The last post was on the passing of Barbara Anderson, a “citizen activist” who was a very well known crusader for the taxpayers. Barbara had a documentary made about her and was considered as a possible candidate for governor…
Unfortunately, I have another very sad post. This is noting the passing of Melissa Kerins. She was not famous like Barbara, who was a full time activist. Melissa had a very big impact though, on the causes she fought for and championed. She helped a great many people through her activism and good works. She is also deeply loved by family and close friends, and a loving community.
One of Obama’s “final frontiers” in his drive to “fundamentally transform” the United States is to implement “hope and change” in the realm of global warming / climate change / climate resilience / Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Climate Warming…. or whatever.
There is a hearty band of truth tellers attempting to bring sanity to the argument. A couple of weeks ago Tony Heller at Real Science posted Record Crushing Fraud From NOAA And NASA Ahead Of Paris. The article notes the media was ramping up its global warming fear-mongering prior to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, being held in Paris, from November 30 to December 11.
Every four years, along with the Presidential Primary, people elect their respective State Committee representatives for their political parties. This is true of both the Democrat and Republican Parties.
This year, the Republican State Committee race has become particularly contentious, since Governor Baker is determined to consolidate power within the Republican Establishment. This involves a PURGE of those that in any way may be inclined to put PRINCIPLES FIRST, and PARTY SECOND.
Red Mass Group has a great series of articles on the subject, linked here.
One of the major complaints from Tea Party activists, people who are involved politically who want to shrink the size and power of government, is that the Main Stream Media (MSM) reports (or buries) news in ways favorable to the progressive agenda.
I refer to my “alternate news cycle” – realizing many people not into politics do not utilize the resources I do. I list a few below.
The City of Somerville Massachusetts is planning to take 279 (!) privately owned properties using eminent domain as part of a redevelopment plan. Thankfully, some local property owners have filed a lawsuit to fight back.
They are being helped in their efforts by the Institute for Justice, but they need our help and publicity. They are looking for more litigants to sign on to the suit. If you know anyone who pays property taxes in Somerville who may want to join the suit please let me know as soon as you can. Even if you only know someone who might know someone, that might be helpful as well. Please see http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/63853 and http://stopunionsquaretakeover.org for more information.
The Institute for Justice is the excellent organization which fought against the government (federal, with local involvement too) in the Motel Caswell case, which was won back in 2013. From the IJ website, discussing their battle years ago:
END COMMON CORE MASSASSACHUSETTS Delivers Certified Petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office
Today at 2:00 pm, End Common Core MA, a ballot question committee of citizen activists, teachers, parents, concerned citizens, and elected officials opposed to Common Core’s standards and PARCC tests will deliver over 80,000 certified signatures for their initiative ballot question campaign to restore the state’s pre-Common Core educational standards from 2010.
Donna Colorio, recently re-elected to the Worcester School Committee, serves as Chairperson of the End Common Core MA ballot question. “We’re excited to deliver our certified petitions today. Each signature represents an individual who cares about the future of the Massachusetts’ educational system. With our initiative petition, we’ve started the process to return to our proven pre-2010 Massachusetts standards.”
On July 21, 2010, twelve appointed members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to abandon our SUPERIOR Massachusetts Standards in exchange for federal dollars and the adoption of the unknown, unproven Common Core Standards.
After the hard work of gathering more than 110,000 raw signatures, the direction of this petition is clear. “Frustrated teachers and parents all over the Commonwealth signed this petition and thanked us for working to restore education excellence back into the classroom.” Colorio said “The mandate is obvious, Common Core is wrong for Massachusetts. The time has come to stop this educational experiment on our kids and End Common Core in Massachusetts.”