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In Trump’s desire to cute regulations and maintain consumer well being, he stated that he wants to cut 75% or more of regulations. Today, he signed an EO that will likely achieve that. For every regulation they want to put in, they must remove two previous regulations. This is a brilliant way to slow the train of regulatory strangleholds on citizens trying to make products and perform labor.

Your thoughts are welcome!

Trump signs executive order to block new government regulations

Trump signs executive order to block new government regulations
President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order mandating that for each new government regulation being enacted, two need to be revoked.

The order is in line with the new president’s plan to slash regulations by as much as 75 percent, as Trump believes the expanding body of government rules is stifling the US economy.

“We’re cutting regulations massively for small business – and for large business,” Trump said, signing the document. “This will be the biggest such act that our country has ever seen.”

The White House sets aside a budget for regulations each year. Monday’s measure specifies the 2017 regulations budget as $0.

A temporary regulations freeze was put into place on Trump’s first day in office. The new executive action establishes the process for when the freeze expires.

“There will be regulation, there will be control, but it will be a normalized control,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday morning, as he signed the order.

The Obama administration was known for regulatory zeal, expanding the Federal Register to 81,640 pages in 2016 and setting a record for the greatest number of regulations issued in a single day with 527 pages on November 17, 2016.

Monday’s executive order is the sixth since Trump took the oath of office on January 20. He also signed ten presidential memoranda, including the one dated January 24 that instructed federal agencies to streamline the permit process and ease the regulatory burdens on small business.

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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Campaign for Liberty

We just received word that dangerous so-called “ethics reform” bills have been introduced and are now sitting in committees in the Senate and the House (S.B. 570 and H.B. 2062). These bills can be considered at any time.

Don’t let them go any further!

It is URGENT that you call your state senator and state representative TODAY and demand they vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.

Click here to find your state senator and state representative.

Bills like these are designed to crush the grassroots by removing an individual’s right to speak anonymously by forcing organizations to release your name and address to a government monitoring agency.

In other words, politicians would have an “enemies list” to go after if you try to speak up about their voting records or engage with fellow citizens to advocate for a cause.

If passed, these laws would secure the power of the political class by ensuring the voters cannot learn of a politician’s voting record on liberty issues.

Your private information would then be available on government websites for all to see!

The law is designed to undermine the kind of work you and I have done exposing corruption and conflicts of interest and holding legislators accountable.

So-called “ethics reform” laws have already silenced grassroots activists in Montana, and several other states are considering such bills attacking our First Amendment rights to free speech at this moment!

Unfortunately, many of these bills are supported and written by so-called “conservatives.”

Please call your state senator and state representative and demand they vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.

Click here to find your state senator and state representative.

Our right to free speech is especially important around election time.

Numerous court decisions over the last century have confirmed and reconfirmed that our political speech is protected from regulation.

In fact, any casual student of history knows the very purpose of the First Amendment is to protect POLITICAL speech that criticizes and exposes politicians.

Politicians have no right to protection from criticism.

Yet, that’s what these so-called “ethics” bills are attempting to do.

And that’s what we must stop!

Until the gavel falls and the legislative session is closed, we must be vigilant in making sure lawmakers don’t succumb to the pressure.

Call your state senator and state representative today and ask them to vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.

Click here to find your state senator and state representative.

In Liberty,

Deb Wells
National Director of State Operations
Recruit, Equip, Train, Mobilize

P.S. We just received word that dangerous so-called “ethics reform” bills have been introduced and are now sitting in committees in the Senate (S.B. 570) and the House (H.B. 2062). These bills can be considered at any time. Bills like these are designed to crush the grassroots by removing an individual’s right to speak anonymously by forcing organizations to release your name and address to a government monitoring agency.

It is URGENT that you call your state senator and state representative TODAY and demand they vote against any bill that includes donor disclosure or regulates political speech in any way.

Click here to find your state senator and state representative.

P.P.S. I know for some of you, a major contribution of $100 or even $500 is within reach, and I hope if you are that person, you will make that significant contribution to this fight. I also know that for others reading this message, a contribution of $10 or even $20 is a genuine sacrifice. Be assured that every contribution will be treated as the sacred trust that it is and will be used to achieve our shared ends, so please be as generous as you can.

If you’ve been raising cattle for any length of time, you know how the Check Off issue is loaded with corruption and seeming misappropriation of funds. Everyone gets to pay the Check Off and very few benefit from the additional collection of funds. Well Missouri wants to add an increased check off tax for just Missouri. Please read the following from Missouri Rural Crisis Center and then download this pdf form and register so your voice is counted in the discussion.
STOP the New Missouri Beef Checkoff Tax
In order to Vote NO on this corporate money grab—
Cattle Producers Must Register before March 4th
Thank you for signing the petition opposing a new state beef checkoff tax. Now is the time to register with the Missouri Department of Agriculture to be eligible to vote—see registration forms enclosed.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is holding a referendum to add a new beef checkoff tax. If passed, all cattle sold in Missouri will be assessed an additional $1 a head checkoff with the proceeds going to the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC). And, the only way to stop it is for Missouri cattle producers to register to vote before March 4th (registration forms are enclosed). If you have registered by March 4th, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will send you a ballot on April 4th.
We are in a cattle market crisis right now with feeder calves having lost up to 45% of their value between September and December (according to the Livestock Marketing Association) with no foreseeable end in sight. What is the response by the MBIC? They want us to give them $2 million more every year. They want a 200% raise? We should say no to this money grab.
Please fill out the enclosed registration form and reach out to other producers in your area that oppose the checkoff. Note: you will be asked to provide three years of cattle sales on this form—We must not let this rule deter us from registering and voting to stop this checkoff.
According to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, anyone who has a shared interest in your cattle sales—including your spouse, son, daughter or business partner—can register to vote in this referendum. Each person can fill out separate registration forms and list the number of cattle sales that represent each person’s share in the business. For example, a husband and wife who marketed 50 head of cattle could each register and report 25 head of cattle marketed.
Here are ways you can register:
 We’ve included registration forms—fill them out and send them to the Missouri Department of Agriculture c/o Missouri Beef Referendum, P.O. Box 630, Jefferson City, MO 65102; or
 Go to agriculture.mo.gov and register online or print a form; or
 Call the Missouri Department of Ag at (573) 751-5633 and ask to have a registration form mailed to you; or
 Pick up a registration form at your county FSA office.
If you need additional registration forms or have any questions:
 Call the Missouri Rural Crisis Center at (573) 449-1336.
 We can email, mail or fax you a registration form(s).
All Registration Forms Must Be Postmarked by March 4th.
Paid for by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Roger Allison, Executive Director, 1108 Rangeline Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Here are some key facts about why we oppose the state beef checkoff:
 There are no rules that this checkoff slush fund will be used to promote Missouri beef. The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association successfully lobbied to remove the “promote Missouri beef” language from the bill. And, our federal checkoff dollars are already being used to promote foreign beef in U.S. markets.
 There is no sunset clause on this beef checkoff. Once these programs are put into place, they are virtually impossible to get rid of. So, as cattle prices continue to decline, producers will still be paying the extra $2 million+ every year.
 The vast majority of current federal checkoff dollars end up in the coffers of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) that consistently supports policies favoring corporate meatpackers (even foreign-owned meatpackers) at the expense of Missouri’s independent cattle producers. The NCBA successfully lobbied to end Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) and supports corporate packer ownership of livestock which drives down producer farm-gate prices.
 The Missouri Beef Industry Council ignored its own hand-picked “Missouri Beef Checkoff Taskforce” that voted to request a $.50 per head state checkoff instead of $1 on August 26th. Instead, the MBIC requested $1/head anyway—another clear example of the no accountability attitude of the Missouri Beef Industry Council.
 Supporters claim that there will be some way to get a refund after the fact, so they try to call this a “voluntary” program. In reality, cattle producers are forced to pay into this program by having the money taken out of their cattle sales checks before they even get them. If the fee is not paid when due, a penalty shall apply and the attorney general can sue cattle producers for the collection of checkoff fees and penalties. It doesn’t get any more mandatory than that. A complicated, time-consuming refund process does not eliminate this mandate to pay.
 This new checkoff would mean the state government would be collecting another $2.2 million from Missouri beef producers every year and giving our money to the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC), an unaccountable private entity that says it has “no obligation to disclose documents” about how our money is spent.
 The only way to stop this new checkoff tax is for independent cattle producers to say “NO”, otherwise starting in July, we will be paying over $4 million every year in beef checkoff fees.
Please register to vote today—
your vote could make the difference.

Free HAM Radio Class In West Plains

Posted: February 18, 2016 in Education
 
A class is being held for those wishing to learn HAM radio and take the Technician class FCC license exam.
The Technician Level Ham Radio Course will be held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 pm at the South Howell County Ambulance building, on K highway. Turn west on K highway from the Huddle house. The ambulance building will be on the right about 1/2 mile from highway 63 according to instructor John Price.
 
“The course offered is composed of 12 sessions, each three hours long.  The format will be three classes, and then the monthly local ham radio club meeting. The whole course will take 4 months overall. There are some ‘cram’ courses that are one day long with the test at the end of the day, but in such a class you will understand nothing, and will be unable to operate a station when you get your license. This course will enable you to understand the material and help you get started in the right way” Price said.
 
‘There is no charge for the course, but the textbook costs $23.06 from Amazon.com. The same book direct from the publisher, ARRL.org, is $29.95 plus $7.50 S&H. If you have an Amazon Prime account, I highly recommend ordering the book, the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, pub. date May 15th, 2014, and having it ready when you start” Price said.
 
The second class of the current course is on February 23, 2016, which is not too late to enroll. After that, be sure to enroll early for the next class this summer. If you have any questions call  John Price, at (417) 372-1135.

The article below is linked through to the original at it’s end. It’s important to note that the US was first in the world in education prior to the creation of the Department of Education. We were 17th the last time I checked. It’s working the way the want it to work it seems:

NEA Seeks to Strip Christians’ Religious Freedoms

Some buttons and magnets seen at the 2015 NEA Convention

The National Education Association union has long promoted special privileges for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning. NEA members seem thrilled about the recent decision by five Supreme Court justices who overruled state laws in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in all states, even those where citizens voted against legalization.

In fact, on the first day of the NEA convention in Orlando, all business was halted, in accordance with Roberts Rules of Order. Union President Lily Eskelsen García called “a very special Personal Point of Privilege,” so a female delegate could ask another female delegate to marry her.

Not yet satisfied with their social justice progress, the NEA union now wants to assure that the Constitutional rights to freedom of religion, free speech, and free association are taken away from Christians. At the July union convention in Florida, delegates adopted a Board of Directors-initiated New Business Item, NBI A, which seeks to strip religious freedoms from Christians who don’t wish to participate in gay marriages. The union used pejorative wording to describe those who simply wish to back out of the equation, accusing Christians of wanting to “discriminate” against gays and lesbians. (read the rest here)

Commonsense Property Rights Coalition to Meet to Discuss Common Core, Homeschooling, High Taxes
The Common Sense Property Rights Coalition will meet Monday August 3  at 6 pm at Fred’s Fish House   in Mammoth Springs according to board member Kevin Jotz. The main speaker of the evening will be Brandsville resident Karl Reid, author of a series of popular novels known as the Joseph books. Reid has studied Common Core and the modern educational system and home schooling and will be speaking on how to improve the education system.
The meeting will also include an update on the Oregon County property tax assessment, the state laws regulating the State Tax Commission, and how to file an appeal. Many citizens are concerned because their property tax assessments have gone up by 50% to 100%. State law mandates that any increase of more than 15% must be accompanied by a physical appraisal of the property. The PRC sponsored a peaceful protest demonstration at the Oregon County Courthouse last month.
“This is an organization concerned with protection of private property rights. The group believes that without protections of private property rights nothing else is secure. The right to own and reasonably use private property is a cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution, differentiating our country from others around the world. As John Adams, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers and our second president, said: ‘The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence.” For more information at 417-264-2435 or 417-270-1724.”