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Obama Occidental full scholarship facts and conclusions, Obama scholarship not merit or athletics, Obama was Kenyan in 1979, International student scholarship?

Obama Occidental full scholarship facts and conclusions, Obama scholarship not merit or athletics, Obama was Kenyan in 1979, International student scholarship?

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“I spent the last two years of high school in a daze, locking away the questions that life seemed insistent on imposing. I kept playing basketball, attended classed sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically.”…Barack Obama

“Our Aug. 29, 2008, Ask FactCheck item asking whether Obama has Kenyan citizenship correctly stated that Obama did have dual citizenship as a child but that it expired as an adult. But Leo Donofrio, a lawyer, argues that we got the year wrong. He’s right about that, and we have corrected the item.

Initially, we said that Obama’s citizenship expired in 1982, on Obama’s 21st birthday. In fact, however, the Kenyan Constitution provides a two-year window during which one can decide which citizenship to keep. So, President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired on Aug. 4, 1984, not 1982, as we had initially reported.”…FactCheck.org

We still do not know where Barack Obama was born. Obama has not presented a copy of an original certified birth certificate. Obama will never be a natural
born citizen, a US citizen with 2 US citizen parents. Obama at some point became a US citizen. We do not yet know when that occurred.

Here is what we do know. The following is not conjecture or my opinion. The following are facts.

Fact: Obama was a citizen of Kenya at birth due to his father’s Kenyan Citizenship.

Question: Was Obama also a citizen of the US at birth? We still do not have an answer.

Fact: Barack Obama is a Kenyan name.

Fact: Obama was a citizen of Kenya his entire tenure at Occidental.

Attorney Leo Donofrio provides clarity and corrrects FactCheck.org.
“FACTCHECK.ORG CAPITULATES – Admits Error In Obama Kenyan Citizenship Analysis.

[ED - UPDATED 4:20 PM - Factcheck.org endorsed analyst caught scrubbing false data after original publication of this report. See update below with
screenshots. We have retained a copy of the original cached web page.]

Yesterday, Factcheck.org admitted they reported a false fact concerning the alleged expiration of President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship. They gave credit to
this blog for correcting them:

Our Aug. 29, 2008, Ask FactCheck item asking whether Obama has Kenyan citizenship… stated that Obama did have dual citizenship as a child but that it expired as an adult. But Leo Donofrio, a former lawyer, argues that we got the year wrong. He’s right about that, and we have corrected the item.

Initially, we said that Obama’s citizenship expired in 1982, on Obama’s 21st birthday. In fact, however, the Kenyan Constitution provides a two-year window
during which one can decide which citizenship to keep. So, President Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired on Aug. 4, 1984, not 1982, as we had initially
reported.”

http://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/factcheck-org-capitulates-admits-error-in-obama-kenyan-citizenship-analysis/

Fact: Occidental listed him as Barack Obama. Some students called him Barry.

From Snopes.

“Barack Obama attended Occidental College in California for two years as an undergraduate from 1979-81 under the name Obama, not Soetoro (the latter is the surname of his Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetoro):

Jim Tranquada, Occidental’s Director of Communications, said: “Contemporary public documents, such as the freshman ‘Lookbook’ [a guide distributed to
incoming freshman] published at the beginning of President Obama’s first year at Occidental, list him as Barack Obama. All of the Occidental alumni I have
spoken to from that era (1979-81) who knew him, knew him as Barry Obama.””

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/occidental.asp

Fact: Obama attended Occidental on a full scholarship.

From the LA Times January 29, 2007.

“U.S. Sen. Barack Obama is usually described as an alumnus of Columbia University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and of Harvard Law School.

But the Illinois Democrat began his undergraduate education at Occidental, and the 1,825-student liberal arts college in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los
Angeles isn’t shy about claiming him as an alumnus for his two years there (1979-81) on full scholarship.”

http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jan/29/local/me-oxy29

Fact: The Scholarship was not based on academics.

In Obama’s own words.

“I spent the last two years of high school in a daze, locking away the questions that life seemed insistent on imposing. I kept playing basketball, attended
classed sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically. I discovered that it didn’t make any difference if you smoked reefer in the white
class mates sparkling new van, or in the dorm room with some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had
dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl.”…Barack Obama, Dreams from my father

Fact: The Scholarship was not based on athletics.

From the LA Times November 10, 2008.

“What his fellow ballers don’t seem to recall, however, is whether Obama played for the Tigers in a more formal capacity, as a former coach insists and the
media have reported, and no tangible proof seems to exist that he did.

No photos showing the skinny teenager in short shorts.

No roster.

No box score.

No score book.

No mention in the school paper.

Nothing has been found, school spokesman Jim Tranquada says.”

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/nov/10/sports/sp-crowe10

Fact: This leaves a scholarship based on need, one from an outside source or an International Student Scholarship. It seems unlikely that Obama would receive
a full scholarship based on need with his high school performance and subsequent Occidental performance.

From the Occidental site.

“Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships differ from merit scholarships, as they are not linked to academic promise, but rather to the family’s financial situation. Your
need-based scholarship is re-determined each year by the information you provide on your annual financial aid application. These awards are not guaranteed year-to-year.

Occidental College need-based scholarships require you to:

demonstrate financial need be enrolled at least half-time (6+ units)
make satisfactory academic progress
Need-based scholarships are provided through the generosity of individual donors, private corporations and agencies, alumni gifts, and other resources from the College.”

http://www.oxy.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-awards/scholarships

Fact: Occidental currently provides full scholarships to International Students.

“Financial Aid for International Students

Financial aid and scholarships are available for a limited number of international students. Needbased aid amounts vary according to each student’s
financial situation, but may cover up to the full cost of an Occidental education. Scholarships are awarded according to both merit and financial need, and
are given to those students who have demonstrated a balance of outstanding academic achievement and extra-curricular engagement throughout high school.”

http://issuu.com/occidentalcollege/docs/oxy_international_brochure

Fact: Obama’s father, Barack Obama, Sr. received several scholarships to study in the US. However, Barack Sr. was considered a serious student.

Conclusion: Obama was able to obtain a full scholarship despite a lackluster performance in high school and Occidental. Perhaps the standards for
International Students were lower then. Perhaps Obama had a benefactor.

Obama has kept his records hidden. There is a reason.

But remember, Obama was a citizen of Kenya then.

Regardless of whether or not Obama was also technically a US citizen then, did he acknowledge it?

That is a good question.

Does Bill Ayers mom’s remark provide the answer?

Obama youth indoctrination by teachers, North Rowan Salisbury NC teacher, Hitler youth, History repeating, Obama propagandists receive 5 Orwells

Obama youth indoctrination by teachers, North Rowan Salisbury NC teacher, Hitler youth, History repeating, Obama propagandists receive 5 Orwells

“Führer, my Führer, give me by God. Protect and preserve my life for long. You saved Germany in time of need. I thank you for my daily bread. Be with me for a long time, do not leave me, Führer, my Führer, my faith, my light, Hail to my Führer!”…Recited by Hitler youth

“Red and Yellow Black and White, all are equal in his sight, MMM MMM MMM, Barack Hussein Obama.”…Recited by school children in 2009

“With those children [Winston] thought, that wretched woman must lead a life of terror. Another year, two years, and they would be watching her night and day for symptoms of unorthodoxy. Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party.”…George Orwell, “1984”

History is repeating again.

Nazi Germany indoctrinated youth in schools.

“Lowered Educational Standards

Throughout Germany, the entire teaching profession all the way up to university level had been purged of Jewish professors and anyone deemed politically unreliable regardless of their proven teaching abilities or achievements, including Nobel Prize recipients. Teachers who remained in the college classroom lived under the constant fear they might be denounced by one of their students and wind up in a concentration camp. This insecurity resulted in gross academic timidity which further lowered educational standards.

National Socialist teachers of questionable ability stepped into grammar school and high school classrooms to form young minds, strictly abiding by the Party motto: “The supreme task of the schools is the education of youth for the service of Volk and State in the National Socialist spirit.” They taught Nazi propaganda as fact which was then recited back by their students as unshakable points of view with no room for disagreement or discussion.

Over the years, the Hitler Youth organization would gradually supplant the traditional elementary and secondary school system and become the main force educating German youth. And the quality of that education only got worse. Students emerging from the elite Adolf Hitler Schools were in superb physical condition and thoroughly drilled in Nazi ideology, but lacked basic skills in math and science. Biology, for example, had been completely corrupted to advance Nazi racial doctrine.

Under Hitler, a school system once among the finest in the world, became substandard almost overnight. Nazi scientists, educated before Hitler, would later complain they were partially hindered in developing new super weapons by the recruitment of young graduates from the elite Nazi schools.

In 1936, all of the Catholic parochial and Protestant denominational schools were abolished. Christian holy days which had usually meant a day off from school were now ignored and classroom prayers were banned. Celebrations of Christmas and Easter were discouraged, replaced by pre-Christian Yule or Solstice celebrations. The Nazis later forced all teachers to renounce any affiliation with professional church organizations.”
“Schirach’s goal in 1936 was to enroll the entire population of ten-year-olds throughout Germany into the Hitler Youth as a present for Hitler on his 47th birthday. Called “The Year of the Jungvolk,” enormous pressure was put on young children to join. In school, they were pressured by Nazi-affiliated teachers.”

http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/hitleryouth/hj-prelude.htm

To those who support Barack Obama because:

They are die hard support any Democrat.

They are left wing, the end justifies the means, idealogues.

They are the me me me, give me crowd.

But especially to teachers, who influence and mold impressionable young minds and raise Obama to God like untouchable status,

I award 5 Orwells.

Obama fraud verified by Sheriff Joe Arpaio news conference, Obama foreign student and not eligible for POTUS or committed fraud in foreign student pretense

Obama fraud verified by Sheriff Joe Arpaio news conference, Obama foreign student and not eligible for POTUS or committed fraud in foreign student pretense

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the
Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

In the news conference yesterday, March 1, 2012, in the presentation of the findings of the Sheriff Joe Arpaio investigation team, they announced that they have a willing witness to Barack Obama fraud, regardless of the birth certificate authenticity.

We now have the answer to the following questions posed at Citizen Wells:

“Why did Obama, prior to occupying the White House, employ Robert Bauer of Perkins Coie, to assist him in avoiding the presentation of a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

From the news conference:
“We have a retired government employee who had a conversation in the eighties with Barack Obama in the front yard of the home of the mother of Bill Ayers.
You all know Bill Ayers. During that conversation the mother of Bill Ayers introduced this government employee to Mr. Obama as a foreign student who they were assisting in getting education for in the United states. That also is around the same time frame that this selective service card was issued,
purportedly issued. This individual is willing to come forward. That takes courage. There are too many things in the background that we cannot clear. And
what I did tell the sheriff. I could not come to him and say he cleared a background to be an employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”

Listen around minute 33.

NC A&T University debuts new website, 400k grant, 10 percent tuition hike, More spending like drunken sailors in UNC university system

NC A&T University debuts new website, 400k grant, 10 percent tuition hike, More spending like drunken sailors in UNC university system

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“…and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”…Margaret Thatcher

Recently I wrote about UNCG, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and other UNC state supported schools spending like drunken sailors and raising tuition. Here is another example. NC A&T is a UNC school also located in Greensboro, NC. Here is another example of questionable spending in the worst economy here since the Great Depression.
From the Greensboro News & Record print edition February 27, 2012.

“A&T debuts new website”

“A $ 400,000 grant funds redesign for vibrant, informative recruiting tool.”

” The new site (www.ncat.edu) launches today, and Martin said it clearly tells the Aggie story and will help the community to better connect and engage with the university.”

“The website was redesigned using $ 400,000 in grant money that helped pay for consultants that assisted university staff on the project.”

From the Greensboro News & Record 19, 2011.

“A&T trustees approve tuition hike”
“N.C. A&T students will see their tuition bills rise over the next five years under a plan the university’s board of trustees approved Friday afternoon.

A UNCG tuition and fee committee this week also recommended increases on that campus.

The tuition increases at A&T represent a 10 percent hike for undergraduates and 12 percent for graduate students.”

“Next year won’t be the last time A&T students feel the pain of a higher tuition bill. Under a plan to phase in increases, undergraduates will pay an additional $200 a year for another four years. Graduate students will pay an extra $300 a year during the same time period.

The UNC system has a 6.5 percent cap in place on tuition increases, but system leaders are allowing campuses this year to propose increases above that cap to help make up for money lost through budget cuts.”

““Literally, schools are in a position where we’ve got to figure out something else to do,” Akua Matherson, A&T’s assistant vice chancellor for budget and planning, told the trustees’ business affairs committee Friday morning in explaining the temporary lift on the tuition cap.

Matherson said the increases will help A&T maintain the level of funding needed to compete with its peer institutions.

The tuition money will generate nearly $5 million for the university. It will be invested in need-based financial aid, academic and student support, institutional support such as safety initiatives, and graduate assistantships.

Trustees unanimously approved the increases, but not without concern.

Once the increases kick in, trustee Pamela McCorkle Buncum said she would like to hear how they are affecting students.

She said she wants administrators to compile information such as how many are having to drop out to work and earn money for tuition.”

http://www.news-record.com/content/2011/11/18/article/at_trustees_approve_tuition_hike

 

NC Homeless school age children rise 48 percent since 2008, Guilford County, Truth Team data, Unemployed not counted?, Cannot afford housing

NC Homeless school age children rise 48 percent since 2008, Guilford County, Truth Team data, Unemployed not counted?, Cannot afford housing

“Guilford (Large NC County) appears on it’s way to a third consecutive year with annual jobless rates in double digits. Economists say that likely hasn’t happened since the Great Depression.”…Greensboro News Record December 2, 2011

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”…Jesus, John 8:32

Here is some more data, truth for Stephanie Cutter and the Truth Team about NC. I am certain that Obama, et al will rewrite this history prior to the Democrat Convention in Charlotte, NC and the election. However, the bad economic conditions have happened on Obama’s watch.
From the Greensboro News & Record print edition February 16, 2012.

“Number of homeless kids grows”

“More school-age chldren in Guilford County are without homes–48 percent more since 2007-2008, according to a count of the homeless population in Guilford County.

The children stay in emergency shelters and hotels or motels or with friends or relatives because their families lost their homes or cannot afford housing. Most of them are between prekindergarten and fifth grade.”

“Since tracking such data, the group has seen a 58 percent increase in the number of students living with a friend or relative because their families could no longer afford housing–reflecting a national trend.

Families with children are among the fastest growing segments of the homeless population, according to the National Coalition for the homeless.”

Jerry Buell suspension rescinded, Buell back in classroom tomorrow morning, Florida Lake County School Board

Jerry Buell suspension rescinded, Buell back in classroom tomorrow morning, Florida Lake County School Board

On  August 23, 2011 Citizen Wells reported:

“Jerry Buell suspended from Mount Dora High School, Facebook comments about gay marriage, Mount Dora, Florida, First Amendment rights”

“A Florida teacher has been suspended and removed from the classroom in Mount Dora, Florida, for comments made on his Facebook page against homosexual “marriage.” Liberty Counsel will be representing the teacher in court.

In response to New York’s passage of a same-sex marriage bill, Jerry Buell criticized the new law in a pair of Facebook posts. He wrote, “If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool of whatever. God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable?””

“It appears that not only do members of Congress need to read the US Constitution but also “educators.” The Constitution should be read in every school across the nation at the beginning of each school year.”

Read more:

http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/jerry-buell-suspended-from-mount-dora-high-school-facebook-comments-about-gay-marriage-mount-dora-florida-first-amendment-rights/

I just received an email from American Family Association.

“Because of your action, public school drops suspension of Christian teacher
AFA Action Alert put pressure on school board to respond immediately
August 24, 2011″

“On Monday, AFA asked you to take action on behalf of Florida teacher Jerry Buell, who was unconstitutionally suspended by the Lake County school administration for posting his support for traditional marriage on his Facebook page.

Directly related to your taking action, along with other Christians, sending tens of thousands of emails to the Lake County School Board, the school has immediately rescinded its suspension of Mr. Buell and he will be back in his classroom tomorrow morning!

According to a just-held press conference by Mr. Buell and his legal representation, Liberty Counsel Attorney Harry Mihet, outside the Lake County Board of Education Administration Building, the school board acknowledged it violated Mr. Buell’s First Amendment rights by suspending him.

Your willingness to become involved in speaking out on behalf of religious liberties expedited Mr. Buell’s case. There is no doubt this case will have an impact on hundreds of other public schools who challenge educator’s right to share their closely held religious views in society.

Your actions made the difference!

Please consider making a small donation in support the work of the AFA Action Alert. Your donation will insure your voice for religious liberty continues to be heard.
Sincerely,

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association”

Jerry Buell suspended from Mount Dora High School, Facebook comments about gay marriage, Mount Dora, Florida, First Amendment rights

Jerry Buell suspended from Mount Dora High School, Facebook comments about gay marriage, Mount Dora, Florida, First Amendment rights

“If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation, for through this in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”…George Washington

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln

The US Constitution has been trampled on again. Jerry Buell, a teacher at Mount Dora High School in Florida, was suspended for exercising his First Amendment Rights on his personal time.

From an email from American Family Association August 22, 2011.

“A Florida teacher has been suspended and removed from the classroom in Mount Dora, Florida, for comments made on his Facebook page against homosexual “marriage.” Liberty Counsel will be representing the teacher in court.

In response to New York’s passage of a same-sex marriage bill, Jerry Buell criticized the new law in a pair of Facebook posts. He wrote, “If they want to call it a union, go ahead. But don’t insult a man and woman’s marriage by throwing it in the same cesspool of whatever. God will not be mocked. When did this sin become acceptable?”

Just minutes later, he added, “I will never accept it because God will never accept it. Romans chapter one.”

This reference to Scripture and man-woman marriage has now been labeled as a “code ethics violation” by school officials.

Mr. Buell is currently subject to an Inquisition-type investigation. The school will not let him back into the classroom, says a school official, “until we do all the interviews and do a thorough job of looking at everything – past or previous writings.”

Says Mr. Buell, “It was my own personal comment on my own personal time on my own personal computer in my own personal house, exercising what I believed as a social studies teacher to be my First Amendment rights.”

It’s worth noting that Florida’s constitution prohibits recognition of same-sex marriage, the exact view Mr. Buell supports. In essence, he is now being accused of hate speech for expressing a view enshrined in the state constitution.”

From One News Now August 22, 2011.

“Harry Mihet, the Liberty Counsel attorney representing Buell, notes that the 22-year-plus veteran of teaching is a very popular and successful teacher.
 
“In fact, he was elected as teacher of the year last year precisely because he has an outstanding reputation — not only for being an excellent teacher, but also for loving each and every student who comes across in his classroom regardless of the student’s status or lifestyle or orientation,” the attorney shares.
 
Mihet says it is worth noting that the person who filed the complaint has never been a student in Buell’s classroom. The school is concerned that homosexual students might feel uncomfortable or somehow threatened in his classes. Mihet comes to his client’s defense.
 
“It is an outrageous insinuation that somehow being against homosexual marriage disqualifies you from being a public servant,” he responds. “[That's] an idea that is so repugnant to the Constitution and to the First Amendment freedom of speech, one of our most cherished freedoms that is supposed to enable us to speak out on matters of public importance.”
 
Mihet believes the school district’s response to Buell’s comments is unconstitutional. Liberty Counsel is demanding that he be immediately reinstated with an apology from the school district.”

Read more:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=1413842

It appears that not only do members of Congress need to read the US Constitution but also “educators.” The Constitution should be read in every school across the nation at the beginning of each school year.

Illinois School Spends $120k For Chief of Equity And Social Justice, Cuts Crossing Guards, Let them know we are outraged, Spend money on education

Illinois School Spends $120k For Chief of Equity And Social Justice, Cuts Crossing Guards, Let them know we are outraged, Spend money on education

When I began the Citizen Wells blog in January of 2008, one of the subjects that I intended to address was education, or lack thereof, in the US. I have been watching a disturbing trend in public education of employing too many non front line employees, teachers, and more assistant principals, psychologist types and school resource officers, police. I grew up in NC when people had some damn sense. We had a principal, no assistant in my grade school (not small) and a principal and one assistant in my junior high and high school. My high school had over 2 thousand students.

We are spending too much on education for diminished results.

I heard Glenn Beck on his radio show talk about a Illinois school system that hired a “Chief of Equity And Social Justice” and cut crossing guards.

From The Blaze August 5, 2011.

“Illinois School Cuts Crossing Guards, But Spends $120k For ‘Chief of Equity And Social Justice’”
“•Financial crisis forces the second-largest Illinois School district (U46) to cut budgets for student transportation, physical education, art, and even crossing guards.
•School Superintendent gets appointed to Dept Of Ed commission on “Equity in Education”
•Three months later, the budget-strapped U46 School District announces $120,000 job for “Chief of Equity & Social Justice”
•Residents and parents protest, yet the School Board approves the new position without a single dissenting vote.
The U46 School District in Elgin, Illinois is the second largest school system in the state and U46 has dealt with the same financial strain facing many districts around the country. Budgets have been cut to the bone, programs like physical education and art have been eliminated, but that did not prevent the school board from hiring Ushma Shah as “Chief of Equity & Social Justice,” at a cost of $120,000 a year (plus another $12,450 in benefits).

As might be expected, parents who have watched their children’s classroom become increasingly overcrowded are not pleased. Many residents believe the money allocated to “Equity and Social Justice” would be better spent hiring teachers — or crossing guards. Two days ago the Daily Herald revealed that the school district, in cost cutting moves, had reduced the number of bus stops for high school students and also decided against spending just over $13,000 to pay for two crossing guards near an elementary school.

So, recapping: U46 has cut funds for student transportation and crossing guards, while allocating over $120,000 for a newly created position — the chief of equity and social justice.
The question remains, what is the job of a chief of equity and social justice? CBS Radio in Chicago reports that the role of the chief will be “to overcome the district’s educational gaps and foster racial equity.” (Huh?)

The official online job listing for the position states the following “position goals”:

Develop and communicate the vision, mission, goals and measurable outcomes for equity, closure of the achievement gap, and culturally responsive teaching in School District U-46.  Work with Superintendent and Cabinet to drive and infuse equity into all aspects of the District.  Accountable for developing and implementing “proof of concepts” models for closing the achievement gap in support of the District’s Accountability for Continuous Improvement Plan, Destination 2015.  Member of Superintendent’s Cabinet advising District leadership regarding current and future equity and social justice issues and needs of the District.

Coincidentally enough, in March of this year, the man who created the position, U46′s Superintendent Jose Torres, was appointed to a high profile Department of Education commission to study “equity and excellence in education.” And it should also surprise no one that the department does offer training in “social justice” and “equity”.  The Dept. of Ed website attempts to offer clarity on the purpose of this program:

The purpose of this program is to award grants (cooperative agreements) to operate ten regional equity assistance centers to provide technical assistance and training, at the request of school boards and other responsible governmental agencies, on issues related to equity in education to ensure that all children, regardless of race, gender, or national origin, have equal access to quality education and the opportunity to develop high academic standards in reading, math and other core subject areas.

Huh? Does that mean the Illinois program is one of 10 being set up around the country? If so, where are the other nine “Chiefs of Equity and Social Justice?” A quick search of the Internet did not turn up another one. . . yet.”

 Read more:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/illinois-school-hires-social-justice-chief-for-120k/

My heart goes out to the parents and students in Illinois School district (U46). I hope that this story is spread far and wide and that you have success in fixing this absurd situation.

Jobless claims May 27, 2010, Labor Department report 8:30, Claims drop?, College graduates, College students, Real unemployment number, Open thread discussion

Jobless claims May 27, 2010, Labor Department report 8:30

The Jobless Claims Reports for the week will be released by the US Department of Labor today, May 27, 2010 at 8:30. Will the report show a drop this week instead of another increase like last week’s 25, 000? What is the real unemployment rate? It is certainly higher than 9.9%. Hundreds of thousands of high school and college graduates are entering the job market. What impact will that have?  Here is a possible reflection of the new figures.

From Real Clear Markets.

“The number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits likely fell last week.

Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect new applications for unemployment benefits will show a drop of 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted total of 455,000. The Labor Department will issue the report at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

New claims had risen unexpectedly by 25,000 the previous week, the biggest increase in three months and the first rise in five weeks. It pushed the claims level to 471,000.

The surge was seen as further evidence of how volatile the job market remains, even as the economy grows.”

Read more:

http://www.realclearmarkets.com/news/ap/finance_business/2010/May/27/ahead_of_the_bell__jobless_claims.html

Obama, Columbia University, Selective Service, Breaking The War Mentality, 1980, 1983, Did Obama attend Columbia?, Did Obama register with Selective Service?

During the past two years I have read countless articles about Obama, his past and his associations. In conjunction and in many cases in harmony with many others questioning Obama, I have pondered and maintained in the recesses of my memory numerous troubling controversies. Recently, Pastor James Manning  alleged that Obama did not attend Columbia University (college) and that the Saudis paid for his Harvard education. I find that allegation plausible.

It is well documented that Obama has employed many attorneys to avoid presenting his birth certificate, college records and other data such as passports he traveled under. Obama’s compliance with the Selective Service registration has been scrutinized and is still questionable. Jimmy Carter signed into law on July 2, 1980  Proclamation 4771 of the Military Selective Service Act. Under this law, Obama would have to register

“1-103. Persons born in calendar year 1961 shall present themselves for registration on any of the six days beginning Monday, July 28, 1980.”

There are many aspects of an alleged record of Obama’s compliance that are disturbing, not the least of which is the signature.

The article allegedly written by Barack Obama while at Columbia and published in March 10, 1983 is interesting without being linked to other aspects of Obama’s past.

“Breaking The War Mentality”

Here are a few exerpts to ponder:

“Most students at Columbia do not have first hand knowledge of war.” 

“Look, we say, here’s the worst part, let’s work on that.  You’re not going to get rid of the military in the near future, so let’s at least work on this.””

“Also operating out of Earl Hall Center, Students Against Militarism was formed in response to the passage of registration laws in 1980.” 

“At this time, the current major issue is the Solomon Bill, the latest legislation from Congress to obtain compliance to registration.  The law requires that all male students applying for federal financial aid submit proof of registration, or else the government coffers will close.  Yale, Wesleyan, and Swathmore have refused to comply, and plan to offer non-registrants other forms of financial aid.  SAM hopes to press Columbia into following suit, though so far President Sovern and company seem prepared to acquiesce to the bill.”

“Robert believes students tacitly support non-registrants, though the majority did not comply.  “Several students have come up to our tables and said that had they known of the ineffectiveness of prosecution, they would not have registered.””

“Prodding students into participating beyond name signing and attending events is tricky, but SAM members seem undaunted.  “A lot of the problem comes not from people’s ignorance of the facts, but because the news and statistics are lifeless.  That’s why we search for campus issues like the Solomon bill that have direct impact on the student body, and effectively link the campus to broader issues.”” 

http://www.scribd.com/doc/10978031/1983-article-by-Barack-Obama-Breaking-the-War-Mentality-in-Columbia-Universitys-Sundial-magazine

So little from Barack Obama’s past is available. The glimpse into his activities and associations that we do get is cause for great concern.

Do not be surprised to see more of this presented here.