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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

BP under fire over ‘photoshopped’ image of oil spill command centre
http://bit.ly/cIo9CE

POLICE STATE NEWS

The no-fly list: Why we can live without the no-fly list
http://bit.ly/c4rCBX

Woman Strip Searched & Mocked at Airport - Coming Soon to US?
http://bit.ly/alvIze

Police State Watch
http://bit.ly/a0cLrh

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

Toronto G20 Arrest Continues to Stir Up Controversy
http://bit.ly/9bjZ18

NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

Weighty guests arrive for annual Bohemian Grove
http://bit.ly/bnV1N2

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Woman ends 4-year DMV fight for license
http://bit.ly/9G8gys

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
http://bit.ly/8ohSa1

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
http://bit.ly/anEcjH

The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico
http://bit.ly/deaB71

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released
http://bit.ly/b1E8zL

HEALTH NEWS

Microneedles may make getting flu shots easier
http://yhoo.it/d0YLcQ

Scientist leading GM crop test defends links to US biotech giant Monsanto
http://bit.ly/cxLX1Y

POLITICS & GOVERMENT

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

David Kelly's Dental Records Were Stolen
http://bit.ly/cc5yTb

NC House panel formed to examine prayer rules
http://bit.ly/dhksKk

California conservatives welcome chief justice resignation
http://bit.ly/dfPtew

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Drivers' need for documentation boosts state coffers
http://bit.ly/cnMKuo

Is privacy going the way of the dodo?
http://bit.ly/dv6Xq2

POLICE STATE NEWS

Anatomy of Blacklisting in the USA and UK
http://bit.ly/bozhF2

Letter: Police state in Chicago
http://bit.ly/clCsCj

Dave's frisk-list nix imperils NYers
http://bit.ly/caMN7d

The Abyss of Tyranny
http://bit.ly/c7vzEM

Russian upper house increases KGB successor's power, to activists' dismay
http://bit.ly/9q8JPb

NC Highway Patrol Sergeant Under Criminal Investigation
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Orwell's nightmare--big brother is here
http://exm.nr/9w6IK6

An unkind complicatedness
http://bit.ly/aRnqyl

ECONOMIC NEWS

The U.S. Middle Class Is Being Wiped Out Here's the Stats to Prove It
http://bit.ly/cpGYEI

Rust Discovered On Bank Of Russia Issued 999 Gold Coins
http://bit.ly/aUI22Q

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

N.C. Congregations struggle in aging, decaying churches
http://bit.ly/dqUw3N

ABORTION NEWS

Police won't interfere with pro-lifers
http://bit.ly/9ozh7Y

WAR ON DRUGS

Feds nab alleged PR drug lord after 10-year hunt
http://bit.ly/a9XQBq

CRIME IN THE NEWS

Renowned street artist Banksy tags Detroit, ignites controversy
http://bit.ly/9TV3TZ

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

A gay bishop for the Church of England?
http://bit.ly/9L5OM7

Gays march in Poland to demand equal rights
http://bit.ly/dz03rx

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Man with neo-Nazi ties leading patrols in AZ
http://bit.ly/aMUbxW

Mexico's Brutality Towards Illegal Aliens Ignored By Obama, Us Media
http://bit.ly/aQeLMF

US Department of Justice goes after Arizona laws
http://exm.nr/aYtedL

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers Exploit Windows Shortcut File Flaw
http://bit.ly/cDMo8q

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

07/12/10

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


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
http://bit.ly/dbpFE0

Snitching to the IRS
http://bit.ly/dfuljL

The secret code in U.S. Cyber Command's logo
http://yhoo.it/bDjhlo

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
http://bit.ly/cxbky3

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
http://bit.ly/9u7S5u

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
http://bit.ly/bm9gNo

Schwarzenegger signs landmark egg bill into law
http://bit.ly/9OT1RB

Is olive oil the key to understanding why the Mediterranean diet helps prevent cancer?
http://bit.ly/bXEpCd

Plague-infected rats reported in Myanmar's capita
http://bit.ly/ckkrJn

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

NBC changes rules to allow gay `Today' wedding
http://yhoo.it/crqmjP

PCUSA divided over 'gays'
http://bit.ly/bOWlBA

ABORTION NEWS

Black Children are an Endangered Species
http://bit.ly/aGsVLF

Too Many Aborted
http://www.toomanyaborted.com/

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Voters Oppose Suit Against Arizona; Dems Say It Helps
http://bit.ly/aYafQD

Reporter’s Question on Obama’s Illegal-Immigration Policy Leaves Gibbs Stammering
http://bit.ly/diHOlT

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
http://bit.ly/aoX481

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
http://bit.ly/ao6TNK

WEATHER NEWS

Thousands evacuated in Texas and Mexico as storm approaches
http://bit.ly/9T9sKi

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
http://bit.ly/cEBIMi

The BP/Government police state
http://bit.ly/cC0Heg

Envious Bulgarian PM Snubs Police State Talk
http://bit.ly/aXImSq

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Computer problems hit dozens of DMV offices
http://bit.ly/dCycDJ

ECONOMIC NEWS

Mass. town will charge to keep street lights on
http://bit.ly/cKbqIS

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NEWS

Jan Brewer: We Will Beat All Lawsuits Against Arizona Illegal Immigration Law
http://bit.ly/c7pHwB

Governor Jan Brewer Exerts her Political Influence
http://bit.ly/8Y7acZ

Statement by Gov. Jan Brewer Regarding the Federal Lawsuit Against AZ
http://bit.ly/d9uXSl

Ariz. Dem blasts Obama immigration lawsuit
http://bit.ly/b0G2ES

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
http://bit.ly/d3hzUD

Justice Department Files Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law
http://bit.ly/aBlA2D

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Principals wrong in 'Candy Cane' case
http://bit.ly/bbBMBZ

California school district adopts Bible course
http://bit.ly/alXjnA

Presbyterians to consider redefining marriage
http://bit.ly/agIBem

ABORTION NEWS

Gov't a no-show in pro-lifer's arrest case
http://bit.ly/9yCxNl

GLOBAL WARMING

Cap-and-trade is not the way to control carbon emissions
http://bit.ly/4rOM7A

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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

Credit Card Hackers Visit Hotels All Too Often
http://nyti.ms/ckrTdi

Hackers Cause Problems For YouTube And Apple
http://bit.ly/9TM8wB

Hackers Target George Bush Library Website
http://bit.ly/9y4HGE

Google issues fix for hacked YouTube
http://bit.ly/bSC0G3

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
http://bit.ly/chiBVT

OBAMA NATION

Analyst: Obama has U.S. economy in 'death spiral'
http://bit.ly/bPwLZ6

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
http://bit.ly/db38vd

DUMBING DOWN AMERICANS

26% of U.S. don't know who we declared independence from
http://bit.ly/cBgvxc

ECONOMIC NEWS

State authorities bust $8 million mortgage fraud ring
http://bit.ly/d08aCV

State and Local Gov't Workers' Job Security Fades
http://bit.ly/cAdJTX

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
http://bit.ly/9EW9HI

HEALTH NEWS

Bedbugs Expand Their Horizons Beyond the Bedroom
http://bit.ly/99cnlj

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Enhanced driver's licence not so popular with Canadians
http://bit.ly/bFiPak

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers poison 4th of July search results to sell scareware
http://bit.ly/bjwSu6

Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, 'Jurassic Park'-style
http://bit.ly/bNOkf4

Schoolboys Nick Webber and Ryan Thomas 'ran £8m online fraud network'
http://bit.ly/awWZdA

Tenth of UK PCs compromised by hackers
http://bit.ly/9cWr8k

MORE STORMS?

Three Possible Hurricanes Aim For The Gulf
http://bit.ly/9Qm1D1

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

IN THE NEWS

SELF DEFENSE & PROTECTION

Surviving A Home Invasion Robbery
http://bit.ly/arGVlQ

OBAMA NATION

Soldiers: Obama ordered us to lobby for 'gay' rights
http://bit.ly/bdZ4b2

If what Kyl said is true it is grounds for impeachment
http://bit.ly/bMvH9a

Obama Pushes for National Standard on Immigration, Urges GOP to Back Overhaul
http://bit.ly/cIdr2Q

POLICE STATE NEWS

Army drops 'psy ops' name for influence operations - New Name Same Agenda
http://yhoo.it/aWJd9p

House Approves Martial Law Rule?
http://bit.ly/bSvtFP

Heading toward a police state
http://bit.ly/a7Rd57

Facebook Has Deleted Boycott Bp, Leaving Almost 800,000 Fans Hanging
http://bit.ly/aaRS1H

Police tactics during G20 spark protest
http://bit.ly/djTqrG

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Ron Paul: 114 Flip Flop on Audit The Fed Causing Bill to Fail 229 – 198
http://bit.ly/clZwwV

How did Chris Jones die, and does anyone care?
http://bit.ly/cokfhe

After gun ban defeat, Chicago mayor proposes strict rules
http://bit.ly/a7FRNo

Brogdon: Restore freedom
http://bit.ly/9OmCZf

Government Needs to Incentivize, Not Own, Online ID
http://bit.ly/9LLoAA

GRNC Joins Suit Against North Carolina Gun Ban
http://bit.ly/92wH9w

ECONOMIC NEWS

Schwarzenegger orders min wage for state workers
http://yhoo.it/bhQxEH

Fannie-Freddie Bailout Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion
http://yhoo.it/c7Exkz

New CBO report paints ugly picture
http://bit.ly/9T42kR

Pelosi: Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs
http://bit.ly/b1vTgs

Pending home sales plunge record 30 percent
http://yhoo.it/aB7vIz

The recovery seems to be losing its pop
http://bit.ly/aZzyCW

Detroit 3 see auto sales drop by more than 10%
http://bit.ly/bK1ND7

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

An elected Texas Republican will help repeal Real ID
http://bit.ly/aZCwd9

NC DMV Helping to Move State Into Police State
http://bit.ly/9OO5M0

OBAMA CARE

Feds ask for dismissal of Va.'s suit against health care reform
http://bit.ly/9dLf9o

HEALTH NEWS

Scientists Admit Chemtrails Are Creating Artificial Clouds
http://bit.ly/9F2wNc

Dangerous new pesticide coming to the produce aisle
http://bit.ly/9D5aDq

Seventy million expired flu vaccines about to be incinerated as waste
http://bit.ly/djTGKu

U.S. chicken McNuggets 'contain SILLY PUTTY chemical'
http://bit.ly/ctT9Kl

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Brewer: 'Disturbing' That Feds Spend More on Mexico Than Border Guard
http://bit.ly/aFkhYo

They are not 'immigrants,' Mr. President!
http://bit.ly/9uOa2w

Feds arrest Texas ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT shootings suspect in NC
http://bit.ly/dxPDCn

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
http://bit.ly/cmjjfM

Gay U.S. citizens seek to claim residency for foreign spouses
http://bit.ly/9zdZCG

RECALL NEWS

Toyota considering another recall; engines may stall
http://bit.ly/cseJEg

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers poison 4th of July search results to sell scareware
http://bit.ly/bjwSu6

Computer hackers and how they work
http://bit.ly/a8Obed

Legislative website being repaired after hack Infected with a Virus
http://bit.ly/cDB3mP

Internet hackers breach payment system website of Resort at Squaw Creek's management company
http://bit.ly/9TmM1w

More DMV employees charged with taking bribes, giving licenses to illegal aliens
http://bit.ly/aKOxh1

Hacker threat to new signature
http://bit.ly/dstESe

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.

We also urge you to tell your friends. Share this on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/downsizedc

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org

IN THE NEWS
FINANCIAL REFORM
URGENT: Congress set to deform America’s financial sector
http://bit.ly/8YmyZ1

Financial Reform in Congress: A Disorderly Failure
http://bit.ly/dxVgF6

OIL SPILL 2010

BP controls access to medical care for Gulf Oil clean-up workers
http://bit.ly/cSONP4

Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP
http://yhoo.it/bfDXNm

CLEAR Water Tests Positive for Oil, Officials Only Doing Visual Assessments
http://bit.ly/be1wx8

Video: BP Turning Beaches Into Hazardous Dumps?
http://bit.ly/bYSldm

US accepts international assistance for Gulf spill
http://bit.ly/9LyUGb

Oil spill visits get partisan
http://politi.co/b19FpM

BP worker found dead of natural causes
http://bit.ly/9HHqzD

OBAMA NATION

Obama's coffee house loophole
http://bit.ly/9CFBDT

Obama risks all on flip of a COIN
http://bit.ly/doE881

Obama's Twitter Account HACKED, Hacker says He Meant Well
http://bit.ly/by6ITn

POLICE STATE NEWS

Rights group ACLU plans to sue over US 'no-fly' list
http://bit.ly/cGnr9p

G20: never forget
http://bit.ly/8XqAfB

This is what a police state looks like!
http://bit.ly/9qfEoL

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Democrats appease Sen. Scott Brown
http://bit.ly/bE06jp

AZ lawmaker who questioned 9/11/01 seeks governor's seat, challenging Brewer
http://bit.ly/dg3u83

Kagan Declines To Say Gov't Has No Power to Tell Americans What To Eat
http://bit.ly/d6xsT4

Rationing us to Death: The Real Green Agenda!
http://bit.ly/df6WUR

Federal Judges Sitting On Critical Cases Is Inexcusable
http://bit.ly/a5RIlb

Who Will Pay - Wall Street Or Main Street?
http://bit.ly/9Ttsm3

Nullify, Repeal, and Vote them out!
http://bit.ly/d3Y1YZ

Fighting for Constitutional Government in America
http://bit.ly/cVhmVE

May Be 50 Undercover Russian Couples In US
http://n.pr/aTzSY1

7 Potential Economic Effects Of A War With Iran
http://bit.ly/bsSS2Q

ECONOMIC NEWS

25 Signs That Almost Everyone Is Expecting An Economic Collapse In 2010
http://bit.ly/dvX68c

Dem Congressman: Dow Jones Will Plummet 1,000-2,000 if Financial Regulation Isn't Passed
http://bit.ly/bVOEQI

Consumer Confidence Collapses Massively In June
http://bit.ly/bW73Sz

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Woman Denied DL Over Missing Marriage License
http://bit.ly/dx1Gfy

Biased State DMV Destroys Naturalization Papers and Other ID, Class Claims
http://bit.ly/aJvwBJ

Lesbian's DC marriage collides with Tennessee's DMV over name change
http://bit.ly/al52Hw

HEALTH NEWS

Medically-Caused Deaths In America
http://bit.ly/dbDt2M

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal
http://bit.ly/bqGMmf

Whites in state 'below the replacement' level
http://bit.ly/bLPVfG

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Grad's grievance goes to higher court
http://bit.ly/bi1Qbh

A 'muzzle' on pro-family groups
http://bit.ly/9qAPyp

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

Wis. Supreme Court upholds 'gay marriage' ban
http://bit.ly/cIaWeH

OUR COURT SYSTEM

Judge frees mom jailed for keeping son from rapist dad
http://bit.ly/aiSyuv

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hackers vandalise 200 web sites, cripple 150
http://bit.ly/aBXzWt

Hackers Steal $465,000 from Escrow Firm
http://bit.ly/9fXH46

Instant Messenger Programs Targeted By Hackers
http://bit.ly/cteyDz

Hackers access Maine student information
http://bit.ly/9XNRjX

Hackers Target Non-PC Devices
http://bit.ly/bdzh2A

06/24/10

Keep Up the Pressure to Kill a Dangerous Bill

Downsize DC MAY be on the verge of another victory, but it's up to you to keep up the pressure.

You see, last November, a Senate committee unanimously approved a poisonous "food safety" bill, S.510.

Seven months later, however, the bill still hasn't reached the Senate floor.

Why?

Because of you!

DC Downsizers and a broad coalition of farm activists objected to the draconian regulations that would destroy small farms and the organic food industry.

In response, Sen. Jon Tester proposed some amendments that would exempt family farms and small food processors. Other Senators have proposed other amendments, and Majority Leader Harry Reid is facing division within his own party on the bill.

It's possible that Sen. Reid won't bring S.510 to the floor at all this year. This would be ideal.

It's also possible that the Senate will debate the bill sometime in the coming weeks, so let's be prepared . . .

* tell Congress you oppose this dangerous food "safety" bill
* and at the very least, insist on Sen. Tester's amendments

Please send your message using DownsizeDC.org's Freedom to Farm campaign.

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

In general, I oppose federal "safety" regulations. Our food supply would be safer if the free market and the states supplied the regulations.

* Private trade associations and certification boards will compete to win consumer confidence in the safety and reliability of their products
* Firms that sell liability insurance would have flexible, site-specific safety requirements instead of one-size-fits-all regulations
* Consumers would be more likely to purchase from local growers and sellers that they know and trust
* States could learn from each other the most effective government regulations, if any are needed

In principle, then, I believe you should oppose S.510 and work to repeal most of the federal laws and regulations on the books.

I also demand that you make the bill "less bad" by insisting on the inclusion of Sen. Tester's amendments. These amendments would exempt . . . http://tester.senate.gov/Newsroom/pr_041410_foodsafety.cfm

* Producers that add value to food through processing and whose adjusted gross income is less than $500,000 per year;
* Producers who sell their food directly to market (such as farmers’ markets).

Please support other amendments that would make the bill less burdensome for farmers and small processors. There will never be a 100% guarantee that all food will always be safe, but . . .

* recent food-borne illness outbreaks have not been caused by family farms and other small businesses
* if outbreaks were to occur, the number of victims will be small and the effects will be localized

In contrast, excessive fees and regulations could wipe out many small farms and businesses. This would make our food LESS safe because no amount of regulation or inspection will prevent every outbreak, and outbreaks in the corporate food chain will have far more victims and more widespread effects.

We do not need more federal regulation. We would be safer if we had more freedom.

END LETTER

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06/22/10

Defeat the DISCLOSE Act

Quote of the Day: "As we noted in our amicus brief supporting Citizens United, the FEC now has regulations for 33 types of contributions and speech, and 71 different types of speakers. Regardless of the abstract merit of the various arguments for and against limits on political contributions and spending, this very complexity raises serious concerns about whether the law can be enforced consistent with the First Amendment." -- 8 former Commissioners of the Federal Election Commission, writing in the Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2010

The word "disclose," as used in the title of the DISCLOSE Act, is a silly acronym that stands for "Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections."

We couldn't disagree more.

The provisions of this bill (H.R. 5175 and S. 3295) would actually...

* Protect incumbents from competition by other candidates, and from criticism by citizens' groups.
* Violate your First Amendment rights to free speech, free press, and assembly.
* Harm your First Amendment right to petition Congress for a redress of grievances.
* Crush your Ninth Amendment right to associate with others for peaceful purposes, such as defeating incumbent office holders and electing new representatives.

It's important to understand that . . .

* Incumbent politicians support campaign finance laws, like the DISCLOSE Act, because these laws kill your ability to fire and replace them.
* Media companies also love these laws because they cripple your ability to be your own media, by joining with others to fund political advertising campaigns.

Unlike you, and the political organizations you support, media companies enjoy completely unrestricted freedoms of speech, press, and association. They can raise and spend unlimited amounts . . .

* to tell you what you should believe,
* and which candidates are worth considering,
* while completely ignoring or ridiculing those candidates who don't support the Establishment Ideology of Crony Capitalism and Welfare-Warfare Statism.

Specifically, in this case, the DISCLOSE Act would harm DownsizeDC.org, Inc, and other organizations like it. This harm would come in many ways, including the following . . .

If we spend more than $10,000 on political communications during a calendar year we would have to report to the government, and to the general public, ALL donors who have given between $600 or $1,000, depending on the type of political communications we wanted to express.

This may sound trivial, but it's actually ominous . . .

* Instead of simply exercising our rights to free expression we would have to start thinking about whether or not something we wanted to say would trigger the requirements of this law.
* We would also have to start spending money that our donors gave for one purpose, such as educating the public, to comply with this law.
* These reporting requirements will also have a chilling effect on donations. Those who fear potential retaliation from Congress, or who simply value their privacy, may decide to cease making donations.

And that's exactly what the DISCLOSE proponents want -- they want to reduce political expression by groups that represent your anti-Statist ideals. They want to silence DC Downsizers and other groups that oppose the imposition of new burdens on the American people.

This danger is especially severe with larger donors who may have business interests that could be harmed by incumbent politicians. Business leaders know that politicians routinely use their power to reward friends and punish enemies. That's why the DISCLOSE Act also requires that . . .

Both the head of an organization, AND the top contributor to any broadcast ad, must both include recorded statements that they approve the message. Television ads and political mailings, must also list the top five contributors to the organization.

* Once again, this will have a chilling effect on contributions, and once again, this is what incumbent politicians want, because it will reduce the amount of criticism and competition directed at them.
* This requirement will also create administrative headaches. Fundraising materials will have to contain disclosure requirements, and database software will have to be re-programmed to account for these requirements.
* The cost of making ads will also increase, because top donors will have to travel to record their endorsements.
* The broadcast time required to say "this message was funded by... and I approve this message" will also eat into the educational portion of every ad.

According to eight former members of the Federal Election Commission, writing in the Wall Street Journal . . .

In many 30-second ads, DISCLOSE would require no fewer than six statements as to who is paying for the ad (the current law already requires one such statement). These disclaimers would take up as much as half of every ad.

The DISCLOSE Act will also prohibit communications that could be interpreted as advocating a candidate's election or defeat, even if the communication doesn't specifically use those words. This is potentially the most dangerous provision of this legislation given that it is COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE.

No one will be able to know for sure if they are violating this law when they prepare an ad or other communication, so it will be safer to simply remain silent. Or, they could choose to divert even more of their donor's money hiring lawyers before making each and every move.

Please use DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System to tell your elected Representatives to oppose the DISCLOSE Act.

We urge you to spread the word about this important issue. Forward this to friends and share on Facebook.

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