As most of you know, we at PRC are long on documentation. We have a firm belief that things are bad enough and we don’t have to make anything up. With those tenets in mind, I am going to tell you some rumors that have been circulating in our neck of the Ozarks for several months. Bob and I have not seen these things ourselves, but we have heard them from different sources and the reports are increasing… and increasingly disconcerting.

What we have heard began crossing our paths last fall. The earliest reports began near the end of August 2015. The latest reports came to us in the past couple of weeks. I can’t stress enough that we have not directly seen this, but the actions and plans of radical Islam are well documented and ongoing. Since that is the truth, at this point, we have a duty to tell you what has been being said so that you may be forewarned and prepared for what may come sometime soon. Please go to John Guandolo’s Understanding The Threat website and read his research and the solutions he sets forth. Guandolo was the architect of the first FBI Counterrorism Training Program. The site contains important information with very serious ramifications if we fail to understand what we are facing.

The first thing we heard about was a report out of Oklahoma that there were two buses with DHS vehicle escorts and the buses were filled with Middle Eastern looking men and stopped at a truck stop south of OKC. It was difficult to substantiate those reports, and Snopes says that the story about buses in Oklahoma is “unsubstantiated”, but I asked someone who works for a transport company to ask some drivers if they had seen anything like that while on the road. One driver reported the same scenario at two different truck stops in the state of Illinois.  One of the truck stops where this was noted was near Peoria, IL, and I cannot recall the name of the other city in Illinois. Since this was work, a full investigation and querying of all drivers was not done. But we have the same report from a reportedly trustworthy individual with no other leading information given than, “Did you see any buses with what looked like Middle Eastern guys while you were out?”

Then there was the Bagnell Dam report here in Missouri. Also, the theft of propane cylinders, and those have never been recovered, and the discovery of a cache of explosives near Ft Leonard Wood, along with the incredible amount of cell phones purchased by Middle Eastern men at Wal-Mart stores throughout Missouri. Additionally, there was middle eastern looking man caught on a game camera in central Missouri. These have all been substantiated by main stream news and no further information has been forthcoming about whatever investigation may be taking place regarding the cell phones or propane tanks.

Now on to the things being said that are not reported in the media, although there seems to be some corroborating reports from elsewhere on these issues.

It is reported that planes have landed at Ft Leonard Wood loaded with apparent refugees from Syria. It has been stated that these refugees are given a credit card with about $10,000 dollars on it and then sent on their way to whatever destination they may have. The number of refugees is pretty staggering. We have heard “about 2000” total have come in this way. We do not know whether or not these refugees are related to the reported number of 29 refugees resettled in St Louis. The article states that they are looking to resettle as many as 60,000 Syrians in St Louis.

It is also reported that law enforcement has been instructed to basically stand down on any stopping or investigative inquiries into potential Islamic individuals. We know that since the late 1980’s there have been numerous Muslim Training Centers in rural areas across the US. Now there have been reports of Muslim training camps in Udall, Bakersfield and possibly near Mountain View and Summersville as well. The two near Udall and Bakersfield were reported to have had large explosions heard by nearby residents and no investigation has evidently been conducted regarding the reported explosions.

On the positive side of things, when I heard a report of a few agitated Middle Eastern men purchasing a suitcase in nearby Mountain Grove, I contacted someone on the police force there and they did investigate the report and discovered that the agitation was linked to language barrier issues and the men were actually known by an employee of the store in question. So, if police or other law enforcement have been instructed to stand down, it doesn’t appear that the memo has reached everyone in that occupation.

In conclusion, we want to be certain that everyone understands that we in the PRC are not interested in judging people on their skin color or their ethnicity. We don’t want to judge people on their religious affiliation either, as we are certain that there are Muslims who prefer to live peaceably as well. However, radical Islam will kill the peaceful Muslims just as quickly as the rest of us.

We want to live peaceably and want to encourage others to live peaceably. We also recognize that there are actual enemies of freedom and decency, and to let our desire for peace blind us to reality is not only irresponsible, but damnable. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We feel that we have a definite obligation to let others know what has reportedly been happening right here in the Ozarks.

If you feel that same obligation, please pass this on, and do visit John Guandolo’s site and be certain to read the “What can I do?” link.

 

 

Missouri’s Cattle Producers Overwhelmingly Reject New Missouri Beef Checkoff
75% of Registered Producers Voted No

Columbia, MO—Today, the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC) is pleased to announce a stunning victory for Missouri’s independent cattle farmers over corporate agriculture, with the defeat of the proposed Missouri beef checkoff. MRCC, a statewide farm and rural organization that represents independent cattle farmers, led the “Vote NO” campaign.

This was a tremendous victory for Missouri cattle farmers and the future of our industry. Thousands of family farmers said loud and clear that they do not support paying any additional beef checkoffs.

According to the results announced today by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, 77% of registered producers voted in the referendum and 75% of those voters said “NO” to a new beef checkoff.

“Missouri cattle producers are on the right side of history and this vote shows that we are willing to stand up and fight for the future of our industry,” said Darvin Bentlage, cattle farmer from Barton County, MO. “We will not cave to special interests and unaccountable government agencies attempting to take over our industry.”

This new checkoff was an attempt to force Missouri’s 50,000 cattle farmers to pay over $2 million a year into a new unaccountable state beef checkoff program. U.S. cattle producers have already paid over $2 billion into the federal beef checkoff program, which has been a failure. Beef consumption is down 32%, 40% of Missouri cattle operations have gone out of business, and more and more of our checkoff dollars are going to promote foreign beef. Adding a new mandatory checkoff clearly was not the answer.

Unfortunately, organizations that supported this new state beef checkoff continue to demonstrate that they are out-of-touch with the vast majority of Missouri’s cattle farmers.

“This was not only a fight against the new beef checkoff, it is also a fight about what kind of livestock production we want in Missouri—corporate controlled industrial livestock production, or a future for family farm agriculture,” said Roger Allison, cattle farmer from Howard County and Executive Director of MRCC. “This vote is an example of how we can and will fight and win for our independence, democracy and the future of family farms.”

The Mountain Grove Property Rights Coalition will be meeting at Pizza Hut on Thursday, April 28th. We will be starting the meeting a bit earlier than usual. The meeting will run from 5pm until 8pm.

Lt Governor Peter Kinder will be sending some of his campaign team to speak about Kinder’s upcoming primary election for Republican candidate for Governor. Doreen Hannes, co-chair for the PRC says, “The PRC doesn’t actually endorse candidates for office, but I personally do endorse Peter Kinder for Governor. Kinder has been actively advocating against overreach from both federal and state agencies on the issue of private property rights.”

The meeting will cover other areas of interest for private property rights advocates, and all are encouraged to attend. The Pizza Hut does not have a buffet available that evening but please do come early enough to order something good from their menu.

 

 

Defenders of the Unborn
Hosting
National  Day of Protest Against
Planned Parenthood
 
When:  April 23, 2016
Where:  Planned Parenthood
             4251 Forest Park Blvd.
             St. Louis, MO 
Time:    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
 
Guest Speakers:  Georgette Forney- Silent No More
 
Master of Ceremony- Pam Fichter- Former President MRL
Linda & Chuck Raymond- Silent No More- St. Louis, Susan Klein, Liaison -MRL, 
Senator Kurt Schaefer, Senator Bob Onder, Rep. Andrew Koeing, 
Father Dan Kinkead- Anglican Church for Life, and more
 
On April 23,2016, this protest will take place simultaneously at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations across the nation.  
#ProtestPP is a coalition of state and national pro-life organizations seeking a public protest in response to the recent 
horrific videos exposing Planned Parenthood harvesting baby body parts for a financial gain.
These videos released by Center for Medical Progress is an eye opener for Americans across the country.  Americans who have been 
complacent now stand to defund Planned Parenthood and end the senseless killing of God’s little ones.  But those who produced 
the video have been indicted and those who committed the crime are still free.  What an injustice.  
 
BE NOT AFRAID – GOD WILL LEAD YOU!
 
Through our public protest at this last surgical abortion mill in Missouri we want to show to the media the scandal of harvesting
 baby body parts, educate the community on the evil of Planned Parenthood, and to demand that we work to defund 
Planned Parenthood in our state and across the country.  Visit http;//protestpp.com/
Share this with your church, family, friends, facebook.  For more information contact Mary at 314-346-9052 or 
National Leaders: Eric Scheidler-Pro-life Action League, Monica Miller- Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Mark Harrington-Created Equal

Excellent article about Agenda 21:

The Politburo Of The United Nations Is Already U.S. President Unless…

TN Note: Bravo to Canada Free Press Editor Judy McLeod for calling out Americans to push candidates to address Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda and the United Nation’s pernicious influence over our nation and communities everywhere. I have carefully documented that Technocracy is the driving meme behind Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Green Economy, etc., and that its modern resurgence is at the hands of the elitist Trilateral Commission. Thus, when the head of Climate Change at the U.N. states “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model, for the first time in human history”, we had better pay attention. So far, no presidential candidate has acknowledged this, much less challenged it. Shame on us for not demanding that they do so.

No matter who emerges as the 45th president of the USA on November 8, it is not the newly-elected president who will get to control civil life.

That privilege belongs to The Politburo of the United Nations, which while most people still seem to hold only in the abstract, now controls almost every facet of civilian life.

The United Nations Politburo is already president of the United States; the president,  prime minister and king of almost every other country on Earth.  Long before gaining—through breath-taking stealth—the highest offices of the lands, they already owned the mayors and municipal councils of both towns and cities, whose elected officials were used both knowingly and unknowingly to spread their toxic Agenda 21.

The mainstream media, which gives saturation coverage to gossip about all Republican presidential contenders, virtually ignore UN encroachment on civilian lives and file the far-reaching Agenda 21 under ‘c’ for ‘conspiracy’.

But the UN Politburo wields more power than any Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, even though operating from the shadows.

Their members are real people.  Look at their pictures and keep their names on file.  They are the ones imposing Agenda 21 on you and your neighbourhood by pretending to have a monopoly on “sustainability”.

Participation in the Chief Executives Board includes the Executive Heads of the United Nations, its 11 Funds and Programmes, the 15 Specialized Agencies, and the Related Organizations – International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Trade Organization. Under the chairmanship of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Executive Heads meet twice a year to consider policy and management issues impacting organizations of the United Nations system.

Few of these people, whose pictures appear on Canada Free Press (CFP) are ever elected.  They are appointed in privacy.

This cabal that both runs the world and readies to impose One World Government on humankind, is going into overdrive to elect Hillary Clinton only because she will be the president who will give it the least resistance.

It was J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development, who provided an alibi for the UN push for world takeover, hiding Agenda 21’s UN roots from the people: (Canada Free Press  March 1, 2011)

“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear “one-world government‟ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined “the conspiracy‟ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.”

Protected by diplomatic immunity and masquerading as ‘peace makers’,  the UN is reaching its über zenith some seven months before the American election.  On April 22, 130 of its world leaders will sign COP21, the all-encompassing Agenda 21, bequeathed on a largely unknowing society by an equally unknown to society, late Maurice Strong.  (Agenda 21)

“U.N. Agenda 21 calls for governments to take control of all land use and decision-making power from private property owners.  It is assumed that people are not good stewards of their land and the government will do a better job if in control.

“Individual rights in general are to give way to the needs of communities as determined by the governing body.  Moreover, it is proposed that people be resettled into islands of human habitation, close to employment centers and transportation.  Another program, called the Wildlands Project spells out how most of the land is to be set aside for non-humans.

“U.N. Agenda 21 cites the affluence of Americans as being a major problem which needs to be corrected.  It calls for lowering the standard of living for Americans so that the people in poorer countries will have more…i.e. redistribution of wealth.  Although people around the world aspire to achieve the levels of prosperity we have in the United States and will risk their lives to get here, Americans are cast in a very negative light and need to be taken down to a condition closer to average in the world.  Only then, proponents say, will there be Social Justice, a cornerstone of the U.N. Agenda 21 plan.”

And all of the above is just the top, peeled-back layer of the insidious Agenda 21 killing off freedom and liberty not just in America but almost everywhere on earth.

Since Clinton’s presidency and even before, no U.S. administration has ever tried to stop Agenda 21 from its chokehold on civilian life.

CFP, who learned everything it ever knew about Agenda 21 by decades observing Canadian Maurice Strong in action, and at at the knee of the late Henry Lamb, respectfully disagrees with writer/activist Tom DeWeese, who suggests trios of citizens asking questions at public forums to “watch those clueless candidates squirm” as the best way to bring Agenda 21 to public attention.

“Do this to them at enough public gatherings and I guarantee they will start to look into the issue so they aren’t unprepared the next time,” he writes.

If Agenda 21 officially becomes the law of the land on April 22, there won’t be a “next time”, Mr. DeWeese.

There are seven short months between now and November 8, time to call on Ted Cruz and Donald Trump with this on-point message: “The most important issue before America and the Free World is STOPPING AGENDA 21 FULL STOP.”

The only possible remedy for the 2016 presidential election is to come out of the weeds to coalesce around one or both of the two Republican front-runners. That’s the only way out in keeping Agenda 21 enabler Hillary Clinton out of office.

Read full story here…

The article below is a very important sign post for those of us who watch the economy because of it’s real effects on our lives. At minimum, this sign post is warning us of a major detour….At maximum, it is a warning that the road is about to come to an end.

As we have been pushing for some time now, get your preparations in order. Much better to have and not need than to need and not have. Link in the title below:

The Fed Sends A Frightening Letter To JPMorgan, Corporate Media Yawns

Submitted by Pam Martens and Russ Martens via WallStreetOnParade.com,

Yesterday the Federal Reserve released a 19-page letter that it and the FDIC had issued to Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, on April 12 as a result of its failure to present a credible plan for winding itself down if the bank failed. The letter carried frightening passages and large blocks of redacted material in critical areas, instilling in any careful reader a sense of panic about the U.S. financial system.

A rational observer of Wall Street’s serial hubris might have expected some key segments of this letter to make it into the business press. A mere eight years ago the United States experienced a complete meltdown of its financial system, leading to the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. President Obama and regulators have been assuring us over these intervening eight years that things are under control as a result of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. But according to the letter the Fed and FDIC issued on April 12 to JPMorgan Chase, the country’s largest bank with over $2 trillion in assets and $51 trillion in notional amounts of derivatives, things are decidedly not under control.

At the top of page 11, the Federal regulators reveal that they have “identified a deficiency” in JPMorgan’s wind-down plan which if not properly addressed could “pose serious adverse effects to the financial stability of the United States.” Why didn’t JPMorgan’s Board of Directors or its legions of lawyers catch this?

It’s important to parse the phrasing of that sentence. The Federal regulators didn’t say JPMorgan could pose a threat to its shareholders or Wall Street or the markets. It said the potential threat was to “the financial stability of the United States.”

That statement should strike fear into even the likes of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who has been tilting at the shadows in shadow banks while buying into the Paul Krugman nonsense that “Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Is Working” when it comes to the behemoth banks on Wall Street.

How could one bank, even one as big and global as JPMorgan Chase, bring down the whole financial stability of the United States? Because, as the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Financial Research (OFR) has explained in detail and plotted in pictures (see below), five big banks in the U.S. have high contagion risk to each other. Which bank poses the highest contagion risk? JPMorgan Chase.

The OFR study was authored by Meraj Allahrakha, Paul Glasserman, and H. Peyton Young, who found the following:

“…the default of a bank with a higher connectivity index would have a greater impact on the rest of the banking system because its shortfall would spill over onto other financial institutions, creating a cascade that could lead to further defaults. High leverage, measured as the ratio of total assets to Tier 1 capital, tends to be associated with high financial connectivity and many of the largest institutions are high on both dimensions…The larger the bank, the greater the potential spillover if it defaults; the higher its leverage, the more prone it is to default under stress; and the greater its connectivity index, the greater is the share of the default that cascades onto the banking system. The product of these three factors provides an overall measure of the contagion risk that the bank poses for the financial system.”

The Federal Reserve and FDIC are clearly fingering their worry beads over the issue of “liquidity” in the next Wall Street crisis. That obviously has something to do with the fact that the Fed has received scathing rebuke from the public for secretly funneling over $13 trillion in cumulative, below-market-rate loans, often at one-half percent or less, to the big U.S. and foreign banks during the 2007-2010 crisis. The two regulators released background documents yesterday as part of flunking the wind-down plans (living wills) of five major Wall Street banks. (In addition to JPMorgan Chase, plans were rejected at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, State Street and Bank of New York Mellon.) One paragraph in the Resolution Plan Assessment Framework and Firm Determinations (2016) used the word “liquidity” 11 times:

“Firms must be able to reliably estimate and meet their liquidity needs prior to, and in, resolution. In this regard, firms must be able to track and measure their liquidity sources and uses at all material entities under normal and stressed conditions. They must also conduct liquidity stress tests that appropriately capture the effect of stresses and impediments to the movement of funds. Holding liquidity in a manner that allows the firm to quickly respond to demands from stakeholders and counterparties, including regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions and financial market utilities, is critical to the execution of the plan. Maintaining sufficient and appropriately positioned liquidity also allows the subsidiaries to continue to operate while the firm is being resolved. In assessing the firms’ plans with regard to liquidity, the agencies evaluated whether the companies were able to appropriately forecast the size and location of liquidity needed to execute their resolution plans and whether those forecasts were incorporated into the firms’ day-to-day liquidity decision making processes. The agencies also reviewed the current size and positioning of the firms’ liquidity resources to assess their adequacy relative to the estimated liquidity needed in resolution under the firm’s scenario and strategy. Further, the agencies evaluated whether the firms had linked their process for determining when to file for bankruptcy to the estimate of liquidity needed to execute their preferred resolution strategy.”

Apparently, the Federal regulators believe JPMorgan Chase has a problem with the “location,” “size and positioning” of its liquidity under its current plan. The April 12 letter to JPMorgan Chase addressed that issue as follows:

“JPMC does not have an appropriate model and process for estimating and maintaining sufficient liquidity at, or readily available to, material entities in resolution…JPMC’s liquidity profile is vulnerable to adverse actions by third parties.”

The regulators expressed the further view that JPMorgan was placing too much “reliance on funds in foreign entities that may be subject to defensive ring-fencing during a time of financial stress.” The use of the term “ring-fencing” suggests that the regulators fear that foreign jurisdictions might lay claim to the liquidity to protect their own financial counterparty interests or investors.

JPMorgan’s sprawling derivatives portfolio that encompasses $51 trillion notional amount as of December 31, 2015 is also causing angst at the Fed and FDIC. The regulators wanted more granular detail on what would happen if JPMorgan’s counterparties refused to continue doing business with it if rating agencies cut its credit ratings. The regulators asked for a “narrative describing at least one pathway” for winding down the derivatives portfolio, taking into account a number of factors, including “the costs and challenges of obtaining timely consents from counterparties and potential acquirers (step-in banks).” The regulators wanted to see the “losses and liquidity required to support the active wind-down” of the derivatives portfolio “incorporated into estimates of the firm’s resolution capital and liquidity execution needs.” 

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) derivatives report as of December 31, 2015, JPMorgan Chase is only centrally clearing 37 percent of its derivatives while a whopping 63 percent of its derivatives remain in over-the-counter contracts between itself and unnamed counterparties. The Dodd-Frank reform legislation had promised the public that derivatives would all become exchange traded or centrally cleared. Indeed, on March 7 President Obama falsely stated at a press conference that when it comes to derivatives “you have clearinghouses that account for the vast majority of trades taking place.”

But the OCC has now released four separate reports for each quarter of 2015 showing just the opposite of what the President told the press and the public on March 7. In its most recent report the OCC, the regulator of national banks, states that “In the fourth quarter of 2015, 36.9 percent of the derivatives market was centrally cleared.”

Equally disturbing, the most dangerous area of derivatives, the credit derivatives that blew up AIG and necessitated a $185 billion taxpayer bailout, remain predominately over the counter. According to the latest OCC report, only 16.8 percent of credit derivatives are being centrally cleared. At JPMorgan Chase, more than 80 percent of its credit derivatives are still over-the-counter.

 

Wall Street Mega Banks Are Highly Interconnected: Stock Symbols Are as Follows: C=Citigroup; MS=Morgan Stanley; JPM=JPMorgan Chase; GS=Goldman Sachs; BAC=Bank of America; WFC=Wells Fargo.

Wall Street Mega Banks Are Highly Interconnected: Stock Symbols Are as Follows: C=Citigroup; MS=Morgan Stanley; JPM=JPMorgan Chase; GS=Goldman Sachs; BAC=Bank of America; WFC=Wells Fargo.

Three of the five largest U.S. banks (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Wells Fargo) have now had their wind-down plans rejected by the Federal agency insuring bank deposits (FDIC) and the Federal agency (Federal Reserve) that secretly sluiced $13 trillion in rollover loans to the insolvent or teetering banks in the last epic crisis that continues to cripple the country’s economic growth prospects. Maybe it’s time for the major newspapers of this country to start accurately reporting on the scale of today’s banking problem.

It’s rare that I find myself without words to describe the indignation felt when confronted with completely tyrannical behavior. Please, just read the article below and check out the attached links…Evidently, courts think they own your children now. I do understand why they act this way, but the people in these situations need our support. Here’s the article:

Swearengin Family Homeschool Update

Judge: Not My Responsibility. HSLDA: Sure Is!

Last week, the Supreme Court of Missouri gave Circuit Court Judge R. Craig Carter until Monday to respond to our petition for a writ of prohibition to halt a hearing in “truancy court.” Judge Carter did respond yesterday, and today HSLDA has filed a reply.

Jim Mason JIM MASON
Vice President for Litigation and Development

In our reply we refute the judge’s characterization of his “truancy court” as being voluntary, and demonstrate why the case is not moot simply because the day of the hearing has “come and gone.”

As we reported earlier, a family in Ava was summoned to appear before Judge Carter in “truancy court” just days after they withdrew their children from public school to homeschool them. On Friday, April 1, HSLDA filed a petition with the Court of Appeals to put a stop to that summons. The Court of Appeals denied our petition that same day.

On Saturday, April 2, we filed the petition with the Supreme Court of Missouri. Someone from the Supreme Court phoned Judge Carter on Monday morning just before the Ava family was scheduled to appear. Judge Carter told HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff, who was in Missouri to appear on behalf of the family, that the appearance had been postponed because of the call from the Supreme Court.

The Response

Yesterday afternoon, we received Judge Carter’s “suggestions in opposition” to our petition. This morning we asked the Supreme Court to allow us to file a reply to address some of the arguments made by Judge Carter. This afternoon our request was approved.

For example, Judge Carter argues that the Supreme Court may not consider anything beyond the “Notice to Appear.” But he urges the Supreme Court to believe that “[i]n Douglas County the Truancy Court is an informal and voluntary diversionary program.” Yet the “Notice to Appear,” which he urges the Supreme Court to focus on, does not use the words “informal,” “voluntary,” “diversionary,” or “program.”

Rather, the “Notice to Appear,” which looks exactly like an official court document, unequivocally commands the Swearengins’ presence in “Truancy Court.” And it baldly asserts that “[a]ttendance is mandatory and failure to comply can result in the Judge Ordering the Juvenile Office to file a petition” to take children into custody.

Judge Carter also attempts to distance himself from the creation and operation of the “Truancy Court.” But after the Court of Appeals had already denied our petition, he candidly engaged in a private discussion on Facebook on April 1, 2016 and consented to the conversation being posted on a local homeschool group’s Facebook page.

Reality in Question

For example, Judge Carter said, “Truancy Court is a ‘real’ court.” In his Suggestions, Judge Carter says he merely “aid[ed]” in the formation of the Truancy Court in Douglas County. But on Facebook he said, “I have set up one of the only Truancy Courts in a rural area in the United States.” Remember, he said this after one court had denied our petition and before the Supreme Court had ordered him to respond.

Judge Carter also referred to the upcoming hearing on April 4, 2016 as an “appearance.” He said, “I can’t really answer what happened with this particular family, because they haven’t even appeared yet. (Not that I could discuss a specific case anyway due to privacy concerns.)”

He referred to the document sent to the family as a “summons”: “That was one weird thing about this case—I had not even looked at it, the parents were just sent a summons to come to Court to explain. But, like I said, 99.9% of the cases we get are referrals from the public school district who has noted serious problems with a child’s school attendance.”

And of great concern to homeschooling families is that Judge Carter apparently believes that starting “cases” in “truancy court” and “summoning” homeschoolers gives him the authority to require the production of records. He said, “This is really on the attorney who filed this. He should have actually investigated the case. In all actuality, I’m probably the best friend a homeschooling parent has. If a parent shows up with the records showing their kid is being educated, I can end everything right there, and the parents can go on homeschooling like they had been.”

We expect the Supreme Court to rule any day. We will keep you posted.

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