“SB 248 turns fundamental American values upside down…This law replaces parents with unqualified social workers to make educational decisions for children.”
A new bill proposed by Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Ohio) would require parents who have decided to homeschool their child to undergo an investigation by social services, who would then decide whether or not it would be permitted.
The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website is reporting that on December 3, 2014, Senate Bill 248 was introduced in Ohio. This bill is the latest attack against families from state legislatures who want to severely restrict choice to homeschool children. The HSLDA summarizes this bill:
It requires all parents who homeschool to undergo a social services investigation which would ultimately determine if homeschooling would be permitted. Social workers would have to interview parents and children separately, conduct background checks and determine whether homeschooling is recommended or not. If it is not recommended, parents would have to submit to an “intervention” before further consideration of their request to homeschool.
The reasoning for this bill stems from one incident in January 2013 where a 14-year-old boy died after being beaten by his mother’s boyfriend while being taught at home. The mother had pulled him from public school after school officials reported signs of abuse to authorities. Seemingly, she attempted to cover up the abuse by homeschooling him, keeping him from the watchful eyes of public teachers.
However, that brings up an interesting point to counter the need for such a bill. The abuse was reported by the public school teachers to authorities and nothing was done. There is no reason to conclude that homeschooling the child had anything to do with facilitating a murder. This bill “unfairly targets homeschooling” by taking the focus away from the state – who did not protect the child when it was first reported – and laying it on an often stigmatized educational choice.
The HSLDA is fighting for withdrawal of this bill in the Ohio state legislature. They are on the side of protecting parents who choose this educational path for their children. Here is what they are saying:
SB 248 turns fundamental American values upside down…This law replaces parents with unqualified social workers to make educational decisions for children. Rather than target tens of thousands of decent Ohioans who homeschool, policymakers like Cafaro should try to discover what prevented police and social workers who knew what was going on from taking action and faithfully enforcing Ohio’s already adequate child protection laws. This bill is misguided and a step in the wrong direction.
The state should uphold the parent’s right to choose an education that is best for their family, not restrict their choice because of one bad apple. They have the evidence from the thousands of families in Ohio that are successfully homeschooling their children without incident. If SB 248 passes, parents will be viewed as guilty until proven innocent.
* We discuss this issue with Newsman Ben Swann on our latest poscast.
*Johnson is active in Democratic Party politics, as a fundraiser and adviser to presidential campaigns. Johnson served as special counsel to John Kerry‘s 2004 presidential campaign, and was an early supporter of Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign, active as a foreign policy adviser and as a member of his national finance committee.
*Helped repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy
* In January 2011, Johnson provoked controversy when, according to a Department of Defense news story, he asserted in a speech at the Pentagon that deceased civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, despite King’s outspoken opposition to American interventionism during his lifetime. Johnson argued that American soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq were playing the role of the Good Samaritan, consistent with Martin Luther King Jr.’s beliefs, and that they were fighting to establish the peace for which Dr. King hoped. Jeremy Scahill of Salon.com called Johnson’s remarks “one of the most despicable attempts at revisionist use of Martin Luther King Jr. I’ve ever seen,” while Justin Elliott (also of Salon.com) argued that based on Dr. King’s opposition to the Vietnam War, he would likely have opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the covert wars in Pakistan and Yemen.
*In a February 2011, speech to the New York City Bar Association, Johnson “acknowledged the concerns raised” about the detention of alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning and “stated that he had personally traveled to Quantico to conduct an investigation.” Human rights attorney and journalist Scott Horton wrote that “Johnson was remarkably unforthcoming about what he discovered and what conclusions he drew from his visit.”
*At a speech at Yale Law School in February 2012, Johnson defended “targeted killings”.
(CNN) – The Senate broke another Republican filibuster on Monday in confirming former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Homeland Security Department.
The vote to approve Johnson, a key architect of President Barack Obama’s anti-terrorism policies that have included stepped up drone use in terrorist hotspots, was 78-16.
Johnson was nominated by Obama in October and will replace former Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the Cabinet post earlier this year to head California’s public university system.
Johnson will be the fourth secretary of the department that was created in response to the 9/11 attacks.
A member of Obama’s original transition team, Johnson was most recently the Pentagon’s top lawyer where he reviewed military operations. He also was instrumental in counter-terror policy that involved increased reliance on unmanned drones under Obama.
Republicans accused Johnson of being a political loyalist of the President who lacked experience in border security.
The Senate also cleared Ann Patterson to be Undersecretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Republicans filibustered her appointment as well.
Johnson’s confirmation occurred as partisan rancor hits new heights in the Senate over procedural changes imposed by majority Democrats to weaken Republican attempts to block or slow presidential appointments.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would push for approval of other nominees before lawmakers leave town for the holidays by the end of the week.
These include Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve; Robert Wilkins to sit on the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia, Alejandra Mayorkas as Johnson’s deputy and John Koskinen to lead the IRS.
Mayorkas’s nomination is especially controversial. Several GOP Senators don’t want him confirmed until an inspector general investigation is completed into a controversy over a visa program that he oversees.
During the partisan flareup over changes in its rules, the Senate remained in session through the night twice over the past week.
“Although we accomplished a great deal, the process was neither easy nor pleasant,” said Reid.
Republicans have not said if they will force overnight sessions this week in order to slow consideration of remaining nominees.
The Senate is also considering defense policy and budget bills this week. Reid has said the Senate could finish its work as early as Thursday if Republicans cooperate but held out that it might take until Christmas Eve if they don’t.
Why are Republicans Silent about past, and present Harassment of Tea Party (Anti Government) Groups? (if we were in Syria they would be helping us?)
ED: Of course the other side of all of this is that the Obama IRS, DHS, FBI, NSA are also working to harass and silence groups on the far Left. Democrats are silent.
Two seemingly unrelated articles caught my attention. Here’s the first one: “Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel noted on Friday [Dec. 13] that Barack Obama and the IRS have a new plan to target Tea Party groups in advance of the 2014 elections. During Thanksgiving week, the Treasury Department announced a proposal to limit the political activity of 501(c)(4) groups.”
One would think that Republicans in Congress would be outraged. The silence is deafening.
We know that the IRS was going after conservative groups, many of which were associated with the newly formed Tea Party movement. It was a big story for a time, and then it seemed to die.
Why haven’t Republicans made an issue of this unconstitutional and possibly criminal scandal? Stories have come out showing that officials in the IRS had gotten instructions from the top to slow down the approval process of Tea Party groups.
Now we know why the GOP has let the IRS off the hook. Establishment Republicans and their lobbyists hate the Tea Party, but for different reasons.
Republicans like pork as much as the Democrats do, and their lobbyists will do anything to stop anybody who gets in their way to bring home the fattened political bacon. Tony Lee at Breitbart reports on the second one:
“Lobbyists are reportedly ‘pumping their fists’ over House Speaker John Boehner’s declaration of war against the Tea Party last week.
“According to The Hill, lobbyists were ‘pleasantly surprised by’ Boehner’s ‘strident remarks’ last week in which he said Tea Party groups have lost ‘all credibility’ after they opposed the budget compromise that increased taxes. Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin said Boehner’s words were a declaration of war on grassroots conservatives.”
When American bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, his answer was simple: “That’s where the money is.” Lobbyists know if you want tens of millions of dollars, you go to Washington,
The GOP may be against individual welfare, but they are whole hog for corporate welfare. Lobbyists are permanent fixtures in Washington hoping to get their slice of the tax-payer income-tax pie. It’s no wonder that the area around DC area is ground zero for our nation’s Super Zips.“A Washington Post analysis of the latest census data shows that more than a third of Zip codes in the D.C. metro area rank in the top 5 percent nationally for income and education.”
So it’s no wonder that Boehner and other Establishment Republicans are attacking the Tea Party and not stopping the IRS from bullying conservative groups.
Republicans like Boehner and Ryan know were the money is. While it’s politically conservatively correct to attack liberal pork, it’s a whole other thing to attack GOP pork. Now you’re meddling.
Read more HERE
Its almost like Hitlery is “sabotaging” her 2016 nomination before she starts. Reminds us of John Kerry, John McCain, and Mitt Romney….
Here we go again. According to a piece in Politico Magazine former Secretary of State and likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had some harsh words related to progressives in her $400,000 speeches for Goldman Sachs and friends. Clinton decided to use her speaking opportunity before the super rich to attack those criticizing Wall Street and its numerous criminal practices.
Ordinarily these masters of the universe might have groaned at the idea of a politician taking the microphone…
But Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, according to accounts offered by several attendees, declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish.
Foolish, as in you don’t get paid $400,000 for saying it? Why criticize Goldman Sachs when you can get paid $400,000 for talking to them the way they like?
Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn’t going to improve the economy—it needs to stop.
It seems Wall Street has found its candidate, not surprising given that Bill Clinton did more to deregulate Wall Street than Ronald Reagan. It was President Clinton after all who pushed for breaking Glass-Steagall and fired his own CFTC Commissioner, Brooksley Born, to help ensure derivatives were not regulated. The 2008 financial crisis could appropriately be called the Clinton Crash.
Not surprisingly Clinton’s point man on deregulating Wall Street was a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, Robert Rubin.
And now Hillary is signaling a return to the good old days for Wall Street after taking $400,000 of their money. Can we afford a second Clinton Crash?
MIAMI (Reuters) – The U.S. general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and should be shut down because “it validates every negative perception of the United States.”
“In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong,” Marine Major General Michael Lehnert wrote in a column published in the Detroit Free Press.
Lehnert, now retired from the military and living in Michigan, was the first commander of the task force that opened the detention camp in January 2002 at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba.
WICHITA, Kansas – An avionics technician from Kansas was arrested Friday as he planned to drive a vehicle full of explosives into a terminal at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Regional Airport, authorities said.
Terry Lee Loewen, 58, was charged with one count each of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property and attempting to provide support to terrorist group al-Qaida. Authorities said he was trying to support “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.”
The materials inside the vehicle were “inert” and “at no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy,” U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Afton Phelps, an Arapahoe High School student who was reunited with her parents, describes the lockdown and the shooting at Arapahoe High School.
“Karl always wanted to be right – opinionated? Challenged his teachers… Always wore communist T- Shirts (Hammer / Sickle)”
US President Obama said last week that reforming the NSA in the midst of a major surveillance scandal could restore confidence in the government. Newly revealed connections between Congress and the private sector, however, may not do the same.
Officials from the executive and legislative branches have expressed an interest in reforming the NSA, especially in light of the ongoing and highly damaging leaks disclosed to the media by former contractor Edward Snowden. But a recent report has shed light on some ties between those in Washington who watch over the intelligence community and their financial bankers – the likes of which raise questions about just how serious lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives are about reigning in the NSA.
A study by Donny Shaw at the nonpartisan research organization MapLight was published this week, and in it he explored the connections between the major industry players that provide the intelligence community with tools and the lawmakers that look over the NSA and other agencies.
Seventy percent of the intelligence budget is used to pay private contractors, Shaw acknowledged, and the corporations at the top of that list are among those that have received billions of dollars by the federal government in awards and contracts.
At the same time, however, those very companies and the political action committees (PACs) they’ve aligned with have long been padding the pockets of influential members of Congress.
According to research published this week by Shaw, PACs and individuals from the top 20 contractors with ties to the Pentagon have all contributed significantly to members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“In total, members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have received $3.7 million from top intelligence services contractors since January 1, 2005,” Shaw reported, suggesting that lawmakers in those offices may be a bit hesitant to scale back the nation’s intelligence operations and, in turn, cut funding to the very contractors that are helping their campaigns.
With regards to contractors who have benefited heavily from government opportunities, L-3 Communications has been awarded more than $46 billion in federal funds for an array of jobs they’ve undertaken during the course of their relationship with Washington, according to the USAspending.gov website. But as of last month, L-3 has also handed over around $238,145 to the Senate and House intelligence committees.
Even with more than a quarter of a million dollars going directly to the lawmakers in charge of monitoring the intelligence community that relies on L-3’s products and services, the communications firm is hardly the most generous. Lockheed Martin has made contributions to those intelligence committee members in one form or another to the tune of around $798,901, according to Shaw’s research, and Northrup Grumman, Honeywell International, and General Dynamics have each awarded those committee members at least $675k a piece.
And how is that money divvied up? The Maplight research reveals that Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Maryland) – the chairman of the House committee who also represents the district containing the NSA headquarters – is the largest recipient of intelligence contractor money, reaping in around $363,600 since 2005.
“Amid the NSA scandal, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — the committees in charge of oversight — denied stricter reform attempts to the NSA programs and instead propelled legislation aimed at restoring their trust,” John Schoffstall of the Capitol City Project remarked after seeing Shaw’s report.
“The committees are intended to keep waste, fraud and abuse in check given most of these programs are hidden from the general public,” Schoffstall continued. Despite this, however, “Every single member on the committees received campaign contributions from the largest intelligence companies in the US performing services for the government,” he said.
Prosecutors and Feds working hard on getting the trial over with before it begins. At this point evidence is scant, and a serious defense can be made on behalf of Holmes. Betting that we will never see that happen….
Holmes’ attorneys have asked the judge to bar the public and the press from hearing pretrial testimony from the psychiatrist who evaluated Holmes’ sanity.
The judge hasn’t ruled on the request.
Media outlets including The Associated Press filed a response Wednesday, saying the First Amendment guarantees access to pretrial hearings on a defendant’s mental health.
Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a suburban Denver movie theater in 2012. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Holmes underwent a mandatory sanity evaluation last summer. The conclusions haven’t been made public.
Media filing: http://bit.ly/1drTVl3
Loretta Fuddy, a Hawaiian health official who in 2011 was briefly in the national spotlight when she verified the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate and authorized the release of information about it, died Wednesday in the crash of a small plane off the island of Molokai.
“the plane, with a pilot and eight passengers aboard, went down Wednesday in the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai, the Maui Fire Department said.” The others on board survived.