From Missouri Leadership Project…More on the effort to get decent and true representation in the Missouri General Assembly:

Front Line Warriors Fighting Common Core Speak Up
About The Legislative Session 

10/17/2014

Because of the threat of the implementation of the new Common Core standards, many parents from across the state of Missouri watched two bills very carefully last session in the Missouri Legislature. A bill was filed to protect student data that Missouri Parents felt was a powerful bill that would have aggressively protected children and teachers, with punitive action for districts that ignored the importance of protecting students. That bill was called HB 1873. The bill made it out of committee, through the Rules Committee in the House, but never made it to the floor for a vote of our Representatives.

While we watched and waited, hoping for that bill to advance to the House Floor, we watched Mike Lair’s data bill, HB1157 be sent to the floor with very little support behind it. To the contrary, HB 1873 was supported by hundreds of parents from across the state, and dozens who showed up to either testify or show support of the bill in person. The bills were the polar opposites of one another. One bill truly protected student data, while the other gave statutory authority for bureaucrats to collect out childrens’ personal data. The only thing similar was the title of the bills.

For many of us who watched the bad bill advance , and the data protection bill so closely followed by so many parents across the state (HB 1873) be ignored by the floor leader of the House, it was clear that the lobbyists from Google and the Missouri School Board Association (the only two entities to oppose HB 1873) would see their special interests protected while the interests of the children of Missouri would be ignored. Mike Lair’s data bill was ushered to the floor, while the bill the people rooted for never saw the light of day on the Floor of the Missouri House. It was a grave disappointment. We felt as if majority floor leader, John Diehl, blocked the bill that meant so much to so many, in favor of a bill that we believe actually hurt kids.

The legislative process is complex and can be confusing, so we’ve tried to break it down into bite-size chunks, below…

For the full detailed report: CLICK HERE

Stacy Shore
Jill Carter

 

 

Preppers Going Mainstream

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Preparedness

Good article follows. Click on the title for the original:

Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola

It’s showtime for the Doomsday set. As the lethal virus crosses America’s doorstep, prep kits and gas masks are flying off shelves and fringe survivalists are going mainstream.
Jason Charles knows the exact moment he will lead his wife and five kids out of their Harlem home, pile into a car, and take off for the wilderness. It will be not long after Ebola reaches the population of New York City, hospitals overflow, and looting begins—when the first riots break out on the streets of Manhattan.

“Right now it isn’t bad, but if the first case happens in New York, you start hearing about hundreds or thousands of people getting sick and it shotguns through the city, then you want to start getting your plan together to leave,” says the 37-year-old fireman and dedicated prepper. When that happens, he says, “it’s a free fall, that’s the system breaking down.”

But the moment of evacuation is delicate. Skipping work, pulling the kids out of school—all of these decisions have lasting consequences. “If you leave too early, you look like an idiot; if you leave too late, you could be dead,” Charles says.

Nationally, the number of Americans concerned that Ebola will shoot through the population is skyrocketing. According to a Wednesday poll by the Harvard School of Public Health, 52 percent of Americans surveyed said they believe the country will experience a large outbreak in the coming year, while 38 percent said they believed they or a family member would be infected. To be sure, there have been just three cases diagnosed in the U.S.

Many doomsday preppers have spent their lives stocking up for an emergency of the type this contagious hemorrhagic fever presents. Now, they’re gearing up to put their plans into action. Charles says it’s the biggest mobilization the prepper community has seen yet. “This isn’t a local hurricane or tornado or terrorist attack. This is something that has potential to spread nationwide and get ugly,” he says.

At the moment, Charles says he’s trying to keep people calm. He’s been posting Ebola briefings on NYC Preppers Network, the local branch of a national movement of survivalists that he organizes. In the past week, his group has grown in membership by more than 20 members—a notable bump for the circle of 300-some survivalists in the nation’s most densely populated metropolis. At some point, Charles says he believes there won’t be any saving the Big Apple: “The city’s going to burn if it comes down to it.”

With doubts about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s capacity to handle such an epidemic, some people are taking matters into their own hands. On Thursday, members of the House of Representatives expressed outrage over the handling of cases so far, particularly during a grilling about how two nurses were infected with Ebola and why one of them was allowed on a commercial airline. As the news cycle on Ebola begins to bear closer resemblance to the 1995 movie Outbreak, the paranoid and the prepared are following similar cues.

“If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.”

Last month, Charles convened a meeting for NYC members specifically to go over Ebola precautions. The most important thing, he told attendees, is to boost the immune system with essential oils and constant hand-washing and sanitation. Along with, of course, stockpiling medical supplies and food, as you would for any emergency.

And people are listening. In the past week, preppers-turned-entrepreneurs Fabian Illanes and Roman Zrazhevskiy say they have seen sales of gas masks and their harrowing-sounding NBC (Nuclear Biological Chemical) kits skyrocket. “Tripled is probably an understatement,” Illanes says. Their company, Ready to Go Survival, sells prepacked survival, or “bug out,” bags and kits. As fears of Ebola grow, they’ve been filling $1,000 orders of gas masks for whole families.

Illanes, who recently moved to Texas from New York, says he imagines a time when Manhattan might shut down all access into and out of the city. “If I’m in a car with my family and each of us has gloves, masks, and bodysuits, and there’s a regular family in a car next to us—who do you think the people controlling borders are going to feel more comfortable letting through?” he asks.

In response to the calls they’ve been receiving, they’re putting together a “pandemic kit” that will provide quick full-body protection and will go on sale late next week.

“It’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,” Zrazhevskiy asserts.

On Doom and Bloom, a prepper blog and online store, concerned citizens canpurchase a $59.99 “Deluxe Ebola Pandemic Kit” that includes goggles, coveralls, masks, and biohazard bags.

The website is run by Joe Alton, a retired OB-GYN and fellow at the American College of Surgeons, and his wife, Amy, a nurse. They’re the authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, a guide for post-apocalyptic wellness.

On Thursday morning, Joe flew from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Texas—home to America’s three Ebola cases—to talk prepping on Glenn Beck’s television show. On his way there, he said he was more careful than usual, wiping down the plane’s seat armrests with bleach wipes for the first time ever, and scrubbing his hands with strong sanitizer half a dozen times.

There are some fanatics in what Alton calls the “preparedness community,” but when it comes to Ebola, he’s tempered, saying it’s unlikely the virus will hit communities in the U.S. much more widely.

Online, the more sensational prepper sites are publishing Ebola guide after Ebola guide. When it hits your city, be ready to lockdown your house and banish outside family members, they seem to suggest. On Organic Prepper, lockdownguidelines are so severe they include segregating family members for one-month periods before interaction. “I know this sounds harsh, but there are to be no exceptions,” it says. “If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.”

But the benefit of a slow-moving virus like Ebola, Joe Alton says, is there will be a warning, just like a hurricane, and time to get ready. At home, the Altons have been outfitting a designated “sick room,” for the possibility of a family member coming down with something, most likely influenza, but perhaps Ebola. He chose a corner spare room with good ventilation, and put aside a spare set of sheets and silverware, just in case.

“There’s no harm for everyone in the general public to prepare for disaster,” he says. “We should plan that room out and designate which it’s going to be, but that doesn’t necessarily mean if I visited your house it would look like an intensive-care unit.”

Right now, the ratio of preppers to regular Americans is dramatic: Joe cites 3 percent as the accepted number. A few months of Ebola fear could give the community a bump. “We’re not going to see millions of people in audition calls for [National Geographic Channel show] Doomsday Preppers, but I’m hoping 3 percent one day gets to 4 percent,” he says.

“As long as we’re prepared and have plan of action, we’re going to keep it together even if everything else falls apart.”

 

The following article shows a number of things wrong with the current thought processes in America. In Florida, they put a lady in jail for living off the grid because she manually still used the drains in her home and therefore used the sewer. Please note that they didn’t send a bill to the sky for dropping rain on the streets and using the sewer in the process. Nor had they put in extra effort to attach the house to the sewer. This time, the “code enforcers”, an aspect of Agenda 21’s International Property Maintenance Plan, cite and finally sentence to prison a person who lost control of their yard. It doesn’t state that they were throwing garbage or causing health issues, simply that the grass was too long and the yard wasn’t being tended to. My question is if you were a neighbor of this lady, wouldn’t you ask her if you could mow her lawn for her if it was bothering you? Maybe on top of working two jobs, the lawnmower broke? I don’t know, but if I don’t like something and it isn’t SOP from my neighbors, I would ask if they wanted  help….Maybe I was raised wrong.

From the Great State of Tennessee:

Woman Sent To Jail For Overgrown Yard

 

Lenoir City, Tenn. (CBS ATLANTA) – An East Tennessee woman who fell behind in her yard work was sent to jail for not complying with city regulations regarding the maintenance of her overgrown lawn.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials in June for not keeping proper maintenance of her yard,WVLT-TV reports. She concedes that her yard definitely needed attention, but personal family issues have kept her behind in doing the yard work – and that jail time is absolutely unnecessary.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” she told WVLT, noting that she’ll be the first to admit the yard needed work. “[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense.”

A July citation from the city reads: “On 6/13/14 Karen D. Holloway was given notice to correct property maintenance violation at her property located at 810 West Broadway. Section 302.1 of the City of Lenoir City Property Code requires all exterior property to be maintained. Section 302.4 requires all grass to be cut to less than 12 inches. As of the date Mrs. Holloway has not complied with the notice she received.”

On Tuesday, Holloway turned herself in and made an appeal to city officials.

But Holloway says she was stunned when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence, before amending it Tuesday to six hours. She says she offered to do five days of community service instead of jail time, but Vann refused her offer, insisting that she serve the time behind bars — although Vann noted that she is not a criminal and that it is not a criminal case.

“It’s not right,” she said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard up to the city’s standards?”

Holloway said she feels like she’s “being bullied,” and claims she was not read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” said Holloway.

Holloway said she’s received citations from city code enforcers in the past while her husband was serving overseas in the military. She has two children still living at home and says that personal, family issues got in the way of yard upkeep.

Code enforcement officers directed WVLT questions to Police Chief Don White, who oversees the department, but he did not immediately return calls regarding the case.

Judge Vann set a follow-up hearing in November to check Holloway’s progress and suggested that additional jail time may be added if the city isn’t satisfied with her lawn efforts.

– Benjamin Fearnow

 

 

Lenoir City, Tenn. (CBS ATLANTA) – An East Tennessee woman who fell behind in her yard work was sent to jail for not complying with city regulations regarding the maintenance of her overgrown lawn.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials in June for not keeping proper maintenance of her yard,WVLT-TV reports. She concedes that her yard definitely needed attention, but personal family issues have kept her behind in doing the yard work – and that jail time is absolutely unnecessary.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” she told WVLT, noting that she’ll be the first to admit the yard needed work. “[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense.”

A July citation from the city reads: “On 6/13/14 Karen D. Holloway was given notice to correct property maintenance violation at her property located at 810 West Broadway. Section 302.1 of the City of Lenoir City Property Code requires all exterior property to be maintained. Section 302.4 requires all grass to be cut to less than 12 inches. As of the date Mrs. Holloway has not complied with the notice she received.”

On Tuesday, Holloway turned herself in and made an appeal to city officials.

But Holloway says she was stunned when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence, before amending it Tuesday to six hours. She says she offered to do five days of community service instead of jail time, but Vann refused her offer, insisting that she serve the time behind bars — although Vann noted that she is not a criminal and that it is not a criminal case.

“It’s not right,” she said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard up to the city’s standards?”

Holloway said she feels like she’s “being bullied,” and claims she was not read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” said Holloway.

Holloway said she’s received citations from city code enforcers in the past while her husband was serving overseas in the military. She has two children still living at home and says that personal, family issues got in the way of yard upkeep.

Code enforcement officers directed WVLT questions to Police Chief Don White, who oversees the department, but he did not immediately return calls regarding the case.

Judge Vann set a follow-up hearing in November to check Holloway’s progress and suggested that additional jail time may be added if the city isn’t satisfied with her lawn efforts.

– Benjamin Fearnow

 

A few weeks ago, there were stories about the Tulare area of California where people were out of water more than five months. Los Angeles’ Mayor has now signed a directive to curtail LA resident’s usage by 20% by 2017. Some have criticized this move saying if the drought keeps up, there may not be water by 2017. Click on the tile to read the story at the LA Times site:

Amid drought, mayor directs L.A. to cut water use 20% by 2017

 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive on Tuesday requiring Los Angeles to reduce its fresh water use 20% by 2017 as a response to the prolonged drought.

Garcetti also asked L.A. departments to dramatically cut the amount of water used by replacing lawns and other city landscaping, including street medians, with less thirsty plants.

“Our relationship with water must evolve,” Garcetti said. “We cannot afford the water policies of the past. We must conserve, recycle and rethink how we use our water to save money and make sure that we have enough water to keep L.A. growing.”

The mayor also directed that the city’s Department of Water and Power reduce its purchases of costlier imported water by 50% by the year 2024. 

Flanked by city and environmental leaders at a news conference held at the DWP headquarters, Garcetti said it was important to address outdoor water use — which makes up half of residential water consumption.

There were no new mandatory restrictions announced Tuesday for residents. But Garcetti asked them to voluntarily reduce their outdoor watering to two days a week. The mayor asked them to use DWP rebates to install landscaping that is drought-resistant, and to install more efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances.

The mayor said that if water reduction targets are not met by a combination of mandatory city actions and voluntary steps by residents, then residential restrictions will be mandated — including restrictions on watering and washing cars.

“Keep in mind that reducing water use is not just good for the environment, it lowers water bills,” Garcetti said. “Reaching our target and reducing per capita water use by 20% would save our ratepayers up to $120 million” a year.

Water use in California has generally been going down.

After a slow start, the State Water Resources Control Board reported that Southern California sharply cut its urban water production in August, down 7.8% from the same month in 2013. Locally, DWP cut its use by 8.8% compared to the previous year. But both numbers fell short of the statewide 11.5% water-use reduction and were far below Gov. Jerry Brown’s goal of a 20% reduction.

After the release of the state data, Garcetti said he was “grateful that Angelenos are stepping up” but cautioned “we must do more to further reduce our reliance on expensive imported water.”

The move comes as the DWP has stepped up enforcement of its water conservation ordinance, which places restrictions on behaviors such as outdoor watering, washing down sidewalks and allowing runoff into streets. The water agency quadruped the size of its response unit, sending more staff to crack down on residential water waste.

But the effort has been met with some pushback from locals who have spotted waste by the city itself. DWP has already received more than 4,000 water waste complaints in 2014, some of which are related to leaky sprinklers or runoff on city property.

A City Council committee is expected to take up a motion Tuesday afternoon that would end irrigation of large lawns that are located on city property. The lawns would eventually be replaced with native and drought-tolerant landscaping, though lawns used for recreation would not be affected.

The motion acknowledges that with its often lush landscaping, Los Angeles sometimes sends “mixed messages about the crucial importance of conserving water.”

 

Common Core Meetings

Posted: October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you are concerned at all about Common Core, you might want to catch one the upcoming meetings. Here’s an email from The Eagle Forum: (My apologies for the formatting. It wouldn’t copy correctly)

Missouri Education Standards OR Common Core?
Let’s Promote Local Control of Education!
Dear Eagle Forum Friends,

Last May, a new Missouri law created academic work groups to develop Missouri’s K-12 academic standards. Two sets of meetings have already been completed, but the third set of meetings will begin on Monday October 20. Speak up and help us to raise public awareness!

Developing Missouri’s own academic standards is one of the most important things that will happen in Missouri this year!

A series of special events have been planned to allow Missouri voices to be heard on K-12 academic standards. Next week, Dr. Sandra Stotsky is coming to Missouri to speak about academic standards.
Dr. Stotsky is Prof. Emerita of the University of Arkansas, and one of the members of the Common Core Validation Committee who would not sign off on the Common Core standards in English because the “standards” would not prepare students for post-secondary education. Dr. Stotsky has extensive experience evaluating academic standards.
Please come to these events:
Monday, October 20, Jefferson City, MO
12 noon, state Capitol Hearing Room 2
     *8:30 to 9:00 am: You are invited to greet work group members with signs and flyers reminding them that Missouri does not want Common Core. The times and locations of all eight work group meetings appears below at the end of this message.
     *11:30 am: Doors open in Hearing Room 2 in the basement of the Capitol building. Please arrive early to reserve a seat. Lunches may be carried in. Be prepared to answer questions from the press.
     *Noon to 1:00 pm: Dr. Stotsky will speak about her experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee. Q & A will follow.
Tuesday, October 21, Sikeston, MO at 7:00 pm
Miner Convention Center
2610 E Malon Ave, Miner, MO 63801
Topic: Dr. Stotsky’s experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, why Common Core must be stopped, and how to influence your local school board.
Wednesday, October 22, Springfield, MO at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Doling Family Center
301 E. Talmage, Springfield, MO 65803
Topic: Dr. Stotsky’s experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, why Common Core must be stopped, and how to influence your local school board.
Thursday, October 23, St. Louis, MO 6:30 – 8:30 pm
American Kennel Club Museum (near Queeny Park)
1721 S Mason Rd, Des Peres
Topic: Dr. Stotsky’s experience as a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, why Common Core must be stopped, and how to influence your local school board.
Can you attend and bring friends and family to the meetings closest to you? Please come to Jefferson City on Monday October 20. We need people to greet work group members with signs reminding them that Missouri does NOT want Common Core!
You are welcome to share this information with other groups who are willing to send a message to the Governor and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: “Missouri does NOT want Common Core!
Let’s work together to establish high K-12 academic standards and keep Common Core out of Missouri!
Faithfully,
Anne Cori
Missouri Eagle Forum
**Here are the buildings and times of the work groups in Jefferson City on Monday October 20. All work groups are scheduled to meet from 9 am until 4 pm.
Locations subject to change: please check for updates at http://www.moagainstcommoncore.com/
* Elementary Science – Jefferson Bldg., 1st floor
* Secondary Science – Jefferson Bldg., 5th floor, large conference room
* Elementary Math – Jefferson Bldg., 6th floor, Commissioner’s conference room
* Secondary Math – GOB, Rm. 315
* Elementary Social Studies – GOB, Rm. 316
* Secondary Social Studies – GOB, Rm. 460
* Elementary ELA – GOB, Rm. 470
* Secondary ELA – Truman Bldg., Rm. 400

 

EPA Extends Rule Change

SEAN ELLIS/CAPITAL PRESS
Water from a canal passes by a corn field near Meridian, Idaho, Sept. 17. The EPA has extended the comment period on a proposed rule that it says will clarify its authority under the Clean Water Act.
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The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on a controversial proposal that would change the definition of “waters of the U.S.,” a rule change some say will increase the agency’s power over agriculture.

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on a proposed rule that it says will clarify its authority under the Clean Water Act.

The comment period is now open until Oct. 20.

The rule, proposed in April by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, aims to clarify the agencies’ authority over inland water under the Clean Water Act. Their current jurisdiction, based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, includes “navigable” waters and waters significantly connected to navigable waters.

Critics argue the proposed Waters of the United States rule would broaden that to include intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation and would narrow the scope of what are considered normal farming and ranching practices.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has said the proposal does not include new restrictions and merely clarifies what bodies of water already are under federal jurisdiction in the Clean Water Act.

 

From Ron Calzone, with links for verification…Also, please sign the petition!:

We fought a hard battle to get the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA) passed and to the Governor’s desk in 2013. It was not unexpected when he vetoed it, but it was a big blow when two senators who had voted for it changed their votes and voted with Governor Nixon at the veto override session.

Those two senators heard from you, and in 2014 they made sure SAPA had every opportunity in the Senate. Indeed, SAPA sailed through the Senate, but the House of Representatives became the problem — especially one powerful man.

The legislative process can be complicated, and different people hold control over bills at different stages in the process. Navigating a revolutionary bill like SAPA through that process requires removing the obstacles one piece at a time. That’s what we did, and ultimately SAPA’s fate was in the hands of one man on the last day of the legislative session — Majority Floor Leader John Diehl.

John Diehl killed SAPA and tried to make it look like it was others’ fault.

Now John Diehl wants to be Speaker of the House, where he will be an obstacle to SAPA for the next two years.

Please follow the link, below, to learn about the sordid process of pre-selecting the Speaker and the role $1.4 million of special interest money plays. Find out how you can help and sign the No Diehl for Speaker petition we will be delivering to the House of Representatives.
Click here: How John Diehl killed SAPA!

Sign the No Diehl for Speaker petition!

For Liberty,

Ron Calzone