CHANGE and their plans for the 2010 WS/FC School Board Election

October 29th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
CHANGE and their plans for the 2010 WS/FC School Board Election

What is CHANGE?

Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment is a local organization “committed to building a stronger community by developing relationships across racial, ethnic, economic, political, social, and religious lines.”  At first glance, the organization appears harmless, even beneficial.  Instead, CHANGE is a radical left-wing organization funded by well-meaning institutions who have bought into CHANGE’S vague goals of “empowerment” and “diversity.”

But who runs CHANGE?

The “Industrial Areas Foundation,” a radical socialist organization founded by Saul Alinsky and parent organization to CHANGE, which is the “largest community organizing network in the United States,” according to CHANGE’s own website.  Ominously, Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, is concerned with the acquisition of power by the far left, “My aim here is to suggest how to organize for power: how to get it and how to use it.” IAF lauds CHANGE and its other affiliates, which are “functioning in 21 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.”

But how does this CHANGE and IAF affect our school board?

CHANGE’s stated goal in this election is clear: elect liberal school board members to implement its stated goals of a return to busing and the elimination of out-of-school suspensions. Their roadmap was simple:

1.         Last fall, frustrated by continued losses at the polls, CHANGE successfully lobbied (in violation of its status as a 501(c)(3) organization) the N.C. General Assembly to eliminate Forsyth’s partisan school board races.  CHANGE couldn’t implement its agenda due to the 6-3 Republican majority.  The only way to get their candidates through was to take off the partisan labels.

2.         Second, CHANGE campaigned to eliminate all Democrats who dared disagree with their policies.  Take school board incumbent Vic Johnson, an African-American and retired assistant principal who stated that he was not in favor of CHANGE’s busing plan.  CHANGE campaigned against Johnson in the primary and in favor of Jimmie Bonham in District 1 (North and East Winston) as a way to “clear the slate” for its candidates to take on the incumbents.

3.         Finally, CHANGE is currently organizing and busing citizens to vote in its slate of “non-partisan” candidates, all of whom have pledged their allegiance to busing and keeping dangerous, suspended kids in the classroom.

But how does this affect my local school?

The current incumbents (Democrat and Republican) have done a great job creating a system of choice based on zones of residence.  It allows children to attend the school closest to their home and, if the parent takes the initiative, a student can transfer to a different school in another zone.  It saves money and still allows for proactive parents to put their child in the school they want.  Busing is an old, outdated model that has been abandoned by a number of school districts.  Under that system, kids don’t go to the school near their house: they go where social engineers tell them to go. Watch video from a Winston salem meeting held by CHANGE supporters and listen to how they imply wanting the choice to choose where your kids go to school … is racist.

What does this mean for Winston-Salem?

A rapid return to the racial divisions of the 70’s and 80’s, where the caustic terms “white flight” and “busing in minorities” return to the political and educational dialogue of Forsyth. We have made so much progress and there is no need to elect politicians who are ready to fan the flames of race for their odd social agenda.  One need not look further than Wake County Schools.  (Watch a video of CHANGE supporters speaking highly about the now former- Wake school assignment plan that has been overturned by their new conservative majority school board)

A quick Google search of the topic shows what will exist here if you empower agents of CHANGE:

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=7688774

http://www.wral.com/news/education/story/7999211/

http://www.wxii12.com/news/25276724/detail.html

Lawsuits, fights, protests, and more racial tension.  We do not want this.  No system is perfect, but we’ve worked too hard to get to where we are.

We should not return to the politics of the past.  We will not be pushed there by radicals.

What can I do?

Vote.  In district 2, Buddy Collins, Jane Goins, Marilyn Parker, & Jill Tackabery.  In the at-large contest: Lori Clark, Donny Lambeth, and Jeannie Metcalf. Thank you for reading and certainly forward to every concerned parent and citizen.

View a list of churches in Winston salem that support CHANGE.

Voting machine concerns throughout the state

October 29th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
Voting machine concerns throughout the state

Recent reports show that there are voting machine concerns in the following counties:

Forsyth
Randolph
Mecklenburg
Rutherford
Cumberland
Wilson
Lenoir
Craven
Pender
and New Hanover.

If you live in these counties and have voted already, what has been your experiences?

Refer to the following articles for more details-

http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2010/oct/30/gop-raises-concerns-over-voting-ar-496003/

http://www.enctoday.com/news/machines-91889-nbsj-voting-warned.html

More illegal emails sent through the school system

October 29th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 3 Responses
More illegal emails sent through the school system

This time, it’s Wiley Middle School out of the Winston Salem / Forsyth County school system:

“For the second time in eight days, an e-mail containing a political communication was forwarded by local educational employees in violation of policy, this time in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system.

On Tuesday, an office assistant at Wiley Middle School forwarded a request by the Forsyth County Association of Educators that urged members to attend yesterday’s local rally for Elaine Marshall, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Marshall received the endorsement of the N.C. Association of Educators at the event.

The e-mail was sent to 66 Wiley employees and one person at Reynolds High School, including Sean Gaillard, the principal of Wiley.

According to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools policy, employees are prohibited during their work day from using e-mail from the system or an individual school for political campaign activities.

Nathan Taborthe chairman of the county Republican Party, said that the forwarding of the e-mail represents “illegal campaign activity. Taxpayer money is being used to promote a political agenda.”

Theo Helma spokesman for the school system, acknowledged that the forwarding of the e-mail “is clearly against the policy.”

Tripp Jeffersthe president of the Forsyth County association chapter, said that Wiley was the only school from which the e-mail was forwarded. [read more]

This is the same school system that Jim Toole (article) is running to represent. The noted conservative candidates in this school board race can be found on our “Forsyth County Candidate picks” page. You might remember the scandal concerning the illegal emails sent out by Winston Salem State University less than two weeks ago. The common thread? Support for the Democratic Party. Nathan Tabor has a request on the Forsyth County Republican Party’s Facebook group:

did you see the Wiley Middle School email? Well, apparently there are more emails at more Forsyth County schools . I am building a list. Do you work at a school? have a friend who does? Please let me know if you have received an email involving politics. Email me at nathan@nathantabor.com – I will NOT release your name”

If you have any additional information (even if you’re not in Forsyth, but receiving political emails through the school system), please report it to him. We must end this era of disgrace in our educational system!

Jim Toole Parody

October 28th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives One Response
Jim Toole Parody

This is Hilarious!

Anymore funny videos from either party please submit them to us. For a complete voter guide of the School Board see our posts on the subject. Or click here to go to the School Board Voter Guide

(submitted by a Tea Party Member)

WS/FC School Board: Jane Goins

October 27th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
WS/FC School Board: Jane Goins

WS/FC School Board: Jeannie Metcalf

October 27th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
WS/FC School Board: Jeannie Metcalf

Catch Jeannie on Facebook.

WS/FC School Board: Lori Clark

October 27th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
WS/FC School Board: Lori Clark

Learn more about Lori on her website- http://www.goinsclark.com/

Nathan Jones: NC Senate District 32

October 27th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
Nathan Jones: NC Senate District 32

Nathan was interviewed by WXII:

Learn more about Nathan at his website: http://jonesforncsenate.com

Playground politics? School board exchange gets heated

October 26th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
Playground politics? School board exchange gets heated

A somewhat large portion of the Winston Salem / Forsyth County School Board candidate forum held on Monday night was spent on the topic of bullying. I believe any parent would find this topic one near and dear to their hearts- no parent wants to see bullying in a child’s life … you would think. The parents who brought up the topic had a child who was put in In School Suspension (ISS) for defending himself, and every candidate on the panel of eleven (of the eighteen running in this non partisan race) seemed to agree that this was a policy that needed to be revisited. “If it was my child, I’d say ‘punch him’ “, said conservative candidate Lori Clark about how she would advise her young son on how to deal with a bully. Needless to say, common sense abound at that moment with a round of applause. Lori went on to say “We need to teach children [not to] bully, and don’t allow it to go on”. There were a number of other candidates who agreed that bullying was a result of a larger, cultural trend of parents ignoring the bad behavior, ultimately encouraging it through lack of correction (paraphrased). All agreed the policy of “both offenders”(- the bully and the one being bullied who fought back being punished) needed to be changed, when conservative candidate Jeannie Metcalf brought up the fact that school principals can override that policy if they deem it necessary.

The highlight of the evening, however, come from a random thought from Jim Toole, who brought up last year’s visit by the “Safe Schools Czar” (and his high school friend?) Kevin Jennings:

So who is Kevin Jennings?

“Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings was the founder, and for many years, Executive Director of an organization called the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN started essentially as Jennings’ personal project and grew to become the culmination of his life’s work. … GLSEN also strives to influence the educational curriculum to include materials which the group believes will increase tolerance of gay students and decrease bullying. To that end, GLSEN maintains a recommended reading list of books that it claims “furthers our mission to ensure safe schools for all students.” In other words, these are the books that GLSEN’s directors think all kids should be reading: gay kids should read them to raise their self-esteem, and straight kids should read them in order to become more aware and tolerant and stop bullying gay kids. Through GLSEN’s online ordering system, called “GLSEN BookLink,” featured prominently on their Web site, teachers can buy the books to use as required classroom assignments, or students can buy them to read on their own…” [read more]

The firestorm of controversy stirred up around Mr. Jennings when reports come out of him * having failed to report that a 15-year-old sophomore student in his school had told him of having sex with an older man.

“According to Mr. Jennings’ own description in a new audiotape discovered by Fox News, the 15-year-old boy met the “older man” in a “bus station bathroom” and was taken to the older man’s home that night. When some details about the case became public, Mr. Jennings threatened to sue another teacher who called his failure to report the statutory rape “unethical.” Mr. Jennings’ defenders asserted that there was no evidence that he was aware the student had sex with the older man.

However, the new audiotape contradicts this claim. In 2000, Mr. Jennings gave a talk to the Iowa chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group that promotes homosexuality in schools. On the tape, Mr. Jennings recollected that he told the student to make sure “to use a condom” when he was with the older man. That he actively encouraged the relationship is reinforced by Mr. Jennings’ own description in his 1994 book, “One Teacher in 10.” In that account, the teacher boasts how he allayed the student’s concerns about the relationship to such a degree that the 15-year-old “left my office with a smile on his face that I would see every time I saw him on the campus for the next two years, until he graduated.” ” *

That was only the beginning. Not long after, it was uncovered that Mr. Jennings publicly praised a man named Harry Hays, a renowned NAMBLA supporter. (In this day of acronyms, let us remind our readers what NAMBLA means: North American Man Boy Love Association.) Even gay conservatives had doubts about the left’s protection of this Obama appointee, and was able to look through the spin to the core of the issue. (Interested in the debunking of the defense?; read more.)

So back to our school board forum held Monday night of this week. In a profitable discussion among school board candidates, both republicans and democrats participating and agreeing, this one candidate feels the need to bring up this extremely controversial public figure, and scours at the reception this controversial figure received in Winston Salem. The irony? Your blogger has been unable to find any documentation about such bad reception upon his visit to Winston Salem (where he went to high school with candidate Toole, it appears). Research shows that the visit was this year, and with the Journal’s hyperactive tendency to jump on anything that would make people who disagree with the liberal mindset bigoted, I can say I can wholeheartedly depend on their reporting abilities if, in fact, he received a reception as horrendous as Mr. Toole described.

Side note: Candidate Donald Dunn  said concerning the topic of bullying that our current school board has some of the weakest policies in the state and that they should be tightened, but said our “Safe Schools Czar” said-

“Schools also must be safe places where students can learn despite the persistent problem of bullying and name-calling among students, he said. Administrators must take steps to preventing bullying…. Jennings pointed to the efforts of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to prevent bullying and North Carolina’s cyberbullying law as effective tools to attack the problem.”

(So are the policies actually good, or bad?)

So lets conclude, shall we?

As Lori Roman asked:

If you were looking for a tutor or even a babysitter for your child would you hire…
…a person who founded and ran an organization where instructors had explicitly described to middle school youngsters how to perform homosexual sexual acts?
…a teacher who had been told by a boy of 15 that he had been sexually abused by an older man, but did not tell authorities or his parents or do anything to protect the youngster from the abuser?
…a man who publicly stated that he was inspired by a man who was the number one proponent and promoter of pedophilia in the country?
…a person who wrote the forward to a book calledQueering Elementary Education?
…a person who has publicly, in writing and in speeches, ridiculed and demeaned people of faith?
…a person who has publicly, in writing, encouraged young people to defy their parents and religious leaders?”

Lets add … if you were looking to hire one to be a leader in your school system, would you hire someone who:
… brings an extreme partisan political figure into a non partisan electoral forum in a conversation where all were in agreement, no less?
… when asked by a parent if he was aware of the extreme partisan figure’s background (an honest, non partisan question considering the background!)- shouts at the parent?
… gets obviously greatly, outwardly offended at the idea of people not agreeing with such an extreme partisan political figure?
… when asked a second time for an answer, says the equivalent to “your vote is insignificant!”, and dismisses the parent?
… then proceeds to STICK THEIR TONGUE OUT LIKE A FOUR YEAR OLD?

It is our opinion that Jim Toole would bring the school board to an all time low. We question his communication abilities with teachers and staff who might not agree with him, as he has not proved to work well in that situation. Yours truly attempted after the forum to get a friendly, non partisan, promotional clip of him, and instead of saying yes like the others had, he had to condescendingly establish that I was indeed a conservative before he walked away. We would not want out school officials to receive the kind of tongue lashing he gave to the parent at Monday night’s forum, not to mention being shut out like he did with yours truly because I did not agree with his ideology, would we? That’s a chance I wouldn’t take with my vote.

It is our assertion that Jim Toole:
Has an agenda for our schools that does not include respect for ALL of the families in the system.
Has impulsive issues that can impact his work relationships.
Has the potential to be a bully himself via public intimidation.
probably used Monday night’s forum to polish up playground phrases like “I’m rubber and you’re glue” and “I know you are but what am I?” for future debates like the one scheduled for this Thursday night (10/28) at Petree Elementary School starting at 6:30pm.

Is NC one of the top states for business growth?

October 26th, 2010 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
Is NC one of the top states for business growth?

In a recent letter to party members, the North Carolina Democrat Party made this statement:

“… our nation has started to rebound and North Carolina is leading the way. Through the hard work of the Governor and State Legislature, we maintained our AAA Bond Rating – and important rating that tells companies that North Carolina is open for business. We have also recently been rated as one of the top states for business growth in the country. Our leaders have been working morning, noon, and night to revive our economy, creating new jobs, and helping families keep their homes.”

I was surprised and intrigued with the statement that NC is “one of the top states for business growth in the country.” What makes a state business friendly? Is it the state’s bond rating? That doesn’t seem likely. What a business really cares about is the cost of doing business.

Businesses are in business to make money. They sell a product or service for a price. When all the costs of doing business are subtracted from their total sales, they are left with a profit. In order to compete with other similar businesses, a business must keep the cost of doing business as low as possible so that they can set their prices to remain competitive and still return a profit.

When a new business starts up or a new business wants to open in another location, there are several things the business must consider:

  • Accessibility to raw materials, infrastructure, transportation and employees
  • Accessibility to customers
  • Cost of taxes including income, property and business taxes, as well as, fees, red tape, etc.
  • Cost of regulatory compliance

North Carolina is an ideal location when it comes to accessibility. We have a very mild climate, easy access to anywhere on the East Coast and a great network of roads, trains, airports and shipping. It’s the cost of doing business in NC that makes me question whether NC is one of the top states for business growth.

There are seven states that have no income tax (Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming), so the cost of doing business in those states is immediately lower than in NC, where we have a personal income tax rate of over 7% and a business tax rate of almost 7% with other surcharges and fees. Several of these seven states also have lower property tax rates than NC.

In NC, over regulation is a problem that makes it difficult and costly for businesses to conduct business. For example, in the health care industry, a medical facility must apply for a Certificate of Need from the state in order to build a new facility, or to add to or alter an existing facility. Receiving a Certificate of Need can take months or years which impacts that medical facility from providing additional services. For anyone that has attempted to start a business, the paperwork requirements just to comply with business taxes and employment taxes can be so overwhelming that is can discourage someone from starting a business or expanding it by hiring additional employees. Regulatory impediments are not good for businesses and they are not good for employees. California is a perfect example of what happens when a state’s taxes and regulations are too high, businesses will flee.

In reference to the business friendliness of NC, NC State Representation Dale Folwell has stated that, “money goes where it is invited and it stays where it is wanted.” We have seen the state and counties “invite” money (businesses) into the state by providing incentives in the form of tax breaks, tax rebates, property, etc. (remember Dell Computers and Caterpillar?), but our high taxes and regulations tell these same businesses that we do not want them to stay.

If we truly want NC to be “one of the top states for business growth in the country,” then we should eliminate all income taxes and property taxes on all individuals and businesses, or at the every least lower the tax rates and compliance costs. We must also eliminate all regulation that impedes a business from conducting business. If we were to do these two things, we would no longer need to provide incentives to new businesses to locate here. These changes would encourage new businesses to come into the state, it would encourage existing businesses to expand here and not expand into another friendlier state, and it would encourage NC residents to start brand new businesses.

It is ironic that the NC Democrat Party is claiming that NC is “one of the top states for business growth.” The Democrat party has controlled the state legislature for 110 years, since 1898. For the last 110 years, the Democrats have been in control, so there is only one party that can be help responsible, the Democrat party. The business “unfriendly” atmosphere in NC has been created by the Democrat party.

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Scott Cumbie (Facebook)
http://www.cumbieforcongress.com/