IF WE DON’T BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL, AMERICA NEVER WILL.

 

The church has a limp-wristed, tepid, disjointed and incoherent response to this frontal assault to the Gospel.  Our unfounded fear of being labeled racist, homophobic, Islamophobes paralyzed our ability to obey God.   Tragically, we should have known that no matter what we do they would call us these names.

IF WE DON’T BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL, AMERICA NEVER WILL.

By Mario Murillo

The Body of Christ is to have a unique influence on America.  From the jump, our founding fathers realized that morality and love of truth would breathe life into the Constitution.  They believed in liberty not license, they believed in freedom not anarchy. They understood that the system of government they created must work in concert with God fearing, hardworking, freedom loving citizens.

The church refuses to face a simple truth today.  That is why we are powerless if the face of our ongoing national destruction.  We must face the fact that grid-locked Washington is about to kill America and only the Gospel will save America.

Social progressives will accuse me of blaming the victim.  I am not blaming the victim—I am naming the villain.  The leftists believe they are the only ones who care about poverty, racism and injustice.

Secular progressives will say they love the poor.  If so, then they loved Detroit to death.  After 61 years and hundreds of billions of dollars Detroit has been reduced to a pile of rubble by liberal programs.   The same damage can be seen in any urban area where liberals dominate.

Early America had a compassionate but tough love stance.  Ben Franklin said, “I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

The Detroit formula continues to cripple incentive and dignity in many cities.  The results are undeniable.  The nation is poorer and heroin addiction has doubled in just a few years.

Leftist ideology is attractive to three kinds of people:

  1. Those who do not want to work.
  2. Those who want to gain power by posing as champions for the poor.
  3. Those who feel self-loathing and guilt for their ancestor’s sins.

The Social Justice Warrior’s The church should be a great force for saving America but we have been neutralized. Obama, leftist politicians and the media changed the rules our Founding Fathers cherished about how God and government.

Obama made it fashionable to bash the church, the Bible and Israel.  On the other hand, he made it wrong for the church to defend itself—directly attacking our freedom to preach the Gospel.

The church has a limp-wristed, tepid, disjointed and incoherent response to this frontal assault to the Gospel.  Our unfounded fear of being labeled racist, homophobic, Islamophobes paralyzed our ability to obey God.   Tragically, we should have known that no matter what we do they would call us these names.

What makes true saints want to pull out their hair is the fact that this sick and stupid leftist agenda is easily destroyed by the power of the Gospel.  The real enemy is our doubt of the Gospel.

We demonstrate our doubt in the Gospel a million ways.  That doubt keeps America from believing.  We show it in our redacted preaching—leaving out the active ingredients of the message of Jesus.  We show it in our emotional binges and bizarre meetings—meetings designed like séances—that are only for hardcore adherents.  We show it in our terminology.  We apply the label “prophetic” to anything we want to sound deep and spiritual.  Nobody knows what you are talking about!  We are a massive question mark.

We show our lack of confidence in the Gospel by our priorities.  We are busy with everything but soul-winning.  We are silly with programs and orchestrated church.

None of our shenanigans are lost on the outside world.

Paul did not shrink from calling out evil government.  Acts 16: 37 “But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us openly, uncondemned Romans, and have thrown us into prison. And now do they put us out secretly? No indeed! Let them come themselves and get us out.” 38 And the officers told these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Romans.”

I believe that evil politicians should fear us.  Paul did not believe that his gospel integrity would be ruined by speaking out. Nor do I believe that my out spoken opposition to liberals is in anyway is inconsistent with love or truth.  Christ did not worry that turning over tables and evicting the money changers would ruin His image of love and compassion.

However, our silence has another root: Christians has lost faith in the power of the Gospel.  We have forgotten its surpassing impact.  We do not remember how effective it is in situations just like this.  We have forgotten that it is supernatural.

California values are a crippling counterfeit of the Gospel.  The wackos in Sacramento are tinkering with an America without God and a Bill of Rights.  The answer is fresh passion for the greatest message mankind has ever heard.    We must roar it without apology.  Should we have a bold and fiery  declaration of Christ?  YES. I shudder to think what will happen if we don’t!

We must also shake off all embarrassment of the Gospel.   Yes, there have been abuses but remember what Woodrow Wilson said,  “The proof that the Gospel is divine is the preaching it has survived.”

 

 

 

HERE’S THE REAL REASON THE LEFT HATES US

Mario Murillo examines and exposes the real reason that the left hates us and why they are on a rampage against us.

HERE’S THE REAL REASON THE LEFT HATES US

By Mario Murillo

The Democratic Party claims to be the party of the poor.  Who can deny that virtually every political office in our most decrepit cites is held by Democrats.

They own the ghetto.   They controlled the government money that poured into the slums.  The human tragedy in the inner city is their science experiment.    The killing fields of Chicago are their debacle.  Speaking of cities…

August 6,1945 was a tale of two cities: Detroit and Hiroshima.  On that day, one was destroyed and the other remained a gleaming, prospering city.  Today, the roles are reversed.

Liberalism run amok, addictive handouts doled out by a criminal enterprise combined to kill natural incentive in the heart of Detroit.

Do you know what a Ponzi scheme is?  Named for Charles Ponzi, it is a form of fraud in which belief in the success of a nonexistent enterprise is fostered by the payment of quick returns to the first investors from money invested by later investors.

Trillions of dollars later, we must admit that the Democratic Party has supervised the largest Ponzi scheme in history.  It is a scheme that can only survive by deflecting blame and distracting from its obvious failure.

If we had given the money directly to the people of Detroit, every citizen would have obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Liberals continue to believe we need to give Detroit more money—we need to tax the rich!  We currently tax corporations at the highest rate in the world!

Liberals still blame racism.  But what could be more racist than to force feed a mindset of victimization and helplessness?  Democrats keep an illusion alive to stay in power.  The poor are their workforce.  The images of their suffering are Democratic photo ops.  Is this the new plantation?  If so, then who are the real racists?

Can you understand why some say leftist ideology is more destructive than a nuclear bomb?

We almost had a president Hillary.  Many have cited reasons why she would have been a disaster—but they have overlooked the most devastating proof:  She spent $1.2 billion—the most in history—on a failed campaign.  Trump spent less than 250 million.  What would she spend on other failed ventures as president?

Now the left is hell-bent on destroying Donald Trump.  What has he done?  Trump cut the US Debt by $68 billion and gained 235,000 new jobs in his first month as president!

The left says Trump is a disaster.  He is a disaster to them because Trump is exposing the lie that keeps them in power–the lie they use to keep us weak and divided.

George Soros is funding destruction because he hates America.  Obama is stoned on his own celebrity and must do all he can to bring Trump down.  The left has morphed into a by-whatever-means-necessary terror cell.  The left is so hate-filled that all sense of decency, open debate, accountability and reason are out the window.

The uppity left in the ivy halls, the button-down collars, hide their radicalism by granting tacit approval to rioters.  The media left have faked news so long that they now don’t remember the truth.  Protestors openly attack free speech and admit that they want to erase our right to disagree.

Women’s groups can be pro-Islam and never notice the glaring contradiction—because the target is white Christians and Jews.  In the mind of the left…”my enemy’s enemy is my friend.”

A strong America will end their dreams of herding us—whimpering and downcast—into a global village.  A vibrant church full of love and good works would end their monopoly on the poor.

God bless America hits them like daylight to Dracula.  Why?  Because a moral reformation would consign the bankrupt anti-God movement to its proper resting place—the dust bin of history.  That is why they hate us

 

Our president now hears voices from beyond.

Barack ObamaJust when you thought he couldn’t get any sadder or pathetic.  Just when you thought that maybe his bizarre behavior had bottomed out we get this:  Our president now hears voices from beyond.

The Midterm election was a tidal wave of rejection of not just of his policies but of Obama himself.  Republican gains were so deep, so widespread that even a reversal of mood in America toward Republicans won’t stop them from remaining in power for years to come.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are done.  Obama is all alone now.  So you would assume, that now, finally he would try to find common ground to work with the House and the Senate to move the nation out of danger…right?  Wrong, not now, not ever because he has heard voices telling him not to give in on anything.

Voices have told him that he won the midterm election.  He has heard from beyond that the overwhelming majority of Americans gave him a fresh mandate by not voting in the midterms.  Listen carefully to his words: “Still, as president, I have a unique responsibility to try and make this town work. So, to everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

Does he have the gift of interpreting silence?  Is he so arrogant that he believes that the message of an election only matters when his side wins?

He is delusional and will now flood us with executive orders that America truly hates. This is a scary delusion to have no matter who you are, but when you are the leader of the free world  it is a downright terrifying situation!

Final note: 

Let’s clear the air about something.  I write these blogs in obedience to God and out of love for America.  If you think that I am petty or outside my jurisdiction then I would suggest that you are not listening or watching what is happening to America. 

Moreover, if you are spiritualizing the idea that Obama and his agenda is Gods’ choice for America then I would interject that you are not reading your Bible clearly regarding wicked rulers and the Church’s historic role in “obeying God rather than man.”   

We have crossed into territory so dangerous that we are about to reach a point of no return.  I have no doubt that God is trying to awaken the American Christians and you in particular to stand against the evil tide and believe God for America to once again be one nation under God.

Today we honor those who paid with their blood and their lives fighting to keep us free from enemies outside the United States.   How can we, on this day of all days, remain neutral against the enemies of freedom within the United States?  How can we be silent when so dear a price was paid for our freedom to speak out.

Lastly, if you bend time prophecies to justify apathy toward current events then I will charge you with defeatism and unbelief in God’s power to intervene with revival through prayer and preaching.

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Standing Against the Storm of Compromise.

 

Ours is not an obscure message that should be whispered in the secret places of society. 

We see things differently at Mario Murillo Ministries, mostly because of the way we were born. While still in high school I preached in the Haight-Ashbury, ground zero for the love and peace movement in San Francisco.  Moving to Berkeley sent us from the frying pan into the fire.  We were planted there for the next ten years.

For most of our early ministry, I rarely stood before an audience that actually wanted to hear what I had to say.  If this message had an iota of human origin, a speck of flaw in its nature or fantasy…the crucible of Berkeley would have blown it to smithereens.

Instead, unexplainable power appeared at each point where the ministry was threatened.  Something out of this world would always step in…providing words, resources, ideas and miracles exactly when we needed them.

Not once in that cauldron of revolution, did we feel the need to rebrand Christ or present a new and improved gospel.

For years there has been a rising tide calling for Christians to “keep your faith to yourself.”  Many modern pastors, including the Pope, have joined the chorus asking Christians, “to tone it down.”

Consequently, we have retreated into a cultural bubble where we do everything but preach the Gospel.  We have entertained, amused, inspired and distracted, but we have not converted America.  Because of this, the average Christian cannot defend their faith, marriage, or the Bible as the inspired word of God.

The original reason that the Church adopted this “indirect approach” was to get society to like us.  What we got was just the opposite.  Our compromised message has fueled greater contempt for the Church.

The media is now maligning the message of Jesus every day.  Francis Spufford said, “They think we believe in a load of Bronze Age absurdities. We promise the oppressed ‘pie-in-the-sky’ when they die; we are too stupid to understand why what we believe is irrational, and we are savagely judgmental.”

Atheists call us a threat to human progress.  Secular progressives condemn us as hating the poor, the homosexual and women.

How is it possible, that after all the work we put into removing the “offensive” parts of our message, that society is even more offended?  The answer is that there is a small but loud faction that hates Christ.  They are having their turn at the microphone because the hostility of the White House.

We violently, totally and utterly disagree with the notion that we should tone down the Gospel in America.  There are millions of innocent bystanders, who have not rejected Christ.  They are simply caught in the middle between haters telling lies, and the misfiring sermons of voices too timid to tell the truth.  We must take our message to these millions trapped in the middle. This is why the answer is not to “tone it down,” but to turn it up!

The same Holy Spirit that outfitted us to face the city of Berkeley will equip us to mount a fresh invasion of our nation.

Now let me get to the goal of this letter.  We have learned through every trial and breakthrough that God does not just give guidance, He also gives a plan.

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We have a plan for 2017.  I can say without apology, that this plan has come to us from the Holy Spirit.  Again and again, the spirit of God has used events in the Bible as a model for what we should do. The verses below reveal a three-point plan that was given by an Angel to the disciples when the church was gravely threatened.

Acts 5: 17- 20 says, “But the high priest rose up and all who were his supporters, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and being filled with jealousy and indignation and rage, 18 They seized and arrested the apostles (special messengers) and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and, leading them out, said, 20 “Go, take your stand in the temple courts and declare to the people the whole doctrine concerning this Life” (the eternal life which Christ revealed.)

Embedded in those simple words, are our instructions for 2017.  Follow me as I describe to you the plan for touching America this year.

1. Take a stand. We cannot judge other ministries.  We can only answer for what God asks us to do.  He has ordered us to take a stand.  There is no confusion about what the Angel is asking the men of God to do.  He is telling them to stake their ground in their nation.  This is not just a physical act; it is also moral and spiritual. We must take a stand against Satan’s agenda for America and we must take a stand for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We take a stand because we belong in the national conversation.  America has a drug, divorce, suicide, anger, and atheism problem.  Our voice needs to be heard because we carry the most immediate and effective cure for everything that is hurting America.  The Angel is reinforcing to the disciples that their message is valid and urgent.

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2. Take your stand in the temple courts. Ours is not an obscure message that should be whispered in the secret places of society.  The temple courts were the heart of Jerusalem.  The Angel is blatantly instructing them to raise their voice in the very center of their culture.

In that same way we must go where the people are and where the biggest lies are being told.  The angel gave them an exact location to take their stand and that location spoke volumes to the Apostles.  God is serious about making a difference in the culture.

3.  Tell all of the words of this life. What a scathing rebuke to popular Christianity.  While Christian celebrities scurry to and fro to find buzzwords to replace the core doctrines of the Bible, here is an Angel telling the disciples that they must tell all the words of life.  They cannot leave out a single benefit or demand of the message of Jesus Christ.

How right that Angel was.  There is life in those words.  There is life in the blood of Christ, the cross and the resurrection.  There is life in them so amazing that no mountain of eloquence or cunningly devised sermon can begin to match.

If only we would learn to brave the offense of the Cross in our preaching!  We would find that very soon the supernatural life of God would overtake our preaching and create miracles in people that infinitely surpassed the results of popular preaching.  Society would not care about the demands in our message because of the changes they would see in their souls, minds and bodies.

This is what we will do in 2017.  In city after city, we will take a stand in the heart of that city and tell all the words of this life.

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Heartbreak After Pastor, Father of Four Murdered for Asking Neighbors to Turn Down Party Noise

Heartbreak After Pastor, Father of Four Murdered for Asking Neighbors to Turn Down Party Noise

By Leonardo Blair , CP Reporter
August 5, 2013|2:31 pm
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Young Tatiana Kirby wants justice after her father, Pastor Tim Kirby, 46, was murdered after he asked neighbors at a party in Detroit, Mich., to turn down the music.

Young Tatiana Kirby cried until she couldn’t cry anymore last Monday night after an angry man attending a party next door pumped several bullets into the body of her father, Pastor Tim Kirby, 46, after he asked them to turn down the music.

“It was devastating. I cried for a minute, and then it was like I couldn’t cry no more,” the young girl told WDIV 4 of her father’s untimely death in Detroit, Mich.

“He was a good father. He was always a caring person. Every Sunday we were always in church. He always made sure we had clothes, good clothes on our backs, food on the table,” she said.

According to local police, Kirby’s neighbors were hosting a big party complete with loud music and screaming when he left his apartment to ask them to tone down the noise.

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Pastor Tim Kirby, 46, was gunned down outside his home in Detroit, Mich., after he asked that the music be turned down at a party next door to his home.

Upset by the pastor’s request, a group of men turned the encounter into a full blown confrontation and began shouting at him. One of them got so incensed during the dispute that he shot the man of God three times. His lifeless body was left to stain the cement outside his apartment building while his shocked family and friends descended into mourning.

“I was laying on the couch and I heard gunshots around 11:30,” said a neighbor. “I never thought that it was Tim. Never. Never crossed my mind.”

“When I received the news it was like wow, unbelievable that a preacher, a pastor, someone would do that type of thing to him,” Kirby’s longtime friend Pastor Berry Loston Jr. of Prophetic Corner Deliverance Ministries International said in an interview with The Christian Post on Monday.

“I’m trying to really grab hold of what has transpired because it’s just like mind-blowing, seriously. And it’s like really what can you say? It’s a lot of emotions in the air,” he added.

Right now, explained Loston, “the family is heartbroken and looking for answers.”

Kirby, a well-known member of his community and a fiery preacher was in the process of organizing a new church, according to Loston.

“We were brothers in Christ,” Loston explained as he prepared to officiate at Kirby’s funeral slated for Monday evening.

“I’ve been knowing him since we were teenagers coming up in church. He was a great supporter always shouting, praising and dancing during the service.”

As of Monday morning, the Detroit police told The Christian Post that there had been no new updates since Kirby’s murder. His young daughter, however, is hoping her father gets justice.

“I hope my daddy gets justice because he didn’t deserve this,” Tatiana told WDIV 4.

This is not that day

By Mario Murillo

There will be a day when we will speak out about the disastrous factors that led to this man’s murder.  Today is not that day.   All kinds of opinions will be spouted in all directions because this is such fertile ground for the current race narrative in America.  However, this is not that day.

Today we pray for a wife and 4 children who lost a father in an unspeakable crime.   Today we ask God to pour in comfort and mercy for this devastated family.  My heart is burning to speak out about what is going on but I cannot and will not today.

Today we have no color, no political opinion, and no rant against the other side.  Today we are mourning the loss of a man of God who wanted to win a desperate community to Christ.

Oh but I can speak of Satan today!  His contamination, the odor of his work infests this story.  He laughs at how easily he can seep in, manipulate his victims, and commit heinous acts and then just slither away.

However, I know his outcome and remind him daily of the doom that is coming to him from the one who records and remembers all.

Holy God in heaven we pray for this family.  Send your Spirit to bring them comfort.  Ignite the Body of Christ to come to their aid.  Let them feel your love and peace today in Jesus’ name!

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Detroit council supports calls for federal investigation of possible civil rights charges against George Zimmerman

Detroit council supports calls for federal investigation of possible civil rights charges against George Zimmerman

10:05 PM, July 23, 2013   |
 
Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson talks at a City Council meeting on Monday June 11, 2012. Watson sponsored a resolution passed by council supporting an NAACP petition seeking federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson talks at a City Council meeting on Monday June 11, 2012. Watson sponsored a resolution passed by council supporting an NAACP petition seeking federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. / Romain Blanquart/Detroit Free Press

By Joe Guillen

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The Detroit City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution calling for a federal investigation to see whether civil rights charges are warranted against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted July 13 of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

The resolution, sponsored by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, sparked a discussion over the need for city leaders and others to focus more on violence in Detroit.

“We need to have that same level of outrage with respect to the black-on-black crime that takes place in our community,” Councilman Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said. “How many people were shot — maybe even shot and killed this past weekend in the city — mostly likely by folks who look just like them?”

Watson said there are many events held regularly to address violence in Detroit. “Because the so-called major media does not cover all of the expressions does not mean it does not happen,” she said. “So that’s not correct.”

 

We are only now finding out how rigged the election was.

College: Fire professor who forced students to vote for Obama

10:48 AM 02/18/2013
Robby Soave

Reporter, The Daily Caller News Foundation

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A tenured professor who forced her students to sign pledges that they would vote for President Barack Obama last November should be fired, the college’s president recommended.

Sharon Sweet, an associate professor of mathematics at Brevard Community College in Florida, is guilty of electioneering, harassment, and incompetence, according to a three-month investigation into her classroom behavior leading up to the November election.

The Board of Trustees will hold a hearing on the matter, and then vote on whether to adopt President James Richey’s recommendation that Sweet be fired.

According to a report on the investigation:

“Professor Sweet strongly encouraged or mandated that students from several classes sign a pledge card that stated, ‘I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.’ She also misrepresented her intentions to multiple students, indicating at various times that she was conducting voter registration for the college, that the pledge cards were non-partisan voter registration forms, and that the pledge was a ‘statistical analysis.’”

In the eyes of the college, Sweet clearly created a hostile environment for students, since many feared their grades would be affected if they did not sign the pledge. She remains on paid leave until the board votes to fire her.

Philly poll workers partially cover Obama mural after court order, leaving logo and quote in view

Published November 06, 2012

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    Shown here is a mural of President Obama at a Philadelphia polling site before and after it was partially covered up following a judge’s order.

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    Shown here is a polling site in Philadelphia with a mural of President Obama.

Workers at a Philadelphia polling place, after being ordered by a judge to cover up a mural of President Obama “in its entirety,” slapped up a few pieces of paper that only partially covered his image — while leaving the Obama campaign logo and a quote from the current president in full view for voters.

The judge’s order followed a wave of complaints from Republican officials concerned the giant image of the president could influence voters at the site, a school in Ward 35.

The mural, positioned behind the voting machines, contains the words “change!” and “hope,” along with a quote from the president and painting of him. Poll workers only covered up part of the mural, though, leaving the Obama campaign logo and other parts of the image visible, as well as the Obama quote.

Poll workers claimed only the face had to be covered.

Republicans quickly drew attention to the image Tuesday morning, with one Mitt Romney spokesman tweeting: “Voters in Philly’s Ward 35 are being forced to cast their ballots next to this.”

“It is an absolute disgrace,” said Shannon Royer, deputy secretary for external affairs and elections in Pennsylvania. “Election materials and electioneering inside the polling place are prohibited by state law. This can be interpreted as trying to influence voters inside the polling place. I am told discussions are going on now about covering the mural.”

Pennsylvania election law states “no person within a polling place may electioneer or solicit votes for any political party, political body, or candidate, nor may any unauthorized written or  printed materials be posted within the polling place.”

School district spokesman Fernando Gallard told FoxNews.com the mural was “inspirational” and one of two that went up in 2009 following a student vote. “Not our call,” he said.

 

It was one of several controversies surfacing in Pennsylvania’s largest city on Election Day.

A Pennsylvania judge also issued an order Tuesday to reinstate Republican election officials across Philadelphia who allegedly were ejected or refused entry by on-site Democratic voting chief judges.

One Republican official claimed that “just under 70” Republican election officials were blocked from Philadelphia polling sites Tuesday morning by Democrats on site. One of them, the official claimed, “was shoved out of the polling place.”

“For this many inspectors to be ejected from polling places is rare, even for Philadelphia,” the official told FoxNews.com.

Philly GOP: Poll inspectors being ousted for Dems

November 6, 2012 | 8:31 am 

Court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in some Philadelphia wards and replaced in some cases by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials.

Secrets just received this memo from GOP officials:

The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards.

These Inspectors are election officials – again, court appointed — and are reportedly being thrown out by the Head Judges of Elections (these Judges are elected Democrats) and being replaced by Democrats.

This has happened at the following locations:

Ward 32, Div 13

Ward 43, Div 14

Ward 56, Div 1

Ward 56, Div 22

Ward 32, Div 28

Ward 32, Div 28

Ward 12, Div 17

Ward 39, Div 1

Ward 24, Div 9

Ward 18, Div 25

Ward 43, Div 14

Ward 29, Div 18

Ward 65, Div 19

Ward 20, Div 1

Ward 6, Div 11

Another official told Secrets: “one of our female inspectors was physically thrown out.”

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney decided at the last minute to make stops in Pennsylvania, believing that the race there was close enough that he could win.

OBAMA POSTER HANGING IN A FLORIDA POLLING PLACE

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – 12:46pm
A poster featuring President Obama that read “Change the Atmosphere” was reported to be hanging on a wall at a Florida, polling station.

This photo was reportedly taken by a voter inside precinct 1321-1251 at Jack L McLean Community Center in Tallahassee, FL:

According to our source the banner has been reported to authorities.

Election Judge Wears Obama Cap While Checking in Voters in Obama’s Chicago Ward

12:48 PM, NOV 6, 2012 • BY Daniel Halper

Here’s a photo of an election judge checking in voters in Barack Obama’s Chicago ward–wearing an Obama baseball cap:

“This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago), shows an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat,” a source writes. “Chicago’s 4th ward is home to President Barack Obama.”

The voter who took the photo says: “Woman in front of me also given an extra ballot.”

And the voter adds that she has in the past been an election observer abroad. “I had greater confidence votes mattered [in a foreign election in a transitioning country] than I did about my own vote today,” says the voter.

Dead And Still Voting

Thousands of dead Californians remain eligible to vote

By By Stephen Stock, Felipe Escamilla and Kevin Nious
|  Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012  |  Updated 11:25 AM PST
NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 in a report that Stephen Stock originally aired at 11 p.m on Nov. 5.

NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 in a report that Stephen Stock originally aired at 11 p.m on Nov. 5.

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An NBC Bay Area Investigation has uncovered thousands of California voters who remain on the voter rolls despite having  died several years ago.

That discovery prompted several state and Bay Area election officials to re-examine their records, after our investigation brought this issue to light.

NBC Bay Area used the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File to cross reference with the California state voter rolls using name, date of birth, and similar zip codes to find matches. We found over 25,000 questionable names still on the state voter rolls.

A closer look at the data revealed that some of the dead people were not only registered, but somehow, even voted, several years after their death. Sometimes, clerks say the mistake can purely be a clerical error, such as a misplaced signature or an outdated registration list that hadn’t been purged. Other times, though, the voting turns out to be fraud, clerks say, where family members vote on their dead relatives’ behalf.

Our findings came as no surprise to Bill Morrison of Palo Alto. For Morrison, every trip to the mailbox during election season brings constant reminders of his late wife, Carol Morrison, who died in 2004 after battling cancer.

Morrison continues to receive election materials including voter guides, pamphlets, and even ballots for his late wife.

“It angers me and it hurts because she’s dead,”  Morrison said.

According to state records, Carol has voted in the last two presidential elections, despite having passed away.

Morrison has made several attempts to notify the county that his wife died,  including sending back her ballots with “DECEASED” marked on the envelope.

“I don’t know why, when somebody dies. It doesn’t go to the elections and they just cross the name off of the list,”  Morrison said.

NBC Bay Area found several other examples, too. People like  Sara Schiffman of San Leandro who died in 2007 yet still voted in 2008, or former Hayward police officer  Frank Canela Tapis who has voted 8 times since 2005, though he died in 2001.

County election officials are responsible for removing names from the voter rolls.

NBC Bay Area gave Contra Costa County Clerk and Recorder Steve Weir a list of more than 100 voters in his county who may have passed away. Around half a dozen of these voters have recorded votes since their death.

“This is embarrassing,” Weir said. “This is something we should have caught.”

After reviewing our list, Weir was able to confirm that he had the death certificate in his office for at least four of these voters, yet the names still weren’t removed.

Weir attributes most of the posthumous votes to mistaken signatures and clerical errors. However, in at least one other case NBC Bay Area uncovered, Weir suspects something else could be afoot. Though he wouldn’t be specific, he referred one of the cases to the district attorney for a potential fraud investigation.

Barry Garner serves as the registrar of Voters in Santa Clara County where NBC Bay Area found the names of 83 people who are dead and still have active voter registration files.

“If we have found someone who has signed someone’s name fraudulently we will turn it over to the D.A.”  Garner said.

Some of the matches between the two databases appear to be a coincidence. For example, two people who were born on the exact same day, with the exact same name living in the exact same state.   

While many of the names we found should have been removed from the rolls, it is important to note  that 25,000 people makes make up less than 0.2 percent of the entire state electorate.

Still, Garner believes that one questionable vote is one too many.

“Too many people have sacrificed and died for the opportunity to vote in this country,”  Garner said.

The lag between when a person dies and when they are removed them from the voter rolls extends beyond California.

A recent study by the Pew Center on the States found 1.8 million dead people still on the active rolls nationwide.

“I don’t think the issue is how this is possible. It’s actually hard to imagine this not occurring given the fractured data that we have throughout this country,” said David Becker with Pew Center on the States. “This isn’t a Democrat problem this isn’t a Republican problem.  (Mario’s note:  In such a heavily Democratic State it is in fact a Republican problem!!) This is a problem for our system. It’s a problem that affects everyone. We need to make sure that the information is accurate.”

All of the Bay Area election officials we spoke with confirmed finding names on their rolls that should have been removed before we contacted them and say they will do a thorough investigation of every name we send them after Tuesday’s election and have flagged the ballots for voters that they have been able to confirm are dead before Election Day.

County officials stressed that they count on the public to help keep their voter rolls up to date. They request that anyone who knows of a person that has died, notify your local county election office so that their name can be removed.

Report: Woman Wearing ‘MIT’ Shirt Barred from Voting in Florida

3:24 PM, NOV 6, 2012 • BY Daniel Halper

A woman wearing an MIT t-shirt was barred from voting Florida, according to a local report. MIT stands for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, not Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

“A woman attempting to vote in West Boca Raton this morning was initially prohibited from entering the polling place because she was wearing a tee shirt with the letters MIT,”

“BocaNewsNow.com has heard from multiple sources that an election supervisor at the polling place ultimately realized that MIT stands for “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” — a school where students tend to know how to spell — and was not a campaign shirt for the Republican candidate, who spells his name MITT. Campaigning is not permitted within several yards of a polling place.”

Fortunately, the woman was ultimately allowed to vote. “The woman was ultimately allowed to vote,” the local report reads.

THREATENED WITH A GUN!

PICKET: GOP – Poll watcher in Detroit threatened with gun, 911 call rejected

By Kerry Picket – The Washington Times November 6, 2012, 12:29PM

Tensions are high all over the country at the polls today. The Michigan Republican Party is alleging that a poll watcher in Detroit on Tuesday morning was threatened with a gun. According to the Michigan GOP the poll watcher’s 911 call was rejected. Below is a press release from Michigan Republican Party spokesman Matt Frendeway:

This morning, a legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened and intimidated while attempting to perform his legally allowed duties of observing the election process at precinct polling location 289 in Detroit. The poll watcher, a lawyer, was confronted by a voter in line, who demanded the poll watcher produce his credentials, which he did.

However, the voter said that wasn’t good enough and that he had “a badge and a gun” and told the poll watcher get out of the precinct. Rather than allow the situation to escalate, the poll watcher left before the voter produced a badge or brandished a gun. Fearing for his safety, the poll watcher exited and called 911, however the Detroit Police refused to respond to the call – neglecting the fact that a voter alleged to have a ‘badge’ and a ‘gun’ in a precinct, putting other voters at risk.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued a statement concerning the issue the following statement:“Poll watchers, precinct workers and voters should not be put in danger when performing their duties, our Republic requires free and fair elections.

“I can only hope that this morning’s outlandish, reckless and dangerous behavior, was not part of a coordinated effort by the Democratic Party and therefore, I am calling on Mark Brewer, Democratic Party Chairman, to condemn these threats of violence and pledge to ensuring all election workers, volunteers and citizens remain safe.”