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06/28/10

BYE BYE BYRDIE

While Anne Margaret may miss Birdie. A great deal of Americans will not shed a tear for his passing. It will end decades of a man who belonged to the KKK and participated in their hateful ways.

Perhaps this will open the doors to prevent more unborn children for dying. Robert Bryd was called a champion of civil rights unless of course you happened to be black or an unborn child.

I sure hope that he was able to ask God to forgive him and repent of his sins before he passed. Even the thief on the cross was able to see the kingdom of heaven so there is always hope.

Our next hope is that pro abortionist Elena Kagan does not get confirmed as the next supreme court justice. Someone who has no experience as a judge or even an attorney and is blatantly biased has no place on the highest court of the land. Remember, justice is supposed to be blind without bias. Kagan is far from it.

STAND UP, SPEAK UP, LIVE FREE


IN THE NEWS

BYE BYE BIRDIE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t3cBTb3xPc

Special Election To Replace Byrd Will Be In 2012
http://bit.ly/bkCz78

Robert Byrd, the KKK, the Second Amendment Ruling
http://bit.ly/bEzbLN

Pro-Abortion Senator Robert Byrd Dies; Death Affects Election, Pro-Abortion Kagan Hearings www.lifenews.com/state5212.html

Weekend at Birdy's? www.livefreeradio.net/index.php/byrdie-watch-2010-what-happened-to-senat

MADE IN CHINA

Dallas store sells U.S. flag with 61 stars
http://bit.ly/bpKs5p

CENSUS 2010

Two Census Bureau managers fired for creating at least 10,000 bogus questionnaires
http://bit.ly/bGUjhQ

OBAMA NATION

Health Care Law: Can Obama Administration Meet the Deadlines?
http://bit.ly/d1d4Fg

Obama's immigration gamble
http://bit.ly/dBgyZK

Obama's approval rating at all-time low
http://bit.ly/c87uek

Obama calls for bank tax as next step in reform
http://bit.ly/bq7XTR

LTC Lakin Waives Preliminary Hearing, Case To Now Proceed Directly To General Court Martial
http://bit.ly/9iFvXg

DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICANS

Americans don’t know why we celebrate 4th of July
http://bit.ly/9BIUdm

POLICE STATE NEWS

Maywood, RIP: When Police Kill a City
http://bit.ly/bROSZC

Is the U.S. a Fascist Police-State?
http://bit.ly/boigKB

Police State Spying Powers Increase under Obama, Napolitano
http://bit.ly/9JBEJw

Lawsuit likely over "baby DNA" being secretly stored in military database
http://bit.ly/aK1kju

U.S. government panel now pushing "vaccinations for all!" No exceptions…
http://bit.ly/bqWMX8

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

White House seeks comment on trusted ID plan
http://bit.ly/bHgydQ

OIL SPILL 2010

Oil washes onto Mississippi coast for first time
http://bit.ly/d9WA3F

Storm could push oil inland, delay new BP fix
http://bit.ly/dfBsaN

BP Defends CEO Hayward; Storm Alex Looms
http://bit.ly/dq6iWW

The Real Truth About BP and What is Happening in the Gulf
http://bit.ly/d8X7Hz

BP burning sea turtles alive
http://bit.ly/9lCWqO

G20 NEWS

Banks told to hoard in case of crisis: G20 hammers out deal to avoid future bail-outs
http://bit.ly/9YCOCM

G20 Summit cops get police-state powers
http://bit.ly/b8G9i9

Intimidation in the security zone
http://bit.ly/bSIite

'Secret' law lets police arrest for failing to show ID near summit
http://bit.ly/8Z2l7w

Peaceful Protesters Attacked, Arrested While Cop-Car Arsonists Left Alone
http://bit.ly/9flj3J

The Toronto G20 Riot Fraud: Undercover Police engaged in Purposeful Provocation
http://bit.ly/9D5MRa

Corralled for 4 hours, crowd dispersed by G20 police
http://bit.ly/d3KtZl

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Parasite threatens Afghan opium production: UN
http://bit.ly/axL0gn

Homeschoolers alarmed by Kagan nomination
http://bit.ly/cNHIZQ

Supreme Court: Gun rights, Vatican sex-abuse
http://bit.ly/d9BAN5

Alito: Decision 'a serious setback for freedom of expression'
http://bit.ly/dwS5ED

States Must Honor Gun Rights, U.S. High Court Says
http://bit.ly/9lvng7

Court strikes Chicago handgun ban
http://bit.ly/armYC4

How many Americans are targeted for assassination?
http://bit.ly/aeZXAj

ECONOMIC NEWS

The Third Depression
http://nyti.ms/d7nEKa

Huge tent city takes root in Hawaii
http://bit.ly/cHW79J

Taxes coming for $1 trillion in commercial real estate
http://bit.ly/djqMeo

States of Crisis for 46 Governments Facing Greek-Style Deficits
http://bit.ly/bnIkA4

Bernanke needs fresh monetary blitz as US recovery falters
http://bit.ly/b4BBfr

1.3 Million Americans About To Lose Their Jobless Benefits This Week
http://bit.ly/cRPTpO

Unemployment Extension Unsuccessful; Americans turn on Each Other
http://bit.ly/9e7vMB

PUBLIC OPINION

85% Say Freedom of the Press More Important Than Helping Newspaper Industry
http://bit.ly/cfzyKU

48% See Government Today As A Threat to Individual Rights
http://bit.ly/a9DHAV

HEALTH NEWS

Reusable bags may present health risk
http://bit.ly/c8Cq2U

UK Doctors call for total NHS ban on homoeopathy
http://bit.ly/db8bRg

Americans are treated, and overtreated, to death
http://bit.ly/bemMjY

Two New Studies Cite Heart Risk in Glaxo's Avandia
http://bit.ly/bnMFKt

TAKE ACTION NOW Help Stop "Milk Police" by Taking Action
http://bit.ly/c5T9hU

PUBLIC EDUCATION

Patriotic students sue school district
http://bit.ly/bfV3mR

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Florida pushes for Arizona-style law
http://bit.ly/aE38a6

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Hacker Suspect A The Firewall
http://bit.ly/dB5osd

Robin Hood of hacking
http://bit.ly/9eksLV

FBI Investigating Possible DSHS Hacker Dept. of State Health Services
http://bit.ly/aJmjHE

CIA: Cyber Warfare Could 'Paralyze' U.S.
http://bit.ly/9MNaeo

ATM security flaws could be a jackpot for hackers
http://bit.ly/cnWAf1

Why the World Won't Heed Hackers' Security Lessons
http://bit.ly/cOTcVG

TERRORISM USA

Ohio 6-Year-OId Alyssa Thomas Turns Up on Terror Watch List
http://bit.ly/bLMQol

06/24/10

Keep Up the Pressure to Kill a Dangerous Bill

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

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

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

Why?

Because of you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

You may borrow from or copy this letter . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

END LETTER

You can send your letter using DownsizeDC.org's Educate the Powerful System.

And we encourage you to share this message with your friends. Retweet it.

Thanks for being a DC Downsizer!

James Wilson
Assistant Communications Director
DownsizeDC.org

IN THE NEWS

OIL SPILL 2010

Is It Raining Oil In Louisiana?
http://bit.ly/b0xQtB

Judge Blocks Offshore Drilling Moratorium
http://bit.ly/9LLmEj

Judge who nixed drilling ban has oil investments
http://bit.ly/9MkxFL

Oil gushing at spill site after vent damaged
http://bit.ly/aWl4ep

BP Is Burning Sea Turtles Alive, Gulf Captain Says
http://bit.ly/bglJPc

OBAMA NATION

Obama Lord of the Flies
http://bit.ly/9HfwCy

Obama embraces incremental response to gay agenda
http://bit.ly/aWg7at

Obama vows to end homelessness in 10 years - How about he starts with the change he promised?
http://bit.ly/9hvwHX

Defiant Obama defends health care overhaul
http://bit.ly/cRYCeW

Is Obama defying federal law?
http://bit.ly/aMMTw1

Obama's 'two fathers' reference inappropriate
http://bit.ly/9pCoJf

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

McChrystal Resigns Over Critical Remarks, Obama Names Petraeus as Replacement
http://bit.ly/bow7JL

Comments That Cost McChrystal His Job
http://bit.ly/d1vUHe

California Bans Handheld Phones While Biking
http://bit.ly/b1s1hI

Georgia Governor Explores R&amp;D Partnerships in Uruguay, Argentina - Taking Away US Jobs
http://bit.ly/bcM6XO

Kill the ‘Kill Switch’
http://bit.ly/cVnyya

Calls to action on some G20 protest websites - Infiltratrators of inside ops?
http://bit.ly/aq7U4h

Degeneration of democracy
http://bit.ly/9Ko8Wo

White House summons US general to explain himself
http://bit.ly/cbhmIu

Uk Judged Most Repressive State In The West
http://bit.ly/dANHdV

ADA campaigns to 'Ditch Fitch'
http://bit.ly/cENjG3

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

National ID card to allow e-payments in future
http://bit.ly/bgo0OZ

POLICE STATE NEWS

The Police State’s 'Cardinal Rule': The Mundane Must Submit
http://bit.ly/beaSpE

Australia Takes Further Step Towards Police State With Cyber Crime Proposals
http://bit.ly/bKbF4D

Police state in, power suits out as Toronto goes into security shock
http://bit.ly/aYxm9f

ECONOMIC NEWS

Cigarette Tax Will Mean $10 Packs
http://bit.ly/dxdJsa

Middle Class--Not the Rich or the Poor--Pay Majority of Federal Taxes, Says CBO Data
http://bit.ly/aIGct3

World's rich got richer amid '09 recession: report
http://bit.ly/cjYike

Existing Home Sales Tumble Unexpectedly in May
http://bit.ly/bj5AtK

New-home sales plunge 33 pct with tax credits gone
http://bit.ly/9E4vg6

Squatters take over homes, causing different housing crisis
http://bit.ly/9QK0gt

Budget deficits reflect economic conditions, not just government policy
http://bit.ly/asZGZk

From Hope To Barely Holding On
http://bit.ly/cEi3n9

Is America Destined to Starve?
http://bit.ly/9nTxqd

$75M mansion near Orlando selling 'as is
http://bit.ly/9AQCNf

HEALTH NEWS

Subway chain apologizes for Salmonella outbreak - Eat Fresh?
http://bit.ly/98i4qE

Illinois Subway workers to undergo tests in effort to halt outbreak
http://bit.ly/bfpIgx

Consumer group targets McDonald's Happy Meal toys
http://bit.ly/bIpOP3

San Francisco requires stores to post cellphone radiation levels
http://bit.ly/buZp1I

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Christian deportation 'sets dangerous precedent'
http://bit.ly/akJSGi

Spiritual Warfare: Knowing Your Enemy
http://bit.ly/9hPkzv

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Midwest town on cutting edge of crackdown on illegals
http://bit.ly/9GqAzU

White House rumored to be planning stay of deportation for millions of illegals
http://bit.ly/dx5cSj

Immigration vote stirs emotions in Neb. town
http://bit.ly/cJCaDQ

White House sharply disputes Kyl assertion on immigration
http://bit.ly/cBSVf2

Angry AZ governor vows to fight White House
http://bit.ly/d1WF9T

TERRORISM USA

Boeing among defense firms fighting cyberterrorism
http://bit.ly/d6B2kS

NORAD to conduct emergency response exercises over DMV this afternoon
http://bit.ly/cUVUqu

HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA

Home Depot's 'gay pride' support spotlighted
http://bit.ly/9cunzT

Obama inches toward 'gay' agenda
http://bit.ly/bVDdrd

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Apple collecting, sharing iPhone users' precise locations
http://bit.ly/dwW0oC

States launch joint probe of Google Wi-Fi snooping
http://bit.ly/bMTYv2

FBI Warns of New Scam That Hijacks Your Phone
http://bit.ly/9g5rJt

Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy
http://bit.ly/ajF0zj

Computer hacker demands sexually explicit videos
http://bit.ly/bjRNIk

VeriSign refutes security vulnerability claim
http://bit.ly/d6TUqj

Security: You May Be Your Company's Biggest Security Threat
http://bit.ly/crA8yg

WICKED WEATHER

Earthquake Shakes New York: Did You Even Notice?
http://nyti.ms/9ApxhD

06/22/10

Defeat the DISCLOSE Act

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

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

We couldn't disagree more.

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

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

It's important to understand that . . .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for being a DC Downsizer!

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

IN THE NEWS

OBAMA NATION

Spectacularly unprepared
http://bit.ly/djB0Wz

POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Perdue leads S. American trade mission
http://bit.ly/9nFwKe

Puerto Ricans need new birth certificates after July 1st
http://bit.ly/byd9zq

Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House
http://bit.ly/ckmSK0

Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea
http://bit.ly/9xlw2X

Armada of U.S. and Israeli Warships Head for Iran
http://bit.ly/cR15Ef

Juan Manuel Santos wins Colombia presidential election
http://bit.ly/bN3S4H

POLICE STATE NEWS

Is Israel becoming a police state?
http://bit.ly/9zpct8

Police State New York
http://bit.ly/aXZQyV

ECONOMIC NEWS

Economy Weak, Data Look Even Weaker
http://yhoo.it/bUNV95

Senate fails to spare doctors from Medicare cuts
http://yhoo.it/akhdld

Rethinking Part of the American Dream
http://bit.ly/beU9Ip

REAL ID & PRIVACY NEWS

Cold-plate folly Untraceable License Plates for the Privileged
http://bit.ly/cjdSSj

Washington state DMV workers accused of selling licenses
http://bit.ly/bCL9aQ

What Is Your Facebook Data Worth?
http://bit.ly/acXeit

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

Guess who holds patent for carbon-trading plan
http://bit.ly/bs5Rg7

OIL SPILL 2010

Gulf Workers SICK AS DOGS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ek2EfWNEU&feature=related

Gulf Oil Spill-Gutsy Solution Restores Environment in Just Six Weeks
http://bit.ly/bEaoZe

HEALTH NEWS

Cartoon Characters Sell Kids on Unhealthy Foods
http://bit.ly/cmj2so

Firms paid to shut down wind farms when the wind is blowing
http://bit.ly/df8LTu

Sunscreen scam: We spend millions on protection, so why is skin cancer still on the rise?
http://bit.ly/a4UURp

Record Number Of Britons Living With Cancer
http://bit.ly/ciuo4q

US Supreme Court lifts ban on sale of GM crop
http://yhoo.it/czwjss

ER doctors: Lawsuit fears lead to overtesting
http://bit.ly/a8NDeW

FDA Fines Red Cross $16 Million For Blood-Safety-Law Failures - Is it safe to donate?
http://bit.ly/aVme3G

California school launches cell tower study
http://bit.ly/bIxY21

PUBLIC EDUCATION

How public education cripples our kids, and why
http://bit.ly/HNWJF

CHRISTIANITY NEWS

Church that made 'Fireproof' making new film on fatherhood
http://bit.ly/94Mbv4

Idaho school battle over Bible ongoing
http://bit.ly/bjMpNS

Guns in church bill headed to governor
http://bit.ly/bvTws1

Christian evangelists arrested at Arab festival
http://bit.ly/aMqmVw

ABORTION NEWS

Boehner calling Obama's bluff on abortion
http://bit.ly/bInDHT

Proof: Tax dollars going to abortions
http://bit.ly/abfK7U

IMMIGRATION NEWS

Neb. town to vote on illegal immigration measure
http://bit.ly/bYjQU5

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Mobile phones new turf for hackers
http://bit.ly/bdoOoa

Hackers Battle Censors in Turkey
http://bit.ly/cThhiW

06/17/10

Threat to Free Speech Lights a Fire in the Grassroots

Threat to Free Speech Lights a Fire in the Grassroots

-- Vote has been temporarily postponed; keep up the heat!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
www.gunowners.org

[T]he NRA -- on whose board of directors I serve -- rather than holding steadfastly to its historic principles of defending the Constitution and continuing its noble fight against government regulation of political speech instead opted for a political deal borne of self-interest in exchange for ‘neutrality’ from the legislation's requirements.

-- NRA Director Cleta Mitchell, June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The above quote -- part of an editorial authored by NRA Director Cleta Mitchell -- ran in The Washington Post today.

Like Mitchell, bloggers and editorial writers around the country have lit up the Internet with the story that we have been alerting you to over the past 48 hours. Here are just some of the headlines:

* “The NRA sells out to Democrats on the First Amendment,” The Wall Street Journal

* “Conservatives take on the NRA over deal on disclosure bill,” The Washington Post

* “The National Rifle Association’s Excuse Holds No Water,” RedState.org

The conservative movement (and to be honest, many liberal organizations as well) are coming together to loudly protest the DISCLOSE Act -- legislation that threatens to gag our ability to effectively hold individual congressmen accountable in the days and weeks leading up to an election.

It is imperative that we continue hammering the Congress. But rather than cry “uncle,” liberal Democrats are now trying to buy off more groups with an exemption for those that have at least 500,000 members (rather than the higher threshold of one million, which would have applied to few groups other than the NRA).

Of course, how is the government going to know how many members an organization has? According to the legislation, each organization will have to certify to a government commission how many members they have. But what if the commission wants documentation; will the organization have to “disclose” the names of their members?

GOA, of course, will never do this. Furthermore, you should know that your Gun Owners of America can NOT be bought off. We will continue opposing this bill on principle, urging all gun groups to stick together in this fight. As we stated yesterday, we realize that: “We must all hang together, or we will all hang separately.”

GOA applauds NRA Director Cleta Mitchell for the courageous stand she took today. (You can read her editorial here.) We hope that the NRA leadership will heed her wisdom and take a stand against this bill. If they don’t, we wouldn’t be surprised if NRA members start demanding a change in their leadership. After all, the NRA has engaged in many good fights over the years, and it would be a shame to lose this VERY IMPORTANT battle because high-ranking staff led the NRA down the wrong path.

ACTION:

1. Please call your congressman today and urge him or her to oppose HR 5175. We’ve asked you to send emails before, but now on the eve before the vote, it is crucial that the phones ring off the hook. If they’re not ringing, they won’t be worried.

You can use the Talking Points below to call your Representative toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.

2. If you haven’t yet urged the NRA staff to change its position on HR 5175 and stand with Gun Owners of America, please do so. NRA Director Cleta Mitchell was absolutely correct, and the NRA leadership should heed her wisdom. You can call the NRA at (800) 392-VOTE (8683).

3. Please help Gun Owners of America to continue fighting for your rights. You can go to http://gunowners.org/contribute-to-goa.htm to help us alert as many people as possible to the DISCLOSE Act threat.

----- Talking Points for contacting your Representative -----

1. I stand with Gun Owners of America in opposing the DISCLOSE Act (HR 5175).

2. The Bill of Rights is clear in saying that Congress has no authority to pass legislation like this. Just like the Second Amendment says our gun rights “shall not be infringed,” the First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”

3. The Supreme Court was right earlier this year in the Citizens United case. Sen. John McCain -- the author of the Campaign Finance Reform law (otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act) -- was wrong. Americans, and the groups they choose to associate with, should be able to criticize Congress in the days and weeks leading up to an election WITHOUT BEING GAGGED OR FORCED TO JUMP THROUGH HOOPS that are mandated by Congress.

IN THE NEWS

OIL SPILL 2010

Judge Napolitano on BP Oil Spill & Obama Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oqutclvexk

Judge Napolitano on BP Oil Spill & Obama Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMZrINBrKec

Judge Napolitano on BP Oil Spill & Obama Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQJzjQqPLR8

CENSUS 2010

Refusing To Be Counted
http://bit.ly/dnmI7Y

OBAMA NATION

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POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

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Japan pledges corporate tax cuts to boost growth
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Folmer bills make it through Senate
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Chinese workers revolt against the unions
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ECONOMIC NEWS

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US Banks May End Free Checking Accounts
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2ND AMMENDMENT

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CHRISTIANITY NEWS

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Church league denies team with lesbian coach
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ANOTHER ABORTION PILL

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FOOD RECALLS

Campbell Soup recalls 15M pounds of SpaghettiOs
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Google Probing Possible Google Trends Hack
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XP flaw exploited by hackers
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Spies, WikiLeaks, and hackers, oh my!
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New program aims to help hackers report stolen credit cards and other personal data
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AT&T Apologizes for Another Privacy Gaffe, Suspends iPhone Pre-orderin
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Hackers put sexual content on Tory Twitter
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06/16/10

Free Speech Gag Bill Moving in House

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The ability of American citizens to communicate with their elected officials is one of the most important rights that help preserve our freedoms. In fact, of all the forms of speech protected by the First Amendment, political speech is at the top of the list.

This is exactly what the Supreme Court said earlier this year, in Citizens United v. FEC, when it ruled unconstitutional huge portions of the McCain-Feingold law, otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act.

Now, in an effort to undo the victory at the Supreme Court, liberals in Congress are attempting to pass the so-called DISCLOSE Act, which would severely limit the ability of GOA to communicate to our members and the general public.

This unconstitutional bill could come to the floor of the House as early as Thursday.

Sadly, as we reported yesterday, some in the pro-gun community have abandoned the principle of protecting the free speech rights of all Americans, so long as their ox is not being gored in this instance.

The NRA, which had previously opposed the DISCLOSE Act, has now accepted a deal to exempt that organization from the bill.

This is a startling about-face by the association.

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of political speech in Citizens United, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre praised the decision, saying, "This ruling is a victory for anyone who believes that the First Amendment applies to each and every one of us.... This is a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us." (Emphasis added.)

That's a far cry from the NRA statement to Congress this week regarding legislation specifically designed to undo that Supreme Court decision.

"On June 14, 2010, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives pledged that H.R. 5175 [DISCLOSE Act] would be amended to exempt groups like the NRA, that meet certain criteria, from its onerous restrictions on political speech," reads the statement.

"As a result, and as long as that remains the case, the NRA will not be involved in final consideration of the House bill."

Apparently it's ok to "carve out" a little free speech if you're in the role of the "elitists."

But the misguided NRA exemption will leave millions and millions of gun owners and sportsmen belonging to dozens of different organizations out in the cold.

We cannot allow this to happen. An attack on our First Amendment rights is a direct assault on our Second Amendment rights. After all, if GOA can't alert you about legislation affecting your Second Amendment rights, then we cannot protect those rights.

Of course, that's precisely what the politicians in Washington want. Shut out the voices of the "commoners" like gun owners and Tea Party activists who are coming to -- in the words of Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky -- "take our government back!"

There's a reason the Bill of Rights is considered as an entire unit, and an attack on one part of the Constitution poses a threat to the whole document.

In short, if GOA loses this battle, all political organizations -- of any size -- will ultimately lose.

ACTION: Please ask your congressman to vote against the anti-gun DISCLOSE Act. This bill could come to the floor of the House as early as Thursday, June 17, 2010. Here's what you can do:

1. Urge your congressman to oppose HR 5175. You can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send a pre-written message to your Representative.

2. Urge the NRA to change its position and stand with Gun Owners of America. You know that GOA is the organization that consistently refuses to compromise on principle. Even still, GOA has fought alongside the NRA many times to fight unconstitutional legislation, and it is imperative that we fight side-by-side on this issue as well. It has often been said that, "We either hang together or we will hang alone." But impress upon the NRA management that being the last one hung doesn't make the situation any better. You can call the NRA at (800) 392-VOTE (8683).

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Representative:

Please oppose the DISCLOSE Act (H.R. 5175).

The manner in which this bill is moving forward is as despicable as the health care bill -- with backroom deals and special favors being doled out in order to ram this down the throats of the American people.

This bill is a threat to the privacy of individuals and, by gagging the voices of groups like Gun Owners of America, it is silencing my voice as well.

My ability to protect my Second Amendment rights relies on the First Amendment's right to freely and openly communicate with government officials, who at one time were called "public servants."

I agree with GOA that this bill is an unconstitutional sham that will have a chilling effect upon my free speech.

Please vote NO on HR 5175.

Sincerely,

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Celebrate Independence Day on July 4 at Yellowstone National Park. On that day, law-abiding citizens will be openly carrying their handguns, rifles or shotguns at the boardwalk around Old Faithful.

The start time is High Noon on July 4, 2010. This is an informal, non-sponsored and no-host celebration of Independence Day on July 4. Each and every person is totally (100%) responsible for themselves including transportation, food, drink, lodging, etc.

The weather can be cold and rainy, even snowy, in Yellowstone National Park on the 4th of July -- so plan accordingly. Wyoming state laws and National Park Service Rules apply at Old Faithful. If you have any questions, please contact your personal attorney, the Attorney General of Wyoming, or the Yellowstone National Park Service.

Point of Contact: Tim Ravndal, PO Box 287, Townsend, Montana 59644, 406-266-5212 or 406-439-5860, thornyacre@dishmail.net

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THE PRICE OF FAME

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