Reticulator

Nov 152012
 

It’s all about critical thinking – teaching students to think for themselves. Education vs indoctrination.

Frankly, I have a hard time getting my mind around this story. A teacher in a 6th Grade “journalism” class at a public school in Southern California distributed the materials below to students. The materials are highly critical of ALEC, The American Legislative Exchange Council, a membership organization of conservative state legislators. The students were assigned to use the materials to write news articles critical of the organization. Did I mention this was for 6th graders?

via 6th Grade Class Given Assignment to Write Stories Against Conservative Organization.

Nov 142012
 

President Barack Obama bluntly told Sen. John McCain and other Republicans to lay off their attacks against U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice over the Benghazi assault, telling lawmakers that if they go after her “then you have a problem with me.” And Obama, speaking at his first postelection press conference, vowed that Republican opposition would not dissuade him from nominating Rice to replace departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

via Obama warns McCain: Go after U.N. Ambassador Rice? ‘You have a problem with me’ | The Ticket – Yahoo! News.

Nov 142012
 

I’m pretty sure this is the same Supreme Court that upheld the ObamaCare method of ruling the people.

Not hearing the case obviously doesn’t affect the ability to invoke the Hyde Amendment in future instances of malicious prosecution. But the appeals court ruling means that no matter how inappropriate the prosecution’s conduct is in the pursuit of a conviction, as long as they can prove they had probable cause to try the case, defendants have no financial recourse, and the prosecution cannot be held accountable under the Hyde Amendment.

via Supreme Court Declines to Tackle Prosecutorial Misconduct Case – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Nov 142012
 

Filed under Thugocracy

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Tuesday said the White House used David Petraeus’s affair to get the CIA director to give testimony about the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that was in line with the administration’s position on the matter.

via Krauthammer: White House ‘Held Affair Over Petraeus’s Head’ For Favorable Testimony On Benghazi | NewsBusters.org.

 

Nov 132012
 

Filed under “thugocracy” and “free press.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar threatened to punch a reporter on a recent trip to Colorado, according to witnesses.

Dave Philipps, a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette, tried to ask Salazar about his appointments to the Bureau of Land Management and the wild horse population in the state. Specifically, Philipps had questions about the government’s relationship with a wild horse buyer who allegedly sold more than 1,700 horses to Mexican slaughterhouses…

via Colorado Peak Politics – SHOCK: Secretary Salazar Threatens To “Punch Out” A Colorado Reporter.

Nov 112012
 

Petraeus is a proven multitasker, if you get my drift. He can put his life together, whatever that means, and testify at the same time.

But isn’t it a national security risk to have the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee saying such stupid things?  It risks making us all stupid just listening to stuff like this.

Though Petraeus is not expected to testify at the committee’s closed-door hearing next week, Chambliss said on ABC’s This Week that Petraeus’s testimony will likely happen later. “He’s trying to put his life back together right now and that’s what he needs to focus on,” Chambliss said….

Chambliss praised Petraeus’ career and said he did the right thing by resigning, commending President Obama for accepting his resignation as well.

via Senators: Petraeus Will Eventually Testify on Libya – NationalJournal.com.

Nov 112012
 

Long before the Benghazi scandal, Republicans complained that President Obama didn’t give enough attention to national security.  The apparent lack of concern seemed to be exemplified by the Benghazi affair, in which Obama officials seemed to stand by while their people on the job in Libya were killed.  In the weeks before the election, Republicans grew frantic, trying without success to get the news media interested in the problem.

But now, success! President Obama and his news media have listened to their concerns, and now take national security ultra-seriously.  So seriously, that even the remote possibility of getting classified information through blackmail must be nipped in the bud.  So Petraeus has to go, even if it means it will be more difficult for him to testify about the national security situation in Benghazi.  But no sacrifice of national security is now to0 great to make for the sake of national security.

Concerned after discovering correspondence because of an earlier Chinese hack into the Google Inc. e-mail service, which the McAfee Internet security company dubbed “Operation Aurora,” the FBI was investigating whether Petraeus’s private or CIA e-mail accounts had been compromised, the official said.

They so far have found no evidence of a security breach, any loss of classified material or any evidence that another foreign power was aware of Petraeus’s infidelity, which the official said could have exposed him to blackmail.

via FBI Probe That Uncovered Petraeus Affair Began After Complaints – SFGate.

Oct 292012
 

File this under “You can’t have federal aid without federal control.”

President Barack Obama’s campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki was aware Treasury Department officials crafted the press releases and public messaging for General Motors during the 2009 auto industry bailout, documents obtained by The Daily Caller show.

via Emails: Jen Psaki knew Treasury edited GM press releases | The Daily Caller.