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examiner.com

August 6, 2014

A Canadian study shared in a press release from Concordia University yesterday confirms what American researchers have known for several years: Homeschool students score better on standardized tests than public school students.

This new research, conducted by Concordian and Mount Allison Universities, added another twist, however, and compared homeschoolers with a structured curriculum with those who use an "unschooling" approach. The former were found wanting. As early as the mid 1990s, Arizona legislators had discovered that homeschoolers typically scored in the 70-85 percentile on the then-required Iowa test, while the state school pupils averaged around 40-50th percentile. This discrepancy held true for years as Arizona educators tried out different assessments.

CNS News

by Terry Jeffrey

August 6, 2014

The total federal debt of the U.S. government has now increased more than $7 trillion during the slightly more than five and a half years Barack Obama has been president.

That is more than the debt increased under all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Bill Clinton combined, and it is more debt than was accumulated in the first 227 years of this nation's existence--from 1776 through 2003. The total federal debt first passed the $7-trillion mark on Jan. 15, 2004, after President George W. Bush had been in office almost three years.

thefreethoughtproject.com

August 5, 2014

Last year, NYPD Officer Darren Ilardi ran over 24-year-old Ryo Oyamada with his police car, killing the young student outside of a deli near the intersection of 40th Avenue and 10th Street, in Queensbridge, New York.

After the accident, Ilardi intentionally destroyed evidence and began a year long cover-up which has been revealed in a recent lawsuit. It is also highly possible that Ilardi is not the only officer who participated in the cover-up. According to the lawsuit, officers who responded to the scene failed to conduct a proper investigation. The responding officers dispersed the eyewitnesses without getting any testimony, they failed to measure skid marks or to check Ilardi's cellphone and dash-cam footage to see if he was distracted while driving. Additionally, the police report was heavily redacted and it seems that surveillance video which was taken near the scene of the crime miraculously disappeared.

rare.us

by Matt Palumbo

August 3, 2014

If you waste much time on Facebook, you've probably stumbled upon at least one of the memes I address in this article.

If you waste much time on Facebook, you've probably stumbled upon at least one of the memes I address in this article. The style of the meme is to take individuals, have them explain how their country is able to accomplish some national goal, then state that it's the "opposite of what America does." None of the quotes are real, and indeed the Facebook page that creates them acknowledged this: "the Opposite of America memes were created by US Uncut and have reached 30 million people. The reason you know the quotes are fake is because the series is so popular-it's not too different than the Onion. We aren't trying to fool anyone and we don't use fake quotes on anything else."

blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com

by Mike Maharrey

August 1, 2014

Nullification opponents would have you believe that withdrawing from any federal program will unleash a tsunami of chaos. But when North Carolina recently did just that, the end result was more like a beautiful day on the beach.

When the strategy of nullifying federal programs through state non-participation and non-cooperation first started gaining traction, opponents attacked, arguing that states couldn't legally refuse to participate. But the legal truth forced them to abandon that argument. Under the well-established anti-commandeering doctrine, even the federal courts agree that the federal government can't force states to enforce federal mandates or implement federal programs. States can legally opt out. That reality forced opponents of nullification through non-participation to fall back on fear-mongering. Even when conceding that a state can legally refuse to participate, opponents claim that withdrawing from various federal social programs will cause havoc and harm, especially to those most in need. But what if the opposite were to prove true? What if withdrawing from federal programs actually benefits state residents? Recent evidence from North Carolina indicates that might be the case.

youtube.com

by Bill Whittle

July 30, 2014

In this searing and personal Firewall, Bill Whittle talks about his Brief History of Mental Illness, how he managed to avoid going Full Progressive, the famous author who helped bring him back to sanity, and asks the fundamental question: "What if I'm wrong?"

Hot Air

by Allahpundit

July 30, 2014

I'm as surprised as you are. Who could have guessed that someone who "joked" about working for OFA might not like grassroots righties?

There's an important lesson to be learned here, my friends. When you're arranging for your hard drive to be "scratched," make sure it's scratched deeply enough that stuff like this can't be recovered. No wonder she wanted to take a closer look at tea-party nonprofits. They're run by terrorists 'n stuff.

salon.com

by Mary Elizabeth Williams

July 30, 2014

Why are parents being punished for giving children independence?

"I'm totally dumbfounded by this whole situation," says Nicole Gainey. She's not the only one. The Port St. Lucie, Florida, mom was arrested on Saturday for letting her 7-year-old son, Dominic, walk alone - in the daytime, with a cellphone - a half-mile to a local park. "I honestly didn't think I was doing anything wrong," she says. "I was letting him go play." During his approximately 10-minute walk, the boy passed by a public pool, where a patron asked him where his mother was and other questions. As he told a local news station, "I got scared and ran off to the park, and that's when they called the cops." Police picked up the boy at the park, brought him home and arrested his mother for felony child neglect.

reason.com

by Peter Suderman

July 30, 2014

Recall, for a moment, how health insurers were treated by Democrats in the Obamacare debate. They were the bad guys, in no uncertain terms.

"They've been immoral all along," Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then the House Majority Leader said in July 2009, as the debate over the government-run public option raged. "They [insurers] are the villains in this. They have been part of the problem in a major way." Democrats found some success in casting insurers as the antagonists, and made a show of targeting health insurers. "It is well known to the public that the health insurance companies are the problem," as she warned insurers how much the health law would cost them.

rare.us

by Bonnie Kristian

July 29, 2014

Suppose you decide to buy a used car from a guy on Craigslist. You've found the car you want, and you're going to buy it outright. It's only $4,000, and you decide to pay cash because it will be more convenient for both of you.

So, on the day of the sale, you get the money and go to purchase the car. On the way there, you roll through a stop sign. Bad luck-a cop saw you. He pulls you over, and while he's writing up a ticket, catches a glimpse of your bank envelope in the passenger seat. Suddenly, he asks to search your car. You don't have anything to hide, so what's the harm, right? The next thing you know, the officer is thumbing through your twenties. He grills you on why you're carrying this much cash. It's suspicious, he says. A check would have been easier if you're really just buying a car. "I'm going to have to confiscate this," he finally concludes. You immediately protest: "On what charge? Am I being arrested? Can I call my lawyer?"

      

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