The Right Scoop is on the case. Here they’ve made available two interviews with informed perspective that doesn’t match the media narrative. John Bolton’s comments are so terse and full of import that you may have to intermittently pause the video to give your mind time to grasp what he is saying. Irreplaceable.
And here is another well trusted source with up close and personal experience with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Robert Spencer, author of The Truth About Muhammad and other books that illuminate Islamic teachings and the goals of its modern proponents, has a not to be missed op-ed today wherein he says:
“Last summer, when ElBaradei floated the possibility of running for President of Egypt, the Brotherhood strongly supported his candidacy. And so now, with the prospect of a Muslim Brotherhood/ElBaradei regime in Egypt closer to reality than ever, the United States faces an ominous replay of the events in Iran in the late 1970s: an authoritarian pro-American regime was toppled by pro-democracy forces that were forthwith co-opted by Islamic supremacists who installed a fanatically anti-American Sharia regime that turned out to be far more repressive and draconian than the one that had been toppled.”
HeritageFoundation | May 10, 2010 |
Since Ted launched his campaign for U.S. Senate, the buzz has been tremendous both nationally and in Texas. Ted has been called “the real deal” and “a dream candidate” and “a born leader” in blog posts… and one item said: “Ted should be a national conservative cause, the way Rubio was in Florida.” In addition, Ted continues to receive enthusiastic support among the grassroots and online … he has over 54,000 fans on Facebook – by far more than any other Senate candidate and even more than any statewide official in Texas.
The hearing for Dan Neil’s election contest is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and possibly continuing through Wednesday this week. Please see the details below:
Election Contest Hearing
DATE: Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
TIME: 8:00 a.m.
PLACE: Room 140,
John H. Reagan Bldg.
(105 W. 15th St.)
PRESIDING: Rep. Will Hartnett,
Master of Discovery
(May be continued to Wed., Feb. 2, 2011)
The public may attend the hearing and I suggest you attend if you possibly can to show Dan your support. And wear RED .
You may review details of the process and submitted documents by going to the Texas Legislative Council site at the link below:
by Poor Richard, contributor | Sunday, January 30, 2011 | Ramparts 360.com
To the faithful readers of Sibyl West’s Ramparts360 blog, the time has come for me to move along. I am moving to Washington, DC for a new private sector job that holds great promise and potential. I am truly excited about it.
I have been hard at work since last Labor Day, working to build a statewide alliance of Texas Tea Parties and Grassroots organizations with a structure that allows them to stay independent while still cooperating on larger issues. We have expanded rapidly and by mid February, expect to top 80 Tea Party groups in Texas, numbering well over 130,000 total members. The work will continue. There are many capable people associated with the Texas Liberty Hill Alliance, and they are putting their time, talents and energy into this effort. I have every confidence the TLHA will continue to grow and prosper as an effective organization for expressing conservative opinions on legislation at all levels.
To my friend Sibyl West, who gave me virtually a free rein to express my opinions and concerns regarding the state of our country, a mere “thank you” sounds wholly inadequate. Ramparts allowed me to stretch and polish my writing skills, expand into American Thnker and use that exposure as a jumping off point to help creat even stronger cooperation for Texas grassroots as a whole. I simply cannot thank you enough.
TeaPartyHD | January 28, 2011 | 54 likes, 12 dislikes
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Response to President Obama’s State of The Union Address. A Tea Party Express and Tea Party HD Exclusive Directed and Produced by Tony Loiacono.
Michele Bachmann wrote on Facebook:
“There’s been a lot of attention paid to the camera angle of my State of the Union response. Below is the one the networks should have broadcast; the network pool camera was asked to broadcast via the main camera, but a late-arriving network cameraman set up a very poor shot without anyone else being able to check the angle or the feed.”
gopweeklyaddress | January 28, 2011 | 5 likes, 2 dislikes
In the Weekly Republican Address, newly elected Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson introduces himself,
“For those of you who don’t know me, this is the first elective office I have ever sought or held. The reason I ran is simple and straightforward. We are bankrupting America, and I thought it was time for citizen legislators to come to Washington to help those individuals already here that are seriously facing that reality.”
He explains, “I hope the President and his allies in Congress accept a simple truth: big government is blocking job creation, not helping it. The sooner Washington ends its dependence on more spending, the sooner our economy will see real growth. I bring the perspective of someone who’s been creating jobs, meeting a payroll, balancing a budget, and living under the rules, regulations, and taxes that politicians here in Washington impose on the rest of us. I know firsthand the incentives and disincentives, the intended and unintended consequences of government intrusion into our lives. Unfortunately, when it comes to creating jobs, government is rarely helpful. Government tends to make it harder and more expensive to create jobs. We need to make job creation easier and cheaper.”
Sen. Johnson says, “History proves that governments do not know how to efficiently allocate capital. Millions of private individuals, acting independently within the free market system, do it best. We need to encourage and incentivize entrepreneurs, not tax and regulate them out of business. We’ve also heard the President talk about controlling spending and the deficit. If he’s serious about it, he should present a serious plan. If he does, I feel confident Republicans will be willing to help him get it passed.”
Hat tip Gateway Pundit.
Last night Mark Levin devoted the entire show to the developing situation in Egypt. I was very gratified to hear him say that both Michael Ledeen and John R. Bolton would be guests, since I always resonate with their insights and respect their experience regarding the Middle East.
Some salient points
Mark thinks Mohammed El Baradei is the Muslim Brotherhood’s guy. “El Baradei can be put in and easily toppled. He’s an Iranian stooge. He turned a blind eye during the nuclear inspections. He is weak.”
The Egyptian army is with Mubarak but doesn’t like his son. And they can always join the revolution, although history shows that those who joined the revolution against the Shah were summarily killed by the Ayatollahs after the latter took control. It is unclear if the Egyptian army remembers this or not.
Jihadis are pouring into Egypt. Even if students and disgruntled workers are initially part of the opposition coalition, the Muslim Brotherhood – whose unofficial vatican is Al-Azhar University - will co-opt and turn it toward a fundamentalist shariah government.
“Iran is scared,” said Ledeen. “The wave of pro-democracy is overthrowing tyrants and they’re afraid they are next.” (Of course don’t expect to hear this kind of talk coming out of Iran. Expect expressions of approval and happiness.) He says this activity in Egypt cannot be divorced from the June 2009 Iranian uprising against the Ayatollah regime. But Iran is sending operatives to Lebanon and the Hezbollah takeover is controlled and backed by Iran.
Obama is not backing Mubarak. “Whoever wins he’s for it,” was the agreement between Ledeen and Levin. The President’s message, broadcast live during the segment of the show, was a message to the world that, as far as middle eastern leaders are concerned, everybody is on their own and the United States will not be helping them out. Ledeen quoted an unnamed Turkish leader of the past who said “The problem with having the Americans as an ally is you never know when they are going to turn around and stab themselves in the back.”
Update: Michael Ledeen’s take at his blog: Egypt: Revolution? By Whom? For What? Don’t miss it!
Andrew Bostom contacted Mark during the break and reminded him of an April 2007 article siting a survey that showed more than 2/3 of the Muslim youth in Egypt wanted strict shariah law.
Bolton: “I don’t think we have evidence yet that these demonstrations are necessarily about democracy. You know the old saying, ‘one person, one vote, one time.‘ The Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t care about democracy, if they get into power you’re not going to have free and fair elections either.” More…
The Egyptian army is digging in for a fight, and not against the people but against what Bolton calls the “shock troops of the Muslim Brotherhood” who are organizing the community to the latter’s detriment. Use the people to topple their government then enslave or oppress the people afterwards – it’s a common strategy throughout history. Bolton says that should Mubarak and his army fall it is the Brotherhood who will create the new government, not the idealistic students.
This is not a call to Jeffersonian democracy but it is Mubarak v. the Muslim Brotherhood. Be sure to listen to the audio at the link above and don’t be sucked in thinking the people in Egypt just want to be free. There is much more to this than the biased AP and Reuters, infiltrated as they are with radical operatives, would have you believe.
by Sibyl West | January 29, 2011 | Commentary
I used to think that our animal friends were motivated by a survival instinct and that all their behaviors were the result of necessity. But allow me to bear witness to a phenomenon that I wouldn’t have believed unless I saw it with my own eyes.
Throughout the city of Hong Kong there are trees which prevent it from being a complete concrete wasteland. Almost no grass, but trees of various kinds from aged banyan to exotic palm. From the 27th floor of my building I looked down on a staircase that ascended two city blocks up a steep hill and halfway up was a small public park with a lovely tree over a bench. I would watch from one season to the next, year after year, how it would flourish in the summer and rest during the cycle of winter, only to revive again in due course.
And in these oases between the high rise buildings there are occasional flocks of sulfur crested cockatoos who fly here and there. Large and white, with their distinctive yellow crests and even more distinctive calls, their screeches echo in the valleys of concrete.
One day while walking beneath that tree I noticed several small green branches full of leaves littering the sidewalk. As I gazed up I saw some odd twisting movements among leaves which were otherwise moving in the breeze and could discern at least two cockatoos quietly chewing with their hooked beaks. The were otherwise unnoticeable and hidden in the foliage. I realized they had chewed off the branches, though I couldn’t imagine why. The impression stayed with me.
As time went by, day after day, I noticed that the gang of birds would visit and continue their weird little pastime. Why did they choose that tree? Mind you they weren’t eating the leaves but merely selecting branches and chewing them off. Obviously the tree had done nothing to them to deserve such torture, only given them shelter. My mind would raise the question but the answer continued to elude me.
And they were bold creatures of habit. One young acquaintance told of how every evening a white cockatooo would fly over and sit in the cumquat tree on the balcony of his parent’s flat, pick off one of the small orange fruits, peel it in a leisurely manner and eat it. Fearless.
In due course the foliage of the tree in my neighborhood became thin like a balding man. The birds continued their daily incremental destruction, flying off all together at around 5:00 PM in their gang, screaming. Sometimes when I was sitting in the back of a taxi going to and fro in the city, whenever I would see a cockatoo sitting atop the dead branches of a tree it dawned on me that he may have had a hand (figuratively) in its slow but purposeful demise.
After ten years of witnessing this process one spring the tree did not revive. Having been mercilessly deprived of enough leaves to convert sunlight to sustain itself it finally perished. By the time I moved out of that residence the park service had cut the tree down and all I could see was a stump next to the bench.
Why did the birds do it? The answer is because they could. Destruction as a recreational predilection was part of their nature. It appears the primordial instincts of power and cruelty illustrated in William Golding’s novel The Lord of the Flies exist in the heart of every creature with enough memory and determination but not enough self control.
And the lesson is that, for some creatures on the surface of this earth, senseless and deliberate destruction is a skill in which they take pride. Remember that as you read about the riots in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Greece, Jordan and so on.
The Plain Truth About Who Owns the Democratic Party
Nate Beeler of course. Hat tip Poor Richard.
by Catherine Engelbrecht | January 27, 2011 | Update
On Wednesday, January 26th, our Texas Senate passed SB 14, a bill requiring approved Photo Identification be presented and verified by Election Officials (Poll Workers) in order to vote. It is a strong bill. Senator Fraser (R-Horeshoe Bay) is to be commended for his dedication to the cause. Senator Fraser has carried a Photo Voter ID bill for multiple sessions and he has the battle scars to prove it. It came down to a party line vote, with 19 Republicans voting for and 12 Democrats voting against.
Several Streeters made the road trip to Austin to watch the public testimony and debate on Tuesday. Monday’s hearing had been cancelled, which resulted in a very full Tuesday, beginning at 8am with floor debate between the Senators, then recessing for general business, resuming debate in the afternoon, hearing invited testimony from DMV, SOS, and NAACP among others, then finally moving to public testimony at about 9pm.
Two Streeters testified; Carol Kitson, who testified to the fraud she witnessed when she worked as an Election Judge in the 2010 General Election and me (Catherine Engelbrecht). I testified on behalf of King Street Patriots and the True the Vote initiative. At the conclusion of my statement, Senators Corona and Patrick each thanked King Street for all their hard work – so, to all of you helped True the Vote in 2010 – THANK YOU! People in Austin and across the State took notice. There was also a question posed by Senator Van de Putte, Chair of the Democrat Caucus.
Senator Van de Putte had been misinformed about the True the Vote initiative and our operations, which presented a great opportunity to set the record straight. To watch the entire video click here (note: you must have RealPlayer, which you can download for free at the link provided with the video) My testimony can be see from 2:51:17 to 2:57:41.
We also met with many Representatives on our Legislation Recommendations for Comprehensive Election Code Reform. We are extremely pleased to report that, of the 22 points we sought sponsors for, every point was taken up by a Representative. Every point is now working its way through the process of becoming a bill that will go on to be debated in Committee, from there to the House and Senate, and then into law before the 2012 Elections. Again, thank you to the hundreds and hundreds of patriots who provided notes, Incident Reports, video testimony – you can honestly tell your family and friends you had a hand in crafting new legislation to improve our election process. Kudos to you, fellow patriots!
What did we learn from our 48 hours in Austin?
- the course for Photo Voter ID is far from over – so we must stay ever vigilant
- the bill will NOT be voted on in the House next week. Committees have not even been assigned yet. Once Committees are assigned, the Election Committee will debate the now nearly a dozen Photo Voter ID bills. Of the lot of them all, the best (in our humble opinion) is HB 248. It is essentially identical to SB 14.
- next time, we need to fill the gallery to overflowing. Let’s work together to make sure this happens (we’ll help).
- next time, patriots need to be lined up to give their testimony. Let’s work together to make sure this happens, too (we’ll help).
What can you do now to help?
- volunteer for “Austin 82″ (our team name for our efforts in the 82nd legislature) – We are launching several new efforts for bill tracking, bill review, bill repeal, bill revisions, and advocacy. If you are interested and/or want more details email us here
- give your testimony at the next Public Hearing in the House- if you have a compelling story about an incident you witnessed at the polls, one that Photo Voter ID could have prevented, tell your story. For more details email us here
- make the road trip to Austin when bills come up, sign a Witness Affirmation card, watch the debate. Those who went to Austin will tell you they learned more than they would have every imagined just by watching the debate for hours on end. (we’ll get the busses, you get at least one fellow patriot to come with you…stay tuned for details….look for late February)
- write or call your representative, let them know you are supporting them – and you want them to support a strong Photo Voter ID bill like HB 248
Breathe out on the Speaker’s race What happened happened. Duly noted. Emotions ran high on the issue, but gang, we have work to do. Amazing things can be achieved this session. Historic things. Breathe out and let’s pull together for the good of the State. That’s not selling out, that’s being smart.
Roll up your sleeves, fellow patriots…for those of you in the Houston area, we hope to see you Monday @ 7p when we’ll host Congressman Ted Poe. To those of you across the State, we’ll see you in Austin…. soon.
Iranian Book Celebrating Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert
“At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border,” a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement.
EXCLUSIVE: A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.
The book, “In Memory of Our Martyrs,” was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.
Published in Iran, it consists of short biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died carrying out attacks.
And: Imam Caught Sneaking Into U .S. in Car Trunk – IPT
Texas Ranger weighs in:
“For the 1000th time, and for crying out loud, our southern border’s porosity is not an immigration issue. IT IS A NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE! Besides the fact that we have allowed drug gangs to turn the border region into a blood-soaked war zone, we continue to have evidence that jihadist radical muslims use it for their front door into America. Two thoughts:
1) if we closed the border tomorrow, sealed it, and kept it that way, what would the cartels do? First they would panic as their goods and money could no longer transit the border at will, then they would go away…migrating to the coasts as they found new ways to violate our sovereignty. But the border cities would return to some semblance of normalcy.
2) What will happen to the president who happens to be sitting in the oval office after the next murderous attack by terrorists on our country once it is revealed that the jihadists just walked into the USA across the southern revolving door border? The one that Americans have been screaming to have sealed since 9/11? Impeachment anyone? Dereliction of Duty? Malfeasance? Treason? Start planning your response, because it is bound to happen sooner or later.”
Thanks to Women on the Wall for putting together an excellent video!
“Women on the Wall joined with thousands of Texans in the effort to deliver a strong message to Texas Representatives regarding the overwhelming desire to elect a conservative Texas House Speaker to replace Speaker Straus.
We are sure every member of the Texas House heard our message running up to the vote for Speaker on January 11, 2011 and we are sad that some took our message less seriously than others. We’ve been busy networking and planning with Tea Party patriots, immigration activists, and TX GOP leaders who came TOGETHER — UNITED in their desire to have a new leadership in the House.
The “Texas 15 Hall of Courage” video is to officially thank the 15 Texas Representatives who had the courage to STAND on principle and not give in to the pressure that was put on them to vote for Joe Straus. Their courage is appreciated and we believe it speaks volumes about their true leadership qualities.”
Hat tip Grassroots Texans
by Chris Elam | January 27, 2011 | Republican Party of Texas
While our Texas Legislature weighs an important bill addressing Voter ID and the laws and integrity of our state’s election process, we are witnessing another election drama unfolding here in the capital city.
As you already know, Republican candidate for HD 48 Dan Neil has been locked into an important election contest – unwavering in his belief that the Democratic machine in Travis County has overlooked or created errors in a fair and legal election process surrounding his race.
Today we want to make you aware of the latest news – Dan is absolutely correct. Through the election contest, there has been discovered evidence making it apparent that Dan Neil won this race on Election Day.
This evidence has been steadily mounting. Since the recount, the discovery process has uncovered numerous illegal votes in the race, and the more we dig, the more we seem to find. There is clear evidence of at least 12 illegal votes: 10 people who voted in HD 48 even though they live outside the county, 1 person who was not registered in time to vote in this election, and 1 person who voted twice. It also appears that there may have been more illegal votes cast in this election, and those are being documented as well.
Furthermore, this election contest has highlighted one of the greater outrages that threaten our election process by uncovering a shocking amount of voter disenfranchisement from overseas voters. In this contest, evidence has shown that voters who are residents of HD 48 were not allowed to vote in any state or local race. Some of them have been registered in this district since 1992, but were not allowed to vote in this election.
Regarding this election contest, RPT Chairman Steve Munisteri has drawn a clear line in the sand. “In the words of John Paul Jones – “We have not yet begun to fight!” I want to make it clear that the RPT will not sit by quietly and allow one of its candidates to have his election stolen away. Now that the state party is revitalized and refinanced, I have committed to Dan Neil that the RPT will provide financial and political resources to wage whatever battles are necessary to ensure that every eligible voter has their vote counted, and every illegal vote is stricken. We will also be calling on the Travis County DA to open an investigation of the Travis County Elections Office as a result of these numerous abuses. Today, we are calling upon all Republicans to join us in this effort by demanding that a full investigation into the race be conducted, and that at the end of the day – the true winner, Dan Neil, be seated in the legislature.”
Travis County Chairman Rosemary Edwards and dozens of volunteers from Travis County have participated in the months of the recount process. Often on very short notice, faithful Republicans have assisted in a variety of tasks in the recount process and provided the extra hands and eyes to review voting records. As more records were reviewed, more questions emerged. This process has allowed the light of day to be shown on the process in the Travis County Elections Division. “Questionable procedures in the County Clerk’s Office Elections Division are finally being reviewed. We believe that Dan Neil as the rightful winner of the HD 48 election. If a competently run election had been held, there would be no question about the outcome of this election. We look forward to the completion of the investigation and for Dan Neil to be declared the winner” Edwards stated. “I am very grateful to Chairman Munisteri and the state party for the tremendous support and active involvement in the process. We have only begun to fight!”
Texas Republican, this fight makes one thing clear – the Dan Neil election contest stands as a stark representation of the differences between the two parties of Texas. On one hand, the Democrats are waging an ongoing and clamorous fight against the integrity of the election process by steadfastly opposing voter identification laws. On the other hand, the Republican Party of Texas is pursuing a relentless effort to end significant and egregious voter disenfranchisement by exposing widespread and documentable evidence of these practices right here in our state’s capital.
Elections have consequences. And so too, should voter disenfranchisement and illegalities in our election process. Dan needs financial support for this ongoing legal fight, so stand with him by going to his web site to make a contribution to this effort. Thank you!
Fellow Patriots -
It’s hard to believe, but in a few weeks we will mark the two year anniversary of the spontaneous national wake up call that has become known as the Tea Party Movement. In 2009, many of us were just beginning to recognize the fragile state of our Republic. Now we find ourselves in the midst of a great awakening across America, as citizen patriots rise from their collective hibernation and assert themselves in bold new ways for the sake of liberty.
King Street Patriots played an important role in this grassroots renaissance. In the past year, our organization provided an ever present platform from which prominent speakers and authors educated us and courageous whistleblowers inspired us. We mobilized and made our voices heard on important, time sensitive legislation. Through our True the Vote initiative we made major contributions towards ensuring the integrity of our elections not only in Harris County, but in counties across Texas and the Nation, recruiting and training over a thousand fellow citizens to work at the polls as judges, clerks, and poll watchers. In fact, Breitbart’s Big Government.com website recently named King Street and True the Vote one of the most underreported stories of 2010. Thanks to your support in 2010, we became one of the preeminent citizen groups in the Nation.
We have no intention of slowing down in 2011, but we need your support now more than ever. King Street and True the Vote will continue to expand, first across Texas, then from coast to coast. A model for citizen involvement in the electoral process is needed in all 50 states and this year we will begin the work of bringing True the Vote to the entire country. We will travel to Austin, Washington and all points in between, speaking to citizen groups and testifying to the true state of our elections. Here in Houston, we will continue to bring you compelling speakers, host engaging events, keep you informed, and provide opportunities for you to become involved. We will make a positive difference, together.
Our plans require passion and dedication. They also require money. You have been very generous with your time, talent and treasure. Now, as we set out on a very ambitious but very necessary agenda, we need your financial support more than ever before. If you would be willing to donate $20, $50, $100, $1000, if you would pledge a monthly recurring donation, if you can underwrite a month’s rent or help sponsor an event – we ask you to go online now and make that commitment. We need your help.
With your support, one day you will look back and know you played a vital role in the development of a fledgling organization that went on to make history. Thank you, fellow patriot for your consideration and your conviction. With your help, our best days are ahead.
Don’t miss all the great info & AFFIRMATIVE action folks as we enter Phase II of the Conservative Texans plan of action !!
MC will be Earl Johnson (Organizer of the new Crispus Attucks TP)
- Apostle Claver (RagingElephants) will address Property Taxes
- Michael Sullivan (Empower Texans) will address Budge Shortfalls
- George Rodriguez (Juan Seguin Society) on Border Security & Illegal Immigration
- JD Benfer (Founder Citizens Lobbyist Network) “We have influenced the elections … now its time to influence legislators & legislation!” & How we can do that
- John Stacy (TNT Spokesman & Not In Texas) on Nullification & what we can do now that we have a super majority
- Music by Greg Boles
The TEXAS chapter of 10th Amendment Center leadership will be announced.
We will take it from the steps to the halls & offices of the Reps. We will be doing our 1st White Paper “Organized Accountability Assault” with 4 teams. Join us in delivering what we expect from them this session.
Don’t miss all the great info & AFFIRMATIVE action folks as we enter Phase II of the Conservative Texans plan of action!!