All Republicans who loathe the Common Core national standards know that some current or potential presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich) are great proponents of this centralizing scheme. But Common Core is only one problematic education initiative supported by politicians who ought to know better. Why do Republicans who consider themselves conservative consistently promote education policies that endanger student privacy, increase federal government power, and cement an economic system more reflective of 1930s Europe than free-market America?
Consider the "Student Right to Know Before You Go Act," co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio. This legislation would expand statewide student data systems to track individual students through college and into the workforce. The behemoth data systems would "match individual-level transcript data to post graduation employment and earnings outcomes" – and share it with the U.S. Department of Education (USED). (The data would be "anonymized," of course, to which any IT expert can only chuckle, "Good luck with that.")
The excuse for this data-collection monstrosity – which would overturn a federal ban on such intrusive tracking -- is to hold colleges accountable for producing economic bang for the student's buck. But even if there were no other way to evaluate colleges (and there is), do we really want the government tracking American citizens as they graduate and move through the workforce, keeping tabs on their jobs and salaries? Liberal Arne Duncan wants this, but should conservative Marco Rubio help him achieve it? more >>
The City of Cincinnati, Ohio is famous for its German heritage but mostly, it's famous for its food—Skyline Chili, Graeters Ice Cream, and the interesting meat creation that is "goetta". It's also the birthplace of former President Taft, baseball legend Pete Rose, and former mayor, Jerry Springer … but that's another story.
Then finally, Cincinnati is home to The Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds. And this year on July 14, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in their hometown at Great American Ballpark.
The All-Star Game always brings in a lineup of amazing players and stars, but events like these also tend to bring in another crowd, one that must be stopped … and a few Cincinnatians have made it their goal to do just that. more >>
From this recent casting news, it appears that it won't only be Barry/Flash who will be getting a new love interest when the second season of the hit superhero TV drama series "The Flash" returns to The CW.
According to the latest TV scoop from TV Line's Michael Ausiello, "Joe [Jesse L. Martin] is going to partake in some nookie-nookie with a woman named Olivia."
The scooper went on to dish some details that the producers of the show are at the moment, on the lookout for an "African-American actress in her early-40s to play a troubled old friend of Joe's." more >>
Macy's is the latest big-name company, following NBC Universal and Univision, to sever its relationship with billionaire businessman Donald Trump following the GOP presidential candidate's controversial remarks that immigrants from Mexico and other countries coming into the U.S. illegally are "killers and rapists."
"We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation," Macy's explained in a statement about its decision to pull Trump's merchandise from its stores.
"In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004." more >>
Actor Channing Tatum is currently hard at work in preparing himself to portray the card-throwing mutant Gambit in the upcoming X-Men franchise standalone movie "Gambit."
Earlier this week, "Magic Mike" screenwriter Reid Carolin revealed the training which Tatum is currently undergoing to better play the Southern superhero.
"Last night we were with my friend who I went to college with, this guy David Kwong who is an incredible magician and he was teaching Chan how to throw cards and do slight of hand and all that, so we're producing that and I'm mostly just writing stuff, both things are female-driven but they're totally different kinds of stories," Carolin told Screen Rant. more >>
Linda Barnette has issued marriage licenses in Grenada County, Mississippi for 24 years. On Tuesday, she resigned.
"I choose to obey God rather than man," Mrs. Barnette wrote in her one paragraph resignation letter to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors.
"I am a follower of Christ and I believe strongly that the Bible is my final authority," she wrote. 'The Bible teaches that a marriage is to be between a man and a woman. Therefore, because of the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, I can no longer fulfill my duties as Circuit Clerk and issue marriage licenses to same sex couples." more >>