Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Who voted for SF104? Here's the complete list...

Senate File 104 was ruled Unconsitutional by the Wyoming Supreme Court as we all know today... I mentioned in my blog post "Whose knickers are in a knot now???" earlier today we must be at the ready this legislative session that takes place February 10 - March 7th and during election time also coming soon.

To view a complete list of the legislators that voted against the Wyoming State Constitution passing SF104 that was effectively tossed out by the courts today... Let them know you are not happy with the Constitution being violated, let them know we the people continue to watch and will keep this in mind come election time. Here is the list below:

*Out of respect for Sue Wallis and her family I respectfully suggest avoiding emails to her right now as there was news this afternoon of her sudden passing and her family will be mourning her loss. I may not have agreed with all of her voting record but was saddened to hear the news of her passing...*

Legislator                                 County                                                      Office

EricBarlowRCampbell / Converse / PlatteRepresentative
JohnEklundRGoshen / LaramieRepresentative
MikeGreearRBig Horn / WashakieRepresentative
ElaineHarveyRBig Horn / ParkRepresentative
MichaelMaddenRJohnson / SheridanRepresentative
JimAnderson S02RConverse / PlatteSenator
JimAnderson S28RNatronaSenator
LChristensenRFremont / TetonSenator
OgdenDriskillRCampbell / Crook / WestonSenator
LarryHicksRAlbany / Carbon / SweetwaterSenator
WayneJohnsonRLaramie / GoshenSenator
JohnSchifferRSheridan / JohnsonSenator
MichaelVon FlaternRCampbellSenator

Whose knickers are in a knot now???

Let's take a stroll down memory lane shall we... During the 2013 legislative Session our Speaker of the House chose to mock the Constituents he is supposed to serve! This is not the first outburst by a Wyoming Legislator, it occurs at a pretty regular occurrence over the years both on the legislature floor as well as in replies to Constituent emails and phone calls. Because the people voiced their concerns with how things done down in Cheyenne Tom Lubnau resorted to calling Wyoming Citizens "Political Pundits siting behind their computers late at night in their underwear!" Absolutely unprofessional and an abuse of his office as a supposed "Public Servant". To make things worse, when Speaker Tom Lubnau caught word of the upset he had caused so he produced a Satirical apology and read it on the Legislature floor followed by an uproar of laughter, by the Narcissistic Legislators who have forgotten why they sit in those chairs! The voice of the people is far too often being squelched! Voting records show just how strong the good ol'boys alliance really is. They ignore their oaths of office and chose to use their legislative roles to further their own agendas as well as become federal government lapdogs rather than listen to the voices the people of Wyoming and where WE want to take our state. Don't get me wrong we have a minority of legislators that often take a stand and fight tirelessly to remind this alliance of the people they serve... But the fact remains of a huge morale problem down in Cheyenne that Governor Matt Mead is all to willing to give support to when we can. SF 104 being signed by him is a classic example of that, as well as flying to Washington D.C. just days after its passage to immediately become compliant to the Federal Government for "Race to the Top Funds" and further Common Core. Cindy Hill was in the way of that agenda and instead supported the citizens of Wyoming and their parental rights! Rather than blindly follow those federal dollars unlike our Governor Matt Mead and Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau,who all to quickly run after federal dollars even at the cost of the strings attached to them and stood in direction violation of the Wyoming State Constitution which = Perjury.

SF104 was passed and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction lost the majority of her roles overnight and the Vote of the People was instantly gone! A vote that was protected by the Wyoming State Constitution...

To further take a walk down memory lane I am sharing a political meme I created last Legislative session quoting word for word some of the Satirical insult our Speaker of the House arrogantly recited the floor of the Wyoming House of Representatives!

So I ask you now Mr Speaker??? Who's Knickers are in a knot now??? Now that SF104 was ruled Unconstitutional and Cindy Hill won her lawsuit! Her place in office restored as well as the Wyoming State Constitution upheld!

In light of today's victory I will share a very humorous "Letter to the Editor" posted today by April Poley. Now that you have taken a walk down memory lane you should be able to see the humor in it... I hope it makes your day as much as it made mine LOL

Dear Editor,
I think all legislators that voted for SF104 should be replaced by those of us who "sit around in underwear ... at midnight ... at computers ... writing emails to legislators" because we're obviously more versed on the WY Constitution than they are. I hate to say it but, told you so, Represenative Lubnau-- told you so. It's time again, everyone, to get in your underwear, and PJs if you're modest, prepare yourself a midnight snack, and write letters to your legislators!" ~ April Poley

The next legislative session is upon us very soon, it's time to start watching and continuing to make our voices heard! Today is a victory for Cindy Hill & the people of Wyoming. For those who didn't see the news of the day here's a link: Breaking News: Hill Wins Wyoming Supreme Court Challenge

Meanwhile Governor Mead and Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau have wasted and abused Millions of Tax payer dollars by appointing a committee that consists of largely biased members who wish to further their own agendas that aren't in line with Cindy Hill's. Yet these people were called upon the “fairly” judge her behavior as State Superintendent of Public Instruction as well as testify under oath in court proceedings to go on an Unnecessary Witch Hunt against Cindy Hill... This money needs to be immediately returned to the State and the People of Wyoming.
As shown in the Wyoming State Constitution below, any legislator who voted for SF104 ought to be relieved of their duties and seats in office and prohibited from holding public office again! Time will tell... 
Article 6, Section 20. Oath of office; form. 
Senators and representatives and all judicial, state and county officers shall, before entering on the duties of their respective offices, take and subscribe the follow oath of affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state of Wyoming; that I have not knowingly violated any law related to my election or appointment, or caused it to be done to others; and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.”

Article 6, Section 21. Oath of office; how administered 
The foregoing oath shall be administered by some person authorized to administer oaths, and in the case of state officers and judges of the supreme court shall be filed in the office of secretary of state, and in the case of other judicial and county officers in the office of the clerk of the county in which the same is taken; any person refusing to take said oath or affirmation shall forfeit his office, and any person who shall be convicted of having sworn or affirmed falsely, or having violated said oath or affirmation, shall be guilty of perjury, and be forever disqualified from holding any other office of trust or profit within the state. The oath to members of the senate and house or representatives shall be administered by one of the judges of the supreme court or a justice of the peace, in the hall of the house to which members shall be elected. 
I will end with a statement given by Cindy Hill last year when SF104 passed at the hands of the majority of the Wyoming Legislature and signed by Governor Mead with out hesitation. Her quest and work to uphold State Constitution and Voice of the People has come full circle today!

“I Stand for the interests of the children of Wyoming above all else. I refuse to give into the will of the few legislators disappointed in the outcome of the last election. Their intent is to consolidate power in Cheyenne-in the hands of a few-and to end local control of our schools.

I ask that ever citizen of Wyoming who believes in the electoral system, who fears the consolidation of power in the hands of the Governor and a few legislators, take a stand against SF104. Please call and email each of the legislators. Let them know that abuses of power will not stand in Wyoming” ~Cindy Hill 
Our work however is not done. We must remain vigilant to hold our legislators feet to the fire, and continue the fight against Common Core! Thank you Cindy for fighting to uphold the law and restore the voice of the people of Wyoming! Michelle Sabrowsky is about the help further our voices being heard this legislative session and with feet on the ground of the capital work tirelessly to Stop Common Core in Wyoming. So I urge you to please Sign her Petition, write your legislators, donate your time and if you can your money. Every little bit always helps the grassroots effort that is largely done on her own time and resources. 
 "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." ~Thomas Jefferson

To visit and help Wyoming Freedom in Education
Several people have asked me what does this now mean for Common Core??? Michelle Sabrowsky Director of Wyoming Freedom in Education clarified perfectly to help explain why there is still a fight ahead of us. "We are in a binding contract with the Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, that can only be repealed by legislative action. Cindy already voted no on the adoption of the Common Core Standards, and that is one of the reasons she was stripped of her duties."

We Must Stand at the Ready this upcoming Legislative Session as well as come election time. The work to Stop Common Core in Wyoming continues... 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ultimate Menu Planner

How To Make the Ultimate Menu Planner
*A 8x10 or 11x14 Picture Frame
*A few sheets of decorative scrapbook paper
and/or Solid Colored Card stock
*7 Clothespins
*Small Color Crayon Box
*Elmers Glue
*Modge Podge (Optional)
*Foam brush
*Hot Glue Gun & Glue
*Velcro tabs (Optional)
*Letter Stickers
*Laminating pouches to use in a Laminator (they also make laminating sheets that don't require heat)
*Computer Paper (to type up menu ideas and glue onto scrapbook paper borders)
Meal Cards
Gather several meal ideas, Pinterest is a great place to start. I made a handwritten list of meals that we often have and enjoy. I also gathered some new ideas that I want to try to add to our weekly menu. I am always trying to try new things, which my husband really enjoys most of the time also :) Type up Main courses, if you like you can add sides, but I stuck to main courses.
To see how I typed up different meal ideas or even print it to use yourself here is a link Menu Plan Tabs Once you have some menu plans typed up, print them and cut them in to strips. I glued mine on to various pretty scrapbooking papers. Once I was done with that I laminated them and cut them into little menu cards that will be held by the clothespins and stored in the little box you make.

Frame the Background
Select a solid card stock or colorful scrapbook paper to place behind the glass, in the upper right hand corner make an embellishment that says "Menu" wherever your creativity leads you. Pretty much every thing else will be done on the outside of the frame after this is done, so feel free to insert and close up the frame. Unless you have a bigger frame and want to add some other embellishments.

Trim strips of paper to fit on top of your clothespins. Using a mixture of 1 part elmers glue and one part water; brush the top of the clothespin with your foam brush, place a strip of paper on top and then apply a little bit more of this "DIY Modge Podge" glue on the top as well. A few layers on the top and bottom should be enough. By all means if you feel more comfortable Modge Podge is also sold in most craft stores.
*Some tips on making your own Modge Podge* warm up 1/2 cup(4oz) of water in the microwave for a few minutes to boiling, then dump a full 4oz glue bottle into a clean container with a lid (a mason jar for example) save some of that water to dump with a funnel or pour spout like I had on my measuring cup into the glue bottle, put the lid back on the glue and close it and for extra security put your finger on the glue tip. Shake the bottle vigorously and it will loosen up any glue, open up the glue bottle and squirt the remaining water and glue into the container with the rest of the elmers glue and water. Stir the mixture until well mixed together and let it cool down for a few minutes. Then presto you got Modge Podge and can go to town :) 

I used a crayon box and turned it horizontal and cut out one long side. Where you cut out will be the opening for your pocket. Lay the box flat and trace the outline on to pretty scrapbook paper. Attach the scrapbook paper to the crayon box however you want, you can glue it, tape it, or use brads. I used some specialty scrapbooking brads on the corners added some tap to hold down the sides and stapled it on the back. If you trim your paper a little bit longer you can fold it down over the edges just depends on how technical you want to get. Them embellish it with some ribbon, a sticker like I did or however you want. To attach it to your frame below the Menu Sign you can either hot glue it down or I opted for some velcro tabs so I can put the pocket off and on if need be. I did hot glue my little embellished sign I made below my pocket.

And there ya go once everything is together and dry you have yourself a little working menu planner. As time goes on you can make more meal cards and add them to your pocket.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. To give credit to the blogger who inspired my project. Here is a link. Once Upon a Chocolate Chip Pancake-ULTIMATE Menu Board

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