1. The St. Louis Tea Party did something remarkable in Ferguson – and you probably didn’t hear about it
We all know that actions speak louder than words. And when you consider the media bias and the narrative that has been created, that sentiment is especially true for conservatives and Tea Party members in this country. Last weekend, the St. Louis Tea Party did something truly remarkable that has, quite literally, changed the hearts and minds of dozens of shopkeepers in the violence-plagued Ferguson, Missouri.
“I love what the St. Louis Tea Party did. If you are listening now, well done,” KFMB’s Mike Slater said on radio this morning. “Obviously Ferguson businesses were vandalized… So what did the Tea Party do? They sat on their couches and yelled at the television. No. They got together and decided to organize a ‘BUYcott.’”
In the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9, riots and violence plagued the streets of Ferguson resulting in the vandalism and looting of local businesses. In order to help these struggling businesses, the St. Louis Tea Party decided to organize a “BUYcott” on August 21.
The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.
They reportedly targeted small businesses who “were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.”
After the event, Tea Party member Bill Hennessy wrote about what he experienced that day. He said one business owner was particularly surprised to learn he was a member of the Tea Party, but that simple interaction that day very well may have changed the man’s mind.
“In that moment of reflection, I’m sure he was trying to reconcile ‘tea party’ with what he was seeing–four white people, ages 18 to 50, laughing, spending money, empathizing,” Hennessy wrote. “That moment made the whole event worthwhile.”
As Hennessey concluded, “you can’t change the world in your living room.”
“I said it’s essential to ‘win.’ What do you mean ‘win’? I mean a lot of things… [but] it means thinking outside the box,” Mike concluded. “I love what the St. Louis Tea Party did… Well done.”
2. Tea-party favorite looks to ‘shock the world’
Battling 2 GOP establishment rivals for Senate seat in Alaska, Palin territory
WASHINGTON – Joe Miller is a man who knows how to pull off a political miracle, and he believes he is on the verge of making history repeat in Alaska.
Four years ago, the little-known attorney from Fairbanks knocked off entrenched incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, in a major upset in the GOP primary.
As WND’s Selena Owens described last week, an alarmed GOP establishment then teamed up with the Democratic establishment, and the senator retained her seat by winning in the November general election.
This time, Miller is facing what he described to WND as two establishment candidates in Tuesday’s GOP primary, but said, “This is going to be another upset. We’re going to shock the world again.”
Although the establishment has poured millions into the race, the biggest obstacle this time around, according to Miller, isn’t really money. It has been getting the word out to Alaskans about just how popular his campaign is with top conservatives.
He has been endorsed by such conservative stars as Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Mike Huckabee, Dr. James Dobson and retired Gen. Jerry Boykin.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/tea-party-candidate-looks-to-shock-the-world/#2HwUEW4vXAfG3KyW.99
3. Tea Party News Network: Paul Ryan ‘the Betrayer’
Scottie Hughes, news director for the Tea Party News Network, gives her analysis of Paul Ryan’s new book in Politico Magazine
Maybe it was the prospect of big publishing bucks, or the adoration of national media, or maybe he genuinely believes this is his ticket to the top of the GOP presidential ballot, but Paul Ryan has decided in his new book The Way Forward to damn conservatives as the crazies behind a “suicide mission” for the country—even as he writes, oddly, that Republicans must hew to conservativism to win. It’s no secret that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul don’t have many friends in Washington, so I give credit to Ryan for not even feigning it. But we of the grassroots GOP are in no mood to hear that our push for defunding Obamacare and using the debt ceiling to force President Obama to curb reckless spending had all the wisdom of a Japanese kamikaze.
It’s true that Ryan’s book wasn’t the first instance of him sticking his fingers in the eyes of conservatives. Ever since the failed election, he has seemed to not want to take up the mantle of controversy that his 2012 budget placed on his shoulders. Paul Ryan didn’t seem to fancy the ads of him throwing old granny off the cliff. And who could blame him? The vicious attack ads, the smears from the New York Times editorial boards. All that wears on a person. And clearly Ryan didn’t have the stomach for it.
Read the rest of the article at Politico.com.
4. Immigration: 74% Oppose Executive Amnesty, White House Threatens Anyway
The Obama Administration faced another warning sign yesterday in its relentless push for amnesty. A new poll reveals most Americans, including key voters like independents and Hispanics, oppose the President’s plan to fundamentally transform immigration laws with the stroke of his pen.
According to a new survey released by The Polling Company, an overwhelming 74% of the 1,001 likely voters said they reject the idea of Obama sidestepping Congress and acting alone. This includes “81% of independents and 75% of moderates.” Surprisingly, Democrats do not favor it either with 56% disapproving of such action. The only group showing support for the unilateral efforts is liberals, 52% to 44%. 
Despite the Left’s claims that current policies are too restrictive, an even higher percentage approve having tougher enforcement of current immigration laws.
“75% want more enforcement of current immigration laws, including 63% of Hispanics and over 50% of Democrats,” according to a summary section of its findings…
When asked if the 90,000 or so unaccompanied child immigrants that are expected to cross the southern U.S. border this year should be returned home or allowed to stay, 65% said they should be returned, and just 22% said they should be relocated around the United States.
5. Obamacare Killing Enrollees, One Glitch at a Time
The goal of Nevada’s healthcare exchange, established under Obamacare, was to enroll 118,000 residents. However, problems plagued the system, preventing people from signing up and paying for coverage. So far, it has only amassed 38,000 participants with hundreds of patients, if not thousands, falling victim to a healthcare nightmare. LaTrina Reed’s tragic story has Nevada residents questioning Obamacare’s benefits.
Suffering from a painful, debilitating ovarian condition that leaves her nearly bedridden, the single mom has been unable to undergo routine surgery to correct her problems because of technical glitches with the state health exchange website. Despite paying seven months worth of premiums to Nevada Health Link, there is no record of her coverage. She is not alone. The exchange’s failure to recognize those who have actually signed up and paid is leaving Reed and many others in pain, misery and befuddlement.
“It’s like paying for car insurance and getting into an accident to find out you don’t have coverage,” Reed said.
6. Obama and a funeral
Last Thursday, the family of Major General Harold Greene laid him to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. Greene, 52, was killed in Kabul on August 5 when an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of military officials. Greene, who is the first U.S. General to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War, was in Afghanistan to oversee the training of Afghan troops.
Noticeably absent from Greene’s funeral last week, however, was President Obama and Vice President Biden. Both were too busy vacationing to pay their respects at the funeral of Major General Greene. Obama was on the golf course as the funeral took place, playing some rounds with Valerie Jarrett’s cousin Cyrus Walker, a former lobbyist, and Ambassador Ron Kirk, among others.
The disconnect here is shocking.
We don’t think it’s too much to expect the Commander in Chief to attend a funeral like the one that took place in Arlington last week. It’s no secret that President Obama seems to begrudge his role as commander of our nation’s military. His foreign policy is, quite literally, all over the map. And the rest of the world knows it.
Moreover, with turmoil in the Middle East, Ukraine, West Africa, and Gaza, what better way to show strength and solidarity with the American people than to pay respects to the highest-ranking commander killed in decades?
What we’re calling for is not a photo-op, but rather the kind of unifying, strong presence the country needs right now. Obama’s absence was not only shocking, but downright disrespectful. We expect more from our Commander in Chief. Sometimes, it’s time to put away the golf clubs.