Tea Party Scottsdale will host Diane Douglas, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, our monthly meeting to be held Thursday, May 21st at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N Scottsdale Rd, Barcelona Room, Scottsdale from 6:30 PM until 8:30.
Ms. Douglas, recently elected to her position, will speak on her experiences in the new job with particular emphasis on Common Core
and her plans to modify or eliminate the program. A question and answer session will follow.
The meeting is sponsored by Tea Party Scottsdale. The public is invited. There is no charge, although a small donation to defer expenses will be appreciated.
For additional information, including Ms Douglas's Interview, visit our Events Page.
via Citizen Warrior: What About the Good Verses in the Quran?
THIS IS ANOTHER in our series, Answers to Objections. You’ve probably heard someone quote “good” verses from the Quran. Bill Warner wanted to know exactly how many verses in the Quran are positive for non-Muslims, so he counted them. The answer is 245. That’s pretty good. That adds up to 4,018 words in the Quran, and comprises 2.6 percent of the total Quranic text.
But, says Warner, “in every case, the verse is followed by another verse that contradicts the ‘good’ verses.” Furthermore, except for seven verses, every “good verse” is abrogated later in the same chapter (known as a “sura”). Those seven exceptions are abrogated in later chapters.
In other words, every single one of the verses in the Quran with a positive message for non-Muslims is abrogated, leaving nothing positive for non-Muslims. Not one verse.
There’s more. Warner says, “The media emphasizes Islam’s positive verses about the People of the Book, the Jews and Christians. Even this turns out to be illusory. Christians and Jews receive the goodness of Islam only if they agree that their sacred texts are corrupt, the Koran is true, and that Mohammad is a prophet of the Christian and Jewish religion.” If they do that, they will get the blessings of Islam. Of course, if they do that, they are no longer Christians or Jews; they’re Muslims.
So there is nothing positive in the Quran for non-Muslims. Period. And there are 527 verses in the Quran that are intolerant to non-Muslims, 109 verses calling on Muslims to make war on non-Muslims.
When non-Muslims read the Quran and don’t like it, sometimes they’re accused of “having an unfavorable view of Islam” or being an Islamophobe. Or they may be simply accused of “hatred.”
But, really, what is there to like about any of this if you’re a non-Muslim?
As the Framers knew, we are unlikely to outgrow human nature. So what happens when we decide we’ve outgrown a Constitution designed to protect us from human nature’s foibles? The question arises, yet again, thanks to Senator Bob Corker. The Tennessee Republican, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, is author — along with Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) — of a ballyhooed bipartisan bill that is being touted as the derailment of President Obama’s plan to trample congressional prerogatives en route to a calamitous “deal” that will facilitate jihadist Iran’s nuclear-weapons ambitions. (I use scare-quotes because the so-called deal is still a work in regress.) So guess who now supports this stalwart congressional resistance to our imperial president? Why none other than . . . yes . . . Barack Obama! You think maybe, just maybe, the Corker bill isn’t quite what it’s cracked up to be? You’d be right.
APRIL 16, 2015 NYT, Editorial Page
Hillary Clinton is off and running and thinking about you all the time, everyday American. Right now she’s probably in her van, someplace on the Interstate highway system, wondering how you’re doing.
She could be home, lounging on her patio, looking at the daffodils and sipping a glass of 1961 Latour. But instead she’s at a diner or a town meeting, nodding ferociously and listening to a guy explain his problems with rural electrification. And she is planning on doing this sort of thing for the next 19 months. Just for you.
The initial strategy, as you may have noticed, is to underwhelm. Start very quiet and make it clear that she does not expect special consideration. Just treat her the same way you would a candidate for zoning board of appeals. Or Lincoln Chafee. She’ll be fine.
But what does it all mean for you?
Written by Bobby Ghosh
As the ink dries on the Lausanne arrangement, there are celebrations on the streets of Tehran and other Iranian cities. Most Iranians undoubtedly regard the bargain stuck with the P5+1 as a win for their country: They get to keep a nuclear program, however restricted, and will—contingent on keeping their own end of the deal—be freed from economic sanctions.
It’s hard not to cheer with a people who have for years been caught between the anvil of sanctions and the hammer of a brutish, corrupt regime.
But it is sobering to remember some of the other people who’ll be celebrating the news from Lausanne. For the puppets and proxies Iran has created and cultivated over three decades, their sponsor’s release from economic shackles promises pennies from heaven.
If you listened carefully, you might have heard the sounds of champagne being uncorked last night in the Damascus palace of Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad. He’d been having
Congressman David Schweikert tells us what’s moving in Congress regarding the FCC’s recent decisions on Net Neutrality and Broadband.
The day after the FCC’s decision to preempt state laws regarding municipal broadband requirements, David cosponsored Marsha Blackburn’s bill – HR 1106 – to rein in the FCC’s power grab by not allowing them to intervene in state laws and rights. If you would like to read more about the bill, visit this link.
Another bill David has cosponsored (also from Rep. Blackburn’s office) is HR 1212, The Internet Freedom Act. This bill prohibits the FCC from reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service – essentially rendering their February 26th decision ineffective. You can read more about the bill here.
by, former City Councilman, Bob Littlefield
If you stop and think about it, the number of different types of taxes we pay to various levels of government is staggering. We pay income taxes to the federal and state governments (in some states people even have to pay city income taxes). We pay sales taxes to the state, counties and cities. We pay property taxes to the counties, cities, school districts, Community College Districts, and in some locations fire districts and community facility districts. And if you own a business there is a whole extra set of taxes – unemployment, luxury taxes, liquor taxes, tobacco taxes, gasoline taxes and more.
We also pay fees to various governments for services they provide. Scottsdale residents, for instance, pay the city for water, sewer and garbage services. On the surface these fees seem less onerous than all of the various taxes we pay. After all, we are getting something tangible in return for the fees we pay. However, cities have inserted “stealth” taxes into these fees. Here’s how:
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for hisDemocracy in America(appearing in two volumes: 1835 and 1840) and The Old Regime and the Revolution (1856). In both of these works, he analyzed the rising living standards and social conditions of individuals and their relationship to the market and state in Western societies. Democracy in America was published after his travels in the United States, and is today considered an early work of sociology and political science.
Here is Alexis de Tocqueville on Islam:
"I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself."
Last week, the GOP-led Congress passed a budget resolution which, Republicans claim, will balance the budget in 10 years. The resolution is a policy document, intended to guide the appropriations process, and doesn’t itself have the force of law.
More important than the details of the budget document, the action sets up the GOP to finally match its action to its rhetoric and undo the worst aspects of Obama’s fiscal policies.
Over the next two weeks, while Congress is in recess, the House and Senate will begin to hammer out small differences between the budget resolutions that passed each chamber. Leaders in both chambers have vowed to meet the April 15th deadline to produce a final budget resolution.
The final product of House and Senate negotiations on a budget resolution matters less than the process by which any deal will be enacted. Congress, particularly the Senate, can use “reconciliation” to make policy changes that