Do Black Lives Matter?

The hate group “Black Lives Matter” disrupted a community town hall meeting at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles on October 19th. The meeting was cut short and attendees witnessed the protestors threaten the Los Angeles mayor and attempted to block him from getting into his car to leave. Black Lives Matters’ protestors were videoed chanting “pigs in a blanket fry em like bacon” at the Minnesota State Fair on August 29th. In July 2015 the Black Lives Matters group interrupted the Netroots Nation Conference yelling, “Burn everything down!” If these tactics were used by the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazi Brotherhood there would be a national outcry.

Why is there no outcry for the actions of this shameful group?

The Black Lives Matter organization claims to be focused on black lives but yet the facts of their narrative and actions only point to the reality that they are focused on anarchy, chaos, violence and hate. If black lives mattered to the Black Lives Matter group they would probably address the biggest killer of young black men which sadly is other young black men. Per the FBI 4,906 blacks were killed by other blacks in the years 2010 and 2011. After two decades of decline the crime and murder rate for 2015 have spiked. There were 43 murders in Baltimore in May of this year, making it the deadliest month since 1972. Murders are up 45% in Houston, TX and Milwaukee, WI has shown a 103% spike in murders year to date compared with 2014. Atlanta has also had a 52% increase in murders since last year. In the city of Chicago the latest Chicago Police Department report states that there have been 385 murders from January through October 18 which is a 19% increase from 2014. And yet the piled coffins of the victims of black on black murderers seems to matter very little to the George Soros funded cacophonous Black Lives Matters organization.

We must begin the work of finding out what in the hell is going on in our inner cities and get to doing the work to change the realities for so many in the inner cities of America. We must live out the words of the Preamble of our Declaration of Independence that declares:

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

I believe that Black Lives Matters is simply sound and fury, signifying nothing.

BREAKING: Loretta Lynch Caught in Deceptive Disclaimer

By Sidney Powell

After her hearing before the Judiciary Committee, during which Ms. Lynch artfully parried all of the difficult questions, the Senators gave Ms. Lynch a number of questions to answer in writing. One of her answers is either very wrong, flat-out false, or demonstrates the egregious gamesmanship that is corrupting our Department of Justice.

Senator Hatch expressed his concern about her compliance with the mandatory provisions of federal laws that require restitution to victims of criminal conduct.

Indeed, his first question was premised on the April 25, 2013, testimony of Professor Paul Cassell of the University of Utah College of Law before the House Judiciary Committee. The professor suggested that Ms. Lynch’s office had failed to follow the restitution statutes in a sealed case involving a racketeering defendant [Felix Slater] who had cooperated with the government, remaining free for ten years despite his serious frauds which remained concealed.

Specifically, Professor Cassell had cited documents appearing to show that Ms. Lynch’s office “failed to notify victims of the sentencing in that case and had arranged for the racketeer to keep the money he had stolen from victims, even though the law makes restitution mandatory.” Senator Hatch had helped pass both of the statutes at issue: the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act, 18 U.S.C. §3663A, and the Crime Victim Rights Act, 18 U.S.C. §3771.

We have already blown the whistle on the “secret docket” that the Eastern District of New York has run for years. It seems that “cooperators” who do the government’s bidding and testify to its liking are allowed to commit additional crimes against unsuspecting others because the public doesn’t know for years that the cooperators have admitted their own criminal conduct.

In Ms. Lynch’s written response to the Senator’s question, however, she was far from straightforward. Some might say her answer was flat-out deceptive. The only thing obvious from it was more obfuscation.

Ms. Lynch admitted that Mr. Sater began cooperating with the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District in New York in December 1998.

Then she distanced herself from the Sater case, asserting that the Sater prosecution was brought before she became United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Lynch, Caldwell and Weissmann are a triumvirate of trouble for the rule of law. The three of them go way back in the Eastern District of New York, and they apparently share the same vision for truth and law enforcement—the rules don’t apply to them. They are all licensed to lie.

She said: “The initial sealing of the records related to Sater—which pre-dated my tenure as United States Attorney—occurred by virtue of a cooperation agreement under which Sater pled guilty and agreed to serve as a government witness.” [emphasis added].

Really?! Guess whose signature appears on the charges?

Loretta Lynch signed the criminal racketeering, money-laundering, and securities fraud charges originally filed against Mr. Sater in December 1998. Her name and signature appear on the Information as Acting United States Attorney.

And there being no motion or order on the docket to seal the case back in 1998, one can surmise only that it was all hidden for a decade at her request.

Ms. Lynch claims the issue of Mr. Sater’s restitution remains sealed to this day, but if he was ordered to pay any, it should have appeared on the docket along with his meager fine. It’s hard to imagine a reason for concealing an order of restitution—and it would certainly be a newsflash to his victims, who haven’t received any.

So here we go again—with sleight of hand, falsehoods, disclaimers, and distinctions without differences—anything but the simple truth.

Another remarkable note: Leslie Caldwell was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York when the Sater case originated in that office, but somehow that didn’t stop her from representing him when she switched sides and headed the white collar crime practice at Morgan Lewis. That could help explain why Mr. Sater got out of jail free and paid a fine of only $25,000 despite his millions in gains by his admitted frauds, racketeering, money-laundering, and use of off-shore accounts.

Meanwhile, Brad Stinn, an innocent man and former CEO of Friedman’s Jewelers, has been in prison six years on a twelve year sentence, in a case brought by the same district in an egregious case of prosecutorial misconduct that Ms. Lynch has ignored and helps cover up. Mr. Stinn’s crime? Drawing his salary and a bonus voluntarily paid to him by his employer while those who committed frauds they admitted and hid from him went free because they “cooperated” with the prosecutors to nail the high value target—the “CEO.”

If Ms. Lynch is confirmed as Attorney General, she and Ms. Caldwell will be reunited at the head of the Department of Justice, where Ms. Caldwell is ensconced as head of the Criminal Division. Ms. Caldwell is infamous for many things, including the destruction of Arthur Andersen LLP and its 85,000 jobs—only to be reversed by the Supreme Court 9-0. Her record of injustice and reputation as a “terror” of a prosecutor only fueled her ascension in this administration—as did that of their third cohort—Andrew Weissmann.

Mr. Weissmann, now head of the corporate fraud section of the Department, helped annihilate Andersen—then headed the team that sent four Merrill Lynch executives to prison for a year on bogus charges while the prosecutors had yellow-highlighted but hidden the evidence that undermined and contradicted every aspect of their case against the Merrill executives who did not take a dime from anyone.

Lynch, Caldwell and Weissmann are a triumvirate of trouble for the rule of law. The three of them go way back in the Eastern District of New York, and they apparently share the same vision for truth and law enforcement—the rules don’t apply to them. They are all licensed to lie.

The Senators might want to think again, or we’ll be the fools—again.

Sidney Powell worked in the Department of Justice for 10 years and was lead counsel in more than 500 federal appeals. She served nine U.S. Attorneys from both political parties and is the author of Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.

BREAKING: Was Loretta Lynch Complicit in Wrongful Conviction Cover-up? by Sidney Powell

Just last week, Loretta Lynch assured the Senators of the Judiciary Committee that she would be different from Eric Holder. She said she would make a “full and fair review of every matter” brought before her.

Loretta Lynch smiled warmly at the Senators. Deftly parrying the hard questions, she pledged to be independent and follow the rule of law. Yet while she convincingly promised to “seek Justice—not convictions,” an innocent father of three languished in his sixth year of prison as a result of egregious injustice at the hands of prosecutors from her district and a complete system breakdown.

We have learned that she knows about and has refused to acknowledge—much less address—these wrongs. Indeed, at least two former United States Attorneys can attest to this extraordinary injustice and her refusal to resolve it. She would not respond to them herself, and her subordinates see nothing wrong with the prosecution or its result.

This case of prosecutorial misconduct, abuse of power, and judicial complicity was brought to me by a friend. It illustrates everything that can and does go wrong in our criminal justice system: politically motivated prosecutions; targeting of individuals; over-criminalization (making a crime out of business judgment, innocent mistakes, or less); abusive and headline-grabbing prosecutors gone wild; negligent, complicit or flat-out biased judges. The results aren’t pretty: a family devastated, lives ruined, and the needless, long-term imprisonment of someone who was and still should be a productive, tax-paying member of our society.

Rabid prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York—now Ms. Lynch’s office—brought this case as part of the massive effort of the Corporate Fraud Task Force formed by the Department of Justice in July 2002. That Task Force racked up 1300 convictions of businessmen in six years, appeasing the outrage after the implosion of Enron. Like the Enron Task Force, they were given extraordinary resources, and their mission was to target high-profile individuals and companies. The highest value targets had CEO or CFO behind their names.

Bradley Stinn was the Chief Executive Officer of Friedman’s Jewelers. Brad is the father of three children. He was their athletic coach, a devoted husband, and well-respected citizen. He has been in federal prison for six years now on a trumped-up case built on smoke and tied with baling wire by prosecutors known for their abusive, roughshod tactics. Prosecutors were determined to extract the pound of flesh from Bradley Stinn—and they’ve done more than that. His wife and three children have been devastated.

Mr. Stinn did not take a dime from anyone, and he didn’t sell a share of his stock. The charges of wire fraud, securities fraud, and mail fraud, which require theft of money or property, were based on him receiving his salary and a bonus—knowingly paid to him by the company. He did not steal those—and the statutes don’t criminalize people’s salaries and bonuses. If they did, everyone is a criminal.

Not only did Mr. Stinn not steal anything, he lost heavily when Friedman Jewelers’ stock eventually went down. Ironically, he was required to pay “restitution” in excess of $4 million, although he took nothing from anyone. The Stinns were forced to sell their home, and their savings were wiped out. His wife and three children now live with relatives and face every day without the husband and father they love.

Indicted by United States Attorney Benton Campbell, a member of the notorious Enron Task Force cabal about which I have written at length, Assistant United States Attorneys Seth Levine and then Scott Klugman used every trick in their dirty books. They threatened to prosecute witnesses who would have testified in defense of Brad Stinn. The prosecutors yelled, screamed, and intimidated people at will. They refused to provide documents that were favorable to the defense—with rare exceptions, which they grudgingly produced and heavily redacted.

It appears that the government’s case was a sham—enabled by a federal judge who, despite her generally good reputation, in this case seemed biased at best. As in the prosecutions of Senator Ted Stevens and the Merrill defendants in my book Licensed to Lie, it was the prosecutors who were running a fraud. And as in the Merrill case, the judge appears to have been running a railroad, and the Second Circuit panel just rode the train.

Peeved with the defense overall, Judge Nina Gershon sentenced Bradley Stinn to twelve years in prison, while those who admitted committing multiple real frauds, lying, cheating and stealing, walked out of the courtroom with sentences of probation. Justice for all?
At least three outstanding lawyers, two of whom are former United States Attorneys, repeatedly wrote the various United States Attorneys including Ms. Lynch, the Solicitor General, Attorney General Holder, and the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility, pleading for review of the outrageous conduct, suppression of evidence believed favorable to the defense, and the barbaric sentence imposed in this case.

Two former United States Attorneys wrote Ms. Lynch specifically. One of them had been her supervisor. Rather than examine the case for misconduct, order the release of the files, agree to support vacating or reducing the twelve-year sentence, or take any other investigative or corrective action, Ms. Lynch did not even reply.

Neither did Attorney General Holder, and the Department’s “Office of Professional Responsibility” refused to investigate because no judge had found any misconduct. (Wait for Parts II and III of this series).

As a “favor” to one of the former United States Attorneys, Ms. Lynch’s subordinates, prosecutors James McGovern, Marshall Miller, and Ilene Jaroslaw, did speak by telephone with him. They were adamant that nothing was wrong in this prosecution, and they shifted the burden to the defense to “come up with something to chew on.”

That’s difficult to do when even the SEC, which decided not to file so much as a civil complaint against Brad Stinn, refuses to release the documents that caused it to decline any case against him. And of course, Ms. Lynch’s office still refuses to release notes, grand jury testimony, and unredacted information of inconsistent statements by their “cooperating” witnesses—the admitted liars, thieves, and fraudsters to whom they gave “get out of jail free cards.” The prosecutors had even instructed agents not to take notes of “cooperators’” statements.

According to well-respected attorneys, it is common knowledge that the Eastern District of New York engages in such abusive and wrongful tactics. In fact, many of the prosecutors there are proud of it. If a criminal “cooperates” in the Eastern District of New York—which means saying what the prosecutors want said—then the cooperator gets his “get out of jail free” card.

So as Ms. Lynch awaits her confirmation as our new Attorney General, Brad Stinn is helping other inmates get their GED in prison. He faces an additional six years for receiving his agreed compensation. His wife and his children are forced to bear the unbearable pain of his absence from their daily lives and his unjust imprisonment.

The mob mentality of Eastern District of New York is already running the Department of Justice. If confirmed as Attorney General, Ms. Lynch will join a cabal of former Eastern District of New York prosecutors—her colleagues who proudly used these abusive tactics. She goes way back with them. Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder have stacked the Department hierarchy with prosecutors known as “terrors”—including Leslie Caldwell, head of the criminal division, and Andrew Weissmann, now chief of the powerful fraud section—gearing up for War on Wall Street (and Main Street) Part II.

Abusive and wrongful prosecutions cut across party, political, and socio-economic lines. Innocent people are imprisoned while families are destroyed. The Innocence Project and other good lawyers are freeing people weekly who have lost the better part of their lives in prison for crimes they did not commit. It is far too hard to correct these injustices.

The notion that everyone in prison deserves to be there has taken a beating lately. The subject of the megahit podcast Serial, Adnan Syed, was just granted an appeal after 15 years in prison. And the New York Times recently published a piece entitled “The dollar value of a stolen life” a story arising from New York’s recent payment of $17 million dollars to three men who spent a combined 60 years in prison—wrongly convicted by Ms. Lynch’s now infamous counterpart in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

There is no similar remedy against federal prosecutors yet. Bradley Stinn can’t even get the evidence and grand jury transcripts that will likely exonerate him. What will it take? Who will stop this?

Senators, take note.

If Ms. Lynch meant what she said in her confirmation hearings, she should produce all of the Stinn files now—including the grand jury transcripts and the documents from the SEC—and agree to Brad Stinn’s immediate release from prison. Perhaps the Senators will demand the documents.

It’s time to let Justice roll . . . like a mighty stream.

Outlaw Prosecutors: John Stossel Features Former Prosecutor Sidney Powell & Her Book Licensed to Lie on D.O.J. Abuses and the Next Attorney General

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Tonight, Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET, Fox Business Channel and on Saturday, October 25, Sunday, October 26 at 10:00 p.m. Fox News Channel. Fox News’s John Stossel will feature former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell, author of LICENSED TO LIE: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.

As Stossel writes: “Sidney Powell’s Licensed to Lie reveals the truth about a cabal of former prosecutors who were promoted by President Obama to the highest positions of power…President Obama may soon appoint one of them to be America’s next attorney general.” See Stossel’s new column on Powell’s bold accusations here.

A respected federal prosecutor, Sidney Powell, has served ten years under nine U.S. Attorneys, and worked on more than 500 cases, Ms. Powell believes that the Rule of Law should be applied regardless of politics, that prosecutors should seek Justice—not just convictions.

Well into her successful private practice, Powell was hired to defend a Merrill Lynch executive during the “drive-by” prosecution that the Dept. of Justice conducted as part of its investigation of Enron. As she uncovered the truth, she was shocked at the high-handed, illegal behavior of federal prosecutors. LICENSED TO LIE chronicles political or personally-driven wrongful prosecutions of Merrill Lynch, Arthur Anderson, and Alaska Senator Ted Stevens, among others, in a gripping, true-life legal thriller.

Now major news media, television anchors for NewsMax and Fox & radio hosts across the country (such as Dick Morris) are paying attention to the destruction wrought by abusive prosecutors —wrecked lives, shattered companies, thousands of lost jobs. Peter Roff, writing for US News & World Report said:

“Powell’s book outlines a nightmarish, even Kafkaesque environment in which federal judges are overly reliant on federal prosecutors to know the law and are woefully indulgent of their claims.”

A major expose in the world’s leading news magazine, The Economist, detailed the abuses Powell documented. She was also cited by Investor’s Business Daily for her insights into “Hookergate,” in which the White House fired Secret Service agents and military personnel, while White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler covered up for the son of an Obama donor.

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge, Alex Kozinski, who in his personal capacity wrote the book’s Foreword, urges that it serve as a basis for a national discussion of prosecutorial abuse. Judge Kozinski joined Ms. Powell to discuss this with the CATO INSTITUTE—as broadcast by C-SPAN.

Powell’s continuing series of newsbreaking stories of corrupt prosecutions, government misconduct, the War on Wall Street, and the IRS scandal, featured in the NY Observer, shed light on the ongoing meltdown in the U.S. Dept. of Justice, whose latest casualty is Attorney General Eric Holder.

To book an interview or a speaking engagement with Sidney Powell, please contact Alexandra Preate at CapitalHQ at (212) 588-9148 or Follow Sidney on Twitter @SidneyPowell1


It doesn’t matter which side of the proverbial political party fence you line up on, it is boggling that President Obama is planning for yet another vacation and has not yet made plans to visit our border. When Rush Limbaugh and Nancy Pelosi both agree that this is a humanitarian crisis why has the president been physically absent? It has been widely publicized that most of the tens of thousands that have crossed the Texas border in recent months have been children. Border patrol agents are becoming weary of changing diapers and warming up milk bottles. At a time when our border looks akin to a third world nation President Obama must have a sense of the optics of vacationing at the affluent Martha’s Vineyard. President Obama has played over 170 games of golf since the genesis of his presidency and last week’s Texas fundraiser visit was charging $5,000 to $32,400 a ticket. If Barack Obama will continue to behave this way for the remainder of his term in office the only fence he will be building is one that will separate him from the American people.

Medical staff warned: Keep your mouths shut about illegal immigrants or face arrest

by Todd Starnes
July 01, 2014
A government-contracted security force threatened to arrest doctors and nurses if they divulged any information about the contagion threat at a refugee camp housing illegal alien children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, sources say.
In spite of the threat, several former camp workers broke their confidentiality agreements and shared exclusive details with me about the dangerous conditions at the camp. They said taxpayers deserve to know about the contagious diseases and the risks the children pose to Americans. I have agreed to not to disclose their identities because they fear retaliation and prosecution.
My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps. “There were several of us who wanted to talk about the camps, but the agents made it clear we would be arrested,” a psychiatric counselor told me. “We were under orders not to say anything.”
The sources said workers were guarded by a security force from the Baptist Family & Children’s Services, which the Department of Health and Human Services hired to run the Lackland Camp.
The sources say security forces called themselves the “Brown Shirts.” “It was a very submissive atmosphere,” the counselor said. “Once you stepped onto the grounds, you abided by their laws – the Brown Shirt laws.” She said the workers were stripped of their cellphones and other communication devices. Anyone caught with a phone was immediately fired. “Everyone was paranoid,” she said. “The children had more rights than the workers.”
She said children in the camp had measles, scabies, chicken pox and strep throat as well as mental and emotional issues. “It was not a good atmosphere in terms of health,” she said. “I would be talking to children and lice would just be climbing down their hair.”
A former nurse at the camp told me she was horrified by what she saw. “We have so many kids coming in that there was no way to control all of the sickness – all this stuff coming into the country,” she said. “We were very concerned at one point about strep going around the base.” Both the counselor and the nurse said their superiors tried to cover up the extent of the illnesses. “When they found out the kids had scabies, the charge nurse was adamant – ‘Don’t mention that. Don’t say scabies,’” the nurse recounted. “But everybody knew they had scabies. Some of the workers were very concerned about touching things and picking things up. They asked if they should be concerned, but they were told don’t worry about it.”
The nurse said the lice issue was epidemic – but everything was kept “hush-hush.”
“You could see the bugs crawling through their hair,” she said. “After we would rinse out their hair, the sink would be loaded with black bugs.”
The nurse told me she became especially alarmed because their files indicated the children had been transported to Lackland on domestic charter buses and airplanes.
“That’s what alerted me,” she “Oh, my God. They’re flying these kids around. Nobody knows that these children have scabies and lice. To tell you the truth, there’s no way to control it.”
I don’t mean to upset anyone’s Independence Day vacation plans, but were these kids transported to the camps before or after they were deloused? Anyone who flies the friendly skies could be facing a public health concern.
The counselor told me the refugee camp resembled a giant emergency room – off limits to the public. “They did not want the community to know,” she said. “I initially spoke out at Lackland because I had a concern the children’s mental health care was not being taken care of.”
She said the breaking point came when camp officials refused to hospitalize several children who were suicidal. “I made a recommendation that a child needed to be sent to a psychiatric unit,” the counselor told me. “He was reaching psychosis. He was suicidal. Instead of treating him, they sent him off to a family in the United States.” She said she filed a Child Protective Services report and quit her job.
“I didn’t want to lose my license if this kid committed suicide,” she told me. “I was done.” The counselor kept a detailed journal about what happened during her tenure at the facility. “When people read that journal they are going to be astonished,” she said. ‘I don’t think they will believe what is going on in America.” So it was not a great surprise, she said, when she received a call from federal agents demanding that she return to the military base and hand over her journal.
She said she declined to do so. “I didn’t go back to Lackland,” she said.
Both workers told me while they have no regrets, they want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals.
“They’re going to crush the system,” the nurse told me. “We can’t sustain this. They are overwhelming the system and I think it’s a travesty.”
Baptist Family & Childen’s Services spokeswoman Krista Piferrer tells me the agency takes “any allegation of malfeasance or inappropriate care of a child very seriously.”
“There are a number of checks and balances to ensure children are receiving appropriate and adequate mental health care,” she said. Piferrer said the clinicians are supervised by a federal field specialist from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement. She also said BFCS have 58 medical professionals serving at Lackland. “Every illness, whether it is a headache or something more serious, is recorded in a child’s electronic medical record and posted on WebEOC – a real-time, web-based platform that is visible to not only BFCS but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” she said.
As for those brown shirts, the BFCS said they are “incident management team personnel” – who happen to wear tan shirts.
My sources say Americans should be very concerned about the secrecy of the government camps. his is just the beginning,” one source told me. “It is a long-term financial responsibility.”
Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. Sign up for his American Dispatch newsletter, be sure to join his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter. His latest book is “God Less America”.

Don’t Forget What Is Happening To Our Country

In case you didn’t notice, here is what happened on January 1, 2014:

Top Medicare tax went from 1.45% to 2.35%
Top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top Income payroll tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains tax went from 15% to 28%
Dividends tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate tax went from 0% to 55%

Remember: if you have money, the Democrats want it. These taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) only with democrat votes; no republicans voted for these taxes.

The Truth about “Common Core” Rachel’s Story

My name is Rachel Cohen also known as the Bookmark Mommy. I decided to go on Facebook for the first time a few months ago because I found out about the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum. My 5th grader came home with a reading assignment. When I asked him to read it, he told me that he is not allowed to show it to me. Of course I read it and realized that our children are being indoctrinated through the literature. That was my introduction to this evil known as Common Core. My husband told me that I needed to join Facebook to meet like minded people. So I did.
A few months ago, my son was crying over a double digit multiplication problem. I tried to show him the way that they were teaching it through Common Core and then tried to teach it to him using “simple math”. Frustrated, my son cried himself to sleep. At this point I decided that something must be done. I created a page named “Choose to Refuse Common Core” and ordered 100,000 bookmarks. I offered free bookmarks to all parents all over the country. I boxed and shipped over 350 boxes all over the country at my own expense. The campaign was a huge success. The bookmarks were nice looking and laminated, so they were very easy to distribute and strike up a conversation with other parents. After being on the anti-common core pages, I realized that we must begin to “get the word out” on a mass level. That was the missing part of the winning puzzle.
This is how I became known as the “Bookmark Mommy”. At this point I feel that parents all over our great nation are beginning to wake up to the evils of Common Core. I feel that now more than ever, we need to concentrate on the “get out the word campaign”, and inform parents that they must educate themselves on the dangers of Common Core. My friend Shelly sums it up for those that ask “What is Common Core.” She is from NY but it’s the same remember all across the nation COMMON Core.
“For the newbies, here’s the stance I take publicly at forums, BOE meetings, when I talk to parents, teachers, etc all wrapped up nicely for you:
Regarding Common Core, I’m not upset about “not understanding what my kids are bringing home”
I’m upset that the only 2 educators involved in the creation of these standards REJECTED them in a validation committee,
I’m upset that it was privately funded through lobbyist groups in DC,
I’m upset that this was not voted on in NYS (education without representation),
I’m upset that 5th, 9th, and 11th grade reading requirements include pornography, molestation, pedophilia, and degrade the US military,
I’m upset that USA children are learning Singapore math with no evidence of its success,
I’m upset that over 400 personal points of data is being collected on my minor children and my family and fed to the state for them to do with as they see fit,
I’m upset that almost all public school teachers have a gag order on them to not be able to speak up without fear of losing their jobs, I’m upset that 70% of kids failed Common Core testing last year,
I’m upset that those failures hurt teachers in their evaluations,
I’m upset that our school districts will not be able to afford this new curriculum and neither will the tax payers in our district
…I’ve done my research and will be taking a stand AGAINST Common Core Standards, modules, and data mining – It all needs to go!”

Please join me @ “Choose To Refuse Common Core” on Facebook and help us fight this evil known as Common Core.

Aunty Sojourner

On October 29, 1864 Abraham Lincoln at the conclusion of a meeting with Sojourner Truth took the book she had brought with her and signed his autograph “For Aunty Sojourner Truth, A. Lincoln.” Born a slave in 1797, Isabella Baumfree would change her name in 1843 to Sojourner Truth. In 1826 when Truth escaped slavery she stated , “I did not runoff for I thought that wicked but I walked off believing that to be all right.” She is most noted for her extemporaneous speech given at the 1851 Women’s Convention in Akron Ohio, which has been titled “Ain’t I a Woman.”
Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I could have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man- when I could get it- and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman? …
As she questioned if whether the definition of a woman included her, we as Republicans are echoing the same question. We who are non white are asking “Ain’t I a Republican?” We may not look alike, live in the same neighborhoods, or have attended the same schools but are we not also Republicans? We as Republicans must boldly answer that “you too are Republican.”
Sojourner Truth lead a life that was dedicated to freedom, equality and sharing the gospel. She would become a homeowner and became the first black woman to win a lawsuit against a white man to get freedom for her son that was illegally sold into slavery. She would recruit blacks to fight in the Union Army and would assist in supplying food and other items to the front line. She also remained supportive of women’s suffrage throughout her life.
She lead her life not as a victim but as her namesake described, a sojourner of truth. If she could hear my voice today I would say, aunty Sojourner you were not just a woman, you were a patriot, you were an American!

Thanksgiving Proclamation

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln