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Common Core: Report on Common Core/ PARCC delay in TN State House

In Government on March 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Common Core: Report on Common Core/PARCC delay in Tn State House

Hello friends and readers. 

Alot of activity in Nashville this week. A Common Core and PARCC delay of 2 years was compromised after calling for repeal.

On the front lines and doing an exceptional job is none other than Karen Bracken of Tennessee Against Common Core, Lauri Day and Julie West.

These ladies went to bat for you and your children this week, although not getting a full repeal they managed to broker a  delay of 2 years while shedding light on the process and informing the public. Despite the circumstances and heavy political games this battle is to be considered a victory. “We have to stay diligent,” said Karen Bracken, founder of Tennessee Against Common Core. “It’s not what we want, but it’s more than we expected today. We’re very happy.”

Here is her update on the rally which offers some insight into the battle that waged and those legislators opposing their efforts.

Please go to: www.tnacc.net and read other interesting articles and offer them some financial support. This constant war on Common Core and the political elite is not cheap!

COMMON CORE RALLY DETAILS

“If education has become – as Common Core openly declares – preparation for work in the global economy, then this situation is far worse than Common Core critics ever anticipated.  And the concerns about cost, and quality and yes, even the constitutionality of Common Core, pale in comparison to the concerns for the hearts, minds and souls of American children.” Dr. Daniel Copeland, Hillsdale College

WOW WHAT A WEEK!!! BUT WE ARE NOT DONE!!!

On Monday we took over their hearing room.

On Tuesday we took over the War Memorial Plaza with a cast of quests that were unequaled and a crowd of citizens that warmed our hearts on a miserable cold day.

On Wednesday we saw our government at work.  At times it seemed more like a Laurel and Hardy movie but the point was made and the case won.  Our legislators attached 32 education amendments to HB1129/SB1266 in order to by-pass the Education Committees to repeal Common Core and withdraw from PARCC.  This tactic forced leadership to allow our voice to be heard. We did not get our repeal. But we did get a lot of good press and people in Nashville are very nervous.  We did get an amendment passed that will delay PARCC for 2 years; but be very cautious here.   New lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the fact that it is a still a pig.  And they passed an amendment to stop the implementation of Common Core.  Again, caution here.  Common Core is already implemented.  The other national standards coming down the pike ARE national standards but they ARE NOT COMMON CORE and we need to educate our legislators on this fact.  But take heart.  There are other pieces of legislation that spell this out.

So above you have a quick overview. 

URGENT ACTION ITEMS – We are getting down to the wire.  Only a couple more weeks of session left.  We cannot stop now!!!

1. Friday 3/14, Saturday 3/15, Sunday 3/16 and Monday 3/17 – hit the phone lines and emails hard!!!  List is attached.  We need you to call and email all Education Committee members in both houses. 
House Sub Committee -
YES vote on HB2332 (Repeal Common Core, Sponsored by Rep. Rick Womick)

House Full Education Committee -
NO vote on HB1693 (for-profits to open Charter Schools, Sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry) and HB1959 (Parent trigger, Sponsored by Rep. John DeBerry)
This is the same Rep. DeBerry that got over $100K from Students First in his last election.

Senate Education Committee -
YES vote for SB2405 (Repeal Common Core, Sponsor is Senator Mae Beavers) 

YES vote for SB2153 (will require State School Board to be elected instead of appointed - THIS IS A CRITICALLY IMPORTANT BILL, Sponsored by Sen. Niceley) 

SHARE AND GET EVERYONE TO CALL.  The only reason we have the repeal bills scheduled is because of your calls and emails and our 3 day event.  So making noise does work.
Be polite.  Please be prepared to let them know why you do not like Common Core.

2. Tuesday, March 18 – Pack up the kids again and come to an early morning hearing on Rep. Womick’s REPEAL COMMON CORE BILL (HB2332 is #3 on the lineup)   Room 30,  08:00am 

3.  Wednesday, March 19 – The Senate Repeal bill is scheduled as #40 on the list.  If you come on Wednesday be prepared for a long session.  We have not been making calls to the Senate Education Committee so they are not aware of how we feel. So hit them HARD HARD HARD.  There is no Senate Education Sub Committee so this is a big deal for this bill.  09:30am CST Room 12

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY NEWSLETTER YOU WILL RECEIVE BEFORE THE HEARINGS ON TUESDAY. For updates go to: 

http://www.tnacc.net 

Go to the TN TAKES ACTION tab for updates. Check often to make sure you have the latest details.

If you have any questions please contact:

Karen Bracken – 215-692-2147    karen.bracken@reagan.com

Lauri Day – 615-268-8855             twoday@wildblue.net

Julie West – 615-579-0104           juliewest08@gmail.com

Our mailing address is: 
Tennessee Against Common Core
231 Bob White Drive
Ocoee, TN 37361
 
Karen Bracken 
http://www.tnacc.net
http://www.americadontforget.com
215-692-2147

 

 

Urgent: 7 year old boy needs lifesaving med, Big Pharma Chemerix will not release drug

In Government, Uncategorized on March 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Urgent: 7 year old boy needs lifesaving med, Big Pharma Chemerix will not release drug

03/11/14
1018 am

A little 7 year old boy lies on his death bed today. He reportedly has about a week to live and is dying with a preventable disease. A Big Pharma company Chemerix will not release the drug Brincidofovir to this child, at this time the only known drug that could save his life.

Josh Hardy, who has battled cancer for the last two years has developed a secondary infection as a result of that treatment.

The pathogen that has entered his blood stream is called Adenovirus. This virus is usually overcome easily with patients with a normal immune system. Pink eye is a form of Adenovirus. 

Josh does not have a normal functioning immune system, he is still very sick from a bone marrow transplant he had recently as part of his ongoing treatment.

Doctors at St. Jude recommended Josh be treated with Brincidofovir – an antiviral drug that has been proven to clear up adenovirus in children within two weeks

However, Brincidofovir, the only known treatment for Josh is in stage 3 trials awaiting FDA approval and is in the hands of drug maker Chemerix.

I am confident the reason Chemerix is not releasing this drug is that they are protecting their investment. The drug is reportedly on the brink of approval and because of successful trials the drug has been requested to be placed on the FDA “fast track”, a common occurrence when the drug shows promise of saving lives if implemented and approved quickly.

What could be worse than a drug company giving this drug to a child outside a trial and it not work as stated? But the company has already stated the drug works and well enough for an FDA fast track. 

You would think the oncoming high profile nature of this case will surely outweigh  Chemerixs concerns over whether it works or not or whether their bottom line will be affected.

After all, Chemerix stands to profit billions once the FDA approval process is completed. God forbid a little dying boy stand in the way of a company and it’s profits.

Chemerix CEO Kenneth I. Moch has said in several interviews that it is a cost issue and has recently been quoted as saying it is an ethical decision that if he does it for this kids many more will come forward. And the drug was developed for what reason? 

If Chemerix’s CEO had stepped back and thought about this a moment and changed his direction the public would be clamoring to get this drug on the market, praising this company and its innivation,begging for fast FDA approval to save this little boys life, but instead the public is calling for the removal of their big capitalist heads.

There is something unique about Americans in that they can somehow manage put all indifferences aside and rally around a little boy dying from a curable infection and face a large corporation withholding the cure. I love this about America.

A private individual has offered the 50,000 dollars it would cost to treat this individual and Chemerix once again denied to treat the young dying boy.

The family of young Josh Hardy is asking now for Chemerix to allow a compassionate user request which would facilitate Josh getting the treatment he needs bypassing FDA approval. This is where you are needed. To date, nearly 900 patients in trial have been treated with this drug thus far.

March 7th, 2014, Chemerix released this statement on their website. To me it shows how close they are to releasing this drug for approval, assuring the safety of it’s delivery.

“We are enthusiastic about brincidofovir’s potential to prevent clinically significant viral infections in bone marrow transplant recipients, and look forward to expanding the compound’s development activities to other DNA viruses and other patient populations, (to include Adenovirus in immunocompromised patients) said Kenneth I. Moch, President and CEO of Chimerix….. we are working to prepare our pre-launch strategies and to establish our commercial infrastructure.”

http://www.noodls.com/view/84C28A18F011CC8A9DA4E4F8250C6B0DC46FBC1F

Interestingly, Chemerix has received  72 million in federal tax dollars to research this drug to fruition. Chemerix also reported a near 900 percent profit margin for 2013 which formulates to 10s of millions in profit for the pharmaceutical company.

In summary, a little 7 year old boy is dying and has reportedly a week to live with a treatable disease. A big Pharmaceutical company has the cure, Chemerix refuses to offer the drug that may save his life and the companies profit margin and ethical dilemmas are being cited as reasons for their denial.

Good Lord help us all! Bare grassroots people like you and I can make a difference. 

We can call and demand the result we want especially as our tax dollars are being used to develop the drug needed for this young boy and being held from him.

Let’s see if we an make a difference! Spread the word. Contact the numbers below.

My call to Chemerix has been unanswered as yet but I did leave a message. Let’s jam up the phone and email lines and see if we can save this young boys life.

To contact Chemerix and support this young boy and perhaps save his life, give Chemerix a call and spread the word to your social networking friends on Facebook and Twitter.

To help save Josh, I encourage supporters to call 

Chimerix at 919-806-1074; 

supporters can also e-mail 
compassionateuserequest@chimerix.com 

or

tweet @chimerix using the hashtag #savejosh

or

Contact the Chimerix Board of Directors at

http://www.chimerix.com/contact-us

or 

Show your support for Josh and his family at this website
http://www.CaringBridge.org 

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/03/10/drug-company-refuses-to-give-lifesaving-medication-to-7-year-old-boy/

Profit Margin report for Chemerix 2013

http://ycharts.com/companies/CMRX/profit_margin

Chemerix number one campaign donation goes to Barrack Hussein Obama. 1.3 million in lobbying.

http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/chimerix/326d7b7a29e04c95b3ee63eac5665441

http://www.stanford.edu/group/virus/adeno/2004takahashi/webpage/Treatment%20of%20Adenoviurs%20Infections.htm

Disaster Preparation: The only video you will ever need to see

In environment, Government on December 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

This will probably be the most important information that you may receive in your lifetime. The information contained in this video will go a long way in assisting you in preparing for the end times and when and if the “ball drops”, so to speak.

We are living in a very unstable world and how you will survive in the immediate aftermath as the rest of the nation is scurrying around looking for food, shelter, water and protection you had best be prepared to keep your family safe and fed with the proper tools to help you survive.

Chris Privette recently spoke to the Tea Party of Bradley in Cleveland Tennessee and he left many nuggets of wisdom and when he was immediately done many people approached me and said please get this out on video and please let us have in our hands the info he just presented.

As is the case at many of our meetings Mike and Pat Mallard with Tin Ship Productions, http://www.tinshipproductions.com have created another masterpiece and have spent many hours editing almost 3 hours of video down to about an hour and a half. Their site at the address above is chocked full of “real life” videos and tell a story about many atrocious things that are happening as our country charts a course for a certain demise. Please visit the site and download some of the awesome videos they have recorded over the last few years.

You are about to watch the most important video you will ever watch. The mindset that must be taken, the preparation that must be done, a detailed list of the perfect “go bag” is all in here. The nuggets of information being shared comes from many years of life experiences and battles that have been waged. Chris steps into an area that has had very little national attention. He is sharing with you, free of charge his plan for prepping and surviving the Zombie Apocalypse or martial law enforced by a fake president that has expressed and made it known that he is not about protecting the constitution and your rights.

Take this video, watch it for your self, take notes put your own survival plan together then reach out to your extended family and friends so they too can put together a plan to survive when the stuff hits the fan.

In this video you will find comfort in knowing this will be the only video you need to watch to be prepared for the certain tough times ahead. Think about how you will feel when you know you have watched this video and then prepared as Chris Privette has taught you. The first day after and the weeks to come will be much smoother
and the knowledge that you have gained just by watching a 90 minute video will be invaluable, priceless.

You owe it to your family. You owe it to your self to step up, man or woman up and do the right thing! I am already working on my “go bag”, how about you?

Are you ready? Get started today. Then pass this along to your
many friends and family. It is totally up to you, get started now!

See ya at the rally point.

TN Secretary Tre Hargett: UN/OSCE will adhere to state election laws

In Government on November 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and State Election Chief Mark Goins generously shared about 30 minutes from their busy morning for a telephone conference with me regarding the UN/OSCE poll watching issue.

As in a conversation reported between the Secretary of State Hargett and Tn State Senator Mike Bell he assured me that every person that enters the polling area will be subject to the laws of the state of Tennessee.

He went on to say you, me, the OSCE will be held to the letter of the law if we break the law, just as all people would.

I spoke with the two officials regarding several topics and out of respect for the Secretary and Chief Goins I will not divulge any other information in this venue because I was not speaking as a reporter/blogger but as a concerned citizen, and I do keep my word.

On some issues we agreed to disagree. The point is both were representative of the people and they gave freely of their time to me who had many questions and they provided answers.

Isn’t that what our elected representative are supposed to do?

It’s kinda refreshing.

Oh well, perhaps just a good day!

ALEC- Big corporation “bill mill” members revealed, has local ties

In Government on August 31, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Revealing a “bill mill” member list that has numerous corporate influences has proven to be a difficult task. Although no one really appears to want to be associated with this group, the list has been evasive but not insurmountable.

In case you were wandering, TN State Rep 24 District Kevin Brooks and State Senator 9th District Mike Bell are on this list with Julia Hurley, Gerald McCormick and recently RINO hunted and ousted Debra Maggart.

ALEC’s own website misdirected me and left me with no results when I pressed the tab for a complete membership list. This prompted me to request via email to a Mrs K. Jones to reveal that list, which at the time of this posting has not been answered.

The level of influence this semi secretive fascist group has on legislation that hits the State Senate and House floor is phenomenal. ALEC boasts about a thousand successful bills that have ranged from cutting large corporate taxes to defunding public schools and shifting public money to private education.

Largely this group identifies itself as a conservative group with grassroots ties but many of their proposed bills over the years has suggested otherwise.

Scanning over the list of elected and non elected officials I see many RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) tied to NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) and PPPs (Public Private Partnerships)

It does not surprise me that the Gates Foundation recently donated almost a half million dollars to the group to promote educational And other issues but later pulled it’s membership but left it’s donation. Sort of tells me they were in and out with the cash. Sort of like a lobbyist would do to get a bill passed.

The KOCH brothers essentially creating and funding this organization with many corporate membership fees deepens the involvement of the bureaucracy that is influencing our elected officials and getting their bills to the house floor. Being of multi billion dollar oil fortunes, it again doesnt surprise me that around 15 oil companies are on the corporate list of manipulators.

Struggling public schools are meeting heavier challenges as ALEC passes legislation through it’s educational committee that is crippling the local education cash flow. Our very own 24th District Tennessee State Representative Kevin Brooks is on the education board.

I am all about we need to reign in our public schools and the endless flow of taxpayer dollars that get sucked up by huge vacuums of red tape and lucrative paying jobs for top brass. I think it is more important to recognize those that are behind the scenes making this more difficult. Our State Legislator publicly supports public education but the “model legislation” that cones out of ALEC is the opposite. I am preparing a blog about the bills that have been passed through ALEC’s Education committee to support my claim. The info is out there it is just disguised very well and warrants many hours of research to expose it.

Take a look at the people, the companies and the outside organizations, many international, that are working with ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) to influence legislation that affects you.

At first glance you think these bills that are being tossed out of ALEC are the genius of a very productive legislator or Senator, when in fact they are nothing more than a clone of a big corporation with an avenue to destroy the free market through favoritism and manipulation.

ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

Tennessee legislators and Senators that are members of ALEC. Not surprising locally our very own State Representative Kevin Brooks and State Senator Mike Bell are on board with this fascist group.

http://www.tndp.org/m/blogpost?id=2933001%3ABlogPost%3A53627

A complete list of ALEC politicians past and present that are acting as corporate drones.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/ALEC_Politicians#Task_Force_Politicians

A complete list of corporations that are driving legislation that favors their interests.

http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8078765

Large coporations that have bailed out of ALEC recently because of controversy.

http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8232981

Remember these comments and opinion on this page are conclusions based on fact and hours of research. The pleasing long term result for me is now you get to make up your own mind and come to your own conclusion and we all sleep better at night knowing we are now informed. Have a great day!

Tea Party confronts Cleveland City Council on first amendment

In Government on August 14, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Press release
Delivered to Cleveland Tennessee City Council
August 13, 2012

Tea Party of Bradley County
Cleveland, Tennessee

Mayor Tom Rowland and City Council,

On June 18th, 2012 I witnessed first hand the Cleveland City Council and it’s Mayor Tom Rowland display behavior uncharacteristic of a free Republic bound to the US, the State Constitution and the Cleveland Charter.

With this most recent breech, it is safe to say that our 1st Amendment rights are in peril in Bradley County, Tennessee. There is still an egregious resolution on the books that has yet to be reversed that limits our freedom of speech.

Cleveland, Tennessee City Mayor Tom Rowland, with a unanimous resolution vote of 7 to 0 by his council, ordered an investigation using police force to hunt down, arrest and expose members of my group as we made efforts to inform the community of horrendous plans for their community, thus criminalizing free speech. Thankfully the local Sherrif and the 10th judicial District Attorney saw this as what it was, an expression of free speech, thus curtailing a manhunt, further public humiliation and a possible federal prison sentence.

The Mayor and Council took offense to a flyer that was passed out to the community surrounding the old Whirlpool site warning of the demolition and redevelopment of 300 plus homes in south Cleveland. This flyer contained truthful and accurate information based on the last known public meeting where that information was provided. The White paper draft plan is the last known information that has been made available to the public in a public setting. Since much public outcry and protest of these proposed actions a revised edition of that plan has been revealed in what can be best construed as a change made in private setting.

Only after approximately 7 days of public humiliation was this latest information provided. The latest information was reportedly released after strong community concern and protest and the white paper was supposedly changed. This change then reflected the negation of the previous proposed draft that called for demolition and redevelopment of 300 plus homes in the downtown area. The latest adoption of this plan has not been made known to the public except when the press inquired about the original draft plan.

Since this time, the Tea Party of Bradley County held a town hall meeting. The Mayor and 7 council members were invited by certified mail. Only one councilman Bill Estes and one County Planner bothered to show up to confront approximately 150 civilians, a great portion residents from the Southside of Cleveland concerned about their livelihood and the security of their private property.

This would have afforded a great opportunity for this Mayor and his council to address their concerns and put them at ease. Instead with the exception of one city councilman, this governing body missed a fantastic opportunity to answer the citizens question they represent. This missed opportunity tells of the disconnect this body has with the people they represent.

I am convinced that this initial offering of information was only a shot across the bow of what is coming to our community, specifically the downtown area. Since this time we have heard further debate of eminent domain, demolition and development at the Ocoee/25th street exchange and on highway 60 around and through the Georgetown community, where many acres of private property will be taken by proposed growth plans. The exact action where just a few weeks prior this body condemned, reprimanded and investigated citizens of this county for informing the community about. With this doublespeak and deception I am convinced eminent domain will be a major implementation tool to revamp the downtown area and the county as the BCC 2035 Joint Strategic plan is further implemented. The Chambers Doug Berry has said it is a given, I draw from this comment that eminent domain will be used to develop our city and county. With this most recent resolution the Mayor and his council have successfully criminalized free speech in Bradley County.

This move by Mayor Tom Rowland created much fear and caused several to hide in fear of retaliation. Since the Mayors press conference basically calling this action illegal, mean spirited and untruthful has caused a great pummeling by the local media, the Chamber of Commerce, locally elected officials and planners on many citizens of Cleveland Tennessee. While siding with Mayor Rowland this group has relentlessy worked to discredit and tarnish the reputations of many within our group with lies and falsehoods further adding to the endless attacks upon it’s citizens and criminalizing our actions.

The Mayor and his Council with one swift vote has caused great harm to the citizens of this community. This action should embarrass this administration as efforts were made vigorously to squelch our first amendment rights. The attacks have been consistent and have even led to further allegations of potential wrong doing on the part of the Tea Party.

The damage and embarrassment this administration has done to this community can probably never be undone but this Mayor and City council by rescinding this resolution and replacing it with a new confirmation may start the healing process. I am asking that this governing body make the needed changes within the next 2 weeks of this date calling for a revision and replacement of the aforementioned resolution and a confirmation that our free speech rights will remain intact in perpetuity.

We must not let this action go unchecked because of the seriousness of it’s content for it’s citizens. No Mayor or representative of government at any level should have the power to stifle and quash free speech and plant fear into the hearts of its citizens at his will simply for exercising their God given constitutional rights to assemble, speak and redress our government.

Let me remind you that this is no game and you cannot simply throw your constituency to the wolves as a sacrificial lamb for your own selfish reasons. The lives you intend to destroy from this pulpit are not willing to continue to take your repeated lashing at their integrity. Playing with people’s lives at the risk of political expediency is a dangerous game and leaves many potentially hurt within the path of tyrannical behavior.

Our forefathers wrote the constitution to prevent the actions that the Mayor and his council have taken. No form of government should be so mighty and powerful to think it does not have to answer to the people or to the constitution that protects us all. No Mayor or his council should ever appear from behind our constitutional cover and lash out toward the people you represent while swinging a swath of destruction that has no boundaries.

We are asking Mayor Rowland and his council to publicly apologize and strike down his freedom eliminating resolution and replace it with another resolution proclaiming that our liberties and freedoms are restored and respected by a government that is clearly out of touch with it’s citizens.

Our actions to retain an attorney was decided upon after a thorough evaluation of the seriousness of the charges that were levied against Cleveland and Bradley County Citizens. The continuous attacks by our government and others have had a temporary and long lasting effect on the movement of our Tea Party and has caused many to “hide” from fear of misaligned exposure and criminalization. According to recent information provided this is not the first action by this council to squelch free speech, a pattern of abuse of power is now presenting itself.

We must shed light on this runaway government and end it’s frightening tactics. We must end the tyranny today, for those that may choose to live in Bradley County tomorrow.

Liberty must outlast tyranny, the attacks of a few should never be accepted as the political norm and the law of the land, placing the Constitution as an afterthought. It’s people must continue to fight regardless of the attempts to take away those rights and on occasion must stand to reclaim those rights given to us by God almighty.

Sincerely,
Donny Harwood
President 
Tea Party of Bradley County

Here is an article by the Chattanoogan that refers to the hiring of our attorney Stuart James to fight this resolution or vote.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/8/6/231744/Bradley-County-Tea-Party-Employs-Stuart.aspx

Haslams appointee Samar Ali interned for “Arab Bank” that laundered money to Hamas

In Government on August 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Governor Haslams appointee to Tennessee Economic and Development Council appointee Samar Ali interned for the International Arab Bank and during her time there the bank was investigated and found guilty of laundering money in the 10s of millions to support suicide bombers of Hamas, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. This recent appointment by Governor Haslam can’t make the Jewish community sleep well at night!

The New York based Holy Land Foundation was the US link to spread their money to terrorist based organizations like Hamas in the US and abroad, a close associate of the Arab Bank. Governor Haslam has now hired Mrs Ali, a Sharia Compliance expert to work within our own government.

http://www.israellawcenter.org/page.asp?id=335&show=reports2

Mrs. Ali’s resume reflects her career path, the Internet can provide the rest by googling International Arab Bank and Holy Land Foundation.

Many Arab banks get away with “zakat” or “charity” as money to fund terrorists because for one it is “not politically correct” to say anything about it and two it is so layered with very little accountability as to where the money goes. Noone could possibly keep up with all the transactions or where it ends up. This I am sure is by design.

http://www.shariahfinancewatch.org/blog/category/zakat/

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/hearing/financialsvcs_dem/levitt_5-26-10.pdf

These charges saying the Arab Bank funneled and laundered money to terrorist organizations is part of an international and US investigation that has resulted in stiff fines and further investigation and monitoring of activity. In fact some charges are still ongoing and are expected to return further charges.

http://newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com/uploadedFiles/Reuters_Content/2012/03_-_March/Linde_v_Arab_Bank_PLC%5B1%5D.pdf

Read the srticle below by the New York Times and other articles:
International Arab Bank get sued for financing terrorist groups like Hamas, TN Governor Bill Haslams appointee Samar Ali interned at this bank.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/nyregion/14terror.html?_r=2

http://www.motleyrice.com/news/view/Arab-Bank-hit-with-judicial-sanctions-by-U.S.-District-Court-in-terrorism-aid-lawsuit

http://articles.cnn.com/2004-07-06/justice/terror.bank.lawsuit_1_suicide-bombers-west-bank-arab-bank?_s=PM:LAW

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0704/terrorist_insurance.php3

Arab Bank and New Yorks Holy land Foundation guilty of Terrorist funding.

http://www.swtriallaw.com/pdf/SAY_15%20PressRelease_080504.pdf

Samar Ali’s resume posted on Linkedin shows she was associated with Arab bank and other suspicious organizations, “rotating through various banking agencies” with links to middle east oil, terrorist organizations and perhaps big oil companies in Tennessee. What were those various banking agencies? No one has asked that question nor has an answer been provided.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/samar-ali/5/715/994?_mSplash=1

Disclaimer: No substantial links have been found to TN linked oil companies but I’m pretty sure a link will be established in time.

http://www.thecuttingedgenews.com/index.php?article=11524

Resume provided by Linkedin:
Samar Ali’s Overview

Past
Advisor at U.S. Department of Homeland Security
2010-2011 Fellow at White House Fellows Program
Associate at Hogan Lovells US LLP

Education
Vanderbilt University Law School
Vanderbilt University
Waverly Central High School

Samar Ali’s Experience

Advisor
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry
November 2011 – March 2012 (5 months) Doha, Qatar

2010-2011 Fellow
White House Fellows Program
August 2010 – September 2011 (1 year 2 months)

Associate
Hogan Lovells US LLP
Partnership; 1001-5000 employees; Law Practice industry
September 2007 – July 2010 (2 years 11 months)

Legal Intern
The ISLAMIC INTERNATIONAL ARAB BANK
June 2007 – August 2007 (3 months)

Rotated through various banking units and gained exposrue to Shari’ah compliant financial products and related contracts.

Law Clerk
South Africa Supreme Court of Appeal
February 2007 – April 2007 (3 months)

Law Clerk
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
September 2006 – December 2006 (4 months)

Law Clerk
Harbison
Partnership; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry
January 2005 – May 2006 (1 year 5 months)

Samar Ali’s Education

Vanderbilt University Law School
2003 – 2006

Vanderbilt University
Waverly Central High School
Samar Ali’s Additional Information

Interests:
International Project Finance and Islamic Finance

In High School interestingly enough she was inducted into the United Nations Model UN school hall of fame at Waverly High School:

http://www.eteamz.com/wchsmodelun/locations/

More on her association with the International Arab Bank and the Holy Land Foundation from a very interesting blog (which is listed at the bottom of this article and I encourage you to visit this site every chance you get for it is truly the leading authority on this subject)

While offering the same sanitized information as that coming from the Governor’s office, Rep. Debra Maggert (who has recently been relieved of her duties by her constituency) has suggested to her constituents who have questioned Ms. Ali’s appointment that they are simply overreacting.  Both she and Governor Haslam (who supported her in the primary and clearly needs to go because of his lapse in judgement) are appropriately focused on job creation.  As Rep. Maggert recently stated, “I’m squarely focused on the priorities of my voters: job creation and economic development” and help[ing] the private sector develop more job opportunities for Tennesseans.”

One question that neither Rep. Maggert nor the Governor are asking though, is, at what cost, in particular, the long-term cost to the foundation of our liberties?  Some have even questioned whether the Governor’s family Pilot gas business may be clouding his judgment.

If you go back to Newsletter #20 (from the link below) a reference is made to Samar Ali’s bio in the World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) booklet.  This bio as well as a June 2010 Hogan Lovells press release, note that before joining the firm in 2007, Ms. Ali worked as a legal intern for the Islamic International Arab Bank in Amman, Jordan. 

http://tn4politicaljustice.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/newsletter-22-the-islamic-international-arab-bank/

Articles detailing a lawsuit filed in 2004 which is still on-going in 2012 involving this bank, refer to it by the shorthand “the Arab Bank”.  Information in Ms. Ali’s bio suggest that she was working at the bank during the pendency of the lawsuit.

In short, the lawsuit alleges that Arab Bank maintained financial links and funding for organizations and individuals involved in terrorism.  Specifically, it is alleged that Arab Bank enabled funding by wealthy Saudis to reach U.S.- named terrorist groups such as Hamas. Additionally, it is alleged that the money was used to induce volunteers for suicide bombing missions by making payoffs to their survivors.

The lawsuit states that Arab Bank financed Palestinian terrorism by “paying a ‘comprehensive insurance benefit’ of around $5,300 to families of suicide bombers on behalf of the Saudi Committee, a government-run charity”, and that financial records reflect that the committee wired this amount of money into accounts that families were told to set up at the Arab Bank.  It was reported that approximately 200,000 wire transfers were made totaling more than $90 million dollars.

Not only had the Justice Department started a criminal investigation in 2004, but in 2007, the bank was sued in a New York federal court by Americans and Israelis who had been injured by suicide bombers whose families had accounts at the Arab Bank.  The bank refused to disclose certain client records claiming protection under Jordan’s bank secrecy laws.  In July 2010, a federal District court judge ruled against the bank holding that Lebanon and Jordan’s privacy rules are void in matters involving terror financing.

A lengthy piece published in 2010 examined the bank’s annual reports and other related documents and reported the following:

A 2005 release fromm the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network accused the bank of “failing to adequately control suspicious activity and for not maintaining proper anti-money laundering programs.” (the bank paid a $24 million fine for these violations)
A review of the bank’s annual reports over time reflected a strong connection between the political positions of the bank’s founders and the “provision of banking services to Hamas years after they were named terrorists.”
The 1964 annual report “celebrated” the founding of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and its mission as noted by the bank’s chairman to “return [the] occupied part of Palestine to the Arabs”
In 1968 the chairman’s message in the annual report cautioned that the Zionists posed a threat to the entire Arab world and that Arabs needed to “…sacrifice the lives and offer the money needed for the self-defense and for the liberation of their sacred places and all their occupied territories.”
More specifically, the suit alleged that at least 7 separate accounts “for Hamas-linked so-called charitable foundations facilitated the rapid transfer of donations (given by Arabs as zakat, a mandatory charitable tithe), between valid and efficient social-service groups and their sister organizations, the armed units that carry out the bombing attacks.” The suit claimed that Arab Bank used Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad “martyr kits” to make the payments to survivors of the suicide bombers.

With regard to zakat, one document titled “Calculating Zakah” found on the Amana Mutual Funds website (Amana is considered the leading shariah compliant mutual fund group in the U.S., see also Newsletter #16), has a section titled “Who Receives Zakah?”.  This section has a list including the category “in the cause of God (fi sabilillah)” which in the index in Reliance of the Traveller, cross-references to the section on “Jihad”. This is further explained by, section h8.0 in the Reliance entitled “Giving Zakat to Deserving Recipients”; section h8.17 is specifically designated for “those fighting for allah” (jihadist combatants) ”), and their families (e.g., support for families of suicide bombers).

Looking at Ms. Ali’s past political and professional accomplishments, such as co-founding the Vanderbilt Middle Eastern Student Association with a Saudi undergraduate and then later on working on behalf of the Palestine Diabetes Institute, one has to wonder where this “lifelong Tennessean born and raised in Waverly” (as described by Governor Haslam), developed her passion for all things Palestinian and Arab?

In a strange twist of irony, it seems that Samar’s father, Subhi Ali shares the same pro-Palestinian anti-Israel sentiment as those associated with the Arab Bank’s lawsuit. 

Regardless of your opinion on this subject one very strong opinion resonates from this blog and my mother still says it to this day and I even tell my kids on occasion “you are known by the company you keep!” For example, If I hang around and frequently visit a church, I am going to be associated with that church. If I hang around and intern at an international Arab bank that has been convicted of laundering money to and in support of Hamas suicide bombers then I am know by that association.

At the very least this should be investigated and Governor Haslam forced to answer questions instead of sweeping it under the rug just because a few people says it doesnt exist or isn’t politically correct.

That simple denial used to work before the Internet and it’s descriptive revelations that are easily revealed within a google search, not anymore. The truth can be easily seen and a simple naysayer no longer has influence.

We live in very dangerous times and breaches of our government security by anyone especially a Governor of our state should not go unanswered. We are hearing report that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated DC and the White House and has many tentacles all the way into local government. Could this possibly be one of those tentacles? Why are we ignoring it and not connecting the dots? I would rather err on the side of national security than choose to watch as our country becomes unsafe at a time when it calls for us to be cautious.

Remember these opinions are mine and mine only! I like them that way! Read and re read the data above and see if you form an opinion just like mine. It might make some sense to ya!

Visit the site below frequently and tell your friends about it. This person has more insight than I could imagine.

http://tn4politicaljustice.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/newsletter-22-the-islamic-international-arab-bank/

HR 347- Free speech now a felony in DC as in Cleveland TN?

In Government on August 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

HR 347 will empower federal agents to arrest and bring felony criminal charges against citizens engaged in political protests anywhere in the USA. If there is a secret service agent assigned and the person they are protecting states they do not want to be involved in a protest, those persons at the discretion of the secret service may arrest them and face felony charges. In DC, Congress voted without much fanfare or news coverage 399 to 3.

Fast forward to Cleveland Tennessee and basically the same trend continues where it’s Mayor attempted to quash free speech by a 7 to 0 resolution vote. Mayor Tom Rowland and his council declared on June 18th, 2012 to have citizens hunted down, exposed and arrested because he did not agree with residents who were passing out flyers in the downtown area warning of 300 homes being demolished and redeveloped. To date, the Cleveland City Council resolution still stands and there are no signs of any chance of it being reversed although many requests by citizens have been made.

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/19035283/article-City-is-critical-of-flier-claims?instance=homethirdleft

https://bradleycountynews.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/flyer-propaganda-prompts-cleveland-mayor-to-order-investigation-on-citizen-exercising-free-speech/

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads as follows:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Three areas that are now not protected by the Constitution that once were:

1) free speech
2) right to peacefully assemble
3) right to redress government

At 7:03pm ET on Tuesday, 28 February 2012, our 112th Congress violated this covenant with the American people by voting 399 to 3 in favor of H.R. 347, a bill which easily made its way through the Senate with a near unanimous vote and now lacks only the fake President Barack Obama’s signature to become law. The three patriots who voted Nay were Paul Broun (R-GA-10), Justin Amash (R-MI-3) and Ron Paul (R-TX-14). The traitors who voted Yea are listed here:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-149

You are mistaken to think that our rights are not being taken away by this President and the governments that support him. We have crossed that line of demarcation, many have been close but it has always seemed that no politician wanted to cross that line of being the one that ignores the constitution. Today as in the case of Mayor Tom Rowland, 7 councilmen and 399 Congressmen across the US it seems like a regular occurrence and for the most part we do nothing about it or even know about it.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Eerily titled the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act” and referred to by our leftist media as a “non-controversial bill”, a more appropriate name for this bill should be the “First Amendment Rights Eradication Act”. As Representative Justin Amash has been quoted as saying.

“Current law (dated from 1971) makes it illegal to enter or remain in an area where certain government officials (more particularly, those with Secret Service protection) will be visiting temporarily if and only if the person knows it’s illegal to enter the restricted area but does so anyway. [H.R. 347] expands current law to make it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to suspect it’s illegal… [And to] show you the extent to which the public is misled and misinformed about the legislation we are voting on, read one prominent media outlet’s coverage of the same bill: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/212873-house-approves-white-house-trespass-bill-sends-to-obama The report mischaracterizes not only current law but also the changes proposed by the bill.”

The full text of H.R. 347 is available here:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h112-347

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=7SGWH3kirzg&vq=medium

A source for some of the info above is from this site and I encourage you to visit often:

http://open.salon.com/blog/watchingfrogsboil/2012/03/01/outlawing_occupy_hr_347_makes_free_speech_a_felony

Eminent Domain once again topic of Cleveland City Council

In Government on July 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Eminent Domain is once again the huge elephant in the room at Mondays Cleveland Tennessee City Council Meeting.

After several minutes debating a study on the Ocoee/25th Street corridor construction project with City Mananger Janice Casteel the conversation went to the subject of eminent domain and the specifics of that process.

During the dialogue, as reported in the Chattanoogan, Councilman Banks said “We have to be conscious of the fact that when we vote on this project, that there is going to be imminent (eminent) domain proceedings. There will be lawsuits filed in court……”I think we need to be talking about other funding issues rather than this intersection project.”

The 25th street/Ocoee street Project, I have been told, will result in around 35 homes and businesses losing all or portions of their property. I have been informed by planners that this project will be 7 lanes wide, much like the road through the North Lee area and will be expensive. I asked would it be in the hundreds of millions and he said no that high but high.

First of all the eminent domain issue just last month was a crazy idea. The crack pot tea party types were spreading “false rumors and propaganda” about plans for Cleveland City. The Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Rowland, Editors at the local paper, Mayor Rowland, City and County Planners, 7 City Council members, McBride Dale and Clarion and countless other bureaucrats thought the subject was the worst thing they have ever been accused of. We have had our first amendment rights threatened because we passed out flyers saying the government was going to take your property by eminent domain, demolition and redevelopment and here they are casually doing the exact thing they reacted so strongly against just a month ago.

“False Propaganda” is what our mayor called this action a month ago and this week enacts eminent domain from his throne speaking volumes of a hidden agenda or hypocrisy on a high level. Just a month ago when his plan was uncovered it was outrageous, preposterous and scaring old people and the idea highly frowned upon.

Eminent Domain, rezoning, demolition and redevelopment, takings, outright purchases. Those are dirty words from the pits of hell and would never be uttered from our City government? Right?
Any man that would dare utter those words in my presence will burn in a hot and steamy lake of fire? Right?

Well, that was the sentiment from voices past, now the purveyors of all things unpopular, false, full of propaganda and hateful despicable lies is now the topic of City Council meetings as something that is inevitable.

I understand needing to hide these things. If the public grasps a great understanding of what is really going on in our local government they would not have a seat on our local city council seat for long and their long term legacy would be tarnished, forever linking the elite 8 to eminent domain and taking of the citizens property in such an egregious manner.

I think councilman banks said it best when he rebutted City Manager Janice Casteel with “We have to always be concious about how we appear to the public!”

Notice not one word was uttered that we must be careful or conscious to protect the citizens property rights! Their legacy, social standing in public, reputation will be tarnished are their true concerns, not your property rights! We can’t appear to want to take peoples property against their will, that would not be good, this is my humble opinion.

Councilman Poe in his defense did mention that he must go with the people he represents him on this one! Bravo! But what is going to be the end result of a 90 day study versus a 60 day study? How to take more of your property or at least take it in a more politically correct manner? I don’t know! One thing is for sure though and mark my words just as we have warned you for months now,

EMINENT DOMAIN WILL BE USED AS A VERY EFFECTIVE TOOL TO TAKE YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS AWAY AND THE CITY AND COUNTY DEVELOPED!

Onward to the Central City Area!

The end!!!!!!

Yep, many are going to be affected by eminent domain, demolition and redevelopment. I guess it just matters as to which side of government you are on as to whether you can say it or not.

Compare these two articles. Both reporting on the same subject, only one mentions eminent domain, the other doesn’t! Why the bias? Why does it seem that the agenda is being hidden by the press? What is the benefit if the people are locked out of the process. I don’t get it!

Remember, my opinion is only mine and it doesn’t have to be yours!

http://www.clevelandbanner.com/view/full_story/19560052/article-TDOT-updates-city-on-Highway-60-Corridor?instance=homesecondleft

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/7/24/230864/Cleveland-Council-To-Vote-On-Cutting.aspx

Governor Haslam prepares us for Sharia Law Compliance in Tennessee

In Government on July 16, 2012 at 10:47 AM

This time Governor Haslam brings Shariah Law to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Three curious moves recently to “ready” Tennessee for a perceived influx of Muslims into our communities is under way. Why such a big push to make us Sharia compliant? What does he know that we don’t? Why are we hurrying to prepare to make so many people ready to move in? What is in our horizon and should every community in Tennessee be worried?

It is no secret that the Muslim brotherhood is backing the building of the mosque near Nashville. It is well documented many of the brotherhood have come out in support of the mosque. Terrorists making nice with our Governor, the Department of Homeland Security, Children Services and local law enforcement means we are becoming Sharia compliant. This action by our Governor portrays to the people of Tennessee that we are accepting of their laws in our state! This is unbelievable and begs an answer from our governor as to why and for what reason?

Watch for some type of action in the near future for Bradley County, the so called “bible belt buckle” of Tennessee. It will be interesting to see if our local “religious” folks here in town are going to warm up to the Muslim Brotherhood and their shenanigans. I can almost bet that with all the hobnobbing Governor Haslam has done lately with the locally elected officials that something is on the horizon for us to somehow become accepting of Sharia Law in Bradley County. Just a thought from perhaps a slightly paranoid blogger, but mark my word. Sharia Law and the acceptance thereof in some form will be introduced in Cleveland! Just a hunch, but I think I’ll be correct with that assumption.

He has hired an expert to fund their activities, he has prepared our police to deal with them legally and has traine DCS to deal with their children. Something is not right in Tennessee!

The last I heard we live in America. And for as long as I have been alive we have had to obey American laws. Why are we bowing to Sharia Law which considers itself the supreme law of the land and even trumps the Constitution?

Every person that enters America, despite their religion should obey American law, not transport their law with them for all of us to obey at their convenience!

This is a very bad, very volatile move that our Governor is making for all of us in the name of political correctness for an attempt to satisfy their demands.

Sharia dominance in Tennessee will be a huge mistake for the religious freedoms of it’s citizens. To think this is benign and only shows the softer gentler side of Governor Haslam, think again. Governor Haslam showing kind to AMAC(American Muslim Advisory Council), stealth jihadists, the Muslim Brotherhood transplanted to Murfreesboro/Nashville area is a very dangerous game to be playing.

This country was founded on Christian principles and will now see those rights challenged tremendously and possibly taken away for us just so we can politically accommodate 60,000 Muslims, 1 percent of our populace now in Tennessee, and that is fixing to change.

In Chicago, where the AMAC concept was reportedly hatched and adopted by Haslam, the Muslim population has quickly grown to nearly a half million muslims and more than 300 mosques. This equates to Sharia compliance for all!

Sharia influence is already spreading like wildfire. Look at Muslim teaching and history. Look at their influx into communities once they have the right political environment as Governor Haslam is now creating for them. They move in, you move out and if you happen to live near an established community you obey Sharia Law. There is no negotiations with this. Religious freedom is at stake in TN and our governor will go down in history as making that happen.

Look below at his latest “accomplishments!”

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security 

in partnership with the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) to help train law enforcement and safety personnel

http://shariafreeusa.com/secrecy-surrounds-conference-to-train-cops-on-political-violence/

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

appointment of Shariah Compliant Finance Specialist, Samar Ali, as International Director

http://bradleycountynews.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/governor-haslam-appoints-sharia-compliant-finance-expert-to-head-tenn-development-council/

Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

AMAC invited by the Department to provide training

If you still have any doubt about the direction Governor Haslam is taking Tennessee, consider the attachment. AMAC spoke to the TN Dept of Children’s services in May

Newsletter #15 presented parts of the presentation that the AMAC made during a training for law enforcement and safety personnel sponsored in part by the TN Department of Homeland Security. 

AMAC’s message had an interesting duality; on the one hand, they asserted cultural and religious differences which demand special and separate treatment from public and private entities, and on the other hand, they asserted that they are no different than any other American in terms of their values and the ideals to which they ascribe.

Assertions of this nature reflect precisely the platform of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the leading global proponent of Shariah law. Insisting that Muslims would be violating Islamic law, they could not sign onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because it was fashioned on Western values (ie, Judeo-Christian)?  This necessitated adopting (in 1990), the separate Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam, which is based on Shariah.  Does that mean that “universal” means “separate but equal”?

As Governor Haslam continues to raise the profile and elevate the political status of Islamists in Tennessee, consider what this will mean when he pushes for school vouchers (aka “Equal Opportunity Scholarships”) when the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes in 2013.

The AMAC says that among other things, it promotes religious freedom which is why they recently spoke out in support of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. 

The Governor has already added a representative from the Catholic Dioceses to the school voucher task force; expect that the AMAC will also want Tennessee’s Islamic schools to get their share of public money.

And so far, Governor Haslam has met all of their demands.

Source of info with excerpts from this blog site were provided from the following site:

Please help support them! They are reporting great information to be used to fight this stealth jihad and exposing the terrorists within Tn borders and using Governor Haslam as a pawn.

This is an excellent site! Please visit it every chance you get!

http://tn4politicaljustice.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/newsletter-28-tn-american-muslim-advisory-council-trains-at-tn-department-of-childrens-services/

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