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Clinton Impeachment 101, 15 counts “events” presented October 5, 1998 by David Schippers Democrat to House Judiciary Committee, Possible felonies which may constitute grounds for impeachment inquiry, INS immigration naturalization investigation not included

Clinton Impeachment 101, 15 counts “events” presented October 5, 1998 by David Schippers Democrat to House Judiciary Committee, Possible felonies which may constitute grounds for impeachment inquiry, INS immigration naturalization investigation not included

“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

“My staff and I agreed that we needed to focus on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which appeared to be running out of control. By the time we came to the subject, investigations by the General Accounting Office (GAO) and congressional committees had already indicated that the White House used the INS to further its political agenda. A blatant politicization of the agency took place during the 1996 presidential campaign when the White House pressured the INS into expediting its “Citizenship USA” (CUSA) program to grant citizenship to thousands of aliens that the White House counted as likely Democratic voters.”…David Schippers

“That business of Broaddrick being deemed inconclusive is not true. What actually happened is, I think, Starr decided not to follow up because once Lewinsky cooperated, they figured they had their impeachable offense and decided to concentrate on that.”…David Schippers

 

 

Too many people who have any awareness of the President Bill Clinton impeachment believe that it was about a Clinton dalliance with Monica Lewinsky in the White House.

This is far from the truth.

Many young Americans have no clue.

If you are getting your information from the mainstream media, especially the Orwellian Washington Post, you are definitely misinformed.

From the Washington Post June 28, 2016.

“Young women don’t care about Bill Clinton’s sexual misdeeds”

“For months, Trump has made a play for these supporters by attacking Clinton’s feminist bona fides. To do that, he has focused largely on her husband. Bill was famously involved in a White House sex scandal and has also been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Trump has been hammering the point that those allegations make Bill Clinton an “abuser” and Hillary an “unbelievably nasty, mean enabler.” He posted a video to his Instagram account in which two of Clinton’s accusers detail their allegations. Then a voice comes in over a video of a laughing Hillary, asking, “Is Hillary really protecting women?””

Read more:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/06/28/young-women-dont-care-about-bill-clintons-sexual-misdeeds/?utm_term=.1cd4f7456dde

Contrast that with what you will read below.

David Schippers, a long time Democrat and 2 time voter for Bill Clinton conducted an investigation for the House Judiciary Committee. So his findings were hardly part of a right wing conspiracy.

In fact, if there was any conspiracy, it included Republicans and Democrats who did not want to get their hands dirty or remove Clinton from office.

Schippers found far more felonious and/or improper activity by Bill Clinton than what was presented. He was restricted by time constraints and limited to the immediate scandals presented to him.

 

“In his new book, Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton’s Impeachment, David P. Schippers, former Chief Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, details his investigation of these same issues. He concludes that were he and his investigators afforded more time, it is likely the abuses of the Citizenship USA program would have been included in the list of impeachable offenses against President Clinton. Below is an excerpt from Schippers’ book, published last month by Regnery.

My staff and I agreed that we needed to focus on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), which appeared to be running out of control. By the time we came to the subject, investigations by the General Accounting Office (GAO) and congressional committees had already indicated that the White House used the INS to further its political agenda. A blatant politicization of the agency took place during the 1996 presidential campaign when the White House pressured the INS into expediting its “Citizenship USA” (CUSA) program to grant citizenship to thousands of aliens that the White House counted as likely Democratic voters.”

http://cis.org/BookReview-InsideStoryClintonImpeachment

The impeachment committee barely touched the Clinton Rapegate scandals.

“Schippers, House Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde’s personal pick to head the impeachment probe, promises to name names, including those of Republicans who killed his investigation in the crib and allowed Clinton to slip the noose on a whole host of allegations that have yet to be fully explained to the country.”

“Why Impeachment Failed
House Majority Counsel David Schippers Speaks Out

The House impeachment investigation into President Clinton’s alleged crimes was deliberately curtailed by congressional leaders who refused to consider key evidence beyond that which was already on the public record about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.”

“Schippers explained:

“Let me tell you, if we had a chance to put on a case, I would have put live witnesses before the committee. But the House leadership, and I’m not talking about Henry Hyde, they just killed us as far as time was concerned. I begged them to let me take it into this year.”

Schippers added, “Then I screamed for witnesses before the Senate. But there was nothing anybody could do to get those Senators to show any courage. They told us essentially, you’re not going to get 67 votes so why are you wasting our time.””

“Had these ominous accounts from Broaddrick and Willey been introduced into evidence, along with charges of suspected Clinton-connected intimidation of Elizabeth Ward-Gracen, Gennifer Flowers, Sally Perdue, Dolly Kyle Browning and others – would it have made a difference?

David Schippers remains skeptical, since he now doubts the Senate would have convicted Clinton under any circumstances. Still, congressional timidity ensured that the American people were kept in the dark about the totality of the evidence against their president.

And now, six weeks after Clinton’s acquittal, we can only guess how the press and the public might have reacted to an impeachment case built on compelling charges of mob-style thuggery, rather than lies and obstruction about consensual sex.””

Schippers’ book to reveal secret evidence against Clinton, Not a single US Senator reviewed secret impeachment evidence, Congressional leaders refused to consider key evidence beyond the public record about Monica Lewinsky, Newsmax August 7, 2000

Here are the 15 counts “events” that David Schippers presented to the House Judiciary Committee on October 5, 1998.

I.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have been part of a conspiracy with Monica Lewinsky and others to obstruct justice and the due administration of justice by:

(A) Providing false and misleading testimony under oath in a civil deposition and before the grand jury;

(B) Withholding evidence and causing evidence to be withheld and concealed; and

(C) Tampering with prospective witnesses in a civil lawsuit and before a federal grand jury.

II.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have aided, abetted, counseled, and procured Monica Lewinsky to file and caused to be filed a false affidavit in the case of Jones v. Clinton, et al., in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1623 and 2.

III.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have aided, abetted, counseled, and procured Monica Lewinsky in obstruction of justice when she executed and caused to be filed a false affidavit in the case of Jones v. Clinton, et al., with knowledge of the pending proceedings and with the intent to influence, obstruct or impede that proceeding in the due administration of justice, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1503 and 2.

IV.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have engaged in misprision of Monica Lewinsky’s felonies of submitting a false affidavit and of obstructing the due administration of justice both by taking affirmative steps to conceal those felonies, and by failing to disclose the felonies though under a constitutional and statutory duty to do so, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 4.

V.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have testified falsely under oath in his deposition in Jones v. Clinton, et al. on January 17, 1998 regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621 and 1623.

VI.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have given false testimony under oath before the federal grand jury on August 17, 1998 concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621 and 1623.

VII.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have given false testimony under oath in his deposition given in Jones v. Clinton, et al. on January 17, 1998 regarding his statement that he could not recall being alone with Monica Lewinsky and regarding his minimizing the number of gifts that they had exchanged in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621 and 1623.

VIII.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have testified falsely under oath in his deposition given in Jones v. Clinton on January 17, 1998, concerning conversations with Monica Lewinsky about her involvement in the Jones case, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621 and 1623.

IX.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have endeavored to obstruct justice by engaging in a pattern of activity calculated to conceal evidence from the judicial proceedings inJones v. Clinton, et al., regarding his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1503.

X.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have endeavored to obstruct justice in the case of Jones v. Clinton, et al., by agreeing with Monica Lewinsky on a cover story about their relationship, by causing a false affidavit to be filed by Ms. Lewinsky and by giving false and misleading testimony in the deposition given on January 17, 1998, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1503.

XI.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have endeavored to obstruct justice by helping Monica Lewinsky to obtain a job in New York City at a time when she would have given evidence adverse to Mr. Clinton if she told the truth in the case of Jones v. Clinton, et al., in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1503 and 1512.

XII.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have testified falsely under oath in his deposition given in Jones v. Clinton, et al. on January 17, 1998, concerning his conversations with Vernon Jordan about Ms. Lewinsky, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621 and 1623.

XIII.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have endeavored to obstruct justice and engage in witness tampering in attempting to coach and influence the testimony of Betty Currie before the grand jury, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1512.

XIV.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have engaged in witness tampering by coaching prospective witnesses and by narrating elaborate detailed false accounts of his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky as if those stories were true, intending that the witnesses believe the story and testify to it before a grand jury, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1512.

XV.

There is substantial and credible evidence that the President may have given false testimony under oath before the federal grand jury on August 17, 1998 concerning his knowledge of the contents of Monica Lewinsky’s affidavit and his knowledge of remarks made in his presence by his counsel in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621 and 1623.

Full Report:

David P. Schippers results of analysis and review House Judiciary Committee, October 5, 1998, There exists substantial and credible evidence of fifteen separate events directly involving President William Jefferson Clinton that could constitute felonies which in turn may constitute grounds to proceed with an impeachment inquiry, 15 counts

“As I stated earlier, this is not about sex or private conduct, it is about multiple obstructions of justice, perjury, false and misleading statements, witness tamperings and abuses of power, all committed or orchestrated by the President of the United States.”…David Schippers report to House Judiciary Committee

 

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Obama supports Donald Trump, Barack Obama half brother Malik Obama voting for Trump, Deep disappointment in brother’s administration, Hillary should have known better as the custodian of classified information

Obama supports Donald Trump, Barack Obama half brother Malik Obama voting for Trump, Deep disappointment in brother’s administration, Hillary should have known better as the custodian of classified information

“Mr. Trump is saying let’s all stand together as Americans. I have not heard a racist word out of that man’s mouth.”…Ben Stein

“Millions of cretinous and amoral Americans still admire Bill and Hillary Clinton, the two foulest amoral slimebags that have ever besmirched the White House. These two foulmouthed and lying psychopaths have been, and still are, blindly supported by masses of non-clinical morons, diehard Democrats, and whorish liberal journalists and their editors.

The Clintons’ habitual lies, gutter language, anti-Semitic outbursts, and anti-black slurs have been documented by reliable writers but have been — and still are — routinely suppressed by the so-called liberal media.”…Reinhold Aman, Ph.D.

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

 

From the New York Post July 24, 2016.

“Why Obama’s half-brother says he’ll be voting for Donald Trump”

“President Obama’s Kenyan half-brother wants to make America great again — so he’s voting for Donald Trump.

“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told The Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”

Obama, 58, a longtime Democrat, said his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.”

“She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Obama.The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state.

He’s also annoyed that Clinton and President Obama killed Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, whom he called one of his best friends.

Malik Obama dedicated his 2012 biography of his late father to Khadafy and others who were “making this world a better place.”

“I still feel that getting rid of Khadafy didn’t make things any better in Libya,” he said. “My brother and the secretary of state disappointed me in that regard.”

But what bothers him even more is the Democratic Party’s support of same-sex marriage.

“I feel like a Republican now because they don’t stand for same-sex marriage, and that appeals to me,” he said.”

Read more:

http://nypost.com/2016/07/24/why-obamas-half-brother-says-hell-be-voting-for-donald-trump/

ObamaForTrump

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

Trey Gowdy speaker of the house?, Majority leader? Kevin McCarthy of California leading contender?, Gowdy oversees committee looking into 2012 attacks in Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s email use

Trey Gowdy speaker of the house?, Majority leader? Kevin McCarthy of California leading contender?, Gowdy oversees committee looking into 2012 attacks in Benghazi and Hillary Clinton’s email use

“I believe that the president is a citizen. I believe the president is a Christian. I’ll take him at his word,”…John Boehner, NBC Meet the Press

“The fact that the Secretary exclusively used and maintained a private email server, leaving her with sole and unfettered access to the complete universe of her emails, raises a number of transparency and accountability issues. The fact that the Secretary’s attorneys selfselected the emails to be shared with the State Department raises numerous questions about the completeness of the production of Secretary Clinton’s emails to the Committee, as well as more generally in response to other oversight inquiries by the House with which the Committee has been charged. These questions, which have been raised solely due to the actions of the former Secretary, necessitate a third-party review of the server to ensure that all responsive documents have been produced to the Committee.”…Trey Gowdy

“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patroits to prevent its ruin”…Samuel Adams, 1776

 

 

From the NY Times September 29, 2015.

“House Republicans Start the Search for a Leader and a Message in 2016

House Republicans on Tuesday began in earnest the search for their new leadership team, as well as for some direction for themselves, less than a week after Speaker John A. Boehner announced his surprise resignation.

Lawmakers met in the basement of the Capitol to essentially share their feelings about the conflict within their conference, and the entire party, over the agenda and message that Republicans should carry into a presidential election year in which several Senate seats are also in play. Without Mr. Boehner present, Republicans did not spend much time pondering who might replace him, instead taking turns articulating what the House should focus on.

“It was respectful and reflective,” said Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, who came with his own four pillars of suggestion, including legislation supporting “economic populism” and “social conservatism.”

Representative Kevin McCarthy of California appears to have the momentum to become the next speaker, but the race for his current job, majority leader, has been thrown into some chaos. The only potential female candidate for the post, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, has withdrawn from consideration, and a grass-roots effort to persuade Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to step into the race started, and ended, on Tuesday.

Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, was among those pushing a promotion for Mr. Gowdy, who oversees a committee that is looking into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email use — one of the longest-running congressional investigations in history.

Mr. Gowdy insisted that he was not interested, but Mr. Chaffetz told reporters he rejected that notion. “If the conference rallies behind him, I think he would reluctantly serve,” Mr. Chaffetz said.”

Read more:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/us/politics/house-leadership-race.html

 

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

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ada M. Fisher, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, UNC TV, NC Republican National Committeewoman, First and only African American serving

Dr. Ada M. Fisher, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us, UNC TV, NC Republican National Committeewoman,  First and only African American serving

“Old fashioned, conservative values, the kind that our ancestors employed to survive, are needed now and forever.”…Citizen Wells

“A man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character”…Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

 

 

I do not usually watch “Black Issues Forum” on UNC TV as I would not watch a white issues forum if there was one.

It is time to move on.

I was switching channels yesterday and happened upon an interview of Dr. Ada M. Fisher, author of “Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us” and NC Republican National Committeewoman.

I was impressed.

She is just what the doctor ordered.

I found the following on Amazon.

“Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a physician, author, educator, dynamic public speaker, and public servant. She received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, her MD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison Medical School, completed her residency in Family Medicine through the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY and was awarded her Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Fisher is the mother of two grown sons and has served as the Chief of Occupational Health Services at the VAMC-Salisbury, the Medical Director of Amoco Oil Company, an Industrial Physician with anti-terrorism training at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN, the state Substance Abuse Detoxification Director serving a 16 county catchments area at the John Umstead Hospital in Butner, NC and completed a stint in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in Greenevers, NC which is a medical/physician shortage area. Dr. Fisher has previous board membership on Preservation NC, the Salisbury Rowan Symphony, Rowan Salisbury Schools Board of Education, and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. Her volunteerism embraces the American Red Cross, as well as Historically Black Colleges and Universities where she undergirded hundreds of students, provided scholarships, taught and served in various advisory capacities. Dr. Fisher additionally worked through the Rowan Salisbury Community Action Agency’s Workforce Investment Act Program with high school drop outs for several years providing them tutorial services, mentoring, recommendations for school and/or jobs and gave things such as housing where needed. In 2008 and again in 2012 Dr. Ada M. Fisher was elected to serve her state as the Republican National Committeewoman where she is the first and only African American from the continental USA serving in this capacity. The culmination of these and other experiences on life’s battlefields led to the writing of this future bestsellar titled “COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVE PRESCRIPTIONS Solutions for What Ails Us, Book I” which is now available.”

“ABOUT THE BOOK Honed on the battlefields of politics, knee deep in community involvements testing her theories of things which work to positively impact citizens, Dr. Ada M. Fisher in this book uses a family practitioner’s record keeping format to better illustrate the impact of issues on society. She brings to these concerns informed commentary on best practices aimed at addressing critical national and state problems. From this, solutions are deduced which will work better to serve the masses. Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What Ails Us is not what one might initially think; especially when one takes the term conservative out of too many preconceived assumptions of what that means. The points in the definition of the word conservative reflects the heart and wisdom of those who have labored in life’s vineyards from the grass roots of the community to the economic small business engines of barber shops to the learning incubators of our classrooms and others struggling to be heard. The Tea Party people are but one many voices representing those who are “fed up” with business as usual and want real solutions. Some of these are provided through this work which is based on best practices, commonalities and fairness through which most will have buy-in.”

http://www.amazon.com/Common-Sense-Conservative-Prescriptions-Solutions/dp/146818864X

Here is the TV show.

http://video.unctv.org/video/2365372335/

 

Wisconsin unemployment rate rapidly falling, New jobs being created, $912 million budget surplus, Media ignores Republican governor Scott Walker success, Rush Limbaugh explains

Wisconsin unemployment rate rapidly falling, New jobs being created, $912 million budget surplus, Media ignores Republican governor Scott Walker success, Rush Limbaugh explains

“11.4%: What the U.S. unemployment rate would be if labor force participation were back to January 2008 levels.” …James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, June 2013

“Nearly half of U.S. companies are reluctant to hire full-time employees because of the ACA. One in five firms indicates they are likely to hire fewer employees, and another one in 10 may lay off current employees in response to the law.

Other firms will shift toward part-time workers. More than 40 percent of CFOs say their companies will consider switching some jobs to less than 30 hours per week or targeting part-time workers for future employment.”…Duke University Fuqua School of Business December 11, 2013

“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″

 

 

 

The Obama administration has failed to create enough full time jobs while creating record debt and food stamp usage.

Of course the media is ignoring the success of Republican governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin.

From Rush Limbaugh January 24, 2014.
“Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Earthquake of Conservatism Goes Ignored by Media, GOP”

“RUSH: I need to illustrate a point. Yesterday there was really profound, great news out of the state of Wisconsin. In my mind, earth-shattering news. In my mind, it’s the kind of news that should have caused a political earthquake, and probably did. It’s just that nobody reacted to it. Here you have one of the bluest of blue states. You have a Republican governor, a conservative Reaganesque governor who was targeted twice for removal. They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life.

He hung in there. The state of Wisconsin instituted his policy reforms, deemphasizing the role of unions in the state, and the upshot of it is that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is rapidly falling, so new jobs are being created there. Wisconsin’s budget is now in surplus $912 million. There is a $1 billion government surplus in the state of Wisconsin. And Governor Scott Walker is going to rebate the money in the form of tax cuts to the people who he said own the money. He’s going to cut income taxes and property taxes, and he made the point that it’s not just a gimmick of budgeting or accounting. It’s the result of serious, significant policy changes.

Now, folks, what I just told you was not reported once anywhere in what you would consider mainstream media. It was not reported on one cable network, much less all of them. It was not reported in the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the LA Times. It was reported in Wisconsin. There was an AP story on it, maybe some local papers picked it up, but just as a filler. On all the opinion shows on the Fox News Channel, there was not a syllable of this story discussed. And to me, for us as conservatives, Wisconsin and Governor Walker, I mean, everything that we want to happen, happened there.

We want people to stand up and defend themselves and what they believe, and when they do, we join them and help. We want somebody who believes in conservatism and can articulate it, who gets elected on that basis and then implements it. Everything that we are demanding as voters, everything that you as Tea Party members are demanding, Scott Walker did. The vast majority of everything you want, it’s happening in Wisconsin. A light has been turned on. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, if you will. The path has been illustrated here. Not one mention of this anywhere, that I saw, not one!”

Read more:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/01/24/governor_walker_s_wisconsin_earthquake_of_conservatism_goes_ignored_by_media_gop

 

 

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

 

Rhinoceros Times closes, Greensboro NC Rhino Times conservative weekly, Free paper and internet site money woes, God bless John Hammer, The truth in print in NC

Rhinoceros Times closes, Greensboro NC Rhino Times conservative weekly, Free paper and internet site money woes, God bless John Hammer, The truth in print in NC

“But, February made me shiver with every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep – I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried when I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside the day the music died”

“Satan laughing with delight the day the music died”...Don McLean “American Pie”

“The function of the press is very high. It is almost Holy.
It ought to serve as a forum for the people, through which
the people may know freely what is going on. To misstate or
suppress the news is a breach of trust.”…. Louis D. Brandeis

 

With a bit of sadness I report and mourn the loss of the Rhinoceros Times, a conservative weekly newspaper and website published in Greensboro, NC.

The truth in print in NC.

However, as the saying goes, every closed door leads to an open door.

Let’s hope so for the sake of publisher John Hammer and the truth.

From the Greensboro News Record May 1, 2013.

“The Rhinoceros Times newspaper in Greensboro closes”

“After more than 21 years, Rhinoceros Times publisher John Hammer says Greensboro’s conservative weekly newspaper has published its last issue.

“We just ran out of money,” Hammer said in an interview Tuesday.

In a post to the free weekly’s website Tuesday morning, Hammer wrote that the paper is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. He asked for reader donations to help pay off creditors.

The paper’s website will keep going for as long as it can, Hammer said — but having laid off all his paid staff Tuesday, he isn’t sure what it will look like.

“I’m still enormously interested in local politics,” Hammer said. “That hasn’t changed just because we’ve run out of money.”

Hammer said print advertising just dried up. An aborted attempt to expand into Charlotte also lost the company a lot of money, Hammer said. The paper pulled out of Charlotte in 2008.

Hammer said he met with a series of potential buyers and investors but couldn’t put together a deal to save the paper. It isn’t yet clear what will become of the paper’s offices on Market Street, he said.

Scott Yost, the paper’s Guilford County editor and columnist, said staffers will land on their feet but the community will feel the loss of the Rhino.

“I feel like we’ve been a real asset,” Yost said. “I feel like we’ve uncovered a lot of scandal, and a lot of politicians and leaders didn’t get away with things because of us.”

The Rhino freely mixed news writing with editorial comment and came at every story from a conservative point of view — something Hammer said they never denied.

But the paper also crusaded for more transparency in local government, Hammer said, reporting on politicians meeting in secret and publishing an annual salary list of every county and city employee.

The Rhino’s combative nature and conservative message made it popular with area Republicans, a number of whom it championed for local office.

“The Rhino was very important for conservatives and how we got our message out,” said Linda Shaw, the chairwoman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners.

“I hate to see them go,” Commissioner Jeff Phillips said in agreement.

“I’ll miss the constant presence of their conservative message and Scott Yost at all our meetings,” Phillips said. “It’s hard to imagine Guilford County politics without the Rhino.”

Not everyone was sorry to hear about the paper’s demise.”

Read more:

http://www.news-record.com/home/1149017-63/the-rhinoceros-times-newspaper-closes

“Not everyone was sorry to hear about the paper’s demise.”

A compliment if ever I heard one.

I can hear satan laughing with delight, but we must not let the truth die.

Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill, Harry Reid not in initial package, Senator Dianne Feinstein may offer amendment, Separate vote on assault weapons for incumbents

Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill, Harry Reid not in initial package, Senator Dianne Feinstein may offer amendment, Separate vote on assault weapons for incumbents

“Liberals, lacking accountability for their failed policies, and reason for their irrational fear of guns, blame guns and conservatives for gun violence.”…Citizen Wells

“Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA – ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.”…Heinrich Himmler

“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good”…George Washington

 

From Fox News March 19, 2013.

“Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill”

“The leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate on Tuesday dropped a proposed assault weapons ban from the chamber’s gun-control package – dealing a blow to supporters of the ban, though it could still come up for a vote.

The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., revealed that Reid told her the proposed ban would not be in the initial package. Feinstein said she’s “disappointed” with the decision, and is expected to nevertheless offer it as an amendment.

But the move by Reid to cut it from the main bill signals a lack of congressional support for a proposal that would not only revive, but strengthen, the decade-long ban that expired in 2004. ”

“Having a separate vote on assault weapons might free moderate Democratic senators facing re-election next year in Republican-leaning states to vote against the assault weapons measure, but then support the remaining overall package of gun curbs.”

“Feinstein said Reid told her there would be two additional votes. One would be on her assault weapons ban, which also includes a ban on ammunition magazines that carry more than 10 rounds. The second would just be on prohibiting the high-capacity magazine clips.”

Read more:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/19/reid-cuts-assault-weapons-ban-from-senate-gun-control-bill-amid-waning-support/#ixzz2O1y76h00