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Dear Readers:  A thrilling bit of news the Goddess of Capitalism is pleased to share — Luca Bocci, one of the key people associated with Tea Party Italia and the international Tea Party movement will be on Canto Talk this Tuesday (Oct. 2, 7 pm PST, 9 pm CT; click HERE to listen).

As a reminder, I had the honor and privilege of meeting my Italian compatriots, as I described here: An AMERICAN in FLORENCE…for an ITALIAN TEA PARTY! Luca kindly helped me translate the speech I gave, and provided an .mp3 file so I could pronounce things properly. That everyone chuckled at the right places, I sensed I was understood:

(Sorry for the sideways view; Horemheb was not used to my camera).

Luca Bocci is the International Outreach Director of Tea Party Italia, a coalition of several Italian Tea Party groups that since May 2010 has been working to promote the Tea Party vision of a world with less government, less regulations, less taxes, more freedom and liberty for all. A journalist specialized in international affairs and finance, has worked for several national newspapers, including “Il Giornale”, “La Padania”, “L’Opinione”, other than working as professional translator, localization specialist and financial advisor. After more than 10 years in local politics, mostly with PR, press relations and organizational roles in the main conservative party in Italy, realized that business-as-usual politics was not the answer to the huge problems that the country was facing.

After attending the first Italian Tea Party in Prato, was one of the people that stepped forward to help the movement grow all over the country. Since July 2010 has been the National Spokesperson, in charge of maintaining relations with as many conservative, libertarian, Christian and free market groups and organizations both in Italy and abroad.

An update that summarizes all the activist goodness that Tea Party Italia and its international counterparts have been doing appear below. (MUT Note – I have Google Translate in the blogroll to the right, which is very helpful for getting the gist of a post our international compatriots may make!).

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From Luca Bocci:

Tea Party Italia is an umbrella organization that has as its only goal helping to grow and strengthen the Italian Tea Party movement.

Founded in June 2010, after the first Tea Party in Italy, which was held in Prato (near Florence) on May 20th 2010, is maintaining a very lean structure in order to remain independent and credible with the many local groups that are organizing throughout the country.

The coordination team is formed by the group of young professionals that organized the first Tea Party in Prato and by a number of people that have joined the movement in the following weeks.

At the moment, Tea Party Italia has helped organize more than 70 events in several cities in Italy (Rome, Milan, Turin, Florence, Naples, Venice, Bologna, Parma and so on).
After the “fall campaign”, where the local groups tried to get known locally, the movement concentrated its efforts and all its resources to prepare for the coming municipal elections and campaign for fiscally conservative, limited government candidates in the town councils.

The pledge, drafted with the help of several other conservative and libertarian organizations, would morally bind the candidate to reduce fiscal imposition at every available occasion, eradicate the plague of cronyism in public affairs and use the money saved to finance tax cuts or repay existing public debt, thus starting a virtuous cycle that hopefully from local government will spread to the national level.

At least 100 town councilmen that had signed the pledge were elected, giving a potential network of conservative politicians around the nation.

From the very start, the movement had to fight against slanderous media coverage, dispute the many lies spread on the newspapers on the American situation and defend itself from the unwanted attention of some politicians whose conservative credentials were far from stellar. With patience, the new spokesperson, Giacomo Zucco, and a few other local TP leaders are gaining visibility on national and local media, the only people to express without fear a free market, conservative viewpoint.

Since the elections in 2011, TPI has focused more on expanding its presence on the territory and structure the local groups in order for them to become truly independent and start influencing local politics in earnest.

The next campaign organized by the national coordination group and implemented by many local TPs was a law proposal to limit the effect of a new tax on property imposed by the government of Mario Monti. The network of city councilmen had the proposal discussed in the open, forcing the mayor and its majority to vote no, something that will be useful in the next election cycle. In the city of Genoa and some small towns in the North of Italy, the proposal passed. In a couple villages, the mayor declared that he will not collect the tax at all, raising funds by cutting spending, a huge success indeed.

The participation of Tea Party Italia to the Worldwide Tea Party 2012 multi-national event (http://www.wtp2012.com) was a big effort from the local groups, that organized events in 10 different cities.

Two national meetings (Milan 2011 and Venice 2012), have managed to draw some attention and a sizeable crowd of activists coming from neighboring regions.

Considered that the movement does not require any formal affiliation, it is rather difficult to estimate the number of activists involved at the moment, but the local groups active in the country can count on several thousands of determined people, mostly in their 20s and 30s that have so far made every event successful.

The movement does not receive any sort of financial support by the government or any other organization, local or international. All the initiatives have been organized independently, with funds collected by the host local group.

The national coordination group maintains some charges that are mostly nominal, but every group is still able to organize and promote events independently, something that is true to the real Tea Party ethos.

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EMPTY CHAIR DAY AT THE SHRINE

Dear Readers: If you are laboring on this Labor Day, the Goddess of Capitalism hopes that you are being profitable. Today has been designated “Empty Chair Day“. Professor Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection is celebrating, by publishing pictures from around the county featuring empty chairs. This has been a clever extension of the “Eastwooding” Twitter campaign that began in the wake of Clint Eastwood speech at the Republican National Convention.

From the Professor:

The Twitter hastag is #EmptyChairDay.  A Facebook page Eastwooding Obama (added, also National Empty Chair Day) has been set up.

Here is my contribution to the efforts. The quality of the photo is questionable — but I hope you all enjoy the snark!

The Goddess would be pleased to add more images!  Please post links to your items in the comments section, or email them to mutnodjmetlpe at gmail.com and I will upload them as I get them.

UPDATE 1:  A Classic LOL Catz Take on the subject

UPDATE 2: A damning photo essay from Beers with Demo. We’re going to spend part of the day, running around and taking pictures of empty chairs in relevant locations. We’ll be using Twitter and this updated blog post later in the day to document our efforts.

And BwD’s Empty Chair tour continues:

Cool little Tiki-themed store shuttered about six months ago..

Another recent storefront closure…

Poon? Apparently, #Obama -proof.

UPDATE 3: From Dawn Wildman, cofounder of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition and California Tea Party Coordinator, showing something Obama has forgotten:

UPDATE 3: From Ellen Wetherill –

UPDATE 4: From Mark Meckler of “Across the Fence” and the California Tea Parties: At the highway at the end of my country drive.

UPDATE 5: From Ermais – Inspired by Clint Eastwood and in HONOR of Barack Obama here’s our submission for “National Empty Chair Day” featuring a couple of Obama’s favorite past times. Photo was taken in front of the Berlin Wall Monument on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles. Thanks!

UPDATE 6: From KT Kat

The thrift store closed. The *thrift store*



Look! It’s a nonprofit chair!



All chair, no business.

UPDATE 7: SittingAtTheEdgeOfTheSandbox has one that does homage to today’s featured Alinsky Rule: #6 – A good tactic is one your people enjoy!

UPDATE 8: From WC Varones there was an apparent spontaneous unsolicited Eastwooding in my neighborhood yesterday.

UPDATE 9: From Manmountain Molehill

UPDATE 10: From Redding, CA —

I LOVE US!!!!

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Dear Readers: Today is, indeed, a good day for civic activism. Tea Party backed senatorial primary candidate Ted Cruz beat the establishment candidate solidly (check out Texas talk host Silvio Canto for more details on the race) — and served Chick-fil-A during the victory party. Citizens around the country are mobbing Chick-fil-A’s everywhere to send a message to the political elite: You can’t target a businesses with fines, regulations, or other restrictions just because they don’t follow a certain set of political inclinations.

Here is a sampling of the stories from the San Diego area:

  • Via CBS -San Diego Chick-fil-A supporters turn out for “Appreciation Day The walk-in line at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in the Sports Arena area stretched into and around the parking lot at lunchtime, with a back-up for the drive-through window. Several people said on their Twitter accounts that the wait was around two hours.
  • San Diego Reader: Long Lines of Customers at Chick-Fil-A – By one o’clock today, a manager at the Chick-Fil-A on Grand Avenue in San Marcos California worried that they were going to run out of food.
  • Fox5: Chick-fil-A supporters line up for ‘Appreciation Day’ Charles Conklin, of San Diego, told FOX 5 that when he pulled up to the Chick-fil-A drive-through line at about 11:20 a.m., there were at least 100 cars in front of him and a pedestrian line snaked through the parking lot. At one point, the crowd broke out in applause and directed a group of uniformed troops to the head of the line so they wouldn’t have to wait.

And fellow SLOB Word Warrior describes his trip to a Chick-Fil-A in Temecula: FANATICS, FASCISTS, OR IGNORAMUSES(I say all three, but I am not going to quibble!)
Yet, Team Obama insist they are going to win the Nov. 6th election and the elite media palms-off ginned-up polls that show him in the lead. Today has plainly shown that  small government, liberty-loving Americans everywhere are inspired to support freedom of speech and freedom of spending, and the success of Cruz shows that Tea Party is very much alive.

Hat-tip: http://teresainfortworth.files.wordpress.com/ via Legal Insurrection

At this point, I need to thank a few citizen pundits for inspiration for today’s post: Hot Air’s Harbingeing for “Americaaaaaaa’s Chikinnnnns Coming Home to Roooooost!!!!!” and Legal Insurrection’s teresainfortworth for the photo above.

MUT Prophesy 1: Obama is going down in such flaming defeat that his name will become the verb-form describing bone-crushing, nuclear-scale landslide defeats.

MUT Prophesy 2:
If we aren’t careful, Obama will sign an executive order placing chickens on the endangered species list.

One more time, for the benefit of lefties still deluded that today was about gay-hating: The buycott was a success because Americans don’t like government bullies, plain and simple. And bullying pretty much sums up the entire Obama Administration approach to governance. In fact, regular Americans went out of their way to show how much they despise this tactic, as described by Hillbuzz contributor, Tamminator:

After walking through this crazy mess, which took about ten minutes, I arrived at the beautiful Coffman Union. I was walking behind 2 guys that I was pretty sure were heading for Chik-Fil-A. One of them was wearing a military baseball cap with an eagle on it, and that kind of gave it away for me. I said, “You must be looking for Chik-Fil-A”, and the guy with the hat said, “How did you guess?” I said, “Oh, lucky hunch”. We walked into Coffman, and I told the two men that the restaurants were downstairs. You could already smell the chicken in the air. Mmmm, it smelled nummy.

I expected a lousy turn-out, as the streets were so messed up, and you couldn’t park anywhere close to the building. Boy, was I was wrong! There was a huge line leading into the tiny Chik-Fil-A, out the door, around the corner, and down a hallway.

You have to remember that school is out for the summer, so the campus was pretty empty. Maneuvering around that construction, and getting to this place was a pain in the buttocks, and yet, there were close to 150 people in line at 1:45 in the afternoon. Chik-Fil-A was supposed to close at 2 PM, but they didn’t. They stayed open to accommodate all of their customers. Talk about customer service! I can only imagine how many people were lined up to eat when they opened their doors at 11 AM.

While in line(for an hour) I chatted with a man named Vern, who’d driven in from the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine. That’s an hours drive, folks, and I’m not even counting the time it would take for Vern to find a place to park and then walk to the Chik-Fil-A.

And pictorial evidence shows that there are vast numbers of Americans just like Vern and the Tamminator.

Vast.

Do you think these people are going to lose their enthusiasm before Nov. 6th? Do you think they are going to fail to show up to the polls?  Do you think they are NOT going to donate, walk precincts, or otherwise promote their candidates and measures? If you do, you are deluding yourself as badly as the purveyors of these asinine polls.

Finally, last night a lovely Jewish gymnast wowed the crowd to Hava Nagila.After the International Olympic Committee acted like a much of balless asses by denying a memorial to the Israeli athletes slain in 1972 by terrorists and failing to eject the obviously racist Lebanese wrestling team, seeing her perform with the support of the crowd was MUT’s 2012 Olympic moment.

Truly, some chickens came home to roost at that moment, too!

I have a feeling Chick-Fil-A is going to have some big business Nov 6th, too — at victory parties across the country for those newly elected representatives who truly understand what the phrase “freedom of speech” really means.
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Shrine Friends

Captain Capitalism wanted to see my “big books”. 🙂

So, I wanted to oblige him —

My history book collection:

And some of my biggest books:

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Dear Readers: It’s a Saturday night, and Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection is wondering whether he should continue the Saturday Day Night “Race Card” game. As Team Obama has hit a new low, saying that small business owners are unhappy about Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” dialog because it was spoken in a “black Dialect”, the good professor is wondering if he can keep up with the deluge.

I hope so, because such banality deserves a good mocking! Here is my new graphic (inspired by The Princess Bride), which is my contribution to the push-back we will all need to do through November 6th and beyond!

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UPDATE:  Turns out Dawn Wildman is NOT speaking, as she explains here:  BILBRAY CALLS OBAMACARE TAX A “USER FEE.”

I was invited to speak on behalf of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition , the first tea party group in San Diego, at a rally this morning to show the tea party’s disgust with the Supreme Court’s decision on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare.  Congressman Brian Bilbray was the keynote speaker at the rally, and we were supposed to be showing our outrage at yet another government agency choosing liberty sucking policies over the Constitution. Hey this is why we started the tea party here, so I was primed. I had my Thomas Paine quotes ready to go and with renewed spirit I was polishing off my speech the night before, aiming to get across two key points about the ObamaCare Taxes.

Then a friend sends me a link to a story in a local rag with quotes from Congressman Bilbray and the announcement that he is now a tea party guy. Really? Where was he when we were phoning, faxing and screaming at him as the Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus? Where was he when the vote for the Patriot Act was happening? He was voting on side of the mediocre RINOS and playing to all principles except the tea party. And now his quotes indicate that the Congressman thinks that one of the new ObamaCare taxes already implemented on tanning booth business owners, is a user fee.

 

Dear Readers: I go away for a few days to Las Vegas, and find that Obama takes “Betting on America” as his new slogan:

I’m confused: I thought Obama hated Vegas.

Anyway, given the pathetic unemployment numbers, and the fact more Americans obtained disability than a job, I wouldn’t be betting on Obama for the win in November.

Actually, here is something Obama should read a lot intoSoCal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC) President Dawn Wildman will be a featured speaker at the “Repeal Obamacare Tax Rally”, which will be held from 9 am – 12 noon, Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the San Diego County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA). The focus of the rally will be the 20 new taxes imposed on American citizens by Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

Dawn Wildman, President of SCTRC: While I am still in shock that the Supreme Court upheld this huge expansion of government overreach, at this point, the solution can only be political. That means that our group, and Tea Party and Citizen Action organizations around the country, will focus on the fact that people will now be taxed for healthcare that will ultimately limit the choices they have and the quality of care they get. We will now push to get Executive and Congressional leadership at the national and state levels that will force repeal of Obamacare.

Leslie Eastman, SCTRC Media Director: There will be over 20 new taxes imposed under Obamacare. Some examples:

  •  Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals: $50,000 per hospital if they fail to meet new “community health assessment needs,” “financial assistance,” and “billing and collection” rules set by Health and Human Services. With nebulous regulations, and the Obama Administrations contempt for private charity functions, these institutions are taking a hit.
  • Tax on Innovator Drug Companies: $2.3 billion annual tax on the industry imposed relative to share of sales made that year. That’s going to take the money out of research and employment for highly skilled and educated researchers.
  • Starting next year, there will be a raise in threshold for Medical Itemized Deductions from 7.5% to 10% of adjusted gross income. Currently, those facing high medical expenses are allowed a deduction for medical expenses to the extent that those expenses exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income; this level is increated substantially, and waived for taxpayers 65-yearrs or older — in 2013-2016 only!
  • Starting in 2014, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance must pay an income surtax. Again, given broad definitions and tight enforcement, millions of Americans will be charged this tax.

Representatives from Stop Taxing Us, the Oceanside citizen action group, will be there. Congressman Brian Bilbray is slated to be the keynote speaker.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of pics of my Vegas trip — other than these, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!  🙂

The preferred food and drink of the Goddess of Capitalism:

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Dear Friends:  Before I begin to explain why the Shrine has gone silent these past few days, I wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all my readers and supporters.  I landed as Political Mom Blogger #35, courtesy of your kind votes.  Given the luminaries in the list, that is an honor I will cherish.  I was delighted to note that new Shrine Friend, the Lonely Conservative, was voted #1.  It is great seeing independent-conservative moms being so creative and connected.  It bodes well for 2012.

Now, the reason for the silence.  It seems I was just a titch too excited about the quashing of Obamacare by the Supreme Court — I DID break my leg.  The upper top femur, to be exact.  It seems that the hairline fracture became a full one during my Thursday morning attempt to clean the leavings from the Shrine’s sacred cat.  I explored pain levels at that moment that few mortals have known.  In fact, let this picture be your guide:

(Aside – I will revisit the Mosby Pain Scale, creating a Political version suitable for discussing the rest of Obama’s term).

Horemheb made arrangements with my USCD Family Medicine clinic for an urgent care visit, all the way from the remote Northern Station of Santa Barbara, and has come down for the week during my ensuing recovery process. My in-laws took me to the clinic; my father-in-law, a fabulous doctor himself, made sure all the treatment recommendations made sense. My mother-in-law (a divine woman, whom I adore), stayed with me for as long as possible until I was taken to a room to be prepared for hip replacement surgery.

Now, I am the Bionic Blogger:

Gentlemen, we can rebuild MUT. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic blogger. She will be that pundit. Better than she was before. Better, stronger, faster.

More able to kick some elite, establishment posterior in the 2012 election season, as well as punch-back on legacy media hijinks.

Now, I am no $6 million pundit: That realm is along the lines of Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit. However, Horemheb informs me that the first survey of charges on my hip replacement surgery is that I am at least worth $50,000. Due to the fact we work hard, make health insurance a priority, and budget wisely, I was able to experience the total platinum standard of medical care from the great team at UCSD Hillcrest, where the Young Prince was born 10 years ago. Again, it seems I was a novelty patient — being young for this type of injury. So, I got tons of extra attention from the medical staff. That is one of the great advantages of going to a teaching hospital.  I am glad I was able to enjoy the benefits of the free market healthcare system (or as free market as all the regulations and bureaucracy allows it to be) before it potentially disappears.

All the doctors, nurses and assistants were exceptional. I would love to thank them all personally, but some of the fine medications deleted names from the memory banks. However, Orrin (an orthopedic doctor overseeing much of my care) was exceptional, helping adjust my leg during a particularly challenging X-ray and answering all my questions. The nursing staff, including Gretchen, Carolina, Sheryl and Raida were fabulous. Raida was particularly kind yesterday, helping me walk around the entire 8th floor while I made her talk — being originally from Bulgaria, she had such a lovely lilt to her voice, I asked her about becoming an RN in San Diego.

One of the many silver linings is that I have had a chance to see the ripple I have made in people’s lives, which is something that might go unappreciated until death. I am so glad I have gotten a ton of support from my fellow bloggers (the San-Diego Local Order of Bloggers), my church, the friends I have made at the Young Prince’s school (who are making sure that he can make it back and forth to school once Horemheb returns to the Northern Outpost next week), and my family.  I would especially like to thank WC Varones for the visit and “Scalia Dissents” and SoCal Tax Revolt Coaltion’s Dawn Wildman for the flowers — a testament to how closely we Tea Party types have boded over these past years.  Between all of  my kind friends, the food, laundry, cleaning and other essentials have been handled so I can properly recovered.  Interestingly, no federal or state agency was involved.  However, one of my dearest friends, Miss Mo (no conservative she, as a proud Wellesley liberal, we have vigorous debates with respect) has been a mover and shaker it getting all of this arranged before I even made it home

Truly, I cannot be more blessed in life.

As an extra bonus: Father Anthony is coming over Thursday for an “anointing of the sick”. Horemheb may try and convince him an exorcism is more in order. I hope to write about this in my Catholic blog later this week.

That’s all the punditry for today. It seems I will have lots more time for writing these next 4-6 weeks.  Your continuing prayers and support would be most welcome.  In the meantime, I will be enjoying some unanticipated leisure time to:

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Dear Readers:  I have a big favor to ask.  If you could vote for me, so I I may place in the Top 25 Political Moms in the “Circle of Moms” competition, that would be awesome.  I am up against some big names, so your help for a little glory would be deeply appreciated.  It’s easy, fast, and the blessings of the Goddess of Capitalism would be on you!

1) Please hit the CIRCLE OF MOMS icon, on the right hand side of this blog, just under my MUT picture.

2) Find my Temple of MUT blog listed (#54 right now) on the list.  My picture will be beside the listing.

3) Hit the THUMBS UP Button!

4) Enjoy the blessings!!!!

UPDATE:  Thanks so much to the sacred 11 who have voted!  I am moved up to #53!!!

UPDATE 2:  Thanks so much!  I jut cracked the Top 50!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST FANS A GODDESS COULD HAVE!  🙂

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Dear Readers:  Just a reminder that I will be attending the “Stand UP for Religious Freedom” event todayThe Anchoress  has an awesome roundup related to the nation wide event.  For San Diego, here are the details about the push-back on the Obamacare mandate:

Time: Noon – 1 pm   Date: Friday – March 23, 2012
Location: San Diego County Administrative Building; 1600 Pacific Highway.

 

As I haven’t done so in awhile, here is a science and technology news roundup.
Nanopatches: A High-Tech Band-Aid for Broken Hearts:

But none of these treatments fix damaged tissue to heal the heart itself, says Biomedical Engineer David Stout of Brown University. The inadequacy of current treatments is reflected in some daunting statistics: scarred and damaged heart muscle results in heart failure for millions of heart attack survivors worldwide each year, and over half of heart attack survivors will have another heart attack within five years.

A new treatment option may be on the way, however. Stout and his graduate advisor, Biomedical Engineer Thomas J. Webster, have created a new material that could one day patch–and help restore–healthy heart tissue.

The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance -Consequences of FDA’s Inaction: By allowing big food to self-regulate when it comes to using antibiotics as a growth promoter in animals, the FDA is setting us up for disaster.

As a reminder to how vital anitbiotics effectiveness to all of this, at all levels of society, I offer this take in the era before them. President Coolidge lost his son to a simple injury, plunging him into a grief that impacted his effectivness:

On June 30, Coolidge’s two sons, eighteen-year-old John and sixteen-year-old Calvin Jr., played tennis on the south grounds of the White House. Young Calvin had worn sneakers but no socks. A blister developed on one of his toes but he ignored it. When he fell ill on July 2, White House physician Joel Boone discovered red streaks running up the boy’s leg. Laboratory tests soon showed that Calvin Jr. was suffering from pathogenic blood poisoning. In less than a week, the boy was dead.

THAT, my friends, is what we return to if our current crop of antibioics fail AND we drain pharma companies of their incentive and abilities to develop new ones.

Hantavirus detected locally, RivCo health officials issue safety reminders : Two deer mice collected last month near the Sage area southeast of Hemet have tested positive for Hantavirus, the California Department of Public Health announced today.

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Dear Readers: So Cal Tax Revolt Coalition (SCTRC) is the original home and organizers of San Diego tea party events and activism, including the first local tea party on February 27th, 2009, annual Tax Day Tea Parties, and over 40 rallies, protests, petition drives, film screenings, and educational seminars. Representatives of our group will be hosting a booth at the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” event, which is one of many nationwide that will be held at the same time and date. The rallies are scheduled to demonstrate the enormous concerns about the detrimental impact of the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate forcing religiously affiliated institutions to support medical practices contrary to faith practices. The San Diego rally, one of over 50 “Stand Up” functions, will be held:

Time: Noon – 1 pm Date: Friday – March 23, 2012
Location: San Diego County Administrative Building; 1600 Pacific Highway.

SCTRC will be on-hand to distribute information packet on the specific details of the Affordable Care Act legislation, better known to most Americans as “Obamacare”. SCTRC’s main focus will be informing participants of the enormous costs associated with the program’s implementation, most of which has been put-off until well after the Nov. 6th election. Additionally, we will offer many other details about the Act, to show that the HHS mandate is only one of the many unconstitutional aspects of Obamacare.

More details, including quotes from SCTRC representatives and prominent Catholic clergy are at my Catholic site: As Catholics and Americans, My Son and I will be “Standing Up for Religious Freedom” this Friday

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Continuing from yesterday:

Accused Rapist Kobulnicky NOT Associated with San Diego Tea Party Organizers, So Cal Tax Revolt Coalition

There have been at least 75 rapes and sexual assaults within the “Occupy Wall Street” protest camps. Has the elite media reported any of these awful incidents in the titillating detail that it has spent on the alleged sexual assault suspect Michael J. Kolbulnicky, a supposed “Tea Party Leader” who is in reality unknown to actual citizen coordinators that are directly involved in the local San Diego Tea Party activities?

Not so much.

Very little information related to these vile crimes makes the “big press”.  But a “Bing” search reveals some stories that are neither promoted or spread by progressive activists and their media minions, even while they smear our people most falsely.

I WOULD NOW LIKE TO DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF A FULLY OPERATIONAL APPLICATION OF….

Alinsky Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

To start with, a “Bing” search reveals  detestable examples of Occupy’s “War on Women”:

Note: Over 6 million blog posts are featured, yet nary a word from the elite media on the treatment of women at the Occupy camps. Perhaps this “War on Women” is not terribly concerning to our vaunted “watchdogs” because they follow Tacitus: “We will make a silence and call it peace.”

The San Diego Union Tribune published this calumnySex assault suspect a tea party leader. If we apply the rules that Union Tribune Reporters Susan Schroder and Chirstopher Cadelgo applied to their story, here are some revised headlines.

I could go on, but I think my point is made. I need each one of you who reads this today to go onto the websites reporting on the Kobulnicky story.  Use the “Comment” section to include that tie OCCUPY WALL STREET LEADERS to the rapes and assaults that occur IN THEIR CAMPS and DURING THEIR PROTEST ACTIVITIES.

I am a clearly a woman. I have attended dozens of Tea Party events. The are fewer places that are safer for women anywhere on the planet.

Getting back to the story that the Abbot and Costello of print journalism generated about this event, let’s dissect the lede a bit:

Police on Friday announced the arrest of Michael Kobulnicky, spokesman for the San Diego Tea Party, on suspicion of kidnapping a woman and then sexually assaulting her on Fiesta Island last month.

Frankly, when we talked to the actual San Diego Tea Party spokesman, he was a little surprised to learn the UT’s designation of the suspect, who as the story notes MUCH LATER in the piece, has not been involved with the group since January.

This is a contemptible example of journalistic malfeasance, the last in a long string to which we citizens will now respond to using our own version of the Alinsky tactics. I would ask that every citizen who reads this today go to a website reporting on a the “tea party rapist” and utilize these same techniques to highlight some, if not all, the Occupy Wall Street crimes.

A good place to start our application of Alinsky Rule 4 would be here, with the local NBC affiliate, and a report filed by Lauren Stuessy. Sex Assault Suspect a Tea Party Leader.

If you want to, go the next step and apply Alinsky Rule 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy” and contact the Ms. Stuessy about the quality of her reporting and the fact her proudest achievement seems to be to have “exposed the Danes to American cynicism.” Click HERE for the contact information, or simply Tweet her @LaurenSteussy .

Have even more tweeting fun by using the hashtag – #WarAgainstWomen!!!!

Left Coast Rebel recalls Steussy “as this woman wrote up the inaccurate article describing the bald-headed, Chihuahua-donning infiltrator dude that attempted to disrupt the anti-Obamacare tea party rally at which I met Sarah and Leslie? Recall that NBC cameras were rolling and panning to that guy before he started causing a scene?”

Lauren — Here is what my Pulitzer Prize winning journalist father taught me: Stick to who, what, where, when and why. Never leave a trace of yourself in the report. It seems someone forgot to tell you this in journalism school. Quite frankly, you are a glorified hack by the standards that true journalists have.

Returning back to the UT Report for a moment, I would like to say this to Christopher Cadelago: Just because you talked to a few tea party activists, does not make you a “tea party expert”. Cadelago did a reasonably fair piece on citizen attitudes about gas prices, talking to several “Tea Party Leaders”, including Sarah Bond. Hey Chris: Why didn’t you call Sarah and ask her about Kobulnicky first, before rushing out this hot, swirling mess of inanity???

If Chris had bothered to do what a REPORTER is supposed to do and actually conducted BASIC RESEARCH, he could have called Sarah. Within a relatively short period of time, Chris would have learned Kobulnicky is a “Tea Party Leech”, not a “Tea Party Leader”. Several members of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition reported him trying to insert himself into our speaker roster, request videos of him at events so he could promote himself, and had otherwise been a pest.

And, as W.C. Varones notes: If Kobulnicky’s a “prominent” “spokesman,” wouldn’t his name come up in news stories prior to his arrest?

As an aside, I talked to a real reporter yesterday: Aaron Hirschorn of 10 News. Let’s compare the UT and NBC coverage to what a real journalist doing real journalism does:

Man Accused In Fiesta Island Rape Arrested

SAN DIEGO — A 50-year-old landscaper was in custody on Friday on suspicion of abducting a pedestrian in Linda Vista, taking her to Fiesta Island and raping her, authorities reported.

About 7 p.m. Feb. 25, Kobulnicky allegedly spotted the alleged victim while driving on Linda Vista Road, pulled over and asked her if she wanted a ride home, SDPD Lt. Anastasia Smith said.

The 56-year-old woman accepted the offer and got into Kobulnicky’s vehicle, Smith said. When they reached the woman’s residence, however, he kept driving and continued on into the Mission Bay area.

After parking on Fiesta Island, the 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound suspect allegedly pulled the victim out of the vehicle and sexually assaulted her, the lieutenant said. He then drove off, leaving her behind.

The woman immediately reported the alleged crimes, and investigators gathered evidence, including surveillance video. Six days later, police released some of the footage to local news outlets. The resulting publicity generated “numerous” tips that helped detectives identify Kobulnicky as the alleged assailant, Smith said.

Kobulnicky, who is employed as a landscape supervisor, was booked into county jail on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and forcible sex with a foreign object. He was being held without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Monday afternoon.

SWEET BABY JESUS — IT’S A REAL NEWS STORY!

Finally, I would like to bring up a point that SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition President Dawn Wildman mentioned last night: The reporters chose to feature Kobulnicky’s dubious Tea Party ties throughout this ridiculous article. Why did they fail to highlight the fact he is also a teacher????

The very last bit of the article notes he works at:

California Miramar University and Ashford University in San Diego and an elementary schoolteacher at Val Verde elementary school in Riverside County.

It seems to me that if a reporter were truly interested in the safety of women and children, this is the aspect of Kolulnicky’s life that would have been featured. If he truly did commit this heinous act, then perhaps some women on campus have had some relevant stories. Did Shroder, Cadelafo, or Stuessy bother to call California Miramar University, Ashford University, or Val Verde elementary school for background information or to determine if there were any past incidents?

I would bet not.

Based on my experiences, a female student would be in far more jeopardy than a cute citizen activist surrounded by chivalrous former military members.  I would ask consumers of the Union Tribune and NBC to consider this information when assessing the quality of reporting they get.

Yes, regular Americans should apply Alinsky Rule 4 to each and every topic our elite media covers. Now, through Nov. 6th and beyond. It’s our duty in the “War Against Women”.

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