Anyone who reads this document has to be incredulous that it would be presented, much less adopted, anywhere in the U S.A. (maybe with the exception of Bill DiBlasio’s New York City).
Next Tuesday, we determine the future of our State. Voting is a right that few countries can exercise as freely as we do in the U. S.
The differences in candidates couldn’t be greater:
- Matt Bevin: Pro-Life
- Jack Conway: Pro-Abortion (has accepted money from Planned Parenthood)
- Matt Bevin: A self-made man who served as an Army Officer.
- Conway: Child of privilege
- Matt Bevin: Stands up for our Constitution
- Conway: Refused to defend a Constitutional vote required by his oath of office. (The Governor ended up spending money we don’t have in Conway’s absence)
- Matt Bevin is a successful businessman.
- Jack Conway became Kentucky’s chief law enforcement officer touting anti-drug skills. Since his taking office, everyone in KY has been touched by the heroin epidemic. (The State Police in Southern KY have had to be re-trained to handle drug intoxication.)
I’ve known Matt Bevin since before he decided to run for United States Senator. He’s a good man who has invested greatly of himself to get our state turned around for the future of our children. Conway, a man of utter incompetence panders to special interests and extreme ideologies.
Please vote on Tuesday, November 3rd and implore friends and family to vote. This election will impact all of our lives. Matt Bevin is the only choice.
#PPSellsBabyParts PLANNED PARENTHOOD TX DOC: HARVESTING INTACT FETAL HEADS “WILL GIVE ME SOMETHING TO STRIVE FOR”
Dr. Amna Dermish, Planned Parenthood Late-Term Abortion Doctor in Austin, TX, Taught by PPFA Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola to Use Partial-Birth Abortions For Intact Fetuses
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AUSTIN, Oct. 27–The eleventh video release from The Center for Medical Progress in the ongoing Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal shows the abortion doctor for Planned Parenthood in Austin, TX, Dr. Amna Dermish, describing a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.
Dr. Dermish admits she was trained by the Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Dr. Deborah Nucatola. Nucatola described a partial-birth abortion technique to harvest fetal organs in the first Planned Parenthood video released July 14 by CMP.
“My aim is usually to get the specimens out pretty intact,” says Dermish, speaking to actors posing as a fetal tissue procurement company. Dermish admits that she will sometimes use ultrasound guidance to convert a 2nd-trimester fetus to a feet-first breech presentation: “Especially the 20-weekers are a lot harder versus the 18-weekers, so at that point I’ll switch to breech.”
“That’s what Deb [Nucatola] was telling us, was it really makes a difference for tissue collection at PPLA,” says one of the actors, referencing Nucatola’s technique for organ harvesting. “It’s really nice when it’s, yeah–I trained with her,” replies Dermish.
In reply to a question about harvesting fetal brain, Dermish notes, “I haven’t been able to do that yet,” but exclaims with laughter, “This will give me something to strive for!”
Dermish does not use the chemical digoxin to kill the fetus before 20 weeks, so her feet-first, intact extraction abortions are done on living fetuses. Using ultrasound guidance to manipulate the fetus from vertex to breech orientation before extracting the yet-living fetus is a hallmark of the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure (18 U.S.C. 1531).
Dermish also affirms a fetal body part price of $50 or $60 per specimen. The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).
The state of Texas recently moved to disbar Planned Parenthood from taxpayer funding on account of Medicaid fraud and abortion-related crimes. Governor Greg Abbott recently said in an interview that the state of Texas is now in possession of “hard evidence” that Planned Parenthood is engaged in “violations of federal and state law concerning abortion procedures.”
“Less than 4 miles away from the Texas state capitol, Planned Parenthood routinely practices barbaric partial-birth abortions on living, late-term fetuses,” notes CMP Project Lead David Daleiden. “Planned Parenthood’s crimes are not just the result of local bad actors, but are tolerated and even encouraged at the highest levels of the national organization. State-level criminal investigations must press charges, and Congress’ new select committee must pursue a deep and comprehensive accounting of Planned Parenthood’s atrocities against humanity.”
Senator Chris McDaniel released the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner:
“Speaker Boehner has become a casualty of an unnecessary fight the GOP is having with it’s own base. Republicans took control of the House and Senate with the help of conservatives based on promises to fight ObamaCare and illegal executive actions. But the leadership under Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have capitulated time after time. They have taken steps to hand the leverage they have over to Democrats and the President, and have reduced the role of Congress to that of an overpaid rubber-stamp committee.
“I thank Speaker Boehner for his service. But, I also think this should be a lesson to establishment DC Republicans that Conservatives simply will not stand by silently and support weak and ineffective leadership. We want fighters who stand by the rule of law and reject the insiders game in Washington, D.C. The GOP must once again become a party of principle, and Conservatives plan to make it so.”
Ted Cruz will campaign next week with Chris McDaniel, the insurgent conservative who mounted a high profile but ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran last year.
Cruz, the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate, is planning a weeklong swing through the South. While in Mississippi on Tuesday, he’s set to stop in the northern cities of Tupelo and Olive Branch, and McDaniel is expected to accompany him during the trip and ride on Cruz’s campaign bus, Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier confirmed.
McDaniel initially edged Cochran in last summer’s primary election but fell just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. The GOP establishment rode to Cochran’s rescue in that runoff, and McDaniel further alienated many Republicans when he challenged the results of the second election.
But he is a hero to the deeply conservative grass roots, an important part of Cruz’s base, and he will help Cruz rally supporters in a region that was friendly to McDaniel in the Senate race. Cochran’s victory — aided by a coalition of Magnolia State and D.C. heavy hitters — was seen as a major victory for the establishment — and a warning to tea party challengers eyeing challenges to incumbents.
Cruz, who is at constant odds with his party’s leadership, did not endorse in the Senate race but backed McDaniel’s calls to investigate the runoff results.
Dear Northern Kentuckians,
Tuesday, May 19th is Election Day!
Voting is a right, a privilege and, more importantly, an obligation of ours that far too often we avoid. This level of apathy is destroying America. Northern Kentucky has a strong base of conservative voters and is a beacon for the rest of our state, but the turnout numbers in state-wide races continue to be abysmal at best.
Nine percent of Northern Kentuckians showing up to vote is not good enough. We can do better than this. Kentucky deserves better than this.
I am running for Governor to address many of the problems that continue to ail us. I will fight to cut taxes, shrink state government, dismantle KYNECT, repeal Common Core, and address our pension crisis.
If elected as your next Governor, I assure you that the Brent Spence Bridge will be a priority. Unlike the other candidates, I have not voted for or supported tolls in the past. Also unlike the other candidates, I am the only one with a viable plan on how to fund the bridge upgrade. Instead of tolls, we will utilize a portion of the Federal funding that the state already receives.
I need your help though! Please encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to show up to vote this Tuesday, May 19th. Give Northern Kentucky a voice.
Please share this letter with all of your NKY contacts so we can increase the turnout in such an important part of the state and let’s get out the vote.
- PDF: Matt’s NKY Letter
I would be grateful for your vote on Tuesday, May 19th.
All we want out of Kentucky’s next Governor is a better business climate with less taxes and regulations. Everything we read about Matt Bevin makes us believe he will greatly help our Commonwealth. It is also good to hear that Matt Bevin will fight against the EPA’s war on the energy sector in Kentucky, in particular the relentless attacks on Kentucky’s coal industry. We need to keep energy costs reasonable in Kentucky to enhance industry and bring in new businesses.
Our votes are reserved for the Honorable Matt Bevin on May 19th. Please join us to make a more prosperous Kentucky and a better way of life for all our citizens.
Ben & Theresa Goldade
Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Parents should be especially concerned with the federal government’s role in pushing Common Core on our teachers and students. Federal law prohibits the Department of Education from setting specific content standards, but using the Race to the Top program, the federal government has enticed many states to adopt the Common Core and develop curriculum and assessments aligned to the Common Core. Parents should also be disturbed by the efforts of the Department of Education and the Department of Labor—in connection with Common Core —to begin collecting large amounts of personal information on students from their pre-school years through their entry into the workforce. This is extremely dangerous for the privacy of American schoolchildren.
Please, I encourage you to vote for Matt Bevin on May 19th.
Having watched and listened to the Republican candidates for Governor of Kentucky, one cannot help but be impressed with the integrity, genuineness, and consistency of Matt Bevin. While other candidates devolve into petty squabbles and character assassination, Matt Bevin takes the high road and concentrates on Kentuckians and our needs. I encourage all Republican voters to go to mattbevin.com and study the issues and Mr. Bevin’s realistic plan for Kentucky. Matt Bevin has earned our votes for the May 19th Primary. He deserves to be the next Governor of our Commonwealth.
As registered Republicans, we have been watching the candidates for governor of Kentucky this year very closely. At first it was interesting that there seemed to be so many viable choices this election cycle. The gloves are now off, so to speak.
Until recently this has been a very friendly campaign that seemed to be run amongst political friends. In debates all men have been complementary of one another. Much to the chagrin of the others, candidate Heiner decided to show his true colors last week with very aggressive ads against the two candidates he believes are his biggest competition, James Comer and Matt Bevin. Both Comer and Bevin are running their own television campaigns, with ads to promote themselves instead of attacking others.
The false attacks against candidate Bevin do not bear repeating. These were essentially copycats of the same ads that the McConnell campaign ran last year in the senate race. All items were promptly disproved back then. To run such ads at this point is to knowingly spread false information.
Sadly, the attacks against candidate Comer appear to hold some weight.
We can learn much about these men in how they respond to adversity.
Candidate Comer’s attempt to defend his acceptance of farm subsidies was to deflect. Comer believes he is justified in accepting subsidies, claiming Heiner had received a larger amount. Candidate Heiner has not disputed this claim.
Candidate Comer, this type of defense does not work as an argument from grade-school children, and certainly does not reflect well in a governor’s race centered around fiscal responsibility.
Speaking on accusations of tripling his own pension as a Kentucky legislator also left candidate Comer unprepared and speechless. This also does not reflect well on candidate Comer being able to stand behind his actions.
Candidate Bevin did not retaliate or take to the defensive. His only acknowledgement was to share these attacks are false, and confront candidate Heiner at the Louisville debate.
Given an opportunity to save face, by both candidate Comer and candidate Bevin, to distance himself from the television attacks, candidate Heiner only offered silence.
The actions and responses of these exchanges have removed Candidate Heiner and Candidate Comer from consideration in our home. This leaves us to decide between candidate Bevin, who has handled this exchange in stride, and candidate Scott who has been fortunate to avoid altercation in this exchange.
Marianne & Jordan Byrne
Our nation was founded on principles of individual liberty, limited government, and constitutional principles. Bloated government is not unique to the federal level – we need to shrink the size of government at the state level in Kentucky through efforts that remove redundancy and waste throughout every department. And this is exactly what Matt Bevin pledges he will do.
It’s time for a Governor who will deal with Kentucky’s unfunded pension liabilities that are in excess of $20 billion and, based on more realistic actuarial assumptions, likely more than double that amount. Continuing to ignore the problem is a threat to public safety, education and other viable government services.
Also, as federal overreach in our education system has grown, positive outcomes have diminished. We need to end the monopoly that exists in Kentucky’s school system by supporting school choice and school vouchers. It’s time to stop Common Core and its “one size fits all” approach.
For these and many other reasons, our votes are reserved for Matt Bevin to be the next Governor of our Commonwealth. Vote for Matt on May 19th!
Nick & Christy Bell
Dry Ridge, Kentucky
The liberals in both major political parties make the tired argument that every other developed nation has a single-payer universal healthcare system. To save money is one reason offered. Yet the main tenet of economics is that monopolies yield higher, not lower, prices. And a single-payer universal healthcare system is the very definition of a monopoly in healthcare.
The only way to save money and reduce costs under Obamacare is to either significantly reduce compensation for the medical professionals, which will guarantee a rapidly growing shortage of them, or ration care, which will defeat the stated purpose of universal healthcare.
If our elected officials were really interested in decentralization and local control, they would work to repeal the unconstitutional Obamacare law. The only true American position is complete repeal of this horrendous law.
As our next Governor, Matt Bevin will work hard to repeal Obamacare and turn Kentucky back into a free market economy.
Remember to vote MATT BEVIN FOR KENTUCKY GOVERNOR on May 19.
Ben & Theresa Goldade
Most folks don’t realize that there is a primary election coming up on May 19th. This is the perfect time for Kentuckians to take action. Rather than wait for the general election, you can really be a difference maker by getting out to the primary and voting for the best candidates for Kentucky. There is always low voter turnout in the primary and we really need to be responsible and do our part.
The best candidate for Governor in Kentucky is Matt Bevin. I have had the opportunity to meet Matt and speak with him about his position on issues. The issue that is near and dear to my heart is Common Core State Standards. Matt feels, like most Kentucky parents, that we need to provide the best education for our children. CCSS does not do that. These standards were written by trade organizations, not educators! There were only two educators on the review board and both were vehemently against them. Kentucky was the first state to adopt them and it was before the standards were even complete. Matt Bevin wants to repeal CCSS and return control to local schools and parents! We must have leadership in office willing to listen to the will of the parents and the people in order to get this done.
I’ll highlight where Matt stands on a few other issues that are pressing our state and our nation. Matt is pro 2nd Amendment, 100 percent pro-life, he wants to deal with pension reform, rein in spending, he will bring jobs to Kentucky, enact a pro-business “right to work” legislation and improve Kentucky’s healthcare.
Matt, along with his running mate, Jenean Hampton, is not indebted to anyone in D.C. or Frankfort for that matter. With this team you will get nothing but dedication for Kentucky and the will of its people.
Please go to www.mattbevin.com to research him for yourself. Then get out there and vote! It is a privilege that we have in this nation and one that should not be taken lightly. In my opinion the only thing worse than an unregistered voter is an uneducated voter so please do your homework.
On Tuesday, Matt Bevin responded to attacks from Democrat Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the Democratic Governor’s Association (DGA), the political arm of the remaining 18 Democrat governors in America.
Shortly after unveiling his “Blueprint for a Better Kentucky”, a detailed plan to bring jobs and economic opportunity to Kentucky, Matt Bevin drew fire from Beshear and the DGA for his call to stop the implementation of Obamacare in Kentucky.
“The Medicaid expansion is simply unaffordable for the taxpayers of Kentucky,” said Matt Bevin. “We need a Governor who has the leadership ability to solve the problems we face as Kentuckians and to bring jobs and economic opportunity to our Commonwealth.
“Yesterday I offered a detailed ‘Blueprint for a Better Kentucky‘ and I challenged the other candidates in the race, on both sides of the aisle, to do the same. It is clear that my solutions have ruffled the feathers of the Democrat Governors. I am happy to lead the fight for a more fiscally responsible plan in the general election and, if elected Governor, I will begin enacting these much needed reforms on day one.”
Last week, Matt Bevin was the only Republican candidate for Governor who criticized Attorney General Jack Conway’s failure to participate in the coalition of 26 states that took on President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action on Amnesty.
Chris McDaniel, Melanie Sojourner, Michael Watson, and Perry Lee are the Profiles in Courage in the Mississippi Senate.
“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people – faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment – faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”
So said John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, where he profiled US Senators who showed tremendous courage during their tenures in office, including several who took such bold stands that it cost them their seats. Yet they stood courageously on principle. And courage was a virtue that Kennedy most admired, as should all of us.
In every legislative session, whether in Jackson or Washington, we see conservatives take audacious stands in support of unpopular causes. We all remember Ted Cruz standing alone on the floor of the US Senate passionately fighting against Obamacare and valiantly trying to persuade his fellow Republicans to join him in defunding it. Though he lost what he knew would be a rough fight, one for which he would face intense ridicule, he still took the principled stand.
There have been numerous examples in this year’s session of the Mississippi legislature. Conservative senators, including McDaniel, Watson, and Sojourner, took a very courageous and unpopular stand on a bill that would mandate that health insurance companies provide autism coverage. The easy road was to simply vote “yea” and move on, saving oneself from tough questions and political attacks.
But tough votes and courageous stands tell us who is really a conservative and who is just playing one on TV for the voters. Hard decisions and bold votes separate the conservative wheat from the political chaff.
In the latest example, timely news broke today that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has won the endorsement of nearly every member of the Republican majority in the state senate. And, right on cue, the Republican Establishment jumped for joy at the announcement.
Alan Lange of Y’all Politics said that Reeves “played this like a fiddle,” outmaneuvering and outflanking the Conservative Coalition to win over seven of the eleven members of that McDaniel-founded group. But nothing could be further from the truth. This was simply an easy political decision made by politicians. These 28 Republican senators who chose to endorse the current leadership, even though many privately loathe Tate, did not make a courageous stand. They chose the easy path, which was to simply endorse Reeves and keep him off their back in an election year.
United Conservatives Fund spokesman Keith Plunkett had this to say about the endorsements: “It’s unfortunate that some politicians have a hard time fighting the temptation of self-interest and ambition, but thank goodness we have fighters like Chris McDaniel, Melanie Sojourner, Michael Watson, and Perry Lee, who put conservative principles first. We need more like them and that’s what we’re working for with the United Conservatives Fund.”
But let us not criticize those 28 senators who chose their own path. I would only remind them of words from our Lord: “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction.”
Instead of mud-slinging, our focus should be on the four members of the Mississippi senate who took a noble stand against the powers that be – Senator Chris McDaniel, Senator Melanie Sojourner, Senator Michael Watson, and Senator Perry Lee. True courage can be found in these brave senators who chose not to open the wide gate and take the broad path, but made a decision that will likely place a political bulls-eye on their back.
But as Thomas Jefferson once advised his young nephew, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”
These four senators chose to stand like a rock and they deserve our praise, not ridicule. And that is precisely the kind of courage and leadership that the United Conservatives Fund is seeking around the state, for it is the only virtue that will put our state and our country back on the right track.
Originally posted at Mississippi Conservative Daily.
Written by: Garth Kuhnhein
An open letter to our Kentucky Legislators…On Tolls, Taxes and Liberty
What strikes me about the discussion on taxes and tolls is that it really is about the “Blessings of Liberty” that are secured by the Constitution. What many fail to realize is that personal property is essential to the “Liberty” that the Constitution sets out to secure “to ourselves and our Posterity.” Those key words from the opening sentence from the Constitution.
John Locke in his writings points out that “all property is an extension of a person’s life, energy, and ingenuity. Therefore, to destroy or confiscate such property is, in reality, an attack on the essence of life itself.”
Taxes be they in the form of tolls that are imposed by the power of government under the guise of increasing our “safety” or by the Local Option Sales Taxes in what is being touted by the LIFTER’s as “let the people vote” are exactly what John Locke was warning us about in his Two Treatises of Government, in 1689.
The primary purpose of government is to protect our property, to protect our liberty. This is exactly why our governments, local, state and federal are a republic form and not a democracy. You are our elected representatives and senators and you are to protect us from those that will take our liberty, take our property for their own enrichment. The protection of our liberty is not a Republican or a Democrat issue. It is up to you as individuals to recognize the importance of this founding principle.
If it were a Republican or Democrat issue the tolls as taxes and the LOST cause would be easily solved by the Republicans if they would follow the Republican Platform.
Taxes, by their very nature, reduce a citizen’s freedom. Their proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution….We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.
Unfortunately Mark Twain recognized that the founding principles are too often lost on legislators and he is credited with the following, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
I urge all our legislators to support our funding principles to support our republic, to protect our liberties and to reject the “LOST Cause” and to reject tolls and the corporate welfare/crony capitalism that come with P3’s.
Garth Kuhnhein is a registered engineer, board member of Sanitation District No. 1, member of the Kenton County GOP Executive Committee, an active supporter of Northern Kentucky United and is involved in liberty issues across Kentucky.
Pearson Education is a company that designs “education products and services to institutions, governments and direct to individual learners”. They have 40,000 employees in 80 countries. “Pearson is listed on the London and New York stock exchanges (LSE: PSON; NYSE: PSO). In fact, Pearson is one of the few companies to have been a constituent of the FTSE100 ever since the index began in 1984. However, though the name has remained the same the company behind it has changed beyond all recognition”.
The three main changes the company cites are as follows: (www.pearson.com)
- “A corporate focus on ‘education in the broadest sense of the word’, a strategy of becoming the world’s leading learning company with heavy exposure to the growing global education market.”
- “A transformation from book publisher to digital services company.”
- “A significant expansion into fast-growing developing economies including China, India, Africa and Brazil.”
Pearson is a former member of the Advisory Council for the United Nations Global Compact. They continue to be a member. “Participation in the Global Compact continues to provide an important framework for Pearson as we develop and grow, and are pleased to continue our support and engagement,” Robin Freestone Chief financial officer (and Board member responsible for corporate responsibility)
Remember, the Gates Foundation also used the United Nations as one vehicle for funding the development and implementation of Common Core in the United States.
Pearson appears to have a number of investors worldwide with one of the largest financial contributors being the Libyan Investment Authority that holds 26 million shares. According to the Financial Times of London, the Libyan Investment Authority was founded by Libyan dictator Muammer Gaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam with shares now belonging to more than five members of the Gaddafi family. In the Middle East; Turkey, Saudi Arabia, CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood have invested heavily in Pearson Education.
Pearson Education claims they are a public company in a free market and they have no control over their shareholders. In other words, they didn’t mean to fund terrorist activities.
“Muslim Brotherhood documents seized by the FBI and presented at the Holy Land Foundation Trial in Texas revealed a plan by the Muslim Brotherhood and their subsidiary organizations like CAIR to penetrate and indoctrinate American K-12 students.”
These documents were believed to be the Muslim Brotherhood’s manifesto in North America. You can view the documents from the Holy Land Foundation Trials by visiting the following links: (Note: the documents are provided in Arabic and English. You will need to scroll down the document to get to the English translation.)
- Muslim Brotherhood’s manifesto in North America (Exhibit 42945)
- Muslim Brotherhood’s manifesto in North America (Exhibit 42946)
In May 2014, Pearson Education took over teacher certification in New York State, because the state had to implement “reforms” to compete for federal ‘Race to the Top’ dollars. The evaluation system known as the Teacher Performance assessment (TPA) will be solely administered by Pearson Education. New York State teachers will be entirely evaluated by Pearson Education.
University programs for teacher training are being subsidized by Saudi Arabia. Middle East Studies (under Title VI of the Higher Education Act) which entails designing lesson plans and seminars on the Middle East for American K-12 teachers are being distributed without oversight despite federal funding by the United States government. Saudi Arabia is funding the foundation creating the materials and training of the teachers and coordinators of these programs.
Pearson Education did not miss a chance to be a part of this exciting training, because there were higher education dollars up for grabs. You can view their website specifically designed for Middle Eastern studies at the following link: pearsonmiddleeastawe.com
Pearson Education is involved in academic research and influencing governmental policy. Pearson Education along with Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel, and the Gates Foundation throw all kinds of money at “non-profit” organizations in an attempt to effect policies that will lead to profits for their companies. Common Core was designed and copyrighted by The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). You find Pearson Education listed as one of the many donors to NGA. Pearson Education is also listed as a business and industry partner for CCSSO.
The U.S. spends more than $632 billion a year to educate children ages five to 18 (approximately $12,608 per student). Education, including college and mid-career training, represents nearly 9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. That is more money than is spent on energy or technology.
Pearson Education may claim they have no control over whether their stock is funding terrorist activities, but consumers and the United States government can control whether they purchase Pearson Education materials. We exercise our consumer rights in a free market all of the time.
Parents have rights too. The following was written by an Ohio teacher, “Refusing to allow your child to participant in state testing is a parental right guaranteed by the 14th amendment and broadly protected by the Supreme Court (see Meyer and Pierce cases). The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that parents possess the “fundamental right” to “direct the upbringing and education of their children.” Furthermore, the Court declared that “the child is not the mere creature of the State: those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right coupled with the high duty to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations” (Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510, 534-35). The Supreme Court criticized a state legislature for trying to interfere “with the power of parents to control the education of their own” (Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 402.). In Meyer, the Supreme Court held that the right of parents to raise their children free from unreasonable state interferences is one of the unwritten “liberties” protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (262 U.S. 399).”
You can use your voice as a parent and refuse to allow your child to be used as a tool for funding terrorist activities. Pearson Education may not be the only unwitting player.
Recently Richard Innes, Staff Education Analyst at the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy, presented information on Common Core to a group of citizens in Boone County, Kentucky. Mr. Innes is an engineer by trade. He was in the Air Force where he did outcome based reviews. He was initially excited by the prospects of the public education system creating standards that could have an outcome based measurement. He soon realized they had no reliable tools in place to measure those outcomes.
In fact, when asking about the tools needed to measure outcomes he received the same answer over and over, “I don’t know what knowledge this test is meant to measure.” Educators, and certainly those designing the curriculum should know the answer to this question.
He got sucked into the Common Core debate when he looked over his daughter’s science homework. He discovered the information being taught was completely incorrect. He tried to track down the source of the incorrect information by writing to the Department of Education. Three months later he received a response from a man who belonged to a math and science club. The man did not work for the Department of Education, so Innes was unclear about how he ended up in possession of his letter. According to Innes, neither the man who responded nor anyone at the Department of education was able to answer his questions about the origins of this curriculum. The following is what he discovered on a journey for answers that has turned into a mission to save the next generation.
How did we get here?
In 2009, the federal government created “Race to the Top”, which gave states educational dollars based on performance. A certain percentage of those dollars went to charter schools. Kentucky doesn’t have any charter schools, so they had to find another way to get to the top in order to get the funding. On February 10, 2010 the Kentucky Board of Education, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and Kentucky Educational Professional Standards Board Voted to Adopt Common Core standards before they were even written. Kentucky was the first state in the nation to adopt these standards. Click here to read the standards as they are currently written.
Where did the standards come from?
If they weren’t written when the state adopted them, then where did they come from? That is a very good question that even the people who wrote them don’t seem to know. If you visit their propaganda page it says, “From the very beginning, the process of developing the Common Core has been bipartisan and state led. But in another section it reads, “The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)….led the development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)…”
The reality, they weren’t state led. They were created by the NGA, CCSSO, Achieve Inc., ACT, and the College Board all with significant financial interests.
They did create workgroups that met confidentially to review the standards. However, 5 of the 29 members refused to sign the final report. One of those refusing to sign, Professor Jim Milgram stated, “…the ‘facilitators’ for the validation committee meeting were virtually impossible to deal with….the facilitators were emphatically trying to not let us act according to our charter, but simply sign or not sign a letter when the charter said we had final say over the quality of the final CCSS product and could revise or rewrite it if we deemed necessary.”
Common Core State Standards are copyrighted by the NGA and CCSSO, not the states and cannot be changed by the states because of the copyright despite what the public has been led to believe. That means a private company has created a monopoly around our children’s education.
Did the new standards improve scores?
No. In fact, the state is now under investigation as a December 2014 report from the legislature’s Office of Educational Accountability questioned Kentucky’s College and Career Readiness rates that showed an increase from 34 percent in 2009 to 62.5 percent in 2013. However, ACT rates, which are the only stable statistics showed only an increase from 30 percent to 37 percent in meeting Benchmarks.
If you compare the CATS Scores from 2011 to the KPREP Scores of 2012 you find that 4th grade reading drops from 74 percent to 47 percent and the math grades dropped from 60 percent to 42 percent.
Unbridled Learning Reviews used by schools as self-assessment tools were already showing signs of inflating the scores. If staff are being asked to evaluate performance internally, there is no system of checks and balance leaving the outside testing agencies as the only reliable source for measuring student achievement and school performance.
Common Core Covers English Language, Arts and Mathematics:
According to Professor Jim Miligram, “The (MATH) standards are not at the level of those of the high achieving countries or the top state mathematics standards-including California, Minnesota, Indiana, and Massachusetts. Moreover this difference in level is significant, being approximately 1-2 years at the end of the eighth grade.”
Sandra Stotsky, Former Massachusetts Associate Commissioner of Education Member who was on the CCSS Validation committee said, “In my judgment, the Common Core’s standards for grades 6-12 do not reflect the core knowledge needed for authentic college level work and do not frame the literary and cultural knowledge one would expect of graduates from an American high school.” She also refused to sign the final report of the CCSS validation Committee.
Social Studies Standards:
According to Kentucky History Teacher of the Year for 2011, Donnie Wilkerson, the original group of teachers put together to write the standards were disbanded, because they refused to go along with a plan that he described as “devoid” of history content.
Wilkerson said the content left out: The American Civil War, The American Colonial Period, The American Revolution, The Bill of Rights, The Civil Rights Movement, The Declaration of Independence, The Executive Branch of the Government, The Great Depression, The Era of Industrialization, The Judicial Branch of the Government, The Kentucky Constitution, The Legislative Branch of the Government, Personal Liberty (apparently Liberty wasn’t mentioned at all), Persian Gulf War, Preamble to the Constitution, Religious Diversity, Representative Democracy, Acquiring and protection of property, life, liberty, pursuit of safety, and happiness, Religion, Vietnam, World War I, and World War II.
When questioned about these missing pieces the response was that the C3 framework was designed to teach students to think about history. Many fear this opens the door to revisionist history.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):
September 2013, the NGSS went before the Kentucky Legislature’s Administrative Regulations Review Committee. The committee voted 5 to 1 finding the NGSS deficient, but the governor immediately overrode the legislative vote putting the standards into effect in Kentucky despite the facts presented by the review committee.
One Kentucky high school dropped physics one month after the governor’s ruling. NGSS essentially eliminates the last two years of science education needed by students who want to go on to STEM careers.
Some of the missing content included; no mention of Universal Gas Law, Ohm’s Law, or any discussion of electrical circuits beyond the fourth grade despite the world we now live in being surrounded by them. Chemistry and Physics are both eliminated in high school.
Why should you care?
Even if you don’t have children, about 60 percent of every tax dollar you send to Frankfort is spent on some level of education in Kentucky. The growth of spending on education in Kentucky since 1990 has risen far above the rate of inflation. According to the Kentucky Department of Education receipts and expense reports real spending is up by 188 percent.
If you do have children, you should be concerned that they are not receiving adequate education to compete for education and jobs within the United States. The government is creating a system where students will need additional years of college to compensate for what they are losing in public high schools.
Wealthy people can afford to send their children to private schools. Less fortunate Americans are stuck with public education. This furthers the race and wealth gap that already exists throughout much of Kentucky. The rich will continue to get richer as their children compete for education and jobs out of reach for the average Kentuckian.
Standards drive curriculum, so don’t be fooled when you hear administrators talk about the freedom to develop curriculum. When the standards are copyrighted there is not a lot of wiggle room on the curriculum, especially when the testing is being written around the standards.
There is also a lot of data collection on your children. The companies driving Common Core are using that data to develop technologies around future consumers. In the meantime, they are setting your children up to fail, because they are not college and career ready.
The following bill is currently in the house: HB 33 (BR 97)
Sponsors: T. Kerr, L. Bechler, R. Bunch, K. Imes, T. Moore, S. Santoro, D. St. Onge, R. Webber
AN ACT relating to public school standards.
Create a new section to KRS Chapter 158 to prohibit the Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education from implementing the English language arts and mathematics academic content standards developed by the Common Core Standards Initiative and the science academic content standards developed by the Next Generation Science Standards Initiative; require the state board to recommend new content standards to school districts and schools after consultation with the Council on Postsecondary Education; require public involvement in standards development; clarify the authority of the local board of education to adopt standards which differ from or exceed the standards approved by the state board; clarify that the school-based decision making councils shall develop policies based upon the standards adopted by the local boards of education; prohibit state officials from ceding control of education content standards and assessments; prohibit withholding of state funds from school districts for adopting different academic content standards; amend KRS 156.070 to limit disclosure of personally identifiable information; direct the Kentucky Board of Education to require that the Department of Education and all school districts adhere to transparency and privacy standards when outsourcing data and Web-based tasks to vendors; clarify vendor contract requirements; amend KRS 158.6453 to permit a local board of education to supplement the state board-approved academic content standards with higher and more rigorous standards and require school councils to use them to fulfill curriculum policy requirements; amend KRS 160.345 to clarify school council curriculum policy authority.
(Prefiled by the sponsor(s).)
Nov 12-To: Interim Joint Committee on Education
Jan 6-introduced in House; to Education (H)
If you want to weigh in: Call 1-800-372-7181 and tell the operator you want your message to go to ALL members on the Northern KY Legislative Caucus on these bills. All they ask is your name and contact information.
BY: Derrick Tapp | UCF Executive Committee
Conservatives in Mississippi don’t agree on everything and we likely never will. We come from different socioeconomic backgrounds and different geographies. We have unique moral perspectives and family influences. Each of us is at a different point in our journey.
I have been an active member of the Libertarian Party for over 20 years and have often felt like a lone voice in the wilderness. I have promoted the Libertarian Party even when ridiculed for my stance in favor of smaller government, transparency and individual liberties. The Democrat I was in my teens because of family influences, and the Republican I was in my early twenties for moral reasons, would argue like there was no tomorrow with the Libertarian I have become in my forties.
The Libertarian I was in my thirties would even have a few disagreements with me today.
I believe dissent and debate to be the greatest of educators–and conservatives love to argue with each other. But those disagreements have provided our big government opponents an insultingly easy way to divide us for decades. Conservatives are principled, intellectual and strong willed as we should be. Yet we have to recognize that our big-government loving opponents have been laughing all the way to the bank at how easily divided we have been by using those attributes against us.
That is about to change.
Conservatives in Mississippi are uniting. We are shelving our differences and forgiving our past transgressions against each other to recruit conservative candidates to defeat the big government officials who have been responsible for keeping Mississippi last. We will defeat them without diluting our strongly held principles because the strongest friendships are built on mutual respect, not submission. (Tweet this)
Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. People now see that things have gotten worse, especially in regards to ever increasing government control over every facet of our lives.
Conservatives in Mississippi have always known that the dream world promised by proponents of big government is actually a nightmare existence of crippling debt and eroding liberties. It’s time for conservatives to unite with the goal of making Mississippi the most hospitable state in the nation to those who truly want economic prosperity for everyone in our state. (Tweet this) We do this by uniting to defeat the proponents of big government, to defeat those who hate transparency, to defeat those who want to keep Mississippi subservient to the whims and the power structure of Washington D.C.
Mississippians have been duped into electing candidates who maintain that we must take money away from our neighbors in other states in order to survive. Voters fall for this fear tactic because these candidates have convinced Mississippians that we don’t have the talents or assets in our state necessary to prosper. Mississippi partisans have been channeling those fears into recruiting the most skilled takers to run for elected office for decades. During this time Mississippi has consistently ranked last economically.
Mississippians are beginning to realize that maybe recruiting the best takers we could find to oversee our state finances has not been the wisest approach to promote economic prosperity in our state, after all. (Tweet this)
Some of the most talented people in the world come from Mississippi. We have assets to rival any other state. It’s past time we show the rest of the world what Mississippi can do with true conservative leaders in office.
Our state used to be known as ‘The Hospitality State’. Now we are just known as ‘The Poorest State’. We should reclaim the name of ‘The Hospitality State’ again.
It’s not hospitable to take from others against their will. We should focus on electing candidates who will work to create the most hospitable environment in the nation for large, medium and small companies.
It’s not hospitable for state officials to prop up their favorite ‘government business experiments’ to the detriment of new and existing Mississippi companies, families and taxpayers. We should elect candidates to office with the integrity and the economic expertise to ensure a level playing field so Mississippi’s new and existing companies can compete fairly. It is impossible for any company to compete if the government creates an unfair business environment. If a company needs millions of our tax dollars to be successful then that company does not have a good business plan, and if a company has a good business plan then that company does not need millions of our tax dollars to be successful.
It’s not hospitable to allow envy of the success of others to drive policy. (Tweet this) Most proponents of big government want us to think that if an individual or a company makes a profit then we should be jealous. However, profit is not a bad word. No one will go into business and create new jobs and opportunities in our state if they know the game is rigged against their ability to be successful.
I am happy to be a member of the United Conservatives Fund, because I believe with UCF we will reclaim the honor of once again being known as ‘The Hospitality State’. I believe with a unified approach to good policy we will attract the best and the brightest. I believe we will renew a commitment to freedom and to opportunity.
Only when we approach our state’s problems together as challenges to be overcome, rather than demands for politicians to fix, will we begin to see positive results.(Tweet this) We are a strong people. The United Conservatives Fund exists to unify that strength and focus it on what we can do together.
Derrick Tapp represents the Libertarian Party on the United Conservatives Fund Executive Committee. He has been an active member of the Libertarian Party for over 20 years. He has served as District One Representative for the Mississippi Libertarian Party and most recently Vice Chairman. He works in family retail, distribution, manufacturing and real estate.
Monday, February 2 marks the second anniversary of the death of Chris Kyle. I still can’t watch his wife, Taya, talk about it without feeling an open wound in my heart. The funeral televised from the Cowboy’s Stadium was amazing, but painful. The kind of pain that knocks the wind out of you and takes your breath away. The kind of pain that leaves you gasping for air just to prove that this is real and not a horrible nightmare.
I have no personal ties to the Kyle family, but there is something between military wives that I can’t explain. We all dance between the world of wives and widows experiencing a mixture of relief and survivor’s guilt with each knock on a neighbor’s door.
Chris went into a war zone with a bounty on his head and a target on his back. He did four tours in Iraq. He was shot twice and escaped six IED blasts. The minute the first shot rang out from his gun he gave away his location, but he made it home….only to be killed on United States soil by a fellow soldier in a place that was as familiar as home to a sniper, the gun range.
Knowing how the movie ends I still haven’t been able to watch it. If you read the book, American Sniper, then you have read about Chris’s life in his own words. He was a Texan all the way; bigger than life.
Chris grew up hunting, played sports, and went on to be a professional rodeo cowboy. However, he injured his arm bringing his rodeo career to an end. After his arm healed he joined the military ultimately working his way into SEAL Team 3 becoming a sniper.
There is a famous story about the first shot Chris took during his sniper career. The story was originally reported by CNN and later told by Chris in his book American Sniper. According to the tale, a woman, cradling a toddler, was moving towards a group of Marines carrying a grenade. Chris took the shot killing her and saving the Marines. The quote from his book read, “The woman was already dead. I was just making sure she didn’t take any Marines with her.”
The insurgents named him, Shaitan Ar-Ramadi (‘The Devil of Ramadi’). However, Chris admitted during an interview that he didn’t think the insurgents could tell the difference between him and other snipers.
When Chris returned home he started a company training law enforcement and the military. He worked with non-profits to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder. He went on a reality television show. He wrote a book. And he gave lots and lots of interviews. America fell in love with their American sniper. His straight shooting Texas charm gave a human quality to the Devil of Ramadi.
The details of Chris’s death still seem vague. The trial for Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of killing Chis, is set for this month. Perhaps the world will have a better understanding then of how a hero can escape a war zone and be killed on US soil by a man he called a friend.
Chris left behind a wife and two children.
Thanks to the state of Texas he also left behind a legacy that will help other veterans. On August 2013, then Texas governor, Rick Perry, signed the “Chris Kyle Bill” to recognize military training in order to obtaining occupational licenses in the state of Texas.
The governor current governor, Greg Abbott, declared February 2, “Chris Kyle Day”.
It seems every few years a group of totalitarians in the Mississippi legislature conjure up what few brain cells they have that actually function to any reasonable degree and draft legislation that completely embarrasses our state and threatens our liberty.
In 2008, if you recall, several House members wrote a bill that would, I kid you not, make it illegal for restaurants in Mississippi to serve fat people. This joke of a bill was aimed at the chronically high obesity rate in the state. Representatives W. T. Mayhall, Bobby Shows, and John Read succeeded, not in getting the bill passed thank goodness, but in humiliating our state as word of the proposal made national news. They quickly backed off their crusade.
This session saw four representatives do something far worse than merely embarrassing the state; they introduced a bill that is downright dangerous to the future liberty of our people. House Bill 1261, known as the “Dangerous Dog Bill,” has two primary sponsors, Representatives Larry Byrd (District 104) and Tommy Taylor (District 28), but is also supported by Randy Boyd (District 19) and Lester Carpenter (District 1), who just so happens to be the chair of the House Conservative Coalition.
Now there’s nothing wrong with having a few laws with specific punishments for those who are not responsible in caring for their dogs and, out of irresponsible behavior, allow the dog to injure someone. But there should be enough on the books to handle those cases. This bill steps over the line, way over the line. In fact, no other state in the Union has ever passed anything like this.
Let’s look at the language of the bill itself. After first laying out exactly what kind of dogs are not permitted under this law, and how we are supposed care for them, our masters spell out our punishments, and here is where it gets hairy.
Section 3, Paragraph 8: “In order to determine if there is a violation … a law enforcement officer, at any time, may enter the premises where a dangerous dog is kept, or is believed to be kept, for an on-site inspection of the premises.”
So a cop can enter my home “at any time” for an “on-site inspection” of my house to determine if I have a dangerous dog or not, and to determine if I am in compliance with the law. Say, gentlemen, didn’t they do that in Nazi Germany?
Well, fascist countries don’t have a Bill of Rights. But thankfully we do! Here is the text of the Fourth Amendment for those who don’t know it by heart:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
What part of “shall not be violated” do these illustrious legislators not understand? It’s plain English. It simply means private property – one of the great pillars that supports our republic – is protected and can’t be searched or any property seized without a warrant, and cops can’t get a warrant without probable cause. Probable cause does NOT give a police officer the right to break–in to a home, search, and seize anything because it is believed something bad is going on. A cop must get a warrant first, that is a warrant based on probable cause, not guesswork and hunches. Got it?
Read more at Mississippi Conservative Daily.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.
Romney’s exit comes after several of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of the Republican Party’s establishment-minded voters.
In his call with supporters, Romney appeared to take a swipe at Bush, saying it was time for fresh leadership within the GOP.
In an email to supporters on Tuesday, Matt Bevin, former candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014 who ran against the now Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell explained what’s to expect in the months ahead.
Bevin is running for Governor of Kentucky as a Republican candidate. The other candidates are current Agricultural Commissioner of Kentucky James Comer, Hal Heiner, former Louisville Metro Councilman, and Will T. Scott, former Associate Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.
By: Matt Bevin
How blessed we are to live in Kentucky today! Yes, we have many problems facing our state. And yes, this is increasingly common knowledge but, importantly, there are solutions to these problems if we have the right people in place with the right ideas.
There’s no more important place to start making our way out of the bureaucratic wilderness than this year’s Governor’s race.
Tough decisions have to be made…really tough decisions. This will not be an easy path ahead.
After many months in prayer and consultation with family and friends across Kentucky, I knew that I needed to step up to the plate.
That’s why earlier today, I filed to run for Governor of the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The decision of a running mate is also one that weighed heavily on my heart. I have spoken to many folks about this role, and about what would be best for Kentucky. I am truly excited to announce candidate for Lt. Governor, Jenean Hampton.
A strong voice for working class taxpayers and for our country’s founding principles, Jenean is also a close friend. She is a strong advocate for liberty and for restoring a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Jenean grew up in a financially humble home and put herself through college while working full time at General Motors. She holds an MBA from a top tier business school and has two decades of experience in the private sector working for several Fortune 500 companies. Jenean is a former active duty Air Force officer, a thought-leader on economic growth, an unwavering supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and a strong defender of life for all Kentuckians.
We know that talk is cheap and voters are looking for bold leaders with the courage to actually do what needs to be done in Frankfort. Jenean and I represent our Commonwealth both figuratively and literally. Our experiences in the private sector along with our years of military service, make us uniquely qualified to tackle the issues facing Kentucky today. We are excited by the challenges and opportunities before us!
Jenean and I have both been blessed to live the American dream. We are grateful that our ability to pursue our dreams in life were made possible by the sacrifice and bloodshed of those who came before us.
The American dream is one every Kentuckian should have a chance to achieve. That seems to have been lost through the years, and we are going to strive to make that a defining characteristic for all Kentuckians, ensuring better opportunities for the future.
Over the coming weeks and months, Jenean and I will set forth our innovative, clear-cut and achievable goals for putting Kentucky back on the path to prosperity.
Thank you for all your past support. I look forward to hearing from you on the campaign trail.
Matt Bevin is a conservative business man, military veteran, husband, and father. He was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He lives with his family in Louisville, Kentucky.
Senator Chris McDaniel launches ‘United Conservatives Fund’, will discuss future political plans on five-city tour
LAUREL, Miss. — Senator Chris McDaniel today announced a week-long series of events across Mississippi to discuss the official launch of a new state political action committee. McDaniel said the United Conservatives Fund (UCF) was organized by conservative thought-leaders, grassroots volunteers and community leaders from across the state.
“Following what happened in the Republican Primary runoff for the U.S. Senate on June 24, 2014, Conservatives are more ready for mobilization and action than ever,” said McDaniel. “I have the enviable position of having the best of the best thought-leaders in the state and across the country ready to devote their time, money and effort to do what is needed to be sure the truth of conservatism is never again misrepresented by the politically powerful like it was here.”
McDaniel says the executive committee members and more details regarding the organizational structure and objectives of UCF will be announced in the next week at events across the state in a five-city tour.
“I said repeatedly over the past year that the campaign was not about me and I meant it. I know that can be a foreign concept for the politically and personally motivated,” said McDaniel. “My only political ambition today is what it has been all along; to make sure our conservative movement is strong and gaining ground, solving problems and communicating effectively. The working people of this state can and must unite for the survival of our republic. If we fight for one another then we will win together.”
McDaniel also commented on his personal political future.
“I understand that my name has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a number of different offices and I am considering those carefully with the counsel of my friends and family,” he added. “Whether I run for higher office or not, it makes little difference unless other Conservatives are provided the resources and support to step up where they live.
“This task does not rest on any one man’s shoulders. Simply stated, if we are divided we will fail. My driving purpose right now is to make sure we are not divided, but united.”
Events will be held:
Friday: January 23, 6:00 PM
Tupelo City Hall: City Council Chambers
71 E Troy Street
Monday: January 26, 6:00 PM
Trustmark Park Holiday Inn
Tuesday: January 27, 6:00 PM
Fillin Station Grill
4840 Venture Drive
Thursday: January 29, 6:00 PM
Forrest County Chancery Building
641 North Main Street
Friday: January 30, 6:00 PM
MS Gulf Coast
The United Conservatives Fund is a donor member-led political action committee focused on advancing the conservative movement and electing true conservative candidates. More information is available at www.unitedconservativesfund.com.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. may not have “risen from recession” quite as rousingly as President Barack Obama suggested in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Seven years after that severe downturn began, household income hasn’t recovered and healthy job growth is complicated by the poor quality, and pay, of many of those jobs.
It’s always problematic when a president takes credit for an improving economy, just as it is when he’s blamed for things going bad. A leader can only do so much, for better or worse, and there are two sides to every economy. But after an election in which Obama largely held off on chest-beating, he claimed credit in bold terms for what is going right.
Also in his speech, Obama skimmed over the cost to taxpayers of free community college tuition and invited closer scrutiny with his claims about U.S. support for Syrian moderates and about his record of public-lands preservation.
A look at some of his claims, and the facts and the political climate behind them, in his speech:
—”At this moment – with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry and booming energy production – we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.”
THE FACTS: By many measures, the economy is still recovering from the deep scars left by the Great Recession.
Job growth has been healthy, but fueled in part by lower-paying jobs in areas such as retail and restaurants, which have replaced many higher-paying positions in manufacturing and construction. Part-time jobs also remain elevated: There are still 1.7 million fewer workers with full-time jobs than when the recession began in December 2007.
And the faster hiring hasn’t pushed up wages much. They have been growing at a tepid pace of about 2 percent a year since the recession ended 5 1/2 years ago. That’s barely ahead of inflation and below the annual pace of about 3.5 percent to 4 percent that is typical of a fully healthy economy.
That has left the income of the typical household below its pre-recession level. Inflation-adjusted median household income reached $53,880 in November 2014, according to an analysis of government data by Sentier Research. That is about 4 percent higher than when it bottomed out in 2011. But it is still 4.5 percent lower than the $56,447 median income in December 2007, the month the recession began.
Booming energy production is indeed a reality, but that’s a phenomenon many years in the making, with the development of cost-effective extraction from fracking and other means playing into the rise of the U.S. as an energy production giant.
Read more at the Associated Press.
LAUREL, Miss. — Senator Chris McDaniel today released the following statement in support of National Religious Freedom Day.
National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that became the basis for the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.
Senator McDaniel authored Mississippi’s landmark Religious Liberty Law in 2013 that re-established the state’s commitment to the rights of all to freely worship.
“I join today with millions across the country to celebrate National Religious Freedom Day and with those who believe that if we are ever going to get our country back on track, it is going to start in our churches,” Senator McDaniel said.
“The foundation of everything we believe, the cornerstone of society, is religious freedom. It is the driving force of engagement and involvement that comes from that freedom that has made our country the most prosperous in history. It is not man-made designs but our faith in a higher calling and purpose to serve one another that has created prosperity.
“God has shined the light of his blessings upon our willingness to serve. It is the millions of unknowable transactions of neighborly kindness and prayer that we all take for granted every day.
“This is the foundation of a country of traditions that is worth preserving.
“I will continue my dedication to those traditions and to the rights of the people to freely worship where ever they may be, whether in the classroom or in the public square. I will continue my service to the people that they may have a voice and a place to share their unique God-given gifts with others.
“Religious Freedom is what allows that Power to bring us into individual renewal and prosperity.
“We must never allow the divisive schemes of secularism and the cultural worship of ourselves to hide that from the world. We must renew our commitment to the spiritual guidance only available to us by our Creator. Christians must stand now like we have never stood before, and we must do everything within our power to maintain that right without compromise.”
Senator McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses part of South Mississippi, since 2008. He resides with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — On Thursday, the Mexican government began issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States. This move is seen as a way of helping immigrants stay in the country under the extreme immigration policy President Obama put in place.
Birth certificates will make it easier for Mexican immigrants to apply for drivers licenses, work permits and ultimately protection from deportation. Until now, the Mexican government required its citizens to get birth certificates in Mexico. Many had to ask friends and families living in Mexico to retrieve them.
While Republicans in Congress are trying to undo Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. from deportation, Mexico is trying to help them stay here and continue sending money back to relatives across the border. About half the 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are from Mexico, and immigration experts say roughly 3 million of them could be eligible under the administration’s plan.
The new practice comes two weeks after California — home to more Mexicans than any other state — began issuing driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter complained that American and Mexican policies have combined to send more people across the border. “The administration’s position and efforts seem to better align with Mexico’s interests than they do with our own — and that’s disappointing,” he said.
Mexican migrant workers living abroad sent home $21.6 billion to their families in 2013, according to the country’s central bank.
This move by the Mexican government comes a day after the House approved a Department of Homeland Security funding package that would defund the administration’s executive amnesty. Mexican consulates are able to access data from regional governments, however, will have a hard time with rural villages as documents from there are not digitally recorded.
Associated Press Writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report from Washington.
From The Washington Post:
Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State took control of the social media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command on Monday, posting threatening messages and propaganda videos, along with some military documents.
The command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were eventually taken offline, but not before a string of tweets and the release of military documents, some of which listed contact information for senior military personnel. A Centcom spokesman confirmed their accounts were “compromised,” and that the military was investigating.
Virtually all of the documents posted appear to already have been publicly available online, but the incident is nevertheless embarrassing to the U.S. military. Centcom oversees the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and frequently posts videos of airstrikes on its social media accounts.
The first rogue tweet was posted about 12:30 p.m. and the account was not suspended for about another 40 minutes. The background and profile photo of the Twitter account were both changed to show an apparent militant and the phrases “CyberCaliphate” and “i love you isis,” using one of the acronyms for the militant group.
“AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH YOUR BACK,” one tweet said.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is “examining and investigating the extent of the incident.”
“This is something we are obviously looking into and something we take seriously,” he told reporters Monday, adding he didn’t have a lot of information. He said that there is a “pretty significant difference” between “a large data breach and the hacking of a Twitter account.”
The Centcom YouTube page also appeared to have been hacked, with two Islamic State propaganda videos added to the page and the same “CyberCaliphate” banner posted. The YouTube account was eventually “terminated due to repeated or severe violations” of YouTube’s guidelines, the website said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Thomas Massie and Jim Bridenstine issued the following statement:
According to the Congressional Record, Congressmen Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, Members who voted against John Boehner as Speaker of the House, have been kicked off the Rules Committee. This retribution compromises the ability of Members of Congress to faithfully represent their constituents and subverts our representative democracy.
The Speaker must immediately reinstate these Members. No Member should be punished for voting according to his or her conscience.
We expect other Members of the House of Representatives to condemn this act of political retribution.
Massie was an outspoken opponent of the re-election of John Boehner as the speaker of the house. He was joined by 25 other congressman in voting against Boehner. Now many of those who voted against Boehner are facing retaliation from the speaker.
Boehner acknowledged the discipline of Webster and Nugent in a Mafioso sounding speech last Wednesday stating that they were removed, “Because of some of the activities on the floor…two of our members weren’t put back on the committee immediately…We’re going to have a family conversation,” Boehner said.
This has many Americans asking about the way things are being done in Washington. If congressman can be punished by the speaker for voting a specific way, then how can constituents be insured their congressmen are representing the will of the people, instead of voting based on fear, intimidation, and what looks like school yard bullying?
PRESS RELEASE: Wesley Wilson declares his candidacy for the Republican Primary in Mississippi’s 62nd House District
Wednesday, January 7, 2014
Richland, Miss. — Wesley Wilson of Richland has filed papers with the Mississippi Republican Party, officially declaring his candidacy for the Republican Primary in Mississippi’s 62nd House District.
Fiscal responsibility, economic revival and a thriving educational system are three issues that Wilson will urge the House to address. Wilson will fight tirelessly to ensure every voice is heard and strongly represented.
Wilson, a longtime resident of Richland, MS, graduate of Richland High School and Mississippi College, is ready to take a stand for his community. “This is my home, these are my neighbors, friends, and family. It troubles me to know individuals in District 62 are without strong conservative leadership.”
Wilson will bring a new generation of leadership to Jackson. With energy and enthusiasm, he will ensure District 62 will have a conservative leading the fight for a better Mississippi.