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*ACTION ALERT* Pink Slips for Senator Nelson

PINK SLIP Single

Included here:

  • Action Alert for TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 7
  • “Pink Slip Campaign” – including links to printables, contact information
  • Phone Calls

It appears that Senator Nelson, as always, is riding the fence on health care reform. His past history proves that he will wait until the last minute to commit to how he will vote, more often than not, voting for a repugnant piece of legislation.
Sen. Nelson is under tremendous pressure from the Left to vote for government-controlled health care.

It’s time to send a clear message to Senator Nelson that a “YES” vote on health care that means government is going further into health care is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

There are indications that Leftists in Congress are going to attempt to pass health care “reform” by stealth. (See links and an article at the bottom of this message.)

Many people in our group want to take action NOW on this stealth effort and specifically focus on Senator Nelson. They would like to personally deliver pink slips to Senator Nelson’s Lincoln office TOMORROW.
Pink slips are an idea that have been circulating for a while. We have our own version of these which were shown at the July 4 Tea Party at the Capitol in a large sign format and the forms were available at the sign-up tables.

They are intended to send a message to all politicians that they are to uphold and defend the Constitution or they will be voted out of office. They remind the office holder that failure to do so is a violation of the Constitution.

WHAT: Pink Slip Delivery
WHERE: Senator Nelson’s Lincoln Office
440 North 8th St. View Map
WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 3:30pm

We will meet at The Mill at the corner of 8th & P, map link HERE, and walk down to Senator Nelson’s office together.

There are two printable versions of the pinks – one for people who have pink paper and one for those who do not.
Just click on one of the document titles below to access the printable PDF.

Pink Slip for Pink Paper

Pink Slip for White Paper (has pink background)

There will be a supply of pink slips on site if you cannot print your own.

We suggest we all also mail a pink slip to Senator Nelson’s Washington, D.C. office since that is where he is currently working.

Washington, D.C.
720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE GROUP DELIVERY TOMORROW:

Print out your slip and mail it to Senator Nelson’s office.
Lincoln
440 North 8th Street
Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508

Omaha
7602 Pacific St.
Ste 205
Omaha, NE 68114

**PINK SLIP YARD SIGNS**

In addition to the PINK SLIP mailing and delivery effort, many of us would like to put a PINK SLIP sign in our yards.
We will be sending more information on putting in a group order on durable permanent signs, but in the meantime, we have come up with a couple of designs to make our own signs. Considering the amount of ink required, printing out multiple full sheets using pink ink is not feasible. If you plan to use the printouts, please plan accordingly.

Yard Sign POLITICIANS

Printable located here:

POLITICIANS Pink Slip Yard Sign Printable PDF

Yard Sign NELSON

Printable located here:

SENATOR NELSON Pink Slip Yard Sign Printable PDF

*Instructions for assembling and temporary “weatherproofing” these will be added HERE and on the NING site later this evening*

***This is NOT the end of the “Pink Slip Campaign”***

NOTE: Another message with general updates will be sent tomorrow or Thursday regarding sending pink slips to other politicians. These obviously have a broader application. Included will be a link to a service that you can pay to send pink slips to all members of Congress.

Phone calls:
Although it may seem fruitless to make calls, pro-government controlled health care proponents are putting on the pressure. We need to keep up the pressure on in the opposite direction – that means personal visits, letters, and phone calls.
I have been advised by many people including former Congressional staffers of the most effective way to place your call:

Call the office closest to you and the D.C. office and give your zip code and name. Simply state you want Senator Nelson to vote “No” on any health care legislation unless it gets government OUT.

Washington, D.C.
Tel: (202) 224-6551
Fax: (202) 228-0012

Lincoln
Tel: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753

Omaha
Tel: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725

Scottsbulf
Tel: (308) 631-7614

South Sioux City
Tel: (402) 209-3595

Kearney
Tel: (308) 293-5818

*** ADDITIONAL DETAILS – DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION ***

Current Status – *As usual, shifting by the minute* several wire stories indicate a potential delay in the vote, others that what has developed so far are very unpalatable additions to the bill. Here are links to a few wire stories from today and a full article that appeared very recently in Human Events:

CNN: Key Health Care Vote To Be Delayed Sources Say
Bloomberg: Deficit May Prove Obstacle for Senate Health Measure
NPR: Democrats Force Changes in Baccus Health Bill
New York Times: How Some Employees Could Lose Out Under Employer ‘Mandate’

Congress’s Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare
Brian Darling is director of U.S. Senate Relations at The Heritage Foundation.
First Appeared in Human Events
President Obama and liberals in Congress seems intent on passing comprehensive health care reform, even though polls suggest it is unpopular with the American people. And despite the potential political risks to moderate Democrats, the President and left-wing leadership in Congress are determined to pass the measure using a rare parliamentary procedure.
The Senate plans to attach Obamacare to a House-passed non-healthcare bill. Ironically, nobody knows what that legislation looks like, because it has not yet been written. Yet many members plan to rubber-stamp Obamacare without reading or understanding the bill.

The Senate Finance Committee worked furiously last week to mark up a “conceptual framework” of health care reform. The committee actually rejected an amendment by Sen. Jim Bunning (R.-Ky.) to mandate that the bill text and a final cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) be publicly available at least 72 hours before the Finance Committee votes on final passage.

The following four-step scenario describes one way liberals plan to work the rules in their favor to get Obamacare through the Senate:

Step 1: The Senate Finance Committee must first approve the marked-up version of Sen. Max Baucus’ (D.-Mont.) conceptual framework. Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) can say that two Senate Committees have passed a health care bill, which will allow him to take extraordinary steps to get the bill on the Senate floor.
During the mark-up last week, members had difficulty offering amendments and trying to make constructive changes [sic] because they lacked actual legislative text and Baucus made unilateral last minute changes. For example, the AP reported that “under pressure from fellow Democrats, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee decided to commit an additional $50 billion over a decade toward making insurance more affordable for working-class families.”

Step 2: Sen. Reid will take the final product of the Senate Finance Committee and merge it with the product of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which passed on a party-line vote in July.

Usually, a bill is voted out of committee, and then the Senate takes up the final product of the committee so that all 100 senators can have a hand in the process. With some help from the Obama administration, Reid will decide what aspects of the HELP and Finance Committee bills to keep.

Step 3: Now, Obamacare will be ready to hitch a ride on an unrelated bill from the House. Sen. Reid will move to proceed to H.R. 1586, a bill to impose a tax on bonuses received by certain TARP recipients. This bill was passed by the House in the wake of the AIG bonus controversy and is currently sitting on the Senate Legislative Calendar.

The move to proceed needs 60 votes to start debate. After the motion is approved, Sen. Reid will offer Obamacare as a complete substitute to the unrelated House-passed bill. This means that the entire healthcare reform effort will be included as an amendment to a TARP bill that has been collecting dust in the Senate for months.

Step 4: For this strategy to work, the proponents would need to hold together the liberal caucus of 58 Democrats (including Paul Kirk who was named last Thursday to replace Sen. Kennedy), and the two Independent senators (Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont). These members will have to all hold hands and vote against any filibuster. Once the Senate takes up the bill, only a simple majority of members will be needed for passage. It’s possible one of the endangered moderate Democrats, such as Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), could vote to stop a filibuster then vote against Obamacare so as not to offend angry constituents.

Once the Senate passes a bill and sends it to the House, all the House would have to do is pass the bill without changes and President Obama will be presented with his health care reform measure. If this plan does not work, the Senate and House leadership may go back to considering using reconciliation to pass the legislation.

Adopting this secret plan will not strike most Americans as a transparent, bipartisan, effective way to change how millions of Americans get their health care.


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G20 Pittsburgh Reports VERY TROUBLING On Many Levels

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Updated June 16, 2011.

Disturbing events in Pittsburgh, PA, on September 24 and 25, 2009.

(You can read a very quick-round up and see an extra video on S. Crosnoe’s R3 site)

Disturbing events, both official and unofficial.

Disturbing….on a number of levels.

As world leaders, including America’s, President Obama, cozied up and talked about a new “order” and a new era of cooperation on such matters as salary caps for bankers, events outside were nearly as disturbing but for different reasons. A very mixed crowd had gathered to protest the G20 Summit. Discussing the composition of that crowd actually presents yet other troubling issues.

Some of the protestors were people opposed to the rising tide of globalism, New World Order rhetoric, and decisions accompanying recent meetings of world leaders. Some of the protestors were people who are mightily confused about the meaning of some words in the English language.

And a good too many of these protestors were anarchists.

Recognizing that far too many words have been losing their meanings in the last couple of years, let me define some terms. One video I saw included a group of marchers carrying a banner stating:

“No More Bailouts, No More Capitalism”

A friend watching the video at the same time noted that what he and I would think of as corporatism, the marchers are calling capitalism. We can thank the likes of public education and Michael Moore for teaching young people that capitalism is evil.

I hope that these youngsters are just confused. Capitalism is a truly free market system, based on supply and demand, wherein businesses provide products and services desired by customers at prices determined by what the market will bear. Poorly operating businesses that don’t meet the needs of their customers at competitive prices, fail to adjust to changes, make big mistakes, or in some way, mismanage their business, go out of business. They don’t get bailed out by government.

Corporatism is an element of fascism. It exists when government either strong arms, seduces, or otherwise creates an environment where business has to get into bed with politicians or figure out how to game the system in order to continue to operate profitably. Corporatism is a highly perverse, insidious system. Government doesn’t totally take business over, but it is largely calling the shots. Like some bizarre lab experiment gone awry, all kinds of Frankenstein-like creatures result.

America has, unfortunately, become very corporatist. The worst problem with such a system, of course, is that government picks winners and losers. Think “green jobs” and “energy efficient” products, for instance, and what comes to mind is a recent example of winners chosen by government.

Confusion about corporatism versus true capitalism, is among but one of the disturbing trends I noted about the G20 protests. I said there were anarchists present. I am not the only one using that word. According to some, I have my own definition of anarchy, so lest there be confusion, I wish to be perfectly clear.

I define anarchists as those wishing to set the world on fire for the sheer sake of doing so. The words anarchist and anarchy have no positive definition in my view. Anarchy is the absence of government.

Reviewing history, I find the only periods that have existed during which there was no government at all always resulted in a period of chaos followed by tyranny on varying levels. The Dark Ages come to mind. When the Roman Empire totally collapsed, there was a vacuum. Little fiefdoms crept up all over and endless cycles of tyrants and despots playing literal king of the mountain for hundreds of years.  The whole period is called the Dark Ages because civilization was set back in every possible way. The absence of government plunged the world into darkness. Anyone thinking that it is possible for human beings to relate to one another in absence of any kind of government are fooling themselves -  at best.

So anarchists were present at the protest in Pittsburgh, and from all accounts, did their level best when the sun went down on Thursday, Sept. 24 to “tear the house down” in Pittsburgh. This creature-of-the-night crime spree by anarchists is not to be confused with the peaceful protests by day of many opposed to the Summit.

But what resulted was law enforcement on steroids. While the rest of us were monitoring the mountains of nonsense coming out of the rest of government, they were clearly making other plans.  Those whispers we’ve all heard about the military and law enforcement arms of government preparing for civil unrest and potential martial law seem to be more the mere rumor. And all that new technology and muscle seemed indiscriminately aimed at whoever was protesting, regardless of whether their activities were peaceful or not.

Law enforcement armed with crowd control measures to the teeth and clad head to tow in Storm Trooper-like riot gear, unleashed every tactic imaginable on the crowd both Thursday and Friday. Shields, batons, rubber bullets, and tear gas were used liberally along with the new LRAD sonic crowd control device. As shown in the republicmedia.tv video narrated by Sam Ettaro, police announced to the crowds that their gathering was in violation of the law.

*Note: You need to click the image to watch the video.

 

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I watched the Ettaro video with friends, one of whom pointed out that Sam’s mention of Communist China was casting aspersions on China. He had friends had lived in China for five years and had not seen anything like this. While somewhat amusing to ponder if true, that China would do less to protestors than American law enforcement, a lot of evidence exists that my friend was truly fooling himself. (Updated 6/16/11: My friend has since moved to China and lives in Beijing. I’ve seen numerous reports of protests around China, including one from the UK Guardian which reports suppression of protests, corruption, and even disappearances related to protests.)

Something I’d like to be crystal clear about – I don’t support the idea of anarchy in any way shape or form.

As noted, I don’t believe the word has a positive connotation. But I am very disturbed at the idea that in the United States of America, police could show up, announce a gathering illegal and disperse a crowd of citizens using rubber bullets, tear gas, and a sonic boom. I’m very disturbed the militarization of domestic police.

A group of three men, of the peaceful “restore the republic” variety reported on their Live Stream channel that the crowds they were part of were not violent. They fully acknowledged the troublesome vandalism carried out by anarchists on Thursday night but also described violent abuse of a peaceful crowd by police officers. I believe we have a very troubling and dangerous situation here that requires us all to pause.

On the one hand, we have anarchists, who would like nothing more than to set the world ablaze just for the sake of doing so. They have no respect whatsoever for the Constitution or civilized society. They are the people who will yell “fire!” in a crowded theater just for the sake of it. On the other hand we have equally dangerous law enforcement. Over-armed and over-reactive, this element threatens the civil liberties of peaceful citizens. They have gone and are going too far. The tension between these two sides seems headed for a collision course.

Add into the equation the New World Order world leaders, the mounting frustrations of the formerly silent majority, the Leftists clamoring for the nanny-state and I believe we have yet another unsustainable situation to deal with. How long can we go on with rising tensions?

As has become increasingly the case, one cannot turn to “mainstream media” for anything like reliable information. In a fairly comprehensive search of reportage available, the number of protestors (a common problem, media that is counting-impaired), the number of arrests, how peaceful or violent the protests overall, all varies wildly. I wish I could end on a cheery note, but I find it impossible right now.

I’ll end with a another video, which unfortunately does nothing to clear up questions, it only sparks more. A protestor from a crowd is snatched by four men in military uniforms and shoved into an unmarked car with civilian plates. This video is downright frustrating.  If you read the comments on YouTube accompanying it, there are things that just don’t add up. Such as the fact that the military uniforms are not…uniform.

Are those  men REALLY military? If so, that’s very bothersome.

If not, it is also REALLY bothersome. Are they provocateurs? If so, who for? Sophisticated anarchists, or agent provocateurs?

Staged video?

As noted, all of this is disturbing.

I’m having trouble sorting out what disturbs me the most…is it the President of my country tearing apart the notions of sovereignty and agreeing to salary caps, is it Storm Trooper like police, is it anarchists, the wild, wild disparity of media reports on these events, a gnawing sense that its impossible to get down to the truth, or that I even suspect my government of sending in agent provocateurs?