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The Left Versus Minorities

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now -- and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things.

These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics exams, compared to 30 percent of the students in the city as a whole.

Why would anybody who has any concern at all about minority young people -- or even common decency -- want to destroy what progress has already been made?

One big reason, of course, is the teachers' union, one of Mayor de Blasio's biggest supporters. But it may be more than that. For many of the true believers on the left, their ideology overrides any concern about the actual fate of flesh-and-blood human beings.

Something similar happened on the west coast last year. The American Indian Model Schools in Oakland have been ranked among the top schools in the nation, based on their students' test scores. This is, again, a special achievement for minority students who need all the help they can get.

But, last spring, the California State Board of Education announced plans to shut this school down!

Why? The excuse given was that there had been suspicious financial dealings by the former -- repeat, former -- head of the institution. If this was the real reason, then all they had to do was indict the former head and let a court decide if he was guilty or innocent.

There was no reason to make anyone else suffer, much less the students. But the education establishment's decision was to refuse to let the school open last fall. Fortunately a court stopped this hasty shut-down.

These are not just isolated local incidents. The Obama administration has cut spending for charter schools in the District of Columbia and its Justice Department has intervened to try to stop the state of Louisiana from expanding its charter schools.

Why such hostility to schools that have succeeded in educating minority students, where so many others have failed?

Some of the opposition to charter schools has been sheer crass politics. The teachers' unions see charter schools as a threat to their members' jobs, and politicians respond to the money and the votes that teachers' unions can provide.

The net result is that public schools are often run as if their main function is to provide jobs to teachers. Whether the children get a decent education is secondary, at best.

In various parts of the country, educators who have succeeded in raising the educational level of minority children to the national average -- or above -- have faced hostility, harassment or have even been driven out of their schools.

Not all charter schools are successful, of course, but the ones that are completely undermine the excuses for failure in the public school system as a whole. That is why teachers' unions hate them, as a threat not only to their members' jobs but a threat to the whole range of frauds and fetishes in the educational system.

The autonomy of charter schools is also a threat to the powers that be, who want to impose their own vision on the schools, regardless of what the parents want. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to impose his own notion of racial balance in the schools, while many black parents want their children to learn, regardless of whether they are seated next to a white child or a black child. There have been all-black schools whose students met or exceeded national norms in education, whether in Louisiana, California or other places around the country. But Eric Holder, like Bill de Blasio, put his ideology above the education -- and the future life -- of minority students.

Charter schools take power from politicians and bureaucrats, letting parents decide where their children will go to school. That is obviously offensive to those on the left, who think that our betters should be making our decisions for us.


Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is http://www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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"For many of the true believers on the left, their ideology overrides any concern about the actual fate of flesh-and-blood human beings."
excellent article by Sowell!
The only reason why charter schools work is because they select all the smart kids and kick out the dysfunctional. PERIOD.

There's not much of a difference in SAT scores between black and white kids at Harvard, because Harvard selects the top 0.00001% of black students in the country. Urban inner city schools have no such luxury. Does this mean that every black child can become a genius if you send him to an ivy league? NO.

If you seriously think charter schools were going to choose the IQ gap between the races (as Sowell suggests) then you are quite delusional. I like Sowell a lot but on some topics he is out of touch with reality.

It's not like we have 40+ years of data from school busing proving the opposite. Bus some black kids to a white, suburban public school and see if their test scores go up, or down. There is almost no change either way. And if the % of black students reaches a critically high number, that school will become a dangerous ghetto shithole for the students and faculty. The law of large numbers comes into effect.

The problem is the students, not the institutions. Until America realizes this fact you ppl are headed nowhere as a nation and culture.

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Why The White House Hasn’t Released Photos Of Osama bin Laden’s Corpse

Jack Murphy / March 10, 2014

There are a lot of puzzled expressions on people’s faces when it comes to the subject of the late Osama Bin Laden and why the White House has not authorized the release of any pictures of the body. Photographs and video were released of Saddam Hussein’s hanging, as well as post-mortem pictures of his criminal sons, Uday and Qusay, after Delta Force took them out. Why not release a few pictures of Public Enemy #1 to prove that he is dead and show the world what happens when you take on the US of A?

Matt Bissonnette, one of the SEAL Team Six operators on the raid, partially outs the reason in his book, No Easy Day. The book reads, “In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing. Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless” (No Easy Day, Chapter 15).

But this is perhaps the most measured and polite description that one could give of how operator after operator took turns dumping magazines-worth of ammunition into Bin Laden’s body, two confidential sources within the community have told us. When all was said and done, UBL had over a hundred bullets in him, by the most conservative estimate.

But was it illegal? Under the Laws of Land Warfare, a soldier is fully authorized to put a few insurance rounds into his target after he goes down. Provided the enemy is not surrendering, it is morally, legally, and ethically appropriate to shoot the body a few times to ensure that he is really dead and no longer a threat. However, what happened on the Bin Laden raid is beyond excessive. The level of excess shown was not about making sure that Bin Laden was no longer a threat. The excess was pure self-indulgence.....................


Four days after the missing flight MH370 a patent is approved
by the Patent Office

4 of the 5 Patent holders are Chinese employees of Freescale Semiconductor of Austin TX.

Patent is divided up on 20% increments to 5 holders.

Peidong Wang, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Zhijun Chen, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Zhihong Cheng, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Li Ying, Suzhou, China, (20%)
Freescale Semiconductor (20%)

If a patent holder dies, then the remaining holders equally share the dividends of the deceased if not
disputed in a will.

If 4 of the 5 dies, then the remaining 1 Patent holder gets 100% of the wealth of the patent.

That remaining live Patent holder is Freescale Semiconductor.

Who owns Freescale Semiconductor ??

Jacob Rothschild through Blackstone who owns Freescale. Blackstone belongs to the Carlyle Group!

Here is your motive for the missing Beijing plane.
As all 4 Chinese members of the Patent were passengers on the missing plane.

Patent holders can alter the proceeds legally by passing wealth to their heirs. However, they cannot do so until the Patent is approved. So when the plane went missing, the patent had not been approved.
Thus, Rothschild gets 100% of Patent once Patent holders declared deceased http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carlyle_Group
I haven't fact checked that yet
if true that is fucking nuts.

Chinese get screwed over again by the Rothschilds. (assuming info above is true)

evil abounds.
cannot find evidence that Jacob Rothschild is behind blackstone.

US Government Signs Off On A Long-Awaited Marijuana Study For Veterans

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-govern...z2wQLYldXt
Ketchup Kerry gives Putin a Monday Deadline. lmfao @ this stooge

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(03-20-2014 02:05 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]US Government Signs Off On A Long-Awaited Marijuana Study For Veterans

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-govern...z2wQLYldXt

Much better option for PTSD than SSRI's.
(03-06-2014 01:49 PM)GMB13 Wrote: [ -> ]^ That's a pretty bizarre story, not sure what to make of it. Why would he charge a cop with weapons drawn?

remember this? michael cravey aka thomas brinkley? gets even more bizarre...

UF stabbing, chase, death of suspect traced

Quote:As Preston was getting out of his blue car, he noticed the driver of the unfamiliar vehicle walking around the back of his car and looking at his license plate. Preston asked the younger man, who police have said was Michael Cravey, if there was a problem or if he needed help, the police report said.

"Do you have a gun?" Cravey reportedly asked him.

Preston told detectives he was confused and said no. Cravey then made statements about meeting "Mike Potter," but Preston told him he didn't know a Mike Potter, the report said.

That's when Cravey reportedly pulled out a 4-inch folding knife and Preston told his wife to run.

As Beckie Preston locked herself in the car, Cliff Preston ran toward the sidewalk yelling for help. Cravey caught up to him quickly and knocked him to the ground, the report said.

UF student Karah Mechlowitz was waiting for her friend in the same parking lot when she saw Cravey chasing Preston and laughing. She thought it was prank until she saw him stab Preston in the neck, the report said.

The whole time, Cravey seemed to be enjoying himself, she said.

could he have been told to meet a 'mike potter' there? set up?

anyways, attacks random stranger & car chase ensues...

Quote:UPD, the Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office and the Florida Highway Patrol scoured the area for Cravey. Around 8:30 a.m., Cravey went through the drive-thru at the campus McDonald's on Northwest 13th Street and got a meal, the report said.

Quote:Maureen texted Michael, but he seemed to have no idea what she was talking about. Around 8:30 a.m., Michael's younger brother, Mather Cravey, called Michael on the phone.

Michael told Mather he was going through a McDonald's drive-thru as they were speaking. Mather asked his brother what he was doing and urged him to do whatever the police were asking of him or to go home if nothing was going on.

"I'm being set up," Michael told him. "I've got to figure this out."

Quote:Minutes later, police said Cravey crashed into another vehicle near Sonny's BBQ and Southwest 37th Boulevard. Bystanders told officials he had run into the Pier 1 Imports in Butler Plaza.

At 10:03 a.m., Officer Wayne Clark heard over the scanner that GPD had spotted Cravey speaking with a person in a pickup truck and walking through the parking lot near Best Buy toward PetSmart. He's also holding a black-and-yellow hatchet in his right hand, the report said.

At 10:04 a.m., GPD Lt. Mike Schibuola approached Cravey with his gun pointed at him and ordered him to drop the hatchet.

Cravey instead sprinted toward Schibuola with his hatchet raised, the report said. Schibuola fired his weapon, shooting multiple times and hitting Cravey.

In the report, the number of shots bystanders and officials heard ranges anywhere from five to 10.

and of course...

Quote:Her son had never been violent, she told UPD Detective Duffy and GPD Detective Martin Honeycutt. Cravey was very interested in global conspiracies and spent most of his time researching and re-examining these conspiracies online, the report said.

Cravey made YouTube videos under the name Thomas Brinkley about conspiracy theories involving Aurora, Colo., mass shooting suspect James Holmes. In several videos, Cravey debated incidents surrounding the Aurora theater shooting and said he was at the center of a conspiracy theory involving Holmes.

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