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September 10, 2016
"We’ve got, tops, five years to win this war against the jihadists"

"Since September 11, 2001, America has been at war. And that’s about all anyone can say with certainty about a conflict that has cost 7,000 American lives and almost $2 trillion. As long as the most basic strategic questions—Who is the enemy? Why are we fighting?—remain unanswered, victory is impossible." Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, by Dr. Sebastian Gorka.   

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Tags: Islam, Christian Persecution
September 10, 2016
9/11/2001 Timeline

The timeline begins at 5:45 am on September 11, 2011:  Hijackers Pass Through Security Screening in Portland, Maine.  On the morning of 9/11, a total of nineteen terrorists will hijack four California-bound commercial airplanes shortly after their departures from airports in Boston, Massachusetts; Newark, New Jersey; and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Hijackers Mohamed Atta and Abdul Aziz al-Omari pass through security at Portland International Jetport in Maine at 5:45 a.m. Atta and al-Omari board a commuter flight to Boston Logan International Airport, where they connect to American Airlines Flight 11. Three other hijackers will join Atta and al-Omari aboard Flight 11.

Less than two hours later, the five terrorists who will hijack American Airlines Flight 77 are videotaped as they pass through Washington Dulles International Airport’s west checkpoint. Three of the hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Khalid al-Mihdhar, and Majed Moqed set off metal detectors, but no weapons are found. They proceed to the gate. The hijackers are carrying concealed knives on their persons or in their carry-on luggage.

Before 9/11, airports were not required to videotape security checkpoints. At that time, knives were allowed on planes if the blade was less than four inches in length.

6:00 A.M.  New York City Polling Stations Open....

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Tags: Islam, Christian Persecution
September 24, 2016
2016 Draft of the Arizona Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

The first draft of the "Arizona Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics" has been completed and is available for public comment on the Arizona State Board of Education website. Click HERE to read them.    

We have until Oct. 3, 2016 to submit comments.  Some improvements over Common Core include: 1) the removal of wording that directed teachers how to teach a standard in a specific way, 2) the over-emphasis on informational text has been lifted, and 3) cursive writing is back in.  

Unfortunately, the standards you will see in Kindergarten through Grade 3 continue to be developmentally inappropriate.  Young children are not little adults.  Their brains haven't developed to where they can reflect on their own thinking.  They cannot think abstractly.  They cannot empathize or view the world as others do.  

In Kindergarten especially, children are internally motivated to be independent and creative, and this is very important to them.  They are learning to tie their shoes, erect a sand castle, pull up their pants, tie a bow.  They are working on competence, mastery, and creativity.  

This is not the time to encourage dependence and conformity.  It is not appropriate to demand that they express opinions about an author's motives, or collaborate and seek others' suggestions and incorporate them into their writing.  Some children will “get it.”  However, many more won’t.  Teachers will have to drill, drill, and drill the right responses into them.  This time would be better spent teaching grade-appropriate materials.  Children who cannot meet these standards will experience much stress and a loss of creativity.  They will wrongly suffer disapproval from teachers and parents, and might be considered “delayed” and subjected to remedial classes they don’t need.  See Dr. Megan Koschnick’s 9/9/2013 videotaped presentation, which she gave at a  conference at the University of Notre Dame. The event was sponsored by American Principles Project. 

If you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, concerned citizen, or if you specialize in child development, please comment on some of these inappropriate standards.  Please also copy me at anitalchristy@gmail.com, so I can share your comments with members of our Mommy Lobby.  We want to ensure that the State Board is made aware of these serious issues. 

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Tags: Common Core, State Board of Education, Education, Educational Malpractice
September 9, 2016
Jim O'Connor Announces Run for State Party Chairman of the AZGOP

I have tremendous respect for Jim O’Connor.  In the following press release, you will read about Jim's role in renouncing the National Popular Vote.  I was one of the people he patiently educated regarding its problems.  Ultimately, a group of us were able to convince our Senator, Sylvia Allen, to back away from supporting it.  Jim is true to the Republican platform and has provided leadership in other areas as well, including the passage of HB2088, which protects students against surveys that gather private, personally identifiable information.  He advised his representative in LD23, Heather Carter, "Our 444 Precinct Committeemen are reflecting the opinions of the 70,000 registered republican votes in our district overwhelmingly protecting the rights of parents and children. Please represent these and other republicans who desire to restrain government overreach."  She voted in favor on reconsideration.  Mr. O'Connor has stood firmly in support of legislation that honors parental authority and rejects federal control of education in Arizona.

PRESS RELEASE
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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Republicans, Election, Education
September 5, 2016
You may know society is doomed when you see....

You may know society is doomed when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you; [and] when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice. 

Ayn Rand, "Atlas Shrugged", 1957

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Tags: Free Market
August 25, 2016
Get Out the Vote Rally with Congressman Paul Gosar

Please join my favorite U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (CD4) at this Get Out the Vote rally!  

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Tags: Congress, Constitution, Election
August 25, 2016
Has YOUR Legislator been Endorsed by Pro Common Core, Anti-Parent "Stand for Children"?

Stand for Children/Arizona has just endorsed 26 candidates for the Arizona Legislature in the Primary Election on August 30.  “Stand for Children Arizona does not take its endorsement process lightly.  These candidates have been fully vetted to make sure they currently agree with, and will stay true to a majority of Stand’s policies and educational priorities that we believe will bring the quickest results." 

 A review of Stand for Children/Arizona's website indicates that this group proudly supports the entire Common Core agenda, aka Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, including AzMerit.  

Stand is proud to have defeated a litany of anti-Common Core legislation, as well as other bills that parents have fought for, including the defeated SB1455.  This bill would have acknowledged that parents know more than the State about what's best for their own children.  These parents wanted to opt their children out of the unvalidated, secretive AzMerit.  Stand would have none of it.  See "Top Legislative Results."   

Parents and their children suffered verbal and emotional abuse at the hands of school administrators, teachers, other parents, and other students for daring to opt out of AZMerit.  Remember?  See Sen. Allen calls for schools to respect parents over assessment concernsThe Schools' War On Arizona's Children: Part 1The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 2 Online Charter Schools The Schools' War on Arizona's Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse.

Voters should be wary of groups that "sound" wonderful.  Scratch the surface, and you discover how pro-Statist and anti-Family they truly are.   Expect More Arizona is another such group.  See Is Expect More Arizona in it for the Money?    

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Tags: Arizona Constitution, Arizona Legislature, AzMERIT, Common Core, Election
September 1, 2016
Gila Watch Primary Voting Recommendations: August 30, 2016

As you complete your Primary ballot, please consider the following candidates for offices all the way from United States Senate to Town Council. Time hasn't allowed for the vetting of every office throughout the state.  The suggestions you see here are based on voting patterns, leadership, and commitment to constitutional, conservative ideals.   

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Tags: Arizona Legislature, Arizona Constitution, Congress, Constitution
August 12, 2016
Outing Ray Strauss, the Phony Conservative Running Against Rep. Paul Gosar in AZ-4

Did you receive the FALSE flyer paid for by Right Way Super-PAC stating that Paul Gosar (CD4) voted against funding for our military and their families? I suggest you read this article titled Outing Ray Strauss, the Phony Conservative Running Against Rep. Paul Gosar in AZ-4.   In my own experience, Rep. Gosar is one of the most Conservative, Constitutional, pro-military representatives in Congress. Ray Strauss is the opposite.  "Rep. Gosar’s reputation as a fighter for the conservative agenda has left him as one of the few reliable full spectrum conservatives in the House." 

The article begins:  

It requires a breathtaking level of deceit to attempt to run to the right of limited government constitutional conservative Congressman Paul Gosar and attack him as an “insider.”  

But with the help of a shadowy lobbyist-funded PAC – Right Way PAC – which was founded by K Street insider Daniel Flynn, that is exactly what Gosar’s challenger Ray Strauss is trying to do.  

Click HERE to read this excellent, informative, truthful article.  

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Tags: Congress, Constitution, Election, Families
August 2, 2016
Itasca Small for LD25 Senate: Event Schedule

Itasca Small will be speaking at the AzRA (Arizona Republican Assembly) East Valley Chapter Meeting on Tuesday, August 2The meeting is at the City of Mesa Fire Station 201, 360 E. 1st Street, Mesa. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and adjourns at 8:30 p.m. 

Itasca will be at the Mesa Republican Women's Luncheon on August 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting is held at 1900 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213, Northwest corner of University Dr. and Gilbert Rd. Riviera Plaza.

Ms. Small has been invited to Marlene Hinton's home on Sunday, August 7. It is open to anyone who wants to come. Marlene typically invites a couple of candidates in each of the main races to come represent themselves and answer questions. Please call 480-205-5178 for the address. 

For more information on Itasca Small, please read Itasca Small for Arizona Senate (LD25): DEFEAT Bob Worsley!  also Bob Worsley's Anti-Parent Votes

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Tags: Arizona Constitution, Arizona Legislature, Common Core, Election, Free Market
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