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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bombing our own Humvees

Friends,

You have probably seen the headlines this week: Cost of Bombing ISIS Closing in on $1 Billion. And there is no end in sight to either the bombing or the cost.

But stop and think about this particular bombing campaign. We are destroying our own Humvees -- as well as a lot of other valuable U.S. military equipment. I read one estimate that our bombs, which cost tens of thousands of dollars apiece, have destroyed as many as 40 Humvees, some of which cost as much as $250,000.

How is that happening? Well...the immediate reason is that all this valuable and deadly military gear was abandoned by the Iraqi military in the face of attacks by ISIS, and is now in the hands of those murderous thugs -- thugs who now control a large portion of Iraq and Syria.

While that is an expensive and dangerous irony, it is a perfect Exhibit in the case against the kinds of military interventions that have become all-too-frequent under the foreign policies -- Republican and Democrat -- of the past couple of decades.

Despite ample evidence of failure, the loss of far too many American lives, and spending hundreds of billions of dollars we don’t have, our leaders continue to engage in wars in places we don’t understand, supporting and opposing regimes who have no interest in OUR interests, and creating unintended consequences such as the arming of ISIS murderers with state-of-the-art U.S. weapons.

It is madness. But where are the politicians who will say so?

This never-ending war is a perfect example of why your financial support of the Our America Initiative is so important. Credible, thoughtful voices who will challenge policies such as ill-advised military interventions MUST be heard, and Our America is one of those voices.

But without your support, we won’t be heard. Your contribution of $25, $50, $100, $500 or more at Our America makes it possible us to take our common sense, liberty advocacy to the news media, to the Internet, and thus to the millions of Americans who are tired of failed policies -- and ready to act.

I know I can count on your help. For the cost of just one of those Humvees our planes are bombing, Our America can reach millions of Americans who will join us in demanding a stop to foreign interventions that are not making us safer.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.



Gov. Gary Johnson
Honorary Chairman

P.S. Imagine if, in 2016, there are presidential debates that include candidates who WILL challenge the Republicans and Democrats on their failed interventionist policies. That can happen with your help.  Go to Our America's Debate Challenge today and support our fight for fair and inclusive debates.

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.