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Archive for April 26th, 2012

Palin Attacks Obama Admin’s Child Farm Labor Regulations And Hey Presto They Are Rescinded

Posted by M.Joseph Sheppard At Palin4President2016 on April 26, 2012

Sarah Palin – the supposed “irrelevant” one – posted this on Facebook two days ago:

Governor Palin: If I Wanted America to Fail, I’d Ban Kids From Farm Work


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The Obama Administration is working on regulations that would prevent children from working on our own family farms. This is more overreach of the federal government with many negative consequences. And if you think the government’s new regs will stop at family farms, think again.

My family is a commercial fishing family, and commercial fishing in Alaska is much like the family farm (but the year ’round farmers no doubt work harder than we do!). I guarantee fishing families wouldn’t stand for this nonsensical intrusion into our lives and livelihoods, and, as a former 4-H member, I don’t believe farm families will either.

Our kids learn to work and to help feed America on our nation’s farms, and out on the water.

Federal government: get your own house in order and stop interfering in ours.

Sarah Palin

Government apologists hit back and stated that Palin had it all wrong there was no such regulation in the pipeline.

But today, in shades of “death panels” reaction, this happens:

“Obama administration said Thursday it would drop an unpopular plan to prevent children from doing hazardous work on farms owned by anyone other than their parents.

The Labor Department said it is withdrawing proposed rules that would ban children younger than 16 from using most power-driven farm equipment, including tractors. The rules also would prevent those younger than 18 from working in feed lots, grain bins and stockyards.” 

Palin is right-she doesn’t need the actual title of president as she can run things quite comfortably from Wassila and when things get out of kilter she just has to make a Facebook comment and hey presto things are back in balance

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Israel Celebrates Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)

Posted by Dr. Fay on April 26, 2012

Primer Minister Netanyahu sings with Israeli superstar Rami Kleinstein

Israel is celebrating the 64th anniversary of The Israeli Declaration of Independence.  On May 14, 1948,  David Ben-Gurion, then chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine,  declared the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel.   Israel was officially at home again in its ancestral homeland.  The national holiday is celebrated on 5 lyar of the Hebrew  calendar each year.  The celebration starts the night before  and continues until the following evening.

Greg Tepper, Yoel Goldman, and  Yifa Yaakov at The Times of Israel wrote:

Israelis headed out to nature en masse on Thursday to mark the country’s 64th birthday with picnics and particularly barbecues, the activity most heavily associated with Independence Day. Hundreds of thousands visited the country’s national parks, heritage sites, museums and weapons exhibitions, which welcomed visitors and offered special activities throughout the day. With major routes congested, many also spent a considerable amount of time braving the heavy Independence Day traffic.

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Daytime celebrations in honor of Independence Day officially began at 9:30 on Thursday morning with a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. VIPs and political leaders were in attendance at the ceremony, which was broadcast live on the president’s Facebook page.

Later in the day, Peres hosted foreign diplomats stationed in Israel at an Independence Day reception. According to Ynet News, Peres told the diplomats that Israel seeks peace and that its biggest challenge is to make peace with the Palestinians by convincing both sides that peace is worth paying for. Upon surmounting this challenge, Israel will be able to concentrate on building a better future for its children, Peres reportedly said.

The guests of honor were joined onstage by 120 outstanding IDF soldiers, who were presented with awards.

In his remarks to the crowd, President Shimon Peres said “Israel is stronger than ever,” and commended the IDF, its soldiers, officers and leader, Benny Gantz. The IDF chief, for his part, saluted the assembly of outstanding soldiers who were seated behind him, and said, “Remember, as you leave the stage and go back to your units, that your peers are looking up to you.”

The IDF was hosting events at bases and other sites throughout the country on Thursday. In addition, sixty-four heritage sites were open to the public.

A flyover of combat planes and helicopters started off the festivities. The president, IDF chief of staff, prime minister and defense minister sang their favorite Independence Day songs with the IDF band and an accompaniment of singers. What the men lacked in singing ability, they certainly made up for in spirit.

Melane Lidman at the Jerusalem Post wrote:

Israelis took to beaches, parks, IDF bases and held barbeques across the country Thursday to celebrate the country’s 64th Independence Day.

The Israel Air Force treated Tel Aviv beach-goers and celebrants in Jerusalem to fly-overs. Visitors were invited into a number of IDF bases throughout the country, and by 11 a.m., police were already asking the public to stop arriving at parks and bases due to the high turnout.

Basking in gently warm temperatures and ample sunshine, Israelis also took to national parks and nature reserves on the national holiday. The Parks and Nature Authority said some 300,000 Israelis visited the nation’s natural and heritage sites.

Wednesday night, the annual Independence Day celebration went forward without incident despite tragedy a week ago, when a lighting rig collapsed and killed Lt. Hila Bezaleli during rehearsals for the event. Bezaleli was honored with two moments of silence before the beginning of the ceremony and during the procession of the Color Guards, where the 20-year-old medic was supposed to take part.

The theme of Wednesday’s ceremony was Water: Source for Life. People involved in water issues, including agriculture, desalination, purification, water recycling, and water therapy, were honored with lighting twelve torches on the stage. The twelve torches symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel.

Hundreds of young dancers also performed, including a rain-themed dance with umbrellas, dovetailing with the theme of water.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat praised the ceremony’s organizers for finding a way to continue the ceremony despite the tragedy. “Lives need to continue, and this ceremony is a symbol,” he told the Jerusalem Post before the ceremony. “They understood the importance of the ceremony, and I am proud of them, how they organized this even with so much pain,” he said.

This report was posted at Haaretz:

Those threatening Israel would do best not to repeat the mistakes of past enemies, President Shimon Peres said on Thursday, in a event honoring outstanding Israel Defense Forces soldiers held every year on Independence Day.

The Society for the Protections of Nature in Israel and the Jewish National Fund estimated that around 1.5 million people are expected to visit the various national parks, forests, and nature reserves across the country.

Celebrations of 64 years of Israeli independencekicked off on Wednesday night with the lighting of beacons at the official ceremony at Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem, which also marks the conclusion of Memorial Day.

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Meanwhile, the lawn of the UN Headquarters on the bank of New York’s East River in New York City was decorated in blue and white, and a special pavilion was erected to celebrate Israeli Independence Day on Wednesday night with Israeli music, wine, and an Israeli-style dinner.

The main attraction of the event was Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor’s surprise performance of the well-known Beatles song, “When I’m 64.”

“Israel is an extraordinary success story on any scale, being a small country that has had such an amazing historical journey, and sits today on the cutting edge of science and technology. We all have a reason to celebrate – so drink L’chaim,” said Prosor.

On Thursday, Peres, Gantz, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the annual ceremony naming 120 IDF soldiers and officers that have excelled in their duties at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

In his speech, Peres congratulated the soldiers, saying that “the people of Israel have 120 new hopes. Each generation has excelled over that which came before.”

Referring to security threats Israel faces, Peres said: “To those who are now threatening Israel I say: Don’t repeat the mistakes of your predecessors.”

“You threaten out of a hunger for conquest. We defend out of an aspiration for peace. That wars, which Israel did not initiate, brought it unexpected gains, causing the aggressors unexpected losses,” he added.

Later in the day, the International Bible Contest commenced, participated by Jewish youth from around the world, and participated by Rivlin, Netanyahu, and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

Speaking at the event, Sa’ar referred to a recent decision by a ministerial panel, headed by Netanyahu, to sanction three West Bank outposts as official settlements, saying that “the prime minister gave 1,200 people and the people of Israel a holiday gift – the recognition of Bruchin, Sansana, and Rechalim.”

“From this spot, we’ll send our recognition to the prime minister. Because the Jewish settlement in the land of Israel is the realization of a right, a return to the right of our forefathers, on which will be intertwined with the Israeli people’s right for national security,” Sa’ar said.

At  14:50 Thursday, Israel Air Force jets, helicopters, and transport craft flew over Be’er Sheva, Yeruham, Dimona, Arad, kiryat Gat, Jerusalem, Beit She’an, Afula, Nazareth, Tiberias, Katzrin, Safed, Karmiel, Nahariya, Haifa, Caesarea, Netanya, Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Ofakim, and Hatzerim.

What a celebration! And what a reason to celebrate! Long live the State of Israel! May her light never go dim, and may God grant her victory over all who come against her!

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Gallagher: Palin was first to recognize the problem with Obama’s education agenda

Posted by Sarah Palin Web Brigade on April 26, 2012

From an article by Maggie Gallagher at Townhall (h/tp JewsForSarah):

Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, the Common Core Standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum.

On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a “watch and wait” attitude:

“If this initiative produces useful results, Alaska will remain free to incorporate them,” Gov. Palin said, adding that “high expectations are not always created by new, mandated federal standards written on paper. They are created in the home, the community and the classroom.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, to his credit, was the next to recognize a federal boondoggle when he saw one: “I will not commit Texas taxpayers to unfunded federal obligations or to the adoption of unproven, cost-prohibitive national standards and tests,” Gov. Perry wrote in a Jan. 13, 2010, letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

In the ensuing two years, it’s become clear that Perry and Palin — two core conservative figures whose intelligence is routinely mocked by liberal “sophisticates” — were brilliantly prescient, indeed prophetic.

Common Core Standards turn out to be like Obamacare — you don’t really know what’s in it until after you pass it and are mired in its tentacles.

Today, even more states are waking up to discover that they have lost control of both curriculum and costs for a program that is untested and unlikely to improve student performance. A February study by the Pioneer Institute conservatively estimates that Obama’s Common Core Standards will costs the states at least $16 billion — money that could be used to promote education in other ways (pioneerinstitute.org/pdf/120222_CCSSICost.pdf).

This past week, Education Week’s blog published a review of criticism for Obama’s Common Core initiative. The shocking thing is how many liberals are now acknowledging Common Core comes at a high cost for little or no return. Tom Loveless of the Brookings Institution, for example, wrote, “(T)he most reasonable prediction is that the Common Core will have little to no effect on student achievement.” Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council on Teachers of English, writes, “Taken together, the standards and the criteria project an aura of arrogance and ignorance in their assumptions about how and why children learn.”

Four education experts came together at the Heritage Foundation on April 17 to comment on more problems emerging with the Common Core Standards. A blog post describing the expert panel, titled “Why States Should Hop Off the National Standards Bandwagon,” states:

“When ‘states signed on to Common Core Standards, they did not realize … that they were transferring control of the school curriculum to the federal government,’ explained Sandra Stotsky, 21st Century Chair in Teacher Quality at the University of Arkansas’ Department of Education Reform.

“Theodor Rebarber, CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks, explained, ‘States did almost no cost analysis’ when they signed on to adopt the Common Core Standards, although Rebarber noted, the Pioneer Institute report he authored conservatively estimated the overall national cost for implementing Common Core at a hefty $16 billion.

“Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute warned that the standards create ‘a disincentive to innovators long term.’ Federal involvement in curriculum, as attorney Kent Talbert of Talbert and Eitel explained, may even be illegal because three federal laws prohibit ‘federal direction, control or supervision of curricula, programs of instruction and instructional materials … in the elementary and secondary school arena.'”

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Mark Levin Rips GOP Establishment & Credits Sarah Palin

Posted by Jackie Siciliano on April 26, 2012

Mark Levin rips into National Review Online, the GOP establishment (Bush team) and the current meme that Governor Sarah Palin was not properly vetted in 2008. Levin correctly states that “many of us voted for him (John McCain) because of her”.

“But not for her, John McCain would have been a bigger loser than he turned out to be.  The only energy in that campaign was the result of Sarah Palin.”


H/T SarahNetToo

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