Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates

whites slaves in N. AfricaCity-Journal – In a way, I am glad that I did not have the initial benefit of all this research. My quest sent me to some less obvious secondary sources, in particular to Linda Colley’s excellent book Captives, which shows the reaction of the English and American publics to a slave trade of which they were victims rather than perpetrators. How many know that perhaps 1.5 million Europeans and Americans were enslaved in Islamic North Africa between 1530 and 1780? We dimly recall that Miguel de Cervantes was briefly in the galleys. But what of the people of the town of Baltimore in Ireland, all carried off by “corsair” raiders in a single night?

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Call Out Kay tour in Asheville, Monday, September 22nd From 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

President Obama Announces Troop Removal PlanJoin Guy Benson next Monday in Asheville to Call Out Kay for the policies that are hurting North Carolina. We’ll be meeting for breakfast and want you to join us!

Call Out Kay tour in Asheville
with Guy Benson
Early Girl Eatery
8 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801

Monday, September 22nd
From 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
RSVP HERE

We want to hear from you, but more important, we want Kay to hear from you! Help us Call Out Kay for casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare and spending away our future.

Join Guy Benson and your fellow concerned citizens in Asheville on Monday, September 22nd and help us Call Out Kay!

See you there,
Donald Bryson
State Director
Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina

Judge Southern Fried Chicken Lunch and Mike Bustle for Sheriff a Country Boy’s Supper

Both Events are on Saturday, September 20th

First Event
WHAT: Judge Southern Fried Chicken Lunch
WHERE: The Moose Cafe, 570 Brevard Road, Asheville
WHEN: Saturday, September 20th at 12:30pm
Judge Southern’s Website
Sponsor: $100
Supporter: $50
Friend: $35
Attendee: $20

Second Event
What: Mike Bustle for Sheriff a Country Boy’s Supper
Where: Cloud Nine Farms on Bob Barnwell Road off of Emma’s Grove Road Fairview, NC
When: Saturday, September 20th at 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Mike Bustle’s Website
Adults: $20.00 Children: Free
Come out for an evening of fun,fellowship and good country food!
There will be a drawing for prizes!

Message from Miranda DeBruhl Candidate for County Commissioner Candidate for District #3

miranda debruhlThere are two upcoming events I’d like to let people know about.

I’ll be at Cruizers Diner (1320 Smoky Park Hwy) to meet people and sell raffle tickets for a Brand New Jayco Camping trailer or $2,000.00 this Saturday from 9:30-11:30. Click here to see Jayco Camper raffle page.

The other event we are excited to announce is a campaign rally at the beautiful Honeysuckle Hill Event Facility in Leicester with special guest, Congressman Mark Meadows! Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday October, 21st. More details will follow.

Thank you!

Miranda DeBruhl

The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

Al Qaeda flagThe Blaze – Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you cannot fully understand the Islamic State, or why the Israelis and the Palestinians will never reach a two-state solution.

Though many go back to 1948 and the creation of the modern state of Israel when examining the history of Middle Eastern conflicts, Beck said you actually have to go back to 1916 and World War I.

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Beer fight brewing over EPA rule

epaThe Hill – A battle is brewing in the beer industry over a new regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that spells out the agency’s authority to regulate bodies of water.

Dozens of small craft brewers such as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are rallying behind the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, arguing it will help ensure that they have clean water for their products.

But farmers who supply beer ingredients such as barley, wheat, and hops, say the rule has the potential to massively cut production on their lands, raising beer prices in the process.

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10662023_313568195489383_6527031582436537090_oClick here to read: Bill Banning EPA’s Proposed Attack on Property Rights Expected to Be Considered By House.

Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks

think tankNY Times – The agreement signed last year by the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs was explicit: For $5 million, Norway’s partner in Washington would push top officials at the White House, at the Treasury Department and in Congress to double spending on a United States foreign aid program.

But the recipient of the cash was not one of the many Beltway lobbying firms that work every year on behalf of foreign governments.

It was the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit research organization, or think tank, one of many such groups in Washington that lawmakers, government officials and the news media have long relied on to provide independent policy analysis and scholarship.

More than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities, an investigation by The New York Times has found.

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Eckerlin tells Energy Policy Council public misled about solar energy benefits

solar farm and birdsCarolina Journal – John Morrison, chief operating officer of Strata Solar in Chapel Hill, on Wednesday was lauding the brisk growth of sun-powered electricity in North Carolina in comments to the North Carolina Energy Policy Council. His company has built solar farm and solar array projects across North Carolina with a total value, including labor and material, of $1 billion.

“The market is just going gangbusters,” Morrison said. Strata Solar’s investors “are asking us for more projects than we can build.”

But N.C. State University professor Herbert Eckerlin says the sunny stories of solar energy’s economic benefits are wildly exaggerated, while the higher costs and technological challenges are deliberately downplayed.

“Due to solar power, the cost of electricity is going to increase for industry and residential” customers, hindering job creation, said Eckerlin, who described himself to the council as “a strong proponent of solar and renewable energy.”

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Click here to read: Solar Plants are Scorching, Killing Birds in Mid-Air.

Sheriffs in the Southwest: The border is ‘spiraling out of control’

U.S. border with MexicoWatchdog.org – Sheriffs along the U.S. border with Mexico don’t like what they’re seeing.

Describing the immigration crisis as “spiraling out of control,” a coalition of five sheriffs’ organizations in the Southwest released a three-page statement calling on the federal government to resist “outright amnesty” for people in the country illegally.

The document obtained by New Mexico Watchdog called for increased funding for border security programs, including removal programs supervised by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and DNA samples, fingerprinting and iris scans for people apprehended for entering the U.S. without documentation.

“The immigration crisis has overwhelmed the capabilities of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and all the federal agencies attempting to assist in the efforts to secure our borders,” said the statement, approved by the boards of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, the Texas Border Sheriff’s Coalition, the Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition, the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

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Lt. Governor Dan Forest Launches “I Support Teachers” Specialty License Plates Supporting the NC Education Endowment Fund

dan-forestRALEIGH/GREENSBORO/CHARLOTTE—Lt. Governor Dan Forest, joined by Senator Jerry Tillman, Senator Ronald Rabin, Senator Joyce Krawiec, Representative Jason Saine, Representative Dennis Riddell, Representative Bert Jones, Representative John Faircloth, Commissioner Kelly Thomas of the Department of Transportation, Rockingham Commissioner Keith Mabe, John Bradford, Julie Emmons representing Mark Walker and other elected officials and leaders gathered in the Raleigh, Greensboro, and Charlotte areas to launch the “I Support Teachers” specialty license plates benefitting the North Carolina Education Endowment.

The North Carolina Education Endowment is a special fund created in 2014 to help supplement teacher compensation for North Carolina’s highest performing teachers. The Endowment will be funded in multiple ways and the proceeds from the Endowment is required by law to be used only for teacher compensation that directly relates to student achievement. The goal is that, over time, the Endowment will grow to the point that it is self-sustaining, allowing North Carolina flexibility in recruiting and retaining the world’s best teachers.

The North Carolina Education Endowment can be funded in several ways;Read more…

Meadows Introduces the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act

m-104Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced the Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act, which would prohibit federal employees from accessing pornographic or explicit material on government computers and devices.

Earlier this year, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General’s report revealed that one EPA employee was viewing as much as 6 hours of pornography a day in his government office. To date, the employee has yet to be fired.

“It’s appalling that it requires an act of Congress to ensure that federal agencies block access to these sites at work,” Congressman Meadows said.

Click on link:   Meadows on Fox News discussing federal employees viewing porn

“Allowing federal employees to access pornographic materials in the workplace creates an unprofessional and potentially hostile work environment for fellow workers,” Congressman Meadows said. “This bill is a common-sense measure that ensure federal workers aren’t viewing pornographic materials on the taxpayers’ dime,” he added.

OVERNIGHT REGULATION: Biz to unleash assault on O-Care’s 30-hour workweek September 18, 2014

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THE BIG STORY

First on OVERNIGHT REGS: A coalition of industry groups on Friday will announce a fresh attack on the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment. The campaign takes aim at the 30-hour threshold set out in ObamaCare’s employer mandate.

The provision has roiled businesses and congressional Republicans who say the standard defies the conventional view that 40 hours on the job constitutes full-time work. Further, they charge, the looming rules have led employers to switch full-time workers to part-time schedules in order to avoid the cost of providing health insurance.

The employer mandate, which generally requires businesses to offer health coverage, has been the subject of multiple delays. It will take effect in January for larger firms and a year later for more medium-sized companies – unless its opponents have their way.

— Here’s what’s happening.Read more…

What Title II Regulation of the Internet Actually Means

doomedThe RedState – There is a great deal of discussion today about empowering the FCC to regulate internet services providers as if they were public utilities. Supporters of Net Neutrality tend to think this is a good idea, because they fear that ISPs will give discriminatory access to bandwidth, creating a so-called “internet fast lane” for companies with enough capital to pay.

The solution, many argue, is to classify the internet as a “common carrier” under Title II of the Federal Communication Act of 1934. The following is an extract from the FCC’s proposed rule.

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Senate Dems to debate force vote against ISIS after the election

us senateThe Hill – Senate Democrats plan to debate and vote on a broad resolution authorizing military strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after the election, dodging the danger of angering liberal voters this fall.

“We’re going to take up the construction of a new authorization for the use of military force. It’s long overdue,” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

The authorization would focus narrowly on ISIS, likely bar the deployment of ground troops and set a one-year time limit on military action.

The plan to vote on a resolution specifically authorizing strikes against the extremist Sunni group could help reassure liberal Democrats nervous about supporting a measure that authorizes President Obama to train and equip moderate rebels in Syria.

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Buncombe BOE Allows False Registration Addresses for 342 Voters

tunnelroad-e1397140866685-300x246Voterintegrityproject.com – “It’s baffling that anybody can vote with a false registration address,” said Jay DeLancy, “but that looks like the policy of the Buncombe County Board of Elections. We found 342 voters registered to false address, 77 of them to the fictional address called Zero Tunnel Road.

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This Weekend…………….

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH, CANDIDATE JUDGE SOUTHERN, ASHEVILLE, 12:30-2:30 PM
Meet Candidate Judge Southern for some fired chicken at the Moose Cafe located at 570 Brevard RoadAsheville, NC 28806

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND, AFP “CALL OUT KAY” BREAKFAST WITH GUY BENSON, ASHEVILLE, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join Americans For Prosperity for breakfast on Monday, September 22, 2014 for the first stop of the Call out Kay Hagan Tour, featuring Townhall.com Editor Guy Benson! AFP is hosting the Call Out Kay tour so that hard working taxpayers in North Carolina can call her out for the harm she has caused so many families in our state! Come meet Guy Benson, let your voice be heard, and enjoy some breakfast. I hope to see you there! For more details please visit the event page: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/call-out-kay-with-guy-benson-in-asheville-tickets-13099969361?aff=es2&rank=3

General admission ticket to this event includes a free breakfast at the Early Girl Eatery. Directions

Myth of Arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago…despite Al Gore’s prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now

al goreMail Online – Seven years after former US Vice-President Al Gore’s warning, Arctic ice cap has expanded for second year in row.

An area twice the size of Alaska – America’s biggest state – was open water two years ago and is now covered in ice.

These satellite images taken from University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project show ice has become more concentrated.

The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.

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House approves $1T spending bill

capThe Hill – The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11.

The 319-108 vote sends the bill to the Senate, which is also expected to approve the measure on Thursday. It comes one year after a fight between Republican lawmakers and the White House triggered a 16-day government shutdown.

The total yes vote included 143 Democrats and 176 Republicans; opposition was just as bipartisan, with 55 Democrats and 53 Republicans voting no.

Republicans wanted no sequel to that episode, which injured the party badly in polls. The shutdown initially had Democrats thinking they might be able to win back the House, until the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare quickly changed the political conversation.

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House approves Obama request for Syria in broad bipartisan vote

capitolThe Hill – The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to grant President Obama authority to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels waging war against Islamic extremists.

Despite vocal opposition from both war-weary liberals and defense hawks who feel the Syria plan should include more robust steps, majorities in both conferences voted 273-156 to back Obama’s plan to give military aid to vetted members of the Free Syrian Army.

The “yes” vote was made up of 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats; opposition was just as bipartisan, with 85 Democrats and 71 Republicans voting no. The Syria language was considered as an amendment to a stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

A coalition of unusual bedfellows voted against the amendment, including Democratic Reps. Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) and Steve Stockman (Texas). Members on such opposite sides of the ideological spectrum rarely vote together on major issues. Click here to read article.

TTP – It is sad that the people we are arming and training, in the opinion of the TTP, will one day be our enemy and we will pay the price for this mistake of arming and training them in American blood. And if, the TTP is right and they do become our enemy, that when the Representatives that voted for this bill come up for re-election people remember how they voted and let them know how they feel about this in the voting booth.

New Study: Oil and Gas Exploration Would be a Huge Win for North Carolina

oil-gas-nc-620x273Civitas – Not surprisingly, the new study Economic and Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Development Offshore the DelMarva, Carolinas and Georgia by Dr. Timothy J. Considine, the School of Energy Resources Distinguished Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Wyoming, finds that the benefits of allowing offshore oil and gas production far outweigh the costs in North Carolina and the rest of the Atlantic states.

Using three different scenarios – low production, medium production, and high production – Considine analyzed the economic and environmental impacts the industry would have on several Mid-Atlantic states, including North Carolina, through the year 2035. This was done in order to analyze the impacts for various output levels that could be attained based upon the amount of oil and natural gas that could be accessed.

The study uses two main factors to evaluate economic impacts: “value added” and “employment generated.” In calculating these, the study includes direct impacts, such as immediate jobs, tax revenue, and capital investment, as well as indirect impacts resulting from the stimulation of related industries. For environmental impacts, Considine calculates first the costs associated with the risk of spills, contamination, and cleanup, and second the cost of higher carbon emissions.

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Poll asking for your views on legislation that would authorize the President to arm and train Syrian rebels

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September 17, 2014
Good evening,

Earlier this week I sent out a poll asking for your views on legislation that would authorize the President to arm and train Syrian rebels. This evening, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on this proposal as an amendment to the Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December 11th.  

I appreciate your input and engagement. Tonight, after deep deliberation and based on the feedback I received, I will be opposing this legislation.

It’s an honor to represent you.

Congressman Mark Meadows

Want cheaper gas and economic growth? Lift crude oil exports ban, study says

cheap_gas_2Watchdog.org – For nearly 40 years, there’s a been a ban on exporting crude oil from the United States to other nations in the world.

Now, a just-released study says lifting the ban could boost the U.S. economy between $600 billion to $1.8 trillion and save motorists up to 12 cents a gallon at the pump.

Researchers for the Energy Security Initiative of the Brookings Institution called the ban “an anachronism that has long outlived its utility and now threatens to impair, rather than protect, U.S. energy, economic, and national security” and cites modeling that predicts broad-based economic benefits that include more jobs, better wages and higher gross domestic product if the ban got ditched.

The study from Brookings, which is considered a left-of-center think tank, claims the sooner the ban is lifted, the greater the economic impact.

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State Raised School Spending

schoolCarolina Journal – Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.

How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swing voters into Hagan’s column and pushed some Tillis voters into the undecided column.

I still think it’s too early to predict the outcome of this volatile race with any confidence. But it’s not to early to evaluate the widespread allegation by Hagan and allied groups that the North Carolina legislature cut education spending $500 million whileTillis was Speaker of the House.

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Meadows’ Federal Agency Accountability Bill Passes House

meadows 8On Tuesday evening, the Federal Records Accountability Act, H.R. 5170, introduced by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), passed the House unanimously. The bipartisan legislation would strengthen existing enforcement mechanisms to ensure that federal agencies and employees adhere to federal record keeping laws.

The bill, introduced in July by Congressman Meadows and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), strengthens existing record keeping laws to address the Administration’s recent failures to archive official records. H.R. 5170 was introduced following an ongoing scandal involving former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner who was under investigation for the targeting of politically-conservative groups. It came to light that Lerner and numerous other IRS employees failed to preserve or destroyed emails and other official communications relevant to the investigation, in violation of record keeping laws.

“In an open and transparent government, a Lois Lerner situation should never take place. The Federal Records Accountability Act will put intensified pressure on federal agencies and employees to comply with record keeping law,” Congressman Meadows stated.

H.R. 5170 creates a process for firing Administration employees—after thorough investigation— who willfully and unlawfully destroy federal records. Additionally, the legislation bars federal employees from using personal e-mails and other electronic communications to conduct official business as a means of intentionally bypassing record keeping laws, as we have seen employees within the EPA and IRS do.

“I’m grateful to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for its help in advancing this legislation. I hope the Senate will act swiftly on this important bill,” Meadows added.

Woodruff High principal says flags on trucks violated school policy

us flag 1goupstate.com – Woodruff High School Principal Aaron Fulmer said he was simply enforcing long-standing district policy when he removed American flags from students’ trucks on Thursday.

Fulmer said he appreciates the students’ patriotism and understands why they flew the flags on Sept. 11, when the nation remembered the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. But, while he acknowledges complaints he’s received, he said he cannot discriminate in enforcing policy.

The four students came to school on 9/11 with large American flags mounted on posts in their truck beds. Fulmer removed the flags from their trucks and returned them at the end of the school day.

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