Archive for October, 2009

October 20, 2009
Fabric designed by Vivienne Tam

Fabric designed by Vivienne Tam

Walking up to this furniture  showroom at the High Point Furniture Market,  I was aghast and disappointed at their featured piece.  Why was it they were featuring Chairman Mao?  He was the worst mass murderer of the 20th century.  Over 30 million Chinese perished in a grain shortage brought on by insanely irresponsible dictates of Chairman Mao.  Another 30 million were estimated to have died in prisons and labor camps during Chairman Mao’s rule.  There are documented cases of hunger so intense as to cause inmates to eat human flesh. (Source: “Women from Shanghai” by Xainhui Yang)

 The fabric and furniture designer, Vivienne Tam, called Mao a “fashion czar” because he forced everyone in the country, over 1 billion people, to wear the shapeless, drab-colored “Mao-Suit”.  I do not understand Ms. Tam’s fascination with Chairman Mao; her own family fled China to escape Mao’s rule.  I doubt this furniture company would have considered featuring a fabric with Hitler on it.  This would have been  just as hideous!

This acceptance and even honor of such appalling and heinous crimes is most disturbing.  We read in the news how our government leaders revere Chairman Mao.  But do they really know:

1. Mao became a Communist at the age of 27 for purely pragmatic reasons: a job and income from the Russians.

2. After he conquered China, Mao’s over-riding goal was to become a superpower and dominate the world: “Control the Earth,” as he put it.

3. Mao caused the greatest famine in history by exporting food to Russia to buy nuclear and arms industries: 38 million people were starved and slave-driven to death in 1958-61. Mao knew exactly what was happening, saying: “half of China may well have to die.” (Mao, The Unknown Story)

Anything sound familiar?  So that   history does not repeat itself we must continually learn the lessons of history.  Pass it on.

Quick Financial Disaster Update

October 17, 2009

The GAO has released a report on fiscal year 2009 with projections for the future that indicate mandatory spending (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and interest on the national debt) by itself may exceed total government revenue by around the year 2020.  At that point, all other government spending – military, education, transportation, etc. – will require borrowing.

If that doesn’t depress/anger you enough, here’s a lovely animation on employment gains and losses over the last five years.

Update: If you need a little cheering up, here’s a nice little article on a recent economics Nobel laureate whose research shows how local solutions are usually better than national or international ones.

Statewide Patriot Groups Linking Up

October 11, 2009

The first meeting of the Oklahoma patriot groups was held on October 10th at The Carpenter Shop, 358 North Rockwell Ave. Around 30 to 40 attendees representing 15 to 16 different groups attended with plenty of common ground found for cooperation and joint projects.

The following groups sent representatives or had members present that were going to report back to their groups:

South-Tulsa-912-Project
John Birch Society Oklahoma Section Leaders
Okfortea
Fair Tax
Gooh
OCPAC
Lincoln County 912 Project
Oklahoma chapter of Americans For Prosperity
A couple of people forming a new group in Skiatook
OKC 912 Project had several of their working groups represented
Right Wing Extremist Mob
Liberty Business Network
OKSAFE
Team Sara
Shawnee/Tecumseh 912 Project
Tulsa 912 Project
Tulsa Tea Party
Remember The Bailout

Considering that we were butting heads with the liberty summit in IL this weekend, we had a great turnout. An email group was formed and committees will form on the different projects and topics discussed.

This was a historic occasion for the Oklahoma Tea Party movement. There have been limited government groups and societies operating in Oklahoma for decades but this is the first time that a massive grassroots movement has linked up with experienced organizations. With out numbers and their experience we can make the changes needed to make Oklahoma a bastion of personal freedom and prosperity.

Get ready fellow Oklahomans, the calvary is forming up, and we are it!

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize – For What?!?!?

October 9, 2009

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?!?!? For what??? What kind of Bizarro world am I living in???

From what I understand the Taliban came in a close second and Jesus a distant third, slightly ahead of Pol Pot.

When Someone is Drowning, Do Not Throw Them an Anchor

October 8, 2009

Here are some headlines from today’s Drudge Report:

  • Obama under fire over falling dollar…
  • Alarm over debt draws together diverse coalition…
  • Budget deficit hits $1.4 trillion for ’09…
  • Illinois Unpaid Bills Hits Record High; Tax Revenue Plummets…

Get the picture? The economy is dying folks. Tax revenues are falling because there are no jobs. Deficits are soaring because the government promises to pay for more than it collects in taxes.

Did you know that for fiscal year 2009, the US Government will collect in taxes only 1/4 of the money needed to fund all the programs it promises? That means it will fund the other 3/4 with DEBT, payday loans from the Chinese that come at a very dear price to our national security.

So what’s the point? The point is that now is NOT the time to saddle our society with more promises the government can’t pay. And that means no government health care control. The Lewin Group, a health care policy research and management consulting firm, estimates program’s cost could easily be $4.5 trillion over 10 years (source). But of course, as Senator Mitch McConnell has said, “The real bill will be written by Democrat leaders in a closed-to-the-public conference room somewhere in the Capitol. The real bill will be another 1,000-page, trillion-dollar experiment” (source).

Today, America is a dying economy, and that means a dying nation. The prescription for the cure is lower taxes and fewer regulations, so people with bright ideas and a strong work ethic can create things we can sell and can hire others. The prescription is to make our own native sources of energy cheap and accessible. The answer is to stop exporting American wealth and security to countries that enslave their people and hate the ideals our nation stands for (or used to stand for).

So healthcare and its concomitant high taxes are not the right prescription for a nation in the death throes of the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. You do not cure problems caused by government tyranny, fiscal profligacy and mismanagement with more of the same. You do not throw a drowning man an anchor.

Moveon.org Counterprotest at Coburn’s OKC Office

October 7, 2009
I'm tired of waiting for the nuts to drop, it is Acorn time...

I'm tired of waiting for the nuts to drop, it is Acorn time...

Moveon.org ( or is it ogre?) is attempting to set up a protest at Senator Coburn’s Oklahoma City office on October 14th. This is part of a national effort to pressure congressmen to support Obama Care. They are sending out emails asking people to sign up to host a protest, offering to line up speakers, provide handouts, even signs for those willing to be their puppet.

Quite amazing that the Democrats rail about “astro turf” all the while they are the experts and busing people in and propping them up with a pre printed sign in their hands.

If you want to participate, we have pulled a permit so we can use a sound system, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, so we can pre empt any Moveon.org protest. The idea is to get there early, stake out the best area, and if they do show, drown them out with a sound system. : ) We will need a few people to man the show and call in re inforcements if needed, so that most of us can go about our work till the nutty ones show up.

We can put out the word at the Sunday meeting and hopefully get plenty of people there. Coburn isn’t wavering, the idea is to show the liberals how hopeless it is to show up in Oklahoma. Plus we will get some media attention to drive more members into our group. The 912ers are offering to help out man the barricades if we pulled the permit so we ought to have a rowdy crowd to gather up the rotten Acorns.

So get a lawn chair ready, sign up for all day or part, it is squirrell time!

First Sooner Tea Party General Membership Meeting October 11th

October 7, 2009

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The Sooner Tea Party will have its first open meeting for the general public on October 11th, at 3:00 pm.

Due to the short notice, the meeting will be held at my shop, The Carpenter Shop, 358 North Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73127. When you get to that address, drive behind the smaller green metal buildings to where the large concrete buildings are, the ones with the truck docks running across the front. If you get lost in the parking lot, call 405-412-6233 for assistance.

We will go over what we have been doing since we organized, the July 4th Tea party, the August 22nd Health Care Rally, the March on D.C., and upcoming events and projects. The Legislature will restart early next year, and we all need to be ready to help push through the needed legislation to make Oklahoma a bastion of freedom and prosperity.

We are also hosting a statewide meeting for leaders of the other patriot groups on the 10th. It is time that all the groups started working to push through needed projects and began to share information and resources. We will have a report on the progress for the Sunday meeting.

So we would love to see you at the Sunday meeting, share some information with you and get you active in our group if you have the time to participate. Don’t expect a lot at this first meeting, we just want to say hi and tell you about what is going on. Bring a folding chair if you have one, or a lawn chair. If the weather is pretty, we will meet outside, or inside if the weather isn’t cooperating.

See you there,

Al Gerhart

Statewide Meeting of Patriot Groups October 10th

October 7, 2009

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There will be a statewide meeting of patriot groups on October 10th here in Oklahoma City. We are asking each group or chapter of each group (their digression depending on how rigid their organizational structure is) to send a maximum of three people, one of which is the designated spokesperson for the event. The idea is to have a large meeting of the groups and still be able to cover the important points quickly.

Sooner Tea Party is the organizer of the event. OCPAC, OKSAFE, Oklahoma Patriots for America, the various 9/12 groups,JBS, Fair Tax, OKfortea,and others have signed on already. We are just now starting to contact the other groups.

The idea is to find out who is out there, their rough numbers, and find where we can cooperate. The initial meeting will not take any action besides throwing out some ideas that we might be able to all agree upon. We want the three members or leaders of each group to take the information back to their groups, gain consensus, then return with a yeah or a nay.

Here are a few ideas that have been put forward that we might all support:

An Oklahoma Constitutional amendment to place term limits on our Federal representatives.

Push a tougher 10th Amendment resolution through past the governors veto or write and pass a new bill with some teeth. We may have to pursue two tracks, the legislation route, and a putting a petition for a popular vote to ensure it happens. Having a petition drive might make the leaders run out in front of the topic to sign on.

Helping conservative Republicans retake control of the Republican party, starting at the precinct level, then capturing the chair of the committees from the lowest level to the top. We would need 5 to 10 thousand patriots to register as republicans and to take the time to make four meetings so as to enable them to vote in the critical elections to chose the chairs and the committees.

The same could be done for the Democrats if we had enough people.

Bringing in Sheriff Mack to speak to Oklahoma Sheriffs and to the public.

I would ask if your group would attend and send some ideas along with your representatives.

Consider this as a pre meeting, there will need to be another late October or early November meeting for those that are wanting to participate. Then a final action meeting will coincide with a statewide convention at the Oklahoma City State Fairgrounds in mid January, the 15th and 16th. One day will be devoted to the groups setting goals and areas of responsibility, the other day will be open to the public with booths, speakers, and events aimed toward growing every group’s roster of volunteers. We can get some seminars set up for lobbying training, fund raising fundamentals for groups, all sorts of valuable education.

The entire thrust of this effort is two fold, to support the smaller groups and increase their strength, and to get everyone to get behind three or four common projects that move the ball further down the field.

The meeting will be held at my shop, The Carpenter Shop, 358 North Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, OK, 73127. The address is an industrial park, drive in behind the smaller green metal buildings to the large concrete buildings with the truck dock front. Call 405-412-6233 if you get lost.

For more information, contact Al Gerhart, Sooner Tea Party, al@thecarpentershop.net

Oklahoma graduation and retention rates among lowest in the nation

October 5, 2009

http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-graduation-and-retention-rates-among-lowest-in-the-nation/article/3405727?custom_click=headlines_widget

Snippet:

Six years after beginning college, only 44.1 percent of Oklahoma college students attain bachelor’s degrees at the institutions where they started.

Nother choice snippet:

Oklahoma’s boldest initiative in that area is Oklahoma’s Promise program, formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). It’s a program that calls for the state to pick up the tuition costs of students in families that earn $50,000 or less, as long as students fulfill a promise to take college preparatory classes, stay out of trouble and maintain high school grade point averages of at least 2.5.

Gee – a 2.5, and they get free tuition on our dime? How stupid is Glen Johnson? Rewarding mediocre performance in mediocre Oklahoma high schools is not a recipe for success. It sends the message that “just skate by on ‘okay’ and someone else will pay.” How the hell hard is it to make a 2.5 in already dumbed-down schools if you crack the books once in a while? And how much is it costing Oklahomans to fund this “excellence in mediocrity” tripe? No wonder the grad rate is in the pits – we have a “scholarship” program that floods our colleges with kids who are not invested (see the word I chose) in their own futures.

How about we toughen up our high school achievement standards and then give scholarships to kids who make the best grades, who have worked hard and hence shown the highest propensity to continue to do so? Hard workers create wealth, thrive under adversity, and return to society tenfold the few dollars invested in them. So raise the bar and give out fewer, more selective merit scholarships. Oh and subsidize the first few out of Glen Johnson’s salary. He could stand to lose a few chins.

October 4, 2009

This is a great video about a Republic vs. a Democracy!