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Opt out of NY’s Common Core testing.

You do not have to have your child participate in Cuomo’s Common Core initiative. How many parents are aware that they have the right to opt out? Testing and curriculum should come at the local level. Common Core = Communist Core.

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Letting the Federal Government control education has been is and will increasingly bring students down to a minimum level and inhibit achieving a maximum level of education. The other danger is it allows government to indoctrinate students in a way incompatible with families and/or our nations best interest but rather with the interests of those in power.

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Heidi Indelecato plans to take son Benjamin to the library during this week’s Common Core testing sessions.Courtesy of Heidi Indelecato

While her son’s fourth-grade classmates were taking the nation’s first round of tests under the controversial Common Core program, Heidi Indelecato decided to teach her son a lesson in civil disobedience.

“We respectfully refuse to participate in the test,” said Indelecato, whose son Benjamin attends school in Lancaster, N.Y., which on Tuesday became the first state to administer testing under the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

So while other kids sat poised with their No. 2 pencils above Scantron sheets, Benjamin studied with his mother, who documented the occasion with a picture of the pair wearing T-shirts that read: “Keep calm and and refuse the NYS tests.”

“We respectfully refuse to participate in the test.”- Heidi Indelecato, mother of a fourth-grader

Common Core was adopted by 45 states, although Indiana withdrew last month. The set of standards, devised by the nation’s school superintendents at the behest of the National Governors Association, seeks to set a uniform standard for grades K-12, to ensure kids all over the nation reach the same minimum level of learning.

The program involves testing of students in grades 3-8 and high school testing is scheduled to begin next year.New York implemented the standards a year early.

Critics say the standards end up dictating curriculum, and thus taking power away from local districts and parents. They also claim that textbooks and lesson plans aligned with Common Core have become politicized. In addition to Indiana, measures have been introduced in several state legislatures to opt out or scale back participation.

Indelecato, a member of the parent group NYS Allies for Public Education, said she has been picking up her son at the beginning of the testing sessions and going to the library, where they review reading arts and math as well as lessons in the civil disobedience of such historical figures as Rosa Parks.

“I feel like I’m teaching him leadership and strong self-confidence, qualities that I feel are good for the development of a young child,” she said. “I’m trying to instill in him that sometimes it’s important to be polite but disobedient. Sometimes it’s needed because the leaders are not always going to be right.”

As students across New York state began taking the 90-minute tests, parents have been given the option of keeping children from participating. But in many districts the kids are not being allowed to use the time to read or do homework during the testing periods, which continue for the next six days. Read more…

Received in an email. Chris Gibson is our representative in Congress in NY’s 20th Congressional District. District20ny’s Blog

Chris Gibson for Congress
Bob –

This week, students in classrooms across New York will be subject to high-stakes, burdensome over-testing. It is my belief that our students should spend more time learning and less time testing.Mary Jo and I are deeply involved in our children’s education – our three children attend the same public school I went to – and we are blessed that they have had phenomenal teachers. It’s unfair to require these teachers to teach to the test, instead of developing lessons specific to each classroom and community’s needs.

 

That’s why I’ve authored a bill that reduces these burdensome, high-stakes, federal testing requirements. I believe local input is critical to developing curriculum that gives teachers flexibility and students the time to learn.

 

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I am proud to receive an “A” rating from the National Education Association because our children’s education is one of my top priorities.

Stand with me and sign my petition to oppose burdensome over-testing and unfunded federal mandates. And you can read more about my views on education reform here.

Thanks for all that you do,

Chris

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CALLING WHAT IS EVIL GOOD , AND WHAT IS GOOD EVIL EVIL

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CALLING WHAT IS EVIL GOOD , AND WHAT IS GOOD EVIL EVIL

Originally posted on Citizen Tom:

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Isaiah 5:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

We often quote verse the verse above, but we rarely consider it in context.  Let’s do that. The following is a relatively literal translation.  If you have trouble with it try this version, Isaiah 5:8-30 Good News Translation (GNT).

Isaiah 5:8-30 New King James Version (NKJV)

Impending Judgment on Excesses

Woe to those who join house to house;
They add field to field,
Till there is no place
Where they may dwell alone in the midst of the land!
In my hearing the Lord of hosts said,
“Truly, many houses shall be desolate,
Great and beautiful ones, without inhabitant.
10 For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
And a…

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NY Resolutions Opposing Anti-Gun Law – “Safe Act” update 3-25-2013

H/T Guns Across America New York

NY Resolutions Opposing Anti-Gun Law – “Safe Act” 3-7-2013

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New Yorkers please remember Kirsten Gillibrand’s progressive anti constitutional voting record!

Remember Kirsten Gillibrand’s progressive anti constitutional voting record. Below is an email I just received. Gillibrand does not represent the views of upstate New Yorkers but instead panders to liberal down staters. Throw progressive Sen. Chuck Schumer into the mix and upstate NY has virtually no representation in the US Senate.

Impeach Obama! Treasonous Liars, Cheaters and Thieves all!

Impeach Obama! Treasonous Liars, Cheaters and Thieves all!

Bob,

We are finally on the verge of taking action to reduce gun violence. The Senate will vote later today on a set of lifesaving, bipartisan gun safety reforms.

But – and this is an important “but” – 13 extreme Republican Senators are trying to filibuster it. The filibuster caucus, including Senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, James Inhofe, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and even Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is threatening to thwart the will of 90% of Americans – just to appease the NRA.

We must stop them. We cannot let the extreme right-wing sink life saving reforms. To break this filibuster, we all have to stand up and be heard. We have to act now to ensure this gets a vote. Victims and their families deserve at least that.

Click here to sign this petition urging the Senate to end the filibuster of bipartisan gun reform. You can also watch me make the case on “Morning Joe” for why this is so important.

Sign the petition to stop the filibuster. Gun violence victims deserve a vote on gun safety reform. Add your name now.Over the last week, I have seen family members of gun violence victims – from Aurora to Newtown – visit the Capitol to plead with their senators to support critical gun safety reforms. These families deserve nothing less. Really, they deserve more than a vote, they deserve for this legislation to become law.

But we cannot get it to President Obama’s desk unless we cross this filibuster hurdle.

I need you to stand with me to send an unwavering message to Senator Mitch McConnell and the filibuster caucus: Now is the time for a vote.

Sign this petition to make sure that we stop the filibuster and finally get an up-or-down vote on commonsense gun safety reforms.

Thank you,

Kirsten

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NY Resolutions Opposing Anti-Gun Law – “Safe Act”

H/T Guns Across America New York

Cuomo, can you hear us yet?? This is the most updated list.

Cuomo, can you hear us yet?? This is the most updated list.

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2nd Amendment Rally – Albany NY – “The Right To Bear Arms”

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Published on Jan 22, 2013

Gun-Rights Advocates Rally in Albany Jan 19 2013 Demonstrators outside the Capitol in Albany on Saturday denounced recent legislation that gave New York some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on assault weapons and magazines. The rally was one of many held across the country by gun-rights advocates.

“This is an outrage against humanity, what we’re seeing,” said protester Robert Candea, of Warwick, who brought his family along.

Activists promoted the rallies in state capitals nationwide primarily via social media. They were held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals in response to the Connecticut elementary school massacre last month.

New York’s law, enacted with little public debate, expanded the state’s assault-weapon ban and instituted background checks for buying ammunition. It passed with broad support in the legislature, but some lawmakers who opposed it vowed at Saturday’s rally that they would keep fighting.
“This battle is not over. It has just begun,” Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin said.

“This was abuse of power by a man who wanted to be president but now never will,” he said of Cuomo.

“This week, representative democracy did not work,” said Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco.

Protester Sirell Fiel of Cambridge, who draped himself in an American flag for the rally, said he had owned guns for many years and hoped to attend more protests in the coming weeks. “I’m not going to stop until changes are made.”

Gun owners, however, said they are being unfairly targeted by the new law and were dismayed by the quick passage of it by lawmakers. The bill was adopted hours after it was printed.

“If they want to do something, then give it the people. If they want to do a referendum on casinos, why don’t they do one on gun control?” said Paul Jameson, 54, Saugerties, Ulster County. “This is absolutely crazy the way the governor has done this. It borders on illegal, and it takes away our rights.”

Other accused the Democratic governor of pushing for the law so he could build his national profile. He is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

“We elected them to serve us. They are serving themselves,” said Eli Noseworthy, 69, of Long Island. “The governor is concerning himself with his aspirations to run for president, and that’s not right.”

The National Rifle Association has protested the new law, and lawsuits are expected against the state.

The rally was part of a national effort Saturday called Guns Across America and included rallies at state capitals to protest new laws and legislation.

“I don’t feel like I’m a criminal. In order to keep order, we need good guys with guns,” said Heather Johnson, 36, of Kirkville, Onondaga County.

Cuomo on Saturday said the law would save lives. A Siena College poll Thursday showed wide support for the governor and the gun-control measures.

The law puts a tighter ban on assault weapons and lowers the number of bullets allowed in a magazine from 10 to seven. It adds more stringent regulations on gun permitting and expands background checks for pistol sales.

At the New York state Capitol in Albany,
Thousands turned out for a chilly rally, where they chanted “We the People,” ”USA,” and “Freedom.” Many carried American flags and “Don’t Tread On Me” banners. The event took place four days after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the nation’s toughest assault weapon and magazine restrictions.

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The Resistance Begins: New York Gun Owners Refuse to Register; “Largest Act of Civil Disobedience in State History”

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Resistance Begins

With emotions running high in the aftermath of the Newtown Sandy Hook shooting, politicians on the State and Federal level have begun introducing legislative actions to curtail access to firearms protected by the Second Amendment. In Missouri, parents may soon be forced to register firearms with their child’s school under threat of criminal penalties. In Massachusetts, another proposal would require storage of semi-automatic rifles at government approved storage depots. And, in the State of New York, congressional representatives have already passed legislation that requires registration of every semi-automatic rifle and reduces maximum magazine capacity to 7 rounds of ammunition, and Governor Cuomo has floated the idea of gun confiscation.

Now, in what is sure to be a growing trend across the entire country, New York gun owners are organizing a resistance against what many believe to be the most, “brazen infringement on the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the nation,” according to The New American:

Preparations are already being made for mass resistance.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the New York Post.

Even government officials admit that forcing New Yorkers to register their guns will be a tough sell, and they are apparently aware that massive non-compliance will be the order of the day. “Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that,’’ a source in the Cuomo administration told the Post, adding that officials expect “widespread violations” of the new statute.

Threats of imprisoning gun owners for up to a year and confiscating their weapons are already being issued by governor’s office, headed by a rabid anti-Second Amendment extremist who suggested before the bill passed that “confiscation” of all semi-automatic rifles was being considered. If tens or even hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens refuse to comply, however, analysts say New York would either have to start raising taxes and building a lot more prisons, or give up on the scheme that experts say will do nothing to reduce violence and that lawmakers say is aimed at eventual confiscation.

Activists involved in the state-wide boycott against the unconstitutional statute who spoke to the Post almost taunted authorities, saying gun owners would essentially dare authorities to “come and take it away.”

According to the paper, leaders of some of the state’s hundreds of gun clubs, dealers, and non-profit organizations, citing the New York Constitution’s guarantee that gun rights “cannot be infringed,” are currently involved in organizing the resistance. Among the primary concerns is that, with registration, authorities would know where to go for confiscation, an idea already proposed openly by Governor Cuomo himself.

“They’re saying, ‘F— the governor! F— Cuomo! We’re not going to register our guns,’ and I think they’re serious. People are not going to do it. People are going to resist,” explained State Rifle and Pistol Association President Tom King, who also serves on the National Rifle Association board of directors. “They’re taking one of our guaranteed civil rights, and they’re taking it away.”

Opponents of the right to bear arms, take heed. The American people know what you’re up to and they will not stand for it.

The resistance has begun.

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