Wed. May 1st is Everybody Blog About #Pigford Day

Wed. May 1st is Everybody Blog About #Pigford Day

I invite you to blog about the fraud, voting buying and legal shenanigans revolving around the farmers settlement claims generally referred to as Pigford, this coming Wednesday, May 1st.

As you may know, I’ve worked on the Pigford story since very shortly after I met Andrew Breitbart in late 2010. I went on the road for three months, interviewing people connected with the case. The story was a passion for Andrew, me and many others at Breitbart News. It was always frustrating because we knew we’d nailed the story but the mainstream media ignored it.

You can help make a difference and make sure they can’t ignore it. You can add YOUR voice to this story and join other bloggers, writers and artists in making sure the story gets out there. 

Today, the New York Times had an epic piece on the front page about the fraud in farmers settlement. The piece is first rate. Whatever you think of the Times, this is a huge breakthrough because the story vindicates all the work that Andrew, me and others have put in on it; it confirms the major conclusions we reached and adds new details. Because the New York Times sets the agenda for much of the mainstream media, it’s already had an effect.

But I need your help to keep the momentum going.

 

Here’s What You Can Do

May 1st is a crucial date because farmers settlements for women and hispanic farmers are STILL open — the claim form is at FarmerClaims.gov — but the deadline for these schemes is May 1st.

Right now – start to get educated on Pigford. There’s a ton of material on Breitbart.com and other places. Google and you’ll see.

On May 1st — let’s make it a different kind of May Day. Write, blog, make a film, sing a song — anything about the farmer settlements. Make it as long or as short as you want.

We’re going to create a massive news firewall to get this information out to the public. The abuse and fraud are outrageous.

Here’s What I Will Do

I’m going to release information including video footage and links to help you research and write.  I’m going to publicize Everybody About Pigford Day. 

Right Now

Help spread the word! Tweet, FB — tell people about Everybody Blog About Pigford Day. May 1st!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned.

Go Make A Film

Go Make A Film

There is nothing stopping you from making a film.

This is really important. Just a few years ago–maybe even five years ago–there’s really no way for me to tell you that there’s nothing stopping you from becoming a filmmaker. No more. If you’re reading this blog post , you can make a film.

tumblr_mg9tuc3JLA1qzitlxo1_500You can shoot and edit right on your iPhone or Android. HD Camera can be bought for $140. If you don’t own a smart phone or camcorder, there is 100% likelihood  you know somebody who does. Not 99% likelihood; a full 100% and that means of video production are at your fingertips, no flippin’ excuses.

You have a story to tell that’s unique to you. It may be happy or sad or it make people angry or make them laugh out loud but you have a life and ideas and experiences that are you unique to you and someone in there, you can make at least one short. It doesn’t need to be fancy or even  very long. But please find something important to you and tell a visual story about it and let the rest of us know.

I was inspired to write this watching this short film about a surfer and her board. It’s a nice, light, beautiful piece that was fun to watch after an especially brutal week. It was made with a camera that costs about as much as 100 lattes at Starbucks.

Here’s Leah Dawson’s Tumblr page. All images are copyright her.

CAIR Misrepresents The Qur’an

CAIR Misrepresents The Qur’an

Opened_Qur'anIn wake of the revelation that the Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev were Muslims, CAIR aka the Council on American-Islamic Relationship sprang into action. The group says their “mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. ” That’s good because I don;t understand something. CAIR issued this press release and the first paragraph of the statement by CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

Americans are united today in condemning terrorism and in the conviction that those responsible for the terrorist attacks in Boston must face justice. This cowardly attack resulted in the murders of an eight-year-old-boy and two women, and the wounding of many others. As God tells us in the Quran, if you murder one person, it is as if you murdered all of humanity.

Is that what the Qur’an says? I don’t claim to be a Qur’an scholar but I do know how to read. A quick look at the actual verse shows that it says something quite different than the equivalent of Thou Shalt Not Kill. It spells out a clear exception to the idea that you shouldn’t kill anyone. . Here are the verses from this Qur’an Reference. I’ve added emphasis.

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005:032 * * URL On that account: We ordained for the Children of Israel that if any one slew a person – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land – it would be as if he slew the whole people: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of the whole people. Then although there came to them Our apostles with clear signs, yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land.
005:033 * * URL The punishment of those who wage war against God and His Apostle, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter;

041713hubpmbomb1_512x288That’s a heavy duty punishment for mischief.  It’s pretty clear to me that these verses make it clear that it’s okay to murder someone if they are spreading mischief or are ‘at war against God and His Apostle” or as punishment for murder. So, trying to make it sound as though the Qur’an has a blanket rejection of murder or (as CAIR said) “if you murder one person, it is as if you murdered all of humanity.”

Who else has used this misleading interpetastion? President Barack Obama, speaking in Cairo in 2009. He said:

The Holy Koran teaches that whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind; and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.

I’m far from the first person to point out this dishonest way of presenting the teaching of the Qur’an and articles like this one exhaustively show just how misleading it actually is. Given the threat, it’s also potentially dangerous. Do your own research. What’s your conclusion?