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UPCOMING MARYLAND THURSDAY MEETINGS!

NEW START TIME FOR THURSDAY MEETINGS -- 10:00 A.M. -12:00 noon.

Next Meeting AUGUST 14, 2014. (Our 145th Thursday Meeting.)

[There will be NO regular Thursday Meeting in July.]

Everyone, including regulars must RSVP -- CLICK HERE. Seating is limited.

To make a presentation or an announcement -- or to bring a friend -- CLICK HERE to email us.

Speakers from 2014 & 2013 Maryland Thursday Meetings.
Ron Lipsman
Ron Lipsman, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, explains ""Why It's Important for Conservatives to Care About Israel." See Lipsman's recent piece in American Thinker here, his recent articles at http://ronlipsman.com). (June 12, 2014)
Ann Corcoran
Ann Corcoran, founder of Refugee Resettlement Watch, brought the group up to date on why we need to monitor this Federal program which encroaches on so many of our communities. (June 12, 2014)
John Fonte
John Fonte, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute briefs the group on his book: Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? Fonte discussed the questions: When International Law conflicts with the American Constitution, who decides? Do Americans have the right to rule themselves? He also discussed "coersive diversity," "repressive tolerance," and Marxist roots of the "culture war."(May 15, 2014) (See Fonte's Chart of Terms, right column.)
Joe Miller & Bill Peck
Joe Miller, Alaska U. S. Senate candidate and national blogger (right) stands with longtime Maryland Thursday Meeting participant Bill Peck (left), who now works on Miller's campaign staff. (May 15, 2014)
Doug Mainwearing
Doug Mainwaring of the Witherspoon Institute spoke on the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich . . . and the importance of upholding traditional marriage. (April 10, 2014)
Jeff Levin
Regular Jeff Levin sketched the significance of the Supreme Court's new 2014 )campaign-finance decision: click here and here. (April 10, 2014)
Mike Hough
Delegate Michael Hough, running for Maryland Senate, gave his perspective on the just-concluded session of the Maryland General Assembly & his outlook for conservative priorities in the Old Line State. (April 10, 2014)
General Boykin
General Jerry Boykin -- soldier, minister and conservative activist. The Constitution gives us "freedom of religion, not merely freedom of worship." Boykin recounted several incidents incidents of resistance to recent federal initiatives to suppress expression of Christianity in the military. The veteran of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu ("Black Hawk Down") pointed out that the military has long been a cultural repository of traditional virtues. (March 13, 2014).
Regulars listen intentively to General Boykin

Maryland Thursday Meeting regulars listen intently to General Boykin.

Speakers from 2013 Maryland Thursday Meetings.
Rev. Bill Cook
The Reverend William Cook of The Virginia Black Robe Regiment speaks on organizing congregations from the traditional faiths for public action, December 12, 2013.
Jim Simpson
Author and investigator Jim Simpson presents recent findings: "Zero Hour: Our Last Chance to Save America," December 12, 2013. Photo by Barry Chodak.
Diana West
Diana West spells out "American Betrayal"--her newest book -- at the September 12, 2013 meeting. Also see YouTube of symposium (November 15), evaluating recognition of Stalin's USSR in 1933 in light of our blindness to Muslim Brotherhood penetration today.
Erin Anderson
Arizona native Erin Anderson details how Washingon, D.C., has turned its back on our border with Mexico, at the September 12, 2013 meeting.
Heritage expert Bob Moffit
Heritage senior fellow, Marylander Bob Moffit on "How to Oppose Washington's Intrusions" See his latest analysis: "Confronting Washington's Administrative State: A Renewed Role for the States."May 9, 2013.
Steve Coughlin
Stephen Coughlin of the Center for Security Policy details the Sharia menace as it touches our national-security system, and the military in particular. February 14, 2013.
 

The Maryland Thursday Meeting is an invitational and off-the-record gathering of center-right activists and organizations across Maryland. Ours is one of around sixty such center-right coalitions in forty-seven states across the U.S.

Guests and newcomers can get a better understanding of what the Maryland Thursday Meeting aims to accomplish and our Rules of the Road by clicking here.

  • If you have not attended a Thursday Meeting before, and wish to participate in the next one,

    OR
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The Maryland Thursday Meeting does not promulgate any orthodoxy. Rather it is a center-right coalition seeking common ground and actionable items.

We begin promptly at 8 AM; doors open at 7:45 AM; the Thursday Meeting serves hot coffee and bagels.

The Maryland Thursday Meeting will probe a variety of Maryland fiscal and values concerns. These include the profound consequences for prosperity and property rights of policies of the Green Statists, including Plan Maryland (Click here for video of conference on Plan Maryland: At the Crossroads); reforming under-funded and over-promising Maryland retirement systems; getting Maryland off the worst fifteen list on the Small Business Survival Index.

By doing so, through tax cuts and state and local regulatory reform, Maryland can attract good private sector jobs; tackle the fiscal, civic, and cultural costs of making Maryland a magnet state for illegals; and address homeland defense concerns for our seacoast state.

The Maryland Thursday Meeting began its work on November 16, 2000 and is chaired by long-time taxpayer advocate Richard Falknor.


BASIC LINKS

THE 90 DAY REPORT: A Review of the 2014 Legislative Session, Department of Legislative Services, Maryland General Assembly. [on line version]

George Orwell's Politics and the English Language. Written in 1946 -- an ageless critique of slipshod and overwrought expression and the harm it does in political discourse.

ONLINE--Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

Congressional Oversight Manual , by Frederick M. Kaiser, Walter J. Oleszek, & Todd B. Tatelman. ("The Way It 'Spozed To Be.")

Maryland State Constitution.

Maryland General Assembly website.

Maryland Register

Statistical Abstract of the United States. Everything you wanted to know about life in the U.S. but did not know whom to ask.

How baseline budgeting works: Is this year's automatic starting point last year's spending -- times inflation and population growth?

Info Map: 'Federal Aid to State Budgets' (Tax Foundation) Maryland 34.35% #32; Virginia 26.82% #47 .

"How Our Laws Are Made." Revised and Updated by John V. Sullivan, Parliamentarian, U.S. House of Representatives. Presented by Mr. Brady of Pennsylvania. July 24, 2007

NEW! Illegal Border Crossers' Destination Map! Continuously updated NumbersUSA map here “Relocations of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors.”

Don Barnett's "Time to bring refugee program out of the shadows," Don Barnett, here.

Ann Corcoran: 5 Reasons You Should Care about the Refugee Resettlement Program.

Illuminating the basics: John Fonte's one-page CHART OF TERMS capturing conceptual differences between the traditional "American Regime" versus the Obama "Counter-Regime."

Rep resentative Jim Bridenstine's letter to HHS Nesbitt, on visiting Unacompanied Alien Children facilities, 7-7-2014.

Voter Fraud: An Existential Threat to America James Simpson — May 8, 2014.

Jucicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2013.
NOTE:
Outgoing Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) and incoming governor Terry McAuliffe (D) get "Honorable Mention."
-- Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH)
-- CIA Director John Brennan
-- Senator Saxby Chambliss
-- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
-- Attorney General Eric Holder
-- Former IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller/ Former IRS Official Lois Lerner
-- Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
-- President Barack Obama
-- Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

-- Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

The Immigration Train Wreck, by Michael Giere.

EMPact America: Homeland Threats-- March 6, 2014: The "Uninvited to CPAC 2014"
www.homelandthreats.com

VIDEOS: Watch especially:

Welcome: - Steve Bannon, Breitbart.com
Keynote Address: - Atty Gen Michael Mukasey
Remarks: - Congressman Steve King (R-IA)

Panel 1: The Muslim Brotherhood, the “Civilization Jihad” and Its Enablers - Hon. Pete Hoekstra [via video] - Andrew McCarthy [via video] - Stephen Coughlin - John Guandolo - Deborah Weiss - Dr. Zhudi Jasser [via video]

Panel 2: Immigration: Phyllis Schlafly -  Rosemary Jenks -  Mark Krikorian -  Amb. Roger Noriega

For all panels & videos, visit www.homelandthreats.com

U.S. Becomes Chief Enabler of Christian Persecution Muslim Persecution of Christians, January 2014. by Raymond Ibrahim on May 14, 2014. ""We are looking for the bishop of this church to slaughter him -- we are tired of the existence of this church near our mosque and the noise they are making." — Church elder quoting Muslims who attacked a priest, Zanzibar.

The World Watch List (WWL) is a ranking of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is worst.

UNDER SIEGE: Fear on the Border in Fort Hancock, TX - Click here for YouTube.

YOUTUBE: Latma TV: "The Boston Marathon bombing -- The FBI investigates" (video).

DEFUND OBAMACARE -- Maryland-Virginia overpass sign with Soviet symbol warning.

What about the Workers? NRO Editor John O'Sullivan weighs in with senator Jeff Sessions on amnesty and blue collar America.

YouTube--Hannity interviews Mark Levin about the Convention of States and the Liberty Amendments.

Two rundowns from the Heritage Foundation:
(1) More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014. " Obamacare contains 18 specific tax hikes, mandates, or penalties that cost Americans money, and three new ones take effect in 2014. This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come."
(2) Obamacare's 18 New Tax Hikes. "Here's a timetable and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation‘s (JCT) updated cost of the Obamacare tax hikes and penalties.

Andrew McCarthy: Obamacare’s Unconstitutional Origins: Tax legislation has to originate in the House; the health-care law didn’t.

BREAK THE 'UNIPARTY.' “Candidate Smith, whether for President of the United States or dog catcher, must be able to say: ‘I am the only candidate who represents those Americans who want smaller government, who want to safeguard human life, who defend the free exercise of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, and who oppose the government’s intrusion into our lives, and I am so certified by the following organizations….  My opponent is supported by the Republican Establishment. What do you think that represents? It represents the UniParty!’” – Angelo Codevilla — Breaking The UniParty. See analysis: "New Year’s 2014 Imperative: Turn GOP In An American Direction" in the Blue Ridge Forum.

HERITAGE FOUNDATION: "Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges: 'Private Coverage' in Name Only," By Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D. and Edmund F. Haislmaier. "The Obamacare health insurance exchange system, though often sold as a mechanism to provide consumer choice and competition, is, in fact, a vehicle for the detailed federal regulation of insurance. Americans can expect less choice and less competition."

Republicans for Obamacare? by Angelo M. Codevilla

Ken Timmerman on the Syria SNAFU, 9-9-2013. " Now the White House is soft-peddling its so-far unsupported claims that the Syrian regime was responsible for the August 21, 2013 chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people in a suburb of Damascus."

NumbersUSA: What you can do to kill the Amnesty Bill during Congress' August recess.

Sign Petition to Designate Murderous Nigerian Group as Foreign Terrorist Organization -- the Clarion Project.

BALLOTPEDIA info on Maryland schools -- elected officials, demographics, school population in biggest counties, financial tidbits.

Senator Jeff Sessions: Gang Of Eight Legislation Dictated By Special Interests - YouTube

Is Congressional GOP Leadership up to the challenge? Hear Thursday Meeting regular Ed Hunter and other Marylanders (click HERE and continue to end of video) on Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren's August 7 show. Thursday Meeting regular Dee Hodges, chief of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, also took part in the Town Hall. "TOWN HALL ANGER: 'WE'RE DYING OUT THERE!' While Congress is on vacation, angry Americans are venting their frustration over ObamaCare, Benghazi, the NSA scandal and more at town hall meetings." The video covers Representative Andy Harris' August 6 Town Meeting in Bel Air.

Interview with Larry Nordvig Executive Director of the Richmond Tea Party, "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," Foix News, 8-8-2013.

NSA AND ALL THAT...

Gun Owners of America warns that "Amnesty Lite" would weaken voter support for Second Amendment right to bear arms.

"Tinker, Tailor, Snowden, Spy ," by Gordon G. Chang, Gatestone Institute.

HILL MEMO: "Twelve Reasons the 'Gang of 8' Immigration Bill Should Be Opposed."

NEW HERITAGE REPORT! "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer," by Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, Ph.D. May 6, 2013

House Select Committee on Benghazi Sponsors.

The Madison Projects Releases Updated Index Scores For 112th Congress (May 8th, 2013 ). Created in 2012, the MPI measures how closely each Republican House Member is performing against the expected conservative score for his or her district.

Daniel Horowitz "Chain Migration Will Bury the Republic and Republican Party" (Madison Project).

YOUTUBES & VIDEOS

Blue Ridge Forum story on FDR’s 1933 ″New Deal” with the USSR: 'Shutting Our Eyes To Soviet Influence and Prefiguring Today’s Blindness to Muslim Brotherhood Penetration.' YouTube of a remarkable symposium with expert participants Frank Gaffney, Diana West, Stanton Evans, Stephen Coughlin and Chris Farrell.

Stephen Coughlin: Counterterror Training, Education, and Analysis. (A highly informative series.)

Click here for video of conference: PlanMaryland: At the Crossroads.

Andrew McCarthy on Civilizational Jihad in America. Watch YouTube.

TO NOTE:

Paul Larkin. the Overcriminalization Project of Heritage Foundation: "Defanging the Lacey Act: The Freedom from Over-Criminalization and Unjust Seizures Act of 2012."

"FREE MARYLAND” -- A Discussion Paper About Ways to Reach Conservative Goals Over the Next Decade, by Richard Falknor.

BLOGS TO VISIT FREQUENTLY:
Raymond Ibrihim at Gatestone: Reports on threats to democracy, the rule of law, Muslim persecution of Christians, and other topics the mainstream media neglects.

--Ron Lipsman: The Write Stuff

--Monoblogue: Delmarva, Maryland politics, and more.

--Potomac Tea Party Report

--NewZeal - Trevor Loudon's invaluable perspective.

--Discover the Networks: A Guide to the Political Left.

--Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

--John Fleischman's Flash Report (California).

--Center for Immigration Studies blog.

--Election Law Center: Latest developments on suspect contests.

--Refugee Resettlement Watch: Washington County, MD-based blog, covering abuses in our bigger-than-you-would-think 'refugee' program.

--American Dream Coalition: "Protecting freedom, mobility, and affordable home ownership."

--Neighborhood Effects: "American state and local economic policy and political economy issues."

--Capital Research Blog: Research on philanthropy and nonprofits.

BASIC LINKS:

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)'s 2012 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.

Use FIRE's spotlight to see how colleges in Maryland restrict speech.

Angelo M. Codevilla on "America's Ruling Class--And the Perils of Revolution." The broad rethink that has changed the way the many conservative commentators talk about the danger we face.

American Thinker's "Complete Lexicon of Political Speech."

Senator Judd Gregg: How the Senate can obstruct and delay Obama's revolutionary initiatives. See Blue Ridge Forum.

2009 letter from Maryland's John Kane to senators Leahy and Specter endorsing Tom Perez as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Letter endorsing Perez from Tony O'Donnell.

John O'Sullivan's First Law, on the staff of large organizations and liberalism.

FAIR's Jack Martin: "The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Marylanders."

"The Trillion Dollar Gap: Underfunded State Retirement Systems and the Road to Reform"-- Maryland and Virginia, Pew Foundation.

City Journal's Bradley A. Smith: "In Defense of Political Anonymity."

Heritage Foundation: "The Birth of the Administrative State"

Heritage Foundation's Paul Rosenzweig: Overcriminalization.