Jonathan Courtney…..Justify Your Run For Maine Secretary of State

BDN reports “Split Legislature creates uncertain re-election path for Democrats in Maine constitutional offices.”

Matt Dunlap, another former Democratic lawmaker, was secretary of state from 2005 to 2011 and from 2013 through the present. Dunlap is running for re-election but faces a challenge from former Republican Sen. Jonathan Courtney of Springvale.

Courtney served one term in the House and four terms in the Senate — including one as Senate majority leader — before being termed out of office in 2012. He was the Republican nominee for the 1st Congressional District that year, but he lost to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Dunlap said he doesn’t see the secretary of state as a partisan position and hopes that lawmakers recognize he hasn’t operated that way.

“I have the track record to continue,” said Dunlap.”

The Department of the Secretary of State touches the lives of virtually every Maine resident. From safeguarding the original Maine State Constitution and preserving millions of precious historic documents, to conducting state elections….and takes its responsibilities in the area of elections and civic education very seriously.”

Let’s examine if Mr. Dunlap has the “track record to continue.”

Through personal experiences, the Secretary of State most certainly appears as a partisan position and documented evidence reveals a less than poor job performance within various divisions of this office. At this time we will focus on elections.

Secretary Dunlap speaks of “the qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process”, yet dismissed/ignored election law violations and refused to investigate the City of Biddeford’s election fraud in 2004. The 1)premature opening of absentee ballots and 2)the failure of the Post Office to mail first-class campaign flyers are state and federal violations of law, a matter of public trust and interest and warranted a full investigation into the City of Biddeford. The general public had not heard about this as the media refused to report on this, unlike the recent reporting on the ballot recount in the Falmouth-area election. “Dunlap said a major swing in the recount happened when a bundle of 25 ballots from Long Island that were not counted on election night were discovered and other ballots that can’t be accounted for that have suddenly appeared.” BDN reports “Given the tight margin in the recount, these 21 untraceable ballots made the difference in deciding the winner. Efforts by the Bangor Daily News to obtain a copy of the voter manifest are ongoing, as both the Maine secretary of state’s office and the town of Long Island claim the list is in the other’s possession. The recount on Nov. 18 and Monday’s document review were both overseen by Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn. Efforts this week to contact Flynn and Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap have been unsuccessful. Democrats feel burned by the fact that the GOP would not allow any additional investigation, and they say the senators must use all resources at their disposal to determine where the 21 Long Island ballots came from and pledge to explore all legal options available to ensure there was no voter fraud in Senate District 25.”

Now that the shoe is on the other foot…the Democrats cry “foul.”

Why didn’t the Democrats “say the senators must use all resources at their disposal” with the fraudulent election in Biddeford?

On the other hand, Republicans are not exempt from another “selective” process within this state. Former Republican Sen. Jonathan Courtney was presented with the documented evidence of crimes, attached in this post, and brushed aside. With his failure to act on criminal activity,  will he maintain the same “qualities of fairness, experience, knowledge, integrity and efficiency of the election process” as Mr. Dunlap?

With the refusal of those in authority to act, per their oaths, duties and obligations – whether constitutional officers or elected officials – are we to trust that future elections will be honest? Are we to trust the same people in office today who were there in the past?

Does Mr. Mr. Dunlap have the “track record to continue”?

Jonathan Courtney must justify his qualifications for position as Secretary of State.

Related: Maine Secretary of State Dunlap Talks Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth, click here.


Published in: on November 27, 2014 at 5:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: PA Citizens Ask Gov. Corbett for Data Collection Moratorium

Pennsylvanians Restoring Education
Anita B Hoge 724-263-0474
Cheryl Boise 412-389-6896
Ryan Bannister 717-919-2122
Rich Felice 484-678-2236

November 24, 2014. Harrisburg, Pa; Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, Pennsylvania Against Common Core, citizens of Pennsylvania, parents and students are asking Governor Corbett to place a moratorium on the data collection in the Pennsylvania Information Management System, PIMS, on our students in all 500 school districts. We are asking the Governor to rescind all contracts and written agreements that the Pennsylvania Department of Education has with any Commonwealth entity and any outside contractor who can access personally identifiable information on our children in violation of federal law, state policy, and Chapter 4 regulations.

We demand a moratorium on the collection of data because of contracts that have been discovered and are signed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to disclose personally identifiable information, which is personal data on the students and his/her family, without the parent’s knowledge or consent. This personally identifiable information includes information on every student’s personality, attitudes, values, beliefs, and disposition, a psychological profile, called Interpersonal Skills Standards and Anchors. This data has been illegally obtained through deceptive means without the parent’s knowledge or consent through screening, evaluations, testing, and surveys. These illegal methods of information gathering were actually fraudulently called “academic standards” on the Department of Education website portal.

On October 22, Governor Corbett and the Secretary of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq, requested that ALL attitude, value, and disposition requirements, labeled Interpersonal Skills Standards, that are in violation of federal law and state policy, to be expunged from the Department of Education website portal called SAS, Standards Aligned System. These psychological “standards” were never vetted, nor reviewed by the State Board, nor presented to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission, IRRC. A PennLink was sent to all 500 school districts stating that the portal had been cleansed of these affective domain standards that had nothing to do with academic content.

This is a temporary fix. These standards and interventions continue to be forced on students and remediated in the classroom EVERY DAY. A search on the SAS portal reveals over 2394 lesson plans that align to these now repudiated “standards.” The parents of Pennsylvania want all affective domain standards, ALL curriculum, and related lesson plans expunged from the classrooms, as well as from the website portal. Parents are demanding that Governor Corbett and the Pennsylvania Department of Education cease collecting and disclosing personally identifiable information on Pennsylvania students and their families immediately.

We have discovered that Pennsylvania continues to be the model for the nation to develop a dossier on each citizen feeding into a national data base that collects this personally identifiable information with the collaboration of the schools. This systemic collusion between the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics created a national ID without the knowledge of the citizens. This system boasts that “all of the Commonwealth’s children, adolescents, and adults” will have a dossier. (CFDA-# 84.384) We have also found that this data base in Pennsylvania is a model state for the nation to implement a “womb to workforce” data base, (NCES Contract: CFDS-#84.384, PR/Award #R372A090022; Tracking #: Grant 10076087) that would start at birth and continue until retirement which connects the Department of Labor with wages in this dossier with the addition of the last 5 digits of the SSN or the connection to this Unique ID. (Correspondence between Secretary of Education Gerald Zahorchak and Secretary of Labor Sandy Vito). This creates a data base of human capital, your worth… or non-worth to the economy. (Pennsylvania’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative Grant) (PA-WDQI)

The federal government in collaboration with Pennsylvania is developing psychological profiles on the families of this country through the personally identifiable information collected in the schools that will be used as a decision-making model for the future. The government wants to know HOW you think and WHAT you think and everything about YOU. This is a government intelligence operation using education to create a dossier on every family in this country. Attitudes and practices of each family are unwittingly revealed in the student’s response in the classroom and on tests through the “Special Ed Student Snap and Student Snap” (Pennsylvania State University, PennData Grant: Project Number 062-14-0-042: Federal Award Number: HO27A130162)

This system was initiated in 2006 when every child in the entire Commonwealth was given a unique ID that links this information to the federal government with a standardized system that requires compliance for more information gathering. (Contract with eScholar 2006) (Deloitte Contracting, Complete Data Warehouse, 2007) Pennsylvania Senior college students graduating that year would now be age 28. Every person…. EVERY person age 28 and under, schooled in Pennsylvania, has a psychometric profile, an intelligence profile kept by the state of Pennsylvania…. In 10 years, every Pennsylvania schooled person, age 38 and under…. In 20 years, every person age 48 and under…. In 30 years, Pennsylvania will have a complete psychographic on every person in the workforce and on every child born thereafter in the workforce. This is an American electronic model eerily similar to East Germany’s Stasi of yesteryear.

Governor Corbett, do you realize that your new baby grandson has been granted his own unique national ID?

The Common Core Standards are the vehicle to nationally standardize the data collection as the autonomy of the school is stripped from the local level and the teacher in the classroom. The individual mandate, similar to the Obamacare individual mandate, requires students to conform to this national agenda. (eScholar Contract) There is no privacy. Governor Corbett, this is a federal system of control from the top down, a “backward instructional design model” bypassing our elected state legislature. (Keystone Exams Statement of Work, Contract: Proposed Amendments/Student CDT) (PennData, Pennsylvania State University)

The Common Core Standards, a grant from the National Center of Education Statistics, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESEA Flexibility Waiver issued by Secretary Duncan, and an Executive Order (Executive Order12866) that was given by President Obama without Congressional authority and without state legislative oversight mandates a national data base and a nationalized curriculum where every state will have the exact same affective standards and use a national test that will force everyone into compliance toward the same attitudes, values, and beliefs. This “design down system” means that the curriculum must align to psychological standards, teachers must intervene with standardized psychological treatment when computerized adaptive feedback identifies immediately where to intervene, and the national test will monitor the progress to be sure every student is standardized to meet those psychological standards. Teachers must remediate each child to insure that the students are absorbing the standardized attitudes, values, beliefs, and dispositions.

Teachers, also monitored with a unique ID, will be held accountable to the practice of psychology, although not state-licensed practitioners and vulnerable to malpractice issues. The students must meet Interpersonal Skills proficiency, or teachers will be threatened with reprisal or eventually fired. (ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Principle 1, Principle 2) The contract we have discovered states that Common Core is a “model curriculum.” Common Core provides 2394 foolproof validated scripts with which to remediate each child’s affective domain to achieve proficiency. We have also discovered that these Interpersonal Skills Standards are also embedded in other academic areas of Career Education and Work, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Health Safety and Physical Education. The test contract in Appendix B for the Keystone Exams states, “The diagnostic assessments are intended to be easily administered online and provide immediate feedback of students strengths and weaknesses.”

Clearly this data collection system has utilized education funds to set up a national system of surveillance and interventions on our students that is structured from the federal level down into our each classroom. Huge amounts of our taxpayer money have been used to fund this system of surveillance creating a dossier on each student and their family for the purpose of creating the worker desired by big business and enforced by the arbitrary authoritative state. (Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills, Department of Labor)

We are requesting Governor Corbett to stop the data collection.
Governor Corbett, stop the invasion of privacy.
Governor Corbett, we want legislation NOW, to protect our families, protect our children, and protect our children’s future.
We are calling on the Attorney General to investigate the data collection.

America used to educate its children and let them create their own world.
Now, we are creating their world and forcing them to live in it.
~ Joe Esposito, Oklahoma

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

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Published in: on November 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rod Class DC Case “Sealed”…Very Revealing!


Rod is Out of the DC jail and back in North Carolina ! Here is Rod’s 1st Private Call regarding his arrest and release…and other info on his strategy, etc. And, think on this: If Rod’s filings that were denied and NOT published within the Docket…Why did they deny those filings ? Perhaps because Rod’s denied filings were damaging to their (the Prosecution and the judge) behavior (not following procedures, etc.) in Rod’s case ? It would seem that Rod’s case is a major CF for the government!

Private Call Tues, 11.25.14
Know Their Language, Know Their Rules, Know Their Job   23 min

NOTE: Rod says that Harvey will provide ALL the documents…
Unfortunately, this is NOT the case. There are so many filings by Rod in this case that it would take a staff of many people to do this. If you’ve been following this DC Gun Case from the beginning then you may have most of the filings that were available as there were links to the Dropbox repository in the previous Big Lists over the past 18 months. This is a volunteer organization and we can only do what we can with all of our limited time. Do Not email Harvey to request individual filings!
If you want/need them, then register at the Pacer link. Thank you!

Direct PACER/ECF Link to register and track the case
There is a cost to subscribe if you over access and download docs!
The search terms to put in the boxes is Class and Rodney.

Rod’s documents/filings that have been Published and Distributed are within the master Dropbox Folder. The Master Link to the Dropbox Files of Rod Class is:

Choose the DC Gun Case Folder then go from there.

Also, here is the Full DC Docket from Sep 3, 2013 to Nov 25, 2014 for you to see just how the has government acted:

SAVE ALL BIG LISTS  As there is limited space to put docs, etc., and some past info has to be edited out because of the limited space!

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Published in: on November 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: A Victory for Sanity…Croatia Boots Out Sex Education

“Croatian Constitutional Court Abolishes Health (Sex) Education Curriculum”

The above article from May 2013, reported on the influence of our friend Dr. Judith Reisman, who is the author of several books exposing the fraud and horrific practices of Alfred Kinsey, as well as the dangers of modern “sex education” curricula.
Read more HERE.

Also view “The Dumbing Down of Morality.” Click here.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

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To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America,  click here.

Published in: on November 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: Common Core Charter School Craziness!

Using Turkish Islamic teachers just the tip of the iceberg in charter irregularities!

“Chicago charter schools import 474 Turkish Muslim teachers as 40k American teachers go unemployed,” published on November 22, 2014, reported the latest antics of charter school operators.

Are Americans who live in cities where charter schools exist examining their property tax bills?

Is the fact that their property taxes are going, in many cases, directly into the pockets of for-profit entities, not into the traditional school budget coffer, not of some concern to them?

Is the fact that charter schools have no school boards that represent the voters of the entire municipality of no concern to them?

Is the fact that Communist Core Marxist curriculum, assessment and remediation of their children’s attitudes, values and beliefs will exist in their child’s charter school, and they won’t have the right to complain about “it” not of concern to them?

What is it going to take for the hard-hit American taxpayer and/or parent to wake up and focus on the problem of tax-funded government schools with no elected boards (charter schools)… and, in addition, to wake up and understand that once the government funds any form of private eduction, including religious and home education, that this education entity in effect becomes “public”/”government” education (the kind of education one finds in Cuba, China, or any Socialist, Communist country)?

What is it going to take for Americans to realize that the internationalists, Neoconservatives, Leftists, corporations and their philanthropic agendas (such as Bill Gates), the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Carnegie Corporation “mafia” do NOT care about their children’s futures?

What is it going to take for Americans to realize that education is no longer about academics, but about “training” their children for the global workforce? Your child is considered nothing but a cog in “their” machine to be trained to spin off profits for the members of the global elite.

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America,  click here.

Published in: on November 24, 2014 at 8:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wastebook 2014: What Washington doesn’t want you to read

Voodoo Dolls, Gambling Monkeys, Zombies in Love and Paid Vacations for Misbehaving Bureaucrats Top List of the Most Outlandish Government Spending in Wastebook 2014


Gambling monkeys, dancing zombies and mountain lions on treadmills are just a few projects exposed in Wastebook 2014 – highlighting $25 billion in Washington’s worst spending of the year.

Wastebook 2014 — the report Washington doesn’t want you to read —reveals the 100 most outlandish government expenditures this year, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

“With no one watching over the vast bureaucracy, the problem is not just what Washington isn’t doing, but what it is doing.” Dr. Coburn said. “Only someone with too much of someone else’s money and not enough accountability for how it was being spent could come up some of these projects.”

“I have learned from these experiences that Washington will never change itself. But even if the politicians won’t stop stupid spending, taxpayers always have the last word.”

Congress actually forced federal agencies to waste billions of dollars for purely parochial, political purposes.

For example, lawmakers attached a rider to a larger bill requiring NASA to build a $350 million launch pad tower, which was mothballed as soon as it was completed because the rockets it was designed to test were scrapped years ago. Similarly, when USDA attempted to close an unneeded sheep research station costing nearly $2 million every year to operate, politicians in the region stepped in to keep it open.

Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in “Wastebook 2014” include:

Coast guard party patrols – $100,000
Watching grass grow – $10,000
State department tweets @ terrorists – $3 million
Swedish massages for rabbits – $387,000
Paid vacations for bureaucrats gone wild – $20 million
Mountain lions on a treadmill – $856,000
Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys – $50,000
Pentagon to destroy $16 billion in unused ammunition — $1 billion
Scientists hope monkey gambling unlocks secrets of free will –$171,000
Rich and famous rent out their luxury pads tax free – $10 million
Studying “hangry” spouses stabbing voodoo dolls – $331,000
Promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flutists – $90 million

Read the full report here.

Watch the Wastebook 2014 videos here and here and here.

Source: U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.

Published in: on November 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

BDN, Mike Tipping v. Maine Governor Paul LePage

BDN reports “This summer, there was a brief media furor over revelations that Gov. Paul LePage met eight times with members of a controversial group called the Constitutional Coalition. Attendees at the meetings said the governor took extensive notes. So, the BDN asked for them. In response to a request for the notes under the state’s Freedom of Access law, the governor’s office sent one page of handwritten notes to the BDN.

The notes mentioned a supposedly disappearing 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution six times, The Titles of Nobility Amendment.

For some, like members of the Constitutional Coalition, the term “esquire,” which refers to lawyers, is a title of nobility. That explains why “thirteenthers” — as those who seek to restore the Titles of Nobility Amendment are known — hold special contempt for lawyers, judges and the state and national Bar Associations. All of these groups are mentioned in LePage’s notes.

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ended slavery.

Liberal blogger Mike Tipping, in his book “As Maine Went,” tied the coalition members to the Sovereign Citizens, a group that the FBI put on a national watch list.”

Read more HERE.

With all the all the negative attention, misinformation and lack of justification/evidence of the statements made by Mike Tipping in his book and his posts relative to “conspiracy theories” and reported by the BDN, here is food for thought that legitimizes the concerns/views of Mainers who have spent years researching.

None of the mainstream media reporters ever stated that they read, or studied, the original Constitution of Maine (1820), or compared it with the current constitution.

Neither the media, nor Tipping, defined a “sovereign citizen.”

What “conspiracy theories” did the Constitutional Coalition bring to Governor LePage?

How does the media/Tipping justify that the 2012 Maine Criminal Justice Academy training manual is “correct in its assessment”?

How has the media/Tipping determined that this group was not correct with their view of Maine’s government being unlawful?

What is their knowledge of the State of Maine’s 1875 Resolve?

What is their knowledge of LD 1564, “Resolve, Approving the 2013 Draft and Arrangement of the Constitution of Maine Made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and Providing for Its Publication and Distribution”?

How is LD 1564 not repugnant to the original constitution?

Where does it state in the original constitution of Maine (1820) that the constitution my be “codified”?

Mike Tipping was asked these questions, but failed to respond. By his failure to respond, he mutually agreed that  he was unable to answer the questions, thus unable to justify the statements made in his book and his posts relative to “conspiracy theories.”

Mike Tipping was invited to share the stage, in front of all news-media, with members of the Constitutional Coalition, but refused.

Why would Governor LePage’s staff advise him not to meet with the members of this group?  Governor LePage was criticized for meeting with these people, “entertained their delusional thoughts and gave these people a voice.”’

Since Governor LePage ran his original campaign on the constitution, (and people before politics), one could assume that he was really interested in what these people brought before him, since he met with them several times. It is also “par for the course” for legislators to be unresponsive when they are not as educated as the person bringing forth an issue to them, or they are being controlled. “Maine Went” long before Governor LePage.

FOIA Response: Notes provided by the governor’s office.

There are quite a few notes in this response. Here is additional information that pertains to some of these notes.

100 Years -
Report on Research of Maine State Bar Association Booklet “100 Years of Law and Justice”, click here.
1891 Act Incorporating Maine State Bar Association, click here.

Commission of judges – example of a commission, click here.
Commissions, 07/02/2014 – EPISODE 24, click here.
Where Did The Original Constitutional State Go? by Maine Author Lise Dupont, click here.

Original Constitution of Maine (1820), click here.
Act of 1825 providing for the distribution of copies of the Constitution of this State, and of the United States, to be used in schools, click here.
Read Article X, Section 4 of the Constitution of the State of Maine (1820) (not Maine constitution), click here.
Senator Colleen Lachowicz (Kennebec) Sponsors LD 1564 “Resolve” To Amend The Constitution of the State of Maine, click here.

13th Amendment – original
Original 13th Amendment disappeared
Original Constitution of the United States with ORIGINAL THIRTEENTH AMENDMENT As Ratified and Published by the State of Virginia (1819), click here or here.
The missing 13th Amendment, called Article XIII, reads:
“If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain, any title of nobility or honor, or shall, without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”
Current  Constitution of the United States (1865) with Article XIII, click here. It reads:

1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

American State Papers – 1834 -Titles of Nobility, click here.

Republic vs. Democracy, click here.

“The denial of the truth does not invalidate the truth.”

In an e-mail from Mike Tipping he stated “I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve told the other members of the Constitutional Coalition: If anything that I’ve written is inaccurate, I’m happy to retract and correct it. If you have evidence to that effect, please let me know.” Would you say he (and BDN) has much retracting to do?

Why would Governor LePage’s staff advise him not to meet with the members of this group?

Who truly presents a real and present danger?

It is Maine’s only hope that Governor LePage stands by the constitution and the people will stand with him.

People of Maine should be thankful for the great researchers we have here.


“Tipping” The Scales, click here.

Gov. Paul LePage Is On The Right Track With Changes To The Attorney General’s Office…But He’s On The Wrong Train, click here.

Published in: on November 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

President Obama’s Address to the Nation on Immigration

8:01 P.M. EST

“THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration.

For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities –- people not trapped by our past, but able to remake ourselves as we choose.

But today, our immigration system is broken — and everybody knows it.

Families who enter our country the right way and play by the rules watch others flout the rules. Business owners who offer their workers good wages and benefits see the competition exploit undocumented immigrants by paying them far less. All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.

It’s been this way for decades. And for decades, we haven’t done much about it.

When I took office, I committed to fixing this broken immigration system. And I began by doing what I could to secure our borders. Today, we have more agents and technology deployed to secure our southern border than at any time in our history. And over the past six years, illegal border crossings have been cut by more than half. Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years. Overall, the number of people trying to cross our border illegally is at its lowest level since the 1970s. Those are the facts.

Meanwhile, I worked with Congress on a comprehensive fix, and last year, 68 Democrats, Republicans, and independents came together to pass a bipartisan bill in the Senate. It wasn’t perfect. It was a compromise. But it reflected common sense. It would have doubled the number of border patrol agents while giving undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they paid a fine, started paying their taxes, and went to the back of the line. And independent experts said that it would help grow our economy and shrink our deficits.

Had the House of Representatives allowed that kind of bill a simple yes-or-no vote, it would have passed with support from both parties, and today it would be the law. But for a year and a half now, Republican leaders in the House have refused to allow that simple vote.

Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law. But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President –- the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me -– that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just.

Tonight, I am announcing those actions.

First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.

Second, I’ll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.

Third, we’ll take steps to deal responsibly with the millions of undocumented immigrants who already live in our country.

I want to say more about this third issue, because it generates the most passion and controversy. Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we’re also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable -– especially those who may be dangerous. That’s why, over the past six years, deportations of criminals are up 80 percent. And that’s why we’re going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day.

But even as we focus on deporting criminals, the fact is, millions of immigrants in every state, of every race and nationality still live here illegally. And let’s be honest -– tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you. It’s also not who we are as Americans. After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time. They work hard, often in tough, low-paying jobs. They support their families. They worship at our churches. Many of their kids are American-born or spent most of their lives here, and their hopes, dreams, and patriotism are just like ours. As my predecessor, President Bush, once put it: “They are a part of American life.”

Now here’s the thing: We expect people who live in this country to play by the rules. We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded. So we’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes — you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. That’s what this deal is.

Now, let’s be clear about what it isn’t. This deal does not apply to anyone who has come to this country recently. It does not apply to anyone who might come to America illegally in the future. It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive -– only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.

I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty. Well, it’s not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today -– millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time.

That’s the real amnesty –- leaving this broken system the way it is. Mass amnesty would be unfair. Mass deportation would be both impossible and contrary to our character. What I’m describing is accountability –- a common-sense, middle-ground approach: If you meet the criteria, you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law. If you’re a criminal, you’ll be deported. If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.

The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century. And to those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.

I want to work with both parties to pass a more permanent legislative solution. And the day I sign that bill into law, the actions I take will no longer be necessary. Meanwhile, don’t let a disagreement over a single issue be a dealbreaker on every issue. That’s not how our democracy works, and Congress certainly shouldn’t shut down our government again just because we disagree on this. Americans are tired of gridlock. What our country needs from us right now is a common purpose –- a higher purpose.

Most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight. But I understand the disagreements held by many of you at home. Millions of us, myself included, go back generations in this country, with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens. So we don’t like the notion that anyone might get a free pass to American citizenship.

I know some worry immigration will change the very fabric of who we are, or take our jobs, or stick it to middle-class families at a time when they already feel like they’ve gotten the raw deal for over a decade. I hear these concerns. But that’s not what these steps would do. Our history and the facts show that immigrants are a net plus for our economy and our society. And I believe it’s important that all of us have this debate without impugning each other’s character.

Because for all the back and forth of Washington, we have to remember that this debate is about something bigger. It’s about who we are as a country, and who we want to be for future generations.

Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law? Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future?

Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms? Or are we a nation that values families, and works together to keep them together?

Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us? Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs here, create businesses here, create industries right here in America?

That’s what this debate is all about. We need more than politics as usual when it comes to immigration. We need reasoned, thoughtful, compassionate debate that focuses on our hopes, not our fears. I know the politics of this issue are tough. But let me tell you why I have come to feel so strongly about it.

Over the past few years, I have seen the determination of immigrant fathers who worked two or three jobs without taking a dime from the government, and at risk any moment of losing it all, just to build a better life for their kids. I’ve seen the heartbreak and anxiety of children whose mothers might be taken away from them just because they didn’t have the right papers. I’ve seen the courage of students who, except for the circumstances of their birth, are as American as Malia or Sasha; students who bravely come out as undocumented in hopes they could make a difference in the country they love.

These people –- our neighbors, our classmates, our friends –- they did not come here in search of a free ride or an easy life. They came to work, and study, and serve in our military, and above all, contribute to America’s success.

Tomorrow, I’ll travel to Las Vegas and meet with some of these students, including a young woman named Astrid Silva. Astrid was brought to America when she was four years old. Her only possessions were a cross, her doll, and the frilly dress she had on. When she started school, she didn’t speak any English. She caught up to other kids by reading newspapers and watching PBS, and she became a good student. Her father worked in landscaping. Her mom cleaned other people’s homes. They wouldn’t let Astrid apply to a technology magnet school, not because they didn’t love her, but because they were afraid the paperwork would out her as an undocumented immigrant –- so she applied behind their back and got in. Still, she mostly lived in the shadows –- until her grandmother, who visited every year from Mexico, passed away, and she couldn’t travel to the funeral without risk of being found out and deported. It was around that time she decided to begin advocating for herself and others like her, and today, Astrid Silva is a college student working on her third degree.

Are we a nation that kicks out a striving, hopeful immigrant like Astrid, or are we a nation that finds a way to welcome her in? Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger –- we were strangers once, too.

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we are here only because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, or what our last names are, or how we worship. What makes us Americans is our shared commitment to an ideal -– that all of us are created equal, and all of us have the chance to make of our lives what we will.

That’s the country our parents and grandparents and generations before them built for us. That’s the tradition we must uphold. That’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless this country we love.”

8:16 P.M. EST

Source: The White House – Office of the Press Secretary

Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Common Core Poison

One Drop at a Time . . . .

Would you drink a glass of milk that contained a drop of arsenic? That is what American public is being asked to swallow.

The following is a perfect example (“tragic” might be a better adjective) of how our very good people buy into the big controlled right/left media lie. First, see this article published by Top Right News:

“Maine Governor LePage Slashes State Aid For Cities That Give Welfare to Illegal Aliens”

Yes, Maine’s Governor LePage has done many good things, for which many Mainers are pleased. However, at the same time he is facilitating the loss of representative government in the USA by his strong support for tax-funded private education and especially tax-funded charter schools, which are in reality public schools. Charter schools have NO elected school boards. Charters operate outside of the oversight or control of voters, citizens and parents!

With charter schools there is zero accountability to the taxpayers who fund them. Taxpayers’ hard-earned money will in the future go into the pockets of the globalist corporations whose desire is to create The New Soviet Man (lifelong Soviet polytechnical education being implemented across the nation today through tax-funded school choice proposals, including charters with unelected boards). AKA “Limited Learning for Lifelong Labor.

Read more HERE.

Common Core-upt Charters
One post after the other (below) from the so-called school choice education experts relates to “everything you ever wanted to know – pro and con – about charter schools.”

Watch the video at “DISCUSS: Are Charter Schools Beneficial To Education?”

Charters are supposed to be the panacea! But they have problems — documented in this video. Except it doesn’t state the major problem: they are run by unelected councils rather than elected school boards!
Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America,  click here.

Published in: on November 21, 2014 at 4:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

ABCs of DumbDown: Common Core Charter Village Hub Schools…Communism Is Here: “Community Education”

Russia has been a key player in developing TAX-FUNDED SCHOOL ‘”CHOICE” & CHARTERS WITHOUT ELECTED BOARDS and its corresponding COMMUNITY EDUCATION!

Some history follows, starting with the Full-Service Community Schools Act of 2014 and going back to the 1946 Montgomery County, Maryland pilot project which was the beginning of the demise of our representative republic, to be replaced by socialism/communism. This pilot project, interestingly enough, followed the United States joining the Communist United Nations in 1945!

Read more HERE.

Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt
Former Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Education

Guerilla Media Network Iserbyt Archives link

Exposing The Global Road To Ruin Through Education-Trailer Links

3 Minute Trailer

26 Minute Trailer

Full 8 Disc YouTube Video Links

Amazon 8 Disc Set Order Link

To order the updated abridged 2011 version of The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America,  click here.

Published in: on November 20, 2014 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

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