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Things are getting crazier in America

Alice and the Cheshire Cat

I TOLD YOU THINGS ARE GETTING CRAZIER

By David Limbaugh • Townhall.com • July 7, 2015

Lately I’ve shared my lament that in America today we are witnessing a surreal transformation of the greatest nation in history. Last week, a spate of headlines made this point better than I could make it on my own.

I was minding my business, mind you, surfing the Internet to check out the news and political sites and forums I customarily visit, and these news and column headlines, most from last week, some from a bit earlier and a few from this week, bombarded me. I wasn’t looking for trouble. Nor was the satirical website The Onion one of the sites I visited. The world is upside down, inside out, sideways, crazy, nutso. Bad is good; up is down. Left is right; right is wrong. Evil is good; insanity is sanity. Abnormal is normal. Circles are squares. Hot is cold. Luke warm is red hot — among Republicans, anyway. Common sense is uncommon. The world is otherworldly. Dissent is “hate.” Diversity means conformity. The good guys are the bad guys; virtue is vice; sophistry is intellectualism; jerks are celebrated; debauchery is glorified; the holy is debauched. Let me share some of these headlines, which speak for themselves — loudly and depressingly.

• Shakespeare’s Works — Too Hard, Too White.

• Obama Red-Faced: Iran Nuclear Stockpiles Grew 20 Percent in 18 months.

• Obamacare Dangerous to Our Health.

• Eye-Popping Premium Increases.

• Obama, Clinton Want To Enforce ‘Correct’ Thinking in America.

• High School Denies Pro-Life Club!

• Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama’s ‘Pathetic’ ISIS Strategy.

• Shabazz Calls on Nation of Islam, New Black Panther ‘Army’ to Defend Black Communities Against Police Brutality.

• Obama: Climate Change Deniers Endangering National Security.

• Team Clinton Swarms Sunday Interview Shows, Minus Hillary.

• Antonin Scalia Is Unfit To Serve: A Justice Who Rejects Science and the Law for Religion Is of Unsound Mind.

• In L.A., Obama addresses Washington’s Dysfunction: “I Did Not Say I Would Fix It.”

• Authorities: Gay Slur Carved Into Utah Man’s Arm Was Staged.

• Justice Department: Transgender Students Can Use Bathrooms that Match Their Gender Identity.

• Political Correctness 101: Praising America, Virtues of Hard Work Dubbed ‘Micro-Aggression’ On Campuses.

• Video Shows U.S. Citizens Willing To Ban American Flag.

• Are Americans of Faith in Danger?

• Obama Administration Says Redskins Nickname Could Block Potential Stadium Deal.

• TV Land Drops “Dukes of Hazzard” Amid Confederate Flag Controversy.

• Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Catholic School.

• Terrific: Attorney in Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner ‘Lost’ Emails Now in Charge of HRC’s Emails.

• For Obama, Rainbow White House Was ‘A Moment Worth Savoring.’

• Montana Polygamist Family Applies for Marriage License.

• 74 Children Executed by ISIS for ‘Crimes’ That Include Refusal To Fast, Report Says.

• New Undercover Footage Shows VA Officials Admitting of ‘Unaccountability at Every Level.’

• Black Teacher Hits Handicapped White Child, Tells Him Black People Fought To Not ‘Serve White People Like You.’

• Girl Scouts Raise $250K for Transgender Cause.

• Teen Leads Mob in Ransacking of Georgia Walmart.

• U.S. Debt Headed Toward Greek Levels.

• Obama Administration Invokes Executive Privilege on Benghazi Probe?

• United Church of Christ Anti-Israel Extremism.

• U.S. Troops in Afghanistan ‘Feel Abandoned.’

• More than 42 Million Muslims ‘Support ISIS.’

• 17 Shot Since Monday Morning in Baltimore.

• Baltimore Mayor Wants Park Named for Robert E. Lee Changed, Other Monuments May Come Down.

• Christian Preachers Brutally Beaten at Gay Pride Festival.

• Seattle 6th Graders Can’t Get a Coke at School, but Can Get an IUD.

• Local Minister Urges the Flying of Black Liberation Flag This Weekend.

• Christian Bakers Face $135K Fine and Gag Order Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple.

• Center for American Progress Helped Craft EPA Talking Points, Emails Show.

• White House Blames GOP for Kathryn Steimle’s Slaying, Rise in Gun Violence.

• 10 Killed, 55 Wounded in Fourth of July Gun Violence in Chicago.

• Shock: Arizona Paper Decries Border Fence As Too High For Mexicans To Safely Jump.

• California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition from Male to Female.

• Illegal Alien Who Murdered Woman Went to San Francisco Because It Was a ‘Sanctuary City.’

• Chris Matthews: Hillary Clinton is ‘More of a Conservative … Traditional Politician.’

• Netanyahu Says Nuke Deal Getting Worse by the Day.

• Chicago Convulsed By Another Violent Weekend; Top Cop Blames Justice System.

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To David Limbaugh’s list, I add these other crazy headlines (h/t FOTM’s MomOfIV, CSM, Glenn47, and marblenecltr):

• Christian Colleges’ Right to Deny Married Housing for Gay Couples Is ‘On the Edge of the Indefensible’

Electric Cars Can Be Worse For the Environment Than Gas-Guzzling Vehicles

Meet the First Trans Pastor Officially Ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church

Oregon State Issues Gag Order Against Opposing Gay Marriage

• Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Millions Going to Train Teachers On ‘White Privilege’

• ACLU: Why we can no longer support the federal ‘religious freedom’ law

• Is Plastic Surgery a Sin? Doctor Argues ‘Jesus Performed Plastic Surgery’

• Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

• You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History

• How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built [Only] Six Homes

• Court Rules Disabled Patient Can be Starved to Death Against His Will

• Selfie With Parents’ Sex Toys? Alameda Teacher Accused Of Assigning Bizarre Extra Credit For Sophomores

Why Would Anyone Want An Eyeball Tattoo?

• Schools Ask 12-Year-Olds If They’ve Had Anal Sex

Marine Court-Martialed For Refusing to Remove Bible Verse

Obama Gives Amnesty to Child Molester

• Former [black] Obama Admin Aide Rapes 2 Women, Gets No Jail Time

• Obama blocks Iraqi nun from describing Christian persecution

• US Police Departments Using “Spy Rocks” to Spy on Citizens

With the hindsight knowledge of the past 6½ years, I truly believe America reached a tipping point or “jumped the shark” when millions elected Barack Obama to the White House in 2008, then re-elected him in 2012.

Do you think America has crossed the Rubicon, past the point of no return? Sound off!

~Éowyn

Connecticut mom balks when son’s kindergarten application gets personal

nosy people

Fox News: A Connecticut mom wanted to snap her No. 2 pencil in half when she sat down to fill out her son’s kindergarten application and came across personal questions about his birth that left her demanding answers instead of filling them out.

The application, which West Hartford School District officials say have been standard for decades, sought information such as whether Cara Paiuk’s delivery was by C-section or not, whether there were other complications and even if her newborn son had gone home with his parents without delay. Paiuk said she talked to other Aiken Elementary moms, and they also were taken aback by the intrusive questioning.

“Most parents I have spoken to are outraged, and then they are almost outraged at themselves, like, ‘Did I fill that out? Did I not even question it?‘” Paiuk said.

Tom Moore

Tom Moore

The school was apparently seeking any information that might indicate children could have developmental problems. Tom Moore, superintendent of West Hartford public schools, said this is the first time the birth-related questions have raised objections. He said he spoke to doctors in attempt to figure out why the question were on the form and whether they had any merit.

“I think that question may have [been included] because C-section births had a higher rate of trauma, years ago, partially due to the nature of the birth,” he said. “I do not think that is necessarily true today.”

Dr. Manny Alvarez, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Hackensack University Medical Center, in New Jersey, said the questions about the mother’s birth experience should definitely be crossed out.

“What you are implying in those questions is that you’re going to be able to make some sort of diagnosis and maybe alter or amend the curriculum of the child,” said Alvarez, who also is senior managing editor for health at Fox News Channel. “What is the implication of that question? If you are implying that a vaginal birth child is going to be smarter or more proactive in class than a C-section child, that is not the case.” If anything, the information gathering could result in a bias against certain children, according to Alvarez.

Paiuk hopes that the school will recognize her concerns and make changes to the application. “I think they [the forms] need to be reviewed and updated because everything changes, the world changes, children change, and education changes,” she said.

Moore told FoxNews.com Paiuk “makes a very good point.” “I would bet heavily that when kindergarten parents in West Hartford register their kids [next year], that question will not be on there,” Moore said.

DCG

July 4, 2015: All is not well with America

Today is the 239th anniversary of the first 4th of July in 1776.

On that day, the Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson, thereby marking the formation of a new sovereign nation independent from Great Britain, called the United States of America. (See “Remembering that first 4th of July“)

239 years after so many of our Founders had sacrificed their lives and property in the American Revolution of Independence, all is not well with the United States of America as seen in the latest indicators.

1. More and more Americans, especially the young, are considering leaving the U.S.

Although only 0.001% of Americans renounced their U.S. citizenship in 2014, a recent poll finds that Americans increasingly are considering leaving the U.S. for foreign shores.

A recent online poll of more than 2,000 adults by TransferWise, a peer-to-peer money transfer service based in the UK, found that 35% (1 out of 3!) of American-born residents and emigrants would consider leaving the United States to live in another country. The Millennials (those aged 18 to 34) are even more disposed to leave America: More than half or 55% of millennials said that they would consider leaving the U.S. for foreign shores. Among them, 43% of men and 38% of women said that a higher salary would be a factor in their relocation decision. (Source: CNBC)

2. Many Americans don’t know the meaning of July 4th

Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars points out that in 2011, a Maris poll found that:

  • Only 58% of Americans knew that the United States declared its independence in 1776.
  • About ¼ of Americans had no idea from whom America declared its independence.
  • 14% of U.S. teens thought that the U.S. declared independence from France, while another 5% thought it was Canada.

4 years later, Americans are no less frighteningly ignorant. In another of his devastating man-on-the-street interviews, Mark Dice found that many beachgoers in San Diego are clueless about the Fourth of July:

  • This man doesn’t know it was the American colonies that broke away from England. Know nothings1
  • This woman thinks Independence Day refers to the end of the Civil War when “we” won and “overtook the south. know nothings2
  • This woman thinks Abraham Lincoln had signed the Declaration of Independence in 1964 or 1984. know nothings3
  • This man doesn’t know which country we declared independence from; his female partner thinks Independence Day marks our independence “from California.” know nothings4
  • This woman has no idea what we’re celebrating our independence from, then guessed that it was from “those countries.” know nothings5
  • This middle-aged woman can’t name even one of our Founding Fathers. know nothings6
  • This man, with 2 kids, also has no idea which country “we broke away from” when we declared our independence in 1776.know nothings7

Thank you, public schools and teachers of America.

You must be so proud for miseducating generations of proud know-nothing Americans.

Statue of Liberty in tears

See also “U.S. News & World Report: Americans have lost confidence in everything.”

~Éowyn

Young people not aware of the massive mansions Hillary can afford

With a State Run Media that covers for Hillary, is there any reason to doubt that young people aren’t aware of what kind of money Hillary “for the middle class” Clinton can spend on mansions?

I’ll bet these young people believe that Mitt Romney never paid taxes and are aware of Rubio’s “luxury speedboat“.

DCG

Taxpayer-Funded Professor: ‘Whiteness’ Is ‘Terror,’ Confederate Flag Represents ‘Capitalism’

The good professor...

The good professor…

Daily Caller: Sociology professor at the University of Memphis has used her Twitter account to announce that white people are synonymous with “terror” and to define the Confederate flag as the quintessential symbol of capitalism.

The taxpayer-funded professor is Zandria Robinson. The pair of tweets (her tweets are since protected) are the highlights among a set of Robinson’s compiled by Campus Reform and the website SoCawlege.com.

Here is a screenshot of Robinson’s June 26 tweet telling the world that the concept of having white skin is identical to the concept of terror:

robinson tweet

And here is a screenshot of her tweet from June 24 explaining that the Confederate flag is the fundamental symbol of capitalism.

robinson tweet2

The $20-dollar word “heteropatriarchal” used by the fourth- or fifth-tier public school professor means a combination of male and heterosexual power “essentially describing the severe sex and gender bias prevalent among the elite ruling classes of nation-states,” according to the Collins English Dictionary. However, this fancypants definition is currently “pending investigation.”

This week, Robinson proclaimed that white people — “white folks” — believe that being polite provides immunity from her biting analysis of power structures based on race.

robinson tweet3

The University of Memphis professor has also said she believes marriage that should be “widely accessible to a range of relationship types and that black people — “black folks” — obtain fewer economic benefits from marriage because they have less money. (She doesn’t appear to discuss the economic effects of marriages involving rich black people or poor white people.)

robinson tweet4

robinson tweet5The academic freedom policy at the University of Memphis describes the public school’s professors as “citizens, members of a learned profession, and officers of an educational institution.” As such, while school officials won’t censor them, “their special position in the community imposes special obligations” because “the public may judge the profession and the University by their utterances.” The policy advises faculty members to “exercise appropriate restraint,” “show respect for the opinions of others” and “make every effort to indicate that they do not speak for the University.”

On her Twitter account, Robinson describes herself thusly: “Dirty South black feminist sociologist. Zora-type ethnographer. Some babies’ mama. Negressdamus. Norf Memphis Teacake’s wife. Never in no particular order.”

Robinson has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Her dissertation is entitled “This Ain’t Chicago: Regional Accomplishment in the Black Urban South.” She received her master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of Memphis.

DCG

Toronto councilor tells young kids to become gay activists at Pride flag raising

Kristyn Wong-Tam

Kristyn Wong-Tam

LifeSiteNews.com: About 20 children, appearing to be kindergarten age, were given front row seating at Toronto’s “Gay Pride” flag raising ceremony this week at city hall. During one city councilor’s speech, she spoke directly to them and told them to “make sure the work is carried forward” of promoting the acceptance of homosexuality in society. 

“Because we know the work [is] never finished, we’re going to rely on you little guys and gals to make sure the work is carried forward,” lesbian Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam told the youngsters from Clinton Street Public School in the Toronto District School Board at the June 22 event.

The children, who were led to the event by two activists dressed as fruits — a kiwi and a blueberry — were handed mini gay pride flags and were used by the mayor and other homosexual activists for a photo op.

Speeches by Mayor John Tory, Councillor Wong-Tam and other homosexual activists emphasized how homosexual achievements throughout the city recently have made Toronto a template for homosexual activism across Canada.

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“When Toronto acts, I hope the rest of the country indeed does follow,” Tory said in his speech, in which he focused on differentiating himself from former Mayor Rob Ford who on principle did not attend one Gay Pride Parade during his years as mayor.

“I have been proud to attend many Pride Festival flag-raisings right here over the years and now I have the privilege to be here in 2015 as an enthusiastic, supportive mayor in Toronto,” he said.

“My entire family will march with happiness and enthusiasm at this year’s pride parade,” he said at one point, adding: “You have a friend in the mayor of Toronto.”

A blogger from Blogwrath filmed the event and published the video and photos. In the blogger’s view, when compared to the past years, this year’s event “looked and sounded like a homosexual victory party.”

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Go to Blogwrath to see pictures from the event.

DCG

 

Four students face charges of raping mentally disabled girl at North Miami Senior High

Clockwise from top left: Alexis, Bynum, Joseph and Lombard.

Clockwise from top left: Alexis, Bynum, Joseph and Lombard.

Miami Herald: Near the end of a school day early this year at North Miami Senior High, a student approached one of his classmates — a mentally disabled teenage girl in a job training program. He told her she was pretty and asked her to follow him, leading her to another boy who took her hand. They slipped into a janitor’s closet, closed the door, turned out the lights and — joined by three other boys — gang raped her, according to arrest forms.

One boy told her not to tell, but she did after a security guard caught them leaving the closet. The girl later told Miami-Dade school police the boys “forced her to perform oral, anal and vaginal sex acts.”

The charges of the horrific rape left many teachers shaken and worried about security on a campus with 2,400 students. But it has escaped public attention until now, as her four accused assailants face pending trials in Miami-Dade County criminal court.

Kenoldo Alexis, 17, Derek D’Angelo Bynum, 18, Steven Akeem Joseph, 15, and David Lombard, 17, all face felony sexual battery charges on a person with mental disabilities. A fifth student was arrested in the case, but prosecutors dropped the charges against him. Lombard faces an additional charge of battery. Court records show Bynum and Lombard have pleaded not guilty. The others have not yet entered pleas.

“The discovery process is ongoing. We’re trying to get to the bottom of what, if anything, happened — and all the clients remain and are presumed innocent,” said Matthew Ladd, a lawyer representing Lombard. Lawyers for the other teens did not return requests for comment.

In a statement, the school district expressed sympathy for the girl and praised Miami-Dade school police for making arrests in the case. “Our thoughts continue to be with the victim and her family,” the statement read.

Because the girl is a minor, many court records have been redacted, but the basic details are disturbing. Police reports indicate the student has the vocabulary of a toddler, but school district officials and Ladd said that was based on testing more than a decade ago. Efforts to reach the teen’s parents were unsuccessful.

According to a police report, a school security guard caught Joseph leaving the closet along with the victim just minutes before school ended. It’s unclear how long the teens were in the closet, but court files reference a surveillance video that may help prosecutors determine that, as well as who was involved.

Bynum, according to the court documents, told police that he didn’t know the teen was mentally disabled. He initially admitted to forcing the victim to perform oral sex and “telling the victim to stop because she did a terrible job.” But he has pleaded not guilty and, after his arrest, he wrote to the judge on his case to say he was innocent and to ask for help.

“I feel like I’m being tried and accused of something I did not do,” he wrote on notebook paper. “All I want to do is graduate from high school, make my family proud and be somebody. But, this case, I feel like it will ruin my chances and my dreams.” He ended the note with: “I’m sorry. I’m really a good kid.”

Court records show Bynum was expelled from North Miami for “sexual harassment,” according to the school district. He and the other boys were assigned to alternative schools. A trial date has only been set in Lombard’s case, for July 13, but there have been ongoing hearings and subpoenas in all the cases.

Miami-Dade schools spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said the victim was in a job-training program for disabled students who are high-functioning. The teen would have been allowed to walk around school alone as students in the program are largely independent. “While we struggle to understand the senseless depravity of this isolated but disturbing student incident, we commend the deliberate and swift actions of Miami-Dade Schools Police in apprehending the alleged perpetrators,” the district said in an emailed statement.

The arrest of the students in mid-January came just months after another student at the same school said in September that he was raped by three classmates in the gym locker room. Police say they didn’t move forward with the investigation because the boy suffered a mental breakdown and couldn’t be interviewed.

While about a half-dozen students who spoke to the Miami Herald said they felt safe on campus, some teachers say they raised concerns about safety throughout the year at faculty meetings and in conversations with school leadership. “I feel like sometimes, some major incident or catastrophe has to happen before it gets taken care of. That’s horrible to say, but what will it really take to get the staffing that we need or the training that we need,” teacher Annette Quintero asked.

Daniel Martinez, an English teacher at North Miami, said the school began to feel like a mall because so many students would hang out in the hallways. Maj. Adrian Brockington, a retired Army veteran and JROTC instructor at the school, said teachers were regularly asked to monitor the hallways and lunch periods. “We did not have enough security,” he said. “You look outside the classroom door, and you have like 100 students cutting class.”

The school district counters that the school, 13110 NE Eighth Ave., was appropriately staffed with security guards, and pointed out that Miami-Dade has a nationally recognized program that trains teachers to deal with mental health issues.

Miami-Dade school police say North Miami employed 14 security guards when the department’s formula calls for 11 at the school. The district allocates security guards according to a formula that takes into account the number of incidents at a school, student population, campus size and other factors. Police will consider the incidents that occurred this year when deciding on staffing for the next school year.

“The safety and security of our students and staff represent one of our top priorities,” the district wrote in an emailed statement. “While it is nearly impossible to prevent isolated incidents, a clear understanding and review of all surrounding circumstances is undertaken to further perfect safety and security protocols.”

DCG