Monday, December 9, 2013

U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math
In four years, we have gone down in reading from 11th to 17th, in science from 20th to 21st and in math from 25th to 26th.
Some insist the persistence of poverty in an affluent America is the cause of these declining test scores.America’s poor receive free food, free health care and free education for their children from Head Start to K-12. The poor get subsidized housing and subsidized incomes. They are exempt from federal income taxes. State programs and private charities pick up where the feds leave off. Yet, if poverty explains the dismal performance of America’s students, why are they being lapped by *Vietnamese 15-year-olds?
Patrick Buchanan at

*Playing the Devil's Advocate, I believe poor Vietnamese are few and far between.  Of course, this is because of their work ethic.

Goodies from Ol' Remus

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 1936. Farm wife in Kearny, Nebraska

Anytime in the last 130-years that the Cyclically Adjusted Price Earnings (CAPE) ratio for the US stock market has exceeded 24, the market has, without fail, entered a 20-year bear market. Today, the CAPE ratio is roughly 25... Investors keep bidding up the prices simply because everyone else is bidding up the prices... It’s possible the CAPE ratio can go to 40 before it crashes.
Simon Black at


 New York City, where a few tens of thousands of firearms are owned legally, and an estimated two million are held illegally, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. That is not uncommon... about 10 percent of "assault weapon" owners obeyed California’s registration law... The New York Times reported only about 7,000 weapons of an estimated 300,000 in private hands in the state have been registered [2.3%]. It shouldn't be a surprise that people stop caring whether they're "not a law-abiding citizen" when they lose respect for the law and the people who inflict it on them.
J. Tuccille at 


art-link-symbol-small-rev01.jpg What's a bit of genocide here and there if it's in a Good Cause? - Western liberals like simplistic stories and Mandela was their happy ending. His very existence freed them from the need to learn anything more about what happened after apartheid. In the new apartheid, the black government represses a white minority and abuses its power over the black majority in ways that Western liberals would never tolerate if it were being practiced by men with Dutch last names. Each generation of activists struggles to outdo the previous generation in its anti-white racism, says Daniel Greenfield in this article, South Africa in the Shadows, at Front Page Magazine.
Johannesburg - A Pretoria orphanage says it is no longer getting financial support from large companies as 70% of the children in its care are white. Elzane van der Merwe of the Jacaranda children’s home said: "The only answer that the children’s home is getting is: 'Sorry, you don’t meet the criteria for 100% black economic empowerment," reported Beeld. (H/t
The South African Communist Party joins the people of South Africa and the world in expressing its most sincere condolences to Ms Graca Machel and the entire Mandela family on the loss of what President Zuma correctly described as South Africa`s greatest son, Comrade Mandela... At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central Committee.
art-link-symbol-tiny-grey-arrow-only-rev01.gif South African Communist Party at (H/t

 A cop said this "was just a random act of violence." So don’t worry about the Knockout Game, white people—this is mostly just ordinary, everyday black-on-white violence.
Ann Coulter at


 Hyatt Guns in North Carolina.

They’re here for your gun rights! The recently launched television network, Al Jazeera America, is owned and operated by the royal family of Qatar. According to National Review, these Persian Gulf dictators are funders of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the terrorist group Hamas, and now they’re here to throw a burqa over your God-given right to keep and bear arms. Will you let them?

As evidenced by the anti-gun hit piece we’ve linked to below, Al Jazeera America is wasting no time going after the western way of life, and they’ve even focused on a gun seller right here in North Carolina. Don’t allow ignorant and dangerous statements like those that follow go unchallenged. Please go to this page, and leave a comment. Remind Al Jazeera, and the anti-gun types who support them, that this is the United States of America, and we’re not interested in being propagandized by oppressive, gun-grabbing monarchs from half way around the world. 

Why is Ted Cruz going to Mandela's memorial service?

Via Ryan


Cruz seems to be the best we've got which means we are totally screwed.

What do tea party aligned Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Massachusetts liberal Rep. Jim McGovern have in common?

Not a whole lot. But they are traveling to South Africa together to attend Nelson Mandela's memorial service.

The December 10 service at the Johannesburg soccer stadium will feature U.S. political luminaries, including President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Cruz's office did not indicate the freshman Senator has any connection to Mandela, but Cruz said in a statement that he was "honored" to be able to attend the event.

More @ CNN

Hunters Rescue A Locked Up Buck From Coyotes

NFL and nightclub firearms rules ‘putting guns on the street’ in Detroit


Proving once more that unintended consequences of “gun control” actually increase dangerous crime, The Detroit News reported Thursday that “Guns are being stolen from vehicles downtown, in part because nightclubs and the NFL ban firearms.”

Unable to bring their firearms into venues that ban them, many gun owners are nonetheless unwilling to travel to and from such locations without the means of defense, and are opting to have their firearms with them as long as they legally can, then storing them in their cars. Enterprising criminals, quick to catch on to new sources of opportunity created by “the law,” are now finding new sources of guns to steal thanks to the prohibitions.

More @ Examiner

The Life of Rommel

Via Nancy

Ecurie Ecosse vehicle collection brings in millions

Via szhaman

 Ecurie Ecosse

 It's rare to see an entire racing team's collection go up for auction at once, but that's just what happened this past weekend at Bonhams' new headquarters in London, where the above Ecurrie Ecosse collection brought in top dollar (or pound, anyway).

The collection, whose consignment we first reported on back in September, included a smattering of Jaguars, other classic racers and an iconic transporter truck, all decked out in the same blue and white livery of the Scottish flag. After reportedly feverish bidding on Sunday, the 1952 Jaguar C-Type sold for £2,900,000 ($4.75M), the '56 short-nose D-Type for another £2,600,000 ($4.26M), and the transporter for a shocking £1,800,000 (nearly $3 million) – all to the same unnamed American collector. A 1952 Jaguar XK120 roadster went to another buyer for a record £707,000 ($1.16M).

More @ Auto Blog

NC: Xerox calls police before layoffs at Cary call center

Via Busted Knuckles

Xerox called police to its Cary facility Friday morning just before laying off 168 employees.
The company called 911 around 6 a.m. to request a police presence at their Crescent Green Drive facility.

Cary Dispatch confirmed to ABC11 that Xerox said they "were expecting trouble."

There were no reports of trouble at the company after they laid off the employees from its call center operation. "Today we told employees and local government that we were closing call center operations for one specific line of business at our facility in Cary," said Bill McKee with Xerox's public relations department." These reductions, while very difficult decisions, reflect the changing business requirements of our clients. Our primary focus is on our employees."

More with video @ ABC

One big turtle

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A Union Just Voted To Kill A 40-Year Old Company and 5,500 Jobs

Via Angry Mike

 Atlantic Express

 Nearly a year after unionized school bus drivers in New York City went out on strike over the city’s plan to put its school bus routes out to competitive bidding, one of the nation’s largest school bus companies has announced it is closing its doors after union members voted to reject a contract that would have kept the company in business.

With its labor costs among the highest in the nation, Atlantic Express, a Staten Island, NY bus company attempted to negotiate a new contract with the Amalgamated Transit Union.
However, union members rejected the deal last week.

More @ Red State

Common Core Writing Assignment: Think Like a Nazi and Explain Why Jews Are Evil (Video)

Via Angry Mike

 A new Common Core writing assignment asks students to think like a Nazi and explain why Jews are evil.

This story first broke back in April:

More @ I'm 41

Paul: Unemployment Benefits Beyond 28 Weeks 'Disservice' to Workers'


Great point by Paul. We need handups, not handouts.

Check it out:

Sen. Rand Paul said on “Fox News Sunday”

More with video @ Conservative Byte

Knock out game backfires

 Via Conservative Byte

DISASTER AVERTED: TSA agent bravely confiscates sockmonkey’s gun


Thank God for the brave St. Louis TSA agent that stopped a sock monkey from getting a gun on a airplane.

May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.

“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film “True Grit.”

May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.

More @  Bearing Arms

Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack

Via Mike

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation: President Obama wasn't honest with the American people when he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a sarin-gas attack in that killed hundreds of civilians.

In early September, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States had proof that the nerve-gas attack was made on Assad's orders. "We know the Assad regime was responsible," President Obama told the nation in an address days after this revelation, which he said pushed him over the "red line" in considering military intervention.

But in a long story published Sunday for the London Review of Books, Hersh — best known for his exposés on the cover-ups of the My Lai Massacre and of Abu Ghraib – said the administration "cherry-picked intelligence," citing conversations with intelligence and military officials.

More @ Yahoo

Coming To A Fast Food Restaurant Near You: Machines That Won’t Be Paying SEIU Dues

Via Angry Mike

Robo Waiter

460,000 job losses due to union's higher wage push may be the tip of the iceberg.

 The quick-service restaurant (aka fast-food) industry is undergoing some cataclysmic changes.

On one hand, the Service Employees International Union and its hordes of astroturf allies are unleashing their four-year old scheme to unionize fast-food workers and drive up the wages of these workers to $15 an hour. Why?

Because, to the Marxist ideologues that run the SEIU and many of the groups that align themselves with the Purple People Eaters, market forces can be overridden by the demand that they are entitled to higher wages…and a union.

Not withstanding the fact that the fast-food industry has been traditionally populated by workers who are largely unskilled and, therefore, easily susceptible to being replaced, the SEIU and its cohorts believe that this is the future for today’s unions.

More @ RedState