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      by Published on 03-03-2014 05:56 AM

      Here’s a YouTube that the Electra, Texas, convention and visitors bureau probably would like to see disappear from the firmament.

      It shows what can happen when cops with a bad attitude come up behind you at night and end up accusing you of the bad attitude.

      You can end up driving off with a couple of bogus tickets. Or, if you’re like the guy who produced the video, you can stand your ground and beat them at their own game.

      Ask yourself how you would handle something like this. You can imagine these two cops were the overgrown bully-boys who had their way with the underclassmen in the high school locker room. Then someone gave them badges and guns.
      Continued: http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallas...ra-texas.html/

      by Published on 09-21-2013 09:37 AM


      http://youtu.be/XEQmUnisDEM


      http://www.examiner.com/article/excl...n-core-meeting

      Dr. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Lillian Lowery, Maryland Superintendent, had the opportunity Thursday night to make minor amends for a three plus year information blackout on Common Core, the new federal curriculum for Maryland schools.

      Instead, Dr. Dance added insult to injury by screening, omitting, and editing parents’ questions.

      Questions from the audience of about 160 people, which consisted of parents, PTA members, teachers, and school administrators, were submitted on cards prior to and during the 1-1/2 hour meeting for the Q&A period which lasted about 40 minutes.

      Dr. Dance chose which questions to read or omit, opting for teacher and school administrator or softball questions. But he also altered the wording of the questions themselves.

      My submitted question:
      “What is the process for parents to review what data has been or will be collected on our kids, where it is stored, how it will be used, and with whom it has or will be shared? What are parents options for opting out of data collection on our kids?”

      What Dr. Dance read:
      “As a parent, I’ve heard a lot of information around the state Longitudinal Data system. What is the process to review what data is being collected on students, where is it stored, how will it be used, with whom will it be shared?”

      After the question was answered, I called out, “Can parents opt out?”, but was ignored.

      My submitted question:
      “Although Common Core was adopted by MDE three years ago, in exchange for a quarter Billion dollar federal incentive grant through Race To The Top which is conditioned upon adherence to Common Core, parents weren’t informed until after its implementation. The MDE has not valued nor requested parental input. Instead, there was no transparency or even the courtesy of notifying parents much less consulting them. No wonder parents are up in arms. You’ve awakening the Mama Bear. Why haven’t parents across the state heard of Common Core until the month of its implementation?”

      What Dr. Dance read:
      “As a parent, I was a little disappointed that I’m just starting to hear so much information around the Common Core state standard. I want to be informed as most parents across our state. As a parent, how can I learn more information around Common Core?”

      Parent removed and arrested from the meeting for speaking out of turn

      As the pom-pom and rah-rah session neared an end about 20 minutes before the meeting close, parental frustration was mounting as our questions were still going unanswered. One parent, Robert Small, decided to interject to try to force some answers (see video at top of article).

      He said: “I want to know how many parents here are aware that the goal of the Common Core standards isn’t to prepare kids for full-fledged universities, it’s to prepare them for community college.....Parents, take control. We’re sick of this. This is not a CNN political game. This is a public town hall... Listen, don’t stand for this. You’re sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don’t want to do it in public.... Parents, you need to question these people....Do the research, it’s online.”

      According to my conversation with Liz Bowie, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Mr. Small was arrested after being removed from the auditorium.

      The video clearly shows that, if anyone was aggressive, it was the security guard, not Mr. Small. What may have happened out in the hall however, is unknown.
      by Published on 08-25-2013 11:14 PM

      Half of it's a clip from Good Will Hunting (and very much relevant to the "NSA"/foreign policy) and the other half is part of an interview with BBC Arabic.

      by Published on 08-16-2013 05:56 PM

      A small organic farm in Arlington, Texas, was the target of a massive police action last week that included aerial surveillance, a SWAT raid and a 10-hour search.

      Members of the local police raiding party had a search warrant for marijuana plants, which they failed to find at the Garden of Eden farm. But farm owners and residents who live on the property told a Dallas-Ft. Worth NBC station that the real reason for the law enforcement exercise appears to have been code enforcement. The police seized "17 blackberry bushes, 15 okra plants, 14 tomatillo plants ... native grasses and sunflowers," after holding residents inside at gunpoint for at least a half-hour, property owner Shellie Smith said in a statement. The raid lasted about 10 hours, she said.

      Full Story: Texas Police Hit Organic Farm With Massive SWAT Raid
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