What is Obama hiding in those immigrant camps?

I know I’m not the only one bothered by the nagging question that must be asked and answered: “what is going on at these holding facilities for these illegal immigrants?”

I refuse to refer to these areas as “refugee camps” which is of course being bantered about at the United Nations. It all comes back to another of Obama’s lies: to be the most transparent administration in America’s history.

An editorial in the Washington Times says, “President Obama’s ultimate weakness may be that he believes his own blarney. A year ago, Mr. Obama boasted in a “fireside” Web chat that his “is the most transparent administration in history.” There was not the slightest hint of irony. He may actually believe it. But three-dozen organizations representing newspapermen and other journalists, mostly liberals, beg to differ. In a testy letter to the president on Tuesday, the group decried the “slick non-answers” and cold shoulders they’re getting from Mr. Obama’s representatives, who have restricted access to any information they consider embarrassing to the administration. “The stifling of free expression,” the signers said, “is happening despite your pledge on your first day in office to bring ‘a new era of openness’ to federal government — and the subsequent executive orders and directives which were supposed to bring such openness about.”

And right now the issue of Obama’s transparency is being challenged once again. Yesterday the president said the reason he didn’t tour the Texas border is because he’s not interested in “photo ops” – REALLY?

If there’s one thing Obama has been successful in doing, it’s conducting countless White House photo ops — like the whole doctors in white robes gimmick in the Rose Garden or how about the infamous “beer summit?” And don’t forget that Rose Garden blow-up with the parents of Bowe Bergdahl — hey, he’s in Texas too.

But not these photo ops. Why? What is he trying to hide?

The Washington Times says “due to incessant pressure the administration has changed its position but with caveats, the administration reluctantly said it would allow press and congressional visits, but no photographs or video permitted, not even cellphone cameras. Interviews with the illegal aliens, custodians or doctors treating the new arrivals are prohibited.”

This cloak and dagger atmosphere is quite troubling as it violates the fundamental premise of our First Amendment – something about which the Obama administration seems quite hostile. Isn’t it perplexing that President Obama had time to throw down beers and shoot pool with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper and fist bump a bronze gorilla — but has no time to visit these illegal immigrant holding areas or even the southern border?

Obama has all the time in the world for Democrat fundraisers but no time for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who was refused release just last night in Mexico. Maybe a quick trip to Mexico and cancellation of the fundraiser in Austin, Texas would be warranted. But that would be the actions of a leader, not a charlatan, an impostor, Barack Hussein Obama.

What do you think the government is hiding? Take our one question poll and let me know your thoughts.

EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared on AllenBWest.com.

“Ceasefire: Hindrance to Peace”

‘All Palestinians are targets’.  Can anybody outside of the wildest fringes of the conspiracy theory movement imagine any Israeli leader saying such a thing? No. Yet the flipside is exactly what a Hamas spokesman declared this week. A couple of days into Israel’s surgical strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, a Hamas spokesman declared that ‘All Israelis are now targets.’

Not that this is anything new, of course. Hamas remains a political terrorist movement dedicated from its foundation to its every current action, to eradicating the Jewish state and the people within it.

For much of the world this conflict is a groundhog day in which they have little interest. To them, looking casually at the situation, three Israeli teenagers were murdered, the Israelis retaliated with airstrikes against Gaza and a larger confrontation now once again looms. This is how most press reports lead people to think. The routine landing of rockets inside Israel – fired by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others – has become part of the wallpaper of our time. Nobody seems to notice it, and if they do, few seem to care.

There is no other explanation as to how it can be that the BBC and other news media only report Israeli strikes on Hamas targets as news.  But this is not the only part of the psychology of this reporting or of the wider international community’s views, which are revealing.

For instance there is the fact that there is clearly some frustration at an international level that Israeli civilian losses are so few. This a lingering part of the ‘proportionality’ argument. Tragic though any death is, the numbers of Gaza residents killed in targeted strikes is tiny by the ordinary standards of the region, nevermind the standards being put in place everywhere other than in Israel at the moment. Israel has spent years building bunkers in which its people can shelter during the routine rocket attacks. Gaza residents do not have bomb shelters because their ‘government’ builds shelters not for its citizens but for its weapons. Nevertheless, there seems a strange atmosphere in the international coverage, as though it is somehow outrageous that Israel should ‘cheat’ in this way, avoiding a wholly ‘level’ playing field against the terrorists.

But the other international response is more interesting and in the long run more dangerous. On Thursday the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined other world leaders in calling for a ceasefire. It is high time that this call was exposed for the actually war-mongering call that it in fact is.

Because in the endless exchanges between Israel and Hamas one thing should have become clear long ago. Ceasefires are part of the problem. Every time Israel attempts to prevent rocket-fire from Gaza the international community calls for a ceasefire. Before they know what Israel’s operational objectives are and before they have even bothered to find out which – if any – of these have been achieved. Perhaps this time will be different. But it seems unlikely. It looks like this will be the same as 2012, as 2008-09, as 2006 and so on. All of which brings to mind one particular thought that might help more than any other.

People who are interested in peace in the Middle East should stop continuously calling for a retention of the status quo. The status quo is the problem. If the international community is ever truly going to give peace a chance, they have first to give Israel a chance to win.

RELATED ARTICLE: Israel leader Benjamin Netanyahu: World pressure won’t stop offensive

Our “Friendly” Neighbors Mexico and Guatemala have declared War on U.S.

In early 2011 representatives from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras met in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for the purpose of assisting their emigrants to make it to the U.S. ILLEGALLY.

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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina.

On Monday, July 7, 2014 Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.

The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico’s border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor’s Card, according to El Universal.

Officially, the program will grant the cards to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize, allowing them to remain in Mexico’s southern states for 72 hours.

It is obvious our southern neighbors have declared war on us and their armies are poverty level people they all too happy to be rid of.

Congress says they need to amend a 2008 law about children involved in trafficking to be able to deal with non trafficked kids which is preposterous. Simply issue orders to put them on buses and send them back since this has nothing to with being trafficked… NOW!

Read more at here.

Reason-Rupe Poll: ‘Millennials Aren’t Liberals, They’re Social Liberals and Fiscal Centrists’

“Since 2004 millennials have been voting increasingly Democratic in presidential elections” says Reason-Rupe polling director Emily Ekins. “But, despite all this, millennials are no more likely than Americans over 30 to say they are Democrats. Instead they are three times as likely to say they are independent and half as likely to say they are Republican.”

This is new information from the most recent Reason-Rupe poll that took a magnifying glass to the millennial generation’s voting habits and thoughts about politics.

“Millennials aren’t liberals, they’re social liberals and their fiscal centrists and their social attitudes are what is largely defining their political identities and driving their voting behavior,” says Ekins.

Watch the video to hear Ekins delve deeper into these results:

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EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is courtesy of Forbes.

“Medical” Marijuana: The History, the Strategy and the Profiteers

Who is behind the legalization of smoked pot as a medicine and why? Teresa Miller, a Florida resident, has decided to answer this key question.

To help understand what  is behind the Florida Amendment 2 initiative, Miller created a website with information, research, and articles on medical marijuana and its consequences. Miller provides thoughts and ideas for individuals to help educate themselves, friends, family and peers.

Visit Miller’s website at:  www.No2Pot.org.

Miller created the below video. It predicts the outcomes of passage of Florida Amendment 2 and who will profit – the lawyers who are pushing for its passage. Among them Morgan and Morgan. It also shows the impact on neighboring Southern states, something no other media outlet has reported on.

Please watch and share this well researched video by citizen journalist Teresa Miller:

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RELATED ARTICLE: Welfare Cash for Weed in Colorado

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image of marijuana buds is courtesy of TheCollegeInvestor.com.

Florida: Pinellas County Commissioner Roche Stands with Voters on Term Limits

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Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche.

Distinguishing himself from his corrupt peers, Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche is launching his first re-election campaign with a promise to abide by the county’s voter-approved 8-year term limits.

As reported earlier, Pinellas is the only county in Florida that refuses to enforce its county commission term limits, even after the unanimous 2012 Supreme Court decision that such limits are constitutional.  While term-limited Pinellas Commissioners Susan Latvala, Karen Seel, John Morroni and Ken Welch continue to battle the people in the courts, they also continue to serve on the commission.

Roche, on the other hand, told the Tampa Bay Times in their 2014 candidate questionnaire that he promises to “to honor my pledge to adhere to the will of the voters on term limits and only seek two terms.”

Pinellas County commission term limits were approved by 72 percent of the voters in 1996. Per the county charter Article VI Sec. 6-02 (3): “If approved by a majority of those electors voting on the amendment at the general election, the amendment shall become effective on the date specified in the amendment, or, if not so specified, on January 1 of the succeeding year.”

While a court can invalidate an amendment, there is no leeway here for the commissioners to do so by themselves. Recognizing this, Roche deserves credit for adhering to the people’s clearly expressed will even at his own expense.

Making Gay Okay — and Criticizing It Taboo: An Interview with Robert Reilly on his book on the rationalizing of homosexual behavior

Last month Robert R. Reilly published a new book “Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behaviour is Changing Everything.” “Despite its high-interest subject matter, it met with a media blackout. Neither The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or even more conservative publications wanted to review the book – not even to tear it to shreds, as some partisan websites have done,” notes Alvino-Mario Fantini from MercatorNet.com.

making gay okIn Making Gay Okay Reilly asks, “Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage”, which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America?”

The answers are in the dynamics of the rationalization of sexual misbehavior. The power of rationalization the means by which one mentally transforms wrong into right drives the gay rights movement, gives it its revolutionary character, and makes its advocates indefatigable. The homosexual cause moved naturally from a plea for tolerance to cultural conquest because the security of its rationalization requires universal acceptance. In other words, we all must say that the bad is good.

Fantini interviews Reilly about his book. Fantini’s first question:

What is the connection between sexuality, contraception, and same-sex marriage?

Once you separate sex from diapers through contraception, you’re on a slippery slope. In the U.S. legal system, we went from a Supreme Court case that first allowed contraception only for married couples, to a case that then allowed contraception for all adults, to another case which legalized contraception for everyone, including minors and children. In tandem to that, in Roe v. Wade the court said: If your contraceptive has failed, you oughtn’t be penalized by the child that is then so conceived and you may, therefore, eliminate it. The capstone came with the U.S. v. Windsor decision a little more than a year ago in which the Supreme Court said that sodomy basically can serve as the basis for marriage.

Click here to read the full interview with Robert Reilly.

“Plato teaches that societies take on the features and tastes of the persons most prominent in them. Reilly shows how America’s ruling class is shaping our society according to its taste for homosexuality and its distaste for natural families. If you want to know the philosophical and legal background of the revolution that is being imposed upon America and its consequences read this book.” — Angelo M. Codevilla , PhD Professor Emeritus, Boston University; Author, The Character of Nations.

George Orwell wrote, “The more a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image titled “Unreality Balloons” is courtesy of Life Site News.

Black Conservative Joins Palin’s Impeachment Rallying Cry

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Sarah Palin. Governor Palin has come out strongly calling for the impeachment of President Obama. I say, “Way to go sister!”

During an interview, Sarah expressed the frustrations of millions of patriotic Americans, myself included. Enough with being intimidated and impotent to act because Obama is black. Enough with the smartest pundits’ in the room explanations why it would be politically unwise to challenge Obama’s unprecedented lawlessness. Enough with being politically castrated by fear of the mainstream media.

Palin is calling for Obama’s impeachment simply because it is the right thing to do. Palin cites 25 impeachable offenses by Obama thus far.

While politicians express their shock and awe regarding Obama’s daily acts of lawlessness, a tsunami of illegals are flooding our country with Obama gleefully having ordered the opening of the flood gates. Some say allowing the invasion of illegals to continue will change America forever.

Remarkably, the Administration will not allow the GOP to visit the federal facilities where illegals are being held to assess the situation. This is astoundingly arrogant and totalitarian; the action of a supreme dictator rather than a U.S. President.

We can not allow a lawless imperial president to run rampant wrecking havoc on our great nation for two more years, hoping that his behavior will harm Democrats in elections. Reversing Obama’s vote winning entitlements and laws may be extremely challenging, if not impossible.

And another thing, this Administration’s secrecy, stonewall coverups and iron fist tactics against any individual or institution that challenges or disagrees is outrageous and totally unacceptable. It should no longer be tolerated. It is vitally important that Americans immediately wake up and smell the tyranny and act accordingly.

Here is a recent prime example of this Administration brazenly attempting to bully even the U.S. Supreme Court. Henchman Harry Reid has announced that he intends to punish the “five white guys” on the Supreme Court for ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.

By the way, one of those so-called five white guys is black, Justice Clarence Thomas. Note the Democrats’ trademark tactic of insidiously playing the race card in Reid’s “five white guys” statement. This man is an awful evil human being; characteristic of the many hit men and women of the Obama Administration; Lois Lerner and Eric Holder to name a few. Remember, leadership emanates from the top down.

Relentless in their efforts to force everyone to yield to king Obama, Reid has basically said screw the Supreme Court ruling. He will continue going after Hobby Lobby.

What more evidence of an out-of-control tyrannical Administration, believing themselves invincible does one need? Obama is king and whatever he says or desires is law. Period.

A movement to impeach Obama has been underway for awhile. Governor Palin as the face of it is the perfect leader to give it legs.

As an individual proud American who happens to be black, I wholeheartedly support Governor Palin’s movement to impeach our imperial president, Barack Hussein Obama.

When Zero’s Too High: Time preference versus central bankers by Douglas French

Central banking has taken interest rate reduction to its absurd conclusion. If observers thought the European Central Bank (ECB) had run out of room by holding its deposit rate at zero, Mario Draghi proved he is creative, cutting the ECB’s deposit rate to minus 0.10 percent, making it the first major central bank to institute a negative rate.

Can a central-bank edict force present goods to no longer have a premium over future goods?

Armed with high-powered math and models dancing in their heads, modern central bankers believe they are only limited by their imaginations. In a 2009 article for The New York Times, Harvard economist and former adviser to President George W. Bush N. Gregory Mankiw wrote, “Early mathematicians thought that the idea of negative numbers was absurd. Today, these numbers are commonplace.”

While this sounds clever, Ludwig von Mises undid Mankiw’s analogy long ago. “If he were not to prefer satisfaction in a nearer period of the future to that in a remote period,” Mises wrote of the individual, “he would never consume and enjoy.”

Carl Menger explained that it is “deeply imbedded in human nature” to have present desires satisfied over future desires. And long before Menger, A. R. J. Turgot wrote of the premium of present money over future money, “Is not this difference well known, and is not the commonplace proverb, ‘a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush,’ a simple expression of this notoriety?”

Central bankers can set a certain interest rate, but human nature cannot be eased away, quantitatively or otherwise. But the godfather of all central bankers, John Maynard Keynes, ignored time preference and focused on liquidity preference. He believed it was investments that yielded returns, and wrote, “Why should anyone outside a lunatic asylum wish to use money as a store of wealth?”

If liquidity preference determined the rate of interest, rates would be lowest during a recovery, and at the peak of booms, with confidence high, everyone would be seeking to trade their liquidity for investments in things. “But it is precisely in a recovery and at the peak of a boom that short-term interest rates are highest,” Henry Hazlitt explained.

Keynes believed that those who held cash for the speculative motive were wicked and central bankers must stop this evil. However, as Hazlitt explained in The Failure of the “New Economics,” holding cash balances “is usually most indulged in after a boom has cracked. The best way to prevent it is not to have a Monetary Authority so manipulate things as to force the purchase of investments or of goods, but to prevent an inflationary boom in the first place.”

Keynesian central bankers leave time out of their calculus. While they think they are lending money, they are really lending time. Borrowers purchase the use of time. Hazlitt reminds us that the old word for interest was usury, “etymologically more descriptive than its modern substitute.”

And as Mises explained above, time can’t have a negative value, which is what a negative interest rate implies.

Borrowers pay interest in order to buy present assets. Most importantly, this ratio is outside the reach of the monetary authorities. It is determined subjectively by the actions of millions of market participants.

Deep down, Mankiw must recognize this, writing, “The problem with negative interest rates, however, is quickly apparent: nobody would lend on those terms. Rather than giving your money to a borrower who promises a negative return, it would be better to stick the cash in your mattress. Because holding money promises a return of exactly zero, lenders cannot offer less.”

But still, he approvingly cites German economist Silvio Gesell’s argument for a tax on holding money, an idea Keynes himself approved of.

Keynesian central bankers are now central planners maintaining the unshakable belief that low interest rates put people back to work and solve every economic woe. “But in reality,” writes Robert Murphy, “interest rates coordinate production and consumption decisions over time. They do a lot more than simply regulate how much people spend in the present.”

Murphy points out that low rates stimulate some sectors more than others. Lower rates generally boost housing and car sales, for instance, while not doing much for consumer goods.

More than half a decade of zero interest rates has not lifted anyone from poverty or created any jobs—it has simply caused more malinvestment. It is impossible for the monetary authorities to dictate the proper interest rate, because interest rates determined by command and control bear no relation to the collective time preference of economic actors. The result of central bank intervention can only be distortions and chaos.

Draghi and Mankiw don’t seem to understand what interest is or how the rate of interest is determined. While it’s bad when academics promote their thought experiments, the foolish turns tragic when policymakers use the power of government to act on these experiments.

ABOUT DOUGLAS FRENCH

Douglas E. French is senior editor of the Laissez Faire Club and the author of Early Speculative Bubbles and Increases in the Supply of Money, written under the direction of Murray Rothbard at UNLV, and The Failure of Common Knowledge, which takes on many common economic fallacies.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured image is courtesy of FEE and Shutterstock.

True The Vote files motion for Restraining Order Against Mississippi Republican Party et. al.

Destruction of Absentee Ballot Documents, Double Voting and Discarded Legal Votes Found Statewide.

True the Vote (TTV), the nation’s leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today filed a motion with the Jackson Division of the U.S. District Court, requesting temporary restraining order and injunctive relief be issued against the Mississippi Republican Party and all defendants to prevent further tampering, redaction, or destruction of voter records by Defendants or their agents.

“Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records. Now, we think we know why,” said True the Vote founder, Catherine Engelbrecht. “If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election.”

True the Vote will be providing the Court with dozens of full detailed affidavit reports, containingstunning evidence of election subversion, including:

  •   Destruction of voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes;
  •   Illegal alteration of poll books;
  •   Cross-over and double voting;
  •   Absentee ballots marked “Accepted” but unopened.

“Based on all we have seen — and all we have not been allowed to see — we now believe that unless the Court steps in, illegal voting will go unchallenged, voters’ rights will be diluted, voters’ trust will be violated – and an unlawful and inaccurate election may be certified by the State of Mississippi,” said Engelbrecht.

TTV’s motion was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.

A copy of the motion has been made available here.

ABOUT TRUE THE VOTE

True the Vote (TTV) is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) voters’ rights organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.

GOP’s Reverse ‘Southern Strategy’

Last week’s election results infuriated me and not for the reasons you might suspect. My anger has less to do with the outcomes of the various elections, but more to do with the means of getting to the outcome.

The most watched election of this year was the Mississippi Senate race between Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel and six term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran. Cochran was forced into a run off last week, which typically doesn’t bode well for an incumbent.

According to Professor Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, “In 37 of 40 Senate primary runoffs conducted since 1980, turnout had decreased from the initial primary to the runoff. In these 40 races, the combined turnout dropped by about a third from the primary to the runoff. And yet, this time [Miss. senate race], turnout went up by 18 percent, jumping from about 319,000 in the initial primary to about 375,000 in the runoff.”

Astonishingly, there were more votes cast in the runoff than in the June 3 primary. McDaniel went from 155,000 votes to 184,000 votes; Cochran went from 153,654 votes to 191,508 votes. Without question, the Black vote saved Cochran. There is universal consensus on that point – liberal and conservative; Black and White; Democrat and Republican. But the analysis of how the Black vote led to Cochran’s win has been totally misunderstood.

Make no mistake about it, Haley Barbour was the brains behind Cochran’s resuscitation. Haley is like a son to me. He is the former governor of Mississippi and former head of the Republican National Committee. A political genius, Haley knows how to win; and is a helluva guy to get a drink with. Haley knows how to operate without leaving fingerprints. But his DNA was all over Cochran’s campaign. He is definitely ol’ school.

What saved Cochran was the Republicans use of the “reverse Southern Strategy.” The Southern Strategy was created by Kevin Phillips, a former Nixon aide, in the 1960s to sacrifice the Black vote (who were staunchly Republican) in order to pick up the vote of the White Southern Democrats opposed civil rights. To this day, that keeps Blacks aligned with the Democratic Party.

The Cochran campaign did the exact opposite. They sacrificed the conservative White Tea Party vote to pick up the Black vote. They made a political calculation that they had maxed out on their White support and their only way of winning was to expand their base of support.

The only option was to go after Black Democrats who had not voted in the 3 primary. It was a stroke of genius.

What angered me about this last-ditch effort when, in fact, it should have a conscious development. Why did it take desperation to get the party and the campaign to do what was and has always been in its own best interest—cultivating the Black vote?

I was further angered that prior to the runoff, there was absolutely no mention of the Black vote by either candidate. Neither campaign had any Blacks on their campaign staffs or as consultants in decision making positions.

Normally, I blast the Republican Party for doing the right thing even if it’s the wrong way (Rand Paul’s visit to Howard University); but in this case, they did the wrong thing the right way. The Cochran campaign has spent more time and spent more money with Black Democrats than they have with Black Republicans. Go figure.

Over the years, I have had heated discussions with conservative and Tea Party members of the Republican Party over the issue of race. I have been told that sometimes I can be “hyper-sensitive” on the issue of race; I am “overreacting;” or “we just have a different view on this issue than you.” Really?

Some unknown group created a robo-call targeting Black voters that said in part, “Hello neighbors. It’s time to take a stand against the Tea Party. The time has come to say no to the Tea Party. No to their obstruction, no to their disrespectful treatment of the first African American president… If we do nothing, Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel wins and causes even more problems for President Obama…” Both campaigns deny any involvement in the making and distribution of the recorded call.

The McDaniel campaign and the Tea Party are furious about the robo-call. Now that you have experienced the race card being played against you, maybe, just maybe you will be more understanding of my views the next time we have a discussion about race.

EDITORS NOTE: The featured photo is courtesy of the Associated Press.

Florida Under Seige: Obama moving illegal aliens to the Sunshine State!

Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens have already been smuggled into our country, with millions more to follow unless we act now to stop it.

Numbers USA reports, “These underage aliens, and the much larger group of adults, are crossing our border now because they’ve figured out that President Obama will never deport them. Moreover, Obama seems to be planning for taxpayers to pick up the check for a lifetime of financial dependency, starting by moving thousands of them into Florida communities. (See map below.)”

This map shows where Obama is planning to resettle the newest illegal aliens

Numbers USA is asking Floridians to sign a petition asking Senators Rubio and Nelson and members of Congress from Florida to fight the relocation!

RELATED ARTICLE: Sheriff Feds Releasing Criminals Deported 10-15 Times into Arizona

There Used to be Bipartisan Support for Religious Freedom. What Happened?

Kelsey Harris the visual editor at The Daily Signal and digital media associate at The Heritage Foundation created the below infographic on religious freedom. I found it meaningful and informative on the push back by Democrats against businesses like Hobby Lobby and the SCOTUS.

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For a larger view click on the image.

STUDY: Marijuana Amendment 2 troubling for Florida teens

Fresh research casts troubling light on adolescents and relaxing marijuana laws.

A newly released scientific studies showing that marijuana use among adolescents and teens causes memory loss, impairs learning, creates new driving risks and leads to addictions are causing researchers to urge caution as states such as Florida consider ballot measures to relax cannabis laws. The research reports illustrating the serious impacts of marijuana use on young brains and their development are casting a harsh light on what Florida could face among its youth if voters approve Amendment 2 on the November ballot.

While proponents portray the amendment as a narrow approval on the use of “medical marijuana” by people who are suffering from painful and debilitating illnesses, state analyses estimate that some 250,000 Floridians could be designated as “caregivers” with the authority to obtain and dispense the drug, making it much more likely it will wind up in the hands of children.

And that’s a concern to researchers who have been studying the effects of marijuana on adolescents and teens.

Northwestern University study released in December found “memory-related structures in their brains appeared to shrink and collapse inward, possibly reflecting a decrease in neurons.” Lead study author Matthew Smith said, “With the movement to decriminalize marijuana, we need more research to understand its effect on the brain.”

This, and another study released in June, should give Floridians—particularly those with school-age children—serious pause about supporting Amendment 2, which will allow marijuana to be sold widely across Florida. The indisputable experience of other states that have passed similar measures is that access and use by adolescents and teenagers increase tremendously following passage.

“Regulations to isolate youth from marijuana will work no better than tobacco or alcohol regulations,” said Bertha K Madras, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “Susceptibility to addiction is not the only serious risk adolescents face if they use marijuana; others, including altered brain structure, compromised school achievement, poorer memory, decreased motivation, reduced IQ, and elevated risk for developing psychosis, are just as disconcerting.”

In June, the Food and Drug Administration reminded Americans that the agency has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug for any indication. At the same time, the New England Journal of Medicine published a comprehensive study by three researchers entitled Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use. It asserts “the evidence clearly indicates that long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction. Indeed, approximately 9% of those who experiment with marijuana will become addicted. The number goes up to about 1 in 6 among those who start using marijuana as teenagers….” The study further notes:

  • There is an association between frequent use of marijuana from adolescence into adulthood and significant declines in IQ.
  • Adults who smoked marijuana regularly during adolescence have impaired neural connectivity (fewer fibers) in specific brain regions.
  • Failure to learn at school, even for short or sporadic periods, will interfere with the subsequent capacity to achieve increasingly challenging educational goals, a finding that may also explain the association between regular marijuana use and poor grades.
  • Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently reported in connection with impaired driving and accidents, including fatal accidents.

The Northwestern University study found similar problems with teens who regularly used marijuana: “The brain abnormalities and memory problems were observed during the individuals’ early twenties, two years after they stopped smoking marijuana, which could indicate the long-term effects of chronic use.

In a New York Times opinion piece, T. M. Luhrmann, professor of anthropology at Stanford, recapped studies going back to 1987 on marijuana’s potentially dangerous effects on those with schizophrenia  She notes that a  2014 psychiatric overview argued that cannabis could not only lead to passing paranoid and hallucinatory experiences, but to develop into a condition that looks like schizophrenia.

“While arguments for compassion certainly resonate, we have got to protect our kids from the serious consequences that we are just beginning to understand,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America. “Let’s step back, take a breath, and look for ways we can help deliver scientifically valid relief to those with truly debilitating illnesses rather than a toxic weed,” said Fay.

The Florida Department of Health predicts 1,800 marijuana shops will be opened to sell marijuana under Amendment 2, as presently structured. This greater ease of access and accompanying destigmatization has led to greater use of marijuana among youths in Colorado and California after approval of medical marijuana initiatives.

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Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a national and international drug policy organization promoting effective and sound drug policies, education and preventionFor more information on Drug Free America Foundation, please visit www.dfaf.org, follow DFAF on Twitter @DrugFreeAmerica and like DFAF on Facebook.

The Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition is a collective effort of more than 100 local and state organizations to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana. From law enforcement to substance abuse groups, the coalition is working statewide to ensure public safety and the future of our youth.

How School Board member Shirley Brown sold out Sarasota County public school students for $3.5 million

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Shirley Brown, Democrat Candidate for Sarasota County School Board, District 4.

Shirley Brown is the Democrat candidate for the Sarasota County School Board in District 4. A campaign fund raising letter states, “Shirley Brown is Proudly Leading our A-Rated School District into 21st Century Excellence!” The letter tout’s Browns “Sound Fiscal Management”, “Educational Excellence” and “Legislative Leadership.”

But are these statements true?

Under Brown’s “legislative leadership” the Sarasota County School District applied for a U.S. Department of Education Race To The Top grant. The District’s application #0059 for RTTT grant tells an interesting story. The U.S. Department of Education review of the RTTT grant application under “Articulating a comprehensive and coherent [education] reform vision” states:

This application lacks a comprehensive and coherent reform vision.

(a) No clear understanding of what this [RTTT] program entails – there was a lack of details around the four core educational assurances. They were listed and spoken about with definitions of what is benig [sic] talked about but no plan to implement. CCSS were mentioned and implemented per state requirement but no vision of how to proceed forward.

(b) No clear evidence of deepending [sic] student learning and increasing equity

(c) Lack of details concerning specific classroom experiences that students will experience or can be identified.

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) reviewer concludes, “The applicants [Sarasota County School Board] vision does not include a high quality plan and is not likely to result in improved student learning.” Read the full U.S. DOE review here.

After the failed U.S. DOE application, the District submitted an application to the Florida Department of Education to receive funding to implement RTTT. Florida received $700 million in RTTT money in 2009. In this case the District received $3.5 million to be used over a four year period. On January 5, 2010 Brown, and the School Board, accepted the funding and agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FLDOE. This MOU is a prime example of Brown’s “fiscal, legislative and educational excellence leadership.”

But what strings come attached to the federal RTTT funding according to the MOU?

According to the Memorandum of Understanding between the School Board (Local Education Agency – LEA) and the FLDOE, “In order to participate, the LEA must agree to implement all applicable portions of the State Plan…”

What does the State Plan require?

The MOU states, “[The School Board] Is familiar with the State’s Race to the Top grant application and is supportive of the goals and plans for implementation and is committed to working on all applicable portions of the State Plan… [The Board] Will propose a comprehensive, interconnected plan that will drive continuous improvement of students, teachers, and principals based upon specific goals and benchmarks.” These goals and benchmarks are being developed by the state, outside corporations and non-profit entities.

This addresses Brown’s “educational leadership.” The key element of the State Reform Plan is:

Through Race to the Top, the Department is poised to weave a common core of rigorous standards and assessments into a pioneering data system that will serve as a foundation to attract, retain, and support top notch teachers and school leaders who will, in turn, improve student achievement in our schools.

When Brown signed on to taking this federal RTTT grant, she gave up her ability to “educationally lead students into the 21st century” and impact “educational excellence.” But Brown knows that as she voted for the MOU. Brown committed all the public school students be put into the Federal Common Core State Standards box of one size fits all.

Paul DiPerna from the Friedman Foundation writes, “When it comes to developing and implementing academic standards, Americans believe teachers and school district officials should take the lead.” The Friedman Foundation’s “Schooling in America Survey” found “respondents suggest it may be preferable for parents to play a larger role in development rather than implementation. Government officials at the state and federal levels should take a backseat in both.”

What did Brown get out of this in exchange for the loss of local educational control, corporate data mining of Sarasota County students, more teaching to the Common Core test standards, and an expanded teacher evaluation system tied to standardized tests? Why $3.5 million.

Is Shirley Brown “Leading our A-Rated School District into 21st Century Excellence?” Is this the kind of “leader” Sarasota County wants on the School Board? We shall see on Tuesday, August 26th.

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