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DISD elementary dual-language program adds kindergarten immersion

“Hoy, el idioma del día es español.”

Today, the language of the day is Spanish.

In two colorful classrooms at Alex Sanger Elementary near White Rock Lake, 44 kindergartners are more likely to be speaking in Spanish than English.

“With the dual-language program, he definitely has an understanding of the Spanish,” said parent Houston Clarke. Clarke’s son, Alexander, is enrolled in the program, which was added at the kindergarten level this year.

The classes are about evenly split between students who speak Spanish at home and those who speak English.

“We wanted to definitely have him coming out [of elementary] speaking Spanish,” Clarke said.

Principal Hector Martinez, who is finishing his second year at Sanger, said teachers are so confident in what students have learned that the kindergartners will be tested in Spanish. The school has had a dual-language program for about six years, and it added two immersion classrooms for kindergartners this year.

“The implementation and monitoring of it wasn’t very good in the first four years,” Martinez said.

Last year, he said, the school met with parents about the program to figure out a clear direction. Sanger also worked with Rosemont Elementary in Oak Cliff, which has a successful program.

“We noticed that their model is a little bit different than the model we wanted to use,” Martinez said. “It did help. I think the best thing that our teachers learned was standardizing something is helpful for consistency, but you have to be willing to be flexible.”

The walls of classrooms 119 and 121 at Sanger Elementary are covered in bilingual posters. Colorful floor rugs have pictures of pineapples and unicorns, with the names spelled out in English and Spanish. And students spend more time hearing Spanish than they do hearing English.

“I think the kids have advanced a lot,” said Raquel Rodríguez, who teaches in Room 121. “They’re really progressing — starting from scratch, you can see how far they’ve come.”

Rodríguez, who will return to her native Madrid this summer, said parents have been very supportive of the program.

“It is the age when [the kids are] absorbing all the things you tell them,” she said.

The way it works

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the language of the day is Spanish; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it’s English. Math is always taught in English, but subjects such as writing, reading, science and social studies are always taught in Spanish, Martinez said.

“We definitely want to try to do a 50-50 balance,” Martinez said. “Along the way, we’re finding out that [there is also] a cultural difference within the native English speakers and the native Spanish speakers.”

The English-speaking students are more outspoken, Martinez said. The students are paired up — an English speaker with a Spanish speaker.

Asked in Spanish if they liked it so far, a chorus of small voices in Rodriguez’s class answered “si,” with only one “no.” They started learning Spanish the first day of class, they said — and though some students heard Spanish spoken at home, all have learned to read in Spanish at the school.

The way Sanger’s program is set up, students will hear more Spanish than English in kindergarten and first grade — including learning to read and write in Spanish. When they reach second grade, the class will switch to half Spanish and half English instruction through fifth grade.

“We only learn to read once, and they do make the transfer’’ to English, said Alessandra Neal, who teaches in Room 119. “Some kids want to write in English, but they use the phonetics from Spanish.”

Broadening horizons

Neal is originally from Ecuador, where she said she, too, took dual-language classes. She said watching the kids interact with one another as they learn to speak the same language has been fulfilling.

“I think it broadens their horizons, for both English and Spanish speakers,” she said. “They learn things from different perspectives, not just one.”

During a recent career day, students dressed up to show who they’d like to grow up to be. In Spanish, they explained why they were going to be scientificos (scientists), maestras (teachers) and even agentes (agents). With only a few needing to use English words or asking for help, the conversation flew back and forth as 5- and 6-year-olds navigated a bilingual world that many adults cannot comprehend.

“America is very far behind” on teaching bilingually, said parent Tom Earnshaw. “I don’t want my son to be behind; being bilingual is important.”

Earnshaw said his son, Tommy, knew no Spanish before this year but can write better in Spanish than English at this point.

That fluency is part of the reason Dallas ISD offers multiple avenues for students to learn, said André Riley, a spokesman for DISD.

The district, he said, offers one-way schools to help students who need to learn English, and two-way language programs for parents who want their children to learn multiple languages.

“In both cases, Dallas ISD is able to provide effective instruction that best supports increased student achievement,” Riley said.

Sanger is the only school in the district to offer a full-immersion component with a dual-language program, he said.

Learning languages at a young age, Martinez said, is crucial for students.

“You and I can learn another language, but it’s in a different part of the brain than when children learn,” Martinez said.

And while the goal is to be fluent in two languages, the program also seeks to create children who are bicultural, too.

“They see through color,” Neal said. “I have seen friendships flourish.”

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140602-disd-elementary-dual-language-program-adds-kindergarten-immersion.ece

Do lower taxes actually convince people to move?

by JJ Feinauer

It’s not just the wide open spaces that are convincing more and more businesses and individuals to relocate to Texas.

“The numbers are clear,” the National Review’s John Fund wrote Friday. “Between 1995 and 2010 over $2 trillion in adjusted gross income moved between the states,” and according to Fund, low (or nonexistent) tax rates are attracting migrators to states like Texas, Nevada and Florida.

New Jersey and Connecticut, according to Fund, are also working hard to scoop up those who feel the increasing taxes of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York have become too burdensome.

“You see taxes being increased there,” Fund quotes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as telling a group of CEOs at a Wall Street Journal forum. “You have a new mayor in New York who is aggressively talking about increasing taxes in New York City. While I feel badly for New Yorkers, come to New Jersey.”

But some, such as Peter R. Orszag at Bloomber View, think that there is a key element to inter-state migration that writers like Fund (and author Travis Brown, whose book “How Money Walks,” informed much of Fund’s argument) are overlooking: Those who are moving aren’t usually affected by the tax burdens.

“Yes, people do move from high-tax states such as New York to no-income-tax states such as Florida,” Orszag wrote on May 28. “But the vast majority of such migrants are low- and moderate-income families, who are less affected than more affluent families are by state income taxes.”

Orszag, whose article is influenced primarily by a report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, uses Arizona as an example of a state with an income tax that has also experienced a high influx of “net in-migration.”

“South Dakota and Alaska have no income tax, but have been losing population,” Orszag continues, making the point that when it comes to where people want to live, weather, housing accessibility and the job market have the largest influence. For most people, according to Orszag, state income tax plays little to no role in the decision-making of most Americans.

“Surveys that do explicitly include taxes as an option have shown they play a tiny role in moving decisions,” The Washington Post’s Nraj Chokshi wrote in response to the same study. “Just 8 percent of those who said they wanted to move cited taxes as the reason.”

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865604231/Do-lower-taxes-actually-convince-people-to-move.html

Long guns: The new accessory at the GOP state convention?

By Anna M. Tinsley

Some Republicans heading to the state GOP convention here next week plan to bring something they haven’t in the past — their long guns and black powder revolvers.

Leaders of the movement to make open carry of guns legal in Texas are asking supporters to attend the Texas Republican Party convention and tote their long guns or pistols outside the Fort Worth Convention Center.

And they’d like any delegates, alternates or guests to carry their weapons inside the convention as well.

“All delegates, I urge you to open-carry the whole time,” Kory Watkins, a coordinator with Open Carry Tarrant County, posted on Facebook. “I will be a delegate with my AK 47. Thomas Jefferson would be proud.”

Not so fast, city officials say.

They agree that it’s legal to have these weapons outside the convention center. But inside, it’s a different matter because there’s a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license.

State officials have been reminding Texans that any business with a state permit to serve alcohol may not knowingly let people carry long guns.

“With this type of TABC license, the only type of weapon allowed into an establishment is concealed-carry and those on licensed peace officers,” said Kirk Slaughter, director of public facilities and events for Fort Worth. “The license doesn’t allow bringing in guns other than those that are licensed.”

Watkins said he will research the matter to make sure the city is properly interpreting the law.

But at a minimum, he said, he and others in the movement — who hope that state lawmakers will make either constitutional carry or open carry legal next year — will walk outside the building and talk to delegates about the need to change state law.

The Legislature passed Texas’ concealed-handgun law in 1995.

“We expect to have people there carrying weapons,” said Steve Munisteri, who heads the Republican Party of Texas. “It’s a Republican crowd and that’s a crowd that’s used to people packing.

“If the city and the convention center leave it up to us, we will allow open carry and, of course, anyone with a concealed-carry license.”

‘Get lawmakers’ attention’

Up to 11,000 delegates and alternates could arrive in Fort Worth for the convention — the country’s largest political gathering — which runs Thursday through Saturday.

Volunteers will host an open-carry walk outside the convention center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Supporters hope to add a plank to the party platform that calls on state lawmakers to legalize open carry or constitutional carry, which would let gun owners carry their weapons without license or regulation.

“We are trying to make it an issue to talk about,” said Watkins, a delegate from Mansfield. “That way, when legislation rolls around next year, everyone is on the same page.”

Pastor Terry Holcomb, a delegate from San Jacinto and president of Texas Carry, said he will tote his fully loaded black powder revolver during the convention.

“We’re trying to continue the pressure on the issue,” he said. “We’re hoping to get lawmakers’ attention by open-carrying during the convention.”

National notoriety

Local open-carry groups have drawn national attention recently.

Just days ago, Open Carry Tarrant County sued Arlington, where officials made it harder for pedestrians to hand out literature to motorists at busy intersections.

In April, Arlington City Council members banned weapons or simulated weapons — including pre-1899 black powder revolvers, replica pistols or long-barreled guns that Texans may legally carry openly — from being brought into City Hall or other city buildings where public meetings are being held.

Open Carry Tarrant County also made national headlines after a misunderstanding at a Jack in the Box in Fort Worth prompted a 911 call expressing concerns about a group of men walking around with long-barreled guns.

“We cannot stress enough how a simple phone call to police prior to this demonstration and the use of easily visible signage could have avoided unnecessarily alarming the public,” police officials said in a statement after the incident at the fast-food restaurant at Sycamore School Road and the South Freeway.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/31/5858773/long-guns-the-new-accessory-at.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Continue reading here.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/05/31/5858773/long-guns-the-new-accessory-at.html?rh=1

Census Report Day 2: The Shameful Results of the Congressional Black Caucus

by Jim Hoft

The Census Studies–

Background:

In late March 2014 the Associated Press (AP) reported that eight of ten US House of Representative Districts with the highest annual mean incomes were districts held by Democrats.

This was somewhat surprising as the media constantly labels Republicans “the party of the rich.”  The article went on to list the top ten Congressional Districts predominantly on the East and West Coasts and led by several well known and very liberal Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Henry Waxman and Jerry Nadler.

In response to this article, we decided to review the most recent Census data ourselves and see what other items of interest might be found hidden in this data.

Progressives Today first collected the 2012 US census data housed at the government census site.  We also obtained a list of Congressional Representatives and their party affiliation from the US Congressional website for the 113th Congress voted into office starting in 2012 and combined these files into one massive spreadsheet to obtain relationships.

Yesterday Progressives Today reported:
** 36 of the poorest 39 districts in the US are Democrat districts
** The Middle Class – Working Class districts in the US are represented by Republicans by a two-to-one ratio

Today we are releasing part II of our US Census investigation:
The Failures of the Black Caucus

The Congressional Black Caucus claims to bring positive change to issues of social and economic injustice. But they represent many of the poorest districts in America.

Here is what Progressives Today found on the Black Caucus in America:

Black Caucus districts have a high percentage of people who have public health coverage
· Black Caucus districts correlate highly with those who have public health coverage (25%) while the remaining districts correlate highly with those who have private health insurance (33%).

Black Caucus districts have a high percentage of poor people
· Black Caucus districts correlate highly with those with household incomes less than $10,000 a year (46%) and incomes of $10,000 to $14,999 a year (27%). All of the 14 categories for families whose incomes are less than the poverty level correlate with the Black Caucus districts. Of the fourteen categories, only three are not highly correlated (i.e less than 25%) with the Black Caucus districts.

Black Caucus districts have a high number of high school dropouts
· Of the 16 education categories, the only category that correlates highly with the Black Caucus districts is the category for those with a 9th to 12th grade education and no diploma (29%).

Black Caucus districts have low rent housing
· All of the ten rent categories correlate with Black Caucus districts with three categories correlating highly: rent less than $200 a month (36%); rent between $200 and $299 a month (31%); and, rent between $750 and $999 a month (37%).

Black Caucus districts have fewer home owners
· Of the 45 housing categories, there is a high correlation between houses that are renter occupied with Black Caucus districts (37%) while there is a high correlation between houses that are owner occupied with districts other than Black Caucus districts (35%). Overall there is little in common with home ownership and Black Caucus districts.

Black Caucus districts have a high number of unemployed workers
· Of the 41 job related categories only employment status unemployed (49%), employment status percent unemployed (44%), jobs related to service occupations (25%), and jobs with commutes using public transportation (not taxis) (25%), are highly correlated with Black Caucus districts.

Black Caucus districts have a high percentage of blacks (no surprise)
· Of the 51 categories that relate to race, ancestry and origin, three highly correlate with the Black Caucus member led districts: ancestry – sub-Saharan African (47%), West Indian (36%) and Black or African American (74%). The Black or African American category is also significantly related to the Black Caucus districts.

These results paint a bleak picture for the Congressional Black Caucus led districts. Overall, their constituents are black, poor, have low incomes, and rely on the government for their health care. They rent rather than own, are high school dropouts and are unemployed. Many constituents work in service positions and take public transportation to and from work. Clearly, the Democratic Party has failed these Americans.

http://www.progressivestoday.com/census-report-day-2-tragic-state-of-the-black-caucus-most-failed-political-group-in-america/

Rangel: Duncan leaving senate for Tech at right time

by Enrique Rangel

It looks like the stars aligned for departing state Sen. Robert Duncan.

Eight days after the Texas Tech Board of Regents named him the sole finalist to succeed retiring Chancellor Kent Hance, the 5.5 percent of the 13.6 million registered voters who voted in the Republican primary runoffs overwhelmingly wanted a leadership change in the state Senate.

It is a change that — if the regents had chosen either of the two other finalists, Mike Moses or Karen Tandy — might have made the Lubbock Republican look like an outsider in the Senate, instead of being the key player he was for more than a decade.

But now, since he has to give up his Senate seat before becoming chancellor on July 1, Duncan won’t have to worry about parliamentary fights he would have likely lost because — barring a Democratic upset in the Nov. 4 general election — the so-called movement conservatives should control the legislative body in the next four years.

As Rice University professor Mark P. Jones has noted in his ranking of all 181 members of the Legislature, for several sessions Duncan and fellow establishment Republicans John Carona of Dallas, Robert Deuell of Greenville, Kevin Eltife of Tyler, Kel Seliger of Amarillo, and occasionally Tommy Williams of The Woodlands, were the most effective senators.

This was partly because more than 90 percent of the bills they voted for passed and partly because Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the presiding officer of the Senate, appointed them to key leadership positions or to influential committees.

Dewhurst — whose 12-year legislative career is ending in January because Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston trounced him in Tuesday’s GOP runoff — appointed Duncan to the Senate Finance Committee and to the Legislative Budget Board, the joint panel that makes budget and policy recommendations to the Legislature.

Dewhurst also appointed Duncan chairman of the chamber’s State Affairs Committee and gave him other high-profile assignments that often made him a key player, especially in the budget bill negotiations between the House and the Senate.

If Patrick, a conservative radio talk show host and tea party favorite, defeats his Democratic colleague Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio in November, it is doubtful he would have given Duncan that kind of power because conservative activists don’t consider Duncan conservative enough.

In addition, after Tuesday night’s victory, Patrick renewed an old pledge.

“We WILL NOT give power to half of the Democrats to be committee chairs,” Patrick tweeted, a sign that if he is elected lieutenant governor, Washington-style gridlock may be common in Austin, the kind of infighting Duncan is familiar with but not completely used to.

Although in recent sessions Democrats and Republicans have fought like cats and dogs on contentious issues such as abortion, redistricting and voter ID, on most other legislative proposals they have found middle ground, especially in the Senate.

Moreover, buoyed by their success in this year’s primaries, conservative activists would have likely recruited a credible Republican challenger for Duncan in 2016, when he would have been up for re-election. This happened to Carona, Deuell and Seliger in this election cycle but only Seliger defeated his primary challenger, albeit narrowly.

Getting a well-funded challenger would have tested Duncan because — except for the first time when he ran to represent House District 84 and four years later in Senate District 28 — he never faced serious opposition.

If Patrick is elected lieutenant governor, Duncan’s legislative skills will still come in handy, but for a different reason: To lobby for adequate funding for Tech and for legislation beneficial to the institution.

This is standard operating procedure for the heads of state-funded colleges, universities and university systems invited to the Texas Capitol.

In short, Duncan is leaving the Texas Senate at the right time because the sharp turn to the right the chamber is likely to make could have largely diminished his influence.

He’ll end his 21-year legislative career on a high note — something Dewhurst, Carona and Deuell couldn’t do.

http://m.lubbockonline.com/editorial-columnists/2014-05-31/rangel-duncan-leaving-senate-tech-right-time

Houston Mayor Forces All to Open Girls Rooms to Men

by Bob Price

Houston’s bathrooms, showers, and dressing facilities will now be open to all, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, or other predilection of gender behavior. By an 11-6 vote of the Houston City Council, Mayor Annise Parker achieved this as the crowning jewel of her tenure as mayor.

Mayor Parker, Houston’s first openly gay mayor, said passing this ordinance was not the most important thing she has done in office, according to an article in the Fairfield Citizen, but it is the “most personally meaningful thing I will ever do as mayor.”

Houston Council Member, At Large Position 3, Michael Kubosh took exception to this. Kubosh told KPRC TV, “It’s going to criminalize people that have been found in violation in the ordinance and the fine could be between $500 to $5,000.”

In an interview with Breitbart Texas, Kubosh said, “The system is flawed and has little, if any, transparency. I did everything I could do to get the ordinance delayed or defeated, but the mayor controlled the whole process.” Kubosh said he voted against the ordinance along with District A Council Member Brenda Stardig, District D Council Member Dwight Boykins, District E Council Member Dave Martin, District G Council Member Oliver Pennington and At Large Position 5 Council Member Jack Christi.

Stephen Costello, the At Large Position 1 Council Member who supported Mayor Parker on the Proposition 1 “Rain Tax” ordinance, joined ten other council members in standing beside Mayor Parker.

The ordinance was strongly opposed by many black pastors, members of the Houston Area Pastors Council. 150 pastors from the conservative group representing a diverse coalition, ethnically and denominationally, angrily walked out of the council meeting today after two prominent African American pastors who represented the group were snubbed by the council body. According to a press release obtained by Breitbart Texas, Council Member Boykins asked to have two black pastors, Willie Davis and Max Miller, to be allowed to be moved up in the speakers list and speak out against the ordinance.  It is a common practice by council members and one that is rarely opposed by other members.

In fact, Council Member Mike Laster had just previously been allowed the same courtesy to be extended to move up four pro-GLBT speakers in the order to speak before eight members plus Mayor Parker voted against Boykin’s request. One of the black pastors called it the equivalent of being “sent to the back of the bus.” After the public snubbing of the two black pastors by council, the 150 plus pastors present walked out of the meeting in protest. Immediately after this the council allowed another pro-GLBT speaker to be moved up. Council Member Bradford was the member who voiced the objection to Boykins’ request and called for the vote. Standard protocol is usually to allow the courtesy by unanimous consent.

“It was one of the most flagrantly disrespectful actions taken by an elected body toward its own constituency I have witnessed in over thirty years of involvement,” said Rev. Dave Welch on behalf of the pastors’ coalition involving eight major denominational and inter-denominational pastor networks.  Continue reading here (+ video).

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/05/28/Houston-Mayor-Forces-All-to-Open-Girls-Rooms-to-Men

Texas Illegal Immigration Surge Leads to Human Warehousing Problems

by Bob Price

A surge of 148,000 illegal immigrants in seven months has led Border Patrol officials to warehouse humans in temporary buildings. Crowding is becoming so significant that fire marshals are objecting to housing facilities.

“It’s clear DHS is not adequately prepared to deal with this surge in border crossers in South Texas,” said Breitbart Texas contributing editor and border security expert Sylvia Longmire, “which it should have been if it had been properly analyzing country conditions in Central America that led to this mass exodus in the first place.”

The McAllen Border Patrol Station is rated by the McAllen fire marshal to hold 459 people at any given time, according to an article by Karen Antonacci at The Monitor. This number includes staff members. However, according to representatives from the local Border Patrol union, the surge of illegal immigrants in this sector has led to the facility housing anywhere from 1,000 to 1,250 at any given time.

“Housing them like this is inhumane,” said Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, who serves as vice president of the local Border Patrol union. “We are trying to make sure our guys get taken care of and on top of that — the people detained”

The local fire marshal, Juan Salinas, told The Monitor he looked into the situation. He said, “They are not as comfortable, but 1,000 should be able to stay there safely.” He then added, “Plus, where am I going to put them?” Salinas said the facility could actually hold up to 1,600 people safely.

In the video report below, CBS reporter Anna Werner shows just how big a problem the surge is becoming for Border Patrol agents and for residents in South Texas, who fear for their safety because of the ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande sector.

Homeland Security is coordinating efforts with the General Services Administration to begin work on four new buildings on forty acres, adjacent to the McAllen Border Patrol Station. Breitbart Texas previously reported DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s declaration of a “level-four condition of readiness,” which allows DHS to work with other federal agencies to increase illegal immigrant warehousing facilities. “These plans for capacity expansion in South Texas are obviously very welcome, but a little too late,” Sylvia Longmire said. “Because of the extended processing times and cramped conditions, it’s likely that many of these immigrants with no criminal records will be released on their own recognizance to await their immigration hearings, and many of those will abscond.”

“Many will also be released into other border communities far from south Texas,” Longmire continued, “which places the burden of accommodating these immigrants–many of whom are vulnerable and confused–on other border cities and towns that are equally unprepared.”

DHS also plans to remodel the old Border Patrol Station, which is about twelve blocks from the current facility. That process will take up to a year to complete.

The Monitor reports, “Border Patrol agents here have detained more than 148,000 people from Oct. 1 to May 17, an increase of 65 percent from the previous year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.”

Because an even larger majority of these new illegal immigrants are what the Border Patrol refers to as OTMs (Other than Mexicans), the problem becomes even more compounded. Additionally, the juveniles traveling alone create other problems and have led to the opening of a special warehousing facility at Lackland AFB, as previously reported by Breitbart Texas’ Kristin Tate.

“For all the talk of decreased annual apprehensions of illegal immigrants and the attribution of that to better enforcement policies,” Longmire asserted, “this surge makes it clear that cross-border migration hinges more on economic and security conditions south of the border more than any enforcement policies we have in place to try and stop it.”

Border Patrol Agent Cabrera summed up the problem in South Texas by saying, “It’s a band-aid on a broken leg.”

See video here.

Texas ‘Most Racist State,’ Says ‘Education’ Group Tied to Bill Ayers

by Merrill Hope

Last week, an inflammatory Top 10 list in an article flagrantly and falsely accused Texas of being “The Most (Overtly) Racist State in America.” The list was published by a non-profit education organization called Empathy Educates. One of this group’s partners is 1960s domestic terrorist-turned-radical but now retired University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers.

He was billed in the highest regard as a university scholar, although Breitbart News has reported that the roots of the Common Core resonate from ideas generated by the “radical community organizer” Ayers.

Interestingly, that defamatory Top 10 list traced back to the relatively obscure Atlanta Black Star, according to cutestat.com. It’s an outlet that comes with a manifesto to change the world. Its goal on how to change the world may best be illustrated by the fact that it slapped a 2014 date onto an 2012 article and called it new news, which, in turn, Empathy Educates blasted out under its own finely crafted new title: “The Top 10 Most (Overtly) Racist States in America.”

The Atlanta Black Star version of the article, “Top 10 Most Racist States in America,” mentioned that the story emanated from a “website run by a group of independent cyber-geography researchers” that found an alleged spike in racist tweets “during and after President Obama’s 2012 re-election.”

That group was the Floating Sheep in a research blog post on November 8, 2012. The original incarnation of this data was “Mapping Racist Tweets in Response to President Obama’s Re-election.” Floating Sheep tracks tweets. Apparently, it claimed to have longitudinally databased 2012 post-voting presidential election tweets and created a corresponding map to pinpoint the precise location of these allegedly racist social media communiqués.

Also, according to this version of the article, Floating Sheep geo-coded tweets through a system called DOLLY that cleverly continued the sheep theme. DOLLY stood for “Data on Local Life and You;” however, it appears poor DOLLY has met her cyber-maker because the source data that the Floating Sheep folks used is no longer on Knights News Challenge, to which it was ostensibly submitted – a site that claimed to ascribe to “transformational ideas that promote quality journalism” and where they believe “democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.”

The Floating Sheep article also credited Jezebel: the Home of the Happy Shiny Ladies as its original story source point. Jezebel is a celebrity story-driven site that boasts for its readers who post comments the how-to’s of getting noticed by the editorial staff. Those “examples of tweets chronicled by Jezebel” mentioned in the story also dead ended somewhere in the cloud.

Also in the Floating Sheep version of the article, the “Location Quotients (L.Q.) for Post Election Racist Tweets” actually placed Texas way down in the bad word list at a meager 1.3 tweets and a mediocre 25th place, which, in reality, is a very good thing and clearly displayed that Texas is not the rabid racist that Empathy Educates insisted upon. Actually, the District of Columbia came in 22nd. Oregon was 21st, Illinois was in 18th place, and Arkansas, home to former President Bill Clinton and former Governor Mike “Rebrand Common Core” Huckabee, came in at 13th place.

However, it turned out that the whole repurposed story that Empathy Educates ran with to allege racism was based on a whopping 395 tweets across 50 states during the period of November 1-7, 2012, according Floating Sheep. “Footnote 1” defined a racist tweet as one that contained both the use of the “n word” or worse as well as “Obama,” “reelected,” or “won.”  Continue reading here.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/05/31/Texas-Most-Racist-State-Says-Edu-Group-Tied-To-Bill-Ayers

Open Carry group holds rally at Home Depot in North Richland Hills

by Doug J. Swanson

About 150 people, many of them bearing strong opinions and semi-automatic rifles, assembled on a busy street corner Saturday to make their case for a change in Texas gun laws.

The heavily armed contingent came from the Tarrant County offshoot of Open Carry Texas, an organization that works to “condition Texans to feel safe around law-abiding citizens that choose to carry” guns.

Open Carry groups have staged such events across the state. C.J. Grisham of Temple, the founder of Open Carry Texas, said the “walks” are part of a public relations effort and a political push.

The goal of many in the group is the legalization of open-carry handguns in Texas. State law in general allows the open display of rifles and shotguns but not handguns.

To carry a concealed handgun requires a license.

“I’d much rather have a handgun on my hip,” said Mark Thompson, 54, of Garland. Instead, he attended Saturday’s rally with a Beretta semi-automatic rifle strapped across his back.

“We’re fundamentally changing America and changing Texas,” he said. “We’re letting people know they’re free.”

Although his weapon’s chamber was empty — all those at the rally were instructed to clear their guns’ chambers — Thompson’s gun had a loaded magazine attached. That, he said, was a matter of being prepared for any hostile activity.

“Every now and then we get some aggressive people toward us,” Thompson said. “We get so much hate, it’s incredible.”

Saturday’s event, monitored by several North Richland Hills police officers, took place without incident. It did, however, attract a few critics and protesters.

“I think they’re just a bunch of boobs,” said Jon Felt, 49, who stopped to watch. “They say they checked all these weapons. How do we know they’re empty? I don’t know who these people are.”

Glynn Wilcox of Dallas brought his wife and two sons, ages 6 and 8, to carry home-made signs. “This accomplishes nothing,” one sign said. Another said, “This sign is not a target.”

Saturday’s rally began in the parking lot of a Home Depot. Corporate spokesman Stephen Holmes said that while Home Depot allows customers to carry legally permitted weapons into its stores, “we do not allow solicitation or organizing by third parties on our property.”

The Open Carry supporters were not asked to move on Saturday. But should they return for another rally, Holmes said, “we’ll remind them of that policy.”

Some companies — Starbucks, Chipotle and Jack in the Box among them — have asked customers not to bring firearms into their establishments.

The gathering Saturday generated dozens of critical comments on Home Depot’s Facebook site.

In one typical post, a woman from Dallas wrote, “Since we can’t know when this fanatical anti-woman, death-celebrating-culture group will snap, we’ll be going to Lowe’s from now on.”

Amy Hedtke of Whitesboro wasn’t worried about anyone snapping. She brought four children and two dogs to the rally.

“I’m anti-gun-free zone,” she said. “I’m a huge supporter of the right to self-defense.”  Continue reading here.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140531-open-carry-group-holds-rally-at-home-depot-in-north-richland-hills.ece

Tulsa Chipotle Kicks out Anti-Gunners “Moms Demand Action” for Rude Behavior

Sometimes when shady plans backfire, they backfire really well. This was definitely the case on Saturday May 31st in Tulsa Oklahoma, as The Oklahoma Open Carry Association met Moms Demand Action for the first time.

The anti-gun group requested a booth at the local farmers market and was denied, so they set up shop right on the outskirts of the downtown Tulsa event in order to gather signatures. They were a bit surprised when members of The Oklahoma Open Carry Association approached them to ask some questions. As is usually the case when dealing with liberals, the questions we asked went unanswered as the host of their event, (who incidentally, didn’t look like that much of a mom seeing as though he was a man) deflected the questions and attempted to change the subject, ridicule and even accuse us of wanting to start a war with the police. This came about because he made it perfectly clear that he didn’t want to be in any public establishment with citizens carrying handguns in the open. He was alluding to his belief that we are just a bunch of untrained rednecks that simply shoot indiscriminately in all directions just to prove how big our egos are.

This is when yours truly cited some statistics concerning the fact that police actually kill more innocent people than concealed carry holders. As noted above, he responded by accusing us of wanting to start a war with the police. All we were trying to do is find out how their plans would ensure criminals surrendered their weapons while simultaneously protecting our rights.

It was funny that he accused us of such hog wash because later, a Tulsa Police Officer agreed to allow us to pose around his police car after telling us he supports citizens openly carrying firearms. The officer had stopped to talk to us, of course, because ignorant people called them; though it appears more people were concerned about the service dog being in the farmers market than our guns. This is Oklahoma after all.

What happened next is the true sound of sweet justice. Moms demand Action has been making headlines as they have launched a campaign to pressure restaurants and other local businesses to turn away customers exercising their rights to carry. Many have capitulated, Starbucks for one, and now Chili’s is considering asking patrons to leave their guns at home as well.

Oklahoma Open Carry had received word that MDA was going to go to the local Chipotle’s for lunch, so they decided to meet them there. Chipotle restaurants in Oklahoma have officially taken the position that they would rather see people leave their guns at home, but they won’t ask you to leave if you don’t; after all, in Oklahoma it is legal to openly carry, so they at least respect the law and your rights.

Moms Demand Action on the other hand, seemed to be demanding a little much on this Saturday afternoon as they approached management and asked them to throw OKOCA members out of the restaurant because they were “offended” by the presence of guns.

To be honest, we were expecting this, and we figured that we would be asked to leave; but what happened next was nothing less than awesome. The manager refused to kick out OKOCA and even gave them free drinks. MDA activists then proceeded to take pictures of the gun owners and attempted to portray them as intimidating and threatening. The management wasn’t having any of it; he threw Moms Demand Action out of his store!  Continue reading here.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/06/tulsa-chipotle-kicks-anti-gunners-moms-demand-action-rude-behavior/