Monday, December 13, 2010

Say NO to the Obama Tax Compromise! TEA Party Patriots National Message

The House will take up the Tax Compromise package Tuesday. CALL your representatives now.

Do not let Congress compromise with Obama. "The Compromise" is against everything the House Republican Leadership agreed to in the "Pledge to America." This type of behind closed door politics is not what "We the People" voted for in November.

CLICK HERE to Sign Tea Party Patriots' petition against "The Tax Deal" with Obama. Don't allow Congress to Compromise with Obama.

Here are the reasons why this tax bill must be opposed as outlined by Hugh Hewitt in

"The Deal" was forged in secret, without consultation with the scores of new representatives and senators who campaigned on a much different agenda- much less with their supporters and contributors who worked for two years and gave vast sums of money so that a new start could be made, one built on transparency and principle.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks This Day (See Lincoln's Proclamation below)

This is an original 1863 illustration by Thomas Nast of "Thanksgiving Day, 1863." The image shows scenes of importance to this critical period in our Nation's History. The image show a nation in earnest prayer. Our founding fathers, our political leaders, our military leaders, emancipated slaves, and the destitute are all seen lifting their prayers before God. In the center, we see a dramatic image of Columbia (Lady Liberty) kneeling in prayer. This is a touching illustration, and an important reminder of the critical role that prayer played in the history of our Nation.

From AtlasShrugs2000 (cached page)

Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Washington, DC—October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Liberty and Tyranny

Synonyms for the TSA: totalitarian, despotism, authoritarian, police state, Orwellian, draconian, tyrannical, dictatorship, autocracy, fascism, oligarchy.

Antonyms for the TSA: democracy, freedom, liberty, representative government, equality, emancipation, republic, egalitarianism.

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

People are intimated, coerced and in a state of fear and submission based upon TSA actions and threats.

I fly for business several times each month and am concerned about TSA's new "enhanced security" methods for several reasons: safety, privacy, ineffective procedures, and most importantly, the procedures are a violation of my Fourth Amendment rights.

The Backscatter X-Ray Scanners, aka Porno Scanners have not been adequately tested for health impact and the safety data cited is provided by the machine's manufacturers' and government contractors who are in many cases, former administration officials. Providers of the machines have a vested financial interest in their deployment.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Victory For Liberty!!!! A Message from TEA Party Patriots

Congratulations to the Citizens of our Nation - Tea Party Patriots Salutes You!

Today was a victory for Liberty!!!! Congratulations! Victories across the country happened because of your hard work and your dedication to our core values, our Constitution, and our country! Your efforts to spread our message throughout the country have resonated with millions of Americans! Time after time you melted the phone lines, showed up at rallies, made signs, protested outside of Congressmen and Senator’s offices, lobbying the halls of Congress, and so much more. Each and every time you took one of these actions our message spread further throughout the country.

On the night of the final health care vote in the House of Representatives, so many of you were in DC protesting, while millions more were emailing, calling and faxing their Representatives. You were disgusted that your government ignored your will so egregiously. For almost thirty six hours straight you stood against those who refused to listen. Those who were in DC, sang with hoarse voices, “We’ll Remember in November! Hey! Hey! Good Bye!” They thought that when November came you wouldn’t remember. But we did remember. And those who ignored you have paid the price. Take pleasure in this feeling of victory.

An Early TEA Party Choice -- American Exceptionalism Personified

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How Do You Rank the "Death of a Nation"?

Watched our 2010 election countdown clock roll over to all zeros. Whoo Hoo!!! D-Day, Armageddon, Moment of Truth, Moment of Salvation... is finally here.

Actually turned the computer back on to add this because we just watched Hannity's repeat segment with Kirsten Powers and Margaret Hoover. Kirsten was defending socialism -- sorry, defending the Obama Administration -- with her pronouncements that "...the American people put healthcare at number three in their reasons for voting this election cycle". Margaret disagreed, of course, as do I.

Because how do you rank the top three reasons to vote against anyone who supports Obama's DNR (Do not Resuscitate) Plan for America?

Let's see... why should I vote for a Conservative Constitutionalist and against Obama and his minions?

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vote for Liberty. Restore the U. S. Constitution.

If you've already voted, thank you. If not, please VOTE Tuesday. Urge your family, friends and coworkers to vote.

Vote for conservative values. Vote for TEA Party Patriots core values of: Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.

Recycle Government this election by teaching DC the Three "R"s: Repeal, Reduce, Restore.

REPEAL the government takeover of healthcare.
REDUCE the size and scope of the federal government and reduce the deficit. Balance the federal budget.
RESTORE the United States Constitution.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Deemed Unworthy by the GOP

I watched Karl Rove on O'Reilly tonight. Topic was whether Republicans would take the Senate. Rove addressed how many seats had to be taken, in what order as polls closed, and he bemoaned the fact that Republicans could fall one or two seats short.

And if that happens there is NO ONE to blame except the entrenched Republican elite hierarachy who deemed -- in spite of the PEOPLES' edict -- the elite class deemed that Christine O'Donnell was not worthy of support.

Combine that asinine choice with the Senate minority leadership decision to not strip Lisa Murkowski of her senior committee positions if she challenged the will of the majority of Alaska's Republican voters by running as a write-in candidate.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Get Out the Vote (GOTV) House Party and Citizens United Movie

Tuesday, October 26, 7 p.m.
Location provided upon RSVP

We are at the turning point in the battle to return our Nation to its founding principles. This election will be the most important election of our lifetime. We must work and be prepared for November 2nd. We MUST make sure TEA Party supporters turn out to vote!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Barack Obama may avoid Sikh temple on Asia visit over fears of being branded a Muslim

A VISIT by Barack Obama to the holiest of Sikh shrines may be cancelled because his advisers do not want the US President to wear a headscarf - fearing that it could fuel false rumours that he is a secret Muslim.

Regardless of views about legitimacy... I will repeat a portion of an earlier post concerning Obama's cultural identity, from Once to Every Man and Nation. Apparently that post strikes a nerve, as it's received more antagonistic, juvenile and vulgar comments than any other on this blog.
But the president spent the most formative years of his childhood in the company of communists, invited into his home as beloved family members. He lived in a communist nation, Indonesia, still home to the largest muslim population in the world. His values do not align with those of most Americans; his cultural identity is not that of an American.
Can you imagine a controversy, concern or clamor over whether any other U. S. President would wear a headcovering in a Sikh (not muslim) temple? The confusion about this president's religion persists because of his actions, and lack thereof. From his affiliation and devotion to Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the tutelage of a communist mentor and Fellow Traveler mother, and his current affinity for the links vice the pews on Sunday mornings, his actions perpetuate the perception that he is not a Christian.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Left Calls this Hate Speech and "Lewd" -- What Part of the First Amendment Do They Not Understand?

From the article: Some argue that the image was not appropriate for public display. "If it offends people, you do have a certain obligation to take it down because little kids see that," says Crystal Kitzman, who says she thought the sign was lewd. End quoted text.

Definition of lewd ( lustful; wicked, vulgar, obscene. ( sexually unchaste or licentious; obscene, vulgar.

And as for her "if it offends people you have a certain obligation to take it down" comment.

Really. The liberal left movies, books, photos and characterization of President Bush offended me, and millions of other Americans. As did their treatment of Ronald Reagan and other conservative leaders.

As does their continued use of the extremely LEWD (vulgar, obscene) use of the pejorative "Tea Bagger" when referring to TEA Party activists who are simply exercising our right to free speech and freedom of assembly in the service of our Nation.

It also offends me that the liberal left has threatened violence upon the owner of the billboard and his wife, simply because "progressives" do not like the message.

Truth hurts, doesn't it? And it will hurt even more November 2, 2010 and November 6, 2012.


CLICK HERE. Voting machine errors reported in several counties.

The touchscreen machines are indicating a vote for the candidate ABOVE the box that is selected. Double and TRIPLE check your ballots before submitting to insure that your vote has been registered correctly. Report errors immediately.

Friday, October 15, 2010

I Want Your Money -- New Film Out Today

CLICK HERE for a list of theaters nationwide. If there's a huge turnout this weekend, then the release will widen and we'll all get a chance to see the film. Nearest theater to (most) Patriots 28560 members would be Garner, about 100 miles. Lots of options for Raleigh, Charlotte and Fayetteville.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Judge Allows States' Healthcare Suit to Proceed

(Reuters) - U.S. states can proceed with their lawsuit seeking to overturn President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, a Florida judge ruled on Thursday. CLICK for full article.

To Co-opt a Campaign Slogan: I am "FIRED UP and READY to GO!"

Vote, that is!!!

I am driving my husband nuts. I was ready to go cast my early vote at 8 a.m. this morning. He has work to do first... So I called my sister and woke her up. Had to DO something til I can actually GO VOTE.

I haven't been this excited, enthusiastic, energetic about voting since I cast my very first vote for Ronald Reagan. He was our only hope to replace, repeal and reform the failed policies of Jimmy (malaise) Carter.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Project Vote Smart's Vote Easy -- National Coverage Please SHARE

Where will you be voting this year?

Click HERE for a fantastic voting tool that covers the entire United States, both Senate and House candidates.

Be sure to click on the 12 banners across the top of the Vote Easy page and register your response. The candidates' "signs" will move forward if they are in agreement with your position.

Please share this invaluable website using our social media share banner, right column or icons embedded below this post.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What Does Victory for the TEA Party Look Like?

The Center for American Heritage
by Jason E. High
October 6, 2010

By all accounts, Republicans are on track to make major gains in Congress in November. Disenfranchised with the Democrats and energized by the Tea Party movement, voters appear to be prepared to give the Republican party a chance at governing for a while. Thus, the pendulum swings once more.

The question that needs to be asked, however, is what does victory for the Tea Party actually look like? Is victory simply defeating as many Democrats as possible in the fall election? Every Tea Party member and activist that I've spoken with adamantly decries any attempt to paint the movement as affiliated with the Republican party. So defining victory as obtaining Republican majorities would seem to run counter to their core philosophy.

One Nation March "Worst that it Gets"

Additional photos CLICK HERE.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

25 Minutes to Change America

GOPTrust raised $18,738 in twenty-four hours to help finalize this 25-minute film. The organization needs $25,000 to complete, that's just a bit over $6,000 more to get this on the airwaves. The excerpt above is powerful. We need to be able to make this, and the finished product, go viral.

Pence: "Congress Should Not Adjourn Until it Stops Tax Hikes On All Americans"

“Democrats are poised to embrace one of the largest tax increases in history in one of the worst economies in my lifetime and it must not stand.”

Washington, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, gave the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today:

“Mr. Speaker I rise in opposition to the Rule, not just for what’s in it, but for what’s not in it. This rule will allow a vote on three separate pieces of legislation, none of which will allow the Republicans or Democrats in Congress who support extending all current tax relief to have an up or down vote before we adjourn. The truth is, what’s happening in Washington, D.C., this week is just unconscionable.

Democrats are putting their politics over your prosperity."

“The economic policies of this administration have failed. Fifteen million Americans are unemployed, millions more have given up even looking for work, but now Speaker Pelosi and the Democrat majority want to impose one of the largest tax increases in our country’s history on job creators in less than 100 days. And they won’t even allow a vote on the floor to extend all tax relief."

“Mr. Speaker, raising taxes on job creators won’t create jobs, but Democrats are poised to embrace one of the largest tax increases in history in one of the worst economies in my lifetime and it must not stand. The American people deserve to know—Washington Democrats are putting saving their jobs ahead of saving yours."

“Mr. Speaker, higher taxes won’t get anybody hired. Congress must not vote to adjourn, we must not leave this chamber before we permit a fair and open, up or down vote to prevent higher taxes on any American in January of next year. House Republicans say, ‘no extension of all tax relief for every American, no adjournment.’”

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Nov 2 Voting, Candidates, and Judges Pages Published

Please visit our three newest pages: Nov 2 Voting, Conservative Candidates and Conservative Judges. As a TEA Party Patriot group, Patriots 28560 does not endorse candidates. We do, however, strive to inform voters of candidates whose values most align with our TEA Party Patriots Core Values of Fiscal Responsibility, Constitutionally Limited Government and Free Markets.

In many cases, voters of Craven County do not have a choice, there are no conservatives on the ballot. We MUST change this by the next election cycle. We do indicate where we have presented incomplete information and ask that you email any insights you may have that will impact our candidate lists.

Judges increasingly determine what constraints will be placed upon our liberty and rights as Americans. You MUST vote for individual judges, a party line vote does NOT include judges. We urge you to vote for conservative judges who can help restore our adherence to the Constitution and preserve our Republic through case law and a strong commitment to States Rights.

A reminder to all candidates:

We WILL hold our newly elected officials to a high standard, a standard that includes voting in accordance with our Core Values and always for what is best for our Nation. Not what is best for a particular voting block, constituency, special interest group, ability to deliver "pork" to North Carolina or to Craven County. We are tired of business as usual. True change is sweeping the Nation and will manifest in the November 2 election.

We will not rest, we will not go away, we will not allow our newly elected officials to renege on campaign promises. If they do, they will serve one-term and We the People will recruit true Constitutional Conservatives to represent us at the city, county, state and federal levels.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Propaganda, Placement and Persuasion

There's a relatively new billboard that I pass by almost daily. Its colors are washed out, the style is reminiscent of the 1930s WPA (Works Progress Adminstration) government posters and government-sponsored artwork. Apparently it resonates with the public, because Verizon Mobile has launched a new graphic, titled Rule the Air in a style that could be mistaken for WPA art.

Both ad campaigns disturb me in their simplicity and ties to another era, an era of desperation, cemented by a determination that only the federal government could provide the solution.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fire Pelosi Bus Tour

Fire Pelosi Bus Tour

Obama Plans Ad Attack upon the TEA Party

Click HERE for New Yorks Times article.

The White House is considering national advertisements depicting TEA Party members as extremists in an effort to energize its base. This following Obama's remarks to an entirely black coalition this weekend, urging members to "Protect the Change." We hear accusations of racism constantly, yet Obama and his surrogates are always the ones who see -- and USE -- color as a weapon of derision and division.

As a co-founder of Patriots 28560, a TEA Party group, I can attest to having the great privilege of meeting nothing but polite, kind, compassionate and concerned fellow citizens. Always respectful of others and of our great Founders and Founding Documents. And always passionate.

If the White House pursues this stategy, of attack upon The TEA Party and by extension, an attack upon you and I, average citizens who simply want to guarantee the future of our great Nation, if the democratic political machine adopts this orchestrated, negative campaign... then they will be cementing their loss of both Houses of Congress November 2.

Our Identity as an American People

Full article here: Rubio calls election 'referendum on national identity' at tea party rally.

Marco Rubio at Forward with the Constitution Rally, northeast Florida, Saturday. "This election is nothing less than a referendum of our identity as a nation and as a people," Rubio said, calling 2010 an historic moment "when people were pushed to the brink." When he complained of go-along-to-get-along Republican politicians, people in the audience chimed in, "That's right."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Drudge Headline: Obama Goes to Church!

Link to article here.

Amazing how far we've come in less than two years... that the simple act of the President attending church merits a headline on The Drudge Report. Internal polling must be off-the-charts and his handlers have orchestrated a last-minute, mid-term election realignment strategy to try and save "The Brand." Good luck with that one (not).

Friday, September 17, 2010

Celebrate Constitution Day!

We the People.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution by thirty-nine men, September 17, 1787.

A great time to display your American flag.

Join Hillsdale College and George Will, The Washington Post, online at 8 p.m. eastern for a FREE seminar, "Why We Celebrate Constitution Day." CLICK here to register with Hillsdale College.

Property Tax Appraisal Meeting -- Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

Township Six Firestation, Carolina Pines Boulevard. Open to the public.

Speakers will provide property owners an overview of various options in response to recent tax value increases.

Promoted -- but not presented -- by Patriots 28560.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

UPDATE: NRSC Chairman's Statement, 11:09 a.m. Eastern

NRSC Chairman Cornyn’s Statement On Delaware Senate Race
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:09 AM

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), released the following statement regarding the Delaware Senate race:

“Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee – and I personally as the committee’s chairman – strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.

Principles, or Politics as Usual? NRSC Refuses to Support O'Donnell

I watched Karl Rove on Hannity last night and was disgusted by his pettiness, petulance, and political deafness when discussing the repercussions of Christine O'Donnell's (Delaware) primary win last night.

How dare the political elites of the Republican party try and negate "We the People's" choice in a Republican primary.

How dare they empower the opponents of our founding principles and Constitution by employing the same politics of division and class warfare that are used to such effect by the party currently in power.

How dare they withhold Republican funding from a duly elected Republican candidate when those funds were solicited from  Republican donors.

How dare they run a certifiable northeastern RINO, who voted for Cap and Trade, voted for the Stimulus Package, voted for legislation that would have allowed for the investigation and impeachment of President George W. Bush... then after trying to hobble us with such a candidate, accuse US of being the cause of their predictions of loss in the general election.

How dare they present an aged insider as "change" for Delaware and for our Nation. Those who read this blog know I have the greatest respect for my elders, for our Greatest Generation, for the experience gained by age. But this year, this election, the specter of the aged Castle, shuffling toward the camera in one widely played video, Castle's image conjures a Nation in decline.

And how dare they roll out the same old tired, fear-mongering mantra of "If you vote on principle, you'll never gain the majority. It's better to elect a Republican and have the majority, then work to effect change from that position of power."

Because we all know that's worked so well with Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Conservatives can count on those two Castle-mold RINOs to support the Constitution, to block socialist Supreme Court nominees, and to interpret the General Welfare Clause in favor of We the People rather than We the Statists. Yes, of course, conservatives should have absolutely bowed to the Republican elites' choice of candidate.

I have already donated to Christine O'Donnell's campaign. 

I have donated to many candidates over this primary season, bypassing the NRSC (National Republican Senatorial Committee) and GOP and empowering individual candidates directly. I will make my voice heard beyond North Carolina, with my cash, with my time, and with this blog.

I consider every Republican attack on a conservative, Constitutionalist candidate to be an attack on MY values, MY choices, and MY determination to turn our Nation back to its founding principles.

Stand firm on principles and our Nation wins in November.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Barone: Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare

GOPUSA » Commentary » Barone: Gangster Government Stifles Criticism of Obamacare

Note Sebelius' "Zero tolerance" threat that stands in direct violation of our First Amendment rights.

Remember in November. Not a month that rhymes with impeach or treason... but the investigations, proceedings, and Senate trial should begin when the 112th Congress is sworn in January 3rd.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

911 Observance -- Patriot Day

While the focus on this ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks should be upon those who perished, and their loved ones who go on alone, Americans must never forget the events of 911. And never forget the perpetrators target us still.

I was in New York City the week before the attack, for a marketing conference. On Sunday, September 9, I took the opportunity to sightsee, making the Circle Line Tour to Ellis Island and visiting Lady Liberty. I chose to walk back to my hotel, traveling through the shadows of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. Two days later I watched in horror as the terrorists found their targets.

I returned to the City early November and walked from Grand Central Station to Ground Zero. There were literally thousands of us, heading south, preferring to walk rather than take a taxi. We were sharing where we were from and where we were the day of the attacks. The mood was respectful and reserved, quiet, but still conversational.

As we moved closer to Ground Zero we could smell the odor of burnt... everything. Our conversations quieted. When we got within a few blocks, we began to see manhole covers blown off, debris, destruction. All conversation stopped. Many wept openly, including me. It was hard to breathe, and not just because of the smell and heaviness of the air.

Somewhere between Grand Central and Ground Zero we changed from Americans visiting the site of our Nation's worst attack since Pearl Harbor... to Americans making a pilgrimage to show respect to those who perished.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

American Arrogance or American Exceptionalism

It's not Memorial Day, or Veterans' Day, or Armed Forces Day. But there is an email going around entitled American Arrogance and embedded with still images of American cemeteries overseas. Photos available here on another Patriots blog.

My father was a WWII veteran, Army Air Corps -- B24 ball turret gunner with over 50 missions, flying out of Benghazi, Libya -- he went on to retire from the United States Air Force. We were stationed in France in the '60s and my earliest memories are of visiting American cemeteries to honor those who never came home. My uncle's name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.

You can search the American Battlefield Monuments Commission database by clicking here.

So why am I writing this now?

Because I've visited almost all the American cemeteries in France, Belgium and The Netherlands, as a child, and as an adult. I've been humbled by the sheer numbers of graves and by the many, many people, of all nationalities, who visit to also pay tribute. I've stood in silence in The Hague as an entire nation came to a stop to honor their American liberators.

And I've had to watch and listen and endure an American President who, in superb arrogance, has traveled the world offering apologies for our Nation.

Vote. Become engaged. Because we are an exceptional Nation, a Nation of exceptional heroes. We cannot let the sacrifice of our Greatest Generation, and of all those heroes who have served, and serve still... we cannot let their sacrifice be  in vain.

Our path back begins November 2.

City Council May Pull Plug on Muslim Prayer Idea

Social media has provided "We the People" a very large voice. Please see update below, particular attention to the comment about the "Uproar over the proposal." Even if you don't call or email, be sure to comment on news articles -- both in support -- and in opposition. Media outlets, businesses, and politicians employ people and firms to report on public reaction to news, policies, and proposals.

City Council May Pull Plug on Muslim Prayer Idea
Updated 4:32 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 8, 2010

The Hartford City Council is reconsidering its proposal to have local imams perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of council meetings in September.

Council President rJo Winch called a news conference Wednesday to address the uproar over the proposal she supported Tuesday.

In an email sent out by the City Council on Tuesday called the plan "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."

But since a story was posted on, Winch and other council members said they have received numerous complaints and even some hate emails over the decision to begin the meetings with Muslim prayers.

"Where is the separation between church and state?," wrote one anonymous reader. "Why not an act of solidarity with your New York City American brothers and sisters who were attacked on 9/11?," wrote another.

The email from the City Council referenced the ongoing battle over a proposed mosque in New York. "One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country," the email read.

Although the council does say a prayer before every meeting, Winch says she's reconsidering the idea of the Muslim prayers so close to the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. She instead said she would consider an interfaith prayer before next Monday's meeting.

"There might be 20 different faiths there on that day because, I understand his position, we have to understand we live in a multicultural city and there are 125,000 residents here so we don't want to have anyone be offended," Winch said.

That idea, however didn't sit well with Council Minority Leader Luis Cotto, the council member who originally made the proposal to ask the imams to perform the invocations. Cotto said he had no problem with the timing of the proposal. "I thought that doing this in September or at the next meeting, which happens to be September, makes sense, and I still do," Cotto said.

Local Islamic leaders were also not happy about Winch's apparent backtracking. "We feel as though it would be a step backwards because it would be labeling me as part of the problem that took place on 9/11 and we had nothing to do with that," Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim said. Abdul-Karim was scheduled to perform the invocation at the Sept. 13 City Council meeting.

He said he plans to be at City Hall Monday to say the prayer.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hartford City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers

City Council Meetings to Begin with Muslim Prayers
Updated 7:15 PM EDT, Tue, Sep 7, 2010
Hartford, CT

In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by Hartford City Council is sure to have its critics.

The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.

Though meetings don't regularly begin with any form of prayer, an email from the Common Council called it "an act of solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters."

The email even referenced the ongoing issue in New York. "One of the goals of the Council is to give a voice to the many diverse peoples of the City, which is especially important given the recent anti-Islam events throughout the country."

Council President rJo Winch called it an important move for the Council. "I feel it is very important that, as a Council, we project a culture of inclusiveness in the City of Hartford. Too often it is our differences that divide us. In my opinion, it is our combination of differences that makes us strong," Winch said.


The City of Hartford website prominently displays a "Hartford 375 Years" logo. If they welcome Sharia law, they won't survive another 10. And every move like this, by any state, county, or city, sets a legal precedent that will allow judges to legislate from the bench and extend that precedent to every American, regardless of our location. We must stop this now.

A few pertinent numbers and links in case you'd like to voice your opinion. Please share and repost widely:

City Council Office, 860.543.8510
Common Council Court, 860.757.9560
City of Hartford, CT, 860.543.8500 or 860.757.9311

Click HERE for City of Hartford website.

Click HERE for Court of Common Council


Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 10 Reason to Look Forward to November

With thanks to Becki Gray, Vice President for Outreach, John Locke Foundation

10. Over 100 Years of One-Party Rule in NC
9. Federal Stimulus Spending
8. Corporate Welfare
7. Unemployment in Double Digits
6. Corrupt Politicians
5. Nanny State
4. Property Rights Impact
3. State Budget
2. Debt
The Number One reason I’m looking forward to November: "I can’t wait to vote!"

For more inforamation about upcoming Carolina Freedom Clubs, John Locke Foundation events, please click on our Events tab at top of page. There is training coming soon to a location near you!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

TODAY -- Labor Day TEA Party Rally, Havelock City Park, 4-8 p.m.

Presented by the Coastal Carolina Tax Payers Association (CCTA)

4:00-8:00 pm
Havelock City Park

Focus: Taxes and Economy, Immigration and Amnesty, and Voting as a Responsibility.

Guest Speakers: Pastor Walter and Mrs. Carole Leake; Cuban Immigrant & American Patriot, Jose (Joe) Dominquez; Jeff Lewis, National Director, NC Fire Coalition; Francis DeLuca, Executive Director of the Civatas Institute; Becki Gray, VP for Outreach, John Locke Foundation; Melvin Cooper (Route 70 Corridor Project); and CCTA Member Hal James (Craven County Government Watchdog).

Music: The Metz Girls.

Participation: Open mike session.

Join Patriots 28560 as we support the CCTA -- we need to support every local event -- there is power in numbers and especially in media images. If you attend, take photos, then share on Facebook, blogs and other social media.

And remember to bring your signs!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Scroll on Fox News: Obama, "There will be better days ahead."

My husband said, "Yeah, when you're out of office." I couldn't agree more! (Sorry, needed some levity this morning!)


September 2, 2010

Having failed us in life, Robert Byrd is apparently going to help us to limit government spending after his demise. He has accomplished this postmortem feat by opening up his Senate seat in time to be included in the deluge that is approaching in the November, 2010 election.

When Byrd died, Democrats confidently expected West Virginia's popular governor - Joe Manchin (pronounced mansion) - to win the seat handily. When Republican John Raese (pronounced racy) jumped into the race, few were surprised and none bothered to recalculate the GOP's chances. While Raese is wealthy and inclined to spend heavily to win, he had been soundly defeated by Byrd in 2006 for the same seat.

Now comes the first poll in the race by Scott Rasmussen and the results are going to send shockwaves throughout the country. Manchin leads Raese by only 48-42! What makes these numbers so significant is that Manchin has a job approval as governor of 70%. So more than a third of those who like him as Governor, don't want him to be the Senator. Why not? The answer is simple: Barack Obama.

Americans for Prosperity Phone for Freedom and Make a Difference

Update from AFP President TIm Phillips:

How committed are we to taking our nation in a different direction? Will we give our most precious resource -- our time -- to the cause of freedom?

I'm asking you to do just that -- and what I'm asking you to do can be done from your home on your own time.

Here's my request: commit now to making at least 25 calls to citizens in key parts of the country beginning next Thursday. BY CLICKING HERE.

Through our November is Coming effort, Americans for Prosperity has built one of the best databases in the nation. You can use our website to log in and then call fellow Americans in crucial areas of the nation.

Candidates Running Against Senator Richard Burr for the U.S. Senate

Democrat Elaine Marshall
Born in Lineboro, Maryland
Employment: Current N.C. Secretary of State
Education: B.S. Textiles and Clothing, University of Maryland
J.D. Degree, Campbell University

USA Today said Elaine Marshall campaigned as a liberal insurgent against Cal Cunningham (D), the choice of the Washington Democrat establishment, in the Democrat primary for the U.S. Senate. She has been lauded by Progressives and is supported by "I'd love to have Obama in here," she told The Daily Beast, an opinion web site. "Anytime he comes into the state and can see what's going on, North Carolina is better for it." According to The Daily Beast, Marshall is "offering an unabashed embrace of much of President Obama's agenda--calling for more federal stimulus spending--at a time when many Democrats are running away from the White House as fast as they can."

Like Obama, Marshall believes in a redistribution of income. Marshall is excited about nationalized ObamaCare and her web site states, "The passed health insurance reform puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by $100 billion over the next ten years--and about $1 trillion over the second decade--by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse." (Her beliefs sound eerily similar to those of Senator Kay Hagan, and the direct opposite to those of Senator Richard Burr.)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Patriot's Report for the Restoring Honor Rally

Good morning all:

I joined 49 others of the local Tea Party organization, "Patriots 28560" for the 8 hour bus trip to Glenn Beck's rally on the mall in Washington. The crowd was spectacular and was the largest assembly I have ever seen. They were literally packed from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument. The estimates I have heard vary form 300,000 to 500,000. We were told that 50 busses were from eastern NC (Raleigh to the coast).

CLICK HERE for full report on our Restoring Honor Photos page.

Four NEW Events Listed

Four NEW Events -- Overview below.
CLICK HERE to visit our Events page for complete details.

September 4
CCTA Labor Day Weekend Tea Party
Saturday, 4-8 p.m.
Havelock City Park, Highway 70 / Main Street
Focus on: Immigrations and Amnesty, Taxes, Jobs, Economy, Voting as a Responsibility
In event of Hurricane conditions, Tea Party will be rescheduled for Friday, September 10

September 12
March on DC -- New Bern bus leaving Belk's parking lot.
Patriots 28560 will join the Crystal Coast Tea Party Patriots for their trip to DC September 12.

September 18
Wilmington, NC
American Majority Activist Training

An American Majority Activist Training will be conducted on Saturday, September 18th in Wilmington, NC to provide citizens with the tools necessary to become effective activists. Topics covered during the training include hardwiring precincts, understanding the political system we face, building effective coalitions, using new media tools to engage voters and build movements, and more. Activists, candidates, and campaign volunteers are encouraged to attend this training.

October 2
TEA Party at Little Washington

Washington, NC Waterfront

From the Organizers (Patriots 28560 is supporting, please join us!):

Several TEA Party groups are coming together on Oct. 2nd at the waterfront in "Little Washington" for a super TEA Party rally. The hope is that we get a huge crowd and therefore can command some really good speakers and get a lot of press coverage.

Oval Office Occupant

From Dreams of My Father "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites." "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race." "There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white."

"It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names." "I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

From The Audacity of Hope "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Debt Free America Act (HR 4646) Proposes a 1% Transaction Fee

What the terrorists can't accomplish with violence, their sympathizers will destroy from within.

Debt Free America Act (HR 4646)
Introduced by Rep Chaka Fattah, (D. PA)

H.R. 4646 would impose a 1 percent “transaction tax” on every financial transaction — whether paid by cash, credit card or any form of financial transfer, the only exception being transactions involving the purchase or sale of stock. Theoretically, everyone would pay one cent on the dollar for every such transaction in America every day — whether $3 million on a $300 million business acquisition, $300 on the purchase of a $30,000 car, or $5 on a $500 ATM withdrawal.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

States Represented at the Restoring Honor Rally

Our Patriots 28560 group members met attendees from these states:

Washington (State)
Alaska (no, not Sarah Palin!)
North Carolina
South Carolina
District of Columbia
New York

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Aerial Views Don't Lie (like the MSM is doing!)

Photos from the Restoring Honor Rally

Watching LIVE on Facebook

Fantastic! Bet they won't let Glenn come back again. Too much God... Faith, Hope, Charity. Scripture.

Wish I was there, but at least can watch live. Facebook live link in left column.

HUGE Turnout Reports one of our Attendees. Sharpton Rally has 20-30 in Attendance!

Just got a call from one of our Rally attendees. He says the entire Mall from Lincoln Memorial back to the Washington Monument is full and spilling out to the sides. And that they walked past a group of Al Sharpton protestors that totaled 20-30, at most. But to be fair, their rally doesn't start for a few hours. They'll still be lucky to garner more than a few thousand and that's being charitable.

Our friend who called has people around him from Pennsylvania, from the local area and from as far away as San Jose, California. Hope to get photos up soon, don't forget to watch the LIVE Stream on Facebook, link left column.

Bus Has Arrived at RFK Stadium

They made great time, voted to pass on the breakfast stop since everyone had brought a breakfast as well as sack lunch. My sister has been texting and calling me with updates. And it's a good thing they decided to get in as early as possible because one of the DC Metro lines that serves RFK Stadium to the Mall area is down for scheduled maintenance. The Blue line is down with two trains sharing the same track and massive delays.

So... there are hundreds in their group, walking down C Street to Pennsylvania Avenue (not the best of areas, but safety in numbers and there are police along the way) then to the Mall. They should be safely on Pennsylvania Avenue by now and those who need to, will take a break at the Capitol building before heading towards the Lincoln Memorial.

At risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist -- why scheduled maintenance today? Why are the elevators at Union Station listed as out-of-service for replacement? Why was this not posted earlier? I've been tracking the Metro status with a Droid app for weeks. Wonder what they have in store for us 912?

Headed to Restoring Honor Rally but No Live Blogging

Our group got underway at exactly 12:14 a.m. this morning. We got to the parking area at 11:30 and all but two families were already there! Meeting time was 11:30 - to midnight, so we had a very, very motivated group. Everyone as kind and thoughtful in person as they've been in our emails and phone calls.

But... I am sick with a sinus infection, fever and blood pressure is sky high. Saw my doctor today who said "No" to me going at least two dozen times. Which was about 18 more than his "No's" for me going to 912 last year. I'll admit that I was still planning to go, but felt absolutely awful come 11 p.m. with blood pressure still very high. That was the determining factor and with my sister ready to take over bus captain duties, I actually exercised good judgement and did not go. But just to make certain, Jason made me leave my pack and water at the house. He knew when I met everyone and saw the bus, that I'd change my mind and go. He was right, as usual.

So we got everyone checked in, went over what to expect, asked for questions (there were none, this group is fantastic!), offered a short prayer and everyone boarded and were underway on time. Photos below. Will update throughout the morning. Disappointment at not being with our group at the Rally is palpable. But there in spirit, like everyone reading this blog Saturday--

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tea Party Group Hit With Death Threats

This will only increase support for Freedom Works and conservative causes. Obama and his operatives have unified the American public behind conservative Constitutional values as no one has since Ronald Reagan. Link to Freedom Works HERE.

By Paul Bedard
Washington Whispers
Posted: August 25, 2010

One of Washington's principal supporters of the Tea Party movement, former GOP Majority Leader Dick Armey's FreedomWorks, has been receiving death threats and profanity-laced phone calls as it gets involved in the fall elections. The number and intensity have reached such heights that the organization is leaving its downtown location near the FBI and moving to a high-security building near the U.S. Capitol.

"FreedomWorks and Dick Armey receive dozens of threatening and harassing calls and E-mails each day. Many imply violence and use of weapons," spokesman Adam Brandon tells Whispers. "As we get closer to the election we expect the harassment to increase."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I'll be blogging live for our trip to the Restoring Honor rally. This is a test post from my Droid. Had a Blackberry when I blogged the Code Red Rally last year. Will test the YouTube capability next. Please share this link and help us cover the rally since the MSM won't even mention.

UPDATE: Just uploaded a one-minute test video to our Patriots 28560 YouTube channel (deleted if you decide to look for it) and it took 10 minutes to upload. Will try to publish videos Saturday, but with so many people planning to do the same, I may have to wait and publish when we get home.

Patriots 28560 YouTube link, right column.

Friday, August 20, 2010

States Take Preemptive Strike Against Shariah

Written by Joe Wolverton, II
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 14:20
The New American

Wary of the increasing influence of Shariah law and its international adherents, lawmakers in several states are taking preemptive measures to protect their jurisprudence and infrastructure from what they see as the frightening ascendancy of a pernicious dogma.

In Louisiana, for example, the state legislature passed, and Governor Bobby Jindal (left) signed into law, Act 714, the so-called “American and Louisiana Laws for Louisiana Courts.” The law’s co-authors, state Representative Ernest Wooton and state Senator Danny Martin, cite the attempts by Muslim immigrants to cite tenets of Shariah law in courts across the nation as the impetus for enactment of the new legislation.

Shariah, which means “path” in Arabic, is the sacred law of Islam. The precepts of Shariah have two sources: the Koran and the writings of Mohammed. Shariah is the code that is responsible for the stoning of adulteresses; the caning of rape victims; and the restrictions on dress, rights of inheritance, and marital status of women. Institutional acceptance of this legal code has expanded rapidly, and frightfully to some, in Europe. The government of the United Kingdom, for example, has established five Shariah courts to settle disputes among Muslims. It is this level of deference that opponents on this side of the pond are seeking to avoid.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Havelock Bus is FULL

Thanks to everyone who has helped make this happen. Please visit the Restoring Honor CHECKLIST page, tab at top.

We will compile a Standby list in the event of cancellations.

TWO Seats Available, Havelock Bus to Restoring Honor Rally

Please see post below for how to pay securely with PayPal.

For everyone who is confirmed, please visit our Restoring Honor CHECKLIST page (top tab) for: Itinerary, Maps and Metro Info, Walking Considerations, What to Bring, and links to purchase handy (and lightweight) seat canes.

We will be emailing a blanket confirmation and attachment documents as soon as our last two seats are filled.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Only FIVE Seats Available, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday

Please email or call 252.259.0763 for PayPal payment information. We do not want to oversell seats.

Our bus is confirmed and we have five seats left. Once filled, we will take contact information for a Standby List in the event of cancellations.

Restoring Honor Rally -- 7 Seats Available -- Bus is PAID and We are Confirmed!

Whoo Hoo! We have paid for the bus and we ARE going to the Restoring Honor Rally! Wanted to update everyone on the status so you don't have to worry about transportation.

We have only SEVEN seats left for our Havelock charter. I'll be taking down the PayPal link when we get to five seats available to make sure we don't oversell. I'll continue to update the status under the Havelock bus banner with each purchase.

If you do NOT see a PayPal link, please email or call 252.259.0763 and I'll provide the payment information.

We'll also take names and contact information for a standby list in case we have cancellations.

Please read through our Rally for Checklist information, top tab, for complete details for what to bring for both bus and Rally.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Support for RADICAL Islam

I have been focusing on filling the Havelock bus for the Restoring Honor Rally. But I cannot let the latest Cordoba (Obamamosque) Controversy go uncovered. The building of the mosque -- and Obama's support for such (using the red herring of "religious freedom" as cover) they can build ANYWHERE, why so close to Ground Zero -- Obama's support is an outrage. A capitulation to tyranny. The beginning of a chain of events that will provide radical islam a foothold to commit even more atrocities in the heart of New York City.

From AP Coverage:

At a dinner Friday celebrating the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Mr. Obama said Muslims have a right, as a matter of religious freedom, to build a religious center near Ground Zero. "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country," he said to applause.

On Saturday, the president said, "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque" near Ground Zero, he told reporters during a visit to the Gulf Coast. "I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding."

Later Saturday, White House spokesman Bill Burton said the president wasn't backtracking. "The president is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night," he said. He had no further comment on Sunday.


It is not coincidental that the mosque's name, Cordoba House, takes after the city in southern Spain that marked one of radical Islam's greatest conquests in Europe during the Middle Ages. Cordoba was a major center in the global caliphate being erected by the rampaging Islamists of the time - the very caliphate that Osama bin Laden and his allies seek to restore. A giant mosque was built upon the ruins of a Catholic church. For Islamists, erecting mosques on defeated territories is a sign of subjugation - the submission of infidels to Allah's rule.

Washington Times excerpt, Kuhner, August 5, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Havelock Charter Bus UPDATE Seat Availability

We have 18 seats paid, four pending, for a total of 22.

There are no other bus options close to the 28560 zip code. I can push back paying the charter company for a few days, but we need to have everything wrapped up by the end of this week.

Please forward this blog link -- or the email we sent out if you're on our list -- and help us make this happen.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Havelock Bus to Restoring Honor Rally -- $75 Roundtrip

The bus will leave the Westbrook Shopping Center (Havelock) at 12:15 a.m. Saturday morning, arriving DC at approximately 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. Rally. Bus will depart DC at 5 p.m. and arrive in Havelock at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Charter bus will accommodate 55 passengers and includes: reclining seats with pull-down footrest, air conditioning, tinted windows, bathroom, and DVD player with six overhead monitors.

Roundtrip cost per person will be $75.00 and payment must be received no later than Wednesday, August 18.

Patriots 28560 reserves the right to cancel this charter if seats are not filled. Payment will be fully refunded in the event of cancellation.

Email or call 252.259.0763 to reserve your seat. Call for mailing address if you choose to pay by check. PayPal option also available.

Please read and print the Checklist for Rally -- tab next to Restoring Honor, above.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Calling all Tea Partiers, Join Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for a National Tele-Townhall

Bachmann Calls for Nancy Pelosi To Enter 12 Step Program For Her Addiction To Job-Killing Spending

Tele-Town Hall is TONIGHT at 6 p.m. Central.

With Nancy Pelosi’s declaration that Congress will be reconvening to authorize billions of dollars of spending the government doesn’t have, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced she will be holding a National Tea Party Tele-Townhall to listen to the response of the American people.

“Nancy Pelosi has already spent over $3.6 trillion on so-called ‘stimulus’ spending and now she wants to give in excess of $20 billion to politicians to spend on even more big government,” Congresswoman Bachmann said. “She is clearly addicted to spending other people’s money and is rushing members of Congress back to Washington to get a spending fix. Could it be she wanted to ensure she has distributed taxpayer-subsidized ‘walking around money’ to public employee unions across the country prior to the election to desperately try to save her already endangered majority? The same public employee unions which will provide the boots on the ground to re-elect a Democrat majority in the mid-term elections, where Speaker Pelosi’s grip on the gavel is in serious doubt?”

“After only a few days away from D.C., Democrats in Congress are determined to not let even a week go by without spending additional billions of dollars for even more big government programs. That’s why I’ll be joining with other leaders to hold a National Tea Party Tele-Townhall to listen to Americans who have had enough of the out-of-control spending and endless tax increases.”

People interested in participating in the National Tea Party Tele-Townhall on Monday, August 9 at 6 pm central – the same time Pelosi will be convening Congress - can sign up HERE. Over one million people will be invited to participate, and is expected to be the largest tele-townhall ever held by members of Congress

Friday, August 6, 2010

Restoring Honor Rally -- Belhaven Bus is FULL -- Considering a Charter Leaving Havelock

Belhaven Bus is FULL. Trying to fill a bus out of Havelock (effective Saturday, August 8th).

We are working on chartering a bus leaving out Havelock, Westbrook Shopping Center. Please contact us IMMEDIATELY if you are interested. We need at least 50 confimed (paid) seats to proceed.

Departure time: 12:15 a.m. Saturday, August 28th, arrive DC approximately 9 a.m. Depart DC approximately 5 p.m., arrive Havelock 2 a.m. Sunday. Two stops each direction, one at the Virginia Rest Area just across the border, second for (fast) food.

This is great alternative for those who don't have the time, or whose budgets won't permit the entire AFP Summit and Restoring Honor package.

States Rights

Editorial Cartoon from 1934

If you read The Forgotten Man, A New History of the Great Depression, Amity Shlaes, you'll recognize many Roosevelt-Era New Deal  names. Unfortunately for America, their sons and grandsons have been appointees in the Carter, Clinton and Obama administrations. The socialist agenda never goes away, the attacks are insidious and constant.

Click on the graphic for a larger, high-res version.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Elena Kagan. Confirmed. Vote: 63-37

Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, and Judd Gregg share responsibility for the irreparable damage this judicially unqualified political operative will cause to our Constitution.

Ben Nelson, democrat, voted No.

An August Surprise from Obama?

Supposedly done to help families who are underwater in their mortgages. An obvious political move to save the House and Senate in November. Article states that the political gamble is that more grateful voters will go to the polls and vote dem than outraged voters who will vote for our CONSTITUTION AND COUNTRY!

And if the obama administration wants to help people with mortgages, etc., then CUT TAXES and grow the economy; put people back to work. Quit taking OUR money, sending it to Washington, then back to the states, counties, cities. We send up one dollar and get back ten cents.

Silent No More. Remember in November. Recycle Government.
The survival of our Nation depends upon YOU.

An August Surprise from Obama?
Aug 5, 2010 00:26 EDT
James Pethokoukis, Reuters

Main Street may be about to get its own gigantic bailout. Rumors are running wild from Washington to Wall Street that the Obama administration is about to order government-controlled lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to forgive a portion of the mortgage debt of millions of Americans who owe more than what their homes are worth. An estimated 15 million U.S. mortgages – one in five – are underwater with negative equity of some $800 billion. Recall that on Christmas Eve 2009, the Treasury Department waived a $400 billion limit on financial assistance to Fannie and Freddie, pledging unlimited help. The actual vehicle for the bailout could be the Bush-era Home Affordable Refinance Program, or HARP, a sister program to Obama’s loan modification effort. HARP was just extended through June 30, 2011.

Restoring Honor and Recycle Government

Belhaven Bus Seats Available. Only $56. Click here for details.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Missouri Votes Down ObamaCare -- Prop C Passes Overwhelmingly


ST. LOUIS • Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March.

"The citizens of the Show-Me State don't want Washington involved in their health care decisions," said Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, one of the sponsors of the legislation that put Proposition C on the August ballot. She credited a grass-roots campaign involving Tea Party and patriot groups with building support for the anti-Washington proposition.

With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1. The measure, which seeks to exempt Missouri from the insurance mandate in the new health care law, includes a provision that would change how insurance companies that go out of business in Missouri liquidate their assets.

"I've never seen anything like it," Cunningham said at a campaign gathering at a private home in Town and Country. "Citizens wanted their voices to be heard."

About 30 Proposition C supporters whooped it up loudly at 9 p.m. when the returns flashed on the television showing the measure passing with more than 70 percent of the vote.

"It's the vote heard 'round the world," said Dwight Janson, 53, from Glendale, clad in an American flag-patterned shirt. Janson said he went to one of the first Tea Party gatherings last year and hopped on the Proposition C bandwagon because he wanted to make a difference.
"I was tired of sitting on the sidelines bouncing my gums," he said.

Missouri was the first of four states to seek to opt out of the insurance purchase mandate portion of the health care law that had been pushed by Obama. And while many legal scholars question whether the vote will be binding, the overwhelming approval gives the national GOP momentum as Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma hold similar votes during midterm elections in November.

"It's a big number," state Sen. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, said of the vote. "I expected a victory, but not of this magnitude. This is going to propel the issue and several other issues about the proper role of the federal government."

From almost the moment the Democratic-controlled Congress passed the health care law — which aims to increase the number of Americans with health insurance — Republicans have vowed to try to repeal it. Their primary argument is that they believe the federal government should not be involved in mandating health care decisions at the local level.

While repeal might seem an unlikely strategy, the effort to send a message state by state that voters don't approve of being told they have to buy insurance could gain momentum.

That's what Republicans are counting on at least, hoping that the Missouri vote will give the national movement momentum.

"It's like a domino, and Missouri is the first one to fall," Cunningham said. "Missouri's vote will greatly influence the debate in the other states."

Proposition C faced little organized opposition, although the Missouri Hospital Association mounted a mailer campaign opposing the ballot issue in the last couple of weeks. The hospital association, which spent more than $300,000 in the losing effort, said that without the new federal law, those who don't have insurance will cause health care providers and other taxpayers to have higher costs.

"The only way to get to the cost problem in health care is to expand the insurance pool," said hospital association spokesman Dave Dillon. He said the hospital association didn't plan to sue over the law, but he expected it would be challenged.
"I think there is going to be no shortage of people who want to use the courts to resolve this issue," he said.

Democrats also generally opposed Proposition C, though they didn't spend much time or money talking about it.

In the closing days of the campaign, many politicians 'sidled up" to Proposition C, Cunningham said, seeing the momentum the issue had gained.

Among them was U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, who won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday night. Late last week, Blunt announced his support of Proposition C.

On Monday, Blunt said he hoped Missouri voters would send a "ballot box message" to the Obama's administration by overwhelmingly passing the measure.

The question now is whether the administration will respond by suing the state to block passage of the law, much as it did in Arizona recently over illegal immigration.

The issue in both is the same: When state laws conflict with federal laws, the courts have generally ruled in favor of the federal government, because of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Richard Reuben, a law professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, said that if the federal government sues on the issue, it would likely win. Several other Missouri legal and political scholars agreed.

But Cunningham is undaunted. She's got her own experts, and they're ready to do battle in court.

"Constitutional experts disagree," she said. "There is substantial legal status to this thing."

Monday, August 2, 2010

August 28th Belhaven Bus Seats Available for Restoring Honor Rally

Monday, 6:45 p.m.

August 28th bus trip to D.C. for the Glenn Beck Rally at Lincoln Memorial. Leaving from Pungo Christian Academy in Belhaven at 2:00 a.m. and arriving at the Lincoln Memorial at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $56.00 per person. Bring a bag lunch. The bus will stop for breakfast and supper. There are 20 seats left on the 55 seat bus.

Please email us or call 252.259.0763 for organizer contact information. Hurry, seats are filling fast!

This is great alternative for those who don't have the time, or whose budgets won't permit the entire AFP Summit and Restoring Honor package.

Arizona Sheriff: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’

Monday, August 02, 2010
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu(Correction: As initially posted, this story inaccurately said that Pinal County was contiguous with the Mexican border. It is in southern Arizona, but not on the border.)

( – Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff Paul Babeu is hopping mad at the federal government.

Babeu told that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.

“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said.