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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Biblical Cudgel

A commentary on this, the stupidest tweet of December 2018, which sadly, will be followed by an even stupider tweet…

As seen on the Internet…

She is a blithering, clueless idiot. I am just as fascinated (analogous to watching a train wreck) by the spectacular idiocy of the district that elected this glittering jewel of colossal ignorance as I am a political party that elevates and celebrates this piece of work.

All of that said, I have heard this Jesus was a refugee assertion from scripture many times as not only a justification for open borders, but used as cudgel to beat those who disagree. As one would expect, I have heard this many times before this now semi famous tweet, given the fact the Congress Woman elect is clearly incapable of an original thought. Just as often, actually more so, I have heard Matthew 25:35-40 used as a proof text for unsustainable (usually socialist) government programs like Medicare for all.

For almost 20 years of ordination I have been confronted with the stupidity of those who want to rip what they want the Bible to say from any possible defensible exegesis or hermeneutic. I have absolutely no problem with someone who sees or interprets scripture differently than I do. In fact, I have learned to benefit greatly from those with whom I most disagree theologically. This kind of utter nonsense is insufferable.

I have no tolerance for unbelieving socialists like the jackass Congress woman elect who wants to use the Bible as a weapon when they otherwise have contempt for the Bible and even more contempt for those who seek to live by the authority of Scripture.

Just once, I would like to see an otherwise unsuspecting TV host turn to an idiot like this and say something like, “I appreciate that you hold the Bible in high enough esteem to impose your theological point of view on the rest of us. Given your point of view that public policy and moral authority should be in fidelity with the Bible, I trust that you oppose gay marriage given Romans 1:26-27. I fully expect that you are pro life given the words of Jeremiah 1:5. However, I am a bit confused given your socialist leanings. Can you help me reconcile the authority you see in Matthew 25:35-40 with what is written in Matthew 7:15-24; especially as these words inform your own Christian faith and practice?”

Just once, I would like to see that scene unfold when one of these socialists start quoting scripture.

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Posted by on December 26, 2018 in Liberals, Socialism, The Bible

 

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DESE Common Core Meeting / A lesson in controlling the message

I attended the DESE Common Core Meeting at 6:30pm on 05/02/13 in Cape Girardeau, MO at the Career and Technology Center, and what I witnessed was mastery of controlling the message.  Of course, there was no prayer or Pledge of Allegiance; this is the school!  Prayers are forbidden by the Constitution and the Pledge is offensive. (/sarc)

The sound quality was ridiculous, and I have no idea the name of the gentleman that led the event.  He worked through a PowerPoint presentation including videos by educators that could not be understood due to the poor sound.

The leader of the event stated clearly at one point:  “There will be no data collection.”  However, a quick review of CCSSO.org website leads you to these two pages self-refuting the leader’s claims:

CCSSO - Data Collection - 02 CCSSO - Data Collection - 01Sadly, a leader in the Education industry would absolutely LIE about whether or not there will be data collection involved with Common Core Standards

Divide and Conquer

We had heard that there would be 15 leaders or members of DESE at the event.  We couldn’t imagine why they would put so many on the dais.  As it turned out there was no dais, and there were 30 DESE organized leaders at the event.  Why?

As you entered the event, you were assigned to 1 of 15 tables.  Each table had a Table Leader and a Table Recorder.  The attendees (proponent or opponent) were divided into 15 tables, so the interaction was between approximately 6 attendees and two studied proponents of Common Core.

Each table was provided with a form to complete.  The form contained two questions:

  • What do you like about Common Core?
  • What questions do you have about Common Core?

The facilitators at table #12 were Jeff Lindsey and Wade Bartels.  Both were very nice and listened as we tried to fill out the form.  Jeff gave anecdotal information about the process of aligning to Common Core in St. Genevieve, MO and how great it was going.

When we asked him our questions about CCSS, the typical answer was “I don’t know”.

  • How much will this cost the state? I don’t know
  • How much will this cost your school? I don’t know
  • What is the cost going to be for the technology to allow completion of the standardized tests? I don’t know
  • According to the CCSSO web site, there will be data collection.  What data will be collected?  I don’t know
  • We read that the standards are copyrighted.  Will the schools be able to make changes? I don’t know

What Jeff Lindsey did know was that he really wanted his table to come up with an answer to the question… What do you like about Common Core?

Unfortunately, the time allotted for table discussions, and table #12 never listed a positive feeling about Common Core.

Following the kitchen table discussion, the messaging control continued.  Table Recorders, not attendees, were summoned to the front one-by-one to read the list of things that attendees liked about Common Core.  All of the ‘likes’ were read.  For the questions about Common Core, duplicate questions were skipped.  One CCTP member noted that 5 items were read from their lies of ‘likes’ that weren’t discussed at the table.  They ‘magically’ appeared.

I provided Jeff and Wade a long paragraph with questions about data collection, CCSSO, and EIMAC.  When Wade asked the question on microphone he simply said, “What is EIMAC?”

Strategy Worked

As I said, the DESE folks employed a brilliant Divide and Conquer strategy, and it worked to perfection.

  • Prevented general attendees from hearing tough questions asked at one table that was not asked at another table
  • Prevented mini-speeches given by attendees
  • Separated less knowledgeable attendees from stronger more studied attendees
  • No negative press to be reported by the media
  • DESE walked away with positive talking points and a long list of things that Cape Girardeau liked about Common Core

For me, there was a positive outcome.  At a Table #12 side discussion, a teacher stated that she liked common core because every school would teach the same topics at the same grade levels.  She continued that children moving state-to-state would be able to pick right up where they left off in their new school.

Her statement helped me finally crystallize my foremost reason for opposing Common Core.  CCSS removes any desire for one school to work to excel.  Children will be tested for certain skills at certain ages, and there will actually be negative reinforcement should a school decide to teach subjects at different grade levels to help them excel.  Should the school choose to teach some subject in a different order or different grade, their assessment ratings will suffer.  They will see lower ratings and less funding.

This is the absolute antithesis of freedom and self-governance.

Questions and likes reported back to the attendees:

  • If state led, why were funders from Federal Tax $$$?
  • Liked Crosswalk on DESE web site
  • Will International books be implemented?
  • Federal Control?
  • Why no question about what we don’t like?
  • What comprehensive studies have been developed?
  • How often reviewed / revised?
  • How can standards be enacted that haven’t been evaluated in classrooms?
  • How will they handle gifted students?
  • How will they help students not currently meeting standards?
  • How will local districts have a say?
  • What pilot studies have been conducted?
  • Too one size fits all
  • Not enough options for teacher flexibility
  • Govt grab for control of education
  • Not enough parental involvement
  • Ideologically different from local values
  • Is common core copyrighted?
  • What is EIMAC?
  • Has state legislature voted to adopt CCSS?
  • Liked fewer standards / flexible teacher instructions
  • Liked incorporation of non-fiction / promotion of critical thinking
  • Further investigation of who initiated development?
  • Who will profit?
  • Can state of MO step back and wait for other states to prove CCSS works?

Below are Miscellaneous Notes taken that may or may not make sense:

  • Crosswalk
    • Shows where a concept is located in CCSS vs. Show-Me
    • Fewer topics but more in dept
    • Teachers saw that common core was more rigorous
  • Why need for common state standards?
    • 2007 NGA / CCSSO decided to define Common Core Standards
    • Facilitated State-Led development
    • Rigorous
    • Research and Evidence Based
    • Define what all students are expected to know
    • Teachers develop lesson plans
    • Adoption was voluntary
    • Aligned to Show-Me standards / College Standards
    • All students will graduate college and career ready
    • Currently
      • 36% must take remedial
      • $90M cost for remedial
      • $32M lost wages
  • Video – Chris Nicastro / Mr. Russell
    • State-Led involving parents / teachers
  • Missouri Involvement
    • College and Career readiness standards
    • Based on career readiness, k-12 learning progressions developed
    • MO Represented on Development Team
    • Standards released on 6/2/10
    • Teachers
    • Principles
    • Parents
    • Education Experts
  • ELA
    • Non-fiction
      • More
    • Complex Text Academic Vocabulary
      • Regular practice with complex text and its vocab words
      • Spelling?
  • Math
    • Focus
      • 2-4 concepts focused deeply in each grade
    • Coherence
      • Connect learning from one grade to next linked topics
    • Rigor
      • Real world situations
  • Preparing for Transition
    • Crosswalk document
    • Statewide public sessions on standards
    • Model curriculum
  • Wrap-up
    • Federal Government Played no Role
  • Discussion
    • Anything said here tonight means absolutely nothing next year because criteria will keep changing
    • Jeff L – I look at common core as a plan
    • Jeff L – Doesn’t know anything about it being copyrighted

Update:  Don’t take this as an indictment of Mr. Lindsey and Mr. Bartels.  They was very engaging and I enjoyed meeting them.

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Education, Socialism

 

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Teachers Flock To Socialism Conference

Socialism Conference - 2013 - 01

The article below was liberated from an interesting Facebook Post and is presented “as is” for your enlightenment.  I’ve been unable to re-locate the Facebook page for reference and will add it to the post if found later:

Over the past year I have tried to inform America about the history of Socialism and Communism.
Our schools are failing this history or ignoring it completely.
All of my posts have been accurate and to the point.
The reason I did this and still continue to do this is to tell the real historical examples of this ideology. To warn Americans to be vigilant and to see the signs of this movement before it gets “out of control”.

We are in a fight.
I don’t believe American citizens realize how serious this really is.
From the White House, to Congress ,to our schools, the transformation continues.
There are alot of really disturbing things happening in this country.
This post will be about just one , of many.
I have , on occasion, talked about the need for us to get control of our public education system. I have told you about the slanted school books and the numerous Socialist teachers in our education system, from kindergarten thru college.

Here is a disturbing example:

Teachers Flock To Northwestern University For “Marxist Conference”
“The event was teeming with teachers who spoke about the new found bond between the radical socialists and their Teachers Union. The all-day event, which collected money to support Chicago Socialists and featured a communist bookstore, provided students on-campus along with the radical left community to plan the next phase in their activism.”

“After the opening plenary, breakout sessions addressed more specific topics like the history of the Democratic party, education, and case studies in Russia. In these sessions, speakers continued to celebrate the use of education as a mechanism to insert Marxism into public institutions. In one session, the idea of targeting their message to students, even over “the working class,” was debated.”
-by Rebel Pundit12 Nov 2012 / Breitbart

How do these peaceful, equality seeking people act?
Here’s a video link:

If you think, for one minute, this was a one time, isolated event, check out this schedule:

Boston | October 27
New England Marxism Conference
Harvard University, Emerson Hall, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Los Angeles | October 27

Southern California Marxism Conference
Los Angeles Valley College, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Rochester, N.Y. | October 27

Western New York Regional Marxism Conference
Rochester Institute of Technology, noon-7 p.m.
Portland, Ore. | November 3

Northwest Regional Marxism Conference
Portland State University, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Atlanta | November 10

Southeast Regional Marxism Conference
Georgia State University, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Austin, Texas | November 10

Southwest Marxism Conference
University of Texas-Austin, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Chicago | November 10

Chicago and Midwest Regional Conference
Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
New York City | November 10

New York City Regional Marxism Conference
Columbia University, Lerner Hall, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Berkeley, Calif. | November 17

Bay Area and Northern California Regional Marxism Conference
University of California-Berkeley, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Madison, Wis. | November 17

Madison and Midwest Regional Marxism Conference
University of Wisconsin-Madison, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Columbus, Ohio | December 1

Columbus and Midwest Regional Marxism Conference
Ohio State University, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

– Organized by the International Socialist Organization, publisher of SocialistWorker.org

They’ve been busy !

Socialist intellectuals, spouting democratic slogans, attack successful business owners, individual entrepreneurs and the capitalist system in general , while using a leftist media to advance their utopian dreams of fairness, equality and entitlements for all. Knowing full well that the crazy idea of a “citizen” run system is nonsense because of the inherent chaos that would bring, not mentioning the obvious need for “redistributors” and leader to direct it . This results in a “Dictator of the Proletariat”, in a totalitarian society, that will prove, once again, the old adage that “total power corrupts totally” as this utopian dream turns into a nightmare leaving millions of murdered innocent citizens in is wake !
(see history for proof)

“Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: ‘We the people.’ ‘We the people’ tell the government what to do, it doesn’t tell us. ‘We the people’ are the driver, the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world’s constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which ‘We the people’ tell the government what it is allowed to do. ‘We the people’ are free…”
-Ronald Reagan

That says it all.
Teach that for a change!!
“Know the History”

Here’s the conference Facebook Page for 2013:  https://www.facebook.com/socialismconf

Chicago Socialists: https://www.facebook.com/chicagosocialists

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Democrat, Socialism

 

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Joe Holleman & Post-Dispatch: Welcome, Comrade!

Sunday’s Post-Disgrace column by Joe Holleman was jaw-dropping.  I had to go back, rub my eyes, and re-read the part where he says “I would label myself — ‘slightly to the right of center'”

After condescending on the simple desire to see Barack Obama’s real birth certificate with all the haughtiness of an east coast liberal, Holleman decided to wade into the controversy between tea party members (note the lower-case) and Don Giljum and Judy Ancel’s promotion, advocacy, and recruitment into the Communist Party.

Holleman says, “I think if we’re going to waste a few thousand dollars, we should do it by employing a few communists at our universities.

Let’s face it, where else are they going to go?

Communism has been kicked out of every Eastern European country. It would be dead in Cuba if the economy wasn’t bolstered by the thriving black market for 1950s car parts.”

So if college campuses don’t provide a safe haven for communists, then they’ll start circulating in the real world. Personally, I don’t need all that earnest goofiness.”

Later, Mr. Holleman points out that he was “irked” that some members of the tea party, who’s blog entries are syndicated on the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition web site, labeled advocates of communism as “degenerates” and “wastes of human flesh”.

‘Some say’ that “degenerates” and “wastes of human flesh” were too kind of words to describe the advocates of communism.

A quick aside to remind Mr Holleman of the facts:

Stéphane Courtois argues that Communism and National Socialism are slightly different totalitarian systems, and that communism is responsible for the murder of around 100 million people in the 20th century. He also argues that the National Socialists [Hitler] adopted their repressive methods from Soviet methods.

Stéphane Courtois (born November 25, 1947) is a French historian, an internationally known expert on communist studies, particularly the history of communism and communist genocides, and author of several books. The Black Book of Communism, a book edited by Courtois, has been translated into numerous languages, sold millions of copies and is considered a standard work on communist genocides.

So, Mr. Holleman wants keep the hiring window open at the universities for the ideology that murdered 100,000,000 people in the 20th Century (and from which National Socialists took their cues)?  Better they be there at the colleges teaching and recruiting our impressionable children than “circulating in the real world”?

Okay then, by Joe’s logic, what other ideologies and political theories should we welcome on campus in the name of academic freedom?  Seems that anyone who murdered 100 million or less in a century works for Joe.  At what point does the level of murder during the implementation of a political ideology become too much for Mr. Holleman (and not just “earnest goofiness”)?

How about supporters of fascism?  Hitler only killed 6 Million Jews – way less than communism dude.  Sign ’em up; right Joe?

How about the KKK? Should the grand wizard of the local radical racists be hired as an adjunct professor at UMSL or UMKC?  What great testimony to academic freedom, right?!?!  They killed way less than 1,000,000 people and probably are even bourgeoisie.

Al Qaeda has killed barely 10,000? Sign up the radical Imams?

But, we certainly don’t the ROTC or, Satan forbid, the Christian Conservatives!

Say it isn’t so Joe… …that you’d try to minimize the devastation and brutality that has been prosecuted in the name of communism and suggest that we allow its advocates a platform to indoctrinate our youth.

I think not!


h/t photos8.com

Sadly, my comparison of communism, fascism, the KKK, and radical Islam will be dismissed as hysterical hyperbole, but ignoring the deaths of hundreds of millions of human beings in the name of an ideology and minimizing the hiring of their supporters at America’s universities?!?!  Well comrade, that’s just “steadfast knuckleheadedness”!

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Communism, Media, Socialism, Tea Party

 

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The Tea Party Is Anti-Government

I was reading this article, and stopped quickly to offer the retort below:

 

Stopped wasting my time reading this tripe when you claim the Tea Party is “anti-government”.  Makes me think you WORK for the left-wing mass media.  This is the same meme they advance daily.

Have you been to a Tea Party to see what the speakers and attendees say and do?  Or do you just write based on what the State Run Media spoon feeds to you after they find the one guy in the crowd with a sign that can loosely be called racist — before he got chased off.

Tea Party members generally believe (IMHO) that left-wing equals more government control, more taxes, more rules, regulations, control, more taxes, less freedom, more people on the dole.  That is the mode of operations of most Democrats and about half the Republican party.

Tea Party members are NOT anti-government.  They believe in measured government especially in the sphere of the Federal Government.  Items needing government control, not specifically listed in the Constitution, are left to the Government of the State and to the people.   Federalism.  That’s the mode of some Republicans and a few Democrats.

Did you get that?  We understand and believe in the necessary evil of Government.  We are anti-big-controlling-marxist-socialist-hitlarian-taxing-spending-wasting-communist-corrupt-giant government.

But, if you aren’t studied enough to know these basic facts about the Tea Party, you probably aren’t the best guy to go around commenting on their ideals.

FWIW, many of us are more upset with the Republicans than we are with the Democrats.

I also went to the 10/2 One Nation Rally with all the usual suspects (liberals / left-wingers / progressives) and the Communists / Socialists / Marxists / Anarchists!  And, the main thing I learned there is that we all have the same basic goal:  The ability for someone to work and have a decent life.

The difference is in the means by which we would make that happen.  It seems those on the left think that the fruit of the rich man’s labor should be taken from them by force and redistributed to the less wealthy.  Obviously, that is Obama’s ideal.

Those on the right think that they should be able to keep the fruits of their labor with minimal taxation and minimal government.  They believe regulations should be kept at a minimum to allow the poor / middle class to work hard to create their own wealth.  We right-wingers hate the idea of crony capitalism and blame it for many of the ills that plague our country.

And, it isn’t just the Republicans who engage in crony capitalism.  Look up the facts of how much money Obama got from Big Oil and Wall Street.  Take a look at how many Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan execs are flowing in and out of his Administration.

Yes, I understand that there are various flavors of liberal, left, progressive.

Attack me at will.

 

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Break Out The Whitewash

Reason.tv linked up a couple of videos of the folks they talked to at the One Nation rally.  They had a nice list of the groups that organized and those that spoke on this post.

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn couldn’t have done a better job of whitewashing the real attendees, organizers, and speakers at the event:

They seemed to leave out the speakers:

  • Van Jones – Truther / Communists / Marxist
  • Harry Belafonte – Radical Socialist Hugo Chavez sympathizer

They seemed to leave out the organizers and attendees:

  • Progressive Democrats of America
  • Communist Party Of the USA
  • International Socialist Organization

Nice job Reason.tv; Samuel Clemens would have been proud.

 

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in Activism, Communism, Democrat, Liberals, Socialism

 

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#OneNation – 24 Hours Later

Disgusted by what you saw yesterday?  Well, there was plenty left today by which to judge the One Nation Working Together Rally.  Here’s a few more videos of the filth left by the vermin that attended that event.

Simple. folks.  Personal Responsibility is what they don’t understand or care about.  Just like it’s their responsibility to work for and care for themselves, it’s THEIR responsibility to pick up after themselves!

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Activism, Democrat, Liberals, Socialism

 

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