The next meeting is Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm at El Azul Restaurant in Jamestown!
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The next meeting is Thursday, November 16 at 6 pm at El Azul Restaurant in Jamestown!
Try That in a Small Town,” is a song by Jason Aldean of what can what happen in a small town over bad behavior. The nuggets of truth add to the humor.
What about Fentress County? Have we escaped the craziness of the “blue” states? What about Tennessee’s own “blue” cities? Oh, you mean places like Nashville and Memphis? Well, just try that in a small town. Okay.
One of the worse horrors of the last 3 years or so is the blatant and continuous public assault on our children. The media and airwaves have exploded with what used to be X-rated content. It is becoming normal. That’s the plan. It’s called “sexual grooming.” Legally, the American Bar Association defines sexual grooming as, “a preparatory process in which a perpetrator gradually gains a person’s or organization’s trust with the intent to be sexually abusive.”1 Sexual abuse is not just physical, it is also introducing words, pictures and actions that are not age appropriate.
So it’s not just from a person, it can be an organization. Like the charitable foundation of assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of Penn State University. The term “grooming” was introduced into the public vocabulary after he was convicted of the sexual abuse of boys participating in his charitable foundation. 2
As far back as 2006, the professional medical, “Journal of Sexual Aggression” indicates there are many types of grooming including “grooming of the environment.”3 That means creating an environment for a child that normalizes adult themes.
Should we be concerned in Fentress County? Are people or places introducing things of a sexual nature that are not age appropriate? Well, here’s another question: Are you comfortable offering free condoms at your public library on open shelving between the front desk and the children’s section? The library personnel report that they are recipients of donations from an organization called Operation Sharing Tennessee. The donations are free but must be given away to the public. So if you want free handouts, you must conform to their “rules.” Sounds fair, just do as you are told and you get free stuff. This is a step up from lollipops. Good thing they did not require show and tell.
Who is really behind this? Operation Sharing Tennessee is a Facebook page whose website redirects to Appalachian Life Quality Initiative, an arm of Alliance for Better Nonprofits who is a part of the United Way of Greater Knoxville. All of these are non profits, and a great place to funnel money by people who have an agenda and want to get out a message. The mission of Alliance is “collective impact” and success is measured by “social change.”4 They do not define what social change is. However, their resources include “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion,” the very definition of critical race theory which our Tennessee general assembly outlawed in schools and, governments across the country are demanding the deletion of in public organizations and higher education schools. Do the ends justify the means? Is getting free “stuff” worth opening the door to whatever anyone wants to introduce? Should we consider the source? Check out Fentress County Library where you can get your free bag of chips, vitamin water, and condoms. There are plenty.
submitted by Anne Featherston
This week in Nashville, Governor Lee has called the Tennessee General Assembly back into session to create legislation for gun control. Why?
Gun control issues heated up in Tennessee March 6 with a shooting in Nashville at Covenant school that killed 6 people. Since the General Assembly (G.A.) was still convened, Governor Lee asked them to consider gun restrictions called Red Flag laws. The G.A. refused.
This drew Tennessee onto a national scene on April 6, when 3 Democrat house representatives (now known as the “Nashville 3”) disrupted the House floor in protest resulting in hundreds, if not thousands of young people protesting in Nashville. (Universities shut down classes so they could attend). Many of those protesters were also from out of state.
By April 10, Governor Lee had a 13-page proposal pushing “extreme risk” order of protection (ERPO) aimed at “substantially changing Tennessee’s criminal and mental health codes and in effect, implementing ‘Red Flag’ laws.” This type of law “allows law enforcement officials, household and family members, and others to petition a judge to issue an order removing firearms from an individual’s possession and/or preventing them from making firearm purchases.”
Red Flag laws violate 4th Amendment “due process,” which means guns can be confiscated without the individual first having a court hearing, and before a crime is even committed. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled these laws unconstitutional in June of 2022 in the Bruen case.
Yet, on April 20th, According to Capitol insiders, Rules were suspended in the Tennessee House so the legislation can bypass the subcommittee and committee process and go straight to the floor for a vote. The G.A. refused to hear Lee’s proposals, which would require attaching them as amendments onto bills currently on the floor. Almost immediately, rumors surfaced the governor would request a Special Sessions in the summer and on May 8 he did so. The race was on.
At least 9 GOP county offices sent separate letters to Governor Lee requesting he retract the call for a special session. The same offices also sent resolutions to their representatives to immediately adjourn the session if called. Grassroots groups around the state sent petitions and letters, including Fentress County’s Tennessee Action Group which collected over 345 signatures during a public petition signing at the Historic Courthouse in Jamestown. Representative Kelly Keisling showed up to add his signature.
After 3 months of public outcry and distress, pro and con, on August 8 the governor finally issued the formal call for a special session with a proclamation to “consider and act upon legislation” listing 18 different areas to consider. Eighteen proposals? None deal directly with gun control. What is going on!?
Keep this in mind: all of this started over one school shooting, even though there have been 22 mass shooting in Tennessee since 2012, and five of them were in schools. Rep. John Ragan commissioned a study which is submitting a study next week. He found that schools have “low probability,” but “high impact” (yes, especially for those involved). Further, “94% of mass public shootings, including school shooting, since 1950 occurred in Gun-Free Zones.” Therefore, our General Assembly allocated $200 Million towards school security.
At Covenant school in Nashville, there was no school guard, and the shooter’s manifesto has been kept from the public. That leaves us with 18 proposals from Gov. Lee in response to something for which there are many unanswered questions.
The list of proclamations from Lee it is all over the place. His proposal allows our state’s top law enforcement officials access to personal healthcare information, including what medications a person is taking. Someone who has had the courts involved in determining the state of their mental health, will have that reported to firearms dealers. He also proposes that juveniles’ criminal records are no longer protected, and the age is lowered for adult court. Gov. Lee expands Medicaid to cover mental health programs funded by federal money—which gives the federal government control.
Where is this going? How much will the feds ultimately be involved?
Read the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, S2938, Public Law No: 117-15, passed July 2022. Good luck on that!) Better, let’s look at the myriad of articles about it. The Washington Post says this bill, “enact(s) the most significant new gun restrictions since the 1990s.” And here is where we find $750 Million from the feds to the states to put into place red flag laws. Already 19 other states have done so. This Act offers the states another $200 Million for increasing mental health services. Perhaps that is what Lee means when his proclamation asks for “legislation regarding mental health resources, or services.” We also find $2 Billion provided to hire and train staff for school mental health services.
The argument here is not against mental health services. Instead it questions why they are trying to implement this in the schools under federal government control and intervention. Why are these services not being offered through local community, especially where parents have more oversight?
So what is really going on? The feds have dangled the proverbial carrot– money. Do we want money instead of independence? Do you? Will you give up your state sovereignty, our independence from federal controls, for more control over your children, your guns? Do you want the federal government controlling the state of Tennessee?
State sovereignty is at risk. We will discuss that more in the coming months before the 2024 Sessions in Nashville. We will look at how to protect our state against federal encroachment.
If any of this is something that concerns you call your representative and your senator, now. Ask them to vote for adjournment. Ask them to consider new laws during the regular legislative session January through April when they have open discussion with public input. Not now, and not behind closed doors.
SPECIAL SESSIONS UPDATE with Rep. Kelly Keisling at TAG meeting, on Thursday, 9/21 at 6 pm
Rep. Kelly Kieisling will discuss August’s controversial Congressional Special Sessions held on red flag laws. He will discuss what exactly happened, and why.
Kelly joined with other legislators to vote for adjournment. Speaker Sexton warned against voting for adjournment, (which would have saved almost $500,000 of taxpayer monies).
Kelly voted to adjourn with 6 other representatives. Speaker Sexton immediately removed Kelly as Chair of State and Local Government committee.
WHERE: El Azul Restaurant, Jamestown, TN
WHEN: 5pm Supper, 6pm Meeting
Thursday, October 19, 2023
El Azul Restaurant
5pm Supper, 6pm Meeting
Handout: Agenda 2030 activity IN TENNESSEE for web site
Update: Article re: condoms in library; Meeting with Library Board on Tues 10/17
Review: on nullification and state sovereignty campaign. It almost died, but didn’t… we’ve spoken to senators and representatives
Hot Topics: what’s on your mind? Voting Integrity. Illegal Immigration. 2nd Amendment. Education.
State Speaker, state politicians, etc.
|TAG meeting July 20th|
El Azul Restaurant
5pm Supper, 6pm Meeting
|MEETING AGENDA:VIDEO: “NONCOMPLIANT”(watch before meeting!)|
By fate, this video appeared and was introduced to TAG right after our inception 2 years, and it was a ‘zinger’….. We think it’s important for everyone to see. Our Constitution forms the backbone of the fight we find ourselves in, in every form, whether understood and seen or not. What gives us the fight to continue? We contend that only by fully embracing the inalienable truths, and understanding the foundations and formation of the Constitution in relations to the feds can we stand our ground for our state.
Here is the link where you can see the movie: https://vimeo.com/562959655?login=true
or here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJomWxW6pcU
Warning: it may start ‘slow’ (first 10 minutes)… hang in there. We will discuss Non Compliant, at the next meeting July 20th, and will have an outline and video clips. This is a time for group interaction, discussion, sharing. A new TAG brochure will be introduced, actually an update of our current one. TAG has a new ‘tenet’… and it relates to the above…We will do a quick update on the gun control session.
There is an inside story. (Surprised?)This is something a little different. However, we feel the video was so impactful you will be glad you saw watched it, and a strong potential you will be changed…and prepared…See you then!
Outline of Video: (questions and discussion)
1- History is our Guide
2- Inverted Hierarchy
3- We Created Our States
4- Constitutional Compact
5- Securing our State Rights
6- Undelegated Power
7- Checks and Balances
9- We Will Not Comply
10- For Our Posterity
TAG will be supporting concerned citizens in Crossville on Saturday July 15, who will be sharing information and a petition at the downtown courthouse on Main Street from 9 am-5 pm. Look for the tent! Featuring food and music. A representative of Tennessee Firearms Association will be on site with information.
CONSERVATIVE VOICES REMAIN SILENT…
“The Tennessean (newspaper) obtained through a public records request 9,850 submissions to the feedback portal and sorted entries as generally supportive of additional legislation around firearms or generally opposing new measures. More than 7,100 people expressed support for additional gun reform, with more than 2,000 opposing any additional laws regulating firearms in Tennessee.”
The POINT, besides noting we have stupid and/or unethical people in government who released the names, is that CONSERVATIVES ONCE MORE HAVE DROPPED THE BALL.
What do YOU think?
IN CASE YOU ARE WILLING TO SPEAK UP, HERE IS THE LINK: https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/specialsession_public_safety
AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS.
Tent Days AT HISTORIC COURTHOUSE DOWNTOWN.
Tennessee Action Group (TAG) was at the Historic Courthouse downtown Jamestown – Friday and Saturday, June 21 & 22.
|Monthly Meeting will be held at the El Azul Restaurant, (old Dragon Pit restaurant), 5pm supper, 6pm meeting|
TAG also has a new campaign for the summer:
TENT DAYS to expand our subject base on the national issues that are affecting Tennessee:
Agenda 2030, the U.N. agenda, the W.H.O and, the Great Reset with the WEF- World Economic Forum.
TAGs new tent. (Think anyone will notice?)
We will set up at the courthouse. More info at the meeting.
RED FLAG LAWS
***TENT DAYS *** Outreach to Jamestown
Remember: Supper at 5pm IN THE BACKROOM
MEETING at 6pm IN THE BACKROOM