“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, December 26, 2009

More Christmas Joy from the Senate...

This is old news now (Thursday), but I figured I'd post the story just so I could comment.

Senate approves $290B raise in debt limit
By Walter Alarkon
The Senate on Thursday cleared a $290 billion debt-limit increase, giving the federal government two more months of borrowing authority.
Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/73543-senate-votes-to-raise-debt-limit-by-290-billion

Aw heck, do I even need to comment?

Jet fliers tackle bomber: Al Qaeda plot foiled in skies over Mich.

An al Qaeda terrorist tried to blow up a plane packed with Christmas travelers yesterday as it was about to land in Detroit -- but was thwarted by heroic passengers who tackled the madman, authorities said.

The 23-year-old Nigerian suffered serious burns, and at least two other passengers were injured in the terrifying violence aboard the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam.

Read more: www.nypost.com/p/news/national/jet_fliers_GHGUQd0YkIkPwdHYAb8u9K#ixzz0anngtiSO

Isn't this the THIRD incident we've had this year? How many can you remember all total during the years since Sept. 11? Hmmm.... do ya think we have a problem Houston??? What's different this year than all the previous years?

Mr. Can't-We-All-Talk-and-Get-Along got his faced slapped by Sulfur-Smelling Chavez, the Russians said thanks for screwing your allies by announcing they're increasing their nuclear arsenal, he's getting trash talked about by his fellow "climate change" bozos, and now we almost lost a plane to an al Qaeda terrorist on CHRISTMAS. "Almost" only because the guy screwed up and a passenger didn't.

Hey, Merry Christmas Mr. Obama. Thanks for all you're doing for our country and our world.

I woke up all full of love, charity and joy from great times with my family, sharing the Christmas spirit. The first thing I saw flying across my desktop was the story of how so many almost lost their lives on Christmas. I am ever so thankful that those on the plane are alive and well to continue their journey. I can't believe there are people in this world who would take joy, who would feel like it was their right and mission to take innocent lives, especially on a Holy day.

It should be a message to everyone with their head in the sand that these people can't be reasoned with, that they can not be talked out of their belief system and that the only way to fight is with superior strength.

OK, I'm gonna let it go for the day and continue with my Christmas. I have more family coming today and I am looking forward to MORE COOKING ... seriously, I am really anticipating their visit, it's the perfect topper for a spectacular Christmas.

I hope all my friends had a great Christmas and that you managed to find time to remember why we celebrate. Thanks for continuing to share and read, you're all part of my extended (very extended ;-) family of friends!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Obama gets sued over secret abortion meetings

A legal firebrand whose work fighting corruption left both Bill Clinton and Dick Cheney on the defensive today took on Barack Obama, suing the president for secret meetings with Planned Parenthood and other lobbyists on his plans to nationalize health care.
Find out the latest right now at WND.com.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Statement of Governor Sonny Perdue Regarding the Senate Health Care Bill

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today regarding the latest version of the U.S. Senate’s health care reform legislation.

“I am utterly dismayed and disappointed by the vote buying that has occurred in the United States Senate in order to pass a measure that most citizens are against. If this reform was truly the right policy for our country, we wouldn’t see waffling Senators lining up like game show contestants hoping to win today’s jackpot of a special deal from Harry Reid. This bill places an unsustainable burden on the backs of Georgia’s taxpayers, and will lead to either higher state taxes or massive cuts to basic state services in years to come. I join Governors from around the country of both parties in asking our Representatives and Senators to listen to the public outrage against this bill and stop this mistake before it occurs.”

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Our Country Deserves Better: Reid Ad

Friday, December 18, 2009

McConnell not backing down as round-the-clock votes loom

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Friday morning for speeding a major healthcare overhaul through the upper chamber before Christmas.
Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/72961-mcconnell-not-backing-down-as-lawmakers-face-round-the-clock-votes

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dems dropping out

So, another Dem decides to drop out, retire, quit. Rep. Bart Gordon's (D-Tenn.) announced Monday he's not going to run again. A number of other long-time Democrats have also said they're calling it quits in the next election.

One has to wonder about the REAL reasons behind their abandonment of public office.

I've heard speculation and talk about Pelosi wanting blue-dogs out, or not that she's throwing them to the dogs, with the thinking that she may lose the majority for a period of time, but will get it back in the next election... Why would anyone seriously think that she'd be willing to give up her kingdom, her absolute rule? Me thinks she really believes that she'll keep the majority.

I think she's deluded enough to think that despite the Tea Party efforts, despite the polls, that the majority of America is as deluded and out of it as she is. She's wrong, but when you only surround yourself with fellow kool-ade drinkers, how're you going to see any differently? Being wrong about what the majority of America believes and thinks doesn't necessarily mean she's wrong about keeping her majority though... read on...

Some of those who are leaving are seasoned Democrats. I'm not really familiar with any of them to any great degree, but it's been suggested in a few circles that some at least are principled, true-blue Democrats of the kind that we on the right might not mind that much.

Are they leaving the Party because the Party left them? Are they seeing the direction they and their fellow Dems are taking the country and leaving in disgust? If so, why aren't they voting on principle rather than going along with Pelosi and / or Reid? Have they been in office so long that there are skeletons in their closets that are being dangled in front of their eyes to keep them in line? Are they being pushed out? Or are they seeing the hand-writing on the wall?

It seems to me that more than the usual numbers are announcing they'll retire. It also seems to me that most have some strong Republican opposition and a slim or slimmer chance than normal of keeping their seat. Are they being told by the powers-that-be that they won't be supported? Is Obama, Rahmbo, Pelosi, or the DNC culling the chaff from the Democratic wheat?

Did they lose confidence in their ability to pull off the election with the wounding of ACORN?

Watch this trend. See who's dropping out.

Sumpin's goin' on here and it looks like we're making some headway, making a difference already in our fight. I'm not ready to crow yet though. I'm not 100% confident that there's not a bigger behind-the-scenes manipulation going on by Obama and friends. They are a devious lot as we've already seen.

I'd prefer to see some of the far Left ideologues leaving rather than the moderates, if that's what is happening.

If all we see are moderates leaving, rest assured the DNC, Obama and crew have a strategy that they think will keep them in the cat bird seat. A strategy that only leaves those in lock-step with Obama's America killing policies in Washington... which is scarier than I can begin to imagine.

We already know they think the voters are stupid. They think we are now a sound-bite, easily swayed, vote with the current issues type electorate. They are also working hard to have as many people as possible on the dole by the time the next election rolls around. Watch the current immigration bill with open eyes... they're after more voters.

We need to be vigilant, we need to double our efforts to sway minds, increase voter registration, ensure people get out to vote. They're counting on a large chunk of us getting fed up and staying home. They're also counting on a big split between Libertarians, Tea Party voters and Republicans. Democrats will walk in lock-step. One of the problems on the conservative side is that we're all very strong minded, independent types. We don't vote in lock-step.

We're still fairly early in the 2010 election cycle, no telling what's to come...

Japan 'clunkers' plan angers U.S.

Lawmakers and U.S. automakers are peeved with Japan, which has launched a cash-for-clunkers program that doesn't accept American-made cars.


By Ian Swanson

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Interesting perspectives... gloomy ramblings...

It's been rather interesting lately. As my regular readers know, I lean conservative. Some would say I do more than lean, especially some of my old and current liberal friends!

I am also a vegetarian, tree-hugging, artist.

I recently decided to set up a separate personality for my art side on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

What an eye-opener.

As the editor of a few on-line news sites, I get a ton of press releases from all sides so I do keep up with what the left is drinking, swallowing, believing.

It has struck me on more than one occasion that we immerse ourselves in our world of news and friends and get "stuck". I glance at stories that promote global warming / climate change, I "read" articles that trash the junk-science.

At least I see the other side, even though I see it with one eyebrow raised... As I'm reading posts by my lefty / progressive friends, I see more clearly that they don't even get any exposure to opposing views... and if they do, it's from those who are trashing the views. Some are panicing about the end of the world due to global warming... many only read Huffington, Oberman and similar...

I know that on "our" side it's the same way. Many will only expose themselves to one side. They listen to Glenn Beck, Rush, Hannity, etc. (me too ;-) but never flip over to hear one of the "other" guys on CNN, MSNBC, Huff puff, etc.

I try. It's so mean spirited when I try to read some of the stuff. I'm a fairly positive person. So are most of my artist friends.

I'm glad I'm sticking to art on my "other" FB, Twitter, etc., accounts. I'm completely staying away from politics on my art personality pages. However, I'm learning a lot of lessons and getting some great insights into how others think (not just the progressive leaners, many are from other countries).

Don't worry, I'm not changing my beliefs or getting ready to move to the dark side . Been there, done that, got tired of the kool-ade and huge gaps in reasoning. Once I went into business for myself, my eyes opened wide, very wide. It didn't take long to see the light once I was responsible for myself completely.

The main thing that has struck me about all of the various views flitting across my screens is just how entrenched we are in our belief system. I find it rather scary on some levels. If we can't find a compromise here in our country, if we can't work together to improve our country (as opposed to radically changing the country as those in power are trying to do now), how do we expect to work well with those entrenched in their religious beliefs that require the killing or enslaving of those who don't believe the same way? How do we expect to stay keep one country from trying to annihilate another country? You get the drift...

So many who are trying to "make peace" do it from the high moral ground that their way is the right way, the only way. Peace means subjugating others believes, converting them, rather than finding a harmonious middle, or going with the live and let live mantra.

It seems our minds are getting more and more locked in, closed up and unable to comprehend or give value to the rights of others. It makes me wonder and worry about where our old world is headed on this gloomy rainy day.

OK, I'm going out to the studio. Time for some refreshing, cleansing, quality art time. I'll be more positive when I come back, promise!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fistgate II: High School Students Given ‘Fisting Kits’ At Kevin Jennings’ 2001 GLSEN Conference

In March 2000 the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) organization of Massachusetts held its 10 Year Anniversary GLSEN/Boston conference at Tufts University. This conference was fully supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Safe Schools Program, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and some of the presenters even received federal money. During the 2000 conference, workshop leaders led a “youth only, ages 14-21″ session that offered lessons in “fisting” a dangerous sexual practice. During another workshop an activist asked 14 year-old students, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?” The unbelievable audio clip is posted here. Barack Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” Kevin Jennings is the founder of GLSEN. He was paid $273,573.96 as its executive director in 2007. Jennings was the keynote speaker at the 2000 GLSEN conference... Read the rest: http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/08/fistgate-ii-high-school-students-given-fisting-kits-at-kevin-jennings-2001-glsen-conference/

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Oh My! Another Global Warming Scandal.

posted by Bluegrass Pundit at Bluegrass Pundit
The Obama-Gore-Democrats global warming cap-and-trade bills now before Congress are modeled in large part on the Danish CO2 Quotas Register system. There are now investigations into scams worth billions o... Oh My! Another Global Warming Scandal.

Canada Free Press, check it out...

Intimidation then Normalization
By Marion Valentine
What is the difference between Marxism, Communism, and Socialism? These days, not much. In the beginning the main difference was disagreement on how to achieve their common goal of complete control of a Nation’s people, resources and wealth. More...

Stop prosecuting American Heroes
By Chuck Hustmyre
In what has to be one of the most outrageous criminal prosecutions in American history, the U.S. Navy is dragging three Navy SEALs, members of one of this country’s most elite commando and counterterrorist teams, before a court martial for punching a terrorist in the mouth and giving him a bloody lip. More...

How Much Longer Before Climategate Explodes?
By Jim O'Neill
“You call it ‘Climategate,’ I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate. ...This is a crime.” —Senator Barbara Boxer
Well, Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer, at least got the crime part right.
The Lame Stream Media (LSM) are doing their best to ignore Climategate, while they desperately try to come up with some consensus on how to spin it. Well guess what bozos, you can’t spin this one, it’s too big. You keep standing in its way, and it’ll squash you like a steam-roller going over a marshmallow. More...

My letter to Heather Mallick
By Charles Adler
Dear Heather,
I don’t know of anyone who is forcing you to remain in Canada. If you are truly embarrassed to be Canadian, you can always stop having a Canadian website, the CBC can stop posting your blogs and stop paying you with Canadian tax dollars. You can always burn your OHIP card so that you no longer have your health care subsidized by Canadian tax dollars. Heather, you need to know that these dollars that you have been paid, the lifestyle which you have become accustomed to has been subsidized by what you and your blogger friend in Britain call Dirty Oil. More...

America’s Great Leap Forward
By Nancy Morgan
Those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
When Barack Obama was campaigning for president in 2007, his backers frequently compared him to former president John F. Kennedy. After a year in office, however, President Obama’s words and actions align more closely with China’s despotic Chairman Mao than with JFK’s.
When Mao Tse Tung conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. When Obama was elected President, many started referring to him as President of the World. Both Obama and Mao had carte blanche to set out a path of radical change. As part of his strategy, Mao informed his top echelon, “There has to be a personality cult…it is absolutely necessary.”* With the aid of the state media, Mao crafted an iconic image of himself as the savior of the common man. More...

A Lot of Work Must Be Done to Head Off Socialism and Obama
By Jerry McConnell
This column is devoted to trying to convince Americans that we are about to lose our identity and worse, our freedom from tyranny and yes, SLAVERY. More...

American Healthcare

Is the President Too Good for ObamaCare?
By John Lillpop
Ambulence Chasers, Tort Reform, Democrat Campaign donations

American Politics

Email Of The Day
By Bob Parks
If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a teleprompter installed

A Tale of Two Presidents: How Media Treated Bush’s Unemployment #’s Compared to Obama’s
By Warner Todd Huston
Let’s take two reports from The New York Times for example

Stealth Motives
By Jeannie DeAngelis
For Barack, it's high time for a distraction

Obama’s F22, Climategate and IED Dog
By Daniel Greenfield
Obama's speech was a failure on both sides

Obama the Puppet
By Bob Beers
He Fills the position of POTUS but is he really the one in command?

Soros Election Theft Project
By Matthew Vadum
George Soros's continuing effort to steal elections: Installing left-wing Democrats as secretaries of state across the nation

American Freedom

Secession, Military Coups and Other Happy Talk in the Age of Obama
By Claude Sandroff
Obama is in fact breathing new life into a series of secession movements

Have We Become a Nation of Wimps?
By Ron Ewart
President Reagan did not shrink in fear of the Soviet Union. He challenged it. He did not appease or apologize to the Soviets.

American Life

America’s Photo Gallery
By Editor
America in Pictures

Rebutting the Saudi Smear Campaign Against Wafa Sultan
By Daniel Greenfield
Wafa Sultan's book, A God Who Hates, Criticism of Islam

Smoke, Smoke, Smoke that Cigarette
By Michael R. Shannon
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies

Global Warming

Met Office to re-examine 160 years of climate data
By Editor
The Met Office database is one of three main sources of temperature data analysis

Scientists ask American Physical Society to rescind support for man-made global warming theory
By Editor
Climategate and the American Physical Society

Climategate: Who, What, When, Where
By EPW Blog
EPW Polict Beat

Produce Proof for Scare Forecasts
By Viv Forbes
Evidence that the 21 year solar cycle is the major determinant of rainfall variations

“Unforeseen Changes” Derail Gore’s $1,200 Scam
By John Lillpop
Does “ClimateGate” ring a bell?

The Gall of Liars
By Barry Napier
Greens Brazen It Out


ACLU Court Order Forces Christians Into the Closet at Santa Rosa County Schools
By Christian Newswire
CEAI is seeking to intervene to protect the rights of District employees

Finance, Economy

A Christmas Wish List for Taxpayers
By Kevin Gaudet
Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Southern Crescent Tea Party Patriots Meet Tonight

Southern Crescent Tea Party Patriots invites you to meet at 7:00 pm at J. Christopher's in Peachtree City (Georgia) on Thursday, December 3rd. Meeting topic: Health Care Reform, featured speaker Marty Harbin.

***(Note: we are looking to organize a Rapid Response Team to respond to the frequent urgent requests for action to Congress and the Administration! Please consider signing up at the meeting or emailing us at pht@ebsouth.com.)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Nelson, Specter must wrestle with anti-tax pledge in health debate

The Senate healthcare bill presents a tricky political challenge to Sens. Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Arlen Specter (Pa.), the only two Democrats in the Senate to have signed anti-tax pledges.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/69603-nelson-specter-must-wrestle-with-anti-tax-pledge-during-healthcare-debate

By Alexander Bolton

Minister Livnat: US administration is 'horrible'

A day after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that the security cabinet had approved a partial moratorium on building in the West Bank, Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat launched an unprecedented attack on US President Barack Obama. Speaking at a Likud activists' meeting in Beersheba, Livnat said that Israel had "fallen into the hands of a horrible American administration." http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1259243016472&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

(Tnx to Grace TA on FB for sharing)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Health Care Reform – What’s Next? 9-12 Meeting, Fayette, GA

The Fayette-Coweta chapter of the Glenn Beck 9-12 Project is hosting a free admission meeting Tuesday evening December 8th from 7:00 – 8:15 pm in the lower-level meeting room of the Peachtree City Library, 201 Willowbend (s.e. corner of Hwy 54 and Willowbend).

Gerry Purcell of Alpharetta, national health care reform advocate, insurance expert and 2010 candidate for Georgia Insurance Commissioner, and Dr. James T. Sandwich, MD of Fayetteville, well-known health care speaker, will discuss the proposed government-run federal health care program. Find out what effect it will have on you and your family.

For more information contact: Jim Richter 770-632-9618 or Tracy Hulan 678-467-5525 – email: jimric314@gmail.com

Southern Crescent Tea Party Patriots Meeting Dec 3

Due to concern that US Senate will vote on or before Christmas Eve to pass Governement Run Healthcare Bill?

Cap & Trade (Cap & Tax) is hiding between curtain number #2 and is being worked on in the back room and will be up for vote in blink of eye~!

For that reason we are holding an urgent meeting.

Southern Crescent Tea Party Patriots Meeting
Thursday December 3rd, 2009

J Christophers Restaurant
Westpark Shopping Center
Intersection Hwy 74 & Hwy 54
Peachtree City GA.

For more information please visit www.sctpp.org

Letter to the President

I'm not even going to bother Snope-ing this one... real or not, he says what many, many of are thinking and does it well:

This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, Until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of
Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish. I can't figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like: "We're no longer a Christian nation", "America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world, "America is mean-spirited." Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said, "America hasn't lived up to her ideals." Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality better than discrimnation. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of Murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.

Harold B. Estes

When a 95 year old hero of the "the Greatest Generation" stands up and speaks out like this, I think we owe it to him to send his words to as many Americans as we can. Please pass it on.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

American Association for Homecare Endorses New U.S. Senate Bill, the 'Prevent Health Care Fraud Act of 2009'

Just interesting...

/PRNewswire/ -- The American Association for Homecare endorses the new "Prevent Health Care Fraud Act of 2009," S. 2128, which is designed to substantially improve tools and resources available to prevent fraud in Medicare. The bill was introduced by Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.).

The LeMieux bill contains several provisions the American Association for Homecare outlined in its 13-point anti-fraud action plan, which the Association proposed to Congress in February. Those provisions include calling for real-time audits and screens to catch fraudulent claims, more site inspections to ensure that Medicare allows only legitimate home medical equipment providers to file reimbursement claims, and a dedicated office at the federal government level to combat Medicare fraud. The Association has also recommended that more funding be made available to federal fraud fighters. See the Association's full 13-point plan at www.aahomecare.org/stopfraud... read more: American Association for Homecare Endorses New U.S. Senate Bill, the 'Prevent Health Care Fraud Act of 2009'

Saturday, November 21, 2009

McConnell: Dems have health votes, but GOP won't give up

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Saturday conceded the odds of successful passage of healthcare reform appears to favor Democrats, but promised Republicans will keep trying to block it. By J. Taylor Rushing
Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/68985-mcconnell-dems-have-votes-to-pass-reform-but-gop-wont-stop-opposing

Political Shell Games Will Change the Entire Game

The Bluedog Dems who votes yes tonight are playing their own shell game version. It will be simply be nothing more than an attempt to cover their own butts.

By voting yes tonight and submitting to their Democrat bosses they enable the ultimate passage of the health care bill and take over of our country. When they later vote NO on the bill, they'll be able to parade around in their district and say they did the right thing.

They know what they're doing. We know what they are doing.

They are selling their souls for the almighty votes that they hope will keep them safe and allow them to skate back into power.

It's corrupt. It's a corruption of their soul, of their moral compass.

It's corrupt the way Reid and Pelosi can hand out our tax dollars as bribes to garner votes. I knew it was a sick system prior to this, but this rush to kill our country, to get what they want, to ignore the majority of Americans, to put their need for power above what is best for the country they espouse to love, is disgusting, is evil.

I will do whatever I can to help get rid of every single person who votes yes tonight. I will do whatever I can to help kick everyone who's in power out of office next year and again in 2012.

I'm not alone. As I talk to friends across the country who've never gotten up off their couches to vote, to be involved, they're saying they will be putting down the remote and getting involved. They may be too late to stop tonight, but here's a warning to every power-hungry, egotistical politician who thinks they know better than the average American system: The people are awake, they are watching, they are getting involved and if there's any way possible they're going to make you have to take a real job come 2010 and 2012.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Global Climate Center Hacked, Confirmed

Earlier today I posted a story abt a global climate group being hacked, emails showed they'd manipulated data... wasn't sure at that point if it was really true. Probably by now most of you know it's been confirmed that it's legit, they were hacked. I popped over to their site & it even has a message saying they're on emergency backup... I bet ol' Al Gore is sweating enough to start his own global warm-up ... Here's the last story I found:

"Global Warming" SCAM - Hack/Leak FLASH

Apparently a "Global Climate Center" was hacked and the contents have been posted to the Internet. A ZIP file exceeding 60MB and containing a huge number of emails and other documents has been posted worldwide.

Original speculation as to whether the files posted were legitimate or some sort of spoof appears to now be confirmed as legitimate:

“It was a hacker. We were aware of this about three or four days ago that someone had hacked into our system and taken and copied loads of data files and emails.”

I have not had time to read all of the material yet (there are over a thousand files involved!) but what I have skimmed looks VERY damning. Contained within the documents are what appear to be admissions of intentional tampering with data as well as intentional falsification of results to "show" man-made global warming.

One of the emails says:

"I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline."

That is, to hide a decline in global temperatures.


Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked – hundreds of files released

The details on this are still sketchy, we’ll probably never know what went on. But it appears that University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit has been hacked and many many files have been released by the hacker or person unknown.

UPDATE: Response from CRU in interview with another website, see end of this post.


Thanks much to Maria Celeste on Facebook for this one (didn't want to us entire name, blast to the world...). If it turns out to be true, WOW, it's going to be big.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

FEMA, floods and Illegals...

My sister's house ended up with 4 feet of water in it during the recent Georgia flood. She thought she was lucky as she had flood insurance. Not.

Turns out flood insurance, which costs her somewhere in the neighborhood of $600 to $700 a year (on top of regular home insurance) has extensive limits. It doesn't cover the repair of fences that are destroyed by trees that are knocked down, or the knocked down trees, ditto with porches, most basements, etc., etc. Her neighbor had just completely built in his basement, furnished it, put in a bathroom, etc. It wasn't covered because it was cinder block or something silly like that... he was in the driveway crying, really crying, after the adjuster left.

The water hit right at the 4ft mark at my sister's house, which means that they wouldn't repair anything above that mark... even though the water soaked up the walls and ruined the upstairs, buckled her new hardwood floors, left mildew all inside the walls up to the ceiling, etc. Half an inch more water and the rest of the house would have been covered I gather!

The kicker is that since she has flood insurance, regular insurance wouldn't cover the other stuff either --- it was flood related.

And FEMA? Well, she has flood insurance... FEMA might have paid for her hotel expenses for a while, but the adjuster (or whatever they're called) thought it was safe for her to live in the place with the mildew, wet, etc. (with a three-year old). Then, after she yelled loud enough (after reading the bit at the end of this post), they said sure they'd give her something normally, but they showed she was trying to sell her house and thus they couldn't. She's not trying to sell her house.

It seems it might have been better off if she didn't have flood insurance because then FEMA would cover more based on what I've heard and read from those affected by the floods.

How's flood insurance work? It's government run. Need I say more? But I will...

The way I understand it, insurance companies simply act as a type of broker for government run flood insurance. You can't buy private flood insurance. Way back when the government started offering flood insurance the insurance companies couldn't compete. They got out of it entirely.

I could regale you with more horror tales from my sister's experience over the past few months, but there's not enough space on the Internet to cover the craziness. It was a real eye-opener for me, and for my sis. It has been the most aggravating part of the flood. She lost so much... photos, years of memories, her school annuals to things passed down through the family to things she was saving for her grandchildren to come. You can't imagine until you've been through something like that just how devastating it can be to sift through a lifetime of gooey, moldy, smelly memories. To have to deal with the government on top of that is like pouring acid into a wound.

I want to leave you with this from FEMA:

If I am an undocumented immigrant, am I eligible for assistance for disaster-related needs?

- Yes, you may be eligible under many different programs run by state and local agencies and voluntary agencies for various types of cash assistance.

If I am an undocumented immigrant, am I eligible for any assistance from FEMA?

- You may be eligible for short-term, non-cash, emergency aid provided by FEMA.
- You will not be personally eligible for FEMA cash assistance programs (Individuals and Households Program Assistance); however, you may apply on behalf of your U.S. citizen child, or another adult household member may qualify the household for assistance.
- Even if you or your family does not qualify for FEMA cash assistance (Individuals and Households Program Assistance), please call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY for hearing/speech-impaired) for information and to be referred to other programs that can assist you regardless of your immigration status.

If I am an undocumented immigrant, can I apply on behalf of my child who was born in the United States?

- You can apply on behalf of your minor child (under 18 years of age) for FEMA cash assistance (Individuals and Households Program Assistance) if you live together.
- You will not have to provide any information on your immigration status or sign any documents regarding your status.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

CMS: House health bill will hike costs $289B

The House-approved healthcare overhaul would raise the costs of healthcare by $289 billion over the next 10 years, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan, independent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/67791-cms-house-health-bill-will-hike-costs-289b

Multi-million pound UK company imposes "toilet tax" to save expenses!

A multi-million pound company in the UK has come up with an "outrageous" plan to save expenses - workers are charged on the amount of time they spend in the restroom and their salary is deducted accordingly.

Although, Dunbia, the Ulster-based meat supplying company says the scheme was implemented due to health and safety issues and an additional allowance was being given to cover the "toilet tax, some of the 300 people employed with the firm are disappointed that it is costing them nearly 30pounds a week to answer the nature's call.


Thanks to Paul R. Green on Facebook for finding & sharing this one...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Milton Friedman - Socialism vs. Capitalism

Here's a debate starter...

It Isn't Political Correctness, It's Shariah

In surveying the cultural carnage in the wake of the worst terrorist attack on a military installation in US history, it bears noting that there have been seismic shifts in America. When America was free of the shackles of Islam, say, fifty years ago, the current response to such an attack by an enemy faction would have been unthinkable.

I have watched in abject horror the stunning reaction of elites in this country to this act of war. The denial, the submission, the excuses, the dodging, the self-flagellation, the shame, the deceiving of the American people by the media, the military, society, law enforcement, authorities and politicians, all the way up to and including the White House, amounts to the enforcement of Shariah law.

Shariah law forbids criticism of Islam. And here we are.

American Thinker, by Pamela Geller: http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/11/it_isnt_political_correctness.html

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Connect the HUGE dots...

Scan the news and it's obvious where this president (with a little p, I don't think he deserves a cap) is trying, and succeeding to some degree, to take our country. Read thru the pelosi-care bill... it's all about dropping the government right into the middle of our homes, our privacy, our freedom. Look what is being done with the porkulus bill. Government Motors. Union involvement in White House policies. Union thugary. The Obama Czars. Salaries for free-market companies being decided by the government. Cap and Tax. Uh, uh, uh, Barack Hussein Obama. Going after Fox News. The list goes on so long I can't begin to recite it all.

It's been less than a year and look where we are. Imagine what the future will bring if we don't stop this march to socialism, to government intrusion and take over? I shudder.

Here's the latest (for the moment):

Bill gives Fed new power to police risk
The Federal Reserve stands to gain substantial new authority under financial reform legislation, despite increasing skepticism from lawmakers in both parties over the central bank’s unchecked powers over the U.S. economy.
Under the final piece of the House reform package being assembled by Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, the Fed would join seven other regulators to form an oversight council to police financial firms that threaten the stability of the banking system.

Wake Up America!!! Pay attention. Look at those you're going to elect next year closely. Get to know them. Start watching the news, reading the news, sign up for Twitter, Facebook and get on some lists. Look at both sides, don't just immerse yourself in one political party. Step outside your comfort zone politically. Stop swallowing what passes for news on the non-cable stations, get more than sound-bites! Get involved in your community. Start by electing people at the local level who will protect your freedoms. Write letters to the Editor, to your elected Representatives, even to the President if you're brave enough. Again, the list of ways you can have an impact on the country's future are long and varied. Find a way to use your talents, your skills and abilities to help.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

You go Rep. Souder! Proud of ya...

Thanks to Gateway Pundit via Vivian on Facebook for sharing this one!http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2009/11/too-funny-rep-mark-souder-busts-pelosi-after-her-sappy-teddycare-speech-on-house-floor-video/

Judicial Watch Obtains New CIA Documents on Terrorist Interrogations

New CIA report concludes: "Detainee reporting accounts for more than half of all HUMINT reporting on al-Qa'ida since the program began..."

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained new documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding the results of the detainee interrogation program. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed on July 14, 2009, include two new versions of a report previously released to Judicial Watch in August, entitled, "Detainee Reporting Pivotal for the War Against Al-Qa'ida."

These new reports, dated June 1, 2005 and July 12, 2005, contain some different information than the previously released report, dated June 3, 2005. Notably, the June 1, 2005 report concludes that "Detainee reporting accounts for more than half of all HUMINT reporting on al-Qa'ida since the program began..." This fact is missing from the other two later reports.

The June 1, 2005 report also has additional pages of redacted material. All three reports conclude: "One of the gains to detaining the additional terrorists has been the thwarting of a number of al-Qa'ida operations in the United States and overseas."

(The previously released June 3, 2005 report notes "...detainees in mid-2003 helped us build a list of approximately 70 individuals – many of whom we had never heard of before – that al-Qa'ida deemed suitable for Western operations.")

On March 31, 2009, Vice President Cheney personally issued a request to the National Archives Presidential Libraries section for declassification review of the June 1, 2005 and another detainee program report. The Archives then passed on the request to the CIA for review on April 8, 2009. Judicial Watch sought these reports after it became apparent that they would not be released by the Obama administration in a timely fashion. Only last week was the specific June 1, 2005 report that Vice President sought evidently released to Judicial Watch. Vice President Cheney said these documents show the effectiveness of enhanced interrogation techniques that were used on some detained terrorists, such as Khalid Shaykh Muhammad and Abu Zubaydah.

In March, President Obama overruled objections from national security officials and released documents detailing the government's enhanced interrogation program of terrorists (the so-called "torture" memos). However, President Obama initially withheld information detailing the results of this program, including alleged terrorist plots that the program prevented.

"All of these CIA documents come to the same conclusion: Detainee interrogations are effective and have helped save lives in the United States and overseas," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "The Obama administration initially attempted to conceal the effectiveness of detainee interrogations by cherry picking documents to support its view on the interrogation program. We're pleased we have been able to provide the American people with more of the truth about the effectiveness of terrorist detainee interrogations."

Note: Thanks to Cheryl for tagging me on this one! - Janet

PELOSI: Buy a $15,000 Policy or Go to Jail

JCT Confirms Failure to Comply with Democrats’ Mandate Can Lead to 5 Years in Jail

Today {Friday}, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail. The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail. It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.”

Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:

“H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]
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“If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]
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“Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.” [page 3]

When confronted with this same issue during its consideration of a similar individual mandate tax, the Senate Finance Committee worked on a bipartisan basis to include language in its bill that shielded Americans from civil and criminal penalties. The Pelosi bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.

“The Senate Finance Committee had the good sense to eliminate the extreme penalty of incarceration. Speaker Pelosi’s decision to leave in the jail time provision is a threat to every family who cannot afford the $15,000 premium her plan creates. Fortunately, Republicans have an alternative that will lower health insurance costs without raising taxes or cutting Medicare,” said Camp.

According to the Congressional Budget Office the lowest cost family non-group plan under the Speaker’s bill would cost $15,000 in 2016.

Friday, November 6, 2009

LAST CHANCE TO CALL: Congress Will Vote Tomorrow to Fund Abortion in Health Care

Call/Email Your Member of Congress and ask him/her to oppose the "Rule" if it does not allow a vote on the Stupak anti-abortion funding amendment

On Saturday, Congress will vote on the massive health care legislation which currently will spend your money on all elective abortion! Speaker Nancy Pelosi's health care bill authorizes the government run "public option" to fund elective abortion and would subsidize private plans that cover elective abortion. Pro-life Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak and Republican Rep. Joe Pitts want to offer a pro-life amendment to strike the abortion funding from the bill. However, Speaker Pelosi won't allow it. Instead, they have inserted a fake "compromise" to allow the government to fund abortion through private contractors, but this would still be GOVERNMENT funding of abortion (Medicare also uses private contractors to process fees and no one would call Medicare "private" funding.)

Speaker Pelosi will not allow a vote on a true amendment that would stop funding of abortion so you need to ask your Representative today to oppose the Rule that prevents a vote on the Stupak-Pitts amendment. And if that Rule passes they need to oppose final passage of the bill.
LAST CHANCE TO CALL BEFORE THE VOTE SATURDAY!!! Call your Member of Congress by contacting the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121 or email them here.

Call/Email Your Member of Congress and ask him/her to oppose the "Rule" if it does not allow a vote on the Stupak anti-abortion funding amendment

Tony Perkins
FRC Action:
801 G Street N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
P: 202/393-2100 or 877/372-2808
W: frcaction.org

Rally Johnstown, PA SATURDAY

Friends: Tim Burns, a conservative Republican running against John Murtha will be holding an emergency meeting in front of Murtha's Johnstown, PA office at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (tomorrow). The rally will be held to urge Murtha to embrace political reality and vote AGAINST Nancy Pelosi's destructive health care bill, which will come up for passage (or rejection) on the House floor this weekend.

As part of your own commitment to our beloved country, please attend this rally if you can . . . and meet Tim Burns, who has a good chance of beating Murtha in Nov., 2010.

If you know anyone who lives in western Pennsylvania, particulary the 12th Congressional District, please tell them about the rally . . . and ask them to attend.

If you live far away, please call Murtha's office and urge him to vote against H.R. 3962 ("NancyCare"). His DC office number is: 202-225-2065.

Also, please bring Burns's campaign to the attention of all patriots across America. Because Murtha has sold out to every special interest group imaginable, it will take a national effort to defeat this man.


Steve Maloney
Ambridge, PA
TimBurnsforCongress (Burns -- R -- against Murtha - D, PA 12th)
KeithRothfussforCongress (Rothfuss -- R -- against Altmire - D, PA 4th)
KJeneretteforCongress (Jenerette -- R -- against Brown - R, SC 1st)
CarlyforSenate (Fiorina - R -- against Boxer -- D, CA, U.S. Senate)
RubioforSenate (Rubio - R - against Crist -- R, FL, U.S. Senate)
ToomeyforSenate (Toomey - R -- against Specter or Sestak, PA, U.S. Senate)

URGENT: Final Battle Against Pelosi-Care in the House Tomorrow!

I just wanted to send a quick note to you about an urgent matter. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning to ram her healthcare bill through tomorrow, November 7th. We are asking all FreedomWorks members around the country to make urgent phone calls today and tomorrow to the swing votes in the House. Click here to begin calling these key 21 House Members to tell them to VOTE NO on Pelosi-Care.

If you have even 15 minutes today, please also go visit your local Congressional office and tell the staff that your Congressman should VOTE NO on Pelosi-Care tomorrow. You can find a list of congressional offices here.

Finally, if you live in DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia, please join us tomorrow at 1:00pm on the East Steps of the US Capitol Building in Washington, as we stand outside in solidarity against Pelosi-Care. This is our last chance to convince the Congressmen who haven't made up their minds to VOTE NO.

All of you have given so much of your time, money and energy to defend liberty. You are an inspiration to me and my staff. You are making a difference, and your last minute phone calls and congressional office visits could be the key to victory tomorrow. Thanks again, and let's fight this bill together for the next couple of days.

Freedom Works,
Dick Armey

Unemployment Hits 10.2 Percent...

How many more jobs will Obama kill?
Unemployment has hit 10.2 percent, the highest level since the 1983 recession. Obama administration officials will no doubt try to spin this latest bad economic news by noting that unemployment is typically a "lagging indicator." That was true in the old days, but it won't cut it in the age of the global economy and Internet-driven 24/7 news cycle. Unemployment may now be something of a leading indicator because business executives make decisions about whether to invest in new jobs much more quickly and based on vastly more data...


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hoffman a Win

What? a win? I know, I know, Doug Hoffman lost in the ballot box. But I don't count it as a loss, at least for those of us out here fighting for the heart and soul of America. Yes, it would have been a better win if he'd actually won, but it's still a win.

How so?

The conservative voice, the true conservative voice as opposed to those who play games in Washington, took out the candidate who called herself a Republican. We sent a message and it resounded across the country.

Sure, the RINO screwed her would-be constituents and screwed the election outcome with her tantrum this past weekend, but what else would you expect from a liberal?

If she had been an honorable person and not been such a spiteful child, she could have graciously backed out and then backed the true Republican in the race. She stomped her feet, proved how horrible she would have been as an elected official had she won, and managed to take down her opponent. Nasty politics, nasty person.

Scuzzyfavors (sf), aka Dede Scozzafava, took 6% of the vote. With that 6% there's a good chance Hoffman would have had a clear win. If sf had been a stand-up person of quality, she would have been standing by Hoffman's side and would have tossed her support to him. The 6% were probably for the most part sf's die-hard supporters who would have voted Hoffman or stayed home if she'd been a person of character. If they stayed home or voted Hoffman, he'd have won. I'd guess a percentage of those who voted for sf might have done so because they always punched a Republican ticket, no matter what, but I don't think there would have been many of those...

sf aside, the numbers aside, I think our big win was in sending a message to the power-brokers, the Republican hierarchy, that we're out here and we're voting conservative. We aren't going to support those who aren't true-blue, through and through, believers in American values.

When you combine sf's numbers and Hoffman's numbers, the conservative voters were out in higher numbers than those of the Dem/Lib. The majority voted conservative. Period.

More and more Republicans and Democrats are calling themselves Independents. We're tired of politics as usual. We're tired of those in D.C. and locally who pander to us, who don't listen, who play power games.

A lot of the pundits are talking about all the conservative support that went Hoffman's way... Sarah Palin, Fred Thompson, Glenn Beck, the Tea Party movement, etc., etc. They're saying it's a referendum, negatively, on the conservative movement.

Not so.

I don't vote based on who endorses who, and I don't think the majority of voters are wowed by "celebrities" or endorsements by those who don't live in our neighborhoods. Sure, all the star power behind Hoffman did a great thing: it brought attention to the race locally, it made people aware of the true nature of the candidates. Without all the attention most conservative voters would have walked into the ballot box and checked the candidate with the "R" beside her name.

With the status-quo Republican elite backing sf, it would have been tough for the Party faithful to consider the "I" in the race. I've been involved in "R" politics for too long not to understand that one...

Unfortunately, I think the ummph and attention came too late, and to some degree it may have backfired. There are a lot of people who get irritated when outsiders try to come into their homes and try to tell them how to vote.

I think the duplicity of the Republican Party was also another factor. First they back a liberal RINO, then they want the voters to follow their lead and vote for another candidate? while "their" candidate is still in the race? Oh no Mr. and Ms. Republican Leader, you screwed up. You lost credibility. Vet your candidates. Listen to those of us out here who haven't minded having that "R" attached to us in the past... the past... the past...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Employers for a Health Economy YouTube - Spread it around!

Employers for a Healthy Economy
A new coalition of leading employer associations representing hundreds of thousands of businesses of all sizes from all 50 states and nearly every sector of the economy today launched a nationwide advertising campaign targeting the health care bill in the House of Representatives. Employers for a Healthy Economy strongly supports health care reform that lowers costs and provides access to health care for millions of Americans. However, the pending legislation will only drive up costs and further imperil our nation’s economy.

The coalition warns in a new ad -- "Millions" -- that the House health care proposal could wipe out even more jobs, raise costs, and put employers’ and employees’ current health care benefits at risk... http://www.chamberpost.com/2009/11/employers-for-a-healthy-economy.html

Friday, October 30, 2009

Rep. Miller: No amendments likely on healthcare bill

A House Democratic leader strongly hinted Friday that amendments won't be allowed on the healthcare bill.
By Mike Soraghan

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/65635-rep-miller-no-amendments-likely-on-healthcare-bill

New Democratic Health Bill Strips Federal Pro-Life Protections

Yesterday, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leadership introduced a new version of the "Affordable Health Care for America Act" which provides federal funds for elective abortion, reauthorizes Indian Health Care without adding the Hyde Amendment, and mandates providing information about physician-assisted suicide in certain states.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement concerning the new proposal:

"Speaker Pelosi might as well rename her bill the 'Government Funded Abortions for America Act.' This almost 2,000 page bill, which will cost more than one trillion dollars, guts the Hyde Amendment abortion funding ban by explicitly authorizing federal funding for elective abortion funding in the government option. The bill also subsidizes health plans that cover all elective abortions.

"Speaker Pelosi's commitment to federally funded abortion is, apparently, absolute. She is ignoring the roughly 70 percent of the American people who, polls show, consistently oppose federal funding of elective abortion, which indisputably is what this new health bill does.

"In another gift to the abortion industry, she added the Indian Health provision to the bill without a permanent abortion funding ban. Such a provision passed in the Senate in the last Congress, but Speaker Pelosi is so desperate to avoid adding the Hyde Amendment to the overall health care bill that she avoided adding this provision to permanently exclude paying for abortion in this new section on Indian Health Care.

"Even more blatantly, Speaker Pelosi took out a key provision that would ensure that when patients are given information on end-of-life options it would not include physician-assisted suicide. Instead, she offered the new bill that includes end-of-life 'counseling' without ensuring that such 'counseling' will not encourage physician-assisted suicide as already occurs in Oregon and Washington.

"From womb to tomb, this legislation would use funds garnered from taxpayers to fund abortions and encourage seniors to end their lives early in states such as Oregon and Washington. Consequently, it is paramount that Members of both parties support amendments to prevent a massive new wave of federal funding for abortion, to permanently prevent abortion funding in Indian Health and to re-insert the language preventing physician assisted suicide 'counseling'."

Tea Party Express... check 'em out, be there when they get to your neighborhood

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Comprehensive List of All Tax Hikes in House Government Health Bill

Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324): Non-prescription medications would no longer be able to be purchased from health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Insulin excepted.

Cap on FSAs (Page 325): FSAs would face an annual cap of $2500 (currently uncapped).

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326): Non-qualified distributions from HSAs would face an additional tax of 20 percent (current law is 10 percent). This disadvantages HSAs relative to other tax-free accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 plans, etc.)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327): This would further erode private sector participation in delivery of Medicare services.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336): Imposes an income surtax of 5.4 percent on MAGI over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). MAGI adds back in the itemized deduction for margin loan interest. This would raise the top marginal tax rate in 2011 from 39.6 percent under current law to 45 percent—a new effective top rate.

Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339): Imposes a new excise tax on medical device manufacturers equal to 2.5 percent of the wholesale price. It excludes retail sales and unspecified medical devices sold to the general public.

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344): Requires that 1099-MISC forms be issued to corporations as well as persons for trade or business payments. Current law limits to just persons for small business compliance complexity reasons. Also expands reporting to exchanges of property.

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345): Delays for nine years the worldwide allocation of interest, a corporate tax relief provision from the American Jobs Creation Act

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346): Increases taxes on U.S. employers with overseas operations looking to avoid double taxation of earnings.

Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349): Empowers the IRS to disallow a perfectly legal tax deduction or other tax relief merely because the IRS deems that the motive of the taxpayer was not primarily business-related.

Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357): Publicly-traded partnerships and corporations with annual gross receipts in excess of $100 million have raised standards on penalties. If there is a tax underpayment by these taxpayers, they must be able to prove that the estimated tax paid would have more likely than not been sufficient to cover final tax liability.

For more information, contact ATR Tax Policy Director Ryan Ellis at rellis@atr.org

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The reason Obama is putting off a decision on Afghanistan

If he does the right thing, does what General McCrystal is asking... BEFORE the November election, then he riles up his far-left liberally liberal base. If he decides not to send the needed soldiers, he riles up the moderates, the Independents and the Republicans and gives them more reasons to come out and vote against Democratic candidates.

Either way he will be blamed for any Democratic loses. Politically, he can't afford to make a decision before the elections.

I believe he was relieved when it turned out he had an excuse, a weak one at best, but still a hat rack he could hang his indecision on. Wouldn't surprise me to find out he pushed for the Karzai / Abdullah run-off, did some behind the scenes manipulations to get the outcome he needed.

Our soldiers, our fellow Americans fighting for us, for our country deserve a Commander in Chief who thinks more of them than he does his own political skin. Get some backbone Obama and quit playing games with the lives of our friends and families who are fighting the war you said was so critical.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Specter: Dems have 60 cloture votes for public option

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Thursday said that Democrats have 60 votes for cloture on a healthcare bill with a national public health insurance option.

By Jordan Fabian

Whip count shows Democrats lack votes on 'robust' public option
By Mike Soraghan

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drive for a public option in healthcare reform ran into turbulence Thursday when a survey of her caucus showed she needs more votes to pass such a bill.

Healthcare for Christmas: Reid under pressure to go slow
By Alexander Bolton

The healthcare reform debate will be pushed deep into December and possibly beyond by a lengthy floor debate, several senators predicted Thursday.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

AIM talks w Sen. Inhofe re: health care

Couple of Health Care Headlines

I'm crunching on a deadline, but couldn't help but peek at the headlines this morning... especially after walking on the treadmill listening to Fox & Friends, the REAL news channel.

Medicare for everyone
By Mike Soraghan
Say hello to "Medicare Part E" - as in, "Medicare for Everyone." House Democrats are looking at re-branding the public health insurance option as Medicare, an established government healthcare program that is better known than the public option.

Dem thumbs down to Reid doctors deal
By Alexander Bolton
A group of Senate Democrats is threatening to derail a deal Majority Leader Harry Reid offered to doctors in exchange for their support of President Barack Obama's healthcare initiative.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Atlanta Area Protesters at CNN's Headquarters

From Southern Crescent Tea Party Patriots:

Protesters target media: 'Can you hear us now?'

Thousands of Americans demand mainstream media listen to outcry!

Thanks to those who traveled from the southern crescent to downtown Atlanta this past Saturday to let the media know that we want unbiased news coverage! The turnout in Atlanta is believed to be the largest in the country. For entire story, click here: WorldNet Daily.

Another article on Dem Dealin' re: Health Care

My last blog referred to Reid's efforts to bring doctors on board by promising them something they should already have... basically he says, we won't hold the double-edged sword over your head for a while if you'll smile for a real doctor photo op with Obama and friends...

Keep in mind when you read the following that the AMA represents AT MOST 17% of doctors and that many of them are leaving the group or are opposed to the AMA's stance. And, we all know AARP is nothing but a flip-flopping fawning pawn going to the one who's promising them the world... safety... protection... money... security... all lies, but hey, if you've read all the stuff that happened back when the world was sliding toward World War II, when countries made the shift to communism, socialism, dictatorships, there were always short-sited sell-outs who somehow thought their butt wouldn't be on the chopping block if they played nice... Sumbuddy be blowin' smoke and these folks are inhaling deeply.

Budget tricks rife in health reform effort

Advocates of health care reform are relying on budget manipulations to stick with President Obama's pledge to overhaul the system without adding to the deficit, critics on and off Capitol Hill say....

..."The very act of separately passing the 10-year physician-payment patch, without paying for it, before passing health care reform undermines [the Democrats'] credibility and the confidence that they will make the hard choices necessary to make sure that reform is fiscally responsible," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, says the move is simply to address an annual problem that must be fixed to ensure doctors can treat senior citizens.

"Physicians, you know, they go into medicine to take care of people, and when they are faced with a situation where if they see a Medicare patient, they can't even pay their overhead, that doesn't speak well for our Medicare system," Mr. Reid said.

Both the American Medical Association and the AARP are lobbying hard in support of the measure.

"Those who are concerned about waiving budget requirements should recognize that the past practice of 'temporary band-aids' on the [rates] has only served to increase both the size of future cuts and the cost of subsequent interventions. That is neither responsible budget policy nor in keeping with our obligations to provide access, choice and quality care," the groups said in a letter to Congress....


Wheelin' and Dealin'

Reid is offering doctors a deal. If they'll support killing their future, hurting their patients, cutting seniors' health benefits, then he, Reid, will freeze cuts in Medicare payments.

Hmmm, let's think about how this is going to work.

The doctors are getting shafted now when it comes to Medicare, they are paying extra staff just to take care of the paperwork involved, many have stopped taking Medicare already, budget cuts across the country are delaying whatever paltry payments they receive... but Reid is going to ensure it doesn't get worse.

Oh, wait, he's not going to ensure it doesn't get worse, he's just going to freeze cuts. For now.

He can only promise to put something in the bill, he can't guarantee that 1) it'll make it through the entire process and 2) if it does, that next year they won't vote in a change.

If Reid and friends are attempting this kind of fraudulent wheelin' and dealin' with doctors, can you imagine the deals that are going on behind closed doors?

Saw the bill from the Senate this morning on Fox & Friends. 1502 pages and they haven't even begun to start adding their wish lists and "tweaking" the thing.

The "public option" is back on the table again. Ya know, now that they got Olympia Snow to sell her soul to get it onto the floor 'cause it didn't have the pubic option??? Trust ain't a commodity that goes for much in Congress.

From The Hill:

Reid offers doctors a deal
By Alexander Bolton
The White House and Democratic leaders are offering doctors a deal: They'll freeze cuts in Medicare payments to doctors in exchange for doctors' support of healthcare reform.

Read more: http://www.thehill.com/homenews/senate/63811-reid-offers-docs-a-deal

Sunday, October 18, 2009

More on Target

I just posted an article from ALIPAC about Target removing a "politically incorrect" costume. Yep, they caved.

However, the store doesn't seem to have a problem in the world trashing President Bush or Hillary Clinton.

I was shopping in Target Friday and happened to walk by our local store's Halloween card section. A card with a mask of Obama on the cover caught my attention and I had to read. You'd think that since it was Halloween the card would have been scary, but nope, it had some mushy love Obama message.

No biggie, no problem with that. He's the Prez and it's OK to have a nice Halloween card about him.

But then I looked up at the cards above.

One was a card with President Bush saying something about having a third term... open it up and it's a message about scaring you to death.

There was another trashing Hillary Clinton... two women yakking about going as a bitch for Halloween...

Another that trashed George Bush and Dick Cheney.

I was disgusted. There was not one negative, scary Obama card... not like past Halloween holidays where Target had some for both sides of the aisle, poking fun equally.

So what's going on with Target? Scared to step on Obama's toes? Scared they'll be called racist? Scared that someone will picket or come after then because they dared to be fair? Why not just have the nice card about Obama and not carry the ones trashing Bush, Cheney or Clinton?

I plan to take another trip back to the local Target and check out the cards a bit more closely. I'm also going to take a look at the Halloween costumes. If after double checking I confirm my "findings" then yours truly will not be shopping at Target, and I'll certainly be encouraging others to do the same.

If you're looking for signs our country is undergoing a sea change, that's a small one in some ways, but it's a big one in others. It seems that every day I see more and more signs that things they be a changin' in our once-great-country. It's subtle in many cases, but when you stack 'em all together, we're in HUGE trouble. We can't afford to just write off these seemingly small things, we have to stand up, make noise... peacefully, but loudly and with clarity.

Illegal Alien Costumes Are Cool for Halloween!

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC's President William Gheen is offering to conduct interviews next week, while wearing the controversial illegal alien costume recently banned by Target at the request of a few pro-illegal immigrant groups.

"The illegal alien supporting groups in America are attacking free speech once again," said Gheen. "These are the same types of people that are trying to ban Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck from television. They want to control what people can see, hear, say, or even wear for Halloween in pursuit of their open borders agenda."

Gheen has ordered his costume through Amazon.com and is encouraging others to do the same to help protect the businesses that created and still distribute the costume. Businesses that value the freedoms and protections of American citizens should be rewarded, while businesses like Target that quickly cave to radical pro-illegal alien political groups should be rebuked.

Gheen hopes this controversy will backfire on the illegal immigrant supporters, and that demand for the illegal alien costumes will rise and quickly lead to sold out inventories.

The illegal alien costumes now qualify as collector items. CNN is reporting Gheen's initial comments in reaction to this new controversy.

"The only people getting upset are the hyper-sensitive, over-politically correct, pro-amnesty, illegal alien-supporting nuts," said Gheen. "You can't attack people's freedom in this country."

Upon further reflection, Gheen had this to offer. "Why is it that a few illegal alien supporters can get a global corporation like Target to remove all illegal alien costumes from their stores with a few calls but the over two hundred million Americans constituting the over 80% of us who want illegal aliens out of America make millions of calls to Congress and the President to no avail? " asked Gheen. "If someone really wanted to dress up as an illegal alien, they should dress up like President Obama's illegal alien Aunt Zeituni Onyango in Boston and hold a welfare check instead of a fake green card!"

The illegal alien costumes causing the furor are for sale online but have been removed from Target's online store. The costumes are of a space alien in an orange prisoner's jump suit holding a fake green card with the caption "illegal alien" across the chest area. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, ALIPAC, is one of America's largest grass roots organizations fighting for secure borders and the enforcement of our existing immigration laws. For more information visit www.alipac.us

Paid for by AMERICANS FOR LEGAL IMMIGRATION PAC http://www.alipac.us
Post Office Box 30966, Raleigh, NC 27622-0966 Tel: (919) 787-6009 Toll Free: (866) 703-0864 FEC ID: C00405878

CNN's Report: Illegal Immigrant activists call out 'Illegal Alien' costumes http://www.alipac.us/article-4604-thread-1-0.html

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Call to Action! (Tea Party)

Greetings Fellow Patriots,

The past couple of weeks, we have put the pressure on the Senate Finance committee to let them know that we do not want the government to takeover health care. The time has come where the legislation will be voted on within the next 2 to 3 weeks and we need to turn up the heat!

One of our messages over the next week needs to be No Vote for Cloture. This means that if we can get one Senator of 60 not to vote for cloture, we can kill the bill! We have learned from one health care expert, there are 13 Senators that we have the possibility of turning and voting NO! Of these 13 Senators, two are up for reelection in 2010. The time has come for us to target and pressure these 13 Senators! Will you do your part to help convince them that this government takeover of health care is not good for the American people? You can do your part and stand shoulder to shoulder with other Patriots this week by applying pressure to these 13 Senators.

We have made this easy for you. We have broken the country into five regions and the 13 Senators into five groups. Each day, you call and email the group of Senators that is assigned to your region of the country. This way, all 13 Senators will have a constant barrage of calls and emails all week. We need to make sure they feel the pressure daily.

All of the contact information is listed below the chart. It has been highly recommended that we target the Senators' local district offices when calling, as the local offices are not used to getting pressure like the DC offices. When making your calls and sending your emails, please be sure to make four simple points:

No Government Takeover of Health Care
No Public Option
No Mandates
No Vote for Cloture

Also, please email the Chief of Staff for each Senator!

Group 1 (Bayh, Bennett, Lieberman)
Group 2 (Nelson, Lincoln, Landrieu)
Group 3 (Pryor, Warner, Begich)
Group 4 (Byrd, Carper)
Group 5 (Webb, Tester)

South East

Group 2 (Nelson, Lincoln, Landrieu)
Group 3 (Pryor, Warner, Begich)
Group 4 (Byrd, Carper)
Group 5 (Webb, Tester)
Group 1 (Bayh, Bennett, Lieberman)

Mid West

Group 3 (Pryor, Warner, Begich)
Group 4 (Byrd, Carper)
Group 5 (Webb, Tester)
Group 1 (Bayh, Bennett, Lieberman)
Group 2 (Nelson, Lincoln, Landrieu)

North West

Group 4 (Byrd, Carper)
Group 5 (Webb, Tester)
Group 1 (Bayh, Bennett, Lieberman)
Group 2 (Nelson, Lincoln, Landrieu)
Group 3 (Pryor, Warner, Begich)

South West

Group 5 (Webb, Tester)
Group 1 (Bayh, Bennett, Lieberman)
Group 2 (Nelson, Lincoln, Landrieu)
Group 3 (Pryor, Warner, Begich)
Group 4 (Byrd, Carper)


Group #1 (Bayh, Bennet, Lieberman)
Group #2 (Nelson, Lincoln, Landrieu)
Group #3 (Pryor, Warner, Begich)
Group #4 (Byrd, Carper)
Group #5 (Webb, Tester)

REGIONS & Groups to Call by Day of Week

North East (Mon/1, Tues/2, Wed/3, Thur/4, Fri/5)
South East (Mon/2, Tues/3, Wed/4, Thur/5, Fri/1)
Mid West (Mon/3, Tues/4, Wed/5, Thur/1, Fri/2)
North West (Mon/4, Tues/5, Wed/1, Thur/2, Fri/3)
South West (Mon/5, Tues/1, Wed/2, Thur/3, Fri/4)

Of course, you can always do more and call more than just the one group assigned to your region that day! If you want to call more, I would suggest calling and emailing the Senators in group number one because these are the ones that are up for reelection in 2010. If you want to do even more, please focus on the Senate Finance Committee. You can get all of their contact information here.

Thanks for all you are doing to save our great capitalist society! Together we can Kill This Bill!

Group #1
Senator Evan Bayh (IN)
Chief of Staff: Thomas Sugar (thomas_sugar@bayh.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-5623 / (202) 228-1377 fax
Indianapolis (317) 554-0750 / (317) 554-0760 fax
Evansville (812) 465-6500 / (812) 465-6503 fax
Fort Wayne (260) 426-3151 / (260) 420-0060 fax
Hammond (219) 852-2763 / (219) 852-2787 fax
Jeffersonville (812) 218-2317 / (812) 218-2370 fax
South Bend (574) 236-8302 / (574) 236-8319 fax

Senator Michael Bennet (CO)
Chief of Staff: Jeff Lane (jeffrey_lane@bennet.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-5852 / (202) 228-5036
Denver (303) 455-7600 / (303) 455-8851 fax
Durango (970) 259-1710 / (970) 259-9789 fax
Colorado Springs (719) 328-1100 / (719) 328-1129 fax
Fort Collins (970) 224-2200 / (970) 224-2205 fax
Fort Morgan (970) 542-9446 / (970) 542-3088 fax
Grand Junction (970) 241-6631 / (970) 241-8313 fax
Pueblo (719) 542-7550 / (719) 542-7555 fax
Alamosa (719) 587-0096 / (719) 587-0098 fax

Senator Joe Lieberman (CT)
Chief of Staff: Clarine Riddle (clarine_riddle@lieberman.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-4041 / (202) 224-9750 fax
Hartford (860) 549-8463 / (866) 317-2242 fax

Group #2
Senator Bill Nelson (NE)
Chief of Staff: Tim Becker (timothy_becker@bennelson.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-6551 / (202) 228-0012 fax
Lincoln (402) 441-4600 / (402) 476-8753 fax
Omaha (402) 391-3411 / (402) 391-4725 fax

Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Chief of Staff: Elizabeth Burks (elizabeth_burks@lincoln.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-4843 / (202) 228-1371 fax
Little Rock (800) 352-9364 / (501) 375-7064 fax

Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
Chief of Staff: Jane Campbell (jane_campbell@landrieu.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-5824 / (202) 224-9735 fax
New Orleans (504) 589-2427 / (504) 589-4023 fax
Baton Rouge (225) 389-0395 / (225) 389-0660 fax
Shreveport (318) 676-3085 / (318) 676-3100 fax
Lake Charles (337) 436-6650 / (337) 439-3762 fax

Group #3
Senator Mark Pryor (AR)
Chief of Staff: Bob Russell (robert_russell@pryor.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-2353 / (202) 228-0908 fax
Little Rock (501) 324-6336 / (501) 324-5320 fax

Senator Mark Warner (VA)
Chief of Staff: Luke Albee (luke_albee@warner.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-2023 / (202) 224-6295 fax
Abingdon (276) 628-8158 / (276) 628-1036 fax
Norfolk (757) 441-3079 / (757) 441-6250 fax
Roanoke (540) 857-2676 / (540) 857-2800 fax
Midlothian (804) 739-0247 / (804) 739-3478 fax

Senator Mark Begich (AK)
Chief of Staff: David Ramseur (david_ramseur@begich.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-3004 / (202) 224-2354 fax
Anchorage (907) 271-5915 / (907) 258-9305 fax
Fairbanks (907) 456-0261 / (907) 451-7290 fax
Juneau (907) 586-7700 / (907) 586-7702 fax
Ketchikan (907) 225-3000 / (907) 247-3000 fax

Group #4
Senator Robert Byrd (WV)
Chief of Staff: Barbara Videnieks (barbara_videnieks@byrd.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-3954 / (202) 228-0002 fax
Charleston (304) 342-5855 / (304) 343-7144 fax
Martinsburg (304) 264-4626 / (304) 262-3039 fax

Senator Thomas Carper (DE)
Chief of Staff: Jim Reilly (james_reilly@carper.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-2441 / (202) 228-2190 fax
Wilmington (302) 573-6291 / (302) 573-6434 fax
Dover (302) 674-3308 / (302) 674-5464 fax
Georgetown (302) 856-7690 / (302) 856-3001 fax

Group #5
Senator Jim Webb (VA)
Chief of Staff: Paul Reagan (paul_reagan@webb.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-4024 / 202-228-6363 fax
Danville (434) 792-0976 / (434) 972-0960 fax
Virginia Beach (757) 518-1674 / (757) 518-1679 fax
Falls Church (703) 573-7090 / (703) 573-7098 fax
Norton (276) 679-4925 / (276) 679-4929 fax
Richmond (804) 771-2221 / (804) 771-8313 fax
Roanoke (540) 772-4236 / (540) 772-6870 fax

Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Chief of Staff (Deputy): Mary Walsh (mary_walsh@tester.senate.gov)
Washington, DC (202) 224-2644 / (202) 224-8594 fax
Billings (406) 252-0550 / (406) 252-7768 fax
Bozeman (406) 586-4450 / (406) 586-7647 fax
Butte (406) 723-3277 / (406) 782c8-4717 fax
Glendive (406) 365-2391 / (406) 365-8836 fax
Great Falls (406) 452-9585 / (406) 452-9586 fax
Helena (406) 449-5401 / (406) 449-5462 fax
Kalispell (406) 257-3360 / (406) 257-3974 fax
Missoula (406) 728-3003 / (406) 728-2193 fax

If you need any additional information, please let me know. Have a great week!

Amy Kremer
Tea Party Patriots, Founder & National Coordinator (http://teapartypatriots.org)
Atlanta Tea Party, Co-Chairman (http://atlantateaparty.net)
Tea Party Patriots Social Network, (http://teapartypatriots.ning.com/)