Lloyd Marcus The Conservative Campaign Committee chairman .

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County Commissioners Meet Tuesday September 2nd at 3 P.M. New County Manager to be Named & Concealed Carry Vote

Originally posted on Rowan Free Press:

RFP Staff

♦  The Rowan County Commissioners will meet Tuesday September 2nd at 3 p.m. at the Rowan County Administration Building at 130 West Innes in Salisbury, N.C.   Highlights of Monday’s agenda include:

The Naming of a New Rowan County Manager after a Vote in Open Session.

Public Hearing for Concealed Carry Text Amendments.

Declare Old Gas Chamber Surplus for Proposed Raffle.  The public will be able to take a sledge hammer swing for $10 a try.

Agenda for County Commission Meeting

Call to Order
Invocation
• Provided By: Commissioner Caskey

Pledge of Allegiance

Consider Additions to the Agenda
Consider Deletions From the Agenda
Consider Approval of the Agenda

Board members are asked to voluntarily inform the Board if any matter on the agenda might
present a conflict of interest or might require the member to be excused from voting.

• Consider Approval of the Minutes: August 11…

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A RNC-Tea Party powwow in Charlotte?

gopvstThe leadership of our county GOP has constantly told us that the GOP establishment wasnt to work with the TEA Party as long as we are willing to compromise on the minor issues.  Well, I encourage you to read the following article.  Pay special attention to the last paragraph.   I believe you will find the true feelings between the GOP and the TEA.

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Our sources are telling us that emissaries from the DC Republican establishment had a sit-down with NC Tea Party activists in The Queen City Tuesday evening.  Roughly a dozen activists — most of whom were closely affiliated with Greg Brannon’s primary campaign for the US Senate — met with two individuals identifying themselves as Republican National Committee operatives at the Taco Mac sports bar near South Park Mall. 

“They wanted to know where we might find some common ground,” on Tea Party-affiliated attendee told us. “They said they understood there was some heartburn among Tea Partiers about the GOP and Thom Tillis and other things. They said they were here to listen to us.”

Another Tea Party source told me the group peppered the RNC pair with questions, but got rather vague and non-responsive answers.  One Tea Partier pressed the RNC pair on  how or when the RNC plans to meet the Tea Party at least halfway on some concerns.

“One of the RNC guys basically said ‘We’re not going to do anything for you or give you anything,’ ” said one of my sources.”We were basically told ‘We’ll listen to what you’re saying. But we expect you to smile and get on board, and we’re not going to change one bit.’ ”

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Professor Bans College Students From Saying ‘Bless You’ In Class – CBS Atlanta

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Professor Bans College Students From Saying ‘Bless You’ In Class – CBS Atlanta

File photo of a classroom. (Credit: Thinkstock)

– One professor at the College of Coastal Georgia has banned students from saying “bless you” in his class.

Campus Reform reports that Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, pointed out his six rules on behavior on his Introductory Physics class syllabus.

According to the #6 under the “Behavioral Deduction” section of the syllabus, students’ grades will be lowered for: “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!”

Gardener states that a student may be deducted up to 15 percent of their final grade for any student that disrupts his class. He goes on to say in the syllabus that saying “bless you” may result in an immediate 1 percent grade deduction for each occurrence.

“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,” his syllabus warns students.

Last week, a high school senior in Tennessee was suspended after breaking a class rule saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.

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Obama flops at Am. Legion: Group of fans ‘tried to generate applause’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Obama flops at Am. Legion: Group of fans ‘tried to generate applause’

President fell flat as audience of thousands responded to military pledges with anemic ovationsSome applause lines met with awkward silence while others earned only three seconds of feeble clappingCrowd came to life to honor fellow veterans, not ObamaPresident announced 19 ‘executive actions’ aimed at restoring faith in failed VA system and providing better health care outcomes to war veteransObama flopped with messages defending his cautious approach to battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria 

President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion’s convention-goers.

The 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House’s policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.

A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ‘a small group of Obama’s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.’

‘They didn’t get much pickup,’ the retired lieutenant colonel said of the ‘instigators’ gathered at the Charlotte, North Carolina event, but ‘they were persistent. You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here.’

Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations. 

Not buying it: An estimated 10,000 American Legionnaires registered to attend the convention in Charlotte, but few of them were on their feet clapping for the commander-in-chief

Silence: President Barack Obama couldn’t pull the trigger on applause lines that usually succeed with his more reliably partisan audiences

Salute! The president offered respect to a female airman after his speech, but he got little respect from thousands of men and women who had already served in the armed forces

‘Some of these guys – well, most of them – remember that Obama send Biden to speak to us last year in Houston, and blew us off entirely during his 2012 campaign.’

That year, the president sent a 3-minute video message instead of coming to Indianapolis. Mitt Romney, his Republican rival, flew 1,000 miles to speak in person.

The veteran asked MailOnline to conceal his identity. ‘I don’t need that kind of trouble,’ he said. ‘I work for a government contractor.’ 

After the customary introductions and thank-yous to dignitaries, Obama spoke for nearly eight full minutes on Tuesday without a single clap.

He touted his foreign policy bona fides, boasting that ‘even countries that criticize us – when the chips are down and they need help, they know who to call. They call us. That’s what American leadership looks like.’

Silence.

‘Sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely,’ Obama cautioned, in keeping with his slow approach to battling ISIS and other terror groups overseas.

‘History teaches us of the dangers of overreaching and spreading ourselves too thin, and trying to go it alone without international support, or rushing into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.’

Crickets.

‘You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through.’

Tepid clapping followed pregnant seconds of emptiness.

‘We removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq and welcomed those troops home. It was the right thing to do.’

Nothing. 

Obama couldn’t muster sustained applause for a declaration that ‘in just four months we will complete our combat mission in Afghanistan and America’s longest war will come to a responsible end.’

Not even when he paused to honor ‘every American who served to make this progress possible, every single one, especially the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan to keep us safe.’

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS: OBAMA POLICIES HIT PENTAGON AND VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPT

The White House is touting a package of 19 ‘executive actions’ designed to improve the lot of servicemen and women after they return to civilian life. 

Many are symbolic or represent minor changes. A few indicate significant moves in the direction veterans groups have demanded for decades:

The Pentagon will automatically enroll service members who receive mental health care in similar programs at the VA and guarantee insurance coverage will continue for medications they were onThe VA and the Pentagon are expanding suicide prevention training for healthcare providers and chaplainsThey will both launch new programs to encourage firearm safety and reduce the risk of drug overdosesFive-year, $78.9 million research program will target minimally-invasive neurotechnologies to help the body and brain heal – a move that could impact treatments for PTSDPentagon is providing specialized medical kits to every first-responder on military bases to help reverse opiate overdoses

After he pledged to ‘partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States,’ four seconds elapsed before a weak round of clapping could be heard in the hall.

Obama did hit his stride, eventually. A louder but brief ovation rang out after he laid down an ultimatum to ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

‘Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple,’ he said, calling to mind last week’s beheading video of American photojournalist James Foley.

‘American does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what’s necessary to capture those who harm Americans – to go after those who harm Americans.’

But the legionnaires held back their heartfelt acclaim for a full 17 minutes until the president mentioned the cure for what ails them. 

Obama’s first and only truly robust applause line came with a pledge to reform the Veterans Affairs Department, which has come under fire for months-long medical wait times and a scheme that buried appointments in order to artificially inflate success numbers.

‘The misconduct we’ve seen of too many facilities, with long wait times and veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books, is outrageous and inexcusable,’ Obama said, waking up the crowd’s enthusiasm.

‘We’re focused on this at the highest levels. We are going to get to the bottom of these problems, we are going to fix what is wrong.’

‘We are going to do right by you and we are going to do right by your families,’ he said, earning his only spontaneous hoots and shouts. ‘And that is a solemn pledge of commitment that I’m making to you here.’

The VA, he said, has been given ‘the authority to more quickly remove senior executives who don’t meet our high standards. If you engage in unethical practices or cover up a serious problem, you should be and will be fired.’

Is this thing on? Obama spoke for nearly 8 minutes without a single applause line, despite pausing several times in hope of an ovation

Nuclear: Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan (L) is in the fight of her life in North Carolina, and greeted Obama at the airport but DIDN’T appear on stage with him

Daggers: Republican US Senator Richard Burr is no fan of Obama and hopes his flagging numbers drag down Hagan to provide his state with a GOP replacement

Obama’s speech described a set of 19 ‘executive actions’ – mostly small policy shifts, but including a few major tacks – designed to quell criticism of how his administration has cared for veterans since January 2009.

They include expanded suicide prevention programs, new research funding for science that could change treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a mandate that the Pentagon and VA provide a seamless transition for servicemen and women who receive mental health treatment and medications.

The Republican Party took shots at the president on Tuesday for allowing problems to fester on his watch. The GOP also aimed at North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, who is in a tough battle to keep her seat this November.

‘It’s been six years and President Obama and Senator Hagan have failed to deliver on the promises they’ve made to our veterans,’ said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short.

‘On their watch the systemic problems at the VA have only gotten worse, despite lofty campaign promises to fix the problem. But instead of delivering results for our veterans, Hagan has delivered for President Obama 96 percent of the time while failing to get a single bill she’s authored passed into law.’ 

Hagan addressed the legionnaires separately from Obama. The two joked and hugged after the president deplaned from Air Force One, but did not appear on stage together. 

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Obama flops at Am. Legion: Group of fans ‘tried to generate applause’

Obama flops at Am. Legion: Group of fans ‘tried to generate applause’. http://tiny.iavian.net/2s25

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Obama flops at Am. Legion: Group of fans ‘tried to generate applause’

President fell flat as audience of thousands responded to military pledges with anemic ovationsSome applause lines met with awkward silence while others earned only three seconds of feeble clappingCrowd came to life to honor fellow veterans, not ObamaPresident announced 19 ‘executive actions’ aimed at restoring faith in failed VA system and providing better health care outcomes to war veteransObama flopped with messages defending his cautious approach to battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria 

President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion’s convention-goers.

The 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House’s policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.

A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ‘a small group of Obama’s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.’

‘They didn’t get much pickup,’ the retired lieutenant colonel said of the ‘instigators’ gathered at the Charlotte, North Carolina event, but ‘they were persistent. You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here.’

Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations. 

Not buying it: An estimated 10,000 American Legionnaires registered to attend the convention in Charlotte, but few of them were on their feet clapping for the commander-in-chief

Silence: President Barack Obama couldn’t pull the trigger on applause lines that usually succeed with his more reliably partisan audiences

Salute! The president offered respect to a female airman after his speech, but he got little respect from thousands of men and women who had already served in the armed forces

‘Some of these guys – well, most of them – remember that Obama send Biden to speak to us last year in Houston, and blew us off entirely during his 2012 campaign.’

That year, the president sent a 3-minute video message instead of coming to Indianapolis. Mitt Romney, his Republican rival, flew 1,000 miles to speak in person.

The veteran asked MailOnline to conceal his identity. ‘I don’t need that kind of trouble,’ he said. ‘I work for a government contractor.’ 

After the customary introductions and thank-yous to dignitaries, Obama spoke for nearly eight full minutes on Tuesday without a single clap.

He touted his foreign policy bona fides, boasting that ‘even countries that criticize us – when the chips are down and they need help, they know who to call. They call us. That’s what American leadership looks like.’

Silence.

‘Sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely,’ Obama cautioned, in keeping with his slow approach to battling ISIS and other terror groups overseas.

‘History teaches us of the dangers of overreaching and spreading ourselves too thin, and trying to go it alone without international support, or rushing into military adventures without thinking through the consequences.’

Crickets.

‘You know that we should never send America’s sons and daughters into harm’s way unless it is absolutely necessary and we have a plan and we are resourcing it and prepared to see it through.’

Tepid clapping followed pregnant seconds of emptiness.

‘We removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq and welcomed those troops home. It was the right thing to do.’

Nothing. 

Obama couldn’t muster sustained applause for a declaration that ‘in just four months we will complete our combat mission in Afghanistan and America’s longest war will come to a responsible end.’

Not even when he paused to honor ‘every American who served to make this progress possible, every single one, especially the more than 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan to keep us safe.’

EXECUTIVE ACTIONS: OBAMA POLICIES HIT PENTAGON AND VETERANS AFFAIRS DEPT

The White House is touting a package of 19 ‘executive actions’ designed to improve the lot of servicemen and women after they return to civilian life. 

Many are symbolic or represent minor changes. A few indicate significant moves in the direction veterans groups have demanded for decades:

The Pentagon will automatically enroll service members who receive mental health care in similar programs at the VA and guarantee insurance coverage will continue for medications they were onThe VA and the Pentagon are expanding suicide prevention training for healthcare providers and chaplainsThey will both launch new programs to encourage firearm safety and reduce the risk of drug overdosesFive-year, $78.9 million research program will target minimally-invasive neurotechnologies to help the body and brain heal – a move that could impact treatments for PTSDPentagon is providing specialized medical kits to every first-responder on military bases to help reverse opiate overdoses

After he pledged to ‘partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States,’ four seconds elapsed before a weak round of clapping could be heard in the hall.

Obama did hit his stride, eventually. A louder but brief ovation rang out after he laid down an ultimatum to ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

‘Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple,’ he said, calling to mind last week’s beheading video of American photojournalist James Foley.

‘American does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what’s necessary to capture those who harm Americans – to go after those who harm Americans.’

But the legionnaires held back their heartfelt acclaim for a full 17 minutes until the president mentioned the cure for what ails them. 

Obama’s first and only truly robust applause line came with a pledge to reform the Veterans Affairs Department, which has come under fire for months-long medical wait times and a scheme that buried appointments in order to artificially inflate success numbers.

‘The misconduct we’ve seen of too many facilities, with long wait times and veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books, is outrageous and inexcusable,’ Obama said, waking up the crowd’s enthusiasm.

‘We’re focused on this at the highest levels. We are going to get to the bottom of these problems, we are going to fix what is wrong.’

‘We are going to do right by you and we are going to do right by your families,’ he said, earning his only spontaneous hoots and shouts. ‘And that is a solemn pledge of commitment that I’m making to you here.’

The VA, he said, has been given ‘the authority to more quickly remove senior executives who don’t meet our high standards. If you engage in unethical practices or cover up a serious problem, you should be and will be fired.’

Is this thing on? Obama spoke for nearly 8 minutes without a single applause line, despite pausing several times in hope of an ovation

Nuclear: Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan (L) is in the fight of her life in North Carolina, and greeted Obama at the airport but DIDN’T appear on stage with him

Daggers: Republican US Senator Richard Burr is no fan of Obama and hopes his flagging numbers drag down Hagan to provide his state with a GOP replacement

Obama’s speech described a set of 19 ‘executive actions’ – mostly small policy shifts, but including a few major tacks – designed to quell criticism of how his administration has cared for veterans since January 2009.

They include expanded suicide prevention programs, new research funding for science that could change treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a mandate that the Pentagon and VA provide a seamless transition for servicemen and women who receive mental health treatment and medications.

The Republican Party took shots at the president on Tuesday for allowing problems to fester on his watch. The GOP also aimed at North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, who is in a tough battle to keep her seat this November.

‘It’s been six years and President Obama and Senator Hagan have failed to deliver on the promises they’ve made to our veterans,’ said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short.

‘On their watch the systemic problems at the VA have only gotten worse, despite lofty campaign promises to fix the problem. But instead of delivering results for our veterans, Hagan has delivered for President Obama 96 percent of the time while failing to get a single bill she’s authored passed into law.’ 

Hagan addressed the legionnaires separately from Obama. The two joked and hugged after the president deplaned from Air Force One, but did not appear on stage together. 

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Vince Coakley for Congress Web Video “Clarence Henderson Endorsement”

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The Death of Freedom in Our Public Schools

By John W. Whitehead

August 26, 2014

“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”―D.H. Lawrence

No matter what your perspective on the showdown between locals and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, there can be no disputing the fact that “local” police should not be looking or acting like branches of the military.

Unfortunately, in the police state that is America today, we’re going to find ourselves revisiting Ferguson over and over again. Every time an unarmed citizen gets shot by a police officer who is armed to the hilt, or inclined to shoot first and ask questions later, or so concerned about their own safety, to the exclusion of all else, that everything becomes a potential threat, we’ll find ourselves back in Ferguson territory again.

Here’s the thing, though: whether or not it ever gets reported, whether it incites any protests or marches or showdowns of epic proportions, whether it elicits any outrage on the part of the citizenry, Ferguson is already happening over and over again, all around us.

It’s happening in small towns and big cities alike every time a citizen gets stopped and frisked for no better reason than they “look” suspicious. It’s happening on the nation’s highways and byways, where corporate greed disguised as road safety is making a hefty profit off of drivers who have the misfortune of passing a red light camera or a speed camera or a license plate reader. It’s happening in the privately run jails, which are teeming with prisoners doing time for nonviolent crimes that should have landed them with a slap on the wrist and a fine instead of hard time and forced labor.

It’s happening in our airports and train stations and shopping malls, where menacing squads of black-garbed, jack-booted, up-armored soldiers disguised as law enforcement officials are subjecting Americans to roving security checkpoints, allegedly in the pursuit of terrorists. And it’s happening in the schools, where the school-to-prison pipeline is fully operational and busy churning out newly minted citizens of the American police state who have been taught the hard way what it means to comply and march in lockstep with the government’s dictates.

Young Alex Stone didn’t even make it past the first week of school before he became a victim of the police state. Directed by his teacher to do a creative writing assignment involving a series of fictional Facebook statuses, Stone wrote, “I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur. I bought the gun to take care of the business.” Despite the fact that dinosaurs are extinct, the status fabricated, and the South Carolina student was merely following orders, his teacher reported him to school administrators, who in turn called the police.

What followed is par for the course in schools today: students were locked down in their classrooms while armed police searched the 16-year-old’s locker and bookbag, handcuffed him, charged him with disorderly conduct disturbing the school, arrested him, detained him, and then he was suspended from school. Stone’s mother was never alerted to the school’s concerns about her son’s creative writing assignment or his subsequent interrogation and arrest.

Keshana Wilson, a 14-year-old student at a Pennsylvania high school, was tasered in the groin by a police officer working as a school resource officer, allegedly because she resisted arrest for cursing, inciting a crowd of students, and walking on the highway. One might be hard pressed to find a teenager not guilty of one or the other at any given time. Nevertheless, the tasering came after the officer grabbed the teenager from behind and pushed her up against a car, without identifying himself as a police officer. “The teenager had to be taken to hospital to have the taser probes removed before she was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on the officer, simple assault, riot, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, failure to disperse and walking on the highway,” noted one reporter.

Rounding out the lesson in compliance, police officers who patrol schools in Compton, Calif., are now authorized to buy semi-automatic AR-15 rifles and carry them in their patrol car trunks while on duty—a practice that is becoming increasingly common, according to Joe Grubbs, president of the California Association of School Resource Officers. A few states away, in Missouri, a new state law actually requires that all school districts participate in live-action school shooting drills, including realistic gunfire, students covered in fake blood, and bodies strewn throughout the hallways.

Now these incidents may seem light years away from the all-too-grim reality of the events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri, but they are, in fact, mere stops along the way to the American police state, and parents with kids returning to school would do well to consider these incidents fair warning, because today’s public schools have become microcosms of the world beyond the schoolhouse gates, and increasingly, it’s a world hostile to freedom.

As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, within America’s public schools can be found almost every aspect of the American police state that plagues those of us on the “outside”: metal detectors, surveillance cameras, militarized police, drug-sniffing dogs, tasers, cyber-surveillance, random searches, senseless arrests, jail time, the list goes on.

Whether it takes the form of draconian zero tolerance policies, overreaching anti-bullying statutes, police officers charged with tasering and arresting so-called unruly children, standardized testing with its emphasis on rote answers, political correctness, or the extensive surveillance systems cropping up in schools all over the country, young people in America are first in line to be indoctrinated into compliant citizens of the new American police state.

Zero tolerance policies, which punish all offenses severely, no matter how minor, condition young people to steer clear of doing anything that might be considered out of line, whether it’s pointing their fingers like a gun, drawing on their desks, or chewing their gum too loudly.

Surveillance technologies, used by school officials, police, NSA agents, and corporate entities to track the everyday activities of students, accustom young people to life in an electronic concentration camp, with all of their movements monitored, their interactions assessed, and their activities recorded and archived. For example, the Department of Education (DOE) has created a system to track, archive and disseminate data on every single part of a child’s educational career with colleges and state agencies such as the Department of Labor and the offices of Technology and Children and Family Services.

Metal detectors at school entrances and police patrolling school hallways acclimatize young people to being viewed as suspects. Funded in part by federal grants, school districts across the country have “paid local police agencies to provide armed ‘school resource officers’ for high schools, middle schools and sometimes even elementary schools.” As the New York Times reports, “Hundreds of additional districts, including those in Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have created police forces of their own, employing thousands of sworn officers.” The problem, of course, is that the very presence of these police officers in the schools results in greater numbers of students being arrested or charged with crimes for nonviolent, childish behavior. In Texas, for example, school police officers write more than 100,000 misdemeanor tickets a year, each ticket amounting to hundreds of dollars in court fines—a convenient financial windfall for the states. All too often, these incidents remain on students’ permanent records, impacting college and job applications.

Weapons of compliance, such as tasers which deliver electrical shocks lethal enough to kill, not only teach young people to fear the police, the face of our militarized government, but teach them that torture is an accepted means of controlling the population. It’s a problem that has grown exponentially as the schools have increasingly clamored for—and hired on—their own police forces. One high school student in Texas suffered severe brain damage and nearly died after being tasered. A 15-year-old disabled North Carolina student was tasered three times, resulting in punctured lungs. A New York student was similarly tasered for lying on the floor and crying.

Standardized testing and Common Core programs, which discourage students from thinking for themselves while rewarding them for regurgitating whatever the government, through its so-called educational standards, dictates they should be taught, will not only create a generation of test-takers capable of little else, but it will also constitute massive data collection on virtually every aspect of our children’s lives which will be accessed by government agents and their corporate allies.

Overt censorship, monitoring and political correctness, which manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from Internet filters on school computers to sexual harassment policies, habituate young people to a world in which nonconformist, divergent, politically incorrect ideas and speech are treated as unacceptable or dangerous. In such an environment, a science teacher criticizing evolution can get fired for insubordination, a 9-year-old boy remarking that his teacher is “cute” can be suspended for sexual harassment, students detected using their smart phones during class time can be reported for not paying attention in class, and those accused of engaging in “bullying, cyber-bullying, hate and shaming activities, depression, harm and self harm, self hate and suicide, crime, vandalism, substance abuse and truancy” on social media such as Twitter or Facebook, will have their posts and comments analyzed by an outside government contractor.

As problematic as all of these programs are, however, what’s really unnerving are the similarities between the American system of public education and that of totalitarian regimes such as Nazi Germany, with their overt campaigns of educational indoctrination. And while those who run America’s schools may not be deliberately attempting to raise up a generation of Hitler Youth, theyare teaching young people to march in lockstep with the all-powerful government—which may be just as dangerous in the end.

You don’t have to take my word for it. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum provides some valuable insight into education in the Nazi state, which was responsible for winning “millions of German young people … over to Nazism in the classroom and through extracurricular activities.” The similarities are startling, ranging from the dismissal of teachers deemed to be “politically unreliable” to the introduction of classroom textbooks that taught students obedience to state authority and militarism. “Board games and toys for children served as another way to spread racial and political propaganda to German youth. Toys were also used as propaganda vehicles to indoctrinate children into militarism.” And then there was the Hitler Youth, a paramilitary youth group intended to train young people for future service in the armed forces and government.

Hitler himself recognized the value of indoctrinating young people. As he noted, “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side, and you will not get me on your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to me already. A people lives forever. What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants however now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’”

In the face of such a mechanized, bureaucratic school system that demands conformity, indoctrinating and enslaving their minds while punishing anyone who dares step out of line, American school children are indeed powerless. And they will remain helpless, powerless and in bondage to the police state unless “we the people” take the steps to set them free.

WC: 1904

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Monday’s Rowan-Salisbury’s Board of Education Meeting. Progress on the Central Office at 500 N. Main

Originally posted on Rowan Free Press:

RFP Staff

♦ The highlight of yesterday’s Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education meeting was the final authorization of a land swap deal permitting the school system’s Central Office to be built at 500 N. Main St. in Salisbury.  The vote for the authorization was 5 to 2 with Richard Miller, Kay Wright Norman, Jean Kennedy, L.A. Overcash, and Susan Cox voting in support.  Josh Wagner and Chuck Hughes voted against the swap.

“I’ve got no real problem with the Central Office being built on the 500 N. Main,” said Hughes.  “I’m uncomfortable with the way it got there.  It’s not what I know–but it’s what I don’t know.  My gut reaction is I just can’t support that…I’d rather not elaborate on the basis of my reservations.”

Architect Bill Burgin presented an update on the progress of the Central Office, comparing 500 N. Main to being the same or better than 329 S. Main. …

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THE STRUGGLE FOR STUPIDITY

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