William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 7-28-14
The pig and man are the only creatures than can get sunburn.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 7-28-14
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu on June 10 banned teacher tenure in California on the grounds that it violated the Brown v Board of Education decision that education “is a right which must be available to all on equal terms.”
The case was Vergara v California.
School officials in Los Angeles were shipping incompetent teachers with tenure to minority schools depriving them of their equal rights, Judge Treu found.
So tenure is racist. It works for us. It certainly is bad policy to be prohibited from removing poor performers from jobs that impact children.
What works even better for us is to give parents the power to fire their child’s teacher just like they would his pediatrician. Just like they would an electrician or plumber with whom they were dissatisfied.
School vouchers allow this and this is why the lazy and incompetent fight them so hard as it would end their ability to milk the system.
PennDOT is seeking temporary employees for its 2014 winter maintenance program, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
The majority of available positions are transportation equipment operators, a position which requires a commercial driver’s license.
Additional temporary positions include mechanics, trades helpers, welders, clerks, typists, semi-skilled laborers, stock clerks and custodial workers. The program runs from September through April.
For information on eligibility requirements and to apply online, visit RepJimCox.com and click on “PennDOT Winter Maintenance Program.” The deadline to apply is the close of business on Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Sio uly hypyl nii ifx ni fyulh
Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
Tom Coniglia submitted this article regarding how the ever growing Chinese Christian population is defying their government which is starting to see them as a threat to the official atheism.
The government hired a crew to rip off the metal cross from atop a one-room church in Wuxi. The next day a church member used his own welding torch to put it back.
He was detained and questioned for 10 hours on the charge of operating a welding business without a license.
A week later the crew again removed the cross. Again church members put it back.
Officials have now cut off water and electricity to the church and asked questions about the congregations work and education.
Whether it be Beijing or Washington, progressives seem to fear and hate Christianity and its symbols.
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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: By indignities men come to dignities.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 7-26-14
This off the internet is courtesy of Cathy Craddock
The Independence Hall Tea Party has changed its name to The Independence Hall Foundation and ended its affiliated political action committee (PAC), according to the organizations founders Teri and Don Adams.
“Over the last five years, our Association, like the broader Tea Party movement in regions across the country, has made a difference. We woke up many Americans to an ever-expansive and intrusive federal government,” Ms. Adams said. “While we obviously agree with the core principles of the Tea Party as clearly enunciated during those early 2009 Tax Day Tea Parties–a free enterprise economy based on lower taxes, smaller government, and less regulation–we would like to expand our efforts to include non-traditional tea party issues such as Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life, Culture and the Arts, Educational Savings Accounts, Foreign Affairs, and Defense.
“In short, we wish to pursue a larger, more mainstream conservative agenda-while respecting the mission of the broader Tea Party movement.
“We wish to reach out, in the coming years, to those individuals and groups who do not automatically share our beliefs and ideals, under the banner of a non-profit group we began last September-the Independence Hall Foundation.”
In early February, 2009, Rick Santelli delivered a passionate speech on CNN which led to the founding of the modern day Tea Party.
Out of those inspirational words sprang The Independence Hall Tea Party Association-the oldest and largest Tea Party group in the tri-state region and one whose primary focus was the Philadelphia media market-the fourth largest in the United States.
The Association has been meeting on historic Independence Mall ever since our first Tea Party in late February, 2009. After a modest showing of one hundred participants at that Tea Party, we were able to attract nearly 2000 participants to our April 18thTax Week Tea Party a few months later.
Since that time, the Association has had many successes-including the sending of 14 buses to the 912 DC Rally in 2009 and 28 buses to the Glenn Beck’s Restoring America Rally in DC a year later. No other group in the nation sent as many folks to either event.
Over the years, we have put on countless rallies, press conferences, and educational events touching on so many relevant issues. Our speakers have included Governor Mitt Romney, Ambassador John Bolton, Bill Kristol, Herman Cain, Amity Shlaes, John Fund, Andrew Breitbart, and local favorites Dom Giordano, Herb Denenberg, and Joey Vento, to name a few.
We also hosted a much noted event called UNITEA, which was an expression of our desire to reach out to the minority community.
In addition, for all five years, we have held annual tax month events, July 4th
Celebrations, and Christmas Tea Parties which re-enacted the original Philadelphia Tea Party of December 27, 1773.
Immediately following the 2010 elections, the Association began lobbying for a Voter ID bill sponsored by Pennsylvania State Representatives Daryl Metcalfe and Steven Barrar. The bill was eventually signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett.
In 2011, we responded to Occupy Philadelphia/Occupy Wall Street by organizing, on Face Book, an informal group known as Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America. That group initiated a Black Friday Buycott in response to Occupy’s call for a Black Friday Boycott. Black Friday sales were up that year.
In 2012, we began releasing an annual Congressional Scorecard-and last year, we were the first in the nation to call for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the IRS Scandal.
During our tenure, we have received an abundance of international, national, and regional press as members of our Association have appeared on Television programs broadcast in China, Europe, and the Middle East as well as appearing in interviews on CNN, FOX, NBC and, of course, our terrific local stations.
Association members and/or events have been featured in countless newspapers and blogs from the LA Times to the Philadelphia Inquirer/ Daily News.
There have also been numerous national and local radio interviews with personalities such as Lou Doubs, Steve Marlzberg and, of course, our own favorite, WPHT’s Dom Giordano.
For five-plus years, our Association has labored on behalf of conservative Tea Party causes, especially the repeal of ObamaCare.
While we have usually agreed with most Tea Party objectives, we have not always agreed on Tea Party tactics-especially those espoused by national groups-proving, despite its portrayal as such in the media, that the Tea Party was not monolithic.
And just like the original Tea Party of the 18th Century, our organization envisioned the modern Tea Party as a protest movement-not necessarily a permanent social/political movement or party-but one which could lead to peaceful revolutionary changes in government.
We the current movement for what it was at its core-a grass roots movement dedicated to waking up average Americans to an out-of-control federal government that is fast becoming far too centralized-and far too intrusive in our everyday lives.
There was a certain purity of heart as we organized as volunteers-not looking for personal financial gain or celebrity-but looking to make America a freer and better place to live.
Our mission was daunting-to stop the Obama Administration from “remaking America” into a government dependency that more closely resembled a European socialist state than a successful US meritocracy.
As we stand here today, we can honestly say that our Association, like the broader Tea Party movement in regions across the country, has made a difference. We did wake up many Americans to an ever-expansive and intrusive federal government.
More Americans seem to be aware of our nation’s alarming $(17.6) trillion national debt and the scandals involving renegade bureaucracies, within the federal government, such as the Internal Revenue Service, the National Security Agency, and the Veterans Administration. We have successfully challenged a congressional spending habit simply known as “pork.”
Because of these successes, the Independence Hall Tea Party Board of Directors feels that we should take matters to the next level.
While we obviously agree with the core principles of the Tea Party as clearly enunciated during those early 2009 Tax Day Tea Parties-a free enterprise economy based on lower taxes, smaller government, and less regulation-we would like to expand our efforts to include non-traditional tea party issues such as Religious Liberty, Sanctity of Life, Culture and the Arts, Educational Savings Accounts, Foreign Affairs, and Defense.
In short, we wish to pursue a larger, more mainstream conservative agenda-while respecting the mission of the broader Tea Party movement.
We wish to reach out, in the coming years, to those individuals and groups who do not automatically share our beliefs and ideals, under the banner of a non-profit group we began last September-the Independence Hall Foundation.
In the future, we wish to be referred to as The Independence Hall Foundation-a conservative educational organization dedicated to promoting the principles enshrined in our founding documents-the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
As for the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, we also have an important announcement. Here to discuss the success of the PAC is PAC Vice President Bill Green.
The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, a federal PAC established in February 2010 for the purpose of electing Congressional candidates in the tri-state region, has had a very good run over the last 4+ years.
Since our inception, we have won over 80% of our contested primary races. We have raised a modest $40,000-giving more than half of that money to candidates and spending most of the remaining funds on independent expenditures advocating on behalf of various campaigns. None of that money was used for salaries or perks.
In 2010, our banner year, we helped defeat Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House by endorsing, during primary season, the following Republicans whose November victories flipped seats from D to R-Mike Fitzpatrick, Lou Barletta, Pat Meehan, and Jon Runyan. As well, we supported Pat Toomey who is currently the only Republican Senator from the tri-state region.
Two of our proudest endorsements came in 2012 when we announced our support of Mitt Romney for President before the Iowa Caucus and Tom Smith of Pennsylvania for US Senate– also during primary season.
In the case of Romney, we were the first and only Tea Party PAC in the nation to endorse him.
In the case of Tom Smith, we helped to defeat the Republican establishment choice of Steve Welch-the first time that has been accomplished in a modern statewide PA Republican race.
While Mitt Romney did not win the Presidency, he did cut into President Obama’s margin of victory versus John McCain. As well, Tom Smith performed 10% points better than Senator Rick Santorum did against Bob Casey in 2006.
This year, our PAC endorsed the Republican primary winner, Tom MacArthur, over Steve Lonegan in the New Jersey 3rd Congressional District race. We also supported Dave Larsen over incumbent Congressman Leonard Lance in a much closer than expected Republican primary in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.
On the national level, the Independence Hall Tea Party PAC endorsed Mitch McConnell over Matt Bevin in the May Kentucky Primary. We did so because our 2014 goal was to “Keep the House/Win the Senate” and winning the McConnell/Grimes race is key to winning the Senate.
We strongly believe that regional Center/Right congressional candidates are now well-positioned to win competitive General Election races this November.
As a result, the PAC Board of Delegates feels that we have accomplished as much as we could possibly have hoped to accomplish as a regional federal Tea Party PAC, and, for that reason, we have decided to cease with PAC activities in order to focus all of our energies on the Independence Hall Foundation.
In response to a recent op-ed (York Dispatch) by William Bartle, education policy director for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, I would like to point out some conveniently ignored truths regarding Common Core.
Mr. Bartle, with either willful ignorance or contempt for the “regular class,” has lacked the integrity to offer full disclosure in his April 18 piece titled “Nothing sinister about Common Core.” The title itself screams “nothing to see here.”
I offer a public response to Mr. Bartle in order to enlighten him with the facts and further educate him on honesty in communication.
Fact: William Bartles’ organization, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, has received three separate grants from the Gates Foundation to sponsor Common Core. These three grants total $935,859.
I wonder why he failed to mention this.
Fact: The president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is Joan Benso. Why is she important? Well, another fact that must have slipped the mind of Mr. Bartle is that Joan Benso has a husband named Thomas Gluck. Are you ready for this? Mr. Thomas Gluck is executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units. His organization also received grants from the Gates Foundation to support and promote Common Core. His grants totaled nearly $2 million.
The conflict is glaring, but I’m sure the elitist few have their reasons. After all, it’s for the children. It must be a difficult job as education director for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children to sacrifice facts and honest disclosure for corporate interests in a federal takeover of education. The documentation from the commonwealth stating that Pennsylvania Core Standards and Common Core are the same thing is vast and abundant. It’s a wonder the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children can’t afford a fact-checker or staff researcher with all that Gates Foundation money. Somehow a “regular class” proletariat such as myself was able to locate these documents, and at no cost. I’ll be happy to share them with you if you want to get caught up on the facts.
Mr. William Bartle stated with such confidence that there is no federal control of education due to Common Core. That is a lie. In order to even apply for the federal grant money (wow, more money?) we had to have agreed to the federal Common Core standards and Common Core-aligned resources (technology, text books, etc. …).
Additionally, to apply for the SLDS (Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems) grant, we had to have first implemented a “womb-to-workplace” data collection system. Sounds sinister, huh? What’s even scarier is that those aren’t my words. The term “womb-to-workplace” was used multiple times by the commonwealth on the actual grant application. I’m sure these details slipped his mind as well.
Now that we’ve identified the conveniently ignored facts that William Bartle, fancy shmancy policy director of the bought-and-paid-for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, left out of his op-ed, let’s discuss what Common Core in Pennsylvania means to the taxpayer.
In Pennsylvania, Common Core is a regulation, not a law. This is because our state Constitution (remember this document, Mr. Bartle?) requires any cost to the commonwealth associated with changes in education be put through the legislative process. That means it would be subject to amendments, alterations and a host of other political shenanigans in which the resulting bill could be something that is not aligned with the federal requirements for the Race To The Top federal grant money. Also, any actual law that involves federal control to our local education system would violate the 10th amendment as well as the General Education Provisions Act. Regulations seem convenient. This way no elected or publicly accountable official can tinker with Common Core.
The ridiculous description offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in describing the cost of Common Core is that it will be … are you ready for this? … cost-neutral. This is efficiency at its finest, considering the Boston-based Pioneer Institute placed the cost to just implement Common Core in Pennsylvania to be at least $650 million. Luckily, the commonwealth doesn’t have to pay for this because it is cost-neutral (pause for laughter). That’s right folks. The cost will fall squarely to the local level. What’s that you say? Your local school district doesn’t have that kind of money to implement Common Core? Thankfully, the hard-working property owners of Pennsylvania will be there to foot the bill. Taxpayers, say hello to the unfunded mandate.
What have we learned today? The president and CEO, Joan Benso, of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children received nearly $1 million from the Gates Foundation to promote Common Core. Thomas Gluck (husband of Joan Benso) is the executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units and has received nearly $2 million to support and promote Common Core.
William Bartle, education policy director for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, writes an op-ed from behind the curtain on April 18 to assure us that there is nothing sinister about Common Core.
It takes some decent money to support Common Core. It only takes common sense to oppose it.
We the taxpayers, the parents, the citizens of the regular class know better than this. We know that our children and the educational decisions to be made regarding our children should be managed at the local level, not through federal standardized tests and curriculum.
We can do better than the money takers. There are far more of us than there are of them. Let us be heard.
Hat tip Joanne Yurchak