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This is your potential fate: What happens when you question “Common Core” in America

by Douglas J. Hagmann on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

This is article 214 of 254 in the topic Education

The “re-education of the masses” is moving quickly now, especially when it involves our children.  Enter Common Core, an educational initiative surreptitiously sweeping America. By those who understand it, it is a “Trojan Horse,” according Ms. Orlean Koehle, an expert on what Common Core is – and what it’s not, and what it doing to our children from elementary school through high school. Ms. Orlean Koehle was  a recent guest on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report and explained the dangers of this deceptive program.

What happens when an informed citizen dares to question the agenda of those pushing Common Core on our children? In one case, Robert Small, an attendee at a meeting of the Baltimore County Schools, became frustrated when his questions were ignored and went unanswered. Rather than settling for the dog-and-pony show, he stood up and demanded answers, only to be physically removed from the meeting and charged with second degree assault of a police officer. For asking questions, Mr. Small now faces up to ten-(10) years in prison. (Click on the image at left to watch the video of Mr. Small getting his questioned answered… um… being removed from the meeting for daring to ask “unapproved and unscripted” questions.

Prior to his abrupt departure from the room, Mr. Small stated: “I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of the Common Core standards isn’t to prepare kids for full-fledged universities, it’s to prepare them for community college…..Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political game. This is a public town hall… Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public…. Parents, you need to question these people…. (emphasis by this author).

The Hagmann & Hagmann Report is committed to confront these petty tyrants wherever and whenever possible, and expose these Marxists exactly for who and what they are.

play  Listen to the interview with Orlean Koehle describe, in detail, what Common Core is and who (and what) is behind it. Click here to listen (advance to the second hour).

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What is Common Core?

“Common Core State Standards Initiative” is the latest education program coming down from the Obama administration, preparing the way for Obama’s “Race to the Top Assessments,” which will take place in 2014, when all the computer software is in place to test the minds of the nation’s children to see how well Common Core (CC) has been sufficiently taught. The test will be given online, as are most of the lessons preparing for it.

CC pretends to be a benign “State” program, State-written and controlled. It is touted as being “more rigorous” and will “better prepare students for college and the workplace.” However, none of the  above is true. CC is really a deceptive Trojan Horse, a national program, written by a national cartel, supported by President Obama and the Federal Department of Education. It is imposing national standards and curriculum on all of the 46 States that have signed onto it. [Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, and Virginia have refused it. Minnesota has adopted the English, but not the math.] READ IT ALL HERE.

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Too Much Trayvon and George

by Alan Caruba on Sunday, July 21st, 2013

This is article 126 of 160 in the topic Racism
I can only speak for myself, but I want to be relieved of having to change the channels in order to get away from too much talk about Trayvon Martin and too much talk about George Zimmerman.
From all that I have read and heard, Trayvon was a wannabe street thug with a taste for drugs, tossed out of school a couple of times, and George was a wannabe police officer who ended up on his back, getting his head pounded into the cement, and concluded Trayvon might just kill him. George should have left after calling the police. Trayvon should have kept going too. But people make bad decisions and it sometimes gets them killed or on trial.
The trial was a self-defense case from start to finish. That’s what the jury found even though Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law wasn’t even introduced by Zimmerman’s attorneys and, even though race was not introduced as a factor during the trial by either the prosecution or defense.
The trial, though, was all about race.
As a student of history, I and others can tell you that race has always been a factor in the life of the nation. In America it divided the states and required a horrendous war to resolve. Even then, after the end of the Civil War and for a century more, despite Constitutional amendments to end slavery and extend full citizenship, race remained an ugly factor, especially in the South where Jim Crow laws were especially obnoxious. In the 1960s the nation had to revisit the issue of civil rights.
I know all that, but I still want the endless discussions about race to end now that the jury has arrived at a perfectly common sense conclusion that Zimmerman, straddled—not by a “child”, but by full grown young man—had no real option other than to shoot him or risk suffering further injury and possibly death.
I know I am contributing to the millions of words written and spoken about this case at this point and I wish I were not. I don’t want to write about how weary I am of the media orgy that continues to feed off the way a minor incident in Sanford, Florida, metastasized into a trial and a national discussion of what has been discussed to death—race relations.
It is passing strange to me that the killings of white men and women, boys and girls—often killed almost randomly—have not evoked such supposed “outrage” in neither the black, nor white, community. Indeed, they are treated as little more than brief local news. Why do we expect, barely report, and not even publicly condemn such killings when the racial component is reversed?
Whites watched the Saturday protest rallies in cities across the nation with the resignation that comes with having concluded that nothing they say or do is going to have any effect on this kind of political, racial, kabuki theatre. Indeed, the Zimmerman-Martin affair was deliberately turned into a political event even though local police investigating it had concluded no crime had been committed. That was the jury’s conclusion as well.
What rankles are the “Justice for Trayvon” posters and chants. Trayvon Martin got justice. George Zimmerman got justice.
What Zimmerman has not gotten is a President who should not have intruded himself before and after the trial.

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Even the New York Times concedes that Zimmerman’s defense looks strong after the first week

by John Lott on Monday, July 1st, 2013

This is article 255 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

The New York Times goes out of its way to blame the problems in the case on ineptness by the prosecution, but, with witnesses such as Mr. Good supporting Zimmerman’s description of what happened, any prosecution would have faced a very difficult case.

. . . The defense scored a number of points during cross-examination. It showcased Mr. Zimmerman’s injuries, including a “likely” broken nose, as a physician assistant testified. The first police officer to arrive on the scene said that Mr. Zimmerman’s back and jeans were wet and that his jacket had bits of grass, suggesting he was on his back at some point. The officer also said that Mr. Zimmerman told him he had been yelling for help.

In addition, the resident with the best view of the altercation that night said the person “with lighter skin color” in red or white was being straddled on the ground by someone wearing dark colors. (Mr. Zimmerman was wearing a red jacket.) The witness further described a “ground and pound.” The person on the top, he said, was moving his arms in a downward motion (though the witness added he did not see actual punches). . . . .

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Progressives not so subtly characterizing Zimmerman as “self-appointed neighborhood vigilante”

by Stephen Levine on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

This is article 252 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

This is how the progressive characterize and distort the Zimmerman – Trayvon Martin reporting …

Look at how the progressives insert pejoratives when reporting. The neighborhood is a gated community controlled by a homeowner’s association. As private property, the police do not conduct routine patrols on the property and only appear when summoned. Thus, the HOA has their own neighborhood watch organization – which residents join and must be approved. So it is unlikely that Zimmerman is self-appointed, although he may be characterized as a volunteer. As for being a vigilante, this is a pejorative mischaracterization of all neighborhood watch volunteers. The term “up to no good” is clearly taken out of context – and may accurately describe the actions of a person of suspicious origin, acting suspiciously by cutting between homes and not using established sidewalks. The dispatcher’s comments are not an order as Zimmerman is not a police officer and the dispatcher has no authority to do much more than elicit information and provide suggestions. Therefore, the remote dispatcher has no way of knowing what the on-scene conditions might be or the ability to decide on a course of action.

Defense: Block Zimmerman’s Calls

Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand. Prosecutors played a tape of a previous call Zimmerman made to a non-emergency number, in which Zimmerman described 17-year-old Trayvon Martin as “up to no good.” Zimmerman offered to follow the teen, although the dispatcher said “You don’t need to do that.” Earlier on Monday, defense attorney Don West said he hoped the jury hadn’t heard of Zimmerman, using a knock-knock joke to illustrate his point. Nobody laughed.

Read it at NBC News

Source: Defense Tries to Block Zimmerman Calls – The Daily Beast

Now read the NBC news story where the words used in the story above do not appear. A deliberate attempt to condition the debate to advance the progressive’s agenda that Zimmerman is guilty of racial profiling and committed a crime. For the record, the progressive article is commentary and not journalistic reporting, so such comments are permissible as opinion, and not necessarily reported fact.

– steve

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**DANGER** NEW YORK LIBERALS POSE CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO ALL RESIDENTS: EXTEND POLICE POWERS IN THE GUISE OF ANTI-HARASSMENT LEGISLATION

by Stephen Levine on Friday, June 7th, 2013

This is article 43 of 48 in the topic Police/Fire

The more observant among you will notice that the number of cases where law enforcement harasses or intimidates civilians photographing their actions or merely watching their activities has risen dramatically. To the point where law enforcement authors routinely confiscate cameras, cell-phones or demand that civilians move off their own property using the threat of arrest as an intimidating factor. Even when confronted with bad behavior, the law enforcement family rallies around officers accused of wrong-doing – sometimes to the point of perjury and filing false police reports.

This bill is so poorly conceived and written as to endanger every New York resident that meets with the disapproval of a rogue, disgruntled, or angry police officer. Perhaps, the legislation should be extended so that any police officer who falsely claims harassment or writes a false police report should be fined and jailed, punishable up to four years in prison?

Senate Passes Bill Making the Harassment of a Police Officer a Crime

The New York State Senate today passed a bill that creates the crime of aggravated harassment of a police or peace officer. The bill  (S.2402), sponsored by Senator Joe Griffo (R-C-I, Rome) would make it a felony to harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty.

“Our system of laws is established to protect the foundations of our society,” Senator Griffo said. “Police officers who risk their lives every day in our cities and on our highways deserve every possible protection, and those who treat them with disrespect, harass them and create situations that can lead to injuries deserve to pay a price for their actions.”
The bill establishes this crime as a Class E Felony, punishable by up to four years in prison.

“At a time when shocking incidents of disrespect and outright confrontation are at an all-time high, the men and women who patrol the streets of our cities deserve every possible protection we can offer them,” Senator Griffo stated. “My bill would make it a crime to take any type of physical action to try to intimidate a police officer. This is a necessary action because we can see from the rise in incidents that too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to have for a police officer. We need to make it very clear that when a police officer is performing his duty, every citizen needs to comply and that refusal to comply carries a penalty.”

“Professionally, I am grateful to see this bill pass through the Senate. Our police officers have a very dangerous job and need the support of our government leaders to help make them safe,” said Utica Police Department Chief Mark Williams.

“All too often persons are physically challenging police officers in the line of duty. Currently in those instances where an officer is physically attack (short of sustaining a physical injury) the lawful charge is only a violation. The consequences are way too low for the offender and it sends the wrong message to the public.

Police officers are the public’s first line of defense to restore order in dangerous/chaotic situations. Citizens do not have the legal right to physically challenge the authority of an officer lawfully performing their duties.

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Sometimes we need to remember we are a community of individuals and the police are not the enemy …

by Stephen Levine on Friday, May 31st, 2013

This is article 41 of 48 in the topic Police/Fire

With the news concentrated on the horrors of Obamacare and the scandals swirling around the toilet bowl that is the Obama Administration, this video should serve as a reminder that we are all Americans – and cannot be divided by those who are pursuing their own personal or political agenda. Good news is hard to find in the mainstream media where bizarre behavior is the norm and the rule of the day is “if it bleeds, it leads.”

This little girl’s father, 29-year old Iraq war veteran and Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz,  was struck and killed by a hit-and-run SUV while he was conducting a DUI stop.

Watch as Tatum Raetz graduates kindergarten three days after he father’s death …

Read more: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/funeral-held-for-phoenix-officer-daryl-raetz

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How Pothead Terrorists Almost Outsmarted the Police

by Cliff Kincaid on Friday, April 26th, 2013

This is article 522 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

The local police reacted heroically to the Boston terror bombings, and it is tragic that MIT police officer Sean Collier was a victim of the terrorists’ shooting spree. However, the inescapable conclusion, after the media get done praising local police reaction to the bombings, is that law enforcement at all levels broke down, leaving law-abiding citizens and the police themselves exposed and vulnerable to criminal and terrorist elements. So-called “Boston Strong,” a solidarity campaign with the community and the victims, is a concept that should have been in place to prevent terrorism from happening.

One of the officials who used to be in charge of homeland security for the state of Massachusetts is Juliette Kayyem, a former Obama Administration official who suddenly emerged on CNN after the bombings as an expert unable or unwilling to identify the terrorists as Islamic. It was a disgraceful performance.

As if the bombings were not bad enough, the emerging evidence is that the terrorist brothers were marijuana dealers before they took up jihadism, and that they avoided law enforcement while dealing drugs in the community and on campus. In other words, these terrorists were planning violence against Americans while breaking our drug laws, perhaps to finance their own terrorism. They made a mockery of the local police and the feds and almost got away, if not for their own reckless behavior after they were publicly identified, and a resident who spotted one of the fugitives in his backyard on a boat.

It was not a success story for law enforcement, no matter how much spin is applied by the media. And while Obama has expressed his sympathy for the victims, the federal government failed to stop the bombings in Boston when they already had information about the older brother’s foreign travels and jihadist activities. Obama’s administration has to explain how federal agencies like the FBI and CIA let the older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev travel in and out of a Muslim region of Russia where terrorist groups apparently openly plot against the West.

But the foreign travel isn’t the only controversy. In the latest sensational revelation, CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that investigators believe the brothers helped finance their plot through drug sales, and that Tamerlan Tsarnaev personally “made money selling marijuana.” So when he was not traveling abroad, apparently to learn about terrorism, he was dealing drugs. He was probably the source of dope for his younger brother, who was reported to be a heavy pot smoker while a student enjoying a scholarship at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in turn, sold marijuana to other people on campus.

In addition to the reported marijuana smuggling and use, a triple murder in 2011 in Boston, in which marijuana was spread over the bodies, is now being re-investigated for a possible link to the older brother. One of the victims was a friend of his. All of the victims had their throats slit.

The older brother was a marijuana smuggler, but the younger brother was a pothead and a dealer. The Boston Globe says three people admitted buying drugs from the 19-year-old. “Several fellow students reported he earned at least some cash selling marijuana—at least the portion he didn’t smoke himself,” the paper reported.

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REPUBLICAN MAYOR: GAY SEX AND GUNS — AND HE IS STILL IN OFFICE?

by Stephen Levine on Saturday, April 6th, 2013

This is article 231 of 329 in the topic Criminal Activity

More proof that politicians appear to be treated differently that the rest of us. Even though this goof is the Mayor, why was he not arrested and charged …

Here is the story of a Mayor who allegedly ordered the police to pick up a young man (kidnapping under color of authority?), drop him off at the Mayor’s House where the Mayor gave this young man alcohol and begged for sex. Unfortunately, this is one of the anti-gun Mayors on Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” Committee. Unfortunate because he pulled out various guns to allegedly intimidate and/or threaten suicide.

Of course, there is the standard excuse … alcoholism!

Here is the news report …

Authorities say on the evening of Feb. 21, the first-term Republican was drunk. They say he had a borough police officer drive to neighboring Trainer, where he picked up a 20-year-old man who considered Schiliro a father figure and mentor. He was delivered to the mayor’s Green Street home where he found Schiliro intoxicated and despondent as his adolescent daughter slept upstairs. Court documents say the mayor gave the young man two or three glasses of wine and asked him 20 to 30 times if he could give him oral sex; the 20-year-old refused.

That led the mayor to produce three guns and wave them around, at one point threatening suicide. At least one shot was discharged, officials say, leaving the young man terrified and feeling trapped. Finally he was able to leave and walked home, where he told his mother about the ordeal.

Schiliro and his attorney, Michael Malloy, have basically conceded that account (except for the sexual proposition). They have said the mayor sold the guns the next morning and got rid of all the booze in his house. Schiliro has also realized he has a problem with alcohol and is seeking outpatient treatment. And despite the fact that members of borough council and the local GOP leadership have asked him to resign, Schiliro says he isn’t going anywhere.

Now facing charges of official oppression, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and providing alcohol to a minor, and freed on $50,000 unsecured bail, he hasn’t changed his mind. <Source>

Bottom line …

There was a 13-year old daughter asleep nearby. So why is he not also been charged with endangering his child and having her removed by child protective services?

These “don’t do as I do, do as I say” liberals are out of control. Bloomberg’s website no longer lists the mayor as a supporter (being silently scrubbed to avoid embarrassment). Enough. Certainly the Republican party knows or has an inking of the personal foibles of its membership and should be working to clean up its candidates and politicians, lest the democrats remain the party of power in perpetuity.

And, by the way – I do not see any gun-related charges on this particular list of charges.

– steve

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Tuition assistance to end for military, but not for illegal aliens

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, March 14th, 2013

This is article 186 of 254 in the topic Education

Across the board budget cuts, a/k/a sequestration, has forced the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force to halt their tuition assistance programs which are important to America’s warriors, according to Pentagon Press Secretary George Little on Tuesday. However, this week the state of Colorado announced it was extending in-state tuition to illegal aliens, which amounts to thousands of dollars per student.

Little echoed others in the Obama administration who blame “sequestration” that kicked in March 1, 2013, dictating spending cuts that Pentagon officials repeatedly warned Americans would harm the nation’s military readiness.

“Let me be clear: we’re here because of sequestration,” Little said. “If sequestration were averted, we may be facing a different set of choices on these and other programs.”

In states such as Massachusetts and California, illegal aliens are being given tuition assistance, while the U.S. government is cutting tuition assistance to service members returning from the battlefield.

“The Commander in Chief is using budget cuts and sequester as an excuse to cause financial pain to as many Americans as possible. It’s yet another Obama crisis that is completely manufactured,” claims former U.S. Marine, now a police officer, Lawrence Brown.

“In his goal of blaming the GOP, Obama supports states like Colorado, California, and Massachusetts who are lowering tuition for illegal aliens and giving the bill to taxpayers, and taking away our military’s tuition assistance,” Brown said.

“When an illegal alien is granted in-state tuition and admission to a state university, he or she is directly competing with American students for that educational slot. This competition is unfairly biased against American students in other states who must pay out-of-state tuition to attend the university, while the illegal alien student is given in-state tuition preference,” according to Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform.

“The president doesn’t care if he hurts American citizens including the military who are at the top of his list of who will suffer the most,” said political strategist Mike Baker. “Fox News Channel’s Judge Andrew Napolitano claims Obama’s actions — to intentionally hurt American citizens — is an impeachable offense. Yet the GOP has failed to blow the whistle.”

The Washington Times also reported that a parks administrator was ordered by his superiors in an email to not reduce the pain of sequester when reallocating where the cuts would be made.

“If you go to the Washington Times you can see the email from higher-ups that informs the government department to make the Sequester as painful as possible,” said Baker.

“Obama wants voters to believe that the budget must never be cut. This is one of his political tricks to prove he is right. For instance, the cancellation of the White House tours disappointed so many school children. The Commander in Chief even tried to cut children’s vaccination programs,” Baker said.

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Houston cops accused of deadly force on unarmed, disabled man

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, December 8th, 2012

This is article 31 of 48 in the topic Police/Fire

The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that its civil rights division is investigating allegations that Houston police officers used excessive force against unarmed suspects including the killing of an emotionally disturbed, double-amputee.

According to a law enforcement source in Texas, Justice Department investigators and attorneys are probing six cases in which officers allegedly used deadly physical force against unarmed individuals.

Houston’s Police Chief Charles McClelland, an African American, said in a statement that he is “confident the department’s policies and procedures follow or exceed the best practices in law enforcement.”

“I am very confident our training, policies and procedures follow or exceed the best practices in law enforcement. I am extremely proud of the 6,500-plus men and women of this organization who work hard each and every day to keep this city among the safest in the nation,” Chief McClelland said in a statement.

One major case being investigated is the shooting death of 45-year-old Brian Claunch, a mentally ill, double-amputee in a wheelchair, at the hands of a Houston police officer.

Police Officer Matthew Marin shot and killed the one-armed and one-legged Claunch in September 2012 inside a group home for the mentally ill when responding to a dispatcher’s call that Claunch was suspected of disorderly conduct inside the home.

The Houston PD claims that Claunch threatened Officer Marin and was waving an object at the time of the shooting. Marin reportedly told investigators he didn’t know the object in Claunch’s hand was a writing pen. The shooting death of a mentally-ill wheelchair-bound man by a police officer raised public concerns about how the police deal with the mentally ill and the police department’s policy on use of physical force.

Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, said officer-involved shootings and cases in which officers are accused of using excessive physical force are fairly and completely investigated. Hunt said there are no cover-ups by the department.

“We are confident that the people in the Justice Department … are going to look at these cases and realize that we have done everything we have to do,” he said.

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