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“A question arises whether all the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, shall be left in this body? I think a people cannot be long free, nor ever happy, whose government is in one assembly.”

–John Adams, Thoughts On Government, 1776

Black families turning to homeschooling at fastest rate, but why?

The demographics of homeschooling are quickly changing, as African American children are becoming one of the fastest-growing segments of the United States population that is deciding to teach their own … and the reasons might surprise you.

According to the National Home Education Research Institute, there are approximately 220,000 black students currently homeschooling in the U.S.

“I just thought maybe I could do a better job myself,” African American homeschooling mom Vanessa Robinson told The Atlantic. “If he hadn’t been bullied I would have really looked into transferring schools, or going back to where I grew up in Kansas.”

Robinson says that the lack of racial diversity in the school system played a factor in her decision to home school, which she has worked into her busy weekday schedule as a nurse.

Besides bullying, education experts have found that public schools have also failed the black community academically.

Educational researcher Ama Mazama of the Journal of Black Studies has found that the a major part of black Americans’ shift from public schools to homeschooling has to do less with overt schoolyard racism as it does with subliminal racism at the hands of teachers and other school staff.

“We have all heard that the American education system is not the best and is falling behind in terms of international standards,” Mazama expressed. “But this is compounded for black children, who are treated as though they are not as intelligent and cannot do as well, and the standards for them should be lower.”

Personally I have seen this mindset first hand, having moved from a predominately white middle class community to a more racially mixed city school district, I found the school curriculum several years behind my former school district. The lesson school day dragged on as we labored ever so slowly through the course material. The classroom had to nurture the slowest learner in the class at the cost of those who grasped the material much quicker. This left me with a very strong dislike for the education process in general. Since then I have been a very strong and vocal supporter of the home and charter school movements. One size does not fit all, it may be okay for rain coats and sweatshirts but it is not a good fit for education since each child is unique.


Is the Net truly Neutral? How will the FCC ruling affect the ‘free internet’?
The FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Will Shut Down Innovation on the Internet

By a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved “Net Neutrality” rules on Thursday. According to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, the new rules “ban blocking, ban throttling, and ban paid-prioritization fast lanes” on the Internet.

To some this sounds like a dream come true, but to those who actually know how the internet works find the ruling disturbing and problematic. When has government intervention ever led to a better experience? Take the latest example of government meddling – Obamacare.

The bottom line is the government saw an industry doing well and wanted to find a way to skim money off the top. Therefore they invented this idea that everyone who accesses the internet super highway should be treated the same, and those who provide service must not treat anyone special or offer special fee structures or bandwidth allotments even though some providers require more bandwidth then others. As a result this industry will be yet another in a long list of industries that are now being managed at the federal level. You as the consumer will no longer have any say or choice in what level of service you will be able to get access to. And in addition you as the user will have to pay the myriad taxes that are going to be leveled on the ISP providers in the form of regulations and fees.

The government has contributed nothing to the expanse of nor the content provided by these ISP services but it wants to get a piece of the action and by so doing put itself in a place to tell everyone involved how to conduct business.

We do not live in a ‘free market’ economy anymore folks. The government is not only able to tell us what WE MUST BUY, but also what WE MUST SELL, and then tell us how me MUST SELL IT and to WHOM.

For more info and history of the FCC regulation and deregulation click here


From the Cuckoo’s Nest

What where they thinking?

Could This New Evolution Theory Prove that God Does Not Exist? Don’t Count on It.

I thought evolutionists already proved that God doesn’t exist? At least that’s what they’ve told everybody. How many times have we read that Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion finally put belief in God in the grave? Let’s not forget Christopher Hitchens, Daniel C. Dennett, and Sam Harris.

This new theory by an MIT researcher begins with the existence of atoms and energy.

‘You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant,’ Jeremy England said.

Now I have to ask where did the clump of atoms come from, and pray tell who is providing the light source?

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary fool

1. (n.) A compound of gooseberries scalded and crushed, with cream; — commonly called gooseberry fool.

2. (n.) One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of understanding; an idiot; a natural.

3. (n.) A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.

4. (n.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person.

5. (n.) One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.

6. (v. i.) To play the fool; to trifle; to toy; to spend time in idle sport or mirth.

7. (v. t.) To infatuate; to make foolish.

8. (v. t.) To use as a fool; to deceive in a shameful or mortifying manner; to impose upon; to cheat by inspiring foolish confidence; as, to fool one out of his money.

Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in revealing his own opinion.

Proverbs 14:7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you won’t find knowledge on his lips.
Ecclesiastes 10:3 Yes also, when the fool walks by the way, his understanding fails him, and he says to everyone that he is a fool.


Tail Feathers

Other news and views from across the cyberscape

Christianity under Fire – The White House does Nothing

Christianity is under attack at the hands of ISIS. ISIS is slaughtering and kidnapping Christians, then sharing news of their horrific acts on social media vehicles. Ninety Christians, mostly women and children, were taken hostage in Syria. Their families have no idea whether their loved ones are alive or dead.

And silence is heard from the White House. President Obama can not wait to bash law-abiding American citizens, or sit down to eat with a non-repentant domestic terrorist. He has no problem negotiating with the Taliban and the Islamo-Nazi regime of Iran, but has no time for the leader of Israel. Obama apologizes to the world for the so-called atrocities of the United States and of Christians, but nary a whimper is heard about all the blood shed caused by Muslims happening almost every day.


Welcome to the age of Designer Babies:
UK Becomes First Country in World to Approve Creation of ‘Three Parent Babies’


‘Love Not Limited?’: Three Thailand Men ‘Marry’ Each Other, Photos Go Viral

Gives new meaning to the term Ménage à trois.


Putin Ready To Turn Off Europe’s Gas Supply


Trying to Reverse a Homeownership Slide

The rate of homeownership has fallen to a 20-year low, continuing a slide that began at the apex of the housing market in 2004.


Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline Bill

The Looney Bin

Crazy but true stories

Nancy Pelosi Fights For Congress Members To Get Paid On Time – But Forgets One Detail

During a recent press event regarding the battle over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill, Nancy Pelosi addressed how delaying the bill could prevent members of Congress from being paid on time.

Although paid more than her constituents in her own district the dishonorable representative from California wants the citizenry of the United States to feel sorry for her if Congress does not pass a funding bill to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.

As the graphic shows government produces more millionaires than the private sector and Nancy Pelosi has the nerve to whine about missing a couple paychecks. I know members of the private sector who have gone without paychecks for more than a few weeks, many as a result of Obamacare which Nancy Pelosi was in full support of. She does not mind putting her constituents out of work but God forbid if anyone even suggests that Mrs Pelosi should enter the ranks of the unemployed.

This has become epidemic in the halls of government. The members who walk those halls feel entitled and as such they should not be inconvenienced in any way, you on the other hand can be mistreated and abused and made to pony up for their extravagant lifestyles. They do not hesitate to spend your hard-earned money on projects that benefit themselves or their big money supporters.


Wesleyan Univ. pulls men-only frats, pushes housing for 15 ‘sexualities’

Wesleyan University, once a Christian school, is now offering campus housing for 15 different alternative sexualities, also known as “LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM.” It has a specific place for sadomasochism, but straight men looking to join a men-only fraternity are out of luck.

But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female Mark 10:6


The Last Word

Commentary on the news from a Conservative Christian viewpoint

When it comes to “Climate Change” we are told that the science is settled. Yet true scientific study insists on failures as well as successes. When science fails to reproduce results lots can be learned by the process. However scientists are not encouraged to publish bad news, or negative results since it is the latest and greatest discovery in scientific talk that garners the headlines and funnels money toward research.There is a disincentive for true scientific study and analysis, instead we find a lucrative market in politically motivated scientific research.

There are many examples of scientific research fails, some of the most notable on the climate change debate are:

  • in the 70’s we were warned of a coming ICE AGE
  • in the 90’s it was the beginning of the end with “Global Warming”
  • now we are being treated to “Climate Change”

So which is it? Are we going to freeze to death or burn to death? Is the earth getting warmer of colder? Does man have an effect on the climate or not and if so how can he neutralize climate disruptions? But since we are told the SCIENCE is settled I guess we will never get the answers to these questions and true scientific discovery will be thwarted.

And that is the last word. This is Al Scott, good day!

Scientists Are Wrong All the Time, and That’s Fantastic | WIRED

On February 28, 1998, the eminent medical journal The Lancet published an observational study of 12 children: Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive development disorder in children. It might not sound sexy, but once the media read beyond the title, into the study’s descriptions of how those nasty-sounding symptoms appeared just after the kids got vaccinated, the impact was clear: The measles-mumps-rubella…


 

 

A View from the Nest 2-23-2015


 

 

 

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New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a new setback for the health care law and the people it’s supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that’s fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.


Atheist group threatens suit over ‘angels’ on memorial to beloved teacher

A West Virginia middle school took down the crosses from a memorial to a beloved teacher, but is standing firm on the angels etched into the stone, despite an atheist group’s threat to sue on constitutional grounds. Joann Christy’s 26-year career educating children at Ravenswood Middle School came to a tragic end in 2004, when she died in a car accident.


From the Cuckoo’s Nest

What where they thinking?

Sex Conference ‘Educates’ Students on Cyber Sex…And It’s Sponsored By Oregon Education Department

Sex-Ed has come a long way. Condoms on bananas have gone by the wayside – in favor of ‘educating’ students and teachers at a Oregon annual conference on how to engage in kinky cyber sex and using meth.


Tail Feathers

Other news and views from across the cyberscape

Remember What Coretta Scott King Thought About Amnesty, by Ian Smith, National Review

Black political leaders have abandoned their constituents on immigration. In another year of chronically high unemployment among America’s black communities, it’s important we remember the tireless work of the late civil-rights champion and former congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Ms. Jordan was picked by President Clinton to lead the bipartisan U.S.


WORLD | Weaning ourselves off mother’s milk | Andrée Seu Peterson | Feb. 20, 2015

At Saturday morning coffee with the girls I realized why our country is not going to defeat ISIS. There is something about much of American Christianity’s present form (not the Bible but Christianity) that is not forceful enough to take it on. After the topic of weather is exhausted, someone in the klatch timidly brought up current events.


Christian Florist Found Guilty of Discrimination for Declining ‘Gay Wedding’ Refuses Settlement

KENNEWICK, Wash. — A Christian florist from Washington who is in jeopardy of losing her business, home and life savings after a judge found her guilty of discrimination this week for declining to fulfill an order for a same-sex ceremony has rejected an offer to settle the matter if she promises to service homosexual “weddings” in…


The Looney Bin

Crazy but true stories

Homeschool Children Seized By Authorities to Remain in State Custody for at Least Another Month

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Seven homeschoolers in Arkansas who were seized by the Garland County Sheriff’s Department last month will remain in state custody for at least another month after a hearing over the matter was pushed back until March. As previously reported, the children of Hal Stanley and his wife Michelle were removed from their Hot Springs…


Court Rules ‘God Bless America’ Not Unconstitutional

The Florida high school that told a student not to say “God bless America” during morning announcements said this week that the student did not violate the U.S. Constitution.

Really who knew? Did you ever think the day would come when being AMERICAN would be considered unconstitutional?


The Last Word

Commentary on the news from a Conservative Christian viewpoint

Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims… What’s the Difference?

Sunni and Shiite Muslims, two main sects of Islam, have been in conflict for more than a millennium. Why does such an ancient division continue to influence politics, foreign policy and even wars today? Most recently, militants from the Sunni-led Islamic State group have waged a bloody war of conquest across parts of Iraq and Syria and have spread to parts of Jordan, Egypt and Libya.


Fifty Shades of Sickness

Here’s one obvious sign that we live in a profane world. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” the “mommy-porn” book turned into a movie, complete with its whips and chains and erotic punishment, debuted to far less controversy than “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.


 

 

Views From the Nest 2-13-2015


 

 

 

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First up tonight is this story from Washington Times. Obama has decided that illegals who entered this country uninvited, and somehow were able to land jobs using a phony Social Security number can apply for an actual Social Security number to file their taxes. Not only can they get a legal SS# but they can then apply for the Earned Income Tax credit retroactively for up to the last 3 yrs for which they worked in this country illegally.

I am not a fan of these tax credits whether it is the EITC or the child tax credit because it establishes inequality under the law by giving special privileges to a certain class of people. And I am certainly not in favor or giving someone a check against a tax bill they do not owe. In other words once your tax bill reaches zero and you do not owe the federal government any tax money you should not get a check in the mail from other taxpayers.

The IRS calls this an Earned Income tax credit but if the EITC ends up being more than your tax bill it is no longer a credit but a transfer of wealth payment (welfare). I can see offering a credit that eliminates your tax burden but not to make a profit from.

Secondly these folks have worked in the country illegally and they should be fined and or imprisoned along with the companies that hire them not rewarded for their illegal activity. There is nothing noble about these people who could, if they really wanted to, go into any immigration office and apply for legal citizenship status and apply for a work permit and become legal. These folks refuse to take that simple step and yet our government is telling us that for some reason these folks deserve special treatment.

Not only can these illegals claim the EITC for past years when they filed a tax return even if they did not file a return they will be able to claim the EITC. Now I understand that unless you are a prominent democrat if you fail to file and pay taxes you are subject to fines and a jail sentence. In fact the IRS code increases the penalties and interest for those who file fraudulent returns, I would think a tax return using a fake SS# would qualify as fraud.

So then if the government is going to give special exemptions for ILLEGAL residents of the US then shouldn’t a LEGAL citizen be given the same exemptions?

IRS to pay back-refunds to illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told Congress on Wednesday that even illegal immigrants who didn’t pay taxes will be able to claim back-refunds once they get Social Security numbers under President Obama’s temporary deportation amnesty.


Fair Tax, Flat Tax, and the United States Constitution

Out of control federal spending, Eliminate direct taxation completely, repeal the 16th Amendment, shut down the Federal Reserve, stop the process of our government printing fiat money As Federal Spending continues to skyrocket, and the deflation of the American Dollar worsens while the Federal Reserve keeps pumping fiat money into our weakened economy (while deceptively telling us we are in an economic recovery), we have come to the conclusion as Americans that something needs to be done about the madness.


Tail Feathers

Other news and views from across the cyberscape

ISIS spreads to Afghanistan, Egypt, and Libya


Despite Record Revenue, Deficit Keeps Expanding

The Treasury Department has already raked in a record $1,046,224,000,000 so far this fiscal year, CNSNews.com reported, which means 2015 marks the first time the government hit the $1 trillion revenue benchmark in the first quarter. (The previous record, held last year, was $960,598,000,000.)

Government does not have a revenue problem it has a spending problem.


Will Greece Exit the Eurozone?

The Last Word

It’s Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale

Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners have indefinitely postponed a protest that was set for this weekend due to “unfavorable weather and other logistical issues.” Fossil Free Yale, a group pushing the university to divest itself from fossil fuels, told the Yale Daily News that frigid, snowy weather set for this weekend will mean their global warming protest will have to be postponed.


Shouldn’t these students be celebrating the advances made toward curbing global warming? A record cold snap once again grips the northeast where Yale is located and I would think that most of the residents of the great white northeast are hoping for some GLOBAL WARMING to end this barrage of record snowfall. In fact I am sure more than one resident of the frozen northeast are thankful for the OIL and gas-fired heater systems installed in their homes.

Others are not so thankful and want to promote green energy like solar and wind. How much sun does a solar panel collect while buried under 6 feet of snow? How much wind energy can a wind turbine produce while frozen solid with several inches of ice?

As I sit here and freeze while temperatures hover in the single digits I am so thankful for the warmth of a well heated home. And I for one am praying for some global warming to take place real soon. If the alternative is more freezing temperatures and another ice age I say let’s do whatever we can to raise the global temperatures it is far easier to stay cool then it is to keep warm.

And that is the way I see it. What say you?

 

 

Views From the Nest 2-6-2015


 

 

 

 

“Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction.”

–Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Wilson Nicholas, 1803

TurboTax Temporarily Halts E-Filing In All States Amid Fraud Concerns

Up to 18 states are reporting significant upticks in fraudulent activity and there may be a common thread: tax preparation software.y


As of yesterday, Thursday, February 5, Intuit is temporarily pausing transmission of state e-filing tax returns. This is effective for all states. Intuit will be working with the states today to begin turning transmissions back on.

In the meantime, to assist any customers who believe they are victims of tax fraud, Intuit has a dedicated toll-free number, 1.800.944.8596, with direct access to specially trained identity protection agents who will provide comprehensive support and filing assistance. You might note that’s the same number that Minnesota has provided to taxpayers. It is not a state-specific number. It is available to all potentially affected taxpayers.

In addition, Intuit will provide identity protection services and free credit monitoring, as well as provide access to all versions of its software or to the assistance of one of Intuit’s credentialed tax experts who will prepare taxes for affected customers at no expense.

It’s important to note that as of now, this issue is only being reported by taxpayers using TurboTax.

So far, there has been no indication that federal returns have been affected.

The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment

Here’s something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don’t know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading. Right now, we’re hearing much celebrating from the media, the White House and Wall Street about how unemployment is “down” to 5.6%.

The unemployment numbers are misleading because they fail to indicate the number of people who have given up looking for work but are UNEMPLOYED. The number also includes part-time workers who are counted as EMPLOYED by the government figures but are not working at a full-time job. In fact full-time jobs are at an all time low with only 44% of the population holding full-time jobs (30+ hours a week). If you work one hour a week and get paid a measely $20 you are counted as employed by the government numbers.

Since Obama assumed the office of President the JUnited States has lost 13million full-time jobs and to date has only gained back 3 million. We have another 10 million jobs to go just to break even. There is nothing good about the jobs report other than to say it is trending upward ever so slowly.


By the Numbers: Obama’s Economic, Jobs and Deficit Performance Worst on Record

Given what we know now, only Barack Obama could attempt to characterize his economic record as one of achievement rather than historic failure. Only Obama could attempt to characterize his record on deficits, which dwarf those of any other president that preceded him, as a successful one.

And only Obama could characterize today’s record federal spending and incoming tax receipts as “senseless austerity.”


How Public School Administrators Endanger Special-Needs Kids
When faced with the choice between protecting children or protecting the public school system, the system’s lawyers chose to protect the system.

If a parent in Virginia repeatedly locked a 7-year-old child in a closet, child-protective social service agencies would come down on him like a ton of bricks. But if a school administrator does the same thing, he has a green light to keep it up. Hypothetical? Not at all.


Happy Birthday Mr Reagan
Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

February 6, 2015, marks the 104th anniversary of President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s birthday, or as he would have phrased it, the 65th anniversary of his 39th birthday. Either way, we are grateful beyond measure for his great service to our country, the shining City on a Hill, and his steadfast devotion to Essential Liberty.


TAIL FEATHERS

other news from around the web

U.S. measles outbreak prompts vaccine crackdown in New Mexico schools

New Minimum Wage Law Forces Small Businesses to Close


Franklin Graham to Obama: Muhammad Killed Innocents, Christ Didn’t


THE LOONEY BIN

Stories from the looney land of leftists

Charge: 2012 TEACHER OF THE YEAR Took Boy Into Her Home, Had Lots Of Sex With Him


EPA Crafts Regulation on Wood Stoves

After going after coal companies, the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to hit every self-sufficient American. The EPA has created a 344-page rule tightening the emission standards of the humble wood stove.


Welfare for Joints in Colorado

Taxpayer dollars in Denver are going to pot. Literally.


A Lesson in Contrast

On the one hand you have ISIS barbarism which President Obama compares to the Christian Crusades which were a result of Muslim barbarism.

Blockbuster Report from the UN: ISIS is Selling, Crucifying and Burying Children Alive in Iraq

(There is photographic evidence of ISIS’ various crimes against children, and humanity in general… but I couldn’t stomach them. If you want to see them do a simple Google search – but don’t say I didn’t warn you.) Does it seem like a new story of ISIS atrocities makes itself known each new day?y


Obama defends Islamic terrorism

Obama Defends Islam while Scapegoating Christians at Prayer Breakfast

What amazes me most about Barack Hussein Obama is the fact that he cannot attribute the barbaric deeds taught in the Koran by Muslims in the Islamic State to Islam, but he can apparently attack Christians over deeds that are not taught in the Bible.y


That is all for today. Eagle out!

 

 

 

A Violent Purge


1 John 4:3 (AMP)
3  And every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh [but would annul, destroy, sever, disunite Him] is not of God [does not proceed from Him]. This [nonconfession] is the [spirit] of the antichrist, [of] which you heard that it was coming, and now it is already in the world.

persecutedThe recent violence in Gaza has drawn attention away from the continuing extreme actions by ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Having conquered much of northern Iraq, ISIS is busy persecuting Chaldean Christians in the area. The city of Mosul, for example, has been purged of Christians, perhaps numbering 100,000. As one commentator observed, “Our worst nightmare is confirmed. Christianity in Mosul is dead, and a Christian holocaust is in our midst.” The goal of the radicals is to create an Islamic state with no room for dissenters. Christians are being forced to convert to Islam, face death, pay a fine or leave.

What many do not know is that Islam was the driving force behind the original Jewish Holocaust that brought about WWII. Hitler was urged to purge the Jews by Islamic leaders of the day. Nazism and Islamic extremism are blood brothers.

The battle in Israel is the same battle being waged around the world. China removes crosses from churches, Obama covers-up crosses when he gives a speech at a religious building. The ACLU and Freedom from Religion organizations are suing cities and towns across the country to remove roadside crosses. Recently there was a lawsuit to keep the ground zero cross out of the ground zero museum, where the court recently ruled that the cross could be included and indeed should be.

Since the time of Eden Satan has waged a war against God and anything that resembles God on earth, thus this purging of Christians and Christian symbolism along with the constant attack on the Jewish people, are all symptoms of the same spirit, the spirit of the Antichrist.