2007 Monthly Meetings Emphasis on Sonoma County Government “Education is Key”

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Volume 22, Issue 7
“Education is Key”
Summer 2007
2007 Monthly Meetings
SRRWF 2007 Officers
Edelweiss Geary
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Emphasis on Sonoma County Government
1525 FountainGrove Parkway, Santa Rosa
1st VP (Programs)
Rosalie Parks
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Business Meeting 11:15 am SHARP 11:45 am Lunch with Speaker
January 23, Paul Kelley-Supervisor 4th District State of the County
2nd V P (Membership)
Nancy Maier
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February 27, Ward Connerly-America’s Promise Realized: Getting Beyond Race
March 27, Louis “Pete” Peterka Colonel (ret) U.S. Army “An Old Soldier’s Perspective on the Iraq War”
Barbara Soiland
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May 1, Kurt Hahn-Member of the Healdsburg Hospital Board and Expert on
Health Care Issues in Sonoma County and California
MAY 29, Rod Dole-Sonoma County Auditor- Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector
“Taxes, Pensions and Retiree Medical Health Benefits - What's going on?"
Secretary &
June 26, Sheriff Cogbill - Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program
Newsletter Editor
announced by the Governor on May 25, 2007
Ruth Van Bemmel
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Presidents Message/ - Repeat Article
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CFRW /Northern .Division News
Health - Heart
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Skeptical Observer/Cartoon
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President’s Message
Hi Everyone,
Well, it’s time for graduations, weddings and plans for the summer. Santa Rosa Republican Women
are also making plans. Although we are dark during July and August, that does not mean that we are not doing anything club wise.
We will be holding a new member orientation meeting on Saturday, July 14th at Rosie Parks’ house. All are
invited and we especially want to welcome new and prospective members. There will be a map and directions in the
June newsletter.
The summer will not be “dead” politically. The Presidential campaigns are going full force (15 months in
advance) and as time goes on I am sure that more and more of us will be picking a candidate. We are also going to
have to stay alert to all the mischief going on in Sacramento and Washington. Unbelievably bad laws are being
proposed and passed. We will get information from the CFRW Advocate and from legislative alerts that will be going
out. Let your legislators and executives know that you are paying attention and are keeping track of what they are
Have a great summer!
Edelweiss Geary, President
Reprint Article from May Monthly Newsletter
I’m sure that you know by now that you cannot believe
everything you read in the paper or hear on the air. Every
story must be checked and researched in depth to get the
This is the case with the whole stem cell issue. There
are all kinds of half statements and just plain falsehoods that
wander through the media.
Some definitions: –
Stem cells are a type of primitive cell, the parent cells,
that is, the cells from which the body makes other cells.
Embryonic Stem Cells (ESC’s) - Scientists have found
ways of developing stem cells derived from embryos
into most types of human cells. At this point ESC’s are
used in no treatments, cures or human clinical trials.
Adult Stem Cells (ASC’s) – These are stem cells that
are obtained from sources other than embryos. Adult
stem cells from bone marrow were first identified and
used in 1960. They have now been found in skin,
brains, spinal cords, dental pulp, muscles, blood vessels,
corneas, retinas, livers, hair follicles and umbilical cords.
Fat contains stem cells.
There is no “ban” on human embryonic stem cell research in the United States.
ESC research goes on at labs all over the country. There
is no legal barrier to this research. Since 2001, the federal
government has funded ESC research up to $130M. The
National Institute of Health funds stem cell research. California voted in 2004 to fund ESC research for $3B over 10
Therapies derived from ESC are a long way off.
There are currently no controlled human clinical trials
going on for ESC-derived therapies. Scientists who have
been working with ESCs for a long time are stating that it
will be a long time, if ever that transplantation therapies will
work. The obstacles to ESC success are significant. ES
cells require the permanent use of dangerous immunosuppressive drugs and they have a
propensity to form into
teratomas, which means “monster tumor.”
However, there are about 1200+ clinical trials going on
for human adult stem cells (ASC’s). Most treatments derived
from ASC’s so far apply to blood-related diseases. A wider
list of diseases will likely benefit from ASC’s in a few years.
Non-embryonic stem-cell therapies have been used to treat
over 70 diseases in human beings.
There are other motives behind ESC research besides a
search for cures.
Because of the problems noted above with ESCs, clinical
trials cannot be run. Many scientists admit that their prime
interest in this research is not in hope for direct cell transplant therapies but in the desire to enhance basic scientific
knowledge of cell signaling, tissue growth and early human
We also cannot ignore the almighty dollar. Scientists and
research centers definitely welcome the infusion of tax
money for ESC research because ESC is a highly speculative
field that attracts little private investment.
I have not discussed the ethical arguments pro and con
regarding ESC research. That is another issue entirely.
Information from The Wall Street Journal, Human Events, Catholic Register and the American Spectator.
Maridale Smith, Americanism Chair
Did you know: The original Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy. It first appeared
in a children's magazine in1892. He wrote it to honor the 400th anniversary of Columbus's voyage to
America. The following month children first recited the pledge in public schools in celebration of
Columbus Day. Francis Scott Key observed the British bombing of Fort McHenry in the War of
1812 from a boat in Baltimore Harbor. During the night he saw glimpses of the American flag
through the smoke and flares of light. The next morning he was so happy to see the flag still flying
that he began to write the poem. Later the poem was put to music and became America's national
anthem. The flag that inspired 'The Star Spangled Banner' had been made by Mary Pickersgill and
her daughter, Caroline. It measured thirty feet by
forty-two feet. That restored flag is on display today
at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Source: 'The Flag We Love' - Pam Munoz Ryan,
1996 Charlesbridge Publishing
Each line has a meaning...The pledge says you are
ing to be true to the United States of America!
I promise to be true
to the symbol of our country
each state that has joined to make our country
a republic is a country where the people choose others to
make laws for them -- the government is for the people
the flag means the country
a single country
the people believe in a supreme being
the country cannot be split into parts
with freedom and fairness
for each person in the country...you and me!
In June, the Americanism Committee boxed and shipped 19 boxes to Afghanistan and Iraq. We know the temperature there now is above 120 degrees and life is miserable. Please stop and say a little prayer for our troops as you
go about your daily activities. They need our love and support now more than ever. Many of you attended the
fourth annual Support the Troops Rally on June 23 in Santa Rosa. You heard a special e-mail from LTC Steve
Countouriotis as read by his wife Debbie. As you know, Steve has been instrumental in helping to send our boxes on
to the enlisted soldiers in Kandahar. Your presence at the rally that day was felt by loved ones near and far. SRRWF
wants to thank each and every one of you for coming out on that very special day and for letting our troops know
how much we support them.
The Americanism Committee will be boxing and shipping again in the latter part of
the summer. Your generous donations at our luncheons have managed to cover our mailing expenses over the past six
months. We will be passing our donation box around once again at the next membership luncheon. Keep up the good
work! Maridale Smith and the Americanism Committee
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This bill would prohibit a landlord or his
agent from (1) making any inquiry regarding
the immigration or citizenship status of a tenSB 428 - Electrical Corporations,
ant or prospective tenant of residential rental
Demand Reduction
property, or (2) requiring that any tenant or
CFRW has taken a SUPPORT position SB prospective tenant, make any statement or cer428, authored by Senator Bob Dutton (R- tification concerning his or her immigration or
Rancho Cucamonga). This legislation is a pro- citizenship status.
business and environment bill that has the poThis bill would not prohibit a landlord from
tential of saving businesses throughout the
with federal law, or requesting instate millions of dollars each year and at the
to verify the financial
same time helping protect the environment.
of a prospective
This bill cleared the Senate last month with bitenant
partisan support and was passed by the AssemThe bill is an effort to erase the line bebly Utilities Committee on a unanimous vote
tween "legal" and "illegal". If the bill were to
on June 25th.
This bill would require electrical corpora- become law, it would add to the growing realtions to offer optional interruptible or curtail- ity that being a citizen or legal resident would
able service programs and air-conditioning have no more standing than someone who has
cycling programs to their customers using pric- entered our country illegally. All of the arguing incentives that are cost effective and reflect ments in support of this bill have to do with
the full range of costs added by the reductions ignoring or circumventing the fact that the prospective tenants in question are all illegal. The
in demand created by these programs.
bill itself refers to "undocumented workers".
The bill offers companies a chance to par- This is a bad bill based on specious and flawed
ticipate in a program that can save them money arguments. Given the large Democrat majority
on their electric bills, which could mean that in both houses, it will almost certainly pass.
residents would have less chance of having We will need to mount a concerted effort to
power interruptions during peak periods. If seek a veto from the Governor.
passed into law, the participating corporations
AB 14 - Jesse Unruh Civil Rights
will be Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern CaliAct of 2007
fornia Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric.
The Public Utilities Commission has the re- CFRW has taken an OPPOSE position on AB
sponsibility of ensuring that programs offered 14, Authored by Assemblyman Laird (D-Santa
Cruz) which would expand upon the number
to businesses are cost-effective.
and types of supposed forms of discrimination
AB 976 - Civil Code dealing with
in both the public and private sectors and exLandlord/Tenant Issues
pands upon the types of businesses and governCFRW has taken an OPPOSE position on ment services that fall under this definition. It
this legislation authored by Calderon (D-30) also appears to provide legal relief to those
and co-authored by a laundry list of Democrat who claim discrimination and punishment in
assemblymen. Margaret Brown, Legislative various forms to those businesses or agencies
Analyst on Immigration and the Judiciary ana- who are found to be exercising actions stated
lyzed this legislation. She states:This bill as forms of prejudice by this bill.
would prohibit a city or county from adopting
Camille Giglio, Legislative Analyst on Famor implementing a statute, ordinance or regulaily
Issues, reports that this bill would effect
tion that requires a landlord (1) to gather or
in fifty-one different sections of state
report any information, (2) to prohibit the ofcodes
in private business, health care,
fering of accommodations for lease or rent, or
organizations, churches,
(3) to take any action, based on the immigrahospitals,
a serious change in
tion or citizenship status or a tenant or prospecthe
family compositive tenant of residential rental property.
This bill would give bureaucrats the
Murriel Oles, Acting Legislative Advocate
July 2007
Sacramento, CA 95814
916 442-4084
[email protected]
authority to control all aspects of public and
private actions and thoughts allowing certain
groups free reign to do as they please while
other groups are held accountable and punishable for interfering.
Where We Stand - Some Statistics
During the first portion of the 2007-2008 Legislative session, of the some nearly four thousand bills and resolutions introduced, we have
tracked four hundred three pieces of legislation. Of those, ninety passed out of the house
of origin. Eighty-two of those are still active.
Eight have passed; and five have been chaptered.
CFRW's voting body (composed of the
President, the Division Vice Presidents and the
Division Presidents) has reviewed sixty-seven
of those bills. With half the year gone, that
means two to three bills have been reviewed
each week since the Legislature began this
2007-08 Session.
As you can well imagine,
the dedicated CFRW Legislative Analysts volunteer a great deal of time so that our membership can continue to be well informed. We
thank them for what they do.
Are they worth it?
The Sacramento Bee reported that the Governor, legislators, and most constitutional officers were granted a 2.75% raise last Monday.
Exceptions were the attorney general and superintendent of public instruction -- they got
5%. The salary increases were approved 6-0
by an independent citizen panel created by
voter approval of Prop 112 in 1990. The higher
salaries take effect on December 3rd.
Here's what the bottom line is: Legislators
will be paid $116,208 annually, plus $162 (tax
free?) per diem when the legislature is in session. The Assembly Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem will be paid $133,639 each. The
Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and members
of the Board of Equalization will get $159,134
each The Controller, Treasurer and Insurance
Commissioner will get $169,743 each. The
Attorney General and Superintendent of Public
Instruction will receive $184,301, and the Governor's salary is set at $212,179 although Gov.
Schwarzenegger does not accept pay from the
Important Dates to Remember 2007
September 27-30 - NFRW Biennial Convention,
Palm Springs
September 7-9 - California Republican Party
(CRP ) Fall Conference, Renaissance
Hotel, Indian Wells, CA
September - SRRWF Monthly Meeting
October 19 - CFRW Biennial Convention,
Foster City
November 16/17/18 - CFRW Northern
Division Fall Convention, Monterey, CA
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Summary of President Bev Davis’
speech to members at Advocacy
Workshop April 2007
How do we do this? One race at a time; find a race in your
community; recruit the right candidate, one who is elect able.
We need to get Republicans to the polls and more important
we need to get Republicans to vote Republican.
There are good Republican Candidates within our membership. It is time to step up and be that Good Republican
Candidate. We need more women to be on City Councils, as
Mayors, on School Boards, who better to decide where the
state school budget is spent than by those women who set the
values in the home, volunteer at the schools and read to the
children every night. We need more women in local offices so
they can move up to state and national office. Be that woman.
The most important function in this organization is the
Nominating Committee. They set the direction of the club,
state and national organization for 10 years. The most
important position is Club President. The biggest problem we
have is Leadership. The reason clubs struggle and disband is
because of leadership. Many of our leaders have been recycled
over and over until no one wants to lead anymore. If this is the
Our plan for the future is to recruit good Republican case with your club, then it is time to build a new club with
Women and Men to run for office; candidates that are elect- new members. Share what you have and what you know.
able. We need Republican candidates who embrace our core
NFRW did a survey of our membership, the results were
values some of which are:
as follows:
• Secure Borders
Our members are 55-75+
• Safety in our Communities
They are educated
• Family Values, (20 years ago did you think we would
Only 13% still have children in the home
have to define marriage?)
After the last election in November we have reached the
point where we cannot be Pitiful and Powerful at the same
time. As we enjoyed the majority in Congress one day we
woke up and we had become “them”. Some of our very close
races were lost because Republicans voted for the opposition
The best thing you can do for your club is to find a young
woman between 35-45 years of age and get them to join with
Less Government Spending
you. We have reached the point where we need to find young
We want to be able to say, “Under God” in the Pledge of women to take our place. If you have been a member for 20Allegiance.
30 years then you were a young woman when you started.
We want Elected Officials who put Country, Community, NFRW has been here for 70 years and we need to make sure
it is here for another 70 years.
and Citizens above self and re-election.
Less Government
Women’s Health Issue.
briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was
already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like "Have you taken any medithis is the best description I've ever read. You all take
cations?") but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saycare out there!
ing, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until
Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)
the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny anDid you know that women rarely have the same dramatic giogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my
symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack...you heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my
know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grab- right coronary artery.
bing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies.
“I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home
Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack.
must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the ParaI had a completely unexpected heart attack at about 10:30 pm medics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call,
with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from
suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his
a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interest- scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped
ing story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, "A-A-h, somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing
this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy wit the stents.”
h my feet propped up." A moment later, I felt that awful sensation
“Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail?
of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know
sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hur- what I learned first hand.”
ried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going
down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. 1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your
You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed body not the usual men's symptoms, but inexplicable things hapto chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to pening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act ). It is said that
hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sen- many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI besation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything cause they didn't know they were having one, and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn
since about 5:00 p.m.”
preparation, and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morn“After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was ing when they wake up....which doesn't happen. My female
like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise
SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happenspeed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast ing that you've not felt before. It is better to have a "false alarm"
bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched
2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics". Ladies, TIME IS OF
out into both jaws.”
THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER--you're a
“AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening--we hazard to others on the road, and so is your panicked husband who
all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with
signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't
and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack !" I low- know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a way, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or
step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself "If this is a
heart attack, I shouldn't be talking into the next room where the answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't
phone is or anywhere else.......but, on the other hand, if I don't, carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The
nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your
Dr. will be notified later.
not be able to get up in moment."
“I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly 3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a
into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesI was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the terol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbesternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or lievably high, and/or accompanied by high blood pressure.) MI's
afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Para- are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the
medics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system
and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a
sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the
they could see me when they came in.
better chance we could survive.
“I then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, E-mail sent to editor on March 20th
lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or
hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did
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Slow Down and Absorb
Open borders? Mass deportations?
How about some common sense instead?
Peggy Noonan ~ The Wall Street Journal
May 25, 2007
Why do people want to come here? Same reasons as a
hundred years ago. For a job. For opportunity. To rise. To be in a
place where one generation you can be a bathroom attendant at a
Brooklyn store and the next your boy can be the star of “Ted
Mack’s Amateur Hour,” with everyone in the neighborhood
listening on the radio, or, today, “American Idol,” with everyone
watching and a million-dollar contract in the wings. To be in a
place of weird magic where the lightning strikes. Boom: You got
the job in the restaurant. Crack: Now you’re the manager. Boom:
You’ve got a mortgage, you have a home.
“Never confuse movement with action,” said Ernest
Hemingway. But America gives you both. What an awake place.
And what a tortured and self-torturing one. Your own family will
be embarrassed by you if you don’t rise, if you fall, if you fail.
And the country itself is never perfect enough for its countrymen;
we’re on a constant Puritan self-healing mission, a constant
search-and destroy-mission for our nation’s blemishes—racism,
sexism, ethnocentrism, out damn spots.
I asked myself a question this week and realized the answer is
“Only one.” The question is: Have I ever known an immigrant to
America who’s lazy? I have lived on the East Coast all my life,
mostly in New York, and immigrants both legal and illegal have
been and are part of my daily life, from my childhood when they
surrounded me to an adulthood in which they, well, surround me.
And the only lazy one I knew was a young woman, 20, European,
not mature enough to be fully herself, who actually wanted to be
a good worker but found nightlife too alluring and hangovers too
But she was the only one. And I think she went home.
Everyone else who comes here works hard, grindingly hard,
and I admire them. But it’s more than that, I love them and I’m
rooting for them. When I see them in church (it is Filipino
women who taught me the right posture for prayer; Central
Americans helped teach me the Bible) I want to kiss their hands. I
want to say, “Thank you.” They have enriched my life, and our
Naturally I hope the new immigration bill fails. It is less a bill
than a big dirty ball of mischief, malfeasance and mendacity,
with a touch of class malice, and it’s being pushed by a White
House that is at once cynical and inept. The bill’s Capitol Hill
supporters have a great vain popinjay’s pride in their own higher
compassion. They are inclusive and you’re not, you, you guntotin’truckdriver’s-hat-wearin’yahoo. It’s all so complex, and
you’d understand this if you weren’t sort of dumb.
So what should we do? We should stop, slow down and
absorb. We should sit and settle. We should do what you do
after eating an eight-course meal. We should digest what we’ve
We should close our borders. We should do whatever it
takes to close them tight and solid. Will that take the Army?
Then send the Army. Does it mean building a wall? Then build
a wall, but the wall must have doors, which can be opened a
little or a lot down the road once we know where we are. Should
all legal immigration stop? No. We should make a list of what
our nation needs, such as engineers and nurses, and then admit a
lot of engineers and nurses. We should take in what we need to
survive and flourish.
As we end illegal immigration, we should set ourselves to
the Americanization of the immigrants we have. They haven’t
only joined a place of riches, it’s a place of meaning. We must
teach them what it is they’ve joined and why it is good and what
is expected of them and what is owed. We stopped Americanizing ourselves 40 years ago. We’ve got to start telling the story of
our country again.
As to the eight or 10 or 12 or 14 million illegals who are
here—how interesting that our government doesn’t know the
number—we should do nothing dramatic or fraught or unlike us.
We should debate what to do, at length. Debate isn’t bad.
There’s a lot to say. We can all join in. We should do nothing
extreme, only things that are commonsensical.
Here is the truth: America has never deported millions of
people, and America will never deport millions of people. It’s
not what we do. It’s not who we are. It’s not who we want to be.
The American people would never accept evening news pictures
of sobbing immigrants being torn from their homes and put on a
bus. We wouldn’t accept it because we have hearts, and as much
as we try to see history in the abstract, we know history comes
down to the particular, to the sobbing child in the bus. We don’t
round up and remove. Nor should we, tomorrow, on one of our
whims, grant full legal status and a Cadillac car. We take it a
day at a time. We wait and see what’s happening. We do the
small discrete things a nation can do to make the overall
situation better. For instance: “You commit a violent crime?
You are so out of here.” And, “Here, let me help you learn
Let’s take time and find out if the immigrants who are here
see their wages click up and new benefits kick in as the endless
pool stops expanding. It would be good to see them gain. Let’s
find out if it’s true that Americans won’t stoop to any of the jobs
illegals do. I don’t think it is. Years ago I worked in a florist
shop removing the thorns from roses. It was painful work and I
was happy to do it, and I am very American. I was a badly paid
waitress in the Holiday Inn on Route 3 in New Jersey.
The young will do a great deal, and not only the young. The
dislike for Americans evinced by the Americans-won’t-do-hardwork crowd is, simply, astonishing, and shameful. It says more
about the soft and ignorant lives they lived in Kennebunkport
and Greenwich than it does about the American people.
But it’s not so complex. The past quarter-century an unprecedented wave of illegal immigrants has crossed our borders. The
flood is so great that no one—no one—can see or fully imagine
all the many implications, all the country-changing facts of it. No
Digest, absorb, teach. Settle in, settle down, protect our
one knows exactly what uncontrolled immigration is doing and
country. Happy Memorial Day.
will do to our country.
I know that by now you have all heard
about the “drive by media” and how they do a
real number on Conservatives and Republicans. However, I’m not sure that everyone realizes why the “drive
by’s are so effective.”
There are a few basic facts about our brains that
may not be known to everyone. The brain has a conscious and subconscious. The conscious part is what we
actively control.
This is where we make moral and judgment decisions. The subconscious part of the brain acts like a computer. It receives information and makes absolutely no
judgments. The subconscious believes everything it takes
in. This is why it is so important to control what we listen
to, read and think about.
Liberals own the media (newsrooms and editorial desks) in the area of ideas. A prime example is the
constant negative talk about the President. Do we all
agree with the President? No. Have we ever agreed
100% with any President? No. But to listen to the media talk about the President you would think that he had
personally come and caused each citizen excruciating
pain. Unless a person is on their guard, the constant bad
news, whether it is about Iraq, the economy or the terrible President we have starts to become part of a belief
system. That is why a recent poll showed that 67% of
Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is
going in and 69% are unhappy with the performance of
the President. So therefore, 2/3 of the citizenry is just
unhappy and wants a change. Well, that’s all they hear.
They are sure things are bad even though 95.4%
of the population has a job and the conveniences we
have in our daily lives are the envy of the world.
Now, how does that relate to the “drive by
media”? We are bombarded daily with a certain kind of
message. If we are aware of the fact that we are getting a
When the liberal media talks about liberation
specific message we can counter that message. However, they mean liberation from restraint of laws, rules, conmany people hear, see and read things that just go into the ventions and standards. If you support standards of any
subconscious to become a part of their memory. These kind you are considered a Neanderthal.
messages become part of their belief system.
This is what is meant by liberal media bias. That
Have you noticed that when you read certain is why it is important for us to challenge comments we
columns or new stories you find yourself questioning hear from people who really have no solid information.
your beliefs? This is of course especially true when it They are just regurgitating the media message.
comes to politics.
In fact, if you read or listen to liberal columnists,
you might find yourself wondering about things you
thought you were sure about.
The “drive by media” is masterful at planting the
thoughts and slightly inaccurate statements that become
accepted as true by many people. For example, how often have you heard or read “society must be fair for everyone.” On the other hand, how about “Republicans
want special benefits for the wealthy at the expense of
the poor.” How about the statement “government should
help with all the problems individuals can’t solve on
their own”? This is pervasive throughout talk shows and
with liberal pundits. Republicans are always accused of
believing that government exists to benefit the wealthy.
Democrats are now calling themselves Progressives and
pushing for a living wage and fair profits. Republicans,
on the other hand are depicted as wanting low wages and
super profits. Polls taken this year indicate that most
people think the economy is in bad shape. The fact is
that the economy is doing very well using just about
every known indicator. The liberal media constantly
refers to the Religious Right. What they really mean by
that term is anyone who disagrees with them.
Jerry Speltzer cartoonist - www.parentstv.gov/cartoon
Membership 2007
Nancy Maier—Membership Chair
Official Per Capita Report as of June 1st - 100!
Renewal members - 88
New members - 12
Please welcome new member Tracy Hoff
Associate members - 6
The NFRW Achievement Awards form was
submitted to CFRW President Marianne Haydon
and her Achievement Awards Committee. Our club
will be receiving the NFRW Gold Award. Much
more work will need to be done by our club and BY OUR
MEMBERS to earn the Diamond Award in 2009 at the Biennial Convention in Florida!. Thank you members who submitted their political volunteer hours.
All members are invited
To get together on
JULY 14, 2007 at 10 am ~
“Beyond Coffee!”
A Postcard will be in the mail to all members. Enjoy
the company of like minded women and learn about
the Supreme Court. Video and discussion will follow
the orientation with our new members!
Home of Rosalie Parks
136 Mark West Station Road
Windsor, CA 95492
Call Membership Chair Nancy Maier
707 538-9804
Santa Rosa Republican Women, Federated
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Prayer from Board Meeting
Dear GOD, sometimes I feel like I live on a swiftly
tilting planet with changes swirling around me: changes
in relationships and addresses, changes in styles of
worship and styles of living, changes in people and
causes I trust. Keep me rooted, God, in the one thing that does
not change: your love for me, for my country and for all the
world's people. In the whirlwind of my life, please remind me of
the security of your unchanging presence and love. Lead me to a
quiet place today where I can sit beside the still waters and be
renewed by the one constant truth of our world, our nation and
my life. Amen
Support The Troop Rally
Sat., June 23, 2007 ~ 10 am
Santa Rosa Republican Women, Fed
1585 Terrace Way, # 306
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
The People and the Government
July 2007 Calendar Reagan Ranch
“All of us should remember that the federal
government is not some mysterious institution
comprised of buildings, files, paper. The people are
the government. What we create we ought to be able
to control” Ronald Reagan 1981
“We don’t celebrate ‘dependence (on the
government) day’ July 4th, we celebrate Independence
Day!” Ronald Reagan 1984
“I can’t help thinking, while much of the 20th
Century saw the rise of the federal government, the
21st Century will be the century of the states. I have
always believed that America is strongest and freest
and happiest when it is truest to the wisdom of its
founders.” Ronald Reagan, 1988
Sonoma County Republican Party
Michael Erickson, Chairman
2007 Calendar
Railroad Sq, Santa Rosa Information - 707 542-7066
June 14
Flag Day -fly the flag
Activities over the summer...
July 14th at Rosie Parks’ home 10 am - “New Members & Beyond
Coffee” Orientation about Republican Women and a special
education video on the Supreme Court will be viewed and
July 17 through July 30, 2007. ~ Voter Registration ~
Volunteers needed for 2-3 hours on 2-3 days in the Sonoma
County Republican Party Fair Booth! You won’t want to
miss helping the Party, & Snoopy’s Garden of Dreams!.
North Sonoma County Republican Club
In Healdsburg - Cost $30.00
Mary Brandt - 707 433-3764
Stan Ziganti - 707 433-7017
Sonoma Valley Republican Women, Fed
Meets Second Thursday each month
Information 938-5055