2-22-14 Common Core Forum Portland CT

This video is a Live Stream of the forum in Portland CT Feb 22nd 2014 that was put together by parents fighting common core in CT

It has some glitches & the lunch break was recorded because the way that the setup for the Live Stream worked to turn off the stream for the breaks would have lost the connection that the Live Viewers saw

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Driving in Winter – ugh I Hate Snow on the Roads

Yes it’s that bane to unicorn fart believers time of year – WINTER

When freezing temps & lots of snow is falling & we in the frozen lands ask “Hey can you send some of that global warming over here?”

I hate driving in winter during snow storms or afterwards when there is a hit or miss on will the roads being traveled be plowed & cleared.

Sometimes it can’t be helped people have to go to work & children off to schools & snow storms have their own schedule.

What is in your car as you’re driving around this winter?

I’ve been lucky to not have gotten stuck in the snow on the roadside but they have shown on the news this winter how others have not been so lucky.

I’ve done my best to stay off the roads when possible when snow is falling but a couple of times have had the unpleasant experience of being out when the snowstorm starts.

People yes we all want to get home & out of the snow but SLOW DOWN!
What good is speeding home to hit an ice patch & have an accident that causes not only you but everyone on the highway after you to spend an even longer time stuck in the cold in a traffic jam?
Saw that happen on my way home from DC earlier this winter.

Emergency Kit Backpack

Emergency Kit Backpack

Do you have a blanket or some sort of throw inside the car to reach for if you get stuck for an extended period of time out in the mess? If you have children then an old twin blanket for them in the back seat will reach across the seat to cover them all fold in half lengthwise to add warmth & a 2nd one for the adults in the front seat.

With it being winter try to never let the gas tank go below 3/4 full would be ideal but reality is not as easy to do as we’d like. The danger in letting the gas tank go below 1/4 is that in a traffic jam you could run out of gas or more common is that in this cold the gas lines will freeze. To help against gaslines freezing in the car adding some drygas to a full tank once a month has helped me over the years.

While it’s not snowing take a few minutes to gather items for your next trip out to the car
Snow Scraper with Brush – reminder the new law passed we have to remove car roof snow too
Extra Mittens to just leave in the car
Sunglasses – glare from the sun & snow means sunglasses are year round requirement for driving
Blankets or Throws – 1 for each row of seats
Flashlights & a RED film covering for signaling to show up against snow day or night
Some munchies to leave in the car like granola bars or protein bars that are wrapped & not affected by freezing or heat for a month
Candle in a Tin & Matches – hey save gas & battery life with a candle in a tin if stuck on the roadside adds a tiny bit of heat too
First Aid kit – pick one up at the store & add what you need to it & put it under the front seat

There are websites that offer more in depth details about what to have in an emergency kit for the car & home. One of the sites which I have been involved with is http://AroundTheCabin.com/Campfire This is where we can chat, ask questions & discuss all sort of different ideas about life in a world without electrical power or emergencies like Katrina / Sandy style events.
They start 8pm eastern Sunday through Friday nights & will be expanding their times on air as they bring on more hosts.

Save the Internet!

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Take Action & Call All of our congressional leaders #MakeDCListen
CT has a total of 7 members in the 2 arms of congress make a call to ALL 7
Or you can stop into their CT Office Locations to leave a Petition of your friends & family
Or if you want to brave the weather & can get a few friends to join you then grab some signs & walk around the block that the office is on & show your displeasure #OccupyCongress

We might be able to afford to be able to go down to DC to make our elected listen to us but we can each afford to call all 7 of our elected officials that are in congress & we should be able to make some time to also stop by their offices here in CT
If you want to call their DC offices & send faxes of the signatures that you’ve gathered in support of Free Speech on the Internet check the Sec of State website http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3179&q=515402

5 House of Representative
CT Offices

Larson
Connecticut Office
221 Main Street
2nd Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
860.278.8888
860.278.2111 (fax)

Courtney
Connecticut Offices
55 Main Street, Suite 250
Norwich, CT 06360
860.886.0139
860.886.2974 (fax)
* 2nd office Courtney
77 Hazard Ave., Unit J
Enfield, CT 06082
860.741.6011
860.741.6036 (fax)

DeLauro
Connecticut Office
59 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203.562.3718
203.772.2260 (fax)

Himes
Connecticut Offices
211 State Street, 2nd Floor
Bridgeport, CT 06604
866.453.0028
203.333.6655 (fax)
* 2nd office Himes
888 Washington Boulevard, 10th Floor
Stamford, CT 06901
866.453.0028
203.333.6655 (fax)

Esty
Connecticut Office
114 West Main Street
Old Post Office Plaza, LLC
New Britain, CT 06051
860.223.8412
860.225.7289 (fax)

2 Senators Blumenthal & Murphy
CT Offices

Blumenthal
Connecticut Office
90 State House Square
10th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
860.258.6940
860.258.6958 (fax)

Murphy
Connecticut Offices
One Constitution Plaza
7th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
860.549.8463
860.524.5091 (fax)

We MUST ALL Do Our Part Regardless of party this is not good for ANYONE in the USA or the World

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OBAMA BUDGET KILLS TAX BENEFITS FOR CITY FUNDED STADIUMS

With the discussions & debates about Hartford stealing the RockCats from New Britain with building the millionaire owner a brand new stadium I wonder if this bit of legislation will be brought up in the newest discussions?

Or will they ignore it to force the residents & possibly the state of CT to pick up the tab?

Will they continue ignoring the fact that Hartford has schools which need to be fixed both educationally as well as physically; as many of the schools are literally falling apart & some have even been deemed to be unsafe for the people to be in…?

How many Hartford & CT Citizens will be hired for constructing these projects? The stadium & other buildings should be high wage jobs & a benefit to the people living in Hartford, will the city’s tax money be spent employing people from other states?

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MLK Day 2015 Thoughts

While people debate if Martin was republican or democrat or communist & his message has been hijacked by the rioting masses in Ferguson

I think we need to be reminded it’s the signs such as the one here that Martin was marching against & for the ability for men & women of color to go in not only to stores & schools & businesses to shop & work their way up to owners without being judged by the color of their skin.

We can celebrate that our nation has come such a long way that we have elected a man whose skin is black even though he grew up much differently than the majority of american born blacks whose heritage include slaves (he does not share that heritage his father was a rich African & his mother was a rich white woman whose family may or may not have owned slaves in their history).

What is sad is that instead of celebrating how far our country has come & all of the advances our country has made in ending slavery (which is still in operation today in African & Middle Eastern countries) there are so many men & women who are creating division. Even sadder still is they are profiting on creating that division & feeding the fires of division.

Al & Oprah toss out the race card at personal slights but where they NEED to speak up & against such as the damage that Common Core is doing to the young black men & women in school while making elites like Bill Gates richer they refuse to speak out against.

We have a rich history of being Victors in spite of the odds that had been placed in our way yet that is not celebrated. Men & Women like Ben Carson & Star Parker should be held up & promoted by those who have the spotlight instead they are torn down because the agenda that is being pushed & there is no profits being made by promoting getting a good education & owning your own business as these examples of overcoming great odds have done.

I hope that you will take a few minutes each day to thank God for the strides that we have made here in the USA. You have been blessed to live here in this country instead of any of the others where slavery still reigns & women are not allowed to be educated.
Celebrate the USA where people can own land & they have the right to protect their homes & family because in too many countries people are not able to do either.
Celebrate because it is quite rare in other countries for poor people to be obese or have a closet full of clothes.

Celebrate that Black Americans come in a Rainbow of colors due to our history & that We Have Overcome because most of the glass ceilings have been removed if we take the time to research & do the work that is required we do not have to flip burgers for minimum wage we can Open Our Own Restaurant & Own Our Own Businesses.

Stop buying into the racist group think the communists are striving to force upon us that actually keeps us down & drags others down that have managed to get out of the plantation ghettos. Instead work to fight against those who promote servitude & slavery under a new name…

I Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s fight by choosing to pick up the mantel & join that long line of civil rights fighters that he was just one member of but too many of our young men & women do not seem to know the stories of. I fight the new slavery of ignorance, where the Constitution is held as a document of enslavement rather than celebrated as a document of FREEDOM & LIBERTY that it is.

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