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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Perhaps you heard about a 13-year-old boy named Cody, his
bicycle, and his banned American flag. The story has been
covered by many media outlets, including Fox News.

Well, I want to tell you the rest of the story...

For the past several months, Cody Alicea regularly rode his
bike to school decorated with an American flag. He did it
because he loves his country and to honor veterans like
his grandfather.

Just last week while at Denair Middle School in Denair,
California, Cody was confronted by a school administrator.
The official told Cody he could no longer display his
American flag on his bike while his bike was on school

Cody was told that others had complained about
the American flag and were offended by its
presence. The school Superintendent went so far
as to say that displaying the U.S. flag could
promote racial tensions on campus!

Under protest, Cody began removing the flag and storing it
in his backpack during school hours.

Sadly, stories like this usually end here, with students
like Cody intimidated into silence and denied their rights
by school officials who are either misinformed or
intentionally bullying our children.

But not this time...

Because, friends like you made it possible for Liberty Counsel
to intervene and defend Cody's rights!

In fact, within a few hours of the first attack on Cody's
rights, our Liberty Counsel team was already taking action.

Our staff issued a strongly-worded "Demand Letter" to the
Denair Unified School District challenging their
"Unconstitutional Censorship of Student Expression."

We demanded that the Superintendent reverse the decision
to ban Cody from displaying his American flag while riding
his bicycle on school property and reminded the school that
the Supreme Court has clearly affirmed that students do not
"shed their Constitutional rights of freedom of speech or
expression at the school house gate."

Liberty Counsel also offered to defend Cody's rights at no
charge and take the school district to court if necessary.

Suddenly, the school changed its tune! They dropped their
ban on the American flag - and Cody's dad credits Liberty
Counsel for causing the change:

"One day [school officials] didn't want to speak
to us and the next day they couldn't talk fast
enough to apologize. They thought we were going
to sue them. I believe this letter from Liberty
Counsel made a giant difference. The school
staff is very sorry now."

The next day, the news was filled with reports of a spontaneous,
patriotic celebration outside the school! A caravan of
flag-flying motorcyclists accompanied Cody to school,
where he was greeted by flag-waving classmates who joined
together to say the Pledge of Allegiance.


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BEVPRESLEY 11/22/2010 8:49PM

    Thanks for the update, I had not heard "the rest of the story".

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/22/2010 7:50AM

    Great to know we still have rights, because I was so angry they caused that kid to feel so bad, and what they did. I am so glad they changed their mind, and I would have sued for damages if I were the parents for that sure can hurt a child. worst kind of harrassment is from an adult and one whose in a powerful position. I hope he got fired! I take personal freedom taken aay from me very seriously! And to think they also shamed this kid about being Patriotic. Shame on that school! whats this world coming to that Citizens ahve to take second palce to foreigners in oru schools! Pathetic! Glad you shared it with us! For I felt it was going way too far!It was his personal rights to display a flag! and it was infringing on his Constitutional rights! I think its pathetic that these dam liberals want to shame us to forget all abotu what we gained in Freedoms. Its bad when you cant be proud of your country! Real bad when adults do such to children too! To me this was the alst straw! I blame Obama for it all! Because he got away with it, Liberals think they can take all our rights away! Dam the bullies!

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/20/2010 6:06PM

  Isn't there an American Flag in every classroom? If not, I'd like to know why not!!! Here in Ohio it is part of the Educational Content Standards that students recognize the American Flag starting in Preschool!

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GIANT-STEPS 11/20/2010 4:12PM

  As I understand it racial tensions at the school escalated when some students brought Mexican flags to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. That's when the policy of no flags started. Not sure if any Hispanic students actually complained about the American flag, I read conflicting reports about this. One story said he was asked not to fly the flag because of complaints while another story said it was out of concern for his safety.

Of course the school overstepped its authority here but I just wanted to point out there is a little more to the story than what gets reported in the conservative echo chamber.

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BETZYGIRL 11/20/2010 3:17PM

    YAAY! What a wonderful blog:) It's so great to hear the whole story about things like this. Keep it up Liberty Counsel. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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"B-b-b-but it's his fault ... he started it"....a must read

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Washington Post babbled again today about Obama inheriting a huge deficit from Bush. Amazingly enough, a lot of people swallow this nonsense.
So once more, a short civics lesson.

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009 as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011.

In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let's remember what the deficits looked like during that period: (below)

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is - I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I presided over an expansion of that deficit four-fold since January 20th, 2009.

There is no way this will be widely publicized, Unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.
If it hasn't gotten your attention yet.

Unless you're in a government job, you've seen a major contraction in the job picture. But you probably already knew that.

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SPARKLES 1/5/2011 3:22PM

    It's ironic how when the truth is proven, it's time to stop talking about responsibility. Cannot WAIT til next elections. I say - Educate the public.

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KAROUSELL46 11/22/2010 5:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this informative blog....Karen

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CIVIAV 11/19/2010 1:08PM

    My response to this is not intended to take away from your message. I would really wish to agree with you that the messages we need to hear aren't getting accross as we spend too much time denigrating the other sides position. If we could get to work on solving the deficit together instead of blaming each other things might improve. Too Pollyana? Well, the country is split right down the middle and until we solve this - our problems will only increase, deficit or not. Perhaps the deficit is the way we can measure the success of our ability to work together. We're not doing a good job no matter the political party we side on.

I agree with you, we need to hear all sides of the argument. Frankly though, I don't want to bother with who did what. It doesn't focus on priority which is working together to create a more positive future - one that may or may not include a deficit but will for some time to come - we have it now.

Until we manage to get this 50/50 split healed we'll keep inheriting deficits and polarized positions that only make the situation worse. The issues you mention are important clearly but it's not important what side we are on. What is important is that we see sides and focus on the side where the other party isn't perfect.

I liked the Slowest Losers blog today. He suggested that if we have difficult speaking to another and can't see their perspective, that we should try wishing for and giving them what we wish for ourselves. If we can do this Republicans and Democrats alike, we might succeed in reducing the deficit and working cooperatively to fix our common problems.

Your comments are likely to be widely publicized since Obama has lots of detractors. He also has lots of supporters. Focusing on who's for vs who's agin will propagate the problem. Perhaps we need a President who can bring us all together! Oh no, that means a bigger war is coming. Historically that's the the one thing that tends to bring polar opposites together!

We need to learn to listen to each other's perspective instead of believing that we each have the others demise in mind. I plead for all of us to develop a kinder listening for those who believe otherwise.

A wise Spark Friend of mine posted this today - ' Be kind to your enemies, it makes them crazy!' I can't remember who said this but it alone highlights how we got into trouble in the first place.

Boy, I've been writing this and feeling more uncomfortable as I keep going. I wonder if I am being rude or ridiculous in my response but I believe with all I've got that this is so and so our political situation is the results of not being able to see, work with and collaborate with another...

The spirit of independence in America is what made us great and what might bring us down if we can't acknowledge we are so much alike despite what it looks like from the outside!

emoticon blog to get us thinking and for me personally to stretch my courage to speak up. Thanks for posting!

emoticon Together we can do anything!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/19/2010 12:41PM

    Well said.

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Help! QUICK!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Does anyone know how to cancel a bid on ebay.

I put in a $5 bid for a Mickey Mouse Outfit and now it seems I'm only six minutes away

from owning Obama's entire Cabinet.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/17/2010 12:44PM

    Oops! Yeah, not such an easy thing to do, retract a bid. Good luck on that!

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NOTFATCAT 11/17/2010 12:28PM

    Good grief! And I thought I was going to have to dial 911 to get you some real help.

Although, having anything to do with Obama and/or his cabinet is pretty dang scary.

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I can't believe I ate the whole thing!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yesterday I told on myself about eating one of those big Apple Crumb Muffins from Costco. I ate it with butter.

It cost me a butt load of calories and fat!

By noon, I had already gone over 1000, and had the rest of the day to try to eat and stay in my allotment.

Guess what! I DID IT!!!!!

For dinner I had steamed broccoli and baked squash, with one TBSP butter. I drank water with my meal.

I cringed when it was time to enter the dinner food and see my total.

I came in at 1450!!! I had 100 calories yet before I went over.

WOW. Veggies are SOOOOOOOO good for us, and even better, TO us!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 11/17/2010 12:30PM

    The food tracker is a marvelous thing. If you didn't use it you most likey would have kept eating your way to fatcity.

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FABRICGIRL1 11/16/2010 7:22PM

  You did it! emoticon

You stopped yourself from derailing your day. Good for you.

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VTORIA3 11/16/2010 5:49PM

    Way to go on healthy eating! Absolutely love your background pic! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 11/16/2010 4:48PM

    That's great news. Makes ya feel good when you track your food and find out you didn't go over. Sometimes we just gotta eat it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon...Karen

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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 11/16/2010 4:25PM

    It's amazing how much we can eat, when we make better choices!

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RAMALEX 11/16/2010 4:04PM

  You were lucky, When I do that I'm over most of the time.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/16/2010 3:11PM

    WOO HOO! Way to go on bringing things back under control. It's not something you want to do every day, to be sure, because it usually means protein/carbs/fat are not quite as balanced as they should be; those muffins are


EVIL! (But taste so darned good!)

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SPECIALGURL7 11/16/2010 3:07PM

    Keeping a check on the foods can really help monitor calories.

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CATIEMARIE 11/16/2010 3:03PM

    Well done for getting back on track. I went over board on Sat. night with small tarts. They were in my freezer and called to me, so I answered. I got back on track right away but my willpower is not strong yet.

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STACYLEIGH09 11/16/2010 2:59PM

    Be careful with limiting yourself! I used to do that, I know how muffins and anything sweet can ruin your diet early on in the day. Be proud of yourself, that you are becoming more aware but make sure you eat nutritiously as well.

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Teaching Your Kids About America

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country." --Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/15/2010 5:56PM

    Great quote and at least as relevant today as in 1788!!

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