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KinderGarden of Eden: Evan Sayet

Why the Modern Liberal's thinking leads him to side with evil over good, wrong over right and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success.

Further extrapolating on the ideas in his wildly popular viral youtube talk to the Heritage Foundation, that has received over 600k hits, Evan Sayet uses his signature wit in this new book to ask thought- provoking questions during these turbulent economic and social times. And he provides the reader with some surprising answers.

Andrew Breitbart said that Evan Sayet's Heritage Foundation Speech was 'one of the five most important conservative speeches ever given.' That speech was the foundation for this book.

How did the song "Imagine" by John Lennon become the perfect symbol of liberal thinking?

Why does Bruce Springsteen dub "pain" as the wages of toil and hard work?

What’s the Democrats’ beef with God? 

What do they have against the Jews of Israel? 

Why do they want abortion to be commonplace and frequent?

Why does the Modern Liberal –the dominant force in today’s Democratic Party and in so much of today’s popular culture – seem to always side with evil over good, wrong over right and the behaviors that lead to failure over those that lead to success?

Evan Sayet answers those questions and a lot more.

 

Cubanos in Wisconsin: Silvio Canto Jr.

From the quiet Cuban town of Ciego to the bustling city of Havana, no Cubans were unaffected by Fidel Castro’s rise to power in the late 1950’s. Fidel’s Revolución, which began with rallies, parades, and truckloads of hope, smothered the island of Cuba with oppressive public policies that gutted the small nation’s system of enterprise and muzzled the vibrant Cuban culture of the 1950’s. Symbols of capitalism were torn down and private schools were replaced with “Revolutionary Schools” established to spread Castro’s message. The country’s religious leaders were excommunicated and proud Cuban traditions like the Cuban Winter Baseball League became Fidel’s props, instruments for social and economic control. As more and more dissenters were imprisoned or killed fighting shadow wars to overthrow the regime, it was clear that human rights had become a fairy tale that existed across the sea in America. Following the failed, U.S. led invasion at the Bay of Pigs, Fidel’s death grip on the island grew unbearable. Like scores of other Cubans, Silvio Canto’s family fled their home country for the opportunity to lead a life of peace and freedom. The journey to freedom would not be easy. Before they left the island, the family faced boisterous Cuban officials and food shortages. Silvio watched in horror as his father’s attempt to maintain autonomy repeatedly ended in vain and his mother’s frustration with the new Cuba reached a tipping point. Leaving the island was only the first step towards their eventual resettling in a far away land called Wisconsin. Along the way the family faced an earthquake in Mexico City, poverty and dismay in Jamaica, and culture shock in America. They lost their way of life, their country, and their dreams of a free Cuba, but, with the support of family and friends, the family started a new life and formed a new identity. They became Cubanos in Wisconsin.

 

 

A Common Sense Platform for the 21st Century : B.K. Eakman

A Commen-Sense Platform for the 21st Century represents a starting point for true patriots committed to the ideals and principles of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as well as the Declaration of Independence. The Platform recognizes the genius of the Founders in anticipating progress to the extent that they included a means for amending the American Constitution while keeping the original ideals and precepts intact, a means that stands in stark opposition to today's attempts to throw the baby out with the bathwater. While additional pressing concerns may be added to (or deleted from) the Platform position statements, as events dictate, the tone and construction of this document harkens back to the remarkable (and refreshingly modern) views and tenets contained in Thomas Paine's 1776 booklet, Common Sense, which greatly influenced the Framers and revolutionized governance throughout the world.

 

PUSH BACK: B.K. Eakman

Publication Date: January 2, 2014 | ISBN-10: 1626364184 | ISBN-13: 978-1626364189 | Edition: 1

How many times have you had the unsettling experience of being treated as a troublemaker as soon as you question or raise an objection to a school policy, a textbook, a course of study, a new county regulation, or a community proposal?

Every day, attendees of conferences, community forums, PTA meetings, and board meetings are made to feel uncomfortable and occasionally foolish by the person or persons leading the meeting. The speakers, moderators, or provocateurs—whom author B. K. Eakman refers to as professional manipulators—hold power over the room and know how to steer the discussion back to their agendas without ever answering audience questions or addressing their concerns. These people use techniques to ostracize those brave enough to stand and question or criticize them.

With Push Back!, readers will be able to counter group manipulation tactics by learning to:

Recognize psychologically controlled environments
Identify the professional agitator/provocateur
Examine components of psych war
Undercut faulty, distorted, and biased arguments of opponents
Squelch techniques used to rebuff audience members who complain or balk
Neutralize consensus-building techniques
And much more

 

Cloning of the American Mind: Eradicating Morality Through Education: B.K. Eakman

 

Communist Manifesto: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels

You cannot fight what you do not know. Read the road map for the socialist movement.

 

 

Why ObamaCare is Wrong For America: Grace Marie Turner, James C. Capretta, Thomas P. Miller and Robert E. Moffitt

Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America is the first in-depth examination of the impact of the new national health care law on American individuals, families, and businesses. Written by an esteemed quartet of experts and former health policy officials, Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America demystifies the convoluted plan that the Obama administration and a Democratic Congress pushed through, exploring its effect on real people. Eye-opening and important, it is a book that everyone in America should read—providing essential information on what’s in the new Health Care Law, how it will affect YOU, and what you can do about it.

 

Fighting Terrorism: Benjamin Netanyahu

In this innovative and concise work, Israeli politician Benjamin Netanyahu offers a compelling approach to understanding and fighting the increase in domestic and international terrorism throughout the world. Citing diverse examples from around the globe, Netanyahu demonstrates that domestic terrorist groups are usually no match for an advanced technological society which can successfully roll back terror without any significant curtailment of civil liberties. But Netanyahu sees an even more potent threat from the new international terrorism which is increasingly the product of Islamic militants, who draw their inspiration and directives from Iran and its growing cadre of satellite states. The spread of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, coupled with the possibility that Iran will acquire nuclear weapons, poses a more frightening threat from an adversary less rational and therefore less controllable than was Soviet Communism. How democracies can defend themselves against this new threat concludes this provocative book.

 

The Starfish and the Spider: Ori Brafman a d Rod A. Beckstrom

If you cut off a spider?s head, it dies; if you cut off a starfish?s leg it grows a new one, and that leg can grow into an entirely new starfish. Traditional top-down organizations are like spiders, but now starfish organizations are changing the face of business and the world. 

What?s the hidden power behind the success of Wikipedia, craigslist, and Skype? What do eBay and General Electric have in common with the abolitionist and women?s rights movements? What fundamental choice put General Motors and Toyota on vastly different paths? 

Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom have discovered some unexpected answers, gripping stories, and a tapestry of unlikely connections. The Starfish and the Spider explores what happens when starfish take on spiders and reveals how established companies and institutions, from IBM to Intuit to the U.S. government, are also learning how to incorporate starfish principles to achieve success.

 

Lessons from Fallen Civilizations, Can a Bankrupt America Survive the Current Islamic Threat?: Larry Kelley

Islam’s aggression against the West has been constant for the fourteen centuries of its existence. The armies of Allah conquered most of the Christian Middle East and nearly conquered all of Christian Europe twice. 

Americans know that the fall of Rome has ominous lessons for America. They instinctively know that there are always barbarians at the gate. Using history as its guide, Lessons From Fallen Civilizations poses and answers the question -Can a Bankrupt America Survive the Current Islamic Threat? 

Today, millions of militant Muslims awake every morning plotting the destruction of the US. Many are among us. They are our neighbors and co-workers. Their mission is to first intimidate, then to destabilize our economy and ultimately to plant the black flag of Islam at the top of the White House. 

Lessons demonstrates how immutable laws have always governed the fall of five great civilizations. It shows how those immutable laws can be seen to repeat over time, and how they are at work now. It is a saga which chronicles the decisions, deeds, and heroics of our ancestors who saved the West. It identifies the decisions we must make and the actions we must take in order to remain a free people. 

Kelley’s “Immutables” demonstrate how a declining America will fall at the hands of Islamic extremists. 

 

EXILED: Dissident Prof, Resisting the Re-Education of America : Edited by Mary Grabar PhD.

Mary Grabar, Ph.D., founder of Dissident Prof, (www.dissidentprof.com) gathers stories by six of her colleagues, professors “exiled” professionally and socially for ideas deemed heretical by today’s radical academic gatekeepers. Readers will get an inside look at how the academy operates—and how the gatekeepers deny that they discriminate. With lively and entertaining prose, these six professors tell tales of being ostracized, ridiculed, and denied opportunities to teach—even when their students protest on their behalf! They will learn how the radicals use tax and tuition money to fund studies and academic centers to smear political opponents and those who disagree with their politically correct worldviews. 

Contents include: 

“The Brain Drain: A Lament for the Loss of Intellectual Capital and the Future of Freedom” by Mary Grabar, (English) How hostile is today’s college campus to the traditional scholar? How much of our heritage are we losing because of it? 

“The Most Sacred Part of Them: Professors Behaving Badly” by M.D. Allen, (English) public ridicule at a public university in Wisconsin and elsewhere

“Losing Friends and Dining Alone” by Martin Slann, (Political Science) what you can’t say about Islam at an academic conference

“Anti-Anti-Communism and the Academy” by Paul Kengor, (Political Science) historical denial and punishment of historians who write about communism

“Stalinism Lite” by Scott Herring, (English) You can never be politically correct enough. 

“’C’ for Conservatism, the New Scarlet Letter” by Brian Birdnow, (History) getting beat out in the history job market by scholarship on cookbooks and “the crisis of American masculinity in the 1950s”

“The Creed of Political Correctness” by Jack Kerwick, (Philosophy) simple demands for faithfulness by the new priestly class

“Afterword: The Formulated Phrase” by Mary Grabar, making the conservative academic an object of sociological study, and the smearing of the Tea Party and black conservatives

"Exiled" offers an overview of what went wrong with academia and how the Left continues to play power politics inside the ivy-covered walls. It's a reader-friendly and entertaining review, and is intended to knock down the alibis and false claims made by academics about why there are so few conservatives and moderates in higher education. Thus, it presents a starting point for reform.

 

The School Reform Landscape, Fraud, Myth and Lies: Christopher H. Tienken and Donald C. Orlich

In The School Reform Landscape: Fear, Mythologies, and Lies, the authors take an in-depth and controversial look at school reform since the launch of Sputnik. They scrutinize school reform events, proposals, and policies from the last 60 years through the lens of critical social theory and examine the ongoing tensions between the need to keep a vibrant unitary system of public education and the ongoing assault by corporate and elite interests in creating a dual system. Some of events, proposals, and policies critiqued include the Sputnik myth, A Nation At Risk, No Child Left Behind, the lies of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and other common reform schemes. The authors provide an evidence-based contrarian view of the free-market reform ideas and pierce the veil of the new reform policies to find that they are built not upon empirical evidence, but instead rest solidly on foundations of myth, fear, and lies. Ideas for a new set of reform policies, based on empirical evidence and supportive of a unitary, democratic system of education are presented.

 

The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits: David Horowitz

Politics is war, but in America one side is doing all the shooting-liberals. Shell-shocked conservatives blame their failures on the media or unscrupulous opponents, but they refuse to name the real culprit: themselves. In a new book that will shatter the complacency of establishment conservatives, David Horowitz shows how Bill Clinton's generation, having mastered the art of political war, has spent the last ten years clobbering conservatives in and out of government. The best-selling author of Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes has the strategy to fight back.

The Democratic Party's recent electoral dominance is due not to its theft of Republican issues, but to its superior grasp of the nature of political war. Horowitz opens his book with the six principles of politics that liberals understand and conservatives do not. He next warns against the essentially liberal inclination to supervise the lives of a "helpless" citizenry. This "Puritan impulse" promises shipwreck for conservatives who fail to keep liberty as their watchword.

The success of the left is nowhere more evident than in the politics of race. Revisiting a recent controversy in which Time branded him a "real live bigot," Horowitz probes an ugly strain of left-wing racism and reflects on the prospects for true racial justice. He concludes with a profile of the radical mentality-hidden but real-of the American left. In 1972, the bomb-throwers took their battle from the streets into the McGovern campaign and became the activist core of the Democratic Party. A genuine ideological left thus entered the heart of America's political culture.

Once a notorious radical himself, David Horowitz understands the mind of the left better than any other conservative. The Art of Political War is an indispensable guide for the battles of the campaign season and beyond.

 

Children of the Core: Kris Nielsen

The Common Core State Standards have been lauded as one of the most revolutionary ways to close the achievement gaps in reading and math, make our country competitive in the world economy, and equalize the playing field for all of our students in public K-12 schools. 

The reality is much different from the promises. Teachers are burning out and leaving the profession, states are cutting already-too-low education budgets, and districts are closing school after school in mostly low-income neighborhoods.

This is not how we achieve greatness. This is how we narrow our potential and crush dreams. The ultimate suffering goes to the children.

Nielsen helps us see, through his deep understanding of how children learn, and by the childrens’ thoughts he shares, that so long as we seek the “right answers” we are hopelessly lost. The Common Core is built upon this fundamental error. He helps us back up and reconsider what it is that our children truly need.

Ironically, Nielsen is doing the critical thinking that the Common Core falsely promised it would promote. But unlike the tests that come along to measure compliance with standards, this thinking leads us to question, to challenge, and ultimately to escape the limits of the standardized thinking that has entrapped our schools.

 

 

 

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