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August 30, 2013

2013 Special Session Legislation Posted Online

Filed under: Education — oksafeinc @ 9:16 am

OK-SAFE, Inc. – The Oklahoma Legislature will convene the 2013 Special Session on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  This session is expected to run 6 to 10 days.

This Extraordinary Session was convened per Gov. Mary Fallin’s Executive Order 2013-30 to address a single subject: the tort reform passed in 2009 recently thrown out by the OK Supreme Court. 

Many are concerned that the legislators may try to slip other subject matter, i.e., expansion of Medicaid, giving additional authority to the OHCA, health care reform initiatives, etc.  Keeping an eye on the session is recommended.

As legislation is filed for the 2013 Special Session it will be posted under the Legislation tab on the OK Legislature website. What is not known is if the legislation will follow the same legislative process (committee assignment, etc.) before advancing directly to the floor for consideration.

To see text of the proposed legislation for the 2013 Special Session:

  1. Go to http://www.oklegislature.gov
  2. Click on Legislation, then choose Text of Measures
  3. Choose the Chamber: Senate or House; 2013 Special Session; Introduced
  4. Click Search

As of 9:00 am this morning one bill had been filed:

HB1001

09/03/2013

Officers; The Governmental Tort Claims Act; modifying exemptions from liability.

Blackwell(H)

 

August 28, 2013

IRS Sets Penalties for non-participation in “Obama Care” insurance reform

Filed under: Exposing Health Care Reform, OK Grassroots, OK-SAFE — Tags: , , , , , — oksafeinc @ 1:28 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Another argument in favor of eliminating the IRS (aka the Infernal Revenue Service): imposing penalties for not buying a product (health insurance).

To read the HHS final rule from the federal register click here.

To read the US Dept. of Treasure Fact Sheet click here.

From Fierce HealthPayer:

IRS sets penalties for patients who skip reform coverage
By Alicia Caramenico

August 28, 2013
The Internal Revenue Service has finalized penalties for individuals who do not obtain health insurance under healthcare reform.

Under the final rules, the shared responsibility payment for not maintaining essential coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is based on the greater of either a flat dollar amount or a percentage of household income over the taxpayer’s applicable filing threshold.

The penalty for not obtaining coverage is $95 per person or 1 percent of household income in 2014 and jumps to $325 or 2 percent of income in 2015. In 2016, the IRS will fine nonexempt individuals without coverage either $695 or 2.5 percent of household income. After 2016, the penalty will be determined by a cost-of-living formula.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates less than 2 percent of Americans will forgo coverage and owe a shared responsibility payment, according to an IRS fact sheet released Wednesday.

Individuals have minimum essential coverage for a calendar month if they’re enrolled in or covered by a health plan for at least one day during that month, according to the final rules. The IRS noted the one-day rule will ease administrative burdens for both taxpayers and the agency.

The IRS final rules do make some exceptions to the individual mandate. Those who will not have to make a shared responsibility payment include:

Individuals who cannot afford coverage;
Taxpayers with income below the filing threshold;
Members of Indian tribes;
Individuals who suffer hardship;
Individuals who experience short coverage gaps;
Members of religious sects or divisions;
Members of a healthcare sharing ministry;
Incarcerated individuals; and
Individuals who are not lawfully present.
“These rules will ease implementation and help ensure that the payment applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who choose to spend a substantial period of time without coverage despite having ready access to affordable coverage,” the agency said in the fact sheet.

The new rules come a month after the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay the individual mandate for a year. The vote largely followed party lines with 22 Democrats among the 251 votes in favor of delaying the individual mandate while 174 voted against it, FierceHealthcare previously reported.

The IRS has taken some heat this year, thanks to the revelation that agency employees singled out conservative groups for harsh tax-exemption scrutiny. The IRS scandal strengthened the Republican fight against the Affordable Care Act and their complaints of government overreach.

August 23, 2013

1st Annual Defenders of Liberty – Grassroots Activisim Awards 8-24-13, Tulsa

Filed under: Education — oksafeinc @ 10:30 am

From our friends at Liberty on Tap and Tulsa 9.12:

Liberty on Tap and Tulsa 9.12 will be hosting our 1st Annual Defenders of Liberty – Grassroots Activism Awards honoring local conservative grassroots activists

Ice Cream Social Fundraiser and Activist Award Presentation

Fun for the entire family – lots of ice cream – playground and adult beverage (beer)

We have tons of ice cream so bring all the kids! Any donation for the ice cream will be accepted!

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2013

Time: 3:00 to 5:00pm

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 2331 E. 5th Place, Tulsa, OK 74104

Make plans to be there!

August 19, 2013

School to Teach Drone-Hunting

Filed under: Education, OK Grassroots, OK-SAFE, Surveillance Society — Tags: , , , — oksafeinc @ 10:08 pm

OK-SAFE, Inc. – Well, now for something completely different – a class on drone-hunting.  Looks like we are not the only ones irritated by the spy-drones.

From a post on the Product Design & Development website, this story out of Iran:

School to Teach Drone-Hunting to Students
Mon, 08/19/2013 – 7:19am
The Associated Press

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards paramilitary units plan to teach drone-hunting to school students, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.

The report by pro-reform Etemad daily quoted Gen. Ali Fazli, acting commander of the Guard’s Basij militia, as saying the new program will be taught as part of a “Defensive Readiness” lesson in high schools from late September.

He did not elaborate but the plan suggests students would be taught how to track and bring down drone aircraft by hacking their computer systems.

Iranian hardliners have long sought a larger role for the military in the country’s education system. Students at both junior and senior high schools currently take courses focusing on “civil defense.”

Iran captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel drone in 2011 after it entered Iranian airspace. Since then, Tehran says it has seized more U.S. drones, including a Boeing Co.-designed ScanEagle.

August 8, 2013

The Perfect Plan to Destroy America – Donna Garner on Common Core

OK-SAFE, Inc. – One of the most serious issues facing “education” in the states today is the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCS for short; or simply put, computer-based federal curriculum).

Understanding Common Core imagePlease read the article below by Donna Garner of Texas, (follow the link to read Garner’s entire post), then make plans to attend the upcoming Understanding Common Core Public Forum on Saturday, August 10, 2013 in Tulsa, hosted by Tulsa9.12 Project and KFAQ.  (See our prior post for details on this event).

“The Perfect Plan To Destroy America – Nationalize Education”

by Donna Garner

8.7.13

If a person wanted to destroy our American culture, keep this generation from communicating effectively with older generations, and make sure today’s children grow up detesting America instead of valuing our nation’s American exceptionalism, the best plan would be to implement the Common Core Standards (CCS) into every school in America.

OBAMA’S PLAN

That is exactly what Obama and his administration are trying to do, and 45 states (plus D. C.) originally committed to the CCS (before the standards had even been released publicly).  However, because of a groundswell of negative responses from the grassroots, a large number of states are now rethinking their commitment to the CCS.

TEACHERS REQUIRED TO DO…

As directed by the CCS, teachers have to make sure that by the time students graduate in 2014, 70% percent of books studied must be nonfiction (i.e., informational text); and those nonfiction selections must be taught in a “close reading” process.  That means students must not be given any background information or historical significance of a nonfiction piece before reading it.  For instance, the Declaration of Independence must be presented devoid of what was occurring in the United States at the time this monumental document was written, leaving students with a shallow understanding of the courage and revolutionary spirit that moved the signers to voice their opposition to tyranny.

Just as importantly, how many English teachers could possibly cover the great classic pieces of fiction literature in only 30% of classroom time?  None.  For instance, it takes at least four to six weeks in English I to cover Great Expectations, which is one of the most outstanding, applicable, and character-building books for early-high school teens to read.

Garner continues….

ARE THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS GOOD STANDARDS?

Even more basic, do the Common Core Standards teach children to read well at all?  No, the CCS do not.

In K-3, explicit and systematic instruction of decoding skills (phonics) is lacking; and goals for the independent mastery of these skills are not set nor expected.  In fact, not one of the CCS objectives on phonics and word analysis skills requires students to apply their decoding skills by reading independently and accurately unfamiliar words in and out of context

For the entire post “The Perfect Plan to Destroy America” post by Donna Garner, click here.

August 2, 2013

Understanding Common Core Public Forum – August 10th. Hosted by Tulsa912 Project

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Understanding Common Core Event – A Public Forum
Hosted by Tulsa 912 Project and KFAQ
Join us on Saturday, 8/10/13, as both sides discuss whether adopting Common Core Standards is the right educational choice for Oklahoma.
Speakers in include OK Superintendent of Education Janet Barressi, OK Wesleyan Univ. President Everett Piper, R.O.P.E. President Jenni White, a homeschool mom and more at this informative event.  More information available at Tulsa912Project.com
Date: Saturday August 10, 2013
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Location: Spirit Life Church, 5345 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK
Host:  Tulsa912Project.com and KFAQ
Tickets are $10 to cover costs.
Advance ticket purchase is required.
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The Tulsa 912 event will feature speakers pro and con.  OK-SAFE’s position is published and clear on the matter and best summed up by this little button.  Be prepared and be informed to discuss the matter with friends and neighbors.

Additional Common Core Information Links:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd (wise) as serpents and innocent as doves.”

Matt. 10:16

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