TAKE ACTION TO SAVE AMERICAN JOBS AND U.S. SOVEREIGNTY: STOP OBAMA’S TPA/TPP/FAST-TRACK

May 26, 2015, 10:40 pm

WE CAN STOP OBAMA FROM DESTROYING AMERICAN JOBS AND SURRENDERING U.S. SOVEREIGNTY — ACT NOW WITH ONE CLICK (BELOW)

Take 1 minute to fill out a short form and click — or instantly get your House rep’s phone number and talking points. Letter text is already there and your message will be automatically routed to your senators and House rep. You can customize the text all you want or write your own letter. I’ve provided multiple links so you can pick and choose which organization’s form to use. There is very broad opposition to TPP/TPA/fast-track (Trans-Pacific Partnership/Trade Promotion Authority) spanning the political spectrum. This is a chance for good American citizens of all stripes to come together and do the right thing.

Do you want to let President Obama sign a “largely secret” [1] trade deal that will eliminate “millions of good jobs,” [2] give “the President More Power,” [3], increase “Trade Deficits,” [3], surrender American sovereignty, [3] allow “currency manipulation,” [3] and allow increased immigration [3] (ON TOP OF OBAMA’S AMNESTIES)? Many polls confirm Americans’ strong opposition to TPA/TPP, [4][5][6] and some House Republicans are taking note. [7]

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a sweeping international regulatory agreement that effects everything from the environment and energy to the minimum wage, food and immigration. If approved, it would have the force of a treaty. Its regulations would override U.S. law and the White House would not be obligated to follow any directives Congress offers on what those rules should look like.” [1]

ACT NOW WITH ONE CLICK

Fill in your info and click the orange “ADD YOUR NAME” button (350.org):

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Scroll down and click on the red “Take Action” button (you’ll be prompted for your zip code and then provided with your House rep’s phone number and talking points/script (Eagle Forum):

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Enter your zip code and press the “Submit” button (Citizens Trade Campaign):

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Scroll down to “Compose Your Own Message,” enter your zip code, and click the “Submit” button (Consumer Action):

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Book Review – Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015

May 19, 2015, 6:48 am

By Fern Sidman

“From 2003 through the early months of 2015, I wrote more than 200,000 words about anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism,” says Prof. Phyllis Chesler in the introduction of her recently released book, Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015 (Gefen Publishers).

This admission should come as no surprise to anyone even tangentially familiar with the voluminous amount of essays and articles that Dr. Chesler has written on the subject over the last 13 years, donning an impressive variety of hats. As an astute political analyst, researcher and investigative journalist, she has honed these skills in her quest to offer her reader a meticulous examination of a panoply of hot button geo-political issues pertaining to Israel and the Jewish people.

In this anthology-style compendium that contains the corpus of her work in non-redacted form, Chesler prodigiously confronts the seemingly eternal scourge of global anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism, the pernicious nature of radical Islam, the proliferation of visceral Jew hatred and incessant Israel bashing on university campuses, the exposure of the most egregious forms of propaganda in films and books, the truth about the nefarious agenda of multicultural relativism, and critiques the role of the Left-liberal media in creating the “perfect storm.”

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The accusation of “Islamophobia” is designed to shut down discussion, debate and criticism of everything Islamic

May 2, 2015, 6:49 am

By Gary Gerofsky

Recently I read an article (“Levelling the playing field for Muslim girls”) in my local newspaper about a “progressive” idea within a high school that the board of education raise funds for Muslim girls to participate in sports events by paying for special “sports hijabs.” On the surface, it sounds like a fair-minded, inexpensive idea to facilitate inclusion and participation in sports. However, in reality, it is a huge step towards sharia law. It would sanction the political symbols of Islam. It would comply with Islamic family and community pressure on girls to wear an article of clothing that is neither mandatory nor necessary for their faith — and is certainly not required attire by religious duty to play sports. It would place a barrier to integration and inclusion into a normal school environment and team sports. It is a way in which the Islamic community can force us to accept their misogyny, their self-perceived exclusivity and superiority, and their attempts to gain special accommodation within Western society. It is a recipe for further separation and insularity. It is the slippery slope to sharia law. It also speaks to Muslim youth of Canada’s support for Islamic values. In a current situation where we have had too many going off to join ISIS to lop off heads, mass murder and enslave girls, it gives the (privileged) Canadian Muslim youth a green light to support jihad both here and abroad. The leftists love it, as they do all initiatives which bring us closer to political Islam as loyal multicultural followers, and, despite my concerns and objections, it is receiving full support and will most likely be approved, implemented and eventually expanded.

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Obama: The President of War

March 31, 2015, 6:52 am

by Gary Gerofsky

Obama was elected – twice – as a left-wing, Democratic and progressive President promising less involvement in world conflicts, more dialogue with enemies, and fewer American troops deployed. Obama says that he wants a diminished emphasis on American strength. These “progressive” tactics were supposed to make the world more peaceful. The absence of American involvement is now creating a vacuum that is being filled by dictators. In reality, what has resulted is a much more dangerous world at war. The President was supposed to mollify and reassure with his non-interventionist policies and actions but it has been a dismal failure.

What concerns me most is his inability to admit failure. Instead, he steps on the accelerator even after losing Congressional elections. His tactics are fueling more war and potential nuclear conflagration. He and his administration seem to have a willful blindness and complete misunderstanding of the differences between various countries and the ideologies that drive them.

The Obama administration has taken the concept of equality and stretched and distorted it into a belief that the worst state and non-state actors behave just like America. The administration has complete confidence in its own failed strategies despite proof that they are leading the world into more death and danger.

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ACTION CALL: STOP OBAMA’S AMNESTY AND STRENGTHEN IMMIGRATION LAWS

March 26, 2015, 6:31 pm

Look up, call, and email your senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm (or call 202-224-3121 – the Capitol Switchboard – and ask for your senators)

Here are talking points:

  • Please tell your senator to vote YES on Vitter amendments #849 and #850 to the Budget Resolution. These amendments would express the sense of Congress to end the outdated practice of Birthright Citizenship and to defund Pres. Obama’s 2014 unconstitutional amnesties.
  • Please tell your senator to vote NO on Hatch amendment #646 that would instruct Congress to increase the number of foreign tech workers.
  • Please tell your senator to vote YES on Grassley amendments #960 and #958 that instructs Congress to pass legislation that makes E-Verify mandatory and protects American workers before companies can petition for H-1B visas.

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Time to chide Republicans who BETRAYED us and funded Obama’s executive amnesty

March 7, 2015, 7:20 pm

It is imperative that you contact Republican senators and representatives and their “leaders,” Mitch Mcconnell and John Boehner, who betrayed conservatives (people with common sense) and funded President Obama’s executive amnesty. Tell them to abide by conservative principles, you know what they did, you’re watching, and you’ll vote based on their actions. All their names and contact info is provided below. Please share this information widely so we can expose these deceivers. They must know that voters are watching them and will publicize their deception. The fact is that House Speaker John Boehner, and later Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell, planned the whole “defunding” of Obama’s executive amnesty to fail from the start. A key promise made by Republicans during campaigning for the November 4, 2014 elections was to stop executive amnesty for at least 5 million illegals. From Breitbart:

Exclusive-Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American” for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. “It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.” …

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New Mexico – Bringing the power home: One click sends an email to 13 legislators calling for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution

March 6, 2015, 7:26 am

Click here to send an email to 13 New Mexico legislators calling for a convention of states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution. The resolution’s text explains why we need to reign in the power of the federal government:

    WHEREAS, the Founders of our Constitution empowered State Legislators to be guardians of liberty against future abuses of power by the federal government; and

    WHEREAS, the federal government has created a crushing national debt through improper and imprudent spending; and

    WHEREAS, the federal government has invaded the legitimate roles of the states through the manipulative process of federal mandates, most of which are unfunded to a great extent; and

    WHEREAS, the federal government has ceased to live under a proper interpretation of the Constitution of the United States; and

    WHEREAS, it is the solemn duty of the States to protect the liberty of our people, particularly for the generations to come, by preparing Amendments to the Constitution of the United States through a Convention of the States under Article V to place clear restraints on these and related abuses of power;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the legislature of New Mexico hereby applies to Congress, under the provisions of Article V of the Constitution of the United States, for the calling of a convention of the states limited to proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States that impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for its officials and for Members of Congress; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Mexico secretary of state is hereby directed to transmit copies of this application to the President and Secretary of the United States Senate and to the Speaker and Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and copies to the members of the Senate and House of Representatives from this State; also to transmit copies to the presiding officers of each of the legislative houses in the several States, requesting their cooperation; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this application constitute a continuing application in accordance with Article V of the Constitution of the United States until the legislatures of at least two-thirds of the several states have made applications on the same subject.


SUPPORT ISRAEL: Watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Address a Joint Meeting of Congress

March 3, 2015, 9:25 am

SUPPORT ISRAEL: Watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a joint meeting of Congress. An extremist Islamist Iran’s going nuclear — and its proxies are causing mayhem in the Middle East. President Obama is doing nothing to stop this madness. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing something — and has the guts and morality to warn the American people of the danger Iran presents to the world — unlike an impotent Obama. Watch now: http://www.c-span.org/video/?324609-2/awaiting-israeli-prime-minister-benjamin-netanyahu-address-congress

Note that:

Despite months of relentless attacks coming from President Obama, his White House, and his sycophants in the mainstream media, here in America Benjamin Netanyahu has seen a boost in his favorability rating to where the Israeli Prime Minister is now in much better shape than our own President.

According to the latest Gallup poll, 45% of Americans view Netanyahu favorably while only 24% view him unfavorably. Since 2012, Netanyahu’s favorability rating has jumped a full 10 points, while his unfavorable rating has risen an insignificant 1%.

The latest favorability ratings for Obama come from a Feb 23 Economist/YouGov poll that shows Obama tied with Netanyahu in favorability with 45%, but with an unfavorable rating of more than double that of Netanyahu’s at 50%. This is a poll of 1000 adults. Gallup polled 837 adults.

As far as job approval, according to the most recent Gallup poll Obama sits at 44% approve, 51% disapprove. …


DEFUNDING OBAMA’S AMNESTY: Litmus test for Republicans – true conservatives standing on principle?

February 25, 2015, 12:05 pm

Republican leadership seems on the verge of caving in, breaking their November 4, 2014 election promises, and funding President Obama’s blatantly unconstitutional executive directives to grant amnesty to approximately 5 million illegal immigrants. Did Republicans get the message voters sent in the November 4 election? Republicans took the Senate, strengthened their hold on the House, took a good number of state houses, and won an amazing number of governorships, but voters weren’t solely endorsing the GOP — not by a long-shot. Voters were more concentrated on repudiating President Obama’s policies and those of his out-of-control “liberal” establishment. But, before dissecting the intentions of GOP leaders (and many in the rank and file), PLEASE ACT NOW TO STOP OBAMA’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL EXECUTIVE AMNESTY:

Talking points to use when contacting senators
I urge you to oppose President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens because:

  • Pres. Obama’s executive amnesties are unconstitutional
  • A federal judge has temporarily blocked Obama’s executive amnesty, proving that that the president’s actions are illegal
  • Amnesty encourages and rewards illegal activity
  • Amnesty steals jobs from American workers whom already are suffering because illegals are taking their jobs
  • Amnesty forces wages down for already-struggling American workers
  • With amnesty, illegal aliens will more easily be able to vote in elections
  • Obama’s amnesty will force hard-working Americans to PAY illegals millions of dollars in free handouts

Why are Republicans so convinced that they must “compromise” on amnesty? From Breitbart:

Though establishment Republican leaders and the mainstream press–without any evidence–incessantly claim Republicans must cave on immigration enforcement to appeal to Hispanics, a majority of Hispanics actually want Congress to pass legislation making it tougher for businesses to illegally hire illegal immigrants. …

Americans in general, by a 50-point margin, wanted tougher rules against hiring illegal immigrants, and that included a majority of Hispanics (56% to 37%).

Are a bunch of Republicans simply pandering to the business lobby, looking for cheap labor and/or looking to fill positions in sectors like tech in which there’s a deficit of qualified workers (e.g., mobile app developers)? But who cares? Amnesty is not what American voters want as evidenced by many polls and the outcome of the November 4 election. The bottom line is that Republicans — especially their “leadership” — have broken promises they made in the run-up to the November 4 election. So is this just about getting re-elected? — because it sure looks like citizens are more likely to vote for politicians who oppose amnesty. Again, from Breitbart:

Exclusive-Priebus Rallies Base: GOP Will Stop Obama’s ‘Un-American’ Amnesty if We Win Senate

Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), says it’s “un-American” for President Barack Obama to consider implementing an executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens across the country.

“It’s unconstitutional, illegal, and we don’t support it,” Priebus replied when a Tea Party activist asked him about the president’s plans for an executive amnesty on a conference call hosted by TheTeaParty.net on Monday evening.

“I don’t support it. It is wrong,” Priebus said. “It is un-American for a president to try and do such a thing. I want to make it clear: There is no part of me, there is not a molecule in my body that agrees with the president on executive amnesty.” …

“Not a molecule,” huh? So why did this happen yesterday?

… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced at a press conference Tuesday he is willing to allow a vote on a so-called “clean” DHS bill that would fund the agency through the end of September prior to a vote planned for Friday on blocking President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration. …

“Clean” means funding Obama’s amnesty. McConnell is not standing on principle, everything’s political calculus for staying in office.

No matter. We only got to this sorry state of affairs because millions of Americans have been disengaged from the political process.

I guarantee you this: If senators get thousands of calls, emails, faxes, petitions, letters, tweets, etc., they’ll start getting more responsive to voters. They know that people who take the time to contact them are extremely likely to vote, vote on principle, and to throw out unprincipled legislators as fast as they were voted in. Please act now.


Amnesty for illegals can only be defunded if YOU ACT NOW

February 1, 2015, 9:05 pm

You can act now to stop President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal aliens using the tools provided below. Please act soon as “On Tuesday [Feb. 3], the [Senate] chamber will hold its first procedural vote on the House-passed version of the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] funding bill, H.R.240,” [1] a bill which defunds Obama’s executive amnesty.

President Obama has announced that “he is granting temporary legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants” by executive fiat — without approval from Congress and ignoring the will of the American people. The effects of such an unconstitutional action would be horrendous, for example, causing U.S. citizens who are already unemployed or underemployed to have an extremely hard time finding already-scarce employment opportunities — especially in border states like New Mexico.

Despite two polls released on January 25 and 29 showing a clear majority of Americans either are totally opposed (58%) to Obama’s executive action(s) or are “dissatisfied with current level[s] of immigration” (60%), there’s no guarantee that Senate Republicans will vote to defund Obama’s executive amnesty. To add insult to injury, Obama’s current nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, believes that “illegal aliens have the same right to work in America as American citizens do.” That’s where you come in.


ACT NOW

  1. Look up your two senators and their contact info by clicking this link and picking from the “Choose a State” drop-down (the page will open in a separate window)
  2. Use the contact info you just found to call, email, and/or fax your two senators telling them to vote for defunding of President Obama’s executive amnesty, and to vote to support H.R.240
  3. Sign the petition to your two U.S. Senators demanding that Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch pledge to protect American workers by enforcing immigration laws passed by Congress

Footnotes

[1] “Senate debate on funding Obama’s amnesty starts next week,” email from NumbersUSA, Fri 1/30/2015 4:13 PM.


Anatomy of a Mobile App for Supporting a Political Candidate

October 2, 2014, 9:20 am

I just published an Apple-based mobile app entitled “Jeff Byrd for U.S. Congress, New Mexico” (click to download app). I share it with you because it lays out how a good grassroots campaign for a candidate should be run. It’s free. I encourage you to download it and try it and learn from it, as it provides a template for any good grassroots effort. Here’s a summary of how it works (from the app description):

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Passover Guide for the Perplexed 2014

April 12, 2014, 5:42 pm

By Yoram Ettinger, The Ettinger Report

1. The Passover legacy constitutes the foundation of Judaism, and is therefore included in most Jewish blessings (“in memory of the Exodus”). Passover symbolizes the rejuvenation of nature and mankind, spiritually and physically, individually and collectively/nationally. Passover stipulates that human rejuvenation – just like the rejuvenation of nature – must be driven by memory/history/roots. Therefore, parents are instructed to educate their children about the lessons of Passover. Passover was an early – and much more successful – edition of the (19th century) Spring of Nations. It is celebrated in the spring, the bud of nature. The biblical scroll of Song of Songs, which highlights spring, is read during Passover. Spring, Aviv in Hebrew (אביב) consists of two Hebrew words: Father – אב – of 12 – יב – months/tribes. Spring is mentioned 3 times in the Torah, all in reference to the Exodus. Passover – which commemorates the creation of the Jewish nation – lasts seven days, just like the creation of the universe.

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Native Icon: The Outspoken Phyllis Chesler

April 12, 2014, 1:05 pm

From Phyllis Chesler

Bestselling author, legendary feminist leader, noted psychotherapist, mother, grandmother and native New Yorker… but wait, there’s more. Discover what makes the extraordinary and outspoken Dr. Phyllis Chesler tick in this candid conversation with New York Natives:

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‘Embattled’ Sebelius to resign

April 11, 2014, 5:45 pm

“Embattled?” She’s nothing of the sort. Sebelius is arrogant, imperialistic, obsequious, disingenuous, and has no place in a republic. She’s only resigning because “Lawmakers from both parties had called for her to resign. … [and] House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) subpoenaed her for records in October, and earlier this year, threatened to investigate her for perjury.” From the AP:

Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Sebelius’ resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law. The opening weeks of the enrollment period were marred by widespread website woes, though the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline, exceeding initial expectations. Enrollment has since risen to 7.5 million as people were given extra time to complete applications. …

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75,000-member-strong Restoring America Together Network seeks to unite conservatives by leveraging modern communication media

April 5, 2014, 3:04 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Greenville, South Carolina – April 2, 2014: “Don’t tell me what’s wrong, we know that; what are we going to do about it to get it fixed?” says Rollan Ross passionately, CEO of the 75,000-member-strong, pan-conservative grassroots Restoring America Together Network (RAT). He adds, “Everybody complains about our country and the direction in which it is going. We know that. What are we going to do about it? Our groups are focused on that goal!” RAT adds hundreds of members each day as many U.S. citizens are naturally drawn to the group’s simple yet succinct and elegant message of revitalizing American society by acting and living as our Founding Fathers intended. The group has been so successful because it is leveraging state-of-the-art communication technologies to organize and grow its ranks, such as the Facebook and Twitter social media sites, blogs/websites, YouTube, [i] and Internet radio. RAT is also successful because its membership reaches out to concerned citizens through word-of-mouth, phone calls, and local meetings – common grassroots tactics. This blend of technology and old-fashioned networking is one of the keys to Restoring America Together’s success.

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