Categories: Tea Party Posted by Jefferson Adams on 9/28/2011 4:41 PM | Comments (0)
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By BRIAN DEAGON, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY

Type TeaPartyPatriots.org into your Web browser, and the roots of the upstart political movement are quickly exposed.

On the right are listings of Tea Party events across America — the latest of 6,000 events posted in the 18 months since the movement and Web site sprang up.

At the site's lower part are state-by-state lists of links to individual Tea Party groups — 2,400 in all, says Robert Gaudet, the software consultant who designed the site.

Online Shift

In the site's upper part, near links to Tea Party news, a Twitter feed and an iPod app, is a window to the Tea Party Patriots' Facebook page, with 436,767 fans as of Wednesday. That compares with 122,099 fans of the official Facebook page for the Democratic Party, acclaimed for using the Internet and other technology two years ago to carry President Obama and others into office.

Democrats and their allies dominated cyberspace for years. Now the political right, with the Tea Party explosion, at the very least is matching the left.

"There is no longer a first-mover advantage to Democrats," said Michael Bassik, senior vice president of Global Strategy Group, a research and consulting firm. "The new conventional wisdom is that Republicans are devoting significantly more resources to reach and persuade voters online."

Being out of power has fueled conservatives.

"Democrats had the online advantage for a few years because they were storming the castle," said Jon Henke, a political consultant. "Today, Republicans are storming the castle. In terms of campaigns, the Internet favors the side with the most motivation and energy."

This would explain the Tea Party's rise, which began in early 2009 with a handful of near-spontaneous protests against government spending and bailouts and exploded to become one of the most powerful forces in American politics today.

"The Tea Party movement rose quickly in response to policies Obama passed," said Nancy Scola, associate editor of the blog site techPresident.com. "It was amazingly quick and caught a lot of people off guard."

Gaudet built the Tea Party Patriots' site from his home office in Bossier City, La. He had been watching the group as it started to gain momentum and, thinking it could use some help, began designing a site where supporters could post the day and time of rallies, meet ings and other organizing events.

The response was overwhelming.

"I stopped taking new work, left it all behind and started working full time for the Tea Party right away," Gaudet said.

The site has 127,000 registered members, with hundreds signing up each day. Along with other related sites he created, Gaudet estimates that he has an e-mail list of 1 million Tea Party enthusiasts.

The Social Network

The Internet has allowed the Tea Party movement to be radically decentralized. Really, the movement doesn't use social networking, it is social networking. No single leader sets priorities and marshals forces, yet activists have managed to channel huge sources and attention on political races and issues.

"Even without the Internet, the Tea Party would still have grown, but it has been absolutely critical in allowing people to connect, share and promote their events," Gaudet said.

The Internet has been integral to Tea Party successes with Senate GOP primaries in Nevada, Kentucky, Colorado, Florida and now Delaware.

"They have used the Internet as an organizing tool to reach, motivate and engage millions of Americans who are fed up with politics as usual," Bassik said. "It's clear the Web has been a very effective tool for this nascent political group."

It's not as if political campaigns are suddenly discovering that the Web is an effective medium to reach and persuade voters. Every campaign has a Web element.

But politicians are historically risk-averse, Bassik says. The difference in separating the winners from losers, aside from affiliation and convictions, often depends on who embraces the Web more boldly and creatively.

"For insurgent candidates it can be a powerful tool, especially for those who don't have the financial resources to advertise," Bassik said.

The Internet helped spark the presidential runs of Obama, Ron Paul and Howard Dean and has played a key role with the liberal site MoveOn.org.

Internet Success Stories

Recent Internet success stories on the political right include the triumph of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown, who won a special Senate election in an upset over Democrat Martha Coakley.

Brown strategists made extensive use of e-mail lists, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google tools among other Web techniques to motivate voters. Coakley lagged far behind on the technology front.

"You had Democratic strategists weeping at the degree Coakley gave up on the Web," Scola said. "The Web rewards hard work. Scott Brown turned up his online campaign while Coakley was not working very hard at it."

That's not true of all Democrats. Web savvy helped Dan Malloy win the party's nomination for governor in Connecticut against the much better known and far wealthier Ned Lamont.

"Malloy made the Internet an important part of his communications," Bassik said. "Malloy won even though being outspent by 4-to-1."

Empowered

The Web's brief history suggests that the party out of power is more motivated and willing to take risks.

That's evident by Gaudet's passion.

He estimates forfeiting $100,000 in personal income by quitting his prior job, though he's now the paid national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots.

"I've been pushing to enable citizens to hold government accountable. There's been a lot of pain and sacrifice with my family to make this happen," said Gaudet, who is married with a 15-year-old son. "Our Founding Fathers talked about sacrificing fortune for our sacred honor. I have a better understanding now of what they were talking about."

The difference in 2010 from times past, Henke says, is the organization and mobilization achieved by citizens through their use of the Web.

"People are not following campaigns," he said. "The campaigns are following the people."

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Categories: History Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/28/2011 1:39 AM | Comments (0)
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Washington (CNN) -- Frank Buckles, the last living U.S. World War I veteran, has died, a spokesman for his family said Sunday. He was 110. Buckles "died peacefully in his home of natural causes" early Sunday morning, the family said in a statement sent to CNN late Sunday by spokesman David DeJonge.

Buckles marked his 110th birthday on February 1, but his family had earlier told CNN he had slowed considerably since last fall, according his daughter Susannah Buckles Flanagan, who lives at the family home near Charles Town, West Virginia. Buckles, who served as a U.S. Army ambulance driver in Europe during what became known as the "Great War," rose to the rank of corporal before the war ended. He came to prominence in recent years, in part because of the work of DeJonge, a Michigan portrait photographer who had undertaken a project to document the last surviving veterans of that war.

Read entire article here.

Visit the website dedicated to Frank Buckles.

 

Categories: Tea Party, Unions, Politizoid, Wisconsin Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/28/2011 1:26 AM | Comments (0)
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Police on bullhorn in Wis state capitol... "we are not here to do your bidding Mr (Scott) Walker..." .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVE_rLjxnfU

 

Categories: Politics, Protests, Tea Party, Unions Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/27/2011 5:36 PM | Comments (0)
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"I'll make you suffer" a union supporter screams into the camera as he foams at the mouth. He's clearly so angry that his red faced rage leaves him stuttering for words.

 

Categories: Protests, Unions Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/27/2011 11:43 AM | Comments (0)
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Categories: Protests, Tea Party Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/27/2011 11:06 AM | Comments (0)
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On Feb 26, 2011, one union member from each coast, went on the attack. Here is the attack in Sacramento. Can you comprehend these kind of physical attacks on fellow American citizens? I have a hard time believing this. Think about the times in our history when citizen on citizen violence has erupted, and consider for yourselves the groups that were violent. Obviously it has been several decades since this level of unrest has been seen in our country. I am concerned for the sake of my children that we get some sanity back, but considering the dire state of the countries financial problems we are in a corner. If we back down, we will be overrun, if we stand for the core values that this country was founded on, we will see more of this. This is just the tip of the ice burg.

 

Tags: | Categories: Protests, Tea Party Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/27/2011 10:41 AM | Comments (1)
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In the following two videos, you will see how law enforcement in certain areas is stacked against the average American citizen. This Union member was clearly on edge, seems that he was out to be intimidating, and incite a riot. Consider the millions of Tea Party members who have been protesting over the last two years all without a single problem. Yet within a few weeks of the unions using their right to protest, they are resorting to physical violence.

 

 

Now, compare the video above and the reaction of law enforcement to the video below. The thug got a citation, grandma gets the swat team.

 

Tags: | Categories: Agenda 21 Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/23/2011 11:46 PM | Comments (0)
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This is a list of cities and counties that have adopted ICLEI's Local Governments for Sustainability program which is part of Agenda 21.

Check to see if your city or county is part of this sinister plot already so you will know how to attack the problem.

There is a ton of information about the nightmare called Agenda 21 and ICLEI but here is just one article: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/10/un_agenda_21_coming_to_a_neigh.html . You need to research it for yourself so you can defeat this menace before it destroys your city or county. It has got to be stopped before it invades America any more than it has. Rail is one of its tentacles. Be very wary of the word, and politicians using the word, Sustainability and the use of Public/Private Partnership when in connection with sustainability. It "may" be okay but research.

 

  • Abingdon, VA
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Republished from American Thinker.

Most Americans are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program known as Agenda 21. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development created Agenda 21 as a sustainability agenda which is arguably an amalgamation of socialism and extreme environmentalism brushed with anti-American, anti-capitalist overtones.  

A detailed history on sustainable development, definitions, and critical actions can be found here. Section III of the Agenda 21 Plan addresses local community sustainable development.  The Preamble and Chapter 28 discuss how Agenda 21 should be implemented at a local level. The United Nations purposely recommends avoiding the term Agenda 21 and suggests a cleverly named alternative: "smart growth." The United Nations Millennium Papers - Issue 2 (page 5) says this of Agenda 21 and smart growth:

Participating in a UN-advocated planning process would very likely bring out many of the conspiracy-fixated groups and individuals in our society such as the National Rifle Association, citizen militias and some members of Congress. This segment of our society who fear 'one-world government' and a UN invasion of the United States through which our individual freedom would be stripped away would actively work to defeat any elected official who joined 'the conspiracy' by undertaking LA21. So, we call our process something else, such as comprehensive planning, growth management, or smart growth [emphasis added].

Undoubtedly, residents of any town, county, or city in the United States that treasure their freedom, liberty, and property rights couldn't care less whether it's called Agenda 21 or smart growth. A recent example of this can be found in Carroll County, Maryland, where a smart growth plan called Pathways was drafted by the County Planning Department. The plan, if enacted, proposed a breathtaking reshuffling of land rights:

Rezoning of thousands of acres of beautiful, low-density agricultural farmland and protected residential conservation land into office parks

Down-zoning of agriculture land to prevent future subdivision by farmers

Up-zoning of low-density residential land around small towns into higher density zoning to permit construction of hundreds or possibly thousands of inclusive housing units, including apartments and condominiums

Inclusive housing with placement of multi-family construction on in-fill lots within existing residential single family communities

Endorsement of government-sponsored housing initiatives (subsidies) to ensure healthier, balanced neighborhoods

Carroll County, Maryland is one of 1,168 cities, towns, and counties worldwide that are members of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) - Local Governments for Sustainability, which is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. The ICLEI mission statement closely resembles that of Agenda 21. In fact, the ICLEI has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council and coordinates local government representation in the UN processes related to Agenda 21. 

Community leaders working together in Carroll County recently defended their county against overreaching smart growth initiatives. Richard Rothschild, a candidate for Commissioner, emphatically remarks, "Smart growth is not science; it is political dogma combined with an insidious dose of social engineering. Smart growth is a wedding wherein zoning code is married with government-sponsored housing initiatives to accomplish government's goal of social re-engineering. It urbanizes rural towns with high-density development, and gerrymanders population centers through the use of housing initiatives that enable people with weak patterns of personal financial responsibility to acquire homes in higher-income areas. This has the effect of shifting the voting patterns of rural municipalities from Right to Left."

Smart growth plans usurp property rights and constitutional rights. Local officials, at the behest of State Government, revise zoning laws to fit into a "smart code" zoning template. A massive reshuffling of property rights ensues. Farmers may lose subdivision rights; conservation land adjacent to population centers may be rezoned into commercial employment centers; and low-density land in small towns is re-designated as growth area and rezoned to accommodate diverse housing including high-density apartments and condominiums.

Finally, a healthy dose of federal- or state-sponsored housing initiatives is embraced to ensure communities are properly balanced. The net effect of these plans is to create highly urbanized population centers throughout otherwise-rural counties, while simultaneously limiting the availability of land for suburban and estate subdivisions, as these are considered an unsustainable waste of land by Agenda 21 disciples.

Clearly, smart growth plans will impact Americans' future choices in where and how they live. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal and state agencies may attempt to deny grant funds to states and cities that do not adopt smart growth plans.

Most Americans will remain unaware of the implications of smart growth and Agenda 21 until after it is promulgated in their own backyards. Ironically, these plans are more insidious than the Eminent Domain ruling by the Supreme Court in the case of Kelo v City of New London. Under Eminent Domain rulings, property owners usually receive compensation for their losses.

Conversely, smart growth municipal plans, required by statute, enable municipalities to change zoning laws and engage in other regulatory actions that devalue property, restrict off-conveyances, and otherwise erode property values without payment of any compensation to the property owner.    

Smart growth has another interesting unintended consequence: it can disrupt conventional alliances and lead to strange political bedfellows. Rural urbanization plans may raise the ire of environmental groups while simultaneously stirring the wrath of both conservative and liberal residents that want to maintain the rural fabric of their communities. Conversely, developers, sensing opportunity, may side with government smart growth bureaucrats in support of these plans. 

Regardless of political orientation, two indisputable facts remain. Agenda 21 is a direct assault on private property rights and American sovereignty, and it is coming to a neighborhood near you. 

 

Tags: , | Categories: Protests Posted by Jefferson Adams on 2/23/2011 7:57 PM | Comments (0)
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