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  • 9 Years Into Common Core, Test Scores Are Down, Indoctrination Up

    11/05/2018 9:48:08 AM PST · by fwdude · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 5, 2018 | Joy Pullmann
    Common Core sucked all the energy, money, and motivation right out of desperately needed potential reforms to U.S. public schools for a decade, and for nothing. It’s been about nine years since the Obama administration lured states into adopting Common Core sight unseen, with promises it would improve student achievement. Like President Obama’s other big promises — “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” — this one’s been proven a scam. “If you set and enforce rigorous and challenging standards and assessments; if you put outstanding teachers at the front of the classroom; if you turn around...
  • Court strikes down Native American adoption law, saying it discriminates against non-Native...

    10/10/2018 9:48:37 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    Washington Post / MSN ^ | October 10, 2018
    The landmark law governing adoptions of Native American children, designed to keep them within Native American families, has been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge in Texas. In an Oct. 4 ruling that has stunned Native American rights advocates, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor found that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 illegally gives Native American families preferential treatment in adoption proceedings for Native American children based on race, in violation of the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection guarantee. Additionally, O’Connor ruled that the law violated the 10th Amendment’s federalism guarantees, specifically the so-called “anti-commandeering” principle established by...
  • Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of 2.8 YEARS

    08/22/2018 8:15:57 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 102 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 22, 2018 | Alexandra Thompson
    Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of 2.8 years, new research suggests. This is compared to four years in schizophrenia patients, according to the largest study of its kind. Brain ageing is defined as reduced blood flow through the organ. Excessive alcohol also ages the organ by 0.6 years, the research adds. Lead author Dr Daniel Amen, founder of Amen Clinics, said: 'The cannabis abuse finding was especially important, as our culture is starting to see marijuana as an innocuous substance. This study should give us pause about it.' Reduced brain blood flow has previously been linked to...
  • Elizabeth Warren Discovers She Agrees With Clarence Thomas

    07/08/2018 4:49:46 PM PDT · by edwinland · 16 replies
    New Boston Post ^ | July 4, 2018 | Ira Stoll
    Elizabeth Warren, meet Clarence Thomas. Senator Warren, a Democrat of Massachusetts, was in the headlines recently for joining with Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who represents Colorado, to introduce the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act. That legislation would, as Warren put it in a tweet, “let states, territories, & tribes decide for themselves how best to regulate marijuana — without federal interference.” Justice Thomas is Warren’s natural ally on the issue. He wrote an emphatic dissent in the 2005 Supreme Court case Gonzalez v. Raich. Gonzalez was President George W. Bush’s attorney general Alberto Gonzalez, and Angel...
  • Marijuana May Yet Make Strangest of Bedfellows In Warren and Thomas

    06/11/2018 5:06:11 AM PDT · by moonhawk · 18 replies
    NY Sun ^ | Ira Stoll
    Senator Warren, a Democrat of Massachusetts, is in the headlines for joining with Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican who represents Colorado, to introduce the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act. That legislation would, as Warren put it in a tweet, “let states, territories, & tribes decide for themselves how best to regulate marijuana — without federal interference.” Justice Thomas is Warren’s natural ally on the issue. He wrote an emphatic dissent in the 2005 Supreme Court case Gonzalez v. Raich. Alberto Gonzalez was President George W. Bush’s attorney general, and Angel Raich is an Oakland, Calif., woman who...
  • Senators announce bill to protect states’ legalization of marijuana

    06/07/2018 1:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Sandhills Express ^ | June 7, 2018 | ABC Radio
    Sens. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, and Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday intended to protect the laws of states that have legalized some form of marijuana from federal intervention. The Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act would ensure that states can make and enforce their own laws pertaining to the production and distribution of marijuana as long as states comply with a few federally-mandated basic protections. Currently, 46 states and additional territories have laws permitting medical and/or recreational marijuana. Both Colorado and Massachusetts have legalized recreational marijuana. But on the federal level, the...
  • Marijuana activists behind last major White House smoke-in give Trump a breather

    04/20/2018 6:28:53 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 20, 2018
    Cannabis activists paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue with flags, banners, a 51-foot inflatable joint, and a plan to get high at 4:20 p.m. two years ago in a last-ditch bid to convince President Barack Obama to administratively legalize marijuana. Attendees blew smoke through a shofar, took selfies, and reveled in a communal cloud as police watched, but the rally didn't sway Obama, who left office with pot still a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning illegal for any purpose outside limited research. "I think he will go down among potheads as fitting the stereotype as someone who was...
  • Trump tells senator there will be no marijuana crackdown

    04/13/2018 12:05:26 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 13, 2018
    President Trump called Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner this week to tell him there will be no crackdown on states that legalized marijuana for recreational use. Trump also said he will support legislation to allow state autonomy under federal law, which currently makes pot possession for any reason outside limited research a crime. Gardner, a Republican, won the assurances by blocking Justice Department nominations after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew the so-called Cole Memo in January.
  • California's Summer Gas Is Approaching $4.00/gal

    04/08/2018 8:20:00 PM PDT · by hapnHal · 73 replies
    9 April 18 | hapnHAL
    As California's Summer Gas Is Approaching $4.00/gal what can we expect from President Trump and changes to onerous EPA regulations? Part of gasoline’s price increase is largely seasonal, as refiners tend to process less crude oil into fuel during maintenance and are starting to transition to summer-grade gasoline, which is more expensive to make. According to analysts prices will likely climb further as the weather warms and driving picks up. We need to get gas prices under control in order to MAGA.
  • Has the California backlash against liberal craziness finally begun?

    04/08/2018 8:42:56 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 102 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/18 | Peggy Grande
    In a state consumed by conservation and environmental issues, one highly endangered species has long gone unnoticed and unprotected – the California Conservative. Is it still possible to rescue them from the brink of extinction? Can their numbers be revived? And can they thrive here once again? While the nation continues to view California as a homogeneous voting block of individuals in lock step with an increasingly progressive liberal agenda, for Common Sense Californians up and down the left coast state, there’s a sense that a different tide is rising. The ripple began in Los Alamitos where the city council...
  • Binge Drinking Drops In States With Recreational Marijuana

    04/07/2018 11:53:41 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 183 replies
    Forbes ^ | APR 5, 2018 | Mike Adams
    Binge drinking across the United States is at an all time high. Yet, a new report from the Wall Street investment firm Cowen & Company shows that this dangerous alcoholic behavior is on the decline in states that have legalized the leaf in a manner similar to alcohol.It was just a month ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new data suggesting that more Americans are now engaging in regular binge drinking. What was once considered a foolish exploit of College students has now apparently infiltrated citizens from every demographic and all walks of life. [...]But the investment analysts at...
  • More than a dozen states backing Trump in California sanctuary lawsuit

    03/26/2018 3:21:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 26, 2018 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — Texas and more than a dozen other states led by Republican governors are supporting the Trump administration in its lawsuit over California’s so-called sanctuary laws that protect people in the U.S. illegally. In a court filing Monday, the states say the laws are designed to interfere with or block federal immigration enforcement, and California doesn’t have that authority.
  • California doesn't want this towering water project. Trump administration may build it anyway

    03/15/2018 3:58:42 AM PDT · by blueplum · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 15 March 2018 3:00am | Evan Halper and Sarah D. Wire
    The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California — heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories. The problem is that California is dead-set against the plan, and state law prohibits the 602-foot New Deal-era structure from getting any taller. {snip} The sudden momentum behind heightening the dam — a plan the federal government only a few years ago put on the shelf amid concerns it was incompatible with state environmental laws — threatens to trigger a constitutional conflict that tests the state's authority over what gets built on federal...
  • The Courts against Proposition 65

    03/13/2018 11:35:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | March 13, 2018 | Richard Zuber
    A federal judge has frozen plans to require all products containing the widely popular herbicide glyphosate to display a Proposition 65 warning in a landmark ruling that could signal the turning of the tide for California's nanny-state regulations. The decision by Federal District Judge William Shubb represents a significant blow to both to the much maligned Proposition 65 and the organization that accounts for so many of its listings, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Shubb's ruling is a major victory for states' rights – due to the size of California's economy, its overregulation spills over into other...
  • Jeff Sessions says prosecutors won't pursue "small marijuana cases"

    03/10/2018 12:55:20 PM PST · by Drew68 · 40 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/10/2018 | CBS
    WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors won't take on small-time marijuana cases, despite the Justice Department's decision to lift an Obama-era policy that discouraged U.S. authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Saturday. Federal law enforcement lacks the resources to take on "routine cases" and will continue to focus on drug gangs and larger conspiracies, Sessions said, speaking at a Federalist Society event in Washington, D.C. The comments come after the Trump administration in January threw the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement into uncertainty by reversing the largely hands-off approach...
  • NRA files lawsuit over Florida gun control law

    03/09/2018 4:06:29 PM PST · by Jed Eckert · 148 replies
    WHSV ^ | Fri 6:23 PM, Mar 09, 2018 | Associated Press
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — UPDATE (6:15 p.m.): The National Rifle Association has filed a federal lawsuit over gun control legislation Florida Gov. Rick Scott has signed, saying it violates the Second Amendment by raising the age to buy guns from 18 to 21. The lawsuit came just hours after Gov. Scott, a Republican, signed the compromise bill Friday afternoon. Lawyers for the NRA want a federal judge to block the new age restriction from taking effect. The new legislation raises the minimum age to buy rifles from 18 to 21, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include...
  • George Wallace, Jerry Brown: Same States’ Rights Struggle!

    03/07/2018 6:14:51 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    “States rights” was a curse in the mouths of liberals when it came to condemning southern segregationists in the Jim Crow era. But for liberals today, the right of states like California to defy federal immigration law has suddenly become a hallowed principle. Take Joseph Alioto Veronese, candidate for San Francisco DA. On his Fox News show tonight, Tucker Carlson challenged Veronese: “it is now illegal for private citizens in California to assist federal law enforcement authorities [regarding illegal immigration] . . . how is that different from what happened in the South in the ’50s and ’60s?” Responded Veronese:...
  • Immigration, Internet,…: The Left’s Warped, Ridiculously Fake Federalism

    02/20/2018 10:03:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 19, 2018 | Seton Motley
    Our nation’s Founding Fathers - were geniuses. They overcame the unbelievable handicaps of being white, male and by nigh all accounts all heterosexual - to create the greatest form of government in the history of personkind. Amongst their very many brilliances - was federalism. The concept of a very limited federal government with expressed powers - leaving the unexpressed and all the rest to the states and the people. The Ninth and Tenth Amendments to our Constitution help lock down this federalism. The Founders knew they weren’t perfect (though they came exquisitely close). Their federalism allows states to experiment with...
  • Court Test: State’s Rights vs. Refugee Entitlements

    02/17/2018 2:47:19 PM PST · by Twotone · 8 replies
    ImmigrationReform.com ^ | February 7, 2018 | Bob Dane
    Can states just say “no” to foreign refugees? Tennessee is testing that proposition in federal court. Tennessee vs. U.S. Department of State is a case every state and taxpayer should watch closely in light of new FAIR research showing per-capita refugee costs running nearly $80,000 over five years. Like other states, Tennessee experienced a surge in refugee arrivals during the Obama administration, with attendant increases in social-service costs to the state and its localities. The FAIR study does not break down the costs by state. Nor does it incorporate all the expenses incurred by them. So the $80,000 price tag...
  • Medical Marijuana Debate?

    01/25/2018 8:34:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 119 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2018 | Steve Sherman
    The hippies of the 70s are old. Time is merciless and none of us get out of here alive. My dad is a baby boomer born in 1944. He enjoyed his time as a 20 and 30 something in the '60s and '70s of America. It was a crazy time marked by free-love, tie-dyed shirts, pot-smoking, a free-wheeling youth, and the chaos of Vietnam. That was a long time ago. Until a year ago, my dad, now in his early 70s, was diagnosed with ParkinsonÂ’s Disease. My dad was a strong man who worked construction much of his life. His...