In Preparation for the Ground Game- True The Vote

Voices Empower just received the below information from the team at True the Vote. 

Democrats are teaching “voter suppression.” Earlier this month Van Jones, together with, ThinkProgress, and a host of others, hosted the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, DC. At the conference they offered a breakout session entitled “Voter Suppression in the 2012 Election: The Civil Rights Movement to Take Back the Right to Vote.” Several speakers made it a point to single out True the Vote for vilification. No, I’m not kidding. We’ve grown accustomed to outlandish schemes to attract new voters, but equating the fight against election fraud to disenfranchisement is a spin I can’t quite make sense of. Here are a couple of the factually false talking points they use against us: False Talking Point #1: Election fraud is an imaginary problem.The claim is that election fraud is a figment of the imagination, used to disenfranchise groups of voters. They couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s just a sample of what we’ve seen in recent election cycles – InWisconsin, more than 30,000 voter registrations were questioned after it was learned ACORN used felons as registration workers. In Pennsylvania, more than 57,000 registrations were thrown out due to falsification of information, and in Florida there were questions about how 30,000 felons were registered to vote. And just yesterday, an Indiana official resigned over the revelation of hundreds of fraudulent petition signatures that ultimately put Barack Obama on the ballot. Fraud is a problem – and it’s only getting worse.

Fact: Citizens must engage in the support and defense of our electoral process.

True the Vote is a group of concerned citizens from all walks of life, whose political affiliations include Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. We are focused on restoring integrity to our election processes. We are training and mobilizing thousands upon thousands of citizens to volunteer as poll monitors in all 50 states; we are making a difference and you can be a part of it. Every dollar you contribute goes directly towards covering the costs of True the Votetraining programs and ongoing support, soplease help us by following this link right now to make the most generous contribution you can afford.

False Talking Point #2: Voter ID laws depress turnout.

Opponents of Voter ID laws make outrageous claims of voter disenfranchisement. They are are quick to cry that low-income, minority and elderly voters might be prevented from voting if they have no personal identification, causing overall turnout to be depressed.

Fact: Voter turnout increases in states that have implemented voter ID laws. 

As of today, six states (Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Texas) require individuals to produce a photograph identification card when they vote at their polling place on Election Day. In 2008, the first election in which Georgia had a voter ID law, turnout increased by 6.7%; Democratic turnout increased by 6.1%. During the same election, Indiana saw Democratic voter turnout increase by 8.3% compared to neighbor (and home of President Obama who was on the ballot) Illinois’ 4.4% increase.

The facts are clear. Our electoral system is under assault. With the potential for presidential primaries as early as December this year, we urgently need your support to train poll workers, especially in early voting states like New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Your immediate donation is critical to successfully implementing our programs in time for the 2012 elections. That’s why I’m asking you to follow this link to make a donation of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more right now.

If our elections are not truly fair, we are not truly free.

This is your chance to make a difference and ensure that every American enjoys the right to cast their ballot and have it counted.


Catherine Engelbrecht
President and Founder, True the Vote

P.S. Don’t be fooled—election fraud is a serious problem in America. That’s why True the Vote is working tirelessly to train and mobilize thousands of volunteer poll monitors in all 50 states ahead of the 2012 elections. With primary season almost here, we urgently need your support. Will you follow this link right now to make the most generous contribution you can afford and take a stand for election integrity?


“If our elections are not truly fair…we are not truly free.”


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Let’s Be Honest About Gov. Perry

I hope you find relavant the latest article on Voices 

By Donna Garner photos by Alice Linahan

Right now is the vetting season in politics. This is the time for us to make sure that our country does not make the same mistake twice in voting for a President who has not been properly vetted.

We citizens are doing the right thing to look at each candidate’s background, voting records, policies, preferences, philosophy of life, and personal positions on important issues. Then after taking a truthful look at a candidate’s full profile, we can make our decision as to whether we believe he or she would make a good President.

Those who are criticizing researchers who are uncovering the facts behind various candidates are actually repeating the same mistake that occurred when researchers tried to educate the public about Obama and his disastrous positions during the run-up to his Presidential election.

Those researchers were vilified; and the American people were so star-struck by Obama (who has turned out to be the essence of the “Manchurian candidate) that they voted with their emotions instead of with logical, informed reasoning. The United States is now having to live out the disastrous consequences of that wrongful, emotion-based decision at the ballot box.

Voting blind is not a smart thing. It is like throwing dice and hoping the right numbers come up.

I have grown concerned as of late about the blind acceptance that some people want to direct toward Gov. Rick Perry and his record.  Because I published an article that told the “good and the bad” about Gov. Perry (11 positives and 11 negatives), I have been criticized by people on my side of the aisle who have said that my efforts will end up helping Obama get re-elected.

I presented 11 positives about Gov. Perry knowing that the liberal news media certainly would not focus on his good points, and Gov. Perry definitely does have some strong attributes.

However, Gov. Perry also has some weaknesses; but what does our side have to hide?  If we really have the best candidate in Gov. Perry, then what have we to hide about his record?  If Gov. Perry is the best person for the Republican nomination, that is great; but we who live inTexas and know certain facts about him (both positive and negative) have the right and the responsibility to share this information with the rest of the country.

Again, we need to remember that this is the vetting season; and our goal must be to put forth the very best candidate possible to defeat Obama. What we do not want is for our candidate to “flame out” in the last couple of weeks leading up to the November 2012 election because at the last minute, voters find out unfavorable information about our Republican candidate.

We also do not want to support a Republican nominee for whom we feel no “fire in the belly.”  To overcome Obama’s series of overreaching decisions that are meant to build up his voter base (e.g., his obvious catering to labor unions and the LGBT community, his recent decision to grant “amnesty” to illegals — all of whom are sure to flood the ballot boxes in the Nov. 2012 election) and to overcome the cheating by the Democrats that is sure to occur at the polls, our side is going to have to produce twice as many votes for our candidate than are technically needed to win.

We Republicans must feel “fire in the belly” for our candidate so that we will get out and walk the blocks and get every possible voter to go to the polls with us.  We have to produce a huge groundswell of support for our candidate. We must not choose another limp candidate such as John McCain for whom many in this country felt no connection and no real passion.

The time to lay out the truth is right now, and we are not being disloyal to the Republicans, conservatives, and independent voters by making sure that fact-based information is shared across the country with the voting public.


Photo Courtesy of Ray Myers, Kaufman County Tea Party


FACT — ISSUE #1:  Gov. Perry did sign HB 1403 in June 2001 (after having been passed by the Texas Legislature).  HB 1403, referred to as Texas’ version of the DREAM Act, allows illegal immigrant students who want to attend Texas colleges/universities to pay in-state tuition rates if they will first sign an affidavit promising that they will apply to become permanent residents as soon as they are eligible.

The catch is that no agency or organization was designated in HB 1403 to follow up and make sure the affidavits and the promised actions are taken by the illegals.

When pressed about the lack of follow-up on the affidavit provision, Gov. Perry said the Texas Education Agency does the follow up.  However, Suzanne Marchman, a spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency, said the TEA oversees K-12 public education and has no authority to audit colleges and universities to make sure the illegals are following through with the provisions of HB 1403.

Spokespersons from the two largest universities in Texas — Texas A&M University and TheUniversity of Texas – both said that they have no designated authority to verify the affidavit mandates.

Allowing these illegals to pay in-state tuition rather than out-of-state tuition is a huge savings for them: The base tuition set by Texas statute is $50 per semester credit hour for in-state tuition at four-year universities and $327 per semester credit hour for out-of-state residents. ( Texas colleges/universities are allowed to set their own tuition rates in addition to the state statute amounts.)

Not only do illegals get to pay the lower in-state rates, but their admittance can deny enrollment seats for legal residents.

As Republican State Rep. Debbie Riddle told the Houston Chronicle on 1.12.07, “What we are doing is grossly unfair to people who are here legally…It gets down to the question: Are we going to continue rewarding people who cut to the front of the line and are not here legally.”


FACT– ISSUE #2:  Gov. Rick Perry told a child questioner in New Hampshire on 8.18.11 that Texas public schools teach creationism alongside evolution.


Nowhere in our new-and-improved Science standards (TEKS) that were passed by our elected Texas State Board of Education in March 2009 is the word “creationism” or “Intelligent Design” used.

What the Science TEKS do say is this:  “In all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations so as to encourage critical thinking by the students.”

After Gov. Perry’s gaff this week, his spokesperson, Catherine Frazier, clarified what he should have said:

Creationism could be discussed in the classroom as students are taught about evolution. It is required that students evaluate and analyze the theory of evolution, and creationism very likely comes up in that process…Teachers are also permitted to discuss it with students in that context. Schools are also allowed to teach biblical history as an elective and creationism is part of that teaching, too.


The Good and the Bad About Gov. Perry” By Donna Garner

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The Tea Party Revolution – Texas Style

The Texas Tea Party Revolution
 For State Rep. Wayne Christian 
Remember the Alamo March 6, 1836
Now Remember January 10, 2011
Wayne Christian Was There!
By Ray Myers, Coordinator Kaufman County Tea Party
If you have not come to the realization that we are in middle of a battle for the heart of theConservative Movement in Texas and America—you need to wake up.  What you may not realize is, Joe Straus has just fired a direct shot at the Heart of our Grass Roots movement.
He is trying to give us a fatal blow by taking out “Our “Conservative leader in the Texas Legislature.
This is an absolute mission for Straus.
“He hates the ground that we walk on and, it is obvious why Wayne Christian is the Target!”
Wayne is the leader of the Conservative Coalition—the only Rep. to get 100% rating.
Straus cannot stand this. Straus blames all of his problems on “Us,” — the T Party Activist and his strategy to come after “us”– through Wayne.  Now the picture is crystal clear. “He is going after our General!”
It has been expressed by those with authority that Straus had moved Christian out of his financial base. This is by design. We must help Wayne with Boots on the Ground and help him financially.
To that end we are designing the, “Texas Tea Party Revolution for Wayne!” We cannot let the enemy take our General out.  We are asking for a donation of $18.36 – the year of the Alamo and San Jacinto.
If we can get enough Texans to join our mission, “We will win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Join the Texas T-Party, Boots on the Ground and send $18.36 to Wayne Christian for Texas. Just Click on the photo below.
In addition, please go to the following link now read the open letter of support for State Rep. Wayne Christian and
” If you love freedom, let our voices be heard. We will be silent,” No More!” – Ray Myers    
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GOP Candidate for US Senate in Texas

Arena TV presents GOP Candidates for US Senate

Check out Four Candidates vying to fill the Senate seat Kay Bailey Hutchinson will be leaving behind.

Just go to this link Arena TV Texas   and click on link to the right

They provide a side by side comparison of some of those who have declared they are running for Hutchinson’s Senate seat.
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The Response “Thoughts on Prayer Rally in Reliant Stadium with Rick Perry

By Donna Garner

I did not know beforehand whether or not politicians would turn the prayer rally in Reliant Stadium  into a political event, but we all know now that they certainly did not.

Gov. Perry participated with a non-political address in which he read Joel 2:12-17, Isaiah 40:28-31, and Ephesians 3:14-21; and then he prayed Everything else that occurred over those seven and a half hours was in the hands of the event planners who led genuine praise, worship, and a call for repentance.

The sincere worship of the participants was evident not only to those in Reliant Stadium but to the 80,000+ of us who worshiped through the live streaming of the event.

How could anyone doubt the sincerity of those who spent seven and a half hours asking the Lord to have mercy upon our nation, to comfort the families of our 30 soldiers whose helicopter was  brought down by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and to give hope to those who have lost hope.

Photo Courtesy of Mark Ramsey

According to the Texas Rangers who counted the participants, more than 40,000 were in attendance. If you doubt their count, then your eyes should confirm the number:

I do not know Gov. Perry’s heart, but I do know that all of us in times of trouble need to turn to Almighty God.  That is what occurred yesterday in Reliant Stadium and all around the country as many in our nation have finally come to the place where we realize we cannot solve our problems without Him.  The Lord is our sure and certain Source.

May God be merciful upon us all.

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Save the Date: Monday August 8th – Kevin Jackson will be in Ft. Worth and the Ft. Worth 912 are proud to bring you a Dynamic and Funny Author & Speaker Kevin Jackson and his good friend ESPN Commentator Craig James along with Alice Linahan of Voices Empower for a night of knowledge and fun. Seating is Free!

Kevin Jackson
Kevin Jackson

Kevin is a extraordinarily funny speaker who is a true patriot. Kevin has written extensively on political and social issues, and appears regularly on national news programs and at conservative events.  He is author of the book  The BIG Black Lie: How I Learned The Truth About The Democrat Party  .  Read more about Kevin on his website The Black Sphere and through his articles published in the  The American Thinker.

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Kevin Jackson Reacts to SEIU Racism from The Black Sphere on Vimeo.

Craig James

From the ESPN Media Zone…….In 2007, James became the Thursday night college football analyst for ESPN. A standout college and professional football running back, James returned to ESPN in 2003 as a game analyst for select ESPN and ESPN2 college football telecasts. He was previously with the network as a studio analyst on College GameDay and College Football Scoreboard from 1991 to 1996.As a player at SMU, James teamed in the backfield with Eric Dickerson to form the famed “Pony Express.” He was named First-Team All-Southwest Conference from 1980-83 and played for the USFL’s Washington Federals (1983-84) and NFL’s New England Patriots (1984-88). With New England, James was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and was voted New England’s Most Valuable Player and NFL Offensive Player of the Year by The Vince Lombardi Committee in 1985. James was a starter in the 1986 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XX.

Alice Linahan

Also speaking- Alice Linahan from Voices Empower   As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country. Now Alice has launched Voices Empower. She is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques together with going into communities to find the real stories on the ground. Alice builds coalitions to create content and get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans.

Where: Elks Lodge Fort Worth, TX No. 124 3233 White Settlement Rd, Ft. Worth, TX 76107-1228

When: Monday August 8th

Time: 6 pm Mingle with Kevin, Craig and Alice – 6:30 pm Show Time

Bring notepad and Pen – Alice will share the latest and greatest on how to be a Conservative Information Pusher!!

To Schedule a Boots on The Ground New Media Workshop With Alice Linahan for your Grassroots Group or Tea Party. Email

Boots on the Ground Workshops – The Power of Compounding Activists

The Grassroots Boots on the Ground workshop provides the roadmap for building a communications team to utilize the new media tools of blogs, online videos, photos, podcasts, bulletin boards, social networks and other social media related websites to aggregate and disseminate the stories and information that people in your local area need to know about.

We provide an effective educational program for real people to flip the funnel of how information is disseminated.

The Challenge………

How do we take information from inside out to the people so they may be empowered with knowledge?

The Answer………

We create the environment for good content to be developed from the ground up. Next we teach your group or organization how to aggregate and disseminate information to reach the passive majority.

Based on the idea of the:

  • Passive Majority
  • Engaged Minority
  • Self-Empowered online Leader
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Gulen-Led Coup — Turkey Falls to Islamists



By Donna Garner

While most of us have been focused on the U. S. debt ceiling and the serious implications for the world’s financial markets, meanwhile another country has just fallen to the Islamists: Turkey. 

Turkey has been friendly toward the United States for many years, and one of our largest bases is in Incirlik, Turkey.  This base is essential to our operations in the Middle East. 

Islamist, Fethullah Gülen

This last Thursday (7.29.11) Reuters News Service and the British Broadcasting Company broke the news that the Islamic Prime Minister of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, had seized control of the government and the military when Turkey’s top four military commanders (secularists who have stood against Turkey becoming an Islamist state) resigned under pressure.   

These four commanders were in charge of the Turkish air, navy, and land forces.  Erdogan’s own choice for commander has now been put in charge of the Turkish military.   


During the two years leading up to last Thursday, Erdogan and his AKP party have put over 400 people on trial in hearings dominated by Erdogan-appointed judges, including 250 military personnel (almost 10% of their military senior commanders).  

More than 58 journalists have been detained without due process for speaking out about the Erdogan government.  

On 7.25.11, The Committee to Protect Journalists sent a letter to the Turkish Minister of Justice protesting the detainments. The letter specifically objected to the seizure by the Turkish police of a draft of Ahmet Şık’s unpublished book, The Imam’s Army, that details the influence of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen on the Turkish state.  

Turkish citizens believe the charges are trumped up in order to discredit those who believe in keeping Turkey a secularist (pro-American/pro-Israeli/pro-European) state.   


Erdogan is a follower of Fethullah Gulen.  Since Erdogan took over as Prime Minister in 2002, Gulen/Erdogan/AKP have allegedly orchestrated two trumped up plots called “Ergenekon” and “Sledgehammer.”  


The first reason that we Americans should be concerned about the Islamist coup in Turkey is that Turkey is a member of NATO; and on March 28, 2011, our own President, pro-Muslim Obama, placed our coalition military operations in Libya under NATO control.   

This means that our U. S. military personnel fighting under the NATO flag are partially controlled by Turkey which has now turned against America and Israel and is well on its way to becoming an Islamic state.  Turkey has the second-largest army in NATO.   


Our second reason for concern is that Fethullah Gulen lives in Pennsylvania, runs his $25 billion international network from there, and is tied to hundreds of Gulen charter schools right here in the  United States.  (Texas alone has 36 of these Gulen charter schools.)  

 Gulen plans to take America over in almost exactly the same way that he has taken Turkey over — through the indoctrination of our school children; and ironically, we taxpayers are paying for his Gulen charter schools.  


Who is behind Turkish Prime Minister Enrogan and the AKP?  Fethullah Gulen is an Islamist imam who is considered by many to be the “most dangerous man in the world.”  

As Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist now under arrest, was being dragged away to jail by the Turkish security forces, he yelled, “Whoever touches the Gulen movement gets burned!” 


Turkey’s ruling party is the AKP led by Prime Minister Erdogan.  He is a Muslim, believes in Sharia law, and is a follower of Fethullah Gulen.  

Erdogan was elected in 2003 and was recently re-elected in June 2011 because working in clandestine operations with the Gulenists, he has been able to control and coerce the Turkish masses through fear.  

Two of the basic tenets that Fethullah Gulen uses to indoctrinate his followers at an early age are (1) “taquiya” which is an Islam belief that permits them to lie to “infidels” (i.e., anyone who is not a Muslim), and (2) total secrecy — a belief that if a person never shares a secret, then he never has to worry about his secrets becoming known.  In fact, secrecy is an obsession for Gulenists.  In Pearls of Wisdom, Gulen explains, “The secret is your slave but you become its slave if you disclose it.”  

Dr. Aland Mizell, a leading Gulenist researcher, stated: 

What Gulenists want is total power and one-man rule; they want a status so that none could dare to object to them or to their leader, because they sincerely believe that Allah has chosen them to disseminate their brand of Turkish Islam to the world, and therefore that everything they do is right and without mistakes.


Prior to Gulen/AKP/Erdogan, Turkey was pro-America, pro-Israel, and pro-European. Turkey is one of 28 members of NATO but has the second-largest army.  

Now Gulen/AKP/Erdogan have formed close alliances with Russia, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria.  

Gulen has set the political agenda in Turkey using his followers in AKP. 

Gulen controls a worldwide, $25 billion network of media, financial institutions, associations, and foundations. 

Gulen is an Islamist imam who considers himself to be a prophet.  

His sermons indicate that he intends for Turkey and the entire world to become Islamist and to follow Sharia law. He wants to establish a caliph and the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire. Several years ago, Turkish television aired footage of Gulen saying: 

You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence until you reach all the power centers…You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it…The philosophy of our service is that  we open a house somewhere and, with the patience of a spider, we lay our web to wait for people to get caught in the web…

 In 1971, Gulen was arrested in Turkey for holding secret religious activities in which he ran illegal summer camps to indoctrinate youth.  

Gulen has groomed his image to make him look as if he is a “tolerant” Muslim, but he is actually a follower of Sa’id-I Nursi, the founder of the Islamist Nur (light) movement.  

Gulen/Nur intend for Islamists to take over the world and establish an Islamic caliphate that follows Sharia law. 

In 1998, Gulen escaped to America to avoid being questioned about his involvement to overthrow Turkey’s pro-American/pro-Israel government.   

Bill Clinton was President at the time.  Bill and Hillary Clinton and the CIA welcomed Gulen and promoted him as being an outstanding scholar who represented a peaceful, “secular” form of Islam. 

When President George W. Bush took office in January 2001 and America experienced the radical Muslim terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Bush administration (along with Karen Hughes who now promotes the Gulen charter schools) evidently wanted to appear to be “politically correct” and, therefore, fell for Gulen’s lies.   

Now the United States has a Muslim-friendly President in the White House who has appointed Dalia Mogahed as his Muslim advisor.  Mogahed is a Gulenist.   


Gulen lives in eastern Pennsylvania with 100 followers who guard him and tend to his needs.  His male followers try to blend into American society by wearing suits and ties, and they do not marry until age 50.  Their spouses are expected to dress in the Islamic manner as dictated by Gulen. 

Gulen runs his international network from Pennsylvania, and he and his next-in-command (Nurettin Veren) say they control 75% of the schools and universities in Turkey plus hundreds of schools in 110 countries worldwide. 

Gulenists have targeted children to indoctrinate them to become the ruling class of the Islamist, Turkish state.  Under Erdogan, textbooks have been changed, Islam has been emphasized, and thousands of imams have been placed into positions as teachers and administrators in the schools. 


In an interview in 2008, Veren said, “Children whom we educated in Turkey are now in the highest positions. There are governors, judges, military officers. There are ministers in the government. They consult Gulen before doing anything.”  

Gulenists have also taken over the 200,000 Turkish police force.  Veren said, “There are imam security directors; imams wearing police uniforms. Many police commissioners get their orders from imams.” 

Those in the police academies who were not Gulenists were dismissed, and the AKP promotes only those officers who are totally dedicated to Gulen. 

In 2008 Endogan ordered the arrests of the people who were speaking out against this Gulen takeover. 

Wiretapping by Gulenists has penetrated Turkey to the highest levels, and they have managed to restrist technology so that secretly recorded meetings of those opposed to Gulen/AKP/Erdogan have been made public.  

Turkish journalists have also had their wires tapped because the head of the police wiretapping unit is a Gulenist. 

Anti-AKP demonstrators have experienced violent police brutality, and private citizens who have spoken out about Erdogan/AKP have been abducted and brutalized.  


Traditionally, the Turkish military has been the guarantor of the Constitution; but now according to Veren (Gulen’s top man), the Gulenists have entrenched themselves within the military also.  Veren stated: 

The Fethullahist military officers were once our students, who we financially supported, educated, and assisted.  When these grateful children graduated and reached influential positions, they put themselves and their positions at the service of Fethullah Gulen…when Gulen students graduate from the police or military academies — as do the new doctors and lawyers — they present their first salaries to Fethullah Gulen as a gesture of their gratitude. 

Gulenists have also taken over the Turkish court system because Erdogan replaced thousands of judges and prosecutors with his own AKP/Gulen followers. Anybody applying for judgeships has to pass an AKP review. 

In years past, the Turkish media used to be relentless about exposing government corruption; but when Erdogan came to power in his first term, he filed “frivolous” lawsuits against 63 journalists in 16 publications.  This successfully dissuaded journalists’ from ferreting out corruption.  

During Erdogan’s ten year rule, his government has seized control of Sabah-ATV, which was Turkey’s second largest media group. Then Erdogan made his son-in-law the CEO of the group.  

Now nine of the leading TV, radio stations, and newspapers are all owned by AKP/Gulen. 

It is no wonder that Erdogan won re-election in June 2011 since he and the AKP controlled most of the media, the military, the security forces, and the courts. 


Homeland Security and the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Service tried to deny Gulen permanent residence in the Unites States.  In 2008 Gulen brought a lawsuit against Michael Chertoff of Homeland Security.  The Department contended that Gulen did not meet the definition of a person with “extraordinary ability in the field of education” but that he was actually a “leader of a large and influential religious and political movement with immense commercial holdings.”  The State tried to prove that the acclaim that Gulen touted was actually sponsored or financed by his own movement.  

Gulen evidently managed to “pay off” enough institutions and high-profile people to mount pressure to get his status reversed, and the 29 letters of reference that he filed with his motion came from theologians or Turkish political figures closely associated with his Gulenist movement.  The judge ruled in Gulen’s favor, and now he can stay in the United States permanently.  

Karen Hughes has close ties to the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation’s Harmony Schools here in Texas.


 In a bold move, the Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools have now branched out from their usual “math and science” venues into a brand new school to open soon in Austin, Texas.  

This new Gulen school will be called the Harmony School of Political Science.  This means that at taxpayers’ expense, Turkish teachers (many of whom are here on H-1 visas and are Muslims) will be teaching our students “American” history.  Can you imagine how these teachers who can hardly speak English and are fresh from Turkey will present such historically significant elements as the Holocaust, the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution?   

Yes, all teachers in Texas (including those in the Gulen schools) are to follow the state-approved curriculum requirements; but nothing constrains teachers from teaching those requirements with a particular political spin.  Since almost all of the terrorists who have declared jihad against Americans are Muslims, then it should make us very skeptical about having Muslim teachers teach our Texas students to love, respect, and appreciate America.   

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