An Open Letter to Jeffco Student Protesters Concerning History Standards

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Dear Student Protesters of Jefferson County:

I must begin with a confession. When I first learned of your student walkouts concerning some proposed changes to the AP History curriculum, I was more than a little bit cynical. These walkouts, I thought, were little more than an excuse to skip class and be ‘part of something.’ I don’t doubt that some students joined the walkouts for that reason; there are always individuals who join a cause because it seems to be the popular thing to do (I should point out that there are many people my age and older who do the very same thing so this is not a criticism of young people per se). This open letter is not intended for these students but for those of you who honestly care about the proposed changes to the history curriculum.

As I started reading about these protests it didn’t take me long to realize that you have very good reason to protest: the aims of the Jeffco School Board for the history curriculum are at best contradictory and misguided. The following paragraph in the Board Committee for Curriculum Review must be the primary reason for your protests:

ReasonTV’s “Nanny of the Month” turns five with no shortage of state-loving nannies in sight

ReasonTV's September 2014 Nanny of the Month

“There oughta be a law.”

Not a day goes by when some state-loving government nanny somewhere doesn’t think those five words. The most famous government nanny to date is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose 12-year rein over America’s largest city ushered in countless government regulations, including more than 30 bans on things ranging to smoking in public to cell phones in schools.

Luckily, our friends at ReasonTV have — for five years this month — been calling out big government bureaucrats and their attempts to regulate everything from what we put in our bodies to what we put in our trash cans (really).

Their latest “Nanny of the Month” is the Borough Council in Helmetta, New Jersey, which wants to ban photography and filming in public buildings after an officer said on camera, ”Obama has decimated the friggin’ constitution, so I don’t give a damn… Because if he doesn’t follow the Constitution we don’t have to.”

It’s true. President Obama has “decimated the friggin’ constitution,” as even the New York Times admits. But the officer’s admission left Helmetta officials with egg on their faces.

Lame Duck Alert: Congress may take up the NDAA

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Prime your petitions DC. A whole bunch of fights are coming.

It’s looking like Congress will be taking up the NDAA, and possibly other controversial subjects in the lame duck session.

Here’s some other possibly lame lame duck stuff:

Or as John Sununu says, probably not.

 

 

Barack Obama’s Imperial iPhone Presidency

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President Obama, discarding once and for all any pretense of respect for the Constitution and the limits it places on the chief executive under the Separation of Powers doctrine, infamously declared in January of this year, “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone…And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.”

Those are not the words of a president in our constitutional republic; those are the words of a petty tyrant.

Obama has made good on his promise though. In violation of the so-called Affordable Care Act, the very law that he championed and that passed on a strictly party-line vote without a single Republican in support, Obama has unilaterally delayed and changed provisions of the law dozens of times. He extended deadlines, granted waivers to the politically-connected, and laughed off his promise that no federal taxpayer dollars would be used to fund abortions.

In a blatantly transparent move to gain more Hispanic votes for Democrats, Obama has refused to enforce our immigration laws even as hundreds of thousands of illegals pour over the border from Mexico, including tens of thousands of children he willingly uses as pawns in his political game. Not until word started leaking out about many of these children dying during the journey, or being physically and sexually assaulted, or sold into slavery, did Obama even make a pretense of stemming the tide of illegals.

Guy with knife made it waaay farther inside the White House than we thought.

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It looks like that guy who jumped a fence with a knife made it way farther than we were all led to believe. In fact, he made it all the way to the green room of the White House.

Gonzalez was able to overpower a female Secret Service agent and proceed through the entirety of the 80-foot East Room. He was finally tackled as he attempted to enter the Green Room, a small ceremonial parlor on the southern side of the building, according to the The Washington Post and CBS News.

Overpowered a Secret Service Agent?! With a knife? One guy? For those of you at home, that’s very much inside the White House and very much not cool.

And if you were wondering, see this very helpful graphic that reminds us of those childhood how it works books for where the green room is:

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Kay Hagan: Once Against Bush’s War, Now for Obama’s.

Welcome to Washington DC — where everyone’s got principles until it’s not popular and your President has left you on an island.

Politico is reporting that former Democratic candidates that were staunchly against President Bush’s Iraq War, are now for Obama’s.

Here’s Kay Hagan from May of 2008:

“We need to get out of Iraq in a responsible way,” Hagan declared in May of that year. “We need to elect leaders who don’t invade countries without planning and stay there without an end.”

Here’s her now:

“This is the time for us to come together, Democrats and Republicans, to confront the challenges that are facing our nation,”

Continue to watch former anti-war politicians change their tune with a rapidly changing American political landscape. As CNN reports, Americans back the airstrikes, but so far still oppose use of troops on the ground.

Americans are steadfastly opposed to sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but an overwhelming number of people continue to support the U.S.-led airstrikes against the terrorist group, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows.

…and we’re back

After a series of restarts we’re back. Yes, the Bash vulnerabilities got us. Sorry about that. Big changes are coming to United Liberty. Thank you all for being loyal readers over the years and stay tuned for what’s coming next.

 

Update: To clarify, the restarts and preventative measures we took got us and led to some downtime. Nothing was compromised.

The GOP Needs to construct its own foreign policy narrative

On Tuesday, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb — who many remember as former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and even more recall as a respected novelist and fierce Marine of the Vietnam era — stood at the podium of the National Press Club and announced that he’s at least considering a run for president in 2016.

 

He was frank that he’s assessing support and will decide in several months if he’s all in. And, as expected, he was asked questions about positions already being staked out by the presumed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and how he felt given his expertise —and there’s no doubt he’s an expert on matters of national defense — about our current engagement with ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

The takeaway was that we have a very incoherent foreign policy in these matters and we’d do well to develop and communicate a more concrete set of strategies. “It is not a healthy thing when the world’s dominant military and economic power has a policy based on vagueness,” he said. And that’s a reasonable thought. Somewhere in there was also the mention that we shouldn’t be an occupying force in that region of the world, but that was hardly a surprising position for someone known as one of the harshest critics of the Iraq War under Bush.

He also talked about economic fairness and even touched on corporate cronyism, as is typical of someone at least attempting to hash out a platform. But the talk of war is of interest because, almost immediately following his speech, media pundits that were in attendance began tweeting and writing that Webb had given an impassioned “anti-war” speech, possibly to set him in opposition to “hawkish” Hillary Clinton.

Another Isolated Incident: Cops face no charges for shooting black man looking at pellet guns in Wal-Mart

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In Ohio it is now apparently legal to shoot a black man who is carrying (what appears to be) a gun…if you’re a cop.

A grand jury in Greene County, Ohio decided on Wednesday not to indict either of the two police officers who responded to a 911 call about an armed man in the Beavercreek Wal-Mart store. One of the officers shot the man, 22-year old John Crawford III, who turned out to be talking on a cell phone carrying an unloaded pellet gun that he had taken off the shelf of the store.

Store video of the incident shows Crawford just standing still at the end of an aisle in the pet section, waving the toy gun casually back and forth by his side, then falling to the ground as the armored officers approach with their rifles drawn.

Well…bye: Eric Holder reportedly leaving the Obama administration

There’s some big news, though not entirely unsurprising news developing this morning. The Associated Press is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation today and leave Obama administration once his successor has been confirmed by the Senate:

Two sources familiar with the decision tell NPR that Holder, 63, intends to leave the Justice Department as soon as his successor is confirmed, a process that could run through 2014 and even into next year. A former U.S. government official says Holder has been increasingly “adamant” about his desire to leave soon for fear he otherwise could be locked in to stay for much of the rest of President Obama’s second term.

Holder already is one of the longest serving members of the Obama cabinet and ranks as the fourth longest tenured AG in history. Hundreds of employees waited in lines, stacked three rows deep, for his return in early February 2009 to the Justice Department, where he previously worked as a young corruption prosecutor and as deputy attorney general — the second in command — during the Clinton administration.

It had been rumored for some time that Holder, who has earned the ire of congressional Republicans over Operation Fast and Furious and other issues, wanted out of the administration. Holder telegraphed this to The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Tobin back in February, saying that he planned to stick around “well into” 2014. The Justice Department, however, denied that the Attorney General indicated he would resign.

 


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