The Shame of Our Schools

  • Editor’s note: The following is a brief description of the Freedom Center’s newest pamphlet, “The Shame of Our Schools,” which sheds light on the culture of waste and corruption plaguing America’s Democrat-run inner city school districts. To order the pamphlet, click here
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    You’ve heard it so often you probably tune it out–leftwing Democrats claiming that the failure of our inner city schools is the responsibility of mean spirited, tight fisted, and outright racist Republicans who have no qualms about consigning minority children to the social ash heap.

  • This is the Big Lie of American education. Inner city education over the last half century is indeed a tale not only of failure but of gross corruption, fraud, theft and racist exploitation of mainly poor black and Hispanic kids for political and monetary gain.  But it has taken place with Democrats in control of the mayors’ offices, city councils, and education departments and the buck stops with them.

    While Democrats were consolidating their control of the inner cities over the last generation, the kids trapped there have fallen further and further behind, victims of political cynicism and the soft bigotry of low expectations. In the inner city educational reality that Democrats have created, hundreds of thousands of children go through twelve years of public education—if they don’t simply drop out and melt away long before—without ever learning how to read, write, or perform mathematical tasks with even a basic level of competence.

    Individual lives are wasted while leftwing political machines thrive. The deplorable condition of inner city schools is one of the gravest educational and human tragedies of our time, and it is told with no holds barred by John Perazzo in his new expose, The Shame Of Our Schools.  We must challenge Democrat lawmakers to read this disturbing booklet and not feel ashamed and disgusted by what has taken place on their watch.

    Among the facts John Perazzo has uncovered:

  • In Detroit, a city where no Republican has served as mayor since 1961, and where only one Republican in the past 48 years has even held a seat on the City Council, the math and reading proficiency rates of public elementary and middle-school students are consistently below 10%, sometimes as low as 3%.
  • The same is true in Baltimore, also a Democratic Party fiefdom for over a generation, where in one recent year, 13 of the city’s 39 high schools had exactly zero students who tested as proficient in math.
  • Democrats always claim that the schools they control are underfinanced and that the schools of privileged white communities receive more taxpayer money.  The opposite is true. In city after city under Democrats’ control, school budgets are among the highest in the nation, higher annually per student in some cases than the cost of tuition at local colleges. New Jersey’s Camden Central School District, for example, spends an astronomical $25,000 annually per pupil, yet by any objective measure it is the scholastic equivalent of a train wreck with 90% of the district’s public schools ranked in the bottom 5% statewide.
  • The teachers’ unions, a key element of the Democrats’ hegemony in many of these cities, feather the nest of their dues payers by demanding pay hikes, better benefits, additional paid sick days, less-stringent attendance requirements, and smaller class sizes, even as the children in their districts remain unable to read or write at levels that are anywhere near the norms for their respective age groups. In an 18-year period during which public school teachers in Chicago had been repeatedly appeased after going on strike no fewer than nine times, an astounding 33 of the city’s 64 public high schools ranked in the bottom 1% of all high schools across the United States.

The Shame Of Our Schools profiles ten of our largest inner city school systems and shows that what they all have in common, in addition to being dominated politically by Democrats, is a record of fiscal profligacy, bureaucratic bloat, and academic catastrophe.

After surveying what can only be called “an educational holocaust,” John Perazzo concludes that the only hope for the kids in our inner cities is an educational Marshall Plan in the form of robust vouchers equivalent to the money spent annually on the public schools that currently imprison them. He writes: “If Camden and Cleveland families received a voucher respectively for $25,000 and $20,000 a year—what is currently spent on the compulsory miseducation of their children—they could find schools that would provide the possibility of achievement and success.”

He notes also that “this goal will not be easily achieved because of the opposition of the Democrat political machines and their union allies that have driven these children into failure over the last generation.” And that’s where we begin our fight.

The Shame Of Our Schools has the potential to change the conversation about our inner city schools and the kids they abuse.  If President Trump is serious about A New Deal for Black America, the inner city schools are where he must begin. The reprehensible failure of public education in America’s Democrat-controlled inner cities is the most significant civil rights issue of our day, dooming generations of poor minority children to a lifetime of ignorance and poverty. The Shame of Our Schools is a call to action and it comes not a moment too soon.

What Will It Take To Wake Up America?

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Adm. James A. Lyons

It has been 17 years since the Islamic jihadists conducted their terrorist attack on America, 11 September, 2001, killing almost 3,000 innocent Americans who were doing nothing more than going to work.  What was the ideology that drove these Islamic jihadists to carry out such atrocious acts?  Our political and military leadership who have been thoroughly indoctrinated in “political correctness” still remain incapable of identifying the ideology and the enemy.  Clearly, the plague of jihadi terrorism has its roots in Islam.  However, due to our former president’s obfuscation of the scriptures of Islam found in the Quran and Shariah law, which drive jihadi terrorism, he has facilitated the spread of Islam and its supremacists’ ideology.

Continuing the use of terms like “countering violent extremism and work place violence,” is nothing more than perpetuating the Obama administration’s propaganda, which only confuses the American public’s understanding of the true nature of the threat.  The jihadists have been thoroughly indoctrinated in the core canonical beliefs of Islam as written in the Suras (chapters) of the Quran, which drives their violence.  It certainly is not for a lack of a job or educational opportunities, which is part of the progressives’ nonsense propaganda.   Further, using the term “radical Islam” to describe jihadi terrorism implies that there is some “moderate” form of Islam.  Regrettably, that is not the case, nor have the jihadists hijacked Islam.

The Islamic leader of Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it best when he was Prime Minister: there is no “moderate Islam.”  Islam is Islam!  Democracy is the train we ride to achieve our ultimate objective, which is a world dominated by Islam.  He couldn’t have said it any plainer.

To further complicate matters, another part of the problem can be traced to respected religious leaders like Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, who continue to promote the Islamic propaganda through their vast communication networks that “authentic” Islam is opposed to terrorism and that Islam is a religion of peace!  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The worst six words President G.W. Bush ever uttered were, “Islam is a religion of peace.”  There are 109 verses in the Quran where Muslims are commanded to engage the infidels in combat.  It is an obligation for all Muslims to conduct jihad against the infidels.   No appeasement or civil works project will change that obligation.  We have wasted billions of dollars on such projects, but it has no impact on the core jihadist’s outlook.

The second reason lies in the successful propaganda campaign led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and their front groups, e.g., the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), et al, which have penetrated most of our government security and intelligence agencies, including the White House.  The so-called progressives continue to ignore the MB creed which was exposed in the Dallas 2008 Holy Land Foundation Hamas terrorist funding trial.  In short, the MB creed is to conduct silent jihad (non-violent) as the primary means to destroy America from within by our own miserable hands, and replace our Constitution with Shariah law.  Under both the G.W. Bush and Obama administrations, they have been most successful in silencing anyone, especially our military, who tried to expose Islam as the ideology that jihadists follow in carrying out their terrorist attacks by calling them racists or Islamaphobic, a term conjured up by the MB.

The senior jurist of the Muslim Brotherhood, cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has stated that neither the Quran nor Shariah law can be amended to conform to changing human values and standards.  His view is that the Quran and Shariah law present the absolute norm to which all human values and conduct must conform.  The late political scientist, Samuel Huntington, pointed out that Islam is totally incompatible with Western culture and traditions.  They can never “co-exist.”  Islam is at war with the West.  It is a clash of civilizations.

Even Alexis de Tocqueville, the French philosopher, commented after studying the Quran in 1838 that it not only encourages but commands a holy war against all infidels, as well as the necessity for obeying the Prophet Mohammed.  This is what drives the Islamic State and its splinter groups today.  Its members believe everything should be done as it was during the reign of the prophet, the perfect man.

If Alexis de Tocqueville were able to see what is happening in Europe today, he would be rolling over in his grave.  He would not understand today’s leaders in Europe, or for that matter in North America, with their appeasement and leftist ideology.  He would see the acceptance of millions of Muslim refugees, most of whom are males of military age, into Europe as a “Muslim invasion.”   Very few of these Muslim refugees assimilate into their host countries’ customs or traditions.

We have experienced a similar situation in the United States.  We have witnessed the impact of Muslims forcing the tenets of Islam into our education system while at the same time degrading our customs and heritage.  Clearly, this must be stopped.  Our borders must be made secure and a moratorium placed on further Muslim immigration into the United States.  Our training manuals for both our military and law enforcement agencies that were previously purged under the Obama administration must be restored so that military and law enforcement personnel properly understand the threat and the enemy.  It is Islam, which is a totalitarian ideology bent on world domination masquerading as a religion.  Until this is understood, we will not be successful in defeating the enemy.

Crooked Hillary just won’t slither away

American Thinker

By J. Marsolo

On the September 18, 2018 Rachel Maddow show, Hillary warned us that Trump will “wholesale fire people” after the November 2018 elections.

Hillary, who “forgets” anything that contradicts truth and reality, must have forgotten that she fired the White House travel office so she could give the business to her pals. The White House memo that implicates her includes the following:

Mr. Watkins wrote that “we both know that there would be hell to pay if we failed to take swift and decisive action in conformity with the First Lady’s wishes.”

Hillary also “forgot” that during her co-presidency, she and Bill fired all 93 U.S. attorneys in one day.  Jeff Sessions was one of those fired by Janet Reno.

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More Migrants from Terrorist Nation Enter Texas Via Mexico This Week

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Yet another group of migrants from a terrorist nation managed to infiltrate the United States through Mexico this week. Thankfully, the Border Patrol apprehended them, though it’s becoming a crisis largely ignored by the mainstream media. The men are from Bangladesh, a south Asian Islamic country that’s well known as a recruiting ground for terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Earlier this year Judicial Watch reported on the epidemic of Bangladeshi nationals getting smuggled into the country via the porous southern border, especially through Texas, which is where this week’s group got nabbed.

The five men were walking near the Rio Grande when Border Patrol agents from the Laredo sector stopped them, according to a local media outlet. After questioning, federal agents confirmed the men are from Bangladesh and they were “processed accordingly.” The news brief reveals that the Laredo sector has apprehended 609 Bangladeshi nationals since the start of the fiscal year. Though already an alarming figure, it’s likely to grow until security along the southern border is adequate. In fact, the numbers have already increased dramatically in the short time since Judicial Watch reported on the crisis of Bangladeshi nationals entering through Mexico in May. At the time, the Laredo sector had recorded 209 Bangladeshi nationals apprehended at the border during the fiscal year. In a press release Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that “the Laredo Sector Border Patrol continues to have the highest apprehension of Bangladeshi Nationals compared to other Border Patrol Sectors.”

This is not to be taken lightly. Back in 2016 the State Department warned of a “significant increase in terrorist activity” in Bangladesh, most notably carried out by ISIS and AQIS. That year ISIS claimed responsibility for 18 attacks in Bangladesh, including a July 1 attack on a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave, which killed 22 people. The terrorists spared hostages who could demonstrate that they were Muslim by reciting verses from the Koran, according to the State Department. “The other attacks were generally machete attacks on individuals from minority groups or law enforcement entities,” the agency said. Earlier this year the Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) added ISIS-Bangladesh to its sanctions list by inserting the group in the government’s growing Counter Terrorism Designations list. It is part of a broader government plan to defeat ISIS by, among other things, denying access to the U.S. financial system.

A multitude of news and academic reports have also documented the growing terrorism threat in Bangladesh. The country has a large amount of Islamist violence, according to a report published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, and is plagued by illicit financial transfers typically used by terrorist groups. “It is suspected that militants regularly tap into these illegal money flows to fund their operations,” the report states. “More than $1 billion in taxable goods is smuggled into the country from India, and analysts believe that some of this money ends up in the hands of terrorist groups. This is also the case with small arms sales, drugs and counterfeit U.S. dollars that enter Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar and the Golden Triangle.” Last year a Bangladeshi man (Akayed Ullah) in the U.S. with a chain migration family visa tried to detonate a pipe bomb in a crowded New York subway corridor.

Besides Bangladesh, a growing number of illegal aliens from terrorist nations—including Pakistan and Afghanistan—have tried to enter the U.S. through Mexico in the last few years. In 2015 Judicial Watch reported that dozens of them were held in a Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) processing center after coming to the U.S. illegally through Mexico. One of the detainees who is a national of Bangladesh said he arrived in El Paso after traveling from South American to Juarez, Mexico. At the time, the U.S. had just issued a terrorism alert warning that militants in Bangladesh may be targeting westerners. Years ago, Judicial Watch also reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near El Paso. The foreigners are classified as Special Interest Aliens (SIA) by the U.S. government.

More International Classified Material on Hillary’s Server

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Ruh Roh…hope the statute of limitations does not apply here.

As a reminder:

When Clinton was running for president in 2008, she had a private server installed at her home in Chappaqua, New York. The domains clintonemail.com, wjcoffice.com, and presidentclinton.com, which were registered to a man named Eric Hoteham, all pointed to that server. In 2013, a Denver-based IT company called Platte River Networks was hired to manage the server, but wasn’t cleared to work with classified information. The company executives received death threats for taking on the contract. It was later discovered that multiple private servers were used for Clinton’s email.

Clinton used a BlackBerry phone to communicate during her tenure as secretary of state, including sending and receiving emails through her private server in New York. The State Department expressed concern about the security of the device. Clinton had requested the NSA provide a strengthened BlackBerry, similar to the one used by President Obama. But, her request was denied. Instead, the NSA requested that Clinton use a secure Windows Phone known as the Sectera Edge, but she opted to continue using her personal BlackBerry.

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The classified material Hillary Clinton sent and received using an unsecure, private email server included correspondence with foreign leaders, according to documents obtained from the State Department by a government watchdog group.

Judicial Watch, which has called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to order “an honest criminal investigation” of Clinton’s email practices while she was secretary of state, now awaits a federal judge’s Sept. 28 deadline for the State Department to finish sorting through the emails.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton last month said the classified information in Clinton emails uncovered by his team shows that then-FBI Director James Comey and other top FBI officials conducted a “sham investigation” into Clinton’s misuse of email as secretary of state.

“These classified Hillary Clinton emails that she tried to hide or destroy show why it is urgent that the DOJ [Department of Justice] finally undertake an honest criminal investigation,” Fitton said in a press release Aug. 16. “It is past time for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to order a new investigation of the Hillary Clinton email scandal.”

Comey, apparently without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, told reporters in July 2016 that Clinton was careless in using her private email account for official business and transmitted classified information, but did not commit prosecutable offenses. President Donald Trump, who defeated Clinton in the November 2016 election, fired Comey in May 2017.

The FBI had uncovered 72,000 documents as part of its 2016 investigation into Clinton’s use of the private email server while serving as secretary of state under President Barack Obama from Jan. 21, 2009, to Jan. 31, 2013.

Judicial Watch, a Washington-based nonprofit that describes itself as promoting “integrity, transparency, and accountability in government,” last month released two new batches of Clinton emails (here and here) that it pried loose from the State Department.

Besides five instances of classified materials, the group said, the newly released Clinton emails contain messages about a meeting with billionaire financier George Soros and a memo to Clinton about a foreign government from a former top aide to her husband when he was president.

U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg ordered the State Department to complete processing the Clinton emails by Sept. 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brough by Judicial Watch.

It is not clear whether State will meet that deadline.

In its FOIA request filed initially in March 2015, Judicial Watch sought all emails sent or received by Clinton in her official capacity as secretary of state, “as well as all emails by other State Department employees to Secretary Clinton regarding her non-‘state.gov’ email address.”

The tens of thousands of Clinton emails include messages sent to her by a longtime aide, Huma Abedin. The FBI found emails from Abedin on the laptop of her estranged husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., prompting Comey to briefly reopen the FBI probe days before the election on Nov. 8, 2016.

One chain of emails from Abedin, with the subject “Invites for the week,” refers to a two-hour meeting in Southampton, New York, with Soros, founder and chairman of Open Society Foundations, a New York-based international institution known for financing progressive political causes.

The emails referring to Soros do not include dates, but Judicial Watch investigators deduced they were written before November 2011, and perhaps as long ago as early 2009, based on individuals involved in the exchange and the timing of certain events. It is not clear whether the meeting took place.

Five messages in the just-released batch of Clinton emails include classified material, according to Judicial Watch.

For example, on June 7, 2011, Clinton received classified information on her unsecure email account from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair with regard to Blair’s Middle East negotiations with Israel, the Palestinians, and the French. Blair also forwarded the information to Jack Sullivan, who was Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.

On Jan. 26, 2010, Sullivan sent classified information through his own unsecure BlackBerry to Abedin’s State Department email address, information that he previously sent to Clinton’s and Abedin’s unsecure @clintonemail.com accounts.

The email, classified as confidential, concerned negotiations between the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and included a “call sheet” Clinton received before making a call to political leaders in Northern Ireland.

Redacted portions appear to have contained the names of members of the left-wing Irish political party Sinn Fein, according to Judicial Watch. The Sinn Fein members had been invited to a meeting, but its purpose is not clear.

Northern Ireland was also the subject of a June 13, 2009, email from Sullivan to Clinton that was classified as confidential and almost entirely redacted by the State Department.

As previously reported, Clinton also received emails from Sid Blumenthal, a confidant and former senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, her husband. The Obama administration had barred Blumenthal from serving in the State Department under Clinton.

Yet the email messages obtained by Judicial Watch show that Blumenthal advised Hillary Clinton on government policy. In an April 8, 2010, memo that included information classified as confidential, for example, Blumenthal encouraged her to develop relations with the new government in Kyrgyzstan.

How the FBI Protects the Swamp

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Both sides are claiming the FBI can or will get to the bottom of the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault matter. The Kavanaugh accuser’s backers say she wants a full FBI investigation of her charges, and that a former FBI agent conducted a lie detector test that she passed. Kavanaugh’s backers say the FBI has already conducted a background investigation of Kavanaugh.

The FBI comes out of this controversy as some authoritative source of information about peoples’ personal lives. Isn’t that convenient for a law enforcement agency under fire for its political motives and investigations?

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If Democrats Take Congress, Look For Them To Scam The Country Into A Feminist Constitutional Amendment

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Imagine if the New England Patriots, the losing team of the 2018 Super Bowl, went into the 2019 Super Bowl with the 33 points they earned in their losing game in 2018. That’s the current Democrat game plan on how to implement the deceptively simple-sounding Equal Rights Amendment.

The ERA was first proposed in 1972 and died ten years later, on June 30, 1982, after it failed to gather enough support from the states following an initial seven years for ratification and an additional 39 months. It reads in part, “Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged … on account of sex.” After it failed, ERA supporters started the process over with identically worded amendments introduced into the House and Senate in 1983.

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