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The Scandal of ‘Gun-Walking’

From National Review:

Why did the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives stand by and watch as guns were transported across our southern border to Mexico, to be used by violent drug cartels?

The phenomenon of “gunwalking” appears to be a standard sting-operation tactic that in this case has gone wildly awry. The idea was that federal authorities would approve firearms purchases that seemed suspicious, and then monitor the buyers to see where the guns ended up. But the scale of the purchases was massive, and the agents on the ground kept anxiously waiting for the order to stop monitoring and intervene, according to stunning accounts from ATF agents and documentation uncovered by CBS News and other sources. As early as March 2010, ATF agents were finding the “monitored” firearms in the hands of suspected criminals in Mexico. One ATF e-mail reported,“Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone,” including “numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles.”

Read the rest at National Review.

Frank Lautenberg: Pro-Lifers, Tea Party Patriots Don’t Deserve Constitutional Liberties

From Moonbattery:

A certain Democrat Senator from New Jersey certainly puts the lout in Lautenberg. Here he is holding forth in favor of the taxpayer-financed abortion mill Planned Parenthood:

“Those who don’t respect the rights of women [to kill inconvenient children] don’t earn the freedoms that are guaranteed in the Constitution.”

Regarding Tea Party patriots, he condescendingly sneers:

“They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution. But we’ll give them to them anyway.”

Fortunately, we don’t need to rely on the benevolence of crumbs like Loutenberg. Our freedoms don’t come from him.

Whitley County Patriots Now on Facebook!

I have created a Facebook Page for WCP.  People can now join us on Facebook.

Whitley County Patriots on Facebook

Report from the Redistricing Meetings

Dear Patriots,

Last week two very important meeting took place in Fort Wayne. Both concerned Redistricting. One was held at IPFW Thursday evening, and the other one was held at The Allen County Public Library. Both were sponsored by different groups.

The IPFW meeting was conducted by The League of Women Voters, AARP of Indiana, and Common Cause/Indiana. The material they handed out from the Brennen Center was informative. However, some of the supporters of The Brennen Center are: the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Democracy Alliance Partners, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Wallace Global Fund. Attendance at this meeting was 36.

The Allen County Public Library meeting was conducted by various Indiana State Senators, and Representatives. Their sole purpose was to listen to, and collect information submitted by the public. There were many interesting comments by a variety of society. ( you would have had to be there to understand it ) Maps of the various districts were on display. One lady casually instructed the gathered legislators “to do away with those crazy ass lines.” The secretary wanted to know if crazy ass should be hyphenated. It broke up the bored tone.

A very interesting presentation was made by a college student. She had conducted a study of the census and discovered that all inmates are counted as residents. This is something I did not know. It is disturbing for the following reasons. Felons cannot vote. And prisoners are shifted around to various facilities many times during their incarceration thus placing them in different legislative districts.

Redistricting is a very, very important issue. It only happens every ten years. The lines, by law, have to be drawn by April 29th of this year. This creates a bit of a problem because of the traitors that are not here. As it is, Republicans hold the cards, and it will get done. But regardless, it must be done with some common sense. Please visit Ind.gov to look at the maps. Also, please email Senator Jim Banks with your input, and comments. We only have this chance once a decade! You can email Senator Banks at :   S17@in.gov. His Senate phone number is 1-800-382-9467.

God Bless America,
Dave Cooper

Planned Parenthood Funding: We’re Waiting

From RedState:

It has now been weeks since a series of damaging videos showing Planned Parenthood’s systematic willingness to facilitate child sex-trafficking and other forms of lawbreaking, and Congress has yet failed to act to strip Federal funding of this corrupt organization. Several pro-life groups are stepping up the pressure with a series of videos designed to highlight the issue. The first is a powerful user-submitted video which won the contest sponsored by the Expose Planned Parenthood Coalition last week:

The second, titled “We’re Waiting,” has just been released by the American Life League:

Call your Congressman today. Tell them that removing Planned Parenthood’s funding from the Federal budget is non-negotiable.

Did Shariah Law Just Work Its Way Into a Florida Court?

From The Blaze:

A judge in Tampa, Florida is creating a buzz with a ruling some say shows that shariah law is creeping into the U.S. One look at the alleged ruling shows it is suspicious. But is it really an example of shariah “comin’ to America?”

According to a document on the website Jihad Watch, Circuit Court Judge Richard A. Nielsen ordered earlier this month that a civil  dispute between current and former leaders of a local mosque over who controls funds awarded during a 2008 eminent domain proceeding be decided under “Ecclesiastical Islamic Law.” Below is a copy of the relevant section:

Tom Tillison over at Red State explains the case via a post from Brigitte Gabriel:

The current mosque leaders want the case decided according to secular, Florida civil law, and their attorney has been vigorously arguing the case accordingly.

The former trustees of the mosque want the case decided according to sharia law.

Here’s the kicker.

The judge recently ruled “This case will proceed under Ecclesiastical Islamic law,” (sharia law), “pursuant to the Qur’an.” [Emphasis hers]

You can read the judge’s ruling here.

Now it’s not unusual for a dispute to arise within a religious institution and for a court to order a mediation or arbitration, in order to resolve this without the court having to render its own judgment.

But what makes this case unusual, and highly troubling, is that a group of Muslim leaders—the CURRENT mosque leaders—who do NOT want to be subject to sharia law, are being compelled to do so by an American judge!

Best Sources for Information On The Fukushima Nuclear Reactors

From Depleted Cranium:

As it is too difficult for me to personally provide updates on the situation in Japan, the following links can provide good up to date, information without sensationalize or uninformed speculation.

TEPCO Press Room – Frequently updated English language press releases from the plant’s operators on the latest state of the reactors.

MIT Nuclear Information Service – Blog-style posts providing expert analysis and information written in layperson’s terminology with good explanations.   Highly recommended.   Rational and direct.

International Atomic Energy Agency – Contains regular press releases on confirmed information relating to the Fukushima reactors. Also provides information on confirmed injuries relating to the nuclear plant. At this time there are no confirmed cases of acute radiation poisoning, though workers have been injured in the explosions at the plant.

Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (English Language Site) – Frequent updates on status of reactors. This site provides some of the best primary information as soon as it is avaliable on both the reactor conditions and efforts underway to address problems. This is the primary source of information used to provide the concise “Status Updates” updates, which are hosted by HPS.
(note that this is not a “forum” in the sense of an internet discussion board)


Health Physics Society
– In addition to having updates on the Fukushima, HPS is by far the best site to go to for reference information on the health effects of ionizing radiation, the measurement of radiation, safety issues and other important background info. HPS provides exceptionally well-written and understandable references for media and laypersons.

Fukushima Status Updates – Provided by the Health Physics Society and the Japan Atomic Information Forum, this PDF document is updated whenever new information on the status of the reactors become available. As of this writing, three reactors are severely damaged but stable. All reactors at the nearby Fukushima-2 plant are safe and relatively undamaged. This document offers the best concise rundown of status.

Due to the exceptionally poor reporting and sensationalize in the mainstream press, readers are warned to take press reports, even those from otherwise reputable newspapers with a grain of salt. Likewise, statements by politicians and commentators should not be viewed as necessarily being reliable.

Daniels Should Have Tackled Right-to-Work

From The National Review:

On today’s Uncommon Knowledge episode, Gov. Mitch Daniels flipped a question about his opposition to a state right-to-work law by saying that a “better question is what the right-to-work people think they were doing.”

I’m glad he asked, because we are confident Governor Daniels knows exactly what we were doing. And as the saying goes, everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

Daniels asserts that the idea of a right-to-work law came “out of nowhere,” yet since 2003, Indiana citizens determined to free themselves from the shackles of compulsory unionism have been working tirelessly to pass right-to-work protections for Indiana’s workers. Led by the nearly 120,000-member Indiana Right to Work Committee, pro-right-to-work Hoosiers sent many thousands of postcards, letters, and e-mails to their legislative candidates urging them to support right-to-work.

In 2010 alone, Indiana Right to Work mailed a series of letters to more than 200,000 Hoosiers in targeted districts reporting where their candidates for state house and state senate stood on the right-to-work issue.

Meanwhile, dozens of winning candidates (including Ron Bacon, Sue Ellspermann, Rebecca Kubacki, Kevin Mahan, Jud McMillin, and Tim Wesco) repeatedly sent out direct mailings to voters announcing right-to-work as a key plank in their platforms, while still others trumpeted their support in town halls and other public forums. (All of which was laid out in a letter to Daniels from the head of Indiana Right to Work dated January 6.)

Public-opinion polls consistently show that nearly 80 percent of Indiana voters oppose forced unionism, and members of Daniels’s own party think it is a winning issue enough to bring it up. And since 2004, there have been three votes on an Indiana right-to-work bill in the state house — making right-to-work hardly an issue that has come “out of nowhere.”

Additionally, Daniels has claimed that the rest of his agenda would have been derailed if right-to-work came up. As such, Daniels has urged the delay of the introduction of right-to-work since December, essentially cuing the Democrats to block the bill from the start by pushing the introduction of the bill to the point where the Democrats could defeat it by leaving the state for just a day or two. And in the end, Daniels’s other legislative priorities were blocked anyway, despite his preemptive surrender on the right-to-work issue.

If Daniels had just shown leadership and decided to fight this battle early in the legislative session (as advised), workplace-freedom advocates would have won the battle, as majorities of both houses are on the record in support of a right-to-work law. Instead, hundreds of thousands of Indiana’s workers will continue to be forced to pay union dues and fees as a condition of employment, while (as Daniels admits) one in four businesses looking to relocate will not even consider his state.

Daniels’s efforts to block right-to-work stand in stark contrast to the positive strides made by Governors Scott Walker (Wisconsin), Chris Christie (New Jersey), John Kasich (Ohio), and Paul LePage (Maine) in taking on forced unionism.

Governor Daniels’s failure of leadership (and truthfulness) on this issue should give serious pause to those who think he’s ready for national office.

Speaker Boehner Needs to Show America What Real Leadership Is

From Big Government:

Americans delivered the House a record 63 Republican seats to ensure that the peoples’ voices would be heard.  And, while the voters thought their message was clear and received, now, it seems, the real battle ensues.

While Congress continues to kick the budget and debt can down the road and passes continuing resolutions to thwart a government shutdown, the Democrat leadership has dropped several messages to the GOP leadership:

“They cannot agree with themselves,” said Hoyer. He called for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to distance himself from Tea Party conservatives and forge a compromise between centrist Republicans and Democrats.

Hoyer said Boehner should abandon the additional cuts conservatives muscled into the bill introduced by GOP leaders that would have cut $35 billion in spending this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. After an uproar from conservatives, GOP leaders rallied around a bill that would cut spending by $61 billion.

Of course he would say that.

This is not 1995 though and the game has changed, and frankly so have the rules.

The differences between 1995 and now is the fact that President Clinton used his veto power coupled with spot-on messaging:

On November 13, 1995, President Clinton vetoed a continuing resolution that would have kept the government running amid a budget impasse. The result was a partial shutdown. A few days later, he signed another continuing resolution providing funds for the government until mid-December. After that measure expired, he vetoed three appropriations bills, and another partial shutdown ensued. This one lasted until early January 1996.

Yes, Clinton called the GOP’s bluff and triggered a government shut down.  The blame supposedly fell at the Republican’s feet.  However, the GOP remained the majority party in the 1998 elections only losing five seats in the House, largely due to the fact that the GOP-led Congress passed popular legislation approval ratings remained consistent.  Furthermore, President Obama is signing the CRs–he has no option–as the Democrats control the Senate.  He couldn’t possibly risk the blame to lie with his party.

The Democrat’s political strategy, setup, and sting on the Republicans is as directed at the tea party as it is to fragmenting and alienating the GOP leadership with the freshmen members.  This attempt to weaken Boehner as a leader and cause voters to become disenfranchised with the GOP sets up the 2012 election.

The GOP must remember that every time a Republican has the fortitude to stand up and call out the Democrats and the left, the people are behind them.  They crave someone with that leadership quality and fearlessness.  And this is why there is no front-runner in the GOP race to the White House.

Speaker Boehner must lead and unify the Republicans, stay on message, and obey the will of the American people.  If he doesn’t, the GOP will suffer serious consequences and the mantra of “not only conservative, but Republican” will vanish–setting up third party races in 2012, GOP incumbent losses, and Democrat wins.  However, if Boehner stands firm there will be no way the MSM machine will be able to beat back the sentiments and will of the American people for the results will be self-evident.

HOT! FreedomWorks in Indianapolis this weekend

FreedomWorks is conducting a 3-Day Event this weekend…click HERE for more info

Here is the agenda:

THURSDAY, MARCH 24th
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Press Conference at the State Capitol Rotunda
Issues—state budget, pension reform, education reform, energy policy

Invited Speakers:
Gov. Mitch Daniels
Dick Armey and Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks
Dr. Tom Borelli, Free Enterprise Project
Deneen Borelli, FreedomWorks, Project 21, Fox News contributor
Don Bates Jr.
Conner Caudil, IU College Republicans
Greg Fettig, America ReFocused
Lisa Deaton, We the People Indiana

7:00pm – 9:00pm, Omni Severin Hotel
Thursday Evening Fundraiser for Local Groups
An Evening with Dick Armey ($50 donation)
Mr. Armey will be signing his book “Give us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto”
A portion of the proceeds will go to support Indiana Tea Party groups in need of financial resources.

FRIDAY, MARCH 25th
9:00am – 11:45am, Omni Severin Hotel
Panel Discussion on Key Issues Facing Hoosiers, with moderator Tom Rose (WIBC)

Featured Speakers:
Congressman Todd Rokita—What’s Happening in DC
Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction—School Choice and Education Reform
Greg Fettig—Citizen Involvement in Politics and Government
FreedomWorks Staff—Grassroots Activism
Dr. Tom Borelli—Energy Issues facing Hoosiers
Deneen Borelli—Diverse Tea: Minorities in the Tea Party movement
Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock—State Fiscal Issues
State Senator Mike Delph—Immigration Reform

11:00am – 11:35am
FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey—The Conservative Movement: Then and Now

11:45am – 1:30pm
On your own for lunch

2:00pm – 5:00pm
Hoosiers for Conservative Senate District Meetings, with Monica Boyer

7:00pm – 9:00pm, local bar/restaurant near the Omni
Blogger Social Gathering

SATURDAY, MARCH 26th
9:00am – 5:00pm, Omni Severin Hotel
Workshops and FreedomConnector Training
Registration fee of $20.00 for entire day—includes lunch

9:00am – 9:30am
Welcome and Introduction—Russ Walker and Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks

10:30am – 12:30pm
FreedomConnector Training—Kara Pally, FreedomWorks

12:30pm – 1:45pm
Lunch Provided

2:00pm – 4:45pm
Concurrent Training Sessions:

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Campaign training panel and organizing for the Senate Race
2:00pm – 3:00pm: Blogger training breakout sessions
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Breakout Sessions on Key Issues:
Breakout #1: EPA regulations and energy policy—Dr. Tom Borelli, Free Enterprise Project and Steve Milloy, Junk Science
Breakout #2: The Strategy to Repeal ObamaCare—Dean Clancy, FreedomWorks
Breakout #3: School Choice and Education Reform
Breakout #4: Sound Money—Dr. Wayne Brough, FreedomWorks

4:45pm – 5:00pm
Conclusion of the Event

God Bless America

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