of 2013″ (Senate Bill 402) and the North Carolina General Assembly’s  Fiscal Research Division’s report “North Carolina Public Schools Expenditures, FY 2003-04 to FY 2011-12” For a printable PDF of this chart, click here.


But this week, the newspaper said that the increase isn’t even enough to keep pace with inflation or the growth in the number of students.

The new budget keeps pace with both inflation and the growth in the number of students: economists forecast inflation at 1.5% for the coming year and the Department shows stable growth in student enrollment — averaging about a half percent over the last five years. That’s a total of 2%, which is about where we are in terms of the increase in K-12 appropriations over what it was last year. So when you look at it from that perspective, by fully keeping pace with growth, K-12 essentially breaks even next school year.


I hear we rank near the bottom in terms of how much we spend per student. What about the children?

According to the most recent data compiled by the National Education Association (page 55, Chart H-11), North Carolina taxpayers spend $8,757 on each student per year, something bureaucrats call “per-pupil expenditure.” New York state spends the most at $18,616 per-pupil; New Mexico ranks in the middle of the pack at $10,203 per-pupil; and Arizona spends the least at $6,683 per-pupil. The report puts us North Carolina at 45th. Sounds terrible, right?

What the partisan media doesn’t tell you is that North Carolina public schools receive among the highest percentages of their funding from state dollars, ranking 11th in the nation and 2nd in the Southeast (according to that same DPI report).

In the US, K-12 education is funded by three sources: federal dollars, state dollars, and local dollars. Here in North Carolina, the federal government provides only about 16 percent of K-12 funding, with state government picking up most of the tab at 60.1%. Local governments contribute less than a quarter of the cost of educating our children.

State, federal, and local funds combined, North Carolina spends approximately $12 billion on K-12 education every year — and that does not include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent on school buildings and the debt used to build and maintain them.

In other states, education is funded primarily by local governments — with property taxes and bonds — and not with state dollars, as we do in North Carolina. The fact remains that our county and city governments could choose to spend more on educating our children, but they don’t.

Why is this important? It’s not really, except to say that when the media casts blame on the General Assembly for not spending enough on our children’s education, there are many other significant factors to consider. And of course, it’s easy for the media to point fingers, especially at Republicans.


So where does all that state money go?

According to the DPI report, of the $7.2 billion the state spent two years ago on K-12 programs, 90% of the entire amount goes to pay teachers and administrators and provide them benefits. This figure doesn’t include the tens of billions of additional dollars the state pays out to retired teachers and administrators in monthly guaranteed pension checks and lifetime healthcare benefits.


But why did you cut teacher pay?

Contrary to rumors spread by liberal advocacy groups, teacher pay has not been cut. Period.


But you couldn’t give teachers at least a 1% raise?

The legislature sets the base pay for public school teachers in North Carolina. The actual pay level for teachers is determined at the local level. Local governments can always decide to pay teachers more.

But local governments seem to have other priorities than our teachers. For example, in the City of Asheville, the unelected school board gave its retiring superintendent a gift of $175,000. City school board members were under no obligation to pay him anything (he wasn’t owed a buyout payment because he quit his job). That $175,000 gift for a retiring administrator (that’s on top of his generous monthly pension) could have equated to an additional $875 in pay for every teacher in Asheville. (Note: most school superintendents in North Carolina make in excess of $100,000 in annual salary, not including benefits and pension.)

Curiously, also in Asheville, its City Council just voted to give $2 million dollars to a non-profit group that runs a local art museum. That $2 million dollars could have been spent giving every one of Asheville’s teachers an additional $1,000 annual pay raise — every year for the next ten years.

Local governments could do more, but they don’t. And they escape accountability in the media by blaming Raleigh.

Anyway, last year the General Assembly did give teachers a small bump in their base pay — 1.2% and the first one in four years. But there’s a good reason there wasn’t a pay raise this year: it wouldn’t have been financially responsible. It didn’t get widely reported in the media, but this year the General Assembly had to plug a $500 million budget hole created by unexpected Medicaid cost overruns, and wasn’t able to do as much as most legislators wanted to. With nearly 100,000 active teachers and nearly 1,800 central office administrators in North Carolina’s public schools, every 1% raise equates to an extra $180 million in spending — and after paying for the Medicaid cost overruns, there just weren’t any taxpayer dollars left to spend.

What has gone unreported is that the state budget does include a reserve fund for future pay raises for both teachers and state employees. If there isn’t another surprise, House leaders have said that teacher pay raises will be their top priority next year.


How have the teachers pay raises compared to other state employees?

North Carolina’s teachers have done markedly better than other state employees in terms of pay raises. Over the past 20 years, base salary increases for North Carolina’s public school teachers have far outpaced other state employees:While there is no raise for teachers this year, everyone (including teachers) will see larger paychecks. Thanks to this year’s tax reform efforts, everyone’s take-home pay will increase because we’ll all be paying less in state taxes.


But the bottom line is that teachers just don’t make enough.

According to the teachers union, the average annual salary for a North Carolina teacher is $45,947. But like with any job, you can’t just look at base salary — you really have to look at the entire compensation package. In addition to their base salary of $45,947, a teacher receives an average of $4,931 in health insurance benefits, $5,383 in state pension benefits, and $3,139 in Social Security contributions. That’s a total annual compensation package of $59,400 — for working ten months out of the year.


How does this compare to what other people make?

When you divide a teacher’s base salary (not including benefits) of $45,947 by the total number of weeks actually spent working (44), you get an average weekly wage of $1,044. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average weekly wage across North Carolina is just $673.

This $673 weekly state average wage includes the relatively higher wages in Durham County ($1,225) and Mecklenburg County ($1,103). But the $1,044 average weekly wage of teachers in North Carolina is significantly higher (in most cases $400 higher) than 98 of the 100 counties in the entire state.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. For a high resolution PDF of this chart, click here.


I read on Twitter that the General Assembly increased class size. Is that true?

Not exactly. The General Assembly removed the one-size-fits-all class size mandate and gave the authority to make these decisions back to the local school district, where it belongs. Local teachers, principals, and superintendents have a much better sense of where available resources should be focused. By selectively increasing class size, for instance, a superintendent might be able to hire an additional teacher if she decides that’s the best fit for her students. This efficient targeting of resources and enhanced flexibility will help protect programs that individual districts consider more essential.


What is the average class size in North Carolina?

According to the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics, North Carolina’s average class size was 19 for elementary students and 21 for secondary students. Both are lower than the national average of 20 and 23, respectively.


I heard that you guys ended teacher tenure. That’s why most people enter the teaching profession in the first place!

Ending guaranteed lifetime tenure is a way to ensure that only the best teachers are hired and retained. Tenure for public school teachers doesn’t work the same way it does in higher education, where a professor must wait ten years and then be approved by a majority of his or her academic peers. Under the tenure system in North Carolina, a teacher automatically received guaranteed lifetime tenure after just four years.

In order to keep their tenured status, teachers in north Carolina only needed to receive satisfactory evaluations in just one year out of three. For example, a teacher could receive failing back-to-back evaluations in years one and two — but if they could show adequate improvement in year three, the clock would be reset and their tenure would continue.

Not surprisingly, the system has been abused in many ways, stifling excellence in our classrooms. It also typically took nearly ten years to remove poor teachers from North Carolina’s public schools because of the exhaustive paperwork required, the bureaucratic entanglements, and lengthy court appeals. The teacher tenure system was so broken that only 17 of North Carolina’s 97,184 teachers were fired for cause last year.

The budget replaces this outdated tenure system with a contract system based on job performance and the best teachers will be rewarded through a merit pay system. There is $10.2 million in the budget to reward high-performing teachers with $500 bonuses. These measures will better ensure quality instruction by identifying ineffective teachers who need to be retrained or replaced.


Why did you end the extra pay for teachers with master’s degrees?

The budget does phase-out new pay supplements for teachers who earn a master’s degree, unless that advanced degree is required for their position. If a teacher is already collecting this extra pay, or their master’s degree will be completed by April 1, 2014, they will be grandfathered in and will still collect that supplement. It’s important to note that other state employees don’t get raises just for earning a master’s degree.

Interestingly, research has shown that teacher performance and student outcomes have no bearing on attaining an advanced degree. According to theCenter for American Progress, a liberal research and advocacy organization, “teachers with master’s degrees … are no more effective, on average, than their counterparts without master’s degrees.”


But I heard from my neighbor, who’s a teacher, that Republicans are cutting 9,000 positions this year.

The General Assembly authorizes a certain number of positions for each school district, and it’s up to the school district to hire people to fill those positions. Sometimes they do, but in many cases they don’t — so the positions remain vacant. Think of it this way: as a business owner, you’d like to hire 100 new employees, but your revenues don’t meet expectations so you only choose to hire 25. Can someone legitimately claim that you fired 75 people?

And under the former Perdue administration, these vacant positions continued to be funded — despite the fact that in many cases there were no actual employees working in the jobs. School boards got to keep the extra cash — nearly $300 million statewide — and spent it however they wanted, often hiding expenditures for items like cars for coaches and administrative assistants. The new budget eliminates this so-called “K-12 flex cut” for local districts to bring more transparency and accountability to the budgeting process.

The point here is that “positions” are different than people. Especially vacant ones.


What about these vouchers I’m hearing about? My tax money will go to send kids to private school?

Yes. The budget expands school choice in North Carolina by creating a new pilot program that awards “opportunity scholarships” to 2,000 low-income students in the 2014-15 school year. Only those children who already qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program would be eligible for the grants.

Locally-based private scholarships have worked very well in North Carolina, and the Opportunity Scholarship Act aims at replicating these successes at the state level. For example, the Charlotte Children’s Scholarship Fund, which benefits low-income and predominantly African-American children, saw student performance in reading and math increase by six percentage points after just one year in the program.

As we’ve seen, it costs $8,757 a year to educate a child in North Carolina. Opportunity Scholarship grants for 2014-2015 will be in the amount of $4,200 — leaving $4,557 additional money back in the public school and relieving them of the burden of educating the child. For more information on North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Grant program, click here.


OK. What else does the education budget do?

A number of significant new reforms have been enacted. Among some of the highlights:

The budget provides funding to implement critical school safety measures, such as resource officers, and expands the use of technology and innovation in schools. The budget also adds $23.6 million to continue funding the Excellent Public Schools Act, which will strengthen student literacy, improve graduation rates and increase accountability. Tuition for out-of-state students at our public universities has been increased in order to keep tuition more affordable for North Carolina families. And the State Board of Education is now required to work with community colleges to create specific programs in high schools (e.g. engineering, technology and other high-employment vocational fields) to better prepare young adults for employment.

Although we might disagree on how to get there, we all want only the best for North Carolina’s students. To be sure, change can be uncomfortable, especially for institutional bureaucracies and certain entrenched liberal special interest groups. But by moving forward together, we can give our students even more opportunities to grow and prosper so they are prepared to lead our state to a brighter future.””

http://www.ncgop.org/nc-house-republicans-state-education-spending-the-facts/

For telling Orwellian lies and misleading the public, I award the Greensboro News Record 4 Orwells.

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53 responses to “Greensboro News Record receives “F” for article and opinion citing flawed Education Law Center report, Media and so called researcher bias, Report very subjective, F for “effort”???, News Record also receives 4 Orwells for repeating Big Lie

  1. citizenwells

    Those who can teach, apparently those who can’t teach are researchers.

  2. oldsoldier79

    Here’s the complete text of the powerful, gut-punch letter that Charlie Daniels posted, dated June 8:

    An Open Letter To President Obama — 2015

    Dear Mr. President,

    This letter is not written in a spirit of hate, disrespect, nor is it motivated in any way by racial bias and is written with respect due the office and the awesome tasks that have been laid on your shoulders.

    I write this letter because I am a tax paying American citizen who has experienced the American Dream and wants his children and grandchildren to have the same advantages and opportunities that he has had.

    And no, Mr. President, I was not born into a one-percenter family, I come from a blue collar background, never went to college, have made a living doing manual labor and went into my chosen profession at ground level, worked hard and sacrificed to achieve success.

    On April 13, 1967 I arrived in Nashville, Tennessee with a wife, a two-year-old baby, a twenty-dollar bill and the clutch out of my car.

    I won’t go into the mountains and valleys that I’ve traveled since then except to say that I have been successful and somebody did help me build the business I own. Almighty God, not the government.

    I employ thirty people, good citizens and family people, hard-working people, the kind of gun-clinging, God-fearing folks who make America the greatest nation the world has ever known.

    Mr. President, it seems to me that you have little faith in American ingenuity, American capability, American exceptionalism and even American patriotism.

    You seem to think that America needs a monolithic, big brother type government to oversee and regulate every aspect of American life, that citizens are not competent to control their own affairs and make their own decisions without some oppressive bureaucracy to call the shots.

    Mr. President, the answer is not government, conversely, the problem is government. A government that has doubled the national debt, increased unemployment, lowered take home pay, increased food stamp participation and disability claims and introduced socialized medicine.

    You support teacher’s unions which take political activism more seriously than education.

    You intentionally lied to the American people about your stand on marriage being between a man and woman, and continue to lie when it is politically expedient for you to do so.

    You surround yourself with inexperienced ideologues and political yes men and take the advice of individuals who are swimming in waters way too deep for them.

    Your petulance is unbecoming, Mr. President, and your criticism of anyone who disagrees with you is downright unmanly. You come off like a spoiled child who has been denied his way.

    And while you blame your shortcomings on opposing political parties, you had both houses of congress and the White House in the first two years of your term. Plus an electoral mandate to do just about anything you wanted to, so the least you can do is cowboy up and take the blame for the messes you’ve made.

    Your apparent disregard for the maintenance and morale of our armed services is extremely unwise and dangerous.

    Mr. President, the office you hold is not a place for the faint of heart and when you draw a red line you’d dang well better be willing to back it up, because when you don’t every tyrant and despot in this world takes it for a sign of weakness and will take advantage, Putin and China being a prime example.

    In making any kind of deal with Iran you spit in the face of Israel and plant the seeds of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

    The last report showed that the US economy actually shrunk by .07% while the national debt and other obligations grow by the day.

    No matter how many apologists come forth and no matter how much double talk you and the puppets who speak for you come up with, the greatest nation the world has ever known is losing a war with a small army of criminals and thugs that grows bigger every day simply because you don’t have the guts to face the problem.

    You’re running out of diversions Mr. President, slight of hand political policies eventually stop working and lies finally float to the top of water.

    Time is running out for you Mr. President and the horrible thing about it is that time is running out for America too.

    What do you think?

    Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

    God Bless America

    Charlie Daniels
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    Charlie has a way of saying what every American knows to be true,… yet are too sheepish to do anything about.

    God Bless the United States and God Bless Charlie Daniels….

    p.s. For those who do not know it…Charlie is a good old North Carolina boy…born and bred in the hills of Western NC.

  3. oldsoldier79

    SOME MORE CHARLIE DANIELS WISDOM…….

    E Pluribus Unum

    Sep 15 | Posted by: Charlie | Tags: 9/11, America

    The term “E Pluribus Unum” appears on American currency and other official places of prominence around America. It’s a Latin phrase which translated means “out of many, one,” which of course implies that out of the many diverse peoples who make up the population of the United States, we all come together under one banner, or flag to become one when it comes to our commitment of patriotism.

    It means that we, who came here from many nations around the earth, while still embracing our heritage and customs pledge allegiance to our adopted nation, to become citizens of this country and accept the responsibilities of defending her and pulling our own weight.

    Out of many, one.

    To be one people has always been the aim of the forefathers because they knew that a people united can stand against most anything and win the battle, wars, recessions, ideologies. United, we can take on all comers and be victorious in preserving our way of life.

    I remember so well that unity during the dark days of the Second World War when Americans refused to even think about losing that war, willing to make what ever sacrifice or pay any personal price it took to win.

    There was a “We’re all in this thing together” feeling across the land. Men went to war, women interrupted their lives as homemakers and took jobs in defense industries, young kids gathered scrap metal and the whole population bought war bonds to fund the efforts to defeat our formidable enemies.

    Well, by the grace of God, a valiant effort by our military and the public’s devotion to the war effort, we won that war. A nation, fully committed, who truly believes in the cause they are fighting for and the leaders who lead them is near impossible to best.

    On this past 9/11 in Woodruff, South Carolina, several high school students showed up at school with American flags flying from the beds of the pick up trucks they were driving.

    The school principal confiscated the flags stating, “It was against district policy to draw too much attention to one’s vehicle.”

    Well, I don’t claim to be the swiftest horse in the corral, so can somebody tell me just what in the hell the principal is taking about? Does it seem to anybody besides me that what the boys were drawing attention to was not their vehicles, but to the to the banner that symbolizes our freedom?

    Should the flag of the United States be looked upon the same as some offensive decoration or raunchy piece of graffiti, especially on a day that commemorates the most catastrophic terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil, when nearly three thousand innocent people were murdered at the hands Islamic fanatics who would have liked nothing better than to have destroyed our whole nation and all who are in it?

    Is our flag not a rallying point for patriots and shouldn’t anybody who wants to be able to fly it proudly on their own vehicles, expressing their support for our nation and the men and women who put their lives on the line to keep it free be able to do so?

    I was traveling the weekend after 9/11 and all across the nation the marquees at fast food restaurants had patriotic slogans and flags flew everywhere, from radio antennas on cars and even from the back of trailers on eighteen wheeler’s.

    Every retail outlet was sold out of flags; you couldn’t buy one anywhere. Some of the newspapers around the country printed a full page American flag so that people could at least have a flag of some kind.

    Draw too much attention to one’s vehicle by flying an American flag?

    No, this is political correctness run amuck, if the school board of that county has a rule against “drawing too much attention to one’s vehicle” shouldn’t it be altered to exclude the Star-Spangled Banner?

    We need to get back to “E Pluribus Unum” folks.

    What do you think?

    Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

    God Bless America

    Charlie Daniels
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    Charlie here’s what I think……
    Now just look at what this Usurping bastard has turn our nation into !!!

  4. oldsoldier79

    Bob Strauss….

    Remember on CW’s last thread …you posted something about a case in the Georgia courts about Obama being sued….

    And I posted a note back to you about the Georgia court having about as much power to stop the Usurper as a magic ‘decoder ring’……well this comes on the heels of what I said……
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    . JUSTICE FOR ALL?…NOT EVEN CLOSE…

    Secretary Kemp violated his Oath of Office and the Rule of Law when he upheld Judge Malihi’s flawed decision, resulting in the travesty of an ineligible Presidential candidate to be allowed on the Georgia ballot in 2012.

  5. oldsoldier79 | June 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm |

    Bob Strauss….

    Remember on CW’s last thread …you posted something about a case in the Georgia courts about Obama being sued….

    And I posted a note back to you about the Georgia court having about as much power to stop the Usurper as a magic ‘decoder ring’……well this comes on the heels of what I said……
    ———————————————————————————————

    . JUSTICE FOR ALL?…NOT EVEN CLOSE…

    Secretary Kemp violated his Oath of Office and the Rule of Law when he upheld Judge Malihi’s flawed decision, resulting in the travesty of an ineligible Presidential candidate to be allowed on the Georgia ballot in 2012.
    *****************
    oldsoldier79,
    I think judge Malihi was one of the usurper’s blackmail victims, the way he caved at the end, when he had the usurper on the ropes.

  6. Sounds like it will be a hot time in the old town of DC today.

  7. oldsailor83

    AND NOW………
    Sanders the SOCIALIST from VERMONT says everybody should have at least 10 days of GOVERNMENT PAID vacation each year. Hell a big percentage of Americans are already on vacation………….UNPAID!!!!!!. It is MORONS like him that are the primary reason why America is so screwed up. Perhaps it is time for a WORK vacation…….then after a vacation has been rightfully EARNED let it begin.

  8. citizenwells

    Sanders is clueless.

  9. citizenwells

    “Producer Prices Jump MoM Most Since Sept 2012 Driven By Higher Energy Costs”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/producer-prices-jump-mom-most-sept-2012-driven-higher-energy-costs

    “Beef Prices Hit Record: Up 30% In Past Two Years”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/beef-prices-hit-record-30-past-two-years

  10. citizenwells

    “The wholesale cost of chicken also posted 56.4% gain, the biggest rise since the government began keeping track during the Great Depression. The price of unprocessed “finfish” such as tuna, salmon, pollock and the like also leaped 97% last month.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/producer-prices-see-fastest-rise-in-nearly-two-years-in-may-2015-06-12?dist=beforebell

  11. citizenwells

    “Investors in stocks, bonds and real estate are being herded off the cliff by the Federal Reserve. The name of the game in the New Normal is to force investors large and small into risk assets. When the risk assets blow up, the herd plunges headlong over the cliff en masse.

    Virtually every statistic and every public utterance by Federal Reserve spokespeople or mouthpieces is designed to persuade us of several untruths–untruths that are the essential foundation of the vested interests benefiting so mightily from the corrupt, unsustainable status quo:

    1. The official statistics–unemployment, GDP, etc.–are accurate reflections of actual economic activity.

    2. Risk assets (stocks, bonds and real estate) are no longer risky because “the Fed has your back.”

    3. Too big to fail/jail corporations are the foundation of our prosperity, so no expense will be spared to bail them out and restore corporate balance sheets and profits.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/fed-funneling-investing-herd-cliff

  12. oldsoldier79

    Bob Strauss…

    you said, …”I think judge Malihi was one of the usurper’s blackmail victims, the way he caved at the end, when he had the usurper on the ropes.”
    ———————————————————————————————-
    I think your right…….

  13. oldsoldier79

    Paul Ryan is speaking in the well of Congress right now……somewhere along the way ….he has been brainwashed into Obama’s camp….he actually believes what he is saying…but the American public knows otherwise……

    He refuses to address the TOP SECRET parts of TPA…….

    In our Constitutional Republic…..Nothing should be SECRET….especially a TRADE bill.

  14. oldsoldier79

    There is some real HOT talk going on at CSPAN 1 right now…….I think there will be fireworks aroun d noon today…

    NO ONE is talking about exactly why this damn trade bill is SECRET…..it’s SECRET because it really isn’t about trade……it’s about CONTROL…

  15. oldsoldier79

    Here’s just ONE problem with the SECRET trade bills about to be voted upon at noon…….
    ———————————————————————————————
    TiSA: A Secret Trade Agreement That Will Usurp America’s Authority to Make Immigration Policy

    Proponents of Trade Promotion Authority (aka fast-track trade negotiating authority), which the House of Representatives will likely vote on soon, have made an unequivocal promise that future trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will explicitly exclude any provisions that would require a change to U.S. immigration law, regulations, policy, or practices.

    Many members of Congress in both parties have expressed concern that trade agreements might limit America’s ability to set immigration policy.

    Republican congressmen Paul Ryan and Robert Goodlatte have responded by explicitly assuring members of their party that there will be no immigration provisions in any trade bill.
    ———————————————————————————————-
    What Paul Ryan and Robert Goodlatte says…and what the bill contains are TWO different things….that’s the SECRET part that no one wants to talk about….especially Ryan who has teamed up with Obama.

    If TPA is voted in today….TPP and TiSA will be hot on the heel;s of TPP….that means MORE Mexicans, MORE Central Americans, MORE South Americans flooding across our non-existant borders……which means…..

    less jobs for Americans…more benefits of illegals…….

    Put the whole damn ball of wax before thew American public and let them see exactly what is being voted upon……government by SECRECY is not an option in a Republic.

  16. AND NOW……..
    US Army is Courts Martialing a Lt Col.(GREEN BERET) for being a whistle blower. Looks like we will see ANOTHER Lakin sort of KANGAROO TRIAL probably complete with a SNOT NOSED FEMALE JUDGE, who has never even held a GD RIFLE.

  17. AND NOW…….
    a mentally twisted WHITE FEMALE is the NAACP CHIEF HONCHO. It has been a USELESS organization for decades. To have her trying to say she is of BLACK HERITAGE pinpoints another facet of the TWISTED MENTALITY which seems to be present these days,in such people. To lie about her heritage nails her as a LEFTIST LIBERAL.

  18. AND NOW…….
    …….we see the truth about Congressman Ryan. He is a PROPONENT of TPA. He thinks that the foreign countries are the real marketplace of America. The foreign countries are NOT the MARKETPLACE of America……they are only ONE OF THE MARKETPLACES of American manufactured products,,,,,,,,,,,,,,BIG DIFFERENCE Mr. Ryan.

  19. AND NOW……
    ………University of California has banned the use of such phrases as “America is the land of opportunity”. They are trying to say that the use of such phrases is SEXIST. There again clearly is the presence of the TWISTED LIBERAL POLICIES …..AT WORK,and is gefinitely another facet of the overall reason why graduates from such schools are so MENTALLY TWISTED.

  20. GEFINITELY=NO…………..DEFINITELY= YES………sorry about my errant key fingers.

  21. The queersville crowd and the LIBERAL LEFT are KISSIN COUSINS,who do a lot of INCEST.

  22. If you want somebody to blame for the condition of America today take a strong look at the PROGRESSIVES LIKE Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Clint,and those like her, then take a look at the American people who want MORE,MORE,MORE,and MORE. These are the very people who have in reality brought about exactly why America can no longer compete at the marketplace. Then the icing on the cake is the BASTARDS who gave away our technology secrets to China and others (SLICK WILLY),and people like him. In reality such people are TRAITORS to America and should be held accountable for their TWISTED BEHAVIOR as LEADERS.

  23. AND NOW………
    ……….it is the very same twisted BASTARDS who think MORE of the same is better, which includes TPA. This will only lock out any chance of the companies that have already gone offshore will EVER return to America. NOW Walgreens has merged with Boot which takes Walgreens off shore as well. Many pharmacies are going to get the ax,along with the people who are employed by Walgreens. Where that company is concerned it will get pretty hairy before much more time passes. Next in line to leave America could easily be Wal Mart.

  24. oldsailor83

    BTW………Walgreen’s operate 8,300 stores across the US. Walmart operates a HELL of a lot MORE! So to the employees of WalMart who think they should have the same pay as the CEO, unionize until HELL WON”T HAVE IT……..by so doing you will sign your own DEATH WARRANTS. WalMart says they are going to invest a BILLION dollars………but they didn’t say …..WHERE! UNSKILLED LABOR IS JUST THAT. Even $10.00 per hour is more than fair for UNSKILLED LABOR. However I advocate paying skilled people proportionately with the level of skill they bring with them. You promote VALUABLE employees,by rewarding them for gaining additional skills,with proportionate pay. Keep in mind your skilled people are the bearings of your machines.

  25. oldsailor83

    ………eventually America will look exactly like France, and in addition there will be thousands of people who do NOTHING as each day passes except sit outside and play chess all day, or sleep all day, and do deviate sex,and COCAINE at night.

  26. oldsoldier79

    NO MORE DEBATE…..TIME IN UP….LET THE GAMES BEGIN !

  27. oldsoldier79

    THE PREDICTIONS ARE THAT TAA WILL LOSE…THEREFORE THERE WON’T BE A VOTE ON TPP….IF THIS IS CORRECT THEN “FASTTRACK” IS DEAD IN THE WATER……

    MAYBE SOMEONE WILL GET THE MESSAGE THAT IF THEY WANT TO PUSH SOMETHING OVER ON THE PEOPLE….DON’T MAKE THE CONTENTS A ‘SECRET”

    WE SHALL SEE. IF IT’S …YEA…or…..NEY

  28. bob strauss

    FLASHBACK: ABC’s ’08 Prediction: NYC Under Water from Climate Change By June 2015

    New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.

    The segment included supposedly prophetic videos, such as a teenager declaring, “It’s June 8th, 2015. One carton of milk is $12.99.” (On the actual June 8, 2015, a gallon of milk cost, on average, $3.39.) Another clip featured this prediction for the current year: “Gas reached over $9 a gallon.” (In reality, gas costs an average of $2.75.)

    On June 12, 2008, correspondent Bob Woodruff revealed that the program “puts participants in the future and asks them to report back about what it is like to live in this future world. The first stop is the year 2015.”

    As one expert warns that in 2015 the sea level will rise quickly, a visual shows New York City being engulfed by water. The video montage includes another unidentified person predicting that “flames cover hundreds of miles.”

    Then-GMA co-anchor Chris Cuomo appeared frightened by this future world. He wondered, “I think we’re familiar with some of these issues, but, boy, 2015? That’s seven years from now. Could it really be that bad?”

    Ultimately, ABC delayed the air-date for Earth 2100 and the one-hour show didn’t debut until June 2, 2009. The program showcased the terrible impact of global warming from 2015 through 2100. In the special, a “storm of the century” wiped out Miami. Other highlights included a destroyed New York City and an abandoned Las Vegas. By 2084, Earth’s population will apparently be just 2.7 billion.

    On June 13, 2008, ABCNews.com promoted the special by hyperventilating, “Are we living in the last century of our civilization?” Unlike the 2015 predictions, that suggestion hasn’t (yet) been proven wrong.

    Seven years later, the network has quietly ignored its horribly inaccurate predictions about 2015. When it comes to global warming claims, apparently results don’t matter for ABC.

    – See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2015/06/12/flashback-abcs-08-prediction-nyc-under-water-climate-change-june?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=marketing&utm_term=facebook&utm_content=facebook&utm_campaign=climate-change-june#sthash.b2QN2275.dpuf

  29. oldsoldier79

    Well thank God…there are some in Congress with a little bit of intelligence…..

    OBAMATRADE GOES DOWN IN FLAMES……now let’s see what we can do about deleting OBAMACARE.

    MAYBE OBAMA WOULD HAVE HAD BETTER LUCK OF…..he had not put TOP SECRET on the damn bill….Americans don’t like the words….

    “Well you will just have to read the bill to find out what’s in it”…..

    And the irony in all of this is….It was Famous Nancy that sunk Obama’s “fast track” swift boat. She was the same Famous Nancy who pushed the secret OBAMACARE that the people couldn’t read until the house voted on it……I guess that means Nancy moves to the top of “His Royal Hinney-ness” TOP SECRET “Sh*t list”……

    Politics makes for “strange bed partners after all”….doesn’t it?

    John Boehner was supposed to make a comment, but he has already retired to the closest pub for refreshments…..and too lick his wounds (or something).

    .

  30. oldsailor83

    Oldsoldier79…….
    it encourages me to have witnessed the shoot down of TPA but this is only the OVERTURE to the coming COMIC OPERA which in all probability is already being re choreographed into another TWISTED SCRIPTURE wherein UP will be made to look like DOWN. The mentally SKEWED PROGRESSIVES will NOT GIVE UP! We must be watchful of everything such people SAY and DO…..particularly where it involves LEGISLATION, and subsequently our freedom.
    Rep Virginia Foxx(NC) made a very poignant speech today about the Magna Carta which said it all……my hat is off to her.

  31. citizenwells

    Did I hear that right?

    Palosi went against Obama?

  32. oldsoldier79

    Citizenwells….

    Yep…she sure did !…now that’s something to write in the history books….

    And sadly three Republicans in NC house voted with Obama and his “turn coat” Republicans…………I think Paul Ryan can kiss his political future in the A** after this blow out in the House today…..that’s sad too, I use to like the fellow.

  33. oldsoldier79

    oldsailor83…

    I’m sure Obama has already got his team scheming with some new tricks…..He’s kind of like a Hooker on the street….always coming up with new ways to attract customers.

  34. citizenwells

    Ryan.
    2 thumbs down.
    feed him to the lions.

  35. bob strauss

    oldsoldier79 | June 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm
    ********************
    A complete investigation needs to be done, to expose the usurper in his support of TPP, and what it would have done to damage American workers. This usurper needs to go down in flames, as the traitor he is! WAIT! Let’s call him what he is, “Muslim, enemy, insurgent”.

    Let’s vet the bastard, once and for all!

  36. I felt that Barry was in on it and NSA is still at work. His corruption will never end until he dies. The soft ware company was not supposed to find it! Barry and company started blaming China right away. hmmm
    Don’t you smell a rat?

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/06/11/wow-the-federal-cyber-breach-was-not-discovered-by-u-s-govt-was-discovered-by-private-company-during-product-demo/

  37. oldsoldier79

    BOB STRAUSS…

    You have got that right my friend……some one need to take the $100,000 dollar challenge that will be given to leak the full contents of the TPA and TPP….right now !

    But make no mistake about it….this defeat today has really put him in a pickle “barrel”…The democrats are telling him they no longer trust him and the republicans who voted with him will be in serious trouble when the next election comes around……

    For all intent and purposes…he is finished…..he has no more cats to pull out of the bag….when SCOTUS delivers their opinion on OBAMACARE in July there will be no place for him to run…..

  38. oldsoldier79

    And all I have to say about that is….”It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy” !!!!!

  39. bob strauss

    oldsoldier79 | June 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm |

    And all I have to say about that is….”It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy” !!!!!
    **************
    Let Egypt have the bastard, usurper, he can Join Muhammad Mursi on death row, and then declare all of his BS VOID Including two SCOTUS justices!

  40. oldsailor83

    oldsoldier79……
    ………….I wouldn’t be afraid to bet there was just a little more on the line,which might well have been something that might happen to them the next election,if they went against the wishes of their constituents this time. I would however not call that intelligence, I would call it something more like like INCENTIVE!

  41. oldsailor83

    Bob Strauss………
    ……….personally I would enjoy seeing the head honcho of the SCOTUS added to the two you mentioned. I believe that he KNEW that Soetoro was not eligible…..yet he swore him in………..he didn’t have to!…….It was the first time in the history of America that a potus was sworn in behind closed doors. There was a reason,and the Chief Justice knew exactly what it was. Having sworn in a phoney the Chief justice knowingly perpetrated TREASON against our Country.

  42. bob strauss

    Herman Cain

    This is his own party in rebellion, friends.

    BREAKING: Major test vote for Obama’s trade package fails by huge margin in House

    Thud. 126-302.
    caintv.com

    http://www.caintv.com/breaking-major-test-vote-for-o

  43. bob strauss

    oldsailor83 | June 12, 2015 at 8:04 pm |

    Bob Strauss………
    ……….personally I would enjoy seeing the head honcho of the SCOTUS added to the two you mentioned. I believe that he KNEW that Soetoro was not eligible…..yet he swore him in………..he didn’t have to!…….It was the first time in the history of America that a potus was sworn in behind closed doors. There was a reason,and the Chief Justice knew exactly what it was. Having sworn in a phoney the Chief justice knowingly perpetrated TREASON against our Country.
    *****************
    They are all blackmailed by the usurper’s NSA.

    They should all resign.

  44. Scott Walker Abandons Ship and Joins Obama on Obamatrade. Another loser, won’t get my support !!

    libertynews.com/2015/06/scott-walker-joins-obama-in-opposing-america-on-obamatrade-ted-cruz-supporters-abandoning-ship-over-vote/

  45. oldsailor83

    America was built as a land governed by Constitutional law. Sadly we now have a POTUS who WRITES and passes his own laws. Congress now does nothing except spend taxpayer money IN ABUNDANCE. The Judicial branch has become a LARGE GROUP of PRIMA DONNAS, who TWIST existing laws to suit their ends, AND/or make up laws as they go. They think case law is Constitutional law. In short we now have a COMIC OPERA instead of a GOVERNMENT, and sadly NOBODY has any interest in restoring our government. Instead everybody is far too preoccupied with acquiring financial wealth, and material status. Many even think that a sexual deviant for potus is C-O-O-L. (IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE). Then the same people ask” What is wrong with America”? All those people need to do to see what is wrong is look into a mirror.

  46. oldsailor83

    ………worse yet is the glaring fact that our country is seriously deficient of people like Joe the Plumber. He saw through Soetoro in 20 seconds flat,and had the gonads to TELL Soetoro what he thought of his FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE ,crapola. Three cheers for Joe the plumber.

  47. oldsailor83

    BYE BYE……………….sleep tight!

  48. hapnHal
    This makes me sad Walker was my choice.

  49. oldsailor83

    OT
    ……AND NOW………Some mentally twisted MORONS have attacked the Dallas Police headquarters. Those people are a classic example of the prevailing level of STUPIDITY of the attackers. The incident is ONGOING. One of them who was captured,said he did it because he was labeled a terrorist,and his child was taken away from him……..Guess what! He just proved that they were right. har har

  50. oldsailor83

    The vehicle of the attackers was disabled by a SWAT fired .50 caliber rifle. At least the police were smart enough to use a big enough tool. har har
    Now it is time to make the BASTARD a NEW ANUS, with the same rifle. Probably a Barrets M-82,or a military version M 107. Either rifle is BADA$$, and it takes somebody with at least a 100lb A$$ just to hold onto it as each shot is fired. Capable of jarring the fillings out of your teeth.UPDATE…. The attack was perpetrated by a single suspect.

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