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I am the Democratic-Republican-Liberal-, Progressive’s Worst Nightmare. I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying American , Gun Owning Veteran That’s me!I believe in the freedom of religion, but I don’t push it on others.I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal governmental functionary, Democrat or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don’t work!I’m in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!I think owning a gun doesn’t make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.I believe there should be no other language option for business.I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.I don’t hate the rich. I don’t pity the poor.I know wrestling is fake and I don’t waste my time watching or arguing about it.I’ve never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven’t burned any witches, and neither have you!I believe if you don’t like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country! This is AMERICA …We like it the way it is and more so the way it was …so stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China, or some other socialist country!If you were born here and don’t like it… you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the White House, the seat of our biggest problems.I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution? Can I get an AMEN on that one?I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you’re breaking the law, regardless of what race or color you are.And, no, I don’t mind having my face shown on my driver’s license, nor the necessity of showing my identification, to conduct normal business or especially to vote . I think those policies are more than prudent….I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don’t want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making ‘donations’ to their cause….Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!I believe that it doesn’t take a village to raise a child, it takes a man and woman …I believe ‘illegal’ is illegal no matter what the lawyers, or progressive Democrats think!I want to return this country to the values it was founded on, and prospered under for over 200 years!My Country…I hope this offends all illegal aliens.Hypothetically, my great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in the Revolution and the War of 1812.My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Mexican American War.My great, great grandfather watched as his friends and brothers died in the Civil War.My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Spanish-American War.My grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I.My father watched as his friends died in WW II and the Korean War.I watched as my friends died in Vietnam , Panama and Desert Storm.My son watched and bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq ..None of them died for the Mexican Flag.Everyone of them died for the American flag, and liberty.Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole, other students took it down. Guess who was expelled…the students who took it down.California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.Enough is enough!This message needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America .We’ve bent over to appease the America-haters long enough.I’m taking a stand.I’m standing up because of the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars, preserving liberty and freedom both, here and in other besieged nations, for the American flag, and all she stands for..If you agree, stand up with me.And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS! Let me make this clear! THIS IS MY COUNTRY!This statement DOES NOT mean I’m against immigration!YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally, as did my grandparents:
1. Get a sponsor
2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!
3. Live by OUR rules!
4. Get a job!
5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!
7. NOW find a place to lay your head!If you don’t want to forward this for fear of offending someone, then YOU’RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!We’ve gone so far the other way . . . bent over backwards not to offend anyone.Only AMERICANS seems to care when American Citizens are being offended!WAKE UP America !!!If you do not pass this on, may your fingers cramp!
Statists believe politicians can regulate selfishness and greed. There are four reasons they cannot..
First, politicians and bureaucrats are people too, and just as prone to selfishness and greed as anyone else. You can’t cure an inherent human weakness by giving one sub-set of flawed humans vast power over all the rest.
Second, political power will naturally attract the greediest people, thereby magnifying the problem you were hoping to solve. This is like letting the fox guard the hen house.
Third, there are few ways to control politicians once they’re in power. It’s very easy for them to pass laws and regulations that benefit themselves, or their cronies. It’s hard to prevent or punish this, or to replace incumbent office holders.
Fourth, greed and selfishness are actually self-punishing under normal circumstances.
Selfish people lack friends in times of need
Greedy people lose customers
But please notice — The State cannot lose friends and customers. People are compelled to submit to The State’s dictates. So, instead of being self-punishing, statist greed is actually self-rewarding. Politicians actually use their own failures as an excuse to grant themselves more power, and to spend more money.
In fact, statism is inherently greedy, because it initiates force in all that it does. By comparison, voluntaryists believe true generosity is peaceful, voluntary, cooperative, pro-social, and empathetic. True generosity builds bonds of community. Statism does the opposite. This is why…
Voluntaryists believe governments must obey the Zero Aggression Principle. Governments must not initiate force. They must only use force defensively.
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By Perry Willis and Jim BabkaCopyright ©2015 Zero Aggression Project. All Rights Reserved.
They Claimed Giving All Students Free School Lunches Would Raise Test Scores ✔
In 2014, education leaders ranging from the U.S. secretary of education down to local school officials promised that kids would do better if districts adopted a federal program that provides no-cost lunches to students regardless of financial need. It hasn’t worked out that way in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Board members in charge of the Hamilton County School System voted in the spring of 2014 to enroll schools with the highest percentage of disadvantaged students in the Community Eligibility Provision for five years, starting with the 2014-15 school year; 47 of 73 Hamilton County schools participate in CEP, said Carolyn Childs, Hamilton’s school nutrition director. But instead of rising, test scores in Hamilton County went down this year, with the Chattanooga Times Free Press reporting that the school system experienced “less-than-expected academic progress.”
According to some of the TCAP scores available on the Tennessee Department of Education’s website:
The number of students who fell below basic, the lowest possible score, on the Algebra I portion of the test rose from 18.8 percent to 21.9 percent.
The number of students who fell below basic on the biology portion of the test rose from 15.3 percent to 18 percent.
The number of students who fell below basic at the third- through eighth-grade reading level rose from 13.4 percent to 15 percent.
The number of students who fell below basic at the third- through eighth-grade math level rose from 15.1 percent to 15.9 percent.
The number of students who fell below basic on the English I portion of the test rose from 8.4 percent to 9.1 percent.
The idea behind the program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a simple one. As U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told school superintendents, kids do better taking tests when they have a belly full of food, and that’s why, rich or poor, they need a school lunch at no cost to the students. Taxpayers pick up the tab. Child nutrition directors at schools in Georgia and West Virginia said in a USDA testimonial that test scores shot up as soon as their schools enrolled. Hamilton County School System officials made the same promises, said Rhonda Thurman, one of that county’s nine school board members. But test results there failed to live up to school board members’ expectations. “I was indeed told that if the kids get better nutritional value, then the scores will be better. But if we have certain schools where 95 to 98 percent of the kids are on free and reduced lunches, then why are those kids not Rhodes scholars?” Thurman asked. “There is no excuse whatsoever for the lower academic scores. If free lunches were the ticket, then these kids should have improved. We’re just going to have to quit fooling ourselves,” Thurman said.
The Times Free Press reported that the school system did worse this year on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program’s reading, biology, and English tests. The TCAP measures students’ overall academic performance. Students in the county also took the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System test, which measures how well teachers got information across to students. TVAAS test results for the last school year show that Hamilton County students received the lowest possible test rating, one out of five, according to the Times Free Press.
Thurman said no one in the school system has asked why CEP didn’t improve test scores, despite promises that they would. School board member Jonathan Welch, who supports CEP, told Tennessee Watchdog he doesn’t remember anyone promising that the program would improve overall test scores. He also said he also couldn’t account for why test scores fell, and that it’s too early to make a call on the effectiveness of the program. “Regardless of whether this program impacts test scores, we still have to feed our children,” Welch said. “If they go hungry, then I fear they’d do even worse academically, and that would scare me more.” School officials said last year that giving all students—rich and poor—a free meal spares poor kids from embarrassment. The number of participating students increased from 24,533 during the last school year to 25,033 for the current school year, Childs said.
The Hamilton County School System has 43,462 students, meaning more than half the district’s students use CEP, said Brian Seay, student information systems manager. More than 4,000 schools nationwide participate in the program, according to Duncan’s letter to the school superintendents. CEP currently has more than 8 million students participating nationwide, said USDA spokeswoman Wanda Worley. Better in Nashville
Elsewhere in the state, Davidson County officials enrolled 85,000 students in CEP last school year. According to the Tennessean, Davidson County students made “incremental progress” on their standardized test scores for the 2014-15 year, in line with statewide gains. Six percent of students statewide got an advanced level score for Algebra I. Twenty-three point five percent of Davidson County students did the same, which was 6.1 percentage points higher than what they scored the previous school year.
Twenty point eight percent of students statewide got an advanced level score for biology. Twelve point eight percent of Davidson County students did the same, which was 3.1 percentage points higher than what they scored the previous school year.
Eleven percent of third-through eighth-grade students statewide got an advanced level score for reading. 8.3 percent of Davidson County students did the same, which was 0.4 percentage points lower than what they scored the previous school year.
Twenty-four point one percent of third- through eighth-grade students statewide got an advanced level score for math . Eighteen point nine percent of Davidson County students did the same, which was 0.4 percentage points higher than what they scored the previous school year.
Thirteen point two percent of students statewide got an advanced level score for English 1. Ten percent of Davidson County students did the same, which was 2.5 percentage points higher than what they scored the previous school year.
As for Hamilton County, Welch said CEP’s future depends on how much additional money the feds offer.
Thurman was more blunt.
“I don’t mean this to sound crude, but the Bible uses this word, so I’ll use it too. We’re just a bunch of grant whores. Anything that has a dollar attached to it, we’ll take. The school system is all about getting anything that’s free,” Thurman said.
Originally published at Watchdog.org.
Maine’s Attorney General Using Civil Rights Law to Silence Christians – Freedom Force
Maine is a beautiful place. It is a place of vast and wonderful wilderness and has twisting and turning coastline that if stretched out could touch both coasts. It is full of majestic mountain ranges and tranquil lakes and rivers. Mainers are wonderful people, who are difficult to get to know, yet friendly and helpful. Yet, Maine is the least evangelized state in the country. Evangelical churches are scarce. Many towns have no Bible believing fellowships, and most Mainers have never been confronted with the reality of sin or their guilt before a holy and wrathful God. It would be safe to say that very few Mainers have heard a sermon, and fewer have been called to repentance. So it should be no surprise that in such an environment, a street preacher would raise a fuss. But has Christianity become so offensive that it should be made a violation of civil rights to preach it in the street? Maine’s Attorney General thinks so.
In an unprecedented move against the free speech of Christians, Maine’s state attorney general has filed a civil rights lawsuit against a pastor over his pro-life preaching outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Portland. Attorney General Janet Mills, a pro-abortion Democrat, is seeking to keep Lebanon pastor Brian Ingalls, 26, from standing within 50 feet of the Planned Parenthood facility—or any Planned Parenthood location in Maine. So, what Mills wants to do is to restrict public access to this citizen, even though Ingalls has not had any noted confrontation with anyone. He has not threatened any of the women entering Planned Parenthood. So, what this really comes down to is that this woman wants to silence the message. Mills alleges in her lawsuit that Ingalls spoke too loudly on Oct. 23 about “murdering babies, aborted babies’ blood and Jesus” while preaching outside of Planned Parenthood to the point that his pro-life pleas could be heard in the room where examinations take place.
She asserts that Ingalls didn’t lower his voice enough that particular day after being approached by police and contends that his passionate preaching “demonstrates his intent to interfere with the safe and effective delivery of health services at Planned Parenthood.” So, what if a man walked past a gynecologist office and was speaking loudly about how wrong it was for a doctor to examine a woman that was not his wife? Would this not be demonstrating his intent to interfere? Would Mills have brought suit against that man? Probably not. The point that we have to get to is that this is an issue of an opinion. I agree with Ingalls’ opinion. I believe that it is a fact. I believe that abortion is murder. I believe the doctor, nurses, mother and father are all guilty of murder. But that is not the question. The question is, does Ingalls have the right to share his opinion in a public place?
Well, according to the First Amendment, he does have that right. And this point has already been made in court.
The city of Portland recently lost a lawsuit that challenged their imposed 39-foot buffer zone, which essentially pushed pro-lifers to stand across the street from the facility, where they could not provide help to abortion-minded women. The city agreed to pay $56,500 in legal fees over the matter. Mills’ request to keep Ingalls 50 feet away from the facility would force him to stand at an even greater distance from the facility than the previous ordinance had required—which had to be repealed following a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that found even a 35-foot buffer zone in Massachusetts to be unconstitutional. If a 35-foot barrier is too far, then surely a 50-foot barrier will be. But in the end, I think this kind of madness should have a cost. Ingalls, if successful should bring a suit against the Mills personally for persecution. Once it costs the unbeliever, maybe they will think twice about attacking believers.
Starbucks angers Christian groups by removing Christmas themes from holiday cups – Puget Sound Business Journal
I groaned the other day when I went to my favorite Starbucks store and saw the red cups. That means it’s time for the holidays again. I’m just not ready for that yet.
But some Christians were groaning at this year’s cups for a different reason.
Every year, Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) switches to red cups for the holiday season. They typically have designs on them, images of Christmas trees and holiday bulbs. This year, though, they’re just red.
Christian groups have said Starbucks is being a Scrooge and that this shift away from Christian messages is ” a denial of historical reality.”
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” said Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks vice president of Design &Content, in a statement. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
The move has prompted some people to say they’ll boycott the coffee shops in protest. Never has a plain red cup been so controversial.
Emily Parkhurst oversees all digital content for the Puget Sound Business Journal.
Can everyone do absolutely anything they want?
Liberty has a limit, and it’s called Equal Liberty.Perhaps you’re wondering, “If everyone is free, does that mean they’re free to do bad things?” Here’s how to think about that…
You have the liberty to do virtually everything you enjoy
Reciprocity is required; your neighbor has the same liberty
But there is a limit to this power, for both you and your neighbors — namely that you cannot injure your neighbor, her person or his property, in the process of enjoying your liberty
If number two wasn’t true — if you didn’t extend the same freedom to your neighbors — soon your liberty would be gone. If number three wasn’t true, your neighbors would quickly band together to stop you!
The concept of Equal Liberty binds together the three concepts above.
Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “Your rights stop at the end of my nose.” That’s Equal Liberty!
Equal Liberty is the LIMIT to your freedom.
You have maximum liberty to do as you please, so long as it harms no one else.
You can pursue your happiness and follow your conscience, as you see it, so long as you don’t harm others. But as you pursue that happiness, you cannot…
damage or steal other’s property
These are crimes, whether you do it alone or as part of an organized, even “democratic” gang.
You also have zero “right” to make anyone else pay for the pursuit of your happiness. This too is theft, even if done by majority vote. Your neighbor owes you nothing, except to leave you alone.
Equal Liberty is grounded in Empathy and related to Reciprocity.
It’s a two-way street. That is, you desire your liberty so you practice Zero Aggression towards others. Therefore…Your neighbor has the right do as he or she pleases, no matter how distasteful or offensive you find it, so long as he or she does not injure you or anyone else.
Therefore, you also owe your neighbor nothing, except to leave him or her alone.
Of course, while there is no law for it, kindness and consideration for your neighbor go a very long way and should be socially encouraged.
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Election Results: Oregon County Ends Compliance With State, Federal Gun Control
AWR Hawkins4 Nov 2015307
On November 3, voters in Oregon’s Coos County voted to separate themselves from de jure compliance with state and federal gun control laws by giving their sheriff the job of deciding which laws are constitutional–and therefore deserving of compliance–and which are not.
This vote occurred at the same time that pro-Second Amendment incumbents were retaining control of the Virginia Senate and pro-Second Amendment candidate Matt Bevin (R) was winning the Kentucky gubernatorial race. Moreover, this rejection of state and federal gun controls took place in Oregon–the most recent ground zero for Obama’s gun control push, following the heinous attack in a gun free zone at Umpqua Community College.
According to the Huffington Post, Coos County voters passed the “2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance with 61 percent of the vote.” The ordinance empowers Coos County Sheriff Greg Zanni to determine if a given state or federal gun law goes against the constitution. “If he thinks they do, the county is then banned from using any resources to enforce those laws. Any county employee who violates the ordinance will be fined $2,000.”
The Worldreports that Coos County resident Rob Taylor collected signatures to get the ordinance on the ballot and is thrilled with its passage. Taylor said, “I was pretty confident and sure of getting 60 percent or more, and that’s pretty much what we got. That we won by 20 percent or more says people support the Second Amendment and oppose the background checks in SB 941.”
SB 941 was the universal background check bill supported by Sandy Hook Promise and Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety. The bill was signed into law on May 11 and residents of Coos County hope to use the 2nd Amendment Preservation Ordinance to forbid its enforcement in their county.
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