Video Stalker American Bridge Hits NC Candidate

*This is a reposting of my weekly column at DaTechGuy Blog.*


By A.P. Dillon

I’ve just gotten back from the Common Core call to action event, We Will Not Conform and my inbox has exploded. While I want to write about that experience in this article, I’m stepping away from it for a moment to write about something else. If you want to catch up on the We Will Not Conform, hit my personal blog.

In this article I’d like to touch on American Bridge and their stalker-like videos.
Taking a video of a politician leaving a fundraiser isn’t necessarily creepy in and of itself. It’s having an outfit like American Bridge dedicated to basically stalking those they politically disagree with that seems to take this to a stalker-like level.  Congrats David Brock, your American Bridge project is the politics equivalent of the bottom-feeding celebrity paparazzi.

American Bridge has hit Speaker of the NC House, Thom Tillis with one of their videos. Tillis is running against Democrat Kay Hagan. Of course, one of the most Left leaning/BlueprintNC friendly outfits in NC is promoting the American Bridge piece.

Here is a snippet from the email below- by the way, nice typos guys! Might want to spell check next time. I’ve bolded them so you can take note.

From: “Gerrick Brenner” <>
Date: Jul 23, 2014 3:37 PM
Subject: VIDEO: Tillis in DC This AM

Progress NC Action


You won’t believe this. We just got video of Speaker Thom Tillis exiting a big DC fundraiser this morninig. Instead of doing his job in Raleigh and fixing the budget stalemate, he’s being wined and dined by DC lobbyists and big special interests. Check it out:

While he skips town to run for U.S. Senate, Tillis is now warning that there might not be a budget deal at all. He’s too busy fundraising to worry about the thousdands of teachers he promised raises to.


Oh, you really got him, American Bridge… he’s walking down a sidewalk. So evil…or something. Boring. It’s not like they caught him screaming at and assaulting a student or anything.

I’m not really sure why American Bridge or Progress Action NC think that this is some kind of big shocker. After all, Tillis has to keep up with the outside money and Dark money flowing into Hagan’s campaign. It’s not like Tillis is hiding from North Carolinians like Hagan did during the shut down when she went dark for 9 days and turned out to be fundraising with lobbyists in D.C. while North Carolina businesses were being forced to close by the government. Later that same  month, Hagan hit NYC for a fundraiser held by the liberal group Emily’s List.

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AP DillonA.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

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ICYMI: Common Core, We Will Not Conform On Pete Kaliner Show (Audio)

In case you missed it Friday, I joined WWNC 570′s Pete Kaliner in the first segment of his show. We talked about Common Core and my participation in Glenn Beck’s Common Core event ‘We Will Not Conform‘.  You can listen to the podcast of the show here.

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PARCC Chief: “This is not a testing agenda; it’s a equity agenda.”

PARCC Chief Laura Slover’s rhetoric at the Colorado Association of School Executive’s Same Speed CCannual summer meeting was stunning.

First, she believes these tests as ‘beautiful tools’ then she goes on an tear about equity and then says they are ‘game changers’. I think Ms. Slover needs a reality check.  This is a very unpopular standardized test. Statements like these are not image improvers.

Excerpt from Chalkbeat with emphasis added:

“I think they’re really beautiful tools, but they’re just tests,” the CEO of the PARCC testing group told Colorado school administrators Friday. “The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day,”

Laura Slover acknowledged rising criticism of standardized tests but said, “This is not a testing agenda; it’s a equity agenda.”

Slover spoke to the closing session of the Colorado Association of School Executive’s annual summer meeting in Breckenridge, which drew more than 1,000 administrators and others.

Calling the PARCC language arts and math tests “a huge game changer,” Slover said, “This is a quality test. It’s better than anything else out there on the market.”

Better than anything else out there? When you have SBAC and Pearson to choose from, that is not saying much. What’s scary about this Slover’s statements is that she has Colorado’s Superintendent nodding his head:

Dan Snowberger, Durango superintendent, said the old state-only standards “created an un-level playing field” and cautioned, “If we think the new standards are about tweaking what we do, we’ve missed the mark.”

Snowberger also said, “My fear is that there will be this groundswell of anti-Common Core and that some educators will get on board with that.” – Chalkbeat

You got that? A standardized test is going to ‘level the playing field’. Is Superintendent Snowberger partaking of the legalized pot in Colorado?


Related Read:  The myth of Common Core equity

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Scotland Cty Board of Ed Confused On Common Core

The Scotland County Board of Education is confused on Common Core. They seem to think it’s a great idea and that the repeal of it is a bad idea.   The following excerpts come from The Laurinburg Exchange’s article, School board decries state’s decision to repeal Common Core.

Scotland County’s Board seem more worried about the monkeying they are doing with test scores than with the fact Common Core is a fundamentally flawed experiment being performed on our kids. Here’s Board member Jamie Sutherland expressing his test angst:

“The problem we have is that we’re renorming all of these scores and it looks like we’re doing terribly in the schools because our scores are way down and now we’re going to do it again,” said board member Jamie Sutherland. “Something’s got to stay for an extended period of time to allow us to educate and to be able to show growth.”

Well, Board member Paul Rush can top that one. He blames not learning the “intricacies” of Common Core. I can solved this mystery for him: NO ONE WAS EDUCATED ABOUT COMMON CORE.

“The problem with Common Core from my standpoint is that we hadn’t been educated in the intricacies of Common Core,” he said. “It really got shoved – we heard it was coming and had a little bit of information here and there but really as a board never … that’s part of the problem I have with it, I don’t know if it’s good, bad, or indifferent.”

The Scotland County School Board also think Common Core is a curriculum. Pay no mind for the last 4 years we’ve been hammered by Core supporters that Common Core is a set of standards, NOT a curriculum. Jeez, didn’t they get the talking points?

“The intent of Common Core was wonderful because the curriculum that we had in the beginning was too much and there was no way you could teach it all,” said Hargrave.” You could take 20 years teaching the entire curriculum and still not have it all taught. The intent with Common Core was to pare it down and teach those things that were essential for kids.”

We’ve seen the line before — ‘but, but.. we spent so much money on training’.
That’s like saying ‘I don’t know enough about this alligator biting my leg in the water, I should keep it there because well, I’ve come this far!’  Let me amend that talking point for the Core faithful out there —  ‘but..but.. we wasted so much  money on training’.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Instruction can’t tell anyone the who, what and how much of said Common Core training.  In that same vein, Sutherland apparently wants to throw more good money after bad. Maybe he can tell us exactly how much in state dollars they spent on Common Core training and for what personnel?

“From the local level we spent a lot of money to educate our staff. I mean we changed how we went to school last year so we could do all our education on the front side of that and now we’re going to go back and change again.” (Jamie Sutherland)

Perhaps he should have done his close reading before accepting the flawed and experimental Common Core in the first place, then he would be crying in his budget ledger.

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Ask Dr. Atkinson: Why Has NC Not Withdrawn From The SBAC?

North Carolina has repealed Common Core from its state statutes.
A replacement commission is about to be named and get to work.

AtkinsonPresElectHere’s the next question that the Legislature will have to address:
Why is NC still a member of the Common Core tied Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)?
Ask State Superintendent and CCSSO President Elect, Dr. Atkinson, why.
Here’s the responses one citizen received (below).  Ask the question. See what kind of answer you get.


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