Saturday, January 31, 2015

Calls needed - Common Core Safe Harbor Bill

An important message from Heidi Huber of Ohioans Against Common Core: 

House Moves to Offer Safe Harbor from PARCC for Ohio Students

January 29th - HB7 filed by Representative Jim Buchy

This bill will protect your child from repercussions of opting out of the 2014-2015 state achievement tests and EOC exams.  
  1. Prohibits 2014-2015 PARCC scores from being utilized for promotion or retention now, or at any point in a child's education career.
  2. Provides option to take the End-of-Course exams (currently PARCC & AIR) at any time within the student's high school career, or opting to never take EOC exams, instead choosing one of the other options to earn their high school diploma; e.g., a remediation free ACT/SAT score, passage of an approved job skills assessment, or earning an Honors diploma.
Protect your children and their data!
  • Get opt-out forms and information here.
  • Call your representative and ask him or her to support HB7 by signing on as a co-sponsor.
  • If your Rep has committed to being a co-sponsor, use your call to thank him or her.
  • Don't know your State Representative's name? Look-up by Zip Code HERE.
  • Call the House switchboard at this number: 800-282-0253.
Excerpts from HB7:

"To amend section 3302.036 and to enact section 3301.0728 of the Revised Code to prohibit individual student scores from certain elementary and secondary achievement assessments administered for the 2014-2015 school year from being used to determine promotion or retention or to grant course credit, to make changes regarding the administration of high school end-of-course examinations, and to declare an emergency."

"This act is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety. The reason for the necessity is that immediate action is needed in order to address in a timely manner issues related to the administration of state elementary and secondary achievement assessments for the 2014-2015 school year." 

In Liberty, 
Ted Stevenot
Ohio Rising, Inc. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Global Warming? Ask Bostonians This Week!

Hat tip goes to @AACONS on twitter for this tweet and picture:              
MIT science professor calls Global Warming a "cult"

Sunday, January 25, 2015

American Sniper (2014), a Review

I’m very selective as to the movies I watch and especially those that I pay to see in a movie theater. I saw American Sniper last evening upon the ‘recommendation’ of movie critic and obese movie maker Michael Moore. If that radical leftist didn’t like the movie, then it surely must be a good one. It was.

The Saturday prime time movie crowd filled the theater to 90%-plus capacity, as it has all over the nation. The movie is quite riveting and realistic, maybe too much so  in parts. Violence and sailor language permeates the movie. However, that is an accurate reflection of military life. The movie is definitely meant for adults.

The movie gives the viewer a peek at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It follows the life of a famed Navy Seal sniper, Chris Kyle. The movie alternates between shots of him a home in the United States and him at work in Iraq. A couple particular moving events in the movie are when he is faced with having to shoot a young boy and his mother who are on a suicidal mission to destroy U.S. Marines with a grenade.   He reluctantly had to decide whether to shoot them or not. In another similar incident he held his fire until a young boy dropped a rocket propelled grenade laucher (RPG) that he picked up after Kyle killed the Islamist terrorist who was about to shoot at a Marine convoy.

Another series of scenes that stuck out to me was the battle within a battle between the ace Islamic terrorist sniper and the American sniper, Kyle. Over the course of much of the movie the battle plays out with the Islamist sniper getting the best of Kyle for the most part.

In his four tours of duty Kyle had some serious ups and downs at home relating with his wife and children. A lot of trouble came from his inability to leave Iraq mentally and emotionally. He was driven by some degree of revenge for what the Islamic terrorists did to some of his fellow combatants.

Kyle’s life was forever impacted at the end of the movie by a troubled veteran, who Kyle was trying to help.

Clint Eastwood directed and produced the movie. He is one of my favorite actors and he does a great job with this movie. The acting of Bradley Cooper as Kyle was also commendable. The movie is a five-star movie. I would recommend it for every adult citizen.

It is more educational than it is pure entertainment. It is educational as far as portraying with historical accuracy and graphic representation what America and the entire Western world facea in dealing with the corrupt nature of Islam and its most ardent and observant followers.  It delves into the life of a patriot American, who is willing to sacrifice his life and all that is important to him to preserve the freedom for which America is known and admired.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Play #SOTU Bingo Tonight While Listening/Watching the President's State of the Union Speech!

Hat tip given to @GenOppCO who posted this first on twitter earlier this evening. Have fun following the President Barack 'Tax and Spend' Obama's 6th SOTU speech. Hold on to wallets taxpayers!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Late Night Jokes - Jeb Bush and Willard Romney, More Alike Than Not and the 2016 Election

Late Night Takes

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

·  Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush will release a decade’s worth of tax returns to avoid comparisons to Mitt Romney. Yeah, they’re nothing alike. They’re just both former governors from wealthy families whose parents gave them super-weird names.

These jokes is courtesy of which periodically sends out an email compilation of late night jokes, few of which are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions.

An addendum:

In addition, both Jeb Bush and Willard Mitt Romney are Republicans in Name Only (RINOs).
Both are GOP elite approved candidates.
Both are tolerated by the main stream media.
They are conservatives only when it is beneficial and when conservative votes are needed.

They have no strong conservative convictions.
The best that can be said about these two, Bush and Romney, (and joined by Chris Christy) is that they split the left-of-center Republican vote in the primaries allowing a strong conservative to emerge as the GOP’s nominee…  

Thursday, January 08, 2015

No Endorsement for 2016 Reelection of U.S. Senator Rob Portman (RINO-OH), Who Dissed Marriage and Family!

Portman Disses Marriage and Family

I concur completely with the pro-life, pro-family Cleveland Right to Life organization's Press Release issued today regarding the withholding of any endorsement of the reelection of United States Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) by any and all principled conservative politicians. Portman by his action agrees with the radical and decadent homosexual agenda by recognizing and supporting same-sex 'marriage.' This great compromise brings him into the camp of the most radical and extremist Democrat or leftist. As the press release below indicates, he now essentially rejects the traditional definition and institution of marriage and subsequently the God-ordained family unit.

This egregious change or compromise of his apparent convictions and Republican Platform by Senator Portman should not be taken lightly by any real conservative or any true follower of Jesus Christ. It violates the basic tenets of orthodox Judaism, Christianity and even other religious systems of belief. In other words, it is worldly, secular, godless and hellish.
4427 State Road,                                                Contact: Molly Smith, 
Cleveland, OH 44109                                       
Ph: 216-661-3000 ext 11                                     Ph: 440-668-4049
January 8th 2015
Endorsing Senator Portman Will Cost Conservative Politicians Votes in 2016
Republican base in Ohio places the right to life and marriage between a man and woman as their core belief
CLEVELAND, OH, January 8th 2015 - 
In response to a newsletter received today from Senator Rob Portman announcing his Ohio endorsements in his bid for re-election in 2016, Molly Smith, President of Cleveland Right to Life had this to say "My advice to any true conservative officer holder is to say NO on principle, right up front, due to Portman's choice to go against the GOP national pro-marriage platform.  Remember, the marriage issue is one of the "big two" for social conservatives." Smith encouraged those who are receiving "endorsement" calls from Senator Portman's office to consider before they endorse, that they will find themselves on the opposing team from all conservative groups if a viable challenger jumps in the race.  "You don't need to pick up Portman's baggage." she continued.    
In 2013 Cleveland Right to Life announced they could no longer support  Portman  because of his flip-flop on one of the fundamental tenets of their mission. They received national support for their stand that pointed out that the right to life and the right for each child to grow up in a stable environment with their mother and father are two book-ends of the same issue.  Many other Right to Life groups in the state joined them in support.  
"When Senator Portman announced that he was abandoning his support for traditional marriage he also abandoned his right to support from the prolife voter." said Smith. 
Smith has asked the prolife base to call their representative  and senators to express concern about endorsing a candidate whose position violates a core Christian principle. She asked members to remind their representative that endorsements matter and theirs will have consequence.  She also noted that State Representatives have contacted prolife groups to go on record with their decision NOT to endorse Senator Portman.  One such State Representative stated " there are certain lines that must never be crossed and crossing natural law created by God are those types of lines" 
"Republican Politicians must remember that they are elected by the people and not by party insiders.  It would be good to remind ourselves as well as our representatives that we are not called to be successful but rather we are called only to be faithful to God" concluded Smith.