Forum: What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: What’s Behind The Downturn In The GOP’s Chances To Take The Senate?

David Gerstman , Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: FWIW, here’s Charlie Cook.

The Independent Sentinel: I don’t know that I believe there is that much of a downturn from what I’ve read. If there is a downturn, it’s primarily because the Democrats are cleverly winning the media war with a lot of help from their biased allies in the mainstream media who paint Republicans as having no alternatives to anything. That’s not true but it’s perceptions that count.

The Media doesn’t report the news, they create the news.

Obamacare is a disaster but they’ve managed to delay many of the worst aspects and have bailed out insurance companies so people don’t know how bad it is or how much premiums will rise.

The public turned against the wars in the Middle East in part due to the media’s biased reporting. We won those wars. Many more men and women have died in Afghanistan under Obama’s watch than under Bush’s but you won’t read that in the mainstream media. You won’t see their flag-draped coffins being carried into Andrew’s Air Force base.

Democrats have been bailed out by their media allies.

Republicans have backed down on many issues but if they don’t, public opinion turns hard-left against them. They don’t have the bully pulpit.

Republicans have flaws but the biggest flaw lies with the deceit the opinion media is peddling.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: As best understood – those Donkiecrats are like totally outspending the GOP on the Senate Race… :


Democratic fundraising has allowed the party and its allies to run more TV advertisements than Republicans in the first two weeks of September in nine of the 10 top Senate races this fall, according to an analysis of political spending by the nonpartisan Wesleyan Media Project.
The Democrats’ edge in TV ads of late is due partly to a string of super PACs that have ramped up their efforts in the past two months. Since July 3, the largest super PACs aligned with Democrats have raised four times the money of pro-GOP super PACs, and have now spent $60 million to Republicans’ $38 million, data compiled by The Wall Street Journal shows.

The Democratic push is being led by Senate Majority PAC, run by people affiliated with Mr. Reid, which has raised more money this election cycle than any super PAC aligned with either party: $33 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. It has put $28 million so far into TV and digital advertising, with nearly half of that spent in the last 10 weeks. Its biggest donors include hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer, who has given $5 million since 2013, and former New York City Mayor Nanny Bloomberg who has given $2.5 million.

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of or against candidates, but they can’t donate directly to candidates.

To be sure, conservative outside groups plan to spend millions this fall to help Republican candidates. But the efforts of the Senate Majority PAC and other Democratic interest groups could represent the best chance that Democrats have of holding onto control of the Senate and keeping Mr. Reid in charge of the chamber.{…}

Republicans must pick up a net six seats to gain a Senate majority. Though polls show GOP candidates hold the lead in some of the closest races, Democrats have the financial advantage. The major Democratic Party committees—the Democratic National Committee and the party’s House and Senate arms—have raised nearly $370 million, about 10% more than their GOP counterparts, according to data collected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason : The conservative Tea Party worked to support their candidates only to be trounced by the well funded Republican machine in the primaries. The downturn occurred after the primaries as conservatives became disheartened, disappointed, and disgusted by the attacks on conservatives from those within the party. Many are now focusing their efforts on getting local candidates elected.

In order to take the majority in the Senate, Republicans have to pick up six seats. Of those six it appears Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia are the only seats we can be confident the GOP will win. However, polls show voter dissatisfaction with President Obama’s job performance. People don’t believe they are better off today than they were in 2008. In addition, with increasing global instability in the world, we see social issues taking a back burner here at home. It’s kind of hard to talk about a war on women when women and children are being beheaded, crucified, and sold into slavery and forced marriages in the Middle East. Historically, conservatives and Republicans vote more in the mid-term elections than liberals and Democrats, so Republicans have a little better than 50/50 chance of taking the Senate, imho.

JoshuaPundit: Can anyone tell me what the GOP’s message is, except that they’re not Barack Obama? They have none. That’s because their real campaign is not against Democrats, but against conservatives and Tea Party candidates in their own party..and against their conservative base.

Let’s not forget that it was Sarah Palin and Jim DeMint who were the driving force in the GOP landslide in 2010, not the party establishment which fought them tooth and nail. As a matter of fact the GOP establishment and Michael Steele’s antics actually cost the Republicans two seats they could have won – Nevada and Colorado.

ObamaCare is still hugely unpopular. The GOP  isn’t mentioning it, and Boehner just pushed through funding for it.  President Obama’s planned amnesty is only supported by about 30% of the public, mainly in deep blue states with large illegal migrant populations like California.The only Republican senatorial candidate I’ve seen making it a major issue is Scoot Brown  in New Hampshire, and he’s gone from being better than 12 points down in the polls behind the Democrat incumbent Jean Shaheen to being essentially neck and neck…and he has hardly any money compared to Shaheen’s $11.2 million. Joanie Ernst in Iowa, Tom Tillis in North Carolina and Cory Gardner in Colorado aren’t getting any GOP maney either. But the checkbook’s open for Mitch McConnell and Pat Roberts.

Benghazi, IRS-Gate, NSA-Gate, Fast And Furious? Sssshhh!

That’s why the GOP is lagging behind. And now, they’re touting the return of Obama’s boyfriend Chris Christie, and talking about another Romney run for 2016 (OK, someone who could be a capable president but possibly the world’s. worst.candidate. ever). Even I can’t believe the GOP establishment is stupid enough not to understand what amnestia will  mean to both conservatives and the Republican Party, but then I never thought they would simply cede California to the Democrats without challenging the bogus redistricting scam,  or the state’s lawless winking at wholesale illegal migration and voter fraud.

This should be a Reagan -style conservative revolution. It shouldn’t even be close. Basta. Enough. Either conservatives need to take over the GOP or it’s divorce time.

The Right Planet: I would suspect it has something to do with the abysmal treatment the GOP leadership and the RNC has shown toward its base and the TEA Party, not to mention the fact that the current GOP leadership has caved on almost every issue–funding Obamacare, arming so-called Syrian “rebels,” pushing amnesty, etc.

Doug Ross recently posted, “From Mitch McConnell’s vow to ‘crush the Tea Party’ all the way to rampant vote fraud in Mississippi, the Reince Priebus- and Karl Rove-led band of numbskulls have wagered that corrupting the primary process, demonizing the conservative activist base, and using borderline criminal tactics would unify the party.”

There’s no excuse for all this, in my opinion; it’s electoral suicide. And one has to question whether it’s intentional or not. It seems that anyone who just wants the government to get its house in order–meaning: reduce spending, cut taxes, strong defense, limited government, defend individual liberties, etc.–is treated worse than a terrorist by not only the Democrats but by certain members of the GOP as well.

Writing about this makes me so furious I’ll have to end my response here.

Bookworm Room: This is an easy one: The GOP itself is behind the downturn. Here in my native state, I have it on the best authority that the establishment GOP elected to give several thousand dollars to a candidate who cannot possibly win, while giving $200 to a candidate who, if properly funded, could definitely win. Apparently the GOP decided that it was better to send good money after bad than to give the necessary help to someone who could be a sure thing. Whatever they’re drinking at GOP headquarters is some seriously bad stuff.

All of America there are similar stories: the establishment sides with the Washington version of conservativism, which is simply a slower growing version of big government, complete with cronyism and a devotion to the cheap labor promised by amnesty. Meanwhile, back in the real world, real people are drowning under government controls, mandates, and taxes, and they’re seeing illegal aliens sweep up the few jobs in our terrible economy. They can’t stand what the Democrats have done to them, but they won’t vote for a stale, flat-footed, tin-eared, self-serving GOP.

When Americans are exposed to true conservative ideas advocated by people who have solid support and are not allowed to be destroyed by an MSM portraying them as whackadoodles, they win, if not every time, at least a lot of the time. Two things don’t win: Stale, corrupt, expensive GOPism and conservative extremists who are able to get enough fringe support to manage without GOP support.

The Glittering Eye: Most of the minor upticks and downticks are statistical anomalies. As the actual election nears, pollsters concentrate more on likely voters than on registered voters or other larger groups of people who probably won’t vote. That can cause some surprising apparent changes, too.

All this by way of saying that early polls probably exaggerated Republican voting strength in some areas. It’s always been close and the nearer the election comes the more opinion polls are likely to reflect that.

Ask Marion: What should have been the GOP’s game changer election will end up being 50-50 at best in the Senate and perhaps even a loss in seats in the House.  Why?  Because there is no leadership in the party and those in Washington are happy to be Democrats-lite or as Dianny Rants called them:  The Non-Dairy-Creamer Party.

The American people are finally waking up and are seeing nothing from the Republican Party.  The Tea Party types (and their ideas) within the GOP are what those who are finally standing up want, but the RINO Establishment types who control the party do not want to upset their own perks or have long ago sold out.

Just look at the recent vote where the Republican-Controlled House Passed to Continue the Complete Funding for ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood and the GOP Establishment’s Scandalous Involvment in the McDaniel Primary.

Americans who want change feel that they have nowhere to go within in the GOP so or are again just not going to vote or are looking at a 3rd party option in increasing numbers because their party is leaving them, which would absolutely split the opposition to the Democrats and would guarantee 2016 Democratic election victories across the board.

The elections of 2014 and 2016 could be the final battle grounds for what is left of the America our Founding Fathers envisioned and it seems it is the leadership of the Republican Party that is guaranteeing that the Progressive Democrats will finish their plans victoriously for the destruction of that America.

Well, there you have it.

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The Bear and the Dragon Encircle the Eagle

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The Demise of America

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton  –  The NoisyRoom

In the light of Obama’s disastrously weak and intentionally ineffective foreign policy hijinks, over 90 percent of our military do not support the President. Listen for yourself:

Fmr. Navy SEAL Carl Higbie: Over 90% Of Troops Do Not Support Obama

Our military generals and brass are also at odds with Obama and what does Obama do over it? He says he knows better than our military leaders and just to follow orders — meanwhile, quit spying in Europe (or pretend to at least – the alternative is to leave us even more vulnerable to our enemies, which may be the point). Well, that is getting old. The military sees what is coming and it isn’t pretty. It’s not just ISIS and the Caliphate either. They are fronts and tools for Russia in the end. The Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon are closing in for the kill and Obama, the Arsonist-in-Chief, fiddles while America burns — and smiles as he imagines the demise of the Land of the Free and the rise of Islam. While Obama bombs various countries, claiming he is destroying ISIS, it is more akin to pinpricks and foreplay than serious warfare. He is arming the Syrian rebels and I hate to state the obvious, but the rebels are al Qaeda and ISIS. Obama is warring against Assad. All smoke and mirrors… and on the surface it makes absolutely no sense. On the one hand, Obama is colluding with Iran to fight ISIS… and on the other, fighting Assad. When in fact Iran supports Assad and ISIS. As in the end, I believe Obama does as well. None of this is real fighting — it is political war theater. In the end, we are distracted from the real RISK players — Russia and China.

Trevor Loudon / Cliff KincaidThis last week saw the continuing invasion of the Ukraine by the Russkies and the world yawned. Did you know both the Ukraine and Russia are now speaking of nuclear war? I’m not so sure it’s just posturing, or that the world should treat it like the ‘boy who cried wolf.’ Putin is a monster and if dropping a few nukes furthers his empire, well… you have to break a few eggs to rule the world. The Pope says we are in the opening salvo of WWIII and on that point, I agree.

Sweden has now summoned the Russian Ambassador for a dressing down after two Russian planes violated Swedish airspace last week. They have also raised their military readiness over these incursions and the Ukraine situation. Sweden views Russia as a clear and present threat, and so they should.

Lest you think Russia will just leave us be, think again. Russian nuclear bombers just buzzed Northern Europe and Alaska — again. They are testing a nuclear bear hug for us and we shout ‘dandelion!’ and off we go in the wrong direction. Nuclear sabre rattling will eventually give way to war.

Bill Gertz:

Six Russian aircraft, including two Bear H nuclear bombers, two MiG-31 fighter jets and two IL-78 refueling tankers were intercepted by F-22 fighters on Wednesday west and north of Alaska in air defense identification zones, said Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis, a spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. Two other Bears were intercepted by Canadian jets on Thursday.

“The group of Russian aircraft flew a loop south, returning westward toward Russia,” Davis told the Free Beacon.

A day later two more Bear bombers were intercepted by Canadian CF-18 jets in the western area of the Canadian air defense identification zone near the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, he said.

The Russian bombers did not enter U.S. airspace but flew within 63 miles of the Alaskan coast and 46 miles of the Canadian coastline, Davis said.

In both instances, the Russian bombers did not enter sovereign airspace, he added, noting the Russian aircraft flew within about 55 nautical miles of the Alaskan coastline, and within about 40 nautical miles of the Canadian coastline.

Defense officials think this was timed by Putin for the visit of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the US and Canada. Could be, but any excuse will do. Russia will continue to probe our defense limits and assess our military weaknesses, which are substantial currently.

Putin is now bragging he could take the capitols of five countries within two days if he chose to do so. Just two days ago, he threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states:

“If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest,” Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported Süddeustche Zeitung, a German newspaper.

Warming up for conquest:

Over Europe on Tuesday, two Bear H bombers conducted practice strategic bombing runs on Tuesday and were met by interceptor jets from Norway, Denmark, Britain, and Netherlands, defense officials told the Free Beacon.

“NATO jets … were scrambled to visually identify unknown aircraft approaching allied airspace,” said a NATO military officer who confirmed details of the incident.

“The approaching aircraft were identified as two Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers,” he said. “The Russian flights originated in the Barents Sea and went through international airspace down to the North Sea off the Dutch coast.”

The Russian aircraft flew in international airspace “close to NATO territory” but did not violate allied airspace, the officer said.

Oh… and when it comes, he’ll unplug Russia from the Internet:

The Kremlin is considering radical plans to unplug Russia from the global internet in the event of a serious military confrontation or big anti-government protests at home, Russian officials hinted on Friday.

President Vladimir Putin will convene a meeting of his security council on Monday. It will discuss what steps Moscow might take to disconnect Russian citizens from the web “in an emergency”, the Vedomosti newspaper reported. The goal would be to strengthen Russia’s sovereignty in cyberspace. The proposals could also bring the domain .ru under state control, it suggested.

Cutting the country off from the Internet and social media is definitely a prelude to war. Remember, we no longer have Radio Free Europe as a way to reach oppressed populations — and believe me, once the Eastern Bloc citizens are cut off from the West, they’ll know they are, once again, being oppressed — and by having come to rely almost solely on the Internet as the channel to former Soviet satellites, we have effectively enabled a narrow choke point, easily throttled by a hostile government.

Russia is also staking claim to the arctic and building up their military presence there. Two military bases are being built at Wrangel Island, on the arctic Chukchi Sea north of the Russian Far East and on Cape Schmidt, also on the Chukchi Sea. They are also deploying attack submarines in the region.

China doesn’t want to be left out either and she is on the move as well. China is planning to deploy nuclear subs near our coasts and to build military bases in the South China Sea. While Russia is loudly and brashly moving forward, the Chinese are methodically and quietly taking over space, cyberspace and the oceans.

As the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon encircle the American Eagle, looking for our weak spots and seeking the kill… the US is besieged by as many enemies within her ranks as from without. As if they are all in a race to kill her off. But America won’t die so easily and there are many, many who will defend her to the end – within and without her borders… within and without her military ranks. Our enemies might poke the American Eagle, but she still has fight left in her.

We are at war with Islamic barbarians and the Caliphate. But make no mistake, we are also at war with Russia and China, and the chill of what we used to call the Cold War begins to thaw as the monsters come out of hibernation. The world is just beginning to wake up to it.

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Anti-Americanis, Marxism, Porn, Pedophilia Now Available in the Classroom

And A Tea Party Leader Who Was Forced to Use the F-Word

“Did you know that ‘our bodies, being products of eating, are immoral by essence’, and ‘consumption not only bites the world but lessens the leftovers for everyone else’? [...] “procreation has become an unintentional act of aggression against the fellow multitudes already cramming the planet.” ~ from The American Experience, a propagandized high school literature text

Leftist revisionist history is seen through a negative, bleak, self-flagellating prism and it is now permeating our schools thanks to Common Core.

Periodically, I post an article about one of the texts or supplementary materials being used under Common Core that promote propaganda, and anti-American ideas. America Now is one such book.

America Now by Robert Atwan is a book of essays from recent periodicals, which is being used in AP English classrooms in numerous high schools and in undergraduate college classes throughout the nation. It is Common Core aligned. It is typical of the type of indoctrination that is becoming part and parcel of the Core. It has less to do with English than it has to do with perpetuating the leftist vision of America – the new America, America Now!

America now is an America that abandons traditional America and takes up a new, improved Leftist America. Common core is the vehicle by which this new America can be rapidly and widely spread.

Parading around as English literature, it is simply leftist propaganda. The theme capitalism is evil runs throughout.

Big Government and government agencies are extolled. The rich are demonized, Southern people are demeaned, man is described as too costly, man is an agent of destruction on earth, and illegal immigration is promoted.

Happiness is something to be attained by adapting to the Marxist perspective.

A telling quote from the book: “One cure–for those who feel that their pursuit of happiness has been sent on a long detour through the labor camps of American and international capitalism–is the institution of a government department that has as its only priority the happiness of all Americans.”

Another article, on the sticky post on our front page, deals with yet another vile, unAmerican book called The American Experience.

A Tea Party leader, Becky Gerritson, who testified before Congress last year and who told Congress “they had forgotten their place,” testified before an Alabama Senate Education Committee in support of a bill to allow local school districts to opt out of Common Core.

Her testimony concentrated on the widely-used literature text, The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall. It is Common Core aligned. When she read one paragraph from a recommended novel that was incorporated into the book, it was so pornographic even the senators wouldn’t listen to it. She reminded them that this is being taught to 16 and 17 year olds.

The following is excerpted from Becky Gerritson’s Testimony on SB443 in March of this year.

Terrence Moore, a professor from Hillsdale College, dedicated an entire chapter in his book called The Story Killers to this very textbook.

It’s easy to see the political bias in this book as well as the mediocre teaching of literature. Due to my time constraint I can only list a few examples found in this book.

Students are led to believe that our founding fathers were promoters of slavery. They are not told the truth that slavery had been around for thousands of years and up until the 1700’s our founders and the Quakers were the only distinct voices advocating the abolishment of slavery.

Students are led to believe that Benjamin Franklin thought the Constitution was a bad idea. It’s important to note that the US Constitution is nowhere to be found in this book.

America is portrayed as barbaric murderers when they dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Students not taught about the thousands of pamphlets that were dropped on the city urging people to flee-or that the action was done to save millions of lives, nor are Students told even how the war started.

In this book, students will read Jonathan Edwards’s famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Yet they have deleted 21 out of the 22 Biblical references.

Even though this is a literature book, students are diverted away from literature and asked to do research activities on how scientists are addressing deep-space travel for humans.

Let me turn the corner and talk about something else. Many opponents of Common Core have serious concerns about the recommended reading list which contains politically biased and obscene books. It is known as “Appendix B” or “Common Core’s Text Exemplars”. AL State Superintendent, Dr. Bice tried to calm our fears about this reading list saying that we had nothing to worry about because he removed it from our course of study. However, removing the list did nothing because these books and their authors are featured and promoted in this very text book.

On page 1095 the featured author is Toni Morrison, she wrote a book called The Bluest Eye.
It’s a story of an 8 year old black girl. This book is about rape, incest and pedophilia. One of the characters is a priest who likes having sex with little girls and the scenes are graphically described.

The depictions are from the perpetrator’s point of view. The author wanted the reader to feel as though they were a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She describes the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender”, but never as wrong.

You might think I am over exaggerating when I say that this book and others like it are vile and inappropriate. Let me read you an edited excerpt; only 6 sentences, from The Bluest Eye. This is recommended for 16 and 17 year olds.

Pages 162-163: (Again these crimes are perpetrated against children.)

“A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his a***. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her v***** was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her v*****. She appeared to have fainted.”

When Ms. Gerritson, who said the “F-word” is absent from her vocabulary, read the passage from the book, which included that and much worse, there were gasps in the room and she was asked to stop. She made the point that the content is so vile it couldn’t be uttered at a public meeting room full of adults, yet this filth is recommended under Common Core to minor children to read and discuss in class.

Her testimony, which is under five minutes, is worth listening to:

Video: Becky Gerritson Testimony on The American Experience, a Common Core Book

One 6th grade teacher in D.C. recently had to apologize for insisting students compare President George W. Bush to Hitler for homework.

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“Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions,” the assignment reads. “Please refer to your texts, ‘Fighting Hitler – A Holocaust Story’ and ‘Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD’ to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler.”

Then there is the following very problematic assignment out of California: “Did the Holocaust really happen?” or was it “a propaganda tool used for political or monetary gain?”

In a Southern California district, Rialto Unified, eighth graders were told to use three sources — including one that calls the murder of Jews a “hoax” — to research the “debate.” Then they were to write an essay, citing their research, to “explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.”

The school defended this propaganda. People don’t seem to know what is fact and what is bias any longer. There are no lines being drawn.

Coincidentally, the Rialto students are Latino and the interim Superintendent is Mohammad Z. Islam.

Since when can people draw their own conclusion on this? Joanne Jacobs quotes Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts,”

Expect a lot more propaganda and far fewer apologies. Eventually, we will grow numb to it and propaganda will become the norm unless we stop it now.

Dr. Terence Moore of Hillsdale College, in his book Story Killers, exposes Common Core’s abandonment of our great stories in literature. Not only are they abandoning them, they have abandoned our great story of freedom, fought for and won.

The following is paraphrased or excerpted from a book review by What Is Common Core.

Dr. Moore’s book asks questions like this one: Why does the new Common Core edition of the American literature textbook, The American Experience, by Pearson/Prentice Hall 2012, contain sections on government forms, and an EPA report? Is this the new and “more rigorous” literature that will prepare our children for college? Or is it an attempt to “keep the nation’s children from reading stories, particularly traditional stories that run counter to the political ideology” of the authors of Common Core?

Dr. Moore points out that a widespread, fraudulent adoption of Common Core brought us the fraudulent reading (and math) theories upon which Common Core Standards rest. Common Core was never pilot tested as it should have been, before virtually the whole country adopted it.

“You know how long it takes for a new drug to get on the market before it receives approval from the FDA,” he writes, “Yet here is the educational medicine, so to speak, that all the nation’s children will be taking every day, seven hours a day– and no clinical trials have been done.”

Dr. Moore points out, too, that “most of the money that funded the original writing of the standards came from the deep pockets of Bill Gates. Perhaps related to this fact, the Common Core will have students working far more with computers… the people behind the Common Core also have a hand in running the tests and stand to gain financially…. the other people who stand to make out like bandits are the textbook publishers. If that’s not enough to get one wondering, it turns out that the actual writing of the standards was done in complete secrecy.“

Dr. Moore reminds us that controlling stories (or the lack of stories) is the same thing as controlling people: “Plato pointed out in his Republic– a book never read in today’s high schools, nor usually even in college– whoever writes the stories shapes –or controls– the minds of the people in any given regime.”

The book’s title describes the killing of two important types of stories:

“The great stories are, first, the works of literature that have long been considered great by any standard of literary judgment and, second, what we might call the Great American Story of people longing to be free and happy under their own self-government. The Common Core will kill these stories by a deadly combination of neglect, amputation, misinterpretation…”

Then, “On the ruins of the old canon of literary and historical classics will be erected a new canon of post-modern literature and progressive political doctrine. Simultaneous to this change, fewer and fewer works of literature will be read on the whole. Great literature will be replaced with ‘information’ masquerading as essential ‘workforce training’.”

Moore explains that the proponents of Common Core hold up “the illusion of reform” while continuing to “gut the school curriculum” and to remove its humanity.

Grade school children will only get 50% of their grade from reading literature in English and high school children will get 70%. Instead, they will read informational texts.

Dr. Moore implores others to fight for great literature.

“There has never been a great people without great stories. And the great stories of great peoples often dwell on the subject of greatness. They dwell on the subject of plain goodness as well: the goodness that is to be found in love, marriage, duty, the creation of noble and beautiful things. It is patently obvious that they authors of the Common Core are uncomfortable with these great stories of the great and the good. They are plainly uncomfortable with great literature. And they are even more uncomfortable with what might be called the Great American Story.”

Our stories are becoming like our cars, mundane, common, alike. We are to believe we are not great, we are common to the core. We are meant only to redistribute and exist only to participate in the common good.

At the beginning of The Standards, it says this, “The Standards are intended to be a living work: as new and better evidence emerges, the Standards will be revised accordingly.”

They’ve only just begun, revisionist history and literature will continue to morph.

Oh, goody.

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Bush 2006 World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established In Iraq

Video:  Bush 2006 World War III Coming If ‘Caliphate Capitol’ Established In Iraq

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Republican-Controlled House Passes Continued Complete Funding for ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood

God help us!!

Republican House Leaders John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise

Republican House Leaders John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise

TPNN: September 18, 2014 By Matthew Burke

House Republicans, led by Speaker of the House John Boehner, joined with Democrats to pass a continuing resolution late Wednesday that will continue to fully fund Obamacare, which has never had majority support in any poll since its passage, as well as funding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion factory which also teaches sadomasochism to girls as young as 15-years-old

Additionally, the bill to fund the government through December 11, provides funding for Obama’s request to “train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition,” i.e., “Syrian rebels.”

Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Republicans in voting for the bill, which passed 319 to 108. Four members did not vote.

Among Republicans who voted against the bill included Trey Gowdy, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, Michele Bachmann, Dana Rohrabacher, and John Fleming, while several far-left Marxist Democrats voted in favor of the Republican leadership sponsored bill, including John Conyers and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“The truth is that, if you look back under this president as commander-in-chief, we trained people in Libya,” said Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX). “We provided weapons to Libya that were then used against us in Benghazi. There are Americans dead because this administration felt compelled to go in and take out Qadhafi.”

“One of the big problems, too, when we go in and train, as this President wants to do for the Syrians, they learn our tradecraft,” said Rep. Gohmert. “They use it against us, as they did at Benghazi,” Gohmert predicted.

“If we are going to degrade and destroy them [ISIS] it will not happen through an indecisive strategy that relies on unreliable and largely unknown help from Syrian rebels, whose own motivations and goals are mixed, and almost impossible to be certain of,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-LA).

Republican currently hold a majority in the House of Representatives and are led by Speaker of the House John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and new House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.  

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The Watcher’s Council Weasel Of The Week!!

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Fanfare!! It’s time It’s time to present this weeks’ statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This weeks’ nominees were all certainly deserving, but one stood out this week as the overwhelming winner..

Yes, it’s Maxine ‘No Justice No Peace’ Waters, Democrat Congresswoman from Crazyfornia!

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The Independent Sentinel : For telling the Council of Pakistan Affairs and Islamic Society of Orange County that Sharia Law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and for telling them that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

So much for free speech and the right to dissent.

While Ms. Waters certainly deserves the award for this bit o’ bigotry, (can you imagine how she’d look in a burka and niquab) this is really something of a career  achievement award.

She represents California’s 43rd congressional district, which is centered in South Central Los Angeles and includes Inglewood, Hawthorne, and parts of Carson and Torrance (shsssh! She doesn’t live in the District, but in upscale Hancock Park).

She got her nickname from leading chants during the 1992 Rodney King riots, which she insisted should be called a ‘rebellion’ rather than a riot. She described the violence in which 58 people were killed as  “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice.” And speaking of injustice, when she was asked about the wide spread looting of Korean owned businesses, she shrugged it off, saying “There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes… They are not crooks.”

Ms. Waters also has a fond spot in her heart for commie dictator Fidel Castro,  whom she thanked for – wait for it –  providing help to those who needed to “flee political persecution.”

I have a feeling Congresswoman Waters never toured Fidel’s gulag on the Isle of Pines.

One of the people she was referring to was black ‘activist’ Assata Shakur, and in 1998, Waters wrote a letter to Fidel Castro asking him not to extradite Shakur. This was in spite of the fact that Shakur is an escaped convicted murderer, a former member of the Black Panther Party and The Black Liberation Army, and is classified by the FBI with good reason as a domestic terrorist.

On the other hand, you can’t say she’s not consistent. As a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus she put major pressure on President Clinton in 1999 to ship 6-year-old Elian Gonzales back to Castro’s Cuba.

Economics? Of course! Remember this?

“This liberal would be about socializing … uh, umm. … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”

Hey, socialism and ‘justified’ theft is good when it comes to whitey and them Ko-reans, right! And do I have to tell you she favors reparations for slavery,and co-authored a bill to mandate it with Senator John Conyers (D-MI)? Or that she was a major force in helping to KO any oversight of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae when the Bush Administration attempted to institute it?

Of course, let’s not get the wrong idea. Ms. Waters is actually pretty savvy when it comes to finance. Her own, at least.

Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich wrote a major piece in the LA Times in 2004 to the effect that Maxine Waters’ relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had direct influence over because of her position in congress. They claimed she and her husband helped a company get government bond business, and that her daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters have profited from her connections. Waters reply? “They do their business and I do mine.”

Oh, indeed she does!

She also holds the distinction of being named one of the 14 most corrupt members of congress by Business Insider in 2011. Considering whom else was in congress at that time, this was and is a major achievement. She’s a superstar.

F’rinstence, back in September of 2008, Waters lobbied for TARP funds for OneUnited Bank, because she claimed it was part of an association of minority controlled banks.This happened when she was on the Financial Services Committee and had a voice in determining where TARP funds would go.

Waters’ husband Sidney Williams just happened to have been a board member of OneUnited, and was and still is a stockholder.

Part of her lobbying efforts involved arranging personal meetings with her husband and Treasury Department officials without ever disclosing her personal financial interest. OneUnited ended up with a healthy taxpayer bailout of $12 million.

Thyen Waters was brought up on Ethics charges, largely because another part of her lobbying involved chairperson Barney Frank and he needed to cover his own capacious behind.

Having a choice between a trial in the House or pleading guilty, Waters was savvy enough to choose a ‘trial’ knowing that (a) after seeing the wrist slap her fellow BCC compadre Charley Rangel got for doing far worse, even if she was found guilty it wouldn’t amount to much and (b)the Democrat dominated House wasn’t going to push too hard to prove charges against a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and they would likely stonewall and drop the charges before the newly elected GOP house was seated in January of 2011.

Which is exactly what happened.

For racism, outsize nastiness, hypocrisy and sheer grasping corruption, Maxine Waters richly deserves her Golden Weasel. She’s literally one of the best weasels to be found in the parasitical halls of government. Accept it and all that goes with it, congresswoman.

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Chairman Gowdy’s Opening Statement at First Benghazi Select Committee Hearing

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