(story at thelookingspoon.com)
Republicans have always told themselves that this is a center right nation. It still is, but it's moving in the opposite direction. Here's why.(full story at joshuapundit.blogspot.com)
Since the 1970's, when the unions took over, the left has gradually assumed almost total control of public education, and in K-12, not just the universities. Ever wonder why so many radicals found a home in academia, and why radicals like Bill Ayers became so interested and influential in public education, particularly of young children?
The results are obvious. Today, half the children produced out of this dysfunctional system may have trouble reading and writing, they may be ignorant of their culture and history, but boy are a lot of them proficient in repeating the leftist talking points they've been indoctrinated with for years!
As an added bonus, the teachers unions, like the other public employee unions are a major component of the Ponzi scheme that funds the Democratic Party at the taxpayer's expense.
The good news is that this is very slowly starting to change in some parts of America simply because it's financially unsustainable, but for now, especially in deep blue states like California and Massachusetts, that's simply how it is.
So the first major requirement of winning the White House is a candidate capable of educating voters on conservative principles in terms they can easily understand, why they work, and why leftist statism merely produces equal misery.
The last presidential candidate the Republicans had whom could do this was Ronald Reagan, Ronaldus Maximus. He wasn't known as the Great Communicator for nothing.
The House science committee is demanding the White House explain why top administration officials are using secret e-mail accounts and other techniques to conceal their taxpayer-paid activities from public oversight.(from dailycaller.com)
The evidence of officials’ efforts to evade transparency laws includes EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of the fake name “Richard Windsor”, and hidden e-mail accounts, according to a Nov. 16 letter sent by the committee to several White House officials, including Jackson.
“The use of these [hidden] accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” said the letter, signed by committee chairman Rep. Ralph Hall.
The letter also asked Jackson’s office to provide all records related to “‘Richard Windsor’ or other aliases used by the EPA Administrator or senior management…. [plus] records relating to the establishment or use of dual, secondary, or non-public email accounts.”
The letter was not signed by the committee’s Democratic members.
Similar letters were sent to the White House counsel’s office, the EPA’s inspector general, the inspector generals at the Departments of Commerce and Energy, and to John Holdren, the controversial director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The Russian Social Democratic Labor Party splits into two groups; the Bolsheviks (Russian for "majority") and Mensheviks (Russian for "minority") (1903)
U.S. recognizes Soviet Union (1933)
Nine Czech students are executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal (1939)
The Screen Actors Guild implements an anti-Communist loyalty oath (1947)
President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors "I am not a crook" (1973)
"17 November" is the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising (1973)
b: Grace Abbott (1878); d: Robert Owen (1858), Ferenc Puskás (2006)