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Secure Kids’ Right to Instruction

0 Comments 23 September 2013

By Carl Olson — A 150-year-old profession with millions of practitioners should show considerable progress by now. Unfortunately the K-12 government teaching profession is lagging substantially.  A key reason is not so obvious: Children and parents have no legal rights to instruction.  Ay, there is the rub!

Children/parents have no enforceable leverage to boost the quality of instruction.  The country is suffering as a result. Student achievement levels have been in the doldrums for decades.  No “best practices” of teaching have been developed and spread around the country.  The public school industry gobbles up about half of tax spending at the state and local level with meager returns.

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Real climate science the IPCC doesn’t want you to see

0 Comments 19 September 2013

By Paul Driessen — Once again, it’s the NIPCC versus the IPCC – facts versus gloom-and-doom assertions.

Earth’s average atmospheric temperatures haven’t increased in almost 17 years. It’s been eight years since a Category 3 hurricane hit the United States. Tornado frequency is at a multi-decade low ebb. Droughts are shorter and less extreme than during the Dust Bowl and 1950s. Sea ice is back to normal, after one of the coldest Arctic summers in decades. And sea levels continue to rise at a meager 4-8 inches per century.

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The Left’s Latest Holiday from Reality on Net Neutrality

0 Comments 19 September 2013

By Seton Motley — The Left created out of whole cloth the utterly terrible policy that is Network Neutrality.  They did so to undermine the private Internet – so as to ultimately strand you with the government as your sole Internet Service Provider (ISP).  Which would be a huge free market and free speech problem.

How do we know this is their Net Neutrality intention?  Because they say so:

“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”

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The New York State wind wars

0 Comments 19 September 2013

By Mary Kay Barton — Congress’s last minute extension of the PTC or Production Tax Credit (aka: “Pork To Cronies”) within the December 31, 2012 fiscal cliff deal was good news for Big Wind corporate welfare profiteers, like Michael Polsky’s Invenergy. It was very bad news for rural/residential towns that are being targeted by industrial wind developers here in New York State, and across the nation.

Even though the Wyoming County, NY Town of Orangeville’s conflicted Town Board approved Invenergy’s “Stony Creek” project in the Fall of 2012, Invenergy admitted it would not go ahead with the project unless the PTC was extended. This again highlights the fact that the only thing Invenergy is interested in “harvesting” via its “wind farms” is taxpayers’ money. Even worse, once Crony-Corruptocrats in DC extended the PTC in that midnight fiscal cliff deal, the once-beautiful rolling hills of the Town of Orangeville were doomed.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Beyond Jefferson’s Vines by Richard G. Leahy

0 Comments 18 September 2013

By Justin Williams — Beyond Jefferson’s Vines: The Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia by Richard G. Leahy is an easy pickup for anyone who is highly interested in Virginia wine.

The book begins with a very good history and overview of Virginia and it’s relationship with wine along with Thomas Jefferson’s experiment of growing his own hopeful wine grapes in Virginia. I really enjoyed this part of the book. It makes someone look back and remember the history lessons taught about Thomas Jefferson–both positive and negative–and I think to myself that I wish my history teacher had known some of this information. But, then again, telling wine history to high schoolers might come off wrong or bore them to death.

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To bee or not to bee

0 Comments 09 September 2013

By Paul Driessen — Activist groups continue to promote scary stories that honeybees are rapidly disappearing, dying off at “mysteriously high rates,” potentially affecting one-third of our food crops and causing global food shortages. Time magazine says readers need to contemplate “a world without bees,” while other “mainstream media” articles have sported similar headlines.

The Pesticide Action Network and NRDC are leading campaigns that claim insecticides, especially neonicotinoids, are at least “one of the key factors,” if not the principle or sole reason for bee die-offs.

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We paid for it and we have a right to see it

0 Comments 04 September 2013

By Ron Arnold — Who owns taxpayer-funded science? From the way many scientists behave, it’s not the taxpayers.

Many scientific studies funded by federal agencies – through grants, contracts or cooperative agreements – hide the guts of the science. What the scientists keep secret is the raw data they obtain and the methods they use to interpret it, as if those were personal possessions. It’s an especially outrageous attitude when their work is used to justify the horrendous, burdensome regulations.

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State Department hides facts on Russian shoot-down of Korean airline

0 Comments 04 September 2013

By Carl Olson — Soviets shot down Korean airliner KAL007 on Sept. 1, 1983, even though it was not over Soviet airspace.  The U. S. State Department hid this fact in a cowardly move to protect Soviet “detente” policy.

The airliner was headed west toward Southern Sakhalin Island (north of Japan) when it was attacked by the Soviet jet.  The airliner continued across Southern Sakhalin and made a water landing in the Sea of Japan.  Most of the 269 passengers and crew survived but the Soviets have not accounted for them.

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A Chance to Undo an Illegal Obama Administration Power Grab

0 Comments 04 September 2013

By Seton Motley — We have been engulfed in a whirlwind of illegal Barack Obama Administration regulatory fiats.  Time and again the President has forgone the legislative process required by the Constitution – and impudently started imposing Leftist wish list items as if they were law.

Meaning unilateral imposition of ObamaCare changes.  The gutting of welfare reform.  Cap and Trade.  Card Check.  And many, many others.

The Executive Branch Departments, Commissions, Agencies and Boards are actually creations and creatures of the Legislative Branch.  These entities can not begin promulgating rules and regulations unless and until Congress first passes law that tells  them to do so.

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Stop denying climate science and ACT… before people realize it’s a scam!

0 Comments 04 September 2013

By Paul Driessen — The full-court press is on. Alarmist scientists, politicians, pressure groups, newspapers, ministers, rabbis and bureaucrats want Americans to “stop stalling” on climate change. They demand that we embrace “revenue-neutral” carbon taxes and carbon dioxide regulations, before it’s “too late” to prevent “catastrophic” global warming, “monster” storms and rising seas that will “inundate our coastal cities.”

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