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The The Highlands Tea Party relies on your generous donations to keep the candle of liberty burning while we work tirelessly to reign in our out of control government, educate our Patriots on the latest issues, Your donations allows us to bring in World Class speakers like Dennis Michael Lynch, "We Ride To DC", John Casey Author "Cold Sun"., Trevour Loudon "The Enemies within." Please send your checks to the address below, or click on the PayPal Donate button to donate with a credit card on with PayPal a protected transaction site used around the world. Donating by PayPal is Safe and Convenient

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HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY – Weekly Meeting for October 14, 2014 Homers Smorgasbord 6-8 PM

THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY
2014

Tuesday, October 28,  2014

HOMER’S RESTAURANT
1000 Sebring Sq. – Sebring, FL
5:00PM – Buffet
6:00PM – 8:00PM – Meeting

Come early enjoy a great  dinner during meeting of before.

(We are a non-partisan org, we do not endorse any candidates
Our mission is to educate the people on issues and candidates.)

Meeting schedule’s are subject to change please watch the
web page for changes

GUEST SPEAKER

DEXTER SANDERS

“GIVE ME LIBERTY MESSAGE OF FAITH”.

Evangelist Dexter Sanders, pastor of Orlando Rock,exhorts us to “get back to God” as he begins this patriotic evening of the Give Me Liberty tour. Calling us as a people and as a nation to recognize that our enemies have a plan to destroy us from within, he challenges us to stand up for what we believe. Mentioning 45 issues that undermine our culture and society, he points out that the enemy’s plan has been and is working to take away traditional American freedoms. This is the first of 5 messages by the Give Me Liberty tour group that can bring you to your feet!

 Up Coming Guest Speakers & Events

October 31, 3014 – Flag Wave 10-12 Boom Booms on Highway 27 This is a Get Out The Vote only, no political signs!
May she forever wave over the Land of The Free

 November 4, 2014 - ELECTION DAY - DO YOU DUTY  – GET OUT AND VOTE!

Vote 2014

November 11, 2014 – John Casey – Debunking Climate change
Mr. John L. Casey is a former White House space program advisor, consultant to NASA Headquarters, and space shuttle engineer. He is one of America’s most successful climate change researchers and climate prediction experts. Mr. Casey is the leading advocate in the US for a national and international plan to prepare for the next climate change to one of a dangerous cold climate era.

November 18, 2014 – Jonathan Matusitz – Symbolism in Terrorism

Memorial Service for Theodore (Ted ) Romer
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 11AM
Place: Temple Israel of Highlands County
1305 Temple Israel Drive
Sebring, FL 33870

November 25, 2014
Representative Debbie Mayfield –  Representative Mayfield will talk about her state wide initiative to eliminate Common Core in Florida.
Jake MacAulay –  High School American Club Debunking Common Core

 Phone Banking & Canvassing

Come on out, join the fun, there is room for more, let’s get involved, free dinner or
Breakfast, camaraderie with your fellow patriots, a chance to meet the many patriots
of Sebring, Fl. What more can you ask for?

THIS IS A MUST WIN ELECTION FOR THE REPUBLICANS & CONSERVATIVES IF
WE EVER WANT A CHANCE TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK PLEASE GET INVOLVED

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

  •  Beef O’ Brady’s – Wednesday, October , 22nd
    Phone bank – 3:00 -5 PM

    Dinner provided 5-6 PM. 

  • “Highlands Tea Party Door Knocks For Liberty”  Friday October 24th
    RSVP For Meetup Location
    Tina Altic – 954-240-9999

  • Saturday October 25, 2014- Canvass -
    Breakfast  Jimmy the Greeks
    Canvass- 9:30-1:30PM
    Canvass-4:00-8:00PM

    RSVP Tina at 954-240-9999 for meetup place
    Please come out and join other like-minded individuals who hold their
    FREEDOM very dear in these trying times!!!
    Thanks,

    For  information on Phone Banks & Canvassing campaigns please contact:
    Tina Altic – 954-240-9999

  •  CVA Concerned Veterans for America Phone Bank
    Friday October 24th, 5-8 PM at Homers
    Let’s get a good turnoout, these will be the last calls we make and
    we need to get as many people as we can out to vote.

CURRENT NATIONAL PETITIONS & POLLS

Updated 09/12/2014

Click on links to sign letters/petitions

  • RESOURCEFUL EARTH TEAM – Stop EPA Now HELP REIGN IN THE EPA!09/12
    Stop EPA Now HELP REIGN IN THE EPA!
    If the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is successful in denying Pebble the right to even submit a permit application to undergo state and federal review, it sets a precedent that the EPA can kill any project in the U.S. at any time. This would give the EPA control over the American economy. ​Please take 30 seconds to sign our petition and send a message to the EPA asking them to stand down and reconsider their preemptive action.
    ​SIGN OUR PETITION TO THE EPA, Click on blue link above:
  • ACLJ – DEFEND CHRISTIANS AND ISRAEL; CONFRONT JIHAD -09/06

HEADLINE NEWS 2014

HEADLINE NEWS
Week of October 20 – October 18, 2014

Stay current with the latest News around the Nation and the World

Click on Blue/Red (Critical) Headline for the story 

  • THE DAILY SIGNAL – HERITAGE – Government Spends $1 Million to Study ‘Subversive Propaganda’ Online  -10/23
    Should the same federal government that improperly denied conservatives tax-exempt status and sought to investigate newsrooms now be tracking the Twitter hashtag #teaparty? Should it be the arbiter of what constitutes “misinformation” online or attempt to reduce “subversive propaganda”?  Well, the bureaucracy thinks the answer to all those questions should be yes–and it has already sunk $1 million in the effort.

  • THE HILL – Dems: Pelosi isn’t going anywhere – -10/22
    House Democrats face long odds at the polls and are bracing for depleted numbers next year, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) just yet.  Democrats on and off Capitol Hill expect Pelosi to remain as leader regardless of the outcome on Election Day. Pelosi, true to form, has been elusive about her post-election intentions, saying she’s focused on Nov. 4 without thoughts beyond.

  • BRIEBART – ISIS Video: America’s Air Dropped Weapons Now in Our Hands 10/21
    In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control.  At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani.  An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made Howitzer cannons and seizing marijuana fields in Syria.  ISIS had broadly advertised its acquisition of a broad range of U.S.-made weapons during its rampage across Iraq. ISIS videos have showed its fighters driving U.S. tanks, MRAPs, Humvees. There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered.

  • WND – CROWD OF DEMOCRATS WALKS OUT ON OBAMA - 10/20
    During an appearance for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, who is running for governor of Maryland, “early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity,” reported Reuters.  “A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke,” the wire service noted, “and a heckler interrupted his remarks.”

  • THE HILL – McConnell seeks clean slate for Republican majority in Senate 10/20/2014 – 10/20
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session so Senate Republicans will have a clean slate at the start of 2015 if they control the upper chamber.

  • WND – ISRAEL SNUBS OBAMA PLEA FOR PERSONNEL IN EBOLA ZONE10/17
    The U.S. may be willing to send its finest, the soldiers in its military, to Liberia to fight Ebola, but not Israel.  According to a report on Twitchy, America’s best ally in the Middle East for generations has refused to go along with a request from Samantha Power, America’s U.N. ambassador.  The reports have pointedly noted that the U.S. cut off flights to Israel over the recent military activity on the part of Hamas, but has continued to provide flight connections to the Ebola-stricken West Africa.  “There’s a little buzz today on this story reporting that Israel has turned down a request from Samantha Power and the United States to provide medical assistance and personnel to Ebola-stricken countries in Africa,” the report said.

  • NEWSMAX – Ebola Chaos Adds to Obama’s Woes - 10/15
    Wrapped around all of this is new, emerging chaos surrounding the nation’s response to Ebola. An increasing number of Americans believe that the government’s response to the spread of this deadly virus is more about preserving “open borders” and political correctness than about preventing the illness spreading to the United States. The claim by the CDC director that a travel ban would somehow make the situation worse seems to most illogical and, in light of recent events, just plain dumb.

  • THE HILL – List: Lawmakers backing travel ban10/15
    Pressure is building on President Obama to ban flights to West African nations that are battling Ebola as concerns mount about the disease spreading in the United States.  Administration officials have resisted a flight ban thus far, arguing it would make it harder to deliver relief supplies to the countries where the virus is rampant.But lawmakers in growing numbers are pushing Obama to reverse course, and polls show the idea has strong public support. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says a flight ban is something Obama should consider, adding that the president already has the authority he would need to put such restrictions in place.

  • CONSERVATIVE BYTE – Obama: I Hugged And Kissed Ebola Healthcare Workers -Real Smart thing to do? – 10/15
    Obama said, “I want to use myself as an example so people have a sense of the science here. I shook hands with, hugged, and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients.  –  NOTE: Little does he realize that they are still within the 21 day incubation period after having treated the patient?

  • NEWSMAX – Boehner: Ban Flights From West Africa to Stop Ebola Spread10/15
    House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday joined a rising number of Republicans in calling on the Obama administration to ban west African travel to help stop the spread of Ebola. “A temporary ban on travel to the United States from countries afflicted with the virus is something that the president should absolutely consider, along with any other appropriate actions as doubts about the security of our air travel systems grow,” the Ohio Republican said.

  • GodFather Politics – “What Do You Think Would Happen if We Burned a Koran on Tonight’s Show”?10/14
    The discussion about Islam with Ben Affleck and Sam Harris on Bill Maher’s show is still making waves. Journalist Nicholas Kristof also took part in the discussion, backing up Affleck.  Both Harris and Maher are atheists. Even so, they shot down Affleck’s claim that Christianity is also a violent religion comparable to or maybe even worse than Islam.  Harris also got attacked by Affleck for this comment:    “We have to be able to criticize bad ideas, and Islam is the Mother lode of bad ideas.”

  • THE HILL – White House: Strategy against ISIS militants is ‘succeeding’Any more good jokes out there? 10/14The White House said Tuesday that its strategy to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “succeeding,” despite gains the terror group has made in recent days that have raised criticisms about the administration’s approach. “We’re in the early days of the execution of that strategy,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said of the administration’s use of airstrikes against ISIS. “But certainly the early evidence indicates that this strategy is succeeding.”
    ISIS has gained ground in both Iraq and Syria.
  • DICK MORRIS – Dems Using False Flag Strategy To Steal Senate10/13
    Failing to persuade voters to support their discredited agenda, Democrats are now determined to use a false flag strategy to advance in stealth to steal a Senate majority. Masquerading as Independents in four key Senate races, Democratic candidates are embracing a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing tactic to fool voters into believing that they are not the party hack/rubber stamps they truly are. By pretending that they are Independents, they can take power and help Obama implement his plan to create a one party government in the U.S. 
    Were these “Independent” Democrats true Independents, their presence in our national politics would be welcome. But they are not. If elected, they would each meekly cast their ballots for Harry Reid to be Majority Leader and form a tame part of his bloc that controls the Senate.

  • THE HILL – Pentagon: Climate change a national security threatAre you kidding me? – 10/13
    The Pentagon is integrating climate change threats into all of its “plans, operations, and training” across the entire Defense Department, signaling a comprehensive attempt to tackle the impacts of global warming.  In a 20-page Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap released on Monday, the Pentagon details its strategic blueprint to address climate change, calling it a “threat multiplier” that has the power to “exacerbate” many of the challenges the U.S. faces today, including “infectious diseases and terrorism.”  “Among the future trends that will impact our national security is climate change,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel writes in the report’s introduction.

  • THE HILL – Dems want White House shakeup - 10/12
    President Obama needs to shake up his White House staff to give new life to his presidency, top Democratic strategists and former White House veterans say.  They argue Obama needs an infusion of talent if he hopes to recover over his final two years in office.  One prominent party strategist said Obama “should take a flamethrower to his office.”  “He needs dramatic change — it’s not even a debatable point,” the strategist said. “The general consensus that the president is surrounded by people who do him more harm than good because they are more focused on pleasing him than they are challenging him or proposing a different course.”

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OH My God Obama Lied Again? – Headline – Angst grows over Obama’s plans for action on immigration

Angst grows over Obama’s plans for action on immigration

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By Justin Sink – 10/23/14 06:00 AM EDT

Angst over President Obama’s post-election plans on immigration is growing amid revelations that the Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a procurement request for as many as 34 million work permits and green cards.  The solicitation, discovered by Breitbart News, says bidders must be able to produce at least 4 million cards annually over a five year contract and “surge” to provide as many as 9 million documents in the early years of the contract.

That would far exceed current levels at which both documents are issued by the federal government, prompting Republicans to speculate the Obama administration is readying a sprawling executive order that could offer legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.  “This revelation provides startling confirmation of the crisis facing our Republic,” said Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) “The president is preparing to issue work authorization and ‘legal’ status to millions of individuals illegally present in the country, in violation of plain statute.”

The Alabama lawmaker added that the executive action looked poised to “nullify the immigration laws of the United States and its sovereign people.”

Similar speculation has lit up the conservative blogosphere, with many seeing it as an early sign of the administration’s plans after the midterm elections.  Bob Dane, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, told Watchdog.org the president appears “to be getting his ducks in a row” before offering amnesty to illegal immigrants.

“It’s another petulant display of contempt of Congress,” he said.

President Obama postponed action on immigration until after the election, saying he was worried that acting in the summer could politicize the issue. The move was also seen as a gift to vulnerable Senate Democrats who were worried executive action could motivate Republican voters to turn out at the polls.  But the White House on Wednesday insisted suggestions the procurement order was a precursor to the president’s executive action were “crazy” and “too clever.”  “The fact of the matter is, there are still decisions to be made about what that policy will entail, and when we’re ready to announce that policy, we will announce it,” press secretary Josh Earnest said. “What I would caution you against doing is making assumptions about what will be in those announcements based on the procurement practices of the Department of Homeland Security.”

USCIS said in a statement that asking contractors to prepare for contingencies was not unusual, and noted that similar provisions were baked into other contracts bid by the agency.

“Solicitations of this nature are frequent practice for all USCIS contracts and allow the agency to be prepared for fluctuations in the number of immigration applications received, which can arise for any number of reasons,” USCIS spokesman Chris Bently said in a statement.  The federal government typically uses such provisions to keep costs down in case of unforeseen circumstances. In recent months, “surge” provisions have been included in USCIS solicitations for contractors to provide security at facilities across the country or administrative support for the agency’s file management systems.

And many stories on the procurement request have overstated how many individuals could access the identification cards, even if the president did take sweeping action.  Work permits, which cover nonresidents who are granted permission to work in the United States on temporary visas, like those for high-tech or skilled workers, are issued annually.

That means a single recipient could receive up to five work permits over the life of the contract. And the USCIS already processed 862,000 such cards over the first six months of the year.  The contract also covers green cards, which are offered to immigrants who have been legally granted permanent residency. The U.S. issues a maximum of 480,000 green cards per year.  But those figures are still substantially less than the maximums mandated in the request for proposal, and those suspicious of the president’s motives say it remains an unambiguous signal that the president plans sweeping action on immigration.

Support for executive action on immigration does not poll as well as immigration legislation approved by Congress, and the White House has offered no specifics on its post-election plans.  An Economist/YouGov survey released earlier this month showed 53 percent of Americans disapproved of the president’s handling of immigration — worse than any other policy issue.  Still, senior presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast earlier this year that Obama would proceed with a “very significant” executive action.

And the president himself has hinted that he could look to expand access to work visas and green cards.  Business and immigration organizations have presented the White House with a proposal that would dramatically expand the green card program for high-tech workers and the relatives of existing U.S. citizens and permanent residents.  They’ve suggested altering how the federal government issues green cards and specialty visas. Rather than counting each individual family member against the overall cap, the government could instead only count the head of a family — and not siblings, spouses or children.

During a town hall with technology entrepreneurs in Los Angeles earlier this month, the president suggested such a plan might be within the realm of possibility.  “I will use all the executive authority that I legally have in order to make fixes in some of the system,” Obama said. “And that includes potentially making the H1B system that is often used by tech companies and some of the other elements of our legal immigration system more efficient, so we can encourage more folks to stay here.”

‘Calibration error’ changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois county

Published October 22, 2014watchdog.org
CHICAGO — Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Moynihan offered this gracious lesson to his followers on Twitter: “Be careful when you vote in Illinois. Make sure you take the time to check your votes before submitting.”

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.

“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”

IF YOU BELIEVE THST FILMSY EXCUSE, I HAVE A BRIDGE OVER THE ATLANTIC TO SELL

Navy Grounds Top Guns

Navy Grounds Top Guns

 

Navy Grounds Top Guns
The F/A-18s needs spare parts and in too many cases they’re being taken from brand new jets. This is a risk to national security and pilots’ lives.
The U.S. Navy’s elite cadre of fighter pilots—made famous by Top Gun—are not flying nearly often as they would like. Instead, many of the Navy’s elite Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter squadrons are sitting on the ground with only two or three flyable jets available. The rest of the jets are awaiting maintenance for want of critical spare parts—and some of those parts are being cannibalized from brand new jets in an increasingly vain attempt to keep squadrons flying.

“It’s pretty bad, ” said one veteran F/A-18 fighter pilot. “Some squadrons have found it difficult to keep more than a few jets up, while other squadrons are spending a tremendous amount of operational time away from home base, creating what Air Boss has called ‘the haves and the have nots.’”

The ‘have not’ units are those squadrons based at home in the United States that are not immediately preparing to deploy. The ‘haves’ are those either flying combat missions over Iraq and Syria or those from high-priority areas like the elite Japan-based units that are always kept at a very high level of readiness thanks to China and North Korea.

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Charlie Crist: ‘Worth It’ if Jobs Lost Over Min. Wage Hike

Charlie Crist: ‘Worth It’ if Jobs Lost Over Min. Wage Hike

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 06:30 AM
By Elliot Jager

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, in a third and final debate with Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday, said “it’s worth it” to risk losing jobs in the state in order to raise the minimum wage, CNN reported.

CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper, who moderated the Jacksonville debate, asked Crist specifically what he would say to the Florida business owner who said that she would have to lay off one of her 17 employees if the minimum wage was raised: “It’s worth it,” was Crist’s reply.

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Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It mona rose mona rose

Published on Jul 6, 2013
The story of how our national anthem came to be. This is a story every American should hear. It’s a little lengthy, but I’m sure it’ll be worth your time.

It took me awhile to make this. Towards the end I started getting lazy, so that’s why it may not be as great as the rest of the video. Enjoy anyways though :)

Oh yeah, and sorry about the typos in the anthem.

*I don’t own the audio or pics and the flag video that I used towards the end belongs to FarWestTexas.

Dan Peterson – Property Rights – Stephen Flanagan-Concerned Veterans for America State Director

Published on Oct 21, 2014

Dan Peterson Executive Director Coalition for Property Rights

History documents the United States of America was founded upon the protection of private property rights. This principle, along with the other guarantees promised in our Constitution, and the rule of law laid the foundation for American prosperity and exceptionalism.

Sadly, over the past few decades, there has been a steady erosion of these fundamental tenets of our nation…Florida’s Amendment 1 is an extension of Agenda 21 the United Nations One World Order that wants to take away property rights of individuals.
State and Counties are working with an organization called ICLEI is the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, or Local Governments for Sustainability. these NGO grooups are commonly known as Florida Seven 50, 20/30 or 20/60 plans. Maurice Strong of the U.N and one of Agenda 21 founders says this: “…high meat intake, consumption of large amounts of frozen and convenience foods, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work place air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” . “Suburban Housing” i.e private property.. Strong does not want any country to have a Constitution: “It is not feasible for sovereignty to be exercised unilaterally by individual nation states.”

VOTE *NO* ON AMENDMENT ONE

BACHMANN UNDER 24/7 GUARD AFTER ISIS THREAT

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

WASHINGTON – The danger posed by ISIS to Americans has come to the homeland for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a national publication may be making the ominous threat even worse.

Politico has reported federal officials are taking an online threat to the congresswoman so seriously she in now under 24-hour protection by a security detail.

However, Politico may be adding fuel to the fire by incorrectly reporting that the congresswoman had called on President Obama to declare war on Islam.

“Bachmann has been publicly critical of not only ISIL, but also Islam, calling on President Obama to declare war on the religion during a speech at the conservative Value Voters Summit at the end of September,” reported Politico.

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8 Ways the Federal Government is Blocking Information

Posted by Anne Reiner on October 15, 2014
If you’re still unsure whether or not federal government abuses its power, this list from Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee will convince you.

The following are eight ways the current administration is making it hard for journalists to find information and cover the news:

1. As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it.

2. The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer.

3. Guantanamo: The big important 9/11 trial is finally coming up. But we aren’t allowed to see most court filings in real time — even of nonclassified material.

4. Information about Guantanamo that was routinely released under President George W. Bush is now kept secret.

5. Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired.

6. One of the media — and public’s — most important legal tools, the Freedom of Information Act, is under siege. Requests for information under FOIA have become slow and expensive.

7. The administration uses FOIAs as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing.

8. The administration is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out. The FBI has directed local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology the police departments use to sweep up cellphone data.

Click here to see the full list from the Associated Press.

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Here’s where Rick Scott, Charlie Crist stand on issues

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Ocober 18, 2014

TALLAHASSEE — Behind the noise of Florida’s nastiest gubernatorial contest in recent memory, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist disagree on a range of issues near and dear to voters’ hearts.

Here’s a breakdown on where they stand:

Economy

Scott and Crist have argued over who’s to blame for the Great Recession and the credit for Florida’s slow-but-steady recovery. But beyond that, they have both proposed jobs plans.

He also says he’ll have a “laser focus on the Space Coast,” which has lost jobs since the space shuttle was mothballed. Crist also has pledged to kick-start the high-speed-rail project between Orlando and Tampa that Scott scrapped in 2011.

Scott has pledged a $1 billion tax-cutting plan but says he’ll unveil the details after the election.

The cuts would appear to heavily tilt toward reducing business and communications services taxes yet again.

He also backs the All Aboard Florida commuter-train project connecting Orlando to Miami. Crist has been less committal on that project, with Democrats calling it a boondoggle steered in part by Scott’s chief of staff.

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AMERICA IN DECLINE – Frank De Verona

Frank De Varona presented tis talk at the
Highlands Tea Party on September 9th, 2014.

DOES GOP REALLY HAVE 96% CHANCE OF TAKING SENATE?

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WASHINGTON – At first glance, the numbers seem almost too good to believe, for hopeful Republicans.

In fact, the blaring headlines are startling, and they come from sources not known for pushing GOP fortunes.

The Washington Post’s election model gives Republicans a 96 percent chance of winning the Senate.
The New York Times predicts there is a 71 percent chance Republicans will retake the Senate.
And, the highly respected data-analysis website FiveThirtyEight gives the GOP a 61 percent chance.
If the GOP wants to roll back what it regards as President Obama’s attempt to fundamentally transform America, the party must retake power: the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

The House looks secure for the GOP, where analysts predict it will keep, and maybe even increase, its majority. Attention is now riveted on the Senate, where 35 seats are up for election on Nov. 4., and Republicans must make a net gain of six seats to achieve a majority over Democrats.

And, suddenly, the prize of Senate control appears tantalizingly close for Republicans.

Helping fuel the GOP momentum is the president’s nosedive in the polls.

In 2009, Newsweek editor at large Evan Thomas called Obama “sort of a God. ” But the publication that nearly deified the president was singing a much different tune last week: “What is certain is that the president remains a drag for his party. He’s barely been invited to campaign with members. His role in the race is as a punching bag for Republicans and as an off-camera fund-raiser for Democrats.”

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Dr. Jerry Merckel – The Classical Charter School

CLASSICAL CHARTER SCHOOLS
Dr. Merckel left the University of North Florida (UNF) on July 11, 2014 to pursue Classical Charter Schools. At UNF he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering along with Director of the UNF Innovation Program, Associate Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and Chair of the Department of Construction Management.

Dr. Merckel’s presentation is about the Educational System and how we can finally do something about it instead of just beating our heads against the wall. A new program has been formed to help local groups form a Classical Charter School in their community. Classical Charter Schools are not private. They are part and parcel of the local school system. They pay us to provide the school. Classical schools advance the ideals of Liberty, something our schools are not doing now.

Ron Edwards presenting at the Highlands TEa Party September 30, 2014

 

Video is 1 Hour 26 Minutes in length.

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