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Propaganda and Culture Wars: Re-writing history

Posted in education, Howard Zinn, Opinion (Political), propaganda, socialism in us on December 15, 2009 by AN Security

A woman called the Glenn Beck radio show recently complaining that at her high school the teachers posted pictures of Chairman Mao, one of the most reviled figures in world history. Oh, I remember, this was right after that weirdo Anita Dunn was caught on video talking about, who else, Chairman Mao. Maybe the schools think there isn’t ‘equal’ representation of historical personages and just wanted to include mass-murderers. It’s practically the lion chasing the gazelle and the encounter is in its final phase; the submission of the lesser creature to the dominant one. But I’m being cryptic here aren’t I? I am talking about how information affects people’s thinking and not only that, it is the lack of good information that forces people into apathy, into letting go of common sense and desire to survive and thrive in this country. That is precisely the kind of war we are fighting but many Americans just don’t see it. I fear the book burning wagon, well except those books I just described, they don’t even make good kindling for a long winter but I mean all other knowledge. Where will this propaganda machine take us? I guess down the road to social justice by teaching kids that America stinks, according to the History Channel – mind you, I will not watch any of your shows again, even if I go into convulsions – thinks that the program The People Speak , which aired last night, is a fair representation of American history.

Boo!

But look at the forces pushing this program: Hollywood types of course but there’s more. Howard Zinn, who claims to be a historian (I digress), has a different view of the world and he wants everyone to fall in line with his vision. His Zinn Education Project is a sickening network of subversive academic programs that break down what you and I know into a make-belief world where the United States is the perpetrator of great crimes against humanity.

“I can UNDERSTAND pessimism, but I don’t BELIEVE in it. It’s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical EVIDENCE. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give HOPE, because for hope we don’t need certainty, only POSSIBILITY.”

What kind of crap is this? You only need possibility? Well, then that explains why The Token in Chief can give himself a B- grade without having any positive or qualified accomplishments since he took office, so why not? Just about every person in his cabinet lacks appropriate experience for their jobs. Frankly, I’m tired of this effort from the left to re-write history in order to turn children and feeble minded adults into drones who will jump off a cliff like lemmings on command. Again, never take anything they sell you at face value; there is a hidden cost, always. I spoke about the history of tyranny being defeated in the name of liberty in my first post. This is an ongoing theme throughout the history of humanity. Zinn’s empire extends to two other networks, Rethinking Schools which here breaks down what really happened the first thanksgiving day and Teaching for Change which by the way bears the motto: ‘Building social justice starting in the classroom.’

Look at the Zinn Education Report I saw a couple of racially based organizations listed as partners or contributors. Ummm, fascinating. I saw the keywords, “RAZA” (Race) and “MULTICULTURAL” “TOLERANCE” “CHANGE” and got really uncomfortable. I don’t like it one bit. I don’t like the names of some of the other ‘supporters’ either. Look them up.

Okay, I’ve had enough. Look at the report. This actually goes beyond propaganda. This is a full-blown movement. Take a look at their books while you’re at it.

Will you permit the information to reach your kids and cross your fingers and hope they grow up to be sensible adults? I’m not going to go all Montag here and though I would not advocate the burning of books, but damn. How can we allow what knowledge we have, this huge pool of wonderful ideas and creative workings of the human mind to be replaced by fictitiously distorted and vulgar historical alternatives? On the other hand, there is a dire need to find a suitable way to rid our society from hazardous materials that could damage America’s children in the future. Let’s not give these Marxists the chance take control of what we learn and what we feel. We should not allow these people to destroy our way of life through our children. What better way to control the mind than to manipulate information and shape behavior that is in concert with their communist utopian world?

Here are some other jewels of the new educational revolution:

Teaching plan: America ‘an oppressive hellhole’

University outlines re-education for those who hold ‘wrong’ views

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=117313

Kids to meet Marx in school

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/pcourrielche/2009/12/07/next-week-on-the-history-channel-hollywood-stars-introduce-your-kids-to-marxism/

Historian Zinn Blames America for 9/11

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/bighollywood/2009/12/09/howard-zinn-blames-america-for-911/

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Citizen Kaine’s Parting Gift to VA

Posted in ACORN, Bob McDonnell, education, financial education, Opinion (Political), Tim Kaine, Virginia budget, Virginia politics on December 14, 2009 by AN Security

“Virginia Leading the Way”

That is Governor Kaine’s motto but leading Virginians where? Instead of preparing to move on with his life and after having inflicted enough damage to the Commonwealth’s economy he is eager to announce the nature of his parting gift; ‘People are going to see an awful lot in this budget they don’t like.” 

Like all Demicrats, Kaine, throws the proverbial hand grenade into the hole and runs away, perhaps glancing over his shoulder to see everything go up in smoke. Well, instead of acting like a gentleman working for Virginia’s future he leads the way into higher taxation and job cuts, a nice parting gift for the holidays. He’s like the bad boyfriend who gets dumped at Starbucks over some drink I can’t spell out; if he can’t have VA then no one else can have it. A tax hike will certainly force the Republican/Conservative side of the house to deal with this atrocity long after he’s left office. This is clearly designed to set up Governor-elect McDonnell for failure but we must all be astute and pay attention. This is precisely why we’ve voted Dems out and more will be ejected from VA in coming elections. To fight it is the right thing but just the same Kaine is determined not to balance our budget responsibly (say, stop spending) and I’ve been waiting for that car tax to go away as promised but nothing. Kaine is convinced that he can balance a budget at this point in time it doesn’t make sense. Here’s a clue: stop spending on social programs. This is not news. Get rid of social programs catering to the environmentalist movement; that should save you a lot of money.  

Another thing that bothers me is a study being conducted to determine why there are less minority students enrolled in gifted studies programs in comparison to their white peers. After I found it I started looking for the cost of the study but naturally, it’s not mentioned. Now I can’t find the original story on his site but that’s okay. I’d like to volunteer to conduct the study, and I will only charge $1 for my trouble.

Minority kids have access to gifted study programs. Why they are not represented in greater numbers may be due to a poor study and family support system. Why? Because it’s the Dems’ doctrine to convince minorities that they are too dumb to do anything on their own, and this is done from cradle to grave. Their academic ethic may be strong but if not properly supported parents will not make them do the work to get them to that level. It’s a working theory but after discussing this issue with some friends of mine who used to be teachers the lack of parental support at home is a huge factor in lower performance scores.

But then libs like to think that after-school programs are better than to let kids run home and do their homework, right? We have smart kids with great potential in VA. Let them choose their courses. That’s about as much freedom as we have today…before electives go away for good.

So now, after all this spending and receiving federal handouts to fund pet projects we can expect Virginia’s high schoolers to be forced to take a financial literacy class. Now think about that; Demicrats spend out of control, we’re on the verge of national bankruptcy and economic collapse and this is the time to introduce the elements of capitalism in schools. Fantastic. With the terrible example of fiscal mismanagement I’d say the course would be a waste of time and effort. All these kids have to do is watch the news and see how not to handle their finances. How are we going to pay for the books?

How about we have ACORN – which is still getting federal funds – to buy the books and run the courses? After all, with a president who values a good self-grading moment like it’s nobody’s business, he’d be proud to see that the training of future illegal accountants is well-funded. Here is genius testimony to this legislation, just make sure no one thinks I’ve made it up. And I quote:

Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake, who sponsored the legislation for the course, said he believed a financial literacy class was necessary because he met many students who had no clue about managing money.

“They didn’t know how to keep a record or balance a checkbook,” he said. “They were spending money on credit cards that they don’t know they have to pay back.”

You know this is just too outrageously funny and sad at the same time. This is not the time to make major changes to anything. Just leave things alone. I thought that discussing Kaine would be boring but you know what? Maybe I’ll find enough stupid crap and add to this post, just to prove how destructive he and the Dems in Virginia are.

Update:

So did anyone ask Timmy why Virginians coughed up around half a million dollars to fund security and transportation costs for the Obama coronation? The feds have reinbursed the Commonwealth part of that money but there’s more. That should be only part of the $5.7 million spent by Virginia transportation agencies – why is a local government helping the feds with security costs? – reinbursing us $2.8 million. Where’s the rest of the money? With stimulus money gone to ghost zip codes and other money that is not accounted for I have to ask, when are we going to start prosecuting these corrupt politicians for their negligence and crimes and fiscal fraud? Timmy is out of office. There has to be a way of bringing charges to these people so that justice can be served.

If I wanted to go see Obama’s coronation I would have driven or taken a bus or metro. Why stage the dem’s wagons in Virginia is outrageous. But that’s okay. Accountabiliy will once again come to light. Bob McDonnell has a lot of work ahead of him.

Republicans, you’re not off the hook. In the senate action must be swift to stop this tax increase to go through and stop these special projects from being funded. Your political future depends on that. You know what? You should have been history too. Go away quietly. We can elect new people.

Propaganda and Culture Wars: The Educational System

Posted in education, God in school, hollywood influence, propaganda, safe schools czar, sex education, US politics on December 14, 2009 by AN Security

After a long stressful month I come back to work and within 48 hours I have the flu. That figures. Anyway I’ve been giving this stuff some thought for a while and I’m just catching on to a lot of the influence that schools have on children. I went through some of my mom’s things recently and I found this lapel pin. I think I saw it before and the thing actually made me chuckle because it was given to my mom as a little girl for graduating from kindergarten. Big deal, I thought. I put it back into her box of wonders where she kept things from a past we’re not going to see again. The pin got me to thinking though that at one time even at the lowest level a child received recognition for accomplishing something, say, worked hard at learning the alphabet, penmanship and could recite the pledge of allegiance. Mom kept certificates from first grade and such in an old folder and recalled how school was actually about learning basic skills. I can’t do math. I am a wonder of the public school system some 50 years later and I can’t do math without breaking into a sweat. So I have a math phobia. But my folks could do math right off the top of their heads and spoke with seriousness even in their later years about how their teachers expected them to learn the materials provided and be good at it.

So the pin, considering the state of affairs in this country and the decline in our education system I’d say makes more sense now. Hard work merited rewards. Math is very useful and so is English and government classes but instead I hear more and more about courses that introduce children to matters not appropriate to their psychological development and less useful once they enter the workforce. People were happy and proud to earn a high school diploma but so much has changed since my parent’s time. I also noticed the pin bears a cross which is something amazing because by the time my generation entered the school system God too was rendered inappropriate. I got into trouble for reading a prayer sheet my mom gave me which I had slipped inside a book and was reading it before class. The teacher came into the room, zeroed in on me, grabbed the book and found the terrible contraband inside. Mind you, this was one of the teachers who complained of not making enough money and was frequently going to strikes while leaving us kids in the classroom to rot in stupidity.

Tea and cake for 1,000 to go please

I couldn’t understand where her anger came from back then but I do now. I’m not saying all teachers are like that, but let’s face it; the system has been infiltrated by subversives for so many generations that it’s hard to tell if you’re in safe company. Even in my college years while I went to night school while in the service I had to tackle professors with ideas so radical I had to wage academic war on them. I won. One guy looked like some beatnik type and I wonder how he was allowed on the base to teach, but he had this thing for teaching strange history. You know, stuff that isn’t exactly right. He said during one of his lectures that the attack on the Bastille was not an attack; it was a peaceful takeover of a prison. I looked around and everyone else but me and at the time my husband were shaking their heads in agreement. Uh, no, the Bastille was rushed by citizens who previously organized and broke into a large mob that broke into the Invalides prison and stole scores of weapons but had no ammo. So, the word got out quickly that the Bastille prison had tons of ammo. Two plus two I can count that much. The mob headed to the Bastille and launched the French Revolution and I’m putting this into simple terms because the introduction of bad science and bad history into the classrooms is pervasive and a danger to our way of life. So no, the rush on the Bastille was not some we are the world thingy. We had heard enough of that guy, his long curly hair flopping over his shoulders as he went too far when he started explaining how Hitler was misunderstood and that Nazism was more about a movement based on the occult, like Satanism or whatnot; basically gibberish.

We went home and searched our library. Hubby went for some standard history of the world stuff while I went for the cannon shells, because I don’t do anything in a small scale. Armed with our books, we dropped them loudly onto the front row table and took a seat. Professor paced back and forth and from time to time he would glance at our books, mine more than hubby’s for some reason. After about an hour professor stopped in front of me while talking (I tuned him out, I had good grades anyway) and picked up one book; Simon Schama’s Citizens, A chronicle of the French Revolution. He mentioned with surprised that was one of the hardest books to read. I just smiled. I liked the book. I could read you know, it wasn’t hard for me. It didn’t take long before we both engaged the man in academic combat, leaving him frustrated. He called a break and asked us both to step aside. He was direct. We were being disruptive. Hubby smiled and got in his face. We’re just debating you, that is what we’re supposed to do in class, right?

Well, no, he said. He preferred that students stuck to his lesson plan. But we complained that his lesson plan contained no truth at all, no factual information that could be verified in our books. Maybe in his world history was recorded differently. So after going back and forth the terms for a truce were put out to us: if you stop bringing these books to class and getting into arguments, I will give you both an A.

We kept on for a while until it was obvious that he knew at least two people in his class were not drones and that scared him. That meant he lost control of his class and could not deliver his message. The semester was about half-way over so we backed off but we were both A students anyway. The pressure was on and I understood then that the professor belonged to the same bunch who espouses the vilification of children who pray in school like their lives are in danger. I’m not turned easily. I ask questions and I check sources and so should you. What are your kids learning in school? Is what they are learning in concert with your values? Careful in asking around; dissent is considered disruption. We’re not supposed to learn in school what my folks and your folks learned in school. So what is it? There can’t be anything like spirituality or friendly discussion of topics unless you follow a certain agenda.

Like the people who rushed the Bastille on that morning of July 14, Americans will have to arm themselves with the truth and fight the same kind of tyranny they fought against then. Don’t show up for a battle without your ammo. I don’t take anyone’s word at face value, believe me. I like to have the option of checking before I agree. We should all do that.

That’s where propaganda comes in. You can’t sell trash to the masses unless you dress it up. But that’s for my next installment. Wish me a quick recovery from the flu. Good night.