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Monday, September 1, 2014

Vigil for the victims of big labor and a petition against big labor



From The National Right to Work Committee:

We don't call it "Big Labor Day."

Today, we celebrate the American worker -- not the union bosses who compel workers to pay them tribute as a condition of employment.

It's vital we counter the Big Labor propaganda machine that uses Labor Day as an excuse to demand even more power over workers.

That's why this morning at 9:15 am, I'll appear on C-SPAN's Washington Journal to expose Big Labor's power grabs and make the case for worker freedom.

I've also recorded a Labor Day message and released it to media outlets nationwide.

Americans from coast to coast will also read my Labor Day columns in newspapers or hear me or my staff on the radio promoting worker freedom.

Most importantly, thank you once again for everything you have done to help fight back against forced unionism in these critical times -- and please, enjoy the Labor Day weekend with your loved ones

Sincerely,

Mark Mix

P.S. I can think of no better way to spend Labor Day than by remembering the suffering of the tens of thousands of victims of Big Labor's violence and intimidation.

So please, click here to light your virtual candle and sign your petition today demanding action on the Freedom from Union Violence Act.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fight back against Obama's abuses

From RandPAC:

Thanks to your outrage forcing Congress to put pressure on the President to rein in the out-of-control NSA domestic spying program, President Obama was compelled to address this abuse of the Fourth Amendment.

But in what has become typical for President Obama, fancy rhetoric is utilized to cover up the same disastrous policies.

The collection of emails, phone calls and text messages rolls on but under a different configuration.

That sounds like "If you like your privacy, you can keep it."

But looking at this administration’s track record, "trust us" gets thrown out the window

Starting a Tea Party organization is "wrong" and singles you out for harassment.

We’ve already seen the outright smearing of law-abiding gun owners and the derision of those who "cling" to their guns and religion.

We see the Obama administration covering up Benghazi, then tapping Susan Rice – who helped mislead the American people in the wake of that outrage – for a promotion.

And to make matters worse, President Obama is demanding we trust him when he claims lawyers who work for the executive branch will construct safeguards to protect our rights.

You and I know the fox can't guard the henhouse.

This is madness and someone needs to slam the breaks on policies that stomp all over the Fourth Amendment.

This is a defining moment for our country. Is any politician above law?

That's why I hope you'll agree to stand with me by fighting back against President Obama trampling all over the Constitution.

So please sign your "Fourth Amendment Protection Act" petition right away.

I need your help to crank up the heat on my colleagues to push this legislation through Congress.

And after you sign your petition, I hope you'll agree to make your most generous contribution to help RANDPAC mobilize millions of Americans through email, direct mail, online and social media ads to join this first-of-its-kind effort to stand up to President Obama and tell him "enough is enough!"

In Liberty,

Senator Rand Paul (R - KY)

Unfortunately, not enough Americans have signed the petition supporting this legislation.

P.S. After sign your petition, please make your most generous contribution to help RANDPAC mobilize millions of Americans to this historic fight.


Our freedoms are on the line people. This isn't tiddlywinks,we're talking about our basic concepts of rights and what they mean. If Obama walks other Statists are going to get ideas and do the same. To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: "we have given you a republic. How long you keep it is up to you". That "you" is us,the American people. If you want a democratic represenatative republic then sign the petition and keep it. If you want a statist dictatorship do nothing and that is what will be handed to you. Your choice.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Marijuana prohibitionists getting desperate

The Anti-Marijuana Lobby Is Enlisting Scientific Mercenaries
SAM BECKER GOOGLE
AUGUST 30, 2014

It’s an age-old play that has been used in several different industries over the past several decades, and now marijuana is the new target. One incredibly popular method for garnering support against a cause is to attack the science and facts supporting it, even if it is a virtual certainty that you’d be fighting a losing battle.

According to a new report from Vice, that’s precisely what’s happening to the cannabis industry, despite the fact that marijuana has only been legalized in two states for recreational use and a handful of others for medicinal purposes. It’s been well-known for a while that there are plenty of groups with vested interests in keeping marijuana illegal, including prison guard unions, law enforcement agents and officials, private prison companies, and more. But the group Vice focuses on is the painkiller industry.

One would think at first that pharmaceutical companies would be ecstatic about marijuana prohibition finally coming to an end, as it could possibly supply them with a relatively cheap and easy resource to study and apply to their products. But as with any entrenched special interest group, they instead see it as a threat to profits.

So instead of embracing the end of prohibition, many companies have decided to pay academics to develop research that instead leads to the conclusion that marijuana is a health hazard and should remain outlawed. Vice cites the claims of Dr. Herbert Kleber of Columbia University, who has published work and has been quoted as saying that marijuana is a ‘gateway drug’, is addictive and will hurt society as a whole.

Of course, he’s also a paid consultant to several large pharmaceutical companies that manufacture painkillers, which could lose their appeal if marijuana is adopted en masse in coming years.

As with anything, marijuana does most likely pose some health risks. Smoking anything isn’t really good for your health, and there is plenty of research to be done focused on the long-term effects of cannabis use, particularly in younger people. But even with those concerns in mind, marijuana use is not even remotely close in terms of danger and damage to products like cigarettes, alcohol and yes, even prescription painkillers — all of which have been linked to thousands, if not millions of deaths per year.

Marijuana has still yet to kill anyone, although it could play a factor in things like auto accidents. But as far as overdoses? Zero.

The truth is that the ploy boy these painkiller manufacturers is tired and played out. We saw it from the cigarette companies during the 1960s and ’70s, claiming that cigarettes were harmless when they are one of the most dangerous products available. We’re seeing it today in the climate change debate, in which 98 percent of scientists have come to the conclusion that man-made climate change is a serious problem. Yet, there are still a handful of scientists (many of whom on the payroll of large, entrenched energy corporations) who feel otherwise.

Perhaps the most important question of all regarding these paid academics is relative to the worries they’re adopting in the first place. For those opposing marijuana legalization, the arguments are usually centered-around health concerns and public safety. Yet, we already have far more dangerous products available on the market, which actually do lead to increased instances of violence and crime and nobody has a problem with it.

So why would they have a problem with marijuana?

There’s always the chance that these people genuinely hold these concerns, but it has to be understood that the ties they hold to these companies compromises their opinion in many aspects, especially in the eyes of the public.

Take what the paid ‘experts’ are saying with a grain of salt. This is the same tactic we’ve seen the energy and cigarette industries use over the years, and until some concrete evidence surfaces that marijuana is indeed a public threat, there’s really no reason to think so.

After all, do we really want to keep putting people in jail to bolster the profits of pharmaceutical companies, private prison organizations, and prison guard unions?

Probably not.


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Turn up the heat on audit the fed,national internet tax mandate

From Campaign For Liberty:

I’m nervous. . .

Shortly before the House adjourned for the August recess, Campaign for Liberty received word that House Leadership was planning to schedule a roll call vote on Audit the Fed in September.

Yet we are hearing from Capitol Hill sources that House Leadership may cut short the already limited number of days they will spend in D.C. this September, so they will look to rush through their remaining agenda.

I’m nervous because, with a suddenly shifting schedule, we could have only a day or two’s notice before the vote happens!

So C4L must be able to instantly place intense heat on wavering representatives in key House districts through email, Facebook and Google ads, and more to make sure this vote is as successful – or even stronger – than our 2012 results.

And if we win again in the House, we need to immediately use the victory to turn up the heat on Harry Reid’s vulnerable Senate cronies, who are facing difficult elections, and force them to publicly choose between Reid, the special interests, and the banksters, or the nearly 75% of Americans who support Audit the Fed.

In order to take such quick action, Campaign for Liberty must have the necessary funds ready to draw on right away.

And right now, we simply do not have those funds.

Will you please make a special emergency contribution of $30, $20, or $10 to help us have the resources to implement a full rapid response plan at literally a moment’s notice?

I know I’ve asked a lot from you this year, but we can’t afford to lose our best opportunity to not only once again pass Audit the Fed through the House but finally force Harry Reid to act.

With public discontent growing over ObamaCare, continuing high unemployment, and skyrocketing grocery prices, the last thing Reid’s vulnerable Senate cronies need is attention focused on how they are helping him block efforts to bring transparency to the institution responsible for so many of America’s economic problems: the Federal Reserve.

But unless we have the resources to quickly maximize pressure on the Senate if Audit the Fed passes the House, those senators may not feel enough heat to abandon Reid and the banksters!

So please support our rapid response efforts with your most generous contribution of $30, $20, or $10.

Audit the Fed is not the only issue that C4L must be prepared to fight on at a moment’s notice in September.

The coalition of powerful special interests and big-spending, tax-hungry politicians has not yet given up plans to sneak the National Internet Tax Mandate through Congress, including by attaching it to the moratorium on Internet access taxes.

The Senate could vote on attaching the National Internet Tax Mandate to the moratorium bill at any time next month, and if it passes there, we may only have hours to stop it in the House.

In addition, there is a strong possibility that Harry Reid will cut a deal with House Leadership to ram through a “Continuing Resolution” increasing government spending on programs including ObamaCare.

There are also reports that the Continuing Resolution may even include an extension of the Export-Import Bank.

Like Audit the Fed and the Internet Tax Mandate, the Continuing Resolution fight could be a very quick one, requiring us to have to immediately spring into action.

But right now, we do not have the funds to do everything needed in even one of these battles, much less all three.

So please support our efforts with a special contribution of $30, if you can today.

Having the resources right on hand is critical to ensure we accomplish our goals this fall, so if $30 is too much, can I count on you for a contribution of $20 or even $10?

We also want to ensure our 2014 Candidate Survey Program can run at full strength so the public can know where their candidates stand on key liberty issues.

A successful survey program is key to building on our successes in 2015 and beyond.

But if we are forced to drain our bank accounts to pass Audit the Fed, block the National Internet Tax Mandate, and stop the GOP leadership from once again caving to President Obama and Senator Reid, we will not be able to run our survey program at maximum capacity.

As you can see, the next month presents us with both challenges and opportunities to advance our agenda.

Unless we are prepared to take advantage of our upcoming window, however, the statists could succeed in not just continuing to block Audit the Fed but also in tightening control over the Internet and once again increasing spending and debt.

Please help Campaign for Liberty fight back with your most generous contribution of $30, $20, or $10 today.

Thank you for standing with us!

In Liberty,

John Tate
President

P.S. This September, Campaign for Liberty must be prepared to act on a moment’s notice on Audit the Fed, the National Internet Tax Mandate, and more.

If we can win on Audit the Fed again in the House, we need to immediately turn up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his cronies to finally hold a Senate roll call vote.

But right now, we simply do not have the funds to do everything necessary on Audit the Fed, especially if we have to also fight other emergency battles in what could be a rushed congressional session.

So please help us ensure Campaign for Liberty can successfully advance Audit the Fed while beating back any last-minute attempt to expand government by making your most generous contribution of $30, $20, or $10 today!

Marijuana legalization in 3 states

From NORML:

I hope you'll agree that the momentum in the United States to end cannabis prohibition is now genuinely palpable.

Citizens' votes in Colorado and Washington in 2012 to end their state's cannabis prohibition laws and replace them with 'tax-n-regulate' laws arguably has forever broken the back of the federal government's nearly eighty-year old failed and expensive prohibition.

We can lay more bricks of permanent reforms to this foundation when voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia decide on ballot questions in favor of legally controlling (and benefiting from) cannabis commerce.

Many national polls today indicate nearly 60% support for legalizing the cultivation, sale and use of cannabis. Objective media and think tanks continue to praise the nascent stages of Colorado and Washington's cannabis commerce and taxation.

Both of these factors bode strongly for all three ballot measures this November.

NORML's board of directors endorses these cannabis legalization measures. All three support basic tenets of reform. They differ slightly in scope and implementation based on local considerations of law, customs and polled public sentiment.

The legalization measures in Alaska and Oregon could end cannabis prohibition, allow cultivation for personal use, permit commercial growing for sale in licensed stores, and provide adults with plenty of plants. In the federal city of Washington, D.C., voters could reduce cannabis penalties to zero for possession and personal cultivation--but retail sales must wait.

I hope you'll agree with NORML's board that the passage of these three voter initiatives will greatly advance cannabis law reform in our country.

What can NORML's large network of members and supporters do to help pass these three crucially important cannabis law reforms this fall?

Please make a tax-deductible donation to The NORML Foundation to support a specific state's legalization initiative.

Contact, communicate with and join your local NORML chapter (there are over 150 NORML chapters in the United States)

Organize among your family, friends and co-workers to be supportive of these three initiatives and help spread the word and excitement of citizens in America now taking the opportunity to end a long-failed public policy and replacing it with a new one that is constitutionally-friendly, free- market oriented, fair and rational.

If you're reading this note and reside in Alaska, Oregon or Washington, D.C., your time for participation has arrived. Focus your time, energy and to pass these major reforms. For more information about what residents can do to help pass these initiatives, please contact the national NORML office in Washington, D.C. or your local chapters in these states.

Those of us who live elsewhere can still help. As the repeal of alcohol prohibition taught us, each state that falls makes the next ones topple easier.

Please join my family and me this fall in supporting these cannabis legalization ballot initiatives.

Thanks in advance and warm regards,
Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D
Chair, NORML Board of Directors
Albany, NY

Prevent gay bill of special rights in Michigan

From Public Advocate:

Two of the wealthiest enemies of Real Marriage in America have just set their sights on Michigan.

Tim Gill and Paul Singer control hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to the Homosexual Agenda.

Tim Gill’s Action Fund used his millions to take over Colorado politics and enshrine homosexual privileges into law.

Right now, Christian baker Jack Phillips is being persecuted by those very legislative changes.

Paul Singer made his first major attack on the Family when he paid off New York state legislators to pass homosexual “marriage” in their state.

After that, he created the American Unity PAC and pumped millions of dollars in political campaigns and marriage referendums during the 2012 election cycle.

Now these two are trying to “purchase” Michigan for the radical Homosexual Lobby as well.

Singer and Gill have officially funneled $155,000 into Michigan politics to help buy passage of a state version of the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

These pay-offs have gone to State Representatives Frank Foster and Jase Bolger, who is also the Speaker of the State House.

The plan calls for Foster to introduce the bill and for Bolger to bring it up for a vote.

Singer and Gill each gave $50,000 to the Bolger Restore Michigan Fund and $25,000 each to Foster’s Spotlight Michigan Fund.

That's $75,000 from each.

Singer also gave the maximum campaign contribution to Bolger and Foster, while Gill gave the maximum donation to Foster and three declared homosexuals running as Democratic House candidates.

And this is just their first strike.

They don’t have the numbers when it comes to voters, so they are using the numbers in their bank accounts.

But pro-Family Michiganders aren’t giving up.

And they just proved again that the Homosexual Lobby does not have the support of the voters.

Representative Foster lost his bid for re-election in the Republican primary.

His constituents rejected him expressly for his support of the Homosexual Agenda.

His opponent actually credits his own victory to standing against the Homosexual Agenda.

While this is a great victory for the Family, there is a downside we have to deal with.

Foster is now a “lameduck” legislator.

Since he is on his way out of office, he has nothing to lose by pushing the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

We have to ramp up pressure on Michigan legislators to kill this bill in its tracks.

That's why Public Advocate keeps pro-Family leaders like you informed, and with key people like you, we can immediately impact Michigan and reverse wrongful efforts by the mega-rich Gay lobbyists.

Together, we can show billionaires like Tim Gill and Paul Singer that our country is not for sale!

For the Family,

HON. EUGENE DELGAUDIO
President, Public Advocate of the U.S.

P.S. Will you chip in $5 or $10 to help Public Advocate fight against the deep-pocketed Homosexual Lobby and their attacks on Real Marriage?

Join the protest to protect Net Neutrality



From Demand Progress:

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

How would your worldview be different? Do you think you’d have found Demand Progress or other causes you care about? Would you be getting this email?

On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality.

We need everyone on board for this. Got a website or blog? Find out how the slowdown works and how you can join here.

If you don’t have a website, you are still part of this! Here’s a quick list of things you can do to help in the Battle for the Net.

This isn’t about how quickly our cat videos load, it’s about the future of our ability to communicate, to learn, to create, and to rebel. It’s about the future of humanity.

We've proved time and again that even concentrated monopoly and government power is no match for the power of people’s voices connected and amplified by the free and open web.

That power is our greatest asset as we take on some of the country's wealthiest, most aggressive, and most corrupt corporations. This could be one of our last chances to defend it.

If we lose it, we lose a lot more than just the Internet. If we win, we win a lot more than just streaming video. The stakes are high and we should be acting like it.

The Internet is counting on each and every one of us to act. Let’s not let ourselves down. See you on the net September 10th!

Thanks.

-Demand Progress