Sick Student Missed Classes. See The Shocking Thing This School Did To His Mom.

A Georgia woman was arrested last week after her son missed more days of school than the local district allows. She is out of jail and awaiting trial.

Julie Scott Giles of Screven County, Ga., said on her Facebook page earlier this month she received a certified letter that her son Sam had six more unexcused absences–absences without a doctor’s note–than the district allows per year.

If anyone feels the need to go public with this feel free to do so….the facts are Sam originally had what they consider 12 unexcused absences, 6 are allowed per year, so he had 6 more than is acceptable, but the doctor reissued 3 excuses that Sam didn’t turn in, so basically I am being arrested for THREE days.

Giles ultimately turned herself in to the Screven County Sheriff’s Office and described her experience on Facebook. “I am home. I was actually placed in ankle shackles!! I was told that doing so is procedure,” Giles wrote. “I was respectful and followed directions. Sheriff Mike Kile allowed me to leave after being booked and photographed without having to call a bondsman. I will call tomorrow to get my court date. Thanks for the support!!”

Giles has a court date on July 14. She could be facing a fine of $25 to $100 for each unexcused absence, plus possible jail time.

William Bland, the Screven County Schools Superintendent, told WTOC that arresting parents for excessive unexcused school absences is not an unusual practice. “It’s important for these children to be in school and I think the courts recognize that,” Bland said.

Giles will be on Fox and Friends Friday, and she wrote an additional post thanking those who have expressed their support:

I just cannot express how full my heart is right now!! The pouring out of love and support has overwhelmed my heart! The kindness that has been shown to me by family, friends, and strangers is nothing short of miraculous! My cup runneth over. My heart is happy! Hopefully the lesson learned here is that just because you CAN do something to someone doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

I never imagined myself being arrested or being locked in ankle shackles, but I cannot think of a better reason to be put in them than being the mother my boys NEED me to be! I wonder how the powers that be that were involved in this would feel seeing their wives, mothers, daughters, or sisters in shackles? Maybe they should think it over…

h/t: EAG News

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Watch: This Vet Is Sick Of ISIS’ Reign Of Terror, So He’s Doing This, And It Won’t Cost Gov’t A Dime

One veteran is organizing his own platoon of warriors willing to take the fight to Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Working independently from the U.S. military, Sean Rowe recently explained that more than two dozen fellow vets have already signed on to participate.

“If you watch the news going on over there,” he said, “they definitely need help.”

Describing himself as a “well-trained veteran with the best military in the world,” Rowe said he and his team are the best men for the job.

“There’s nothing more important than helping these innocent women and children who are being slaughtered over there,” he continued, acknowledging that the mission he and his brothers-in-arms face is a daunting one.

“We have several connections with locals in both Iraq and Syria,” he said, “so we know it’s going to be very dangerous.”

When it comes to supplies, he said the team has “most of what we need right now,” though there are several deficiencies he hopes supporters will help fund.

“We are seeking to raise support because we can’t take a lot of stuff with us,” he explained, “so we’re going to be depending on the locals unless we can raise more funds. We’ll be depending on the locals there for weapons, gear and whatever – even rations, food. We’d like to get a medivac vehicle and we’d like to be able to not have to depend on the locals for food.”

Anyone wishing to support the mission can donate at Rowe’s website or contact him on social media.

In addition to the substantial team he’s already assembled, he said he has been in contact with other veterans and is “trying to handpick the best people for this mission.”

When asked how the enemy he will face next compares to those he saw during his active duty service, Rowe responded that “these are a different breed of guys” he sees as “rabid dogs that need to be put down.”

As for the Iraqi and Syrian governments, he said he hopes they will offer support instead of resistance.

“Hopefully they won’t try to get in our way,” he said. “This is something they should be encouraging.”

Rowe and his team are hardly the only U.S. veterans willing to go into harm’s way once again to eradicate ISIS and Islamic terrorists where they live. As Western Journalism exclusively reported, wounded U.S. Army SSG Brian Mast recently headed to Israel – despite having lost both legs in service – to volunteer with troops on the ground.

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Can Hillary Still Be Impeached? The Answer May Surprise You…

Recently, I wrote an open letter to Trey Gowdy​ that invoked quite a bit of ire from loyal Gowdy supporters. If you haven’t read the letter, please do.

In this letter, I point out that Hillary Clinton MUST be held accountable and that Congress needs to stop making political excuses for her criminal behavior. I even offer up the suggestion that Mr. Gowdy and Congress should be looking to Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution for the solution to the Hillary problem. Many loyal Gowdy commentors didn’t understand this application of impeachment, and I fear that Mr. Gowdy doesn’t either–so let me explain…

Article 2, Section 4: “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, is a civil officer; and because of the numerous documented instances of misconduct while in office, she MUST be impeached.

Some may try to argue that because Hillary resigned, she is no longer eligible for impeachment. That is simply not true, and precedent has been established to the contrary.

William Belknap served as Secretary of War under Ulysses S Grant from October 25, 1869 – March 2, 1876. While Secretary of War, Belknap’s extravagant lifestyle came into question. You see, Belknap only made $8k a year but was known for his extravagant lifestyle and expensive parties. Congress launched an investigation into his finances and found corruption that extended back to 1870.

According to Senate records, in 1870, “Belknap’s luxury-loving first wife assisted a wheeler-dealer named Caleb Marsh by getting her husband to select one of Marsh’s associates to operate the lucrative military trading post at Fort Sill in Indian territory. Marsh’s promise of generous kick-backs prompted Secretary Belknap to make the appointment.  Over the next five years, the associate funneled thousands of dollars to Marsh, who provided Belknap regular quarterly payments totaling over $20,000.”

Some of the accusations against Belknap included indirectly selling weapons to France and accepting illicit kickbacks in exchange for making political appointments. Gun-running, kickbacks, political deals for financial gain…isn’t that exactly what evidence strongly suggests Hillary Clinton is or was involved in?

According to Senate records, “On March 2, 1876, just minutes before the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on articles of impeachment, Belknap raced to the White House, handed Grant his resignation, and burst into tears.”

Belknap’s resignation did not stop his impeachment. “Later that day, members voted unanimously to send the Senate five articles of impeachment.” What was Congress’ chief accusation against Belknap?  Answer: “criminally disregarding his duty as Secretary of War and basely prostituting his high office to his lust for private gain.” I have never heard a better description of the tenure of Hillary Clinton. Yet what does Congress do today? NOTHING, but make excuses. I missed the Constitutional Amendment that changed the Congressional power exercised in 1876 into the powerless and excuse-ridden Congress of today. By the way, impeaching Hillary would preclude her from holding any future public office, ever.

But Congressional responsibility doesn’t end with Hillary Clinton. According to James Madison, the father of the Constitution, their responsibility to impeach Hillary is not only established but also invokes an even bigger responsibility…to impeach the President, as well.

“It is very possible that an officer, who may not incur the displeasure of the President, may be guilty of actions that ought to forfeit his place.  The power of this may reach him by the means of impeachment, he may be removed even against the will of the President…[the president will be] in a peculiar manner, responsible for their conduct, and subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excuses.” (The Writings of James Madison: 1787-1790, James Madison, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904)

Congressional hearings USED to actually have consequences. Congress USED to exercise real power. Congressmen USED to know their duty to the Constitution, their obligation to preserve Liberty, and their obligation to control the executive branch. Nothing about the Constitution or the power of Congress has changed since 1876, so what has changed? What has changed is the knowledge and courage of Congressmen!

If the President of the United States has direct power over his agents, is directly accountable for their actions, and can be impeached himself for failing to govern proper Constitutional control over his agents, shouldn’t Congress also be held accountable for their failure to govern proper Constitutional control over the executive branch? Isn’t it time We The People start requiring real Constitutional proficiency, instead of simply accepting the flowery speeches and rhetoric as chief political qualification?

 “No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”–Samuel Adams

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134 Years Ago Today, Clara Barton Organized The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross was organized MAY 21, 1881, by a schoolteacher named Clara Barton.

The first woman to be a clerk at the U.S. Patent Office, Barton moved to Washington at the outbreak of the Civil War.

She distributed relief supplies to wounded soldiers and, at the request of President Lincoln, aided for nearly four years in searching for missing soldiers.

After attempting to carry a wounded soldier off the battlefield of Antietam, September 17, 1862, Barton wrote:

A ball had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through the sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder. There was no more to be done for him and I left him to his rest.

I have never mended that hole in my sleeve. I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat?

Barton was present at some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War: Cedar Mountain, Second Manassas, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.

The National Park Service recorded that Barton first visited Chatham, or “Lacy House,” in early August 1862, bringing food and hospital supplies to help “her boys.”

She returned during the Fredericksburg Campaign, December 1862.

Barton helped care for the wounded soldiers of both sides that were brought into the house.

A physician requested her help in the city, which required her to cross a pontoon bridge over the river.

As she stepped off, an officer offered her his hand.

Suddenly, a shell passed under their arms, tearing away part of her skirt and his coattail. He later died.

Barton set up a soup kitchen at the Lacy House, which became a makeshift hospital for the Union 2nd Corps.

With doctors too busy to keep medical records, Clara wrote in her diary the names of the men who died and where they were buried. Her diary is at the Clara Barton National Historic Site in Maryland.

On December 13, 1862, the day of the heaviest fighting, Clara was in the doorway of the Lacy House when an exploding shell severed a soldier’s artery. She applied the tourniquet that saved his life.

Crossing the river again, a Union provost marshall thought she was a civilian and volunteered to escort her to safety, but looking at the thousands of Union soldiers, she politely declined the offer, saying she was the best protected woman in the world.

When a shell struck the door of the room she was in, ‘she did not flinch, but continued her duties’ assisting the doctors.

The next two weeks at Chatham, Clara saw ‘hundreds of the worst wounded men I have ever seen’ occupying every room of the house.

They ‘covered every foot of the floors and porticos’ and stair landings. A man ‘thought himself rich’ if he laid under a table where he would not be stepped on.

Clara saw five men stuffed onto four shelves of a cupboard. Others shivered in the cold muddy yard on blankets, waiting for someone inside to die so they could be brought in.

Clara set up a soup kitchen in a tent in the yard to help them.

The Library of Congress has the letter Clara Barton wrote to her cousin from the Head Quarters of the 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps-Army of the Potomac Camp near Falmouth, Virginia, December 12th, 1862, 2 o’clock a.m.:

My dear Cousin Vira: Five minutes time with you; and God only knows what those five minutes might be worth to the many-doomed thousands sleeping around me. It is the night before a battle.

The enemy, Fredericksburg, and its mighty entrenchments lie before us, the river between – at tomorrow’s dawn our troops will assay to cross, and the guns of the enemy will sweep those frail bridges at every breath. The moon is shining through the soft haze with a brightness almost prophetic.

For the last half hour I have stood alone in the awful stillness of its glimmering light gazing upon the strange sad scene around me striving to say, ‘Thy will Oh God be done.’

The camp fires blaze with unwanted brightness, the sentry’s tread is still but quick – the acres of little shelter tents are dark and still as death, no wonder for us as I gazed sorrowfully upon them.

I thought I could almost hear the slow flap of the grim messenger’s wings, as one by one he sought and selected his victims for the morning sacrifice. Sleep weary one, sleep and rest for tomorrow’s toil. Oh! Sleep and visit in dreams once more the loved ones nestling at home…

Clara continued:

They may yet live to dream of you, cold lifeless and bloody, but this dream, soldier, is thy last, paint it brightly, dream it well.

Oh northern mothers, wives and sisters, all unconscious of the hour, would to Heaven that I could bear for you the concentrated woe which is so soon to follow, would that Christ would teach my soul a prayer that would plead to the Father for grace sufficient for you. God pity and strengthen you every one.

Mine are not the only waking hours, the light yet burns brightly in our kind hearted General’s tent where he pens what may be a last farewell to his wife and children and thinks sadly of his fated men.

Already the roll of the moving artillery is sounded in my ears. The battle draws near and I must catch one hour’s sleep for tomorrow’s labor.

Good night, dear cousin, and Heaven grant you strength for your more peaceful and less terrible, but not less weary days than mine. Yours in love, Clara.

Barton wrote of the soldiers, “What could I do but go with them, or work for them and my country? The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.”

She then went to Europe during the Franco-German War, where she worked with Henri Dunant, founder of the International Red Cross.

Dunant was the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

He founded the Geneva chapter of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association).

Dunant supported Jews repopulating Palestine. He was one of the few non-Jews who attended the First Zionist Congress in Basel, 1897. Theodor Herzl first used the term “Christian Zionist” in reference to Dunant.

Dunant’s International Red Cross began operating under the symbol of the Red Crescent during the Muslim Ottoman conflict with Russia, 1877-1878, and that symbol has since been recognized in 33 Islamic States.

Inspired by Dunant’s International Red Cross, Barton established the American Red Cross Society, MAY 21, 1881, serving as its head until 1904.

She stated:

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. I am well and strong and young – young enough to go to the front. If I cannot be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers.

Clara helped in hospitals in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

She wrote, “In time of peace we must prepare for war, and it is no less a wise benevolence that makes preparation in the hour of peace for assuaging the ills that are sure to accompany war.”

President William McKinley stated, regarding Barton, in his Second Annual Message, December 5, 1898:

It is a pleasure for me to mention in terms of cordial appreciation the timely and useful work of the American National Red Cross, both in relief measures preparatory to the campaigns, in sanitary assistance at several of the camps of assemblage, and later, under the able and experienced leadership of the president of the society, Miss Clara Barton, on the fields of battle and in the hospitals at the front in Cuba.

Working in conjunction with the governmental authorities…and with the enthusiastic cooperation of many patriotic women and societies in the various States, the Red Cross has fully maintained its already high reputation for intense earnestness and ability to exercise the noble purposes of its international organization, thus justifying the confidence and support which it has received at the hands of the American people.

President McKinley continued:

To the members and officers of this society and all who aided them in their philanthropic work the sincere and lasting gratitude of the soldiers and the public is due and is freely accorded.

In tracing these events we are constantly reminded of our obligations to the Divine Master for His watchful care over us and His safe guidance, for which the nation makes reverent acknowledgment and offers humble prayer for the continuance of His favor.

President Woodrow Wilson mentioned the Red Cross in his Proclamation of a Contribution Day for the aid of stricken Jewish people, January 11, 1916:

Whereas in the various countries now engaged in war there are nine millions of Jews, the great majority of whom are destitute of food, shelter, and clothing; and…have been driven from their homes without warning, deprived of an opportunity to make provision for their most elementary wants, causing starvation, disease and untold suffering; and Whereas the people of the United States of America have learned with sorrow of this terrible plight of millions of human beings and have most generously responded to the cry for help…

Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States…do appoint and proclaim January 27, 1916, as a day upon which the people of the United States may make such contributions as they feel disposed for the aid of the stricken Jewish people.

Contributions may be addressed to the American Red Cross, Washington, D.C., which will care for their proper distribution.

Opening the Second Red Cross Drive in New York City, President Wilson stated, May 18, 1918:

Being members of the American Red Cross…a great fraternity and fellowship which extends all over the world…this cross which these ladies bore here today is an emblem of Christianity itself…

When you think of this, you realize how the people of the United States are being drawn together into a great intimate family whose heart is being used for the service of the soldiers not only, but for the long night of suffering and terror, in order that they and men everywhere may see the dawn of a day of righteousness and justice and peace.

On December 8, 1918, in an appeal of support for the American Red Cross just a month after the fighting in World War I had ceased, President Wilson stated:

One year ago, twenty-two million Americans, by enrolling as members of the Red Cross at Christmas time, sent to the men who were fighting our battles overseas a stimulating message of cheer and good-will…

Now, by God’s grace, the Red Cross Christmas message of 1918 is to be a message of peace as well as a message of good-will.

On May 1, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt greeted the chairman of the American National Red Cross, Norman H. Davis, in Washington, D.C.:

The great International Red Cross organization, founded 76 years ago to bring mercy to the battlefield…

I am confident that whatever may be the problems which intensification of warfare may bring, the American people will respond to any appeal for funds when the Red Cross deems it necessary to call upon them for additional aid.

By such response we can aid in sustaining the spirit and morale of those in distress abroad until the happy day we all pray for, when hostilities shall cease.

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Watch: Dem Rep Just Got Caught On Tape Making Outrageous Claim About His Salary

Despite earning $174,000 per year, two senior House Democrats believe that salaries should be raised for members. A raise has not been given since 2009.

“We’re entering our seventh year without a pay raise,” Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., told Roll Call Monday. “Now I think we’ve proven to the American public that we are responsible. And I know that it has impacted me personally.”

“We have more than 50 members, probably as many as 75 or more living in their offices,” he continued. “They’re not there because of any other reason than that they can’t afford it… Now if people want us in sackcloth and ashes then they will get what they rightly deserve as representation.”

Members get an automatic cost of living pay increase, allowance to travel to their district, and other perks along with their annual salary. Still, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., concurred with his colleague that salaries should be raised for members.

“This will be the seventh year in a row that we have not done a cost-of-living adjustment. … I think it was appropriate at the time of the recession,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday, according to Politico. “But to continue that on, we will dictate that the only people who can serve are the rich, and I don’t think that’s what the Founding Fathers had in mind.”

As The Washington Free Beacon points out, Hastings is the second least wealthiest member in Congress, with $7.5 million in debt. But most of that is due to 30-year-old corruption charges. The publication continues:

In 1981, two years after President Jimmy Carter appointed Hastings to the federal bench, the FBI conducted a sting operation designed to catch Hastings soliciting bribes in exchange for reducing racketeering sentences for two brothers convicted of ripping off a union pension fund.

FBI agents busted a friend of Hastings’, D.C. lawyer William Borders, when he accepted a $150,000 bribe, allegedly on Hastings’ behalf, in exchange for lenient sentencing.

Hastings was acquitted of subsequent bribery charges, while Borders was convicted and later given a full pardon by President Bill Clinton. However, a subsequent investigation by a federal court of appeals found that Hastings was probably complicit in the scheme, his acquittal notwithstanding.

The report also concluded that Hastings had lied under oath during the trial. The House took up impeachment proceedings against Hastings, leveling 17 charges against him.

Hastings was convicted on six of those charges by a Senate investigation panel, becoming the sixth federal official to be removed from office by impeachment. He sued, contending that the full Senate did not conduct the proceedings, but rather a committee. While a federal judge ruled in his favor, the Supreme Court did not.

This is a breakdown of some of Hastings’ debt:

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h/t: BuzzPo

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