March 10th, 2012
By Barry Secrest
Matthew burst onto the political scene meaningfully in 2009, as a result of the Statists taking over the Federal Government completely. Becoming a predominant leader of the Charlotte Tea Party, Matthew has remained in the public eye espousing the Tea Party and constitutional values that most Americans still believe in, to this day.
A Marine, having served his country and still doing so, we believe that Matthew is the right man for the job in Charlotte and would love to see him go further into both state politics and perhaps even beyond. Charlotte is, in fact, in dour need of a Conservative brand of leadership, that has been increasingly lacking over the last several years.
Matthew has our full support, and we must add that he has no idea we are even writing this information piece in support of him, it should be noted. But we hope you will support him as well. Below is more info from Matthew's website , and here's how you can help.
Welcome! Thank you for dropping by my page to learn a little more about me, my campaign, and how you can get involved to make a difference. This is a crucial year for Mecklenburg County Republicans. This year we are electing three new At Large Commissioners, and the District 5 seat will be filled by a new face, too. What does this mean for us in District 5? It means we will need a Commissioner with leadership. Someone willing to make the tough call. Someone who makes pragmatic decisions, and will bring integrity and transparency to government. I believe I am such a person. Please take a few minutes to look around this website, and feel free to contact me with any questions. Lastly, I’d like to ask for your vote in the May 8th Primary for Mecklenburg County Commission District 5.
Thank you and God bless!
NC Civitas on Matthew:
Frustrated with the 2009 bailouts and the direction in which the country was headed, Charlotte native Matthew Ridenhour decided it was time to get involved. Despite frequently writing letters and making calls to representatives, he felt there was much more to be done.
“It seemed I was just one small voice,” Ridenhour said.
It was CNBC host Rick Santelli’s explosive on-air speech assailing massive government bailouts and lack of personal responsibility that prompted Ridenhour to organize an April 15, 2009 Tea Party rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. In what he calls “one of the most exciting days of my life,” over 2,500 people converged on City Hall in downtown Charlotte to protest the bailouts, high taxes, and big government policies. The group remains active and has held rallies to draw attention to the importance of free market principles and fiscally conservative economic policies.
Having served the last 10 years in the US Marine Corps Reserve and completed two tours in Iraq, Ridenhour is no stranger to public service and hard work. He has appeared on numerous local talk radio and television stations to share the Tea Party’s perspective on various topics. And though not visible on the political scene until two years ago, he grew up in a politically aware family which he credits for his passion and enthusiasm in the Tea Party movement today.
“We would watch the Nightly News with Dan Rather, 60 Minutes and Crossfire, so politics was always a topic of discussion. My mother often listened to Rush Limbaugh, so during the summers I would catch a good number of his shows,” said Ridenhour. “I think the Tea Party movement was a wake-up call for me saying, ‘If I don’t get involved now, there may not be much left for me to fight for later.’”
It is this concern that motivates him to keep people engaged and informed. Moving into 2012, Ridenhour says educating citizens will become a primary goal for the Tea Party in Charlotte. Using social media such as Facebook and Twitter, Ridenhour hopes to foster open dialogue and information sharing with Tea Party members, particularly to impact the upcoming local elections. The group will focus on finding candidates to run for local offices, mobilize members to help with campaigns, and share the Tea Party platform in the Charlotte community.
“If we don’t educate people on economics, monetary policy, and fiscally conservative values, then we’re really not making a lasting impression,” he explained. “This year is going to set the stage for what we can accomplish next year.”
March 10th, 2012
Phoenix's FOX 10 reporter Andrea Robinson was in the middle of an on-air report when an unexplained, bright white explosion appeared in the distance behind her.
The strange blast was caught on tape and aired live during Robinson's report. At first, news station employees thought the explosion was a transformer. But when FOX 10 checked with local utility providers APS and Salt River Project, they were told no transformers had blown in the area.
While the source of the explosion remains a mystery, it comes just before the 15th anniversary of one of the most-famous UFO sightings in recent history. On March 13, 1997, a cluster of glowing orbs moving in a V-shaped formation was spotted in the skies above Phoenix. That incident was also caught on film. The origin of the light formation has since been endlessly analyzed and debated.
Arizona is also home to Travis Walton, who famously claimed to have been abducted by a UFO in 1975. Walton has written a number of books on the subject, and his story was turned into the 1993 film "Fire in the Sky."
And while Phoenix officials remain stumped by the strange light explosion, FOX 10 has reached out to the public asking for assistance in explaining exactly what was caught on film.
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I know everybody just loves it when Christie goes off on some feckless Liberal or Union school teacher, and I actually do, too, sometimes, dependent upon the situation. And yet, I can't quite figure out why he went off on this kid, who is also a Veteran, the way he did, and why many seem to be celebrating it like it's the second coming.
Think about it; what if Obama went off on a Conservative asking a simple question, calling the man an idiot, and all, the way Christie did here.
The Conservative media would have a heyday, and we would be justified.
When we complain about authoritarians and tyranny, as Conservatives, and then watch how Christie treats, no, absolutely berates, a citizen who he is supposed to be serving like this, who was simply asking a question, or ENGAGING AUTHORITY, you have to at some point begin wondering.
Now, if the kid were being disrespectful, calling him names, or just generally being an actual pinhead, then that's one thing. But I can't, with every video I have been able to view, understand what it was that was so bad regarding what the student said.
And then we celebrate Christies' temper tantrums like they're the greatest thing since peanut butter. What does that say about us, as Conservatives? Do you teach your children that it's totally right to completely lose it and be abusive to others who have the gall to question?
Quite frankly, I am not aware of any true Conservative who would treat the people they are supposed to be serving in quite this way.
I'm just sayin'.....
March 9th, 2012
Rush Limbaugh has drawn the ire of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent a letter to the Palm Beach County state attorney requesting an investigation into whether the popular radio host should be prosecuted for calling a law student a “slut” and “prostitute” last week.
“Mr. Limbaugh targeted his attack on a young law student who was simply exercised her free speech and her right to testify before congress on a very important issue to millions of American women and he vilified her. He defamed her and engaged in unwarranted, tasteless and exceptionally damaging attacks on her,” Allred told POLITICO Friday afternoon. “He needs to face the consequences of his conduct in every way that is meaningful.”
In a letter dated March 8, Allred, writing on behalf of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, requested that Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe probe whether the conservative radio personality had violated Section 836.04 of the Florida Statutes by calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke the two derogatory words.
The statute stipulates that anyone who “speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity” is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. Allred explained that the statute recently came to her attention as having never been repealed, and that it could very well apply to Limbaugh’s remarks as his show is broadcast from West Palm Beach.
It is now entirely up to the prosecutor to exercise his discretion on whether there will be a prosecution. McAuliffe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Allred, whose most recent high-profile clients have included Sharon Bialek, who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, and porn star Ginger Lee, who exchanged explicit emails with former Rep. Anthony Weiner, said Friday that she has not yet been in touch with Fluke.
“I don’t reach out to women, they reach out to me,” she said. “If she did reach out to me, obviously I would respond.”
Limbaugh’s contentious remarks, made against Fluke for testifying on Capitol Hill about women’s access to contraception, resulted in widespread public outrage and dozens of advertisers pulling their commercials from his three-hour program.
(See also: Cartoonists skewer Rush Limbaugh)
“I understand why sponsors are abandoning Mr. Limbaugh in droves,” Allred said. “I think sponsors that remain with him are supporting him and providing commercial dollars to him and his program, condoning what he said.”
She added, “Hitting him economically is one price that he has to pay. He needs to be accountable in every way possible.”