Saturday, September 28, 2019



I wonder where the Republicans are hiding. 

We have a situation where the entire country wants to know where this ridiculous RUSSIA investigation came from. What about those troll farms? What about CrowdStrike? All in the Ukraine? 


When the duly elected president talks to a Ukrainian leader and asks for assistance on a presumed secure phone so that those in his administration delegated to do this search might perform their legal duties, the Democrats in UNISON cry foul. The Republicans sit back with their napkins in their laps and their pinkies raised talking about good manners, fairness and open-mindedness and the Democrats well-trained in the Alinsky method attack with guerrilla warfare. 


THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE and the Democrats know this. They know we are in a battle for the heart and soul of America. The Republicans still play at politics like the Brits in the Revolution with Marquess of Queensbury Rules. 
Where is the outrage over the spy in the White House? Over a traitor (a suspected John Brennan trained, CIA operative) plotting another attack in the coup. This "whistleblower" relies upon a self-described investigative journalism organization bankrolled massively by billionaire activist George Soros. And alarm bells don't go off?
Biden relates: "They said, ‘You have no authority. You’re not the president—the president said’ … I said, 'Call him.' I said, 'I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars.' And so, Biden implicates Obama who is now complicit in this pay for play scheme. 


But Biden is now doomed to the trash heap of history because of his own arrogant braggadocio. They think they have Trump on the ropes for digging up dirt on a "political opponent", Hillary wants the same protections. The media permits them to frame the argument -- once again. 
As a candidate, digging up truth as to her involvement in the infamous Steele dossier, etc., the coup on a duly elected president, will be considered investigating an opponent in the presidential election. So the Republicans run for the hills.
Paul Ryan now sits on the Fox Board and will try to make Fox into another Joe Scarborough show. Neil Cavuto and Shepherd Smith lead the way. 
The President and a mere handful of Republicans take them on. If the Democrats win, we will be left with pitchforks and torches to defend ourselves against the onslaught of the Democrat attack on speech, borders, the rule of law, the concept of innocent until proven guilty, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms and national sovereignty.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

THE GREAT POLITICAL AND SOCIAL DIVIDE: A PERSONAL EXCHANGE OVER FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION



The other day, I posted this on my Facebook page. The responses to this are quite telling about the great political and social divide in our country. 

One of these commentators is a Harvard educated attorney married to a Harvard educated attorney who have a delightful daughter who excelled in school, probably earning many scholarships, who attended Yale and got a degree in English with a special interest in Shakespeare. 

I am one.  I got a degree in Education/History at the University of Alabama with Masters from Troy
(paid for by my parents) married a man who attended The Citadel and the University of Alabama and also got his law degree there (paid for by his parents).  We sent three children to state schools, the University of Alabama and Troy University, and paid for their undergraduate degrees and they paid for their own Masters degrees. One in Marketing, one in Operations Management, and one in Computer Engineering. Notice these are state universities that we could afford.

Another commentator is the son of a hairdresser who borrowed money for college himself with children who worked hard and made good grades and earned scholarships to pay for their own degrees in fields that would then provide them a good living.

And then all is summed up by a Middle School Math teacher with a degree from a private Baptist college.

All of these people are my friends and I respect them. But the different attitude toward education is quite telling of the political and social divide in this country. You may be able to recognize the Vassar/Harvard educated Hillary anointed Deplorables in this conversation.

MIKE  Sharman Burson Ramsey It’s hard for young people to do what they can for our country when our banks hold them in debt peonage because they had the effrontery to try to improve their education. They didn’t have that problem in Kennedy’s day. In Bernie’s day, they won’t either, because Bernie will make the rich again pay their fair share of taxes. Bernie doesn’t promise free stuff. He promises that the rich will pay their fair share for the stuff we all need.

NORBERT  Mike, I borrowed money to finish college. I worked my way through until I had to have help to finish. I paid it back. I did not look to anyone else, rich or otherwise, to pay off my loan. It took me 7 years to get through college.....I do not want anything I cannot get for myself. It has everything to do with personal responsibility. They borrowed it and gave their word they would pay it back. So pay it back. Like I did.....If they really want to improve themselves, then let them do like my children did. My children applied themselves, studied very hard, made very good grades and went to college on full scholarships. Once there they applied themselves and made the deans list over and over again. My son is completing his PHD in Wireless Computer Networking Cybersecurity on a Department of Defense grant. Because he worked very hard and applied himself. If they want to improve their education, then they should really work at educating themselves. There are oceans of very rich people and organizations that donate hundreds of millions in scholarships available to those will ig to apply themselves.

Sharman Burson Ramsey Debt peonage? In our day people sensibly attended colleges their parents could afford or worked and went to school paying their own way to get degrees in areas they knew were employable. No one expected someone else to be responsible for their own self-indulgence in getting degrees in areas they “loved” but wouldn’t pay the bills. One of my friends got his engineering degree through work-study. Others went into the military to EARN money for college. Bernie promises to take money from working people who have worked hard and earned success to buy votes from semi-literate ego centric narcissists who think they deserve others to support them in continuing their self-indulgence.

Sharman Burson Ramsey BTW Norbert’s mother was a hairdresser with a shop in her home where I grew up knowing her children (including Norbert) because that is where mother got her hair done. A finer woman never walked the face of this earth. Her children all have her work ethic. I am blessed to know them.

MIKE. You folks don’t seem to understand the magnitude of the problem. If you or I had had the level of debt that recent generations are experiencing, we wouldn’t be the Horatio Algers you like to paint yourselves. Young people are saddled with this debt, which prevents them from taking advantage of the opportunities you and I had, because the government allowed predatory lenders to invade the school loan business, after the government withdrew massive support for public education. Student debt now exceeds credit card debt in this country. Did you know that? And there is no escape, thanks to federal legislation sponsored by Joe Biden, which denies bankruptcy protection to student borrowers. You can comfort yourselves with feel good stories about your own escape from relatively minor debt, but a country that cripples its youth in this manner invites a rueful reckoning, especially in a world economy that has recognized that public education should be free, limited only by questions of capacity and merit.

Sharman Burson Ramsey The government is responsible? Where does personal responsibility begin? How did these young people get "saddled with debt"? Did someone put a gun to their heads and take them down to the bank (or wherever) and hold their hand to sign their names to a promissory note? How did the government "cripple its youth" with this debt? 

Feel good stories? My mother took her Sunday school teacher down to the bank with her to recommend her for the debt she incurred borrowing money to go to nursing school. Her mother was a widow with five children during depression years. Mother worked hard to pay that debt that was not to her "a relatively minor debt". If you do not go into a field where you can pay your debt you should not borrow the money! The problem here is with enablers who listen to these whiney infants (who refuse to grow up or take personal responsibility) and continue to make excuses for their bad choices. Mother's was a debt of honor and she repaid it. 

Where has the word honor been in this discussion? Totally missing. The concept of a man's word is his bond has disappeared from the lexicon. Perhaps those spoiled brats ought to get a job that will actually enable them to pay their debts rather than pretending to be such an asset to the world simply because they were born!

"...especially in a world economy that has recognized that public education should be free, limited only by questions of capacity and merit." World economy? Does this world actually promise free education to free loaders? If I had known that I would have stayed in school! My mother and daddy had different expectations, however. 

What kind of world do those of you who advocate cultivating more of these dependents expect to create with this "you owe me" attitude?"

I see the crippling coming from a different front.


MIKE  Sharman Burson Ramsey No, Sharman, your world, around which Trump wants to build a wall, no longer promises free public education to hardworking students. In your world, public education, like pretty much everything else, has been privatized and monetized (Betsy DeVos is one of the predators). But if you will look beyond the wall, you will find that many countries in THAT world do indeed promise free education to their hardworking and very honorable young people. Those folks understand that public education is good for everyone.

NORBERT  Mike, if they have capacity and merit, then they will be eligible for scholarships..........like my kids....it is all about focus, concentration, persistence and hard work. At the end of the day, there is NO free ride. How much of your income have you put out there for scholarships ????

MIKE:  NORBERT In civilized countries, public education is indeed free and seen as a benefit to the whole society, just like free health care.


Sharman Burson Ramsey With the number coming here to get an education I guess that shows you what that free education is worth.

EMILY You borrow money....you pay it back. Case closed


Why am I reminded of Plato's philosophy on Philosopher Kings being rulers? 

Plato argues that a specific education, available to few, will allow these few to become philosophers. This would create a ruling class that is not representative of the ruled. These philosophers will be the kings. And, of course, Plato was a Philosopher. 

I guess he also would have had the Deplorables supporting that elite. 

























Monday, July 29, 2019

Baltimore Schools report 0 students proficient in math, reading...




Wonder why Baltimore is in the fix it is in? Malfeasance on so many levels. It does not matter how much money you throw at a problem if those dollars stick to many fingers along the way and support "politically correct" experimental programs.
As long as we get caught up in "racism" accusations these poor children will continue to be the victim. The mayor on down. Where is all the money going? Does it matter if the roof leaks when the curriculum is so bad that children cannot read? Do teachers teach according to the pay scale or children learn according to their environment?

We sent our children to a school with a traditional Christian education in modular buildings. They all scored above the 98 percentile in math and reading. And that school did not require degrees in EDUCATION, the common denominator in all the failed schools. Those teachers attended a workshop at Pensacola Christian Academy.

Now public schools are bound to a single curriculum, COMMON CORE, developed by Obama buds in Chicago (another failed city), including Bill Ayers and David Coleman, known as the architect of Common Core. He is the son of the former president of Bennington College, Liz Coleman, graduate of the University of Chicago, a big proponent of big government and Marxist ideology. Coleman’s prior association with Ayers, Obama and Arne Duncan probably helped his appointment.

Or it could be his philosophy: “These standards are the most serious attempt this country has yet made to come to grips with those early sources of inequality.” He has no background as a teacher. He is also president of the College Board (yearly salary $550,000 total compensation $750,000) and will make changes to the SAT to make it more socially just. (This should set up red alert warning flags for Home and Christian schooled children who will need to pass these tests to get into college.)

Coleman’s childhood friend, Jason Zimba, teaches mathematical physics at Bennington College and like Coleman attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He admitted that his creation, the Common Core math standards, would only prepare students for a minimum junior college level--not STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

With Common Core accepted by school systems THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY there is NO LIBERTY TO ESTABLISH A CURRICULUM THAT WORKS. They are BOUND TO the philosophy of Coleman, Ayers, Zimba, Duncan and Obama. Coleman and Zimba, co-founders of the New York based GROW network, came to Chicago to produce data studies for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). At the time Obama was on the CAC Board brought on board by Bill Ayers and Chicago’s Superintendent of Schools, Arne Duncan--later U.S. Secretary of Education. CAC paid $2.2 million for the services of Coleman and Zimba in data studies.

I say LET OUR CHILDREN GO! To whatever school their parents deem right for their child. They tried to close down Marva Collins school in Chicago because her traditional curriculum and common methods ACTUALLY WORKED to teach those labeled "learning-disabled", "disadvantaged," Attention Deficit" by the government schools to actually perform and perform well! So why are children held hostage to public schools?

The power of the union. You are labeled a racist, a Flat Earther, Ku Klux Klan when you dare to say children deserve curriculum that actually teaches them to read (anything-- but particularly tried and true classics), write (with correct grammar and punctuation, and spell (correctly). (How do I know? Judge Mike Crespi came to my defense in the Opinion Pages of The Dothan Eagle when they allowed someone to accuse me of racism when I ran for the school board in Dothan, Alabama on a BACK TO BASICS agenda. (I was accused of having an "agenda." Yep. They were right. I wanted ALL children to be able to read! Arrest me!)

David Hornbeck who wrote Alabama's ALABAMA FIRST documents changing curriculum from sequential to thematic and making Outcomes Based Education and Whole Language the law in Alabama, served first as superintendent of Maryland Schools and as a director of the Open Society Institute. "Open Society Foundations (OSF), formerly the Open Society Institute, is an international grantmaking network founded by business magnate George Soros. Open Society Foundations financially support civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and medias" (according to their website).

David Hornbeck is a familiar name in educational reform circles in the United States. He is a leading proponent of what is called, "Outcome Based Education." His ideas on education are presented in a book he co-edited, titled, Human Capital and America's Future. (I have read that book and call it the manifesto of the Left.) He successfully "used the courts" to achieve his ends throughout the country establishing this failed methodology.

As Superintendent of Maryland schools, he used Baltimore school children as guinea pigs for Outcomes Based Education and Whole Language.

Looking at these connections is it any wonder that our schools have become breeding grounds for illiterate radicals for change with no understanding or historical connections to the world around us?

And who is to blame? The radicals (or ignorant dupes) that run things. Democrats who run the city and the education establishment. They should all be charged with child abuse, endangerment, or criminal neglect for continuing with methods that do not work for achieving what parents send their children to school -- to learn to read, write, spell and be culturally literate. Not become (their version of )social justice warriors.

Baltimore became infamous for those of us who fought OBE because of David Hornbeck and now the chickens have come home to roost. Only Donald Trump dares to challenge them. I stand with the children -- and my president. Thank you, President Trump for speaking truth to power!

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Mueller Investigation -- A Weekend at Bernie's?





Where was Mueller's Family?

It did not matter if you were Democrat or Republican, we all cringed at the near criminal dog and pony show presented by the Congressional Democrats. I now hear that it was a well-known "secret" that Robert Mueller was ?... well, what is the exact diagnosis? We may not know. 

But, I will bet his wife did.

This is the only picture I could find of Mueller with his family. However, his wife is not in this picture. It would appear that the Internet has been "sanitized" of information about Ann Cabell Standish, Comey’s wife, and their two daughters and three grandchildren. 




(Ann Cabell Standish and husband, Robert Mueller, exiting St. Johns Episcopal in Washington)

"The Muellers have long lived by the lessons learned from his time in the FBI. As someone with a long-term security clearance, Mueller knows how to keep things like family matters and finances private. They reportedly have a tight circle of friends which include James Comey and his wife." 

Politico journalist Garrett Graff wrote a book about former FBI Director Bob Mueller that described the close relationship between Mueller and Comey as that of a protege and mentor.  "Both men were rising stars mentored and guided by Eric Holder in the 1990s during Holder’s time in the Justice Department under the Clinton administration.”

James Comey admitted during his testimony before Congress that he had intentionally leaked details of his conversations with Trump so that he could provoke an independent investigation and the appointment of a special prosecutor. Then acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended that president Trump fire FBI Director James Comey, he set the stage for the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead an investigation into Russian meddling of the election of 2016. It must be remembered that Rod Rosenstein signed the FISA warrant. 

Nunes Memo: Comey, Rosenstein Among Officials Who Authorized Warrants. Former FBI Director James Comey and current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were among the Department of Justice officials who signed off on FISA warrants that resulted in the government spying on the Trump campaign. According to a Republican 
memo...

Was Rosenstein a part of the cabal planning the coup on the duly elected president? 

Comey was fired on May 9, 2017. Two weeks later, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller the special counsel to the FBI's ongoing probe of Russian election meddling.

Civil rights attorney Alan Dershowitz said that it was right for President Trump to raise questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s objectivity in the Russia probe because of his longstanding friendship with fired FBI Director James Comey.  Dershowitz said “Comey was determined to get revenge on the president by getting a special counsel appointed.

Just what is the relationship between Mueller and Comey? Perhaps this article from Slate might clarify: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2017/05/special-counsel-robert-mueller-was-born-and-bred-to-torment-donald-trump.html
  
I point this out because this is apparently a very tight group of members of the intelligence world in our country. 


Incidents and phrases used in this article demonstrate: 

"The former FBI director is practically blood brothers with James Comey.

"The bond between the two men was forged in early 2004—years before Comey succeeded Mueller as FBI director. Comey, who was then serving as the deputy attorney general under John Ashcroft, was locked in a high-stakes dispute with George W. Bush, who wanted to overrule the Justice Department’s conclusion that an NSA domestic surveillance program was illegal. As Graff tells it in his Washingtonian piece, Ashcroft was in a hospital room recovering from surgery when he was ambushed by a pair of White House aides. Here’s Graff:

Comey was driving home on Constitution Avenue with his security escort of U.S. marshals the night of Tuesday, March 10, 2004, when he got a call. … White House chief of staff Andy Card and White House counsel [Alberto] Gonzales were on their way to see Ashcroft in the hospital. Comey told his driver to turn on the emergency lights and head to the hospital. Then he began calling other Justice officials to rally them at George Washington University Hospital.
Mueller was at dinner with his wife and daughter when he got the call from Comey at 7:20 pm. “I’ll be right there,” he said."

"Afterward, Graff wrote, Mueller and Comey “shared a dark laugh” before going back to work."

As is commented upon on liberalforum, “Interestingly, Ms. Standish does not seem to have taken her husband’s last name, as she prefers to be called “Ann Cabell Standish”, and not Mueller. There is no question that both Mueller and his wife are Republicans. However, there is an indication that Ann despises Donald Trump which seeps out in very subtle, and rather rare statements she makes.

Patrice Comey and her daughters all worked on the Hillary Clinton Campaign and attended the Women's March immediately following the election. 



I wanted a woman president really badly," said Patrice Comey on ABC. She revealed that she was "devastated" by Trump's election and then attended the Women's March through DC the day after his election. 
Was Ann Cabell Standish there also? 

I have heard that Patrice Comey and Anne Cabell Standish Mueller attend a Bible Study together. All articles about Standish say that she is a Social Activist. While the Internet seems to have been scoured of much information about Standish other than that she is an American teacher and Social Activist and is married happily to Robert Mueller. 

Comey's wife and daughters worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign and attended the Women's March immediately following the Trump election. It would not be a great leap to assume that Ann Cabell Standish would share Patrice Comey's politics. 

About all that Google reveals is that Standish is a:

1. SOCIAL ACTIVIST

1    

Ann Cabell Standish(born April 2, 1948) is an American Teacher and Social Activist from New York, USA. She is working with children with learning disabil...

2. ATTENDED Miss Porter’s School for high school and later attended Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York graduating with a Bachelors degree.

3.CAREER It is said she has a “quiet good fortune from her career. However, her exact net worth has not been disclosed publicly. But it is assumed to be above million dollars. Besides these, her husband gathers a large sum of fortune from his career and investments too. According to Politico, Standish net worth has an estimation between $4 million to ... “(https://biographicsworld.com/ann-cabell-standish-bio-family-husband-career-net-worth/)

4. MOTHER OF TWO DAUGHTERS and grandmother of three: Cynthia Mueller Donley, mother of two, and Melissa Mueller born with spina bifida, who apparently has one of Mueller's three grandchildren, though that child and Melissa's significant other cannot be found. 

5. In 2018, Ann Cabell Standish was in the list of 100 most powerful people. (Why? Especially when though she is called a Social Activist, are none of her activities or organizations are available online.) http://www.walikali.com/ann-cabell-standish

Why is she considered one of the 100 most powerful people?? 

Could it possibly be her influence over her husband, the powerful Special Counsel, Robert Mueller? 

6. She and her husband have been married since 1966 and apparently have a loving supportive relationship. In a 2013 Commencement Speech, Mueller cited one instance in learning how to be a better husband. https://www.wm.edu/news/stories/2013/robert-s-muellers-2013-commencement-remarks1-123.php

In one of my first positions with the Department of Justice, more than 30 years ago, I found myself head of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. I soon realized that lawyers would come to my office for one of two reasons: either to “see or be seen” on the one hand, or to obtain a decision on some aspect of their work, on the other hand. I quickly fell into the habit of asking one question whenever someone walked in the door, and that question was:  “What is the issue?”  
A word of advice: This question is not conducive to married life. 
One evening I came home to my wife, who had had a long day teaching and then coping with our two young daughters. She began to describe her day to me. After just a few moments, I interrupted, and rather peremptorily asked, “What is the issue?” The response, as I should have anticipated, was immediate. “I am your wife,” she said. “I am not one of your attorneys. Do not ever ask me, ‘What is the issue?’ You will sit there and you will listen until I am finished.” And, of course, I did just that.
That night, I did learn the importance of listening to those around you – truly listening – before making judgment, before taking action. I also learned to use that question sparingly, and never, ever with my wife. 


Now, having the imagination of a novelist, I cannot help but wonder if it was Social Activist Ann Cabell Standish who worked with her friend, Patrice Comey, behind the scenes to encourage Robert Mueller to take on the job of Special Counsel even though she knew was not in any shape to lead such an endeavor. 

No worries. Comey could be the puppet master. They would appoint Andrew Weissman (probably recommended by Comey) to run the investigation. A Bible Study would be a great cover for the two women to meet. 

Mueller would only have to be the figurehead, the public face. His reputation and history would cover for the actual work being done. Standish would practice with him for any public events. The constant refrain of "not in my purview" "what page is that on?" "would you read that?" "I don't think I would agree with that" etc. showed that Mueller has experienced serious mental decline.  My husband's and my first question was, "How did his wife allow this travesty?" 

Excellent question. Were they aware of his mental decline two years ago? Were they such rabid Trump haters that they would allow this man to sacrifice his reputation on the altar of their hatred? Did Comey use his friend as a form of "Weekend at Bernie's" propping up this poor man as the head of a Democrat run hit job costing the American public $35 million dollars run by Democrat (who attended Hillary's election night party) "pit bull" Andrew Weissman, the probable author of the Mueller Report.  




According to Peter Strzok, the anti- Trump Intelligence community led by John Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey had an "Insurance Policy." 

Were these wives such radical feminists that Mueller's wife would sacrifice her husband's reputation, rehearse him with non committal comments, and allow him to embarrass himself before an international office just to "get Trump"? 

This would make a great novel if it were not so sad...and so possible. But then, I could never have imagined what happened with the World Trade Center in September of 2001.

Coups happen all around the world, but we blind ourselves to the possibility of it happening here. 

There are none so blind as those who will not see.