Hal Shurtleff

Director and Co-Founder of Camp Constitution.

Don’t Hate the Straight-An Interview with John Hugo, the Organizer of the Straight Pride Parade

Camp Constitution had the opportunity to interview Mr.   John Hugo, the founder of the Straight Pride Parade.   John is a conservative political activist who has run for public office.  He was recently a candidate for Congress.   He lives in Greater Boston.  John explains the reason for launching the project, and how the story went viral not just in the U.S. but around the world.

 

Pro-Life Rally and Press Conference at the Massachusetts State House

     Camp Constitution Media attended today’s  Pro-Life Rally and Press Conference at the Massachusetts State House.

The Susan B. Anthony List, Renew Massachusetts Coalition, Massachusetts Family Institute and other pro-life individuals and organizations held a press conference today  Wednesday June 5, 2019 at the Massachusetts State House  to announce the results of a recent poll regarding the provisions of the Roe Act Infanticide Bill.  Participants included Sue Swayze Liebel, State Policy Director, Susan B. Anthony List, Andrew Beckwith, Massachusetts Family Institute,  Debby Dugan, Renew Massachusetts Coalition, Myrna Maloney Flynn, Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Abigail Young, Students for Life, and Bernadette and Jim Lyons

The event was in opposition to the  Roe Act (SB 1209 and HB 3320)  which would radically expand abortion in Massachusetts by eliminating parental consent for underage girls to get an abortion, removing any quantifiable or meaningful justification for a late term abortion (after 24 weeks), and removing the provision that requires a baby born alive receive life-saving care. Recent polling conducted by Susan B Anthony list demonstrates that Massachusetts voters do not support this dramatic expansion of abortion and oppose the specific policy changes proposed by the Roe Act.

 

The Weekly Sam: Four Years Ago Today We Lost a Giant But His Work Lives On

 

Four years ago today, I lost a dear friend, and the world lost one of the pioneers in the modern homeschool movement, and one of the first to have the courage to expose the “Education Mafia.”  Sam Blumenfeld was born May 31, 1926 and, died a day after his 89th birthday June 1, 2015.   About 20 years ago, Sam told me that he would work until he dropped.  He was true to his word, giving and selling copies of his last book Crimes of the Educators which he co-authored with Alex Newman on his deathbed.  I last saw Sam five days before he passed with Alex Newman who was meeting Sam in person for the first time.    I  pledged to Sam that we at Camp Constitution would ensure that his work would  people for years to come.

Sam left  his library, and papers to me. and with the help of Bill McNally, founder of the Sam Blumenfeld Literacy Foundation, Mark Affleck, our camp newspaper editor, and our webmaster Eric Conover, the Sam Blumenfeld Archives was created.  Since its debut in late 2015, the archives have been visited by thousands of people around the world.  Last year, the archives had close to two million views, and over 100,000 downloads.  We encourage readers to help promote Sam’s work by sharing the archives, and donating to Camp Constitution which will enable us to maintain and expand the archive. http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/         Donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage http://www.campconstitution.net

Sam asked me to host a luncheon when Alex Newman was in town.  Here is a link to that event that took place a few days before his passing:

 

 

Memorial Day Speech of James Garfield

James Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, served in the Union Army and made the rank of general.  While a member of Congress, he gave a speech at the 1st Memorial Day then called Decoration Day observatation May 30, 1868  in front of a crowd of 5,0000 at Arlington National Cemetery.

I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept; plighted faith may be broken; and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue. For the noblest man that lives, there still remains a conflict. He must still withstand the assaults of time and fortune, must still be assailed with temptations, before which lofty natures have fallen; but with these the conflict ended, the victory was won, when death stamped on them the great seal of heroic character, and closed a record which years can never blot.

I know of nothing more appropriate on this occasion than to inquire what brought these men here; what high motive led them to condense life into an hour, and to crown that hour by joyfully welcoming death? Let us consider.

Eight years ago this was the most unwarlike nation of the earth. For nearly fifty years no spot in any of these states had been the scene of battle. Thirty millions of people had an army of less than ten thousand men. The faith of our people in the stability and permanence of their institutions was like their faith in the eternal course of nature. Peace, liberty, and personal security were blessings as common and universal as sunshine and showers and fruitful seasons; and all sprang from a single source, the old American principle that all owe due submission and obedience to the lawfully expressed will of the majority. This is not one of the doctrines of our political system—it is the system itself. It is our political firmament, in which all other truths are set, as stars in Heaven. It is the encasing air, the breath of the Nation’s life. Against this principle the whole weight of the rebellion was thrown. Its overthrow would have brought such ruin as might follow in the physical universe, if the power of gravitation were destroyed and

“Nature’s concord broke,
Among the constellations war were sprung,
Two planets, rushing from aspect malign
Of fiercest opposition, in mid-sky
Should combat, and their jarring spheres confound.” (From Milton’s Paradise Lost)

The Nation was summoned to arms by every high motive which can inspire men. Two centuries of freedom had made its people unfit for despotism. They must save their Government or miserably perish.

As a flash of lightning in a midnight tempest reveals the abysmal horrors of the sea, so did the flash of the first gun disclose the awful abyss into which rebellion was ready to plunge us. In a moment the fire was lighted in twenty million hearts. In a moment we were the most warlike Nation on the earth. In a moment we were not merely a people with an army—we were a people in arms. The Nation was in column—not all at the front, but all in the array.

I love to believe that no heroic sacrifice is ever lost; that the characters of men are molded and inspired by what their fathers have done; that treasured up in American souls are all the unconscious influences of the great deeds of the Anglo-Saxon race, from Agincourt to Bunker Hill. It was such an influence that led a young Greek, two thousand years ago, when musing on the battle of Marathon, to exclaim, “the trophies of Miltiades will not let me sleep!” Could these men be silent in 1861; these, whose ancestors had felt the inspiration of battle on every field where civilization had fought in the last thousand years? Read their answer in this green turf. Each for himself gathered up the cherished purposes of life—its aims and ambitions, its dearest affections—and flung all, with life itself, into the scale of battle.

And now consider this silent assembly of the dead. What does it represent? Nay, rather, what does it not represent? It is an epitome of the war. Here are sheaves reaped in the harvest of death, from every battlefield of Virginia. If each grave had a voice to tell us what its silent tenant last saw and heard on earth, we might stand, with uncovered heads, and hear the whole story of the war. We should hear that one perished when the first great drops of the crimson shower began to fall, when the darkness of that first disaster at Manassas fell like an eclipse on the Nation; that another died of disease while wearily waiting for winter to end; that this one fell on the field, in sight of the spires of Richmond, little dreaming that the flag must be carried through three more years of blood before it should be planted in that citadel of treason; and that one fell when the tide of war had swept us back till the roar of rebel guns shook the dome of yonder Capitol, and re-echoed in the chambers of the Executive Mansion. We should hear mingled voices from the Rappahannock, the Rapidan, the Chickahominy, and the James; solemn voices from the Wilderness, and triumphant shouts from the Shenandoah, from Petersburg, and the Five Forks, mingled with the wild acclaim of victory and the sweet chorus of returning peace. The voices of these dead will forever fill the land like holy benedictions.

What other spot so fitting for their last resting place as this under the shadow of the Capitol saved by their valor? Here, where the grim edge of battle joined; here, where all the hope and fear and agony of their country centered; here let them rest, asleep on the Nation’s heart, entombed in the Nation’s love!

Camp Constitution’s motto is “Honor the Past….Teach the Present….Prepare the Future.”  http://www.campconstitution.net

Alex Newman’s “Rescue the Children” National Speaking Tour

There is a reason the Deep State globalists sound so confident about the success of their agenda — they have a secret weapon: More than 85 percent of American children are being indoctrinated by radicalized government schools. In this explosive talk, Alex Newman exposes the insanity that has taken over the public school system. From the sexualization of children and the reshaping of values to deliberate dumbing down, Alex shows how dangerous this threat is — not just to our children, but also to the future of faith, family, and freedom  and what every American can do about it.

Alex has a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Florida with an emphasis on economics
and international relations, as well as an A.A. degree in foreign languages from Miami-Dade College. He
is co-author of the book Crimes of the Educators,and currently serves as a foreign correspondent for
The New American magazine and an Advanced Economics teacher at Freedom Project Academy.

Camp Constitution is pleased to announce that we are one of many organizations that will be hosting a speaking engagement for our friend, Alex Newman.  Our event will take place Tuesday June 11–6:30 PM at Fucilli’s Cafe 107 Main St Reading, MA.  Price $30 which includes a full meal.  Seating is limited.  RSVPs required.  Please call (857)-498-1309.   Here is a list of the reaming tour dates with contact info:

VIRGINIA
May 27 / Hampton / Tricia Stall / 757-897-4842
May 29 / Chesapeake / Tricia Stall / 757-897-4842
May 30 / Richmond / Thomas Redfern / 804-722-1084
June 4 / Falls Church / Tricia Stall / 757-897-4842
CONNECTICUT
June 7 / Hartford / Imani Mamalution / 860-983-5279
June 8 / Hartford / Imani Mamalution / 860-983-5279
NEW HAMPSHIRE
June 10 / Plymouth / Rebecca Bailey / 603-728-8949
MASSACHUSETTS
June 11 /   6:30 PM  Reading / Hal Shurtleff / 857-498-1309
June 11 /   12:00 Noon Sagamore / Mary Anne Alliegro / 985-788-3414
INDIANA
June 15 / Indianapolis / Robert Hall / 812-824-2762
MICHIGAN
June 16 / Nunica/ Arline Helms / 231-750-9541
OHIO
June 17 / Brecksville / Dan Hromada / 440-346-4020
ILLINOIS
June 18 / Naperville / Dan Mitchell / 630-243-0575
MISSOURI
June 20 / Ellisville / Dan Sexson / 636-448-6575
June 21 / Kansas City / Don Lowther / 816-215-6210
NEBRASKA
June 22 / Lincoln / Nancy Carr / 402-304-2769
SOUTH DAKOTA
June 28 / Rapid City / Tonchi Weaver / 605-390-4078
WYOMING
June 29 / Sheridan / Jan Loftus / 307-673-0157
June 30 / Casper / Marti Halverson / 307-413-5236
July 1 / Cody / Marti Halverson / 307-413-5236
OREGON
July 10 / King City/ Sally Crino / 503-522-3926
WASHINGTON
July 12 & 13 / Spokane / Caleb Collier / 509-999-0479
July 14 / Lynnwood (Seattle) / Lillian Erickson / 425-269-9991
CALIFORNIA
July 18 / Lodi / Greg Goehring / 209-712-1635
July 23 / Thousand Oaks / Joe Panzarello / 818-281-7244
IDAHO
July 27 / Challis / Darr Moon / 208-838-3714
WYOMING
July 29 / Star Valley / Marti Halverson / 307-413-5236
July 30 / Cheyenne / Marti Halverson / 307-413-5236
COLORADO
July 31 / Colorado Springs / John Heimsoth / 719-355-9361
August 1 / Pueblo / Jennifer Lorensen / 719-546-3821
ARIZONA
August 5 / Sierra Vista / Mark Amsdell / 814-673-8262
TEXAS
August 13 / Temple / Janice Carter / 409-718-8518
August 14 / Austin / Laura Pressley / 512 762-3825
August 15 / Houston / Ken Hoover / 713-829-3122
August 15 / Victoria / Norlene Ckodre / 361-550-8520

A few months ago, we were guest hosting the Lori on Liberty Show in New London, CT and interview Alex.  A link that interview:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2018-11-19T06_45_39-08_00

 

Costly wind power menaces man and nature by Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris

 

The true costs of wind energy are too often (deliberately?) ignored or underestimated

Dr. Jay Lehr and Tom Harris

Wind energy can never replace fossil fuels, despite claims of environmentalists and advocates of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal (GND). It’s not environment-friendly either. Indeed, wind power is hampered by many limitations, including:

* its intermittent and inefficient nature

* insufficient sites with adequate, reliable wind

* acreage required to erect turbines and harness wind

* excessive expenses, many of them rarely mentioned

* dangers to bird and bat populations

* dangers to human health from light flicker and low frequency throbbing noise (infrasound).

* costs, limitations, and health and environmental impacts of batteries and other back-up systems

Wind turbines are highly inefficient. Large industrial wind turbines (IWT) typically produce about 2.5 megawatts of power when wind speed is between about 8 and 25 miles per hour. However, most of the time it’s not, even at the best locations.

Today’s wind farms have a 30–40% average “capacity factor.” That means their average annual output is only 30–40% of “nameplate” capacity, or what they would produce if the wind were blowing 8–25 mph 24/7/365. As we erect more turbines, they must be placed in less optimal locations, and capacity numbers will drop, perhaps dramatically. And no one can predict when they will generate electricity.

When the wind isn’t blowing, the electricity grid cannot provide the energy we need to operate and maintain our standard of living. Today fossil fuels stand ready to step in when wind speeds decline. But under the GND, virtually all fossil fuels would be eliminated, making it impossible to keep the lights on without a major increase in nuclear power, which environmental activists hate even more than fossil fuels.

To generate significant wind energy, facilities must be located where there is steady wind most of the time. Such areas exist along the West Coast of the United States and a strip of the Midwest from the Dakotas to Texas. But 75% of the conterminous 48 states have only half the wind of these locations. Offshore areas have higher wind potential but are be at least three times more expensive to develop.

Perhaps the biggest drawback to relying on wind power is the immense amount of land required. IWTs must be placed far apart so they don’t interfere with each turbine’s “wind capture area.”

In his keynote address at the 2018 America First Energy Conference , Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry explained that generating enough electricity to power just the Houston metropolitan area would require almost 900 square miles of wind turbines. This is six-times more land than an equivalent solar farm of photovoltaic cells, assuming they operate at full efficiency 24/7/365; dozens of times the land required for an equivalent nuclear power plant; and 16 times the size of Washington, DC. 

Wind is also much more expensive than existing conventional energy sources. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) claims that wind power can generate electricity for 8¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). However, this is based on poor assumptions and glossing over important realities. 

It assumes average wind turbine lifetime is 30 years, the same as a conventional fossil fuel power plant. In reality, most turbines last only 15 years, and less offshore. It ignores the cost of backup power. It includes no cost for transmission lines from wind farms to distant cities. Most significantly, it omits subsidies.

A 2016 Utah State University study shows the following extra costs omitted or miscalculated by the EIA for wind power: 15-years not 30-year life expectancies (US 7¢ per kWh), backup power (at least 2.3¢ cents if the back-up is natural gas), transmission costs (2.7¢), government subsidies (23¢). All that means the real cost of wind power is a staggering 43¢ per kilowatt hour! That’s seven times the cost of natural gas-generated electricity! What family, factory, hospital, office, church or school can afford this?

GND promoters would like wind farms everywhere, but even the most supposedly environmentally friendly communities often do not want wind turbines in their own neighborhoods: they spoil the landscape and cause serious environmental impacts, such as killing many birds and bats each year.

In 2013, Loss, Will and Marra estimated that 140,000 to 328,000 birds are killed each year in the contiguous United States by wind turbines. The Audubon Society says that makes wind “the most threatening form of green energy.” Other sources say the death tolls are far higher.

Bat deaths are even worse and potentially more threatening to human health and welfare. Spain’s Save the Eagles International says industrial wind turbines “kill millions of bats & birds, worsening an environmental and epidemiological crisis.” The 2016 study “Multiple mortality events in bats: A global review” reports that since 2000 industrial wind turbines have overtaken all other causes of mass mortality for bats in North America and Europe.

A conservative estimate of bat mortality in the USA is that at least 4 million bats have been killed by wind turbines since 2012. Bats are our primary natural defense in keeping mosquito and crop-damaging insect populations in check. One bat can eat between 500 and 1,000 mosquitoes and other insects in just one hour, or about 6,000 per night.

Fish and wildlife specialists were stunned at the number of dead bats they found at industrial wind turbines in the eastern US. About half were due to barotrauma: a bat only has to come close to a spinning blade, and the pressure change bursts the blood vessels in its lungs.

Save the Eagles explains that killing millions of bats results in billions of extra mosquitoes. It is no coincidence that mosquito populations have increased up to tenfold over the last 50 years, according to long-term mosquito monitoring programs, which also note that increased urbanization and reduced use of insecticides were the main drivers of this change.

Finally, noise generated by wind turbines is akin to that of a helicopter, affecting quality of life and causing serious health problems for people living within a quarter-mile of a turbine. A 2013 Canadian paper reported, “People who live or work in close proximity to IWTs have experienced symptoms that include decreased quality of life, annoyance, stress, sleep disturbance, headache, anxiety, depression and cognitive dysfunction.” Other studies report the same problems.

A woman who was forced out of her Ontario, Canada home said “the problem is not just cyclical audible noise keeping people awake, but also low frequency infrasound, which can travel many kilometres.” The former operator of the Wind Victims Ontario website added, “Infrasound goes right through walls. It pummels your body.” Sherri Lange, CEO of North American Platform Against Wind, says she has “personally received hundreds of phone calls from distressed people who need to vacate their homes.”

Across the world, governments have received tens of thousands of complaints. They rarely even try to address the problems raised. “It is my experience from talking to doctors, researchers and other high-level professionals, that governments seem to be [under the influence of] the industry,” Lange says.

Less frequent but more serious are 192 deaths over the past decade, primarily from massive failures of turbine blades. The deaths have prompted Finland, Bavaria and Scotland to propose legislation that no wind farm be allowed within 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) of any housing.

Many Americans think wind energy is cheap, eco-friendly and wonderful. But that’s because few are ever exposed to the real human, animal, scenic and environmental costs. Green New Deal supporters are counting on people to remain in the dark about these serious problems, to turn their plans into law.

We all need to do more to get the truth out, and confront activists, legislators, regulators and journalists with tough questions and hard realities.

Dr. Jay Lehr is Senior Policy Analyst for the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition. Tom Harris is Executive Director of the ICSC. (Some of the information for this article was derived from the 2018 book The Mythology of Global Warming by Bruce Bunker PhD, published by Moonshine Cove. The authors recommend this book as an excellent source of information on the climate change debate.)

The Weekly Sam: The Benefits of Homeschooling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The plain, unvarnished truth is that public education is a shoddy, fraudulent piece of goods sold to the public at an astronomical price.  It’s time the American consumer knew the extent of the fraud which is victimizing millions of children each year”  Sam Blumenfeld.    In this presentation, Sam makes an incredible case for homeschooling.

This video is one of the many from the Sam Blumenfeld Archive.  Please visit the archives, and share its content far and wide:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

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Christian Flag Lawsuit Judge Denies the City of Boston’s Request to Dismiss…Oral Argument at the Court of Appeals

 

 

Federal Judge Denise Casper recently denied the City of Boston’s request to dismiss Camp Constitution’s lawsuit, and earlier this week, Attorney Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, gave an oral argument on our behalf art the Federal Court of Appeals in Boston.  Here is the text of Liberty Counsel’s news release sent out earlier this week:

Boston Censorship in Court
May 7, 2019
BOSTON, MA – Liberty Counsel will present oral argument tomorrow in a federal court of appeals against the city of Boston and one of its officials for censoring the Christian flag that Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, requested to fly on the city’s public forum.

The city censored the religious viewpoint of the flag in a public forum. The flag would have been raised only during the one-hour event held by Camp Constitution.

The city regularly extends to other civic and cultural organizations the freedom to raise their flags on a flagpole to commemorate whatever events are important to the organizations. The city’s application policy refers to the flagpoles as “public forums.”

However, when Camp Constitution asked the city in 2017, and again in 2018, for a permit to raise the Christian flag on Boston City Hall flagpoles to commemorate Constitution Day (September 17) and the civic and cultural contributions of the Christian community to the city of Boston, the Commonwealth, religious tolerance, the Rule of Law, and the U.S. Constitution, city officials denied the permit because the flag was religious.
Tomorrow, Mat Staver will present the oral argument at the court of appeals in Boston.

“The city’s blatant discrimination against Camp Constitution’s Christian viewpoint is an unconstitutional censorship and insult to the First Amendment,” said Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “Boston’s rich heritage has a focal point of liberty and free speech at America’s founding. The city cannot close its public forums to religious viewpoints. It is tragic that a Boston official censored the flag at the event to celebrate the Constitution,” said Staver.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. Liberty Counsel provides broadcast quality TV interviews via Hi-Def Skype and LTN at no cost

Mr. Staver is optimistic about the outcome, and prepared to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. We wish to thank Mr. Staver and Liberty Counsel for their efforts.

Our case has been receiving a fair share of media coverage both locally, nationally and even internationally.  A number of conservative legal groups have contacted Liberty Counsel and sent “friend of the court” briefs supporting our lawsuit, and the Left or, as our friend and Camp Constitution instructor  Lord Christopher Monckton  would say, “The Forces of Darkness.”  have also taken notice.   Here is a  poorly researched  article from Americans United:

CHURCH & STATE MAGAZINE

Boston Doesn’t Have To Fly Christian Flag, AU Tells Court

April 2019 Church & State Magazine | AU Bulletin
by Rob Boston

City officials in Boston should not have to fly a Christian flag on municipal flagpoles to mark a private event, Americans United and a broad collection of allies told a federal appeals court March 11.

Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League, the Sikh Coalition and 12 other religious and public policy groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case pending before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning an event that was held last year. Harold Shurtleff, a resident of West Roxbury, sought to compel city officials to fly the flag during an event he sponsors in Boston called “Camp Constitution.” When officials refused, Shurt­leff asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction requiring them to do it. A federal court ruled against Shurtleff, and the case is on appeal.

“Because religious symbols are powerful expressions of ideas, for many people it would be profoundly affirming to see a flag promoting their own religion flying outside city hall,” observes the brief. “But to those who do not subscribe to the beliefs represented by the flag, the display instead may send a stigmatizing message of exclusion from the political community. And even for adherents to the favored religion, the government’s use, for its own purposes, of their religious symbol may be demeaning to both their faith and the revered symbol.” (Shurtleff v. City of Boston)

We are optimistic about the outcome of the case.  I firmly believe that God’s hand is in this. What was planned to be a simple ceremony has become a legal case that should set a precedent and will hope to inspire people around the country.

   Camp Constitution’s 2019 Family Camp:

Our annual family camp is less than three months away.  Our class schedule is almost complete, and should be posted on our website sometime next week.    We are accepting applications with our updated on-line registration:  https://campconstitution.registration.payscape.com/    We are looking forward to the best camp in our eleven year history.  We hope that you can be part of it.

Camp Constitution is able to run an annual family camp, and engage in year round activities thanks to the efforts and generosity of our supporters.  If you haven’t already, please consider a monthly donation to help expand our efforts.   Donations may be made via our PayPal account via our website’s homepage:  http://www.campconstitution.net