All-Star Panelist Gary Chapman Reflects on the Passing of Lisa Marie Presley, John Rich’s Legal Victory Against Wokeness

All-Star Panelist Gary Chapman Reflects on the Passing of Lisa Marie Presley, John Rich’s Legal Victory Against Wokeness

Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist, Nashville singer-songwriter Gary Chapman in studio to comment upon the death of Lisa Marie Presley and country star John Rich’s legal victory against wokeness.

Leahy: In studio, our very good friend, our newest all-star panelist, singer-songwriter Gary Chapman. Good morning, Gary.

Chapman: Good morning. Hey, at what point does my lofty position allow me to actually get into the garage when I get here?

Leahy: (Laughs) At the crack of dawn?! There are only a few spaces.

Chapman: Yes, I understand.

Leahy: Secure or passes.

Chapman: I’m not there yet.

Leahy: You’re not there yet.

Chapman: A boy can dream.

Leahy: A boy can dream. I wanted to talk to you a little bit about the passing of Lisa Marie Presley.

Chapman: Very sad.

Leahy: Very sad. And you’re in the music industry, and you have some insights. Let’s begin with the following. Did you ever meet Elvis Presley?

Chapman: I did not. I have a lot of friends that played in the band and sang background that knew him very well. I feel connected to it. Like the first gig I had when I came to town, I played pedal steel for the Rambo’s. Dottie Rambo was one of his favorite singers. She sang at his funeral. So I feel very connected to it. But, no, I never actually personally met him.

Leahy: But his music, I assume, like pretty much everybody in America, his music influenced you.

Chapman: No, that’s unavoidable. If you’re breathing, his music influenced you.

Leahy: So the sad news, of course, his daughter and his only child, Lisa Marie Presley, passed away from cardiac arrest. Did you ever meet Lisa Marie Presley?

Chapman: In passing, yes. I don’t feel like I knew her well at all, but yes.

Leahy: Where did you meet?

Chapman: I would have to think back. Good grief. It was one of those industry things. It was absolutely surface, no depth whatsoever.

Leahy: One of those industry things.

Chapman: You know. I can pull one out of the air if you want. It was at the Grammys! (Leahy chuckles) I don’t know.

Leahy: Are there so many industry things that they just kind of blur together?

Chapman: It’s all just one thing because it’s always the same thing. Pretty much. I’m sorry. It all gets boring to me after a while. I’m easily distracted, and they don’t do it. But hey, don’t miss the Grammy Awards! (Leahy chuckles)

Leahy: Are these all the same?

Chapman: Good grief. No, it’s getting worse. If it would have stayed the same, it would have been mildly entertaining.

Leahy: What is getting worse about these awards?

Chapman: They’re getting more and more self-absorbed. More and more.

Leahy: Is that possible?

Chapman: It is. More and more depth to the realities around them. More and more woke, more and more annoying to a guy like me. And it’s not because I’m some old man screaming, stay out of my yard.

Leahy: Get off my lawn!

Chapman: I’ve got a core, which if I’m living the way I should be, is Jesus. Everything in my core says, good grief, you’re wasting your time watching that crap.

Leahy: Speaking of fighting against woke folks, our buddy John Rich secured a legal victory recently.

Chapman: He did. Which is awesome.

Leahy: He had told folks that he would not perform during the COVID pandemic and the lockdowns and all that sort of stuff. He basically told all the concert promoters he wouldn’t perform anywhere where they required somebody to get the shot.

Chapman: Do you know why?

Leahy: Tell me why.

Chapman: He is arguably one of the smartest people in this town first of all.

Leahy: He’s a really smart guy, that’s for sure.

Chapman: And he has a soul, and he knows the Constitution as well as anyone ever elected to office, I suspect. And he knew what was happening. He’s not an idiot. And he said no because he’s got… can I say this?

Leahy: I know what you are going to say.

Chapman: Yes. He’s got those. Like church bells.

Leahy: (Laughs) He told all the promoters, this one promoter, after he signed a contract, put this requirement that you had to be vaccinated, and he canceled the tour because of that.

Chapman: He would do that.

Leahy: And he got sued and he won in court.

Chapman: How about that?

Leahy: Congratulations, John Rich.

Chapman: Indeed.

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Cardoza-Moore: We Have a ‘Biblical Responsibility to Engage in the Political Process’

Cardoza-Moore: We Have a ‘Biblical Responsibility to Engage in the Political Process’

Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed PJTN’s Laurie Cardoza-Moore in studio to talk about the guest speakers and activities attending Sunday’s Taking Back America’s Children-Tennessee Summit.

Leahy: In studio, our very good friend Laurie Cardoza-Moore, who’s the founder and CEO of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations – A big event that you can go to and sign up for this Sunday. It’s called Taking Back America’s Children. It’s a summit.

A lot of fantastic speakers, including Laurie. And if you’re a parent and you’re thinking, oh, my goodness, it seems like it’s an endless uphill battle to fix our K12 public schools. At this conference, you’ll learn a couple of strategies and language used by left-leaning education “reformers.”

The power of social media in vocalizing your concerns and ways to motivate other concerned citizens to take action. Sounds like a good agenda. Tell us about the speakers, Laurie.

Moore: Absolutely. Stephanie Meyer is going to be coming to do a speaker training. She’s going to help us lay out our strategy for victory. Now, remember, this summit is solely focused on flipping school boards across the state. We’ve got people coming in from across the state. Robert Arnakis is coming from the Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C.

Leahy: And let’s talk about that for a moment. The Leadership Institute, they’ve been around for about 50 years. Morton Blackwell. That’s a name to remember, you know, Morton.

Moore: Oh, yeah.

Leahy: Morton Blackwell. This is a guy who back in the 60s basically got a lot of young people involved. Now in 2023, although he’s not a young person, he thinks young and he thinks organizationally.

Moore: That’s right.

Leahy: And he is actually he has been a Republican National Committee chair committeeman from Virginia for about 40 years, and he’s been very prominent. The Leadership Institute has done an awful lot of training, and I think Robert Arnakis has been there for a long time, hasn’t he?

Moore: Yes, absolutely. And so he’s coming in to do this training also. I’m going to be speaking about our biblical responsibility to engage in the political process and who we should be electing as leaders.

Leahy: Let me just stop for a moment. And if you talk about whether you’re a Christian or Jewish or whatever your faith is, there is a duty to engage in the political process.

Moore: Absolutely.

Leahy: Some Christians think, well, if you go back historically here in Middle Tennessee, way back, David Lipscomb, his belief back in the late 19th century was that Christians should not be involved in the political process. That has been roundly rejected by most Christians. Although some don’t engage, need to be engaged.

Moore: Yes, absolutely. And some pastors won’t encourage their congregation. If you remember the Black Robe Regiment, the pastors were leading the charge. And it’s very few pastors across the state here in Tennessee. I can count them on one hand that will that are willing to get involved in this battle and encourage their congregants to become part of it.

We have the government we have because we have elected these people. And if we didn’t elect them and we stayed home and didn’t vote, well, guess what? Silence in the face of evil, Deeja Bonhoffer says itself evil not to speak is to speak. And I always add, not to vote is to vote.

Leahy: This is a theme that you’ve had for some time that Eric Metaxas has been talking about. He’s got a letter to the American Church where he says, look, you got to get involved.

Moore: That’s right.

Leahy: You got to get involved. Another very compelling speaker, former Sheriff Richard Mack. Tell us about him.

Moore: Richard Mack is also known as America’s Sheriff. And Sheriff Mac is coming to talk to our guests about the role of the sheriff, the local sheriff. Michael, you know this, but the role of the local sheriff is to uphold the constitutional rights of the citizens within the county that that sheriff exists or is serving.

We know that we’ve got sheriffs across the state who are committed to conservative principles, and the Constitution, but Sheriff Mack is coming in to help train and equip the local citizens to understand who their sheriff is.

And for example, some of the garbage that we have in these school libraries and in the public libraries, Michael, is in violation of state statute. And it’s the citizens who should be bringing this to the attention of the local DA and the local sheriff because this is against the law.

The pornography that we are subjecting our children to under the guise of sex education and these people are getting away with it. Well, you know what? We, parents and tax-paying citizens, have said enough is enough. You are not going to use our tax dollars to continue to indoctrinate our children and subject them to this garbage.

Leahy: During one of the breaks you said, one of the motivating factors you had for putting this event together this Sunday, which is really going to be a full-day event here in Williamson County, and it was interesting the way you phrased it, and I agree with that.

Parents, if you are not paying attention to the curriculum in your K12 public school right now, you are in essence, throwing your children to the wolves.

Moore: Yes.

Leahy: Do you want to expand on that a little bit?

Moore: Absolutely. There’s a scripture in the Bible that says, there arose a generation who knew not Israel, knew not the Lord and what he had done for Israel. Well, I would suggest to our audience, there has arisen a generation in the United States who does not know the Lord and what he has done for America.

And it’s so critically important. Our children, if we don’t understand where we came from, our past, and our history, we cannot fulfill our destiny as a nation, as a people, and as an individual.

And it’s critically important that we give our children accurate tools, and accurate information so that they will, when we hand the baton to them of this constitutional Republic, they will be able to take that baton, seize it, and carry it forward to the next generation through their generation.

Leahy: One of the things that I’ve noticed is and this is, I think, going to be part of your training is the dismissiveness that parents get when they deal with local education agency officials. They just don’t pay attention. They kind of say, yes, very nice. Now leave me alone. That’s something people are going to learn how to deal with here.

Moore: That’s exactly right. We cannot take no for an answer. It’s up to us. Our children are our responsibility. We need to remind these elected officials that they’re voted and elected to represent we the people.

It’s not their agenda or their political agenda or the left-leaning education initiative that these different school boards and school districts are forcing our children to learn. It’s up to us to take a stand.

Leahy: And the event this weekend, on Sunday, all day, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Taking Back America’s Children.

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Laurie Cardoza-Moore on Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Upcoming Summit, ‘Taking Back America’s Children’

Laurie Cardoza-Moore on Proclaiming Justice to the Nations’ Upcoming Summit, ‘Taking Back America’s Children’

Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed CEO and Founder of PJTN, Laurie Cardoza-Moore in studio to talk about the upcoming event this Sunday called, Taking Back America’s Children for families of students.

Leahy: In studio right now, our very good friend, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, the founder and CEO of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations. Good morning, Laurie.

Moore: Good morning, Michael!

Leahy: It’s always great to have you here in studio. It’s so much more fun to be in studio.

Moore: I know, I just can’t see doing it over the phone. Doing it live! We have to do the phone, okay fine. But this is more fun.

Leahy: Now, you do have to get up early.

Moore: I know, I was up early.

Leahy: You were up early. So thank you for that. A big event coming up this Sunday. Taking Back America’s Children will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. You’ll be there as well as many speakers there. People can go to to sign up. Tell us about this event, Laurie.

Moore: This is an extension, Michael, of what we did a decade ago. And you remember that a decade ago we found a Pearson published textbook that was not just antisemitic, but anti-American, anti-Judeo Christian, and anti the values that our nation was founded upon.

And that was in Williamson County. This was a parent who came to us, whose student was in the 9th grade. He came home questioning his faith. Now, listen to this and all of our audience who are believers.

He came home questioning his faith. He said to his mom, he said, who has legitimate rights to the land of Israel? And this is a kid who came from an evangelical home. He had been in youth Bible studies.

He knew what the word of God said. And she said to her son, well, what does the Bible say? He said, no, Mom, I know what the Bible says, but tell me the truth. Who has legitimate rights to the land?

That mother, of course, being her family background is Jewish. They have Jewish ancestry. She started to look into the materials that he brought home that day, and she contacted me and she said, you will never believe what we found in Williamson County school is what we’re teaching our kids.

And so she brought me the book. I reviewed it cover to cover, and we started the process of trying, as most parents have been doing, with these school library books and some of the textbooks and the wit and wisdom that our children are being subjected to this garbage, these lies.

And so we went through the proper protocol, and we ultimately went to the school board. The school board said we’re going to put a committee together, we’re going to look at the book, and we’re going to deal with this.

They looked at the book and they were to vote. One night, there was a school board meeting, and of course, we went on the radio two weeks prior to that meeting, because I knew I had to get parents and citizens to show up at that meeting.

And we started airing spots, just examples of what we were finding in this textbook mom and dad in Williamson County. Do you know what your kids are being subjected to? And that night at the school board meeting we ended up having standing-room-only.

The parents lined up to tell the school board, we want these books removed. We want this book removed. I got up and I said, this is an election year, and if you don’t remove this textbook, we’re going to remove you from office.

They voted that night. They slapped the parents and citizens in Williamson County in the face, and they kept the book. They said, ‘Oh, the issues in the book do not warrant removing it.’ So we went to work. We had four months to be able to flip that school board.

We looked for parents who are citizens, tax-paying citizens that were willing to run for the school board, and the community got behind them within four months. We had four months to do it.

Michael, come election day in August, those six sitting school board members that were up for reelection, we removed all six. Well, it’s been a decade, and we’ve watched moms and organizations come in to try to right the wrong, and we still have a problem in this school district. The school board has got to go, and that’s what this training is about.

That’s why we’re hosting this meeting coming up this Sunday and why it’s important that you as tax-paying citizens, as parents with your children or even grandparents with grandchildren in the school system, you need to show up at this so you can be trained and can hear from top-tier leaders who are coming in from across the country. We’ve got Robert Arnakis, who’s coming in from the Leadership Institute.

Leahy: And we’ll go through more details. I think here’s the bottom line on all this. The educrats and the left have an ongoing onslaught that keeps bad curricula in the schools.

Moore: That’s right.

Leahy: And on our side, you have to constantly fight, fight, fight. This event next, this coming Sunday will be an opportunity for people to learn about how to fight back. It’s Taking Back America’s Children-National Southeastern Conference.

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Epoch Times Reporter Nathan Worcester Talks Bias at the National Archives Revealing the Depths of The Swamp

Epoch Times Reporter Nathan Worcester Talks Bias at the National Archives Revealing the Depths of The Swamp

Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Epoch Times reporter, Nathan Worcester to the newsmaker line to discuss his recent article addressing bias at the National Archives and links to the Penn Biden center document scandal.

Leahy: All-star panelist, Gary Chapman in studio. And on our newsmaker line right now with The Epoch Times. Nathan Worcester. I think I got it. Nathan, how do you pronounce your last name?

Worcester: Exactly as you pronounced it. Worcester. Very good.

Leahy: Very good. Worcester, Massachusetts.

Chapman: Not, up there. It’s Worcester.

Leahy: Worcester. Nathan what a great story you have at The Epoch Times. Headline: Background Reviews of Top Officials Support Allegations of Bias at the National Archives. Tell us about what you’ve written here.

Worcester: The National Archives has been at the center of the Biden documents scandal. It was also at the center of the Trump documents case. And so, naturally, I wanted to look into the allegations of partisan bias. That’s a concern that James Comer, who’s leading the House Oversight Committee, and the inquiry into what has happened with the classified documents from President Biden’s vice presidency, he’s concerned about that.

So examining a little more closely the histories and the recorded comments from some of these top officials. For example, the lead counsel for NARA, Gary Stern, who has been with the agency for more than two decades, the Acting National Archivist Debra Steidel-Wall, and then the nominee, all of them have a very strong history of partisan statements.

A look at federal elections data shows that there’s almost a strikingly uniform partisan pattern in who these employees of the National Archives donate to. There’s a lot of evidence, frankly, that I’m still assembling to form and even fold a picture of what this agency looks like and what some of the top officials may or may not have had in mind at particular times. But it sort of goes to show the depths of what some people call The Swamp.

Leahy: And what’s interesting is they’ve treated current President Joe Biden more favorably than they’ve treated former President Donald Trump. I think that’s the bottom line here, isn’t it?

Worcester: Yes. I think that you look at the entire record of what we know so far, and frankly, we don’t know enough. And part of the reason we don’t know enough is the lack of transparency and the fact that Biden’s lawyers have been essentially allowed to look into these documents that are being recovered even according to their timeline, which, again, we still don’t fully know.

And this is the sort of thing that, for example, the House Committee on Weaponization of Government and the Oversight Committee, and other committees should attempt to get to the bottom of through subpoenas. But, yes, it would seem as though there are concerns about the unfairness that have not been resolved.

There has now been an FBI search directed at at least one location. On the other hand, this was apparently a consensual search. This was not a raid by any standards, unlike what some people have said about the Mar-a-Lago search.

Leahy: Andrew McCarthy, as you know, writes at the National Review and former Assistant U.S. Attorney. Very well known. He wrote something interesting. And let me just share this with you and then kind of get your reaction. What he noted was that sort of the public statement here is that Biden’s personal attorneys just happened to stumble across on November second, some documents that were classified in a locked closet.

They claim there was no Corvette there at the Penn Biden Center at 101 Constitution Avenue which is largely financed by anonymous Chinese donations through the University of Pennsylvania. The story is the attorney’s told the White House and the White House told the National Archives, and the National Archives then told the Department of Justice.

Except, wait, there’s more. (Chapman chuckles) Turns out, according to Andrew McCarthy, it wasn’t any of these sorts of left-leaning officials at the National Archives that told the Department of Justice on November fourth. It was the Inspector General for the National Archives. Have you followed that part of the story?

Worcester: No, that’s an incredibly important detail. I’ve been following, for example, that element. But really the thing that stood out to me was the October statement from NARA that any claims of documents having been mishandled by the Obama-Biden presidency or other presidencies were false and misleading. This was the line they were running with at that point in time.

Leahy: In October.

Worcester: Yep. Less than a month prior to when these documents were supposedly first discovered.

Leahy: You said something very important. Supposedly first discovered. I look at this and do you suggest that there were more documents known and discovered prior to November second?

Worcester: I would again say that honestly, the timeline so far, I think one reason why it’s so difficult to follow is that we have to recover more information through, hopefully, things like the Freedom of Information Act requests, hopefully through House subpoenas.

I would say it doesn’t exactly surprise me, this notion that some people seem to share, the belief that there’s probably more than we have been told. Just the timing around when this information was made public, the timing around the apparent involvement of Lausch’s appointee for the special counsel Hur.

It still doesn’t really add up. And I’m really hoping that over the next few weeks, we’ll get to the answer before this is moved away from the news cycle even further. I looked at my Google News feed this morning and of course, anything related to the Biden documents is down at the bottom.

Leahy: Yes, of course. Now, the other news on Friday, the Department of Justice searched the Wilmington residence of Joe Biden, and then Saturday, his personal attorney announced that they discovered six more classified documents at his residence, some of which, wait for it…some of this dated from his time in the United States Senate.

To me, that is a dramatic difference from documents during his time as V.P. Arguably, he could say, well, an executive order from 2009 President Obama allowed him to declassify. I think that’s arguable. But there’s no defense for having classified documents from his time in the Senate. Your thoughts?

Worcester: Yes. There’s even more to it than that, because as I understand it, this wasn’t necessarily six classified documents. These were six items. Six items in some of the FBI terminology that could refer to six boxes full of who knows how many documents are in there.

Leahy: Gary Chapman has a question for you.

Chapman: No, I just didn’t know that. I didn’t know that there was a possibility that it was more than it appeared on the surface.

Leahy: Six items could be six boxes. That’s what you’re saying could possibly be.

Worcester: Yes.

Chapman: Wow.

Worcester: I think it’s going to be very important for journalists, hopefully, I am one of them, but other journalists to really over the next few weeks as this is released, I think in a fairly strategic way to continue to piece together the timeline and make sure that that sort of crafty legalese doesn’t slip through the cracks.

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State Senator Jack Johnson Clarifies Terms of State Abortion Trigger Law, Action on Third Grade Retention

State Senator Jack Johnson Clarifies Terms of State Abortion Trigger Law, Action on Third Grade Retention

Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Tennessee State Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson to the newsmaker line to clarify the abortion trigger law, third-grade retention bill, and the possibility of direct instruction in K-12 public schools.

Leahy: We welcome to our newsmaker line right now, our very good friend, State Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson. Good morning, Senator Johnson.

Johnson: Good morning, Michael. Good to be back with you. Happy New Year! I don’t think we’ve spoken in 2023 yet.

Leahy: Happy New Year to you as well. So the Tennessee General Assembly convened in an organizational meeting last week. You picked your leaders. Congratulations on being named State Senate majority leader again. And Randy McNally, of course, Speaker of the state senate, and Lieutenant Governor, and Cameron Sexton was elected as Speaker of the House.

Then you take a break and you come back into session to discuss bills, I think a week from Monday, January 30th. What do you do in this interim period?

Johnson: For some of our new members, it’s time for them to hire staff. And we also have new committee chairmen who have been appointed or perhaps moved to a different committee. The way the process works, you’re right. We have that organizational session. We elect a Speaker.

That Speaker then passes out committee assignments and names the committee chairman for the various committees. And then you need some time for people to move offices, hire additional staff, and then get back to work. Luckily, on the Senate side, Michael, there are fewer of us.

There are 33 Senators versus 99 House members. And so our process is a little simpler. We have three new members of the Senate, and we do have a couple of new committee chairmen. So we’re taking a one-week recess in order to get all of that done.

The House, of course, has more members. It’s a little more complicated. They’re taking two weeks. We all convene this coming Friday in order to prepare for the governor’s inauguration, which will take place on Saturday, and then we’ll reconvene the following Tuesday. The House will come back in a week after us.

Leahy: Okay, so you’re going to get down to business a little bit before the House, in part because there are fewer of you. It looks to me like there are three big bills out there for consideration, probably more, but to me, see if I’ve missed any of the trigger bill after the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, the third-grade retention bill, and then the new transportation bill that Transportation Commissioner Butch Eley is going to propose. Tell us about the trigger bill. What do you see happening there?

Johnson: The way I like to break it down, Michael, and I think we may have touched on this before, I put it into two lanes. There are two lanes that will be discussed relative to abortion in Tennessee. Lane one is to perhaps clarify the spirit and the intention of what we have on the books now.

What we have on the books right now is an absolute prohibition on abortion in the state of Tennessee, with one very narrow exception, and that is the life of the mother, you might say, too, for substantial reproductive harm. I believe it’s the language that we have on the books.

We have had physicians that have approached us with concerns about the language and whether or not it is clear to protect those doctors who, in their best medical judgment, believe that it is absolutely necessary to terminate a pregnancy in order to save the life of that mother.

I can tell you from my standpoint, I believe most members of the General Assembly, we don’t want that to be unclear. We want that to be clear, whether it’s bringing up examples like ectopic pregnancies and hemorrhages and these various medical conditions that are legitimate and can happen.

I believe that those are consistent with the bill that we passed. It was a trigger bill that became triggered upon the Dobbs case coming down, and so I think we will address that then.

Lane, two, is far more troublesome to me or perhaps concerning, and that is to deal with exceptions for rape and incest and other types of exceptions. And I think it’s important that your listeners and that the people of Tennessee understand those and that we don’t conflate those two lanes.

Lane one is consistent with what we have on the books now, but perhaps may need some additional clarity. Lane two is opening up to allow for more abortions in Tennessee.

Leahy: Okay, well, that clears it up. Let’s talk about third-grade retention. In the last session, you passed a bill signed into law that says third graders if they don’t meet grade-level proficiency standards in the tests they take at the end of third grade, they either have to be held back for a year or go to summer school.

I got two elements of the question on this, Senator Johnson. A lot of parents and some various groups are saying, oh, you’re so mean to do that. It’s going to damage them socially. And so there are people that are saying, well, let’s get rid of that law.

What do you think the reaction of the Tennessee General Assembly is going to be to that complaint depending on where you look at it?

A story today from the Chattanooga Times Free Press, only 38 percent of third graders in the English language are at proficiency levels there. What are your thoughts on that?

Johnson: I’m very supportive of the bill we passed, and it has been dubbed, and I’ve used the term as well, the third grader retention bill. I almost wish we could have come up with a better way to label that legislation.

Michael, the objective of the legislation we passed is not to hold back as many third graders as we possibly can, because we’re mean, as you said, and we have been called that the objective of the legislation is to make sure all third graders can read a grade level before they advance to the fourth grade.

And if we do, our jobs, and I hope that we will, there won’t be many third graders who get retained. We have appropriated hundreds of millions of dollars to go towards additional resources, tutoring, and intervention to identify these kids that are struggling.

And you’re right. Roughly a third, Michael, of our third graders can’t read at grade level. We should be ashamed of that. That is an embarrassing statistic for the state of Tennessee.

You know what the General Assembly did, Michael, that governments don’t typically do? We took bold action. We did something decisive, and it was a big, big decision, and it took a lot of discussions, and it was a heavy lift to get it done.

But what we did is we stuck a flag in the ground. We drew a line in the sand and said, no more. No more. Are we going to allow these third graders to advance to fourth grade, fifth grade, 6th grade, when they can’t read? Every educator in the world will tell you that from kindergarten through third grade, a kid learns to read. After that, they read to learn.

So if you’re funneling these kids through a revolving door up into 4th, 5th, and 6th grade, and they can’t read, they are doomed to fail. And so I have said this, it’s a bit hyperbolic, but if every single third grader needs to repeat the third grade in order to fix this, then we need to do it and have no fourth graders next year.

That’s not going to happen, of course. But we’re not just saying if they can’t read, they’re not going to advance. We’re saying, no, we’re going to stop. We’re going to provide intervention, resources, tutoring, and summer school. We’re going to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at these kids to make sure they can read, and then they advance, and then they can be successful.

Leahy: Senator Johnson, I agree with the identification of the problem. It’s terrible that only roughly a third of Tennessee K-12 public school students in third grade can read at the proficiency levels for that grade. However, this would be where I would encourage you and other state legislators to think a little differently, to suggest that a K-12 public school system that has failed to get them to be proficient up to third grade, doing the same thing, except more of it next time will fix the problem.

I don’t think that works. My view on this is, and I would encourage you to consider Thales Academy here in Franklin which is part of a national group that uses direct instruction to teach kids how to read, write, and do arithmetic.

It’s been proven for over 60 years. The implementation properly of direct instruction in K-12 public schools will solve this problem. Would you and other state legislators consider the possibility of introducing direct instruction in K-12 public schools here in Tennessee?

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One America News Networks’ Neil W. McCabe Reveals Knowledge of Fiber Trunks Running Under Penn Biden Center

One America News Networks’ Neil W. McCabe Reveals Knowledge of Fiber Trunks Running Under Penn Biden Center

Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Neil W. McCabe from One America News Network to the newsmaker line to discuss breaking news regarding the knowledge of fiber trunks which run underneath the Penn Biden Center that housed classified documents.

Leahy: On the newsmaker line right now, our great friend with One American News Network, formerly our lead political correspondent with The Star News Network, now top-gov tracker, based in Tallahassee, Florida, reports on all things Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis, Neil W. McCabe. Good morning, Neil.

McCabe: Good morning, Michael. Good morning, Carol. Good to be with you.

Swain: Good morning.

Leahy: One America News Network has offices at 101 Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. When you go on the elevator there, do you see the sign for the Penn Biden Center?

McCabe: (Laughs) I haven’t been there recently. I used to see it all the time. That’s a very secure building. You can’t even get into the lobby without some security guard saying, hey, where are you going? And then you say, I’m going to get some coffee. He’s like, oh, okay. (Laughter)

Leahy: We have a story. Our own Bradley Vasoli for The Pennsylvania Daily Star and The Star News Network. We’ve got a story about this 13,800 square-foot Penn Biden Center in that building where you could get in and out of often.

They had a whole bunch of interns from the University of Pennsylvania running around while they had these classified documents there. How they got there, no one knows from Biden’s time as vice president just running around there. It sounds very secure to me.

McCabe: Yes. I’ll break some news, I guess. There are two major fiber trunks under the District of Columbia, and one of them passes underneath that building.

Swain: Oh, my.

McCabe: This is owned by the Brotherhood of Carpenters. The carpenters union owns that building. That’s why there’s never any protests; there’s never any trouble. (Leahy laughs) I don’t know if you’ve ever run in with the carpenters, but the best thing you can say to a group of union carpenters is, have a nice day, sir. I’ll walk around. (Laughter)

Leahy: What’s the significance of the fiber trunk running directly under that building?

McCabe: It’s just something that major, major communications and data pass over that fiber trunk. And so I don’t know if you can tap it.  I took science in high school, but I don’t really know if you can tap into it.

Somebody who was involved in the inaugural planning for George W. Bush’s two inaugurations mentioned it to me the other day. And I mentioned it to you. Just to throw that against the wall.

Leahy: Just in case there’s some communication coming out of the Penn.

McCabe: But they said that it was a security consideration when they were planning the inauguration because, obviously, the inauguration is held at the Capitol. 101 Constitution is maybe a quarter mile at best away from Capitol Hill.

Leahy: It’s right there.

McCabe: At One America, the rooftop shot of the dome, you’re literally right on top of the dome for those shots.

Leahy: Very interesting. The big news that’s come out is, oh, the first thing, Karen Jean-Pierre, perhaps absolutely the worst liar in America and the worst press secretary for a president in modern American history, she came out and said, well, they found this one document November 2nd.

And we’re just telling about it now. And that’s it. Oh, there’s a second set of documents, wait for it in a box in a garage next to Corvette, and then a couple of other documents surfaced. What do you make of all this stuff? Where does this go?

McCabe: When Trump left office, there was some question in Trump’s mind about whether he had won that election in 2020 or not. And a lot of that transition time was spent contesting and questioning and looking into things. And so there’s a phrase I use all the time, running and gunning.

There’s a lot of running and gunning as you run the country and you run the world, and you’re also contesting an election and an impeachment. There’s a lot going on. And so the idea that the GSA was supposed to pack up the President’s stuff, put it in a secure warehouse as they do for everybody, you know, these things never happen. However, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. knew, like in January of 2013 that he had four years to pack up his boxes.

Leahy: Good point.

McCabe: And when he said he wasn’t going to run for president after Hillary Clinton made a deal with Obama, he knew, hey, I got to start packing up my stuff. And then if you look at the charge that Garland gave Jack Smith, he says, I want you to look at everything, everything you could possibly do. I would argue it’s a violation.

Leahy: This was a special counsel investigating Trump.

McCabe: I would say that’s a violation of the Fourth Amendment ban on risks of assistance and open warrants, where you just sort of say that the royal officials were just allowed to look at everything until they found something. The Constitution says you can’t do that. With Robert Hur and these other investigations into Joe Biden it’s very specific and there’s no fishing expedition.

We’ll see how this plays out. But if Biden had that much time to plan his transition to private life and he also knew what he was going to be doing in private life, I think that the specific documents that he took with him are documents that, A, he did not want floating around. He didn’t want them in the public record or at the archives and/or two.

Second thing is, there was a document he needed as a reference for his own business dealings. And so who’s to say what happened? We’ll never find out. Jean-Pierre said we’re cooperating with counsel. But that’s like, the editor-in-chief of The Star News network telling one of his reporters or editors that he’s cooperating with his reporter. (Laughter)

Leahy: That’s very good. Carol Swain has a question for you.

Swain: Neil, do you believe anyone is digging into the anonymous Chinese donor that pretty much financed that center?

McCabe: No one’s digging into it, Carol, because they know exactly who it is.

Leahy: Oh, do you know who it is? There was, $40 million in anonymous donors, but there was one big one for $14 million.

Swain: What did he get in exchange for that?

McCabe: The Treasury Department has a record of every wire transfer that goes in and out, and everything that’s over a certain amount gets triggered. It’s one of those interesting records, whatever they call it. That’s if it’s over $10,000 something. If $40 million is coming in from China to the Penn Center, they know all about it.

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