Once again the left is offended by a commercial, which shows patriotism and the traditional values, which is exist in most main street towns in America. Airing this past Sunday during the Golden Globes, the McDonalds ad featuring their various sign messages is one of the best commercials on the market since the "God Made a Farmer" commercial done by Dodge for the 2013 Super Bowl.
The company notes on its Tumbler page, "there's a story behind every one. that captures a moment in time and reflects the lives of the community it serves."
Yet, almost immediately those on the left started wining about how dare McDonalds try to put any good message out when they are refusing to allow the unions to take over and not jumping on the raise the minimum wage band wagon. more >>
Common Core harms children and will not alleviate poverty because it fails to understand how children learn, a Tuesday report jointly issued by Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years claims.
While the Common Core State Standards Initiative expects kindergartners to learn to read, studies have shown that the ability to read in kindergarten does not predict success in later grades, the report states. Additionally, the focus on reading takes time away from methods that have proven successful — namely, play-based and experiential learning.
The report was authored by three early childhood education experts: Nancy Carlsson-Paige, professor emerita at Lesley University, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin, director of DEY, and Joan Almon, co-founder of Alliance for Childhood. more >>
Americans United for Separation of Church and State argued that an Oklahoma bill that would protect school districts with Bible courses from legal action attempts to place a "loophole" in the law that would let public schools teach that the Bible is true.
Americans United expressed its opposition to Senate Bill 48 due to their concern that it would allow for Bible courses that advocate Christianity. Writing for the Americans United blog "Wall of Separation" on Wednesday, Sarah Jones argued that SB 48 was also unnecessary given current law.
A new bill being proposed by an Oklahoma senator will shield public schools in the state from being hit with lawsuits for teaching non-sectarian classes on the Bible.
More specifically, this bill will sustain a Bible course instituted in public schools by the Christian family that owns the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and is being proposed by Senator Kyle Loveless.
It's labeled Senate Bill 48, the "religious elective" and intends to render schools and school boards impervious to any lawsuits regarding the teaching of religion in school. more >>
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted an invitation by Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend a ceremony in Moscow in May to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. This is set to be Kim's first official overseas trip as leader of his country, and follows indications from Putin that he wants closer ties between the two world leaders.
"North Korea is seeking to deepen both diplomatic and economic ties with Russia at a time when its political relationship with China remains chilly," South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.
The celebrations are intended to mark the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. The visit will be Kim's first to a foreign country since he became North Korean leader in 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. more >>
Shades of 2012! The previous Republican ticket just reappeared from the mists of the past to issue pronouncements about 2016. The ex-VP nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, said the expected: He isn't running. The Crystal Ball was so sure of his non-candidacy that we didn't even include him anywhere in our seven tiers last month, to the consternation of some readers.
The presidential half of the '12 ticket, however, had a very different declaration to make. The newfound willingness of Mitt Romney to "consider" a third candidacy for the White House stunned many observers; privately, Romney was said to have all but affirmed to some chief backers that he'd be on the ballot again.
Surprise was a reasonable reaction. Romney had repeatedly disavowed any desire to put on his running shoes again, noting that he had had his chance and telling The New York Times a year ago: "Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no." Eleven no's — and it turns out they still didn't add up to a durable Sherman-esque declaration. more >>