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Bill Moyers makes me hurl

Looking at Bill Moyers’ face makes me want to hurl a hairball!

Moyers is 78 years old.

How much longer must taxpayers be forced to subsidize his pompous leftwing drivel on PBS?

Time to put this old cow out to pasture!

H/t Patriot Action Network


It’s come to this – “One Nation Under Allah”


Outrage as high school recites Pledge in Arabic saying ‘One Nation Under Allah’

DailyMail: Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High  School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic – replacing ‘one nation under God’ with ‘one nation under Allah’.

Following Monday’s pledge, Principal Tom  Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic.

Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an Islamic agenda at the Fort Collins school. ‘These students love this country,’ said  Lopez to Fox News. ‘They were not being un-American in trying to do this. They believed they were accentuating the meaning of the words as spoken regularly in English.

At the school, the Pledge of Allegiance is recited once a week and on Monday, a member of the Cultural Arms Club at Rocky Mountain High School read out an Arabic version. The pupils sought the permission of Principal Lopez, who previously had allowed the Pledge to be read out in French and Spanish.

However, the backlash began from students hours after the recital and has continued through the week as angry parents have  waded into the controversy. ‘We understand not everybody would agree with the students’ choice,’ said Danielle Clark, communications director of the  Poudre School District to Fox  News. ‘We’ve heard there are some who are  upset.’

Clark said though, that the club has a history of reading the Pledge in different languages and some parents have  emailed to say it ‘was a great thing’. And she added that the students had asked  permission from the principal. ‘We deferred to the students because it’s their deal,’ she said to Fox News.

Students at the school rushed to the classmates defense, keen to highlight the motto of the Cultural Arms Club which  seeks to ‘destroy the barriers, embrace the cultures.‘No matter what language it’s said in, pledging your allegiance to the United States is the same in every language,’  student Skyler Bowden told The  Coloradoan.

The issue for some parents and pupils at the  school is that in an Arabic translation of the Pledge of Allegiance, ‘one nation  under God’ is replaced with ‘one nation under Allah’. Obviously in Arabic, you would use the word  Allah, but Christian Arabs would use the word Allah,’ said Ibrahim Hooper, of the Council on American Islamic Relations. ‘It’s not necessarily specific to Islam and  Muslims.’

Principal Lopez has borne the brunt of the  criticism of the decision to allow the recital – and some have gone as far as to  label him as a traitor. ‘They claim they are outraged that this is blaspheming a real major tenet of our patriotism – which in their mind the Pledge of Allegiance is only in English,’ said Lopez.

Principal knows best...

Principal knows best…

Other parents have accused him of ‘pushing a  Muslim Brotherhood agenda – to push Islam into the school.’ ‘How on earth is it un-American to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in another language,’ said Hooper to Fox News. ‘It doesn’t make sense unless the people complaining are anti-Muslim or anti-middle eastern bigots.’

Indeed, the embattled head is becoming wary  at the number of complaints and level of abuse he has received. ‘I’ve been shocked with prejudicial  statements that have been made,’ said Lopez. ‘I’ve been shocked with the lack of seeking  understanding. There’s definitely suspicion and fear expressed in these people’s  minds. There’s some hate.

Lopez says the school is a place of inclusion where one message can be communicated in many different ways. ‘When they pledge allegiance to United States, that’s exactly what they’re saying,’ Lopez said. ‘They’re just using  another language as their vehicle,’ he said.

Well, call me a bigot yet I would be offended too. I distrust a religion, with a god named “Allah”, that:

  • Imprisons a Christian Pastor for “threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches”;
  • Locks up and lashes women for being immodest;
  • Throws stones at Jewish kindergarteners;
  • Allows men to have sex with underage girls;
  • Has no love for unbelievers;
  • Doesn’t allow women to drive; and
  • Is the best of deceivers through Taqiyya.

The “religion of peace” that “Allah” purports is not symbolic of the patriotism that Americans hold true.


Here’s contact info for Rocky Mountain High School:

  • Address: 1300 W. Swallow Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80526-2412
  • Email: rmhs@psdschools.org
  • School principal Tom López’s phone no: 970-488-7005


Charlie Daniels Recites Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

How appropriate as we remember those we lost on 9/11/2001.


(h/t: newsbusters.org)

Massachusetts court gets it right!

Massachusetts court rejects challenge to ‘Under God’ in Pledge of Allegiance

The Becket Fund:  Yet another challenge to the Pledge of Allegiance foundered Friday when Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty held that Massachusetts schoolchildren may continue to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in full each morning. The Pledge of Allegiance is being challenged in a lawsuit by the hypersecularist group American Humanist Association,  which asked Judge Haggerty to declare the words ‘under God’ unconstitutional and to prohibit recitation of the Pledge in Massachusetts schools.

Local Massachusetts schoolchildren who wanted to continue reciting the Pledge in their public school classrooms intervened in the lawsuit to defend their right to continuing saying the traditional Pledge. The schoolchildren, their parents Daniel and Ingrid Joyce, and the Knights of Columbus, are represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit law firm that has defended the Pledge for almost a decade.

“This is a great victory for everyone who believes that human rights come not from the whim of the government, but from a higher power, which is what the Pledge proclaims,” said Diana Verm, Legal Counsel at the Becket Fund.

Citing previous decisions from the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the First Circuit in Boston, Judge Haggerty upheld the words “under God,” emphasizing that the Pledge of Allegiance is not a religious exercise, but “a voluntary patriotic exercise” that “teach[es] American history and civics.” Judge Haggerty also pointed out that no schoolchild can be required to recite the Pledge.

Members of the American Humanist Association have the right to remain silent if they want to, but they don’t have the right to silence everyone else,” added Verm.

In rejecting the American Humanist Association’s equal protection argument, Judge Haggerty ruled that mere disagreement does not mean discrimination: Schools do not have to shield students from viewpoints with which their parents may disagree.

“In upholding the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance, the court has kept faith with the foundational concept of this country – ‘that we are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable rights,’” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus.

This is the fourth of a series of major lawsuits that have attempted to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge. The Becket Fund has thus far successfully defended all four. Acting as co-counsel on the case is J. Patrick Kennedy, of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP in Boston.

The plaintiffs may appeal Judge Haggerty’s decision to the Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts’ highest court.

This judge got it right!


Wake Up America!

We are enslaved to our debt. Wake up, America! Before it is too late…

Every man, woman and child in America is enslaved to the national debt. As an artist, I have painted my vision of the dire circumstances that surround us. Now, more than ever, each American must make a choice: we must unlock the shackles that enslave us, or will we lose our freedom. It is my hope and prayer that America will “wake up” before it is too late.

Those who are familiar with my work know that I like to use symbolism and metaphor to engage the viewer. See if you can find and decipher the many symbols in this image by visiting http://www.jonmcnaughton.com

In the painting I have intentionally hidden six keys that represent solutions that will release us from the chains of economic and political bondage. Find these keys and share them with as many Americans as you can. If we don’t “wake up” future generations may not know what it means to be free.

-Jon McNaughton, political artist

To see an interactive map of this painting, or to find the six keys, please go to http://www.jonmcnaughton.com

Sheriff Joe’s press conference, March 31, 2012

What if you gave a press conference and no members of the press deigned to come?

That’s what happened at a press conference attended by 1,200 citizens, which was held last Saturday, March 31, at the Church on the Green in Sun City, Arizona.

Sponsored by the Surprise and Sun City Tea Party groups, the press conference featured Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his all-volunteer Cold Posse’s lead investigator Mike Zullo as the keynote speakers, on the “probable” forgery of Barack Obama’s online birth certificate and selective service forms.

Most of the event was comprised of information that has already been released in earlier press conferences, but not widely reported on by the mainstream media, out of fear of ridicule, or perhaps fear of sanctions by the federal government.  Despite this, Arpaio and Zullo did disclose several updates to this case:

  • The word spacing and typewriter fonts on Obama’s birth certificate are uneven, suggesting the use of multiple typewriters, and consequently, cutting and pasting from various original documents.
  • The numbers listed on Obama’s online birth certificate are out of sequence with other birth certificates released around the same purported time of Obama’s birth.
  • Sheriff Joe had sent a letter to the director of the Selective Service asking for Obama’s original Selective Service registration form. Arpaio was told that nothing was wrong and that if he had a reason to inquire further, he should get in touch with the FBI. (For background of the investigation into Obama’s selective service card, watch this video.) Arpaio will continue to pursue this matter with the selective service authorities.
  • When asked who could be behind a conspiracy of this magnitude, he admitted that they do not yet know exactly who is behind this conspiracy. When asked if George Soros was behind it, Zullo seemed to admit the possibility.
  • In response to questions about a purported Kenyan Birth Certificate, as well as a video making the rounds that seems to show Obama telling an audience he is from Kenya, Zullo made clear that both were fabricated and both distracted from real issues in Barack Obama’s eligibility.

Here’s the video of the press conference. Note the entire group stood for the Pledge of Allegiance (1:40 mark), unlike Maricopa High School.

The Surprise & Sun City West Tea Party groups are asking ALL Arizona citizens to sign a petition directed to Ken Bennett, AZ Secretary of State, that states the following:

Petition Requesting a RESOLUTION as per ARS 41-121-1. The Secretary of State shall: Receive bills and resolutions from the legislature, and perform such other duties as devolve upon the Secretary of State by resolution of the two houses or either of them.”

We the undersigned Arizona citizens are requesting that the Arizona House, and / or the Arizona Senate pass a RESOLUTION directing Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to send a certified letter to Democratic National Committee Chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, requesting that she produce certified source documents that are satisfactory to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office that positively identify the U.S. natural born citizenship and the Selective Service System Registration of Barack Hussein Obama II. With the recent findings of the MCSO Cold-Case Posse, there is probable cause to believe that Barack Hussein Obama II’s Selective Service System Registration Form and his State of Hawaii Certification of Live Birth Form are criminal forgeries, it is imperative to determine Barack Hussein Obama II’s status regarding his eligibility to be placed on the 2012 Arizona ballot.”

To sign the petition, go here. Please forward the link to your friends and family who live in Arizona!

H/t Western Center for Journalism.


Maricopa High teacher mocks student for Pledge of Allegiance

Darla Dawald of Patriot Action Network reports, March 30, 2012, that a teacher at Arizona’s Maricopa High School mocked a female student for standing up for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The student’s dad, Greg, posted the incident on Facebook. This is what he wrote:

So if your kids go to school at Maricopa High do they stand for the Pledge? I think you might be surprised. My daughter is the only one in her class to stand and the teacher joined in with the class to mock her about it. I am so angry right now!!!!

I am so upset about it. The teacher then asked her to stay after class to talk about it and it embarrassed her even more. She wrote her feelings, her precious heart could not say what she felt, and she hated the feeling of the class and now he wants to try to take her to the counselor to ‘talk’ about it.

I am very proud of my daughters. They have had many experiences to be one of the few or the only one to stand in many situations for honorable values and standards.  

Please join me in calling Maricopa High School at (520)568-5100 to let them know what you think. Remember to be courteous and polite but firm. The Teachers name is Mr. Almond.

I went onto Maricopa High School’s website. Here’s contact info for the school:

  • Address: 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave., Maricopa, AZ 85139
  • Phone: (520) 568-8100
  • Fax: (520) 568-8119

The school’s principal is June Celaya, (520) 568-8100 ext. 4017, email: jcelaya@musd20.org

I cannot find a Mr. Almond among the school’s staff, but there is a male teacher named Charles Allman, (520) 568-8100 ext. 4087, e-mail: callman@musd20.org.

The Superintendent is Jeff Kleck.  You may send emails to the Governing Board which is made up of 5 community members who “work hard to ensure that the children in our community receive the best educational opportunities possible” by clicking on this link:  http://maricopa.cyberschool.com/District/Department/1-Governing-Board


Less than an hour after I posted this, Fellowship of the Minds received an e-mail from a public relations firm on behalf of Maricopa High School, containing a statement from the school’s principal:

MARCH 30, 2012

(Maricopa, Ariz.) – Following is statement from June Celaya, principal of Maricopa High School, regarding a student who recently observed the pledge of allegiance.

“On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, a student stood to take part in observing the pledge of allegiance, while others in the classroom chose to remain seated – a right, and a choice, given to every student per our MUSD School Board Policy regarding ceremonies and observances. Those who choose not to participate are expected to observe the courtesy of not disturbing others.

Unfortunately the student who stood to observe this patriotic right, returned to her seat prior to finishing the pledge and indicated that she felt mocked and embarrassed by other students in the room via written communication to the teacher, Mr. Charles Allman. Mr. Allman then asked to speak to the student privately to clarify her concerns. Upon determining her feelings, Mr. Allman followed protocol and reported the incident to the counselor, with whom the student was given the option to speak. It was Mr. Allman’s first priority to ensure the student felt safe in her learning environment, which is truly a second home for all students.

Maricopa High School, and the entire District, cultivate a supportive learning environment and a community in which our students, staff and parents feel safe. It was Mr. Allman’s first and only concern to ensure the student in question did not feel embarrassed or hurt in any way, by practicing in this patriotic observance, which is a point of pride for our great nation and those who serve the country to sustain our freedom.”

— June Celaya, Principal of Maricopa High School
For more information on the Maricopa Unified School District visit http://www.maricopausd.org or call (520) 568-5100.
CELL: 480.220.6051

You can also read MHS’s Pledge of Allegiance Statement in PDF format, here.

Update (March 31):

Last night, this post attracted a flood of comments by individuals claiming to be Maricopa High students and parents, all defending Allman as “an exceptional teacher.”

According to Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 4, of the U.S. Code, the Pledge “should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”

If Mr. Allman is such “an exceptional teacher,” why did he not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance? Not only is that the proper etiquette, when he saw that out of an entire class of students, only one student (Greg’s daughter) stood up, as the teacher he should have stood up himself, as well as urge the other students also to stand — if only to spare the girl embarrassment. I was a teacher — a university professor — for 25+ years. I would have done that, for the sake of the girl, even if I didn’t believe in standing at attention for the Pledge.

By allowing a situation in his classroom where a lone student stood alone for the Pledge, this “exceptional teacher” not only was insensitive to the feelings of one of his students, he also set a very poor example to the other students by violating the U.S. Code.