Obama admininstration- Using Taxpayer Money to fund “Red Army”

‘Ayers’ pet project funded by Obama ‘stimulus’ plan

Taxpayer money also channeled to school founded by top White House adviser’s mom


Posted: November 30, 2011
1:00 am Eastern

President Obama’s stimulus legislation helped to fund an education initiative associated with Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, according to a recently released book.

“Red Army: The Radical Network that must be defeated to save America” contains new information about Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s own radical ties while revealing how stimulus funds also went to a school founded by the mother of top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

“Red Army” authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott dedicate two chapters to investigating Obama’s education policies.

In one revelation, the book details how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, provided $650 million to the Investing in Innovation Fund, or i3, as it is called. That year, Duncan announced his agency was accepting applications for i3 grants from educational nonprofits, individual school districts or groups of districts.

The winning i3 grantees included the Erikson Institute in Chicago, which requested just shy of $5 million for its project, “Achieving High Standards for Pre-K-Grade 3 Mathematics: A Whole Teacher Approach to Professional Development.”

“Red Army: The Radical Network that must be defeated to save America” exposes the extremists behind Occupy Wall Street along with the radical socialist network that seized political power in Washington over decades, shaped Obama’s presidential agenda and threatens the very future of the U.S.

One of the three faculty founders, and president of the institute from 1994 to 2001, is Barbara Taylor Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development. Bowman is the mother of Valerie Jarrett.

In December 2009, Duncan honored Bowman at a luncheon. Bowman served as Duncan’s consultant on early learning for the first six months after he was named secretary of education.

Others in Obama’s orbit associated with the Erikson Institute include one of its former trustees and members of the executive committee – the late Thomas Ayers, father of Bill Ayers. Dohrn, Bill Ayers’ wife, also served on the Erikson board.

In his 1998 book “A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court,” Ayers calls Bowman a “neighbor and a friend.”

Obama had earlier connections to Erikson, Klein and Elliot found. The Erikson Institute was among the first 35 school partnerships awarded funds in December 1995 by the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Ayers was a founder of the Challenge; Obama was hired in 1995 as the group’s first chairman.

Obama and Ayers worked on education together since at least 1988.

That year, in response to a Chicago summit that documented the poor quality of education in the city, Chicago United, a group founded by Ayers’ father, formed a community advocacy coalition called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or ABC. Thomas Ayers was the chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison.

When he created his ABCs Coalition in June 1988, Thomas Ayers included Obama in the coalition, Klein and Elliott found. Obama at the time was director and lead organizer of the Developing Communities Project, or DCP, an institutionally based community organization on Chicago’s Far South Side. Obama’s first job in Chicago was his DCP position.

The contact for the ABCs Coalition, on which Obama served, was none other than Bill Ayers himself, who at the time was at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

More Ayers ties

“Red Army” further documents how Obama’s DCP included on its board Bill Ayers’ brother, John Ayers, also a key player in Chicago’s school reform movement. John Ayers is now vice president and treasurer of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Archived papers from former Chicago mayor Harold Washington show that not only Ayers but also Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger – Obama religious advisers who were controversial during the 2008 presidential campaign for their inflammatory remarks – were on Obama’s DCP youth counseling advisory committee.

Obama accused of deliberately overloading economy

“Red Army” exposes the radical socialist network that seized political power in Washington over decades, shaped Obama’s presidential agenda and threatens the very future of the U.S.

The book documents how Obama and progressive Democrats are deliberately overloading the U.S. financial system, using socialist designs to remake the economy.

With nearly 1,500 endnotes, it documents how these radicals aim to remake the American financial system with massive government control.

Just one more example showing how the abuse of the American Treasury and American Taxpayer is “business as usual” in the Obama administration. Another in a long list of ways “Big Government” is the sponsor of corruption in virtually every sector of American society. The abuse promises to get even worse if these corruptocrats are re-elected and remain in control of your checkbook.

The More OMSI Digs, The Deeper It Gets « 54°40′ Or Fight!

Earlier today, OMSI released a rather … ah … tepid statement defending their actions in calling off the AMS Climate event:

On October 22, the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) asked OMSI if they could hold their November 29 meeting at OMSI, after hours, at no charge. AMS has been a longtime community partner and we agreed without knowing the nature of the program planned for the meeting. The AMS sent OMSI additional details about the event on November 3, including the topic, scheduled speakers, and the plan to open the meeting to the general public. Due to the public invitation, OMSI became concerned that the event might be misconstrued as an OMSI-endorsed event and we had not been involved in the development of the programming. After a great deal of discussion and consideration, we came to the conclusion that it was not appropriate for OMSI to serve as a venue for the event without proper opportunity for our full involvement.

We have apologized to the AMS for the inconvenience that this has caused. OMSI is unwavering in our commitment to provide life-long science opportunities for children and adults. We have extended a formal invitation to the AMS to jointly develop and co-host a public forum on the science behind the human impact on climate change. We look forward to setting a date for this event and communicating it out soon.

We have documented how absurd it was for OMSI to claim a lack of peer reviewed research in the presentation. We have also documented the arrogance with which they justify their actions.

A particular passage above is worthy of note:

After a great deal of discussion and consideration, we came to the conclusion that it was not appropriate for OMSI to serve as a venue for the event without proper opportunity for our full involvement.

Why would OMSI, a museum that conducts very little research published in peer reviewed journals, wish to be involved in crafting the program? Shouldn’t their role be limited to that of providing the proper forum for the presentation of research for public consumption?

Unless, of course, they wish to advance a political agenda. Again, it must be asked – does this not jeopardize their non-profit, non-partisan 501(3)(c) status?

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a smoking gun.

This from Dr. Fulks this evening via email:

Hello Everyone,

In a conversation with Chuck Wiese a short while ago, he confirmed that Professor Phil Mote of Oregon State University is involved in the OMSI fiasco.  That information comes originally from Planetarium Manager Jim Todd at OMSI.  Phil Mote called them to express his reservations about OMSI allowing us to present anything, because he alleged that it would not be “peer-reviewed.”  If OMSI had had any scientific expertise, they would have easily seen through that attack.

We use just as much “peer-reviewed” science and government climate data as Mote does.  In fact I was going to present some of my own work that was published in the Journal Of Geophysical Research, because it is highly pertinent.  Other material and conclusions would have come from some of the most respected scientists in the world today, including Professor of Meteorology Richard Lindzen at MIT, Professor of Physics Freeman Dyson from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, Professor Physics Will Happer at Princeton University who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Theoretical Physics Gerhard Gerlich of Germany, Professor of Advanced Physics Antonio Zichchi who is president of the World Federation of Scientists, and Nobel Laureate in Physics Ivar Giaever, to name a few.

Sorry Professor Mote, we are not the amateurs you suggested to OMSI.

Again, I call on OMSI to come clean and tell the entire story, including who made the decision to pull the plug on the Oregon AMS and why they waited until the very last minute.  Their press release from Middleton was a disgraceful attempt to spin this story.  Honesty is the only approach that will work here.  We will get the entire story, whether or not OMSI cooperates.

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Corbett, Oregon USA

Editor’s note: The reader will note the impressive list of world renowned physicists and climatologists who support Dr. Fulks in his pursuit of real science. Indeed, it is Dr. Fulks’ very rejection of junk science that has gotten him in hot water with the orthodoxy. It’s unfortunate that a museum such as OMSI was duped by the political and financial motivations of college professors who receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants to push the AGW theory. As this theory continues its inexorable collapse under the weight of more and more research, and as the Climategate Scandal continues to expand, one may not be surprised at those who are desperate to keep the grants coming. Given the compromised motivations of the editorial board of the Oregonian, we maintain a healthy level of skepticism that this international scandal, based right here in River City, will receive its due coverage. We shall see.

UPDATE: A commenter on another post on this blog was so upset upon hearing of these discriminatory actions that she took it upon herself to post the contact info for OMSI officials on her Facebook page to encourage her friends to voice their opinion. If the reader is so inclined, you may contact OMSI officials to express your opinion:

Per OMSI’s website – EXECUTIVE TEAM
President – Nancy Stueber

nstueber@omsi.edu

503.797.4514

Senior Vice President – Paul Carlson

pcarlson@omsi.edu

503.797.4608

Vice President, Center for Learning Experiences – Ray Vandiver

rvandiver@omsi.edu

503.797.4519

Vice President, Finance & Administration – Tim Mack

tmack@omsi.edu

503.797.4608

Vice President, Development – Natasha Seeley

nseeley@omsi.edu

503.797.4546

Vice President, Marketing, Membership & Sales – Mark Patel

mpatel@omsi.edu

503.797.4550

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OMSI shows us just how narrow minded and deceitful it is to shut down the possibility of putting the immense fraud concerning man made global warming under the microscope. I agree that it is embarrassing, but to bare their bias so publicly is a truly shameful decision. All taxpayers should take note.. You must assume nearly all scientific studies are funded by special interests who insist that a preconceived outcome is expected. Especially suspect are government funded “scientists”… To discard the skepticism is t invite and encourage massive fraud.

Second leak of climate emails: Political giants weigh in on bias, scientists bowing to financial pressure from sponsors | Mail Online

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What does it take to finally nail the coffin on the offending “scientists”? Junk science has been used to manufacture yet another “crisis”, giving government cover for the waste of hundreds of millions in “grants” to “study” the problem. Yet, the data used is clearly tainted beyond reason- in order to support the desired “outcome”. Ergo, a Crisis- needing immediate action, primarily taxing energy- and anything that requires energy in it’s production. How interesting that such an effort is the perfect cover for applying Marxist “redistribution”. There are no mysteries- only a concerted effort to cloak an immoral and staggering fraud under the guise of “man made” global warming.

Climategate 2.0: New E-Mails Rock The Global Warming Debate – Forbes

This story is very revealing about the tactics used by the Left to implement their agenda.

My favorite example is the one where the global warming proponent was looking for “an investigative journalist to investigate and expose” a scientist who was skeptical of the theory! No doubt he started with the New York Times.
Please read and pass along.
Thank you,
Dale Seale
AFP Clackamas

Climategate 2.0: New E-Mails Rock The Global Warming Debate – Forbes
Source: forbes.com

We need more objective research and ethical conduct by the scientists at the heart of the IPCC and the global warming discussion.

 
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Occupy Thanksgiving | Cascade Insider

Occupy Thanksgiving

As we begin this year’s holiday season, it may be useful to confront the Occupy movement with the harsh reality of where its apparent economic philosophy ultimately leads.

Over the last several years, I have pointed out each November that Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. We learned in grade school that it evolved from celebrations the early Pilgrims held to commemorate their bountiful harvests at Plymouth colony in the 1620s.

The following short video explains what really happened, and should serve as a reminder that spreading the wealth didn’t work in Plymouth Colony and it won’t work now.

Amplifying on the video, what we didn’t learn in school is that nearly half of those Pilgrims who sailed here from England on the Mayflower died of starvation in their first winter of 1621. In fact, the governor of the colony, William Bradford, wrote that the colonists went hungry because many refused to work in the fields.

It seems that Plymouth colony had the equivalent of a modern-day socialist economy. Land and crops were held in common, and food was distributed based on need, not on production. The most able young men complained that they were asked to work hard for the benefit of other men’s families.

Finally, after the poor harvest of 1622, Bradford decided to give each household its own plot of land. They could keep what they produced, or trade their crops for things they needed. The result was a truly bountiful harvest in 1623, and in the years that followed. It was instituting private property and a free market economy at Plymouth and other colonies that led to our annual Thanksgiving celebrations.

So, this Thanksgiving, let’s teach our children, and anyone in the Occupy movement willing to listen, an economic lesson that the Pilgrims had to learn the hard way: Socialism is a recipe for scarcity and starvation. Private property and free markets lead to prosperity and plenty.

Solyndra- The Accountability Charade- Example #1- Steven Chu

The Accountability Charade

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 18, 2011 09:06 AM

The Accountability Charade
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2011

You can’t spell “accountability” without “A,” “C” and “T.” But in Washington, government officials routinely get away with “taking personal responsibility” by mouthing empty words devoid of action. Heads nod in collective agreement that mistakes were made. But heads never roll. The Obama administration has raised this accountability charade to an art form.

At a House Energy Committee hearing on the half-billion-dollar bankrupt Solyndra loan-guarantee disaster, Energy Secretary Steven Chu made a grand pretense of falling on his sword. The neon-green solar energy zealot told lawmakers in prepared testimony that the “final decisions on Solyndra were mine, and I made them with the best interest of the taxpayer in mind.” But again and again, Chu admitted, those decisions were made with serial cluelessness about the political jockeying, dire financial warnings, legal red flags and conflicts of interest that “everybody (else) and their dog” knew about (as GOP Rep. Joe Barton of Texas politely pointed out).

While former Democratic chief inquisitor Henry Waxman praised Chu’s “reputation for integrity” as “unimpeachable,” Chu came across as more Mr. Magoo than Mr. Clean.

Chu said he was “unaware” of the Department of Energy’s own staff predictions two years ago that Solyndra would face a serious cash-flow crisis today.

Chu said he was “unaware” of administration pressure on Solyndra to suppress layoff announcements until after the November 2010 midterm elections. “I don’t know. I just learned about that,” he shirked.

In fact, he used the phrase “I am aware of it now” at least a half-dozen times. If there were a Nobel Prize for Unknowing, Chu would be two-time shoo-in. GOP House Energy Committee Chairman Cliff Stearns summed up:

“We talked about the August 2009 email predicting Solyndra would be out of cash in September 2011. You knew about that, but you didn’t seem to know about that.


The PricewaterhouseCoopers concerns about Solyndra, you didn’t seem real concerned or weren’t aware of it.

The White House emailing your chief of staff regarding their concerns with the PricewaterhouseCoopers report, you didn’t seem to know too much about your chief of staff’s awareness of that.

The request to hold off announcement of the DOE loan, and request by your agency to Solyndra to hold off on announcing layoffs till after the midterm election, you don’t have any recollection of this. So what I am saying is that through all of this you seem to have an unawareness.”

In short, Chu took full responsibility for everything he wasn’t aware of … until it was too late.

Sound familiar? It was the leitmotif played in last week’s Fast and Furious hearings with Attorney General Eric Holder.

Despite a raft of briefing memos with his name on them, Holder claimed he never received or read them. Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse ran interference, sanctimoniously explaining for all the non-career government attorneys in the audience — including the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — that nooooooo one in the top echelons of the federal lawyers’ bureaucracy actually reads memos addressed to them. It’s merely a “convention” for junior staff to feel better and more important about themselves.

Taking his boss’s lead, former Holder Chief of Staff Kevin Ohlson — who is seeking a federal judicial slot — explained away his failure to do anything about the festering Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal. He had “been informed that routine courtesy copies of weekly reports were forwarded to me that referred to the operation by name, but that did not provide any operational details and did not refer to gun walking or anything similar.”

Although his name was on the documents, Ohlson just didn’t bother to read them because they weren’t marked important or sensitive. Imagine an ordinary small businessman or taxpayer trying that one out on the IRS.

Situational unawareness in the private marketplace or on the battlefield will cost you your livelihood or your life. In the Age of Obama, however, such willful ignorance is a job prerequisite. The less you know the better.

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Related reading…

On the lost Solyndra funding and the illegal maneuver to put Solyndra investors ahead of taxpayers:

The Energy Department approved in February a refinancing that put taxpayer debt behind $75 million in new funding from private investors in a last-ditch effort to rescue Solyndra. Republicans said the agreement violated a 2005 energy law prohibiting subordination of public money.

Representative Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, asked who would be paid first as money is recouped from the sale of Solyndra’s assets.

“Does the taxpayer have first dibs?” Scalise said.

“After restructuring? No,” Chu responded.

Chu said the restructuring gave Solyndra a “fighting chance to survive.”

“It was a difficult decision, and we were always, always focused on that path that could get as much taxpayer recovery as possible,” he said.

Chu said his department’s general counsel determined that the law banned subordinating taxpayer debt only for an initial loan guarantee, not for a refinancing. Scalise predicted the Solyndra subordination will be found illegal.

From GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns:

“The American people have the right to know how the Obama Administration risked and lost $535 million in taxpayer funds,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “This hearing shows that Secretary Chu failed to require appropriate oversight over the loan guarantee process, is unaware of the financial condition of the other loan guarantee recipients after two of the first three have filed for bankruptcy, did not seek legal input from the Department of Justice before subordinating taxpayers to two hedge funds, and is unable to identify who at DOE asked Solyndra to withhold announcing impending layoffs until after the November 2, 2010 elections. The appointment of Herb Allison to review all of the loan guarantees indicates that the President has lost faith in Secretary Chu. I agree with the point of Dan Carol, an Obama campaign senior advisor, who called on the White House to replace Chu earlier this year in an email. Chu has failed the test, and in my personal opinion I agree with Mr. Carol that he should be replaced by the President.”


Stearns referred to an August 2009 email by a DOE staff member stating that Solyndra’s financial model showed it running out of cash in September 2011, just when the firm filed for bankruptcy. Chu responded, “I wasn’t aware of this particular email at the time.”

Regarding the failure of Solyndra and Beacon Power, Stearns asked Chu, “When you have two of the first three loans out of the 1705 program go bankrupt, the question for you is how many loan guarantees that you are involved with and covering and monitoring are going to fail, in your opinion?” Chu was unable to provide an answer. He also was unable to even cite loan guarantees that were at high risk.

Although the Obama Administration claims that politics played no role in Solyndra, advisors for Argonaut, Solyndra’s largest investor, discussed with DOE impending layoffs at Solyndra. The email states that DOE “did push very hard for us to hold our announcement of the consolidation to employees and vendors to Nov 3rd – oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.” The mid-term elections were held the previous day. Chu could not say who at DOE made that request.

Stearns added that the investigation continues, “The White House has continued to stonewall this investigation at every turn, forcing this Committee to issue a subpoena to obtain basic investigative documents. And yet, the White House has still only produced a few selective documents form the West Wing of the White House to the Committee, some of which were heavily redacted, despite the White House Counsel’s office having admitted that this is a legitimate investigation.”

A Chu fact-check from…WaPo on his jobs claims and solar prices:

We always warn readers to be wary of claims about the number of jobs created by some government, congressional or corporate initiative. These are almost always suspect and based on dubious assumptions. (Chu, we should note, carefully used the word “employ” instead of “create.”)

As it happens, Carol D. Leonnig and Steven Mufson of The Washington Post examined the job-claim figure two months ago and found it wanting. “The program — designed to jump-start the nation’s clean technology industry by giving energy companies access to low-cost, government-backed loans — has directly created 3,545 new, permanent jobs after giving out almost half the allocated amount, according to Energy Department tallies,” they reported on The Post’s front page.

The Energy Department disputed that analysis as “incomplete and inaccurate,” as evidenced by the fact that Chu repeated the claim in sworn testimony before Congress. But if you dig deeper into the 60,000 number, you find that more than half of it comes from a single program — 33,000 jobs at Ford that were supposedly converted to green technology because of a $5.9 billion loan. The Energy Department translated those as “saved” jobs, even though the number amounts to nearly half of Ford’s total workforce.

It’s one of the oldest tricks in the Washington spin book: Lump a bunch of tiny projects with one big project, and then claim all of them — 38 in this case — created a bunch of jobs.

… Chu’s other quote — concerning the unexpected collapse in solar prices — is also open to question. Chu rightly noted that there were some analysts — “outliers,” as he put it — who might have predicted a huge plunge in the solar module market. But he contended that most did not predict prices would drop below $2.

At the same time, however, the shakiness in the market was readily apparent at the time DOE pressed the White House budget office to sign off on the Solyndra loan. Note the Aug. 31, 2009 e-mail below, from an Office of Management and Budget official to a DOE official, asking that an announcement of the loan be postponed.

The e-mail includes links to articles with headlines like “As Prices Slump, Solar Industry Suffers.”

…While Chu said that Wall Street analysts generally were not predicting such a steep price drop, it is clear from the articles mentioned in the e-mail that they were warning that prices would fall further. The Fact Checker once covered Wall Street, and analysts promoting stocks are almost always bullish. When analysts start getting skittish, it’s time to get wary. In fact, one of the articles cited in the e-mail reported that a major investment firm had downgraded the solar energy sector from “positive” to “neutral.”

On Wall Street, that usually translates as “sell.”

“Nothing in the e-mail you cited or the stories it mentions predicted the prices would fall as far as they did,” DOE spokesman LaVera said.

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Only a complete moron could believe the claims by Steven Chu…. that he didn’t recall anything about the extensive documents he reviewed and are documented in this case. If the IRS was auditing you and you claimed to “not recall” virtually any document or transaction recorded in your notes, books and calender.. how would that work out? This guy is a perfect example of the corrupted values and willful contempt of those in the Obama administration.

Muslim Lobby- aggressively fighting Anti-Sharia Americans

November 18, 2011

CAIR now attempting to
control law enforcement
training programs

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Dear Bill,

CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) has, either through its national organization or its chapter affiliates, repeatedly tried to intimidate federal and local elected officials who have the courage to stand up to radical Islam.

The latest from CAIR is its effort to dictate who the FBI uses as trainers in its counterterrorism programs. (See the CAIR release below).

Apparently, it’s not sufficient that the Obama administration has stripped all references to jihad and radical Islam from its national security strategy regarding terrorism.

CAIR won’t be happy until every government entity in America knuckles under to its sharia-driven agenda aimed at silencing any critique of radical Islam and any connection between radical Islam and Islamic terrorism.

CAIR has also made it clear it will aggressively fight our efforts to pass “American Laws in American Courts,” legislation that will prohibit courts from applying sharia law. Will we win? Or will CAIR win?

We need to hear from you, that you are in support of this effort. Please sign the pledge to protect your state from sharia law today! Nearly 35,000 people have signed thus far. Thank you! But surely out of our 175,000 members there are more than 35,000 people who support this effort! Check out how your state is doing here


CAIR Files Multi-State Records Requests on Anti-Muslim Law Enforcement Trainings

Group seeks information about state-level trainings that may have used taxpayer dollars to fund anti-Muslim trainers.

http://ca.cair.com/losangeles/news/anti-muslim_trainings

(Nov 15, 2011 – LOS ANGELES, CA)

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced today that 15 of its chapters nationwide have filed 87 separate public records requests about possible Islamophobic training of local, state and national law enforcement personnel.

CAIR is seeking information about state-level trainings that may have used federal taxpayer dollars to fund anti-Muslim trainers, a phenomenon highlighted in recent research and media reports.

Attorney General: FBI Hurt Terror Fight with ‘Violent Muslim’ Training

In a statement, CAIR said:

“CAIR’s public records requests seek to ensure that law enforcement agencies are using qualified trainers who present objective and unbiased information to help protect Americans from violent extremists of all types. We firmly believe that good training leads to good investigations, while biased training leads to biased investigations. We are particularly concerned with ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not wasted on training that is agenda-driven, inaccurate or Islamophobic.”

Both Attorney General Holder and FBI Director Mueller have acknowledged that the Department of Justice and the FBI are reviewing their training materials to remove inaccurate and biased information. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which provides most of the Federal funding for state and local training, recently issued a set of recommendations for countering violent extremism training.

Insane Motor Race – Isle of Man TT






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Insane Motor Race – Isle of Man TT

The Isle of Man TT was for many years the most prestigious motor-cycle race in the world.
Between 1907 and 2009 there have been 237 deaths during official practices or races on the Snaefell Mountain Course.

Snaefell Mountain Course or Mountain Course is a road-racing circuit used for the Isle of Man TT and Manx Grand Prix Races held in the Isle of Man from 1911 and 1923 respectively. The racing is held on public roads closed for racing by an Act of Tynwald (the parliament of the Isle of Man). It is the oldest motor-cycle racing circuit still in use. The official lap record for the Snaefell Mountain Course is 17 Minutes and 12.30 seconds at an average speed of 131.578 mph (211.754 km/h) set by John McGuinness during the 2009 Senior TT Race.

Don’t try this at home…