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We are focusing on building the American Leadership Fund right now, and so new content is going up on that blog site every day.  Please visit the site and tell your friends about it:  www.AmericanLeadershipFund.com We have room for new leaders in all fifty states.  If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this […]

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The Right of a Church to Excommunicate

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I commented on this article in Times and Seasons.  Kate Kelly, a Mormon and a feminist has pushed the envelope too far, and has been excommunicated.

I hope this comment shines some light and clarity on a muddied media message that a pro-feminist media have embellished and distorted.  It is comment #58 in that Times and Seasons article:

I’m sorry that this has happened to Kate Kelly, and I can only understand how difficult this is for this LDS woman and those who agree with her. But I have a different perspective on it. Here’s my view on this action: A church is required to register as a 501 c 3 under state and federal corporate laws. That requires a constitution and bylaws with definitions of membership and removal and dissolution of corporation, etc.

In the corporate world, these constitutions can vary, but that corporation, if it is privately held, regulates who the voting membership is and what the rules of disengagement are. It’s not unusual that those bylaws stipulate “without cause.” Private corporations are not required to function as a court of law. That is the right of a corporation and those that have been elected to the board, whose function is a fiduciary duty.

The problem here is that when an individual who identifies and is accepted as a voting member is at odds with the bylaws and the goals of that corporation, that corporation has the right to remove its members, especially if they deliberately seek media to disparage that corporation.

Imagine if a voting shareholder of a privately owned company such as Hobby Lobby had gone to the media and proclaimed it was at odds with the owners’ views on abortion and was using the media to lobby for change. Frankly, the Green’s, who own that company and the board members who have a majority stake in it, have every right to remove that person as a shareholder. They own the brand, the “imprimatur.” The employees or voting members do not.

On another level, I simply disagree with the myopic view some disgruntled women have of the role of women in the LDS church. This is an attitude issue. The LDS Church has done everything it can do to suggest, encourage, urge its members to treat each other fairly, men and women in marriage especially.

People – including lay leaders of any organization, church, company – are not perfect. Life is simply not fair. People will treat others unfairly. How we respond makes the difference. I have not always been treated fairly, but I have chosen to ignore the unfairness, and to go about making my own success and to laugh it off. That has empowered me. My mother taught me to just “let it go” and to “just go on.” She taught me that I could be and do and accomplish great things and to not let negativism or what negatives others give me define me.

Attitude makes all the difference. I choose not to be a victim. I choose to be a victor. I choose to take adversity and turn it into advantage. For me, the sky’s the limit. It boils down to some additional cliches: It’s an attitude of gratitude. Do you see that glass half full or half empty? How will you live your life?

For Kate and others I’ve watched before her, the victim role has not had a good outcome.

 

 

I commented on this article in Times and Seasons.  Kate Kelly, a Mormon and a feminist has pushed the envelope too far, and has been excommunicated. I hope this comment shines some light and clarity on a muddied media message that a pro-feminist media have embellished and distorted.  It is comment #58 in that Times […]

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A Tribute to My Dad – Sam Bacon

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Samuel K. Bacon

Samuel Kenneth Bacon, MD, FACS

Father’s Day is here.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my father and how much he is missed.

He was my inspiration in so many ways, and still is.

He was my inspiration for my lifelong unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  He was so smart. I mean really brilliant. He was an internationally respected surgeon who brought the “retropubic prostatectomy” to the United States. He taught me to love to read – even well into the night, to research deeply, and to find out the answers for myself, not just to rely on others or just because other people said so.

He was my inspiration as a human being. His father died when he was nine years old. By age 11, he had to take on great responsibility in the home, caring for his younger brother while his mother worked as a nurse, sometimes gone for long stretches.  He grew up fast.  But this caring attitude and sense of responsibility took him into the medical field to kindly care for so many patients, routinely providing charity care for those that could not pay.

Sam and Ed Bacon

Sam and Ed Bacon

In his personal life, he cared for his younger brother and paid for his college and medical training. He cared for our family, his children and grandchildren, and for his mother, until her death. He sent grandsons on church missions, as well as other people’s sons, even though he was not particularly religious himself, and he left my mother well-cared for after he passed away for the 19 remaining years of her life.

He was my inspirational instructor in economics. Everything I ever needed to know about balancing a budget I learned from my dad. He put me to work in his medical office and taught me how to post the income and expenses in the long pale green ledger book. With a pencil. “Never use a pen,” he said, “so you can correct it if you need to.” That was before computers and spell check. The adding machine was the bane of my existence back then. It all had to add up exactly right and when I had to run the numbers more than twice, my patience ran thin. But his simple philosophy reminds me of Dave Ramsey when my father told me years ago, “Don’t spend more than you earn. If you have to go into debt, get out quickly. Pay cash. Save 10% and give 10% to the church.”

He made things so simple. If only our government leaders would follow my father’s advice today.

Speaking of which, my father was also my inspiration in political philosophy. He was involved and vocal. As a surgeon, he spoke of the dangers of government intrusion back in the ancient days of the 1950s. Samuel Kenneth Bacon, MD was chief of staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, adjunct professor of urological surgery at USC and a member of the California State Board of Medical Examiners. He was president of Hollywood Rotary and the Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Politically, both of my parents were active members of the California Republican Assembly (the group that endorsed Ronald Reagan and launched his presidential bid) and the Los Feliz Republican Club. Many fundraisers were held at our beautiful Hollywood Hills home with that breathtaking view of the city below. The good guys of Hollywood then – Jimmy Stewart and Charlton Heston and others – came to our home for fabulous parties. The Bacon’s were among the movers and shapers of Hollywood business and conservative politics.

While sitting in the den watching the TV together, my father would comment on the Hollywood stars. “You know, Judy Garland is a drug addict. See how she is holding her arm there? Needle tracks.” He could see them? What a dad. As Chief of Staff at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital, he apparently got the inside information from that closely-knit Hollywood medical community involved in some of these serious cases that she was out of control. Sure enough, not long after, she was found dead as the result of an overdose.

When the news was on, we got dad’s side commentary throughout, a habit that I inherited, to the chagrin of those who sit around me watching Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly (Thank goodness for TVO and the pause button.) “Jack Paar – he’s on the Left – horrible!” “Steve Allen- good guy – very conservative!” He would comment on the McCarthy hearings and how he actually personally knew some of the Hollywood Left being investigated for un-American activities. They were part of the same Hollywood business scene where he mingled.

Sam Bacon - EuropeHe talked about Ronald Reagan and how as president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan was getting ready to resign and enter politics because of the radical Leftist infiltration in the media. He and my mother helped Reagan get started in politics with a now-famous speech to the California Medical Association on the dangers of socialized medicine. The year was 1961. In July 1965, my father walked through the door, pale-white and distraught.

“What’s wrong, Dad?” I asked.

“Today is the first day of the end of quality delivery of medicine in America,” he said.

Medicare had passed. MEDICARE! Back then it was socialized medicine. We’ve had socialized medicine since 1965 and even many Republicans think it’s wonderful today. What Republican Congressman today speaks of Medicare as socialized medicine and would phase it out? Can you count them on one hand?

But I’ve never forgotten those prophetic words and his perspective then. My father really DID know best. He knew the delivery of medicine would decline, and it did. And now nearly half a century later, we see how incrementally we have crept toward an extreme form of socialized medicine – universal health care, not just for the elderly – until we finally got the end result of what my father dreaded: “ObamaCare.” How I wish that doctors today could have this historical perspective. Yes, technology has advanced the quality of medicine, but the delivery of that medicine is deplorable, and it will continue to decline. There’s just not enough money to go around to give everyone “free” medicine without making it worse for all.

Sam Bacon - Surgical Procedure on a TurkeyMy dad inspired me to be a passionate, high achiever and to pursue my talents.  Not only was he a great surgeon on his human patients, we loved to gather around at Thanksgiving and watch the annual ritual of the perfect surgery Dad performed on the unfortunate bird, slicing across the grain just right.  He kept his desk, closet and clothing neat, he was a meticulous dresser.  He was a man of many talents and loves – especially of music.  He blasted it at high decibels that shook the large living room in the new “quadrophonic” sound.  He was an accomplished sax player who adored great jazz.  They called him a “jazz hound” in high school.

He was my biggest cheerleader. I loved to sing and I sang professionally for many years.   He never missed a performance. While a college student, I performed with a popular group called the Young Ambassadors.  He sat in the audience and cheered me on with his piercingly loud “wolf” whistle (how did he do that, anyway?). So embarrassing, you know. But really, deep-down it made me feel special to know my dad approved. He loved to sit for hours and listen to our music and hear all about the diplomatic meetings we had while traveling and performing for the troops with the Department of Defense tours during the Viet Nam conflict.

1970 - LeeAndra Marsh Lowe, Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, Nancy Startup Schultz

1970 – LeeAndra Marsh Lowe, Cherilyn Bacon Eagar, Nancy Startup Schultz

One night, he decided to walk from the office to the new Holiday Inn hotel that had a revolving restaurant at the top. He stood with one leg up on the stage listening to a singer that reminded him of me. Suddenly his leg was caught between the outer revolving part of the restaurant and the stationary railing he was leaning on around the center stage where the band was performing. When he called for help, no one knew how to stop the restaurant from revolving, and the muscles and tissue of my father’s upper thigh were severely damaged. Finally they cut the power and reversed it, and my dad laid in shock on the floor. They asked if he wanted some whiskey for the pain. He said, “No thanks, I don’t drink,” and HE gave THEM medical emergency instructions for how to handle his shock and trauma.

In 1975, not only had Medicare complicated our office procedures and started increasing the cost of medicine, ambulance chasers got in the mix to have their hey day with making a buck off doctors. Doctor’s had to start carrying enormously high malpractice insurance policies, again creating a new form of defensive medicine with the consequence of added increased costs and bureaucracy. For doctors nearing their retirement such as my father, the changes were more than challenging and stressful. They threatened their very livelihoods. My father’s blood pressure shot up. A computer glitch with his insurance company bumped him out of the computer, and he could not perform any surgery, the source of his income, for several months. His health dramatically declined while waiting.

And then it happened. Only a week before I opened as the female lead in a popular musical theatre production in Utah called Saturday’s Warrior, I got the phone call from my mother . “It’s about your father,” she started.

It wasn’t good. He was in the hospital, and she asked me to pray for him. “Should I get on a plane?” I asked. “No,” mom said in her typically understated way, “They’re just doing some tests.” My aunt who was my father’s office manager confirmed it. “Can I talk to him then?” “No, honey,” she assured me, “He’s in intensive care and can’t talk to anyone anyway. Maybe tomorrow.”

What they didn’t tell me is that my all-knowing father lay in the hospital bed reading his own charts and EKG’s knowing he was in big trouble. He asked my mother to bring the will and other important documents. Not a good sign.

Cherilyn Bacon Gulbrandsen, Saturday's Warrior 1975

Cherilyn Bacon Gulbrandsen, Saturday’s Warrior 1975

I was doing this musical theatre production of Saturday’s Warrior for my dad.   It eventually developed a cult following, completely sold out for months. (For those who know this show, I played “Julie.”) We had seen it together in L.A. that previous summer, and he loved it. We had a real father-daughter connection at that performance, and I promised myself that one day he’d see me performing in that show. The next morning mom called again. “I think you should get on a plane and come down here as soon as possible,” she said. I knew something was terribly wrong, and within an hour we were on our way, with my 18 month-old son on my lap and my brother Carl Bacon sitting next to me. My life became a blur, and I prayed the entire way.

The air was crisp and clear on that May 1975 afternoon in L.A. The clouds were white and puffy and the sky blue, the calm after the storm had just blown through that I loved about the few smog-less days we had. We parked in the hospital lot and entered the double glass doors that automatically opened for us.   Memories of my Candy Striper days and the familiar medicinal smell flooded my senses, this place my dad had called his professional home for several decades. We walked the long corridor toward the elevator. I noticed a gathering of familiar faces in the distance – my Uncle DeWitt Paul and his wife Donna, who were serving as the L.A. California mission president for the Mormon church, my aunt and other close friends, Lynn Russon and her husband John.

Coronet Debutante Ball

Coronet Debutante Ball 1968

I remembered the time a few years previous when I was on “my dad’s floor,” 2nd West, and working beside the other nurses. I overheard the nurse in charge saying, “Dr. Bacon just called in. He’s on his way. Hurry up! Better get this place in order. Now!” I chuckled to realize that my dad had such a formidable presence. He was known for his perfectionism, especially in surgery. I understand he once threw a pair of surgical utensils across the operating room during a particularly time-sensitive and stressful, life-threatening procedure when the nurse mistakenly handed him the wrong instrument. People don’t understand the terrible kind of pressure surgeons are under when operating on vital organs. I recall my father preparing for his surgeries. His forehead would be cold and would break out in beads of sweat before he would leave the house to go to the hospital. He took it seriously-the kind of doctor you want when your put your life in their hands.

One time at age 15, I went to the hospital for a blood test and the nurse couldn’t find my vein. After about six jabs, I asked if my dad could come down and do it. Now I was breaking out in the sweat and ready to heave my shoes, nearly passing out. He walked in, and in one try he found the vein and we were done. Then he firmly reprimanded the nurses for having put me through the trauma without simply calling him first.

On another morning, I was fixing my school lunch and cut my finger to the bone slicing an apple with a serrated blade. I grabbed a towel to stop the bleeding and ran up the stairs frantically calling “Dad! I need help! I cut my finger!!! It’s bleeeeeeding!!!!” He calmly took a look, put my hand under the bathroom sink faucet to wash off the excess blood, sat me on the edge of the bathtub and began prying open the wound. I can see white. That must be my bone. Oh my gosh, I’m going to faint. “Dad, I feel sick. I think I’m going to throw up.” He smiled and laughed, assuring me I would survive. My dad can do anything. He’s my hero.

My dad was my inspiration in handling crisis. With my mother being a registered nurse and my dad’s logical attitude in the face of emergency, I eventually learned not to panic when I saw blood and how to  stay calm through the crisis. That has been helpful with my own children and all their accidents, large and small. With the “never let a good crisis go to waste” mentality in Washington politics, we need elected officials who have the stamina to stay calm and steady in the fabricated and intentional crises as well as those that just happen to arise at the right moment to further the Left’s goal of more government and centralization of power and control over private enterprise. As our national continues to deteriorate, it helps to remind myself of my dad.

Samuel K BaconMy father was a stern and stoic man with a deep and commanding “Everett Dirkson”-style voice that said, “Don’t mess with Sam Bacon.” He balanced that with his kind and generous heart. His eyes teared up easily and he expressed his passionate feelings openly. With rare exception, he exercised restraint under fire and was the diplomat. After I got my driving permit he took me out to practice. I was so excited to be with my dad. But when I negotiated my first “y” turn and backed up into the brick wall behind us, his foot nearly went through the passenger side floor. He said in controlled panic mode, “Oopsie! Stop!!!!! … Now.“ Then a big pause, and our eyes met. He could see the terror. He melted. “Oh, you’re alright, my dear girl,” he said. Followed by a hug.

He was my inspiration in self-control.  I cannot remember a single time in my life that my father raised his voice at me. He didn’t need to. His presence was commanding enough. He would express his greatest joy with “Hot damn!” and sometimes he said it in Dutch, which tickled me. “Hatfa damma!” My guess is that he learned this from his Dutch friends. My parents had traveled through post-World War II Europe and had made many friends internationally who came to stay at our home. The Bescansons, Fritz and Meinja, from Amsterdam (President of KLM), Albert and Tita Plesman from Italy, and Kay Rogers and her doctor husband from Sydney, Australia.  When he began to have heart trouble, he stopped drinking coffee and alcohol and he stopped smoking – cold turkey.

This was my flashback of colliding memories while walking down the hospital corridor.  As Carl and I neared this familiar gathering standing in front of the hospital elevators, my thoughts became present tense.  My aunt approached me. “He’s gone, Cherilyn, but they kept him in the room upstairs for your arrival.”

What? Wait. I thought they were just doing routine tests. He’s … gone?

My young life with my dad whizzed by and had unexpectedly come to an abrupt end.  I stepped into the elevator and my heart fell to my stomach.  I didn’t even get to say good bye to him. Why didn’t I fly in yesterday? I knew I should have listened to that inner voice.

Carl and I were ushered to his room, and there he lay. Gone, all right, but he was still slightly warm. The deep worry lines on his face had relaxed and were gone. He hadn’t looked so good in a long time. We each had some private moments with him. I leaned down, hugged him, cried and said, “Oh Daddy, I didn’t even get to say good bye. Why did you go so soon? I didn’t get to tell you I love you one last time!”

The last photo with my dad.

The last photo with my dad.

I didn’t know my last “daddy-daughter date” with him would be to see Saturday’s Warrior that summer before.  Six days after Dad’s death, I was back in Utah standing in the wings of the theatre waiting for the show to begin on opening night.  Everyone that I cared about was seated in the audience, except one.  My dad.  The cast had joined with me in the green room to dedicate the show to his memory. The orchestration started and the chorus sang, “Who are these children coming down, coming down…” Then I felt this sudden warmth around me and my dad’s presence strongly there with me in the wings. I realized he was there with me after all, not just for that opening night as we had planned for weeks, but for whenever he could be there with me throughout my life. He would always be in my heart and I was comforted. As the words to the song continued to soar, I resolved to be that “Saturday’s Warrior” and to carry on my father’s legacy where he had left off.  Here’s a blast from the past with images of today’s young people who face an increasingly secular world to challenge their faith.

(Lyrics: Doug Stewart; Music: Lex DeAzevedo)

At the end of the show, the cast -  which included my nephew and niece John and Tammy Bacon – surprised our family with a huge bouquet of flowers and a mention of the loss of our dear father.  Our family all stood on stage together, and we were overcome as the audience stood and applauded.  It’s comforting to know that families are eternal and that we will be together again with the people we love.

Yes, I wish my dad could have been there with me that night. I wish that he could have been with my children as they were growing up.  I wish he could see them now. But I have faith that he has, and I know he’s there. Every time I step out on stage – now, in the real world of political activism – it is in his and my mother’s memory, and in honor of the principles they believed in, that I gather my strength, energy and endurance.

Fourteen years later, when I was pregnant with my youngest son Scott, we learned he might have poly-cystic kidney disease, a terminal condition when found before birth, and that he might not survive the first year of life. I lay there on the examination table post-sonogram. Everyone had left the room. This was my father’s specialty. He was internationally known for his definitive work in urology.

I started to pray out loud. Dear God, where is my father when I need him? Please. I need him now. Let him see what is happening here and through the power you give him, let him heal this baby boy inside my body. Dad, are you there? Please help me now!

I went home and called my mother, sobbing the story to her. For the next few weeks I waited anxiously until the doctors felt it was safe to induce the delivery. I continued to pray for help and healing. I do believe in miracles. And this one did come. I felt my father’s presence during that stressful time and on that delivery table.

The baby was rushed to NICU and the reports came in: It was not poly-cystic kidney disease. It was hydro-nephrosis and mega-ureters. If the baby could make it through the next two years without complications, it might self-correct and he might not need surgery at all. Today that boy is about 6 foot 2 and strong and healthy. He’s never had a problem since.

Many years have passed since my father passed on. On May 8, 2010, I stood on stage for my dad. This time it was before the “unruly mob” at the Utah Republican State convention as the first Republican woman to run for U.S. Senate in Utah.  My passion was to fulfill the dream my dad had left this world unfulfilled: Get government out of health care!

With all my heart and soul, I invited the crowd to join me in a Second Reagan Revolution. “Let’s start by defunding and repealing this onerous ObamaCare that has been forced down our throats!” The audience cheered and a member of the press corps told me they had unanimously voted my speech number one of the day.

I knew my father was wolf-whistling down from heaven that day. Who would ever have thought that I would be playing a part out of Saturday’s Warrior 35 years later – but this time for real?

And who could have imagined that 35 years later we would be fighting for religious liberty, and that the Courts would usurp the sovereign authority the U.S. Supreme Court had given to the states to decide the definition of Marriage and to recognize that time-honored truth that every child needs a mom and a dad?

What would my dad – and my mom – think about all of this? What would our ancestors think – who risked everything? And our great-great grandfather who lost his life for religious liberty?

Dad, how can I thank you for what you taught me? You are missed, but you are still in my heart.  The best I can do is to carry on your great legacy in the Saturday of our times. So this – the American Leadership Fund and everything associated with it – is for you.

Happy Father’s Day! 

Dorothy and Sam Bacon

Dorothy and Sam Bacon

 
P.S. To all the fathers all over the world, your children need you and their mother – both.  So go make it a great day!  Please make our day a great day by donating to the American Leadership Fund today.  Click on the donate tab at the top. Visit the website to learn more.

Father’s Day is here.  I’ve been thinking a lot about my father and how much he is missed. He was my inspiration in so many ways, and still is. He was my inspiration for my lifelong unquenchable thirst for knowledge.  He was so smart. I mean really brilliant. He was an internationally respected surgeon who […]

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Brave Student Breaches Behavioral Test

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Recently a Utah student took screen shots of a common core statewide test, and it went viral across the Internet. Now the Utah State Office of Education is threatening teachers, students and parents alike.

That student saw a question that she believed was inappropriate on a BEHAVIORAL test. It was her duty to document it and report it, because that’s a violation of state law.

Now the state Office of Education claims it’s a breach of copyright.

Actually, an excerpt of copyrighted material can be used under “fair use” copyright laws without copyright permission, as long as it’s not copied in its entirety. Section 107 of the copyright law identifies limitations and itemizes purposes for which excerpts may be used. It includes for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, education and research.

The Utah State Office of Education may also want to review that Section 107 of the US Copyright law.

I got a call from an attorney once for publishing a portion of a segment of the Doug Wright show on my blog site, and was informed that I had violated copyright law. I took it down temporarily and then called my attorney. He told me I was entirely within my rights to publish that excerpt. So I put it back up.

Something is terribly flawed with this picture that the USOE is behaving like the Gestapo. So here are the screenshots, for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, education and research:

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SAGE TEST Screen Shot

SAGE TEST Screen Shot

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What is a SAGE Test?

SAGE is published by AIR, a behavioral testing company. Behavioral and attitudinal tests and surveys are ILLEGAL to administer in the state of Utah without disclosing to the parents that they are behavioral and attitudinal and not solely academic in the first place. I know. I helped draft that law in 1994 titled the Utah Family and Education Right of Privacy Act. Utah’s FERPA.

While the question itself is not one of the more egregious questions we’ve ever encountered in a government-funded classroom, the screen shots prove that it IS indeed a behavioral/attitudinal test.

What is more egregious is that the school interrogated the student, threatened the student’s career and college entrance, again, without notifying the parents. Second infraction.

This family might consider filing a lawsuit against the USOE, on behalf of Utah’s students, if they haven’t already done so, especially knowing the results are being tracked, with NO privacy.

The principal ought to be fired for assuming his position carried the legal authority over whether that student could take a college entrance exam or not. A haughty bunch they can be, evidence of our having given to them far too much power with little accountability directly to the taxpayers who are funding them.

Moreover, if the Utah State Office of Education is so concerned about breach of test security, wouldn’t its first line of defense be to pull the test entirely, as that security has now been damaged?

In addition, the USOE might swallow its own medicine and follow its own character standards and stop bullying its teachers, parents and students alike.

Here’s one of life’s most important axioms:  If students, parents and teachers act like weaklings on THIS school playground, they will continue to be bullied.

Three cheers for this student and her parents for teaching her to question boldly.

Recently a Utah student took screen shots of a common core statewide test, and it went viral across the Internet. Now the Utah State Office of Education is threatening teachers, students and parents alike. That student saw a question that she believed was inappropriate on a BEHAVIORAL test. It was her duty to document it […]

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Limited Learning for Life-Long Labor: Iserbyt Tells It Like It Is

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This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that oppose common core but support school choice that they must listen to her message before it’s too late.

To get the entire history and the details you need to know, this 8-disc DVD set is a MUST. For more info and how to order, click here.

This is a priceless video.  Share it with your friends, family, children, grandchildren.  If they don’t know what’s happening to them, they won’t know what to do about it. I’m honored to have known Charlotte Iserbyt for over 25-years and for the depth of knowledge and understanding and her sharp intellect. Please tell parents that […]

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Utah Neighborhood Elections – Caucus Instructions

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This post will tell you when the Republican Neighborhood Election (Caucus) is, how to find where it’s held, how to pre-register, what a caucus neighborhood election is, how it works, how the voting is to be conducted.

On Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7 PM Utah will hold its Republican Caucus.  This is your opportunity to attend and to let your voice be heard in your neighborhood. Many of the delegates you elected in 2012 have worked very hard to make improvements so that the evening will go more smoothly and quickly and so that more can be involved.  I’m one of those delegates.  We want to preserve this system because it is truly grassroots.  

Where Is My Caucus Meeting?

You can go to the Lieutenant Governor’s website to find out where your caucus is.

How to Pre-Register and Run for Precinct and Delegate Office

You can go to the Utah GOP website to pre-register. Click on the “pre-register online here” text.

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All About the Utah Caucus System in 5 minutes If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of Utah’s caucus, here’s a short video that will help you know why this is one of the best ways to elect the best candidates.

Caucus Training Video

Here is a training video to orient caucus leaders. It also describes preferential voting. The various counties have latitude on the voting procedures and can select multiple round or the one shown here, IRV – preferential voting. IRV goes much faster. The ballot counters need to know how this works, so be sure to study this. It’s about 1/2 the way through the video:

 

For the background on why Utah’s neighborhood voices are being silenced, read more here.

This post will tell you when the Republican Neighborhood Election (Caucus) is, how to find where it’s held, how to pre-register, what a caucus neighborhood election is, how it works, how the voting is to be conducted. On Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7 PM Utah will hold its Republican Caucus.  This is your […]

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The Global Road to Ruin Through Education – Iserbyt

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The author and Grand Dame of exposing The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, former Senior Education Policy Director for the USDOE, Charlotte Isberyt, has now produced an encore with noted colleagues from around the country that have been sounding the alarm for many, many years.

Cindi Weatherly directed the project and they have laid down a superior and comprehensive series of DVD’s charting what has happened to the United States through the Leftist take-over of education – public, private and parochial. Read More

The author and Grand Dame of exposing The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, former Senior Education Policy Director for the USDOE, Charlotte Isberyt, has now produced an encore with noted colleagues from around the country that have been sounding the alarm for many, many years. Cindi Weatherly directed the project and they have laid down […]

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The Tweedle-dumb Down of America

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Tell the Utah House to Please vote NO SB 34 Governance of the Utah Education and Workforce Alliance

The purpose of education is NOT to align schools with the workforce to accommodate large corporations that need their employees trained.  They are multimillion dollar global industries.  It is their job to train their own employees, not the taxpayer.  They used to do this, but now we lean on government to do so much that it was never intended to do. 

These reforms started many years ago.  Today they are called “common core.”  There is nothing “common” about a child and the uniqueness of the mind.  But here we are – dumbing down education with workforce training, tracking and managing. 

And this is the outcome:

Please remember we are funding government schools.  Do we really want to give government the authority to manage the workforce through education?  Of course the U.S. Chamber loves it – they care only about the Bottom Line and the corporations they represent want a cheap labor force. 

Why is it that immigrants who came from countries that managed their workforces through the school system are typically the ones scratching their heads and calling us “stupid Americans?”

Please listen to my immigrant friend – a world class athlete from Russia – who came to this country in 1991 to get away from the controlled workforce training schools of the Soviet Union.  This is what she had to say about what we are doing: “I need your help.  I think I need to home school my daughter.” 

She gets it.  It’s the Tweedle-dumb Down of America.


After the session I am giving comprehensive online presentations and will be inviting my immigrant friend to join me to explain her experience and what she sees here in America.




Faithfully,


Cherilyn Eagar




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Thursday, March 13, 2014 Tell the Utah House to Please vote NO SB 34 Governance of the Utah Education and Workforce Alliance The purpose of education is NOT to align schools with the workforce to accommodate large corporations that need their employees trained.  They are multimillion dollar global industries.  It is their job to train […]

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Why Child Sex Abuse Prevention Is An Abusive Idea

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Tuesday March 11, 2014
Utah Senators: Please vote NO HB 286 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

I funded the legal research and drafting of Utah’s FERPA law of 1994 (UFERPA) and successfully lobbied for it.  It was a concept that I brought forward based on my prior experience in Texas where we fought the disgusting idea of teaching teenagers in a co-ed classroom the “14 steps of condom use,” using cucumbers.  It was time to put the parents back in the driver’s seat and to protect their rights and their children’s and family’s privacy.

UFERPA was the first of its kind on the state level.

The out-of-control sexual, psychological and emotional abuse of children that has become the standard of public education has been promoted since the sexual revolution launched in the mid-1960s.  The sex research was largely funded by Guttmacher Institute and the Kaiser Family. It was founded on the beyond-bizarre and utterly atrocious abuse of little children, as young as two months old, who were repeatedly raped by adults in the now infamous Alfred Kinsey research.  This barbarian mad “scientist”  tracked how long it took these sweet little children to reach an orgasm with an adult.

The perverted Kinsey also used pedophiles, prostitutes and rapist prison inmates as the research subjects to determine what was “normal” sexual behavior.  The rest of the country was indoctrinated through Mary Calderone, SIECUS, and NOAAP with their sex education programs – each sharing the common goal of normalizing human sexuality in all its forms, even slave trafficking of women in prostitution rings and consensual pedophilia/incest.  Its terms and activity were to become common household words.

How would any parent accept such evil?  Those of us who have worked with Judith Reisman and who have known her research have watched in horror through the years as “prevention” programs have marched through the school systems and have slowly but surely accomplished nearly all of these goals.  Today prostitution is legalized in Nevada.

The formality of the student – teacher relationship has broken down.  When I attended Marlborough School for Girls in Los Angeles, we stood every time the teacher entered the classroom. Nearly 40 years after this revolution and three generations into sex ed and “sex prevention,” it’s no wonder that teachers are increasingly molesting their students.  It’s also no surprise that the RIGHT to do so (consensually) is being discussed.  “Why not?” some say.

This ought to be appalling.  To me it is simply the fulfillment of those earlier goals – accepted through the enormous deception put upon parents who truly believe they are enrolling their student in a program that will “help” them.

It is still illegal (and may I suggest immoral) to have sex – even consensual – with a minor.

It is also a huge conflict of interest to put a student (the vulnerable party) in an intimate relationship with a teacher (the authoritative party) that has control over the student’s grade.  In a professional setting, which a school ought to be, a wise business owner would avoid an intimate relationship with an employee.  Lawsuits have certainly followed many spurned employees.  Doctors have ethical codes that would prohibit such relationships with their patients.  These are professional client relationships. 

Why UFERPA?

My motivation for protecting parents and children from a school system that continues to invade privacy and that insists on going into territory that is not its constitutional jurisdiction was both personal and research-based.  On a personal level, a family member was sexually abused as a young boy.  He had been raised in a home that took responsibility for appropriate discussions of human intimacy.  That discussion did not prevent the abuse.

But the parents were wise and instead encouraged the child to move forward, to forget and not to ruminate over the past.  To place such a child in a program to be reminded over and over of such a wrenching experience is abuse in itself.

In another instance, an education counselor was brought in to “test” this child because he was performing poorly at school.  To the parents’ astonishment, the counselor was not allowed to discuss anything the child and the counselor had shared, but the school was allowed to know.  The parents wisely stopped not only that “counseling” – they also withdrew the child from the school altogether and put him in a safer environment.

Around the country, including Utah, schools are now collaborating with DCFS and CPS to share information. Then they often use it against parents aggressively removing children from homes, and putting those children in a greater state of emotional abuse by tearing them away from their homes and families.

In my mediation training, I learned that if I even had a remote suspicion of child abuse, I was required to report it to authorities.  I objected and, in a roomful of Utah judges, attorneys and mediators, I declared that this was a violation of privacy.  Since when did our justice system begin requiring no evidence for such heinous charges?

On the break I talked to the director of DCFS, who had been involved in the Parker Jensen case in 2003 – the case of a boy whose parents refused to allow the cancer treatment Primary Childrens’ Hospital insisted he needed.   They all escaped Utah and the Attorney General cited the parents on kidnapping charges! Today Parker Jensen is alive and well, having served a Mormon mission and last year was married.

Protecting the School from the Family and the Family from the School

Utah’s FERPA was intended to be a protection from a school system that tends to alienate the student from the parent and which also removes the responsibility from the parents for teaching these sensitive and personal matters.

However, most parents will not opt-out of these programs because they are not aware of the dangers found in the research.  Typically they assume that because the school is offering it, then it must be good. On one occasion a couple fiercely defended the school’s sex ed programs saying they wanted the school to teach it and then if their children had any questions they could ask them.  But after I showed them the research and showed them what was actually being taught and what even LDS church leaders had said (they were Mormon), they changed their views.

While I was living in Dallas, Texas, I collaborated with two BYU professors, Stan Weed and Terrence Olson, to promote their research nationally showing that increased exposure to sexual content also increased the sexual behavior.  It just makes sense.

Their research shows that the abuse is actually found in the exposing of children to sexual content and that the way human intimacy is discussed is best done in a loving, home environment with their parents.

This is not the way the public school has been presenting this sensitive material.  In fact, it parallels goals that I’ve witnessed in negotiating rooms at the United Nations.  If you have never been there, it is a MUST for every legislator.  We are on a dangerous and slippery slope toward what now exists in many nations of the world.

What the UK Shows Us About Sex ed and So-called “Prevention”

In the UK, comprehensive sex ed includes “sexual abuse prevention.” Pre-schoolers and kindergartners are taught the pleasures of self-stimulation in these comprehensive programs. The school’s attitude is to normalize sexuality.  In London elementary schools now have unisex bathrooms, with urinals on one side and toilets (without stalls) on the other, where boys and girls are together.  It’s the same with locker rooms.

Parents who object to this outrageous abuse against little children and who want to teach their children modesty and a different set of values about sex are told THEY are the “inappropriate” ones – not the sex ed “prevention” program itself.

Utah’s Proposed Sex Abuse Prevention Bill and Utah’s FERPA

Fundamentally, this proposed bill in the 2014 session violates Utah’s FERPA law, and I do know and understand the intent of that bill.  I lived its development daily before and during that legislative session.

If HB 286 is inevitably going to pass the Utah Senate, it must be amended and tied to Utah’s FERPA so that parents can stay in the drivers’ seat and so that their children will be protected from these damaging programs.

It’s time to stop sexualizing children in the same of sex ed and sex abuse protection.

Here’s the list of those in the Senate that voted YES on this horrible bill.  Please contact them asap.

Adams, J. S.Bramble, C.Dabakis, J.Davis, G.Hillyard, L.Hinkins, D.Jones, P.Knudson, P.Mayne, K.Niederhauser, W.Okerlund, R.Osmond, A.Reid, S.Robles, L.Shiozawa, B.Stevenson, J.Thatcher, D.Urquhart, S.Vickers, E.Weiler, T.

And ask them to please vote No HB 286.  You can contact them here.

Tuesday March 11, 2014 Utah Senators: Please vote NO HB 286 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention I funded the legal research and drafting of Utah’s FERPA law of 1994 (UFERPA) and successfully lobbied for it.  It was a concept that I brought forward based on my prior experience in Texas where we fought the disgusting idea […]

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The BSA, Disney and Gay Scouts

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Not only has the Disney Channel embraced homosexuality and gay parenting, the brand has just thrown a bomb at the tattered and war-torn Boy Scouts of America.

Disney announced that it would withdraw support from the BSA in 2015 because of the BSA’s ban on gay boy scout leaders.

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Not only has the Disney Channel embraced homosexuality and gay parenting, the brand has just thrown a bomb at the tattered and war-torn Boy Scouts of America. Disney announced that it would withdraw support from the BSA in 2015 because of the BSA’s ban on gay boy scout leaders. Do I say, “I told you […]

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