Saturday, April 27, 2013

Op-ed: Freedom from Facebook Day

Here's something everybody can do to let Facebook know that our conservative voices will NOT be going quietly into the night.

Please go to the event page and click 'join'.  Invite your friends to join and please SHARE everywhere as there is strength in numbers.
Freedom from Facebook Day   
Date: Thursday, July 4, 2013...midnight to midnight

On July 4, 1776, the Founding Fathers signed a document laying out their case against King George, pledging to sacrifice their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to throw off the shackles of tyranny.

Today, Americans who use Facebook have a similar set of grievances against the largest social media site on the planet. They have been falsely accused and punished without the benefit of due process, and without the benefit of seeing the evidence against them. Many have found themselves blocked from using features for reasons that appear arbitrary and capricious.

In some instances, the bans have impacted livelihoods and reputations.

Many users have reached out to Facebook, but to no avail.

The time has come for those with grievances to let Facebook know that despite the denials, these issues are very real and will no longer be tolerated in silence.

For one day - July 4, 2013 - we ask users to stay away from Facebook. Don't even log in to the site. If you must use a social media site that day, use WePluribus, Tea Party Community, United Patriots, or something similar.

Use email, or better yet, pick up the phone.

We know that rules are necessary to keep sites like Facebook from devolving into anarchy, but they need to be fair, and they need to be enforced equally. Moreover, users of Facebook and other sites should at least have the same rights as suspects in criminal cases, and should be given an opportunity to see the evidence against them and given the opportunity to make things right.

Many have died to ensure we have the freedom to express ourselves without fear of reprisal. Now it is our turn to take a public stand for those hard-won freedoms.

Please invite your friends and spread the word.

Remember to click on the link and join we conservatives in telling Facebook that they will NOT silence us...ever!

GOP Lawmakers Hope to Combat Ammunition Stockpiling by Gov’t Agencies With AMMO Act

Republicans in the Senate and House are expected to introduce a joint bill Friday that would limit the amount of ammunition that federal agencies are allowed to buy and stockpile over the next six months, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

The bill, titled the Ammunition Management for More 
Accountability or “AMMO” Act, is being proposed after several lawmakers have voiced concerns about some federal agencies, like the Department of Homeland Security, seemingly stockpiling large quantities of ammo.

“DHS, for instance, has placed two-years worth of ammunition, or nearly 247 million rounds, in its inventory,” the Free Beacon notes.

In a statement provided to the Washington Free Beacon, one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), said federal agencies must provide more “transparency and accountability” in regards to its “stockpiles of ammunition.”

“President Obama has been adamant about curbing law-abiding Americans’ access and opportunities to exercise their Second Amendment rights…One way the Obama administration is able to do this is by limiting what’s available in the market with federal agencies purchasing unnecessary stockpiles of ammunition,” the statement adds.

More from the Free Beacon:
[T]he legislation would prevent all government agencies except for the Defense Department from purchasing and storing what lawmakers say is an excess amount of ammunition.
The bill’s reach would include DHS and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), two agencies that have found themselves at the center of the ammo controversy.
“As the public learned in a House committee hearing this week, the Department of Homeland Security has two years worth of ammo on hand and allots nearly 1,000 more rounds of ammunition for DHS officers than is used on average by our Army officers,” Inhofe said. “The AMMO Act of 2013 will enforce transparency and accountability of federal agencies’ ammunition supply while also protecting law-abiding citizens access to these resources.”
An agency covered by the legislation would not be permitted to purchase or store more ammunition than that agency retained on average between 2001 and 2009, according to an advance copy of the legislation provided to the Free Beacon.
Additionally, the AMMO Act would encourage the Government Accountability Office to audit federal agencies’ ammo purchases.

“The Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to Congress a report regarding the purchasing of ammunition by agencies, which shall include an assessment of the effect of the purchasing of ammunition by agencies on the supply of ammunition available to the public,” the bill reads, according to a copy reviewed by the Free Beacon.

There have been more concerns over reports of DHS’s plan to purchase another 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years, despite having a two-year stockpile saved up. Meanwhile, gun shops across the country are reporting ammunition shortages.