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Friday, September 19, 2014

Internet Censorship in abeyance

808,363 of us told the FCC to Stop Internet Regulation - Thank You!n
Dear Bruce,

808,363 of us told the FCC to Stop Internet Regulation - Thank You!You have been a huge part of our StopInternetRegulation campaign. THANK YOU. Together we beat the liberals at their own game with an unprecedented 808,363 comments!

I hope this will be the start of something even bigger, and that you'll be a part of it as our organization grows.

I'm Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment and a longtime free-market activist. Before starting American Commitment I worked at the Cato Institute, the Club for Growth, and Americans for Prosperity.

Think tanks like Cato do a fabulous job doing in-depth policy research and analysis, and grassroots groups like AFP and the tea parties have injected enormous energy at the local level all over the country. But most local activists just don't have the time to read lengthy think tank papers..

I started American Commitment to fill that gap.

We focus on timely, hard-hitting policy research and analysis in short form action alerts, columns, and explanatory videos. We work on taxes and spending, health care, energy, regulatory policy, and – of course – technology policy, like our current effort to stop the FCC from regulating the Internet like an old-fashioned phone company.

When you joined this effort you also signed up for our email list, and I hope you'll stay for the latest information on all of the critical issues we're working on. We promise to only send you email when it's truly important, to give you a solid explanation of the issues involved, and make it easy for you to take action.

If you use Facebook, we'd love for you to join us there too by clicking here.

Thanks again, and welcome.

Sincerely,


Phil Kerpen
President, American Commitment 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Human Progress

Meet the NEW HumanProgress.org


Dear friends of Human Progress,

We are excited to introduce 
HumanProgress.org 2.0. The state of humanity isimproving, and so is our website! Based on feedback from you, our users, we have redesigned the site, making our data more accessible.

We’ve added a search box, our most requested feature, and our data analysis tools are now more intuitive than ever. Explore human development indicators with fewer clicks, view informative videos associated with each indicator, and post customized charts and maps to social media with greater ease.

See the changes for yourself at HumanProgress.org, and share the site with your friends and colleagues!

Remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date on the website and the remarkable progress humankind is making every day. We’re always posting can’t-miss articles on pioneering innovation.

Let 
HumanProgress.org show you the evidence of humanity’s achievements!

Warmly,
Marian L Tupy
Editor of HumanProgress.org

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Constitution Day!

We’ll be announcing the winner of our #CatoConstitution Instagram contest tomorrow (Constitution Day), so don’t forget to get your entries in.

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You can find the official rules here, but here’s a quick reminder of what to do: 
  • Follow the Cato Institute on Instagram.
  • Post a photo of your Pocket Constitution in it’s “natural habitat” on Instagram.
  • Explain why YOU need a pocket constitution in the caption.
  • Make sure to include the hashtag (#CatoConstitution).
  • Yes, you CAN post multiple entries
  • Tell your friends about your entry  (more likes makes you more likely to be picked).
  • Organizations are totally welcome to join in on the fun too.

Not on Instagram but still want to help? Retweet us or share this post on Facebook. 

Ready, set, post…..

Kat

Kat Murti
Digital Marketing Manager
The Cato Institute

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Good intentions gone bad? WSJ’s Jason Riley on his new book, 'Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed'

Good intentions gone bad? WSJ’s Jason Riley on his new book, 'Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed' - Society and Culture - AEI

Tea Party calendar for September

September 9 and 10
Your PC!
Atlas Shrugged the Movie Part III hits theaters this Friday.

To celebrate, FreedomWorks is hosting a FREE showing of Atlas Shrugged the Movie Part I tonight and Part II tomorrow, at 8 PM EST both nights.

You can watch the first two parts of Atlas Shrugged the Movie at the FreedomWorks Live Events portal. 

If you’ve never seen Ayn Rand’s novel on the big screen, you’re in for a treat. Atlas Shrugged is a story about freedom and responsibility – and the dangers of Big Government. It’s one of the most important books I’ve ever read.

You don’t want to miss this.

We’ll be broadcasting the first two movies at the FreedomWorks Live Events portal tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm EST. 

Hope you can join us!
In Liberty,
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Matt Kibbe
President & CEO, FreedomWorks
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September 16

Washington DC



A Debate Between

John Yoo & Bruce Fein
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The Constitution and 
Foreign Policy
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Rand Paul
vs
Barack Obama & George Bush
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6:30 p.m.

National Press Club 
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Bruce Fein, senior policy advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, and John Yoo, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Bush Administration, will square off to debate the Constitution and Foreign Policy on September 16, 2014 at the National Press Club. 
Fein will defend Rand Paul's foreign policy disfavoring war except in self-defense, unilateral presidential action in national security matters without congressional authorization, and executive agreements in lieu of treaties as faithful to the Constitution's original meaning and purposes. Fein will further maintain that the President today exercises more unchecked power than did King George III at the time of the American Revolution.
Yoo will defend the Bush and Obama administration's claim to executive primacy in foreign affairs, including the right to use preemptive military force to defeat current or future threats to the United States or its allies.  He will also defend the legality of current counter-terrorism policy, including the use of predator drones to kill al Qaeda leaders abroad and the bulk collection and analysis of electronic communications.
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Mail donations to:

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Atlas Shrugged tonight

FreedomWorks
Atlas Shrugged the Movie Part III hits theaters this Friday.

To celebrate, FreedomWorks is hosting a FREE showing of Atlas Shrugged the Movie Part I tonight and Part II tomorrow, at 8 PM EST both nights.

You can watch the first two parts of Atlas Shrugged the Movie at the FreedomWorks Live Events portal. 

If you’ve never seen Ayn Rand’s novel on the big screen, you’re in for a treat. Atlas Shrugged is a story about freedom and responsibility – and the dangers of Big Government. It’s one of the most important books I’ve ever read.

You don’t want to miss this.

We’ll be broadcasting the first two movies at the FreedomWorks Live Events portal tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm EST. 

Hope you can join us!

In Liberty,
Matt Kibbe Signature
Matt Kibbe
President & CEO, FreedomWorks

Thursday, August 14, 2014

I just took action to strengthen our energy future. Join me and take action now.

I just took action to strengthen our energy future. Join me and take action now.

New college scholarship

Great News from Dr. C Bradley Thompson at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. His announcement:

"Dear friends,

I am pleased to announce that the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism has created and is today launching what I hope will be one of the most important academic programs in the history of American higher education.

The Lyceum Scholars Program will offer scholarships to incoming freshman worth up to $10,000 to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society.

Each cohort of Lyceum Scholars will take one class together each semester over four years. The eight classes include “Wisdom of the Ancients,” “Political Thought of the American Founding,” “American Constitutional Law,” and “Political Theory of Capitalism.”

Lyceum courses will use a rigorous “Great Books” approach to education. Lyceum Scholars will also be assigned a “Socratic” tutor, who will challenge each student to think seriously and deeply about the nature of moral character.

If you know of any rising high school seniors who might be interested in this program, please encourage them to apply!

Please spread the word and feel free to SHARE this post.

For more information, see our website:


http://www.clemson.edu/capitalism/lyceum

www.clemson.edu"
CLEMSON.EDU

Yes, "FOIA Denial Officer" Is a Real Job Title in the "Most Transparent Administration in History"

Yes, "FOIA Denial Officer" Is a Real Job Title in the "Most Transparent Administration in History"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teachers Union Prez: 'I'm Going to Punch You in the Face and Push You in the Dirt'

Teachers Union Prez: 'I'm Going to Punch You in the Face and Push You in the Dirt'

Iraqi Christians Fund

Knights of Columbus Announces Fund to Help Christians Threatened with Extinction in Iraq
 
Commits $1 million and seeks public donations for humanitarian aid to religious minorities

Contact: Andrew Walther, 203-824-5412andrew.walther@kofc.org; Joe Cullen,203-415-9314joseph.cullen@kofc.org; both with Knights of Columbus

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Aug. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Knights of Columbus announced today that is establishing a fund to assist those - particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities - facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions.

The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public.

"The unprovoked and systematic persecution and violent elimination of Middle East Christians, as well as other minority groups, especially in Iraq, has created an enormous humanitarian crisis," said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "Pope Francis has asked the world for prayers and support for those affected by this terrible persecution, and we are asking our members, and all people of good will, to pray for those persecuted and support efforts to assist them by donating to this fund."

Anderson added: "It has shocked the conscience of the world that people are systematically being purged from the region where their families have lived for millennia - simply for their faith. It is imperative that we stand in solidarity with them in defense of the freedom of conscience, and provide them with whatever relief we can."

Those seeking to assist with the relief efforts can donate to K of C Christian Refugee Relief by visiting www.kofc.org/Iraq or by sending checks or money orders to: K of C Christian Refugee Relief, Knights of Columbus Charities, P.O. Box 1966, New Haven, CT 06509-1966.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a charitable organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100 percent of all donations collected by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., will be used for humanitarian assistance for those Christians - as well as other religious minorities -being persecuted or displaced in Iraq and the surrounding region.

The Knights of Columbus has a long history of providing humanitarian relief and has done so following Sept. 11, 2001; last year's typhoons in the Philippines; Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy; tornadoes nationwide; flooding in Mexico; and tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan.

In addition, the Knights of Columbus has also long supported persecuted Christians. Throughout the 1920s, the Knights provided humanitarian assistance and created international awareness of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal organization with more than 1.8 million members worldwide.

Dedicated to charity, Knights last year provided more than $170 million and more than 70 million hours to charitable causes, assisting substantially with several humanitarian disasters from North America to Asia.
 

Amash speaks after defeating Ellis in GOP primary

Amash speaks after defeating Ellis in GOP primary - WWMT - News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

Monday, August 11, 2014

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Why Capitalism is Better than Socialism

Mary Poppins Quits: The Rebuttal (w/ Remy)

Jeff Frazee opens Young Americans for Liberty natcon

Obamacare Bailout

FreedomWorks

This August, when Congress leaves town, you and I need to organize and take action to STOP the ObamaCare Bailout.

What is the ObamaCare Bailout? The politicians call it “risk corridors.” But don’t let them fool you.
When insurance companies inevitably lose money thanks to the radical health care takeover,taxpayers like YOU will bail them out.

That’s why insurance companies supported ObamaCare. The government promised them guaranteed profits, and socialized losses. They get rich, and we bail them out.

If you don’t want to be on the hook for pro-ObamaCare insurance company losses, send your senators a message right now. Tell them to STOP the ObamaCare Bailout.

How much could it cost? The estimates aren’t pretty. Over a billion dollars just to start. And you know the government is always way off. Like ObamaCare itself, it’s going to cost a lot more.

It’s time to put our foot down – we taxpayers won’t bail out insurance companies who supported the health care takeover.

Tell your senators to stop the ObamaCare Bailout before it’s too late.
In Liberty,
Matt Kibbe Signature
Matt Kibbe
President and CEO, FreedomWorks

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tim Carney breakfast speaker August 6th

Timothy P. Carney is a senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also the author of "The Big Ripoff" (Wiley, 2006) and "Obamanomics" (Regnery, 2009).

Breakfast with Tim Carney
 
Tim Carney

 
 
  • When: Wednesday, August 6th at 7:30 A.M.
  • Where: Leadership Institute in Clarendon (directions here), half-block from Clarendon Metro and surrounded by parking
  • What: Breakfast with TimCarney, Institute supporters, and conservatives like you for $10.
 
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U.S. Embassy In Israel Cancels All Tourist Visa Applications

U.S. Embassy In Israel Cancels All Tourist Visa Applications | Truth Revolt

House Liberty Caucus at Young Americans for Liberty national convention




Lifestyles of the Tax Predator Ruling Class - the D.C. Ritz Carlton

Several buildings in D.C. are home to our richest ruling class tax predators, living in multimillion dollar loft penthouses, paid for with your money.  Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Erich Holder just bought new ones in the brand new City Center condos at 9th and H Streets NW downtown near the Cato Institute on 10th Street and Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform on 12th.  Congresscritter Nancy Pelosi lives in one at Washington Harbor at 3030 K Street NW with a view of the Potomac River, the Key Bridge, and the Kennedy Center.

Senator Harry Reid lives in a $750,000 one bedroom at the Ritz Carlton (1155 23rd Street NW DC 20037) he bought in 2001 down on the second floor in apartment N2E (I'm sure it is large and has two baths and two garage spaces) across the street from my own more modest home.  (And it's OK for me to post Harry's exact address - he spends your tax money on several large black SUVs full of men who park downstairs all day and sometimes threaten tourists who take photos on the block.) He's not alone - mortgage crisis villain Franklin Raines lives there, as does libertarianish former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno (now a Steptoe and Johnson lawyer in what for DC passes as the private sector).  Federal Express also seems to own the largest unit, over 6,000 square feet, as a corporate executive suite.

It remains a question how "public servants" like Reid and some of the others come up with this kind of scratch.  Buying cheap property and using political connections to change the zoning laws so it becomes more valuable is often the way, as well as getting your spouse a high paid lobbyist job by telling a law firm or corporation to hire them...if they know what's good for them....


InTheCapital, an interesting local blog, reports that someone is selling a penthouse there for $7.6 million.  It's not in the local multiple listing system.  It may be a pocket listing with the listing broker, who claims the unit is 5600+ square feet and last sold for $5.5 million.  There are only three units over 5,000 sq ft at 1155 23rd Street NW (the one of the two Ritz buildings that this unit is supposed to be in), according to property tax records.  One is the FedEx unit, one is Franklin Raines's condo, and one belongs to a couple who are not public personalities.  But the tax records and the multiple listing system have nothing that sold for $5.5 million in 2012, and even a private sale that long ago should be in the property tax records.  So it is unclear if this unit belongs to Raines, the private couple, or someone else.  But you can see my balcony, across the intersection, from their balcony.  I think it probably isn't the Raines unit, which I think has a private roofdeck which these peeps aren't promoting or claiming.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Are Tax Cuts Working in Kansas?

Are Tax Cuts Working in Kansas?

Rand Paul tomorrow in Arlington, Virginia

Young Americans for Liberty conference

Spectrum Theater
1611 N. Kent St.
Arlington, VA 22209
Rosslyn metro stop

Wednesday July 30th
5:45pm Doors Open
6:15pmConvention Welcome, featuring Jeff Frazee
6:30pm
House of Representatives Panel, featuring United States House of Representative Members
7:30pmKeynote address, featuring Senator Rand Paul

Monday, July 28, 2014

Harry Reid

The most dangerous man in Washington isn’t Barack Obama – it’s Harry Reid.

He runs the Senate like a dictator. He refuses to protect you from Obama’s spying. He wants the IRS to enforce the worst part of ObamaCare: the individual mandate. He even wants to bail out big insurance companies with YOUR money.

It’s time to end Harry Reid’s reign of terror. We need to take back the Senate, and put Reid and the Democrats in the minority.


In Liberty,
Matt Kibbe Signature
Matt Kibbe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

On Second Occasion, Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Says States That Don't Set Up Exchanges Lose Access to Obamacare Subsidies

On Second Occasion, Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Says States That Don't Set Up Exchanges Lose Access to Obamacare Subsidies

Rand Paul speaks to NoVa young techies

A new Ron Paul?



It's rare to find a strict constitutionalist with a real chance to win an election. Clint Didier, running for Congress in Washington's 4th district, is just such a candidate.

Clint Didier (WA-04)After an in-depth interview with Clint, I was very impressed by his full knowledge and firm commitment to our philosophy. I'm very confident his voting record will align with Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. Thomas Massie, and retired congressman Ron Paul. Clint will NOT sell out.

In fact, Clint's campaign is endorsed by Dr. Ron Paul as well.

So today, YAL's LibertyAction.com PAC announces its proud endorsement of Clint Didier and strongly encourages you to direct your contributions to his campaign. His primary is August 5 -- less than two weeks away -- so please support him right now!

Click here to read about Clint, and then donate $100, $50, or $25 to help him win.

100% of your donation through LibertyAction.com will go to the "Clint Didier for Congress" campaign.

Simply put, if it's not strictly authorized by the Constitution, Clint won't vote for it. Here's an overview of his positions:
  • Supports a full audit of the Federal Reserve
  • Supports a balanced budget amendment
  • Opposes all efforts to increase taxes
  • Opposes nation-building
  • Supports ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Opposes unconstitutional government spying, the PATRIOT Act, and indefinite detention authorized by the NDAA
  • Opposes restrictions on internet freedom
  • Supports the repeal of Obamacare
  • Supports the 2nd Amendment
Some potential candidates who were considered to be Clint's toughest competition decided not to run against him. And polls show he has high name recognition in this Republican-leaning district with high favorable ratings.

Now, he just needs the momentum to push him across the finish line in theAugust 5 primary against the establishment Republicans who want nothing to do with true constitutional principles.

Believe it or not, Clint had a successful career as a professional football player, playing for the Washington Redskins and the Green Bay Packers and winning two Super Bowls -- but don't let that turn you off if you're a Cowboys or Vikings fan!

Following his football career, he moved back home to Washington with his wife and four kids to farm and run his small business. He wasn't interested in starting another career, and certainly not one in politics. But the 2008 election convinced Clint it was time to get involved and fight back against the big-spending Democrats AND Republicans.

Since 2008, Clint has been actively involved, running for U.S. Senate in 2010. He also carried every county in central Washington, with 60 percent-plus margins in the major counties, in another run for public office in Washington's 4th district.

Clint is truly a remarkable person. Combining principle with viability is the exact type of candidate you and I must rally behind.

I hope you will join me in sending Clint Didier and the next class of Ron Pauls to Washington -- please view and donate to all of our endorsed candidates here:

https://www.libertyaction.com

For liberty,

Jeff Frazee
Executive Director
Young Americans for Liberty

Friday, July 25, 2014

Petition to Impeach Eric Holder

Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder is a serious threat to our liberty and our Constitution.

He’s the worst Attorney General in American history. No question. He’s so bad, Ted Cruz called for his impeachment. Bruce, I totally agree. For the sake of our country, Eric Holder needs to go.

But here’s the problem: we can’t impeach Holder unless we win the Senate this year. Harry Reid and the Democrats refuse to hold Holder accountable. They support his lawlessness.

Bruce, if we take the Senate this year, we can impeach Holder. We only need to win six seats. We can do it, but activists in key battleground states need your help.


In Liberty,
Matt Kibbe Signature
Matt Kibbe

Hillary Clinton, Sociopath

Ex-GOP sleuth eyes House seat, Benghazi



I once enjoyed a set that Mr. Begala delivered at a dinner celebrating the wonders of Barney Frank, where he told his funny joke about the similarity of the acronyms BLT and LGBT. He's not a bad comic, and like Josh Earnest and Jim Carney and other current boy prossies of the Democrats, he's a prettier little liar than James Carvile, though neither as talented nor as masculine. 



It's amusing to watch him repeat the Clinton's SOP misogynist character assassination against Barbara Comstock, where female opponents are always portrayed as unstable. But what Mr. Begala's barking, from his lily white cul de sac in McLean, really does is make it clear what Hillary Clinton is. With her constant lies (Bosnian snipers, I'm not rich, etc etc) and her obsession with attacking the women who Bill Clinton had molested, in order to protect her and her husband's political careers, it becomes clear that Mrs. Clinton is a classic sociopath.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

FCC petition


Make sure you sign American Commitment’s petition to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the FCC below—and tell him that the American people won’t stand for a federal takeover of the internet. And we’ll send a copy of your petition to your Congressman too—just so that they know where their constituents stand in the fight to stop these crippling internet regulations.
Dear Mr. Wheeler,

As an American citizen, I wanted to voice my opposition to the FCC’s crippling new regulations that would put federal bureaucrats in charge of internet freedom, and urge you to stop these regulations before they’re enacted.

If the federal government goes through these plans to regulate the internet, I know that the internet will change—and not for the better.

The federal government can use their power over the internet to direct content—meaning that our free speech rights could be infringed.

Like many Americans, I believe that the internet should remain free of government control and unnecessary regulation—just as it has for the last twenty years of unprecedented growth.

Please stop the FCC’s dangerous new regulations, and protect the future of internet freedom here in America.

Sincerely,