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Amerige quits facebook, Denounces “intolerant” culture, Quick to attack anyone  opposing left leaning ideology, 5 Murrows to Amerige, 5 Bozos to Facebook

Amerige quits facebook, Denounces “intolerant” culture, Quick to attack anyone  opposing left leaning ideology, 5 Murrows to Amerige, 5 Bozos to Facebook

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

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

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

 

From Business Insider.

“Brian Amerige, the Facebook engineer who sparked a firestorm at Facebook with his criticism of what he called a “political monoculture” that is “intolerant” of conservatism, is leaving the company.

In an internal message to fellow employees on Wednesday, Amerige wrote: “These problems can be solved — just not by me, not any more, at least. I care too deeply about our role in supporting free expression and intellectual diversity to even whole-heartedly attempt the product stuff anymore, and that’s how I know it’s time to go.”

In the message, seen by Business Insider, he said he is starting a company with his friend “at the intersection of applied philosophy epistemology, specifically) and technology.”

Silicon Valley, the heart of the American tech industry, is largely liberal, and has been fraught with allegations of bias in Trump’s America.”

“In August 2018, Amerige, who identifies politically as objectivist, wrote an internal memo decrying what he described as the Silicon Valley’s company’s “intolerant” culture. “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views … we claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology,” we wrote.

His writing subsequently sparked an internal group, “FB’ers for Political Diversity,” where hundreds of conservative employees protested the company’s practices. Posters promoting the group and attacking the “outrage mob” appeared around campus, and debates among employees have broken out across Facebook Workplace over the company’s approach to politics.

There have also previously been some incidents in which Facebook employees have refused to work with or talk to certain colleagues because of their political beliefs, an employee previously told Business Insider.

Amerige’s last day will be on Friday, he wrote in his message. “I’ve been thinking about this for almost a year, and though a certain leak delayed me a bit, I know it’s time for me to move on,” he wrote. “I’m not leaving because ‘it’s time for something new.'””

Read more:

https://www.businessinsider.com/brian-amerige-facebook-engineer-who-criticised-intolerant-culture-leaves-2018-10?r=UK&IR=T

For boldly doing the right thing Brian Amerige is awarded 5 Murrows.

For boldly doing the wrong thing Facebook is awarded 5 Bozos.

 

Donald Trump is proven right again!

God bless Mr. Amerige.

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

 

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Dishonest Democrats control dishonest Fake News Media to prop up legitimize dishonest Christine Blasey Ford testimony & psycho babble, “exploited units of human capital”

Dishonest Democrats control dishonest Fake News Media to prop up legitimize dishonest Christine Blasey Ford testimony & psycho babble, “exploited units of human capital”

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.”…report to the Catholic Bishops 1997

“the Democratic Party overlooked the ethical red flags and made a pact with Mr. Clinton that was the equivalent of a pact with the devil. And he delivered. With Mr. Clinton at the controls, the party won the White House twice. But in the process it lost its bearings and maybe even its soul.”…Bob Herbert, NY Times February 26, 2001

“Democrat mantra: The end justifies the means.”…Citizen Wells

 

“There is nothing new under the sun” and you can depend on the Democrats using people as “exploited units of human capital”.

Christine Blasey Ford has some issues that need addressing and may have had a traumatic experience when she was young. She believes that she did and has unjustly accused Brett Kavanaugh without any corroboration of her flawed memory. Her story fell apart.

Ms. Ford, despite many years of psychological education, made the following statements during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

DURBIN: “Dr. Ford, with what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?”

FORD: “One hundred percent.”

Ford tries to impress the audience with pseudo science:

FORD: “The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now. It’s — just basic memory functions. And also just the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that, sort of, as you know, encodes — that neurotransmitter encodes memories into the hippocampus. And so, the trauma-related experience, then, is kind of locked there, whereas other details kind of drift.”

FEINSTEIN: “So what you are telling us is this could not be a case of mistaken identity?”

FORD: “Absolutely not.”

https://citizenwells.com/2018/09/29/christine-blasey-ford-dishonesty-zero-credibility-bombshell-not-photos-elizabeth-loftus-uc-irvine-need-independent-evidence-to-corroborate-your-memories-bigger-story-democrats/

Ford lied and tried to bullshit with psycho babble.

What the experts say:

“First up, we have Elizabeth Loftus from the University of California, Irvine, who is one of the founders of the area of false memory research, and is considered one of the most ‘eminent psychologists of the 20thcentury.

Elizabeth Loftus says you need independent evidence to corroborate your memories.

According to Loftus: “The one take home message that I have tried to convey in my writings, and classes, and in my TED talk is this: Just because someone tells you something with a lot of confidence and detail and emotion, it doesn’t mean it actually happened. You need independent corroboration to know whether you’re dealing with an authentic memory, or something that is a product of some other process.”  

 

“Chris French wants you to stop believing common memory myths.

“My top 5 take-home messages on memory:

1. Memory does not work like a video camera, accurately recording all of the details of witnessed events. Instead, memory (like perception) is a constructive process. We typically remember the gist of an event rather than the exact details.

2. When we  construct a memory, errors can occur. We will typically fill in gaps in our memories with what we think we must have experienced not necessarily what we actually did experience. We may also include misinformation we encountered after the event. We will not even be consciously aware that this has happened.

3. We not only distort memories for events that we have witnessed, we may have completely false memories for events that never occurred at all. Such false memories are particularly likely to arise in certain contexts, such as (unintentionally) through the use of certain dubious psychotherapeutic techniques or (intentionally) in psychology experiments.

4. There is no convincing evidence to support the existence of the psychoanalytic concept of repression, despite it being a widely accepted concept.

5. There is currently no way to distinguish, in the absence of independent evidence, whether a particular memory is true or false. Even memories which are detailed and vivid and held with 100 percent conviction can be completely false.””

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/mind-guest-blog/what-experts-wish-you-knew-about-false-memories/

The senators are typically well educated and many have legal educations. From the hearing:

COONS: “Thank you, Chairman Grassley. I’d like to ask unanimous consent to submit for the record five articles, including one titled “Why Sexual Assault Memories Stick,””

KLOBUCHAR: OK. You know from my experience with memory, I remember distinctly things that happened to me in high school or happened to me in college.

HIRONO: “The prosecutor should know that sexual assault survivors often do not remember peripheral information such as what happened before or after the traumatic event, and yet, she will persist in asking these questions all to undermine the memory and basically, the credibility of Dr. Ford. But we all know Dr. Ford’s memory of the assault is very clear.”

An internet search today yields every possible excuse in the world for her flawed, psycho babble testimony.

Compare the fake news media explanations to the experts above.

Memory is flawed, unreliable and must have corroborating evidence to be credible!

I found an honest report at the Mlwaukee Journal Sentinel.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/investigations/daniel-bice/2018/09/29/ron-johnson-suggests-christine-blasey-ford-may-have-false-memories/1460162002/

And from Fox.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/9/19/17878606/fox-news-kavanaugh-ford-sexual-assault-memory

Once again, the fake news media is making Trump’s case for him.

They cannot be trusted.

They continue to lie to the American People.

And the Democrats continue to use people as “exploited units of human capital”.

They have been using people of color for well over a hundred years.

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

Brett Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary “hearing” silver lining, Democrats left exposed as scumbags, End justifies means agenda damages many lives, Ford needs professional help but must be held accountable

Brett Kavanaugh Senate Judiciary “hearing” silver lining, Democrats left exposed as scumbags, End justifies means agenda damages many lives, Ford needs professional help but must be held accountable

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln

“Democrat mantra: The end justifies the means.”…Citizen Wells

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

 

There is a silver lining from yesterday’s Senate Judiciary “hearing” on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

I listened live to as much as I could.

I caught several lies from Christine Blasey Ford in her written testimony as well as her oral answers.

I have a copy of the transcript and will further address Ms. Fords answers as well as the behavior of the Democrats/Left.

I do have an immediate question: How did so many nut jobs get into that small room and subsequently be allowed to disrupt the proceedings?

First guess is Ms. Feinstein had a hand in that. She has gotta go.

I believe that many Americans, such as myself, are so outraged by what took place that the Dems will end up getting bitten on the ass by the fallout.

And certainly Mr. Kavanaugh will never forget this chicanery!

I have a lot on my plate but they just gave me more energy.

I hope that you feel the same way.

Full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes!

WElls.

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

Christine Blasey Ford bombshell photo?, Panties topless surrounded by booze, Told best friend she had 64 sexual partners between 11th grade & college?

Christine Blasey Ford bombshell photo?, Panties topless surrounded by booze, Told best friend she had 64 sexual partners between 11th grade & college?

“Receptionist: How do you write women so well?
Melvin Udall: I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.”…From the movie “As good as it gets”

“Democrat mantra: The end justifies the means.”…Citizen Wells

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

***  Update 9/29/2018 4:15 PM ***

This was posted with a question mark with the hope that someone could verify or dismiss the photo as real. One commenter stated that thongs were not used then. That is incorrect.

Snopes responded (In what appears to be a lame response):

” it’s much too modern in appearance and detail to be a snapshot from the late 1980s (when Christine Blasey was a young woman). Moreover, rather than “being supplied by a female classmate,” this photograph was also already online with a caption identifying it as something found on a Spanish-language humor and entertainment website, until someone plucked it and recaptioned it with Christine Blasey’s name”

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/blasey-online-photos/

Based on the lack of corroboration, I am dismissing the photo as real. Wells

For the real bombshell news on Ms. Ford:

https://citizenwells.com/2018/09/29/christine-blasey-ford-dishonesty-zero-credibility-bombshell-not-photos-elizabeth-loftus-uc-irvine-need-independent-evidence-to-corroborate-your-memories-bigger-story-democrats/

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Ms. Ford, if any of the following is incorrect please respond and your response will be posted prominently.

 

From State of the Nation.

“KEY POINT: Christine Blasey Ford and her feminazi lawyers who have carried out this charade have profoundly disrespected the Senate and the SCOTUS justice confirmation process.  They have made frivolous demands and requested relentless accommodation by the Judiciary Committee regarding her promised testimony that everyone knows are nothing but stalling tactics.  Would the Republican majority still cut her so much slack after seeing this photo of Ford at a pool party?”

“There really is something very wrong with these people!

A quick scan of today’s headlines clearly shows that the Democratic Party is so out of control it’s scary.  Their sheer desperation to thwart the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh is unlike anything the country has witnessed before.

The only conclusion that one can come to is that they have lost their God-given capacity to apply human reason or to utilize common sense.  Hence, this obstreperous tribe of political bolsheviks can no longer be allowed to exercise political power in these United States of America.  The most corrupt and criminal need to be removed from their key posts within the U.S. Federal Government before they do something really stupid.


KEY POINT: These agents of Deep State have already launched a full-blown soft coup against President Trump with daily black ops and psyops.  They have been unrelenting in their brazen attempts to delegitmize the POTUS with every news cycle.  The real concern now is that the bolsheviks will conduct a violent coup d’état as a result of so many failed initiative to topple Trump.


The entire Democratic Party has been taken over by extreme left-wing radicals, ultra-liberals, hyper-progressives, socialist demagogues, communist provocateurs and balaclava-covered bolsheviks who bear no resemblance to the party of John F. Kennedy.

Christine Blasey Ford

If there is one ultra-liberal persona who has come to represent everything that is wrong with the Democratic party it is Christine Blasey Ford.  Her fastidiously planned charade was carried out as a psyop to disrupt and alter the outcome of what was shaping up to be a slam dunk confirm for Brett Kavanaugh.  Ford’s every move has exposed her as either a complete fool and/or an unwitting dupe who tried to fool the American people, as well as a tool of Deep State who has ruined her reputation forever.”

Read more:

http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=104239

From the Tweet above:

“She told her best friend she had 64 sexual partners between 11th grade thru college.”

Is this true?

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

Christine Blasey Ford lifelong friend Leland Ingham Keyser denies party attendance, Ploy to derail Kavenaugh confirmation and sway elections revealed

Christine Blasey Ford lifelong friend Leland Ingham Keyser denies party attendance, Ploy to derail Kavenaugh confirmation and sway elections revealed

“Receptionist: How do you write women so well?
Melvin Udall: I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.”…From the movie “As good as it gets”

“Democrat mantra: The end justifies the means.”…Citizen Wells

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

 

Shame on Christine Blasey Ford for leaking and standing by a story that she knew as a trained psychological “professional” could not be vouched for as fact.

I will now state that she has zero credibility and the confirmation hearings should proceed without further input and disruptions from her and the immoral Democrats.

From Zero Hedge.

“Lifelong Friend” Of Kavanaugh Accuser Denies Attending Party Where Alleged Sexual Assault Occurred

“A woman believed to have been one of five people at a party some 35 years ago where Christine Blasey Ford claims she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh has become the fourth person to deny any recollection of the event.

In a Saturday night email to the Senate Judiciary Committee also received by several news outlets, Leland Ingham Keyser – a “longtime friend” of Blasey Ford’s said through her attorney:

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” said Keyser’s attorney Howard Walsh, who has been “engaged in the limited capacity” of corresponding with the committee on behalf of Keyser, according to Politico.

Kavanaugh and Mark Judge – the other teenager allegedly in the room during the alleged sexual assault – have both stated that they have no recollection of the incident, while a third man who Ford claims was at the party – Patrick J. Smyth, also denied any recollection of the event, telling the Judiciary Committee last week in a statement: “I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,” Smyth wrote in his statement. “I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”

Smyth added: “Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women. To safeguard my own privacy and anonymity, I respectfully request that the Committee accept this statement in response to any inquiry the Committee may have.””

“Professional help

Also casting doubt on the timing and purpose of Ford’s 11th hour claim against Kavanaugh is the Friday revalation that Ford’s current political adviser – former Obama and Clinton White House official Ricky Seidman, had allegedly been working on Ford’s situation since July – outlining a plan on a newly released audio tape to use the allegation as political fodder to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation, and if unsuccessful, at least politically harm Republicans during midterms.

“While I think at the outset, looking at the numbers in the Senate, it’s not extremely likely that the nominee can be defeated,” says Seidman. “I would absolutely withhold judgement as the process goes on. I think that I would not reach any conclusion about the outcome in advance.”

What’s more, the recording makes clear that even if Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats can use the doubt cast over him during midterms.

“Over the coming days and weeks, there will be a strategy that will emerge, and I think it’s possible that that strategy might ultimately defeat the nominee… whether or not it ultimately defeats the nominee, it will help people understand why it’s so important that they vote and the deeper principles that are involved in it.“”

Read more:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-22/lifelong-friend-kavanaugh-accuser-denies-attending-party-where-alleged-sexual

Talk about collusion to disrupt elections!!!

Christine Blasey Ford should be prosecuted.

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://citizenwells.net/

 

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

NewsRecordNCedSpending

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

 

 

 

 

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