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Monday, April 29, 2013

Martin County Observance of the National Day of Prayer


Please join us in this community wide event held at Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart. We will worship God together and then join in prayer for our community, state and nation lead by leaders from our community. Hosted by First Baptist Stuart.
DATE: 05/02/13 PRICE: Free
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   CITY: Stuart, FL
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Report Card: Pearson Forced to Reprint Islam-Biased Textbook in Florida #tcot

Pearson Prentice-Hall Forced to Reprint Islam-Biased Textbook in Florida [SOURCE]

Posted on 27 April 2013

By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org

Dr. William Saxton, Chairman of Citizens for National Security told The Report Card that as result of CFNS efforts – and for the first time as far as anyone related to these K-12 textbook issues knows – a major publisher, Pearson Prentice Hall, had to correct the content of an already printed flawed textbook that it intended to sell to a huge school district in Florida, and reprint it, before it could be purchased. Dr. Saxton earned his doctorate in Applied Physics from Harvard and spent much of his career in the United States Intelligence community. He founded CFNS as a result of concerns that Islamic terror organizations Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood were spreading misinformation and indoctrinating students in American schools.

The new 2013 high-school history book, “World History,” was slated for delivery to Palm Beach County (PBC) students for use at the beginning of the current school year. CFNS documented Islam bias and misinformation in a report co-authored by Dr. Saxton and Report Card Publisher William Korach. That 92-page report, published February 2012 documented Islam-biased errors and misinformation in 25 textbooks in Florida. CFNS participated in a marathon meeting with PBC curriculum specialists and a Pearson representative to delineate their concerns and recommend corrections. Following that, Dr. Saxton testified about the book’s bias before the PBC School Board. After further review, the Board concurred with the CFNS position, and determined that much of the textbook’s contentious language be revised, consistent with CFNS’s recommendations, as a condition for purchase.

Because the textbook had to be reprinted, students didn’t have a world history text until well into last fall. But now, at least, the textbook will be accurate.

Palm Beach County is the 11th largest school district in the country. Getting the agenda-driven content removed was undoubtedly a huge win. Of even greater significance, however, is the precedent that CFNS has now established for others in Florida, and nationwide, for dealing with these tainted textbooks. The Report Card has forwarded the results of the Palm Beach County decision to St. Johns and Clay County school districts strongly recommending Pearson “recall” World History in those counties.

As you may recall, CFNS had previously spearheaded the rejection of another egregious textbook in PBC, “World History: Patterns of Interaction,” published by Houghton-Mifflin. And we were a major player in correcting the content of a similarly flawed McGraw-Hill geography textbook, “World Geography and Cultures,” intended for the district.

Dr. Saxton states that CFNS is the country’s leader in the struggle to rid K-12 public-school classrooms of Islam-biased textbooks – and getting unequaled results. But Dr. Saxton states: “It’s going to be a long, uphill battle, and we can’t stay in it without financial support.”

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

TWO YEARS LATER, THE MAINSTREAM PRESS CATCHES UP WITH THE PIGFORD SCANDAL #tcot

TWO YEARS LATER, THE MAINSTREAM PRESS CATCHES UP WITH THE PIGFORD SCANDAL

By: John Hayward | 4/26/2013

Andrew BreitbartThis has got to be one of the most stunning confirmations of media bias, and one of the greatest vindications of conservative media, since the epic fall of Dan Rather. Anyone familiar with the late Andrew Breitbart’s focus on this story can only shake their heads in wonder as the New York Times finally notices the Pigford scandal, in which a program to compensate black farmers for discrimination “became a runaway train, driven by racial politics, pressure from influential members of Congress and law firms that stand to gain more than $130 million in fees.” (The name “Pigford” comes from the 1997 Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit that got the whole thing rolling.)

Ever since the Clinton administration agreed in 1999 to make $50,000 payments to thousands of black farmers, the Hispanics and women had been clamoring in courtrooms and in Congress for the same deal. They argued, as the African-Americans had, that biased federal loan officers had systematically thwarted their attempts to borrow money to farm.

But a succession of courts — and finally the Supreme Court — had rebuffed their pleas. Instead of an army of potential claimants, the government faced just 91 plaintiffs. Those cases, the government lawyers figured, could be dispatched at limited cost.

They were wrong.

Oh, brother, were they ever wrong.

READ the rest of the article at HumanEvents...

NWV: TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO STEP ASIDE?

TIME FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO STEP ASIDE?

Jack SwiftBy Attorney Jack Swift

April 27, 2013

NewsWithViews.com


The history of our nation will show that the great political question of our era is the contest between ideals of limited government and individual freedom versus central planning and bureaucratic control. At this crucial point in our history, it would be of value to the free citizen, if the philosophies of the two dominant political parties reflected these contending positions. Unfortunately, in that contest, one has to wonder whether the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are but two sides of the same coin of big government?


In the march toward accumulation of power by the federal government, the so-called “liberal” Democrats usually get all the blame for their initiation of grandiose, unsustainable social schemes. LBJ’s “Great Society” comes to mind. Jimmy Carter’s creation of the Department of Education is another example. But what are we to say of the Republicans?

Link to the whole article...


NOTE: Mr. Swift replied to my inquiry very graciously and I would like to share that as well....

Jim:

Of course you can link it.  Thank you.

I am a life-long Republican.  It should be noted that I became a Republican when I first registered to vote in 1960.  I have never changed.  I made that studied decision after reading JFK's book "Strategy for Peace."  The upcoming election was JFK versus Nixon.  In the book, JFK compared Republicans and Democrats.  He managed to convince me that I was not a Democrat.

But the default option of Republican hasn't proved out at all satisfactory.

Jack

Friday, April 26, 2013

Malkin: A National Security History Lesson for Sen. Rubio

Malkin: A National Security History Lesson for Marco Rubio

By Michelle Malkin 

Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio seems well meaning enough. As second-generation conservative Americans, I know we both share a common passion for this great land of opportunity. But when it comes to comprehending the real agenda of the open-borders zealots he's allied himself with, Rubio doesn't have a clue.

And his abject ignorance threatens all of us who cherish American sovereignty and exceptionalism.

On Fox News' "The Sean Hannity Show" Tuesday night, Rubio defended his Gang of Eight "immigration reform" bill and insisted that we could and should have a system in place that vets foreign tourists and short-term visa holders based on their "national security" profiles.

"In essence, we should be able to analyze (whether) these are individuals coming from a part of the world that keeps feeding into the terrorist network," Rubio earnestly explained. "(W)e should be very careful about who we allow in and take into account every single measure or every single factor that we think could lead to somebody being more likely possibly a member of a terrorist organization or involved in terror."

Great idea, Rubio! Newsflash: The concept of a national security entry-exit screening database is at least 10 years old. It's an idea that was sabotaged by the progressive soft-on-security ideologues with whom Rubio has recklessly partnered.

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration created NSEERS, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Administered and championed by Justice Department constitutional lawyer, immigration enforcement expert and now-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, NSEERS stopped at least 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists who had attempted to come into the country at certain official ports of entry.

NSEERS required higher scrutiny and common-sense registration requirements for individuals from jihad-friendly countries including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as other at-risk countries. The basic components included a more rigorous application process in light of the shoddy visa questionnaires and undetected overstays of the 9/11 hijackers; 30 extra minutes of interviewing at ports of entry; a digital fingerprint check and in-person registration after they arrived in the interior of the country; and verification of departure once they exited.

The targeted registration of certain foreign nationals already in the country (temporary visa holders including students, tourists and businesspeople) resulted in the apprehension of dozens of illegal alien felons. As I reported at the time, these scumbags included:

--a Tunisian convicted of multiple drug-trafficking offenses, in addition to previous violations of immigration law.

--an Iranian who had been convicted three times of assault with a deadly weapon and had been convicted twice of grand theft in addition to immigration violations.

--an Iranian twice convicted of child molestation.

--two suspected al-Qaida operatives who were caught trying to enter the U.S. after their fingerprints matched ones lifted by our military officials from papers found in Afghanistan caves.

But grievance-mongering identity groups and the American Civil Liberties Union could not stand the idea of an effective national security profiling database. For one thing, a successful program would have laid the groundwork for a broader nationwide entry-exit system affecting all foreign visitors. Congress mandated that system six times over the past 17 years. It has yet to be built.

Let me repeat that: We still have no way of tracking who has actually met their visa requirements, who has overstayed their visa, and who has left the country when their visa requires them to do so. Earth to Rubio: This malignant failure is by special-interest design, not by accident or lack of imagination.

Here's a test: Why doesn't Rubio form a Gang of One and dare Washington to pass the entry-exit system his new pals all say they support as a stand-alone first. Let's see them prove they can keep even a single one of their national security/immigration enforcement promises before entertaining 900 more pages of them. Prove it.

I've read the bill -- and I can see right through it. The Democrats' history speaks for itself. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose illegal alien amnesty spirit infuses the Gang of Eight's bill, spearheaded legislative attempts to de-fund and destroy NSEERS. His left-wing pals (and a few open-borders Republicans such as heavyweight operative Grover Norquist, who stood literally and figuratively behind Rubio at the amnesty bill unveiling) decried NSEERS and its supporters for fostering "discrimination" and "profiling."

Never mind that the pilot program was in line with alien registration systems around the world. And never mind that indiscriminate entry and immigration policies are what enabled so many jihadi plots in the first place.

When the Obama administration took over, as Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul pointed out this week, it indefinitely suspended the NSEERS pilot program and has no plans to revive it in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Now the Gang of Eight Republicans want conservatives to jump in bed with these security saboteurs for another Amnesty Now, Enforcement Never plan? Who's Rubio kidding? Only himself.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

COPYRIGHT 2013 CREATORS.COM

 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

TEA PARTY CAUCUS RELOADS FOR 2014

TEA PARTY CAUCUS RELOADS FOR 2014

 25 Apr 2013

CaucusThe Congressional Tea Party Caucus re-launched Thursday evening with its first meeting of the 113th Congress.

“This is the one caucus that puts the American people at the table,” Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the Thursday evening event’s emcee, said in her remarks to the room, a person inside confirmed for Breitbart News.

“There are three premises behind the Tea Party Caucus,” Bachmann said. “One is that ‘we’re taxed enough.’ Two is that ‘we spend less than we take in.’ And third and most importantly is that ‘we follow the constitution.’”

Read the story at Breitbart...

Babies and Immigration Reform #tcot

Babies and Immigration Reform

By Cindy Simpson

American ThinkerNot a single word in the 844-page "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act" introduced by Senator Marco Rubio and the "Gang of Eight" addresses the controversial practice of "birthright citizenship."

Birthright citizenship is the common description given to the automatic grant of U.S. citizenship to babies born in the U.S. regardless of the citizenship status of the parents.  Many experts agree with the verdict of law professor Lino Graglia -- that the practice generates "perhaps the greatest possible inducement to illegal entry."

The failure of Congress to confront the subject is nothing new.  The "four pillars" of the reform framework floated by Senators Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham back in 2010 also avoided mention of the gaping "hole in the fence" created by the "magnet" of the birthright practice.

While Rubio touted the newest bipartisan proposal and appeared to "backtrack" on the border fence as illegals continue to climb over it, our government creates even more incentives for illegals to have children here.  Besides potential ObamaCare benefits, many provisions in the Gang's new package increase the allure and impact of the birthright magnet.

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter penned a scathing analysis titled "If Rubio's Amnesty is So Great, Why is He Lying?"  Near the end of her litany of damning facts and figures, Coulter wrote: "The children of illegal aliens become automatic citizens under our current insane interpretation of the 14th Amendment."

The insanity, however, goes beyond the "illegal" argument.  Coulter noted statistics and dollars relating to the children of illegals; however, she didn't mention that the practice also awards citizenship to the babies of virtually anyone legally but temporarily present, including "birth tourists."

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CRC: The Great Gator Hoax: The American alligator is thriving—no thanks to the Endangered Species Act

By  | February 8, 2013

The Great Gator Hoax

The American alligator is thriving—no thanks to the Endangered Species Act (Green Watch, February 2013 – PDF here)

By Brian SeasholesAl E. Gator

Summary: This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, which has been criticized for blocking construction projects, destroying jobs, and allowing the virtual confiscation of people’s property by making land unusable. In the future, the ESA may be used to justify government policies related to “global warming.” Yet one of the most-cited examples of ESA success, saving the American alligator from extinction, simply never happened. The alligator had been well-protected before the ESA was passed. Was it ever endangered at all?

Read the entire article on CRC...

Friday, April 19, 2013

STOP COMMON CORE RALLY AT THE CAPITOL APRIL 23, 2013 #tcot

Capitol
"STOP COMMON CORE" RALLY AT THE CAPITOL
APRIL 23, 2013
"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3.  

Within the next seven days Common Core Standards legislation will be waiting at the desk of Governor Scott to sign into law, and, our legislators are not listening. We must let our voices be heard in one accord. 

This past week, Tony Bennett along with nearly 50 Superintendents of Schools, flooded the Capitol buildings to lobby for the most intrusive, untested experiment on our children.  We must show our lawmakers there will be political consequences for not listening to the will of the people.  

Will you be one to make your voice be heard in Tallahassee?



RALLY AT THE CAPITOL DETAILS and MAPS...
If you think this issue does not concern you, you're grossly misinformed. See below.

Part 1 of 5 Stop the Common Core

We must stand up to oppose this attack on our American way of life. People have been desensitized to the notion of central planning and social control.  Individual sovereignty is a concept that has been eradicated. 

COMMON CORE IS COLLECTIVISM / SOCIALISM IN INCIPIENT FORM.
"SOCIALISM ALWAYS LEADS TO TOTALITARIANISM" - Hayek

YOUR LIBERTY IS BEING ERODED.
Please take the time necessary to learn these issues and then join us to defend the U.S. from those who would take it from your children. Your time can not be better spent.

The Martin 9/12 Committee
Stuart, FL

IN GOD WE TRUST

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rubio’s Florida offices draw tea party protests over immigration bill #tcot

Rubio’s Florida offices draw tea party protests over immigration bill

Posted by David Nakamura on April 17, 2013

WaPo

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is pushing immigration reform, and some in the tea party aren’t happy about it.

Several dozen tea party members demonstrated outside some of Rubio’s Florida offices on Tuesday to protest the comprehensive immigration bill that Rubio and seven Senate colleagues announced this week, which includes a path to demonstrationcitizenship for up to 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

At one event in Palm Beach Gardens protesters held signs reading, “Stop the Senate!!” and “No Amnesty for Undocumented and Illegal.” Rubio, elected with strong tea party support, has been considered an instrumental lawmaker in the development of the 844-page immigration proposal.

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TBT: Tea party members protest at Sen. Marco Rubio's office

Tea party members protest at Sen. Marco Rubio's office

Axel Leary, Times Washinton Bureau Chief

TBT

WASHINGTON — Tea party members protested Tuesday at one of Sen. Marco Rubio's Florida offices, revealing strains in the relationship since Rubio became the national face of immigration reform.

"We have some disagreement over our definition of amnesty," said Jim McGovern, an organizer with the Martin County 9/12 Tea Party Committee. "He's claiming the requirement for individuals now considered undocumented aliens would be onerous and it would be less difficult to go back to their home country and apply there. We disagree with opening that door."

McGovern said tea party members object to the closed-door process Rubio and the bipartisan Gang of 8 has followed to produce the legislation being released this week after months of negotiations.

Read the story...

Insider Trading For Me, But Not For Thee #tcot

Insider Trading For Me, But Not For Thee

Posted on April 17 2013 - 1:56 AM - Posted by: 

PalinBlog

We all know Governor Palin has spent more than two decades fighting crony capitalism and corruption.  From her days as a young member on the Wasilla city council, to a  mayor, oil and gas regulator, Governor, and beyond, she has fought to shine a light on those in power who use their positions for financial gain and who impose one set of rules on the people while they live by another.

Peter Schweizer, who spent some time working for Governor Palin, has been at the forefront of this issue.  He wrote a book entitled Throw Them All Out, which inspired 60 Minutes to do an extensive piece on what amounted to insider trading inside the United States Congress.  After seeing the piece and receiving much public outcry, Congress decided to act on this by passing the STOCK Act.   That was a little more than a year ago.

Well, it seems as if the politicos on DC feel the public has forgotten about this and they can go back to their old ways, since they pretty much decided to gut the bill

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Monday, April 15, 2013

RIGHT TO WORK IN MEXICO DEMANDED FOR U.S. CITIZENS WITH MEXICO’S 4.47% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

April 15, 2013 (Fairfax, Virginia) – U.S. citizens should have the same right to take jobs in Mexico if Marco Rubio’s immigration compromise is enacted, American Border Control is demanding. 
 
Moseley“We are gullible suckers.,” commented American Border Control’s Executive Director Jonathon Moseley.   Moseley clarified:
 
“The error of amnesty is the myth of financial difficulty in Mexico. Yet Mexico’s December unemployment rate at 4.47% is lower than the U.S. unemployment rate was for years at 8%.”
 
Moseley further explained:
 
“Adjusted for purchasing power – converting dollars into pesos – the average salary in Mexico is $ 49,574  per year.   According to the International Monetary Fund, $1 USD converted into pesos will buy the equivalent of $8.07 within Mexican society.  So the nominal average Mexican salary at $6,143 per year in pesos actually can purchase as much in goods and services in Mexico as a  $49,574 per year salary buys in the U.S. economy.  Obviously, tourist traps are not typical.”
 
Mexico’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.7% (four-point-seven percent) in September 2012, reported The Financial Times , October 19, 2012, Adam Thomson, in “Mexico Unemployment Near Four Year Low. 
Mexico’s unemployment then dropped to 4.47% in December and was 4.85% in February, reports Trading Economics.
 
Yet U.S. citizens do not have the same right to work in Mexico as Marco Rubio, John McCain, and liberal Democrats are pushing to give to disrespectful, law-breaking illegal aliens.  As reported in The Washington Times on May 3, 2010:
 
“Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.”
 
And U.S. citizens can be deported from Mexico at any time for discretionary reasons: 
 
“The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.
 
Mexico’s laws mirror those that Mexico criticizes in the U.S.  USA Today reported on May 25, 2010:  “Mexico has a law that is no different from Arizona's that empowers local police to check the immigration documents of people suspected of not being in the country legally.”
 
“Those who showed contempt for our country by crashing the gate should not be stealing jobs from U.S. citizens,” Moseley concluded.

Booze and a Boat Helped Forge Senate Gun Compromise #tcot

Booze and a Boat Helped Forge Senate Gun Compromise, Sen. Mark Kirk Says

April 11, 2013

CHICAGO — Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, who on Thursday broke with most of his party on proposed gun-control legislation, said booze and a boat helped move the matter forward.

Kirk told reporters in Washington that members from both parties who were open to compromise often met on the Black Tie, a vessel partially owned by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) is a co-owner of a 2001 540 Sea Ray Sundance yacht like this one. The 54-foot boat played a role in bringing congressmen together to forge a compromise on gun legislation, said Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)   (File Photo)

"Sometimes alcoholic beverages might be served and ties might ... get loosened," Kirk said, according to a report by Roll Call.

"You guys really ought to go out to National Harbor and see the Black Tie, which has been much of the reason for much of the bipartisan cooperation around here," Kirk said.

Though from opposite parties, Manchin and Kirk are described as close friends.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130411/chicago-citywide/booze-boat-helped-forge-senate-gun-compromise-sen-mark-kirk-says#ixzz2QXWUhVww

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Commentary: How America Lost Its Four Great Generals

How America Lost Its Four Great Generals

Max Boot — April 2013

CommentaryMagazine.comThe quasi-official ideology of the U.S. armed forces holds that generals are virtually interchangeable, that individual personalities don’t matter much, that ordinary grunts are in any case more important than their leaders, and that what really counts are larger systems that make a complex bureaucracy function. There is some truth to all of this. But for all of the bureaucratic heft of the services and the heroism of ordinary soldiers, it is hard to imagine the Civil War having been won without Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan—or World War II without Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Arnold, LeMay, Nimitz, Halsey, and all the other senior generals and admirals.

Read the entire article at Commentary...

Reuters: Six arrested in bribery probe of New York mayor's race

Six arrested in bribery probe of New York mayor's race

NEW YORK | Tue Apr 2, 2013 10:26am EDT

 

(Reuters) - Six New York politicians were arrested for their alleged role in a bribery scandal in which a prominent Democrat paid top Republicans for permission to run on their ticket in the city's upcoming mayoral race, prosecutors said. 

Democratic state Senator Malcolm Smith and five Republicans connected to the bribery scandal were arrested on Tuesday morning, an official at the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan said.

  

Prosecutors described the scheme as an attempt to game the city's first wide-open mayoral election in 12 years. New York will choose a new mayor in November, when Michael Bloomberg's third term comes to an end.

The charges include bribery, extortion, and wire and mail fraud.

Read the story at Reuters.com...

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