"It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power." -author David Brin
"What's the difference between a lawyer and a hooker? A hooker will stop screwing you when you are dead." -Rudy Baylor from the 1997 movie, "The Rainmaker"
Mark Norris is Majority Leader of the Tennessee State Senate, and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. Norris came to the State Senate in 2000 as a Republican County Commissioner from rural Shelby County. He represents District 32 which is "the West Coast of Tennessee" including Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton and Shelby County.
Norris was born in Akron, Ohio in 1955. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College, and his J.D. from the University of Denver in 1980. He is an attorney employed by the law firm of Adams and Reese, LLC. Adams and Reese also specializes in the oil industry in representation of clients before all courts, governmental regulatory bodies and tribunals, as well as in alternate dispute resolutions, including arbitration and mediation. This is of interest inasmuch as Governor Bill Haslam and his family own Pilot Oil/Flying J.
He came to my attention through an email I received from my article, Mind Control and Smart Growth. Senator Norris looks to be up to his neck in UN Agenda 21 activities and affiliations, as well as carrying all the legislation to the Senate for our pro-Agenda 21 Governor. I would lay odds that every other Republican led state is a veritable copy of what is happening in the Tennessee legislature. According to Senator Norris's Tennessee General Assembly website, he belongs to some very questionable organizations. So let's take a look....
Council of State Governments
Norris is a long time member of the Council of State Governments Southern Legislative Conference, and he was elected Chairman of the CSG in September of 2013. In 2009, he traveled to China at the invitation of the Chinese government. The goal of the China-US Exchange Foundation is to allegedly help Americans across many spectrums gain a deeper understanding of the environmental, economic, social and political developments in China. Link The Southern Legislative Conference delegation was among the invited guests to the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The delegation gathered several hours before the parade began at Tiananmen Square to witness the vast display of Chinese military power, including 52 weapons systems, 151 warplane flyovers, 12 intercontinental-range missiles, and a new missile, the Dongfeng 21-C, along with thousands of marching troops. Isn't that special to honor the Red Chinese military? Back in June of 2011 Utah Republican Governor, Gary Herbert, hosted the National Governors Association Summit. At the same time, teaming up with Hillary Clinton, Governor Herbert also brought the Chinese Provincial Governors into town so that the governors could make deals (possibly in direct violation of Article 1 Sec 10 paragraph 3 of the US Constitution) with the Chinese Communists. Communist reporters were allowed to cover the event, but not American reporters. Link "It's all about business development?" Are they such morons and weak in political and economic philosophy that they have forgotten Wall Street funded the Bolshevik Revolution? Link
The CSG was responsible for Tennessee's Outcomes Based Funding formula. OBE was one of the earliest common core programs, but by far not the earliest. "Equivalence of educational achievement," described by Patrick Moynihan, equals Performance-Based Education (PBE) and Outcome Based Education (OBE), which in turn equals a deliberate dumbing down of American teachers and youth -- necessary in order to implement the performance-based workforce training agenda planned since the early nineteen hundreds.
The CSG, among other things supports the Resolution on Common Core State Standards. They also support the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This 1994 Act (H.R.6) referred to the traditional education once taught in America of learning basic academic skills and the emphasis on repetitive drill and practice in elementary school as a "disproven theory." Today we are left with the Direct Instruction dog training via Skinner/Pavlov thanks to the 1985/1988 Soviet/US education agreements. Traditional academic education and the absorption of knowledge has been replaced with rat labs teaching only low level basic skills for the globalist workforce. Link We have seen this in the State of Tennessee. Our Governor is praised by Obama's education czar, Arne Duncan, and Senator Norris is carrying this type of legislation for our Governor, to the Tennessee senate.
The CSG is far more diverse than just the subjects I've mentioned, but these subjects are of extreme interest to our education reform Governor and his bagman, Senator Mark Norris.
Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations
Norris is also the Chairman for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), which is the liberal, Rockefeller spawned southeast division of Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR). On April 21, 1935, the New York Times magazine published a plan in which the states would merge into new units called Federal Regions, that would be controlled from Washington, DC. In 1959, Nelson Rockefeller called for an Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR), which became a federally-funded Rockefeller think-tank within Congress to prepare a working formula for the concept.
The ACIR analyzed information produced by the Public Administration Clearing House (also known as the "1313," See Terrible 1313 Revisited by Jo Hindman) and translated it into legislation to develop regional government, which would usurp the power of the local government. The Clearing House, located at the Rockefeller-controlled University of Chicago, represented a group of 26 private organizations which have been infiltrating local government agencies to usurp their power and authority. Some of these organizations are: National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors, American Public Works Association, Public Personnel Association, National Association of Attorney Generals, and the National Governors' Conference. Their purpose is to train and place a "new administrative class" in every level of government, which will replace elected officials.
On March 27, 1969, as published in the Federal Register, President Nixon announced the "Restructuring of Government Service Systems," which called for the merging of states into eight federally-controlled regions. (There are 10 today).
An Executive Order, when decreed by the President, is printed in the Federal Register, and then becomes law 15 days later. Executive Order #11647 was signed by Nixon on February 10, 1972, establishing Federal Regional Councils, which also includes President Reagan's Executive Order # 12314, for the "development of closer working relationships between major Federal grant making agencies of State and local government." In each of the ten standard Federal Regions, there was to be a council made up of the directors of the regional offices of the Dept. of Labor; Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare; Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; Secretarial Representative of the Dept. of Transportation; Office of Economic Opportunity; Environmental Protection Agency; and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. The President was to designate one member of each Council as the Chairman.
These Executive Orders, and others, are unconstitutional because Article IV of the U.S. Constitution prohibited the merging of the states, and guaranteed a government represented by elected officials. However, regional government was accepted, because it brought with it, revenue-sharing funds. Link
Remember, regionalism is nothing more than outright communism! Norris's close relationship with Governor Haslam is not surprising inasmuch as TACIR is a proponent of UN Agenda 21's Smart Growth. TACIR's "Growth Policy," which includes limitations on "urban sprawl," makes it quite clear they're a proponent of UN Agenda 21. Remember, Haslam allowed Smart Growth into Knoxville when he was the City Mayor, and Haslam refused to sign the non-binding Resolution against Agenda 21,--the first Resolution he's refused to sign. Link
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Mark Norris is an ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member. ALEC is an association created by alleged "conservative" (Paul Weyrich, first Heritage Foundation president and founder) in 1973 as a counterpart to the liberal Rockefeller spawned ACIR, mentioned above. Both organizations draft "model" legislation for use by state and federal legislators. ALEC's membership is 95% corporate, along with 2,500 of the 7,500 legislators from every state. The Church of Scientology is also an ALEC member. [Link] This is where state legislation originates. ALEC has long pushed for a Constitutional Convention, and actually has their own handbook on same. Link
The New American article of April 21, 2014, entitled, The Not-So-Smart ALEC, tells us the following and more:
ALEC is a supporter of all the past and future trade agreements. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement has the potential to be the largest trade framework ever negotiated underscoring the importance of ensuring that it is a high standard, comprehensive agreement with strong intellectual property provisions. In keeping with the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC's) support of the Jeffersonian principle of free markets and ALEC's past support of a wide variety of trade frameworks, this resolution supports the negotiation and final ratification of such an agreement. One of the most important facts, if not the most important, to know about both the TTIP and TPP is that they would, if adopted, steadily strip away our national sovereignty, allowing the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations, as well as regional tribunals and regulatory bodies created by these agreements, to override our local, state, and federal laws. This feature alone makes them very subversive, revolutionary proposals that should be opposed by every elected or appointed official who has taken an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States."
ALEC is also in the forefront of spreading the United Nations smart growth P3 gospel, Public Private Partnerships, at the state level, along with its progressive partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), which, like ALEC, talks a good game of "free markets" while actually promoting corporate subsidies and economic fascism.
Check out Erica Carle's three part article about the Chamber, entitled, "Who is in Charge of the New World Order."
Bills carried for Governor Haslam
Senator Norris's closeness with the Governor had him carrying legislation the Governor wished to see passed. One such piece of legislation in 2012 was SB2211 which would have codified the unlawful activities with "In Lieu Fees" via the Tennessee Stream Mitigation Program. It was both Senator Norris's and Representative Hawk's intention of codifying the law to legalize the illegal activities of In-Lieu-Fees and Mitigation Banking. In doing so, the State of Tennessee law [T.C.A. 69-3-102 (a) (b), waters of the state held "in trust for the citizens.."] that says all water belongs to the Citizens of Tennessee would change and the water would be controlled by the State of Tennessee. This is UN Agenda 21! It was stopped by a man named Woody Degan and state and federal water-law attorney, Elizabeth Murphy when she spoke at the Tennessee House Environment Conservation Committee meeting on HB2349. Link
The moratorium on tax funded charter schools was lifted in 2011. The bills eliminating the eligibility restrictions were sponsored on behalf of Gov. Bill Haslam by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis. Norris says charters offer teachers and administrators flexibility to turn around persistently low-performing schools. Because the tax money for education follows the child, Norris is aware that enrollment exoduses will affect city school budgets. Link
The latest 2014 voucher bill was drafted by Gov. Bill Haslam's administration and sponsored by Senate Republican Majority Leader Mark Norris. The finance committee voted 8-2 to recommend the measure, but its biggest hurdle is in the House, where it has more opposition. This bill is just for the bottom 5% of lowest student academic performance. Should the state legislatures accept voucher/choice proposals, ALL receiving federal, state, and local tax money, MUST conform their curriculum, etc., to FEDERAL/INTERNATIONAL standards. This is federal law. As for charters and choice, there won't be any elected boards to complain to about sex, drug, and death education in the schools, or the politically correct "green" nonsense. Link
The words of John Chubb and Terry Moe, of The Brookings Institute and Stanford University respectively, -- "Our guiding principle in the design of a choice system is this: Public authority must be put to use in creating a system that is almost entirely beyond the reach of public authority." (Politics, Markets and America's Schools, 1990). Please read that again slowly. Get it in your heads...they want a choice system that is beyond the reach of the taxpayer and parents!
The latest bill to pass the Tennessee State Legislature is called the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Act, and gives 2015 high school graduates with qualifying grades the opportunity to attend two years of community college free of charge. Senate Bill 2471, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), provides Tennessee high school graduates with last dollar tuition assistance to fill unmet financial needs for tuition and fees so students may attend community college or college of applied technology free of charge. This is supposedly paid for with extra Tennessee lottery monies.
In May of 2012, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Samar Ali as international director of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Her legal expertise is shariah compliant finance. Dr. Subhi Ali, Chairman of the Jerusalem Fund, is the father of Samar Ali. Dr. Ali's organization advocates BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel as a way to end Israel as a Jewish state; to destroy it by any means possible. The Hamas Charter is posted on the JF website, along with position papers and information briefs suggesting that there are positive aspects to Hamas. Is this JF's effort to help legitimize Hamas regardless of its terrorist designation?
In June of 2010, Samar Ali was appointed by President Obama, one of thirteen White House Fellows. Her father is a strong supporter of Democrat politicians, including Cynthia McKinney who is a vocal supporter of the pro-Hamas/anti-Israel position, and many others, including Obama, Harold Ford, Jr., and at one point, Mark Norris. She was originally introduced to Haslam by Senator Lamar Alexander's son. Norris said he has not met Ali, but he knows her father and considers them to be a fine family.
It is impossible in the space allotted to speak to the leftist agenda promoted by our Governor and carried to the Tennessee Senate by the governor's bagman, Mark Norris. So much of what is promoted is truly a communist agenda. Unfortunately, this occurs in every state. We must get behind the candidates who have no allegiance to anyone or anything but our Constitution. Sadly, most of today's electorate doesn't know the difference between true old-right conservatives and the neo-con Trotskyite corporate fascists who are today's Republicans. Please pray for our Republic, get behind the vetted, constitutionally sound candidates, and please support them both financially and in their campaigns. If you can't find decent candidates, then run for office yourself.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.