Archive for December, 2014

The Mountain Grove PRC is going to have a meeting on January 22nd at the Sunnyside Cafe in Mountain Grove next to Walmart. It’s a new meeting place, and a new time to boot. The meeting will be from 6pm to 8pm in the meeting room at the back of the Sunnyside Cafe.

The restaurant has a great buffet, and you are highly encouraged to come early and enjoy the buffet or something else off the menu.

We will be discussing the latest on the issue of Real ID, legislative issues at the state level and the Missouri DNR’s NonPoint Source Pollution Management plan as well as pertinent federal level water and land issues.

Please let everyone know about the new location, the new time and we wish you all a Happy New Year!

 

HAM Radio Enthusiasts

Posted: December 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

For those interested in getting into, or networking with Ham radio operators, this might be something you’d like to attend.

JANUARY HAMFESTS 2015
          The Ozark Mountain Amateur Radio Group is sponsoring their annual Hamfest January 3, 2015.   The Hamfest will be held at the Brighton Assembly of God Church annex located at 5403 Highway F in Brighton, MO 65617.  If you are in the Springfield, MO area you can take I-44 exit 77 and travel north about 12 miles on Route 13 to Brighton.
For more information or to get a table, you can contact Mike Ballantyne, KC5MNP,  530 Wall Street Walnut Grove, MO 65770, Phone: 417-788-8882 e-mail: kc5mnp@gmail.com.  You might want to look at the OMAR website: http://w0omd.org.  The talk-in is on 147.225+ (PL 162.2).

If you care at all about the 4th Amendment or have privacy concerns in the least, this is important information:

Merry Christmas! The NSA’s gift is a list of all the times it wrongly spied on you

If you want to release something no one will pay attention to, what time’s better than Christmas Eve? At least, that appeared to be the National Security Agency’s thinking. Last night, the NSA released reports detailing all the times they’ve illegally spied on American citizens. Ho ho ho!

the redactions make it hard to judge how often privacy violations happenThe heavily-redacted documents were released in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act. Many of these privacy violations have been previously reported on, but these documents show new specifics. A series of annual and quarterly reports from 2001 through the second quarter of 2013 are now available for perusal, and they cover some of the NSA’s greatest hits: stalking potential romantic partners, a practice apparently so common it’s been nicknamed LOVEINT; erroneously targeting US citizens for spying; database queries that returned queries on US citizens who weren’t targeted; storage of data on servers “not authorized” to hold it; and access by people without security clearance to — well, to something; the specifics were redacted.

In fact, the frequent redactions make it hard to judge how often these privacy violations are happening, though previous reports suggest they occur thousands of times a year. But don’t worry, the NSA says. “The problems uncovered were routine,” according to NSA/CSS Office of the Inspector General report in the documents representing the first quarter of 2013.

the reports do not exactly fill a citizen with confidence Between agents forwarding emails to “unauthorized recipients” with the identities of US citizens, the release of identities to “unauthorized chatrooms,” and the release of classified intelligence to someone not authorized to see it, the reports do not exactly fill a citizen — referred to as an USP, or “US person” in the reports — with confidence.

The errors are bad enough, but agents have deliberately overstepped their legal bounds while spying on Americans. Congress has considered restrictions on the agency’s authority, but hasn’t acted to do anything about illegal spying on its citizens. The US Senate voted down the USA Freedom Act in November; the bill would have ended the controversial phone record metadata collection by the NSA, though it didn’t roll back any of the NSA’s broad surveillance powers.

From the Rutherford Institute:

Rutherford Institute Defends 4-Year-Old Pre-Schooler Who Was Handcuffed, Shackled and Transported to Police Station for Allegedly Acting Up in Class

STANARDSVILLE, Va. — The Rutherford Institute has come to the aid of a four-year-old Virginia student who, after allegedly acting up in class, was turned over to police, who handcuffed and shackled the preschooler and transported him to the sheriff’s office. While at the sheriff’s office, the police forced C.B., the four-year-old, to speak with prison inmates in an apparent attempt to “scare straight” the preschooler. The child was left in handcuffs or shackles for about 20 minutes.

Pointing out that handcuffing and shackling a four-year-old is excessive, unwarranted, and unnecessarily traumatizing, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have asked that public school officials take steps to assure the child’s family and the rest of the community of parents and concerned citizens that what happened to C.B. will not happen again to him or other students of similar age. Specifically, Institute attorneys have asked that protocols be established to guide school personnel and allow them to deal more appropriately with students who are acting up or have become upset, preventing such incidents from escalating to the point where use of law enforcement is considered an option.

“That it was a sheriff’s deputy and not a public school official who handcuffed and shackled this four-year-old does not detract from the fact that this mother entrusted her son to the care of school officials, trusting them to care for him as she would, with compassion, understanding and patience,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. “That such extreme restraints would even be contemplated in a case such as this points to a failure by those in leadership to provide the proper guidance to school personnel in what forms of restraint and force are appropriate when dealing with students, especially the youngest and most vulnerable.”

The incident occurred on October 16, 2014, while four-year-old C.B. was in one of the pre-Kindergarten programs at Nathanael Greene Primary School. According to school officials, C.B. was removed from the classroom after allegedly becoming agitated and throwing several items onto the floor. School personnel then telephoned C.B.’s mother, Tracy Wood, who indicated she would come and get the child. Although school personnel knew C.B.’s mother was en route to NGPS, they called in the school’s resource officer, a Greene County deputy sheriff, to confront the preschooler. The sight of the law enforcement officer reportedly only served to agitate C.B. further. Instead of employing positive reinforcement, a bear hug or some other method of control appropriate for children, the officer escalated the situation by treating the 4-year-old as if he were being arrested: handcuffing C.B. and transporting him in a police car to a Greene County Sheriff’s office. Upon arriving at NGPS, Ms. Wood was stunned to learn that her son had been transported to the Sheriff’s office.

After a frantic trip to the police station, Ms. Wood arrived to find her son traumatized and in leg shackles, like an inmate being transported for a court appearance. To her dismay, Ms. Wood learned that not only had the 4-year-old been handcuffed and shackled for about 20 minutes, but that the police officer had forced C.B. to speak with persons who had been arrested in an apparent attempt to “scare straight” the preschooler. Incredibly, C.B. was held in handcuffs or shackles for about 20 minutes. Rather than recognizing the imprudence of treating a young child like a hardened criminal, school officials and the sheriff’s office not only defended their actions but actually suspended C.B. from the pre-K program and instructed his mother to seek “homebound instruction” for him. In coming to C.B.’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked that school officials rescind the suspension, remove any indication of the incident from C.B.’s records, and implement policies making it clear that handcuffing, shackling and other similar excessive restraint techniques are never appropriate when dealing with children of tender years.

(Go to the source to download the letter from RI on behalf f the parent)

Every now and again, there is a good story that makes the news. Usually when people use firearms in  defense of life, liberty and property, there isn’t a lot of media play…This time, it’s getting good coverage!

Anthony Hernandez's grandfather, George Wyant, says he began teaching his grandchildren self-defense after Anthony's father was murdered six years ago.

Anthony Hernandez’s grandfather, George Wyant, says he began teaching his grandchildren self-defense after Anthony’s father was murdered six years ago. more >

– The Washington Times – Thursday, December 18, 2014

A 14-year-old boy whose father was murdered six years ago says he was protecting his grandmother Tuesday after he fatally shot a man who was trying to break into his grandparents’ home in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Anthony Hernandez was visiting his grandparents, George and Anna Marie Wyant, when he said he heard a loud bang at the back of the house around 5:15 p.m. The suspect, 18-year-old Isai Delcid, was allegedly trying to break into a back window.

“Then I went and I got the gun,” Anthony told a local CBS affiliate. “I told the guy — and I said who is that, and the person hit [the window] again.”

“Then I said I have a gun, and they hit it another time. And they hit it again. I said stop and the guy broke through. And that’s when I shot,” he told WBT Radio in a telephone interview.

A few minutes later, Mrs. Wyant told a 911 operator what had happened.

“The man was breaking into the window,” she said in the call, the Charlotte Observer reported. “He was halfway in the window. My grandson told him to stop and get out of here, and he didn’t so my grandson shot him. … Somebody just broke in the house, and we shot him.”

Police found Delcid shot to death on the Wyants’ back deck. Police said they believe the fatal shooting was justified and have not charged the teen with a crime.

Delcid’s older brother, Carlos Delcid, who was reportedly in charge of operating the getaway car, was later arrested for 1st degree burglary.

The shooting comes six years after Anthony’s father, Gregorio Hernandez, 35, was shot to death while working on a car at the auto shop he owned. Victor Vasquez was later found guilty of first-degree murder in that killing.

“[Hernandez] was a mechanic,” Mr. Wyant told the Observer. “It was his garage. Someone came in and shot him to death.”

Hernandez’s death motivated the Wyants to begin teaching their grandchildren self-defense.

“I took [Anthony] to a shooting range,” Mr. Wyant said. “All the boys, I wanted them to learn gun safety. That’s what all of us should have for protection. These are different ages, and you have to protect yourself.”

Mrs. Wyant said the teen is “his grandmother’s hero.”

“If I was by myself, God knows what they would have done to me,” she told the Observer.

This is an excellent short article from one our neighbors in Arkansas:

THE ENEMIES OF INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM CONTINUE TO TIGHTEN THE NOOSE. December 15, 2014

It’s hard to avoid pejorative comments when speaking of/about politicians and bureaucrats and other hangers-on, particularly when they are hell-bent on enslaving citizens.

Hot Dog! A new word from the Agenda 21 crowd. “SHARROWS” Sharrows is an international word used where the mode of transportation relies heavily on non-carbon fuel, i.e. bicycles, rickshaws, horse drawn carriages, walking and running.

Add “sharrows” to the lexicon of Agenda 21’s Sustainable Development’s words & phrases that the Fort Smith city government has recently adopted, e.g. quality of place, sense of place, event nodes, smart growth, bikeways, wayfinding signs, and now sharrows.

When government types have “visions” that arise out of the ashes of the Phoenix, the cost of said “visions” are always unbridled and the consequences are many in terms of loss of freedoms and/or treasure.

A Fort Smith fellow by the name Drew Linder had such a “vision”. Linder’s vision: a looping trail extending around the city at a projected cost of $9.5 million to $17 million for openers. No estimates pertaining to the numbers of new government employees and maintenance that such a program would demand.

Lorie Robertson, Parks Commission Chairwoman, opines, “We will earmark up to 10% of tax revenue for trails.” Ah yes, gullible citizens will jump on it.

Note: Robertson is the chairwoman of an unelected, non-governmental operation (NGO). Again, NGO’s blunt and completely isolate/remove citizen influence in government.

All the above in the face of a recent $300,000 EPA fine, ½ BILLION dollar edict from the EPA, projected 8% salary increases for city employees, the trails/bikeways scheme, bankrupt pension programs, fluoridation, all devoid of money to fund, therefore new taxes will be pursued….Question: WHERE DID THE 1% SALES TAX MONEY GO??

Bicycle Advocacy groups are very powerful. Advocacy is a fancy word for lobbying, influencing and/or strong-arming the politicians and the public. They are a very useful self-serving tool for “Smart Growth” & “Sustainable Development” which are integral parts of U.N. Agenda 21.

It’s not just about bike lanes, it’s about remaking cities and rural areas to the “sustainable model”. High density urban development (stack’em & pack’em) without parking for cars is the goal. Bike groups are the “shock troops” for the Agenda 21 plan.

Bush I signed us on to Agenda 21 in 1992. In 2009 600 U.S. cities, towns, counties had agreed to Sustainability Principles…Fort Smith, AR is a certainty to be among those now well over 600.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS THE WORLDWIDE PLAN TO INVENTORY AND CONTROL ALL LAND, ALL WATER, ALL MINERALS, ALL CONSTRUCTION, ALL EDUCATION, ETC. ETC. THESE COMMUNITIES ALSO PROMOTE ALTERNATIVE MODES OF TRANSPORTION, E.G. FORT SMITH, AWAY FROM THE TRADITIONAL AUTOMOBILE TO POLICIES THAT ENDORSE & ENCOURAGE PUBLIC TRANSIT.

Linder made another poignant statement, knowing or unknowing “I think it is such a good fit for the street tax because it’s just another form of transportation.” Spoken like a U.N. Agenda 21 advocate.

Are Linder & Robertson unknowingly parrots or are they advocates for the United Nation’s Agenda 21 freedom killing cabal?
City Manager Gosack most likely knows and is an active agent in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, as is Mayor Sanders, but do the City Directors know or understand?

Joe McCutchen
http://www.arkansasfreedom.com

Nebraska school district scans student fingerprints for lunch program

 

OMAHA, Neb. – Westside Community Schools have begun collecting student fingerprints for its school lunch program.

fingerprint-scanner 337x244The school district has moved to a biometric identification program, saying students will no longer have to use an ID card to buy lunch.

“Students lose their ID, they left it at home, it went through the washing machine, there were all kinds of reasons why kids didn’t have an ID and it took a lot of time for them to fish it out of their pockets and holding their tray at the same time,” Diane Zipay of Westside Nutrition Services tells WOWT.

“They never lose their finger.”

Students pay for their items by scanning their fingerprint on a pad, which then connects to a database housing all the students’ identification, according to the news station.

Fingerprints were scanned last month. About 20 families and a “few individual high school students” opted out, the Obama World-Herald reports.

“At the high school, the new system, along with changes in federal snack rules, means students now can have just one account for the main cafeteria and the convenience store rather than two separate ones,” according to the paper.

The new technology also allows parents to monitor what their children are purchasing.

School officials say the information won’t be used by law enforcement agencies, but who will have access to the data – say, for example, federal bureaucrats running the National School Lunch Program – wasn’t addressed.

The biometric readers and software cost the Westside district a total of $55,000.

Other schools have implemented similar programs.

North Adams Public Schools in Massachusetts installed fingerprint readers “to move students through the cafeteria line more efficiently and ensure parents could accurately track their children’s lunch habits online,” according to iBirkshires.com.

The move touched off a parental revolt.

“Let us not allow our children to allow privacy to become a thing of the past. Our duty is to educate and protect them, not to catalog them like merchandise,” parent Cara Roberts wrote in a letter to the mayor and the news site.

“Our duty is to teach them to protect and care for their bodies. What message are we sending when we tell them their body is a means of identification, a tool for others to use to track them?”

The Omaha World-Herald notes “provides greater anonymity for students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.”

The paper notes at least one other Nebraska district – Norris Public Schools – uses similar technology.