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THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY WEEKLY MEETING APRIL 15, 2014 – 6-8 PM

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April 15, 2014

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For Earth, For Humanity, For Freedom

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Just Released April 5th, 2014, “A Landmark Film, you do not want to miss this one!

For decades the Green Movement has claimed that Earth is threatened by the activity and even the existence of mankind. Green policies dictate that the noble response is relinquishing our liberties to “save” the planet from peril. This film challenges these Green philosophies, and explores issues like Carbon emissions, Climate change, Over-population, Natural resources, and unmasks the UN’s Agenda 21 plan. BLUE cast a bold new vision: that through greater freedom we can realize a fuller potential for our fellow man and this beautiful blue planet we call home.  58 minutes in length

“Blue will change the anti-human, anti-freedom, anti-science radical GREEN direction we’ve been heading”            Curtis Bowers, Director of “Agenda: Grinding America Down

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A pro-life group appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court over its right to post billboards that highlighted the pro-abortion vote of a congressman isn’t sitting idle as it awaits a ruling.

The Susan B. Anthony List already is taking the message to voters in at least three more largely conservative-leaning states.

The message is that the senators, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, supported funding abortions through their Obamacare votes.

The Democrat lawmakers are facing high hurdles in their re-election campaigns in states where abortion funding is a concern of voters. Already, in this election year, Democrats are hindered by a stagnant economy, massive new taxes, a failed foreign policy and scandals linked to the White House that could cost them control of the Senate.

The SBA List said it is highlighting through the billboards the Democrats’ support of “taxpayer funded abortion by voting for the Affordable Care Act.”

“The law, known as Obamacare, provides new federal tax subsidies that will finance elective abortion coverage for millions of women, expands state Medicaid program coverage of elective abortion for millions of women in dozens of states, and uses federal funds to finance elective abortion coverage for members of Congress and their staff,” the SBA List said.

In its Supreme Court case, Susan B. Anthony List v. Steven Driehaus, the organization is  making a First Amendment challenge to Ohio’s “false statement” law.

In 2010, the SBA List tried to put up billboards to educate then-Congressman Driehaus’ constituents about his vote in support of taxpayer-funded abortion but was prevented from doing so because of the Ohio law. The SBA List was also threatened with prosecution if it engaged in similar speech about Driehaus or other candidates in Ohio.

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser noted Driehaus initially opposed Obamacare because it did not contain specific language preventing the funding of abortion.

“That never changed and to this very day, Americans are still fighting the expansion of taxpayer funding of abortion brought about by the overhaul,” Dannenfelser said.

But Driehaus brought the complaint after news that he changed his vote to support Obamacare, arguing he didn’t think Obamacare funded abortion.

State officials, citing a law that “criminalizes ‘false’ political speech” and lets state bureaucrats decide what is true and what is false, banned the billboards. SBA List was threatened with prosecution if it engaged in similar speech about Driehaus or other candidates.

Separately, the SBA List won a case with Driehaus in which he filed a defamation lawsuit alleging SBA List cost him his job and a “loss of livelihood.” A district court held that SBA List’s statements about Driehaus’ vote on Obamacare were not defamatory.

About the newest billboards, Dannenfelser said: “Senators Hagan, Landrieu and Pryor betrayed the unborn and their pro-life constituents by voting for Obamacare, which uses tax dollars to fund elective abortion.

“Research both from the Charlotte Lozier Institute and the Kaiser Foundation found that millions of women will gain elective abortion coverage under Obamacare through the Medicaid expansion and new federal premium subsidies,” she said.

“Since 2010, we have fought for our right to tell the truth about the abortion funding problems in Obamacare and expose the legislators who supported it. The U.S. Supreme Court will consider our right to do just that later this month. In the meantime, we cannot be silent. Our founders braved the threat of the gallows so that we would not have to fear speaking our true convictions.”


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/billboards-haunt-candidates-with-obamacare-vote/#EzdfTDjCI9wi82si.99

Investigator: BLM’s Surrender at Bundy Ranch is a Strategic De-escalation to Hoodwink the People

Date: Saturday, 12 April 2014
Time: 1840 ET
To: Steve Quayle
From Doug Hagmann

At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public. This source stated that the retreat of the BLM agents and the release of the cattle was actually crafted as a potential plan yesterday (Friday, 11 April 2014) based on the following:

1. A military assessment of satellite and drone surveillance imagery of the “patriot resistance. Drones under the control of the U.S. military were in use, taking real-time photographic images of not just the activity at the ranch, but “identifying the protesters, any arms and any supplies they might have or be carrying. “Mission accomplished.”
2. Real-time communication intercepts between patriots on-site and their off-site support;
3. Active monitoring of internet traffic regarding the coverage of events at ranch;
4. The monitoring of real-time video from the scene.

This source stated that a response by the patriot movement was anticipated, although exceeded their expectations. Although this was a real operation, they also ran this as a test case for future government operations once they saw the response. They were also actively managing the media, in some cases threatening to cut off White House access to anyone covering the event.

Despite this, the coverage by the alternative media began to create a public relations problem that was not easily managed. Note the lack of acknowledgment by the White House regarding this event. They are intentionally framing it as a state issue, despite the fact that all federal response has been and continues to be from the White House. There is a reason for this – a reason that has not been identified in any of the public reports to date. I will explain in further detail in a follow-up report on Sunday, after this source attends [redacted] to obtain more specific information about future federal operations. Regardless, according to this source, the government will take back ‘their land’ as they must to fulfill international obligations. It was never about grazing rights or anything other than (1) “securing clear title” to the land, and (2) further demonizing any patriotic resistance. It is my understanding, based on the information from this source, that it is a critical task to create a situation that will also advance their agenda of gun control and confiscation.

A more detailed report will follow on Sunday, 13 April 2014, with additional and much more specific information about their inside plans and future operations. PLEASE MAKE THIS VIRAL!
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/04/investigator-blms-standoff-bundy-ranch-surrender-strategic-de-escalation-hoodwink-people/#HjrS1XjWE3DHx81a.99

Fort Hood post mortem: Crisis in psych testing

The Army terminated its psychological testing contract at Fort Hood, Texas, only seven months before Spc. Ivan Lopez’s eight-minute shooting rampage that left Lopez and three other soldiers dead and 16 more wounded on April 2, WND has learned.

Instead, Fort Hood – one of the largest military installations in the world and the primary hub for deploying U.S. soldiers overseas – has been using free tests it finds on the Internet to evaluate soldiers’ psychological health and only employs a single neuropsychologist to treat up to 500 soldiers a month.

And while the post’s traumatic brain injury clinic has a brand-new hot tub in storage, it receives little money to test soldiers for psychological trauma.

The senior neuropsychologist in charge of Fort Hood’s outpatient psychiatry clinic – who resigned from his position only two months ago – tells WND the post has insufficient resources to treat soldiers seeking psychological help, including:

  • Inferior testing and evaluation procedures,
  • Lack of adequate funding for clinic services,
  • Senior mental health professionals forced into retirement by the Army,
  • Months-long wait times for soldiers seeking evaluation and treatment for psychological conditions,
  • Only one trained clinical neuropsychologist for more than 50,000 soldiers

Lopez, who had been assigned to Fort Hood in February, was in treatment for anxiety and depression, among other health problems, and was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder, Army officials said. Lopez claimed to have suffered a traumatic brain injury while he was deployed to Iraq from August to December 2011.

Army Secretary John McHugh, the U.S. Army’s top civilian official, said, “His records show no wounds, no involvement – direct involvement – in combat.” While it remains unclear whether Lopez actually suffered from the condition, a congressional report revealed confirmed traumatic brain injury cases skyrocketed among Army soldiers in 2011 – reaching nearly 21,000 cases in that year alone, almost five times pre-war levels.

Soldiers ‘lined up’ for psychological screening

Maj. (Dr.) C. Alan Hopewell, now retired

Dr. C. Alan Hopewell, was a senior neuropsychologist in the Department of the Army and prescribing psychologist who served as officer in charge of Fort Hood’s Traumatic Brain Injury clinic and Resilience and Restoration Center. Hopewell, who was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was the first prescribing psychologist to ever serve in a combat theater. He retired from the Army as a major in 2010 and continued to treat soldiers from the post’s outpatient psychiatry clinic until the beginning of this year.

He worked on Fort Hood at the same time as Army psychiatrist and Islamist Maj. Nidal Hasan, who called himself a “mujahedeen,” or holy warrior. On Nov. 5, 2009, Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar!” (“Allah is greater!”) and brutally murdered 14 people (including an unborn baby) and injured 32.

Hopewell, who said he hadn’t evaluated Lopez for treatment, told WND his personal horror stories of urging leadership to hire more mental health personnel as the Resilience and Restoration Center was being inundated with soldiers requesting evaluation.

“By spring of 2007, with the re-deployment of the 4th Infantry Division, we had soldiers literally lying on the grass and lined up outside the building as the waiting room was full and they could not be seen for service,” he explained.

The Resilience and Restoration Center was busier than the Army hospital emergency room in 2007, exceeding 300 patient encounters every day, he said. In many cases, he was forced to send patients more than two hours away from the military post, to Dallas and San Antonio, for treatment.

Soldiers and veterans who have, or who claim to have, a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, must often be evaluated by specially trained clinical neuropsychologists. Hopewell said now there is only one neuropsychologist doing testing on Fort Hood in the TBI clinic. There are only about 203 of them at any time on active service with the Army Medical Command, which covers five regions in the U.S. and Europe.

WND requested comment from Fort Hood but had received no response at the time of this repor


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/fort-hood-post-mortem-crisis-in-psych-testing/#2jHp66vjC5dvIGFK.99

Hillary Cancels Appearance What Difference Does it Make

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Is it not inconcievable to you that a Muslim terror attack, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, that resulted in the death of four Americans, would not only go uninvestigated but also unpunished as well? That is exactly what the Obama White House is doing. President Obama and then-Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton allowed a Muslim terror attack against the US Consulate in Libya to occur unchallenged, whil they watched it in real-time on White House satellite feedsThen Obama started firing staff to perpetuate the coverup.

The difference matters: Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 – but she’s cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San Diego locals and military families.

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Protestors organized by “The Difference Matters” do not want the former U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton’s role in the Benghazi scandal.

She is not welcome here in San Diego by so many of us.  We don’t want her here,” said Jan Iverson, a local mother and protestor.

“Pat Smith lost her son, Sean Smith, during an attack in Benghazi and plans to be at the center of the protest,” Fox reports.

Hillary Clinton testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013, “What difference…does it make?” when she was questioned about the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi. Hence, the group’s name: “The Difference Matters.”

Mary Kafka, one of the women organizing the protest rally, said that Clinton’s change of plans will not stop the protest from happeningDaily Caller reports.

Clinton will now appear by satellite instead of in-person. 700 people were expected to attend. Clinton’s office says she changed plans because of scheduling issues. The protest will take place at the San Diego Convention Center April 11 at 9:30 a.m. source – CNS News

Obama Administration Land Grab – Obama at it again to shut down Oil and Gas exploration

Leaked Memo Uncovers Obama Administration Land Grab

 

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Colorado is on the front lines of federal land acquisition, fighting to keep the federal government out of our backyard on multiple fronts.

Senator Jim DeMint took to the pages of theWashington Post this morning to raise the alarm about a planned, 10 million acre Western land grab by the Obama administration.

A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job- creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that’s essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers.

President Obama could enact the plans in this memo with just the stroke of a pen, without any input from the communities affected by it.

The leaked document lists 17 sites in 11 states that could be designated as national monuments through the federal Antiquities Act. Over 380,000 acres in Colorado are designated in the memo under the heading “Prospective Conservation Designation.”

The memo was leaked by a Department of Interior official to Utah Congressman Bob Bishop.

According to the memo, around 380,000 acres of BLM and private land in Colorado would be subject to a “conservation designation” under the National Monument designation of the 1906 Antiquities Act. The Vermillion Basin, northwest of Craig, and the Alpine Triangle near Ouray are listed in the memo. This designation would close the areas off to multi-use activities including, mining, hunting, grazing, oil and gas development and other recreational activities.

The Vermillion Basin in Northwest Colorado may be closed to multiple use activities and oil and gas development.

“President Obama spoke last month at his State of the Union address about the need to use America’s natural resources. It does not make much sense to recognize the need to put America’s vast stores of energy resources to use, and then work to limit access to them. Especially in this economy,” said Alan Foutz, President of Colorado Farm Bureau.

The memo shows that the goal of the designations is to limit multiple use activities and the potential development from oil and gas companies. It says all kinds of animals would be better off under the designation, like the coyotes, badgers, prairie dogs, elk, deer and pronghorn.

“”Deer and elk populations are thriving and we in Colorado don’t need help from the federal government in order to manage them effectively,” added Foutz.

Citing the “unique landscape” and “scenic qualities” the memo notes that the vermillion basin is “currently under threat of oil and gas development, which will forever alter the region.”

Deer and elk are thriving all over Colorado, living happily alongside oil and gas development.

In Nevada, the Obama administration might make another monument in the Heart of the Great Basin because it, supposedly, is a “center of climate change scientific research.”

Interior staffers also note in the report that the Alpine Triangle carries about 25,000 acres of patented mining claims that could be used to support backcountry cabins and second home development, which would “threaten the landscape.”

A Potential Fix

Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) is introducing legislation, H.R. 4716 , with  Congressman Mike Coffman (CO-06) that would safeguard Colorado from arbitrary presidential monument designations and ensure that all future national monument designations only occur through an open and transparent process that includes input from local officials, residents, and stakeholders.

America’s Suicide Pact with Communism

America’s Suicide Pact with Communism

By Alan Caruba
 
It was a Founder and our second President, John Adams, who said “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
He was right and I am sure he would be appalled to know that the Constitution has since been interpreted to permit the murder of the unborn or that the ancient definition of marriage has been trashed to permit people of the same sex to “marry.” The legalization and use of marijuana is a further sign of decline.
These and other elements of the values expressed and expected by the Founders are eating away at the present and future of the United States of America. The Supreme Court was created to rule on what the Constitution’s actual words say and mean, not on the passing aspirations of generations who have abandoned the fundamental principles of the remarkable government it created.
The Constitution represents a federal government that was granted limited powers. The rest were retained by the States, but Communism and Socialism are based on a strong central government, one ruled by an elite class of intellectuals to oversee all elements of the economy and to set the rules by which everyone must live even if they conflict with their religious convictions and moral values.
The degradation of the nation has tracked the rise of Socialism, begun with Karl Marx’s creation of Communism. Born in Prussia in 1818, Marx was influenced by the writings of Hegel, a German philosopher. Marx’s socialist writings would get him expelled from Germany and France. In 1848, with Friedrich Engels, he published The Communist Manifesto and was exiled to London where he wrote the first volume of Das Kapital, living there until his death in 1883. Suffice to say that the Communism he unleashed would cause the death of hundreds of millions, particularly in Russia and China where it was embraced.
Americans and, in particular, conservatives who have a high regard for the Constitution and the values of personal freedom and liberty it bestows on individuals, have been fighting against the tyranny of Communism and Socialism, but it has always had an appeal to those who prefer to let others determine the actions of government and the bigger it is, the better. This is enhanced by a government that redistributes the wealth from those who worked for it to those who have not.
Along the way there have been voices that have spoken out against Communism and Socialism. I came across a speech by one of them. At the time he said, “We’re at war with the most dangerous enemy that has ever faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars, and it’s been said if we lose that war, and in so doing lose this way of freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening.”
 

It is happening today in an America that has twice elected a Communist as its President, some say out of guilt over the slavery the nation countenanced and which took a Civil War to end. That Civil War was fought between moral Americans who hated slavery and those who profited from it. In the latter part of the last century, Americans joined with the black community to put an end to the injustices it had encountered for a century. That was the act of a nation with its moral values intact. 

Barack Obama was “a red diaper baby” raised from birth by a family devoted to Socialism and educated in universities where it thrives today. His actions are entirely determined by the Marxist theology to which he has devoted his life and his failures demonstrate its failures. In the process, millions of Americans are suffering unemployment in an economy that knows what it takes to create growth, but which has been thwarted by massive government regulation and the crony capitalism that corrupts it. It has wasted billions on the global warming/climate change hoax that is still being advocated by some in Congress.
In the stump speech given to support the campaign of a leading conservative, the speaker said that the issue of that elections was “Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capitol can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” That question exists today.
A centralized government was the “very thing the Founding Fathers sought to minimize. They knew that… a government can’t control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.”
At the time he gave his speech, he noted that “For three decades we’ve sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan.”
He warned that, “Our natural, unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp at this moment.”
He could have delivered that speech today, but the speaker was Ronald Reagan and the speech was given on October 27, 1964. He was campaigning for Sen. Barry Goldwater who was running against Lyndon Baines Johnson who was the incumbent as the result of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Johnson was overwhelmingly elected and, while expanding the war in Vietnam that would cost more than American 53,000 lives, he also launched the “Great Society” program based entirely in Socialism. Like the war, it too would fail.
Goldwater had rejected the New Deal socialism of Franklin D. Roosevelt and it was Roosevelt who would preside over the nation’s longest economic doldrums from his first election in 1932 until the Great Depression would end in the wake of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Four years later Americans would celebrate the defeat of the Japanese Empire and Germany’s Nazi regime.
Reagan would be elected President in 1980 and, through two terms, would oversee economic growth that would be passed onto George W. Bush. The nation would turn to Bill Clinton in 1992, electing him twice.
To save the nation today, Americans must reject a Democratic Party that resembles the Communist Party USA. The voters must secure control of the Senate and House by a Republican Party that must tap into the values of men like Reagan and predecessors that included Coolidge, Hoover, and Eisenhower. Both Bush presidencies tried as well.
The warnings Reagan voiced in 1964 are no less true today and, with Barack Obama in the Oval Office, an even greater threat exists than did five decades ago. If we fail, we will be signing a suicide pact with Communism.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
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