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  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    My View From Inside The Turret

    Marc King

    17 hr ago


    Today, May 10, 2022, Joe Biden took to the stage, in his fake White House,

    nypost - The “FAKE” White House

    to read us a statement about the causes for our current round of inflation and what he plans to do to solve it. At least that is what he said he intended to talk about. Instead what we got was more gaslighting … blaming inflation on the pandemic and Putin! This man is the President of the United States, the economy of the country is in free fall, and he takes no responsibility for this situation. After making his remarks, he was asked directly by a reporter whether he has any responsibility for the current state of inflation and his response … “I think our policies help, not hurt.”

    This speech was a clear and, dare I say, unsuccessful attempt to place the blame on Republicans for the current dilemma. After blaming COVID and Putin, Biden went on to tell us that inflation is his highest priority --- clearly empty words written in a teleprompter for him to repeat. He told us again about the oil that is being released from the strategic oil reserve, but failed to mention that this is having no effect on the price of fuel at the pump.

    foxbusiness - $6.89 for a gallon of Diesel

    What he is doing is placing a burden on those who will follow him in the White House to replace that oil at who knows what cost.

    The supply chain is still not functioning correctly … although Joe thinks he solved the container handling problem at the ports.  He told us there are not enough trucks to move the containers --- but that is a lie. There are plenty of trucks.

    depositphotos - There are plenty of trucks…

    Many are owned by independent owner-operators who are finding that they can no longer afford to fill the tanks on their trucks with diesel fuel averaging well over $5 dollars a gallon. Where a trip to the west coast used to require, on average, $600 out and $600 back, it is now costing, on average, $2,000 - $3,000 to make the same trip and the small businessman cannot absorb that kind of cost and have their business survive. This causes the trucker community to alter their normal patterns and take shorter distance hauls to stay in business.

    Once again, Biden told us about the cost savings to middle Americans based on his efforts to reduce drug prices. Coming back to the old story of getting the price of insulin for diabetes reduced.

    medicine eu

    A move that would certainly benefit those Americans who need to take insulin in their daily life --- but there are approximately 7.4 million Americans with diabetes who use one or more formulations of insulin. This is in a country of some 300,000,000 Americans.

    Rising costs are patently obvious to us when we go to the grocery store or the gas pump --- yet Joe looks straight into the camera and says rising costs are the Republicans fault using his poll tested phraseology --- “It’s the Republican Ultra MAGA Plan.” So, let’s break that down for those who might not be familiar with the Ultra MAGA Plan. This is a proposal that was put forward by Senator Rick Scott of Florida. Biden tells us that this Ultra MAGA Plan will raise taxes on all Americans. Sen. Scott takes the time in his proposal to remind us that only about 50% of all Americans actually pay income tax to the government. That by definition means that the other 50% pay nothing into the system.

    marketwatch - Not everyone has “Skin in the Game”

    Consequently, when the government proposes yet another wild or hairbrained spending spree, fully 50% of the country simply does not care. After all, they have “No Skin in the Game.” And this is the point that Sen. Scott makes in his Ultra MAGA Plan --- every American should pay something, even a marginally small amount, so that they care and recognize when and on what the government is spending their money.

    After telling us about the corporations that do not “pay their fair share” or the billionaires that “do not pay their fair share,” Biden still has not put forth a single policy proposal that might result in positive change. He is grousing about those corporations that are paying the Trump era corporate tax of 21%. It is important to remember that prior to Trump reducing the corporate tax from 32% to 21%, many of the corporations were “inverted,” meaning they did their business in the US while holding their corporate headquarters offshore in an effort to avoid paying the 32% tax --- the highest corporate tax rate in the entire world at the time.

    edgersynder - American corporations belong in America

    When Congress lowered the rate, corporations that had moved offshore or were inverted returned to the US and brought, with them, jobs and well over a trillion dollars in tax payments. But Joe does not like to talk about that.

    Not quite done yet … Joe takes one more stab at trying to convince us that the Ultra MAGA Plan IS the GOP’s proposal for solving inflation. LIE! The Ultra MAGA Plan is not the Republican position on this matter. It is simply one idea among others. It is being used by Senator Scott to collect data and ideas from fellow lawmakers and the American public about the best solutions for implementation when Republicans take back the House and Senate in ’22. Currently, the Democrats control the House, Senate and White House and they are the party that needs to have a plan --- and they have none! But clearly, Ultra MAGA Plan was poll tested along with the phrase MAGA REPUBLICANS --- it tested well with the base, so Joe is going to go with it.

    Americans can see what is happening every day … prices keep rising and this Administration has nothing but gaslighting for the public. No real solutions when we all know there are some that will work. Joe needs to uncouple from his Green Agenda, turn on the fracking, stop spending, keep the corporate tax rates low so companies don’t start inverting themselves again and above all --- stop lying to the American public. Biden has dropped $33 billion on Ukraine’s Sovereign Border and he is about to repeal Title 42 and the US will suffer the biggest wave of illegal immigrants coming across our Sovereign Southern Border. Now, how is that fair and just for the people of this country? WE ALL PAY FOR IT --- one way or another.

    So maybe the Party of MAGA --- MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN --- is not an identification to be shunned --- but rather a concept to be embraced --- It worked before and it can work again.

    ideventos - MAGA

    Now, in closing, let me say … I’m not in the business of assigning Pinocchio’s … but today’s speech should get nothing less than four Pinocchio’s --- anything less would be another lie!

    facebook - Stop the Lying

  • Friday, May 06, 2022 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    My View From Inside The Turret

    Marc King

    May 6 Comment Share

    May 4th, 2022 will be marked as a special day in history for conservatives – that is the day we heard the President of the United States utter these words:  The Americans that support the MAGA agenda are “the most extreme political group in US history.”

    The Divider-in-Chief

    The 79 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, the Trump agenda, Make America Great Again – MAGA – have been classified by Joe Biden as the most extreme political group in history. If there ever was a statement that would divide America more, it pales in comparison to this doozey! “Clinging to their guns and bibles” and “Basket of Deplorables” are close, but not on the same level as this … this sets an entirely new level of discourse … one in which fully one half of the American electorate are now labeled “EXTREME”!

    Think about that! Joe Biden has been pulled so far to the left by his political party that he has disparaged American citizens far more than even King George III before, during, and after the American Revolution.

    King George III

    But perhaps the words that matter the most, in response to this egregious sentiment, are the words of Abraham Lincoln, a president faced with a real insurrection … not simply a bunch of pissed off citizens who mobbed Capitol Hill.

    On Peace: Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.

    --November 20, 1860 Remarks at Springfield, Illinois

    On War: Let your military measures be strong enough to repel the invader and keep the peace, and not so strong as to unnecessarily harass and persecute the people.

    --May 27, 1863 Letter to John M. Schofield

    On Democratic Government: Of our political revolution of '76, we all are justly proud. It has given us a degree of political freedom, far exceeding that of any other nation of the earth. In it the world has found a solution of the long mooted problem, as to the capability of man to govern himself. In it was the germ which has vegetated, and still is to grow and expand into the universal liberty of mankind.

    --February 22, 1842 Temperance Address

    On the Rebellion: This is essentially a People's contest. On the side of the Union, it is a struggle for maintaining in the world, that form, and substance of government, whose leading object is, to elevate the condition of men -- to lift artificial weights from all shoulders -- to clear the paths of laudable pursuit for all -- to afford all, an unfettered start, and a fair chance, in the race of life.

    --July 4, 1861 Message to Congress

    These are the words of a President and Commander-in- Chief who was faced with a genuine rebellion of his citizens and yet … take note … he did not denigrate his adversaries. He certainly had many opportunities to do it --- talk down his antagonists, those who opposed his ideas and actions --- but he did not.

    The Atlantic - Abraham Lincoln

    Our current President has FAILED the most important test for any President of the United States and this test is TO BE THE PRESIDENT TO ALL CITIZENS.  And we are diminished as a culture and a country because of Joe Biden’s failure.

    May 4, 2022 – Marked by Conservatives, Republicans and many Independents as the date that Joe Biden threw down the gauntlet! That gauntlet has been picked up and will make itself known on November 8, 2022, with the largest vote to repudiate Biden’s comments, with the biggest vote in mid-term history. The Divider-in-Chief days are numbered. VOTE … like your country depended on it … VOTE!


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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 3:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    My View From Inside The Turret

    Marc King

    Apr 8

    Dear Governor Abbott:

    I am a resident of Germantown, Maryland, a DC suburb. The county that I live in, Montgomery, is a “Sanctuary County” … never stated, but clearly actioned. The State of Maryland is also a Sanctuary State. You know how the mantra goes … “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses … Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me” …. and we will ensure that they are provided EBT Cards, legal services, housing and schools, all at the Maryland taxpayers’ expense.

    Please understand that the actions you have recently announced to bus illegal border crossers on chartered busses is exactly the kind of action that needs to be taken and I for one stand with you. The inaction by the Biden Administration is frustrating enough to make one’s hair hurt and it does not appear that Biden or his Vice President is going to hear the voices of a majority of Americans not to turn off Title 42 and get the rest of the border crisis under control. The plight of the small towns along the border has been heard loud and clear by those who understand what is happening to these communities. We get it!

    Bringing the problem to DC will be a media event for sure … a media event that will be short lived and when all the cameras are gone and all the media outlets have excoriated you for such bold action, guess who will be left with the problem!! Not the politicians on Capitol Hill: Not the Mayor of DC and most certainly, NOT JOE BIDEN. No, the problem will migrate to the counties surrounding DC and Montgomery County, Maryland will be the first target when DC says “not here” – of that, I am sure.

    Information provided to us in a report: The Cost of Illegal Immigration to Marylanders, by Jack Martin, Director of Special Projects, Federation for American Immigration Reform spells out our situation currently:

    Maryland’s policy towards illegal aliens has resulted in a fast growing illegal alien population and a rapidly increasing fiscal burden on the state’s taxpayers. Unsatisfied with the accommodations already in place for illegal aliens, the state legislature adopted a measure in 2011 (SB 167) that allows illegal aliens to extend their taxpayer funded education beyond public elementary and secondary schooling to higher education.

    ·         The state’s taxpayers currently pay nearly $1.9 billion in taxes because of the presence of an estimated 295,000 illegal aliens plus nearly 68,000 children born in the United States to illegal aliens.

    ·         In-state tuition for illegal aliens in post-secondary schools will cost the state’s taxpayers more than $28 million annually under the 2011 legislation if approved by the voters. This cost to taxpayers will increase as more illegal aliens move to Maryland.

    ·         The average Maryland household headed by an American or legal resident shares an annual burden of about $910 to cover the costs of the state’s illegal alien population.

    ·         Because more than two-thirds of the cost of illegal immigration in Maryland is for education (see chart), and much of that cost is funded locally, the fiscal cost burden is heavier where the illegal alien population is greatest. Montgomery and Prince George’s county taxpayers have a greater than average annual burden ($1,420 and $1,025 respectively).

    Maryland has a fast growing foreign-born population not only in absolute numbers but also in the share of the overall population. In 1980, the foreign-born population numbered 195,581 (4.6% of the total population). In 2010, the foreign-born population was 803,695 (13.9% of the overall population). That rapid surge in the foreign-born population includes both legal and illegal immigrants, although it is generally accepted that the illegal alien population is underestimated in the Census numbers.

    The solution to this dilemma is as apparent as the nose on one’s face --- Charter busses are just as able to get to the State Capitals in Delaware and New York. I don’t think we should deny Chuck Schumer or Sandy Cortez the opportunity to play. And let’s not forget California (San Francisco and Sacramento, perhaps), New Jersey and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Michigan and New Hampshire. It’s just not good enough to say every state is a border state! YOU have the power to make it a living reality for those who do not have to deal with the problem except in the abstract!

    So, in closing, I would ask you to rethink this bussing policy before you enact it. Spread the pain across those members of Congress who support this open border policy while sending billions of dollars to Ukraine to “defend their sovereign border!”

    We both know that, in the end, bussing illegal border crossers     to DC is not going to come anywhere near the White House. It will only impact my house and those of my neighbors here in the State of Maryland.

    Very Respectfully,

    Marc A. King

    Germantown, Maryland

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  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Governor Hogan Statement on State
    Board of Education Vote to Rescind School Mask Policy

    ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement after the State Board of Education voted to rescind its school mask policy:

    “I want to thank the State Board of Education for heeding our call to rescind its school mask policy. This action aligns with the data and the science, the recommendation of the State Superintendent of Schools, and the guidance of medical professionals across the country.

    “I also want to express my sincere appreciation to all the parents who have spoken out in recent weeks. At a time when Maryland has the lowest COVID-19 metrics in the country, this is a major step for normalcy and the well-being of our students.

    “The General Assembly must now act swiftly to ratify the State Board’s decision.”

  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your choice!

     If you are unable to testify at the meeting, consider emailing a letter that you also post via your social media as an “open letter to the BOE.”  You can also send it to the editor of the Bethesda Beat, The Washington Post, or any other local news venue that you like. 

    They need to hear from you if you want things to change!





    Here is a link to the agenda: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/boe/meetings/agenda/2022/20220224%20agenda%20DRAFT%20v4.pdf

    The Policy Management Committee Meeting on Tuesday February 22 seems important but does not appear to be open to the public.  Here is the agenda.  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/boe/meetings/agenda/2022/20220222%20PMC%20agenda%20DRAFT.pdf

    If anyone can tune in for that and report, that would be great.  Here is a link for tuning in: 


    Here is the link for BOTH speakers and attendees for Feb 24:


    The public comment part of the meeting ON Thursday Feb 24  starts at 3:45 pm.

    Window for signing up to testify:  THURSDAY, February 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. Sign-ups will close on TUESDAY, February 22, 2022, at 9:00 a.m..



     Sign up as early as possible. If the website is not “live” right at 6 pm, KEEP TRYING every 30 seconds.

    Practice your speech and speak slowly, with emphasis, and time yourself to be under TWO MINUTES. If you use statistics, double check them for accuracy.  Allow time to thank the Board and the Superintendent (Dr. McKnight) for allowing you to testify; say your name, how long you have lived in MC, and if you had/have kids in MCPS.


    The Window for signing up to attend is :. Thursday, Feb 17 at 6:00 pm until seats are filled or until Tuesday Feb 22 at 9:00 am. Here is the link: 


    If that one doesn’t work, try this one: 


    If you are going with a friend, one person can reserve two seats. Confirmation that you have been chosen to speak or attend will come from someone with the last name of Hernandez. Monitor your emails carefully. You might hear as early as the next day.

    Attendees can bring a sign — 8.5 x 11. Clapping for speakers is allowed; standing is not. After public comments the Board discusses some of the testimony and then we meet outside; you cannot congregate inside. At the Carver building, the entrance for visitors is on the right, parallel to Mannakee, the road you drove on to get into the parking lot.

    Carver Educational Services Center (CESC)

    850 Hungerford Drive

    Rockville, MD 20850


    Come in by the side (North entrance). (Your GPS will tell you to enter at the back entrance; that is WRONG.)

    Testifiers: We will send out a link to the agenda once it comes out. It will have the written testimonies (due at noon the day before the meeting) so it’s a good idea to skim them to see what others are speaking about and to see where you come in the lineup.

    Attendees: If the website says it’s too late to get a seat, try calling the BOE office: 240-740-3030. 

     You can also just come without signing up; both of the meetings so far have had plenty of space.


    Can’t go but want to watch live or taped?  https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/live.aspx



    They are often running behind. Testifiers are asked to be there by 11:00 pm.

    Large signs must go back in cars before entering the building.

    Ideas for Signs, which need to be short, i.e. easy to read from far away:

    ·         “Teach ABC’s; Not CRT”

    ·         “Teach ABC’s and 1-2-3’s; [second line]: NOT CRT! (Critical Racist Theory)” (Note: 

    ·         “Racist” not “Race” Theory)

    ·         “CRT is Racist”

    ·         “Stop teaching Racism”; on side, perpendicular — “No CRT”

    ·         “Teach the 3 R’s, Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, not the fourth R — Racism”

    ·         “The Three R’s Don’t Include Racism,” and then a big CRT with a red circle around it 

    ·         and a red line through it (the “NO symbol”). Underline the “R” in “Racism."

    ·         “Education not Indoctrination”

    ·         “CRT = Creating Racist Teachers”

    ·         The “NO symbol”: CRT in big letters with a red circle around it and a red line slashed 

    ·         through.

    ·         “Teach Academics; NOT; Marxist Propaganda” (use three lines as indicated)

    ·         First line: "Character NOT Color;" Second line: "Love NOT Hate"


    Please pass this along to anyone else who might be interested




    Tue, March 08                   09:00 AM Closed Session  /          11:00 AM             Board Business Meeting               

    Thu, March 17                   03:00 PM Strategic Planning Committee                

    Mon, March 21                 1:00 PM Fiscal Management Committee               

    Thu, March 24                   1:00 PM Closed Session /              03:30 PM             Board Business Meeting               

    Tue, March 29                   10:00 AM Committee on Special Populations       


    Sign-Up Confirmations  


    Up to 20 speakers, will be accepted to provide public comments.  These speakers will be accepted as follows:


         1) Agenda - The first ten (10) individual speakers who sign up to speak to an agenda item will be accepted to provide testimony. 


         2) Non-Agenda - The first five (5) individual speakers who sign up to speak to a non-agenda item, will be accepted to provide comments.


         3) Associations/Organizations – Five (5) speaking slots are reserved for associations and organizations and may be used to speak to an agenda item. Upon registration, three of these slots will be reserved for the following associations: Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals/Montgomery County Business and Operations Administrators (MCAAP/MCBOA); 2) Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA); and 3) Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 500. Please note: If associations do not register, slots may be offered to other individuals/organizations who signed up to testify. The other two reserved slots are for any community or school organizations or associations and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


         4) Exceptions - The Board reserves the right to limit the number of speakers and/or similar perspectives on a particular agenda topic.  When the Board receives more requests than the allotted number of testimony slots available, registrations from individuals who have testified at a regular board business meeting within the last 30 calendar days may be declined, so that others may have an opportunity to testify.  


    In the event that the slots reserved for associations/organizations are not filled, those speaking slots will be offered to those individuals who have signed up to speak on an agenda topic on a first-come, first-served basis.   


       C.    Public Comment Format & Content


    Each individual speaker, association and organization will receive two (2) minutes to provide testimony. 


    Once the slots for public comment are filled, speakers will receive a confirmation email with instructions about how to prepare video/audio comments for submission. Please adhere to the submission deadline and instructions which will be included in the confirmation email. All written, video and audio, comments for the meeting should be submitted toBOETestimony@mcpsmd.org.    


    This is not the proper avenue to address specific student or employee matters, especially those matters on appeal to the Board. Comments about the actions or statements of individual staff members are not appropriate for Public Comment and should be referred to the Superintendent of Schools or processed through available channels. 


    Those who are not able to sign up or not selected to provide comments during the meeting, may email comments to BOE@mcpsmd.org. Emails sent to this address are automatically distributed to all Board members and leadership staff.  

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