More from the Indoctrination camps…….

Pflugerville Independent School District (ISD) distributed this questionnaire to Hendrickson High School students 


Michael Cargill, an Army veteran, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, a gun store and training facility, and radio host of “Come and Talk It,” (Austin TALK 1370 AM) sounded the alarm by publicizing the questionnaire.
He claims by distributing this questionnaire the Pflugerville ISD violated at least five Constitutional amendments related to privacy (3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 14th)– in addition to the Ninth Amendment’s protection of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.

The Bill of Rights ensures the protection of specific aspects of privacy:

  • First Amendment, privacy of beliefs
  • Third Amendment, privacy of the home and from housing soldiers
  • Fourth Amendment, privacy of the person and possession from unreasonable search and seizures,
  • Fifth Amendment privacy from self-incrimination, which includes protection of privacy of personal information.
  • Ninth Amendment states: the “enumeration of certain rights” in the Bill of Rights “shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.”   
  • Fourteenth Amendment, protection of parental rights.

    A well known and oft-quoted remark about privacy is Supreme Court Justice Brandeis’s dissent in Olmstead v. U.S. (1928). He argued:

    “The makers of our Constitution understood the need to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness, and the protections guaranteed by this are much broader in scope, and include the right to life and an inviolate personality — the right to be left alone — the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men. The principle underlying the Fourth and Fifth Amendments is protection against invasions of the sanctities of a man’s home and privacies of life. This is a recognition of the significance of man’s spiritual nature, his feelings, and his intellect.”


    In fact, the right to privacy is often referred to as “personal autonomy,” which has legally included narrowly defined ‘liberties’ protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. These protections primarily pertain to the privacy of family, marriage, motherhood, procreation, and child rearing.

    Additionally, the questionnaire exemplifies the level of state and local interference that the Supreme Court has clearly and emphatically rejected [“with the power of parents to control the education of their own” (Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 402)].

    The Supreme Court ruled that:

    a parent’s right to raise his/her children means that a parent is protected from unreasonable state interferences, one of the unwritten “liberties” protected by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment (Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 399).”

    The problem– and irony– is that the very school district tasked with educating children, deliberately chose to violate their most fundamental constitutional rights. The educational experience for these minors is to learn what freedoms the Bill of Rights protects and that the Founding Fathers intentionally chose to restrict government interference in the lives of its citizens.

    In fact, the first five words of the Bill of Rights state what Congress cannot do: “Congress shall make no law… .”

    Even more telling– the first ten amendments, with perhaps The Sixth as the exception, all define what the government cannot do.

    Even more telling is that if the Pflugerville ISD provided online education, its administrators would have also violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506). This law enables parents to control what information is collected about their child (13 years old and younger) online.

    Any website operator targeting children or knowingly collecting personal information from children is legally required to post privacy policies, obtain parental consent before collecting information from their child, give parents the ability to determine how such information is used, and provide the option for parents to opt-out of future data collection from their child. Yet, not even this was done by the Pflugerville ISD.

    Yet, the Pflugerville ISD intentionally chose to ignore these minors’ protected privacy rights. Further still, Pflugerville ISD administrators intentionally ignored basic parental rights in order to collect data on their political and ideological beliefs and gun ownership.

    Unanswered questions remain pertaining to why the Pflugerville ISD violated the Constitution and for what purpose such illegal actions were taken.

    What’s next? Asking about parent’s sex life?

High schools sack football seasons over injuries,

New Jersey quarterback Evan Murray is the third high school football player in the U.S. to die this season. Alarm over football-related injuries is growing in school districts across the country, and many are debating whether to keep their football teams.

The Maplewood Richmond Heights High School in Missouri is one of a growing number of high schools to scrap their football teams, saying the sport just isn’t safe.

The Maplewood Blue Devils made it all the way to the Missouri state championships in 2010. School board president Nelson Mitten said the school had a proud football tradition.

“I’ve spent many a time, hours with alumni, dating back to the 1960s, talking about the tremendous football teams they’ve had going back ’til then,” Mitten said.

But after last season, the high school football program has been canceled.

“One of our students suffered a head injury that put him out the rest of the season, and then we had at least one broken ankle,” Mitten said.

He said the team had so many players hurt last fall, they had to forfeit a game. Only 14 active players were on the roster at season’s end, down from 40 just seven years ago.

“The board did an assessment of interest in the program, found that there were probably insufficient students to maintain a team, and decided to cancel the team for this year,” Mitten said.

Maplewood isn’t alone. Schools in Maine and New Jersey have canceled or cut short their seasons this year due to injuries or low student interest. The total number of high school students playing football across America has dropped by more than 25,000 over the past five years.

“Youth participation is declining, high school participation is declining. This trend is going to continue,” Time magazine senior writer Sean Gregory said.

Gregory reports on football for Time and writes about the dangers of concussions on the gridiron.

“I’m not ready to call ‘Friday Night Lights’ off in the next 10 years, but I wouldn’t be surprised if coaches are having kind of a more difficult time attracting quality players,” Gregory said.

At Maplewood, an increasing number of students are trying out for the cross country and soccer teams.

Isaac Pearson is a sophomore on the soccer team. His older brother, J.P., played football at Maplewood.

“My mom’s like… soccer’s your thing. She doesn’t want me to get hurt, too. But soccer’s just something I really liked,” Pearson said.

A decade ago, this school had just a dozen young men on the soccer roster. That number has more than doubled.

Injuries are a concern always but are we going to put this protective shell around our kid’s altogether so they cannot experience and gain from the team attitudes developed in sports? There is so much more to lose than just getting injured.

Russian airstrikes begin in Syria


Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold move Wednesday to take over from the United States as the dominant power in the Middle East by launching airstrikes in the Syrian civil war.

And he leader literally told the United States to get of his way as the Russian bombing missions began.

According to USA Today, a Russian official walked into the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and gave one hour’s notice for the U.S. to get its aircraft out of Syrian airspace before the strikes began, an order the U.S. refused to obey.

American officials said they did not know yet whether the airstrikes actually targeted ISIS forces, as Russia claims, or U.S. backed rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Russia supports.

The strikes occurred around the city of Homs, where anti-regime forces are known to be, while ISIS forces are generally not.

A statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that the strikes were targeted “against positions held by the Islamic State in Syrian territory,” the Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have “grave concerns” if the strikes were carries out against the rebels rather than ISIS.

Seven years after the famous Obama-Hillary Clinton “reset” with Russia, and three years after Obama mocked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for maintaining Russia was the most dangerous geopolitical foe of the United States, it doesn’t look like Putin cares much what concerns Kerry or Obama.

Maybe those Norwegians gave the peace prize to the wrong guy.


Trump comments blown up big time, says Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says his comments that he hopes Donald Trump will win the presidency were taken out of context and an example of why he tries to say as little as possible when speaking publicly.

Brady said during an interview with WEEI-FM radio in Boston that his vote is going to be his own personal choice based on how he feels.

“I don’t even know what the issues are. I haven’t paid attention to politics in a long time,” Brady said. “It’s actually not something that I really even enjoy. It’s way off my radar.”

The clarification comes after Brady displayed a red “Make America Great Again” hat from the Trump campaign in his locker while speaking with reporters on Sept. 16, the same day as a Republican presidential debate. When asked whether he thought Trump has what it takes to win the presidency, Brady said: “I hope so. It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I’m sure of that.”

Brady called the remark an “offhanded comment” that reporters ran with to “get the clicks.”

“I try to have fun with certain things, you know, but some things a lot of times get taken out of context,” he said. “I think you are just more careful with what you say because you don’t want certainly a big headline with you as saying something that’s going to take the attention away from your teammates or what you’re trying to do.”

Brady said he thinks athletes in team sports sometimes selfishly draw attention to their own opinions and comments.

“When you’re speaking publicly and you’ve got a lot of people listening I think it’s probably in everyone’s best interest in today’s day and age to say as little as possible,” Brady said. “That’s just the way it is and I think the way our culture is right now. Everything is really out there.”

Asked by the radio hosts whether his sentiments amounted to an endorsement, Brady said: “I’ve known him for a long time, he’s been a fun guy that I’ve had a lot of time around.” Trump’s candidacy sparked a lot of stories and ratings were big for the Republican debates, he said.

Trump has also spoken kindly of Tom Brady after his deflategate four-day suspension was overturned, saying, “Tom Brady is a very good friend of mine. He’s a great guy. For those of you that don’t know him, he’s a very honorably guy and a honest guy and a truly great athlete.”

“I think what they’ve done is terrible,” he continued. “And he’s been exonerated, as I understand it. But I’m very happy for Tom.”

How Do America’s Poor Really Live?

 

Today, the Census Bureau will release its annual poverty report. It will almost certainly report that over 40 million Americans “live in poverty.”

But what does it mean to be poor in America? To the average American, the word “poverty” suggests significant material deprivation. But the actual living conditions of those the government defines as poor differ greatly from this perception.

According to the government’s own reports, the typical American defined as poor by the Census Bureau has a car, air conditioning, and cable or satellite TV. Half of the poor have computers, 43 percent have Internet, and 40 percent have a wide-screen plasma or LCD TV.

Far from being overcrowded, poor Americans have more living space in their home than the average non-poor person in Western Europe. Some 42 percent of all poor households actually own their own homes; on average, this is a well-maintained three-bedroom house with one and a half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only 4 percent of poor children were hungry for even a single day in the prior year because the family could not afford food. By its own report, the average poor person had sufficient funds to meet all essential needs and was able to obtain medical care for his family throughout the year whenever needed.

The left likes to claim that the U.S. has far more poverty than other advanced nations. But those claims are based on comparisons that set a higher standard for escaping poverty in the U.S. than elsewhere.

When a single uniform standard is used, the U.S. is shown to have poverty rates that are very similar to other advanced nations, slightly higher or lower depending on the exact measure used.

Misperceptions about widespread U.S. poverty are, in part, driven the Census Bureau’s consistently flawed poverty measurement. The Census Bureau defines a household as poor if its “income” falls below specific thresholds. (In 2014, the poverty threshold for a family of four was $24,008.) But in counting “income,” the Census Bureau excludes nearly all welfare benefits.

Last year, government spent over one trillion dollars on means-tested anti-poverty programs, but the Census Bureau counted less than five percent of this as “income” for purposes of measuring poverty. No surprise, then, that government’s own data show that the poor actually spend $2.30 for every $1.00 of income that the Census Bureau claims they have.

It is, of course, a good thing that left-wing charges of widespread deprivation in the U.S. are wrong. But we should not judge the welfare state merely by the volume of free benefits it distributes.

When President Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, he sought to decrease welfare dependence and to increase self-sufficiency: the ability of family to support itself above poverty without the need of government handouts.

By that measure, the War on Poverty has been a huge failure. Despite $24 trillion in anti-poverty spending, self-sufficiency has not improved in 45 years.

Public assistance should aim at Johnson’s original goal: promoting self-sufficiency.

The keys to self-sufficiency are increased work and marriage.

Able-bodied recipients of welfare aid should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving assistance. Welfare programs should encourage, not penalize, marriage.

Reforming the welfare system on those principles would be good for the poor, the taxpayer, and the nation as a whole.