They were 39 days late… but we got them… The preliminary Smarter Balanced Assessments….

The big takeaway was:  is that all there is to it?

We’ve been arguing over this for 4 years.  (I’ve been doing it for 3). We’ve spent $119 million dollars of Race To The Top Money to bring this to fruition. And we’ve been promised so much good would come from this test that we had no choice BUT to go forward with it…

But looking at the scores, it is the same as it ever was….  Nothing changed.  Kids didn’t learn more. Kids may have learned less. If one takes the word of students and teachers, each student spent 8 hours taking this test spread over an average of 3.25 days…

At 70,000 Delawarean students taking the test, a total of 560,000 learning hours were spent on this actual test… One has to ask if that is worth the cost…

Over half a million hours were spent on this test…  just so we can fire teachers.  Is that the best use of our students time?  Or should every parent be concerned with this, and insist that we return to the DCAS, one which took far less time and unlike this test, gave teachers feedback they could give students immediately afterwards.

Because we all know.

If experts say 8 years olds should be able to jump over a 3 foot high bar and you raise it to 5 feet, you are going to have fewer successful jumps… So anyone who says “see, how terrible education is today?: by looking at these scores, needs to be laughed out, ridiculed, and then ignored….  Because they don’t mean anything… Nothing at all.

The real question that needs to be asked is this…  By raising the bar to 5 feet, did more people jump over the 3 foot bar then before…  That data would tell us if this program was a success or failure…

But we don’t have that data… All we know is that fewer people “passed” because we made “passing” beyond the capabilities of all but our most developed and well trained….

So.. parents… is this truly worth $119 million dollars?  So teachers…. is this truly worth $119 million dollars… So administrators… is this truly worth $119 million dollars?

Money that was taken from reading coaches that the Minner administration placed in every school.  Money that was taken from math coaches that the Minner administration placed in every school.  Money that was taken from having a policeman in every school…  Money that was taken from supplying classrooms.  Money that was taken from extra curricular activities.  Money that was taken from the libraries.  Money that was taken away from field trips. Money that was taken away…  .. from you… After all, it is your money now being spent on this…

Did you get all the worth over what you paid?   Are your kids Smarter?  Do they seem more balanced?

If yes, we can’t knock the program … It appears to have worked… But if no, then as many of us have pointed out, this is a boondoggle of epic proportions….

So, when you looked over the preliminaries… did you too say…. “Is that all there is?

Someone is getting rich… somewhere…

Chamberlain bloodied his illustrious career by solidifying an agreement with a devil.  Stalin, bloodied anyone who ever brought up the fact he too was double crossed by that same devil and it killed tens of millions.  Marshall negotiated a settlement after the devil was dead that has given us for the most part, global peace now for exactly 70 years.

Everything you hear on television and the Rick Jensen show right now, is opinions being expressed by whoever has one of the three views above.  If you are a trustworthy person, with a solid character, you support the future trusting and are for this agreement.  If you are a untrustworthy person, with a criminal record a mile long but just haven’t been caught yet, you support a distrusting future, and want to see this good smashed before it gets born.

When you make a deal with a devil, you never know whether he will abrogate or not… Marriages (the same) run about 50-50.  So one has a 50-50 chance with a diplomatic partner as well.

But, diplomatic agreements usually have a success rate in the high 90th percentile… They beat the odds and so the obvious next question is … why?

Diplomatic negotiations are not rushed into like marriages.  For the most part that alone explains the disparity… If marriages were negotiated like the Iran Nuclear Deal, there would probably be 50% less marriages in America today… “Oh, no, baby… I ain’t givin’ up that!!!!”  Instead diplomatic negotiations put everything on the table and are handled by the oldest and wisest who have seen everything before and therefor put it on the table.

No successful marriage is one party gets all.. Those quickly head for divorce.  Instead, successful marriages are options where the other party says, “I can live without that. so sure, I’ll agree to it in order if I can get this out of you instead….”

That is how things work… In marriage, and around the table…  In fact it is rare to get an agreement at all. which explains why so many marriages go forward on faith instead of solid “pre-nupts”… (especially among Republicans who always seem to be way too-in-a- hurry to get hitched.)

The idea that one side will negotiate everything away when they don’t have to, is purely ridiculous.  Like a smitten male giving total power of attorney to his spouse if she agrees to marry him… I don’t think to my knowledge, that that has ever happened… If so, the poor fool was too embarrassed at his stupidity to ever mention it again….

So…. when approaching an agreement, one must treat it as a very good start, if not a fait accompli.

But that is not what you hear if you listen to US corporate controlled US media.  That is exactly what you do hear if you listen to unbiased, uncensored, and unmanipulated global media.  This agreement gives both sides what they want…

Sanctions removed for the Iranians…  No nuclear bomb for the US and Europe.

If you listen to Iran, their hard liners are NOT arguing over the stoppage of Iranians from building the bomb.  They are arguing whether or not they can trust the US to lift and keep the sanctions lifted, if they go forward and dismantle their system…   And since we change presidential parties every 8 years and have the next change less than 2 years away, they have a valid point….

They also have clear concerns as does the entire rest of the world alerted to our spying capabilities, of the US planting evidence, or lying about readings to make an innocent Iran look guilty.   Considering what the US did to Iran in ’49, they have legitimate reason to worry so.  Considering how we invaded their neighbor over a chocolate -vanilla yellow cake and two trailers parked on an Iraqi base somewhere, then found we were absolutely wrong …. Is very ripe on their memory.  Considering how it quickly became transparent that our sole reason for invading their neighbor was to get hands on their oil,  they are rather wary of trusting anything the US says it will do…

In fact considering that one of the parties in this agreement was the United States, a nation which since 2000 (fifteen years) has had the insane sector of its citizenry running the Legislative branch for 11 of those 15 years. they certainly have a lot to mistrust from a nation who imposes draconian laws on their poor to fund their municipalities, and ignores grand theft on a national scale to those earning billions….

Why would anyone trust the United States?  What are they, ….. crazy?

But they did. They did because the agreement is solid enough to keep the US held in checks and balances, and if the US reneges on its part of this agreement, they can quickly restart their nuclear program and create the only safety any nation truly has… their own atomic weapons….

And the US said, “ok, yeah, if it stops nuclear weapons from expanding to more nations,  we can work to make this deal solid…”

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So what are the arguments here made by Republicans against it?

Number 1 (which they won’t tell you)   Your side gets a point for being successful.  We’re in competition, we can’t let you get that point… (gamemanship)….

Number 2 (which they also keep silent)   AIPAC gave us lots of money to block this in Congress… Lots of money.

Number 3  Israel is against it, and we hear of Israel in our Christmas songs (” Oh Come, Oh Come, Emanuel”). and on TV so being for Israel has to be good ’cause Christmas and TV are good… (Anyone know where Israel is, anyway?  It’s in Greece, right?) We got to support ‘dem Israelis… ‘Cause that’s where our grease comes from)..

Number 4   We can say no and renegotiate a better deal…   let’s analyze this… Says who, the Iranians?  No, not hardly, they have their own contingents trying to blow up this agreement as well. This is a one shot deal…  Has anyone ever been turned down for marriage and gone back and given the store away?  Maybe, but I have never heard of anyone being rejected and coming back to say… ok, I’ll do everything you want… just marry me…   They usually break the engagement, and relationship and hook up quickly with someone else… Isn’t that the way it’s played?  This idea that you can reject a deal and they will come back and take a worse situation, comes from fairy land…  Perhaps there is too much LSD in Congress’s water?

Number 5   All the Koch think tanks, including the Institute for Science and International Security say this agreement is porous.  Other think tanks outside the beltway and the Pentagon suppliers’ influence and money, discount this… It pays to see who funds and supports a think tank before you take their view verbatim…

To readily understand, flip the polarization… Imagine Iran was accusing us of the same items…   “That nuclear reactor you were building for 7 years between 95 and the Christiana Mall”…  We’d say.. “that was a flyover ramp, joining Rt 1 to I 95.”… (Pretty obvious now, but some of those abutments could have very well been a tunnel entrances when seen from space 5 years ago by someone intent on proving we were untrustworthy..) Or they’d say… “we need to tour your NSA building and Area 51, or we won’t agree to this deal”.. We’d say.. “no, the deal is off . We aren’t letting Iran’s agents into the NSA building or into our most secretive experimental air bases… ”

Number 6   This agreement can’t be verified if we are not allowed into their equivalent of the  NSA and Area 51… therefore until they allow us, we need to vote it down…   Well, this was said in the purest form of isolation one can image… For example, let us flip the scenario again: how could they see into each bank’s board of directors to know if they will keep up  or drop sanctions on their own by going rogue?  They can’t … But they can monitor when the money starts flowing… they know what is being held from them and if they have access they will know it..   In the same way, if we monitor what goes in and what come out, we can do the math and know whether they are cheating or not.. In fact this agreement was hammered out that way as would the US and Soviets have done so, saying since we can’t check your most secret bases, what methods are acceptable to both of us to verify both are following the agreements?  A way was found…  If the US and Soviet Union can verify each others’ most sensitive informations without compromising other security measures, then it stands that the US and Iran can certainly do the same.  Especially when those measurements are very accurate.

Number 7   Giving 24 days notice of inspection allows for cheating… Well… perhaps.. But so does an errant wife stopping by Wawa to empty trash out of her car before pulling into her driveway to greet her husband…  Even in prison one can find ways to cheat.  That is not a problem. The problem is making sure what you want happens. That is no bomb available to Iran or terrorists.   Again, the US would never agree to Iran, or North Korea, or Russia, or China, or Central African Republic (right Chris?) into our secret bases with no notice… “Sure, we are conducting our most secret test of new rocket technology, come on in!  Here, sit in our visitors chair as we launch it now…”   never happen here; only idiot Republicans could think it would happen there… (Gosh, where were they when they passed out brains?)

Number 8

First to understand the headline, Go here…

https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/the-doe-state-board-superintendents-want-to-get-opt-out-punishment-into-state-code-before-january/

Through minutes buried on the DOE website, Keven shows us their game plan for the future…  It is all about coming up with an arbitrary way of rating schools…

If they like your school’s principal… They will give it a good rating… (There, there, you did exactly as we said, Mr. Principal. Thanks for forwarding OUR agenda OVER those of parents… here is your good rating…..)

If they don’t like your school’s principal… They give your school a bad rating… (Sorry, Mr. Principal.. you did not fully support the bogus fake test we rolled out called the Smarter Balanced Assessment and therefore you get a fail……)

And one can’t complain back, because this rating system cherry picks ratings for each school … For example, Charters get let off the hook, their neighborhood public school gets pummeled even though all old data shows the charters failed as did Moyer, REACH, and Pencader, and neighboring public schools improved greatly (from a 45% to 72%).

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What this is like,… is ‘New Coke’ being forced upon you (for those old enough to remember it)… One marketing person thinks that ‘New Coke’ is better and convinces everyone in the company to go forward with it, though employees are shaking their head as they take their orders from on high…

What happened was… no one liked it; no one bought it.. It just sat on the shelves… Coke rushed to get the old coke back on shelves calling it Coca-Cola Classic and in their absence literally everyone switched to Pepsi…  This became “the classic” example of epic marketing FAIL…

Now for us, one person thinks this Smarter Balanced Assessment is better, and has used their power to convince a majority in politics that we need to go forward.  The employees closest to the action are all shaking their heads saying “it is crazy”, but would lose their jobs if they didn’t comply and since they have no other way to make income, they do what they are told, just as would you or I…  And just like ‘New Coke’, this gets forced on the public.. Just like ‘New Coke’, the public obligingly takes their first curious sip……

Just like ‘New Coke’:   EWWWWWWWWW… they all say.

What is the equivalent of Pepsi (opposite of Coke) to Delaware’s public schools?   Yes, charters and private schools… And it is no secret that those in charge of formulating this policy were all former Charter Nazi’s at their former jobs.

So IS this just a misguided attempt to better a product, one that no one except its creators want to buy?… Or is it an attempt to fool the public into thinking their public schools are failing and that only charters can save and help their child get properly trained for adulthood?…

The sad thing is as more and more children go to charters, the public schools implode from lack of funding, and eventually serve only as a collective receptacle of all those unable to meet the high bar of charter entry, and yes,  it does indeed becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. So is this deliberate swipe at demeaning public schools (not the first time tried by this administration) indeed a sinister plot to springboard huge corporate interests into the Delaware Market?… KIPP and Great Oaks are just two.

If so, why would Penny Marshal want to destroy public schools and go with charters?  

Answer as always, is money.

Here is how it works.  In the waning years of the Clinton presidency a tax credit was passed to allow free- enterprise-zones in our blighted inner cities.  Made sense to do so..   That offers a 39% tax credit…   yes.. 39%.

This allows a charter schools more than any other business, (charter schools incomes are set; other businesses are determinant on fluctuations.) to double their investment in 7 years...

Works like this…

You are Charlie Copeland  and you put up $5 million up for your charter schools…  the tax credits are designated by percentages for each year and they go like this for seven of them…. 5%, 5%, 5%, 6%, 6%, 6%, 6%……..  You are allowed to take that percentage off your original investment.   So add the $5 million times either 5% or 6%…. $250,000, $250,000, $250,000, $300,000, $300,000, $300,000, $300,000….. for a total of $1,950,000 which is often rounded up to $2 million. Which makes your total investment in those schools come down to a net of $3 million…  To double your investment (2 X 3) in 7 years, you would need to hit the $6 million mark by that time frame….

Doing math here….. $6,000,000 divided by 7 years gives your yearly target requirement, $857,000… or rounded up to $860,000.  To double your money you would need to hit that per annum…..

When a child moves from public school to a charter, roughly $3700 follows him… The best charters (profit wise) skim 33% off the top… therefore to meet this doubling guideline, they would need…[ (x)  X .33($3700) = $860,000 ]  so x = 704 students….  How can you get 704 students to go to the former Bank of America charter schools?  Simple… Close down city schools all around it.

Now don’t forget “the” rents.   The Longwood Trust got this for free but don’t think they won’t charge rent… Since a charter can do what it wants (it is in their charter) they can pay rent.. The National Charter School Network recommends that rent stay under 20% of all earnings. But that is unenforceable and there are Charter Schools in Rick Scott’s Florida paying 43% rent… but they are non profits being run by real estate companies who hold the properties they are on…. So a large part of the cost of that child’s education goes to the rent… (normally one fifth, but sometimes two fifths)…

I bring this up so you understand why this is happening…  I’ve been just as guilty as others of using speech tactics to amp up the audience and for the most part, almost everyone else has likewise chimed in and has said… WTF are they doing… all this is crazy!

No, it is not crazy.. It is pretty smart actually. It is a way to go around existing law and privatize public education which is perfectly legal.  We set these rules up for good reasons and they are being used to make people wealthy which was their intention… So these guys are not crazy in the least….

What is crazy, is that this is being sold as being good for children.. And it all ties together..  Common Core, Charter Schools, Race To The Top, Data Mining, Privatization of Education, Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Charter Schools would be dying out now based on their overall performance, but for the Smarter Balanced Assessment which as you see from Kevin’s revelation above, …. will be used to rate them higher and public schools lower.  The Smarter Balanced would not exist if not for the Common Core initiatives.  And no one would have paid Common Core any mind, if not for the free money attached to the Race To The Top initiatives.   Data mining fits in.  Your child will be refused entry if there is any previous problem and we track those now and no child is ever forgiven.

It all ties together and it works its way out whether you do anything or not…

For you see, we’ve really come down to a war for your child…  Is your child a commodity to be used at investor’s discretion, and thanks for your property tax dollars btw, but no, sorry,  you have no accountability over them……

Or is your child a human being, one you are charged with making the best choice for and for which you hold the responsibility over how he turns out?

Bottom line…. either way it is always going to be your responsibility… If charter schools fail… they blame it on you.  If test scores are low, they blame it on you. How many times have you read… “it’s these dumb parents’ fault?  Too many I suspect.

The question you need to face now, is… a),  whether you want to turn over your child to someone who cares nothing for them and is not accountable ( never forget the closings of 3 Delaware schools)….

Or b), do you want to be able to go to a school board and make your points directly. have them discussed and enacted, and then vote those people out who want to ruin your child’s future so their friend can double his investment in 7 years……

You see… this is war… for your child.  It is as if someone marched into Delaware and imposed martial law, It is as if an invading army used all your resources for their benefit.. As history will tell, you have only two options… The first is to bribe them… and that is always temporal… They raise the demands until eventually you can’t pay the ransom and by then, you are too broke to fight their invading armies….

Or you can fight them from the get-go..  War is a term which means you fight to the death because there is no other way to resolve the fact that you both want possession of something, and the winner is the one who has the fewest causalities and all who survive accept him as the winner.

We are in one now and most of Delaware is asleep. When they wake up and the invaders are here, that’s when they first realize what the night-watchmen on the parapets were yelling about in the dark…

Occasionally in life, you really have to call things as they are… make your choice and then take the consequences… Our forefathers did so when they called out the king of Great Britain; they won, but primarily because they won over the French…. Likewise our Southern section did so when they fired on Fort Sumter… but they wound up losing because of Lincoln’s overwhelming will to keep the union together, and greater numbers of men and supplies which the North had over its Southern counterparts. In both cases, war settled the issue in the US’s favor.

What we see here instead, is very similar to the conquest of the Old West by speculative money and investment.   We, The People, are the Indians… If we wait until we see their full cavalries arrayed against us… we’ve lost.  just look at Indian reservation children today to see what’s coming… But if we wipe them out first… as they struggle to get their toeholds, we end the onslaught. No longer for them, is the business deal worth pursuing.

But there is a difference between the Indians and us, though our plights are now similar. The Indians didn’t have a Constitution. The Indians didn’t have elected officials. The Indians didn’t have voting power…. and they couldn’t just stop the advancement, by opting out.

That is why,…. what Kevin shows us in their own words,  is deeply troubling.  A wake up call really.  In closed door sessions, they are trying  to take away those rights and turn us into Indians…..

What you need to ponder is:……. Are you just going to do nothing and let them?….

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Presidential politics is too early to contemplate… But what is worth our attention is today’s fight over the playing field.. As in….which stadium will the game be played? Then follows: what are the extenuating factors that could affect the game for either team if played in that location?…

In football, it translates:  Phoenix? or Lambaugh Field?  One favors one climate of teams, the other,… another…

This has turned into an interesting campaign, this battle for the playing field….. There are 30 candidates from the two major parties now campaigning….

29 are saying nothing about raising taxes on the top 1%…. One is.

29 are saying nothing about stopping global warming cold…. One is.

29 are not talking about the hardships everyone making less than $250,000 is experiencing… . One is.

29 are not talking about increasing the power of labor unions and getting rid of anti-strike legislation…. One is.

29 are not talking about getting huge,gigantic money out of politics…. One is.

29 are not talking about a fair and humane immigration policy….. One is.

29 are not talking about increasing the rights of minorities and have some equality of justice…. One is.

29 are not talking about growing government to provide large numbers of decent jobs…. One is.

29 are not talking about having a living wage become our minimum…. One is

29 are not talking about sending any child to college for free….. One is.

29 are not talking about setting stronger limits on Wall Street…. One is…

29 are not talking about women’s rights as fellow human beings….  One is.

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This is the “playing field war”… And the media is completely complicit in not addressing this.. That is why it has to come from outside America’s media to report real news, that is, what is really happening….

Either we play this election out on values…. as in which direction should America go? As in where do we want America to be in 8 years?    Or we play this out as a freaking cat fight…

The media is ginning for the cat fight… and If no one listens they can gin all they want… Just like when you go to a party and all the nerds get together and leave you alone.  The party goes on and in the real events of who hooks up with whom, the nerd conversations in the side-rooms don’t matter.  Who cares who is the greatest Dragonball Z character ever?.. How many were there??  O-v-e-r-…….. Nine…… Thousand??

But if we don’t pay attention and don’t call out our media… (it’s hard for them to refrain, just look at Allan Loudell who of all people is savvy enough to realize the pettiness of cat fights this early on, but still as a reporter, can’t help but to report that way out of habit)… then ignoring the real issue is what we are going to get…

Instead of spending all day talking about Joe Biden’s upcoming run, (will he or will he not?),  most would rather hear that the 7 person Wal*mart family brings in more income than the entire bottom 30% of America combined..(90 million people). Instead of discussing the wisdom of taxing them half that amount, and using that half each year to better America, which creates high paying jobs, we get threats against Hispanic children.

Instead of spending all day strategizing about the 29 candidates who are all the same, most Americans would rather here how much it would cost to wipe out student debt, so they could put that money to their lives…

Instead of spending all day whining about Don Trump not talking to anyone and drying up the entire American newsfeed,, most Americans would rather hear how much money they would be earning now had Al Gore won, and no Bush tax cuts occurred… ($10,000 per year is average…. )

Polling question:  does anyone out there wish they were making$10,000 a year more, or are you happy where you are..?

In his later years, a biographer of George W. Bush, after seeing the wasteland the Republcans created in the middle class in just 8 years, admitted his part in framing the 2000 election as the question of: “who would you rather drink a beer with?”

Remember that?  It went on weeks and weeks and weeks..

He ended with:  “I wish we’d analyzed what Cheney was really like, or what cutting $200 billion a year in taxes would do to the deficit and eventually break the economy. ”

Well our media is at it again… Analyzing who’s ahead; who’s behind. Who’s on the rail; who’s on the outside.

Based on today’s media, the playing field looks like it is going to be in the land of inconsequence.  Where politicians will rise and fall on the style of their hair…

You need to make sure on your social media  that you start lampooning (with hashtag) major media every time they focus on the inane, and ignore the profound…

Truth is:  we’re America.

We can slow and stop global warming.

We can provide free college tuition to all those who go to college.

We can rebuild every bridge in this country within ten years.

We can clean every river so fish can return.

We can raise the minimum wage and everyone else’s wage too.

We can  pay for solar panels on everyone’s roof so they can have most of their electricity for free.

We can mandate an 11:1 student teacher ratio in grades k-5 and 9th, and staff them.

We can get rid of standardized testing in grades 3-8.

We can afford free health care to all in this country.

We can allow unlimited $$ of produce to be bought by SNAP card holders.

We can hire 100 Accountants at $100,000 each to look over the books of the three big banks.

We can make oil a non speculative commodity.  Only transportation companies can be in on them.

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After all expenses have been paid…. America has over $2 trillion dollars left over every 65 days… it’s called corporate profits….

We can put every person willing to work at a job.  None of these are hard… It just takes money now held by the wealthy to do it…

OH, THERE YOU GO AGAIN… TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM THE RICH… SOCIALISM…

That depends on how you define socialism.  I’m just trying to get back to Reagan’s economy.. If you think he was a socialist, I’ll have to call you out on that,… He was nothing near a socialist…

But his tax cut dropped the top marginal rate down to 50%….  just raising it back to that level and hiring hard working Americans with that new incoming money, is the dumbest definition of Socialism you could ever come up with….

And one more thing… All that money that the one percent is putting into their pockets?    That used to go to you…. $10,000 more each year, used to come to you…

Just as audience consideration is a factor in deciding where to play the Super Bowl…. so it is when it comes down to where this election will be held…   You can call up your tv and radio stations and say… Hey… talk more about Bernie Sanders.  I really want to know about him…….. 

How Does That Song Go

(Today’s event was brought to you by the NRA/ they deserve special thanks for it could never have happened without them)

A.  Guns don’t kill people; people do… this is proof right here…  Because people kill people, one of the things we have to do, is make it more difficult for them to do so.  Again, this is proof right here.  America needs to get its grip on guns.

We could do that by registering and tracking every weapon; hint, we do it with cars’ vin numbers, titles, and inspections.

We could make legal only guns sold in stores/ hint, we do it with pharmaceuticals….

We could make legal gun ownership an adult activity, and require state approved licenses to keep and own one; hint, we do it with driver’s licenses and beer.

We could allow the CDC to track and keep records on the number of deaths, so  we can see how high up the ladder gun deaths are, and death tolls can’t be diminished when it comes time to change gun policy… hint, we do it with influenza.

But in every step towards rationality, the NRA becomes irrational.  “Nuts” is a pretty good adjective.  As nuts do (see above photo for example), they scare and intimidate people into doing nothing to curb the illegal trading of guns.

The NRA alleges it has 3 million members. Yet now there are 315 million Americans, which means there are 312 million Americans who now hate the NRA…  Were these to pressure Congress the same way as does the NRA, there would be no competition… The NRA would crawl back to 1871 with its head between its knees.

The power of the NRA only exists in a vacuum. That is something to remember. For every NRA member there are 100 who can beat him up if he steps out of line… There is no reason to fear a joker who has a NRA sticker on his truck…. Good news, is that if he is a member, he can probably handle his gun safely.

Why killings are the NRA’s fault can be quickly summarized.

The NRA threatens Senators and Congressmen and state reps anytime someone recommends the wise policy of treating guns like vehicles.  (There is a reason we register and track cars; they kill people.)

The NRA threatens Senators and Congressmen and state reps anytime someone recommends the wise policy of closing down open air markets and private sales., whose sole purpose is to avoid tracing from where a gun came. These bizarres are legal and have no record of ownership. The easiest way to control guns is to allow most of them to be only sold at registered retailers, and make them liable so they ensure all checks are properly made, before dispensing the sale of a weapon….

The NRA threatens Senators and Congressmen and state reps anytime someone recommends the wise policy of putting an age limit on gun ownership and making sure everyone is properly able to safely handle a gun, before they can legally use one.

The NRA threatens Senators and Congressmen whenever they find a agency receiving Federal or state dollars which is keeping track of the number of violent gun deaths.  This one is pretty silly really. The reason is because if you knew the truth, you would be calling your representatives and tell them to outlaw all guns… It is horrendous….

Forget all the small stuff… This year there have been 247 mass killings in America… Today is the 239th day of the year….AMERICA IS AVERAGING ONE MASS KILLING A DAY….

Why? Of course it is all because of the NRA….  one one hundredth of the rest of us  (1/100)…..

America. With each new mass killing, have you had enough?  Are you finally ready to do what is necessary to make a change?

Then call, write, or email, but tell Congressman Carney, Senator’s Carper and Coons, to draft and vote for legislation that specifies the NRA is a terrorist organization, and require the seizing of their assets… (It’s in the Constitution; to protect ourselves from our enemies, both foreign and DOMESTIC.)

Then… pass reasonable legislation that keeps all safe…  or at least…. safer.—-

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Addendum.   Some have tried to make this partisan. This is not partisan.  Common sense is bi-partisan.. I believe there are as many Democrats who vocally support the NRA as there are Republicans… This is addressed to both of them… American’s safety is a non-partisan issue…  It is not an emotional issue. It is a rational issue. Emotions have steered us in the totally wrong direction… it is past time that our brains take over our emotions and let childish policies become ineffective.

Then, instead of promoting mass mayhem, the NRA should go back to what they invented themselves for……

As we approach D Day here are some following truths to keep in mind as the spin doctors on both sides chew the cherries that they pick and start spitting seeds at you…

A)  The Smarter Balanced is a corporate made-up test which had no educational experts involved in its development. Those handpicked token experts who were invited to attend its inception, were rudely pushed aside, treated derogatorily, and have all written disclaimers saying this test is the most ridiculous thing ever invented.  It has no basis for testing your child.

B)   The test has no accountability.. Your child can get a 0 by a mistake made in scoring and there is no way you can ask for his test to see why his score is inexplainably low.   No accountability opens the door for misdeeds. This test has no way to determine if the reader missed a line and graded all subsequent line wrong accordingly.. One can never find out.

C)   This test is an applicability test.  Basically it goes like this. Remember those word problems in your schooling years that always gave you headaches?  What were they talking about?   Sure, you could do division, multiplication, proofs, and read sines, cosines and tangents, and you could figure areas and volumes of geometric objects… but those word problems just made no sense.…  Well the Smarter Balanced is all word problems like that…  Those pushing this test think that is good.  Those who actually have children, think that is bad.  So when they say this test and curriculum teaches children to think, this is what they are telling you… They think it is a good idea if your child is exposed to these word problems and can learn the language of these problems and how to weed out what is and is not important.  The problem from that is that if these problems are too difficult, and not fun, then children will give up on learning in school entirely.  Most of learning is peripheral.. We are exposed to much and our brain records it and stores it if it thinks its important…  The damage of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is that it weeds out all but the best students and gives the failures no will to continue, being the scapegoat of a really bad test of a really bad curriculum.

D)  This test starts in 3rd Grade.  College level skills of 20 years ago, are now being forced on 3rd Grade.  I was just learning how to add two digit numbers when I would have had to take my first Smarter Balanced Assessment.  I would never have had success if I’d been in this program, and I doubt, any of Delaware’s children will either…   Again, there is no supporter of this test who has children who will be tested.. Most are in their 20’s still boozing and beaching every weekend.  They have no idea.  Those who do have children, who are concerned about education, say forcing children into narrow chutes of learning is damaging to their overall development.

E)  If you haven’t you can take the tests yourselves…   You can experience the frustration of not knowing what the fvck a question is asking.  You can experience choosing the obvious correct answer and having it be marked wrong.  You can see how tired you get after the first question… And that is the third grade test… If you want a migraine take the junior high ones…   Anyone who takes this test is against it.  You simply cannot go through one test and say it is good for children…

F) When you get the test scores, remember THEY COME FROM THE TESTING COMPANY…. They will try to sell you on that testing company... No company will say the reason your scores are low is because we tried out a new concept which was as appealing as both New Coke and the Edsel combined… We really fvcked up and that is why your child’s scores are so low…   But that is close to the truth… You will KNOW it if and when you take their tests

G)  When you get your test scores  you need to know your child is not at fault… Your teacher is not at fault… Your school, district,  and bus drivers and cafeteria volunteers are not at fault.  the test is at fault.  The test is graded on a curve.  That means it changes every year… 2500 may be proficient this year. 2500 may be failure next year, 2500 may be exceptional the following year… That is how grading on a curve works..  Even if all children got between 91% and 100% of the answers correctly, the bottom 25% would be below standards. the lower middle 25% would be close to standards, the third 25% would be proficient, and the top 25% would be exceptional…  In the real world, all of them would get A’s… some with a minus, some with a plus, and some with just A…..  That is a huge fallacy…  Nothing is measured except in relationship with other students… A parent is deeper in the dark about their school with this test than they were before.  it is a black hole from which no real data or information ever escapes.

H) We don’t need this crap… Although learning the concepts behind world problems before entering college or career is fine, (I think we began in 11th grade to master that concept and look, our generation can now run the world.). making that one single thing the do-or-die of all education is rather pointless.   Most of us do not use our Physics or Chemistry skills today.  They are nice to have but unless we went onward, they did little good.  What we did learn, is what made us what we are. Therefore allowing only this one math concept to be taught closes the door on many others.. and rewards those whose brains are genetically wired this way, while punishing those whose talents lie elsewhere. And with English, focusing only on the text  without looking at any underlying factors, was an idea that was intellectually popular among critics in the 1950’s. We have since moved on, except now this is all we are testing all our children on.  A taste of it might be good but the huge problem with these tests, is that is the single one thing that is being deemed important… It’s not, really.

I)  They will try to placate you to accept these scores.  They need to. They cannot afford you to get angry and demand we go back to the old test, which better tested children across a wide range of capabilities and showed great results across the board…  Simply put.  They are a corporation..  They are like makers of toothpaste… You don’t have to accept their brand, you can switch to something else… and that is what the opt-out movement is all about… Getting rid of this one product being forced on our children with no evidence, no research, no trial, which causes so much harm for so little good….

A.  Establish Standards.

B.  Make tests difficult so children cannot meet those standards.

C.  Make meeting those standards required by law.

D.  Declassify all students who fail as disadvantaged…..

E.   Use those disadvantaged as industrial fodder.  (translated as peasants with which China stocks its Apple plants)

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We are at stage 2 and Arne Duncun just threw the gauntlet down for stage 3…  This is the one that you have to win or local control over your child is gone.

You can fight back by being serious about opting out, and keeping your child at home….

These regulations are effective September 21, 2015…

The Secretary amends the regulations governing title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (the “Title I regulations”), to no longer authorize a State to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards for eligible students with disabilities.

The easiest way to break this, a  massive revolution of “opt out”… This unconstitutional provision (10th Amendment specifically prohibits any federal involvement in education at all, and especially purported “mandates.) cannot be enforced if enough people opt out the test…  Ok yo black people. YOU  (and you know who you are.)..who were misled against “opt out” by this establishment…. what say you now?

The power struggle is no longer between the Republicans and the Democrats. Bipartisan means almost nothing. The fight is between voting families — We the People, whether Democratic, Republican or other — versus the clique of profiteering businessmen and politicians.”

This is not fun and games. This is real war… They are coming for you through your child……

The agenda is clear: D.C. wants to decide what your children learn and how they learn it, at younger and younger ages, and it wants to know every detail about your child’s views, attitudes, psychological profile, and beliefs so “interventions” can change them.…..

I’ve pondered this for a long time. I want to thank my Republican friends for coming up with the answer…

It’s roots come from the “Stand Your Ground” laws in Florida… Which essentially says, that if you feel threatened you can legally kill and won’t even get arrested… Many of us had qualms with that piece of legislation. Trayvon Martin is dead because of it and his killer is free to wreak more havoc. Subsequent activities have made it clear for all, Zimmerman killed in cold blood for no reason.. “Die, yo’ black mo’f’er, Die.”

Now laws are meant to be applied equally to all citizens equally regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual preference. That is why our forefathers fought and died.

So recently as racists randomly employed by police across this country have all gone berserk by the outstanding success of our first black president in our history, who beyond all doubt has proved for all to see that the Negro is not a subclass of humans, but is instead a class act far superior to whites….. they’ve taken their frustrations on innocent people as do all terrorists… really.

From what I have seen in video footage, if a black gets pulled over for arbitrarily breaking laws he has to fear for his life… How can he know who is racist and who is not when those blue lights go off behind him when he is under the speed limit, following all traffic rules known to man?

So… according to my REPUBLICAN friends, shouldn’t he too have the 2nd Amendment protection of being completely innocent if he shoots first and asks later…simply because he “felt” threatened?

So I’m passing on the Republican’s recommendation to all blacks, that when a officer comes up to your window, just shoot him in the face… Then make sure he’s dead, call 911 and say you feared you were attacked, and drive off… They can’t arrest you, if ALEC’s “stand your ground laws” are good in your state…

It follows that if there is a chance as a police officer, that you have your face shot off for pulling someone over just because they are “driving while black”… that even if you ARE a KKK racist in a police uniform… you aren’t going to do it….

And that… is the most effective longterm solution for stopping the police-crime of “driving while black”… It’s the same reason they don’t pull you over for driving while white… They are afraid of what will happen if they do…

Thank you my Republican friends and NRA card members for leading all blacks to this direction…

Can I see your driv….” POW POW POW. POW POW POW ….. POW……….. …. .POW,

Isn’t that what “Standing Your Ground” is all about?

August 24th After Lunch

This trend has been consistent. A surprise bump in August puts fear in investors. Then when the third quarter’s financial reports come out after September 30th, with roughly 2/3’rds not meeting projections, on one day in October, every one at once decides to pull out…

That is the problem.

Currently there is no better market across the globe, which is why our stock market has had its good run… But when Treasuries at low percentages look better than stock market negatives, it does make good sense to switch…

Which is nothing new… The only problem is when everyone does it at the same time… It creates an hubris where stocks have no value and their plunge becomes intense…

You may have heard… today opening plunged 1100 points… Today, August 24th, 2015, marked the end of the largest running bull market on record… Good news is that it’s up 950 points… So if you’d already been sitting outside the market and jumped in this morning… this was a good day.. so far..

But that can’t happen forever and if the market had dropped 3300 instead of 1100 that 950 of available reserves would do nothing…

For six weeks we will stumble around and the stocks will slowly rise and bounce back, but the “skittish index” has just now shot through the roof…

When the 3rd Quarter reports emerge, and if they are over 50% below expectations… Get ready…

There is far less resiliency in the middle class now than there was in 2008-2009 “Republican Caused” Depression. And today there are far less Democrats in the House and Senate to approve any bailout which means the majority now think like Romney: let markets correct themselves,keep government out. Herbert Hoover said the same thing in 1929.

The good news is that by wiping out a good portion of the stock market’s profits which 99% now goes to the 1%, is that the middle class now achieves more equity than anytime since before Ronald Reagan. … when it does become more equitable, we need to instill policies that keep it equal like we did in 1932-1933…. Change the rules so that as wealth is re-created, 50% is given to the labor side of the equation, and 50% goes to the capitalist side of the equation…

Taxing more is the simplest and most effective way to achieve that. It worked very well once before.

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