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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Seven50 Bureaucrats: Blinded by Paternalism

Seven50 Bureaucrats: Blinded by Paternalism

We Are Not SUBJECTS (and Other Observations About Obamacare)

We Are Not SUBJECTS (and Other Observations About Obamacare)

Laura Hollis | Nov 20, 2013

The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms.

The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. They charge us thousands of dollars more a year, and we allow it. They make legal products illegal, and we allow it. They cripple our businesses, and we allow it. They announce by fiat that we must ignore our most deeply held beliefs – and we allow it.

Where is your spine, America?


Read this article at Townhall.com...

Ed.: Our thanks to Bill Tulko for sending us this article.


Laura Hollis is a professor of entrepreneurship and business law at the University of Notre Dame, and the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own. Follow her on Twitter @LauraHollis61.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

US Code - Section 1401: Nationals and citizens of United States at birth

8 U.S.C. § 1401 : US Code - Section 1401: Nationals and citizens of United States at birth

The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:

(a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof;

(b) a person born in the United States to a member of an Indian, Eskimo, Aleutian, or other aboriginal tribe:

Provided, That the granting of citizenship under this subsection shall not in any manner impair or otherwise affect the right of such person to tribal or other property;

(c) a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United States and one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of its outlying possessions, prior to the birth of such person;

(d) a person born outside of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is a citizen of the United States who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year prior to the birth of such person, and the other of whom is a national, but not a citizen of the United States;

(e) a person born in an outlying possession of the United States of parents one of whom is a citizen of the United States who has been physically present in the United States or one of its outlying possessions for a continuous period of one year at any time prior to the birth of such person;

(f) a person of unknown parentage found in the United States while under the age of five years, until shown, prior to his attaining the age of twenty-one years, not to have been born in the United States;

(g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years: Provided, That any periods of honorable service in the Armed Forces of the United States, or periods of employment with the United States Government or with an international organization as that term is defined in section 288 of title 22 by such citizen parent, or any periods during which such citizen parent is physically present abroad as the dependent unmarried son or daughter and a member of the household of a person

(A) honorably serving with the Armed Forces of the United States, or

(B) employed by the United States Government or an international organization as defined in section 288 of title 22, may be included in order to satisfy the physical- presence requirement of this paragraph.

This proviso shall be applicable to persons born on or after December 24, 1952, to the same extent as if it had become effective in its present form on that date; and

(h) a person born before noon (Eastern Standard Time) May 24, 1934, outside the limits and jurisdiction of the United States of an alien father and a mother who is a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, had resided in the United States.

- See more at: http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/8/12/III/I/1401#sthash.V2HwPhDd.dpuf


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winn: Seven 50 Defeated in Martin County

by Chuck Winn | 17 Dec 2013

Martin County constitutional conservatives owe Jackie Maimone, Sheila Donivan and Phyllis Frey their thanks for their tenacity and leadership over the past 3 months in mobilizing the Seven 50 opposition.  Their focus and judgment have been outstanding throughout the process, to include selecting Jerry Kychelhahn as the Seven50 opposition spokesman at today's decisive BCC meeting.  The Martin Co. vote was a resounding success against regionalism. 

We should also thank Martin GOP Chairman Kate Boland for getting out in front of this with her support of Seven 50 opposition efforts. It was disappointing however, that Commissioner Doug Smith put his supporters’ vision of profits from high density development from the federal HUD trough ahead of government under our Constitutionally prescribed system for the rule of law.  Also noteworthy was the total absence of support against Seven 50 from the Martin County Political Leadership Council (formerly the Council of 100).  Interesting how the opposition on the Commission was led by Commissioner Heard who many in our ranks have vilified over the past 11 years.

Hopefully in 2014 we can help the Martin Co. School District and our Martin County Legislative Delegation understand the treats that Common Core in the same way we helped the BCC to see the light.

Have a Merry Christmas. 

Chuck

Read the news article at TCPalm.com... 

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Martin County Should Extricate Itself from Seven 50

Ed.: The following letter was sent to Martin County Commissioners from the Chair of the Martin County Republican Executive Committee.


Martin County Should Extricate Itself from Seven 50

by Kate Boland | December 10, 2013 | Martin County, Florida

Martin County is a partner in the Southeast Florida Regional Partnership. The Partnership was created to obtain a federal grant to develop a 50 year plan for sustainable development in seven south Florida counties – the Seven 50 Southeast Florida Prosperity Plan. The funding is part of the Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) created by the federal departments of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection and Transportation. The SCI is only the most recent iteration of sustainability policies and programs the federal government has implemented over the past two decades. The goal of the SCI is to create “mechanisms to ensure that sustainability plans are carried through to localities” (HUD, DOT and EPA Partnership: Sustainable Communities, June 16, 2009). The mechanism is the regional partnership and the objective is to remove local barriers to coordinated investments by the federal agencies.  Through these partnerships local governments and other partners agree to undertake projects consistent with a sustainability plan.

Seven 50 was created to obtain a planning grant to create this long term plan. When joining the Partnership Martin County signed two agreements that commit the County to certain actions to further the goals of the SCI.
  1. A Memorandum of Understanding (May 2010) committing the County to work in cooperation with the seven counties to apply for the SCI planning  grant and to complete the work program funded under the grant and,
  2. A Sustainable Communities Grant Consortium Agreement (July 2011) which sets forth specific obligations of the Consortium members. 
The existence of these agreements is directly relevant to the issue of whether Martin County should withdraw from the Seven 50 Consortium. Some of the terms of the Agreements apply to the preparation of the Plan but a number of others appear to be ongoing.  If the agreements bind the County to take certain actions after the completion of the Seven 60 Prosperity Plan, anticipated to occur within the next 60 days, the Commissioners should understand those obligations thoroughly.

I have provided a copy of the Agreements highlighted to show the language that implies an ongoing commitment. The purpose of developing the Plan is to achieve implementation, thus the basic understanding of the language of the Consortium Agreement must presume that.

The signatories are committed to implementation of the Plan and support for continuation of operations of the Consortium. In particular the following examples:

In the Memorandum of Understanding: (signatories agree to)
  • Follow seven livability principles including: “equitable” affordable housing; investing in neighborhoods that are “walkable”.
  • Coordinate their policies and target their funding to meet these principles 
In the Consortium Agreement:
  • Section II  Goal:  agree to “achieve and sustain” the Regional Vision and Blueprint (the plan)
  • Section IV  Roles and Commitments:  commit to “develop and implement” the Regional Vision and Blueprint unless it is detrimental to the Partner and the Region
  • Also, play specific roles implementing local projects, providing leadership, staff support and financial support
  • Section V  Governance: agree that the intent is to develop a long term structure for ongoing operations
  • Section VI  Tier 2 Consortium Membership (includes Martin County):  commit to providing leveraged resources; to development and implementation of the Vision and Blueprint (the plan)
Some of the terms in the agreements are undefined, including sustainability and equitable affordable housing, making it difficult to assess what is entailed and whether that obligation has been met. Equitability in housing choice is in the eye of the beholder or in this case in the eye of the federal agencies that will fund implementation. Two recent rules by the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and Disparate Impact, as well as actual Agency actions and statements by the Secretary of HUD, demonstrate its goal is to affect local land use decisions. HUD is using federal funding to aggressively enforce these rules, requiring fund recipients to change zoning to achieve their desired outcome. Implementation of the Seven 50 Plan will depend upon funding by HUD. To fulfill its obligation as a Consortium member to implement the Plan, Martin County may be required to modify its zoning and land use ordinances.

Why opt out?

The Consortium agreement anticipates that members may want to opt out, and provides specific terms for doing so. There are numerous reasons to do so to preserve Martin County’s control over decisions affecting the future of our residents.
  • Broadly defined, the environment of Martin County is very different [from] the Counties to the South. We have a small population and will almost certainly be dominated by the wishes and objectives of the larger counties.
  • Implementation of the plan may conflict with Martin County zoning and Comprehensive Plan.
  • Martin County environmental policies may be stronger than those favored by the other Counties
  • Plan elements may not be suitable to the culture of Martin County and be inconsistent with the land use patterns that exist. The Seven 50 Plan emphasizes the preference for higher density, mixed use development.  The emphasis on walkability, for example, presupposes a preferred choice of housing for higher density housing rather than the demonstrated preference of most residents for single family homes.
  • The ongoing structure to implement the Plan has not been fully defined but will be heavily influenced by numerous unelected bodies that are not accountable to the public.
  • Two of the specific goals of the County have already been accomplished:  access to the wide range of data collected in preparation of the plan to inform future decisions; agreements to upgrade fiber optic technology and expand the opportunities for communication between and among County and regional organizations.
Martin County has an interest in working with surrounding counties to address issues of mutual concern. Participation in the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council provides that opportunity as do other mechanisms such as the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative focusing on protecting the Indian River Lagoon estuary. The work to compile the Seven 50 Prosperity Plan has produced useful data and suggestions Martin County can take advantage of in making future decisions which may include implementing one or more of the suggested projects or policies.

The County does not need to be a member of the Sustainable Communities Consortium to take advantage of the information developed.  Remaining in the Consortium potentially exposes the County to, at a minimum, the need to defend its policies and Comprehensive Plan against an action favored by the majority of the other Consortium members.  Unless the County formally withdraws from the Consortium, it will be expected to comply with the mandates of HUD and other agencies investing funds to implement the projects proposed in the Seven 50 Plan.

Respectfully submitted December 10, 2013

Kate Boland, Chair, Martin County Republican Executive Committee

Monday, December 9, 2013

SSN: Did Environmental Icon Maggy Hurchalla Finally Outsmart Herself?

Did Environmental Icon Maggy Hurchalla Finally Outsmart Herself?

By: NANCY SMITH | Posted: December 9, 2013

Technology might finally have outsmarted Maggy Hurchalla, one of the state's leading environmentalists -- a champion of Everglades restoration and the author of Martin County's controversial, often-litigious, comprehensive plan rewrites.

What technology are we talking about? Her just-surfaced private email. The kind that never seems to go away. One of the "letters" she wrote to a county commissioner has become a focal point in a lawsuit against her for "tortious interference," legal lingo for interfering with a company's ability to conduct business.

Lake Point, a rock mine located in Martin County, filed the lawsuit against Hurchalla last February, claiming she worked "aggressively behind the scenes" making false statements in an attempt to kill a deal made with the previous commission majority that would transfer the 2,000-acre property to a state agency and allow mining for 20 years.


Read the post at Sunshine State News...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Wishes from Bill Oldfield

Wow!  What an inspirational moment just after sunset on December 1st in a little town in East Central Ohio.  This is the America we all hold dear in our hearts.

I stopped in Newark, Ohio on a trip through Ohio for Thanksgiving.  I specifically made my way through Newark for the must-see event of the annual lighting of their City Hall/Courthouse on December 1st, 2013.

The attached photograph was taken as the Courthouse was spectacularly and lovingly illuminated to celebrate the holiday season.



Man, I love the original Northwest Territory Western Reserve towns settled by former Revolutionary War officers, risk-taking business people, and families willing to sacrifice everything to build new life for themselves.  These towns inspire me with their independent thinking, get-it-done attitude, and absolute love of country and their faith.

The privately written and privately financed Northwest Ordinance of 1787 organized, pre-planned the infrastructure and land-use, and opened up the Great Lakes area of the fledgling United States as a massive new territory north and west of the Ohio River.  The Ordinance was the first document in world history to decree that slavery and indentured servitude was illegal forever; and it was written by well-educated, former revolutionary war officers as private businessmen preparing to expand post-revolutionary America.

Private property rights, private industry, the rule of law, individual liberties, and well-understood natural rights were forever written down on this paper at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern near Boston to codify that each individual could and would be successful if they were industrious enough to stand on their own two feet and work hard.  Rufus Putnam and Manasseh Cutler founded a private company called the Ohio Company of Associates and proposed the development of the lands north and west of the Ohio River as a business enterprise.  The Northwest Ordinance was modeled after the original constitution/treaty between the Native American Iroquois nations and became the model document from which our United States Constitution was created two years later.  The first settlement in the Territory was built in Marietta, Ohio and included the largest number of former Revolutionary War officers anywhere in America.  Interestingly, they used the surveying papers of former British officer George Washington to layout the territory in six-mile squares which would eventually become all of the cities of the Great Lakes states.  Most of these former officers and entrepreneurs are now buried in Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Ohio near their first settlement called Campus Martius.  Note that they named the town after Marie Antoinette in tribute to her determined financial support of the Revolutionary War effort.  Mound Cemetery has more revolutionary war officers buried there than any other cemetery in the United States.  The officers built the cemetery around a large 2000 year old, 80 foot high, ancient Indian conical burial mound out of respect and reverence for the many Indians whom came and settled the area before them.

On the lighting of the Courthouse and its meaning to the people of Newark. Ohio:  

I had to arrive quickly after sunset on the first day of Advent to catch the official lighting of the City Hall/Courthouse and grab about 20 spectacular photographs.  Immediately after I was allowed to take the photographs (before the official celebration), the town square surrounding the building was opened for many people and cars to continuously parade around the square to photograph and celebrate the beginning of the season of giving and rebirth.  Each of the parading adults, children, and cars donated gifts of food, clothing, and money for local people who were less fortunate than them to awaiting volunteers placed around the square.  There is rampant poverty in the once bustling and wealthy Newark and many other small towns of the industrial Great Lakes.  If you don’t remember, the formerly powerful and wealthy Great Lakes invented and produced much of what grew this nation for 200 years and made America what it is today.  Those who have done well and are still living in the Great Lakes are giving extensively of themselves to their communities and working diligently to develop and foster a new resurgence of small-town America.

Newark, Ohio and hundreds of other small formerly industrial communities have been destroyed by the transfer of most of our “Made in America” industry to Mexico, India, Brazil, and China over the past 30 years; but they are doing everything they can to support budding entrepreneur-ism to revitalize their micro-economies.  Their faith in one another, private enterprise, tradition, hard-work, innovation, charity, extensive privately-sponsored retraining of people for the new global economy, and in their God are going to be the catalysts for their recovery as communities.  This is happening all over the Great Lakes in so many desolate and severely injured small towns.  They are attacking depression and hopelessness with a new-found desire to pick themselves up by their bootstraps and start over, whether the government helps them, or not.  They are relying on individual entrepreneurism and community intrapreneurism.  These small towns are using numerous methods to bring innovation back to their people by leveraging the original tenants of the Northwest Ordinance:  common-sense management, reducing the size and scope of their government and regulations, promoting the renewed concept of free-enterprise, creating public-private partnership between new business and government, respecting the natural rights of their fellow man, and many other rediscovered creative approaches.  They have a long way to go, but the seeds have been planted from the ashes of despair.

It is my hope that the attached photograph will inspire and motivate you to give back and be part of the solution and the productive future of your communities.

All the best to you and yours during this holiday season.

In Liberty, Fraternity, and Peace,

Bill Oldfield

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Monday, November 25, 2013

COMMON CORE OBAMA'S MEANS TO 'FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM' AMERICA'S EDUCATION SYSTEM #tcot

COMMON CORE OBAMA'S MEANS TO 'FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM' AMERICA'S EDUCATION SYSTEM

 25 Nov 2013

Proponents of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) often insist that the new standards are not a federal takeover of education. Actually, Common Core supporters could be right in one sense: Common Core is not so much about a nationalization of education as it is part of a world-wide initiative that may ultimately serve to make American values and practices secondary to global sharing.

Writing at Crisis Magazine, journalist Mary Jo Anderson asserts that Common Core is nothing less than the latest attempt by the U.N. to impose on the United States a globalist perspective with the utopian goals of worldwide peace, environmental sustainability, and economic fairness. In that context, Common Core is part of the Obama administration’s “transformational” education plan that places emphasis on global relationships rather than a unique American culture.

It is commonly known that Common Core is being financed with more than $150 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, the Gates Foundation has collaborated with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Read the whole article at Breitbart.com...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

TEA PARTY ANARCHISTS AND OTHER PATRIOTS

By Ken Freeman
November 24, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

Looking back on the recent government shut-down I was amazed by the open and extremely venomous attacks, often by the leadership of both political parties, on any citizen who spoke out in opposition to the manner in which the Federal Government is conducting its/our affairs. To make it convenient for them to attack us, apparently all those citizens who live outside the Beltway in “fly over country,” once called “The America Heartland,” are now just lumped together under the label, “Tea Party People.”

“The American people will not be extorted by Tea Party anarchists," Harry Reid- US Senate Majority Leader. These words from the man who, along with President Obama, is primarily responsible for shutting down the government, holding us hostage, and doing everything in his power to make the average American feel the pain- for his own political gain.

Apparently, from now on, any time you hear the words “Tea Party” or “Patriot,” you are supposed to simply replace those words in your mind with “anarchists” and think of them as anti- government hate groups-that way you can completely disregard what they have to say and go back to sleep and not worry about the future of your children or the country they will live in.

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Ken Freeman attended the University of Georgia, as did his wife of 46 years, Judy. Starting in 1967 he served as a Navy Pilot in Viet Nam. After returning from Viet Nam he began a 30 year career as an airline pilot and cattle rancher in North Alabama. He retired as a Northwest Airlines Captain in 2000 and continued the family ranch.

Today, Ken, Chairman, and vice-chair Don Casey of the Alliance for Citizen’s Rights, travel widely, giving presentations on Sustainable Development and helping form organizations that defend constitutional rights. Working as advisors to citizens groups they have led the fight in stopping un-constitutional laws and regulations in the U. S. and lectured on Sustainable Development as far away as Australia.

In the 2012 Alabama Legislative Session the ACR authored and helped pass what is believed to be the first Anti-Agenda 21 law enacted anywhere in the world. They were instrumental in the writing of the “Anti-Agenda 21 Resolution” which was unanimously adopted by the Alabama Republican Party and carried to the National Republican Convention.

Today Ken is primarily focused on the repeal of Common Core in Alabama (Agenda 21 for education) while he and Don are still working with the ACR on other Agenda 21 and constitutional issues.

E-Mail: kenf@otelco.net

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Call to Action: URGENT! 2ND Amendment Preservation #tcot

22 Nov. 2013 - (updated flyer)

Please download and print/save this to handout/email to all your group(s)/networks!

Download LETTER to NRA to support the FL2PA.

We need an ‘all hands on deck’ approach on 2 items:

1) Send a postcard to Marion Hammer, Executive Director of the Unified Sportsmen of Florida


2) Send an email to the NRA

Ms. Marion Hammer, Unified Sportsmen of FL

110 S Monroe St Ste A

Tallahassee, Florida 32301-1593

Phone: 850-222-9518

Use your own words to urge support for 2A Preservation or take from this sample wording:

“I urge you in the strongest terms to use all of the US Constitution to protect my God-given right to Keep and Bear Arms. Why do you think we have a 9 and 10 Amendment? The Founders and Ratifiers knew this day would come!”

https://www.nraila.org/secure/contact-us.aspx

We suggest using your own words, but here is an example you can cut/paste or modify:

“Attn: Chris Cox, Executive Director, Legislative Action, NRA. We have a major initiative here in Florida that uses all of the Constitution to protect our 2nd Amendment right, including Article 1, Section 8 and the concept of State Sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. Ten states have passed versions of this bill and nineteen more are actively considering a simplified version as we are in Florida. We have thousands of signed petitions and supporters who have contacted their legislators to support this initiative and more are joining in every day.

We urge the NRA to support the concept/principle of this FL Bill as the NAGR and GOA have done. Please confirm the NRA support for this important bill.”

Sign your name, County and note if you are an NRA member --- if not a member, still send the email!

For questions or electronic copy of this flyer contact: info@floridacitizensalliance.com

Sunday, November 17, 2013

WikiLeaks: Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)

The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP.

Download the full secret TPP treaty IP chapter as a PDF here

Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.

SOURCE

Friday, November 15, 2013

How Did We Get Here? How Do We Get Back?

How Did We Get Here?  
How Do We Get Back?

Commentary by TPATH Contributor
Israel Teitelbaum

November 15, 2013

How did we get to the point where:

  1. the law of the land is in the hands of one man – resembling a dictatorship?
  2. the federal government is in command and control of our personal lives?
  3. we have elected a President and Representatives who could not pass the honesty test to be hired by anyone?

This has been many years in the making. It began where all begins – in kindergarten, first grade, second grade and on through high school and college. The very day parents were financially compelled to forfeit their human and civil right to raise and educate their children, is the very day our constitutional liberties began to fall by the wayside. Liberty, as life itself, is indivisible. When we old-timers went to school, we were taught the famous quote of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death.” This appears to have been replaced with, “Give me money, pleasure and power, or else...”

Restoring Constitutional Government requires that we go back to where we left the track. We must restore liberty, by empowering EVERY parent to send their children to the school of their choice, provided they are taught and trained to adhere to the laws of the land and the Constitution – unlike what is now being taught in many of our public schools.

This can ONLY be done by you. You need to contact your representatives and insist they pass legislation that will empower EVERY parent to send their children to the school of their choice – without raising taxes at all. Public education, on average, is costing more than double than that of nonpublic education. Insist they pass legislation to allow parents an educational voucher valued at half of current public school costs, and if they refuse, you need replace them with those who will!

If you are waiting for someone else to do this, you can be sure they are also waiting for you. If we are to restore Constitutional Government, this needs to be done by EVERY ONE OF US.

The future is now in your hands. If you fail to act, you have no one to blame but yourself.

Much success in your worthy efforts.

Posted by Israel Teitelbaum
Morristown, New Jersey
November 15, 2013
TPATH

Common Core Testimony from a Tenn. H.S. Student


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Is EPA Trying to Skew Climate Change Study for the Obama Administration? #tcot

Is the EPA Trying to Skew Climate Change Study for the Obama Administration?

“When governments can weigh in and request alterations to a scientific analysis, the message is clear."

by BILL STRAUB | November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – Republican critics of global warming theories are attempting to determine if Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is exercising undue influence on the conclusions of an upcoming climate change report from a United Nations agency.

Four GOP members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the panel’s ranking member, are concerned that McCarthy is attempting to skew the results of a study from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to reflect the Obama administration’s own apprehension about the purported warming phenomenon.

In a letter to McCarthy dated Nov. 4, the lawmakers cited evidence that the universe is actually in the midst of a 15-year hiatus in temperature increases, asserting that the finding discredits global warming “alarmists.” Yet new reports indicate the EPA is lobbying authors of the IPCC report to conclude that the reduction in warming is linked to heat being transferred to the deep ocean.

“It appears that the U.S. did not suggest an alternative conclusion that the models themselves were flawed,” the Republicans said.

Vitter further said the IPCC’s shortcomings represent “a great embarrassment for a significant number of researchers and politicians who have been demanding costly international and U.S. actions.”


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UN’s “Climate Change” to Transform the Economic Structure of the World #tcot

UN’s “Climate Change” to Transform the Economic Structure of the World

by Cathie Adams
Eagle Forum International Issues Chairman

The United Nations’ climate change meeting began Monday in Warsaw, Poland, to discuss “global warming,” but when the globe stopped warming 16 years ago, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was forced to reveal its real agenda.

Last year in Doha, Qatar, the treaty’s Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres told the world that the purpose of the UNFCCC is a “complete transformation of the economic structure of the world.” The scheme is to use the eternally unpredictable weather that affects everyone to manipulate a transfer of wealth from rich to poor nations, which in turn degrades every nation’s standard of living.

Rather than serving as a warning to Americans, President Obama’s delegation in Warsaw is steadfastly supporting the development of funding mechanisms for the transfer of wealth scheme through the Green Climate Fund, although it is somewhat reluctant to support its proposed new mechanism for “loss and damages.” A new treaty to replace the redistributionist Kyoto Protocol is in the works and set for completion in 2015 in Paris, France, to go into affect in 2020.

Americans are paying for the rope to hang ourselves.


Read the rest at Eagle Forum...

THE UNITED NATIONS: ON FLORIDA’S DOORSTEP #tcot

THE UNITED NATIONS: ON FLORIDA’S DOORSTEP

Foreign entities impacting Floridians today - November 13, 2013 by Melinda Meikle

Most residents of Florida would be shocked to realize how the United Nations has established a formidable presence in the sunshine state. As The United Nations casts its long shadow over representational government via local and regional economic development/sustainability plans, such as Seven50, to silently weave a web which runs contrary to economic freedom, property rights and individual liberty. 

History shows this anti-freedom progression starting decades ago. The World Heritage Treaty of 1972 granted special powers to designate selected American treasures as “World Heritage Sites and Properties” and “Biosphere Reserves.”  Since that time, 68 percent of all U.S. national parks, monuments and preserves are controlled by United Nations UNESCO, including the Everglades in Florida. Paragraph 3(c) states the World Heritage Committee will, [S]eek to ensure an appropriate and equitable balance between conservation, sustainability and development, so that World Heritage properties can be protected through appropriate activities contributing to the social and economic development and the quality of life of our communities.” This has lead to the creation of the Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage published by Florida State University Institute of Science and Public Affairs and Florida Natural Inventory.


Read the entire story on Watchdog Wire...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Remember, Remember the 10th of November #tcot

Remember, Remember the 10th of November

Would the proposed Constitution create the limited federal government promised?

That was the central question facing the ratifying conventions as America considered adopting the new Constitution. Those in favor of ratification swore it would. But many remained skeptical, arguing that the new general government would undoubtedly try to expand its power and that the Constitution would not sufficiently restrain it.

It only took a decade for the federal government to prove the anti-federalists right.

During the summer of 1798, Congress passed, and President John Adams signed into law, four acts together known as the Alien and Sedition Acts. With winds of war blowing across the Atlantic, the Federalist Party majority wrote the laws to prevent “seditious” acts from weakening the U.S. government. Federalists utilized fear of the French to stir up support for these draconian laws, expanding federal power, concentrating authority in the executive branch and severely restricting freedom of speech.


Read the Article at The TenthAmendmentCenter.com ...

Michael Maharrey

Saturday, November 9, 2013

NWV: AMERICA'S FIRST OPENLY MARXIST BIG CITY MAYOR #tcot

AMERICA'S FIRST OPENLY MARXIST BIG CITY MAYOR

By Cliff Kincaid
November 9
, 2013
NewsWithViews.com

If you think Barack Obama has gotten a free ride from the press, consider the case of Bill de Blasio.

The New York Post revealed at the last minute that the Marxist frontrunner for mayor of New York City visited Communist Russia in 1983. But the paper’s bizarre cover headline, “Back in the USSR,” complete with a hammer-and-sickle, seemed to make a mockery of the discovery.

International communism, which claimed more than 100 million lives, is not a laughing matter, nor just the subject of a 1968 song by the Beatles.

Described by CNN as the “unabashed liberal,” de Blasiois actually to the left of Barack Obama, in the sense that de Blasio didn’t disavow his communist background once it came to light. At least Obama tried to cover up his ties to communist Frank Marshall Davis.

De Blasio had scrubbed the Marxist connections from his campaign website, an omission that momentarily captured the attention of The New York Times. But once these connections and controversies came to light, he embraced his sordid history. He still embraces liberation theology and his work for the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.

Nobody believed the purpose of his “honeymoon” to Cuba was actually a honeymoon, but the media didn’t even bother to check into how he made the illegal trip and whether the FBI had developed a file on the candidate.

De Blasio was so open about his Marxism that on Sunday, he campaigned with Harry Belafonte, who during the Cold War sang at a “Concert for Peace” in communist East Germany, where he attacked President Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy. A long-time supporter of the Castro dictatorship, Belafonte was also an ally of the late Venezuelan Marxist ruler Hugo Chavez.

Trevor Loudon, author of The Enemies Within, has commented on de Blasio’s commitment to “democratic socialism” and the significance of his work for David Dinkins, the former New York City mayor who was closely associated with the Democratic Socialists of America. Dinkins was associated with high crime rates and out-of-control spending.


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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Amending The U.S. Constitution By STATE-Led Convention #tcot

Amending The U.S. Constitution by STATE-Led Convention

Indiana's Model Legislation

WHY PURSUE THE STATE-LED OPTION FOR AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION? 

The authors of the Constitution included the state-led amendment option for a reason. It is on equal footing with the Congress-led amendment option and was meant to serve as a check on a runaway federal government. 

 

To this point in our nation’s history, all Constitutional amendments have been proposed by Congress. However, there is a widespread sense by millions of Americans that we are at a moment in the life of our nation unlike any we’ve experienced before. Many believe Washington is broken, with Congress either unable or unwilling to control and reform itselfregardless of which party is in power. States’ rights have been trampled almost to the point of extinction. This is exactly the environment that calls for the states to exercise their right under Article V to call an amendments convention.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Latest: Governor's office says Finch will be reinstated 'immediately'

Latest: Governor's office says Finch will be reinstated 'immediately'

Oct. 31, 2013 12:00 PM

Within hours of this afternoon's acquittal, Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order reinstating Liberty County Sheriff Nick Finch to his position "effective immediately."

“I would like to thank the members of the jury in Liberty County for their service in this trial," Scott said in a statement. "I would also like to thank Interim Sheriff Buddy Money for his service to the state of Florida."

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Ginny Sherlock does not speak for all of us, Mr. Murphy

Martin County Currents: Ginny Sherlock does not speak for all of us, Mr. Murphy

Posted on  by Barbara Clowdus | http://hobesoundcurrents.com/?p=1695

An email to Congressman Patrick Murphy is hurriedly being circulated among Martin County residents prior to the Nov. 4 County Commission meeting that we find downright offensive. Martin County’s unelected commissioner, Ginny Sherlock, wrote the email blasting Mr. Murphy for his letter (to Commission Chair Sarah Heard) pledging his support for the proposed customs facility at Witham Field. 

Mr. Murphy, we want you to know that Ms. Sherlock speaks only for a small minority—quite a vocal one, but nonetheless a minority–particularly considering this proposed customs facility. We also want you to know that voters here did not turn out previous commissioners based on their support of the customs facility, as she told you. That’s an exaggeration that borders on the ridiculous.

Ms. Sherlock has deliberately perpetuated the misconception among her followers that building a customs facility, which then would reclassify Witham Field as an “international” airport, would inevitably transform it into a large, commercial airport. That’s wrong. It’s also dishonest to continue to perpetuate that myth simply to garner oppositional voices through fear.

Her fear is not that we’ll one day have a huge commercial airport, because that cannot happen for a host of reasons. Her fear is that the convenience of having a customs facility here might actually attract a few more people—or even a new business—to Martin County, an anathema to no-growthers.

An “international” classification means simply that international travelers can “check into” this country at Stuart, instead of going to Ft. Pierce or to West Palm Beach first. It does not mean building runways longer and larger to accommodate large commercial jets. Witham Field cannot and will not become another Palm Beach International Airport. It is an economic stimulus for this county because those travelers who must fly to Ft. Pierce or to West Palm Beach now before coming to Stuart are more likely to spend their cash there—at their first stop. We’d rather they spend it here, instead of in Palm Beach or St. Lucie counties. Our still-struggling restaurants and shops—as well as our hotels for guests—need that extra shot of revenue.

We hope also to attract perhaps a few more tourists to the Stuart area, although the projections of additional flights are modest. We like tourists. We like the idea that they come, they spend, but then go home; therefore we want to make their trips here smooth and memorable, so they’ll come back. It also would be the first time that boaters can check in at an airport facility. The combined aircraft/marine facility not only would make a Martin County customs facility unique, but also will make it economically feasible, because we are a community of boaters who take advantage of living only 60 miles from the Bahamas.

We also have international boaters who might ply that wonderful waterway called the St. Lucie River and C-44 canal to Lake Okeechobee and points west, should a customs facility be located in Stuart. It would provide an opportunity for some of our established businesses at Witham Field to grow, maybe adding jobs, and certainly making them healthier. Commissioner Heard calls these businesses “special interests.” We call them “part of the county’s tax base.”

Is the facility funded? Not completely, but the $128,000 shortfall for construction is relatively small, especially since we’re contemplating construction of a $2 million training facility for firefighters, though maybe desirable, will not bring additional revenue to the county. The customs-funding shortfall would be made good if given just a little more time to procure grants.

Is there a risk it won’t be self-sustaining? Yes, but it’s fee-based, so the airport manager could raise the fees, which have been deliberately set lower than those at either Ft. Pierce or West Palm Beach.

And, there are other benefits.

An international status ranks higher than regional in the Federal Aviation Administration’s list of priority airports, so shutting down Witham Field’s control tower as a result of Congressional budget craziness is far less likely. That’s an important point for Stuart residents since those noise-abatement flight patterns are controlled by the tower. Without a tower—which we came close to losing after the sequester—a pilot chooses his own flight pattern.

Perhaps most important, Congressman Murphy, is that Ms. Sherlock and her drummers who insist on quashing every opportunity for real economic growth will ultimately destroy the quality of life of the majority of Martin County residents—the hard-working, don’t-give-me-handouts middle class—and will undermine the entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of our small business enterprises.

Mr. Murphy, the large majority of us do want this customs facility. As one speaker told the county commission at a public hearing earlier this year, a customs facility “will just polish the jewel” that is Martin County. Thank you for pledging to help us find the polish. Now the rest of us just need to apply some elbow grease.


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