• "Rule The School": The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal & Their Influence On You Child's "Education"

    “Rule The School”: The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal & Their Influence On You Child’s “Education”

    Anti Fed Ed Warriors, in my last article, I updated you on the latest information concerning the HEA (Higher Education Act). Just before that, I broke down the FY 2020 Presidential Budget. Woven into the Budget were items concerning higher education and accreditation.

    If you recall, where I left off was, there was more to share about an NC Center influencing higher education across the nation. This group acts as sort of a ‘ruler’ of schools. To put a humorous spin on this, I found this on Pintrest from the movie Grease (1978). The entire line is, “But, this year we’re Seniors and we’re gonna rule the school!” READ MORE...

  • President Trump to Designate Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Organizations

    President Trump to Designate Mexican Cartels as Terrorist Organizations

    President Donald Trump has announced plans to designate violent Mexican drug cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). 

    Speaking with Breitbart’s Deputy Political Editor Amanda House, Trump confirmed his administration is “very seriously” considering designating factions of cartels, or cartels as a whole, as terrorist groups.

    Breitbart.com reports: “We are. We are,” Trump said. “We’re thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”

    “It’s psychological, but it’s also economic,” Trump continued. “As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.” READ MORE...

  • Pelosi Admits Democrats Have Nothing Impeachable On Trump

    Pelosi Admits Democrats Have Nothing Impeachable On Trump

    OK, so we know House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not really supported impeachment like some of her Democrat colleagues have.  So, this is not really anything new for people paying attention, but the fact that she claims that Democrats don’t have anything “compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan” to impeach President Donald Trump on is quite telling.

    Of course, Pelosi is attempting to stave off some of the more unhinged Democrats such as Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Maxine Waters (D-CA). READ MORE...

  • Congress Is Creating De Facto National Gun Registry

    Congress Is Creating De Facto National Gun Registry

    Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has warned that Congress is in the process of creating a de facto gun registry, capable of eradicating the Second Amendment rights of Americans. 

    The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that will expand the national background check system to require everyone selling firearms, including private collectors, to perform background checks on all potential buyers. READ MORE...

  • Class Warfare Only Benefits Elites, Politicians

    Class Warfare Only Benefits Elites, Politicians

    Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others.

    Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

    An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has a Twitter account called “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure,” tweeted, “My goal for this year is to get a moderator to ask ‘Is it morally appropriate for anyone to be a billionaire?’”

    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in calling for a wealth tax, complained, “The rich and powerful are taking so much for themselves and leaving so little for everyone else.” READ MORE...

  • Study Shows School Choice Program Reduces Young Adult Crime

    Study Shows School Choice Program Reduces Young Adult Crime

    A first-of-its-kind paper on private school vouchers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, looks beyond student test scores and focuses on the impact the school choice vehicle has on crime reduction.

    “We took a representative sample of participants in the [Milwaukee Parental Choice Program] and carefully matched them to similar Milwaukee public school students and then tracked their outcomes over time,” Patrick Wolf, professor at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform, told The Daily Signal in an interview about the new paper.

    “Initially, those outcomes focused on test scores,” Wolf said, “but test scores are not everything that we want from a child.”

    Wolf and Corey DeAngelis, an education policy analyst with Cato Institute, evaluated the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program, first launched in 1990. It is commonly referred to as the nation’s first modern school choice program, providing vouchers to Milwaukee’s low-income students for use in private schools.

    The test score analysis, which began in 2007 and ended in 2012, found the program had positive effects on students’ reading scores, but little impact on math. However, in the the latest analysis titled “Private School Choice and Character: More Evidence from Milwaukee,” the evidence is clear: School choice alleviates young adult crime.  

    In this paper, Wolf and DeAngelis evaluated non-test score impacts of school choice such as student character.

    “It was mainly driven by our appreciation that test scores aren’t the only things that matter in the formation of young people,” Wolf said. “We expect [schools] to shape all young citizens. Avoiding arrest and conviction for crimes—that’s really an important measure of how successful schools have been in preparing responsible young citizens.”

    According to the paper, students who took advantage of the school choice option committed fewer crimes than counterparts in public schools. As young adults, these students committed about 53 percent fewer drug crimes and 86 percent fewer property crimes.

    The results also show 38 percent fewer paternity suits filed once students reach their mid-20s. These suits occur when there is difficulty identifying a child’s biological father so child support can be properly paid.

    “The simple interpretation is that access to private schools of choice for students in urban environments lead to certain payoffs in terms of character development,” Wolf said. “Somehow these private schools are doing a more effective job of shaping the character and influencing the responsible decision-making of young adults.”

    Since Wisconsin is the only state in the U.S. that publishes every citizen’s record of criminal charges and convictions in a database searchable by the public, the report’s research team was able to easily cross-reference its voucher student information with the state’s criminal records database.

    In the mid-2000s, Wolf said, policymakers were conflicted about changes to be made to the voucher program, which had not been analyzed since 1995.

    “There was a group of legislators who wanted to put additional restrictions on the program, and there [was] a group of legislators who wanted to raise the cap on enrollment and expand the program,” Wolf said. “And they came to a compromise that included a call for an evaluation of the [Milwaukee Parental Choice Program].”

    When Wolf and DeAngelis pitched to the legislators their idea to study the program in 2007, supporters and skeptics agreed on a new regulation that lifted the enrollment cap so more students could be evaluated.

    So it was lawmakers’ reaching across the aisle that later would reveal the hidden gem of school choice’s benefits in preventing crime among young adults.

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  • 12 Statistics That Prove That The U.S. Is Facing A Consumer Debt Apocalypse

    12 Statistics That Prove That The U.S. Is Facing A Consumer Debt Apocalypse

    In the entire history of the United States, consumers have never been in so much debt.  And that would not be a crisis as long as the vast majority of us were regularly making our debt payments, but as you will see below delinquency levels are starting to rise to extremely alarming levels.  In fact, some of the numbers that are coming in are even worse than we witnessed at any point during the last recession.  If things are this bad already, what are they going to look like once the economy really gets bad?  Because even though it appears that we are heading into a new recession, according to the Federal Reserve it has not officially begun yet.  That means that much worse is yet to come.  Just like last time, millions of Americans will likely lose their jobs, and without an income, most of those that suddenly find themselves unemployed will not be able to pay their bills.  The stage is set for the largest tsunami of consumer debt defaults that this country has ever seen, and that will absolutely devastate major financial institutions all across America.

    If you think that I am exaggerating even a little bit, please read over the following list very carefully.  The following are 12 statistics that prove that the U.S. is facing a consumer debt apocalypse…

    #1 Total consumer debt in the United States just surpassed the 4 trillion dollar mark.  That has never happened before in all of U.S. history.

    #2 When you throw in mortgages and all other kinds of individual debt, U.S. consumers are now 13.5 trillion dollars in debt.

    #3 A whopping 480 million credit cards are in circulation in this country.  That number has shot up by nearly 13 percent since 2015.

    #4 U.S. consumers are carrying 870 billion dollars worth of balances on their credit cards right now.

    #5 56 percent of Americans that currently have credit card balances have been carrying them for more than a year.

    #6 The number of “seriously delinquent”credit card accounts in the U.S. has shot up to 37 million.

    #7 Americans now owe a total of 1.3 trillion dollars on their auto loans.

    #8 At this moment, more than 7 million Americans are delinquent on their auto loan payments.  The figure has already surpassed what we witnessed during the peak of the last recession by about a million.

    #9 The total amount of student loan debt in the United States has reached the 1.5 trillion dollar mark.  Over the last 10 years, that number has more than doubled.

    #10 Right now, more than 166 billion dollars in student loan debt is considered to be “seriously delinquent”.

    #11 Millennials are now more than a trillion dollars in debt.  No generation of Americans has ever been deeper in debt at this stage in life.

    #12 One recent survey found that 78 percent of Americans “are living paycheck to paycheck”.  Suffocating debt levels are a big reason why that figure is so incredibly high.

    Since so many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, that means that there is very little room for error.  During the last recession, large numbers of Americans immediately began getting behind on their bills once they were laid off, and we saw mortgage defaults rise to unprecedented levels.  Sadly, we haven’t learned from our past mistakes, and millions upon millions of Americans will find themselves drowning in an ocean of red ink once again during this next recession.

    But even if you are not living paycheck to paycheck, carrying credit card balances is a very unwise thing to do.

    Most Americans don’t realize that if you only make the minimum payment on a credit card every month, you can end up paying more in interest than you did for the original purchases.  The following comes from USA Today

    If a credit-card borrower only made the minimum payments on $5,000 of debt, for example, they’d be in debt for more than 18 years and would end up paying $6,372 in interest based on national average interest rates, according to Ted Rossman, industry analyst for CreditCards.com.

    If you keep playing this game, I promise you that you will never get rich.  Instead, the only people that will be getting wealthy will be the people that are receiving your debt payments.

    Credit card debt is one of my pet peeves.  One of the best financial moves that anyone can make is to get out of credit card debt and never look back.

    And that is particularly important at this juncture because the economy is really starting to slow down.  Compared to last year, U.S. job cut announcements were up 117 percent in February.

    We haven’t seen anything like that since the last financial crisis.

    At this point, even mainstream economists are openly admitting what is coming.  Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, sounded downright gloomy in his most recent article…
    The economy is throttling back. Way back. That’s the message in the near stall out of job growth last month. Job creation probably isn’t as bad as February’s disappointing numbers suggest — unusually poor weather played a role in limiting job growth to just 20,000 — but it is weaker than just a few months ago. Businesses are nervous, and sentiment is at risk of breaking if anything goes wrong.

    And plenty could go wrong. A recession could materialize swiftly if businesses lose faith, and there is a good chance they will. READ MORE...

  • UN Discuss Injecting Aerosols into Earth’s Stratosphere to ‘Block the Sun’

    UN Discuss Injecting Aerosols into Earth’s Stratosphere to ‘Block the Sun’

    The UN is scheduled to discuss pulling CO2 out of our atmosphere and injecting aerosols into the stratosphere to block the sun. 

    The geoengineering resolution is set to be discussed at the United Nations Environment Assembly next week, when it meets in Nairobi.

    Nature.com reports: The body is poised to debate a resolution on geoengineering approaches that could be used to fight climate change, elevating a controversial issue to its highest political forum yet.

    A proposal backed by Switzerland and ten other countries would require the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to prepare a comprehensive assessment of geoengineering, including methods to pull CO2 out of the atmosphere or inject aerosols into the stratosphere to block sunlight. Due by August 2020, the report would examine the underlying science and technology, and how to govern research and wide-scale use.

    Preliminary discussions began this week and a final decision by government ministers could come at the end of the UN assembly’s meeting, which runs from 11–15 March.

    “In principle, it’s a big deal,” says Ted Parson, who studies environmental law and policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This could be the start of the serious international deliberation on governance that has been needed for years.”

    Weighing in

    Other UN bodies have considered geoengineering in the context of specific treaties. In 2010, the 196 member countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity called for a moratorium on geoengineering technologies, citing gaps in scientific knowledge and potential environmental, social and economic risks; the non-binding decision includes exceptions for research. And in a series of decisions over the last decade, parties to the London Convention on ocean pollution have banned the commercial use of ocean fertilization — in which iron is released into the ocean to spur the growth of CO2-absorbing algae — while laying out criteria for research.

    But concerns about the global nature of solar geoengineering — the injection of reflective particles into the stratosphere — in particular have spurred efforts to give the governance debate more prominence within the UN. A fleet of high-flying aircraft could pump enough sulfur into the stratosphere to offset around 1.5 °C of warming for as little as US$1 billion–$10 billion annually, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    The relatively cheap price has spurred concerns that individual countries could eventually pursue such a programme on their own, with global consequences. Janos Pasztor, who heads the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative, an advocacy group in New York City, has spent more than two years discussing the need for geoengineering governance with high-level government officials around the world. He says that a UNEP assessment would command attention and help to bring governments up to speed.

    “There has been no global assessment of geoengineering technologies, and this is very much needed,” says Pasztor, who advised former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on climate change.

    But other scientists question whether a UNEP assessment of geoengineering would add anything to the global debate, given that organizations such as the UK Royal Society and the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have already produced thorough analyses. And although a UNEP assessment could spur conversations within governments, the question is whether those conversations will advance or hinder research, says Steve Rayner, director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford, UK.

    “Ten years ago, when we wrote the Royal Society report, we thought that the governance challenge of geoengineering was stopping Dr Strangelove,” Rayner says. “A decade on I am inclined to think it is kick-starting Mr Scrooge.”

    Looking ahead

    The outlook for the coming geoengineering debate at the UN Environment Assembly is unclear. The resolution faces opposition from countries such as the United States and Saudi Arabia, as well as scepticism from non-governmental groups that oppose geoengineering.

    “The technologies continue to be speculative, so we don’t really need a new study,” says Silvia Ribeiro, Latin America director for the ETC Group, an environmental advocacy group in Val-David, Canada. She says that the UNEP resolution discounts work done under the London Convention and the Convention on Biological Diversity, which have already produced similar assessments of science and governance issues related to geoengineering.

    If the UN Environment Assembly approves the resolution, Ribeiro is pushing for changes that would require the participation of representatives from civil society, indigenous tribes and others in an ad-hoc advisory committee that would advise the UNEP on the assessment.

    Pasztor’s organization has taken a neutral stance on the resolution itself, and he says that the outcome remains unclear. Regardless, he says the debate itself represents a success. “Our goal is to have governments come together and talk,” Pasztor says. “We have catalysed the process, and now it’s a question for governments.”

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  • Actor, Writer & Political Commentator: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is "Puppet Congresswoman... Controlled By Dangerous People" (Video)

    Some States Abuse This Provision to Block Critical Projects. Here’s What Congress Can Do.

    There are seemingly endless regulatory obstacles for critical infrastructure projects.

    One of these obstacles is starting to get some much-needed attention: abuse of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

    The Congressional Research Service has explained that Section 401 “requires that an applicant for a federal license or permit provide a certification that any discharges from the facility will comply with the act, including state-established water quality standard requirements.”

    This provision is a good example of the cooperative federalism that characterizes the Clean Water Act. Under this federal statute, states can use the Section 401 certification process to ensure that state water quality will not be harmed through federally permitted activities.

    But some states may be abusing this important power.

    Last year, during a hearing that addressed Section 401 abuse and considered a potential legislative remedy, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., pointed out that some states have abused the Section 401 certification process:

    Recently, a few states have hijacked the water quality certification process in order to delay important projects. The state of Washington has abused their authority to block the export of coal mined in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and Montana. The state of Washington has refused to grant a water quality certification for the Millennium Bulk Terminal project.

    That Millennium Bulk Terminal project is a proposed large coal export facility along the Columbia River that would help export coal to Asia.

    The state of Washington’s decision to block the project might have significant economic implications and may even harm foreign commerce. But this, by itself, is not evidence of Section 401 abuse. After all, states are afforded significant power under Section 401.

    Here’s the abuse: In order to deny the Section 401 certification, the state of Washington heavily relied upon factors that have nothing to do with water, such as vehicle traffic, train noise, and rail safety. This section of the Clean Water Act does not give states a green light to veto projects for whatever reasons they desire.

    The Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2018, sponsored by Barrasso, would have clarified that Section 401 reviews are limited to water quality issues.

    Some organizations, such as the Western Governors’ Association, have expressed concerns about altering the Section 401 process in a manner that would limits the states’ ability to manage their water resources. Those concerns are understandable.

    Any legislation to address this specific abuse should be drafted narrowly so that it only prohibits the consideration of non-water factors under Section 401, and in no way affects existing authority to directly address water concerns.

    The Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2018, as Barrasso pointed out, would also have clarified that “states, when evaluating water quality, can only consider discharges from the federally permitted or licensed activity itself—not from other unrelated sources.”

    In addition to this important clarification, any legislation should also address a closely related Section 401 abuse in which states are not merely considering unrelated discharges, but also expecting a federal permit applicant to take action to address pollution arising from unrelated discharges.

    For example, in Maryland, Exelon is seeking to renew its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for its hydroelectric power plant. As a condition of securing a 401 certification, Maryland is allegedly requiring Exelon to remove water pollution that is not coming from the project, but instead coming from other sources.

    The Section 401 certification process is not supposed to be a scheme for states to compel permit applicants to fix the state’s water problems.

    There are likely many other Section 401 abuses that Congress should address, including unnecessary delays imposed by states. But at a minimum, Congress should make these commonsense clarifications to existing law.

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  • Florida: Buying & Selling for Profit The Right to Sue a Rape Victim - The Deanna Williams Story

    Florida: Buying & Selling for Profit The Right to Sue a Rape Victim – The Deanna Williams Story

    What if you were raped?  Then, because you couldn’t get justice via a criminal case, you chose to sue in civil court only to have your attorney have a meltdown and leave you stranded in the courtroom.  To make matter worse, once you hired new attornies who assumed the previous costs and actually got a confession and settlement on your behalf, the previous meltdown attorney wants to sue you, but then a judge allows him to sell his right to sue you to another attorney for profit and that attorney wants you jailed for contempt of court?  In all of this, your settlement payments are being stolen by another attorney.  Sounds bizarre?  Sound like it couldn’t happen in America?  It is, and it’s happening to a Florida woman, a victim of rape who has yet to see anything close to justice and they are threatening to take everything she has.

    The woman I’m speaking about is Deanna Williams.  She is currently a single mother with Multiple Sclerosis and pregnant.  Yet, the Florida legal system has done everything except bring justice on her behalf.  In fact, it appears that practically everyone around her who was supposed to help her has profited from the crime against her except Ms. Williams.

    Williams’ nightmare began in 2009 when she was raped by a neighbor.  She filed a police report within 24 hours but never received any justice from the system.

    David Dicrescenzo previously reported:

    Not knowing what to do, Deanna did what many might and brought this to the attention of the local Sheriff’s office.  The deputy who took her information and the report, nice man that he was, was just incapable of getting the information straight and she had to keep repeating herself, ultimately having to return several times.

    During her visits to the Sheriff’s office she did not meet the Sheriff, however, preliminary FDLE Inspectors believe that at the time “Under Sheriff” of Lee County, Carmine Marceno probably saw her during at least one of her visits and decided to reach out to her on Facebook saying he wanted to get to the bottom of her case, which in and of itself is highly unusual and suspicious because police bosses don’t normally get directly involved with specific investigations.

    By the way, this eventually opened up Ms. Williams to further problems as she caught the eye of the undersheriff there in Lee County, who eventually was named sheriff.  That is for a follow-up article.

    In an exclusive interview with The Washington Standard, Deanna Williams told us that she opened a civil case against the unnamed defendant.  She hired an attorney, Michael Dolce, who is known in the state as an attorney who has attempted to speak out about sexual abuse, something he experienced in his youth.

    However, Williams believes he attempted to use her case to voice his own pain and suffering when he was sexually molested to the point that he experienced what Williams said was a “meltdown” during court and walked out on her.  He wasn’t seen or heard from for weeks. According to Williams, Dolce missed multiple deadlines and failed to represent her properly during her case.

    Dolce was able to get a confession from the defendant during a videotaped deposition and bragged about getting it, which is something that is often very difficult to do, but possibly cost Williams millions of dollars due to his unprofessional and negligent conduct.

    Mr. Dolce also unavailable for extended periods of time during the case, most notably before he reemerged.  Once he came back into the picture, he demanded that Williams authorize him to settle the case, but she declined.

    She then sought the counsel of an attorney that has branded herself “the most famous female attorney in the country,” and though you may guess who this is, due to possible legal issues in her settlement of a non-disclosure agreement, this is how we will refer to this attorney.

    The female attorney’s Florida partner, Johnathan Heller, was assigned to the case and the agreement between the “most famous female attorney in the country,” Mr. Heller and Ms. Williams was that all the legal fees and liens incurred, including the ones she had obtained with Mr. Dolce, would be taken care of in what they were paid from a settlement, which they did obtain.

    Williams’ settlement was to be received in several payments over a period of several years.

    Here’s where it gets tricky.

    Heller received funds for his services and so did the “most famous female attorney in the country.”  However, Dolce wanted to sue Williams for fees he claims she owed him.  Yet, this money was to be paid by Williams’ attorneys from their pay, according to Ms. Williams’ agreement.

    So, what did Dolce do?  He “sold his right to sue” Williams to another attorney, one that is seeking to make a profit for purchasing the “right.”

    Scott Mager of Mager Paruas, LLC bought the rights to sue Deanna.  Have you ever heard of such a thing and can it possibly be legal or lawful?  Mager was not harmed in any way by Williams.  He is seeking a profit, not justice nor reimbursement for services.  He is attempting to profit monetarily from a rape victim’s suffering.

    Williams believes she is being pressured to turn around and sue the “most famous female attorney in the country” so that Mr. Mager can get an even bigger cut than what a judge seemed to have awarded him behind closed doors: $1.4 million.

    How was Mager allowed to do this?  Enter Judge J. B. Rosman, who granted the sale of the “right to sue” to Mager.

    Those in Florida and other places may remember Judge Rosman as being in the news around this time last year.  Why?  It’s because he was arrested in a prostitution sting in Naples, Florida.

    Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!

    News-Press.com reported in February 2018:

    Rosman and five other men were arrested Friday following a Naples Police Department prostitution operation.

    Rosman pleaded not guilty, waived his arraignment and asked for a jury trial.

    Chief Judge Michael T. McHugh will preside over Rosman’s docket, Miles said.

    Rosman was one of three high-profile arrests in that operation, including a pastor and a Broadway actor

    Rosman, 64, is also accused of resisting arrest.

    Naples police say Rosman allegedly made contact with an undercover officer via phone and arranged to meet at a hotel. He agreed to pay $300 for a sexual act but instead was placed under arrest. He began to resist but officers were able to gain control and handcuffed Rosman. READ MORE...