Wednesday, February 8, 2017

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT -- BETSY DEVOSS


REQUEST: I ask readers to kindly list some positive outcomes of the US Department of Education programs and expenditures since the formation in 1979.

As I observe the confirmation process for President Trump's cabinet appointees, I am appalled by the ineptitude shown by US Senators in questioning the appointees -- ineptitude competing with dishonesty for dominance of the questioning.

As noted in another post herein, Trump's appointees are, by and large, of qualifications superior to vastly most of those of past presidents, especially of Obama's. Perhaps the appointee receiving the most questionable comments is Dept. of Ed. appointee, Betsy DeVoss. While I admit here that I did not hear or see her performance in the hearing, I have heard and read much since. It seems she gave answers to questions that were deemed incomplete, or just didn't satisfy the questioners -- aka Senators, most with no experience in education. I wonder how many of them have committed as much to education as has Mrs. DeVoss.

It seems that the most egregious of acts in Mrs. DeVoss' background relate to not giving allegiance to the failed Department of Education practices. And, of course, THE UNIONS. It seems that she has sought alternate programs for children who need help  -- "choice," perhaps vouchers, ??. Can anyone give evidence of how unions have advanced the cause of education of children, point to improved outcomes and better performance post public education? I think not!

We've had initiatives, one after another named programs such as "No Child Left Behind," "Rush to the Top," now "Common Core" and results get worse not better. Expenditures per student have more than doubled since 1986-90 to over $12,000/yr per student! Where are the positive results? There are none.

WE MUST HAVE IMPROVED OUTCOMES IN OUR SCHOOLS. I cannot judge if Mrs. DeVoss has the attributes to help produce positive outcomes. But, I do know that the Department of Education is all but ineffective, even defunct.

Give Betsy DeVoss a chance to improve the Department of Education or shut it down and get back to the states' control of all education.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

ATTACK ON THE LOUVRE - A PLOT?


THE ATTACK ON THE LOUVRE MAY HAVE BEEN PART OF A BIGGER PLAN TO DESTROY EUROPEAN TREASURES. IS THE USA IN THEIR PLANS?
By Dr. Robert Warren, PhD

To many, the jihadist attack on the Louvre was just another in a very long line of Islamic terrorist attacks on the West - and France in particular. An Egyptian named Abdullah Reda Refaei al-Hamamy attacked French soldiers guarding the world famous facility - and was shot and subsequently hospitalized. Police traced his activities and discovered he had flown into Paris in January 2017. He rented a high-end hotel room in Rue de Ponthieu near the Champs-Elysees. Not surprisingly, he had no identification and it is presumed that this was a suicide attack and part of a plot.

What is significant is that Abdullah was carrying a cell phone and paint bombs as well as the machete he used on the French guards. This very unusual combination of items has led French authorities to speculate that his intent was not just to kill people but also to kill the foundation of the Western world. Had he succeeded, even to a small degree, he would have erase from history the iconic and beloved treasures of European culture.  By way of reminder, the Louvre contains the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Vermeer and others.

His act, if he had been able to accomplish it, was not unlike what ISIS is doing throughout Syria and Iraq. These barbarians have already destroyed temples, artwork, ancient towns, and more in their crazed attempts to cleanse the mid-east and prepare the way for a caliphate. History is of little concern and nothing deemed unworthy is left. This is the scorched earth destruction of cultural memory. Abdullah was a martyr to this cause.

In conclusion, President Trump’s immigration ban might or might not have stopped this type of attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City or the Smithsonian Institution complex in the District of Columbia. However, it is a first step of many aimed at getting control of the chaotic and uncontrolled immigration situation left by Obama. The anarchists, socialists, and other thugs of the left don’t seem to see the terrorist related damage they are encouraging and facilitating. Or maybe, in their drive to undermine America, nothing else matters.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

ANARCHIST PROTESTORS, WHO FINANCES THEM?


Those responsible for anarchy and violence all appear to be leftists. We must determine who they are and who gives them the wherewithal to be so destructive and to be anarchists.

ON VIOLENCE, PROPERTY DESTRUCTION AND ANARCHY BY "PROTESTORS": I recommend that President Trump, if he can get his DOJ organized with capable and committed people, form a task force to analyze all such inappropriate, even illegal, acts of protest. Categorize them as to cause(s), who are the people and who finances them. Also, chronicle each and report publicly the cost of damage done.

NO, this is not abrogating their right to free speech. Rather, it's an attempt to apply analytical problem-solving methodology to these problems that are more intractable day-by-day. Our government has an obligation to protect people and property and quell anarchy. We must know who is responsible. Peaceful protest is a precious right, it's freedom in action, ANARCHY IS NOT. The anarchy at University of California at Berkeley is a last straw!! Do it now, Trump. Determine who is responsible and stop them with penalties.

FIRING ACTING AG YATES CORRECT


President Trump's firing of Acting AG Sally Yates was the correct action.

ON THE DOJ: President Trump made absolutely the correct decision to fire Acting AG, Sally Yates. Trump is the CEO of the nation and as such is responsible for all that goes on in his organization. Insubordination cannot be tolerated!! Yates was insubordinate at least, a firing offense in any organization, and her actions could even be deemed subversive. The DOJ has been corrupt at least for the last 8 years, under both Holder and Lynch, most recently in abrogation of the Rule Of Law in the Clinton corruption and malfeasance cases. Now Democrats are, once again, being totally irresponsible in not approving an honorable, well-qualified person, Sen. Jeff Sessions, to be AG, who must clean up the mess of Obama's DOJ.

Monday, January 23, 2017

TRUMP'S CABINET SUPERIOR TO SENATORS CONFIRMING THEM


Trump's cabinet appointees' hearings show distinctly how the least among us control, or try to, the best among us.

As I watched the confirmation hearing a few days ago, I could not dispel the thought that I was watching validation of my opinion that we are governed by too many of the least among us, surely not the best. To see Senators such as Patty Murray, Patrick Leahy, Ron Wyden, Marco Rubio, Ben Cardin and more interrogating accomplished people, the kind of high achievers our founders envisaged governing America, was telling of who, and what kind of intellects, we have elected to office.

Rubio even had the audacity to try to force Sec. of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, to declare Vladimir Putin a "war criminal." Rubio is now said to be holding up Tillerson's confirmation as he ponders. Rubio is totally ignoring the fact that declaration of "a war criminal" requires charges and adjudication. Na├»ve or ignorant? Doesn't matter. Wrong! While all questioners were unimpressive, Ben Cardin and Patrick Leahy seemed to be competing for least intellectual, most simple-minded of the lot. I have my own personal disgust with Leahy but will save it for another time. Extreme arrogance.

PRES. TRUMP'S APPOINTEES EXCELLENT


President Trumps cabinet will be the most accomplished in modern times, as the founders envisaged our leaders to be.

Trump's cabinet appointees are the most accomplished people, as was the founders' vision, that we have seen for several administrations. Compared to Obama's appointees, the least experienced and worst ever,  Trump's nominees are leagues ahead in experience and other attributes, Sen. Schumer's idiotic comments notwithstanding. Wise up Schumer!

Trump is doing exactly what a CEO is expected to do -- hire and appoint qualified people who are as capable as he/she or more so. I supported Trump hoping for just such executive action. A good start, President Trump.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

PROTESTING TRUMP'S INAUGURATION -- INVALID

As I read, and listen to interviewees mobbing the streets of our nation's capital, bemoaning the anticipated "Nazism" of the nascent Trump administration all I see is a bunch of fascist goons and brats doing their utmost to emulate Hitler's Brown Shirts. The Metropolitan PD is not taking adequate steps to put an end to the rock throwing, burning, and riot and mayhem marring what has always been an example to the world of peaceful and lawful transfer of power.

Lock these thugs and goons up. Clear the streets of this dangerous riffraff. If they are not from DC or environs, find out who organized and financed their journeys, and arrest them for inciting to riot. Last night I saw the disgusting spectacle of a young boy, I suppose 11 or 12 years old, bragging to a TV news interviewer about his starting fires in the streets. He should have been taken into custody and his parents arrested for child endangerment. They would run the danger of having their child taken from them if they let him walk to school on his own, or ride his bike without a helmet and knee and elbow pads. Allowing him to engage in arson, while participating in a leftist inspired and organized riot, is apparently alright in our politically correct Alice in Wonderland nation's capital, however!

For my deluded or attempting to delude, friends and kin on the left, I will remind you that there have been no riots or organized thug activity by me or fellow conservative thinkers. We did not fill the streets of DC when we were subjected to a second Obama term, no matter how it distressed us. We subscribe to the proposition that the United States of America has been, and should always be, a nation of laws. We should not and will not be ruled by mobs and goons.

If the Trump administration will not take action to put an end to lawlessness and threats to public safety and freedom, he will not see a second term. It will not be fascism to put and end to this mob behavior, as the fascism is what we are witnessing today in the streets of Washington, and have witnessed throughout this campaign. It will also be time to put an end to the criminal abuse of our law enforcement officers and other public safety officials. It is time to return to the system in which the police enjoy the right of presumption of innocence, just as their fellow citizens and the criminals they apprehend do. It is time to remember that we do have domestic enemies, as well as foreign enemies, who wish ill for us and our way of life. It is time to remember that the system should favor the law abiding and the productive Americans, not the parasitic, seditious and criminals.

So wipe the spittle off your chins, slap yourselves upside the head until you give over your fantasies and wishful thinking, and try to muster enough intellectual honesty to admit that your candidate lost. And why! You and your elitist friends do not represent American thought and belief.  Our America will be run from her capital, and from state capitals, by elected officials. It cannot, in a free nation of laws, be run from the east and west coast urban centers or faculty lounges. Neither will it nor should it, reflect the beliefs of just the inhabitants of these centers.

America's founders were very wise in forming the Electoral College to prevent such dominance by a few.