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

Heritage Action is holding activism training this Sunday, Nov. 23

Conservatives are going to have plenty to be active about as Democrats fight the Republican majorities in Congress, and timid Republicans try to shirk their duty.   Heritage Action for America is the grassroots lobbying organization connected to the Heritage Foundation, and they’re holding a training session in Chambersburg on Sunday from 3-6 pm.  From the organizer:

Hello Everyone!

My name is David Haas, Pittsburgh Regional Coordinator for Heritage Action for America! I’m hosting a skills clinic on Nov. 23rd at the Country Inn & Suites! (399 Bedington Dr, Chambersburg, PA 17201)

This skills clinic will showcase how to write a letter to the editor, with a few social media skills thrown in. This skills clinic will also showcase Heritage Action for America, Heritage Action’s Sentinel program, how to hold your Member of Congress accountable, and much much more.

Grab a ticket today, and lets start the discussion about a more accountable government!

Have questions about Chambersburg LTE Skills Clinic? Contact Heritage Action for America.

These people know what they’re doing and it should be a good event.  Sign up at this link.  If you want to go farther and be connected with a teleconference call from Heritage Action every week to help you, go to the event and find out about the Sentinel program.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | November 17, 2014

Delaney voted NO on the Keystone Pipeline

I subscribe to a useful email called Megavote that reports on how my U.S. senators and representatives vote on bills.  It also lists upcoming bills so you can contact your legislators if you want to tell them how you want them to vote.  The email I just received informed me that Rep. John Delaney voted against the Keystone Pipeline.  In addition, Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin voted in favor of holding a vote on the Child Care and Development Block Grant(96-1, 3 Not Voting), which reauthorizes money spent and also institutes new educational, health and safety standards on child care providers that receive funds. (Surprise! More regulations!)

Upcoming votes are the vote on the aforementioned Child Care thing (S1086) and in the House, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2013 – HR1422.

You can subscribe to the service at: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/megavote/    You don’t get inundated with emails — it’s sent once a week when Congress is in session and it’s very useful to see that our Maryland legislators who claim to be moderate, to oppose special interests, and to want less regulation are at best fooling themselves and at worse rank liars.

Editor:  It should come as no surprise that the guest speaker at the very well-attended Hagerstown Tea Party meeting last week, Steve Coughlin, made CAIR’s list of top American Islamophobes.   Those on the list consider it a high honor.

(Cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch)

Apparently the list, prepared by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), was updated just before the elections this week.  It includes some big names, but some regular grassroots activists are honored as well.

I know a lot of people who wish they had made it.  (See our post yesterday of ‘friends of CAIR’ who lost elections. Democrat candidate Anthony Brown made that list).

Maybe there should be a bumper sticker—Proud Islamophobe on board!

Did any of your friends make the Islamophobe list?

Be sure to check out the comment they ascribe to Phyllis Schlafly (Eagle Forum) about immigration, welfare and Muslim polygamy.

Go to RRW or to CAIR for the list with hotlinks (they wouldn’t easily transfer to PTPR).

Here is what they say about Stephen Coughlin (CAIR has some spelling errors):

Stephen Coughlin

Now a fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Coughlin holds the beleif that belief that Islam “obligates Muslims to use violence in the name of spreading or defending the faith.”

 

 


Editor: This is cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch.

And, there are twenty, twenty! states including my Maryland that allow voters to show up (and vote!) at a polling place without any identification.

La Raza’s good pal!

It is not just the illegals….

Remember also, we are not talking only about someone who recently sneaked across the border, but millions of legal immigrants who are here as refugees, temporary refugees in the Temporary Protected Status program (includes hundreds of thousands from Central America), the ‘Dreamers,’ and all sorts of others with permanent resident status who have not yet acquired citizenship.  All are able to vote.

As a matter of fact, even in those states that do require ID, those LEGAL immigrants (non-citizens) with drivers licenses may well be voting too!

Here is the story at the Daily Caller:

The pro-amnesty Hispanic activist organization the National Council of La Raza helpfully promoted a Washington Post article explaining which states people can vote in without having to use a photo ID.

“Voter ID laws are at-issue across the country, with newly Republican-controlled legislatures having passed them in numerous states after the 2010 election,” explained The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake. “Most states still request some form of ID, but don’t require it. Another 20 states don’t require identification. In case you’re wondering where your state is at in all of this, a helpful (sic) graphic from the Post’s graphics team.”

So who ended up using the Post’s helpful graphic? The country’s foremost pro-amnesty Hispanic immigrant organization.

Go here (Washington Post) to see the list of states and what sort of ID (or none at all) that is required.

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

Maryland voting machines are switching Republican votes to Democrat

And the mainstream media seem inadequate to the job or reporting it.  Yesterday Meghan McCorkell at CBS Baltimore reported:

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—Early voting just started last week in Maryland, but there are already accusations that some voting machines are changing Republican votes to Democrat. Now Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.

As Marylanders go to the polls, there are concerns that the vote you cast may not be for the candidate you want.

“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.

Republicans say they’ve received several dozen reports of Republican votes being changed to Democrat.

Del. Kathy Szeliga says it happened to her.

“I kept pushing the Republican guy’s name and the machine kept going beep, beep, beep,” said Szeliga, (R) Baltimore & Harford Co.

Now GOP leaders are calling for an investigation.

The article goes on to show that authorities are pooh-poohing the problem.  The state Election Board says they’ve received fewer than 20 reports.  Well, that’s it then — I’m sure everyone who runs into a problem immediately calls the election board.  No, they call their delegate or someone else they think would care.  That’s why Del. Nic Kipke (who isn’t just a delegate but also the House Minority Leader and noted for his constituent service) has received many times that number of complaints.

In a statement to WJZ, board officials say “election officials receive similar reports in every election. Post-election analysis has shown that this is caused by voter error. Voters with large fingers or long nails or voters who hold the touchscreen with their palm resting on the screen seem to report this issue more frequently.”

And yet the dysfunctional machines always change Republican votes to Democrat ones, never the reverse!  That’s a statistical impossibility, yet the article doesn’t come near mentioning it.  I came across a piece on Facebook, apparently from Newsmax though I can’t access the link — via Lynda Evans.  FTA:

A number of voting machines in Maryland and Illinois are electronically switching Republican votes to the Democrats, raising suspicions that fraud could be at the root of the alleged malfunction.

According to Watchdog.org, election officials in both states have characterized the problem as a “calibration issue,” but a software developer and expert on touch screens used by U.S. intelligence agencies told Newsmax that the explanation was bogus.

“It’s a software issue, and it’s incredibly suspicious that a bug like that could slip through accidentally. It defies belief,” said Tony Heller.

He said that any expert trained in the technology could figure out within minutes whether the problem with the software was accidental and deliberate.

“This is being used by the public for voting. Public trust is essential,” he said. “It’s completely unacceptable that an official waved it off as a calibration issue. It’s something that can be easily verified and should be.”

Maryland voters in multiple locations who were placing early ballots for the midterm elections found that when they pressed the touch screen in favor of Republican candidates, their votes appeared in the Democratic columns.

Thanks, Newsmax.  That’s real reporting — telling us what we want and need to know. The CBS article concludes:

Members of the state Republican Party are calling for the state Democratic Party to join them in calling for an investigation into the machines.

That’s necessary, but more needs to be done right now.  I’d like them to seek an injunction in a federal court to stop the voting immediately and quickly assemble a team of experts approved by both parties to find the software problem and correct it (and find the perpetrators and prosecute them to the max).  This problem occurred in the last election too, but I don’t know if any investigation was undertaken afterwards.  If it’s not corrected immediately, and the Democrats show no interest in fixing it, then here is another sign we are living under a tyranny whose aim is to squeeze out all opposition.

The Hagerstown TEA Party will be hosting Stephen C. Coughlin, renowned expert, author, and speaker on Jihad and Sharia as it pertains to national security.

TOPIC: The facts about Jihad and Sharia (history, current events, future challenges) and what every American should know. Q&A following presentation.

COST: Free Will Donation!

 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 (Meeting will begin with a member’s meeting where we will be *voting for Vice President & Treasurer and introducing two new board members.)

 *You must be a paid member to vote. You can join at the meeting for an annual fee of $10.

LIMITED SEATING PLEASE REGISTER

Registration not required, but suggested, to reserve your seat.

SPEAKER BIO

Stephen C. Coughlin, Esq., is an attorney, decorated intelligence officer and noted specialist on Islamic law, ideology and associated issues as they relate to terrorism and subversion. Mr. Coughlin integrates experience in international law, intelligence, strategic communications and high-level project management in both the national defense and private sector to develop unique perspectives, assessments and training packages relating to the intersection of national security and Islamic law. He emphasizes evidentiary-based analysis.

In September 2001, Coughlin was mobilized from his private sector career and assigned to the Directorate for Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Targeting (JCS-J2T). Over time, his responsibilities evolved into intelligence support to information operations and strategic communications from a targeting perspective. Other assignments included the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center, the National Military Joint Intelligence Center, and the National Security Council’s Interagency Perception Management Threat Panel before demobilizing in 2004.

In 2006, Coughlin was sought out “by name” and requested to support the Joint Staff J2 in counterterror threat analysis as a lead consultant. In 2007, Coughlin was awarded a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College / Defense Intelligence Agency on the threat analysis aspects of Islamic law and related doctrines. As a Major in the United States Army (res.), Coughlin was later assigned to USCENTCOM where he served in both an intelligence and strategic communications / information operations role. He has since retired from the Reserves.

Until recently, Coughlin also supported Irregular Warfare Support activities.

Recognized as the Pentagon’s leading expert on Islamic law as it relates to national security, Coughlin was in demand as a lecturer at leading senior service staff institutions, including the National Defense University, the Army and Navy War Colleges, Marine Corps HQ-Quantico, the Joint Forces Staff College, and others, as well as at the FBI (the Counterterror and the Behavioral Analysis Units for example) and associated agencies and private sector groups.

Coughlin’s private sector career focused on international law, competitive intelligence and the development and provision of open source, classified and proprietary commercial data and information products and programs at leading information publishing houses.

Stephen Coughlin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy and a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. In Fall 2014, his book Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad will be released.

Have questions about HTP MEETING: JIHAD, SHARIA, AND NATIONAL SECURITY? Contact Hagerstown TEA Party

 

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | October 6, 2014

More on how Catalist has revolutionized elections for Dems

David Horowitz’s indispensable online encyclopedia on leftist groups, individuals, and funders, Discover the Networks, has a great piece on Catalist, the company that compiled the database used by Obama and other politicians to target fellow leftists to motivate them to vote.  It’s got a lot of the info Christian Adams described in the article linked in my previous post, and much more.  Here’s something on its origin:

Endowed with seed money from billionaire financier George Soros, Catalist was created by former deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, Harold Ickes, who sought to furnish left-wing activists with accurate, up-to-date information about the American electorate. Lamenting that the Democratic National Committee’s out-of-date voter information was “worse than having no database at all,” Ickes said at the time, “It’s unclear what the DNC is doing.” He continues to serve as president of Catalist, and a number of the organization’s current staffers previously worked as data managers for the DNC.

Here are a couple of examples of how it’s used:

During the 2008 election cycle, Catalist helped Rock the Vote (RTV) tap into Facebook applications as a means of harnessing the popularity of online social networking among young voters. Nearly 1,000 RTV members used Catalist technology to reach a targeted list of more than 100,000 people during the campaign season. As election day approached, RTV volunteers used the Catalist-powered “Action Center” in their “get-out-the-vote” campaign encouraging young registrants to early-vote in key states.

That same year, the Sierra Club used Catalist data and services to make more than 100,000 voter contacts in 8 battleground states where Republican House and Senate candidates who had “consistently voted against a clean energy future” were in the environmentalist group’s crosshairs.Cata

I was really worried after I read Adams’s article.  Do the Democrats have a secret plan to get out millions of leftists across the county and win sneaky victories in the senatorial races?  Then reality hit me.  Most Americans are fed up with Obama.  Leftists are angry about one set of things, conservatives another, but he has a rapidly diminishing number of loyal followers who will make an effort to vote for his side.  And voters are identifying his failures and outrages with Democratic candidates.  Even if many Democrats can’t bring themselves to vote for a Republican, they can bring themselves to stay home.  Let’s hope that’s what happens.

But one of the few places I think Catalist might make a difference is here in Maryland.  Anthony Brown could possibly find a way to motivate Democrats, especially minorities, to get out and vote, enough to make a difference in an increasingly close race with Larry Hogan.  Losing Maryland would be a humiliating blow to the Democrats, both state and national, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s getting some help we’re not hearing about.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | September 22, 2014

Will Obama’s database cost Republicans this election and the next?

J. Christian Adams has a stunning piece at PJ media called ‘CATALIST’: Obama’s Database for Fundamentally Transforming America and I urge you to read it all.  I’ve been meaning to post it since I read it last week — it’s the most important piece of information for this election (and future elections) that I’ve seen.

After the 2012 election we learned about Obama’s database that enabled him to turn out so many unlikely voters that he won the election even though Romney was favored by the moderates and independents. (We’ll comment on Romney’s failure farther down in this post.)

The conventional wisdom says that a candidate has to move to the center for the election.  CATALIST changes that strategy, and it also explains why Democrats and liberals in general have become even more rabidly extreme in the last few years.

Briefly, the database has unbelievable amounts of information on every voter.  Its users can dice and slice the data on the electorate to come up with very specialized issues that can be used to motivate voters to get to the polls.  Here’s an example from the article:

During the 2012 election, a producer for a conservative news network received a knock at his door in a key swing state. Two neighbors were standing on his stoop campaigning for Obama. They weren’t there to talk to him — they were there to talk to his wife. They knew that she was employed in a profession which the Obama campaign had decided to microtarget: folks who deliver services to special needs children. The two neighbors were already armed with this personalized information. The Obama campaign didn’t just send a direct mail piece to the target or make a telephone call. Instead, the campaign matched a microtargeted demographic (special needs service providers) with a highly motivated Obama volunteer in close neighborly proximity to the target. Then they armed the neighbor/volunteer with data to visit the target.

So the Democrats don’t have to move to the center.  They can motivate the leftists voters and microtarget enough other voters to win an election. That’s also why their issues seem so weird sometimes.  Contraception?  When did that become an issue?  When the Dems realized they could motivate a lot of women with it.  It’s not a real issue; it’s manufactured out of the way their strategy works.  That kind of strategy is disastrous for our country and our politics: It avoids the real issues that people should be informed on and that matter to our future in favor of petty and special-interest concerns.  Adams goes on:

The best the GOP has done to mimic this event is to give “walk and knock” lists to volunteers who are not from the neighborhood, and certainly not armed with particular messaging. Or, the GOP bothers the target with telephone calls or a direct mail campaign containing at best a whiff of microtargeting.

He points out that Democrats always share data and work together towards their goal, whereas Republicans are jealous of their lists, their data, and their knowledge.  It’s this sharing that has enabled CATALIST to be built and used to such stunning effect.

One more point from the article (though there are lots more important points):   Many, perhaps most Republican candidates have ignored their conservative base, figuring they have them in the bag and they just need to go after the middle.  Adams pointed out that Romney wouldn’t even go on conservative talk radio.

If this was ever a good strategy, it’s not good now, especially in the face of CATALIST.  Romney failed to motivate conservatives because he thought he didn’t need to.  I don’t know if he actually said “they have nowhere else to go,” but other Republicans have, and it’s so contemptuous it makes me cringe.  Also, it’s false.  They don’t have to vote Republican; they can stay home or, for a few, vote for a third party.  Many analysts think that if these conservatives had come out to vote, Romney would now be president.

Republicans at all levels of government simply have to realize that moderating their positions — or ignoring some issues completely — in search of an elusive middle is a recipe for failure.  They could start “microtargeting” right now, here in Maryland.  Go get all the unregistered hunters to register, for a start, and send gun owners a special mailing.  Then go speak at some local gun groups.  Or say something that would motive home schoolers.  Or find Democrats who are concerned about crime.  (Ha, that’s being done.)  In this case I don’t mean “they” could.  I mean Larry Hogan’s campaign should be looking at this kind of thing, but in every state and locality there are easy ways to find uninvolved potential voters, even if the national party never catches up to the Democrats in big data.  Just stop listening to the consultants who have run so many losing campaigns and talk to some local people instead.

I’m not clear whether the Democrats are using CATALIST in the upcoming elections.  In close races I don’t know why they wouldn’t.  So I’m now skeptical of the Republican leads in the polls for Senate candidates.  And I wouldn’t be surprised if Anthony Brown were benefiting from the CATALIST data — the national Dems are paying attention to our governor race now that Hogan is showing such strength.

NOTE: Here’s what the Republicans are doing to compete with CATALIST.  I have no idea if this will be effective or not.  At my low grassroots level I don’t think I’ve seen any indication of its existence.  Or I might have seen something, but it was pretty rudimentary.  But since the majority of Americans are conservatives or moderates, maybe Republicans need a different approach altogether.

Editors note:  This is cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch where I do most of my writing these days.  A couple of other posts you might want to see include this one about how we are about to bring thousands of Syrian Muslims to America and this one which relates to the ‘Unaccompanied alien children’ issue—are the Central America children bringing various illnesses into US schools, including the “mystery virus?”  

 

I’m reporting on what an uninformed governor says only because this governor wants to follow Obama to the White House.  So, all readers across the US, keep track of Martin O’Malley’s positions—he is a leader in the Democrat Party for Open Borders (no borders!) and has facilitated the growth (with tax dollars) of the notorious CASA de Maryland.

O’Malley (left) hoping to be the next O-man in the White House. Rumors abound that Obama doesn’t like O’Malley, but his policies will be the same as Obama’s.

Here is what he said to a Hispanic advocacy group in Washington on Thursday about the Unaccompanied Alien Children.

Maryland has received the largest number per capita of any state we are told.

From Southern Maryland Online:

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2014) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, in his keynote address to the Hispanic National Bar Association’s annual conference Thursday morning, called on the association’s members to help in his state’s efforts to provide pro bono representation for the large numbers of unaccompanied minors who’ve crossed the U.S. border this year to escape violence in Central America.

“When unaccompanied children fleeing violence in Central America arrive at our doorstep, it is not only for their good, but for our good and the good of the nation that our children will share with them that our nation should act hospitably and revere the human dignity and the courage that those children have possessed,” he told a crowded ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington.

O’Malley, who is considering a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, came under fire earlier this year when he openly criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to deport many of the children back to the countries from which they fled.

“We are Americans, and we do not return refugee kids who find themselves on our doorstep back into war-torn or famine-racked places where they will face certain death,” O’Malley told reporters in mid-July. “I think we have to act like Americans.”

Since then, Maryland has accepted 2,804 children, according to the latest figures from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the largest number of refugees per capita of any state in the country. Each is currently living with family or friends while awaiting deportation hearings.

Nebraska pro-immigration lawyer explains why the “children” are not refugees.

Coincidentally I came across this news item at the same time as the O’Malley disingenuous comment where a pro-immigration lawyer tells the public why the children are not “refugees.” Yet anyway!

Unaccompanied minors from Central Nebraska cannot be granted refugee status because people are classified as being refugees before ever arriving in the United States, Maynes said. That is why Sudanese and Somali immigrants – who actually lived in refugee camps – are legally considered refugees.

She said the question for unaccompanied minors is whether they can be classified as seeking asylum, a designation given to immigrants after they arrive in the U.S. Although in different categories, refugees and asylees must meet at least one of the same criteria to receive those legal designations under U.S. immigration law.

Both refugees and asylees must have a “well-founded fear of persecution” because of their political opinions, religion, nationality, race or for being a member of a protected social group, Maynes said. She said some immigration lawyers are arguing that unaccompanied minors should be part of a protected social group because as children, they are vulnerable to the predations of Central American gangs.

Of course the important point is that the Open Borders advocates and lawyers are working toward turning the “children” into legitimate asylum seekers by stretching the definition of “refugee” and thereby making anyone in the world, claiming to be escaping crime, eligible for entry into America.

Go here for all of our coverage of the ‘unaccompanied minors.’

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | August 18, 2014

All the background you need on Thomas Perez at Discover the Networks

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, racial agitator

One of David Horowitz’s many valuable projects is Discover the Networks: A Guide to the Political Left.  It’s a big database on everything leftist: people, groups, issues, jihad, funders, politics, art and culture, and more.  Yesterday I posted on Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and his stirring up of racial strife, and today I got an email from Discover the Networks with a link to its page on Thomas Perez, probably because he’s in the news.   The page includes a long narrative of his history, including his many despicable radical actions.  Here’s a very brief summary at the top of the page:

  • Served in the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the Bill Clinton administration
  • Was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Assistant Attorney General for the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division
  • Greatly expanded DOJ’s prosecution of alleged hate crimes, which he depicts as a predominantly white-on-black phenomenon
  • Views “disparate impact”—i.e., instances where particular policies affect whites and nonwhites unequally—as prima facie evidence of discrimination
  • Depicts America as a nation rife with injustice against groups such as women, nonwhite minorities, and immigrants
  • According to the American Spectator, “Perez has overseen most of the unprecedentedly naked politicization of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.”
  • Became U.S. Secretary of Labor in September 2013

There’s also a sidebar listing relevant articles and documents, such as Inspector General Report on Racialist Dysfunction Inside DOJ
By J. Christian Adams, March 12, 2013.

Any time you want to know about some leftist individual or group, or who is funding them, you’ll find a wealth of information at Discover the Networks.

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