Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND FREEDOM FROM RELIGION

Fox and Friends invited Kim Simac to discuss the CWA Easter display that was promptly opposed by Freedom From Religion Foundation.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3474198378001/fight-for-faith-anti-easter-display-goes-up-in-wisconsin/#sp=show-clips

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KIM SIMAC - FOX AND FRIENDS - 4/16/2014

Kim Simac  will be on Fox and Friends  Wednesday morning  at 7:50  a.m. CST to discuss the Easter Table display the Concerned Women for America of Wisconsin ha d set up in the rotunda at the Capital in Madison.  
 
The Freedom FROM Religion group felt the need to counter  the CWA display and possibly obtained a "streamlined" permit from the Capital Police yesterday. Their "JESUS CHRIST IS A MYTH" display is a great conversation starter and a wonderful example for  Kim.  She is happy to know that Jesus is real and  His sacrifice is what gives  her  entire world beauty and hope.  
 
Praise GOD - Alleluia!   Jesus is Risen - He is Risen Indeed! 
Kim Simac
Concerned Women for America
Wisconsin State Director

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Friday, April 11, 2014

SECOND AMENDMENT DEBATED AT CPAC 2014

Liberal ideology is hateful and borderline sociopathic
Liberty Alliance – Article and 30-minute video

Panel included:
Sheriff David A. Clarke
Emily Miller
Sandy Adams

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CONTRADICTIONS IN AMERICA

The six contradictions of socialism in the United States of America:
1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.
 
2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.
 
3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.
 
4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.
 
5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.
 6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NORTHWOODS PATRIOTS AND NORTHLAND PINES - OPEN FORUM

On April 8 the Northwoods Patriots hosted an Open Forum.  Julaine Appling, President of the Wisconsin Family Council and Wisconsin Family Action made a presentation on the Human Growth and Development statutes that school districts are required to follow in Wisconsin if they offer a health program that includes “sex education,” in spite of the fact that those words “sex education” are not in the statute.

Over 80 were in attendance, first as Ms Appling explained her roll in drafting language that is family friendly and respects public school children, their parents and the community at large.

Then Dr. Mike Richie and Mr. Jim Brewer, both with Northland Pines School District, followed up and offered their assurances that changes will be made in the HG&D curriculum.

Dr. Richie indicated that he will open the doors to parents to review curriculum and text books.  In addition, the School Board will appoint members of the community, as designated by the statute, to an ad hoc committee, that will review and recommend future curriculum for HG&D.

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LOIS LERNER – TIMELINE ON IRS DELAYS

LOIS LERNER REFERRED TO DOJ FOR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION
Posted by Eric Cantor on April 9, 2014

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

COMMON CORE PARENT OPPONENT "SUSPENDED" FROM SCHOOL

Mom suspended from son’s elementary school for warning other parents about Common Core
Godfather Politics – Dave Jolly – 4/8/2014

So what legal right does the school have for taking the actions they did in this case?  As long as Christopher Duran was not disrupting his class, he has the First Amendment right to hand out the fliers his mom printed out.  If they had allowed him to do so, there would not have been the confrontation between Christopher’s mom and the principal.

Did the principal have the legal right to get the police involved and issue a 14 day suspension against Katherine Duran?  All she did was insist on getting back her forms that the principal illegally confiscated from her son.

School administrators and faculty so often assume a lot more authority than they legally have.  They continually trample on the constitutional rights of students and then get angered when called down for their illegal actions.


This is why I advocate that every teacher and school administrator be required to take classes on the constitutional rights of student and teachers.  Educators must be educated on what they can and cannot do. 

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COMMON CORE HOLD UP IN THE ASSEMBLY: KESTELL EXPERIENCES OPPOSITION

Was Steve Kestell threatening opponents of Common Core?
Wisconsin Election Watch - By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch, - 4/8/2014

ELKHART LAKE – Representative Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake, 27thDistrict), served as Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee.  The seven term incumbent has been Committee Chairman since the beginning of the 2011-2012 session.   On Tuesday, the Representative announced that he will not seek re-election in the 2014 election cycle after being the target of “no confidence” resolutions approved by three Congressional district Republican parties.

With fervor struck up by opponents of Common Core standards, Chairman Kestell was a target.   Two individuals who are opposed to Common Core spoke directly to Wisconsin Election Watch alleging how Representative Kestell has treated them when expressing their opposition.

Ed Perkins of Appleton is an opponent of common core standards and a member of the Fox Valley Initiative.    He feels that Common Core should be stopped because lawmakers “knew nothing about it” referring to when Wisconsin school districts started implementing the standards in 2009 up until 2013 when opposition intensified. Perkins feels that because education is the largest item in the Wisconsin budget, special consideration should be taken into account to hold back the new standards citing costs.

Perkins faced threats from Representative Kestell over e-mail communications he had with the Representative over failing to schedule a committee vote on Assembly Bill 617.  On February 20th, Representative Kestell abruptly cancelled a vote in the Assembly Education Committee on AB 617

Perkins provided Wisconsin Election Watch with a copy of actual communications between him and the Representative.  In an e-mail sent the day after the committee vote, Perkins said: “I want to share with you my great dismay at your public statement yesterday wherein you stated, “This Common Core bill will not be voted on indefinitely”.  You appear, to me and others, as though you will dictate what bills you will allow to have a hearing and if you don’t like the bill no matter how the public or your constituents feel, that is the end of it. As you know even Gov. Walker has made it very clear that he wants standards created by and for our state, not those imposed on us by the US DEPT. of Education, the NGA or the Bill & Melinda Foundation.



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NORTHWOODS PATRIOTS AND NORTHLAND PINES - OPEN FORUM

Julaine Appling - President of Wisconsin Family Action
will be our GUEST SPEAKER to lead the discussion:

April 8, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
Eagle River Inn, Eagle River

WHAT IS MANDATED AND
WHAT IS THE SEX-EDUCATION CURRICULUM
TEACHING OUR KIDS AT NORTHLAND PINES SCHOOL?

Please attend and bring your friends and neighbors. 

Our over-riding goal is to help the school district develop a new system to properly present sensitive information to students in a suitable fashion, acceptable to all parents and the community at large.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

OPEN THE BOOKS -- FIND THE PORK

Open the Books
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6SLtjokndo&feature=youtu.be
Four-minute video about an app that follows the money

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

ID REQUIRED FOR VOTER REGISTRATION

New Voter Registration Requirements Take Effect
4/5/2014

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is providing guidance to voters and local election officials about voter registration requirements that become effective yesterday. 
All electors, except those in the military and those residing overseas permanently, must now provide a valid proof of residence document when registering to vote.  Under previous law, a document establishing residency was not required if an elector registered to vote more than 20 days before an election. 

“The Legislature sought to make the proof of residence requirement consistent for voters regardless of when they register to vote,” said Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the G.A.B.  “It is important that voters understand that they must have a valid document showing their current name and address when they register with a clerk or at a voter registration drive, or that they must submit a copy of the document when registering by mail.”

A variety of documents can be used to prove a person’s residence, including a valid driver license or state identification card, a utility bill or residential lease, a bank statement or paycheck, or a property tax bill or other document issued by a unit of government.  A full list of acceptable documents is available here:  http://gab.wi.gov/publications/voter-guides/proof-of-residence.
Governor Walker signed 2013 Wisconsin Act 182 (Senate Bill 267) and it became effective on Friday, April 4, 2014.  The G.A.B. has issued guidance to clerks, special registration deputies, and voters regarding the new requirements, which may be found athttp://gab.wi.gov/node/3151

Elections Division Administrator Michael Haas noted that election officials will be implementing a number of new legislative changes leading up to this fall’s elections.  “Change has become a constant in the world of elections,” Haas said.  “We appreciate that municipal and county clerks will need to adapt their procedures and training to comply with these changes.  Their efforts will help ensure the integrity of the registration and election process while assisting each qualified elector to become eligible to vote.”

For more information, contact: 
Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887


Proof of Resident to register to vote
Government Accountability Board – 4/4/2014

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SCHOOL LOCKED DOWN OVER A CAMERA TRIPOD

Public schools deliberately creating culture of feat and setting the stage for tyranny
Freedom Outpost - Daisy Luther – 4/5/2014

What is the best way to ensure that gun control takes place within a generation?
Forget trying to change the minds of those who already have guns. The best way to do this is to encourage a culture of fear among young people.

And the public school system, with all of its zero tolerance lunacy, is doing just that. They are setting the stage for tyranny.

Case in point:

Yesterday in Baltimore, some students saw a person carrying a tripod through the school. Frightened, they reported this to administrators, which resulted in an immediate lockdown:

The tripod was a journalism student and the tripod was for his camera. However, a SWAT team descended on the school and children and parents alike were terrified after a 4 hour lockdown scenario.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

SEX ED MANDATES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: AN OPEN DISCUSSION

Julaine Appling - President of Wisconsin Family Action
will be our
 GUEST SPEAKER
to lead the discussion on
What is Mandated
and
 What is the Sex- Education Curriculum Teaching Our Kids at Northland Pines School?
 Tuesday night
April 8, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Eagle River Inn, Eagle River
Concern came to the attention of parents and taxpayers two weeks ago when a mother complained about an assignment her 15 year old son brought home from school.
This assignment asked him to think about and answer questions that many people believed to be wrong.
Questions about being naked with a partner and how it makes you feel. About birth control and who is going to buy it?
How many sex partners you have had, and on and on.
Just what is mandated to be taught in health classes across Wisconsin and why did Northland Pines choose this specific curriculum?
What proof do we have that exposure to all types of sex acts and practices are productive to young children?
Do our children have any privacy to religious beliefs and do parents have the opportunity to have any input?  Or opt-out?

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OBAMACARE RESULTS IN LOST HOURS

OBAMA'S SOLUTION:  RAISE THE HOURLY RATE
(But employers cannot afford to pay higher wages)

OPINION: Let's Restore Hourly Wages Cut by Obamacare
ABC News - Rep. Eric Cantor – 3/27/2014

Just look at the math. In 2013, President Obama supported a $9 minimum wage. This year, he proposed a $10.10 minimum wage, which at the federal level turns out to be an increase roughly equal to the amount of wages a minimum wage employee would lose if they had their hours cut by 25 percent, as is happening under one provision of Obamacare. Coincidence?

Here’s how Obamacare creates those wage cuts. Under the law, an employer is required to offer government-mandated health care plans to full-time employees if they have 50 or more employees. The law then goes on to define a full-time employee as someone working 30 hours or more per week.

This added regulation makes it prohibitively expensive for many employers to keep all their employees working more than 29 hours, so hours are reduced, no new hires are made, and often jobs are simply cut.

The president is attempting to distract people from these wage cuts by proposing a minimum wage increase, but that would only make matters worse. The CBO found that about 500,000 jobs would be lost under the president’s proposal. One survey by staffing company Express Employment Professionals found that 54 percent of minimum wage employers would reduce hiring and 38 percent would lay off employees if the president’s proposals were adopted. Several more surveys and polls found similar findings.

America is not working when Washington is creating incentives for businesses to cut back the hours and reduce the wages of hardworking Americans. America is not working when Democratic policies, like Obamacare, encourage people to be fired rather than hired.

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COMMON CORE: WISCONSIN CHILDREN WERE NOT REPRESENTED BY SENATOR OLSEN

Senator Olsen’s Office Was Opposed to Common Core Repeal before March Public Hearing
Wisconsin Election Watch – Kyle Maichle

Haley Sinklair, an intern for the free-market think-tank, asked Sarah Archibald for comment on Senate Bill 619 on February 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM.  After receiving the e-mail, Ms. Archibald forwarded the message to Senator Olsen and Dee Pattack at 11:53 AM, saying: “I say we tell them and everyone else that we are NOT interested in repealing the common core but I will not respond until I receive direction from one of you two.”  Later on, Mary Pluta forwarded Ms. Sinklair’s e-mail at 12:14 PM to the Senator and all of his Legislative staff saying: “Did everyone get this.”  Senator Olsen said to Ms. Archibald at 12:19 PM, “Nothing to say to them.”  Ms. Pattack later responded to another message from Ms. Archibald and Senator Olsen at 12:23 PM saying that: “I vote for not replying before the hearing.”


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ECONOMIC RECOVERY? NOT REALLY

9 of the top 10 Occupations in America pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year
Freedom Outpost – Michael Snyder – 4/2/2014

According to stunning new numbers just released by the federal government, nine of the top ten most commonly held jobs in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year. When you break that down, that means that most of these workers are making less than $3,000 a month before taxes. And once you consider how we are being taxed into oblivion, things become even more frightening. Can you pay a mortgage and support a family on just a couple grand a month? Of course not. In the old days, a single income would enable a family to live a very comfortable middle class lifestyle in most cases.

But now those days are long gone. In 2014, both parents are expected to work, and in many cases both of them have to get multiple jobs just in order to break even at the end of the month. The decline in the quality of our jobs is a huge reason for the implosion of the middle class in this country. You can't have a middle class without middle class jobs, and we have witnessed a multi-decade decline in middle class jobs in the United States. As long as this trend continues, the middle class is going to continue to shrink.

ding 59 percent of all American workers bring home less than $35,000 a year in wages.

So if you are going to make more than $35,000 this year, you are solidly in the upper half.

But that doesn't mean that you will always be there.


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GLOBAL WARMING: ONLY 79 SCIENTISTS BELIEVE

IPCC cries wolf on Global Warming, Again
Daily Caller – Pierre Guy Veer – 4/3/2013

79 CLIMATOLOGISTS “believe” in climate change, but they are only three-tenths of one percent of scientists surveyed in 2008.  Shouldn’t scientists conduct a new survey?

Despite overwhelming evidence that the science is not settled, climate change fanatics keep hammering about that supposed 97 percent consensus among scientists. In reality, the supposed consensus is likely overblown. It’s either based on 2008 survey of only 79 climatologists or is actually closer to 0.3 percent when one analyzes a sample of scientific papers.

Climate fanatics’ insistence on a consensus to silence debate has some eerie traits of fascism. Indeed, only in fascist societies can authorities make sure dissenters are silenced by whatever way they see fit. And this is exactly what climate fanatics want; they systematically refuse to debate climate sceptics by snobbishly claiming they are not worthy of recognition. People like David Suzuki, Canada’s green pope, call for Inquisition-like censorship of skeptics. Professors like Lawrence Torcello want skeptics jailed for “criminal negligence.” Finally, Al Gore has no problem resorting to ad hominem attacks by calling skeptics “deniers” and by linking them to homophobes, racists, alcoholics, baby-eaters, etc.

Reasonable citizens should not lose any sleep over the IPCC’s latest report or scaremongering from climate fanatics. Their catastrophic predictions are simply a continuation of doomsday predictions Malthus started in the 19th century. And like Malthus, they have been utterly wrong, be it about agriculture, violence or the rising sea level. Climate hysteria is crumbling little by little, and like any fake science, it will collapse sooner or later.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

COMMON CORE: THE MOVIE

The movie is exceptionally well done.  The definition of Common Core emerges throughout the video.  

Building the Machine:  A Film about the Common Core
(A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.  That's what American education will become under Common Core.)

This article is a review about the movie:  Building the Machine
Cathy Duffy Reviews – March 2014

One of the most significant complaints they had was that the Common Core prepares students for community college and vocational training, but not for selective colleges or higher level math and science study. Instead, the standards aim for lower objectives that might be attainable for more students. Dr. Milgram points out how Common Core actually sets the stage for the dumbing down of college courses by requiring colleges and universities to allow all students who have graduated from high schools that have taught the Common Core to enroll in for-credit courses in math and English; they cannot require those students to take remedial courses. The inevitable result will be a lowering of the level of first-year college courses in math and English, with a subsequent scaling back of subsequent college levels courses.

While most homeschoolers are not yet feeling the brunt of the Common Core, the plan is that eventually curriculum and tests aligned to the Common Core will control education for most students, even if indirectly. It remains to be seen if there will be alternative educational paths for college and career that are independent of the Common Core.

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COMMON CORE: STATES DROPPING OUT

Fed Up:  States Dropping Common Core
Freedom Outpost – Melissa Melton – 4/2/2014
  
Yesterday, Oklahoma took the first step in potentially following suit, as the state’s Senate passed a bill to repeal Common Core on similar grounds, citing that education standards should be set at the local and state levels instead of being set outside of democratic process by Bill Gates’ money.

Pennsylvania’s House also passed a bill to drop Common Core, and three other states, including Florida, Michigan and Ohio, have also introduced bills to get rid of it.
As New York became the first state to administer statewide Common Core initiative testing this week, some families practiced their own brand of civil disobedience by opting out. Three Brooklyn schools saw as many as 70% of their students refuse to take the state-mandated tests.

As I previously reported back in December, a group of eight New York principals got together and penned a letter expressing their concerns that the Common Core standardized tests were psychologically damaging the children, causing their 3rd through 8th grade students to cry, throw up and have accidents in their pants:

For a program that’s supposed to make kids “college ready,” in the real world, taking the time to perform over 100 utterly pointless, ridiculous, time-consuming steps to do something that would normally (and much more simply and efficiently) be completed in just two isn’t exactly considered a desirable trait in a potential job candidate.


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COMMON CORE: WHAT ABOUT INNOVATION?

Common crap:  Education in America
Joe for America – Joe the Plumber – 3/29/2014

An education system that coddles young people instead of challenging them is also partially to blame.  The shift from rewarding top performers to rewarding all participants has contributed to national shame in our current education systems.  And kids know it.   The ones who don’t try know they are not deserving of recognition. They mock the system. The ones who exert themselves with success, but are treated as just another participant, become disillusioned over lack of recognition.  Disillusionment can lead to apathy.  It’s a vicious circle, this one-reward-fits-all arrangement.

Because of imposing a so-called level playing field, or Common Core, we are at risk of seeing critical thinking go by the wayside, and seeing curiosity and ambition die.  American inventors are going the way of video cassettes and rotary phones.  Our greatest inventors of the last thirty years were educated in the 1960s and ‘70s B.C. (Before Common Core).  It’s not a coincidence that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs excelled on the personal computer scene at the same time.  Both were products of a better system of education—one that endorsed ingenuity and exploration over preparing to pass exams.

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COMMON CORE LACKS COMMON SENSE

Common Core Worksheet asks Fourth Graders to Describe Adultry
Right Wind News – 3/28/2014

1.               Why is this a printed out worksheet?
2.               What curriculum puts out an agenda like this?
3.               is this appropriate for fourth grade children?
4.               Does a teacher have the right to refuse to present this type of lesson?
5.               Has this entire curriculum been debated by the entire elementary teaching department?
6.               What is the educational purpose of this worksheet?

7.               If the purpose of education is to disseminate facts, apart from a found hairclip in a pretend adult story and speculation about marital / parental relationships, what are the facts of this story?

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COMMON CORE: REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ALLOW A VOTE

Wisconsin Republicans face backlash over support for Common Core
Wisconsin Reporter - Ryan Ekvall  - 4/1/ 2014

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers who supported the national Common Core academic standards are starting to face blowback from party members back in their districts.

Sen. Olsen, R – Ripon, faces a “public flogging” from party members for his support of the Common Core.

Members of the GOP’s 2nd, 4th and 6th Congressional District caucuses passed resolutions declaring “no confidence” and “no support” of Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon and Rep. Steve Kestell of Elkhart Lake, chairmen of the Senate and Assembly committees on education, respectively. Olsen and Kestell represent portions of the 6th Congressional District.

“These resolutions are not binding resolutions; nobody is going to fire them from GOP,” said Michael Murphy, vice chairman of the Republican Party’s 4th Congressional District. “It does show the party does not support what they are doing.”

“It’s more of a public flogging, if you will, from our delegation,” he said.

Specifically, the votes come after Olsen and Kestell blocked GOP reform of Common Core, a national set of education standards requiring new curriculum, classroom resources, multi-state standardized tests and increased student data gathering.
The issue is becoming a litmus test for Republicans, especially among their tea party constituency, this primary season. Both the state and national Republican Party platforms reject Common Core standards.

The two Wisconsin lawmakers failed to schedule public hearings on Common Core required in the state budget. Instead, it was only after Gov. Scott Walker publicly supported holding the hearings that Republican leadership formed new committees to schedule them.

Those hearings resulted in a bill that would create an academic standards board that could over time adopt new standards and periodically review them. The bill would remove that power from the state superintendent of public instruction, who currently has sole authority to adopt state standards.

Olsen told reporters moments before the bill’s hearing that the bill didn’t have the support of a handful of Republicans in the Senate, but failed to name any of those senators.

Some Republicans, like Murphy, felt Olsen’s maneuvering in the press was to slight Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, who supported a full repeal of Common Core.

On Saturday, the Republican Party’s state resolution committee will meet to decide which resolutions should make it to the state convention for a full party vote.
Contact Ryan Ekvall at rekvall@watchdog.org, 608-257-1382 or follow him on Twitter @Nockian.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

VOTER FRAUD: EASY - PROVEN - SO WHY ISN'T IT PROSECUTED

Voter Fraud:  We've got proof it's easy
http://watchdog.org/123576/voter-fraud/
WatchDog.org - John Fund -  National Review Online - 1/14/2014

Liberals who oppose efforts to prevent voter fraud claim that there is no fraud — or at least not any that involves voting in person at the polls.

But New York City’s watchdog Department of Investigations has just provided the latest evidence of how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable.

DOI undercover agents showed up at 63 polling places last fall and pretended to be voters who should have been turned away by election officials; the agents assumed the names of individuals who had died or moved out of town, or who were sitting in jail. In 61 instances, or 97 percent of the time, the testers were allowed to vote. Those who did vote cast only a write-in vote for a “John Test” so as to not affect the outcome of any contest. DOI published its findings two weeks ago in a searing 70-page report accusing the city’s Board of Elections of incompetence, waste, nepotism, and lax procedures.

The Board of Elections, which has a $750 million annual budget and a workforce of 350 people, reacted in classic bureaucratic fashion, which prompted one city paper to deride it as “a 21st-century survivor of Boss Tweed–style politics.” The Board approved a resolution referring the DOI’s investigators for prosecution. It also asked the state’s attorney general to determine whether DOI had violated the civil rights of voters who had moved or are felons, and it sent a letter of complaint to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Normally, I wouldn’t think de Blasio would give the BOE the time of day, but New York’s new mayor has long been a close ally of former leaders of ACORN, the now-disgraced “community organizing” group that saw its employees convicted of voter-registration fraud all over the country during and after the 2008 election.

Greg Soumas, president of New York’s BOE, offered a justification for calling in the prosecutors: “If something was done in an untoward fashion, it was only done by DOI. We (are) unaware of any color of authority on the part of (DOI) to vote in the identity of any person other than themselves — and our reading of the election law is that such an act constitutes a felony.”

The Board is bipartisan, and all but two of its members voted with Soumas. The sole exceptions were Democrat Jose Araujo, who abstained because the DOI report implicated him in hiring his wife and sister-and-law for Board jobs, and Republican Simon Shamoun.

Good-government groups are gobsmacked at Soumas’s refusal to smell the stench of corruption in his patronage-riddled empire.

“They should focus not on assigning blame to others, but on taking responsibility for solving the problems themselves,” Dick Dadey of the watchdog group Citizens Union told the Daily News. “It’s a case of the Board of Elections passing the buck.”

DOI officials respond that the use of undercover agents is routine in anti-corruption probes and that people should carefully read the 70-page report they’ve filed before criticizing it. They are surprised how little media attention their report has received.

You’d think more media outlets would have been interested, because the sloppiness revealed in the DOI report is mind-boggling.

Young undercover agents were able to vote using the names of people three times their age, people who in fact were dead. In one example, a 24-year female agent gave the name of someone who had died in 2012 at age 87; the workers at the Manhattan polling site gave her a ballot, no questions asked.

Even the two cases where poll workers turned away an investigator raise eyebrows. In the first case, a poll worker on Staten Island walked outside with the undercover investigator who had just been refused a ballot; the “voter” was advised to go to the polling place near where he used to live and “play dumb” in order to vote. In the second case, the investigator was stopped from voting only because the felon whose name he was using was the son of the election official at the polling place.

Shooting the messenger has been a typical reaction in other states when people have demonstrated just how easy it is to commit voter fraud.

Guerrilla videographer James O’Keefe had three of his assistants visit precincts during New Hampshire’s January 2012 presidential primary. They asked poll workers whether their books listed the names of several voters, all deceased individuals still listed on voter-registration rolls. Poll workers handed out 10 ballots, never once asking for a photo ID.

O’Keefe’s team immediately gave back the ballots, unmarked, to precinct workers. Debbie Lane, a ballot inspector at one of the Manchester polling sites, later said: “I wasn’t sure what I was allowed to do. …  I can’t tell someone not to vote, I suppose.”

The only precinct in which O’Keefe or his crew did not obtain a ballot was one in which the local precinct officer had personally known the dead “voter.”

New Hampshire’s Democratic Gov. John Lynch sputtered when asked about O’Keefe’s video, and he condemned the effort to test the election system even though no actual votes were cast.
“They should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, if in fact they’re found guilty of some criminal act,” he roared.

But cooler heads eventually prevailed, and the GOP Legislature later approved a voter-ID bill, with enough votes to override the governor’s veto. Despite an exhaustive and intrusive investigation, no charges were filed against any of O’Keefe’s associates.

Later in 2012, in Washington, D.C., one of O’Keefe’s assistants was able to obtain Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot even though Holder is 62 years old and bears no resemblance to the 22-year-old white man who obtained it merely by asking if Eric Holder was on the rolls.

But the Department of Justice, which is suing Texas to block that state’s photo-ID law, dismissed the Holder ballot incident as “manufactured.” The irony was lost on the DOJ that Holder, a staunch opponent of voter-ID laws, himself could have been disenfranchised by a white man because Washington, D.C., has no voter-ID law. Polls consistently show that more than 70 percent of Americans — including clear majorities of African-Americans and Hispanics — support such laws.

Liberals who oppose ballot-security measures claim that there are few prosecutions for voter fraud, which they take to mean that fraud doesn’t happen. But as the New York DOI report demonstrates, it is comically easy, given the sloppy-voter registration records often kept in America, to commit voter fraud in person. (A 2012 study by the Pew Research Center found that nationwide, at least 1.8 million deceased voters still are registered to vote.) And unless someone confesses, in-person voter fraud is very difficult to detect — or stop.

New York’s Gothamist news service reported last September that four poll workers in Brooklyn reported they believed people were trying to vote in the name of other registered voters. Police officers observed the problems but did nothing because voter fraud isn’t under the police department’s purview.

What the DOI investigators were able to do was eerily similar to actual fraud that has occurred in New York before. In 1984, Brooklyn’s Democratic district attorney, Elizabeth Holtzman, released a state grand-jury report on a successful 14-year conspiracy that cast thousands of fraudulent votes in local, state and congressional elections. Just like the DOI undercover operatives, the conspirators cast votes at precincts in the names of dead, moved and bogus voters. The grand jury recommended voter ID, a basic election-integrity measure that New York steadfastly has refused to implement.

In states where non-photo ID is required, it’s also all too easy to manufacture records that allow people to vote. In 2012, the son of Congressman Jim Moran, the Democrat who represents Virginia’s Washington suburbs, had to resign as field director for his father’s campaign after it became clear that he had encouraged voter fraud. Patrick Moran was caught advising an O’Keefe videographer on how to commit in-person voter fraud. The scheme involved using a personal computer to forge utility bills that would satisfy Virginia’s voter-ID law and then relying on the assistance of Democratic lawyers stationed at the polls to make sure the fraudulent votes were counted. Last year, Virginia tightened its voter-ID law and ruled that showing a utility bill was no longer sufficient to obtain a ballot.

Given that someone who is dead, is in jail, or has moved isn’t likely to complain if someone votes in his name, how do we know that voter fraud at the polls isn’t a problem? An ounce of prevention — in the form of voter ID and better training of poll workers — should be among the minimum precautions taken to prevent an electoral miscarriage or meltdown in a close race.

After all, even a small number of votes can have sweeping consequences. Al Franken’s 312-vote victory in 2008 over Minnesota U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman gave Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority of 60 votes, which allowed them to pass Obamacare. Months after the Obamacare vote, a conservative group called Minnesota Majority finished comparing criminal records with voting rolls and identified 1,099 felons — all ineligible to vote — who had voted in the Franken–Coleman race. Fox News random interviews with 10 of those felons found that nine had voted for Franken, backing up national academic studies that show felons tend to vote strongly for Democrats.Minnesota Majority took its findings to prosecutors across the state, but very few showed any interest in pursuing the issue. Some did, though, and 177 people have been convicted as of mid 2012 — not just “accused” but actually convicted — of voting fraudulently in the Senate race. Probably the only reason the number of convictions isn’t higher is that the standard for convicting someone of voter fraud in Minnesota is that the person must have been both ineligible and must have “knowingly” voted unlawfully. 

Anyone accused of fraud is apt to get off by claiming he didn’t know he’d done anything wrong.Given that we now know for certain how easy it is to commit undetectable voter fraud and how serious the consequences can be, it’s truly bizarre to have officials at the New York City Board of Elections and elsewhere savage those who shine a light on the fact that their modus operandi invites fraud. One might even think that they’re covering up their incompetence or that they don’t want to pay attention to what crimes could be occurring behind the curtains at their polling places. Or both.
John Fund is a national-affairs columnist for National Review Online. Along with Hans von Spakovsky, he is the author of Who’s Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk​.


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Monday, January 13, 2014

COMMUNISM IN AMERICA - IT'S ALMOST COMPLETE

Pulling the masks off the communists and the muslim brotherhood
http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/12/pulling-masks-communists-muslim-brotherhood/
Freedom Outpost - Sid Wolfe - 12/26/2013


Editor’s Note: With the recent declaration from Egypt that designates the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, I thought this piece by our newest contributor Syd Wolf would be appropriate. His points of the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Communists are invaluable for those who seek to preserve liberty in the United States. After you read this, you should be able to identify Communists and Islamists easily and be made more aware of what they have in store for the United States, should they be allowed to remain in power. As always, please feel free to share this information with your friends.

  • Grandchildren and children wanted a compilation of their grandfather’s and father’s military and civilian life experiences – ships, battles fought during WWII, being stationed in Cuba during Castro revolution, travelling in European countries during terrorist attacks, diving for and disarming live torpedoes and so on. They could not believe and laughed when we told stories about what life was like growing up:
  • sitting around the radio listening to variety and drama shows and Paul Harvey, black and white TV’s (i.e. Tarzan, The Lone Ranger (no blood/guts), two/three party phone lines, no French kissing or bedroom scenes at the movies, cars were around $1,200 new, used car around $300;
  • fast food chains were basically non-existent, cokes were .05/.10, had paper routes, milk was delivered to our home in bottles; gas was .12/gallon, no central heating and air (using dry ice for travel or ice blocks being delivered for fridge), no dishwashers, never locking homes or cars, x-ray machines for measuring shoe size;
  • mouths washed out with soap for cursing, picking your own switch for spankings, paddles/rulers used in school for discipline, memorization of our times tables, saying “sir” or “ma’am”; receiving polio and small pox vaccines, divorce was unthinkable;
  • taking baths in a huge tub in front of fireplace with heated water from the stove, working in the tobacco/cotton fields during the summer, riding on the tailgate of a pickup truck, sliding down hills on cardboard; and
  • readability level of a 3rd grade textbook was equivalent to that of a 9th grader today; American history was taught on all grade levels, math was applicable job training, home economics classes, woodworking classes, accounting classes, and these were in the middle school as well as high school, those headed for college took appropriate classes while other went to trade school, Physical Education taught K-12, there were Bible Clubs, Music Clubs, etc.

Walking down memory lane brought back some other memories and books read through the years. Recalling one in particular was a publication written by Dr. Cleon Skousen in 1958 called “The Naked Communist.”

Skousen held a law degree from George Washington University, served many years as FBI agent, was Chief of Police of Salt Lake City and national editor of leading police magazine “Law and Order.”

Book was based on background and information obtained as an FBI agent where he was familiar with plans and goals of the Communist/Marxist or Socialist Party. Most of the goals subtly and quietly follows “Gramsci” model. Gramsci outlined a method for the Marxist, Communist, Socialist takeover of an advance capitalistic country, theorizing that in order to accomplish this it would be necessary to undermine the culture and morality – working from within via “progressivism – liberal ideology.” These goals were established over a century ago.

Numerous others books and publications also came to mind. Among them were Congressional hearings on Communism/Socialism infiltrating our government since WWI through today and “tax-exempt” foundations influencing our foreign and domestic policies emphasizing the inherent dangers for the American people and our Republic.  

Legislation passed and read through the years changed and prohibited singling out dissident groups and organizations deemed detrimental to National Security and our country. Today, Homeland Security and military has been busy purging manuals and documents regarding religious and highly political teachings of radical Islamists thus engendering political correctness and appealing to religious sensitivities; except nothing being done to protect Christian rights; privately and publicly.

There are 3 parts to this article; all meant for reflection. After reading, you decide if we are slowly losing our Republic, freedoms, liberties and our right to our own pursuit of happiness and personal choice. Once you have made a decision, ask yourself where you stand?

The following statement is applicable not only to Obamacare, but also national security. Do the research folks. The information is out there. Remember, Socialism and Communism are virtually synonymous.

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened”. – Norman Thomas Socialist Candidate for President of the United States 1944.
The following goals are from “The Naked Communist:”
  • Develop the illusion that total disarmament would be a demonstration of moral strength.
  • Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”
  • Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Socialist/Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
  • Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
  • Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
  • Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
  • Provide US aid to all nations regardless of Socialist/Communist domination.
  • Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
  • Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
  • Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
  • Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
  • Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
  • Grant recognition of Red China and admission to the UN.
  • Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of promises in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under UN supervision.
  • Prolong conferences to ban atomic tests because US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
  • Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the UN
  • Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. Note number of Communist/Socialist countries existing today
  • Resist any attempt to outlaw the Socialist/Communist Party.
  • Do away with all loyalty oaths. Note attempts to delete God in many.
  • Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office.
  • Infiltrate one or both political parties in the United States.
  • Use courts to weaken basic American institutions claiming activities violate civil rights.
  • Get control of the schools, teachers’ associations and textbooks. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum.
  • Gain control of student newspapers.
  • US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
  • US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
  • Use students to foment public protests against programs, individuals or organizations under Communist/Socialist attack. Chief of Police not being able to talk about “stop & frisk” Q&A.
  • Infiltrate press, book-review assignments, editorial writing, and policymaking positions.
  • Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
  • Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. “Eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.” Note all the weird shapes all over nation.
  • Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.” Remember Christ in urine piece?
  • Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.”
  • Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, health care, etc.
  • Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Socialist/Communist apparatus.
  • Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
  • Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
  • Infiltrate and gain control of more unions. Check backgrounds of leaders.
  • Infiltrate and gain control of big business. Check backgrounds of founders.
  • Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat]. Check out “civilian” police force. See DHS on this.
  • Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Socialist/Communist goals.
  • Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. “Need a village to raise children.” Clinton
  • Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.
  • Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
  • Internationalize the Panama Canal. Carter gave Canal away.
  • Repeal the Connally reservation so the US cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.
Rather than focusing on various terrorist groups or organizations, the use of terror falls into a multiplicity of options available to progressively infiltrate, confront, and eventually establish Islamic domination over the West.” Tactics and techniques are among the many recommendations made in The Project, drafted in 1982 when tensions and terrorist activities in the Middle East were still very nascent. The Project is extremely discerning for outlining the bulk of Islamist action, whether by “moderate” Islamist organizations or outright terror groups, over the past two decades. Investigate various Islamic organizations such as CAIR, ISNA, ICNA, Muslim Brotherhood in key agencies our government like DHS, DOJ, DOD. Research Socialist/Communist influence in Muslim countries during WWII. Does the following ring any bells or cause for concern?
  • Networking and coordinating actions between likeminded Islamist organizations;
  • Avoiding open alliances with known terrorist organizations and individuals to maintain the appearance of “moderation”;
  • Infiltrating and taking over existing Muslim organizations to realign them towards the Muslim Brotherhood’s collective goals;
  • Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it doesn’t conflict with shari’a law;
  • Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a lash back against Muslims;
  • Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers;
  • Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities;
  • Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”;
  • Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing “academic” studies, to legitimize Islamist positions and to chronicle the history of Islamist movements;
  • Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world;
  • Balancing international objectives with local flexibility;
  • Building extensive social networks of schools, hospitals and charitable organizations dedicated to Islamist ideals so that contact with the movement for Muslims in the West is constant;
  • Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions;
  • Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam;
  • Drafting Islamic constitutions, laws and policies for eventual implementation;
  • Avoiding conflict within the Islamist movements on all levels, including the development of processes for conflict resolution;
  • Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals;
  • Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West;
  • Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”;
  • Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support;
  • Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims;
  • Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination;
  • Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them;
  • Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine;
  • Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement;
  • Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world;
Taqiyya, a form of religious deception in which one conceals the truth while promoting an agenda such as The Project. Think on all of the above. Again, do the research and then ask yourself this question: “Is our country under attack from within, through legislation to promote a socialistic, Islamic agenda and/or ideology?”

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