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07/26/10

Senate Scheduled to Vote on Free Speech Stranglehold Bill

Senate Scheduled to Vote on Free Speech Stranglehold Bill
-- DISCLOSE Act Vote Set For Tuesday

Monday, July 26, 2010

Just as gun owners are engaged in the intense battle over anti-gun Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a new version of a bill that will gut the First Amendment rights of groups like GOA.

The so-called DISCLOSE Act, which passed the House last month, puts severe and unconstitutional limits on our ability to hold individual congressmen accountable in the weeks leading up to an election.

Chuck Schumer, who would like to do away with the Second Amendment, is now also trampling all over the First Amendment as a way to protect himself and his anti-gun colleagues from voters like you.

You may recall that the DISCLOSE Act passed the House only after a controversial carve-out was added to exempt the NRA from the bill's provisions. Unfortunately, the NRA -- which had originally opposed the bill because it was unconstitutional -- withdrew its opposition after the carve-out was inserted.

The exemption was maintained in the Schumer version of the bill.

Ironically, while the bill is called the DISCLOSE Act, Schumer and Majority Leader Harry Reid are using the rules of the Senate to bypass any committee hearings -- where the merits of the bill could be debated and the American people could see just how the Constitution is being undermined.

The bill will most likely come to the floor on Tuesday afternoon, where it will take 60 votes to "close off debate" on the measure.

So it is imperative that Second Amendment supporters contact their two Senators right away and urge them to oppose the DISCLOSE Act.

Some Senators may complain that this is not a Second Amendment issue. To the contrary, if GOA is hindered in communicating to the public about members of Congress and legislation they may be voting on, that undermining of the First Amendment will certainly have an effect on the Second Amendment.

The type of speech GOA is involved in -- political speech -- is first and foremost what the framers of the Bill of Rights had in mind when they wrote that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech."

Please urge your Senators to protect ALL of your constitutional liberties.

ACTION: Please contact your Senators and urge them to oppose the new version of the Disclose Act. You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written e-mail message below.

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Senator:

I stand with Gun Owners of America in opposing Senator Schumer's new version of so-called DISCLOSE Act.

It is outrageous that the House of Representatives passed this legislation with a deal to exempt certain large organizations from its terms. This smacks of the money-for-votes fiasco which helped grease the skids for passage of ObamaCare and which has already lowered Congress' reputation to unprecedented depths.

I was glad to see that Senator Mitch McConnell blasted this deal, which was especially aimed at carving out special exemptions for the NRA leadership in exchange for their promise to sit on their hands and not oppose the DISCLOSE Act. "If there is one thing Americans loathe about Washington, it's the backroom dealing to win the vote of organizations with power and influence at the expense of everyone else," McConnell said.

"Just as it wasn't the Democrats' money to offer in the health care debate, free speech isn't theirs to ration out to those willing to play ball -- it's a right guaranteed."

Another irony with the whole process surrounding this legislation is that while the bill is called the DISCLOSE Act, Sen. Schumer and Majority Leader Harry Reid are bypassing the committee process -- where the merits of the bill could be debated and the American people could see just how the Constitution is being undermined.

Gun Owners of America represents hundreds of thousands of Second Amendment supporters. Any bill that hampers the right of groups like this to communicate with the public is also an attack on my rights.

Please vote NO on Sen. Schumer's DISCLOSE Act.

Sincerely,

____________________


Stand up, Speak up, Live Free!


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Immigration: Another look at those "myths"
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Texas Border City on Lockdown - Video
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Human Smuggling Kingpin Sentenced
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers shut down EU carbon-trading website
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Embezzling wife of Deep River Selectman spared jail time
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NASA's Twitter account falls victim to hackers
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How hackers can snoop on private web sessions too
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Hackers Create First Industrial Control Trojan
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07/23/10

Do You Care About Your Liberties?

Some will say that we don't have many liberties left and not doubt they are correct in some ways.

But how many actually care about preserving what we have and restoring what we are rightfully entitled under the US Constitution?

It is shameful in a way that people will complain about the condition of our nation and the loss of our freedoms, but will do absolutely nothing more.

I have heard people say, "you cant defeat them using the political process" and "You cannot defeat them in the courts."

That type of mindset will only lead to frustration and I tend to believe that people who live their lives believing their is nothing we can do are either provocateurs, saboteurs or cowards.

Yes, there are people who call themselves anarchists who enjoy provoking law abiding citizens to breaking the law and then there are those who want to sabotage your efforts because they fear you are making advances. Finally the cowards will sit at home and whine and complain but do not have the courage to stand up and speak up about those things they deem are wrong with this nation.

Face it, it you are truly concerned about the loss of liberty, you will get involved in the political process and if need be the judicial as well.

Run for office, start, class action lawsuits, get behind a candidate that will preserve and restore liberty. We must strive to take our country back one city, one county and one state at a time.

Stand Up, Speak Up, Live Free

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Rig Worker: Fire Alarm System on Gulf Rig Disabled Before Oil Spill
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BP admits it 'Photoshopped' official images as oil spill 'cut and paste' row escalates
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OBAMA NATION

A Year After Honeymoon Ends, Whites, Men and Independents Desert Obama
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Obama adviser: U.S. 'ideal place for renewal of Islam'
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Americans now scraping off 'Obama B.S.'
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Is this man Obama's worst nightmare?
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Congressman: Obama buying votes in Kenya
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Obama 'citizenship papers' arrive from remote village
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Florida asked, 'Where's the birth certificate?'
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Obama pal slams WND for eligibility reporting
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OBAMA CARE

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Congress Ranks Last in Confidence in Institutions
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John Boehner measures speaker's chair
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Rangel charged with multiple ethics violations
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ABORTION NEWS

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HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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07/22/10

Kagan Hearings Are Over -- Vote Coming! TELL YOUR SENATORS NO WAY

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send the nomination of Elena Kagan to the full Senate floor on Tuesday.

The 13-6 vote was not a surprise. Democrats outnumber Republicans 12-7 on the committee, and their ranks include the anti-gun extreme wing of their party, such as Charles Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin.

Six Republicans opposed Kagan, with only turncoat Lindsey Graham of South Carolina voting to confirm the anti-gunner.

As this important battle moves to the Senate floor, it is important to keep the heat on all Senators -- especially Democrats coming from rural states who claim to support the Second Amendment.

If a handful of these Senators vote NO on Kagan, her confirmation could be defeated.

While Kagan does not have a record of judicial opinions, her views on the Second Amendment are no mystery. Some things that have come to light since her nomination include:

* While serving in the Clinton administration, Kagan drafted an executive order to ban certain semi-automatic firearms;

* As a law clerk, she advised against the Supreme Court considering Sandidge v. United States in a case that questioned the constitutionality of the D.C. gun ban, writing that she was "not sympathetic" to the gun owner's Second Amendment claims; and

* Kagan was also part of the Clinton team that pushed the firearms industry to include gun locks with all gun purchases and was in the Clinton administration when the President pushed legislation that would close down gun shows.

During her hearings, Kagan ducked and dodged questions about the Second Amendment, and she refused to declare whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

Kagan insisted that the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald are precedent and "settled law," but this in no way precludes her from ruling that almost any gun law -- including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more -- are consistent with the Constitution.

Recall the confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor, the newest Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor assured the Senate, and the American people, that she accepted the Court's ruling in Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

Yet, in the McDonald case, Sotomayor joined the dissent in writing that "I can find nothing in the Second Amendment's text, history, or underlying rationale that could warrant characterizing it as 'fundamental' insofar as it seeks to protect the keeping and bearing of arms for private self-defense purposes."

Now Kagan has made the same promises to the Senate, but the available evidence portrays her as a forceful advocate of restrictive gun laws and driven by political considerations rather than the rule of law.

As GOA attorney William J. Olson, who testified at the hearings, noted: "If [Kagan] were to go on the Court, with what we know about her now, she could be the most anti-gun justice on that Court."

There is NO WAY any Senator who claims to support the Second Amendment could vote to confirm anti-gun radical Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States!

ACTION: Please urge your two Senators to oppose the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written e-mail message below.

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Senator:

I stand with Gun Owners of America in opposing the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

While Kagan does not have a record of judicial opinions, her views on the Second Amendment are no mystery. Some things that have come to light since her nomination include:

* While serving in the Clinton administration, Kagan drafted an executive order to ban certain semi-automatic firearms;

* As a law clerk, she advised against the Supreme Court considering Sandidge v. United States in a case that questioned the constitutionality of the D.C. gun ban, writing that she was "not sympathetic" to the gun owner's Second Amendment claims; and

* Kagan was also part of the Clinton team that pushed the firearms industry to include gun locks with all gun purchases and was in the Clinton administration when the President pushed legislation that would close down gun shows.

During her hearings, Kagan ducked and dodged questions about the Second Amendment, and she refused to declare whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

Kagan insisted that the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald are precedent and "settled law," but this in no way precludes her from ruling that almost any gun law -- including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more -- are consistent with the Constitution.

There is NO WAY any Senator who claims to support the Second Amendment could vote to confirm anti-gun radical Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States!

Please vote NO on the nominee's confirmation.

Sincerely,

__________________________________________

IN THE NEWS
OIL SPILL 2010

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POLICE STATE NEWS

The no-fly list: Why we can live without the no-fly list
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Woman Strip Searched & Mocked at Airport - Coming Soon to US?
http://bit.ly/alvIze

Police State Watch
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National Security: A Global Police State-Within-a-State
http://bit.ly/aZDLTR

Toronto G20 Arrest Continues to Stir Up Controversy
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NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

Weighty guests arrive for annual Bohemian Grove
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Woman ends 4-year DMV fight for license
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Real ID Online? New Federal Online Identity Plan Raises Privacy and Free Speech Concerns
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Coalitions seek public comment extension for White House cyber security identity proposal
http://bit.ly/b8YV5B

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

NAACP retracts criticism of USDA worker
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MI Judge Suspended
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Lindsey Graham joins panel's Dems to approve Kagan
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By Her Own Words, Kagan Will Violate Her Oath
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Mid-Michigan Says Enough To Fed
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One Economic Chart That You Should Permanently Burn Into Your Memory
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Economic Pain
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HEALTH NEWS

Newsweek publishes major story exposing fraud of antidepressant drugs
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2ND AMMENDMENT

Armed Citizens Prevail
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Gary McKinnon campaigners praise PM for raising hacker's case with Obama
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Hackers 1 Click Away From Stealing Your Identity
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Firefox lets hackers grab your passwords
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Virus targets Siemens industrial control systems
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U.S. Authorities Shut Down Wordpress Host With 73,000 Blogs
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The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
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07/20/10

Take Action - Keep the Heat on Senator Reid!

Only July 15th, GOA members rallied behind U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who's taking on anti-gun Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada.

While Reid claims to support your gun rights, our alert highlighted 42 Reasons why Harry Reid MUST be defeated.

Well, that list has now grown as two additional anti-gun votes were added.

In March of this year, Sen. Reid voted against an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to prevent Veterans from losing their Second Amendment rights without due process of law.

The amendment was offered to the massive ObamaCare bill, which Reid was so intent on passing that he wouldn't allow a pro-gun amendment to get in his way.

And in November of last year, Reid voted to confirm the highly controversial Richard Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Hamilton has stated that the Founding Fathers intended judges to amend the Constitution through "evolving case law."

So, you can now view the 44 Reasons why Harry Reid MUST be defeated!

And while you're there you can now also vote in a GOA Poll to let us know whether you think Harry Reid is pro- or anti-gun.

But there's more that we all must do to win this important race. Please forward this alert to as many freedom-loving Americans as you can and urge them to support Sharron Angle.

Harry Reid's goal is to raise $25 million in this race against Sharron Angle.

That means it's crucial for one million pro-gun Americans to send Sharron Angle $25. If one million of us from across the country chip in, Sharron will match Reid's campaign war chest and WE WILL WIN!

So please, urge all your friends, gun club members and other pro-gun groups to go to www.sharronangle.com and make a contribution.

Contributions by check can also be mailed to:

Friends of Sharron Angle
PO Box 33058
Reno, NV 89533

There is no race in the country more important than this one. If any gun owner or sportsman has any doubt if Reid is pro-gun or anti-gun, just read the 44 Reasons to Defeat Reid, then decide, and also take the GOA Poll.

Thank you again for standing with Gun Owners of America and Sharron Angle and for forwarding this is email to as many pro-gunners as you can.

Sincerely,

Tim Macy
Vice Chairman
www.GunOwners.org


IN THE NEWS


OIL SPILL 2010

Hell Has Come to South Louisiana
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The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico
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BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released
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HEALTH NEWS

Microneedles may make getting flu shots easier
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Scientist leading GM crop test defends links to US biotech giant Monsanto
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POLITICS & GOVERMENT

FEC fines Biden more than $200,000 for violations
http://bit.ly/asTNUW

David Kelly's Dental Records Were Stolen
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NC House panel formed to examine prayer rules
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California conservatives welcome chief justice resignation
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Drivers' need for documentation boosts state coffers
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Is privacy going the way of the dodo?
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POLICE STATE NEWS

Anatomy of Blacklisting in the USA and UK
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Letter: Police state in Chicago
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Dave's frisk-list nix imperils NYers
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The Abyss of Tyranny
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Russian upper house increases KGB successor's power, to activists' dismay
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NC Highway Patrol Sergeant Under Criminal Investigation
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Orwell's nightmare--big brother is here
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An unkind complicatedness
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ECONOMIC NEWS

The U.S. Middle Class Is Being Wiped Out Here's the Stats to Prove It
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Rust Discovered On Bank Of Russia Issued 999 Gold Coins
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CHRISTIANITY NEWS

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ABORTION NEWS

Police won't interfere with pro-lifers
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WAR ON DRUGS

Feds nab alleged PR drug lord after 10-year hunt
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CRIME IN THE NEWS

Renowned street artist Banksy tags Detroit, ignites controversy
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HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

A gay bishop for the Church of England?
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Gays march in Poland to demand equal rights
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

Man with neo-Nazi ties leading patrols in AZ
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Mexico's Brutality Towards Illegal Aliens Ignored By Obama, Us Media
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US Department of Justice goes after Arizona laws
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers Exploit Windows Shortcut File Flaw
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Israeli hacker victims now total 100,000
http://bit.ly/aV09as

Cyber warfare: Indian Army boosts its defences
http://bit.ly/c4glbB

Computer hackers break bread, push boundaries of technology
http://bit.ly/adtTWQ

Turkish hackers attacked Israeli emails and bank accounts
http://bit.ly/cvyLsX

07/16/10

Trust us, We will Protect Your Data, We're from the Government

Trust us, We will Protect Your Data, We're from the Government. I've heard that one time too many. I could go on and on about examples of the government who is entrusted with some of our most intimate details have lost confidence since the passage of Real ID

You can see many examples of personal data from medical records, bank, universities and more, lost lap tops, stolen data from workers, data breaches, lost backup tapes and much much more at www.privacyrights.org Beth Givens has dedicated a great deal of time and effort to ensure that your information is kept private and only used for the purposes for which you have provided it to various businesses.

Congress when they passed the Real ID in 2005 knew full well the American People would not be deceived into accepting a national ID card. But they touted the Real ID as a means to protect us from terrorists and to ensure that our drivers licenses' would be secure.

So along with the Real ID Act of 2005, one piece of additional legislation was to be adapted to protect our identifying information. It is known as the Drivers Privacy Protection Act or DPPA. This piece of legislation not only does not protect our private information, but it actually allows the DMV to sell, share or rent any and all of your data to private corporations for whatever they want to do with it.

The Data that can be shared
Name,
Complete Address
Date of Birth
Socialist Security Number
Your Photo
Medical Information
Any other information you may have provided such as immigration documents, birth certificates and marriage records.

The 5th Circuit court of Texas just ruled that Companies Can Buy Bulk DMV Records

"Private companies can use this information to prevent insurance fraud, verify a worker's driver's license, notify the owner of a towed or impounded vehicle, and conduct research and surveys, among other permissible uses. Government agencies, law enforcement officers and licensed private investigators are also authorized to use DMV records.

The panel concluded that it's legal for someone to buy DMV records in bulk "for the purpose of making permissible actual use" of those records, "even if that person does not actually use every single item of information therein.

Defendants included research companies, online database operators, grocery chains, insurance companies, employee screening services, technology businesses and consulting companies."

I toured NC and spoke to many groups and churches about the dangers of Real ID and the Drivers Not so Private Privacy Protection Act.

Perhaps, people will listen now. Perhaps, they will urge their legislators to stop this madness, or perhaps instead vote in those who will repeal or re-write this law to include some real protections for Americans, or perhaps Americans will remain silent on the issue and become the easy target of identity thieves.

Stand UP, SPEAK UP, LIVE FREE

IN THE NEWS

CENSUS 2010

Census Workers Sensing Danger?
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OBAMA NATION

Top Clinton Official: Only A Terror Attack Can Save Obama
http://bit.ly/c7Ko4x

New Tea Party Billboard of Obama, Hitler and Lenin Receives Complaints From Other Tea Partiers
http://bit.ly/aRJKtL

Poll: 55% of Likely Voters Think Obama Is a Socialist
http://bit.ly/bD2zPD

Ex-prosecutor: Obama's Kenyan activities may be 'criminal'
http://bit.ly/9c7cc9

Senate-seeker wants Obama birth-certificate treatment
http://bit.ly/cAvfLR

POLICE STATE NEWS

Freeway speed cameras are going off road
http://exm.nr/d25qDw

NC Will DNA law clear up more crime?
http://bit.ly/bMmZHo

Immortal Technique: Haiti a police state run by US & UN
http://bit.ly/aoaRGS

Proof Positive YOU live in a POLICE STATE!
http://bit.ly/9x5wvs

Uncle of shooting victim rejects letter of apology
http://yhoo.it/bjthJl

Former officer apologizes for shooting unarmed man
http://bit.ly/9XUTUs

Why do police hate getting their picture taken?
http://bit.ly/axXoPL

Red light cameras in Westmoreland County PA spark debate
http://bit.ly/9bnTkN

Anti-police vandals hit unmarked car in Santa Cruz
http://bit.ly/bcrKuo

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Companies Can Buy Bulk DMV Records, Court Says
http://bit.ly/cjJNQ6

Hackers falsifying data on businesses to obtain loans
http://bit.ly/a1YGG3

Q&A with gubernatorial candidate Randy Brogdon
http://bit.ly/b0JceW

Thousands of Nebraskans waiting on DMV since June
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Real ID Causing Real Problems
http://bit.ly/ck4yoF

Customer information left exposed by insurance giant
http://bit.ly/dzs46y

ECONOMIC NEWS

22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America
http://bit.ly/98BW1V

Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?
http://bit.ly/8ohSa1

Word to homeowners about Hardest-Hit program: 'Be persistent ... and patient'
http://bit.ly/aGfS63

Financial reform bill clears key Senate hurdle
http://bit.ly/aSjabq

The U.S. Economy Is A Dead Horse
http://bit.ly/8ohSa1

Road Warrior-level collapse imminent
http://bit.ly/b1fDcQ

Local state employees protest outside DMV in El Centro
http://bit.ly/bSX6wA

California state workers protest 60% paycut
http://bit.ly/dxOVpd

Empty Store Shelves Coming to America
http://bit.ly/ahnRHy

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Senators move to revive estate tax at reduced rate
http://yhoo.it/ahrXKx

Law Remakes U.S. Financial Landscape
http://bit.ly/9h5u8e

More people openly carrying weapons in Michigan
http://bit.ly/9GIYLf

Rush Limbaugh Sells Condo, Vetoes NY Taxes
http://bit.ly/aR8rf3

Support Ron Pauls Parental Consent Act
http://bit.ly/ajwN03

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEWS

April welfare costs for children of illegal aliens exceeds $52 million
http://bit.ly/aPwyAD

Undocumented immigrants lose government food aid
http://bit.ly/al3hrz

U.S., Mexican Officials Say They Can't Confirm Arrest of Hezbollah Operative on Border
http://bit.ly/aATpSM

Reid Declines Vote on Illegal Worker Plan
http://bit.ly/9IzSeL

South Dakota to Back Arizona in anti-Illegal Immigration Debate
http://bit.ly/bQBcWa

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Missionaries plead not guilty in festival case
http://bit.ly/a3gDQ9

HEALTH NEWS

Big Pharma nanotechnology encodes pills with tracking data that you swallow
http://bit.ly/bBqORS

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Republican governor hopefuls ads take on illegal immigration fight
http://bit.ly/bRn2jP

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Insurance companies hire weather modification company to minimize damage
http://bit.ly/bUU5Pi

Strange Animals Thought to Be Chupacabras Killed in Hood County, Texas
http://bit.ly/azBJrR

25,000 PCs Affected By Microsoft Zero-Day Vulnerability
http://bit.ly/aTDMpt

Millions of Routers Susceptible to Hackers
http://bit.ly/cysI5G

Hacking the Electric Grid? You and What Army?
http://bit.ly/buUWEL

Hackers target the Web sites of local banks
http://bit.ly/bTVkXO

Real Names For Internet And Cell Phones - China Effort

http://bit.ly/daUxoS

Hackers' Homes Raided by FBI
http://bit.ly/9eXcfn

07/12/10

URGENT: Senate vote on "Financial Reform" this week

The Senate will vote on the Frank-Dodd financial (non)reform bill (H.R. 4173) this week and possibly as soon as today. Although it has the votes to pass, it doesn't yet have the 60 votes needed to break a filuster.

This bill will only strangle our already-ailing economy, and will do nothing to prevent future financial collapses or bailouts. Please tell your Senators to support the filibuster and oppose Frank-Dodd through our Reduce Regulations campaign.

You may borrow or copy from this letter . . .

Reducing regulations would actually be the best reform of the financial system. The fraudulent Dodd-Frank bill will only create powerful new armies of regulators who won't actually reform anything.

As David C. John and James L. Gattuso of the Heritage Foundation point out . . . http://www.kentucky.com/2010/07/09/1342459/reinforcing-too-big-to-fail.html

* At 2,300 pages, none of you will have read the bill or know what, exactly, is in it
* The bill empowers regulators to seize private property and "wind down" firms they, and they alone, judge to be "failing."
* A Committee to guard against "systemic risk" won't possibly possess all the knowledge to do their job, and will only discourage and stifle innovation
* The Consumer Protection bureau will reduce the number of options and choices of informed, responsible customers
* The new bureau will also issue supposedly "consumer-friendly" regulations that will conflict with the goal of other regulators of protecting the safety and soundness of financial firms
* By abolishing retail debit card fees (a practice that had nothing to do with the crisis), banks will be forced to raise revenue other ways such as eliminating free checking (and some banks have already begun to do this)
* The bill does nothing to reform Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, two firms that played a huge role in causing the financial crises - which makes future bailouts probable

It gets worse . . .

* A provision to audit the Federal Reserve was gutted in the final bill
* Section 342 seems to require quotas for women and minorities for government agencies and contractors, as if current laws and current departmental civil rights enforcers weren't enough http://tinyurl.com/3997jfu

I don't see how this bill provides ANY benefit to me or to the nation. Instead of reforming our financial system, it just empowers politicians and bureaucrats to reward your friends and punish your enenemies.

A REAL reform bill would . . .

* require greater accountability in the market by forcing even large firms to face the threat of bankruptcy
* abolish "government sponsored enterprises" like Fannie and Freddie
* provide a real and thorough audit of the Fed, whose decisions did so much to cause the crisis

Please introduce real reform that would unleash our over-regulated economy. And I DEMAND you oppose Dodd-Frank!

END LETTER

You can send your letter through DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

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Iowa: Chuck Grassley (Republican)
Maine: BOTH Susan Collins (Republican) AND Olympia Snowe (Republican)
Massachusetts: Scott Brown (Republican)
Washington: Maria Cantwell (Democrat)
Wisonsin: Russ Feingold (Democrat)

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And we encourge all of you to tell your friends to take action! Forward this to your friends and share it on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/downsizedc

Thanks for doing your part to Downsize DC!

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org


IN THE NEWS

CENSUS 2010

Census workers might show up at your door
http://bit.ly/czYxkG

You Have a Right to Question the Census Worker
http://bit.ly/clk5Zx

Census Workers, Local Officials Harass, Take Possessions of Homeless
http://bit.ly/a0pSdL

OIL SPILL 2010

Toxicologists: Corexit “Ruptures Red Blood Cells, Causes Internal Bleeding”
“Allows Crude Oil To Penetrate “Into The Cells” and “Every Organ System”
http://bit.ly/90pjHu

More Evidence Of BP Corexit Chemical Rain Blowing Into Fort Worth Texas
http://bit.ly/bR0QD3

Residents outraged: BP dumping oily waste in Gulf landfills
http://bit.ly/dwQDJt

128 BP Oil Cleanup Workers Sickened in Louisiana – Told NOT to go to Public Hospitals
http://bit.ly/bQy6zf

BP Claims Cap Progress As Oil Spews Freely
http://yhoo.it/c0dwAh

New BP Data Show 20% of Gulf Spill Responders Exposed to Chemical That Sickened Valdez Workers
http://nyti.ms/911p6u

The illusion of the BP Oil Spill & NWO Agendas
http://bit.ly/9BlpAq

OBAMA NATION

White House officially hands cyber oversight to DHS
http://bit.ly/aRg9ZS

Obama’s Summer of Misery and Hardship Tour Hits the Road
http://bit.ly/d5oHcq

POLITCS & GOVERNMENT

MO Senate chief ousts panel chairman Purgason for blocking Ford bill
http://bit.ly/dsGPbN

Man threw horse manure at police officer in State College, authorities say
http://bit.ly/99hAWn

Cuba offers to free political prisoners
http://bit.ly/cuCbOG

Protesters slam G20 mass arrests
http://bit.ly/93q5dc

The Murder of Dr. David Kelly
http://bit.ly/cGGZ8E

POLICE STATE NEWS

Agents Provocateurs: Police State Canada
http://bit.ly/9Lro3i

Fingerprints Now Required At Poway Skate Park
http://bit.ly/c5Qmkc

Senate bill would make airport body scanners mandatory
http://bit.ly/9iEL3J

Feds 'Disappear' Edgar Steele - Mystery Deepens
http://bit.ly/cVfQGx

Free speech in Barack Obama's America: Whatever you say, say nothing
http://bit.ly/bITirQ

ECONOMIC NEWS

Pelosi's comments off the mark
http://bit.ly/bWxAOA

India's 'Hearts Of Darkness' - Horrific Sweat Shops
http://bit.ly/cbefJk

Central banks start to abandon the U.S. dollar
http://bit.ly/cBcKbi

More and more Americans preparing for social unrest
http://bit.ly/dkispw

Retail Sales in U.S. Probably Fell for Second Month as Economy Moderated
http://bit.ly/azGbCM

Presenting The Wall Of Worry: The 50 Ugliest Facts About The US eCONomy
http://bit.ly/9lLAnw

NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

The mystery of Lord Mandelson's finances
http://bit.ly/9OfX3A

HEALTH NEWS

Parents Demand Recall of Pampers With Dry Max
http://bit.ly/bb0BYh

Monsanto's Roundup - Be Warned
http://bit.ly/chmIPY

Aspartame Jumps Premature Births Up To 78%
http://bit.ly/cOKINQ

Australian vegetables poisoned as police probe sabotage
http://bit.ly/aLgofc

ABORTION NEWS

Iowa AG still beating around the bush
http://bit.ly/9iqaOl

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

Appeal likely in 'lunatic' marriage rulings
http://bit.ly/9i6VxZ

Transgender seeks millions for 'distress'
http://bit.ly/cJbFji

MORAL DECLINE

D.C. Jury to Watch Porn
http://bit.ly/cJFVfv

Lesbian couple's savage assault leaves male neigbour who made pass at them for dead
http://bit.ly/cf4V4X

MILITARY NEWS

DARPA Wants Instant, On-Demand Airstrikes, Removing Middlemen from the Bomb-Dropping Proces
http://bit.ly/cRH1FM

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

iTunes Hackers Strike Again, This Time With Travel Apps
http://bit.ly/9zrCN2

Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 updates to stop this week
http://bit.ly/9V7DXO

07/09/10

Urge Sen. Kay Hagan to vote NO on Kagan

Time For Blue Dog Democrats To Show Their True Colors
Urge Sen. Kay Hagan to vote NO on Kagan

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://gunowners.org

Friday, July 9, 2010

The nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court presents an opportunity for pro-gun "Blue Dog" Democrats to vote to protect the Second Amendment -- or stop pretending to be pro-gun.

During her confirmation hearings last week, Kagan ducked and dodged questions about the Second Amendment, and she refused to declare whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

While Kagan blathered on and on about precedent and "settled law" with regard to the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald, this in no way precludes her from ruling that almost any gun law -- including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more -- are consistent with the Constitution.

As GOA attorney William J. Olson, who testified at the hearings, noted: "If [Kagan] were to go on the Court, with what we know about her now, she could be the most anti-gun justice on that Court." (See www.gunowners.org/kagantestimony for video of that testimony.)

Senator Kay Hagan claims to support the Second Amendment. Well, if that's the case then there is NO WAY she can vote to confirm anti-gun radical Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States!

ACTION: Contact Sen. Hagan and urge her to oppose Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court. Please urge your family and friends to do the same. A pre-written letter is provided below for you to copy-and-paste or to guide your comments.

Contact info:

Sen. Kay Hagan
Phone -- (202) 224-6342
Webform -- http://hagan.senate.gov/?p=contact

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Senator Hagan:

You claim to be a supporter of the Second Amendment. If that is the case, there is NO WAY that you can vote to confirm radical anti-gunner Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court.

During her confirmation hearings last week, Kagan ducked and dodged questions about the Second Amendment, and she refused to declare whether she believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

While Kagan blathered on and on about precedent and "settled law" with regard to the Supreme Court decisions in Heller and McDonald during the Senate hearings, this in no way precludes her from ruling that almost any gun law -- including gun owner registration, purchasing limits, waiting periods, private sale background checks, and more -- are consistent with the Constitution.

As GOA attorney William J. Olson, who testified at the hearings, noted: "If [Kagan] were to go on the Court, with what we know about her now, she could be the most anti-gun justice on that Court."

I am sure you have seen the recent polls -- fewer than four in ten Americans want to see Kagan confirmed to the Court. I hope you will follow the will of the American people on this one, and not blindly follow the President who, himself, is at near record lows in the polls.

I urge you in the strongest possible terms to oppose the confirmation of Elena Kagan and join a filibuster of her nomination.

Sincerely,

IN THE NEWS

OIL SPILL 2010

BP aims to fix oil spill 'by end of July'
http://bit.ly/bX70YB

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Gates Names to Central Command General Who Called Shooting Enemies 'Fun'
http://bit.ly/aNkxN6

Companies brace for end of cheap made-in-China era
http://yhoo.it/dabsHU

DOJ in bed with New Black Panther Party?
http://bit.ly/d0t9Uc

Perspective: Whitewashing black racism
http://bit.ly/ad9JZ0

Obama Raises $500,000 for Robin Carnahan in Missouri Senate Race
http://bit.ly/dqHkzE

Court paves way for enmity toward Christians
http://bit.ly/9IReNK

Gov't shouldn't influence medical matters
http://bit.ly/bq98DB

Judges order newspapers to 'unpublish' 5 articles - 1st Ammendment Attacked
http://bit.ly/aU0tvj

US Cuts Aid After Millions Siphoned Off to Dubai
http://bit.ly/auTcdl

U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies
http://bit.ly/aeU6pB

U.S. House plan overturning Obamacare halfway there
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Snitching to the IRS
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The secret code in U.S. Cyber Command's logo
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POLICE STATE NEWS

NSA to Spy on Critical Infrastructure, Says WSJ
http://bit.ly/bbzpdp

Jury finds Officer Guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Deadly BART Shooting
http://bit.ly/9zDSV4

Protesters Riot in The Streets of Oakland Following Verdict
http://bit.ly/9yJmAJ

Raw Video: Riots in Calif. After Bart Verdict
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3ksqr1p_G8

CTV 'spy cars' rake in £8m in fines after catching nearly 200,000 victims
http://bit.ly/dDvSyN

Mark Of The Beast Rears Its Head In Pennsylvania
http://bit.ly/9V9GkR

Google Street View 'broke Australian privacy laws by collecting personal data through WiFi'
http://bit.ly/c1GEpB

Treason in New York, National Guard Confiscating Guns from Citizen
http://bit.ly/bgLK5H

Right-To-Travel NH Native Sparks Anti-FSP Vitriol
http://bit.ly/bV1g0r

Free Our Friends! Community Update on G20 Detainees
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Real ID Act stymies drivers
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License Plate Agency In Forest City NC Shut Down Arrests Made
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Highlandville, MO family sells off everything to travel, volunteer with family
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Wall Street's 'revolt' against the Dems
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CNBC Guest Says Absent Plunge Protection Team Stepping In, Market Would Fall
http://bit.ly/bxQWFV

Sluggish Economy Could Be Last Straw For Struggling Dems
http://bit.ly/9XAHsx

Greenspan Says Economy May Be Undergoing a `Pause'
http://bit.ly/aLLfOf

40 percent of Florida homes sales are foreclosures
http://bit.ly/c8sdNA

Wyoming threatens to sell prime Grand Teton land
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BREAD & CIRCUSES

As the United States Collapses, Media Worships LeBron James
http://bit.ly/9oMAsb

HEALTH NEWS

The Truth About Sunlight, Cancer and Vitamin D
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Schwarzenegger signs landmark egg bill into law
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Is olive oil the key to understanding why the Mediterranean diet helps prevent cancer?
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Plague-infected rats reported in Myanmar's capita
http://bit.ly/ckkrJn

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

NBC changes rules to allow gay `Today' wedding
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PCUSA divided over 'gays'
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ABORTION NEWS

Black Children are an Endangered Species
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Too Many Aborted
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

Voters Oppose Suit Against Arizona; Dems Say It Helps
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Reporter’s Question on Obama’s Illegal-Immigration Policy Leaves Gibbs Stammering
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Individuals Donate $500,000 to Arizona to Defend Immigration Enforcement Law
http://bit.ly/aGHosw

Obama creates 'protected class' of illegals
http://bit.ly/b2sqZU

Schoolyard Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison
http://bit.ly/dxOZV5

MORAL DECLINE

Teacher Faces Sex Charges
http://bit.ly/bfT85j

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

7 Things Hackers Hope You Don't Know
http://bit.ly/bzI6Xh

Database Admin Gets 12 Months For Hacking Employer
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Dangers of Free Public Wifi
http://bit.ly/dbJv6W

Hackers pose as US senator in email fraud bid
http://bit.ly/do9Q72

Pirate Bay offline briefly after security breach
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WEATHER NEWS

Thousands evacuated in Texas and Mexico as storm approaches
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07/07/10

TAKE ACTION TO FIGHT TAXPAYERS BEING FORCED TO FUND MORE CAMPAIGNS THIS WEEK

PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO FIGHT TAXPAYERS BEING FORCED TO FUND MORE CAMPAIGNS THIS WEEK

Dear Grassroots activist:
With no public notice, the North Carolina State House Speaker, Representative Joe Hackney, (D-Chapel Hill) has just now (3:00 PM Wednesday July 7th) announced he will hold a stealth vote to force you into funding political campaigns against your will. The vote will be held later today and another vote will likely come tomorrow.

Take action now by clicking here.

Despite your massive opposition there are some Raleigh lawmakers that are continuing to push a massive expansion of using taxpayer money to fund political campaigns!!

Let's be clear. We must stop this movement now. The other side will not rest. Every time they add one more elected office to the list you are forced to fund, they move on to the next one, with the goal of using your tax dollars to fund anybody who runs for political office, from the dog catcher to the Whitehouse.

Senate Bill 20 and House Bill 120 would permanently expand taxpayer financing of political campaigns to State treasurer and some municipal races. Taxpayers should not be forced to fund campaigns they disagree with.

Recently the members of American for Prosperity helped stop a scheme to raise taxes and spend millions of your dollars to fund political races. But we need your help again.

AFP-NC urges you to TAKE ACTION and contact your lawmakers and ask them to against Senate Bill 20 and House Bill 120 and/or any bill that expands forced taxpayer support of political campaigns.

Sincerely,
Dallas H. WoodhouseState Director
Americans for Prosperity - North Carolina

STAND UP + SPEAK UP = LIVE FREE

IN THE UNEWS

OIL SPILL 2010

A punch in the gut to BP relief recipients?
http://bit.ly/dCwpZ4

OBAMA NATION

Obama condemned for invoking race and religion in border dispute
http://bit.ly/caNOeo

Obamas New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War
http://bit.ly/dxo93l

Obama warns corruption erodes faith in government
http://bit.ly/bEcAye

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Accused Russian Spy Anna Chapman Reacts to Racy Photos
http://bit.ly/cZe2ez

TAKE ACTION NC State House To Hold Stealth Vote To Fund Political Campaigns
http://bit.ly/9T6vJD

State of Emergency declared in Chester, PA
http://bit.ly/bnTLH1

Hawaii governor vetoes same-sex civil unions bill
http://bit.ly/a0fXwV

Ron Paul on CNN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u8h1hFYUfw

POLICE STATE NEWS

Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists
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The BP/Government police state
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Envious Bulgarian PM Snubs Police State Talk
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Computer problems hit dozens of DMV offices
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Mass. town will charge to keep street lights on
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEWS

Jan Brewer: We Will Beat All Lawsuits Against Arizona Illegal Immigration Law
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Governor Jan Brewer Exerts her Political Influence
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Statement by Gov. Jan Brewer Regarding the Federal Lawsuit Against AZ
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Ariz. Dem blasts Obama immigration lawsuit
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Two Thirds of Arizonans think children of illegal immigrants should not be entitled to U.S. citizenship
http://bit.ly/doTXkg

Illegal Immigration Costs U.S. $113 Billion a Year, Study Finds
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Justice Department Files Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law
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CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Principals wrong in 'Candy Cane' case
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California school district adopts Bible course
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Presbyterians to consider redefining marriage
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ABORTION NEWS

Gov't a no-show in pro-lifer's arrest case
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GLOBAL WARMING

Cap-and-trade is not the way to control carbon emissions
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers accessing your accounts through apps?
http://bit.ly/c6GNKo

Credit Card Hackers Visit Hotels All Too Often
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Hackers Cause Problems For YouTube And Apple
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Hackers Target George Bush Library Website
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Google issues fix for hacked YouTube
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07/06/10

Social Media 101 for activists

Social Media 101 for activists

Seven ways to change the world with Twitter and Facebook.
By Ambreen Ali
Congress.org

Imagine the reaction if someone stood on a chair at a cocktail party and began shouting opinions and asking for money.

That's precisely what many activist groups do on social networks, Deanna Zandt argues.

The author of "Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking" faults organizations for treating Twitter and Facebook like broadcasting venues instead of places to have a conversation.

"You're sharing and participating and working with each other," she said.

Facebook is full of groups for one cause or another, but few of their followers actually do something. How can activists move people beyond so-called slacktivism?

Zandt offers seven tips on using social media to make a real difference.

1. Share your story. Perhaps the biggest benefit of using social networks is that they allow you to share personal stories with others, Zandt said. Compelling narratives have always been an important way to pull people into a cause. Twitter and Facebook just enhance how that works.

"Any kind of organizing, whether it be door knocking or phone banking, starts with stories," she said. "Stories create empathy, and empathy is a building block of any kind of social change movement regardless of whether someone's politics are left or right."

2. Cultivate relationships. Zandt put her theories to test while writing the book by asking friends and family to donate to the "Feed Deanna" fund. The money went to pay for the author's living expenses while she penned the social media guide.

She sent e-mails to 500 people that yielded $6,000 in cash and a handful of unique offers like $100 a month in pizza from the local restaurant and a free eye exam. What she learned applies to activist groups that often find themselves pinched for funds.

"The biggest takeaway is that fundraising is all about relationships," Zandt said, noting that she knew almost every donor personally. "You need to build your community before you need them. I couldn't have just made 500 friends in a day and then asked them for money."

3. Be personable. Robotic tweets that read like a press release won't get you anywhere. Casual prose and a human touch are the expectations on these social sites.

"You should be using the tone of voice that you would with a coworker you don't know well. Think about having a conversation with someone rather than broadcasting something," Zandt said.

4. Meet people where they are. Not all the people who would be drawn to your cause are on Twitter. Even those that are may not use it in the way you think.

Zandt gave the example of a student-led immigration protest several years ago that used MySpace to build its base. The social networking site is popular with teenagers, so it made sense for organizers to start there.

The protest was planned on a school day, and students were going to walk out of their classrooms in protest. Knowing that the students wouldn't have access to MySpace in school, activists collected their phone numbers ahead of time and texted them.

The concept, called last-mile organizing, means "understanding the community you're trying to reach and figuring out what the appropriate technology is for them," Zandt said. Many people don't use the internet regularly at all, she added, emphasizing the importance of continuing traditional activism.

5. Treat social media like a tool. No technology can take the place of traditional organizing tactics like knocking on a door, holding a protest, or meeting with a lawmaker.

"Those are still tools in the toolbox. This is an additional tool that people can use," Zandt said.

It's important to use the tool when it's best fit. Social media may not be the place to negotiate with a fellow activist group, for example, but it can help bring people together in a crisis.

When books about feminism and gay rights mysteriously disappeared from Amazon.com's search results last year, authors turned to Twitter to share what they were seeing. Pretty soon, the subject "Amazon Fail" was one of the most popular trending topics on the site, and mainstream media sites took notice.

Amazon had to react in a matter of days. Before social media, Zandt said the publisher could have pushed the issue aside or waited weeks before doing something about it.

"Maybe activists would have written to Amazon. But along the line, a number of gatekeepers would have had to approve that this was a valid story to tell," she said.

6. Don't chase the numbers. Not every cause requires a million followers. It's more important to have a dedicated group of activists who are willing to share your information with others and help out than to have tons of followers who don't really care all that much about what you do.

Parents in Florida demonstrated that when they started voicing their frustrations with the public school system through social media sites. They joined together on Facebook, eventually landed a meeting with school officials and had their concerns addressed.

"Eight thousand people may not be a lot for the Red Cross," Zandt said, "but it's a fantastic number for Palm Beach County parents who are putting pressure on a school system."

7. Reward people who help. Activists often struggle with getting their Facebook fans and Twitter followers to actually do something. One way to address that is by giving people easy-to-accomplish tasks and rewarding them publicly for completing them.

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit that uses technology to make government more accessible, used social networks to collect data on lawmakers who hire family members. They uploaded a tool and instructions asking people to look up one member of Congress and report back what they found.

Within two days, the group had data on every member.

"One of the smart things they did is that after you hit submit, they told you, 'While you were working on your lawmaker, four others were submitted.' It was a very subtle clue that you were part of something," Zandt said.

IN THE NEWS

OIL SPILL 2010

Bolivar, TX residents find oil on beach
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OBAMA NATION

Analyst: Obama has U.S. economy in 'death spiral'
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Doesn't a National Holiday Presuppose an Independent Nation?
http://bit.ly/cS9VkE

Independence from Modern Tyranny
http://bit.ly/9xG3GJ

Charging per mile 'inevitable'
http://bit.ly/aoMr61

Fury as doctor who said Lockerbie bomber would die in three months admits: He could live for a decade
http://bit.ly/a3CqwT

POLICE STATE NEWS

Oakland Transforms as it Prepares for Street Rebellions
http://bit.ly/a7pizw

Police back down over spy cameras - an amazing result in Birmingham
http://bit.ly/cDNvVM

The militarization of The Police Force in USA
http://bit.ly/bMONUN

Don't kid yourself, it's a Police State
http://bit.ly/9Frpwc

Felony Charge for Writing to a Senator
http://huff.to/cfFN6f

Spy cameras may turn from streets to sidewalks
http://bit.ly/bVB4It

Detroit police probe own gang unit
http://bit.ly/bi0DhJ

America is riddled with politically motivated surveillance
http://bit.ly/cS6wC8

Biometric ATM gives cash via 'finger vein' scan
http://bit.ly/bS1lJg

Man sues RCMP over alleged beating
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DUMBING DOWN AMERICANS

26% of U.S. don't know who we declared independence from
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ECONOMIC NEWS

State authorities bust $8 million mortgage fraud ring
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State and Local Gov't Workers' Job Security Fades
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Schwarzenegger puts 200,000 workers on $7.25 per hour
http://bit.ly/duattI

7.9 million jobs lost, many forever
http://yhoo.it/aoJtAM

With the US trapped in depression, this really is starting to feel like 1932
http://bit.ly/bS4MaN

How China's New Generation Of Workers Won't Accept Slave Labor
http://bit.ly/dcqQJL

State workers in I.E. dread impending pay cut
http://bit.ly/aZn0gR

VA state funds drying up for subdivision streets
http://bit.ly/94MoBW

First day of Honolulu's city furloughs
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HEALTH NEWS

Bedbugs Expand Their Horizons Beyond the Bedroom
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Enhanced driver's licence not so popular with Canadians
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers poison 4th of July search results to sell scareware
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Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, 'Jurassic Park'-style
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Schoolboys Nick Webber and Ryan Thomas 'ran £8m online fraud network'
http://bit.ly/awWZdA

Tenth of UK PCs compromised by hackers
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MORE STORMS?

Three Possible Hurricanes Aim For The Gulf
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07/02/10

Celebrating Independence This Year?

Our founding fathers who risked, life limb and property in order to create a new nation would be sickened by what we call Independence Day.

The Fourth of July is used as a time to get drunk, watch communist made colors explode in the air and distract us from what we should really be doing.

Spending quality time with family should be a top priority and many people use the fourth to do just that, but face it, this holiday is just a shadow of what it once had meant to those who sacrificed all so that we could get away from the tyranny of King George.

Today, we are becoming a nanny state and in some places outright police state like conditions. How many of the founding fathers would have tolerated random id checks? How many of the founding fathers would have tolerated a national id card, income tax, taxes on taxes, gun control laws, free speech zones, the patriot act, the federal reserve, monitoring of all forms of communication, suppression of free speech and intrusion into our religions? The list goes on and on.

Spend time with your family and when the celebrations are over, get to work to help liberty minded candidates get into office. Now since many are unemployed and have some free time on their hands, this could be a great way to use it towards something worth doing.

STAND UP, SPEAK UP, LIVE FREE


GOA Attorney Testifies Against Kagan Before Sen. Schumer's Committee

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://gunowners.org

Friday, July 2, 2010

On Thursday, Gun Owners of America had the important opportunity to testify concerning the Second Amendment views of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

William J. Olson, counsel of record on amicus briefs for GOA in both the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, testified at the hearing that Kagan has demonstrated "visceral hostility" to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Moreover, Olson demonstrated that Elena Kagan's view of rights is tied in directly to her view of Judicial Supremacy, that is, that our rights "are whatever a majority of the Supreme Court rules at a particular time in a particular case."

But under that philosophy, Olson said, "what the Court grants, the Court may take away."

So what's the bottom line? "f Ms. Kagan does not know whether our inalienable rights to defend ourselves from criminals and tyrants comes from God -- as the Declaration of Independence states -- or from government, she cannot be trusted to protect our God-given right to self-preservation," Olson concluded.

Click here for video of Mr. Olson's testimony.

GOA will have much more to say about the nomination of Elena Kagan in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, have a happy, and safe, Fourth of July weekend.

Sincerely,
The GOA Team

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Surviving A Home Invasion Robbery
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OBAMA NATION

Soldiers: Obama ordered us to lobby for 'gay' rights
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If what Kyl said is true it is grounds for impeachment
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Obama Pushes for National Standard on Immigration, Urges GOP to Back Overhaul
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POLICE STATE NEWS

Army drops 'psy ops' name for influence operations - New Name Same Agenda
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House Approves Martial Law Rule?
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Heading toward a police state
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Facebook Has Deleted Boycott Bp, Leaving Almost 800,000 Fans Hanging
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Police tactics during G20 spark protest
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Ron Paul: 114 Flip Flop on Audit The Fed Causing Bill to Fail 229 – 198
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How did Chris Jones die, and does anyone care?
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After gun ban defeat, Chicago mayor proposes strict rules
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Brogdon: Restore freedom
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Government Needs to Incentivize, Not Own, Online ID
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GRNC Joins Suit Against North Carolina Gun Ban
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ECONOMIC NEWS

Schwarzenegger orders min wage for state workers
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Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion
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New CBO report paints ugly picture
http://bit.ly/9T42kR

Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs
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Pending home sales plunge record 30 percent
http://yhoo.it/aB7vIz

The recovery seems to be losing its pop
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Detroit 3 see auto sales drop by more than 10%
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

An elected Texas Republican will help repeal Real ID
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NC DMV Helping to Move State Into Police State
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OBAMA CARE

Feds ask for dismissal of Va.'s suit against health care reform
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HEALTH NEWS

Scientists Admit Chemtrails Are Creating Artificial Clouds
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Dangerous new pesticide coming to the produce aisle
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Seventy million expired flu vaccines about to be incinerated as waste
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U.S. chicken McNuggets 'contain SILLY PUTTY chemical'
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

Brewer: 'Disturbing' That Feds Spend More on Mexico Than Border Guard
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They are not 'immigrants,' Mr. President!
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Feds arrest Texas ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT shootings suspect in NC
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Illegal alien arrested for multiple burglaries, sexual assault of 10-year-old girl
http://bit.ly/arRpS4

Sheriff Joe raids another business, illegal aliens found hiding in dumpsters
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Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses
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RECALL NEWS

Toyota considering another recall; engines may stall
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers poison 4th of July search results to sell scareware
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Computer hackers and how they work
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Legislative website being repaired after hack Infected with a Virus
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Internet hackers breach payment system website of Resort at Squaw Creek's management company
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More DMV employees charged with taking bribes, giving licenses to illegal aliens
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Hacker threat to new signature
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