No Weed in School

So, is this where the United States is headed? With the relaxed stance of many in this country regarding the use of marijuana, I wouldn’t doubt it.

Amsterdam this week became the first city in the Netherlands to ban students from smoking marijuana at school.

The city’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan introduced the law after school chiefs complained about pupils turning up to classes high after rolling up outside the grounds.

Marijuana is widely available in Holland as, although it is technically illegal, police can’t prosecute people for possession of small amounts.

The Netherlands' relaxed drug policy means some youngsters are turning up to classes stoned, prompting a ban of its use near schoolsThe Netherlands’ relaxed drug policy means some youngsters are turning up to classes stoned, prompting a ban of its use near schools

But it has also had the unwanted side effect that Dutch children are frequently exposed to the drug in public areas.

City spokeswoman Iris Reshef says schools have always forbidden pot, but found it difficult to enforce the policy when students smoked on or near campus and challenged administrators to do anything about it.

‘It’s not really what you have in mind as an educator, that children would be turning up for class stoned, or drunk either for that matter,’ she said.

‘But it has been a problem for some schools.’

Tolerance: Amsterdam is known for its 'coffee shops', where marijuana can be purchased and smoked Amsterdam is known for its ‘coffee shops’, where marijuana can be purchased and smoked

After a change in national law, the city will now be able to declare as of January 1 ‘no toking zones’ – areas like schools and playgrounds where weed-smoking is forbidden by law.

The move is closely paired with a decision by the new government to ditch plans for a national ‘weed pass’ that would have blocked tourists from buying marijuana.

That was a measure years in the making, and greatly desired by southern cities such as Maastricht that have been flooded with dealers from Belgium and Germany who drive across the border to buy weed in bulk.

Marijuana has been tolerated in Holland for decades, attracting many tourists who travel there to enjoy the drugMarijuana has been tolerated in Holland for decades, attracting many tourists who travel there to enjoy the drug

But the weed pass was opposed by Amsterdam, where drug tourists are not generally seen as causing many problems.

Last month, Van der Laan proclaimed that coffee shops would stay open for tourists after all.

In a letter Wednesday, he noted that one in three tourists who come to Amsterdam try marijuana while they’re here, more than previously estimated.

Attribution: Sam Webb

Removing God

Community Jerk Causes First Grader to Remove ‘God’ From Poem Honoring Grandfathers’ Military Service

by:  at Godfather Politics

A first grader who attends West Marion Elementary School in the McDowell County Schools in Marion, NC wrote a poem about both of her grandfather’s military service in the Vietnam War.  The poem was selected as part of a Veteran’s Day Ceremony display.  One of the lines in her poem read:

“He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.”

Someone in the community had to be a jerk and complained that they didn’t like the poem because it mentioned God.  The school reacted to the jerk’s complaint, and forced the little girl to remove the line from her poem before it was allowed to be used in the Veteran’s Day ceremony.

The school’s response hasn’t set well with the girl’s family or a number of others in theNoGod community who fear that the school will use its censorship in other unconstitutional ways.  They sought help from Alliance Defending Freedom, who in turn sent a letter to the school on behalf of a number of residents of the county.

Matt Sharp, legal counsel handling the case wrote to the school saying:

“America’s public schools should encourage, not restrict, the constitutionally protected freedom of students to express their faith.  Students should not be censored when speaking about their faith or honoring those who valiantly served to protect our freedoms. The poem described the historical actions of her grandfather, and the Constitution protects such student expression at school.”

“School officials may not suppress or exclude the personal speech of students simply because the speech is religious or contains a religious perspective.”

“The censorship of this young student’s poem about her grandfathers is repugnant to the First Amendment rights of all students and sends an impermissible message of hostility towards religion.  The First Amendment protects the right of students to discuss their faith–especially when they are discussing a historical event like this student in her poem honoring her grandfathers.”

first-amendmentWND tried to reach school officials to get their side of the story, but none of their requests were answered.  They did note that Superintendent Gerri Martin posted the following statement on the school’s website:

“I am looking forward to collaborating with the board, our attorney, and our community to revise policy and create guidelines that will ensure the rights of free speech and freedom of religion consistent not only with the conscience of this community but the requirements the law places on us as a public school system.”

I see two major problems with this entire situation.  First, the school listened to ONE person’s complaint that they didn’t like the mention of God in the girl’s poem.  So what?  I see and read lots of things that I don’t like, but I don’t set out to trample on the author’s constitutional right to say it.  If everyone was censored based on just one person’s opinion, we would not have anything in writing, audio or video recording, billboards, magazines, newspapers.  Everything would be blank, because there is always at least one person thatcensored won’t like it.

When I see something in print or video that really bothers me, I will write and tell the source that they have lost my business or that I will never watch their show, but I won’t try to stop their right to do and say what they believe.  Too many Americans have died and been wounded winning and protecting the rights of free speech and religion.  To censor those rights would mean that they all died in vain, and I’m not willing to say that.

The second problem is that the school knowingly violated the girl’s constitutional rights. This has been happening in America’s public schools more and more.  As liberal progressives become emboldened by our liberal progressive president, they follow his example and attack the constitutional rights of students, parents and teachers.  And like the president, they do it with full knowledge of their actions.  In fact, in some cases, the schools have purposely trampled on the rights of students and parents in their efforts to usher in the socialist agenda of the NEA.

Parents, if you are unable to educate your children yourself or send them to a good Christian school, then you need to be actively involved with what your child is being taught and how they are being taught.  Look closely because a growing number of schools are teaching globalism and one world economy and government.  Students are being taught that American pride and patriotism are evil and the root of many of the nation’s problems.  They are also taught that mom and dad are evil and part of the problem.  Is this what you want them to learn?

Read more: http://godfatherpolitics.com/8403/community-jerk-causes-first-grader-to-remove-god-from-poem-honoring-grandfathers-military-service/#ixzz2EDTeGa49

The New History

The Left Continues to Revise America’s History

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One of the many unfortunate effects of Barack Obama’s re-election is that it will empower the radical left to continue revising America’s history.  The fastest way to undermine a country is to undermine its history, and the best place to bRadical_Left_War_Americaegin is in the nation’s classrooms where pliable young minds are easily influenced.

This is precisely what the left has been doing for decades, and with evident success.  The left has made great strides in undermining the family, taking over the public square, and dominating education at all levels.  But some of its most effective work has been in revising America’s history.

Russian philosopher Alexander Solzhenitzyn said: “To destroy a people you must first sever their roots.” Patrick Buchanan said: “To create a ‘new people,’ the agents of our cultural revolution must first create a new history; and that project is well advanced.”

In 1992 that bastion of liberal thought, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), received a two-million-dollar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S. Department of Education to develop new standards for history solzhenitsynbooks for grades five through twelve.  UCLA completed this assignment in 1997.  Since that time, its standards have had the intended effect.  UCLA’s standards for history books for public school children have resulted in the following:

No mention in history books of such American luminaries as Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, or the Wright Brothers. It is the lives of exceptional Americans such as these, among many other factors, that validate the concept of American exceptionalism.  Consequently, to undermine the concept, liberals must remove any reference to exceptional acts and exceptional people in American history.  

The founding dates of the Sierra Club and the National Organization for Women are given special significance.  In truth, the only thing that warrants inclusion of these organizations in history books is that they are considered sacred institutions by the left.

Instructions for teachers concerning how to teach the unit which covers the traitor Alger Hiss and the spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg encourages leeway to teach the unit either way.  In other words, teachers are given the leeway to teach the unit as if Hiss was not a traitor and the Rosenbergs were innocent.  This is the rosenbergssame Alger Hiss who was convicted by a jury on the basis of hard evidence, evidence that since his conviction has been validated many times over by further discoveries.  And these are the same Rosenbergs who gave America’s atom-bomb secrets to Joseph Stalin.

The Constitutional Convention is not even mentioned.  One of the reasons for this is that the deliberations of America’s founders as recorded in numerous documents such as the Federalist Papers as well as those of the anti-federalists are clearly at odds with today’s liberal orthodoxy.  The tactic of the left is simple.  If the founder’s views do not reinforce those of the left, eliminate any reference to their views in history books.

George Washington’s presidency is not mentioned nor is his famous farewell address.  Rather than learn about the two terms of our country’s first president—two terms in which everything Washington did was precedent setting—students are encouraged to develop an imaginary dialogue between an Indian Leader and General Washington at the end of the Revolutionary War.  What students are supposed to learn and how students are supposed to benefit from this hypothetical dialogue is not explained.

The Soviet Union is commended for its great strides in space exploration, but America’s moon landing is not mentioned.

Terockefellerachers are urged to have students conduct a mock trial for John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil.  No mention is made of the fact that the homes of most of the students are heated by energy derived from petroleum and the gasoline in the cars driven by teachers comes from petroleum.

The new history standards developed by UCLA have had far-reaching effects.  Look at any history book written for public school students in the K-12 system and you will be appalled at what is included and what is not.

There are now history books being used in America classrooms that give more coverage to Madonna than to George Washington.  Further, America is often portrayed in the way that Barack Obama views it: as a villainous nation bent on world dominance, imperialism, the perpetuation of slavery, and a variety of other evils.

What is less likely to be found is any positive coverage concerning a Constitution that guarantees the rights of everyone, including liberals who are bent on the destruction of America as the founders envisioned it.

It Pays to Stay in School

by:  & the Common Constitutionalist

There’s no reason for kids in Washington, D.C., to cut grass or wash cars this summer. The public school system is paying kids $5.25 an hour to attend summer school. The students being paid are those with poor grades.

Through the “Summer Bridge” program, about 300 students are receiving payment. The program is targeting ninth-graders who are “less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years,” reported The Washington Examiner.

This isn’t the first time the school system has paid students; but in times past, students with good grades got the money. A Harvard University group paid middle school students between 2008 and 2010 for making good grades. But this time around, students with poor grades are raking in the cash.

“How much will we pay going forward, and who will we pay, and what’s the cutoff to get paid?” asked political consultant Chuck Thies. “It’s critical that we get at-risk students and underperforming students and failing students into the program, but I don’t think incentivizing them with money sends the right message.”

The minimum wage in Washington DC is $8.25. Bets on how long it will take the ACLU to file suit.

Joke of the Day

Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son.

“Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!”

“But why, Mom? I don’t want to go.”

“Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.”

“Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!”

“Oh, that’s no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready.”

“Give me two reasons why I should go to school.”

“Well, for one, you’re 52 years old. And for another, you’re the Principal!”