It’s always a sad day when our Senators do not understand the Constitution or their Oath of Office.

U.S. Senators Oath of Office

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The Daily Signal – The Senate shot down a series of gun control measures Monday, all brought up for debate after the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11.

The four gun control bills—two proposed by Republicans and two by Democrats—were torpedoed after the sides were unable to come to an agreement.

The votes came less than a week after Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., filibustered for more than 14 hours to support a universal background check system to stop terrorists from acquiring guns.

After learning the FBI had twice investigated Islamist-inspired mass murderer Omar Mateen on suspicion of terrorist sympathies, Democrats and Republicans largely agreed that those under investigation for terrorist activity should be barred from purchasing weapons. Mateen killed 49 persons and wounded 53 more in his June 12 shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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Independence Day! — Historic “Brexit” Victory, UK Votes to Leave EU

ChYo3GVW4AAgL0sThe New American – June 23 is now “Independence Day” for England! In an historic, nail-biting, too-close-to-call referendum — following a raucous, rancorous, bare-knuckled, four-month-long fight — British voters went to the polls and did what most, supposedly, in-the-know “experts” said was unthinkable, impossible: They voted to leave the European Union.

Brits in favor of the “Brexit” (British exit from the EU) carried the day, by a majority of 52 to 48 percent. This was the exact opposite of the outcome predicted by many pollsters. In fact, early media reports on the vote count gave the “Remains” a 52-48 victory over the “Leaves.” The final result, undoubtedly, would have been even much more lopsided for Brexit, except for the fearful anxiety caused by “Project Fear,” (see here and here) launched by Prime Minister David Cameron, along with President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, IMF chief Christine Lagarde, Bank of England head Mark Carney, and the EU/U.S. globalist elites of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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Click here to read: Why Americans Should Celebrate the Brexit Vote.

Stop HUD’s Agenda 21-related AFFH Rule by Tom DeWeese*

GET-US-OUT_of_the_United_NationsI have been in the fight against Agenda 21 since the beginning – even before its introduction in 1992. For most of these years Americans have ignored the issue, as they didn’t see it affecting them personally. That apathy is now changing. The fight against Agenda 21 is heating up in cities across the nation, beyond anything experienced before. One new twist in the enforcement of Agenda 21 policy is the new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ruling called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).

AFFH requires communities that apply for HUD grants to strip-search every neighborhood, detailing income level, religion, race, and national origin of every single person living there. HUD has created specific guidelines dictating specific numbers of each for a proper “balance.” If there are any shortages in any of the categories, then the neighborhood is deemed to be “out of balance.” HUD then requires that the community correct the situation. That “correction” requires communities to unnecessarily spend millions of tax dollars. (See graphic at left for an example of HUD’s online mapping tools for local jurisdictions to implement AFFH; this is a map of the Milwaukee area with “Housing Burden” shown by shades of gray and “National Origin” shown by color-coded dots with one dot equal to 75 people.)

To impose AFFH, HUD has changed tactics that are catching unaware local officials by surprise. In spite of our warnings that HUD grants came with severe strings attached, local officials have routinely sought and accepted HUD grants, declaring them as “free” money for local development. There was at least a pretense of local control. No more. HUD is now employing a stronger legal enforcement mechanism seldom used before to strictly enforce those attached and hidden strings. The result is social engineering that is leading to the destruction of property values and property rights of neighborhoods. In addition, any local governing body that takes a HUD grant now finds that their ability to govern the community as they were elected to do is basically gone, as HUD bureaucrats dictate policy.

HUD has already filed legal actions against communities such as Westchester County, New York, and Marin County, California, for attempting to stand up to the HUD rules. Meanwhile, Baltimore, Maryland, has been forced to spend $30 million over the next 10 years to build 1,000 low-income homes in affluent neighborhoods. Such threats are growing across the nation.

Meanwhile, in Congress, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) have been trying to add amendments to legislation to defund AFFH. Twice they have presented such amendments, and twice they have been betrayed by Republican leadership. In one case such an amendment by Lee was tabled after it was basically sabotaged by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). However, in 2015 Rep. Gosar had already introduced H.R. 1995, a bill to prohibit HUD from implementing the AFFH rule. This bill has 25 cosponsors and is in a pending status, but needs a lot more support in order to be passed. In the meantime, Lee and Gosar are continuing their attempts to add amendments to various bills to defund AFFH.

There is good news in the AFFH fight for Agenda 21 opponents. Some local elected officials are finally starting to understand the dangers of these rules and the massive overreach by the federal government to enforce them. Now many are seeking ways to fight back and are beginning to reach out to those of us who have led the fight against Agenda 21. They seek help in stopping these policies. This has been a rare occurrence until now.

You should take action by pressuring your local officials to reject calls for new HUD grants. Explain that HUD has changed the rules with the new AFFH rule and that acceptance of such grants will bring an army of federal regulators to the community.

You should also call and email your senators (202-224-3121) and representative (202-225-3121) and demand they support the efforts of Representative Gosar and Senator Lee to prohibit implementation of the AFFH rule with H.R. 1995 or to defund it with amendments to other bills.

Thanks.

Your Friends at The John Birch Society

Carolina Journal: Tweaking the N.C. Constitution

Nearly two dozen potential constitutional amendments have been introduced this legislative session

ncconstitution-1024x576In addition to the U.S. Constitution, every state has one as well. North Carolina’s is an important governing document — one that limits government, protects rights, and sets state policy. State constitutions are longer, more detailed, and more policy-driven than their federal counterpart. They are also more frequently amended.

How does one go about amending the N.C. Constitution? The answer can be found in – guess where – the state constitution. It starts in the General Assembly, whose members vote, not for or against the amendment, but whether to put it before a vote of the people.

Article XIII says the power to amend the constitution lies with the people of North Carolina. But that action must be initiated by the General Assembly with a three–fifths approval vote of all the members in order to submit the proposed amendment to the voters. The legislature can determine the date of the election on a proposed amendment.

North Carolina’s current Constitution has been amended 36 times. Some examples are lowering the voting age to 18 in 1971, requiring a balanced state budget in 1977, granting the governor veto power in 1995, and defining marriage in 2011.

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Presidential Campaigns Urge New Taxes on Internet Sales

no internet taxsedsLast fall, now-presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton said “she supported allowing cities and states to tax online purchases” though Reuters noted at the time “she would not mandate it.” Her position mirrors that of the Senate-passed Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to impose taxes on online sales in a way that favors their local businesses over out-of-state firms that have no representation in the taxing state.

Yesterday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump appeared to embrace Clinton’s position on the internet sales tax, telling radio host Hugh Hewitt “…that Amazon doesn’t pay tax. … And a lot of people think Amazon should be paying tax, and they’re not, and they’re destroying department stores and retailing all over the country…”

“Forcing online retailers to act as tax collectors for states in which they have no representation is a bad idea,” Heritage Action’s Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Needham said. “There is nothing fair about forcing a small, online business in Tennessee to play the role of tax collector for California. Presidential candidates should turn their attention to creating opportunity for everyone, not doling out favors to well-connected businesses and revenue-hungry state governments.”

Quick Facts:

Amazon supports internet sales tax legislation. Back in 2013, National Public Radio explained why the world’s largest online retailer would support raising its own costs:

“Collecting state and local sales tax all around the country would require a fair bit of effort on the part of online retailers, because sales tax rules vary from state to state. That’s not a huge deal for a giant company like Amazon, but it would be more of a burden for smaller online retailers. From Amazon’s point of view, that’s a good thing — it makes life harder for Amazon’s smaller competitors.”

Amazon pays taxes. The same NPR story explains that Amazon “agreed to start paying sales tax in more states — and it started building huge warehouses near major metropolitan areas in those states.” While the company’s physical presence required it to charge sales tax, “having warehouses closer to big cities also allowed Amazon to start offering same-day delivery to millions of customers.”

Young Americans oppose internet sales tax. In 2013, Gallup noted that “If Republicans in the House oppose the Internet sales tax bill, that may help the GOP’s appeal to younger Americans, a key demographic in the party’s plan to build support before the 2014 and 2016 elections.” Source: http://heritageaction.com/2016/06/campaigns-new-taxes-internet-sales/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+heritageaction+%28Heritage+Action+Blog%29

For more on the subject of The Marketplace Fairness Act – Internet Sales Taxes. Revised with email from Congressman Meadows plus an email from… visit http://tarheelteaparty.org/?p=1038

Reg advocates hitting back at GOP agenda

By Lydia Wheeler and Tim Devaney

Regulatory advocates are firing back at Republicans’ proposed plans to roll back agencies’ powers.

Public Citizen and the Coalition of Sensible Safeguards are hosting a congressional briefing Tuesday to discuss regulatory challenges. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are expected to speak.

Though the event was scheduled before House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled the GOP’s agenda calling for major regulatory reforms on June 14, Public Citizen says it’s happy to have an opportunity to respond.

“Clearly we have a different viewpoint,” said Amit Narang, the group’s regulatory policy advocate.

Ryan’s plan would eliminate costly and outdated regulations and give lawmakers more authority to reject controversial rules from agencies.

At the event, Public Citizen also said it plans to release a report on delays for regulation.

In analyzing rules from the Unified Agenda over the last 20 years, the group said it found that the largest and most protective rules experience the most delays and that public health and safety agencies experience greater delays than other agencies.

The report aims to give a baseline for regulatory timelines and show how much longer the process would take if Republicans’ regulatory reforms are enacted.

The event’s panel, which includes AFL-CIO Director of Safety and Health Peg Seminario and the Consumer Federation of America’s Legislative Director Rachel Weintraub, will review the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda and discuss what worked and what didn’t.

Narang said the goal is to point out lessons for the next administration.

In other news, a Senate Environmental and Public Works subcommittee on regulations will hold an oversight hearing Wednesday for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). http://1.usa.gov/28WlXw9

Also on Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee will examine new rules from the Department of Education that stem from the Every Student Succeeds Act. http://1.usa.gov/28UXh7U

On Thursday, a Senate regulatory affairs subcommittee will examine the use of guidance documents by federal agencies to enforce unwritten rules during a hearing. http://1.usa.gov/28UXfNm

Surging Rebellion for Sovereignty

Ada-FisherWilson Carey from Caswell County, a Black Republican who attended the 1868 North Carolina Second Constitutional Convention was noted for stating his opposition to attracting immigrants over blacks for labor in the state. That debate rages on and with the dislocation and failed attempts to assimilate large blocks of Middle Eastern immigrants into “existing European culture” a global revolution is at hand. Is there a right to immigrate which allows one the right to do ones own thing even if such is diametrically opposed to traditions and laws which underpin the adoptive society?

Donald Trump hit a bigger issue than the media and many of the “establishment power barons want to acknowledge”. It is not just about Making America Great Again but reexamining power and wealth in a more equitable fashion to insure access to equal opportunities for those citizens who want to exert their individual responsibility in fulfilling their dreams. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are two sides of the same coin which sees the government as judge and jurors to promote an agenda of socialism without regard to state or individual wishes under the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution.

Trump has operated within the framework of the law to use bankruptcy and other loopholes to his advantage. The Clintons have corrupted and misused the Clinton Foundation in soliciting money from nations and corporations with whom the government does business gaining influence which primarily benefits them, not necessarily the nation.

An audit must be had of who does what, when, where and why with a public disclosure of operatives with ties to government participating in outside societies outside like the Bilderberg Group comprised of European and North American political elites of government ,. The Ivy Leaguers such as Harvard or Yale also have outsized influence as witnessed by their overrepresentation on SCOTUS. Those operating in the stratosphere above governments to determine who gets power and who keeps it in the global economy can be more dangerous than the furor over the redistribution of demographics through unabsorbed immigration. Yet the two are connected in ways that may not be obvious to many. In Dan Brown’s Inferno he demonstrates how control of populations, their movement and reproduction are a way to maintain and keep global control in the hands of a select few elite. Saddam Hussein recognized this in stating that Islam could conquer the world without firing a shot simply because they have more than 2.3 children in their family groupings.

When corporations allow executives to make 500 times that given other employers or take one-third or more of the profits without question something is amiss. The checks and balances aren’t there as it should be in governments. The Clinton Foundation’s mixing of governmental influence and ability to be involved in deals, such as that giving part of this nation’s uranium to Russia timed with a donation to the foundation, should raise more than eyebrow. The legality of such must be investigated. Cargill and Monsanto seemingly operate with impunity over something as simple as plant seeds which control emerging world populations in ways that most do not consider or appreciate for its ramifications regarding hunger. The United Nations is an organization which can operate autonomously if not put in check depending on world circumstances thereby possibly overstepping national autonomy through its world courts and oversight of programs that might best be left to sovereign nations.

There is a surging rebellion among more developed nations to take back their stuff and finally put their citizens first. Witness the vote in Britain to disconnect from the European Union and the earlier consideration by Ireland of the same. In part this reflects the eroding economy from non-reciprocal trade deals which have disadvantaged home grown workers. Advancing technology has made us end users of cheap products made abroad not producers of that upon which we are becoming increasingly dependent. The commitment of our young to an industrious future rather than an entitlement driven economy will be telling of our direction into the distant horizons. Without the independence of sovereign nation our futures may be dimmed by sameness not brightened by our diversity.

Dr. Ada M. Fisher is a PHYSICIAN, licensed teacher, previously elected school board member, former medical director in a fortune 500 company, AUTHOR, gifted Public Speaker and THE NC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEEWOMAN. Contact her at P. O. Box 777; Salisbury, NC 28145; DrFisher@DrAdaMFisher.com. [Her book, Common Sense Conservative Prescriptions Solutions for What AIls Us, Book I is available through Amazon.com.

Dear Jillian Johnson: The Most Dangerous People Are Ignorant People Like You

kamimuellerTownhall – Our military men and women are incredibly important to me. I’m the daughter of a Marine, the goddaughter of a Marine and Soldier, the granddaughter of a WWII Naval Hero and a WWII Army Hero. I’m the great-granddaughter of a Major in the Army who saved hundreds of lives as a combat surgeon and physician during WWI. I don’t tritely say “I love our troops” because it’s a good old-fashioned American talking point, I say “I love our troops” because I share their blood line and because they laid down their lives for my freedom.

Jillian Johnson, a Democratic member of the Durham City Council recently said, “the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers.”

Oh, Jillian.

The most dangerous people are not our police officers or our military heroes. The most dangerous people are ignorant people like you.

My grandfather was only one of two pilots who returned from a fleet of 47 during the Battle of Midway. He watched his closest friends get trapped in cockpits of torpedo bombers set afire, and watched as others jumped into the sky as bullets impaled them. These losses changed the fabric of who he was, but he pushed forward. Why? Because freedom matters. Even the freedom of dangerously ignorant people like you.

Like me, you live in North Carolina, a state that Governor McCrory and Lt. Governor Dan Forest proudly say is the most military-friendly state in the entire nation. We have the honor of hosting the bravest men and women and their families on our multiple military bases like Fort Brag and Camp LeJune. Here in North Carolina, our nation’s most selfless servants are trained and equipped to put their own bodies in harm’s way to save the lives of others. They miss Christmases, birthdays, first steps, and before-prom dance pictures. They leave their wives and beautiful babies to fly across the globe protecting the red, white, and blue. The most dangerous people are not our American heroes, Jillian, the most dangerous people are ignorant people like you.

While you have the right to say whatever you wish and be as ignorant as you’d like, (ironically, because of the men and women who died and served for your freedom to do so,) it’s time to get one thing straight. It’s not firearms, or our brave police, or even our military that are the most dangerous. It’s the mouths and mindsets of people like you.

The most dangerous people are ignorant people like you, because you fail to acknowledge the very clear fact that America is being targeted by psychopath Islamists. The most dangerous people are ignorant people like you, because you would much rather be perceived as politically correct than clearly see the terrors of our day. The most dangerous people are ignorant people like you, because you want to take firearms away from our nation’s protectors and our nation’s heroes, while remaining ambivalent of the weapons which lay in the bloody hands of certifiable Islamic extremists across the pond. The most dangerous people are ignorant people like you, because you’d rather read off your hilariously ridiculous talking points from the ACLU and watch more Americans die.

It’s clear firearms in the possession of our brave first responders and military are not the most dangerous, my dear.

The most dangerous people in America are ignorant people like you. It’s time for you to holster your weapon of choice—your mouth—and remember those who fought for the freedom for you to pull the trigger on that automatic weapon of hate, intolerance, and injustice. Source: http://townhall.com/columnists/kamimueller/2016/06/23/dear-jillian-johnson-the-most-dangerous-people-are-ignorant-people-like-you-n2182721

America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows

shooting rangeThe Federalist – For the average American alive today the odds of being murdered have never been lower — even though Americans possess millions more firearms. Most Americans believe America is submerged beneath a tidal wave of gun violence. A Pew Research poll in 2013 found that 56 percent of Americans thought gun violence had risen in the last 20 years, 26 percent thought it had remained the same, and only 12 percent thought it had fallen. You might be surprised to learn the 12 percent were right.

The gulf between the facts about guns and the public’s perception is immense, and was created deliberately. Anti-gun advocates invent new terms (“assault weapon”) and politicians lie to win over a skeptical public. Too often these myths are swallowed by journalists and celebrities who don’t bother to check the data and don’t know how modern firearms actually work.

The myth that rising sales of semi-automatic rifles have led to rising levels of gun homicides is pervasive. “The United States has been pummeled by gun violence since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004,” read The Boston Globe’s June 16 editorial in a typically misleading statement of alarm. Although a Globe reader would reasonably conclude that the country is suffering a spike in homicides, the opposite is true. All violence, including gun violence, in America has declined dramatically for more than two decades.

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Overspending on Little Things Adds Up to Billions Wasted Across Government

gov exeFederal agencies are potentially overspending billions of dollars each year by allowing employees to make small purchases on government charge cards instead of using the government’s buying power to negotiate discounts, a new report found.

The government has no universal policy requiring agencies to analyze their spending to identify common purchasing areas, which could then allow them to leverage better deals on those transactions. Agencies, the Government Accountability Office found, follow an Office of Management and Budget memorandum to collect data from employees’ purchase cards, but do not use the data to identify spending patterns that would allow for negotiated discounts.

Agencies spend between $17 billion and $20 billion annually through purchase cards. Employees primarily use the cards for “micro-purchases” of $3,500 or less. The General Services Administration manages the cards and agencies can use GSA and bank data to analyze spending. Agencies use the information almost exclusively for identifying misuse and fraud, however.

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DHS Readies Biometric ID Contract to Track Foreigners Who Stay Too Long

Will Biometric ID be on the horizon for citizens?

BiometricsIDforGovernmentNextgov – The Homeland Security Department is asking industry how to go about contracting out the activation of a long-overdue system for scanning the biological traits of foreigners when they leave.

The potentially $7.2 billion technology operation is needed so individuals who overstay their visits don’t go unnoticed, lawmakers have said ever since the Sept. 11 plane hijackings.

Homeland Security deployed mandatory technologies for matching the fingerprints of entrants against FBI records and watchlists in 2004. Now, there is a plan for rolling out “biometric exit systems” at airports in 2018, so authorities can keep a closer eye on who has and has not left the country.

A new market research survey contains the aims and objectives of the desired biometric-matching services.

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There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines

Bald-Eagle-Really-you-still-trust-the-governmentThe Washington Free Beacon – Report: Non-military federal agencies spend $1.48 billion on guns and ammo since 2006

There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.

Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.

The “Militarization of America” report found civilian agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment between 2006 and 2014. Examples include IRS agents with AR-15s, and EPA bureaucrats wearing camouflage.

“Regulatory enforcement within administrative agencies now carries the might of military-style equipment and weapons,” Open the Books said. “For example, the Food and Drug Administration includes 183 armed ‘special agents,’ a 50 percent increase over the ten years from 1998-2008. At Health and Human Services (HHS), ‘Special Office of Inspector General Agents’ are now trained with sophisticated weaponry by the same contractors who train our military special forces troops.”

Open the Books found there are now over 200,000 non-military federal officers with arrest and firearm authority, surpassing the 182,100 personnel who are actively serving in the U.S. Marines Corps.

The IRS spent nearly $11 million on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment for its 2,316 special agents. The tax collecting agency has billed taxpayers for pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns, semi-automatic Smith & Wesson M&P15s, and Heckler & Koch H&K 416 rifles, which can be loaded with 30-round magazines.

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5 Key Health Care Proposals From House Republican Plan

health_care400x2253The Daily Signal – House Republicans released their taskforce report on health care on Wednesday.

The 37-page document offers a vision for health care that is in sharp contrast to Obamacare. Unlike Obamacare, which hinges on turning more control over to the government, this vision recognizes and embraces the important role of the consumer in demanding from the market higher quality care at lower cost.

It also recognizes that simply repealing Obamacare is not enough.

The proposal pays serious policy attention to one of our most pressing issues. It identifies the core challenges facing the health care system, starting with the damage done by Obamacare, and offers a broad list of policy recommendations that begin to move the health care reform in a different direction: one that is more patient-centered, market-based.

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Smyrna 1922: The Forgotten Genocide

cropped-AVL-HVL_Web_logo_2012Part 9 of a Series on Islamic Doctrines

By Mike Scruggs- I spent three years as a USAF intelligence officer after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1961, but by the summer of 1965, I was navigator in a C-124 Globemaster squadron, stationed at Charleston, South Carolina. Although we were heavily involved in the Vietnam buildup, we occasionally got a mission to Europe we could really enjoy. After several months of grueling trips from Charleston to Southeast Asia and back, we got a dream mission. Our route stops included the Portuguese Azores, Madrid, Crete in the Mediterranean, Wheelus AFB in Libya, Izmir on the Aegean Sea in western Turkey, Athens, and back to Charleston via Madrid and the Azores. We usually stayed overnight at each place, which should have made the trip less than ten days. Due to some serious engine troubles and extended maintenance delays in Greece and Italy waiting for parts, we were gone more than a month.

Nobody had ever heard of Izmir, but I found out that it was the third largest city in Turkey, one of the most famous international ports in the world, and before 1928 was known by its Greek name of Smyrna. Western Turkey had been firmly Greek in language and culture for centuries after Alexander the Great had defeated the Persians there in 334 BC. Smyrna was, in fact, the Biblical city mentioned in the book of Revelation as the home of one of the seven churches of western Turkey.

To the Church in Smyrna: Revelation 2: 8-11:

“And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of the first and last, who died and came to life. I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear for what you are about to suffer. Behold the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.”

According to Strabo (64 BC-24 AD), a Greek geographer, philosopher, and historian living in the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus (27 BC-14 AD), Smyrna was the finest city in Asia, with beautiful streets, a public library, and a statue of Homer. The Smyriots believed Homer, the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the first great literature of Europe, was born in Smyrna and lived much of his life there. The Roman Emperor Tiberius so loved Smyrna that he had a statue of himself built there. The Apostle Paul ministered in Smyrna as well as Ephesus. The cities of Nicaea and Chalcedon in northwestern Turkey were the sites of important church councils and creeds in the Fifth Century, and Constantinople was the center of Christian advance beginning in the Fourth Century. It remained important until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1454.

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Congress Seeks to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Under the Patriot Act

4thAmendmentFreedomWorks – How would you feel if the Federal Bureau of Investigation could get information about websites you visited or emails you sent – without ever getting permission from a judge? Would you begin to self-censor the websites you visited – maybe avoiding revealing sites? Or, avoid emailing your pastor, therapist, or lawyer? These scenarios may soon no longer be hypothetical.

Some Senators are looking for a way to expand Patriot Act provisions that allow warrantless surveillance of Americans. Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on a proposal to expand the ability of the FBI to gather sensitive information about Americans’ online communications – potentially including browsing history, location information from IP addresses, and the to/from lines of an email – without a court order.

While the FBI has labeled this merely a “typo” fix, it is anything but. To fully understand the disingenuousness of this characterization, a bit of history is helpful.

In 2001, the Patriot Act expanded the FBI’s ability to gather certain types of records using only an administrative subpoena, called a “National Security Letter (NSL).” This new authority, which Congress now seeks to expand, explicitly limits the type of information that the FBI can collect to name, address, length of service, and tolling records (i.e. essentially phone billing records).

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18 U.S.C. § 242 : US Code – Section 242: Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

GRNC Alert 06-23-2016: Tell Congress To Stand Strong Against Gun Control “Brat Attack”

demsOn the heels of U.S. House Democrats’ “brat attack” in Washington, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence are staging a similar protest online. While they won’t be sitting and pouting in the chamber as the castaway hippies are doing in Washington, they are urging their followers to create social media protests urging representatives to try to erode your 2nd Amendment rights.

Not Letting A Crisis Go To Waste. Playing the first line of the Rahm Emanual playbook on gun control and “never letting a serious crisis go to waste,” the Dems are cynically exploiting the deaths in the recent terrorist attack in Orlando to further their political goals of disarming Americans. Further, terrorist watch proposals, even those supported by Republicans, represent a clear violation of due process under the 5th Amendment.

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Top Homeland Security Officials Under Fire for Personal Email Use

Bald-Eagle-Really-you-still-trust-the-governmentGovernment Executive – Newly released Homeland Security Department documents detail how Secretary Jeh Johnson and 28 other officials defied a security precaution against using Web-based personal email accounts at the office, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch announced on Friday.

The fact that Homeland Security officials “bent rules” on private email use—first reported nearly a year ago by Bloomberg—represented a waiver given top executives that lasted a year despite a February 2014 departmental crackdown on such use for fear of cyber breaches of webmail accounts such as AOL, Hotmail, Comcast, Gmail and Yahoo.

Judicial Watch filed suit in October 2015 after an unsuccessful Freedom of Information Act request to DHS, and in February a U.S. district judge ordered the release of 693 pages.

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INVADERS: Muslims Take Over Michigan Town, Start Enforcing Sharia Law Immediately.

Still think it can not happen here? Think Again!!

Conservativetribune.com – America is under “SIEGE”, and although not in the traditional sense of a military operation in which enemy forces surround a town or building, cutting off essential supplies, with the aim of compelling the surrender of those inside, however the outcome for America will have the same lasting results of a “war torn nation!”

The “siege” is currently taking place slowly and methodically one city at a time, this time in Hamtramck, Michigan, and the surrender of America’s principles and values may not be to far off, as Hamtramck becomes the first city in America with a majority Muslim population.

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New Details and Time: Congressman Mark Meadows’ 3rd Annual Faith & Freedom Rally Tuesday, June 28, 2016

m meadowsCongressman Mark Meadows’ 3rd Annual Faith & Freedom Rally,Tuesday, June 28, 2016

JORDAN_JIM-1395933518-1405625742With special guests Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus!

Jody_Hice_official_portrait And Jody Hice, US Representative, Serving Georgia’s 10th District.

These House Freedom Caucus leaders fight daily for your values in Congress!

$40 per person and includes a BBQ dinner

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Has the President Usurped the Constitutional Authority of Congress?

Barack-ObamaThe New American – On June 16, a Minnesota Public Radio news program held a debate on this timely question: Has the president usurped the power of Congress?

With the presidential election fewer than five months from now and in light of promises made by both major party candidates about what they will do in their “first 100 days,” it is important to review the powers granted to that office by the states when they created the federal government in the Constitution.

Before beginning to offer a brief, constitutionally based answer to that question, Americans concerned about the rise of the “imperial president” may study the words and warnings of our Founding Fathers and their political and philosophical influences regarding the primacy of the separation of powers in a good government.

James Madison, writing as “Publius,” stated in The Federalist, No. 47: “The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.“

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Idaho: Muslim Migrants RAPE 5-year-old, hold KNIFE to her throat, strip her naked, rape, and urinate on her

Pamelageller.com – And so it begins. This is rampant in Europe and will be here, too, if Obama continues to import hundreds of thousands of these invaders. Why would they behave differently here?

In Muslim countries, rape victims are at fault.

The Quran allows Muslim men to use non-Muslim women as sex slaves, “captives of the right hand,” 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). But the even greater irresponsibility is that of the establishment that made people in Idaho think there was no risk in being around these migrants.

Idaho: 3 Syrian Muslim Refugees Allegedly Rape Minor Girl; Muslim Women Spit on Citizens By Creeping Sharia, June 18, 2016:

Source: TF Police investigate sexual assault

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – KMVT has confirmed that a reported sexual assault that possibly occurred near the Fawnbrook Apartments is being investigated by the Twin Falls Police Department. The incident allegedly occurred on June 2.

Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs has confirmed the investigation to Idaho’s First News, but he says there will be no charges filed in the case until the police investigation is complete.

Officials Reveal America’s National Security is “Controlled” by the Jihadists

utt 1Two former U.S. government officials made explosive revelations on national radio this past Friday including the charge the U.S. government is a “tool” for the jihadi movement here, and that the driving force behind America’s domestic counter-terrorism strategies and our foreign policy is the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

The exchange took place on the Sean Hannity radio program between the host, Philip Haney (former DHS law enforcement officer with Customs and Border Protection) and Richard Higgins (a former leader inside the Department of Defense who managed programs at the Combating Terrorism and Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and Irregular Warfare Section).

Both Mr. Haney and Mr. Higgins revealed there is a massive Muslim Brotherhood movement in the United States, and made clear the MB’s influence is so significant they control how the issue of terrorism is discussed and how it is handled at the national security level.

When asked about language being scrubbed from the U.S. government Mr. Higgins responded by saying, “What (leaders in the US government) are actually scrubbing is any references to the Islamic doctrine that would allow us to define who is or who is not actually one of our enemies.”

He went on to say, “When you look at the deliberate decision-making process of the United States government as it relates to radical Islam, that deliberate decision-making process is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood. And the way they control it is by prohibiting US national security personnel from ever developing an understanding to the level where Phil (Haney) had it.”

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UN Demands Bigger, Stronger UN “Police” Force

un out 2The New American – With its so-called “peacekeeping” military troops facing outrage worldwide for raping and exploiting children with impunity, the United Nations is launching a major push to expand and further empower its UN “police” force known as UNPOL. At the same time, the controversial global organization is working to usurp more influence over national police forces, with the UN bringing together more than 100 national police chiefs this month at its first-ever UN “Chiefs of Police Summit” (UN COPS). The scheming comes less than two years after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on local police forces in the United States to comply with what he cryptically referred to as “international standards.”

At the center of the UN’s efforts to empower its self-styled “Police” force is a new report commissioned by the UN that — surprise! — claims the UN Police need more money, power, and prestige. “In reality, the [UN] Police Division’s current capacity and resourcing is insufficient and has not kept pace with the increased tasks and complexity of police mandates in peace operations,” the report claimed. In other words, hand over more resources — money, power, officers, technology, and more — to keep up with the UN’s vision for globalized “law” enforcement. The report also called for a “paradigm shift” in how the UN “polices” people around the world.

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Palin: Obama ‘is a special kind of stupid’

palin-300x225Politico.com – President Barack Obama “is a special kind of stupid,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote Friday.

Palin began a Friday afternoon Facebook post with “Obama is a special kind of stupid” in all-caps and declared, “Enough is enough, Mr. President.”

Palin, who endorsed Donald Trump in January, said there is no “due respect” for the president “after pulling this stunt.”

“Exploiting a sick, evil, ideological-driven attack on Americans to further your twisted anti-Second Amendment mission is disgusting,” she explained. “Today you’re demanding an ‘explanation’ from law abiding gun owners, but not demanding the same from followers of Islam, the religion behind this terror? If the demented Orlando terrorist doesn’t represent all Islamic followers, then why do you insinuate he represents all gun owners? And why, after any shooting, do you always want to take away firearms from the innocent people who didn’t do it?”

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