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Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

Straight pride fliers removed from college campus

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Leaders with the Student Government Association at Youngstown State University said they decided to act quickly this week when posters showed up on campus promoting “Straight Pride” week next month.

The posters contained profanity, which our station has blurred for viewers. The posters promote the event as a way of not showing the differences between students.

Campus leaders said while they believe the posters were meant more as satire, especially since no names were associated with them, they determined the flyers went too far with their message.

“When you are talking about minority activism, it is very easy that if you are in the majority to say ‘well, this sort of activism is not necessary. This sort of zeal in your activism is over the top.’ For minorities who experience discrimination, that is not the case,” Student Government Vice President Jacob Schriner-Biggs said.

After consulting with the Vice President of Student Life, it was decided to take the posters down, not necessarily because of its topic but because of the coarse language.

“We have to be careful with the whole free speech issue. But then if you actually read through it, it seemed like it went way further than a free speech issue. There were swear words and took it a little further than the average free speech should go,” Student Government President Michael Slavens said.

Once students received permission to remove the flyers, they were all down within a matter of hours. If those behind the posters can be identified, any disciplinary action will ultimately be up to university administrators.

The Student Government Association Executive Committee released a statement on the fliers, which said in part:

It has been brought to the attention of several SGA Executive Board members that “Straight Pride” posters have been hung across campus, seemingly in response to LGBTQIA efforts to promote diversity and foster a culture of acceptance on campus. Though SGA respects the free speech of all YSU students, these postings were not authorized, contained vulgar language, and, unfortunately, miss the point of minority activism.

Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage

Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage

Analysis contradicts widespread views about racial targets

Rev. Jamal Bryant leads a rally outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray on Tuesday in Baltimore. Mr. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (Associated Press)
Rev. Jamal Bryant leads a rally outside of the Baltimore Police Department’s Western District station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray on Tuesday in Baltimore. Mr. Gray died from spinal injuries a week after he was arrested.

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Hillary Clinton At Center Of Common Core National Standards Initiative

Hillary Clinton At Center Of Common Core National Standards Initiative

A veteran educator says parents can thank Hillary Clinton for the Common Core national standards

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A veteran educator says parents can thank Hillary Clinton for the Common Core national standards that have been thrust upon schools across the country.

Even though most people probably believe that Common Core was developed during President Barack Obama’s term in office, the foundation of the initiative goes all the way back to the 1980s, reports veteran educator and now-commentatorDonna Garner.

Back then, she tells EAGnews Hillary Clinton worked with other left-leaning education reformers such as Marc Tucker of the National Committee on Education and the Economy(NCEE), Ira Magaziner and then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, known for his fiery, liberal speeches.

The ‘Whatiscommoncore’ website reports that Tucker “has … openly worked for decades to strengthen the role of the state education agencies in education governance at the expense of local control” and claims that “the United States will have to largely abandon the beloved emblem of American education: local control.”

In 1992, Tucker wrote a letter to Clinton outlining his vision of a “communist-styled pipeline of education and workforce.”

Magaziner has a long association with the Clintons. In addition to working with Hillary on radical education reform, he worked with her on the failed Task Force to Reform Health Care during the Clinton Administration, served as senior policy advisor for President Clinton and, as of today, serves in a leadership capacity for two of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation’s international development initiatives.

In the 1980s, Hillary (et al.) laid the groundwork for a School-to-Work plan, better known by the term “cradle-to-grave,” according to Garner. The idea was to create a three-legged stool of education, labor and healthcare whereby the government would direct people’s lives from birth until they die.

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Garner, who began teaching in the early ‘60s in Texas, says all were to be joined together under one banner with government healthcare, school healthcare clinics providing abortions and contraceptives, classrooms emphasizing workforce development skills instead of academic knowledge and the Department of Labor directing students into a career pathway at a very early age.

Garner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and re-appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the National Commission on Migrant Education, says the idea was “that students and everybody else would be tracked into the vocation that the government at the time thought was important. And it didn’t have anything to do with students’ natural desires or what their parents wanted them to do or what the students’ talents were. It all had to do with providing ‘worker bees’ for the government.”

And as insidious as the plan sounds, it has come to be under the Common Core national standards initiative, she says.

She further states the goal was to have about 10% of the population be well educated and then the other 90% would be trained to function within factories and companies.

Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project tells EAGnews, “When it was called School-to-Work 20 years ago, it was a fad for awhile and then it fell apart. And now it’s a fad again. But this time they are really focusing on cementing this through Common Core through federal money because the people who are influential in the progressive ed world are people….people like Marc Tucker…who has been an advocate of all of this forever. He thinks the schools should just be part of one, vast human development resource system and he’s been arguing that for decades.”

Known now as Student Learning Plans (SLPs), sixth graders in a growing number of states, along with their parents and a school counselor, develop career paths for the coming six years until the students are graduated. Robbins says this is all connected to the Common Core national standards initiative, which has never been an education model but a workforce development model. It’s not meant to produce many educated citizens.

Prior to “cradle-to-grave,” schools focused on academic-based content called Type #1. That involved memorization and drills comprised of basic education fundamentals.

Garner says once that was accomplished, students were enabled to do higher level reasoning. A 1991 report,The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, however, helped to change the direction of the nation’s schools from knowledge-based academic content (Type #1) into a education philosophy where the emphasis is on emotions, opinions and beliefs with an emphasis on workplace competencies (Type #2).

According to Garner, the standards movement popped up all over the country. States appointed writing teams to rewrite all K-12 courses, and the new standards required students “to be able to know and be able to do.”

She says, “We are living the plan that Hillary and her folks, her team, instigated back in the early ‘80s.”

The plan was delayed when George W. Bush was elected to office. But with Obama, another zealous Type #2 advocate, Garner says it’s the perfect storm, “that leads into relativism, into political correctness, multiculturalism, environmental extremism and then into the social justice agenda under Obama, which glorifies the LGBT community.”

Garner believes we have Hillary Clinton (et al.) to thank for the mess our country’s schools are in today. It is because of her Type #2 philosophy of education as birthed by the NCEE we now have the Common Core Standards Initiative pouring into our nation’s schools, capturing the College Board and its products (AP, SAT, PSAT), and making billions of dollars in profits for Bill Gates, Pearson, Jeb Bush, and others. Even theProgramme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is being rewritten to align with Common Core, she reports.

Parents need to lay the blame for Common Core right at Hillary’s feet, she says. The seeds for Common Core began to sprout under Bill Clinton’s administration thanks to Hillary and her associates. Then under Obama, these Common Core seedlings have grown into a complete takeover of our nation’s school system by the federal government.

According to Garner, “We have Hillary to blame for a nation of adult non-readers who get most of their news from their social media gadgets; and it is for that reason that I have used my institutional memory to try to educate those people who have no knowledge of Hillary Clinton. If she is to be a serious candidate for the Presidency, we must warn the public.”

Poll: Yes to more aggressive deportations, no to welfare, citizenship for kids of illegals

Poll: Yes to more aggressive deportations, no to welfare, citizenship for kids of illegals

Despite President Obama’s efforts to cool the nation’s views on illegal immigrants storming over the U.S.-Mexico border, Americans have reached a new level of anger over the issue, with most demanding a more aggressive deportation policy — and reversal of a law that grants citizenship to kids of illegals born in the U.S.

A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday also finds Americans questioning spending tax dollars on government aid provided to illegal immigrants. A huge 83 percent said that anybody should be required to prove that they are “legally allowed” to be in the country before receiving local, state or federal government services.

Overall, the poll is bad news for the White House because it shows sustained, and in some cases, elevated anger and frustration over the surge in undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Immigration protesters march near the Georgia Capitol in 2013 holding a sign encouraging President Obama to deliver on his promise of immigration reform. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

For example, 62 percent told the pollster that the U.S. is “not aggressive enough” in deporting those illegally in the United States. Just 15 percent believed the administration’s current policy was “about right” and 16 percent said it was “too aggressive.”

That 62 percent number is a jump from a year ago when it was 52 percent.

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When asked if the baby of an illegal born in the United States should automatically become a U.S. citizen, as is now the law, 54 percent said no versus 38 percent who said yes.

In another area that seems to test American patience with the administration, 51 percent said that illegal immigrants who have American born children should not be exempt from deportation.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted atpbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

Kentucky Fans Light Fires in the Street After Final Four Loss to Wisconsin

Kentucky Fans Light Fires in the Street After Final Four Loss to Wisconsin

‘Mutiny’ on plane: Police called twice as passengers are forced to wait on tarmac for five hours

‘Mutiny’ on plane: Police called twice as passengers are forced to wait on tarmac for five hours

Police were twice called to a stationary aircraft after reports of passengers clashing with staff over being stranded on tarmac for over five hours when their plane was diverted.

Pilots of the Qatar Airways flight landed at Birmingham Airport on Monday night after severe winds prevented the plane landing at Manchester, where it had been scheduled to arrive at 7PM.

Passengers were instructed to remain in their seats as they waited for the plane to be refuelled and for new flight crew to arrive at the airport.

Police were first called to the aircraft after some passengers reportedly began vocally expressing their agitation and officers were forced to return two hours later after reports that angry passengers were attempting to disembark the plane.

Footage taken at Manchester Airport shows passengers waiting for the return flight becoming increasingly frustrated with staff after the events in Birmingham resulted in a knock-on delay to the aircraft’s return to Qatari capital Doha.

One passenger who was in the plane when it was on the tarmac and asked not to be named, spoke to The Daily Mail: “We were told they were waiting for refuelling and then a new crew.

“Some passengers started kicking off so the police were called. An old lady next to me was shivering so we asked for blankets but there weren’t enough.

“When we got home I had to sleep for two days to recover.”

A spokeswoman for Qatar Airways apologised for the delay. She said that after the diversion the plane was unable to fly back to Manchester as operating crew had exceeded their legal flying hours by the time that the aircraft had been refuelled.

Supreme Court may hear case on school barring American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo

Supreme Court may hear case on school barring American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo

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Montebello high school on Monday, March 27, 2006

A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at free-speech rules for high schools.

Ever since students protested the Vietnam War by wearing black armbands, the justices have said the 1st Amendment protects the rights of students to peacefully protest at school, so long as their actions do not lead to a “substantial disruption.”

In recent years, however, some school officials have moved to curtail political fashion statements such as wearing T-shirts with Confederate flags or anti-gay slogans. They have argued that some limits were necessary to avoid offending other students and possibly provoking violence.

On Friday, the justices met to decide on hearing a case asking whether a school official’s fear of violence justified disciplining students for wearing American flags on their shirts.

The appeal in Dariano vs. Morgan Hill Unified School District asks the justices to decide whether wearing an American flag can be curtailed as an unnecessary provocation, or instead is a right of every citizen protected by the 1st Amendment. A decision on whether they will accept the case could come as soon as Monday.

The legal battle began on May 5, 2010, at Live Oak High School south of San Jose, when several students wore shirts bearing the American flag on the Mexican holiday marking the May 5, 1862, defeat of French invaders.

Their protest came in response to an incident the year before when a group of Mexican American students unfurled a Mexican flag on the holiday and paraded around the campus, triggering tensions with white students who began chanting, “USA! USA!”

The school had seen at least 30 fights between white and Latino students, school officials said.

Upon seeing the white students wearing U.S. flags, Mexican American students called them racists and complained to Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez.

Fearing violence, the assistant principal told several of the white students wearing the American flag that they had to turn their shirts inside out or go home. They chose to leave.

The incident caused an uproar in the community, and Fox News channel picked up the story.

It rewards those who believe the flag is a symbol of hostility toward minorities. If they think there is a problem, then don’t hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
– William Becker, lawyer who sued on behalf of several parents

“This is heartbreaking to the students and parents who see the flag as a symbol of national unity,” said Los Angeles lawyer William Becker, who sued on behalf of several parents. “It rewards those who believe the flag is a symbol of hostility toward minorities. If they think there is a problem, then don’t hold a Cinco de Mayo celebration.”

He filed a free-speech suit on behalf of John and Dianna Dariano and two other families, but a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed the claim on the grounds that educators had acted to avoid violence or a disruption at school.

The 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco affirmed that decision last year. “Our role is not to second-guess the decision to have a Cinco de Mayo celebration or the precautions put in place to avoid violence,” wrote Judge Margaret McKeown. It was “reasonable for school officials to proceed as though the threat of a potentially violent disturbance was real.”

Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain dissented, saying the ruling “permits the will of the mob to rule our schools.” He noted that 1st Amendment law frowns on a “heckler’s veto,” by which a speaker can be shut down not for what he says, but how others may react. He questioned how the wearing of an American flag shirt could be seen as offensive or disruptive.

Lawyers for the school district have urged the Supreme Court to turn down the case. They say all the students and even the principal have moved on from the school, and there is no need to revisit the matter.

The justices met behind closed doors Friday to go over dozens of pending appeals, including the flag case. The vast majority of appeals are rejected.

But some 1st Amendment lawyers think the flag case has a chance of winning a review because of uncertainty over how free-speech principles work in schools today.

The court has mostly steered clear of free-speech disputes at public schools in recent years, with one exception. A 5-4 ruling in 2007 upheld a principal’s disciplining of a student for holding up a banner that said “Bong Hits for Jesus” on the grounds the sign could be seen as promoting illegal drugs.

But Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Anthony M. Kennedy, who were in the majority in that case, stressed that they would not go along with restricting speech “commenting on any political or social issue.”

By coincidence, the flag appeal petition came before the justices in the same week they were deciding whether a Texas group had a free-speech right to a specialty license plate bearing a Confederate battle flag. A state board refused the request on the grounds the symbol would be offensive to many, especially African Americans.

The justices sounded closely split on whether strict free-speech rules should apply to state license plates.

david.savage@latimes.com

Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept not isolated

Obama: Racial bias in Ferguson police dept not isolated

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President Barack Obama says the type of racial discrimination in the Ferguson, Missouri, police department is not isolated.

Obama says he doesn’t think the bias found in Ferguson is typical of what happens in law enforcement across the country.

But he says there are places where trust between police and the communities they serve has broken down.

Obama made his first remarks about the Justice Department report of bias in Ferguson that came out this week.

Obama told The Joe Madison Show on Sirius XM radio that “a big chunk” of today’s civil rights agenda is dealing with civil rights and civil liberties with respect to law enforcement.

Courageous Woman Hijacks Stage at Oklahoma Muslim Day

Courageous Woman Hijacks Stage at Oklahoma Muslim Day

More than 100 Muslims attended the first “Muslim Day” at the Oklahoma State Capitol Friday to give people “a better understanding of who they are,” according to KFOR. However, Oklahomans know all too well just what Islam stands for, which is why they took their own stand against the controversial day.

Perhaps it’s the demand for foreign Sharia law to be implemented in America, or maybe it’s that southerners don’t take too kindly to how the Quran allows men to treat their women, or possibly it’s that insensitive Oklahoma Muslims had the audacity to make a spectacle of themselves so soon after a woman was beheaded in the name of their religion. Whatever the reason, it was a call to action for fed up patriots, and one woman in particular.

When the Muslim call to prayer began to bellow, a righteously indignant woman overtook the stage and started proclaiming the Lord’s Prayer, overpowering the nasally din.

“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” she professed before being hauled away by security:

Although unconfirmed, she appears to be the same woman who interrupted Muslims at the Texas State Capitol last month:

She also looks and sounds similar to the woman who disrupted the Muslim prayers inside the Washington National Cathedral in November:

Whoever this courageous Christian woman is, she has done more to stop the infiltration of Islam in America than our own civil servants sworn to uphold the Constitution, and for that we applaud her.

Islam does not seek to assimilate to Western culture or law; it cannot, as the Quran demands its followers use immigration and legislation to establish an Islamic caliphate in every country in the world. Muhammad declared that only when the entire globe bows to Sharia law can the Muslim community cease their jihad.