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Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush recently proclaimed that we are at war with “radical Islam,” but Hillary Clinton assures us that “Islam is not our adversary.” She goes so far as to refuse to use the very words, “radical Islam,” because that “… sounds like a declaration of war.” Labeling people now equates to a declaration of war? That’s crazy.

In light of the media’s response to the recent San Bernardino attack, the president’s corresponding reluctance to call it terror, and his attorney general Loretta Lynch’s strange pledge to take aggressive action against anyone who uses “anti-Muslim rhetoric” that “edges toward violence,” (where is that happening?), this is a war we are determined to lose, and at great cost, apparently. Even at the cost of our first amendment, and perhaps the second one also. That’s, well, crazy.

Loretta Lynch declares action against something that doesn’t exist, while France just closed three mosques, citing their close ties to radical language and jihadist propaganda, with plans to close up to 160 more. Vienna, Austria is moving to close 75% of Muslim kindergartens, because they are fomenting racial hatred and radicalizing children. Those countries are taking concrete steps to combat terrorism, in stark contrast to the vague, insincere, defensive blathering our feeble leader just made last night. Even his advisors admit there is no new strategy to replace his previous lack of strategy.

The president’s address was blessedly short, which emphasized his particular lack of interest for the subject of terrorism in general and the safety of Americans in particular.

He said we would overcome the terrorism threat “… by being strong and smart…” Such comforting words, though lacking in both specificity and authenticity. He told us the Islamic State does not speak for Islam, and lamented the existence of an “interpretation of Islam that calls for war against the US,” leaving a thinking person to question the source of his proficiency in and knowledge of Islam. He is a constitutional expert, granted, but from where does he gleam his incredible mastery of Islam? And regardless of his own feelings about it, we are clearly under attack, while his answer is platitudes and overall inaction. Following are his four disappointingly hollow strategy points and promises concerning addressing the threat of terrorism:

  1. We will hunt them down. (How’s that working so far?)
  2. We will provide training to localized forces on the ground. ($500 million spent in Syria and a handful of trainees to show for it.)
  3. We will work with friends and allies, including Muslim communities in the US, to prevent current plots and disrupt worldwide efforts. (uh… it’s about time?)
  4. We will establish processes to pursue an end to the Syrian war in order to focus on the common goal to destroy ISIL. (Still trying that old line.)

Obviously, this is all just smoke and mirrors that the American public might just be crazy or traumatized enough to choose to believe. Not only was there nothing new in this, but there was no real identification of the threat, no clear understanding of jihad or the enemy’s tactics, nothing related to the ideology that encourages killing. Obama assured us that there was no evidence of a connection between the San Bernardino terrorists and IS. What’s he need, membership cards on the dead bodies? These two terrorists had both professed their allegiance to the Islamic State. If that doesn’t count as affiliation to IS, we are left to surmise they are simply taking their cues from the book, general Islam, and not the ‘radical version of Islam.’ Which is the more frightening proposition?

In an appeasement play, Obama also mentioned Ft. Hood (still classified as ‘workplace violence’), and the shooting in Chattanooga as examples of this type of ‘general’ radicalization (i.e. not Islamic State). For heavenly days, there he goes again, impugning all Muslims, while imploring the citizens of this great nation not to turn against one another, that there is no war between America and Islam.

The messaging has gotten so convoluted, mainly because of the incredible lies that permeate main stream media and so much of what emerges from  the White House (and elsewhere in politics, today.) “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is replaced by “If you see something, say something.” Yet, Clock Boy is suing the city and schoolfor fifteen million dollars, simply because a teacher saw something, namely a clock that was made to look like a bomb, and said something.

The outcome is guilt, no matter what the truth. The person who reports is guilty of profiling, the person who doesn’t is now an accomplice. It used to be, in saner days, that profiling was simply good law enforcement practice. Now, the message is profile, but don’t profile, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

The double-standard is enough to drive a country crazy, and perhaps that’s the point. The left’s tactics are to divide and conquer: pit people against each other. The poor versus the wealthy, the legal versus the illegal, one color against another. Sanity against insanity. But the brilliance here is to subsequently blame people for turning on one another. It is a strategy as clever and diabolical as the Soviets’, who, while depriving Ukrainians of food, posting signs imploring the starving populous not to eat their own children (while secretly hoping they would?)

Why did it take so long for the media and the president to identify what nearly everyone else knew immediately about the attack, namely that it was terrorism? Because of political correctness, and the president pulling ‘facts’ out of thin air, and the politeness of society not to call him on his falsehoods: “you can keep your doctor” and twenty-five hundred dollars in savings, per family; ISIL was contained, until it wasn’t; we were completely safe from terrorists, except we weren’t. Oh, and the vetting process of refugees will be fool-proof, meaning, unfortunately, that we are the fools for permitting it to proceed.

After all, Malik, the San Bernardino terrorist, was thoroughly vetted for her visa. It simply depends on Obama’s definition of “vetting.”

This shell game with the truth is enough to drive us all crazy. Straight jackets for everyone!

 

 

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Common Core is costing a lot more than just our dollars. It’s costing us our dignity.

The Obama administration’s “Race to the Top” funding drove a lot of states to adopt the Common Core Curriculum even before it was written. (With Pelosi’s precedent of voting to make a law in order to find out what was in it, who can blame them?) Blind greed drove them to adopt the standards even before any proof or piloting to prove their efficacy. One might wonder what the incentive was behind the plan. Here is the White House press release:

Adapts the Race to the Top Model of Com­petition to Transform Lifelong Learning. Widely viewed as leveraging more change than any other competitive education grant program in history, the Race to the Top (RTT) initiative spurred States across the Nation to bring togeth­er teachers, school leaders, and policymakers to achieve difficult yet fundamental improvements to our education system.

What is that undocumented, unprecedented, and indefinable change that the administration is so happy about? We still don’t know. What we do know, is that it’s going to cost a lot of money. Thanks to the author of my source for this article, we have specific numbers:

The CCS implementation cost in California will be $2,188 million ($2.188 billion), while the federal awards total $104 million.  When I subtract the awards from the CCS cost, I get $2,084 million ($2.1 billion).  In other words,California will need to find $2.1 billion to fund the CCS implementation.

For Illinois, the CCS cost is $799 million and the federal awards are $66 million.  This means Illinois will lose $733 million on CCS implementation.

Pennsylvania will experience a $647 million loss; Michigan will see a $569 million loss; and New Jersey will have a $564 million loss on CCS.

A lot of citizens, too, are now waking up to the prohibitive costs associated with implementing Common Core, and they are not happy. Concurrently, they are realizing this incredibly dubious installation is beginning without any consultation from the electorate.

In the majority of cases, the state education departments adopted the Common Core Standards without the knowledge and approval of the state legislatures.  Many state legislative bodies are now feeling the pressure of the citizens and are re-examining the states’ decisions.

Are we a voting public or aren’t we? Wouldn’t you like to have a say in how your tax dollars are spent? Because with implementation of this costly, untested new curriculum, they are proving to themselves and even to you that your opinion doesn’t count. Maybe the money aspect doesn’t worry you, but how much is your vote worth? With Common Core inflation, nothing, anymore.

For any proud American, that cost is truly too much.

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