Principal Turns on Common Core; NOAA Whistleblower Exposes Global Warming Pseudoscience; 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.

Sheriff Babeu: Obama has ‘handcuffed’ Border Patrol Unbelievable!!“..because the Obama administration failed to convince the public to pass immigration reform, “Obama is bypassing Congress by legislating through policy.” the administration has engaged in a campaign to mislead the American people to believe our borders are secure.“Obama has manipulated the data, had agents assigned to low traffic areas and attempted to quiet dissent by calling those who question his approach as misinformed.” ..traffic of illegal immigrants in the first 4 months of this fiscal year is up by 25%. He said there’s been a 102% increase in unaccompanied juveniles..Babeu said 1,500 Border Patrol agents mandated by Congress “are not being hired and another 300 Border Patrol agents that are being cut. That’s approaching almost 10% of our Border Patrol that is not being added to guard and defend America..”.”

Michael Moore finally understands that the Democrats ruined Flint Never thought I would agree with Michael Moore!! “Michael Moore watched the proceedings and was similarly disenchanted by the Democrats. In a series of tweets, he revealed his disgust. In a series of tweets, he said that Flint has supported Democrats for 84 years. As a matter of fact, Flint has had a series of city mayors and council mayors from the Dem party throughout the water crisis. The city council is unanimously Dem, for instance. Even the city managers imposed by the state gov have been Democrats.In calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to help Flint, Moore was effectively pointing the finger at Obama who has been largely silent and immune from criticism. The only fed official so far to fall afoul of the crisis was a regional director of the EPA. The focus of activists’ ire has been on Gov Snyder, rather than local Democrats such as Rep. Kildee.”

Miami’s Oceanfront Nuclear Power Plant Is Leaking “The U of Miami has found that the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant, located just south of Miami, has caused levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope, in Biscayne Bay to spike to 200-times higher than normal levels.“This is one of several things we were very worried about,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard told the Miami New Times. “You would have to work hard to find a worse place to put a nuclear plant, right between two national parks and subject to hurricanes and storm surge.”Turkey Point came online in the early 1970s; it supplies power to more than one million homes in South FL. The new study blames the leaks on the reactor’s cooling canals, which were recently found to have caused a massive underground saltwater plume to migrate west, threatening a wellfield that supplies drinking water to the Keys.”

More Ex-Gitmo detainees suspected of returning to terrorism “Obama should remember his primary duty is to defend America!! Not happening! “The number of former Guantánamo detainees suspected of re-engaging in terrorism or insurgency after being released by Obama doubled from six to 12 in the 6 months through January.Critics of Obama’s plan to close the Guantánamo detention facility are certain to use the new totals to bolster their arguments that the recidivism rate is too high to continue releasing prisoners to foreign countries..In addition, one more former detainee who was released under Bush is now suspected of rejoining the fight..Overall, 118 of the 676 prisoners released under both presidents are confirmed to have participated in terrorism, while another 86 are suspected.”

Obama’s Cuba Trip Showing Signs Of Imploding “Obama’s “historic” trip to Cuba is showing signs of falling apart. Far from the beisbol and mojitos junket that the president’s PR team is selling, disputes are all over, starting with which dissidents the regime will let Obama see. It goes to show what a bad idea this was.Making the first visit to the island since Coolidge, Obama’s public relations men are touting a host of fun-filled photo-ops, such as a “shared love” of baseball, as well as new talks with the Castroites “on cybercrime,” as Ben Rhodes tweeted, apparently naive to the fact that any hackers in Cuba are agents of the Cuban gov.In reality, there are signs of trouble all over with the March visit. The Cuban gov’s goodwill toward the U.S. is nil, even as Obama showers goodies on them and caves in to their every demand. A presidential visit is the last thing they deserve.”

Ratting Out Hillary “Clinton’s defenders have searched to find a way to spin the FBI’s investigation of her conduct as sec of state. They’ve said it was an investigation into her private email system, not her. They’ve said it’s not a criminal investigation but a “security review.”What nonsense. The FBI doesn’t investigate email systems, it investigates what people communicated while using them. The FBI only investigates people’s conduct to determine if they have violated fed criminal law. WSJ’s Taranto wrote last week about the odd lack of dissent among pols and pundits from the assumption that the Justice Dept wouldn’t allow Clinton to be indicted purely on political grounds… that assumption is almost certainly false. Pagliano’s immunity agreement is a strong indication that several people, almost certainly including Clinton, will be indicted.”

Report: Obama to use UN to divide Jerusalem Must Read “With about 10 months left in office, Obama is considering unprecedented moves to implement a two-state solution, according to a WSJ report.US officials revealed that Obama is looking to initiate a final negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority using UN Security Council resolutions, a step that would obligate not only Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but effectively determine the direction of US policy for the president’s successor…The resolution would require Israel cease construction over the Green Line and would force Israel to recognize eastern Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.At the same time, the Palestinian Authority would be obliged to officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state and would be pressured to give up the long-standing demand for a right of return.”

Florida Basks in a Texas-Style Resurgence  “Gov. Scott, only half-jokingly, offers a list of his “favorite governors”: Andrew Cuomo in NY, Dannel Malloy in CT and Tom Wolf in PA. “Every time they raise taxes,”  Scott says, “it’s basically a gift to FL. More and more people are buying homes here and we get richer. It’s just incredible to me that these liberals keep pretending that taxes don’t matter.”Incredible too, is F’s economic comeback from the panic and recession in the past decade. Few states got pounded harder by the collapse of real-estate values than the Sunshine State.Overbuilt Fl resort towns were ground zero for the housing bubble. Average home values in Fl dropped by 48% between 2007 and 2013, and tens of billions of dollars of wealth evaporated. More than 900,000 jobs disappeared and the unemployment rate soared above 11%. ..Liberal voices proclaimed the red state model of growth—right-to-work laws, low or no income taxes, a light hand of regulation, efficient and low-cost gov, and business friendly policies—discredited.In 2010 Scott ran for governor. He promised to bring his business acumen—he grew up poor but became a multimillionaire running one of the nation’s largest for-profit hospital companies, Columbia/HCA—to Tallahassee.  Scott won election by a hair and proceeded to cut a variety of taxes, including those on businesses and property, no small feat in a state without an income tax. He also slashed 3,000 regulations and shrunk state payrolls by 11,000.Scott’s signature promise was “700,000 new jobs in 7 years.” Critics laughed. Yet last month Fl businesses created their one millionth new job in 5 years, according to the state’s labor department…”

A sweeping victory for free speech Written by Bossie, Pres of Citizens United!! “In 2007, my org produced a documentary called “Hillary: The Movie” and tried to put it on TV. The name of our nonprofit? Citizens United. Our name, of course, has become synonymous with the landmark Supreme Court ruling that followed in 2010. And ever since it unfairly has become the bogeyman of liberal politicians, blamed for opening the floodgates to excesses of money in elections. Hillary and Sanders say opposing Citizens United should be a litmus test for the next Supreme Court justice, and both support a constitutional amendment to overturn it. To me the decision represented a sweeping victory against gov censorship of free speech,especially political speech. People upset by the repercussions of Citizens United might blame me, or maybe Justice Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion.”

Why I once liked Common Core but changed my mind — one principal’s view Very Strong Article against Common Core!! “When I read that math standard and others like it, I realized the claim of the creators of the Common Core—that the standards are clear, easy to understand and research-based—was simply not true. And I am certainly not alone in my skepticism.Back in 2010, 500 early childhood health and education professionals issued a joint statement expressing their misgivings about the early childhood standards. Those concerns were so grave they called for the suspension of the Common Core standards in Grades K-3. Pediatric psychiatrist, Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld, of the Cornell Medical Ctr, was one of the experts who signed the statement. He believes that pushing academics sooner and harder, as reflected in the Common Core, will not work.”

How Progressives Drive Income Inequality “Transfer payments under Obama increased by 560 billion. By contrast private-sector wages and salaries grew by 1.1 trillion. So for every $2 in extra wages, about $1 was paid out in extra transfer payments—lowering the relative reward to work. 45 million people received food stamps in mid-2015, an increase of 46% since the end of 2008.In 2008 13.2% lived below the government’s official poverty line. The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, but in 2014,..14.8% were still in poverty..The structure of households shows how this happened. From 2008 through 2014, the most recent year for which we have data, the number of 2-earner households declined. These two-earner households have become the backbone of the middle class.”

EDITORIAL: The doctored science of global warming “Skeptics of Obama’s climate change agenda say they see new evidence of fraud.. Whistleblowers within NOAA complained last year that a major study refuting evidence of a pause in global warming, had been rushed to publication. The implication was that the study was coordinated with Obama administration officials to add to the urgency of the president’s climate change agenda in advance of the UN Climate Conf in Paris.. Obama’s efforts to “re-engineer” the energy industry is based on the argument that combustion of fossil fuels endangers the planet, and a rapid transition to renewable power sources is essential… If docs were to emerge suggesting data was doctored to reach an expedient conclusion in the NOAA study, and if WH officials were part of such a scheme, that would be proof that science had been recruited to serve politics.”

EDITORIAL: Obama’s unrequited Cuban romance “Nothing is more embarrassing to watch than a suitor pursuing unrequited love. Every bouquet of long-stemmed roses and every box of candy Obama sends to Havana is returned with a demand for roses with longer stems and a bigger box of candy.Over the past year, Obama has removed Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, re-established diplomatic relations and opened an embassy in Havana..Obama’s attempts at romance continued this week when the WH sent to Congress legislation to maintain restrictions on American civilian ships entering Cuban waters. The bill arrived on Capitol Hill on the 20th anniversary of the day the Cuban air force shot down a civilian rescue plane over international waters, a plane operated by an American relief organization .. The pilots were trying to locate and rescue Cubans fleeing prison or death in Cuba.”

Florida House passes ‘free-market’ health care options Good start but still need deregulation of insurance market. “Taken together, the changes are the bulk of the House’s health care agenda, which Republican leaders in the chamber have emphasized since the Medicaid expansion debate last summer. Their goal is to cut regulations, hoping that will encourage greater competition, decrease costs and increase access to health care.On Wednesday the House passed these proposals with broad support from Republicans and Democrats• Setting rules for telemedicine, which allows out-of-state doctors to use technology to serve patients in Fl, and clarifying that it is legal.Allowing people to contract directly with doctors to pay for primary care without involving ins companies. Those choosing this option would still need to have some level of health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. ..”

A Blunt Force to Crush Floridians’ Opposition to Marijuana “The Bradley amendment is a furtive attempt to circumvent the decision of sage Fl voters who turned down the medical marijuana ballot initiative in 2014. The original bill wisely set THC levels at 0.8%, which are not generally intoxicating. Instead of referring to low-THC-cannabis, the amendment (line 35 onwards) now refers to low-THC cannabis and/or medical cannabis. By not defining medical cannabis, nor stating limits on THC doses, it opens the floodgates to “anything goes” – unspecified THC levels in marijuana that may range from 0.8 percent to 80 percent. In its current amended form, SB 460 creates a marijuana industry, allowing high potency marijuana and marijuana edibles (cookies, sodas, candy), which are inherently hazardous and without any scientific evidence of medical safety or effectiveness.”