Saturday, November 8, 2008

Marshall Fritz RIP

Marshall Fritz of Alliance for the Separation of School and State and State passed away November 4th. Please take a moment to honor the man by learning more about his work.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Indoctrination in our Public Schools

Numerous sources have posted a You Tube video in which a teacher is shaming a student for her McCain support. I came across the video on Below is a partial transcript from Michelle Malkin. I am not posting the video here as we have dial-up and I am sure others do as well. I did hear the transcript on the radio.

Indoctrination is one of the many reasons I do not want to send my children to public school when they get old enough. I have seen first hand on numerous occasions how the teachers and employees of Newport and Croydon schools are more concerned about protecting their jobs and getting more money than they are about educating our children.

Oh by the way only one school board member responded to my complaint about the Obama sign in the classroom. He said he would mention it to the group but I never heard back. No surprise there.

Partial transcript:

Harris:We want to talk about the presidential election. I want to ask you, who are you pulling for? Raise your hand.

Student: Obama.

Harris: You pullin for Obama. Who you pullin for?

Student: Obama.

Harris:Any of you pullin for John McCain? That’s fine, say him as well.

Student: Obama.

Student: Obama.

[Cathy, the daughter of an American soldier answers McCain.]

Harris:John, oh lord, John McCain.
Oh Jesus, John McCain.
Ok, now I wanna axe you somethin.
Why are you pullin for John McCain? It’s ok, but why are you pullin for John McCain?

Cathy: I thinks it’s because my parents are going for him too.

Harris: Ok, your parents are going for him. Why are you pullin for Ba-RACK. Barack.

Student: I just want a black president sometimes.
Ok, you want a black president.

Student: The reason why I want Barack Obama is because he’s making good changes in the good country and stuff like that.

Harris: So, he’s making good changes for our country. Now can you tell me just a little bit more, like what type of changes?
Like not having big fights between Iraq and having soldiers killed.
So in other words, Barack is going to end that war in Iraq. What do you all know about that war in Iraq?

[Harris addresses Kathy] Talk, cause yo daddy in the military. Talk. It’s a senseless war! And by the way, Cathy, the person that you’re picking for president said that our troops could stay in Iraq for another hundred years if they need to!
[Camera pans to Cathy, in near tears.]

Harris: So that means that your daddy could stay in the military for another hundred years!

Video and Transcript at What Do You Believe?

The video also appears at Belch Speak.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Final Thoughts on the Election...

well I hope these are my final thoughts. Bravo to America for electing an African American President so many people said America was too racist to do so. I hope this is a turning point for race relations in America. Now everyone stop playing the race card. America is the land of dreams if Barack Obama can be elected president anyone can achieve their dreams. We elected a man who was abandoned by his father and raised by his grandparents.

Of course there will be no buyer's remorse on my part, as I did not vote for him. My hope is that we do not have President Obama haters as we had President Bush haters for the last eight years. Although he is not my candidate he will be my President and I support him just as Kerry voters should have supported President Bush. That is not to say I will agree with his policies it is to say that I will honor the office of Presidency for what it means to America.

Now that being said I hope Obama supporters listened with a grain of salt to his campaign promises because that is all they were. One of my college roommates and very close friends was an Obama supporter and I know I could not change her mind, as well as several other friends of mine. I respected their right to vote for whomever they wanted but I also knew they were ignorant votes as others who supported Obama. One only needs to look at the current state of the economy and how the mess was made to know that he would not be able to keep said promises.

Obama made this clear during his acceptance speech he said and I quote, "The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. "..."There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. And we know the government can't solve every problem. "

Unfortunately some people believed that he would solve every problem. So many people also were ignorant and only listened to the mainstream media instead of doing their own research.

I hope only the best for our President elect and our country. To all I ask for you to take care of yourselves and your family do not expect Obama to take care of you and your family because it is not going to happen. Let us hope that President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden and the legislators will protect our country and get us out of debt because that is really all that we need. If they are all able to stop the pork barrel spending, stop the deficit spending, pay back our debt and protect our Country he will be a very successful President. Stop the socialist programs because we just do not have the money to have such programs.

Friends you won't get what Obama promised we are now seeing this day two post election with Obama workers angry about not being paid. This will be the reality of the presidency so take care of yourself and your family because the economy is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Obama won't be a savior but he will be our President so support him by respecting the office.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama, In His Own Words

Okay here is my last election piece. It appeared on Town Please Vote. Good luck to Sununu and McCain/Palin. I know all signs point to an Obama win but I say it ain't over until the fat lady sings. I think McCain/Palin will pull it off. That means tomorrow I will either be right or wrong, but I am willing to put my neck on the line.


It’s down to the wire. Is there anything left to be said? Any argument that will persuade those still waffling, or change the minds of those still inclined to vote for Obama? I think so. So I’ll offer one last observation of my own. And here it is: Obama supporters point with dewy-eyed admiration to his years as a “community organizer” as proof of his readiness to lead. What they overlook is the fact that a commitment to ideological stealth (read “deception”), a philosophy of class and race envy, a deeply-held resentment of those who have been successful, a disdain for the foundational documents of the nation, a messianic sense of personal superiority, and a willingness to attack those who disagree with you through use of the political machine -- may seem like valiance when done by a struggling underdog. But those same attitudes, inclinations and tactics take on a very different aspect when the person with them is the most powerful human being on the planet.

Now I’m going to let Obama speak for himself in this rest of this article. Despite the monolithic efforts of our Pravda press to bury, suppress, deny and cover up for Barack Obama and his anti-business, anti-life, anti-white, and anti-American sentiments, laudable efforts of the few principled journalists we have left in this country have unearthed speeches and interviews with the Anointed One that make the case against the possibility of his presidency far better than any pundit or columnist could.

So why take our word for it, when you can listen to what Barack Obama himself has said? In these last few hours before you vote, as you contemplate what you are looking for in the leader of the free world, here are just a few of Obama’s Greatest Hits for you to ponder:

The President takes an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. “

But Obama says: “The Constitution is a flawed document.”

The President appoints U.S. Supreme Court justices, who serve for life once confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

But Obama’s view of the Supreme Court: “[It] never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth … It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution.”

The reason Justice is represented in American with scales and a blindfold is because judges are supposed to dispense justice without regard to who is before them.

But here’s Obama’s view of “blind” justice: “We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old--and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.”

The President’s energy policy should benefit users and providers of energy.

So let’s listen to Obama’s views of energy policy: “[U]nder my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” And “If somebody wants to build a coal power plant they can, it's just that it will bankrupt them because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.”

The President should extol the American promises of protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Here’s Obama’s view of the value of human life: “That’s above my pay grade.”

The American economic system rewarding individual initiative has created more prosperity for more people than any other system in human history. We now know that higher taxes crush new business and business growth, and reduce jobs.

Obama’s (now infamous) view of taxation? “Spread the wealth.”

And perhaps less well-known, in an interview with ABC News, anchor Charlie Gibson asked, “[I]n each instance, when the rate dropped, revenues from the tax increased; the government took in more money. And in the 1980s, when the tax was increased to 28 percent, the revenues went down. So why raise it at all, especially given the fact that 100 million people in this country own stock and would be affected? “

Here’s what Obama says: “Well, Charlie, what I've said is that I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”

And what about Obama’s view of the First Amendment? Threats of criminal libel prosecutions, Justice Department intimidation, and no promise to veto the “Fairness Doctrine” if his compatriots in Congress pass it.

The President’s most significant responsibility is the safety of the American people.

So what is Obama’s view of Iran, a country currently building nuclear reactors? “Iran … [is] tiny … [it doesn’t] pose a serious threat to us. Iran, they spend 1/100th of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance.”

Last, but not least, my personal favorite. A quote not from Barack Obama, but his wife, Michelle, when asked about her husband running for President.

Michelle Obama’s views about her husband running for President? “It’s way too soon. He hasn’t done anything yet.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. Now if we could just keep it that way.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Reasons number 4598 and 4599 not to send your children to public schools.

Diversity - Baloney they don't want diversity, especially when it comes to thought. I am sure the school didn't want to upset the Pagans and Wiccans in the class.

Eighth-Grade Boy Sent Home From School for Jesus Christ Halloween Costume
Saturday , November 01, 2008

Dressing up as Jesus Christ for Halloween turned out to be a problem for a northern New Jersey boy.
Alex Woinski, an eighth-grader at West Brook Middle School in Paramus, was sent home from school on Friday because of his costume.

Alex, who has shoulder-length brown hair, wore a white robe, a red sash, sandals, a fake beard and a crown of thorns.

His mother says Alex was told he could keep the costume on if he removed the beard and crown of thorns, but he declined.

Superintendent James Montesano says the district doesn't want students wearing costumes that could be distracting.

Alex's mother is Catholic, and his father is Jewish.

He recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and is studying Bible scripture, according to his mom.

Diversity in this case is fine for kindergartners.

School Clams Up on 'Gay' Pledge Cards Given to Kindergartners
Saturday , November 01, 2008
By Michelle Maskaly

A California school system refuses to say what action, if any, it will take after it received complaints about a kindergarten teacher who encouraged her students to sign "pledge cards" in support of gays.

During a celebration of National Ally Week, Tara Miller, a teacher at the Faith Ringgold School of Arts and Science in Hayward, Calif., passed out cards produced by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network to her class of kindergartners.

The cards asked signers to be "an ally" and to pledge to "not use anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language or slurs; intervene, when I feel I can, in situations where others are using anti-LGBT language or harassing other students and actively support safer schools efforts."

The school has acknowledged that the exercise was not appropriate for kindergartners.

Parent Adela Voelker, who declined to be interviewed in depth for this report, said she was furious when she found her child's signature on one of the cards. She said she contacted a non-profit legal defense organization specializing in parents' rights.

Meanwhile, a school board member, Jeff Cook, says some type of action should be taken.

"We have a general rule that all instruction should be age appropriate, and this clearly was not," said Cook, who has served on the school board for five years.

Val Joyner, a school district spokeswoman, told in an e-mail that when deciding what to teach on this subject matter, educators "gather materials from community agencies and other education groups" and that "the materials have grade level indicators which help determine what is age-appropriate."

The district said the pledge cards were intended for middle school and high school students.

Asked last week if the district planned to take action against Miller, Joyner said she would have to look into the incident. On Thursday she told that she did not have an answer for the question and that she would no longer be doing any media interviews.

Joyner said in an e-mail that Miller, the teacher, "planned to teach students how to become an ally and conflict-mediation through various activities." She added that the district doesn't advocate for a specific cause and/or lifestyle, and it has "no curriculum for gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyles."

The district employs a "Professional Learning Specialist: Equity," who is in charge of gathering material and helping teachers decide what should be taught on the subject matter.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, the group representing Voelker, said parents at the Faith Ringgold School weren't notified of what was going to take place in the classroom.

He said that teaching students as young as pre-school about gay, lesbian and transgender issues is common in California, but that there are "all kinds of material the average parent could find highly objectionable or potentially harmful" to their children.

When asked if the school district did anything wrong, he said, "possibly," but he declined to go into detail or say whether Voelker would sue the district.

Dacus would not comment specifically on whether children who signed the pledge could be held responsible if the school determined that they were not honoring it. He said they are minors and there are certain degrees of limited liability, but from a psychological and emotional perspective, it's a whole different ballgame.

"[There is] tremendous peer pressure put on children to accept a pro-homosexual philosophy and attitude," Dacus said.

Meanwhile, opponents of gay marriage are up in arms over the incident, which occurred as California voters prepare to vote Tuesday on Proposition 8, which would overturn the state Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage.

"How do you teach a 5-year-old to sign a pledge card for lesbian, gay and transgender issues without explaining what transgender and bisexual is?" asked Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage California.

Here is the image of the cards the children had to sign.

Folks lets focus on reading, writing and arithmetic because you have not mastered teaching those skills yet.


Both of the above pieces appeared on Fox

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Questionable Endorsement Letter - From Virginia Irwin

Last week we received a letter from Virginia Irwin. I suspect many others received this letter, though we didn't know this at the time.

As Cathy and I have been quite active in education matters, our thoughts were "Is this an action plan to address the AYP failures at Newport" or "Perhaps progress on controlling special-ed spending" or "Thoughts on the SAU 43 Area Agreement"? Maybe even "The Obama poster has been removed"?


While one could expect a letter from a public official explaining how she might serve us, this letter explained how we were to serve the wishes of a public official. That is, Virginia Irwin asked us to support Bob Odell in his November 4th reelection bid.

Typically conservative voters, Cathy and I have decided not to vote for Bob Odell for many of the same reasons Irwin asks voters to support him. Most notably, Odell's support for an amendment introducing an education responsibility into our constitution smacks of government power expansion at the expense of local control. We consider his position destructive towards the goal of quality education.

But that is beside the point. Supporter or not, a persuasive endorsement requires some form of political capital on the issues at hand.

Newport Middle High School is now in its sixth year of failing to make AYP and is in its third year of failure in Literacy. Being "in the business" for a certain number of years does not an expert make. A true leader, a true education expert, would have turned this around years ago. There is no excuse for Newport's present condition.

If education is important to your decisions on November 4th, please use your own judgement as to whether Bob Odell or any other candidate has the qualities that enhance the education system in Newport. What we're doing now clearly isn't working.

Jim Peschke

Funny of the Day....

well two funnies of the day.

Hat Tip to Lennie of the Sam Adams Alliance for the second funny of the day. Heck lets not call it a funny lets call it a plan for your next meal out.

On my way to lunch recently, I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama; I need the money." I laughed. In a restaurant my server had on an "Obama 08″ tie. Again I laughed. Just imagine the coincidence. When the bill came, I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Barack-Obama-redistribution-of-wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need―the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight. I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment, I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more. I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

After reading this, I think we should all put this into action. Every time you go out to a restaurant from now until the election, ask your server who they are supporting (after you are done with your meal). If they are supporting Obama tell them you are happy to hear that and you are glad they are so compassionate towards the less fortunate. Then tell then you are going to donate their tip to the next homeless person you see in their name so they can start redistributing the wealth even before the election. Not only will you affect their opinion, they will tell every other server in that restaurant. If they don't like this redistribution of their wealth, then tell ask them to reconsider their vote for Obama. Remember, you many want to avoid that restaurant for a while after this personal object lesson.

P.S. Happy Birthday Joanne Marfechuk