President Barack Obama has launched a new initiative to get American
schools to teach computer science. Appearing at a Newark, New Jersey,
middle school, the president suggested that students, especially girls
and minorities, should learn "not just how to use a smartphone but to
create the apps for a smartphone."
If we lived in a country
where most students were graduating from high school with good English
and math skills and with a firm grasp of American history and
government, we might be in a position to make time for advanced computer
skills. But we don't. Only about 68 percent of Newark's students even
graduate from high school.
As for those students who do graduate,
not just in Newark but across the country, it seems that smartphone
skills come pretty naturally. Who hasn't seen a middle-aged adult
getting tutoring on his iPhone from a teenager?
progressive allies have been assiduously slanting the teaching of
American history and government to produce new generations of
left-leaning citizens -- that is, when they teach civics at all.
When MIT professor and Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber testified in front of Congress earlier this week about the lack of transparency used to deceive the American people about the Affordable Care Act, he claimed under oath, "I am not the architect of Obamacare." For reference, the dictionary definition of "architect" is "the deviser, maker or creator of anything."
During an exchange with
Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis, Gruber said he did not "draft the
legislation" and argued he was simply an adviser to the White House
before Obamacare was pushed through in 2010.
Whenever a discussion arises over the “best” shotgun of a particular
action type, the debate seems to center on a narrow group of brands.
Whether the conversation occurs in a duck blind or online forum, it
invariably proceeds thusly: What’s the better pump-action, a Remington 870 or Mossberg 500?
Often it’s as if the other brands do not exist, which is a shame,
because there are plenty of quality shotguns flying just a touch below
the radar. Sometimes they’re more affordable, sometimes not—but when I
see one in a hunter’s hands, I know he made a smart buying decision
rather than yielding to populist hype.
Here are five underrated shotguns that warrant consideration before your next purchase.
Congressional leaders hammer out deal to allow
pension plans to cut retiree benefits ... The measure would alter 40
years of federal law and could affect millions of workers. A measure
that would for the first time allow the benefits of current retirees to
be severely cut is set to be attached to a massive spending bill, part
of an effort to save some of the nation's most distressed pension plans.
– Washington Post
Dominant Social Theme: It is necessary to cut people's benefits so that the state does not become insolvent.
Free-Market Analysis: This is huge news, and it's definitely launched in a big way on the mainstream media.
As of this writing, the situation is still in flux but from what
we've read this legislation is taking place. Even if it doesn't happen
this time, it's part of a trend that will reoccur.
Yes, it is a really – really – big story. People's savings and
retirement benefits have been decimated by price and monetary inflation.
They've lost their jobs and been forced out of their homes. And now the
federal government is directly attacking pensions.
Fox News Network’s Alan Colmes had a special guest on Tuesday,
December 2, 2014. As so often happens on television, the guest was
“coming out of the closet”, though this had nothing to do with sexual
The guest, Chief Mark Kessler, formerly chief of the Borough of
Gilberton, Pennsylvania Police Department, explained why he got into
going after patriots, apparently with a total disregard for the
intention of the Second Amendment.
While many public school students complain about lunchtime mush that
meets White House calorie guidelines, President Barack Obama's daughters
are dining on gourmet meals at a posh private school in Washington.
School kids have been moaning about tasteless fare local governments
adopt to comply with first lady Michelle Obama’s war on the waistline
and posting photos of the mystery meals online.
The Sidwell Friends School, the $36,000-a-year private academy attended by Malia and Sasha Obama, also posts its menus on the Internet.
I tend to think you should tolerate someone who disagrees with your
point of view if they are decent enough to tolerate you. If it weren’t
for gentlemanly differences of opinion, America wouldn’t have a
horseracing industry. What you don’t have to put up with is someone who
is openly bigoted against you. If they hate you, you are under no
obligation to tolerate them at all.
The Slate Star Codex Blog is an acquired taste. This is a polite way of
saying that I’ve acquired it, but would understand it if others didn’t.
However, I’ll say without equivocation that they’ve taken home the
award for All-Time Great TL/DR Blog post with the entry “I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup” by Scott Alexander.
In fact, I’d argue it takes that award home in a brown paper bag like
a bottle of Scotch from the ABC. In it he explains why tolerance
should be selectively applied to only those who disagree with us in a
decent and respectful fashion.
San Diego-based Alternative Ballistics has introduced one of the most
terrifying “less lethal” alternatives I’ve ever seen, called “The
The single-use device is kept in a pouch on an officer’s duty belt,
and when the officer runs into an encounter where lethal force is
authorized, but not desired, he can then grab the device from the pouch
mounted on his support-hand side, and slide the entire device over the
muzzle of his duty weapon.
The device itself consists of a clear plastic “docking station” that
slides on to the end of the gun, and the projectile, which looks roughly
like a clown’s nose.
Watching these images one cannot help but feel terribly sad
and disappointed at how abuses like this are being sold as “necessary
protests” by figures like Barack Obama. (Yes, he called these Black
power protests “necessary” recently during a television interview.)
These businesses are owned by minority families who have risen up from
the Big Government plantation so many others among them have refused to
leave. For doing so, they are now being punished as a horde of looters
storm their life’s work and rob them at gunpoint.
This is America in the Age of Obama, and it is a horrible-horrible mess…
Today, I stopped caring about my fellow man. I stopped caring about
my community, my neighbors, and those I serve. I stopped caring today
because a once noble profession has become despised, hated, distrusted,
and mostly unwanted.
I stopped caring today because parents refuse to teach their kids
right from wrong and blame us when they are caught breaking the law. I
stopped caring today because parents tell their little kids to be good
or “the police will take you away” embedding a fear from year one. Moms
hate us in their schools because we frighten them and remind them of the
evil that lurks in the world.
Sideways? Maybe try it upside down next time, then you can be a true member of the hood........
An undercover police officer was photographed pointing his gun at
Garner/Ferguson protesters Wednesday evening in Oakland, Calif., as he
and his partner faced off with demonstrators.
Reuters photographer Noah Berger captured the stunning moment: