November 27, 2015


What Is Our Country’s Greatest Threat?

Next week begins the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) in Paris, France.

Let’s review a brief history of the climate change, or sustainable development, agenda.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)  was held on June 14, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  At this conference, referred to as the Rio Earth Summit, the participants crafted a blueprint for the world, commonly known as Agenda 21.  In its preamble, Agenda 21, Chapter 1 states “Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being.  However, integration of environment and development concerns and greater attention to them will lead to the fulfilment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected and managed ecosystems and a safer, more prosperous future. No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can – in a global partnership for sustainable development.”

Following the Rio Earth Summit President George H. W. Bush (1989 – 1993) declared: “Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced –a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.”signed by G.H. Bush, 1992

Despite pressure from the United Nations partners, U.S. delegates did not sign on to the convention.

On June 29, 1993 President Clinton (1993 – 2001) issued Executive Order 12852 establishing the President’s Council on Sustainable Development as a result of the Rio Earth Summit in an effort to cooperate and implement the goals of Agenda 21.

During George W. Bush’s two terms as President (2001 – 2009) he continued furthering the goals of this UN agenda following his father’s lead.

Our current administration repeatedly asserts that climate change is the biggest threat we face today, despite the ever increasing violence of radical Islamic terrorists across the world.

Why is all of this important?  Our government, whether we have a Democrat or Republican in the White House, has committed to the implementation of Agenda 21, or Sustainable Development, while our representatives in Congress never ratified the treaty.

When Congress failed to pass a cap and trade bill, on May 14, 2010 the EPA unveiled their rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from the largest industrial facilities with a phased in approach that began on January 1, 2011.  As a result we are hearing about the many coal plants being forced to shut down in the next few years because they cannot meet these emissions reduction numbers and retrofitting their plants is too expensive.  President Obama announced new CAFÉ standards for automobiles that will require them to achieve 36.5 miles to the gallon by 2016 and 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. The talking points are that this will help us achieve energy security and reduce our use of foreign oilBut the truth is that the United States has committed to the United Nations and its partners to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and these CAFÉ standards will have to be met in order to achieve this goal.

When cap and trade failed to pass, then Senator (D-MA) and current Secretary of State John Kerry said: “The Obama administration has again reminded Washington that if Congress won’t legislate, the EPA will regulate.  Those who have spent years stalling need to understand: killing a Senate bill is no longer success.   And if Congress won’t legislate a solution, the EPA will regulate one, and it will come without the help to America’s business and consumers contained in the American Power Act.”   It is apparent from his statement back then, and the regulations coming out of the EPA since then, of this administration’s intentions of pursuing this agenda.

In April of 2010 Jon Stewart of The Daily Show interviewed Lisa P. Jackson, then Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  During their discussion she stated that they were “waiting for the price of carbon to be established so that we could meet our obligations to the country and the entire world.”  At the time I did not understand what she was talking about, but it is apparent now what she meant:  The United States made commitments to the global community that it would implement emissions reductions, and even though our country never ratified this treaty our government has been complicit in advancing Agenda 21 in this global scheme.

Our country’s greatest threat today is not climate change, nor is it ISIS or radical Islamic terrorists.  Our country’s greatest threat is the loss of our sovereignty and individual freedom through our government’s forceful implementation of climate change regulations and policies in accordance  with the United Nations and Agenda 21.

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November 23, 2015


The Weekly Forum: Does Education Need Reform?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:Does Education Need Reform?

 Fausta’s Blog : Yes, education thoroughly needs reform.

All schools must be answerable to the parents, who should have freedom to choose what schools they want for their children.

Elementary schooling is most important in a child’s development. For instance, substantial research on the brain’s neuroplasticity shows the importance of learning cursive handwriting during childhood. My experience is that few elementary school teachers are even aware of such research – and teaching cursive is a long, hard process which is not favored by the “teach for the test” environment.

In today’s society, schools are called to do many functions that parents should. At the same time, most teachers’ colleges favor a politically-correct approach of “everybody gets a trophy” instead of focusing on a sense of the value of virtue, a work ethic, and thorough respect and familiarity with the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, all of which are American values.

As the mother of a boy, I can attest to the fact that most schools – public and private – are oriented to teaching in a way that does not foster the way male students learn. Luckily we were able to place my son in an all-boy’s school that encouraged hands-on learning, and where recess was never cancelled (in fact, the youngest grades had two brief recesses in the morning). He graduated from college with honors.

Current curricula is affected by the latest trends. I remember when the local school board proposed to change (at great expense to the taxpayer) the math curriculum years ago. My husband asked “were any studies done comparing the new plan’s effectiveness to the current one?” Not one member of the board had even thought of such a study. Now we have Common Core, with murky math exercises that I cannot understand even after having completed nine semesters of college and graduate school statistics, calculus, and economics.

I also believe that one of the most important things a good educator can have is a sense of the value of learning-from-failure, which goes hand-in-hand with understanding the value of healthy competition. It is tragic that the present educational environment can not comprehend either. As ever, it falls to us parents to make sure our children do.

Maggie’s Notebook : We first need the will to change education. To do that we need parents insisting on it and finding a way to sacrifice whatever is necessary to put their children in good schools when their public school is failing. Most importantly, we need teachers willing to stand up for truthful text books and honest methods of teaching, grading and passing pupils. Today’s teachers come out of their own education taught to hate and be victims. We are on a merry-gro-round. When our kids fall off, the merry-go-round continues to spin.

How do we get truth into textbooks? The only answer I have is that educators and parents must insist on it. If we find a way to provide truthful civics and history textbooks, then can our children CANNOT pass the SAT, aligned to Common Core, and testing is not going away anytime soon. For decades, Liberals have tried to bring racism and victimization into everyday life so that every school child is turned into that community’s organizer.

We barely teach English and Math. Neither are considered important today –– nor is it important to know how to balance a checkbook or understand the stability behind a bank account yielding profit. It’s more important to learn how to put a condom on a banana, or create a flier showing support for Islam. History is so obscenely distorted, we may not be able to reconcile the decades of damage already done. After all, many of our schools are staffed with those who themselves were taught to feel victimized.

Spend some time with Fox News’ Jessie Watters on beaches in very influential communities, or on some of the university campuses considered the finest in the country, and you’ll understand how little our children know or care about liberty and freedom.

Some parents believe their efforts have removed Common Core from their schools, but as long as English, History and Mathematics are taught to pass the current testing, Common Core lives.

The crux of all evil in our schools are the two major teacher’s unions, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). We can’t fire them, even when they molest our children. Such a teacher may be removed from the classroom, but not removed from the payroll and retirement benefits. To be sure, there are excellent teachers, who suffer over this problem every day of the school year, but in our current and common environment, good teachers can do only so much.

Then there are the lawsuits –– dropped on schools on a whim –– costing thousands to defend. It’s easier to give in. Banish the child that chews his pop tart into the shape of a gun. Praise the child bringing a suitcase with the guts of a clock inside that clearly looks like a bomb. That early teenage child has been told that MIT will welcome him.

Does education need reform? Such a disturbing question. I don’t think there’s an answer to fix it. I don’t think there are enough aware parents to shield their children. I don’t think there enough good teachers to fight their unions. I think there are far too many teachers/administrators teaching the poor to continue to be poor, to continue to hate others for their plight.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : Many people today are surprised to discover the U. S. Department of Education was created during the administration of President Carter in 1979. Until then, the control of our public education resided within the states. Our Constitution makes no mention of the federal government having any duties or responsibilities related to education, and as such the DoED is an unconstitutional agency. In the past thirty-five years, the federal government has taken control of the education of our children by enticing states and counties with funding. Unfortunately these funds come with strings that have shaped everything from the curricula to what our children are eating for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner in some districts. School districts compete for these funds and policies enacted in order to receive these funds.

Right now we have the federal government colluding with private corporations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, taking our tax dollars and turning our education system over to entities not as much interested in providing our children the best education as they are making money and pursuing the social engineering of generations of our youth. Our schools should not be laboratories and our children should not be guinea pigs to untested and unproven standards such as Common Core. The Common Core State Standards is the latest incarnation of the old No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top programs, all promising to improve standards and turn out children who are college or career ready. Charter schools and magnet schools are being sold to parents as an attractive alternative to low performing schools, but again, people must realize this is the taking of public tax money which should be going to public education and putting it in the pockets of private corporations. The states have no oversight over these charter schools and the curricula is proprietary, meaning no one is able to see or review what our children are being taught. An early charter school, International Baccalaureate, has direct ties to the United Nations through UNESCO, and promises to promote “rigorous” study and create young people who embrace multiculturalism and diversity as “global citizens” and where, as they say on their website “These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” IB started out as a high school diploma programme, but now includes primary and middle year programmes as well as a career related programme. The Common Core State Standards appear in many ways to be fashioned after the International Baccalaureate programme.

In the 2016 presidential election we must get behind a candidate who promises to abolish the DoED and return education to the states and local districts. The future of our country resides in taking back control of our education system at the local and state levels and assuring our children are being taught the basic knowledge and skills that will carry them into being productive, competent and capable citizens into their adult lives and professions.

 JoshuaPundit : I think a great many people have finally become aware of how poorly our education system works over the last decade, and that’s been underlined by the nonsense that’s been making headlines lately at our universities.Fixing this is going to involve several steps,and it’s going to be necessary to look at the origin of the problems, break down the root causes and solve them in increments.And since part of the solution is obviously political, a lot is going to depend on the national will.

Let’s look at K-12 first.

School choice is important, even vital but it merely underlines the fact that the enormous amount of money spent on public education has largely been a waste, since parents, given the choice, overwhelmingly choose private schools whom are normally able to educate students for less money per pupil  and at a much higher level than majority of the public schools. My own experience is that the average 12th grader in private schools is at least 3 years or more ahead in terms of the work they’re doing.

Private schools usually have these things in common  – parents whom care very much about their children’s education and are willing to invest in it, high standards of discipline, work ethic  and conduct for the students themselves (frequently including religious and moral education as well as sex segregated classes), non-unionized teaching staffs and a much lower ratio of administrators to teachers than the large public school districts. Teachers also have much more freedom to gear the pace of learning to the classes’ level rather than having to devote set amounts of time to mandatory programs that bore the more intelligent children  or overwhelm those whom need more time and help. And teachers are likewise judged by their empirical results rather than tenure or other considerations.

Once public education became unionized and the Left took control of it, most of not all of the above qualities including scholastic ones  were degraded over time  as education became indoctrination, standards were lowered and bureaucracy became an end in itself. The tool the Left used to accomplish this was federal and state money, which is why the attendance head count in the morning has become the most important part of the day. Ironically, it’s also a tool that can be used to reform the system in the right hands.

To fix K-12, the following steps are necessary in my view: Breaking apart  the larger urban school districts into smaller units, de-unionizing teachers by making public employee unions voluntary and regulating the involvement of public employee unions as organizations in political campaigns, getting rid of tenure and enforcing much  higher standards in teachers are the first steps.

The Federal Department of Education and the threat of withdrawing federal money can be used to accomplish much of this, and federal school choice  legislation would be needed for the rest.

The next steps are more difficult, because they involve changes in attitude. First, the pernicious influence of the Left needs to be curtailed. A good start would be for textbooks to need to be approved by a new Bureau of Standards as a part of the DoE before they could be used in the public schools, and for standardized tests to be administered at different grade levels for tracking purposes of both teacher fitness and individual academic progress. And yes, I’m talking about British-style O-levels. Some children are university material and some are better served by good vocational training. Moral education also needs to be taught again at an early age in the public schools as it once was, and discipline re-established.  This unfortunately is vital nowadays.

Public education should not be thought of as a right but as the privilege it is. Children and teenagers who habitually disrupt classrooms, act out in school  and show disrespect for teachers should be removed to a single facility in the district more geared to their special needs so that they do not deprive the other children who actually came to be educated.

Dealing with the Universities is an extension of this.

Even private ones receive public money and subsidies as well as student loan funds. This can likewise be used as a lever to effect change.

College has become an overpriced scam particularly in the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, which these days are anything but liberal. This could be changed with the following policies.

First, any university receiving federal funds of any kind would have to eliminate tenure, base admissions on a race neutral basis, have its curriculum meet certain federal standards as established by standardized yearly testing and allow ROTC training and military recruiters on campus in accordance with the Solomon Amendment.

In addition, the Federal DoE could easily create college curricula for various majors that could be available online at a fraction of the cost of what college costs today, and some universities already offer such programs. My daughter is now working as a special ed teaching assistant in the field she wants to make her career while taking online courses that will give her a BA in a year’s time at a fraction of what even a state university would cost, and minus the indoctrination and ethos that entails nowadays.When she gets ready to start her career, it will be with actual job experience on her resume and zero debt.

Those students who want ‘the college experience’ as a prolonged adolescence, are legacies with wealthy alumni parents who are seeking contacts or want to use college as a talent showcase for the professional sports franchises will still likely want a typical high priced brick and mortar university, but the opportunity to obtain the same degrees at a fraction of the cost is going to appeal to a lot of young Americans.

The DoE could also enable a rebirth of vocational colleges and paid apprenticeships in various trades that would be far more practical, useful and cost less than some of the ridiculous majors many students are currently pursuing while bankrupting themselves or their parents at the same time.

Implementing these changes would take time, but the results would be seen fairly quickly. And they would revolutionize education as it is today.

Well, there you have it.

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November 22, 2015


JFK Secret Societies Speech

As we remember today the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, listen to his address to the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961.  Some believe this speech led to his assassination on November 22, 1963.

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November 19, 2015


Who Do People Become Islamic Extremists?

This video from Prager University dispels the myths that Islamic extremists become radicalized because of poverty and/or ignorance.  This is not the case. Most are well fed and college educated. So why do they become radicalized?

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November 16, 2015


The Weekly Forum: At This Point Who Would You Like To See As President?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question: At This Point, Who Would You Like To See As President?

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : Aha, I see what you’re asking there. Pretty much lay off endorsements til like before Georgia’s Primary. Honestly, still keeping my powder dry. I like SEN Graham a lot and SEN Rubio bunches too.

Yet, Paris changes everything doesn’t it? In the heat of l’moment perhaps – yet those attacks pretty much elected Donald Trump.

And au courrant – I’m cool with that.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : At Florida’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando this week, Ted Cruz was the only presidential candidate to sign his name to Florida Parents Against Common Core’s Stop Common Core Pledge, which reads as follows: “I, Ted Cruz, pledge to the students, parents, teachers, and concerned citizens of the United States of America that I will stop federal involvement with Common Core and that I will oppose any efforts by the federal government to mandate, impose, or influence standards, assessments, or curriculum.” As someone who understands the very real threat of a federal mandate on our educational system and believes the education of our children should be a local and state responsibility, his signing of this pledge is another confirmation that Cruz understands the limited role the federal government has over the citizens of this country.

While I may not agree with him 100%, I do consider him extremely intelligent, highly principled, and as president he would govern within the limited powers entrusted to a U. S. President per the Constitution. I believe a Cruz administration would “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed” and restore certainty in the rule of law for all Americans.

  Maggie’s Notebook: My choice is Senator Ted Cruz, and I’ll double my enthusiasm if he chooses Senator Mike Lee as his Vice Presidential running mate. Cruz was my choice long before the announcement and campaigns began. He is consistent, informed, understands and believes that the US Constitution and the Rule of Law is what makes our country exceptional. He has long stood for term limits, and has signed the August 2015 pledge to do so. He is inspirational, and a great orator, who unlike our Teleprompter President, will believe, and be convicted about, what he says on the campaign trail, all the way to the end of his term.

“Perhaps Most Important: I believe a Cruz presidential cabinet will be filled with those of his own mindset. More than any other candidate running, I have confidence that Cruz will demand every department clean house, all the way to the basements, where official documents are illegally and routinely shredded.

I am just coming to the realization that Cruz might, just might, have a chance to allow us a glimpse of the establishment (including Karl Rove) pounding sand. I live for that day. I understand the goal is to beat the murderous, lying, despicable, under-FBI-investigation Democrat, and to do so, we “support the most conservative candidate who can win the general election.” On my blog, my early policy has been not to discuss (much) the Republicans I believe are pure, sometimes thoroughbred, RINOs. We need to win, and I desperately want that win. I’d even vote for Lindsey Graham, if I had to, but we will all be spared that humiliation. As the field narrows, I hope to hit the issues, per each candidate, hard. When the time comes, I will vote for the Republican candidate. Period.

Endorsement: Above all others, Senator Mitch McConnell hates Ted Cruz, as does most of the establishment, but only McConnell is Senate Majority Leader. It’s the best possible endorsement. Cruz kicks McConnell’s self-absorbed butt by speaking the truth.

I put former Congressman/Colonel Allen B. West in the same category as Senator Cruz, but he isn’t running. Maybe after Cruz and Lee clear the decks?”

JoshuaPundit: There are  main three issues that I considered in thinking about this; the illegal migration issue, national security and our economy. In the Republican fold, that rules out everyone except Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Marco Rubio  supports a bill designed to massively increase H1B visas, a key factor in keeping unemployment high and wages static in the tech sector.  He was not only  co-sponsor of the Gang of Eight Bill, but he allowed himself to be totally manipulated by Democrat Chuck Schumer. One can only imagine how he’d allow himself to be bent and shaped as president on other issues.   I also find him lacking in integrity in continuing to accept a senate paycheck after already announcing he’s ‘done with the Senate.’  A more honest man would have resigned.

As for Ben Carson, I frankly think he lacks the demeanor and the skills to be president. And Mike Huckabee has little chance of being elected.

If I had to personally hire someone for the job, it would be Ted Cruz. Aside from being scary smart, he has, I think, the ability to inspire Americans, something we’re going to need in the times ahead. He appears have a lot of what I call the right instincts, and to be both ethical and principled, something refreshing after the last 7 years, He also has a fair amount of fiscal common sense, something I find lacking in most of the candidates from both parties.

I think his one major weakness is needing to learn how to avoid alienating people by going public and to make deals with the people whom disagree with him. Reagan was a master at that.

I also must admit that Donald Trump is growing on me. Part of that is because he comes from what  has been called ‘the country class’ as opposed to America’s self-appointed elites and political class, and he reacts to things much the way average Americans do on a gut level. That’s precisely why the media can’t lay a glove on him, because they can’t understand him. Sarah Palin acquired the same gift once she realized that the ethics she learned in journalism school and practiced in her career in media didn’t apply to anyone with an ‘R’ after their name. Like Sarah Palin, Donald Trump means ratings, so the media has to dance to their tune and both of them know how to exploit that.

He also knows how to hire talent and how to negotiate with difficult people, both  major pluses for a chief executive. And, as his supporters say, he can’t be bought. And he’s also likely to have been ethical in the past,

His minuses are that if he does get the nomination, the GOP establishment is liable to do their best to sabotage him. And that he’s  used to dealing with business rather than government. Many of his proposals, while common sense, would be fought tooth and nail and tied up for years in the courts by well funded and organized groups of ‘advocates’ and their lawyers. He will need someone whom knows the law and how to implement his policies using existing statutes and policies to get them through and frame them to eliminate most legal challenges.

As I’ve written before, what strikes me about both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz is how their abilities and weaknesses complement each other. Both have strengths, knowledge and skills the other needs to learn. I think a Trump-Cruz ticket, especially since Donald Trump will likely only serve one term could be a very successful partnership.

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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November 14, 2015


The Left’s “You Hate Muslims” Charade — Glazov Gang

Originally posted on JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group:
laura997:Great commentary on how the left paints those of us who speak out against radical Islamic terrorists as haters of Muslims. Not true at all and we need to make sure this slander is stopped. Originally posted on JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group: View original

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November 12, 2015


Europe and the West Inviting Their Own Destruction

This is the reality of the Muslim “invasion” going on in Europe today. We must not permit our government to allow any of these “refugees” into our country.

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November 11, 2015


The Game Changer: Ted Cruz Demolished the Mainstream Media!

The obvious bias of the media was called out by Ted Cruz during the CNBC debate. The American people deserve fair and honest debates by unbiased moderators.

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November 9, 2015


The Forum Is Up: Can You Name Three Heroes Whom Have Directly Influenced Your Own Life?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This weeks’ Forum is going to be a little different. The original Question. inspired by Veteran’s Day was “Can You Name Three Heroes […]

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