You can hear me speak about the late, great patriot Larry Grathwohl with Larry Pratt on Live Fire, the radio show of Gun Owners of America.
It’s not like a lynching, or what happened to Matthew Shepard.
Well, actually it is just like lynching, and it precisely like what they did to Matthew Shepard, only three times, and using fire.
But whoever did it just did it to women so Eric Holder and Elena Kagan made sure, in 1997 and at the behest of Bill Clinton and an alphabet soup of activists, that crimes like this don’t count as hate. And non-hate rape-torture-murder is not as bad as hate, as Holder told Congress — “don’t let anyone tell you hate crimes aren’t worse,” he shouted, “they are worse!”
So, according to our nation’s highest law enforcement officer, this is a less-worse-not-nearly-as-bad kidnapping, torture, sexually violating, and burning alive thing. None of the neighbors being interviewed seem to agree:
DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are wondering if they have a serial attacker on their hands after a third woman’s burned body was found on the west side.
The woman’s body was discovered Saturday morning inside a home at the Mildred Smith Manor II apartment complex in the 1300 block of Forest Avenue, between Trumbull Street and the Lodge Freeway.
Fire Chief Jack Wiley said the grim discovery was made after firefighters extinguished a small blaze at the complex.
“It’s a young lady, I think, I’m not sure. All I could see was the leg and it looked like the leg of a lady than more of a man. So, I’m not sure yet,” he said.
Wiley said it’s too soon to tell if the woman, who hasn’t yet been identified, was murdered.
Women do not count as much as gays, or minorities, or Muslim people, or other people who do count. Get it?
There are three women now — tortured, violated, set on fire. Where is the Department of Justice? Still trying to figure out if they can charge George Zimmerman with something. Women don’t matter; especially, women victims of serial killers don’t matter, because Elena Kagan, the ADL, and Eric Holder didn’t want to muss up the hate crime statistics with the quantities of dead women who tend to accumulate:
Police say it’s the third case in recent weeks where a woman has been set on fire and left for dead. However, investigators aren’t yet sure if the cases are connected. In late July, two women were found just miles apart in vacant fields – both severely beaten and without any clothing.
The first woman was found around 5:50 a.m. July 26 in the 12800 block of Eaton, near Meyers Road and Lyndon Street. Police say the 37-year-old was physically assaulted and had burn marks on her body. She was in critical condition after the attack, but is now in stable condition.
Just over 24 hours later, the second woman was found around 7 a.m. July 27 at Elmira and Iris Streets, near Plymouth and Meyers roads. Police say the woman, believed to be in her 20s to 30s, was physically and possible sexually assaulted. She was listed as unconscious and in critical condition after the attack. Her current condition is unknown.
Of course the media’s in collusion with those who don’t want the following question asked:
Exactly how many women do you have to snatch off the streets, violate, torture and set on fire before someone admits it’s a hate crime?
They’re keeping real quiet. Thanks for getting the memo, guys. Here are some of the journalists studiously not asking that question:
Michael Walsh, New York Daily News
Gina Damron, Detroit Free Press (heck, let’s include the whole FREEP staff — they’ve barely covered it)
The Whole AP
The New York Times hasn’t weighed in at all: they’re too busy blaming taxpayers for not bailing Detroit out again.
How about the activists?
Southern Poverty Law Center? Nope. They are, however, reassuring the world that that hate crime in California where Kassim Al Himidi claimed prejudiced Americans broke into his house and murdered his wife in an anti-Muslim hate crime just turned out to be Kassim Al Himidi killing his wife and blaming it on prejudiced Americans. Thank goodness it wasn’t hate.
National Organization For Women? Nah. They’ll warm a bit if the women all turn out to be gay and the attackers are the last three Klansmen blogging in a basement in Lansing. Otherwise, have at, woman-killers. Plus they’re super-busy demanding justice for Trayvon Martin and continuing to complain about sexist Superbowl Ads.
The NOW has always been terrible on violence against women. They didn’t even want to include it in their first mission statement. Some feminist studies Grrl Friday should take a stab at researching that.
Human Rights Council? Are you kidding? As far as we know, these are heterosexual women, not people.
The same thing happened in Detroit in 2011: two burned bodies were found on Christmas day, two others a week earlier. I can’t find anything else on that case: four women burned beyond recognition. Here’s another question we should be asking: how did some lives become so cheap to the government?
. . . he would look like Michael Madison.
Serial Killer Anthony Sowell, murdered at least 11 women in Cleveland
At least, 11 women’s bodies were found in his house
Was a registered sex offender
Was permitted to plead to “attempted rape” in one previous rape case to get let off early
Went undetected for years
Even as women pleaded for help when they escaped him
And neighbors complained of the smell
Serial killer Michael Madison, charged this week with killing three women in Cleveland
Got a slap on the wrist for “attempted rape” charges in 2002
Served four years and was allowed to register as the lowest-level sex offender status
Has apparently told authorities that he was “inspired” by Sowell
Well, thank God these weren’t hate crimes. Because that might distract Eric Holder.
Bonus: Remember the AP apologizing for calling Sowell a rapist? ‘Cause he just lived in a house with the bones and body parts of women he had tortured to death sexually.
Double Bonus: That makes three recently caught horrific serial murderer/rapists/torturers of women in Cleveland who did everything but erect neon billboards announcing that their hatred of women drove them to kidnap and rape and torture and murder women . . . but zero hate crime charges.
And don’t forget Walter E. Ellis.
Yep, none of those murders count as hate. Why? That’s a really interesting story.
Because back in 1997, Eric Holder and Elena Kagan made sure serial rape and murder wouldn’t count as hate if the victims were women.
Yes, that Eric Holder and Elena Kagan.
Funny how everything old is new again.
Larry Grathwohl has passed away.
When I was in high school, I read Larry’s book, Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer With the Weathermen. I got it out of the Poughkeepsie public library.
And it changed the way I felt about the Sixties radicals that my teachers, and much of society, wanted me to admire.
Many years later, I was honored to meet Larry at a conference sponsored by Cliff Kincaid of America’s Survival.
I was also honored to re-release Larry’s book this year, and we spent some time on the road in Florida introducing the book, and Larry, to new audiences.
Here is the last paragraph of Larry’s book:
The Weathermen’s government will be one of total control over each individual in the society. In Weathermen terminology, this new society will be “one people working in total unity.” This means an elimination of all the individual freedoms we are accustomed to having; it was my absolute belief in the freedoms offered by our form of government that drove me to fight the Weathermen in the first place. Even though I am no longer in the underground movement where I could help prevent violence before it happened, as in Dayton, Detroit, Madison, and Buffalo, while creating as much disunity as possible, I am still working against Weathermen and other radical conspiracies. Their way of life is not mine.
Larry was a sweet and decent and very wise man. He risked his life to protect us from murderous adolescent Marxists like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Doubtlessly there would be family members of police and soldiers who would be without their loved ones tonight if Larry had not infiltrated the Weather Underground and exposed their crimes.
Many of us are in shock tonight.
Today they ran another propaganda piece by NPR’s favorite lying murderer, Wilbert Rideau.
Rideau has been playing the race card for decades to admiring gaggles of journalists, after murdering a young bank teller and trying his best to kill two other people. Not that you’d know that from reading the Times — they erase Rideau’s crimes from the record. He is black and tells them what they want to hear: therefore, his white victims do not exist.
Today the Times gave Rideau an international platform to whine about how long it takes to get a can of tuna in prison.
This dehumanization of the people Rideau tortured and killed is not even an ethical speed-bump for the criminal fetishist class, which includes Terry Gross (who has a creepy passion for Rideau), Jimmy Carter, and George Soros. You can read about their connections in my post on the real story of Wilbert Rideau, here.
Missing from the New York Times article, in addition to Rideau’s crimes, is the list of posh awards and privileges he’s been granted.
When I wrote about Rideau, I received very interesting mail from someone who actually served time with this unrepentant murderer. He tells a very different story about Rideau’s claims of persecution and his behavior in prison — the behavior that got him solitary in the first place.
But with the Times censoring the comment threads today, kiboshing any negative comments about their Wilbur, you won’t hear facts there.
Lies upon lies upon lies upon lies.
There is no barrier of decency — no pile of victims’ bodies — that the Times won’t steamroll to indulge their fantasy of persecuted criminals cruelly imprisoned.
Speaking of twisting crimes to serve political purposes, I recently took a look at Alex Jones. And while I’m appalled at his willingness to exploit mass murders, whitewash evidence, and even deny that they occurred, he’s an amateur at these things compared to the New York Times.
Jones and his InfoWars followers may be excusing the culpability of some killers in order to indulge a fantasy of “false flag” government plots, but at least they don’t go around handing out literary prizes to thugs who stab women to death (Rideau), or kill cops (Mumia Abu Jamal), or murder women then rape their dead bodies (Winston Moseley, killer of Kitty Genovese and others).
The Times has lobbied for all of these criminals to be released. They even ran editorials advocating for serial killer-corpse-rapist Winston Moseley to be let out, ’cause he had been “rehabilitated.” If you want to read the whole sordid tale, you’ll have to go to my homepage and go to page 78 of the pdf there. It’s a shameful story: virtually nothing you know about the Kitty Genovese case happens to be true, thanks to the Times. They pretty much invented the whole thing so they could blame Genovese’s neighbors instead of blaming Moseley.
Now there’s a false flag operation for you.
Here are some more New York Times killer whitewashes:
Jim Jones (Jimmy Carter’s all over this killer stuff)
Humberto Leal (Jimmy Carter again)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not being charged with a hate crime by Eric Holder for murdering three people and maiming dozens of others with bombs he and his brother built in order to kill and maim Americans, but George Zimmerman is being investigated as a hate criminal by Eric Holder for defending himself against severe bodily harm by an assailant who happened to be black.
Col. Nidal Hasan is not being called a hate criminal or a terrorist by the Obama administration for murdering thirteen adults and an unborn child and injured 32 others while shouting “Allahu-Akbar” at the Ft. Hood army post in Texas, but peaceful Tea Party activists have been profiled by the administration as potential hate criminals and terrorists.
The nearly-3,000 victims of 9/11 are not counted in federal hate crime statistics as victims of national origin (anti-American) hatred because, if they were, there would be no point in keeping hate crime statistics anymore, because all that the statistics would show is that Americans are the most significant hate crime victims in the history of America.
What’s the point of that?
Don’t Let Anyone Silence You On The Illegal Immigrant Amnesty Bill . . . Especially Other Republicans31 comments
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Last Thursday, Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota) appeared on the Glenn Beck show with a troubling message. “We’re losing badly,” Bachmann said about the fight against the Gang of Eight amnesty bill for illegal immigrants. “A lot of your viewers don’t even know we are in the middle of that fight right now,” Bachmann told Beck. “We need your viewers to melt the phone lines and say ‘Don’t vote for any immigration bill until the border is secure.’”
“This is the most important item in the next four years, what’s going to happen in the next couple weeks,” she said, “We have a very short window, six weeks, to kill this bill.”
Congressman Steve King (R–Iowa) called the immigration bill “far worse” than Obamacare:
If somehow there was an offer that you’re going to get one or the other . . . I would take Obamacare before I’d ever accept this amnesty plan.
King said that amnesty now would lead to perpetually open borders: “If you grant amnesty, you can never promise that you can enforce immigration [laws] again.”
“The [immigration] bill is worse than universal healthcare, “ warned Glenn Beck, “Listen to me, it is worse than universal healthcare, and in the coming days as we get closer, we will explain why it’s worse than universal healthcare. It is the death knell of the country. There is no recovery from this one. None. No recovery.”
Rush Limbaugh said the bill would add millions of “instant Democrats” to the electorate.
So where are Beck’s viewers, Tea Party and 912 activists? Why aren’t they “burning up the phones” as Bachmann is calling for, and leading the fight against the movement to grant citizenship to 30 million people who have or will come here as illegal aliens?
Did election losses fray nerves? Are Tea Partiers demoralized by the parade of turncoats (Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Kelly Ayotte) among people they helped elect, especially Rubio? Are the lies peddled in advertisements aired on conservative talk radio and TV by the fake conservative group, Americans for a Conservative Direction, taking a toll?
I think all of these things are true. Also true is that social conservatives and Tea Party activists are sick of being tarred with false accusations of racism, which happens whenever they try to weigh in on virtually any social issue.
As Democrats pile on with their usual, visceral “Racism” charge against those who oppose mass amnesty, I couldn’t blame anyone for wanting to avoid such ugliness. It’s not easy to stare down public officials and smirking editorial page editors shrieking “racist” at you.
But the immigration bills is a transformational event, far more important than any other issue in Washington right now. It is time for the grassroots to pay attention, as Bachmann says.
The “racism” charge simply needs to be ignored. It won’t go away, no matter what we do or say. Every single person in the Tea Party could pack up and go home, unplug their computers, and stop voting tomorrow, and ten years from now, President Holder and the Southern Poverty Law Center would still be holding blue-ribbon conferences at the White House to discuss the Rising Tide of Tea Party Hate.
You’re a racist is the eternal default of people who have no intention of speaking honestly about what will happen if we grant citizenship to enough low-income, low-education, illegal immigrants to increase America’s population by 10%. That’s 30 million people — the equivalent of entire population of Canada, or fully 1/4 of the current population of Mexico (Arnold Ahlert observes that both pro- and anti- amnesty groups agree on the 30 million figure).
But it’s not just liberals and Democrats throwing the “R” word around. You also hear it, or some coded equivalent, from many political operatives on the Right, and this is a terrible development that needs to be looked at carefully. Some in the Republican Party and and some (not all) national libertarian groups are using the same shame tactics as leftists to pressure others on the Right to not weigh in on the immigration debate.
I’ve heard stories on the ground from people who have been told that if they speak out on immigration, the whole movement will be seen as racist. Don’t let anyone pressure you that way.
Last Friday, Rush Limbaugh explained the willingness of many Republicans to support amnesty this way: “The Republican Party is embarrassed by its own base,” Limbaugh said.
I assume that some Republicans think there is a new group of people that would become their base. If they just got rid of these pro-lifers, if they just got rid of this religious crowd, if they just got rid of the Christians, if they just got rid of these gun nuts.
Turncoat Marco Rubio is certainly playing from this game book. Thankfully, Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are now beginning to mobilize people against this legislation.
For the past two years, I have travelled around Florida speaking to citizen patriot groups. I’ve come to believe that pressure from people on our own side is the main reason that Beck listeners and Tea Party and 912 groups (and many registered Republican) have been hesitant to enter the fight against an amnesty bill that they personally oppose and recognize as an existential threat to America.
Making this problem worse is a troubling dynamic in Tea Party/912 organizing. While the majority of people I’ve met in this movement identify themselves as social conservatives first, the minority of libertarians involved — who are often pro-open borders, pro-gay marriage, pro-pot legalization, and even pro-abortion rights — have an outsized influence over the far larger numbers of traditional values conservatives.
This outsized influence is magnified by the presence of national libertarian groups that siphon power off the grassroots while claiming to speak for them.
I don’t say any of this as a blanket condemnation of all people who identify themselves as libertarians. Some of the people I admire the most in politics are diehard, capital “L” Libertarians (myself, I was writing fan letters to Ayn Rand and stumbling through Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology way back in high school). And some national libertarian groups like Campaign for Liberty are airing the view of members who oppose the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill. They may even be doing more to fight this legislation (I would appreciate confirmation of this).
But I’ve also witnessed aggressive attempts within the movement to dominate and silence people who want to talk about subjects like illegal immigration and abortion. And when libertarians define everything that they don’t want to talk about as a “social issue” and then demand silence on social issues, they’re just being liberals who don’t want to pay taxes.
A big source of this problem is the outsized influence of national organizations like FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity. Although they provide training resources and leadership in campaigns, they also pressure the grassroots to abide by their agendas, and on amnesty they both curiously claim to be “sitting the fight out,” which is no different from supporting the bill.
In fact, deep-pocketed players all over the Right are currently pressuring Tea Partiers to sit down and shut up about immigration. Grover Norquist has been flogging ugly racial charges against the Tea Party, as Ann Corcoran details in this excellent blog. Jeb Bush is flouting bizarre anti-facts about needing illegal immigrants to teach Americans about family values at his (very vaguely named) American Action Forum. Daniel Greenfield has a wonderful takedown of Bush’s immigrant fertility derangement.
FreedomWorks once at least talked about a no-amnesty plan, but now they are vigilantly avoiding the entire subject of illegal immigration. The grassroots needs to realize that, by whispering to Beltway insiders about how they’re “sitting out” the immigration bill, FreedomWorks is for all practical purposes actually supporting amnesty. And if they claim you as a member, they’re essentially saying that you do, too.
Americans for Prosperity in Florida [disclosure: I did freelance and volunteer work for them] is arguably more coercive with the grassroots. They have a habit of culling names from grassroots organizations and claiming these people as their membership. If you ever attended an AFP event or volunteered on their phone lines or went to hear one of their speakers, AFP lobbyists in Tallahassee and Washington D.C. are probably claiming that you are a member of AFP and that they are speaking for you.
And what they’re saying is that you’re “sitting out” the immigration bill along with them, which really means supporting amnesty.
Don’t let AFP, or anyone else, do this in your name. Tea Party and 912 activists need to take a hard look at the people and groups claiming to be speaking for them. Don’t give away your power to anyone. And if you are a member, let them know how you feel.
I believe the majority of people involved in citizen patriot movements oppose the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill. But if we don’t make ourselves heard now, we might as well give up the fight.
When amnesty supporter and presidential hopeful Jeb Bush claimed at the recent Faith and Freedom conference that “immigrants are more fertile . . . and they have more intact families,” CNN reported that his “arguments . . . were met with near silence from the conservative crowd.” In contrast, the crowd loudly applauded Michelle Bachmann’s fiery denunciation of “amnesty.”
But it’s time to do more than applaud. Following is a toolkit for lobbying against the Gang of Eight’s bill, countering the lies being told, and educating your friends and fellow Tea Party/912 members about the facts on amnesty and illegal immigration.
Ten Things To Do to Oppose the Gang of Eight’s Amnesty Bill
#1: Educate Yourself About the Facts
Before we talk about amnesty for illegal immigrants, we need to understand who is here and the many ways they’re already accessing government benefits. When I worked in social services, I came to know a lot of low-income immigrants, legal and illegal, and those who weren’t living with someone with legal status and taking advantage of their public benefits still had multiple ways to access funding on their own. Anybody, for example, who tells you that the Gang of Eight’s bill will deny subsidized healthcare to illegal immigrants during a waiting period is lying. They already receive publicly funded healthcare through multiple sources: emergency services, Medicaid, FQCHSs (look it up), Disproportionate Share Hospitals, state programs that enroll illegal immigrants, federal and state programs that support pregnancy and deliveries, and special grants funneled through universities and research hospitals.
None of this is going away. Instead, expect doors to medical programs to open very quickly for 30 million mostly low-income beneficiaries of amnesty. When people in residence here start on the path to citizenship, who will argue against including them fully in Obamacare long before the 10 or 13 year delay has ended?
And there are other forms of welfare that promise to explode as well.
- Read this report by Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies, beginning to end: Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children, A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs. It’s a great primer on use of public assistance, broken down by native-born/immigrant status and legal/illegal immigrant status.
- Center for Immigration Studies has the most up-to-date analyses on the Gang of Eight’s legislation and amendments.
- This Heritage Foundation’s Report is absolutely essential as well: The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer
- Heritage has more excellent information on immigration.
- Numbers USA has many fact-sheets and toolkits for action.
- The Eagle Forum has a good summary of the costs of amnesty, here.
- Background on the immigrant rights movement’s ties to communism from Trevor Loudon.
#2: Educate Yourself About the Lies
- Frontpage Magazine has some of the best exposés on the Gang of Eight’s media disinformation campaign, from David Greenfield on Jeb Bush’s fertility comments, Lindsey Graham’s ugly pandering, and Rubio’s cozying up to Obama, to information on border control. Frontpage also published a timely exposé on the organization behind those dishonest Americans for a Conservative Direction ads airing on talk radio and television.
- John T. Bennett has published many excellent articles about immigration. Visit his archives at American Thinker, one of the few conservative publications consistently opposing amnesty.
- Victor Davis Hanson’s columns about the impact of illegal immigration in the Southern California town where his family farms are indispensable.
- Judicial Watch is a reliable source for information about the way immigration law is and will be enforced, or not.
- Jeffrey Lord has an important new article about Ryan, Rubio, and immigrant child credit tax scams at American Spectator.
- Mark Krikorian provides background and insights at National Review.
- Former INS Senior Special Agent Michael Cutler offers important information about border security at Accuracy in Media.
- And this guy, who goes only by DrewM., offers a very funny imaginary debate with Paul Ryan, who has disappointed many people with his dishonest defense of amnesty.
#3: Understand the Earned Income Tax Credit
Around January 1, tax preparation offices pop up all over the small Florida tomato town that is my sometimes-home. No, they’re not for thrifty taxpayers seeking to get an early start on April 15: they’re storefronts for processing Earned Income Tax Credit checks. For a fee, these storefronts fill out the paperwork for “refund checks” of up to $5,666 that go to pretty much anyone with children who can claim a limited income. The word “refund” does not mean refund for taxes paid: the EITC is a “cash assistance” welfare program built into the IRS to dispense money to people who pay no federal taxes. It’s like Christmas — after Christmas: in poor neighborhoods, car dealerships and electronics and furniture stores hold “tax” sales where non-taxpayers use taxpayer’s money to buy themselves consumer products. It isn’t uncommon to see store windows with giant “EITC” signs, or slogans like “Mo Money, Mo Money” around EITC season. Police even pick up patrolling in some places to prevent EITC-cash related robberies and burglaries.
It is also, of course, a program subject to massive fraud – $11 – $13 billion a year in recent years. So even though illegal immigrants aren’t supposed to qualify for EITC largesse, many apply for and get the money anyway by lying about social security numbers, other identity fraud, or lying about children who don’t exist or don’t live here. There are even loopholes built into the system to allow some illegal immigrants to legally receive EITC — $4.2 billion was distributed to illegal immigrants in 2010.
Of course, EITC give-aways will skyrocket as soon as 30 million of Jeb Bush’s “extremely fertile” illegal immigrants and their families gain legal status . . . and nobody is even sure whether illegal immigrants will qualify for back-payments of EITC for previous years. Such details, you see, aren’t something the taxpayers need to worry their little heads over.
I doubt the Gang of Eight would tell us the truth about it anyway, even if they knew what the truth was.
#4: Get Your Hands on This One Amazing Book
Actually, whether you support or oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, you should read Darrell Ankarlo, a former talk radio host in Arizona.
In Illegals: The Unacceptable Cost of America’s Failure to Control its Borders, Ankarlo travels between Mexico and America to discover why and how people enter this country illegally. He opens a window, showing us who is coming here, how they get here, and what this all means for both Mexico and America. Ankarlo seems a little crazy, in a good way. He is empathetic towards everyone — a rare achievement.
If the Gang of Eight had started with this book and encouraged other people to read it, the nation would be having a real conversation about illegal immigration right now.
#5: Know Your Enemies
Illegal immigrants aren’t the enemy.
But the racially divisive, leftist activists who are using illegal immigration to challenge America’s sovereignty are enemies. You need to learn about their real intentions — and where the country is heading if the Gang of Eight succeeds.
Radical Hispanic separationist groups such as MEChA and Nation of Aztlan have strongholds in some cities and on college and university campuses, especially in Arizona and California. Here is a primer introducing these groups. Here is the website for the National Brown Berets: their radical mission statement should be read and understood.
La Raza is seemingly more mainstream, but they share much of the mission and attitudes towards America expressed by more radical groups. In contrast to those groups, however, La Raza is entirely mainstreamed in the political Left. It receives significant taxpayer funding to underwrite its race-based activities (nearly 10 million dollars in 2010), and can call upon scores of high-ranking elected officials to do its bidding. A former high-ranking La Raza official serves in the Obama administration. Here is an exposé on La Raza.
La Raza claims to be nonpartisan, but in reality they operate like any other aggressive race lobby, making demands on both parties but inevitably siding with the Democrats. Look at the La Raza site to find a pdf of a disturbing 2012 speech by La Raza president and CEO, Janet Murguîa.
#6: Bring the Discussion to Your Tea and 912 Groups — NOW!
IRS, NSA, Benghazi, the economy, Syria . . . it’s overwhelming. But as Michelle Bachmann, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Steve King, Louis Gomert, and . . . oh yeah, Obama are telling us (see this great John Hawkins piece), the amnesty bill needs to take precedence over all these other issues because it is speeding through Congress and will create irreversible political changes . . . changes that will give rise to even more uncontrollable Washington scandals.
Too many Tea Party groups are looking elsewhere. Of course, holding the IRS accountable is important; Common Core needs attention. But it’s time, now, to talk about illegal immigration.
Next month will be too late. Heritage Action has resources for your state.
#7: Thank Our Allies
Those fraudulent Americans for a Conservative Direction ads airing on talk radio and television shows, including Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and the Rush Limbaugh Show, have been confusing audiences, but the ads do not reflect the shows’ hosts’ views. In fact, Rush and Beck have been calling for immediate action against the Gang of Eight’s amnesty plan. Be sure to thank them.
The Heritage Foundation, Judicial Watch, Numbers USA, Center for Immigration Studies, the Eagle Forum and others are standing strong against amnesty. Thank them too.
#8: Encourage Our Friends, Cautiously
I don’t always see eye to eye with the national libertarian organizations partnering with Tea Parties, especially when they issue top-down directives to grassroots groups. I believe that the Tea Party/912 movements need to get back to their local roots and work with nationals only when the relationship is really a two-way street.
Part of this involves donating more of your money locally, instead of sending it to wealthy national organizations. Also, ALWAYS check a group’s tax forms before donating anything to them, and ask for detailed information about staff salaries and how your money will be spent. Go to Guidestar to view the 990s of all nonprofit organizations. The site is very easy to use: just register, and you can view any organization’s 990 for free. I’m happy to answer individual questions about researching 990s.
Local membership groups also need to make sure nobody is claiming to speaking for them on contentious issues such as immigration, or saying one thing to Tea Party groups and another to the RNC bigwigs in Washington. It’s great to partner with national organizations when you agree, but don’t give away your power or voice to them. When you work together, maintain your identity and name, and get proper credit for your contribution to any activity.
NEVER hand over your membership list to anyone, and share your membership list only when you are working in an equitable coalition where all parties agree to keep primary ownership of their lists.
One more word on money: when you work with any individual or group, demand that they be transparent about money and other resources they are receiving from any source. You might be very surprised to learn how much money the Tea Party leader sitting next to you at a conference is getting for their participation, especially if they are pushing a view that you don’t agree with.
Doing these things can help create healthier and stronger alliances between national groups and your local organization. And in that spirit, I encourage activists who have worked with FreedomWorks, AFP, and other national entities to reach out to them and let them know how you feel about the Gang of Eight’s Amnesty legislation, and ask them to discuss their position with you. If you have volunteered for their organization in the past, they owe you that.
We may find more common ground on this legislation if we agree to look for it together.
#9: Don’t Let Anyone Call You A Racist . . . And Don’t Let Them Lie to You
I don’t mean the Democrats: they just don’t care what we think. But Republican and conservative organizations that are smearing amnesty opponents with slurs and crude misrepresentations of our positions deserve to hear from us. Here’s a short list of the people who merit a critical phone call, e-mail, or tweet:
- Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
- Jeb Bush, American Action Forum
- Marco Rubio, Offices in Florida and Washington
- Jeff Flake, Offices in Arizona and Washington
- John McCain, Offices in Arizona and Washington
- Lindsey Graham, Offices in South Carolina and Washington
- GOP - 202-863-8500
#10: Call Your Legislators . . . today
and tomorrow and the day after that. As Michelle Bachmann says, it’s time to burn up the phones.
Larry Grathwohl’s book about infiltrating the Weather Underground is now available on Amazon in Kindle format, and pre-orders for hard copies can be made at the book’s website. The hard copies should be available for sale within the next few days. Larry is touring Florida in May, then hopefully in Atlanta, and he is available for interviews.
We are especially interested in hearing from police officers who were attacked by the Weathermen during the Chicago Days of Rage or who were targeted by their fire bombings and other attacks on police. These stories are being suppressed by the academic establishment and especially PBS, which is trying to make the Weathermen out to be self-sacrificing cultural heroes fighting only for “peace.” We need to tell the truth about them, their ties to foreign terrorist groups, their violence, and their real plans to imprison and “re-educate” ordinary Americans using Maoist brainwashing they used on their own cult followers. It is a disgrace that schoolchildren are being taught to look up to these murderous lunatics.
Here are links to some of my previous blogging on the Weather Underground, Susan Sarandon (who plays the Kathy Boudin figure — as heroine — in Robert Redford’s vile and dull paean to the Weathermen, The Company You Keep) and other sickening cop-killing radicals:
. . . they find vicious murders of women pretty funny.
Bernadine Dohrn in December 1969, joking about the Manson family murder of Sharon Tate:
Dig it! First they killed those pigs and then they put a fork in pig Tate’s belly. Wild! Offing those rich pigs with their own forks and knives, and then eating a meal in the same room, far out! The Weathermen dig Charles Manson!
Barack Obama in October 2012, joking about O.J. Simpson’s attempt to flee justice after murdering his wife Nicole:
“You didn’t know this, but for all you moms and kids out there, you should have confidence that finally somebody is cracking down on Big Bird,” Obama said, alluding to the famous O.J. Simpson chase scene. “Elmo has been seen in a white Suburban. He’s driving for the border.”
Sharon Tate’s blood on her living room wall
Who jokes about things like this?
Sharon Tate was nearly nine months pregnant at the time she was killed. She had been stripped and tortured before death, a rope strung around her neck and hung from a beam. She begged the killers to temporarily spare her life, kidnap her, and let her deliver her baby before they killed her. They laughed and killed her anyway. She was buried with the body of her deceased son cradled in her arms.
After Tex Watson stabbed Tate to death, Susan Atkins stuck her finger in Tate’s wounds and wrote the word “pig” on a wall with her blood, an act that delighted Bernadine Dohrn when she heard about it. Dohrn and other Weathermen adopted a four-fingered “fork” salute to signify the act of stabbing Tate in her pregnant stomach.
Still not funny: Dohrn, now a “Children’s Rights Law Professor,” smiling with her FBI Most Wanted poster
I’ve been too busy to post lately, what with moving. And staying put. But sometimes the universe plants a goose egg so giant that you have to say something about it just to squeeze out the door.
And so we have this, a 51-page “study” by the esteemed sociologist of SEIU apologetics, Ruth Milkman, and her peers: Stephanie Luce (living wage academician and activist) and Penny Lewis (ACORN shill/labor prof). These three ladies practice their activism and their academics on your dime, taxpayers, at the portentous-sounding Joseph P. Murphy Institute for Worker Education of the CUNY School of Professional Studies, which is not to be confused with the CUNY School of Unprofessional Studies, which is not to be confused with a dead parrot.
The JPMIWWE openly claims to be building the union movement and serving “the educational, policy, and research needs of unions and their members,” also all on your dime.
I bet you didn’t know you were paying for that.
Frances Fox Pivens is an associated scholar at the program, which explains a lot, though it doesn’t quite explain what someone whose contribution to society consists of encouraging people not to work actually does in a Labor Studies department.
Just one more drop in the ironic abyss of the intelligentsia.
A Dead Parrot
The Occupy study, which is delighting journalists and Media Studies Professionals everywhere by reinforcing their belief systems, asserts that Occupy Protesters are actually well-educated and employed, with a full third earning more than $100K per year.
Gee, how do you do that while living in a tent and banging on drums all day?
Well, it’s done with magic. The magic is called sociology, an obscure religion practiced, according to Iris Murdoch, by people “who had got into an intellectual muddle early in life and never got out.” Because sociologists don’t have to do things like build bridges or solve math problems or cure cancer, their definitions of science can be a bit loosey-goosey.
How loosey-goosey? Well, this much: the Occupy study, which is 51 pages long and paid for with your tax dollars, arrived at the conclusion that all those Occupiers who slept, raped, pooped, and drummed in the streets for months on end were actually educated, employed, and well-off. The researchers arrived at this conclusion by surveying an entirely different group of people who showed up for a different event months after the Occupy camps were disbanded.
In fact, only 10.3% of the people they surveyed said they had stayed in an Occupy camp. The other 89.7% did not.
In case you’re wondering what the labor professors actually do when they aren’t doing this type of thing, it looks a heck of a lot like this.
Good reading this week. If you’re in too much of a good mood after the holidays, The Noisy Room should alleviate that.
The New Year is upon us and the taxman cometh!Best wishes from all of us for a prosperous happy and healthy 2013, and here’s hoping the current antics of the people we voted for to watch the store haven’t totally knocked the Holiday spirit out of you!
Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.
First off, congrats to Bookworm Room for winning the title of Conservative Blogress Diva in Waiting in theThe Grande Conservative Blogress Diva competition.
You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.
Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then, just returrn the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning.
It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members, while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. Pretty cool eh?
So, let’s take a look at what we have this week….
- The Noisy Room – When the lights go out in America
- The Colossus of Rhodey – More media hypocrisy on guns
- The Political Commentator – God, country, family, party and partisan politics!
- Joshuapundit-Let’s Give Up on the Constitution!
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Velayet 91
- The Right Planet – Musings About The Trees
- Simply Jews – Dmitri Yakovlev bill – the cannibal’s mistake
- The Glittering Eye -We Have a Social Disease
- The Mellow Jihadi – Corporals of the United States Marine Corps
- The Razor – Alinksy Tactics Used Against Legal Gun Owners
- VA Right! - Betrayed! Only 5 Republican Senators Voted ‘NO!’ to a Tax Increase
- The Independent Sentinel – Tax Ammo As If It Were Cigarettes
- Rhymes With Right – When The Free Press Advocates For Abrogating Rights, Suppressing Speech, And Murdering Dissenters
- Bookworm Room – Found it on Facebook: a story about a mass murder that didn’t happen
- Gay Patriot – Now that they’ve raised taxes on the wealthiest Americans, what is the Democrats’ plan to address nation’s debt crisis?
- Liberty’s Spirit – I Support the Pro-Israel Lobby: Bring it on Bitches
- Right Truth – Obama Hammers and Sickles America – Obama’s Coup: The final chapter
- Tina Trent – Naomi Wolf, Aaron Greene and Morgan Gliedman: Retro Radical Chic
- The Pirate’s Cove – Bummer: Some Dealers Say “Nyet!” To Carrying Chevy Fuego, Er, Volt
- Sultan Knish –First Plane Out Of Benghazi submitted by The Noisy Room
- Cato@Liberty – The Stephen Glass Problem in Intelligence Oversight submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Sultan Knish -Someone Else Will Pay submitted by The Political Commentator
- Dave Barry – Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2012 submitted by Joshuapundit
- The Diplomat – A Frightening Prospect: War in the East China Sea submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- ConservativeDailyNews.com – The Climate of Fear & Powerlessness submitted by The Right Planet
- Jonathan Spyer – A Nation Once Again? submitted by Simply Jews
- Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion – Extra-constitutional power is what they’ve always wanted (Update — blaming those ancient “white dudes”) submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Too Young To Be A Curmudgeon –You Better Think About It Before You Start Packingsubmitted by The Mellow Jihadi
- Mike Hunt –Demand A Plan? Demand Celebrities Go F*ck Themselves [Extended Cut] submitted byThe Razor
- Shark Tank – Allen West Calls Senate ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Compromise “Illogical and Disrespectful” To Americans submitted by VA Right!
- Doug Ross – President Obama’ Fiscal Cliff Olive Branch To The GOP: “You Get Nothing” submitted by The Independent Sentinel
- Bob Owens – What You’ll See In The Rebellion submitted by Rhymes with Right
- P.J. O’Rourke – Dear Mr. President, Zero-Sum Doesn’t Add Up submitted by The Watcher
- NRO Symposium – Crystal Ball 2013:Looking ahead submitted by The Watcher