A Better Approach to Education

A Better Approach to Education

isi_logoWhat are you receiving from you mainstream media? I can’t and won’t speak for you but chances are the reported news is pretty much the same issue from New York to Los Angeles maybe even Miami Beach to Seattle. However, in South Dakota (the bad-lands, Wounded Knee, Custer, Little Big Horn, the Black Hills, and of course Mt. Rushmore) there are indeed more visitors per year than residents.

Whenever one goes to South Dakota, as for me the X Amendment is shown in all its glory and I think the rest of the United States should be thinking about those and many other fine rights which have been taken over by those who have never been to your state.

Education leaders in South Dakota are mapping curriculum standards to the same test immigrants take to become United States citizens.

Third-graders learn about the Declaration of Independence. Fifth-graders study the origins of the U.S. Constitution. And nat treasure by the time a student graduates high school, he’d have enough American civics know-how to pass the 100-question naturalization exam used by the U.S. Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

South Dakota is one of five states to pass legislation this year linking K-12 learning to the citizenship test. And I think that is amazing. It is an unfortunate statistic rendered by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute whose findings on students’ tested were abysmal to make it as civil as I am able.

Advocates first pitched the idea last year. Members of the South Dakota Civics Education Initiative proposed a higher bar for state classrooms, following a national movement backed by the likes of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and award-winning journalist Carl Bernstein.

In South Dakota, Georgia Hanson and others worked with state lawmakers and education leaders during the 2015 legislative session to explore the possibilities of linking U.S. history and government learning to the citizenship test.
“Our hope is that the students will have a better understanding of our government and how it works, and perhaps get them engaged,” Hanson said.

North Dakota, Arizona, Utah and Idaho have all adopted similar measures. Unlike other states, however, South Dakota does not require students to take the test to graduate.

Critical-Thinking-Concepts-ToolsHowever, don’t be surprised if one day you receive a notification from either the State, colleges, or from what district maintains the schools in your area — especially if one of your children happen to be in attendance. Although compulsory K-12 exams are not on the order for South Dakota, it is believed that all public schools will soon be.

Social studies learning was already headed for change when Hanson’s group came forward with their initiative. Before the Legislature convened, educators had already drafted and proposed new state curriculum standards for social studies.

From an educators perception the entire curriculum with regards to Social Studies must be reworked with a finely tuned instrument. The notion of this area of learning being given less time each year definitely puts almost all students’ at some type of risk.

For data on how high school freshman to fresh people in college through to their scores in Civics please see the following link.

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‘Select Committee’ or a ‘Special Committee’ to Faithfully undue the Lies that have been told

‘Select Committee’ or a ‘Special Committee’

judicialwatch-3 ‘Select Committee’ or a ‘Special Committee’ where one of the governments own officials has got to take on these scenarios such as Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and I will fondly rejoice this writing when it comes time to figure out what questions we like to asks Barack Obama at his impending impeachment trial or for the personal book that comes after that mess plays out.

But for the start of this matter ( imbed 5 Taliban Cadre Leaders trade for a one man deserter that cost his buddies their lives in looking for him.) The sound plays through this mind and ears nothing less than five times per day. The ostensible president that we have now — literally masquerading around telling everyone who still visits, “Oh I own that…and that too!” Speaking of course to one of America’s middle school classrooms about how this man made it from rags to riches.

There are some major new developments in the strange case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that cry out for transparency – under law – from the Obama administration. The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance and subsequent capture have become the subject of intense controversy – and an equally intense cover-up, requiring Judicial Watch to file five separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to ferret out the truth.

Judicial Watch said Wednesday that it had filed its fifth Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking information that the group’s president said would prove the Defense Department knew early on that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted his post in Afghanistan before he was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

“The Pentagon has a lot to answer for as to why this wasn’t done sooner and did politics play any role in the untowardseal delay of this decision,” said Tom Fitton, the watchdog group’s president. “It’s further confirmation of the scandalous nature of the trade.

Given that the State Department is willing to make misrepresentations about what and when it knew, Judicial Watch accuses the Obama administration (which is using tax dollars to defend this cover-up) of playing games:

The State Department has yet to demonstrate how it is satisfying its obligations under FOIA in light of recent revelations that Secretary Clinton’s emails were not being properly managed, retained and produced. This also applies to emails received or sent by other officials or employees within the Secretary’s office to conduct government business who used non-“state.gov” email addresses. To determine the adequacy of the State Department’s search, both Judicial Watch and the Court should be informed by the Department directly of the details surrounding the retention of agency emails within the Office of the Secretary and the extent of the Department’s ability to search, request and retrieve those records … Had Judicial Watch not challenged the State Department’s search, this case would most likely have been dismissed before any public revelations were made about the unlawful arrangement relating to the State Department’s handling of agency emails during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department …

[T]he State Department has still not responded to Judicial Watch’s request to confirmlogo whether its supplemental search includes all non-“state.gov” email addresses used by other officials or employees within the Secretary’s office for government business .. .

“To the extent that Secretary Clinton used her non-“state.gov” email address to communicate with State Department employees outside her office who used “state.gov” email addresses, the State Department would also have to conduct agency wide searches to respond properly to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

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Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

map-and-compass_1Here is a question for you that I would love to get some feedback on — all together, with me? Great! Ever since our esteemed Emperor Obama decided on his own, no Congress, no real advisors, basically just special interest groups and what they aspire to do with what they have either borrowed, stolen, or committed some crime in order to get, the all hallowed purse.

As for me, I am just disgusted over the entire mess; especially when it concerns the little children that hurriedly rushed the border last autumn.

These children can be offered to be part of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program or DACA. I will not try and speak for you, but, what little was covered by the mainstream media — in addition to the festivities moving spritely in Switzerland on a deal that is a slam dunk for Iran.

On a recent Thursday evening, immigrants from Trinidad, Ghana and Haiti gathered at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch to bone up on American history.

“I want you to name seven of the 13 British colonies,” instructor Miguel Angeles told his class, sitting around a large table in a sunny, third-floor boardroom overlooking Grand Army Plaza.

“We talked about this last week. Does anyone know?

The adult students were preparing for the civics test that new Americans must pass in order to become a U.S. citizen. During the naturalization interview, a United States Citizenship and Information Services officer picks 10 questions from a list of 100 — and applicants need to get six of them right.

“I really didn’t feel ready to do it,” said Shaliza Mohammed, 53, who left Trinidad for Ridgewood, Queens 27 years ago. The class is helping, she said.

Last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library began offering free citizenship courses like the one Mohammed attends. And in October the library also started hosting two Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited Immigrant Justice Corp fellows, recent college graduates who help with forms and advice once a week at several different branches.

“We were looking for ways to engage our communities in more robust ways, and more meaningful ways,” said Nicholas Higgins, director of library1n-2-weboutreach services in the library’s 60-branch system. The library secured a grant from USCIS and applied to be one of 17 citywide host organizations with the Immigrant Justice Corp fellows.

“I think one of the main focuses of our fellowship is to make sure that people have access to quality immigration services, because I’ve seen so many clients who say, ‘I paid $7,000 to X and they told me they would get me a green card. And I never heard from them again and they changed their phone number,’” said Fayette, a recent Brown University graduate from Boston.

While Brooklyn has launched the most recent initiative, the Queens Library and New York Public Library also offer immigrant services — from free English classes to help applying for the U.S. Department of State’s diversity visa lottery, which randomly gives green cards to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. Library branches around the city serve as enrollment centers for the city’s new Municipal ID.

Libraries can become trusted resources to help newcomers assimilate — as long as immigrants realize they are there. Pardon me, please…pardon me just a moment, please. Are all of your readers grasping what is being put forth here? Assimilation? Allow me to be the first one to let you know that if a person came to this Nation 27 perhaps even 30 years ago can’t pass, then why all the hoopla?

A recent national study found that just 60% of Latino immigrants had visited a library or bookmobile, compared to 83% of U.S.-born Latinos. Those who had, however, were among the most appreciative of what libraries offer and were more likely than other groups to say that the closing of a library in their community would have a major impact on their family, according to Pew Research Center research.

The first graduate to successfully pass her interview was Nohomi Yamazaki, a Japanese immigrant who now lives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

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Iranian President divulges his Perspective

nlogoIranian President divulges his Perspective 

The memory of signing the joint statement by Tehran and six world powers for a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program will remain in people’s minds forever, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday in a televised address.

images_stories_edimIran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) signed a framework nuclear deal on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, after eight days of hugely intensive negotiations. Better the truth be illuminated — these negotiations have gone on for three years including two separate rather long term breaks in the negotiating process.

Rouhani said the world should know that Iranians would keep their promises and will live up to such promises provided that the opposite side abides by its promises as well.

The president also said the world has come to the understanding that producing nuclear fuel on the Iranian soil does not pose threat to any country. We respect his right to say this, however we further believe he is incorrect. When one speaks on behalf of the world, that proposition takes on every person and/or nation on the planet. He has and will continue to have difficulties as long as Israel remains under a direct threat.

“In the framework of the agreement that we reached at last night (late Thursday) the 5+1 accepted that Iran has enrichment on its soil,” he said. Now this is a completely different statement than he offered on a prior occasion. (See statement above.)

He added, “Yesterday, they said enrichment in Iran is a threat to the region and the world but today all have acknowledged that enrichment in Iran is not a threat to anybody.” We do not believe that this sentence is expressed correctly — which we further believe is a “tall tale” sign of what may be in the agreement. Use the language as a paramount factor when decision-making.

He also said if some day the other side decides to choose a new path, the way would be open to the Iranian nation to c_245_120_16777215_0_images_stories_edim_ed8191b2-1894-49ab-9d1d-6f8b6ae42901make a proportionate response as well. This is the second time he has made this remark; therefore, what does he know that the rest of the nations involved do not know.

The nuclear agreement is just a step toward interaction with the world including all those countries that want to respect the Iranian nation and “work with the people of Iran within framework” of mutual interests, Rouhani asserted.

President Rouhani also stated that there is no doubt that cooperation and interaction will benefit all. Rouhani added that all the six UN sanctions resolutions against Iran would be lifted at once when the tentative agreement between Iran and world powers is finalized.

EnglishFirst issue is that the UN sanctions resolutions would be “lifted at once” as soon as the tentative agreement between Iran and the world powers is finalized. Once the tentative agreement is finalized, it is no longer the “tentative agreement.” In our minds we believe that the Iranian president revealed what possibly could be on his mind.

He also said some people at home believe that Iran should either fight with the world powers or surrender to them, but there is a third way, which is interaction with the world. This is the veiled threat that has me a bit skeptical. If there is anything that we (our government) should have learned by now it is in the nature and beliefs of most of the people.

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Anti-Muslim bigotry and equate this with the Criticism of Islam

Anti-Muslim bigotry and equate this with the Criticism of Islam

350xYes! As a matter of fact, we in the U.S. as well as every other part of the world could readily agree that language conventions accompanied with bigotry and ostensible bias will really mar up the landscape. This article very much is addressing language; consequently, it is of the utmost importance to use discretion and dignity when one is attempting to change any part of any language. This article inspired me for various reasons, none of which could afford a lackadaisical approach insofar as what is occurring is an act of political correctness.

For a long time, elements on the ‘left’ have been conflating Islamism with Muslims; thus granting Islamist ideology the same type of protection afforded by “protected characteristics” like race or sexual orientation.

The question of what language we use is not ‘merely’ a rhetorical point – it cuts to the heart and reality of the matter. The word ‘Islamophobia’ was memorably described as “a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons” and it is succeeding very well in manipulating discussion about Islam.

The bigoted views of Islamists and anti-Muslim demagogues must be challenged, but the term ‘Islamophobia’ only serves to confuse the issues and shut down debate, argues Benjamin Jones.

A motion was pushed through which aimed to “end transphobia, biphobia and Islamophobia on Campus.” The motion stated that “the NUS Women’s’ Officers and members of the NUS Women’s committee shall not offer a platform to any transphobic speaker, biphobic or Islamophobic speaker, nor shall it officially support any event that does.”

Actually to assist in clearing up and confusion this motion was instigated by the Women’s Officer Corps. of an organization called The National Secular Society, headquartered with offices in England.

This example of trying to get their message across is excruciatingly worrisome. “The NUS Women’s Conference made Puzzled Confused Lost Signpost Showing Puzzling Problemheadlines recently after the organisers asked delegates to start using “jazz hands” instead of clapping, out of fear that clapping was “triggering” anxiety. What was not as widely reported was their decision to outlaw “Islamophobia.”

However to be commended on a need to change what could be offensive to others has been a difficult transaction. As for me, the method that should be used is honesty, integrity, with good well-thought out intentions.

Worryingly, the phrase ‘Islamophobia’ was not defined in the motion: in fact, the word is not truly defined in society generally. The word ‘Islamophobia’ has long-since entered common usage, but it describes two completely different things.

Apparently the battle arises when two or more compelling ideologies are used to insinuate a word. We need to separate anti-Muslim bigotry from criticism of Islam, both of which are maddeningly labelled as ‘Islamophobic’. At present, Islamists and their apologists use this single term to shut down reform of Islam by labelling critics of (and within) the faith with the same neologism used to describe bigoted thugs.

Personally it doesn’t seem fair to me whatsoever to even suggest a guide for anti-Muslim bigotry and then compelling individuals to somehow equate this with the criticism of Islam. It is not as though one were comparing apples to apples.

We must stop equating these two completely separate phenomena, and object loudly when others try to make this spurious connection. To do this, we need to sort out our terminology and our language conventions and then laying appropriate language — meaningfully.

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Political Correctness, and more just like it..!

Political Correctness, and more just like it..!

BMWhat we were trying to establish in yesterday’s post was about as basic a reason to find the incoercible, yet glaring way to establish where on earth this process of political correctness comes from and a few examples of how easily one could get confused. Language is one thing that establishes humans in a superior order than other animals.

Just a bit more on the history of what is referred to as political correctness; understanding that there are those who irrefutably will try and argue against the point. Whilst the label “politically correct” has its particular origins and history, it only partially overlaps with the history of the phenomenon to which the label is now applied. While the use of “politically correct” in the modern sense is a label dating to the early 1990s, the phenomenon so labeled developed from the 1960s onwards. This phenomenon was driven by a combination of the linguistic turn in academia and the rise of identity politics both inside and outside it.

These led to attempts to change social reality by changing language, with attempts at making language more culturally PC WARNINGinclusive and gender-neutral. This meant introducing new terms that sought to leave behind discriminatory baggage attached to older ones, and conversely to try to make older ones taboo, sometimes through labeling them “hate speech”. These attempts (associated with the political left) led to a backlash from the right, partly against the attempts to change language, and partly against the underlying identity politics itself. “Political correctness” became a convenient rightwing label for both of these things it rejected.

Therefore let’s take a look at Oxford University’s Dictionary for a solid definition. According to Oxford Press political correctness is defined as: The avoidance of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against: women like him for his civil rights stand and political correctness.

An additional term for this might be “political correctness.” As Jonathan Chait recently outlined in New York magazine, political correctness is a style of politics, generally wielded by leftists, that attempts to regulate public discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate. “P.C.” disciples make it their business to call out perceived racial, religious and gender biases in the service of forging a more equal society.

Therefore reading from an American dictionary we find matters such as political correctness v. political correctitude so what exactly is the difference?

PC EXAMPLEClearly I do not see any indicated difference between these two terms. Certainly not as far as linguistics are concerned. However, if one wanted to make an argument about it, we would weigh-in on the stylistic side.

Do we all remember that destructive speech that President Obama gave regarding his views on religious freedom? Now here is a person who is very confused — or someone who had another person write his speech and he merely read it.

It was an odd statement. He began by praising the wisdom of America’s founding fathers for their sophisticated understanding of the relationship between freedom of speech and freedom of religion. (“For to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both.”) “But,” he continued—and it was a big “but”—in “modern, complicated, diverse societies”, Americans must “exercise civility and restraint and judgment.” The president didn’t exactly deny the right to free expression. His message was more along the lines of, just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should. Homo flags

In this way, the P.C. movement is essentially a program of censorship. It undermines a fundamental democratic right to free expression—a right that should extend to everyone, regardless of how contentious, bigoted or prejudiced these views might be—in order to advance a perception of decency and social harmony. But is it really harmony we win when we back down from satirizing religious radicals? Or when we attack people for wishing “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”?

This seems more like a way to cultivate social anxieties; a fear of forgetting the proper code words. Flemming Rose, editor of the Danish paper that published the controversial Mohammed cartoons in 2005, calls this approach a “tyranny of silence.”

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Political Correctness, An Example…

Political Correctness, An Example…

Political+Correctness3In as much writing as we’ve done; moreover, the study and research and in particular the case studies regarding political correctness, we have always proffered that the entire notion (of political correctness…) has as its origins the machination of the language that inevitability evolves into a change of the native language. Political correctness is running rampant, and it is absolutely destroying this nation.

If this is the right connection it should be easy to find immediate and at times, extreme examples of what language wise — is acceptable or not socially correct. Therefore we present to you some differences in the primary cultures’ native language which at the behest of the liberal left becomes acceptable. If you say the “wrong thing” in America today, you could be penalized, fired or even taken to court.

Such matters as is one handicapped, challenged, or disabled is anyone’s guess; consequently, we have situations of massdespair%20political%20correctness11 confusion or the inability for people to openly discuss what is on their minds for fear of making a mistake.

So given our first example of one being handicapped, challenged, or disabled here is the breakdown of how this should be construed.

Given a human being who is disabled, many, many accommodations must be made to facilitate their ability to live a life as normal as possible. Therefore these accommodations or handicapped spots are expressly designed to meet their needs. So where does that leave us? Being mentally, physically, or emotionally challenged. In this case “challenged” is designated as a “offensive term.”

In his novel 1984, George Orwell imagined a future world where speech was greatly restricted. He called that the language that the totalitarian state in his novel created “Newspeak”, and it bears a striking resemblance to the political correctness that we see in America right now.

According to Wikipedia, Newspeak is “a reduced language created by the totalitarian state as a tool to limit free thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, peace, etc. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as a thoughtcrime.

A thoughtcrime is an occurrence or instance of controversial or socially unacceptable thoughts. The term is also used to describe some theological concepts such as disbelief or idolatry, or a rejection of strong social or philosophical principles.

This process of effectuating language would not be so bad or even destructive if those assisting in the change were held accountable for what it is that they say. Please consider the following true ideologies:

Government workers in Seattle have been told that they should no longer use the words “citizen” and “brown bag” because they are potentially offensive.

 A Florida police officer recently lost his job for calling Trayvon Martin a “thug” on Facebook.

130px-No_Political_Correctness The mayor of Washington D.C. recently asked singer Donnie McClurkin not to attend his own concert because of his views on homosexuality.

 U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is called on athletes marching in the opening ceremonies at the Winter Olympics in Sochi to “embarrass” Russian President Vladimir Putin by protesting for gay rights.  

Chaplains in the U.S. military are being forced to perform gay marriages, even if it goes against their personal religious beliefs. The few chaplains that have refused to follow orders know that it means the end of their careers.

The Obama administration has banned all U.S. government agencies from producing any training materials that link Islam with terrorism. In fact, the FBI has gone back and purged references to Islam and terrorism from hundreds of old documents.

Do you think that Hillary Clinton after egregiously breaking the law — clearing her server during an investigation — will ever be held accountable?

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Another attack on Religion…

Another attack on Religion, how many more until Religion leaves you?

lighted crossThis entire scenario that has been going on in Indiana regarding a new “religious freedom” law has been mutilated by just about all main stream media as well as others who just don’t know what the context of the law is even about. So why not go out and speak as though you are some kind of expert and lash out at Indiana’s governor, the state’s House and Senate, insofar as it was their executive and legislative branches that produced the law; albeit, even if it is a narrow brush stroke from the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. It is worth noting here that the RFRA was initiated by Senator Charles Schumer D-NY and signed into law by the then President Bill Clinton in 1993 — roughly 22 years ago.

So all things being equal, what’s different now? Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new “religious freedom” law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays.

As for me that sentence just about explains everything. Businesses and activists say “such measures could be used to discriminate against gays.” Rather than read the content of the original bill or now law, we must always be reminded that the L.G.B.T. is around and well — flexing their muscles because measures could be used to discriminate against them.

doveIndiana’s law, signed last week, was perceived as going further than those enacted in 19 other states, giving businesses a right to refuse services on religious grounds. This is interesting inasmuch as who has made the claim that such a law would give business a right to refuse services on religious grounds?

Gay marriage became legal in Indiana last year following an appeals court ruling, and gay rights activists say Republicans pushed through the religious freedom act in response. The law was enacted months before an expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling over state bans on same-sex marriage.

Thousands rallied against the law in Indianapolis last weekend and the cities of San Francisco and Seattle and the state of Connecticut all banned official travel to Indiana. Can you spell or even say abhorrent?

The law simply says the state can’t force you to do something that’s against your religion unless it has a very good reason cross fish to do so — the “compelling interest” rule. If it tries to do so, you can go to court and plead legal objection under the religious-freedom law. The court will have to decide if there is a compelling reason to override your religious freedom, or not. Combating discrimination, incidentally, might well be such a reason.

Please note that we will say something about the religious freedom that was egregiously mishandled in the New Mexico Land Management v. Elaine Huguenin. Just type that case in the search box up top or visit The American Age website.

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Harry Reid’s Real Reason For Retiring? Think again..!

Harry Reid’s Real Reason For Retiring? Think again..!

reidHarry Reid, the Democratic Senate leader from Nevada, has announced he will not be seeking reelection to his U.S. Senate seat, the New York Times reported yesterday. Reid would have faced a tough challenge from Republicans if he sought re-election in 2016. Many believe the reason Harry Reid is retiring is due to an eye injury he sustained on Jan. 1 of this year, but he dismisses that or the Democrats being in the minority in the Senate as reasons for his retirement.

“He also said he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate,” the New York Times reported, and quote Harry Reid as saying, “I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida… These are big, expensive states.” This is one very conditional response. He’s trying to “lose with dignity.”

Breitbart News also reported this as the stated reason from Harry Reid on why he’s retiring, but also reported another possible reason for Reid’s retirement. Perhaps investigations of some of Reid’s past might otherwise become a problem if he had decided to seek re-election in 2016. Breitbart suggested investigations by a Republican Attorney General, if the GOP wins the White House in 2016, might be on Harry Reid’s mind.

“A Republican Attorney General would be almost certain to initiate a criminal investigation into Reid’s abuse of his reid3political power in a brazen intervention in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) issuance of EB-5 visas to investors in a Las Vegas casino and hotel that was represented by his son, Rory Reid, as was highlighted in a report released by the Inspector General of DHS last week,” Breitbart News reported. We’ve covered this story and albeit Harry or son Rory has indeed broken the law.

Former U.S. Attorney Joe di Genova told Breitbart, “I think Harry Reid’s getting out of town ahead of the posse” and also said,”[t]here is no doubt in my mind that an independent Department of Justice or an independent U.S. Attorney would open a preliminary criminal investigation into Harry Reid’s intervention into the expediting of EB-5 visas and would in addition convene a grand jury.”

reid2Several issues related to Harry Reid were listed, including alleged involvement with abuse of power by Senator Robert Menendez, involvement of his son Rory Reid in a casino project, and other alleged “insider deals” involving Harry Reid.
Harry Reid has also announced, with his retirement, that he will be support New York Senator Charles Schumer as his replacement for Senate Democratic Leader, the Inquisitr reported two days ago.

The Inquisitr reported Harry Reid, in announcing his retirement, as saying, “I’ve had time to ponder and to think. We’ve got to be more concerned about the country, the Senate, the state of Nevada than us. And as a result of that, I’m not going to run for re-election.”

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Inquiry Finds Homeland Security Official Intervened in Visa Cases

Inquiry Finds Homeland Security Official Intervened in Visa Cases

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The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security told a House committee on Thursday that he did not believe “there was criminal activity involved” when the head of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency directly intervened to expedite the consideration of visas for foreign investors with close ties to prominent Democrats.

But John Roth, the inspector general for Homeland Security, said his office’s investigation found evidence that Alejandro Mayorkas, the department’s deputy secretary who previously ran the visa agency, created the “perception” that certain well-connected Democrats “had special access and would receive special consideration” for foreign investor visas, known as EB-5 visas. The review took more than two years.

Mr. Roth told the House Homeland Security Committee that Mr. Mayorkas appeared to have violated his own code of behavior, which he had outlined in a memo while he was head of the visa agency. But he also said, “We have not seen any kind of action that we believe violates criminal law.”

The hearing came just two days after the inspector general released a report — prompted by the concern of 15 whistle-27DHSWEB-master675blowers at the agency — that claimed Mr. Mayorkas, as head of the agency, had become personally involved in helping to expedite visa reviews for three high-profile foreign investors. (That is a lot of whistle-blowers for this one action!)

Mr. Mayorkas, the report found, had intervened on behalf of investors with ties to Terry McAuliffe, a top Democratic fund-raiser who is now the governor of Virginia; Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada and the minority leader; Edward G. Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania; and Anthony D. Rodham, the brother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state, who is considered a probable candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Mr. Mayorkas’s behavior, according to the report, led to “significant resentment” among employees at his agency and created “an appearance of favoritism and special access.”

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Maria M. Odom, the ombudsman for the visa agency, also testified Thursday. The committee has invited Mr. Mayorkas to appear after the two-week congressional break starting next week.

Representative Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, told reporters after the hearing that he was not yet ready to call for specific consequences or punishment for Mr. Mayorkas until he heard Mr. Mayorkas’s side of the story. “It certainly raises a lot of questions about impropriety within the department,” Mr. McCaul said.

He added that he was “very concerned about the outside influence by these big time political Democratic operators, with a lot of cash,” noting that many of the Democrats on whose behalf Mr. Mayorkas intervened have strong ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“It’s showing political favoritism to big time Democratic heavy hitters, big fund-raisers, advocates for the Clinton machine,” he said.

The hearing was divided along partisan lines, with Republicans asking Mr. Roth to reiterate the most damning portions of his office’s report, while Democrats pointed out that the inspector general had found no criminal wrongdoing and that both Democrats and Republicans often intervened on constituent matters.

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