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November 2007

  1. Ron Paul campaign addresses questionable donations

    I only bring this up because at the Washtenaw GOP Executive Committee meeting earlier this month, a member asked me if I could give the official explanation for why Dr. Paul did not return a contribution from a neo-Nazi.  I said I could not speak on official behalf of the campaign, but my personal belief was that the campaign was too busy to be in the business of returning contributions, and besides, all kinds of messed-up people support all different candidates. 

    Last Tuesday, the Ron Paul campaign's communications director, Jesse Benton, responded to the charge in a letter to the National Review, saying essentially the same thing, but in better words:

    "Dr. Paul stands for freedom, peace, prosperity, and the protection of inalienable individual rights. He knows that liberty is the antidote for racism, anti-Semitism, and other small minded ideologies. Dr. Paul has focused all of his energy on winning the presidency so he can cut the size of government and protect the freedom of every American. Neither he nor his staff is going to waste time screening donors. If a handful of individuals with views anathema to Dr. Paul’s send in checks, then they have wasted their money. I cannot profess to understand the motivations of Don Black as neither Dr. Paul nor I know who he is, but a simple Google search shows that his $500 contribution has netted him at least 88 news hits, including Charen’s column. Perhaps a better explanation for his “contribution” is not support for Ron, but the attention he knew he would receive."

    The full response, to the full hit-piece, is located here.

  2. Ahhhh the sounds of Lenin and McCarthy

    Latest book out on McCarthy shows he was just about right in all the charges he brought forth.  Detailed investigations into KGB files released after the fall of the USSR shows McCarthy's accusations were basically on the money.  The Venona project showed some of the interceptes he used as evidence and now the KGB files show even more, detailing a huge communist spy ring in operation in the US. 

  3. 6,000 Sunnis Join Pact With U.S. in Iraq

    Could the US actually WIN in Iraq?  Does anyone even talk like that?

    No one seems to even think it possible - certainly the drive by media never mentions a victory for our forces.  But what if the islamofacists are taking a beating (would we know? no!)   What if their strength and motive is breaking?   What if they decide to leave the playground for a while and come back after the US leaves (with a victory in hand)?   Many don't think that senario is possible - but I think it is.  Much of this "war" is really about words and how a certain political or civil conditions are described (who has electricity, how many car bombs go off, how many soliders died this month etc)  That means that the actual Terms of Victory for the US could be manipulated giving the US a proud and victorious exit from Iraq with only the forces left behind to be an issue.

    AND From some new reports in late November 2007, the US is having success in forming some strong alliances and in deepening the training of administrative and police agencies.   The headline is from the AP (can you believe it) - more here . . . http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/iraq/2007/11/28/52896.html

  4. Exec Meeting moved to Nov 15th

    FYI, the Executive Meeting for November has been moved to November 15th.  Please update your calendars.

    Same location and time, social afterwards at Damons OR Cherry Blossom.

  5. Ron Paul Pic from UM on 10/9

    I meant to post this way back when, but better late than never.  This is from his perspective on the steps of the Grad Library:

  6. A special way to give "Thanks"


    Join Mik and Deb Zolikoff this Thanksgiving Day at the Cottage Inn on William Street!

    We'll be dishing up turkey, stuffing and all the fixings to provide our neighbors in need with a hot meal and a warm smile. This annual event,which is sponsored by Cottage Inn and Food Gatherers, is a great way to giveback to the Ann Arbor community and to show true appreciation for our own good fortune.

    Shifts are from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm -2:00 pm. To volunteer,call Cottage Inn directly at 734-663-3379.

    Food Gatherers also has meals scheduled for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day. To get more information on these upcoming events please visit


  7. The Young Centurian Program

    THE YOUNG CENTURIAN PROGRAM - This new program is being offered by the Peace and Prosperity Foundation for young conservatives who want to learn from some of the highest caliber intellectual and strategic minds Michigan has to offer.

    There are 100 scholarships available for people to attend the program in Grand Rapids. The program will feature notable professors like Dick Posthumus, Gary Wolfram, Dan Pero, Gleaves Whitney and Clark Durant.

    To learn more about this program or to apply, visit www.conservativeinstitute.org or call Sam Moore at 616-459-0141.

  8. Upcoming Group Meetings

    MICHIGAN TEENAGE REPUBLICANS – Have a young friend interested in politics?  Check out www.michigantars.com, the website for the Michigan Teenage Republicans.  For more information, contact Brent Stanton, TARS State Chairman, at [email protected] or (517) 930-8228.

    WESTERN WASHTENAW REPUBLICANS – Meets the first Saturday of the Month from 8:30-10:00 am on the second floor of the Chelsea Clocktower Building, 320 North Main, Chelsea.  Parking is available on the street and at the building itself.  For more information, contact Craig McGregor at (734) 891-5576.

    MICHIGAN BLACK REPUBLICAN CONGRESS - Meets on select Saturdays at the County Republican Headquarters, 3025 Boardwalk Street (the NCMS Building), Ann Arbor.  For more information contact Elder Dr. Levon Yuille, Chair of MBRC,
    (734) 487-5678.

    THE ALLIANCE OF BLACK REPUBLICANS – Meets at the County Republican Headquarters, Ann Arbor.  For more information contact Kim Porter-Hoppe, Chair, at [email protected] or www.alliancegop.com

    SOUTHERN WASHTENAW REPUBLICANS - Meets on selected Saturdays of each month from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, Busch's Valueland Community Training Room, 556 East Michigan Avenue, Saline.  For more information, contact Matthew Schneider at [email protected]

    EASTERN WASHTENAW COUNTY REPUBLICANS - Meets every Saturday morning since 1991 in the "Political Center of the Universe" (Ypsilanti.)  Meeting is always held at 8:30 am sharp, Ypsilanti VFW on Michigan Avenue in Downtown Ypsilanti.   For more information, contact  [email protected]