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Date: August 14, 2013
Subject: VOLT PAC Opposes SHSU Threat to Seize Private Property

The Voters for Lower Taxes Political Action Committee (VOLT PAC), a recently formed General Purpose Political Action Committee to provide a voice for the voters and taxpayers of Huntsville and Walker County, strongly opposes the threat by Sam Houston State University to condemn and seize by power of Eminent Domain  any property surrounding or property located within Walker County.  

The City of Huntsville and Walker County should  sell property to the highest competitive bidder. By so doing the taxpayers of Huntsville will benefit from the sales proceeds and the taxpayers of Huntsville, Walker County, HISD and the Hospital District will benefit from future property and sales taxes generated by this prime commercial property.

We urge all citizens of Huntsville and Walker County to join with us and other citizen groups that are coming together to oppose any unjustified property grab by the University. If they succeed in this action, no private property, residential or commercial, in the City or County will be safe from future seizure. Sam Houston Tea Party agrees that if one property is taken by eminent domain, other homeowners or businesses will be in jeopardy. 

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TOP REASONS TO CLOSE THE BORDER

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With thousands of illegal immigrant minors continuing to pour over America’s southern border, the same politicians are singing the same songs: we can’t close the border, we must pursue comprehensive immigration reform, we can only reach political consensus if we compromise on border enforcement. It’s all nonsense. As I’ve explained in this space, we could easily close the border if we had the political will to do so.
The lack of political will springs from a fundamental misunderstanding of the risks of mass illegal immigration – to immigrants, both legal and illegal, and to American citizens. Here, then, are the top reasons to close the border, and to close it forthwith:

Disease. America is now coping with diseases it believed it had eradicated, at least in part thanks to unrestricted immigration. In early June, ABC 15 in Arizona reported, “US Border Patrol agents are worried that what’s coming over into the US could harm everyone… Agents are worried about a viral outbreak.” According to Border Patrol Agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera, agents are experiencing contagious outbreaks – and so-called quarantine areas are nothing of the sort, often separated from the general population by mere caution tape. “There’s been an outbreak of scabies that’s been going on for the past month,” Cabrera said. And it’s not just scabies, it’s chicken pox, MRSA, staph infections. The Department of Homeland Security will not allow media to speak with doctors and medical staff treating illegal immigrants. A health official told The Blaze, “There is really no hard stop at the border, and we have no idea health-wise what diseases are coming across.”

The Safety of US Citizens. Crafting a system in which American authorities have no idea who is in the country is a recipe for public safety disaster. Immigration and Customs Enforcement admits that in 2013, it released 36,007 convicted criminal aliens awaiting deportation outcomes, including immigrants responsible for homicides, sexual assaults, kidnapping, and other serious crimes. The CIS breaks it down: “193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun); 426 sexual assault convictions; 303 kidnapping convictions; 1,075 aggravated assault convictions; 1,160 stolen vehicle convictions; 9,187 dangerous drug convictions; 16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions; 303 flight escape convictions.” Meanwhile, ranchers along the southern border are victimized with impunity by drug cartels exploiting the open border.

The Safety of Illegal Immigrant Children. This new influx of illegal immigrant minors is unprecedented. Thousands of children, some as young as four years old, have been found crossing the border. Some have been found dead. Children are sometimes used by Mexican drug cartels, as well. While the Obama administration loudly proclaims that it doesn’t want children being sent through Mexico to the United States, they refuse to state that illegal immigrant minors will be deported. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused no less than six times on Sunday to say as much. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has already stated that it will not deport so-called DREAMers, illegal immigrants without felony records between the ages of 16 and 30.

The Threat of Terrorism. Both of our borders, northern and southern, are a source of anxiety with regard to terror. In 2011, a report from the Senate Homeland Security Committee found that the Canadian border gives “easy passage into America by extremists, terrorists and criminals whose purpose clearly is to harm the American people.” This month, Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command, said that the southern border had become a “crime-terror convergence.” He explained, “All this corruption and violence is directly or indirectly due to the insatiable U.S. demand for drugs, particularly cocaine, heroin and now methamphetamines, all of which are produced in Latin America and smuggled into the U.S. along an incredibly efficient network along which anything — hundreds of tons of drugs, people, terrorists, potentially weapons of mass destruction or children — can travel, so long as they can pay the fare.”

Low-Wage US Workers Will Pay. Unions largely support illegal immigration, for three reasons: (1) they hope that illegal immigrants will one day vote, and vote for their political allies; (2) they understand that more illegal immigration means broader government, and government workers are more heavily unionized than private sector workers; and (3) they hope to legalize those illegal immigrants to force them into unions. Nonetheless, it is low-wage workers in the United States who pay the price for illegal immigration. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, virtually all of the net gain in jobs between 2000 and 2013 went to immigrants, either legal or illegal. Immigrants particularly made major strides in “building cleaning and maintenance and construction and extraction.”

The Taxpayers Will Pay. The illegal immigrants crossing America’s southern border are not villains. Most of them are likely looking for a place to work. But that doesn’t mean they’re not draws on public resources. Illegal immigrants have a poverty rate of 26 percent, twice that of the native-born. In Texas, CIS says that 58 percent of illegal households are on some form of welfare; that’s 55 percent in California. Taxpayers spend approximately $40 billion per year on education for illegal immigrants or their children. A huge majority of illegal immigrants don’t have health insurance, which means they take advantage of public services in some form or fashion. This isn’t about the intent of illegal immigrants, which may be great – they may be here to work, to contribute, to build a better life. But adding a huge pool of unskilled immigrants without legal working papers sets up a drain on the public dime.

Voter Fraud. The left dismisses the possibility of voter fraud while simultaneously declaring that voter ID is racist. But today’s decision from an Arizona court mandating that drivers’ licenses be distributed to illegal immigrants who will not be deported by the Obama administration puts us firmly on the road toward serious voter fraud.

American Culture Is Under Attack. This is not the fault of immigrants to America, who, like all previous generations of immigrants from a myriad of other countries (including my great-grandparents from Eastern Europe), would be willing to acculturate to the United States. This is the fault of the left, which has suggested that the melting pot ideal with unique American values is culturally imperialistic and patriarchal. The result is an increasingly fragmented nation.

Despite these grave threats to America, members of both parties continue to pretend that leaving the border open is a viable option – Republicans, because they are beholden to big businesses seeking cheap labor, and Democrats, because they wish to confiscate the wealth of citizens. But at this point, there is simply no excuse for not closing the border.

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Your VOICE NOW will be the future of Texas Education.   Contact Dan Patrick and tell him "NO" to Common Core and National Based Curriculums.  

Growing Rejection of Common Core

by Phyllis Schlafly
President & Founder of Eagle Forum

The most controversial issue in education today is clearly Common Core. It's being more hotly debated than bullying, zero tolerance, sex ed, abortion or even school lunches.

Common Core is the title of a new set of standards the Obama administration has been trying to force the states to use. Even before the standards were written, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, encouraged by inducements of federal funds. The principal outliers are Texas, Alaska, Nebraska and Virginia.

Now that parents and teachers are finding out what is commanded by Common Core State Standards and what is being taught by "Common Core-aligned" materials, moms and teachers are raising a ruckus, trying to get their respective states to repeal their involvement. Many are demanding that their state withdraw altogether from Common Core, principally because they believe it is a takeover by the Obama administration of all that kids are taught and not taught.

The backlash against Common Core has developed into a potent political force. About 100 bills have been introduced into various state legislatures to cancel, stop or slow down Common Core requirements.

Indiana broke the ice on March 23, becoming the first state to pass an anti-Common Core bill. It strikes out references to Common Core in the law and requires the state board of education to maintain Indiana's sovereignty while complying with federal standards.

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed this legislation that opted his state out of Common Core, he said, "I believe our students are best served when decisions about education are made at the state and local level."

The Indiana bill was introduced as a straight repeal of Common Core, but it ended up keeping so many Common Core requirements that its original sponsor, Sen. Scott Schneider, pulled his name off of it.

The game of some people, obviously, is to pass standards that are nearly identical to Common Core but under a different name, because the name itself has become toxic. And states are always solicitous to maintain their flow of federal funds, which the Obama administration uses as bribes or threats.

The second state that went public against Common Core was South Carolina. On May 30, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill abolishing Common Core standards in her state beginning in 2015.

Legislators were responding to constituent complaints that Common Core introduces frivolous and illogical teaching techniques to no apparent purpose while imposing new standards that are not meaningful improvements.
Common Core ends up being a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.

Parents won a remarkable victory when the Oklahoma legislature repealed use of Common Core by the overwhelming bipartisan vote of 71-18 in the House and 31-10 in the Senate, and replaced it with academic standards written by state government officials. After receiving an estimated 20,000 phone calls in support of the repeal, Gov. Mary Fallin signed the repeal into law on June 5.

This law directs the Oklahoma State Board of Education to create new and more rigorous standards by August of 2015. The State Regents for Higher Education, the State Board of Career and Technology Education and the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will evaluate the newly written standards to make sure they truly make students "college- and career-ready."

Fallin's message in signing the repeal of Common Core was blunt in explaining what is wrong with the standards. She wrote: "President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards. 

Common Core is now widely regarded as the President's plan to establish federal control of curricula, testing and teaching strategies."

Fallin's message reminded us, "Citizens, parents, educators and legislators ... have expressed fear that adopting Common Core gives up local control of Oklahoma's public schools." We congratulate Oklahoma's governor for having the courage to stop the well-financed plan to railroad Oklahoma's public schools into kowtowing to federal control.

From the start, Common Core has been ballyhooed as a state-led (not federal) initiative each state could voluntarily choose to adopt. But, as the governor wrote, "The words 'Common Core' in Oklahoma are now so divisive that they have become a distraction that interferes with our mission of providing the best education possible for our children."

Like most left-wingers, Education Secretary Arne Duncan played the race card (for which he later had to apologize) when was besieged on all sides by Common Core critics. He accused opponents of the program of just being "white suburban moms."

Duncan should have read The New York Times, which published a picture of both white and African-American moms protesting Common Core wearing signs that read, "My child is not common." Parents nationwide are saying no to Common Core.

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Who's Arriving on the NAFTA Train
by Phyllis Schlafly
Founder & President of Eagle Forum

Do you remember when President George W. Bush, in 2005, held a summit meeting with the "three amigos" to promote the free movement of people and goods across our borders with Canada and Mexico? The Council on Foreign Relations then spoke of "building a North American community" with a common "security perimeter" and "labor mobility" among our three countries.
Texas planned to build a massive North American Free Trade Agreement superhighway that would begin at its southern border with Mexico and eventually reach northern U.S. cities. The Kansas City Southern Railway bought a Mexican railroad and began branding it as the NAFTA railroad, with the goal of carrying Chinese products from Mexico's Pacific Port of Lazaro Cardenas all the way to Kansas City, Missouri.
The prospect of an economic union with Mexico, which could eventually become a North American Union modeled on the European Union, rightly alarmed many Americans. Texas Gov. Rick Perry was forced to abandon his NAFTA superhighway (TTC), and President Barack Obama quietly removed Bush's Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America from the White House website.
But the NAFTA railroad, now called the Kansas City Southern de Mexico, is up and running. Thanks to the exclusive reporting of Dr. Jerome Corsi at WorldNetDaily, we learn that this train is now playing a major role in bringing tens of thousands of young Central American immigrants into our country illegally.
Americans have been aghast at the sight of unending waves of people, ranging in age from babies in arms to tough, tattooed teenage men. The trip north is no joy ride: riding on the top of moving freight cars for hundreds of miles, preyed on by bandits. Those who take this harrowing trip call it "La Bestia" (the Beast) or the "Train of Death."
How were these desperately poor people able to travel the distance of more than a thousand miles from their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to the U.S. border? The answer, apparently, is that they were allowed to hitch a ride on the NAFTA train that is owned and operated by an American company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, Kansas City Southern Rail Network.
Obama, predictably, is demanding that American taxpayers foot the monstrous bill. A mere billion dollars or two won't be enough. Obama's first demand is for $3.7 billion, and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Considering all the entitlement programs these kids will eventually soak up, from public school education to medical care, this is easily a trillion-dollar problem.

American taxpayers will again be the ones left holding the bag. 
Illegal Immigrants in Texas

The unprecedented illegal immigration surge occurring at the Texas border has many grassroots activists and citizens concerned about the large influx of alien minors and adults flooding into our communities. Current holding facilities on the Texas border have been overwhelmed and this human tide is being shipped all over our State and across America. As we have seen, many other communities across America are rising up in protest as strangers without any ties to their cities, towns and neighborhoods are being dumped there by the Federal government. 
 Here in Texas, we have lived with this problem for decades. While we have had illegal alien minors in our schools since the 1980s, our Independent School Districts (ISDs) have never faced a strain on their resources like they are facing in the next school year and the one beyond. We have all seen the clusters of illegals queuing up for day labor jobs on street corners and quick markets. We have visited the crowded emergency rooms in our local hospitals as illegal aliens seek non-emergency medical treatment. And we have heard or experienced firsthand the horrors of the drug trade, crime and human sex trafficking resulting from unrestricted illegal aliens activity in our State.   However, all these problems pale with respect to the massive wave from Central America and China that is crashing upon our border. In other words, we haven’t seen anything yet!

Until the general public is made aware of the dangers facing our state and is sufficiently aroused to take action, the politicians will remain feckless and the crisis will continue to drag on until something vital in our culture and/or government breaks. Therefore, the answer is not with the politicians or even the activists who are pressing for real solutions.  

The answer is where it has always been…with the people!

Grassroots activists of all stripes SHOULD be attending every school board and PTA meeting, every city council and county commission meeting, and every State and Congressional town hall meeting to simply ask relevant questions and demand answers. 

However, before any activist stands up in a public meeting to address the Texas border crisis, they should take a minute before they begin asking questions to set a brief narrative that supports compassion yet frames the discussion in broader terms.  It is recommended that the following points be incorporated into a beginning narrative......


This document will provide a series of template questions that are loosely–based on the government entity for which they are expected to be asked. The government meetings the grassroots activists are encouraged to engage and ask questions related to the fallout resulting from the Texas border crisis are listed as follows:  

      1.City Councils and County Commissions
      2.ISD School Boards
      3.Congressional Town Halls (August Recess)



 Sam Houston Tea Party supports education that is built on sound theories of teaching methods, proven content that is developmental and accurate and classroom discipline that supports the student with sound teaching methods, proven content that is developmental and accurate and classroom discipline that supports the student with a positive environment for learning life skills.     We support public schools, private and faith-based education, home schooling and learning through on-line resources. School choice lies with informed parents and their children.

Sam Houston Tea Party shares the community's concerns about the Agenda 21 based funds from non-governmental agencies such as the Houston-Galveston Area Council (See LOCAL) and the Huntsville ISD's continued failure of our students due to the use of the TAKS curriculum (CSCOPE/ Common Core) that is ill founded and has not been approved by the Texas Education Agency (See EDUCATION).  
Crisis on the Border - What Can We Do?

The answer is where it has always been…with the people!

Grassroots activists of all stripes SHOULD be attending every school board and PTA meeting, every city council and county commission meeting, and every State and Congressional town hall meeting to simply ask relevant questions and demand answers.  They they should take a minute before they begin asking questions to set a brief narrative that supports compassion yet frames the discussion in broader terms.  

It is recommended that the following points be incorporated into a beginning narrative. This document will provide a series of template questions that are loosely–based on the government entity for which they are expected to be asked. For government meetings, the grassroots activists are encouraged to engage and ask questions related to the fallout resulting from the
 Texas border crisis are listed as follows:  








  1. City Councils and County Commissions
  2. ISD School Boards
  3. Congressional Town Halls 

CLICK HERE FOR SAMPLE QUESTIONS

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE PDF FILE, QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSION


Top Reasons to Close the Border    Brietbart 

With thousands of illegal immigrant minors continuing to pour over America’s southern border, the same politicians are singing the same songs: we can’t close the border, we must pursue comprehensive immigration reform, we can only reach political consensus if we compromise on border enforcement.             

 It's all nonsense.  

Disease, Safety of U.S. Citizens, Safety of Illegal Immigrant  children, Threat of Terrorism, Low-Wage US Workers Will Pay, The Taxpayers Will Pay, Voter Fraud, American Culture Is Under Attack. 



Click here for more detail discussion of top reasons......

​Despite these grave threats to America, members of both parties continue to pretend that leaving the border open is a viable option – Republicans, because they are beholden to big businesses seeking cheap labor, and Democrats, because they wish to confiscate the wealth of citizens. But at this point, there is simply no excuse for not closing the border.
The Remembrance Project

The Remembrance Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was created in 2009 to honor and remember Americans who have been killed by illegal aliens.                                 http://www.theremembranceproject.org/


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 KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today. She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty. 
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Congress will vote on the $659 million supplemental border bill tomorrow before they leave town for their vacation.  (July 30, 2014)

Most of this money must be spent by September 30th 2014, which is the end of the fiscal year.

It will amend the 2008 human trafficking law, but
it does not cut off funds for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Daca the memorandum authored by the Obama administration in 2012. which a lot of people blame for the surge in illegal immigration. This is why your Congressman needs to vote no on this bill. 

Breakdown of where the money is going:
$405 million to the Department of Homeland Security-personnel costs and some to reimburse States for cost of illegal immigration.
$35 million for doubling the National Guard on the border.
$22 million for hiring temporary Immigration Judges.
$197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services to house illegal aliens
$40 million for the Governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to help with repatriation efforts as long as they help stem the flow of their citizens coming to the U.S.

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Executive Order 13618 - Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions   (July 6, 2012)

Section 1. Policy. The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience. The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policies, programs, and capabilities. 
           Read the complete Executive Order 13618 here....
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Smart Meters








Information in this section has been taken from newsletters from the We the People Are the 9-12 Association in Houston. This group was founded by Thelma Taormina and she and her husband Nick have been fighting the installation of  Smart Meters on Texas homes for years.  

"Opting out does not require a meter reader, and need not be a financial burden. As has been done in many other cases, the TDUs could transmit electric consumption over existing phone lines or power lines, which would also be much more secure than wireless transmissions and much safer by eliminating RF exposure. In fact, in many cases this landline technology is what was removed from a house when the Smart Meter was installed. Additionally, many remote or rural customers are self reporting. This method could be offered to those who choose to opt out, as well as potentially an option to go online and input one’s meter readings onto a webpage would be easy to set up and run. "
http://www.bantexassmartmeters.com/

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As you know, Nick and I were in Austin Monday, February 10, 2014. I sadly report that Nick and I were the only ones to speak at the public hearing for project number 42029, which relates directly to the rule they will write relating to who the Transmission and Distribution Companies, not to mention the Retail Electric Provider (your billing company) can share your personal information with.

If we cannot find a way to get more people to attend these public hearings and actually speak up to stop the theft of our freedom by these bureaucrats, then we only have ourselves to blame when we no longer have access to the electricity produced by our own state and country. They have finally figured out how they can reduce your energy use without them even having to contact you or let you know they are reducing it. They will have their CONTROL whether you like it or not!

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I know there was an article on Breitbart this week about the meeting with Lt. Governor Dewhurst, the PUCT and Texans Against Smart Meters. From that meeting, the Lt. Governor has called for interim charges and a health study on the meters. This is great news, but studies are simply opinions of whoever is doing the study and we will have no control over who is picked for the study. I will leave it at that.

What I do know is that David Dewhurst is actually on OUR SIDE. I personally spoke with him last year at a meeting with other grassroots leaders and in front of all of them I outright asked him about us being charged to opt-out, and at that time he said that as far as he was concerned we would not be charged. But the truth is, he is only one man in Austin. You can and should send thanks to several Democrat AND Republican State Senators for NOT getting a bill passed this last session (yes, a bit of sarcasm)! A bill was written and passed out of committee that would prevent the power companies for charging the fees, BUT the Senators would not bring it to the floor for a vote. The House Reps did NOTHING.

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In The News (you might have missed)!

San Antonio, TX - Jan. 25-30, 2014  there was a convention held called "DistribuTECH" and it all revolved around the Energy Sector, specifically focusing on the smart grid, meters and of course "Climate Change". All the major players were there! One specific article really concerns me about a report that just came out.

The report was put out by an organization called "The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC)". The name of this organization is deceptive because it is made up of industry personnel. What is even worse is, Christine Wright (a lead staffer at the Texas Public Utility Commission) sits on the Board of Directors for this organization. Here is the main staff person who is drafting all of the rules surrounding the Smart Grid and Smart Meters sitting on a Board with industry personnel and creating reports skewed to make it seem as if consumers are totally on board with what is happening within the electric industry 

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UPDATE    Read the History of the Fight Against Smart Meters

Read more here: Austin Smart Meters 
    Austin Energy is the first electric utility company in Texas to offer an Opt Out Program
          Testimonials  
          See links for Opt Out letters for Electric and Gas Smart Meters
          Read key issues: 
                    Health, Privacy, Electrical Safety Problems, Electric Grid Security

MOVING AHEAD:
THE APPEAL, OUR BRIEF, THE ROADBLOCKS,
THE COURT DATE...

There is always someone or something that manages to throw roadblocks to the rights we have to challenge Unconstitutional, and Illegal Infringements upon the average citizen.

As many already know, our appeal was filed with the court, our brief has been submitted to the court, and the court date had been set. What has happened now is the Attorney General's Office has filed a challenge to our appeal. They are trying to use a court decision that was made regarding a case involving the Public Utility Commission of Texas about an appeal about an actual rule submitted but not adopted by the PUCT. Now our attorney, Roger Borgelt, is working on the reply to this challenge. Due to the timing process, this challenge now will interfere with the schedule set for the court date of Dec. 2, 2014.

Something you all can and should do if you are so inclined, is to write to the Attorney General's Office expressing your dismay that they would try to block our right to appeal to the courts. Remember, your Attorney General is running for Governor...while Gregg Abbott is not actually handling this case himself, he is the "boss" in that office. Many of you have been attending speaking engagements by Gregg Abbott. Many of you are donating to his campaign. You might consider writing his campaign with your concerns, and you might want to ask Mr Abbott about the challenge being made against our day in court.

Click here for Letters to Greg Abbott and the Greg Abbott Campaign
Pipeline Resources:

For more information on the concerns related to the three pipelines see the following resources:  

www.facebook.com/texansforproperty rights 

 For information call: 936-395-0728 
 For Reading Research go to:   

http://www.texaspipelinewatch.org/

Click here:
   Texas Landowner's Bill of Rights -TLBOR

"Furthermore, pipeline companies are under no obligation to tell landowners what is being transported, much less to disclose the risks of these substances to their land, their homes and their water.

We believe that holding public hearings would underscore the importance of amending the TLBOR – which not only demands legislative leadership but citizen action
Farm Bureau
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Water and the EPA  March 26, 2014
Proposal required 90 comment period until June 2014 

The Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a way to execute one of the biggest land grabs by the federal government ever perpetrated on the American public. On Tuesday, the EPA proposed a change to the Clean Water Act so that the EPA would have the power to regulate temporary wetlands and waterways. 

The land grab engendered tremendous concern from members of the GOP trying to protect private property; they noted that the EPA would gain power over seasonal ponds, streams and ditches. 

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, charged, "The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history." He stated that the EPA was "picking and choosing" its science while trying to "take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country." Vitter also noted that if the EPA gets its way, more environmental groups could sue private property owners. 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was also furious, saying that the EPA grab "could result in serious collateral damage to our economy … [I]t appears that the EPA is seeking to dramatically expand its jurisdictional reach under the Clean Water Act." She added of her home state, "If EPA is not careful, this rule could effectively give the federal government control of nearly all of our state -- and prove to be a showstopper for both traditional access and new development." 

The EPA proposal to more widely implement pollution regulations would affect “intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands” whose water comes from wet seasons or rains but are temporary. 

The crux of the matter is what defines the "waters of the United States." The Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government could only touch waters that are "relatively" permanent or continuously flowing and large, such as "oceans, rivers, streams and lakes." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defended the new rules by asserting on Tuesday that determining Clean Water Act protection had become "confusing and complex." The agencies jointly stated, “For nearly a decade, members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, environmental groups, and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity." The agencies also insisted that the waters newly targeted "form the foundation of the nation's water resources" and protested that the federal government would not truly be extending their reach. 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated, "To be clear, our proposal does not add to or expand the scope of the waters historically protected under the Clean Water Act." The EPA also asserted that roughly 60 percent of American "stream miles" may only flow seasonally or flow after a significant rain, but those “stream miles” do have a "considerable impact" on downstream waters. The EPA noted that roughly 117 million Americans, drink water that comes from such streams. 
The EPA proposal now faces a 90-day comment period; federal officials have pontificated that they will consult the public about their reaction to the proposed changes before they “shape a final rule."           

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"This is a focused effort by the federal government to ultimately relieve us of our water and thereby control the population.

Ask yourself if Agenda 21 will follow this EPA water grab. 
​​​Are we ready to stand up and take on the responsibility that our founders left us with or shall we start participating in our own governance. "  
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​Concerrned Citizens for Texas Water Resources
​Tom Sherman  
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WATER AND THE EPA - TAKE TIME TO READ THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE. THE EPA IS CHANGING THE RULES TO REDEFINE WETLANDS AND WATERWAYS. WHEN THEY HAVE CONTROL OF THESE AREAS, THEY HAVE CONTROL OF WHERE AND HOW WE LIVE.

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR COMMENT BY OCTOBER 20, 2014

Click here for the Waters of the United States Proposed Rule Clarifying protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. 

The Environmental Protection Agency has come up with a way to execute one of the biggest land grabs by the federal government ever perpetrated on the American public. On Tuesday (3/26/14), the EPA proposed a change to the Clean Water Act so that the EPA would have the power to regulate temporary wetlands and waterways.  

The land grab engendered tremendous concern from members of the GOP trying to protect private property; they noted that the EPA would gain power over seasonal ponds, streams and ditches.  
The EPA proposal to more widely implement pollution regulations would affect "intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands" whose water comes from wet seasons or rains but are temporary. 

The crux of the matter is what defines the "waters of the United States." The Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government could only touch waters that are "relatively" permanent or continuously flowing and large, such as "oceans, rivers, streams and lakes." The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers defended the new rules by asserting on Tuesday that determining Clean Water Act protection had become "confusing and complex." The agencies jointly stated, "For nearly a decade, members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, environmental groups, and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity." The agencies also insisted that the waters newly targeted "form the foundation of the nation's water resources" and protested that the federal government would not truly be extending their reach. 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stated, "To be clear, our proposal does not add to or expand the scope of the waters historically protected under the Clean Water Act." The EPA also asserted that roughly 60 percent of American "stream miles" may only flow seasonally or flow after a significant rain, but those "stream miles" do have a "considerable impact" on downstream waters. The EPA noted that roughly 117 million Americans, drink water that comes from such streams.

The EPA proposal now faces a 90-day comment period; federal officials have pontificated that they will consult the public about their reaction to the proposed changes before they "shape a final rule."  

One More Reaction to the Proposed Change to the Clean Air Act  


SMART METER       ANALOG METER
Water
Water Fight Ends In Ranchers' Favor       Property owners allowed to pump out as much as they want
By Matthew Tresaugue  Published in Houston Chronicle Jan. 23, 2014 

A Houston company has dropped its plans to tap an aquifer beneath mostly rural Austin and Waller counties for use in fast-growing Fort Bend County suburbs, ending one of Texas' nastiest water fights.

Electro Purification LLC's withdrawal this week, however, does not put to rest the primary reason for the conflict: the unique way Texas governs groundwater. State law allows property owners to pump as much water from beneath their land as they desire, for any purpose. 

Farmers, ranchers and others said the company's pumping request would rob them of water beneath their land and harm their livelihoods. Now they intend to press forward on policy changes to prevent "water grabs" in the future. 

"We are going to go on the offensive because there isn't anything (in state law) stopping the next water grab or the one after that," said Tom Sherman, an Austin County resident who organized Concerned Citizens for Texas Water Resources, a group that opposed the pumping plan. "This is a quasi-small victory."

Groundwater fights have become increasingly common across the drought-prone state as water marketers and utilities work feverishly to secure large volumes beneath rural areas to meet urban demands. In one of the higher-profile cases, a Central Texas groundwater district last week decided to limit the amount of water that could be pumped and moved across county lines - a ruling that appears headed to court.

Electro Purification had asked for the right to pump 22,500 acre-feet of water per year from an aquifer - essentially an underground reservoir - beneath some sparsely populated ranch and farming land and send it by pipeline about 25 miles to Richmond and Rosenberg.

 An acre-foot (AFY) t is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.
Read more...........
​WATER ISSUES, EPA CLEAN WATER ACT

Is The EPA Preparing For A Massive Private Land Grab?
08/28/2014                                      Michael Bastasch

Republicans are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of preparing to take control over vast swaths of land under the guise of protecting the country’s water resources. Lawmakers warn this could erode private property rights.

The EPA has consistently denied they are trying to use the Clean Water Act to expand their regulatory reach, but Republicans say they have a smoking gun that shows the agency is up to something.

Their proof? The EPA paid private contractors to assemble detailed maps of waterways and wetlands in all 50 states. The EPA maps were made in 2013, shortly after the agency proposed expanding its authority under the Clean Water Act. The maps were kept secret by the agency, but were obtained by Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

“These maps show the EPA’s plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country,” Rep. Lamar Smith, the science committee’s chairman, wrote in a letter to the EPA demanding more answers on why they have a detailed map of U.S. waterways.

“Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA’s desire to minimize the importance of these maps,” wrote Smith, a Texas Republican. “But the EPA’s posturing cannot explain away the alarming content of these documents.”

But the EPA has denied the maps were made in preparation for a massive regulatory expansion. The agency says the maps were in fact first created during the Bush administration to identify “waters that would be vulnerable” in the wake of a 2001 Supreme Court case. The agency said the maps were updated again after a 2006 Supreme Court decision on EPA water authority.

“Let us be very clear – these maps have nothing to do with EPA’s proposed rule or any other regulatory purpose,” an EPA spokeswoman told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “EPA’s proposed rulemaking was initiated as a result of these Supreme Court cases, and seeks to protect only those waters that significantly impact health and quality of downstream waters used by America’s communities, farms and businesses for drinking, recreation, and a healthy economy.”

But Smith says the EPA has not explained why it used taxpayer dollars to pay for maps they don’t plan to use in its regulatory scheme.

“The EPA’s job is to regulate. The maps must have been created with this purpose in mind,” Smith wrote to the agency.

The fight over EPA’s water authority began last year when the agency proposed to expand the definition of “waters of the United States” — thus expanding their regulatory jurisdiction. Environmentalists and the EPA said the rule was necessary to protect U.S. waters from pollution.
Republicans, on the other hand, saw it as a massive land grab waiting to happen based on cherry-picked science.

“The ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history,” said Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter in a statement from March. “Today’s rule also shows EPA picking and choosing the science they use. Peer review of the agency’s connectivity report is far from complete, and yet they want to take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country, while at the same time providing a new tool for environmental groups to sue private property owners.”

In its draft water rule, the EPA says that bodies of water could be federally regulated if they have a “significant nexus” to a “traditional navigable water, interstate water, or the territorial seas” — a vague and unclear definition of its regulatory reach. The EPA has assured lawmakers it would define “significant nexus” in future proposals.

Republicans have been trying to pry more information regarding the proposed rule from the EPA, which culminated in Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe agreeing to release previously secret water maps when pressed about the issue during a House hearing in July.

“It’s time to give Americans a chance to make up their own minds about the EPA’s intentions,” Smith wrote to the EPA. “While the agency marches forward with a rule that could fundamentally re-define Americans’ private property rights, the EPA kept these maps hidden.”
THE EPA AND WATER ISSUES       Maps were kept hidden......
Guest Speaker Rev. Rafael Cruz
   View Video from Trinity
Rev. Cruz spoke in untsville on Sept.15,2014
"Reclaiming America"  
  Rev. Rafael Cruz

Texas Water Fights by Individuals and Groups
(see articles below)

09/25/14             San Antonio Water System & Simboro - 142 mile pipeline         
                                  A Call For Help From Central Texas Water Friends Just To the West of Walker County

08/28/14           Is The EPA Preparing For A Massive Private Land Grab?             

Water and the EPA March 26, 2014  Proposal required 
90 comment period until June 2014

          01/23/14       Water Fight Ends In Ranchers' Favor Property owners allowed to pump out as much as they want      


A Call For Help From Central Texas Water Friends Just To the West of Walker County

"I want to ask for your help in uniting our region to stop the $3.3 billion San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) contract for Simsboro water east of Austin."
   Linda Curtis, Independent Texans

Click Here to read " Despite Successes, Water Still Vexes San Antonio" 

Click here for a brief history/timeline of SAWS and the Simsboro Aquifer

"We ALL have an interest in this (see the map in the attached article)-- for the sustainability of all Texas groundwater and our local economies. The "growth lobby" is getting ready to set a precedent to raid rural slow-recharge aquifers if they get away with this. It's clear they will use this water to build over the fast-recharge and sensitive Edwards Aquifer -- but we can expect a dance about that.

Is it not time for a firm rural-urban-regional non-partisan citizens alliance? "

Linda Curtis, League of Independent Voters of Texas,  

  PO Box 651 Bastrop, TX 78602 512-213-4511 office
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​From: Barret Lyne 

It  understand that Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District is currently evaluating its conservation and emergency response measures to adverse aquifer draw downs by the San Antonio Water System consumption impact on the Simsboro if and when it happens. These measures may entail cutting back contracts, cancellation of permits, and cessation of issuing new permits.

It is my understanding that the pumping in the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District from the Simsboro and the Carrizo aquifers is approximately as follows:

TOTALS for District : Bryan, College Station, TAMU, Robertson Co, Brazos Co.
(In 2011) 70,000 AFY (in 2012) 53,000 AFY (In 2013) 64,000 AFY

TOTALS for Wickson Valley and Wellborn Water Districts used 42,000 to 43.000 AFY for each year above

ALCOA used 35 to 39 AFY from Post Oak Groundwater Conservation District but this consumption has ceased.

An acre-foot (AFY) t is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.

Huntville ISD NEWS  

Oct. 18   Huntsville Churches Respond  
 Promoting our Positives (“POP”) is an effort that is taking root in Huntsville under the auspices of the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce. This group of citizens, university and secondary educators, churches, and businesses are working to improve the perception and reality of our schools in order to benefit our students and our community. New partnerships are being formed and new awareness is seeping into our community about what is going on in our schools and with our students.

 Every school has been adopted by a church in Huntsville! Each of these new partnerships will develop as the church volunteers and the principals work out what is best for each school but the seeds have been planted and are beginning to take root.




Sept. 25  HISD switches parent access programs to check grades, attendance

Sept. 23  HISD principals give report on discipline, campus news

Sept. 20  One in six HISD students disciplined in the last two years 

"According to the disciplinary report provided to HISD Board of Trustee members by interim Supt. Sonny Cruse, there were 1,273 and 1,110 students over those two years who were involved in 2,185 and 2,390 disciplinary incidents."
“5 Myths About Virtual Schools” 
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Your involvement is essential to your child’s education—and it starts with being well-informed. Like the official Texas Connections Academy @ Houston Facebook page now, and enjoy!

Once you see how switching to Texas Connections Academy @ Houston can make a positive impact on your child’s future, you will want to start right away! With school already in session, it’s important to complete the enrollment process while your child can still catch up—so hurry to get started today to give your child the best opportunity to succeed. 
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An acre-foot (AFY) is roughly equal to the amount of water three typical Texas households use in a year.
ISSUE OF EMINENT DOMAIN BY
 SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY
However, before any activist stands up in a public meeting to address the Texas border crisis, they should take a minute before they begin asking questions to set a brief narrative that supports compassion yet frames the discussion in broader terms. It is recommended that the following points be incorporated into a beginning narrative......
SMART METERS,  OPT-OUT FEES, APPEALS
PIPE LINES,     PIPELINES & WATER RESOURCES,

TEXAS LANDOWNERS BILL OF RIGHTS
Crisis on the Border  - What Can We Do?
The  following question sets have been developed to elicit a response based on the authoritative purview of each governmental entity. These questions may be modified or expanded depending on the local unique circumstances.

A. Example Question Set for City Council and County Commission Meetings 
 1) Does this Council/Commission have any advance information concerning any illegal immigrants coming to our city/County? 

Are there any coming here and, if so, how many?

 2) Where are these illegal aliens to be housed or detained? Will there be any public debate offered regarding the locations chosen for housing illegal aliens? 

3) Has the city/county enough financial resources to manage an influx of hundreds or thousands of non-English speaking, indigent people? Are the enough law enforcement resources, hospital and medical services, and other civic resources funded and available to manage illegal aliens re-located to our communities?

  4) Does the city/county have a contingency/emergency plan developed to cover this specific scenario?

 5) Will the care and services available to citizens in this city/county be affected by the sudden and large influx of illegal aliens.

B. Example Question Set for Independent School District School Board Meetings

 1) Do you know how many illegal alien minors will be attending the 2014-2015 school year? Has any Federal or State agency been in contact with the school board regarding the resettlement of school-age migrants in our school district?

 2) Since the overwhelming majority of these school-age minors do not speak English and most likely are not at an age appropriate grade level, does the school district have enough bi-lingual teachers and staff to address the educational needs of these “new” students, as well as, the children from our own communities?

 3) Since many of these school-age minors come from countries where violence is the norm or have been raped and brutalized on the trip to the US border, does the school district have enough mental health and counseling services to treat these illegal alien minors? Are there enough security services available in the district to protect our children should one or more of these brutalized minors become a threat to our kids?

 4) We are hearing many horror stories regarding diseases being brought into the US by these illegal alien minors. There have been reports of lice, scabies and drug-resistant TB in the detention camps. Texas vaccinations for public school admissions do not screen for those previously listed, as well as, HIV, chicken pox, dengue fever, chagas, and even leprosy. What actions is the school district taking to address these  unique health threats to our children? Are there sufficient medical resources and trained health-care staff in place to deal with any health threat to our kids that may arise?

 5) It has been a struggle over the last couple of legislative sessions to ensure that there is adequate funding for the Texas education system. Many school districts have had to pass bonds in order to meet the current needs of our children. With the influx of a hundred, a thousand, and in some cases even more, does the school district have enough facilities and space to include these minors and ensure that the kids from our community are being adequately served?

 6) Does our school district have a comprehensive plan to deal with the influx illegal alien minors into our school system with respect to budget, safety, health and security? 

C. Example Question Set for Congressional Town Halls during the August Recess

 1) Does Congress have a full understanding of the Administration’s response to the immigration crisis occurring on the southern border of Texas? Have you visited or attempted to visit any detention centers? Have you been barred or restricted in any way towards discovery of realities on the ground?

 2) Do you know where detainees are being shipped to in Texas? Do you know where and how many are being released in Texas communities? 

3) Has there been any sort of analysis of the massive surge in illegal immigration with respect to Federal, State and local governments? Will our taxes have to go up to support this new “entitlement” class that does not have jobs or speak English? Do you know what the expected drain on State and local resources in your district are? What are the impacts to local civic welfare functions, law enforcement, hospital and school districts?

 4) What is Congress doing to protect “whistleblowers” with respect to the border crisis situation? We note that agents, medical personnel, and care givers are being fired for speaking out about the border realities and conditions within the detention facilities.

 5) What are the Republican/Democratic plans for dealing with this on-going problem via legislative initiatives? Will Congress have the will to exercise the power of the purse during this year’s budget debates?  
DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION    V2V - Vehicle to Vehicle Communication
Sept. 19, 2014                       
 Huntsville ISD knows what it wants in a new Superintendent   

The Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees have officially laid out what qualifications and characteristics the district is seeking in a new superintendent .The trustees voted Thursday night on the suggestions from Texas Association of School Board Executive Search Services, the company the district has hired to perform the superintendent search. 

The qualifications and characteristics Texas Association of School Board recommended were:
• An experienced educator from a district which corresponds to Huntsville ISD’s demographics and has teacher, campus administrator and central office experience who can provide direction to the district through a collaborative planning process.


























• A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills who can defend difficult decisions that are best for students and for the district.

• An experienced financial manager who understands how to maximize the district’s resources and tap alternative sources of funding.












• Is an effective delegator who empowers staff members to discharge their responsibilities independently while remaining knowledgeable and accountable for the district’s overall progress in accomplishing its mission.

• A strong leader who comprehends the role of the superintendent and the roles of the school board members.

• Is a motivational leader who is attentive to staff morale and has a proven ability in building an effective management team.
                      Timeline in place for HISD Superintendent search


WHERE WE ARE NOW - NOV. 14
Nov. 12 — Trustees will name a lone finalist. At this point the name of the candidate will become public.











Dec. 4 — Following a 21-day required waiting period, the lone finalist will become the permanent superintendent.

HOW THE PROCESS BEGAN
August 20, 2014     The search is officially underway for a new Huntsville ISD superintendent.  With the assistance of a representative  from the Texas Association of School Boards, Executive Search Services presented a report to the Board of Trustees of what he heard in the meetings with the district and Huntsville community. Board members will choose six to eight qualifications that all candidates will have to answer extensively in their applications.
Rev. Rafael Cruz spoke about his youth in Cuba and his escape to the United States. He shared amazing stories of his growth as an American patriot and the foundation set for his son, Senator Ted Cruz. He was clear in his message about the immediate challenges for ALL citizens to stand strong for America. 

Click here for R. Cruz PowerPoint Presentation 
HUNTSVILLE CHURCHES RESPOND
  ​Huntsville Item, Oct. 18 by Nancy Franklin
 Promoting our Positives (“POP”) is an effort that is taking root in Huntsville under the auspices of the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce. This group of citizens, university and secondary educators, churches, and businesses is working to improve the perception and reality of our schools in order to benefit our students and our community. New partnerships are being formed and new awareness is seeping into our community about what is going on in our schools and with our students.

 I can report that every school has been adopted by a church in Huntsville! Each of these new partnerships will develop as the church volunteers and the principals work out what is best for each school but the seeds have been planted and are beginning to take root. The schools and churches who have partnered are as follows:

Northside Baptist Church - Huntsville High School and Huntsville Elementary

First United Methodist Church - Mance Park Middle School

University Heights Baptist Church - Huntsville Intermediate School

Elkins Lake Baptist Church - Stewart Elementary School

Covenant Fellowship Church - Scott Johnson Elementary School

Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church - Huntsville Elementary and Scott Johnson Elementary

First Christian Church - Gibbs Elementary

First Presbyterian Church - Gibbs Elementary

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Gibbs Elementary

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church - Gibbs Elementary

Huntsville Church of Christ - Sam Houston Elementary

That’s an impressive list to be sure! There will also be additional needs that will become known as the school year moves along which will allow other churches and individuals to become partners with our public schools and their students. The POP meeting in November will provide an update from churches about their activities with their adopted school. It will be interesting to hear how each partnership is developing. For more information you can reach Carol Smith at the Chamber of Commerce at 295-8113.

In the weeks to come there will be articles written by principals and/or teachers from each of our public schools sharing information about what is going on in our schools. This is in addition to the Wednesday “HIVE” section which appears in the Huntsville Item. There is plenty to be proud of in our students and our schools. Strong partnerships lead to success.


Huntsville School Leadership 
Huntsville Students and Community Involvement
THE HIVE
Students in Mrs. Stewart’s broadcast journalism class take the responsibility of producing the news for Huntsville High School very seriously. We are so grateful for our new home on page 4A of The Huntsville Item every Wednesday.
Huntsville Independent School District
School Board meets 3rd Thursday 6pm 
Click here for the AGENDA
Contact: Sherry Odom, Secretary to the Superintendent  
(936) 435-6306
Save the Date:   
Monday, February 16, 2015 KrisAnne Hall will be our guest speaker


High Speed Rail Between Dallas and Houston

This website will serve both SHTP and the seven rural counties that are in the "preferred" route for the high speed train that will connect Dallas and Houston.   The top set of buttons below will be pages for SHTP.  The bottom set of buttons will be for our members and to share information/links for Ellis, Navarro, Freestone, Leon, Madison, Grimes and Waller county residents.      
                                 
 Thanks you for sending notes of support for the counties and questions and concern. 
It will take a few days to complete SHTP Focus on Issues and the 5 new Rail buttons.   Linda T
Huntsville, Texas 
Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail 
Threatens Rural Life from 
Waller County to Ellis County








We may have avoided this BULLET, but just like with TTC, we must join our neighbors to fight this land grab by eminent domain.

This is Agenda 21 in Action

A private company is spending $10 Billion to build is high speed rail line with a green light from the Federal Transportation Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation - Rail Division. 

The Ft. Worth Star Telegram    Nov. 1, 2015

"Linda Thompson, who lives in Walker County (and represents the Sam Houston Tea Party), said she and many residents of nearby Grimes County were offended at the assertion by project supporters during the public meeting that their area was chosen for a high-speed rail route because it is “flat and undeveloped.”

“These communities … produce the goods, both food and cloth, and everything else that services the world,” she said. “To make light of our flat land by saying it’s undeveloped is criminal.”

John Botkin, who lives within “earshot” of a proposed route, said he knows of two Grimes County commissioners who weren’t notified of the public meeting in Huntsville and only found out about it through word-of-mouth.

“The real disappointment is there was no real official announcement of it here,” Botkin said.

CSCOPE   and Common Core 

Follow Education Issue Below:

 Huntsville Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Johnson
 Huntsville ISD School Board
and The CSCOPE products  
 The TESCCC -Education Service Center

Senate Bill 1406 signed by Govenor
Action by Dan Patrick,Chair, Senate Education 
Action by David Dewhurst, Lt. Governor

Texas Senate Bill 1406
A Bill to be Entitled An Act related to the State Board of Education oversite of regional education service center services and products concerning student curriculum.  
  Signed by Gov. Perry June 14, 2013 Read the complete bill HERE


Are CSCOPE Lesson Plans Dead ?
Listen to Texas Sen. Dan Patrick on CSCOPE
Click here for an audiotape
Scroll to Team Conference with Dan Patrick 
(Audiotape - Women on the Wall 1hr. 50 min.)

Some School Districts were encouraged to download the CSCOPE LESSON before they were pulled off line.  

 What did Huntsville ISD do ?
Huntsville Schools, We Still Have a Problem
Parent and community input is needed in Huntsville schools to assure Quality Instructional Programs,Successful
Teachers and Students
Texas CSCOPE Review

For a guide of what is being taught in Texas Public Schools, see these websites:

http://www.txcscopereview.com

http://www.redhotconservative.com

http://www.womenonthewall.com

Register with Women on the Wall for their weekly Wednesday Conference Call. Their conference calls are live interviews and/or discussions. The conference call are archived on their site.  
Third Session - State Sen. Dan Patrick files bill to end CSCOPE lesson plans July 24, 2013

Austin - On Wednesday, State Sen. Dan Patrick filed Senate Bill 41 that prohits the use of CSCOPE lesson plans. Senator Patrick has asked Governor Perry to add this important issue to the call of the special session. 

During the 2013 legislative session, Senator Patrick led the charge to put an end to CSCOPE lesson plans. He passed legislation (SB1406) that gave the State Board of Education the authority to review the CSCOPE lesson plans. Before the bill passed, the Texas Education Service Centers Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) decided to stop producing CSCOPE lesson plans. With this agreement and bill enacted into law, he believed the issue was settled.  

Recently, Texas Education Agency attorneys have stated that the CSCOPE lesson plans are public domain and potentiallly available to anyone despite the fact that they are a licensed product. Senator Patrick disagrees with that analysis and is pursuing that legal argument.  

Another concern of Senator Patrick related to the operation of TESCCC. As a result, Senator Patrick has asked the State Auditor to perform an audit of the contracting practices of the governing board.  

Among the concerns outlined in his letter to State Auditor John Kell are the facts that the Education Service Centers failed to comply with state law requiring a bidding process and the adoption of formal contracts with state government vendors.

"Texans deserve an open and transparent state government and that is particularly true of our public education system," said Patrick. "The curriculum in our classrooms must be open to public scrutiny as well as the contracts to publish them." 

"The vast majority of parents, teachers, and legislators have mde it clear they want CSCOPE out of their schools. I stand with them and intend to make sure no one tries to slide CSCOPE lesson plans under the classroom door." said Patrick.
July 22, 2013
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's 
letter to Barbara Cargill, 
Chair of the State Board of Education

Dear Chair Cargill, 

  I am deeply troubled by recent reports of public school districts planning to use CSCOPE lesson plans in the coming school year. As you know, I have serious issues with reported factual error and bias in CSCOPE's lesson plans, and my intent, and that of the Legislature in passing SB 1406, was to end this controvery once and for all. We were told our CSCOPE problems were behind us. Over the past few weeks, I have learned that this could not be further from the truth. 
  It is my understanding the State Board of Education (SBOE) will have an agenda item at the September Board meeting to discuss the review and adoption of CSCOPE lesson plans, which is the subject of Senate Bill 1406. In addition, with the school year rapidly approaching, am requesting the SBOE to convene a panel to hear questions, comments and concerns from school districts, parents and citizens on not only the CSCOPE lesson plans but also the SCOPE, Sequence and Assessment components. By providing this forum, I believe the SBOE can help districts find other lesson plan options, or at least provide transparency for parents and local voters to know what their local districts are using to educate their children. 
  It is my intent to pass legislation as soon as possible to prevent districts from using CSCOPE lesson plans, as well as possibly the Scope, Sequence and Assessment components and to move the Sunset date for the Regional Education Service Centers (ESCs) from 2019 to 2017. Additionally, I have requested the State Auditor perform an audit on the ESCs money flow related to the financial and contractual matters involving CSCOPE.

  David Dewhurst, Texas Lieutenant Governor


A Primer on CSCOPE  
Open the Curtains

Our country is on the brink of losing it’s freedom and its constitutional rights due to the progressive /Marxist ideology of the Obama Administration and those that support his leftist (government knows best, collectivist) ideology. 

Unbeknownst to many who voted for Texas State Board of Education members Thomas Ratliff and Pat Hardy, who ran as republicans and stand by a Marxist Curriculum that is in a majority of Texas Schools. This so-called curriculum is called CSCOPE. If you have not heard about it before don’t be surprised a majority of the parents whose kids are being indoctrinated with it haven’t heard of it either. Why? 

Parents have not been allowed to view it. Teachers had to sign a non disclosure statement that they would not release the contents of it or say anything negative about it. Homework is discouraged and most schools who have purchased it have no text books for children to bring home. Surely this isn’t happening in Texas you may say. Sadly it is! Here is a list of Texas Schools that have purchased and implemented CSCOPE.

Texas has 20 Education Service Centers that were originally set up to help local schools. The directors of nineteen of the 20 (excluding 4) formed a non-profit called Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative , TESCCC which owns CSCOPE. ESC 4 is now a part of TESCCC. 

Follow me here for a minute, state employees, use tax money to form a non-profit which operates in state buildings and use state employees to sell their product. You can read more about the formation and lack of transparency in regard to TESCCC at the following links.

CSCOPE What is behind the curtain Part I

CSCOPE What is behind the Curtain Part II

Colleen Vera Trash Talk 



Obama interested in 'Allah-is-God' curriculum
Source says federal officials pursuing program used in Texas by John Griffing


CSCOPE, the controversial online curriculum that taught “Allah is God” and currently is used in 80 percent of Texas school districts, has caught the attention of the Obama administration’s Department of Education.

A source in the Texas education system has told WND that Common Core operatives in the U.S. Department of Education are actively pursuing CSCOPE as a way around the Texas legislative process.

Texas is one of the few states still resisting implementation of Common Core, Obama’s national standards initiative, which many feel is a transparent attempt to nationalize education and progressively control classroom content with minimal parental oversight.

Implementation of Common Core is known to have been made a condition of school systems’ receipt of federal dollars under Obama’s “Race to the Top” program.

CSCOPE recently has come under fire for evidence of what sources claim to be radical content and secrecy. Now new information of such a radical agenda has surfaced showing CSCOPE connections to Obama mentor and self-acknowledged terror group member Bill Ayers.

WND has documented a strong link between Ayers and CSCOPE heavyweight and Common Core advocate Linda Darling-Hammond. An unrepentant terror group member (and known Obama supporter, financier, and ghost-writer), William “Bill” Ayers was part of the notorious Weather Underground which attempted to bomb the Pentagon in the seventies. After 9/11, Ayers was interviewed by the New York Times, and was quoted as saying he had “no regrets.”

Ayers gave Darling-Hammond an enthusiastic endorsement for education secretary when Obama was first elected. Ayers has worked extensively with Darling-Hammond on many of the same projects, even editing her work. Both are part of what some education experts have termed the “small schools movement,” which allegedly emphasizes “emotional” responses and output over factual mastery.

Darling-Hammond is mentioned throughout CSCOPE literature, has given innumerable lectures on behalf of CSCOPE, and was part of Obama’s educational transition team. She is a primary advocate and proponent of Common Core in Texas, and observers see the acquisition of CSCOPE by the U.S. Department of Education as a logical next step.

This scenario has alarmed those concerned about classroom content accountability. Previously, WND reported how CSCOPE lessons promote Islam, teaching conversion methods and presenting verses from the Quran that denigrate other faiths. In CSCOPE curriculum, the Boston Tea Party is likened to an act of terrorism on par with 9/11. In the wake of the Newtown massacre, the Second Amendment is portrayed as a “collective,” not an individual right, despite the Supreme Court’s recent rulings to the contrary.

The CSCOPE website has posted a response to concerns about certain lesson plans, including an extensive discussion of the Boston Tea Party. But critics say that such lessons should never have appeared in the first place.

Sources within the Texas education system recently informed WND that Wicca, thought by many to be akin to witchcraft, was being taught in CSCOPE curriculum alongside Christianity, but was removed before the news media could access it, a fact which represents one of the biggest concerns for followers of CSCOPE.

CSCOPE apparently immediately deletes controversial content once leaked, making it impossible at any one time to know exactly what students are learning and in what order. Defenders of this process say that this responsiveness to public scrutiny is a form of self-auditing. Others have said that it simply leaves parents, teachers and those in charge of curriculum oversight powerless to stop agenda-driven lesson plans and the damage the ideas therein might do to students.

WND has documented numerous instances of lessons being deleted after their use in classrooms.When it was discovered that Islam was being given preferential status as a part of a study on the world’s major religions, CSCOPE administrators deleted the lesson plan and associated PowerPoint in the presence of two sources, leaving no trace online.

However, through available technology, documentation of this lesson plan and other such controversial content has been retained and reviewed by Texas educators and WND.

In CSCOPE World History/Social Studies, Lesson 2, Unit 3 under the heading, “Classical Rome,” students are told that Christianity is a “cult,” and given a link to a BBC article saying the early Christians were “cannibals,” i.e. the Eucharist, which students are then led to conclude is the reason for Roman persecution.

This lesson has since been removed, but documentation in WND’s possession confirms that the lesson existed. Critics contend that this ability to change content on a whim to evade scrutiny or accountability is a persistent risk with a system like CSCOPE. An organic curriculum – if regulated – might be advantageous, but without transparency, these types of occurrences will likely be more frequent, critics say.

Speaking with WND, Texas Sen. Dan Patrick, new chairman of the education committee, communicated his intent to hold high-profile hearings and investigate CSCOPE.

Sen. Patrick noted, “Any system where the chairman of the state board can’t get a password to explore their site in detail for six months, requires teachers to sign an agreement that could subject them to criminal penalties, and is not easily transparent to parents, needs to be closely examined by the legislature.”

When asked if he would support placing CSCOPE under state oversight and/or local school board oversight, Sen. Patrick answered carefully, explaining,

“We will make that decision after our hearings. However, I have concerns of any curriculum program that is in the majority of our school districts without some level of oversight by either the SBOE, TEA, or the legislature.”

Patrick, along with many other Republicans, supported the 2011 legislation that took power over Internet curriculum review away from the SBOE, though this provision was admittedly ill-understood in its implications and was originally intended to reduce the cost-burden to school districts in obtaining and distributing the curriculum. While reducing costs, this move also created the basis of the current controversy.

Opponents of CSCOPE, on the other hand, desire a lawsuit. They do not want to wait for hearings. As they contend, CSCOPE is already violating Texas public statutes, which require all “instructional materials” to be available to parents. CSCOPE places all primary content – apart from summaries – behind a pay wall.

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC) Governing Board minutes, obtained only by Texas Public Information Act request, reveal that even the governing board in charge of CSCOPE may not be fully aware of CSCOPE content issues.

Minutes for the meetings covered show that governing board members were told by CSCOPE Executive Director Wade Labay that they will only be involved in content-related issues if “politically sensitive,” what Labay calls “’911′ type messages or those deemed critical.” In other words, in addition to the absence of state oversight, corporate oversight within CSCOPE might be lacking.

The fears of some that CSCOPE is replacing textbooks, a claim denied by Texas SBOE member Thomas Ratliff, would appear justified if governing board minutes are considered.

In addition to outlining when and under what circumstances CSCOPE would communicate with the TESCCC governing board, pending textbook alignments with Pearson, McGraw Hill, et al., were discussed and delayed with the support of governing board members. Some attendees lamented even having to align CSCOPE content with textbooks, since “the mission of CSCOPE is to change instruction in the classroom.”

TESCCC has now asked the Texas Attorney General to make its minutes exempt from public information requirements.


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​Texas Central Railway Plans to Bring 
High Speed Rail Service to Texas 

The Proposed Bullet Train Will Link 
Dallas and Houston

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The high speed train will provide an alternative for the estimated 50,000 Texans who travel between Dallas and Houston for work or leisure.  The train will travel in a loop, with four cars per train, leaving stations in Dallas and Houston every 30 minutes. The trip, at 200+ MPH, will take about 90 minutes.  The ticket for the trip will be comparable to an airline ticket between Dallas and Houston- and you still won't have a car at your destination..

But wait, where is the track for this train?  
     It will begin at a station in the  Southern  part of Dallas county moving to the South through Ellis, Navarro, Freestone, Leon, Madison, Grimes, Waller counties and then end/begin again in Harris county near 290 and Jersey Village.   

​What is the route?  Does it come through Huntsville, following  I-45?   
       No, at the bulletin train speed, I-45 has too many curves and development along the route.  So the plan is to follow an existing Utility easement  through the " open, flat, undeveloped" rural communities.  The train will need a 80-100 foot wide easement to move at the bullet speeds.  However, part of the plan is to have a station stop in Shiro in Grimes county.   This would allow for light rail service to come to the train for Texas A&M students and give Bryan/ College Station residents easier access to Dallas and Houston 

How does this track work in the rural areas?
        Well, like the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) this railway will split countless ranches, farms and home-sites.  The tracks will be bordered with high fences for the safety of the train and passengers.   The ranchers cannot get from one side of the property to the other and  local rural residents will have to find new routes to their destinations.  Read more about this project through the last five tabs on this website. 
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Some Texans Against Houston-to Dallas High Speed Train 

Traveling from Dallas to Houston at lightning speed in under 90 minutes on a bullet train sounds like a commuter's dream come true. But for Grimes County rancher Eric Yeargain, it's a nightmare.

One of the proposed routes for the 200 mph bullet train would slice right through Yeargain's peaceful 50-acre ranch in southern Grimes County.

"Cutting our land in half and isolating us from half of it and disrupting our way of life and potentially devastating our land value is something that's a tough thing to fathom," Yeargain said.

Texas Central Railway and the Federal Railroad Administration are holding more meeting in December. 
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Schedule for all meetings:
Open house: 4:30-6:30 pm
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December 1, 2014                December 3, 2014
Jewett, TX                            Tomball, TX

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