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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
Pro-Obama nonprofit with wealthy donors spreading through TN
NASHVILLE — Eager tea party protesters went toe-to-toe in Nashville Thursday against a progressive nonprofit, Organizing for Action, devoted solely to advancing President Barack Obama’s agenda — while both groups waited for Obama’s motorcade to pass them by.
This story, however, doesn’t quite play out the way you might expect.
Both groups held signs either for or against Obama, although the OFA clearly had an advantage with professionally made signs, while tea partiers’ signs were mostly homemade.
Both organizations say they are grassroots.
And while both groups are nonprofits,Time magazine recently documented that one of them has very wealthy financial backers.
And no, tea partiers are not the recipients of this largesse, and the Koch brothers are not the financial backers in question.
Actually, OFA received $21 million last year from 19 wealthy businessmen and women, all of whom donated or raised amounts ranging from $100,000 to $500,000 each, Time reported.
Newsweb Corp. CEO Fred Eychaner, for instance, donated $500,000.
One of the OFA protesters in Nashville, Darlene Shelton, told Tennessee Watchdog that the nonprofit has established itself at chapters all over Tennessee, including Knoxville, Murfreesboro, Franklin and, recently, Nashville.
“We recruit people. We have phone banking. We call different people to get them involved and volunteer,” Shelton said.
“We then call representatives and try to get them to push for the issues that the president has set forth. We are the ones who voted for him.”
According to its website, OFA operates as a social welfare organization, as a 501(c)(4).
The Huffington Post reports that OFA operates Obama’s Twitter account. The organization’s Facebook page for Tennessee, which has more than 7,000 followers, seems to revolve around the personalities of Obama and his wife, Michelle, and their pet political platforms.
Obama came to Nashville Thursday to speak at that city’s McGavock High School about jobs.
Edward Adam, a 2003 graduate of the school who didn’t say if he belonged to OFA, held up a sign promoting Obamacare and said it has improved his life — even though he later said something that seemed to call that testimony into question.
“I’m getting better from a situation where I needed health care, and I didn’t have it before, but now I can take care of my medical issues. I don’t know why anybody would want to protest it,” Adam said, when asked about the new law.
But does he have health insurance only because of Obamacare?
“Well, I already had it through my work,” Adam said.
“Obama means well. He is well-intentioned and he is only trying to help people advance beyond where we were under Bush.”
Meanwhile, on the tea party side of the road, protesters, who were greater in number, said they had to exercise due diligence and warn others not to hold inflammatory signs. To do otherwise could invite trouble from the mainstream media, they said.
“It’s just a matter of not having signs that are crass and tasteless,” said Ben Cunningham, president of the Nashville-based Tennessee Tax Revolt.
“If somebody puts up something that’s over the top then that will be the media’s story. The message we want to get across is our opposition to the president’s agenda.”
Another tea partier, Scott Nicoll, of Manchester, told Tennessee Watchdog he has personally witnessed national mainstream media outlets distort the nature of tea party movement protests he participated in while visiting Washington, D.C.
“With every protest I’ve been to the news has been that we are violent or ignorant. They claimed that racism was prevalent,” Nicoll said. “As a matter of fact I was right next to a black man protesting with me. If we don’t show up then the media will just say that we don’t care anymore. Either way, it’s going to be negative.”
Another tea partier, Mel London, who is black, said he saw only a few hateful signs.
“You see those signs over there that say ‘Go Forward with Obama’?” he asked, while pointing. Those are the only destructive signs here that I see.”
LaGuardia closed as Southwest flight’s landing gear collapses on impact
New York’s LaGuardia Airport has closed Monday after a Southwest Airlines flight lost its wheels on landing. The landing gear under the nose of the plane, which was arriving from Nashville, Tennessee, collapsed as the aircraft was pulling into the gate.
While at least a dozen emergency vehicles were on hand at the scene, only a small number of passengers reported minor injuries. They were seen exiting the plane via inflatable slides.
Heavy delays were reported, with the airport temporarily refusing incoming flights.
“Standby for more information regarding #Flight345 BNA-LGA. We are gathering details and will post a statement soon,” tweeted Southwest Airlines.
Posted by Judy Morris
Tennessee lawyer sues Apple because Internet porn ‘destroyed his marriage’
A lawyer in Nashville, Tennessee filed a lawsuit against Apple, Inc. that blames the company for the dissolution of his marriage and the collapse of his mental health. According to CNet.com, Chris Sevier filed suit in Federal District Court earlier this summer because Apple devices do not have a filter that keeps them from playing pornography. The devices purportedly failed to protect Sevier from his porn addiction, so the attorney is suing the company in an effort to have all of its devices equipped with a filter that blocks sexually-themed content.
Sevier, who the blog Above the Law reported was arrested in June for allegedly stalking country star John Rich, wrote in his complaint that he is deeply fond of Apple products.
“The plaintiff loves Apple,” he said, and went on to state that he believes Apple, Inc. is devoted to “the welfare of our Nation’s children, while furthering pro-American values.”
Read the rest at The Raw Story, here.
I was deeply saddened this weekend to hear the news that Cathie Cardwell, wife of Rand Cardwell, had passed away. I wish to offer my condolences as my heart goes out to Rand and their family. Out of the sadness a smile did come to my face thinking back to the times in the past that I did have the privilege of their company and reflecting back with warmth to numerous meetings in Knoxville, one in Alcoa, the April 15, 2009 Knoxville Tax Day Tea Party rally and an End The Fed rally in Nashville, which Rand and Cathie were kind enough to travel to and Rand was kind enough speak at. One would be honored to spend time with a couple that embodied the warmth, kindness and a true patriot spirit that Cathie and Rand exhibited, and honored and fortunate I do feel.
By Stewart Rhodes
In Memory of Cathie Cardwell, Great American Patriot, Poet, Musician, Wife, and Mother
I just learned the very sad news that Cathie Cardwell, wife of Oath Keepers BOD member Rand Cardwell, has passed away. Here is Rand’s message from his Facebook page:
Yesterday, I lost half of me. She will always be in my heart. Cathie Schoo-Cardwell was a very special lady. Her fight has ended. We will be having a celebration of her life around July 4th…. her birthday is the 3rd. All of her family, friends and co-workers will be invited. I’ll be sure to announce it on FB. I realize that many folks want to send flowers, but please instead just give a donation to the American Cancer Society or other worthy charity in her honor. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support.
Rand also posted:
Here is a link to the blog that Cathie (Cathie Schoo-Cardwell) kept on her long journey in her fight with cancer. http://enlightenedbycancer.blogspot.com/ – It contains some of her poetry, thoughts and spirit. I hope you enjoy.
Cathie fought hard against cancer for years, with courage and determination, and all through it, she also fought hard for her country, and she supported Rand’s participation in Oath Keepers 100%. I had the honor of meeting her back when I flew into Knoxville, Tennessee to speak at the April 15, 2009 Knoxville Tax Day Tea Party. That is how I first met Rand and Cathie, as they were part of the organizing team for that event and they were the ones who invited me to speak and made all the arrangements, including giving me a place to stay.
At that rally, Cathie sung a song that she had written herself, called Revolution:
What a beautiful song, from the heart of a beautiful woman. After that rally on April 15, 2009, Cathie and Rand flew up to attend our rally on Lexington Green, Massachusetts on April 19, 2009, where she joined in on our oath ceremony. From that moment on, Rand was part of our leadership team, and Cathie was right there with him all the way. Behind – or beside – every great man is a great woman, and Cathie was a great woman. We are lessened by her passing. We have lost a great Oath Keeper and friend, American has lost a great patriot, and her family has lost a great wife and mother. Words fail me to adequately describe our grief at her passing.
Our hearts and our prayers go out to her family and especially to Rand. I spoke with Rand on the phone, and he reiterated what he said in his Facebook post: instead of flowers or cards, please use that money to donate to the American Cancer Society or some other worthy charity that helps fight cancer, to help others who are fighting the same fight.
If you would like to leave a comment on Rand’s Facebook page, I know he would appreciate it. He is a quiet, private kind of person, but he will read your comments and I think it would help him get through this.
Tennessee Congressman Got Farm Subsidies, Denounces Food Stamps
Posted by NextNewsNetwork
Published on May 29, 2013
WASHINGTON — Like many Republicans in Congress, Tennessee Representative Stephen Fincher supports cuts in the Agriculture Department’s Supplemental Nutrition Program, more commonly called food stamps. Fincher, who is a managing partner in Fincher Farms, a long-established agribusiness in West Tennessee, is also among the country’s largest recipients of federal farm subsidies
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HOLLYWOOD — The ABC series Nashville is a lavishly produced prime-time soap operate with a hefty price tag — but thanks to special tax breaks provided by the Tennessee state government, it was able to recoup nearly one third of its production costs in its first season.
WASHINGTON — According to a bulletin from the Joint Regional Intelligence Center, 3d-printed guns would be “impossible” for governments to control.
OGDEN, Utah — Matthew Stewart a 39-year-old Ogden, Utah resident facing aggravated murder charges stemming from a 2012 SWAT raid on his home, was found dead in his cell early May 24.
BEVERLY HILLS, California — Publisher and anti-drug activist William M. Fine, who helped create New York State’s strict narcotics laws under Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, passed away in his Beverly Hills home on May 17. He was 86 years old.
A former TSA supervisor has been told he’s under federal investigation for blowing the whistle on security lapses at the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee.
Gerald Smith, a one-time agent with the Transportation Security Administration, told Nashville’s WSMV News in October that not only had many agents in the area airport repeatedly failed security tests, but that the TSA seemed reluctant to retrain those who weren’t up to snuff.
Smith spent seven years with the TSA before coming clean to WSMV when they interviewed him earlier this year to comment on documents involving the TSA’s Threat Image Projection, or TIP, program. The network obtained documents from 2009 through 2011 that showed that many TSA staffers that were tested using TIP failed to spot contraband being brought through airports in carry-on luggage. Should an agent fall below 75 percent in testing, they are required to be retrained within a month. Smith said that simply wasn’t the case in Nashville.
By Steve Watson
A woman who stood up to TSA screeners and refused to allow them to grope her or her 14 year old daughter has been found guilty of “disorderly conduct” and sentenced to one year of probation by a court in Tennessee.
Back in July 2011, Andrea Fornella Abbott of Clarksville, was arrested by Nashville airport authorities for expressing outrage at the TSA procedures.
A police report stated that Abbott would not allow her daughter to be “touched inappropriately” or have her “crotch grabbed”. Abbott also refused to submit to a full body scan, saying that she did not want her or her daughters’ naked bodies revealed by the scanner.
The report noted that she attempted to take cell phone video of the incident but was prevented from doing so by the TSA screeners.
When police were called to the scene, Abbott reportedly cursed at them and referred to the TSA screeners as pedophiles, leading to her arrest.
The Associated Press reports that the prosecution argued that Abbott’s behavior “prevented others from carrying out their lawful activities,” and held up two security lines for thirty minutes.
“You can speak your mind, but you can’t do it in an illegal manner,’ said Assistant District Attorney Megan King, adding “What the defendant did was a crime.”
The defense argued that Abbot was exercising her right to free speech. “Telling a police officer your opinion, even in strong language, to me that’s a First Amendment right,” Abbot’s attorney Brent Horst told reporters.
Abbott herself admitted that she may have cursed at police officers, but considered the exchange to be a “normal conversation” regarding the inappropriate nature of pat-downs on children.
Horst presented surveillance video of the incident, and claimed that Abbot was the one being yelled at by police. Although the video had no audio, it showed that other passengers were walking around Abbot and the police officers, and that security lines were still moving.
“It’s clear from the video … she wasn’t preventing anything,” Horst said. In closing arguments the attorney stated “Since 9/11, we’re losing a lot of freedom, and we have to draw the line somewhere,” before praising Abbot for standing on principle.
Published on Oct 11, 2012 by TheJoshTolleyChannel
A woman in Tennessee had her baby murdered by police. Medical professionals are in shock and the public will probably just ignore this murder.
The first episode of Messengers for Liberty has been uploaded and is ready to be seen by the world!
This was filmed in Nashville, TN and Missouri. It features interviews with Ron Paul, Austrian Economics Professor Robert Murphy, TMOT, and some familiar faces from the Ron Paul Grassroots movement in Nashville including Barry Donegan, Matt Gulliver, Mandy Singleton, John Drake, and many more!
Published on Sep 16, 2012 by messengersforliberty
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