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Bills I'm Watching & Researching & Why

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These are the bills that I am currently either watching or researching and available information I have on each:


I was alerted to HR 2647 by an email I received on July 8:

“This is the scariest thing I’ve ever seen. Pay close attention to the wording especially anything that says “as determined by the Attorney General”. Also the bottom section regarding online activity. Folks if this passes, no one that’s attended a tea party or 9.12 project or even participated online in regards to them would be eligible for the military. Nor would they be retained in the military if already serving. Basically it could include anyone “as determined by the Attorney General”. This is a takeover.

H.R. 2647 has already passed the house and this was amended to it. I don’t know when Congress will be voting on it but if anyone else does please let everyone know.”


SEC. 524. PROHIBITION ON RECRUITMENT, ENLISTMENT, OR RETENTION OF PERSONS ASSOCIATED OR AFFILIATED WITH GROUPS ASSOCIATED WITH HATE-RELATED VIOLENCE AGAINST GROUPS OR PERSONS OR THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.

Section 504 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(c) Persons Associated or Affiliated With Hate Groups-

‘(1) PROHIBITION- A person associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States Government, as determined by the Attorney General, may not be recruited, enlisted, or retained in the armed forces.

‘(2) DEFINITION OF HATE GROUP- In this subsection, the terms ‘group associated with hate-related violence’ or ‘hate group’ mean the following:

‘(A) Groups or organizations that espouse or engage in acts of violence against other groups or minorities based on ideals of hate, ethnic supremacies, white supremacies, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, or other bigotry ideologies.

‘(B) Groups or organizations engaged in criminal gang activity including drug and weapons trafficking and smuggling.

‘(C) Groups or organizations that espouse an intention or expectation of armed revolutionary activity against the United States Government, or the violent overthrow of the United States Government.

‘(D) Groups or organizations that espouse an intention or expectation of armed activity in a ‘race war’.

‘(E) Groups or organizations that encourage members to join the armed forces in order to obtain military training to be used for acts of violence against minorities, other groups, or the United States Government.

‘(F) Groups or organizations that espouse violence based on race, creed, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

‘(G) Other groups or organizations that are determined by the Attorney General to be of a violent, extremist nature.

‘(3) EVIDENCE OF ASSOCIATION OR AFFILIATION WITH HATE GROUP- The following shall constitute evidence that a person is associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence:

‘(A) Individuals possessing tattoos or other body markings indicating association or affiliation with a hate group.

‘(B) Individuals known to have attended meetings, rallies, conferences, or other activities sponsored by a hate group.

‘(C) Individuals known to be involved in online activities with a hate group, including being engaged in online discussion groups or blog or other postings that support, encourage, or affirm the group’s extremist or violent views and goals.

‘(D) Individuals who are known to have in their possession photographs, written testimonials (including diaries or journals), propaganda, or other materials indicating involvement or affiliation with a hate group. Such materials can include photographs, written materials relating to or referring to extreme hatred that are clearly not of an academic nature, possession of objects that venerate or glorify hate-inspired violence, and related materials, as determined by the Attorney General.

‘(E) Individuals espousing the intent to acquire military training for the purpose of using such training towards committing acts of violence of a purpose not affiliated with the armed forces.


Click HERE for PDF via THOMAS

Click HERE for THOMAS XML Version

Audit, then End the Fed! Need I say more?

Yes, perhaps I should. I’ll add some updated information here shortly.



The PASS ACT, S. 1261


This is an EMERGENCY ACTION ALERT to stop S.1261, The Pass Act which is worse than Real ID. We need to contact all the members of the Senate Committee for Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to kill this before it gets to the Senate floor.

Tell them:

1. We are opposed to Real ID and the PASS Act
2. We are opposed to being enrolled in a Biometric Identification System
3. We don’t want Social Security Numbers in our DMV databases
4. No RFID chips in our Driver’s Licences
5. No federal intervention with the issuance of our State driver’s licenses
6. We are not willing to trade our freedom for security.

All of these actions are unconstitutional and a direct attack on our civil liberties and our unalienable rights.

This ID is a GLOBAL BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (see this video for more details: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kE8xDMokpM ) and is a direct attack on our national security.

This will take you 16 minutes (one minute for each committee member) see their contact info:

Sen. Joe Leiberman, DC voicemail: 202-224-404,
fax: 202-224-9750, CT: 800-225-5605 Committe Chair

Sen. Susan Collins, DC phone: 202-224-2523, fax 202-224-2693 Maine numbers

Sen. Daniel Akatta, DC phone: 202-224-6361, fax 202-224-2126,
HI: 808-522-8970 Bill SPONSOR

Sen. Michael Bennet, DC phone 202-224-5852, fax: 202-224-5036, Colorado numbers

Sen. Roland Burris, DC phone 202-224-2854 , fax: 202-228-3333, Illinois numbers

Sen. Thomas Carper, DC phone: 202-224-2441,
fax: 202-228-2190, Delaware numbers

Sen. Thomas Coburn, DC phone: 202-224-5754, fax: 202-224-6008, Oklahoma numbers

Sen. John Ensign, DC phone: 202-224-6244, fax: 202-228-2193, Nevada numbers

Sen. Lindsey Graham, DC phone: 202-224-5972, Fax: none listed, So. Carolina numbers

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, DC voicemail: 202-224-5824,
fax: 202-224-9735, Louisiana numbers

Sen. Carl Levin, DC phone: 202-224-6221, fax: 202-224-1388, Michigan numbers

Sen. John McCain, DC phone: 202-224-2235, fax: 202-228-2862, Arizona numbers

Sen. Claire McCaskill, DC phone: 202-224-6154, fax: 202-228-6326, Missouri numbers

Sen. Mark Pryor, DC phone: 202-224-2353, fax: 202-228-0908, Arkansas numbers

Sen. Jon Tester, DC phone: 202-224-2644, fax: 202-224-8594, Montana numbers

Sen. George Voinovich, DC phone: 202-224-3353, NO fax, Ohio numbers

If we do not do our part to protect freedom, Independence Day will be meaningless.

More information:

Campaign for Liberty Action Alert on PASS Act. Lots of information including videos.

OpEd News “Kill the Pass Act in Committee”

Employee Free Choice Act

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Clean Water Restoration Act


This explanation from Kristy of the Omaha 912 Project explains my interest in this bill:

“It would replace language in the regulatory act currently using “navigable waters” with “waters of the United States.” What this means is that “the government would essentially be able to regulate everything from standing water in floodplains to creeks that run behind business and residences,” according to an Environmental Leader report. This represents a complete takeover of private land and waterways by the federal government, a total assault on private property rights and a complete federalization of America’s land and water. “In a letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer and ranking member James Inhofe, the American Farm Bureau Federation said that the proposed law would “extend to all water — anywhere from farm ponds, to storm water retention basins, to roadside ditches, to desert washes, to streets and gutters, even to a puddle of rainwater,” stated the letter. “For the first time in the 36-year history of the act, activities that have no impact on actual rivers and lakes would be subject to full federal regulation.” If this bill becomes law, it will empower the federal government to seize private property on a whim, using similar powers that Communist China employed during Chairman Mao’s “great leap forward,” where landowners had their property violently confiscated and stolen by the government. If this bill passes the Senate, private property rights in the United States are effectively null and void and the federal government would legally have the power to bulldoze families from their homes as routinely happens in Communist China. Contact your senate reps to oppose this bill.”

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Suggested Actions on Cap & Trade H.R. 2454 / 2998

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**UPDATED July 7, 2009**
Quick Summary of Suggestions Included Here:
  • People are urged to contact their elected officials in Federal, State, and local office
  • Cite the responses to constituents from Congressmen and Senators
  • Contact members of the relevant committees in the Senate who will handle the bill
  • Try to get boots on the ground
Contacting Your Senator:
Options to look up contact information
Senator Contact LookupYou can find any Senator’s DC mailing address and telephone number, including a fill in message form on the U.S. Senate website.
Congress Contact InfoContacting the Congress for your US Senators and District House Rep. by address.
Vote SmartProject Vote Smart does a zip code search and displays your U.S. Senators, House Rep., governor, state legislators, and statewide elected officials like Treasurer.
Why contacting your state and local officials is important:
  • This bill directly supplants state and local laws in many, many ways.
  • Large financial burdens are placed on state and local governments
  • States, by way of the Governors and State legislators will deal with much of the fall out dictated by this bill
  • States and municipalities will be penalized for non-compliance
  • States, by way of the Governors and Legislatures need to, for once an for all, draw lines around how much more they will allow the Federal government to encroach on the sovereignty of their states
For some bullet points on how the bill encroaches on State and local governments, click HERE (link coming soon)
Making Contact With Elected Officials:
  • Find an event or meeting at which you could make personal contact with the elected official whom you’d like to discuss the bill. If so, have some information ready, such as THIS FLYER (link coming soon), which has bullet points, referenced to the bill that you can hand them.
  • The most effective is in person, directly with the official.
  • Second most effective is in person with the official’s staff.
  • Next most effective means are those that “make the most noise in their offices”, in the following order snail mail letter, fax, phone call, email.  Mailed letters are only effective if there is enough time to send them.
If you are using mail, we suggest including a pink slip, which you can read about HERE.
Another suggested action, proposed by Pat of Florida is to use points from letters written by Congressman who voted “NO” on Friday, such as this one from Rep. Vern Buchanan:

I wanted to let you know that today I voted against the bill, which would kill jobs, hurt the economy and raise energy costs for every family in America.

This flawed legislation would create a new bureaucracy to oversee the government’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is another government over-reach on the heels of unwarranted bailouts, reckless spending and spiraling debt.

By imposing tough new requirements and increased costs on manufacturers, the bill puts American companies at a competitive disadvantage with manufacturers in other countries like China, India and Mexico. The bill would drive jobs overseas as our country struggles to climb out of a deep recession.

The last thing we need in the midst of a deep recession is higher costs for consumers and small businesses.

The 1,200-page bill was still being rewritten hours before it was voted on by the House.

Washington is broken, and nowhere is this more evident than in the fact that complicated, far-reaching legislation was brought to the floor when no member could possibly have read it ahead of time.

Although the bill passed the House, I am hopeful it will be carefully reviewed and modified by the Senate in a bipartisan fashion.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of any assistance to you in the future.

Vern Buchanan
Crista Huff of Colorado made the follow excellent suggestions in her email newsletter:
Take additional action! Call your closest friend/relative on a fixed income, and talk to them about their food, energy & product prices going up.  Encourage them to contact their Congressman and Senators.  Google their Senators’ phone numbers first, so you’re ready to walk your loved one through this process.  These phone calls are very simple, but they can be intimidating to someone who’s never done this before.

Take even more action! Forward this to people on your email list who are motivated to make the calls: business people, scientists, conservative voters, workers from struggling companies and people on fixed incomes.