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NEW INFO! SUPPORT OUR POLICE - RALLY, SATURDAY, JAN 3RD, YARMOUTH, 11 to 1

NEW LOCATION FOR RALLY!


We know who we turn to in time of crisis: If it's not the fire and rescue it's the police.

Al Sharpton and national officials who he advises have been signalling that the police are not to be trusted. This is not only an insult to all officers who put their lives on the line for people every day, it creates dangerous situations in neighborhoods where minorities need police protection the most. It is a national disgrace that a man with a record of race-baiting, incitement and fraud such as Sharpton's is a White House advisor.

That anti-police rhetoric has caused the death of at least two police officers is an outrage.

This Saturday from 11 to 1 a rally to show our thanks for what the police do will be held at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School at 210 Station Street. The location has been changed due to the huge interest If you can spare a few minutes to stop by to show your appreciation, that would be great! Here are the details:

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Home made signs welcome as are American flags and blue banners.

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REPUBLICAN SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS SLAMS DEMOCRATIC AMNESTY PLAN THAT WOULD DEVASTATE JOBS AND WAGES OF AMERICAN WORKERS

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions is leading the fight for the men and women of America who are working and those who want to be working. Session is opposed to the plans of the Democratic Senate majority and Obama to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants that would tear apart the job market for Americans.

Supporting this unilateral grant of amnesty by Obama in a key vote in July were Democratic senators Shaheen of New Hampshire, Markey of Massachusetts, Hagan of North Carolina, Begich of Alaska, Pryor of Arkansas and Landrieu of Louisiana. These senators are all up for election on November 4th and should go down to defeat because they put their Democrat political donors ahead of the interests of the people they were elected to represent.

Senator Sessions, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Ranking Member of the Budget Committee, has been a relentless champion of protecting American jobs, battling the Obama Administration, congressional Democrats and the billionaire corporate immigration lobby that would crush the middle class.

On September 12th on the Senate floor Senator Sessions laid out in detail the facts about the enormous damage that the Democrats' immigration amnesty plan would do to America.

Session vowed that the voices of the American people would prevail over the billionaire "Masters of the Universe" who would rob Americans of their livelihood and their future.

“Earlier this week I spoke about the President's promise that he would issue an executive amnesty to 5 or 6 million people. The planned amnesty would include work permits, photo ID's, and Social Security numbers for millions of people who illegally entered the U.S., illegally overstayed their visas, or defrauded U.S. immigration authorities.

The Senate Democratic Conference has supported and enabled the President's unlawful actions and blocked every effort to stop them. Not even one of our Democratic colleagues has backed the House legislation that would stop this planned executive amnesty or demanded that Senator Reid bring it up for a vote. Every Senate Democrat is therefore the President's partner in his planned lawless acts.

Tonight I would like to talk about the influence of special interests on our nation's immigration system. How did we get to the point where elected officials, activist groups, the ACLU, and global CEOs are openly working to deny American workers the immigration protections to which they are legally entitled? How did we get to the point where the Democratic Party is prepared to nullify and wipe away the immigration laws of the United States of America?

Just yesterday Majority Leader Reid wrote in a tweet something that was shocking. He said: ‘Since House Republicans have failed to act on immigration, I know the President will. When he does, I hope he goes real big.’

Let this sink in for a moment. The Majority Leader of the Senate is bragging that he knows the President will circumvent Congress to issue executive amnesty to millions, and he is encouraging the President to ensure this amnesty includes as many people as possible. And the White House has acknowledged that 5 to 6 million is the number they are looking at.

Has one Senate Democrat stepped forward to reject Mr. Reid's statement? Has one Senate Democrat stepped forward to say: I support the legislation passed by the House of Representatives that would secure the border and block this executive amnesty? Have they ever said they support that? Have they ever said: I will do everything in my power to see that the House legislation gets a vote in the Senate so the American people can know what is going on? No. All we hear is silence.

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DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS BETRAYED AFRICAN-AMERICAN YOUTH.

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We've seen Ferguson before, in Detroit, 1967.

Obama's economy, overburdened with regulations, has sputtered and stalled, resulting in high unemployment in black neighborhoods. But even if there were jobs, "Just 5% of African-American students meet the ACT's college readiness benchmark in all four subject areas: English, reading, math and science." The unholy alliance between the Democratic Party and public teachers' unions has produced "crumbling" inner city school systems. The result, no skills, no jobs. No jobs, no skills, The Democrats have betrayed their most loyal voting block, African-American voters.

Ferguson, USA

50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a Ferguson doesn't need to happen.
By Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal

It has been 50 years since Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Across that half century, the condition of inner-city black life in America has consumed immeasurable amounts of the nation's public and private spending, litigation, academic study, cultural output and opinion. And yet everything about Ferguson is familiar.

A poor neighborhood has erupted over a police killing, protesters are in the streets, civil-rights leaders are everywhere, local businesses have been looted and cameramen are recording the most familiar image of all—young black men in a state of rage. Eventually Ferguson will subside as a daily news story, and then life in this small town in the middle of the country will return to being what it was.

We've seen these pictures before: the urban in riot in Detroit, 1967. AP
What we are seeing in Ferguson occurred on a larger scale in Detroit and Newark in 1967, in the Watts section of Los Angeles in 1965, and in a neighborhood called Hough on the east side of Cleveland in 1966. Some argue that Detroit and Newark never recovered.

We will leave it to others to plumb the riddles of whether racism and injustice create the Fergusons of America. A question more open to the possibility of an answer is: Why don't more young guys in places like Ferguson have a job to occupy their days?

The short answer is, they don't work because there is no work. And anyway, who would hire them? President Barack Obama explained all this in February when he announced the "My Brother's Keeper" Initiative.

"As a black student," Mr. Obama said, "you are far less likely than a white student to be able to read proficiently by the time you are in fourth grade. By the time you reach high school, you're far more likely to have been suspended or expelled." And the future? "Fewer young black and Latino men participate in the labor force compared to young white men. And all of this translates into higher unemployment rates and poverty rates as adults." All indisputable.

The goal of "My Brother's Keeper," Mr. Obama said, is to find out "what works," and then build on what works.

But we know what works. The build-out is simply waiting for a head contractor to get the job done.

When the president announced this initiative in February, the progressive website Think Progress produced an article that includes one eye-popping chart. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it shows the unemployment rate for black youth from 2007-2012. In November 2009 it hit 49.1%. It has declined to about 35%, but remains twice the rate for young whites.

The article also noted the massive shortfall in educational preparedness: "Just 5% of African-American students meet the ACT's college readiness benchmark in all four subject areas: English, reading, math and science."

Connect the dots: What younger black men need is a decent job and the education necessary to get and hold that job. Absent that, normal life is impossible, for them or for their neighborhoods.

More dots: Last August, the Pew Research Center published a report, also documenting that the "black unemployment rate is consistently twice that of whites." Gaze, however, at Pew's chart of unemployment by race based on seasonally adjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 1954 to 2013. It reveals what works.

Peak unemployment for all blacks hit 19.5% in 1983, after a deep recession. Then it plummeted, to about 11%. These were the boom years of the Reagan presidency, when economic growth hit 7% in 1984 and averaged 3.6%. Following a recession in the early 1990s, that strong-growth trend continued during Bill Clinton's presidency, and black unemployment fell further, below 10%.

The postrecession growth rate for the first five years of the Obama presidency was below 2%, and joblessness for young black men is unprecedented. Something, obviously, isn't working.

Good growth is half of what works. Without a functional education, holding a job, or improving on the one you've got, is nearly impossible. Ferguson's school system, the Washington Post's visiting reporters noted Tuesday, "is crumbling."

The decline of inner-city public schools is the greatest, most bitterly ironic social tragedy in the 50 years since passage of the liberating civil-rights acts. But what works here is no longer an unsolvable mystery. It is the alternatives that emerged to the defunct public system—charters schools and voucher-supported parochial schools. Over the past 20 years, these options, born in desperation, have forced their way into the schools mix. Freed of politicized, sludge-like central bureaucracies, they've proven they can teach kids and send them into the workforce.

Economic growth is nonpartisan. But inner-city public education is totally partisan. Democratic politicians made a Faustian bargain with the teachers unions, and the souls carried away have been the black children in those doomed schools.

What America's Fergusons need—from L.A. to Detroit to New York—is a president, and a party, obsessed with growth and messianic about giving a kid what he needs to hold the job that growth provides. Maybe by the 100th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.


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EVERY DEMOCRATIC SENATOR'S VOTE IN 2008 FOR OBAMA'S PROGRAM HAS RESULTED IN LOWER INCOMES FOR BLACKS, HISPANICS, WOMEN, WORKING FAMILIES AND THE MIDDLE CLASS.

Every Democratic senator seeking re-election who was in office in 2008 is responsible for the economic disaster that has befallen the families of America. Their 60 votes installed Obama's "transforming" agenda to the detriment of the middle class and poor of America. They did it all without a single Republican vote. If the voters know the truth, those Democrats will pay at the polls in November.

The Democratic Party's great political victory in 2008 led to the realization of a progressive agenda in the making for a century. But that agenda resulted in economic failure for working Americans. It failed as it has always failed: Progressive policies buy votes but destroy prosperity.


Senate Democrats vs. the Middle Class
Senators elected in 2008 made Obama's agenda possible, and its results have harmed most Americans.

By Phil Gramm and Michael Solon
WSJ Aug. 18, 2014

On Nov. 3, 2008, seven new Democratic senators were elected, giving Democrats 58 votes. Eight months later, with the Minnesota Senate race settled and Arlen Specter having switched parties, Democrats secured the 60th vote to overcome filibusters and impose absolute control over the Senate for the first time in 31 years. In 78 days, American voters will render judgment on the record of the Senate Democratic Class of 2008, and on all 35 Democratic candidates seeking to perpetuate their Senate majority.

The Senate's Democratic majority was united after the 2008 election in its commitment to President Obama's progressive vision to remake America. And with a financial crisis afoot, it was determined to not waste the opportunity.

ObamaCare, which gave government control of the health-care system, was vigorously supported, promoted and defended by every Senate Democrat. It became law in March 2010 without a single Republican vote in either house of Congress. Every Democratic senator cast the deciding vote for ObamaCare.

Since the Progressive Era a century ago, Democrats have dreamed of seizing the commanding heights of the financial system to expand government's ability to influence the allocation of credit. The passage of Dodd-Frank in July 2010, also supported by every Democrat in the Senate, made that dream a reality.

In 1993, President Clinton had been unable to pass a comparatively modest $16 billion stimulus program. Democrats in 2009 passed a massive $787 billion stimulus program with every Democratic senator voting for it. And with the tacit support of Democratic senators who have blocked every bill, resolution or amendment that impeded any aspect of his regulatory agenda, President Obama has implemented the most massive expansion of federal regulatory authority since the Great Depression.

It is impossible for any Democratic senator running for re-election this year to credibly argue that he or she did not support the president's program or provide a critical vote to enact it. No Democratic candidate can argue that by electing him or her and sustaining the Democratic majority in the Senate, voters can hope to alter the president's program.

With his party's Senate supermajority, President Obama achieved a series of historic political victories. But the question most voters will have to answer on Nov. 4 is whether this program has been good for working Americans. We think the answer is clear. As is well known, the Obama recovery is the weakest in postwar history. If the Obama recovery had been as strong as the average of the previous 10 postwar recoveries, 13.9 million more Americans would be working today and the average real per capita income of every man, woman and child in America would be $6,308 higher.

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HOW DEMOCRATS TURN VICTORY INTO DEFEAT - FIRST, VIETNAM AND NOW, IRAQ?


Why is Iraq War shaping up to be another Vietnam?

Because anti-war Democrats pulled American support after victory had been achieved in Vietnam and turned a victory turned into a defeat. Obama did the same thing in Iraq
and a danger worse than North Vietnam has arisen to threaten the entire Middle East and the United States.

For a refresher on how Democrats, led in part by a young John Kerry, threw away a great victory in Vietnam that had been won on the battlefield at great cost in American lives, read the words of Bill Whittle.

LAST HELICOPTER OUT OF BAGHDAD

Hi everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall.

History, it is said, is written by the victors. And we’ve been told, by the victors, that America lost the Vietnam War. But the victors, in this case, were not the people who actually took possession of the battlefield.

No, the victors who have written about how we lost the Vietnam War are the American Left.

But if you dig deep enough – and it turns out you don’t have to dig very deep at all – you will discover that America did not lose the Vietnam War. America won the Vietnam War. What America lost was the Vietnam Peace.

How simple is this to prove?

Well, as with the invasion of Korea, and Berlin, and Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, and Poland, and Nicaragua, and Cuba, and Grenada, and El Salvador, the Vietnam War was started by the Left. Communists in North Vietnam invaded the free people of South Vietnam. You can say the South Vietnamese government was corrupt, But that doesn’t mean the South Vietnamese people didn’t deserve to be free. Our government has become largely corrupt and we deserve to be free. All people deserve to be free. This is the idea the Left must destroy.

So the North Vietnamese communists invaded the South. And back and forth, up and down, for about eleven until Richard Nixon decided to not only end, but win the Vietnam War, so he started bombing Hanoi and he didn’t stop bombing Hanoi until the North Vietnamese came to the negotiating table. And there, during the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, The Americans, the South Vietnamese, the Communist North Vietnamese and their insurgent arm, the Viet Cong, signed a peace treaty, the key tenet of which was a guarantee by the United States, not to send more of our men to die but to replace, on a bullet-by-bullet, helicopter-by-helicopter basis, any military hardware expended by the South to repel future incursions.

That peace treaty left Vietnam exactly as it had been before the communist invasion – the communist invasion of South Vietnam had. Completely. Failed.

Our victory lasted for two years.

Then In 1974, Richard Nixon was forced from office due to the Watergate scandal. That scandal gave the anti-war Democrats, who had taken the side of North Vietnam and lost — a landslide victory in the 1974 elections, and in 1975 the 94th Congress voted to defund that Paris Peace Accord agreement. They voted to undo the American victory two years after the war was won.

On April 10th, 1975, President Gerald Ford begged congress – literally begged them – to keep our word to our allies. But the anti-war democrats had forked hard – worked for a decade — for their American defeat, and a week later the Genocide began. North Vietnamese Colonel Bui Tin, who demanded and received the surrender of Saigon, said after the War that “When Nixon stepped down after Watergate we knew we would win.”

The communist North Vietnamese, and the American Left, lost the Vietnam war. Two years later, they won the peace. Then the slaughter began.

The same thing is happening, right now, as we speak, in Iraq. After winning the war we are losing the peace, in precisely the same way we lost the Peace in Vietnam.

Whipped and defeated, the enemy lays low for a while – for years. Then, small nibbles around the edges. Then larger bites. And when America stands paralyzed – not just in Iraq but in Libya and Syria and Iran and Korea and the Crimea – then they move and move fast because they know the Left is holding the cards and the Left is the cavalry that they don’t have. And now the slaughter begins.

Again.

You don’t have to like the fact that we went into Iraq; you don’t have to like the fact that we went to Vietnam, either, but like it or not both those wars were won through the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of America’s armed forces. And once again, defeat is being snatched from the jaws of victory by the same people as before. Those people are called Democrats.

It wasn’t always this way. These Democrats fought for Freedom. Foreign-policy-wise, at least, they’d be rock-ribbed Conservatives today.

But, as Iraq falls before our eyes, as the murders accelerate, and as we lose the peace we won due to this President’s inability to conclude a simple agreement to keep troops stationed in Iraq – as we did and continue to do to keep the peace in Korea, for almost 65 years now, and Europe, for almost seventy – the man responsible for losing the peace in Iraq will be the same man so responsible for losing the peace in Vietnam – the man who has a plaque in a Hanoi Museum dedicated to his invaluable help in winning for the left the peace in the face of the war they lost.

And finally, let me just say this: Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum.

So if you say that America should not be the World’s policeman, believe me: I sympathize. But if you are going to take that position, you need to ask the next question, because the next question is required: if not America, then who? Because if American power is removed from the earth, then what force will rush to fill the vacuum? China? Russia? Or, as we are seeing today: will American power be replaced by Islamists who don’t debate whether or not gays can get married, but rather debate whether it is best to execute them by hanging, stoning or a shot in the back of the head?

This is the world the Left wants – it’s the world they have always wanted through their invasions and their subversions. And for the second time in our lives and to our undying shame, this looks like what they are going to get it.

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SALUTE THE KOCH BROTHERS -- FIGHTING TO RESTORE THE FREE SOCIETY THAT OUR GOVERNMENT IS DESTROYING

The character assassins of the Democratic Party have decided that the hugely successful Republican businessmen, the so-called Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, will be the scapegoats for all their failures. They use their poisonous invective to inflame hatred against the brothers among their followers who know no better.

Democratic Senators Harry Reid and Charles Schumer along with White House operatives egged on by Obama are the most prominent of the slimes who attack the Kochs without shame or any sense of decency.

This morning (April 3, 2014) Charles Koch decided to have his say and wrote an extraordinary piece that appears in today's Wall Street Journal. He rightly charges the Obama Democratic character assassins with choking the economy as they seek to gain more and more control over peoples' lives by demonizing those who stand in their way.

This is a war by the government against its own people. He makes clear what it is at stake:

The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

Charles Koch has sounded the alarm. Every freedom loving American must join the fight.

I'm Fighting to Restore a Free Society
Instead of welcoming free debate, collectivists engage in character assassination.
By Charles G. Koch
April 3, 2014

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation's own government. That's why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. "The natural progress of things," Jefferson wrote, "is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." He knew that no government could possibly run citizens' lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle. Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means.

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WHY VOTE? WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT HARRASSMENT BY THE OBAMA ADMINISRATION'S IRS AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES OF A WOMAN EXERCISING HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.

It isn't only the Obama administration that is at war with people opposed to their far left Democrat agenda. This cancer of war against the people has now spread to Democratic allies in the sprawling federal bureaucracy who answer the bell when they get the call to attack.

Take seven minute to watch the congressional testimony of this fearless Texas woman Catherine Engelbrecht recount how she has been intimidated by agencies of the federal government after filing an application to establish an organization to ensure fair voting will take place.

This corruption of our Constitution must be stopped. This November vote every Democrat out of Congress.

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MUSLIMS MURDER CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD YAWNS -- AS DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

To its credit, the Boston Globe has begun regularly carrying articles about Islamic atrocities on pages 2 and 3 of its daily edition. Previously, there were few if any such reports printed.

The horrifying report from Associated Press appearing this morning is just another one of many similar reports coming from northern Nigeria where the systematic effort to drive non-Muslims out of the territory has been going on for years. Muslims want to occupy more land and accomplish that by terror, rape, murder, plunder and arson. The principal victims are Christians. Christians make up about 50% of Nigeria's population, most of whom are in the south of Nigeria. Muslims are spreading south from the Muslim-majority countries of Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan and Chad by force and violence, in short, by waging war.

The leading war group in northern Nigeria seeking to drive out all Christians and other non-Muslims from their traditional villages and lands is Boko Haram, which is loosely translated as "Western education is forbidden."

This means the group has a special focus on wiping out any "pollution" of Western learning from the Islamic teaching allowed by Sharia.

What motivates and justifies such violence? The answer is simple: Islam. Those being in the forefront of the invasions are doing what is called for in the Koran and by the words of "the perfect man" Mohammad. Mohammad ruthlessly captured and destroyed villages and murdered all male inhabitants and took the children and women as slaves.

Political correctness reigns in this article less than it usually does in reports of Muslims committing violence. Here the killers are called "Islamists" and "Islamist extremists." Many articles call these Muslims "militants" or "insurgents" or some other neutral term, even "terrorists," but without making any connection to Islam

"Islamists" and "extremists" are those Muslims who understand what the Koran and Mohammad have told them (and every Muslim) to do and feel duty bound to do it, that is, wage jihad until Islam is supreme in the world. This means conquering territory and converting, killing or subjecting non-Muslims to subservient status. As long as the cause is the advancement of Islam, all is permitted.

The question that is not asked that should be is "Where is the money coming from for the equipment and munitions and supplies used by these Muslim murderers?" The best guess is the Saudis, who have been propagating "true" Islam for decades in mosques and madrassas in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan and other majority-Sunni countries as well as throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia. If you train the fighters, you probably wind up supporting them when they go off to fight. What has the U.S. government done to stop such a flow of funds?

Christians are the prime target of Islam with the aim of driving them out of every Muslim-majority country. Christianity is viewed by Islam as the principal obstacle to the spread of Islam, so Muslims and their colleagues in the secular Democrat left are constantly attacking Christianity, sneering at it, seeking to undermine it, belittling its beliefs and making a follower feel like an outcast, if not a "bigot" or a "racist."

As for Islamic atrocities, particularly those carried out against Christians, the media downplays them, either by not reporting them at all or ignoring the likelihood of the role of Islam in the atrocities. Muslim killers are called "militants" or "insurgents" and Islam isn't mentioned.

And the Democrat Obama administration is complicit, such as terming the Allahu Akbar murders of defenseless America soldiers by Major Nidal Hasan "workplace violence," not Islamic terrorism, which it clearly was.

Persecution of Christians by Muslims is currently as bad as it has ever been in all the centuries of Islam's existence. With 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and trillions of dollars in oil revenues flowing into Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states, Islam is better positioned to wage its world war than it has ever been.

The ugly violence described in the article below is just one of thousands of similar incidents occurring every year as part of the persecution of Christians and non-Muslims by Muslims.

Attacks by Islamist groups force school closings in Nigeria

By Haruna Umar and Michelle Faul | Associated Press
March 19, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The Borno state government is closing all high schools indefinitely amid fears of massive attacks by Islamist extremists, officials and teachers said Tuesday, confirming a move that may be considered a victory for Boko Haram, a terrorist network whose nickname means ‘‘Western education is forbidden.’’

Some 85 schools will be closed, affecting nearly 120,000 students in an area that has Nigeria’s worst literacy rates, “until the security situation in the state improves,’’ Borno’s governor, Kashim Shettima, said Monday on the BBC Hausa language service.

The closures come amid growing anger at the military’s failure to suppress an Islamist uprising in northeast Nigeria, despite a massive deployment of troops and a 10-month-old state of emergency.

Islamist militants have burned down scores of schools in attacks that have killed hundreds of students. Other schools fearful of attacks have closed in Yobe and Adamawa states.

‘‘We have run out of excuses for our failure to live up to our responsibility to protect our innocent defenseless children from gratuitous violence,’’ the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, told legislators at a special session last week to mourn the latest victims — 59 students killed at a boarding school in Yobe on Feb. 25. Extremists locked some of the students inside a dormitory and then set it aflame.

The military but also the government, including the legislature, must ‘‘act swiftly and decisively in the protection of the citizenry,’’ said Tambuwal.

The school closures could have far-reaching consequences, including ending the education of some students in a region where few have the opportunity to get to high school, said the chairman of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Anselm Odinkalu.

‘‘The average secondary school enrollment is slightly under 5 percent’’ in northeast Nigeria, “so I think it’s easy to understand that you cannot overestimate what the consequences of this could be, given the parlous state of education in the region and the fact that, clearly, whoever is orchestrating this is focused on targeting schools, educational institutions,’’ he said.

The government should consider setting up well-protected camps where children can continue their education, he said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press.

Such an ‘‘extreme measure’’ could be justified because ‘‘the entire area is a war theater,’’ Odinkalu said.

The United Nations estimates that since 2010, the Islamist uprising has forced some 300,000 people to leave their homes in northeast Nigeria, most displaced within the country and some across borders in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.

Nigeria’s military recently claimed successes in aerial bombardments and ground assaults on extremist hideouts in forests and mountain caves along the borders with Cameroon and Chad. But the government forces were unable to stop extremists who on Friday shot their way into the main military base in the northeast, Maiduguri’s Giwa Barracks, where they freed dozens of detained fighters before soldiers repelled the attack. The battle went on for five hours, terrifying citizens who fled their homes. The Defense Ministry said scores of extremists were killed.

On Monday, students started leaving the University of Maiduguri, saying they feared another attack. At least one student was reported killed by a stray bullet in Friday’s attack on the barracks, which is divided from the campus by a riverbed that extremists use to infiltrate the city.

One school principal said Tuesday that ‘‘we have all agreed to close by this Friday and see what happens next.’’ The principal spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being fired for speaking to reporters without authorization.

The state government hopes to keep open a handful of schools in Maiduguri, where it would be possible for students from other areas to take regional and national examinations scheduled in June, said Malam Ayuba, the principal of another school.

Muhammed Karage, principal of the Federal Government College high school in Maiduguri, said about 150 students already have been relocated to his school from the Federal Government College at Buni Yadi, the school burned down in the Feb. 25 attack. He said that students and staff from other federal colleges were being relocated to the states of Katsina and Kaduna.

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DEMOCRAT GOVERNMENTS IN WASHINGTON AND BOSTON ARE TAKING AWAY OUR FREEDOMS.


The arbitrary power being exercised by the Obama administration and Massachusetts state government is truly frightening. Our freedoms are at stake. Our only recourse is to vote out in November the Democrats in Washington and on Beacon Hill who are destroying our freedoms. Dr. Thomas Sowell of Stanford's Hoover Institution warns us:


Freedom Is Not Free
Dr. Thomas Sowell
March 6, 2014

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years.

The Federal Communications Commission's recent plan to have a "study" of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices across the country, was one of the boldest assaults on freedom of the press. Fortunately, there was enough backlash to force the FCC to back off.

With all the sweeping powers available to government, displeasing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices could have brought on armies of "safety" inspectors from OSHA, audits from the Internal Revenue Service and many other harassments from many other government agencies.

Such tactics have become especially common in this administration, which has the morals of thugs and the agenda of totalitarians. They may not be consciously aiming at creating a totalitarian state, but shameless use of government power to crush those who get in their way can produce totalitarian end results.

The prosecution of Dinesh D'Souza for contributing $20,000 to a political candidate, supposedly in violation of the many campaign finance laws, is a classic case of selective prosecution.

Thugs who stationed themselves outside a polling place in Philadelphia to intimidate white voters were given a pass, and others accused of campaign finance violations were charged with misdemeanors, but Dinesh D'Souza has been charged with felonies that carry penalties of years in federal prison.

All of this is over a campaign contribution that is chicken feed, compared to what can be raised inside of an hour at a political fundraising breakfast or lunch.

Could this singling out of D'Souza for prosecution have something to do with the fact that he made a documentary movie with devastating exposures of Barack Obama's ideologies and policies? That movie, incidentally, is titled "2016: Obama's America," and every American should get a copy of it on a DVD. It will be the best $10 investment you are ever likely to make.

It doesn't matter what rights you have under the Constitution of the United States, if the government can punish you for exercising those rights.

And it doesn't matter what limits the Constitution puts on government officials' power, if they can exceed those limits without any adverse consequences.
In other words, the Constitution cannot protect you, if you don't protect the Constitution with your votes against anyone who violates it. Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped.

As long as millions of Americans vote on the basis of who gives them free stuff, look for their freedom — and all our freedom — to be eroded away, bit by bit. Our children and grandchildren may yet come to see the Constitution as just some quaint words from the past that people once took seriously.

The arrogance of arbitrary power is not confined to the federal government. An egregious case in Massachusetts involves a teenage girl from Connecticut named Justina Pelletier, who was being treated for a rare disease by doctors at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

When her parents brought this 15-year-old girl to an emergency room in Boston, the doctors there decided that her problem was not medical but psychological. When the parents objected, and sought to take her back to the doctors who had been treating her at Tufts University, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families charged the parents with "medical child abuse," and were granted legal custody of the teenager.

Once given arbitrary power over Justina, the DCF bureaucrats kept her all but isolated from her parents for more than a year. To add insult to injury, a judge issued a gag order, forbidding the parents from discussing the case publicly.

Only after Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel brought this case to national attention did the Massachusetts bureaucrats back off and turn the teenager's medical care back to the doctors at Tufts University. Whether her parents will get to see their daughter freely again is still up in the air.

Arbitrary power is ugly and vicious, regardless of what pious rhetoric goes with it. Freedom is not free. You have to fight for it or lose it. But is our generation up to fighting for it?

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

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MASSACHUSETTS RANKS 47TH IN LONG TERM FISCAL SOLVENCY

A recent study by the highly regarded Mercatus Center at George Mason University found that Massachusetts state government under the one party Democratic rule of Governor Deval Patrick is a fiscal mess.

In long term solvency Massachusetts is one the worst five states in the nation, ranking 47th Click on the map to enlarge it.

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Massachusetts state government is taxing too much, spending too much, promising too much and ignoring the buildup of unfunded liabilities for government employees' pensions and health plans. Once again, the target year for fully funding public employees' pensions has been pushed off another five years to 2030. And it's still about 50% unfunded. As for public employees' health plans, they aren't even funded at all.

In Democratic cities across the country public employees are learning they won't get their pensions as promised because they are simply unaffordable. Detroit is a prime example, but there are many more. Let's not have that happen in Massachusetts.

We need to restore fiscal common sense to Massachusetts state government by electing Charlie Baker and Karyn Polito. Charlie Baker balanced budgets without tax increases and streamlined financial operations under Governors Weld and Cellucci. He did the same thing in the private sector, rescuing a health plan from bankruptcy and making it number one in the nation.

Baker Polito can make Massachusetts great again and be known as a state that can keep the promises it makes.

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VERMONT, SOCIALIST LABORATORY FOR DEMOCRATS

The Democratic Party's plan to turn the U.S,. into a socialist paradise goes back decades. It needed a place to plant its ideas and to get them implemented. Why not find a small state where things can be made to happen by a few people funded by money from elsewhere? Vermont was chosen: 600,000 people, 300,000 voters. Rockribbed Republican for centuries, but encouraging a socialist migration to Vermont worked and by 1962 a Democratic governor was elected and the era of socialist experimentation was underway. Watch this 28-minute video.

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NOBODY'S LISTENING TO OBAMA ANYMORE

The State of the Union address by the president is Tuesday.

But Peggy Noonan says nobody's listening to Obama anymore. Why?

He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses.
The bigger problem is that the president stands up there Tuesday night with ObamaCare not a hazy promise but a fact.

When the central domestic fact of your presidency was a fraud, people won't listen to you anymore.

And every Democrat in the House and the Senate knew he was lying to the American people and they supported him and said nothing. Anyone hear a protect or criticism from the all Democrat Massachusetts congressional delegation? Everyone of them is complicit, guilty of dereliction of duty and deserves to be defeated.

The Democrats saw Obamacare for what its would be and liked it. It was a giant opportunity to make more and more people beholden to and dependent on government for free stuff to pay for health care costs. Citizens will turn into subjects and thank their masters with their votes.

It was worth ramming Obamacare down the throats of the American people without a single Republican vote. Who cared that 85% of the American public were happy with their health plans? Obama is pro-choice for abortion, but for no other choice for Americans who don't want a government-dictated health plan.

Who will follow the "talk machine" now that he's been exposed as the liar he is? And letting men in Benghazi die without making an effort to save them is inexcusable.

Peggy Noonan thinks even the Democratic congressman thinking ahead to the Obama speech know that

Americans aren't impressed anymore by congressmen taking to their feet and cheering. They look as if they have electric buzzers on their butts that shoot them into the air when the applause line comes. "Now I have to get up and enact enthusiasm" is what they look like they're thinking.

Obama has done untold damage to America both at home and abroad. It has been so bad it is difficult to believe it wasn't deliberate, that he really thinks the U.S. has been on its high horse too long, done a lot of bad things and deserved to be denigrated and humiliated.

In 2014 we have a the chance to elect Republicans to Congress to start restoring honesty, honor and competence to the national government. In Massachusetts there are nine members of the House of Representatives and one U.S. senator up for re-election. Everyone of them deserves to be sent packing.

Read all of Peggy's column entitled "The Sleepiness of A Hollow Legend."

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DEMOCRATS VALUE FREE SPEECH -- NOT! NY GOV. CUOMO SPEAKS.

Democratic Governor Cuomo of New York made it clear conservatives don't belong in New York. He said "right to life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay" conservatives have "no place in the state of New York." Many, especially Catholics, expressed shock and dismay that the top government executive in New York had no use for people with views different from his. Of course, Cuomo, still professing he is a Catholic, is a fervid supporter of abortion despite Catholic teaching.

Ramirez got it right. (Click to enlarge.) Toe the Democratic line in New York or leave. So much for civil discourse in America.

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Left wing bigot.

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