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OK R3s thank R.O.P.E. for Wise Leadership on Education Matters at State Capitol

ROPE Board all three of us in front of building smiling

Jenni White, Tracy Lynn Habluetzel, and Julia Seay at the Oklahoma State Capitol

Last week in a newsletter from R.O.P.E.  Jenni White said, “I have to say I’m surprised to be telling you this, but after nearly a week of work, HB3399 will be heard in the Senate Education Committee by Senator John Ford on Monday, March 24!”

You can find the link to the bill here and a direct PDF version
here. Please read it when you have a second. All the underline language is NEW language and all the strike-through language is being taken out.

Jenni went on to say, “The bill is very long because everywhere the words “Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS)” were written, they had to be stricken through. The only parts of the bill with which you are really concerned begin on page 17 and go through page 24.”

Then a press release was issued by the Senate about the bill. Interestingly, another press release was issued not far behind, by Governor Mary Fallin.

And suddenly the Senate Education Committee is HEARING THE BILL!  More than that the committee passed the bill out of committee by a vote of 11 to 0!

H/T to Joy Molina Collins for great graphics and constant updates and to all the groups and leaders and people and educators and children who made their voices heard and reminded those in OKC that education is best kept under local control.

Now let’s follow this through and make sure the bill is passed on the floor! Because…

Common Core is NOT ok

More info via Truth in American Education here:

Oklahoma on the Verge of Stopping Common Core Implementation

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Basic Activist Manual for Becoming a Great Communicator by Ryan D. Hall

Basic Activist Manual For Becoming A Great Communicator With Online Social Media!

 Written by Ryan D. Hall

(Revision 2, February 23rd, 2014)

This is but just a smattering of thoughts I’ve collected regarding how to be extremely effective at online activism … no matter which platform you come from, or topic or issue you are passionate about, this list can help anyone (so, myself being biased towards my own ideals, I fully realize that I am giving out to everyone, even double-edged swords to use against me. Nevertheless, all of the “tricks” and techniques I have always learned how to use, all these years … are now yours).

Illustration 1: The Lincoln and Douglas Debate (sculptures)

Illustration 1: The Lincoln and Douglas Debate (sculptures)

For many years now, though, I’ve actually been feeling extremely compelled to compile a list like this, and I’m sure I can give far more advice than just 14 items … But I figured I would just finally get the job of writing this done and out of the way, because it is beyond time for people to learn how to know and do these things!  And, it is very possible that all of these ideas can also be carried out into the real world, as well, via signs, banners, stickers, promo TV commercials, audio soundbites, etc… Pick your poison!

1. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!

This is the first place any “debater” or activist should start. And let’s be realistic: depending on the issue, this process honestly can sometimes take all of our lives for us to get anywhere in understanding. But the more you learn, the more body of knowledge you will possess to later communicate what you do know, as this is a growth process.

Nobody but you can tell where or when you will be ready to finally start vocalizing, teaching, arguing, or debating what you know, why, and how … but this is the most important starting point. And if you never get the place in your life where you’re comfortable enough to be able to express it, whether well or poor, at least you will be informed on something.

At any rate, try to be very original in your viewpoint, and never cater to other points of view simply because those are “popular”.  Think independently, always “outside of the box”.  Work smarter, never harder.  In short, surround yourself with tons and tons of resources! And avail yourself of them at every opportunity, if you truly wish to be informed and able to stand with pride as a philosopher king in the Areopagus forum of world ideas.

2. A Well-Thought Out Argument Goes A Long Way.

Try to involve your awake, conscious mind (and even your unconscious mind via lucid dreaming, if possible) into meditating[1] over an issue as much as possible, every day – even if it takes years to do so – to be able to foresee all the ins and outs, and every angle of an issue  –  especially so as to predict, or virtually “war game” how every situation might play out, or how every attack vector from an opponent might come … in order for them to attempt to defeat you on said issue. Learn where they are coming from, and why, and always find the right exploit or weak links in their position. Always try to find and keep the classic, historically undefeatable positions on anything, and you will never fail.

Think, before you speak!

3. A Well-Worded Argument Goes Even Further.

Learn the art of language, and the linguistics of a well-versed English (or your language of choice) speaker. The skill of Homiletic Rhythm is also just as important in speech writing, as formulaic melody is in music composition. Taking just basic High School-level English Composition courses, I.E.: speech- or essay-writing classes can drastically improve your efforts at this!

Otherwise you get those stupid foolish trolls, who, being thus unarmed or disarmed, and having nothing better to argue back at you with, they resort only to lame ad-hominem attacks (a.k.a “name calling”, character slurs, or slander / libelous claims) about your lack of spelling or grammar. These silly attempts do not exactly make you look bad, but on your part, it is neglectfully leaving open holes (as to the polish (as in shoes) of your presentation or approach) and will lessen any debate!  So never neglect the finer, “finishing” details!

Try to avoid over-complicated language or terminology when debating – make your wording or language publicly palatable. And sometimes (unfortunately, but if you are seeking a wider-audience…), with the wording of your debate points, you must “dumb it down” a little, so that the average person can understand it. Most world media and newspapers purposely dumb their language down to that of a 7th-grade reading level. If you can manage that, and use terse headlines or key points, then it will work out best for you, in the long run!

And (if on a computer), for God’s sakes, do use spell-check and grammar-check on everything, first, and save it to a named file (using the option to produce backups of previously-saved versions), before you ever utter, or post anything!

4. Combine More Points, For A Greater Synergy of Communication!

Example: in bio-chemistry, in the body of most any animal creature: When 2 or more drugs either work-together or counter-act, it either multiplies or exponentiates the power of all drugs in-use. In the same way, a well-researched position that is well thought-out, and later well-written, tends to be somewhat convincing. However it can be sometimes difficult to stay focused on your points depending on your own discipline, or the character of who you’re interacting with.

Avoid mud-slinging at all costs. The very first moment you jump for the low road, and lob any bombs like this onto your opponent, then you have already lost the debate, and may just as well just quit, right then!  Just stop. Don’t even pass “Go”. Do not collect $200! :(

If, for any reason, your audience ever finds itself slacking in attention, or failing to actively listen (whether their minds start to wander off, or, God forbid, some seem to be seen “falling asleep”), a method for quick resuscitation or “jump starting” their minds to pull back out of the ether, is often the employment of a little humor, to lighten-up the mood.

These sort of “saving throws” when a debate is starting to become ugly or develop a sour mood, can quickly save people’s attention span from the awful curse of sudden disinterest. :) You never want to allow people to develop any sense of apathy for your issue. You want to keep your presentation smooth and fluid. This calls for balance.

Anger makes for a great “carrier frequency” with which to modulate the long enduring thrust of your point, to carry it over time. Anger can be a great vitalizing tool to enliven a speech or debate (when used occasionally). But sometimes people need the periodic punctuation of humor to jump-start their attention span, and to offset any growing monotone in your delivery.

5. Arguments With (Very Big!) Photos … Are Incredibly Effective!

This is where your debating starts getting sexy!!! Concerning point 3 above, RE: synergy, this is also true of how we express ourselves via multimedia or via “visual aids” to help our presentation. The overall impact becomes much more than just one or two simple read paragraphs.

And, videos are good too, if they are short, and to the point! Never rambling or endlessly boring! Some of the biggest wastes of time by well-meaning activists I have seen are videos in which they are seen rambling or carrying on about nothing at all – useless, nervous delaying words like “umm” and “uhh” and stupid mistakes that people often make. For God’s sake, people! Learn how to cut all of that crap out of your final video presentation by learning how to produce with some basic video editing software, like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere. Or any number of other free software solutions along those same lines, like Handbrake!

The most compelling reason why you should always include at least one big, main photo (if not many photos) that prove your point, is, that socially and statistically speaking, people are not as likely to give your post or argument even a second look, if there is nothing visual with which to immediately grab and hold their attention. Words always take time to ingest into the psyche, whereas a post, meme, or argument, which includes a visual aid (photo, video, or other graphic illustration) can be (at least partially) immediately absorbed, just on the shallow level of mere perusal … in seconds. It is not as effective to rely only on words (to not have, at least some sort of graphical compliment with which to assist the immediate mental intake of your point), when you have ample opportunity and ability to take advantage of other media to help push your point. Period.

6. Documentation! Always Prove Your Points By Including Supporting Data

Types of arguments like I’ve already listed above, with photos, links, documents, pasted quotes, and any clear examples … are hard to argue with.[2] Arguments, with not just supporting links, but also documented evidence in photo or pasted quote form, are even more amazing! And make even greater impact!  You must be able to prove your point!

7. Arguments Which Are Meditative, Pungent, Bibliographic, And Well-Placed … Go Even Further

Know your audience, employ some rudimentary demographics or market research for who is most receptive to your points of view – find out who those kinds of people are … and then avoid them.  That’s right, I said avoid those who are most receptive to your point of view!  Avoid them entirely!  Activism is never, ever about “preaching to the choir” – you must always venture out, and leave all of those familiar, “receptive” crowds behind.  Go where no activist has ever gone before! Always hit the opposition hard where the ambient levels of intellectual light are actually darkest. Where the typical reception to your particular point of view is least known.  Go to the ignorant! Become a “missionary” of sorts. Carry your message forward!

Conversely, another point to remember is to learn which location offers the most effective mode of delivery or forum in which to engage in your argument (whether among the ignorant or those who come to see you for your views), either alone, or paired in a real debate. Whether this be an amplified auditorium equipped with a Public Amplifier and microphone system, a simple gymnasium with just a good interior echo, or even a public square downtown in some city near you, where people are often known to frequent in mass numbers.

8. Tact: Having The Wisdom To Employ Smart Timing For When To Well-Place A Particular Argument  (Spoken Just At The Most Appropriate Instant…) Kills Most Opposition!

This can usually result in a serious death blow, or an “alpha-strike” of all weapons blazing!  This is one major way of taking all of the wind out of an opponent’s sails … and leaving them floundering.  In other words, “tact” is not always when to be polite, but also when to be the most impolite!  Want to expertly end a debate?  Master this!  This is not to say that ending a debate need involve rude yelling or other outrageous behavior, but it can and should need involve a piercing “shock and awe” approach either before a debate begins, or in order drop the final hammer-swing / master-stroke in order to end one.  Learn how to climax an argument!

9. Save Time – Make Your Work Easier By Filing All Your Pre-Scripted “Text Weapons” In Long Form, In A Neat, Ordered Text Document or Database.

Whether on paper or computer; for future use, ahead of time! Save yourself the time and work of always having to “reinvent the wheel” or to remember how the hell you came up with that excellent, working argument, beforehand!

This idea is sort-of like an “argument arsenal” complete with supporting photos and links, to be “whipped out” anytime some dumb-ass fool smarts-off about an issue. This allows for super fast, machine-gun type posting (whereas you have already thought about and written about such things, the “slow reading” is no longer necessary for you, but you can paste these “word weapons” out with intensifying speed and, considering enough time for your audience to read them, wait for any reactions.

This is basically called “organizing your research” so as to be better prepared the next time someone “comes at you” regarding something you have already talked about or a discussion you have already participated in. And the more you do this, the more often you can swiftly execute points 1 through 8 above.  Death from a thousand cuts!

10. Think Big! Go Epic! Wage True Intellectual War With As Many Weapons As Possible By Preparing Such Various “Textual Tool Belts” (As In Point #9 Above) By Isolating And Categorizing Each Set Of Arguments Into Their Own Separate Files Or Databases According To Each “Field Of Interest”

Arm yourselves to the teeth with as many doctrinal destroyers as you possibly can! Sort of like a programmer, who typically works with many different text files – all at once – basically because you become a programmer (of sorts) … but a programmer of minds! Learn how to organize documents so as to quickly pull-up that well-thought out aphorism or pre-formulated argument that never fails … from any categorical list or collection of anecdotes.

Thus it becomes: death from ten thousand cutswith an inter-changeable ammunition magazine, or warheads of mass destruction / with varying effect! :D

11. Learn How To Do Proper Analysis Of Someone’s Speech, Writing, Or Other Expressions, And The Art Of Logic (Or How To Dynamically Argue, On-The-Fly, In Real Time)

Why do people use certain expressions? Which ones are good?  Bad?  Or most effective? Perhaps least effective?  This is especially useful to counsel people against speaking many a faux pas during a debate:

a)     common and typical illogical phrases and euphemisms,

b)     empty morés (pronounced ‘mor-ays’) of modern civilization,

c)      Obsolete social “norms”,

d)     False axioms,

e)     silly superstitions,

f)      stupid slogans,

g)     ignorant mottoes,

h)     Tired comebacks,

i)       old wives’ tales,

j)       any “logic fails” (a.k.a. fallacies),

k)     passages of any literature which is ever taken out of it’s own native context,

l)       illiterate suppositions about a topic which someone (thinks they’ve) read, but which they never truly studied all that closely or in any depth (this is actually very common!),

… with which they often tend to wield broken arguments.

Learn how and why various kinds of arguments, and certain modes of speech, as listed above … are intellectually broken. And more importantly, discover which are the solutions to those positions – whichever arguments have never (yet) been broken. Have as much 20/20 hindsight as possible. Gaze back into the history of ancient times and learn from minds long past. Stand on the shoulders of giants and cite their positions as your own foundation, then build your own dialectic from on top of theirs.

Learn how to disassemble these people’s broken arguments, to be able to toss your opponents’ own broken arguments back at them, as shattered pieces of their lousy crap flying everywhere, right in their faces! This is how “The Masters” of Forensics (a.k.a. “Spoken Debate”) do it!

Oftentimes, debaters will keep insisting on always trotting out those same old tired lines (the types of which, I just listed above) to which you must just keep dragging them back to keep facing the same issue they are trying to avoid (either consciously on their part, or subconsciously).

Always keep a debate on-pace and restrict it only to the issue currently in question – to only one topic at a time. Patiently steady yourself to be able to work for victory only one issue at a time! The typical misbehavior of a losing debater is always to deviate off-topic onto another issue entirely different, or to branch-off onto a tangent issue in order to take the heat off of them which they actually perceive is coming from you!  This cannot ever be allowed.  Stay solid on them like glue! Keep both of yourselves focused at all times!

Learn how to redirect their concentration or focus back to the original topic which you were just discussing. Never allow any distractions which end up serving the usefulness of your opponent, whether purposeful or accidental. Always attempt to reel-in any stragglers during an argument so as to keep control over all dialogue.

12. Practice All Of These Tactics More Often In Reality (Without The Internet – IE: In-Person!)

Studying other famous or notable public speakers’ forms of powerful oratory is the key idea, here! Learn how to reactively answer (from intellect) with a quick, creative rebuttal at any moment’s notice.

Don’t be afraid to vocalize how you think about an issue.

Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

Stick to your guns, and be ready to respond to any rebuttals by already having studied your opponent before a debate.

Be, seem, sound, and act professional … when you debate with someone.

Try to keep on the high road, if you can. But never forget that those who embark on the low road, who even momentarily refuse to behave civilly during a debate, will never stop to make you look like a fool – either during the debate, or after! Never afford them any of those opportunities!

Maybe take classes on how to do public speaking? “Toastmasters” is a great way for those who wish to become better public speakers (whether any given club or forum offered as an extra-curricular public education class, or as an extra-ecclesiastical service in some churches or other social organizations).

The proper use of inflection, tone, timing of words, emphatic word pronunciation, tact (knowing when and how to deliver each point), level of power, varying of volume, and add in a sweet dose of passion… makes for an amazing verbal fireworks display!

13. Live Your Arguments

Avoid hypocrisy!  Walk the talk.  The most important tip: Allow other people to see that you are not just a believer about something but that you actively guide your life around those principles and that you stick to them, even when you are not talking about them. I am still working on this one, myself.  And I fail all of the time.  I feel that I have made hardly any progress here yet, but we are all human beings, and most of us may never reach this height until we are older.

Or who knows?  You could be a natural!  I’m not.  But I realize that this is a worthy goal for my own life.  Because of this factor alone, public speeches have also always tended to be real world changing events.  Always.  And they have often been known to save (or damn!) real lives.

People whose very lives model their own words, in fulfillment, rather than only a shallow counterfeit of empty, meaningless words propping up a fake view of their supposed lives … serve to be better debaters than whatever words they say, alone.  Example is king.  Living it, is power.

14. Never Stagnate. Aspire Higher. On Whichever Ideologies or Standing Arguments You May Already Have, Keep Abreast Of New Discoveries in Past, Current, or Future Trends Which Offer Alternative Thinking.

None of us are ever perfect, nor do we all have the full grasp of all knowledge or wisdom on any issue, as we are no more than mere mortal men and women. People who are highly educated about some issues tend to let their egos run rampant and carry them away is if they stand any bit higher than the other person. But nothing we have to say is ever going to be fully 100% “concrete” or “gospel truth” in this lifetime (unless we ARE preaching the Holy Gospel! :) ).

Always strive to keep abreast of developing news or other discoveries which you may use to either further add to, refine on, or repair any arguments you make or have already made in the past – to either rebuild, repair, or refine, or even to rehabilitate … any arguments where you now find yourself lacking in an area. “The More You Know”, equals the more you grow. As you become a better communicator, this will gradually trickle out into others in the populace.

Thanks for reading!  I’d love to hear any comments!

LORD willing, May you be a gentleman and a scholar.

– Ryan David Hall,

(Revision 2, dated 02-23-2014)

(NOTE: this note can also be read on my own Facebook profile page, here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/ryan-d-hall/ryan-d-halls-basic-activist-manual-for-becoming-a-great-communicator-with-online/10151856883686222 )


[1] Note: by “meditating” here, I mean only as in: day-dreaming, using imagination, zoning out on, or deeply pondering of… an idea. As in: only the biblical kind of meditation. Research the Old Testament book of Psalms to see better examples of King David engaging in this kind of “meditation”.

[2] It should be noted that successful political meme creators on the internet (and to some degree, even http://www.4chan.com/b/ or http://MemeGenerator.net/ can be counted among them) have already learned some or most of points 1 through 6 as listed above.

Ryan D HallThis article first appeared on facebook here >>>  .  It is reprinted and shared in its entirety here for R3s (except for many  great graphics for which you will need to visit his facebook link) with Ryan’s permission.  Ryan currently lives in Leavenworth Kansas and came there from Michigan.  He is in his own words – “AWAKE since 1993, I’m a Freedom Fighter, Jedi Master of the InfoWars, Bard of the Nth American Revolution, honest sinner, Spiritual Warrior, 9/11 Truther… MY EYES ARE OPEN, and I, TOO, am CHANGE! “Be Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves”<IXOYE><”

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Christianity Today Interviews Ron Paul: Hot Topics for Church Leaders to Face

Q & A: Ron Paul on Leaving the Episcopal Church, and Whether to Legislate Abortion, Narcotics, & Same-Sex Marriage
The congressman who won the Values Voters Summit straw poll tells CT that he believes marriage is a sacrament but laws cannot change morality.
Interview by Sarah Pulliam Bailey in Washington, D.C. | posted 10/10/2011 10:09AM

Texas Rep. Ron Paul won a straw poll at the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit on October 8, receiving 37 percent of the vote at the social conservative convention. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins downplayed the results some, saying that 600 people registered Saturday morning left after Paul spoke. “I think people are still in the process of deciding where they want to go,” Perkins told reporters. Herman Cain took 23 percent and former Sen. Rick Santorum took 16 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won 8 percent while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney received 4 percent of the vote.

In his speech, Paul emphasized personal responsibility, using the example of Jesus’ response to prostitution. “He didn’t call for more laws. But he was very direct and thought that stoning was not the solution to the problem of prostitution,” he told the crowd. “So do laws take care of these things, or do we need a better understanding of our Christian values and our moral principles?” In an interview withChristianity Today following his speech, Paul explained why he doesn’t think the government can create morality.

Read more here >>>

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Cross-posted with Constitutional Liberty Coalition

A tribute to Steve Jobs — a visionary in our time.

He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed!

RIP Steve

(look closely at this picture!)

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This is what is posted on the apple website today. 



This video was posted on the Ron Paul Forums last night by AdamT and really summed it all up for me.

[Hat tip to AdamT: RonPaulFilm - For Liberty Re-cut handout DVD | Twitter ]

Here is the way he paraphrased the video content to make it specific for the loss of Steve Jobs.

Here’s to the crazy one.

The misfit. The rebel. The troublemaker. The round peg in the square hole.

The one who saw things differently.

He wasn’t fond of rules. And he had no respect for the status quo.

You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. Because he changed things.

He pushed the human race forward. And while some may see him as the crazy one, we saw genius.

Because the man who was crazy enough to think he could change the world, was the one who did.

RIP Steve Jobs

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks– including death itself– at Stanford University’s 114th Commencement on Sunday in Stanford Stadium.

Stanford University

Stanford University channel on YouTube

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OK-SAFE Gives Heads Up on ‘Pairing’ of U.S. Governors to Chinese Party Officials

OK-SAFE 6/6/11 – U.S. Governors will be saying more than “Ni hau” (Hello)  to Chinese party officials at an upcoming National Governors Association (NGA) meeting.

The U.S. – China Governors Forum, scheduled for July 15-17, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah, is set to include one-on-one pairing of U.S. Governors with Chinese provincial party secretaries and Governors.  The pairings, called “peer-to-peer exchanges,” aim to “strengthen bilateral cooperation.” Topics are to include items of “mutual interest,”  i. e. “job creation, education, health and economic cooperation.”

A second session will take place in China in late 2011 or early 2012.

This forum is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of the U.S.-China Governors Forum to Promote Sub-National Cooperation, signed by Sen. of State Hillary Clinton on January 19, 2011.

Secretary Clinton shakes hands with the Chinese foreign minister after the memorandum of understanding signing, 1/19/2011
Photo Source: U.S. Dept. of State

The Governors Forum will be held behind close doors.

[See researcher Vicky Davis'  excellent article on this meeting, entitled "Quislings to Collaborate with Communist Chinese."]

The collaboration is indicative of the deepening U.S. involvement with the Chinese government, particularly at the sub-national  (state and local) level.

Increased Agreements

At the Third Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue held in May 2011 the U.S. and China agreed to 48 strategic outcomes, including “further cooperation between U.S. and Chinese enterprises and institutions on healthcare, disaster response, and smart grids.”

The Rhodium Group, (RHG) has a China Investment Monitor map, indicating that between 2003-2010 there were 230 deals between states and China, totaling $11.7 Billion in “greenfield and acquisition” investments. This includes Oklahoma.

Oklahoma

According to The Rhodium Group investment map, Oklahoma  has one  Chinese investment so far, totaling $4 million in “consumer products”.

Governor Mary Fallin, a member of the NGA’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee, will most likely be promoting more Chinese investment in Oklahoma.

From this committee’s May 2011 briefing:

“Attracting Foreign Direct Investment into the States
On May 17, 2011, the NGA Economic Development and Commerce Committee hosted a briefing for governors’ staff about the role of foreign direct investment from the perspective of U.S. subsidiaries of foreign parent companies. Topics discussed included how to recruit investment, tax challenges, conflict-of-laws and the importance of physical infrastructure to global competitiveness. Panelists: Tom Langan, director of U.S. government relations and public affairs, Unilever (NGA Corporate Fellow); Nancy McLernon, president and CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII); and, John Lettieri, senior director of public policy and government affairs, OFII. Audio link (mp3)

Oklahoma’s Dept. of Commerce promotes Foreign Direct Investment in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s universities have been busy developing Chinese partnerships, including OU’s Confucius Institute, which aims to “foster a permanent place for the teaching and study of Chinese in Oklahoma K-12 schools courses.”

Where’s the Document?

According to the Chinese Embassy in the U.S website, describing President Hu Jintao’s U.S. visit:

“During Hu’s January visit, the two governments signed a memorandum of understanding commissioning the CPAFFC and the NGA to create the governors forum mechanism.

According to the document, the forum will serve as an important communication platform aimed at promoting practical cooperation at the sub-national level in areas such as trade, investment, energy, environment and culture”

No amount of searching of the State Department, White House, and Chinese embassy websites has revealed the actual Memorandum of Understanding document.

A FOIA request for a copy of the MOU has been submitted to the State Dept.’s Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs.


The 2011 NGA Winter Meeting , held in Washington D.C. featured Zhou Qiang, Party Secretary, Hunan Provincial Committee, pictured above.  Zhou encouraged increased sub-national cooperation. Photo Source: National Governors Association.

What are the intentions of the Fallin administration regarding expanding Chinese involvement in Oklahoma?

Does Gov. Fallin intend to partner with a Chinese party official at the July meeting in Salt Lake City and seek increased “sub-national cooperation”?

Does Fallin intend to encourage Chinese foreign direct investment in Oklahoma or seek public-private partnerships with the Chinese in developing Oklahoma’s infrastructure?

These and other questions need to be answered by this “conservative” governor.

Governor Fallin’s office contact information:
Phone: 405-521-2342
Email: info@gov.ok.gov

see original post here OK-SAFE blog

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