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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Explaining the hysteria of the establishment

Pat Buchanan writes:
What explains the hysteria of the establishment?

In a word, fear.

The establishment is horrified at the Donald’s defiance because, deep within its soul, it fears that the people for whom Trump speaks no longer accept its political legitimacy or moral authority.

It may rule and run the country, and may rig the system through mass immigration and a mammoth welfare state so that Middle America is never again able to elect one of its own. But that establishment, disconnected from the people it rules, senses, rightly, that it is unloved and even detested.
It is strange that the news media pundits would get so excited by Donald Trump might contest a election that appeared to be stolen from him.

Sometimes I think that what some Republican want most is the candidate to make the best concession speech. John McCain and Mitt Romney gave excellent concession speeches.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Common Core Losing Steam

By this fall, the Common Core curriculum was supposed to be completely in place in our public and private schools. In some states, Common Core does remain under a different name. For example, Common Core exists in Georgia under the name of the Georgia Performance Standards. In New Jersey, despite how Governor Chris Christie declared in a presidential debate that Common Core standards were “simply not working,” the failed program does persist under a new name, the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Illegals Get In-State Tuition In Florida

The immigration problem does not just affect the business owners and border patrol agents of Texas. Illegal immigration is affecting every American. Even young people are being forced to pay for illegal immigration. The University of Florida has implemented a new policy to give in-state tuition to illegals. This new policy puts out-of-state American students at a disadvantage in the enrollment process. It means that an American from Georgia would pay thousands more in tuition than an illegal immigrant claiming to be from Florida. That is the kind of twisted logic that can only come from the liberals of American universities.

New York redefines the legal parent

The NY Times reports:
The two women avoided each other’s gaze in the compact courtroom last week, separated by their lawyers, file boxes and three-inch binders filled with old emails and documents. Somewhere in all the paper was the answer to a question that is being tested as never before in New York State: Were both women the parents of the energetic 6-year-old boy they loved? Or just one of them?

Deciding who is a parent in New York used to be a relatively simple matter. A parent was either biologically related to the child or had legally adopted the child. But in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the first custody case is underway to test a newly expanded definition of parentage, as handed down by the state’s highest court in August.

The new definition is aimed at accounting for the complexity of nontraditional families, including same-sex couples. Now, to determine if someone is a parent, judges can consider whether a couple intended to have and raise a child together, among other factors. So in the courtroom in Manhattan, Circe Hamilton, 44, and her former partner Kelly Gunn, 52, are battling over whether Ms. Gunn should be recognized as a parent to the boy, Abush, whom Ms. Hamilton adopted from Ethiopia in 2011. ...

The minutia of their daily lives in recent years — who took Abush to his play dates, his school appointments, his sports classes — are now pieces of a puzzle in a trial that has already had 15 days of testimony, with at least a week to go. The judge must decide whether Ms. Gunn’s involvement in Abush’s life amounts to her being a parent, and if it gives her standing to sue in a second hearing for custody and visitation. ...

Almost all states now legally recognize de facto parenthood to account for the realities of modern families. In expanding its parenthood definition, the New York State Court of Appeals said in its Aug. 30 ruling that it was seeking a definition that provided “equality for same-sex parents and provides the opportunity for their children to have the love and support of two committed parents.”

Parents without adoptive or biological ties can now sue for the right to see children after couples break up, hopefully protecting them from the trauma of forced separation from a parent. “Now the legal parent cannot unilaterally cut the other person out of their life,” said Nancy D. Polikoff, a professor at the American University Washington College of Law.
Even in opposite sex cases, the legal parent can be decided by a judge who examines the minutia of the daily lives of step-parents, lovers, and others.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Terrorists Coming From Our Southern Border

Donald Trump has brought the issue of border security to the forefront of this year’s presidential race. Before this election, most people did not realize how important secure borders are to all Americans. Now people are starting to learn about the many problems that come with unsecure borders. Many illegal immigrants are violent criminals. Trump is highlighting how illegals are responsible for the murder of Jamiel Shaw, Kate Steinle, and countless other innocent Americans. However, illegal immigrants from nations like Mexico and Guatemala are not the only problem coming up from our southern border. An intelligence report from the U.S. Southern Command is raising the alarm about Middle Eastern terrorists pouring in from our weak southern border.