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The Racist PB and J we eat!


You know what the cheapest and fastest sandwich my parents or even me as a parent could put together was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Kids love them!  Well actually only “privileged white kids” love them it seems.  This according to a Principal in Portland Oregon  that is a racist sandwich you are eating there.  Here is an excerpt from the Portland Tribune.

Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day.

Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year.

“What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

“Another way would be to say: ‘Americans eat peanut butter and jelly, do you have anything like that?’ Let them tell you. Maybe they eat torta. Or pita.”

Guitierrez, along with all of Portland Public Schools’ principals, will start the new school year off this week by drilling in on the language of “Courageous Conversations,” the district-wide equity training being implemented in every building in phases during the past few years.

Through intensive staff trainings, frequent staff meetings, classroom observations and other initiatives, the premise is that if educators can understand their own “white privilege,” then they can change their teaching practices to boost minority students’ performance.

Last Wednesday, the first day of the school year for staff, for example, the first item of business for teachers at Scott School was to have a Courageous Conversation — to examine a news article and discuss the “white privilege” it conveys.

Most of the staff are on board, but there is some opposition to a drum class being offered to middle school boys of color at Scott School.

Fifty percent of the students at Scott are Hispanic; another 15 percent are black and 9 percent are Asian. Eighty-five percent are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Chuck Barber, who also offers boys’ drum corps at Vernon and Faubion schools in Northeast Portland, approached Gutierrez last year to start up a lunch-time drum class for black and Latino boys once a week. This year, it’ll expand to two classes a week, to accommodate new boys as well as those with experience.

At least one parent has a problem with the the class, saying it amounts to “blatant discrimination and equity of women, Asians, whites and Native Americans.”

“This ‘club’ was approved by the administration, and any girls who complained were brushed off and it was not addressed,” the parent wrote anonymously.

Gutierrez denies that any students were turned away from the drum corps, and vehemently rejects any suggestion that it is discrimination to offer a club catering to minority boys.

“When white people do it, it is not a problem, but if it’s for kids of color, then it’s a problem?” says Gutierrez, 40, an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were Mexican immigrants. “Break it down for me. That’s your white privilege, and your whiteness.”

Okay you read it do you see it?  Who is really the racist here?  This woman is dangerous and she is being supported by her school district.   Even scarier is that she was trained to think this way by a California Based initiative.

A drum line of Hispanic and Black children, whoops BOYS, this group excludes the girls and every other race in the school.  But that is okay with Gutierrez.

Time to write the Portland School District and remove this hater from her position.  But I fear they took the same left leaning white guilt class she did.

One more point about the Portland Tribune and I will provide the link.  They misspelled her name within one paragraph of another mention.  Check it out

http://portlandtribune.com/pt-rss/9-news/114604-schools-beat-the-drum-for-equity

The paper and school district want to make this azzhole a hero but what she really does is hate.  She is not unifying she is dividing with the support of the press and the district.  oh and the published the word “the” back to back in the excerpt too.  I did not edit it.  Check for yourself.

A sad situation!

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The Super Committee Failed: Surprise!


When are you the American people going to learn?  Most of my readers are privy to the inadequacies of congress and the current electoral process but it seems that a majority of the voters think that the next guy the other party promotes will be good for them.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The people we are being led to believe are working for us are merely tools working for their respective parties and more importantly to them to get reelected.  You see if you do not tow the party line the RNC and DNC, plus other very specific PAC and fund-raising entities within each party will not give you money and you will stand no chance of getting elected.

This brings us to the supposed Super Committee and their lack of productivity.  Both parties stacked the deck with party hacks who were just going to trot out the party line.  Well wait  I take that back, the Republicans did offer a modest tax increase (revenue enhancement for you complete fools) but it was considered to be a minimal effort by the folks that the obstructionist Harry Reid picked.

I am not surprised at all that this committee failed. It was designed to fail by the politicians who want to stay in power.  This stalemate is seen by both sides as a spin fest to get you the public to belive they are working for you.  Well I don’t need to remind my friends that the politicians are not working for us.

Here is my warning to my friends who think the party system needs to be circumvented.  Unless a viable third-party can be formed.  Much like the Republican party of the mid 1800’s we need to take the example of a boxer and get inside and fight.   We need to protect ourselves but we also need to take the offensive  and move inside and beat the snot out of the establishment.

I, for one, am done with this party bullshit.  I have seen it corrupt too many levels of government from local to federal.  If you decide to donate money this year for the 2012 election do not give it to the party or any party entity.  Find a candidate who speaks for you and give directly.  We can’t get this going in the right direction letting the parties fight for power.  That is not what is good for America.

As far as the Super Committee  it was unconstitutional from the start!  Disband it and get some guts Congress!

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USDA: Little things mean a lot


Yesterday I wrote about the USDA program to aid the Christmas tree growers.  The plan was to put a board in place and collect  15 cents a tree to support the board and run advertisements for the industry.   This is nothing new and it seems that this one aspect of the USDA mission is costing taxpayers money to support many aspects of our economy,  here are a few of the programs.

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF)
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 Overview
 Producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishery products that are determined by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) administrator to have been adversely affected by imports may apply for technical assistance and cash payments under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers program. Producers establish eligibility for these program benefits by submitting an application at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) Service Center. The technical assistance is provided in several increments.
Peanut Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments
Overview
 The Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act) provides loans for crop years 2008 through 2012 for peanut producers. Producers may apply for marketing assistance loans for farm- or warehouse-stored peanuts or for peanut loan deficiency payments (LDPs). These programs help to stabilize America’s peanut industry and ensure the well being of agriculture in the United States.
MILK INCOME LOSS CONTRACT PROGRAM (MILC)
Overview
 USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC), administered by the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA), compensates dairy producers when domestic milk prices fall below a specified level. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized MILC through Sept. 30, 2012. The program has no set funding level.

Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders  

Federal marketing orders are locally administered by committees made up of growers and/or handlers, and often a member of the public. Marketing order regulations, initiated by industry and enforced by USDA, bind the entire industry in the geographical area regulated if approved by producers and the Secretary of Agriculture.
Marketing orders and agreements (1) maintain the high quality of produce that is on the market; (2) standardize packages and containers; (3) regulate the flow of product to market; (4) establish reserve pools for storable commodities; and (5) authorize production research, marketing research and development, and advertising.

This is only a few of the programs run by the USDA.  Each one cost you and I tax dollars to prop up an industry.   Hate the price of Milk?  Blame the USDA for price supports.  Can’t get veggies?  Maybe because the USDA board said not to grow so much this year.

I have railed against runaway federal agencies for the entire time I have written this blog.  This one has quietly escaped by eye until the Christmas tree debacle.  All of this is just wrong!  It is also UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

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Obama steps further over the line


The President proposed another spending program in Vegas. On October 24th  he spoke at a private residence in Las Vegas and here is what he said.

    That’s why I’m going to keep forcing these senators to vote on common-sense, paid-for jobs proposals.  But last month, when I addressed a joint session of Congress about our jobs crisis, I also said that I intend to do everything in my power to act on behalf of the American people — with or without Congress.

So I’m here to say to all of you — and to say to the people of Nevada and the people of Las Vegas — we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job.  Where they won’t act, I will.

In recent weeks, we decided to stop waiting for Congress to fix No Child Left Behind, and decided to give states the flexibility they need to help our children meet higher standards. We took steps on our own to reduce the time it takes for small businesses to get paid when they have a contract with the federal government.  And without any help from Congress, we eliminated outdated regulations that will save hospitals and patients billions of dollars.

Now, these steps aren’t substitutes for the bold action that we need to create jobs and grow the economy, but they will make a difference.  So we’re not going to wait for Congress.

I’ve told my administration to keep looking every single day for actions we can take without Congress — steps that can save consumers money, make government more efficient and responsive, and help heal the economy.  And we’re going to be announcing these executive actions on a regular basis.

Do you need any more proof that this man is not a defender of the Constitution?   I don’t.  We must stop this President and his 100% Anti American actions.  While all Presidents enjoyed the Executive privilege this was a right reserved for minor functions of government.  To carry it to the extent that Obama has is not only Unconstitutional it is dangerous.  This is the most American hating President we have ever had, hands down!

Stop this man.  It is time to march on Washington  Forget Occupy Wall Street  We need to Occupy Washington D.C.  Stop this man people before we have no elections in 2012 by Executive Order.

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Labor Day: The meaning is lost in many ways


Back in the late 1800’s the labor movement was in its infancy and was building, one of its methods was to have parades and speeches to promote the joint efforts of business and labor unions to impact the economy.  Before long states where holding labor days and in 1894 congress designated the first Monday in September to be Labor Day.  So it seems that labor day was a recognition of the union movement by the government.

Since this holiday was about the Labor movement and its current day incarnation Labor Unions we now celebrate a holiday that is about only 10% of the work force.  This fact is not lost on the politically motivated unions and they are pushing harder than ever for what they call the Employee Free Choice Act.  An act that actually takes the free choice away from the employee and gives it to the unions.

Labor Day has become a day of back to school sales and barbecue.  Not of celebrating the workforce.  Nothing like celebrating work with a day off.  And in reality very few people actually have the day off anymore since most of our workforce is shifting to retail and services.

Why then is this day still on the books.  The organizations that it is set to promote are both Anti-American and corrupt.  They speak of equality while taking money in the form of dues by force from people who may choose not to be in the union and the government sanctions this. Why do I say they are Anti-American?  Here is a short list of organizations that supported the One Nation Rally in 2010.

  • Communist Party USA
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • International Socialist Organization
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • AFL-CIO
  • Teamsters
  • Code Pink
  • NAACP
  • National Action Network
  • United Autoworkers Union
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition
  • Green for All (led Communist Van Jones}
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
  • National Education Association (NEA)
  • Welfare Rights Committee
  • ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition
  • Organizing for America (Obama’s campaign arm)

Can there be any doubt that the organization (AFL-CIO) that over 120 years ago started the Labor day movement has been corrupted and lost all sense of the American way?  Folks it is no longer about unions and business dealing with the issues.  The Labor movement has gone political and is using the government to regulate business.  That folks is Anti-American.

Labor Day means nothing to me anymore.  Less than 14% of US workers are in unions and most of them are government workers.  As President Barack Obama said in an executive order. The United States being the biggest employer in the US.  Folks there is something wrong with that very statement.

If you kids are going back to school, you are shopping and/or you  are going to hang with friends today.  Thank a union member for a holiday that means nothing anymore.

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Congress is Earning it’s (BAD) Reputation


In what some are calling a shocking poll but what this writer has said all along,  46% of likely voters (according to Rasmussen) don’t trust their legislative representatives.  Here is how Rasmussen phrased the outcome of this weeks poll.

Voters are more convinced than ever that most congressmen are crooks.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters now view most members of Congress as corrupt. That’s up seven points from June and the highest finding yet recorded.  Just 29% think most members are not corrupt, and another 25% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Similarly, a whopping 85% of voters think most members of Congress are more interested in helping their own careers than in helping other people. That’s a record high for surveys stretching back to early November 2006.  Only seven percent (7%) believe most of the legislators are more interested in helping others.

These findings come at a time when voter approval of the job Congress is doing has fallen to a new low.  Just six percent (6%) of voters now rate Congress’ performance as good or excellent. Sixty-one percent (61%) think the national legislators are doing a poor job.

Rasmussen Reports has asked these questions monthly since June 2008 and sporadically before that.

While some believe that people hate Congress in general but love their own representative, just 31% believe their own representative is the best person for the job.  Most think it’s at least somewhat likely that their own representative trades votes for cash.

I am not sure how many times I have said this and if you read my posts on a regular basis you  know I do.  The men and women we send to Washington are not everyday people.  They are seasoned veterans of the political game.  This poll only reinforces what I have said.

The rhetoric coming out of Washington is not intended to educate you the American Voter.  It is intended to keep you in line with whatever party you affiliate with.  6% approval rating for Congress.  I was going nuts when it was 9%.  Wake up America.  Do not fall for the forced candidates of the party.

This debt debate is a fine example of how misleading all of them are.  Not one proposal will actually reduce our national debt.  You only need to do the math to figure that one out.  So as not to assign any blame to one person I will say it this way.  Since 2008 our government has spent over 1.2 trillion dollars more than it takes in.  Over 10 years (man I am getting tired of saying this) that means our National debt will be 26 Trillion dollars if we add in the current 14.6 T.  So here we are debating the debt ceiling in increments of 2 Trillion when what we should be doing is focusing on less spending.  Putting the two leaders plans into a graph may help.  Let’s compare doing nothing with the proposals from the two parties.

As you can see no plan actually addresses the debt in any substantive way.  I think we can all agree that if the economy gets turned around there will be some revenue increases.  But why has the economy stalled?  Why did durable goods orders drop again last month?  And why is Moody’s threatening to lower our bond rating?  We can not count on revenue from economic growth until it actually begins.

All this and more in other posts.  For now we need to understand that Washington is not working for us.  They(both parties) are working to divide the people of this country so they can maintain power.  Call your representatives and ask them what the National debt would be in 10 years under your parties plan.  I bet you won’t like the answer.

And that is why 46% of us don’t trust Congress.

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NEA follow up. $10 of your money to go to get more of your money.


While the NEA met this weekend they decided to impose a $10 “dues” increase on over 3 million teachers.  This increase is not to help run the union per se.  It is designed to help fight legislation that would impact the union.   Here is the Amendment as passed by the NEA.

BYLAW AMENDMENT 3

Adopted

2. Membership
2-7. Membership Dues.
n. Beginning with the 2007-08 membership year, the annual membership dues of Active members of the Association, as computed pursuant to Bylaw 2-7.a, shall be increased by ten dollars ($10.00), with an additional increase of ten dollars ($10.00) for the 2011-2012 through 2015-2016 membership years. This dues increase shall be allocated to the Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises and Media Campaign Fund.  The annual membership dues of Student members of the Association, as established pursuant to Bylaw 2-7.g, shall include one dollar ($1.00) to be allocated to the Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises and Media Campaign Fund.

Sixty percent (60%) of the money allocated to the Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises and Media Campaign Fund during each membership year shall be available to assist state affiliates in dealing with ballot measures and legislative crises, and forty percent (40%) shall be available for national and state media campaigns to advance the cause of public education and publicize the role of the Association and its affiliates in improving the quality of public education.

Where necessary to avoid legal problems under state law, the Association and a state affiliate may, at the request of the state affiliate, enter into a written agreement providing that the money collected from members of that state affiliate shall not be used to deal with ballot measures, but shall be used only to deal with legislative crises and/or to fund national and state media campaigns. The Executive Committee shall develop guidelines to implement this Bylaw. These guidelines shall be submitted to the Board of Directors, and shall become effective when approved by the Board of Directors.

The NEA president shall make a report regarding the operation of the Ballot Measure/Legislative Crises and Media Campaign Fund, which shall include a financial statement, to each Representative Assembly.

Strikethrough indicates deletion; Bold indicate proposed new language.

Folks what will it take to show each and every one of you that your children’s teachers are not working for you or your children.  When will the rank and file see they are being led to slaughter. I don’t know what else I can show you.  Actually I do and will.  But let’s stick to this topic for now.  Paragraph 3 is particularly interesting.   I have to assume the lawyers wrote that one to avoid prosecution.   Either way signing a statement saying it will only be used in Crisis situations is a joke.  Who will determine such criteria?  Would the state tell the union that they are in crisis?  Or will the union arbitrarily decide what is a crisis?  You know the answer.

Folks this fund is specifically set up to fight cost cutting and accountability issues at the ballot box (your votes) and the legislative level (lobbying)  either way this is nothing less than a war chest to get your money.  Taken from the teachers who get paid with our money.  So if your union dues went up 120 dollars a year what is your next move?  Try to make that up by getting another raise.  Let’s look t what else the NEA thinks is important right now.

How about teacher evaluations.

“As more states and districts seek to improve teacher evaluation, the risk is that reform is done to teachers rather than with them,” said Van Roekel. “This policy statement was written by and for teachers while heeding others’ expertise as well. It outlines a system to help teachers improve instruction and meet students’ needs. It offers sweeping changes to build a true profession of teaching that is focused on high expectations.”

Well really?  It keeps tenure in place and makes it portable.  That is both radical and status quo. So let’s say you are a bad teacher and maybe the district you work for tries to hold you accountable.  With tenure portability the teacher can simply change districts and the problem goes away.  I particularly LOVE the fat that he says that the standard is written by teachers.  That would be like me telling my company that I wrote my work rules so they need to adhere to them.  That’s not going to happen.   I am evaluated on my performance on an almost daily basis.  The NEA just tried to stop the movement to hold its members accountable and did it in a fashion consistent with a bully.

Here is another example of the NEA going where they have no cause to go.

I-53. Right of Redress for Descendants of Slaves

Adopted as Amended

Amend by deletion and addition as follows:

The National Education Association believes that slavery, forced servitude, and/or the ownership of a human being are gross violations of human rights and unacceptable in a civilized society.

The Association also believes that the history of slavery in the United States was a grievous [flaw in judgment] crime against humankind that has contributed to a continuance of institutional racism.

The Association further believes that the descendants of those subjected to slavery in the U.S. have the right to seek redress for the injustices inflicted upon their ancestors.

Just exactly what do reparations have to do with the education of our children?  Nothing and this is nothing more than this bully union trying to drive a wedge into the electorate.  By pitting black against white and other races they can divide the vote and stay in power.  Besides how much blood was spilled in the Civil War that ended slavery?  Reparations?  Not a union issue!

I have had enough of this union.  Public education is a miserable failure in many areas.  The reason is that no one really cares about the children.  Especially the union.  I know there are many teachers who do a great job and care, but why then do our children know less than we do.

I had a conversation with my son the other day.  He is close to getting out of high school.  He actually asked me what it would be like to be in a cloud.  I was floored and almost wrecked my car.  We discussed the makeup of a cloud and I asked him if he knew the various names for clouds (something I was taught in GRADE SCHOOL).  He was clueless.    This is not the first time I have had a conversation with one of my boys about an issue I was taught in school that they have never heard of.  Now let’s be clear.  Some will blame the government and no child left behind.  But who is supporting that measure?

Where We Stand

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is the current incarnation of President Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), whose purpose was to raise achievement and close achievement gaps. NEA strongly supports these goals and is working to give all children great public schools. But educators know that NCLB as currently written can’t get us there.

Yep the NEA.  They strongly support No Child Left Behind.

Folks this union is a cover for an agenda that is anti-American and the are purposefully dumbing down our children.  It is time to take this beast on.  Let’s actually educate our children not just support the union.  I teach my children about the real America ever time I talk to them.

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