Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Thomas Jefferson


By Bill Bremer, 1/16/19.

Anyone think Jefferson would permit open borders? N0 WAY!  His Portrait is on the $2.00 Dollar Bill. This is amazing. There are two parts to this. Be sure to read the 2nd part.

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.

At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered the College of William and Mary. Also could write in Greek with one hand, while writing the same in Latin with the other.

At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started his own law practice.

At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America," and retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia, succeeding Patrick Henry.

At 40, served in Congress for two years.

At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

At 53, served as Vice President and was elected President of the American Philosophical Society.

At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of the Republican Party.

At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.

At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation's size.

At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired to Monticello.

At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

At 81, almost single-handedly, created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

At 83, died on the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied, the previous failed attempts at government.

He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff.

A voice from the past to lead us in the future: John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time.

He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House, with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."

Quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. - Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on, would save one-half the wars of the world. - Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them." - Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. - Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government – Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes, the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." - Thomas Jefferson

I wish we could get this out to every American!  I'm doing my part. – Bill Bremer

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

US Labor Force Increase


Labor Force Participation Rate in the United States increased to 63.10 percent in December from 62.90 percent in November of 2018. Labor Force Participation Rate in the United States averaged 62.99 percent from 1950 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 67.30 percent in January of 2000 and a record low of 58.10 percent in December of 1954.

In the 1950s, most women were “housewives”. The Dad was the sole provider and all were in the workforce.  The Mom stayed home and took care of the Kids. The 58.10% Labor Force Participation was appropriate.  There was no federal government welfare. Black families were strong. All families took care of their own.

In the 1960s, federal government welfare programs were created. This destroyed Black families and separated all others from their family responsibilities to provide food and shelter to family members as needed. Men were taken into the US Military to give Military Foreign Aid to South Vietnam from 1965 to 1975.

In the 1970s, prices doubled and most women entered the workforce. US manufacturing was struggling with quality and union problems. Plants and companies were closing and foreign manufacturers were increasing their imports to the US.

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan was elected President.  The Top Rate for US Income Taxes was reduced from 70% to 28%. The non-union Electronics Manufacturing surge led the economic recovery. The unionized US auto manufacturers failed. In 1989, the Soviet Union was dissolved, ending the Cold War.

In the 1990s, the Middle East wars began, taking men into the US Military. Most wives went to work.

In 2000, the Electronics Manufacturing Companies led the post Reagan Era and most women were in the Labor Force. This delivered a Labor Force Participation Rate of 67.30%.

The 2008 Mortgage Meltdown caused unemployment to double from 5% to 10% and resulted in a loss of US Household income by $5000 per year. There were 100 million working-age US citizens without jobs. Most jobs went to immigrants.  Excessive Immigration since 1989 caused wages to decrease.

In 2017, Donald Trump was elected President to restore US Middle Class Jobs. The Top US Corporate Tax Rate was reduced from 35% to 21%. Oil and gas exploration was expanded to lower the US Trade Deficit. Trade agreements were renegotiated and Tariffs were imposed to restore US Steel and Aluminum manufacturing. China was confronted for stealing intellectual property. Excessive Immigration began to end.  Manufacturing plants began to return to the US. US Household Income increased and Labor Force Participation began to increase to 63.10%.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Trump Agenda Works


Forget the Media. 2018 Was an Excellent Year

If you give the mainstream media any credit, then you’re likely convinced that the world is crumbling. Our economy is crashing, the environment is corroding around us, international affairs are the worst ever, and violent crime is rampaging out of control. Poverty is choking the life out of people around the world, and everything is just bad all of the time.

It’s absolutely ludicrous that they stick with this narrative. It’s easily debunked. The mainstream media says 2018 was terrible because Donald Trump was President the whole year. In reality, 2018 was pretty much the best year humanity has ever experience by every conceivable metric, and it was the United States that led that prosperity. Forget the negativity; 2018 was awesome.

Economics - We can’t talk about the state of the country or how good a year was without including the economy. Let’s cover the bad news first. The last quarter of 2018 hit below expectations. Stock markets tanked pretty hard, and they erased a fair amount of wealth in the process. Even while that was happening, the year closed with the highest wage growth we’ve seen in close to 20 years, record-low unemployment, and the first annual 3-percent GDP growth since the early 2000s.

Those things happened while very bad stock markets were hurting the overall bottom line. If stocks hadn’t taken that turn and just stayed flat, the GDP would have been close to four percent for the year, and effective wages would have been nearly half a point higher.

This shows us that the economy in 2018 was massive. We added almost $2 trillion of new wealth to the country, and despite what leftists will say, that wealth was spread all around. We know that because poverty levels hit a record low. Then, they continued to sink through the year.

That’s probably related to the all-time low unemployment numbers we saw for minority groups in the country. Black and Hispanic employment numbers have never been better anywhere at any time in our planet’s history. That alone sounds like a pretty good year.

Part of the strong economy came from America finally achieving energy independence. We’re now the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world, and we’re number two for coal production. We’re exporting more than importing in all three areas, and that means that we are beholden to exactly zero foreign countries to maintain our status quo. Oil embargos and dirty politics with the Middle East are things of the past. Energy independence is possibly the most important thing that has happened to our country under Trump.

International Standing - You’ve heard enough about Trump’s success with North Korea and against ISIS, but those wins actually started in 2018. The first ever peace talk between the U.S. and North Korea was this past year. Things accelerated quickly, and while there’s still a lot of negotiation left to do, North Korea went from a perpetual nuclear threat to a burgeoning trade partner in the matter of months. It’s a huge win for the whole world.

Similarly, we’ve seen the need for American military interference shrink globally. The effective defeat of ISIS and taming of Russia and Syria has dramatically reduced one of the greatest humanitarian crises in modern history. Add to that the pressure we’ve applied to Iran, and the Middle East is the most stable it’s been in decades. It’s still a region of turmoil, but ignoring progress doesn’t do any good, and big progress has been made.

While that happened, Trump signed a number of international trade agreements this past year, including a replacement to NAFTA. Those agreements are part of the robust strength of our booming economy. They’re also part of why Trump has risen to be one of the most popular leaders in the world. Seriously, Trump’s domestic approval rating is currently better than that of Theresa May, Angela Merkel or Emmanuel Macron.

The Other Good News - If none of that was enough, 2018 saw national declines in murder and violent crime. It saw the U.S. continue to lead the world in reducing so-called greenhouse gases (despite leaving the Paris Agreement), and it was the third consecutive year that observed a decline in global temperatures.

If you want a summary of 2018, it might go something like this. Every issue that the left said would bring the sky crashing down actually improved in 2018. The economy, global temperatures, violence, humanitarian problems, poverty and every other primary concern saw dramatic improvement over the last year. Ignore the media. 2018 was great, and 2019 has every potential to be even better. Let’s celebrate that now is the best time to be an American.


Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Muslim Child Brides in US


US Government Approved Thousands Of Child Bride Requests: “Middle Easterners Had Highest Percentage Of Approved Petitions”, by Robert Spencer, 1/14/19.

Thousands of requests by men originally from other countries, including Pakistan, to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by AP news agency. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

Of course they had the highest percentage of approved petitions. The government didn’t want to appear “Islamophobic,” and sacrificed the well-being of these girls to that fear.

Islamic tradition records that Muhammad consummated his marriage with (i.e., raped) Aisha when she was nine, and the resultant fact that child marriage is accepted in wide swaths of the Islamic world. Child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law.

Turkey’s directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet) said in January 2018 that under Islamic law, girls as young as nine can marry.

“Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this” — Ishaq Akintola, professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Nigeria

“There is no minimum marriage age for either men or women in Islamic law. The law in many countries permits girls to marry only from the age of 18. This is arbitrary legislation, not Islamic law.” — Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-‘Ubeidi, Iraqi expert on Islamic law

There is no minimum age for marriage and that girls can be married “even if they are in the cradle.” — Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, prominent cleric and member of Saudi Arabia’s highest religious council “Islam does not forbid marriage of young children.” —

Hadiths that Muslims consider authentic record that Muhammad’s favorite wife, Aisha, was six when Muhammad wedded her and nine when he consummated the marriage:

“The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death)” (Bukhari 7.62.88).

Another tradition has Aisha herself recount the scene: The Prophet engaged me when I was a girl of six (years). We went to Medina and stayed at the home of Bani-al-Harith bin Khazraj. Then I got ill and my hair fell down. Later on my hair grew (again) and my mother, Um Ruman, came to me while I was playing in a swing with some of my girl friends. She called me, and I went to her, not knowing what she wanted to do to me. She caught me by the hand and made me stand at the door of the house. I was breathless then, and when my breathing became all right, she took some water and rubbed my face and head with it. Then she took me into the house. 

There in the house I saw some Ansari women who said, “Best wishes and Allah’s Blessing and a good luck.” Then she entrusted me to them and they prepared me (for the marriage). Unexpectedly Allah’s Apostle came to me in the forenoon and my mother handed me over to him, and at that time I was a girl of nine years of age. (Bukhari 5.58.234).

Muhammad was at this time fifty-four years old.
Marrying young girls was not all that unusual for its time, but because in Islam Muhammad is the supreme example of conduct (cf. Qur’an 33:21), he is considered exemplary in this unto today. 

And so in April 2011, the Bangladesh Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini declared that those trying to pass a law banning child marriage in that country were putting Muhammad in a bad light: “Banning child marriage will cause challenging the marriage of the holy prophet of Islam, [putting] the moral character of the prophet into controversy and challenge.” 

He added a threat: “Islam permits child marriage and it will not be tolerated if any ruler will ever try to touch this issue in the name of giving more rights to women.” The Mufti said that 200,000 jihadists were ready to sacrifice their lives for any law restricting child marriage.

Likewise the influential website Islamonline.com in December 2010 justified child marriage by invoking not only Muhammad’s example, but the Qur’an as well:

The Noble Qur’an has also mentioned the waiting period [i.e. for a divorced wife to remarry] for the wife who has not yet menstruated, saying: “And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women, if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated” [Qur’an 65:4]. Since this is not negated later, we can take from this verse that it is permissible to have sexual intercourse with a prepubescent girl. The Qur’an is not like the books of jurisprudence which mention what the implications of things are, even if they are prohibited. It is true that the prophet entered into a marriage contract with A’isha when she was six years old, however he did not have sex with her until she was nine years old, according to al-Bukhari.

Other countries make Muhammad’s example the basis of their laws regarding the legal marriageable age for girls. Article 1041 of the Civil Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran states that girls can be engaged before the age of nine, and married at nine: “Marriage before puberty (nine full lunar years for girls) is prohibited. Marriage contracted before reaching puberty with the permission of the guardian is valid provided that the interests of the ward are duly observed.”

According to Amir Taheri in The Spirit of Allah: Khomeini and the Islamic Revolution (pp. 90-91), Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini himself married a ten-year-old girl when he was twenty-eight. Khomeini called marriage to a prepubescent girl “a divine blessing,” and advised the faithful to give their own daughters away accordingly: “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” When he took power in Iran, he lowered the legal marriageable age of girls to nine, in accord with Muhammad’s example.

“US govt approved thousands of child bride requests,” AP, January 12, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

WASHINGTON: Thousands of requests by men originally from other countries, including Pakistan, to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by AP news agency. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: the Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements. And in weighing petitions for spouses or fiancées, US Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the home country and whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

Take a look: 21pc girls in Pakistan become victim of child marriage, WHO reports

But the data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how US laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the US, and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiancés, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report.

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a US passport combined with lax US marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions.

“My passport ruined my life,” said Naila Amin, a dual citizen from Pakistan who grew up in New York City. She was forcibly married at 13 in Pakistan and applied for papers for her 26-year-old husband to come to the country.

“People die to come to America,” she said. “I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it.”

Amin, now 29, said she was betrothed to her first cousin Tariq when she was just eight and he was 21. The petition was eventually terminated after she ran away.

She said the ordeal cost her a childhood. She was in and out of foster care and group homes, and it took a while to get her life on track.

“I was a child. I want to know: why weren’t any red flags raised? Whoever was processing this application, they don’t look at it? They don’t think?” she asked.

Over that period, there were 5,556 approvals for those seeking to bring in minor spouses or fiancées, and 2,926 approvals by minors seeking to bring in older spouses, according to the data. Additionally, there were 204 approvals of applications by minors seeking to bring in minor spouses….

USCIS didn’t know how many of the approvals were granted by the State Department, but overall only about 2.6 per cent of spousal or fiancée claims are rejected.

Separately, the data show some 4,749 minor spouses or fiancées received green cards to live in the US over that same 10-year period.

The country where most requests came from was Mexico, followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen. Middle Eastern nationals had the highest percentage of overall approved petitions.


Comments

Sharia is not compatible with US Law. Actions by the US federal government are not consistent with State Laws governing marriage age requirements. This will have to be fixed.  We’ve done this before to get Mormons to abandon polygamy to comply with US Law.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Police State in Florida


Cops Raid Innocent Family with No Warrant, Drag Them From House & Beat Them, by Matt Agorist, 1/14/19.

While looking for a suspect, who was not at the home, police officers beat two innocent family members and arrested them.

Sweetwater, FL — A family’s doorbell camera captured a dramatic scene unfold on a Florida family’s front porch last week. Now, the family is asking for justice after being pulled from their home and beaten by police officers who were there with no warrant.

According to the Castro family, police officers were looking for one of their relatives, 40-year-old James Castro, who was not at the house when police arrived. Police say Castro fled officers and struck one of them with a vehicle during the process.

The Sweetwater police department dispatched a team of officers to the Castro residence to arrest James but when they arrived, James was not there. What’s more, the department conducted the operation without a warrant.

Despite the fact that James was not at the home, as the surveillance footage shows, officers beat and arrested two other men, Gary and Christian Castro, James’ brothers, who had committed no crimes.

Naturally, the Sweetwater police are claiming that their officers did nothing wrong as they pulled the two brothers from the home and beat them in the front yard.

Police claim they didn’t need a warrant to search the home because James’ mother gave them consent to enter. However, this fact is disputed by James’ mother, Ana Schaublan, who said she never gave consent.

“The cops come, and the first thing they say is, ‘Let me see some hands,'” Gary Castro told NBC 6. “So, I showed them my hands.”

Showing his hands did not protect him from the assault however as the cops are seen on video pulling him down to the ground before repeatedly punching him in the face.

“They started to beat up my son so badly. Very badly,” Schaublan, told NBC 6. “And I was just trying to tell them, ‘please do not hurt my son.’”

“Why are you hitting on me? You’re not looking for me. You’re looking for James Castro,” Gary Castro recalled telling officers. “You already know that James Castro was not here. And why would you arrest us?”

“My lip is messed up. My eye is messed up. My lungs hurt. My back hurts. They had someone’s knee on my calf,” Christian Castro said, who was also beat up by the officers.

Instead of getting the person they were looking for — who was not at the home — police then arrested the two brothers on charges of, you guessed it, “resisting arrest.”

The family is now speaking out against the department who they claim used excessive force during their raid. What’s more, if the officers did enter the family’s home without consent, they were in the wrong and even if the brothers would have attacked the officers, it would be considered self-defense.

Sweetwater Police Chief Placido Diaz told NBC 6 that his officers did nothing wrong but also stated that he hasn’t seen all the information on the case.

“This video only tells part of the story,” he said. “While the initial impression of a video may appear alarming, may appear disturbing, it’s still only telling part of the story. And when law enforcement looks at use of force, we have to look at the totality of circumstances. Having understand everything that took place. Not just what was captured in the lens of the video.”

According to Diaz, the video of his officers beating two men who appear to be entirely non-violent and who hadn’t committed a crime, is acceptable.

“Obviously if somebody made an error or mistake they will be held accountable,” Diaz said. “But at this point, I have no reason to believe that.”

According to police, James Castro is still at large which shows the utterly useless nature of the violence displayed by officers in the video below.


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Arbitrary abuse by US Law Enforcement needs to be addressed by State Legislatures.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

After Deal


Governor Nathen Deal will take a turn as "Professor Deal," as the Board of Regents will appoint him a Regents Professor, according to the AJC. By Georgia Pundit, 1/8/19.

Deal's salary will be about $120,000 a year, said University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley. The average tenured professor salary at UGA during the 2016-17 school year was about $126,000, according to a university web link.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for students to learn from a former governor," Wrigley said. UGA President Jere Morehead said Wednesday he's looking forward to Deal's arrival on campus, noting he's the latest prominent Georgia politician desiring to teach after leaving office. Zell Miller taught at UGA, Emory University and Young Harris College after leaving the governor's office in 1999. Former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss is a visiting professor at UGA's law school.


Deal is also said to be opening a Lobbying Firm to work with corporations dealing with the government regulations and legislative issues.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader

Bad Deal


Nathan Deal served as the Governor of Georgia from 2010 to 2018. His tenure included 6 years of Obama and 2 years of Trump. We knew he would navigate the growth and end up with a surplus. We also knew he would not endanger Georgia’s chances to get Obama-Grants and Harbor funding. Georgia voters were subjected to Obama’s UN Agenda 21 abuse with few objections from the Gold Dome.

The primary measures for a political administration can be found in several places. 

The first is State GDP and measures economic activity in Georgia. In 2010, the nominal GDP of the State of Georgia was $408.25 billion.  In 2017 the nominal GDP of the State of Georgia was $478.97 billion.  The $70.72 billion increase from 2010 through 2017 is a 17.3% increase or 2.5% increase per year. This is a solid accomplishment for these 7 years.  I expect the average will be higher when we include 2018 to this data.

The next measure is fiscal management and Governor Deal delivered a $2 billion surplus.

Georgia Tea Parties had their battles with the Gold Dome after 2008 as we saw UN Agenda 21 implementation in Georgia and we were ignored by the Gold Dome and the media.  We opposed the establishment of Regions with unelected boards. We were active in defeating the T-SPLOST in 2010. We opposed State laws that increased local government abuse in land use plans, zoning, city charters, no government taxing restraint, bad property tax estimates, conservation easements, developer subsidies, unnecessary tax holidays, corporate welfare and unnecessary public transit, all to no avail.

Group-Think is the rule in the Gold Dome as it is in most other State Legislatures. There is a “Band Wagon” that must be filled. Legislators who resist are ostracized by the other Legislators.

We continued to be dismayed that sewer and water systems were rotting along with roads and highways. We wondered why government funded construction with Bonds that cost double. We were amazed that 60% of the State Budget went to Education and Healthcare.  We called the governor Bad Deal.

We had no problem with Deal’s establishing a surplus, expanding the Savannah Harbor and holding down Medicaid and other questionable spending. Deal did a good job considering the hand he was dealt. He leaves a lot of bad law to be repealed and excessive costs to be reduced.

Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader