Bloggers Interview: Deneen Borelli, a voice for Black Conservatives

Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Political Cummins and Goings

Deneen_BorelliDeneen Borelli is an amazing lady. Her biography even more so and her cause of reaching out to Black Conservatives is one of courage and deserves profound respect.

Deneen started out as a runway model, starring in commercials, as she worked her way, for 11 years to obtain her Bachelors degree. I see that in terms of ‘where there’s a will there’s a way,’ and she did it! Her corporate career started with Phillip Morris and headed in the direction to Produce and co-host a radio show called The ‘CORE’ Hour. (CORE stands for Congress of Racial Equality). Now she speaks to thousands whether is at tea party rallies, Fox News, “Hannity”, “O’Reilly”, or speaking with Glenn Beck, and on behalf of Freedom Works as Outreach Director, a grassroots organization that educates, trains and mobilizes volunteer activists to fight for limited government. Deneen is also the author of “Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation.” As one reviewer wrote Deneen “gives tough love” about what is going on in the black community, not only going after the Democrats, but Republicans as well.

Read more and watch the full interview here.

Bloggers Interview: UT Senator Mike Lee, backstage at “Free the People”

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Political Cummins and Goings

Mike_Lee_official_portrait_112th_CongressIn a backstage interview at Freedom Works “Free the People” speaker series, Senator Mike Lee came in and talked with bloggers, about what is next on his agenda.

His answer was that “The President has motivated me to run a new piece of legislation. I think when he suspended the application of the employer mandate he did something that necessitates a prompt response on the part of Conservatives in Congress…. He lacks the power to just amend Obamacare. He can’t just amend it and what he’s doing isn’t authorized by the text of the statute. So he’s breaking the law that he pushed through as his signature legislative accomplishment.”

Read more and watch the full interview here.

Hollywood Actor Wants Obama Out of Office: ‘I Just Don’t Like This Guy’ (Plus: Why He’s Breaking His Silence)

Ken Wahl Speaks Out Against President Barack Obama, Discusses Being a Hollywood ActorActor Ken Wahl, known for playing several iconic roles in the 1980s and 1990s, has been increasingly vocal about the current state of affairs in America. He has openly decried the Obama administration, made his voice heard about the atrocities at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s clinic — and is even considering pleas from some that he run for public office.

Considering the rare occurrence of a Hollywood actor coming out as a conservative — and an especially vocal one — TheBlaze spoke with Wahl to learn more about his worldview. The actor, according to his own account, hold views with little rooting in partisan politics, as he embraces values over party ideology.

Wahl’s Background and Apolitical Upbringing

“My family was very apolitical. We were just lower-middle class working people — and sitting around at the dinner table, politics was never a discussion,” Wahl told TheBlaze by phone of his childhood. “It was always about working — and I never considered myself a conservative. I never put a label on myself.”

Wahl noted that he was taught that the world doesn’t owe people anything and that it’s essential for individuals to work for themselves and their families — and to take care of their own.

“I didn’t realize I was a conservative until after I got into show-business,” he continued.

But rather than lambasting Hollywood for its politics or claiming that he was denigrated over his right-of-center views, Wahl said quite the opposite, citing inaccuracies that some conservatives advance about the entertainment industry.

“I think there’s been some misconceptions about that. … In all my experience — I had a very serious spinal injury — my entire career was only 11 years long, I can tell you that no one in Hollywood ever asked me for my political affiliation or my religious beliefs or anything like that,” he said. “What they care about is making money.”

That said, Wahl agrees that Hollywood elite are overwhelmingly liberal.

Read more…

A Tale of Tyranny…A Father Speaks Out

Originally posted by Macey at Stop Common Core In Oregon

tyranny-alert2.gifLast Monday I had the pleasure of presenting a primer on Common Core to a group of concerned citizens in Lane County.
They learned a lot about the Core and I learned a lot about things going on in their school district. I was absolutely stunned by one father’s story.

This gentleman is a very involved father and has kept his finger on the pulse of everything going on with his children in school.

He has had many discussions, email messages, phone calls and meetings with the Board of Education and the superintendent.

One day he decided he wanted to see the files that the school district has for his children and himself. As everyone should be aware, these files are all kept by the district on your children and on any interaction you, as a parent, may have with the district. These are all considered “public” documents and you should be able to view this file anytime you wish.

He contacted the school and they explained to him that in order to get all of the documents together for him it would require time and also, by the way, around $200. Apparently gathering files is a spendy proposition.

He agreed, though, and gave them a couple weeks or so to get the information to him. When the time had passed and he still had not heard from them he contacted them again asking if the file was ready for him.

At this time they told him that gathering these documents turned out to be a little tougher than they thought and would require more money. Approximately $500 dollars, to be exact.

Five hundred dollars to view your very own children’s files. Public record files. What is this cabal the district has that it’s demanding an exorbitant amount of money from a concerned parent to view his own file?

Of course this gentleman did not have that much money so his hands were tied. Short of storming the district and knowing exactly where all files were located and being able to round them up himself, what choice did he have but to drop it?

This extortion by the school district was very daunting and, for sure, is a warning to all parents in that district, if not all districts, nationwide.

But this is not the end of the story. No, there’s more. And this might even be worse then the extortion outlined above.

This part of the story begins with the gentleman’s unhappiness with the “new math.” It was confusing and causing headaches, both literally and figuratively, for his son. He requested permission to teach his son the Saxon Math at home and he would be responsible for grading and everything involved. He just asked that his scores be reflected in his sons record at school so that it was clear that he was, in fact, doing math and doing well, although not using the “new math.”

One day as he was either coming or going from the school and was in the school parking lot he ran into another gentleman and they began discussing the “new math.”

He explained his frustration and that he had requested permission to home school math with the Saxon Math.

The man he was talking to happened to be the husband of one of the 3rd grade teachers at the school.

A few days later he received notice from the school that his conversation about math curriculum or school policy in the parking lot was inappropriate and the next time he is caught doing so the police will be called and he will be escorted off the property, charged with trespassing.

I wish I was kidding.

The message I am getting from these instances are very loud and very clear: Parents are not welcome in their children’s education. They do not have the right to see the files on their own children or themselves. They are not even allowed to discuss it.

What happened to the parents’ right to actually parent their child? This is the public education’s way of keeping us completely out of the process. And the public education system is a government entity.

Why does the government want to take your child’s education out of your hands? Your ability to protect your child’s rights and privacy, out of your hands? Your freedom afforded by the little document so integral to our way of life…the Constitution. The first amendment provides us all with the freedom of speech.

This parent has been abused, stripped of his Constitutional and parental rights. He has been victimized by extortion.

All of this at the hands of public school who is showing itself more and more to be a puppet for the government.

We have this gentleman’s testimony on tape and when we have it edited, we will share it with you, so you can see it and hear it for yourselves.

Learn more about how you can stop Common Core in Oregon here

TEXAS ANNOUNCES SWEEPING CHANGES TO CONTROVERSIAL CSCOPE EDUCATION PROGRAM

Feb. 8, 2013 6:15pm  from TheBlaze 

Score a big win for parents’ rights. On Friday, the state of Texas announced that they had reached an agreement with the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum (TESCCC) that would bring sweeping changes to the very secretive curriculum management system known as CSCOPE.

Texas Announces Sweeping Changes To States Controversial CSCOPE Education Program

Back in November of 2012, and based on complaints from parents, teachers, and students,TheBlaze started covering the story about an internal takeover of the Texas Public School education system. According to parents and teachers that we spoke with, the CSCOPE system was causing problems on several levels.

Transparency – Parents were not allowed to review the lessons that being taught in school. CSCOPE’s parents’ portal was a very basic outline and contained only sketchy details. Any parent who requested access to the lesson plans was told that they needed to visit the actual school and be directed by a teacher to see the online lessons.

Oppressive and Threatening Conditions – Teachers complained that working under the strict guidelines of the CSCOPE program, they were expected to deliver the content verbatim and only on the scheduled days in the lesson plan. If some students were not grasping the lesson, the teachers were directed to move on to the next lesson. Uniformity and sticking to the calendar were stressed over actual learning. Teachers were also asked to sign a contract that would prevent them from revealing what was in the CSCOPE lessons or face civil and criminal penalties.

Lack of State Board of Education Oversight – The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) was virtually shut out of the decision making on CSCOPE.

The agreement announced Friday contains several very important points and makes changes to the system immediately.  One of the most popular concessions will make many educators happy – Teachers will no longer be required to execute the CSCOPE lessons verbatim.

There were other significant changes to the program

From the Cypress Creek Mirror in Texas:

  • All future meetings of the TESCCC Governing Board, beginning with the February meeting, will be public with all the respective notice requirements being met.
  • The TESCCC will begin a joint review process of all CSCOPE lessons with the SBOE beginning with Social Studies.
  • Amendment of all Terms of Use Agreements, signed by both teachers and districts, removing civil or criminal penalties associated with the release of CSCOPE content.
  • Clarifying that all teachers and districts may post any and all CSCOPE lessons that they deem necessary.

The introduction of transparency and the removal of the threats against teachers who exposed CSCOPE were two of the key arguments made by those hoping to slow CSCOPE’s growth. But the agreement actually went further than many people expected. The massive changes also include:

  • Ending the non-profit 501(c)3 arrangement that incorporates CSCOPE.
  • Initiating the posting of CSCOPE lesson content to their public website.
  • Creating a standing curriculum review panel, comprised of: parents, teachers, school administrators, members of the SBOE, and TESCCC board members.

Texas State Senator Dan Patrick was vital to the negotiation between the SBOE and CSCOPE. Mr. Patrick’s statement on the agreement expressed his satisfaction with it, but also issued a little warning to CSCOPE:

“I’m glad the CSCOPE Board realizes that immediate and long term changes must be made to address the serious issues raised by our committee, parents, and teachers. Our committee will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure they follow through with their commitments. We will also be looking at legislation to ensure these changes cannot be reversed in the future and that the SBOE continues in their role of oversight of CSCOPE content. The future of the program will depend on CSCOPE keeping the commitments they have made and gaining the trust of the legislature, teachers, and parents.”

If you are not aware of what CSCOPE  is or was doing, the organization is an offshoot of an educational program that traces its roots back to 1965 when the state established media centers / Education Service Centers (ESCs) throughout each of Texas’s 20 school districts. In recent years, these ESCs have been transformed into a non-profit group that created the curriculum management system known as CSCOPE.

To get a better understanding of how CSCOPE was pushing some controversial concepts into the schools, we suggest you review these Blaze articles:

(H/T: Red Hot Conservative)

Manipulation of Children in English Language Arts

H/T Macey from Stop Common Core in Oregon for originally posting this at their site.

You would assume that English Language Arts for first graders involves spelling, grammatical rules, sentence structure and things of that nature. Very foundational learning tools that will support future learning.

Here are a couple videos showing how ELA is actually not teaching those skills, but, in fact, playing on emotions and manipulating a young child’s mind.

If this doesn’t turn your stomach and churn up outrage on behalf of your child or, really, any innocent child, I don’t know what does.

In case that doesn’t explain it well for you, here is the message from a Clinical Mental Health Therapist on the danger this brings to a child’s emotional well being.

Thanks to the ladies in Utah at Common Core: Education Without Representation for sharing this on FB.

And again I end up at the same question: WHY. Why do they want to do this to our children? Ask yourself. Ask your legislators. Ask. I believe I know the answer but it’s important for you to come to your own conclusion.

If it was honestly about the foundations of ELA…it would be simple stories, not complex emotional manipulation designed to tap into your child’s parasympathetic system.

This is abuse. Plain and simple.

Survivor of Communist Cuba Delivers Impassioned 2nd Amendment Defense: ‘A Dictatorial Regime Will Destroy the Country’

Cuban Communism Survivor Manuel Martinez Defends Second Amendment in Salem, Oregon

A man who escaped communist Cuba gave an impassioned defense of the rights of his adopted country Friday, saying “only [his] death” will stop him from speaking out about freedom and the Second Amendment, which he says are one in the same.

Testifying in Salem, Oregon, on proposed gun control legislation, Manuel Martinez grew visibly emotional when describing all he has seen.

After describing how “malicious” individuals “masquerading as Democrats” came into power into power in Cuba in 1957, Martinez described how they went to work disarming the citizenry and established a bloody regime.

Read more and watch his powerful testimony here

URGENT: Massive Gun Ban Introduced in Oregon

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SALEM, OREGON: Two days after Senate Democrats claimed they would not seek a ban on modern firearms and feeding devices, Democrats in the Oregon House introduced just that.

Seven Senators joined with eight House Reps to introduce a sweeping ban on virtually all modern firearms. Among the Senators is, of course, Ginny Burdick, who claimed on Wednesday “that she is backing off an attempt to push through a bill on gun clips that she drafted following the December shootings at the Clackamas Mall.”   The other sponsors are:

Representatives BAILEY, BUCKLEY, DEMBROW, FREDERICK, READ, REARDON, TOMEI, Senators , DINGFELDER, HASS, MONNES- ANDERSON, MONROE, SHIELDS, STEINER- HAYWARD.

Remember them.

I have the sneaking suspicion that this is an Overton Window ploy on the part of the Democrats in the Oregon legislature. Put forth an outrageous, naked attempt to ban guns and when the people predictably get pissed off – step back and make “common sense” compromises. They will water down their bill and still get to incrementally strip Oregonians of their 2nd Amendment rights – just a little bit at a time. This must be stopped cold – no compromise, no horse trading, STOPPED! Democrats have proven time and again that they cannot be trusted – they will lie, cheat and steal to push their agenda. Gloves off friends – we are in the fight of our lives and failure is not an option!

Read more at Oregon Firearms Federation here

Salem, OR Chapter of The Well Armed Woman

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The Well Armed Woman is local groups of women around the country that meet monthly to practice, learn and grow as shooters. We create opportunities for women shooters to be introduced to issues that are important to us, learn safe gun handling skills and train together.

We are here to expand the world of firearms to women all over the country in a safe, non-threatening way with the purpose of Educating, Equipping and Empowering woman shooters.

  • Educating women on firearm safety, gun care and handling
  • Developing gun handling skills
  • Building defensive gun skills and awareness
  • Developing confidence
  • Networking with women of like interests
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This is a brand new program and Salem, Oregon is part of a growing list of chapters forming all over the country.

We welcome women 21 years and older of all experience levels. From seasoned shooters to women just getting started with buying, shooting, and caring for firearms, we offer a comfortable learning environment.

If you live in the Mid-Willamette Valley and want to find out more send an email to dqnTWAW@gmail.com or click here to find out more.

#SweetKimGunPic: Glenn Beck and his followers share their favorite guns with Kim Kardashian

Just doing my part for Kim Kardashian today via Pat and Stu on the Glenn Beck Radio Show

See more #SweetKimGunPic tweets at Twitchy.com