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SuperLibertyTV Goes Live! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:26

In a recent effort to keep the public better informed of the what goes on behind the scenes of the local liberty movement in the Quad Cities, the old SuperLibertyTV that used to broadcast shows on local access cable channel 19 a couple years ago has been revived and is getting more digitized now. By using the broadcasting website Ustream.tv in conjunction with the facebook social network, SuperLiberty is able to broadcast its meetings live, keep an archived record, and spread the information digitally around to its members, the local media, and on social networks.

A SuperLiberty meeting was broadcasted live online for the first time ever and available for anyone to watch and listen in. The live pilot broadcast was not publicly advertised so there were no actual live viewers present. However, the public is being encouraged to view the recorded file online for themselves at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17046018 if they are interested in what was covered during the SuperLiberty meeting.

Had there been online viewers present, they would have been able to actually interact with the Chairman during the meeting via a live chat feed feature and this, in effect makes the meeting reach beyond the walls of the Downtown Davenport Public Library basement film room for future broadcasts. “This is a great opportunity for folks who maybe cannot necessarily be physically present during our meetings,to still be able to watch, listen, and even participate in our meetings! I'm really excited about the potential this has in its future use.” explained Michael Elliott, Founder and Chairman of both Iowans For Accountability (IFA) and SuperLiberty.

Stay tuned and plugged into the web for more from this local political broadcasting group as it utilizes the full potential of live broadcasting through the marriage of internet social networking and digital technology.

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Iowans For Accountability (IFA) is fighting to hold politicians accountable to we the people, and make sure government works for all of us, not just wealthy special interests and the well-connected. IFA is a Non-Party Political Organization (NPPO) that actively supports or opposes ballot issues or candidates, regardless of party affiliation and when necessary, IFA runs its own candidates. Michael D. Elliott is the IFA Chairman. Website: www.ScottcountyIFA.com

 
Buffet of Liberty PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Elliott   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:13

From the very conservative to the very liberal, the SuperLiberty group here in the Quad-Cities offers local residents essentially a buffet of local liberty groups in which to participate. The meetup.com online service offers the loose coalition of differentiating groups a local centralized location for each of the organizers an option to post their own groups activities and events on the SuperLiberty calendar. The SuperLiberty.com website displays 92 liberty leader members, 18 group reviews, 18 upcoming scheduled events, and 336 past events since December 2008.

Twice a month (the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10am at the Downtown Davenport Library Film Room) the organizers from each of the groups have an opportunity to come and represent their group at a sort of round table, in order to discuss their only common denominator, personal liberty from over reaching governments. The various groups represented in this local liberty alliance are; Iowa Society For Educated Citizens, Quad Cities Civil Liberties Watch Group (Formerly the local ACLU chapter), Tea Party of the QC, Campaign For Liberty, Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA), NORML, Articles of Freedom CC2009, Oath-keepers, Republic of the United States of America, and Iowans For Accountability (IFA).

It is here at these public meetings that folks can learn about each group and how they can become a part of the local action. Among the18 group reviews listed online, Veronica Deevers posted, “Being new, I just listened and absorbed so I could acclimate myself more quickly to the people and their knowledge base. This is a very well versed and educated group of people who are dedicated to restoring the republic. If you have ANY concerns about this county, ANY concerns about what kind of world you will be leaving your children or grandchildren, you MUST attend. Even if you do not feel like you are 100% up on everything...even if you do not know the Constitution or the Bill of Rights that well....COME. Learn! Be a patriot! Take up that sword of truth and put on the shield of valor. There is no better kind of high.”

If you are an organizer of a local political group or just a concerned citizen in the Quad Cities and want to do more or learn more about the liberty movement locally, then this a good place to start.

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Iowans For Accountability (IFA) is fighting to hold politicians accountable to we the people, and make sure government works for all of us, not just wealthy special interests and the well-connected. IFA is a Non-Party Political Organization (NPPO) that actively supports or opposes ballot issues or candidates, regardless of party affiliation and when necessary, IFA runs its own candidates. Michael D. Elliott is the IFA Chairman. Website: www.ScottcountyIFA.com

 

 
Ron Paul Campaign Releases Statement on Jobs Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Paul 2012 PCC   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:09

End wars, spending and reintroduce sound money

ANKENY, Iowa– The Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign released the following statement from National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s August 2011 Employment Situation Summary:

“The August national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent is another unfortunate chapter in the Obama administration’s almost superhuman mishandling of the economy.  Total nonfarm employment was unchanged, with zero jobs created.  The number of involuntary part-time workers is up, and the number of those marginally attached to the workforce is up.

“Six million workers, 42.9 percent of total unemployed persons, have been jobless 27 weeks or longer – a frightening proposition considering that mortgage, rent, food and back-to-school bills may go unpaid.  The most recent four-week moving average of new unemployment claims, favored for being a less volatile indicator of our jobs picture, is a frowning 410,250 – also cause for dismay.

“Indeed, much more than these data hangs in the balance.  Americans are enduring painful long-term joblessness.  They’re witnessing their savings disappear due to lost income.  They’re seeing their personal debt rise due to lost income.   And they gaze despairingly upon their retirement plans as these arrangements are tabled or upended entirely.

“We’ve been told our economic situation would get worse before it gets better, yet circumstances have remained near to their utmost worst for nearly three years. 

“We’ve been told that help was on the way, yet taxpayer-derived aid was granted to pet causes and favored political allies.  Too often, bailouts were targeted to the President’s corporate and financial sector allies, a policy similar to that of tossing life preservers to those partying on yachts.

“Americans have had enough.

“It’s high time that the President and his Washington establishment allies – those in both parties – ‘man up’ and face the responsibility to enact authentic change.

“First, America must put an end to the unconstitutional, undeclared wars that are nothing more than destructive conflicts having an unclear connection to U.S. national security.  And we should stop putting our war-weary armed services men and women in danger by being the world’s police force and dispense with state building while there are pressing needs at home. 

“Ron Paul has called for an authentic stimulus that communities across America will find economically and affectionately stimulating: the return to America of 305,000 of their sons, daughters, husbands and wives who are deployed overseas. 

“Dr. Paul says time and again that these men and women’s absence from the U.S., their deployments by international organizations such as N.A.T.O. and the United Nations, and their involvement in unconstitutional, undeclared wars puts America at risk. 

“America’s heroes should finally return, reunite with their loved ones in the vicinity of U.S. bases – many of which face closure, as foreign bases thrive – and they can spend, save or invest their pay right here in America.

“A return to the U.S. of service men and women and their equipment just months ago would mean that Vermont would have possessed the needed Blackhawk helicopters and personnel to adequately respond to Hurricane Irene’s destruction.  Instead, Vermont was required to borrow helicopters from Illinois and New Hampshire.

“In the wake of Hurricane Irene, there’s a national conversation about the constitutionality, efficacy and efficiency of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) happening.  Yet, none of Ron Paul’s Republican primary competitors have raised the issue that, since the U.S. reportedly spends more than $500 billion on overseas adventures, just seven days’ worth of U.S global militarism would pay for Hurricane Irene response.

“Second, President Obama and his Washington enablers of both parties must end the appalling practice of overspending and borrowing.  American households are becoming poorer as the economic doldrums continue, however Washington enjoys a kind of golden age as it grows and promotes its relevance in every facet of life. 

“The Obama administration offers empty promises on a jobs fix despite the economic reality that government does not create jobs, and in lockstep those in government garner little criticism as few in the media hold Washingtonians’ feet to the fire.   This selective examination of the facts, too, must end.

“Third, the U.S. must avoid the disastrous boom and bust cycles that promote irresponsible spending, investing, borrowing and lending and this can only be done by returning to a sound money system. 

“The Federal Reserve should undergo a complete and thorough audit, and currency competition should be introduced by decriminalizing the use of gold and silver as legal tender.  The final aim would be to end the Fed, which rewards the wealthy few while punishing and injuring working class Americans.

“The numbers and anecdotal evidence of a failed jobs picture speak for themselves.  They are a glaring argument for abandoning the failed Big Government, discredited Keynesian response to the national crisis all but those in Washington are experiencing.

“We do not need another speech or prime-time lecture for that matter to tell us what we know: Washington has failed and it is time for new leadership. 

“Ron Paul has championed the same constitutionally-limited government, noninterventionist foreign policy and sound money arguments for more than 30 years. 

“Dr. Paul wisely predicted the economic crisis and foresaw that it would fall hardest on the hardworking and most vulnerable.  The issues now match the candidate, which is why his message is resonating with more voters as the primary campaign cycle advances.” 

Authorized and paid for by Ron Paul 2012 PCC. www.RonPaul2012.com

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Paul Campaign Applauds Boehner For Requesting Change of Day For Obama Joint Session Speech PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Paul 2012 in Iowa   
Thursday, 01 September 2011 08:24
Paul initiated talk of objecting to President’s call for a joint session
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Today, the campaign of 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul released a statement applauding Speaker of the House John Boehner for requesting that President Obama change his plans for a joint session of Congress in order to give a speech laying out his economic plan on the same day as a Republican presidential debate. See comments from Paul campaign spokesman below.

“Speaker Boehner did the right thing, and we thank him for it,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton. “When this subject initially came up, it was Congressman Paul's campaign who initiated talk of objecting to the President’s plan calling a joint session at this time and we are glad to see the Speaker of the House seize the initiative.”

“We needed an economic plan from the President two years ago, but he has waited far too long to assert any sort of true leadership. Instead President Obama has continued to play politics and not deal with the real issues this country faces.”
Authorized and paid for by Ron Paul 2012 PCC. www.RonPaul2012.com

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MIKE SMIDDY FOR STATE REP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Kramer   
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:57

Mike Smiddy, Democrat and AFSCME member, will be announcing his run for State Representative in the 71st District Thursday, September 1st 2011.  He will be announcing in Savanna, Rock Falls, and at the UAW hall in East Moline.

“Being able to give back to the communities where I grew up is something that I take great pride in. While working for Lane Evans I came to learn the importance of public service and standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves. This campaign will be dedicated to focusing on those issues that are important to the families living in this district.”

Mike Smiddy is a proud and active member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union Local 46 (AFSCME) at the East Moline Correctional Center.  Mike Smiddy served as Treasurer and Executive Board Member in his Union local for two terms.  He was also one of two delegates from AFSCME who served as representatives on the Quad City Federation of Labor.  Mike believes “It is the hard work of organized labor that has contributed to the expansion of the Middle Class in the 20th Century, and I plan to be a voice in the Illinois Legislature for those values and those ideas”

Mike Believes that each generation is supposed to do better than the previous one. If we continue down our current path, our children and grandchildren may not be able to reach their potential because of our failures. The people of Illinois must demand more from our elected representatives.  With the right leadership we will be able to turn our state around. Our citizens need to be able to trust in those that they elect and send to Springfield. They need to have the confidence that the decisions being made by our leaders are done for the rights reasons and will benefit all of us here in the 71st district and throughout the state.

Our campaign will be based on a grassroots organizing effort, focusing on the issues that are important to the Illinois families.  This means ensuring that we have a strong economic development and job retention plan, maintaining worker’s rights, and creating sound fiscal policies to help bring down our state’s rising budget deficit.  And finally, to ensure the best education for our children, so they will be prepared to compete in our global economy.

Mike will be announcing and talking about these ideas at the following locations Thursday September 1st 2011.

9 AM
Aunt Mannies Café
Savanna Marina
1 Main St.
Savanna IL 

12 AM
Carpenter’s Local 790
1008 7th Ave.
Rock Falls, IL 

4PM
UAW LOCAL  865
East Moline IL, 61244

 
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