Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Richmond Tea Party - #3450 - City of Richmond Audits Local Tea Party After Standoff with Mayor - Right Side News (2) Climategate 2.0 - Wall Street Journal

Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies; we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party. First some back story: As reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks. The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch. Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers. The blog Virginia Right reported that the city provided services such as portable toilets, trash pickup etc. The incomplete invoices obtained from the city totaled $7,000. This was only a portion of the actual costs to taxpayers because the costs of police, helicopter and incarcerations were not included. Also not accounted for was the 24-hour police protection of the Mayor’s home after the Occupiers moved their camp next door to the Mayor’s house. The Richmond Tea Party, conversely, paid for all services for our rallies, including the police, portable toilets, park fees and permits, amounting to approximately $8,500.  Read more........  Steve Peters:  So much for equal treatment under the 14th amendment. Has the City of Richmond passed the test of treating the tea party members and the occupiers equally in regard to their fundamental constitutional right to free speech? NO. Have both groups been treated the same legally under the same circumstances? NO. The liberal left and the government entities controlled by them believe in diversity of everything, but thought, which is not tolerated. Their sense of entitlement is used to rationalize their use of politically correctness to limit the debate of others, who do not agree with them. The liberal's positions will not stand up to scrutiny in any reasonable open debate, therefore they must rewrite the rules to limit which facts will be permitted. Perhaps someone should ask the Attorney General's office if they think the City of Richmond has violated anyone's rights.

Climategate 2.0 - Wall Street Journal -  Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world's top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first "climategate" leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public.  The scientists include men like Michael Mann of Penn State University and Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia, both of whose reports inform what President Obama has called "the gold standard" of international climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  The new release of emails was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the original climategate leak and with the upcoming United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa. And it has already stirred strong emotions. To Rep. Ed Markey (D., Mass.), for example, the leaker or leakers responsible are attempting to "sabotage the international climate talks" and should be identified and brought "to justice.  Read more..........

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