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THE HIGHLANDS TEA PARTY 2014
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Tuesday July 29, 2014
Tonight’s meeting will be held at the Kennilworth Lodge, we are attending
Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell’s TOWN HALL
1610 Lakeview Dr
Pizza and Beverages will be served
Up Coming Guest Speakers & Events
July 25, 2014 – 6:30-9:00 CVA Rally Friday July 25th Orlando – Entertainment, Food, & Beverages, look for bulletin to come out
July 25th - 6:30-9:00 PM: CVA Rally “Defend Freedom” Orlando – Country Music Star Ayla Brown will be performing live (tampa and Orlando Only), along with Madison Rising Band, Pete Hegseth CEO Concerned Veterans for America, Karen Vaughn “extortion 17″, Sean Parnell “Captured Saddam Hussein”, and Dakota Meyer ( Marine who disobeyed order and save the live of 36 of his comrades and killed 8 Taliban, and was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor), will be guest speakers, fun and food for all (FREE) Orlando Harley Davidson, 3770 37th Street, Orlando.
IF YOU MISSED IT: Reminder July 29th- Glen Becks “We will Not conform” showing July 29th at the Cobb 10 In Winter Haven
July 29th – NOTICE: NO TEA PARTY MEETING THIS NIGHT PLEASE ATTEND “Don Elwell Town Hall Kennilworth Hotel 6:00 PM”. Don’s primary focus will be on this years Budget , and of course If Don is there;, there will be Pizza and beverages for all.
August 20, 2014 - Dennis Michael Lynch – “WE RIDE TO DC”
Dennis Michael Lynch will be presenting his new Documentary “WE RIDE TO DC” on August 20th at the Circle Theatre in Sebring, Florida, see information below.
WE RIDE TO DC is a full length documentary about the revival of the American spirit through what I’m calling “ride activism.” I cover the BIKERS, TRUCKERS, Tea Party, Overpasses, 100% FED UP and my own ride around the country. No doubt the film motivates people to take back America.”
Ticket prices will be $15.00 which will include the DVD “WE RIDE TO DC”. This presentation will be held at the Circle Theater downtown Sebring, Fl.
We Need Tickets sold Push them Hard! This is not a for profit event, the tickets for for the show, We need to sell a minimum of 200.
The Circle Theater hold 250 people so get your tickets early, we did sell out last year.
You may Call John Nelson 863-385-8274 to order tickets or send an email requesting them and I will make an effort to meet you.
If you cannot attend the performance or would like to donate to help cover the cost of bringing in top Professional Speakers like Dennis Michael Lynch, Sponsorships are most welcome. On August 7, 2013 we had a sellout at the Circle Theatre for Dennis Michael Lynch ‘s presentation on “They Come To America II” . We are counting on a sellout for this performance also.
The Highlands Tea Party thanks those sponsor who contributed to our success with last years presentation.
Sponsor may mail donations to:
John Nelson, Chairman, The Highlands Tea Party, 4196 Smoke Signal, Sebring, Fl 33872
Donation are not tax deductible due to issues with the IRS and our application 3 years ago, I am sure most of you are aware of the IRS issue.
Your place of Business or Name will be placed in our brochure as a sponsor.
Dennis Michael Lynch appears often on Fox News and the Blaze.
August 26, 2014 - Author Lynn Briedenbach “Why Grandma is A Conservative”.
Sept 30, 2014 – Ron Edwards – Mr. Edwards has a political commentary named The Edwards Notebook where he has 2-3 million listeners. He is an accomplished speaker and has spoken at many events where he has shared the stage with Dr. Ben Carson, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Dinesh D’Souza, and has been a fill in for Judge Napolitano.
Today July 28, 2014
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Congress must act immediately to stop President Barack Obama’s proposed use of executive power to help millions of illegal immigrants, Sen. Jeff Sessions says.Sessions, a member of the Senate Budget Committee and Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, fears that without congressional action, the laws set down by the Founding Fathers will be altered forever.”It would be if Congress doesn’t utilize every power it has, particularly the power of the purse to stop it, then it would be an incredible assertion of executive power vis-à-vis Congress,” the Alabama Republican said Monday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”
PRESS RELEASE: Congresswoman Blackburn Introduces Legislation to Protect Americans from Obama’s Lawless Border Policies
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today introduced a bill to prevent the continuation or expansion of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Blackburn’s legislation will serve as the House companion to a bill recently introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). The legislation proposed by Congressman Blackburn and Senator Cruz would prohibit federal funding from being used to continue or expand DACA. It also prevents aliens from being authorized to work if they are not in a lawful status. “Central American children have fled to the United States based on a false hope that they will be allowed to remain permanently. This false hope created by the Obama Administration is putting children’s lives in danger as they are escorted by individuals who have been known to abuse these children during their journey and even leave some for dead,” Blackburn said. “It is now clear that the Obama Administration saw this problem coming and that children were used as pawns in the President’s political game. President Obama’s failure to act has forced Congress, once again, to lead the effort to address the crisis on our border.”
$17B deal reached on vets bill
House and Senate negotiators on Monday announced they have agreed to a $17 billion bill to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. The bill sets aside $10 billion for veterans to seek care at non-VA facilities. Another $5 billion would go toward hiring additional medical staff at Veterans Affairs facilities, and let the department enter into leases to use other medical facilities at 27 sites around the country.
Canada Free Press – The Road to Hell Obama is taking the world down created by U.S. Catholic Bishops
The Catholic Church—through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration—both paved the road for Barack Hussein Obama’s ultimate takeover of Free West society and continues to actively enable the Fundamental Transformation of America by sinking the US in a tsunami of illegal aliens. In coming to Obama’s aid in erasing forever America’s borders, the bishops sold the USA out, including its Catholics, for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver.
WND – CHILDREN CROSSING BORDER: ‘OBAMA WILL TAKE CARE OF US’
McALLEN, Texas – In an exclusive interview with WND and Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, a 13-year Border Patrol veteran revealed many in the recent surge of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, are coming prepared to game the U.S. immigration system, even repeating the mantra, “Obama will take care of us.”
NEWSMAX – Jeb Bush: US Must Send Border Children Back Home – Last month it was “let them all In”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is offering compassion but also tough love on the border crisis that has seen thousands of youth attempt to enter the country in recent months. “Except for those deserving few who may demonstrate true cause for asylum or protection from sex trafficking, these children must be returned to their homes in Central America,” Bush said in a commentary in The Wall Street Journal co-written with the Goldwater Institute’s Clint Bolick.
The influx of illegal immigrants across the southern United States border has effectively eliminated the possibility of passing any type of immigration reform in Congress until the issue of border security is addressed, said Sen. Marco Rubio.
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March 1, 2013
“Obama comes from a community organizer background where it’s us against them. But that’s not who we are. And that’s not the position the leader of our Nation should take.” – Dr. Benjamin Carson
Obama appears to be a tormented man who is filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps because, as a child, he grew up around family members and mentors who instilled him with an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. That bitterness seems not to have left him.
It is not the color of his skin that is a problem – for anyone in America. Rather it is the blackness that fills his soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and love for this country.
Think: Have we ever heard Obama speak lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets “goose bumps” when a band plays “The Star Spangled Banner,” or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful rendition of “America the Beautiful?” Does his heart burst with pride when millions of American flags wave on a National holiday – or is he moved to sadness and reflection when someone plays “taps” on a trumpet? Has he ever felt the depth of our admiration of the military, as lovers of those who keep America free feel when soldiers march by? It is doubtful – because Obama did not grow up sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a grandfather or uncle who showed his medals and told of the bravery of his fellow troops as they fought and tramped through foreign lands sacrificing for a cause greater than their own lives. He didn’t have grandparents who told stories of suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had for building a business and life for their children.
Away from this country as a young child, Obama didn’t delight in being part of America and its greatness. He wasn’t singing our patriotic songs in kindergarten, or standing on the roadside for a holiday parade and eating a hot dog, or lighting sparklers around a campfire on July 4th as fireworks exploded over head, or placing flags on the gravesites of fallen and beloved American heroes.
Rather Obama was separated from all of these experiences. He doesn’t really understand us and what it means to be an American. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country and is insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage. His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unite us.
Obama has never given a speech that is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better, grateful, and proud that, in a short time, our country became a leader, and a protector of so many. Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing tirades as he faults our achievements ,along with any of his critics, all for the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and create fear while demeaning and degrading anyone who opposes his policies and actions. Unlike a secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false confidence, Obama displays a cocky, haughty attitude and a dread of being critiqued.
Mostly, his time seems to be spent causing dissention, unrest, and anxiety among the people rather than uniting us (even though he was presented to us as the “Great Uniter”). He creates chaos for the sake of keeping citizens separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue. Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, disrespectful of, and retaliate against those of differing backgrounds and views. Through such behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint to the level of rowdy, street-fighting gangs. When, instead, he should be raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant, self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.
Not a day goes by that he is not attempting to defy our laws, remove our rights, over-ride established procedures, install controversial appointees, enact divisive mandates, and assert a dictatorial form of power.
Never has there been a leader of this great land who used such tactics to harm and hurt the people and this country.
Never have we had a President who spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present himself as a soothing, calming, and trustworthy force.
Never, in this country, have we experienced how much stress one man can cause a nation of people – on a daily basis!
Obama has promoted the degeneration of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on tearing us down, rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of America, and the epitome of a Demagogue.
© Maureen Scott
From a relative of an individual in the Winter Haven 912
THIS IS THE SYSTEM THAT HAS BEEN PROTECTING US FOR OVER TWO YEARS.
The Next Great War
Al Qaeda on the march
By Alan Caruba
In the July 24 edition of The Wall Street Journal there was a commentary, “Wanted: Converts to Judaism” by the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Arnold M. Eisen. I thought to myself that this was an extraordinary time to be suggesting conversion to a faith that is literally under attack in Israel and being attacked by the reemergence of anti-Semitism in Europe. Here in America we are witnessing the most pro-Islamic and anti-Semitic administration in the history of nation.
In the wake of the Holocaust following World War Two what anti-Semitism existed in the U.S. gave way to an era of good will toward Jews. In Europe open expressions of anti-Semitism were out of favor. Eisen’s concern is the extensive inter-marriage between Christians and Jews in which Judaism is often abandoned in our historically Christian society. The news about Jews in the post-war years was largely about the nation of Israel and the wars it fought to re-establish and maintain the Jewish state.
What those wars should have told us was that Islamic hatred of Judaism extends to Christianity as well.
For Americans that lesson was driven home on September 11, 2001, but even the memory of that event has begun to fade to such an extent that Americans have twice elected a President who has never hidden his admiration for Islam, whose father was a Muslim, and who spent part of his youth in the Islamic nation of Indonesia. In office, his antipathy to Israel has been in stark contrast to the decades of support for Israel that presidents since Harry Truman have demonstrated.
A curious trend has emerged in America that runs counter to its entire history. The celebratory elements of Christian holy days, particularly Christmas, came under attack with demands that holiday scenes of crèches and even crosses be removed from public areas. Being religious was not encouraged and the tradition of starting the school day with a prayer was banned.
It is not too far a reach to say that the West, America and Europe, has been abandoning the depth of faith that distinguished it as church attendance fell off and resistance to attacks on the practice of religion declined. Home to some of the most beautiful churches on Earth, those in Europe are too often virtually empty.
This has not been the case in the Middle East and parts of Africa where Islam has awakened from its passive existence due in part to the colonization that preceded and followed World War One. The riches that oil provided have played a role and today a nation like Qatar is funding the emergence of ISIS, the self-declared caliphate calling itself the Islamic State.
Other oil-rich Middle East nations have supported al Qaeda only to discover that they were among its targets. ISIS has turned on Muslims in the area between Syria and into northern Iraq whom they declare hypocrites and apostates. In Mosul, Christians have been told to convert, pay a tax, or die.
While the rockets that have rained down on Israel are dramatic, the attacks on Christians throughout the Middle East have received less attention, but Christian Arabs have been driven from their homelands in the same way the establishment of Israel saw Jews forced to abandon homes in which they had lived for generations.
While Americans, joined by European negotiators, attempt to get Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program, they remain blind to the role Iran has played for decades, using Hezbollah and Hamas, two Palestinian terrorist organizations, to wage war on Israel and, by extension, the U.S. Not a day goes by without the calls, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” There is only one way to end Iran’s nuclear program and that is to destroy the facilities that enrich uranium and plutonium. At some point, it will come to that because it must.
Israel is making it clear to the world that there is only one way to rid itself of Hamas and that is a military operation. Its troops are finding an astounding matrix of tunnels whose only purpose is to attack it.
Utterly devoid of any moral standards, Hamas uses homes, schools and hospitals to hide its arsenal of rockets and Palestinian civilians are forced to act as human shields. The world’s media focuses on the deaths of their men, women, and children, but little notice of the rockets and missiles that continue to be fired at Israel. Meanwhile Hamas has been abandoned by Egypt and most other Middle Eastern nations other than Iran and Turkey.
The so-called Palestinians have been led by men like the late Yassir Arafat and currently by Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah. Abbas has recently moved his family to a home in Jordan in the face of criticism that he has been too “cooperative” with Israel. On Quds Day last week, an event organized throughout the Middle East by Iran, an estimated 10,000 protesters gathered in the West Bank to protest Israel’s control of Jerusalem, a holy city to Jews and Christians, claimed as well by Islam. It was founded by King David.
Even so, the European business sector was quick to engage with Iran following the news of the negotiations which have been extended and which have granted Iran billions in return for sitting at the table to discuss an end to the nuclear program that it will never abandon.
In 1913, no one in Europe or America would have ever predicted the beginning of World War One in 1914. It began on July 28, 1914. As the historian Charles Emmerson said of the unanticipated war, “Humanity looked into the abyss and peering into the depths, found its own dark, disfigured reflection staring back.”
In 2014, a century later, humanity needs to take a look at the fascistic, utterly immoral objectives and practices of Islam, and understand that it is at war with us, with moderate Muslims, and with all other faiths. It’s not “if” will shall have to deal with it militarily as Israel is doing, but “when.” That day is not far off.
© Alan Caruba, 2014
Overall, do you approve or disapprove of President Obama’s job performance?
Approve 119,137(26%) Disapprove327,224(73%)
Compared to previous presidents, how would you rate President Obama?
Average 19,565(4%) Better than most104,623(23%) Worse than most 322,855(72%)
Do you approve of his job handling the U.S. economy?
Approve 118,304(26%) Disapprove 326,061(73%)
Do you believe President Obama’s new healthcare law, known as Obamacare, has helped or hurt you?
Helped me 77,263(17%) Hurt me 266,308(59%) No difference102,746(23%)
Do you trust President Obama?
Yes, I trust him 118,789(26%) No, I do not trust him 325,990(73%)
By Viv Forbes
July 27, 2014
The sun is the most important energy source on Earth. It provides our daily warmth and light and the rotation and orbit of the earth turn its steady output into fluctuating day and night, summer and winter. Solar energy powers the growth of all trees, grasses, herbs, crops and algae; it creates the clouds and powers the storms; it is the source of all hydro, photo-voltaic (PV), solar-thermal, bio-mass and wind energy; and, over geological time, it also creates coal.
PV solar panels are useful in remote locations, for some portable applications and, with enough panels and batteries, stand-alone solar can even power homes.
But solar energy has five fatal flaws for supplying 24/7 grid power.
Firstly, sunshine at any spot is always intermittent and often unreliable. Solar panels can only deliver significant energy from 9am to 3pm – a maximum of 25% of each day. Solar can often help supply the hot afternoon demand for air conditioning, but demand for electricity generally peaks at about 6.30pm, when production from solar is usually zero.
Secondly, to be a stand-alone energy supplier, PV solar needs batteries to cover those times when solar is not producing – about 75% of the time under ideal cloudless skies. To charge the batteries for continuous power, while also supplying usable power, a solar plant can only deliver a theoretical maximum of 25% of its day-time capacity. The chance of cloudy days will greatly increase the battery storage needed, and the generating capacity absorbed in charging the batteries. Currently, only pumped hydro storage could possibly supply the storage capacity needed and then only at massive cost, in a few suitable locations.
Thirdly, solar energy is very dilute, so huge areas of land are needed to collect industrial quantities of energy.
If it were possible to anchor a solar collector one meter square at the top of the atmosphere, aligned continuously to face the sun, and never shadowed by the earth or the moon, it would receive solar energy at the rate of 1,366 Watts per square metre (W/m2) – that would power 13 light bulbs each using 100 watts.
If that panel were located on the surface, at the equator, under clear skies, aligned continuously to face the sun, and never shaded by the earth or the moon, solar energy dissipated by the atmosphere would reduce energy received to 1,000 watts.
In the real rotating world, where sunshine only reaches usable intensity for about 25% of the time, the best located panel would have a capacity factor of about 17% – it would receive 170 watts of energy – not quite 2 light bulbs.
PV solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy at an efficiency factor of about 15%. Thus our panel, at the equator, year round, should deliver 25.5 watts of electrical energy – one very dim light bulb.
Away from the equator, solar energy hits the Earth’s surface at an angle, thus delivering less energy per panel. This useful site shows how solar intensity varies with latitude in Australia.
Shift that panel to Melbourne, add clouds, shading, urban air pollution and dirt on the panels, and fix it to a sloping roof often aligned poorly to collect sunshine, and it is time to start the diesel generator in the car port.
It is sensible to use unused space like roofs for solar collectors but such fragmented facilities will never match a compact well-designed solar plant in construction, maintenance and cleaning costs or go close in achieving the correct panel orientation.
People underestimate the land needed for significant solar collectors. In a learned paper published in 2013, Graham Palmer has produced a credible calculation that it would need a square with 31 km sides, completely filled with PV panels, to collect energy equivalent to Australia’s annual electricity requirements. [Source]
To also charge batteries to maintain steady supply from a stand-alone solar facility would require at least four times this area – imagine 3,844 square kilometres of collectors, even if suitable battery technology was available.
In addition, PV panels start to degrade in rain, hail and sunshine from the day they are installed, some panels losing significant capacity in as little as three years. And unless washed regularly, dust and bird poop degrades their performance even quicker. All those sparkies checking panel performance and all those cleaning ladies with mops need access roads – this greatly increases the area needed for industrial solar installations.
The fourth fatal flaw of solar energy is the pernicious effect of the dramatic fluctuations in supply on the reliable and essential parts of the grid. When solar electricity floods the network around mid-day, the back-up stations have to throttle back, all the stations needed for stability and backup have their profits reduced, and some may be forced to close, making the network even more fragile and prone to blackouts. Then if a cloud floats across the sky, the backups have to re-start swiftly.
Fifthly, large-scale solar power will create environmental damage over large areas of land. Solar collectors may only manage to convert about 10% of the sun’s energy into electricity, the rest being reflected or turned into heat. But the whole solar spectrum is blocked, thus robbing 100% of the life-giving sunshine from the ground underneath, creating a man-made solar desert. For solar thermal, where mirrors focus intense solar heat to generate steam, birds that fly through the heat beams get fried. Why would true environmentalists support industrial-scale solar energy collection?
All consumers should be free to use solar energy in their own way at their own cost. But these five fatal flaws mean that collecting solar energy will never play more than a minor and very expensive role in supplying grid power.
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Desertec, the utopian US$560 billion project designed to cover 16,800 square km of the Sahara Desert with solar panels, and then export electricity 1,600 km to Europe, has collapsed.
A similar fate awaits other attempts to extract 24/7 grid power from intermittent, unpredictable and dilute solar power.
The latest “Desertec Idea” is “solar roads” where highways are paved with solar panels. Imagine the construction and maintenance costs, the length of transmission lines, and the problems of shading and abrasion by traffic, the hazards of cleaning and the random non-ideal orientation of the panels.
Not with my money thanks.
© 2014 Viv Forbes – All Rights Reserved
Obama’s Favorite Terrorists Group
by Scott Wheeler
Obama has, at times, refused to negotiate with Congress on the basis that the Republican Party has been hijacked by “extremists” for insisting on budget cuts. On the other hand, Obama demands that Israel negotiate with Hamas, a terrorist group whose stated goal is the complete annihilation of the Jewish people. This raises a serious question: What would a compromise between Israel and Hamas look like? Only half of the Jews in Israel be murdered? Perhaps three quarters are allowed to survive, but all must live under Sharia Law? Anyone who dismisses that statement as hyperbole better have a ready answer to the question “What must Israel give up in order to reach a compromise with those who seek its total destruction?”
Obama has been steeped in anti-Israel propaganda for at least 25 years–from his anti-Semitic Pastor Jeremiah Wright, to his close relationship with Hamas activist Rashid Khalidi. This would explain the Obama Administration’s equivalency approach in the current conflict in Israel in which it places Hamas on the same platform with Israel and pretends that murderous barbarians are no different than the legitimate government of Israel. While Hamas hates America, and the West in general, it has had a strange affinity for Obama. The terrorist group Hamas endorsed Obama in 2008, but instead of feeling suckered like many of the Americans who voted for him, they have actually seen results. An Agence France Presse report from March of 2009 quoted Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal praising what he calls Obama’s “new lexicon” for describing terrorist’s demands. “The challenge for everyone is that [Obama's new language] is a prelude to a sincere change in U.S. . . . foreign policy,” said Meshaal.
By “sincere change” the Hamas leader was referring to the previous U.S. policy in the Middle East that stated unequivocally that we would not support Hamas’ goal of killing all the Jews, taking over Israeli land and turning it into the new Palestine. That is the reason for Hamas’ existence. There is no arguing this point: it is stated clearly in Hamas’ charter, has been reiterated constantly ever since, and rewritten in the blood of over eight hundred Jews they have murdered since the organization was founded in 1988.
Obama is reaching out a friendly hand to the terrorist organization that has not only murdered hundreds of innocent Israeli women and children, but Americans as well. Hamas has also threatened attacks within the United States several times in the past 15 years and has had attacks thwarted by U.S. and Canadian intelligence. Ironically, some early warnings of those failed attacks came to us from Israeli intelligence.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama was forced to fire one of his campaign advisors, Robert Malley, for advocating negotiations with Hamas, a charade that was immediately erased once in office. In June 2009, Obama rewarded Hamas with a visit from former President Jimmy Carter who became the highest-ranking official to ever meet with Hamas. Carter stated that he was there as a “private citizen,” but was preparing a report for the Obama administration about the visit. Carter himself has been relentless in his support of Hamas to pursue its murderous policies aimed primarily at civilians.
It also came at a time when Obama was attempting to legitimize Hamas and preparing to send them financial aid. In fact, some reports at the time indicated that Carter was delivering that message from Obama.While in Gaza, Carter also urged Hamas to recognize the right of Israel to exist. Exposing the uselessness of this entire gambit, a senior Hamas official announced: “Recognizing Israel is completely unacceptable.”June of 2010, one year after Carter’s visit to Gaza, President Obama transformed the United States, both technically and literally, into a “state sponsor of terrorism,” a designation that, when applied to other countries, means no aid, no trade, and such a nation is an adversary of the U.S. and her allies.
Democrats’ Phony Compassion in Dealing with Immigrants
by Scott Wheeler
Refugees are streaming into the Southern border of the U.S. from Central American countries through Mexico by the tens of thousands, and Democrats are doing everything they can to keep them here. The public wailing over the conditions from where the immigrants came is merely politics–Democrat style.
The recent spike in child refugees from Central America directly corresponded with the Obama Administration’s policy of allowing immigrant children–regardless of their legal status–to stay in the U.S. Democrats have always had a soft spot for poor immigrants from Mexico and Central America, and why shouldn’t they? Immigrants from those countries vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. In the 2012 presidential election, Obama received 71% of the Latino vote, Romney got 27%, and similar trends show up in almost all elections across the nation.
Democrats get a huge advantage from certain immigrant groups and those preferences betray the Democrat’s compassion.
Does it seem overly cynical to question Democrats’ motives and compassion? Let us go back to President Clinton, who experienced an influx of immigrants from Cuba. According to the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations:
“As social and economic conditions deteriorated in Cuba, many more Cubans, using what boats they could find, headed for Florida in the summer of 1994. These ‘rafters’ posed a diplomatic problem for the Clinton administration.”
Notice that “social and economic conditions deteriorated” was the reason for refugees fleeing the socialist paradise of Cuba. Sounds like the very same reasons that Democrats are using now for the refugee problem; back then, however, Democrats had a different way of dealing with the crisis:
“[T]he president [Clinton] announced that the ‘rafters’ would not be allowed to reach the United States. Rather, the Coast Guard returned them to Cuba or detained them at the Guantánamo naval base in Cuba.”
Does anyone recall any media reports about the heartless treatment of Cuban refugees at the hands of Democrats? Of course not, because there were none. Cubans not only live in poverty under a communist dictatorship, but are persecuted for dissent from the communist government there, the precise kind of refugee that the U.S. should welcome, but perhaps that is why Democrats didn’t want them here:
“The [Clinton] administration knew that if the Cubans reached Florida, they would be covered by the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act.”
Why the disparity between how Democrats treat one set of refugees versus another? We have seen that immigrants from Mexico and Central America overwhelmingly favor Democrats, but NOT Cubans. According to the Cuba Transition Project, in the 2000 election, Republican George W. Bush received 75% of the Cuban vote, and in 2004, Bush got 78%. No wonder Democrats have done their best to keep truly suffering Cuban refugees from making it to the U.S., having experienced their socialist policies first hand, few of them will ever vote for a Democrat. And Florida, where almost all Cuban/Americans live, is an extremely important electoral state. In the last four presidential elections, Florida was critical in deciding the winner–with Obama winning it by a thin 1%.
If Clinton had not cruelly stopped Cuban refugees from reaching Florida in the 1990s, the increase in Cuban/American citizenship could have made Florida a solid Republican state. The Democrats’ outrageous advocacy for illegal immigrants is rooted in political self-interest, so before anyone buys their phony compassion-for-immigrants-play, look at Democrats’ record with Cubans and recognize that if immigrants from Central America and Mexico voted for Republicans the way Cuban/Americans do, the Democrats would be advocating that they be stopped before they ever arrive here–and the ones who got here illegally would be on the first bus back south of the border, maybe even with a knife in their backs.
By Alexander Bolton – 07/25/14 10:30 AM EDT
Senior White House advisers are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.
Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to Obama, said Friday that the White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.
Pfeiffer noted that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has a large following among Tea Party conservatives, has called for Obama’s impeachment and a large block of the GOP’s base favors it.
“I saw a poll today that had a huge portion of the Republican Party base saying they supported impeaching the president. A lot of people in this town laugh that off. I would not discount that possibility,” he told reporters Friday at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.
Pfeiffer said Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) decision to file a lawsuit against Obama over his use of executive actions increased the chance of impeachment proceedings in the future.
He said that possibility could become more likely if Obama takes executive action to halt the deportations of illegal immigrants who have strong ties to the United States, such as those who have family members who are U.S. citizens.
“I think Speaker Boehner, by going down the path of this lawsuit, has opened the door to Republicans possibly considering impeachment at some point in the future,” he said.
A poll by CNN/ORC International released Friday shows a majority of the U.S. public say Obama should not be impeached.
Two-thirds of the survey’s respondents said they opposed impeachment, while 35 percent endorsed it.
But nearly 60 percent of Republicans said they would support impeachment proceedings against Obama. More than a third of independents, and 13 percent of Democrats also want to see Obama impeached.
The House, then controlled by Republicans, impeached former President Bill Clinton in 1998, but the GOP-controlled Senate acquitted him in 1999.
Marco Rubio: Illegal Immigration Children Need To Be Deported
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is taking another hard-line position on immigration reform, this time in regards to the thousands of illegal immigrant children and adults that have been flooding the U.S. Southern border.
Rubio appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” with Megan Kelly, saying that in order for the mass illegal immigration flood along the border to stop, those people enter the U.S. illegally, needed to be “returned to their home countries.”
I agree we need to be humane, that’s what Americans have always been…but what would be inhumane is to allow this to continue, and the only way you are going to stop this from continuing, is in fact if people are returned to their home countries.-Senator Marco Rubio
Rubio co-sponsored and became the face of the controversial and highly unpopular Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration reform.
Because of his support for the bill, Rubio has had to expend significant political capital to stay above water among conservatives, who lost faith in him over his support for the amnesty-lite immigration bill.
Rubio now seems to be taking a more familiar and hawkish position on immigration reform.
It’s about time.
The battle for the Senate is shifting fully into opposition research season after Georgia’s Tuesday primary decided one of the final marquee Senate matchups.
Campaigns across the country are beginning to crack their research books to leak embarrassing and incriminating stories about their opponents, seeking to disqualify them as the general election season heats up.
How Can America Rid Itself of Common Core? Key Updates From Glenn Beck’s ‘We Will Not Conform’ Event
Jul. 22, 2014 8:11pm Erica Ritz
Glenn Beck on Tuesday presented “We Will Not Conform,” a unique production airing live in over 600 theaters across America. The show was described as an interactive “night of action” to fight Common Core, a controversial set of educational standards that some say will gravely impact the future of America’s children.
Beck brought together experts from all fields — from parents to educators to lawmakers — and asked them to create real, tangible strategies in their areas of expertise to combat Common Core.
The final action plan, in addition to all of the information presented, was posted online at commoncorefails.com shortly after the show.
One of the main ideas presented, which will likely be discussed further in future days, was boycotting high-stakes standardized testing.
“If you stop the fuel, you stop the machine,” Kathleen Jasper, a former assistant principal in Florida who recently quit her job to protest changes to America’s education system, explained.
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“Tonight is about more than one person, one political ideology, or any one policy,” Beck said. “Tonight is about people of all different backgrounds and beliefs coming together to fix a failing institution.”