For Immediate Release: February 16, 2010

Contact: [email protected]

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Danny Tarkanian issued the following statement on this week’s Obama-Reid “Socialism Summit” in Las Vegas


“This week in Las Vegas, President Obama and Senator Reid are convening a “Socialism Summit” to argue for more government control of our economy. But after a full year of broken stimulus promises, Nevadans aren’t buying what the President and Senator Reid are selling.

“Nevadans are now rejecting the Obama-Reid attempt to base our nation’s economy around government. Their experiment with a government-run economy means Washington gets to pick winners and losers; under their plan, Washington decides which bridge gets built, which bank gets saved and which industry gets a bailout and a new CEO. In their world view, Washington dictates your wages, your health care and your benefits. Their agenda is so invasive, that under their energy tax proposal, you get taxed for turning on the wrong light.

“Unfortunately, even some Republican candidates are echoing this idea that government can ‘fight for your job.’ If the government can fight for your job, than by definition, it must be able to control it. That’s not what our Constitution is about. As Nevada’s U.S. Senator, I will fight for your freedoms. and against the government interference that is threatening your jobs. I subscribe to Ronald Reagan’s admonition that government isn’t the solution, but it’s usually the problem. We need more of that understanding in Washington.

“If I’m elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate, I will go to Washington to win back freedom and opportunity for Nevadans – not to implement any political party’s agenda. I will go to Washington to get our economy moving again by slashing taxes and removing onerous regulations. I will work to persuade this administration that Nevadans don’t want handouts and government doles – Nevadans just want their freedom and opportunity returned to them. They know what to do with it.”

Tarkanian also had a slightly different take on the President’s recent remarks where he said; “When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

TARKANIAN: “I think the President would have been more on point if he had said: ‘When times are tough for Americans, the government should tighten its belt. You don’t go bailing out banks when Americans can barely pay their mortgages. You don’t go blowing a bunch of cash on socialist experiments when you’re trying to save the free market.”


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2 Important Things You Can Do for REAL Change

There are so many different fronts that we in the tea party movement must fight to take our country back.

Frequently, we at the Tea Party Express have focused on the “big picture” if you will: raising money for political campaigns – to support the “good guys” or defeat the “bad guys,” TV and radio ad campaigns on key issues of the day, organizing mass rallies, spearheading petition campaigns and email/letter/phone call/fax campaigns to key Members of Congress, news conferences, press releases to the media, etc…

But there is much more that needs to be done. Thankfully there are some great patriots who are helping to organize a national effort to provide tea party supporters such as yourself a fantastic opportunity to really change the way politics work – and ensure that constitutional conservatives are involved in the decision making process of the major political parties.

If you live in California, both of the following two action items require your attention.

If you live anywhere else in the nation, pay attention just to Action Item #1.

** ACTION ITEM #1 ** (Nationwide): The National Precinct Alliance has been steadily building a network to give tea party supporters and conservative constitutionalists the chance to help take back the major political parties. It involves a grass roots effort at the ground level – to ensure that good people such as yourself can help us take back the political parties by getting involved specifically at the precinct level.

As the National Precinct Alliance explains:

The candidates, democrat and republican, who win public office will almost always be the candidate endorsed by the local PARTY LEADERS. One of those two candidates, either the republican or the democrat, will be elected in November, and go to Congress to make the laws, and determine much of our country’s future. This is very obvious to most Americans. What is not obvious is what is happening at the grassroots level. Every two years there is an election most Americans are not aware of… the election of our Precinct Executives. The Precinct Executives elect the Party Leaders and the Party Leaders endorse the candidates for office. Hence, the only way Americans can fire the current local county Party Leaders is through the Precinct System by electing like-minded Precinct Executives.

So how do you, or someone you know, become a Precinct Executive and help advance this effort? The National Precinct Alliance has all the answers and you can get involved here: http://www.nationalprecinctalliance.org/main/getting_started

** ACTION ITEM #1 ** (California Only): In California an important deadline is coming up – tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16th. The deadline is for applications to the first-ever Citizens Redistricting Committee.

Because of a voter-approved initiative, private citizens such as yourself can apply to serve on the state’s redistricting commission, where the lines are drawn for legislative districts throughout the state.

We are all now well aware of the famous – infamous – examples of district lines being drawn for a congressional or legistlative seat that are ridiculously shaped. They are designed solely to get blocs of voters into one district, to help ensure that the incumbent politicians – in this case now dominated by liberals – can keep their seats and hold on to power.

But not anymore!

Not, at least, if California patriots such as yourself will please, please, please apply to serve on the California Citizens Redistricting Committee.

Full details on how to get involved are here: http://www.wedrawthelines.ca.gov/


Links To Visit – 02/16/10

My view by Silvio Canto, Jr. – # 3 son is joining the US Army today! (Hat Tip: Don Surber)

USA Today – Our view on war on terror: National security team fails to inspire confidence (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

Logistics Monster – Glenn Beck, 2.15.2010: Obama’s Path To Dictatorship, Mishy’s Crusade, & ClimateGate (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

YouTube – Colonel Allen West Answers a Marine’s Question (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

MSNBC – Tea Party movement lights fuse for right (Hat Tip: Oath Keepers)

GATA – Seeking to crack the Fed’s secrecy around the bank bailout (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Yahoo! News – Not expanding drilling may cost U.S. $2.4 trillion (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

YouTube – Allen West 2010 (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

YouTube – Congressional Candidate Lieutenant Colonel Allen West (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The 9.12 Project Network – CNN, Huffington Post Urge Violence Against Republicans

Atlas Shrugs – White House Pro-Terrorism John Brennan Speechifies in Arabic, Equates Terrorists with Shoplifters, Lawmakers Call for his Firing (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

GetLiberty.org – Editorial: States Should Get No More Bailouts

Atlas Shrugs – Sharia in Ohio: Persecution of Christians in Islamic America Target Brian Williams

Atlas Shrugs – Obama’s Hafiz, Rashad Hussain, Muslim Brotherhood in the White House

Atlas Shrugs – FDI SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT: Lt. Colonel Allen West, War Hero, Candidate 2010
FDI CPAC EVENT: Jihad, The Political Third Rail

DISINTER – Wyoming sheriffs put feds in their place (Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques)

Conservative Review – Secession in the Air

Tenth Amendment Center – Decentralization: For Humanity’s Sake

The Radio Patriot – Idiot in Chief

Gateway Pundit – China Offloads $34.2 Billion in Treasuries – Japan Now Largest Holder of US Debt

Gateway Pundit – Ahmadinejad Attacks Obama For Not Closing Gitmo As Promised

Gateway Pundit – Global Warming Junk Scientists Even Pushed Bogus Hurricane Data

Gateway Pundit – Top Taliban Military Commander Captured in Pakistan

Gateway Pundit – FAIL… Just 6% of Americans Believe Obama’s $787 Billion Stimulus Created Jobs

Gateway Pundit – Sarah Palin Mobbed at Daytona Speedway

Gateway Pundit – Top Obama Junk Scientist on DC Snow: Weather Is Not Climate

Michelle Malkin – Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar: Captured

Michelle Malkin – Senator Don’t Call Me Ma’am is in trouble


Philly.com – BIG SIS: TSA makes disabled boy, 4, take off leg braces

Breitbart – Netanyahu: Israel not planning war with Iran


Boston Herald – REPORT: Alabama shooter is ‘far-left political extremist who was ‘obsessed’ with President Obama’

Montreal Gazette – Quebec doctors: Time for euthanasia has come

Fox News – Feds Demand Toyota Info

Under – Is This Constitutional? URGENT: Government tells Toyota to fork over documents to probe timeliness of massive recalls

Fox News – Iran Ups Nuke Ante

Fox News – Death and Espionage in the Digital World

The Sun – GOP bill aims to retool immigrant birthright citizenship (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

New York Daily News – Sarah Palin & Bristol call ‘Family Guy’ Down syndrome gag a ‘kick in the gut’ (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Facebook – Sarah Palin: Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Los Angeles Times – New poll: Now, signs of real vulnerability for California’s Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Hot Air – Indiana Dem: White House is conspiring to put Baron Hill in Bayh’s spot (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

The Radio Patriot – WOW!

Yahoo! Finance – Kiss That V-Shaped Recovery Good-Bye: The U.S. “Worse Than Greece,” Says Economist (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Yahoo! Finance – Foreign demand for Teasury securities falls (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Tenth Amendment Center – County Sheriff Can Bust Big Bro (Hat Tip: Brian B./Nancy Jacques/Jean Stoner)

Newsweek – Can the FBI Secretly Track Your Cell Phone? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Bob McCarty Writes – Video Explains Why Pain Meds Are Popular

Bob McCarty Writes – Christians Under Attack in Mosul, Iraq

Bob McCarty Writes – Census Touts Thrift Days Before Audit Finds Waste

Life Tree – Two Decades to an American Culture of Death (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Google docs – Who sponsors Wikipedia? (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner) Here’s a hint – it’s George Soros…


Financial News Update – 02/16/10

FDIC Leases Massive Space in Chicago – This is Not Good (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

$1.4Billion To Americorps in Proposed Budget (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Who Actually Holds Our Debt (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Greece a Canary in the Deficit Mine

Simon Johnson: Goldman Is About To Be Blacklisted And Possibly Banned In Europe (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Fed Official Warns: Inflation Is Hard to Avoid

Report: China Ready to Shed Risky Dollar Assets

Goldman Sachs Economist: China Set to Strengthen Yuan

French Bank: Euro Collapse ‘Inevitable’

The Continuing Climate Meltdown

White House defends year-old stimulus

A Blizzard of Spending

Morning Bell: Don’t Celebrate First Failed Stimulus with a Second One

In Their Own Words: Environmentalists Out to Dismantle Capitalism

Who is Going to Pay for FEMA?

Audit finds US census preparations wasted millions

PRUDEN: Global Warming scam begins to unravel


BAYH-BAYH: Congress has not created one job in last six months


Product overload: Stores are threatening to dump brands

Toyota Idling Texas, Kentucky Plants Due to Recall

Obama Announces Nuke Plant Loan Guarantees

USAID Steers Contract to Clinton Friend


China: the world’s next great economic crash; Like Dubai at the beginning of last year, China is now reaching the peak of a bubble.

Euro Area Headed for Breakup, SocGen’s Edwards Says

Forget Greece, The US Almost Had a Failed Treasury Auction

Strong dollar hurts exports

“Inflation is coming, buy gold!”

Economic Warnings from an Elderly Third Grader (The Mogambo Guru)

The Day The Dollar Died (Part 17): Black Ice

Depression 2010: Western Fiat-Money Finished?

Sovereign Alchemy Will Fail

US Banks facing $1.2 Trillion Crisis Over Commercial Property Loans

Treasuries Tumble on Supply

US Businesses Cut Inventories, Revealing Caution

Use of Temps May No Longer Signal Permanent Hiring

European Debt Markets Edge Up Despite Greek Debt Fears

Chrysler Dealers Upbeat, Worried After Meeting


TEAM RUBICON Haiti trailer

From: BlackFive


TEAM RUBICON bridges the critical time gap between large natural disasters and conventional aid response. We provide vanguard medical care by fielding small, self-sustaining, mobile teams of specially skilled first-responders. To deploy rapidly, we rely heavily on a horizontal command structure, social networking technology, and the employment of local nationals.

For more information about the upcoming documentary film based on TEAM RUBICON, contact DeeDee Slewka of Fifth Man Films at [email protected].

Trailer produced by Jolyon Hoff & Deedee Slewka of Fifth Man Films in association with TitleTen Films. Special thanks to Thievery Corporation for donating soundtrack.



A Historical, Archaeological & Geographical Perspective

(Feldheim Publishers)

By: Yehuda Landy

Reviewed by: Fern Sidman

As Jews, we are blessed to enjoy the observance of many holidays; all of which are steeped in rich meaning, symbolism and profound lessons for life. We are taught that the one holiday that will endure forever, even after the coming of Moshiach and the final redemption will be that of Purim. As we immerse ourselves in the joy and gladness of Purim, we are also cognizant of the fact that the timeless and eternal story of Purim, as told in Megillas Esther, is one that genuinely embodies the resilience of the Jewish soul as manifested in total faith and hope in Hashem and the determination to survive against all odds.

In this recently published book, “Purim and the Persian Empire – A Historical, Archaeological & Geographical Perspective” (Feldheim Publishers), Rabbi Yehuda Landy, a noted Torah scholar, lecturer, author and archaeology expert examines the enigmatic qualities of Purim and answers the litany of questions that we have all pondered as he takes us on a trenchant sojourn into the fascinating world of the Persian Empire. Megillas Esther virtually comes to life as we gain a cogent understanding and new insights as we study excerpts of the text that are laden with Talmudic, historical and archaeological scholarship as evidenced in the presentation of ancient artifacts, maps and magnificent photographs.

This book is the culmination of a four-year research project which spanned three continents, as the author explains that his inspiration for this endeavor began on a visit to a special exhibition at the British Museum in London named “Forgotten Empire”, that dealt exclusively with the material culture from the same Persian Empire with which we are familiar from the Book of Esther. While this book is not “meant to resolve any halachic issues”, says the author, “it is meant as a tool for understanding and visualizing the events of the Megillah.” Beginning with a historical backdrop of the Persian Empire in Jewish history, the author informs us that after the conquest of the Babylonian empire by the kings of Persia and Media, life improved dramatically for the Jews as their new Persian rulers permitted them to return to their land and to “rebuild the Beis HaMikdash and the wall around Jerusalem.” While the darkness of the Babylonian exile had ended and Jews lived in relative freedom from oppression, it became clear that their new Persian rulers were not immune to strains of virulent anti-Semitic proclivities as manifested in the city of Shushan prior to the story of Purim.

The narrative is greatly enhanced by the stunning photos of original artifacts from that era which included clothing, cosmetics and furniture as well as the gold and silver tableware and drinking vessels from Achashverosh’s palace. We transform into time travelers as we embark of a guided tour of the cities of Shushan and Jerusalem in all their resplendent glory and are treated to spectacular visuals of the king’s gate, the courtyard of the women’s residence, the king’s treasuries, the inner courtyard and the king’s gardens among many other ancient sites of the empire.

The author delves into the chronology of the Persian empire according to Chazal and provides us with a historical backdrop of the reign of such Persian kings as Daryavesh (Darius the Mede), Coresh, Cambyses and Xerxes, who is also believed to have been the real Achashverosh. “Although his name was pronounced by the Greeks as Xerxes, the Persian pronunciation was Chashiarsh. Chashiarsh, when pronounced in Hebrew, turns into Achasverosh” says Rabbi Landy. A most intriguing and informative chapter on the archaeological evidence of such ancient cultures as Assyria, Babylonia and the Persian cities of Pasargadae, Shushan, Persepolis and Hamadan sheds light on the decadence of the era and the societal influences that held sway amongst the respective populations. “The earliest documented identification of Shushan appears in the diary of Benjamin of Tudela (1165). He also makes mention of the tomb of Daniel wihch is located there”, the author concludes.

Historical and archaeological material are the predicate for our study of Megillas Esther in the second part of the book. Citing numerous sources from mesechta Megillah in the Gemara as well as historical proof, we get a rare glimpse into the inner machinations of the mind of Achashverosh, the faith-based motivations of Queen Esther and Mordechai and the hatching of Haman’s diabolical scheme of annihilation of the Jewish people. Following the miracle of Purim, the author clues us in to what became of Esther and Mordechai. “The Jews of Persia had a tradition that Mordechai and Esther are buried in the city of Hamadan, which was the original capital of Media. The custom to visit their graves before Purim continues until this very day.”

This detailed account of the holiday of Purim will surely be a captivating treat for history buffs and a must read for anyone who wishes to slake their desire for Talmudic and historical knowledge of this juncture in the annals of Jewish history. We are left incredibly inspired; even breathless, as we witness Hashem’s miracles as they unfold before our very eyes and as we forge a personal connection to those who summoned up the kind of faith that has sustained our people since time immemorial.