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Monday, 28 January 2013 22:45

Primer on Idaho State Insurance Debate

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If you would like to take some time and understand better the issue of the State Health Exchange and Obamacare, then attached are some resources for you.

"In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children."

There is some language that has been on my mind lately, and I haven't figured out how to properly insert it into the discussion, it is language from the Book of Mormon;  

DISCLAIMER: These are my thoughts as an individual, not as a member of the republican party or as part of Idaho County Republican Central Committee, even though I am member of both, I'm also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, and sharing this thought isn't an attempt to convence you of my religious view, rather, to convey an idea that is based on the context of my belief structure, and share that in order that you the readers of this site, will be able to understand the context of the idea I'm trying to get across.  -- Don Fletcher

Sunday, 13 January 2013 19:36

Dear Mr. Security Agent...

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Dear Mr. Security Agent,

"... A decade ago I wrote the novel Enemies Foreign and Domestic, a tale about how tragic events involving the misuse of firearms can be used by an evil administration to misinform and mold public opinion to support its malign anti-freedom policies.

No, my novel was not predicting “Operation Fast and Furious” a decade before that covert
policy of “pursuing gun control under the radar,” (which was President Obama’s explanation to
Sarah Brady for his lack of overt political action). That inter-agency gun-walking policy,
remember, resulted in the deaths of over four hundred Mexicans and two U.S. federal agents,
murdered in an effort to discredit the Second Amendment and lead to more restrictive gun
control laws in America. (If Nixon—or any Republican, for that matter—were in office, the
intentional bloodbath would be called Murdergate, but today’s collaborating Woodwards and
Bernsteins are in on the cover-up.)

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 17:59

Notes for Idaho State Republican Central Committee

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Notes for Idaho State Republican Central Committee

Voting on where the 2014 State GOP convention.  Three counties presented proposals, Madison, Kootenai, and Latah.

It will be held in Latah County, Moscow.

Tom Luna, Attorney General, and various legislators are in attendance.

Senator Rische just showed up.

He will be ranking member on senate small business committee. On Energy committee he is number 3, and on foreign relations he is number 2 Republican.

 

Monday, 07 January 2013 21:06

Brave New World | Aldous Huxley

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Online Editon

I came across this today, and felt it vital to share it with all, as it is one of the most important dystopian visions warning of the dangers of collectivism that I've ever read.  

Brave New World

By Aldous Huxley

Chapter One

A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

Saturday, 08 December 2012 20:43

Why amend the US Constitution?

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Quite simply our federal government has grown out of control. In loss of liberty, in irresponsible spending, in the practice of devaluing our currency and hiding taxes in inflation and our aggressive foreign policy have led us far from where this great country began; with a Republic of Independent and States united for common interests and the common good.

Most of the ills we are experiencing today are the result of decisions made around a hundred years ago during the Progressive movement. Our Constitution was created by classic liberals which bear little resemblance to the “liberals” of today. Classical liberalism is based on liberty, natural law and freedom. Liberalism today is closer to socialism and statism.

 

Saturday, 01 December 2012 20:11

Norquist: Watch Out for Second Tea Party Wave

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From TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK

"Founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist has had a couple of hard weeks recently. Aside from being the usual whipping boy for the tax-and-spend leftists in Washington, he has also seen some political distancing by leading members of the GOP. However, as it rapidly becomes clearer and clearer that the Democrats are refusing to take these negotiations seriously, it seems Mr. Norquist’s no-tax pledge may be back in vogue with fair-weather Republicans."

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Friday, 23 November 2012 10:50

Call to action! Support AXED

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We need you right now! Support Axed: The End of Green Go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jking/axed Only 10 days left to pledge!

Crying Wolf: Exposing the Wolf Reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park: http://www.cryingwolfmovie.com/store

More on Agenda 21: http://www.freedomadvocates.org/

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Did you know that wolves are destroying western wildlife, culture, and livelihoods? Did you know that over 90% of some of the most famous game herds in the world have been destroying by wolves since the federal government released the animals in the west in 1995?

Did you know that carnivores, especially wolves, are the active ingredients in the Agenda 21 recipe? Without large, destructive, diseased wolves running around it would be far more difficult for agencies to work with environmental groups to create and expand more and more man-free wilderness zones and justify land acquisitions to create human-free wolf and wildlife corridors? It's all about getting people out of the rural areas by ruining rural economies.

Did you know that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service worked closely with radical environmental groups and cheated the endangered species act when they released Canadian wolves into Yellowstone, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming? Did you know that the original agreements called for 78-100 wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and now we have thousands upon thousands of wolves spreading out all over the place, and nobody seems to care? Did you know these same wolves can and will attack and kill humans? A school teacher was killed by wolves in Alaska in 2011. Did you know that the states affected, MT, ID, and WY, all passed legislation against wolf recovery, but were completely ignored? Did you know that the Congress of the United states turned down the USFWS's request to fund the reintroduction? Did you know that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service stole up to $70 Million dollars from sportsmen to reintroduce the wolves; wolves that have since destroyed the sportsmen's very ways of life?

Did you know it was self-avowed socialist, Ted Turner, a man who wants to see 90% of humanity wiped off the planet, who is one of the biggest proponents of the wolf reintroduction? Did you know it was the man who oversees Ted Turner's Endangered Species Fund who personally led both the reintroduction of wolves to the northern Rockies and the southern Rockies? Did you know it was recorded that this same man said at an event in Minnesota in 2002 that the reintroduction of wolves had nothing to do with wolves but has everything to do with driving 30,000 ranchers out of public land?

Did you know that wolves are coming soon to an area near you? There is an effort by environmentalists to overrun the continental United States, coast to coast, with millions of wolves. Most all of this information and more is available in my film, Crying Wolf: Exposing the Wolf Reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park which you can get on my website, cryingwolfmovie.com. Did you know that I am producing another film that will expose more environmental fraud and corruption? It's called Axed: The End of Green. We are currently running a Kickstarter campaign. We have 10 days left to raise the funding we need to finish this film. So we need you, right now, to go to Kickstarter.com, search Axed: The End of Green, and get behind us, be a backer, and help us make this project. We need you ASAP! Thank you!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 16:24

Nearly 500 Schools Qualify for Performance Bonuses

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FOR RELEASE:
CONTACT: JOSHUA WHITWORTH
November 14, 2012
TELEPHONE: (208) 343-6405

 

Below Release from Superintendent Of Public Instruction Tom Luna office released on Tuesday, the November 13th.

SUPERINTENDENT LUNA ANNOUNCES NEARLY 500 SCHOOLS QUALIFY FOR PERFORMANCE BONUSES
BOISE – Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna announced today that teachers who earned pay-for-performance bonuses in 499 schools across Idaho will receive these bonuses, even though Proposition 2 has been repealed.
In a written opinion requested by Superintendent Luna, the Attorney General’s office held that bonuses were earned during the 2011-2012 school year and paying the bonuses is a “ministerial” duty. Proposition 2, which created a statewide pay-for-performance program, was repealed by Idaho voters on November 6.
 
“This is great news for Idaho teachers who have worked hard to earn these bonuses and deserve to receive them,” said Superintendent Luna. “I am pleased districts will be able to distribute this $38 million in bonuses despite the repeal of Proposition 2.”
 
The state will distribute pay-for-performance funding to Idaho school districts and public charter schools on November 15. Under the law, districts have until December 15 to distribute these bonuses to the Idaho teachers who earned it under the pay-for-performance plan in the 2011-2012 school year. However, some uncertainty had existed on whether or not districts could distribute this bonus money to teachers after the laws are officially repealed from Idaho Code on November 21.
 
Therefore, Superintendent Luna asked the Attorney General the following question to give school districts clarity: If Proposition 2 is repealed, will local school districts and public charter schools have the legal authority to distribute pay-for-performance bonuses to individual teachers after the November 21 certification of the election?
 
About eight in 10 Idaho teachers will receive a bonus this year. The average bonus will be about $2,000. School districts across Idaho are set to receive millions in bonuses for teachers. For example, the Boise School District will receive an estimated $4.6 million, Meridian School District an estimated $4.2 million, Twin Falls School District an estimated $998,000, Pocatello School District an estimated $2 million, Idaho Falls School District an estimated $1.2 million, Lewiston School District an estimated $1 million, and Coeur d’Alene School District an estimated $1.7 million.
Under Idaho’s statewide pay-for-performance plan, teachers were awarded bonuses for meeting criteria at the state and local level.
 
The state goals were based on student performance on the ISAT and took into account both student proficiency and student growth. The state rewarded teachers and other certificated staff in an entire school for reaching goals based on overall excellence (how many students reach proficiency), as well as academic growth (how much progress students show year over year).
 
Additionally, each local school district set its own local goals based on multiple objective measures of student achievement. These goals vary from district to district and include factors like student attendance, the Idaho Reading Indicator, end-of-course assessments and graduation rates.
 
Based on the results from the 2011-2012 school year, certificated staff in 499 schools have qualified to receive a bonus. The bonus amounts will vary depending on each school district’s locally developed plan.
 
The State Department of Education has followed the timeline put in place in 2011 for calculating pay-for-performance bonuses based on state and local student achievement data and distributing the funding for these bonuses in the third state foundation payment on November 15, 2012.
 
The student achievement portion of pay-for-performance was just one part of Idaho’s statewide pay-for-performance plan. If Proposition 2 had passed, teachers would have been able to earn bonuses for working in hard-to-fill positions and taking on leadership duties next year.
 
For a full list of schools and districts that are eligible to receive pay-for-performance bonuses and the total amount they are scheduled to receive, please visit http://www.studentscomefirst.org/performance.htm.
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Grangeville - Last night Sheriff Giddings spoke about the new Washington state marijuana law.  Here is a timely link and an excerpt about this issue.  America is at a crossroads on this issue.  Interesting to me is the idea that if liberals can nullify pot law, why can't conservatives nullify Obamacare.       

From Coeur d'Alene Press

...Spokespeople for the Coeur d'Alene Police and Idaho State Police said their agencies aren't making predictions at this time over the new law.  They will continue to enforce the law as usual, the officials said.  "Being pinched in between two medical marijuana states, Montana and Washington, it's already been an issue with us," said ISP Commander Curtis Kastens.  Miller expects one demographic will definitely experience changes from the law, though.  Children.  "That will be a bigger issue than anything, the accessibility kids will have," Miller said.  He expects that where kids once sneaked into their parents' liquor cabinets, now they'll be reaching for their parents' legalized stash...

By the way, don't assume I have made up my mind on this issue.

Sheriff Giddings also told us about a gun law in Cook County (Chicago).  As a member of the NRA, I keep up on this issue.  The NRA and several good news agencies have reported (Nov. 2012) that:   

A controversial "violence tax" on guns in the Chicago area was approved Friday by Cook County commissioners, NBCChicago.com reported.  The $25 tax on every gun purchased in the county -- city law prohibits gun sales in Chicago -- is meant to offset health care and other costs of gun violence, Board President Toni Preckwinkle said...

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