Shocking: Obama Just Said Something About ISIS That Could Get Many Americans Killed

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Unbelievable. Did President Obama just say what I think he said? Did our Commander-in-Chief basically admit that we don’t have a clue about combating the terror threat posed by ISIS?

In a hastily called news conference late Thursday, Obama conceded that “we don’t have a strategy yet to fight ISIS.” That’s worth repeating: ‘WE DON’T HAVE A STRATEGY YET TO FIGHT ISIS,” says the President of the United States, apparently without realizing he has waved both a white flag of surrender and a red flag of challenge to the fire-breathing bull that is the Islamic State.

Dressed like he was on his way to an end-of-summer garden party at the Great Gatsby’s estate, Obama stood before the gathered news media and admitted his incompetence.

The twitter eruption was immediate and unforgiving. Here are a few samples:

Knowing how Obama operates in times of crisis, he will no doubt hurry off to a fundraiser on some private golf course.

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Here’s Why I Blame Pastors, Not Congress, For The Mess Our Nation Is In

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Allow me to begin by saying, if the shoe fits…wear it.

Now please don’t email me about how wrong I am for pointing out the obvious; the glaringly obvious even. Please don’t tell me how harsh I am, or how your pastor is a great man of God, or how your church is the best thing since sliced bread.  If you attend a church with a real pastor, you are truly one of the lucky ones.  But the odds are, your pastor isn’t all that great.  He has just convinced you that he is.

I get around. I visit a lot of churches. I know of that which I speak. When I leave a service, it is not unusual for me to look at my wife and ask her how the people can sit in that place week after week and listen to the bilge.

Oh yeah, your pastor is a good one just like your congressman is a good one. Everyone hates Congress, but they love their congressman. Nearly 90% of them get re-elected. It’s that Democrat congressman that’s the bad one. Your guy is a good conservative.

Compared to what? Compared to whom? If your congressman is so good, why is our nation in such a mess?  If your pastor is so good, why is America in such a mess? People love to blame the politicians.

I blame the pastors. Recent studies show 90% are derelict in their duty.

Politicians ride the wave that culture creates. The church used to be the tide upon which the politicians surfed. Politicians want to get elected.  They ride whatever wave is breaking.  The pulpits have gone soft.  There is no “God wave” to trouble the waters of political correctness.

Churches have become impotent because the pulpits have turned soft. Everyone wants to model Joel Osteen and Rick Warren.  Those dudes aren’t pastors; they’re book merchants. Congregations around this country have traded the Bible for the “self-help, purpose-driven, best-life-now” doctrine of demons currently flooding our churches. The people in the pew can no longer recognize the truth for themselves. They need a shepherd to lead them to truth.

Jesus told us that He is the Good Shepherd, and that His Word is the guide.  Warren and Osteen are blind guides, and America has fallen into the ditch.

Here is a Litmus Test for your church. This is merely the first qualifying factor.  If you don’t answer yes to this question, then you can bet that yours is a church that I am referring to.  Here’s the question:

Is carrying the Bible to church and actually opening it a requirement at the church where you attend? Some of the more progressive churches are kind enough to put the words on the big screen for you, saving you the embarrassment of having to find Malachi on your own.

Politicians get elected by saying what the people want to hear. Pastors build churches by teaching what the people want to hear.  There’s no difference.  Politicians and pastors both tend to be man-pleasers.

The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their own power; and the people love to have it soJeremiah 5:31.

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Watch: Refugee From Killing Fields EXPLODES On Those Who Would Call Illegal Aliens “Refugees”

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Ly Kou, a refugee from Communism in Southeast Asia, speaks to the Riverside, CA City Council. The Council was considering a resolution that would make Riverside a sanctuary city and provide aid to the recent flood of illegal aliens falsely claiming refugee status. The Resolution failed.

 

 

Watch: Crowd Erupts In Applause When This Refugee From Evil Stands Up To Illegal Immigration

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Has Hillary Ever Been Right?

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Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question:

When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy?

The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime.

Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad.

But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to everyone this summer, why were Clinton, Obama, and Secretary of State Kerry oblivious to this reality just a year ago?

Consider the rest of Hillary’s record. Her most crucial decision as Senator came in 2002 when she voted to invade Iraq. She now concedes it was the greatest mistake of her Senate career.

She voted against the surge in 2006, but confided to Defense Secretary Bob Gates that she did so to maintain her political viability for 2008.

This is statesmanship? Not voting your convictions about what is best for your country at war, so as not to antagonize the liberals in the Iowa caucuses?

In 2009, Hillary presented a “reset button” to Vladimir Putin’s foreign minister. In 2011, she supported U.S. air strikes to bring down Col. Gadhafi and celebrated in Tripoli when he was overthrown and lynched.

How did that work out? Libya is today a hellhole of murder and mayhem, and Islamists are threatening a takeover.

Who did Hillary think would rise when Gadhafi fell?

Hillary’s failure to anticipate or prevent the Benghazi massacre and her role in the botched cover-up, all concede, are burdens she will carry into the primaries in 2016, should she run.

Where, then, has Hillary exhibited the acumen to suggest she would be a wise and savvy steward of U.S. foreign policy in a disintegrating world?

Is this a convincing argument for the Republican alternative?

Hardly. The principal GOP voices on foreign policy, who get more airtime than Wolf Blitzer, are John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Their track record: McCain wanted to confront Putin over South Ossetia. He and Graham wanted to arm Ukrainians to fight the Russians in Crimea, Luhansk, and Donetsk. They wanted Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia brought into NATO, so that if war were to break out, we would be fighting the Russians alongside them.

This year, Graham was trolling around a Senate resolution to give Obama a blank check to attack Iran.

Last year, McCain and Graham were for attacking Assad’s army. This year, they are for bombing ISIS, which is attacking Assad’s army.

But if Hillary, McCain, and Graham have been repeatedly wrong about Syria, what do we do now? Answer: Stop and think.

First, this war in Syria and Iraq, like all such wars, is eventually going to be won by soldiers, by boots on the ground, by troops who can take and hold territory. And in such wars, as Napoleon said, God is on the side of the big battalions.

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Here’s How We Build Better Teachers

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For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 “Nation at Risk” report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics).

Reformers have urged — depending upon where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers, and educational choice. Each year seems to bring a new fad: child-centered learning, new math, cooperative learning, and so forth. The No Child Left Behind reform focused on testing. There have been proposals to repeal teacher tenure and to provide every child with a laptop. And always, there are fights over curriculum — Common Core being the controversy du jour.

But perhaps the most promising thinking about education arises from the discovery from economist Eric Hanushek that the most important factor in student performance is the quality of the teacher. Not class size. Not spending per pupil. Not even curriculum.

Our system produces some great teachers, but only by luck. Each year, 400,000 new teachers enter American classrooms, many knowing little about the nuts and bolts of teaching. As Elizabeth Green argues in her new book, “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone),” our education schools do not teach the mechanics of teaching: how to control a classroom, how to engage students’ imaginations, and how to check for understanding. They’ve been sidetracked by educational psychology and fads at the expense of teaching how to teach.

Green cites “education entrepreneurs” including Doug Lemov, author of “Teach Like a Champion,” and Deborah Loewenberg Ball, now dean of the University of Michigan’s school of education, who focus on helping ordinary teachers to become great.

Lemov, an education reformer and consultant, was struck by something he found by poring over statistics from the state of New York. While the correlation between zip codes and educational success was notable, there were always outliers: schools or classrooms in which even kids from impoverished backgrounds were doing well. Lemov zeroed in on those schools and those particular teachers.

The result is found in the subtitle of “Teach Like a Champion”: “49 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College.” Some of the techniques are inspired; others are quotidian but still important (like how not to waste time pleading for responses). The point is that teaching is a performance every day, which is not easy. Teachers must engage the interest and attention of their students (who bring all kinds of troubles from home), encourage the weak ones along with the strong, maintain discipline, and build a sense of team spirit. Lemov doesn’t believe that anyone can be a great teacher; but he does think that with coaching and mentoring, good teachers can become great.

Some of Lemov’s proven techniques will not surprise educational traditionalists. He believes in drill, though he calls it “muscle memory.” A great teacher will drill arithmetic skills, for example, until they are second nature so that students needn’t stumble over the easy stuff when they get to algebra and geometry. (Education schools had disdained this as “drill and kill.”) Another technique Lemov suggests is “cold calls” — that is, having the teacher choose students randomly rather than just those who raise their hands. Each child, knowing he might be called upon, must be ready. (It works in law schools). A companion technique is “no opt out.” If the child says he doesn’t know, the teacher asks a related question to another student to narrow down the possible right answer and returns to the first child for a second chance.

There are broad suggestions about classroom management and more subtle and difficult challenges like maintaining “emotional constancy”–that is, refraining from showing anger when a child gets the wrong answer. Anger will teach a child to try to hide his ignorance rather than accept it as a normal part of the learning enterprise.

Teaching is a craft. It may be among the hardest to master. Renewed attention to teaching teaching seems long overdue.
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