In this episode of Take Back Our Schools, Beth and Andrew welcome back former math teacher, journalist and educational hero, Paul Rossi. Paul discusses his seven week purgatory from Twitter for exposing videos of toxic racial literacy curriculum that has infiltrated private schools across the country. Paul also talks about his recent expose of his former school, Grace Church, where a drag queen was invited to perform in bi-weekly chapel, and students were pressured to dance along. We also discuss how identity politics in schools has shifted from race to gender and sexual orientation, and Paul shares his own experiences as a teacher witnessing this transition. 

Paul Rossi is a mathematics teacher, writer, and whistleblower who disclosed the impact of CRT at Grace Church School, where he taught from 2012 to 2021. He is currently a Senior Education Analyst writing for LegalInsurrection.com, and an advisor to the Educational Liberty Alliance.

Quote of the Day: Taxpayers

 

“The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.” – Ronald Reagan

With the almost-certain passage of the Manchin-Schumer Bill, it appears they are raising our taxes again. But don’t worry, the new taxes will only be paid by people making more than $400,000 annually and corporations. Except it does not work that way. Those making more than $400K each year generally got there because they are smart. They will hire accountants and tax preparers to find ways to shelter that money and make less than $400K/year. As for corporations? They will pass the costs of the extra taxes to their customers in the form of increased prices. That results in inflation.

Dr. Birx: The Ascendancy of Deep Stupid

 

Susan Quinn expressed surprise and despondency at the degree of the sheer incompetence of the COVID management team in the White House, especially Dr. Deborah Birx.  I had a similar reaction to Scott Atlas’s book.

We could review the litany of bad policy decisions (masks and lockdowns misused as general suppression strategies, absurd claims for the effects of vaccination, closing schools), and of course, we could revisit the changing saga of the actual origins of the virus.

Republicans Should Campaign on Energy

 

We have all bemoaned the current crop of Republican candidates who seem to have no interest in campaigning for a unified “Contract for America” kind of platform. I would cheerfully settle for a smaller “Contract” centered around select modules. Here’s one: Energy

Republicans should be campaigning for energy supply to go way up, and done simply enough. Here’s the proposed platform:

This week our congenial hosts talk about Toby’s narrow escape from a volcanic eruption in Iceland. But more importantly, how’s a journalist expected to take a family holiday without an expense account?

Toby also frets about his obsession with watering the lawn and how he’s going to cope with the hosepipe ban. And with James’ proclivity for the occasional trip down the rabbit hole, is he nervous about Alex Jones being found guilty of defamation and having to pay millions of dollars to people he’s accused of being ‘crisis actors?’

Will We Ever Be Able to Drain the Swamp?

 

In reading over the comments on my latest post, I was overwhelmed by the endless ways that the Left has been able to target, mislead, hamstring, and nearly destroy the Conservatives. There seems to be no end to the many ways they commit subterfuge and often even practice their despicable acts in plain sight. We can call them out when we happen to catch them in the act, but there are rarely, if ever, consequences.

When we review Trump’s efforts—a man who we hoped would be able to drain the swamp—the Left was prepared to take steps to stop him at every action. With the media’s collusion with the Left, and people like Adam Schiff on one side and Liz Cheney on the other, are we more likely to drown in the swamp than drain it?

I read a comment that Trump should be elected in 2024 to finish the work he began against the swamp in his first term. He initiated many productive and innovative policies, and I’m not very interested in debating that point. But when it comes to draining the swamp, how successful was he? How would we even define “draining the swamp”? Were part of the difficulties he encountered due to his lack of understanding about how pervasive and deep the swamp actually was? Do you think he’s learned from the first time around, and that he would tackle the swamp in a different way?

Small Towns Do Big Things (aka, America Is OK)

 

A text from my sister prompted this post.  She lives in a small, rural mountain town in Maryland.  It read as follows: “We had a luncheon after church for our lead singer/guitarist.  He is moving to Williamsburg, VA.  We are also taking a collection for a church in the Kentucky floods.  A couple is going down to take the supplies and funds.”

I asked my sister, is that the chubby guy that sings? I remembered him, as I watched those church services online during Covid.  Her pastor’s very encouraging and passionate sermons were an inspiration during that time, and I remembered this talented musician.

Here’s a sample about six minutes into the video:

Nothing Is Certain But Death and Taxes. The IRS Can Deliver Both

 

In Orwellian Washington, DC-speak, a “budget reconciliation” bill is winging its way through Congress. Under the post-Watergate 1974 Budget Control and Impoundment Act, “reconciliation” bills have special status, especially in the United States Senate.

More Orwellian than calling it a “reconciliation” bill is its actual title: The Inflation Reduction Act. It does no such thing. But by the time you read this, it will likely have passed the Senate and is on its way to being rubber-stamped by a House narrowly controlled by Democrats and signed by a clueless, hapless, and compliant President. The Senate vote, I predict, will be 51-50, with Kamala Harris breaking the tie. There is always a chance a Senator won’t show up but don’t count on that.

Gender Equality

 

If you have walked through a corporate office anytime in the past 20 years, you might have noticed that women are over-represented in the cubicle world.  The breakdown may vary from department to department, but there are more women than men working office jobs. Sure, most large corporations will still have some sort of women’s empowerment group where the ladies can get together, pretend it is still 1960, and pat themselves on the back because they are true professionals and not just secretaries. Despite the numbers, we are still supposed to believe this is a big deal.

I’m Trying to Clear My Head with Exercise. It’s Not Working.

 

I don’t watch TV.  I’m bothered by the fast montages, flashing images, and intrusive sounds.  I can’t concentrate on a movie unless I really like it – my mind jumps around too much.  TV news shows insult me – they all sound like they’re selling something, instead of telling me what happened.  I can’t get interested in reality TV – I can’t bring myself to care what color tile some lady chooses for her backsplash.  And so on and so on.  My wife enjoys TV.  It relaxes her.  But I’ve tried, and I just can’t.

For the first time in over 15 years, I actually have time to breathe.  So I joined a gym (Planet Fitness), because I feel horrible all the time, and I need to get in shape.  When I’m on the treadmill, there is a bank of televisions 50 feet across.  All tuned to different stations, to distract us from our boring exercise.  Help pass the time.  But for me, it makes it so much worse.  I can’t even watch one program at home, because my mind jumps around too much.  Imagine me watching several programs at once, while surrounded by other stimulation like various people exercising and interacting – imagine what all that does to my restless mind.

Allow me to share with you a rough approximation of 15 minutes of my morning today, while I was on the treadmill:

Polio Is Back

 

Polio is back, despite being nearly eradicated since a safe effective vaccine was developed in the 1950s and been given to school children ever since.

New York state health officials have found indications of additional cases of polio virus in wastewater samples from two different counties, leading them to warn that hundreds of people may be infected with the potentially serious virus.

Peter Hitchens Was Right (and so Was I)

 

In the early days of the Covid Panic, Peter Hitchens was one of the few people pointing out the utter foolishness of the lockdown policies. I took some comfort there was at least one public person pointing out the obvious.  Here he is below.

I warned clearly in March 2020 that the out-of-proportion reaction to Covid would lead to this crisis.

Deborah Birx– not Anthony Fauci – Was the Covid Ringleader

 

When I decided to read Scott Atlas’ book, A Plague Upon Our House, I had no idea how shocked and disillusioned I would become. I already knew from the excellent posts on Ricochet that our government’s strategies for understanding and managing the virus were a disaster, but I have every reason to believe that Dr. Atlas’ descriptions of the events during his service at the White House are true.

And it was a tragedy.

So why was Atlas brought on board to advise the president? His credentials are substantial, although in its usual frenzy to discount anyone associated with President Trump, the media harped on his long-ago work as a radiologist and that he wasn’t an epidemiologist. He was also a highly respected colleague of Dr. Jay Battacharya from Stanford, who has appeared many times in Ricochet forums and also been tarred and feathered by the media (which earns him high esteem from me).

Get Off My Land, Peasant

 

There has been rampant speculation as to why some of the world’s richest guys are suddenly buying huge tracts of farmland.  Bill Gates is now acquiring a big chunk of North Dakota in addition to other holdings. Jeff Bezos already has hundreds of thousands of acres of land.

Is there some insidious conspiracy to control the world’s food supplies? An investment in agribusinesses likely to boom when the Davos braintrust creates global food shortages that will make Sri Lanka and Holland look like practice runs? Or do they have so much cash there is nothing left to buy other than the planet’s surface?

The Past Spoiled the Present

 

One would think growing up in the shadows of memories that never belonged to them might grow up to feel jaded. I remember watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the family room of my parent’s house as a kid (reruns — I was a Reagan baby). The opening sequence of Mary Richards driving into Minneapolis, the Sonny Curtis lyrics backed with a simple, optimistic tune that matched Mary’s anticipation as she embarked on a new city, a new job, and a new life — still stirs the same hope that a young lady with as much eagerness as naivete could have, and I wish still had.

I didn’t have any remarkable childhood; I just loved it. I grew up watching John Wayne storm the beaches and round-up outlaws. I spent most summers working, swimming, and biking to Dairy Queen. Our family had a local pizza place that showed Looney Tunes cartoons I know by heart and served malts with the extra tin cup. It was simple. It was more Leave It to Beaver than Rebel Without A Cause.

I grew up thinking the world was probably like Happy Days but without the jukebox, which was funny because I ended up working at a sandwich shop that had one (Roger Miller’s King of the Road was in regular rotation). But I looked forward to an adult world in which America was still the stuff of dreams. Merit was as good as one’s reputation to unlock the door of opportunity. Men knew what chivalry was and women didn’t scoff at it. There were Little Black Dresses and kitten heels, tailored trench coats, and rubber overshoes. Picture windows were dressed in thick heavy floral drapes and kids in OshKosh B’gosh. Married couples slept in separate beds and Joe Friday was always serious.

Who’s Killing the Actors of Rome?

 

In 1989 Lindsey Davis first wrote about the adventures of Marcus Didius Falco, a Roman informer (private investigator) in First Century AD Ancient Rome. After 20 novels Falco aged out. Davis continued introduced a new line of mystery novels featuring Falco’s adopted daughter, Flavia Albia as the investigator.

“Desperate Undertaking,” by Lindsey Davis is the tenth Flavia Albia novel. It starts at Saturnalia. Domitian is Emperor. Falco is off out of Rome, celebrating the season. Flavia Albia is holding down the fort at Falco’s auction house.

When an old acquaintance of Falco shows up, seeking to hire Falco for an investigation, Albia does what Falco taught her to do and would expect her to do. She poaches his client, convincing the man to hire her for the investigation. Chremes runs a theatrical troupe with his wife Phrygia. He was murdered in a particularly gruesome way, crucified, mimicking the final scene of the play Laureolas. (The play ends with the death by crucifixion of the main character, usually played by a condemned criminal. Theater in Ancient Rome was a full-contact sport.)

How Many US Constitutions Are There?

 

The fundamental notion of a “rule of law” (in contrast to a “rule of the powerful”) is that the same law will be applied to everyone and that differential outcomes in the main are due to differing facts, not the preferences of powerful men/women. And so it is antithetical to a rule of law that the law, on the same facts, is open for interpretation. And yet, here we are: Differential outcomes on the same or extremely similar facts — from rioting, to border control, to health rules, and so on and so forth.

The latest outrage (and only just the latest), in my view, is the hubris of the Florida state attorney that Governor Ron DeSantis has suspended for failure to enforce a law that that attorney disfavors. Andrew Warren’s beef is, first, with the Florida law regarding abortion and child sex-change operations and, second, with Governor DeSantis taking Warren at his word that he would not enforce laws he thought “unconstitutional” which triggered Warren’s suspension for “neglect of duty.”

The Carnival Is Over: Judith Durham, RIP

 

File:Judith Durham.pngThe year is 1964. The pop revolution is underway, and groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones own the British charts and are besieged by thousands of screaming girls throwing flowers (and much else) at them wherever they go.

Out of nowhere, that May, a quartet of young Australians who’d worked their passage from Down Under to the UK as the entertainment on a cruise liner, and who were expecting to stay for just ten weeks for a few small nightclub gigs, erupted onto the nation’s television sets and quickly won its heart.

They were clean-cut, frumpy even; not shaggy or swivel-hipped. The men (two guitarists and a bassist) wore suits and ties. The girl singer, Judith Durham, a former secretary who’d joined the group some eighteen months earlier, often wore modest dresses she’d made herself.

The Pollyanna Reports, II

 

Reason # i,517 to like the best Governor in America! Our Governor, Ron DeSantis, clearly in my totally non-objective and absolutely biased opinion, the best Governor, by far, in America, has very publicly fired one of George Soros’ hand-picked DA’s who decided what laws he would and would not enforce. And publicly announcing it the way he did is the best way to start getting all this woke [ ] under some kind of control and we can only hope that some of the other Republican governors will have the backbone DeSantis did in the way he handled this rogue “prosecutor” in Tampa. I started to use another anatomical reference but that would eliminate some other good governors such as the Governor of South Dakota.

Here is part of the Governor’s press release:

It’s Starting to Get Hot

 

It’s starting to get hot and isn’t global warming. As Mr. Nancy Pelosi is running stop signs in Napa, CA, Gavin Newsom is trying to turn up the heat in Florida.

The ad of the month from Florida is the latest salvo in the beginning of four years of a no-holds-barred fight for the White House.