Archives for December 2014

Congress Quietly Decides To Delete Key NSA Reform In CRomnibus Agreement

You may recall, back in June, that there was a key House vote that took NSA sup­port­ers by sur­prise. An amend­ment to the Defense Appro­pri­a­tions bill pushed by a bi-par­ti­san team of Thomas Massie, Jim Sensen­bren­ner and Zoe Lof­gren passed over­whelm­ing­ly, with a plan to slam the door shut on ques­tion­able NSA “back­door search­es” (as […]

The Disappearing States

Excerpts from a recent news arti­cle from McClatchy News­pa­pers: Rise in trade spurs U.S. to pro­tect tur­tles 1.       “The U.S. gov­ern­ment is propos­ing a new lev­el of pro­tec­tion for cer­tain fresh­wa­ter tur­tles, con­cerned that a mas­sive increase in over­seas demand for the rep­tiles could hurt their long-term prospects.” 2.       “While none of the four species […]

Appeals Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Idaho Woman’s Case Against NSA Spying

EFF, ACLU Sup­port Smith in Fight­ing Mass Sur­veil­lance Before Ninth Cir­cuit Seat­tle — An appeals court will hear oral argu­ments in Smith v. Oba­ma, a case filed by an Ida­ho nurse against a con­tro­ver­sial Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency (NSA) tele­phone data col­lec­tion pro­gram, in Seat­tle on Mon­day, Dec. 8. Anna Smith, a neona­tal nurse from Coeur d’A­lene, […]

Chinese Mom Spills The Red Beans!

Tells the truth about Com­mon Core being Com­mu­nist!  Watch Lily’s speech by watch­ing the video. I have been warn­ing for years that this is Com­mu­nist. Here is an amaz­ing and coura­geous teti­mo­ny by Lily Tang Williams! Her speech is report­ed about in an arti­cle titled Chi­­nese-Amer­i­­can Mom Says Com­mon Core Is Just Like Edu­ca­tion in Communist […]

Quietly Coercing a Vassals and Fiefdoms Future for All of Us While Hyping Economic Development

I actu­al­ly am not nos­tal­gic for the cas­tles, moats, or medieval armor. For one thing I like to cook, but not with­out cen­tral­ized plumb­ing or over an open hearth. No, I keep think­ing of terms from the Mid­dle Ages because pub­lic poli­cies being qui­et­ly enact­ed in the Unit­ed States as well as oth­er coun­tries via […]

Common Core Psych Data on Children

Ani­ta Hoge’s Call for Stu­dent Data Mora­to­ri­um Receives Nation­al Atten­tion The read­ers of abc­sof­dumb­down blog will want to know that the Press Release sent out last week by Penn­syl­va­nia par­ents and cit­i­zens gen­er­at­ed media atten­tion. Here is what we pub­lished on the blog: The Press Release was post­ed on this blog on Novem­ber 24, 2014: “PA […]

Houston Man Arrested for Video Recording Cop on Private Property

Footage shows offi­cer imme­di­ate­ly hand­cuff man for not obey­ing order Amidst a nation­al debate about police bru­tal­i­ty, anoth­er video has emerged of a police offi­cer arrest­ing some­one for video record­ing, this time on his own friend’s pri­vate prop­er­ty. The footage out of Hous­ton, Texas is all the more shock­ing because the cop doesn’t even try to […]

Give Gruber a Break

 “Gruber’s inher­ent aca­d­e­m­ic assump­tion of (ordi­nary) Amer­i­cans’ stu­pid­i­ty is elu­ci­dat­ed by Char­lotte Iserbyt’s 1999 The Delib­er­ate Dumb­ing Down of America…Gruber’s mat­ter-of-fact pro­nounce­ment of the “stu­pid­i­ty” of Amer­i­cans reflects his aca­d­e­m­ic assump­tion of the suc­cess of gov­ern­ment edu­ca­tion, and val­i­da­tion of Iserbyt’s inves­ti­ga­tions into the edu­ca­tion estab­lish­ment.” Jonathan Gru­ber has been round­ly rep­ri­mand­ed in the press, […]