Pat Caddell takes on Hugh Hewitt for Round 2 on Hannity tonight….

Gloves come on at 9:30 PM

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Hyatt Hotel in Richardson, Texas Enforces a Muslim-only Policy

As reported by the North Texas Tea Party

 

 

Dr. Tariq Ramadan speaking at ICNA fundraising- Dallas Chapter- July 27/2011

They didn’t want non-Muslims to see it; that attitude went into the garbage with the last of the ‘Whites Only’ signs half a century ago.

A couple of us decided to drop in to observe from afar (NOT to attend) a Sharia awareness event tonight at the Hyatt of Richardson.

As Reported by Jim Bright

Tariq Ramadan

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, Dr. Tariq Ramadan (previously banned from the U.S –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Ramadan), the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, the founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood, spoke at the Hyatt – North Dallas in Richardson, Texas.

The topic:  Dinners to Support Religious Freedom & Sharia Awareness
http://www.icna.org/dinner-to-support-religious-freedom-sharia-awareness/
Certainly the title of his “Dinner” conflicted with his former expulsion from the US, but curious, I decided to at least come out and observe what I can observe.  Arriving at the Hyatt at about 6:10, it was easy to spot the ballroom for the venue, and, seeing very few people in attendance, I took up a seat in the hallway some distance from the ballroom where I felt I could observe the event from a safe, and polite distance.
As I sat, and waited, and minded my own business, a few Muslims began to trickle in. Some in full traditional Muslim clothing, others appearing more Westernized.  Roughly eight or so other Richardson police officers also arrived (apparently this peace loving group was anticipating trouble).
As a few more minutes passed, I noticed an older gentleman with a US Marine Corps Veteran hat in the hall.  As my father was an Air Force Veteran, I struck up a conversation with him and his wife to help pass the time.
We spoke, quietly, and respectfully, about what we were seeing.  At this point I noticed two non-Arabic men, with tickets, entering the event.  No more than a few more moments had passed when a representative of the Hyatt came up to us and asked us to move to the lobby, away from the “party”.  He was rude, and firm.  Not in the way one would expect to be handled by staff at a world-class hotel.  Sadly, I did not get his name.  We asked why, and were told it was a private event (mind you, the private event was inside the ballroom, and we were quite some distance from it).  Surprised, we protested, but accomodated.  Obviously, we had been singled out for being white and not wearing Muslim clothing.
Once in the lobby, we saw the two men with tickets being escorted out.  They had been expelled from the “Dinner to Support Religious Freedom & Sharia Awareness” for being non-Muslim.  At this point, hotel management asked us to leave the property altogether.  Understanding that this is private property and they are well within their rights, I acknowledged that I would, but asked to speak to the hotel manager to voice my complaint.
She supported her staff and asked me to leave, at which point I asked for the name of the regional or district manager.  Next, a Jim Smith intercepted me and told me they could take my contact info, which I gave him, and he promised that person would get back to me.  They then had the police come over to escort us out of the building.
What does this group have to fear from a small handful of non-Muslims standing around, having a private conversation, several doors down from their party?  We had no protest signs, we were in no way disruptive, and we complied with all of their requests, yet the Hyatt, or the Muslims, felt the need to have the police escort us from the lobby?
I guess the Hyatt in Richardson tonight was a “Muslim Only Zone”

From Mike O

Last night, I’d spoken strongly to discourage any sort of protest of this event at a meeting of concerned conservatives and helped convinced them not to do so.  And I let them know that I would go to catch up with any stragglers that did show up to persuade them against anything confrontational that could prove to be counter-productive.  I have a history for playing the ‘peacemaker’ role at rallies.

The sin I committed tonight- from where I was seated across the lobby- was have Jim stop by long enough to tell me he had been booted.  That got me booted as well.  The police were polite about it,  but the hotel staff said nothing to me at all.

If you weren’t Muslim – or specifically had a room for the night, you were not welcome in the Hyatt of Richardson tonight, even well away from the area of the private event.  It sure put a damper on my desire to go have a drink at the bar and maybe dinner at the hotel after the event was well under way.

My only question was whether the hotel staff  had to pray 5 times to the east today to work their shifts.

The greatest irony is in the name of the event: “Dinner to Support Religious Freedom & Sharia Awareness“  (Uhh, aren’t Muslims already AWARE of Sharia??)

In case any of you want to comment on this with the hotel (though there might be better response from district manager types), here is the hotel’s web sitePLEASE be polite if you do contact them.

UPDATE: Another piece of irony: we had been concerned people might show up with inflammatory signs and the like.  If people HAD insisted on sign-waving outside the hotel, we had brought a couple for them to use. They said: “Here to Support the Freedoms of Expression, Religion, and Assembly: As Granted Under AMERICAN Law, NOT Sharia.

Also, from an email sent to us: “Yes, the hotel is private property.  However, the hotel is also a “place of public accommodation.”    This concept put an end to white only restaurants and, of course, white only hotels.”

What Non-Muslims Were Not Supposed to See

Even though two people with tickets were turned away for being ‘non-Muslim’, one can”t ALWAYS tell one’s religion based on skin color, ethnic background or native language spoken. (Many thanks to the individual involved; it adds to all of our understanding of Muslims).  The following tapes are of Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  (Here is Ramadon’s Wikipedia entry; read carefully on the court cases that initially revoked his visas here- and, after Obama’s election, was restored, setting a dangerous precedence for subverting consular decisions, which are often based on sources that cannot be revealed).

There is nothing completely earth-shattering here; certainly nothing warranting the outright rejection of non-Muslim ticket holders at the door.  However, the general tone is one not one of cultural assimilation (which he wrongly assumes inherently destroys one religion; just ask the tens of millions of Chinese Christians, or American Buddhists, or African-American Jews)  And, starting about 2:15 on the third video, listen to the ‘messaging’ on ‘Moderate Muslims’. Much of the rest is not super-spicy.  Ironically, he think the Tea Party wants to isolate Muslim; what most concerns many of us is the unwillingness by most Muslims to culturally assimilate. These tapes will hopefully help with all our understanding of the Muslim viewpoint- not all of which is negative.

Also, realize they knew several video cameras were running and couldn’t count on all of them friendly.  Feel free to discuss below, but keep it polite and reasoned, or deletions WILL occur.

PART 1

Part 2

PART 3

 

 

 

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POINT OF VIEW ANNOUNCES A NEW POINT OF VIEW!

I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to meet Kerby Anderson on several occasions and I can tell you that he is a man of wisdom and character. Times are changing and the new media platforms give those of us who are supportive of shows like “Point of View” the ability to share this great organization with our friends and those who follow news and information Voice Empower puts out.  It is with great joy that I pass on this Point of View Press Release.

America’s Oldest Live Christian Radio Talk Show Program

Relocates to New North Dallas Address 

Dallas, Texas – July 27, 2011 – After nearly 30 years in the same location, Executives for Point of View Ministries announced today that they have officially transitioned to a  North Dallas office location. The announcement stems from a long term commitment and plan to improve finances, reduce waste, and consolidate operations. While rental rates and overall expenses continue to rise, Point of View executives sought a modest location to move to that would provide basic comfort, safety, and security for its staff while strategically placing itself within reach of its constituency. 

Point of View has been in the same facility for decades,” stated Kerby Anderson, host of Point of View. “So we are excited to be in a new location with the ability to build a state-of-the-art studio so we can continue to broadcast into the 21st century.”

Point of View provides a reasonable conservative voice and insight on the current issues of the day, covering a broader range of topics in greater depth than any other media outlet. It has reputedly been the “go-to” source for numerous Christian worldview topics and issues since 1972. Point of View host, Kerby Anderson, and co-host, Penna Dexter, are part of the longest running Christian conservative talk radio program in the United States.

“From the time I was a brand new bride 32 years ago I have listened to Point of View,” stated Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.It’s a trusted news source, but what it gives more than anything is the real news that all of us need and that’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are faithful to treasure the Gospel and faithfully hand it to the next generation that’s something that Point of View does.”

Point of View’s issues-oriented talk radio program covers a variety of issues and current events affecting faith, family, government, education, and basic freedoms from a Christian perspective. Point of View’s informative guests include authors, politicians, opinion leaders, conservative activists, and subject matter experts. The live two-hour broadcast is syndicated to nearly 300 radio stations around the country. In 2012, Point of View will celebrate 40 years of broadcast history.

“We are facing an uncertain economy that has decreased overall spending and donations,” stated Warren Kelley, President of Point of View Ministries. “But our move represents a commitment to quality programming while saving an estimated 50% of our overall facilities costs compared to where we were for nearly 30 years. It just makes sense that we try to be good stewards with the funds God has provided.”

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Christianity Today Magazine called Point of View America’s “most popular live Christian call-in show.”  Founded in 1972 by Marlin Maddoux, a pioneer in the talk radio industry, the program has been on the cutting edge of talk radio for nearly 40 years. In 1986, Maddoux was given the National Religious Broadcasters Award of Merit. Point of View’s mission is to use the powerful tool of live, daily, national talk radio to defend a Biblical Christian worldview and to proclaim Christian solutions for the problems of America. Point of View aims to restore the greatness of Christian thought and values to every area of American Life. Point of View is a non-profit charitable organization and ministry exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For additional information see www.pointofview.net.

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University of Houston joins UT aiding Soros effort

Another great article from Daniel Greer with Agenda Wise Reports

The University of Houston announced it will be partnering with the University of Texas and NPR on the upstart StateImpact project. As we have previously written, StateImpact is a George Soros funded project designed to shift public opinion to the left. The group is gearing up for launch in Texas.

Until last week it was believed that UT would be the only institution taking part in the project. The University of Houston announced its involvement in an article published on the 20th. The third reporter in Houston represents the first expansion from the original scope of StateImpact implementation.

Expanding into Houston, an major American energy industry city, makes sense as Texas’ StateImpact branch will cover energy and environmentalism.

In an interview with Bill Moyers in 2008, George Soros said on the topic of energy that Americans must be, “adjusting your lifestyle where energy has got to cost more until we introduce those new things (building a green energy grid, rewiring houses). So, it will be painful…”

The entire discussion was painful for anyone even semi-literate in economics.

Ed Lasky, in an article on americanthinker.com, said:

I have written numerous columns regarding the actions George Soros has taken over the years to hurt American oil and gas companies. He has a vested interest (to the tune of at least a billion dollars) in trying to rig the system to make his “clean energy” investments pay off. Since these investments need oil and gas to be high-priced, anything he can do to harm the companies that bring this bounty to the surface help those green schemes.

One of his favorites among the Soros-funded 527 Astroturf groups is MoveOn.Org, which recentlyprotested against the development of shale gas, America’s greatest hope to wean ourselves off of dependency on foreign sources of energy.

 He has funded the Sundance Film Festival documentary effortsm and, voila! the festival lifted from obscurity a flawed documentary castigating developers of shale gas. Soros even even admitted that he saw Sundance documentaries as a method to bring about policy changes in America.

The press release also said NPR’s StateImpact project is going to expand to all 50 states “quickly”. The growth of the Soros endeavor had previously been downplayed.

Ed Lasky American thinker article

 

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, played baseball at St. Edwards University, and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their two dogs. You can reach him at dgreer@agendawise.com.

 

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Republican Donors Block Legislation -The 82nd State Legislature Record & Lessons Learned

Cross Posted from the North Texas Tea Party – Election Analysis

The most concise summary of the session: despite having the first super-majority of the GOP in the modern era and an agreed upon Top 20 list of legislation that conservative groups desired passed, only 5 of the Top 20 Conservative bills were signed into law in any form. While most expected trouble getting bills through the Senate, only one of the 15 failures made it to the Senate.

The hows and whys are a lesson in the power of the professional political class and legislative obstructionism to the will of the conservative mandate delivered in the election.  If such a mandate is ever to be translated into effective legislative solutions, those obstructions need to be dealt with.  The following key legislative battles and how they failed pinpoint many of the problems that need electoral solution.

SANCTUARY CITIES FAIL

This was the most complex Kabuki theater played in the State Legislature, a choreographed dance. The bills were crafted in both houses- and scheduled in such a way- to allow the GOP machine to vote for the bill in each house.  This allowed the GOP regulars to supposedly earn immigration bonafides for the next election, but because each bill was different enough, it went into conference committee where it was essentially ‘chubbed’ until it was too late to pass a concensus bill.

GOP Boosters Urge a "No" Vote on Sanctuary Cities - Photo by Texas Tribune

But the Governor messed it up for the Austin Machine by giving in to the pressure from the ‘Great Unwashed’ and putting it into the special session at the last minute, leaving no time for the subtle sleight of hand.  As discussed HERE and HERE, it came down to orders being issued by just a handful of big donors NOT to pass the restrictions on Sanctuary Cities. Bob Perry of Perry Homes (who donated over $3 MILLION to state candidates last year),  HEB’s Charles Butt (almost $500K last year) , Dr. Steve Hotze of the supposedly Conservative Republicans of Texas (over $700K last year), and Norman Adams of Texas GOP Vote.  Four men said that Sanctuary Cities will remain, even though only 17% of Texans support their existence . Money over the clear wishes of the citizens.

Who are the legislative ‘performers for this charade?  Naturally, Straus and Dewhurst were in on the game, as was the Chair of the State Affairs Committee (Rep. Byton Cook), and the Chair of the Calendar Committee.

E-VERIFY FAIL

Question if Governor Rick Perry had been a strong leader and not pron to being soft on illegal immigration would we have Sanctuary Cities legislation? Unlike  Governor Nikki Haley who signed Illegal Immigration Reform Law 

Grassroots/Tea Party Citizens Groups Join together to expose the Texas Leadership

Jo Ann Fleming  TX Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee, Executive Director (volunteer) Grassroots America – We the People  www.gawtp.com

Bob Hall – Canton TEA Party and Roberto Gonzalez – Cuban American, Clear Lake Tea Party


Read King Grassroots Activist from Denton, Texas, Barbara Mabray Grassroots activist from Georgetown, Texas  and Alice Linahan  Board Member of WomenOnTheWall.org and founder of Voices Empower, Ray Myers Kaufman County Tea Party.

” If you love freedom, let our voices be heard. We will be silent,” No More!” – Ray Myers

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Call To Action: Congressman Jeb Hensarling and Erik Erikson

" If you love freedom, let our voices be heard. We will be silent," No More!" - Ray Myers

Request from Ray Myers of the Kaufman Tea Party.

Call for Help!!!!!!!!!!!!
I talked to Congressman Jeb Hensarling‘s staffer this morning.

In the wake of Obama’s plea for callers to bombard the Republican Offices–“We need to counter!”

Call Senator Harry Reids D.C. office and demand a, Balanced Budget Amendment.  “We have a Spending Problem in DC!”

Tell Reids office Staffer that the Spending Has To Stop!  WE MUST BALANCE THE BUDGET!!!!!!!!  “NO More Spending!’

DC Address: The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2803
DC Phone: 202-224-3542
DC Fax: 202-224-7327
Contact Form: http://reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
WWW Homepage: http://reid.senate.gov/
Twitter: @SenatorReid


I just called Reid’s office– I got through to a Reid Staffer–Let’s burn his lines up!!!

Call Cornyn as well. 

DC Address: The Honorable John Cornyn
United States Senate
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4304
DC Phone: 202-224-2934
DC Fax: 202-228-2856
Contact Form: http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm
WWW Homepage: http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/
Twitter: @johncornyn

Call Hutchinson while you are at it!!

DC Address: The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senate
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4302
DC Phone: 202-224-5922
DC Fax: 202-224-0776
Contact Form: http://hutchison.senate.gov/?p=email_kay
WWW Homepage: http://hutchison.senate.gov/
Twitter: No Known Twitter Account

Debt limit: More of the same? Tell Washington NO!

Sign the petition: Any proposal must cut spending now and fix the budget process.

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Dear Fellow Conservative,Since the Spring, Washington has been abuzz with debt limit deadlines and rumored deals. But instead of actually solving our spending-induced debt crisis, Washington is delivering more of the same: secretive deals, gimmicks, and tax increases.Do you want more of the same?

No! Cut spending now and fix the budget process.

Our children and grandchildren deserve a real proposal that cuts spending to squarely address our enormous debt.

Tell Washington: no more business as usual.

Are you with us? Sign the petition.

Erick Erickson
RedState.com
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Exploratory Efforts Launched for John Alaniz

John Alaniz Small Business Owner

What happens when State Representatives do not represent those who put them in office? Texans like John Alaniz look into answering the call to serve. 

Representative Ralph Sheffield has signed a pledge card to Speaker Joe Straus. Why is that a problem? Watch this video and you will understand.

Temple, Texas – July 26, 2011 – 2008 State Representative Candidate John Alaniz is considering another run for State Representative in his district.  

“As I continually monitor state politics closely and in some instances talk one-on-one with Representatives, it has become evident that the State of Texas needs more principled public servants.  My biggest issues are; the strong arming of our best Representatives and the ‘quid pro quo’ environment that buys votes with promises of power or campaign contributions.”  

Alaniz voiced his concern over the deliberate disadvantages made by the Speaker of the House and his leadership team towards our strongest conservatives.     

REDISTRICTING THREATS BECOME REALITY

According the Temple Daily Telegram Jan. 6, 2009, when discussing Speaker Straus, Sheffield stated: “[Straus] does not stand for his party’s ideals.” “Now Representative Sheffield has become an ardent supporter of Straus which is an about-face from his message during his campaign and after winning the 2008 election,” Alaniz said.  

Both Alaniz and Mike Pearce, Republican Candidates in the 2008 Primary, endorsed Sheffield in the run-off. Now both have withdrawn their support.  

Sheffield’s support of Straus has been costly for our more principled conservatives in the House and State Board of Education. I agree with Representative Bryan Hughes who said the redistricting process for retribution reminds us of all that is wrong with politics (Rep. Hughes Press Release Nov.10, 2010) 

“The Speaker’s race should be decided not based on threats of punishment and not on promises of power, but on principle,” Hughes said.  

The threat became reality for State Board of Education Representative Ken Mercer and other SBOE conservatives. Mr. Mercer explained that despite hundreds of phone calls and emails by Republicans and committed tea party supporters, the House and Senate leadership ruthlessly pushed through a new SBOE redistricting map that was deliberately drawn to damage conservative candidates’ chances of being elected for the next ten years (Ken Mercer Press Release Jul. 19, 2011) 

“Because Representative Sheffield did not defend our more principled public servants from the retribution of those he supported, I have decided to move forward in establishing an exploratory committee,” Alaniz stated. In the upcoming months, the spirit for the exploratory effort and any subsequent run for office will be based on: principled servant leadership.  If Alaniz finds enough support for this principle and his candidacy, he will run for the State House.  

As a young adult, Alaniz fell for the liberal and progressive philosophies and suffered because of it. He is now a committed conservative.  

“It troubles me to see people suffer because of the same mistakes I made when I was young,” he said. “My concern is multiplied when I see politicians training people to depend on government and claiming big government is our only hope.”  

Alaniz believes in hope and change, but that hope and change comes through the commitment of citizens to follow the Judeo/Christian principles upon which our country rests and upon which the United States has established itself as the longest-running Constitutional Republic in the history of the world.

 

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