Gilbert Watch Blog
- December 23, 2016
- Amira Willighagen - "O Holy Night" (St. Jacobs Church, The Hague) - Christmas Concert 2015
Eleven-year-old Amira performing for a 105-year old woman in the 2015 Christmas special of the Dutch TV program "Max Maakt Mogelijk."Click here to read more
- December 21, 2016
- Charity Donation Ideas - 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, you have likely received many requests for donations. There are many worthy charities and organizations, including your local church! Gilbert Watch has some favorites for your consideration.Click here to read more
- December 10, 2016
- Stop the National Popular Vote Compact in Arizona
"Democracy" has a nice ring to it: One Person, One Vote. However, that's exactly what the Founders did not want: Majority (aka Mob) Rule. When Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A Republic, if you can keep it." Ours is a Constitutional Republic, but only if we, the people, care enough to participate in keeping it.
Our presidents are chosen through a combination of a popular vote and the Electoral College that represents the states. Each state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for Senators. This keeps a handful of the most populous states from dominating all the other states. For example, Donald Trump won the popular vote in Arizona. Thus, the Republican party's 11 Electors will vote for president. Had Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Arizona's 11 Democrat Electors would be voting for president. (In contrast, California has 55 Electors.) See below for two short videos: Do you Understand the Electoral College? and The Popular Vote vs the Electoral College.
Unfortunately, there is a movement across America that is gaining traction called the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. It would distort the procedures of the Electoral College. It would usher in the very "democracy" that the Founders did not want. It is unconstitutional.Click here to read more
- December 7, 2016
- Pearl Harbor plus 75 Years
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, an attack planned by Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese Marshal Admiral and commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, was carried out to demobilize the US Navy. See Pearl Harbor plus 75 Years.
You probably have family members in their 80s and older who remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the news: "We've just been attacked!" Some memories fade quickly. But not this one.
My mother remembers. She and my father had been married for less than a year. He was a sergeant in the Army Air Corp stationed at Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois. "It was a Sunday," she told me. They were visiting his parents on their farm in down state Illinois that day. My father and grand-father were driving around the countryside looking at the land, which is what farmers often did and probably still do, after church on a Sunday. They heard the news on the car radio. "It was a '40 Ford," Mom said. They returned immediately to tell my mother and grand-mother. "It was a total shock," remembers my mother. "It was scary." She and my dad returned quickly to their home. "From that moment on, he had to be in uniform until the end of the war."
The next spring, he shipped out to Seymour Johnson Air Field in North Carolina. Mom remembers that the base had been quickly constructed, using trees from the forest where the base was located. It was still being constructed when they arrived. She recalls that it was a training base for mechanics and pilots. My mother remembers that, throughout the war, she rarely saw pictures or got much word of what was happening. "We didn't have television." Mostly, she saw newsreels in the local theater. My father was eventually sent to India. "It took thirty days for him to get there. The ship had to zigzag across the ocean, to stay clear of submarines. He didn't know where he was going until he got there."
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese killed 2402 Americans, destroyed 188 planes and damaged 159. They sunk 4 battleships and damaged another 4. "The Pearl Harbor attack spurred America into World War II, leading ultimately to Allied victory over the Japanese in the East and Nazis and other Axis powers in the West. And the country promised never to forget this day of infamy." See Unforgettable photos from the Pearl Harbor Attack, 72 years ago today.
One of the battleships that was sunk was the USS Arizona. See photos below.Click here to read more
- December 5, 2016
- Arizona's Common Core Rebrand is Just Lipstick on a Pig!
by Jennifer Reynolds, publisher of Arizonans Against Common Core.
A Rebrand of Common Core is coming unless we stop it through our combined voices speaking against the proposed 2016 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. Very little has changed with these 2016 Standards and we will still have Common Core!
Click here to read more
- December 4, 2016
- The Reality of Dishonesty
by Ms. Julie Smith, a member of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board elected in November of 2012. Artwork by Miss Natalie Smith, an eighth grade student at Gilbert Classical Academy, a Gilbert Public School.Click here to read more
- November 12, 2016
- Congratulate President-Elect Trump and Please Sign this Pro-Life Petition!
Click HERE to read and sign the following petition:
Congratulations on winning the presidency! After eight years of the most pro-abortion presidency in U.S. history, I am thrilled that the highest office of the land will now be used to defend the right to life of all U.S. citizens - including the innocent unborn. As such, I encourage you to follow through on the pro-life promises that you made during the campaign without delay. I also want you to know that you will have my support for any and all pro-life initiatives that you take as president, particularly when the going gets tough and you face opposition.
In particular, I encourage you to sign the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, to defund Planned Parenthood, and - if and when the opportunity arises - to nominate staunchly pro-life Supreme Court justices.Click here to read more
- November 12, 2016
- Leonard Cohen, Rest In Peace
As written recently by Jonathon Van Maren, "For all his many faults, Cohen is nothing if not unblinking. His work shows a clear and progressively growing disillusionment with our throwaway culture’s crude approach to everything good and beautiful, and his words often smolder with contempt.
"In Diamonds in the Mine, for example, he mourned the transformative effect of the Sexual Revolution on people:
Ah, there is no comfort in the covens of the witch,
some very clever doctor went and sterilized the bitch,
and the only man of energy, yes the revolution's pride,
he trained a hundred women just to kill an unborn child.
"Such lines have attracted the ire of some of his feminist fans, who began to identify an anti-abortion ethic throughout his work. One pointed to Cohen’s The Story of Isaac, where he condemns those who 'stand above them now, your hatchets blunt and bloody':Click here to read more
- November 12, 2016
- Please Comment on Arizona's Existing Science Standards (2004) and Social Studies Standards (2005)
As you recall, public comments regarding Arizona’s 2016 Draft English/Language Arts and Math Standards ended October 3, 2016. Thank you for commenting on them!
We now have the opportunity to comment on the existing Science Standards (2004) and Social Studies Standards (2005). The public survey to provide feedback on these existing standards will be available through December 3, 2016.
Click HERE for the direct link to the Science Standards (2004).
Click HERE for the direct link to the Social Studies Standards (2005).
To provide feedback please visit Science and Social Studies Standards - Public Feedback. According to the Arizona Department of Education, educators (K-12 and higher education) may apply to serve on a revision committee for each of the content areas. The application for committee members will remain open for the duration of the revision process.Click here to read more