Local tea party: Trashing Common Core in schools and supporting Bundy Ranch extremists (while its leaders endorse “nonpartisan” candidates)

As reported previously, a new Tea Party PAC, managed by local tea party members and whose biggest contributors are tea party members (including Stan Meckler, father of tea party co-founder Mark Meckler), have donated money to Supervisor Candidate Dan Miller (for his first mailer), as well as judicial candidate Anna Ferguson and DA Cliff Newell.

Meanwhile, here’s what the local tea party website is promoting: Opposition to the Common Core curriculum standards and support of the Bundy Ranch standoff (see screen grab below). “Real American Heroes, with support from Sheriff Mack,” the post about Bundy Ranch reads. The Common Core post shows an image of a rotted-out apple, not exactly a piece of fruit you’d want to give your teacher.

Will the June election be comprised of informed voters or “low-information” voters? Let the chips fall where they may, but let’s make sure the voting public is fully informed.

What do you think of hard-right activist Barry Pruett (who donated cash and blogging “ink” to Dan Miller’s campaign outside of his own district) and is now sliming clerk-recorder Greg Diaz on his blog based on incomplete and inaccurate information? Barry’s spouse is employed by tea party advocate and Congressman Tom McClintock. For background, Barry lost to Diaz in every precinct when he ran against him. Pruett’s got a big political axe to grind.

The tea party has a 40-year plan to “take back our country” and support like-minded candidates in politics, schools, courts and culture.

We’re struggling with a communications “bottleneck” in our community, because the local media is asleep and co-opted by an “old boys” network in terms of reporting what’s really going on.

The local tea party slant, from their own website, is right below. (BTW, Sue McGuire, who posted this, is the tea party candidate who ran in District 1 two years ago — and lost):

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14 Responses to Local tea party: Trashing Common Core in schools and supporting Bundy Ranch extremists (while its leaders endorse “nonpartisan” candidates)

  1. curtiswalker says:

    Such a sorry state of affairs. The Union should be all over this story as the Sacbee should too.

  2. curtiswalker says:

    Plus if I had a child or grandchild, I would activate the. Local parent and teacher groups, for starters.

  3. jeffpelline says:

    Here’s what Mack (who spoke in our community at the invitation of the local chapter of Republican Women Federated) said about the Bundy Ranch episode, yet he’s being painted as some kind of hero on the local tea party website:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/richard-mack-_n_5154606.html

    Is this what our community and some candidates support? I mean really. Where do we draw the line?

  4. Annie Fox says:

    So it’s OK if that group insults others (like yourself and Mr. Diaz) but can’t take their own medicine? Have I got this correct?

  5. GregZaller says:

    I have carefully researched what Common Core is and what it will bring to education on a national scale, and this will be the essential skills that have been sorely missing in the old and obsolete content standards. Instead of requiring memorized responses the new standards require careful critical and collaborative thinking, essential skills to succeed in the modern world. The criticisms against the Common Core should have been directed at the old standards.

    During this transition it will be easy for ignorant remarks to get traction. Beware of criticisms against the Common Core Standards and do your own research.I applied to be on a citizens implementation committee with the California Department of Education for the coming Next Generation Science Standards. They will be difficult for teachers to at first understand and implement properly because of their past obsolete education under the old standards.

    • Michael Anderson says:

      Greg, thanks for taking the time to research Common Core (which I have not yet done). I value your opinion on other issues, so your endorsement here carries a lot of weight for me. One question: does Common Core contain any means to integrate educational policy from the federal gov’t and local school boards that might be at cross purposes?

      • GregZaller says:

        Hi Michael, I realize that there are objections to Federal involvement in Common Core based on a concern about a concentration of power. I don’t see this as a danger since the effect of the Common Core is to strengthen the skills needed for effective, intelligent, thoughtful democratic participation, critical to preventing an imbalance of power. Furthermore, even though the Federal Government has involvement at some levels with the Common Core, they are approved of and implemented independently at the State level.

        A universal set of standards across the United States will mean that students will have the opportunity to be challenged constructively in the same sequence whenever they change schools or even classrooms. These are not doctrines, they are essential skills that build on each other.

      • Michael Anderson says:

        Thanks Greg, that makes sense.

  6. Brad Croul says:

    Cliven (Saddam?) Bundy wants to use women as human shields? -What a guy!
    Harry Ried is calling the black-gun toting “minute men” domestic terrorists.
    One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, and so it goes.

  7. Steve Willer says:

    Right wing tea bagger hypocrisy is disgusting! They support welfare ranchers, even a deadbeat one like Bundy, but low income people who get SNAP are to be despised. The whole public lands grazing program should be ended, its an ecological disaster and costs taxpayers a boat load of money every year.
    As bad as the administration costs to taxpayers is, the ecological costs could probably be calculated at hundreds of times more. And with global warming making drought cycles worse, cows on arid and semi arid lands are a complete disaster for the hydrology, the wildlife, and native plant communities.
    The below figures from 2000 and 2001 may seem old, I don’t think much has changed.

    Grazing Direct Costs
    FOREST SERVICE DIRECT COSTS
    In 2000, Congress appropriated $54.3 million for the Forest Service range
    management program. The Forest Service collected $6.4 million in grazing fees from
    approximately 7,500 permittees. Half of the grazing fee is kept by the agencies for
    the “Range Betterment Fund,” and half of the remainder is given to states or
    counties in lieu of property taxes. This means that the U.S. Treasury received just $1.6
    million from permittees, for a net loss of $52.7 million to the taxpayer

    BLM DIRECT COSTS
    The Congressional appropriation for the BLM range management budget was
    $77.3 million in 2001. Income from grazing fees to the U.S. Treasury was
    approximately $4.5 million, leaving a net deficit for the Treasury of $72.8 million.
    Unlike the Forest Service budget, the BLM range management budget is disclosed by
    the agency as a single line item without division into range vegetation or other subprograms.

    http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/grazing/pdfs/assessing_the_full_cost.pdf

  8. Windy says:

    Another example of corporate welfare. The gold mines in Nevada get big taxpayer funded subsidies. Battle Mt. Gold, Newmont, Barrick and others paid less than $2.00 a acre for the land they can mine as far down as they can go.
    Leasing out land or charging for grazing fees has advantages for land sustainablility. It’s a partnership between those who want to use the land and the need to keep it sustainable. When someone like Bundy thinks he should do it for free and wave his gun around then I feel he’s disrespectful to the point where I want him stopped.
    In the 2008 Farm Bill that Bush signed the statue of limitations was lifted on the Treasury for collecting owed SS overpayments and collection of debt. I hope that is used to take Bundy’s ranch. If a democrat owed $1 million in back range fees the Republicans would be howling! Time to put a stop to the Welfare Cowboy and prosecute him and his goons.

  9. Douglas Keachie says:

    The wheels of cultural change move slowly. From what I can see, both sides are blind to the biggies. Factories will become much more automated. Robots will become much improved, and most common jobs will be taken over, or done remotely drone style through robots by the lowest bidder, even if they are on the opposite side of the planet.

    Thus a great deal of the population will become “surplus” in the job market, yet still in need of the basics of food, shelter, clothing, and medicine. Letting youngsters know at an early age that they will have to choose to chart a course to avoid being stuck on the bottom of this 2050 food chain is crucial, and actively exploring alternatives and directions with them will be at the heart of any educational plan that will do them any good. As for public schools I would see them changing drastically, into spots where many are informed of their fate, as they watch the ultra rich grab onto more any more of the previously general public’s wealth, and given “common core” skills, just so they can understand their predicament, and make a non rioting transition to this Brave New World.

    I will predict that in time legislation will show up to encourage later pregnancies via 90% ed credit, 5% retirement, and 5% mad money payouts, to those, male and female, who do not reproduce before age 22 or so, DNA ID required, obviously. How will they catch the boys? DNA registry.

    I will also predict that students with drive will quickly realize that they can learn faster at home or in the library or in special parts of schools with zero tolerance for time wasting and full internet suites. The biggest problem in public schools is students who literally make a career out of “chewing up the clock,” not only for themselves, but everyone else in the classroom around them. Most who bitch about administrators being too many and paid too much don’t realize that a great deal of their time is spent dealing with such “clock chewers.” The administrators have evolved into these roles, and yet the general public has no clue.

    This is the 21st century. You can’t turn back the cultural clock to 1950, and the world wide markets have made damn sure of that, especially the evolving capitalists in the USA. Here’s where the bulk of the Tea Party members want so desperately to go, but you can’t go home, anymore: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J55S38xwxnQ

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