Friday, December 18, 2009

Review of Introduction to Colorado Politics Class by Pauline Olvera

(clarification: This is a review of a class taught by Crista Huff and Chris Holbert. The class was attended and reviewed by Pauline Olvera.)

I attended the caucus training event last night and wanted to share a brief overview of what I learned.

It was extremely informative. The speakers were well-organized and knowledgeable. They gave a brief introduction of themselves and what events drove them to become involved in the caucus. I found it interesting that they are ordinary people just like you and me.

They explained the Two-Year Election Cycle, the Caucus procedures, the activities that take place and the purpose of the event.

One issue of particular importance was the explanation of registered party voter vs. unaffiliated voter vs. delegate.

As a registered affiliated voter we usually cast two votes per year, one during the primary and one in the general election. As an unaffiliated voter, since you cannot vote in the primary, you only have one vote. Because of this our efforts are rarely realized.

However, as a delegate in the caucus, you cast several votes throughout the year on issues that are most important to you. Because of this, you effect change directly.

In this capacity we ensure that the issues we care about most get on the ballot. We can change laws! We can change laws by changing who votes for those laws. As delegates, WE choose those candidates who best represent our values to run on our ticket.

In essence, we BECOME the GOP. No more leaving it up to “them”!

The best part about becoming a delegate or a committee member is that it didn’t seem all that difficult. For the amount of influence exuded in those positions, becoming involved is relatively simple and the time commitment is very low. The whole process was much less intimidating than I had ever imagined.

Overall, what I came away with is that caucusing is where the control and power of our elections and our entire political system occurs. This is where REAL change happens.

This area of our political system is, in my opinion, a more powerful and influential office than that of the President of the United States.

I have talked with many of you who have expressed the desire to “do whatever it takes to take our country back, for ourselves, for our kids.” Well here’s your chance.

For those of you thinking a third party might be the answer, consider this. If you are not willing to become involved at this level in the GOP then the same thing is going to happen in any third party that is created. You are going to “leave it up to others in your party” to decide your candidates for you and you’ll eventually be back at this same place, except that creating a third party will also have divided our Republican party giving the Democrats a free ride to stay in control.

The quickest and best way to make a difference right now is to become involved at this level of the GOP and take our party back! It is through the caucus that we will take over the GOP--we are not going to fall in line with them but rather they are going to fall in line with us. There are tons of us out there, we can do this. We need you at the caucus. We need you as election judges. We need you to help take our party back right now!

I encourage everyone to make an effort to attend at least one caucus training event. Get an idea about what’s involved, and go from there. It’s a small price to pay to preserve our freedoms, liberties and our country. With that in mind, let us never forget…

“…the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Guest Post on Healthcare Reform by Dr. Michael Schneider, founder of Vail Valley 9.12 Project

Speaker Pelosi announced today (10/29) that a (1,990 page)Healthcare Reform Bill was on its way to the Senate. It includes a public option and will finally insure 90+% of the people in the United States. She claimed that it will cover the 36 million uninsured in this country. Is it 36 million, 47 million, or 50 million? How about 20 million or 12 million? I know that the number is somewhere in there...maybe.

Speaker Pelosi's televised announcement was followed by another televised announcement by President Obama speaking to, what was said to be, a representation of small business owners from across America. He told us once again that “if you like your insurance, you can keep it without any changes to coverage.” He told us that there will be insurance pools from which you can choose an insurer if you do not already have insurance for your business employees. I interpreted this to mean that businesses will be mandated to cover their employees. President Obama said that this reform will pay for itself.

Well... I thought... if this is so then I have been oh-so-wrong in my assessment of what the financial impact and reduction of quality healthcare on Americans, our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and..on and on will be if the Congress passes this healthcare reform bill. If what Speaker Pelosi and President Obama said is true then I am “on board” with the whole program and I will issue another “mea culpa”. Oh! ask...what if that old adage that if someone in authority tells you something (not factual) to your face enough times that you will actually believe it? Well then...if that is the case...I am on board with Rep. Joe “you lie” Wilson.

The President has told us that cracking down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud will be a large part of the savings in paying for healthcare reform. My question is, "has the crackdown begun?" If not, why not? 60 Minutes televised a special recently in which a convicted felon admitted stealing over $20 million from Medicare through fraudulent claims. That person said that it was a no brainer and is being done every day.

Once again, the truth is that government has never successfully run any type of program. I know you all have heard it before, but let me refresh your memories. There is Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, U.S. Postal Service and Amtrak, all of which are broken and broke. If the government competes with private insurers the private insurers will disappear. Those who know me know that I have no love lost for the private insurers, but this is the United States of America. The home of capitalism. The greatest republic* in the history of civilization. That being said, there is great room for health insurer reform starting with portability and the ability for individuals and businesses to purchase insurance across state lines. All the government has to do is print some more money to compete and the competition goes away and the quality goes down.

President Obama also neglected to remind us of the $500 BILLION cuts to Medicare and the pending 21.5% Medicare cuts to physician reimbursements in 2010 if this bill gets passed. If you would like to read the bill you can download it at:

I wonder if all of our elected House of Representatives officials have read it.

* Benjamin Franklin said “I give you a republic if you can hold on to it”. By definition a republic is a political unit governed by a charter (The U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence are U.S. Federal Charter Documents), while a democracy is a government whose prevailing force is always that of the majority. One of the difficulties in defining these two words, democracy and republic, stems from the fact that many people consider them to be synonyms, which they are not. They are no more alike than Nancy Pelosi and Puff the Magic Dragon, and yet they are often used interchangeably

Dr. Michael Schneider

“Real Change” in 2010
Vail Valley 9.12 Project

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Activism Today!

1. Healthcare Activism: Call Senators and tell them to vote NO on the healthcare bill!

From Hugh Hewitt on 10/01/09: "Medicare benefits will be slashed (by about $500 billion) and Medicare Advantage costs will skyrocket under all the versions of Obamacare."

Federally-funded abortion is still in the healthcare bills: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) explains in a Sept. 30 letter sent to members of the Senate, “So far, the health reform bills considered in committee, including the new Senate Finance Committee bill, have not met President Obama’s challenge of barring use of federal dollars for abortion and maintaining current conscience laws,” states the letter.

Phone these U.S. Senators to say NO to cloture and ObamaCare :

Evan Bayh (IN) – Phone: (202) 224-5623; Web Contact (Leadership) Vulnerable on healthcare as of 10/02/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Max Baucus (MT), Senate Finance Committee Phone: (202) 224-6361; Web Contact; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
Mark Begich (AK) – Phone: (202) 224-3004; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 10/02/09.
Michael Bennet (CO) – Phone: (202) 224-5852, Denver Metro office: 303.455.7600; Web Contact. Vulnerable as of 10/02/09. Cannot win in 2010 AND CO Democrats may float a different candidate.
Jeff Bingaman (NM), Senate Finance Committee -- Phone 202-224-5521
Robert Byrd (VA) -- DC Phone: (202) 224-3954.
Maria Cantwell (WA), Senate Finance Committee – Phone: (202) 224-3441; Web Contact; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
Tom Carper (DE), Senate Finance Committee – Phone: (202) 224-2441; Web Contact (Leadership); somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200
Kent Conrad (N.D.), Senate Finance Committee – Phone: (202) 224-2043; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 09/21/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
Byron Dorgan (D-ND)202-224-2551 is vulnerable on healthcare as of 09/21/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Russ Feingold (D-WI) 202-224-5323 is vulnerable on healthcare as of 09/21/09.
Dianne Feinstein (CA) – Phone: (202) 224-3841; Web Contact; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
Kay Hagan (NC) – Phone: (202) 224-6342; Web Contact
Tim Johnson (SD) DC Phone: (202) 224-5842. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
John Kerry (MA), Senate Finance Committee -- Phone 202-224-2742
Herb Kohl (WI) – Phone: (202) 224-5653; Web Contact
Mary Landrieu (LA) – Phone: (202) 224-5824; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 10/02/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Joe Lieberman (CT) – Phone: (202) 224-4041; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 10/02/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Blanche Lincoln (AR), Senate Finance Committee – Phone: (202) 224-4814 or (202) 224-4843; Web Contact (Leadership) (Note: Liberal blog Daily Kos reports that Sen. Lincoln is somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.) Sept. 15: Arkansas school board elections went resoundingly to conservative candidates. Still vulnerable as of 09/21/09. Up for re-election Nov. 2010.
Claire McCaskill (MO) – Phone: (202) 224-6154; Web Contact
Robert Menendez (NJ), Senate Finance Committee -- Phone 202-224-4744
Ben Nelson (NE) – Phone: (202) 224-5274; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 10/02/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Bill Nelson (FL), Senate Finance Committee – Phone: (202) 224-6551; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 09/21/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Mark Pryor (AR) – Phone: (202) 224-2353; Web Contact Still vulnerable as of 10/02/09. Up for re-election Nov. 2010; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
Harry Reid (NV) DC Phone: (202) 224-3542. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Jay Rockefeller (WV), Senate finance Committee -- Phone 202-224-6472
Charles Schumer (NY), Senate Finance Committee -- Phone 202-224-6542
Jeanne Shaheen (NH) – Phone: (202) 224-2841; Web Contact
Debbie Stabenow (MI), Senate Finance Committee -- Phone 202-224-4822
Olympia Snowe (R-ME) 202-224-5344 Still vulnerable as of 09/21/09; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
John Tester (D-MT) 202-224-2644 Still vulnerable as of 10/02/09. Up for re-election in Nov. 2010.
Mark Udall (CO) – Phone: (202) 224-5941; Web Contact
Mark Warner (VA) – Phone: (202) 224-2023; Web Contact Vulnerable as of 10/02/09.
Ron Wyden (OR), Senate Finance Committee – Phone: (202) 224-5244; Web Contact; somewhat opposed to H.R. 3200.
Jim Webb (VA) Vulnerable as of 10/02/09.

2. The Senate Conservatives Fund has a petition which you can sign if you believe that Republican legislators should not compromise on ObamaCare.

3. To fight illegal immigration, visit Sign up for their Action Buffet. Everytime you visit the website, there will be 15 or so types of protest or support letters waiting for you to click and send to your Congressman and Senators--at no cost!

4. Abortion is not healthcare! Sign the petition to Congress to take abortion out of the healthcare bill. This petition is organized by Susan B. Anthony List.

5. Say "no" to government-controlled access to healthcare! Call these Colorado Congressmen and Senators:

Dianna DeGette, 1st Congressional District
Denver office: 303.844.4988
Washington, D.C. office: 202.225.4431

Jared Polis, 2nd Congressional District
Boulder office: 303.484.9596
Washington, D.C. office: 202.225.2161

John Salazar, 3rd Congressional District
Grand Junction office: 970.245.7107
Washington, D.C. office: 202.225.4761

Betsy Markey, 4th Congressional District
Fort Collins office: 970.221.7110
Washington, D.C. office: 202.225.4676

Ed Perlmutter, 7th Congressional District
Lakewood office: 303.274.7944
Washington, D.C. office: 202.225.2645

Michael Bennet, U.S. Senate
Denver Metro office: 303.455.7600
Washington, D.C. office: 202.224.5852

Mark Udall, U.S. Senate
Denver Metro office: 303.650.7820
Washington, D.C. office: 202.224.5941

6. I received an email from American Family Association telling me about the provision in H.R. 3200 to put Planned Parenthood clinics in schools beginning Fall 2010. They made it easy for me to sign letters in opposition to this plan, and they will send them via email to my Senators and Congressman. If you visit their website and enter your email to receive AFA Action Alerts (top right corner), you will also receive similar pro-life activism assistance.

Recent results:

9/14/09 We were successful in protesting ACORN. The U.S. Senate voted 83-7 to stop giving ACORN Federal housing funds due to repeated criminal charges and additional evidence of criminal goings-on. In addition, the U.S. Census has severed ties with ACORN. Next step: get ACORN out of the healthcare bill!

9/9/09 The "Free Our Health Care Now" petition garnered over 1.3 million signatures, and was delivered to Congress today.

9/5/09 Van Jones has stepped down from his job, so you no longer need to sign the petition.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Would National Groups and Personalities Kindly Let Coloradans Pick Our Own Candidates? Please?!

We recently had a little political hullabaloo in Colorado as the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) purportedly planned to endorse former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton for U.S. Senate. Coloradans were up in arms that such an endorsement might take place. Candidates were reassessing their abilities to raise campaign funds in light of such an endorsement. And all the tea party-types who are newer to the political process--albeit wholeheartedly engaged--were stunned that an out-of-state entity could sway our U.S. Senate race.

The tumult has died down, only to be replaced by the irritating good intentions of none other than Hugh Hewitt, radio conservative extraordinaire. I am a fan of Hugh, and Hugh is a fan of Colorado. I have worked tirelessly against HR 3200 and Cap and Trade, with great encouragement from Hugh. I disagree with Hugh on the FairTax and on the birth certificate. I love his radio guests, and am willing to forgive almost anything when he airs Mark Steyn or Andrew Breitbart.

So what's the beef? Hugh Hewitt has correctly assessed that Colorado Republicans have a solid opportunity to take back the Governor's seat, a U.S. Senate seat, and at least one Congressional seat (CD4) in November 2010. He talks about Colorado legislative races frequently. But he's backing the wrong candidates!

Okay, that's not polite. I don't have much of a beef with Hugh's recommendations of Scott McInnis for Governor, Jane Norton for U.S. Senate, nor Tom Lucero for CD4, except for this one little detail: 95% of the conservative voters with whom I interact are planning to vote for the other key Republican candidates in those races, primarily Josh Penry for Governor, Ken Buck or Ryan Frazier for U.S. Senate, and hands down Cory Gardner for CD4. Is it possible that McInnis, Norton and Lucero have a big fan base somewhere in Colorado which I'm not privy to? Absolutely. But the point is that we want to work this out ourselves, without national interference, from the NRSC, from Hugh Hewitt, or from any well-known person or entity.

The net effect of Hugh's candidate recommendations could be that McInnis, Norton or Lucero receive nationwide contributions to the chagrin of all the Colorado activists who are currently working diligently for their opponents. We in Colorado would really like to slug this out in-state, without nationwide interference, as good as those intentions are. We're not bumpkins here. We understand the opportunity before us, and we're getting the voters engaged and prepared for 2010. Are you aware that we had 10,000 people at the Tea Party at the Denver Capitol on April 15?! And that we had Tea Parties in at least 17 Colorado cities and towns that day?! Believe me, we're on a roll in Colorado.

Take action! Please use your social networking cites, e.g. Facebook and Twitter, to talk about Hugh Hewitt's interference in the Colorado 2010 Legislative Races. Use the Twitter hashtag #hhrs to protest Hugh's involvement during the radio show, when you're most likely to have Hewitt fans read your concerns. (Hugh Hewitt's radio show airs 4 - 7 PM MST.) Be polite. Hugh is a great asset to the conservative team. But we'd sure love it if he'd back away from the Colorado legislative races and just mention them casually as he might any other state's politics.

Thank you for listening. Again, I honor all the candidates, although I obviously have my preferences. We are really enjoying the political landscape in Colorado this year, and would be thrilled to continue to participate and watch it play out without Hugh's assistance. God Bless Hugh Hewitt and God Bless America!

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In a related piece of correspondence, my friend Nikki Mata wrote a letter to Hugh Hewitt within hours of this blog post:

Dear Hugh,

Great program yesterday at CCU - and how thrilled I was to hear not just Matt Arnold, but two other friends, Isaac Smith & Hollis Moore. All three are regular attendees to R Block Party meetings. (We don't have a "membership" - we're free & open to anyone.)

But I also heard the close of the show. How disappointing to hear you say that we all just have to "get over it" - referencing the NRSC.

First off, thanks for keeping your promise to read the article. But that article is just the tip of the iceberg as to why the NRSC needs to stay out of our primary/caucus process. And if I had had more time to explain to you what is going on here in Colorado & why it is so critical, I know that you would have second thoughts.

It's not really about the NRSC. And it's not about ego. It's what DC & media types just "don't get" about what is going on at the Tea Parties, the Town Halls, the 9-12 groups. It's the mood & the energy. It's why one third of Colorado voters are now unaffiliated.

It's why we started R Block Party, why Peoples Press Collective and Clear the Bench exist. And none of us are funded. But we are driven. And we really don't need more obstacles put in our path by our own side.

All those people in that Tax Day Tea Party poster that I gave you? They are not going to support & vote for anyone who has the appearance of having been chosen & promoted by Washington and the party elite. It's just same old, same old to them.

They will turn away from that in droves. It will demoralize them, they will not support the Republican candidates, and that will split the vote. And Colorado will stay a Blue State.

We have a chance to rebuild the Republican party - right here in Colorado - into a party with a viable future. A party that is vibrant & alive. A party that people are excited to be a part of. Because they ARE the party.

I could give you a hundred examples, articles and postings to read to support my case. There is a huge activist movement happening here. And we are all connecting. Would love to plug you into it, so you could see for yourself.

I'll leave you with an excerpt of a piece I wrote about Jane Norton for the Peoples Press Collective:

Is she a candidate that can generate excitement and mobilize the grassroots? Can her message reach the Tea Partiers & Town Hallers? How about the 9-12ers?

Who amongst the many candidates for Senate can offer the proud members of The Angry Mob a place to come home to?

That’s for the voters to decide.

What is clear is that we need to hear what each candidate has to say – without the roar of the political machine behind them, drowning them out.

Yes, we all understand that a candidate needs money – and lots of it – to mount a successful bid next year. But right now? We need a candidate that has the fire to match the mood of the American people.

And money can’t buy that.

Save the money for 2010. Right now, let’s listen to the message.

You have a huge bully pulpit here. I know I speak for all of us when I ask you to use it wisely.

Thanks for listening & GO BUCKS!

Nikki Mata
R Block Party

(Thank you Nikki!)

Friday, September 11, 2009

An Open Letter to the Second in Command of Al-Queda by Dr. Tawfik Hamid,

Dr. Al-Zawherri, many years ago, as a student at University of Cairo Medical School Mosque, when I joined Jammaa Islamia, I sat in front of you, and listened fervently to you sermons. At that time, I looked up to you as my mentor who was going to guide me through the correct path to the divine. I can not forget your fiery speeches, enthusiastic, extraordinary charisma and your dedication to the cause of Islam.

Once, I remember you placing your hand over my shoulder, telling me that my generation is the hope for Islam. I was truly captivated; I was so young and mislead by your appealing charm as many others were. As I looked deeply into your eyes, I hoped that you would lead me to find my path to spirituality. Instead, you led me into the corridor of hatred and violence. I was deceived by your sharp authoritative look and your powerful e speeches, but after all, I was fortunate to recognize early enough that I was on the wrong course.

You taught me and other members of the JI that the west is evil because it does not implement Sharia law. You explained that they allow women to dress as they wish, and provide them full freedom. Back then, I was deceived by your statements. But let me ask you now which is preferable; the western system that respects basic values of freedom for women or the Salafi Islamic system that you follow which suppresses and justifies beating women, allows polygamy, permits slavery and still promotes stoning women to death for adultery?

Dr Al-Zawaheri, after all these years, I discovered that the values that you promoted for 'modesty' of our Muslim women are not sincerely values of modesty as you claimed, but rather immoral means to enslave them. According to our Sharia system, a Muslim woman engaged sexually with a man on her free will, should be punished by death, yet, if a man sold the same woman as a slave to the same man to engage in sex with him - against her free will - it is until now acceptable in our Islamic laws. Do you consider that moral or just? Obviously, the entire issue is not modesty for Muslim women as you claimed but rather a way to control them.

Through your video tapes, you try to sway the west against America, blaming the "evil" US foreign policies against the Islamic world. If the US is truly as wicked as you claim, it could have used its devastating military power to rape the land of Arabia and get its oil for free as our Islamic ancestors did under the banner of spreading Islam! Or probably is it American evil foreign policy that saved millions of Muslims in Kosovo and is trying to do the same in Darfur? Or is it the evil Americans who saved Kuwait from the Iraqi vicious despot Saddam Hussein?

If it's only the "others" causing the Muslims misery, why then didn't you ever protest against the Pakistani Mullas who issued a fatwa to justify for Pakistani Muslim soldiers to rape the Bangladeshi women as concubines in the name of Allah during the war between the two countries in the 1970s? Is that because of the damage done to Muslims by the west?

Through your publicized videotapes you claim that your Muslim "brothers" suffer in Iraq. Don't your Muslim "brothers" suffer in Iraq primarily because your Sunni Islamic thugs "brothers" are torturing, killing other Muslims and mutilating the dead bodies of their fellow Muslim "brothers" Sheiia? Maybe If you ordered your Muslim Sunni "brothers" to suspend their barbaric acts, the Iraqi people would enjoy the fruit of democracy that was offered to them with American soldiers' blood, scarifying their lives to provide them with such dignified opportunity.

Dr. Al-Zawaherri, in many of your tapes, you maintain that Israel is oppressing the Palestinians. You should know that, the Jewish state that you so despise allows Muslims to build Mosques and practice their religion freely. Compare it to Saudi Arabia which denies basic rights to Christians or other non Muslims to build churches or practice freely their religion. Compare it to your Taliban system which destroyed the historical statues of Buddha. You are merely lucky that your evil acts against civilized people have not been countered by destroying our sacred places in Mecca and Medina.

I vividly remember you teaching us in our JI Mosque that the Jews are the world's worst enemies; that they are "pigs and monkeys." To my pleasant surprise, I must share with you that I later found out that unlike you and your followers, Jews have brought immense constructive contribution to our civilization.

You repeatedly taught us that the US and the West are oppressing Muslims. I used to believe it when I first met you, but after living in the West and having seen how Muslims are treated in the US, I can openly say to you; Dr. Al-Zawaherri, you are a liar! The US has allowed Muslims to build mosques, to practice freely our religion, to enjoy economic opportunities, to thrive in their education as any American citizen does. US constitution simply does not allow discrimination against minority. If this is what you call "oppressed Muslims in the west" then I wish Islamic systems like Saudi Arabia, the Taliban and Iran treat their non Muslims in the same way US treats its Muslim population!

Dr. Al-Zawaherri, your heinous attacks on innocents all over the world have deprived our world of tremendous amount of resources as an attempt to protect ourselves from people like you. So instead of diverting the money of the world to build, to cure disease and to improve the environment, we now need to direct a major portion of our budget to protect our nations from your evil acts.

I am asking you to remember the orphans who lost their parents because of you, the parents who lost their children because of you, and the innocents who still suffer because of you. Use your conscience if it still exists and remember them even for a moment as an opportunity to evaluate your deeds. After all these years, I tell you vociferously that if "the hope of Islam" is cultivated by the damage you cause to the world then never blame anyone for questioning Islam's nature, genuine motives and criticizing it.

Dr. Al-Zawaherri, I must confess that I am not sure whether I should blame only solely you for your crimes or should I also hold responsible the entire culture and our religious system that have been guiding you and millions other to hate the "others". Should I only blame you or also my fellow Muslims who have been passively watching your dreadful actions with minimal expression of dismay over your brutality? Or maybe I should also blame those in the West who still try to find irrational justifications for your terrorist acts instead of confronting its true cause which is the Ideology that changed an innocent child that you were, into a beast who deprived others of their life.

Dr. Al-Zawaherri -as a surgeon your hands were supposed to heal and help reduce suffering, but instead, you caused anguish to thousands if not millions of our human race. Therefore, the blood on your hands is the blood of your victims rather than your patients during surgical operations.

Now, I live too far from you geographically, and more importantly, ideologically. Unlike you, based on fresh interpretation of the Quran, I preach a message of love and respect to all humans; regardless of their religion, race or nationality. It is a peaceful and non conventional interpretation which attempts to heal the world that you have injured. One day, the Muslim world will have to decide if they should follow my path or your path. Our paths can not converge.

Dr. Al-Zawaherri....Awake before it is too late!
Your old colleague in the JI
Dr. Tawfik Hamid

(Dr. Tawfik Hamid is the author of The Roots of Jihad. Considering that the study of Jihad and muslim culture can be intimidating for most Americans, I was grateful for Dr. Hamid's excellent writing. With large print, wide spacing, and under 200 pages in length, this book makes a daunting topic very clear and readable. -- Crista Huff)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I Love My Health Care

Written by guest bloggers: James and Joni Kelly, Douglas County, Colorado

I am one of the 95 out of a hundred Americans that are very happy with their health care. Obama said “if you like what you have you can keep it” so all’s good right? No change for me?

Wrong – if the liberals succeed my health care, your health care, indeed everyone’s health care is going to change dramatically, and not for the better.

The government health care takeover can be stopped. There are three people who can kill it dead. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. So it’s all over right?…not so fast. Obama is a Marxist ideologue and would consider signing a health care bill a success even if it costs him the presidency in 2012. Pelosi is not going to lose an election in Berkeley, California. But Reid is showing cracks.

Harry Reid is the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada. He is up for re-election in 2010 is presently down double digits in polling to his Republican challenger, Danny Tarkanian. Harry Reid’s son, Rory Reid appears ready to make a run for Governor of Nevada. If Harry loses in 2010, so will Rory. My gut tells me that Harry will kill the government health care takeover if he thinks it will cost him and his son their elections.

I have been looking for something real I can do to protect my health care from the government takeover. Here is something real. Send Danny Tarkanian a contribution. It is too early to know if Danny can win or not but Reid will notice Danny’s war chest swell and rethink his position on the health care takeover. You don’t need to give a lot. Ten or twenty bucks is fine. The amount matters but what matters more is how many people contribute to Danny. Politicians are nothing if not shrewd (Harry is the king of shrewd) and they measure everything. Harry will know not just how much Danny is putting up but how many people contributed to Danny, kind of a mini-election.

Help make Harry Reid sweat! Here is a link to the Danny Tarkanian site. You can contribute there--I did:

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Addendum from Crista: I also donated $10. online. Here's one more way to stick it to Harry Reid: take your online donation receipt, or a photocopy of the check that you wrote, and fax it to Harry Reid's Reno, NV office at 775-686-5757 or his Washington D.C. office at 202-224-7327.

Special thanks to James and Joni Kelly, fellow American patriots who are committed to saving our country from socialism, fiscal irresponsibility, and the trashing of the U.S. Constitution.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

So This is What Astro-Turf Looks Like...

Guest article by Sean Doherty, Publisher of The Constitutional Reporter

The left and the right have been engaged lately in a battle of policies and ideas and…name-calling? Each side has been eager to prove that the other is engaged in “Astro-Turfing,” a clever name used to imply fake grassroots.

The Left accuses the anti-public option crowd of being bought and paid for by Big Pharma, while the Tea Party crowds are obviously contrived by Big Oil (according to the Left). Meanwhile, the Right has pointed to the organizational structure, efforts, and approach of political groups such as Progress Now,, and Acorn. The evidence submitted is the nice, printed signs held by pro-public option supporters, the emails sent out by these and similar organizations, as well as buses bearing those proud political organizations names and supporters to Obama’s town hall meeting.

So who is right and who is wrong when it comes to labeling the other side as ‘astro-turf?’ Or is this really just a case of “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?”

Well, the Constitutional Reporter looked into this and dug up some good seeds. Sow these and tell us what you think:

The Right

Yes, the Right is talking about ObamaCare. So are the Libertarians and Independents. And they’re legitimately afraid. This has made them active. The politically active Republicans are encouraging people to oppose ObamaCare. You can see their activity in the blogosphere. But there is no money trail. Nowhere have we been able to find any money being paid out here. And what’s even more interesting, the vast majority of people who attend the protests have been, to our surprise, not connected to any GOP leaders. Having attended several Lincoln Day dinners, GOP breakfast clubs, etc., this year, our staff was surprised to see so many new faces at the protests who probably didn’t even know that there are local breakfast clubs held weekly to talk about how bad ObamaCare and Democrat proposals are going to be!!

The Left

Here’s where it gets interesting… The Constitutional Reporter sat in at an important activism meeting held by some Democrat organizers. They were looking to hire some field reps to go out and spread the word about Cap and Trade. Here is their game plan:

Environmental Defense Fund has hired a national political consulting firm called Field Works. They want to lobby the ‘blue dog’ Democratic US Senators to convince them to vote ‘yes’ on Cap and Trade.

Field Works is hiring 12 people at $90/day. Each person will then go out and for 40 hours a week, their job is to talk to people about supporting Cap and Trade to protect the environment. Each of these 12 people will be responsible for finding 12 other people, per day, to make a phone call directly to Senator Michael Bennet’s office to urge him to support Cap and Trade. Additionally, each of those 12 field reps will be working to get 28 people, every day, to fill out a post card to be sent to Senator Bennet. (Field Works is providing the cell phones and post cards as well as postage)

This process will be continued, week in and week out, until October 2nd, and will also be conducted in six other states.

Now, if this isn’t “Astro-Turf” then what is it--fertilizer?

Folks on the Right better be prepared for the well-oiled machine of the Left. This piece just gives a small taste of what happens when this well-funded machine is put to work. If there was ever a time to call Senator Bennet and tell him to oppose Cap and Trade, then you better do it before October 2nd. Ask Senator Bennet to grow some productive, free market solutions, instead of growing our taxes.

(This was a guest article by Sean Doherty, Publisher of The Constitutional Reporter.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blue Dog Democrat Contact Info

Today is Tuesday, July 28, and we hear that Nancy Pelosi may have conceded that the Healthcare vote will not take place prior to the August recess. I suggest pretending that we didn't hear that--it could be a ruse to get us to stop contacting Congressmen. Please continue to make the calls this week. (Fax and email info is also listed for each Congressman.)

Please go so far as to write this activity into your calendars for each remaining day this week. Our country's future depends on our cumulative efforts. YOU hold my children's future in your hands.

The following lists of Blue Dogs and other Democrats potentially vulnerable on the healthcare vote came to me from email and internet -- I didn't write them up. Here are phone numbers for the U.S. Capitol switchboard (let me know if they don't work or you find other errors):



Blue Dog Leadership Team
Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD) Blue Dog Co-Chair For Administration CONTACT
Rep. Baron Hill (IN-09), Blue Dog Co-Chair for Policy CONTACT
Rep. Charlie Melancon (LA-03), Blue Dog Co-Chair for communications CONTACT
Rep. Heath Shuler (NC-11), Blue Dog Whip CONTACT

Blue Dog Members
Altmire, Jason (PA-04) CONTACT
Arcuri, Mike (NY-24) CONTACT
Baca, Joe (CA-43) CONTACT
Barrow, John (GA-12) CONTACT
Berry, Marion (AR-01) CONTACT
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02) CONTACT
Boren, Dan (OK-02) CONTACT
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03) CONTACT
Boyd, Allen (FL-02) CONTACT
Bright, Bobby (AL-02) CONTACT
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18) CONTACT
Carney, Christopher (PA-10) CONTACT
Chandler, Ben (KY-06) CONTACT
Childers, Travis (MS-01) CONTACT
Cooper, Jim (TN-05) CONTACT
Costa, Jim (CA-20) CONTACT
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28) CONTACT
Dahlkemper, Kathy (PA-03) CONTACT
Davis, Lincoln (TN-04) CONTACT
Donnelly, Joe (IN-02) CONTACT
Ellsworth, Brad (IN-08) CONTACT
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08) CONTACT
Gordon, Bart (TN-06) CONTACT
Griffith, Parker (AL-05) CONTACT
Harman, Jane (CA-36) CONTACT
Holden, Tim (PA-17) CONTACT
Kratovil, Jr., Frank (MD-01) CONTACT
McIntyre, Mike (NC-07) CONTACT
Marshall, Jim (GA-03) CONTACT
Matheson, Jim (UT-02) CONTACT
Melancon, Charlie (LA-03) CONTACT
Michaud, Mike (ME-02) CONTACT
Minnick, Walt (ID-01) CONTACT
Mitchell, Harry (AZ-05) CONTACT
Moore, Dennis (KS-03) CONTACT
Murphy, Patrick (PA-08) CONTACT
Nye, Glenn (VA-02) CONTACT
Peterson, Collin (MN-07) CONTACT
Pomeroy, Earl (ND) CONTACT
Ross, Mike (AR-04) CONTACT
Salazar, John (CO-03) CONTACT
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47) CONTACT
Schiff, Adam (CA-29) CONTACT
Scott, David (GA-13) CONTACT
Space, Zack (OH-18) CONTACT
Tanner, John (TN-08) CONTACT
Taylor, Gene (MS-04) CONTACT
Thompson, Mike (CA-01) CONTACT
Wilson, Charles (OH-06) CONTACT

Target these Representatives on Healthcare
Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)
Tuesday, July 28th at 6:30AM EDT
We know that most of the Blue Dogs are going to oppose healthcare. But what about the non-Blue Dog Democrats who live in districts McCain won? They seem to be good targets in addition to the Blue Dogs.

So here’s the list of targets for today. As the week progresses, we’re going to update, add to, and subtract from it. Start calling. And if your Congressman is not on the list, go here and find your Congressman. Start calling now.

Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
Vic Snyder (AR-2)
Betsy Markey (CO-4)
Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24)
Ike Skelton (MO-4)
Harry Teague (NM-2)
Michael McMahon (NY-13)
Eric Massa (NY-29)
John Boccieri (OH-16)
John M. Spratt Jr. (SC-5)
Chet Edwards (TX-17)
Tom Perriello (VA-5)
Rick Boucher (VA-9)
Alan B. Mollohan (WV-1)
Nick J. Rahall Jr. (WV-3)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Activist Alert: Say "No" to Government Healthcare

(Below please find a description of parts of the Healthcare bill, followed by directions on how to take action. Thank you for your activism! -- Crista Huff)

Here are some highlights from the first 300 pages of the Healthcare bill:

Page 50, Section 152 says that Healthcare will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise. Page 170, lines 1-3 say that any Nonresident Alien is exempt from individual taxes to cover the cost of their medical plans. (Tax-paying American citizens will pay for them.)

Other specific line items, which are easy to find in the proposed bill, include:

1. Private medical insurers are not allowed to enroll ANY new customers as of the first day that the government plan begins.
2. All citizens or businesses who refuse to enroll in the government plan will pay financial penalties.
3. Healthcare will be rationed, especially for senior citizens.
4. Doctors will be penalized if a patient, who has recently been in the hospital, returns in the near-term for a readmission.
5. Doctors' salaries/incomes will be decided upon by the government.
6. All citizens WILL pay for their healthcare via debit of their direct financial accounts.
7. The government WILL audit the books of all employers that self-insure.
8. The government will set the prices for ALL private health plans.
9. There will be a government committee which decides the treatments/benefits you get.
10. The government will have a database of your personal and financial information.
11. The government is creating a Healthcare Exchange to bring private Healthcare plans under government control. The government mandates ALL benefit packages for private Healthcare plans in the Exchange.
12. The government will raise taxes on all people to fund the healthcare plan, as they see fit. (Have you noticed that the pro-government healthcare advertising keeps referring to this plan as "free"?)
13. The Treasury Dept. is authorized to take money from Social Security to pay for healthcare.

As a retired Vice President of Morgan Stanley, I'd like to stress that investment markets are designed to function under capitalism (free markets), not under socialism. Therefore, in addition to saying goodbye to your current levels of taxation and healthcare, say goodbye to your asset values if this bill passes.

Read about the Healthcare bill: (Many more articles at the end of this email.)

Take action! Call your Representatives and Senators in Washington D.C. Tell them to vote "no" on government healthcare. The healthcare vote is imminent!

Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) 202-225-7882
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) 202-224-5852
Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) 202-224-5941

All Senators:
All Representatives:

Take action! Contact this vulnerable legislator and urge him to vote "no":

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) ph. (202) 224-3744 fax (202) 224-6020
(When his staff asks for your zip code, tell them 52401 Cedar Rapids, 51501 Council Bluffs, 52801 Davenport or 50309 Des Moines.)

Take action! Sign the petition at

(Thank you to fellow conservatives who provided this and other healthcare information: Laurie Bratten, Rita Hyland, Sofie Inkpen, Michelle Morin, Joy Wharton.)

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More articles and videos from Michelle Morin:

At Least 62 Dems have publicly opposed some key provision of health care:

President Barack Obama warns Congress not to slow effort to overhaul health care:

Importing the Uninsured; Immigration could trip up the Democrats’ planned health-care takeover:

Video Blog from Take Back Medicine:
ObamaCare is an Economy Killer:

The Senate Health Bill: Chock Full of Bad Policy:

Stealth Agenda in Health-Care Bill: Early Childhood Home Visitation:

In Case You Missed It: Government Health Care in Pictures:

Bombshell: House Health Bill Makes Private Medical Insurance Illegal:

Help AFP Examine the Health Care Bill, read it here:

The Health Care Reform Bill in its Own Words:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Cocktail Party in the Street

I thought I'd write a little about small political protests. Such events may deter conservatives, because the idea of a "protest" seems hostile, and conservatives tend to be calm and polite. Surprisingly, small protests are quite different from large events like Tea Parties, but not more aggressive. They're like cocktail parties in the street!

Tea Parties and other large events like the Stimulus Protest this past spring are huge events, ranging from hundreds to thousands of people. Here in Denver, we had up to 10,000 people at the April 15 Tea Party.

Last month I heard that the liberals were staging a Single Payer Healthcare Rally at the Denver Capitol. A bunch of us got the word out in order to form a counter-protest, but we only had a few days' warning, and didn't have any sense of how many people might show up. My husband and the kids came with me, and we were the first ones there. The liberals were on the steps of the Capitol, so we decided to hang out on the sidewalk across the street with our anti-government healthcare signs.

Soon, a man with a political t-shirt sidled up to us, checking us out to see which "team" we were on. He turned out to be from the Independence Institute, and brought several friends along. Then a friend from Facebook showed up, and a Congressional candidate who brought his entire family, and a friend from R Block Party. Our group totalled about 20 people, all milling about and talking and introducing each other. There were at least ten children, too, who mostly played in the adjacent shady park.

My friend Katherine and I made up a song, sung to the tune of Kum Ba Yah. Here are the best verses:

"Someone's paying healthcare."
"Someone's waiting healthcare."
"Someone's dying healthcare."
" healthcare."

While we held our signs and talked, cars drove by and honked in support. A few of our people walked over to the liberal side of the street, some to infiltrate and take pictures, others to bait the government healthcare ralliers into screaming tirades. (Pretty much your mere presence can bait a liberal into a tirade.)

Since I had my kids with me, I stayed on the conservative side of the street and introduced myself to the people I didn't know. I had a marvelous time meeting these new people, added quite a few of them to my subscriber list, and regularly hear from two of them now. As we send out political alerts about events and important news, we now include each other on the distribution lists.

Then in July, announced another health care rally. My daughter and I were the first protesters to show up at Senator Bennet's Denver office. And then it happened again. A man approached us and casually said, "Tea Party?" We laughed and said, "Yes!", and he said, "Lemme go get my sign!" In singles and pairs, conservatives showed up. One lady was from the 912 Group, another was from the Coalition for a Conservative Majority in Colorado Springs, then a Ron Paul fellow, plus a doctor and a lawyer and a brand new activist. My excellent neighbors Kim and Mark showed up too! The media arrived. We were all so busy chatting with each other that the news crew had trouble getting our attention for an interview.

Now that I've been to two of these small protests, here's my advice: When you go, arrive on time, and stand away from the liberal group. Bring extra protest signs to share with others. If you arrive at the Capitol or the legislator's office and don't see any other protesters, simply go inside to the legislator's office. Once there, politely tell the staff that you're there to voice your complaint about that particular pending legislation. (They get phone calls like that all day long, so they'll take it in stride.)

Bring along some business cards or pen and paper, maybe a camera. You're going to meet very enjoyable people. Some of them will be members of local activist groups which you may want to know more about. Some will have email lists for political news. You won't need to engage with any liberals unless you truly seek them out.

The conservative movement benefits from your activist participation Each time you step outside your comfort zone and do a new activity, you get more relaxed about it. Then you can convey your enthusiasm to friends, co-workers and relatives. They in turn are then more likely to participate as well.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Activist Alert: Protest National Health Care

Part One -- The Phone Blitz

The Liberal organization is planning a telephone blitz on National Health Care for Thursday July 9. Conservative voters generally do not approve of nationalized healthcare for myriad reasons:

1. Similar healthcare policies in Canada and the United Kingdom have led to long wait times for appointments, service denials, and lesser quality of care. Read more from the Wall Street Journal article "Of NICE and Men" dated July 7, 2009.
2. Democrat proponents of nationalized healthcare in the U.S. propose the inclusion of all illegal immigrants within the healthcare plan.
3. Our country already has a medical plan which is breaking its back financially: it's called Medicare. If our country cannot afford the service levels already provided via Medicare, how does it propose to afford to distribute these same services to the rest of the population, including illegal aliens? Nationalized healthcare is not fiscally practical.
4. Similar healthcare policies in foreign countries have led to doctor shortages. Potential medical students, upon learning of the much lower incomes afforded doctors under nationalized plans, often choose alternate careers.
5. Under nationalized healthcare plans, a government clerk decides which medical course of action is right for you. This responsibility no longer lies with you and your doctor.

Take action! Phone the same Senators' offices that the people will be phoning on July 9. Tell them to vote "no" on National Health Care, a.k.a. Socialized Medicine, ObamaCare, Single Payer Health Care or Public Option Health Care.

Senator Mark Udall's District Office in Denver
phone 303-650-7820

Senator Michael Bennet's District Office in Denver
phone 303-455-7600
toll-free 866-455-9866
fax 303-455-8851

Senator Michael Bennet's District Office in Fort Collins
phone 970-224-2200
fax 970-224-2205

Senator Michael Bennet's District Office in Durango
phone 970-259-1710
fax 970-259-9789

Take additional action! If you would like to contact additional Congressmen and Senators, phone the Capitol Switchboard toll free at 1 (866) 220-0044. Out-of-state subscribers are encouraged to contact their state's U.S. legislators, and to edit & forward this Activist Alert to their mailing lists. Thank you!

Part Two -- The Counter-Rally

The people are planning to rally at 150 Senate offices around the country. Visit their website to find the rally near you. Attend with protest signs and conservative friends.

Here are MoveOn's two rallies in Denver in support of Public Option Health Care, directly from the MoveOn website:

Thursday, 9 Jul 2009, 9:30 AM
89 registered participants

Sen. Michael Bennet's District Office
2300 15th Street, Suite 450 Denver, CO 80202

Senator Bennet's Denver office building is located right next to the west bank of the S Platte river on Fifteenth Street. Confluence Park is on the east bank. There is parking around the building and a pedestrian walkway and grassy verge along the river in front of the building.

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Thursday, 9 Jul 2009, 11:45 AM
24 registered participants

Sen. Mark Udall's District Office
999 18th Street, North Tower, Suite 1525 Denver, CO 80202

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Another Activist Steps Forward

The following is an email from a local Republican which I was fortunate enough to be copied on. It reflects the mood of my fellow activists so well that I asked Mr. Winter if I could print it here, and he agreed:

"Wow what a great time. I have not attended a Highlands Ranch July 4th event for several years. Now that I am no longer involved as a Councilman with the City of Lone Tree I have time for the Republicans. I will tell you I was impressed. We had a lot, I mean a lot of folks on the route wave and thank us for being in the parade. The 35+ or so Republicans (young and old) walking all had a great time.

I also worked the Republican booth and we had a lot traffic coming by, asking questions, taking literature and signing up on the email lists. When I finished I went by the term limit petition booth. I signed the petition. There were several folks out talking and collecting signatures. That was also a well coordinated event. It is great to see this level of activity and volunteerism alive and well in the Republican Douglas County Party.

I believe our time is upon us. Remember elections have consequences!! Let’s keep up this good work. I was invigorated and motivated to work for the Republicans' success!! I commit that I will be around to help Douglas County and Colorado Republicans to bring us success and bring some common sense back to running our Governments.

On this Independence Day, God Bless our Troops. It was obvious to me, that today, Independence Day July 4th, 2009, that we have started to take our Country back!!"

God Bless America

Elton Winters

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Little Boy Blog

My sister doesn't know that I blog about her kids. But some stories just beg to be shared.

I think of my nephew as "Little Crissie". He's the youngest of three siblings, and came to his Colorado family from Guatemala. Both he and his brother Leo turned 5 a short while after starting kindergarten. That's always a "hold your breath" moment for parents. Will he keep up academically? Will he keep up socially? Will he be short? You know the drill. A parent can make their best guess, and they can be wrong.

Cris is a happy, amusing boy. His body moves like Gumby. He's got a smile and a twinkle in his eye which attract girls and women of all ages. You can't help smiling around Cris.

Cris started kindergarten last summer and turned five. One of his classmates was Patrick. Patrick doesn't speak to people. He doesn't participate. Patrick is one of those "slightly different" kids. Albert Einstein was also "slightly different". Some people get all tense when you discuss people's differences, but I find the differences fascinating, and see no reason to pretend that we're all supposed to be the same.

Patrick decided at some point through the school year that Cris was his friend. Patrick played with Cris during recess, and Patrick talked to Cris. He even came over to Cris' house for play dates. Yet he did not speak with the other children or the teacher. It was just too overwhelming for him.

Cris and Patrick graduated from kindergarten last week. The kids sat in a big semicircle. Each child took a turn to walk up to the microphone and announce his or her future occupation. Cris said, "When I grow up, I'm going to be a cowboy!" I love that. None of this "I'm going to be a record producer" stuff.

After a while, it was Patrick's turn. Patrick walked over to Cris, and Cris stood up. Then they walked together to the microphone. Cris put his arm around Patrick's shoulder. And then Cris announced brightly into the microphone, "This is my friend Patrick. When Patrick grows up, he's going to be a doctor." Then they both walked back and sat down.

I love this story. My goal for all children would be to have friendships like this, compassion, love, hopes and dreams. Let the kids be different. The differences are what make us interesting.

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For a story about Cris' brother Leo, go to my April blog post "Eyes On Leo".

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Book Review: The Roots of Jihad by Tawfik Hamid, M.D.

Excellent book. Here's why: We all need to understand Islam and Jihad so as to know the seriousness of what we're up against, right? But the whole idea of learning about Jihad is relatively overwhelming. Foreign culture. Foreign language. Foreign religion. Violence. Yech!

The Roots of Jihad, by Tawfik Hamid, M.D., hands you Islam and Jihad on a silver platter. It's written by a Muslim man who detests the violent aspect of the Koran.

The typeface is big. The spacing is wide. The topics are clear and concise. Everything is backed up with multiple references to the Koran which are also translated into modern language. Under 200 pages. It's now stocked in my local library system, and I suggest that you request your library to stock it too.

The Roots of Jihad shows us that the Koran teaches Islamic men when and how to be violent to their children, violent to their wives, violent to their neighbors, and violent to non-Muslims. And that it's okay to marry little girls as young as age 8. There is absolutely no way that Islam can be interpreted as a non-violent religion. It is all about violence, control and submission.

You'll learn that people who call Islam a "religion of peace" have not studied the religion AT ALL, and are just repeating a liberal mantra.

I believe that all non-Muslims need to study up on this topic. The Islamic plan is for them to take over the world. They have been implementing this plan for decades. We need to be aware of it, we need to understand how this ties in with illegal immigration, and we need to come up with a plan to fight back. You can raise your awareness level of Jihad by signing up for alerts from Brigitte Gabriel's website You can also help by electing candidates who talk about jihad and border control. (Many terrorists enter our country illegally through the Mexican border.)

There has never been a group of people which I've held fear or animosity towards. Even after being a crime victim at the hands of certain ethnic groups, I wouldn't hesitate to embrace people from those ethnic groups. It's uncomfortable for me to "dislike" a group of people. It seems like prejudice. But after reading The Roots of Jihad and comparable books and articles, I understand that these people would kill me in a heartbeat, and it would be foolish of me to not be alert to the extreme danger they hold out to ALL non-Muslims around the world.

I understand that this is a difficult topic, and that it would be easier to call me a racist or a nut-job than to confront the topic head-on. I'm sorry that our world has evolved into such a state. But we cannot improve our world if we do not acknowledge its inherent dangers. Please assist me in raising awareness of Jihad. 9/11 was a terrorist attack based on the concept of Jihad--Muslims taking over the world and killing those who refuse to submit. There is nothing in their game plan that says "let's just do this once, and then stop and play checkers".

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Did the Conservative Fat Lady Sing?

During my years at Morgan Stanley, we had a good indicator of market tops and bottoms, based on client behavior patterns. I'm not going to itemize those patterns here. They're amusing, yes, but I would embarrass readers who've exhibited that behavior, and that's not my goal. Suffice it to say that when a market was bottoming--stocks, bonds, gold, etc.--we'd walk around the office asking each other, "Did the fat lady sing yet?"

And then one day, a client would call, all panicked, and liquidate their account because they couldn't take it anymore. But it would always be something absurd, like a bond client who couldn't handle the news about the stock market anymore, not realizing that they didn't own any stocks. They'd be in such a frenzy from talking to their friends and watching financial news shows, that there was no talking them out of it. So we'd cash in their bond portfolio--no matter how stupid that decision was, we were obligated to fulfill it. (We had a lot more leeway on saying "no" to stupid purchases, as a matter of fact, we were rather obligated to say "no" to those.)

After finishing the transaction, we'd visit the other brokers in the office and say, "The fat lady just sang!" Everybody would laugh, like "oh, here comes a good story", and then you'd recount what just took place. Several of us would have an outrageous client story of similar magnitude on the same day or two, and that's when we knew we'd passed the bottom of the market. If you were brave, you'd start buying. I was always brave. But that's another blog post. (Ask me about the bond market crash of '94. Even my fellow brokers thought I was nuts when I started buying Treasuries for all my clients.)

Back to politics, we've had a difficult season. The liberal candidate got elected. People have been scared. Their claws have come out. The MSM's been attacking commentators. The Republican leaders have been attacking commentators. Commentators have been attacking Republican leaders and the MSM. The President has acted like a rock star on tour for the express purpose of apologizing for our country's behavior. Citizens have been sitting on their couches watching their new President on television and trembling in their boots--especially our seniors who recall World War II.

Simultaneously, the grassroots activists have been pepping everybody up, holding Tea Parties, Twittering, going to protests and rallies, and encouraging voters that we can field candidates and win in 2010. Go Team Go!

Then last week, I received communications from three stalwart Republicans. Each of them threw their hands up in the air, griped about a lack of leadership, and announced that they're going to hang back now, stop participating, and wait for a leader to emerge. What I wanted to say was, "Okay then, I guess the leader is not YOU!" But that wouldn't be polite, and part of that comes from my disappointment in their behavior. I still love them. And then the fat lady came to mind, and I started to laugh.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Conservative Activism, June 2009

1. H.R. 676 is the House bill which promotes Single-Payer Healthcare. Single-payer is likely to destroy both our economy and the healthcare industry, in addition to shocking the America people by lowering our accustomed standard of healthcare. Read Canada’s ObamaCare Precedent by Dr. David Gratzer.

Most citizens are aware that Medicare and Medicaid are breaking America's financial back. How then will America afford a healthcare plan which covers all citizens? The answer is simple: dramatic increases in business and personal taxes combined with healthcare rationing and service denials, based on age, obesity, expense, and determinations of self-induced health problems (smoking, etc.). Payments to doctors will be drastically reduced, forcing medical offices to close. Wait lists for basic services will approach current Canadian healthcare extremes.

Read more articles: "The Ugly Truth About Canadian Healthcare" by Dr. David Gratzer and "Advice to Seniors: Beware of the Obama Health Plan" by Anthony G. Martin with the Columbia Conservative Examiner.

Take action! H.R. 676 has been assigned to several committees, so your best way to protest would be to ask your Congressman to vote no, and then ask various Democrat Congressmen to vote no. U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121.

Take additional action! AARP is not telling its membership about the dangers of Single Payer Healthcare. "Incoming AARP CEO A. Barry Rand contributed $8,900 to President Obama's campaign committees, federal records show." Contact your elder friends and relatives. Tell them about Single Payer Healthcare. Look up their legislators' contact info. Ask them whether they prefer fax, phone or email. Walk them through their first legislative contact. Lastly, encourage them to help a friend through this same process.

Take even more action! Visit; scroll halfway down to "Legislative Action Alerts" and click on the first entry: Keep Taxpayer-Funded Abortions out of Health Care Reform. Sign the letter to your U.S. legislators to keep taxpayer-funded abortion out of the Obama healthcare plan. The Susan B. Anthony List tells us, "President Obama stated that in his mind 'reproductive care is essential care, basic care, so it is at the center, the heart of the [health care] plan that I propose.' When asked for clarification later, an Obama spokesman said that reproductive care included abortion."

2. Jim Pfaff from the Colorado Judicial Network tells us that "hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation in the U.S. Senate have been set for the week of July 13-17. This is a very advanced schedule considering the volumes of information in her dossier which need to be waded through. GOP Senators object to the timing." Americans United for Life has researched Sotomayor's actions on abortion and life issues.

Take action! Contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your U.S. Senators (U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121). Ask them to allow more time before Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

Take additional action! If you do not wish for Judge Sotomayor to gain a position on the U.S. Supreme Court, make a second contact with your chosen Senators and say so. (Each topic should be covered in a separate contact.)

3. Please sign the petition from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation protesting the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a.k.a. Card Check. Card Check is an unprecedented Obama administration power-grab which will result in worker intimidation.

4. This entry comes from the South Denver 912 (Glenn Beck) Group:
H.R. 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This is the Energy Cap and Trade. It is in committee via extensions through June 19. Read comments from The Heritage Foundation. Please contact your representative and let them know that you oppose any energy cap and trade legislation.

This legislation is based on the faulty science behind the concept of man-made global warming. Tens of thousands of scientists refute that concept.

The cap-and-trade Carbon Tax is the largest tax increase in American history. Voters have been saddled with decades of future debt via the Stimulus Package. Stop incurring debt!

5. Continue to protest the Federal Hate Crimes Bill, S. 909, which has been sent back to the Judiciary Committee on June 16 for editing. 560,000 petitions protesting this bill were recently delivered to the Senate. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is taking a stand against this bill, which has been dubbed "The Pedophile Protection Act". Read the World Net Daily article.

Take action! Contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and your U.S. Senators
(U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121). Ask them to oppose S. 909, the Federal Hate Crimes bill.

Take additional action! Sign the petition.

6. 700 Open Borders proponents descended upon Washington, D.C. this month. They are pushing for an amnesty bill this summer. We need a counterattack by border-control enthusiasts. Please call or email your U.S. Senators and your Congressman and ask them to vote "no" on amnesty. U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121. Here's contact info for those in my congressional district:

U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)
Denver office 303-650-7820
U.S. Capitol office 202-224-5941 or toll-free 1-877-768-3255

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
U.S. Capitol office 202-224-5852
CO office 303-455-7600

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. (R-CO, District 6)
U.S. Capitol office 202-225-7882

Sign up for email alerts on illegal immigration issues.

To read one little example of how illegal immigrants are harming America, go to my early May blog post "The Illegal Alien Attack".

7. "Nashville Conference Exposing Radical Islam Shut Down" (read this article)

Take action! Phone or email the national Loews Hotels Vice President of Public Relations, Emily Goldfischer. Express your disapproval in the cancellation of the conference. Ms. Goldfischer can be reached at the following phone number and email address in New York: Phone: (212) 521-2833 Fax: (212) 521-2379 Email:

If Ms. Goldfischer is unreachable (which may be the case if enough of you take action!!) contact Ellen Gale, Vice President of Public Relations for the Loews Nashville Regional office at her contact information below. Ellen Gale Phone: (202) 587-2686 Email:

If you get through to either Ms. Goldfischer or Ms. Gale, or you receive an email reply, please let us know at

8. Read about ACORN and the 2010 Census. The liberal Obama administration combined with liberal ACORN will result in Congressional redistricting which favors liberal candidates.

Take action! Sign the petition protesting ACORN's partnership with the U.S. Census.

Take additional action! Please call or email your U.S. Senators and your Congressman and ask them to stop the U.S. Census from partnering with ACORN. U.S. Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121. Here's contact info for those in my congressional district:

U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)
Denver office 303-650-7820
U.S. Capitol office 202-224-5941 or toll-free 1-877-768-3255

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO)
U.S. Capitol office 202-224-5852
CO office 303-455-7600

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman. (R-CO, District 6)
U.S. Capitol office 202-225-7882

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

My Dad, the Activist

In the 1970's, my Dad taught me about activism. Dad spent 35 years as a reporter for Newsday on Long Island. In those days, reporters actually looked at the various facets of the news and reported their observations. Most of you remember that, eh?

Dad spent years on the night shift, and years writing obituaries. When my fifth grade teacher asked me what my Dad did for a living, I answered, "He writes obituaries at Newsday." The teacher laughed at me, quite loud, with a sarcastic tone. Jeez, I guess I said the wrong thing.

Later, as a teenager pawing through my Dad's dresser drawer, I found a medal in a velvet case. "What's this Dad?" "That's a Pulitzer Prize." "Why do you have this, Dad?" Turns out he'd won the damn thing as one of a group of reporters who wrote a series called "The Heroin Trail." (You can google it.) He wasn't the star reporter, but he wasn't writing obituaries anymore either. And if I hadn't found it in his dresser drawer, I wonder whether he would have ever told me that he had it. But I digress.

The Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) built the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant near the tip of Long Island. And Dad had a problem with that. That problem was called "no viable evacuation plan". There was no way that Long Island could possibly be safely evacuated in a timely manner if there were a nuclear accident. Dad was very involved with a No Nukes protest group. He even went to jail once during a peaceful demonstration. Newsday had to publish a disclaimer that his activities did not represent the opinion of the newspaper. I don't remember much of it, until the vivid description of Dad standing up at a hearing with blown-up photographs of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) during rush hour. He told them that if the LIE couldn't maintain reasonable traffic flow for much of a normal day, how on earth would it work if all the panicked citizens were leaving hurriedly at the same time during a nuclear meltdown? That moment was the beginning of the end of the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. LILCO sold the power plant to the state for $1.00. That's the last I ever heard about Shoreham.

Dad's activism seemed quite normal to me. He was a reporter, a dad, a little league umpire, an athlete, and a no-nukes activist.

Thirty years later, I became an activist after a relatively unpleasant and life-changing experience. (You can scroll down and read a tiny piece of it titled "The Illegal Alien Attack".) My forte seems to be getting voters psyched to participate in the activist and election processes. Everywhere I go, I meet people who are ready to register to vote, ready to start calling their legislators, ready to subscribe to my newsletter. I've met these people at the gardening store, at singing practice, at church, at the supermarket, in parades, in parking lots, while driving (!) and at the dry cleaner. I meet them on Facebook and Twitter. Strangers contact me via email and telephone. I ask them questions and give them ideas. We figure out how they'll fit in to the political process. I introduce them to people and organizations, and then I set them loose. When they return, they bring their friends, and I get those people launched into activism too.

Today I was chatting with Dad, and I mentioned the Obama administration. I usually have to be tentative on this topic, because this topic makes him really angry. But today Dad was a little bit calmer. I suggested to him that he put it on his calendar, every Monday, to contact his Senators and his Congressman. Ask them to vote "no" on some appalling piece of legislation that he'd read about over the weekend. And he said "okay"! My Dad is a creature of habit. He started exercising as a boy and never stopped. Golden Gloves boxing, baseball, weight lifting, running, karate, horseback riding. He currently ice skates three times per week. When my Dad says that he'll make those phone calls on Mondays, I know that he'll make those calls until he dies.

Thanks Dad. For everything.