Sunday, February 7, 2016

The consumer will lose if the Charter-Time Warner merger goes through

From Free Press Action Fund:

This week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler admitted that he “has not done enough” to encourage competition between cable giants.1

We appreciate the chairman's sentiments — and have something he can do right now: Block the $90 billion merger between Charter and Time Warner Cable.

In fact, Wheeler has all the power he needs to stop this deal, a move that would encourage competition rather than crush it.

Take action now: Tell Chairman Wheeler to stop Charter.

If this merger is approved, Charter and Comcast would offer service to nearly 80 percent of U.S. homes.

Together they would have unprecedented control over our ability to connect and communicate. Without any other meaningful competition, they’d be able to charge us whatever they want for our connections. Higher prices would leave even more people on the wrong side of the digital divide — hitting low-income communities of color the hardest.

Wheeler knows "digital divide" isn't just some wonky term — it’s a chasm that affects people's day-to-day lives.2

Here’s the question: Will Wheeler do more to encourage competition — or will he stand with Big Cable? The choice is his.

Tell Wheeler to stop Charter before it gobbles up the competition, raises rates and makes it even harder for people to get online.

Thanks for all that you do—

Mary Alice, Candace, Lucia and the rest of the Free Press team
freepress.net

P.S. Rumor has it that the FCC could vote on Charter’s takeover of Time Warner Cable as soon as March. Your voice is needed right now: Tell Chairman Wheeler to block the merger. Thank you!


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Protect your rights help reelect anti-establishment Congressman Tim Huelskamp

From Freedom Works:

The time for talk is over. It’s 2016, and that means it’s time to put up or shut up. It’s time to fight for real conservatives like Tim Huelskamp. That’s what real conservatives do; we fight for those who’ve fought for us. And that’s why you and I must stand with Rep. Huelskamp. FreedomWorks PAC is putting our money where our mouth is, and I hope you will too. I’m not asking you to donate to us. I’m asking you to donate to Rep. Huelskamp, and I promise you that every dollar you donate will go directly to his campaign. That’s why I’m asking you to chip in just $5 to Rep. Huelskamp today.

The establishment wants you to sit behind your computer and do nothing. They want you to keep scrolling and ignore this email. They’re counting on you to abandon Tim Huelskamp, because that’s the only chance they have at beating him. Rep. Huelskamp’s fought the establishment before and he’s won. That’s why they want him gone. They despise him because he’s a real conservative who doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. He’s got a 98% lifetime score with FreedomWorks, and you don’t get that by being an establishment hack. Pitch in $5 to keep a real conservative in Congress today.

Tim Huelskamp will never stop fighting for the values we share. He’s proven that every year he’s been in congress. That’s why he’s got such a big target on his back. And that’s why the Washington insiders want to take him out.

If you sit there and do nothing, the K-Street liberals will win. Government will keep growing, your taxes will increase, our freedoms will shrink, and we will lose the few conservatives we have left in Congress. And you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

Only you can stop that from happening. And you can do it by donating just $5 to Rep. Huelskamp’s campaign today.

For Freedom,

Adam Brandon
Chairman, FreedomWorks PAC

PS – Remember, every dollar you donate will go directly to Rep. Huelskamp’s campaign. And in a race this close, ever dollar will count.

Put pressure on Congressman Paul Ryan to Audit The Fed

From Campaign For Liberty:

It’s time to MAKE ‘EM PAY.

On January 12, 2016, members of BOTH parties in the United States Senate resorted to a filibuster to stop my son, Senator Rand Paul, from passing my Audit the Fed bill.

7 U.S. Senators who are facing reelection in 2016 chose to stand with secretive Fed banksters instead of the nearly 75% of Americans who believe this rogue institution should be audited and exposed.

I know these Senators are betting that the memory of this vote will be overtaken by the presidential race.

They’re betting you and I will just give up and go home -- even after falling only 7 votes short.

But with your help, I’m about to show them they’re WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.

In just a moment, I'll give you a link to find your special, personalized petitions to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and your U.S. Representative insisting on House passage of Audit the Fed.

You see, if you and I can follow up forcing a Senate vote on Audit the Fed with passage through the U.S. House for the third Congress in a row, it will dramatically ramp up pressure on the U.S. Senate...

...Maybe just enough to make the 7 vote difference next time around.

So please help me send a LOUD-AND-CLEAR message to every member of Congress:

“GET THE JOB DONE ON AUDIT THE FED -- OR RISK FACING THE MUSIC AT THE BALLOT BOX.”

The fact is, if you and I are going to maintain any semblance of the liberty and prosperity that’s long been every American’s birthright, sending this message is simply not optional.

The Federal Reserve’s disastrous print-now, ask-questions-later policies are destroying the American economy.

Our middle class is being gutted before our eyes.

Poverty is on the rise.

While Washington D.C.’s well-connected corporate fat cats and the Fed’s hedge fund billionaire buddies continue to rake it in like never before, the American median household income is still far short of where it was -- even at the end of the last century.

And while our federal government continues to release “official” unemployment rates in the single digits, they’re not even bothering to count those who have given up looking for work!

Now, studies show 37% of able-bodied Americans aren’t even in the labor force!

It’s no accident. It’s all due to Washington, D.C.’s out-of-control spending on outrageous boondoggles like ObamaCare, which has left our nation $19 TRILLION in debt.

But if you scratch the surface, you’ll see the Federal Reserve -- which prints money out of thin air to pay the bills when sky-high taxation and borrowing don’t make ends meet -- is the true linchpin of Big Government.

That’s why it’s never been more important that you and I force passage of Audit the Fed and finally show the American people the Federal Reserve system leads to:

*** Constant economic crises. Centrally planned interest rates and money manipulation lead to one economic bubble after another -- just as we saw in the housing crisis and as we’re seeing now in the U.S. stock market;

*** The destruction of the middle class. As the cost of everyday necessities soar, those who are NOT on the government dole are forced to make do with less as the value of their money sinks;

*** Currency destruction. History shows us that riots, violence, and full-scale police states can result when people finally realize our money isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on and REFUSE to accept it.

In fact, a past limited audit authorized by the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act revealed that the Federal Reserve committed over $16 trillion to foreign central banks and politically-connected U.S. companies from 2007-2010.

That’s more than four times the annual budget of the United States!

Imagine what a full audit would reveal about the Fed’s “special” relationships and secret deals with Big Banks, Wall Street firms, large corporations, and foreign central banks!

Please sign your petition to Speaker Paul Ryan and your U.S. Representative demanding they Audit the Fed right away.

The good news is, your action is proven to make a direct difference. Grassroots muscle from patriots like you from all over the country put the Fed issue on the political map.

It’s the reason Campaign for Liberty got this critical legislation passed through the U.S. House with HUGE bipartisan majorities during the past two Congresses.

It's the reason we were able to overcome an all-out Federal Reserve public relations blitz and force Audit the Fed on the U.S. Senate's calendar for a public, roll call vote.

It's the reason we were able to get 53 votes -- even with three senators failing to show up!

Make no mistake. You and I are getting results.

BIG results.

Each and every one of these milestones was a major, historic victory.

Today, we’re closer than ever to finally EXPOSING the Federal Reserve and striking at the very heart of the Washington, D.C. Big Government Leviathan.

But what you and I do right now may be the most important.

With the presidential race raging, keeping Audit the Fed at the forefront of the American political debate is crucial.

Of course, after this U.S. Senate vote, I know many members of Congress – in both the U.S. House and Senate – think they’re done with Audit the Fed.

I want to show them that if they REFUSE to pass my bill this Congress, they could face a buzz saw at the ballot box from the nearly 75% of Americans who believe the Federal Reserve should be audited.

That means generating a massive grassroots outpouring of support from good folks like you, insisting on House passage of Audit the Fed NOW!

So please sign your petition to Speaker Paul Ryan and your U.S. Representative demanding they Audit the Fed right away.

If we can pass Audit the Fed through the U.S. House again under the new Speaker, Paul Ryan, it will only increase the pressure on the U.S. Senate.

And with the November elections rapidly approaching, every U.S. Senator who dared to vote against Audit the Fed will understand they must change and vote to EXPOSE the Fed -- or they’ll risk paying the ultimate political price.

That’s why I’m counting on your IMMEDIATE action.

Your generosity today is also critical to helping C4L turn our focus to the U.S. House with everything from hard-hitting mail, email, and social media to Internet ads, a phone mobilization campaign, and even TV ads (if I can raise the resources).

The good news is, in an election year like this one, politicians listen a little better than they do at other times. So everything you and I do right now could have enormous impact.

Remember, your action is PROVEN to make a difference. So what you decide to do (or not do) right now will have an enormous impact on this battle.

I hope you’ll go all in.

I hope that, in addition to signing your petitions, you’ll agree to a generous contribution of $50 right away.

I know that’s probably a big stretch.

But every dollar is so crucial to finally winning this battle.

Even if President Obama ultimately vetoes, that’s still a major win for you and me. With the Audit the Fed issue at the forefront of the presidential race, any candidate who says they won’t sign Audit the Fed would be toast!

Of course, if $50 is just too much, please agree to $25 or at least $10 TODAY.

I know I've asked a lot from you. The truth is, words can’t get close to the appreciation I truly feel for all you’ve done for liberty.

But this is a critical moment. Please come through for me by signing your petition to Speaker Paul Ryan and your U.S. Representative to Audit the Fed, and then make your most generous contribution of $50, $25, or at least $10.

Thank you for everything!

For Liberty,

Ron Paul
Chairman

P.S. The statists mounted a filibuster to derail passage of Audit the Fed in the Senate. But if you and I can pass Audit the Fed through the U.S. House, it will dramatically increase the pressure on the bad apples in the Senate to vote to pass Audit the Fed.

Please sign your petition to Speaker Paul Ryan and your U.S. Representative demanding they vote on Audit the Fed.

And after you’ve signed, please chip in your most generous contribution of $50, $25, or even $10 IMMEDIATELY to help Campaign for Liberty mobilize like-minded Americans.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Gay Bill of Special Rights threatens Religious Liberty

From Public Advocate:

"Historic."

"Comprehensive."

That's how the pro-homosexual news media is portraying the newest Gay Bill of Special Rights.

Unless Public Advocate supporters take immediate action, it will go down in history as the end of Religious Liberty in America.

That's because Republicans are already betraying Traditional Values to support the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

You see, homosexual Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) have introduced the most aggressive version of this bill I've ever seen.

Their bills, H.R. 3185 and S. 1858, will create a special employment status for homosexuals and transsexuals.

Cicilline specifically declared it was time to demand special rights for homosexuals -- with no exceptions.

And now Republican Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) is being praised by the radical Homosexual Lobby for betraying pro-Family Americans.

That's because Sen. Kirk has pledged his alliance with President Obama in lobbying for the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

Just last month, I predicted the radical Homosexual Lobby would target vulnerable Republicans running for re-election.

These radicals are desperate to put the Gay Bill of Special Rights on President Obama's desk in his last year in office.

I've been fighting their tactics for over 35 years as President of Public Advocate.

Now that Obama has entered his final year as president, they will use every dirty trick in their playbook.

With Sen. Kirk's betrayal making him the first Republican co-sponsoring the newest Gay Bill of Special Rights...

...I'm afraid other Republicans will also seek praise from the pro-homosexual news media while soliciting millions in campaign donations from the Hollywood elites.

That's why Public Advocate must mobilize every pro-Family American to fight back against Obama and the Homosexual Lobby's radical Agenda.

I'm counting on you to sign your petition against the Gay Bill of Special Rights, along with a generous contribution of $15, $10 or $5 right away.

Our sacred right to Religious Liberty is hanging by a thread.

This latest Gay Bill of Special Rights would force every business -- even faith-based businesses -- to comply with the radical Homosexual Agenda.

These bills are usually filed under the guise of employee discrimination protection or the misnamed "Equality Act."

But don't let that fool you. The ramifications of this bill are dangerous and virtually never-ending.

Christian daycares could be forced to hire transsexuals.

Churches could be mandated to hire homosexual pastors or face legal threats.

Clearly, this bill is designed to permanently end Religious Liberty.

That's why I need you to sign your petition defending Religious Liberty, along with a generous contribution of $15, $10 or $5 right away.

I lose sleep at night thinking about our nation -- founded on the principles of Religious Liberty -- living under such a law.

Unfortunately, 212 members of Congress already signed on as co-sponsors of the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

That's because the Gay Bill of Special Rights has been the cornerstone of the Homosexual Agenda since the 1980's.

It first passed the House (H.R. 3685) in 2007, thanks in part to current House Speaker Paul Ryan's proud Republican support.

And it passed again, this time in the Senate (S. 815), in 2013.

I've always made sure Public Advocate is on the frontlines battling any version of the Gay Bill of Special Rights whenever it rears its ugly head in Congress.

Against all odds, we've successfully made sure these bills never reached the President's desk in the past.

But it's taken a tremendous effort to defend Religious Liberty in every state from the endless assaults by the radical Homosexual Lobby since the Supreme Court ushered in homosexual "marriage."

We have a small window of opportunity before this bill reaches Barack Obama's desk.

Please sign your petition right now and tell your Senators and Congressman that you are against the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

Now that President Obama is making history by becoming the first sitting president to endorse the Gay Bill of Special Rights, our back is up against the wall.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already made statements showing signs of surrender on various issues in the Homosexual Lobby's radical Agenda.

Now, Speaker Paul Ryan has even more power to persuade other Republicans to join him in his support for the Gay Bill of Special Rights than when he voted for it in 2007.

Ryan and the radical Homosexual Lobby will tell pro-Family politicians that they need to support this bill to retain their office.

The truth is, after Americans witnessed pro-Family politicians sell out and support the Gay Bill of Special Rights in 2007, they felt disenchanted.

This allowed the radical Homosexual Lobby to succeed in electing President Obama as their leader.

That's why I'm counting on you to defend religious Liberty right away.

When I flood Washington, D.C. with signed petitions from you and other pro-Family Americans, they will have no choice but to listen to us or pay a high price, either in their primary races or this November.

And only through your generous donation will I be able to compete with the radical homosexual tidal wave of special interest cash.

I promise to be a steward of your generous gift by using my 35 years of experience in defeating the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

But please send your generous donation of $15, $10 or $5 as soon as possible.

The Homosexual Lobby marches through the halls of Congress every day.

They twist arms and make campaign promises to politicians who will cave to their radical Agenda.

It's important Public Advocate launches our proven grassroots program to mobilize and recruit pro-Family opposition to the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

With your help, we can show the politicians seeking to destroy Religious Liberty there is a tidal wave of pro-Family Americans who oppose the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

And we can block any other pro-Family politician from joining Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Mark Kirk in betraying Religious Liberty.

So please, sign your petition against the Gay Bill of Special Rights, along with a generous contribution of $15, $10 or $5 right away.

We can't afford to lose any ground in this battle.

Thank you and God Bless.

For the Family,


HON. EUGENE DELGAUDIO
President, Public Advocate of the United States

P.S. This election year has set the stage for an all-out showdown in Congress to pass the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

Obama's recent comments in the pro-homosexual magazine "Out" proves he will double-down on the radical Homosexual Lobby's efforts to make sure it reaches his desk before his final year is over.

And with House Speaker Paul Ryan's history of supporting the Gay Bill of Special Rights, along with that of other Republicans like Senator Mark Kirk, I'm afraid they may be successful this year!

That's why I need your help in stopping the radical Homosexual Lobby from lying to -- and outright buying -- vulnerable pro-Family politicians seeking re-election to pass this bill.

Please sign your petition against the Gay Bill of Special Rights right away and please give your generous donation of $15, $10 or $5. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New York wants to ban full disk encryption

From Fight For The Future:

This is ridiculous — New York wants to ban iPhones and the latest Androids because they're too hard to break into.

Take action now to protect privacy everywhere and tell New York to keep their hands off our phones.

Phones get stolen all the time. Buying a new one is expensive enough. But your data falling into the wrong hands can cost much, much more.

Think about it. Whoever stole your phone has a copy of your digital life. They could empty your savings, ruin your credit, or steal workplace files and cost you your job. Just one risque photo could become a life-altering nightmare... especially for teachers, young people or public figures. This happens, and it’s awful.

Thankfully, engineers have a solution to this problem: “full disk encryption". It gives strong protection and it’s easy. You pick a good password, and your phone uses some epic math to protect your data every day. That’s it.

Full disk encryption is so great, we even ran a campaign for it: Reset the Net. And it's winning! The iPhone–and the latest version of Android–make full phone encryption standard for everyone. Data will be safe, even when phones get stolen.

But the same encryption that keeps you safe makes the FBI furious. When they seize a phone, encryption makes it much harder for them to break in. In some rare cases, it’s impossible, but most of the time it’s just more work.

The FBI is pushing states to make “full disk encryption” illegal because they want to make it easier to break into someone's phone.

The problem is that making it easier for the FBI to access the data on a phone means it's WAY easier for anyone with malicious intent to access your data, too. Their "solution" to keeping you safe and cracking down on crime actually puts you at risk.

Take action now to protect encryption and make sure hundreds of millions of innocent people are never exposed to thieves and stalkers, just to speed up a miniscule number of FBI investigations.

The FBI is losing this battle at the federal level, because experts agree that banning encryption would be terrible for public safety, since it would make phones easier for anyone to hack into. So the FBI is being sneaky. They know that just one big state could possibly tip the scales.

If New York bans encryption, Apple, Google, and other companies will have to decide to either make a special phone to sell just in New York and swallow that logistical nightmare, or they'll lower their encryption standards on the devices they sell everywhere to match New York's standard. We can't let that happen — especially because if the FBI wins this case, there's no reason they won't come for our computers next.

We need to stop this now, before it goes any further.

Tell New York State that encryption keeps our data safe, and that banning full disk encryption is a threat to public safety.

Full disk encryption is one of the security steps we use at Fight for the Future to keep our data safe–and yours too. I’m using it right now. We see it as our responsibility to you, and really it’s common sense. Many companies and organizations have this policy, and if they don’t yet, they should!

This New York bill would make us, and millions of other organizations much more vulnerable to attacks.

We have some great follow-up planned for this petition, and will be working to stop similar legislation that's already being proposed in California. So please, let’s kick this off right, and bury the politicians behind this law in petition signatures, from people who understand just how important encryption is to privacy and public safety.

If you want to do more, share the page (or this email) with as many people as possible, or support our work by becoming a member. We can win this, but only if we really try.

Sincerely,

Holmes Wilson

P.S. We’re also planning on-the-ground protests against these laws in New York, San Francisco, and possibly London as well. If you’d like to help with those in any way, or if you have any special skills to contribute, email holmes@fightforthefuture.org and let us know a bit about your skills and experience. (And thanks!)


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TPP is up for a vote in New Zealand

From The Daily Kos:

The corporate Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is scheduled to be signed in New Zealand this week—on Thursday, February 4th.

They want us to think it’s inevitable, but we haven’t even been consulted yet. Sign the petition urging the Trade Ministers: “Do not sign the TPP!”

The TPP is a dangerous blow to American jobs, worker safety & environmental protections. That’s why we need to stop it, before it becomes a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposal.

Sign the petition by Daily Kos and a coalition of partners: Do not sign the TPP.

Keep fighting,
Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos