Monday, August 31, 2009

FW: From Event Host: Tucson Giffords Town Hall

Guessing then that signs are OK at this town hall? Can't Mrs. Pink Sweater Set of Houston keep it straight? She changes her mind on the rules of her town halls more often then a diaper on a 6 month old...

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 2:22:56 PM
Subject: Fw: From Event Host: Tucson Giffords Town Hall

I find it funny that I went to Gifford web site to RSVP for the town meeting and this is now what I'm getting!! Gee and we are the mob!! But they can have a sign making party!!!
Just thought you might be interested. Scott
--- On Mon, 8/31/09, [deleted] wrote:

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Subject: From Event Host: Tucson Giffords Town Hall
To: [deleted]
Date: Monday, August 31, 2009, 1:06 PM

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hosts a Town Hall on Health Insurance
Reform!" event for which you signed up to attend. You can edit
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Hey everyone,

The day is almost here!  Please be at Sahuaro High School by 4:00pm tomorrow, for a rally in support of Congresswoman Giffords, as the opposition will be out in full force.  Showing up early is also essential to getting inside the town hall.

Tonight there is a sign making party at Pima Dems HQ, 4639 E. 1st St, from 5pm - 8pm, please come by.

WE NEED TO SHOW UP to the town hall, so please bring people with you.

If you need anything, my cell is 520.548.9959.

See you soon,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

REMINDER: August 28 Healthcare Townhall by Tucson Tea Party

Please forward this email to anyone you know who may want to attend!

The Tucson Tea Party will be hosting a
[] healthcare town hall event called
"Positive Reforms for American Healthcare" on Friday, August 28th, in
the Rincon High School Auditorium located at
421 N Arcadia Avenue at 6:30 in the evening.

We have invited both Representatives Giffords and Grijalva to participate
and await their responses. This is your chance to learn all about the
alternatives[] before Rep. Giffords'
townhall on Sept. 1, where you can ask her the really tough questions.
(That is, if we're allowed to!)

We will hear from panelists such as economist Byron Schlomach of the
Goldwater Institute and several Arizona doctors including Jane Orient and
Steve Knope. They will discuss the government takeover of healthcare
proposed in Congress, as well as positive solutions that are not being
discussed by our representatives. These patient-centered solutions offer an
alternative that will bring down costs and increase coverage without a
massive taxpayer subsidy.

After panelist presentations the floor will be opened to question and
answer, which will be determined by random drawing of ticket numbers that
are given at the door.

Seating capacity is 1200 and it will be on a first come first served
basis. Admission to the event is free. If you want a seat, make sure you
come early!

We are accepting donations to cover the cost of the event. You can
donate securely over the internet by using the donation widget at the top
of [] or by going directly
to our []
ChipIn page. We will also be selling tea shirts and accepting donations at
the event itself.

Thank you all for your continued support as the Tucson Tea Party tries to
hold our representatives accountable.

Trent Humphries & Robert Mayer

Organizers, Tucson Tea Party

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Why We Have To Do It Better.

We've heard a lot about these "rules for radicals", but most of us don't know what they are, or know why it is so important to know what they are. Well, the super-quick-down-and-dirty version of them is this:

1. "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have."

2. "Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat.... [and] the collapse of communication.

3. "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

4. "Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity."

5. "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage."

6. "A good tactic is one your people enjoy."

7. "A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time...."

8. "Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose."

9. "The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself."

10. "The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign."

11. "If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside... every positive has its negative."

12. "The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative."

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.  In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and 'frozen.'...

Now, why is this so important to know these rules? Well, in football, if you can get the opposing teams playbook, you have a significant advantage. These rules are the Left's playbook. This is the "why and how" of what they do when the single out and attack people like Palin, Bush, the Tea Party...  

But by knowing these rules, and understanding how OUR actions are going to be perceived and manipulated with these gives us on the right the advantage by not playing into their hands. More on that later, for now I just want you to study these rules.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

TUSD, Unions, and crying wolf.

The AZ Star is reporting today that 400 of 560 teachers who were laid off at the end of last summer, have now been rehired and are back on staff... What you don't see from the headline is that there are still 100 open positions.
This means 500 of 560 positions are being rehired. Additionally, the headline does not tell you that another 185 staff positions were also rehired. That makes the number 695 of 745 positions that were terminated last spring.
Why all the hullabaloo then last spring?  Because the unions were afraid of losing funding during the budget crisis in the State Legislature. NOTE, the only monies being reduced in the budget is soft capital - books, buildings, etc. The legislature is NOT touching the teachers/staff salaries monies. The only group affecting those revenue streams is the local school boards through their budgets and bonding issues.
So 93% of the terminated positions are being filled. Its gets the SHORTEST and SMALLEST article it can, on a Sunday morning, when the paper is the fullest and biggest. Why? Bury the story. Don't make the Teacher's Unions look like they are crying wolf. Next year, when they pull the same CR@P, remember this! This is the game they play to squeeze every tax dollar they can out of you to further their agenda - and by the test scores that the children place? Yeah, we know the agenda is not education.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Protesting the Right Way.

It occurred to me that we on the Right have gone so long without protesting that we have forgotten how to do it better.

So a few Do's and Don't's as we head into another rally at Gabby's (21st, 4-6 pm) and Grijalva's (22nd, 12-2 pm) offices. Some of this may be tongue-in-cheek, but only to emphasize the point:

DO - wear comfortable clothing, colored to match the protest OR the fallback color of red.

DON'T - come half dressed. We want our signs to be read and message to be heard - not to have cars honking at your flat-belly.

DO - bring water and sunscreen. If you need a place to occasionally sit down, bring a chair.

DON'T - use bus stop benches. We are there to protest, not get Sun Tran upset with us. They have a job to do, so do we. Since we are all conservatives, we understand the desire to be left alone to do our work.

DO - stay on PUBLIC PROPERTY, sidewalks and easements.

DON'T - enter private property. Again, we conservatives believe in property rights of the owner. Let's prove to all that we respect that.

DO - bring your own homemade signs.

DON'T - hand out pre-printed signs. We are not MoveOn - We have the ability to think for ourselves.

DO - respect the roadways

DON'T - stand in traffic, or disrupt the flow. We want people to hear our message, not get turned off at us because there is a red shirt holding up the light.

DO - chant slogans

DON'T - chant slogans inside the counter-protest. That is ILLEGAL. No group promoting any protest (Tea Party, Code Blue, etc) condones, permits, or promotes direct confrontation. You get attacked, you are on your own...and we WILL laugh and point at you for your stupidity.

DO - spread out... preferably down the oncoming traffic side to the red, as they will be stopped waiting for the light. IN ALL DIRECTIONS, as long as we concede the right to the counter-protest to their corner/corners

DON'T - bunch up in one mass under the only tree for shade. How can anyone count how many people are there, if you just look like a blob of red? Spread out, numbers speak volumes at these rallys, come prepared to be in the sun, bring an umbrella if you need to...but please spread out! Also, you spent time handmaking your sign, right? You want somebody to appreciate it - they can't if it's in the middle of the mass of red.

And on the subject of signs, there are some good and bad's there, too:

GOOD - 7 words or less

BAD - anything over 7 words long, remember we are trying to get our message out to the drivers as they pass, they cannot read a novel during a red light.

GOOD - jokes, puns, quotes from founding fathers, quotes from talk show hosts or bloggers

BAD - racial slurs, personal attacks, curse words

GOOD - logic

BAD - nonsensical ranting

GOOD - logical linking of policy to political stances

BAD - use of the words: Nazi, Hitler, or any other form of Godwin'ing the argument


BAD - any lettering smaller than 2 inches tall...why do you think the Fed mandates lettering on roadsigns be 2 inches tall MINIMUM?

GOOD - pictures ex: Kool-Aid Man, Joker-bama

BAD - pictures that look like they were drawn by a two-year-old, unless it was actually drawn by your two-year-old. Then I say awesome for getting your kids involved!

GOOD - Flags

BAD - Flags waving into traffic. Again, we're not there to piss off the motorists!
UPDATE: Aug 17th: DO NOT BRING GUNS. If you have a CCW, bring your carry weapon. BUT DON'T BRING A FLIPPIN AR-15. Obamacare has NOTHING to do with the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Ruth McClung for Congress wants to thank all of you

Ruth McClung wants to thank all of you for your hard work in opposing the Health Care Reform bills currently going through Congress.  We are being heard!  The Senate Finance Committee has dropped the so called Death Panel language from its version of the bill:

Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today made the following comment on end-of-life concerns and other concerns prompted by the House committee-passed health care legislation. 

"The bill passed by the House committees is so poorly cobbled together that it will have all kinds of unintended consequences, including making taxpayers fund health care subsidies for illegal immigrants. On the end-of-life issue, there's a big difference between a simple educational campaign, as some advocates want, and the way the House committee-passed bill pays physicians to advise patients about end of life care and rates physician quality of care based on the creation of and adherence to orders for end-of-life care, while at the same time creating a government-run program that is likely to lead to the rationing of care for everyone. On the Finance Committee, we are working very hard to avoid unintended consequences by methodically working through the complexities of all of these issues and policy options. That methodical approach continues. We dropped end-of-life provisions from consideration entirely because of the way they could be misinterpreted and implemented incorrectly. Maybe others can defend a bill like the Pelosi bill that leaves major issues open to interpretation, but I can't."

(Senator Grassley is the ranking Republican in the Senate Finance Committee: see his press release at

There are however about 7 versions of the Bill going through both Houses of Congress, and this is only one version.  And this is only one issue.  Keep up fighting for our rights. 

By the way, Rep. Grijalva says he will not vote for the bill unless it contains a strong inclusion of public option. The public option will lead to a single payer plan and we need to continue fighting against this socialistic provision in any of the bills.  Rep. Grijalva is having a public forum in Yuma next Wednesday.  If you live near Yuma, please go and let your wishes be known! 

I'm privileged to be fighting with all of you to save our freedoms.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

FW: First we're "extremists", now Gabrielle Giffords calls us RACISTS

Subject: First we're "extremists", now Gabrielle Giffords calls us RACISTS

As you all remember, before our July 17 protest in front of Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords' (D-AZ), the [] Pima County
Democratic Party labeled the Tucson Tea Party and its supporters, "an
extremist organization whose mission is to promote the far-right wing's
agenda and to support candidates who have fallen tragically out of touch
with the values of mainstream Arizonans."

Then, on August 6, Giffords hosted a movie night at La Placita Cinema
downtown in which she was supposed to make an appearance. 200 - 300
concerned citizens
showed up to let her know that they wanted a public townhall in which to
voice their concerns given that she had scheduled none during the recess.

Giffords did not show up to her own event, saying that she had never
planned to go and that she believed the Tea Partiers would disrupt the
movie. We [] caught her in this lie by
exposing that she was, in fact, scheduled to attend the event and was
simply hiding from her constituents.

Now, our Representative has raised the stakes to a new, terrible height.

In an interview with Daniel Scarpinato of the Arizona Daily Star, she said
things about all of us that will make you cringe.

She said that we are using MANIPULATION and RACISM to mislead people! She
also said that shewas threatened by a protester with a gun while down in
Douglas and that she feels worried for her life! (Of course, this
revelation was only made to Mr. Scarpinato, as I didn't see that covered in
any newspaper nor was anyone put in jail for this supposed threat of

Does your Representative, Gabrielle Giffords, truly believe that her
constituents are racists because they oppose the government's takeover of
the economy? Does she truly believe that we are an unruly mob of racists
that want to end her life? Don't take my word for it.
[] Just read the

That is what she is actually saying about you. Now compare these lies to
reality, captured in this
KGUN9 news report from today's protest at her office, which both the news
station as well as Tucson Police described as completely peaceful and
without incidence.

Of course it was peaceful! There is no mob! That whole meme is a complete
fabrication! Every event the Tucson Tea Party has ever done has been
peaceful. In fact, I would be hard pressed to think of a more civil,
law-abiding group of concerned citizens.

Gabrielle Giffords is running face first into uncharted territory by
hiding from her constituents, outright lying about them, and calling them
racists. The pressure is causing her to make critical mistakes and reveal
just what she thinks about her constituents. It is time to up that pressure
now more than ever.

The [] Tucson Tea Party is organizing
a mass Recess Rally in front of her office on August 21st between 4 - 7
p.m. at her Pima & Swan office. We will be sending out several emails over
the next two weeks with more information about how you can participate in
this rally.The last rally had approximately 500 people attend -- this one
needs double or triple that!

In the meantime, continue to call Giffords' office at 520-881-3588 and let
her know what you think of her slanderous remarks!

Now that we've been called extremists, racists, and mobsters, what else
could they possibly come up with?

Please forward this email to anyone interested, and thank you for
continuing to be civil even as our Congresswoman demeans us publicly.

Robert Mayer

Co-Organizer, [] Tucson Tea Party

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Friday, August 7, 2009

FW: Rep. Giffords a no-show at her own event due to Tea Partiers -- then lies and says she never meant to go!

-----Forwarded Message-----
Date: Friday, August 07, 2009 6:15:22 pm
From: Tucson Tea Party <>
Subject: Rep. Giffords a no-show at her own event due to Tea Partiers -- then lies and says she never meant to go!

On August 6 at 7 p.m., Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) hosted an outdoor
movie night at La Placita Cinema downtown. However, because she has been
hiding from her constituents and has so far refused to hold a townhall
regarding the healthcare bill, we all figured it would be a
[] good idea to show up and let her
know how unhappy we are with the bill.

She was supposed to show up for the movie event -- it's her event, after
all! -- but then told a Fox 11 reporter that she was not going to attend
because she feared the protesters would "disrupt the movie". Apparently she
thinks that supporters of the Tucson Tea Party are part of an unruly mob!

All I saw were 200-300 concerned citizens!

Then, on the Fox 11 broadcast that night
video here), she accused the Tucson Tea Party of misrepresenting the event
as a town hall and said she never intended to go to the event at all!

Nothing could be further from the truth. Gabrielle Giffords sent out a
message in her "Cactus Roots Connection" newsletter about her intended
appearance at the event, saying: "Come join me and others in watching this
classic film... Hope to see you there! Thank you again for your support!
Sincerely yours, Gabrielle Giffords."

A copy of the message is posted on the
LD26 Democrats blog. The La Placita Cinema's
[] Twitter feed also
says: "Thurs. Aug. 6 our Congressperson Gabrielle Giffords will be at CLP
to see 'Mr. Smith goes to Washington'. Come say 'hi' and see a movie!"

Gabrielle Giffords is hiding from her constituency at a time when she
needs to start listening to them. She showed true cowardice by failing to
appear at her own event in the face of public protest.

She did the exact same thing in Douglas, where she forced constituents to
wait in line to talk to her one-on-one before turning the rest away rather
than speak openly with her constituents
([] video here).

The reality is that there was no unruly mob, which was apparent to
everyone who attended. There were only concerned constituents who showed up
to the only public appearance she planned to make in Tucson during the
recess. And the only reason we were there was to ask her for one public
townhall in which we could voice our concerns.

In fact, rather than disrupt the movie night, Tea Partiers helped the La
Placita Cinema set up their chairs!

By not showing up to her own event because of fears that her constituents
would "disrupt the movie", Giffords showed not only cowardice by failing to
defend her position on government-run healthcare, but disrespect and
disdain for her own constituency. Essentially, she is calling the
protesters uncivilized and not worth her time.

I also invite you all to check out the videos, pictures, and news coverage
of the event and judge for yourself if these people are part of an unruly
mob (posted below "Protest News"). I just don't see it where they get that

More Protest News:

Several groups will be protesting outside of Giffords' office on Saturday,
August 8 at 9 a.m. Her office is located on the SW corner of Pima & Swan.
While this is not a Tucson Tea Party organized protest, I know that many of
our supporters will be there and feel that it is important for other Tea
Partiers to know about it.

The Tucson Tea Party will be participating in the Nationwide Recess Rally
in front of Giffords' office. While the nationwide rally will be at noon on
Saturday, August 22, we believe there are significant disadvantages to that
time including the heat, lack of traffic, no news media on hand, and nobody
present at Giffords' office.

Therefore, The Tucson Tea Party rally will take place on Friday, August 21
between 4 - 7 p.m. at Gabrielle Giffords' office on Pima and Swan! The last
rally on July 17 had 500 people attend. Let's make this one 1000 at least!

Please check [] and our
[] Event Calendar for more

Videos, Pictures, and News Coverage

[] Arizona Daily Star: Jamar Younger
did a good job providing fair coverage of the event.

[] Fox 11:
Gabby lies and says that she never intended to be at the movie event.

Flickr Pictures: Check out this Flickr set to see pictures from the

Videos: Here's a video of the []
protest around 6:00 p.m. and another of
[] Jon Justice speaking.

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FW: NW Republican Meeting- Agenda

-----Original Message-----
From: Sherese Steffens
Sent: 8/7/2009 2:20:38 PM
To: Sherese Steffens
Subject: NW Republican Meeting- Agenda
Hello Everyone!
Thank you for all the help and support in getting this first meeting or the Northwest Republicans accomplished!
Remember it is next Wednesday August 12 at The Nanini Library  @ 6:30 to 7:30 pm (see flyer)
Please let everyone you know about the meetings and encourage them to get informed and involved!
We can't change things if we don't do something!
Hope to see all of you at the meeting!
Sherese Steffens

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Second Invitation regarding PC class this Saturday

If you are a new Precinct Committeeperson in Pima County, but have not attended this class yet, please sign up!

From: Mike Ebert <>
Subject: Second Invitation regarding PC class this Saturday

Good Morning Everyone!
We still have seats available for this Saturday's session held at El Parador Restaurant, 2744 E Broadway.
Class begins at 930 and ends at 1100
This is an interactive training session where we learn how to work our precincts, get a better understanding of pc duties and just get active for change in our city. We share ideas and get to meet others looking to do the same.
El Parador will provide the room, coffee, tea, water and danish for $5/person

Please join us by responding to this email.
Thanks, Mike Ebert

PS:Thanks to those whom have already RSVP'd

Monday, August 3, 2009

FW: 3 opportunities for conservative activists this week

Here are some opportunities to be conservatively active this week.

Wednesday, Aug 5 at 5:30 pm at City Council Chambers 255 W. Alameda -
The Tucson City Council is expected to vote Wednesday to file a legal
challenge to stop implementation of nonpartisan, ward-only elections
mandated by the Legislature... Read full story at http://

Thursday, Aug 6 at 7 pm -- Gabby Giffords sponsoring the outdoor
movie at La Placita Village, 211 S Church Ave (Mr. Smith Goes to
Washington). We heard she will be there -- working to confirm. We
are asking people to wear their Tea Party shirts, or in red if you
don't have a Tea Party shirt, to enjoy the movie and send Gabby a
message that she can't just hide from constituents who disagree with
her! This is not a protest. We just want her to know that we're
thinking of her. This is supposed to be posted on the Tucson Tea
Party facebook page. Kelly and I talked to Jennifer Humphries about
it earlier today.

Saturday, Aug 8 at 9:00 AM at the corner of Swan and Pima In front of
Gabby Gifford's office. The Arizona chapter of Americans for
Prosperity is joining allied organizations to hold protests at the
offices of members of Arizona's Congressional delegation to tell them

AFP Arizona activists will join Arizona Tea Party, 9-12 Project
Arizona, Smart Girl Politics, Tea Party Patriots, and thousands of
citizen activists in Code Blue protests around the state

Also, don't forget to call and email Gabby's office this week if you
oppose the government takeover of your healthcare - even if you've
already contacted her about it!

And please forward this to your friends who might be interested.