I, and many others, are deeply concerned about the safety of our Churches here in the United States. We’ve seen a deluge of crimes committed against the Christians amongst us and I hope you will consider helping to provide some protection for them.
Last month, we saw rampant arson attacks at churches in Texas. Below is a *short* list of shooting crimes that occured inside our churches. With Islam BANGING DOWN our doors, this situation will only get worse.
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is a top notch training program and Dr. Piazza spends a lot of time and money supporting Patriotic events and causes. This is another fine example of his efforts.
I encourage you to participate in some sort of firearms training, whether you’re a beginner or a sharp shooter. A refresher course is always a good thing! Please spread this around to your Friends and get involved in this effort. They need our help, now more than ever.
And no, I am not in ANY way being paid for my efforts. No free goodies and no $. I’m simply concerned about our Christians and, as someone who’s been watching the Islamic World War for over twenty years and who lives in downtown Seattle, where anti-religion sentment is rampant, I’ve seen what these people do to those who express Christian viewpoints. I’ve seen how the left lashes out violently when they disagree.
Everyone should be concerned with these recent attacks, without regard to your own personal denomination. Please consider helping out.
February 26, 2010
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
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There was another church shooting last week. This is not the first attack on places of worship. It will not be the last. In fact, here is a list of just the most publicized attacks on churches…
February 14, 2010 – Richmond, California – Three hooded men walk into Gethsemane Church of God in Christ and opened fire and then fled the scene, as the singing of the choir was replaced by frightened screams. The two victims, a 14- year-old boy and a 19-year-old man, were hospitalized.
March 8, 2009 – Maryville, Illinois – Suspect Terry Joe Sedlacek, 27, of Troy, walks into the First Baptist Church, and shoots pastor Fred Winters dead, point blank. Several church members are injured by a knife in the struggle to capture after the attack, The suspect also had stabbed himself, but survived, when his gun jams.
July 27, 2008 – Knoxville, Tennessee – A gunman opens fire in a church during a youth performance, killing two people and injuring seven.
Dec. 9, 2007 – Colorado – Three people are killed and five wounded in two shooting rampages, one at a missionary school in suburban Denver and one at a church in Colorado Springs. The gunman in the second incident is killed by a guard.
May 20, 2007 – Moscow, Idaho – A standoff between police and a suspect in the shootings of three people in a Presbyterian Church ended with three dead, including one police officer.
Aug. 12, 2007 – Neosho, Missouri – First Congregational Church – 3 killed – Eiken Elam Saimon shot and killed the pastor and two deacons and wounded five others.
May 21, 2006 – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The Ministry of Jesus Christ Church – 4 killed – The four at the church who were shot were members of Erica Bell’s family; she was abducted and murdered elsewhere; Bell’s mother, church pastor Claudia Brown, was seriously wounded – Anthony Bell, 25, was the shooter.
Feb. 26, 2006 – Detroit, Michigan – Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church – 2 killed + shooter – Kevin L. Collins, who reportedly went to the church looking for his girlfriend, later killed himself.
April 9, 2005 – College Park, Georgia – A 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church, where he had once worked as a security guard.
March 12, 2005 – Brookfield, Wisconsin – Living Church of God – 7 killed + shooter – Terry Ratzmann opened fire on the congregation, killing seven and wounding four before taking his own life.
July 30, 2005 – College Park, Georgia – World Changers Church International – shooter killed – Air Force Staff Sgt. John Givens was shot five times by a police officer after charging the officer, following violent behavior.
Dec. 17, 2004, Garden Grove, Calif.: A veteran musician at the Crystal Cathedral shoots himself to death after a nine -hour standoff.
Oct. 5, 2003 – Atlanta, Georgia – Turner Monumental AME Church – 2 killed + shooter – Shelia Wilson walked into the church while preparations are being made for service and shot the pastor, her mother and then herself.
June 10, 2002 – Conception, Missouri – Benedictine monastery – 2 killed + shooter – Lloyd Robert Jeffress shot four monks in the monastery killing two and wounding two, before killing himself.
March 12, 2002 – Lynbrook, New York – Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church – 2 killed – Peter Troy, a former mental patient, opens fire during Mass, killing the priest and a parishioner. He later receives a life sentence.
May 18, 2001 – Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church – 2 killed – Frederick Radford stood up in the middle of a revival service and began shooting at his estranged wife, Nicole Radford, killing her and a woman trying to help her.
Sept. 15, 1999 – Fort Worth, Texas – Wedgewood Baptist Church – 7 killed + shooter – Larry Gene Ashbrook shot dead seven people and injured a further seven at a concert by Christian rock group Forty Days in Fort Worth, Texas before killing himself.
April 15, 1999 – Salt Lake City, Utah – LDS Church Family History Library – 2 killed + shooter – Sergei Babarin, 70, with a history of mental illness, entered the library, killed two people and wounded four others before he was gunned down by police.
My question to you is: What will YOU do to prevent it from happening in YOUR place of worship? I have an answer for you.
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This is a letter for every man and woman who understands that evil knows no boundaries and can strike at any time and in any place–even a place of worship. This is a letter for those who want their place of worship safe and self protected.
I’ll do my part to help protect your congregation. Can I count on you to do your part? Well, here is what I am going to do and I want YOU and everybody you know to participate too.
I want every place of worship in America protected and I will put my money, and Front Sight behind my words. I’m going to severely discount the Front Sight Challenge Lifetime Membership so every place of worship can have a group of Front Sight Challenge Lifetime Members to protect their congregation. I’m darn near giving Front Sight Challenge Lifetime Memberships away and I’m happy to do it because it is for all the right reasons. I’ll put my money where my mouth is to be part of the solution in making sure that your place of worship is protected by giving your bothers and sisters in faith EVERY opportunity to get the weapons training they need and deserve to protect their flocks. AND I’ll reward YOU with a $6,900 Challenge Lifetime Membership at NO COST for helping me help the good men and women who chose to dedicate their lives to help others.
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I look forward to seeing you as a lifetime member of Front Sight soon. Send this offer to everyone you know! Post it on every freedom loving chat room and forum! Spread it among your congregation! You have a week to spread this around so every Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, and Minister can receive what they need and deserve.
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Founder and Director
Front Sight Firearms Training Institute
P. O. Box 2619 Aptos, CA 95001
B.O. just signed a one year extension on the “Patriot Act”.
According to this, we’re all “terrorists”. But then, we already know that’s how DHS and the rest of the regime refers to those who Love this Country and our Constitution. Islamics are innocent, “misunderstood” peace-loving victims and We, The People are evil, racist, anti-American terrorists.
Quite an effective campaign for their indoctrination and brain washing.
I wonder if the ACLU is planning a full-on attack of B.O. for this, like they did when Bush signed the first Patriot Act. I won’t hold my breath. I haven’t seen anything from them on the assault on our Second Amendment Rights. Why would I expect them to say anything against the current regime.
FoxNews article on one-year extension to Patriot Act: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/02/27/obama-signs-year-extension-patriot-act/?test=latestnews
The “U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act”( Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) passed shortly after the September 11 2001 attacks. The Act was well over 1000 pages in length.
It was presented during that time that congress was to be blamed for the next attacks if the law was not passed soon after going through the House. It appears that all the congressmen do is point fingers at each other, or just give powers given to them by the constitution, to the president, which if I do recall was prohibited in the constitution.
Out of anything that congress has passed, the patriot act is by far the most illegal, un-constitutional, and immoral Act passed to this day.
All judiciary power is stripped from this bill. This bill also infringes a persons 1st amendment, 4th amendment, 5th amendment, some will argue the 14th amendment, and if a state govt. try’s to go against it, and the feds say no, then the 10th amendment as well.
Used in conjunction with other laws passed around the same time frame, The PATRIOT Act has the ability to not only dance on the constitution and bill of rights, but also gain unlimited power and to spit upon what once was pride and freedom and the basic principles upon which our country was founded.
The people, who support this Act and other articles very much like this topic seem to have little to no knowledge of the foundation of this country, not to mention the lack of true love of having freedoms.
Our government is and has been spiraling out of control, and they are taking the American people with it.
If our government keeps at the pace and practices that they have been exhibiting, I am afraid of what and how many other rights we might forever lose. Without a reasonable and thought out plan of action, America, as it was founded by our very intelligent forefathers, could be lost forever and will no longer be for and by the people, but for and by the ruling tyrants in DC.
Here’s another doozy that should give everyone pause…. B.O. and his regime should be arrested, prosecuted and punished under this law.
Title 23 – Law Enforcement and Public Safety
SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES REGISTRATION ACT
SECTION 23-29-10. Short title.
This chapter may be cited as the “Subversive Activities Registration Act.”
SECTION 23-29-20. Definitions.
For the purposes of this chapter the following words, phrases and terms are defined as follows:
(1) “Subversive organization” means every corporation, society, association, camp, group, bund, political party, assembly, body or organization, composed of two or more persons, which directly or indirectly advocates, advises, teaches or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means;
(2) “Organization subject to foreign control” means every corporation, society, association, camp, group, bund, political party, assembly, body or other organization, composed of two or more persons, which comes within either of the following:
(a) it solicits or accepts financial contributions, loans or support of any kind directly or indirectly from, or is affiliated directly or indirectly with, a foreign government or a political subdivision thereof, an agent, agency or instrumentality of a foreign government or political subdivision thereof, a political party in a foreign country or an international political organization or
(b) its policies, or any of them, are determined by or at the suggestion of, or in collaboration with, a foreign government or political subdivision thereof, an agent, agency or instrumentality of a foreign government or a political subdivision thereof, a political party in a foreign country or an international political organization;
(3) “Foreign agent” means any person whose actions, or any of them, are determined by or at the suggestion of, or in collaboration with, a foreign government or political subdivision thereof, an instrumentality or agency of a foreign government or political subdivision thereof, a political party in a foreign country or an international political organization; and
(4) “Business” includes, but is not limited to, speaking engagements.
SECTION 23-29-30. Effect on freedom of press or speech.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to authorize, require or establish censorship or to limit in any way or infringe upon freedom of the press or of speech as guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States and no regulation shall be promulgated hereunder having that effect.
SECTION 23-29-40. Organizations exempt from application of chapter.
The terms of this chapter do not apply to any labor union or religious, fraternal or patriotic organization, society or association, or their members, whose objectives and aims do not contemplate the overthrow of the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means.
SECTION 23-29-50. Registration by subversive and foreign-controlled organizations.
Every subversive organization and organization subject to foreign control shall register with the Secretary of State on forms prescribed by him within thirty days after coming into existence in this State.
SECTION 23-29-60. Registration of members of subversive and foreign-controlled organizations.
Every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States, of this State or of any political subdivision thereof by force or violence or other unlawful means, who resides, transacts any business or attempts to influence political action in this State, shall register with the Secretary of State on the forms and at the times prescribed by him.
SECTION 23-29-70. Forms and schedule for filing information.
Every organization or person coming within the provisions of this chapter shall file with the Secretary of State all information which he may request, on the forms and at the times he may prescribe.
SECTION 23-29-80. Promulgation of rules and regulations.
The Secretary of State may adopt and promulgate any rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the terms of this chapter, which may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter and may alter or repeal such rules and regulations.
SECTION 23-29-90. Penalties.
Any organization or person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than ten years, or by both fine and imprisonment.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation’s main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act.
Provisions in the measure would have expired on Sunday without Obama’s signature Saturday.
The act, which was adopted in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, expands the government’s ability to monitor Americans in the name of national security.
Three sections of the Patriot Act that stay in force will:
–Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.
–Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations.
–Permit surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.
Obama’s signature comes after the House voted 315 to 97 Thursday to extend the measure.
The Senate also approved the measure, with privacy protections cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Thrown away were restrictions and greater scrutiny on the government’s authority to spy on Americans and seize their records.
HELP– URGENT *** ROUND 4 ***
Protect gun owners money from raids Friday, February 26, 2010
DATE: February 26, 2010
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer USF Executive Director NRA Past President
HB-651 by Rep. David Rivera (R) is scheduled for a hearing in the House Full Appropriations Council on Education & Economic Development on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. HB-651 is a bill to STOP legislative raids to remove (confiscate) gun owner money from the Division of Licensing Trust Fund — that holds funding to administer the Concealed Weapons & Firearms Licensing program.
Last year the legislature took $6 million from the Division of Licensing Concealed Weapons and Firearm Trust Fund that is intended, by law, to be used solely for administering the concealed weapons and firearms licensing program. (Read background Information below)
Rep. Rivera’s bill will stop funding raids in the future. PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL Members of the Appropriations Council In the subject line put: SUPPORT HB-651 — Protect the DOL Trust Fund
(Block and Copy All email addresses into the “Send To” box)
David.Rivera@myfloridahouse.gov, Ron.Reagan@myfloridahouse.gov, Sandy.Adams@myfloridahouse.gov, Ellyn.Bogdanoff@myfloridahouse.gov, Ronald.Brise@myfloridahouse.gov, Charles.Chestnut@myfloridahouse.gov, Anitere.Flores@myfloridahouse.gov, Bill.Galvano@myfloridahouse.gov, Joe.Gibbons@myfloridahouse.gov, Rich.Glorioso@myfloridahouse.gov, Denise.Grimsley@myfloridahouse.gov, Alan.Hays@myfloridahouse.gov, Ralph.Poppell@myfloridahouse.gov, Bill.Proctor@myfloridahouse.gov, Kelly.Skidmore@myfloridahouse.gov, Geraldine.Thompson@myfloridahouse.gov, Will.Weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov,
HB-651 provides protection to the Division of Agriculture’s Division of Licensing Trust Fund which handles the fees paid by gun owners to administer the Concealed Weapons and Firearms licensing program
In 1987, passage of the concealed weapons and licensing law had a financial contingency:
1. The legislature insisted that the statewide “Shall Issue” licensing process not require nor be dependent upon General Revenue or any government funding whatever. (Certain members of the legislature were determined that no tax dollars ever be used to fund gun owner programs.)
2. The NRA, Unified Sportsmen of Florida and gun owners, insisted that licensing fees be only the amount necessary to administer the program, no more, no less. Further, we insisted that the fees be held in a trust fund and used solely for the benefit of and administration of the program. That was the agreement. And language was put in the bill to insure that the terms of the agreement were met. – OR at least it was language everyone THOUGHT would protect the agreement and the money.
We’ve kept our part of the agreement. In the more than 22 plus years that this program has been in effect, not one single dime has ever come from general revenue or any other government fund. 100% of the program funding has come from gun owners. The other half of the agreement needs to be kept.
Raids cannot be tolerated. That money is held in “trust” until needed to administer the program, including buy or upgrade computers, buy or upgrade other essential equipment and stay technology in a position to run the program appropriately. This specific trust fund needs to be protected because these funds facilitate the exercise of a constitutional right.
REMEMBER: When government takes citizen money for general use by government, IT’S A TAX. When government confiscates user fees from trust funds intended to be used to administer specific programs and converts it to government use for other purposes, IT’S A TAX. When government leaders claim to oppose tax increases and promise not to create new taxes but then raid trust funds, they have deceived you because THEY HAVE CREATED A NEW TAX.
When the Florida Legislature raids the concealed weapons and firearms licensing trust fund they have CREATED A TAX ON THE EXERCISE OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT.
Courts have ruled that states may not tax the exercise of a right protected by the federal constitution
IT IS URGENT THAT YOU EMAIL THE HOUSE FULL APPROPRIATIONS COUNCIL ON EDUCATION & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TODAY.
Copyright 2010, National Rifle Association of America, Institute for Legislative Action. This may be reproduced. It may not be reproduced for commercial purposes. 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 800-392-8683
Media finally taking notes. My Friend Keli Carender (Liberty Belle) gave an interview for a story appearing in today’s version: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/us/politics/28keli.html
Early Arrival at the Tea Party: A Young and Unlikely Activist
By KATE ZERNIKE
Published: February 27, 2010
SEATTLE — Keli Carender has a pierced nose, performs improv on weekends and lives here in a neighborhood with more Mexican grocers than coffeehouses. You might mistake her for the kind of young person whose vote powered President Obama to the White House. You probably would not think of her as a Tea Party type.The latest on President Obama, his administration and other news from Washington and around the nation.
But leaders of the Tea Party movement credit her with being the first.
A year ago, frustrated that every time she called her senators to urge them to vote against the $787 billion stimulus bill their mailboxes were full, and tired of wearing out the ear of her Obama-voting fiancé, Ms. Carender decided to hold a protest against what she called the “porkulus.”
“I basically thought to myself: ‘I have two courses. I can give up, go home, crawl into bed and be really depressed and let it happen,’ ” she said this month while driving home from a protest at the State Capitol in Olympia. “Or I can do something different, and I can find a new avenue to have my voice get out.”
This weekend, as Tea Party members observe the anniversary of the first mass protests nationwide, Ms. Carender’s path to activism offers a lens into how the movement has grown, taking many people who were not politically active — it is not uncommon to meet Tea Party advocates who say they have never voted — and turning them into a force that is rattling both parties as they look toward the midterm elections in the fall.
Ms. Carender’s first rally drew only 120 people. A week later, she had 300, and six weeks later, 1,200 people gathered for a Tax Day Tea Party. Last month, she was among about 60 Tea Party leaders flown to Washington to be trained in election activism by FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy organization led by Dick Armey, the former House Republican leader.
This month, a year to the day of her first protest, Ms. Carender stood among a crowd of about 600 on the steps of the State Capitol, acknowledging the thanks from a speaker who cited her as the original Tea Party advocate. Around her were the now-familiar signs: “Can you hear us now?” “Is it 2012 yet?” “Tea Party: the party of now.”
Jenny Beth Martin, a national coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella organization of local groups that Ms. Carender has joined, calls her an unlikely avatar of the movement but an ideal one. She puts a fresh, idealistic face on a movement often dismissed as a bunch of angry extremists.
“She’s not your typical conservative,” she said. “She’s an actress. She’s got a nose ring. I think it’s the thing that’s so amazing about our movement.”
The daughter of Democrats who became disaffected in the Clinton years, Ms. Carender, 30, began paying attention to politics during the 2008 campaign, but none of the candidates appealed to her. She had studied math at Western Washington University before earning a teaching certificate at Oxford — she teaches basic math to adult learners — and began reading more on economics, particularly the writings of Thomas Sowell, the libertarian economist, and National Review.
Reading about the stimulus, she said, “it didn’t make any sense to me to be spending all this money when we don’t have it.”
“It seems more logical to me that we create an atmosphere where private industry can start to grow again and create jobs,” she said.
Her fiancé, Conor McNassar, urged her to channel her complaints into a blog, which she called Liberty Belle.
“He didn’t mind hearing it,” she said. “He just couldn’t hear it all the time.”
It was not enough.
So she called the city parks department, which suggested a location and gave her a permit. She still did not know if any other protesters would show up.
She put out the word to some friends from the Young Republicans, which she had joined in late 2008, but it was not a big group. She called Michael Medved, the Seattle-based conservative radio host, but he did not put her on the air. She scanned a list of economics professors who had signed a Cato Institute letter opposing the stimulus and found two locally, but they could not make it.
She also called someone she had met at an election results watch party, who agreed to spread the word among Republicans. She called a conservative local radio host, who put in a plug. And she sent an e-mail message to the conservative writer Michelle Malkin, who agreed to announce the protest on her blog and even sent some pulled pork to feed the crowd.
The porkulus protest did not draw enough people to finish the pulled pork, which Ms. Carender took to a homeless shelter. But she collected e-mail addresses, remembering that Senator Barack Obama had done that at events as he prepared to run for president.
The “tea party” label came three days later, from a rant the CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli delivered from the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the nationwide protests followed.
Six weeks later, Ms. Carender’s e-mail list had grown to 1,000 — it is now 1,500 — allowing her to summon protesters on short notice and making her the model child of the Tea Party Patriots, which has since become a driving force for advocates nationwide with its weekly conference calls to coordinate Tea Party activity.
In her activism, Ms. Carender has also drawn on her theatrical experience. Discovering that advocates of a health care overhaul were marching in the city last summer, she staged a “funeral for health care,” with protesters wearing black and bagpipers playing. For her first Tea Party event, she dressed as Liberty Belle (newspaper accounts mistook her for Little Bo Peep).
In a video viewed 68,000 times on YouTube, she confronted Representative Norm Dicks, Democrat of Washington, at a town-hall-style meeting on health care. “If you believe that it is absolutely moral to take my money and give it to someone else based on their supposed needs,” she said, waving a $20 bill to boos and cheers, “then you come and take this $20 and use it as a down payment on this health care plan.”
“Well,” she said, thinking for a long time and then sighing. “Let’s see. Some days I’m very Randian. I feel like there shouldn’t be any of those programs, that it should all be charitable organizations. Sometimes I think, well, maybe it really should be just state, and there should be no federal part in it at all. I bounce around in my solutions to the problem.”
She, like many Tea Party members, resists the idea of a Tea Party leader — “there are a thousand leaders,” she says.
Glenn Beck? “He can be a Tea Partier, but it’s not like the movement bends to him.”
Sarah Palin? She will have to campaign on Tea Party ideas if she wants Tea Party support, Ms. Carender said, adding, “And if she were elected, she’d have to govern on those principles or be fired.”
Ms. Carender herself has become a Tea Party leader, even a celebrity.
At the Olympia rally, she did a television interview and accepted a hug from Kirby Wilbur, the radio host who first publicized her porkulus protest. “This is the future of the conservative movement!” he declared upon seeing her.
Her biggest goal now, Ms. Carender said, is replacing Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat elected three times by wide margins, in November.
So Ms. Carender held a small anniversary rally on Saturday at a local mall. But her focus is on vetting candidates and using the contacts she has established over the last year to get out the vote.
“There is no way we will out-fund-raise the liberals,” she said. “The only weapon we have is energy and time.”
A version of this article appeared in print on February 28, 2010, on page A1 of the New York edition.
The Senate budget released this week would zero out the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) budget and transfer all WDFW functions to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in a merger of the two agencies. Further, it would reduce by $10.5 million the amount spent on the functions that have been handled by WDFW.
To those involved in the shooting sports, the net result of such a transfer of authority would likely be devastating. Gun owners and sportsmen have been fighting DNR for years with regard to shooting and hunting on DNR land. Leadership in DNR is, at best, indifferent to the interests of sportsmen and, more likely, hostile and antagonistic.
The majority of hunters and sportsmen in Washington State agreed last year to surcharges on their licenses to keep important WDFW functions in place. Every hunting (and fishing) program and every dedicated fund is at risk for reduction or termination. Sportsmen’s support of the department could be wiped out if the Senate Budget is allowed to advance with the merger language in it.
It is critical that hunters and sportsmen contact the members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee immediately! Tell them to OPPOSE THE MERGER OF WDFW INTO DNR! Please leave messages for your Senator and Representatives, as well.
Senator Margarita Prentice (D-)
Ways & Means (Chair)
303 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0411
Senator Karen Fraser (D-)
Ways & Means (Vice-Chair Capital Budget)
404 Legislative Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0422
Senator Rodney Tom (D-)
(Author of the SB 6813 merger effort)
Ways & Means (Vice Chair Operating Budget)
220 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0448
Senator Joseph Zarelli (R-)
204 Newhouse Building
P.O. Box 40418
Olympia WA 98504-0418
Phone: (360) 786-7634
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-7524
Senator Dale Brandland (R-)
203 Newhouse Building
P.O. Box 40442
Olympia WA 98504-0442
Phone: (360) 786-7682
Toll-Free: (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-7524
Senator Mike Carrell (R-)
102 Newhouse Building
P.O. Box 40428
Olympia WA 98504-0428
Office Phone: (360) 786-7654
Home Phone: (253) 581-2859
Toll-Free: (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-7819
Senator Darlene Fairley (D-)
227 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0432
Senator Mike Hewitt (R-)
314 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40416
Olympia WA 98504-0416
Phone: (360) 786-7630
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-1266
Senator Steve Hobbs (D-)
213 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0444
Senator Jim Honeyford (R-)
107 Newhouse Building
P.O. Box 40415
Olympia WA 98504-0415
Phone: (360) 786-7684
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-7173
Senator Karen Keiser (D-)
224 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0433
Senator Adam Kline (D-)
223 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0437
Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-)
219 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0436
Senator Joe McDermott (D-)
230 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0434
Senator Ed Murray (D-)
215 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0443
Senator Eric Oemig (D-)
416 Legislative Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0445
Senator Linda Evans Parlette (R-)
316 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40412
Olympia WA 98504-0412
Phone: (360) 786-7622
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-1266
Senator Cheryl Pflug (R-)
415 Legislative Building
P.O. Box 40405
Olympia WA 98504-0405
Phone: (360) 786-7608
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-1266
Senator Craig Pride more (D-)
212 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0449
Senator Debbie Regala (D-)
233 Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0427
Senator Phil Rockefeller (D-)
218 John A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0430
Fax: (360) 786-1999
Senator Mark Schoesler (R-)
Phone: (360) 786-7620
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 562-6000
Fax: (360) 786-7819
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Please call and email your legislators immediately! A Ways & Means vote on the Senate Budget with the merger language could occur as early as tomorrow morning.
8001 Forbes Place Suite 102
Springfield VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Thursday, February 25, 2010
He’s like a playground bully — on steroids!
According to a recent poll, only 23% of the American people want Congress to pass the anti-gun ObamaCare bill.
And the President’s response to this? He believes Americans are just too stupid to understand what geniuses like him, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are trying to do for us.
So what is Obama’s current plan?
ObamaCare is already the product of fraud, secrecy, bribery, and corruption. But Obama is preparing to ratchet up this corruption to a whole new level.
In 1974, Congress created a special process for balancing the budget. Senators could reduce the deficit with a simple 51 votes in the Senate, rather than getting the 60 needed votes to stop a filibuster. Under the rules, this process — called “reconciliation” — can ONLY be used for balancing the budget.
To repeat, it cannot be used for anything other than reducing the deficit. By contrast, ObamaCare would INCREASE the deficit by at least $500 BILLION.
So what does Obama do (with the help of crooked accountants at the Congressional Budget Office)?
He fraudulently pretends the anti-gun ObamaCare legislation would reduce the deficit. And he does this by hiding costs and pretending he’s going to make cuts he never intends to fully implement ($465 billion in Medicare cuts).
And he intends to use this fraud scheme to cram ObamaCare down the throats of the American people against their will.
Americans don’t want the increased taxes and gun control that have been injected into the bill. Remember, Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to claim his legislation fixed the problems that Gun Owners of America had with this legislation.
But in reality, the bill still allows the ATF to troll a health/gun database in order to take away firearms from tens of millions of Americans.
ACTION: Please contact your two senators and your representative. Tell them that using the budget-balancing “reconciliation” process to pass ObamaCare is nothing but cheating.
You can use the Take Action feature below to send a pre-written message to your legislators: http://www.capwiz.com/gunowners/issues/alert/?alertid=14728791
A more direct threat than those of the past. Gee, I wonder how the usurper in our White House will respond.
N. Korea Threatens ‘Powerful’ Attack Over U.S. Drills
Thursday, February 25, 2010
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea threatened a “powerful” attack if the U.S. and South Korea proceed with joint military drills next month, warning Thursday that it could even resort to nuclear means.
The threat, routinely issued before South Korea and the U.S. embark on regularly scheduled military exercises, was made just hours after President Barack Obama’s special envoy to North Korea arrived in Seoul to discuss the North.
Communist North Korea, believed to have enough weaponized plutonium to make at least a half-dozen atomic bombs, quit six-nation disarmament-for-aid negotiations last year. It also conducted a nuclear test, earning stricter U.N. sanctions.
China, the U.S. and other nations involved in the disarmament talks have been trying to draw North Korea back to the negotiating table.
U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth met Thursday with South Korea’s Wi Sung-lac after a stop in Beijing for talks with Chinese nuclear envoy Wu Dawei the previous day. During his Beijing visit, Bosworth called for the quick resumption of the nuclear negotiations with North Korea. He heads to Tokyo on Friday.
The North has demanded a lifting of the sanctions and peace talks with the U.S. on formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War before it returns to the negotiations.
“We believe the six-party talks are presented with a good opportunity to work out of the dilemma,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters, without elaborating.
South Korea and the U.S., which maintains 28,500 troops in South Korea, plan to conduct annual military exercises starting March 8.
The North sees the exercises as preparation for an invasion, but the U.S. and South Korea say the maneuvers are purely defensive.
“If the U.S. imperialists and South Korean warmongers launch the joint military exercises … we will react to them with our powerful military counteraction, and if necessary, mercilessly destroy the bulwark of aggression by mobilizing all the offensive and defensive means including nuclear deterrent,” a Korean People’s Army spokesman said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
South Korea’s Defense Ministry said it had no immediate comment on North Korea’s threat.
The two Koreas technically remain in a state of war because their three-year conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.