Monday, May 5, 2014

Florida Senate Passes Textbook Review Legislation to Stop Islamic Propaganda to our Children

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

This is a very good first step to purge our public schools of Islamic proselytizing and historical revisionism. Check your children and your grandchildren’s textbooks. Find like-minded parents. Pushback.
“Florida Senate Passes Textbook Review Legislation,” By Creeping Sharia
…to stop the stealth Islamic proselytizing of your children.
Aya Sewell, Sarasota Citizen Activist Protests
Aya Sewell, Sarasota Citizen Activist Protests
NER: Last Friday in Tallahassee, April 11, 2014, the Republican controlled  Florida Senate passed SB864 sponsored by Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) by a narrow vote of 21 to 19. The measure would eliminate State Department of Education control over selection of textbooks returning that role to Florida’s 67 school districts, requiring open public hearing on texts used in courses.  The bill reflected in part concerns of conservative Groups over the Common Core Curriculum State Standards, sponsored by the National Association of Governors and Council of Chief State School Officers  seeking to impose national standards. Despite that criticism the Common Core has been adopted in Forty-four states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

However, SB864 was largely prompted by a different issue; objections of parental groups in several Florida counties in about the treatment of Islam and Muslim culture in world history textbooks on the Florida State Department of Education list of approved texts.  A companion bill (HB 921) is working its way  through the Florida House sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz of Fort Walton.  That version would provide a local option to districts to review texts; however, the selections must still meet state standards.  Gaetz  was quoted in a News Herald  editorial saying: 

“I think there’s an increasing frustration by parents in our state, that they don’t have a lot of say regarding the content and materials their children use in the classroom.”

Local advocates here in Florida drew attention to misrepresentations of Islam in protests in Volusia,  Brevard and Sarasota Counties. Our  Iconoclast post on the subject, “Sarasota, Florida’s biased Islam textbook problem”,  highlighted the relentless efforts of citizen activist Aya Sewell. 

Ms. Sewell is of Iraqi Jewish  heritage, members of her family were  subject to a 1941 pogrom against the Jewish population in Baghdad, the Farhud.  Sewell led a campaign against such texts locally in Sarasota, as well as before the Florida Department of Education.  Elsewhere in the US, Tennessee parents have also raised objections to similar course material extolling Palestinian suicide bombers.     Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) in Boston accused the Newton, Massachusetts school board and superintendent for permitting use of texts and course materials that engage in promoting false information regarding both Islam and demonization of Israel.  

APT undertook content and bias analysis and promoted their findings that included placing ads in local area media and a petition campaign.

An article in the current edition of Education Week noted the debate over the pending Florida textbook legislation:

[Sen. ]Hays said the legislation was needed so that school board members will be accountable to parents and voters. He said school board members have blamed the state for the textbooks they picked.

“This bill imposes on the local school board members the responsibility and accountability to their citizens,” Hays said.

Opponents complained it would cost districts money to review textbooks. Sen. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said she was worried that some districts would wind up censoring some books, while other senators raised questions about whether districts would pick textbooks aligned to the state’s current standards.

Even Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart questioned Hays’ bill.

“From a practical standpoint it lifts a burden from us,” Stewart said. “But we heard loud and clear from districts that they rely on (the state review). They need that. They don’t have the resources to be able to do that.”

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Government Land Grabs: The Truth Exposed - Part 4

By: Diane Sori 

western 1In Part 1 of our series, “Government Land Grabs: The Truth Exposed,” my Right Side Patriots radio partner Diane Sori and I laid out the groundwork behind the federal government’s seizing of land in the western United States over decades of a take an inch…take a mile agenda used by administrations from both sides of the aisle and how the current regime has labeled PRIVATE landholdings in the west as an “ACUTE” problem.

We were able to convey that information thanks to congressman Rob Bishop’s discovery of long buried emails and documents which help expose NEW land grabs in progress along with this regime’s plans, via the BLM and the Department of the Interior pressuring Obama to use his pen and the Antiquities Act of 1906 to not only steal land from private landholders but, to move some 140 MILLION acres (an area the size of the states of Colorado and Wyoming…COMBINED) from “mixed use” to “TREASURED LANDS” status thus rendering it completely off limits to American citizens.

In “Government Land Grabs: Exposing The Truth Part 2,” we proved that the seizing of western lands has virtually NOTHING to do with the liberal call to “protect the environment” and virtually EVERYTHING to do with government control of natural resources in order to control the people.

The maps we show eliminate the possibility of coincidence in that those lands are rife with coal, oil shale and other fossil fuel deposits that the current regime wants to keep off limits to private landholders and we provided evidence of how Obama and his ilk want to keep us dependent on foreign sources for our energy needs.

In “Government Land Grabs: The Truth Exposed Part 3,” we took our investigation passed oil, gas and coal to provide clear evidence of where our nation’s reserves of URANIUM rest and...

Again it’s no coincidence that the maps correspond directly with the government land grabs in the western United States. We also provide in that article, details as to whom the recipients are of our most volatile natural resources. It’s stunning to say the least.

western 2Now in this, our final part of this investigative series, we will floor you with a few more resources that lie under the ground of the western lands being seized, unconstitutionally by our federal government and how those other resources play into your lives, because of the agenda and ideology of the Obama regime, in a most disturbing and dire way.

Of the other resources buried beneath the hijacked lands in the west is none other than helium. Yes, helium and if you think it’s just for party balloons…think again but, before we get into the true and most disturbing part of this, you need to know a few things about our helium reserves.

Our government has a long history of maintaining control over our deposits of helium and, from 1929 until 1960, the U.S. government was the ONLY domestic producer of the gas at which point, the Helium Act OF 1960 directed the Secretary of the Interior to ACQUIRE and conserve helium using funds ‘borrowed’ from the United States Treasury.

western 3As demand for helium increased through the 1990’s,‘incentives’ were  offered to PRIVATE natural gas producers to distill the gas and sell it to the GOVERNMENT but privatization of the process was retooled in 1996 when, guess who…The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was put in charge of providing crude helium to refiners, regulating helium withdrawal from the federal pipeline…the very same government entity also in charge of grabbing western lands and running private landholders OFF the land. Interesting isn’t it?

For a decade, between 1996 and 2006, congress was able to maintain privatization of the helium in our western states, selling off vast reserves of it until April of 2008, just scant months before the nomination of Obama when Department of the Interior, (the BLM) and the National Research Council formed a committee to revisit the issue of selling off most of the reserve. Then, in August of 2008, just before Obama’s election, the US Dept. of the Interior Inspector General's Office of Inspections and Office of Investigations found the BLM helium program vulnerable to fraud, abuse and large losses stemming from its less-than-arms-length relationship with a contractor representing several large helium refiners on the pipeline.

WESTERN 4Compare the image above where everything in red is controlled by the federal government to the other map image that shows uranium deposits (and anywhere one finds uranium, one also finds helium) to see they match almost to a tee.

So, why is it now, that the corrupt BLM is tasked with the seizing of more and more western land where oil shale, coal, natural gas, uranium and…HELIUM are situated? Yes, it’s a simple scientific fact that where one finds natural gas and uranium one also finds helium (and other resources) buy why would this regime be so hell bent on controlling HELIUM of all things?

Remember…they who control the land control the resources on and under it. Those who control the resources control the energy from its extraction to its production to its price and to its consumption. When the government controls our most important energy deposits…it controls the people and a key component of controlling the people, to this regime specifically, is control over the lives of the people as in who gets to keep on living at all.

That’s correct…HELIUM as well as a few other resources found widely on the lands the Obama regime is making inaccessible to any and all private landholders plays a KEY role in…

YES ObamaCare...for under the grounds already owned or currently wanted by the BLM sits our nation's deposits of both helium and vanadium...and while most think of helium as just the stuff that fills balloons and probably no one ever heard of vanadium, both are critical to nuclear power plant operations and to the medical industry, and therefore critical to ObamaCare with its dreaded 'death panels.'

Helium (there are two forms of helium, helium-3 and helium-4) is commercially recovered from natural gas deposits in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas with some of the richest resources under the Texas Panhandle...under land the feds want. And there are helium extraction operations on BLM land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and BLM processing 'facilities' in Texas and Kansas. And here's something of interest, the Federal Helium Stockpile is located outside Amarillo Texas, is owned by U.S. citizens but is inaccessible to all but the feds...hmmm...

Helium-3 is primarily used as cooling medium for our nuclear reactors and thus comes under the control of the federal government. So while it's bad enough that Obama has put a moratorium on building new nuclear power plants, just remember that even if NO moratorium was in place he could just order the processing to be stopped on lands where BLM processing plants are located.

Controlled by the feds...and if that's NOT enough to raise your ire just consider helium's other uses in high-tech applications like in microchip and flat panel display manufacturing; in particle accelerators and fiber optics manufacturing; in providing a nitrogen-free, oxygen-rich controlled atmosphere for deep-sea divers trying to avoid 'the bends;' as a protective gas for welding applications and growing silicon and germanium crystals; for lifting (blimps); and for heat transfers...but the most critical of applications could affect one's very life and it now comes under the control of the ObamaCare 15 fat-cat DC bureaucrats with the power to decide who lives and who dies...who gets medical treatment and who does NOT.

Let me explain. The health care industry uses helium-4 to detect, diagnose, and treat many diseases and conditions (heart, asthma, cancer, and burn patients for example), and is used in the field of cryogenics with its primary use as a coolant for both the magnets in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in MRI machines used to detect disease or injury...and for cooling laboratory cryostats used to freeze tissue during surgery (frozen sections) so it can be used for diagnosis. And there's NO substitute for helium-4 in any cryogenic applications...period. Now think who needs MRIs and surgery the most...except for those injured in an accident it's the elderly and the seriously ill. Now under ObamaCare the use of MRIs and the amount of surgical procedures allowed...both dependent on helium...has been cut. Cut MRI testing...cut the number of surgical procedures...or simply cut the supply of helium needed for both...and you basically have just doomed the elderly and the seriously ill to death.

And so the culling of the herd continues.

Even if the feds were to privatize helium what with current government reserves running low, and with delays in new helium gathering plants coming online because of restrictions on helium withdrawals from the government’s gas areas where helium is found must be grabbed up post haste...areas like in Colorado and Texas. And isn't it a happy coincidence that a helium gathering plant is being built in Wyoming on BLM owned land. 

And with new sources of helium now being found under NOT yet acquired but wanted lands, the feds are working fast to grab up said lands. And let's NOT forget that by doing so they would in essence be privatized something for themselves that we could NOT access, thus the feds can control the price of even the helium sold to hospitals.

So as the demand for helium grows for medical applications and concerns about adequate supplies increase, the feds need to grab up as much helium rich land as possible and then they get to decide who is worthy of using some of that supply... nice huh...and before I forget, helium deposits gotten through natural gas deposits most time sit alongside uranium deposits...a two-for-one punch land grab wise.

Now as for vanadium...American Vanadium is developing the only 'vanadium only' mine in the US (usually vanadium is mined along with uranium) and 'surprise''s on BLM land south of Eureka, Nevada...again a mine on 'supposedly' environmentally protected lands.

And while vanadium as a metal is important in nuclear applications and as a steel additive, it's vanadium's medicinal uses where vanadium will be effected by ObamaCare. Used in the treatment of diabetes, low blood sugar, high cholesterol, heart disease, and a number of other medical conditions as well as a nutritional supplement...and with the only vanadium mine in the US on BLM land...if too many people need vanadium-based medicines, rationing of it cannot be far behind...rationing courtesy again of the 15 ObamaCare bureaucrats deciding who is worthy of said medicine and who is NOT...and guess who the NOTS will be...the elderly for sure.

And the culling of the herd continues on yet a again.

So now you know there's more to these federal land grabs than trespassing cattle and endangered tortoises, and some of it...if NOT all of for very nefarious purposes. And while it's bad enough that the feds have kicked Americans off American land, these land grabs are the federal government doing what they do best...lying and subterfuge that only the Benghazi scandal can match. 

Craig Andresen 5/5/14