Immigration Town Meeting

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Immigration
Morgade Library – Salerno Road
5851 SE Community Drive
Stuart, Florida 34997
Wednesday – February 2, 2011
6 PM

Have you had the opportunity to hear Representative Bill Snyder speak on his upcoming immigration bill?

Do you have questions about the pending immigration legislation currently under discussion in the Florida Legislature?

If you want to know more and have questions, then this is a meeting you don’t want to miss.

Representative Snyder will discuss his proposed bill in detail at this meeting.

Join us for an informative, non-partisan program at the Morgade Library, Salerno Road, 6PM, Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

In order to ensure that as many folks as possible have their questions answered, we ask that you submit your questions in writing at the beginning of the meeting if possible. We will supply you with pen and paper.

Free of charge and open to the public.

MAP:

Friends and Patriots at the last debate in
Palm City we were out numbered 5 to 1.
Rep. Snyder needs our support!!
PS: The last event was standing room only.
Supporters who arrived late were left standing outside.
Please get there early so the naysayers are left outside.

Action Alert – Prevent the Weakening of the Inspector General’s Office

[ PRINT ]

The representatives of the municipalities on the Inspector General (IG) Drafting Committee are balking at the oversight role of the IG. The municipalities are saying that we, the voters, didn’t understand what we were voting for and that we simply didn’t want ‘pay to play’ activities by our elected officials. They are attempting to weaken the scope of the IG, saying that the IG should not be able to review and report on mismanagement or inefficiencies or to second guess the municipalities’ decisions in any way – when it is precisely those types of decisions that can ‘waste’ the tax-payers dollars.

ACTIONS


1 – Attend the Wednesday, February 9th meeting at 2pm at the Vista Center, Vista Center Hearing Room, 2300 N. Jog Rd (just northeast of Okeechobee Rd) – listen to the discussion politely, and when there’s time for public comment, please state that: you as a voter knew what you were voting for and that you believe that the ‘independent oversight of local government operations” is key to the IG’s role.

It is important that we have a large turnout at this meeting. Please make every effort to attend in person.

2 – Send emails to the drafting committee members stating that you support the scope of the IG as described in the original ordinance to “detect misconduct involving abuse, corruption, fraud, waste, inefficiencies and mismanagement” and that the same scope must now apply to the municipalities. The email addresses are:

REPRESENTING THE COUNTY:

David Baker david.baker@amrl.com
David Aronberg – Committee Vice Chair aronberg@yahoo.com
Donna Raney – County Attorney’s office DRaney@pbcgov.org

REPRESENTING LEAGUE OF CITIES

Kurt Bressner – Committee Chair BressnerK@bbfl.us
Michael Bornstein mbornstein@lantana.org
Trela White – League of Cities Attorney trela@corbettandwhite.com

REPRESENTING OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

Sheryl Steckler – Inspector General SSteckler@pbcgov.org

3 – “like” the Vote Yes on Ethics facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vote-YES-on-Ethics/104294449637067) so that you can see future action alerts or go to http://ethicspbc.com

4 – Send an email to support@ethicspbc.com with “I want independent oversight of local government” in the subject line.

Background:


In 2009 many of you worked very hard to see that an independent Inspector General was put in place for Palm Beach County, as well as Ethics Ordinances.. You stood up at County Commission meetings, you signed petitions, and you saw the Inspector General’s office get implemented. Then in November 2010 the people voted. An overwhelming 72% of voters wanted these ordinances and for the Inspector General’s scope to apply to all of the municipalities in the county.

The Charter Amendment called for a drafting committee consisting of representatives from both the League of Cities and the County, in equal representation plus the Inspector General for the IG Drafting Committee, and the Executive Director of the Ethics Commission for the Ethics Drafting Committee. The role of the IG committee is to write a new ordinance, using the original as a basis to incorporate the municipalities.

The Charter Amendment (http://www.pbcgov.com/countycommissioners/pdf/charter.pdf), in Section 8.3, defined the role of the Inspector General:

“The county shall, by ordinance, establish an Office of the Inspector General to provide independent oversight of publicly funded transactions, projects, and other local government operations”

The original IG ordinance (2009.049 – Sec. 2.422), stated that the office of the Inspector General was to “detect misconduct involving abuse, corruption, fraud, waste, inefficiencies, and mismanagement by elected and appointed county officials and employees, county agencies and instrumentalities, contractors, and other parties doing business with the county and/or receiving county funds.”

The IG ordinance drafting committee has spent 3 meetings now debating the wording of the Inspector General’s scope. The next meeting is to be held on February 9, 2011 at 2pm.

Century Village 912 Super Seniors to meet Thursday, Feb.3

This Thursday, Feb. 3, at 10 am the CV 912 Super Seniors will meet in the West Palm Beach Century Village Clubhouse.

We look forward to greeting each other as so many of us have returned after months away from CV.  Seniors are welcome to bring articles of interest to share as well as suggestions for topics to be discussed.  The latest developments in healthcare coverage, deficit spending reports, rising prices for food and energy, and riots in Tunisia and Egypt would be some of the appropriate topics.

We will hand out articles about the pension savings issue as well as about the healthcare law’s comparative effectiveness research which is intended to prevent what our President describes as “health care that is not really helpful”. Some believe that comparative effectiveness research would deny certain types of care based on age, mental health, physical limitations, etc. and result in government determined rationing.

Bring a friend as we come together to educate ourselves and each other, empower Seniors to use their influence effectively, and act as individuals or groups according to each one’s goals.

This is a gated community.  If you live outside Century Village and would like to be our guest, please email your request to CV912SuperSeniors@gmail.com

This group meets the first Thursday of each month at 10am in the WPB Century Village Clubhouse.

Brian Mudd, WJNO’s Program Director, highlights our next SFL 912 Meeting

The next monthly meeting of South Florida 912 will be held on February 8th at 7pm at:

The Original Wellington Mall center court
12794 W. Forest Hill Blvd
Wellington , FL 33414

We’re excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Brian Mudd – Program Director for WJNO (1290 AM)  and co-host of the Palm Beaches Morning  Report.  Regular listeners of  Hannity’s radio show may have heard Brian fill in for Hannity back on 12/29.  He spoke of the impact of government actions on small business and on the importance of local activism.  Brian, as WJNO’s Financial Advisor, often speaks about economic  and local taxation issues.

Since much of our local involvement has focused on areas such as county spending and taxation (via our involvement with Taxpayer Action Board), and ethics (through our actions on the original ordinances) – Brian will be covering economic matters (such as small business, inflation, PBC Taxes).  We’ve also asked him to talk about how best to access media – because publicizing what we’re doing has major impact on our future successes.  We’ll have some time for Q’s and A’s, and he’s also interested in asking us questions!

Some other topics for our meeting will include a TAB update, a Palm Beach County Charter Review update, a possible call to action on the drafting of the county-wide Inspector General ordinance, and an update on 912 Super Seniors.

So join us for an exciting and informative meeting.

Health Care Survey

Congressman Ted Deutch is asking his consitituents in the 19th district for input on the provisions of Obamacare (aka. “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”). If you are on his mailing list, you may have received an email with a link to the survey.

In it, he asks specific questions about many separate aspects of the Act, but it is clearly designed to get people to say how much they like it. With a laundry list of the so-called “positive and popular” aspects like closing the doughnut hole, the survey will provide fuel for the Democrat narrative that “my constituents really love this legislation and do not want it repealed”. He only asks about the “good” things, not the “bad” ones like “do you like the fact that it will bankrupt the country and require permission from the government to get the care I need”.

If you live in CD19, please go to the survey and let Congressman Deutch know what the people really feel about this bill. Don’t be shy. For that matter, fill it out even if you don’t live in the district as the survey doesn’t ask if you are a constituent.

CLICK HERE for a link to the survey. You will be asked for a name and email address. but not whether you live in the district.

Food Storage

9/12 Group

Hi I am Bryan Crawley I am a Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)

My church has been teaching members of my church to be prepared for hard times such as natural or man made disaster or unemployment.  I have been a Mormon since 1976 but I have not taken food storage seriously until President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.  Many people have told me not talk about food storage because I should keep it to my self.  I feel compelled to start talking to fellow Christians about food storage.   I know we are all concerned about the economy.  How bad can it get?  Could it get so bad that we cannot afford to buy food or that the grocery stores cannot stock the shelves?  I am concerned about this and I don’t want to have to depend on the Government.  As parents we are responsible to provide for our children and family.  It is a lot easier for God to use us when we are not hungry.  Hard times often humble people and soften their hearts to accept Gods influence in their lives.  Hungry people were often enslaved by governments in the past.  I believe that God will save this country but will we be prepared to be his servants?   Food storage is part of being ready to serve our God and our County

Here is a portion of an emailed letter I got from a mother who uses her food storage and makes 6 loaves of bread each week from grinding her own wheat. She also home schools her children.  I see her every week in church and her children are very healthy and well behaved.  She shared her bread recipe with me my wife and I have made her bread recipe and it is best whole wheat bread I have had.

(Here is the site for Emergency Essentials, if you sign up you can get a catalog in the mail. If you ask them for a sign up sheet for groups they will give it to you, then each person at the meeting can sign up on the paper, then you turn it in and Emergency Essentials sends them all catalogs. http://beprepared.com/Default.asp?bhcd2=1292863386

This is another company that I like, they sell food and  the rolling shelves to put them on. I have two of them and I love them. http://www.shelfreliance.com/foodstorage

Here is one more company that I have used before. http://waltonfeed.com/

I have sent these 3 because they are companies I have used before and know to be good companies. There are a ton of companies online that I am not familiar with but I am sure they are good also. I end up using Emergency Essentials the most for large quantities because they will let me have free shipping if I go over a certain amount of money and shipping can become extremely expensive. Even if you find companies with less expensive food, the shipping is high and it makes it so much more expensive in the end.)

Dry Goods such as wheat, beans, sugar, flour etc. can be stored for a very long time even up to 30 years if done right.  I use my churches cannery to can these dry goods that store up to 30 years. The secret is to pack them nearly full and then put an oxygen absorber in each can.  Not having the canning equipment, anyone can put dry food in Mylar food storage bags with oxygen absorbers sealed with an iron or hair straightening iron.  I don’t know everything but I will share what I know and to listen to your ideas.

When we accept God’s influence in our lives we will see our selves changed and miracles happen like Glenn Beck showed us with Wilmington, Ohio.

Your brother in Christ and Liberty and Freedom,
Bryan Crawley  ctrwbc@yahoo.com

South Florida 912 Facebook Page addition to our website

If you’re a Facebook user, sometimes it’s more convenient to see new posts or action alerts on your Facebook instead of remembering to go to our website frequently or to wait for an email or robo call.  We’ve added a direct link to our new South Florida 912 Facebook page on the bottom right of the main screen.  If you’re a Facebook user, just scroll down and ‘Like’ the page.  That way, whenever we post something there – you’ll be kept in the loop via Facebook!  And if you make comments on the Facebook page – it’ll be visible on the website as well.

There were a few older variations of pages and a South Florida 912 official group.  We have gotten rid of the other pages and will be deleting the group soon.

Balloons and Smiles – Charity

This month we are going to be participating in a community service project that is great to get the whole family involved. I am looking for two teams and captains for each team. Please call me or post on the site if you want to be a captain and to participate in this really great service event. My family and I have been delivering toys to the hospital at Christmas time for the last 9 years. I have always wanted to continue this through out the year. I came up with Balloons and Smiles cause it will fit the “all ages” aspect of who we will visit. It will also be cost effective. My experience in the pediatric ward at Palms West is that the parents there are just so surprised and happy to have people stop by to deliver a hug when needed, prayers when asked and lots of smiles. To top it off a balloon will let them know that we care about them and want them to get well soon. We will also be visiting a nursing home as well. I would love a suggestion for what nursing home would welcome our visit. If you have a suggestion please email me at shannon@southflorida912.org or call me 561-506-5258.

The date for the pediatric ward is February 12th at 3pm it is a Saturday. It is a terrific day to go out and share the message of good will. If we get enough volunteers we can create more teams and branch out to other hospitals and or nursing homes. Our goal is to give back to the community and as one of our core values of our group is charity this is a great way to get your family involved.

Next month look for our group doing a charity walk in the community, more info coming soon.

Please volunteer this is really important to get involved in the community and give back.

Thanks and if you want to volunteer, be a team captain or have a suggestion for a nursing home please contact me asap!

Shannon@southflorida912.org or 561-506-5258

The Congressional Reform Act of 2011, The American Mandate, or, hopefully, our Constitution’s 28th Amendment

These 8 bullet points have been circulating on the internet since about April of last year in one form or another.  The closest I can come to an attribution is the Arizona Tea Party’s web-site, who claim to have penned it originally. 

 

 

 

 

May I present the “CONGRESSIONAL REFORM ACT of 2011”

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, encompassing one of the possible options below.
a. Two six-year Senate terms
b. Six two-year House terms
c. One six-year Senate term and three two-year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

2. No Tenure / No Pension: Congressmen collect a salary while in office and receive no pay or benefits when they are out of office.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

3. Congressmen (past, present & future, including aides and staffers) participate in Social Security. This will be retroactive.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system. Congress participates with the American people. If that doesn’t work for you, FIX IT for everyone!

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

4. Congressmen can purchase their own private retirement plans just as all Americans can.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

5. Congress will repeal its automatic pay raises and no longer vote themselves pay raises. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3% after a five-year moratorium on pay increases. Any future pay raises shall be voted on in a nationwide referendum, with 60% of votes cast needed for passage.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

6. Congress will eliminate its current health care system and participate in the same free market health care system as the American people do.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

7. Congress must be equally subject to all laws they impose on the American people. Congress must repeal current exemptions for itself as a body and for individual Congressmen, and enact no further exemptions in future laws.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are null and void effective January 1, 2011. The American people did not make these contracts with the Senators and Congressmen. Our legislators made all of these contracts by and for themselves. This practice violates the principle of “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career legislators. Serve your term(s), then go home and back to work living under the laws you passed like everyone else.


Here’s a sample letter of what to send to our federal elected Representatives and Senators.

 

Dear Senator XXXXXXXXXX

Please take the time to consider this suggestion on fixing Congress. For years we have had ‘professional’ legislators, for lack of a better term. Many have served for decades with the result that now our country is broke.

We have spent billions of dollars bailing out companies whose executive officers were making millions upon millions. We spent billions of dollars to keep unemployment below 8% via Stimulus Packages I & II, and that didn’t work. We see that the largest employer in the U.S. is the government, which produces nothing of value and adds nothing to the economy. Additionally, the government salaries are about a third more than private industry, with better medical and retirement benefits. Yet, it’s hard to put your finger on a government agency that is actually doing anything. The department of Energy? A joke! The department of Education, and our kids seem to be getting dumber and dumber. Banking? Lets not even go there! You know and I know it’s time to put a stop to all of this nonsense and get back to basics. 

A fellow citizen sent this proposed plan to me a few days ago, and I can’t think of one reason to disagree with any of it. They suggest promoting a “Congressional Reform Act of 2011,” which would contain eight fundamental provisions, all of which would have undoubtedly been strongly endorsed by our nation’s founders who drafted the concept of limited government into the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. As a result, I am sending this to everyone on my e-mail list, including conservatives, liberals, and those of no particular affiliation. Even though we may disagree on a number of issues, I count you, and them, as friends.

I know you might say this is impossible. Let me remind you, this Congress has the lowest approval rating of any in history. Now is the time when Americans must join together to demand the reform of Congress, the body we elect to represent us.

We need to get you to join all of the other Senators and Representatives to introduce and co-sponsor this bill in the United States Senate and build support in the House of Representatives. The members of Congress who push this will become American heroes. The question is, will you be our hero?

Please do not send me a form letter reply that vaguely touches on the subject matter. I believe this issue is important enough to warrant a personal response addressing each point listed below.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I await your reply.

Sincerely

(your name)

Full agenda, full house for our first meeting in 2011

The Original Pancake House dining room was packed for the first South Florida 912 meeting of the year.  Thanks again to Mickey Polulack for setting up his sound system and Ken and Jean Barnett for bringing the screen and flags.  Boris Balaban took many of the photographs.   We had at least 70 folks, among them several new faces.  Welcome all!

Shannon Armstrong, co-founder, got the meeting to order.  Doug Armstrong, co-founder led us in a heartfelt prayer for those affected by the senseless brutal shooting last Saturday.  Jason Shields led us in the Pledge and we sang the Star Spangled Banner along with the sweet voice of Cherilyn Moffett.

Ed Fulop couldn’t stay for the entire meeting, so he gave us a quick update on what could become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution if enough people encourage Congress to approve it.  While Ed will write a detailed post on it separately, found here – it is commonly known and circulated on the Internet as “The Congressional Reform Act of 2011”

Shannon gave a quick update on the history of the group, expanded on thoughts from Doug’s prayer about the tragedy and segued to our new 2nd Tuesday of every month meeting schedule, with our rotated locations.  Our next meeting will be at the Original Wellington Mall Center Court on February 8th at 7pm.  Since South Florida 912 has twelve values, Shannon will be posting a blog monthly with her thoughts on a particular value.  Read her blog entry on Honesty. 

The group has had various charitable activities.  Shannon named the activity of the next month “Balloons and Smiles” – she wants a couple of groups of 5 folks or more to go to a pediatric ward and a nursing home bringing cheer and conversation to those who could use it.  More details can be found  here.

Next up was Fred Scheibl, with a TAB update.  He listed upcoming presentations to organizations and some of the TAB articles that are either recently posted or in-progress.  A handful of new charts demonstrated the disparity between salaries and benefits for Palm Beach County’s Sheriff and Fire/Rescue versus the rest of the county employees.   We continue to need volunteers, so please go to the website or write to info@pbctab.org.    Fred also mentioned that there are a few key items that we would like our Palm Beach County Representatives and Senators to bring to Tallahassee – and it may need a concerted effort by groups like ours to make something happen.   Watch for action alerts on this.

Iris Scheibl did a quick update on the status of the Ethics and Inspector General Ordinances – which are being redrafted to incorporate the 38 municipalities.  Watch the papers for issues that may arise from the expected differing opinions that the towns bring to the issues.   The IG Drafting Committee site and status can be found here.  The Ethics Drafting Committee site and status can be found here.  Both meetings are televised on Channel 20 as well.  Iris also announced that Brian Mudd, Program Director of WJNO, will be our key-note speaker at our February meeting.  Watch for details.

Melissa Andrews and Tami Donnally – both South Florida 912 members but also Presidents of their Republican Clubs (Republican Club of the Palm Beaches and Republican Club of Central Palm Beach, respectively), attended the Inauguration Ceremonies for the new Florida administration in Tallahassee.  They shared a description of the events as well as showed us pictures of the parade and the Ball.  Melissa suggested the South Florida 912 should consider having a ‘float’ that we could drive in various local parades to increase awareness about our organization.

Time for a break!  Jason made the rounds with 50-50 while others mingled and stretched…

David DiCrescenzo introduced our key-note speaker, Kamal Fereg.  Kamal, an immigrant from Egypt and now an American citizen, described differences between how Islam is portrayed in the media versus how it is actually ‘lived’.   He explained distinctions between the Judao-Christian concept of Heaven versus the Islamic concept of Paradise.  He also touched on Sharia Law and the implications to accepting it.  Kamal has a 6 week, 2 hour seminar that will be beginning on Sunday January 23rd.    He was just ‘scratching  the surface’ with his summary and he piqued the interest of the audience!

But our meeting wasn’t over yet!  Virginia Brooks announced that the next meeting of the Christian Coalition will be held at the Palm Beach County Library on Lantana Road on January 31 at 6:30pm.  Bryan Crawley, of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, gave us a quick update on Food Storage and the art of canning.  He will post additional information on our site – about how we can both learn to can ourselves and/or purchase very long-term food items.

Shannon welcomed Carl Domino (former State Representative for District 83) and Michael Barnett (Secretary of the Republican Party of Palm Beach County) who attending our meeting.  Mike Lamayer announced that he will be again running for office and that Starla Brown will be his campaign manager.  Jason held the 50/50 drawing and Carol Hurst won.  Congratulations, Carol. 

Watch the website for details about our next meeting as well as our 2nd Anniversary meeting which will be held on March 18th at Bil Al’s Steakhouse in Legacy Place.

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