Founding Fathers Friday

 Founding Fathers Friday Washington

The signers were religious men, all being Protestant except Charles Carroll, who was Roman Catholic. Over half expressed their religious faith as being Episcopalian. Others were Congregational, Presbyterian, Quaker, and Baptist. Two of the signers would become presidents of the United States—Thomas Jefferson, the author of the declaration, and John Adams. Two—John Adams and Benjamin Harrison—would be fathers of future presidents.

At least nine of them died as a result of the war or its hardships on them. The first of the signers to die was John Morton of Pennsylvania. Another to pay with his life was Caesar Rodney. Suffering facial cancer, he left his sickbed at midnight and rode all night by horseback through a severe storm. He arrived just in time to cast the deciding vote for his delegation in favor of independence.

When the British came to Trenton, they settled near the home of John Hart, one of the five signers from New Jersey. While his wife was on her deathbed, Hessian soldiers descended on Hart’s property. They destroyed his mills, ravaged his property, and scattered his thirteen children. Hart became a hunted fugitive. When he finally returned to his land, he was broken in health, his farmland was scourged, his wife had died, and his children were all scattered. He died three years after signing the declaration.

Yes, the signers also pledged their fortunes, and at least fifteen saw the realization of that pledge. Twelve had their homes ransacked or ruined. Six literally gave their fortunes to further the cause. When the four New York delegates signed the declaration, they signed away their property. William Floyd was exiled from his home for seven years and was practically ruined financially. Francis Lewis had his home plundered and burned, and his wife was carried away prisoner. She suffered great brutality and never regained her health; she died within two years.

Robert Morris had his property destroyed and, like Floyd, was denied his home for seven years. Phillip Livingston never saw his home again, for his estate became a British naval hospital. He sold all of his remaining property to finance the revolution.

Robert Morris, lost 150 ships, which were sunk during the war. Three of the four signers from South Carolina—Thomascolonial times Heyward, Arthur Middleton, and Edward Rutledge—were taken prisoner by the British and imprisoned for ten months. Thomas Nelson, Jr., of Virginia died in poverty at age fifty-one. When Patrick Henry declared his immortal words, “. . . give me liberty or give me death,” he was not speaking idly.

We also need to keep before us the truth that people who do not master themselves and their appetites will soon be mastered by government.

ff2I wonder if we are not rearing a generation that seemingly does not understand this fundamental principle. Yet this is the principle that separates our country from all others. The central issue before the people today is the same issue that inflamed the hearts of our Founding Fathers in 1776 to strike out for independence.

The loss of our liberties might easily come about, not through the ballot box, but through the abandonment of the fundamental teachings from God and this basic principle upon which our country was founded. Such a condition is usually brought about by a series of little steps which, at the time, seem justified by a variety of reasons.

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They are still coming…

They are still coming…

th“Gridlock” in Washington is often blamed for failure of “immigration reform.” The clamor for reform sometimes comes from those demanding the benefits of citizenship without the legal process. Anyone dissatisfied with immigration policy has to realize that the U.S. really doesn’t have one. Foreigners come to America with visas (or none) and simply stay as long as they can.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service simply doesn’t have the agents to check on people B9k48e0IAAARvkhoverstaying their visas or crossing the border illegally. The U.S. Border Patrol is busy chasing drug smugglers and “coyotes” bringing in illegal aliens. The Canadian border is also porous, and there are crossings with an honor system (sign a book and cross). Also, the Hong Kong criminal “Triad” is reputed to bring in Chinese in cargo ships. With well over a billion inhabitants China could easily send millions more immigrants to America.

Here we go again! It doesn’t take some type of engineering degree or especially a simple Bachelor of Business Administration degree to sort out what the biggest mistake that these people in Homeland Security are making. Oh! With this ultra-protective society in which we have created and live in, we believe, has created exponential problems for itself. If found in any one or more of the positions we know of no one who would come unglued at the prospect of NOT allowing those countries to even visit the U.S.

Just a short point to be made here about the mainstream media. There is no question whatsoever that the media is granted additional rights and liberties that are not enjoyed by others — outside of that industry. Therefore just maybe someone either a publisher or editor-in-chief begins to act with unmitigated fairness. Basically the mainstream media simply reports what it wants, regardless of the basic tenets of truth, the entire story, virtue, and/or ethics.

We at The Contemplative Thinker believe that there are questions that potentially new candidates – nominees should be required to answer before their bull squat clouds the judgment and forbid — they get elected!

chris-columbus-ships-1 Also long before Columbus, the Portuguese established ports in Asia and Africa, and on the hump of South America, where a sailing ship blown off course landed. People in Appalachia called “Melungeons” (a mélange of races) claim to be descended from shipwrecked Portuguese sailors.

The Spanish “Catholic Kings” were also eager to trade with Asia and financed the Italian Colombo’s voyage. The crews of adventurers that arrived in the New World on Spanish galleons were mainly interested in “El Dorado” — a mythical city of gold. They enslaved native peoples and put them to work in mines and plantations. Unfortunately, the natives died in droves from European diseases and were replaced by African slaves. This pattern of forced migration of thousands of African laborers was duplicated in the English colonies and eventually in the states of the Old South. Along the Canadian border, French fur traders set up trading posts while Russians worked Alaska and the Northwest.

In colonial times, migrants from the British Isles and northern Europe had a different mindset. Their system of “primogeniture” meant that landed estates passed to the eldest male heir. The younger sons of farmers were left landless, but there was plenty of land in the New World if one was willing to face a long ocean voyage and potentially hostile “Indians.” As for the Native Americans, the European settlers and later the federal government pursued a policy of removal and extermination. The buffalo herds on which the nomadic peoples depended were systematically decimated, and survivors of the Indian wars were herded into “reservations” and governed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

In the 19th century after the Mexican American War and the Spanish American War, the U.S. had to assimilate millions mexican-american-war-3of residents of the conquered territories. Those from the Philippines, Puerto Rico and some other islands entered the country legally, and those from south of the border continued to enter the country by any means possible just as their ancestors had for hundreds of years.

Over the years, some immigrants sought religious freedom; however, thousands were recruited by factories and construction projects (like the railroads). The Irish potato famine also swelled the ranks of migrants, but discovery of gold in California in 1849 did more to bring in migrants than any other event. Two world wars in the 20th century brought in refugees (including some Nazi war criminals), and there were more refugees provoked by U.S. participation in conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Central America, Africa and the Middle East. All these immigrants have come to America with their own customs and languages and yet never assimilated.

After a brief review of the history of migration to America it isn’t that hard to understand why the “melting pot” has not fully melted. This “nation of immigrants” has not yet reached the ideal of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” as envisioned in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Dan Norvell spent 10 years in educational publishing and lived abroad for more than twenty years before retiring to Kentucky, who without question contributed to this article.

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Freedom of Speech without using Conscience, Manners, and Ethics is Inexcusable

Freedom of Speech without using Conscience, Manners, and Ethics is Inexcusable

th4TI9Z8LEIf there is one position that is certain, it is the position of the person who is bringing the entire perspective into international attention. Farah El-Jayyousi, a Muslim student activist, has expressed that showing the film would make her feel “unsafe,” The College Fix reported. She has demanded an apology and wants an explanation as to why the Oscar-nominated film was selected for the diverse audiences at the university.

This is precisely why academia is getting such a bad rap within the mainstream media. Not an individual familiar with U.S. law should have a problem with this outlandish behavior or more apt, the particular notion of Farah El-Jayyousi’s freedom of speech rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The College Fix reported:

“This film is blatant racist, colonialist propaganda that should not be shown under any circumstances and especially not endorsed by a branch of student government that purports to represent me and have my best interests in mind,” student Farah El-Jayyousi, former president of the Muslim Student Organization, had stated.

She made the comments in a letter to the editor to The Maneater earlier this month, denouncing the decision to show the blockbuster – the highest grossing film of 2014. El-Jayyousi accused the movie of dehumanizing Muslims and glorifying the murder of Iraqis, and referred to Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL featured in the film, as “a killer with no regard for human life.”

El-Jayyousi accused the movie of dehumanizing Muslims and glorifying the murder of Iraqis, and referred to Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL featured in the film, as “a killer with no regard for human life.”

After its publication, the student government stated it received “numerous letters from students asking for the film to be cancelled.”

It is always noteworthy and specifically important to learn, read, or somehow to gain knowledge pursuant to the First Amendment. Indeed, as for me it was a quote I read by Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the U.S., whereby he announces when other such ridiculous events were occurring that without these words, our very liberty is called into question.

Make no mistake about it folks – the entire U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights are ‘documents of contract’ that forex-lrg-2ensure security between a government and those it governs. The rights espoused in the Bill of Rights were written as a measure to protect us from the abuses of power that a government can wield. Yet, just like anything worth having there is a price to be paid to ensure that those rights are not abused, changed, or too legalistic. This is of course the accountability of a collective society to perform its duties which in earlier times consisted of maintaining the core values, morals, and ethics that America was founded upon.

No matter how one perceives themselves, with all the prominence the world could offer, liberties without conscience are inexcusable. In other words, if one intends on speaking freely—this means that upon engaging to speak one must do so with conscience.

Thomas Jefferson left a profound impression upon the nation he loved so much. However, we believe that Jefferson’s greatest effect on this country are not in his inventions, establishments, or politics – we believe that Jefferson’s greatest influence on our nation is in the notion of “Liberties without conscience are inexcusable.”

This clearly goes against what Thomas Jefferson stated as well as what James Madison wrote: As much as the Founder’s and their supporters wanted too, these statesmen and citizens also realized that more than anything they had to demonstrate responsibility and good conscience.

As always it is of the utmost importance for one to realize manners, ethics, customs, and good conscience when endeavoring to engage in their rights and opportunities. Indeed nothing more so than with speech and expression.

Let’s see here — Has Barack Obama said anything about “Muslims and Love;” it is always a good thought to realize that movies come and go…if one doesn’t like the subject matter then please avoid going to see it! This is viewed by many, to being disrespectful to Americans.

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Who Needs Another Clinton..?

Who Needs Another Clinton..?

Hillary clintonAs for me it is far more than typing that title. I ask myself over and over again why…and who really needs this bit of Nation taken hostage? Okay just the other day I was speaking and used this analogy of another time of this Nation taken hostage.

Well if we were to engage in crowd reaction, then the notion would be proof positive that the crowd loved it — [applause, jeering, and a fair bit of laughter.] Then again, there was in attendance quite a few of “Hillary’s Assault” team that remained as plain faced as one could perceive.

So what do you think happens? Spot-on indeed! The first question I received from a “frowner” was (quite frantically) a question impaled with anger, short, rather curt, and exceedingly argumentative — “What do you mean exactly by “Nation taken hostage?”

I maintained my cool yet, that question was the least I thought I’d be answering. So to start with I did not look to paint this in a political argument; rather, I simply stated, what did Mrs. Clinton hope to do for this country that we have not heard of either for two terms that her husband, President Clinton, had already used; moreover, with the carrot dangling about her position (Run v. Not Run), and again, she is telling the same stories — as awful as they can become — as her predecessor has told, and she was not presenting any agenda that is remotely new.

Now for the average person wouldn’t you think that was enough? Actually I was the invited guest at a local book & coffee 4 2 - CopyBarista shop — and I was not addressing politics whatsoever. But just as sure as there is God, another question from a frowned one came to me. The way in which I decided to go with these questions was — Socratically — so as to ensure participant participation as much as possible.

Therefore once the rhetoric was addressed regarding Hillary’s book signing tour, which seemed to be immediately after she was released from the hospital, given unsatisfactory comments on her role in Benghazi, and “we are broke…we have no money” claims she made whilst hitting every conceivable late night talk show television series available.

Quite openly I know that I have made myself open and ready to her facilitate:

  • Hillary Clinton could be helped by an improving climate for women in politics
  • Republicans hope the gender play backfires and that voters are fatigued by identity politics
  • The emphasis on women as a possible campaign theme is a reversal of her 2008 strategy

When anyone puts together the entire scenario of Hillary Clinton’s missing soft email, while at the same instant knowing that there is evidence of communication regarding Benghazi, Libya on the server.

For what’s it worth I feel that there us far to baggage surrounding one candidate, this is outright luggage. Is the leadership of our nation going to get stronger as a result of Mrs. Clinton? How about equality in domestic affairs? Will she go into a Imperialistic tirade and completely disregard America’s founding documents?

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Two Clauses placed at Mutual Tension

Founding Fathers Quotes Friday

To be certain we have wanted to address so much more of the 1st Amendment than we, in many articles exhaustively have done. However, on every act of either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of government there will always be that proverbial “next expert” that seems to chime in on whatever the issue may be. To this end we have tried to be as objective as possible – to include identifying farces, idiosyncrasies, misinterpretations, as well as our own learning. Therefore without further adieu we implore you to read and give feedback on the following article.

In recent years the Supreme Court has placed the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise of Religion Clauses in significant mutual tension, but it was not so for the Framers. None of the Framers believed that a governmental connection to religion was an evil in itself. Rather, many (though not all) opposed an established church because they believed that it was a threat to the free exercise of religion. Their primary goal was to protect free exercise.

The free exercise of religion was of course the main thrust of James Madison’s famous Memorial and Remonstrance (1785) in which he argues that the state of Virginia ought not to pay the salaries of the Anglican clergy because that practice was an impediment to a person’s free connection to whatever religion his conscience directed him.

Conscience or the sense of right and wrong including obedience, as well as having a shared viewpoint through the shared concern for moral issues developed at a cultural level thus becoming the social conscience standard of America as the Framers worked on the free exercise of religion aspect of the two clauses.

This same notion of impeding the free exercise of religion was also deeply entrenched within the original thirteen colonies however the opposite did exist and was thought to vilify various institutions such as political committees, special interest groups, immigrant service organizations, the local carpetbagger, and the churches themselves.

founders2Basically in order for the churches (different denominations) to survive it became a must for them to assist in the campaign financing for politicians, or in order to have a flourishing and wealthy congregation many individuals with low moral fortitude and ostensibly lower consciences used the churches as a way to develop various community service organizations. In other words it was not uncommon to find the “gangs of New York” or other factions within society demanding payment from churches for newly arriving immigrants or for those who needed legal assistance.

Nor did the majority of the Founding generation believe that government ought to be “unattained” by religion, or ought not to take an interest in furthering the people’s connection to religion.

An excellent example of this of course is The Northwest Ordinance (1787), which the First Congress reenacted, stated: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Therefore what does any of this have to do with what is currently going on today? Principally it is a short primer to the way in which religion was being established in the new world, which being the “Colonies of Great Britain” and the ways that the original Founders and Framers sought to outline in a system of government.

We will continue to write on the development of the 1st Amendment as a short series.

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Is there another “stupid” — allegedly “intelligent” guy working in the Oval Office?

Is there another “stupid” — allegedly “intelligent” guy working in the Oval Office?

Obama_Prayer_Breakfast-0e920I have got to come clean with everyone who reads this little article. I am convinced that Barack Obama can’t help it — you know, those quips that dive out of his mouth before he has taken the time to consider the consequences of what he says. Listening to Barack Obama reminds me of a disheveled Washington D.C., just a ten years ago when some crazy maniac’s were lying in perfect firing position and killed people without remorse or a slightest thought. Recalling this incident, I am reminded of a great chief of police in Montgomery County, Maryland named Chief Charles Moose.

I really wish that he could have been in North Charleston earlier today. He had an expression that reminded one to think before asking or making some type of off the wall comment. He affectionately called it, “Don’t be stuck on stupid” now, when you have already been given the correct answer.

I believe with no offense intended, that Barack Obama is so absorbed within himself that he is completely oblivious to what is going on in the world around him. How else could anyone make such mistakes when it comes to the Judeo-Christian set of beliefs that this entire country was founded upon.

Radio host Richard Fowler weighed in on “The Kelly File” tonight about President Barack Obama suggesting that he’s concerned by “less-than-loving” Christians. Stating undauntingly…

“On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love, and I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned, but that’s a topic for another day,” Obama said at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast today.

Megyn Kelly asked Fowler if he thought Obama was sending the wrong message by bashing Christians.

“Here’s the thing, and I think of the holiday of Easter and we’re celebrating the resurrection of Christ,” Fowler said. “…I think there’s a point to be made here…treat your neighbor as you would like to be treated. I think that is what the president is trying to espouse and I think he’s right.”

That is precisely what I am talking about when I say, this person Obama is stuck on stupid. Now not to be sniperpanel_296misunderstood, what Mr. Fowler did was very much along the lines of a communication ombudsman. Just select the words that Obama spoke and compare them to the words that Mr. Fowler used. There is not one thing clearly similar between the two.

But Kelly cut him off, stating that maybe Obama “shouldn’t be up on the high horse, when he was just like on the lower horse a couple of years ago.”

Fowler said he agreed, but fired back with explaining that the Bible states to “love your neighbors as you would like to be loved.” He said that it shouldn’t matter if the person is black, white, gay, lesbian or transgendered. Again with the outlandish references put forth on blacks, whites, gays, lesbian, or transgendered individuals. In all sincerity what does any of that remotely have to do with what Obama said?

Bill O’Reilly tonight slammed President Barack Obama’s remarks at yesterday’s Easter Prayer Breakfast about “less-than-loving expressions by Christians.”

obama“In the political arena, it seems like President Obama is more skeptical of Christians than he is Muslims,” O’Reilly remarked.

Greg Gutfeld sounded off this evening on President Barack Obama’s “perfect trolling” and “adolescent petulance” at this week’s Easter Prayer Breakfast, where Obama expressed concern for “less-than-loving expressions by Christians.”

Gutfeld said it’s simply too easy to nail Obama for his “adolescent petulance” that he mistakes for speaking truth to power. “The Five” co-host remarked that it’s also just too easy to nail the president for his hypocrisy as he smears Christians while condemning those who do the same to Muslims.

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A Better Approach to Education

A Better Approach to Education

isi_logoWhat are you receiving from you mainstream media? I can’t and won’t speak for you but chances are the reported news is pretty much the same issue from New York to Los Angeles maybe even Miami Beach to Seattle. However, in South Dakota (the bad-lands, Wounded Knee, Custer, Little Big Horn, the Black Hills, and of course Mt. Rushmore) there are indeed more visitors per year than residents.

Whenever one goes to South Dakota, as for me the X Amendment is shown in all its glory and I think the rest of the United States should be thinking about those and many other fine rights which have been taken over by those who have never been to your state.

Education leaders in South Dakota are mapping curriculum standards to the same test immigrants take to become United States citizens.

Third-graders learn about the Declaration of Independence. Fifth-graders study the origins of the U.S. Constitution. And nat treasure by the time a student graduates high school, he’d have enough American civics know-how to pass the 100-question naturalization exam used by the U.S. Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

South Dakota is one of five states to pass legislation this year linking K-12 learning to the citizenship test. And I think that is amazing. It is an unfortunate statistic rendered by The Intercollegiate Studies Institute whose findings on students’ tested were abysmal to make it as civil as I am able.

Advocates first pitched the idea last year. Members of the South Dakota Civics Education Initiative proposed a higher bar for state classrooms, following a national movement backed by the likes of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and award-winning journalist Carl Bernstein.

In South Dakota, Georgia Hanson and others worked with state lawmakers and education leaders during the 2015 legislative session to explore the possibilities of linking U.S. history and government learning to the citizenship test.
“Our hope is that the students will have a better understanding of our government and how it works, and perhaps get them engaged,” Hanson said.

North Dakota, Arizona, Utah and Idaho have all adopted similar measures. Unlike other states, however, South Dakota does not require students to take the test to graduate.

Critical-Thinking-Concepts-ToolsHowever, don’t be surprised if one day you receive a notification from either the State, colleges, or from what district maintains the schools in your area — especially if one of your children happen to be in attendance. Although compulsory K-12 exams are not on the order for South Dakota, it is believed that all public schools will soon be.

Social studies learning was already headed for change when Hanson’s group came forward with their initiative. Before the Legislature convened, educators had already drafted and proposed new state curriculum standards for social studies.

From an educators perception the entire curriculum with regards to Social Studies must be reworked with a finely tuned instrument. The notion of this area of learning being given less time each year definitely puts almost all students’ at some type of risk.

For data on how high school freshman to fresh people in college through to their scores in Civics please see the following link.

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‘Select Committee’ or a ‘Special Committee’ to Faithfully undue the Lies that have been told

‘Select Committee’ or a ‘Special Committee’

judicialwatch-3 ‘Select Committee’ or a ‘Special Committee’ where one of the governments own officials has got to take on these scenarios such as Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and I will fondly rejoice this writing when it comes time to figure out what questions we like to asks Barack Obama at his impending impeachment trial or for the personal book that comes after that mess plays out.

But for the start of this matter ( imbed 5 Taliban Cadre Leaders trade for a one man deserter that cost his buddies their lives in looking for him.) The sound plays through this mind and ears nothing less than five times per day. The ostensible president that we have now — literally masquerading around telling everyone who still visits, “Oh I own that…and that too!” Speaking of course to one of America’s middle school classrooms about how this man made it from rags to riches.

There are some major new developments in the strange case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that cry out for transparency – under law – from the Obama administration. The circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance and subsequent capture have become the subject of intense controversy – and an equally intense cover-up, requiring Judicial Watch to file five separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to ferret out the truth.

Judicial Watch said Wednesday that it had filed its fifth Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Obama administration seeking information that the group’s president said would prove the Defense Department knew early on that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had deserted his post in Afghanistan before he was captured by the Taliban in 2009.

“The Pentagon has a lot to answer for as to why this wasn’t done sooner and did politics play any role in the untowardseal delay of this decision,” said Tom Fitton, the watchdog group’s president. “It’s further confirmation of the scandalous nature of the trade.

Given that the State Department is willing to make misrepresentations about what and when it knew, Judicial Watch accuses the Obama administration (which is using tax dollars to defend this cover-up) of playing games:

The State Department has yet to demonstrate how it is satisfying its obligations under FOIA in light of recent revelations that Secretary Clinton’s emails were not being properly managed, retained and produced. This also applies to emails received or sent by other officials or employees within the Secretary’s office to conduct government business who used non-“state.gov” email addresses. To determine the adequacy of the State Department’s search, both Judicial Watch and the Court should be informed by the Department directly of the details surrounding the retention of agency emails within the Office of the Secretary and the extent of the Department’s ability to search, request and retrieve those records … Had Judicial Watch not challenged the State Department’s search, this case would most likely have been dismissed before any public revelations were made about the unlawful arrangement relating to the State Department’s handling of agency emails during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department …

[T]he State Department has still not responded to Judicial Watch’s request to confirmlogo whether its supplemental search includes all non-“state.gov” email addresses used by other officials or employees within the Secretary’s office for government business .. .

“To the extent that Secretary Clinton used her non-“state.gov” email address to communicate with State Department employees outside her office who used “state.gov” email addresses, the State Department would also have to conduct agency wide searches to respond properly to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

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Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

Deferred Action, Immigration, Citizenship, at Whose Cost..?

map-and-compass_1Here is a question for you that I would love to get some feedback on — all together, with me? Great! Ever since our esteemed Emperor Obama decided on his own, no Congress, no real advisors, basically just special interest groups and what they aspire to do with what they have either borrowed, stolen, or committed some crime in order to get, the all hallowed purse.

As for me, I am just disgusted over the entire mess; especially when it concerns the little children that hurriedly rushed the border last autumn.

These children can be offered to be part of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program or DACA. I will not try and speak for you, but, what little was covered by the mainstream media — in addition to the festivities moving spritely in Switzerland on a deal that is a slam dunk for Iran.

On a recent Thursday evening, immigrants from Trinidad, Ghana and Haiti gathered at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central branch to bone up on American history.

“I want you to name seven of the 13 British colonies,” instructor Miguel Angeles told his class, sitting around a large table in a sunny, third-floor boardroom overlooking Grand Army Plaza.

“We talked about this last week. Does anyone know?

The adult students were preparing for the civics test that new Americans must pass in order to become a U.S. citizen. During the naturalization interview, a United States Citizenship and Information Services officer picks 10 questions from a list of 100 — and applicants need to get six of them right.

“I really didn’t feel ready to do it,” said Shaliza Mohammed, 53, who left Trinidad for Ridgewood, Queens 27 years ago. The class is helping, she said.

Last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library began offering free citizenship courses like the one Mohammed attends. And in October the library also started hosting two Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited Immigrant Justice Corp fellows, recent college graduates who help with forms and advice once a week at several different branches.

“We were looking for ways to engage our communities in more robust ways, and more meaningful ways,” said Nicholas Higgins, director of library1n-2-weboutreach services in the library’s 60-branch system. The library secured a grant from USCIS and applied to be one of 17 citywide host organizations with the Immigrant Justice Corp fellows.

“I think one of the main focuses of our fellowship is to make sure that people have access to quality immigration services, because I’ve seen so many clients who say, ‘I paid $7,000 to X and they told me they would get me a green card. And I never heard from them again and they changed their phone number,’” said Fayette, a recent Brown University graduate from Boston.

While Brooklyn has launched the most recent initiative, the Queens Library and New York Public Library also offer immigrant services — from free English classes to help applying for the U.S. Department of State’s diversity visa lottery, which randomly gives green cards to people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S. Library branches around the city serve as enrollment centers for the city’s new Municipal ID.

Libraries can become trusted resources to help newcomers assimilate — as long as immigrants realize they are there. Pardon me, please…pardon me just a moment, please. Are all of your readers grasping what is being put forth here? Assimilation? Allow me to be the first one to let you know that if a person came to this Nation 27 perhaps even 30 years ago can’t pass, then why all the hoopla?

A recent national study found that just 60% of Latino immigrants had visited a library or bookmobile, compared to 83% of U.S.-born Latinos. Those who had, however, were among the most appreciative of what libraries offer and were more likely than other groups to say that the closing of a library in their community would have a major impact on their family, according to Pew Research Center research.

The first graduate to successfully pass her interview was Nohomi Yamazaki, a Japanese immigrant who now lives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.

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Iranian President divulges his Perspective

nlogoIranian President divulges his Perspective 

The memory of signing the joint statement by Tehran and six world powers for a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program will remain in people’s minds forever, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday in a televised address.

images_stories_edimIran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) signed a framework nuclear deal on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, after eight days of hugely intensive negotiations. Better the truth be illuminated — these negotiations have gone on for three years including two separate rather long term breaks in the negotiating process.

Rouhani said the world should know that Iranians would keep their promises and will live up to such promises provided that the opposite side abides by its promises as well.

The president also said the world has come to the understanding that producing nuclear fuel on the Iranian soil does not pose threat to any country. We respect his right to say this, however we further believe he is incorrect. When one speaks on behalf of the world, that proposition takes on every person and/or nation on the planet. He has and will continue to have difficulties as long as Israel remains under a direct threat.

“In the framework of the agreement that we reached at last night (late Thursday) the 5+1 accepted that Iran has enrichment on its soil,” he said. Now this is a completely different statement than he offered on a prior occasion. (See statement above.)

He added, “Yesterday, they said enrichment in Iran is a threat to the region and the world but today all have acknowledged that enrichment in Iran is not a threat to anybody.” We do not believe that this sentence is expressed correctly — which we further believe is a “tall tale” sign of what may be in the agreement. Use the language as a paramount factor when decision-making.

He also said if some day the other side decides to choose a new path, the way would be open to the Iranian nation to c_245_120_16777215_0_images_stories_edim_ed8191b2-1894-49ab-9d1d-6f8b6ae42901make a proportionate response as well. This is the second time he has made this remark; therefore, what does he know that the rest of the nations involved do not know.

The nuclear agreement is just a step toward interaction with the world including all those countries that want to respect the Iranian nation and “work with the people of Iran within framework” of mutual interests, Rouhani asserted.

President Rouhani also stated that there is no doubt that cooperation and interaction will benefit all. Rouhani added that all the six UN sanctions resolutions against Iran would be lifted at once when the tentative agreement between Iran and world powers is finalized.

EnglishFirst issue is that the UN sanctions resolutions would be “lifted at once” as soon as the tentative agreement between Iran and the world powers is finalized. Once the tentative agreement is finalized, it is no longer the “tentative agreement.” In our minds we believe that the Iranian president revealed what possibly could be on his mind.

He also said some people at home believe that Iran should either fight with the world powers or surrender to them, but there is a third way, which is interaction with the world. This is the veiled threat that has me a bit skeptical. If there is anything that we (our government) should have learned by now it is in the nature and beliefs of most of the people.

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