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Fire the Biden Campaign Fact Checker — An Opinion Piece

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During the Democratic national convention, there was not one mention of the violence played out on the streets of city after city. Not one Democrat suggested that it should stop. It wasn’t until CNN’s Don Lemon told Democrats and us that continuing the riots and looting would actually benefit Donald Trump. The news anchor said, “Evidence is showing up in the polls that America is angry about this.” He suggested, “that the violence needs to stop.”

When Biden finally came out of his basement, he was interviewed. When questioned about the riots, looting, and the National Guard being called out, he said, “For the last four years we weren’t having riots, racial riots.” He went on to say, “When they occurred, we didn’t have to call in the National Guard.” Given his statement, either no one fact-checked what Biden said, or the leader of the Democratic Party flat out lied to the American people, figuring they would never check the accuracy of the statement.  Biden says they didn’t occur in the first sentence, and in the second sentence, he says, “When they occurred.” Mr. Biden, which is it? Either they did, or they didn’t? Never mind, we have the answer.

Here is what the Democratic candidate for president did not tell the American people. There were at least 5 Obama riots, Oscar Grant riots, Trayvon Martin violence, Manuel Diaz violence, Kimini Gray riots, and the Baltimore riots. Additionally, 5 Dallas policemen and 3 Baton Rouge policemen were murdered during Obama’s open season. Now, how about sending in the National Guard to the following cities: Baltimore, Ferguson, Oakland, and Charlotte.

There has to be something wrong with the Biden Campaign. One would think that someone had to vet what he says, or at least the general content of what he is saying in public. Is it possible that Biden believes he can do it himself and doesn’t need any help? Do you remember the one statement that sank Hilary’s campaign? She made the statement on September 9, 2016 when she said, “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? (Laughter/applause!) They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it.” She much later suggested in her book that this one statement hurt her chances of being elected.

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Joe Biden also has made some big mistakes. The one that I believe will haunt him in the November election is, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Biden said this on May 22, 2020, and later in the day, he tried to walk it back. What he did was an old trick in the Democratic playbook. You make a statement to try and intimidate a group of people, and if you are forced to backtrack, try and apologize. 

So, what did the apology sound like: “I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted? But nothing could be further [from] the truth.” Biden said. “I’ve never ever done that, and I’ve earned it every time I’ve run. I was making the point that I have never taken the vote for granted. And in fact, I know to win the presidency, I need the African American vote.”

Can you find the word “apologize” anywhere in the statement? No. The reason it is not there is that he planted the seed to intimidate black voters, so when they go to the polls in November, they will remember that if they pull the lever for Trump, they are not truly Black. 
Once again, he degraded the Black community on August 6, 2020. Joe said that the “Latino community is ‘incredibly diverse,’ ’unlike’ the Black community. Unlike the African American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly diverse attitudes about different things.”

His campaign had to try and walk it back because what he said offended the Black community. I can only conclude that no one has control of Joe, not even Joe. Joe cannot be trusted to answer questions without scripting, and I’m not sure that his mind can take a great deal of rehearsal. The leadership of the Democratic Party should be very concerned about the upcoming debates.

I believe they have made another mistake in that they believed the polls. Because Biden was so far ahead, he could stay in his basement and win. Why take the risk to go outside and risk another gaff just before the election. Also, the contrast between the two conventions really hurt the Democrats and it is showing up in the polls. The Hill reported that, “President Trump‘s support among black voters rose 9 percentage points to 19% amid the Republican National Convention, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.” The Democrats need at least 85% of black voters to win the presidency. From the improvement during the RNC, it may be higher than 19%, which is not good news for Biden.

Nancy Pelosi suggested twice this past week that Joe should withdraw from the debates. Perhaps the party leadership have concluded that they might have less damage if he doesn’t participate in the debates. I believe the voters will turn on Biden in a big way if he walks from the debates. 

One final point on polling data. In 2016 I wrote one of the first articles exposing the imbalance in the poll selection. In a future commentary I will share with you the balance or lack thereof in this election’s polling data. 

Dan Perkins is a published author of 4 novels on nuclear and biological terrorism against the United States and is a current events commentator for over 20 news blogs. He appears on radio and TV between 40 and 60 times a month, depending on the news cycles, and on about 1,400 radio stations and TV networks. He is either a guest host or host on 4 weekly syndicated talk shows. Dan’s newest show is called “America’s Cannabis Conversation” on the W420radionetwork.com, a new show that broadcasts Saturday each week at 4:20 PM local time. More information on Perkins can be found at his web site danperkins.guru.

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Biden Takes Aim at Putin with Serious Ukraine Threat

But can a weak Biden administration really made a dent in the Russian leader’s plans?

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Russia is almost undoubtedly preparing themselves for an invasion of Ukraine, and there is but one nation that has the leverage to attempt to stop them:  The United States.

Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has long appeared poised to attempt to reunited the old Soviet Union, with Ukraine and Crimea being his first targets.  Crimea’s annexation was likely just the start, in all honesty, and there is little doubt that the former KGB man is thirsty for more.

A recent buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine has now prompted US President Joe Biden to take aim at Putin, and it came with a warning that harkened back to the Obama administration.

President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would be tougher than former President Barack Obama on the issue of Ukraine, as the two leaders spoke on a video call on Tuesday.

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After the meeting, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the president warned Putin not to repeat his incursion into Ukrainian territory after he annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Biden was vice president.

The moment was tense.

“I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan told reporters at the daily press briefing.

Sullivan said Biden would deploy “clear and decisive” actions, including economic sanctions to punish Russia if they invaded Ukraine.

“The measures we have put on the table are designed to show the Russian government that should it choose to engage in such an invasion, there will be those consequences,” he said.
Biden’s staff did not permit journalists to witness the beginning of the video call between the two leaders or take pictures of the event, but they issued a readout afterward.

Of course, the Biden administration has been a largely ineffectual group on issues ranging from the border to the economy, so there’s no telling how seriously Putin has considered the threat.

Russia is almost undoubtedly preparing themselves for an invasion of Ukraine, and there is but one nation that has the leverage to attempt to stop them:  The United States. Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, has long appeared poised to attempt to reunited the old Soviet Union, with Ukraine and Crimea being his first targets.  Crimea’s annexation was likely just the start, in all honesty, and there is little doubt that the former KGB man is thirsty for more. A recent buildup of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine has now prompted US President Joe Biden to take aim at Putin, and it came with a warning that harkened back to the Obama administration. President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would be tougher than former President Barack Obama on the issue of Ukraine, as the two leaders spoke on a video call on Tuesday. After the meeting, Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan said the president warned Putin not to repeat his incursion into Ukrainian territory after he annexed Crimea in 2014 when Obama was president and Biden was vice president. The moment was tense. “I will look you in the eye and tell you, as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today, that things we did not do in 2014 we are prepared to do now,” Sullivan told reporters at the daily press briefing. Sullivan said Biden would deploy “clear and decisive” actions, including economic sanctions to punish Russia if they invaded Ukraine. “The measures we have put on the table are designed to show the Russian government that should it choose to engage in such an invasion, there will be those consequences,” he said. Biden’s staff did not permit journalists to witness the beginning of the video call between the…

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Will EdTech Get a Needed Broadband Upgrade?

What’s worse for President Joe Biden and his education team is that they have been getting nothing but bad news about educational technology…

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Whenever a new administration takes over inside the beltway, it’s common for officials and pundits to blue sky new ideas to address shortcomings in every area of government from labor to housing to healthcare, but one area that never fails to stymie presidents is education.

What’s worse for President Joe Biden and his education team is that they have been getting nothing but bad news about educational technology, or Edtech, as a consequence of COVID, probably the closest thing to an extinction-level event educators have ever faced. COVID closed schools, sequestered students, prompted distance learning and the faster-than-normal adoption of new technology that many students just couldn’t access.

The Brookings Institution performed a phone survey of 201 households and a total of 271 primary-school-aged children in February of 2021, seeking to understand how COVID impacted students.  Their findings revealed a vast technology gap between poor kids and everyone else, with 1 in 5 children not even offered a distance-learning option, and even those who were only showed up slightly more than half the time.

In addition, a significant portion of college students lack suitable internet access, with nearly 40 percent of them struggling not with their studies, but just the simple act of connecting to the internet for classes and assignments, according to a study by The Hope Center at Temple University. Coincidentally, the real figure may be higher than 40 percent, because Temple researchers experienced issues conducting the survey, reporting “inadequate internet access could have contributed to low response rates.”

NPR recently reported on the problem, interviewing Faylene Begay, a single mother of four living in Tuba City, Ariz. who is attending classes at Diné College. She does not have an internet connection at her home on the Navajo Nation Reservation, leaving her with an old phone with limited data.

“It was just beyond my power to submit my work,” Begay told NPR. “That alone just kind of depleted my purpose … made me feel like I was defeated by the internet.”

That’s why the recently passed infrastructure bill included roughly $65 billion to improve and expand the capabilities of broadband service to those who don’t have it.

Education Week also recently reported that the bill also included $2.75 billion to address this “digital equity” issue, moving dollars into a variety of connectivity issues, including anything from laptops for students to digital literacy instruction for seniors.

As private industry sizes up all the pluses of the bill, some companies are already forging ahead, way ahead of the curve being set by government while still being aligned with its goals.

One of them, Genius Group, is a global education company with more than 2 million students in 200 countries. Headed by noted futurist and best-selling author Roger James Hamilton, the Genius Group is currently the world’s largest entrepreneur education company.

Hamilton has engaged EdTech head-on, through the creation of GeniusU, an EdTech platform that prepares entrepreneurs for the next 10 years by helping them adapt their business models and embrace the metaverse. GeniusU goes further than just preaching that the old ways don’t work anymore, because they are using the “new” ways right now through their future-focused, entrepreneur education system that spans from early learning, primary and secondary school, through university, adult education, and corporate training.

The administration’s education priorities, spread across several pages on the Biden-Harris campaign website, covers plenty of ground, promising more investments in early childhood education, vocational programs, minority-serving institutions and mental health services, and increasing teacher pay and reducing student debt, among many other goals.

GeniusU’s from-the-cradle-to-the-boardroom approach is something that Hamilton studied and researched extensively before putting it into practice.

“The greatest achievements in the world have been accomplished by entrepreneurs and teams of collaborators, thinkers, and doers,” he wrote in a recent column. “Learning is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. It is more than gaining cultural literacy, more than learning a skill for a particular job, more than teaching the importance of social justice, of creating ‘good citizens,’ or teaching the importance of protecting the environment. It is all of the above and more.”

GeniusU, under Hamilton’s direction, has created an education philosophy – made real through its unique programs – where the curriculum isn’t crafted as a pair of socks, one-size-fits-all, but rather steeped in the principle of entrepreneurship, in which curriculum Is personalized to a student’s strengths, passions, and purpose.  Perhaps that’s a track the Biden administration can follow once it’s done making sure we’re all connected.

Whenever a new administration takes over inside the beltway, it’s common for officials and pundits to blue sky new ideas to address shortcomings in every area of government from labor to housing to healthcare, but one area that never fails to stymie presidents is education. What’s worse for President Joe Biden and his education team is that they have been getting nothing but bad news about educational technology, or Edtech, as a consequence of COVID, probably the closest thing to an extinction-level event educators have ever faced. COVID closed schools, sequestered students, prompted distance learning and the faster-than-normal adoption of new technology that many students just couldn’t access. The Brookings Institution performed a phone survey of 201 households and a total of 271 primary-school-aged children in February of 2021, seeking to understand how COVID impacted students.  Their findings revealed a vast technology gap between poor kids and everyone else, with 1 in 5 children not even offered a distance-learning option, and even those who were only showed up slightly more than half the time. In addition, a significant portion of college students lack suitable internet access, with nearly 40 percent of them struggling not with their studies, but just the simple act of connecting to the internet for classes and assignments, according to a study by The Hope Center at Temple University. Coincidentally, the real figure may be higher than 40 percent, because Temple researchers experienced issues conducting the survey, reporting “inadequate internet access could have contributed to low response rates.” NPR recently reported on the problem, interviewing Faylene Begay, a single mother of four living in Tuba City, Ariz. who is attending classes at Diné College. She does not have an internet connection at her home on the Navajo Nation Reservation, leaving her with an old phone with limited…

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