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08/02/10

Will the Show-Me State Show Us How to Nullify ObamaCare?


Will the Show-Me State Show Us How to Nullify ObamaCare?

Michael Tennant | The New American
Sunday, 01 August 2010

The growing movement for state nullification of ObamaCare may get another boost on August 3. Missouri’s primary election, to be held on Tuesday, August 3, includes a ballot question asking voters if state law should be amended to “deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful health care services.”

According to a July 31 New York Times report, the initiative is part of a campaign by a conservative group called the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has already succeeded in getting similar measures enacted by legislatures in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, and Virginia. In addition, Arizona and Oklahoma have state constitutional amendments to nullify the individual mandate on their November general election ballots. (Florida had one as well, but a judge threw it off the ballot because he thought the wording of the amendment’s explanation was misleading.)

Missouri’s question ended up in the primary election as a result of a compromise between Republican and Democratic state legislators. Explains the Times: “The Democrats agreed not to filibuster if the referendum was held during the August primary rather than the November general election, said State Senator Jane Cunningham, a Republican who sponsored the bill. With an open seat for the Senate on the line, the Democrats did not want to encourage heavy turnout among conservatives in November.” The referendum approach also had the advantage of not requiring the Democratic governor’s signature, unlike actual legislation.

The Times reports that the campaign in favor of Proposition C, as the referendum is known, “has been a low-key affair, with no television advertising, debates or celebrity Facebook endorsements.”

A group known as Missourians for Health Care Freedom, says the paper, “raised $75,000 as of July 24, enough for radio advertising, yard signs and get-out-the-vote telephone banks, but not enough for television commercials.” The group’s radio ad asks, “Do you think Washington knows what’s best for you and your family?”

Meanwhile, adds the Times, “The only organized opposition — beyond a Facebook page — has been mounted by the Missouri Hospital Association, which has spent more than $400,000 to send mailings to hundreds of thousands of homes, according to financial disclosure reports. The brochures warn that approval of Proposition C could burden hospitals, and their insured patients, with the cost of uncompensated care for people without health coverage.” A spokesman for the hospital association told the newspaper, “There’s an argument that a vote for Proposition C is a vote in support of freeloaders,” though he admitted that “we don’t want it perceived that we’re opposing it.”

Interestingly, while the hospital association, which stands to benefit financially from ObamaCare, is opposing Proposition C, the Missouri State Medical Association, which represents doctors, is supporting it. Doctors, of course, recognize many of the inherent problems with ObamaCare, most especially its rending of the doctor-patient relationship and replacing it with a bureaucrat-patient relationship — and all the additional red tape it means for their offices.

As a full-throated supporter of ObamaCare, the Times does its best to minimize the importance of the referendum and to portray it as nothing but a GOP ploy. The very first paragraph of the Times’ supposedly objective story declares that the vote “seems likely to be a low-turnout affair among an electorate dominated by Republican primary voters and conservative activists.” It later says the referendum “is seen as an organizational test for the Tea Party and like-minded conservatives” and quotes the executive director of the Missouri Democratic Party, who claims the proposition is “a ploy by the Republicans to get their base excited.”

Undoubtedly politics plays into it — indeed, as mentioned above, the very timing of the referendum was the result of a political deal — but surely the fact that a significant number of voters and state legislators believe that their state needs to take a stand against overweening Washington control suggests that there is more to it than simply politics.

Speaking at a rally for Proposition C, State Senator Jim Lembke, a Republican, indicated what that “more” is: “This health care thing is just a vehicle, a vehicle for the debate about what is the role of the federal government and what is the role of the states.” That is, does the Constitution — particularly the Ninth and Tenth Amendments — really mean what it says, or can the federal government overrule it simply by passing a law?

Clearly not everyone thinks the Constitution should be declared legally dead yet. The Times notes that “elected officials in 22 states, almost all Republicans, have filed lawsuits challenging the so-called individual insurance mandate. Among them, Virginia has made a direct claim that the federal law conflicts with its own 2010 statute, which asserts that residents of the commonwealth cannot be compelled to obtain health insurance.” Missouri’s own lieutenant governor, a Republican, is the most recent state official to file suit against the mandate.

The virtue of state legislation, as opposed to lawsuits, is that it can also prevent states from enacting their own individual mandates if ObamaCare is declared unconstitutional or is repealed. Recall that the Missouri question asks for state law to deny “the government” — all levels, not just the federal — the authority to force people to buy health insurance.

Of course, as opponents of Proposition C pointed out to the Times, even if the proposition passes, it doesn’t mean Missouri law will actually change to reflect that. It is merely a statement by the voters that the law should be amended to nullify the individual mandate; it doesn’t force the state to do so.

Still, as the paper says, supporters of the proposition believe that “a substantial victory … will convey a message of discontent with expansive federal government and rally other states and candidates to press the issue through the fall campaign.”

As one who would like to see many other states follow the lead of those who have already voted to nullify at least part of ObamaCare, this author says to Missourians: Show me how it’s done on Tuesday.


SOURCE:

www.thenewamerican.com

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07/28/10

Why does Senator Claire McCaskill & Fellow Democrats Hate the Constitution?

Senator Clair McCaskill and her fellow Democrat Senators with the exception of Sen Harry Reid who is doing all he can to save his job this year voted to support the Disclose Act. Of course it sounds like a good idea.

"A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes. http://tinyurl.com/33xo4gw"

However, when you get to the meat of the legislation, you learn that this legislation is nothing more than to shut up grassroot organization from speaking up and holding legislators accountable for their support of socialist legislation like Obamacare , Cap & Trade and bailouts that cost We the People ore than just tax dollars.

Americans will speak up against the likes of Claire McCaskil. Unfortunately for the people of Mo, she will be in office until 2012 and by then she will hope that people will forget how she ignored the majority of her constituents on Obamacare, the bailouts and the disclose act that would help preserve her fellow Democrats jobs.

We the People do not care if you call yourself, Republican, Democrat or Independent, if you are not listening to us, then we will vote you out. We will speak up, we will gather together and we will defeat you at the polls.

STAND UP, SPEAK UP, LIVE FREE!


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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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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,

__________________________________________

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National Security: A Global Police State-Within-a-State
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Toronto G20 Arrest Continues to Stir Up Controversy
http://bit.ly/9bjZ18

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
http://bit.ly/cWHJuF

Coalitions seek public comment extension for White House cyber security identity proposal
http://bit.ly/b8YV5B

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

NAACP retracts criticism of USDA worker
http://bit.ly/b6qqom

MI Judge Suspended
http://bit.ly/cmxoWX

Lindsey Graham joins panel's Dems to approve Kagan
http://bit.ly/Akx7w

By Her Own Words, Kagan Will Violate Her Oath
http://bit.ly/dwwFTt

ECONOMIC NEWS

Mid-Michigan Says Enough To Fed
http://bit.ly/bPSG4F

One Economic Chart That You Should Permanently Burn Into Your Memory
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Economic Pain
http://bit.ly/bLp0PT

HEALTH NEWS

Newsweek publishes major story exposing fraud of antidepressant drugs
http://bit.ly/cdqx18

2ND AMMENDMENT

Armed Citizens Prevail
http://bit.ly/9VWzng

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Gary McKinnon campaigners praise PM for raising hacker's case with Obama
http://bit.ly/9gfmDM

Hackers 1 Click Away From Stealing Your Identity
http://bit.ly/bgA9H0

Firefox lets hackers grab your passwords
http://bit.ly/a8TZNP

Virus targets Siemens industrial control systems
http://bit.ly/dsyn8k

U.S. Authorities Shut Down Wordpress Host With 73,000 Blogs
http://bit.ly/auDsyQ

The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace
http://bit.ly/cqx10P

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
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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

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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
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Computer hackers break bread, push boundaries of technology
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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

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CENSUS 2010

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OBAMA NATION

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New Tea Party Billboard of Obama, Hitler and Lenin Receives Complaints From Other Tea Partiers
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Poll: 55% of Likely Voters Think Obama Is a Socialist
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Ex-prosecutor: Obama's Kenyan activities may be 'criminal'
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Senate-seeker wants Obama birth-certificate treatment
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POLICE STATE NEWS

Freeway speed cameras are going off road
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NC Will DNA law clear up more crime?
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Immortal Technique: Haiti a police state run by US & UN
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Proof Positive YOU live in a POLICE STATE!
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Uncle of shooting victim rejects letter of apology
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Former officer apologizes for shooting unarmed man
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Why do police hate getting their picture taken?
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Red light cameras in Westmoreland County PA spark debate
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Anti-police vandals hit unmarked car in Santa Cruz
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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Companies Can Buy Bulk DMV Records, Court Says
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Hackers falsifying data on businesses to obtain loans
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Q&A with gubernatorial candidate Randy Brogdon
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Thousands of Nebraskans waiting on DMV since June
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Real ID Causing Real Problems
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Customer information left exposed by insurance giant
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ECONOMIC NEWS

22 Statistics That Prove The Middle Class Is Being Systematically Wiped Out Of Existence In America
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Will Thousands Of Police Layoffs Unleash Chaos And Anarchy Across America?
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Word to homeowners about Hardest-Hit program: 'Be persistent ... and patient'
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Financial reform bill clears key Senate hurdle
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The U.S. Economy Is A Dead Horse
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Road Warrior-level collapse imminent
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Local state employees protest outside DMV in El Centro
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California state workers protest 60% paycut
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Empty Store Shelves Coming to America
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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Senators move to revive estate tax at reduced rate
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Law Remakes U.S. Financial Landscape
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More people openly carrying weapons in Michigan
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Rush Limbaugh Sells Condo, Vetoes NY Taxes
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Support Ron Pauls Parental Consent Act
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEWS

April welfare costs for children of illegal aliens exceeds $52 million
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Undocumented immigrants lose government food aid
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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
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South Dakota to Back Arizona in anti-Illegal Immigration Debate
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CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Missionaries plead not guilty in festival case
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HEALTH NEWS

Big Pharma nanotechnology encodes pills with tracking data that you swallow
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

Republican governor hopefuls ads take on illegal immigration fight
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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.

If you live in one of the following states, it would also be particularly helpful to call your Senator:

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)

You will see your Senator's phone number when you are logged into the system.

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


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CENSUS 2010

Census workers might show up at your door
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You Have a Right to Question the Census Worker
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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”
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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
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BP Claims Cap Progress As Oil Spews Freely
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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
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The Murder of Dr. David Kelly
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POLICE STATE NEWS

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

ECONOMIC NEWS

Pelosi's comments off the mark
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India's 'Hearts Of Darkness' - Horrific Sweat Shops
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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
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NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

The mystery of Lord Mandelson's finances
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HEALTH NEWS

Parents Demand Recall of Pampers With Dry Max
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Monsanto's Roundup - Be Warned
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Aspartame Jumps Premature Births Up To 78%
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Australian vegetables poisoned as police probe sabotage
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ABORTION NEWS

Iowa AG still beating around the bush
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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
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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'
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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
http://bit.ly/dbpFE0

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
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Jury finds Officer Guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Deadly BART Shooting
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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
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Wyoming threatens to sell prime Grand Teton land
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BREAD & CIRCUSES

As the United States Collapses, Media Worships LeBron James
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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
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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
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Obama creates 'protected class' of illegals
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Schoolyard Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison
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MORAL DECLINE

Teacher Faces Sex Charges
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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Database Admin Gets 12 Months For Hacking Employer
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Dangers of Free Public Wifi
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Hackers pose as US senator in email fraud bid
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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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07/02/10

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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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

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NC DMV Helping to Move State Into Police State
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OBAMA CARE

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HEALTH NEWS

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Dangerous new pesticide coming to the produce aisle
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IMMIGRATION NEWS

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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
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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

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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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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06/30/10

URGENT: Congress set to deform America's financial sector

The House and Senate are expected to vote on the final version of the fraudulent "financial reform" bill this week.

We need to defeat this bad bill, HR 4173, which is a whopping 2,319 pages long.

To achieve REAL financial reform we need to pass Ron Paul's Free Competition in Currency Act instead. Please send a letter to Congress pushing for both of these outcomes.

You may borrow from or copy the following sample letter for this purpose . . .

In addition to supporting the "Free Competition in Currency Act" please vote NO on the big Obama-Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, HR 4173. Ron Paul's currency bill addresses the root causes of the financial crisis, while the regulation bill does not.

The financial crisis was caused by . . .

* The Federal Reserve keeping interest rates artificially low
* The Federal Reserve inflating the money supply to satisfy Congress's deficit spending
* Government policies encouraging or forcing financial institutions to issue credit to undeserving people

Together, these policies caused the sub-prime mortgage crisis and the mal-investment of easy money. The result was the Great Recession.

What does the Obama-Dodd-Frank bill do to address these problems?

NOTHING!

Instead, it sets up a "Consumer Protection" agency whose regulations will conflict with other regulatory agencies.

* Congress wants to continue the policy of pressuring lenders to continue lending to borrowers with bad credit
* And then when those borrowers default, financial institutions will be blamed for "predatory lending"
* And I won't be surprised if some of these institutions are bailed out at the same time that they are being scapegoated

Worse, the Obama-Dodd-Frank bill will create armies of new regulators determined to harass Main Street businesses who did nothing to cause the crisis!

Even the one good aspect of the bill, an audit of the Federal Reserve, was severely weakened in the conference committee.

But the main problem with this bill is that it increases the power of the very people who helped create the crisis. Consider these insights . . . http://www.aei.org/outlook/100968

* Donald L. Kohn, vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board: "Many central bankers and economists, myself included, were a little complacent coming into the crisis. We thought we knew enough about the basic structure of markets and the economy. . . . The reality is that we didn't understand the economy as well as we thought we did. Central bankers, along with other policymakers, . . . failed to foresee or prevent a financial crisis."
* Economist Arnold Kling: "The regulators made the same cognitive errors as the regulated."

Politicians and regulators do not know any more about the economy than the businesses and consumers they regulate. But Congress can do much more damage than any business can . . .

* You have vast powers to create laws and regulations that impact the entire economy -- no business or consumer can do that
* You suffer no personal consequence equal to the vast size of the mistakes you make, plus . . .
* You have a disturbing tendency to bailout big businesses and special interest groups to protect them from the consequences of their mistakes

At the heart of the problem is the fact that government is a monopoly. And the solution is for you to restore my freedom to choose. Ending the Federal Reserve's monopoly control over what I use for money is a good place to start . . .

* Americans are essentially forced to use just one currency unit, the dollar
* The dollar's value is NOT determined by the free market, but by the Federal Reserve Board
* This monopoly control by the Fed causes wild price fluctuations and mal-investments in a complex economy

Ron Paul's Free Competition in Currency Act provides the real financial reform we need. It repeals the legal tender law and allows other forms of money to compete.

* Individuals and businesses could negotiate their own terms of purchase, using any form of money they mutually agree on
* The open competition will force the Federal Reserve to stop inflating, thereby ending the booms and busts caused by the Federal Reserve's policies
* Power and choice will be in the hands of the consumer

I insist that you oppose the Obama-Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, HR 4173. Instead, Support the Free Competition in Currency Act!

END LETTER

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

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Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org

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OBAMA NATION

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

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REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

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HEALTH NEWS

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IMMIGRATION NEWS

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CHRISTIANITY NEWS

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HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

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OUR COURT SYSTEM

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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