Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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My Black, North Carolina Kinfolk



Click on pictures to enlarge.

My great, great Grandfather, Bartholomew Figures Moore of Raleigh, "The Father of the Bar" of North Carolina, freed all his slaves before The War Between the States. His son, George, enlisted at the beginning, then was captured, and sent to Elmira, "The Death Camp of the North." George survived, but was broken in health for the rest of his life. Below is B.F. Moore's namesake, Isaac B.F. Moore looking quite the Dapper Dan!

The following is the graveside of the "Beloved Master Servant" of my great, great Grandfather, Joseph John Pippen. This is located beside Joseph John Pippen's house outside of Tarboro, where I live. Washington Pippen stayed after the war, and his descendants live across the field from me. We visit often

Below, the great, great granddaughters of Washington Pippen taken at the 2004 Pippen Family Reunion. From left to right, Cousins Juanita, Cora and Berlena.

The family line of my great, great Grandfather, John Quincy Adams Leach of Pittsboro, has the most documented interaction with family blacks. His son, John Pelopidus Leach, went off to war in 1863 after one of his sisters was born. During this time frame, a group of Confederate Cavalry came to the plantation to water their horses. An officer approached the young Mammy who was sitting on the porch rocking a child only a few days old. When the gentleman asked the name of the baby, Mammy exclaimed "She ain't been named yet!" The officer replied, "Well, name her Dixie!" So was named Dixie Washington Leach, my great Aunt.

John Pelopidus Leach surrendered at Appomattox, and with his black friend and companion, Needham Leach, walked home to Pittsboro, crossing the Haw River at Byrnum's Mill in a bateau. There is no male in the 1860 slave schedule that matches the age of Needham, and I have often wondered if he was given freedom as a gift to his loyal parents or possibly kin. He was the Body Servant of John's brother, 1st Lt. George Thomas Leach, and George's Father would have only sent a trusted individual off to war with his eldest son, not a slave he had recently acquired. Needham is mentioned in letters home when he travels to Pittsboro to bring food back to the brothers in the Petersburg lines. John Quincy Adams Leach was a signer at Needham's marriage.

This picture shows three of my great aunt's from left to right, Mabel, Kate and Lucy with their playmate, Bob, around 1880. Many of the black and white Leach's had/have similar family names as listed in this article.

Below is a picture showing five generations born and bred at Mosby Hall in Littleton, the home of John Pelopidus Leach after the war. From right to left, Uncle Essex, Aunt Emily, Aunt Agnes, and Aunt Mabel with her child whose name I do not know. This was probably taken around 1900. Notice the Confederate Great Coat that Aunt Mabel is wearing. Uncle Essex was born a slave, and lived in "Person's Ordinary" on Mosby Hall Plantation where he was a stage coach driver. The Ordinary has since been moved within the Littleton city limits.

In 1907, my Mother was born and the following shows Aunt Emily holding her. Aunt Emily was also Mammy to my Grandmother, Sally Moore Leach Pippen, and my Aunt Mary Powell Pippen.

The same year Dixie Washington Leach took black and white photographs, then hand colored and printed them as postcards. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the first individual below. The second one shows Dixie Washington Leach's Mammy. The last one shows Mammy, and great, Aunt Dixie. Great Aunt Dixie would have been 44 and Mammy was probably between 62 and 66.

In 1914, John Pelopidus Leach died, and the monument below was erected to him in Littleton. It depicts two hands shaking, one black and one white, with the inscription, "This Is What He Meant, All Men Up Erected By His Colored Friends." Private/Captain/Colonel/Judge Leach donated the land for the Enon Baptist Church in Littleton, and was generous to the poor and needy throughout his life.

This is the great, great, great granddaughter of Needham Leach, Aunt Angela, holding my daughter Dixie, the namesake of Dixie Washington Leach. Great Aunt Dixie also had another namesake who recently died in Pittsboro, Angela's aunt. Angela's Aunt Dixie, in turn, has a namesake, her Cousin Dixie, in Pittsboro.

Brock Townsend

When our detractors mention that they don't comprehend the way we feel, perhaps they might better understand if we gave them these few lines from Faulkner.

"For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it is the instant when it is still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come to far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen year old boy to think this time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago......"
William Faulkner
At 4:33 PM, Blogger hortonk201 said...

My name is Kimberly Leach. I'm from Jackson TN....just wondering if there could be a tie.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Brock Townsend said...

Certainly could be. Please tell me more about your family.

At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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From: Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
Date: Tuesday 23NOV2010 1:30 a.m. EST

Yes, we really do need more phone calls before Thanksgiving. See the list below of the Senators who most need to hear from you because their votes are still up for grabs.



Your outpouring of phone calls and faxes these past 12 days has pushed the expected NO votes to the point that we think if the vote were held today that we'd have the 41 votes needed to kill DREAM with a fillibuster.

Hooray for you!

But the opposition is changing the bill by softening some of its most egregious aspects. You have done such a good job of pointing out loopholes that the amnesty sponsors have introduced new versions of DREAM that:
  • reduce the maximum age from 35 to 30

  • eliminate the section rewarding illegal aliens with in-state tuition
Even these two concessions don't go far enough, and there are many more problems with the bill besides those two.

But we don't yet know how many of the Senators who currently are whipped as being NO votes -- as well as "Unannounced" Senators -- might switch to YES if the DREAM sponsors keep narrowing the amnesty.

The other side is using its vast war chest of funds to pay for special phoning campaigns pushing YES votes.

We desperately need your phone calls today. Thanks. (Remember that the Senators are back home this week, so make the phone calls to their staffers back in the home state offices.)

To get talking points for your own Senators and to report what you hear back to us, be sure to
go to your NumbersUSA Action Board and look at your Phone Action Notes.

ACTION 1 -- 'Undecideds' are the priority

We need at least 4 of these 14 to vote NO. (The amnesty folks have a steeper hill to climb and need 11 of the 14 to vote YES.) But because there are a few wish-washy Senators among our NO list, we should aim to get at least 6 of these Undecideds. Please help.

Although many of these seem like they are leaning NO or ought to be a NO vote, there has to be a reason why they have chosen to remain publicly Undecided. The reason is unlikely to be a good one.

Most of these Undecided Senators are from small to medium sized states. If you live in the region of any of them, please call.


Sen. Lisa Murkowski
She goes back and forth on amnesties. Did her scare in almost losing her seat make her a little more attentive on this kind of thing? Too often in the past, she has seemed to trade her vote FOR open borders to get some kind of pork barrel for the state. Will she be different this time?
Anchorage: 907-271-3735
Fairbanks: 907-456-0233
Ketchikan: 907-225-6880
Wasilla: 907-376-7665
Kenai: 907-283-5808


Sen. Sam Brownback
He voted YES on the DREAM amnesty back in 2007. But he remains uncommited this time in public. He was just elected governor. Help him see that a YES vote now would immediately hurt his approval ratings.
Topeka: 785-233-2503
Wichita: 316-264-8066
Overland Park: 913-492-6378
Garden City: 620-275-1124
Pittsburg: 620-231-6040


Sen. Mary Landrieu
She has generally voted with US, especially as she faced tough re-election in 2008. She falsely was reported last week as coming out as a YES. But why is she remaining Uncommitted?
New Orleans: 504-589-2427
Baton Rouge: 225-389-0395
Shreveport: 318-676-3085
Lake Charles: 337-436-6650


Sen. Susan Collins
She voted YES in 2007. But her statements this week lean toward NO. You have driven her to the brink of a good decision; help her do it right.
Portland: 207-780-3575
Augusta: 207-622-8414
Bangor: 207-945-0417
Lewiston: 207-784-6969
Caribou: 207-493-7873
Biddeford: 207-283-1101

Sen. Olympia Snowe
She voted YES in 2007. But she is up for re-election in 2012. She has seen some other ensconced high-seniority Republicans nearly lose or lose to Primary challengers this year. A vote for amnesty now could make her a real target. It is a good sign that she hasn't declared herself a YES yet.
Portland: 207-874-0883
Augusta: 207-622-8292
Bangor: 207-945-0432
Auburn: 207-786-2451
Biddeford: 207-282-4144
Presque Isle: 207-764-5124


Sen. Debbie Stabenow
When she was coming up for re-election in 2006, she voted with us. But after winning, she voted YES on the DREAM Amnesty in 2007. Now, she is a Democrat coming up for another election in 2012 after big Republican gains in Michigan in the 2010 election. She is obviously conflicted and afraid to reveal either way. How does she tell Michigan's unemployed in 2012 that she voted to give millions more work permits to illegal aliens?
Detroit: 313-961-4330
Grand Rapids: 616-975-0052
East Lansing: 517-203-1760
Traverse City: 231-929-1031
Flint: 810-720-4172
Marquette: 906-228-8756


Sen. Claire McCaskill
She voted NO in 2007 and has been one of the more reliable pro-enforcement votes among Democrats. Missouri swung strong toward Republicans in the 2010 elections. So, why is she holding back on announcingt a NO now? She was one of the original co-sponsors of Harry Reid's placeholder amnesty bill in winter of 2009. She is very close to Pres. Obama. She is conflicted. Like others on this Undecided list, she probably hopes the vote doesn't occur so she doesn't have to anger either side of the issue.
St. Louis: 314-367-1364
Kansas City: 816-421-1639
Springfield: 417-868-8745
Columbia: 573-442-7130
Cape Girardeau: 573-651-0964


Sen. Max Baucus
He was one of the few Democrats who voted NO last time. He has indicated he is leaning NO.
Helena: 406-449-5480
Billings: 406-657-6790
Bozeman: 406-586-6104
Great Falls: 406-761-1574
Glendive: 406-365-7002
Missoula: 406-329-3123
Kalispell: 406-756-1150
Butte: 406-782-8700


Sen. Ben Nelson
He has been one of our more reliable Democrats but he voted YES on the DREAM amnesty in 2007. He is facing huge battle for re-election in 2012. He has just come out with a statement indicating he is leaning NO, but it is ambiguous.
Omaha: 402-391-3411
Lincoln: 402-441-4600


Sen. Kay Hagan
Her statements indicate leaning NO, but they aren't clear enough.
Charlotte: 704-334-2448
Raleigh: 919-856-4630
Asheville: 828-257-6510
Greensboro: 336-333-5311
Greenville: 252-754-0707


Sen. Kent Conrad
One of few Democrats to vote NO last time and is leaning NO now. Up for re-election in 2012.
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Bismarck: 701-258-4648
Grand Forks: 701-775-9601
Minot: 701-852-0703

Sen. Byron Dorgan
Our most reliable Democrat who voted NO last time. But he is retiring and perhaps has different senses of obligation. Why hasn't he clearly put himself in the NO column this time?
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Bismarck: 701-250-4618
Minot: 701-852-0703


Sen. Lindsey Graham
One of the most pro-amnesty Republicans. But he has said amnesties have to be linked to tough new enforcement. South Carolinians have thought he was impossible to budget, but their constant complaints to him on immigration seem to have helped him step away from pushing for a blanket amnesty earlier this year.
Columbia: 803-933-0112
Greenville: 864-250-1417
Pendleton: 864-646-4090
Mount Pleasant: 843-849-3887
Florence: 843-669-1505
Rock Hill: 803-366-2828


Sen. Joe Manchin
This Democrat is replacing the always-anti-amnesty Sen. Byrd. Manchin's statements indicate he is leaning NO. Time to get a commitment to what thre people of his state overwhelmingly want.
Washington, D.C.: 202-224-3954

ACTION 2 -- Up for re-election in 2012 but still say they'll vote YES on amnesty (you can change some of these)

With the anti-incumbent mood widely expected to continue through 2012, these Senators need to be reminded what a great liability a pro-amnesty vote will be in their next election.

At the least, they need to see that there is political pain to suffer for voting to give out millions of work permits to illegal aliens. We especially need help from neighbors to get the calls up for the small states of Delaware, Rhode Island and Vermont.


Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Los Angeles:310-914-7300
San Francisco: 415-393-0707
San Diego: 619-231-9712
Fresno: 559-485-7430


Sen. Joe Lieberman

Hartford: 860-549-8463


Sen. Tom Carper

Dover: 302-674-3308
Wilmington: 302-573-6291
Georgetown: 302-856-7690


Sen. Bill Nelson

Coral Gables: 305-536-5999
Tampa: 813- 225-7040
Jacksonville: 904-346-4500
Fort Myers: 239-334-7760
Fort Lauderdale: 954-693-4851
West Palm Beach: 561-514-0189
Tallahassee: 850-942-8415


Sen. Richard Lugar

Indianapolis: 317-226-5555
Fort Wayne: 260-422-1505
Evansville: 812-465-6313
Valparaiso: 219-548-8035


Sen. Ben Cardin

Baltimore: 410-962-4436
Bowie: 301-860-0414
Cumberland: 301-777-2957
Salisbury: 410-546-4250


Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Rochester: 507-288-5321
Moorhead: 218-287-2219
Virginia: 218-741-9690


Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Albuquerque: 505-346-6601
Santa Fe: 505-988-6647
Roswell: 575-622-7113
Las Cruces: 575-523-6561
Farmington: 505-325-5030


Sen. Sherrod Brown

Cleveland: 216-522-7272
Cincinnati: 513-684-1021
Columbus: 614-469-2083
Lorain: 440-242-4100


Sen. Bob Casey

Philadelphia: 215-405-9660
Pittsburgh: 412-803-7370
Harrisburg: 717-231-7540
Allentown: 610-782-9470
Scranton: 570-941-0930
Erie: 814-874-5080
Bellefonte: 814-357-0314


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Providence: 401-453-5294


Sen. Bernie Sanders

Burlington: 800-339-9834
Brattleboro: 802-254-8732
St. Johnsbury: 802-748-9269


Sen. Jim Webb

Richmond: 804-771-2221
Virginia Beach: 757-518-1674
Roanoke: 540-772-4236
Falls Church: 703-573-7090
Danville: 434-792-0976
Norton: 276-679-4925


Sen. Maria Cantwell

Seattle: 206-220-6400
Spokane: 509-353-2507
Tacoma: 253-572-2281
Everett: 425-303-0114
Vancouver: 360-696-7838
Richland: 509-946-8106


Sen. Herb Kohl

Milwaukee: 414-297-4451
Madison: 608-264-5338
LaCrosse: 608-796-0045
Eau Claire: 715-832-8424
Appleton: 920-738-1640

ACTION 3 -- These are the other Senators who have committed themselves to a YES for amnesty.

I'm not expecting much chance of changing these. But if they are from your state, please let their staff know how seriously disappointed you are in their actions.

You will find a
Phone Action Note on your NumbersUSA Action Board giving you the specific talking points for calling these Senators who ought to at least know that their announced decision to support amnesty is being noticed and is very unpopular.


Sen. Mark Begich

Anchorage: 907-271-5915
Juneau: 907-586-7700
Fairbanks: 907-456-0261
Ketchikan: 907-225-3000
Kenai: 907-283-4000


Sen. Blanche Lincoln
She and her past pro-amnesty record were defeated overwhelmingly by the voters early this month. So, she's going to vote for amnesty again just to put a stick in the eye of Arkansans?
Little Rock: 501-375-2993
Fayetteville: 479-251-1224
Texarkana: 870-774-3106
Jonesboro: 870-910-6896
Dumas: 870-382-1023


Sen. Barbara Boxer

Los Angeles: 213-894-5000
Riverside: 951-684-4849
San Francisco: 415-403-0100
San Diego: 619-239-3884
Sacramento: 916-448-2787
Fresno: 559-497-5109


Sen. Michael Bennet

Colorado Springs: 719-328-1100
Fort Collins: 970-224-2200
Durango: 970-259-1710
Alamosa: 719-587-0096
Fort Morgan: 970-542-9446
Grand Junction: 970-241-6631
Pueblo: 719-542-7550

Sen. Mark Udall

Denver: 303-650-7820
Colorado Springs: 719-471-3993
Greeley: 970-356-5586
Durango: 970-247-1047
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Pueblo: 719-542-1701


Sen. Chris Dodd

Hartford: 800-334-5341


Sen. Tom Carper

Dover: 302-674-3308
Wilmington: 302-573-6291
Georgetown: 302-856-7690

Sen. Chris Coons

Washington, D.C.: 202-224-5042


Sen. Bill Nelson

Coral Gables: 305-536-5999
Tampa: 813- 225-7040
Jacksonville: 904-346-4500
Fort Myers: 239-334-7760
Fort Lauderdale: 954-693-4851
West Palm Beach: 561-514-0189
Tallahassee: 850-942-8415


Sen. Daniel Akaka

Honolulu: 808-522-8970

Sen. Daniel Inouye

Honolulu: 808-541-2542
Hilo: 808-935-0844


Sen. Dick Durbin

Chicago: 312-353-4952
Springfield: 217-492-4062
Carbondale: 618-351-1122


Sen. Evan Bayh
He portrays himself as a moderate, new-style Democrat but he's willing to vote for an amnesty just before retiring from the Senate?
Indianapolis: 317-554-0750
Fort Wayne: 260-426-3151
Evansville: 812-465-6500
South Bend: 574-236-8302
Jeffersonville: 812-218-2317
Hammond: 219-852-2763


Sen. Tom Harkin

Des Moines: 515-284-4574
Cedar Rapids: 319-365-4504
Davenport: 563-322-1338
Sioux City: 712-252-1550
Dubuque: 563-582-2130


Sen. Barbara Mikulski

Baltimore: 410-962-4510
Hagerstown: 301-797-2826
Annapolis: 410-263-1805
Greenbelt: 301-345-5517
Salisbury: 410-546-7711


Sen. John Kerry

Boston: 617-565-8519
Springfield: 413-785-4610
Fall River: 508-677-0522


Sen. Carl Levin

Detroit: 313-226-6020
Grand Rapids: 616-456-2531
Lansing: 517-377-1508
Traverse City: 231-947-9569
Saginaw: 989-754-2494
Warren: 586-573-9145
Escanaba: 906-789-0052


Sen. Al Franken

St. Paul: 651-221-1016
Duluth: 218-722-2390
St. Peter: 507-931-5813
St. Cloud: 320-251-2721


Sen. Harry Reid

Las Vegas: 775-882-7343
Reno: 775-686-5750
Carson City: 775-882-7343


Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Manchester: 603-647-7500
Nashua: 603-883-0196
Dover: 603-750-3004
Claremont: 603-542-4872
Berlin: 603-752-6300


Sen. Frank Lautenberg

Newark: 973-639-8700
Camden: 856-338-8922

Sen. Bob Menendez

Newark: 973-645-3030
Barrington: 856-757-5353


Sen. Tom Udall

Albuquerque: 505-346-6791
Santa Fe: 505-988-6511
Las Cruces: 575-526-5475


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

New York: 212-688-6262
Buffalo: 716-854-9725
Syracuse: 315-448-0470
Albany: 518-431-0120
Rochester: 585-263-6250
Melville: 631-249-2825

Sen. Chuck Schumer

New York: 212-486-4430
Buffalo: 716-846-4111
Syracuse: 315-423-5471
Albany: 518-431-4070
Rochester: 585-263-5866
Binghamton: 607-772-6792
Melville: 631-753-0978
Peeskill: 914-734-1532


Sen. Jeff Merkley

Portland: 503-326-3386
Eugene: 541-465-6750
Salem: 503-362-8102
Medford: 541-608-9102
Pendleton: 541-278-1129
Bend: 541-318-1298

Sen. Ron Wyden

Portland: 503-326-7525
Eugene: 541-431-0229
Salem: 503-589-4555
Medford: 541-858-5122
La Grande: 541-962-7691
Bend: 541-330-9142


Sen. Arlen Specter

Philadelphia: 215-597-7200
Pittsburgh: 412-644-3400
Harrisburg: 717-782-3951
Allentown: 610-434-1444
Scranton: 570-346-2006
Erie: 814-453-3010
Wilkes-Barre: 570-826-6265


Sen. Jack Reed

Providence: 401-528-5200
Cranston: 401-943-3100


Sen. Tim Johnson
Some are reporting that he says he is leaning NO. Help him get there.
Sioux Falls: 605-332-8896
Rapid City: 605-341-3990
Aberdeen: 605-226-3440


Sen. Bob Bennett

Salt Lake City: 801-524-5933
Provo: 801-851-2525
Ogden: 801-625-5676
Cedar City: 435-865-1335
St. George: 435-628-5514


Sen. Pat Leahy

Burlington: 800-642-3193
Montpelier: 802-229-0569


Sen. Mark Warner

Richmond: 804-775-2314
Norfolk: 757-441-3079
Roanoke: 540-857-2676
Vienna: 703-442-0670
Abingdon: 276-628-8158


Sen. Patty Murray

Seattle: 206-553-5545
Tacoma: 253-572-3636
Everett: 425-259-6515
Yakima: 509-453-7462
Vancouver: 360-696-7797
Bellevue: 425-462-4460


Sen. Jay Rockefeller

Charleston: 304-347-5372
Martinsburg: 304-262-9285
Fairmont: 304-367-0122
Beckley: 304-253-9704


Sen. Russ Feingold

Milwaukee: 414-276-7282
Green Bay: 920-465-7508
Wausau: 715-848-5660
LaCrosse: 608-782-5585
Middleton: 608-828-1200


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GOA: Campaign 2012

Campaign 2012: GOA has already endorsed the first candidate
-- Steve Daines for U.S. Senate, Montana

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gun Owners of America has two major goals in 2012:

First -- make Barack Obama a one-term President.

Second -- make Harry Reid the minority leader in the Senate.

I traveled to Bozeman, Montana on Saturday, November 13th to deliver the Gun Owners of America endorsement for Steve Daines for United States Senate to defeat John Tester in 2012.

Remembering that the 13th was less than two weeks after the November 2nd Election, a time when most people were worn out and resting from the hard work of the last few months, I was blown away by the crowd in attendance.

There were at least 200-300 people in the room on that Saturday morning to listen to Steve Daines give his announcement speech... and he didn't disappoint them.

In a speech that highlighted the roots of his family (5-generations) who came to America and settled in Montana, he also stressed saving our economy, cutting taxes, putting the federal government on a major diet and PROTECTING THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

Music to my ears.

Folks, this guy is the real deal.

After Daines gave his announcement, it was my turn to give the Gun Owners of America endorsement, which was easy since I had the chance to spend time with and to learn about Steve over the past few months.

And it was easy since he is running to unseat Senator John Tester, who has an "F" rating from GOA.

Tester is the poster boy for voting pro-gun on one item and then stabbing pro-gunners in the back and voting anti-gun on the next.

Some examples:

Tester voted to confirm anti-gun leftists Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court for many years to come.

Tester voted not once, but twice, for the so-called "Disclose Act," which was a blatant attempt by sitting members of Congress to stop groups like Gun Owners of America from giving the voting records of elected officials around election time. This legislation was so blatantly political that it even gave 'exemptions' to some groups to campaign while trying to stop others from doing anything!

Tester voted to confirm radical anti-gun U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who, as you will recall, was one of the key figures in the Clinton White House in pushing the ban on semi-automatic firearms. Today, Holder advocates the reinstatement of the Clinton gun ban.

Senator Tester voted for Obama-appointed "regulatory Czar" Cass Sunstein, who believes hunting is outdated and should be stopped and that animals should have legal representation against humans in court.

Senator Tester -- are you listening? Gun Owners of America won't let our members and the pro-gun voters of Montana and America forget how you voted on these key issues before you face the Montana electorate in 2012.

I hope every American and every organization that believes in the Constitution of the United States, and the crucial need to protect it, has the same chance I've had to get to know Steve Daines in the very near future.

If they do, I guarantee you that he will have the money and the volunteer workforce to get the job done in 2012 and he will be elected Montana's next United States Senator.

You can bet that Gun Owners of America and our members will do all we can to help.

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This is one time where the term "piling on" is a good thing.

Tim Macy
Gun Owners of America

Debrief: Militia Operation At The AZ Border

"The recent Arizona mission described in my previous articles has been concluded. Readers have expressed an interest in the outcome of our attempts to assist Border Patrol and the unfortunate residents of southern Arizona. In the interest of brevity I cannot accurately describe the day-to-day operations in a manner befitting your sincere attention to this matter, but I can break it down into a well known format that should suffice."

Your Calls Help Stall UN Treaty


Senate Holds Hearing on CEDAW

November 22, 2010

Melanie Palazzo
Congressional Action Program Director

A sharp whistle echoed through the halls of the U.S. Senate Office Building. “I need everyone to get to one side of the hall and lower your voices—this is a place of business!” bellowed a Capitol Police officer. The seemingly endless line of women wearing pink “Ratify CEDAW” stickers momentarily quieted as they edged near the wall.

The commotion was due to a treaty called CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) drafted 31 years ago by the United Nations. It was signed by President Carter but never ratified by the Senate—much to the chagrin of internationalist and liberal feminist groups. To change this 30-year-old hold, the CEDAW2010 campaign was born in order to renew pressure on the Senate.

So, the dust was blown off the treaty and a hearing was scheduled in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law on Thursday, November 18, 2010. When HSLDA learned this, we immediately went on the offense, sending action emails to our membership urging them to tell their Senators to oppose this treaty.

HSLDA opposes CEDAW because of numerous sections in the treaty that require nations which have ratified it to regulate curriculum and education methods in order to eliminate gender bias. We believe that these sections would lead to federal regulation of homeschooling. You can read more about our concerns online.

Homeschoolers across the nation heeded the call to action. Senator Richard Durbin (IL), chair of the subcommittee, received so many calls that his staff began to try to get our callers to contact other offices. When the calls did not cease, the senator’s staff started to answer the phone asking, “Are you calling to oppose CEDAW?”

Will Estrada, HSLDA’s director of Federal Relations, visited the office of every senator on the subcommittee the day of the hearing. Upon entering each office, he was greeted with the sound of ringing phones—every call was from homeschoolers across the nation urging opposition to CEDAW. When he mentioned to staff members that they may have received a few calls about CEDAW, they wearily laughed and retorted, “That’s an understatement.” After receiving dozens of phone calls, staff for Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) urgently notified HSLDA that the senator opposed CEDAW. Senator Graham previously had no stated position.

While we were incredibly effective in letting our voices be heard, the other side was quite vocal as well. Pink “Ratify CEDAW” stickers were everywhere the day of the hearing, and the line to get in the hearing room stretched down several halls, sending Senate employees scrambling to provide an overflow room.

During the hearing, the two panels of witnesses were full of pro-CEDAW individuals from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Justice Department, Hollywood, Afghanistan, and liberal feminist groups. Steve Groves, from The Heritage Foundation, had the lone opinion that CEDAW was dangerous to the freedom of U.S. citizens.

As the hearing began, each witness assured Senator Durbin—the sole senator at the hearing—that the treaty would not affect U.S. law. They said the United States had to ratify the treaty to take the lead in women’s rights. When it was Mr. Groves’ turn, he alone brought up the fact that the United States already leads the world in advocating for human rights and the protection of women and girls with the example of its laws and culture, and stated that it is unnecessary for the United States to ratify this treaty. Furthermore, he explained that CEDAW would endanger America’s national interests.

In a humorous exchange, Mr. Groves pointed out that the UN CEDAW Committee has made shocking recommendations to nations which ratified CEDAW, for example, suggesting Belarus ban Mother’s Day and that Guinea de-criminalize prostitution.

Senator Durbin responded by asking, “and did Belarus ban Mother’s Day?” Mr. Groves responded, “No, I do not believe any country banned Mother’s Day.” The room erupted in laughter, but the point was made—most nations ignore CEDAW, but with our activist courts, ratification of CEDAW may not be a laughing matter in the United States.

For the time being, we are confident that the U.S. Senate heard our message of opposition to CEDAW loud and clear. No further hearings or votes on CEDAW are scheduled. We are grateful for each and every family who called in opposition to CEDAW. However, CEDAW is not going away. Its activists will continue to strategize and push for its ratification. We must be equally alert, unified, and vocal.

HSLDA will continue to monitor CEDAW and provide action updates as needed.

VIDEO: Gov Jindal: ‘Make Congressmen Part-time’

"Make [politicians] part-time. Give them term limits. Don’t let them become lobbyists. When they have to live under the same rules and laws they passed for the rest of us, maybe you’d see some more common sense coming out of Washington, D.C. Instead you got a permanent governing political class."

Japan Calls For Attack On North Korea

"Could this be a staged event used to further destroy the economy and create worldwide fear/tension?"

Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years

" The companies with multimillion-dollar contracts to supply American airports with body-scanning machines more than doubled their spending on lobbying in the past five years and hired several high-profile former government officials to advance their causes in Washington, government records show."

Zogby: Obama Plunges To 39% As Dems Abandon Him, Too

"They are of the people, and return again to mix with the people, having no more durable preeminence than the different grains of sand in an hourglass. Such an assembly cannot easily become dangerous to liberty. They are the servants of the people, sent together to do the people's business, and promote the public welfare; their powers must be sufficient, or their duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable appointments, but a mere payment of daily wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their expences; so that, having no chance for great places, and enormous salaries or pensions, as in some countries, there is no triguing or bribing for elections."
--Benjamin Franklin, letter to George Whatley, 1785
How times have changed.
The fact that even Democrats are turning on President Barack Obama contributed to an approval plunge to 39 percent, his lowest ever, according to a Zogby Poll that prompted John Zogby to describe the result as a “perilous position.”

Stop The DREAM Act

"........it should be no surprise who are some of its most adamant supporters:

- military recruiters who, not learning the lessons of ancient Rome, seek to remake the U.S. military into a Third World band of mercenaries dangling the carrot of citizenship in front of potential recruits."