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The Insidious Enemy

By Tom Wright at American Daughter

Most conservatives are wondering, “What can I, personally, do to help stop Obama’s anti-America juggernaut?” Recall that grammatically incorrect statement — “All politics is local.” It’s true! Every marxist and conservative in Washington is there because of local politics.

Do this. All patriotic citizens who cherish the vision of our founding fathers for the United States should attend the local Precinct Convention for their political party. It is at these meetings that the process of composing the party platform begins. At the Convention you will be asked to vote for or against Resolutions that will be forwarded to the County Convention, and if passed there, on to the State Convention. This is how national party platforms and some state laws are formed.

You can affect both party platforms and state laws. Make up your own Resolutions. Make them plain and specific to one issue. Give concrete and detailed reasons why adopting the resolution is necessary. If your Resolution is against the actions of a group, give no quarter. Take 3 copies to be signed and forwarded to the County Convention. Take many more to pass out to attendees.


The primary elections in the race for Texas governor will be held this Tuesday, March 2 for both major parties. Following the primaries, precinct meetings will be held to compose the party platforms. Conservative Texans are urged to attend their Precinct’s Convention about 7:15 p.m. next Tuesday. When you vote, ask someone where it will be held. It will likely be in a school classroom, cafeteria, etc.

At other times and in a variety of formats, similar efforts will be taking place in all of the other states. All patriotic Americans should learn the particulars for their location and become involved. The ideological forces of Marxism and Islamic sharia have insinuated themselves into the fundamental levels of our democratic process, and have permeated our public education. An overwhelming participation by true patriots is needed to rout them.


Here’s a bit of background. In 1961 (or 1962, I forget), I attended a meeting of the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade in the Emerald Room of the (then) Shamrock Hotel, in Houston, Texas. One of the many guest speakers was Herb Philbrick — whose real life experience in infiltrating the Communist party was the basis for the TV series, “I Led Three Lives.”

Philbrick told how the communists had taken control of many civic organizations across America, including his home town’s civic association in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The communists had previously gone to classes to learn Robert’s Rules of Order — and they learned those rules perfectly. They then went to many civic organizations’ meetings and participated. At every opportunity, they raised simple “points of order.” They would then, helpfully, state how some motion, etc., should have been handled. Soon, they had the confidence of the usual hometown Americans — who frequently knew nothing about the use of parliamentary law in meetings. Soon, everyone agreed that the person who knew the rules should become the president of the local organization.

Once in the controlling positions of the organization, they used the organization (and the organization’s money) to promote the communist agenda. As a local civic association, they had the local stature to raise funds. As the controlling officers, they had the power to direct those funds to the use of the Communist Party’s causes. The local civic organizations became communist fronts.


The same thing is going on today, not only by proponents of socialism, but now in addition by muslims, who seek to institute Sharia Law in our communities. One of their prime targets is the Precinct Convention meeting — after the primary polls close.

Be Warned!

  1. Buy a copy of and brush up on Robert’s Rules of Order.
  2. Many towns have “Parliamentary Law Clubs,” where ladies (mostly) fellowship together in a civic club with a purpose. Frequently, the members of such clubs are officers in other community organizations. If your town has one, join it. Those ladies are great contacts for networking.
  3. Get your friends and neighbors to attend your Precinct meetings. Yes. I know. “It’s a pain.” Just do it. Or let the Muslims have the power in your local community.
  4. Carry multiple copies (many require three copies) of typed party planks, to be voted on and forwarded to the County and State conventions. Don’t try to prepare them on the spot.
  5. Do not allow any muslim to intimidate you by saying that you are persecuting him because of his religion. Islam is both a religion and a political system. Sharia Law is a political issue.

But, first and foremost: Don’t let foreign subversives — whether Marxist or Islamic — get control of your local organizations, precinct chairmanships, county organizations, or state organizations.


I’m a Texan so, as an example, let me share the resolution that I will be offering this Tuesday evening. For background, read this article — Organizing Kids for Obama:

President Barack Obama’s budget has added more than $100 billion of federal taxpayers’ money to what is called “education,” so that means it will be spent by alumni of the Saul Alinsky school of radical community organizing and/or the Chicago Democratic machine…. Obama is using the public schools to recruit a private army of high-schoolers to “build on the movement that elected President Obama by empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda.” We now know that Obama’s “agenda” is to move the United States into European-style socialism….

Obama’s Internet outreach during his campaign, Obama for America, has been renamed Organizing for America (OFA) in order to recruit students to join a cult of Obama and become activists for his goals. …the teacher of an 11th-grade government class in Massillon, Ohio, passed out the sign-up sheet, headed with Obama’s “O” logo, asking students to become interns for Organizing for America….

This must never happen in my state. Here’s my Resolution:

Resolution Opposing Use of Texas Public Schools for Community Organizing

WHEREAS in his inauguration speech, President Obama promised to “transform this country;”

WHEREAS in his budget, the Obama administration added more than $100 billion in taxpayer’s money for what he listed as “Education;”

WHEREAS at American Taxpayer expense, his Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, mailed instructions to every school on how to participate in the September 8 political speech that was broadcast to public school children, making it clear that he has no reservations about using taxpayer money to promote his agenda;

WHEREAS Mr. Obama’s campaign Internet outreach — Obama For America — has been renamed “Organizing for America” (OFA) with the purpose of recruiting students to become activists for his goals;

WHEREAS the application to join the OFA Internship program states its goal as, “empowering students across the country to help us bring about our agenda of change;”

WHEREAS the application further states, “credit must be approved by your school ahead of time;”

WHEREAS OFA’s “National Intern Organizer Curriculum” includes a reading list that includes Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals;”

WHEREAS OFA’s reading list also includes Zack Exley’s “The New Organizers” in which it brags about “an insurgent generation of organizers” inside the Obama campaign that has “almost without anyone noticing … built the Progressive movement a brand new and potentially durable people’s organization, in a dozen states, rooted at the neighborhood level;”

WHEREAS on OFA’s reading list is Rinku Sen’s “Stir It Up: Lessons from Community Organizing and Advocacy;”

WHEREAS on OFA’s reading list is Obama’s “Dreams of My Father,” who is well known as a radical Marxist-Leninist;

WHEREAS a federal government organization, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), having a budget of $1.416 billion, oversees other taxpayer funded “service organizations;”

WHEREAS CNCS oversees Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, which regularly dole out millions of Dollars to radical liberal organizations; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Senate has recently confirmed CNCS’s new chief executive, Patrick Corvington, who was a senior official of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has given over a million and one-half dollars to the Acorn network of organizations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we urge the Texas Legislature to enact legislation requiring that neither Texas public schools nor their students be used as instruments for political agendas, such as community organization, but, rather focus on history, reading, writing, mathematics, and science.

Adopted this 2nd day of March, 2010, at the Precinct Convention of Precinct # ____ of the Republican Party of Texas.

__________________________________________
Precinct Convention Secretary

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Nothing in life is free, and that includes rides, lunches, and health care. As IBD points out, what has come to light about communist Cuba’s much lauded altruism should be a lesson for those intending to reform America’s health care system on the backs of doctors.

Once the government takes over health care, it dictates who will be served, what will be charged, what will be treated, and slavery results.

I.M. Kane


 

Cuba’s Doctor Abuse

From Investor’s Business Daily

Remember [Cuba’s vaunted medical missionaries] — those who treated the poor abroad for nothing, supposedly out of selfless motives? A [lawsuit] shows they were nothing but a communist slave racket.

It ought to bear a few lessons for our own country as the role of doctors in the health care debate drags on.

Back in 1963, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro launched a much-praised initiative to share Cuba’s medical doctors with the poor around the world. The idea, of course, was to appear to be acting on higher motives than the profit-driven doctors in free societies. It was small scale and propaganda-oriented.

But in 2003, Castro went big, and shipped 20,000 doctors and nurses to Venezuela’s jungles and slums to treat the poor, doing the work “selfish” private-sector doctors wouldn’t. Hugo Chavez touted this line and the mainstream media followed.

Now the ugly facts are getting out about what that really meant: indentured servitude to pay off the debts of a bankrupt regime.

This week, seven escaped doctors and a nurse filed a 139-page complaint in Miami under the RICO and Alien Tort acts describing just how Cuba’s oil-for-doctors deal came to mean slavery.

The Cuban medics were forced to work seven days a week, under 60-patient daily quotas, in crime-riddled places with no freedom of movement. Cuban military guards known as “Committees of Health” acted as slave catchers to ensure they didn’t flee.

Doctors earned about $180 a month, a salary so low many had to beg for food and water from Venezuelans until they could escape.

What they endured wasn’t just bad conditions common inside Cuba. The doctors were instruments of a money-making racket to benefit the very Castro regime that has ruined Cuba’s economy.

“They were told ‘your work is more important to Cuba than even its sugar industry,'” their attorney, Leonardo Canton, told IBD.

That’s because their labor was tied to an exchange: Castro took 100,000 barrels of oil each day from Venezuela’s state oil company in exchange for uncompensated Cuban labor.

Most of the oil was then sold for hard currency, bringing in cash. Cuba also charged Venezuela $30 per patient visit, meaning a $1,000 daily haul per doctor. But the doctors never saw any of it.

In a situation like this, it’s pretty obvious that when the state gets involved in medical care — telling doctors whom they can serve, what they can charge and what they can treat — it doesn’t take long for slavery to result. The Cuban government has told other doctors, such as surgeon Hilda Molina, that her brain “is the property of the state” as reason to control her travel.

That ought to be lesson to those who seek to reform medical care in the U.S. on the backs of doctors. Free medical care is never free.

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“[I]n 1999 Filler-Corn was proud to push gun control and saw it has something that would propel the Democratic Party forward.  Ten years later she’s a whole lot quieter about that issue since it has been a loser for Democrats.”— Philip Van Cleave, Virginia Citizens Defense League President

Voters in the 41st District wouldn’t know from reading the campaign Web site or face book page that Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn is a gun grabber who has been a key figure in anti-gun rights organizations and has consistently opposed the right to bear arms in public. 

At various times between 1998 and 2002, Filler-Corn, a lawyer, and frequent unsuccessful candidate for various public offices in Fairfax County, received endorsements from Jim Brady, represented Handgun Control, Inc., and served as the vice-president and legislative chairman of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Million Mom March.

Over the years, Filler-Corn has supported “zero-tolerance policies regarding weapons on school property,” and said she was “horrified” when the General Assembly voted to allow gun owners to carry and store guns in vehicles on school property.   Likewise Filler-Corn attacked former Governor George Allen (R) for backing the right to carry handguns in government facilities and restaurants serving alcohol.

Filler-Corn isn’t promoting her views on gun rights even though expanding gun rights is the focus of much of the General Assembly’s agenda this year.  Her deafening silence on what was once her life’s focus is so remarkable that Van Cleave questions whether Filler-Corn is an anti-gun “stealth candidate” flying under the radar.

I.M. Kane


 

Radical anti-gun candidate flying under radar in Virginia special election

By Mike Stollenwerk

On Tuesday, March 2d, voters in Fairfax County Virginia’s 41st House District will vote in a special election and choose a Delegate to fill the seat vacated by Democrat David Marsden.  Prior to Marsden, the 41st District’s Delegate seat had traditionally been held by Republicans.  See the map of this District here.

So far the only controversy to arise in this campaign is Republican Kerry Bolognese’s charge that his opponent, Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn, has been conducting unfair “push-poll” operations against him.

“I’m outraged that that these false claims would be made at all, much less in a sleazy push poll,” said Bolognese.  “Voters are receiving false information about my record on education when I’ve spent the last 17 years of my life trying to improve our higher education system and have family in our local public schools.”

But this week the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) alerted its members that while Bolognese has completed the League’s gun rights candidate survey favorably,

“[u]nfortunately, the Democrat [Filler-Corn] has NOT responded.  What is she hiding?  Why is she afraid to publicly take a position on this important issue?  Why doesn’t she want you to know her position?

A subsequent investigation of Ms. Filler-Corn’s background by the Examiner.com reveals that Filler-Corn has been a key figure in anti-gun rights organizations and has consistently opposed the right to bear arms in public.  At various times between 1998 and 2002, Filler-Corn, a lawyer, and frequent unsuccessful candidate for various public offices in Fairfax County, received endorsements from Jim Brady, represented Handgun Control, Inc., and served as the vice-president and legislative chairman of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Million Mom March.

Over the years, Filler-Corn has supported “zero-tolerance policies regarding weapons on school property,”  and said she was “horrified” when the General Assembly voted to allow gun owners to carry and store guns in vehicles on school property.   Likewise Filler-Corn attacked former Governor George Allen (R) for backing the right to carry handguns in government facilities and restaurants serving alcohol.

And in a letter published in the Connection Newspaper on July 20, 2000, Filler-Corn declared:

“Every person is at risk from a citizen carrying guns in malls, movie theaters, restaurants and on highways.” 

But in the 41st District today, voters would not know about Filler-Corn’s views on gun rights by perusing Filler-Corn’s campaign web site or facebook page because they do not contain any mention of this issue despite the fact that expanding gun rights is the focus of much of the General Assembly’s agenda this year.  Filler-Corn’s silence on what was once her life’s focus is so remarkable that VCDL President Van Cleave is concerned that Filler-Corn is really just an anti-gun “stealth candidate” flying under the radar. 

“I really wish she would fill out our survey so our members would know where she stands,” said Van Cleave, who subsequently emailed the Examiner.com that “in 1999 Filler-Corn was proud to push gun control and saw it has something that would propel the Democratic Party forward.  Ten years later she’s a whole lot quieter about that issue since it has been a loser for Democrats.”

Ms. Filler-Corn and her campaign manager declined to return any of the Examiner.com’s four phone calls requesting comments for this story.

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New Global Warming Data Reveals Accurate “Hockey Stick” Graph

From Pajamas Media

The data underlying the famous “hockey stick” global warming graph has finally been found after having earlier been misplaced by leading climate researchers. The newly recovered data confirms the accuracy of the abrupt upward turn in readings characteristic of the “hockey stick” shape found in many global warming projections.

Up until now, however, the data on which the controversial graph had been based was presumed to be lost, so it was not known exactly which aspects of global warming the chart illustrated. Now that the data has been recovered, scientists can state with complete certainty that this updated chart accurately chronicles the past and future trajectory of the global warming crisis. 

Click on chart to enhance readability.

 

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“These bankers should be shown for what they really are to the public: vulgar robbers, thieves in ties, pickpockets and obstinate kleptomaniacs.”—Hugo Chavez

“Our office has been aggressively considering proposals on all areas that we can do to address the foreclosure crisis in this country”—Phyllis Caldwell, chief of the Treasury’s Homeownership Preservation Office.

In keeping with the dictates of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Brother O plans to stop all home foreclosures unless they have been rejected by the Bread and Circuses Administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and force all lenders to make principal reductions to help struggling homeowners.

Currently, lenders can begin foreclosure proceedings on any loan that hasn’t been submitted for HAMP eligibility even while borrowers are under review for the program or in a trial modification.

The proposed changes would prohibit lenders from beginning new foreclosure proceedings before loan screening by HAMP and would require lenders to halt existing proceedings for borrowers once they are in a trial repayment plan.

Republicans claim that HAMP is worsening the economic crisis and that many homeowners would be better off renting. They say Brother O’s foreclosure plan will distort the housing market by keeping people in their homes who would be better off going through foreclosure.

Republicans say homeowners who enroll in the program and drop out “would be better off to default early and make payments on more affordable housing options.

My good buddy Ladd thinks that Brother O’s plan to force banks to reduce principals on mortgages is a blatant abuse of executive power suggestive of a banana republic dictator. I think he’s right.

I.M. Kane


 

 

Obama Considers Halting All Home Foreclosures

By Frank McGuire

President Barack Obama reportedly is considering stopping all home foreclosures unless they have been rejected by the administration’s struggling $75 billion mortgage assistance program.

The move comes as Republicans take aim at Obama’s mortgage assistance program. Republicans argue the effort is making the economic crisis worse and say many homeowners would be better off as renters.

The president has been trying to convince investors and the general public that the country is slowly emerging from the recession, but the threat of foreclosures and a faltering housing recovery has been looming over the economy.

Meg Reilly, a Treasury Department spokeswoman, told Bloomberg that the proposed foreclosure ban was “one of the many ideas under consideration” in Obama’s attempt to stabilize the housing market.

“This proposal has not been approved and there are no immediate planned announcements on the issue,” she wrote in an e-mail. She confirmed the authenticity of the plan, which hasn’t been made public, Bloomberg reported.

Right now, lenders can initiate foreclosure proceedings on any loan that hasn’t been submitted for Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, eligibility. Under current rules, foreclosure litigation can proceed while borrowers are under review for the program or even in a trial modification.

The proposed changes would prohibit lenders from initiating new foreclosure actions before loan screening by HAMP and would require lenders to halt existing proceedings for borrowers once they are in a trial repayment plan, Bloomberg reported.

Meanwhile, Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., on Thursday called the program a misuse of taxpayer money, The Associated Press reported. Though $75 billion has been set aside for the program, so far only $15 million has been spent.

The lawmakers also said Obama’s plan distorts the housing market by keeping people in their homes who would be better off going through foreclosure.

Homeowners who enroll in the program but then drop out “would have been better off if they had defaulted earlier and spent the payments on more affordable housing options,” the two lawmakers wrote.

Obama administration officials, however, reject that argument. They say the program gives a second chance to homeowners who were given shoddy loans during the housing boom.

And they defend their track record, even though only 116,000 homeowners have completed the process out of the 1 million enrolled since the program’s launch last March.

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I don’t know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy analogies.  

I.M. Kane



 

Chocolate Maple Orange Juice Cinnamon Steak

By Quin Hillyer

I was just on the air with one of my favorite radio hosts, the insightful and thoroughly engaging Lee Davis of WYDE in Birmingham, and he seemed to like an analogy that came to me on the spur of the moment. He asked what I thought of President Obama saying that most aspects of Obamacare poll well when polled individually (which is only partly true). I said that even if it were true, it would be irrelevant — because all the parts are supposed to work together. I said, look, I like chocolate, and I like maple syrup, and I like orange juice, and I like cinnamon, and I like a good thick steak, but I sure as heck don’t think I’d like to put them all in a blender to make chocolate maple orange juice cinnamon steak, Nor should we try to swallow the health-care version thereof, which is Obamacare.

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Inquiry Finds Government-Run Hospital Inhumane and Appalling  

By Jerry A. Kane

An independent investigation reports that heath care providers at a National Health Service hospital caused “unimaginable” suffering to patients. The devastating report finds that the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (hospital) in the United Kingdom routinely subjected sick and dying patients to “inhumane treatment” through neglect and by leaving hundreds to die in squalor.

The inquiry, released February 24, said hospital administrators allowed staff numbers to fall “dangerously low,” preventing nurses from providing basic care, which led to the following list of horrors: 

  • Patients were left unwashed in their own filth for up to a month as nurses ignored their requests for assistance to use a bedpan, go to and from the toilet, or change their sheets—some families took soiled sheets and bed clothes home to wash;
  • Patients drank water from flower vases as food and drink were left out of reach;
  • Patients were neglected and developed infections or had falls, some of which were fatal;
  • Patients were hastily discharged by medics who feared being fired for delays;
  • Wards were left filthy with blood, discarded needles, and used dressings while administrators bullied and intimidated people into silence; and
  • Four members of one family, including a new-born baby, died within 18 months following hospital blunders.

The report, conducted by Queen’s Counsel investigator Robert Francis, also increased death-toll numbers from 400 to nearly 1,200; last year the Department of Health and NHS regulators estimated hospital deaths from 2005 to 2008.

“It is time that the public were told the truth about the very large number of excess deaths in NHS care and the very large number of avoidable but deadly errors that occur every day,” said Julie Bailey founder of Cure the NHS.

The report revealed that hospital administrators cared more about meeting government goals and cutting costs than providing safe, adequate care for the patients. Francis condemned hospital bureaucrats for fixating on cutting waiting times to meet Labour targets and neglecting dying patients.

“These awful events show how badly Labour has let down NHS patients. It should never again be possible for managers to put a tick in a box marked ‘target met’ while patients are pushed off to a ward and left to die,” Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said.

Francis reported that chief administrator, Martin Yeates, had failed to resolve the hospital’s “governance and staffing issues” because his administration “focused on systems” instead.

Before becoming Mid Staffordshire’s chief heath care administrator, Yeates had worked in the hotel industry and had managed a catering department at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. He was hired in September 2005 to develop “a more businesslike approach” to help the hospital gain foundation trust status, considered the standard for excellence in the NHS. Mid Staffordshire achieved NHS elite status two years later.

In addition to Yeates, two others in his administration resigned and a number of doctors and at least one nurse are being investigated by the General Medical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council respectively.

Jan Harry, Mid Staffordshire’s director of nursing from 1998 to 2006, told Francis that she didn’t remember the decision to cut the nursing staff by 52 or the plan that drastically altered the ratio of trained to untrained staff, adding that it wasn’t her job to monitor ward standards.

The NHS does not inflict severe punitive measures on administrative bureaucrats for substandard work or ban them from working, as it does with doctors or nurses.  Administrators receive six-figure redundancy packages or move to other hospitals in spite of their blatant incompetence or poor management abilities. Yeates was suspended last March with a £1million pension, six months salary, and a possible £400,000 settlement.

“We must end the situation where a senior NHS manager who has failed in one job can simply move to another elsewhere,” said Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

After accepting the report’s 18 recommendations, Burnham called for a new investigation to determine why Department of Health and NHS regulators failed to recognize the deteriorating conditions at the hospital. However, families of the victims are a bit incredulous. They claim the proposed inquiry is a “whitewash” and instead are calling for a full public investigation to provide the openness, clarity, and transparency necessary to prevent future horrors from ever happening.

In spite of having concerns about staffing, patient welfare, the availability and suitability of equipment, and the effective monitoring and handling of complaints, the Care Quality Commission, the NHS regulator, has declared that the hospital under its new management is now “safe to provide services.”

In the wake of the UK’s worst-ever NHS hospital scandal, the White House and congressional Democrats are on the brink of using the nuclear option to pass Obamacare, whose public option would lay waste to America’s current health care system and plunge Americans headlong into a bureaucratic quagmire of socialized medicine and a recurring nightmare of a single payer government controlled health care system, comparable to the Brits’.

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