National Council Dinner of The John Birch Society - Raleigh, NC
Looks like we have two U.S. Congressmen and one best-selling author/Harvard Phd. lined up to be our keynote speakers in Raleigh on October 28th. $50/plate, black-tie optional. Tickets going fast. RSVP ASAP.11:49:19 PM comment 
The State of the Union - July 2006
Was in Washington this week. This shot of our Capitol building sums up the current state of affairs.
Purpose of my trip was to do some re-con in the effort to stop the Oman FTA...Another shameless give away of not only US sovereignty but also North Carolina textile jobs - pay off for a Sultan who has been wise in not refusing the offers Dick Cheney's business partners have presented him with.
This deal smells so bad, even CAFTA boosters Richard Burr and Elizabeth,"I honestly don't give a flip about North Carolina," Dole could not bring themselves to vote for it.
Main event in DC was my attendance of the "Trade Summit 2006 - Crisis and Opportunity" hosted by the AFL-CIO and The US Business and Industry Council at the National Press Club. Both sides representing middle class American workers and business owners have figured out that the fix is definitely in on the trade game...and that the elites in both the Democratic and Republican parties can't be trusted to save them.
Ohio Congressman Sherod Brown, now running for US Senate, was the keynote speaker. He was willing to admit the the Clinton adminstration sold the unions and middle class Americans (as well as small Mexican farmers) down the river with NAFTA. Brown's interim solution to our trade imbalance problem was the same as that announced by the AFL-CIO / NBIC: Use the WTO Article 12 clause to levy an immediate across the board tariff on all imports of 25%.
Brown is likeable and a real smoothie. Since he is a Yale man though like Bush and Kerry, I am going to guess he has been assigned a role as the false opposition. Basically, his way forward is to forget the US Congress, and instead grovel to the WTO for a new global approach to trade "fairness."
On the way out of the Summit I was compelled to take picture of the media moocher staring at me from the wall of the National Press Club. I also took one of the doppleganger who had gotten lost on his way to the Ed Cone impersonators luncheon.
SIDEBAR: Biggest trade vote looming is on the Oman FTA. Get the details here, then contact your representative. We are looking to scare Team Bush off from attempting a vote. Currently, they claim this coming Thursday the 20th is the day they are going to break the arms it takes to pass the deal. If it does come to a vote we need to see our North Carolina delegation move from 2-0 against to 15-0 against.
While in DC, I popped in to the extravagent offices of Howard Coble. For a guy who has hardly left a mark on Congress, he certainly has done well for himself. I tried to refuse the waste of taxpayer funds, but his friendly junior staff member insisted I take a this souvenier back from my visit.10:57:54 PM comment