Idaho charter school advocacy group decries Trump budget, says it would pit charters against other public schools

But this is exactly what makes charter schools so good — the competition with the standard government schools. If there’s no competition, there’s no reason to raise the bar and do well. 

As it is, we have the worst of both worlds: a union-run, government monopoly. Is there any reason government school students get the worst education for the highest cost? From Eye On Boise: 

A leading Idaho charter school advocacy group is decrying President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal, even though it proposes an additional $158 million in federal funds to launch or expand charter schools. The Idaho Charter School Network said in a statement that the $9 billion in cuts proposed for the U.S. Department of Education would “have a long-lasting impact on all public schools, district and charter,” including cuts to programs for the neediest and most vulnerable students.

“Making significant cuts to K-12 funding while simultaneously increasing funds for new public charter schools would unnecessarily pit public charter schools against public traditional district schools. We fear the losers in this will be our students and their futures,” the group said in its statement. “We ask President Trump and Congress to choose to support all public schools and not to pick charter schools over district schools.”

The Idaho Charter School Network is based in Boise; its CEO is Terry Ryan.

Cosmo Calls a Sikh a Muslim To Promote Pro-Muslim Narrative

Those poor liberals. They cannot tell the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim. They must think that everyone looks alike.

As part of an effort to try to shift the narrative away from Islamic terrorism in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack, Cosmopolitan intentionally conflated Muslims with Sikhs to promote the idea that Muslims are nothing but helpful and accommodating to those in need.

In a now-deleted tweet, Cosmo posted a photo of a Sikh man and wrote, “Muslim Taxi Drivers Took Kids Trying to Escape the Manchester Ariana Grande Concert Home for Free.”


The problem is, however, the man in the photo is Sikh. 

An earlier also now-deleted tweet from Cosmo’s photo editor Mylan Torres shows her asking Harjinder Kukreja, an openly Sikh man, for permission to use his photo about providing people free cab rides.


‘Inevitable’ that N. Korea builds nuclear-armed missile able to reach US ‒ intel head


That’s a long way to go. It’s 5626 miles (closest) from North Korea to California. Their best shot to date is only 1550 miles. 

The Defense Intelligence Agency has provided the first official US assessment of North Korea’s latest missile test, telling a Senate committee that the reclusive nation is on a clear trajectory to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile that could hit the US. 

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DNC Fundraising for April 2017 Lowest Since 2009

Party chairman Tom Perez booed in California. This cannot be a good sign for the Dems. They are clearly not appealing to their base. 

DNC reports worst April of fundraising since 2009

The Democratic National Committee reported its worst April of fundraising since 2009, according to Federal Election Commission records released Monday. The DNC reported taking in $4.7 million last month. While this is an off-year for fundraising, the DNC hauled $8.5 million last year, and nearly $5 million in 2015.

Compare to the RNC:

Government’s “Dietary fat guidelines have no evidence base”

I’ve been alive long enough now to see dietary science come 180° in their recommendations. 

Here’s my recommendation: eat anything you want in moderation. Exercise. 

Incidents of obesity and diabetes explode after low-fat guidelines were implemented.

The theory of “consensus science reliability” seems to have taken another hit, as a new report has been released that asserts government-based dietary fat guidelines “have no evidence base”.

Publishing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Dr Zoë Harcombe of the Institute of Clinical Exercise and Health Science of the University of the West of Scotland researched both the origins and the results of following the dietary fat guidelines that have prevailed in the US and the United Kingdom for almost 40 years. The evidence provides no support for the assertion that low-fat diets are healthier, especially as the incidences of obesity and diabetes have escalated dramatically during the same four decades of the guidelines’ implementation.

Until the introduction of dietary guidelines in 1977, the view of Tanner, from the Practice of Medicine, prevailed “Farinaceous and vegetable foods are fattening, and saccharine matters are especially so” …. In 1960, 13.3% of US adults were obese; 44.8% were overweight. By 2007, 34.7% of US adults were obese; 67.7% were overweight.68 In the UK, in 1972, 2.7% of men and 2.7% of women were obese and 23.0% of men and 13.9% of women were overweight. By 1999, obesity rates had risen to 22.6% of men and 25.8% of women, while 49.2% of men and 36.3% of women were overweight.69 (Health was devolved in the UK in 1999 to the regions of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and thus UK statistics terminated).

The diabetes rate was 2.4% in 1976 in the USA. The introduction to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans reported that 24 million Americans, almost 11% of the adult population, were diabetic and 78 million Americans, 35% of the adults, were pre-diabetic.71 This has recently been updated to 29 million diabetics and 86 million pre-diabetics. A recent review in the Lancet estimated that the lifetime risk for developing diabetes was 40.2% for American men and 39.6% for women. There were 800 000 people with diabetes in the UK in 1980, from a population of 56 million—an incident rate of 1.42%. The diabetes rate in the UK in 2015 was 6.1%.75 The incident rate of diabetes, both in the USA and the UK, has increased more than fourfold since the dietary fat guidelines were introduced.

Harcombe, who is a noted obesity researcher, takes a look at the obesity epidenic and its relationship to dietary guidelines in the following video: