The Department of Education released a proposal last month that dramatically alters the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which guarantees the privacy of student records. Critics of the proposal contend that it infringes upon student privacy and allows the government access to what should be private information.

The Department of Education touts FERPA as a law that “protects the privacy of student education records.” The current law assigns complete control over students’ educational records to the parents until students reach age 18, when the rights are then transferred to the students.

The battle for marriage is heating up once more in New York, and with Governor Andrew Cuomo leading the drive to legalize same-sex marriage the issue has taken center stage in the state legislature. With the likely approval of a homosexual marriage bill by the state assembly, Cuomo has focused his attention on turning some key votes in the state Senate, which the Republican Party controls by a razor-thin 32-30 margin. He is getting some help in his campaign from former Republican and now liberal Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been pressuring some vulnerable GOP state Senators to support the measure.

SunThe uneventful, rapture-less day of May 21 brought down the curtain on the eschatology of Harold Camping in a fashion that calls to mind the conclusion of T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Hollow Men: “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.” Having proclaimed that “the Rapture” would transpire on May 21, dawn breaks on another day with the radio evangelist’s latest pronouncement regarding the End of the World having proven utterly false.

The indoctrination of college students by their ultra-liberal professors has proven to be quite successful thus far, even to the degree that they have been taught to justify the hypocrisies in their various liberal assertions. Conservative college student Oliver Darcy has been doing his part to expose the liberal agenda and hypocrisies on college campuses. Darcy has released three videos that effectively reveal such hypocrisies, one involving the redistribution of wealth but not grades, another in which students refuse to pay their fair share of the national debt, and the latest shows allegedly “pro-free speech” college students signing a petition to ban Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and other conservatives from the airwaves.

Corporate Accountability International — an organization that launches campaigns to challenge corporate abuses — plans to demand Ronald McDonald’s retirement today at McDonald’s annual meeting. The group asserts that the clown encourages children to eat unhealthy food and is a contributor to childhood obesity and other related diseases.

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