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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.

Orwells4

 

 

 

 

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Garrison Keillor lies about talk radio, Glenn Beck reveals Obama Obamacare lies, NPR too liberal a shame, Talk radio Limbaugh Hannity Beck et al source of truth, A Prairie Home Companion bias is sad

Garrison Keillor lies about talk radio, Glenn Beck reveals Obama Obamacare lies, NPR too liberal a shame, Talk radio Limbaugh Hannity Beck et al source of truth, A Prairie Home Companion bias is sad

“I hate being the guy telling you the President of the United States is a liar. I hate it. I hate it. I don’t want to be this guy, but nobody else will say it.”…Glenn Beck March 20, 2015

“Glenn Beck, I do not like being the person that calls Obama or Yellen a liar either but somebody has got to do it.”…Citizen Wells

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…Jesus, John 8:32

 

 

I have listened to NPR for many years during a time when I also listened to Rush Limbaugh.

Sadly NPR has bceome increasingly biased to the left over the years.

My favorite show on NPR is still “Car Talk.”

I have never heard them get politically biased.

I have also listened to “A Prairie Home Companion” for many years. But the host, Garrison Keillor is obviously a liberal and the show from time to time lets its bias ruin an otherwise entertaining show.

Today was one of those days.

I was listening in the car as Keillor stated “Talk radio, where people get paid to tell lies.”

That is a lie and Keillor is getting paid to tell it.

There is talk radio and there is talk radio. Obviously all hosts do not have the same credibility.

However, I can state unequivocally, that talk radio as a whole is one of the few places in the media where the truth can be found.

I regularly tune in to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

I usually agree with Beck but on Friday, March 20, 2015, he was particularly on point and one of his statements really resonated with me.

From Glenn Beck March 20, 2015.

“There’s a reason Glenn doesn’t like to spend too much time playing audio from President Obama. In fact, he banned his name from even being mentioned on the radio show for all of 2013. Today, Pat put together a montage of some of Obama’s biggest lies – and Glenn could barely contain his outrage. “Nobody wants to believe the President of the United States is a liar. Nobody. It doesn’t work out well. No one wants to say that about the president. I don’t want to say it, I don’t want to believe it. I love this country. I have immense respect for the office of the President of the United States, not the men, but the office. But this is a fact. And it is an unpleasant one. Most of the press completely ignores it, but it is a fact, and the proof is readily available for anybody who cares to look,” Glenn said on radio today. Glenn then ran through a litany of lies that Obama has told. Here are just a few: Lie: The Affordable Care Act isn’t a gateway to single-payer. President Obama said, “Let me address an illegitimate concern that’s being put forward by those who are claiming a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single payer system.” The Truth: President Obama has said in the past “A single payer health care credit–universal healthcare credit. That’s what I’d like to see, but as all of you know, we may not get there immediately. Because first we have to take back the White House and we’ve got to take back the Senate and we’ve got to take back the House.” Lie: The healthcare mandate isn’t a tax. President Obama said, “For us to say that you’ve got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.”

The Truth: In order for SCOTUS to uphold the individual mandate, it had to be declared a tax. Lie: If you like you’re healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. The Truth: Nope, millions couldn’t keep it. Turns out there was an assumption that people wouldn’t be happy with their plan. As Glenn put it, “The responsibility for the lie is us. We liked our doctors and we shouldn’t have liked them. We are stupid, and therefore, we need to be lied to.” Lie: Obamacare would be revenue-neutral and only cost $900 billion. The Truth: Again, no. “Well, after his $900 billion promise, the next year cost was adjusted to $1.4 trillion. The next year, $1.7 trillion. The next year, again to $2 trillion. The next year it was $2.3. The latest, $2.6 trillion. How much do you love it now?” Glenn said. Lie: It was supposed to insure all 48 million without insurance. The Truth: “ObamaCare was supposed to insure all 48 million Americans who were without insurance. That was the compassionate thing to do. Even their most wildly ridiculous claims are that 9 million have been insured. $2.6 trillion for 9 million people. We still have 39 million people uninsured. Is that better than you predicted? I could go on,” Glenn said. “There are literally hundreds of lies we could highlight from this man, but my doctor says I have too much Obama for my blood pressure,” Glenn said. “I hate being the guy telling you the President of the United States is a liar. I hate it. I hate it. I don’t want to be this guy, but nobody else will say it.””

Read more:

http://www.glennbeck.com/2015/03/20/this-is-why-we-dont-like-talking-about-president-obama/
http://www.video.theblaze.com/shared/video/embed/embed.html?content_id=50163483&width=400&height=224&property=theblaze

Rhino Times John Hammer rips liberal Greensboro News Record, NC a red state not purple, North Carolina rejected Obama in 2012 and went Republican again in 2014, News Record rubber stamped Obama and Hagan

Rhino Times John Hammer rips liberal Greensboro News Record, NC a red state not purple, North Carolina rejected Obama in 2012 and went Republican again in 2014, News Record rubber stamped Obama and Hagan

“On October 1, 2014 the Greensboro News Record presented one of the most irresponsible and apparently party line editorials that I have read recently. They rubber stamped Obama’s policy of accepting illegal alien children from Central America without proper medical screening and dispersing them throughout the US.”…Citizen Wells

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…Jesus, John 8:32

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

 

 

Catching up on my reading this morning.

The Greensboro News Record, part of the liberal mainstream media, has rubber stamped the policies of and endorsed Obama and Kay Hagan.

From John Hammer of the Rhino Times November 13, 2014.

“I love that the liberal mainstream media in Greensboro, i.e., the News & Record, has declared North Carolina a purple state.

Let’s count the reasons why North Carolina is not considered a red state.

One, it is because North Carolina just elected a Democratic senator to go along with Republican Sen. Richard Burr. Oh no, that can’t be right, because beginning in January, North Carolina will have two Republican senators. Republican Speaker of the state House Thom Tillis defeated Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. But perhaps the N&R hasn’t heard about the results of the election yet.

Maybe it’s a purple state because the Democrats picked up enough seats that the congressional delegation is evenly split. No, that can’t be it because the Democrats lost a seat in the North Carolina congressional delegation and it now stands at 10 Republicans and three Democrats. So that’s an increase from nine Republicans and four Democrats, which would seem to make the state more red.

I know, it’s because in this election the Democrats took over the state Senate and state House so that, even though there is a Republican governor, the state government will be split. That isn’t it either, because the Republicans picked up one seat in the Senate, so it is now 34 Republicans to 16 Democrats.

For those in the mainstream media, that means there are more than twice as many Republicans in the state Senate as there are Democrats. More than two to one. More than double. In other words for those bad with numbers, a lot more.

Then there is the state House. Maybe the Democrats sneaked up and took over the state House while everybody was watching the Senate race. No, that’s not the case either. But maybe this is what everyone is talking about because the Democrats did pick up three seats in the state House, and instead of Republicans having a 77-to-43 majority, the Republicans now have a 74-to-46 majority.

It’s the only place where the Democrats made any gains in state government. The North Carolina governor is a Republican, the North Carolina state House has a comfortable majority of Republicans, the state Senate has a huge majority of Republicans, the state Supreme Court has a majority of Republicans, the state now has two Republican US senators, and 10 Republicans out of 13 US congressmen.

In 2012, North Carolina voted for the Republican candidate for president and elected a Republican governor, majorities in both houses of the state legislature and a Republican majority on the state Supreme Court. So all of this is not brand new.

It would seem that as long as there is a Democratic elected official in North Carolina it will be listed as a purple state because it is hard to imagine how much more Republican North Carolina could get.

It’s funny what the mainstream media do instead of reporting the news. They just makes stuff up. There is a good reason to consider North Carolina purple if you happen to be far left-wing liberals like most of the folks at the N&R, and that is because if Democrats think that North Carolina is a red state, meaning that Republicans are going to win, then fewer Democrats will vote. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy. But what is really unfortunate for the liberals, like those at the N&R, is that North Carolina is a red state and it is really hard for them to accept.

In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama won North Carolina by 14,000 votes, which is nearly nothing. If there had been a recount Obama might easily have lost the state. But there was no need for a recount because it didn’t make any difference – Obama was elected president by a wide enough margin that North Carolina wasn’t an issue. But he won by slimmest of margins and Obama had coattails. It’s not unusual, but it was a one-time event. The country will never elect its first black president again. That has been done. But because six years ago some Democrats won doesn’t make North Carolina in 2014 a purple state.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/under-the-hammer-11-13-14.html

 

Cliven Bundy reveals exploitation of blacks by Democrats and left, NY Times and left call Bundy racist, Allen Keyes explains, Modern day slavery, Exploited units of human capital

Cliven Bundy reveals exploitation of blacks by Democrats and left, NY Times and left call Bundy racist, Allen Keyes explains, Modern day slavery, Exploited units of human capital

“This commentary does not oppose CHD funding of genuine, grassroots community organizations, run and supported by individual members of a parish or diocese. There is potential value and virtue in the collective voice. However, when the CHD funds Alinsky-style, church-based community organizations as in the best interest of the poor and supports organizations which advance other agendas, it divests the poor of their right to an authentic voice. This process tends to treat the poor as exploited units of human capital, rather than as human beings created in the dignity of God’s image.”…Catholic Bishops Report

“Goebbels’ observation still applies.  The lie that “Republicans are racists” has been told so often that many Americans have come to believe it.”…American Thinker April 24, 2014

The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”…Adolf Hitler

 

 
The Democrat Party and the left have exploited blacks and helped create an environment of government dependence which has led to the breakdown of the family.

In the report to the Catholic Bishops from 1997 groups such as ACORN were accused of exploiting the poor.

From WND April 24, 2014.
“BLACK LEADER SAYS BUNDY REMARKS NOT RACIST”

““He wasn’t talking so much about black folks, but about the harm and damage that the leftist socialism has done to blacks,” said former U.N. Ambassador Alan Keyes, who also is a columnist for WND.

The New York Times, in a report by Adam Nagourney, said Bundy, in a daily meeting Saturday with reporters and photographers covering his case, made the comments that critics are calling racist.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Nagourney quoted Bundy saying.

Bundy was recalling public housing projects in North Las Vegas.

“And in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids – and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch – they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do,” he said.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Ammon Bundy, Cliven Bundy’s son, told WND that the quotes were taken out of context and that his father was commiserating over the poor situation in which blacks find themselves because of oppressive government programs, regulations and practices.

Keyes said that was evident.

“I find it appalling that we basically have a history of the leftist liberalism that wants to extinguish black people by abortion [and] destroying the family structure,” Keyes told WND. “All of these things if you just look at the effects, you would say this was planned by some racist madman to destroy the black community.”

Then when somebody comes along to comment on that damage, the leftists all scream “racism,” he said.

“I think it’s time somebody started to recognize the racism that exists in its effects – the hard leftist ideology using the black community for their sacrificial lamb, for their sick ideology. It’s time we called them what they are,” he said.

“Now it’s racist to point it out.””

Read more:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/black-leader-says-bundy-remarks-not-racist/

From Citizen Wells September 15, 2009.

Catholic Bishops report on community organizing, Acorn

“Introduction: This commentary is submitted to the Catholic Bishops of the United States with respect to their possible consideration of changes in the organization, funding, and structure of the Campaign for Human Development (CHD). It is essential to note, however, the limited purpose and scope of this commentary:”

“COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: During the funding period of 1992-1995, CHD gave significant grants to community organizing efforts that implement many of the organizational techniques recommended by Saul Alinsky.”

“The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) which is also patterned on Alinsky’s organizational recommendations, recruits individual members.”

“To be eligible to receive CHD funds, a program must be run by the poor, benefit the poor, and change social structures that harm the poor.” However, in light of the politically oriented thrust of ACORN’s activities, it is fair to ask whether the CHD subsidies to ACORN are advisable and commensurate with the purposes of CHD.”

“This commentary does not oppose CHD funding of genuine, grassroots community organizations, run and supported by individual members of a parish or diocese. There is potential value and virtue in the collective voice. However, when the CHD funds Alinsky-style, church-based community organizations as in the best interest of the poor and supports organizations which advance other agendas, it divests the poor of their right to an authentic voice. This process tends to treat the poor as exploited units of human capital, rather than as human beings created in the dignity of God’s image.”

“There are alternative, self-determined organizations of the poor, which are supportive of life. Those alternative, grassroots community organizations do not merely serve their constituency but rather they are their constituency. They do not use community organizing to further an additional agenda.”
“It would be reasonable for the bishops to consider:

The immediate cessation of all CHD funding to Alinsky-style, church-based community organizations.

To accomplish its goals, as outlined in the People’s Platform, ACORN has developed a political alliance with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Together with others, ACORN and the DSA have formed a political party, the New Party.

National ACORN president, Maud Hurd, along with Dr. Cornel West (honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America) and a representative from the Reproductive Rights Coalition Fund, are listed as New Party supporters.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/acorn-catholics-cut-funding-in-2008-catholic-bishops-report-chd-funding-acorn-fraud-voter-fraud-community-organizers-obama-democratic-socialists-of-america-dsa-new-party-socialists-endorsed/

 

Media lies exposed by Rhino Times, So called Moral Mondays orchestrated by liberals and NAACP, Media following plan of liberal organizations, Media got the memo

Media lies exposed by Rhino Times, So called Moral Mondays orchestrated by liberals and NAACP, Media following plan of liberal organizations, Media got the memo

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”…Joseph Goebbels

“Some people think that the mainstream media are covering the Republican controlled state government in Raleigh based on news judgment or attempts at good journalism. It simply isn’t true. The mainstream media are just following the well-thought-out and well-defined plan of liberal organizations outlined in a memo, many of them heavily funded by grants from the government as well as from left-leaning foundations.”…John Hammer, Rhino Times

 

 

The Rhino Times and other independent news sources, many of which are on the internet, play a crucial role in counteracting the lies and misinformation from the mainstream media.

Here is an excellent example from the resurrected Rhino Times October 3, 2013.

From the editor John Hammer.

“Media Got The Memo”

“The news out of Raleigh since the Republicans took over control of the government this year has a definite slant.

Some people think that the mainstream media are covering the Republican controlled state government in Raleigh based on news judgment or attempts at good journalism. It simply isn’t true. The mainstream media are just following the well-thought-out and well-defined plan of liberal organizations outlined in a memo, many of them heavily funded by grants from the government as well as from left-leaning foundations.

The media has the memo that outlines the plan, which you might think would embarrass them into not being obvious vassals of left-wing organizations, but you would be wrong. Instead they, for the most part, ignored mentioning the talking points that gave them their marching orders, but WRAL News posted the plan on its website back in February, so it’s no secret.

The part that was kept secret is that the mainstream media didn’t choose to inform the general public that the path they were following was laid out not by newspaper editors or television producers, but by an organization of liberal activists. As one might suspect this has led to reporting that can at best be called biased and, according to many on the right, it is downright dishonest.

It is impossible to believe that it is a coincidence that the liberals who make up the majority of the mainstream media just happened to be following the liberal plan nearly to the letter.

A great example are the Moral Mondays in Raleigh during the North Carolina legislative session that were presented by the mainstream media as a grassroots movement of people who were so opposed to what the Republican majority was doing that they couldn’t stop themselves from going to Raleigh for spontaneous protests.

As the conservative think tank the Civitas Institute has reported, the president of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) agreed that the Moral Mondays were not “spontaneous action.” He attributed the protests that received front page coverage week after week in the mainstream media as the result of a meeting of a coalition of liberal groups called Historic Thousands on Jones Street that coordinated the events.

The mainstream media week after week ignored the organization and presented the demonstrations as the result of people simply being drawn to Raleigh to protest.

The majority of the voters of North Carolina indicated they were in favor of the turn to the right that the legislature took because they went to the polls in 2012 and not only elected a Republican governor but large Republican majorities in both the state House and state Senate.

After the Republicans took over, the mainstream media acted shocked that the Republicans did much of what they said they would do when they were out campaigning. Some conservatives complained that the Republicans didn’t do enough, but what they did accomplish in Raleigh in one term is remarkable.

The NAACP acted like they were being left out of the legislative process because of race. The truth is that the NAACP long ago decided to tie itself to the Democratic Party. While the Democrats were in power it gave the NAACP an inordinate amount of power. The Democrats didn’t have the votes to pass partisan legislation without the support of the NAACP, and a big chunk of Democrats couldn’t win an election if they were opposed by the NAACP. As long as the Democrats were in power it made good political sense and gave the NAACP more power than their numbers would warrant.

The downside of that strategy was that the NAACP politically became an organization that was not devoted to the advancement of blacks, as the name suggests, but devoted to the advancement of Democrats. Time after time the NAACP supported white Democratic candidates over black Republicans. If the NAACP were really in favor of the advancement of minorities it would support good minority candidates regardless of party, but that is not what the NAACP chose to do, and at the time the NAACP made that decision it made political sense. Unfortunately for the NAACP leadership, they didn’t foresee the Republican juggernaut coming.

So when the Republicans took over the state government with big majorities in both houses and a Republican governor, it left the NAACP and other Democratic organizations out in the cold, because they were Democrats not because of race.

Why should the Republicans listen to the NAACP? They were all elected despite fierce opposition at every turn from the NAACP. It’s just politics.

But the mainstream media didn’t report that because the mainstream media, like the NAACP, had long ago aligned itself with liberal ideology and the Democratic Party.

It’s a good story that Moral Mondays were created by a statewide meeting of liberal organizations, not some grassroots effort, but the mainstream media chose to ignore that fact, and week after week reported on the protests and arrests as if it was what it was billed to be – a group of people who went to Raleigh because they were so upset with the Republican actions.

The plan by liberal organizations to cause as many problems for the Republicans in Raleigh as possible is no secret. It was posted on the website of WRAL in February, but it has largely been ignored by the mainstream media.”

Read more:

http://www.rhinotimes.com/the-weekly-hammer.html

 

Liberals reject Obama Syria strikes, Obama and Kerry are lying, Progressive Change Campaign Committee survey, 73 percent oppose taking action in Syria

Liberals reject Obama Syria strikes, Obama and Kerry are lying, Progressive Change Campaign Committee survey, 73 percent oppose taking action in Syria

“I do not believe John Kerry is fit to be commander in chief of the armed forces of the United States. This is not a political issue. It is a matter of his judgement, truthfulness, reliability, loyalty, and trust–all absolute tenets of command.”…REAR ADMIRAL ROY F. HOFFMAN, USN (RETIRED)

“I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”…Barack Obama

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″

 

From the Washington Times September 4, 2013.
“Liberals reject Obama’s case for Syria strikes; believe Obama and Kerry are lying”

“President Obama’s liberal activist base is adamantly opposed to military strikes in Syria, according to a new survey the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released Wednesday.

PCCC says more than 57,000 of its activists weighed in, and 73 percent of them opposed the U.S. taking action in Syria. Just 18 percent supported strikes, and just 14 percent said the U.S. should go ahead unilaterally if it can’t find any allies.

Indeed, a majority of the activists don’t believe Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry are being honest when they lay out their justifications for taking military action.”

Read more:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/sep/4/liberals-reject-obamas-case-syria-strikes-believe-/#ixzz2e72L0nBQ

 

No sign liberals targeted by IRS, US tax investigator, Russell George inspector general for tax administration, June 27, 2013, Associated Press letter

No sign liberals targeted by IRS, US tax investigator, Russell George inspector general for tax administration, June 27, 2013, Associated Press letter

“Now, I don’t get upset when foreign and national journalists fail to mention Tony Rezko, or the Daley boys, or how the Chicago machine plans to staff the Department of Justice, and the new Department of Homeland Casinos.”…John Kass, Chicago Tribune July 30, 2008

“The past, he reflected, had not merely been altered, it had
actually been destroyed. For how could you establish, even
the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside
your own memory?”…George Orwell, “1984″

From Florida Today June 27, 2013.

“US tax investigator: No sign liberals targeted by IRS”
“A government inspector who detailed the U.S. federal tax agency’s tough treatment of conservative groups says he has no evidence that liberal groups were similarly targeted, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Russell George, the inspector general for tax administration, addressed the letter to a top Democratic lawmaker who has complained that George unfairly focused on tea party and other conservative groups in a report released last month, while omitting mention of liberals.

George’s report became a major scandal for the Obama administration and led to the removal of at least five top officials at the Internal Revenue Service, including former acting Commissioner Steven Miller. It revealed that the IRS targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Democrats seem determined to shift the focus to this week’s disclosure that “Progressive” was also on a list of terms used by IRS screeners from 2010 to 2012 to look for applicants with potential problems that would merit close scrutiny.

In a letter obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, George acknowledged that “Progressives” appeared on the list. But he said there was no evidence the IRS set aside progressive groups’ applications for tax-exempt status because they appeared on that list.

George said his investigators have “multiple sources of information corroborating,” including interviews with IRS employees, emails and other documents, that tea party groups’ applications were set aside for close examinations.”

Read more:

http://www.floridatoday.com/viewart/20130627/NEWS/306270052/US-tax-investigator-No-sign-liberals-targeted-by-IRS