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August 14, 2012

This couldn’t happen here, could it?

Dear Lew and Brenda,

Yes it could—and is.

In fact, the title of the article below (highlights added), posted at the Gatestone Institute website, could just as easily be “How Political Correctness is Transforming American Education.” 

To find just one example, click here to check out the report we released earlier this year, “Education or Indoctrination: The Treatment of Islam in 6ththrough 12th Grade American Textbooks.”

You’ll learn that the typical textbook fails to note that the 9/11 terrorists were radical Muslims and fails to inform students that the state of Israel was created by a UN resolution in 1947.

Most of what is mentioned below is already beginning to happen in America. For example, a couple years ago students at a Boston-area middle school were taken on a field trip to a mosque. The boys were invited to kneel and pray while teachers stood by and did nothing. Can you imagine the outcry from faculty and the ACLU if this had happened at a Christian church?


How Political Correctness Is Transforming British Education

by Soeren Kern
http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3170/british-education-political-correctness#.UAQtSmOuuGk.facebook

In Cheshire, two students at the Alsager High School were punished by their teacher for refusing to pray to Allah as part of their religious education class.

In Scotland, 30 non-Muslim children from the Parkview Primary School recently were required to visit the Bait ur Rehman Ahmadiyya mosque in the Yorkhill district of Glasgow (videos here and here). At the mosque, the children were instructed to recite the shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith which states: “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.” Muslims are also demanding that Islamic preachers be sent to every school in Scotland to teach children about Islam, ostensibly in an effort to end negative attitudes about Muslims.

British schools are increasingly dropping the Jewish Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, according to a report entitled, Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills.

British teachers are also reluctant to discuss the medieval Crusades, in which Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem: lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

In an effort to counter “Islamophobia” in British schools, teachers now are required to teach “key Muslim contributions such as Algebra and the number zero” in math and science courses, even though the concept of zero originated in India.

In the East London district of Tower Hamlets, four Muslims were recently jailed for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls; and 85 out of 90 schools have implemented “no pork” policies.

Schools across Britain are, in fact, increasingly banning pork from lunch menus to avoid offending Muslim students. Hundreds of schools have adopted a “no pork” policy, according to a recent report by the London-based Daily Telegraph.

The culinary restrictions join a long list of politically correct changes that gradually are bringing hundreds of British primary and secondary education into conformity with Islamic Sharia law.

The London Borough of Haringey, a heavily Muslim district in North London, is the latest school district to switch to a menu that is fully halal (religiously permissible for Muslims).

The Haringey Town Council recently issued “best practice” advice to all schools in its area to “ban all pork products in order to cater for the needs of staff and pupils who are not permitted contact with these for religious reasons.”

Local politicians have criticized the new policy as pandering to Muslims, and local farmers, who have pointed out that all schools in Britain already offer vegetarian options, have accused school administrators of depriving non-Muslim children of a choice.

Following an outcry from non-Muslim parents, the town council removed the guidance from its website, although the new policy remains in place.

At the Cypress Junior School, in Croydon, south London, school administrators announced in the school newsletter dated June 1, 2012 that the school has opted for a pork-free menu “as a result of pupil and parental feedback.”

The announcement states: “Whilst beef, chicken, turkey and fish will all feature, as well as the daily vegetarian and jacket potato or pasta option, the sausages served will now be chicken rather than pork.”

In Luton, an industrial city some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of London where more than 15% of the population is now Muslim, 23 out of 57 schools have banned pork.

In the City of Bradford, a borough of West Yorkshire in Northern England where there are now twice as many practicing Muslims that there are practicing Anglicans, 24 out of 160 schools have eliminated pork from their menus. In Newham (East London), 25 out of 75 schools have banned pork.

Other pork-free schools include Cranford Park Primary School in Hayes (Middlesex), and Dog Kennel Hill Primary in East Dulwich (South London).

The Borough of Harrow in northwest London was among the first in Britain to encourage halal menus. In 2010, Harrow Council announced plans to ban pork in the borough’s 52 state primary schools, following a switch by ten secondary schools to offer halal-only menus.

According to the UK-based National Pig Association, which represents commercial pork producers, “It is disappointing that schools cannot be sufficiently organized to give children a choice of meat. Sausages and roast pork are staples of a British diet and children enjoy eating them. If products can be labeled with warnings that they contain nuts and vegetarian dishes can be made and kept separate from meat dishes, [we] don’t see why the same can’t apply to pork.”

Lunch menus are not the only area in which “cultural sensitivity” is escalating in British schools.

In West Yorkshire, the Park Road Junior Infant and Nursery School in Batley has banned stories featuring pigs, including “The Three Little Pigs,” in case they offend Muslim children.

In Nottingham, the Greenwood Primary School cancelled a Christmas nativity play; it interfered with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. In Scarborough, the Yorkshire Coast College removed the words Christmas and Easter from their calendar not to offend Muslims.

Also in Cheshire, a 14-year-old Roman Catholic girl who attends Ellesmere Port Catholic High School was branded a truant by teachers for refusing to dress like a Muslim and visit a mosque.

In Stoke-on-Trent, schools have been ordered to rearrange exams, cancel swimming lessons and stop sex education during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In Norwich, theKnowland Grove Community First School has axed the traditional Christmas play to “look at some of the other great cultural festivals of the world.”

Meanwhile, the politically correct ban on pigs in Britain also extends to toys for children. A toy farm set called HappyLand Goosefeather Farm recently removed pigs in order to avoid offending Muslims.

The pig removal came to public attention after a British mother bought the toy as a present for her daughter’s first birthday. Although the set contained a model of a cow, sheep, chicken, horse and dog, there was no pig, despite there being a sty and a button which generated an “oink” sound.

After the mother complained, the Early Learning Centre (ELC), which manufactures the toy, responded: “Previously the pig was part of the Goosefeather Farm. However due to customer feedback and religious reasons this is no longer part of the farm.”

After a public outcry, however, ELC later reversed its decision: “We recognize that pigs are familiar farm animals, especially for our UK customers. We have taken the decision to reinstate the pig and to no longer sell the set in international markets where it might create an issue.”

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For two years now I have been screaming from these pages about LOST   (Law of the Seas Treaty)    the United Nations treaty to take America away from Americans.  President Obama of course has been mucho behind this as have a great many other Democrats who hate America.   (If you need more information on LOST please see my topic cloud at the bottom of the right hand column for my articles and references. )  anyhow, the Conservatives won and Lost was as the headline says SUNK! Thank  God and We the People who have  made the phone calls and emails and letters to put pressure on to defeat this monster again in Congress.   But please don’t make the mistake of forgetting it because just as it has raised it nasty head before this with other Presidents it will come again.  Evil does not die and neither doses it go away; the United Nations is EVIL.

From the Heritage Action for America Newsletter:

Conservative Pressure Sinks LOST
Brenda,It’s official. Thanks to conservatives, the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is effectively sunk.For months, conservatives across the country have been calling and emailing their Senators in an effort to push them to oppose this UN treaty. Since then, a steady stream of Senators have come out in opposition to the dangerously-flawed treaty.

>> See which Senators stood strong and opposed LOST.

Thanks to the dedication of conservatives like you, thousands of phone calls went into offices of the Senators who had not yet signed onto the letter. And thanks to those calls, the final six Senators needed to stop the treaty indicated their opposition.

>> Find out which Senators are standing up for America’s sovereignty.

President Obama and Senator John Kerry tried to hand over America’s sovereignty, but because of the hard work of grassroots conservatives like you, our nation and economic  future are more secure.

From the whole Heritage Action team, we want to thank you for standing up for sovereignty and convincing your Senators to oppose this treaty.

Sincerely,

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

P.S. The support of conservative Americans has been critical in this fight. Learn how you can be a part of supporting Heritage Action as we continue to fight conservative battles.

 

 

Here are some very good articles from Project to Restore America that I thought you might want to read.    I would especially point out the three articles :

Warning: Three signs point to an extreme development in gold and crude oil
“The groundwork is being laid for major events… I would recommend protecting yourself accordingly…”

 MUST-READ: The biggest Federal Reserve “money printing” in history could be coming soon
“The Fed has been playing a very, very dangerous game…”
 Jim Rogers: Coming U.S. “fiscal cliff” is “very, very dire”
“I assure you the economy is going to slow down and slow down a lot…”

in light of what happened this past week.  FOX BUSINESS NEWS had several guest  commentators and economist this past Thursday and Friday who were  adamant that a big fall into another recession (depression really!) is coming and coming very soon.  These articles  seem to echo what they were predicting.

The first article features is by John Stossel.  John is a Libertarian and in many ways I lean in that direction because what he says just plain makes sense.  He is on a tour promoting his newest book “No they Can’t”  about the failure of government programs and on the tour is visiting many colleges and universities.  I was  gratified to see that several colleges are actually using Stossel’s TV broadcast in teaching economic truths.  Unfortunately these are small colleges and universities with down to earth people and not the big liberal/progressive communist control schools we hear so much about.  I went to one of these small down to earth colleges thank goodness, but when I began teaching i was swamped by those who had been indoctrinated.  BB

Keeping Business Honest
By John Stossel
Friday, June 01, 2012

Instinctively, we look for people’s motives. We need to know whom we can trust and whom we can’t. We’re especially skeptical of business because we know business wants our money.

It took me too long to understand that business’s desire for profit is a good thing. To get our money, businesses — if they can’t look to the government for favors — need to give us what we want. Then they must make continuous improvements and do it better than the competition does.

That competition is enough to protect consumers. But that’s not intuitive. It’s intuitive to assume that competition isn’t really consumer protection and that experts at the FDA, FTC, DEA, FCC, CPSC, OSHA and so on must protect us. These experts consult “responsible” businessmen for advice on creating rules to make sure businesses meets minimum “standards.” 

Unfortunately, this standardization stops innovation.

We are imprinted to be wary of newcomers, strangers. Newcomers by definition are less experienced. Maybe they’ll do something unsafe or dishonest! We don’t want government to stop them from doing business — we just want consumers protected! Governments claim to do that by licensing businesses.

People like the idea of licensing. We license drivers. We license dogs. It seems prudent. People naively think this government seal of approval makes us safer.

This naiveté is used to justify all sorts of rules that kill competition.

Las Vegas regulators require anyone who wants to start a limousine business to prove his new business is needed and, worse, will not “adversely affect other carriers.” But every new business intends to beat its competitors. That’s the point. Competition is good for us. Las Vegas’ anticompetitive licensing rules mean limo customers pay more.

In Nashville, Tenn., regulators ruled it illegal for a limo to charge less than $45 a ride. One entrepreneur had won customers by charging half that, but the new regulations mean the established car service businesses no longer have to worry about him.

Perhaps Nashville’s and Vegas’ regulators really believe “this is an area where the free market doesn’t work,” as the manager of the Nevada Transportation Services Authority put it. But it’s fishy that charging big fees for licenses just happens to be a very effective shakedown operation.

Vegas cab and limousine businesses give “substantial” donations to Vegas-area political candidates, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Our big government has justified its existence (at least since the Progressive Era) by claiming it is a “countervailing influence” to corporate power — when it is, in fact, incestuously entwined with corporations.

The list of business activities that government insists on licensing, supposedly for our sake, includes hair braiders in Mississippi, wooden-casket makers and florists in Louisiana and even yoga instructors in Virginia.

Established businesses always try to use government to handcuff competition. When margarine was first developed, the dairy industry got Wisconsin legislators to pass a law making margarine illegal. Several states ruled that margarine was “deceptive,” since it might be mistaken for butter. Some required a bright pink dye be added to make margarine look different. An “oleomargarine bootlegger” was thrown in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

When supermarkets were invented, small grocers tried to ban them. “A&P will dominate the grocery business and destroy Main Street,” the grocers claimed. Minnesota legislators responded by passing a law that forbade supermarkets to put food “on sale.” 

Established capitalists are often capitalism’s biggest enemies.

I used to believe that licensing doctors and lawyers protected consumers, but now I realize that licensing is always an expensive restraint of trade. It certainly hasn’t barred quacks and shysters.

Licensing is unnecessary. It creates a false sense of security, raises costs, stifles innovation and takes away consumer choice.


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I don’t deny that there is fraud in business. I won Emmys for exposing it. Fraud is one of three crimes that must be policed and punished for the market to function (theft and physical assault are the others). Once that’s done, however, as long as there is open competition, honesty pretty much takes care of itself.

Free competition — the striving for a good reputation — protects consumers better than government ever will.

John Stossel is host of “Stossel” on the Fox Business Network. He’s the author of “Give Me a Break” and of “Myth, Lies, and Downright Stupidity.” To find out more about John Stossel, visit his site at http://www.johnstossel.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com

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Once again, thank you for sending us your e-mails. We can’t respond individually, but we read and consider all of them. Send your question, comment, or complaint tojohn@theprojecttorestoreamerica.com orwendy@theprojecttorestoreamerica.com.

 One of the never mentioned aspects of taxing the rich or those who are more successful at earning money is that by doing so you relinquish the foundational principles of equality under the law and our Constitution. Why should one person who earns a large sum be treated any differently than one who earns little? They are each only one person. To use the lame brained argument of the left. Taxing one man/woman more than another is unfair. – Peter 

Heffern comment: This is a good point. The numbers from the Census Bureau show taxing individuals not only undermines the principles outlined in the Constitution, but also creates an entitlement culture. For instance, according to the first-quarter 2011 Census Bureau figures (the most recent data available), nearly half of all Americans live in a household getting a government check. Fifteen percent of Americans live in a household on food stamps. Twenty six percent of households have someone enrolled in Medicaid, two percent have someone getting unemployment benefits, sixteen percent have someone receiving Social Security benefits, and fifteen percent have someone enrolled in Medicare.

 [I] believe income taxes, even a flat 20%, are immoral. It is why property taxes are immoral. It creates a system where those who achieve and earn more essentially get punished for having done so. I realize government service is nebulous, and that many people believe we should help those less fortunate, but that is always an individual choice. If you hire an accountant, such as I, you will request a fee for service. That fee will be fairly close to the same fee for the same service that anyone else would try to negotiate for my services. That’s how the market works: Same thing at the grocery store where you pay the same amount for a loaf of bread as do I. Nobody cares how much you make. You and I the customers compete for those loaves of bread and pay a price commensurate with the store’s ability to supply the bread. – Jeff 

Bidwell comment: Jeff, I understand your argument. However, according to the Constitution, the U.S. government is also supposed to provide infrastructure and national security. Mind you, national security should be more intelligence-focused than on creating bureaucratic departments like the Department for Homeland Security.

Our infrastructure needs to continue to evolve in these modern times, so I support some taxes even though none would be really nice. Consider a current situation… Americans for Prosperity is putting pressure on lawmakers in the form of a phone campaign to tell elected officials to oppose tax increases to pay for the new Silver Line. I agree there should be no tax increases for this train that would connect Washington, D.C. to Dulles International Airport, which is probably much-needed. However, if everyone kept 80% of their income, we should be able to invest in new trains like this. This demonstrates that our government uses Americans’ tax dollars to focus on initiatives outside what the government was intended to focus on while ignoring what it should handle.  

recent articles

Why Scott Rasmussen is optimistic the political class will surrender…
By Wendy Bidwell
Thursday, May 31, 2012
“I think the situation we’re in today was brought about because a political class pursued their own agenda. They ignored voters, they misled voters, they have understated the deficit.” — Scott Rasmussen
Political Responsibility and the Public Loss of Confidence in the Government
By Takashi Shiraishi
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The revolt of the regions and the formation of new national political groupings are important developments for Japanese politics. But they will not bring about an immediate restoration of popular confidence in the political system. The only way to restore confidence is for the government to produce results.
Can we solve this with more freedom?
By Penn Jillette
Friday, May 25, 2012
It is important to “tell the truth as you see it.” What do I believe, what is in my heart? Only when you are open to new information are you able to then open other people’s eyes to the real issues.
Oklahomans Embrace Income-Tax Cuts, Spending Cuts
By Pat McFerron
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Overall, a slight majority of Oklahomans favor a 10-year phaseout (51 percent favor vs. 30 percent oppose).
Why Would an Obstetrician from Oklahoma Run for Senate? Tom Coburn Explains…
By Wendy Bidwell
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
John Adams warned that democracies never last long. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide. So how do we cheat history so that we don’t go in the dustbin of history of other democracies as we wander away from this wonderful freedom we’ve been given? Or diminish it… And with that, diminish our opportunity.
classics

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
 Warning: Three signs point to an extreme development in gold and crude oil
“The groundwork is being laid for major events… I would recommend protecting yourself accordingly…”
Friday, May 25, 2012
 MUST-READ: The biggest Federal Reserve “money printing” in history could be coming soon
“The Fed has been playing a very, very dangerous game…”
Thursday, May 31, 2012
 Jim Rogers: Coming U.S. “fiscal cliff” is “very, very dire”
“I assure you the economy is going to slow down and slow down a lot…”
Thursday, May 31, 2012
 DISGUSTING: This outrageous story on Greece and the euro crisis left us speechless
You may want to sit down before reading…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
 Gold could be on the verge of a “waterfall event”
The next big move in gold could soon begin…

You might easily have guessed that Obama would push for the United Nations’s “Treaty of the Seas” or “LOST Law of the Seas Treaty”.  This treaty is DANGEROUS as it would give the United Nations control of not only the oceans but of all navigable waterways  (meaning even a pond on which you can fl;oat a canoe!). The United Nations under this treaty will also have the right to any products from the sea or sea bed ( fish, sea food of any kind, oil, treasure from sunken vessels, and any thing else that comes from the water ways  and remember these waterways are not just the oceans even though the treaty implies by it’s name that only the seas or oceans will be involved.) I have blogged on this before if you want to search my blog for the previous post.  And/or read this newsletter from The Heritage for Action for America  Conservative group and go to the web sites recommended.   But what ever you do please inform yourself and then contact your representatives and Senators.   Obama is afraid he may lose this election and he and those who hate America are in high gear to do as much damage as possible before he is put out of office.  Now and until Romney is sworn into office we must keep a sharp eye on this monster.  BB

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New Push for Old, Dangerous Treaty
Brenda,

 

The Obama Administration is pushing for the ratification of another dangerous treaty. Known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), this United Nations treaty threatens American sovereignty by creating a new international organization to administer 70 percent of the earth’s surface.

We don’t need another unaccountable international agency, which is why the Senate has refused to ratify LOST for three decades. But now, led by President Obama, liberals and radical environmentalists are beginning a new push for ratification.

>> Learn just how dangerous the Law of the Sea Treaty is.

Under Article 82, the Jamaica-based International Seabed Authority will seize royalties from offshore oil drilling and distribute them to developing nations – even some that may sponsor terrorism. Beyond that, the treaty would require the U.S. to engage in mandatory dispute resolution, which could lead to a U.N.-imposed cap-and-trade style regime.

The House of Representatives has already sent a clear message: the Senate should reject LOST, and if they do not, conservatives in the House will make sure this dangerous treaty cannot be implemented. Undeterred, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is planning to ratify this fatally flawed treaty during Lame Duck.

>>Arm yourself with the facts: see all the reasons this treaty is fatally flawed.

Get the facts now, so that you can stop the liberal push to ratify this dangerous treaty. Thanks for your support in keeping America free.

 

Sincerely,

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

How many times must the fact that lowering taxes  and allowing people to decide how and where to spend their money actually  grows the economy?   Here is another country that has come thru the current mess the world is in by lowering taxes.  Will we never learn!!?  BB

MUST-READ: Incredible evidence the U.S. and Europe are making a horrible mistake
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
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From Carpe Diem:

From the U.K. Spectator’s report on the amazing success of supply-side economics in Sweden and finance minister Anders Borg, the man behind it:

“When Europe’s finance ministers meet for a group photo, it’s easy to spot the rebel — Anders Borg has a ponytail and earring. What actually marks him out, though, is how he responded to the crash. While most countries in Europe borrowed massively, Borg did not. Since becoming Sweden’s finance minister, his mission has been to pare back government. His ‘stimulus’ was a permanent tax cut. To critics, this was fiscal lunacy. Borg, on the other hand, thought lunacy meant repeating the economics of the 1970s and expecting a different result.

Three years on, it’s pretty clear who was right. “Look at Spain, Portugal, or the UK, whose governments were arguing for large temporary stimulus,” he says. “Well, we can see that very little of the stimulus went to the economy. But they are stuck with the debt.” Tax-cutting Sweden, by contrast, had the fastest growth in Europe last year, when it also celebrated the abolition of its deficit. The recovery started just in time for the 2010 Swedish election, in which the Conservatives were re-elected for the first time in history.

All this has taken Borg from curiosity to celebrity. The Financial Times recently declared him the most effective finance minister in Europe.

“Everybody was told ‘stimulus, stimulus, stimulus’,” he says — referring to the EU, IMF, and the alphabet soup of agencies urging a global, debt-fueled spending splurge. Borg, an economist, couldn’t work out how this would help. “It was surprising that Europe, given what we experienced in the 1970s and ’80s with structural unemployment, believed that short-term Keynesianism could solve the problem.” Non-economists, he says, “might have a tendency to fall for those kinds of messages.”

He continued to cut taxes and cut welfare-spending to pay for it. He even cut property taxes for the rich to lure entrepreneurs back to Sweden. The last bit was the most unpopular, but for Borg, economic recovery starts with…
 
Read full article…

More on taxes and the economy:

Doug Casey: What you must know about taxes now

Awesome video shows why the U.S. debt crisis is not what it seems

The simple reason higher tax rates can’t solve America’s debt crisis

The election of a Socialist as President  in France this week  proves beyond a doubt that human beings  once they become accustomed  to living on someone else’s money will cut off their own noses in order to keep the gravy train rolling for as long as possible.   France has no money!  France is broken!  But the people have had cradle to grave entitlements for too long and so they refuse to accept the truth of their economy.

The news and pundits have all had much to say about the situation in Europe and speculate on what it means to the European Union, the Euro and of course the  United States.     I had some choice words and opinions bout the French  but then I never did have a great deal of respect for them as a people or a government so  my words are best not repeated here.  Fact is, I don’t know how to spell some of the words!   After reading several reports I thought this one from The Patriotic Post was pretty good at explaining the situation and especially in explaining the men involved.  In 2008 the people of the United States  put a community organizer  shouting about “Hope and Change”  in office.  The only qualification this man had for being a president of a country was the ability to read a teleprompter  well. Three and a half years later we all know what this utter lack of ability has meant to our country.  We fell for “hope and change” not even knowing what that “hope and change” was and merely believing  the “ONE” had arrived and miracles would abound.  At least the French  out of laziness and stupidity were voting for their greedy little  handouts, retirement from all work at age 50 after a career of 10 week paid vacations each year. Nevertheless, what they did will most certainly affect us.  So for all it’s worth, read on. BB

Chronicle · May 9, 2012

The Foundation

“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.” –James Madison

Editorial Exegesis

French election: Hollande defeats Sarkozy

“François Hollande has become the newly elected president of France more by luck than by any quality he might possess. Almost anonymous, he has no ministerial experience. His platform nonetheless raised expectations mightily that he would be able to find employment and entitlements where Nicolas Sarkozy had failed to do so. (In France it is impossible to fire a worker once hired regardless of how lazy or incompetent they are.  Consequently unemployment especially among the young is horrendous.  The government tried to change this law just a bit by allowing employers to fire recent hires if they didn’t work out.  there were riots in the streets!  BB) Voters could conclude that there are jobs for all and everyone richer than them will pay more taxes. He likes to promise that France is not doomed to austerity, because he still believes that socialism is the magic formula for growth, and can simply be ordered up. When originally elected, Sarkozy proposed what he called rupture, meaning reform of the centralized powers of the state so traditional in France. Nothing of the kind then took place. In the campaign for reelection, this habitually competitive and ambitious man found himself unable convincingly to claim credit for achievements. … Poor and insincere as Sarkozy’s campaign was, in reality the Euro-crisis left him without a chance. No present head of government can hope to win an election in a Europe irrevocably tied to the single currency and the political structure erected in Brussels to enforce it. In the gathering climate of economic and political disaster, Sarkozy is the eleventh in a succession of office-holders in one nation after another to go down in electoral defeat. Germany sets the terms for Europe, and François Hollande now has to discover whether Chancellor Angela Merkel, the architect of austerity, is willing to permit a forlorn attempt at socialist-induced growth. She had let it be known that she wanted the like-minded Sarkozy to win. But then she herself has already lost regional elections, and until and unless something changes with Brussels and the euro, she too is likely to join the lengthening list of rejected European office-holders.” —National Review

What is the solution to the EU crisis?

Upright

“Higher taxes now, spending cuts later. That was the ‘balanced approach’ President Obama and the Democrats tried to force Republicans to accept last August. … The exact same story has been playing out in Europe. … Problem is, Europe has not been cutting spending. Mercatus Center Senior Fellow Veronique de Rugy has crunched the numbers and found that among some of Europe’s worst economies (Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Italy) government spending cuts have either been tiny or non-existent. … France and the United Kingdom have yet to cut spending at all. … Obama’s plan for the United States is identical to the new Socialist government’s plan for France: higher spending and taxes now, spending cuts later.” –Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll

“Europe is tremendously wealthy and productive, but Europeans sabotaged themselves by embracing the foolish idea that they could have an economic union without a political union. They are also paying the price for failing to come to terms with actuarial realities; their populations are graying. Without reforms of pension and other benefits, they cannot sustain their standard of living. Rather than face their own corruption, the Greeks principally, but also other Europeans, are disintegrating into raging extremists blaming anyone and everyone else. That’s the object lesson for us. Here, Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are promising Americans more of this fool’s gold — limitless government benefits with costs imposed on someone else (‘the rich’ or future generations). It’s an engraved invitation to Athens.” –columnist Mona Charen

“What is the history of the ‘raise taxes and reduce spending’ compromise that is so popular in elite circles today? It is this: We get the tax increases but not the spending cuts. After having already enacted major tax cuts in 1982, Ronald Reagan agreed to raise business and excise taxes in exchange for spending reductions. Taxes went up, but so did spending by $450 billion. President George H.W. Bush cut a similar deal with Democrats. Again, we got the taxes but the spending cuts never materialized. There is simply no proven way to guarantee that the spending-cuts part of the compromise will be implemented. Is it any wonder that Republicans are taking a hard line of this?” –former senator Fred Thompson

“Conservatives should refuse to cede the compassion argument to the left. There is more to caring than pumping an ever-increasing share of taxpayer dollars into programs that do virtually nothing to lift people out of poverty. And there is certainly nothing compassionate about standing idly on the sidelines while these programs bankrupt the federal government.” –blogger Morgen Richmond

Insight

“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” –theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

“Never blame a legislative body for not doing something. When they do nothing, they don’t hurt anybody. When they do something is when they become dangerous.” –American humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Essential Liberty

“Free enterprise isn’t an economic alternative. It’s a moral imperative. It’s the means by which we can achieve our God-given right to what our Founders called ‘the pursuit of happiness.’ Only free enterprise allows us to find our own happiness by leading the lives we wish to live. Only free enterprise serves the goal of true, merit-based fairness. Only free enterprise really allows us to help the poor in massive numbers. We have to reclaim the moral high ground from the statists, and explain why free enterprise is the only truly fair, moral, and virtuous economic system. We are right for material reasons, and more importantly, we are right for moral reasons. We have to make that case first.” –Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute

The Demo-gogues

If only this were true: “We believe the free market is one of the greatest forces for progress in human history; that businesses are the engine of growth; that risk-takers and innovators should be rewarded.” –Barack Obama   (Liar, liar, pants on fire!   (Again I had to clean up my act before typing. BB)

Don’t let go of failure: “We have come too far to abandon the change we fought for these past few years. We have to move forward, to the future we imagined in 2008, where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. … We measure prosperity not just by our total GDP; not just by how many billionaires we produce, but how well the typical family is doing — whether they can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them. … So if you’re willing to stick with me, if you’re willing to fight with me, and press on with me; if you’re willing to work even harder in this election than you did in the last election, I guarantee you — we will move this country forward.” –Barack Obama

Spending = compassion: “When you’re talking about cutting meals on wheels, when you’re talking about cutting food stamps which actually is money that goes directly to small businesses markets in communities versus giving tax subsidies to farming corporations, these are the type of cuts that the Republicans are talking about.” –Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)

How should conservatives frame the argument over compassion?

Deliberate or gaffe? “Look, I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual men marrying women are entitled to the same exact rights — all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that.” –Joe Biden

Dezinformatsia  (These people are beyond insane!  BB)

Non Compos Mentis: “Now we know that Mitt Romney loves to paint the president as a European-style socialist, which is incredible. … [Romney] supports Paul Ryan’s budget. He wants to go cut, cut, cut. It’s not [the] president — it’s him! He’s the European socialist!” –MSNBC’s Martin Bashir

Media campaign: “President Obama has done more for gay and lesbian Americans than any president in history. … Yet he faces endless criticism from LGBT activists for not embracing the word marriage publicly. … What’s troubling about the criticism he has endured is that it indicates that President Obama is being held to a different, tougher standard than other leaders. … Lesson number one, can start with asking themselves the question: Are you holding the president to a tougher standard because deep down inside you don’t really trust him? And if the answer to that question is yes, perhaps the next question you should ask yourself is why?” –MSNBC contributor Keli Goff

Non sequitur: “[A]s a true conservative, what could be more conservative than a committed relationship between a man and a man or a woman and a woman who want to embrace the sanctity of marriage? I simply do not understand the position by true conservatives who say that they don’t believe in committed relationships.” –NBC’s Andrea Mitchell

Misinformation: “[Friday’s] jobs report was a mixed bag of course. 115,000 jobs were added to payrolls in April. The unemployment rate did drop to 8.1 percent, the lowest rate since President Obama took office.” –MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (“As the … Bureau of Labor Statistics clearly shows, the unemployment rate was 7.3 percent when Obama was sworn in.” –Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard)

Blame game: “We now have history’s first draft of the story of this Congress. There is so much political fog right now that it is hard to get a clear view of the reason for the dysfunction on Capitol Hill. But three new books take a step back to get a clear look at the fray, and all three conclude that no-holds-barred, right-wing politics is to be blamed.” –Fox News’ Juan Williams

Newspulper Headlines:

Out on a Limb: “Romney’s Team Sees a Path to Winning the Presidency” –McClatchy Newspapers

Shortest Books Ever Written: “What Everyone Can Learn From John Edwards” –U.S. News & World Report website

What’ll This Be, Wife No. 4?: “Gingrich Ends White House Bid, Will Remain Engaged” –Associated Press

News You Can Use: “‘Death Is One of the Most Important Things in Life'” –Daily News (Bowling Green, KY)

Bottom Stories of the Day: “Obama Knocks Romney in First 2012 Campaign Rally” –Reuters

(Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

Village Idiots

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: “I certainly think President Obama has sent a very clear message of respect and appreciation of all religions, and in particular of Islam.” –Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Warmism: “In the 21st Century, the reality is that there are environmental threats which constitute threats to our national security. For example, the area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security: rising sea levels, to severe droughts, to the melting of the polar caps, to more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.” –Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

Remedial economics needed: “If ‘business as usual’ conditions continue, economic contractions the size of the Great Recession or even bigger will be needed to reduce atmospheric levels of CO2. … One solution that has promise is a carbon tax levied on any activity producing CO2 in order to create incentives to reduce emissions. The money would be returned to the population on a per capita basis so the tax would not mean any extra fiscal burden.” –researcher Jose Tapia Granados calling for another economic slowdown to combat global warming

Breaking wind for climate change: “[O]ur calculations suggest these dinosaurs may have produced more methane than all the modern sources, natural and human, put together.” –co-researcher David Wilkinson on his latest breakthrough study with St. Andrews University professor Graeme Ruxton that dinosaurs created their own fatal climate change

Hollywood endorsements: “I think [Obama’s] done a good job. He’s done other things that maybe he should have been a little stronger about, people will complain. But it’s not easy to be president of the United States. … And I think he’s doing — I give him credit, and I hope he does — I know he’ll do better in the next four years, when he won’t have to worry whether he’s going to be elected or not.” –actor Robert De Niro

Short Cuts  (These people get the picture!  BB)

“[S]elf-absorption is part of the occupational hazard of politics, and it’s also part of the job description of being president. All that said, try to imagine Dwight Eisenhower talking about D-Day saying, ‘I did this. I decided this. I did this and then I did that.’ It’s inconceivable. That comparison between Obama and Eisenhower illustrated the problem for the president. If you struck from Barack Obama’s vocabulary the first-person singular pronoun, he would fall silent, which would be a mercy to us and a service to him, actually.” –political analyst George Will

“Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said, ‘climate change has a dramatic impact on national security.’ When you slash the military’s budget to pay for failed solar companies — yeah, it does.” –Fred Thompson

“President Obama admitted that a former girlfriend that he wrote about in his autobiography was made up and not a real person. So Obama had an imaginary girlfriend. Big deal! He had an imaginary economic plan. It’s all the same.” –comedian Jay Leno

“The Obama campaign created a fictitious woman named ‘Julia’ to illustrate government services it will offer women throughout their lives. For instance, if Julia starts a worthless solar company, she’ll still get billions of taxpayer dollars.” –NewsBusted’s Jodi Miller

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
Nate Jackson for The Patriot Post Editorial Team

I have urged you all to become well acquainted with the United Nation’s Agenda 21 because this evil is fast over taking American cities.  The North Carolina Patriots organization of which I am a member has a good video and several documents that explains  Agenda 21 very well i think.  BB

Agenda 21 – Sustainable Development

Have you heard of UN Agenda 21?

 

Even if you haven’t heard of Agenda 21, you may recognize some of these terms:  Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, Public Private Partnerships, Alternative Energy, Green Jobs.

 

UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21 was issued in 1992 at the UN’s Earth Summit.

 

Take a look at the video and the document from the American Policy Center.  It looks as though we need to get familiar with this subject

 

If you can, please attend An Overview of Agenda 21 in Charlotte, NC on January 5, 2012.

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Agenda 21 is the United Nations Plan for “Sustainable Development”.  This blueprint for global transformation sounds wonderful on the surface.

 

But, this agenda, signed by 179 nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, binds governments around the world to a plan for changing the way we eat, learn, communicate and live.

 

Please add information that you find about Agenda 21 and in particular where you see it in NC (we already know that Asheville, Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Chatham County, Durham, Orange County, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem are on board).  Add suggestions about what we can do too!

 

Links that may be helpful:

Gaspee Gazette  A North Carolina Blog with good information about Agenda 21 and related subjects.

Agenda 21  The Document from the UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs Division for Sustainable Carolina JournalDevelopment.

ICLEI  International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives – Local Governements for Sustainability.

Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson from American Policy Center

Democrats Against U. N. Agenda 21 Life-Long Democrats who are aware of the negative impacts on local, regional and national government.

The Post Sustainability Institute  What happens after the imposition of Communitarianism.

Agenda 21 – Glenn Beck 6/15/2011

Agenda 21 – this will make your hair stand up  Ruthie’s excellent overview posted in As A Mom’s The Water Cooler.

Is The Soros-Sponsored ‘Agenda 21’ A Hidden Plan For World Government?  06 14 2011 Article from The Blaze

Agenda 21: The U.N.’s Plan to Rule Your Life from NC Freedom

Agenda 21 Update: Family Farms Are Under Attack 07 31 2011 Article from The Blaze

The Hollow Halo of Sustainability 09 09 2011 Article from Carolina Journal

Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Planning Project

Senator Burr and Agenda 21 from NC Tea Party

Newt Gingrich Rips Agenda 21 posted at Reboot Congress

Agenda 21 Presentation in Raleigh November 12, 2011

As A Mom Agenda 21 from top to bottom

The Blueprint for a Healthier Generation, 2020: Interventions for Promoting Active Living & Supporting Healthy Eating for Mecklenburg County Youth  Wow, Agenda 21 is everywhere.

RNC Adopts Resolution Exposing Agenda21

Sustain Charlotte 11 02 2010

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