#TrevorsLifeMatters, #PoliceLivesMatter BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER

#TrevorsLifeMatters, #PoliceLivesMatter
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER

“A crowd of thousands won’t chant it, so I will: Justice for Trevor. A nation won’t hashtag it, so I will: #TrevorsLifeMatters. A president won’t say it, so I will: If I had a son, he’d look like Trevor Casper.” -Dan O’Donnell, News/Talk 1130 WISN

If the above words don’t send shivers down your spine, you probably haven’t heard the story of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper.

Trevor Casper:

21 years old. 2011 graduate of Kiel High School. December, 2014 graduate of the Wisconsin State Patrol’s 60th recruiting class. Beloved son. Beloved brother.

Trevor Casper:

Deceased. Shot and killed on Tuesday, March 24th in an exchange of gunfire with a bank robber…on his very first day of solo patrol.

Trevor Casper:

Undoubtedly one of the good guys.

You know, I’m not going to waste a single second talking about the bad guy here. That might be the mainstream media’s mode of operation, but it’s not mine.

I’m sticking with Trevor Casper. After all, his is the name we should remember.

Yes, I’m sad and I’m angry. But I’m also grateful. I’m grateful that in the midst of a period in history where the actions of our nation’s law enforcement officers are questioned at every turn, there are people like Trevor Casper willing to stand up for what’s right.

Irish orator Sir Edmund Burke once said that “all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

Well, not on Trevor Casper’s watch.

Trevor died doing what he was sworn to do—what he claims he was “born to do,”—and his story serves as a reminder to all of us just how incredible the sacrifice “to serve and protect” really is.

I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who protest the justified defensive actions of our nation’s law enforcement officers—actions that few understand and even fewer are willing to carry out.

I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who refuse to acknowledge that a police officer shares in the natural-born right to defend his or her OWN LIFE.

And I simply cannot fathom that there are people out there who continue to ignore the bottom line: evil exists in this world…and it always will. But remember, if there were no bad guys, we wouldn’t have good guys—heroes—like Trevor Casper.

Trevor Casper:

Protector. Purveyor of justice.

He undoubtedly saved countless lives with his heroic actions…and he paid the ultimate price. As Wisconsin mourns and the thin blue line gets a little thinner, the least we can do is remember his name:

Trevor Casper.

Prayers to his family, to Wisconsin State Patrol, and to all law enforcement officers who, like Trevor, wouldn’t hesitate to lay down their lives to keep people like you and me safe.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Tim Schmidt
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report

The Death Throes of Common Core – Tea Party Nation

The Death Throes of Common Core – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Americans are learning the hard way that the federal government should not be permitted to impose one-size-fits-all standards to education. It was never intended to play a role in education and the absence of any mention in the Constitution is proof enough that education was intended to be supervised by the states where the school districts, schools, and parents are closest to the process.

 

Common Core is going to play a large role in the 2016 elections and that is likely to impact former Governor Jeb Bush the most. At the heart of the unhappiness with Common Core has been its emphasis on testing.

 

A March 20th Wall Street Journal article, “Bush Faces Test of Exam Policy”, reported that “A Rasmussen Reports nationwide survey in February found that 52% of respondents thought there was too much emphasis on testing in schools and 69% believed there was too much ‘teaching to the test.’”

 

The transformation of the nation’s educational system began when the Department of Education was signed into law by Jimmy Carter in 1979 and began operating in 1980. It continued with the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the name given to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It requires all public schools receiving Title 1 federal funding to annually administer a state-wide standardized test to all students. NCLB was coauthored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA) and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH).

 

President George W. Bush was a leading NCLB advocate and signed it into law on January 8, 2002. Each state was expected to develop its own standards because NCLB did not impose a national one. This year when its reauthorization came up for consideration, it was pulled from the House floor in February. The Heritage Foundation deems it “outdated, ineffective, and prioritizes government standards over the needs of individual students.”

 

According to Neal McCluskey, Associate Director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom, “There is no compelling evidence that No Child Left Behind, and federal intervention overall, has produced much good, while it is very clear it has cost substantial money and is unconstitutional.”

 

In Missouri, circuit court Judge Daniel R. Green, ruled in February that the state’s payment of more than $4 million in membership fees as part of a standardized testing consortium was illegal. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium “is an unlawful interstate compact to which the U.S. Congress has never consented, whose existence and operation violate” Article 1 and 10 of the federal Constitution. It dealt a blow to Common Core.

 

It’s not just Missouri. In January the Mississippi Board of Education voted to withdraw from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers consortium which is one of the two tests aligned to Common Core. A full repeal of Common Core standards is under discussion.

 

By June 2014, two months before its implementation date, 19 states had either withdrawn from the tests or had paused implementation of the standards. Four of the 19, Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Louisiana had completely exited the national standards. Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia never adopted it.

 

Gov. Bush is beginning to put some distance between himself and Common Core. His spokeswoman, Kristi Campbell, said “There is such a thing as too much testing.” Reportedly “he says the federal government shouldn’t impose particular tests or curricula on states.” Meanwhile, in one state after another, Common Core is being rejected.

 

On the political front, the Heartland Institute’s monthly newsletter, School Reform News, reported in March that “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a front runner in the contest for the Republican nomination for president, made bold reforms of elementary, secondary, and college education a prominent part of his proposed 2015-17 budget.”

 

“The budget, presented on February 3, would remove the cap on the state’s school choice program, eliminate state funding for Smarter Balanced tests tied to Common Core State Standards, and cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin over two years in exchange for greater autonomy for the system.”

 

On Capitol Hill, four Republican senators including Rob Portman of Ohio and Pat Roberts of Kansas have introduced a bill that would prevent the federal government from strong-arming states into adopting education standards such as Common Core and, presumably, NCLB. The bill is called learning Opportunities Created at the Local Level Act. As reported in the Daily Caller.com, it “would limit the federal government’s ability to control state educational standards and curriculums through financial incentives, grants, mandates, and other forms of influence.”

 

There’s no way to know when Common Core will die or whether No Child Left Behind will suffer a similar fate but the trend nationwide is obvious. Parents, teachers, schools and districts want to determine the best curricula for the children in their systems. They want the federal government out and that is a very good thing.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2015

Is it really surrender? – Tea Party Nation

Is it really surrender? – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by Judson Phillips

A flurry of news reports have come out in the last 24 hours that a deal with Iran is imminent.  The deal will allegedly resolve the disputes in the so called “5+1” talks involving Iran and the western powers over Iran’s nuclear program. 

 

As details of this so called “deal” are leaking out, the headlines are flying.  The U.S. has “caved” to Iran on the nuclear issue. Is this really a surrender or is this something more sinister?

 

 This is not surrender by the Obama Regime.

 

 That may sound shocking but it isn’t.

 

 Surrender means someone puts up a fight.  This isn’t surrender; this is the goal of the Obama Regime.  Obama is running the clock out.  They want a nuclear Iran before Obama leaves office. 

 

 Why?

 

 Because Obama is cheering for the enemy.  He stabs Israel, arguably our most important ally in the Middle East in the back by releasing all of the information it has on Israel’s nuclear program.  Yet it does everything to help Iran.

 

 Why does Obama want Iran to be nuclear?

 

 It changes the whole balance of power in the Middle East.  Ignoring Iran’s desire to nuke Israel, a nuclear Iran is effectively a check mate against anything we want to do in the Middle East.  America can never aid an ally again or stop terrorism in the Middle East. Iran is working on an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear warhead to America.

 

 What happens when Iran gets that?

 

 Does Iran start threatening America? You remember, this is the nation whose leaders regularly shout, “Death to America.”  Their leaders are a bunch of 7th century savages who believe a nuclear war will bring about the Islamic equivalent of the Second Coming. 

 

Helping Iran seems to be Obama’s only foreign policy interest.  That is, other than screwing Israel.  Obama said a while back that Iran could be a successful regional power.

 

 Why the hell would any sane American leader want a nation that regularly chants “death to America,” to be a successful regional power.

 

 The cold hard truth here is that Obama isn’t simply cheering for the enemy; he is doing everything in his power to help the enemy be successful.  Real Americans view a nuclear Iran as a nightmare.

 

 For Barack Obama, it is his dream.

 

 

Hypocrisy Alert: International Bureaucracy with Tax-Free Employees Is Pushing a Big Energy Tax on American Consumers

Originally posted on International Liberty:

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a Paris-based international bureaucracy with the self-proclaimed mission to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.”

But if there was a truth-in-advertizing requirement, the OECD would instead say that its mission is to “promote policies that will increase the size, scope and power of government.”

Here are just a few examples of statist policies that are directly contrary to the interests of the American people.

The OECD has allied itself with the nutjobs from the so-called Occupy movement to push for bigger government and higher taxes in the United States.

The bureaucrats are advocating higher business tax burdens, which would aggravate America’s competitive disadvantage.

The OECD is pushing a “Multilateral Convention” that is designed to become something akin to a World Tax Organization, with the power to

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Obama kisses Iranian ass … They respond … “Death to America!”

Originally posted on Cry and Howl:

Folks, when are we going to finally get fed up with the fraud posing as president?  Watch Mr. Diplomacy win the hearts and minds of the Iranian people …

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Wow! Good job Barack. Three days after Obama’s ass kissing, this video comes out …

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Obama is either insane or delusional … or both. I think giving comfort to our enemy is treason.
What a disgrace.

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Greece, Marxism, and Paul Krugman

Originally posted on International Liberty:

I don’t know which group is more despicable, Greek politicians or the voters who elected them. In both cases, they think they’re entitled to other people’s money.

But since the “other people” in this case happen to live in nations such as Germany and Finland, and those folks don’t want to write blank checks to a bunch of moochers and looters, Greece faces a difficult choice.

Either the Greeks behave like adults and rein in their bloated public sector. Or they throw a tantrum, which presumably means both a default on payments to bondholders and a return to the unstable drachma currency.

My guess is they’ll eventually go with the latter option.

But maybe there’s hope for Greece. One of the Prime Minister’s chief economic advisers, an out-of-the-closet communist, has announced his resignation. Here are a few of the details from a story in the EU Observer

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It’s Not “Global Warming.” It’s “Springtime.” – Tea Party Nation

It’s Not “Global Warming.” It’s “Springtime.” – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

After decades of environmental claims that “global warming” would plunge the planet into catastrophic harm to its human and other inhabitants—at the same time blaming humans for causing it—the sheer arrogance and ignorance of these claims always ignores the real power that is represented by the Earth itself and the beginning of Spring should be proof enough for anyone paying any attention.

 

This year, Spring begins in the northern hemisphere on Friday, March 20 at 6:45 PM EDT. In the southern hemisphere it marks the beginning of Autumn.

 

Spring manifests itself in ways we take for granted yet it is a combination of many events that should make us marvel if we gave them any thought. For example, where does all the snow go? The U.S. and the rest of the world set records of snowfall levels throughout Winter.

 

As noted by the U.S. Geological Service, “in the world-wide scheme of the water cycle, runoff from snowmelt is a major component of the global movement of water.”

 

“Mountain snow fields act as natural reservoirs for many western United States water-supply systems, storing precipitation from the cool season, when most precipitation falls and forms snowpacks…As much as 75 percent of water supplies in the western states are derived from snowmelt.”  Snowmelt ensures sufficient water for all of us and for the Earth that depends upon it for the growth of all vegetation. 

 

How do the flowers know it is Spring? In a 2011 article for the Inside Science News Service, Katherine Gammon noted that “Just in time for the birds and bees to start buzzing, the flowers and the trees somehow know when to open their buds to start flowering. But the exact way that plants get their wake-up call has been something of a mystery.”  A molecular biologist at the University of Texas, Sibum Sung, has been trying to solve that mystery and has discovered “a special molecule in plants that gives them the remarkable ability to recall Winter and to bloom on schedule in the Spring.”

 

Nothing on Earth happens by accident. It is a remarkable inter-related system to which we give little thought. The sheer power of all those blooming flowers and trees should tell us something about the power of Nature that dwarfs all the claims that humans have any influence whatever on the events of Spring or any other time of the year.

 

Then think about the role of the animals with whom we share the planet. In the Spring many come out of hibernation in their dens, while others such as birds make lengthy migrations from the warmer climes to those in the north. The huge migration of Monarch Butterflies should leave us speechless. Spring is a time when many animals give birth to their young.

 

A sign of the Spring that leaves us breathless is the way it is the season for the aurora borealis. Dr. Tony Phillips of NASA notes that “For reasons not fully understood by scientists, the weeks around the vernal equinox are prone to Northern Lights. From Canada to Scandinavia they provide a great show.

 

“Such outbursts are called auroral substorms and they have long puzzled physicists,” says UCLA space physicist Vassilis Angelopoulos. They represent “a potent geomagnetic storm.” The equinox in Spring and Autumn is a time when magnetic connections between the Sun and Earth are most favorable.

 

One book, “Silent Spring”, by Rachel Carson, first published in September 1962, started the environmental campaign against pesticide use for any reason, leading most famously to the ban on DDT in the U.S. What Carson neglected to tell readers was how they were supposed to cope with the trillions of insects that come with the advent of warm weather.

 

No pesticide use does not mean less mosquitoes, less termites, less flies, less ants, or less of any other insect species and the diseases they spread, property damage, and the damage they cause to crops of all descriptions. And, of course, the much of the pollination of crops and other vegetation depends on insect species.

 

Carson’s claims of a silent spring bereft of bird species was a blatant lie. Rich Kozlovich, an authority on pest management, noted that “Bird populations were never so high in North America” despite the use of DDT and other pesticides. “Carson’s claim about how the poor robin was going to disappear was not only wrong, she was deliberately lying.”

 

“Carson was a science writer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and absolutely had to know that in 1960 there were 12 times more robins, 21 times more cowbirds, 38 times more blackbirds, 131 times more grackles, etc., compared to 1941 numbers.”

 

Spring is a time of renewal in the northern hemisphere and it occurs with enormous levels of natural power. Most people, however, are oblivious to that power as they enjoy the sight of flowers and trees blooming.

 

I could almost guarantee that you will read or hear about “global warming” or “climate change” being attributed to the arrival of Spring. Do yourself a favor. Keep in mind that those claims, like Rachel Carson’s, represent an anti-humanity, anti-energy, and anti-capitalism agenda of the environmental movement.

 

Instead, celebrate the seasonal renewal of life on Earth and give thanks for the energy that permits you to control the environment of the structures where you live and work, that provides you the means to get in your car and go anywhere, and that powers every device you use.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2015

US sets new record for denying, censoring government files – SRN News

Originally posted on A View from the Nest:

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The government took longer to turn over files when ?

Source: www.srnnews.com

So much for the MOST TRANSPARENT administration in history. The only thing transparent with this administration is its attempt to FUNDAMENTALLY transform America into a third rate banana republic.

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Sore Losers: Obama White House Avoids Congratulating Netanyahu For His Big Win

Originally posted on Nice Deb:

The Israeli election did not go the way the Regime planned.

As the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes noted on Twitter,the inside the Beltway conventional wisdom was that Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before congress hurt him, and the Cotton letter was a disaster. The opposite turned out to be true.

Polling data ahead of the election showed the Likud party losing favor, but yesterday Bibi not only won – he won big.

After investing so much time and energy in securing Netanyahu’s defeat, the Obama White House must be quietly fuming.

Simply put – Netanyahu’s big win is Obama’s big loss.

Business Insider recently reported that Obama is known to get “eerily quiet” when angry.

He also gets pathetically petty and ungracious.

A White House spokesman today had to go out of his way to avoid congratulating Netanyahu for his big win.

Via theWeekly Standard:

“We want to congratulate…

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Netanyahu Wins … Obama Pouts

Originally posted on Cry and Howl:

As always I have to scratch my head at some of the things I read on liberal web-sites. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to speak before join session of Congress, liberals think he was here to tell us how to conduct our (American) foreign policy. Obviously, most are just repeating the Democrat talking points. Naturally, they couldn’t have listened to his impassioned speech as nothing could be farther from the truth. Obama, Biden and a bunch of Tampon wearing Democrats refused to attend the speech or even meet with Mr. Netanyahu claiming they didn’t want to take the chance of influencing the up coming election in Israel. Then, Obama sent his former campaign director, Jeremy Bird to Israel in order to defeat Netanyahu.

What a glorious day, despite the efforts of Barack Obama, for the Israelis in re-electing Benjamin Netanyahu, who obviously loves his nation.

Now that Mr…

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