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Friday, 30 December 2011
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Once again, we are anticipating a New Year -- 2012 -- a clean slate -- each day yet to be determined.  That should be a bit daunting.  As I opened my new, clean 2012 'old tech' Calender ( the thing that actually hangs on the wall just to the right of my computer monitor where EVERYTHING gets posted) the other day to enter notes, events, and other important dates, as always I could not  help but wonder what the year will bring.

I don't know about you, but as I look back over 2011, MANY things happened in both my personal life and my public life that I could NEVER have anticipated, some of which were extremely stressful and extremely hurtful and disappointing; some that were just wonderful and joyful. 

So...since life is so volatile and very unpredictable, what is the ONE thing that IS predictable and unchanging? 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 That assurance brings great comfort.

On the local, state, national and international geo-political front, we are facing a tsunami -- multiple issues coming at us from all sides, wave after wave.  If WE don't confront these challenges, who will?  "If not You, who?  If not Now, when?"  Because this is a presidential election year, the outcome of which, could NOT BE more important, we have an extraordinary responsibility to be faithful.

So, as we consider the future squarely facing the risks and the needs, let us be grounded in the foundational and unchanging Word of God
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 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically,as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.   Colossians 3: 23-24 

Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58

each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, but he will be saved; yet it will be like an escape through fire. 1 Corinthians 3: 13-15.

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear God and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Because He Live, I Can Face Tomorrow

If you do Resolutions, can't think of any better than the ones below.

It is my prayer that 2012 will find us active and faithful to the tasks before us.

My wish for each of us is the New Year will be one in which:
"May nothing render me forgetful of Thy glory, or turn me aside from Thy commands, or shake my confidence in Thy promises, or offend Thy children.
Let not my temporal occupations injure my spiritual concerns, or the cares of life make me neglect the one thing needful.  May I not be inattentive to the design of Thy dealings with me, or insensible under Thy rebukes, or immobile at Thy calls.
May I learn the holy art of abiding in Thee, of being in the world and not of it, or making everything not only consistent with but conducive to my religion"


My very best wishes for your New Year.
Bobbie














PSALMIST RESOLUTIONS

1. Psalm 119
30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD ;

2. Psalm 119
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word

3. Psalm 119
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.

4. Psalm 119
63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.

5. Psalm 119
75 I know, O LORD , that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 76 May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. 77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.

6. Psalm 119
114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

7. Psalm 119
128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.

8. Psalm 119
173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.

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Most Christians have an abundance of material blessings to count at the end of the year for which to thank the Lord.  Even if they have none of these, however, God has crowned the year with goodness and favor, with lovingkindness and tender mercies, with grace and glory and honor and, best of all His own presence.
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Posted on 12/30/2011 8:51 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Friday, 30 December 2011
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COMMENT:   Okay, it is the day after CHRISTmas so I thought something a little different might be in order, however, as you review today's post, you will find that it touches on many of the very 'hot' issues of the day, including religious freedom, abortion, Islam, family life, charity, abstinence, sexual purity, etc.  Very interesting!!

Well, let's see -- young men wearing their pants down around their rear-ends; being disrespectful to adults; causing problems in the class room; having sex and making babies out of wedlock, some supporting the aborting of those babies; living with girls they are not married to, etc., or  a young man who loves the Lord Jesus and is committed to living out those values before the whole world. Wonder which role model most mothers and fathers would want for their sons??  Hmmmmmm?????

You know -- in my never-to-be-humble opinion,  it could be that the stir his life is causing is because the 'world' so infrequently actually gets to see someone with this kind of commitment to Jesus. To recognize that his actions are not a 'gimick' but a lifestyle?  An indictment on the rest of us?  To recognize that his actions are not a 'gimick' but a lifestyle?  We have heard the quote below -- maybe we will now get to 'see' it in action. I would encourage you to pray regularly for this young man.  He will remain under close scrutiny for any misstep and the temptations will be many.


"The world has yet to see what God can do with a man wholly committed to him."



Tebowing Inspires People Around the World to Kneel Before God

DENVER, COLORADO, December 19, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - It looks like a cross between a genuflection and Rodin’s “The Thinker.” The characteristic kneel Tim Tebow makes to thank God after a big play has become a worldwide phenomenon, creating a new craze and stirring controversy over the role of religion in public life.

The Global Language Monitor reports that the term “Tebowing” has become an officially recognized English word. “The rapid rise of the word has seldom been equaled,” it adds.  A website, Tebowing.com, quickly collected photos of people striking the reverent pose all over the world, from Stonehenge to Machu Picchu. Coverage of the phenomenon has hit mainstream secular outlets

In perhaps its most controversial execution, four students at Long Island’s Riverhead High School received a one-day suspension for imitating their gridiron hero in the middle of a crowded hallway. School officials say public safety, rather than religion, motivated the reprimand.

However, more strident voices have criticized Tebow for his outspoken faith and pro-life beliefs. Rabbi Joshua Hammerman wrote a column in The Jewish Week slamming “Tebow’s sanctimonious God-talk.” He added, “His mom’s decision to risk her own life rather than abort her fetus flies against my own - and Judaism’s - values.”

He warned Tebow’s Christian gesture could lead to pogroms and violence. He wrote, “If Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and emboldened faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays and indiscriminately banishing immigrants.” He worried “legions of Southern Baptist missionaries [will] hit the college campuses the very next day” to convert Jews who have been “seduced by this unfolding drama.

Following public backlash, the rabbi apologized for the column, claiming his wording was “clumsy” and any content “deemed offensive” had been inadvertent. The website called his words “more inciting than insightful” and removed the article, which can be read in its entirety here. 

Liberal Democratic commentator Bob Beckel, who came to faith following deep addiction and a prostitution scandal, said “Rabbi you’re still a bigot. Here’s the way bigots work: They do things like this, and they pull them back.”

Others criticize Tebow for drawing the media spotlight off their own accomplishments. Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has said, “I sit at home, start watching TV, and all I’m seeing is Tebow.” Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco agreed, “If you watched ‘SportsCenter’ today, it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else.”

Tebow became a source of national controversy after starring in a commercial that made a subtle pro-life argument during the 2010 Super Bowl. Tebow’s mother, Pam, contracted amoebic dysentery while serving as a missionary in the Philippines in 1987. Doctors told her, “An abortion is the only way to save your life,” Tebow wrote in his book, Through My Eyes. “[T]he ‘mass of fetal tissue’ or ‘tumor’-me-had to go.” Her 2010 Super Bowl ad celebrated her decision to ignore the doctor’s advice and have her “miracle baby.” His mother endorsed Colorado’s unsuccessful personhood amendment last fall. 

This has led to efforts at retaliation. A pro-abortion blog urged its visitors to “donate $5 or $10 to your local pro-choice organization” for every time Tebow threw a touchdown in Sunday’s football game. (He contributed two touchdowns in a losing effort against the New England Patriots.)

In addition to his faith and support for the unborn, Tebow has said he intends to wait to have sex until after marriage.

Media outlets have reported that “multiple companies” declined to use Tebow as a spokesman because of his faith.

But criticism seems to have little impact on the Broncos quarterback. Last month, Tebow vowed, “any time I get an opportunity to tell [Jesus] that I love Him or given an opportunity to shout him out on national TV, I’m gonna take that opportunity.”

Others, too, have come to his defense. Christian singer Rebecca St. James defended Tebow during a recent episode of Fox News Channel’s Hannity program. “I think most people that are watching tonight would want a Tim Tebow as a role model for their kids,” she said, adding the quarterback is “an outstanding young man with values and morals.”

Randy Smith, sports writer for The Chattanoogan, writes that Tebow is a rare occurrence: an athlete whose private life can serve as a role model. “Tim Tebow will likely not be among the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL,” Smith forecasts. “But he certainly has a chance to be among the most admired men to ever play the game. Rightly so!”  Source HERE.


What If Tim Tebow Were a Muslim?

Imagine for a second, the Denver Broncosquarterback is a devout follower of Islam, sincere and principled in his beliefs and thus bowed toward Mecca to celebrate touchdowns. Now imagine if Detroit Lions player Stephen Tulluch and Tony Scheffler mockingly bowed toward Mecca, too, after tackling him for a loss or scoring a touchdown, just like what happened in October.
I know what would happen. All hell would break loose. 
Read more here.

Tim Tebow to Fly QB With Amputated Leg to Buffalo Bills Game

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s actions off the football field are once again sharing center stage with his on-field heroics after news spread that he will be hosting a trip for a promising prep star, who had part of his leg amputated, to the Broncos’ game against the Buffalo Bills this weekend.

Jacob Rainey played quarterback for Woodberry Forest School in Virginia and was often compared to Tebow in style. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound player had the attention of college coaches and many others in the football community for his skills.

But Rainey suffered a severe knee injury and a severed artery when he was tackled during a scrimmage on Sept. 3. After several surgeries, part of his right leg was amputated just one week after the injury occurred, according to news reports. Despite the end of Rainey's football career, his perspective on life has been an inspiration to those who know him and to those who have been following his story. Read more here.

Tebow, Connecticut Bible burning reveals stark difference between Christians and Muslims

While some Christian churches are promoting dialogue by inviting Muslims to preach in their pulpits, two recent events this Christmas season have revealed a stark difference in how the two religions handle criticism.

On Dec. 12, a Bible was placed under the New Haven, Connecticut Christmas tree and set on fire. The burning Bible was placed on top of electrical feeder cables which provide the power for the 30,000 or so lights on the 65-foot Norway spruce.

A few days later, on Dec. 17, Saturday Night Live featured a skit involving Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow and actor Jason Sudeikis, portraying Jesus Christ. In the skit, the actor tells Tebow to “take it down a notch” regarding his display of his faith on the football field.

The skit has received widespread criticism from some, including Bob Beckel, a liberal commentator who supports President Obama. “It’s despicable to display Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour like that. They should be ashamed of themselves… there’s nothing funny about that,” Beckel said.

A key Christian doctrine is that Jesus Christ is “God manifested in the flesh” and thus such portrayals are as offensive to Christians as criticism of Muhammad is to Muslims.

There are stark portrayals in the reactions expressed by both groups to assaults on their holy book and founder.

Following the Bible burning, which was done by a vandal who presumably did not approve of the Bible's message, there have been no reports of Christians anywhere in the world rioting and killing people over the burning of their sacred book. Many Christians believe the Bible to be divinely inspired and the words of God Himself as He spoke through human beings.

Likewise, while there was criticism of the SNL skit, there does not appear to have been any reported incidents of Christians rioting and threatening death to any of the producers of the skit.

However, when the television show “South Park” featured a story line featuring the Prophet Muhammad, a Muslim group warned the show’s creators they could face violence for their depiction of Muhammad.

Revolution Muslim wrote on its web site that South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker,“will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode featuring Muhammad wearing a bear costume.

Van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam after making a film revealing the abuse of Muslim women in Islamic countries.

Similarly, when a Danish newspaper printed cartoon images of Muhammad by a dozen cartoonists, several of them were advised to go into hiding after receiving death threats. After other newspapers printed some of the cartoons, there were riots that included the burning of the building which housed the Chilean, Danish and Swedish embassies in Syria. Other buildings were set on fire as well, including the Norwegian embassy and the Danish consulate in Beirut, Lebanon.  Read more here.

Long Island high-school students suspended for 'Tebowing'

The Tebow mania sweeping the nation sacked a group of Long Island high-school students who were suspended for mimicking the quarterback’s famous prayer pose.

Twin brothers Tyler and Connor Carroll of Riverhead HS and classmates Jordan Fulcoly and Wayne Drexel were hit with one-day suspensions for kneeling and bowing their heads like Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow does when he scores a touchdown.

Administrators said the weeklong “Tebowing” craze was a distraction and a hallway hazard after dozens of classmates followed their lead.

“It was basically just a tribute to Tim Tebow,” Carroll Connor, 17, who planned the prank with his brother and friends, told The Post. Read more here.

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Posted on 12/30/2011 6:42 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
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By Michael Patrick Leahy

Barack Obama's image-makers selected Osawatomie, Kansas as the location where Obama would deliver his "make or break" redistributive "New Nationalism" speech to call up memories of the iconic Teddy Roosevelt.  One hundred and one years earlier at the same site, TR delivered the original "New Nationalism" speech to a gathering of the Grand Army of the Republic, comprising Union veterans of the Civil War.  The setting was a cynical attempt to cloak Obama's un-American redistributionist philosophies in the memory of a true American hero.  TR, after all, is one of only four American Presidents memorialized at Mount Rushmore.

While it's true that TR's speech represented a sharp left turn toward an aggressive form of progressivism, numerous conservative pundits have correctly noted that the setting was nonetheless a misdirection on Obama's part.  Not only did Obama's speech set forth a far more radical redistributionist philosophy than TR ever imagined, but it also rejected the "can do" American individualism that was trademark TR even at his most progressive, replacing it with a whiny collectivism whose origins can be found far from America's shores.

Several conservative pundits have offered their own thoughts as to where these ideas originate.  Charles Krauthammer, for instance, looks to Chávez's Venezuela.  Presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks that Obama wants to turn America into France.  A year earlier, Dinesh D'Souza looked to Kenya, the land of Obama's biological father.

All three are looking in the wrong corners of the world.  The origins of Obama's social justice rhetoric can be found in Indonesia, where he lived from ages six to ten.  It was there that Obama was formally instructed in "Pancasila" -- the Indonesian state ideology that blends Indonesian traditions of communalism and patrimony with Western notions of nationalism and "social justice."  But Obama's introduction to Indonesian culture and values came even earlier in his life.  Indeed, it is likely that his earliest memories are as part of a family headed by an Indonesian stepfather whose own family was deeply embedded in the ruling Indonesian oligarchy.

Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, introduced Pancasila in a speech in Jakarta on June 1, 1945.  His audience was a committee of the Indonesian Constitutional Convention, convened on the eve of that country's independence.  Sukarno emphasized five points around which the new country could coalesce:

  1. Belief in one supreme God
  2. Humanitarianism
  3. Nationalism
  4. Social justice
  5. Consultative democracy

Sukarno's vision was so entrancing to his fellow revolutionaries that they codified Pancasila in the new constitution, which officially declared Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.  Both Sukarno from 1945 to 1967 and Suharto from 1967 to 1998 relied on the vagueness of Pancasila's five principles -- and especially the principle of "social justice" -- to support their own brands of autocratic governance.  Sukarno leaned towards an authoritarian communist interpretation, while Suharto presided over a corrupt, feudalist oligarchy run by political and familial cronies.

From Sukarno's 1945 speech we take these words on "social justice":

Fourth principle: social justice ... there shall be no poverty in free Indonesia[.] ... Do we want a free Indonesia whose capitalists do as they wish, or where the entire people prosper, where every man has enough to eat[?]

Sukarno's ideas on social justice were echoed in Obama's Osawatomie speech last week:

[T]hey want to go back to the same philosophies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for too many years. Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well I'm here to say they are wrong. I'm here to reaffirm my deep conviction that we are greater together than we are on our own. I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone gets their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.

Obama's Osawatomie speech reflects Indonesian rather than American values in one additional important way: Americans have always valued individualism over collectivism, while Indonesians prefer collectivism over individualism.  Obama's speech was an ode to collectivism and a rejection of American individualism.  Read more here.

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Posted on 12/20/2011 6:41 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 20 December 2011
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By Michael Patrick Leahy

Barack Obama's image-makers selected Osawatomie, Kansas as the location where Obama would deliver his "make or break" redistributive "New Nationalism" speech to call up memories of the iconic Teddy Roosevelt.  One hundred and one years earlier at the same site, TR delivered the original "New Nationalism" speech to a gathering of the Grand Army of the Republic, comprising Union veterans of the Civil War.  The setting was a cynical attempt to cloak Obama's un-American redistributionist philosophies in the memory of a true American hero.  TR, after all, is one of only four American Presidents memorialized at Mount Rushmore.

While it's true that TR's speech represented a sharp left turn toward an aggressive form of progressivism, numerous conservative pundits have correctly noted that the setting was nonetheless a misdirection on Obama's part.  Not only did Obama's speech set forth a far more radical redistributionist philosophy than TR ever imagined, but it also rejected the "can do" American individualism that was trademark TR even at his most progressive, replacing it with a whiny collectivism whose origins can be found far from America's shores.

Several conservative pundits have offered their own thoughts as to where these ideas originate.  Charles Krauthammer, for instance, looks to Chávez's Venezuela.  Presidential candidate Rick Santorum thinks that Obama wants to turn America into France.  A year earlier, Dinesh D'Souza looked to Kenya, the land of Obama's biological father.

All three are looking in the wrong corners of the world.  The origins of Obama's social justice rhetoric can be found in Indonesia, where he lived from ages six to ten.  It was there that Obama was formally instructed in "Pancasila" -- the Indonesian state ideology that blends Indonesian traditions of communalism and patrimony with Western notions of nationalism and "social justice."  But Obama's introduction to Indonesian culture and values came even earlier in his life.  Indeed, it is likely that his earliest memories are as part of a family headed by an Indonesian stepfather whose own family was deeply embedded in the ruling Indonesian oligarchy.

Indonesia's first president, Sukarno, introduced Pancasila in a speech in Jakarta on June 1, 1945.  His audience was a committee of the Indonesian Constitutional Convention, convened on the eve of that country's independence.  Sukarno emphasized five points around which the new country could coalesce:

  1. Belief in one supreme God
  2. Humanitarianism
  3. Nationalism
  4. Social justice
  5. Consultative democracy

Sukarno's vision was so entrancing to his fellow revolutionaries that they codified Pancasila in the new constitution, which officially declared Indonesia's independence from the Netherlands.  Both Sukarno from 1945 to 1967 and Suharto from 1967 to 1998 relied on the vagueness of Pancasila's five principles -- and especially the principle of "social justice" -- to support their own brands of autocratic governance.  Sukarno leaned towards an authoritarian communist interpretation, while Suharto presided over a corrupt, feudalist oligarchy run by political and familial cronies.

From Sukarno's 1945 speech we take these words on "social justice":

Fourth principle: social justice ... there shall be no poverty in free Indonesia[.] ... Do we want a free Indonesia whose capitalists do as they wish, or where the entire people prosper, where every man has enough to eat[?]

Sukarno's ideas on social justice were echoed in Obama's Osawatomie speech last week:

[T]hey want to go back to the same philosophies that have stacked the deck against middle-class Americans for too many years. Their philosophy is simple: we are better off when everyone is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. Well I'm here to say they are wrong. I'm here to reaffirm my deep conviction that we are greater together than we are on our own. I believe that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone gets their fair share, and when everyone plays by the same rules.

Obama's Osawatomie speech reflects Indonesian rather than American values in one additional important way: Americans have always valued individualism over collectivism, while Indonesians prefer collectivism over individualism.  Obama's speech was an ode to collectivism and a rejection of American individualism.  Read more here.

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Posted on 12/20/2011 6:41 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Monday, 14 November 2011
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Action Alert: contact Karen Bracken

LET THE BATTLE BEGIN …. LET’S WORK TOWARD DEFEATING THIS PLAN!
Anyone able to work on opposing this plan, please contact
Karen Bracken karenbracken5@gmail.com

16 Counties in TN, GA, AL to be bulked into a 40-yr Sustainable Development plan

TN: Polk, McMinn, Bledsoe, Bradley (anchored by the city of Cleveland), Hamilton (anchored by the city of Chattanooga) Marion, Meigs, Rhea and Sequatchie
GA: Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, Whitfield (anchored by the city of Dalton)
AL: Dekalb abd Jackson

If you live or you know someone that lives in or near these counties please ensure they contact me if they are interested in joining a team to attend the kickoff meeting on November 17 and to follow this through until we have stopped them from implementing this bulk attack on rural America. We need 1 lead person for each county to coordinate the citizens of their county. That will include recruiting boots on the ground to educate the public, attend planning meetings/conference calls to plan our defense, attend the commission meetings and roll out our plan of attack at each meeting.

This is Agenda 21 and we must stick together to show them we are no longer going to allow them to dictate how we live our lives. If you know of anyone that lives in GA, AL, TN that you would like to include please let Karen know.

Facebook: Stop UN Agenda 21! Stop ICLEI!

Henry Lamb:  Regional  Planning Begins

Numerous resources:  Sustainable Development

Video: Agenda 21 For Dummies


Groundwork To Launch Regional Growth Planning Process Reaches Milestone
posted October 14, 2011

A stakeholder group consisting of elected, business, and philanthropic leaders from the tri-state region of Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama which encompasses three metropolitan statistical areas has announced a major milestone in the effort to lay the groundwork to launch a 40-year regional growth planning process.

Efforts to identify a team of expert firms to help organize and facilitate the effort have progressed through a request for qualifications, a request for proposals, and reference checks to narrow the field of contenders to three finalist teams:
Wallace Roberts & Todd; Gresham Smith & Partners; PlaceMatters; Ann Coulter; Neathawk Dubuque& Packett; Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness; Center for Neighborhood Technology; Leslee T. Alexander Consulting; Constructive Technologies Group; and RERC Strategic Advisors.

McBride Dale Clarion; Clarion Associates; Fregonese Associates; Kimley-Horn and Associates; Brown Pearman Russell; BAE Urban Economics; Opticos Design, Inc; Ann Coulter; PlaceMatters; The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies; and Neathawk Dubuque & Packett.

Renaissance Planning Group; Cambridge Systematics; ICF International; Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon; Ann Coulter; Neathawk Dubuque & Packett; Robert Grow Consulting; and The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies.

All of the finalist teams include local firms, and the companies that comprise the teams reflect the depth and breadth of experience necessary to complete a truly comprehensive regional planning process including expertise in community engagement, many different types of planning, financial analysis, data collection, and the establishment of community metrics.

According to Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, the effort is designed to pioneer a new kind of long-term, region-wide planning. “Our goal is to create a kind of business plan for the region,” said County Mayor Coppinger. “In addition to incorporating traditional planning topics, the process will include financial analysis. We also aim to establish a set of numeric benchmarks, so we will be able to assess results as we implement the plan and make course corrections whenever necessary.”

All three of these expert teams will make a presentation during an open public meeting on Nov. 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Everyone in the region is invited to attend the meeting and provide feedback on the finalists. Event organizers are also planning to broadcast the event via local television and a web cast to make the public meeting widely accessible to people from across the region. Read more
HERE.

UN’s Agenda 21 Equals Organized ‘Snitching’

 By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh  

imageAmerica was founded on the idea that private property is sacred. Americans cannot conceive their country without the right to own property. As they go about their daily lives, the United Nations Agenda 21 is methodically chipping away at our country’s solid foundation.

Under the guise of protecting the environment, water conservation, resources, reducing carbon footprint, reducing the use of electricity, smart grid, smart meters, cutting down the use of fossil fuels, separating people from their cars in favor of mass transit, biking and walking within five minutes of residence, returning land to wilderness by moving large rural and urban populations into high rise tenements in green zones, and social justice, the UN is taking over our lives.

UN Agenda 21 marches on in spite of the many revelations that global warming, climate change scare tactics, faulty data, and faux academic research from the University of East Anglia have been debunked.

U.S. Energy Secretary Chu, promoting engineering education in Portland, spoke about what he sees as the next great space race: Sustainability. Not only was he promoting engineering when our space program no longer exists, but his remarks on green energy came on the heels of three bankruptcies of “clean energy” companies that are yet to deliver any clean energy or provide the millions of jobs needed to replace the current ones lost during Obama’s misadministration of our fossil fuel-based economy. The most recent company to fail is Solyndra in spite of the heavy stimulus dollars invested in its venture.

Ethanol-producers of “clean energy” were complaining that the price of corn has gone up and the supply of corn has diminished, hurting their ability to produce ethanol. At the same time, our food supply of corn has diminished as well, and some countries are experiencing shortages of their staple food and higher prices. This is one indication that we are definitely nowhere near replacing fossil fuels as a large scale, cheap source of energy without bankrupting our entire economy.

UN Agenda 21 with its sustainability is not about safeguarding the environment and clean energy, it is about economic power and control. It is about brokering and laundering carbon credit scams, about world dominance and destruction of the largest economy on the planet. The U.S. is the only country standing in the way of a one world global government under the aegis of the United Nations.

Every day I discover a new facet to UN Agenda 21 that has been in place for quite some time, sold as a voluntary activity with broad population consensus. They call us “stakeholders,” although few of us have any idea what is going on.

Today I found the Global Reporting Initiative. According to their website, The Global Reporting Initiative is a registered not-for-profit organization located in Amsterdam.” Their leftist vision is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the International Finance Corporation, the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

I spent several hours navigating through the myriad of resources, data, and links. I am sure, most Americans do not have the interest or the time to research what is happening to their country.

GRI is encouraging organizations to report (read snitch) on Sustainable Development compliance in their countries.

The list of past supporters includes: European Commission, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, UN Foundation, World Bank, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, United States Environment Protection Agency, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Soros Foundation, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Australia.

The portal supporters of this ‘voluntary’ Sustainable Development reporting network are TATA, Microsoft, and HP.

“Every two years GRI organizes the ‘Amsterdam Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency’, which has developed into the most important network meeting in the field of sustainability reporting worldwide.”

GRI has global partnerships, alliances, and synergies with many leftist organizations and governments. GRI has divided the globe into five sectors, overseen by Stakeholder Council Members. The sectors are Africa, Asia Pacific/Oceania, Latin America/Caribbean, North America/Europe, and West Asia.

GRI has “synergies” with the Earth Charter Initiative, International Finance Corporation (a World Bank group), the International Organization for Standardization, and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. It is difficult and tedious to wade through the euphemistic language that seems so tame yet it hides the true intent of the organization, to control our corporate and economic activity.

“The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.”

Here is my response to the above charter mission.

We do not live in a democracy, we live in a constitutional republic. I do not want to live in a global society; I want to live in the United States of America and to safeguard its freedoms. Human rights are respected in America.

We are so diverse to the point that political correctness is destroying our society. Do we want socialist “economic justice” that involves taking wealth from producers and giving it to non-producers who are satisfied with waiting on handouts from the government?

It is hard to imagine an American who does not want to live in peace; unfortunately, we are at war with a hostile theocratic ideology and thus, as the Romans very wisely said, “Si vis pacem, para bellum,” if you desire peace, prepare for war.  Read more here.

Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson

Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that elected officials just won’t read detailed reports or watch long videos. “Can you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can hand out,” I’m asked.

So here it is. A one page, quick description of Agenda 21 that fits on one page. I’ve also included for the back side of your hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should back up my brief descriptions.

A word of caution, use this as a starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then kill Agenda 21. That’s how it must be done. The information below is only your first step. Happy hunting.

What is Sustainable Development?

According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.

Social Equity (Social injustice)

Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.

Economic Prosperity

Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations which get tax breaks, grants and the government’s power of
Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned monopolies.

Local Sustainable Development policies

Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus.

Who is behind it?

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “local” community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.

Where did it originate?

The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit, today referred to simply as Agenda 21.

What gives Agenda 21 Ruling Authority?

More than 178 nations adopted Agenda 21 as official policy during a signing ceremony at the Earth Summit. US president George H.W. Bush signed the document for the US. In signing, each nation pledge to adopt the goals of Agenda 21. In 1995, President Bill Clinton, in compliance with Agenda 21, signed Executive Order #12858 to create the President’s Council on Sustainable Development in order to “harmonize” US environmental policy with UN directives as outlined in Agenda 21. The EO directed all agencies of the Federal Government to work with state and local community governments in a joint effort “reinvent” government using the guidelines outlined in Agenda 21. As a result, with the assistance of groups like ICLEI, Sustainable Development is now emerging as government policy in every town, county and state in the nation.

Revealing Quotes From the Planners

“Agenda 21 proposes an array of actions which are intended to be implemented by EVERY person on Earth…it calls for specific changes in the activities of ALL people… Effective execution of Agenda 21 will REQUIRE a profound reorientation of ALL humans, unlike anything the world has ever experienced… ” Agenda 21: The Earth Summit Strategy to Save Our Planet (Earthpress, 1993). Emphases – DR

Urgent to implement – but we don’t know what it is!

“The realities of life on our planet dictate that continued economic development as we know it cannot be sustained…Sustainable development, therefore is a program of action for local and global economic reform – a program that has yet to be fully defined.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.

“No one fully understands how or even, if, sustainable development can be achieved; however, there is growing consensus that it must be accomplished at the local level if it is ever to be achieved on a global basis.” The Local Agenda 21 Planning Guide, published by ICLEI, 1996.

Agenda 21 and Private Property

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth, therefore contributes to social injustice.” From the report from the 1976 UN’s Habitat I Conference.

“Private land use decisions are often driven by strong economic incentives that result in several ecological and aesthetic consequences…The key to overcoming it is through public policy…” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, page 112.

“Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class – involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the UN’s Earth Summit, 1992.

Reinvention of Government

“We need a new collaborative decision process that leads to better decisions, more rapid change, and more sensible use of human, natural and financial resources in achieving our goals.” Report from the President’s Council on Sustainable Development

“Individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.” Harvey Ruvin, Vice Chairman, ICLEI. The Wildlands Project

“We must make this place an insecure and inhospitable place for Capitalists and their projects – we must reclaim the roads and plowed lands, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres or presently settled land.” Dave Foreman, Earth First.

What is not sustainable?

Ski runs, grazing of livestock, plowing of soil, building fences, industry, single family homes, paves and tarred roads, logging activities, dams and reservoirs, power line construction, and economic systems that fail to set proper value on the environment.” UN’s Biodiversity Assessment Report.

Hide Agenda 21’s UN roots from the people

“Participating in a UN advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy- fixated groups and individuals in our society… This segment of our society who fear ‘one-world government’ and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined ‘the conspiracy’ by undertaking LA21. So we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management or smart growth.” J. Gary Lawrence, advisor to President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.  Source HERE.
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Friday, 11 November 2011
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COMMENT:  As you know, we have long been involved with the efforts to pass common sense legislation that would secure our borders and impact the whole issue of illegal immigration and its effects on the job market, etc. We appreciate the work at both the state and federal level to move forward with proposals that would support our position.  We have worked with national organizations on these issues and we fully support the E-Verify concept.  However, H.R.2885 contains a provision that PREEMPTS state laws (see below).  So, the question becomes, if this provision is not amended out, should we support legislation that will further remove state's rights?  Shouldn't laws like this support state's rights?  Congressional contact information below.

Note:  Kobach is THE national expert on the issue, helping to write the illegal immigration Arizona bill
HR 2164 is vitrually the same as HR 2885:
Kris Kobach on Lamar Smith's HR 2164 E-Verify bill

Phyllis' Column:
Lamar Smith's E-Verify Bill Must Be Amended
 
[AGAIN NOTE -- HR 2164 and HR 2885 are virtually the same.]
E-Verify, a computer process that makes it fast and easy for employers to check the validity of employees' Social Security numbers to ascertain if they are legal, was created by Congress as a voluntary system. It demonstrates its utility by verifying individuals within a few seconds with 99.5 percent accuracy, but only about two percent of businesses actually use it. 7-01-11


H.R.2885
Latest Title: Legal Workforce Act
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] (introduced 9/12/2011)      Cosponsors (53)
Related Bills: H.R.2164
Latest Major Action: 9/21/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 22 - 13.

Legal Workforce Act - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish an employment eligibility verification system (EEVS), patterned after the E-Verify system. (Eliminates the current paper-based I-9 system.)

Requires an employer to attest, during the verification period and under penalty of perjury, that the employer has verified that an individual is not an unauthorized alien by: (1) obtaining and recording the individual's social security account number, and (2) examining specified documents that establish such individual's identity and employment authorization.

Requires an individual to attest that he or she is a U.S. citizen or national, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work in the United States.

Subjects an individual who knowingly uses the social security number or other identification of another person to fine and/or imprisonment.

Establishes a phased-in EEVS participation deadline (six months to two years) for different categories of employers, including agricultural employers. (Exempts from verification requirements seasonal agricultural workers who return to work for a previous employer.)

Requires reverification of the following workers who have not been verified under E-verify: (1) federal, state, or local government employees; (2) certain employees who require a federal security clearance; and (3) certain employees assigned to work in the United States under a federal or state contract.

Authorizes an employer to voluntarily reverify employees. (Requires any such reverification to be applied to all individuals so employed).

Includes employment recruitment and referral within the scope of EEVS. Requires EEVS use by union halls and nonprofit employment agencies.

Requires EEVS to provide employers with: (1) temporary verification or nonverification within 3 working days of an inquiry; and (2) in the case of nonverification, a final verification or nonverification within 10 working days.

Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) an employer utilizing a good faith defense, (2) preemption of state or local law, (3) employer penalties, and (4) worker remedies for EEVS errors.

Provides for the establishment of programs to: (1) block the use of misused social security numbers, and (2) suspend or limit the use of social security numbers of victims of identity fraud.

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Out of State subscribers can find their congressman HERE.



Tennessee Congressmen's Websites


Member Name DC Phone DC FAX
Sen. Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944 202-228-3398
Sen. Bob Corker 202-224-3344 202-228-0566
Rep. Phil Roe 202-225-6356 202-225-5714
Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. 202-225-5435 202-225-6440
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann 202-225-3271 202-225-3494
Rep. Scott DesJarlais 202-225-6831 202-226-5172
Rep. Jim Cooper 202-225-4311 202-226-1035
Rep. Diane Black 202-225-4231 202-225-6887
Rep. Marsha Blackburn 202-225-2811 202-225-3004
Rep. Stephen Fincher 202-225-4714 202-225-1765
Rep. Steve Cohen 202-225-3265 202-225-5663

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Thursday, 03 November 2011
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YOU REALLY MUST NOT MISS THIS:
An Articulate Position for the 'Occupy' Movement


Video: Muslim Groups Back Occupy Wall Street Protesters (CAIR)

VIDEO: Media Glorifying Violent 'Occupy' Protests?

Cloward and Piven - 'It is ok to use violence as long as it is a BIG part of your strategy'

Protesters hung a large black banner that read: "Occupy Everything, DEATH TO CAPITALISM"

'Occupy Oakland' Protesters Clash With Police Following Day of Protests

Police clashed with protesters in Oakland after thousands of demonstrators shut down one of the nation's busiest shipping ports, escalating a movement whose tactics had largely been limited to marches, rallies and tent encampments since it began in September.

The confrontation began after protesters started a large bonfire in the middle of a downtown street. Dozens of police in riot gear moved in on hundreds of protesters as the flames leapt more than 15 feet in the air from several large metal and plastic trash bins that had been pushed together.

The clash and subsequent standoff came only hours after thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters shut down one of the nation's busiest shipping ports late Wednesday.

The nearly 5-hour protest at the Port of Oakland, the nation's fifth-busiest shipping port, was intended to highlight a day-long "general strike" in the city, which prompted solidarity rallies in New York, Los Angeles and other cities across the nation.

Police estimated that a crowd of about 3,000 had gathered at the port at the height of the demonstration around dusk. Some had marched from the city's downtown, while others had been bused to the port.

The demonstrations in Oakland were largely peaceful until the evening skirmish.

The crowd disrupted port operations by overwhelming the area with people and blocking exits with chain-link fencing and illegally parked vehicles. The demonstrators also erected fences to block main streets to the port. No trucks were allowed into or out of the area. Read more here.

Iran Rallies in Support of U.S. Protesters, Urges U.N. to Probe Police Response

(CNSNews.com) - Iranians demonstrated in Tehran on Wednesday in support of the Occupy Wall Street rallies in the United States, which some Iranian leaders are hoping will lead to the downfall of Western capitalism.

Iranian media outlets described the protesters as laborers and said they displayed banners "condemning the suppression of Occupy Wall Street movement and tyranny of Zionist and capitalist system."

The demonstration was held in front of the Swiss Embassy, which represents U.S. interests in the absence of diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran.

The protesters chanted slogans condemning the U.S., Britain and the "Zionist regime" and called on authorities to release those arrested in some of the protests in the U.S. and Europe.

According to an Iranian Students News Agency report, a declaration read at the protest urged the United Nations and human rights groups to investigate the authorities' response to the protests in U.S. cities and support the demands of "impoverished" American workers.

A similar call came Wednesday from a lawmaker who chairs Iran's parliamentary human rights committee. Zohre Elahian said in a statement Wednesday that "scenes of the suppression of U.S. protesters are upsetting" and deserve international condemnation. Read more here.

EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in 'Occupy' Movement

The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com.

The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted Congress to cut off federal funds.

NYCC’s connection to ACORN isn’t a tenuous one: It works from the former ACORN offices in Brooklyn, uses old ACORN office stationery, employs much of the old ACORN staff and, according to several sources, engages in some of the old organization’s controversial techniques to raise money, interest and awareness for the protests.

Sources said NYCC has hired about 100 former ACORN-affiliated staff members from other cities – paying some of them $100 a day - to attend and support Occupy Wall Street. Dozens of New York homeless people recruited from shelters are also being paid to support the protests, at the rate of $10 an hour, the sources said.

At least some of those hired are being used as door-to-door canvassers to collect money that’s used to support the protests.

Sources said cash donations collected by NYCC on behalf of some unions and various causes are being pooled and spent on Occupy Wall Street. The money is used to buy supplies, pay staff and cover travel expenses for the ex-ACORN members brought to New York for the protests. Read more here.

Meet #OWS ‘Crisis Creator’ Lisa Fithian: The Radical Extremist Helping To #OccupyAmerica

When people ask me, ‘What do you do?’ I say I create crisis, because crisis is that edge where change is possible.” — Lisa Fithian

To say that Lisa Fithian is just a paid-professional protester would be to undersell her radical accomplishments. True, she’s received compensation from the SEIU and the SEIU’s labor federation Change to Win as a consultant. However, her war on the free market goes well beyond that. Last year, Fithian helped the UAW shut down Bank of America branches and, now, is helping the #OccupyWallSt protesters wage their occupations all across America.
Over the past three decades, according to
her bio, Lisa Fithian has worked with Abbie Hoffman, organized protests against the Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. foreign policy in Nicaragua,  and was the national coordinator of a march to shut down the CIA in 1987 where over 600 people were arrested. Read more here.

Proof! Wall Street protests no ‘spontaneous uprising’. Major demonstration directed by leftist shadow organization

A public relations firm closely partnered with the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation represented last week’s newsmaking anti-Wall Street march past millionaires’ homes in New York, KleinOnline has learned.

Fenton Communications has been behind the public relations strategy of a who’s who of far-left causes, organizations and activists, from Soros himself to Health Care for America Now to crafting strategies for MoveOn.org and a litany of anti-war groups.

Fenton, which works closely with Tides, first made its name representing communist dictatorships in the 1980’s.

Fenton’s founder is tied to President Obama and to a slew of Saul Alinsky-style community organizing groups directly involved in recent U.S. streetprotests, including in Wisconsin and New York.

The find brings further evidence the anti-Wall Street movement is a well-planned campaign and not the spontaneous uprising its leaders claim.

Already, questions have been raised by the news media about Adbusters, the magazine that is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.  The media has been probing Adbusters source of funding – the Tides Foundation.

Tides acts like a massive clearinghouse of donations to a slew of liberal groups. Critics have alleged the center acts to obscure the ultimate sources of donations by collecting significant sums of money from a few large donors and then funneling the money to thousands of liberal causes.

Soros’ Open Society Institute is a prominent Tides Center donor, giving the group $3.5 million between 2007 and 2009 alone. Read more here.

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Thursday, 27 October 2011
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Protecting the Electoral College from the National Popular Vote Scheme

Hans von Spakovsky, October 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm
 

The “National Popular Vote” plan (NPV) is a scheme that would effectively abolish the Electoral College without going through the formal (and politically difficult) process of amending the Constitution. The NPV proposes an interstate compact in which participating states agree in advance to automatically allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote (the highest vote getter, even if only a plurality), disregarding the popular vote results in their states.

The NPV supposedly would go into effect as soon as “states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes” needed to win an election (270 votes) join the purported compact. This would give the voters of as few as 11 states control over the outcome of presidential elections and give the most populous states a controlling majority of the Electoral College.

Unfortunately, eight state legislatures and the District of Columbia have agreed to participate in this politically dubious, unconstitutional, and dangerous cartel. The NPV is already 49 percent of the way to the goal of 270 electoral votes and forcing even nonparticipating states into this drastic change in the Electoral College.

The NPV compact is not only unconstitutional, but it is also bad public policy that would undermine the protections of the Electoral College. It would diminish the influence of smaller states and rural areas of the country; lead to more recounts, contentious fights over provisional ballots, and conflicts over the results of presidential elections; and encourage voter fraud. It could also radicalize American politics and lead to Presidents who are elected with very small pluralities, or who failed to qualify for the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It strikes directly at the Founders’ view of federalism and a representative republic that balances popular sovereignty with structural protections for state governments and minority interests.

As part of its “Preserve the Constitution” series, the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation is going to have a presentation on the NPV on Friday, October 28. We will be discussing the original purposes of the Electoral College and their relevance today, as well as the effect the NPV would have on our system of electing the President.  Read more here.

Popular Vote or the Electoral College?

Julia Shaw, October 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm

While New Hampshire maneuvers to maintain first-in-the-nation primary status, a new Gallup poll reveals many Americans don’t care who New Hampshirites want to be President. In fact, they don’t care who any state wants to be President. A majority of those polled—62 percent—would prefer to amend the Constitution so that the candidate who receives the most votes nationwide becomes President, while 35 percent of Americans would keep the Electoral College.

With the spirit of the times supposedly against the Electoral College, why preserve the Founders’ constitutional design?

The Electoral College preserves federalism, encourages candidates to build national coalitions, and grants definitive electoral outcomes. It requires a presidential candidate to win simultaneous elections across 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here is how the Electoral College works: Each state has a number of electoral votes equal to the number of Representatives for the state plus the number of Senators. (Per the 23rd Amendment, the District of Columbia has the same number of electoral votes as that of the least populous state—currently three votes). Each state except Maine and Alaska has a “winner-take-all” system, whereby the presidential candidate who wins the state receives all the state’s electoral votes. A President is elected when one candidate obtains a majority of these states’ electoral votes (currently 270 electoral votes).

As Tara Ross explains in “The Electoral College: Enlightened Democracy,” the selection system ensures that Presidents build nationwide coalitions and demonstrate that they will be good representatives for a diverse nation composed of both small and large sovereign states. Candidates who focus too narrowly on a handful of states, regions, or metropolitan population centers will not be successful in the Electoral College.  Read more here.

 

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011
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COMMENT:  Here is a major hotel chain bowing to 'threats' that, as I understand it, were not reported to any law enforcement representatives.  The United States is supposed to be the 'land of the free and home of the brave'--the Hutton Hotel caving hardly fits that description.  All they had to do is to increase security and move on.  They need to hear from people who still think the US Constitution is important and that it principles should be supported.

 

Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN caves to pressure and threats
 
Action cancels "Preserving Freedom Conference"
& denies U.S. Christians, Jews and citizens their rights under the U.S. Constitution

Today, the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, TN slammed the door on the United States Constitution and the right to free speech due to threats which we perceive came from the Islamic community. The location was the planned host for the Preserving Freedom Conference to be held on November 11, 2011. With less than three weeks prior to the event and after accepting payments from many attendees and sponsors, Nashville's Hutton Hotel backed out of the contract as location host of the event, citing threatening letters and phone calls demanding the conference be cancelled.

Steve Eckley, Senior Vice President of Hutton Hotel,[720 318 4238.] contacted Lou Ann Zelenik, Executive Director of Tennessee Freedom Coalition (TFC)  on October 24, 2011, and told her they would not honor the contract signed in August 2011 for the Preserving Freedom Conference and therefore, would not allow the conference to take place at the hotel. Eckley advised they had received many threatening telephone calls and letters. When questioned by others if the hotel had contacted local law enforcement agencies, FBI or Homeland Security to advise them of these threats, Eckley advised they had not and that he simply cancelled the conference instead. Eckley also cited threats from callers advising they would show up and protest against the event, however, refused to cite who these calls were from or what groups/protesters would be present.  

The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition and the Sharia Awareness Action Network (SAAN) are committed to securing another site and holding the November 11, 2011 Preserving Freedom Conference event as planned. There will be more information available soon, but we must do what we can to hold this hotel accountable for 

this decision to limit the free speech of law-abiding citizens. You may contact the hotel by calling 615.340.9333 or contact the Hutton Hotel Manager  via email to Steven Andre at sandre@huttonhotel.com and tell them you support the United States Constitution and NOT Islamic Sharia law.  
 

Anti-Shariah conference loses Nashville hotel home

Group claims free speech is threatened after Nashville hotel cancels contract

A Nashville hotel has canceled its contract with an anti-Shariah conference out of fear the event could attract protests and disrupt business.

Organizers of the Preserving Freedom conference, who include Lou Ann Zelenik of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition, had planned to meet Nov. 11 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville.

Hotel management said they received complaints about the event from the public and from their clients. Steve Eckley, senior vice president of hotels for Amerimar Enterprises, which owns the Hutton, said he wasn’t aware of the details of the conference until recently.

“If this group had let us know what kind of program they were planning and who was involved, we wouldn’t have booked it,” Eckley said.

Zelenik said her group is being censored for opposing radical Islam, and the hotel’s action shows Shariah law is a threat to free speech.

“I feel the Hutton is now under Shariah law,” she said.

Among the event’s scheduled speakers are Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller; Murfreesboro mosque opponent and Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney; and former Republican Rep. Fred Grandy, who played the character Gopher on the popular TV series The Love Boat Read more here.

 

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Friday, 07 October 2011
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It took a few weeks before I got the alarm code to our clinic.  I guess it takes that long for them to trust you.  I remember getting the code and feeling shocked.  The code was 2229.  That seems innocent…until they told me what it spelled out…BABY.  Really.  Wow.  We were really joking about that…our alarm code was mocking the murder of children.

A few weeks later I was introduced to our freezer in the POC (products of conception) lab.  This was the freezer that held the fetal tissue until the biohazard truck came for disposal.  I found out the name for that freezer…the nursery.  Again, that was a joke.  How had that become a joke?

A few days later I learned the password to our phone system…2229…BABY.

A couple years later I remember walking in on my supervisor making jokes with the abortionist and another employee in that same POC lab.  They were joking about how the fetal tissue floating in this dish looked like bar-b-que.  Did I hear that right?  Did they really just say that?  Then one of them said, “I actually think this part looks like strawberry jam.”  I turned around and walked out without saying a word.  I felt sick to my stomach. How did that conversation begin?  How could they say that?  Was it enough to make me leave?  No.  I was one of them now.  I am drenched in the evil of this place.

Several years later I found out that my affiliate was going to build the largest abortion clinic in the Western Hemisphere.  I remember my boss making the announcement. “We are building the largest abortuary in the country!”  We all busted out laughing as we applauded.  We loved hearing all of the words pro-lifers called our clinics. We were all so proud.  We were doing something that would go down in the history books.  Good for us, we thought.

About a year before I left, the Coalition for Life group had moved in next door to our clinic.  We joked about sending them a “welcome to the neighborhood” gift.  Maybe we should send them cookies in the shape of babies with red icing on them that resembles blood.  We laughed.  We thought we were so witty.  It was not wit.

I could go on and on.  I look back now and wonder how I could let my mind become so numb to something so terrible. Read more here.
 

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Tuesday, 04 October 2011
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Now look who’s awarded $1.37 billion ‘stimulus’ for another risky solar plant

President Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary served as chairman of the board of a solar energy company that recently received a $1.37 billion federal loan guarantee – the largest the Department of Energy has ever given for a solar power project.

Now that company, BrightSource Energy, is attempting to build the world’s largest solar power plant amid concerns such ventures may be too risky an investment for the federal government.

In June, BrightSource Chairman John Bryson, was nominated by Obama as his commerce secretary pick.

KleinOnline reported in June that Bryson co-founded an environmental activist group that is a member and funder of the controversial Apollo Alliance.

Apollo is run by a slew of socialists and radicals, including Jeff Jones, a founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization. Jones himself boasts of doing work for the environmental group founded by Bryson, the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Bryson, meanwhile, served until June as co-chair of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a globalist organization whose members can be found throughout the Obama administration.

The massive loan guarantee to BrightSource is meant to build an expensive California desert solar plant known as the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

The system will feature mirrors that reflect sun toward a massive central tower that is in turn heated to produce steam meant to spin turbines to produce electricity.

The size of the BrightSource plant is thought to produce enough power to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of Californians.

During a national address last October, Obama mentioned the possible benefits of BrightSource Energy’s “revolutionary new type of solar power plant.”

However, some have been skeptical whether the massive solar plant will actually work.

The Bay Citizen quoted Michael Boyd, president of the nonprofit Californians for Renewable Energy, as saying there is “no evidence” BrightSource’s project will succeed.

Boyd complained most of the equipment used at the plant would be manufactured in China and Germany.

“Stimulus money isn’t going to jobs here in the U.S. It’s going to jobs overseas,” he said. Read more here.

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Friday, 23 September 2011
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China Wants To Construct A 50 Square Mile Self-Sustaining City South Of Boise, Idaho

Thanks to the trillions of dollars that the Chinese have made flooding our shores with cheap products, China is now in a position of tremendous economic power.  So what is China going to do with all of that money?  One thing that they have decided to do is to buy up pieces of the United States and set up "special economic zones" inside our country from which they can continue to extend their economic domination.  One of these "special economic zones" would be just south of Boise, Idaho and the Idaho government is eager to give it to them.  China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach for short) plans to construct a "technology zone" south of Boise Airport which would ultimately be up to 50 square miles in size.  The Chinese Communist Party is the majority owner of Sinomach, so the 10,000 to 30,000 acre "self-sustaining city" that is being planned would essentially belong to the Chinese government. The planned "self-sustaining city" in Idaho would include manufacturing facilities, warehouses, retail centers and large numbers of homes for Chinese workers.  Basically it would be a slice of communist China dropped right into the middle of the United States.

According to the Idaho Statesman, the idea would be to build a self-contained city with all services included.  It would be modeled after the "special economic zones" that currently exist in China.

Perhaps the most famous of these "special economic zones" is Shenzhen.  Back in the 1970s, Shenzhen was just a very small fishing village.  Today it is a sprawling metropolis of over 14 million people.

If the Chinese have their way, we will soon be seeing these "special economic zones" pop up all over the United States.

So exactly who is "Sinomach"?

The following description of the company comes directly from the website of Sinomach....

With approval of the State Council, China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH) was established in January 1997. SINO-MACH is a large scale, state-owned enterprise group under the supervision of the State Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.

As you can see, Sinomach is basically an arm of the Chinese government.

The borrower is always the servant of the lender, and now China is buying up America.

The reality is that Sinomach is not looking only at Idaho.  Sinomach is in discussions to develop "special economic zones" all over the United States.

Sinomach has recently dispatched delegations to Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania to explore the possibility of establishing "special economic zones" in those states.

Will such "self-contained communities" soon start appearing from coast to coast?

According to Dr. Jerome Corsi, the U.S. government has already set up 257 "foreign trade zones" across America.  These "foreign trade zones" will apparently be given "special U.S. customs treatment" and will be used to promote global free trade....

"The FTZs tend to be located near airports, with easy access into the continental NAFTA and WTO multi-modal transportation systems being created to move free-trade goods cheaply, quickly and efficiently throughout the continent of North America."

So what do our politicians think about all of this?

Most of them are greatly in favor of it.

"Idaho’s the last state that should say we don’t want to do business with Asia," Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little said last year. "Asia’s where the money is."

So will all of this "foreign investment" really bring jobs back to the American people?

Perhaps a few, but the truth is that these "special economic zones" that the Chinese are setting up are designed to be self-contained communist Chinese communities.  Some Americans will likely be employed in these areas, but not nearly as many as our politicians would have you to believe.

In addition, these "special economic zones" represent a massive national security threat.  The communist Chinese could potentially be able to bring in and store massive amounts of military equipment virtually undetected.

In the days of the Cold War, we would have never dreamed of giving the Russians a 50 square mile city in the middle of Idaho.

But today we have become convinced that the communist Chinese want to be our great friends.

The following quote originally appeared in the Idaho Statesman, but has since apparently been taken down....

"The Chinese are looking for a beachhead in the United States," said Idaho Commerce Secretary Don Dietrich. "Idaho is ready to give them one."

Indeed.

If relations between the U.S. and China go south someday, we will deeply regret giving China so many open doors.

The truth is that you can never fully trust the communist Chinese.  Their top military officers talk about a coming conflict with the United States all the time.  China is extremely interested in North America.  In fact, the Chinese and the Mexicans have even been holding talks on military cooperation.

But even if you don't consider the communist Chinese to be a military threat, you should be deeply concerned about the economic implications of what is happening.

Today, tens of millions of Americans are wondering why the economy is so bad.

Well, there are a lot of reasons, but the fact that we have sent China thousands of our factories, millions of our jobs and trillions of dollars of our national wealth is a major contributing factor.

If you do not know the truth about how badly the Chinese economy is wiping the floor with the Americen economy then you need to read this article: "40 Signs The Chinese Economy Is Beating The Living Daylights Out Of The U.S. Economy".

Beautiful new infrastructure is going up all over China today, and meanwhile many of our once great manufacturing cities are turning into rotted-out war zones.

China would not be what they are today if we had insisted that they abandon the communist system and respect basic human rights before we ever opened up trade with them.

But that did not happen.  Instead we enthusiastically welcomed China into the WTO and we let the predatory Chinese system run wild.

In 2010, China had a "current account balance" of over 272 billion dollars, which was the largest in the world.

In 2010, the United States had a "current account balance" of negative 561 billion dollars.  According to the CIA world factbook, that put us in last place in the entire world. In fact, our negative current account balance was more than 9 times larger than anyone else in the world.  If you go check out this chart it will give you a really good idea of how nightmarish our trade situation has become.

The world is changing and nothing is ever going to be the same again.

Just ask the residents of Boise, Idaho - they are about to have a 50 square mile self-contained communist Chinese city plopped right into their backyard. Read more here.

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Posted on 09/23/2011 4:34 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Monday, 19 September 2011
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

American Muslims speak out against the enforcement of shari‘ah  law in America

Islamic Coalition announces support for Michigan legislation that will bar state courts from enforcing ‘foreign law’ above U.S. and state constitution

Washington, DC (September 7, 2011) – A coalition of diverse American Muslim leaders has announced support for a proposed bill in the Michigan State Assembly, HB 4679, that is intended to bar Michigan courts from enforcing any foreign law, if doing so violates any rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and/or the state of Michigan’s constitution.

Like many Americans, members of the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) have been observing the efforts of a growing number of state legislatures, which are seeking to address the incompatibility of various shari‘ah court systems around the world with the principles and foundations of our Constitutional republic and its laws. As American Muslims, we believe that the law should treat people of all faiths equally, while protecting Muslims and non-Muslims alike from extremist attempts to use the legal instrument of shari‘ah (also known as Islamic jurisprudence, or fiqh) to incubate, within the West, a highly politicized and dangerous understanding of Islam that is generally known as “Islamism,” or “radical Islam.”

We see no evidence that statutes like HB 4769 will adversely impact the free exercise of our personal pietistic observance of Islam, which is not in conflict with the U.S. or Michigan constitutions. We recognize that not only Muslims, but also Jews, Christians and all people of faith need the government to protect their right to peaceful assembly, mediation and arbitration free of coercion, but also within the bounds of American constitutional principles. Therefore, we stand together as a diverse coalition in support of any legislation that serves to protect and integrate our communities into the fabric of this great nation, by strengthening our accountability to the laws of the land, and the constitutions of the various states in which we live.

As American Muslims we are conscious of the fact that Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups and other Islamists and their surrogates in the U.S. are trying their best to portray any opposition to manifestations of shari‘ah  law as “racism” and “discrimination against Muslims.” However, as a coalition of traditional, liberal and secular Muslim Americans, we denounce this fear-mongering and playing of the race card, which only serves to mask the Islamists’ highly politicized agenda. According to AILC member C. Holland Taylor, “the Islamist agenda threatens not only the well-being of the United States and its inhabitants, but also undermines and distorts the highest principles of Islam itself.”

“Michigan House Bill 4769 seeks to ensure that American Muslims can live in freedom and safety, in accordance with our constitutional principles, and not be enveloped by the tentacles of medieval, man-made laws that have been falsely accorded divine status,” said the AILC.

“To equate Bill 4769 to racism is not only dishonest, but is a poor and clumsy attempt at making ordinary Muslim Americans feel alien in their own homeland, while creating a rift between Muslims and the rest of our country,” said AILC member Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.

Michigan House Bill 4769 states:

“[To] …limit the application and enforcement by a court, arbitrator, or administrative body of foreign laws that would impair constitutional rights; to provide for modification or voiding of certain contractual provisions or agreements that would result in a violation of constitutional rights; and to require a court, arbitrator, or administrative body to take certain actions to prevent violation of constitutional rights.”

The AILC statement reinforces the American Muslim community’s commitment to the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and the separation between religion and state. Unfortunately, Islamist groups would like to compromise this separation and provide cover to medieval, misogynistic and homophobic laws that no Muslim is obligated to demand as public law.

“Shari‘ah law, wherever it has been applied in the public domain, be it in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, has resulted in untold misery and oppression of Muslims, in particular Muslim women, by Islamists and dictators who invoke shari‘ah law to justify their rule,” said AILC member Manda Ervin. “Many of us fled the Muslim world to escape shari‘ah law and to practice Islam in our personal lives, by moving to the USA and other western countries. We do not wish these laws to follow us here,” she concluded.

The Michigan state senators are not alone in expressing concern about foreign laws creeping into North America under the guise of religious freedom. Many Muslim academics, religious scholars and human rights activists have voiced their concern.

The contrast between what has occurred in Britain and in Canada provides a roadmap for how the U.S. may address these legal issues. In Britain, shari‘ah arbitration courts have been allowed to assume virtually unchecked control of legal arrangements in many Muslim communities. This is creating a ghettoized, medieval and separatist state within Britain.  In Canada, however, local Muslims led strong opposition to the Islamists’ shari‘ah agenda and were successful in preventing its implementation, thereby sparing our Northern neighbor the fate of so many Muslims in the United Kingdom, where women are commonly subjected to forced marriage and the denial of basic human rights.

“We Muslims in Canada defeated an attempt by Islamists to sneak shari‘ah law into Ontario,” said AILC member Tarek Fatah, who has been on the front lines of this struggle for many years. “We recognized the damage shari‘ah had inflicted on Muslims in the UK, and its oppressive nature in Muslim-majority countries, and decided to oppose it. We urge American Muslims not to succumb to the Islamists’ propaganda, and to back the Michigan Bill, which will protect Muslims and non-Muslims alike from the impact of foreign laws that violate the U.S. or Michigan constitutions.”

 About the American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC)

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC’s mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities. For more information on AILC, please visit our website at http://www.americanislamicleadership.org/.

 

AILC Coalition Signatories

Bahman Batmanghelidj, Founding Member, Alliance for Democracy in Iran, Virginia, USA

Manda Zand Ervin, President,Alliance of Iranian Women, Maryland, USA

Tarek Fatah, Founder, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Farid Ghadry, President, Reform Party of Syria, Washington, DC

Jamal Hasan, Council for Democracy and Tolerance, Baltimore, MD

Farzana Hassan, Ed.D., Past President, Muslim Canadian Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D., President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Phoenix, AZ

Hasan Mahmud, Member, Advisory Board, World Muslim Congress, Dallas, TX

Behrooz Sarshar, Virginia, USA

C. Holland Taylor, Chairman & CEO, LibForAll Foundation, Winston-Salem, NC

Jalal Zuberi, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

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Media Contact: Gregg Edgar, Gordon C. James Public Relations, gedgar@gcjpr.com, 602-690-7977

 

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Posted on 09/19/2011 5:55 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Tuesday, 30 August 2011
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Christian convert tortured with boiling water: "Return to Islam or we kill you"

Tortured in asylum center

At Hå asylmum centre, "Ali" had boiling water poured over him after converting to Christianity and not fasting during Ramadan. Now he and other converts fear for their lives.

"If you do not return to Islam, we kill you," was the message "Ali" got from other Muslims at the Hå asylum centre. He does not wish to have his face or real name published, out of fear of the Muslims at the centre. If Afghan authorities come to know about his conversion, he risks the death penalty by stoning if he is sent back to his home country. Source.

 


Christians experiencing growing legal nightmare under “shari’a” in Islamic republics

Christians in Islamic republics are experiencing a growing legal nightmare. Muslim shari’a law prohibits Christians testifying against Muslims in court.

As a result, in Pakistan and Iran, Christians are without rights in any court case involving a dispute with a Muslim.  Likewise in criminal court, Muslims are guaranteed impunity for crimes committed against Christians. In Islamic republics, such impunity and legal discrimination has fueled persecution.

However, the resulting insecurity of non-Muslims is shrugged off by Islamic authorities. Such traditional dhimmitude or subjugation under Islam gives non-Muslims yet one more reason to embrace Islam.

As Islamic fundamentalism rises in such countries as Turkey and Egypt, which have not been Islamic republics, but are constitutionally secular states with a Muslim majority, the question of shari’a is ever in the forefront. Do Muslims have more rights? Under shari’a, they do — dramatically so. But in a secular republic, everyone is theoretically equal.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to appease politically powerful hardline Islamists, reports Elizabeth Kendal of the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin — even though shari’a conflicts with the law of the land. Weak and fearful governments are increasingly opting for “reconciliation” and “harmony” over justice.

That’s exactly what’s happening in Pakistan, reports Kendal. Even the Human Rights Commission in Pakistan recognizes the problem:

“Legal discrimination against religious minorities and the failure of Pakistan’s federal and provincial governments to address religious persecution by Islamist groups, effectively enables atrocities against these groups and others who are vulnerable.”

Pakistani police are now seeking to whitewash the 2 March 2011 assassination of Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who was a Christian, by shifting the blame from those who claimed responsibility, Muslim militants — and instead blame Bhatti’s Christian relatives.Read more here.


Underpublicized threat deep in White House

FBI: Penetration by radical agents worse than thought


 

Infiltration of the federal government by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood is worse than some have warned recently, says a former FBI special agent in Washington.

The agent confirmed that at least three operatives of the Egypt-based Brotherhood – whose credo is "Jihad is our way and death in the cause of Allah is our dream" – have penetrated the Obama administration.

The shocking charge was first leveled by Muslim reformer Tarek Fatah during a recent speech in Toronto.

"When someone says that there is penetration of jihadi Islamists within society, do not dismiss it as some right-wing, xenophobic, racist rant," warned Fatah, a Canadian journalist.

"Today in the White House, there are three members of the Muslim Brotherhood that influence Obama's policy," he told the audience gathered for an IdeaCity conference. "One is Rashad Hassan, who is the American ambassador to the 52-nation Organization of Islamic (Conference)."


Fatah also named "Dalia Mogahed, who writes (Obama's) speeches, who comes from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and another woman, an academic, (who) was appointed in that circle."

Former FBI special agent John Guandolo says Obama's ties to agents for the Muslim Brotherhood are even more extensive.

"The level of penetration in the last three administrations is deep," he said. "For this president, it even goes back to his campaign with Muslim Brotherhood folks working with him then."

Equally alarming, the Brotherhood also has placed several operatives and sympathizers within key positions in Homeland Security and the U.S. military, notes Guandolo, a former Marine Corps officer.

The veteran federal agent says such infiltration threatens national security, because the U.S. leadership of the international Brotherhood has outlined a secret plan to "destroy" the U.S. and other Western governments "from within."

After the 9/11 attacks, he says the FBI discovered the plan written in Arabic among documents seized from the basement of a prominent Brotherhood leader living in a Washington suburb.

Guandolo says the stated Muslim Brotherhood strategy for change "from within" includes the installation of loyal Brothers into political office.


President Obama's top Muslim ambassador, Rashad Hussain, has raised suspicions. He is U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a powerful international group headquartered in Saudi Arabia and closely aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Before first joining the White House as a lawyer, Hussain regularly spoke to Brotherhood front groups and defended Brotherhood leaders like Sami al-Arian. Hussain at first denied defending the convicted terrorist, claiming he was misquoted, but then recanted after Politico.com produced a tape-recording of his remarks.

Recently, he has been overseas encouraging devotion to Islam, including in terror hotspots like Afghanistan.

In fact, Hussain has told Afghans the antidote to Islamic violence "is Islam itself."

"I am of the opinion that one of the strongest tools that you can use to counter radicalization and violent extremism is Islam itself, because Islam rejects violent extremism," he said during a recent speech in Kabul.

Hussain, a devout Muslim, says promotion of the Muslim faith is "key" to the administration's strategy to turn Muslims away from violence.

"We see that as one of the key elements of a strategy to address this type of violence," he said.

The strategy is at odds with what the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission recently recommended in their follow-up report on homegrown terror, "Assessing the Terrorist Threat: A Report of the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group."

The study found that Islam was motivating terrorists not just abroad, but inside America's Muslim community. And it scolded U.S. leaders for pretending religion is not a factor in growing violence.

Still, Hussain insists: "When it comes to the problem of violent extremism, Islam is not the problem."

Hussain helped draft Obama's conciliatory Cairo speech to Muslims. Also helping with the president's speeches and policies toward Muslims is Mogahed, whose pro-Islamist statements have been posted on the Muslim Brotherhood's website, ikhwanweb.com.

Obama appointed the hijab-wearing Mogahed to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. On a British television program, Islam Channel, Mogahed defended Shariah law, the barbaric Islamic legal code that treats women as second-class citizens. Read more here.

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Posted on 08/30/2011 6:20 PM by Bobbie Patray
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Monday, 22 August 2011
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Agenda 21 In One Easy Lesson

 

Awareness of Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development is racing across the nation as citizens in community after community are learning what their city planners are actually up to. As awareness grows, I am receiving more and more calls for tools to help activists fight back. Many complain that elected officials just won’t read detailed reports or watch long videos. “Can you give us something that is quick, and easy to read that we can hand out,” I’m asked.

So here it is. A one page, quick description of Agenda 21 that fits on one page. I’ve also included for the back side of your hand out a list of quotes for the perpetrators of Agenda 21 that should back up my brief descriptions.

A word of caution, use this as a starter kit, but do not allow it to be your only knowledge of this very complex subject. To kill it you have to know the facts. Research, know your details; discover the NGO players in your community; identify who is victimized by the policies and recruit them to your fight; and then kill Agenda 21. That’s how it must be done. The information below is only your first step. Happy hunting.

What is Sustainable Development?

According to its authors, the objective of sustainable development is to integrate economic, social and environmental policies in order to achieve reduced consumption, social equity, and the preservation and restoration of biodiversity. Sustainablists insist that every societal decision be based on environmental impact, focusing on three components; global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction.

Social Equity (Social injustice)

Social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” Redistribution of wealth. Private property is a social injustice since not everyone can build wealth from it. National sovereignty is a social injustice. Universal health care is a social injustice. All part of Agenda 21 policy.

Economic Prosperity

Public Private Partnerships (PPP). Special dealings between government and certain, chosen corporations which get tax breaks, grants and the government’s power of Eminent Domain to implement sustainable policy. Government-sanctioned monopolies.

Local Sustainable Development policies

Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green jobs, Green Building Codes, “Going Green,” Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, facilitators, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, growth management, consensus.

Who is behind it?

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (formally, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). Communities pay ICLEI dues to provide “local” community plans, software, training, etc. Addition groups include American Planning Council, The Renaissance Planning Group, International City/ County Management Group, aided by US Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators and many more private organizations and official government agencies. Foundation and government grants drive the process.

Where did it originate?

The term Sustainable Development was first introduced to the world in the pages a 1987 report (Our Common Future) produced by the United Nations World Commission on Environmental and Development, authored by Gro Harlem Brundtland, VP of the World Socialist Party. The term was first offered as official UN policy in 1992, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit, today referred to simply as Agenda 21. Read more here.



The Radical Education Elite and Agenda 21

 Far too many conservatives are failing to pay attention to the rise of global socialism at the hands of the United Nations through its Agenda 21. Agenda 21 embraces virtually every aspect of human life; it is being implemented aggressively in the United States.

 "The overarching goal of Agenda 21 is to establish international norms of personal behavior that are dictated by a group of the world's so-called 'enlightened elite' who believe they know best how people ought to live therefore they should be allowed to tell the how they should live."

Americans and the American news media are all but ignoring the shenanigans by those who worship at the altar of the United Nations. The big story these days is the conflict between the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama over the proposed debt ceiling increase, cuts in spending and the Democrat Party's favorite activity: Raising taxes on the rich (anyone making more than $200,000 per year).

Far too many conservatives are failing to pay attention to the rise of global socialism at the hands of the United Nations through its Agenda 21. It is easy to overlook world governance schemes when Americans are inundated with information regarding local and national events. 

Also, the problem with the media coverage of this United Nations labyrinth known as Agenda 21 is that it was created in 1992 and implemented in incremental actions by the U.N. and its supporters in the U.S., E.U., and other countries whose populations are eager to benefit from the work of others especially those enjoying success in the United States.

But make no mistake, even though Congress never approved the implementation of Agenda 21 programs in education, economics, the environment and other areas. Presidents as far back as George H.W. Bush have signed Executive Orders allowing implementation of Agenda 21's programs. In fact, the U.N. has ignored the federal government and through its Agenda 21 International Council of Local Environmental Initiative and made deals with local governments numbering upwards of 600 cities, towns and villages. 

Compounding this is the fact that Agenda 21 is a dull topic, and it becomes understandable how it has been able to fly mostly under the radar since 1992, slowly working its way into our cities and counties. To understand how serious the left is about United Nations rule, look at some of the proponents of Agenda 21: billionaire George Soros has provided millions of dollars to ICLEI. Former Obama czar Van Jones' Green for All and the Tides Foundations' Apollo Alliance are also reportedly ICLEI contributors.

The truth is, Agenda 21 promotes European socialism that by its nature will infringe upon our freedoms and liberties. Most of its vague, lofty sounding phrases cause the average person's eyes to glaze over, making it easier to sneak into our communities.

Besides its radical environmental agenda, the U.N. wishes to change consumption patterns, including ownership of property and automobile ownership, and successfully promote social justice.

Part of this lofty goal -- possibly the most important part -- is the inclusion of indoctrination programs in U.S. government schools.  Berit Kjos, author of Brave New Schools, warns that Agenda 21 will indoctrinate the very young to accept the outcome of its programs.

The Government Schools Indoctrination

In the United States, the Agenda 21 National Coordinating Body is the President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD).

The U.S. Constitution requires that consensus on public policy be hammered out in public by elected officials, not by 28 appointed individuals, carefully selected because of their known support of the principles expressed in Agenda 21. This UN description of the PCSD is found in a section of the report entitled "Integrated Decision-making," also known as the "consensus" process.

All federal agencies have now adopted this "consensus" process to by-pass Congress and other elected bodies, to build consensus on Agenda 21 activities at the local, state, and national levels. The UN report describes America's progress in each of the activity areas in glowing terms. Read more here.

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Posted on 08/22/2011 3:15 PM by Bobbie Patray
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Wednesday, 13 July 2011
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All I can say is, "It's about time"!!  Americans United for Life is an excellent pro-life organization and, hopefully, this thorough report will be the catalyst for an in depth investigation that has been needed for many years.


The Empire Strikes Back:
Planned Parenthood tries to Debunk AUL Report and momentum builds for Congressional Hearings

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Following the release of Americans United for Life’s report “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” media from across the ideological spectrum took notice of the extensive AUL legal research that looks behind the closed doors of the nation’s largest abortion provider. The report is the result of years of AUL legal team research poring over more than 20 years of Planned Parenthood records, law enforcement reports, and other materials. The report details evidence of systemic financial irregularities within the abortion giant – which receives more than $363 million in taxpayer funding each year.

MEDIA RESPONSE

From the Washington Times, to Politico, US News & World Report, the American Spectator, National Review, CNS News, Heritage Foundation, writers Jill Stanek and Michael New (to name only a few), news and analysis of AUL and its report received more than 5,700 mentions in less than one week from the release. To read some of the media reports, click here.

Predictions about the impact of the report went straight to Planned Parenthood’s bottom line. In World Magazine, Marvin Olasky noted that “researchers from AUL, the legal arm of the pro-life movement” may have laid the foundation for de-funding the nation’s largest abortion provider.

AUL’s report “increases the likelihood that Planned Parenthood will lose its taxpayer funding not only in Indiana but also in Texas, Kansas, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin,” Olasky predicted.  Read more HERE.



AUL RENEWS CALL FOR CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION INTO PLANNED PARENTHOOD FINANCES AND 
TAXPAYER ABORTION FUNDING

“The weight of the evidence against Planned Parenthood demands a thorough response,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-12-11) – Americans United for Life today renewed the call for a Congressional investigation and released an analysis and point-by-point rebuttal of Planned Parenthood’s “Fact-Check” of AUL’s  recent report. Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of AUL, noted that Planned Parenthood’s response failed to address the most serious of the report’s claims including Planned Parenthood’s misuse of government funding and its failure to comply with state laws.

The unaddressed allegations include: 

  • ·         a pattern of Medicaid fraud among affiliates;
  • ·         misuse of federal funds to subsidize their abortion business;
  • ·         and deliberate defiance of laws designed to protect minors like parental notification for abortion and mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse. 

Americans United for Life Action distributed copies of AUL’s report, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” on Capitol Hill last week, following the Thursday morning release. The report is the result of years of AUL legal team research poring over more than 20 years of Planned Parenthood records, law enforcement reports, and other materials. The report details evidence of systemic financial irregularities within the abortion giant – which receives more than $363 million in taxpayer funding each year.

Planned Parenthood responded with a three-page rebuttal. Click here to read AUL’s analysis of those claims.

AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted that often hearings and investigation preceded efforts to defund the recipients of taxpayer funding.

“It is time for Planned Parenthood to give an accounting for what it has done with millions in taxpayer support,” she said.

A number of states have begun the process of defunding abortion providers, though the efforts in Indiana have garnered the most media attention. Those states include New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio.

The report is one facet of AUL’s strategic plan to end taxpayer subsidies to the abortion industry, to protect women, and to effectuate legal rights for all human beings. The AUL report documents known and alleged abuses by Planned Parenthood, and is intended to be a tool for use in investigating the nation’s largest abortion provider. 

The AUL report substantiates, synthesizes, and gives clear direction for the case against Planned Parenthood, which enjoys one-third of a billion in taxpayer support as a result of its intensive lobbying efforts.

To read the entire report and supporting documents click here. 

Stearns Says His House Subcommittee Should Hold Hearings on Planned Parenthood

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Posted on 07/13/2011 6:05 PM by Bobbie Patray
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Monday, 13 June 2011
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Kudos to Governor Haslem for solving this problem!





TN Planned Parenthood chapters stripped of federal funding

The Metro Public Health Department will take over a $335,000 federal grant for family planning services, after a campaign to strip the funding from Planned Parenthood.

Metro Health Director William Paul said in a letter Friday that his department will accept all federal money set aside for family planning in Davidson County. The money had previously been split between Metro and Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee.

“We are confident that over time we can serve nearly the same number of clients that are currently served, and we will do what we can to ensure that these important services are not lost or adversely affected in Davidson County by this realignment,” Paul wrote in the letter to state Health Commissioner Susan Cooper.

The decision comes as abortion opponents have tried to keep Planned Parenthood from receiving $1.1 million for its chapters in Nashville and Memphis.

The money comes from the federal government, but the grants are administered by the state Department of Health. The money is used to pay for women’s health and family planning services, including birth control, gynecological exams and testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases.

Federal law bans using the grants for abortion services, but anti-abortion groups say the money frees up other funds for abortion and pro-choice advocacy. They tried unsuccessfully to cut the funding through the state budget.

In recent days, they have urged Gov. Bill Haslam to use his administration’s control over the grants to keep the money from reaching Planned Parenthood and shift it instead to the health departments in Davidson and Shelby counties, which also provide family planning services. Read more here.




The Tennessee General Assembly
Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey
Lt. Governor Ramsey praises Governor Haslam for move to defund Planned Parenthood

Davidson County severs ties, Shelby expected to follow

 
(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R – Blountville) praised the work of Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Health for moving to administratively defund Planned Parenthood.
 
It was announced today that Davidson County is ending its contract with the organization and assuming control of all family planning services. Shelby County is also expected to begin the process of transitioning away from its Planned Parenthood contract.
 
“We are at long last moving towards the final stages of the Planned Parenthood shell game,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “It has always been the ambition of Republicans in the legislature to defund this organization. I was proud to lead the charge to turn over family planning services to the county health departments effectively defunding the organization in 93 out of 95 counties. I’d like to praise the Governor for working to completely turn off the spigot of taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.”
 
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the country. While no state funds have gone to fund abortion, health departments have in the past contracted family planning services to Planned Parenthood. Two years ago, the General Assembly passed a law handing over family planning responsibilities to county health departments. Unfortunately, both Shelby and Davidson Counties continued to contract with Planned Parenthood. The decisions by this final two health department represent the final vestiges of state collaboration with Planned Parenthood.
 

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Posted on 06/13/2011 3:25 PM by Bobbie Patray
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Monday, 18 April 2011
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By Debbie Siegelbaum - 04/11/11 04:10 PM ET

A Virginia man charged with plotting attacks on Washington-area Metro stations under the belief that he was aiding al Qaeda has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
 
Farooque Ahmed, 35, of Ashburn, Va., pleaded guilty to charges of “attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and collecting information to assist in planning a terrorist attack on a transit facility,” according to a
statement released Monday by the Department of Justice.
 
Born in Pakistan, the naturalized U.S. citizen met with people he believed were connected to al Qaeda and photographed and studied Metrorail stations for coordinated bombings last October, according to authorities.

“Mr. Ahmed today admitted he was determined to kill as many people as possible through multiple bombings at the heart of our nation’s capital,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in the statement. “It’s chilling that a man from Ashburn could admit to planning these acts of terrorism, and a 23-year sentence is a just punishment. We are grateful for the outstanding work of the FBI in detecting and disrupting this plot.”

Todd Hinnen, acting assistant attorney general for national security added that the plea deal “provides a powerful example of how law enforcement and intelligence officials working together continue to use the criminal justice system to protect America from attack, obtain intelligence from terrorists, and secure their lawful, long-term detention."

Following Ahmed’s arrest on Oct. 27, both the White House and Justice Department emphasized that the public was never in any danger during the months-long investigation. The FBI was said to be aware of Ahmed’s activities before the alleged attempt began and monitored his activities until his arrest. Read more here.

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Posted on 04/18/2011 10:19 AM by Bobbie Patray
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Wednesday, 06 April 2011
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COMMENT:  In 2010, Tennessee Eagle Forum sponsored legislation called Tennessee Law for Tennessee Courts.  Go HERE for more information.

Tennessee became the first state in the Nation to pass such a law.  As a result of that success, through last summer, my lobbying partner, attorney Joanne Bregman, coached activists and lawmakers across the country and 18 or 20 states introduced similar legislation for their 2011 sessions.  [See ACTION item at the end of the email.]

Now we see that a version our bill has been introduced in Congress co-sponsored by four Tennessee congressmen. 
It brings a deep sense of satisfaction to know that, by working together, grassroots activists can REALLY make a difference by passing laws that will protect the sovereignty of this nation and its Constitution.

Purpose of our bill was to:
 
        preserve individual rights and the sovereignty of Tennessee and its Constitution by preventing the encroachment of foreign nation laws and legal systems that run counter to our constitutionally protected freedoms
        ensure that courts and other tribunals in Tennessee will first consider whether an individual's constitutional protections have or would be violated by applying a foreign nation's law or enforcing a foreign nation judgment
        apply a standard consistent with the Restatement 3rd on Foreign Relations Law of the U.S. with regard to enforcement of a foreign nation judgment
        protect against unknowing or unintentional waiver of constitutional protections
        not to interfere with federal law or international treaties.

...And now in the United States House of Representatives:

U.S. Congressman Sandy Adams (R-FL), along with 54 cosponsors---all Republican, has introduced H.R. 973. Last week, the House Committee on the Judiciary referred the legislation to the House Subcommittee on the U.S. Constitution


 

 

 

March 9, 2011

Mrs. ADAMS (for herself, Mr. POSEY, Mr. AKIN, Mr. COBLE, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. CARTER, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mr. KING of Iowa, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mr. GARRETT, Mr. PITTS, Mr. ROE of Tennessee, Mr. MCCLINTOCK, Mr. MANZULLO, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. NUGENT, Mr. HUELSKAMP, Mr. BROOKS, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. DUNCAN of South Carolina, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Mr. STUTZMAN, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. FLORES, Mr. ISSA, Mr. PENCE, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. FORBES, Mr. MARINO, Mr. ROSS of Florida, Mr. CHAFFETZ, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mrs. BLACK, Mrs. MILLER of Michigan, Mr. COLE, Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. PAUL, Mr. REED, Mrs. ELLMERS, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. BARLETTA, Mr. BACHUS, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee, Mr. ROONEY, and Mr. JONES) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


 

 

To amend title 28, United States Code, to prevent the misuse of foreign law in Federal courts, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. USE OF FOREIGN LAW IN FEDERAL COURTS.

    Part VI of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`CHAPTER 183--USE OF FOREIGN LAW IN FEDERAL COURTS

`Sec. 4201. Limitation on use of foreign law in Federal courts

    `In any court created by or under article III of the Constitution of the United States, no justice, judge, or other judicial official shall decide any issue in a case before that court in whole or in part on the authority of foreign law, except to the extent the Constitution or an Act of Congress requires the consideration of that foreign law.'.

SEC. 2. CLERICAL AMENDMENT.

    The table of chapters for part VI of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

4201'.

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ACTION:  If you are are a constituent of Congressmen Black, Blackburn, Duncan or Roe will you THANK THEM being co-sponsors?  If you are a constituent of one of the other congressmen, would you urge him to become a co-sponsor?

Out-of-state subscribers can go HERE to find your congressman.





      Rep. Phil Roe        202-225-6356 
      Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr.        202-225-5435
 
      Rep. Chuck Fleischmann        202-225-3271 
      Rep. Scott DesJarlais        202-225-6831 
      Rep. Jim Cooper        202-225-4311 
      Rep. Diane Black        202-225-4231 
      Rep. Marsha Blackburn        202-225-2811 
      Rep. Stephen Fincher        202-225-4714 
      Rep. Steve Cohen        202-225-3265      

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Posted on 04/06/2011 5:12 PM by Bobbie Patray
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Friday, 25 March 2011
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PJM reveals a court filing showing that federal prosecutors have admitted a terror threat involving an Al-Shabaab human smuggler who claimed asylum.

A potentially explosive admission by federal prosecutors in the pending sentencing of Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane in a San Antonio federal courtroom could aid the case of border states looking to take the initiative to stem the flood of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S.

In this court filing, provided exclusively here at Pajamas Media, prosecutors admit that Dhakane, who ran a human smuggling ring based in Brazil for the Somali Al-Shabaab terrorist group, transported “violent jihadists” into the country. He stated that “he believed they would fight against the U.S. if the jihad moved from overseas locations to the U.S. mainland.” (p. 7)

The contents and implications of this admission by DOJ will be one of the items discussed when my colleagues Army Lt. Col Joseph Myers (ret.), Mark Hanna, and I will be testifying Wednesday before the Arizona House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee on the topic of “Cross-border Terror Threats and Islamic Radicalization in Arizona.”

Dhakane was charged in March 2010 with lying about his terror ties when he applied for asylum in 2008, specifically omitting information that he had worked for two specially designated global terrorist entities (SDGT). He pleaded guilty earlier this year to lying to the FBI and awaits sentencing next month. Rather than trying him on terror charges, federal prosecutors are asking for terror enhancements on the sentence for lying to the FBI.

In the DOJ sentencing memorandum, federal prosecutors explain that Dhakane knowingly smuggled violent jihadists into the country:

More importantly, based on the Defendant’s recorded statements and admissions made to law enforcement agents, the Defendant was a former member, or at the very least, associated with [Al-Ittihad al-Islami] AIAI, an SDGT, and that he believed that there was no separation of personnel between AIAI, the Council of Islamic Courts, and Al-Shabbab, a designated [Foreign Terrorist Organization] FTO.

He admits that he knowingly believed he was smuggling violent jihadists into the United States with the full knowledge that if the decision was made by the SDGT, for which he was associated with in the past, to commit terrorist acts in the United States, these jihadists would commit violent acts in and against the United States. Because the law enforcement authorities are constantly trying to investigate, detect, and prevent the infiltration of potentially violent jihadists, the Defendant’s lies hid critical information from the United States authorities regarding his successful smuggling activities. Thus, the preponderance of the evidence proves that the other obvious motivation for him to lie on his asylum application was to cover up and obstruct the fact from United States authorities that he facilitated the smuggling of violent jihadists who are now present into the United States. (pp. 10-11)

This is far from the first time that Islamic terrorists are known to have attempted to enter the U.S, or actually succeeded. Just last year Homeland Security authorities put out an alert concerning a group of terror-tied Somalis who were attempting to enter the country through Mexico. Then last May another terror alert was issued for a known Al-Shabaab official, Mohamed Ali, who was suspected of trying to cross the border from Mexico. And in February 2010, a Virginia convert to Islam who was in contact with Al-Shabaab officials, Anthony Joseph Tracy, was charged for his role in an international smuggling ring that brought at least 200 Somalis into the U.S. on Cuban travel documents. Read more here.

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Posted on 03/25/2011 4:42 AM by Bobbie Patray
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