Drivers Licence in Texas? 10 Fingerprints Please!

imagesWhen…When…When… are our legislators on the right going to figure out that it is exactly situations like this that the left uses to trample on our Freedom and Liberty?

Really. Quietly, earlier this year, the Texas Department of Public Safety began requiring full sets of fingerprints from everyone who obtains a new driver’s license or photo identification card.

Quietly? I wonder why? Might it be because this would cause an uproar? Duh!

Well, it seems that, just like with Common Core, the process of debate has been just tossed out like an old rag and our Representative Government has decided to just decide what is good for us.

As bad as this is, it looks like this actually started with some 2005 legislation co-sponsored by our current Agriculture Commissioner, Todd Staples, who was a  state senator at the time. This really honks me off as I really like Mr. Staples. But for goodness sake, when are our legislators on the right going to learn that we cannot sanitize the world from every problem with overreaching legislation? “DPS spokesman Vinger says the system has already led to the capture of three individuals wanted for crimes.”  Yes folks… that would be THREE!!!! Insane!!! I have to go drink some coffee, you better get one too… or something stronger, before we continue!

OK, I am better. Now to continue. It gets better! It seems that DPS (Texas’ Department of Public Safety) just “decided” during the first part of this year to go from taking a thumbprint, to an all out collection of all ten fingers from everyone they can get. Again, no public debate, no input from the great people of Texas, just a very quiet decision. I hate to tell you this DPS, but you work for the citizens of the great state of Texas! We are the employer! This would be called insubordination!!

Now, I am all for giving our public servants the needed tools to keep us safe. I understand the difficult job. But this all comes down to some very missing common sense as well as some basic fundamentals. Why should I try to say it when Benjamin Franklin said it so well:

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

We are living in an era where we are quickly giving up our Freedom and Liberty. It would take 50 more posts to cover it all. Technology itself has done plenty to erode our privacy, and we are letting our elected (and not so elected) officials use that technology to take us to a point where the government will know more about us than we know about ourselves…and without any public debate on the subject. It has been the increasing pattern, and “We the People” deserve a large part of the blame. Too many citizens are not paying attention! If we do not wake up, soon, we will be living in a nation that we do not recognize.

The good news is that this is Texas! We have some great fighters in Austin and we have some great citizens willing to stand up and say, “Oh Hell No!” Texas State Representative Steve Toth was recently quoted as saying:

“I’m gonna raise heck about this when I get back to the office. I’m going to see what I can do to stop it.”

So folks, we fight on! We have to wake up America! Talk to your neighbors. Talk to the person in the line at the grocery. Talk to the hairdresser. Overreaching government can only win when the people are uninformed.

We can be so thankful to Dave Lieber of DallasNews.com for breaking this horrendous situation. According to Lieber, “A political science professor at Texas Christian University named Donald W. Jackson, who has a new organization called the North Texas Civil Rights Project, is offering legal support if anybody wants to challenge this new policy in court.” (Thank You as well to Jon Cassidy of Watchdog.Org)

I could continue…but I need more coffee…so I digress…for now! I will let the great Frederick Douglass have the last word:

“Nevertheless, this is no time for the friends of freedom to fold their arms and consider their work at an end. The price for liberty is eternal vigilance.”

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Mississippi Burning: 3300! Cochran to Resign? True The Vote Sues, Barbour Investigated, and More!

Originally posted on A Time For Choosing:

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By Gary P Jackson

I lot has happened in the last 24 hours, more than I can keep up with, even after pulling an all-nighter!

****For starters, the McDaniel campaign has now identified 3300 illegal votes with only half of the counties canvased. It seems highly likely they may find enough invalidated votes to overturn the results of the election, especially if what has been said about absentee votes is true.

Of course, McDaniel doesn’t actually need to find enough illegal votes to overturn the election, to prevail here. You see, as backwards as Mississippi’s voting system seems to be, they actually have very strong laws against vote fraud, laws with teeth!

There’s an interesting concept here at play. By law, all Chris McDaniel has to do is provide enough evidence of fraud to taint the vote. In Mississippi the evidence of significant fraud can force a new election…

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You won’t believe these kindergarten schedules ~ Facebook Will Not Allow This Link!

I am blogging this as FB has blocked the link to the news article.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/02/you-wont-believe-these-kindergarten-schedules/

Anybody paying attention to school reform knows that kindergarten today is nothing like it used to be. Kindergarten schedules used to be dominated by play, but there’s not much time — if any — for that any more in many programs.  Play has been replaced with reading, writing and arithmetic — and a slew of tests on reading, writing and arithmetic. There is so much pressure on teachers to get kids in kindergarten — who can be 4, 5 or 6 — academically oriented that some teachers have stopped offering a snack because there just isn’t any time. Recess? That’s gone in some places too.

Play, you may be surprised to learn, is actually the way young kids learn best. According to this report titled “Crisis in the Kindergarten” by the non-profit Alliance for Childhood:

Long-term research casts doubt on the assumption that starting earlier on the teaching of phonics and other discrete skills leads to better results. For example, most of the play-based kindergartens in Germany were changed into centers for cognitive achievement during a wave of educational “reform” in the 1970s. But research comparing 50 play-based classes with 50 early-learning centers found that by age ten the children who had played excelled over the others in a host of ways. They were more advanced in reading and mathematics and they were better adjusted socially and emotionally in school. They excelled in creativity and intelligence, oral expression, and “industry.”  As a result of this study German kindergartens returned to being play-based again.

To get an idea of what kindergarten kids are being asked to do, I looked at some of the schedules posted on school websites. Here are just a few which show how much time young kids are being asked to sit and do academic work. It should be noted that kindergarten teachers tell me that the official time schedules can be misleading because academics often runs into non-academic blocks, meaning that kids sometimes can’t go to recess or paint a picture because there is no time.

Take a look at these half-day and full-day kindergarten schedules, and, at the end, one schedule for preschedule. If you come across others in the same vein, send them in.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/02/you-wont-believe-these-kindergarten-schedules/

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The “Unstoppable Collapse” of the West Antarctic ice sheet – the rest of the story

scottie1321:

I have yet to see any of the mainstream media mention the fact that Antarctic sea ice is currently at or near an all-time high

Originally posted on wryheat:

The mainstream media and the Arizona Daily Star are in their usual “gloom and doom” mode because a few glaciers in the Amundsen Sea of West Antarctica are flowing faster than they have been and hence calving ice into the sea. This glacial behavior has been known for some time. The current turmoil was precipitated by recent publication of two papers based on data collected between 1992 and 2011.  But even back in 1968, a paper by Ohio State University glaciologist John Mercer called the West Antarctic Ice Sheet a “uniquely vulnerable and unstable body of ice.” Mercer based his statement on geologic evidence that West Antarctica’s ice had changed considerably many, many millennia ago at times when the ice sheets of East Antarctica and Greenland had not.

Is it just coincidence that this story is being hyped now, closely following release of the latest National Climate Assessment Report by…

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Constitution101: The Sovereignty of the People

scottie1321:

Excellent!

Originally posted on GulfDogs:

The federal government acts like it stands as sovereign in the American system, but that was never intended by those who created it. In fact, the federal government was never meant to serve as anything more than an agent, exercising the specific powers delegated by the true sovereign – the people.

While many Americans assume the federal government sits at the top of the power pyramid, it actually belongs on the bottom. Under the intended constitutional system, “we the people” hold the top position of authority, with the states under them and the federal government only supreme within the limited scope of the explicit powers delegate to it.

The very first words of the Constitution make this clear.

Have you ever wondered why these three words appear in large, ornate letters? When an 18th century British king issued a grant, his name always appeared at the top in the same…

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Behold: the two absolutely worst arguments against homeschooling

scottie1321:

Excellent! I do not ReBlog a lot… this is definitely one of those times!

Originally posted on The Matt Walsh Blog:

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Here’s the email I received last week. I was saving it for today, as I’ll be speaking at a homeschool conference tomorrow:

*The subject line of this email was: “Not all public school teachers are the devil.”* 

Hi Matt,

I’ve been a pretty decent fan of some of your writings, and while I don’t always agree I find that you sometimes have an entertaining way of presenting your opinion. Anyway, all due respect, I find myself having a hard time continuing to follow you now that I’ve gone back and read through your views on education.

It doesn’t so much bother me that you seem to be PROUD of your lack of a college education. You seem to be of the lucky few smart enough to get away with having no real education to speak of (congratulations). What I can’t reconcile myself with is your vitriol and hatred for public…

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Snow and the Lessons Learned

Snow and the Lessons Learned.

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