Dead Cats: WAVE!, 10/31/14, (14)15: James Brody


DiGIORGIO – CORBETT RALLY IN WC; ELECTION DATES;; ADAMS – Free e-book; November 1st – FIDF Gala; November 9th – CFL Bug Out Bags; November 13th, Sharyl Attkisson/Chris Stigall.

LEADS: ROTHENBERG – Historic losses; HOWLEY – La Raza vote w/o ID; BOLAND – 214,000 docs opt out; NOLTE – Scott Walker surge; TRACY/PATTERSON – SEC unfair info; McGEEVER & CANEPA – QE dies.

EBOLA: DELANEY – BO’s heroes; MARTEL 30 minute, $20 Ebola test; PRIGG & WOOLLASTON – Ebola survives two months; DRUDGE LINKS.

IRS: McCARDLE – IRS flies.

MIDDLE EAST: BEAUMONT – Netanyuhu attacked.

PA: KNEPPER – CAP endorses; BERRY – GOP parents oppose CC; SULLIVAN – Common Core Crony Capitalism; JO – Common Core in Bucks.

END NOTES: ROBERTS – harassed woman?


“If someone had looked into a crystal ball and made any one of these predictions in isolation, you probably would not have believed it. If you had been read the entire list, you would have concluded that President Obama turned out to be the exact opposite of what Candidate Obama promised–and you would have understood why Democrats would be in such a precarious position heading into election day 2014.” Newt Gingrich

DiGiorgio: Corbett Victory Rally – Monday, Nov 3rd, Noon

Special Guests: Senator Pat Toomey, Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, and Susan Corbett!

When: Monday, November 3rd   —  12 PM

Where: American Helicopter Museum and Education Center

(1220 American Blvd, West Chester, PA 19380)

Please RSVP to Laura at or 610-696-1842.

See you there.



Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot…….October 28 

Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive Voted Civilian absentee ballots October 31 

General Election… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 4


“Freedom is lost gradually from an uninterested, uninformed, and uninvolved people”.

Thomas Jefferson


Put the “WE” In We the People . . . (Printed versions now available . . . worth your time!)

WEEK 1: In just a week, we’re already off to a great start – with more than 157 submissions and the first 35 posted right here. The most talked about topics include: liberty and freedom, women’s issues, the safety of the nation and the qualities that make us Americans.

Now it’s time to add your voice to the mix by telling us what you think of the ads submitted so far – and how effective you think they are when it comes to persuading voters to vote right in the upcoming elections. It’s easy . . .

Voter Fraud: J. Christian Adams – Free e-book.

November 1st, Food/Fellowship – Washington Memorial Chapel

6- 9 PM: $20 – BYOB

RR 23, Valley Forge, PA 19481 (610) 783-0120

Proceeds benefit purchase of a canine partner for a veteran.

Chef Lyddfane’s Menu: Salad, Beef Tenderloin, Potato Casserole, Broccoli with Hollandaise, Dessert.

Crafts will be available for purchase.

RSVP with $$$ to Church Office by 10/27/14.EBOLA etc.

Nov 9th: Citizens for Liberty: “Ebola & Hazmat Preparedness in Pennsylvania”

Doors open at 12:30 p.m… Event starts at 1:00 p.m… Event concludes at 3:00 p.m. King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company 170 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Practical preps for dealing with nuke/chem/bio incidents will include: – a basic overview on the most likely and common scenarios that would involve sheltering in place or evacuating your home or work space – how to select an optimal safe room in your home and work space and properly control airflow/radiation penetration – what tools and supplies you can pick up at big box retail stores on a tight budget that can really save lives AND how to use them when you need them – decontamination methods for people and things – how to create a functional quarantine/sick room in a grid down or grid teetering scenario – how to maintain hygiene and deal with feces/urine without flushing toilets – What to pack in a bug out bag in the event of a forced evacuation.


November 13th – Sharyl Attkisson, Stonewalled

7 – 9 PM

120 N. State St, Newtown Theater

$30 reserves your book and your seat!

Hosted by WPHT Chris Stigall . . .

Tickets at

LEADS . . .

Stuart Rothenberg, RollCall: “Obama’s Midterm Loss Record Could Make History”

“President Barack Obama is about to do what no president has done in the past 50 years: Have two horrible, terrible, awful midterm elections in a row.

“In fact, Obama is likely to have the worst midterm numbers of any two-term president going back to Democrat Harry S. Truman.

“Truman lost a total of 83 House seats during his two midterms (55 seats in 1946 and 28 seats in 1950), while Republican Dwight Eisenhower lost a combined 66 House seats in the 1954 and 1958 midterms.

“Obama had one midterm where his party lost 63 House seats, and Democrats are expected to lose another 5 to possibly 12 House seats (or more), taking the sitting president’s total midterm House loses to the 68 seat to 75 seat range. . .”

Patrick Howley, Daily Caller: “La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide on Where People Can Vote Without an ID”

“The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“‘Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,’ explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. ‘Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.’

“So who ended up using the Post’s helpful graphic? The country’s foremost pro-amnesty Hispanic immigrant organization.

“The Chicago chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice tweeted Blake’s article with the message, ‘Reminder — #Illinois does NOT require #voterID to cast a ballot,’ along with the pro-Democrat hashtag #TurnOutForWhat. The tweet was helpfully retweeted by the National Council of La Raza. . . “

Barbara Boland, CNS: “Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges”

“Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.

“Here are some of the reasons why:

“1.      Reimbursements under Obamacare are at bottom-dollar – they are even lower than Medicare reimbursements, which are already significantly below market rates. “It is estimated that where private plans pay $1.00 for a service, Medicare pays $0.80, and ACA exchange plans are now paying about $0.60,” a study by the think-tank American Action Forum finds. “For example, Covered California plans are setting their plan fee schedules in line with that of Medi-Cal-California’s Medicaid Program-which means exchange plans are cutting provider reimbursement by up to 40 percent.”

“2.      Doctors are expected to take on more patients to make up for the lost revenue, but that’s not happening, because primary care doctors already have more patients than they can handle. “Furthermore, physicians are worried that exchange plan patients will be sicker than the average patient because they may have been without insurance for extended periods of time, and therefore will require more of the PCPs time at lower pay,” says the study.

“The study also points to two reasons that doctors might not get paid at all:

“3.      An MGMA study indicates that 75% of ACA patients that had seen doctors had chosen plans with high deductibles. Given that most of the patients are low-income, doctors are concerned that the patients cannot meet the deductibles and they will get stuck with the bill.

“4.      HHS requires that insurers cover customers for an additional 90 days after they have stopped paying their premiums: the insurer covers the first 30 – but, it’s up to the doctor to recoup payment for the last 60 days. This is the number one reason providers are opting to not participate in the exchange plans. Currently, about a million people have failed to pay their premiums and had their plans canceled.

“So, Obamacare is asking doctors to take on sicker patients for less money, with the risk of not getting paid at all? No wonder doctors are running from these plans!

John Nolte, Big Govt: “Scott Walker Surges to 50-43% Lead Over Mary Burke”

“Two weeks ago, among likely voters, the widely-respected Marquette Law School poll showed the gubernatorial race in Wisconsin all tied up at 47% among likely voters between Democrat Mary Burke and incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. A poll released today, the last before Tuesday’s election, shows Walker surging to a 50-43% lead.

“The magic 50% mark for an incumbent is a very big deal.

“This almost perfectly matches Walker’s favorability rating in this poll, which is 50-46%. Walker’s job approval among likely voters sits at 52-46%. Among registered voters, it’s 49-47%.

“The poll’s internals show Burke up only six with women while Walker leads by 22 points with men.

“Among registered voters, a less reliable screen, Walker is up by only 1 point, 46-45%.

Momentum at this point in the race is crucial. Walker appears to be peaking at just the right time. . .”

Ryan Tracy & Scott Patterson, WSJ: “Fast Traders Are Getting Data From SEC Seconds Early”

“WASHINGTON—Hedge funds and other rapid-fire investors can get access to market-moving documents ahead of other users of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s system for distributing company filings, giving them a potential edge on the rest of the market.

“Two separate groups of academic researchers have documented a lag time between the moment paying subscribers, including trading firms, newswires and others, receive the filings via a direct feed from an SEC contractor and when the documents are publicly available on the agency’s website.

“The studies found a wide variation in the lag time, from no delay to one lasting more than a minute—a considerable advantage for computer-driven traders. The ability to get the information before it is on the SEC site can give traders precious seconds to act on the news.

“When documents carrying good or bad news reach the subscribers early, trading volume often surges in the relevant stocks and prices move, the researchers found. The findings suggest the regulator’s own system is giving professional traders an edge over mom-and-pop investors, the studies’ authors say. “These results raise questions about whether the SEC dissemination process is really a level playing field for all investors,” wrote Jonathan Rogers of the University of Colorado, who co-authored an Oct. 22 study that analyzed the SEC’s distribution system. . .”

Jamike McGeever & Francesco Canepa, Reuters: Dollar surges as Fed ends QE on hawkish note”

“(Reuters) – The dollar surged to a three-week high and global shares fell on Thursday as the Federal Reserve struck a confident note on the U.S. economy while the threat of deflation in the euro zone mounted.

“The Fed’s announcement late on Wednesday that it was ending bond-buying after six years was widely expected, but its decision to drop a characterization of U.S. labor market slack as ‘significant’ in the accompanying statement was not.

“The tweak, perceived by markets as a slightly hawkish turn, prompted a rethink of the consensus that the first U.S. interest rate hike would come late in 2015.

“This is a key step for the Fed, and despite market jitters in the short-term, it’s a necessary move as the U.S. economy is in a pretty good shape,” said Jeanne Asseraf-Bitton, head of global cross-asset research at Lyxor Asset Management.

“‘The global economy doesn’t need more liquidity at this point, it needs economic growth.’

In a statement on Wednesday after a two-day meeting, the Fed retained its basic guidance that overnight borrowing costs would remain near zero for a ‘considerable time’.

Newt Gingrich, Gingrich Productions: “Things You Wouldn’t Have Believed About President Obama and the 2014 Election”

Most politicians and civil servants consider their next job before making a move in their current job . . .

“Think back six years to the day President Obama was elected. Tens of thousands gathered in Grant Park in Chicago. There was cheering in the streets across the country. Commentators were breathless and tearful. The president-elect gave an excellent speech. Most Americans exulted at Hope and Change.

“Imagine if someone had told you that night that within six years, the man just elected president would have:

  • Pivoted from a campaign theme of unity to a habit of insinuating Americans who opposed his policies were racists, sexists, classists, or bigots.
  • Run one of the most divisive reelection campaigns in recent memory on a theme of class warfare.
  • Lost the Massachusetts Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy to a Republican with health care as the issue.
  • Driven approval of the Democratic Party to its lowest point in 30 years, with Republicans on the verge of their largest majority in the House in more than half a century.
  • Allowed western Iraq, then a story of hard-earned recovery, to fall into the hands of a terrorist organization more extreme than Al Qaeda that would declare it had reestablished the caliphate.
  • Allowed Vladimir Putin to invade and annex a large territory of a major European country.
  • Done nothing when Russian militants shot down a civilian airliner flying over Europe.
  • Declared as a “red line” the use of chemical weapons in Syria and then done nothing when it was crossed.
  • Abandoned several longstanding U.S. allies in the Middle East in favor of Islamist agitators–allowing Egypt, a tourist destination in 2009, to fall into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood and Libya to fall into the hands of terrorists.
  • Entered negotiations with Iran that did not require Iran to halt its nuclear weapons program.
  • Caused a humanitarian crisis with a flood of immigrant children on our border, who came here because the President promised not to send them home and declared his intention to grant amnesty by executive order.
  • Told the American people a Soviet-style lie about this crisis, saying the children on the border suddenly came to the U.S. because of violence which had been going on in Central America for years (a lie which the media accepted with barely a comment).
  • Signed a law reorganizing the country’s health care system despite the fact that neither he nor a single person who voted for it had read it.
  • Passed his health care law supposedly to achieve universal coverage, only to have roughly as many people uninsured 5 years later.
  • Caused millions of Americans to have their health insurance plans canceled, after promising repeatedly they could keep them.
  • Caused premiums to increase by 100% in Delaware, 90% in New Hampshire, 54% in Indiana, 53% in California — the list goes on.
  • Spent $2 billion on a health care website that became a national embarrassment.
  • Assured Americans Ebola would not spread to the United States, weeks before it did.
  • Insisted all employers provide free contraception to their employees, even over their religious objections.
  • Won the Nobel Peace Prize while waging two wars and killing hundreds of civilians a year with drones.
  • Allowed the U.S. to spend four years (and counting) without the capability to send its astronauts into space, forcing us to rely on Putin’s Russia for access to space.
  • Characterized supporting a traditional definition of marriage (as he did when he was elected) as divisive and discriminatory.
  • Spent weeks misleadingly characterizing a premeditated terrorist attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya as a spontaneous protest, apparently for political reasons.
  • Brushed off extensive evidence that senior IRS officials targeted his political opponents, calling it the work of “two dilberts in Cincinnati” which involved “not a smidgen of corruption.”
  • Overseen an IRS that mysteriously lost the hard drives and backups of up to 20 IRS employees at the center of the targeting scandal.
  • Tolerated damaging national security leaks that cast him in a favorable light.
  • Placed a respected Fox News reporter under criminal investigation for his story about North Korean nuclear tests.
  • Employed for years an Attorney General who was held in contempt of Congress for refusing turn over evidence about his knowledge of a program that resulted in the death of a border patrol agent, and who lied under oath about the DOJ snooping on phone records of AP reporters.
  • “If someone had looked into a crystal ball and made any one of these predictions in isolation, you probably would not have believed it. If you had been read the entire list, you would have concluded that President Obama turned out to be the exact opposite of what Candidate Obama promised–and you would have understood why Democrats would be in such a precarious position heading into election day 2014.”

EBOLA . . .

Arthur Delaney, HuffPo: “Obama Touts Heroism of Ebola Health Care Workers”

We have two years left of this crap!

“WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday touted the heroism of health care workers fighting Ebola abroad, further emphasizing the disagreement between himself and other politicians who want the workers quarantined when they come home.

“‘All of them have signed up to leave their homes and their loved ones and head straight into the heart of the Ebola epidemic,’ Obama said during a White House event honoring American doctors and nurses returning from West Africa, where the Ebola virus has killed nearly 5,000 people.

“‘We need to call them what they are, which is American heroes,’ he said, surrounded by doctors and nurses in the White House East Room. ‘They deserve our gratitude and they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.’

“Some of the health care workers who shared the podium with Obama were within the 21-day monitoring period recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people potentially exposed to Ebola, a White House official told The Huffington Post. The official added that the workers have followed CDC guidance and that none were symptomatic.

“Obama, who has repeatedly sought to show he is unafraid of catching the virus from health workers officials have said shouldn’t be contagious, shook hands with each of the workers after his speech.

“Experts say Ebola is only transmissible through bodily fluids and that people aren’t contagious unless they’re showing symptoms, which include fever and vomiting. “Nevertheless, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and other governors around the country have called for a quarantine on anyone returning from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone, the three countries where the virus is raging. Obama and public health experts have said that travel restrictions could prevent aid workers from going to the Ebola-stricken countries to help. The president of the World Bank has said the region needs at least 5,000 more such workers. . .”

RERUN: Frances Martel, Big Peace: “Scientists Develop 30-Minute, $20 Ebola Test Using Freeze-Dried Paper”

“A team of researchers led by Harvard University Professor James J. Collins has revealed a revolutionary way to test for Ebola using blotting paper that can freeze-dry living material for use in a diagnostic, requiring only $20 worth of material.

As CNBC reports, Collins’ group reportedly used the blotting paper with freeze-dried genetic material on it to diagnose Ebola. The test took only 30 minutes, dramatically reducing the current amount of time necessary to confirm that a patient is carrying the Ebola virus.

“The findings, published in the scientific journal Cell, unlock a door to a potential variety of quick and easy diagnoses. The resulting product, the group writes in its abstract, can be used in ‘programmable in vitro diagnostics, including glucose sensors and strain-specific Ebola virus sensors.’ . . .”

RERUN – Mark Prigg & Victoria Woollaston, UK Mail: Ebola can survive on surfaces for almost TWO MONTHS: Tests reveal certain strains survive for weeks when stored at low temperatures

  • Research claims certain strains of Ebola can remain on surfaces for 50 days
  • It survived the longest on glass surfaces stored at 4° (39°F)
  • Centres for Disease Control and Prevention claims Ebola typically lives on a ‘dry’ surface for hours – including doorknobs and tables
  • But when stored in moist conditions such in mucus, this is extended 
  • Survival time depends on the surface, and the room temperature
  • Virus can be killed using household bleach and people must come into direct contact with the sample to risk infection.

Matt Drudge (10/30/14)

BREAKOUT: Maine nurse goes for bike ride… OBAMA ON EBOLA FIGHT: USA CAN’T SEAL ITSELF OFF… Americans may see more cases… African horses quarantined 60 days… CDC SNEEZE WARNING… Uproar over US troops quarantine in Italy… ‘They shouldn’t have been sent here’… TRUMP: ‘A new kind of hell to pay’ if soldiers infected… PAPER: Doctor ‘lied’ about NYC travels… California issues quarantine policy… UPDATE: State Dept plans to bring foreign patients to USA… Document revealed… FEAR: Landlords Refusing To Rent Homes To Fiancée Of Ebola Patient Who Died… WIRE: Even small clusters of cases could overwhelm system… Australia becomes first developed nation to shut borders…

IRS . . .

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg: “We’re All Flies in the IRS’s Widening Web”

“The New York Times has a disturbing article on asset seizures by the Internal Revenue Service. To summarize: There is a rule requiring banks to report cash transactions over $10,000. This facilitates the detection and prosecution of tax cheats and drug dealers. A lot of paperwork is involved, which banks don’t like, so perfectly legitimate people frequently structure their deposits to get around the requirement. This sort of structuring is also illegal, and when the IRS suspects it’s happening, then poof! They take your account. The people who are profiled by the Times are small business owners who acquired the money by perfectly legitimate means, and do not seem to be cheating on their taxes, or otherwise breaking the law.

“The I.R.S. is one of several federal agencies that pursue such cases and then refer them to the Justice Department. The Justice Department does not track the total number of cases pursued, the amount of money seized or how many of the cases were related to other crimes, said Peter Carr, a spokesman.

“But the Institute for Justice, a Washington-based public interest law firm that is seeking to reform civil forfeiture practices, analyzed structuring data from the I.R.S., which made 639 seizures in 2012, up from 114 in 2005. Only one in five was prosecuted as a criminal structuring case. . .”

Also: Rand Paul, Breitbart: “The Government Can Seize Your Property in Violation of the 5th Amendment – The FAIR Act Will Stop It”

If you have ever been to or traveled through Arnolds Park, Iowa, chances are you have seen or at least heard of Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food. Known for it’s large portions and low prices, this family-owned, cash-only restaurant has become a staple for those living in Dickinson County.

“Carole Hinders has made an honest living owning and operating Mrs. Lady’s for the last 38 years. But in August of 2013, everything she saved—roughly $33,000—was seized by the Internal Revenue Service. Hinders has not been charged for tax evasion, or money laundering—in fact, one year later, she still has not been charged for any crime at all. The IRS claims her bank account was seized solely because she was depositing less than $10,000 at a time. Last time I checked, making small cash deposits into a personal checking account is not a crime.

“According to the New York Times, the IRS seized Hinders’ honest living by enforcing an “increasingly controversial” law known as civil asset forfeiture. This law allows property to be seized if it is suspected of being connected to criminal activity. The problem is, law enforcement is not required to explain what the criminal activity is, much less prove that the person is guilty of such activity.

“Under current law, law enforcement agencies may take property suspected of involvement in crime without ever charging, let alone convicting, the property owner. In addition, state agencies routinely use federal asset forfeiture laws; ignoring state regulations to confiscate and receive financial proceeds from forfeited property.

“The government should never be able to take property from innocent Americans. . .”


Peter Beaumont, UK Guardian: “Netanyahu insists he is ‘under attack for defending Israel’ after remarks from US official”

“US relations with Israel have plunged to new depths of bitterness and hostility as senior officials in the Obama administration decried Binyamin Netanyahu as a “chickenshit prime minister”, “coward” and a man more interested in his own political survival than peace.

“The furious assessment delivered in anonymous but no-holds barred comments in an interview with the American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic underline a state of anger with Netanyahu that is characterised as ‘red hot’.

“The remarks are particularly telling in having been made to Goldberg, a Washington insider who has interviewed both Obama and Netanyahu, and who warned US-Israeli relations were in a “full-blown crisis” that could only get worse after the midterm elections.

“Speaking to the Israeli parliament – the Knesset – a few hours after the comments were revealed, Netanyahu angrily insisted he was “under attack simply for defending Israel”, adding that he “cherished” Israel’s relationship with the US.

“‘When there are pressures on Israel to concede its security, the easiest thing to do is to concede,’ he said. ‘You get a round of applause, ceremonies on grassy knolls, and then come the missiles and the tunnels.’

“The Obama officials’ comments underline the dismal state of relations between the Obama administration and Netanyahu after a series of damaging announcements by Israel – including again this week – regarding its determination to push ahead with settlement building in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. . .”

PA . . .

Leo Knepper, CAP: “CAP and CAP PAC General Election Endorsements”

“This has been a remarkable year for CAP and the CAP PAC. We have met with a record breaking number of candidates seeking office in the state House or Senate. The long term goal of our Ben Franklin project is to elect fifty five members to the House and 15 members to the Senate. To that end, here are the CAP PAC endorsements for the November 4th election:

Open Seats—House

Cris Dush, Republican—District 66 (Indiana and Jefferson Counties) Aaron Kauffer, Republican—District 120 (Luzerne County) Ryan Warner, Republican—District 52 (Fayette and Westmorland Counties)

Challenging Incumbents—Senate

Camera Bartolatta, Republican—District 46 (Beaver, Green and Washington Counties)

Challenging Incumbents—House

Tom Logan, Republican—District 58 (Fayette and Westmorland Counties) Jason Ortitay, Republican—District 46 (Washington County) Sean Watson, Republican—District 33 (Allegheny County)


Sen. John Eichelberger, Republican—District 30 (Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties) Sen. Scott Wagner, Republican—District 28 (York County) Sen. Mike Folmer, Republican—District 48 (Dauphin, Lebanon and York Counties)

Rep. Stephen Bloom, Republican—District 199 (Cumberland County) Rep. George Dunbar, Republican—District 56 (Westmoreland County) Rep. Joe Emrick, Republican—District 137 (Northumberland County) Rep. Eli Evankovich, Republican—District 54 (Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties) Rep. John McGinnis, Republican—District 79 (Blair County) Rep. Rick Saccone, Republican—District 39 (Allegheny and Washington Counties) Rep. Thomas Sankey II, Republican—District 73 (Cambria and Clearfield Counties) Rep. Justin Simmons, Republican—District 131 (Lehigh and Northampton Counties) Rep. Dan Truitt, Republican—District 156 (Chester County)

Separately, CAP is endorsing:

Pat Stefano, Republican—Senate District 32 (Fayette, Somerset and Westmorland Counties)

Susan Berry, Big Govt: “Gallup: Republican Parents Take Sharp Turn against Common Core”

“Though many parent activist groups fighting the Common Core standards are comprised of both Republican and Democrat voters, Republican parents with children in public schools are sharply turning against the controversial nationalized standards.

“According to a new Gallup poll, 58 percent of Republican parents now hold a negative view of the Common Core standards, an increase from 42 percent in an April poll. Only 19 percent of GOP parents view the standards positively.

“In contrast, the poll finds 48 percent of Democrats with children view the Common Core positively, with 23 percent viewing it negatively. Democrat parent support for the standards has increased three percentage points since the April poll.

“When political affiliation is not a factor, Gallup’s survey finds that 35 percent of parents overall view the Common Core negatively, while 33 percent have a positive view of the standards. . .”

KaJell Sullivan, Deseret News: “My view: Crony capitalism is usurping control”

Thx Jo!

“Ezekiel Emanuel, the architect of Obamacare, bragged earlier this year in a New Republic article about Obamacare’s intent to kill the insurance industry, nationalize health care and collect data on every person in order to track and control personal lifestyle choices. He condescendingly wrote, “Be prepared to kiss your insurance company goodbye forever.”

“A logical correlation can be drawn that the federal intent behind recent education reforms is the same. What’s in it for crony capitalists?

“In 2004, Microsoft signed a technology contract with the United Nation’s education arm, UNESCO, to globalize education. This profit-venture started a chain of events that dismantles our 10th Amendment right to control education, realigns the world’s entire education system on the backs of U.S. taxpayers, and endlessly profits elites. The U.N. announced that the joint venture would foster “web-based communities of practice including content development and worldwide curricula reflecting UNESCO’s values.” Did local parents vote on these curriculum values?

“This year, Microsoft joined with the Obama administration’s ConnectEd Initiative to provide one-to-one devices for every child in order to replace textbooks. Meanwhile, legislators across the country are working with groups like Jeb Bush’s Digital Learning Now to implement this federal agenda which profits conservative and liberal foundations joined at the hip with government. Foundations profit from federal “turn around” school mandates that turn public district schools into public charters based on data controlled by assessment companies receiving federal grants.

“The implications behind this reality are obvious. Big data becomes the new global commodity. . .”

Jo: Common Core in Bucks County

Council Rock Forum on PA Core Standards

On Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM there will be an informational session for parents on the recently adopted PA Core Standards for Math and English Language Arts.   This program will be held at the District’s administrative offices – The Chancellor Center (30 N. Chancellor Street, Newtown, PA 18940).   It will be an opportunity for parents to gain better understanding of the Core Standards and their implementation as well as get answers to questions they may have.  The Deputy Executive Director of the Intermediate Unit, Dr. Mike Masko, as well as two representatives from the Department of Education will lead the session.  We invite questions in advance of this forum.  Please send your questions to


Shashona B. Roberts, The UK Guardian: “Woman receives rape threats after recording 10 hours of harassment in New York”

“An actor who recorded 10 hours of catcalls and remarks from passersby in New York City has received rape threats in response to a video detailing the harassment, the advocacy group that commissioned the video said on Tuesday.

“In a two-minute video, actor Shoshana B Roberts was told to smile, told, ‘Somebody is acknowledging you for being beautiful – you should say thank you,’ and comments were made about her clothes and appearance.

“At one point in the video, which has been viewed nearly 10m times in fewer than 24 hours, a man walked alongside her silently for five minutes.

“Another followed her, while offering to give her his number.

“‘The rape threats indicate that we are hitting a nerve,’ Hollaback director Emily May told Newsday. ‘We want to do more than just hit a nerve though, we want New Yorkers to realize – once and for all – that street harassment isn’t OK, and that as a city we refuse to tolerate it.’

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