Common Core Blotting Out the Civil War » Liberty Alliance

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All you have to do is play “telephone” one time when you’re six-years-old to learn that no matter how old you get, facts change when they’re passed around. The game of “telephone” demonstrates that it’s not an intentional thing. It’s not always an outright lie that causes discrepancies in information sharing. It’s often miscommunication that takes an event and makes it into something else when recounted later on. Oh, how I wish that was Common Core’s excuse. I wish we lived in an America where the big news story was about a historically inaccurate oopsie – not a ideological travesty. But, alas – this is our America and we are continuing down this terrifying path of “change” for the worse.

If you haven’t heard of it, Common Core is essentially the federal government taking over our public education system, or to put it technically – “uniform national curriculum standards.” And hey, hey, hey, before you start throwing Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” thing in my face and saying I’m some Obama-hating contrarian, I’ll tell you right now, I think “No Child Left Behind” stunk as well.

Any conservative or libertarian in their right mind was shaking their head pessimistically when they first heard whispers about Common Core. But, I for one am surprised that things have gone downhill so quickly.

Get this – Common Core is instructing teachers to teach Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address WITHOUT MENTIONING THE CIVIL WAR.

Common Core Curriculum states:

“Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset…This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text…and levels the playing field for all students as they seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address.”

What?!

This isn’t just a Gettysburg-Address-Instance either. This is the Common Core philosophy. Don’t teach kids actual history. Just read them a bunch of words they don’t understand with no context because it “levels the playing field.” Can someone please explain to me what that means and how it makes any sense when teaching history?

via Common Core Blotting Out the Civil War » Liberty Alliance.

CA School District Sells Student Data to Fundraise for Duncan Visit | COMMON CORE

For those who still don’t realize that there’s an ugly, illicit student-data selling racket going on, here’s a news story for you.

A California school district just traded their students’ data for the large amount of money that they wanted for an event, a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Education. There’s thick irony in having the data-hungry Secretary of Education being the very guest of honor at the event that was purchased by the sale of student data to his Department of Education’s “Promise Neighborhoods” group.

So, this week’s article in the San Diego Reader exposes the racket of buying and selling private student data. The article says:

“Castle Park Middle School is a Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood school. Promise Neighborhoods are funded by the Department of Education and claim to offer “cradle to career” services. South Bay Community Services is the organization that oversees and distributes the $60 million government investment in Chula Vista.

On August 2 Principal Bleisch wrote to [district CFO Albert Alt]: “By the way, FYI-SBCS [Promise Neighborhood/South Bay Community Services] is prepared to give my school a good chunk of change (over $100K of PN money allocated last year for staff that was not used.) The catch is that they are kinda using the data-sharing agreement as leverage.) They promised to expedite this money transfer as soon as we deliver on the data agreement.

“We sent Dr Brand the revised [data] agreement yesterday. He said it looked good. If there is any way you can help me get that signed I then can put the pressure on them to get me the money. I plan to use this money for the stage and other things needed for the 9/13 visit.”

On August 5, Bleisch wrote Alt a reminder. The subject of the email is “Data-Sharing.”

“Just a kind reminder if you can help us get this data-sharing agreement signed.” FYI-They’re [reference to South Bay Community Services] holding up money until I deliver on this [smiley face] need this PN money to pay $17k for a new stage and $3000 Flags, $5000 cafeteria college banners for Arne’s visit…”

On August 22, Alt wrote to various staff regarding reimbursements for Castle Park Middle School:

“With approval from the Superintendent, I have authorized General Funds to be reimbursed to Castle Park Middle ASB funds. Mr. Bleisch utilized ASB funds to purchase a stage for the school, in particular for the visit of the United States Secretary of Education, Mr. Arne Duncan.”

Read the whole article here.

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about with Secretary Duncan and the student data racket, catch up here and here and here.)

via CA School District Sells Student Data to Fundraise for Duncan Visit | COMMON CORE.

Community-Wealth.org…Agenda 21 in Action

Browse this website http://community-wealth.org/ if you want to see how Agenda 21 is put into action.  While this organization does not mention Agenda 21 by name, there is no doubt that it is following the A21 playbook.

It is supported by the Institute for Policy Studies, which is probably the largest and oldest left-wing think tank.  It has long supported communist and anti-American projects around the world.

These resources and strategies will be used in your own state and community if you are not careful.  They are already being done in New Jersey and California but we can fight back.  Resist it wherever you are.

Why Hasn’t Arne Duncan Been Fired?

OK white suburban moms.  Are you angry yet?  Do you feel marginalized?  Are you ready to fight back?  Now is the time.

George

Via Breitbart.

Why Hasn't Arne Duncan Been Fired?

by Joel B. Pollak 22 Nov 2013, 1:01 PM PDT

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has yet to offer a sincere apology for his recent statement that "white suburban moms" were responsible for opposition to the Common Core standards. The closest he has come is his statement on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday that he was sorry that his wording had been "clumsy."

He has yet to apologize for using explicitly racial language to marginalize opponents of the policy. And at this point the blame has to rest with his boss, President Barack Obama. Notably, the president has credited much of his success to his own white suburban mom, who made sure he received the best education possible.

Nicole Wallace asked Duncan whether his comments were part of a divide-and-rule strategy, one frequently used by the supposedly post-racial president (i.e. encouraging Latinos to vote against their "enemies"). More likely, Duncan, was simply reflecting the ingrained racial prejudice of the elite left-wing establishment.

The biggest loser in all of this, aside from the children caught up in the Common Core fight, is the Obama administration itself. It has now polarized opinion on Common Core, probably irretrievably. The only way to begin to undo the damage at this point is for the president to fire Duncan. So why hasn't he been fired yet?

via Why Hasn't Arne Duncan Been Fired?.

Common Core- only a 1 in 3 chance of graduating from a 4 year institution

From EAGnews.org

Coming to your school.  Who needs math standards beyond the 8th grade anyway? Our children only need to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in order to understand orders coming from their government minders.

George

STANFORD, Calif. – Professor James Milgram was the only mathematician on the Common Core Standards group and member of the validation committee.

common coreHe was one of a group that refused to sign off on the standards. Recently, he gave a detailed discussion on why the math standards will set Common Core students behind in the field of mathematics on the international playing field.

He is comments are specific to the standards and these comments are aimed specifically at the middle school standards.

Milgram’s credentials in the matter are beyond reproach. He wrote the original California Mathematical Framework. He was involved in the Fordham Institute’s evaluation of the mathematical framework for standards. He is one of the main authors of the new Georgia and Michigan Standards. He is a past Gauss Professor at the University of Goettingen, Regents Professor at the University of New Mexico. He has published over 100 papers in the area of Math education, along with many books and journals.

1) Solving ratios and rates are the crux of higher order mathematics. The failure to introduce ratio and rates and to give them the treatment they deserve hampers a student’s ability to perform higher order mathematics. It is a serious problem for American mathematical competitiveness.

2) The standards at grade 8 have the students “spinning wheels.” There is nothing of significance covered that is essential to long run mathematical competence. That was supposed to be the year that Algebra was covered, but for political reasons, that was not put into the standards. As a result math education stalls at Grade 8 in the Common Core

3) It is in high school that the standards fall completely apart. Most students won’t be able to make it past Algebra II at that point. This is important because the research shows that a student who has only made it to Algebra II has a 1 in 3 chance of getting a four-year degree. A one in three chance of completing a four-year degree is NOT college ready.

This weakness in the Common Core will shatter the dream of many potential students to achieve success in technical fields.

via Common Core- only a 1 in 3 chance of graduating from a 4 year institution - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc..

EPA Stealthily Propels Toward ‘Massive Power Grab of Private Property Across the U.S.’

Thanks to Ray Spitzer for finding this article.

The next step will be the EPA saying that your tap water is covered under these regulations and they will have the right to enter your home to check on it.

Second amendment anyone?

George

WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority.

The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard.

The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States” would include all ponds, lakes, wetlands and natural or manmade streams that have any effect on downstream navigable waters — whether on public lands or private property.

And, committee Republicans note, the administration is trying to move forward with the rule at a breakneck pace, relying on the findings of a scientific report that hadn’t undergone peer review at the time the rule was submitted to the White House for approval.

“The EPA’s draft water rule is a massive power grab of private property across the U.S. This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever,” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said after seeing the proposal. “If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams.”

“The Obama administration’s latest power play to regulate America’s waterways is an unprecedented effort to control the use of private property,” Smith added, promising to question McCarthy this week about her agency’s “ever-expanding regulatory agenda.”

The EPA has made no secret of wanting to balloon its jurisdiction over all waters, even testing the limits by going after businesses that could potentially taint any type of water on its way to a body of water.

via PJ Media » EPA Stealthily Propels Toward ‘Massive Power Grab of Private Property Across the U.S.’.

Parents say Common Core is sneaking its way into some Texas schools – EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

Remember...Common Core can insinuate itself into your curriculum in a variety of ways.  Here is one.  Don't let it happen to you.

George

LONGVIEW, Texas – The Lone Star State is only one of five states not involved in the Common Core experiment, but lessons aligned with the nationalized learning standards may still be showing up in some Texas classrooms.common core twoDuring Monday’s well-attended meeting of the Spring Hill Independent School District’s board of trustees, parent Rhonda Anderson said she has seen assigned worksheets that have the words “Common Core” printed at the bottom, reports News-Journal.com.Anderson took special exception with one such lesson that took a swipe at fossil fuels.“With oil wells here on the school property, I don’t think we need to be teaching our children that fossil fuels are bad,” Anderson said, according to News-Journal.com.Parent Terri Hill echoed those concerns about Common Core being snuck into classrooms. Hill added that the much-hated, Texas-only CSCOPE curriculum is still being used in some classrooms, despite assurances from state lawmakers last May that schools would be barred from using the lesson plans beginning with the current school year.A state law also requires school officials to consult with parents and taxpayers before making any significant changes to the curriculum. If the district is dabbling in Common Core and backsliding in its use of CSCOPE, parents need to know about it.CSCOPE generated some national headlines earlier this year after a large number of Texans became concerned that CSCOPE lessons in their local schools were too controversial. One infamous lesson compared the Boston Tea Party to an act of terrorism.A more thorough explanation of the CSCOPE controversy can be found here.

via Parents say Common Core is sneaking its way into some Texas schools - EAGnews.org powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc..

How to Know You’re Winning the Argument

...when they play the race card on you.

George

Via Michelle Malkin 

A brown-skinned suburban mom responds to Common Core bigot Arne Duncan

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By Michelle Malkin  •  November 18, 2013 02:28 AM

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Ohhhh yes, the red blood underneath my brown skin is boiling. This Obama educrat has stepped in it. Big time. Race card-wielding Education Secretary Arne Duncan is nothing but a corrupt and bankrupt bigot.

We’ll get to his diatribe in a moment. But first, let’s step back for some perspective, reflection, and background on this pivotal moment in the battle against Common Core.

In January, I launched the first in my ongoing blog and column series on the perils and pitfalls of Common Core. Grass-roots parents, educators, analysts, and activists had been working hard at the local and state levels to turn back the top-down, Big Government/Big Business. I vowed at the beginning of the year to do everything in my power to spread the news of their work and to add my own voice because this battle is near and dear to my heart. It’s not just “business” for me. It’s personal. Here’s what I wrote on January 23 when I kicked off my project:

This year, I’ll be using my syndicated column and blog space to expose how progressive “reformers” — mal-formers — are corrupting our schools. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to provide you in-depth coverage of this vital issue that too often gets shunted off the daily political/partisan agenda. While the GOP tries to solve its ills with better software and communications consultants, the conservative movement — and America — face much larger problems. It doesn’t start with the “low-information voter.” It starts with the no-knowledge student. This is the first in an ongoing series on “Common Core,” the stealthy federal takeover of school curriculum and standards across the country. As longtime readers know, my own experience with this ongoing sabotage of academic excellence dates back to my early reporting on the Clinton-era “Goals 2000″ and “outcome-based” education and extends to my recent parental experience with “Everyday Math”.

The good news is that grass-roots education and parental groups, brave teachers, and professors are fighting back.

And they’re winning. Big time. Over the last 10 months, Common Core has imploded under withering scrutiny from the tax-paying public, informed parents and educators, and more national media. States under both Republican and Democrat governors have adopted moratoria on the untested standards, withdrawn from the costly testing consortia, and retreated from partnerships with Common Core-promoting educational software data-miners like inBloom.

There’s much more to the fight than simple left-right divisions. The Common Core peddlers include meddling, Fed Ed Republicans from Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee to progressive billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates to Newscorp. media giant Rupert Murdoch and dozens of educational corporate special interests that stand to gain billions from the Common Core testing/textbook/data-mining boondoggle.

The Stop Common Core movement includes social conservatives, libertarians, teachers’ union members, charter school advocates, Catholic school principals, urban and suburban parents, New York City Democrats, Tea Party Republicans, homeschoolers, and concerned activists from all parts of the political spectrum concerned about the feds’ encroachment on family and student privacy.

As I’ve reported, the nationwide revolt against Common Core’s constitutionality, costs, dubious quality, threat to local control, and privacy invasions has proponents in a panic. They’ve resorted to demeaning dissenting parents and educators and abusing their power to stifle all challenges to their authority.

Now, along comes Obama education secretary Arne Duncan to inject poisonous race-baiting and class warfare into the debate.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about?

In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the District of Columbia and are now being implemented across the country (though some states are reconsidering) — Duncan has repeatedly noted that the standards and the standardized testing that goes along with them are more difficult than students in most states have confronted.

The preposterousness of Duncan’s tirade is outweighed only by its arrogance and falsehood.

As a brown-skinned suburban mom opposed to Common Core, I can tell you I’ve personally met moms and dads of ALL races, of ALL backgrounds, and from ALL parts of the country, who have sacrificed to get their kids into the best schools possible. They are outraged that dumbed-down, untested federal “standards” pose an existential threat to their excellent educational arrangements — be they public, private, religious, or homeschooling.

Duncan’s derision betrays the very control-freak impulses that drive Common Core. He presumes that only technocratic elites in Washington can determine what quality standards and curricula look like. He pretends that minority parents and students in inner-city charter and magnet schools with locally-crafted, rigorous classical education missions simply don’t exist. A textbook liberal racist, Duncan whitewashes all minority parents and educators who oppose Common Core out of the debate. And he condescendingly implies that the only reason “white suburban moms” object to Common Core is that their children are too dumb to score well on tests that are…a complete and utter mess.

As Brittany Corona noted earlier this summer, educators in New York and Kentucky outlined multiple problems with the assessments that Duncan champions:

Earlier this month, 49 New York principals wrote a letter to New York education commissioner John King explaining the problems teachers are finding with the Common Core assessments. While the principals state that they agree with Common Core in theory and are “are committed to helping New York realize the full promises of Common Core,” they write that its implementation has been haphazard:

Because schools have not had a lot of time to unpack Common Core, we fear that too many educators will use these high stakes tests to guide their curricula, rather than the more meaningful Common Core Standards themselves. And because the tests are missing Common Core’s essential values, we fear that students will experience curriculum that misses the point as well.

The New York principals reported problems with the assessments, including:

Difficult and confusing questions (some on unrelated topics).
Unnecessarily long testing sessions—“two weeks of three consecutive days of 90-minute periods”—that require more “stamina for a 10-year-old special education student than of a high school student taking an SAT exam.”
Field-test questions that do not factor into a child’s score but take up time.
Confusing directions for the English language arts sessions.
Math problems that repeatedly assess the same skill.

Multiple choice questions that ask the student to choose from the right answer and the “next best right answer.” The fact that teachers report disagreeing about which multiple-choice answer is correct in several places on the English language arts exams indicates that this format is unfair to students.

Kentucky, the first state to implement Common Core, has experienced similar testing problems.

Last month, the Kentucky Department of Education “discontinued scoring for all constructed-response questions in each of the four CCSS-aligned high school end-of-course exams.” Leaders said that the slow turnaround times for scoring and lack of diagnostic feedback on how scores are determined would cause the results to be delayed past the end of the school year.

In two states in which the Common Core assessments have been tried, they have posed problems. Both New York and Kentucky should be red flags for states moving forward with Common Core implementation.

If Arne Duncan thinks his comments are going to tame and marginalize the Stop Common Core movement, he’s got another thing coming. As I noted earlier this month, Common Core is a sleeper ballot box issue that will shake both sides of the aisle for months and years to come. The Davids are exercising their freedoms of speech and association to beat back the deep-pocketed Goliaths at their schoolhouse doors.

Stop Common Core moms of all colors have done their homework, brought their arguments and evidence to their school boards and state legislatures, and acted responsibly to protect their children’s best interests.

By contrast, education demagogue Arne Duncan and his Big Government/Big Business cronies invoke race, employ divisive class rhetoric, and attack active, involved, and informed moms and their children as academic failures — while Common Core’s own failings pile up like Obamacare website 404s.

Arne Duncan, I will continue to do everything in my brown-skinned suburban mom power to keep your smug, grubby hands off my kids’ education. I know I’m not alone.

EPA Stealthily Propels Toward Massive Power Grab

I suppose this means that all our homes are subject to EPA regulation since our waste water eventually finds its way into the navigable waterways.  I better not flush my toilet anymore.

George

This article comes from PJ Media

by Bridget Johnson

WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority.

The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard.

The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States” would include all ponds, lakes, wetlands and natural or manmade streams that have any effect on downstream navigable waters — whether on public lands or private property.

And, committee Republicans note, the administration is trying to move forward with the rule at a breakneck pace, relying on the findings of a scientific report that hadn’t undergone peer review at the time the rule was submitted to the White House for approval.

“The EPA’s draft water rule is a massive power grab of private property across the U.S. This could be the largest expansion of EPA regulatory authority ever,” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said after seeing the proposal. “If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams.”

“The Obama administration’s latest power play to regulate America’s waterways is an unprecedented effort to control the use of private property,” Smith added, promising to question McCarthy this week about her agency’s “ever-expanding regulatory agenda.”

The EPA has made no secret of wanting to balloon its jurisdiction over all waters, even testing the limits by going after businesses that could potentially taint any type of water on its way to a body of water.

A federal court recently threw out the EPA’s attempt to force a poultry farmer in West Virginia to obtain a costly Clean Water Act permit, determining that storm waters flowed across the farmer’s property and eventually wound up in “waters of the United States.” For this, the farmer was threatened with possible imprisonment and fines of up to $37,500 per day as the EPA maintained she was responsible for any feathers or manure bits making their way to a waterway.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia noted that “common sense and plain English lead to the inescapable conclusion” that runoff from storm water doesn’t fall within the guidelines of needing a permit under the Clean Water Act, a decision that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee, said the EPA needed to accept and extend to all of its enforcement operations.

“It’s clear that EPA had no business subjecting this poultry farmer to a bureaucratic maze of federal regulation. This is just another attempt from EPA to expand its regulatory powers,” Vitter said last week. “Following the court decision, I hope EPA will reconsider its CWA enforcement priorities and nationally implement the decision’s analysis of the CWA so that farmers and other land owners are not further confused or otherwise harassed by the agency.”

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F.H. Buckley: We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight the Bike Lanes – WSJ.com

This is straight from the Agenda 21 playbook.  In our area they are putting bike lanes on Route 22, one of the busiest and most dangerous highways in New Jersey.  It was built in the 30's, has 3 lanes in each direction with a center island that has businesses in it.  You sometimes make left turns with a small deceleration lane on the left or by a jug handle on the right.  Normal speed of traffic is 60-65 on a road engineered for 50.

And they want bike lanes. No cyclists now use it and there is no place to go to or come from, other than by car.  You can't cross it safely other than by pedestrian bridges, spaced every 5 miles or so..  Yet they are spending $$$ to put in bike lanes and reduce the size of the shoulders.

The following is from the Wall Street Journal.  What is happening in Virginia and New Jersey is soon coming to you.  Beware.

George

My brave little neighborhood of King Street in Alexandria, Va., has calmly met the challenges of the Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War, but now we're seriously annoyed. What's bothering us are the bike wars. The city of Alexandria has proposed to take away our street's parking spaces and replace them with a dedicated bike lane. The preening activists who favor these lanes are in my town, and they will soon come to a neighborhood near you if they're not there already.

It's not as though local cyclists favor King Street. It's a main artery, State Highway 7, that runs for 70 miles east from George Washington's Alexandria to Patsy Cline's Winchester in the west. Each day the road conveys 15,000 commuters past my house, traveling from Arlington and Fairfax to their jobs in Old Town or to the Patent and Trademark Office, along a two-lane street only 30 feet wide. Cars speed by, and city buses plow through our red lights at 40 miles per hour.

Our stretch of King Street is also extremely steep. The very few cyclists you do see on this thoroughfare use the sidewalk, as they are permitted to do. Coming up the hill, they rarely move faster than the very few pedestrians, so everyone's safe.

As for the residents, we're really attached to our parking spots. We like to tell our friends to drop by anytime. We don't want to send our plumbers to park a few blocks over, on streets that are already congested. Not a problem, the city tells us. Just get a special parking permit from city hall for visitors. And what about the occasional party? What do we tell our guests? Ah, the city's street coordinator said, channeling her inner Marie Antoinette, let them get valet parking.

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Part of the bike brigade in Alexandria, Va. City of Alexandria

Many people on our street are bicyclists, so we're not antibike. When bicycling, however, we never use King Street. We'll take the safe side streets that get us to wherever we want to go. We're also not fabulously wealthy. We don't hire valets to park cars for our visitors.

But the bike activists are mobilizing the troops. The cycling advocacy blog Wash Cycle published a two-step action plan, calling on proponents to stand up for the lanes by inundating the city council with support. Alexandria Transportation Commissioner Kevin Posey has taken to firing off tweets about how "some neighbors can't bear the thought of giving up unused parking," and that opposition to bike lanes represents "a trend where a few wealthy residents oppose projects to benefit middle class consumers."

The problems of a few hundred Alexandria residents wouldn't deserve a great deal of attention if all this weren't part of a growing national movement that pits local homeowners and businesses against cyclists and their trendy allies on city councils. It happened in Washington, D.C., in 2011, when Adrian Fenty's support for bike lanes helped make him a one-term mayor, and it's going to happen across Alexandria. Bike wars have also broken out in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Seattle, Austin and elsewhere.

Forget religion and politics, says New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. What you don't want to talk about at dinner parties is bike lanes, she told a luncheon in January.

We're seeing a similar kind of activism in the national "Park(ing) Day" movement. These are open-source events when artists and activists take over a parking space, put a coin in the meter, and for two hours turn the space into a mini-park or gallery. We've had them in Alexandria, and they can be a lot of fun, bringing out the tiny anarchist in all of us. What's behind the movement, however, is an anticar political agenda. The Park(ing) Day Manual tells us the point of the movement is to let people know that "inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution."

Our little squabble illustrates the tactics you can expect to see when the bike wars reach you. Cyclist-commuters may number no more than 2% of the adult American population according to a 2002 report by The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, but they are the ones who go to city council meetings. They'll push for the kind of "Complete Streets" policy that our city adopted, one that gives priority to pedestrians and cyclists over cars.

In the abstract, that will sound innocuous, but when the time for implementation arrives, you'll find yourself losing your street parking, street by street, as roads are repaved. And parking spaces are just the beginning. As Mr. Posey wrote on the blog Greater Greater Washington, "if we can't take a few parking spaces, how will we take the traffic lanes?"

When you see the bike activists in your neighborhood, be warned that they tend not to play nice. Our local gang misrepresents their number and talks of assembling a "critical mass" of cyclists who will ride together up King Street. On their blog, one of them urges bicyclists to "ride slowly and smack in the middle of the lane, especially at peak times."

Come to think of it, if you've ever been held up by a cyclist blocking traffic when there was plenty of space on the side of the road, you've already participated in the bike wars.

via F.H. Buckley: We Have Not Yet Begun to Fight the Bike Lanes - WSJ.com.