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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

12-23-13 MCRC Briefs

 

Maricopa County Republican Briefs

Maricopa County Republican Chairman: AJ LaFaro      aj_ml@hotmail.com

Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor    repcomm@cox.net

Web Master   John Strasser

Dec 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Editor’s Note:  There will be no Christmas Eve or Christmas Day Briefs postings.

·       Congress Declared Christmas To Be A Legal Public Holiday In What Year ?  Christmas Day is codified as a federal holiday under Title 5, §6103 of the U.S. Code.   President Ulysses S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday in 1870. The bill to make Christmas a holiday was introduced into the House of Representatives by Rep. Burton Chauncey Cook (Illinois). It was approved and passed to the Senate on June 24, 1870. When both houses had agreed on the wording (below) it was passed on to President Grant, who signed it on June 28, 1870. Here is the wording of that act of Congress: An Act making the first Day of January, the twenty-fifth Day of December, the fourth Day of July, and Thanksgiving Day, Holidays, within the District of Columbia. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following days, to wit: The first day of January, commonly called New Year's day, the fourth day of July, the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly called Christmas Day, and any day appointed or recommended by the President of the United States as a day of public fast or thanksgiving, shall be holidays within the District of Columbia, and shall, for all purposes of presenting for payment or acceptance of the maturity and protest, and giving notice of the dishonor of bills of exchange, bank checks and promissory notes or other negotiable or commercial paper, be treated and considered as is the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday, and all notes, drafts, checks, or other commercial or negotiable paper falling due or maturing on either of said holidays shall be deemed as having matured on the day previous. APPROVED, June 28, 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant. “Congress officially recognized Christmas as a legal holiday [on June 28] 1870 … after 33 states had already done so.”  Alabama led the movement in 1836, becoming the first state to designate Christmas as a public holiday.

 

·       Medley Of Christmas Songs

 

T'was The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House,
Made Of Plaster And Stone.

I Had Come Down The Chimney,
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who,
In This Home, Did Live.

I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.

No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures,
Of Far Distant Lands.

With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought,
Came Through My Mind.

This House Was Dark & Dreary,
Once I Could See Clearly
And Looked On This Scene,
I Found It Was Home To A U.S.Marine.

The Marine Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor,
In This One Bedroom Home.

The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Disorder,
Not How I Pictured The Scene,
Of A True American Marine.

Was This The Hero,
Of Whom I'd Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?

I Realized The Families,
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To Our Soldiers & Marines,
Who Were Willing To Fight.

Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate,
A Bright Christmas Day.

They All Enjoyed Freedom,
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of Soldiers And Marines,
Like The One Lying Here.

I Couldn't Help Wonder,
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve,
In A Land Far From Home.

The Very Thought Brought,
A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees,
And Started To Cry.

The Marine Awakened,
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
"Santa Don't Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;

I Fight For Freedom,
I Don't Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps.."

That Marine Rolled Over,
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn't Control It,
I Continued To Weep.

I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still,
And We Both Shivered,
From The Cold Night's Chill.

I Did Not Want To Leave,
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honour,
So Willing To Fight.

Then The Marine Rolled Over,
With A Soft Voice, Not High,
Whispered, "Carry On Santa,
It's Christmas Day,  Semper Fi!"

One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
"Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night."

-- This Poem Was Reportedly Written By A Peacekeeping American Serviceman Stationed Overseas. Christmas Will Be Here And Credit Is Due To All Of The Service Men And Women For Our Being Able To Celebrate These Festivities. Please Keep Them In Your Thoughts.

 

·       The Maricopa County Republican West Office, 99th Ave/Bell Road, is closed the week of Dec 23-27.  It will also be closed Jan 1-3. 

 

·       The Pima GOP Headquarters is closed from 1 pm, Dec 20 until Jan 2, 2014.

 

·      Looking For Information On Recycling as you face that pile of Christmas wrapping paper and boxes?  Contact Julie Hoffman, Environmental Planning Program Manager, (602) 254-6300.  http://recycle.azmag.gov

 

·       City Of Phoenix Offices will be closed beginning at noon on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; on Christmas Day, Dec. 25; and New Year’s Day,  Jan. 1.

·       LD8 Senate Candidate Irene Littleton’s  Dec 28 ‘meet and greet’ is scheduled from 1-3 pm at Bernard's Coffee Station, 725 W Ash St.,  Globe. Contact: irene7235@gmail.com

·       PC “Bick” Bicknell Has Announced His Candidacy for another term as the District 4 Maricopa Medical Center Board of Directors aka Maricopa Integrated Special Health Care District. Campaign donations can be sent to Re-elect Bicknell, 16228 W. Custer Lane, Surprise, AZ 85379. Contact: elbertbicknell@gmail.com

 

·       Congressman Paul Gosar Gave The Commencement Speech at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University last week.  Read speech   HERE

 

·       Arizona Congressional District 1 Primary Forum  video: Tobin, Kiehne and Kwasman debate

  

·       LD16 Precinct Committeeman Kevin Nathan sold the winning ticket for the LD16 gun raffle fundraiser that was drawn on Dec 21.   

 

·       The Verde River Patriots Will Meet At 2 PM, Jan 6 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7400, 705 E. Aspen St., Cottonwood. Gubernatorial candidate Sen Al Melvin (LD11) and Arizona State Treasurer candidate Randy Pullen will address the group. Contact:  928-639-4753 or rose@sperrys4liberty.com.

 

·       More Than 95 Members Of The 819th Engineer Company From The Arizona Army National Guard Will Return At 10 Am, Dec. 24 to the Allen Readiness Center, Papago Park Military Reservation, 5636 E. McDowell Road, Phx. During their nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 819th ENG CO provided route clearance, which consisted of detecting and eliminating improvised explosive devices on roadways. This ensured safe travel routes for U.S. and Coalition forces in the Zabul Province. The 819th also partnered with the 2-205th Afghan National Army Route Clearance Company and trained the Afghan Soldiers in engineer tactics and skills, as well as partnering with them on multiple combat operations. During two of these operations the 819th was engaged by enemies resulting in 60 Combat Action Badges and 7 Purple Hearts. Arizona soldiers returning home to their families and friends are from: Apache Junction, Arlington, Avondale, Belmont, Buckeye, Chandler, Eagar, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Joseph City, Laveen, Maricopa, Mayer, Mesa, Mount Upton, New River, Peoria, Phoenix, Pinetop, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Rim Rock, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Superior, Tolleson, Tonopah, Tempe, Vail, Yuma, Williams, and Tucson. More than 200 Arizona National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are still serving on federal active duty overseas, and more than 10,000 Arizona Guard members have been called to federal active service since Sept. 11, 2001.

 

·       PCs: Mark Your Calendar:

o   Jan 11, 2014 - Maricopa County Republican Mandatory Mtg. at Church of the Nations, 6225 N Central Ave, Phoenix.

o   Jan 25, 2014 -  AZGOP 2014 Mandatory Meeting at Grace Community Church, 1200 E Southern Ave  Tempe.

o   March 8, 2014 – Maricopa County Republican Committee Lincoln Luncheon, El-Zaribah Shrine Tempe, 552 N. 40th St., Phx.

 

·        How-To-Make-An-Economical-Christmas-Turkey-Dinner-Red-Green-Style

·        Number-Of-Homeschooled-Kids-Increases

·        Health Watch - No Burn Day, Tuesday 12/24

·        2013-One-Of-The-10-Coldest-Years-In-US-History-With-The-Largest-Drop-In-Temperature

·        Leaders Call For More Border Accountability

·        Latest-AZ-Abuse-Report-Update-Shows-2893-Assigned

·        MCSO Delivers Toys To Kids

·        Last-Minute Health-Insurance Shoppers Are Given Grace Period

·        McCain At Odds With New DHS Chief

·        Rep-Matt-Salmon-Encouraging-Vibrant-Ports-Of-Entry

·        Ariz. Delegation Sets Legislative Priorities

·        ADEQ Issues Health Watch For Christmas Eve

·        Deadline Extended A Day For Health Coverage Starting Jan 1

·        100 Club Doles Out $2.2M In Wake Of Yarnell Hill Fire

·        Arpaio Cuts Back On Christmas Music In Phoenix Jail

·        Rocky-Point: Not-Enough-Whitewash-For-A-Helicopter

·        Washington-Representative-Slams-Arizona-Racist-Wasteland-Seahawks-Loss

·        Conservative-Intels-Naughty-List

·        Irish-The-Forgotten-White-Slaves-Says-Expert-John-Martin   Ireland Was The Greatest Victim Of British Slave Trade He Says

·        Boomer-Community-Victory-High-End  Developer To Tailor Higher-End Victory To Needs Of New Retirees 

·        View From The Trenches Of The Child Welfare Crisis   Montini

·        Secretary-Jewell-Applauds-Passage-Of-Us-Mexico-Transboundary-Hydrocarbons-Agreement

·        40 Million Compromised Credit Cards At Target - For Sale On Black Market

AMERICAN FREEDOM

·        The Obama Christmas Card Doesn't Mention Christmas

·        Arizona-Payson-Resident-Wins-Mega

·        Outrage-Meter-On-Treatment-Of-Gays

·        Medley-Of-Christmas-Songs

·        Judge James Soto Nominated To Arizona Federal Bench

·        Merry Christmas To My Tea Party Family By Lloyd Marcus (+ Video)

SEEING AZ RED

·        WA Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon Insults Az As His Team Loses

·        JD Radio: Can You Handle “The Truth?”

SONORAN ALLIANCE

·        County Supervisors Award Don “The Don” Stapley Whopping $3.5 Million In Taxpayer Dollars!

GILBERT AND GILA WATCHWATCH

·        Christians Help Christians With Medical Bills, Refuse Obamacare

·        "If You Like Your House, You Can Keep Your House,"

FLOYD REPORTS

·        Phil Robertson Petitions Overload A&E Inbox, Cause Malfunction

·        Retailer Lets Muslim Employees Refuse Service

·        Town Hall Meeting Turns Against Sharpton

·        USAF Band Flash Mob Concert At Smithsonian

·        Hawaii Won’t Release Graphic Sex Ed Curriculum

·        Study: Hypocritical Democrats Pay Minorities Less

·        Obamacare Shock: Strip Assets From Dead Seniors

·        Cracker Barrel Rescinds “Duck Dynasty” Ban

·        Susan Rice On Benghazi: “I Don’t Have Time To Think About A False Controversy”

·        Use Dope To Sell Obamacare – Priceless

·        Judge Oks Warrants For “Future Crimes”

·        Former Black Panther: “I Consider (Obama) To Be Fraudulent”

·        CNN Poll: Obama Losing His Own Base

·        Google & Pentagon Investing In Combat Robots

·        On Fire: Obama Eligibility & BC Heats Up

·        Denver School Shooter An Avowed Socialist

·        Political Correctness Infecting College Conservatives

·        The Broadening War On Christianity

·        Just Half See Christmas As Religious

·        Authentic Healthcare Reform Requires Competition

·        Bush Dynasty Shifts To The Right

·        Disabled Military Retirees Betrayed By Gutless Republicans

·        See What The Radicals Expect You To Forget!

AZGOP

·       AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham’s Response To: Who Is The ‘Chairman’s Circle’?  Chairman’s Circle is comprised of our top individual donors.  The Chairman’s Advisory Circle includes some that are PCs, business leaders and other conservative activists.   Given their contribution to the party we meet quarterly to discuss operational needs and I report our progress with respect to voter registration, technology, coalition outreach, messaging, etc… (similar to the video report). In the past other chairman have had “Eagle Nest” and or other terms to identify this group of activists.in our case I call the group the Chairman’s Advisory Council.  It is truly another perspective consistent with the Republican Party Platform.  I have found that more feedback is good feedback. The State’s Executive Committee, State Board, PCs, Coalitions and the Chairman’s Advisory Circle combined give a great 360 degree view of the party and the formula for victory in 2014.”

IMMIGRATION/BORDERS/ILLEGALS

·        Number Of Unaccompanied Children Caught Crossing Border Tripled In Past 5 Years

·        Rocky-Point: Not-Enough-Whitewash-For-A-Helicopter

SECOND AMENDMENT/GUN RIGHTS

·        How Police Use Gun Registration Data In “No-Knock” Raids

·        Ak47-Inventor-Dies

MEDIA BIAS

·        No Mentions Of Conservatives/GOP In Networks' Coverage Of Latest Obamacare 'Fix'

·        MSNBC's Hayes: GOPers 'Screwing Over' People, View 'Poverty As Punishment'

·        MSNBC's Taylor Invents 'Hypocrisy' Charge Over GOP Views On Duck Dynasty Vs. Obamacare

NSA

·        NSA Spends 10 Million Of Your Dollars To Make Your Data Less Secure

·        An NSA Coworker Remembers The Real Edward Snowden: ‘A Genius Among Geniuses’

·        Edward Snowden Says His Mission’s Accomplished

·        Netanyahu: Nsa Spying On Israel ‘Not Acceptable’

BENGHAZI

·        Susan-Rice-Calls-Benghazi-False-Controversy

MILITARY/VETERANS

·        Outrage Grows Among Veterans Over Pension Cuts 

RACIAL

·        Blacks In Chicago Turn On Obama

TERRORIST

·        Jihad-Comes-Kansas

·        Pakistani-Terror-Group-Threatens-Deadly-Attacks-On-New-York & Washington-Dc

NDDA

·        NDAA Indefinite Detention & Laws Of War Banned In Emmett, Idaho

CONGRESS

·         Manchin Warns Over NSA: ‘Big Brother Is Truly Watching You’ (+Video)

·        At-Least-35-House-Members-Set-To-Sue-Obama

·        Republicans-Who Abandoned-Military

EDUCATION

·        Michigan School Board Unanimously Votes To Restore ‘In God We Trust’ Motto To School Sign

·        Hawaii Won’t Release Graphic Sex Ed Curriculum

COMMON CORE

·        Common Core Math: Turns Your Brain Into Jello 

OBAMACARE

·        New York Times: Obamacare Is Awful For The Middle Class

·        Fire DeptVoice Concern Over Role Of Volunteers Under Obamacare

·        Obamacare-Reality-You-Cant-See-A-Doctor   'Many People Are Just Thinking They're Going To Get Free Coverage'
Obamacare-Geniuses-To-Take-Over-Online-Mortgages    Man Called In To Rescue Obama Presidency Has The Plan

·        Gay GOP Group Slams Obamacare Ads For Gay Stereotyping

·        Obamacare Shock: Strip Assets From Dead Seniors

·        Are You An Obamacare Loser? Check Here.

WHITE HOUSE/OBAMA

·        Obama’s Press Conference: ‘You Just Want To Slit Your Throat Almost, It Was So Depressing’

·        The Real Obama Christmas Card    No Where To Hide

·        Another Democrat Calls 2013 The 'Worst' Of Obama's Presidency

·        Former Black Panther: Obama Is "Fraudulent - Pretending To Be Something He's Not"

 

INTERNATIONAL

·        Pakistani-Terror-Group-Threatens-Deadly-Attacks-On-New-York & Washington-DC

·        Obama And UN Embroil United States In Central African Conflict

 

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