Midland, Texas is in the heart of the Texas oil country. Founded in 1881 as the halfway point on the railroad between Fort Worth and El Paso, Midland was originally a cattle town. In 1923, oil was discovered there and the town boomed. Many of the downtown buildings still reflect the art deco construction of the 1920s and 1930s. The city gained fame in the early 2000s as the hometown of President George W. Bush. Today, Midland is feeling the effects of the most recent oil bust, but is even more famous for something else: a closed Walmart.
Until recently Midland was a two Walmart town. One store was located on the north side of town and another the south. That changed in April when the retailer suddenly closed the north side store along with other stores in Livingston, Texas, Pico Rivera, Calif., Tulsa, Okla., and Brandon, Fla. The Midland store closing included layoffs for most of the 456 employees according to the Dallas Morning News. The Midland Reporter-Telegram notes that the store will be closed for approximately six months. Other area businesses are concerned because they benefit from the customers that Walmart draws to the area.
Parents in South Carolina say they have been threatened with jail if the opt their children out of testing.
A report published late Wednesday by World Net Daily says parents participating the a nationwide “revolt” against Common Core claim they are being threatened with jail over their stance. Tamra Hood, a member of South Carolina Parents Involved in Education, said the state Education Department’s Chief Operating Officer, Elizabeth Carpentier, warned parents could spend 30 days in jail if even a single day of testing is missed.
A memo obtained by Breitbart News that was sent to district superintendents by State Superintendent Molly Spearman, titled “Testing Requirements for All Students,” stated the following:
“There is no statutory provision for parents to opt their children out of testing. The State, districts, and schools are required by state and federal law to administer assessments to all public school students. Please ensure that your district and school leaders are consistently communicating that the schools’ obligation is to administer tests to all students. Because of that obligation, it would not be appropriate to provide alternative activities for students in lieu of testing.”
Oregon liberals want to add another gun control measure but gun owners are fighting back.
Liberal Oregon lawmakers are pushing a so-called “universal background check” measure, Senate Bill 941, but in a marathon seven-hour public hearing Wednesday in Salem, Second Amendment activists pushed back.
According to published reports, gun rights advocates testified that this proposed law would have little to no chance of preventing violent crimes. On the other hand, it appears to be a disguised effort toward gun registration in the same way that last year’s Initiative 594 is an attempt to expand the state pistol registry in neighboring Washington.
According to the Salem Statesman-Journal, Kevin Starrett, executive director of the Oregon Firearms Federation, put it bluntly: “No matter what the public is told about how many criminals are prevented from getting guns because of background checks, the most cursory examination of Oregon State Police data proves beyond any doubt that this is simply not true.” Continue reading →
Jade Helm 15, an upcoming military exercise in the southwestern United States is the latest example of alarmism by conspiracy mongers. Once again, conspiracy buffs are predicting the impending imposition of martial law in the United States. Once again, as a service to readers, I don my tinfoil hat to investigate the claims that Jade Helm 15 is part of sinister plot by mysterious forces.
Jade Helm 15 is a large, multistate special operations exercise that will take place from July 15 through September 15, 2015. A map showing the location of the exercise includes the states of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. A small notation on the map, which was part of a slideshow by the US Army Special Operations Command detailing the exercise, is the source of much of the alarm over Jade Helm. The southwestern states are divided into “permissive,” “uncertain,” and “hostile” regions. Texas and Utah, two of the very reddest states in elections, are labeled as “hostile” red regions for the exercise.
Since the recent failure of the Republican attempt to defund President Obama’s executive immigration amnesty, much has been written, most of if it unflattering, about the future of the Republican Party. Many on the Tea Party right doubt the “backbone” of the Republican leadership and question their commitment to opposing President Obama’s policies.
What these critics do not provide is an answer to how the Republicans can overcome the Democratic filibuster that derailed the attempt to defund the amnesty. The problem was not “lack of backbone” on the part of the Republican leadership. The problem was mathematics. The Republicans lacked the 60 votes required by Senate procedural rules to end a filibuster.
The failure of the Republican majority in Congress to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty this week has once again engendered bitterness among some conservatives toward the party’s leadership. Accusations that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell caved to Obama’s pressure are widespread, but the true cause of the failure to defund amnesty can be found within Senate traditions and the Constitution itself. The Constitution may also provide the ultimate solution to Obama’s executive overreach.
Because the authors of the Constitution distrusted a strong central government, they made it difficult to enact new laws. Because the framers worried that the majority might tyrannize a minority, they gave the president veto power over laws passed by Congress and the courts the right to strike down laws judged to be unconstitutional. Democratic filibusters must also be considered by Republican leaders, but it is the presidential veto that holds the greatest threat to the Republican agenda.
Saturday, February 28th on RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS on CPR Worldwide Media from 11am to 1pm EST, Craig and Diane will be talking amnesty, recovered e-mails, net neutrality, and other important issues of the day.
A stunning new poll released today by Rasmussen found that a relative majority of Democrats believe that President Obama should be able to ignore federal courts. The February 20 poll comes as the Obama Administration faces a host of legal obstacles which include a federal judge’s injunction against the president’s executive immigration amnesty and a high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare,” in the Supreme Court.
Rasmussen reports that nearly half of Democrats, 43 percent, “believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts.” This was a plurality, also called a relative majority, since only 35 percent of Democrats opposed having President Obama ignore the courts.
On Friday, President Obama’s Net Neutrality plan has come under fire by both the House Oversight Committee and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on whether or not the Obama administration has influenced members of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai in statements released believes the president’s plan is misleading and is prepared to release full details of the actual intentions of the plan.
The House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a request to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler requesting all communications with the White House and other executive branch agencies about Obama’s Net Neutrality plan, any internal documents and drafts, meeting notes, and who visited the White House. Continue reading →
Forget about Executive Amnesty for a moment. Forget about repealing The Unaffordable Careless Act. Forget about who is going to run or not run for President. None of the above is of any importance if, God forbid, Barack Obama gets “Trade Promotion Authority,” or what is known as “Fast Track.”
So what could be so important, so pressing, to trump all these other issues?