Film Combats Common Core

Last night I attended Campaign for Liberty’s screening of “Common Core: Dangers and Threats” put out by the Freedom Project Education.

It’s a good encapsulation of all the problems that a Common Core curriculum will bring to our democracy. One of the narrators calls it a Trojan horse because Common Core brings with it an army of regulations, spying and psychological tools to change the way Americans think about the United States.

Interestingly, the movie notes the synchronicity to Obamacare. Many of us don’t realize how much there is about schools embedded in the Affordable Care Act. The narrators also talk about how the push for pre-K programs and the emphasis on anti bullying issues tie into Common Core.

Lastly, Common Core is like entitlement programs. The government gives and takes away funds from states, depending on how they comply. It becomes a necessity to depend on it. As they ask, when does an entitlement program, once started, every go away?

The movie is below and runs 70 minutes.

Fundraiser a Success

Dan Michael
Dan Michael, center, was surrounded by supporters at Wednesday’s Meet and Greet.

Last night’s Meet and Greet for Juvenile Court Special Judge Dan Michael had a packed house. Republicans and friends of the judge turned out to contribute to his upcoming campaign in a big way.

A side room at El Toro Loco on Poplar held the crowd who snacked on nachos, guacamole and chips, spilling into the hall as the noise level elevated.

Judge Michael thanked all who came. Since this year will have a jumbo ballet with most judges, probate clerk, juvenile court clerk, district attorney and a raft of others, Republicans are particularly concerned that our voters know who are candidates are, then go out and vote.

As Michael explained, it is particularly difficult for judges. They are not appointed, but elected like other politicians, but they cannot campaign like politicians. They have severe restrictions on what they can do. That makes it tough.

Coincidentally, Judge Michael was featured in an article on page one of the Commercial Appeal this morning. He had a youth of 14 in front of him in court allegedly involved in rapes, attacks and thefts. It’s got to be tough to deal with that every day.

Luckily, Judge Michael is up to the task. We want to keep him in that post for the next four years.

Can’t Touch This

Hard to believe, but in the United States many innocuous items have become verboten.

O’Keefe Is Back With OCare Bomb

James O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas clips exposing ACORN and NPR were bombshells, is back with another stunner. He shows how Obamacare navigators encourage enrollees to lie.

John Fund writes at National Review:

“You lie because your premiums will be higher,” one navigator advises an investigator for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who tells the worker he sometimes smokes. “Don’t tell them that. Don’t tell ’em.”

The investigator then poses as a low-income worker at a university who has unreported cash income on the side, worrying about how that might affect his premium subsidies. That’s no problem for a navigator, who says, “Don’t get yourself in trouble by declaring it now.”

“Yeah, it didn’t happen,” another navigator says. One more chimes in: “Never report it.”

Records show that the National Urban League was paid $376,000 by the federal government for its Obamacare outreach in Texas.

O’Keefe’s cameras then visit Enroll America, a nationwide nonprofit group that has launched a multi-state grassroots campaign to help millions of Americans sign up for health coverage. Daniel Clayton of Enroll America says the group is “purely nonprofit. It’s not partisan, non-political.” But when Brian Pendleton of Enroll America is introduced at a speaking engagement, Enroll America is described as “the official group for the DNC [Democratic National Committee].”

Enroll America, O’Keefe reports, appears to be sharing data and working directly with an explicitly political group called Battleground Texas, activities that he notes “are prohibited unless certain conditions are met.” Adrian Bell, the regional field director for Battleground Texas, proudly notes the group was “started by President Obama’s national field director” and is “dedicated to turning Texas blue.”

There’s much more in the video, which O’Keefe hints will not be his last. Left unexplored is how so many navigators nationwide were hired without any background checks required. While Texas and some other states have passed requirements of their own, the absence of such checks at the federal level was acknowledged by HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week. She was asked by Texas senator John Cornyn if “a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them.”

“It’s possible,” was Secretary Sebelius’s less-than-comforting reply.

I haven’t seen a lot of publicity on this video. It needs to go viral.