Pinellas schools with Fake Grades and Courses? ISIS Building Dirty Bomb in Europe? Leftist Police State and More, Helena’s News Roundup.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

Helena gathers top stories of the week for our readers to review.

I-Team: ficticious courses and grades discovered in Pinellas County graduation credit program

A State Investigation needs to be done!! “The I-Team has uncovered evidence that teachers at high schools in Pinellas Co are giving some students a pass.. GradPoint is the credit recovery program that the district uses, certifying 140 teachers in Pinellas Co’s traditional high school in the program.For this academic year, the district purchased 750 licenses at a cost of $276,750.GradPoint is supposed to help students who are falling behind catch up and graduate.Some students and teachers say the program is being used to give students grades they didn’t earn…“All those schools have found out that this is an easy way to help those students to pass a class, but it’s not a valid way to help them to pass a class,” said a teacher,who asked us not to identify her, because she fears retaliation.”

Why Democrats didn’t feel the Bern Interesting Article! “But the Sanders challenge was doomed by a fatal flaw: Dems aren’t as unhappy as he needed them to be. It is an article of faith this year that voters are angry.. Certainly, there is real economic anxiety, but Americans are, overall, quite content: 87% of Dems and 87% of Repubs alike said in a Gallup poll in Jan that they are satisfied in their personal lives. The anger that’s out there is directed at the malfunctioning gov in Wash — and this anger is mostly on the Republican side.Americans overall have a dim view of where the country is headed: 36%t think we’re on the right track, and 60%t say we’re headed in the wrong direction..But break that down further and you find that 89% of Republicans think we’re on the wrong track. With Dems, it’s reversed: 34% say we’re heading the wrong way.”

GENERAL SAYS TERRORISTS IN ‘DAILY’ REFUGEE FLOW TO EUROPE Must Read!”GENERAL SAYS TERRORISTS IN ‘DAILY’ REFUGEE FLOW TO EUROPE-Violent extremists, criminals and foreign fighters are part of the daily refugee flow into Europe, the top NATO commander in Europe told lawmakers, “masking the movement” of these dangerous elements and heightening the potential for an attack.Air Force Gen. Breedlove said the IS is “spreading like a cancer” within this mix, “taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations” and the United States. Breedlove later told reporters that he has asked for more U.S. forces to be permanently based in Europe, which is facing threats from a more aggressive Russia as well as the IS..” He added that reports suggest that about 6,000 foreign fighters have left to join the fight in Syria and Iraq, and that about 1,500 of them have returned to Europe.”

The Inconvenient Facts the Media Ignore About Climate Change “According to a Gallup poll, 60% now have little or no confidence in the national media to report the news accurately, and fairly. A recent survey found that 65% believe that the national news media have a negative effect on our country. Americans are frustrated because they know that many of the “news stories” they read are only opinion columns in disguise. If the story does not fit the liberal worldview, then facts are ignored, dissent is silenced, and Americans are told what to think. Perhaps one of the worst examples of one-sided, biased reporting involves global warming.Liberal groups continue to attempt to silence debate. The repeated claims that “the debate is over” and that “97% of scientists agree that human-caused global warming is real” are false and mislead the public.”

The Left’s Embrace of Authoritarian Policies to Achieve ‘Equality’ “What is it about how liberals think of equality that makes them so prone to recommend authoritarian policies to achieve it—confiscatory tax policies, campus speech codes, fining pastors?.. In short, they assume that any variation in how human beings fare in society is more often than not an injustice. People who make less money are victims of econ oppression, not just people willing to work less.. The first things you notice about this approach to equality are the aggressive means to achieve it. Money must be taken from some people and given to others.You can’t force a boy into a girl’s bathroom with nice words. You need a court order. And you can’t overturn a millennia-old definition of marriage without making a fundamental change, by the majority stroke of a single Sup Ct Justice’s pen, to the Constitution.”

Official: 8 of 11 Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops on the Brink  “An official with CMS told lawmakers last week that eight of the 11 remaining Obamacare co-ops have been selected for “corrective action plans” and “enhanced oversight.”23 co-ops were created under the president’s health care overhaul, and so far more than half have collapsed and are no longer selling plans. The agency’s chief op officer, Dr. Cohen, told the House Oversight committee that the 11 co-ops that remain are “being monitored closely,” and that 8 have a corrective action plan in place and are under enhanced oversight.“Half of them are collapsed costing the taxpayer over a billion dollars, of the [11] that are left you can’t tell me which ones you’ve visited or haven’t visited, what the enrollment projections are, and if they are meeting their enrollment projections—whether they are profitable or not,” Rep. Jordan said.”

Belgian police find evidence that ISIS is looking to build dirty bomb “Belgian police, while searching the home of an ISIS suspect last year, found surveillance films taken of a senior researcher at a Belgian nuclear center, which produces a significant portion of the world’s radioisotopes, and his family. Police suspect ISIS terrorists wanted to capture the man or his family and hold them for ransom in exchange for nuclear materials. “We know that it would not require a team of nuclear physicists or even a particularly sophisticated criminal network to turn raw material into a deadly weapon,” an Energy Dept report on the threat declared in May 2013. “In many cases, a determined lone wolf or a disgruntled insider is all it might take.”This incident is the first public evidence that ISIS is attempting to acquire radioactive material to build a dirty bomb and threaten Western cities.”

Obama: The Lamest Duck Must Read!! “Nothing in the last 8 years is sustainable. Race relations will change after Obama for the simple reason that to continue on his segregationist trajectory we would soon end up like Bosnia or Beirut. Fiscal policy will change, because if we followed Obama’s China credit-card binge borrowing of another $10 trillion in the next 8 years, the country would implode…Gov policy will change because the bureaucracy cannot endure legions of more Lois Lerners,etal. Health care will change because if Obamacare were to persist, the entire country would turn to cash-only concierge medicine. Foreign policy will change because to persist with his policies would lead to 4 or 5 major wars, a nuclear Middle East, Russia in the Baltic states, and Japan, So.Korea, and Taiwan as client states of China.”

Fidel’s Friend, Comrade Bernie Sanders “If you think Cuba is moving closer to democracy, I’ve got a swamp outside Havana to sell you. In the mind of Fidel Castro, it’s just the opposite.The former Cuban leader thinks the U.S. is moving closer to his regime.Not only is he about to entertain a softened-up, legacy-seeking American president, he’s having a bromance with a candidate he hopes will replace Barack Obama in January: Bernie Sanders.Frail as he is at age 89, Fidel gave an impressive 4-hour speech in Oct to a crowd of thousands in the Cuban capital, and the chief subject of his address was The Bern. “Comrades, I speak before you today because I feel energized by this new America that is being born in front of our eyes … Socialism is coming to America, and its name is Bernie Sanders, the new face of Socialism” he said to an exalted crowd.”

Hunters remove 106 Burmese pythons from Everglades How many more are left?”Hunters captured 106 Burmese pythons during the 2016 Python Challenge, according to the Fl Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.Over 1,000 hunters participated in the state-sanctioned hunt, wildlife officials said Saturday.The longest snake was 15-feet, the FlFish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Twitter..The snakes can grow to 20 feet and eat and compete with endangered and threatened native species.The 2013 hunt drew more than 1,600 hunters, who captured and killed 68 snakes.Some people refrained from hunting in 2013 because they did not want to kill the snakes, which was a requirement at the time.This year, though, hunters could capture the snakes, double-bag them, put them in a labeled, heavy-duty box and drop the live snakes off at state hunt check stations.”

EDITORIAL: A new Cold War beckons “Putin’s challenge to America and its allies in the Middle East and Central Europe, a challenge he made despite his fragile domestic economy, is nevertheless working. He’s leading boldly from the front, not from behind. ..Like the fascist dictators of the 1930s, who were bluffing in the beginning, the Russian president is working a bluff, too. Hitler, as history has revealed, was secretly willing in encounter with France and the Western alliance, to back off if France or its allies barked back. None did.Nothing succeeds like success or recedes when confronted and each of Hitler’s victories encouraged further appeasement. These are different times and Putin is neither Hitler nor Mussolini, but Putin’s popularity at home is fed by similar effrontery. Frustrated masses respond to a leader who leads, and sometimes the louder the better.”

 

Gov. Rick Scott suffers two crushing defeats as budget talks begin Yeah! Corcoran understands economics!!”The Legislature opened final negotiations on a budget by delivering crushing defeats to Scott on his two priorities of tax cuts and incentive money to attract jobs.Scott had insisted on $1 billion in tax relief, but legislative leaders settled on $400 million. Scott wanted $250 million over three years for a new Enterprise Fund to lure jobs to the state, but lawmakers flatly rejected the idea.”The Enterprise Fund is at zero,” Rep. Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, chairman of the House-Senate budget conference committee, told reporters after a brief organizational meeting Friday.Corcoran, the incoming House speaker, and many other House conservatives view public subsidies to private companies in return for jobs a form of “corporate welfare.”

SOCIALISM, THE NIGHTMARE THAT NEVER DIES “Socialism is coming,” publisher of Appeal to Reason, predicted at the dawn of the last century. “It’s coming like a prairie fire and nothing can stop it.”More than 100 years later, American socialists speak with similar ebullience… “And yes, my policies will demand that the top 1% and the largest corps start paying their fair share of taxes,” Sanders told MSNBC.  The top 1% currently pay 44% of federal income taxes and the bottom 45% don’t pay, according to the Tax Policy Ctr. If 1% shouldering 44% of the income tax burden represents paying less than a “fair share,” what number, precisely, does Sanders regard as just?..The Tax Policy Center pegs the top fed rate at 58% under Sanders while Dylan Matthews last month assessed his plan at Vox as imposing a top rate of 77%.”

The Minimum Wage Killed 1 out of 11 Jobs on This Tropical Island Excellent article!! “Puerto Rico (PR) has labor laws that make it difficult to hire and fire workers and force employers to pay higher wages/benefits than are merited by productivity. Red tape slows growth, too—the World Bank rates PR between Costa Rica and Mongolia in its “Doing Business” rankings, 50 places below the U.S.Any successful reform effort must focus on cutting past the cronyism that keeps local anti-growth policies in place.Give PR authority to set its own minimum wage at a level that makes sense for the island’s prices and productivity.Grant PR the same status as the U.S. Virgin Islands under the maritime Jones Act to relieve Puerto Rican manufacturers from a crippling cost disadvantage..PR was forced to adopt the mainland U.S. minimum wage in the 1970s, a policy mistake that destroyed 1 out of 11 jobs on the island.”

Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions OhOh! “Thousands of contributions to Sanders’ campaign in Jan violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday.The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Dem presidential candidate’s campaign committee on Thurs with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 “excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions.”
The campaign’s Jan financial disclosure filing listed contributions from foreign nationals and unregistered political committees, the FEC said. Other contributions came from donors who exceeded the $2,700 per-election limit.“Although the Commission may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of [excessive or prohibited] contributions, your prompt action to refund the prohibited amount will be taken into consideration,” the FEC told the campaign.”

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