Transportation in the 21st Century Event

You can't get there from here.

The way people get from here to there--and how they pay for the privilege--is about to change. We want you to have a say in the future of transportation.

To help, Heritage Action for America is teaming up with St. Louis Tea Party Coalition to put on a Transportation Empowerment night on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Speakers Include:

  • State Rep. Paul Curtman
  • Ryan Johnson, President, Missouri Alliance for Freedom
  • Ben Evans, Heritage Action for America

Learn about initiatives like the Transportation Empowerment Act that would keep federal gas taxes in the states where they're paid.

Refreshments from McArthur's Bakery provided by Heritage Action.

RSVP: Facebook Event

Don't Miss Your Chance to Celebrate Jim Hoft's Recovery on February 22 **Free Tickets Are Limited**

St. Louis's number one political blogger is better, and he's having a party to celebrate. Jim Hoft Live

Jim went through a frightening, life-threatening, and debilitating illness last year. But he's back and blogging on TheGatewayPundit.com.

JIm Hoft and Me

To celebrate his recovery, Jim's throwing a party.

Jim Hoft LIVE! Free Tickets!

Holiday Inn St Louis Sw - Route 66 10709 Watson Rd St Louis, MO 63127

Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM (CST)

Go get your ticket now, before it's too late. Mark your calendar. Tell your friends. Tweet about it, post it on Facebook, and be there!

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Help celebrate Jim's miraculous recovery and recognize those who helped him along his journey, including doctors, family, friends and fans of Gateway Pundit.

The event will include:

  • Cash bar
  • Appetizers
  • Presentations by family and friends
  • Live music

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

 FAQs

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

  • Must be 21 or older to attend

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

  • Printed tickets must be presented at the door

What is the dress code for the event?

  • Casual attire

August 15 Is The Next After Party with Heritage Tavern

PLEASE  MARK  YOUR  CALENDAR

OUR NEXT BIG AFTER PARTY EVENT!

It is Thursday, August 15, at 7:00 P.M. at Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

http://www.haciendastl.com/

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant

9748 Manchester RD

St Louis, MO  63119

314-962-7100

Russ Vought, Political Director at Heritage Action, will be our guest speaker on Thursday, August 15.  He will discuss his role with Heritage Action. 

From 7pm-8pm, Russ will talk about the Scorecard & what our team does in DC.

Here is a link to the website & Scorecard:

Website: http://heritageaction.com/

Scorecard: http://heritageactionscorecard.com/

There will be appetizers provided.   However, since our local area friends donate their space to our Tea Party we encourage people to enjoy a dinner there before or afterwards. 

Looking forward to seeing you at this special event.

Here’s A Great Way To Connect to America’s Founding: 1776

Get into the spirit of ‘76 with a great live musical

You probably didn’t know that I was a theatre guy in high school and college. In fact, I was a theatre 1776-postermajor for a couple of years. I think the right’s neglect of the arts is one of our biggest failings. The arts reach people at an emotional level. Intellectual arguments cannot change emotional attachments.

So here’s a chance to rev up your American patriotic spirits while connecting with the arts. It’s 1776, the musical, and a great St. Louis teacher and leader, Jim Leibrecht, is part of the show.  Here’s his summary of this play:

 

I just wanted to let you know that the production of 1776 opens at Insight Theatre a week from Wednesday, June 26.  It runs for 10 of the next 12 days, dark on July 1 and 4.  Curtain is at 8:00, 2:00 on Sunday’s.  Theatre is on the campus of Nerinx Hall High School.

TICKETS

I think you all know that I am now one to “enthuse” without justification.  Well, I am about to “ENTHUSE” enthusiastically.

I have to tell you that this is going to be an extraordinary production.  The cast of 20+ is wonderfully talented as actors and as vocalists, and experienced and professional all.  From the leads through the delegates to the entire company, the vocal quality is “awesome”.  Voices are very rich and full, and the characters created are engrossing.  (I portray Scottish delegate of Delaware, Thomas McKean, he of the robust and florid personality and voice).  This is definitely one of the most exhilarating casts I have ever had the privilege and joy of being part of.  Each one’s abilities help one to enrich and flesh out one’s own performance, which means it is a total company and ensemble presentation—doesn’t get any better than that.   But all that is so much more wonderful because the libretto and music of the show are just great.  The book is great writing; the music fully reflective of the characters, the situation.  It is just a wonderful musical.  AND the miraculous birth of our Declaration and birth is both confounding and inspiring.  The show makes one appreciate what July 4 is really about all the more.

I invite you to come; I encourage you to come.  You will find the production of a level of expertise to match any other you may enjoy in St. Louis this summer.  You will be very glad you took the time and effort to share this theatrical magic with the cast and the production.

You may check on ticket availability, and purchase tickets at the Insight Theatre website.  Just Google it.  The tickets are $25 and $30, depending on reserved seat location.  I guarantee you will get much MORE than your money’s worth.  There is a fee charge for purchase online.

I will make at least one of the performances. If you see the show, please review it in the comments of this blog post.

1776 : TICKETS

Nerinx Hall High School

June 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30, July 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7

Maybe It’s the New Season of Mad Men

This post is a bit unusual for me. Strange and disturbing thoughts crowded my mind tonight—Sunday, March 7.

These thoughts interrupted my television viewing. I couldn’t really focus. Then, I couldn’t sleep. The thoughts won’t rest, and they won’t give me rest. So I write.

I’m bewildered by the world’s stock markets. Someone told the Wall Street Journal that, sure, the US economy seems to be tanking, manufacturing’s falling, the labor rate’s in the toilet. But the Fed will keep printing money, so why not buy stocks?

That’s right. People are borrowing money to buy stocks in companies they expect to fail. Or, at least, disappoint.

The people buying these overpriced stocks in weak companies with borrowed money don’t appear to be yahoos. They appear to be MBAs in finance working in the finance world. In other words, these are the people who think they run our economy, the people who think they understand this stuff better than we do.

Some of these Masters of Finance work for the government. This sub-species spent the last four years herding the lazy onto Social Security disability programs. Those programs will be unable to write checks in 2016—to the goldbricks or to the seriously disabled. In other words, the Social Security disability system is crashing, yet the Masters of Finance prod people into that plummeting vessel by tens of thousands every month.

Over in Europe—the continent from which most of our families fled—the Masters of Finance told Portugal to ignore its Constitutional Court and implement the troika’s austerity plan. Essentially, the EU ordered Portugal to dissolve the last vestiges of democracy. At least they’ve stopped pretending democracy still exists.

Meanwhile, the Japanese stock market skyrockets at 3 percent a day while Japan’s economy remains in something just a few clicks north of depression.

So what makes so many smart people so willing to mortgage everything to buy stocks they expect to go to zero?

Hell if I know.

But I wonder if Too Big To Fail has infiltrated everyone’s mind like an ear-worm tune that we just can’t shake.

The Visit

I read a play ages ago, The Visit, by Friedrich Dürrenmatt. A small town mired in depression awaits the return of native woman, Claire Zachanassian, who left and became a billionaire. Well, she married one who died, leaving her loaded. The town invests its last pennies to put on a huge welcome for her hoping she’ll bail them out. She was sort of like Hank Paulson, Congress, Bush, and Bernanke rolled into one.

The town selects Claire’s old beau, Alfred Ill (as in sick), to petition her help. They were lovers, after all.

After a few days, Claire gathers the townsfolk together to make her announcement. She will give one billion to the town—half to the government, half to be split among the families. On one condition. The town would have to murder her old flame, Alfred.

Now, Alfred is the most popular man in town. He runs the general store. He solves problems. Until Claire’s return, Alfred is Güllen’s leading citizen.

The townspeople are flabbergasted. From the mayor on down, they assail Claire’s immoral offer and assure Alfred his life is safe with them. They would never carry out her wish.

But something happens. Alfred begins to notice that the impoverished people of Güllen have new things. Nothing big, at first, but noticeable after years of privation.

There’s new shoes on girls’ feet, new bicycles for little boys. The mayor wears fashionable new clothes and a fresh hat.

In his general store, Alfred notices that his friends and neighbors are buying a lot of expensive goods on credit.

They expect a windfall.

Alfred, of course, had done Claire wrong. Very wrong. She used the power of her money to destroy Güllen’s economy. She returned, not to save her town, but to destroy Alfred. Alfred confesses his sin to the mayor and several town leaders. The leaders admit that they intend to kill him. They have to, they reason. Alfred brought on their plague, and they seriously need the money.

Alfred, seeing no way out, acquiesces.

There’s a big town hall meeting, full of reporters. The people vote to accept Claire’s offer. Then the reporters are ushered out, the townspeople murder Alfred, and his death is reported as a heart attack.

And they all lived guiltily ever after. Except Alfred.

Are We the People of Güllen?

The savings rate in America, which mounted a strong comeback in the wake of the 2008 crash, has fallen back to 2 percent in recent months. The labor rate is lower than anytime since 1979, when many women still stayed at home raising children. The real unemployment rate is over 11 percent.

But home prices are soaring. Everybody’s buying cars. All on credit. Just like the people of Güllen.

All of this gives me the creeps. I feel like I’m living out The Visit, only the sacrificial lamb hasn’t been identified.

Warming Up The Guns of August

Legendary investor Art Cashin told King World News that the present time reminds him of the days leading up to World War I.

There seems to be an almost palpable belief around the world that cooler heads will prevail.  Someone will step in and stop this from happening.  And while it happened even before I began my 50 year career, I’ve long been a student of history, both financial and geopolitical, and I think back to World War I when everyone on both sides knew that such a war would be unwinnable, would be distasteful, but managed to walk into it believing that logic would prevent the guy on the other side from making a fatal mistake.

So whether it is exercises in Korea or economic changes in Europe, the idea that rational men will prevent irrational crises doesn’t live up to world history.

Maybe this is why I can’t sleep. Something tells me that 2008 was just a rehearsal for the crash that’s coming. And after this next crash, no one alive will trust the markets, paper money, or government ever again.

That could mean we have something close to anarchy. Or it could mean we have dictatorships. Or maybe something completely different. Black swans appeared though we never conceived of them.

Which, finally, reminds me of something my friend Lee Presser told me the first time we met four years ago.

Lee was talking about the long cycles of history. He was urging me to read The Fourth Turning, still the most amazing history book I’ve ever read. Lee pointed out that civilizations don’t last forever.

“Roman citizens,” he told me, “had a very high literacy rate. Ridiculously high compared to any civilization before the modern west.”

“Yet in the period of only about one hundred years, that literacy rate fell almost to zero. Only kings and some clergy could read in the course of four generations. And it stayed that way, pretty much, until the twentieth century.”

I just looked at him, no idea what to say.

“And it could happen again,” he added.

Tonight I’m thinking maybe the sacrificial lamb is modern civilization itself.

Overtime

Just because it’s after 10:00 am, doesn’t mean you can’t come to the 3rd Anniversary Tea Party. No, we didn’t come up with a policy for people who arrive late to the feast. We will find a way to get you involved that’s fair to everyone.

Grab your laptop or your mobile device, if you have one, get in your car, and drive to the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.  Ask for the Tea Party.

Your country needs you.

Why Attend the 3rd Anniversary Tea Party

Yes, I’ve written about little else. The 3rd Anniversary Tea Party is something of an obsession with me. And for good reasons:

But there’s a much bigger reason you—you, the person reading this  blog—should attend the 3rd Anniversary Tea Party. 

That reason is personal, powerful, and acute.

That reason is this:You cannot live with yourself if Obama wins and you failed to do everything in your power to stop him.

With your attendance at the 3rd Anniversary Tea Party assure Obama’s defeat?  No.

Will your failure to attend guarantee his re-election? No.

But by actively participating in the 3rd Anniversary Tea Party, then following through on the things you learned, you can make a big difference.  You might make THE difference. 

Or your apathy might make a difference of another kind.

And I know you can’t live with that.

I don’t want anyone waking up the day after the election and saying, “I should have done more.”

That’s why I’m asking you to attend the 3rd Anniversary Tea Party.