Barbara Anderson Remembered

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Rest In Peace Barbara Anderson

You can view the CLT Press Release from this link.

A very comprehensive list of remembrances from CLT:  Tributes on the passing of Barbara Anderson

Link to Barbara Anderson’s columns on CLT’s website:
Columns by Barbara Anderson – CLT

Barbara Anderson’s Farewell Column
Fighting pirates with the Lost Boys

Chip Ford’s CLT Commentary

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Ramping up the Global Warming FRAUD

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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.

In particular Mr. Heller draws attention to: Record-crushing October keeps Earth on track for hottest year in 2015 – The Washington Post.

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State Committee Races | Presidential Primary

STATE COMMITTEE RACES

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.

 

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13 Hours – Benghazi – more media to share to promote

This is simply a posting with media links, which I hope to update over time (and I will include a “last update” note). Our post discussing the movie is here:  GBTP: 13 Hours – Benghazi – The Movie (Opens Jan. 15th)

Last Updated: Monday 1/15 @ 0850.

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Link to the movie website:  13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi | Movie Site and the Trailer:  13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Official Trailer

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Media: Alternate News Outlets (Esp. One America News)

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.

Broadcast (Video) News
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“Kelo” in our back yard (Somerville)! Time to act – Institute for Justice

Institute for Justice: Somerville property owners file major lawsuit to stop unconstitutional land grab

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:

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Common Core – Petitions to Repeal Delivered to Sec. of State’s Office!

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CONTACT:  Donna Colorio, 508-450-0104 and dcolorio2014@gmail.com

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.”

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Constitution Day – 2015!

Last year for Constitution Day we wrote a post called  What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day?  I would recommend that post as it contains a great deal of information and links to materials to help remind people, especially school children, of how unique and wondrous a document The United States Constitution is.  We also noted in the post several points of law about how Massachusetts is to mark Constitution Day:

  • In Massachusetts the law requires “In all public elementary and high schools American history and civics, including the constitution of the United States, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights…shall be taught as required subjects for the purpose of promoting civic service and a greater knowledge thereof, and of fitting the pupils, morally and intellectually, for the duties of citizenship.” (ALM GL ch. 71, §2)
  • The requirement for the Governor of Massachusetts to proclaim Constitution Day (ALM GL ch. 6, §15A). Governor Patrick has proclaimed Constitution Day in two of his seven [eight] years in office (in 2011 and 2012).  Section 15A. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the seventeenth day of September as Constitution Day and recommending that it be observed by the people with appropriate exercises in the schools…”

I decided to inquire if Governor Charlie Baker would issue such a proclamation. Well, ask and ye shall receive!! With the assistance of the Governor’s Constituent Services, I suggested some text, and then the Governor came up with his own. At some point it will be linked on the Issued Proclamations page.

UPDATE: The Issued Proclamations page was updated – here is the link to the Constitution Day Proclamation.

To follow up, I am asking the Governor’s office to see if there are any plans to recommend  classroom instruction on the Constitution (either by the Governor, or by Secretary of Education, Jim Peyser).

Whether or not some formal edict is sent out, it still would be worth your while to ask your schools, and your children’s school teachers, if they have any plans to teach the Constitution. Again, there are materials aplenty listed in post  What is your child’s school doing to observe Constitution Day? 

And since I was the one to request the proclamation, I am the (proud) recipient of the document. Below is a picture of the document, followed by the text of the proclamation. Enjoy!

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Whereas Our Founding Fathers, in order to secure the blessings of liberty did ordain
and adopt a Constitution for the United States of America on September 17, 1787
establishing the world’s first government of the people, by the people, and for
the people; and

 Whereas The United States Constitution is the oldest national constitution
in the world still in continuous use; and

 Whereas The Constitution has server as a model for the constitutions of many nations,
including Germany, Japan, India, and South America, and international written agreements such as
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and

Whereas These hallowed words should be embraced by all citizens, so as to fully
understand the value and importance of the Constitution and in order to support,
preserve and defend it against encroachment; and

 Whereas September 17, 2015 marks the two hundred and twenty-eighth anniversary
of the signing of the United States Constitution, providing a historic opportunity for all
Americans to remember the achievements of our Founding Fathers and to reflect
on the rights and privileges of citizenship, as well as its responsibilities,

 Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
do hereby proclaim September 17th, 2015, to be,

 CONSTITUTION DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take
cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Eighteenth Day of August, in the year two thousand and fifteen, and of the
Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.