Monday, August 31, 2009

The Constitution- do you have a copy?

Does everybody have a copy of the Constituion? As part of our SMIA meeting, we are going to read a section of our founding documents each time we meet. This meeting we'll start at the beginning with the Preamble and Article 1 (sec 1-3). You can get from the Boy scouts, the Heritage foundation, you can download one to your I-phone or PDA, you can print out that part and bring it with you. Join us as we take the time to study the most important legal document in the world during our next meeting, September 12th. There's more to come about our meeting, stay tuned and see you soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

1st person notes on Obama's Bozeman, MT visit

A friend forwarded the following by email--purportedly 1st person observation--I tend to give it credence, but you can decide for yourselves--certainly tallies with what our members have observed locally. Judy

Hello All,By now you have probably heard that President Obama came to Montana last Friday. However, there are many things that the major news has not covered. I feel that since Bill and I live here and we were at the airport on Friday I should share some facts with you. Whatever you decide to do with the information is up to you. If you chose to share this email with others I do ask that you DELETE my email address before you forward this on.

On Wednesday, August 5th it was announced locally that the President would be coming here. There are many groups here that are against his healthcare and huge spending so those groups began talking and deciding on what they were going to do. The White House would not release ANY details other than the date.On about Tuesday Bill found out that they would be holding the "Town Hall" at the airport. (This is only because Bill knows EVERYONE at the airport) Our airport is actually located outside of Belgrade (tiny town) in a very remote location. Nothing is around there.

They chose to use a hangar that is the most remotely located hangar. You could not pick a more remote location, and you can not get to it easily. It is totally secluded from the public.FYI: We have many areas in Belgrade and Bozeman which could have held a large amount of folks with sufficient parking. (gymnasiums/auditoriums). All of which have chairs and tables, and would not have to be SHIPPED IN!! $$$$$

During the week, cargo by the TONS was being shipped in constantly. Airport employees could not believe how it just kept coming. Though it was our President coming several expressed how excessive it was, especially during a recession. $$$$$

Late Tuesday/early Wednesday the 12th, they said that tickets would be handed out on Thursday 9am at two locations and the president would be arriving around 12:30 Friday.Thursday morning about 600 tickets were passed out. However, 1500 were printed at a Local printing shop per White House request. Hmmmm......900 tickets just DISAPPEARED.

This same morning someone called into the radio from the local UPS branch and said that THOUSANDS of Dollars of Lobster were shipped in for Obama. Montana has some of the best beef in the nation!!! And it would have been really wonderful to help out the local economy. Anyone heard of the Recession?? Just think...with all of the traveling the White House is doing. $$$$$ One can only imagine what else we are paying for.

On Friday Bill and I got out to the airport about 10:45am. The groups that wanted to protest Obama's spending and healthcare had gotten a permit to protest and that area was roped off. But that was not to be. A large bus carrying SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members drove up onto the area (illegal)and unloaded right there. It was quite a commotion and there were specifically 2 SEIU men trying to make trouble and start a fight. Police did get involved and arrested the one man but they said they did not have the manpower to remove the SEIU crowd.

The SEIU crowd was very organized and young. About 99% were under the age of 30 and they were not locals! They had bullhorns and PROFESSIONALLY made signs. Some even wore preprinted T-shirts. Oh, and Planned Parenthood folks were with them.....professing abortion rights with their T-shirts and preprinted signs. (BTW, all these folks did have a permit to protest in ANOTHER area)Those against healthcare/spending moved away from the SEIU crowd to avoid confrontation. They were orderly and respectful. Even though SEIU kept coming over and walking through, continuing to be very intimidating and aggressive at the direction of the one SEIU man.

So we had Montana folks from ALL OVER the state with their homemade signs and their DOGS with homemade signs. We had cowboys, nurses, doctors you name it. There was even a guy from Texas who had been driving through. He found out about the occasion, went to the store, made a sign, and came to protest.If you are wondering about the press.....Well, all of the major networks were over by that remote hangar I mentioned. They were conveniently parked on the other side of the buildings FAR away. None of these crowds were even visible to them. I have my doubts that they knew anything about the crowds.

We did have some local news media around us from this state and Idaho . Speaking of the local media...they were invited. However, all questions were to be turned into the White House in advance of the event. Wouldn't want anyone to have to think off the top of their head.

It was very obvious that it was meant to be totally controlled by the White House. Everything was orchestrated down to the last detail to make it appear that Montana is just crazy for Obama and government healthcare. Even those people that talked about their insurance woes........the White House called our local HRDC (Human Resource and Development Committee) and asked for names. Then the White House asked those folks to come. Smoke and mirrors...EVERYTHING was staged!!!!!!!!!!!

I am very dismayed about what I learned about our current White House. The amount of control and manipulation was unbelievable. I felt I was not living in the United States of America , more like the USSR !! I was physically nauseous. Bill and I have been around when Presidents or Heads of State visit. It has NEVER been like this.

I am truly very frightened for our country. America needs your prayers and your voices. If you care about our country please get involved. Know the issues. And let Congress hear your voices again and again!! If they are willing to put forth so much effort to BULLY a small town one can only imagine what is going on in Washington DC . Scary!! KathyBozeman , Montana

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Town Hall Meeting

A few SMIA ladies turned out for Hank Johnson's town hall meeting. I can't speak for everyone, but I left disappointed because we were rounded up into a gymnasium with a really bad echo and no opportunity to speak. It was clear that the decks were stacked against us by the tone and topics of the speakers who began the event. What was encouraging was that 2000 people showed up in 90 degree heat to be a part of the process. It was hard to tell the split for and against, but everyone was civil. I expected more from Rep. Johnson in the way of planning. He had an auditorium that held 500 people full before the remaining folks like us were herded into the gym. It was intimidating with 20 police officers and several paddy wagons in plain sight for unruly people. Rep. Johnson was clear on this position, he wants to take away your private insurance plan. The private insurance companies are the enemies and they make (shocker) profits and that is evil. The government is the only way to make it "fair" for everyone. If you are fortunate enough to have this brilliant man speaking for you in Congress, I encourage you to let him know how you feel. Doubtful it will change his mind, but he needs to know he's on shaky ground and there will opponents in 2010. As for me, I will soon be in Tom Price's district. I had to move OTP to get some representation! If you are in someone else's district, I encourage you to be a part of the process and go to a town hall. The idiocy and the idol worship will astound you.

Next SMIA-Atlanta Meeting: September 12

With everyone's busy summer holiday schedules, we took July and August off and will resume our monthly Saturday morning breakfast schedule in September. We're going to kick off fall by filling goodie bags for the troops again. This project was such a huge success in the spring, and the troops really appreciate our efforts and the treats we send. And, the project was so much fun – lots of laughs, lots of fellowship, lots of great friendships! New members are always welcome.

Please bring quart size baggies and small items that can be put in them. Some suggestions are nuts, chips, skittles, sour candy, slim jims, CDs, action movies, liquid body soap for men, bar soap, boxers, boot socks in all sizes, toilet paper packets, baby wipes, razors, shaving cream, toys for children, flavored coffee. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Things that we take for granted can be considered "luxuries" when you're "over there". They love candies, tootsie pops, chewing gum, mints, etc.

There will be a new national website for the Saturday girls coming soon. In the meantime, for information about joining chapters throughout the United States, email smiaacrossamerica@us.com.

Photo is of Belinda presenting Jean O'Kelley, Media Specialist at Salem High School in Conyers, GA. Bill Bennett's two-volume history set to the school in memory of PFC Diego Rincon. The school also has a scholarship in his memory.

See you all at O'Terrill's Pub on Saturday, September 12!!