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Occupy DC Movement Violently Interrupts Dinner at Dream Summit

PHOTO: The "Occupy" protestors march on the Washington Convention Center, where the 2011 Defending the American Dream Summit was held Friday and Saturday
The “Occupy” protestors march on the Washington Convention Center, where the 2011 Defending the American Dream Summit was held Friday and Saturday

WASHINGTON – Friday night, during the “Tribute to Ronald Reagan Dinner”, radicals with the Occupy DC and a coalition of liberal groups tried violently to crash the Americans for Prosperity Defending the Dream Summit.

These radicals, some of whom carried black flags, wanted to supress rights of individuals to freely assemble and to intimidate conservatives into silence. Black flags often represent anarchy.

Many “Dream” attendees captured the violence on their smart phones.  and shared them with the mainstream media. By Saturday morning, the story had became national news.  CNN was the first to go national with the story, followed by other outlets.  Caleb Hayes, a College Republican  from Kansas, was interviewed by at least five different national news sources,  as they ran his video of an innocent bystander getting run over by a car from an “occupier”. According to witnesses,  the bystander had nothing to do with either group.

All Friday and Saturday afternoon, satellite trucks from media outlets circled the block around the Washington Convention Center, as both Republican Presidential frontrunners, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, came to speak, along with other top conservatives.  The event would have made national news anyway, regardless of the violence that occured, by the Occupiers.

The protestors circled the convention center and tried to enter every single entrance.  Police did nothing despite reports that staffers at AFP called 911 four times.  However, some video does show police getting involved.   Security inside the building quickly moved to lock every entrance and no one was allowed to enter or leave.

KCC interviewed a wheelchair-bound woman who carried a small service dog.  When she was finally allowed to leave and go the two short blocks to her hotel, protestors grabbed her dog and tried to pull her from her chair.  Luckily, other conservatives came to her aid and security moved everyone from the center back to their hotels.  The dog was safely returned, unharmed.

Later, from her hotel room, your blogger could hear firetrucks blazing through the intersection, trying to reopen it to traffic, which KCC observed police NOT doing.  KCC does not blame the police officers, but rather their superiors who wouldn’t allow them to do their jobs.  Your blogger sensed that the DC leadership felt it might be “bad politics” to appear to be unfriendly with the “Occupiers”.

The entire situation is truly sad.  The staff at Americans for Prosperity, both here in North Carolina, and nationally, worked hard to bring us the best Summit yet.   Other than the attack, the event went off without a hitch and we bloggers had a lot of fun.

It was great seeing so many friends ride the busses from North Carolina and surrounding states, and seeing the friends we’ve made over the years at the various AFP events.

 Thank you AFP, and we look forward to next year!

Image: Americans for Prosperity Foundation LOGO
The Americans for Prosperity had their fifth annual Defending the American Dream Summit this past weekend. It was packed full of great information and speakers. The only downside was the Occupy DC group that stormed the convention center in a well-coordinated attack.

Here are a number of article, posts and videos on the story: 

I Went Down To the Demonstration to Get My Fair Share of Abuse (The Other McCain – videos)

The Mob Who Came to Dinner (The American Spectator, by Robert Stacy McCain)

Under Occupation Friday Night (The American Spectator, by Laurel Buckley)

The Real Occupy DC
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrGa6tNml6Q

Occupy protest turns violent outside Washington Convention Center [VIDEO]
http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/05/chaos-video/

Occupy DC Protesters Try to Storm AFP Event
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXmmT9FqmmE

OccupyDC Protesters Use Kids to Blockade Door During Violent Scuffle
http://mrctv.org/videos/occupydc-protesters-use-kids-blockade-door-during-violent-scuffle

Liberal Protester Uses Child As Human Shield
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U20Cvetv17M

Occupy DC protester uses kids to block traffic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26fuglmHlxk

OBAMA’S OCCUPYDC VICTIM SPEAKS OUT: ‘I WENT DOWN THOSE STAIRS BECAUSE I WAS PUSHED’
http://www.breitbart.tv/obamas-occupydc-victim-speaks-out-i-went-down-those-stairs-because-i-was-pushed/

OCCUPYDC PROTESTERS ATTACK CONSERVATIVE GATHERING; HARASS WOMEN AND CHILDREN
http://www.breitbart.tv/inside-the-chaos-incredible-videos-of-violence-mayhem-at-occupydc-demonstration/

Tired of Public Unions? Connect and Organize (Video)

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The nation has seen the problems of collective bargining with public employees.  They forget that they work for us, the taxpayers.  It seems that often, we give them an inch and they want a mile.  They complain about being “workers” and that they want “workers rights” and they forget that the taxpayers who pay their salaries are workers, too.  It doesn’t matter if you work with your back or your brain, as a ditch digger or a designer, we all work in some way.

Public workers forget that they do not contribute to the economny, they take from it.

Recently, we told you about a FreedomWorks leader, Tabitha Hale, who was attached by a union demonstrator.  Ms. Hale, who is a friend of KCC, was watching the demonstrations outside her offices, and decided to take her iPhone to video them.  She was  knocked down, all 5’1″ of her, while wearing a dress.  You can see her attacker, at the very end of the below video.  He’s the white bearded man in the bright red sweat shirt.

Ms. Hale, as does anyone, has the right to walk up the street. If people are demonstrating outside her office at FreedomWorks in Washington, she has the right to take video of them.  She did nothing to “deserve” her tumble from a man standing above her on a wall.  What makes these people so angry?  Why has decency slid so low?

Glenn Beck tells us that WE must be organized, too.

Here is just the way to do it:

EDITOR’S NOTE: Tabitha Hale and your blogger are both members of Smart Girl Politics, a non-partisan group that seeks to engage, educate, and empower conservative women.

FreedomWorks Tabitha Hale Attacked by Union Thugs, Outside Her Office (video)

Pandering Panda, Courtesy of FreedomWorks

My friend, Tabitha Hale, is fearless.  Here she is getting attacked while filming a union thug protesting outside her office at FreedomWorks.  Conservative America has rallied by her side.  Thank you, Tabitha, for all you do.  Just think, it wasn’t all that long ago, that you were a wonderful blogger living here in Raleigh.  You wanted to go where the action was, in DC, and you made it happen.

Hale is currently the New Media Director, and so much more for the FreedomWorks national office.  Conservative bloggers everywhere love her.    Check out the full story by our friend Fingers Malloy, at News Real Blog.

Ms. Hale had this to say:

Basically, it’s ridiculous. I’m a 5’1 female in a dress, and he was standing up on a garden wall above me in the courtyard. He hardly felt threatened. I was stunned, because generally protesters are there to, you know, get their message out. They don’t normally shy away from the camera. I’m very much okay, and very appreciative of the support from my fellow bloggers and activists today. I am, however, shaken up by the level of sheer hatred I experienced today. The look of fury on his face in the close up is appalling. I had not exchanged a word with him. He didn’t know who I was. He didn’t even know my name, what I do. He had probably surmised that I was with FreedomWorks and that was enough.

This just can’t be tolerated anymore. It’s one thing to be called a violent teabagger. It’s another to be called a violent teabagger while you’re being assaulted. They’ve been comparing themselves to the Egyptians ousting Mubarak. Looks like they’re not too far off, given that they share the tendency to assault women with cameras.

NC Cong. Shuler To Carry Concealed At Political Events

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday, Congressman Heath Shuler (D-NC, 11), will  start carrying a concealed handgun at public events in his  district in response to Saturday’s shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Reporter Bill Theobald wrote that Shuler has worked hard to raise his profile on the House floor as leader of the moderate Democrats, known as the “Blue Dogs”. ” However, nothing he has done has gotten him as much attention as this…”

Theobald also wrote that Shuler obtained a concealed carry permit in 2009 after his life was threatened.  ( The same happened to this blogger in 2007.)

Shuler was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2010, a group in which KCC is a longtime member.

Read the complete story, here.

S 510 Food Safety Bill: Call your Congressmen

From the North Carolina Federation of Women Republican Legislative Report (12/1/10), reprinted with permission, is this valuable timely information regarding Senator Richard Burr‘s sponsorship of the bad bill S 510.  Brenda T. Formo analyses the issue.

After working so hard for Senator Burr in the election, your blogger is extremely disappointed in him, as are other grassroots activists.

Read on:

Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510)

Late on November 30, 2010 the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act,  73 to 25 with 2 not voting.  Both Senators Burr and Hagan voted for the bill, and only Republicans voted against it.

In trying to ascertain Senator Burr’s rationale in voting for the bill, a staffer referred me to Senator Burr’s press statement, “Our nation’s food safety system was designed over a century ago and was appropriate for a world in which most of our food was grown and processed domestically.  I voted in support of S. 510 today because I believe it is important that we modernize and update our approach to food safety to address issues that stem from our increasingly global food supply.  After months of discussion and debate, I am confident the final version will work for North Carolina and will protect small processors and farms.”

Supporters of the bill maintain that it is necessary due to health hazards experienced recently from peanuts, eggs and produce items.  Small farmers and those advocating buying food locally opposed the bill fearing potential bankruptcy for small businesses.  Senators agreed to exempt some from costly food safety plans.  They also eliminated some fees and reduced the number of mandatory inspections to get the required votes in the Senate and potentially in the House.

Other opponents such as David E. Gumpert a health and food issues reporter has stated that some of the food-borne illnesses “are the result of the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] not doing its job.”  As an example, the FDA knew for years that an Iowa egg producer had problems and did nothing, and instead concentrated on small producers that have caused no illnesses.

Senator Coburn (R-Oklahoma) opposed the bill because it will cost a minimum of $1.4 billion and it is not offset by spending cuts in other budgetary programs.  Coburn wrote in an op-ed last week: “Far from offering common-sense reforms, this bill doubles down on the status quo–which failed to prevent the salmonella outbreak–with 250 pages of new bureaucracy and regulations.  Expanding the Food and Drug Administration will harm small businesses and raise prices at the grocery store–all without having a meaningful impact on food safety.”

The New York Times has reported that the bill grants the FDA “new powers to recall tainted foods, increase inspections, demand accountability from food companies and oversee farming.”  The bill does not “consolidate overlapping functions at the Department of Agriculture and nearly a dozen other federal agencies that oversee various aspects of food safety, leaving coordination among the agencies a continuing challenge.”

The next step is for the bill to be reconciled with the version that the House passed in 2009.  Senator Harkin (D-Iowa) says that he has agreement from some House members to pass the Senate’s version.  The New York Times has reported that “the bill may still die because there might not be enough time for the usual haggling between the Senate and the House,” although if House Democrats agree to the Senate version passage could be expedited.

However, Roll Call has reported that the food safety bill may be returned to the Senate “because [Senate] Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.”  “House Democrats [yes, their own party] are expected to use a procedure known as ‘blue slipping’ to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides,” reports Roll Call.  The ‘blue slip’ process could lead to Senator Reid dropping the issue and allowing the next Congress to start over “or he could try to force the issue in the Senate after the House passes a new version of the bill.  But in order to do that and still tackle the other issues, he would need a unanimous consent agreement to limit debate.”  Speculation is that Senator Coburn (R-Oklahoma) will not agree.    [Note:  Are the GOP aides serious?  Wouldn't we be surprised if the Democrats actually have this power struggle since the bill adds bureaucracy and costs over a billion dollars--factors that Democrats appear to favor?]

Call NC Representatives and ask them to vote “NO” on this bill:

G.K. Butterfield (D- 1st) (202) 225-3101;

Bob Etheridge (D-2nd) (202) 225-4531;
Walter B. Jones, Jr.  (R-3rd)(202) 225-3415;

David E. Price (D-4th)(202) 225-1784

Virginia Foxx (R-5th)(202) 225-2071;

Howard Coble (R-6th)(202) 225-3065;

Mike McIntyre (D-7th)(202) 225-2731;

Larry Kissell (D-8th)(202) 225-3715;

Sue Myrick (R-9th)(202) 225-1976;

Patrick T. McHenry (R-10th)(202) 225-2576;

Health Shuler (D-11th)(202) 225-6401;

Melvin L. Watt (D-12th)(202) 225-1510;

Brad Miller (D-13th)(202) 225-3032.

Amendments to the Food Safety Modernization Act

The Senate rejected unrelated amendments to the bill including a moratorium on earmarks for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 that are regarded as “pet projects” in Congressional home districts.  Since earmarks are not part of the budget they are not subject to scrutiny.  The earmark ban vote was 39 to 56.  Senator Burr voted for the moratorium on earmarks and Senator Hagan voted against it.

Eight Republicans voted to keep earmark spending including Susan Collins (Maine), Thad Cochran (Miss), James Inhofe (Okla), Dick Lugar (Ind), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Richard Shelby (Ala), George Voinovich (Ohio), and Bob Bennett (Utah).  Only six Democrats voted for the earmark ban: Senators Claire McCaskill (Mo), Bill Nelson (Fla), Evan Bayh (Ind), Russ Feingold (Wis), Michael Bennet (Colo), and Mark Udall (Colo).

The Senate also rejected a tax provision aimed at paying for Obamacare.

Sources:  senate.govburr.senate.govheritage.org, “No Appetite for Rotten Food Regulations,” by Diane Katz, Nov 23, 2010; The New York Times,” Senate passes Sweeping Law on Food Safety,” by Gardiner Harris and William Neuman, Nov 30, 2010; rollcall.com, “House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error,” by John Stanton, Nov 30, 2010;theblaze.com, “Senate Passes Food Bill,” and “Pork Survives:  Senate Rejects Earmarks Ban,” by John Seidl, Nov 30, 2010; newzeal.com, “Who Benefits?  The Food Safety Bill Will Centralize and Regulate Food Production,” Nov 25, 2010; and The Hill, “Senate votes down ban on earmarks, 39-56,” by J. Taylor Rushing, Nov 30, 2010.

Going to the Beach?

Advisory:

Going to one of our NC beaches this week or weekend?

If so, do not go swimming in the ocean.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery instead.  Due to the Hurricane Earl passing offshore:

The rip tides are so strong, not even the toughest swimmer can beat them.  As someone who grew up at the beach, and lives there to this day, please watch your children and set the example.

Be safe!  Thanks and enjoy your long weekend.  God bless you all!

Check  here for current rip current information for most NC beaches.  Remember, even a low rip can kill.