Bureaucrats 1 Common Sense 0

After conceding that poor communication with teachers could have contributed to the unprecedented plunge in Florida students’ writing scores this year, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to lower the passing mark for the test.

Just 27 percent of fourth-graders statewide earned a 4 or better on the writing FCAT, a steep decline from last year’s 81 percent. Eighth- and 10th-graders showed similar drops.

The news sparked widespread concern and a dramatic response, with more than 800 parents, teachers and school officials dialing into an emergency conference call held Tuesday by the state board.

Third-graders must pass the reading FCAT to be promoted, and high school students must pass the reading and math FCATs to graduate. (KFYI)

Don’t make the teacher’s accountable or the students smarter just make the test dumber!!

That’s the Ticket!! 😦

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Showdown at the H20 corral: Federal Government Bureaucrats 1 Common Sense 0

The city of Tombstone, Arizona, has lost the first round in its showdown with the federal government over water.

U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata this week shot down Tombstone’s request for an emergency injunction ordering the U.S. Forest Service to step aside and let the city use heavy equipment to repair its 130-year-old pipeline in the Huachuca Mountains.

The pipeline and some of Tombstone’s springs lie within a federally protected wilderness area, requiring a permit from the Forest Service. But Tombstone says it owns the land and doesn’t have to ask anyone for permission to make repairs that are critical to its survival.

In a 14-page written decision, Zapata said the evidence showed that the Forest Service had attempted to approve some permits, but that the city did not provide enough information.

The court ruled Monday that the city did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use equipment. But city officials claim they’ve spent the past nine months trying to secure the U.S. Forest Service’s cooperation.

You haven’t died of a thousand bureaucratic cuts yet. So keep cutting…

Tombstone’s 26-mile water line, which dates back to 1881, was damaged in landslides that followed last summer’s Monument Fire.

The city plans to hold the Tombstone Shovel Brigade on June 8 and 9, hoping hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers with donated shovels will head into the mountains and work on the pipeline.

“The most desperate part of our work is to try to protect the work we have done from the monsoons,” said Tombstone City Clerk George Barnes.

“You can’t move boulders the size of a Volkswagen by hand, although they did suggest at one time we use chisels,” said Tombstone city clerk, George Barnes.

The <Goldwater> institute said: “Until last year, the U.S. Forest Service recognized and respected those rights, which date back to the days of Wyatt Earp. Today, the federal government denies they exist and refuses to allow Tombstone to restore more than three of its spring water catchments.”

“Federal water rights are entitled to a form of protection that is broader than what may be provided to similarly situated state law rights holders,” stated a letter from Julie Decker, the deputy state director in the U.S. Department of the Interior to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Decker’s letter said water is not “legally” available for some users who may want to develop property in the area, because “the expressed federal reserved water right created by Congress is senior to all junior water users who initiate uses after the date of the establishment of the reservation.”

Once again, The Federal Government is Supreme and can do anything it wants and you can’t say squat about it!

We are have all the Power and if we want to destroy you we can because we are the Supreme Imperial Power.

All Hail The Federal Government! They are the Supreme Law of this Land and every Land they rule.

Scared yet?

The federal government is demanding as a condition for renewing the pipeline permits that ranchers cede to the federal government all water ownership and rights, he said.

The radical “green,” or ecological, element appears to be playing a role, Dranias noted.

As part of the litigation over Tombstone’s water, he said, emails to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from various activists cheered the fires and floods that destroyed Tombstone’s water supply system.

“Hooray, the water’s running free again,” he said the emails expressed.

The court was not moved by a state of emergency declared specifically for Tombstone by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer,” the institute said.

The town is asking for shovels and donations. Contact the Tombstone City Clerk’s Office to find out how you can help at (520) 457-2202. (CNN,KPHO,WND)

The Judge: Keep rolling that common sense rock up the bureaucratic hill, Sisyphus because your Emperor is Supreme in all things and you just have to accept that you have no rights or power unless we grant it you and then if we ignore it or you, tough sh*t on you.

We are your Masters and you will do as you are told regardless.

The Empire has Spoken! So Shut the Hell up!

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