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A national organization threatened suit if our Governor signed the repeal of Common Core State Standards, as we worked so hard to get our legislature to do.

This national organization has made good on its threat by cajoling our state board and a handful of others to file the suit here in Oklahoma.

Power grab! Don’t let them.

Sure, it is in the hands of the Oklahoma State Supreme Court, but let your voice be heard. Contact your local Representative and your State Senator.

Point out that this law suit has no grounds. Here is the statement in our constitution:

Section XIII-5: Board of Education.

  The supervision of instruction in the public schools shall be
vested in a Board of Education, whose powers and duties shall be
prescribed by law. The Superintendent of Public Instruction
shall be President of the Board. Until otherwise provided by
law, the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General shall
be ex-officio members, and with the Superintendent, compose said
Board of Education.

Emphasis added. That is it. The whole Constitutional statement. It clearly says the board shall be ruled by law. The legislature writes the laws as we see fit, and that is that. This is the law now. It CANNOT be unconstitutional. The constitution says this is the way it is supposed to be.

 

Another one of the President’s policies that we’d be better off had it failed. Gasoline prices will go up for this.

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Approves Asia Supply Route, Ignores US Route

H/T Eric Worrall and Breitbart – Obama’s inability to make a decision on Keystone has finally yielded a result – Canada has made the decision for him.

Breitbart reports Canada has just approved the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project – a major pipeline to ship Canadian oil to Asia.

The Canadian oil will still be burnt – in Asia, instead of America.

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Perhaps the most worthy article I’ve pointed to.

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Temperature is such a simple finite thing. It is amazing how complex people can make it.

commenter and friend of WUWT, ossqss at Judith Curry’s blog

Sometimes, you can believe you are entirely right while simultaneously believing that you’ve done due diligence. That’s what confirmation bias is all about. In this case, a whole bunch of people, including me, got a severe case of it.

I’m talking about the claim made by Steve Goddard that 40% of the USHCN data is “fabricated”. which I and few other people thought was clearly wrong.

Dr. Judith Curry and I have been conversing a lot via email over the past two days, and she has written an illuminating essay that explores the issue raised by Goddard and the sociology going on. See her essay:

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The actual paper is dense, nothing apparent in a 60-second scan. Perhaps it will be informative when I can dig into it. Regardless, it sounds too good to be true.
There are good comments here to get one started in delving into the possibilities.
One practical factor is simply size. If these things are enormous, which is the sense I have from the press release, then they are probably not practical, even for the stated purpose, certainly not for portable storage, such as in an automobile.

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redox_batteryWe’ve seen so many press releases for a new battery technology that seems almost to good to be true over the years. A lot of them were and never made it past the press release. Here’s to hoping this one isn’t one of those.

From the University of Southern California

USC scientists create new battery that’s cheap, clean, rechargeable… and organic 

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I just saw an ad (a welcome one) that touted some curriculum as intentionally “not aligned with common core.” Okay, but there isn’t much point in trying to steer clear of any and every aspect of common core, per se. What we need to avoid is the soul-killing progressivism built into the agenda held by the pushers of the Common Core State Standards.

We also need to avoid the “new math” category of failed ideas that try to make something of mathematics that it is not.

The present danger of CCSS is not inherent. We don’t need to scrutinize everything we work with in educating our children to see if it has a scent of CCSS, we just need to ensure we are thoughtfully individualizing what we teach every individual. We must remember that our students are our partners, walking with us. We are helping them learn what they need to fulfill their own desires and achieve their own successes. Our students are not some resource of the state, not some retirement investment for ourselves.

The biggest problem of CCSS was the statism inherent in it. It also pushed the same “new” ideas and teaching philosophies that have failed over and over since the sixties. That is, we just need to avoid what we know has failed in education over the last few decades. The practical badness of CCSS simply resulted from the repackaging of these failed notions about teaching, notions predicated on control of large classrooms and notions of “model citizens”, which translates to Borg-drones in my opinion. The group of people who push the CCSS are mostly in it for the money, but some of them are driven by notions articulated by the late George Carlin. Such people don’t want a truly educated populace, they want compliant people only smart enough to run the machines.

For record

KFOR.com

OKLAHOMA DECIDES 650 x 120
Oklahomans voted in the 2014 primary elections. Refresh often. These are unofficial until certified by the Oklahoma State Board of Elections.

1,956 of 1,956 Precincts Reporting
MARY FALLIN ? 75.52% 199,907
CHAD MOODY 15.41% 40,804
DAX EWBANK 9.07% 23,999
1,956 of 1,956 Precincts Reporting
CONNIE JOHNSON 43.84% 71,402
JIM ROGERS 35.34% 57,557
PATRICK MICHAEL HAYES 20.82% 33,908
1,956 of 1,956 Precincts Reporting
JAMES LANKFORD ? 57.25% 152,658
T. W. SHANNON 34.41% 91,772
RANDY BROGDON 4.85% 12,924
KEVIN CROW 1.06% 2,825
ANDY CRAIG 0.91% 2,425
ERIC C. McCRAY 0.85% 2,270
JASON WEGER 0.67% 1,793
1,956 of 1,956 Precincts Reporting
JIM INHOFE ? 87.69% 231,131
EVELYN L ROGERS 4.53% 11,950
ERICK PAUL WYATT 4.44% 11,701
ROB MOYE 1.84% 4,841
D. JEAN McBRIDE-SAMUELS 1.5% 3,960
528 of 528 Precincts Reporting
EARL E…

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For the record.

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Dr-Moore-Photo-2010-120x180[1] Dr. Patrick Moore “Climate change” is a theory for which there is “no scientific proof at all” says the co-founder of Greenpeace. And the green movement has become a “combination of extreme political ideology and religious fundamentalism rolled into one.”

Patrick Moore, a Canadian environmentalist who helped found Greenpeace in the Seventies but subsequently left in protest at its increasingly extreme, anti-scientific, anti-capitalist stance, argues that the green position on climate change fails the most basic principles of the scientific method.

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Small potatoes, but it is a start. We must repeal the applicable laws and replace EPA with a small, chartered, and limited agency with direct Congressional oversight, not executive power.

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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court today placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.

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Schemes like this are truly diabolical. These “scientists” are selling snake oil. Sadly, our government is paying for it with our tax money (and our children’s and grandchildren’s too). The stupid associated with this scheme cannot be just that; it must be nefarious.

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The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling.jpg The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

From World Scientific Publishing Co. and the International Journal of Modern Physics comes this insane idea; build 300 meter (984 feet) high “great walls” in the midwest to break up the flow patterns. Riiiigght. We can’t even build a wall in Texas to protect our southern border.

We Can Eliminate the Major Tornado Threat in Tornado Alley

The annually recurring devastating tornado attacks in US Tornado Alley raise an important question: Can we eliminate the major tornado threat in Tornado Alley? Some people may claim that such a question is beyond imagination as people are powerless in facing violent tornadoes. However, according to Professor Rongjia Tao’s recent publication in IJMPB, human beings are not powerless on this issue: if we build three east-west great walls in Tornado Alley, we will eliminate major tornado threat there forever. These walls can be built locally at…

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They are closing the News9 debate as I begin this post.

Fundamentally, James Lankford is right. We cannot cut enough to stop increasing our debt as a nation quickly. Look at the numbers. We are not JUST talking dollars. We are talking about lives. Cutting defense hurts military families immediately. It hurts all kinds of contractors and government-related workers slowly but very significantly. Cutting welfare programs is necessary, but we have to do it slowly and sensibly, or people will literally be killed by the cuts. (As a consequence of the effects necessitated by the cuts.) The same for all the rest. The numbers are practically incomprehensible. James Lankford has about as great a grasp of the problem and how hard it is to get where we need to go as anyone I can think of.

James Lankford is right.

My respect for Mr. Lankford increased throughout the debate. I am confident that Senator Lankford will have an enduring and positive role in the history of the United States Senate.

Note, my respect for Mr. Shannon increased also.

However, I cannot support Mr. Shannon for Senate. I do not believe he will fit there. I do believe Mr. Shannon will make a good President of our United States. I believe his life experience and his political experience both suit him well for excelling as leader of the free world.

TW Shannon, perhaps you will never see this, but I am addressing you specifically:

You said we need a President with a correct vision. Please, sir, put your money where your mouth is. Declare your candidacy for the President of The United States.

Mr. Shannon, you show yourself a visionary in your presentation during the debate. I don’t really think you will make a good foot-soldier. You lead well as Speaker. I don’t think you are the right “cut” for the US Senate. I do think you can lead from the front.

I challenge you to get up there. Run for Commander-in-Chief.

I really mean it. I will support you as I am able.

I’m watching the debate on News9 between James Lankford and TW Shannon.

The question asked was what each considered the greatest threat to the USA.

Both said the US debt. Shannon qualified that slightly.

I disagree. The greatest threat to the USA as we know it today is federal regulation. Specifically, the EPA is the greatest threat to the United States of America and what we are.

I applaud TW Shannon for actually stating (later) that we need to abolish the EPA. Yes. We must.

I’ll be voting for James Lankford in the upcoming primary for Oklahoma US Senate.

I record here my story of why.

I grew up in southeast Kansas, and I consider the Tri-States my home. That is, I consider myself a native of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Oklahoma has been our residence for several years now, and Kevin Calvey was the first politician I came to know personally. I found him to be, above all, a good man. Read the rest of this entry »

These comments, http://restoreoklahomapubliceducation.blogspot.com/2014/06/joy-hoffmeister-in-my-opinion-jenni.html, by Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education, are reassuring.

I will support Joy Hoffmeister in this primary. However, it is clear in my mind that Janet Barresi has proven a failure. She is dangerous, and I cannot support her. If Janet Barresi is on the ballot, I will vote for another name, even if that name has D behind it. Being a registered Republican, I cannot vote in the other party election, but from what little I know of that side of things, Freda Deskin seems a reasonable and responsible person for the job.

I expect that the Democrat Party leadership knows that Janet Barresi is vulnerable. I suspect the plans are moving forward to win this statewide office and put it back in the D column. I honestly expect that is what will happen if Barresi wins the primary.

That is okay with me. It isn’t a game. I can support good candidates from any party. While I cannot stand behind him on everything he says publicly, I support my local Representative Scott Inman. He is a good man. He will side with the Democratic Party in general, but he will stand for what is right when his party is crosswise of it.

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