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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Anderson Cooper wants the school to raise your kids

Anderson Cooper thinks the way to end the horrific and growing problem of youth violence is to surrender your children to the school system and let them handle raising them.
From the streets of Chicago – where children watched and an adult taped a child be beaten to death – to Richmond High School where children watched a child's innocence ripped from her soul, we have seen what happens when children lose respect for life.

This is the direct result of kids feeling unraised and unloved. It is also the result of kids growing up without adult structure and high expectations. Communities can become Lord of the Flies environments in which the kids make adult decisions and they decide wrong every single time.

We have got to answer the question, "How much do we love our kids?"

The answer must be enough to create smaller, loving schools with longer school days and years. These schools are structured and driven by high expectations.
Keeping these kids in school longer to be raised and supervised by the state is not the answer to our violent youth problem. It only serves as a perfect example of the lefts desire to take no responsibility for anything-thrashing parental rights and responsibility and giving it to the school. It is easier to pawn these kids off to people who don't love them, having them become reliant and dependent on a bad system right out of the crib. It is another fallacy, wrapped in an illusion.

There is a clear relationship to the lefts assault on values, morality, responsibility, the family and religion, to the decline of not only youth, but all of society in this country. Since the rise of secularism, youth violence, poverty, and decimation of family have fostered and nurtured an environment where people care less about each other and are concerned only with "me". The belief that community no longer matters and the encouragement to be offended anything that doesn't suit us, have led to more separation, not less. Individuals are no longer able to see value in that which exists outside their own selves. Respect is a lost art. By being intolerant of absolutely everything that this country was founded on, the left have left us awash in a sea of intolerance, ignorance, irresponsibility and without empathy. The fact is, if schools raising our kids was going to stop youth violence, then the great desegregation experiment would have been a grand-slam home-run in reducing violence and uplifting the less fortunate. It wasn't. By allowing the state to have greater influence over the youth, we only further the left agenda through our children-and those are not ideas I want youth believing in.

What we need in this country is a return to values, family, belief (in God or not, but in SOMETHING beyond yourself) and most of all, a return to personal responsibility. Less government interference with less entitlement is the answer. When you foster value in ones self, the desire to be better comes naturally.

Building more schools and requiring longer hours will not stop youth violence. Indeed the question is "How much do we love our kids?" Do we love them enough to bring back responsibility? Do we love them enough to actually hold society, parents and indeed, even the children themselves accountable when they choose the wrong path? Do we love them enough to stop fostering dependence and apathy through a system that does nothing to help them become better people, but only encourages them to do nothing?

How much do we love our children?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Gore Vidal opines the missed opportunity to murder Bush

The way some liberals drool over Obama is just amazing. In one breath Gore Vidal is saddened by his "missed opportunity" to murder former President George Bush, then in another he orally ejaculates over Obama's "intelligence". Really? The longer Obama is President, the less intelligent I find him to be. He cannot make a decision on Afghanistan. He continually misreads the economy. His math is almost always wrong and he makes statements as fact that are not-whether out of a desire to mislead or out of being ignorant of the truth I am never quite sure.

The left continually bashes the right for hate speech, inciting violence, or for being a threat to our very souls, yet the only people I ever hear talking like this are people from the left.

GOP waking-up or pandering?

Today, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said the House would welcome Doug Hoffman with "open arms" should he win the special election in New York next week.
The House Republican leadership is prepared to welcome Doug Hoffman into its ranks, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Thursday, a sign that the GOP establishment is recalibrating its approach toward the contentious New York special election and the Conservative Party nominee whose candidacy has divided the party.
“He would be very welcome, with open arms,” Sessions told POLITICO in an interview off the House floor.
Sarah Palin, Dick Army and Fred Thompson have all come out in support for Hoffman already. But, it looks like now that Tea Party and other conservative groups are strongly supporting Hoffman-even sending volunteers to work his campaign-some in the GOP are seeing the value in getting behind his bid. With donations and boots-on-the-ground from across the country, the true conservative grass-roots movement is making their voices heard loud and clear. Whether Hoffman wins or not there is no doubt what the conservatives want.

While I would love to see more folks in the GOP come out in support of Doug Hoffman, it's a start. As the old guard sees the power of the Tea Party movement, 912 Groups and others coming out in support of real conservative candidates regardless of what party letter is behind their name, maybe they will begin to get a clue. I fear though that a lot of those jumping on the bandwagon this late in the game still don't really get it. They waited to see how it would play out and now that things are looking good for Hoffman, they are will to throw their support behind him. It will be a long time before those ingrained in the GOP will have the trust of the conservative movement. We have seen pandering before and for our trust we got Collins and Snowe.

Tax cheat Charlie Rangel introducing tax cheat legislation.....

Nothing like putting the fox in charge of the bleeding chickens. Pot? Kettle? Irony? A crime? Does anyone think this is appropriate?
The “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009” -- introduced by Baucus and Rangel in conjunction with the Obama administration -- would mandate Individuals with offshore accounts provide details and list them on tax returns. Rules governing trusts would be "significantly strengthened" to prevent the true beneficiaries from hiding front entities.“This bill offers foreign banks a simple choice – if you wish to access our capital markets, you have to report on U.S. account holders,” said Rangel, in a statement posted on the committee's homepage. “I am confident that most banks will do the right thing and help to make bank secrecy practices a thing of the past.”
It never ceases to amaze me how these kings of corruption continue to live above the law and take no responsibility for their actions. Welcome to your government.

ACORN on a Consumer Financial Protection Agency Board-you've got to be kidding.

The always corrupt and usually outrageous Maxine Waters is sponsoring a bill moving through the House Financial Services Committee which would give ACORN-THE MOST CORRUPT ORGANIZATION KNOWN TO MAN-five slots on the oversight board for the proposed new Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, and provided that five slots on the oversight board for the proposed new Consumer Financial Protection Agency be reserved for representatives of "consumer protection, fair lending and civil rights, representatives of depository institutions that primarily serve underserved communities, or representatives of communities that have been significantly impacted by higher-priced mortgages."

Waters is among ACORN's longest and most faithful congressional supporters, and her amendment reads like it might well have been written for her by an ACORNer, or a staffer formerly associated with the controversial community organization.

Not only is this a HUGE conflict of interest, this organization and others like it receive billions of dollars from these financial institutions, but with the housing collapse we saw how ACORN's influence over financial institutions turned out. They pressured banks to lend money to people who couldn't afford loans, which in turn directly contributed to the banking industry collapse last year.

In addition, if they actually create this ridiculous, sure to be corruption ridden oversight Agency, wouldn't all consumers interests need to be represented equally? I see absolutely no reason for any one group to be represented specially or in any larger capacity than any other group. We are all consumers.

Finally, how is it even possible an organization rife with fraud and abuse-currently under investigation for a number of crimes including embezzlement, voter registration fraud, giving advice to pimps and prostitutes and how to set up a child prostitution ring in 5-days, and scores of other crimes even being considered?

This is an egregious turn of events. This organization has no business on the board of such a powerful agency.

More White House math....

Unbelievably, the AP is doing math the White House isn't capable of doing. Once again the Administration has inflated the numbers of jobs "saved or created" in a misleading report released to the Recovery.gov site on Wednesday.
The White House seized on an initial report from a government oversight board weeks ago that claimed federal contracts awarded to businesses under the recovery plan already had helped pay for more than 30,000 jobs. The administration said the number was evidence that the stimulus program had exceeded early expectations toward reaching the president's promise of creating or saving 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year.

But the 30,000 figure is overstated by thousands -- at the very least by nearly 5,000, or one in six, based on AP's limited review of some of the contracts -- because some federal agencies and recipients of the money provided incorrect job counts. The review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs were credited to stimulus spending when, in fact, none were produced.
When the AP released it's own report with corrected numbers, some one got of bed in the middle of the night to dispute the correction, saying those problems had already been taken into account. However, as of early Thursday AM the incorrect value of 30,383 was still listed.

Just another example of this Administration's inability to be accurate on almost anything.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

OFA thinks desecrating the American flag to sell healthcare is OK.

OFA and the DNC think it could be awesome to desecrate the U.S. Flag to "sell" healthcare. Unfortunately, most of the words splattered on that flag will still be a problem if this "reform" passes.

Excellent job once again selling a bag of lies....

Rub a dead baby on your face. Look younger.

Absolutely deplorable. How disgusting are you to use the skin cells of an aborted CHILD for your own vanity? This just makes me want to puke.

Children of God for Life announced today that Neocutis, a bio-pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology and skin care is using aborted fetal cell lines
to produce several of their anti-aging skin creams.
Read the rest here at GatewayPundit

Healthcare paid for on the backs of those who can afford it the least

Thank goodness we are getting government run healthcare that does NOTHING to lower the actual cost of medical care, but simply spreads the cost of it to others-in particular those who can afford it the least:
Also, a provision that raises the threshold at which medical expenses become tax deductible, from 7.5 percent of income to 10 percent of income, would reportedly yield the government $15.2 billion in new revenue from sick and disabled Americans with high out-of-pocket medical costs.
I guess all those horror stories being promoted about how people are losing everything due to high out of pocket costs will not go away with the government running things, but will now increase the amount people are paying out of pocket. At least their suffering will end sooner, they will be bankrupt sooner.

In addition to this complete fallacy of cost savings, we can also look forward to these additional taxes, which may reduce the cost to the government, but does nothing to help the people.
-- $201 billion in new taxes on high-premium health care plans.
-- $83 billion in new taxes paid by workers who will receive less employer-sponsored coverage or lose that coverage altogether but will be compensated with higher
wages or monetary benefits, which are taxable.
-- $23 billion in penalty fees paid by employers who do not comply with the federal insurance mandate.
-- $4 billion in penalty fees paid by individuals who don’t have health insurance.
-- $16 billion in new income and Medicare payroll tax revenue due to changes in Medicare.
-- $180 billion in other tax revenues items calculated by the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT).
The more information that comes out about this thing, the more disgusting it gets. There is absolutely nothing in here that reduces the cost of medical care. Nothing. NOT ONE THING. They are simply penalizing all Americans-then taking that money and spreading it around. I hope even the people who are in favor of the government running healthcare see the fallacy in this proposal. People will still be without insurance, costs will continue to rise and the government will just pound the people-ALL PEOPLE-for all the money they are worth to pay for it.

Talk about false information.....

So, the President really is a liar....or worse

Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) says when the President claimed "no federal funds will go to pay for abortions" in his Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress, he wasn't talking about a real plan, only one that exists in his head. It is outrageous that the President would play games like this with the American people. This isn't first grade President Obama-don't play word games to get people to fall for your bullshit.

In his speech to the joint session of Congress, Obama directly rebutted the claim that the plan would fund abortions, calling it a “misunderstanding.” But in his later telephone conversation with Stupak, according to the congressman, Obama said that when he claimed in the speech that the plan would not fund abortions he was not talking about the House plan, he was talking about his own plan.

CNSNews.com read Stupak the verbatim transcript of President Obama’s joint-session-speech statement about abortion funding: “And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up: Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”

CNSNews.com asked Stupak: “Is that a true or false statement?”

“That is exactly what he said,” said Stupak.

“But is it an accurate statement?” askedCNSNews.com.

“I called him,” said Stupak.

“I called the president--had a discussion with the president. And I read exactly what you just said. And he said: ‘What it says is “under my plan”’—meaning the president’s plan. And I said: ‘With all due respect, sir, you do not have a plan. The only plan we have out is the House plan.’ So, I don’t know if it is a game of semantics or what.”

CNSNews.com then asked Stupak if Obama was referring to a plan that existed only ‘theoretically, some different plan than the one you actually drafted in committee?”

“Correct. Correct,” said Stupak. “And when I pointed this out, he said: ‘Go back and work with the people on your committee and get this matter worked out. Work with the speaker. Work with us, would you?’ And I said: Yes, I would. And we have tried. But we haven’t been able to resolve our differences because we do not want public funds going for abortion.”

What a disgusting perversion of words. Way to go Mr. President.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

EVENT: Thomas Tabback speaking in St. Louis, MO Wednesday.

EXCITING NEWS from St. Louis Tea Party:
From St. Louis Tea Party.com

Thomas Tabback who co-wrote Joe thePlumber’s book as well as other works,is coming through town this week. Thanks to Annette Read’s magic, Tom will speak at the Pillar In The Valley (Chesterfield Valley) at 6:30 Wednesday, October 28. I’ve heard nothing but glowing reviews of Tom’s performances. This will be an inspiration for the weekend of soldiering before us as we take back MOSTATE-73rd and help carry Doug Hoffman to victory in NY-23.Please reward Tom’s generosity with a full house Wednesday. Please pass this information on to anyone who might enjoy a great talk.

Check http://stlouisteaparty.com/for all the details

Net Neutrality-government control doesn't equal a better experience.

Net Neutrality is an answer to a problem that, for the most part, does not exist. It is regulation on top of regulation without a need. In fact, Net Neutrality, as proposed, does little more than add bureaucracy to laws, rules and guidelines already in place.

Essentially the FCC wants to expand the already existing Internet Policy Statement, (PDF) introduced in 2005. This statement includes four broad principles of Internet access, desired deployment and availability:
•To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to access the lawful Internet content of their choice.
•To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.
•To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.
•To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to competition among network providers,application and service providers, and content providers.
These principles were laid out to be used as guidelines toward any future decisions and rule making by the FCC. For the most part, these guidelines and existing laws protecting freedom of expression and Anti-Trust business practices have served the Internet, it's proprietors and it's consumers very well. Those that don't change their ways are tried in the court of public opinion and lose scores of customers. On the legal side-they were all able to be prosecuted or their behavior changed using current law.

In addition to the above statements, the new updated draft includes two more provisions the FCC would like to see incorporated.
  • The fifth focuses on preventing ISPs from discriminating against specific content or applications.
  • The sixth will focus on requiring that ISPs be completely transparent about their network management practices.

The fifth proposed rule would seem like a good idea if all applications and content required the same access and treatment; this is simply not the case. Consider this, applications providing streaming media or on-line web conferencing, like Skype, require much more bandwidth and will tolerate almost no latency or lost packets for a reasonable user experience. If me sending some updates to my web site (which can be slower) got the exact same treatment as your award winning Skype video presentation which is sure to earn you a million dollars (which cannot tolerate dropped packets) I would think you'd be unhappy about it. The fact is, not all applications can be treated equally and we wouldn't want them to be. We want an awesome user experience, therefore we want some things to be higher priority than others. Such neutrality is even at direct odds with this Administrations seeming fascination with electronic medical records. If a patients heart scan traveling from one hospital to another is treated the same as email to your Aunt Millie, EMR is just not going to be practical in the long run. There is beauty in having applications and services that require priority and high bandwidth too-those companies pay more. They pay a higher fee to have guaranteed service levels that the regular Joe's just don't need. In addition, if regular Joe wants that service level he can pay for it-there is nothing barring you from getting better service should you want it. The cost might be very high, but that's how things work in every sector of life; if you want to drive a Cadillac instead of an Escort, you pay more. If you want to live in a mansion instead of a brick bungalow, you pay more. Finally, an unintended consequence of treating all data the same would be likely much higher costs for Internet service for everyone. The days of unlimited Internet access for $19.99 per month would be out the door. If ISP's can't offer higher service to companies that want to pay a premium, they will simply move to a model where they will charge everyone by the bit. There is no doubt that for some, this would definately raise the price of access.

The six proposed rule only has a modicum of even being reasonable in this day and age. First off all most ISP's spell out exactly the terms of using their service and what steps they will take to ensure you receive the service you pay for and what penalties you pay if you abuse it. Most folks are too lazy to read it, but this is not the fault of the ISP. The second part would be disclosing how ISP's actually manage the networks. I don't know a single solitary regular person who would A) give one whit how network management is done and B) would understand it even if some did tell them. Most folks don't read the terms of service; they would never read a network management document.

The problem with government is the desire to control absolutely every aspect of our lives. It is only because of few high profile cases in which applications or content was restricted by an ISP, that further regulation is even being considered. I agree censoring of any kind should be prohibited-but we already have laws dealing with free speech and censorship-we don't need more government interference assuring us we have the right to Rights we are already guaranteed in this country. In addition, make no mistake, the Net Neutrality rules under consideration do not further guarantee your right anything. You are still subject to the same old rules of "legal and lawful content". Net Neutrality only gives the government more power to have influence over things, of which most of them have no knowledge and it does, in fact, open the door to tighter controls down the line. The language is vague and ambiguous-always a bad idea when giving more control to an agency that doesn't have the foggiest idea what they're doing. Just ask China, Germany and the EU how Net Neutrality is working out for them. They are blocking applications and limiting traffic at an alarming rate.

Proponents of Net Neutrality will try to tell you these regulations will guarantee and protect your right to unfettered legal access to the Internet-but, you already have that. I do agree we need "vigilance and a willingness to act" when necessary to keep the Internet an open and accessible place to be. What we don't need are more regulations to make that happen. We need to utilize the departments, regulations, rules and laws we already have to ensure that, like every other shared technology we have, the Internet remains useful, affordable and accessible to all.

First they help Fox News, now the Chamber of Commerce

I guess the Administration doesn't get it yet. The more they attack people who dare question dear leader, the more they drive people to those organizations or points of view. Fox News rating have gone up 10% since the White House began attacking them.
Now the Chamber of Commerce is enjoying boosted membership.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on track to exceed last year's fundraising
by more than $10 million, thanks in part to the Obama administration's decision
to target the pro-business group, according to the organization's president.

President Tom Donohue told Politico.com that even though a few companies have left the chamber over its opposition to President Obama's domestic policies, the
organization is actually benefiting from its place in the White House crosshairs.

"There are some longstanding members that wanted to step up and help more," he told Politico.com. The public friction with the White House comes in the midst of a $100 million fundraising campaign for the chamber.
Do you think the administration will understand this means the majority of people are on the side of opposing them or will they still hang on to the straw man that government run healthcare and Cap and Trade is what we want?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Seriously GOP, you just don't get it do you?

Via GatewayPundit

Newt was on Greta tonight and mistakenly said conservatives are misinformed in there support of Doug Hoffman. He keeps bringing up the "local" and states rights issue in defense of his support of the clear RINO Dede Scozzafava. Well, Newt I've got news for you-she is so far away from being a Republican....dude she's left of many democrats.

I think the GOP needs to get a clue-Ms. Scozzafava votes for higher taxes and bigger government at every chance. It is not conservatives who are woefully misinformed dear sir.....

And by the way Newt, let's just be honest. The "people" of upstate New York did not pick this candidate-the local Republican committee picked her at a pizza joint over pizza and beer. And, the rest of the nation isn't trying to pick the candidate either-the problem is if you will push this crap on New York and get away with it, you'll do it anywhere. Maybe YOU should have stayed out of it and it wouldn't have become the cluster f*ck it is right now. We are disappointed YOU would come out in support of such a candidate.

Oh and look, she also wants to funnel campaign funds to members of her family. Did she declare as a Abramoff Republican before they gae her the nod?

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) has no idea the difference between State and Federal Requirements

Not surprisingly a House Representative has no idea the difference between federal law and state law. I would venture that most of them have no clue as to what the powers of the federal government actually are-as evidenced by the continual over-reaching of governmental powers.

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) crying about "Fair and Balanced"? What a pompous prick.......how about being familiar with actual law before coming on T.V.

H/T GatewayPundit

Dems move to increase federal spending by 12.1% next year.

Unbelievable. Power drunk Democrats are moving to increase federal spending by 12.1% for fiscal year 2010. During the worst economic times is recent memory, Dems are set to increase spending with no reductions or offsets. These increases don't even factor in Medicaid, Medicare, the new Healthcare plans, or Cap and Trade.

House Republicans on the Budget Committee added up the 2009 appropriations, the stimulus funding and 2010 budgets and found that federal agencies will, on average, receive a 57% increase in appropriated funds from 2008-2010. By contrast, real family incomes fell by 3.6% last year. There's no recession in Washington.

More broadly, the White House and the 111th Congress have already enacted or proposed $3.4 trillion of new spending through 2019 for things like the health-care plan, cap and tax, and the children's health bill passed earlier this year. Very little of this has been financed with offsetting spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

Still insisting there are no new taxes coming?

Something has to give soon and I fear it will be the backs of working class middle America.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dump Dede Tea Party Presser

UPDATE: St. Louis Tea Party had an impromptu presser today in front of St. Louis City Hall. A handful of Tea Party protesters gave up lunch hours, previous commitments and personal time to show their support for the message-the GOP must sit up and take notice, we will no longer support candidates simply because they have an "R" behind their name. When the Democratic candidate in a race is more conservative than the selected Republican-there is a problem!

St. Louis Tea Party calls for the old school GOP to dump Dede Scozzafava and support the true conservative candidate Doug Hoffman

Dana has some lovely photos and excellent coverage right here.

Darin from RebootCongress has pictures from the event and no doubt video will follow.

UPDATE 2: The Other McCain-R. Stacy McCain goes up to New York and talks to two local voluteers on the Doug Hoffman campaign. They talk about what anormal guy he is-FANTASTIC! That's what we need---> Watch the video and read his post here.

GOP-put up or shut up. St. Louis Tea Party demands GOP support conservative candidates.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ed Martin No New Tax Pledge Rally

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Using healthcare to stifle free speech

Buried in the Bacus Healthcare Bill is the demand that insurers not engage in "propaganda". That might be OK, but as we have seen in recent weeks "propaganda" as defined by this Administration is unfortunately what's known as "truth" to the rest of the world.
Its first appearance on page 236 prevents nonprofit health insurance issuers from using any funds appropriated under the CO-OP Program for "carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation." It does not specify which legislation so we must assume it applies to all legislation. I do agree with the concept. It prevents these nonprofit health insurance issuers from using these appropriated public funds for lobbying. But the hypocritical reality is that publically funded propaganda is the strict domain of this administration, which sees no problem in using the publicly funded National Endowment of the Arts to further its own general agenda or in hiring AKPD Messaging and Media (formally associated with David Axelrod) with $12million dollars of taxpayer money to tout the president's healthcare platform. Clearly some people are more equal than others.

The second appearance on page 245 is more nefarious. It says that nonprofits will lose their exemption status just for "carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation" (publically funded or otherwise). It further stipulates that the organization must "not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office."

Nothing like using the rule of law to force people to believe something........Communism anyone?

American Thinker has the details.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Judge Declares-"You're too stupid to vote if we let you choose by issues alone."

I wonder if a more blatant example of egregious meddling exists anywhere on the planet? There is no doubt this judge believes in "Hope and Change" and will do anything to force the hand of voters into the D column.

In an unprecedented move to stack the deck and rule with outright racism, elitism and an absolute smack in the face to all the citizens who vote in Kinston, N.C., a federal judge has determined black candidates would never get elected based on issues and black people are too stupid and uneducated to vote for the candidate of their choice. Unless said candidate has a D behind their name.

KINSTON, N.C. Voters in this small city decided overwhelmingly last year to do away with the party affiliation of candidates in local elections, but the Obama administration recently overruled the electorate and decided that equal rights for black voters cannot be achieved without the Democratic Party.

The Justice Department's ruling, which affects races for City Council and mayor, went so far as to say partisan elections are needed so that black voters can elect their "candidates of choice" - identified by the department as those who are Democrats and almost exclusively black.

The department ruled that white voters in Kinston will vote for blacks only if they are Democrats and that therefore the city cannot get rid of party affiliations for local elections because that would violate black voters' right to elect the candidates they want.
Never mind the voting board voted overwhelmingly to approve this change to the partisan election system in their town. Never mind that most of the board and most of the population are black. Never mind this voting board is well within their rights to make this change. The law which requires them to get this change approved through the justice department is from 1965.......when there might have been legitimate concerns about blacks getting in to vote. The law was not enacted to ensure black Democrats always got elected, regardless of policy.
"Removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office," Loretta King, who at the time was the acting head of the Justice Department's civil rights division, wrote in a letter to the city.

Ms. King wrote that voters in Kinston vote more along racial than party lines and without the potential for voting a straight Democratic ticket, "the limited remaining
support from white voters for a black Democratic candidate will diminish even
This line of thinking is so offensive and racist I don't even know how to argue with it. Ms. King's whole argument is if the D is not there, the people might vote for a candidate based on issues instead of party affiliation? Then the black guy doesn't get elected because???? Maybe the people start listening to what politicians are saying instead of just voting straight Democrat or Republican. What a crime that would be.

Then she goes on stating the white guy won't vote for the black guy of he is not a Democrat. This would make it so the black voter doesn't get their candidate in office? THEN GET OUT AND VOTE! I didn't get the candidate I wanted either. I live in an area with a good size black population. Can I file a lawsuit somewhere about my vote not being represented? This argument is heinous and offends my sensibilities. If the only reason a politician is elected to office is the color of his skin, he might no tbe the best choice.

Weirdly, she also seems to inadvertantly claim some supernatural power of mind reading. She offers no study or poll, yet states "...voters in Kinston vote more along racial than party lines ". So Kinston voters, she also knows what's in your mind and it isn't the ability to actually choose an offical.

Also, just an FYI-->if voters are voting along racial lines anyway-what difference does it make what letter is behind their name? Talking out of both sides of your mouth is an art. Clearly she has mastered it.

This administration and it's justice department have to stop treating minorities as though they are helpless and brainless. It is an insult to people-no matter what color-when you tell them they are to stupid to think or vote for themselves.

Of course, this is the same judge that dismissed the case against The New Black Panthers in what was a clear case of voter intimidation and violation of the "Voting Rights Act".

But, I guess when you're a liberal, all bets are off when it comes to getting your friends elected.

VOTING Fraud in New York Election-Courtesy of ACORN

I have been saying for months that fraudulent ACORN registrations were just the tip of the iceberg. There is no way you have thousands of fraudulent registrations across the country and not have some slip through. NO WAY.
The only problem with these absentee ballot records at the Rensselaer County Board of Elections in Troy, N.Y., is that they're phony, voters and investigators say -- and they've prompted what's being called an unprecedented investigation of suspected voter fraud.

Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out -- enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the city council and county elections in November to the Democrats. Candidates would have been able to run both on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines in two weeks, and that could have given the Democrats the general election.

A special prosecutor is investigating the case and criminal charges are possible. New York State Supreme Court Judge Michael Lynch ruled that there were "significant election law violations that have compromised the rights of numerous voters and the integrity of the election process."

I wonder what Norm Coleman thinks now.....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fickle Fools and Wall Street Money

This week the stock market is revving back up in to "oh-we're-so-happy" territory, so all the outrage and angst over banking bonuses has fallen by the way-side.......It's no longer worth getting all worked up about because the folks are getting money back in their 401k's and stock portfolio's-until they tank again. Then I'm sure the "Pay Czar" will be back, using all those retroactive clauses in the addendum to the TARP funds.

Today was a good day to be on Wall Street. The Dow nosed above 10,000. Big banks are enjoying resurgent profits and assembling pay packages that could be bigger than the boom year of 2007, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Did something bad happen last year?

Is it time for another storm of populist outrage in Washington? Maybe, but not today.

After indulging in a round of populist outrage last spring, Congress and the Obama administration have turned down the volume. Technocrats at the Federal Reserve and the Treasury’s pay czar, Kenneth Feinberg, have taken over the task of devising ways to make it harder for banks to reward risky behavior without killing competitiveness. Institutions that receive bailout funds are still subject to certain limits on executive pay. Feinberg is wrangling with American International Group, one of the biggest bailout recipients, over bonuses the company says it’s obligated to pay to certain executives.
It would seem then, all the outrage last spring was just a show for the "regular folk". Once the beast was quelled with rising balances the injustices and inequities no longer matter.
Hmmmm, fickle fools and Wall Street-a match made in heaven.

Keeping Small Business Healthy

Thank you to the Institute for Liberty for coming to St. Louis, MO and putting on the "Keeping Small Business Healthy" forum, talking Healthcare Reform and the effect it will have on small business.

UPDATE-If you are in Kansas City area be sure to check this out:
Wednesday, October 21st
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
The Classic Cellar - A venue of the Classic Cup
301 W. 47th St. on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza
Parking is free and located directly behind The Classic Cup Restaurant
3rd level parking will put you at the entrance of the Classic Cellar.
No cost to attend, but space is limited
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Monday, October 19, 2009

MoveOn.org and SEIU behind Chamber of Commerce hoax

So, MoveOn.org and SEIU are behind the climate change hoax perpetrated against the Chamber of Commerce? I wish I could say I was surprised.....

"The devil does not change overnight. Someone or some organization sent out ahoax press release "from the US Chamber of Commerce" stating that the chamber no longer opposed the Waxman-Markey bill. As most hoaxes go, it needed a victim to fall for it.The venerable news agency Reuters fell for the hoax and published a story that went instantly into the Google News feed. The press release linked to a fake chamber webpage which featured links to official Chamber sites. The spoof page features a short National Press Club speech, purportedly by Chamber President "Tom Donahue". "

"Update: Politico says some group called AVAAZ.org was behind it. Climate legislation supporters say AVAAZ Action Factory is responsible for the release. The group, known for its activist media stunts, has not returned calls for comment. But a post on the group’s Web site says has plans to “make this the worst Monday ever for the anti-climate PR machine at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "

Things are getting ugly out there folks. These people will stop at nothing to annihilate their enemies.
........Gird your loins.

JammieWearingFool has the story.

Are monkeys in charge of the GOP?

In a not so stunning move last week the RNC, NRCC and Newt Gingrich have backed a not-conservative-at-all candidate in an off-year election for the NY23 Congressional seat. Rather than backing and financing an actual conservative candidate-Doug Hoffman-the GOP decided it better to back a tax and spend, abortion supporting, ACORN loving, union thug supporter, Dede Scozzafava.

To further insult and infuriate the conservative grassroots movement on the ground, Gingrich pretends this choice is in the best interest of the party.
“The special election for the 23rd Congressional District is an important test leading up to the mid-term 2010 elections,” Gingrich said in a statement to supporters. “Our best chance to put responsible and principled leaders in Washington starts here, with Dede Scozzafava.”
I was unaware killing babies, voting for high spending, more taxes and all things Olympia Snowe were what the Conservatives were looking for to unite them. As a conservative I can assure you Mr. Gingrich-this is not the case. What has divided this party is the GOP trying become Democrat lite. It never works and you guys better learn that-fast.

As my friend Dana points out: the GOP's worst enemy are Republicans.

From WCPAC dismissing and demeaning bloggers and new media to this disgusting backing of another Snowe/Collins/Specter-conservatives are screaming and the GOP isn't listening. Well, I tell you, they had better sit up and take notice. The MSM has rendered themselves impotent by constantly heralding Obama and his Administration up on high no matter what they say or do. With candidates like this, the GOP isn't far behind.

That's alright. We are taking control of our own destiny. Previously unknown candidates all over the country are getting private donations by the bucketful. If the GOP will not listen to grassroots, we will continue to put push you further into the irrelevant column.

Stop telling us to sit down and shut up. Stop telling us to tow the party line. If you think we will continue to vote for the candidates you give us-when you give us crap like this-you can think again. Never forget GOP-we don't need you, you need us and we are pissed.

Has the White House become the playground bully?

The White House spent all of Sunday trying to denigrate Fox News again. These folks need to find a new hobby. Fox News isn't going away and all this cry-baby fit-pitching just makes the Administration look like a bunch of back-biting wussies.

While I find it annoying that again and again the White House has a hissy-fit every time someone says "boo" it has also taken on the stink of hilarity and is making them look as irrelevant as the MSM.

For a White House that was literally built off the backs of New Media, Opinion Journalism, bloggers and citizen reporters, they sure don't like them now do they?

The most uninformed Presidency ever-Part Two

It turns out the Administration was wrong about Russia's stance on sanctions against Iran. They thought when they cow-towed, selling-out security in Eastern Europe by canning the missile defense system, Russia would show their appreciation by getting in line on the sanctions issue. Sadly, as keeps happening over and over to this Administration-no amount of hugging and kissing communist, dictatorial leaders in countries where they care nothing for America, ever does anything for us but make us look like the weak, spineless country we are becoming.

But lest we forget, this is the most uninformed Presidency in history~
They had no idea thousands of Tea Parties took place across the nation in February and April.
They also misread the economy.
Obama had no knowledge of the ranting of Reverend Wright.
He was unfamiliar with William Ares past.
Pelosi didn't know about Water boarding, except when she did.
Obama is "unfamiliar" with what is in the House version of the Healthcare Bill.
The Administration didn't know Van Jones was a communist, and a "Truther".
They didn't know about the planned 9/12 March on Washington.
He doesn't know (or more correctly-doesn't pay attention to or care about)what is going on with the ACORN expose' and the subsequent investigation.

The problem with being this uninformed? Someday it will come back to haunt us.
I wonder how the people who dismissed Obama's inexperience are feeling now.......

Friday, October 16, 2009

You won't have to pay more, except when you will.....

I thought one of the big caveats of the healthcare reform we need so badly is there would no longer be a disparity between the healthy and unhealthy? .
......Which frankly I don't understand anyway. If your a terrible driver, you pay more for insurance. Anyway, it would seem that the gap still exists, it just going to be hidden now. Hey what do you know-it's the Washington way!
Get in shape or pay a price.

That's a message more Americans could hear if the health care reform bills passed by the Senate Finance and Health committees become law. By more than doubling the maximum rewards and penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the bills could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol.

The initiative, largely eclipsed in the health care debate, builds on a trend that is already in play among some corporations and that more workers will see in the packages they bring home during this month's open enrollment. Some employers offer lower premiums to people who complete personal health assessments; others offer only limited benefit packages to smokers. The current legislative effort takes the trend a step further.
Hmm, so much for leveling the playing field for everyone. Not only will employers (and big insurance) solely benefit from charging higher premiums to people that are deemed "unhealthy" by some unknown chart and unknown criteria, but soon we will no longer be talking about only "health" issues, but also your lifestyle choices. Trust me it won't end with your weight and your cigarettes once they get control.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nuclear Healthcare

In a stealth move on Thursday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee opted to pull the trigger to include a “Nuclear Option” making it easier to pass healthcare legislation currently being constructed (out of smoke and mirrors) in the House and Senate. Better known as reconciliation, it will allow the Senate to pass a bill with just a simple majority of 51, rather than the standard 60 votes.

Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is trying to pass off the change as strictly procedural, but it is a clear threat to anyone paying attention: some form of healthcare legislation will be on the Presidents’ desk this year. No matter what it takes.

Rangel waves off objections to this move, indicating reconciliation would only be used if Republicans engage in "partisan tactics to stall this important health reform bill." I have no doubt that by "partisan tactics" Charlie means anything short of what the Democrats want. In addition, with a head-nod from the House that there will be a public option in the final legislation, a $6.7 billion annual fee on insurerers and a possible 40% tax on “Cadillac” plans by 2020, the over-reach of government becomes clear. This is not reform.

Sadly, public distaste for this monstrosity has remained largely unchancged for months. Even with the poor polling numbers, some are determined they know better. Unfortunately, not a surprise: many representatives have little desire or interest in addressing what the public really wants. It’s odd that the “reform” currently proposed is good for everyone, yet they may have to resort to underhanded tactics and force to get it passed.

Like most everything else on the Hill, it doesn't appear this move is well thought out, even for those who support healthcare legislation. In order to use reconciliation everything has to be deficit-neutral and must produce $1billion in deficit reduction over six years. Given the numbers that keep coming out from every report done, meeting both of these requirements seems unlikely. In their haste to ram-rod thru a bill, any bill, folks are going to end up with a healthcare plan that isn't reform, doesn't cover all of the uninsured and guts Medicare and Medicaid. We'll still have higher taxes and a deficit burden that is unmanageable. Then there will sit our legislature-proud they got something done to stem the "crisis" of healthcare reform, unconcerned with the devastation left in it’s wake.

NY Times should talk to the BBC before going to print

The New York Times is pimping two articles today on global warming. Coincidence?

First on the Copenhagen talks to take place in December:

"....to assist the poorest countries in coping with the consequences of climate change, like droughts and rising seas."
"....developing nations must curb the growth of their emissions if the world is to limit rising temperatures."
Then on stopping natural gas leaks:

"Natural gas consists almost entirely of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas that scientists say accounts for as much as a third of the human contribution to global warming."
Which is all fine and dandy-stop natural gas leaks, that just sounds like a good idea and common sense since natural gas causes explosions and such.....

But please stop promoting the likely fallacy of man-made global warming. Maybe they should start doing research in U.K. papers before they write stuff.

Enforcing immigration laws is hard.

Some law enforcement agencies are saying no to a new tool being offered to them by ICE to help determine the citizenship status of foreign born folks in this country. They feel that assisting in this part of law enforcement is too much trouble and costs too much money.
Under what's known as the 287(g) program, agencies sign a voluntary agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) and are trained to check legal status of prisoners and crime suspects, and to initiate deportations. The contract can specify enforcement in jail, in the community or both.

Several police agencies have complained that new rules set by the Obama administration would cost too much time and money and, in some cases, damage their relationship with immigrants.
Surprisingly (or not) the some of the named areas who are opting out of participating in this program are Maine, Huston, and Los Angles. Of course none of these areas have problems with crime and financial strain due to illegal immigration........

On the other side the one guy who is serious about enforcement and to date has had the most trained officers and arrests is being investigated.
In the case of Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ICE limited the contract, the sheriff said.

The department is under investigation by the Justice Department for alleged racial profiling and discrimination on the basis of national origin. Arpaio has conducted controversial street sweeps targeting illegal immigrants.
We know a favorite tactic of the left is to cry fowl for the criminal, when laws are being broken. It is not racial profiling to make sure people who are living and working in this country are doing so legally.

People benefiting from our system, our government, our services and our standard of living are welcome to do so so, but the only path to that end must be the legal path, clearly defined in the laws of this land. Anything else cannot be tolerated. It is a burden on the system to support those who do not contribute and it is a disservice to those who have taken the legal path to becoming citizens of this great country.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

You can take the census away from ACORN, but you can't take ACORN out of the census.

Citing cost constraints, the U.S. Census will not concerned themselves with whether folks they are counting are actual citizens. It isn't all that important anyway.....just count all the people legal and illegal and then divvy up Representatives across the country to represent us. What could possibly be the harm.....
The Commerce Department and Census Bureau declared Tuesday that an amendment by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to require the 2010 census to ask all persons their citizenship and immigration status would scuttle any chance that the census could be done on time and would cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars

Vitter portrays his amendment as a last-ditch effort to protect the political power of Louisiana and other states with relatively small populations of people who are either not citizens or are not legal residents in the United States, and keep Louisiana from losing one of its seven congressional districts in the coming reapportionment.

The decennial census, required by the Constitution to count all"persons," is used for the purposes of congressional apportionment and legislative redistricting. The result is that places with more people -- regardless of their status -- get more representation.

Or as Vitter put it in floor debate on his amendment last week, "States that have large populations of illegals would be rewarded for that. Other states, including my home state of Louisiana, would be penalized."

Surely in states that are liberal enough to allow massive illegal immigration are liberal enough to get a few more Democratic seats in the House. States like California, New York and Texas get more representation because of people who are not citizens-yet the rest of the country loses. Big time.

Another problem? The forms they designed don't ask if people are citizens....so the whole form would have to be redesigned or an addenda added. So they didn't think ahead of time that it was worthwhile to know if people were citizens? I see-you can take the census away from ACORN, but you can't take ACORN out of the census.

It is unconscionable to me that anyone would attempt to assert that requiring people to be legal residents of this country in order to determine representation in our Capitol is "unconstitutional" or "discriminatory". How is it "constitutional" or "legal" to count people who are not legal citizens? That just makes no sense at all.

Finally, GatewayPundit sums up a big problem with this issue- you won't hear about this on the 5 o'clock news~
Of course, this story will be buried by the state-run media.

Face Punch Wednesday

(If you are new to Face Punch Wednesday, please read this post before you complain-I don't want to hear it.)

Chris Matthews tops the list for his death wish to Limbaugh last night. He went off the rails talking about James Bond's "Live and Let Die". He revisited Mr. Kotto's death at the end when they "jam a big CO2 pellet in his face and he blew up. I have to tell you, Rush Limbaugh is looking more and more like Mr. Big, and at some point somebody’s going to jam a CO2 pellet into his head and he’s going to explode like a giant blimp. That day may come. Not yet. But we’ll be there to watch." Well Mr. Matthews all I can say is, it looks as the though someone has already jammed the CO2 pellet into your head, which has clearly expanded, but hasn't exploded yet. 10 punches

Olympia Snowe has always been a Democrat in RINO clothing. Today was no different-she was the lone Republican to vote yes on the Bacus Healthcare Bill to get it out of committee. I don't know why the RNC continues to fund her; I don't know why she is still allowed to call herself a Republican. Just remember this Ms. Snowe-"When history calls, history calls," and when constituents call, you better answer. And when the voting booth calls-you better have your bags packed 10 punches

Finally Anita Dunn. First she wants to pretend Fox has such negatively slanted coverage toward Obama when study after study shows that just isn't the case. She conveniently ignores Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman and Brian Williams-the list goes on and on. Then she hammers home her point by saying "Fox News is a "wing of the Republican Party,". Hey Anita, the the immortal words of John Harwood maybe Anita Dunn needs to "need to take off her pajamas, get dressed and realize that providing real media coverage to a closely divided country is complicated and difficult,” 10 punches

Robin Carnahan *Hearts* ACORN

It must be nice to have friends in high places. At least that's what the folks at ACORN are thinking. When they went after the state of Missouri, they had their hand held and most of the work done for them by Robin Carnahan's office. Then they received a super nice payout of half a million bucks!

Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

I think ACORN has enough friends and enough hard-earned taxpayer money. How about you? Get more information here: http://www.acorncarnahan.com/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

BREAKING-American Flags BANNED at apartment complex in Albany, Oregon

Residents at the Oaks Apartments in Albany Ore. have been told they cannot fly flags any more. The rule seems to apply to any flag, however they have also been told " the American flag symbolizes problems. " Problems? Really? Here in America, our own flag causes problems. Listen up kids, flags don't cause problems, people cause problems.

Jim Clausen flies the American flag from the back of his motorcycle. He has a son in the military heading back to Iraq, and the flag - he said - is his way of showing support.
"This flag stands for all those people," said Clausen, an Oaks Apartment resident. "It stands for the people that can no longer stand - who died in wars. That's why I fly this flag."
But to Oaks Apartment management, Clausen said, the American flag symbolizes problems.
He was told to remove the red, white and blue from both of his rides, or face eviction. "It floored me," he said. "I can't believe she was saying what she was saying."
Even long-time residents like Sharron White, who has flown a flag on her car for eight years, has been told to take it down.
White said management told her that "someone might get offended."
"I just said to her 'They'll just have to get over it," White said.

It is unconscionable to me that anyone who lives in this country would be offended by the site of the American flag. THIS IS AMERICA. If you are uncomfortable around our flag.......close your eyes. It would be like someone saying to me "I am offended by brown hair. Shave your head." Err, well dude, that's the color of my hair. Sorry.

Watch the original story here:

This just smacks of the same crap Debbie McLucas from Arlington had to deal with. First, she was told to take down her flag because it was offensive. Then after it received a bunch of press she was told she could have had a a flag all along, it just had to be smaller. Yeah. Right.

A side note: at the end of the story the reporter tells us that the ACLU says the flag ban is not a violation of residents rights because it is private property. I bet if it were Muslim paraphernalia the ACLU would be all over it.

I think some people have more to say about this-check out your next call to action if you live in Oregon: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/LT1800

We also have a zero intelligence policy....

Two boys in the last two days have been suspended from school for having items on or near their person which could be a weapon......like a weight from the gym room could be a weapon. In each circumstance the boys both had knives. One knife was locked inside a survival kit, locked inside the trunk of a car. The other was part of a multi-utensil for eating. You know, the kind Boy Scouts carry. Neither boy was being aggressive, has a history of violence or would have gotten a second look under any other circumstance.

One boy who has dreams of going to West Point.....now maybe dashed.

One boy who is 6 and excited to become a Cub Scout.

This zero tolerance policy of most schools is simply a call to laziness. They don't want to deal with the actual troublemakers and actual behavioral problems so it's easier to simply make a blanket rule like this, which has little application in real life.

It would seem Dr. Helen and I are in agreement.

Maybe he could try out for the St. Louis Rams

Are you ready for some football?????

7-year old boy Tackled by While Deer Playing Football
A 7-year-old Ohio boy playing a game of backyard football was tackled by a deer. Brandon Hiles says he encountered the charger — and not the kind from San Diego — when the ball rolled into woods while he was playing with friends Saturday in Wintersville, about 125 miles east of Columbus. The boy says the buck ran at him and flipped him with its horns, leaving bruises and a gash.

A 9-year-old pal, Wyatt Pugh (pyoo), beat the deer with a stick to make it go away.

Wintersville Police Officer Art Fowler Jr. says there were actually two bucks in the area gearing for a fight, and Brandon was attacked when he inadvertently got between them.
Thank God the boy was mostly unhurt-bucks in the wild are nothing to mess with-especially when they're pissed at each other.

However this story begs the question-do you think the buck is available to start next Sunday on the Ram's defensive line?

Hell at this point I'd even take the little boy; clearly he's tough enough.

It's not a real Townhall if they're all your supporters.

It's easy to be a douche if you surround yourself with people who agree.

Alan Grayson decided to have a Townhall yesterday...wherin he decided to outright ignore or mostly dismiss the few let in who disagreed or to recite the same talking points we have already heard.

It's just more of the same-but it goes to an important point: Libs want to deny that there are any alternatives to this plan, which we all know is untrue and that the only type of reform that can be had is a massive over-reach of governmental powers in a move to take over the entire healthcare system.

And you wonder why I wear a tinfoil hat....

Here we are, venturing back into the land of the thought police.

The Senate is poised to pass (and it will pass) the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives money to troops in Afghanistan....it also includes new "hate-crime" legislation to broaden the definition, encompassing sexual orientation and "gender identity". That's weird. I see no reason for these two items to be on the same bill. Oh.......well except for the part where the expanded language wouldn't pass without glomming on to some other bill.

Its' sad really that we have come to the point in this country where thoughts about someone somehow make one crime more heinous than another. Our legislators pass law after law, ever tightening the screws on our freedoms and liberties; they take over corporations as an act of "kindness"; they force government run healthcare on us for mercy; now they are in the business of deciding who is more important when a crime is committed.

So if a gay man is beaten and killed because he is gay that is somehow more heinous and despicable than a woman who is kidnapped, tortured, raped and killed because she is......a woman? Did the rapist do it because he was fond of the woman or did he do it out of some kind of twisted hate?

How about child predators? Do they prey on and horrifically abuse the innocent because they care about them? This is somehow less hateful than a transgender being murdered.......

Don't misinterpret-I am all for serious penalty-for all crime; I support the death penalty for the most egregious of crimes. The real problem does not lie in what someone was or was not thinking at the time a crime was committed. The problem lies in the fact that people rarely serve their full penalty. The problem lies in that crimes often go under punished. The problem is that for too long Dems have been soft on crime and this is the only way they can think of to make up for it. They will dole out extra punishment when it is a group they are interested in protecting, but when it comes to real women's issues, babies or anyone else they wish would just go away-you'll take what you're given and no more.

This law could easily be twisted and manipulated to say that any crime is a hate crime, should they want to punish you that way. We see that even now; the MSM loves to call us on the right racists for any hint of disagreement with the President and completely dismisses any other possibility. With this law, anything could be perverted into a hate crime, if it was so desired. Considering an amendment guaranteeing your First Amendment Rights was altered from the original:
Republican Sen. Sam Brownback offered an amendment saying the bill could not be "construed or applied in a manner that infringes on any rights under the First Amendment" and could not place any burden on the exercise of First Amendment rights "if such exercise of religion, speech, expression, or association was not intended to plan or prepare for an act of physical violence or incite an imminent act of physical violence against another."
....the conference changed the wording to read that the bill could not burden the exercise of First Amendment rights "unless the government demonstrates ... a compelling governmental interest" to do otherwise.

That means your First Amendment rights are protected -- unless they're not.

Which in government speak means, they are not.

St. Louis Bloggers Guild 2nd Annual Interactive Festival

It's that time of year again all my blogging aficionados. (and newbies too!) The St. Louis Bloggers Guild will be hosting the Interactive Festival 2009 this Saturday October 17, 2009 at the unbelievably swanky Shock City Studios.

We start off with a keynote speaker and breakfast.
After the kick off we start three training tracks, one sure to meet your every need:

-Building a Blogging Site (this will be a highly interactive session geared toward helping you build your own website) (There is a chance I will be playing "Vanna" on this one.)
-The Importance of Usability and Visual Design
-You Have a Website, So Now What?
-Applying Your New Media Skill Set to the Workforce
-The Basics of Using Video and Audio on Your Site
-Technology in Space and Beyond…(this is my session-we are talking new & emerging technology!)
-Photography for the Hobbyist
-Social Media for Small Business and Non-Profits
-Intellectual Property and Ethics and Privacy Online

If you’re looking for a place to do some networking, join top minds in the social media scene, hear new information in blogging, vlogging and social technology and enjoy a day of learning and mingling, then don’t miss this event!

This year’s St. Louis Interactive is free and registration is now open on a first come first serve basis. There are 200 seats available so don’t wait to sign up! Click here to secure your ticket today.

Department of Homeland Security would like the Sheriff to stop enforcing security.

Of course they don't want Sheriff Arpaio to do his job.....it would mean immigration laws were actually being enforced. It would mean illegals would actually have to return home. It would mean we were actually looking out for our borders.
The federal government stripped Arpaio of part of his federal authority to enforce immigration law by changing its rules under a program allowing local police to enforce those laws. Under the changes, Arpaio's jail officers would still be able to check inmates' immigration status but would not be able to make federal immigration arrests on the streets.

More than 1,000 local law enforcement officials nationally have had those special powers, but Arpaio has signed more officers onto the program than any other agency. He has 100 deputies under the program, and his office reports having investigated and arrested 33,000 illegal immigrants -- or 25 percent of total arrests under the
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to be sure we have a "smart and effective" immigration enforcement program? Maybe she could start with allowing Sheriff Arpaio do his job and arrest people who are here illegally.

That pitbull Ann Curry...

I never thought I would see the day....Ann Curry talks tough? (Well, tough-ish)

(H/T Jamie Allman -97.1 Talk)

Nanny State invades your dinner....

More Nanny State coming to a fast food joint near you....
Last night on Larry King folks were debating if hamburgers, and maybe even all meat, should be eliminated from our diets. The offense this time? Ground beef contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

"What happens in hamburger is the E. coli bacteria is in the guts of cows. And during the slaughtering process, those guts are nicked or there's fecal material on the hides. It gets on the red meat," Marler explained to King.

"And when you cook a steak, assuming that steak hasn't been penetrated, you can kill the bacteria that's on the outside of the meat. It's not on the inside of the meat. But when you ground that meat up, that E. coli is in there," he said.

....Two steps are available to eliminate E. coli in the ground beef supply, Boyle said. One is irradiation, which is not widely used. The second is through proper cooking of the product.

So rather than jumping to the most logical conclusion-which is simply to cook meat thoroughly-it is much better to completely eliminate meat in our diets all together?
For another guest, even the promise of contamination-free beef wasn't enough. Dr. Colin Campbell of Cornell University advocates a meat-free diet.

"I think the closer we get to a plant-based diet -- I should say a whole foods
plant-based diet -- the healthier we're going to be for all of us," Campbell
There it is. Dr. Campbell knows better than you. He should have the power to control your diet, because you're an idiot.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another right bites the dust....

Well, your rights haven't quite been shit-canned yet, but their working on it. It looks as though the Obama Administration is bound and determined to let the leftist-loon, tree huggers decimate the future of not only fishing for-profit, but also fishing for fun. They will accomplish this task by adopting a 1982 United Nations Convention on the "Law of the Sea” - a 300-page treaty the U.S. never ratified.

A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S. coastal, ocean and Great Lakes waters. Under the guise of ‘protecting’ these areas, the current second phase of the Task Force direction is to develop zoning which may permanently close vast areas of fishing waters nationwide. This is to be completed by December 9, 2009.

Dave Pfeiffer, President of Shimano American Corporation explained, “In spite of extensive submissions from the recreational fishing community to the Task Force in person and in writing, they failed to include any mention of the over one million jobs or the 6o million anglers which may be affected by the new policies coast to coast. Input from the environmental groups who want to put us off the water was adopted into the report verbatim – the key points we submitted as an industry were ignored.”

Never mind the recreational aspects of this fine American pastime, what about conservation efforts which anglers have led for over 50 years in every state. There is no rival to protecting our waters, but the people who use them.

“The Task Force did not make any distinction between the dramatic differences between harmful commercial fishing harvest methods and recreational fishing, even though we spelled it out for them in detail,” added Morlock.
So forget the 60,000,000 anglers out there and the 1 million folks eeking out a living by fishing. It's a disgrace how people are being pushed aside for bad environmental policy. And please, don't kid yourself, this is one step away from where they are going with gun rights and hunting. Pay attention folks-the enviros are having their heyday and they are going to take every freedom with it they can.

I probably can't sum it up any better than this, so I won't even try:

“This significant change in U.S. policy direction is the result of a 90-day fire drill process as ordered by the President that, not surprisingly, lacks balance, clarity and quality in the end product,” said Morlock. “People who simply want to take their kids fishing on public waters deserve better from their government,” he added.

(h/t Gatewaypundit)