Obama Visits Washington Town Ravaged By Mudslide . . . Repeatedly Mispronounces Its Name…

(Weasel Zippers) -- He’s lucky his name isn’t George W. Bush.

(Weasel Zippers) -- He’s lucky his name isn’t George W. Bush.

Via MYNorthwest:

President Obama had plenty of heartfelt words as he spoke at the Oso firehouse after touring the mudslide debris field. But his remarks are being overshadowed because he mispronounced Oso several times.

He got it right the first time he referenced the town devastated by last month’s slide as he recognized family members of the victims, first responders and officials, saying he came to let the community know the entire country is thinking of them.

But moments later came his big gaffe.

“Because while very few Americans have ever heard of Osso [sic] before the disaster struck, we’ve all been inspired by the incredible way that the community has come together.”

No one said a word, but you can only imagine what people were thinking as he continued, again mispronouncing the name as he referenced letters he received from Darrington, Arlington and “Osso.”

The ‘One Map to Understand All The Threats Facing Israel’

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Interactive map below...

(by Washington Free Beacon Staff) -- The Israel Defense Forces has created a new interactive map of Israel that enables viewers to learn about the increasing threats to every point of the Jewish state’s borders.

From the Gaza Strip, to Lebanon and Syria, the map shines a spotlight on the various terrorist groups and government-backed militias that attempt to kill Israelis on a daily basis.

“These threats are real, and the IDF is forced to act on all fronts, more often than you might think,” writes the IDF.

Interact with the map here:

Terrorists turned Oregon ranch into training camp...

Photo: The Oregonian

Photo: The Oregonian

(by Rich Calder, NY Post) -- An Oregon woman says she thought she was opening up her family’s ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can veggies — and that her husband was even expecting a tax write-off.

But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that after the “carloads’’ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp.

“It wasn’t anything like I envisioned for the property,” insisted Hatley, testifying at the trial of one-eyed, hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.

Hatley, a two-time witness-protection-program flunky who prefers going by her Muslim name, Ayat Hakimah, said other Muslims from London would soon arrive on al-Masri’s orders.

Hatley’s then-husband, Ivan Rule, was temporarily out of town “shepherding” while his longtime ranch was being overrun with terrorists-in-training, she said.

According to al-Masri’s lawyer last week, the camp was similar to being in the “Cub Scouts,’’ with the men riding horses, tending to little lambs and telling campfire stories.

But Hatley said one of the arrivals, militant Oussama Kassir, boasted about previously running training camps in Afghanistan and being a “hit man” for Osama bin Laden.

She said Kassir told her that al-Masri was his “leader” and that al-Masri sent him and others to the Bly ranch to create a “training camp” where men would learn to shoot guns, throw knives and do calisthenics along open, spacious fields abutting a ravine and desolate dirt roads.

“He said he was there to train men for jihad,” she said. “He said that Abu Hamza sent him. He intended to train them to fight.”

The visitors, she claimed, said the ranch resembled Afghanistan.

She added that some had CDs with information on how to make poisons to “kill people” and regularly “talked” about “robbing and killing truck drivers” on nearby roads.

Kassir, she recalled, claimed there were plans to eventually dig a hillside compound at the ranch for al-Masri to hide out in.

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‘Hard Choices’: Hillary Reuses Carter Secretary of State’s Memoir Title

H/T Fox Nation

H/T Fox Nation

By: Liz Kreutz & Michael Falcone (ABC News)

Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her four years as secretary of state will be titled “Hard Choices,” her publisher announced Friday.

Only problem is, she’s not the first one to use the title. In fact, she’s not even the first former Secretary of State to do it.

Cyrus Vance, who served as Secretary of State from 1977 to 1980 under President Jimmy Carter, chose the same title for his 1983 memoir.

Simon & Schuster, which is publishing Clinton’s book (due out June 10), unveiled an image of the book’s cover.

Read the full story at ABC News

Unreal: Chicago Public Schools Make RoboCalls Pushing ObamaCare, Food Stamps

By: Caroline May (Daily Caller)

Chicago Public School parents received robocalls last week encouraging them to sign their children up for food stamps and free or low-cost health insurance.

“Currently there are 68,000 children in the Chicago Public Schools that are not enrolled in free or low-cost health insurance and SNAP also knows as food stamps,” the recording, obtained by The Daily Caller, says. “Your child may be one of them. To find out more about your eligibility call the Children and Family Benefits Unit at 773-553-KIDS.”

“Or visit your child’s school and ask the clerk for a Children and Family Benefits Unit flier,” the message added.

The Chicago Public School website explains the Children and Family Benefits Unit (CFBU) “works to ensure that CPS families receive those benefits to which they are entitled.”

Part of ensuring these families receive benefits to which they are entitled includes outreach.

Sergio Obregon, a CFBU spokesman, told TheDC that the unit primarily works to enroll CPS students in Medicaid and SNAP. He confirmed that the robocalls to parents last week came from CFBU

“It’s been very effective for us,” he said, explaining that last Tuesday the CFBU hotline received 175 calls “from families looking for assistance with respect to enrolling in Medicaid or SNAP.”

Read the full story at the Daily Caller

JUST IN: Explosion hits gas plant near Opal, Wyoming, town evacuated, injuries reported

**BREAKING** An explosion and subsequent fire at Williams Gas Plant near Opal forced an evacuation of the plant and the entire town of Opal. According to scanner traffic, everyone is accounted for, although a Wyoming Department of Transportation Press release indicates there are injuries, but to what extent is still in question. U.S. Highway 30 and Wyoming Highway 240 have been closed and school buses are aiding in the evacuation.

More to come...

Big Raises Rolled-Out For Federal ObamaCare Employees

H/T Fox Nation

H/T Fox Nation

By: Warner Todd Huston (Breitbart)

Last year employees at the federal office in charge of implementing Obamacare were given raises despite the massive failures of the rollout of the president's takeover of our healthcare system.

A recent Freedom of Information Act request made by the Washington Examiner discovered that employees of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were paid substantially more in 2013 compared to their 2012 salaries.

The CMS is Obama's "ground zero in launching and managing Obamacare."

The Examiner found that the payroll total for 2013 was $76 million, up from $69 million the previous year.

"Of the nearly 400 people in the data who worked with CMS in 2012 and who remained with the agency last year, nearly half got raises," the paper reported, "with the average raise being worth $4,706, the data shows. Of those who got raises, their average pay rose from $147,279 to $149,289, a raise of about 1.4 percent."

One executive, data center chief Corey B. Stevenson, received a hefty $13,036 per year raise, giving him a new annual salary of $157,421.

Read the full story at Breitbart

Beer-Flavored Lollipops Make Debut…

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By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times

Beer drinkers formerly constrained to choosing to satisfy their tastebuds by bottle, can, tap or keg now have a new option: The lollipop.

Candy company Lollyphile has new flavors for beer lovers — IPA, lager and stout. That adds to the company’s already well-rounded wine flavor offerings — chardonnay, merlot or cabernet pops, United Press International reported.

“We tried our best to stay true to each of these varieties, Stout being big & dark, IPA being hoppy as hell and Lager based on our favorite Pilsner,” Lollyphile owner Jason Darling told Gozmodo. “It was, to say the least, a very fun flavor matching experience.”

A description of the new pop line is posted on the company’s website.

It reads: “The King of Lollipops! A real banquets lollipop! An All-American slam-dunk barbecue apple pie [expletive] lollipop. Perfect for basically everything, our Lager lollipop is based on Pilsners of, let’s be honest, our collective youths.”

Read the full story in the Washington Times

The Most [REDACTED] Administration in History...

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(by Gene Healy, The Washington Examiner) -- Good news: thanks to a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, the "most transparent administration in history" is going to have to tell American citizens when it believes it's legally entitled to kill them.

The lawsuit arose out of Freedom of Information Act requests by two New York Times reporters for Office of Legal Counsel memoranda exploring the circumstances under which it would be legal for U.S. personnel to target American citizens. The administration stonewalled, asserting that "the very fact of the existence or nonexistence of such documents is itself classified," and a federal district judge upheld the refusal in January 2013.

A month later, however, someone leaked a Justice Department "white paper" on the subject to NBC News, forcing a re-examination of the question in light of changed circumstances. On Monday, the three-judge panel held "it is no longer either 'logical' or 'plausible' to maintain that disclosure of the legal analysis in the OLC-DOD Memorandum risks disclosing any aspect" of sensitive sources and methods.

In matters of transparency, the Obama Team can always be counted on to do the right thing — after exhausting all other legal options and being forced into it by the federal courts.

When "peals of laughter broke out in the briefing room" after then-press secretary Robert Gibbs floated the "most transparent administration" line at an April 2010 presser, the administration should have taken the hint. But it's one soundbite they just can't quit. Gibbs' successor Jay Carney repeated it just last week, as did the president himself in a Google Hangout last year: "This is the most transparent administration in history …. I can document that this is the case."

Actually, any number of journalists and open government advocates have documented that it's not. As the Associated Press reported last month: "More often than ever, the [Obama] administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act."

It wasn't supposed to be this way. In the hope-infused afterglow of his first inauguration, President Obama declared, "for a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city," and ordered his attorney general to issue newly restrictive standards for government use of the "state secrets privilege," which allows the government to shield national security secrets from civil or criminal discovery. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged that the administration would not "invoke the privilege for the purpose of concealing government wrongdoing or avoiding embarrassment."

Read the full story at the Washington Examiner

Louisiana Creates Database of Citizens Who Represent “A Risk to the State”

(by Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com) -- Authorities in Louisiana are compiling a database of information on every citizen in order to identify people who are “a risk to the state,” as well as pinpointing future criminals in an effort to allow the state to “intervene in that person’s life”.

Details of the program were recently divulged by Chris Broadwater, Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 86, in a YouTube video which can be viewed above.

The Comprehensive Person Profile, developed by software company SAS, uses information from every agency of state government to compile personal data entries on Louisiana residents which are centralized on one database.

Originally set up to combat fraudulent workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance claims, the program was expanded to create a “centralized data warehouse” that allows “every agency within state government” to both submit and access data on every person within the state.

The purposes of the database, in the words of Broadwater, are to “detect fraud” and to identify people who are “a risk to the state down the road based upon the information we know about the individual,” enabling authorities to quickly identify “an individual who is going to be at risk of incarceration down the road,” a process that sounds an awful lot like ‘pre-crime’.

Broadwater remarks that the state having such a treasure trove of information about each individual will allow authorities to “intervene in that person’s life”.

The program is also being introduced under the guise of making the lives of Louisiana residents “better” by way of things like speeding up the process of renewing a drivers license. Broadwater notes that during this process, state workers would be able to access information about the applicant’s children and make recommendations about health insurance.

Very little information about how the state of Louisiana is actually using the program is in the public domain besides what Broadwater reveals in the video above.

Activist outfit The People, LLC is calling on citizens of Louisiana to support Rep. Schroder’s HB 1076 (data privacy) bill, which would go some way to nullifying that information that could be shared with the state database.

Why Is The DOJ Gagging Twitter And Yahoo Concerning Grand Jury Subpoenas?

(Mike Masnick, techdirt.com) -- The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ has issued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This case is one we mentioned last week where magistrate judge John Facciola asked the two companies to weigh in, as he appears unconvinced that the government’s request is sound. However, the whole thing is happening under seal, which the ACLU feels is inappropriate, given the importance of allowing companies to respond freely to such requests, without being gagged.

The ACLU filed a motion last night seeking to represent the public’s interest in open court proceedings when the government seeks gag orders on Internet companies. We know about the three cases only because the magistrate judge pushed back on the government, inviting Yahoo and Twitter to weigh in and ordering the government to make its legal arguments public. The government appealed those orders to a district court, where the judge ordered the appeals sealed. The ACLU is now moving to intervene in the district court for the purpose of opening these gag order proceedings to public scrutiny. In a democracy, if your government is going to gag someone from speaking, it should publicly explain why.

The federal government has an awesome array of tools and technologies in its investigative arsenal, and it often goes to great lengths to shield its tactics from outside scrutiny. Not only does this secrecy prevent people from challenging surveillance used against them, but it also means that elected officials can’t openly debate the underlying policies, and communities can’t discuss their government’s actions.

Traditionally, gag order applications are considered ex parte – meaning with only the government’s argument on the record before the court. However, Magistrate Judge Facciola noted that the government’s request in this case raised controversial legal questions, and so invited Twitter and Yahoo to respond. (In one case, the government withdrew its gag order application after Judge Facciola invited Twitter’s participation.) He also ordered the government file public copies of its gag order applications with limited redactions.

It’s good to see at least some pushback on the feds’ attempt to get information and to silence companies from saying anything about it. But it’s still quite troubling that they seem to assume they have near free rein to do so in the first place. Kudos to the ACLU for stepping in as well, and representing the public interest.

Texas: Teacher Seizes Second Grade Student’s Bible During “Read To Myself” Time…

(Weasel Zippers) -- Would the teacher take away a Koran from a Muslim student? No, because that would be “intolerant,” or something.

(Weasel Zippers) -- Would the teacher take away a Koran from a Muslim student? No, because that would be “intolerant,” or something.

CYPRESS, Texas — The family of a 2nd grade student at Hamilton Elementary says their daughter’s book of choice – the Bible – was an issue of concern for her teacher, and that two weeks ago, during a “read to myself” time, the girl’s teacher took her Bible away.

The family did not go to the school’s principal, instead, reaching out to the Liberty Institute, to convey its concerns to Cy-Fair ISD.

The family wants to remain anonymous, fearing retaliation.

Michael Berry, senior counsel with the Liberty Institute, says the alleged incident happened about two weeks ago. He added that Hamilton Elementary’s library contains copies of the Bible.

“So if it’s appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students,” said Berry.

Parent Jennifer Muse found the news upsetting.

“They are letting them read the Hunger Games, that’s kids killing kids, why can’t she read the Bible,” said Muse.

In a statement, it said that during a student’s independent reading time, kids are required to read a book that is “just right,” meaning kids can read most of the words, comprehend the text, and that it’s appropriate for the genre that is being taught.

Breaking: Office Of Director Of National Intelligence Misled Congress About Contacts With Muslim Brotherhood

(Weasel Zippers) -- Is it time for the Special Prosecutor yet?

(Weasel Zippers) -- Is it time for the Special Prosecutor yet?

Via Clarion Project:

Newly declassified documents obtained by the Clarion Project show that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) misled members of Congress in 2012 about its involvement with Muslim Brotherhood-linked entities.

Further, the documents show that there were even a number of internal communications within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence expressing concerns about the Brotherhood links of these entities.

The story of the deception began when the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to Congress on February 10, 2011 saying that the Muslim Brotherhood is “a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has described Al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.”

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Hate Crime Reporting Act 0f 2014 (S.2219 Is Sharia): Democrats & Jihadis Seek To Criminalize Free Speech

(by Pamela Geller) --  There is very dangerous legislation making its way through both the House of Representatives and Senate that will finish the United States. The sharia bill calls for Islamic blasphemy laws – the criminalization of speech that offends or iinsults -who, exactly? Well, that is up to the enforcer is it not? is making its way

. On Wednesday, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced “The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219)’, which seeks “to examine the prevalence of hate crime and hate speech on the Internet, television, and radio to better address such crimes.” Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced a companion bill in the House – H.R. 3878.

Yes, we see, Hakeem. The first amendment protects all speech, not just speech that we like. Or else who would decide what’s good and what’s forbidden? Hakeem? When I was a young girl, the Nazis were given permission to march in a predominately Jewish neighborhood. In those days, Nazi mean something. Morality was still very much in the American DNA. Good and evil was understood – unlike today where the left has banished such terms. Despite the horror of a Nazi march, they were given permission and those of us repelled by such a monstrous action understood why permission why granted because of the underlying premise — free speech. I didn’t worry that their Nazi ideas would take hold as long as I could speak and others could speak in the free exchange of ideas. I knew I would win because my ideas were better. Individual rights was the greatest achievement of the enlightened.

Now we are here. Our free speech threatened by islamic supremacists and their Democrat lapdogs under the guise of “hate speech.” The old “hate speech” canard. They will package this revolution against freedom in a pretty package — and will use the Max Blumenthal inspired racist murderer, Glenn Miller. But do not be fooled.

It’s bad enough they have all but blacklisted the voices of freedom from media, political and national discourse. Shouting into the wilderness is not freedom of speech.

What next? Burning books? Perhaps just as long as it’s not the quran. And yet there is more hate speech in the qur'an than in Mein Kampf.

The Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014 (S.2219 is sharia. Start calling your congressmen (click here). Now. Put down everything. Do this. This is the line in the sand. If we lose this, it’s over.

Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries Introduce Legislation To Examine and Prevent the Promotion of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech in Media, April 16, 2014.

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Dutch and British Scramble Jets After Russian Bombers Approach...

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AMSTERDAM (AP) -- The Dutch defense department says several NATO member countries scrambled jets Wednesday afternoon after a pair of Russian bomber planes approached their airspace over the North Sea.

The Dutch ministry identified the planes as two Russian TU-95 Bears, and said it had launched two F-16s from Volkel air force base to intercept them. The Russian jets were escorted by aircraft from the Netherlands, Britain and Denmark until they departed.

Maj. Wilko Ter Horst said "that's why we scrambled, that's why the Danish scrambled and the English scrambled, to ensure to insure they fly out of our air space."

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Report: Benghazi Attack Result Of Obama 'Switching Sides In The War On Terror'

Treason.

Treason.

(UK Daily Mail) -- The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn’t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.

‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.

‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed.

‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’

The weapons were intended for Gaddafi but allowed by the U.S. to flow to his Islamist opposition.

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USPS to Issue Forever Stamp Commemorating a Pedophile

Harvey Milk Stamp

(LA Times) -- Harvey Milk, the slain politician who became an icon of equal rights not just for the gay community in San Francisco but across the nation, will be commemorated in a forever stamp next month, the U.S. Postal Service announced Tuesday.

The stamp’s issue will coincide with Milk’s birthday on May 22. The stamps will be available in sheets of 20 and may be pre-ordered.

The image on the stamp comes from a circa-1977 photo taken by Daniel Nicoletta of Milk in front of Castro Street Camera in San Francisco. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, Va., oversaw art direction for the stamp.

The stamp comes a little more than 35 years after Milk’s assassination in San Francisco City Hall alongside then-Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978. Milk had won a seat on the Board of Supervisors in 1977.

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ALERT -- Al-Qaeda Seizes Control of Secret U.S. Base In Libya…

(The Daily Beast) -- A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya.

Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.

In other words, Tantoush is now the chief of a training camp the U.S. and Libyan governments had hoped would train Libyan special operations forces to catch militants like Tantoush.

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Common Core Tests Plug Nike, Pepsi Products in New York State

Your child’s education, brought to you by Nike.

Your child’s education, brought to you by Nike.

(Adan Salazar, Infowars.com) -- Parents of public school students in New York are up in arms over tests handed out that appear to contain paid corporate advertisements.

Elementary and middle schoolers were puzzled when they noticed tests contained awkward mentions of brands like Nike, Barbie, Mug Root Beer and iPod, complete with registration trademark symbols.

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

One mother Deborah Poppe, from West Hempstead, Long Island, claimed her eighth-grade son complained to her about named brands in the test.

In one question a busboy failed to clean some spilled root beer — Mug Root Beer, to be exact, a registered trademark of PepsiCo.

She said her son asked: ‘Why are they trying to sell me something during the test?’, adding: ‘He’s bright enough to realize that it was almost like a commercial.’

Others claimed Nike appeared in a question about being a risk taker and included the line: ‘”Just Do It” is a registered trademark of Nike’.

Another parent commented that the plugs seemed out of place and added intentionally.

“I’m sure they could have used a historical figure who took risks and invented things. I’m sure they could have found something other than Nike to express their point,” Staten Island resident Sam Pirozzolo said, according to the Daily Mail.

The standardized English test was administered to more than a million students from grades three through eight, and were only handed out in New York state.

British multinational publisher Pearson PLC, who is under a five-year $32 million contract with the New York State Education Department, denied companies paid them to advertise, and a spokesman for the NY State Education Department asserted there have been “no product placement deals between us, Pearson or anyone else.”

As for the appearance of trademark logos, a Pearson spokesperson said that’s just standard legal procedure when invoking specific brand titles.

Pearson came under fire last year in New York City when reading and writing textbook shipments arrived late and were riddled with errors.

The Common Core curriculum itself, another wonderful initiative brought to you by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been accused of making kids dumber by making learning harder and more complex, and its lessons are frequently the target of online derision for featuring perplexing problem solving methodsand hopelessly detrimental errors.

That the initiative is being taken one step further by cementing a mindless consumer culture in the minds of children is just the latest icing on the educational tyranny cake.