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Transgender Bathroom Issue

Following, the first widely publicized account of (what looks like) a pedophile using the transgender issue to enter a bathroom at Jason’s Deli to attack a young girl, I posted the article with the caption:

According to you and your Dear Leader Obama, I should be arrested for denying this man’s civil right to go into the girl’s bathroom.

Yes, all of you, with your “I survived a Target bathroom” t-shirt. — I’m sure you can imagine what I’d like to say to you — THIS IS ON YOU! This girl is traumatized for life because of you!

It was pointed out to me that this was the fault of the criminal only.  I disagreed w/ the following…

This man, this psycho, this pedophile, this CRIMINAL has been told IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS by Obama and his supporters (the collective ‘You’) that he has 100% free reign to enter the women’s bathroom any time he wants, anywhere he wants, without anyone to stop him.

The security guard can’t stop him; the teenager watching the security camera can’t call the police; the police can’t stop him; the mom can’t stop him; the dad can’t stop him. No one can stop him from spending all the time he wants in the girls bathroom… …lying in wait.

Before tc-You became so uncaringly inclusive, he could be stopped. The security guard, cop, camera operator, dad, mom, and anyone else could raise bloody hell when they saw him going in the bathroom, and he could be frog-marched out to the cruiser in cuffs. Not any more. He’ll claim he is transgender, call the police to his side, and sue the mom, dad, the police, security guard, camera operator, and every taxpayer for infringing on his civil rights as a transgender.

Don’t believe it’ll happen?! Ask the Christian baker!

What’s that you say?! “He doesn’t look like a transgender?! He doesn’t dress like a woman?! This is the first time he’s claimed to be transgender?!”

How dare you judge her/him! How dare you judge her on how she dresses! How dare you judge him on looking like a women! How dare you judge her on how long she’s been transgender! He screams, “I FEEL like I’m a woman, dammit! I have the CIVIL RIGHT to be in the bathroom. I’m going to SUE!” Who’s going to step on that landmine?!

Don’t believe it’ll happen?! Ask the Christian wedding planner!

I don’t see any reports that this man has prior pedophile-related charges. Even if he does, even if he’s gone in before, he now has absolutely nothing to worry about in going into the women’s room. He has free reign to stay in there all day. And, so does the next pervert; and, so does the next pedophile; and so does the next kidnapper. No worries at all… …compliments of Obama, his supporters, Target ninja jokesters, and ranting mic-drop moms.

People like me aren’t worried about transgender males and females; we’re just asking them to wait until we come up with a better way. Letting men (of which we 100% know that there are pedophiles in the mix who will take advantage of the situation) into the bathroom with our 8yo Erins and Amys and Cassies and Evelyns and Sophias is absolutely nuts.

Democrats are the first ones to opine, “If we could save just one girl…” when it comes to AR15s. Oh really?! Walk the talk!

So, yes, this is ‘on’ tc-You. So, will the next one, and the next one, and the next one, …

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There’s your mic-drop…

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Democrat, Education

 

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Foundation For Applied Conservative Leadership Training – 11/21/15

From Ike Skelton…

Hello all,

I’m writing you today to invite you to a particularly exciting conservative leadership training course I am hosting on Nov. 21st, 2015, at Mariners Pier 31 in Camdenton, Missouri.

Like you, I have been involved in the liberty/Tea Party/conservative/grassroots WHATEVER you want to call it, movement, for several years. Probably like most of you, I have been frustrated with a lack of unity and a sense of spinning our wheels. And candidly, there are many that are sympathetic and talk a good game, but don’t seem to do much.

There have been a few attempts at putting together some “coalition”, “organization” or generally some central group that puts forth an agenda…I am NOT doing that.

But, I am trying to gather a group of leaders, trained in some of the same tactics, willing to get together and prioritize and coordinate efforts to be more effective activists.

The Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership(FACL) has what I believe to be a well thought out, tried and tested method for effective grassroots activism. They call it “confrontational politics”.

FACL training will teach you some basics of politics; bust some myths and provides useful tools we can use to help determine how to bring the fight to government. We will not discuss policy, legislation or which office holder is better than another. This is all about becoming more effective grassroots leaders.

I encourage you to go to: Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership – Camdenton MO Political Leadership School

https://www.faclevents.org/index.php?option=com_vikevents&task=viewevent&Itemid=298&itid=301

Scroll to bottom of page for the registration button. Lite snacks and Lunch will be provided. Times and location info is on this page.

If you need hotel accommodations, I have contacted a couple places for some reduced rates. Contact me and let me know.

If you have ANY other questions, please do not hesitate to call!!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!
Ike Skelton
417-991-9100

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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Activisim, Education

 

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To Representatives of the House Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education Re HB 578

By Mary Byrne

As a member of the Social Studies 6-12 Academic Standards Work Group constituted by HB 1490, I’d like to applaud Representative Swan’s recognition of the need for ensuring students in Missouri understand their history and responsibility as American citizens in our republican form of government; and offer a recommendation to achieve a better educated Missouri student without high stakes testing in citizenship.

HB 578 Section 170.345.3 states,
. . . “The test required under subsection 2 of this section shall use the same one
10 hundred questions used by the USCIS that are administered to applicants for United States
11 citizenship. In order to receive a passing score on the test, the student shall answer at least
12 sixty of the one hundred questions correctly.

As you are aware, Arizona passed a similar bill, and in fact, a national organization, Campaign for Civic Mission of Schools (CCMS), is promoting similar legislation throughout the country. CCMS is partnered with Pearson, a testing corporation that profits from increased testing in schools. The goal is worthy of your attention, however, you may not be aware of background information that, when explained, will support what should be a substantive, long-term alternative to a potentially expensive, high-stakes test.

(1) Please note the unintended negative effects of the testing approach to assuring good citizenship discussed by Peter Levine, associate dean for research at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service:

250px-AP_of_Missouri_State_Capitol_Building[1]“Requiring students to pass the citizenship exam will reduce both the amount and the quality of civic education in our schools. The test is easy. You can see all the questions and answers in advance and just memorize the right choices. If passing this exam comes to be seen as adequate preparation for citizenship, schools will notice that their students can pass after cramming for a couple of hours. They will cut their semester-long civics courses as unnecessary preparation. They will prefer to dedicate that semester to math or science, which involve much more sophisticated and challenging tests.
Requiring the citizenship exam would make sense if our students didn’t already study civics or face tests. It would establish a floor, a minimal level of competence. But more than 90% of recent high school graduates have spent a semester in a civics course, and most have also spent a year on U.S. history. Their teachers gave them tests. In many states http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/state-civic-ed/index.html, they also faced a standardized test on civics or social studies. Then why do so many adults fail basic questions about the U.S. political system?  Because we have forgotten what we learned in civics class. Too often, the subject wasn’t inspiring or challenging and didn’t build habits of following and discussing the news. The problem with civics is not that we fail to teach it. The problem is that civics is often viewed as a set of disconnected facts, not as a challenging and inspiring subject that will continue to interest us after high school. Arizona’s measure requiring that students pass the citizenship test will make that problem worse. The citizenship exam requires, for instance, that you know that “27 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_amendments_11-27.html” is the correct answer when you’re asked how many constitutional amendments have been passed. You don’t need to understand reasons for or against those amendments, or have any sense of why they were important. A month after students pass this test, they will forget the number 27. But they might retain the message that being a good citizen is a matter of memorizing some random information. That seems like an excellent way to turn people off. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/02/08/citizenship-civics-social-studies-editorials-debates/23088621/

(2)  No Child Left Behind and it’s testing requirements for federal funding is at least partially responsible for emphasizing two academic subject areas, mathematics and English, while relegating knowledge and skills in history and government to the periphery of K-12 instruction. No state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a meaningful way. (See Imperiling the Republic http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/imperiling-the-republic-the-fate-of-u-s-history-instruction-under-common-core/)

(3) Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, Missourians have been misinformed about their government. When the social studies standards were developed, Marc Tucker’s National Center on Education and the Economy, a Carnegie-funded non-governmental organization in Washington, DC provided consultation. The Show-Me Social Studies Standards (See Appendix A attached) expect students to know that the U.S. is a constitutional democracy. Though familiarity with the U.S. Constitution is included in the body of the social studies standards, even teachers are not familiar with Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution that states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, . . . ” Thomas Jefferson said, our form of government was a democratical republic — the emphasis being a republic is representative form of government, rather than a democracy. A most disturbing cause for this misinformation and incorrect teaching of American students about American form of government can be traced to the Carnegie-funded publication of the American Historical Association. (See Report of the Commission of Social Studies (see highlighted sections), and Contrarians Chapter 1 attached). Similar misinformation is perpetuated in the College Board’s newly revised AP American History course.  (See President of the National Association of Scholars, Peter Wood’s discussion of the misinformation in AP History http://www.nas.org/articles/the_new_ap_history_a_preliminary_reportand http://www.nas.org/articles/update_on_ap_us_history) Again, no state level legislation mandating a 100-question citizenship test will correct the neglect of teaching our children about their history and government in a truthful and meaningful way.

The  Missouri State Board of Education is, at least partially, responsible for ongoing dissemination of misinformation and promulgating sub-standard social studies standards. I am aware of at least one former Missouri school board member who on three occasions contacted the state board of education to put a correction of the standards on the board agenda; however, the correction was never made. I am also aware of another Missouri citizen who contacted DESE about the error, but no remedy was offered. Only in 2015, due to pressure from legislators, instigated by questions from the academic standards work groups in social studies, has the state board made an effort to correct the error of identifying the American form of government as a constitutional democracy. (See January State Board of Ed. agenda — SocStudAcademicStandards attached)

Attached is a Thomas B. Fordham Institute report rating Missouri’s Show-Me Social Studies Standards with an F.(see SOSS MO attached) Although the method of review was not rigorous by research-method standards,  competent professionals in history reviewing Missouri’s social studies standards gave them a very poor rating indeed. It should be evident that teaching Missouri’s students using high standards for knowledge and skills in history, government, and American citizenship throughout their K-12 education will produce more substantive and lasting competence for participation in America’s exceptional form of government than the test required in the bill.

(4) Also of note is that coursework in American history, government, and civics is not expected in the liberal arts education of postsecondary education program. If America is to cultivate well-educated leaders for future service in our government (which is the purpose of publically funded education as per our Missouri Constitution Article IX, Section 1a), state boards of education must ensure that a liberal arts education includes substantive study of the unique history and structure of our American government. (Losing America’s Memory attached).

Conclusion: Though HB 578 is well-intended, the requirement to make high school graduation contingent on a test for assessment knowledge of citizenship will not likely achieve the intended goal; and potentially has unknown costs to school districts as students take the test multiple times to get a passing score.

Recommendations for improving Missouri students’ knowledge and competence in citizenship are:

1. development of social studies standards that expect accurate and factual knowledge as well as competence in research skills from K through 12; and

2. work to reduce federal intrusion in state education testing and develop statewide testing that emphasizes history and civics throughout grades  K-12 along with reading, math, and science;

3. exit from College Board’s AP course in American history which omits important information about events and values that are the foundation of American liberty and government;

4. postsecondary coursework in American history and government for a liberal arts education of all postsecondary undergraduates.

I am pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding my testimony. Thank you for your consideration of this information.

Mary Byrne, Ed.D.

Addendum:

Please be aware that Pearson, a testing and publishing corporation, is a major influence in promoting legislation that will increase testing (especially multiple opportunities of testing, which increases the cost to school districts)
http://www.pearsoned.com/news/pearson-and-campaign-for-the-civic-mission-of-schools-partner-to-accelerate-quality-civics-education/

Pearson partners with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, an organization promoting the national campaign for high stakes testing in citizenship

http://www.civicmissionofschools.org/

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Education, State Sovereignty

 

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Keep The Republic (This Saturday)

It’s an admonishment you’ve heard dozens of times.  Dr. Benjamin Franklin left the Constitutional Convention on September 17th, 1787 and was met by a woman who asked, “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”  Dr. Franklin replied, “A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

Do you feel like we’re losing the republic?

We are.

I’ve investigated a dozen different school districts from Denver to Richmond, and at the earliest of ages (kindergarten and first grade), our children are being indoctrinated into the false teaching that America is a Constitutional Democracy. Of course, they want to say “Constitutional Democracy” since the vast majority of educrats are liberals and Democrats… …and Democracy sounds like Democrats.  A republic, well, sounds like those ‘evil Republicans’.

Our Constitution and Freedoms are under constant attack, and even after we gave the Republicans all the power they need to stop the out-of-control spending, force massive reduction in the size of the Federal Government, and enjoin it to live within the confines of the document which they swore an oath to defend, the train continues full-steam towards the edge of the cliff.

What do we do?

We save the republic.

How?

Ask Thomas Jefferson…

“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society, but the people themselves: and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their controul with a wholsome discretion, the remedy is, not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. this is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.” [sic]

The people have given up control of the ultimate powers of the society.  It’s time to take it back.  And, citizens across the nation are doing just that.

What have you done to Keep The Republic?

Isn’t it about time YOU did something?

Join other patriots this Saturday April 26th 10:00am – 6:30pm in training to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to articulate your desire to make the policy changes necessary to restore our governments to their proper roles!  Current liberty-minded civics training only teaches theory.  This is application training, practical exercises, and instruction to turn you into a Citizen Lobbyist with the skills to affect the direction of your local government as well as state and federal government.

For more information on the Saturday April 26th class, click here.

For more information, on the Center for Self-Governance, click here.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Activism, Education, Freedom

 

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8 Buck Mike… …and The House Appropriations Committee for Education

One thing that seems to be lost in the kerfuffle over Missouri Representative Mike Lair’s amendment to purchase $8.00 of tin-foil for the “Common Core paranoia” is that “The Kansas City Star reported that the House Appropriations committee approved an amendment for $8 for tin foil in next year’s Education Budget.”

[Emphasis added]

Maybe I’m crazy, but it seems to me that a committee is more than one person, and that for a committee to approve such an amendment, a majority of the committee members must vote in its favor.  So, my question, who else voted for Lair’s high-priced Reynolds Wrap?

The members of the committee are:

So, has anyone asked these representatives why they voted for Lair’s amendment?  Was the amendment read aloud? Was it provided on paper?  Was there a big laugh in the committee?  Was there any debate?  Any hyperbole?

I will e-mail these questions to the list of folks above, but to me, a vote for this amendment makes them as guilty of ridiculing their constituents and elitist hubris as Representative Mike Lair.  Maybe you should be asking your representative these questions too.

When they start ridiculing you, they’re using Alinsky tactics… …but that also means you’re winning!

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2014 in Education, Republican

 

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Common Core Is Great!! …Right?!?

More good links:

1.  Think Like a Nazi….Argue why jews are evil–4th grade common core assignment, Albany, NY:

http://poorrichardsnews.com/post/48049380443/common-core-writing-assignment-think-like-a

 

2.  Suffolk County Education Forum Video:

 

3.  Attend School Board Meetings:

http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/campbell/entry/55546

 

4.  Common Core: “If You Like Your Curriculum, You Can Keep Your Curriculum”:

http://www.cato.org/blog/common-core-you-curriculum-you-can-keep-it

 

5.  Dr. Gary Thompson Testifies to Wisconsin Legislature: Common Core Test is Cognitive Child Abuse:

http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/dr-gary-thompson-testifies-to-wisconsin-legislature-common-core-test-is-cognitive-child-abuse/

 

6.  Opting Out of Testing Approved By Supreme Court:

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/276/

 

7.  Common Core Is So Important To The Open Data Movement, Because It’s “The Glue That Actually Ties Everything Together.”:

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/common-core-is-so-important-to-the-open-data-movement-because-its-the-glue-that-actually-ties-everything-together/

 

8.  Are ACT And College Board Selling Student Personal Data?

http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/are-act-and-college-board-selling-student-personal-data/

 

9.  Common Core Standards attacked by Republicans:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/19/common-core-standards-attacked-by-republicans/

 

10.  3 * 4 = 11 Is Okay:

 

11.  NYC Teachers Give Fourth-Graders Math Problems About Dead Slaves, Whippings:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/nyc-kids-get-math-worksheet-on-slaves-whippings.html

 

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Education

 

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DESE Common Core Answers

Can you believe that only 8 days after the DESE Common Core…

divide and conquer campaign

listening session

information forum

…talking points dispensation session, we have all the answers we could ever want ready to go on the DESE web site?!?

Would you believe they answered half the questions?

Would you believe none?

Here’s a challenge to DESE.  Answer at least one question on your web site by 5/15.  Surely, these experts can answer one of the questions posed by the audience members.

I know. I know. You’re waiting until you have all the questions answered.  Please.  Publish what you have; then get back to work on letting us know exactly how much this is going to cost.  That seems to be quite the mystery.

Maybe they’re not such experts after all…

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Education

 

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