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  • A Candidate for Governor Has Both Parties on Alert

    06/24/2014 12:40:58 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | Jack Healy
    Tom Tancredo, the firebrand former congressman, Harley-Davidson biker and perennial headache for Colorado’s Republican leaders, was taking fire from all sides last week in the final days of his primary campaign for governor. His rivals were slamming him on the airwaves. Moderate Republicans were warning that Mr. Tancredo’s name on the ballot could doom their chances in crucial races across this swing state. (SNIP) Last week, a radio commercial from a Massachusetts-based group attacked Mr. Tancredo as a “big-spending Republican in Washington” who frequently switched positions. The group, Colorado Campaign for Jobs and Opportunity, has ties to a consulting firm...
  • Rival groups clash in Ukraine's Crimea, 20 injured

    02/26/2014 10:26:25 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Boston Globe AP ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | AP Staff
    SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered major military exercises just across the border. The tests of military readiness involve most of the units in central and western Russia, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a televised statement. He said the exercise would "check the troops' readiness for action in crisis situations that threaten the nation's military security." In Kiev, opposition leaders who took charge after pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych fled were working on forming a new government to chart a path forward...
  • IRS pushes to rein in tax-exempt political groups

    11/26/2013 8:04:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/26/1 | Andrew Taylor - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Tuesday launched a bid to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning. The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of loosely regulated big-money political outfits like GOP political guru Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the pro-Obama Priorities USA. The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department said they want to prohibit such groups from using "candidate-related political activity" like running ads, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt "social welfare" organizations. The agencies say there will be a lengthy comment period before...
  • Conservative groups already tax-exempt were also targeted by IRS

    07/30/2013 1:39:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/30/13 | Rick Moran
    Rep. Darrell Issa has announced that he is expanding his investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups to deal with alllegations that the tax agency put groups already tax exempt under additional scrutiny. The Hill: The IRS subjected conservative groups already granted tax-exempt status to additional scrutiny during the 2012 election cycle, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) charged on Monday. Issa called on a Treasury watchdog already looking into the IRS to investigate the matter, and signaled he would expand his committee's probe into improper targeting of political groups given the new revelations. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the...
  • IRS higher-ups requested info on conservative groups, letters show (Hussein's revenge?)

    05/28/2013 4:14:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NBC News ^ | Lisa Myers, Rich Gardella, Talesha Reynolds
    Additional scrutiny of conservative organizations’ activities by the IRS did not solely originate in the agency’s Cincinnati office, with requests for information coming from other offices and often bearing the signatures of higher-ups at the agency, according to attorneys representing some of the targeted groups. At least one letter requesting information about one of the groups bears the signature of Lois Lerner, the suspended director of the IRS Exempt Organizations department in Washington. Jay Sekulow, an attorney representing 27 conservative political advocacy organizations that applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status, provided some of the letters to NBC...
  • Who’s the mystery man at the IRS who issued the directive to focus on conservative groups?

    05/20/2013 9:05:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/20/13 | Allahpundit
    Ed’s “WaPo versus WaPo” post spotlighted a quote from an IRS employee claiming that there had to be a “directive” issued to the Determinations Unit to get them to focus on tea partiers. Was there? Actually, yes — and, via Mickey Kaus and Sean Higgins, we know that from the lede of an NYT article that was designed to exculpate the agency. Quote: During the summer of 2010, the dozen or so accountants and tax agents of Group 7822 of the Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati got a directive from their manager. A growing number of organizations identifying themselves...
  • Acting IRS head apologizes, blames 'foolish mistakes' for targeting of conservative groups

    05/18/2013 5:03:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/17/13 | Michael O'Brien
    The outgoing head of the IRS disputed Republicans’ suspicions that the tax-collecting agency’s targeting of conservatives was motivated by partisanship at the first congressional hearing on the scandal. **SNIP** “I do not believe that partisanship motivated the practices of the people described in the IG report,” Miller said. “I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people who were trying to be efficient in their work.” GOP lawmakers also repeatedly sought to ferret out any information as to whether Miller had talked with White House officials about the targeting of conservatives, or – more ominously...
  • IRS sent unpublished info on conservative groups to investigative news outfit

    05/13/2013 6:57:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/13/13 | Sean Higgins
    ProPublica, a left-leaning nonprofit organization that does investigative journalism, often sharing it with outlets like the Washington Post, offers its own revelation on the news that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting Tea Party groups. It was the recipient of some of the IRS documents. These were documents that even ProPublica admits the IRS should not have been giving out according to the agency’s own rules: The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of
  • 10 crazy things the IRS asked Tea Party groups

    05/10/2013 5:27:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/13/13 | Mary Katharine Ham
    The Internal Revenue Service admitted Friday to improperly targeting conservative groups for aggressive applications processes for tax exempt status in 2012, using the terms “Tea Party” and “patriot” as flags. Here are some of the things they wanted to know about those groups. 1. We’re gonna need all your direct and indirect communication. “‘Direct and indirect communications’ is profoundly chilling of First Amendment rights, ” said David French, senior counsel for American Center for Law & Justice, which has been representing 27 conservative organizations met with IRS inquisitions. “It’s so vague as to be impossible to comply with.”
  • Activist groups hold Queer Muslim Gathering in Detroit

    03/04/2013 12:49:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/04/13 | Jessica Chasmar
    A two-day gathering aimed at educating and liberating Muslims in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community opened in Detroit on Friday. Muslims for Progressive Values and the Agency for LGBT African Americans, or KICK, teamed up to create the Queer Muslim Gathering, which included a meet-and-greet on Friday and an all-day conference Saturday. The gathering featured Imam Daayiee Abdullah of Washington, a gay Muslim leader who grew up in Detroit and converted from Southern Baptist Convention, the Detroit Free Press reports. “We feel it is important for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) Muslims to be included as equals into...
  • Liberal Stealth Groups Paved Obama Win

    More than 4 million people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 did not vote this year. But by applying new voter science, Obama nudged enough replacements in key states — many who were rare or first-time voters — to give him his margin of victory (leveraged even larger by the Electoral College). Years of stealthy multimillion-dollar efforts paid off forAmerica’s left in the 2008 and 2012 victories by President Barack Obama. Using new voter science to get rare and first-time voters to go to the polls, the races have changedAmerica’s electorate — those who make the country’s decisions by...
  • George Soros-funded groups wage war against Catholic Church

    06/19/2012 10:32:22 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | June 19, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Tuesday, June 19, 2012George Soros-funded groups advancing a corroding and ambiguous pluralism to destroy the Catholic Church By now you may have heard about the group Faith in Public Life, which is funded by one-time Nazi collaborator and atheist billionaire George Soros, and its plan to wage war against the Catholic Church and her Bishops. Another Soros-funded group, Sojourners, which is headed up by Jim Wallis, promotes the New Age Globalist Earth Charter which seeks to replace the Ten Commandments and dismantle the Roman Catholic Church. Sojourners has an article at its website written by Christian Piatt. In this article,...
  • Groups Concerned Over Arming Of Domestic Drones

    05/23/2012 11:54:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/23/12 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With the use of domestic drones increasing, concern has not just come up over privacy issues, but also over the potential use of lethal force by the unmanned aircraft. Drones have been used overseas to target and kill high-level terror leaders and are also being used along the U.S.-Mexico border in the battle against illegal immigration. But now, these drones are starting to be used domestically at an increasing rate. The Federal Aviation Administration has allowed several police departments to use drones across the U.S. They are controlled from a remote location and use infrared sensors and...
  • FLASHBACK: Napolitano defends report on right-wing extremist groups (OWS nuts off the hook?)

    11/17/2011 5:27:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/15/09
    Napolitano defends report on right-wing extremist groupsApril 15, 2009 The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups. **SNIP** The report, "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," said right-wing extremist groups may be using the recession and the election of the nation's first African-American president to recruit members. The report, which was prepared in coordination with the FBI, was published last week. It was distributed to federal, state and local law enforcement...
  • New ACORN Groups Join SEIU's Economic Terrorism Campaign Against Lenders, Governments

    07/24/2011 10:37:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7/24/11 | Matthew Vadum
    Newly created ACORN front groups across America have signed on to SEIU’s economic terrorism and sabotage campaign. ACORN, long associated with President Obama, is participating in the disruptive campaign through its newly renamed state chapters. Mortgage and student loan strikes, crippling bank boycotts, intimidation, and who knows what else are all on the agenda. I reported on the emergence of the “new” ACORN groups in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers. Although ACORN filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Election Day, its state chapters have been quietly restructuring under...
  • Leading Islamic Group's Hit List Targets Specific Americans

    06/16/2011 10:01:02 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/16/11 | Pamela Geller
    It's coming, folks. Wake up the neighbors. I'll be in Houston speaking tonight (go here for tickets). Bring everyone you know. Get armed with knowledge. It's war, and it's just beginning. Possible Al-Qaida Hit List Targets Specific Americans NBC News hat tip Van An al-Qaida-linked website has posted a potential hit list of targets that include names and photos of several U.S. officials and business leaders, calling for terrorists to target these Americans in their own homes, NBC New York has learned. The FBI has sent out a new intelligence bulletin to law enforcement agencies, warning that this new web-based...
  • Group’s Anti-Israel Message Hits Seattle Billboards

    04/22/2011 10:59:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/22/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    In December, the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign (SeaMAC) launched an anti-Israel bus-ad campaign accusing Israel of war crimes. That campaign was approved by the city, but after public outcry was eventually canned. Now, the SeaMAC has decided to enlarge its Israeli hate. The group has now paid for billboards that will trumpet its message. “We always planned to follow our bus ad campaign with additional messages in other venues. We had this Equal Rights banner designed before we launched our ‘Israeli War Crimes’ campaign in December,” Mark Eichinger-Wiese, recent chair of the SeaMAC steering committee, said in a press release....
  • Radial Islamist groups gaining stranglehold in Egypt

    04/17/2011 9:25:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 4/17/11 | Damien McElroy
    The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest Islamic movement and the founder of Hamas, has set up a network of political parties around the country that eclipse the following of the middle class activists that overthrew the regime. On the extreme fringe of the Brotherhood, Islamic groups linked to al-Qeada are organising from the mosques to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of the dictatorship. The military-led government already faces accusations that it is bowing to the surge in support for the Muslim movements, something that David Cameron warned of in February when he
  • Manhattan DA launches criminal probe of pro-choice group's spending (NARAL looted for luxuries)

    02/17/2011 3:16:12 AM PST · by Liz · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/16/11 | BRENDAN SCOTT, NY Post correspondent
    ...........a bombshell audit found an ex-NARAL President siphoned off more than $100,000 for meals, high-end clothing, a Hamptons rental, and $100,000 to chauffeur her kids to school. The allegations against the Dem-leaning charity have far-reaching political implications for state AG Eric Schneiderman.... whose office regulates charities, and who received NARAL's endorsement. His father, Irwin Schneiderman, was NARAL’s treasurer during the audit period.
  • Jewish Groups Repudiate Jewish Funds for Justice Anti-Beck Effort

    02/03/2011 10:50:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 2/3/11 | Jeff Dunetz
    Carried in the January 27th edition of the Wall Street Journal was an advertisement/open letter from four-hundred Rabbis organized by a socialist Jewish organization called Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ), with strong ties to financier George Soros (the full ad is embedded at the bottom of this page). As discussed the day the ad came out, the rabbi’s efforts brought shame upon themselves, their holy profession and the entire Jewish people, and even worse have committed a Chillul Hashem (desecration of God’s name).
  • Pro-Mubarak groups lobbing rocks at protesters

    02/02/2011 8:35:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    JPOST ^ | 2/2/11 | MELANIE LIDMAN, JPOST CORRESPONDENT AND AP
    Gov't supporters take over army vehicles, throw rocks at protesters from surrounding buildings, according to reports; gun shots heard at Tahrir square after protests turn violent; over 100 reported injured. Pro-Mubarak groups took over three army vehicles and lobbed rocks and other items at anti-government protestors from surrounding buildings, amid clashes that have been raging at Tahrir Square since Wednesday afternoon, Al-Jazeera reported. Witnesses at Tahrir Square also said they heard several shots fired into the air, according to the report. Earlier Wednesday, protests in Cairo turned violent, with protesters throwing large rocks at each other as pro-Mubarak demonstrators tore...
  • Pro-Palestinian groups plan largest Gaza flotilla ever

    01/24/2011 11:44:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/24/11 | Yaakov Katz
    International pro-Palestinian groups are preparing a massive flotilla of ships to the Gaza Strip in the spring to coincide with the first anniversary of the Israeli operation to stop the Mavi Marmara in late May, organizers said on Monday. The convoy of ships will be named “Freedom Flotilla 2” and is expected to include delegations from close to a dozen different countries as well as ships, for the first time, from the United States and Canada. According to the organizers, the different groups are currently in the process of collecting funds, purchasing vessels and recruiting volunteers.
  • “No Labels” Group Meets … Or Why I Would Prefer You Not Call Me A Lefty

    12/14/2010 3:21:25 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies · 1+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com/ ^ | December 14,2010 | Jim Vicevich
    If only this were a coalition of the left and the right working out differences. But alas, it’s just a coalition of mostly liberal politicians who used to label themselves by a political party and now would rather fly stealth. Sigh. If you are not familiar with “No Lables”, no worries, it’s brand new and they certainly deserve a Hat Tip for brevity. Here’s their declaration: We are not labels – we are people. We care deeply about our country. We are frustrated and concerned about the tone of politics. We are passionate about addressing America’s challenges. We are Democrats,...
  • Soros-Funded Group’s Political Director Calls for Subversive Activity During Christmas Masses

    12/08/2010 9:41:13 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies · 2+ views
    New Real ^ | 12/8/10 | Lisa Graas
    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. — Isaiah 9:1 This verse from Scripture will be read at Midnight Mass, December 25, in Catholic churches across America. For radicals in the pews, however, the light focused on will be the light coming from their smartphone screens as they communicate with each other and report to Aniello Alioto, political director of the George Soros-funded Progress Now, any “hostile activity” in the form of priests explaining Catholic teaching on the family and marriage. George Soros’...
  • (Greedy) Liberal groups blast Obama for considering tax compromise ("The Rookie Hussein Promised")

    12/02/2010 12:10:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/02/10 | Perry Bacon Jr.
    Liberal groups blast Obama for considering tax compromiseBy Perry Bacon Jr. Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, December 2, 2010; 10:50 AM The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal group that has repeatedly attacked President Obama on the left, is airing an ad demanding that he not agree to any compromise with the GOP that would extend tax cuts for household incomes above $250,000 a year. The spot is called "Obama Promised," and the group says it will air on CNN and MSNBC and on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central over the next few days. It shows Obama...
  • A Surge in Democratic Spending (RAT groups waste some more loot)

    10/29/2010 11:39:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/29/10 | MICHAEL LUO and GRIFF PALMER
    A Surge in Democratic SpendingBy MICHAEL LUO and GRIFF PALMER Published: October 29, 2010 Groups aligned with Democratic candidates have unleashed a last-minute paroxysm of spending in competitive House races in the final days of the campaign that has them outpacing Republicans, reversing the trend of the past few months, according to an analysis of campaign finance data by The New York Times. It appears that the groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, had been conserving their resources for the final week or two of the midterm election season, calculating that a final burst was the only way they...
  • Groups protest voter fraud ads

    10/13/2010 5:25:25 AM PDT · by chickadee · 43 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | October 12, 2010 | Georgia Pabst
    Several community groups Tuesday condemned billboards throughout Milwaukee that warn "Voter Fraud is a Felony," saying they are an attempt by right-wing sources to intimidate and suppress minority voting. At a press conference in front of one of the billboards at S. 22nd St. and W. Morgan Ave., the groups called on Clear Channel Outdoor, the owner of the billboards, to take down the ads and disclose who paid for them. The bottom of the billboards, which show people behind jail bars, the words "We Voted Illegally" and the penalty for voting illegally, disclose only that the billboards were paid...
  • We trained militant groups against India, admits Musharraf

    10/05/2010 10:23:44 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10/5/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has admitted that Pakistan had trained underground militant groups to fight in Kashmir, the first such admission by a top leader of the country. Musharraf's candid remarks came days after he announced his return to active politics from London where he has been living in self-imposed exile. "They (underground militant groups to fight against India in Kashmir) were indeed formed," Musharraf told German magazine Der Spiegel in an interview.
  • Labor and liberal groups to hold Oct. 2 rally on Mall to counter Beck, Tea Party

    09/01/2010 12:34:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 120 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9/1/10 | Jon Ward
    Labor leaders, liberal religious leaders and the NAACP will hold a rally on the National Mall on October 2, one month before the fall midterm elections, in an attempt to show they too have political clout and momentum in response to last Saturday’s massive gathering of Tea Party types led by Fox News host Glenn Beck. (snip) Holt Baker said that the Oct. 2 rally would also be apolitical, which is similar to how Beck, who gathered a crowd estimated to be between 100,000 and 300,000, described his event.
  • Who Are These Fake Catholic Groups?

    08/17/2010 1:41:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Catholic Advocate ^ | 8/3/2010 | Anne Hendershott
    Some of the biggest supporters of the current health reform bill—replete with public funding for abortion—are self-described “progressive” Catholic organizations, such as Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics United, and Catholic Democrats. These Catholic organizations, along with the Catholic Health Association have created confusion for Catholics because at the same time the USCCB has strongly opposed the current health care reform bill because of its inclusion of public funding for abortion, these Catholic organizations are providing “official” Catholic support for the bill. This duplicity should surprise no one. In 2008, these so-called Catholic organizations encouraged Catholics to elect...
  • Groups want FCC to police hate speech on talk radio, cable news networks

    06/01/2010 4:59:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 106 replies · 1,525+ views
    the hill ^ | 6/1/10 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being urged to monitor "hate speech" on talk radio and cable broadcast networks. A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a letter to the FCC that the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news. The groups also charge that syndicated radio and cable television programs "masquerading as news" use hate as a profit model.
  • H1N1 Priority Target Groups

    11/14/2009 5:30:33 AM PST · by gridlock · 37 replies · 1,660+ views
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website ^ | 11/14/09 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a panel made up of medical and public health experts, met July 29, 2009, to make recommendations on who should receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine While some issues are still unknown, such as how severe the flu season, the ACIP considered several factors, including current disease patterns, populations most at-risk for severe illness based on current trends in illness, hospitalizations and deaths, how much vaccine is expected to be available, and the timing of vaccine availability. The groups recommended to receive the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine include: Pregnant Women because they are at...
  • Nations finish global treaty on illegal fishing-UN (Environmental groups treaty)

    09/01/2009 6:43:30 PM PDT · by Americaneedsyoou · 3 replies · 269+ views
    alertnet.org/thenews ^ | 09/01/09 | Daniel Flynn
    Nations finish global treaty on illegal fishing-UN 01 Sep 2009 12:22:40 GMT Source: Reuters ROME, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A group of 91 countries have finalised the first global treaty to fight illegal fishing, seeking to shut ports to rogue vessels plundering the seas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Tuesday. Environmental groups estimate that one-fifth of all fish landed are from illegal, unregulated or unreported (IUU) fishing boats, dealing a heavy blow to developing countries in Africa and Asia which rely on the seas for valuable income. "IUU fishing damages the productivity of fisheries -- or leads...
  • Fear for Obama's Safety Grows as Hate Groups Thrive

    08/14/2009 9:26:46 AM PDT · by reader25 · 214 replies · 8,052+ views
    ABC news ^ | August 14, 2009 | BRIAN ROSS, ANNA SCHECTER and MEGAN CHUCHMACH
    Experts who track hate groups across the U.S. are growing increasingly concerned over violent rhetoric targeted at President Obama, especially as the debate over health care intensifies and a pattern of threats emerges.
  • Drug groups to reap swine-flu billions

    07/21/2009 7:00:20 AM PDT · by Scythian · 5 replies · 250+ views
    FT.COM ^ | July 20 2009 | Andrew Jack
    Some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies are reaping billions of dollars in extra revenue amid global concern about the spread of swine flu. Analysts expect to see a boost in sales from GlaxoSmithKline, Roche and Sanofi-Aventis when the companies report first-half earnings lifted by government contracts for flu vaccines and antiviral medicines.
  • America Supports You: Groups’ Gathering at Pentagon Shows America’s Support

    05/16/2008 6:05:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 119+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2008 – For the 38 grassroots groups who took up a temporary home in the Pentagon’s center courtyard today, the mission was clear: show support for the troops and share information about just how they do that. Tennessee's Helping Hearts table at the America Supports You Salute to Our Military Men and Women concert May 16, 2008, was staffed by the group’s pageant winners. From left, Paige Wilson, 12, 2007 Ms. Tennessee Helping Hearts; Shay Salmon, 16, 2008 Tennessee Helping Hearts Queen runner up; Amanda Britt, 18, 2008 Ms. Tennessee Helping Hearts; and Summer Salmon, 14,...
  • Conservatives with a Black Eye may Win Anyway!

    05/14/2008 4:54:28 PM PDT · by Bowtie52 · 7 replies · 154+ views
    5/13/08 | Bowtie52
    Barak Obama touts one form of Socialism after another and has the nerve to call it change. Hillary, already known for being a Socialist as well as a bald faced liar is simply annoyed that her chances of making the grade are slipping away. In all her campaign contributions, she has yet to garner enough money to give back the silverware she ripped off when she was in the White House. This is the Democrat’s idea of change. It’s time to face reality. What is really the Republican’s idea of change? The hand wringing over the lack of a genuine...
  • Coalition Forces capture suspected Iranian-trained Special Groups criminals

    04/20/2008 11:27:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 29 replies · 74+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces captured a suspected Iranian-trained Special Groups commander and three other suspected criminals Sunday during operations in the Kadamiyah district of Baghdad. The targeted individual allegedly conducted attacks against Iraqi security and Coalition forces and was involved in extra-judicial killings in Baghdad. Reports also indicate the wanted individual was an associate of several senior-level criminal element leaders involved in attacks on Coalition forces. Intelligence led Coalition forces to the targeted individual’s location. En route, Coalition forces came under attack by small arms fire from unknown assailants. After arriving at the targeted individual’s location, Coalition forces came...
  • "Pro-Gun" Group Endorses Most Anti-Gun Candidate

    04/19/2008 8:08:01 AM PDT · by epow · 23 replies · 121+ views
    NRAILA ^ | 4/18/08 | staff
    Friday, April 18, 2008 As this unusual campaign season has unfolded, we’ve seen the candidates ratcheting up their politically expedient rhetoric in an attempt to distinguish themselves as the “candidate of choice” for every constituency, while testing the far reaches of credibility in the process. We’ve heard blatantly anti-gun politicians claim to be supportive of the Second Amendment. We’ve seen hypocrisy, and we’ve heard double-speak and insults to our intelligence. When it comes to campaign rhetoric on the Second Amendment, we’ve seen a change in the way many anti-gun politicians campaign. Rather than talk openly about their desire to ban...
  • Extremists target aid groups in Pakistan (authorities appear incapable or unwilling to stop them)

    03/18/2008 11:27:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 265+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/18/08 | Kathy Gannon - ap
    MANSEHRA, Pakistan - Long-haired gunmen burst into the white stone building and killed four charity workers helping earthquake victims, then wrecked the office with grenades and set it on fire. Police came, but did not intervene. In a tactic reminiscent of neighboring Afghanistan, Islamic militants are attacking aid groups in the Pakistan's volatile northwest, and local authorities appear incapable — or unwilling — to stop them. The threat has forced several foreign agencies to scale back assistance to survivors of the October 2005 earthquake that killed at least 78,000 people and left 3 million homeless — risking the region's recovery...
  • Outside groups help Obama's bid (San Francisco-based groups , Vote Hope and PowerPac.org)

    01/25/2008 5:56:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 56+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/08 | Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama, who criticized big spending by outside groups that boosted his rivals in Iowa and New Hampshire, is getting some help of his own these days as the campaign moves on to delegate-rich Feb. 5 contests. Two related San Francisco-based groups headed by an Obama supporter are running ads and mobilizing voters in California and a handful of other Feb. 5 states, aiming to build support for Obama among black voters and young people. Vote Hope and PowerPac.org, founded by San Francisco lawyer Steven Phillips, have reported spending about $350,000 on Obama's behalf. Of that, $245,000 was...
  • Interest Groups Gain In Election Cash Quest

    12/19/2007 4:54:04 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 50+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 19 December 2007 | BRODY MULLINS
    Political groups unaffiliated with the two major parties account for an increasingly large share of spending on federal campaigns -- 19% of the total in 2006, up from just 7% in 2000, according to an analysis of campaign-finance data by The Wall Street Journal. They now are horning in on crucial campaign activities once dominated by the parties, such as buying ads and getting out the vote. ...Over the past four years, the national Democratic and Republican parties have raised and spent less on elections than during the prior four years, when adjusted for inflation. At the same time, independent...
  • America Supports You: Groups Team Up to Entertain Military Kids

    10/15/2007 4:30:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2007 – Children of servicemembers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here have a new recreation option thanks to the team effort of three nonprofit groups and a defense contractor. The Yellow Ribbon Fund dedicated a playground at Walter Reed’s Mologne House yesterday. The facility was constructed primarily for children staying at the residential facility for recovering servicemembers and their families. “This playground fills a longstanding need for children staying at our facility who, until now, had very limited recreational opportunities,” said Peter Anderson, Mologne House’s general manager. “We are extremely grateful to the Yellow...
  • Groups target GOP lawmakers for override

    10/09/2007 7:27:50 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 5 replies · 228+ views
    newsone ^ | 10/09/07 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON - Several labor unions and advocacy groups are targeting about three dozen Republican lawmakers in a $1 million lobbying campaign aimed at turning enough votes to override President Bush‘s veto and expand a children‘s health insurance program. To override Bush‘s veto of a $35 billion expansion in the State Children‘s Health Insurance Program, about 15 Republicans and eight Democratic lawmakers in the House would have to change their previous votes on the issue. Even Democratic leaders say that the prospects for an override are unlikely. Leading the campaign are groups such as MoveOn.Org and labor unions such as the...
  • Bush Hails Military Support Groups at White House Gathering

    09/18/2007 4:57:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 551+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2007 – President Bush praised contributions made by military support groups and veterans organizations at a morning gathering on the White House’s South Lawn today. “I want to thank the service organizations and those who have come together to support our families and our troops,” said Bush, who was accompanied by first lady Laura Bush and a group of senior administration officials that included Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson, Army Secretary Pete Geren, Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter, and Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright. The Veterans...
  • CA: Groups clash over illegal immigration at SoCal church (Sanctuary: Adios,Elvira. Howdy,Liliana!)

    09/17/2007 10:28:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 272+ views
    ap on Daily Comet ^ | 9/17/07 | AP
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Dozens of anti-illegal immigration activists faced off against immigrant-rights backers at a rally outside a church where an illegal immigrant is being sheltered with her U.S.-born infant son. One immigrant-rights advocate was injured with a chemical spray during Sunday's confrontation at the United Church of Christ, officials said. Members of the anti-illegal immigration group Save Our State, which organized the rally that drew about 120 protesters and counter-protesters, said they had hoped to make a citizen's arrest of the woman, who has identified herself only as Liliana. Liliana is living in the church's former parsonage as part...
  • America Supports You: Servicemembers are Group’s Driving Force

    07/20/2007 5:12:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 92+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, July 20, 2007 – What began as a shared love of German cars has morphed through friendship into a passion to honor, educate and entertain servicemembers, Operation Wheels of Freedom’s program director said. Military children receive large-scale Hot Wheels toy cars during an Operation Wheels of Freedom event to honor, entertain and educate servicemembers. Mattel, one of the group’s sponsors, has provided thousands of the toys. Operation Wheels of Freedom courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “We are a group of committed car guys who want to do our part to say thanks to the...
  • Immigration groups ponder next move

    05/04/2007 1:24:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 546+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/4/07 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Immigration advocates are struggling to frame images of this week's clash between police and protesters in a way that promotes their cause, with some activists considering using the event to attract supporters. Some advocates believe the police action against mostly peaceful demonstrators could add urgency to efforts to create a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. But others worry the reform movement could be blamed for the melee and that immigrants will be afraid to participate in future demonstrations. "These kinds of situations, if they are framed properly, can be a powerful...
  • America Supports You: Pentagon Honors Groups for Troop Support

    03/15/2007 4:32:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 142+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2007 – The Defense Department recognized a troop-support group and a corporation here today for their teamwork in supporting the nation’s servicemembers. Jeanette Cram, founder of Treat the Troops, an America Supports You home-front group, and DuPont Teflon received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Dorrance Smith presented both a medal and a copy of the citation describing their accomplishments. America Supports You is a DoD program that highlights and facilitates support for the nation’s men and...
  • America Supports You: Defense Secretary Lauds Troop-Support Groups

    12/13/2006 6:04:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 196+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Carmen L. Burgess
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2006 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today thanked members of the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program for their unwavering support to the men and women of the armed forces. “Hero Hugs” founder Bailey Reese meets with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld following the secretary’s remarks at the America Supports You Summit at the Pentagon, Dec. 13. Reese has sent more than 16,000 care packages to troops through her child-run organization based in Niceville, Fla. Photo by Carmen L. Burgess  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. America Supports You highlights support for U.S. servicemembers and...