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Armed, non union, under paid/privatized, Christian prayer leading, teachers.

Charter Schools backed up by police that arrest disobedient students and haul them to privatized juvenile detention centers. The more money to be made, the more loosely the definition of disobedient to become.

Children indoctrinated to a new normal of guns, "obedience", and creationism.

This is the Tea Party vision.

A system that may eventually emulate extreme schooling in Pakistan. The key is to bring in a new kind of "dumbed down" teacher incapable of independent thinking. You do that by reducing pay to create a less desirable occupation for college graduates. You do that by enforcing strict, defined doctrine and weeding out those that may object.

Brought to you by ALEC.

A movement to stop ALEC. Who is in?

Called out specifically by their name. A grass roots movement. I'm calling for it.

It starts with DU types spreading the word. Learn about them. Expose them. Publicize them. Who are the members? Can we fight with consumer activism? Can we negate their marketing with bad press? Can we expose their puppet politicians that can't deviate a single word from "model" legislation? Can we attach the ALEC label and make it stick as a political negative?

Not to be confused with just the labor movement to stop the erosion of our standard of living. ALEC, after all, is responsible for much, much more. For example, the "stand your ground" gun laws or the removal of our ability to litigate financial fraud through the state Attorney General. Their list of extremely damaging legislation goes on and on.

I'm not talking about the GOP or FOX news or the Tea Party. I'm talking about ALEC.

We have to specifically pinpoint this group and start a movement. A big movement.

Let's get this thing started!

Name the single greatest threat to our American Way of life.

I'll start:

Fox News

"Tea Party is here to stay and will never go away"

Says Tom Brokaw.

Perhaps......but their day in the sun was in 2010.

By the way, does the John Birch society still exist?

Maybe they morphed into a "new and improved" package called the Tea Party?

Regardless, there will always be an extreme right faction so in that regard, Brokaw is right. The Neo Cons, however, will once again need some fancy new packaging when the Tea Party becomes widely perceived as too extreme similar to how the John Birch society was in the 60s.

Listen up Brokaw. There are umpteen political parties out there that have never "gone away". Your statement would be much bolder if you had said, "The Tea Party will always be relevant".

They won't.

Prediction: Once again the Supreme Court chooses our President.

The rapidly evolving events in Ohio almost guarantee it.

The outcome to be in "limbo" for weeks until the legal aspects are sorted out and the Chief Justice writes his "opinion".

Florida all over again.

It's happening folks.

RedState: Climate Change Was A Lie


What must be done now is to award the email hacker with the next Nobel Peace Prize, revoke Al Gore’s, confiscate all the profits that have been made from furthering the lies and misdirections of the climate alarmists (including Michael Moore of course), shut down the UN’s Climate wing, and immediately dismantle and disrupt the EPA and the last 20 years of restrictions and regulations and blockades of access to American energy resources. Oh yeah-let’s burn the Cap & Trade bill and shutter the whole economy-destroying Ethanol nonsense while we’re at it.

Why you ask? Because it has finally come out that there has been no global warming since 1995 (it was much worse during Medieval times you see) and the now-shamed Professor at the heart of the original IPCC email scandal has finally been uncovered as a fraud. I can actually understand now why he once considered suicide…he knew this day of reckoning was coming.

The problem with saying “the science is settled” is that, sooner or later, someone else that truly believes in the never-ending pursuit of “science” is going to un-settle it with either new revelations or new discoveries. Unfortunately for Al Gore, we have come upon a newer, even more inconvenient truth; they lied.

Now we have to go about the business of cleaning up their mess.

For me, one of the scariest "pundits" on television (John Stossel of Fox Business)

John Stossel

On TV, my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly says, "The recession was brought on largely by greedy Wall Street corporations."

Give me a break.

Bill's smart. If he believes such things, we who care about freedom have done a poor job communicating economics.

Blaming problems on "greed" is a mindless cliché.

Yes, Wall Street was greedy -- but that's nothing new. Greed is a constant. Did you ever turn down a raise? We need a free market because it restrains greed. Laws against theft and fraud help, but competition does more. With this election approaching, and statist, eager-to-regulate candidates in ascent, we need more Americans to understand this.

I'm repulsed by aspects of greed. But the truth is that greed, without government interference, makes us all better off. It grows the economic pie.

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/stossel/blog/2012/10/24/greed#ixzz2ATkQzCXQ

Clint Eastwood Revisited

Republican National Convention Night 3 Draws 21.9 Million Viewers, Down 15 Million From 2008

An estimated 21.9 million people tuned in to watch the third night of the 2012 Republican National Convention on Wednesday, August 29.

In 2008, over 37 million people tuned in to catch the comparable day 3 of the RNC— which was 41 percent higher than last night’s viewership. That day in 2008, however, made headlines when Sarah Palin made her much-anticipated debut into the national spotlight.

As expected, Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched television event in American history.

111.3 million people tuned in to see the Giants beat the Patriots 21 to 17. It marked the seventh straight year in which more people watched the Super Bowl than the year before.

It was also the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years. The game produced a 47.0 rating, up a full point from a year ago. The first Giants-Patriots Super Bowl, in 2008, drew was 14 percent lower.

Please keep the preceding in mind when watching this again:

Clint sealed the deal with the Auto Industry comeback being widely accepted. We are talking about reaching people that believe man coexisted with dinosaurs, President Obama is a Communist, and the United Nations is attempting to take over our daily lives. In light of that, the comeback of Detroit has never been in question by the Neo Cons. Indeed, Mitt has tried to give credit to President Bush and he has given statements that conflict with his Op Ed "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt".

I contend that if not for Clint's Super Bowl advertisement, the GOP would have been able to mitigate this issue much more effectively. For example, the President's economic stimulus put millions of Americans to work, yet the GOP gains traction in mitigating the positive effect. Even when Paul Ryan's letters asking for a piece of the pie are disclosed.

Yes......you can thank Clint. You can thank Clint for talking to an empty chair in front of 22 million viewers. But you can especially thank Clint for selling our Presidents great economic achievement, in front of 111 million viewers, like no other could.

I wish to give a hearty Thank You to Clint Eastwood. One of the greatest contributers to the Obama campaign this political season.

Miracle of the Seagulls


The first pioneers entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake in the summer of 1847. Before winter came, more than 2,000 Saints were in the valley. That was many more than originally planned and probably more than the 1847–48 harvest could feed. The first winter was mild, and the pioneers hoped the harvest would be good, even though it would probably be small. More pioneers were coming, and they would need food.

In 1848, as the grain began to ripen, thousands of crickets came down from the foothills into the fields. For three weeks they ate the precious crops. The people tried to fight them off with brooms, shovels, ropes, water, and even fire, but there were just too many crickets.

President John Smith of the Salt Lake Stake called a special fast day, and the people all fasted and prayed and then continued to fight the crickets. They knew God would have to help them if they were to save the harvest. Their prayers were answered on a clear afternoon when seagulls began to appear in the sky. John R. Young described the event:

“There must have been thousands of them. Their coming was like a great cloud; and when they passed between us and the sun, a shadow covered the field. …

“At first we thought that they, also, were after the wheat and this thought added to our terror; but we soon discovered that they devoured only the crickets” (Memoirs of John R. Young, as quoted in William E. Berrett, The Restored Church [1961], 285; see also 283–84).

The seagulls came from their nesting areas at the Great Salt Lake. They would eat the crickets until they were full, fly to the nearest stream, take a few sips of water, spit out what they had eaten, and then come back to eat more. After about three weeks the crickets were all gone and the crops were safe.

In 1897, after Utah became a state, the people showed their thankfulness to the Lord for the “miracle of the seagulls” by making the seagull the state bird and building a monument to them. The Seagull Monument stands on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

In 1848, the year after the first Latter-day Saint pioneers entered the valley of the Great Salt Lake, it was hoped that the harvest would be good. The people who had arrived and the many more who would be coming would all need food. Unfortunately, crickets began eating the crops, and the pioneers could not stop them. The pioneers fasted and prayed that the harvest would be saved. Seagulls came from the Great Salt Lake, ate the crickets, spit them out in nearby streams, and returned for more. After about three weeks, the crickets were gone and the crops were saved.

The Seagull Monument


Time for a change to fundamental labor laws.

We can begin by marginalizing the legal difference between part time work and full time work. In my opinion, this is a seriously abused legal loophole. Instead of a 40 hour threshold, I propose a fairer, pro rated system based on hours worked in a week. A person working 38 hours a week should see the same relative benefit as a person working 40 hours a week. If a person is working at 95% of the hours of a full time employee, they should realize 95% of equivalent benefits.

Perhaps a person more knowledgeable can enlighten me more on this subject.

Any other suggestions?

I need a list of pragmatic ideas for another forum I visit.
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