Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kagan Hearings Begin Monday -- Time to ACT

Click here for contact information for Senate Judiciary Committee members. It's time to call, fax, email, write, call, and OPPOSE Kagan's appointment. Republicans MUST filibuster this nomination.

Conservatives are abrogating their responsibility to the Constitution by not blocking a nominee who ascribes to the Living Constitution Theory!

Links for additional details:

Kagan has many achievements, but her world has been relatively narrow.
The Washington Post

Kagan sought secrecy in 4 out of 5 open government cases.
Sharon Theimer, AP

Kagan's threat to gun owners.
Nominee has a past that is opposed to self defense.
The Washington Times

Friday, June 25, 2010

Independence Day or Independence Dead?

Kagan and Sharia Law in America
American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ)
As Dean of Harvard Law School, Elena Kagan Supports Sharia Law in America, but bans United States military recruiters from Harvard campus. Click here for an analysis of some of Kagan's work and record, posted on the ACLJ site, prepared June 17, 2010.

Sharia: Alive, Thriving and PROTECTED in America
Sharia in Dearborn: Police stop Christians from handing out material outside Arab Festival. From Jihad Watch. But we cannot call it Radical Islam, each terrorist attack is now a "Man Caused Disaster."

Drudge headline: The Big Grab.
House and Senate leaders finalize details of sweeping financial overhaul. Wrapped up at 5:39 a.m., the Dodd-Frank bill sets up a potential vote in both houses next week that could send the legislation to Obama by July 4th.

A new consumer protection bureau housed in the Federal Reserve would have independent funding, an independent leader and near-total autonomy to write and enforce rules. The government would have broad new powers to seize and wind down large, failing financial firms and to oversee the $600 trillion derivatives market. In addition, a council of regulators, headed by the Treasury secretary, would monitor the financial landscape for potential systemic risks.

"We've put in the hands of the president a very powerful set of tools for him to reassert American leadership in the world," Frank said.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

ACTION ALERT -- AFP Defending the Dream Summit AND Glenn Beck's RESTORING HONOR RALLY

Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream Summit
August 27-28 INCLUDES Glenn Beck Restoring Honor Rally
Buses departing from many points in NC

Click here for details and registration. This will fill up FAST. Register as soon as possible.

Package includes: bus transportation, one night hotel stay, registration for the Summit, Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner Friday evening, breakfast Saturday, AND transportation to-and-from the Restoring Honor Rally. Only $229 double occupancy ($229 per person, two to a room) and $299 single occupancy.

If you are going solo, you can elect double occupancy and you'll be paired with someone of the same gender and take advantage of the lower rate. You may also register with up to four people per room with the third and fourth person paying $179 each. Please use the email link on the AFP BPackages page to take advantage of this third or fourth person occupancy rate.

We are registered and signed up for the Goldsboro bus.

If we can get enough people registered, we can arrange to have a bus leave out of New Bern. If not, then many Patriots 28560 members have vans and mini-vans and we can load up and carpool to Goldsboro.

I attended the Defending the Dream Summit last year, click here for description and photos, and the training is FANTASTIC. Add in the Restoring Honor Rally with Sarah Palin as speaker and it does not get any better. Except for the second 912 March on the Capitol!

Click here for details and registration. This will fill up FAST. Register as soon as possible.

Then please email and let us know you're registered and we'll work on getting a New Bern bus to save us all the drive to Goldsboro.

Update: For those who choose their own transportation and accomodations.

You can attend the summit events even if you don't choose the bus option. Click here for early registration for the summit, without the bus transportation and hotel accomodations.

The cost is $79 if you register early and that will increase after the early registration deadline (not published at this time). The $79 includes the grassroots training, summit brief, Reagan dinner, Saturday breakfast. You should be able to use the shuttles to the Restoring Honor event; the subway is very close and that's always an option if the shuttles are backed up

Click here for the Summit agenda, to determine timelines.

Please let us know if you're attending, even if not riding the buses, and we can rally at the hotel, then commute as a group to the Restoring Honor Rally. North Carolina always has the largest group of activists at any Americans for Prosperity event and this is the annual summit for AFP, a national-level meeting.

Let's make an impact as Eastern North Carolina Patriot-Activists, at the summit, at the Restoring Honor Rally, and with the information and communication methods we implement after the grassroots training!

Tea Party Mounts Strong Response to Chris Matthews Special Report "The Rise of the 'New' Right"

Click to read The Rise of the New Center, William Temple.
William was featured in the Tea Party Movie, and was front-and-center at the 912 March on the Capitol.

Patriots 28560 presented a free screening of the Tea Party Movie February 29, the one-year anniversary of the Tea Party movement.

Watch this blog, we'll be presenting an encore performance early August in preparation for our trip to DC for the second 912 March. Many of us were at the first, and yes, it was 1.5 million strong.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Once to Every Man and Nation

I'll have to admit to not paying attention in church Sunday. Not sure why, the sermon didn't captivate me... when that happens I open the hymnal and start reading through my favorite hymns. It's my experience that the old familiar hymns will often provide more enlightenment, inspiration and comfort than most sermons.

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6.

It's true, I go back to basics, what I learned from my parents. Specifically, the old hymns that I first learned to sing with my mother, we drove our Siamese cats crazy, with our noise. Then I progressed to learning The Apostles' Creed, making my first attempt at cursive writing. I was so proud when I showed it to my mom. She praised me and admired my work, then gently explained that I had to make a break between my words, they only LOOKED like they all ran together--

Comforting hymns, comforting creeds, comforting memories. All take me back, when happy or sad, jubilant or in defeat, optimistic -- or as now -- in desperate dread at what is happening to our Nation.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

What Took So Long?

Or this video could as easily be titled "Fiddling While Rome Burns."

Idiom: (1) To spend time enjoying yourself or doing things that are not important when you should be dealing with a serious problem.
(2) Occupy oneself with unimportant matters and neglect important ones during a crisis. For example, The account was falling through, but he was more worried about missing his golf game—talk about fiddling while Rome burns!

Usage Note: This expression alludes to the legend that the Emperor Nero played his fiddle while watching the conflagration of Rome. [Mid-1600s]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

School Kids Chant "I am an Obama Scholar" -- the Indoctrination Continues

Lincoln Bassett Middle School, New Haven, CT. New Haven is a Sanctuary City for illegal aliens. It's also front center in one of Sotamayor's cases where she rules against promotions based upon merit and came down on the side of quotas and adjustments to insure "fairness." Her decision was struck down by the Supreme Court upon appeal. I believe her cases have never stood the test of Supreme Court review. Great track record. Now we're stuck with her for life. BTW... quiet on Kagan's appointment lately. Which means they're likely ready to jam her down our throat, too.

Starts at the Top

Starts at the Top, Letter to the Editor, New Bern Sun Journal

The 9/11 Mosque’s Peace Charade

The 9/11 Mosque’s Peace Charadeby Pamela Geller
By Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer

A massive fifteen-story mosque and Islamic Center going up in what was once the shadow of the World Trade Center claims to offer “the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11.” The Center organizers, the America Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA), have worked hard in the media to portray themselves as Islamic moderates working for peace on the exact spot where their belligerent coreligionists perpetrated murder and mayhem in the name of their religion. But the words and deeds of the leader of the effort, the Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, suggests a more ominous reality: Abdul Rauf is a master of deceptive, Orwellian use of language, manifesting a deep contempt for non-Muslims and full accord with the supremacist goals of the 9/11 hijackers.

So anxious were they to secure the location at Ground Zero that a Muslim real estate company paid $4.85 million in cash for the building, with part coming from Abdul Rauf’s other Islamic group, the Cordoba Initiative. It is unnerving – the deliberate speed and anxiousness that the leader of the American Society for Muslim Advancement has demonstrated in working to open a mosque at the gaping wound of Ground Zero. He claims that it will heal that wound. But how will it do that? How will a mosque, the place where jihadis go for spiritual sustenance, at Ground Zero help stop jihad terrorism? Even the name of the initiative – Cordoba – speaks volumes. While Islamic Spain is held up today as a proto-multiculturalist paradise, in reality non-Muslims there suffered under the discrimination prescribed in Islamic law for dhimmis, non-believers who were subjugated as inferiors and denied equality of rights.

Rahm Emmanuel Interview: MANDATORY Civil Defense Training for All Americans Age 18-25

"It will be a common experience."

And if you've watched the Obama Alpha and Omega video, the young black men almost goose-stepping in reverent servitude to their leader, then you might wonder how this "mandatory civil defense training" meshes with the Obama vision of a private army answerable only to him.

NC Congressman Bob Etheridge (D) Attacks Student When Asked if he Supports Obama Agenda

Seems we're seeing a trend among democrats / liberals / progressives. If a citizen speaks words that are not government-approved, holds a sign in protest of government policies, or asks if one of our elected officials supports the Obama big-government agenda... then the citizen is at-risk of violent repercussion.

I am sad to report two such incidents that are NC-related: the private citizen who punched a peacefully protesting Tea Partier in Greensboro (see second video immediately following this post), and an elected representative -- a public servant -- who assaulted a citizen who presented a polite interrogatory (first video posted below).

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tea Party Member Attacked, Greensboro, NC

Can you imagine if a Tea Party member had punched someone? We'd all be tarred-and-feathered by association. But if a rabid liberal attacks a member of a peaceful protest, an individual exercising his First Amendment rights, the liberal attack never makes the MSM news feed. CLICK the black screen to launch the video.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Patriotism, Pageantry and Passion. And Progressive Propaganda.

We were fortunate to hear the North Carolina Symphony last week as part of its Red, White and Blue Tour. The tour was designed to pay tribute to the men and women who have kept America safe for generations with concerts at three North Carolina military installations, including MCAS Cherry Point.

The MCAS Base Theater is the largest theater in North Carolina and seats approximately 2,000. The concert was sold out and the theater filled early; our group went out to dinner first, then found and greeted other friends at the theater, all as enthusiastic as we, in anticipation of an evening of patriotic music.

For those readers who haven't attended a military movie, sporting event, or any other official function... it always begins with the playing of The Star Spangled Banner. Something I've experienced since my birth.

My father was a World War II veteran, ball turret gunner on B24s with 50 missions over the European Theater and based in Benghazi, Libya. He went on to retire from the United States Air Force. My earliest memories are of standing, with hand over my heart, at the playing of our National Anthem at the beginning of a basketball game or movie. A memory made even more powerful because we were overseas, far away from our American home.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

National Anthem, Verse Four, Former Marine, Tea Party Member

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!