More immigrant kids arrive in Arizona

The federal government on Friday began sending hundreds of unaccompanied children caught crossing the border illegally in Texas to a holding center in Nogales, Ariz., further straining relations with Gov. Jan Brewer, who was already angry over the recent release of hundreds of undocumented families at bus stations in Phoenix and Tucson.

Brewer’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder, told the Associated Press that conditions at the holding facility in Nogales are so dire that the state is releasing federal medical and other supplies to the facility.
A regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was also being sent to Arizona to help manage the crisis, Wilder told the AP.
The Border Patrol has been overwhelmed by a surge of undocumented immigrants crossing the border illegally in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, including nearly 50,000 children traveling on their own, the AP reported.
The federal government plans to use the facility in Nogales as a way station, where the children will be vaccinated and checked medically. They will then be flown to facilities being set up in Ventura, Calif., Fort Sill, Okla., and San Antonio, the AP said.
In her statement, Brewer demanded that President Barack Obama’s administration immediately stop transferring migrants caught in Texas to Arizona.
The transfer of hundreds of unaccompanied children comes after the Department of Homeland Security began flying hundreds of undocumented families, mostly women and children, to Tucson over the Memorial Day weekend.
Homeland Security officials said the families were shipped here because the Border Patrol did not have the manpower or detention space to process a surge in undocumented immigrants from Central America apprehended in Texas.
After being processed by the Border Patrol in Tucson, Homeland Security began releasing the families on humanitarian parole and dropping them off at Greyhound bus stations in Phoenix and Tucson with instructions to report to an ICE office once they reached their destinations in other cities.
Brewer said she learned Friday that 432 children were transported to a holding facility in Nogales and that an additional 732 children would be brought there today and Sunday.”
End of quote see article link for full story

Mesa school board ends opening-prayer custom Ahead of Supreme Court Justice Rule in Greece vs. Galloway

supreme court justicesThe Republic |
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:47 PM

The Mesa Public Schools governing board has quietly ended its tradition of starting public meetings with a non-denominational prayer.
Instead, board President Mike Nichols on Tuesday asked audience members to observe a moment of silence after saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on a public-prayer case this week could impact prayer at all levels of government, including school districts, many public officials believe.

Nichols and board member Michelle Udall said Mesa schools’ legal counsel recently advised that if the district were to be sued over the prayer said by district staff before public meetings, the district likely would lose.
“We were told it’s a church-state issue,” Udall said. “We would likely not win in the long run.”
End of quote. Fair use.

[]N4TM Commentary:

Mesa Public Schools didn’t wait for the Supreme Justices to make a decision, they opted to fold before hand. I wouldn’t doubt that these “quiet” moves to remove prayer from public meetings hasn’t begun around the Nation. I live in Arizona so I follow AZ Central on Twitter and saw this tweet this morning. However, very little is being said publicly about the case that is causing the anxiety. Greece V. Galloway is the case and it was the doing of a Christian Liberties lobby to bring it before the SCOTUS justices.


“After a district court ruled in favor of the town of Greece AU won at the appellate level on behalf of the plaintiffs. One of the judges in that case, noting that “Roughly two-thirds [of the prayers] contained references to ‘Jesus Christ,’ ‘Jesus,’ ‘Your Son’ or the ‘Holy Spirit,'” concluded that it amounted to an “endorsement” of Christianity.

Following this ruling, the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a leading religious right legal organization, appealed to SCOTUS arguing that pastors should have the freedom to offer prayers in accordance with their religious tradition when speaking on behalf of the government.

Upon initial glance, it seems like a clear violation of church-state separation, but there is a wrinkle. Thirty years earlier, in Marsh v. Chambers, SCOTUS ruled that the Nebraska legislature’s decision to hire a chaplain to open each legislative session with a non-sectarian prayer did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The Secular Coalition of America explained why it agrees with the no prayer position: Our stance is that any prayer, by definition is non-inclusive, because it excludes non-theists and others who don’t feel comfortable with public displays of religion. So, we think there should be no prayer.”

A ruling is not expected until June 2014.”

If the United States Supreme Court outlawed public prayer would you still pray?

If the United States Government outlawed prayer, “in the name of Jesus Christ,” would you still call upon His name?

God has dealt with nations before who have purposed in their heart and mind to turn from Him.

Links Related to Greece V. Galloway:

Justices appear wary of regulating legislative prayer-Ruling’s impact may extend well beyond Rochester area

1 Corinthians 4:9-14 KJV

“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.”

Sheriff Joe Arpaio confirms to ABC15 he is hoping to get 2 unmanned drones

Arpaio confirms to ABC15 he has a plan to use drones, if he can get them.
“I want two of these drones, unmanned and of course unarmed,” said Arpaio.
Using a drone would require approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, which can be a lengthy process.
Arpaio said he was hoping to have the drones and approval months ago.
“I hope to get this done pretty quickly, I don’t like procrastination, especially bureaucracy,” said Arpaio. “These are good, useful tools.”
While Arpaio didn’t specify exactly the types of drones he wants, at a Tuesday press conference, he said the models they’re eyeing are between $5,000 and $20,000, and he’d like them outfitted with cameras and infrared capabilities.
He described at least one of them as potentially having a three-foot wingspan.
The first drone, if obtained, would circle or hover in the areas above Arpaio’s jails, he explained.
“We do have some small problems with people throwing drugs over the fence and that is my initial plan,” said Arpaio.” End of quote

This story was nearly missed by my radar. Nerd slash news addict radar.

Sequester Jester: Federal Govt builds 21 2&3 bdrm homes avg 1500 sqft for $11 MILLION Dollars in AJO, AZ

0809131112BG PNI-met ajo housingI read this front page story in the Arizona Republic newspaper today and I had to post it!

“AJO – A cluster of yellow, blue and salmon-colored homes recently sprouted in the desert here, just west of the Spanish Colonial Revival-style plaza and north of the New Cornelia mine lookout.

And taxpayers paid millions of dollars for it.

The federal government spent, on average, more than $600,000 apiece to plan and build the 21 two- and three-bedroom houses and develop the surrounding area to attract U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to live in this small former mining community. The new homes range in size from 1,276 to 1,570 square feet.

Most similar-size homes in Ajo sold last year for less than $100,000, according to a database maintained by the Arizona Daily Star.

Altogether, the government has paid $15 million for the homes plus 20 park-model trailers in Ajo, according to documents examined by The Arizona Republic.
The median sale price for a single-family home in Ajo is $70,598, according to the Pima County Assessor’s Office valuation chart, which used home sale prices from 2010 to 2012 adjusted for current market conditions. Nearly 30 percent of area houses were vacant from 2007 to 2011, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.” For full article click here AZcentral

I guess the figures shouldn’t shock anyone when we consider who was running Fannie & Freddie Mack and can remember the housing collapse of 2008. The Federal government knows how to misappropriate funds that’s for sure. Why bother overspending on building homes for Border Patrol agents when both houses are about to pass sweeping Amnesty? This is our government at “work” folks, they are going to give the American people free health care too (narf!). This story is true madness! All MSM can think about is the Rodeo Clown Obama mask that happened this weekend.

Rodeo clown mocks Obama at Missouri State FairFor the money wasted in Ajo, Obama should voluntarily throw himself into the position of Rodeo Clown! Rodeo clown is the only job description he qualifies for.

‘Perfect storm’ wildfire raging in Arizona claims 19 men in elite unit – U.S. News

□ N4TM Commentary
Prayers go out to those families who lost loved ones in Yarnell, AZ.

AZ-Prescott-Granite-Mt-Hot-Shots-2Update: (3:50 pm. 07/01/2013 MT)

Here are the names of the brave firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty and service at the Yarnell Fire near Prescott AZ:

Christopher Mackenzie, 30

Andrew Ashcraft, 29

Kevin Woyjeck, 21

Anthony Rose, 23

Eric Marsh, 43

Robert Caldwell, 23

Clayton Whitted, 28

Scott Norris, 28

Dustin Deford, 24

Sean Misner, 26

Garret Zuppiger, 27

Travis Carter, 31

Grant McKee, 21

Travis Turbyfill, 27

Jesse Steed, 36

Wade parker, 22

Joe Thurston, 32,

William Warneke, 25

John Percin, 24

Here is the memorial page for them on Facebook:

Common Core, Coming to AZ 2013 and Yes it does affect Home Schoolers

“Common Core Standards” is a National venture headed up by NGA (the National Governors Association) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

My brain is racked from having read through both the Pros and Cons of “Common Core” all day (Sunday). I’m a home school mom. My kids are still within the K-12 range. I had no idea that Common Core would affect me as a homeschooler until today. My readers know that I’m handy with a search engine and so I began my journey today into discovering exactly what Common Core Standards are and how it will affect me and my home.

The Cons

I have friend in Christ who sent me an email not too long ago warning me about “Common Core” and the transitions of certain formerly trusted curricula were making to adhere to Common Core Standards. At the time I thought to myself, this doesn’t apply to me, I don’t use any of the listed curricula. Then a week or so after her email I heard on the radio that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer had just signed into Law, “Common Core Standards,” and that the Arizona State standardized test called AIMS was in its last year due to the new standards that go into affect Fall 2013-2014 school year. What!? Brewer signed Common Core Standards into Law? I don’t recall voting on that measure or even hearing about it until a week prior thanks to my diligent friend (a retired teacher). I was truly ignorant of her concerns and knowledge on the subject. It wasn’t  until I saw this:

BJU Logo Using Common Core Standards as wellMaintaining Academic Excellence: BJU Press and the Common Core Standards (For article click here-Not an Endorsement)

that it became prudent for me to spend the time investigating Common Core for myself. Let me explain! I don’t use BJU press (anymore). I had long ago used their spelling books for my kids; however, this was before I knew about BJU. Now, I know too much about BJU and choose not to support that institution. I was however, looking up curriculum and accredited schools online. Ironically I ended up on their main page and saw that on the left side bar they included the term “Common Core.” Once I saw that BJU, a private “Christian” educational system (which is NOT accredited btw I also learned), was implementing Common Core, I decided to revisit my friend’s second email which had two links to help educate me on the Cons of Common Core. The first link I clicked on had a video of which I watched the entire thing (58 Minutes). I will link to it at the end of this post. In this *video I gleaned some names, terms, and resources that furthered my search into exactly what Common Core is and what it intends to do. From the speaker of the video I learned some basic facts. I will just bullet point them:

  • Common Core is not a demand of the people for the people it was CONSTRUCTED, ergo devised, by Obama and a few of his henchmen and women just prior to his election in 2008.
  • The NGA (National Governors Association) had a lot to do with getting this “Nationalized” form of education into the respective state legislation.bush-and-obama-in-wh
  • Common Core is going to push out traditional mastery based education and encourage teachers to take a facilitator role and allow the children to “teach themselves.”
  • Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $100 million of their own money towards implementation of this program. They have done so primarily because their Common Core Standards program will utilize Computers, E-readers, E-books, which Bill Gates (Mr.Microsoft) is a partner with Pearson the US’s (and the world’s) premier text book publisher. They will directly benefit $$ from the total overhaul of the educational system. So if you’re not a fan but a wise investor it may be time to get in on Windows based stock options!
  • Obama is for this. His cronies conjured up this system which is loosely yet very eerily related to the “No Child Left Behind Act,” of George W. Bush. If you’re a hot blooded American with an (R) in front of your name you know that it is precursory to be against everything Obama is for even if you were for it during the Bush years.
  • Common Core Standards will be rewritten into the SAT and ACT tests that our kids take to get into College. Whether they are home schooled kids, public schooled kids, or privately educated kids, they will all have to know the Common Cores in order to take the tests and pass.
  • Christian schools are also implementing Common Core in droves. Charter schools are also transitioning to Common Core. As I mentioned in my intro “Christian Home School” curriculum is also switching to Common Core. There is no escape or alternative. At some point your child will have to know and test for Common Core.
  • Some of the promoters of Common Core are also in favor of making this system global and getting the citizens of the world educated in like fashion.
  • All bullet points are my interpretation of the facts/opinions laid out in the YouTube video I watched which is linked to below. I use sarcasm in some of my points because I have learned that there is no black vs. white anymore but a lot of gray vs. neon green!

Some Facts that Support some Cons

“New York, NY – April 27, 2011 – The Pearson Foundation today announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support America’s teachers by creating a full series of digital instructional resources. Online courses in Math and Reading/English Language Arts will offer a coherent and systemic approach to teaching the new Common Core State Standards. Common Core Standards were developed by the National Governors Association, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers. Forty-one states, two territories, and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards.” Source: Pearson Website

“The common standards aren’t just for public schools, it seems. With all but four states having adopted them since 2010, districts have little choice but to implement the Common Core State Standards. But many private schools are also making the transition. More than 100 Roman Catholic dioceses spanning the nation from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, have decided to adopt the standards, according to a recent survey from the National Catholic Educational Association. Even the El Paso Diocese in Texas, a state that wanted no part of the common standards, signaled last spring that it was signing on. Experts say practical considerations are likely an important motivator, as many private schools feel the pressure from the tidal wave of states beginning to implement the new standards, which cover K-12 mathematics and English/language arts. That’s having profound effects on textbook and test publishers, for instance, which are revising their wares to better reflect the standards. Observers also suggest the common core will even reshape college-entrance exams.
It’s not just Catholic schools making the move. Some Lutheran and other denominations of Christian schools are shifting to the common core, including Grand Rapids Christian in Michigan and the Christian Academy School System in Louisville, Ky.” Source: Hispanic

This was confirming my findings that some Christian Schools were jumping in to the Common Core Bandwagon. Another random Google search produced this link:

Common Core standards coming in September to Capo Beach Christian- OC weekly

“Capo Beach Christian School has decided to embrace the Common Core standards, resulting in a school wide curriculum transformation. The kindergarten through eighth grade private school is set to implement the standards starting in September.” Quote from Article source here. Capo Beach Christian School website link here

Here’s a PDF book 43 pages that I have not read and thus am not endorsing but I’m only providing for resource and educational purpose:

Here is the YouTube Video I viewed that is Against Common Core Standards Let me preface something before you view it. The woman speaking is from Eagle Forum. Eagle Forum is a Right Wing political activist organization that I do not endorse. Eagle Forum was created by and run by Phyllis Schlafly, a Jesuit Dame of Malta and CNP co-conspirator with Tim LaHaye whom I absolutely do not trust or endorse. Given that she was speaking on behalf of Eagle Forum to a group of tea-partiers (which I also am not an endorser of nor do I share their blind right wing ideology), I still listened and watched with discernment. So, I ask you to do the same if you listen to her speak. She gets into Agenda 21, the UN pushing for Common Core as well and endorsing some of her other books that are related to secret societies that run the Government; which is ironic considering she is speaking on behalf of Eagle Forum, birthed by a Dame of Malta (no secret there but it is sort of like a dbl cross). I encourage you to extract the facts she represents from her own agenda.

Here is a shorter and sweeter heartfelt message from a teacher who quit over Common Core:

Arizonans Against Common Core: Myths and Facts on Common Core:

Utah Against Common Core: Think Common Core State Standards are State led? Get the facts:

Indiana ‘Hoosiers Against common Core:’

Of course I went looking for what HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) had to say about the matter. There were no flashing lights drawing attention to this topic on their main home page. I had to use their search engine to find this: Common Core State Standards Initiative: Too Close to a National Curriculum (December 17, 2012) Here’s the link:

The Pros of Common Core?

NGA– National Governors Association (the Constructionists of CCS)

CCSSO: from the constructionists of Common Core Standards:

An article in Support of Common Core Standards Math section: “The Math Standards and Moving Beyond the Worksheet: Teaching the common standards in math. By Alison Crowley” 

From Arizona Public Media: Common Core Needs Funding, Open Minds:

Arizona’s Common Core Standards Home Page

Arizona Public Engagement Task Force: “This group has convened for the purpose of communicating key education policy issues to the public. The current focus is on implementing communications and outreach strategies to support the successful implementation of Arizona’s Common Core Standards throughout the state. Through their work, the Task Force will continue to contribute to this web site. Specifically, the Task Force has created Arizona’s Common Core Standards Communications Tool Kit to help superintendents, principals, teachers and other community leaders communicate to parents, community partners and the public about the standards.”

This is where the Money is ^ look at their site and all the Logos of those in support of AZ Common Core Standards and think how they will benefit $$ from the transition.

Common Core Standards Home Page

Okay, I didn’t spend a lot of time looking through the pros of Common Core. Perhaps because I was so astounded by what I found in the Cons list and wanted to make sure the Cons being tossed about were legitimate and not just emotional exaggeration. It is important to test all things and when someone tells me (video above from Eagle Forum) that, “Common Core is equivalent to Nazi Germany’s role in systematically brainwashing the youth,” I want to make sure that it’s not just hyperbole. Here’s an article I read by a Socialist website no less and it does well in representing the Cons to Common Core without the bias that the Eagle Forum video had:

The Truth About Common Core: Source

matrix eye greenLastly, one cannot escape the topic of “Common Core” without mentioning the Data Mining Issue.

I am no supporter of Glenn Beck or Michelle Malkin. I see both have hit this issue and have poured salt on the wound by stimulating your fears of the “Nation State” i.e. Big Brother who is collecting all various forms of Data on you and stock piling it for some innocuous day the world ends and you are hunted down for being registered with the NRA or a local Tea party group. (Sarcasm x10)

Let the truth be told, there is included in Common Core “Data Mining.” However, I beseech you to consider that you are doing a heck of a job already in offering up your children to Horus/The all seeing Eye when you  allow your kids to have Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. (You too parents) The world has offered itself up to have their data mined already. I’m not going to give up my Google search engine, my twitter account, or this blog, so yes I know everything I do online is getting mined. If you go to the doctor, now thanks to Obama Care, you’re being mined. Go to Foursquare and log in to get yourself a discount on a smoothie, you’re being mined. C’mon people unless you want to return to sending letters on the backs of pigeons get over yourself on this one. But, “Data Mining” does exist and although we willingly provide the State with our information we still like to get mad when they mine without our consent.

“The entire premise of Common Core should give us all many sleepless nights. Besides the fact the federal government is usurping the state and therefore, the public’s voice, it is also going to track every child from K-12 and beyond electronically.” Source: Arizona Independent Daily

Conclusion/N4TM commentary:

If you made it this far to the end of my post, congratulations, I will send you a gold star in the mail. What do I make of all of this, Common Core, stuff? I guess it’s beyond my control and I can’t do anything about it. It helps me affirm my choice to home school, however now I’ll have to keep in mind that my kids will have to learn some Common Core material for the sake of tests should they ever want to go to college. By the time my children reach College I’m sure College will be entirely different than the college days I knew. As parents who also educate it’s our duty to teach our children right from wrong. It’s not the duty of the State to raise a moral kid. Look at all the Federal institutions and how they lack and fail miserably, the same Federal Institution will produce equally competent citizens of the State. But Glory be to God, ‘man’ is not made in the image of ‘man!’ Man was created in the image of God and for that reason I believe God has divine power to call each of His children out from among the masses and still produce excellence and uniqueness. We won’t all be robots, we can’t all fall for the lie all of the time, and this is the great folly of Satan from the dawn of time. Satan can’t have what’s not his. Perhaps that is what this stuff is all about. It’s Satan’s attempt to reign in all the dissenters who will not surrender to him but are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Perhaps that is what all the ‘Data mining’ is for. I say bring it on, you don’t scare me.

A Hike, A prayer, and A Praise!

the Road less traveled 3.29.13Lest you think I’m always such a “downer,” I thought I’d share a personal side of me today. Today I went for a hike. I planned on 4 miles for sure, but was prepared to add an extra 2 should the weather be kind and the trail safe. I prayed last night, “Lord please don’t let me get bit by a snake!” It’s getting hot in the Arizona Desert and the last thing I want is to get bit by a snake on the trail (especially a new trail). I headed out and boy did the Lord Bless! The desert is in bloom right now so as I headed up a canyon I was just in the middle of flowers and canyon like rock it was so beautiful. “Thank you Lord, for this day that you hath made,” ran through my mind as I looked up on both sides and an occasional glance behind me to see the valley bright and sweetly decorated by the giant Saguaro Cacti. When I got to my 2 mile marker I had no intention of quitting. I felt good and had plenty of water and it was just so amazing back in there that I couldn’t bear to turn around just yet. I was doing some thinking, some praying, and some praising. I thought about silly stuff, like the North Korea threat and personal stuff like those I know in my family who are lost and who desperately need my Savior Jesus Christ in their lives. Thinking on their need led me to think on my own need of Christ and what He’s done for me in my life and what He continues to do. I thought about the apostles because I’ve been reading Acts (I’m up to chapter 22). I thought about the importance of His Resurrection. I was thoroughly enjoying my hike! The trail was not too cluttered with people, and there was a section where I felt I was the only one out there. I thought of Nathanael when he sat under the fig tree and later Jesus told him He saw him there, and I thought to myself, my God sees me here on this trail, I’m not alone! Glory to God. Jesus said, My sheep hear me when I call to them, I know them and they know me (I’m paraphrasing).

The News is always there, always churning out new horrible stories. The truth is none of it is “News” to my Lord, He knows the End from the Beginning and in Him is my comfort. I don’t just sit at my computer or gaze into my phone searching for the next story to post. Sometimes, shocker, I’m out living life. I have a blessed life, I know Jesus and He knows me. One last praise and then tomorrow I’ll find a horrible tragedy to write about. On my way back I started to run because I felt safe on the trail and strong in spirit and I’m one who likes to trail blaze. As I was running down a group of hikers were on their way up. The first young woman saw me and yelled, “RUNNER!” and hugged the trail head so I could pass, then after two hikers heard her they all sort of did the same thing, yelling “RUNNER!” and made way for me to pass them. I thanked them all and kept running and then a smirk appeared on my face, “Wow God, they called me a “Runner!” and I just laughed. I am a runner, even on the trail I find a sweet spot to run.

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3