Tocqueville’s America

“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville.

And he’s correct as the era of constitutional government is over. The U.S. has developed a post-constitutional culture where independent citizens are dependents, relying on the government for their needs.

In this, Congress has made itself the weakest of the three branches. Today’s post-constitutional congressman’s job is to hold hearings on school lunch menus, to add new benefits under Medicare, and to issue press releases about a newly funded bridge for some district.

The goal of the Constitution’s authors was to ensure liberty; separating the powers of the three governmental branches, so no one branch became dominant. They believed at the time, that the Legislative branch was the most dangerous branch because of its closeness to the people.

For this reason, precautions were established to make it less potent. Yet, over the last 100 years, Congress has surrendered powers given in Article I of the Constitution to the Executive branch; the Federal Reserve prints money and manages the economy; trade agreements are on a “fast track;” and military base closures are made by unelected commissions.

In his ruling on ObamaCare, it took Chief Justice Roberts 21 pages to explain that the language of the law is “ambiguous” when it is actually quite plain. For the Court’s majority protecting entitlements is what really matters, not the law.

And, now there’s no area of American life in which the federal government doesn’t play the ‘nanny.’ It makes college education “affordable to all”, provides housing and mortgages, offers food and cell phones, secures access to “free” birth control; “protects” children against obesity; and now subsidizes healthcare.

We were warned that our liberty would be overthrown by a “soft” tyranny, not in violence and with this latest Supreme Court decision, that prophecy has come true. The American citizen, once seen as independent, self-sufficient, and resourceful, is a footnote replaced by one more likely to be a bailed-out investment banker or the recipient of an “Obama phone.”

Tocqueville also wrote: “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

Sadly, this Constitutional Republic, the United States of America, has past.

The Most/Least Patriotic States in U.S.

A new poll from WalletHub.com shows Nevada is in 39 when it comes to being the most patriotic state in the Union. The state of Virginia came in at number one, while New York state place last.

Further breakdown showed that for “military engagement,” Alaska ranked first, while Minnesota is 50. For civic engagement, Wisconsin is number one, while Arkansas came in last.

Nevada placed 18 and 48 respectively.

The same survey adds that patriotism is waning. While 38 percent of Americans said the U.S. was the best country in the world in 2011, that number fell to 28 percent in 2014. With a ranking of one being the best, so-called ‘red states’ scored an average of 24.1 compared to 26.7 for ‘blue states.’

ObamaCare Wins, America Loses

Despite the simple wording, “established by the state” would only be allowed to offer ObamaCare, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people who signed up through the federal marketplace can continue to receive subsidies. Thirty-seven states didn’t set up such exchanges.

Progressives claimed voiding the law would’ve caused individual plan insurance prices to skyrocket in two-thirds of the U.S. and a loss of health coverage for people in states served by the federal insurance marketplace. They also claimed that it would have created a segregated country in terms of individual health insurance.

Because of the Supreme Court’s decision, the so-called “employer mandate,” requiring larger employers to offer affordable health insurance to their workers or pay a fine also remains in place. The ruling also keeps the individual mandate requiring most Americans to have some form of health coverage or pay a tax penalty.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was widely criticized by for his previous determination that ObamaCare was constitutional, authored the decision.

“The upshot of all this is that the phrase ‘an Exchange established by the State under [42 U. S. C. §18031]’ is properly viewed as ambiguous. The phrase may be limited in its reach to State Exchanges. But it is also possible that the phrase refers to all Exchanges — both State and Federal — at least for purposes of the tax credits,” he wrote.

Roberts’ opinion was countered by Justice Antonin Scalia.

“Today’s interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of. Who would ever have dreamt that ‘Exchange established by the State’ means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government’?” he wrote.

“We should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” he added.

Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano also had little nice to say about Roberts.

“Last time around when the government said it was not a tax and the challengers said it was not a tax, the chief justice ruled it was a tax and that saved it,” Napolitano said. “This time around he took the plain meaning of ordinary words, ‘established by the states,’ and somehow held that they were ambiguous, and that he could, and that the majority could, correct the ambiguity according to what they thought the drafters meant.”

It’s like watching a condemned man dig his own grave.

Welcome to My Revolution

Klamath isn’t a place where many people came to live. Instead they came as tourists or with the military, but they mostly left. We came to Klamath with the Air Force and stayed.

Like most Baby-boomers I had what I believed to be a very uneventful life, yet I thought of adventure and excitement all the time. I grew up going to church and revering God, learning not to complain or be disrespectful, going to school and to love my country.

Even at 8-years-old I was wise enough to question, “There must be something more than this?”

We children walked through secondhand smoke, adults dropping their voices to near inaudible tones so we wouldn’t hear — we children walking through the room unheard so we could hear. It was a time when no one wore seat belts, when automobiles were big and trucks were for the lumberjack or farmer and we kids could play in the street until vapor lights overhead popped to life, buzzing and humming a breath announcing the end of day.

We swam naked in the creek, each taking turns to see who could hold their breath the longest, shivering wildly as we got out and until we found a spot in the wooded canopy that let sunlight drop on our goose-pimpled bodies. Later we’d play astronauts, lying on the redwood benches of the picnic table in our backyard, until one day the moon became visceral as Neil Armstrong proclaimed “one giant leap for mankind.”

With that every thing seemed possible.

Never having very much money, my parents struggled to make ends meet and sometimes the power or the telephone was shut-off. From time to time, we’d receive a couple of boxes of hand-me-down clothes. It was like Christmas as we’d explore what was hidden inside those boxes, hoping what we found would fit.

We didn’t complain – it was jus’ life.

By nine I knew how to separate the laundry – whites, colors and darks – and at what temperature to wash them in. I also knew how to iron – having learned on my Cub Scout uniform.

We had a television that my parents bought in Europe when they were stationed there, which eventually broke and we ended up borrowing an old set from Grandpa. My parents had a remote for both sets – me — as I often heard, “Tommy, get up and change the channel.”

And we only had three TV channels to choose from. Much of the time it was radio or the record player that entertained the family at night.

With Dad working hard and Mom ending-up returning to work, the material wealth came in the form of new carpeting, wood paneling, and new furniture. Also in magazines – ‘Readers Digest,’ ‘Life,’ ‘Look’ ‘National Geographic,’ ‘True Detective,’ True West,’ ‘Old West,’ and ‘Rosicrucian Digest,’ where I poured through each issue and which taught me the love of reading.

Then I discovered newspapers, the rough draft of history and I was hooked. The Cold War, Viet Nam, Summer of Love, Tet, Martin Luther King, university sit-ins, Civil Rights act of 1968, Bobby Kennedy, the Democratic National Convention, rioting, gun control, Richard Nixon, Chappaquiddick, Apollo 11, Woodstock, Helter-Skelter, Attica, My Lai, Kent State, 26th Amendment, China, SALT I, Watergate, Roe verse Wade, the War on Drugs, Skylab, the oil crisis, and the Bicentennial.

“See” I would tell myself, “I knew something was going on beyond this place.”

This is how I learned that the same people who wandered up and down the Haight-Asbury district in San Francisco and spit on returning G.I’s and those who had battled police in the streets of Chicago in political protest would one day be national leaders. They were also the instruments a new segregationism.

Group after group declaring society had wronged them through the excessive power of white privilege: Black power, Chicano activism, the American Indian Movement, Feminists, Gay rights, Atheism and Americanophobia. And then there was me – with my white male, Catholic, U.S. loving life – completely unrepresented.

It was a different world, a different time, a different place and yet it wasn’t all that long ago, because it was my life and my revolution.

Ronnie Pasch, 1960-2015

It was a kick to the gut when I opened my email and read, “Sorry to have to tell you but one of our own from Klamath has passed away. Ronnie Pasch died yesterday.”

Ronnie was born May 8, 1960 in Crescent City to Dorothy May and Bob Pasch. He passed away at Rogue Valley Hospital in Medford on June 25, 2015 at the age of 55 after striking his head during a fall from his bike.

Ronnie and I grew up together. We were in Cub Scouts and we loved to run and play in the woods behind my house when he came over.

He was a lifelong resident of Del Norte County, with most of his years in Klamath, attending Del Norte schools, where Ronnie excelled in social involvement. He’ll be remembered for his joy of life, which was contagious to everyone he met throughout his life; nobody was a stranger to Ronnie.

To everyone that knew him, Ronnie’s love for life was clearly evident. He loved bicycle riding and motorcycles and was known for his enthusiastic saying “There goes some Hogs!”

Ronnie’s survived by his wife Alice, mother Dorothy Pasch, sister Renee Marrero, of Arcata, and his children Jessica Kendrick, of Crescent City, Ronald, of Portland, and step daughter, Christina Shelton of Crescent City. He’s preceded in death by his father, Bob and brother Robert Pasch.

As I wrote his sister Renee, “I’m so sorry. When we were kids we had so much fun together. I’m so happy he had a good life.”

Looking Back to See Ahead

From the banning of all things Confederate, to the survival of ObamaCare, to the equal marriage ruling — this past week has been difficult for me. All three affect me as an observer of politics and a commentator on the social morays of this nation.

Starting from the top, banning anything in America, that neither break people’s bones, draws blood or steals their hard-earned money is wrong. Simply put, it’s is an affront to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

But it seems folks either don’t know it or don’t want to know it. I mean what can we expect when a group of freshly graduated high school students are unable to answer the basic question, “When did the 13 colonies declare independence from Great Britain?”

Like it or not, the Confederacy is a major part of our history. This nation, our forefathers, fought a Civil War over states rights on one hand and slavery on the other and came out unified afterwards.

I find this amazing.

As for the U.S. Constitution, it, I am afraid no longer exists. When a justice on the Supreme Court can read, “established by the state,” and create an entirely different meaning from those four words, our system, based on that all-encompassing document of liberty’s finished.

There is no logical reasoning behind this profound misinterpretation. Not even a dictionary can help as each year publishers add slang phrases like ‘Fo’Shizzle’ and ‘Twerk’ to our common lexicon.

These would at one time been considered passing fades and never given a second thought. But because of ‘political correctness’ and the desire for inclusion, we now make exceptions to what was once guided by ‘common sense.’

But the most difficult by far has been the expected ruling on ‘marriage equality.’ This is a subject that splits me into two camps of thought and belief.

The first would be my faith, guided by the Bible which states homosexuality is a sin. My faith also says that I’m supposed to forgive sinners, yet my homosexual brothers and sisters haven’t sinned against me, so I’ve nothing to forgive them for.

My faith also states that it isn’t my job to judge anyone, no matter how I feel about their actions. Furthermore, I’m commanded by my Lord to act in love and treat others as I want to be treated.

I think I’ve lived up to this — but I could be wrong, and I’m sure I’ll hear about it come judgment day.

Viewing this ‘equal marriage’ ruling from a political and societal stand-point: I again ascribe to Thomas Jefferson’s words, which I paraphrase — if it neither breaks my bone nor picks my pocket, what difference does it make to me. Government along with religious orders of all stripes, need to stay out of the lives of the private citizen, this includes to whom each of us chooses to love and to marry.

Finally, life in the U.S. is going to become more difficult. Expect a financial down turn worse than what we saw in 2007 and look for more changes that strike against the ‘societal norm,’ we’ve been accustomed to, and pray that we can once again survive the internal strife we are about to witness.

Reid Wants UNLV to Change Their Nickname

Symbols of the Confederacy are finding new criticism in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of nine churchgoers June 17 in Charleston, South Carolina. Advocates for removal say the public placement of Confederate flags, and now statues of Confederate figures, could imply an official endorsement of the separatist movement based at least in part on the embrace of slavery.

Now, Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid is adding his voice to the list.

He said that University of Nevada, Las Vegas should change the “Runnin’ Rebels” nickname. He claims its based on a Confederate Civil War soldier.

Founded in 1957, UNLV positioned itself as the Southern counterpart of the more established University of Nevada, Reno and its Wolf Pack mascot. And while the first version of the mascot was a cartoon wolf dressed in a Confederate-styled uniform and named Beauregard, it was abolished in 1976 following complaints from Black athletes.

The current ‘Hey Reb’ mascot first appeared in 1983 and is designed to look like a mountain man who wears a gray hat with a scarlet band around it. The Mascots appearance was changed in 1997 to the square-jawed, mustachioed mascot seen today.

Reid also said the Senate would be examining dozens of statues that line the halls of the U.S. Capitol, because eight are historical Confederate figures including Jefferson Davis, who was elected president of the Confederate States of America. Reid said he would add the bronze figure of Pat McCarran, who served as Nevada senator from 1932 to 1954, to that list of questionable statues.

“Pat McCarran was one of the most anti-Semitic — some of you might know my wife’s Jewish — one of the most anti-black, one of the most prejudiced people who has ever served in the Senate,” Reid said of McCarran in 2012.

Federal law allows each state to place two statues in the Capitol. Nevada’s second statue is of Sarah Winnemucca, a 19th century Paiute educator and lecturer.

In December 2013, Reid attacked Washington Redskins football team stating it’s “a racist name.”

And while we debate this, Reid is pushing expanded background checks for gun sales, saying: “The United States is the only advanced country where this type of mass violence occurs. Let’s do something. We can expand, for example, background checks…We should support not giving guns to people who are mentally ill and felons.”

Nevada’s Heller Strikes a Blow against the Constitution

Proving once again to be a Progressive member of the Republican Party, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, cast the deciding vote giving President Barack Obama authorization to ‘fast-track’ trade agreements.

As HuffPo reports: “Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) stood by the table in the well of the Senate for most of the vote, waiting for the measure to get across the threshold of 60. As soon as it did, with a vote by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Cardin voted no, suggesting he had been willing to vote yes if needed.”

The approval gives any Obama’s trade legislation a simple up-or-down vote without any amendments or the threat of a filibuster. Obama has also said that If Congress passes the TPA, it will help him negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which he’s called it the most “progressive trade deal in history.”

Typically, a TPA’s passed at the beginning of negotiation cycles so that Congress directs the president to negotiate along specific parameters. In this case, the three primary treaties that would receive fast track status under this TPA had already been negotiated in secret for years.

So, there is no reason to pass fast track authority without releasing more details about these trade agreements to the public. Given Obama’s fondness for implementing major policies without Congress, there is a widespread fear he’ll use these trade agreements to pursue Progressive policies, like changes to our immigration system, labor laws, and the creation of more and stricter global warming regulations.

For example, TPP has a “living agreement” provision, which will allow foreign entities to create new laws that’ll effect U.S. trade, add new member countries, like China or Russia and as Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama wrote in an open letter to Obama, will give TPP countries “a sweeping new form of global governance authority.”

No wonder Heller has an ‘F-rating,’ with a 52 percent score from the ‘Conservative Review.’ Besides voting to approve Fast Track Authority for TPP, Heller has also voted to fully fund Obama’s executive amnesty and to spend $500 Billion on the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act.

‘Fast-Track’ is a Done Deal

While distracted by the issue over South Carolina’s Confederate battle flag and President Obama’s use of a racial slur in a public forum, the U.S. Congress literally pulled a ‘fast’ one. The Senate has voted to advance Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on ‘fast-track authority.’

The 60-37 motion sets up a vote on final passage today. If the Senate approves fast-track or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), it would then be sent to Obama’s desk to become law.

It’s not TPA that’s the problem; it’s what follows this piece of legislature, which makes this a danger to U.S. sovereignty.

As pointed out in my article, ‘‘Fast-tracking’ the Constitution’s Death,” from June 12: “Progressives in both parties want the TPA so they can ‘fast-track’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which includes 12 Pacific Rim countries. Under TPP, a new transnational governmental structure called the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission,’ will be formed and chartered using a ‘Living Agreement’ clause, already in place in TPP.”

This commission will have sweeping power over U.S. trade, labor, immigration, environmental and commerce regulations. In other words, foreign and corporate powers will be running our country.

This means foreign lawyers representing multinational corporations will have more power than the average U.S citizens or even our elected officials, including Congress. So kiss the Constitution good-bye.

The Real Leadership is Us

Pope Francis denounced the “great powers” of the world for failing to act when Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were being transported to death camps in Europe during World War II. He also decried the deaths of Christians in Russia under Joseph Stalin, following the war.

The Pope’s comments came during his visit in northern Italy, when told young people that he understands how they find it hard to trust the world.
“The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to the concentration camps, like Auschwitz, to kill the Jews, and also the Christians, and also the Roma, also the homosexuals,” Francis said. “Tell me, why didn’t they bomb” (those railroad routes?)

Francis attacked Allied actions nearly 80-years after they occurred, and yet said nothing about ISIL, where “Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others” are being ‘liquidated’ on a daily basis. He also failed to call for a stronger response from so-called Coalition forces battling radical Islamist extremism.

Discussing World War I, he spoke of “the great tragedy of Armenia”, but didn’t use the word “genocide”. Francis did however attack those who make weapons or invest in the weapons industry, calling them hypocrites if they claim to be Christian.

“If you trust only men, you have lost,” he told the crowd.

(Francis is ‘only’ a man, right?)

“It makes me think of…people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit of distrust, doesn’t it?” he asked to applause.

He added “duplicity is the currency of today — they say one thing and do another.”

The Pope’s statement on weapon manufacturing fits right in with President Barack Obama’s statement following the mass murder of nine in a Charleston, South Carolina church.

“We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” Obama said in the White House briefing room.

Despite all of this divisive chatter, thousands of people united along Charleston’s Arthur Ravenel Bridge to hold hands and sing in the face of the evil perpetrated during a churches late evening bible study. This is the real message and it’s refreshing to know it’s not coming from so-called elected and anointed leadership, but everyday folk like you and me.

Banner of History not Bigotry

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, now campaigning for president and following the recent massacre in South Carolina, posted to Facebook, “My position on how to address the Confederate flag is clear. In Florida, we acted, moving the flag from the state grounds to a museum where it belonged.”

Once again there’s a call for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from Confederate memorial sites throughout the south. If this would really end racial strife then maybe it should be taken down, but that’s not the Progressive goal.

Instead, modern-day segregationists misuse this flag to remind our fellow Black Americans about the suffering that many of their past generations endured. Rather, this flag should be used to teach our nation’s complex history.

The red banner with a blue cross, containing 13 stars, outlined in white and extending from each corner, is a battle standard, under which both White and Black men fought and died, and not the ‘Confederate States of America’ flag. This shows a level of ignorance that’s pervasive across this nation.

In 2005, as a member of a civil war reenactment group, I hosted a luncheon for the group, including both Union and Confederate re-enactors. To honor both sides, I flew both the 1864 36-star U.S. flag and the Confederate flag, or ‘Rebel’ flag.

A few days later I received a letter from our home owners association requesting I not fly ‘the Confederate flag,” from my front porch. In defiance, I placed the ‘Confederates States of America’ flag outside my door, and because it has 13 white stars in circular pattern on a canton of blue and two red stripes separated by a white stripe, no one complained.

Yes, the South seceded to keep slavery and had it won, slavery would have spread across this nation. But there’s another reason the Southern man took up arms; he believed a foreign army had invaded his state, attacking his national sovereignty.

The Civil War left nine million Southerners men dead (about the population of New York City) and nearly as many injured. They also came home to find their way of life devastated and martial law in effect.

Under military occupation, the South had to rebuild more than its regional framework – it had to recreate itself. This led to Jim Crow, lynching and ‘separate-but-equal’ segregation, but it also led to untold numbers of Southern soldiers, sailors, Marines and Airmen, given in life and death, Black and White, to the preservation of our nation.

Removing the Confederate battle flag doesn’t change our nations passed — rather it helps increase our national ignorance.

Breaking the Cycle of Hate

“I do believe this was a hate crime,” Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen said early Thursday near the scene at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after nine people were shot and killed in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study session.

When I first saw this pop up on social media, my first thought was that some idiot had taken a gun, misusing it by shooting down innocent people. My first fear was that the 2nd Amendment was about to come under attack yet again.

My next thought was to realize this could be an attempt by some White bigot trying start a ‘race war’ by attacking a Black church. I finally went to bed, praying that American’s are better and smarter than to fall for such a blatant attempt at inciting blood shed and hatred.

The following morning, I got up knowing it was time to reframe the anger, the hurt, fear and the desire for vengeance into something more powerful. I realized this is an opportunity for the good and decent people of Charleston to take the capacity away from those modern-day segregationists who would divide us into race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

It’s time to send those persons packing, who continue to spread their venom, using others pain and anger, to line their pockets and fulfill their agendas. It is time to take their ability to manipulate our feelings, by feeding evil to us, away for good.

Instead of a ‘race war,’ lets attempt to make this a pivot point, turning away from that which tends to divide us to find those things that bring us together. We are far from the 1860s, we are far from the 1960s; we are no longer those people in those times, so lets relegate the past to history where it belongs.

Let us not necessarily worry about what might come tomorrow, instead let us focus on today. Let us be one people, one nation, one family – acting with love, to comfort and serve each other in these times of sorrow and pain.

Nine people are dead and it doesn’t matter in the end whether it’s labeled a ‘hate crime,’ ‘terrorism,’ or what have you – arguing over such things serves only to spread animus. Look instead to caring for the hundreds of people left hurting emotionally and who are spiritually struggling with the senselessness of this horrible crime.

As Abraham Lincoln so famously stated, “With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

Now is the time to find that quiet place to hit your knees, asking God in His grace and will, to wrap his loving arms around the victims, their families, the members of the church, all of Charleston, the alleged killer and us.

The ‘Ally McBeal’ Affect

Dystopian television isn’t always about an ‘undesirable or frightening ’society; sometimes its harmless and disarming.

Take the TV show, ‘Ally McBeal,’ which aired in the late 90s and early 2000’s. Panned by some for it’s depiction of women working in a professional environment because of their ‘flightiness’ and short-short skirts, while others applauded the series edgy social advancements like the ‘unisex’ bathroom.

Chicago Tribune’s Don Babwin wrote in June 1998: “So now maybe you’re thinking that it’s going to be that way when you get older and go to work.”

“Relax. The creators of the show made it up,” he added. “We talked to some real law firms in Chicago about “unisex” bathrooms. Not only were we unable to find any like the one on “Ally McBeal,” but it doesn’t look like there will be any for a long time.”

After 17 years that ‘long time’ is now as the White House has installed its first ‘gender-neutral’ restroom.

Spokesman Jeff Tiller said the “all-gender restroom” is in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building:  “The White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration’s existing legal guidance on this issue and consistent with what is required by the executive order that took effect for federal contractors.”

Obama has taken a stand on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights since 2012. Last year, in a presidential first, Obama used the word “transgender” in the annual State of the Union address while endorsing same-sex marriage.

In April, he issued an executive order barring companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against LGBT staff. Obama is also the first president to endorse same-sex marriage, addressing the ‘struggles’ of the gay community in a speech in Selma, Alabama during the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

During the speech, he made comparisons to the Stonewall riots of 1969 and demonstrations in San Francisco after the 1978 assassination of city supervisor Harvey Milk.

“We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge,” Obama stated.

It’s not hard to imagine that some poor guy will unthinkingly leave a toilet seat up in one of these ‘unisex’ bathrooms’ and he’ll be slapped with a sexual harassment suit because he created “a hostile or offensive work environment…”

White House Hopefuls Call on Nevada

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) campus yesterday morning. The retired neurosurgeon announced he was running for president last month.

Carson outlined several of his proposals to a crowd gathered outside the school’s student union. The ideas include a six-month corporate tax holiday, decreasing the government’s say in federal money given to states and creating a “flat tax” based on the biblical concept of tithing.

When Carson announced his campaign, he told stories of growing up in one of Detroit’s roughest neighborhoods, recalling the sadness he felt after the murder of a neighborhood candy-distributing drug dealer. Carson did lay out a few policy ideas during his announcement speech.

He discussed lowering or perhaps even temporarily eliminating taxes on money U.S. companies make overseas: “There is $2 trillion of offshore money. They will not bring it back because it will be taxed at 35 percent. What if we give them a tax holiday and let them bring it back, repatriate that money? It won’t cost us a dime.”

Since then, a national Monmouth University poll, released Monday, shows Carson topping the GOP 2016 field with 11 percent.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a close second with 10 percent, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio tied at nine percent.

Rounding out the top 10 was former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (8%), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (6%), Texas Senator Ted Cruz (5%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (4%), former Texas Governor Rick Perry (4%), and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum (3%).  Meanwhile, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and businessman Donald Trump each received two percent support, while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Ohio Governor John Kasich received just one-percent each, while former New York Governor George Pataki found zero support in the poll.

Twenty percent of surveyed voters however said they are still undecided.

Compared to a Monmouth survey taken in April, this new poll shows growing support for Carson and Rubio, who gained four points each. Cruz dropped six points, Trump five, and Bush fell by four, while the percentage of undecided voters rose six points.

Carson turned heads in 2014 with another comparison when he warned that Progressives could turn the country into the next Nazi Germany.

“There comes a time when people with values simply have to stand up. Think about Nazi Germany,” he said. “Most of those people did not believe in what Hitler was doing. But did they speak up? Did they stand up for what they believe in? They did not, and you saw what happened.”

Following his visit to the UNR campus, Carson headed for Las Vegas to speak on Wednesday at the 32nd annual National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Conference. Also scheduled to speak at the conference are Democratic presidential candidate’s Bernie Sanders on Friday and Hillary Clinton on Thursday.

While NALEO’s listed as ‘nonpartisan,’ it strongly supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Many of the GOP presidential candidates remain opposed to giving legal status to people here illegally.

Tomorrow, the Republican National Committee plans to launch an anti-Clinton press conference in Las Vegas, with Nevada’s Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, the first Latino in that job. They’ll talk about her record and the GOP’s “commitment to the Hispanic community.”

The RNC is using various social media platforms to air a half-minute commercial titled, “Wrong for America.” It’ll use pieces of news stories calling into question Clinton’s honesty.

After her speech, Clinton plans to visit northern Nevada, though exactly where remains unknown at this time. As one local pundit put it, “She must be having a hard time finding a place to host her visit, why else is her campaign keeping this event a secret?”

Summer of Racial Unrest Coming

A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found that 96 percent of those surveyed last month think we’re in for a summer of racial unrest. Furthermore, 54 percent believe a disturbance is likely to happen in the metropolitan area closest to where they live.

Sixty-eight percent of adults said they believe it is “very likely” that there will be more protests and clashes around the country. Another 28 percent said that they believe such unrest is “somewhat likely.”

Fifty-three percent of Whites said they think more confrontations in their closest city are likely this summer, while 46 percent of Black said the same.

Sixty percent of blacks said the recent riots reflected “long-standing frustrations about police mistreatment of African-Americans.”  Another 27 percent of black respondents said the disturbances were caused by people who used protests “as an excused to engage in looting and violence.”

Among Whites, the opinion switched: 58 percent said people were seizing an excuse to loot, while 32 percent said the events reflected long-standing frustrations with police.

Meanwhile, the nation shows a weariness of President Obama, with more than 70 percent saying the next president should take a different approach from him. This marks a big change from the period shortly after Obama’s election, when 77 percent said race relations were good and 21 percent who said they were bad.

In mid-2013, Whites viewed race relations favorably and not negatively, with 52 percent calling them “very good” or “fairly good,” while 45 percent called relations “fairly bad” or “very bad.”  During the same period, 38 percent rated relations as very or fairly good, and 58 percent viewed them as very or fairly bad.

Some 71 percent agreed that Americans were sending Obama a message with midterm-election results, with more than half saying he hadn’t gotten that message or had done so but chose not to make changes to programs or policies. Some 16 percent said he had gotten a message and was making adjustments.

An overwhelming majority of Black, 69 percent, believe the government only pays attention to black problems “when blacks resort to violent demonstrations or riots,” while only 15 percent disagree. By contrast, only 37 percent of White respondents thought the government only paid attention to violence during times of violent unrest, while 47 percent disagreed.

We’re a nation divided and filled with anger. And sadly, it looks like we may see things happening in our cities that are going to completely shock not only us, but the world as well.

Truth is No Longer Black and White

“Objective truth is dead. It has been slain by human feelings — by a soft tyranny of sentimentalism which dictates that how a person feels about anything now defines its reality,” writes Elizabeth Scalia at Patheos.

Because NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal believes herself to be Black is of no consequence to anyone. After all, if a person wants to be ‘transgendered’ or ‘transabled’ — they should be allowed to be ‘transethnic’ or ‘transracial’ too.

Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP and claims to be Black, though her parents say otherwise, releasing her birth certificate and photos of her as a freckle-face White child as proof. According to her parents, she began to identify herself more with the Black community around 2007.

Her claim reflects the 1986 film, ‘Soul Man,’ where actor C. Thomas Howell wears blackface to qualify for a Black-only scholarship at Harvard. Once there, he meets a Black woman and falls in love, only to learn he cheated her out of the scholarship.

Howell’s character eventually reveals he’s White. And the film ends with him paying back the scholarship and doing charity work to make up for his fraud.

Though a success at the box office, the NAACP criticized the movie for featuring a White actor in blackface.

“In the final analysis, it is our opinion that the American moviegoer is really unlikely to waste good time and money on going to see this questionable effort at film making,” the organization’s statement concluded.

Upon learning of Dolezal’s situation the NAACP responded: “We respect her privacy in this matter. One’s racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership. The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal’s advocacy record.”

She is the chairwoman of Spokane’s Office of Police Ombudsman Commission, a volunteer appointment and is self-identified as White, Black and American Indian on her application. The city is trying to decide whether she violated any policies about her ethnic claims on the document.

Dolezal is also professor in the Africana Education Department at Eastern Washington University.  She was the education director of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho until 2010 when she resigned after being passed over for promotion to the institute’s top job.

What’s bothersome about all of this is the fact that if a White man puts on ‘blackface’ it’s racist. But then being a hypocrite is simply being ‘transethical.’

Truths about Love and Living

It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return. But what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel.

It’s also a sad thing in life is when you meet someone who means a lot to you, only to find out in the end that it was never meant to be and you jus’ have to let go. That’s because it takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone-but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Don’t go for looks or wealth, instead go for someone who makes you smile. That’s because the best kind of lover and friend is the kind you can sit on the porch with, never say a word, and feel like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

It’s been said that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve missed until it arrives. With that dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

Most importantly, put yourself in the other’s shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the person too. Know this too, that happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything they jus’ make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Finally, when you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. You’re goal should be to live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.

‘Fast-tracking’ the Constitution’s Death

There is a new form of government in the U.S.’s future. The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or ‘fast-track’ legislation not only eliminates Congress’ constitutional powers, it places the U.S directly inline with the United Nations’ Agenda 21 planning.

Under TPA, Congress will hand its authority to the executive branch giving up the power to write, debate, amend, and vote on any trade legislation. Through TPA, Congress will also be pre-clearing a political and economic union.

TPA was created by the Nixon administration in 1974 as a temporary transfer of authority from the Congress to the President.  It officially ended in 2011, at which time President Obama began pushing renewal despite his ‘opposition’ to it as a candidate.

Progressives in both parties want the TPA so they can ‘fast-track’ the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which includes 12 Pacific Rim countries. Under TPP, a new transnational governmental structure called the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission,’ will be formed and chartered using a ‘Living Agreement’ clause, already in place in TPP.

This clause gives the Commission the authority to amend TPP after its adoption, add new members, and issue regulations on labor, immigration, environmental, and commercial policy. In short, it will remove all constitutional protections against the creation of a global government.

There is also no expiration date to TPA. If Congress doesn’t refuse to reauthorize it at the end of 2018, it will automatically be renewed for another three years and so long as the President requests the extension.

If a trade bill’s is to Congress that the Commission believes violates TPA recommendations — or any U.S. laws — lawmakers wanting to amend it or remove it from the ‘fast-track’ will find doing so next to impossible. That’s because the bill falls under the control of the Committee.

Currently, the President’s required to send a report to Congress on the terms of a trade agreement at least 60 days before submitting legislation. Under TPA the President can also classify or otherwise redact information from this report and update the agreement without the consent of Congress.

The Administration can also act on its own to negotiate foreign worker increases with foreign trading partners without ever sharing them with Congress. Language already exists in TPA and TPP to provide for admitting more foreign workers, for longer periods of time, and language could later be added to TPP to further increase such admissions.

And if you don’t think Obama will take advantage of TPA and TPP, you’re fooling yourself. It’s exactly what he needs when it comes too completely and “fundamentally transforming America,” into something it wasn’t ever meant to be.

‘Mission Creep’ Sneaks Up on Obama

It was August 28, 2014, when President Obama stated, “We don’t have a strategy yet, we need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.”

Obama doubled-down on that claim, saying nearly the same thing at the recent G7 Summit in Germany, “We don’t have yet a complete strategy” he commented when asked about the achievements of the U.S.-led coalition in the battle against ISIL.

Now suddenly, following a new FOX News poll showing that 71 percent of those asked believe the president doesn’t have a clear strategy, the White House is planning to send another 450 more troops to Iraq. The administration says this will increase the number of training sites in Iraq from four to five and ‘enable’ Sunni’s to join the fight.

The decision, the Pentagon said in a statement, “does not represent a change in mission, but rather adds another location for DoD to conduct similar activities in more areas in Iraq. U.S. forces continue to perform an advisory, training, and support role and are not conducting offensive ground combat operations.”

Right now, the U.S. has 3,080 troops in Iraq, just under the cap of 3,100.  The new order will bring that level to about 3,550.

This means Obama’s broken another promise – this one about ‘mission creep” or rather the gradual shift in goals during the course of a military campaign, which usually resulting in an unplanned long-term commitment.

In September 2014 Obama told troops at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida: “The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission. As your commander in chief, I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.”

But as Jason Ditz of Anti-War.com writes: “The new troops are being labeled “trainers,” but are likely to be among those that Pentagon officials are openly talking about “embedding” on the front lines, meaning they’d be sent into direct combat.”

“As losses have mounted in Iraq and Syria, with ISIS taking more and more cities, the Pentagon has repeatedly rejected the idea that the strategy was at all flawed, and has tried to blame Iraqi troops for not winning more. The U.S. appears to be doubling down on this narrative by adding troops,” writes Ditz.

His assessment is on-the-mark as the State Department says there are plans to deliver 1,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq in the coming weeks, meaning the Obama Administration learned nothing from the recent ‘equipment dump’ made by the Iraqi’s as they fled from ISIL in Ramadi.

Nevada’s Sandoval Nixes Senate Run

Nevada’s Governor Brian Sandoval says he won’t run for Senator Harry Reid senate seat, ending questions about whether he would or wouldn’t enter. Sandoval was re-elected in November with 71 percent of the vote and considered a favorite to run.

“I have said many times that it is an honor and a privilege to serve as Nevada’s Chief Executive and that I love my job,” he said in a statement, adding, ”For these reasons, I will not seek the United States Senate seat that will be available in 2016.”

Former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced her candidacy while Congress Dina Titus said she would not run. Meanwhile Congressman Joe Heck is thinking about making a bid and Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers has already decided to enter race.

In March, Reid said he wouldn’t seek a sixth term following a ‘supposed’ exercise injury that left him blind in one eye. He’s backing Cortez Masto as his successor.

“We have a winner in Catherine Cortez Masto,” Reid told reporters. “She’s a wonderful longtime Nevadan and in fact lifetime Nevadan, and it doesn’t matter who runs against her she’s going to be just fine.”

Sandoval announced a $1.1 billion tax plan in January along with other tax-laden bills for education. Eventually, the Nevada Assembly approved his plan.

This package includes $400 million for the general fund in so-called “sunset” taxes, first enacted in 2009 and originally set to expire in 2011, but since extended twice as well as another $376 million for education, created by an increase in the state’s sales tax rate. The bill is also expected to raise $200 million from a dollar increase on cigarette taxes and about $500 million in higher payroll taxes, corporate business license fees and gross receipt business taxes.

Sandoval’s been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate for former Florida Governor and unannounced presidential candidate Jeb Bush. The former governor said in a recent trip to Reno that it was much too soon to talk about potential running mates.

He had breakfast with Bush in Carson City in May. Bush later told reporters that he’s a “big Brian Sandoval fan.”

Sandoval claims Bush approached him, saying he wanted to discuss issues important to Nevada. Oddly, Sandoval’s hand-picked lieutenant governor, Mark Hutchison is running Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign in Nevada.

Bush is expected to make his candidacy official during a June 15 speech at Miami-Dade College in Florida.

The Kerry Assassination Conspiracy

Sounding more like a spy thriller by Vince Flynn, the Iranian media is full of stories that Secretary of State John Kerry wasn’t injured in a fall from his bicycle May 31, but rather was the target of an assassination attempt. The alleged attempt came during a meeting with Colonel Gulmurod Khalimov, a senior Tajik police commander, trained in the U.S, who recently defected to ISIL a few weeks ago.

The European Union Times reports Kerry left Geneva with officials from France’s 1er Régiment d’Hélicoptères de Combat and traveled to the former Phalsbourg-Bourscheid U.S. Air Base, in the Moselle department, which is now French Army base, Quartier La Horie. The purpose of the meeting was for a “strategy session” prior to a conference in Paris where over 60 nations will try finding a “final solution” to the problem of ISIL.

Communications reportedly intercepted by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) from France, the U.S. and Switzerland, claims that two other people were shot in the incident, one of them fatally. They state that after Kerry, 71, was wounded; he was taken by a French military medical helicopter to Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève and stabilized.

The story of Kerry breaking his femur in a bicycle accident in Scionzier, France, was then concocted to hide the incident.

Initial plans to fly Kerry aboard a commercial medical evacuation aircraft were cancelled after it was decided he should stay in Geneva for further evaluation. But due to his age and the extreme blood loss he suffered, U.S. military medical authorities were given the green-light for Kerry’s immediate evacuation, dispatching a C-17 assigned from the U.S. Air Force’s 86th Aerospace Medical Squadron, in Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Hopefully, Kerry’s covered by Obamacare as the 10-hour flight costs at least $250,000.

The Jerusalem Post also reports that the SVR claims President Obama made a secret nighttime visit to Boston June 2, from the U.S. Air Force’s 89th Airlift Wing, based at Joint Base Andrews, and landing in Boston minutes ahead of Kerry’s flight. Meanwhile, Kerry’s regular plane flew back from Geneva to the U.S., carrying his staff and reporters who had originally accompanied him on the trip.

There are no photographs of Kerry’s accident, though he’s known to have his own cadre of photo-journalists following his every move, nor are there pictures of his arrival in the U.S. or transfer to Massachusetts General Hospital. Meanwhile the Associated Press says Kerry has already begun physical therapy.

With the many time’s the Obama Administration has lied to the American people and the national media has allowed them to get away with it — it seems easier to believe what is ‘so-far’ nothing more than an outlandish rumor.

Education’s Emerging Evil

“A shift in who wields power and in what location does not necessarily mean better policies. It is more likely that a shift away from federal authority in education will increase the influence those with power and money, rather than enhancing democratic participation of average citizens,” writes Stevens Institute of Technology’s Arthur Camins.

A kitchen manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado lost her job after giving a meal to a child who didn’t have enough money to pay for it. In the Cherry Creek School District, students who fail to qualify for the free lunch or reduced lunch program receive one slice of cheese on a hamburger bun, and small milk.

Students still owe $15,000 for school lunches they bought in the Saugus School District in Massachusetts. The school board want the district enforce its collection policy to recoup the money. Earlier this year the board tweaked its policy to turn to a collection agency when people fail to pay.

The Orange School district in New Jersey fired a Forest Street School teacher for having her third-grade class to write ‘get well’ letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a policeman in 1981. Activists held a sit-in in support of the teacher, demanding she get her job back.

In Florida, a science teacher’s been suspended for using a signal jammer to keep his students from using their cell phones in class. The Pasco County School board handed the teacher a five-day, unpaid suspension for potentially violating federal law because he interfered with 911 calls during an emergency.

A Mississippi family faces charges because they cheered when a loved one got her high school diploma. The girl’s father, aunt and two relatives are charged with disturbing the peace. The district’ supervisor doesn’t think the punishment is too much because he reminded audience members repeatedly to hold their applause.

A teacher at Encinal High School in Alameda, California told his students to find their parents’ sex toys and take selfies with them for extra credit.  Parents complained to the district which launched an investigation. The teacher remains in the classroom.

A Gaia Democratic School teacher in Minneapolis took about a dozen students to a sex shop. She said she wanted to provide a safe environment for students to learn about human sexual behavior. While parents are upset, teachers are defending the trip.

A Virginia high school teacher is under investigation after students reported seeing photos of her nude breasts. The Woodside High School teacher showed three students before and after photos of her breast augmentation. She has since resigned.

When a senior ordered her cap and gown for her Carrick High School commencement, she expected to be walking across the stage. What she didn’t know was that a trip her mother planned as a graduation gift would cost her the opportunity. Pittsburgh Public Schools mandates students attend graduation rehearsal.

It was graduation night at Northridge Academy High School, but many families who should have been celebrated were instead upset because they had been locked out of the ceremony. Nearly 150 people were unable to see their kids receive their diploma. The families were not allowed inside because the auditorium had been filled to capacity because the event was oversold.

A Florence, Oregon senior completed high school a year early but she won’t be allowed to wear a cap and gown and collect her diploma along with the Class of 2015 at Siuslaw High School. The problem? A deadline she missed by one hour.

A California high school has found itself in the hot seat after leaving two young women’s senior photos out of its yearbook because of dress-code violations. In their photos, for the Lincoln High School yearbook in Stockton, one student wore a tux and the other a button-down shirt and bow tie, rather than the off-the-shoulder black V-neck drape required for girls.

Two McKinney middle school students were sent home, and several others were told to cover up their “Gay O.K.” message on their shirts. They were worn as support for a Faubion Middle School seventh grader who came out and being was bullied. McKinney Independent School District in Texas said the shirts caused a disruption.

Also coming out of Texas, for the eighth year, teachers at Sulphur Springs Middle School handed out “Ghetto Classroom Awards.” Educators claim they didn’t know the term was derogatory. The school says it’s investigating.

In Nevada, a Rancho High School teacher in Las Vegas is under arrest for having sex with a pupil, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and kidnapping. Two bus drivers are also facing charges. One’s accused of inappropriately touching seven different children on 32 occasions, the other of assaulting passengers as young as three years old.

And finally, Somerset Academy in North Las Vegas apologized to a sixth-grader after telling her she couldn’t use a Bible verse in an assignment. The assignment asked her to include an inspirational quote in a presentation. The girl can now resubmit her work with the verse John 3:16.

The greater the power, the greater the abuse.

Life Lesson #21

Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break.
The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.
If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.

Cesar Chavez: “It was Very Tough”

 

It had to be around 1967 when I first heard his name, only because I remember the grape boycott. Mom thought Cesar Chavez was a hero for shining a light on the plight of migrant farmers in California’s Central Valley, but I couldn’t care less at the time.

Three years later I had to do a book report about Chavez. Looking back, that reader made him seem god-like and the same appears true today as in 2014 President Barack Obama proclaimed March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.

Since that book report, and setting aside politics, I’ve learned more about him as I recently, I picked up a 1975 copy of “Cesar Chavez: Autobiography of La Causa.” Though the information’s limited and vague, I jus’ discovered that he lived in Del Norte for a while, writing:

“By that time Helen and I had two children, Fernando and Sylvia, born a year apart, and Helen was pregnant with Linda. We rented a house from an Aunt in San Jose and started looking for a job. But we just couldn’t find one anywhere. The best we could do was pick string beans, making $1 or $1.50 a day and working only for a few hours because that was all the work there was. Finally the employment office told us they wanted people up in Crescent City, more than four hundred miles to the north.

We didn’t even know where Crescent City was, and we had never done any lumber work but Richard, my cousin Manuel, two other cousins, and I all got in the car and took off.

In the beginning it was very tough because we didn’t know all the tricks working in lumber. We worked so hard the first days that when we came home, we couldn’t eat or do anything. We went right to bed. Even though we were young, the work on the green lumber chain was just killing. Eventually, we learned, and it became easier.

After Richard built a little shack for us, we drove back to San Jose to get our families. Linda was born in Crescent City and so was Richard’s son Freddy.

We stayed about a year and a half, then got tired of all the winter weather. The constant rain was too much, so we returned to San Jose where Richard became an apprentice carpenter, and I got a job as a lumber handler in a mill.”

Evidently, pulling on the green chain kicked their butts – something I can appreciate as the chain moves green lumber along a belt in order for it to be graded and sorted. Employees stand beside the chain and literally ‘pull’ the fresh-cut wood, putting them in sorting piles.

But, in the end, it was Del Norte’s signature weather that became the deciding factor as to whether he would stay or not. I’d love to know what lumber mill he worked for, the shacks location and why I never learn about his connection to Crescent City when I was doing that damned book report.

Rick Perry’s Islamic Blind Spot

Its official – Rick Perry has tossed his Stetson into the GOP ring for president. He’s the 10th candidate to enter the 2016 race for the White House.

“The world has descended into a chaos of this president’s own making, while his White House loyalists construct an alternative universe where ISIS is contained and Ramadi is merely a setback, where the nature of the enemy can’t be acknowledged for fear of causing offense, where the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran, can be trusted to live up to a nuclear agreement,” Perry stated during his announcement.

Twelve years earlier, then-Gov Rick Perry signed agreement with his friend and Muslim leader Aga Khan. Then in April 2004, the Aga Khan Foundation and the University of Texas-Austin (UTA) finalized a grant proposal creating the partnership that became known as the Muslim Histories and Cultures Program (MHC).

MHC recruited and directly trained 80 teachers affecting more than 15 thousand students in ten key Texas districts in 2005 and 2006. The project’s curriculum was initially available for viewing on UTA’s website, but has since been scrubbed from the Internet.

Islam scholar Robert Spencer examined the program at the time and concluded, “The curriculum is a complete whitewash and it’s got the endorsement of Perry. It’s not going to give you any idea why people are waging jihad against the West — it’s only going to make you think that the real problem is ‘Islamophobia.’”

This shouldn’t be a surprise as one of the doctrines maintained in Islam is Taqiyya, allowing Muslims to purposefully lie about their true religious beliefs to “unbelievers” and Muslims of different sects. Of course, it is doubtful Texas children will learn any thing about this.

In 2008 he expanded the MHC project and signed off on several Islamic-friendly pieces of legislation, including a consumer protection law ensuring the accurate labeling of food products conforming to Islamic dietary restrictions.

Perry was also instrumental placing Sharia law in the Texas justice system with an Islamic Tribunal operating as a non-profit organization in Dallas, whose website states, “…Muslims here in America are obligated to find a way to solve conflicts and disputes according to the principles of Islamic Law …” adding, “Stoning adulterers, cutting of the hands, polyandry and the like are mainly a part of Islamic Criminal Law.”

We already have an Islamic-enabler in the White House, we don’t need another.

Progressivism’s Twisted Reality

While the national media cheers Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out as ‘a watershed moment in transgender visibility’ — a two-week investigation in Florida came to an end with 22 people arrested after they believed they were going to have sex with children between ages 10 and 14. One of those 22 people includes a Muslim youth coordinator.

Ahmed Saleem is the founder of the Saleem Academy, an organization empowering Muslim youth globally and served as the Orlando coordinator for CAIR, the Counsel On Islamic American Relations. Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Saleem planned to have sex with a 12-year-old girl, but found himself arrested and charged with felonies ‘for traveling to seduce or solicit a child to commit a sex act.’

The national media is ignoring his arrest for the most part.

Odd how Saleem’s actions fit with ISIL as new evidence reveals how Islamic State buys children as sex slaves and force them into marriage — with girls from Iraq and Syria being stripped, sold, and made to undergo over a dozen ‘virginity reparation’ surgeries. A 2014 United Nation’s report says doctors also perform abortions on pregnant girls as young as nine.

Many of the child victims are from the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq.

ISIL defends its action in an online article with claims of following the Prophet Mohammed – who enslaved and raped non-Muslim women: “Allah has opened the lands for His awliyā’ (supporters), so they entered and dispersed within the lands, killing the fighters of the kuffār (non-Muslims), capturing their women, and enslaving their children.”

“I and those with me at home prostrated to Allah in gratitude on the day the first slave-girl entered our home,” the article concludes.

As ISIL continues to carry out real atrocities against women, on “Game of Thrones” fictional character Sansa Stark gets raped by fictional villain Ramsay Bolton while being watched by fictional character Theon. This prompted Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill to ‘tweet’ that she’s had enough of HBO’s “horrific treatment of women.”

Now, couple McCaskill’s complaint to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and his 1972 ‘rape fantasy essay’ and it becomes obvious that there’s a serious disconnect between what Progressives think is ‘real’ and what’s ‘make believe.’  So far McCaskill hasn’t asked Sanders to explain himself and neither one has called on the Obama Administration to put a halt to ISIL’s continued aggression.

And as further proof of the total dissociation between Progressives and what’s fact and fiction — the man formerly known as ‘Bruce Jenner,’  is starring in her own ‘reality’ show, documenting her ‘new life’ as a transgendered woman.

The Coming Answer to $15 an Hour

Satirical news website, “News Examiner,” reports: “After seeing a decline in earnings for the first time in nine years, McDonald’s plans to do something no other restaurant of its kind has ever done before; open a store run entirely by robots.”

“In the end, it will come down to what is best for the shareholders and the customers. The potential employees hoping to make a minimum wage of $15 per hour, maybe not so much,” the lampoon concludes.

While McRobots running a restaurant are fictional, McDonald’s did place 7,000 touch screens throughout its European stores in 2011. And then there’s ‘Momentum Machines’ which has built a robot that “isn’t meant to make employees more efficient. It’s meant to completely obviate them,” according to a 2014 Business Insider report.

The robot can “slice toppings like tomatoes and pickles immediately before it places the slice onto your burger, giving you the freshest burger possible,” and is “more consistent, more sanitary, and can produce 360 hamburgers per hour.”  In fact, the company’s site boasts that their robot “does everything employees can do, except better.”

Panera Bread plans to introduce self-service ordering kiosks and mobile ordering options to all of its properties by 2017. Meanwhile, Chili’s and Applebee’s has already placed tablets on their tables, letting customers order and pay “without interacting with human wait staff at all.”

These changes are worth considering as Seattle, San Francisco and most recently Los Angeles have adopted a $15 an hour minimum wage, more than double the current federal minimum-wage law of $7.25. Other cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., and California’s Oakland, have raised their minimum wage as well, though not as much.

In Oakland voters chose to increase the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $12.25 an hour earlier this year. So far at least four restaurants and six grocery stores in the cities’ Chinatown district have closed shop as a result of the increase.

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law went into effect April 1, 2015, leading to wide-spread closings of restaurants across the city.  And now, California’s Senate has approved raising the state’s required hourly rate to $11 in 2016 and $13 in 2017 and will continue increasing annually starting in 2019 based on inflation.

Progressives aimed the wage increase campaign at fast-food businesses hoping to destroy the industry — but because they don’t believe in ‘American exceptionalism’ they cannot foresee the ‘free market system’ and its response to a ‘manufactured crisis’ and calls for ‘social justice.’

Same Neck, Different Boot

The legal authority for U.S. spy agencies collection of phone records and other data expired after the Senate failed to pass legislation extending the powers. The Senate voted 77-17 to move ahead on a House-passed bill, the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection and Online Monitoring Act,” (USA FREEDOM Act) which fell three votes short of the 60 needed to advance in the Senate.

In addition to the bulk phone collections provision, two lesser-known PATRIOT Act provisions also lapsed: one helps track “lone wolf” terrorism suspects unconnected to a foreign power; the second allows the government to eavesdrop on suspects who continually discard their cell phones.

But that program and several other post-Sept. 11 counter-terror measures look likely to be revived in a matter of days. Rebooting the phone collections program would take about a day.

With no other options, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is embracing a House-passed bill that would extend the anti-terror provisions, while also remaking the bulk phone collections program. The FBI’s use of the PATRIOT Act to collect hotel, travel, credit card, banking and other business records in national security investigations would also be extended under the House bill.

The House bill extends those two provisions unchanged, while remaking the bulk collection program so that the National Security Agency (NSA) would stop collecting the phone records after a six month transition period, but would be authorized under court order to search records held by phone companies.

After debate pitting Americans’ distrust of intrusive government against fears of terrorist attacks, the Senate voted to move ahead with reform legislation that would replace the bulk phone records program revealed two years ago by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It’s being considered a victory by President Obama, who pushed hard for Congress to advance the reform measure.

Under the USA FREEDOM Act telephone records would be held by telecommunications companies, not the government, and the NSA would have to get court approval to gain access to specific data. Neither the current or proposed new system supposedly gives the federal government access to the content of phone conversations.

However, collecting massive amounts of data isn’t what halts terror attacks. It’s the ability of agencies to communicate with one another.

From 1998 to 2001, the Army Intelligence and Special Operations Command (AISOC) conducted an intelligence-gathering endeavor known as Able Danger. Its mission was to investigate the terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda, both inside the U.S. and abroad.

Able Danger identified, by name, four of the future 9/11 hijackers — including the ringleader, Mohammed Atta – as members of an al Qaeda cell based in Brooklyn, New York. But the AISOC couldn’t inform the FBI about the activities of these suspects, leaving them free to continue plotting and preparing for the 9/11 attacks.

That’s because, under the Clinton administration, a policy preventing the agencies from sharing intelligence was enacted. In fact, Clinton deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick is responsible for creating this “wall” that restricted information sharing between intelligence and law enforcement agencies before the attacks.

Unfortunately, in protecting Clinton’s legacy, many Progressives point to the same style of “wall” blocking communications, going back to the Carter administration’s 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was enacted to defuse allegations of FBI espionage abuses.

However, Gorelick penned her memo when the FBI and CIA were investigating illegal Chinese contributions that had been made to Clinton’s presidential campaign. Both agencies were finding evidence damaging to the Democratic Party, its fundraisers, the Chinese, and ultimately the Clinton administration itself.

Communications between federal agencies is obviously working now, though the means remain unclear to justify the ends.

A good example is the current situation in which former House speaker Denny Hastert finds himself. He’s now indicted for violating regulations on bank withdrawals originally meant to snare drug dealers.

Setting aside anything else Hastert may have done, which is all speculation at this time, he allegedly began by withdrawing $50,000 at a time, but when the activity was questioned by banking officials, he reduced the withdrawals to under $10,000. This caught the attention of financial regulators, who suspected Hastert was trying to evade federal reporting requirements.

Claiming they were concerned Hastert might be the victim of criminal extortion the FBI asked the former speaker about the withdrawals. He claimed that he distrusted banks and still had the cash in his possession, according to the indictment.

All this aside and while parts of the PATRIOT Act are dying, American surveillance will live on.

Section 214 of the PATRIOT Act allows for “pen register/trap and trace,” which will still be used to collect phone and email records. This not only covers the supposed gap in the NSA program but could even expand the government’s current collection program.

And now you know why Obama see’s this so-called ‘lapse’ as a major ‘win.’

Obama’s ‘Wet’ Dream Coming True

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are changing the existing “navigable waterways” rule, adding a number of bodies of water to their jurisdiction.

Along with lakes, rivers, bays and such, they want control over all standing waters including drainage ditches, overflow reservoirs and mud puddles.  And though the water might be on private property and not for drinking or bathing, the EPA wants the right to inspect those waters.

In announcing the rule, President Obama dripped pure Socialism, “With today’s rule, we take another step towards protecting the waters that belong to all of us.”

The rule change also includes a three percent increase in the land federal government already controls and in which the EPA can enforce the Clean Water Act over. And while the percentage sounds small, it amounts to nearly 777 million acres.

When the EPA first proposed the rules last summer, they did so in open defiance of the Supreme Court’s clear directives which ruled the agency was already at an overreach in their regulatory powers. But last summers actions weren’t the only time the EPA has done this.

In 2001, the Supreme Court held in Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County vs. the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the Corps and the EPA couldn’t regulate isolated water bodies because that would void the term “navigable waters” out of the Act and raise constitutional questions.  Despite this, both agencies continued to do so.

This newest rule stems from a 2006 Supreme Court case in which Michigan developer John Rapanos fought an EPA fine for filling in 54 acres of wetlands on land he owned to build a shopping center. The EPA and the Corps argued that the wetlands under the protection of the 1972 Clean Water Act, but the court disagreed.

Ultimately, Rapanos agreed to a nearly $1,000,000 settlement with the EPA while not admitting to any wrongdoing.

The House voted May 12 to overturn the rule, requiring the EPA and Secretary of the Army to withdraw the proposed regulation within 30 days and craft a new one. The Senate was proceeding along a different route to stop the rule with a bill that would overturn the regulation, make the EPA write a new one, setting out specific parameters for the new attempt.

Now, through this new rule, the Obama Administration’s adopted basically the same definition of jurisdictional waters the Supreme Court has rejected twice. It’s also another example of Obama taking executive action without the support of Congress and further eroding the U.S. Constitution.