Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 29, 2014

Conservative posters

We don’t usually do advertising on this blog, but a reader sent me his website, Right Posters, and I thought you readers might like to see what he has to offer.  Here are a couple I especially like, but there are hundreds of good ones.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 21, 2014

Another immigration resolution, from Texas

Here is another resolution from League City, Texas, sent by Cathy.

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______

 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS

TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

 WHEREAS, the citizens of League City, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and agree that their right to life, liberty, and property shall not be infringed; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has failed to protect the homeland in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

 Freedom and Sovereignty of State.  Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

And is supported by Article 1, Section 29 of the Texas Constitution:

 Provisions of Bill of Rights Excepted from Powers of Government; To Forever Remain Inviolate. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein designated, we declare that everything in this (Texas) “Bill of Rights” is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.

WHEREAS, the citizens of League City Texas are greatly concerned regarding the ongoing massive influx of illegal aliens seeking unauthorized entry to the United States; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 90,000 minors will arrive in the United States during the 2014 fiscal year and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors in 2015 fiscal year, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of League City question the impact that the sudden influx of school-age illegal minors will have on our Independent School Districts’ (ISD) educational funding, school resources, campus security, and health safety for our children; and

WHEREAS, health advisories report that many illegal aliens suffering from diseases endemic in their countries of origin are being released into our communities; and

WHEREAS, the federal government is actively seeking more locations within Texas towns and counties to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS, the increasing volume of illegal aliens is already bankrupting some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and

WHEREAS, members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and radical Islamic terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the United States for the purpose of establishing criminal activity, terror cells, and training operations within our homeland; and

WHEREAS, without a secure border Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS, as follows:

Section 1. That all agencies of the City of League City are instructed to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies to permit or establish any facility for the purposes of processing, housing, or detaining any illegal aliens, designated as “refugee” or otherwise.

Section 2. We hereby appeal to our state legislators and elected officials for action and accountability to urgently address the continuing influx of illegal aliens across our border.

  • Through State executive and legislative actions demand that the Federal government provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints, and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.
  • Demand the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws, and provide civil liability protections for Texan landowners against criminal trespassers.
  • Demand the Texas State Legislature abolish any and all state-controlled or sponsored magnets that exacerbate the problem of rampant illegal immigration, such as (but not limited to): in-state tuition subsidies, welfare benefits, and free non-emergency health care for illegal aliens.
  • Require the State to perform a cost/benefit analysis of the illegal alien presence and report that cost to Texas taxpayers and state agencies.
  • Pass legislation to prohibit “sanctuary cities” which restrict law enforcement from determining the immigration status of detainees after the commission of a crime within our communities.

Section 3. That civic responsibility demands that community and state leaders begin crisis planning immediately to address the unprecedented wave of foreign minor school age children that could be enrolled in Texas schools this summer; and

Section 4. That the City of League City, State of Texas, calls on other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in this action by passing similar Resolutions.

 Section 5. That copies of this Resolution be immediately transmitted to the Governor of the State of Texas; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Texas’ legislature; each individual legislator that represents our City in the State of Texas; the Commissioner’s Court of Galveston County; and the Sheriff of Galveston County.

 PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of July, 2014.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 20, 2014

A resolution to protect Maryland citizens

I’m reposting here a comment made to my last post,   The idea of getting states, counties, or local governments to officially stand against the federal government’s imposing illegal immigrants on them is a good one and should become a movement across America.

Lee Havis of Free State Patriots wrote:

The issue of unrestrained (invasion) of illegal aliens into Maryland is a serious issue of arbitrary federal power in violation of the US constitution, which is also the supreme law in Maryland. Any government agency or official who collaborates with or facilitates this type of tyranny is NOT protecting Maryland citizens, and acting in a traitorous way against our basic laws and fundamental constitutional freedoms and rights to secure borders, which is vital to any sovereign country. Richard Rothschild, in his recent Fox News interview brilliantly laid down the basic points required of any Maryland patriot to stand against this federal lawless tyranny, which I have sought to articulate the main points in a “resolution”. This document could be presented for consideration to any city, county government, or other entity of public interest, such as central committees, citizen and patriot groups of one sort or another. Here it is: Resolution to Protect Maryland Citizens from the Arbitrary Power of the Federal Government to Allow Unrestrained Entry of Illegal Aliens into the United States.

Whereas,
The United States has well-established national borders, within which citizens and other persons must comply with the authority of the US constitution and laws of the federal and state governments, and

The US congress has established limits and regulations to control the entry into the United States from outside these borders through such means as travel visas, passports, and immigration laws, and

The US constitution provides that under Article IV, section 4, the federal government shall “protect states against invasion”, and under Art. II, Section 3, that the executive of the federal government will “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and,

The Maryland Declaration of Rights, Article 2, upholds the US constitution as supreme law in the state, and

The federal government, through arbitrary power of executive order, contrary to its own immigration laws, has established a policy and practice of unrestrained entry and release of certain classes of illegal aliens, such as so-called “unaccompanied minors”, and

In furtherance of this policy of unrestrained entry and release of illegal aliens, in 2014, the federal government has begun to disperse large numbers of these aliens in the various states, seeking local and state collaboration with this unlawful and unconstitutional activity, and

There is no rational basis or emergency to justify such extraordinary violation of immigration laws at the present time, since there are ample, practical, and less extreme means to protect aliens who claim refugee status at a location within or next to the borders of their own country of residence,

THEREFORE, Be it now hereby resolved, that:

The state of Maryland shall protect its citizens from the financial burden and danger of complying with the arbitrary power of the federal government that pursues the entry and release of illegal aliens in the state by refusing to provide funds, services, or any other form of collaboration to maintain or support the unlawful presence of such illegal aliens in the state.

The state of Maryland also urges the federal government to enforce its immigration laws against the unlawful entry of persons into this country, such as by returning illegal aliens found in this country to their country of origin, or next contiguous country in case of undue physical peril on claim of refugee status.

Date:_______________
Approved by

Name of organization
Prepared by: Lee Havis, Free State Patriots,lee@patriotvoting.com

 

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | July 20, 2014

St. Vincent’s in Maryland is getting 50 immigrant children

A confidential informant sent me a memo from St. Vincent’s Villa at Dulaney Valley in Timonium, Maryland; it is copied below (the bold type is my emphasis).  St. Vincent’s is part of Catholic Charities.

To: All St. Vincent’s Villa Staff

From: Ezra Buchdahl

Re: Potential New Program Opportunity

Date: July 16, 2014

As a follow-up from Bill McCarthy’s letter regarding our interest in seeking a federal grant to operate a shelter care program for unaccompanied youth, I want to clarify a few things.  First, this is currently not public information and we are asking employees to please keep this among themselves for the time being.  If we are fortunate to receive this grant and expand our residential program to serve this new population, this program will reside in our Dulaney Valley building but will not change the plan to consolidate our RTC program into the Pot Spring building in approximately a year.  However, the implications for many of our staff who were at risk of not having a position as a result of the consolidation are great.  In fact, keeping the Dulaney Valley building open would require us to hire more staff (many of whom will need to be fluent in Spanish) and make some environmental changes/improvements to the units that have been vacant for some time as well as other spaces.  The impact for non-residential staff who are housed at Dulaney Valley is yet to be determined.

If we receive the grant, we will likely have about 50 youth at any given time housed in 5 units.  The average length of stay is about a month and there are many clinical, educational, recreational, medical and case-management components.  We plan to offer intensive Spanish instruction for current staff interested in working with this program.

While there is much political positioning and disagreement at the moment around how to address this national issue, the fact remains that there are thousands of children that have been through much trauma who need to be taken care of while they are here, and that is what we do best.  This is a very exciting opportunity for our program and agency that  fits well with our mission,  values and the expertise of our staff to care for traumatized youth in need.

If you have any questions/concerns or have a particular skill or interest in working with this population, please let us know.

Thank you.

Postscript: My informant tells me they did receive the grant.

Second postscript: Learning Spanish might not enable the staff to communicate with the immigrants.  See Ann’s post at Refugee Resettlement Watch here: 

http://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/legal-representation-for-central-american-minors-what-about-the-mayans/

 

 

 

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | May 1, 2014

New petition on Bathroom Bill

I got this email from Neil Parrott and MD Petitions yesterday:

Dear Judith Warner,

The results are in and MDPetitions.com is working to help you bring back common sense back to Maryland.  98% of the respondents on the survey indicated that we should work to take the “Bathroom Bill” – deceptively named the “Fairness For All Marylanders Act” –  to referendum so that Marylanders can make the final decision regarding the bill this November.

The first step has happened: MDPetitions.com has launched the petition effort.  Now it’s your turn.  If you care about this common-sense issue, you can do something about it. Please start by signing the petition today.

If this bill takes effect, your right to privacy in private facilities will become null and void.

Parents should be able to send their young girls into the women’s bathroom and have the expectation that there will only be women or girls in that bathroom. Now, under this bill, there could be men in the women’s bathroom, and it opens the door for predators to take advantage of this bill. Predators will be able to go into the opposite gender bathroom, and proprietors would not be able to deny them access to that bathroom. Furthermore, that proprietor could be successfully sued if he DID deny them access. The bathroom rules that we’ve had and followed for generations are now null and void.”

BY SIGNING THE PETITION TODAY, YOU CAN HELP BRING BACK COMOM SENSE.

Please help.  By working together we can get this privacy issue on the ballot, and then overturn this bill in November.  

Many Marylanders are now asking, “Where are my rights?  How is this fair to me that I don’t have the right to privacy anymore, that I can no longer use the bathroom I’ve been assigned with assurance that only members of the same sex will be in the bathroom?” The “Fairness For All Marylanders Act” is not fair.

To be successful, MDPetitions.com will need to collect 18,579 valid signatures to meet the May 31st deadline, and a total of 55,736 valid signatures by June 30th.  In order to make sure we have enough valid signatures, our goal is to obtain 25,000 signatures by the end of May and a total of at least 75,000 by the end of June.

Will you help and go to www.MDPetitions.com right now and sign the petition?  All you need to do is put in basic information and our system will generate a personalized form for you.  Then you just need to download it, print it, sign and date as yourself, and thensign and date as the circulator, and mail it to us.  The whole process only takes a few minutes.

You can also download a volunteer packet here so that you can help your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to sign it too.

Please act now to help stop Maryland’s “Bathroom Bill” from becoming law.

Sincerely,
Neil

Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman
MDPetitions.com

P.S. – Please sign the petition at https://mdpetitions.com/bathroom-bill/.

P.P.S – Running a petition drive is expensive.  Please consider helping us with a donation (https://mdpetitions.com/donate) of $25, $50, $100, $250, or whatever you can afford right now so we can get the petition to more people and get this dangerous law on the ballot.  Thank you for your support!
 

Here’s a handy scorecard from MD Petitions.  It’s based on votes on these bills over the past four years by every delegate and senator in the Maryland legislature:

SB 167 (Dream Act 2011)

HB 226 (Windmill Bill 2013)

SB 1 (Congressional Redistricting 2011)

SB 276 (Death Penalty Repeal 2013)

HB 438 (Same-Sex Marriage 2012)

SB 422/HB 667 (Mandatory Union Fees 2013)

HB 987 (Rain Tax 2012)

SB 281 (Gun Bill 2013)

SB 1 (Gambling Expansion 2012) 

SB 212 (Bathroom Bill 2014)

HB 1515 (Gas Tax 2013)B 364 (Marijuana Decriminalization 2014)

Click on a delegate or senator and you’ll get not just the score, but his or her vote on each bill with links to the text of each bill.  Also contact information for each legislator.  This is an impressive piece of work and it should prove valuable in this year’s election campaigns.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | March 11, 2014

Last chance to stop the “Bathroom Bill”

Today I received a followup email from Delegate Neil Parrott to his email from MD Petitions that I posted last week.  The bill passed the Maryland Senate and is now in the House of Delegates.

Can you take a few minutes right now to

stop the “Bathroom Bill”?

 SB 212/HB 1265, the “Bathroom Bill”, could receive a vote in the House Health and Government Operations (HGO) Committee any day nowYour voice right away could help make the difference and stop this dangerous bill from passing.

THE PROBLEM
This bill is dangerous because it creates a wide open opportunity for a man to pretend to be a woman, enter the women’s restroom, shower room, or locker room, and endanger women and girls.  Conversely, a woman could do the same to the men’s room, eliminating the privacy of men as well.

It is reasonable to be concerned.   In Texas, Paul Ray Witherspoon entered the ladies’ room at a Dallas hospital as “Paula Witherspoon” – with a prior record of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.  In fact, Witherspoon was still on parole.  Legally, Witherspoon was still male.

Just last month in Canada, Christopher Hambrook was jailed for sexually assaulting two women.  Hambrook found his victims at two Toronto shelters after checking himself in, claiming to be a transgender woman.  This was a man with a previous criminal record.  Claiming to be a transgender woman was his ticket to an easy supply of victims.  In Maryland, if this bill passes, men like Witherspoon and Hambrook would be allowed in women’s restrooms.

ACTION
If you object to that possibility, please take a moment to call your delegate(s) or use our new, easy email feature to send them a pre-filled email urging them to vote against SB 212/HB 1265.  Please also think about asking friends or family members to call/email right away too, this can easily be performed by using the share buttons at the bottom of this email

It is very important that you call and email your legislators TODAY since a committee vote in the House could be taken at any time.

Last week many people alerted us to the fact that our temporary link to contact the House committee was not always working.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  We have been working to make it easier for you to contact your legislators, and our new contact page is now up and ready to use.  Simply click HERE, fill in your information, edit the pre-filled email to make it fit your sentiments, and send it.

Together, we have to make sure our legislators in Annapolis know that we passionately oppose this threat to our safety and privacy, and that we will be watching how they vote.  We will also remember, and make sure that our friends and family remember, when we go to the polls later this year.

Thank you for caring about our state.  I look forward to working with you to try to bring common-sense back to Maryland.

Sincerely,
Neil
Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman
MDPetitions.com

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | March 7, 2014

Washington County: meet the candidates for county commissioner

Lynda Evans, president of the Hagerstown Tea Party, emails:

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER

When: April 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

(Plan to come early and stay after to talk to the candidates.)

Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-797-2500

Cost: Free!!!

Q & A Moderated by Pieter Bickford, Editor-In-Chief, What’s NXT

SPONSORED BY THE HAGERSTOWN TEA PARTY

Contact Info:

Lynda, 301-992-6943 or lgivensevans at reagan.com

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | March 4, 2014

MD Petitions Legislative Alert on “bathroom bill”

I just received this in my inbox from Del. Neil Parrott at MD Petitions — a little too late to do anything about it, but I’m confident our Republican Washington County legislators will vote the right way.  It looks like it hasn’t come up in the House yet.  It’s part of the continuing attack by the left, politicizing every aspect of our lives down to what sex we are.  Email follows:

*****

The strange new world we live in.

Legislative Alert – MD Senate to Vote Today

Over the past two weeks the Maryland Senate has quietly been pushing through a bill that will seriously affect all Marylanders – the “bathroom bill” – SB 212.  If passed, this radical bill will require all public facilities to be open to anyone – regardless of gender or gender expression.  Put simply, cross dressers in the wrong bathrooms.  How would you like a man, pretending to be a woman, using the bathroom or possibly even a communal shower with your daughter?Each person is born with a specific sex that, regardless of personal, emotional, or psychological feelings to the contrary, is maintained throughout their lives.  There is a reason that bathrooms are separated, and should continue to be.  Men and women are physically different in ways that are traditionally held as private.  Most humans neither want to reveal nor see intimate aspects of strangers of the opposite sex.Regrettably, the most recent actions taken on this bill are just now coming to our attention, and we need to take action right away.On February 20, 2014, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 212 on an 8-3 vote.  Three Senators who voted against a similar bill last year – Sen. Brochin, Sen. Muse, and Sen. Stone – flipped their votes this year and let SB 212 out of the committee.  The bill passed another critical stage on the Senate floor last Friday, and today, March 4, it is scheduled to receive a final vote in the Senate during the 10AM session.  It is likely to pass.If you believe that every person is entitled to privacy, please call your senator and pray that a filibuster is conducted and that it will be successful in the voting session or that the vote is delayed through a “special order”.  Otherwise, we will have to try to stop this bill when it comes to the House of Delegates.

If this bill becomes law, it will radically change our society and put our families and children at risk.  We will keep you informed regarding the status of this bill, and how you can help stop it if it continues to move forward.

Sincerely,
Neil

Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman
MDPetitions.com

It is called the Uninvited II and is co-hosted by Breitbart.  One of the speakers will be former 6th District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett a national expert on the threat posed by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) as a potential weapons system.  (I don’t know if that is his topic for this summit.)

Because this is a subject we’ve discussed extensively on these pages for years—-CPAC’s exclusion of experts on national defense, Islamic terrorism and the threat from uncontrolled immigration—-it’s important that we mention the gathering this Thursday (March 6th) on the same day as CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), a national event put on by the American Conservative Union, opens in Washington.

Grover Norquist is most often fingered as the primary impediment to the discussion of these important issues at CPAC as we have chronicled in innumerable posts (click here for Norquist and CPAC) over the years.

***Update*** Sign the petition!  Grover must go!

I love the photo Breitbart used to illustrate its story today (Hat tip: Richard Falknor Blue Ridge Forum***):

Breitbart News Network will hosting its second annual national security forum during the Conservative Political Action Conference and expand the event from a single panel to a full day of events with top conservative leaders.

Speakers for the event include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

Many of the speakers presenting at the Uninvited II were not invited to CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union.

EMPAct America’s Henry Schwartz and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will be leading the summit; Center for Security Policy President and former Reagan official Frank Gaffney will moderate.

There will be panel discussions on Benghazi, the Muslim Brotherhood and Amnesty—topics apparently too hot for the ACU board of directors! Indeed!  Pamela Geller once said CPAC was for “sissies!”

Go to Breitbart, here, for more details and a list of additional speakers.

***For a chuckle, visit Blue Ridge Forum’s post about Tea Partiers staying on ruling class Rep. Eric Cantor’s trail, here.

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