Black leader laments ‘bad children’ not getting suspended


Radio talk-show host Jesse Lee Peterson recently delivered some bad news to his audience that he blames on President Obama and a liberal education agenda that has been forced on teachers and administrators.

In New York schools, he said, forcible sex offenses were up 90 percent over the previous year, assaults with weapons causing serious injuries were up 69 percent and assaults in general were up 40 percent.

In Peterson’s opinion, the problem began in January 2014 when Obama’s Education and Justice Departments issued new guidelines on classroom discipline.

The objective was to eliminate racial disparities in school discipline, as black and Hispanic students had been getting suspended and expelled at higher rates than white students.

The Obama administration threatened school districts with lawsuits and federal funding cuts if it found racial disparities in student punishments.

But Peterson, who is black, does not believe it’s the right way to go about school discipline.

“This is not a love for the children,” he said. “This is not about love and protection for the teachers. It’s not about what is right at all.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, on the other hand, has eagerly implemented the Obama administration’s guidelines in the city’s public schools. According to the New York Post, he has replaced suspensions with “restorative justice,” even for many serious infractions such as insubordination, fighting, assault and arson.

Consequently, the number of suspensions declined by about 9,000 during the 2014-15 academic year, representing a 17 percent decrease from 2013-14.

The New York Daily News also reported school-based arrests were down 27 percent from the previous year, and summonses made by the School Safety Division were down 15 percent.

That is not to say students are behaving better, though.

In a survey at a city teachers union meeting earlier this month, 81 percent of teachers said their students are losing learning opportunities because of disorder and violence in the classroom.

Gregory Floyd, president of the union representing school safety officers, said de Blasio’s slipshod approach to discipline is “grooming criminals.”

However, the de Blasio administration has touted the decrease in suspensions as a sign of progress. City schools Chancellor Carmen Farina even played up the racial angle, saying, “Reducing the need for suspensions and keeping our schools safe remains one of my top priorities – particularly for our black and Hispanic students and our students with special needs – and we are working tirelessly toward that end.”

But Peterson mocked the mayor’s attitude.

“So the mayor is bragging, ‘Oh, we’re not expelling kids, we’re not suspending them. Our kids are staying in the classrooms,’” Peterson said. “Never mind that forcible sex offenses are up. Never mind that assaults with weapons causing serious injuries have gone up 69 percent. They’re keeping kids in the classrooms and they’re proud of it.”

Last October, a student at Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx was caught with seven bags of marijuana, but he was neither suspended from school nor issued a criminal summons. Instead, a school official handed him a “warning card” that read, “Please bring this card home to your parent(s)/guardian so you can discuss the matter with them.”

Peterson, a WND columnist, said the incident shows the insanity of the Obama-de Blasio school discipline paradigm.

“So this boy was caught with seven bags of marijuana on him – a dealer, a dope dealer,” Peterson exclaimed. “And they give him a little card with a warning that says, ‘Take this home to your parents or guardians so you can discuss the matter with them.’ This is the public school system under Barack Obama. This is what we’re dealing with in America today.”

Peterson, author of “The Antidote,” believes black students who misbehave need to be disciplined at school because too many of them don’t have strong, authoritative parents at home to teach them right from wrong.

Some 55 percent of black children in the U.S. are living in single-parent homes, and 57 percent are living without their biological fathers, according to Fathers.com.

To Peterson, it is the lack of a solid family, not racism, that leads to black kids getting in trouble at school.

“These kids are angry, folks, because they don’t feel loved, they don’t have parents guiding them, and this is how the administration deals with it – calling it racism,” Peterson lamented. “What a sad, sad commentary.”

The interview:


Huckabee: I’m prepared to stop all abortions

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee

While the Republican presidential field has many candidates saying they’re pro-life, only former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is declaring his intention, if elected, to challenge abortion directly in the courts.

“There’s a better approach. We don’t have to pass a constitutional amendment,” Huckabee told CBN News’ David Brody in an exclusive interview.

“We already have two: the Fifth and 14th Amendments. The Fifth Amendment says that you cannot deprive somebody of life or liberty unless there’s due process. The 14th Amendment says that states neither can do that, and they have to provide equal protection under the law.

“What it means is really simple: if the unborn child is a person, they’re already protected under the Fifth and 14th Amendments. It just requires a president who appoints an attorney general who will recognize the personhood of every person from conception forward and say, ‘We have a constitutional obligation to protect people.’”

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This is not a new stance for Huckabee. WND reported in September on Huckabee’s speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., to honor some of America’s most courageous Christians.

Noting his anger that the current Republican majority wasn’t doing anything differently than when they were in the minority, Huckabee promised to take the lead in pro-life matters if elected, and that, he said, meant a lot more than just trying to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

Declaring he would advocate for personhood for the unborn and defend their Fifth Amendment rights, he said, “It’s time to quit taking a punch in the gut, and give this government a kick in the butt!”

That was his same message to the Brody File.

“We can do more than slow down abortion. We can stop it,” he said

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Huckabee acknowledged that if his attorney general begins challenging abortion on demand using the Fifth and 14th Amendments, his administration will be in for a court fight. But he’s confident it’s a fight that can be won.

“The only question in the court becomes is the unborn child a person? I’m willing to have that battle in court because … bring the best biologists in the world, put them under oath and ask them when 23 chromosomes from a man and 23 from a woman merge at fertilization, is that a life? And if it is a life, what is it? Is it a puppy? Is it a dolphin? Is it a stalk of broccoli? No, it’s a human life.”

Whether Huckabee’s confidence in the ultimate success of his argument is well-placed remains to be seen, but among his fellow GOP candidates, he is taking the strongest stand on the issue, saying neither pro-lifers nor a Huckabee administration can afford to wait for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade on its own.


Warning: Vote for Hillary or ‘women’s progress reversed’

(THE HILL) – Planned Parenthood’s political action committee is launching new Web ads in Iowa for Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton ahead of Monday’s caucuses.

The ads argue that access to abortion and other priorities are at risk if a Republican is elected, but that Clinton has “the strongest record on women’s health of anyone, ever.”

Clinton has touted Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of her as she is locked in a tight race with Bernie Sanders.

Clinton seized on Sanders’s comments this month that Planned Parenthood was part of the “establishment;” Sanders later walked the remark back.


Iowa official criticizes Cruz campaign over mailer

(New York Times) Iowa’s secretary of state chastised the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz on Saturday for sending a mailer that he said violated “the spirit of the Iowa caucuses” and misrepresented state election law.

The mailer, flagged by a handful of Twitter users and confirmed as authentic by the Cruz campaign, included a warning of a “voting violation” in capital letters at the top of the page.

It informed voters they were receiving a notice “because of low expected voter turnout in your area.”

“Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record,” the flier read. “Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”


Trump overtakes Cruz in final Iowa poll

(Bloomberg) Donald Trump has overtaken Ted Cruz in the final days before Iowa’s caucuses, with the fate of the race closely tied to the size of Monday evening’s turnout, especially among evangelical voters and those attending for the first time, a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.

The findings before the first ballots are cast in the 2016 presidential nomination race shows Trump with the support of 28 percent of likely caucus-goers, followed by 23 percent for the Texas senator and 15 percent for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

The billionaire real estate mogul leads Cruz among those who say they definitely plan to attend, 30 percent to 26 percent. With the less committed—those who say they’ll probably attend—Trump also beats Cruz, 27 percent to 21 percent.


Insider warns elites heading toward ‘one-world solutions’


The annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has just wrapped up after a focus on a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and other issues the global elites consider important to the entire world community.

But an insider who once set up such conferences, has held a United Nations post, mingled with the top players in Washington and lists multiple foundation board memberships on his resume warns “old-fashioned values” are being left behind.

“I think we’re moving in the direction of more and more globalism, which I would distinguish from globalization, which is more an integrated kind of trading and investment pattern,” said Theodore Roosevelt Malloch.

He said the elites’ discussions of problems and solutions have taken on a global tone, as epitomized by Davos.

“There’s more and more emphasis, particularly in the developing world and in Europe, not necessarily in the U.S., unless you consider the Obama administration indicative of the emphasis, on one-world solutions, on UN solutions, on unitary solutions,” Malloch said.

Malloch, the chairman and CEO of the Roosevelt Group, knows what it’s like to swim at that level.

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In addition to previously serving on the executive board of the WEF, he has had an ambassadorial-level post in the UN, worked in international capital markets on Wall Street, held senior policy positions at the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and U.S. State Department, and served on numerous foundations and corporate, mutual fund and not-for-profit/educational boards. He currently advises numerous international and U.S. governmental advisory bodies and think tanks.

He described the recent meetings.

“It’s full of wannabes and celebrities,” Malloch said during a recent interview on Newsmax TV. “About 3,500 people and tons and tons and tons of media were there trying to stalk down people to get the interview of the day.”

This year’s Davos summit was attended by political leaders, business executives, intellectuals and celebrities.

Notable politicians who attended included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

Prominent business leaders included Bill and Melinda Gates, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman. Celebrities included Kevin Spacey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Watson and will.i.am.

Attendees discussed a number of topics they consider global issues, such as sustainable development, global warming, water scarcity, economic growth, the global economy, inequality and even gender parity.

But the main topic was the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

The Davos movers and shakers discussed the impact that new technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles will have on society, existing industries, jobs and inequality.

Malloch recounts his life’s work in a new book, “Davos, Aspen, and Yale: My Life Behind the Elite Curtain as a Global Sherpa.”

He said it was the Iron Lady herself who first dubbed him a “sherpa.”

“Some years ago, I was presiding over a conference in Washington, D.C., with CNN and Margaret Thatcher was the keynote speaker,” Malloch recalled. “And when I introduced her, she said, ‘Whoever invented this and brought this congress to fruition is truly a global sherpa.’ So it’s become a moniker of mine. I’ve helped companies, I’ve helped organizations, I’ve helped political leaders find their way in this rather difficult and increasingly complex landscape.”

His experience, he said, allows him to recognize the drive, then, toward globalism.

There’s “not much interest in old-fashioned values or virtues, not much attention to national sovereignty any longer,” he said.


WND’s Joseph Farah to keynote Oregon GOP event

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

WND founder, editor-in-chief and CEO Joseph Farah will return to familiar territory on Feb. 13 as the keynote speaker at the Josephine County, Oregon, Republican Central Committee’s 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner.

He will speak about the state of politics in America and the state of the press.

“As a former resident and business owner in Josephine County, I look forward to returning to visit some old friends and to share insights on the 2016 campaign as well as the state of the press in America, an institution in which I have toiled for the last 40 years of my life,” Farah said.

WND Vice President and Managing Editor David Kupelian will also speak at the event.

In a statement provided to WND, Josephine County Republican Party chairman Joshua Robinson expressed gratitude for the presence of Farah and Kupelian at his party’s annual event.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear from these two prominent fighters for American liberty and traditional values,” Robinson wrote. “When Joseph Farah, David Kupelian and their colleagues at [WND] speak, they speak to conservatives, libertarians and common sense people throughout our nation and throughout the world – people who are deeply concerned about the sociological, religious, economic, and military chaos of our age.”

Robinson lauded Farah and Kupelian for their contributions to the fight to halt the ongoing leftist “transformation” of America.

Joseph Farah

Joseph Farah

“The battle we are now in to save our constitutional Republic and to save the bedrock values of our nation – the finest Republic and the finest national values that all of human history has produced – has entered a critical phase,” Robinson wrote. “We need leadership to help us win.

“That leadership is here. One outstanding element of it is embodied in [WND] and the men who will be speaking to our Lincoln Day Dinner in Josephine County on February 13.”

The annual dinner and fundraising auction will be held at the Josephine County Fairgrounds Pavilion Building, located at 1451 Fairgrounds Road in Grants Pass, Oregon. A social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to be served at 6:30. Dinner is set to include “Santa Maria Tri-tip, barbecued chicken, buckboard potatoes, spring salad with candied walnuts and raspberry vinaigrette, and a dessert auction.”

Attendees will have the chance to meet several Oregon state representatives as well as some Republican candidates for the 2016 elections.

David Kupelian

David Kupelian

Also in attendance will be noted research scientist Art Robinson, co-founder of the Linus Pauling Institute and the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. Robinson, who is Joshua Robinson’s father, is the former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party and three times ran for Congress, unsuccessfully, against U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, co-founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Art Robinson will also speak during the event.

Tickets are $45 per person, or $400 to reserve a whole table, for those who RSVP by Feb. 8. After Feb. 8, individual ticket prices will increase to $55. Guests may RSVP by visiting www.jocogop.org, where they may also purchase their tickets. Mail-in payments may be sent to: Josephine County Republican Central Committee, 233 Rogue River Hwy #1255, Grants Pass, OR 97527.