Month: July 2017

Conference teaches K-12 educators how to combat ‘whiteness in schools’

A recent conference hosted by an Ivy League university focused on integration and inclusion in K-12 education and included workshops on how educators should face white privilege in their classrooms, challenge microaggressions and address “Eurocentric pedagogical approaches.” The “Reimagining Education Summer Institute” conference, organized by Columbia University’s Teachers College, was held in mid-July and concentrated on “opportunities and challenges of creating and sustaining racially, ethnically and socio-economically integrated schools,” according to its website. The event, in its second year, drew 300 participants that mostly consisted of K-12 teachers and principals, the institute’s director Amy Wells said in a phone interview with The College Fix. The four-day conference included plenary sessions, dozens of workshops and dialogue sessions. One presentation, called “Whiteness in schools,” provided “a history of Whiteness, and will invite participants into a discussion of how Whiteness and White culture shapes what happens in schools,” according to a description. One workshop discussed “3 ways to face white privilege in the classroom.” Presented by Teachers College postdoctoral fellow Jamila Lyiscott, a summary of the workshop states it included “activities and critical dialogue around White privilege to connect personal responsibility to pedagogical possibilities for the classroom.” And a workshop on “Teaching for Social Justice” sought to challenge colonialist and racist pedagogies. “We will challenge Eurocentric pedagogical approaches that not only under-prepare students for the realities of our increasingly multiethnic, multilingual, globalized society, but are also rooted in colonial and racist ideologies that stifle the voices, identities, and realities of students of color,” a description states. There was also a “Deconstructing Racial Microaggressions” workshop in which attendees pledged to address racial insults at their schools. Institute director Wells, a professor of sociology and education at the Teachers College, said the conference came about out of her belief that the “missing piece” regarding issues of integration in education is what goes on inside the classroom. “It’s always about getting kids into the building and I just think … we’re always missing the educators who actually do the work and who actually interact with the kids on daily basis and help them understand race in terms of how they’re relating to other students,” she said. Wells said she believes higher education has the knowledge to transform the educational system but it requires connecting “a lot of dots” that have been fragmented over the years to bring that knowledge together so people can use it. A number of the workshops at the event were geared toward racial issues and curriculum in K-12 education and participants were able to gain graduate course credits and continuing education credits by attending the event. Mariel Buque, a Ph.D. Candidate at Teachers College, led a workshop titled “Deconstructing Racial Microaggressions.” The seminar sought to “help participants identify ways in which educational systems perpetuate racial microaggressions, both within classroom practices and within the institutional climates.” The training focused on increasing educators’ ability to recognize racial microaggressions, understand their effects on students of color and helping the educators “gain accountability in taking remedial action to overcome racial biases that lead to microaggressions.” Participants in the workshop also took a pledge to address microaggressions at their respective schools, according to a tweet from Buque. Other workshops touched on topics such as using hip hop as a form of therapy in schools, instituting restorative justice for student discipline and examining segregation and desegregation.

You really can’t make this stuff up, folks..  If you have a child being exposed to this crap, then be afraid…and pull them out.  Kids don’t need to be learning about so-called “microaggressions.”  They need to be learning 2+2=4, how to read, how to spell, etc.  This is the kinda crap to produces generations of idiots who will be complete disasters in the workplace….or who won’t make it in college.  Unreal..

Analysis: North Korea may have just shown a capability to strike the continental US

Top U.S. generals are weighing ”military response options” following a North Korean missile test that analysts believe, for the first time, showed a capability to strike the continental United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile. Following the launch Friday morning, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford, and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris called the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Gen. Lee Sun-jin, according to the Pentagon. “During the call Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance,” a Pentagon release stated. ”The three leaders also discussed military response options.” Harris joined Dunford in his Pentagon office to make the phone call. Hours after the launch, there is increasing consensus among analysts that the preliminary characteristics of the launch show the capability to exceed 10,000 km in range, a distance capable of potentially threatening New York or San Diego. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis issued an statement on the launch from the Defense Department. “The U.S. Department of Defense detected and tracked a single North Korea missile launch today at about 10:41 a.m. [Eastern Daylight Time],” said Davis, reading the official statement. “We assess that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, as had been expected.” Davis said the missile was launched from Mupyong-ni, and said it traveled “about 1,000 kilometers before splashing down in the Sea of Japan.” Mupyong-ni “is an arms plant up in the far north of North Korea, north of Pyongyang,” Davis said. The missile “splashed down inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone, about 88 nautical miles from Hokkaido,” Davis told reporters at the Pentagon. “We’re working with our interagency partners for a more detailed assessment,” he said. North American Aerospace Defense Command assessed the launch and “determined it was not a threat to North America,” Davis said.

Not this time..   But, then again, that wasn’t the target.  What we can take away from this is that the DPRK is moving closer and closer toward an ICBM capability that could hit CONUS (the continental United States).  And, that is simply not acceptable.  Talking and talking, and imposing so-called “economic sanctions” have done nothing, so far, to deter Kim Jong Ding Dong from pursuing an ICBM and nuclear capability.  So, our leaders need to start not just planning “military options,”…but, actually preparing to make the decision to execute those military options.  Up til now, it really hasn’t been seriously considered.  Sure we have the 2nd Infantry Division on the DMZ, and we have military assets in that theater.   But, seriously considering taking unilateral military action against North Korea hasn’t seriously been considered to date.  It’s been a can that each presidential administration has just kicked down the road.  We’ll see if President Trump follows that foolish precedent, or takes another course of action.  To read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

Trump administration targets MS-13 gang, sanctuary cities

The Trump administration Thursday put sanctuary cities front and center in its battle to take down the ruthless MS-13 street gang, saying the efforts to shield illegal immigrants was providing safe haven for violent criminals. “Cooperation is critical. It is often state and local law enforcement not ICE that first come into contact with transnational criminal organizations,” Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told reporters at the White House. He said that with the help of city and state government, “our gang is bigger than theirs.” The White House highlighted the fight against MS-13 as Attorney General Jeff Sessions was in El Salvador, meeting with his counterpart to organize an attack on the gang in its home base.

Nearly 1 Million Illegal Aliens Now Have Driver’s Licenses in California

The State of California is on track to issue a total of one million driver’s licenses to illegal aliens by the end of 2017. In 2013, California lawmakers passed legislation that allowed illegal aliens to obtain driver’s licenses if they can prove to the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) their identity and state residency. The plan was one of the largest victories to date by the open borders lobby. Years later, an estimated 905,000 illegal aliens have driver’s licenses in California, according to the Sacramento Bee, despite issuances beginning in 2015. The number of illegal aliens in California with driver’s licenses is likely to surpass one million before the end of this year. In the first half of 2017 alone, more than 83,000 illegal aliens received driver’s licenses in California. Soros groups are currently pushing a plan that would make it illegal to not rent a residence to an illegal alien because of their immigration status.

Wow..  Thanks a lot California Democrats..  Morons..

Feds arrest IT staffer for Wasserman Schultz trying to leave country

A House IT staffer at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal has been arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud, Fox News has learned. Fox News is told officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport. Awan, 37, of Virginia, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in federal court in Washington, D.C. He was released but will have to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew. Awan also was ordered to turn over all his passports. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21. Law enforcement authorities for months have been looking into how Awan may have double-billed the House for equipment like computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards and routers. Several relatives of Awan worked for House Democrats and were fired months ago. Awan, however, was kept on staff by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., even though he was no longer allowed access to the House server network. Wasserman Schultz, though, has now fired Awan.

Well, yeah..  He got arrested..  So, Debbie is cutting her loses there.  Unlike the whole Russian collusion with the Trump campaign fake news, THIS is a real scandal that the dominantly liberal mainstream isn’t covering.  This story is developing…and we’ll keep ya updated.

Analysis: The CBO’s Cryptic Approach To Scoring Laws Undermines Public Confidence

Efforts by Republican lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act in recent months have repeatedly collapsed after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored the various bills using a closely guarded analytic process done entirely behind closed doors. As Republicans released proposed legislation, the CBO announced its views about its effect on the federal budget and how it would affect the number of people without health insurance but didn’t provide a clear account of how those numbers were reached. The lack of transparency about the basis for the CBO’s findings makes it difficult for either experts or the broader public to evaluate their credibility or predict how alternatives to the legislation might be scored. As a result, the scores have been surprisingly bleak, forecasting far more people without health insurance than many experts expected, and opened the non-partisan agency to charges of having a liberal bias. The models used by the CBO to produce these scores are confidential and unavailable for public scrutiny. Often they exist only on the hard drive of a single staffer or a small group of staffers with responsibility for certain types of legislation. The identities of these custodians are not publicly known, although very often lobbyists in Washington, D.C. know which staffers have custody of the models that cover areas relevant to the lobbyists’ clients. Disclosure of the models would be a fairly simple task, merely requiring the CBO to post the spreadsheets it uses to make its estimates. So far, however, the CBO has resisted calls for greater transparency and public accountability. The resistance may be undermining the CBO’s reputation as a non-partisan score-keeper of legislation. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney recently said that the time for the CBO has “come and gone” and suggested changes to make the agency less influential in the legislative process. Depending on which type of legislation is being considered, the CBO’s level of transparency varies. Its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook, for example, includes a somewhat detailed explanation of the basis for its forecasts, although even their the agency hides the precise formulas it uses. The healthcare bills are on the opposite end of the spectrum, cloaked in secrecy. For example, CBO’s most recent health care report, produced on July 19 with the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, estimated that the latest house bill would increase the number of uninsured by 32 million in 2026, double insurance premiums for individuals who purchase insurance, and decrease budget deficits by $472 billion over the next ten years. But it offered only vague and often unhelpful explanations for how it arrived at these figures.

Agreed..  The whole CBO scoring thing is a con in the worst way.  To read the rest of this outstanding, and eye-opening, analysis by John Carney, click on the text above.

Iran poised to launch rocket into space, as North Korea readies another missile test, US officials say

Two enemies of America are poised for upcoming rocket launches, two senior U.S. officials told Fox News, with another North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile launch expected as soon as Wednesday night and Iran on the verge of sending its own vehicle into space. Iran’s Simorgh space-launch vehicle is believed to be carrying a satellite, marking the second time in more than a year that Tehran has attempted to put an operational satellite into orbit — something the Islamic Republic has never done successfully, according to one of the officials who has not authorized to discuss a confidential assessment. Iran’s last space launch in April 2016 failed to place a satellite into orbit, the official said. The intelligence community is currently monitoring Iran’s Semnan launch center, located about 140 miles east of Tehran, where officials say the “first and second stage airframes” have been assembled on a launch pad and a space launch is expected “at any time,” according to the official. Just days after President Trump took office, Iran conducted its first ballistic missile test under the new administration, prompting the White House to put Tehran “on notice.” Since then there have been other ballistic missile and cruise missile tests, including one from a midget submarine in early May — a type of submarine used by both Iran and North Korea. North Korea and Iran have long been accused of sharing missile technology. “The very first missiles we saw in Iran were simply copies of North Korean missiles,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a missile proliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “Over the years, we’ve seen photographs of North Korean and Iranian officials in each other’s countries, and we’ve seen all kinds of common hardware.”

 

Foxconn announces $10 billion investment in Wisconsin and up to 13,000 jobs

Foxconn Technology Group Wednesday pledged to invest $10 billion to build a display panel plant in Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers and draw up to $3 billion in subsidies from state taxpayers — a deal that could ripple through the economy and 2018 elections. “This is a great day for American workers and manufacturers and everyone who believes in the concept and the label ‘Made in the USA,’ ” said an ebullient President Donald Trump at the White House announcement.

Nice!!  To read the rest of this story, click on the text above.

Budget boss Mulvaney claims Obama had ‘secret list’ of proposed regulations

At a news briefing this week, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney continued to push the Trump administration’s goal of cutting back on Obama-era regulations. On Thursday, Mulvaney unveiled a “secret list” of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement. “They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what we’re hearing is that they just didn’t want to tell you about it,” said Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget. “They thought it would be bad for their re-election prospects in 2012, so they created a secret list of regs that were not disclosed to you folks, and we are disclosing it.” Mulvaney noted that President Trump has promised a “two-for-one policy” on regulations, meaning that for every new regulation introduced by the Trump team, two old regulations would be eliminated. So far, that policy has led to the removal of 860 rules, the budget director said. Referring to the list, Mulvaney added that the Trump administration was committed to setting a new tone in Washington. “There will be none of that in this administration. We will not have a secret list,” he said. “We will not have a hidden list of regulations that we’re thinking about doing but we’re not going to tell you about. That’s going to end effective immediately. In fact, it has already ended. We’re not going to do that anymore.”

Excellent!!  Let’s hope you

Jared Kushner Denies Russian Collusion: Trump Won Because He ‘Had a Better Message and Ran a Smarter Campaign’

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner denied colluding with Russia Monday afternoon, saying in a rare public statement that his father-in-law Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election because he “had a better message and ran a smarter campaign.” Kushner spoke outside the White House after testifying for about two hours at a closed Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, after earlier having denied accusations of Russian conclusions in a statement Monday morning ahead of his testimony. Responding to reports of his alleged dealing with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Kushner had said he was “highly skeptical” such calls with Kislyak took place. In the 11-page statement, he firmly denied any collusion with Russia and made similar remarks in his statement at the White House. “Let me be clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone in the campaign who did so,” Kushner said. “I had no improper contacts, I have not relied on Russian funds for my businesses, and I have been fully transparent in providing all requested information.” In the short statement, he said that serving President Trump and the American people “has been the privilege of a lifetime.” He also took a swipe at Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, who have suggested that Trump won in part due to Russian interference in the election. “Donald Trump had a better message and ran a smarter campaign, and that is why he won. Suggesting otherwise ridicules those who voted for him,” he said.

Exactly!!  Well said, Jared.