France Seeks to Ban Homework. No Seriously.

October 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm (France, Francois Hollande, Homework, Political Correctness, Progressive, School, Socialism)

Remember last month when a school in Rhode Island had banned their Father-Daughter dances because they were not considered an all-inclusive event?

We had a similar incident here at the local elementary school, in which the father/daughter, mother/son events were canceled.  Why?  Because not every child has a father or mother available in their home.  It was deemed unfair.

Now, French President François Hollande is taking the equal opportunity nonsense to a whole new level, seeking to ban after school homework.  Why?  Because not every child has parents that can help them with their assignments.

Via the Washington Post:

How do you think this would go over in the United States? French President François Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country’s education system.

And the reason he wants to ban homework?

He doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get help from their parents at home while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t. It’s an issue that goes well beyond France, and has been part of the reason that some Americans oppose homework too.

We get it, not every child comes from the same home environment.  But why do those that come from a loving, nurturing family with one mother and one father, who try to instill a good work ethic in their children, have to consistently be punished for that?

Politically correct progressives at their worst…

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Another Lie: Obama Administration to Negotiate Extended Stay For US Troops in Afghanistan

October 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Afghanistan, Debate, Joe Biden, State Department, Troops, Vice President, Withdrawal)

“We are leaving. We are leaving in 2014. Period.” – Joe Biden at the Vice-Presidential debate.

Well, that’s not exactly true.

Via the Foreign Policy Blog:

Despite statements by Vice President Joe Biden, the State Department is about to begin formal negotiations over the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, a top State Department official said Tuesday.

Last week, U.S. and Afghan negotiators met in Kabul to talk about the Bilateral Security Agreement that will govern the extension of U.S. troops past 2014, when President Barack Obama said the combat mission in Afghanistan will end and the U.S. will complete the transition of the entire country to Afghan government control.

Also last week, Biden told Americans during his Oct. 11 debate with Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan that U.S. troops were leaving Afghanistan by 2014.

“We are leaving in 2014, period, and in the process, we’re going to be saving over the next 10 years another $800 billion,” Biden said. “We’ve been in this war for over a decade. The primary objective is almost completed. Now all we’re doing is putting the Kabul government in a position to be able to maintain their own security. It’s their responsibility, not America’s.”

Marc Grossman, the State Department’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, explained today that’s not the whole story.

Grossman said Tuesday that the point of the upcoming negotiations is to agree on an extension of the U.S. troop presence well past 2014, for the purposes of conducting counterterrorism operations and training and advising the Afghan security forces.

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Claire McCaskill: The Recession Isn’t All Bad Because It Means Less Emissions … Or Something

October 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm (Cap and Trade, Claire McCaskill, Emissions, Missouri, Recession, Senate, Todd Akin)

Face, meet palm.

According to the very warped mind of a cap and trade zealot like Claire McCaskill (h/t Gateway Pundit), less jobs = less manufacturing = less emissions … and that’s a good thing!

What is that saying … you can’t fix stupid?

Transcript of her statement:

“Well, the good news is our emissions are way down because of the recession. [Laughter] We are…I mean you know really if you want to find a silver lining in the cloud, the number that we were looking for we are well, well above where the emissions would have been assuming for purposes of discussion that cap and trade was passed a few years ago because we have had such a real drop in manufacturing output. Now I didn’t mean really good news, I meant that it was… [Laughter] I was being sarcastic again in the context, but emissions are way down because of unfortunately the lack of economic activity that we have had in the last couple of years.”

The Todd Akin campaign team responded:

“It is never good news when twenty-three million Americas are looking for work,” said Rick Tyler, senior advisor to the Akin campaign. “This is the real Claire McCaskill–one who puts the liberal agenda ahead of the jobs and prosperity of millions of Americans. McCaskill’s own businesses are getting millions in taxpayer dollars while one in six Missourians is living under the poverty line. Missouri cannot afford another six years with liberal Claire McCaskill making herself rich while celebrating the fact that others are out of work.”

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Republican Senators Respond to Hillary Clinton Accepting Blame for Benghazi

October 16, 2012 at 9:00 am (Benghazi, Buck Stops, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, President Obama, Security, State Department, Terrorism)

Late last night we received word that Hillary Clinton – not President Obama – was accepting full responsibility for the security lapses that led to the successful assassination of four Americans in Benghazi.

Falling on the sword for the administration during a tough re-election bid, Clinton today told a CNN reporter “I take responsibility” for security ahead of the attacks. 

Notice consistent use of the phrase ‘the buck stops with her’.

This is clearly an attempt to deflect criticism being aimed at the White House ahead of the second Presidential debate scheduled for tomorrow night. 

Now, U.S. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte have responded to the ‘laudable gesture’, pointing out the unlikelihood that the President was unaware of the rising security risks in Libya.

“We have just learned that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has claimed full responsibility for any failure to secure our people and our Consulate in Benghazi prior to the attack of September 11, 2012. This is a laudable gesture, especially when the White House is trying to avoid any responsibility whatsoever. 

“However, we must remember that the events of September 11 were preceded by an escalating pattern of attacks this year in Benghazi, including a bomb that was thrown into our Consulate in April, another explosive device that was detonated outside of our Consulate in June, and an assassination attempt on the British Ambassador. If the President was truly not aware of this rising threat level in Benghazi, then we have lost confidence in his national security team, whose responsibility it is to keep the President informed. But if the President was aware of these earlier attacks in Benghazi prior to the events of September 11, 2012, then he bears full responsibility for any security failures that occurred. The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the Commander-in-Chief. The buck stops there. 

“Furthermore, there is the separate issue of the insistence by members of the Administration, including the President himself, that the attack in Benghazi was the result of a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video, long after it had become clear that the real cause was a terrorist attack. The President also bears responsibility for this portrayal of the attack, and we continue to believe that the American people deserve to know why the Administration acted as it did.”

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