We don't need no stinkin' lamestream media

It becomes more apparent with each passing day. The internet has made citizen journalists—you know, the ones doing the jobs that people with journalism degrees from Columbia and Northwestern are supposed to be doing—an army of Davids.

Interestingly, Kermit Gosnell's attorney, Jack McMahon, 

is curiously blaming the media for today’s conviction of the abortion practitioner on three counts of murder related to abortion-infanticides.

He said he was confident in the legal system but blamed “The baby factor” for the convictions. He also blamed the media, which is odd given the stunning lack of attention it gave to the Gosnell murder trial over the last several weeks.
“The media has been overwhelmingly against [Gosnell],” he told reporters.
What? (And what the hell is "the baby factor"?)

This makes absolutely no sense unless by "media" he means what has become the media—the bloggers, the tweeters, the facebookers, the e-mailers, who were relentless in their pursuit of justice for Gosnell's victims in the face of yawns from their "betters" in print media and at TV networks.
The Gosnell case moves to the penalty phase now—Thy will be done.
But another high-profile case is coming up quickly in which the media's behavior has also been positively reprehensible:
While watching George Zimmerman's immunity hearing online in late April 2013, Chip Bennett took satisfaction seeing Florida prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda flail away at the one blog that has given him fits from the beginning. "BDLR alleges that The Conservative Treehouse doxed Witness 8," Bennett commented...
...By "doxed" he meant, in a word, "outed." More comprehensively, the Urban Dictionary defines "doxing" as "a technique of tracing someone or gathering information about an individual using sources on the internet." The word likely derives from the Microsoft Word format "Docx."

In fact, doxing succinctly describes how a blogging collective like the Conservative Treehouse works. What troubled de la Rionda is what troubles many authority figures: doxing levels the media playing field. He and they could no longer control the narrative by feeding information to compliant media sources...
This is not news, as we noted above.  But it gets much, much worse:
...As [Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin] Crump told the story, the young couple [Martin and a woman called Dee Dee] had been on the phone for an astonishing 400 minutes that day, caught up as they were in "puppy love." So distraught was Dee Dee at Martin's death, said Crump, "She couldn't even go to his wake she was so sick. Her mother had to take her to the hospital. She spent the night in the hospital." Lest the media try to exploit this romance, Crump asked them to "please respect her privacy. She is a minor." As would be proven later, Dee Dee was neither hospitalized nor a minor, but those were the least of the day's lies.

..."She [Dee Dee] connects the dots," Crump told the media excitedly. "She completely blows Zimmerman's absurd defense claim out of the water." According to Crump, the heavy-set, twenty-eight year old "loose cannon" had no intention of going back to his truck. He pursued Martin and shot him down. Dee Dee heard it all. The witnesses confirmed her testimony. Cried the outraged Crump at the end of his presentation, "Arrest George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin in cold blood today."
Crump got his point across. Gutman headlined his piece on ABC.com, "Trayvon Martin's Last Phone Call Triggers Demand for Arrest Right Now." ABC's Diane Sawyer introduced Gutman's TV piece, which hammered the Sanford Police Department for its many presumed failings, by referring to Zimmerman as the "neighborhood watchdog." The piece closed with a photo of a young Martin hugging a baby.
In none of the contemporary reporting did anyone challenge Crump's account. No one asked why this girl failed to inquire about the fate of her beau who, when last heard from, was getting beaten by an unknown man. Why did she not call Trayvon's parents? Why did she not call the police after she learned of his death? How could the plodding overweight Zimmerman have run down the younger, fitter Martin?
These, however, were minor journalistic oversights compared to the most damning oversight of all: the failure to confirm who was crying out for help...
But if tea partiers think they've been singled out by the IRS for special scrutiny, wait 'til bloggers, et al., draw the commisars' ire. Look out, First Amendment.

Rain is a good thing

There's no pleasing people.

The weather has been lovely and will continue to be so for a while, I guess, but it's pretty dry:

The condition of my yard hardly constitutes an agricultural emergency, but it would be nice to have a little moisture to help grass seed sprout.  And it's Saturday night, so....

Better late than never


Little League's been in full swing for a while now, but I'm just catching up.  A wonderful little book, A Prayer for the Opening of the Little League Season, appears to have gone out of print, but if you can find it used somewhere and it's not too dear, pick it up—it's a treasure and the illustrations are just lovely.  

Dear Almighty God,

This is a prayer for all the kids of all races and creeds in the boundless earthly springtime as baseball once more commences, as it has and will eternally in the ordinance and charter of Thy inexorable seasons.

First, bless the youthful catchers—in their awkward knee pads and chest pads and masks, their unwieldy tools of ignorance, which shelter all the boys who possess the valor to be catchers—that they may be safe from injury and neglect, from errant curveballs and stray fast ones and sharp little fouls that nip the mortal flesh.

Protect the little infielders from bad bounces and assuage the pain of wounded lips and cheeks when blood mingles with the infield soil; grant them deft shovel dips and 6-4-3 double plays.

Spare the eager outfielders from misjudging long drives in the lengthening twilight, permit them swift, diving catches in the dry and tranquil grass, and assure them hard, accurate tosses on cutoff throws to the inmost diamonds, straight to second, or at the corners with the runners going.

Save the young pitchers from all erratic affliction as the line drives whip past their heads and torsos and toes, and give them mastery of their fastballs and curves, that they may outwit the fledgling enemy sluggers, especially with men on the bases...

...Above all, grant us boyhood and girlhood, where in time's soft reverie we are forever children, and where baseball shall dwell with us always, and where sharp grounders are eternally fielded in a new leather glove and drives to deep center are ceaselessly ensnared in shoestring catches and the wicked curveballs are met with two-run singles to left-center, to win the game in the bottom half of the ninth.

In Thy infinite wisdom and grace, our Great Umpire in the Heavens, grant all this in perpetuity to all the baseball children of the earth.


Graphic brilliance in defense of life

Once upon a time, recounts Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput in his book Render Unto Caesar, there was an English widow with two young sons.  The widow was a Catholic convert who brought the boys up in the faith despite the anger her conversion had engendered in her extended family.  No one remembers the mother, but people very definitely remember one of her sons—JRR Tolkien.

From an essay entitled, "`The Gospel According To J. R. R. Tolkien":

...Despite this apparent absence of Christian religion, Tolkien himself attested to the profound influence that his Catholic Christian faith had on his works of fiction. Late in 1953 Father Robert Murray, a close friend of the Tolkien family, read The Lord of the Rings shortly before it was published, and wrote a letter to Tolkien in which he compared the image of Queen Galadriel to the Virgin Mary. Tolkien wrote back, saying that he agreed that the comparison was apt: ``I think I know exactly what you mean . . . by your references to Our Lady, upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded. The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision.''

What has all this to do with the title of this post? At the Facebook page of New Yorkers for Life, this text was just posted

"The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true." -- Galadriel
We're in the final two months of the 2013 regular legislative session. We renew our commitment to defeat Governor Cuomo's Abortion Expansion Act. It shall not pass! Thank you for being a part of this Company called New Yorkers for Life.

along with this graphic:


h/t Tom: there are no coincidences and everything happens for a reason  smiley


First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people

These people are idiots—or evil.  Nah.  These two are idiots.  It's their masters who are evil:

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in separate interviews Thursday that the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime means the red line laid out by the Obama administration has been crossed and should trigger further involvement from the United States in the Syrian civil war...

...Graham laid out what he thinks the next steps should be: "I think the international community should rally around helping the rebels by having a no-fly zone some place they can operate safely, arm the appropriate groups within the rebel forces...

Read the whole thing.

It's what they've been waiting for. And now that it's happened, what could possibly go wrong?


(AINA) -- Syria's Christians fear an Islamist takeover should the current government be overthrown. During the ongoing civil war there has been a well-documented rise in the number of salafi-jihadist groups operating in Syria that pose a direct threat to Syria's Christian community. These militant opposition forces espouse an Islamist ideology, which incorporates elements of Wahhabism and Salafism and whose stated goals and objectives are by definition hostile towards Christians. Firsthand accounts from Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon reported by award winning investigative journalist Nuri Kino detail the horror in which they described kidnappings, rapes, harassment, theft and other violent reprisals at the hands of Islamist groups...

...Christian persecution is prevalent not only throughout Syria but also the entire region. Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) has consistently published reports testifying that Christians throughout the Middle East, specifically in Syria, Egypt and Iraq, have been suffering persecution at an alarming rate, including a sustained campaign of violence, discrimination, mass emigration and internal displacement -- all of which too often go unrecognized and unreported...

In other words, the "Arab spring" has been a Christian winter.

For any decent people who know any history—which excludes the Turkish and US administrations—this should seem eerily familiar.

My dad was of the generation who would often hear grown-ups exhorting kids to finish what was on their plates because they ought to "remember the starving Armenians."  Remember who?

People like this:

...April 24...marks the “Great Crime,” that is, the Armenian genocide that took place under Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire, during and after WWI.  Out of an approximate population of two million, some 1.5 million Armenians died...

...What do Americans know of the Armenian Genocide?  To be sure, some American high school textbooks acknowledge it.  However, one of the primary causes for it—perhaps the fundamental cause—is completely unacknowledged: religion...

...There is no denying that religion—or in this context, the age-old specter of Muslim persecution of Christian minorities—was fundamental to the Armenian Genocide.  Even the most cited factor, ethnic identity conflict, while legitimate, must be understood in light of the fact that, historically, religion—creed—accounted more for a person’s identity than language or heritage. This is daily demonstrated throughout the Islamic world today, where Muslim governments and Muslim mobs persecute Christian minorities—minorities who share the same ethnicity, language, and culture, who are indistinguishable from the majority, except, of course, for being non-Muslims...

...what is happening to the Christians of today from one end of the Muslim world to the other is a reflection of what happened to the Armenian Christians of yesterday.   We can learn about the past by looking at the present.  From Indonesia in the east to Morocco in the west, from Central Asia in the north, to sub-Sahara Africa—that is, throughout the entire Islamic world—Muslims are, to varying degrees, persecuting, killing, raping, enslaving, torturing and dislocating Christians...

We've seen this before:

...In her memoir, Ravished Armenia, Aurora Mardiganian described being raped and thrown into a harem (which agrees with Islam’s rules of war).  Unlike thousands of other Armenian girls who were discarded after being defiled, she managed to escape. In the city of Malatia, she saw 16 Christian girls crucified: “Each girl had been nailed alive upon her cross, spikes through her feet and hands, only their hair blown by the wind, covered their bodies.”

Read the rest.

So before folks get all euphoric over the (presumed) deposing of Assad and his replacement with the "rebel" forces—think back a mere couple of years to the beginning of the "Arab spring" and the replacement of Mubarak with the democracy-loving...Muslim Brotherhood.

And then think back a century:

In 1915, Adolf Hitler rationalized his genocidal plans, which he implemented some three decades later, when he rhetorically asked: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”

Who indeed?

In the stream of consciousness

That's where I'm skinnydipping after reading Jedediah Bila's recent column, "We Are More Than the Sum of Our Parts," at AMAC.  It caused my brain to go off in so many different directions that I was sure I had suddenly become even more ADD-riddled than I was to begin with.

What prompted her essay is Gloria Steinem's (I guess she's still alive—who knew?) remark that "reproductive freedom is a fundamental human right."

That led Bila to list the unalienable rights in the Declaration—which include the right to life, something lost on the media still not covering the trial of a PA physician whose medical practice, if you can call it that, included inducing labor in women seeking late-term abortions (the sort that Governor Cuomo would like to encourage so that NYS can benefit from abortion tourism) leading to women delivering viable babies into toilets who then try to swim to escape.

So I was with her thus far.

She then said that Steinem "called reproductive freedom the 'key to equalizing males and females..."'

And this is where Bila runs off the rails.

...In my book, women’s equality didn’t come about because of reproductive freedom; it came about due to strong, intelligent, motivated women who used their intellect and passion to fight for recognition of their potential.
It would have been nice if she explicitly said that Steinem is off her rocker if she thinks that men and women aren't substantially equal when it comes to such commonly cited metrics as pay.  And it would have been nice if she had listed even a couple of the "strong, intelligent, motivated" women she mentions in passing. One that comes to my mind is Susan B. Anthony, who was both a driving force in the women's suffrage movement and is the eponymous inspiration of the SBA List, the pro-life PAC which works to dispel the myth that women need abortion in order to flourish.
My power in this world is not derived from my ability to abort; it is derived from my ability to succeed.
Hmmmm....I'll get back to that in a moment. 
The notion of “equalizing males and females” also reminds me of a quote by Timothy Leary often attributed to Marilyn Monroe: “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” I always liked that quote.
Despite what she says next, either she misunderstands the Leary quote or she's being disingenuous.  That quote is an insult to men. So she really lost me there.
You see, I don’t aim to be “equal with men” because I don’t see the world divided by gender, where all men are on one side and all women on another. It’s not realistic; things just aren’t that black and white. Instead, I aim to be the best woman I can be....
...We’re not a world divided between men and women; we’re a world made up of individuals with different skills, goals, and potential.

It just doesn’t all come down to gender...
Yes, men and women are designed to be complementary, not envious of and in competition with each other. But I could have done without the self-congratulatory platitudes.
My power is not born from my reproductive parts. It is born from my mind, my ambition, my passion, and my uniqueness as the one and only “me” in this world....
Hark! I hear Helen Reddy now...."I am woman, hear me roar...."
Oh, puhleez.
The column ends up with Jedediah's bio, which is nearly as long as the column itself.  You can read it here.   On the other hand, here's my bio:
tvm is spouse, mom of 3, stepmom of 4, blogger, and all-around PITA. She hasn't published any books—or much of anything else—but she has worked for a newspaper, been a mom, delivered newspapers, worked in a bank, been a mom, worked in a big box discount store and a department store, been a mom, did innumerable years of volunteer work in diverse leadership positions, been a mom, and worked in the local ivory tower.  And oh yeah, is a mom—did I mention that? tvm graduated summa cum laude from and as co-valedictorian of her alma mater. She has taught at the nursery school and college levels—wait, I just repeated myself.
Back to her comment above, "My power in this world is not derived from my ability to abort; it is derived from my ability to succeed"...I think she actually has a pretty myopic definition of success.
Granted, Jedediah is only 34 (the new 17, I guess), but there isn't any mention of family, as in spouse and children, in her bio.  She may want to read Pundette's recent post, 'There's a "war on children" and we're all losing," which links to writing with a lot more substance than is found in Bila's column.
Finally, you may want to read "Rodney"'s comment on Bila's post...apparently, all is not well in AMAC-land and some members are not happy with AMAC touting itself as the conservative alternative to AARP. I've wondered about that for a while and Bila's post made me wonder about it some more.
But enough for now.
Carry on.

If you think fracking is dangerous, just try canning

At a favorite science blog of mine, what if? This week's question:

...What's the worst thing that can happen if you misuse a pressure cooker in an ordinary kitchen?

...there are so many options it would be impossible to survey them all. But for my money, one of the most horrifying things you could do is this:
(Note: Never try this, for reasons which will become obvious in a moment.)
Fill the cooker with oxygen up to 5 PSI, then pump in fluorine until it starts escaping through the safety valve. Put the vessel over an open flame until it reaches 700°C (That’s °C, not °F. Yes, this will probably set off the smoke alarm.) Now, pump the hot gas over a liquid-oxygen-cooled stainless steel surface.
The procedure here is a little tricky, but if you do things right, the gas will condense into dioxygen difluoride (O2F2).
And that stuff is awful.
Ray Bradbury taught us that paper burns when exposed to oxygen at temperatures above 451°F. Dioxygen difluoride is so volatile that it makes almost any organic substance ignite and explode at any temperature hotter than 300°F below zero. It can literally make ice catch fire.
In an article about O2F2, Chemistry blogger Derek Lowe (of the excellent In The Pipeline) used phrases like “violently hideous”, “deeply alarming”, and “chemicals that I never hope to encounter”. Another article refers to fluorine as “the gas of Lucifer”, and lists chemists who were poisoned or blown up while attempting to work with it.
If your house is heated by natural gas, and it happens to contain hydrogen sulfide, you could pipe some of it into your container of O2F2. In addition to a massive explosion, this will also produce a cloud of hydrogen fluoride gas. Hydrogen fluoride can dissolve human tissue on contact, starting with your lungs and corneas.
As Lowe points out, the chemistry of this kind of reaction (O2F2 and sulfides) is largely unexplored...
Moral of the story: Never ever EVER use a pressure cooker.  Something really awful MIGHT happen:
I don't know how some people get out of bed in the morning.
UPDATE 4-17-13, via Moonbattery:


The Empty Tomb

A somber Eastertide column by Newt Gingrich:

...Easter Sunday is the most important day of the year for Christians...

...Christians believe there is every evidence that the crucifixion took place. Every testimony of the eye witnesses who became Christian affirms that Christ was crucified, that he rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven.
If these facts are true then Christianity is true.
If Christianity is true then salvation is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ who died for our sins so we could be saved and go to Heaven through faith in him.
Easter is exactly the right time to assess the growing threats to Christianity.
Christianity today is under siege on two fronts. On one front is growing secular tyranny which violates the first commandment and seeks to place human wishes and human desires ahead of God. On the other front is an irreconcilable wing of Islam which is seeking to drive Christianity out of every country it dominates. (More than half the Iraqi Christians have fled, more than 50,000 Egyptian Christians have fled in recent weeks, and churches have been burned in Pakistan and Malaysia).
Sunday, ask yourself some simple questions.
Do you believe that on Easter the Son of God rose from the dead?
Do you believe you can be saved through faith in Christ?
Do you believe God loves you?
If you answer yes, ask yourself, can you achieve salvation through faith in the Son of God?
If you answer yes again ask yourself, isn’t it time to stand up to the growing secular tyranny and irreconcilable wing of Islam which seek to destroy the very religion which offers hope and salvation to us and all of humanity?
It really is that simple and Easter is the day to think about it.
The time has come to remember the First Commandment brought down by Moses and reaffirmed by Christ: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
The next time Christians hear the smooth arguments and seductive reasoning of the radical secularists simply remember the road to salvation and the first rule on that road.


ConCon Mondays in April

In this instance, ConCon isn't shorthand for Constitutional Convention but for Consecutive Conservative Mondays in—wait for it—deep-blue Ithaca, NY.



There have been reports of pigs circling McGraw Tower.



The Cornell College Republicans are sponsoring a series entitled "American Voices" with a lineup of notable speakers on three consecutive Mondays in April:

  • Monday, April 8   S.E Cupp, Cornell class of 2000, 6:00pm in McGraw Hall 165. Topic: the liberal media
  • Monday, April 15   Rep. Tom Tancredo, 6:00pm in HEC Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall. Topic: immigration & national identity 
  • Monday, April 22   Herman Cain, 8:00pm in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall. Topic: the American Dream & free enterprise
A map of campus can be found here. McGraw and Goldwin Smith Halls are on the Arts Quad; Kennedy Hall is on the Ag Quad, at the corner of Garden Ave. and Tower Rd.
Click on the images below for more about the speakers:
For more information about the series, contact the president of the Cornell College Republicans, Jess Reif, at jar453@cornell.edu or (630) 863-3773.
Let's have a great turnout for these dynamite speakers and demonstrate that conservatism of all stripes is alive and well in Tompkins County and environs and—yea, verily—even on the Cornell campus.

Pay attention, class...Common Core is here

Are these things related or mere coinkydinkies?


The Obama Administration wants to establish a continuum of preschool services for children from birth through age five. As part of President Barack Obama’s drive for a “cradle-to-career” government-controlled education system, in February the Administration proposed significantly increasing government spending on early childhood education and care. The President’s proposal includes (1) new federal spending to establish a “cost-sharing” model with states to expand public preschool programs; (2) significant new spending on Early Head Start to serve infants, toddlers, and three-year-old children; (3) an effort to “grow” the federal Head Start program; and (4) an expansion of home-visitation programs. The White House deems this its Preschool for All initiative[1]

Read the whole thing.

 2) Common Core has been adopted by the vast majority of states. It's due to be fully implemented in NYS by 2014-2015 — see the list of readings for grades 9-12 English...it's instructive.  But don't worry: "As always, curriculum decisions are made at the local level."  Here's a sample:

Grade 9

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Mitchell, Black Swan Green

Russell, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”

McCarthy, Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood

Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet, Letters 1, 4, 7-8

Li Po, “A Poem of Changgan”

Pound, “The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter”

Alexie, “Every Little Hurricane”

McCollough, Mornings on Horseback

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet


Poe, “Tell-Tale Heart”

Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

Doyle, “A Scandal in Bohemia”

King, The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

Sacks, “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”

Levitt, “What Do Sumo Wrestlers and Schoolteachers Have In Common?”

Harr, The Lost Painting

Auden, "Musee des Beaux Arts"

Bishop, "One Art," " In the Waiting Room

Matthews, “A Poetry Reading At West Point”

Wayman, “Did I Miss Anything”

Chopin, The Awakening

Camus, The Stranger

Isben, A Doll’s House

Lessing, “To Room 19”

Cullen, “The Depressive and the Psychopath”

Kincaid, “Girl”

Grandin, Animals in Translation

White, “Death of a Pig”

Lawrence, “Snake” 

Bishop, “The Fish”

OrwelI, 1984

Frost, "The Wood Pile"


Sophocles, Oedipus the King

Plutarch, “Consolation to his Wife”

Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Kafka, Metamorphosis

Hemingway, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”

1 Samuel 17

Emerson, “Self Reliance”

Great Conversation Documents: FDR

Neruda, “You’re the Result of Yourself”

Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”

Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God                                                                                                                                    

Are many of the selections unfamiliar to you?  No worries—pick a few and try Googling them. You'll understand why this caveat appears before these reading lists:

These modules include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.


Have we piqued your interest about the nationalized content and standards "initiative" known as Common Core that your tax dollars are paying for and that your school-age children are being subjected to?  You can continue your education here.  If you want to see what NYS has up its sleeve in the various subject areas and at various grade levels, see the E ngage NY website and start clicking.

3) If you looked at which states have not accepted the bribe and adopted Common Core, you'll see that Texas is one of them.  No surprise there, says you—but you're wrong. Texas has its own version. Here's a quiz following a video about 9-11...see # 3.  A mom, Kara Sands, was outraged:

...Unsurprisingly, the stunningly controversial lesson plan is part of the CSCOPE curriculum system that has come under fire recently. The same system includes lessons asking students to design a flag for a “new socialist nation” and dubs the Boston Tea Party as an “act of terrorism”...


...Another worksheet on the Bill of Rights apparently names food and medicine as “rights,” not a personal responsibility, according to Sands. She said her son’s answer was falsely marked wrong because he labeled food and medicine as the latter...

Read the whole thing. The Texas State Education Department says this has nothing to do with CSCOPE, so this story is still developing.

4) Teachers are on board with all this, right?  Well...

The most disturbing thing is how few parents have any idea that this is going on.

5) The parent of an Ithaca High School ninth grader was shocked to see this social studies handout which his student recently brought home for him to look at (click on the image to read the whole doc):

The parent wrote: "I can't help but believe that this text presents Communism as the cure to the Capitalist "disease", especially to young impressionable minds with little to no experience of Communist oppressions. On Page 4: "Communism...appeals to the more saintly side of man...", whereas Capitalism "...promotes class distinction where the gap between the rich and poor is highly emphasized", and "Capitalism appeals to the more selfish side of man".  So to sum it up, Communism is saintly and Capitalism is selfish!  What happened to an impartial presentation of ALL aspects?  There is no discussion of the benefits of Capitalism, like how it empowers the individual and preserves individual liberties; nor is there any discussion of how Communist regimes need to strip individual rights and liberties (protected by our Constitution) to preserve the system, or build walls to keep citizens from escaping!"

So are all these things connected or are we just letting our vivid imagination run away with us?

Common Core is Marxism for children.

Michelle Malkin, who doesn't generally strike us as prone to hysteria, has authored a series of must-read columns about Common Core which every parent and every taxpayer should familiarize themselves with:

"Creepy" doesn't begin to describe it. 

During 1950s and 60s Cold War days, it was not unusal for American parents to fear that Soviets would take their children away, to be raised in government institutions away from any possibility of influence from their parents and families.  

Wish I could be a fly on the wall to see the spin put on 1984 for the benefit of NYS ninth-graders.

Don't fear the Soviets. Orwell was only about thirty years off. 



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