Best wishes for a happy and enjoyable Labor day

Here is wishing everyone a great Labor Day. Hope your day is filled with pleasure and happiness with friends and family. Always important to keep a perspective on our lives and that which does bring us joy. I have been taking a few days off from blogging, resting up for the next push!

I chose the song “Money” by Pink Floyd. It brings to mind the early days of my working career when $5 Bucks an hour sounded pretty good!

Schools fingerprint children for lunch program

So Mooch is collecting data on our kids. Why should we be surprised? A little loss of our privacy here, a little less freedom there, and pretty soon we have lost it all. Question, will all of this data of our kids be stored in the great new data center in Utah? Here we go:

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The grumbling in New Albany cafeterias isn’t coming from students’ stomachs. It’s from parents.

The southern Indiana school district is one of the latest to deploy technology which “biometric identification to match a finger scan with a personal identification number,” WAVEreports.

According to a notification issued by the New Albany Floyd County school system, the technology is used to “eliminate pin numbers, eliminate misused pin numbers, maintain the privacy of students on subsidized food programs and speed up the amount of time in the lunch line.”

“I don’t need the school to store my children’s fingerprints. I don’t like that,” Mt. Tabor Elementary parent Mary Ann Halstead says.

A Pennsylvania school district is scanning students’ thumbprints, tracking all of their lunch purchases, and turning the data over to the federal government.

The Hazleton Area School District recently announced it would be providing free meals to all students, regardless of need.

The move comes after the federal government began incentivizing school districts to provide more meals to more students.

As The Citizens’ Voice reports:

While it would seem that providing all children with lunch would cost districts more, the pilot federal initiative turns that assumption on its ear. The initiative encourages school districts to move toward full participation by providing districts with reimbursements that will in fact absorb the cost of providing lunch to students of all income levels, whether they walk to school — or if a chauffeur drives them.

More over at Eag News

The Utah Data Center is completed and up and running, storing data as I click each letter on my keyboard,

Treasury Jack Lew ‘China’s Markets aren’t linked to the rest of the world’

On July 10, 2015 Treasury Secretary Lew another under appreciated savant of the Obama administration, assured us that the Chinese markets have little to do with the world’s markets. I am not a rocket scientist, but wondered at the wisdom of his statements.

Jack Lew discusses the Chinese stock market and its potential impact on the U.S. economy.

Jack Lew, speaking at the Brookings Institution in July, confidently assured that Americans were immune from weakening markets in China.

“I will say that China’s markets still are pretty much separated from world markets,” the secretary of Treasury, said. “They’re, obviously, moving towards being more integrated, but right now they’re not.”

“So you’re not going to, I don’t think, see the direct linkage there,” Lew said.

“I think the concern, that is a real one, is what does it mean about long term growth in China.”

Obama back at it, wants UN to control guns via Treaty

We should have learned with the fiasco over the so-called Iran nuclear deal. Obama went straight to the U.N. Let us not forget this little number called the UN Arms Trade Treaty. He wants our guns registered big time for a start, and here is how he plans on doing it. Here we go:

On August 24 officials from the Obama administration will be attending the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference in Mexico City.

The ATT was signed by Secretary of State John Kerry on September 25, 2013 but never ratified by the US Senate. Nevertheless, Gun Owners of America reports that Obama officials will be in Mexico City for the conference.

Breitbart News previously reported that the ATT is an international gun control treaty designed to be implemented apart from, or in spite of, the general framework of governance for countries that are signatories to it.

Thus, while it will not do away with the Second Amendment on paper, it will subjugate the Second Amendment to the ATT’s gun controls if Obama administration officials return and implement the plans they will discuss in Mexico City.

 

Published on Aug 20, 2015 (Notes from video)

The UN Small Arms Conference — which takes place on August 24 in Mexico — is the “first step” in implementing the UN Small Arms Treaty, which is still waiting ratification by the Senate.

This treaty requires signing nations to “establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” That means not just NATIONAL gun registration, but GLOBAL gun registration, as well (according to Article V, Section 4 of the treaty).

Over the past century, we have seen registration lists used as a prelude to gun confiscation in countries like Rwanda, Cambodia and many more. Gun confiscation, in turn, led to horrific genocide many of these countries — including Rwanda and Cambodia.

Imagine dictators around the world — with access to the UN blue helmets (aka, the UN military force) — having the names of Americans on record as being gun owners.

It’s preposterous! And this is why the Senate MUST kill this toxic agreement.

Please take action to defend your gun rights. Urge your Senators to vote NO on any agreement reached at the Mexico UN conference. Get more information at http://www.gunowners.org

More at Breitbart

Sunday Respite: A Bible and a Bus ticket

This time of year it is not uncommon to see family members and friends set sail for the beginning of the next chapter in their lives. Always a push-pull of emotions. Happy to see them move on with their lives, and sad at losing them. I think this song sums it all up.

Bill Clinton pardoned former CIA Director for having Classified Material on home computer

Here is a walk down memory lane. I was trying to figure out which of the Clinton’s scandals would be a good pick for a Saturday review when I came upon this little gem. John Deutch. One of Bill’s many pardons given to a Clinton loyalist. Hillary keeps insisting that there is nothing to see, well, for some reason, I don’t think Deutch was so much different. I just wish some newsperson would ask her about this little pardon. Here we go:


Perhaps she’s forgotten one of her husband’s final acts in the Oval Office: issuing a presidential pardon to former CIA director John
Deutch. Deutch’s offense? Keeping classified material on unsecured home computers.

The pardon came just as Deutch was reportedly going to cop a plea with the Justice Department. Deutch headed the CIA from May 1995 to December 1996. Several days after he left the agency, classified material was discovered on a government-owned computer at his house in Bethesda, Md. Additionally, unsecured classified magnetic media were found in the study. According to the CIA inspector general’s report, the computer had been “designated for unclassified use only.”

As the investigation progressed, the IG discovered that Deutch had “continuously processed classified information on government-owned desktop computers configured for unclassified use during his tenure as DCI [director, CIA] [and that] . . .  these unclassified computers were located in [his] Bethesda, Maryland and Belmont, Massachusetts residences, his offices in the Old Executive Office Building, and at CIA Headquarters.”

Read more at: NationalReview

Hillary Clinton warned of China’s hacking, and thought Bush ‘looks like he has something to hide’

I thought I would close out the Hillary Clinton week with these two short clips. Knowing what we know now, it is simply a stunner that as late as the July 4, 2015 weekend, she was out on the stump warning us of the dangers of China and their hacking. Apparently oblivious of the danger she herself had put herself and our Country in with her home grown server and unapproved devices she used. Then I give you her warning about Bush.
Published on Jul 5, 2015

Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign 2016

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and “huge amounts of government information,” and of trying to “hack into everything that doesn’t move in America.

 

Recall Hillary Clinton remark : ‘Bush looks like he has something to hide’

That level of secrecy is ironic given Clinton’s comments about the Bush administration at an Oct. 29, 2003, conference at the New American Strategies Conference.

“In taking their action to evade or avoid providing information, the administration unnecessarily raises the suspicion that it has something to hide, that it might use the claim of national security to hide mistakes that are literally questions of life and death for Americans,” Clinton said.

She was criticizing the Bush administration for dragging its feet in turning over documents to the 9/11 Commission, led by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean.

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