“Treated Like A Criminal” Student Suspended For Informing Classmates They Could Opt-Out Of Common Core

April 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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(Times Herald Record) –SPARROWBUSH — A 13-year-old student at Orange-Ulster BOCES believes she was suspended from school this week as a result of telling other students they didn’t have to take the Common Core English test Tuesday.

The girl, eighth-grader Seirra Olivero, was suspended for two days for insubordination.

While she acknowledges the charge, she contends in a complaint filed with the district that she felt bullied by three administrators because she told other students they didn’t have to take the test.
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William Hecht, Orange-Ulster BOCES’s superintendent, said the girl’s complaint, which was filed under the state’s Dignity for All Students Act, was being taken seriously.
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In her complaint, Seirra says that on Tuesday morning, the day of the test, she told a student he didn’t have to take the test if he didn’t want to. A teacher told her to “shut my mouth and keep walking.”
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Still later that morning, she was summoned to the principal’s office where she says she was asked rudely “why she was telling students they didn’t have to take the test.”

“I replied and said, ‘I did some research and it said they don’t have to.’” The principal then asked if she’d researched “both sides” of the issue.

The girl said in her statement that she grew increasingly upset with the principal but when she asked to call her mother, the principal refused.

“Then she started to ask other questions and that’s when she started to interrogate me and I felt like I was being treated like a criminal.”

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Suggested reading:
Common Core 101: What Is It and How Does It Affect Our Children? – Goodbye 3R’s. Hello socially engineered education.

Common Core Dates Back to the Marxist-Socialist Paradigm of UN Charter

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Ted Cruz’s High-Octane New Video! “Yes We Can” Stand For Principle!

March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

“We can either choose to keep our head down, and not rock the boat, to not stand for anything, or we can stand for principle.” — Senator Ted Cruz.

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Abolish the IRS

Audit the Federal Reserve

Count me in.

Bill of Rights Quiz FAIL! College Students Don’t Know Their Basic Rights [VIDEO]

February 19, 2014 at 7:43 am

A distressing example of the dumbing down of America.

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(BizPac Review) –For once, political prankster Mark Dice wasn’t laughing out loud at the seemingly brain-dead college students who will lead this world one day. Instead, he chastised and shamed them for not knowing the Bill of Rights. Dice questioned student after student at “one of the most prestigious schools in Southern California,” and nope, these kids couldn’t name any of the Bill of Rights. And yes, he even asked if they were Americans.[...]

Clueless useful idiots. It is the personal responsibility of each and every American to remain steadfast in being vigilant guardians of their constitutional rights. Is it any wonder that they are so easily taken away? Low info voters vote for those who drool at the chance, making them as Mark Dice put it — PART of the PROBLEM!

SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

Thomas Sowell said it best:

“The Constitution cannot protect us unless we protect the Constitution.”

Refresher course:

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Amendments 11-27 here.

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We Want School Choice. And We Want It Now!

February 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I’m a little late out of the gate with this, but better late than never.

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National School Choice Week – Jan. 26-Feb 1
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School Choice Week roundup:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D) Rally for School Choice –Reason

Beating the odds: 100 percent of Delta charter school class accepted to college –YouTube

Choice Monday: Parents Camp Out for Educational Options — Heritage

Morning Bell: [What you need to know about] School Choice Week – Heritage

School Choice Week is almost over — now what? — Red Alert Politics

Sen. Mike Lee’s Tea Party Response To BHO’s SOTU [Video & Transcript]

January 29, 2014 at 10:02 am
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Good evening.

I’m Senator Mike Lee, from Utah.

In the few minutes I have tonight – I’d like to speak especially to those Americans who may feel they have been forgotten by both political parties:

Those individuals and families who work hard, play by the rules, balance their budgets, honor the Golden Rule … and don’t understand why their government in Washington can’t do the same.

You are probably as frustrated as I am about an ever-growing government that somehow thinks it is okay to lie to, spy on and even target its own citizens. Many hard-working Americans are discouraged and wondering what, if anything, can be done.

I believe we need to do what Americans have always done – come together and press for positive change. Protesting against dysfunctional government is a great American tradition, going back to the original Tea Party in Boston, about 240 years ago. Americans have a natural instinct to stand up and speak out when they know something is wrong.

In 1773, Americans had simply had it with a London-based national government that had become too big, too expensive and far too intrusive.

It is important to note, however, that had the founding generation stopped at just protesting against the kind of government Americans did not want, the Boston Tea Party would have been little more than a footnote in history. At most, it would have been remembered as just one more futile protest against an abusive national government.

Fortunately for all of us, those early patriots moved on from Boston and moved past their protest against the government they didn’t want. They marched forward on a road toward the kind of government they did want.

It took them 14 long years to get from Boston to Philadelphia, where they created, with our Constitution, the kind of government they did want.

In America, the test of any political movement is not what that movement is against, but what it is for. The founders made a point at Boston Harbor, but they made history in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

Unfortunately, in recent years, we have had no choice but to engage in a number of protests against our current president’s Washington-centered agenda.

As Americans we must always be willing to fight the Boston-type battles — boldly calling out bad policy whenever we see it – but we must do so with an eye toward Philadelphia, maintaining a positive focus on the kind of nation we want to be and become.

Today, Americans know in their hearts that something is wrong. Much of what is wrong relates to the sense that the “American Dream” is falling out of reach for far too many of us. We are facing an inequality crisis – one to which the President has paid lip-service, but seems uninterested in truly confronting or correcting.

This inequality crisis presents itself in three principal forms:

immobility among the poor, who are being trapped in poverty by big-government programs;

insecurity in the middle class, where families are struggling just to get by and can’t seem to get ahead;

and cronyist privilege at the top, where political and economic insiders twist the immense power of the federal government to profit at the expense of everyone else.

To be fair, President Obama and his party did not create all of these problems. The Republican Establishment in Washington can be just as out-of-touch as the Democratic Establishment.

However, tonight, as on numerous occasions of late, the President’s lofty rhetoric ignored the fact that his administration continues to leave poor and middle-class families further behind, while he and his allies insist that the real problem is “inequality” itself.

But where does this new inequality come from? From government – every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats, and special interests.

Inequality – real inequality – is trapping poor children in failing schools to benefit bureaucrats and union bosses. It’s penalizing low-income parents for getting married, or getting better jobs.

It’s guaranteeing insurance companies taxpayer bailouts if Obamacare cuts into their profits.

Inequality is blocking thousands of middle-class jobs in the energy industry as a favor to partisan donors and radical environmental activists.

Inequality is denying viable, unborn children any protection under the law, while exempting unsanitary, late-term abortion clinics from basic safety standards.

It’s denying citizens their right to define marriage in their states as traditionally or as broadly as their diverse values dictate.

It’s the federal government hurting rural communities, especially in the west, by controlling and mismanaging public lands.

It’s changing laws without congressional approval, and spying on American citizens without constitutional authority.

And of course, Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs. Many Americans are now seeing why some of us fought so hard to stop this train-wreck over the last four years.

Government-driven inequality is the reason why, as hard-working families across the country struggle to make ends meet, six of the ten wealthiest counties in America are now suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Throughout the last five years, President Obama has promised an economy for the middle class; but all he’s delivered is an economy for the middle-men.

And tonight his party cheered as he asked for more of the same, as if the solution to inequality were … well … more inequality.

Critics might push back and argue that my own party has been part of the problem, too often joining the Democrats to rig our economy to benefit the well-connected at the expense of the disconnected.

I know, because I’m one of those critics.

But I’m speaking to you tonight because I think maybe – just maybe – that’s finally starting to change.

As a nation we are, once again, at a critical turning point.

Now, as in 1773, Americans have had it with our out-of-touch national government. But if all we do is protest, our Boston Tea Party moment will occupy little more than a footnote in our history.

Hopefully our leaders, reformers and citizens will join the journey from Boston to Philadelphia – from protest to progress. Together we can march forward and take the road that leads to the kind of government we do want.

We have a new generation of leaders in Washington with positive, innovative ideas – thoughtful policy reforms to, as my friend Senator Ted Cruz says -”Make D.C. listen.” Reforms to help poor families work their way into the middle class, to help middle-class families start to get ahead, and to level the playing field and put corporate and political insiders back to work for the rest of us.

Conservative reformers like Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Paul Ryan and Congressman Jim Jordan are working on new welfare-reform ideas to help underprivileged families escape poverty.

Senator Rand Paul and I are working with some of the most liberal Democrats in Congress to reform the federal criminal-justice system – to help keep violent predators behind bars while creating opportunities for reformed, non-violent offenders to return to the families and neighborhoods that so desperately need them.

Senator John Cornyn has legislation that would empower states to improve K-12 education across the country.

Senator Tim Scott has reforms to improve our job-training programs. And I’ve introduced a bill to modernize higher education, making it more accessible and affordable for lower-income and non-traditional students.

Congressman Tom Graves has a transportation-reform bill to ensure our infrastructure dollars are invested in roads and bridges, and not wasted on bureaucrats and special interests.

Congressman Mike Pompeo introduced a bill to end all federal subsidies for the energy industry. And others are working on proposals to do the same for every industry – so that business profits are won from customers, not through political connections. After all, if we’re going to reform welfare, we really should start with corporate welfare.

One proposal that should directly help you and your family is a bill I have introduced to simplify our tax code, and provide relief from the hidden double-tax Washington currently imposes on working parents, especially moms and dads in the middle class.

When it comes to healthcare, we know the best way to repeal Obamacare is to deliver better solutions.

We can’t just return to the old system. Healthcare policy used to give too much power to insurance companies; Obamacare now gives far too much power to government. We know that real reform will put healthcare dollars and decisions where they belong, in the hands of patients and families and their doctors and nurses.

So reformers in both the House and the Senate are hard at work developing new, patient-centered reforms to control healthcare costs, ensure access to affordable coverage for all Americans, and provide extra help for the poor and the sick.

All of these proposals within this new conservative reform agenda, along with many more to come, mark the road to Philadelphia. These principles and these policies will work – and will put Americans back to work.

Not just by cutting big government, but by fixing broken government. Not just by making government smaller but by promoting bigger citizens, stronger families and more heroic communities. Our goal should be an America where everyone has a fair chance to pursue happiness – and find it. That’s what it looks like when protest grows into reform.

So if you’re one of those Americans that big government is leaving behind… if you work hard, play by the rules and teach your kids to do the same, I want you to know that your family will not be forgotten anymore.

This new generation of reformers still has a long way to go to win over our Party in Washington, and even further to go to earn your trust.

I am confident that our best days as a nation are ahead of us – not because of government, but because within America’s diverse society of individuals and families, neighborhoods and churches, businesses and communities, freedom doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Freedom means we’re all in this together.

I invite you to join us on the road to a more prosperous America – together we can create the kind of government we do want and the kind of nation our children and grandchildren deserve.

Thank you very much for your time. Good night, and God bless.”

Bravo sir, bravo.

Learning Specialist Receives Death Threats After Exposing 1 in 10 UNC Athletes Have Reading Level Of A 3rd Grader

January 11, 2014 at 7:45 am


This news is disturbing on so many levels.

(CNN) -- The death threats, Mary Willingham expected.

More shocking is that the University of North Carolina is now disavowing her research as a whistle-blower — research that showed between 8% and 10% of the school’s football and basketball players are reading below a third-grade level.

UNC issued a statement Wednesday night saying it did not believe Willingham’s account of a basketball player who could not read or write.

It went on: “University officials can’t comment on the other statistical claims mentioned in the story because they have not seen that data. University officials have asked for that data, but those requests have not been met.”

As well as questioning UNC many times about the story before publication, CNN has also detailed Willingham’s research.

And purported e-mail exchanges obtained by CNN since August show that Willingham did share her findings at least twice — once with Executive Vice Provost James W. Dean Jr., and once with a member of a university committee on academics and athletics.

In addition, Willingham says her research on the students in the athletics programs that make money for the university was done based on screenings that the university itself paid for. And, she says, she has gotten permission from the university several times since 2008 to access those findings to continue her research.

“It’s already available to them,” Willingham said. “It’s in their system. … They have all the data and more. It belongs to them, and they paid a lot of money for it.” […[

More from the Daily Mail:

A university learning specialist has received death threats and hateful messages after she exposed shockingly low academic levels among revenue athletes the University of North Carolina.

Mary Willingham found that between eight and ten per cent of college’s football and basketball players had a reading level of a third grader.

By studying eight years of test scores from University of Carolina’s revenue sports players, she found that a majority had a reading level between fourth and eighth grade.

We may as well go over to the elementary school up the street and let the fourth-graders and third-graders in here,’ she told CNN.

Ms Willingham looked at 183 revenue sports players at the UNC between 2004 and 2012, and found that between eight and 10 per cent read below fourth grade level and 60 per cent between fourth and eighth grade level.

Ms Willingham also discovered that up to 25 per cent of basketball and football athletes did not have the reading level to study at a community college, let alone at a university.

In the two days which have passed since her findings were published as part of a wider investigation by CNN, Ms Willingham has received four death threats and 30 ‘alarming messages’
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Ms Willingham, who also worked as a learning specialist for athletes from 2003 to 2010, told CNN of one example of a basketball player at the UNC who was completely illiterate, and another who could not read multisyllabic words, despite UNC at Chapel Hill being one of the top public universities in the U.S

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David Axelrod: “Common Core Standards” An “Obama Admin. Initiative” Common Core Architect: Obama Camp Comrades In Push [Videos]

November 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

But, but, but I thought Common Core is a state led effort. In fact the Common Core website (corestandards.org) makes the claim official:

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David Axelrod (Obama 2008 campaign advisor and former Obama Senior Advisor) speaking at UIC Common Core debate debunks the false narrative in a single sentence:

“Today we’re having a discussion as you know about the Common Core Standards which was an initiative of the Obama Administration.”

Watch:

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In this next video clip Common Core architect David Coleman reveals that Obama campaign arms (data and field mobilization) were a major driving force behind Common Core. Though when it came to pitching ‘Common Core’ to governors Coleman made a conscious decision to leave Obama’s name out of it; “It wouldn’t go over well”.

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 (Potter Williams) –David Coleman, president of the ‘College Board’ and creator of the Common Core State Standards, talks to data analysts in a conference in Boston on May 31, 2013.

H/T A B Graves at Watchdog Wire

Let’s learn more:

Debunking the Myth that Common Core is State Led
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(The New American Video)–In this short video produced by The New American, veteran educator Mary Black addresses the commonly held myth that the Obama administration-pushed plot to nationalize education through Common Core is somehow a “state-led” effort, rather than a scheme concocted by Big Government, Big Business, and billionaires like Bill Gates.

To read an in-depth analysis of this video and the broader subject, click the link below:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/16882-debunking-myth-of-common-core-education-as-state-led-video

Attention, parents: Common Core opt-out form now available — Michelle Malkin

Browse Michelle’s archived Common Core articles here.

@AnthonyWeiner To NY School Admin: ‘Sure, I’d Hire A Sexting Addicted Schools Chancellor, People Have Their Personal Lives’ [Video]

July 27, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I swore to myself that I would not blog about disgraced former Congressman / NY mayoral candidate Anthony Wiener’s latest sexting-capades, but this news is to juicy to pass up.

drudge weiner pull out_thumb[1] NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was an ugly exchange on Friday between New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and a Staten Island teacher and principal. And in another bombshell, the candidate was asked if he would he hire a schools chancellor or a police commissioner with the same sexting addiction he has.

Weiner thought his Staten Island campaign stop would get him back to talking about the issues affect New York. In this case people hurt by Hurricane Sandy.

But a local teacher and principal rained on his parade.

Peg Brunda asked the question Weiner definitely did not want to hear.

“I don’t quite understand how you would feel you would have the moral authority as the head administrator in the city to oversee employees when your standard of conduct is so much lower than the standard of conduct that’s expected of me,” the retired teacher said.

Weiner responded by saying, “You’re not voting for me?”

Brunda: “No, I’m not voting for you, sir.”

Weiner: “I want to let other people make the decision for themselves.”

Weiner was trying to get his campaign back on track after a week of headlines about his XXX-rated online romance with a 22-year-old woman. He went to Staten Island to talk about Hurricane Sandy, but it wasn’t just the residents that wanted to grill him.

He also made the startling disclosures that he would have no problem hiring a schools chancellor or a police commissioner with the same sexting addiction he apparently has.

“People have their personal lives. If it is unconnected to their professional duties, of course, I’m not going to judge someone’s personal life,” Weiner said. [...]

It is not how big your morally bankrupt mindset is, it is how you use it.

Catholic School Girls Refusing To Wear Compulsory Head Scarf On Mandatory Mosque Trip Marked Truant

May 16, 2013 at 7:21 am
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The Ellesmere Port Catholic High School letter to parents notifying them of the trip to the Al Rahma Mosque in Toxteth, Liverpool

Had it been my child, the conversation would not have progressed as far as to whether she would be wearing a scarf –or not. I would have drawn the line at the mandatory mosque trip. But good on those parents who took a stand.

(Daily Mail) –A Roman Catholic schoolgirl has been labelled a truant after she refused to wear a headscarf during a compulsory trip to a mosque.

Amy Owen, 14, and fellow girl pupils at a Catholic secondary school were told to cover their heads and wear trousers or leggings out of respect for their Muslim hosts.

But when her mother objected, saying she did not want her daughter to ‘dress as a Muslim’, she received a sternly worded warning letter from the headmaster saying she had no choice.
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He added: ‘There are two reasons for these visits. One is that the scheme of work in religious studies REQUIRES children to have knowledge and understanding of other world religions.

‘The second is that the school is REQUIRED to promote tolerance respect and understanding. This is known as community cohesion.

‘A failure to do this could result in an unwelcome inspection judgement. None of us would relish that.

‘Whilst I may not require you to pay for this I must require your child to participate.’

Amy’s mother Michelle Davies refused to back down and, after being told no teachers would be back at school to keep an eye on her daughter, she kept her at home, citing religious objectionsas did as many as ten other families.

Yesterday, after the school acted on its threat to class Amy’s absence as truancy, Miss Davies accused it of discriminating against Christian pupils.

‘It’s like they’re putting a gun to your head – either you go to a mosque, or you’re marked down as an unauthorised absence on your record – that’s it no two ways about it,’ the 34-year-old said.
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Parents were asked to make a £3 payment towards the Year 9 trip to the Al Rahma Mosque in Liverpool last month, and an 11-point dress and behaviour code from the mosque was circulated.

Miss Davies, a home help, of Ellesmere Port, added: ‘There are some parts of religious education lessons that children who are Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t have to attend because that’s part of their religion, and the fact is Amy is Catholic and not a Muslim.’

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Read the last paragraph very carefully. Jehovah’s Witness students get a pass at the Catholic school but the Catholic students do not on a forced field trip to a mosque.

Chrislam; once you invite the devil across your doorstep, he…will…never…leave. And if you dare try to push him out, there will be hell to pay.

No Wonder Only 7% Of Detroit, Michigan 8th Graders Are Proficient Readers -Misspelled Protest Sign [Pic]

December 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The illiterate leading the illiterate.

Proud illiterate Michigan Education Association member

(CNSNews.com) – In the public schools in Detroit, Mich., according to the U.S. Department of Education, only 7 percent of the eighth graders are grade-level proficient or better in reading.

Some public school teachers in the City of Detroit and around the state of Michigan are reportedly taking a vacation or a sick day today to protest right-to-work legislation likely to be approved by the state legislature. Under current law, Michigan public school teachers must pay dues to the teachers’ union. If the right-to-work law is enacted, Michigan public-school teachers will be free to join the union and pay dues to it if they wish, but they will also be free not to join the union and not to pay it dues.

Detroit public-school eighth graders do even worse in math than they do in reading, according to the Department of Education. While only 7 percent scored highly enough on the department’s National Assessment of Educational Progress test in 2011 to be rated “proficient” or better in reading, only 4 percent scored highly enough to be rated “proficient” or better in math.

Statewide in Michigan, only 32 percent of public-school eighth graders scored grade-level proficient or better in reading, and only 31 percent scored grade-level proficient or better in math.
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Also see:

Michigan Democrat’s House Floor ‘Right To Work’ Threat “There Will Be Blood” [Audio]

Michigan: Mob Of Knife Wielding Obama Emboldened Union Thugs Destroy Occupied AFP Tent [Video]