Walter Williams Speaks of the Sloppy Language of the Left

by Walter E. Williams:

Language and Thought

Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate.” Sloppy language permits people to get away with speaking and doing all manner of destructive nonsense without being challenged. read more

Hungry Schoolchildren get Billions in Nutrition Assistance in New House Bill

by: Brent Smith

As you’re reading this report regarding the wonderful stop-gap spending bill that was recently and overwhelming passed by the House of Representatives to avoid a shutdown, I’d like everyone to bear this in mind. It will make sense as you read on.

Most major cities across the country say they plan to start the school year remotely, including San Diego, Los Angeles, Newark, Nashville, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Arlington, Virginia, and Oakland, California.

In NYC, at best, most students can only attend in-person classes no more than three days a week.

In Connecticut, at least 12 schools have closed after teachers or students tested positive, and in New Jersey, at least six districts have said they will switch to remote-only instruction.

In other words, millions of kids will remain at home, remote learning. So why is that we need, “$8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families,” if they won’t even be at school?

And don’t blame the messenger, the Blaze, for reporting on it.

from the Blaze:

House passes bipartisan spending deal by a landslide, averting government shutdown

‘It’s not perfect’

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan spending bill by a landslide late Tuesday night, which, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Donald Trump, will continue funding the federal government through Dec. 11.

What are the details?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced in a statement ahead of the vote that she had reached a deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republicans for a continuing resolution that would “add nearly $8 billion in desperately needed nutrition assistance for hungry schoolchildren and families.”

“We also increase accountability in the Commodity Credit Corporation, preventing funds for farmers from being misused for a Big Oil bailout,” she said.

The Washington Post reported that the stopgap measure passed “overwhelmingly” in a 358-to-57 vote, noting that Republicans had rejected an earlier “partisan bill” put forward by Democrats the day before.

Not one Democrat voted against the legislation, but 56 Republicans did along with former GOP member Libertarian Justin Amash (Mich.).

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Not Exactly the Greatest Generation

From HotAir:

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults aged 18-39 don’t know how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust

But I wonder how much of this result is due to some special historical blind spot about the Holocaust and how much is due to the more basic fact that, ah, a lot of Americans are ignoramuses about history generally. read more

Video Podcast – Our Public Education System is Beyond Repair

by: Brent Smith

It’s time for us all to admit that THE public school system is broken beyond repair. And I guess that’s only half right. It is beyond repair, but it’s not broken – it’s infested. We can never return to a time when public schools simply taught the 3 R’s.

And the fault lies squarely on the teachers unions.

It’s taken a couple of generations, but here we are. In case you’re unaware, a generation is considered about 20-30 years, so it’s actually about right on time – like it was formulated or planned back in the sixties – because it was. And it really couldn’t have happened any sooner than this.

It took the first generation of children to watch, learn and buy into this new Marxist counter-culture. Then they grew up to become the academics of today, replacing the older, more reasonable teachers.

The teachers union is no longer just a “collective” bargaining tool. It’s a hammer wielded by radicals. read more

Leftists Ruin Everything they Touch – Ayn Rand Institute is no Exception

from the American Thinker:

The Ayn Rand Institute Does Not Speak for Ayn Rand

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) was founded in 1985, three years after Ayn Rand’s death, by Ed Snider and Leonard Peikoff, Rand’s legal heir.  The stated purpose of the Institute was “to introduce young people to Ayn Rand’s novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience.”

The current website states: “ARI also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire.” read more

Teacher Gets Fired over Support for Trump

Imagine being fired from your job over a lousy tweet.

Did you tweet your undying love and support for mass killing? Did you tweet your hatred of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Nope – none of the above.

Michigan High school social studies teacher and coach Justin Kucera was on with Glenn Beck to explain his capital and fireable offense. He tweeted his support for President Trump, by simply stating, “I’m done being silent – Trump is our President.” That’s it, but evidently enough for the leftist academia.

But that wasn’t really why, according to Beck. He postulates that Kucera was actually fired for daring to speak up and speak out. And that won’t fly with the shut-um down leftist mob. Beck is correct.

Watch the video: read more

WND Exclusive – Sorry, but Native Americans aren’t ‘native,’ either

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

There is presently a big push not only to rewrite both history and the present regarding blacks and slavery, but now the cancel culture mob has decided to also include American Indian heritage, at the expense of the evil white European settlers/oppressors.

Actually, we know what this really is and has been about – free market capitalism vs. Marxism/communism, but that’s for another time.

The Washington Redskins football team has been cowed into dropping the name “Redskins” for something more appropriate and sensitive to the feelings of Native Americans. The Washington Code Talkers really rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. Don’t laugh – it’s a real suggestion.

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, does Oklahoma now have to be split in half and given back to the Indians? How is that going to work, Justice Gorsuch? read more

A Declaration of Independency

by: Brent Smith

It was May of 1775 and the second Continental Congress met for the first time. Growing weary of King George III’s utter lack of attention towards the petition to redress grievances sent by the first Continental Congress, the colonists decided to act.

In June of that year the Congress developed their own currency separate of the crown. They also established the first Continental Army, calling themselves the “United Colonies.”

Getting word of the colonies seditious behavior the King declared that the American colonists were “engaged in open and avowed rebellion.” The British Parliament passed the “American Prohibitory Act” later that year, which instituted a naval blockade of all American ports and halted the colonies’ trade with the world and among each other.

March of 1776 saw the second Continental Congress pass “The Privateering Act” giving privateers permission to attack British blockade vessels, for the colonies had not the funds to form a proper Navy. read more

There’s No Reasoning with Some Radicals

Give them an inch and they’ll take 500 miles! These fools will never be satisfied. There’s no longer any point in trying to rationally discuss the topic of race, when Lincoln isn’t even good enough.

from the Blaze:

Univ. of Wisconsin students want Lincoln statue removed: Sure, he was ‘anti-slavery,’ but he wasn’t ‘pro-Black’

No statue is safe

A student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is calling for the school to remove its popular Abraham Lincoln statue, saying the president who is known as the “Great Emancipator” is a symbol of racism. read more

Online or Distant Learning is Paying Dividends

For some, the closure of school and being forced into online learning has been a drag. But for others, it’s been a blessing.

If there is a silver lining to any of this, it may cause some to rethink the need for, or emphasis of the brick and mortar school.

Here’s just one example.

from the Blaze:

NYC 8th-grader has advice for Mayor de Blasio and other leaders: Here’s why I’m learning so much better online than in my out-of-control city school

‘Something is wrong with our system’

Veronique Mintz is a 13-year-old eighth-grader who attends a New York City school.

And she’s fed up — fed up with her classmates, her teachers, her education. read more