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Asians Penalized 50 Points On SAT – Black Students Given 230 Bonus Points…

Don’t let your jaw drop too far, this fundamental change is not just happening in college application processes.  This exact same methodology is also being applied to Credit Scores for home mortgages and car loans.

Complaints about bias in college admissions have persisted since at least the 1920s, when a Harvard University president tried to cap the number of Jewish students. In November, a group called Students for Fair Admissions filed a suit against Harvard University for admissions policies that allegedly discriminate against Asian Americans. The group cited the 2004 Princeton study and other sources that offer statistics about Asian Americans’ test performance.

At the University of Texas at Austin, an affirmative action policy that allows admissions committees to consider the race of prospective applicants has been argued all the way to the Supreme Court. (The policies were upheld by a lower court, but that court’s decision was voided by the Supreme Court. Another court upheld the policies and another appeal is pending.)

Those who defend “holistic” admissions policies insist that considering a broader range of variables ensures that all applicants are judged fairly. And the Princeton study Lee refers to has been widely criticized by academics who argue that it relies too heavily on grades and test scores to draw conclusions about racial bias and that the data the study uses are too old to be relevant.

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Republicans need to learn how to turn the tables on the MSM

AmericanThinker

The Republicans have a serious messaging problem. Either they are totally clueless when it comes to public relations or they’re just “Democrat Lites” as they’ve been described over the years.

With the issue of funding homeland security ruling the headlines at this time, Republicans need to be  talking every day whether it be news conferences, media interviews, Sunday morning news shows or speeches on the House floor, but get it out loud and clear to the public the reason why they are not defunding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), rather it is Obama that would be defunding it because of his refusal to sign a bill that includes defunding his illegal executive order on immigration.

As usual, they are letting the media and the Democrats drive the narrative and get the better of them. The Republicans have the majority of the country behind them on the issue of immigration and against Obama’s executive action to give them temporary amnesty (which of course will turn into permanent amnesty). A win of historic proportion in the 2014 mid-term election proves this is the case Now they just need to hire a really good public relations agency or find a person who has extremely good media relations skills on how to speak over and through the national media.

Republicans need the mainstream media and possibly some left-leaning websites like Huffington Post to a least get out some if not all of their message. They need to start attacking not only the narratives but the premises of what the MSM is saying about an issue. For example, when they say DHS will be shut down, the Republicans should shout from the rooftops that it would only be a partial shutdown but maybe more importantly it would not be at their expense. CNS News and a small number of other sites reported this week that 200,000 out of 230,000 in DHS would still be working during a shutdown, as quoted by Steny Hoyer no less. Republicans need to get this message out far and wide, and to turn the tables on the Democrats, that they would be the ones responsible for a (partial) shutdown.
Republicans continue to go by the worn-out assumption they will be blamed for a shutdown and in turn endangering the American public. Clearly this is the angle Obama and Democrats will use if it should come to that, but Republicans need to counter that in no uncertain terms that it would be just the opposite if such a scenario occurred. And to keep driving home the point the that the original bill the House passed DID include funding for DHS,  just not for the part that would fund those things that needed to be done, like issuing work permits, for Obama’s illegal executive action on illegal aliens to work. John Boehner deserves credit for saying multiple times “we’ve done our job” in funding the DHS.
There is no doubt that this issue along with Obamacare has shone a bright light on the Republicans questioning  if they truly believe in limited government. Or are the Democrat Lites going to keep damaging the Republicans’ chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. They need to unify on their message and take the fight to the messenger day in and day out because if they continue to acquiesce to the narratives of the MSM and to their premises, they will continue to give the Democrats the advantage they need to keep them in office and keep their big government agenda alive. The day they can figure out how to really turn the tables on the MSM and get their messages through to the public at the national level, they will dominate the presidency for many election cycles to come.

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Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike

IsraeliNationalNews

The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack.

According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel’s back.

The report claimed that an unnamed Israeli minister who has good ties with the US administration revealed the attack plan to Secretary of State John Kerry, and that Obama then threatened to shoot down the Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

Al-Jarida quoted “well-placed” sources as saying that Netanyahu, along with Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon, and then-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, had decided to carry out airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear program after consultations with top security commanders.

According to the report, “Netanyahu and his commanders agreed after four nights of deliberations to task the Israeli army’s chief of staff, Benny Gantz, to prepare a qualitative operation against Iran’s nuclear program. In addition, Netanyahu and his ministers decided to do whatever they could do to thwart a possible agreement between Iran and the White House because such an agreement is, allegedly, a threat to Israel’s security.”

The sources added that Gantz and his commanders prepared the requested plan and that Israeli fighter jets trained for several weeks in order to make sure the plans would work successfully. Israeli fighter jets reportedly even carried out experimental flights in Iran’s airspace after they managed to break through radars.

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Norway Just Deported 824 Muslims, Every American Needs To See What Happened Next

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Norway recently made the controversial decision to deport a large amount of Muslims with ties to radical groups.

Despite all the liberals in Norway deeming this “racist”, the logical party went ahead with it and the result almost shut down every opposing voice in the government instantly. This is one of the best stories we have eve seen come from such a liberal area of the world.

Violent Crime Dropped By 30%

That’s right, whopping 30%, and it’s all because a couple of politicians decided to enforce the laws that they already had. What a world we live in where that is a shocking thing to do in a government.

Norwegian authority claims that 824 people were deported in October, for such a small country, that’s a record breaking number. The authorities attributed the change to “portfolio priorities” which have essentially made it easier to deport people back to Nigeria & Afghanistan.

While most Americans and Europeans would call this unfair to target a certain race or religion, we tend to lean on the side that does anything possible to stop evil from creeping in our backyards.

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Why Bibi’s Speech Matters

FreeBeacon

The emerging nuclear deal with Iran is indefensible. The White House knows it. That is why President Obama does not want to subject an agreement to congressional approval, why critics of the deal are dismissed as warmongers, and why the president, his secretary of state, and his national security adviser have spent several weeks demonizing the prime minister of Israel for having the temerity to accept an invitation by the U.S. Congress to deliver a speech on a subject of existential import for his small country. These tactics distract public attention. They turn a subject of enormous significance to American foreign policy into a petty personal drama. They prevent us from discussing what America is about to give away.

And America is about to give away a lot. This week the AP reported on what an agreement with Iran might look like: sanctions relief in exchange for promises to slow down Iranian centrifuges for 10 years. At which point the Iranians could manufacture a bomb—assuming they hadn’t produced one in secret. Iran would get international legitimacy, assurance that military intervention was not an option, and no limitations on its ICBM programs, its support for international terrorism, its enrichment of plutonium, its widespread human rights violations, and its campaign to subvert or co-opt Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria. Then it can announce itself as the first Shiite nuclear power.

And America? Liberals would flatter themselves for avoiding a war. Obama wouldn’t have to worry about the Iranians testing a nuke for the duration of his presidency. And a deal would be a step toward the rapprochement with Iran that he has sought throughout his years in office. The EU representative to the talks, for example, says a nuclear agreement “could open the way for a normal diplomatic relation” between Iran and the West, and could present “the opportunity for shaping a different regional framework in the Middle East.” A regional framework, let it be said, that would leave American interests at risk, Israel one bomb away from a second Holocaust, nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East, and Islamic theocrats in charge of a large part of a strategic and volatile region.

I feel safer already.

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Voters: Ignore Obama vetoes, keep passing bills he doesn’t like

WashingtonExaminer

A strong majority of U.S. voters want Congress to continue to pass legislation the president opposes, like for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a clear sign that they now see Washington’s power shifting to the GOP-controlled Capitol Hill.

A new Rasmussen Reports poll issued Friday found that 59 percent of voters “think Congress should continue to pass legislation that most members of Congress support even if the president is opposed.”

Just 25 percent want Congress to cave into the White House and 16 percent are unsure.

Despite bipartisan support, Obama vetoed the Keystone bill this week, and is promising to use the veto pen much more in his last two years in office.

The poll of 800 likely voters taken this week could also strengthen the backbone of Republicans eager to use the Department of Homeland Security spending bill to punish Obama’s decision last year to grant worker amnesty to some 5 million illegal immigrants.

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Study on Chronic Fatigue May Help With Diagnoses

NYTimes

The immune systems of people with chronic fatigue syndrome differ from those of healthy people, and patients with recent diagnoses can be distinguished from those who have had the condition for longer, researchers reported on Friday.

The findings do not have immediate clinical applications for patients, experts said. But the biomarkers discovered by the scientists may eventually form the basis of the first diagnostic test for the illness.

“A biomarker has been the goal for much of the research for the last 15 years, so it’s really excellent that they have found something they consider significant,” said Dr. Birgitta Evengard, a professor of clinical microbiology at Umea University in Sweden and an expert on the illness.

The findings still need to be replicated in other labs with other groups of patients, cautioned Dr. Evengard, who was not involved in the research.

The study was published online in a new open-access journal called Science Advances, just two weeks after the Institute of Medicine proposed a new name for the illness — “systemic exertion intolerance disease” — and new diagnostic criteria to better identify patients. The authors of a report put out by the institute described the illness as a biological disorder and said the central symptom was “post-exertional malaise,” a sustained relapse after minimal activity.

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The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet

Comrades for Net Neutrality

Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body.
“Net neutrality’s goal is to empower the federal government to ration and apportion Internet bandwidth as it sees fit, and to thereby control the Internet’s content,” says Phil Kerpen, an anti-net-neutrality activist from the group American Commitment. The courts have previously ruled the FCC’s efforts to impose “net neutrality” out of bounds, so the battle isn’t over. But for now, the FCC has granted itself enormous power to micromanage the largely unrestrained Internet.
But for now, the “media reform” movement led by McChesney and his allies can claim bragging rights for their Saul Alinsky–style outflanking maneuver on Internet regulation. They financed the research behind the idea, installed their political allies in power, got the government to consider them experts on the issues they cared deeply about, and finally ran roughshod over both Congress and an initially reluctant FCC chairman. Conservatives should study how the Left won on this issue even as they acknowledge and fight the illegitimacy of many of the results.

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I believe the answer is yes…

Are Washington Republicans Incompetent?

It is almost unbelievable how badly Congressional Republicans have botched their opposition to President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. The House, under John Boehner’s direction, did the right thing: it passed a bill that fully funded DHS, but barred spending to implement the amnesty that has now been declared illegal by a federal court. The action then moved to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried repeatedly to bring the House measure to the floor for a vote. Four times, the Democrats filibustered the DHS funding bill.

As a result of the Democrats’ filibuster, DHS was in danger of running out of money. That put Republicans in a strong position. All they had to do was…nothing. If they didn’t blink, pressure on the Democrats to fund DHS would prove irresistible. It’s not for nothing the voters gave the GOP a majority, right?

Instead, Mitch McConnell backed off. He gave in to Harry Reid’s demands, even though Reid was surely bluffing, and the Senate passed a “clean” DHS funding bill that did nothing to block the illegal amnesty. That put the House in an untenable position. With the clock ticking down to the last hours before DHS ran out of money, it was now Republicans–not Democrats–who were standing in the way of funding the Department.

Having been sold out by the Senate, House Republicans bowed to the inevitable. John Boehner tried to pass a three-week funding extension, but didn’t have the votes. At the last possible moment, the House fell back to a seven-day extension, with Democrats providing the needed margin of support. The seven-day extension can have no possible purpose other than to give Republicans an opportunity to beat an orderly retreat.

If the Republicans wanted to arm their enemies, they couldn’t have done a better job.

Politics is like anything else: if you want to succeed, you have to be good at it. As best I can tell, Washington Republicans aren’t. We need new leadership, and we need it now.

They are still acting as though remain in the minority, retaining that cowardly mindset…

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Boehner joins McConnell in fetal position

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After having his leadership repudiated by his own caucus yesterday, last night Speaker Boehner  turned to his best friend in the House, minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)11%, for a life line. Using a procedural motion to suspend the rules, which required two-thirds vote, Boehner passed the Orwellian named Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act by a vote of 357-60. He did it with Democrat votes. Where he lost 51 GOP members on the earlier vote he lost 55 GOP members the second time around.

The mind boggles.

What is going to happen in one week that fixes this problem?

More to the point, what is going to happen in a week with funding that wouldn’t happen faster in a week without funding?

Right now both Boehner and McConnell are negotiating with themselves over the terms of their own surrender. This did not have to be.

Funding DHS is completely irrelevant to DHS continuing operations to national security is not jeopardized in any way, shape, or form. If you want to have your crotch groped by some mouth-breather at the airport, you secret fetish is not endangered.  In a sane world, Boehner and McConnell would see that they can walk away from this farce and let Reid and Obama decide when they want DHS to resume full operations.

While the fallout and downside are minuscule, the stakes are huge. Will Congress acquiesce in letting Obama set his own immigration policy, a policy that runs counter to the law? The only tool Congress has in this battle is the appropriations authority. If it won’t refuse to appropriate money to fund non-essential functions of DHS, it has become irrelevant and we are a dictatorship, not a constitutional republic.

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