October 31, 2010
Jack Kemp discusses Blue Dogs and Lame Ducks at American Thinker.
Here is a little taste:
"I know a number of readers are now saying I'm engaging in wishful conservative thinking, and, to an extent, they are right. But
the fearful Reptilian Brains that Obama chastised the Tea Party/Republican voters for being stuck in, the ones that were
unfortunately - for Mr. Obama's Party - reactivated by the news of package bombs being flown towards the United States
from Yemen - are not the sole property of conservatives. Spite, revenge, feelings of betrayal and being "used and abandoned"
are not limited to human beings who support only one major American political party or sit on one side of the Congress's
chambers. Recall the PUMAs and the recent open letter to Rush Limbaugh."
Voter roles in 15 Missouri counties show more people registered than eligible resident, according to U.S. Census Bureau and Missouri Secretary of State data. http://missouri.watchdog.org/5822/fifteen-missouri-counties-have-more-voters-than-census-population/?utm_source=MO_Subscriptions&utm_campaign=5210b86f7d-More_voters_thab_census_population_in_Missouri&utm_medium=email (Hat tip: Jack Kemp courtesy of Atlas Shrugged http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/10/voter-fraud-alert-fifteen-missouri-counties-have-more-voters-than-population-.html)
The following counties have over %100 voter registration in the state:
Reynolds County, 125.8 percent
Putnam County, 109.9 percent
Butler County, 104.3 percent
Gentry County, 103.9 percent
Mercer County, 103.6 percent
Shelby County, 103.2 percent
Schuyler County, 101.6 percent
Carter County, 101.5 percent
Worth County, 101.4 percent
Ozark County, 100.8 percent
Dade County, 100.7 percent
Holt County, 100.6 percent
Pemiscot County, 100.6 percent
Howard County, 100.4 percent
Ralls County, 100.1 percent
A spokesman for Robin Carnahan, the current Secretary of State in Missouri and candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Christopher Bond, points out that these counties are largely rural, and blames the problem on underfunded and understaffed county offices. Carnahan's office claims they just haven't purged their voter roles.
But 12 of these counties had the same problem in 2008 - and in 2005. Robin Carnahan was elected in Nov. of 2004, and has had 6 years to deal with this problem. (Carnahan took over for the rather hapless Matt Blunt, who served one term after three Democrats going back to 1993.)
What interested me about this was the counties involved, and their location on the map. Nine of the 15 are border counties, 3 are next to the "tainted" border counties. Why should that be? Four lie along the Iowa border with on panhandling south, one lies on the Nebraska border, two along the Arkansas border with two "panhandling", one along the Kentucky border (on the Mississippi River) and one on the Illinois border with on panhandler. Only two lie in the interior of the state.
Which is ideal if you want to have people vote in two states; a person could vote in Ozark County and be in Arkansas within the hour to vote there. Bad voter rolls in these counties could allow double voting.
But there are problems with this; these are small population areas, and the pickup is not going to be that great; a matter of maybe a couple of dozen votes per county. In such small areas, it's hard to pull off a vote scam, because the locals all know each-other and would ask "who are you?" when someone strange enters the polling place. Still, if Democrats control the local committees we could witness such behavior.
But that does make it a difficult situation, as all of these counties lie in strongly Republican districts, and have tended heavily to vote for the GOP. Below is a record of how each county voted in the last election:
>Butler Obama 30.7% 5,316
McCain 68.1% 11,805
Other 1.3% 217
>Carter Obama 34.0% 984
McCain 63.5% 1,840
Other 2.6% 74
>Dade Obama 28.8% 1,184
McCain 69.6% 2,864
Other 1.6% 64
>Gentry Obama 37.5% 1,235
McCain 59.7% 1,964
Other 2.8% 93
>Holt Obama 30.5% 802
McCain 68.1% 1,794
Other 1.4% 37
>Howard Obama 41.9% 2,036
McCain 55.8% 2,708
Other 2.3% 11
>Ozark Obama 35.4% 1,661
McCain 62.3% 2,918
Other 2.3% 107
>Mercer Obama 29.7% 519
McCain 66.9% 1,169
Other 3.4% 60
>Pemiscot Obama 43.0% 3,029
McCain 56.1% 3,954
Other 0.9% 64
>Putnam Obama 29.7% 695
McCain 68.0% 1,591
Other 2.3% 53
>Ralls Obama 40.1% 2,041
McCain 58.8% 2,987
Other 1.1% 56
>Reynolds Obama 43.1% 1,418
McCain 54.2% 1,782
Other 2.6% 8
>Schuyler Obama 39.1% 775
McCain 57.4% 1,139
Other 3.5% 69
>Shelby Obama 33.6% 1,114
McCain 65.3% 2,166
Other 1.1% 36
>Worth Obama 36.4% 427 McCain 60.2% 707
Other 3.4% 40
So, every one of the offending counties went for John McCain in the last election. What does this mean?
It suggests a couple of things; the first of which is that Rob 'em Robin Carnahan is incompetent and has no business being promoted to a position in the U.S. Senate; she couldn't even get these GOP counties to have accurate voter roles! It's one thing to be easy on your own side, but the opposition?
I don't buy it, and I don't buy the notion that Republicans are going to try to steal elections out in podunk with a handful of votes. What I think is happening is the old shell game; the Democrats have every intention of stealing the election (they try every election cycle) and the real power in that game lies in St. Louis city, St. Louis County, and Butler County - home of Kansas City. Thousands of votes can be manufactured there, as well as in some of the bigger towns like Joplin. Some votes could be stolen in these rural counties simply by registering people from out-of-state and it would be hard to purge them from the rolls, but the primary reason to do such a thing is to suggest vote fraud in these rural areas BY THE GOP. It is the old trick of pointing out the spec in another's eye to hide the beam in your own. I suspect Carnahan is fully aware of the problem, but felt it a good idea to ignore it since it would distract attention from the massive vote fraud in St. Louis and Kansas City. In short, this could be a red herring.
And it could STILL bring in quite a few bogus votes. I do not know who controls the local governments in these communities; but it would not be unfair to assume that Democrats could still win local contests in states that vote for the GOP.
Real Clear Politics explains the political divisions in Missouri:
"Missouri politics are dominated by four competing geographic divisions. The Democratic base is in central Kansas City and St. Louis, while the Republicans run strong in the rural southwest, which has long been Republican. The third division is found in the Republican-tilting suburbs, while the fourth division is basically the rest of the state, which is essentially a salient of the south jutting into the heart of the state. Democrats’ successes are normally dictated by how well they run in these latter areas.
The fourth division historically voted Democrat, and kept the state in the Democratic column. But in the 1970s, three Republicans remade the states’ map: John Danforth, John Ashcroft and Kit Bond. Bond broke a 32-year Democratic stranglehold on the Governor’s mansion in 1972, lost in 1976, and was re-elected in 1980. In 1986 he won a Senate seat and, after four terms, called it a career.
Carnahan’s problem is the state’s demographics. In the 1990s, her father pulled together a coalition of suburbanites and rural voters to win handily statewide; Bill Clinton’s wins had a similar flavor. Claire McCaskill pulled together a modified version in 2006; she was able to hold her own in the rural areas but was not able to break through. As a result, her win was narrow. In 2008, Obama was not able to break through at all in rural areas, and was unable to carry the state despite a strong turnout effort in the cities. He remains deeply unpopular in the state."
So, rural Missouri is newly Republican, but has the traditional sympathies for Democrats found in most farming and trucking communities. Logging, too; much logging is conducted on state owned land, and anyone in the logging industry would be a blue dog Democrat. The people in each and every one of these counties is unlikely to be doctrinaire Republicans so much as Harry Truman Democrats.
Reynolds county is a prime example; I own property there (the famed Ozark Hilton) and enjoy the solitude the region affords. It has two major tourist attractions; Clearwater Lake and Johnson Shut-Ins. Clearwater Lake is an Army Corps (that's pronounced CORE, Mr. Obama) of Engineers lake created by the damming of the Black River. The Corps manages the entire Black River watershed, and tourism is dependent on the actions of the Corps. Tourism is one of the primary industries in Reynolds County, along with logging. The Mark Twain National Forest is there, and so are several state forests. Hunters are thick as mosquitos during dear season, too, and the government-owned land and nature preserves are critical to that particular industry. (Johnson Shut-Ins is a canyon-like rock formation on the Black that constricts the river so it forms a delightful water park of chutes and small waterfalls. There is a good cliff one can jump off into a deep pool, too. The park was decimated by the Taum Sauk reservoir dam break a few years ago, but is back in operation.)
At any rate, Reynolds County is largely dependent on government for it's livelihood. So are most of the other counties mentioned. Farm communities are generally solid Democrat strongholds because of farm subsidies, for instance. That these regions have trended Republican speaks more to the leftward lurch of the Democrats in recent years. It seems quite likely that there would still be many of the old guard in the seats of electoral power in these counties.
And a few votes is a few votes. The Democrats will take whatever they can get.
Robin Carnahan is down by quite a bit in her race against Roy Blunt for the U.S. Senate, but it may well be possible to put this into a court battle. chaos has been the weapon of choice for Democrats since before the election of 2000. At least they have plausible deniability; after all, these irregularities were in counties that trend GOP! It fits with the way these people think.
Now, multiply this all over the country!
Now you're getting it! The Chicago Way.
Jack Kemp forwards this:
Exposed! George Soros' scheme for 'elite' judiciary
'How many Elena Kagans and David Souters can America tolerate?'
Posted: October 30, 2010
1:00 am Eastern
By Bob Unruh
How does it happen that a California judge can upend millennia of accepted standards for society by saying that gender plays no role in marriage? Or a court can approve a Florida school district's deal with liberals to ban teachers from praying – even when they're off-campus?
A new report by John Gizzi of the Capital Research Center, to be released within the next few days, has an explanation: A powerful move by very wealthy interests across the United States to reshape the judiciary in the mold of progressives who believe the Constitution should be interpreted through the filter of personal desires.
And the primary force behind the move? George Soros, the hedge fund billionaire who personally provides the money for a number of liberal advocacy organizations such as MoveOn.org.
Learn what happens when the government breaks its own laws, in "Constitutional Chaos"
So what's the problem with judges being nominated by attorneys?
"Of the appellate nominees in Missouri (where judges are nominated by special commissions and appointed) since 1995 who made any campaign contributions, 87 percent gave more to Democrats than Republicans and only 13 percent gave more to Republicans than Democrats," the report said.
Steve Rankin sends this our way:
Mary Ruwart is from Texas and ran for the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential nomination.
"In 1847, Marx and Engels proposed ten steps to convert the Western nations to Communist countries without firing a shot. Most of these ideas have been successfully implemented in our own country with little, if any, resistance! ... One of the ten steps called for "centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly" just like our own Federal Reserve! ... Another of the ten steps called for instituting "a heavy progressive or graduated income tax" just like our own federal income tax! ... Another step proposed by Marx and Engels was "abolition of all right of inheritance," which we come ever closer to as inheritance taxes increase. Taking wealth at gunpoint, if necessary that one person has created and given to another person is theft. Whether the wealth creator is alive or dead, the act and the impact are the same. Another step was "free education for all children in public schools." Although our country still has many private schools in addition to the public ones, the content of both is dictated by aggression-through-government, to teach aggression. Marx and Engels also recommended the "extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state." In the past century, more and more services have become exclusive, subsidized government monopolies (e.g., garbage collection, water distribution, mass transit, etc.). As a result, we pay twice as much for lower quality service! Marx also called for the "centralization of the means of communications and transport in the hands of the state." Television and radio stations are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. A station that does not pursue programming considered "in the public interest" is stopped at gunpoint, if necessary from further broadcast. ... Radio stations have an elite ownership as well. Those who benefit from aggression-through-government have little incentive to tell the public that licensing is a tool of the rich! ... Another of the ten steps calls for "confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels" ... [O]ur law enforcement agents can seize the wealth of anyone suspected of drug crimes without a trial!
Dr. Don Bailey
The resounding answer to the question raised by the title of this article
is... Yes! Yes they do exist. Satan, however, would rather that men and
women not believe in the existence of him and his evil spirits. C.S. Lewis
in his well-known work, The Screwtape Letters, has Screwtape, the chief
demon, writing to his underling demon, Wormwood: “My dear Wormwood ... Iwonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient inignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the presentphase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command.... I do not think that you will have much difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that ‘devils’ are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence
begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red
tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old
textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.” —
Lewis, C. S. The Screwtape Letters 271,2, SanFrancisco: Harper
Publications, 2001. Obviously, Satan would rather men, women, and children believe he is only an imaginary figure dressed in red, with horns protruding from his forehead, holding a pitch fork, with a pointed tail sticking out from beneath a black cape. Human beings put themselves in a most precarious position through disbelief in his existence. There are, at least, fourevidences that prove Satan and his emissaries exist: (1) Biblical evidence,(2) extra-Biblical evidence (3) drug-abuse evidence, and (4)
1. Biblical Evidence. The Bible testifies to the fact that it is God’s
Word to a world that has been corrupted by Satan from the very beginning of the human race, but man looks at it otherwise. Note with interest the
negativity of Thomas Pain toward the Bible: “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind. Thomas Paine (1737–1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. The Age of Reason, pt. 1, “Examination of the Old Testament” (1794). It is strange indeed that Pain did not hesitate to admit the existence of demons, even though he was an atheist.
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Mr. Pain, a skeptic and a sworn enemy of the Bible, may have examined the Old Testament, but he came up with nothing more than biased conclusions (influenced by you know what). He was never more mistaken in his life. The Bible is not the word of a demon; it is God’s Word, a great part of which is a record about the Devil and his demons; about how they have corrupted and brutalized mankind; and is the true picture of the history of man and how demonic activity has influenced him down through the ages. It depicts all of the ugliness of man and his
malevolent behavior toward his fellow man. Man has no other explanation
that makes any sense as to why things are the way they are (the condition of
man’s present situation) apart from the Bible.
That demons exist goes without saying, when one studies (with an unbiased
attitude) the subject from the Bible’s viewpoint. Dr. Merril F. Unger,
former Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Dallas Theological
Seminary, an authority on demonology, stated: "The evidence of revelation is
put first, not because it is expected more effectively to impress the
skeptic (he seems unimpressed by any scriptural declaration) but because
intrinsically it is the most important witness. Demons do exist, first and
foremost, for God in His word says they exist. That the shedhim (Deut.
32:17; Ps. 106:36,37) of the Old Testament were real demons, and not mere idols, is proved by the Septuagint translation of the term daimonia
(demons); the Jews regarded idols as demons who allowed themselves to be worshiped by man (Bar. 4:7; LXX Ps. 95:5; I Cor. 10:20). It seems certain moreover, that the seirim were also demonic conceptions (Lev. 17:7; 2 Chron.
11:15; 13:21; 34:14)."
The New Testament affords ample proof that demons are real. The demons
existence; (James 2:19; Revelation. 9: 20); nature (Luke 4:33; 6:18);
activities (I Tim. 4:1; Revelation 16:14); exorcism (Luke 9:42); satanic
organization (Matt. 12:26; Eph. 6:12); and their abode and doom are set
forth in the following Scripture: James 2:19; Rev. 9:11, 20; 16:4; Luke
4:33; 6:18; 8:31; 9:42; and I Tim. 4:1. From the foregoing passages, there
is not the slightest doubt that Jesus and those associated with Him believed
in the existence of demons and Satan.
2. Extra-Biblical Evidence. Extra-Biblical proofs exist that show mankind
is beset by such wicked creatures. Men have believed in evil spirits from
the beginning of time. One can hardly read a book without some allusion
being made to unseen demonic activities and influence upon man. Socrates
acknowledged that he was guided and inspired by his "Demon." Dr. Carl Jung, a world famous psychiatrist was influenced by demons. Thomas Edison's parents were spiritualists who conducted seances in their home. Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, was involved in Spiritism. Upon reading Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the works of Poe, as well as others, one will discover that each is replete with demonic influence.
Hitler's idea of a race of supermen was demoniacally conceived. Hitler
believed these beings existed and claimed to have been in touch with them.
"The new man," says Hitler, "is living amongst us now! He is here! ... I
will tell you a secret. I have seen the new man. He is intrepid and cruel.
I was afraid of him" (The Morning of the Magicians, pages 218, 219). Hitler was a cruel and false messiah who was used by demonic powers to bring the world under satanic control. One writes, "Might there not be, behind all these movements, something far more dangerous which their leaders perhaps know nothing about, being themselves in turn unconscious tools of a higher power?" (The Morning of the Magicians, page 222). Yet, there is no doubt but that men make deals with Satan and his ministers, thereby allowing them entrance into their lives; otherwise, it is difficult to explain why they commit such horrific acts on the scale of the evil determined and carried out by Hitler against, over six million Jews.
Hitler, Satan’s dupe, did his best to destroy a whole nation. In fact he
has tried to do that throughout history. History is a record of proof.
There are two reasons among many as to why Satan has attempted to annihilate the Jewish people: The first reason is that they are explicit proof of the existence of God, it defies explanation that they could have endured the
evil committed against them had there been no God, and because of that Satan is less effective in deceiving men that God does not exist, so when men see the Jew, they know there is a God. The second reason for Satan’s attempt to destroy God’s chosen people is that the Jew is one force of argument to prove that the Bible is true. It is a true record of their history and their relation to the Gentile nations to the present, and no matter how hard Satan tries to convince men that the Bible is just another book among many, it is impossible for him to do so because when men go to it to check the facts, they find that its recorded history of the Jewish nation is, in fact,
true. Satanic and demonic influences upon the lives of men, such as Hitler,
not only have been the dynamics of wickedness, but they are also irrefutable
evidence that their reality is without question.
A rapid rise of the occult in both literature and television programming is
also another evidence that demons are for real and seek to destroy the souls
of men. As a result, many adults as well as young people are indulging in
seances, Ouija boards, satanic worship, and witch parties.
3. Drug-abuse Evidence. Dr. V. Raymond Edman, late President of Wheaton
College said, "Demonism today is a dreadful reality, not a figment of
imagination nor the product of a pagan religion…. " Dr. Edman made that
statement in the 1960s. We have, no doubt, seen a gradual rise in demonic
activity since the 1960s. Individuals, through the use of drugs, have
allowed themselves to become slaves to Satan’s influence. Dr. Timothy O’
Leary, a psychologist, and the guru of the counter culture praised the drug
LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), which was very much in vogue during the
60s and early 70s. Young people flocked to him, like flies to honey. He
was instrumental in the destruction of the psyches of, literally, thousands
of young people. I remember lecturing at a Chicago college to a class of
nursing students on the effects of LSD on the American culture during that
time, and reminded them that LSD was a perfect acronym for three names of man’s ancient enemy: Lucifer, Satan, and the Devil. I had no idea then what a heyday Satan would have in America up to the present time. He has
destroyed millions of lives, and will do so in the future.
Demonic activity began with the fall of Lucifer reaching the first of its
high points just prior to the flood, which brought judgment on the planet.
Then, at the first coming of Christ it erupted again. Christ had to contend
with those awful creatures on a daily basis. The last eruption will break
out during the Tribulation (a horrible time of trouble) with greater
intensity preceding His second coming and will last for a period of 3 1/2
years. During that time, demons will exert themselves through the influence
of drugs and their activity will be at an all time high.
It is my opinion, and I strongly believe, that the whole of Planet Earth is
now stuck in the muck of drug abuse and misery, especially as is seen in the
ugly change that has occurred throughout American society since the 1960s.
Drugs have almost destroyed the American culture; many neighborhoods are gang infested, and the school system is so drug-ridden that one wonders if it will ever be restored, made fit and safe for children to learn.
Irresponsibly, some States are in the process of having them legalized.
Satan has so beclouded the minds of men that they actually believe drugs are the answer to America’s problems.
America’s irresponsible Government refuses to close the border between
Mexico and the US, knowing the danger of the devastating situation that
exists, which could easily spill over into this Country at any given moment.
How can one explain the nature and intensity of drug abuse in America, and
the war now occurring in Mexico, apart from demonic activity? Obviously,
something very sinister and evil is going on behind the scenes in the
spiritual world. The world is in the state of preparation for a demonic
takeover during the Tribulation. The book of Revelation states that drug
abuse will be one of the major factors preventing men from repenting of
their evil at that time; the original Greek word for sorceries in Revelation
is pharmakeion (pharmacy = drugs) (Rev. 9:21; 18:28). The gates of Hades will be opened and all the demons of that awful place will be turned loose on an unsuspecting world? “Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time” (Rev. 12:12).
4. Religious-Practice Evidence. The first strategy Satan used from the
very beginning was to turn mankind against God through religious practices.
That, he has done very well. As a result, men have maimed and killed one
another in the name of religion throughout history. One of the most
dangerous and violent religions in our midst today is that of Islam. Muslim
terrorists, in the name of their god, Allah, are hell-bent in taking over
the world. They are demonically driven to do so. Their every evil deed
emanates from a sense that they are pleasing to Allah. They believe in
their satanically warped minds that all of the murder and mayhem they cause
throughout the world is for good, therefore, they have no qualms of
conscience about doing it. The attack on the World Trade Center by demons clothed in flesh demonstrates to what end they will go to satisfy their
They teach children to hate with such passion that they deem it an honor to
strap on a bomb and blow innocent people to bits. Of course, this is
nothing new; Satan had individuals serving him in the same manner during the Old Testament period only he went under a different guise, that of “Molech, the name of the national god of the Ammonites, to whom children were sacrificed by fire. He was the consuming and destroying and also at the same time the purifying fire. In Amos 5:26, “your Moloch” of the Authorized Version is “your king” in the Revised Version (comp. Acts 7:43). Solomon (1Kings 11:7) erected a high place for this idol on the Mount of Olives, and from that time till the days of Josiah his worship continued (2 Kings 23:10,13). In the days of Jehoahaz it was partially restored, but after the Captivity wholly disappeared. He is also called Molech (Lev. 18:21; 20:2–5, etc.), Milcom (1 Kings 11:5, 33, etc.), and Malcham (Zeph. 1:5). This god became Chemosh among the Moabites.”
Moloch, the demon that he is, still exists and is worshiped today by those
who sacrifice their children as human bombs. He decieves them into thinking
that his name is Allah, but he is still the same demon entity--the fire god,
Moloch. One shudders to think of such an abominal practice, but demons
working through Muslim terrorists love it. Demons work through various
religions; in this case it is the Muslim religion. I know of no other
religion on Planet Earth so violent. The Muslim religion was born out of
violence (one should read the history of Islam and how it was founded). It
is the most violent religion on the earth, although it boasts of being a
religion of peace. Well, let me tell you, the religion of peace will strike
again and again with demonic violence. The fact that demons are invisible
does not make them less than real. The wind, electricity, oxygen, and
gravity are each invisible but no one will deny their existence and
The above evidences attest to the fact that demons are very real and are
powers to be reckoned with. There are three dangers in which modern man
places himself: (1) ignorance of their existence, (2) denial that they
exist, and (3) an inordinate interest in them. If one will inform oneself
relative to (1), he may be able to overcome (2). The excessiveness of (3)
is always a danger; be careful in this area. An insatiable appetite for the
wrong kind of literature, movies, and practices could risk one’s spiritual
In order to stand firm against demonic influence, it is imperative that one
" Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm
against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and
blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces
of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly
places" (Eph. 6:10-12--NASB). There is only one answer for the darkness
that surrounds and threatens to overpower us, and that is the Gospel of
Jesus Christ which changes an individual’s heart to do right toward another.
October 30, 2010
If you really think about it, Congress may have already solved the problem of choosing people to serve as our representatives in next year’s 112th Congress.
“The List” has nothing to do with what everyone calls ObamaCare even though all the members of Congress who voted for it are on the list. The fact is that when they voted for the two bills that are ObamaCare, they also voted against some things that are more important. They knew the majority of Americans opposed this form of health care and voted against the Will of the People. In other words, they chose not to represent the People.
Our Congressional choices began to narrow when the House of Representatives started working on the President’s Health Care Reform in July, 2009. Members of Congress toddled off for their August summer recess and ran right into public opposition. Some of their Town Hall meetings became so contentious that quite a few Representatives and Senators skipped having them. They all returned to Washington knowing that a sizeable number of Americans were against the President’s goal to nationalize health care.
So what did they do? On December 24, 2009, the Senate ignored the Will of the People and passed their version of health care called the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” The vote was 60 for and 39 against. All of the Democrats and Independents in the Senate voted to pass their act. All of the Republicans voted against it.
The political games in Washington now became very serious. Politicians who were against the bill were bullied and bribed. The President brought leaders of the medical care establishments into the White House for his version of the bully and bribe act. When the Congressional Budget Office released numbers that didn’t match the White House calculations, they were instructed in Oba-math and soon had more favorable numbers.
Since the situation in the House was more complicated, it took Speaker Pelosi until March 21, 2010 to pass the Senate’s “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Again, all 178 Republicans voted against the bill. Even though they were joined by 34 Democrats, Pelosi won the day with 219 votes for the bill.
On the same day, the House passed its Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 by 220 to 211 votes. This is also known as the “fixes act” because it fixes problems with the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” This bill had to be passed in the Senate before becoming part of the President’s Health Care Reform.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got it done by a 56-43 vote on March 25, 2010. The only problem was that the Senate amended the bill. It was immediately sent back to the House and the amended “Health Care and Reconciliation Act of 2010” passed the House by a vote of 220-207 on the same day.
In the process of making ObamaCare the law of the land, it should be noted that the politicians on the list didn’t ignore the Will of the People only once. Remember that it took two bills to do this undemocratic deed. Therefore, they voted twice for it.
All of this is not an example of democracy because We the People did not have honest representation in Congress. Too many members of the House and the Senate chose to represent Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Pelosi and President Obama instead of us. Imagine, they voted for legislation that they had not read and knew little or nothing about.
This is what dictatorship is like. We have been ordered to accept it and we have been ordered to pay for it, like it or not.
Representing the People is a sacred trust that once broken can never be restored. Without representation, we will not be living in a democracy. A vote for a member on the list of those who supported ObamaCare is a vote against democracy.
It is time to protect America. Vote for Democracy. Vote for our Constitution. And above all else….
VOTE FREEDOM !
October 29, 2010
This from The Federalist Patriot:
"Speaking of Iran, the documents (Wikileaks) prove that Iran was behind the so-called "insurgency" that then required the U.S. troop surge in 2007. Although the Leftmedia portrayed the insurgency as a popular uprising, it was Iran that instigated and fed it. Iran had Hezbollah train Iraqi Shiite insurgents in kidnappings and suicide bombings, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard shipped missiles and explosives to insurgents battling U.S. troops in Fallujah and other cities. Combined with documents showing that Iran bought off Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, who has admitted to receiving "bags of cash" from Iranian agents, it would appear that Iran has been at open war with U.S. forces for a number of years. All this points to the dire need to keep the Mad Mullahs of Iran from going nuclear."
I have one thing to say; "TOLD YOU SO!"
This from the Federalist Patriot:
In the final days of the campaign, Democrats are still complaining that the GOP outspends them in "undisclosed" expenditures by a vast amount: $75 million to $10 million. But, in fact, Republicans are pikers when compared to the Democrats' own use of "undisclosed" spending. Public sector unions such as AFSCME, SEIU and NEA provide an unending supply of ready attack cash. These unions have soaked their members for more than $171.5 million in forced "donations" in the 2009-2010 election cycle. AFSCME's $87.5 million alone exceeds the $75 million Republicans have received from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this month's faux villain of the Left. Rounding out this group is the conservative-leaning American Crossroads, but even with that, the GOP's infamous "undisclosed" war chest still reaches only $140 million.
The Democrats continue to spout their unproven accusations of bad money tainting Republican coffers, though, because they're desperate to stave off an electoral disaster at the gubernatorial level. Money can be a decisive factor in close elections, and the Republican Governors Association plans to capitalize on this. The RGA has raised $31 million in the last three months, whereas in prior cycles they didn't reach that in a year. Democrats, by contrast, are suffering an enthusiasm gap, pulling in just $10 million in the same period. The RGA has made its presence known in the South Carolina race, forcing the Democrats all but to abandon the state. There could be more of those coming.
Here it is! Charlie Rangel, ethical disaster, has proposed Obama's internal militia aka the American Oprichnina.
According to the bill:
"SEC. 102. NATIONAL SERVICE OBLIGATION.
(a) Obligation for Service- It is the obligation of every citizen of the United States, and every other person residing in the United States, who is between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform a period of national service as prescribed in this title unless exempted under the provisions of this title.
(b) Forms of National Service- The national service obligation under this title shall be performed either--
(1) as a member of an active or reserve component of the uniformed services; or
(2) in a civilian capacity that, as determined by the President, promotes the national defense, including national or community service and service related to homeland security.
(c) Age Limits- A person may be inducted under this title only if the person has attained the age of 18 and has not attained the age of 42."
What Rangel is calling for is nothing short of universal service to the State - something that is absolutely anathema to our Constitution and our beliefs. Youths would be forced by law (meaning, ultimately, at gunpoint) to either serve in the military or in a manner to be decided entirely by the President i.e. a national service corps (that's pronounced core, Mr. President) for the purposes of national security goals i.e. an internal militia.
This is a personal Praetorian Guard for Obama, if implemented. Consider Section 105:
SEC. 105. IMPLEMENTATION BY THE PRESIDENT.
(a) In General- The President shall prescribe such regulations as are necessary to carry out this title.
(b) Matter To Be Covered by Regulations- Such regulations shall include specification of the following:
(1) The types of civilian service that may be performed in order for a person to satisfy the person's national service obligation under this title.
(2) Standards for satisfactory performance of civilian service and of penalties for failure to perform civilian service satisfactorily.
(3) The manner in which persons shall be selected for induction under this title, including the manner in which those selected will be notified of such selection.
(4) All other administrative matters in connection with the induction of persons under this title and the registration, examination, and classification of such persons.
(5) A means to determine questions or claims with respect to inclusion for, or exemption or deferment from induction under this title, including questions of conscientious objection.
(6) Standards for compensation and benefits for persons performing their national service obligation under this title through civilian service.
(7) Such other matters as the President determines necessary to carry out this title.
(c) Use of Prior Act- To the extent determined appropriate by the President, the President may use for purposes of this title the procedures provided in the Military Selective Service Act (50 U.S.C. App. 451 et seq.), including procedures for registration, selection, and induction.
What will the purpose of this militia be? "national defense, including national or community service and service related to homeland security." One must be very concerned here, as the government has repeatedly attempted to link conservatives with domestic terrorism. Will the President use such a force against political enemies? There is absolutely no reason not to, if those enemies are deemed BY THE PRESIDENT as potential domestic terrorists.
This is a powergrab of unprecedented proportions. The Constitution of the United States says;
"Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments
The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment."
Please note; nothing is said about internal military EXCEPT "the Militia of Several States", which means the President has no internal authority inside of the individual states.
Amendment 10 states:
Amendment 10 - Powers of the States and People. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Requiring two years of service of the American citizenry during peacetime is abominable - something more in line with the Egyptian Pharoah, or the old Soviet state. Granting the power to determine exactly what that service will entail to the Executive Branch is an act of tyranny, and would have led to Mr. Rangel's censure at a bare minimum in a more freedom-loving time.
Our government is clearly treading close to the line Jefferson drew:
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
Clearly, establishing an internal militia to be ruled by an imperial president is designed to "reduce them under absolute Despotism".
When the owner of the world's biggest bond fund openly calls out Ben Bernanke, you know the administration is in trouble.
Here's a quote or two:
"The world's bond king says Ben Bernanke is pulling off the mother of all Ponzi schemes.
Bill Gross, head of the world's largest bond fund, Pacific Investment Management Co., stunned investors yesterday by trashing the Federal Reserve chairman's new plan..."
"Bernanke's move, dubbed QE2 for the second round of quantitative easing, or the buying of government debt..."
END OF QUOTES
QE2 is also the nickname for the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth the Second. I think Bernanke's QE2 is more like the Titanic 2.
October 28, 2010
Bill Clinton stumps for Cuomo - and himself - in the Brooklyn Twilight Zone
Bill Clinton came to downtown Brooklyn to a gathering of around 500 people, a full house, in the auditorium of New York City College of Technology. A press member told me that the crowd was mostly political volunteers for Cuomo and one of the speakers - former Comptroller Bill Thompson - referred to the audience as "leaders" to get out the vote, which reinforces that claim. This is one of the bluest Blue State onclaves in America.
To an audience that included Congress members and Borough presidents, Bill Clinton started out by saying that he created 22 million jobs, turned around a national deficit and created a "great surplus." Of course, if the audience wants to compare those figures to those of the current administration and decide they might want the Clintons in the White House in 2012, well... This opening could be used as a stump speech in the 2012 presidential primaries without changing a word.
Clinton also addressed the opposition party's arguments, saying that the Republicans have said "the Democrats have left the country in a "hole, on the brink of socialism." Countering that with folksy generalization, he claimed the Republican were "previous coaches who went 2-9 repeatedly" while the Democratic "coaches (the Obama administration) went 7-9," slowly turning things around.
Obama's debt level is roughly four times that of George Bush's (and I'm not defending Bush's spending excesses here), but this audience was not about to contradict their rock star attraction or question his calculations. To give you an idea how enthralled this crowd was, at one point in the speech, Clinton spoke of Repubicans who also created large government programs - with a twist...
"Years ago, Eisenhower thought he was a conservative (not really, Mr. Clinton) and he created the Interstate Highway system (true). Thirty years ago, Nixon thought he was a conservative (another stretch by Mr. Clinton) and he created the EPA!," Clinton emphatically said at the podium. And the audience clapped! Only Bill Clinton could get a group of Democrats to applaud Richard Nixon and his programs. No one booed the former President from Whittier's name. And Rod Serling did NOT come out on stage to tell us we were all in the Twilight Zone, much to my personal surprise.
Clinton went on to say the Democrats had stopped digging and were using tax cuts for middle class businesses and creating green energy jobs. If a copper pipe on a Gulf Oil rig gets oxydation from lack of use and turns green, I guess you can call that "green energy" if you are a slick Arkansas lawyer. But most of those green companies (and their jobs) need a government handout to break even, making them development level companies at best and big government handouts at worst.
Clinton went on to even say a nice word about the Tea Parties, saying that they don't want any runaway government expenses such as TARP and that "I (he) "sympathizes with that." But then he went into chastizing the Republicans for wanting/allowing "future failures" in business.
I don't think the Republicans want future failures, but they know every business isn't a success and the government can't guarantee you'll sell some item or service that people want. But I guess the buggy whip, travel agency and pay phone businesses now know which party to vote for to get a subsidy to keep them afloat. Just add it to the deficit, Mr. Clinton - and don't create a new tax on your book royalties and speaking fees to pay for it.
Clinton was just getting into a wind up. "Thiry years of relentless (Republican) propaganda. Anything that goes wrong is the government's fault. But it wasn't their fault. We need more government not less."
Well, I have to give Mr. Clinton credit for honestly putting the Democratic political philosophy right out there on the table. If one believes we need more government, not less, then they can vote for the Democrats next Tuesday. We'll see how many agree with Clinton around the country - even if he probably has many people in Brooklyn who do.
"We should change the Healthcare bill, not repeal it," Clinton went on to say - and the part he wants to repeal is the profits that go to the insurance companies. This brought large applause for demonizing the insurers, but they are very regulated and being driven out of the health insurance business as recently happened with one major supplier. We can speculate on whether people in doctors' offices will cheer as loudly under Obamacare as they did for Clinton's remarks. The poor reputation of the British National Health System is well known, with its higher death rates from many kinds of cancers, as the higher cancer rates in Canada and France.
In his conclusion, Clinton then went out to discuss voter turnout predictions with dramatic numbers. He stated that the polls predict that 40 percent fewer Afro-Americans will vote on this upcoming Election Day compared to the 2008 Presidential Election. But the audience could wipe out that predicted drop by turning out at the polls. Frankly, I haven't seen that 40 percent figure discussed in public and was surprised Clinton would even mention such a huge number as the predicted dropoff. Perhaps he was lowering the bar so that it can be easily cleared by Democratic African-American voters and whatever the final totals are, he can put a positive spin on it. Clinton also offered similar figures for dramatic drops in turnout among Hispanics and others, urging the crowd to exceed those predictions.
Bill Clinton finished his speech and there were roughly 15-20 people who walked out of the auditorium as gubenatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo took the podium. Clinton politely took a seat at Cuomo's side, as the Lt. Governor commented on Carl Paladino's remarks about taking a baseball bat to Albany and other remarks that Paladino will probably live to regret on November second. Cuomo then gave a standard stump speech, talking about Republicans wanting to redeploy State Police to arrest illegal aliens and deport them and also create a referendum on racial profiling. I'm not familiar with the second claim made by Cuomo, but as to the first one - isn't that called enforcing the immigration laws? New York State unemployment figures exceed ten percent. Minority unemployment figures are higher. Cuomo felt no need to explain how he expected to lower those figures while having a large pool of illegal workers who undercut the going wages in many fields, be they the federal minimum wage or a higher figure for FICA and other tax paying workers (and tax matching employers). Like I said, it was the Twilight Zone and everyone got to feel good, being told what they wanted to hear. Rod Serling was, in fact, from Binghamton, New York, and the state probably gave him the inspiration for his surreal stories.
In July of 2009, Matt Taibbi took Goldman Sachs and Andrew Cuomo's HUD to task in a monumental Rolling Stone investigative article
http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/06/goldman-sachs-engineering-every-major.html about the housing crisis. It was entitled "The Great American Bubble Machine." I suggest those that haven't read it to do so and then decide if Andrew Cuomo can reverse the job and housing losses of New York State.
I predict New York politics will, once again, resemble a Twilight Zone marathon. And like Mr. Bemis, who broke his glasses when he had all the time in the world, the ending will be very blurry for many state residents in the years to come.
Finally a guy writes an article with all the politeness of yours truly...LOL.
Where The Sun Don’t Shine, Barry…
Posted by Richard Allan Jenni on October 27, 2010 at 11:44am
Obama’s rusty freighter has so many leaks that it might well sink even before the election. As you’ve no doubt heard, Rhode Island’s raging Democrat Frank Caprio told Barry to take his endorsement and “shove it.”
And why are so many soon-to-be shipwrecked Obamacrats in peril? Could it be Barry’s failed and foundering Presidency? Nope! It’s all that “secret money” funding Republican attack ads. And WHERE are Republicans gonna sit, Barry? “In the back?” Barack Hussein Obama, you are one pathetic camper.
There are many issues facing America, but looking back on the uncivil, even violent, civilian dissent during the Vietnam years, I’m surprised the Afghan War isn’t more of an issue in 2010. For any of you who need a refresher course on the Vietnam War, or for whatever reason wish to revisit its agony, please click this link for a photo essay marking 35 years since the fall of Saigon.
Like Vietnam, the Afghan War is a costly quagmire. As General David Petraeus assessed, “I don’t think you win this war. I think you keep fighting... This is the kind of war we’re in for the rest of our lives and probably our kids’ lives.”
Afghanistan is a political hot potato few politicians are willing to touch- even among the Taxed-Enough-Already. Rand Paul, to his credit, recently remarked that while he would always vote to fund our troops in harm’s way, he questions how long we should remain mired in this never-ending and expensive conflict.
In addition to a tax-dollar tally, the human costs of this senseless conflict are staggering. When do we finally say enough’s enough?
From September 1965 to September 1968, I served as a US Army trumpet player. Sounds like easy duty- except that while in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco, I often found myself at the bitter end of Vietnam’s combat chain. I sounded Taps at so many military funerals in ‘66 and ‘67 that I soon lost count. The most in one day? 25. I get it. Believe me, folks- I get it…
Obama touted Afghanistan as the right war- even deprecating our efforts in Iraq. And hanging Saddam Hussein? Would to God we had ended Adolf Hitler’s military career so soon. Called to active duty in the Air Force during Desert Storm, I only regret we didn’t finish the job then, GHWB…
And I for one find it impossible to justify risking American life and limb in Afghanistan while our national security is so heavily threatened along the southern border by heavily-armed Mexican drug cartels.
A border fence alone will not stop illegal intrusion. Neither will electronic gadgetry. There’s no substitute for our Ultimate Weapon. No- not the atomic bomb. Sufficient boots on the ground. Enough American Soldiers.
I trust a full scale American military invasion will never become necessary, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the Mexican government will continue to weaken unto total collapse- succumbing to ruthless drug lords and providing an easy beachhead for the relentless Red Chinese.
Feisty Tiffany Hartley had it right when she told Barry recently, “Wake up!”
At the least, we need to seal the southern border with our military might- and reclaim those areas already invaded by drug traffickers- such as the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge in Arizona. Remember those signs Barry posted?
Moreover, I submit there is now a greater danger to our national security represented by terrorist interests in Mexico than by al-Qaeda’s dwindling presence in Afghanistan. That includes the deadly scenario of a dirty suitcase bomb surreptitiously crossing our southern border.
Will we finally “wake up” when our all-volunteer military has been essentially defunded and demoralized by the endless burden of a foreign quagmire- even as our own native soil is left unprotected? An extreme view? Ask folks in Texas and Arizona who live along that border. What will it take to bring our troops home and get the job done?
Add the WikiLeaks fiasco to our outstanding military liabilities. I find it hard to believe those thousands of leaked documents regarding Iraq and Afghanistan won’t further enrage militant Muslims and endanger American lives.
And if Mexico’s drug traffickers can easily waltz their way so deep into Arizona, do you really think that long-range Chinese military planning has overlooked the low-hanging fruit of Mexico? Do you really think al-Qaeda hasn’t realized that America went to sleep with her backdoor unlocked?
Hate to admit a Democrat was actually on the money, Barry- but you really should “shove” your support. As the old saw goes, kid- with friends like you, we don’t need enemies…
From the beginning, Barack Obama has tried to cover his association with ACORN. And his water-carriers in the MSM have been more than happy to help him do just that.
Luckily, not everyone is complicit in this. "As Stanley Kurtz demonstrates in his terrific new book Radical-in-Chief, Obama's statement to ABC and his statement to the nation during the debate are both false. In reality, Obama was involved with ACORN when he ran something called Project Vote in 1992. In fact, Obama himself has linked his work on Project Vote to ACORN. When he sought the endorsement of ACORN for his presidential bid, he said, "when I ran Project Vote, the voter registration drive in Illinois, ACORN was smack dab in the middle of it." So much for Obama not having a relationship with ACORN until the subsequent Motor Voter litigation." http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2010/10/027547.php
October 27, 2010
Andrew McCarthy writes in the "pages" of National Review Online:
McCarthy says, for example, "Williams’s firing is plainly unjust. But it is not without poetic justice. Mr. Williams, whom I don’t know, has always struck me as a decent, honest guy, and a passionate progressive. But that insoluble combination makes him a bundle of contradictions: a commentator who calls it like he sees it . . . except to the extent his doctrinaire leftism won’t allow him to connect the dots, in which case he calls it like he’d like to see it — whether or not that’s how it is. Consequently, I’m having trouble working up much sympathy for him. When he is not decrying the political correctness that suffocates our discourse, he works to exacerbate it."
"Calls it like he'd like to see it..." Doesn't that describe just about everyone on the left? At least, those in DC? I'm rapidly becoming a fan of Andrew McCarthy.
The article includes a link to a very "friendly" article about Tim by none other than George Will. This article says that the Cato Institute likes him:
"A libertarian think tank ardent for government both limited and frugal, Cato gives A grades for fiscal responsibility to only four governors -- Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Pawlenty, the only one governing a blue state."
And Will says: "A new biography of Rush Limbaugh says that, so far, Pawlenty is second only to Sarah Palin as Limbaugh's choice for 2012."
Not bad at all.
Rahm Emanuel's road to the Chicago mayor's mansion just got a bit smoother, as Jesse Jackson Jr. decided not to run. No word on whether he had assistance in that decision. http://www.urgentagenda.com/PERMALINKS%20V/OCTOBER%202010/26.RAHM.HTML
Rahmbo's win is still not assured, of course. Bill Katz points out that "Emanuel is hardly popular in the Chicago Democratic machine, and he's not a member of one of the ethnic groups that traditionally competes for power. So he still will face competition. But the heavy hitters have struck out before him."
Why does Rahm want the job at all? I mean, Chicago's one really messed-up city, as is any city that's been run by Democrats for a long period of time. Well, Katz observes that "
Will the blows never stop? California Senator Barbara Boxer found to have neglected to disclose property ownership on taxes for last eight years. http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2010/10/breaking-barbara-boxer-caught-lying-on.html Say it ain't so, Babs -- assuming we would believe you.
Perhaps she's been too busy to notice that little discrepancy, or else her tax advisor is Charlie Rangel. Either way, I hope Carly Fiorina grabs this and runs with it.
(By the way, Carly's currently in the hospital with an infection related to her cancer treatment. Prayers would help!)
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