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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

WND: Bill Gates' $100 million database to track students


Corporations gaining access to grades, addresses, hobbies, attitudes

By Michael F. Haverluck

Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies.

Bill GatesThe system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ‒ ranging from name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school.

Claiming that the national database will enhance education, the main funder of the project, the Gates Foundation, entered the joint venture with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from a number of states. After Rupert Murdoch’s Amplify Education (a division of News Corp) spent more than a year developing the system’s infrastructure, the Gates Foundation delivered it to inBloom ‒ a nonprofit corporation recently established to run the database.

School officials and private companies doing business with districts might have plenty to be happy about with this information-sharing system, but ParentalRights.org President Michael P. Farris says parents have plenty to worry about when it comes to inBloom’s national database.

Read more at WND... 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New York’s “Sustainability” Plan: aka “Agenda 21” - RightSideNews

New York’s “Sustainability” Plan: aka “Agenda 21”

Published on Thursday, 07 March 2013
Written by Mary Kay Barton

RightSideAgenda 21 was first introduced to the world at the 1992 UN-sponsored “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro. It addresses virtually every facet of human life and describes in great detail how the concept of “sustainable development” should be implemented at every level of government. (click map to enlarge)


“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by every person on earth…. It calls for specific changes in the activities of all people.… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced.” [emphasis added] Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet, United Nations (1993)

“The Sustainable Development Challenge Grant program is also a step in implementing Agenda 21, the Global Plan of Action on Sustainable Development, signed by the United States at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. All of these programs require broad community participation to identify and address environmental issues.” Environmental Protection Agency, 63 Fed. Reg. 45157 (August 24, 1998).

On January 26, 2012, I attended the final meeting in Batavia, NY for the Finger Lakes “Regional Sustainability Plan,” part of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s $10 million statewide program to have regional Planning Departments orchestrate “sustainability” plans described in NYSERDA’s “Cleaner, Greener Communities” Program.  Following is my take on what is going on across New York State in regard to these extensive plans in the making.

Read the rest of the Story on RightSideNews.com...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Senate Committee Rejects Expanding Medicaid!

HallmanSenate Committee Rejects Expanding Medicaid!

 The Senate Select Committee on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act voted 7-4 today to reject expanding Medicaid, which was a crucial component of Obamacare. This along with the recent rejection by the House Select Committee on PPACA ends the chances of Medicaid Expansion, at least for now. Senator Joe Negron, who chairs the Committee, was quoted as saying "I oppose the Washington plan, and I want a Florida plan." The Committee did decide that Florida should create its own program that helps the uninsured buy private insurance policies, and plans to work with the House Committee to work on an alternative plan. Chairman Negron outlined 5 points that he wants in this alternative plan.

  • cost-sharing that required plan participates to pay something for emergency room visits and other services they used, based on income.
  • -Administering the program through Florida Healthy Kids, currently the state program that helps children ages 5-18 obtain coverage.
  • -Creating "health reimbursement accounts" that reward participating for healthy behavior by adding money to accounts that can be used for co-pays.
  • -Allowing participants to purchase private health insurance plans.
  • -Using available funds to help subsidize the premium costs of the insurance plans.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/03/senate-committee-rejects-medicaid-expansion-joins-house-in-seeking-alternative.html#storylink=cpy
While today's vote was a victory, I remain cautious about any other plans the legislature might create. We need to stay vigilant and watch for more details as they come out. It is always possible than a plan B could be just as bad. 

Thanks for all the calls and e-mails everybody made the last couple of weeks, you made a huge difference and your efforts paid off today. Keep up the great work!

In Liberty,

John Hallman

House Committee: Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Expansion

From the desk of Richard Corcoran, Florida House of Representatives

This past Monday, the House Select Committee on the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) voted TO NOT recommend the state expand its Medicaid population.  A mountain of studies and testimony in both the House and Senate have proven that Medicaid is a poor system of delivering quality care.  Any reform that we move forward with must include provisions that: (1)  will not hurt our senior’s access to health care; (2)  prevents the ever-increasing costs of Medicaid from jeopardizing our children’s future education funding;  (3)  addresses eliminating the fraud and abuse inherent in the Medicaid system, and (4)  overcomes legislators lack of trust of the federal government’s promise of paying. 

In the meantime, we will continue to work full-speed towards formulating an alternative plan and we will  diligently seek the necessary flexibility from the federal government to accomplish this.

A Guide to Federal Debt Management


Friday, March 8, 2013





#1. Richard Burr (R-NC)

#2. Dan Coats (R-IN) 

#3. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

#4. Susan Collins (R-ME) 
#5. Bob Corker (R-TN)
#6. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) 
#7. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 
#8. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 
#9. Mark Kirk (R-IL) 
#10. John McCain (R-AZ) 
#11. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
#12. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
#13. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mr. Paul Goes to Washington #StandWithRand

Mr. Paul Goes to Washington

Thomas Lifson | March 7, 2013


Senator Rand Paul's filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA yesterday accomplished four important things:

  • 1. It delayed, if not aborted, a terrible nominee's confirmation. Brennan should not assume directorship of the CIA, and a little sand in the gears of his confirmation is welcome.
  • 2. It highlighted the breathtaking power claimed by President Obama, through his Attorney General Eric Holder - the power to execute an American on American soil, absent any imminent threat, with no due process protection. Given the history of Homeland Security considering conservative protest groups potential terrorists, it is not unreasonable to fear a slippery slope towards tyranny.
  • 3. It firmly established Senator Paul's status as a national figure, willing to stake out an important issue. His extemporaneous performance for over 12 hours impressed many people with its coherence.
  • 4. It started to drive a wedge between the left and Obama, whose tendency to take executive power beyond the limits envisioned by the Constitution (executive orders, recess appointments when the Senate is in session for example) should trouble all Americans.

Read the whole article on American Thinker...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Parker: More Republican Governors Drink Medicaid Kool-aid #tcot

More Republican Governors Drink Medicaid Kool-aid

by Star Parker | March 04, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has become the eighth Republican governor to agree to expand Medicaid coverage in his state under the provisions of Obamacare.

Is the last line of Republican resistance to Obamacare disintegrating?

In 2011, 26 states joined a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the provision of Obamacare, that forced them to participate in expanding Medicaid coverage as a condition to continue to participate in the program. The Supreme Court ruled in their favor last year, negating the mandatory requirement, so it is now voluntary for states to expand Medicaid coverage.

The Congressional Budget Office still estimates that expanded Medicaid coverage, though now voluntary rather than forced upon states, will contribute about a third of the reduction in the number of uninsured Americans brought about by Obamacare by 2022.

Read the article on GOPusa...

Stuart News: Lake Point mine sues environmentalist #tcot

Lake Point mine sues environmentalist

By George Andreassi 


Copyright © 2013 Scripps Media Inc. 02/27/2013 | page B1

STUART — The Lake Point rock mine filed a lawsuit against Maggy Hurchalla claiming she made false statements in an attempt to kill a deal that would transfer the 2,000-acre property to a state agency and allow mining for 20 years.

“Hurchalla is singling out Lake Point and is attempting to put Lake Point out of business,” the suit claims.

The complaint filed Feb. 20 in Circuit Court in Martin County asks a judge to order Hurchalla, a well-known environmentalist and former county commissioner, to retract statements plaintiffs claim are false and stop interfering with Lake Point’s business.

Located in southeastern Martin County near Lake Okeechobee, Lake Point is the largest rock mine in Martin County.

A prior Martin County Commission majority signed off on a deal in 2009 in which Lake Point would donate its property to the South Florida Water Management District in exchange for the right to continue mining for 20 years.

Lake Point has been working with several government agencies on plans to redevelop its property into a stormwater treatment facility that would improve the quality of the waterflowing into the St. Lucie Estuary and provide a new source of drinking water to Palm Beach County. 

Lake Point’s suit claims Hurchalla made “false statements of material fact” in an effort to convince the new “slow growth” Martin County Commission majority to scrap the deal. 

Lake Point’s suit claims Hurchalla falsely stated “the project has been ‘fast tracked and allowed to violate the rules.’” The suit also claims Hurchalla falsely stated the project “destroys 60 acres of wetlands.” 

In addition, the suit claims Hurchalla falsely stated, “There was no public knowledge of any plan, concept or idea that required purchase of the Lake Point property.” 

Lake Point’s suit says the project has followed the rules, has not destroyed wetlands and has met normal public notice requirements. 

Hurchalla referred questions to her lawyers, who could not immediately be reached for comment. 

A spokeswoman for Lake Point, Honey Rand, said, “No one wants to be in this position, but Maggie’s false statements have had a material impact on Lake Point’s business operation, costing time and money and harming the reputation of the project and the owners.” 

Lake Point also has filed suit against Martin County claiming the county breached its agreements to allow the continuation of the mining operation and the development of the stormwater treatment facility. 

The commissioners were discussing their legal strategy Tuesday afternoon in a private session with the county’s legal staff. 

No one wants to be in this position, but Maggie’s false statements have had a material impact on Lake Point’s business operation, costing time and money and harming the reputation of the project and the owners.” 

Honey Rand, spokeswoman for Lake Point 

Copyright © 2013 Scripps Media Inc. 02/27/2013