1. Sell 5 percent of the least-essential state-owned assets--Savings: $305 million
North Carolina State Government has a vast number of properties situated all across the state. Fiscal Research reports that the state government owns over 11,800 buildings, totaling 107.8 million square feet, at an "insurance value" of $6.1 billion. If the least necessary 5 percent of these assets were sold, the state could realize approximately $305 million immediately, as well as save money in the long run for not having to maintain those properties.
2. Prisoner Education Program--Savings: $21 million
After undergoing a continuation review in 2009, the General Assembly felt it appropriate to restore $21 million to a prisoner education program run through our state's community college system. This program provides a variety of free community college courses to inmates serving time. Historically, the list of courses offered have included curriculum such as music, art, and even manicuring. While the state trimmed down this program and prevented jails or federal prisons from receiving these services, the state ignored glaring inadequacies in the data used to support this program. No assessment has been taken on the effectiveness of prisoner education reducing prisoner recidivism in our state. Furthermore, data found in other states shows a vast number of courses offered in their Prisoner Education programs have no effect on prisoner recidivism. By trimming this program down to offering only GED programs to prisoners, the state could save additional tens of millions of dollars.
3. Prisoner Healthcare Waste--Savings: $11.5 million
The state auditor found that North Carolina has been wasting millions of dollars by providing unnecessarily expensive medical coverage to prisoners. If North Carolina billed its prisoners on Medicaid (the federal government reimburses the state $.65 for every $1.00 spent on Medicaid), the state could realize savings of $11.5 million dollars.
4. Golden LEAF Foundation--Savings: $570 million immediately, $80 million every subsequent year
North Carolina's Golden LEAF Foundation doles out tens of millions of tobacco settlement dollars every year to some of the most obscure, redundant and inconsequential projects. Included are grants such as $380,000 for the construction of a teapot museum, an additional $325,000 to finance UNC-TV programs that promote Golden LEAF and its beneficiaries, and a series of other fiscal fiascos. If this frivolous and wasteful program were dissolved, the state could reroute this much needed capital to helping balance the budget.
5. NCDOT's Idle Equipment--Savings: $56 million
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has approximately 2,300 pieces of heavy equipment costing $153 million. The NC State Auditor reports that much of this equipment lays idle, wasting taxpayer money. One third of the equipment, costing $56 million, was used less than 15% of the time during each year of a three year period (between October 2006 and September 2009). If these underutilized pieces of equipment were sold, the state could realize tens of millions of dollars that could be transferred to the General Fund. The NC Department of Transportation has no reliable method for detecting underutilized or idle heavy equipment, thus allowing this wastefulness to continue.
6. State employees contribute to state health care premiums--Savings: $156 million
Full-time state employees don't pay a penny in premiums for their enrollment in the State Health Plan. If state employees contributed even a minimal amount to premiums, the state could raise a large amount of revenue. The state health plan reports the average number of active employees on the plan in the first quarter of 2010 was 323,242. Assuming around 300,000 of those on the plan are full-time employees, a contribution of $20 per paycheck would generate $156 million in revenue, and still provide an affordable healthcare plan for state employees.
7. Eliminate Corporate Welfare--Savings: $36.3 million
Corporate welfare rewards big industries that have political muscle and paid lobbyists to turn the heads of legislators, such as the Film Industry and cigarette manufacturers. State programs like the One North Carolina Fund, which doles out $12.5 million a year, was created ostensibly to "enhance the competitive position of North Carolina when recruiting national and international business and industry projects," however this program uses funding wantonly and is a burden on North Carolinians and businesses that are not recipients of its funding.2 Not only would cutting corporate welfare help in reducing the multibillion budget shortfall, but it would contribute to a more equitable tax system for all businesses. By broadening the corporation tax base and lowering the rate, the state could achieve a more equitable and mutually profitable tax system for both businesses and government. By eliminating corporate welfare, North Carolina could save tens of millions of dollars.
8. Trim More at Four funding to 2007-08 levels--Savings: $20 million
More at Four is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction to pre-kindergarten students to encourage what they call "school readiness." Since its inception. More at Four's budget has grown exponentially, from $3.9 million in 2001-02, to $158 million in the last fiscal year. In FY 2007-08, the allotted budget for More at Four stood at $140 million and provided services to 31,071 students. By FY 2009-10, expenditures for this program had risen to nearly $160 million, yet the number of students participating increased by just over one hundred, totaling 31,197 students. The More at Four budget increased by 14 percent over the course of three years as the number of students increased by .004 percent. If the funding for More at Four was reduced to FY 2007-08 levels, the state could save around $20 million.
9. State employees contribute more of their pay to pension--Savings: $195 million
State employees currently contribute a mere 6 percent of their salaries to their pension. The total amount accrued by that contribution in FY 2007 was $798 million. If state employees agreed to a slight increase in contributions of just 1.5 percentage points, amounting to 7.5 percent, the state would generate an additional $195 million per annum.
10. Three percent across the board cut--Savings: $390 million
Allow state government bureaucracies to each examine their own departments to determine the most appropriate ways to reduce costs. With a broad three percent cut, bureaucracy will be trimmed back universally and in a way that minimizes the impact on services rendered to North Carolinians, yet saves hundreds of millions of dollars.
Anyone who hasn’t just landed on Earth or been in a Democrat induced comma knows that the Federal government is deep in dept.
The gross public debt as a percentage of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was 83.29% in 2009 and is projected to be 94.27% for 2010. Those are not good numbers. With the Republicans back in control of the purse strings, we hope that they will tighten them hard, we know that history shows that politicians can’t stop the spending. But, just in case the House decides to not increase spending by .16 cents of every dollar they bring in, they should also think about selling off U.S. Government assets. Read more: http://triangle.ncfreedom.us/2010/11/time-to-put-the-u-s-a-up-for-sale/
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A PROCLAMATION
Two hundred years ago, the Congress of the United States issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation stating that it was "the indispensable duty of all nations"; to offer both praise and supplication to God. Above all other nations of the world, America has been especially blessed and should give special thanks. We have bountiful harvests, abundant freedoms, and a strong, compassionate people.
I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the Earth who had a special love of faith and freedom. Our pioneers asked that He would work His will in our daily lives so America would be a land of morality, fairness, and freedom.
Today we have more to be thankful for than our pilgrim mothers and fathers who huddled on the edge of the New World that first Thanksgiving Day could ever dream. We should be grateful not only for our blessings, but for the courage and strength of our ancestors which enable us to enjoy the lives we do today. Let us reaffirm through prayers and actions our thankfulness for America's bounty and heritage.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 25, 1982, as a National Day of Thanksgiving and I call upon all of our citizens to set aside that day for appropriate expressions of thanksgiving.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 27th day of Sept. in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventh.
Representative John Conyers from Michigan went on the record stating that Congressmen do not have enough time to read the bills that were being raced through the Congress.
He was talking in particular about the Health Care bill that was signed on a Sunday evening over the will of the American people on March 21st, 2010. This pathetic example of a man representing our country since 1965 shows why the state of Michigan is in its poor economic and educational situation. Mr. Conyers outspent his opponent in the past election by over 100 times and easily won reelection. The people of Michigan have no reason to hold their heads up and will find out one day that the rest of the country will not be there to bail them out.
It seems the members of government who have been recently voted out of office are vying for corporate jobs by pushing such legislation as the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act which are now on the fast track to becoming law. Both of these laws reek of tyranny for the citizens and a means of corporate consolidation for the big boys.
Posted on November 22, 2010
By: Richard Amerling, M.D.,
The landslide Republican victory, in taking the House and electing some strong conservatives to the Senate, can be interpreted as a mandate to rein in government spending, and specifically to repeal ObamaCare, as these issues were clearly behind the large turnout. There is still a very real possibility the Supreme Court will find the “individual mandate” to buy private insurance unconstitutional. If this provision is thrown out, it’s hard to see how the law survives, since the mandate is needed to finance it. READ ARTICLE: http://www.aapsonline.org/newsoftheday/001409
-S3815 the Natural Gas and Electric Vehicles Bill was withdrawn by unanimous consent
-Appropriations Omnibus was rejected (CR expires December 3) The budget will be extended through some form of CR (CR=Continueing Resolution) (Ask your Representatives to reduce this by a percentage)
-Unemployement Insurance was rejected in the House.
We must defeat or minimize the damage from the following.
- FAA (Expires December 31st) Reduce TSA funding - Ask your Senator/Congressman to revert TSA back to contractor status, metal detectors, profiling and dogs. It's less stressful;. costs less and more effective. Body scanners are a law enforcement tool for terrorists and smugglers. I am unconvinced the reduction of terrorism off sets the health and legal concerns.
This monetary easing is preventing recovery by devaluing the growth in savings and preventing self-reliance, investment at real market values and job creation. This Fed tactic makes all things in America more affordable to the rest of the world while pricing us out of the market because of supply and demand and a weak dollar for imports like coffee. We need to become more competitive rather then devalue everything we make and own, including our energy and food resources. Withdrawing taxpayer money from the market, paying down debt and contracting the monetary base will help to insulate the market from hyperinflation when real market demand growth occurs. We need market equilibrium and better market regulation, tax and oversight to increase adaptation, innovation and market efficiences. We need the correction in Housing that the Fed is trying to prevent from the government manufactured bubble. The Fed says this is a liquidity crisis when consumer demand is weak. The only form of real market recovery is thru the deleveraging and savings being built by the American people.
At a recent communist rally in New York City, the Workers World Party called for the end of capitalism and the freeing of terrorists, murderers, and Cuban spies. As if that wasn’t incredible enough, the speaker ended her rant with “si se puede” — “yes we can” in Spanish. Not only was that the mantra of the Obama campaign, but it was also the slogan of communist revolutionary Cesar Chavez. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/communists-cry-yes-we-can-in-spanish-at-anti-capitalism-rally/
Penny Nance, Chief Executive Officer
Concerned Women for America
We have just learned that the confirmation of the "Roadside Strangler" Judge -- Robert Chatigny -- is listed as the top agenda item for the Judiciary Committee's December 1st meeting.
As I stated in the Washington Times, Judge Chatigny is a disgrace to the legal profession and an example of one of the worst nominations President Obama has put forth.
I will not even dignify the horrible deeds of Michael Ross (the "Roadside Strangler") by recounting them here
other than to state the terrible fact that he murdered eight girls and women.
Here is what Chatigny said of the Roadside Strangler: "[Michael Ross] never should have been convicted. Or if convicted, he never should have been sentenced to death."
Judge Chatigny then fought to stop Ross's execution -- twice -- and was overturned by the Supreme Court both times. Judge Chatigny went on to suggest that "sexual sadism is clearly a mitigating factor." Mitigating factor? A sexual sadist deserves less time in prison because he's sick? That twisted thinking is a normal reality for Judge Chatigny.
Senate Could Fast-Track Chatigny On Wednesday!
I have instructed my staff to deliver our petitions opposing the Reid-Pelosi Lame Duck Agenda -- including the Chatigny nomination -- to the Senate Judiciary Committee in time for this hearing next Wednesday.
That means, with the Thanksgiving break, we have very little time to gather more petitions.
As opposed to the increasingly absurd steps being taken to identify and keep weapons off commercial aircraft, it would be advisable and practical to identify and empower volunteer counter-terrorists among the passengers, initially at least on domestic flights or on international flights by domestic carriers. This could even extend to arming those passengers on the aircraft. http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/11/time_to_arm_airline_passengers.html
"Had Dante penned his opus The Inferno in our time, there is little doubt in my mind that he would have replaced the punishments for Judas, Cassius and Brutus in his ninth and most dastardly level of Hell. Rather than being devoured by one of Lucifer's three heads, they would have been strapped to wooden chairs and been subjected to an unending loop of episodes from ABC's The View. " http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1238232
Special Topic: How the opposition demagogues the FairTax and how to overcome it
When: Tuesday November 23, 2010
Time: 8 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Mountain, 5 p.m. Pacific
Where: At your personal computer wherever you are.
Why: To provide an interactive forum for people who cannot get to local meetings to learn about the FairTax and to present special topics that are frequently misunderstood or not generally discussed. With elections over, we must concentrate on getting FairTax supporters to push our congressmen and U.S. Senators to co-sponsor our legislation.
Who: Join Marc Manieri, Americans for Fair Taxation Community Coordinator in the Greater Orlando, Florida area. In their second year now, Marc’s webinars draw national participation from seasoned FairTax supporters as well as those just getting introduced to the FairTax.
Join: To participate, register here. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for signing in at the time of the webinar and be asked to download GoToWebinar software. For more information contact Larry Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Nov. 2, voters went to the polls because they sensed something was terribly wrong. They sensed that the high unemployment rate, the massive debt, the growing deficit, inflation and increasing taxation are not really the root problem but rather are merely side effects of a more serious problem: the gradual decay of what America stands for, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Small government is the key to all three. The real American Dream is what comes when these are not burdened.
We were all too busy living our lives to realize that no one was heeding our Founders' warning, that the people need to be vigilant to protect themselves against their own government. And so government grew. And with each growth spurt, we began to resemble more and more the decaying regimes of Rome and Greece.
How do we know this? Because of history and human nature. History forever repeats itself and human nature is all too predictable. Machiavelli wrote, “Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.”
This year we found and elected a wonderful group of servants who are committed to helping this country get back to the one good and rational formula: Constitutional governance. Limited government. Shifting power and responsibilities back to the people. Giving the people the chance to be resourceful, creative, fruitful and dignified once again.
It has been the distinct honor of the Republican Women of Pitt County to endorse and help promote such wonderful candidates and to take a stand to help restore core values to this country we love.
Ten Things You Need To Know About S.3827, The DREAM Act
1.The DREAM Act Is NOT Limited to Children, And It Will Be Funded On the Backs Of Hard Working, Law-Abiding Americans
Proponents of the DREAM Act frequently claim the bill offers relief only to illegal alien "kids." Incredibly, previous versions of the DREAM Act had no age limit at all, so illegal aliens of any age who satisfied the Act's requirements-not just children-could obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. In response to this criticism, S.3827 includes a requirement that aliens be under the age of 35 on the date of enactment to be eligible for LPR status. Even with this cap, many aliens would be at least 41 years old before obtaining full LPR status under the Act-hardly the "kids" the Act's advocates keep talking about.
The DREAM Act requires that DHS/USCIS process all DREAM Act applications (applications that would require complex, multi-step adjudication) without being able to increase fees to handle processing. This mandate would require either additional Congressional appropriations, or for USCIS, a primarily fee-funded agency, to raise fees on other types of immigration benefit applications. This would unfairly spread the cost of administering the DREAM Act legalization program among applicants and petitioners who have abided by U.S. laws and force taxpayers to pay for amnesty. Taxpayers would also be on the hook for all Federal benefits the DREAM Act seeks to offer illegal aliens, including student loans and grants.
2. The DREAM Act PROVIDES SAFE HARBOR FOR ANY ALIEN, Including Criminals, From Being Removed or Deported If They Simply Submit An Application
Although DREAM Act proponents claim it will benefit only those who meet certain age, presence, and educational requirements, amazingly the Act protects ANY alien who simply submits an application for status no matter how frivolous. The bill forbids the Secretary of Homeland Security from removing "any alien who has a pending application for conditional status" under the DREAM Act-regardless of age or criminal record-providing a safe harbor for all illegal aliens. This loophole will open the floodgates for applications that could stay pending for many years or be litigated as a delay tactic to prevent the illegal aliens' removal from the United States. The provision will further erode any chances of ending the rampant illegality and fraud in the existing system.
3. Certain Criminal Aliens Will Be Eligible For Amnesty Under The DREAM Act
Certain categories of criminal aliens will be eligible for the DREAM Act amnesty, including alien gang members and aliens with misdemeanor convictions, even DUIs. The DREAM Act allows illegal aliens guilty of the following offenses to be eligible for amnesty: alien absconders (aliens who failed to attend their removal proceedings), aliens who have engaged in voter fraud or unlawfully voted, aliens who have falsely claimed U.S. citizenship, aliens who have abused their student visas, and aliens who have committed marriage fraud. Additionally, illegal aliens who pose a public health risk, aliens who have been permanently barred from obtaining U.S. citizenship, and aliens who are likely to become a public charge are also eligible.
4. Estimates Suggest That At Least 2.1 Million Illegal Aliens Will Be Eligible For the DREAM Act Amnesty. In Reality, We Have No Idea How Many Illegal Aliens Will Apply
Section 4(d) of the DREAM Act waives all numerical limitations on green cards, and prohibits any numerical limitation on the number of aliens eligible for amnesty under its provisions. The Migration Policy Institute estimates that the DREAM Act will make approximately 2.1 million illegal aliens eligible for amnesty. It is highly likely that the number of illegal aliens receiving amnesty under the DREAM Act will be much higher than the estimated 2.1 million due to fraud and our inherent inability to accurately estimate the illegal alien population. Clearly, the message sent by the DREAM Act will be that if any young person can enter the country illegally, within 5 years, they will be placed on a path to citizenship.
5. Illegal Aliens Will Get In-State Tuition Benefits
The DREAM Act will allow illegal aliens to qualify for in-state tuition, even when it is not being offered to U.S. citizens and legally present aliens living just across state lines. Section 3 of the DREAM Act repeals Section 505 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1623) which prohibits giving education benefits to an unlawfully present individual unless that same benefit is offered to all U.S. citizens.
6. The DREAM Act Does Not Require That An Illegal Alien Finish Any Type of Degree (Vocational, Two-Year, or Bachelor's Degree) As A Condition of Amnesty
DREAM Act supporters would have you believe that the bill is intended to benefit illegal immigrants who have graduated from high school and are on their way to earning college degrees. However, the bill is careful to ensure that illegal alien high school drop-outs will also be put on a pathway to citizenship - they simply have to get a GED and be admitted to "an institution of higher education," defined by the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Under the Higher Education Act, an "institution of higher education" includes institutions that provide 2-year programs (community colleges) and any "school that provides not less than a 1-year program of training to prepare students for gainful employment" (a vocational school). Within 8 years of the initial grant of status, the alien must prove only that they finished 2 years of a bachelor's degree program, not that they completed any program or earned any degree.
If the alien is unable to complete 2 years of college but can demonstrate that their removal would result in hardship to themselves or their U.S. citizen or LPR spouse, child, or parent, the education requirement can be waived altogether.
7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and There is ALREADY A Legal Process In Place For Illegal Aliens to Obtain U.S. Citizenship Through Military Service
DREAM Act supporters would have you believe that illegal aliens who don't go to college will earn their citizenship through service in the U.S. Armed Forces. However, the bill does not require aliens to join the U.S. Armed Forces (the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard); instead it requires enlistment in the "uniformed services." This means that aliens need only go to work for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or Public Health Service for 2 years to get U.S. citizenship. If the alien is unable to complete 2 years in the "uniformed services," and can demonstrate that their removal would result in hardship to themselves or their U.S. citizen or LPR spouse, child, or parent, the military service requirement can be waived altogether. Such claims will likely engender much litigation and place a huge burden on DHS.
Furthermore, under current law (10 USC § 504), the Secretary of Defense can authorize the enlistment of illegal aliens. Once enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, under 8 USC § 1440, these illegal aliens can become naturalized citizens through expedited processing, often obtaining U.S. citizenship in six months.
8. Despite Their Current Illegal Status, DREAM Act Aliens Will Be Given All The Rights That Legal Immigrants Receive-Including The Legal Right To Sponsor Their Parents and Extended Family Members For Immigration
Under current federal law, U.S. citizens have the right to immigrate their "immediate relatives" to the U.S. without regard to numerical caps. Similarly, lawful permanent residents can immigrate their spouses and children to the U.S. as long as they retain their status. This means illegal aliens who receive amnesty under the DREAM Act will have the right to immigrate their family members-including the parents who sent for or brought them to the U.S. illegally in the first place-in unlimited numbers as soon as they become U.S. citizens (6 to 8 years after enactment) and are 21 years of age.
Additionally, amnestied aliens who become U.S. citizens will be able to petition for their adult siblings living abroad to immigrate to the U.S., further incentivizing chain migration and potentially illegal entry into the United States (for those who don't want to wait for the petition process overseas). When an adult brother or sister receives a green card, the family (spouse and children) of the adult sibling receive green cards as well.
9. Current Illegal Aliens Will Get Federal Student Loans, Federal Work Study Programs, and Other Forms of Federal Financial Aid
Section 10 of the DREAM Act allows illegal aliens amnestied under the bill's provisions to qualify for federal student assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) in the form of federal student loans (Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans), federal work-study programs, and other federal education services such as tutoring and counseling.
10. DHS Is Prohibited From Using the Information Provided By Illegal Aliens Whose DREAM Act Amnesty Applications Are Denied To Initiate Their Removal Proceedings or Investigate or Prosecute Fraud in the Application Process
When an illegal alien's DREAM Act amnesty application is denied, the bill states that the alien will revert to their "previous immigration status," which is likely illegal or deportable. The bill, however, prohibits using any of the information contained in the amnesty application (name, address, length of illegal presence that the alien admits to, etc) to initiate a removal proceeding or investigate or prosecute fraud in the application process. Thus, it will be extremely hard for DHS to remove aliens who they now know are illegally present in the U.S., because illegal aliens will be able to claim that the legal action is a product of the amnesty application, and DHS will have the nearly impossible task of proving a negative.
Contact information for the targeted Senators (via Michelle Malkin)
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN 202-224-2235; 480-897-6289: Staff says he "hasn't made a public statement" and "hasn't made up his mind." He talked a tough border security game to get re-elected, while promising illegal alien activists he would "resolve their issues." (Refresh your memories here.)
SEN. OLYMPIA SNOWE 202-224-5344; 207-874-0883: Staff says she "hasn't released a statement."
SEN. SUSAN COLLINS 202-224-2523; 207-945-0417: Staff says she "hasn't released a public statement."
SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI 202-224-6665; 907-271-3735: Staff says she's "still reviewing the bill."
SEN. SAM BROWNBACK 202-224-6521; 785-233-2503 Staff says he "hasn't had a chance to look at it" and remains non-committal.
SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON 202-224-5922; 214-361-3500: Staff says she "hasn't released a statement," but will probably do so later today.
SEN. GEORGE LEMIEUX 202-224-3041; 904-398-8586: Recorded message informs callers that he's "in a meeting." He has yet to publicly state his position as open-borders extremists step up pressure.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) will meet in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 – December 10 2010; and Americans for Prosperity is taking our Hot Air Tour there to meet them on December 2nd.
AFP’s Hot Air Tour will be broadcasting Live from Cancun on December 2nd to remind Americans that energy regulations handed down by the UN would mean: Lost Jobs, Higher Taxes and Less Freedom.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/coica-web-censorship-bill/
After the first week of a post-election session that saw both parties struggle to find unity on central policy questions, Democrats and Republicans are training their sights on each other for a post-Thanksgiving, eleventh-hour legislative marathon to close out the 111th Congress.
The Lame-Duck Congress is Acting at Break-Neck Speed on Several Bills But Not on Taxes and the Current Fiscal Year Appropriations Bill
On Nov 18, 2010, the Senate approved a motion to proceed on the consideration of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Senator Burr voted against it and Senator Hagan voted for it. The Senate may vote today, Nov 19, 2010, on this legislation a version of which passed in the House on July 30, 2009. Although Senator Burr is a co-sponsor of the bill, according to a staffer in his office Senator Burr did not support the legislation in its original form. Senator Burr believes as a co-sponsor he can help direct and shape the final product because he wants to protect small farmers and small businesses. On the surface, the food safety bill may sound as if it is consumer friendly, protecting us from disease such as salmonella, E. coli etc. However, opponents such as the editor of Natural News has called the bill "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America."
It grants the government new power of the "public's right to grow, trade and transport any foods." The new regulations require detailed records and a $500 annual fee for any farmer producing food items, including those selling to restaurants and Farmer's Markets.
Senators Tester (D-MT) and Hagan (D-NC) have crafted an amendment to the food safety bill that they say will protect small farmers from federal regulations. Under the amendment, "small producers will continue to be regulated at the state and local level." The amendment applies to "small producers who sell most of their food directly to consumers, local restaurants and retailers within a 275 mile radius," and that earn $500,000 or less annually, according to Senator Hagan's website. (The Wall Street Journal is reporting 400 miles as opposed to 275 miles for producers selling food products.)
The bill gives the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) more power to regulate food producers, giving them recall authority and massively increasing regulations and fees etc. (Remember when the FDA recalled tomatoes citing a NC producer when it was actually a Mexican producer?)
The National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association has stated:"S-510 will have the unintended destructive consequence of eliminating small farms and consumer access to local food. The main threats to food safety--by the government's own admission--are centralzed production, centralized processing and long distance transportation. The food safety bill will increase these risk factors by further consolidating agriculture into fewer, larger industrial farms through enormous regulatory burdens that small farms cannot endure. Small farms and farmers markets are an important economic engine, environmental safeguard and national security asset."
The National Coalition of Sustainable Agriculture supports the bill with the Tester-Hagan amendment and the Managers Amendment that "provides for a USDA-delivered competitive grants program for food safety training for farmers, small processors and wholesalers , provides more flexibility to minimize the burden of compliance with regulations, minimizes the number of standards, provides exemptions for low/no risk farms, removes certain wildlife-threatening enforcement, and reduces record keeping/traceability requirements for small farms." They do not support the House version.
Total cost of the bill starts at $3.4 billion (not including implementation costs), according to the Congressional Budget Office.
If the legislation passes in the Senate it will require House approval since the House bill, sponsored by Rep. Waxman (D-CA), was a different version of the bill.
If you are passionate about this bill: Call Senators and Representatives and ask them to vote "No" on the "Food Safety Modernization Act."
Senator Burr (202) 224-3154; Senator Hagan (202) 224-6342
Representatives: G.K. Butterfield (D- 1st) (202) 225-3101; Bob Etheridge (D-2nd) (202) 225-4531;
Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-3rd)(202) 225-3415: David E. Price (D-4th)(202) 225-1784
Virginia Foxx (R-5th)(202) 225-2071; Howard Coble (R-6th)(202) 225-3065;
Mike McIntyre (D-7th)(202) 225-2731; Larry Kissell (D-8th)(202) 225-3715;
Sue Myrick (R-9th)(202) 225-1976; Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th)(202) 225-2576
Health Shuler (D-11th)(202) 225-6401; Melvin L. Watt (D-12th)(202) 225-1510;
Brad Miller (D-13th)(202) 225-3032.
George Soros funds the Center for American Progress, which has been characterized as Barack Obama’s Ideas Factory. John Podesta, its head, led the transition team when Barack Obama became President. The Center has also become a hiring hall for the Obama team, filling its positions with former employees (among these was controversial Van Jones — who now is back at the Center).
Apparently, George Soros and his Center are upset that the American people placed a roadblock in their plans when we rose up and painted the nation red. The Center now is providing a blueprint of ways Barack Obama can do an end run around the people’s will by resorting to methods that will strike many of us as being improper-to say the least. Relying on executive orders, interpretation of regulations, rule -making and the like they are collectively a recipe for even more power being assumed by President Obama.
From Tuesday’s Politico Playbook:
[The] Center for American Progress today is releasing a report, “Power of the President,”proposing 30 executive actions the president can take to advance progressive change in the areas of energy, the economy, health care, education, foreign policy, and national security. “The following authorities can be used to ensure progress on key issues facing the country today: Executive orders, Rulemaking, Agency management, Convening and creating public-private partnerships , Commanding the armed forces, Diplomacy.
The New York Times fleshes out these proposals with some suggestions about policy changes across the board. The ideology of George Soros shines through the Center’s report as it justifies this forceful approach to circumvent Congress when it states that:
[The] legislative battles that Mr. Obama waged during his first two years – notably on health care and financial regulatory reform – have created a weariness among the general public with the process of making laws. And it hints it has not helped Mr. Obama politically in the process.
In other words, when Congress passed a variety of laws Americans became dismayed by the horse-trading and bribes that were resorted to by Democrats to impose these policies on us. Instead of compromise and listening to the American people, Soros counsels that more forceful measures should be used to override the will of the American people.
And this is the man the Democratic Party has as their sugar daddy and who various Democratic leaders over the years have defended and praised (for example, as shown by this letter from 11 Democratic lawmakers).
The so-called Dream Act to allow illegal immigrants into our Colleges and Universities with in-state tuition has appeared again in the US Congress, and the Democrats are also pushing to give them an amnesty as well as long as they graduate high school. It gets worse, as the amnesty would also reward these illegals with access to student loan programs, and when they turn 21 they can sponsor their illegal parents for U.S. citizenship.
Of course this would be a BAD DREAM for Americans. College is a selection process, so every illegal immigrant allowed into our colleges is one for one less American citizen enrolling in college. The amnesty with all of its benefits is an even bigger insult.
TAKE THIS ACTION:
Let’s focus as follows – tell Sen Kay Hagan and your member of the U.S House to VOTE NO ON THE DREAM ACT AND VOTE NO FOR ANY AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS [if illegals do not have to go back to their native country and get in the back of the line there, it's an amnesty].
Call: U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (877) 852-9462 at her Greensboro office or (202) 224-6342 at her Washington, DC office
Call your member of the U.S House. If you don’t know, go to: http://www.house.gov/ [look at the upper left corner of the webpage and enter your Zip Code and then click GO].
If we don’t take action, the other side wins. The Dream Act and Amnesty may be voted on as early as next Monday. Take action now to stop it as we did before.
After the 9/11 attacks, when 19 Muslim terrorists -- 15 from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates and one each from Egypt and Lebanon, 14 with "al" in their names -- took over commercial aircraft with box-cutters, the government banned sharp objects from planes.
Airport security began confiscating little old ladies' knitting needles and breaking the mouse-sized nail files off of passengers' nail clippers. Surprisingly, no decrease in the number of hijacking attempts by little old ladies and manicurists was noted.
After another Muslim terrorist, Richard Reid, AKA Tariq Raja, AKA Abdel Rahim, AKA Abdul Raheem, AKA Abu Ibrahim, AKA Sammy Cohen (which was only his eHarmony alias), tried to blow up a commercial aircraft with explosive-laden sneakers, the government prohibited more than 3 ounces of liquid from being carried on airplanes.
All passengers were required to take off their shoes for special security screening, which did not thwart a single terrorist attack, but made airport security checkpoints a lot smellier.
After Muslim terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria tried to detonate explosive material in his underwear over Detroit last Christmas, the government began requiring nude body scans at airports.
The machines, which cannot detect chemicals or plastic, would not have caught the diaper bomber. So, again, no hijackers were stopped, but being able to see passengers in the nude boosted the morale of airport security personnel by 22 percent.
After explosives were inserted in two ink cartridges and placed on a plane headed to the United States from the Muslim nation of Yemen, the government banned printer cartridges from all domestic flights, resulting in no improvement in airport security, while requiring ink cartridges who traveled to take Amtrak.
So when the next Muslim terrorist, probably named Abdul Ahmed al Shehri, places explosives in his anal cavity, what is the government going to require then? (If you're looking for a good investment opportunity, might I suggest rubber gloves?)
Last year, a Muslim attempting to murder Prince Mohammed bin Nayef of Saudi Arabia blew himself up with a bomb stuck up his anus. Fortunately, this didn't happen near an airport, or Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano would now be requiring full body cavity searches to fly.
You can't stop a terrorist attack by searching for the explosives any more than you can stop crime by taking away everyone's guns.
In the 1970s, liberal ideas on crime swept the country. Gun owners were treated like criminals while actual criminals were coddled and released. If only we treated criminals with dignity and respect and showed them the system was fair, liberals told us, criminals would reward us with good behavior.
As is now well known, crime exploded in the '70s. It took decades of conservative law-and-order policies to get crime back to near-1950s levels.
It's similarly pointless to treat all Americans as if they're potential terrorists while trying to find and confiscate anything that could be used as a weapon. We can't search all passengers for explosives because Muslims stick explosives up their anuses. (Talk about jobs Americans just won't do.)
You have to search for the terrorists.
Fortunately, that's the one advantage we have in this war. In a lucky stroke, all the terrorists are swarthy, foreign-born, Muslim males. (Think: "Guys Madonna would date.")
This would give us a major leg up -- if only the country weren't insane.
Is there any question that we'd be looking for Swedes if the 9/11 terrorists, the shoe bomber, the diaper bomber and the printer cartridge bomber had all been Swedish? If the Irish Republican Army were bombing our planes, wouldn't we be looking for people with Irish surnames and an Irish appearance?
Only because the terrorists are Muslims do we pretend not to notice who keeps trying to blow up our planes.
It would be harder to find Swedes or Irish boarding commercial airliners in the U.S. than Muslims. Swarthy foreigners stand out like a sore thumb in an airport. The American domestic flying population is remarkably homogenous. An airport is not a Sears department store.
Only about a third of all Americans flew even once in the last year, and only 7 percent took more than four round trips. The majority of airline passengers are middle-aged, middle-class, white businessmen with about a million frequent flier miles. I'd wager that more than 90 percent of domestic air travelers were born in the U.S.
If the government did nothing more than have a five-minute conversation with the one passenger per flight born outside the U.S., you'd need 90 percent fewer Transportation Security Administration agents and airlines would be far safer than they are now.
Instead, Napolitano just keeps ordering more invasive searches of all passengers, without exception -- except members of Congress and government officials, who get VIP treatment, so they never know what she's doing to the rest of us.
Two weeks ago, Napolitano ordered TSA agents to start groping women's breasts and all passengers' genitalia -- children, nuns and rape victims, everyone except government officials and members of Congress. (Which is weird because Dennis Kucinich would like it.)
"Please have your genitalia out and ready to be fondled when you approach the security checkpoint."
This is the punishment for refusing the nude body scan for passengers who don't want to appear nude on live video or are worried about the skin cancer risk of the machines -- risks acknowledged by the very Johns Hopkins study touted by the government.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that we need to keep the government as far away from airport security as possible, and not only because Janet Napolitano did her graduate work in North Korea.
Ann Coulter is a columnist and author of Guilty: Liberal Victims and Their Assault On America.
The Senate. Convened at 9:30 and is voting on whether to invoke cloture and start debating legislation that would boost federal regulation of food safety — by giving the FDA power to mandate recalls, to set new standards for manufacturers and to oversee shipments of fruits and vegetables.
Senators voted 58-41 against invoking cloture on motion that would have allowed debate on a bill aiming to narrow the gender gap in wages. The tally was two votes short of the amount needed to advance the bill, effectively dooming it for the year.
Any chance for an energy bill this year also died last night when Reid canceled a third cloture vote, originally set for today, on a bill to promote natural gas and electric cars.
The House. Convened at 10 and is expected to sustain Obama’s veto of a bill that he says could unintentionally make it more difficult for homeowners to challenge foreclosures. The vote is expected after 4. The measure, which cleared after voice votes in both the House and Senate, would increase notarization requirements on mortgage paperwork.
The White House. Obama sent Hillary Clinton to the Capitol this morning to try to revive prospects for the Russian arms control treaty. Senate ratification became a decided longshot yesterday after GOP Whip JonKyl announced his opposition, stunning a White House that thought it could negotiate for his support — and with it the backing of enough other Republicans to reach the required 67 votes. After meeting with the top senators on Foreign Relations, John Kerry and Richard Lugar, she boldly predicted ratification by the end of the year — but did not signal her strategy for getting that done. After her Capitol trip, the secretary of State is then headed to the White House Situation Room to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan with the president and the rest of his national security team.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like... Hill Democrats’ ambitions for their lame duck are shrinking by the day. But the session is destined to last deep into December, anyway, now that the agenda-setting summit between Obama and congressional leaders — which was scheduled for tomorrow — has been put off until Nov. 30. What was supposed to be policy-rich discussion in the West Wing, followed by a symbolically rich breaking of bipartisan bread in the White House residence, is now the most recent example of how even the simplest things in Washington get stained with partisan bile. The White House is miffed that McConnell and Boehner would disrespect the president by citing unspecified “scheduling conflicts” in insisting on the postponement. The Republicans were miffed that Obama had announced the meeting right after the election without checking on the GOP leaders’ availability.
Either way, the delay gives the GOP leaders more time to prepare their opening bids. And it means any meaningful negotiations on the lame duck’s biggest agenda items, the tax cut extensions and discretionary spending, will have to wait. The current stopgap spending bill expires just three days after the rescheduled summit, on Dec. 3. Look for the next CR to last until the following Friday, Dec. 10. And no one at the Capitol believes that will be the final legislative day of the year, either.
Democrats in a Delay. House Democrats are bogged down this morning over the procedures for their leadership elections. Some are pushing to delay the balloting altogether for at least two weeks. Others are insisting that there be plenty of time for speeches before the secret balloting begins. It looks like an announcemt of the results at 1 will have to be delayed.
More than three dozen Democrats are poised to vote against making Pelosi their minority leader. Only lawmakers who will be in the caucus next year (plus a handful more in still-close races) will get to vote behind the closed Cannon Caucus Room doors, which should hold down the number of ballots for North Carolina’s Heath Shuler, who mounted a quixotic candidacy on behalf of disaffected centrists. Many of the centrists who were defeated two weeks ago politely but firmly told Pelosi last night — at a caucus meeting that lasted almost four hours — that she was too polarizing and too liberal a leader.
Birthday Present. The anointing of Boehner as the next Speaker (and all the jocularity about his turning 61 today) will get under way soon after House Republicans convene their organizational meeting at 1 in the Way and Means Committee hearing room. He’s running unopposed, and there are no contested races for the top tier leadership jobs. Last night, Florida’s Connie Mack gave up his challenge to Georgia’s Tom Price for the chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee, which is No. 6 in the hierarchy.
The caucus is likely to postpone a debate about term limits for committee chairmen. Joe Barton and Jerry Lewis want the currently ambiguous party rules changed to give themselves at least a fighting chance at winning the gavels of Energy and Commerce and Appropriations, respectively. But because neither of them is likely to get a gavel — waivers or rules changes or not — House Republicans are likely to punt on this debate for another two years. Then, if the GOP holds the House in 2012, four incoming chairmen would be forced to give up their gavels under the current rules: Lamar Smith at Judiciary, John Mica at Transportation, Paul Ryan at Budget and Spencer Bachus at Banking.
The freshman class has some decisions to make, now that it has pressed the elders for even more clout in the leadership ranks. A week after creating two new seats at the power tables for newcomers, Boehner and Cantor last night announced they would create a second freshman spot in the inner leadership circle and a third freshman slot on the committee-assignment-making Steering Committee.
Bean and Ballot Counting. Financial consultant and tea party insurgent Joe Walsh will be coming to Congress next year to represent the northern Chicago suburbs. Melissa Bean conceded to him last night that she had narrowly lost her bid for a fourth term. That puts the net gain of GOP seats in the House at 61.
Senate write-in ballot counting was completed in Alaska last night, and Lisa Murkowski was ahead of official GOP nominee Joe Miller by at least 2,000 (and more than 10,000 if she gets her way on all the ballots Miller is contesting). Although some legal challenges remain, it seems ever more clear she will be coming back to Congress.
And she sounds eager to get back — and to be a potential thorn in the side of the party leaders who worked so hard and threatened so much in an effort to get her to drop her write-in in bid. Yesterday, she issued a tartly worded statement that she opposed the voluntary earmark ban that McConnell reluctantly pushed through the caucus.
Senate to vote Thursday on Road-side Strangler, Anti-Marriage Judges -- Please call 17 undecided Senators listed far below, to filibuster Liu and Chatigny
The lame-duck Senate Judiciary committee has announced it will vote Thursday on the nominations of 12 liberal judges appointed by President Obama, including the Road-side Strangler judge Robert N. Chatigny, who seeks promotion to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, despite his history of arguing "sexual sadism" is not a crime, but a disease.
President Obama continues to push five radically extreme left judges to appeals courts, and last month the Senate Judiciary Committee split along party lines when forwarding their names to the full Senate (again). National Public Radio (hardly a bastion of conservative thought) has labeled these judges "The Fringe Five," and repeated Republican concerns that they are far too liberal to be easily confirmed. For example, "My problem with Goodwin Liu is that I believe he'll violate his oath as soon as he takes it," said Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK). Let's fax 100 Senators to help Sen. Coburn filibuster these judges when the lame duck session re-convenes, especially Chatigny and Liu:
The Washington Times editorials continue to rate President Obama's nominations for Judges as "The Worst Judiciary Ever: Obama's Judicial Nominations are Frightening." The two worst judges are now up for a full Senate vote: Goodwin Liu and Robert Chatigny. The Times rated the third worst Judge, David Hamilton, who ruled in Indiana case Hinrichs v. Bosma that the words "Jesus" or "Christ" were illegal words but prayers to "Allah" were totally legal. Why are Liu and Chatigny rated even worse than Hamilton?
The worst Road-side Strangler Judge Robert Chatigny (pronounced Shot-nee) attempted to free the "Roadside Strangler" Michael Ross, who had killed 7 victims, showing empathy for the killer (but not the victims) because the killer suffered from the "disease" of sexual sadism. No kidding, Chatigny wrote that sexual sadism was a "mitigating factor" warranting Ross be released from prison after raping and killing seven women. (Read Chatigny's detailed ruling on Ross below.) Thank God, Judge Chatigny was overruled and Ross was later executed. [Chaps comment: Jesus supported the death penalty in Matthew 15:3-4 and Mark 7:8-11.] But Judge Chatigny lived to continue his reign of insanity, imposing sentences "well below the recommended minimum in a series of child-pornography and sexual-assault cases and even tried to invalidate Connecticut's version of the Megan's Law sex-offender registry," according to The Wash. Times.
The second-worst Anti-Marriage Judge Goodwin Liu (pronounced Loo) "offered an amicus brief to the California Supreme Court in which he and others argued that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage (approved twice by the voters of California) was unconstitutional," according to Human Events. Liu also recklessly attacked Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito because they were allegedly "unfriendly to civil rights, abortion rights and the environment." (Can you say pro-abortion?) Finally in a 2008 Stanford Law Review article, Liu supported a judicial role in "establishing constitutional welfare rights—i.e., affirmative rights, to education, shelter, subsistence, healthcare and the like, or to the money these things cost," Human Events reported.
Both Judges face full-Senate confirmation soon, since Chatigny passed committee 11-7 (not even Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA would vote for him) for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and Liu also passed committee 12-7 on a strict party-line vote for the 9th Circuit. Both can be stopped by a filibuster from all Republicans, so let's take action...
Read Judge Chatigny's legal opinion about "The Roadside Strangler" who killed 7 people:
JUDGE CHATIGNY: "This is a man [Roadside Strangler Michael Ross] who, before he went off to Cornell, was as far as I know okay. He's at Cornell, he has this classmate, this petite Asian girl who is sweet and he likes her and he winds up killing her because he has this affliction, this terrible disease [sexual sadism]. And having gratified this awful, uncontrollable, impulse to sexually brutalize this person he liked and then kill her, he realizes that he has done evil and he stands on the bridge and is going to kill himself before he does it again. But he doesn't jump. And today, he looks back at those days and he hates himself because he didn't jump. He was a coward...
"So for Michael Ross to be able to back out now, forget it. The only way Michael Ross is going to get his life back is if somebody like you [defense lawyer], and maybe only you, says, 'We realize you're no longer in a position to change your mind.' You're like the guy standing on the bridge back at the gorge in Ithaca, and you're not going to make the same mistake, the one you made back then because you went on and took seven innocent lives, and you know that you are responsible. You know you had sexual sadism. You know that you became a monster because of it. And you have now found a way to end this. And there's no turning back...
"I suggest to you that Michael Ross may be the least culpable, the least, of the people on death row. Michael Ross, by what I see in the record, suffered from these intolerable obsessional bouts with sexual sadism, which were not relieved until he began that regimen of chemical castration, whereupon they were relieved. And then when it was taken away from him, they came back. And it was only when he got the alternative regimen that he found relief again...
"He explains that the only people in the system who showed him any kindness were two women. The only ones who didn't treat him like a monster were these two women, yet in the grip of this disease he would lie awake all night thinking about sexually brutalizing them and killing them. So is he a sick man? Boy, oh, boy...
"So when he says, I feel that I'm the victim of a miscarriage of justice because they didn't treat it as a mitigating factor, I can well understand where he's coming from...
"Going beyond that, we have a guy who, having gotten beyond the sexual sadism, is nevertheless trapped in this environment at Northern [prison] where you have no human contact to speak of, you're locked up in a seven by twelve foot cell where you get to ruminate about all these things that you did, you get to think about how the world hates you, despises you."--Judge Robert Chatigny about Roadside Strangler Michael Ross.
Goodwin Liu is an extremely liberal professor from Berkeley, who, according to a top homosexual blog in San Diego, "signed onto a friend-of-the court brief, prepared by lesbian law scholar Kathleen Sullivan, in the same-sex marriage lawsuit before the California Supreme Court in 2008. The brief argued that the California constitution’s guarantee of equal protection required same-sex couples have the same access to marriage licenses as straight couples."
Liu told the Los Angeles Times, "there is no question that [Proposition 8 traditional marriage] targets a historically vulnerable group and eliminates a very important right [to gay marriage.]" Liu predicted same-sex marriage will "become an unremarkable thread of our social fabric" and Christians who oppose it are a "narrow and ultimately temporary majority."
Liberals praise Liu's pro-abortion, pro-environment, and extreme pro-welfare views, noting he finds welfare [i.e. Obamacare] a Constitutional right, which even Justice Sonia Sotomayor rebuffed. Liu clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and served the Obama-Biden transition team, and the ACLU-Northern California.
Liu co-authored a book "Keeping Faith with the Constitution," which praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 decision, Lawrence v. Texas, striking down sodomy laws.
Liu wrote in his book: "In worrying that criminalization of private homosexual conduct invites public discrimination against homosexual persons... the Court understood that the lives and identities of gay people transcend what they do in their bedrooms to encompass who they are in civil society. Protecting gay people’s choices within the intimacy of their homes serves essentially as a safeguard of their dignity in a more public sphere."
[Chaps comment: Liu is eternally wrong. Courts should never 'protect' sin, which hurts all homosexuals eternally, and costs their very souls. Judges should always reflect Divine Justice, and prepare all men for God's final Judgment. Thus Liu opposes God Himself.]
WE MUST TAKE ACTION TODAY. So please sign our new fax-petition, but then PLEASE MAKE 17 PHONE CALLS TODAY to each of the undecided Senate votes here, asking to oppose and filibuster both Judge Liu (Loo) and Judge Chatigny (Shot-nee), because they both oppose traditional family values and pervert justice:
x Ben Nelson, D-NE 202-224-6551 y George Voinovich, R-OH 202-224-3353
x Bill Nelson, D-FL 202-224-5274 y Judd Gregg, R-NH 202-224-3324
x Kay Hagan, D-NC 202-224-6342 y Richard Lugar, R-IN 202-224-4814
x Mark Pryor, D-AR 202-224-2353 y Olympia Snowe, R-ME 202-224-5344
xz Blanche Lincoln, D-AR 202-224-4843 y Susan Collins, R-ME 202-224-2523
z Chris Dodd, D-CT 202-224-2823 xy Kit Bond, R-MO 202-224-5721
z Barbara Boxer, D-CA 202-224-3553
z Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY 202-224-4451 z Michael Bennet, D-CO 202-224-5852
z Mark Kirk, R-IL 202-224-2854 z Byron Dorgan, D-ND 202-224-2551
(x = Lives in the South. y = Voted for Sebelius. z = Seat up for election in 2010.)
But remember, 100 emails = 10 phone calls = 1 fax in political capital, since the Senate staffers must handle each paper and usually write a reply. So please join our automated fax-petition campaign first, WE WILL ESPECIALLY FAX THE 17 ABOVE. Then please forward this email to your friends in the states with Senators listed above, and to all pastors in all 50 states.
Bless you, in Jesus' name,
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt
P.S. Time is urgent! The full Senate will vote on both Liu and Chatigny soon. Select and sign today, & we will forward your name immediately. Please don't wait another minute. Life, Liberty, and Morality are too important to be banned by two extremist judges
Americans Storm Out of Durham City Council Meeting
Friends of ALIPAC,
Last night the illegal aliens won a round in the Durham City Council chambers where the council voted 5-2 to allow the police department to accept the worthless Matricula Consular cards, issued for a fee to illegal aliens in America from the collapsing Mexican government, as official ID.
Of course the illegal aliens and their supporters had to rig the meeting and exploit the system and cheat just like they did in Raleigh for the Community College access meeting when we showed up at 7am to find 50 illegal alien supporters already signed up by someone on the inside to speak!
Durham, NC is of national renown due to the Duke LaCrosse team scandal and is known for high crime levels, very left leaning politics, and a very large population of illegal aliens. In fact, Durham has a higher per capita crime rate than Los Angeles!
Approximately 25 Americans showed up to speak out against the city of Durham working with a foreign government to the detriment of American citizens, our jobs, wages, safety, and quality of life.
Unfortunately, once again most of the Americans who were aware of this meeting who share an aversion to illegal immigration stayed home. The illegal aliens are stronger than Americans because they show up for meetings like this.
Yet, those of us who are going to fight this invasion every step of the way showed up to do the very best we could, despite the apathy of our fellow countrymen and women.
Americans on our side should have been lined up around the block considering the media exposure prior to this event. Instead, there were 25 of us. About 12 from the city of Durham and the other 12 from other cities. One lady drove 4.5 hours to come speak out on our side.
The illegal aliens showed up as a mob as they always do. They were assembled at another location, instructed on how to act, and then herded in with their handlers using radios. They brought their small children for political effect and there were over 100 of them! They marched around the corner chanting Si Se Pueda which translates into (Yes we can steal your country you lazy Americans)
The radios they were using were broadcasting a local AM and FM Spanish language station. Radio station vans rolled up just like we saw in Concord, NC when the Mexican consulate took over our local high school, to aid illegal aliens with bogus id. One of the organizers had on a headset and was broadcasting live over the radio about the wonderful historic event he was witnessing of a large mob of his "Raza" marching into the Durham City Hall building.
While I do not speak Spanish, I could hear what he was saying over and over again Raza! Raza! Raza! (Our race! race! race!).
Univision was there along with several local TV stations. Only one of the three local stations wanted to talk to our side. Univision sent a team into Durham all the way from Miami, FL. They had called me on Friday and I explained that we no longer conduct interviews with the Spanish media.
They know this, yet I turn around outside the building while waiting hopefully for more American reinforcements to arrive, to find a Univision camera in my face with a woman asking to interview me. I told her that I do not interview with the Spanish media. She asked me why, while the camera was rolling with lights in my face. I explained it was because I would never get fair treatment by her company.
Yet, they got their camera footage of me of course and I'm certain that today my face appears up and down the Western Hemisphere with some lie about how I want to hurt brown people. Their goal is to broadcast my image with inflammatory rhetoric to put my life in danger and I know this.
But, I made the decision long ago that putting my life at risk for my freedoms and the freedom and security of all those I love in my nation, is a sacrifice many Americans make and have made in the past and it is something I am willing to do.
Inside the council chambers, more drama awaited us as the Mayor of Durham, Bill Bell, put on a real show. While he supports the Mexican illegal alien invaders, he did scale back his proposal to accept worthless Matricula cards in the face of rising public opposition.
We had to sit there and endure 20 minutes of awards and honors being handed to 'civil rights' groups that were formed with taxpayer grants in Durham, since 1998 to fight racism and 'white supremacy'. Now please keep in mind that when they say they are fighting 'white supremacy' they are not talking about fighting the minuscule elements that make up the remains of the KKK or Neo Nazis. They consider white supremacy to be a majority of Americans being white, which they are out to change at any cost to our liberties, existing laws, and the Constitution.
So we had to endure a bunch of political pagentry celebrating the anti racism efforts of Durham before the business at hand.
Then, when Mayor Bell started to address the issue of these Matricula Cards he said he had seen many emails sent in about this issue and while many of them had legitimate policy concerns about the card, many of them were down right racist.
Another Durham City Council member did confirm that emails of a racist nature had been received when he was interviewed right before me on the Bill Lumay show on WPTF on Monday afternoon. This council member opposed the Matricula cards. So both sides of the debate confirm that racist materials were received by the council members.
Now, what I do not understand is were these emails with the racist comments sent by actual racists opposed to Matricula cards being accepted? Are there racist Americans out there who are not only racist, but in the year 2010 they are stupid enough to put their racism on display for pro illegal alien politicians to use their comments against them? Are there people in America who oppose illegal immigration who are dumb enough to destroy any chance of effectiveness that their emails could have with needless racist language?
Is there even a full blown member of the KKK or Neo Nazis out there who does not understand that using racist language aids and abets the cause of illegal aliens? Perhaps there are racists who are dumb enough to help illegals in this way.
ALIPAC did not circulate any word of this vote in Durham until the day of the event so we know it was not our networks that inspired any racist emails. We do all we can to get people like that or people who don't know how to properly communicate with lawmakers away from our operations.
Perhaps the illegal alien supporters simply have activists who create fake email accounts and send in the racist materials. We have seen them lie, cheat, and rig the system against Americans every step of the way so I would not put it past them. Sure, real racists and dumb racists exist, but I believe a lot of the racism received by elected officials is manufactured.
In fact, we have documented illegal alien supporters trying to mimic racists here on our website by making posts that appear to be in support of ALIPAC provided by overt racists, but in fact the posts were proven to come from illegal alien Amnesty supporters.
Well, after primping and dressing to impress, and driving an hour, and signing up early to speak, there I sat with the other Americans waiting to speak.
Mayor Bell explained that he was going to see how many people wanted to speak before deciding how much time each person would get.
We found out after the meeting that our side, the side that opposes Durham accepting illegal alien Matricula cards, outnumbered the English speaking proponents of the measure by over 2 to 1.
That is why Mayor Bill Bell made the unexpected and previously concealed decision to disallow any person who was not a resident of Durham to speak!
By doing so, he reduced the number of those speaking out against his plan from 2 to 1 to a slight majority of speakers about 7 against and 5 for the Matricula acceptance.
I stood up immediately fighting the urge to yell 'V******V' and said "I'm walking out." instead. About ten others stood up with me and out we walked. For a second I though we should start humming "The Star-Spangled Banner" like the Delta's marching out of their probation hearing in the movie Animal House.
I shouted on the way out the door "You are part of North Carolina Durham!" others yelled "We voted you in we can vote you out!" someone yelled "So much for free speech in America!"
I really wanted to explain to the Durham City Council the fate of there Democratic local government allies in adjacent Chatham County. The three county commissioners in Chatham County, who many of you will recall voted to make Chatham County our state's first "Sanctuary County" for illegal aliens, all lost their seats in the 2010 elections.
That's right folks! Local North Carolinians organized and threw the illegal alien supporters in Chatham County out on their rumps this month and the same thing can happen in Durham, or any place in America where traitors side with invaders against Americans.
As we left the building, a big crowd of illegal aliens clapped and applauded our departure. Illegal aliens and their supporters are perfectly willing to destroy your American rights and to smile and celebrate the destruction of your rights.
For now, the illegals win this round in Durham. They are free to roam a major city using bogus ID issued by another nation. They will dig in deeper there and try to increase their numbers.
Those of us doing all we can, will go on to fight another day and we will fight until we win on your behalf or until we are destroyed by the illegals and their supporters. If that happens, all of you are next in line and whether you stood up and spoke out or not it will not matter.
If we fail to prevail, you will all find yourself without a nation, without defenses, and without any place left to run and hide from a growing angry mob that hates you; with an ancient genocidal rage that will one day manifest itself in your face or the faces of your dismayed, enslaved children and grand children.
I do hope that more of you will make a consious effort to do more as an active participant and contributor to the cause of saving America from the invasion which teeters on the verge of success or failure.
While so many of you have been great about sending email, faxes, and making calls, more of you must start to show up at meetings and events.
Many great groups and talk show hosts who are loyal to you and loyal to America spread the word about this meeting in Durham. I must warn you that if more of you do not organize and start responding soon, those talk radio shows and groups will no longer lead you in on events or they will no longer be on the air.
Power goes to those who get things done. Power goes to those who show up.
See you at the next one, and unending thanks to the 25 Americans who showed up for our side last night.